Zach Veach has many things to be excited about heading into this year’s 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
The latest came today when the look of his No. 40 AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet was unveiled at the team’s new shop in Speedway, Indiana, a few blocks from Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The livery features sponsorship from the Indy Women in Tech Championship, the LPGA women’s professional golf tournament that will take place on the Brickyard Crossing course adjacent to IMS, with four holes inside the track.
F1 CEO Chase Carey Considering Wide Range Of Potential New Venues
Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey said that he can "fill a page" with a list of potential new venues for grands prix, and that those opportunities "are now being studied," according to Adam Cooper of MOTORSPORT.
Next year, the calendar is "already set at 21 races." Beyond next season, Carey is "keen to expand further," but he acknowledged that the F1 teams "will have to agree to such a move, given the obvious logistical issues."
Carey: "Our first focus is making our 21 races [in 2018] as strong as they can be. We've talked about them being bigger events and maximizing things like hospitality -- clearly the high-end customer is important at these live events, and we are focused on that. We have not really targeted a number of races. We know there's an opportunity to add them, but we want to engage more with teams before we get into the specifics.
Subaru profit falls 27% despite higher N. America sales Subaru Corp.'s operating profit tumbled 27 percent in the just-ended fiscal year, as foreign exchange losses and spiraling costs broke a three-year run of record financial results.
Subaru, which changed is corporate name from Fuji Heavy Industries on April 1, said operating income fell to 410.8 billion yen ($3.69 billion) for the company's full fiscal year ended March 31. Net income dropped 35 percent to 282.4 billion yen ($2.54 billion).
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"Firestone Racing is excited to return to Indianapolis, our home away from home, for the month of May," said Cara Adams, Chief Engineer of Bridgestone Americas Motorsports. "The Race Tire Development group travels from Akron, OH, for the INDYCAR Grand Prix and then shifts focus to the most famous race in motorsports, the Indianapolis 500.
NASCAR hammered Richard Petty Motorsports on Wednesday afternoon.
The sanctioning body fined crew chief Drew Blickensderfer $65,000 and suspended him from the next three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points races. Team owner Richard Petty and driver Aric Almirola were each docked 35 points.
The No. 43 Ford, which was driven to a fourth-place finish by Almirola, failed post-race measurement inspection.
Juncos Racing announced today that it has entered a car for Sebastian Saavedra in the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.
The team, which is making its debut at the Brickyard, announced Tuesday that Spencer Pigot will also drive for the team giving it two entries in its inaugural Indianapolis 500..
Saavedra, 26, will be behind the wheel of the No. 17 AFS/Juncos Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone car. A veteran of 60 Verizon IndyCar starts, he has made five previous Indy 500 starts with a best finish of 15th in 2014. The 2017 Indy 500 marks Saavedra’s return to Verizon IndyCar competition after a one year hiatus.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and Kingdom Racing to Partner Again with driver Sage Karam
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and Kingdom Racing announced today their agreement to continue their partnership in the 101st Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on May 28 at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Sage Karam, the 22-year-old driver from Nazareth, Pa., will return to drive the No .24 Mecum Auctions DRR Dallara powered by Chevrolet entrant and attempt to qualify for his fourth Indy 500 on May 20-21. Practice runs for this year’s Indy 500 begin Monday, May 15.
Video: Driven by each other The Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM Team is one big happy family that is made up of more than just the racing drivers. We introduce the people in the background and examine what drives them day after day in the pursuit of perfection - all for the love of racing! Comment
Video: Mercedes 400 DTM races What a milestone weekend! In the home race of the team at Hockenheim, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport contested their 400th DTM/ITC race on Sunday. A look back at 400 races characterized by action, thrills and success... Comment
Mitsubishi profit plunges after fuel economy scandal Mitsubishi Motor Corp.'s operating profit plunged 94 percent in the latest fiscal year, broadsided by falling sales, foreign exchange losses and costs from a fuel economy scandal.
Operating profit sank to 5.1 billion yen ($45.8 million) in the Japanese carmaker’s fiscal full year ended March 31, from 138.4 billion yen ($1.24 billion) a year earlier.
Ganassi team uses Road America to prepare for LeMans
Ganassi Ford GT
The road to sports-car history runs through the rolling hills of rural Wisconsin for Chip Ganassi Racing.
The Indianapolis-based team made its final preparations for the 24 Hours of Le Mans last year at Road America in Elkhart Lake and then delivered Ford a memorable win in the world’s most famous endurance race.
Monday and Tuesday the team was back, putting one of its Ford GTs through its paces for the final time before shipping a pair of them to France to race next month.
Team Penske Keselowski final appeal to be heard Today (Update)
#2 Miller Penske Ford - When will they learn you don't win a NASCAR appeal?
UPDATE On Tuesday, Team Penske failed in their final appeal to the National Motorsports Appeals Panel of penalties suffered after Brad Keselowski’s No. 2 Ford was found to have too much skew in the rear suspension in post-race inspection at Phoenix Raceway in March.
As a result, Keselowski will lose crew chief Paul Wolfe for this weekend’s race at Kansas Speedway – the final race of his three-race suspension. Wolfe was also fined $65,000 for the violation. After finishing fifth in the race, Keselowski and the No. 2 team were also docked 35 points.
Richmond Int'l Raceway Execs Promise Bold Approach To Fall NASCAR Weekend
Sparsely attended Richmond
Richmond Int'l Raceway in March hired Paul Heyman and his Looking4Larry agency to "breathe new life" into NASCAR's fall race there, and RIR VP/Marketing & Communications Mike Waddell is "promising something 'bold and fresh,' both from his in-house team and Heyman’s organization," according to Michael Phillips of the RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH.
RIR and Looking4Larry will "try to tackle the problem that has plagued NASCAR over the past decade -- how to get young people out to the track to experience the races."
RIR's Monster Energy Cup Series race last month was sparsely attended, but Looking4Larry is "well-positioned to deliver the youth demographic to RIR."
Taylor, Fassler Round Out 2017 Corvette LeMans Lineup
Corvette LeMans team
Corvette Racing's 18th consecutive appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans will feature a lineup of six drivers, each with victories in the famed French endurance event. In addition to full-season drivers Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen, Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner, Corvette Racing adds Jordan Taylor and Marcel Fassler to its roster for the June 17-18 race with a pair of Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs for the GTE Pro class.
The group has a combined 18 victories at Le Mans – an impressive number to go along with Corvette Racing's eight class triumphs since 2001. The team will arrive at Le Mans with three straight victories in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the lead in Manufacturer's, Driver's and Team points for the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class.
Three-time Indy winner Rutherford to serve as McLaren IndyCar ambassador
Johnny Rutherford in McLaren
Johnny Rutherford, who took three Indy 500 victories of which two were in works McLarens, will serve as the McLaren-Honda-Andretti team ambassador this month when Fernando Alonso drives for the hallowed marque at the Speedway.
The 79-year-old Texan's first win came in 1974, driving a Papaya Orange-liveried McLaren M16D, a feat he repeated in '76, driving a similarly coloured M16E. His third 500 victory came in 1980, driving the famous Chaparral 2K ground-effect car, which was designed by John Barnard, who'd soon become McLaren's technical director.
BIG KAISER Extends Partnership with Andretti Autosport Technical supplier BIG KAISER and Andretti Autosport have extended their partnership through 2017, and introduced new workholding products to the championship-winning race team’s shop.
As a worldwide leader in high-precision tooling systems, BIG KAISER provides Andretti Autosport with manufacturing process expertise and technical products including tool holders, tool measuring systems, and boring tools for CNC machines. The new Unilock modular workholding systems, offered exclusively by BIG KAISER, will further reduce machine set up times while increasing accuracy and repeatability.
IMS: New Partnership Formed with Indiana Donor Network on Driven2SaveLives Campaign The Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) announced today it has partnered with Indiana Donor Network to promote organ, tissue and eye donation and transplantation through the Driven2SaveLives ® campaign. The goal is to educate race fans on donation and to encourage them to register their donation decisions through the campaign.
"This partnership between IMS and the Indiana Donor Network is very important to all of us," said Mark Miles, Hulman & Company president and CEO. "We see this as a great opportunity to reach fans who visit the Racing Capital of the World throughout the year, informing them about the need for registered donors across Indiana and the United States. It's extremely easy for anyone to take part in this process and save lives."
Servia happy Alonso has put world spotlight on Indy 500
With the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 just 20 days away, Oriol Servia stopped by Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing headquarters for his seat fitting, getting set for his ninth appearance in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
The Spanish national was already excited for another shot at the IMS oval before some big news broke the other month.
“Then this other Spaniard decides to announce he's coming to the race,” cracked Servia through a smile, referring to Fernando Alonso gaining a ride. “It brought the whole (European) spotlight on the 500, which a race that I have loved for many years.”
IndyCar under CART was so popular Ferrari built an IndyCar
Ferrari 637 IndyCar - it was sleek and beautiful. Compare that to today's ugly duckling IndyCar monstrosity
CART was too popular so Tony George had to destroy it, and he did. So popular that F1 stars would compete, Bernie Ecclestone was having a canary every week and Ferrari even designed and built a CART IndyCar.
Back in the mid-1980s, Ferrari experimented with the idea of entering the Champ Car series (as the main Indy championship was then known).
The idea came out of the frustrations that have been known to fester in Maranello over conflict with Formula One race officials. Ferrari threatened to quit (as it does from time to time), and to show it was serious, it developed its own Indy racer called the 637.
Jack Roush Scores Record-Extending 324th NASCAR Win at Talladega
In Jack Roush’s 30 years of NASCAR racing, his teams have covered over 1.78 million miles on the track, but none more dramatic than the final 2.66 miles in yesterday’s Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s dramatic come-from-behind win from the pole at Talladega, marked Roush Fenway’s record-extending 324th win in NASCAR’s three premiere series.
Stenhouse became the ninth driver to win for Jack Roush in the Cup series. Overall, 19 different drivers have driven Roush Fenway Fords to victory lane in NASCAR action. In addition, Stenhouse’s pole was the team’s 232nd in NASCAR and its 89th in the Cup series.
Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull get $54% of F1 payout
Ferrari taking home the bacon
Ferrari's drop to third place in Formula 1 last year "did not stop the Maranello squad from maintaining its place" as F1's top commercial rights earner, according to Rencken & Barretto of MOTORSPORT. At the start of each season, Formula One Management "projects revenues from three streams" -- hosting fees, media rights and other income avenues, such as hospitality and trackside sponsorship. FOM's '16 turnover is estimated at $1.83B, with underlying revenues estimated at $1.38B.
American Santino Ferrucci Continues as Haas F1 Team Development Driver
American Santino Ferrucci will continue as a Haas F1 Team development driver in 2017 while simultaneously competing in his second fulltime season in the GP3 Series for DAMS.
Ferrucci first joined Haas F1 Team last year and participated in a two-day test with the American organization July 12-13 at Silverstone Circuit in England. By piloting the Haas VF-16, Ferrucci became the first American driver to wheel an American Formula One car since Oct. 9, 1977 when Danny Ongais drove a Penske PC4 in the Canadian Grand Prix at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario.
Video: F1 drivers comment on upcoming 2017 Baku F1 race The world’s top Formula 1 drivers have expressed their excitement at returning to Baku this summer where they will once again take on the many challenges presented by the newest and fastest street track, Baku City Circuit, at the 2017 FORMULA 1 AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX.
Video: Gil de Ferran's Closed Course CART IndyCar Record 241.428mph Gil de Ferran's Closed Course World Record qualifying run of 241.428 mph (388.537 km/h) on October 28, 2000 at California Speedway in Fontana, California. Comment
Video: Arie Luyendyk on His Indy 500 Qualifying Speed Record The RACER Channel's Robin Miller speaks with 1990 and 1996 Indy 500 winner Arie Luyendyk about his 4-lap qualifying record of 236.986 mph which remains unbroken after 21 years. Comment
Video: Through Budapest City Centre with Valtteri Bottas Ride on board with Valtteri Bottas as he takes an old friend - the F1 W05 Hybrid - round the streets of Budapest for an all-action street demo run, including tyre-shredding burnouts and head-spinning donuts! Comment
After winning the Xfinity race at Talladega Saturday, Almirola's Cup car was found to be illegal on Sunday
Aric Almirola faces a potentially pivotal points penalty after his fourth-place car at Talladega Superspeedway failed postrace measurements on Sunday.
The Richard Petty Motorsports driver could lose 35 points -- the amount Brad Keselowski lost for his car failing the laser inspection station in March -- as well as see crew chief Drew Blickensderfer suspended for three races.
15 years ago IndyCar, not NASCAR, pioneered the SAFER Barrier
The IRL broke so many backs, legs and arms back then with their inferior car design, Tony George had to do something and he did. NASCAR likes to take credit for installing the SAFER Barrier at their tracks, but they did not pay to have it designed, IndyCar did
Today marks an anniversary that Robby McGehee would rather not observe.
But in a way, it’s also a time to celebrate what happened 15 years ago at Indianapolis Motor Speedway because it’s a reminder that the life he enjoys today – with a loving wife, 8-year-old triplets and a successful business career – might have turned out so different.
On May 5, 2002, McGehee’s Dallara Indy car spun in Turn 3 and backed into the wall with a thunderous hit. It broke bones in his back and left leg and ended his quest to race in the Indianapolis 500 that year. But McGehee believes the injuries could have been much worse without one of the most significant safety innovations in motorsports history.
DTM Race 2: Green withstands the rain and drives to victory
Jamie Green takes the win in the rain
Jamie Green was the winner of the DTM race at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg on Sunday. In extremely difficult weather conditions, the Audi driver kept control, changed to rain tires at the right time and, in spite of a five seconds’ penalty, drove his first season win home after 32 laps. It is the 14th race win of his DTM career. Second place in an action-packed race went to Mercedes-AMG driver Gary Paffett from reigning DTM champion Marco Wittmann. The BMW driver had started from the penultimate grid position and secured his 16th DTM podium finish.
Talladega: Rednecks will cry in their beers on Sunday (Update) UPDATE A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, I was in the stands for qualifying a few years ago. Lots of people, maybe ¾ full. About half way through qualifying Earnhardt makes his run. Within 15 minutes the place is empty. Still 15-18 cars to qualify! J. Miller
Once Dale Jr. retires Talladega may as well remove half their grandstand seats
05/07/17 There is a tradition in the grandstand at Talladega Superspeedway when Dale Earnhardt Jr. is leading the race on Sunday.
Some fans of the driver chug beers every time Junior leads a lap. Bud Heavy for the real fans, I assume, and Bud Lite for everyone else. I've been in the grandstand at Talladega for one race in my life, and I can't remember it.
Video: Porsche race-day story at Spa Round two of the FIA World Endurance Championship WEC concluded with positions three and four the Porsche 919 Hybrids finished third and fourth. At the six-hour race in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, the trio of Earl Bamber (NZ), Timo Bernhard (DE) and Brendon Hartley (NZ) lost time due to a slow puncture coming home third. The sister car of reigning world champion Neel Jani (CH), Andre Lotterer (DE) and Nick Tandy (GB) started from pole position but was unfortunate with the timing of two “Full Course Yellow” periods that neutralized the race. They finished just behind their teammates.
Video: NASCAR Talladega Stenhouse and Earnhardt Jr Front Row Q&A Second-fastest qualifier Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet) and Coors Light Pole Award winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 17 Fifth Third Bank Ford) Comment
DTM fans got to see a high-quality and thrilling season opener at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, with Lucas Auer as the buoyant winner. Having started from pole position into the first of this season’s 18 races, the Austrian Mercedes-high-quality and thrilling season opener at the Hockenheimring Baden-Wurttemberg, with Lucas Auer as the buoyant winner line. In a race marked by numerous overtaking maneuver's, duels and different strategies, Timo Glock (BMW) came home second after 36 laps. Mike Rockenfeller (Audi), who only had started from 16th place on the grid, took the third and final podium slot.
Doug Boles - poor fella has to work to sell out Indy these days. Before Tony George took his hammer to the sport it used to sellout for the following year within weeks after every race.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Doug Boles is more confident than ever. Outside of last year’s historic 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, May 28 will be the largest crowd Indianapolis Motor Speedway has seen in at least the past 20 years.
Does that including topping the estimated 300,000 that showed up in 2011 for the 100th anniversary of the first Indianapolis 500?
"With the exception of last year," Boles said, "this race will be bigger than (any race,) at least as far back as I can go."
Boles, who tries to call customers every night to invite them back for the 500, expressed similar optimism a little more than a month ago. But frankly, he said, ticket sales are looking better now than they did even then.
Just Some Observations - An AR1 Reader Visits Shanghai and Suzuka
An AR1 reader recently was amongst the crowd at the Chinese GP
Below, is an email from a longtime AR1 reader who recently spent some time traveling in China and Japan. During that trip, he took in both the Chinese Grand Prix and a Japanese Super Formula race at Suzuka. We found his observations quite interesting and worthy of sharing with our readers.
I attended the recent Chinese GP with my business partner and two Chinese clients. We sat in the stands at the hairpin. Race day was cold and windy with a light drizzle. Making the day more trying was the fact there was no PA system, even in Chinese and the big screen TV’s had no text; so I don’t know how anyone who was not a real knowledgeable enthusiast could identify any of the drivers or know what was happening in the race once the pits stops started.
The three-pointed star also shone in second free practice of the DTM. With Lucas Auer, Paul Di Resta, Edoardo Mortara and Robert Wickens in that order, the Mercedes-AMG dominated proceedings in the half-hour session at the Hockenheimring on Saturday morning. On the previous day, Paul Di Resta and Gary Paffett had been the fastest drivers.
Uber faces criminal probe over software used to evade authorities The U.S. Department of Justice has begun a criminal investigation into Uber Technologies Inc's use of a software tool that helped its drivers evade local transportation regulators, two sources familiar with the situation told Reuters.
Uber has acknowledged the software, known as "Greyball," helped it identify and circumvent government officials who were trying to clamp down on Uber in areas where its service had not yet been approved, such as Portland, Ore.
Alfonso Celis Jr (Fortec Motorsports) scored his maiden World Series Formula V8 3.5 win today at Spa-Francorchamps. After cruising to pole in qualifying, the Mexican racer sailed at the front and brought home a well-deserved victory. It was an outstanding result for the Sahara Force India Formula 1 third driver, who was followed by fellow podium finishers Roy Nissany (RP Motorsport) and Egor Orudzhev (SMP Racing by AVF). Diego Menchaca (Fortec Motorsports) was again the best rookie in fourth.
Scott McLaughlin has claimed his first official race victory of the 2017 Virgin Australian Supercars Championship in race one of the Perth SuperSprint this afternoon.
McLaughlin led from start to finish to cross the line first in front of Shell V-Power Ford teammate Fabian Coulthard.
The 1-2 finished brought much delight to the duo's team owners, Dick Johnson and international motorsport legend Roger Penske, who both watched on from the team's garage. Penske, who met with Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop on the grid before the race, even joined his drivers on the podium to celebrate their dominant victory.
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