It’s a little strange, this waiting pattern we’re in – lots of news about new electric vehicles coming down the line, but few to put our hands on, drive and evaluate. Yet in the next 12 to 24 months, all-electric trucks and vans will enter serial production and start showing up in larger numbers in North American fleets. Drivers, technicians, and maintenance managers will begin the process of figuring out how to make these vehicles productive and profitable in real-world delivery and hauling applications.
INDYCAR Grand Prix Fans Encouraged To 'Plan Ahead' with IMS.com
Last year's winner Will Power
Fans attending the fifth annual INDYCAR Grand Prix on Saturday, May 12 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are encouraged to "Plan Ahead" through IMS.com/planahead, an interactive web page that serves as a home base for fans headed to the track during the Month of May.
The "Plan Ahead" page features detailed information about the entire fan experience at IMS, including directions, parking, track map, schedule, camping, gate regulations, tickets, ADA accessibility and much more.
Steiner will never give an American driver a fair shake
nti-American Haas Team boss Guenther Steiner has revealed that the anti-American team was in talks with Pietro Fittipaldi for an F1 test before his horrendous crash during qualifying for last weekend's WEC event at Spa that left his with severe leg injuries. Of course Steiner would never talk to an American driver.
Talking to reporters ahead of this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix, Steiner revealed that he had previously been in talks with the youngster regarding an F1 test.
Alfonso Celis Jr. gets IndyCar chance at Road America
Alfonso Celis Jr. was on F1 track until money ran dry
Indianapolis, Indiana – Juncos Racing announced today that Alfonso Celis Jr. will move up within the team from the Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires to the Verizon IndyCar Series. Celis Jr. will make his official debut in the Verizon IndyCar Series at Road America.
Celis Jr. (Mexico City, Mexico) will pilot the No. 32 Chevrolet/Juncos Racing car on the 4-mile, 14 Turn road course located at Road America this June. The 21-year-old previously competed in the Indy Lights Championship at Barber Motorsports Park back in April.
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Aric Almirola On His Rise Through The Ranks In NASCAR
Aric Almirola's progression in NASCAR took a giant leap forward in 2018 as he stepped into the #10 Stewart-Haas Racing machine, teaming up with Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer and 2014 Cup champion Kevin Harvick.
Mobil 1 The Grid recently spent time with the amiable Floridian to learn more about how an engineering background and a rollercoaster career so far – as well as the heartbreak that was the final lap of the Daytona 500 – have prepared him for this golden opportunity. Harvick, Busch and Bowyer also offer their views.
Zachary Claman De Melo will be returning behind the wheel of the #19 Paysafe car sooner than initially planned. The Canadian will be piloting the Dale Coyne Racing entry at this weekend’s INDYCAR Grand Prix, replacing the injured Pietro Fittipaldi.
Fittipaldi was originally scheduled to take part in his second Verizon IndyCar Series race at this weekend’s road course event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. However, the Brazilian driver has been sidelined due to leg injuries (broken left leg and right ankle) suffered in a qualifying crash at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit during the World Endurance Championship event on May 4.
Music Superstar Kelly Clarkson To Perform National Anthem at Indy 500
Multiple Grammy Award-winning superstar Kelly Clarkson will perform the national anthem before the start of the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Clarkson will sing on Race Day in the traditional spot before the 33 drivers are called to their cars in front of the largest single-day spectator sporting event crowd in the world.
Williams cannot win on the race track, but can its video game be a winner?
Williams has launched an official eSports team to compete in a range of online sim racing competitions.
eSports gives Williams an opportunity to compete in a burgeoning industry, providing both new and existing fans with opportunities to engage with the team in a diverse and accessible arena.
The team will run competitions for gamers to earn their place on the Williams eSports roster for a variety of sim racing competitions throughout the season. Details of these competitions, games and series will follow.
Fittipaldi was not the only one to suffer big crash at Spa
Russian race car driver Matevos Isaakyan was heading up the hill on the famous Eau Rouge corner during the Six Hours of Spa last weekend when his car spontaneously decided to do not one, but two backflips. And somehow, he was physically just fine after it.
You can hear what sounds like the engine of Isaakyan’s BR1 LMP1-class race car pegged to the rev-limiter as the car suddenly flies through the air. He was totally fine afterwards, however, Sportscar365 reported.
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The Nos. 3 and 7 teams in the NASCAR Xfinity Series received L1-level penalties after violations were discovered in teardowns at the R&D Center following Saturday’s race at Dover International Speedway.
The No. 7 race-winning team was found to have violated section 20.14.2.h of the NASCAR Rule Book (rear suspension and trailing arm angles/pinion angle shims). Truck trailing arm spacer/pinion angle shim surfaces must be in complete contact at all points, at all times. Failure to adhere to that can create additional side force and is a violation.
Ford is in the midst of drastically shifting its strategy for its home market. It’s ushering out almost all of its cars, and focusing instead on trucks. It announced that much just a few weeks ago. But it’s now officially put that strategy into action.
There was no fanfare or ceremony, as we often see when long-running model lines reach the end of their life cycles. But Automotive News reports that Ford ceased production of the Focus and C-Max at its factory in Michigan this past Friday. A Focus sedan and C-Max hybrid were the last to roll off the assembly line.
Olympic Gold Medalist King To Drive INDYCAR Grand Prix Pace Car
Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Lilly King, who competes collegiately for Indiana University, will drive the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Pace Car to lead the starting field to the green flag for the fifth annual INDYCAR Grand Prix on Saturday, May 12 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Wilson Announces Intelisys and Partners as Co-Primary Partners for the 102nd Indy 500
Stefan Wilson announced today that Intelisys, a ScanSource company, and the leading technology services distributor of telecommunications, network and cloud services in the U.S., will be the co-primary sponsor of the No. 25 Driven2SaveLives Andretti Autosport Honda for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500, along with partners Onward Communications, ROI Communications and Global Communication Networks.
PALMETTO, Fla. – As with the Verizon IndyCar Series and the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500, the month of May also features a crown jewel on the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires schedule with the Freedom 100 on Friday, May 25 – Miller Lite Carb Day. The race has produced three of the closest finishes in history at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the 2016 finish at the top of the record books when Dean Stoneman of Andretti Autosport won by a mere 0.0024 seconds over Carlin’s Ed Jones.
NASCAR announced today the formation of a youth esports racing series, the first esports competition created to attract and identify young talent. The series will be hosted on iRacing, the world’s premier racing simulation platform. NASCAR’s youth esports series establishes an easily accessible entry point to real-world racing and provides young competitors with an unparalleled simulation experience on iRacing’s ultra-realistic software.
HWA AG Set To Join Formula E As Customer Team In Season Five
Alejandro Agag welcoming HWA AG CEO Ulrich Fritz to the electric street racing series
HWA AG is set to join the ABB FIA Formula E Championship as a new customer team for next season - taking the total amount of entrants to 11.
After working in close collaboration with the Venturi outfit throughout the current campaign as a provider of technical support, HWA AG will extend their existing partnership with the Monaco-based team to receive powertrains for the 2018/19 season.
France family tells employees it's committed to sport
Brian France - we are committed!
In a memo to NASCAR employees, sanctioning body president Brent Dewar said there would be no comment on “industry rumors” about a potential sale, only saying that the controlling France family was committed to the sport of stock car racing.
The memo was published by the Associated Press on Tuesday after the news organization received it from an anonymous tipster.
Patrick Chio wins opening USTCC round at Willow Springs
Patrick Chio (C)
Willows, CA – Patrick Chio won the opening round of the United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC) Touring Car class race in the Speed SF/Auto Logic Nissan 350Z while Nik Romano won the Sportsman class in the GKR Racing/ Indotech Motorsports Lexus IS300. Larry Bani won the Super Touring class in the GoGoGear.com/KW Suspension/AFE Power BMW M3 and Rob Harper won the GT Class in the Life’s Good Racing Chevrolet Corvette.
Ever since NBC Sports Group’s Dan Lovinger watched the Indianapolis 500 as a kid, he’s had the venerable event pegged on his bucket list.
The executive vice president of advertising sales is about to get his chance to attend, as his advertising group and IndyCar’s business development group have started building an integrated relationship that will involve selling NBC’s advertising inventory alongside IndyCar’s sponsorship inventory, including the series’ title sponsorship.
Nissan To deep-six Diesel Engines From Europe, Push EVs Instead
All the manufacturers test drive a Tesla Model S and then the light bulbs go off in their heads, realizing that electric propulsion is superior.
Nissan will gradually stop selling models with diesel engines in Europe, as a company spokeswoman confirmed to Reuters.
The Japanese carmaker’s move is seen as a further sign of weakening demand for diesel cars, as buyers are worried about tax rises and upcoming bans and restrictions in many countries.
The same report cites a source saying that Nissan is planning on cutting hundreds of jobs at their factory in Sunderland, UK’s biggest automotive factory, due to the decreasing demand for diesel vehicles in European markets.
All Three Mazda Road to Indy Series Set for Indianapolis GP
Indy Lights start in 2017
With a history dating back over 100 years, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway ranks right at the top of the list of venues for all open-wheel racers. This weekend around 50 young Indianapolis 500 aspirants, representing all three levels of the highly acclaimed Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires development ladder, will be chasing victory on the Brickyard’s 2.439-mile Grand Prix road course in a total of six races which will comprise the Royal Purple Synthetic Oil Grand Prix of Indianapolis supporting the Lupus Foundation of America.
Mecum Auctions Returns as Foundation Partner with Dreyer & Reinbold
Sage Karam on open practice day at Indy
Mecum Auctions, the world’s largest collector-car auction company, announced today that it will return with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing as a Foundation Partner for the No. 24 and No. 66 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet cars driven by young Sage Karam and veteran J.R. Hildebrand in the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 scheduled for Sunday, May 27, at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and GEARWRENCH Announce Alignment
Gearwrench has already been in NASCAR
It was announced today that Verizon IndyCar Series team Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) has aligned with top tool brand GEARWRENCH during a special garage design unveiling. In addition to becoming the presenting sponsor of the team’s iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway garage design, which is in its third year, GEARWRENCH becomes the Official Hand Tool brand of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in a multi-year partnership.
Kyle Larson, fiancee Katelyn Sweet welcome second child
Owen Larson with baby sister Audrey
Kyle Larson and fiancee Katelyn Sweet announced the birth of their second child, daughter Audrey Layne Larson, on Monday, one day after the Chip Ganassi driver shared that John Hunter Nemechek was on standby to pilot the No. 42 at Kansas if needed. Turns out … he’s not needed.
Larson tweeted: "What an exciting night/morning! Baby came a few weeks early but glad I was able to be in town for it all. Katelyn did amazing and we are excited to welcome a baby girl, Audrey Layne Larson! Owen got to hang out with his new little sister this morning and loves her a bunch."
F1 Group's Price Drop Doesn't Reflect Business Progress
Formula 1 in China
Formula One Group (FWONA, FWONK) is down about 20% off its 2017 highs. There seems to be no one obvious reason for its under performance. Perhaps it is fear regarding Ferrari’s threat to leave the racing series if it doesn’t get its way in negotiations (we previously wrote an article explaining why we think this fear is overblown)? Or perhaps it’s just caught in the general downdraft of the poor recent performance of other Liberty Group holdings, such as Trip Advisor, Expedia, or Charter’s recent stock price drop? Regardless of what the market is afraid of, we think there are plenty of good things happening at Formula One that will eventually move the stock price higher.
Aston Martin is planning an expansion of its motorsports activities in North America that could include a future semi-factory GT Le Mans class program in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship as well as GT3 and GT4 customer entries, according to AMR President David King.
“That’s a big open opportunity for us, the U.S. in particular at the top level as well, we’d love to get back into IMSA properly in GTLM in the future,” he told Sportscar365.
“It’s an ambition, not a plan right now, but we’re actively looking for partners now to get back into the U.S. top level [in GTLM].
“Realistically, imagine a top team with some works support running under the AMR banner in the future. That would be quite a nice solution.
“Ultimately GTLM would be nice but GT Daytona would be good with the new car next year.”
“Things are a lot more stable at Aston Martin Racing now,” King said. “Aston Martin as a company is making a profit, at last, we have a secure future, and our relationship with Prodrive as our global motorsport partner is secure for another five years.
“We’re on a much stronger footing than it’s been in the past.
“We can offer much more with confidence to our customers now, a proper service, choose a really top-line partner and do a proper job of servicing the North American market.”
While King has ruled out a GTLM entry in the WeatherTech Championship this year, he indicated it could be in the cards for 2019.
“Having made the proper investment in developing new GT3 and GT4 cars we’ll have a platform for the next five years that will allow us to grow the racing and engage more customers,” King said.
“I think we’ve shown to the customers that they can trust us that if they buy a car from us it will be competitive over the long term and you won’t have to buy a new one in two or three years or spend a huge amount on an upgrade package.
“It will be competitive, it will be well supported, it will look great, so I think we’ll see a big demand for the new cars.”
NASCAR Swaps Camping World For Gander In Truck Series Name
Gander Outdoors logo used for Pocono race
NASCAR and Camping World have expanded their agreement to provide Gander Outdoors naming rights to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Beginning in 2019, the national series will be rebranded as the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series.
Tom Blomqvist has been let go by MS&AD Andretti after just six races, with Stephane Sarrazin returning to the series to replace him.
The British driver was brought in by BMW ahead of them taking over Andretti’s Formula E entry next year, but his debut in the series was delayed after Andretti chose to put Kamui Kobayashi in the car for the opening two rounds at the request of the team’s title sponsor.
This put Blomqvist on the back foot from the start, and although he scored an eighth place finish in his first race in Marrakesh, he has not returned to the points since.
Toyota Fixed Running Order, Orchestrated Alonso's WEC Win at Spa
Fans now know when they go to see a WEC race it's really an orchestrated parade
Toyota officials revealed on Sunday that they purposely froze the running order in the closing stages of Saturday's World Endurance Championship race at Spa-Francorchamps, which was won by two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso for Toyota.
Pascal Vasselon, Toyota's technical boss who oversees the running of both TS050 Hybrid racers, admitted that all six drivers had agreed to "not racing each other" after the final scheduled pit stop of the six-hour race. According to Motorsport, the lineup of superstar drivers could race each other from the start of the race until the last pit stop, which is when Toyota decided they should remain in place and not take any chances.
Turner Woodard Announces The Stutz SPM Indycar Sponsorship
Stutz racecars lined up on track, 1913 Indianapolis 500 automobile race
Turner Woodard is excited to announce sponsorship support of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. The Stutz Business and Arts Center logo will appear on two of the team’s cars’ side mirrors. The Honda-powered machines are driven by James Hinchcliffe in the No. 5 Arrow Electronics SPM Honda and Robert Wickens in the No. 6 Lucas Oil SPM Honda.
“May is such a special time in Indianapolis and I couldn’t imagine spending the month anywhere but watching all the pageantry, events and racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We value the business operation side of racing, so we’re pleased to lend our support to the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team.
Larry McReynolds & Bobby Labonte Discuss Reported Possible Sale of NASCAR
Enough damage done, time to sell before its not worth anything
On Monday, Reuters reported the France family, majority owners of NASCAR, is exploring the possible sale of NASCAR.
Below are quotes from Monday’s NASCAR RACE HUB telecast on FS1, during which FOX NASCAR analysts Larry McReynolds (former crew chief) and Bobby Labonte (former NASCAR champion) discussed with co-hosts Adam Alexander and Shannon Spake the reported possible sale, including their reactions, where any impact could be felt, how the sport could be improved and more.
Coyne to decide on Fittipaldi replacement this week
Verizon IndyCar Series team, Dale Coyne Racing, are hoping to have confirmed their replacement for the injured Pietro Fittipaldi by the end of this week. Fittipaldi had been slated to drive in this month’s 2018 Indianapolis 500, as well as the Grand Prix of Indianapolis that takes place later this week. However, in qualifying his #10 DragonSpeed LMP1 car for the 6 hours of Spa-Francorchamps his car went straight into the barriers at the famous Eau Rouge corner and Fittipaldi broke his right ankle and fractured his left leg.
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Two-time USAC champion Chris Windom will make his Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires debut in May when he joins Belardi Auto Racing for the Freedom 100
Kristian Branch of Blue HQ media had the opportunity to sit down with 2017 USAC Sprint Car Champion & 2016 Silver Crown Champion Chris Windom to talk about his ride in the upcoming Freedom 100 Indy Lights race that’s held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at Carb Day on the Friday before the 102nd Indianapolis 500.
The 27-year-old Windom, who is from Illinois but currently resides in St. Louis, wanted to be like his dad and race flat track motorcycles. That idea didn’t go over very well with his parents so at seven Chris began racing go-karts. When he was 11 he moved up to 1600 micro sprints, and by the age of 14, he was running sprints cars. He finished second in his very first race. He was running a full-time Sprint Car season by the time he was 16. With no local tracks near him in Illinois, Chris and his family would pack up during the week to make the four-hour one-way trip to tracks all over Indiana, from Paragon to SR-24 Speedway, Anderson Speedway, and the Indianapolis Speedrome.
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