As soon as you take auto races off live network TV and delay them or put them on cable, you're screwed
F1 has lost 3.4 million viewers on free-to-air TV in Britain since the start of this year due to a "switch" from live broadcasts of the entire Grands Prix to delayed highlights.
F1 began a new contract this year with pay-TV network Sky Sports, which got the rights in Britain to "broadcast exclusively all but one of the races live."
For the previous three years, around half of them "were also shown live" on British free-to-air network Channel 4.
The free-TV channel's contract entitles it to show only "delayed highlights of all the races except for the British Grand Prix in July," which will be live. Channel 4’s audience numbers "have reversed in all four of the races which have taken place since the new contract began." FORBES
The Ferrari Q1 earnings said that Ferrari is going to stop supplying engines to Maserati. CEO Louis Camilleri broke the news, and The Motley Fool posted a transcript of the whole call online.
"Eventually, we will no longer supply engines to Maserati, which actually from our perspective is actually a good thing, both from a margin perspective, but also the fact that we can transfer a lot of the labor that's been focused on the engines to the car side of the business," Camilleri says.
Liquid Gold & Casino Party Experts Join Dale Coyne Racing with Byrd/Belardi
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AdventHealth Grows Partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing
AdventHealth, one of the nation’s largest faith-based health systems, will expand its relationship with Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) and team up with Kyle Larson on the No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for the 2019 Monster Energy Open, as the team looks to earn a spot in the Monster Energy All-Star Race. This will be the first time AdventHealth will be featured on the No. 42 car.
Later in the season, AdventHealth will return to the track with Kurt Busch, a former NASCAR Cup Series champion, on the No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for the Oct. 20 playoff race at Kansas Speedway.
McLaren announces long-term partnership with Arrow Electronics
Now that Arrow is in F1 how much longer will they be in IndyCar? 50 million TV viewers per race vs. 350,000
McLaren Racing and Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) today announced a long-term commercial partnership that brings the global technology and innovation business into the sport of Formula 1 for the first time.
The wide-ranging partnership will also see the McLaren Group, which includes McLaren Automotive and McLaren Applied Technologies, benefit from Arrow Electronics technology and experience, and will integrate Arrow’s services and solutions into the McLaren Racing team’s operations.
Volkswagen is today starting pre-booking in Europe for the first model in its new full-electric ID. family, the ID.3. With immediate effect, potential customers can register for an early production slot for the ID.3 at www.volkswagen.co.uk/id by paying a registration deposit of £750.
The ID.3 1ST special edition, which has been especially configured for pre-booking, includes high-quality, high-performance equipment and is limited to 30,000 vehicles. Volkswagen is equipping the ID.3 1ST with the medium-sized battery option later available for the ID.3 series, which is expected to be most popular.
NASCAR announces tweak to 2019 rules package for select tracks
NASCAR tweaks cars for 3 tracks
NASCAR has updated its 2019 rules package to allow for the implementation of aero ducts at three racetracks.
Previously, the races at Pocono, Darlington and the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway were going to feature the rules package featuring 550 horsepower engines without the aero ducts. When rolling out the rules package last season, officials stated they expected those tracks, along with Atlanta Motor Speedway, to feature heavy enough braking that teams would continue to run brake ducts to cool the brakes.
Kyle Busch Unveils Patriotic Paint Scheme for Coca Cola 600
Kyle Busch, left, was joined by the family of Sgt. Dale Griffin, right, and Charlotte Motor Speedway's Marcus Smith and Greg Walter
Kyle Busch will attempt to defend last season's victory in the Coca Cola 600 with a specially-designed patriotic paint scheme on his M&M's Toyota Camry, honoring the men and women of the US military as well as the memory of a fallen soldier.
Busch's red, white and blue paint scheme will feature the name of fallen Army Sgt. Dale Griffin on the windshield, who lost his life in Afghanistan on Oct. 27, 2009 during Operation Enduring Freedom.
Griffin's parents, Dona and Gene Griffin, were on hand for the unveiling.
“We are very pleased to announce that GEICO will be the primary sponsor of the No. 18 Dale Coyne Vasser-Sullivan entry for the 2019 INDYCAR Grand Prix. GEICO has been with us since the beginning, going back to 2008. Over the last 12 years we have established an outstanding relationship with the company and look forward to once again representing them on-and-off the track,” said DCRVS co-team owner James “Sulli” Sullivan.
IMS President Expects Indy Grand Prix Attendance Uptick Over '18
Last year's winner Will Power
Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles is "predicting a 3-5% uptick in attendance over last year" for Saturday's sixth edition of the Indianapolis Grand Prix, according to Jim Ayello of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR.
Boles "would not reveal exact numbers," but Ayello estimated there were "around 35,000 fans in attendance for last year's race." Boles said that "if the weather cooperates," this year's attendance may be "even bigger."
Kansas Speedway Set For Track's Final Cup Series Night Race
Saturday marks the NASCAR Cup Series' last night race at Kansas Speedway for the time being, as NASCAR "moved next year’s spring race date" from the night before Mothers' Day to Sunday afternoon the week after Memorial Day, according to Randy Covitz in a special to the K.C. STAR.
Kansas Speedway "sought to move the early May Saturday night date as a way to build attendance," but Fox "didn’t want to televise a third consecutive night race following the All-Star and Coca Cola 600 races." ISC and Kansas Speedway in '11 invested about $2M "installing lights at the track."
Newman Wachs Racing Returns To Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Newman Wachs Racing will make its return to the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway this coming weekend for Rounds 3 and 4 of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship. Australian Cameron Shields and American Nolan Siegel will make their Grand Prix of Indianapolis debuts on the track’s challenging 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course. Both drivers are looking to better their St. Pete results, targeting solid top-10 finishes and valuable points in the championship.
Business Furniture & Choreo Partners With Andretti Autosport
Andretti Autosport announced Business Furniture as the Official Office Furniture Provider of the team. Business Furniture and sister company Choreo, will be featured on Zach Veach’s No. 26 Gainbridge Honda for both the INDYCAR Grand Prix and the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500.
“We take immense pride in serving as the Official Office Furniture Provider of Andretti Autosport,” said Mary Beth Oakes, CEO of Business Furniture and Choreo. “We have a rich history in Indianapolis—nearly 100 years in business—and the month of May has always been one of our most favorite times to celebrate the Circle City and our customers. To kick off this month of May by partnering with Andretti (Autosport), the greatest name in racing, is extremely exciting, and our entire team is cheering for Zach Veach and the No. 26 Gainbridge team!”
NASCAR has penalized the crew chiefs of two Cup teams for unsecured lug nut violations incurred in Monday’s Gander RV 400 at Dover International Speedway.
Billy Scott, crew chief for the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford driven by Daniel Suarez, and Chad Johnston, crew chief for the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet driven by Kyle Larson, were fined $10,000 apiece for unsecured lug nuts on their respective cars.
Silverstone has signed a new 1-year deal with Dorna Sports to continue hosting MotoGP through 2021, while also confirming the full circuit will be resurfaced in June.
Silverstone was at the center of controversy last year when the British Grand Prix had to be cancelled due to the circuit's new asphalt being unable to drain the heavy rain which fell throughout Sunday.
Porsche Fined $599 Million for Its Role in Volkswagen Dieselgate Scandal
Porsche paid the price for selling diesel SUVs. No more
The Stuttgart Public Prosecutor's Office fined Porsche €535 million ($598.99 million U.S.) for neglecting its legal supervisory obligations in the vast diesel emissions cheating scandal known as Dieselgate, reports Automotive News. This fine concludes the prosecutors' Dieselgate-related proceedings against Porsche.
A prominent guest driver at Audi Sport in the DTM: For one weekend, Italian motorcycle star Andrea Dovizioso (33 years old) is going to switch from his Ducati Desmosedici GP into the cockpit of an Audi RS 5 DTM. The MotoGP 2017 and 2018 runner-up will contest the two DTM races at Misano (Italy) on June 8 and 9.
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Video: IndyCar's Scott Dixon Reflects On His Career In Racing
5-time IndyCar Champion Scott Dixon is a master of his craft, whose drive for success remains as strong today as it did when he was a young racer growing up in New Zealand.
Moving to the USA to compete with Chip Ganassi at the turn of the century, the now 38-year-old Dixon has never looked back, securing his fifth IndyCar title last year, putting him behind only A.J. Foyt on the all-time list for series wins.
And now, with the Month of May and the biggest prize of all – the Indianapolis 500 – ahead of him, the man they called the ‘Iceman’ has his sights set on a second career win at Indy, in what could be a sixth career championship season, as Mobil 1 The Grid found out.
Open-Wheel Rising Stars Begin Busy Month in Indianapolis
The month of May is traditionally the yearly highlight for any open-wheel racer in North America. This year it will culminate in the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend, but official activities at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway will commence this week, May 9-11, as the 2.439-mile road course plays host to the sixth annual Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
Ferrari brings forward Spec 2 engine update for Spain
Will the Ferrari upgrades be enough to beat the Mercedes upgrades, or will Aldo Costa out-engineer Mattia Binotto once again?
Ferrari has confirmed that it will introduce a new power unit for this weekend's Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix, two races ahead of schedule.
The Italian outfit has lagged behind Mercedes in terms of results despite a strong showing in pre-season testing, forcing the team to ramp up development and bring its Spec 2 engine to Barcelona, along with other upgrades.
"It’s time for the Spanish GP, traditionally a race where most of the teams bring some updates, therefore we can expect to see a step up in performance from our competitors," said team boss Mattia Binotto.
Chicago Blackhawks Goaltender Crawford To Drive INDYCAR Grand Prix Pace Car
Corvette Pace Car
Chicago Blackhawks goaltender and two-time Stanley Cup champion Corey Crawford will lead the field to the green flag for the sixth annual INDYCAR Grand Prix on Saturday, May 11 as the driver of the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Coupe Pace Car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Twice an NHL All-Star (2015, 2017) and a member of the NHL All-Rookie team in 2011, Crawford is just the eighth Blackhawks goaltender to win more than 100 games in the team's storied history. The Windy City fan favorite is also an avid car enthusiast who enjoys restoring vintage vehicles.
Ed Jones and the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet entry kick off the month of May with the IndyCar Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course May 10-11.
The exciting month of May begins with the IndyCar Grand Prix, the Series final event before taking on the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500. After the April 24 test on the oval Jones and Scuderia Corsa were energized over the strong performance and aim to find momentum.
Watkins Glen and Genesee Brewing Company host free, 6-date summer concert series
This summer, Watkins Glen International and Genesee Brewing Company will host the Genesee Summer Concert Series at The Glen, a free six-event concert series at the track, providing fans an opportunity to listen to local bands and learn more about the upcoming events for the 2019 season.
“We are excited to not only bring back our summer concert series, but kick off our relationship with Genesee Brewing Company in a unique way,” Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup said. “This is a great chance to showcase what WGI has to offer beyond racing and provide the fans with more summer entertainment.”
Watch John Force's Chevy spew its guts in first 50 feet
John Force's Chevy Camaro Funny Car spewed its guts all over the track shortly out of the box in its first run at the Arby's NHRA Southern Nationals Friday. The 16-time Funny Car champion got out of the car under his own power.
"The car was like an Arby's sandwich -- hot right out of the box," said Force.
Call made to get Supercars off the high downforce crutch
Look at the size of that rear wing on the Penske Mustang. Any wanker can drive the car with that much downforce
Russell Ingall has called for a reduction in downforce in Supercars amid news that the Commission is in fact considering the idea for implementation as soon as next year.
Championship regulations currently mandate a total downforce figure (front plus rear) of approximately 350kg at 200km/h, and it is generally understood that around 200kg of that is generated from the rear.
Aerodynamics have been thrust into focus again by the introduction of the Ford Mustang, which took to last weekend’s Pirtek Perth SuperNight in a revised specification featuring reductions to the size of the rear wing gurney, rear wing endplates, and front undertray length.
Female series could support F1 - Coulthard (Update)
UPDATE The W Series could "be on the fast track" to joining F1. Former F1 driver David Coulthard said that there had "already been discussions" about the W Series being featured on the F1 support program.
The six W Series races this year all support the German Touring Car championship.
Coulthard: "There's a few grand prix tracks where the undercard is not controlled by Formula 1. I think it would be quite interesting if there was a little bit of pressure applied to F1" REUTERS
Agag is getting 330 million TV viewers per year but is still losing his bloody shirt
Formula E revealed its pre-tax loss "widened" by 26.7% to £22.6M last year, giving it combined losses of $186M since it held its first race in '14. Accounts for the year ending July 31, 2018, showed that revenue rose $44M to $150M, "driven" by a new title sponsorship from Swiss engineering group ABB.
But "this was outstripped" by a $50M increase in costs as Formula E added more staff and developed its new car which "can last an entire race without needing to be charged." The amount Formula E owes its Hong Kong-based parent, Formula E Holdings, increased by $19M to $182M last year. London GUARDIAN.
Watch a Blindfolded Alexander Rossi Complete a Lap of the Long Beach Street Circuit by Memory
Alexander Rossi has driven his Andretti Autosport Honda to Victory Lane at IndyCar's Grand Prix of Long Beach two years running, and after seeing this video, it's no wonder why.
Rather than simply reciting the steps to a successful run 'round the sun-soaked track, last year's IndyCar championship runner-up put on a blindfold and picked up a steering wheel to complete a lap from memory—no cheats here.
Marko claims Ricciardo's $49million-a-year move to Renault was based on a lie
Daniel Ricciardo laughing all the way to the bank. $49M per year with Renault vs. under $10M with Red Bull. He will retire comfortably
Australian F1 star Daniel Ricciardo has been dragged into a war of the words between his old team Red Bull and his new team Renault.
Red Bull's chief adviser Helmut Marko has taken aim at Renault, saying Ricciardo's $49million-a-year move to the French manufacturer was based on false promises of world-championship winning engines.
Ricciardo, 29, sent shock waves through the sport last year when he made the move from Red Bull to Renault. The move has yet to pay off, with the driver only finishing one of four grands prix so far this season, when he finished seventh in China.
NASCAR betting plan gets another boost, what about IndyCar? (Update)
What is IndyCar doing for its betting/gambling plan that gets fans more engaged with the sport? Let's hope they are not asleep at the wheel.
UPDATE NASCAR’s gambling plan is taking root, with a data deal announced last week and a content deal coming this week that together illuminate the breadth of an emerging strategy.
The sanctioning body has been mapping out its place in the gambling space since the Supreme Court cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting last May. It announced an integrity deal with Sportradar in late 2018, started allowing teams to sign sportsbook-related sponsorships and rolled out a prop-bet-inspired game on its website this season. But its wider plan had yet to take shape.
The Mercedes-Benz of electric vehicles is ready for launch. The Mercedes-Benz EQC is produced at the Mercedes-Benz Bremen plant – and can be ordered now. There the EQC can be flexibly integrated into the ongoing series production of vehicles with combustion engine or hybrid drive. The high Mercedes-Benz production standards therefore ensure top quality across all vehicle models. As a CASE pioneer, the EQC 400 4MATIC offers extensive standard equipment and attractive services.
(GMM) The man at the center of the former F1 race in Valencia, Spain, has been indicted in court.
A judge found that there is "consistent" evidence that former Valencia president Francisco Camps was involved in embezzlement, bribery and falsification of documents related to the construction of the F1 track.
A double podium on Saturday, a one-two-three result on Sunday: Audi managed an impressive start to the DTM’s turbo era at the Hockenheimring. In Sunday’s gripping race, Rene Rast from Audi Sport Team Rosberg with a bold strategy won ahead of Nico Müller and Robin Frijns (both Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline).
After Saturday’s rain battle, the spectators in dry conditions on Sunday saw the first true trial of strength between the Class 1 race cars of Aston Martin, Audi and BMW. The clear winner after 37 thrilling laps: the Audi RS 5 DTM with its new, more than 610-hp two-liter four-cylinder turbo engine.
Patricia Driscoll denied new trial and motion for acquittal
Kurt Busch has last laugh
The judge presiding over the federal criminal case against Patricia Driscoll, the former executive director of the now-defunct Armed Forces Foundation and Kurt Busch’s ex-girlfriend, was told this past Wednesday that she cannot have a new trial nor a directed verdict to set aside a jury’s finding of guilt on two counts of wire fraud, two counts of tax evasion and one count of first-degree fraud.
The case stemmed from Driscoll’s pilfering of funds from the foundation’s coffers to pay for person items, including jewelry, groceries and massages, as well as, personal travel for her and a family member. She also used foundation funds to pay her personal credit cards and to cover business expenses for her privately-held security firm, Frontline Defense Systems. Driscoll was first exposed for the questionable expenditures by Kickin’ the Tires in February 2015 after an in-depth review of financial records that were leaked to the media outlet.
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