Dale Coyne Racing has signed Gabby Chaves to pilot its #19 Boy Scouts of America entry at this weekend’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis as well as for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.
Chaves, who raced for Bryan Herta Autosport last season, won the 2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year title and was also named Rookie of the Year at the Indianapolis 500 after qualifying as the fastest rookie and finishing 16th.
PIRTEK Partners With Brad Keselowski Racing, Austin Cindric At Dover
NASCAR is showing IndyCar sponsor PIRTEK how much more value they can deliver
Brad Keselowski Racing announced today that PIRTEK, the industry leader in fluid transfer solution sales and service in the United States, will serve as primary sponsor of the No. 2 PIRTEK Ford F-150 driven by Austin Cindric in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race on May 13 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.
Although their name might be new to racing fans in the U.S., PIRTEK has a rich history in motorsports. In Australia, PIRTEK was well known as the primary sponsor of Marcos Ambrose during his V8 SuperCar championship run in 2003 and 2004. Today, they are a primary sponsor for DJR Team Penske's SuperCar team which makes their sponsorship of Cindric and BKR an easy transition.
Adam Stevens knows in NASCAR you can cheat to win and you will always keep your win
Adam Stevens, crew chief for the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota driven by Kyle Busch has been fined $20,000 and suspended for one race.
The penalty comes after Busch’s winning car was found in violation of several NASCAR rules relating to the use of lug nuts during the May 7 GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway.
Stevens has also been placed on probation through Dec. 31, while front tire changer John Leslie has also been suspended for this weekend’s event at Dover (Del.) Int’l Speedway and placed on probation though the end of the calendar year. See related rumor.
NTT Group to Serve as Primary Partner on Tony Kanaan's No. 10 Chevrolet
NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing announced today that Verizon IndyCar Series Champion and Indianapolis 500 Winner Tony Kanaan and the team's No. 10 Chevrolet will have NTT Group on-board as the primary partner this weekend at the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS).
Rebellion Racing has no chance against the factory teams
With future LMP1 Privateer regulations in the process of being confirmed and the fate of IMSA’s new DPi platform still yet to play out, Rebellion Racing is currently undecided on which route it will take next year.
The Anglo-Swiss squad, which has been part of the FIA World Endurance Championship since its inception in 2012, and is coming off its second consecutive WEC overall podium finish, has been monitoring developments in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for a potential DPi/LMP2 program.
Smithfield and Waffle House will team with Richard Petty Motorsports for the iconic Aug. 20 Bristol Night Race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.
Aric Almirola will pilot the No. 43 Smithfield/Waffle House Ford in one of the most popular races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. As part of the partnership, The Bristol Night Race will mark the third time Smithfield, Waffle House and Richard Petty Motorsports teamed up on track. Through the three-year partnership, the companies created Waffle House Race for Rewards, an app that allows patrons to earn points by eating at Waffle House and redeem those points for Waffle House merchandise and Smithfield racing gear.
Earnhardt Jr.'s car will have a new look for the All-Star Race Dale Earnhardt Jr's familiar No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet will have a fresh new look for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway (FS1, May 21, 7 p.m. ET).
As Honda Racing heads into a historic month of May and the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29, the automaker is commemorating its history and success in both the Indy 500 and in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Honda is the most successful carmaker of all-time at the Indy 500, winning more races, having more starts and completing more laps than any other carmaker in the 99 previous editions of the event. Since 1994, Honda has taken part in 15 Indianapolis 500 races, powering 10 race winners at The Brickyard.
During 23 years of uninterrupted IndyCar competition, Honda has won 12 manufacturers' championships, with Honda-powered drivers winning 217 races and 15 series championships – unmatched by any other automaker since Honda entered the series in 1994.
The Mazda Road to Indy is a huge part of this weekend’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The three categories - USF2000, Pro Mazda and Indy Lights - will each have two races this weekend at the famed Brickyard. Mazda Road to Indy on-track activities begin Thursday with practice sessions, followed by qualifying and three races Friday, then the final three races Saturday on the 14-turn, 2.605-mile circuit which utilizes parts of the Indy oval and then snakes through the massive infield.
NASCAR Tire changers more likely to suffer injuries
Tire changers in most danger
Of all the crewmembers in NASCAR, tire changers are the ones most likely to suffer injuries in the performance of their duties, according to a new study performed by a pair of doctors from OrthoCarolina.
The study by Glenn Gaston, MD, Chief Hand Surgeon of the OrthoCarolina Hand Center, and William Heisel, PA, Director of OrthoCarolina Motorsports, examined 226 cases were NASCAR team members were treated for upper extremity issues.
Composite ARCA Body Coming To Pocono The composite body race cars that debuted in the ARCA Racing Series in 2015 will make their superspeedway debut when the series visits Pocono Raceway on June 3.
Officials from the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards announced in October 2015 that the composite material, flange-fit body, which debuted in 2015 on tracks one mile and less in length, would be approved for competition on all tracks except Talladega and Daytona in 2016.
Alexander Rossi Scales Sacramento State Climbing Wall
Rossi climbs rock wall
Auburn, CA native Alexander Rossi will tackle the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 for the first time on Sunday, May 29. Before taking on that challenge, the rookie Verizon IndyCar Series driver traded his racing gloves for a climbing harness as he faced the 39-foot tall indoor climbing wall at Sacramento State on Tuesday.
This marked Rossi's first visit to Sacramento since signing with Andretti Autosport earlier this year. The outdoor and action-sport enthusiast took to Sacramento State's 39' 6" climbing wall at The WELL with gusto, alongside Climbing Coordinator Kenny Williams. The state-of-the-art climbing wall is one of the largest indoor climbing walls in the California State University System.
Canadian Thompson Leads a 27-Car USF2000 Entry at Indianapolis
PALMETTO, Fla. – The balance of power in this year’s Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda – step one on the acclaimed Mazda Road to Indy which provides Mazda scholarships to assist talented drivers in moving from the grassroots of the sport to the Verizon Indy Car Series and the Indianapolis 500 – shifted during the two most recent races. Wisconsin-based Pabst Racing had grasped the early initiative by dominating the opening two rounds in St. Petersburg, Fla., despite that being home territory for perennial force Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing. But the Cape team bounced back with a vengeance at Barber Motorsports Park as 18-year-old Parker Thompson, from Red Deer, Alb., Canada, scored a well-deserved maiden victory in Race One, then repeated the following day to wrest away the advantage.
Force India's finances improve as team posts $9.8m loss
Force India's latest accounts show the team posted a $9.8m loss for the 2015 financial year, a significant improvement on the 2014 when the team's losses stretched to more than double, at $21.9m.
The improves figures were boosted by increased income, from $86.4m to $92.7m - thanks to more sponsorship income - and increased FOM prize money paid to the team on the back of its sixth-placed finish in the championship standings.
Road America Economic Impact Numbers on Region Announced Representatives from Lakeland College along with officials from Road America, recently released figures that highlight the racing venue's positive economic impact on the region. Entering its 61st season, Road America has actively been a driving force for tourism in Sheboygan County bringing hundreds of thousands of race fans to the area every season while supporting local businesses in the region.
According to the research, the direct economic impact of Road America totaled more than $74 million for 2014 through 2015. This figure was derived from racing and ancillary activities held on-site based on the incremental dollars spent in the area by non-county spectators, participants, support personnel and others as a direct result of Road America's business model. The indirect economic impact of the venue totaled more than $134 million moving through the regional economy.
Video: INDYCAR Chronicles: Tony Kanaan The first 2016 edition of INDYCAR Chronicles, featuring INDYCAR veteran Tony Kanaan. Take a retrospective look at the career of the 2004 Verizon IndyCar Series and 2013 Indianapolis 500 champion as he prepares to return to Phoenix International Raceway, where he won in 2003 and '04. Comment
Pirelli World Challenge Announces Expanded Global TV Package
Full grid at Elkhart Lake
WC Vision, producers of the Pirelli World Challenge, today announced a new expanded television reach with its 2016 telecasts as over 700 million global households now have the opportunity to view North America’s top GT production series.
Through the Greenlight International weekly motorsport programming, the worldwide distribution now includes all seven continents with a variety of network partners such as ESPN International, ESPN 2, ESPN Dos, TEN Sports, Fox Sports International, Fox Sports 2, Sky Sports, Star Sports in China and India, Tru Visions and Al Jazeera/Bein Sports.
Dover International Speedway announced Monday that it has completed track enhancement projects ahead of this weekend's NASCAR tripleheader, including expanded use of energy-absorbing barriers.
The 1-mile Delaware track said that it has added 479 feet of the SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barrier system along the inside retaining wall on the backstretch and into Turn 3. Of that distance, 78 feet was placed along the existing concrete wall with the remaining 401 feet extending a new steel-post wall into the third-turn entrance.
Roush Fenway Racing restarts Classic Sunny Delight Commercial Sunny Delight's sponsorship of Roush Fenway Racing's No. 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry begins this weekend at Dover Int'l Speedway, and RFR this morning will release a new ad that uses drivers to remake the juice drink's classic "Grape Stuff" spot from the early '80s. The new spot, shot by Charlotte-based Theory Communication & Design, sees RFR drivers Ricky Stenhouse and Chris Buescher, team PR staffers and Fox NASCAR reporters Kaitlyn Vincie and Andrew Doud playing youngsters who burst into a refrigerator to find Sunny D.
DRR - Kingdom Racing To Run Chevrolet Aero Kit and Fully Integrated Twin Turbo V-6 Engine
Kingdom Racing announced today that it will field the Chevrolet Aero Kit with fully-integrated 2.2 liter IndyCar V-6 racing engine for the fifth consecutive year in the 100th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race set for May 29.
Dreyer & Reinbold – Kingdom Racing will field the No. 24 Gas Monkey Energy Chevrolet Dallara race car for young star Sage Karam of Nazareth, Pa., in the latest of the Dreyer and Reinbold family’s entries at the world’s biggest auto racing event. The Dreyer and Reinbold family history in the Indy 500 dates back to 1927 when Floyd “Pop” Dreyer, Dennis Reinbold’s grandfather, served as a mechanic. xxxx
The Chevrolet IndyCar 2.2-liter V6 direct-injected, turbocharged engine has recorded 47 IndyCar wins, 54 Verizon pole awards, two Indianapolis 500 wins, three driver championships and four consecutive manufacturer titles (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015). When the Chevrolet Aero Kit was added to the package in 2015, Chevrolet drivers collected the trifecta – winning the Indianapolis 500, capturing the driver and owner title as well as collecting its fourth consecutive manufacturer championship.
“We are extremely excited to continue our partnership with Chevrolet for the prestigious 100th Indy 500,” said Reinbold. “Chevrolet has been an American legend for over a century and a winner in all forms of competition. It will be great to have the famed Bowtie back with our team for the fifth straight year at Indy. We have an American driver, Sage, with an American engine and a very American sponsor in Gas Monkey Energy ready to battle for the coveted Borg-Warner Trophy on May 29. We are very proud to be a part of the Chevrolet effort again for the 100th Indy 500.”
Karam, 21, is one of the top young open-wheel drivers in the world after an impressive teenage career with championships in Firestone Indy Lights and US Formula 2000. The former high school wrestling star made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut in the 2014 Indy 500 for Dreyer & Reinbold – Kingdom Racing with a sensational drive from 31st to ninth. Karam won the “Hard Charger” award for his stellar performance as well as he and his crew placing second in the Indy 500 Pit Crew Championship.
Karam returns to the Indianapolis 500 for his third appearance in the world’s biggest auto race after competing in twelve events in 2015 for Chip Ganassi Racing. Sage scored his first IndyCar Series podium with a third at Iowa Speedway and also notched a fifth at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.
Two instances of bodywork modification -- one mid-race, one post-race -- caught the eye of NASCAR officials during last Saturday's Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway. Scott Miller, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition, detailed those circumstances in a Monday morning appearance on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's "Morning Drive" program.
Kyle Busch scored his third Sprint Cup victory of the season in Saturday night's GoBowling 400, breaking an 0-for-16 drought at the 1.5-mile Kansas City track, historically a stumbling block for the reigning series champ. Busch's exuberant post-race burnout shredded the right-rear tire, causing significant damage to the fender of the Joe Gibbs Racing #18 Toyota.
Video: Hot lap with Mario Andretti on Indy Road Course
Mario Andretti gets ready to drive the 2-seat IndyCar at Indy
On any given day, if you got a ride in the car of a 76-year-old grandfather, you'd be expecting a slow, laborious, even frustrating drive, punctuated by car horns from other irritated drivers on the road trying to pass. But today isn't one of those days.
Because said grandfather standing in front of me is Mario Andretti, zipping up his racing suit like he's done a million times before. And the vehicle in front of him is a two-seat Indy car, pointed opportunistically towards an opening in the pit wall of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Off to pick up more Geritol, we are not.
Video: Official FIA Delegation declares Baku City Circuit On-Track to Host Formula 1
Charlie Whiting checks out pitlane
A FIA delegation, led by the FIA Formula One Race Director and Safety Delegate, Charlie Whiting, today inspected the readiness of the Baku City Circuit ahead of the 2016 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE, to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan the weekend of June 17th-19th.
The inspection evaluated the quality of the track and its surrounding facilities to ensure it will be fit for the purpose of hosting a Formula 1 Grand Prix street race. After carrying out a thorough inspection of the newest circuit on the Formula 1 calendar, the commission delivered a hugely positive verdict, declaring Baku City Circuit as being on-track to host its first ever Formula 1 race.
MetroNet Connects With Jonathan Byrd's Racing With the roar of the engines at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway set to begin in just a couple of days, Jonathan Byrd’s Racing is pleased to introduce its newest sponsor, MetroNet.
Headquartered in Evansville, Indiana, MetroNet (www.metronnetinc.com) is a customer-focused company that provides cutting-edge fiber optic communication services, including high-speed Fiber Internet, full-featured Fiber Phone, and Fiber IPTV with a wide variety of programming. All MetroNet services are delivered across a 100% fiber optic network made up of thousands of miles of fiber optic cables connected directly to homes and businesses. Serving 25 Midwest communities, MetroNet provides fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) technology to homes and businesses within its footprint giving its customers state-of-the art quality, speed and reliability.
John Green ready to lead Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis field Acclaimed young adult fiction author and Indiana native John Green is ready to lead the field at this Saturday's Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Green, the official Pace Car driver for the race, recently stopped by IMS to get a few practice laps in before the big moment. Click here to watchhim take the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe for a test drive around the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis takes place on Saturday, May 14, with General Admission tickets available for only $30. Fans are also encouraged to see the stars of the Verizon IndyCar Series up close during practice on Thursday, May 12, and qualifying on Friday, May 13. For all Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis ticketing information, click here.
REPAC and Asian Le Mans join forces to support Malaysian motorsport REPAC will partner the Asian branch of the ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) for the 2016/2017 season. The main objective of this partnership is to create a path for Malaysians into the Le Mans 24 hours through the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup.
REPAC will organize the REPAC Route To Le Mans, a very accessible national race series for entry level local teams to pursue their racing passion and develop their race-craft. Winners of this series would be invited to campaign as a team in the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup for the following season. REPAC and the Asian Le Mans will both support their progression into the Sprint Cup.
Axalta to make big splash with Daytona deal Axalta Coating Systems, whose roots in NASCAR go back to Jeff Gordon’s "Rainbow Warriors" team under the DuPont banner, has signed on to become the fifth and final injector partner of Daytona International Speedway.
The deal grants the Philadelphia-based company the right to brand the facility’s central entrance, or what Daytona refers to as an injector, joining Toyota, Chevrolet, Sunoco and Florida Hospital as founding partners of the track. Terms weren’t revealed, but sources have said that track owner International Speedway Corp. pitched the injectors for around $2 million to $2.5 million annually over 10- to 15-year terms.
Mercedes working 'day and night' to fix MGU-H problem
Hamilton hopes gremlins are behind him
Mercedes are working "day and night" to resolve the MGU-H issue which has struck Lewis Hamilton twice in as many races, costing the Briton valuable points as he seeks to close the gap to team-mate Nico Rosberg.
Hamilton was forced to start from the back of the grid in China when the problem first struck during qualifying. The team believed they had identified and cured the problem ahead of the next race, but it struck once again during qualifying in Russia, forcing Hamilton to start tenth.
Tim Hortons Teams With Honda Indy Toronto Organizers of Honda Indy Toronto announced Monday that Canada’s largest quick service restaurant chain, Tim Hortons, will join the Honda Indy Toronto as an official sponsor.
As part of the sponsorship agreement, Tim Hortons will serve as the official coffee and baked goods provider at the Honda Indy Toronto this summer, having a presence onsite with a Tims Coffee Truck to deliver Canada’s Favourite Coffee to event-goers and team personnel, along with branding throughout the event site and along the historic street course.
NASCAR Kansas TV rating For the first time this season, NASCAR’s Sprint Cup scored an increase in the metered markets.
NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from Kansas earned a 1.8 overnight rating on Fox Sports 1 Saturday night, up 20% from last year (1.5) but down 45% from 2014 on the FOX broadcast network (3.3). Last year’s race was delayed two hours due to rain and finished after 1 AM ET.
Road America Elects Two New Members to Board of Directors Road America recently announced that its board of directors elected two new members. Sarah Botham and Peter Cunningham joined Road America's board effectively on April 19 where they were elected at the company's 2016 annual meeting. The two new directors will replace current directors William Wuesthoff and Fred Stratton Jr., who have chosen to retire effective as of the annual meeting in accordance with company bylaws.
Valentino Rossi is just 12 points behind his teammate Jorge Lorenzo in the standings after his charge to second at the French GP.
Rossi was simply on fire at the French GP, fighting his way from seventh on the grid to secure his 178th premier class podium. 'The Doctor' had a poor start from the third row but quickly moved into sixth position before getting involved in a scrap with Monster Yamaha Tech 3 duo Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith in the opening laps.
Patrick Dempsey would have loved to do a support race to the Boston GP
An avid Boston sports fan, actor Patrick Dempsey was a bit bummed that the planned IndyCar race was scrapped in Boston as the actor said, “I would love to race in Boston.”
"Yeah it's too bad. I think it would be good for the city," Dempsey said. "It would be a good showcase, three series, and to be able to do it you have to have the support of the community. Hopefully in the future."
The actor stated that he's learned a lot from auto racing, especially from his sponsors' team approach to competition, which has changed his life "in a very profound, positive way." Dempsey compared his experience with sports to the mission of Positive Tracks.
Denny Hamlin was involved in a late-race accident at Kansas with Joey Logano, Kyle Larson and Brad Keselowski:
What caused the incident? Hamlin: "I don't know. I'm looking - I had a huge run off of turn two and I was going to go low on the on 2 (Brad Keselowski), but he went to block, so I went through the middle and I didn't let off into turn three. I went through the middle of them and I either got touched from the 2 or I got loose underneath the 42 (Kyle Larson). I'm not sure really until I get a good look at it honestly."
Tony Stewart, who missed the first eight races of the year after he suffered a burst fracture of the L1 vertebrae in an off-road accident Jan. 31, posted a solid 12th-place finish in Saturday's night's Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway. That was the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion's best finish behind the wheel since a 10th-place run at Martinsville Speedway last fall.
Ty Dillon took over for Stewart last week at Talladega Superspeedway and finished sixth in the #14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet. Stewart started that race and so was credited with the finish, but at Kansas, Stewart earned the 12th-place result without relief help. And it was a good points night, too.
Lowe: "if you're quick around Barcelona, you'll be quick everywhere"
The first European race on the calendar traditionally marks the beginning of a new phase of the F1 season and according to Paddy Lowe, Mercedes F1 Executive Technical Director, it could be a demoralizing weekend for the team's competition.
"Barcelona itself is a circuit which is very demanding of all aspects of car performance," said Lowe.
"There's a common saying in Formula One that if you're quick around Barcelona, you'll be quick everywhere. This makes it an important landmark in the season to see where you stand in performance terms, as most teams will be bringing a range of upgrades."
Nissan Nismo news BUNCOMBE TARGETS SILVERSTONE PACE AFTER BRANDS HATCH BATTLE
Brands Hatch, England – Nissan GT Academy Team RJN may not have been outright contenders at Brands Hatch this weekend in the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup but the team enters next weekend's Endurance Cup round at Silverstone in a confident frame of mind.
Neither Alex Buncombe or Sean Walkinshaw were able to get a clear lap in the second qualifying session, pushing the two Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 machines back to 33rd and 34th on the grid.
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