Silverstone Expands Capacity For British Grand Prix, Hopes To Draw 150,000-Plus
Hamilton at Silverstone
Silverstone "is set for record crowds for this year's Formula 1 British Grand Prix after working with the FIA to create additional general admission areas," according to Ian Parkes of AUTOSPORT.
The Northamptonshire venue is aiming for a race-day crowd of just over 150,000, and with a three-day attendance pushing 400,000 for the July 8-10 event. It is part of the "latest set of initiatives" of Managing Dir Patrick Allen, "who has turned around the fortunes of the circuit following regular annual losses," last year recording a profit for the first time in 10 years of £1.2M.
The rain held off for the afternoon practice. Scott Dixon turned the fastest laps of the day. "It was pretty good that the rain held off. That was definitely a bonus. I think a lot of us thought around lunch time that we would not have anything more to do in the afternoon." The reigning series champion commented in the press conference. "We did the usual thing, tried a few different things and circled back to where we started. I don't think you will get a good jest on the speeds until tomorrow. We will take what we learned today and hopefully tomorrow we will be strong. The competition at this track, the times are so close."
Thursday afternoon update from IMS Well, as predicted the clouds are rolling in and rain is expected shortly. Indycars are out next to practice but if it rains, we will not see much action on the track. Rain was predicted also for race day this Saturday, but the forecast keeps changing. Raindrops have not started here yet.
The Lazier garage is bustling with activity. There is now an IndyCar sitting inside the garage, with a white paint scheme and red striping. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Buddy Lazier's Indy 500 win.
Power tops Rahal in opening practice for GP of Indy
Will Power's lap of 1 minute, 9.8943 seconds (125.624 mph) in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet to close the session was the only sub-70-second lap recorded in opening practice for the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis. It came within 0.41 of a second of the track record the Team Penske driver set in 2015.
Graham Rahal was second fastest in the No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with a lap of 1:10.0699 (125.309 mph). Round out the top five were Power’s Penske teammates: Juan Pablo Montoya in the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet (1:10.3028), championship leader Simon Pagenaud in the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevy (1:10.3448) and Helio Castroneves in the No. 3 hum by Verizon Team Penske Chevy (1:10.3751).
Video: Ford GT: The Return - Chapter 3 When Ford Motor Company unveiled the all-new Ford GT, the automotive world was surprised, even shocked, that no information had leaked out. Now it’s lifting the curtain in a five-part video series called “The Return.”
Ford’s passion is for making the most innovative, cutting-edge vehicles on the road. That’s what inspired them to design and build the newest Ford GT.
Tagliani to compete at the Indianapolis Grand Prix this weekend
Foyt and Tagliani
Alex Tagliani returns to Indianapolis in the month of May to compete in not one, but two IndyCar races at the famed Brickyard Motorsport Complex. Unlike the some of the previous years where Alex went directly to the Indy 500, AJ Foyt Racing decided this year to give the Canadian an opportunity to drive the Alfe Heat Treating Special Honda single seater before the greatest spectacle in racing and entered the number 35 car at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 14 on the Speedway road course. Tagliani last raced an Indy car on a road course in 2013 where he finished 10th in Toronto.
Video: Verizon and Team Penske unveil special hum livery for Helio Castroneves Verizon and Team Penske will debut a new hum-branded livery on the No. 3 Dallara/Chevrolet Helio Castroneves will drive in the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 14. The one-of-a-kind livery will feature hum by Verizon, a cool upgrade that helps cars go from zero to smart in seconds.
"New paint schemes are part of the pageantry of racing, and it’s always exciting because they make the car feel new,” said Castroneves, a three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500. “Hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to drive the No. 3 hum Dallara/Chevrolet to victory lane."
Sam Schmidt (in wheelchair) has his Indy Garage all pimped out
Good morning from a different looking Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The sun Is shinning on the new things that have been built for the 100th running Indy 500, which is just 17 days away. The new green chairs on the main straight are glistening as the Pro Mazda cars are practicing on the road course. And the turn 2 Fuzzy Vodka Suite is so green!
This is the 3rd year for the Angie's List Grand Prix. We are keeping our eyes on Simon Pagenaud, who won the first Grand Prix of Indy driving for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Pagenaud is leading the points for this season and has won 2 races this season driving for Team Penske. His confidence is about as big as his smile.
Video: GP of Spain Preview with Nico Hulkenberg Key parts, ideal line, set-up demands at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya - The Force India F1 Team driver on a virtual lap of the Barcelona track. Comment
Video: Sebastian Vettel previews Spanish GP "Barcelona is a very good indication of where you are with the car. We can see a good reference where we stand, therefore it is incredibly important to get all the details right because you know that track so well. It is very important to get everything together to be able to perform high." Comment
Video: Ferrari Spanish GP Preview Ferrari Race Team Manager Diego Ioverno discusses the challenges of the Spanish Grand Prix. "The Spanish GP has been the first race in the calendar in which we can move cars and materials on wheels, rather than flying them and this obviously gives us several opportunities. First of all, we can prepare the cars in the factory and we can also use our own facilities at the circuit, such as offices on the track and the hospitality, with all the pros of having known tools and the possibility to give to our guests a better accommodation."
Verizon IndyCar Series champ Scott Dixon marks major IMS milestone
Verizon IndyCar Series driver Scott Dixon speaks with IMS President Doug Boles after help install the final touches to the new Gate 1 at IMS
Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion and 2008 Indy 500 winner Scott Dixon helped make more history today, placing the official "Indianapolis Motor Speedway" lettering above the new Gate 1 sign at IMS. The moment marked the official opening of the new IMS Gate 1 Plaza, a key piece of Project 100 at IMS.
"Having our Verizon IndyCar Series champion and an Indy 500 winner here at the Speedway to mark this significant occasion means so much to everyone here at IMS," Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles said. "The new Gate 1 Plaza will welcome fans from across the globe to our iconic facility, and provide a treasured year-round photo opportunity for visitors. This weekend, at the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, don't miss your chance to be one of the first fans to walk through this historic entryway."
Piquet Jr drops down to F3 (Update) UPDATE Carlin is extremely disappointed to announce that the FIA has rejected its application to field Nelson Piquet Jr in this weekend’s Formula 3 Pau Grand Prix.
Despite Piquet Jr meeting all entry requirements and the FIA initially announcing Piquet Jr’s participation in the event and accepting entry payment from Carlin, the team have been informed today that Piquet Jr will not be permitted to race.
DOOM to Compete in Indianapolis 500 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) and Bethesda Softworks, a ZeniMax Media company, today revealed the DOOM car is set to premiere at the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 14 - one day after the videogame's eagerly-awaited release on May 13. The No. 7 car, driven by SMP Racing driver Mikhail Aleshin, will go on to compete in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29.
DOOM, under development at id Software, the studio that pioneered the first-person shooter genre, returns as a brutally fun and challenging modern-day shooter experience for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
As if he had nitrous oxide, Sam Hornish Jr. blows past Marco Andretti in the last 100 yards to win the 2006 Indy 500
Last month Sam Hornish Jr. was kicking back at his home in Mooresville, N.C., watching that weekend’s IndyCar race on the streets of Long Beach, when the broadcast cut to a commercial. Amid the usual bevy of adverts hawking car stuff and other things was a Firestone tires spot hyping this year's Indianapolis 500--which will run, for the 100th time, on May 29.
The quick ad featured an even quicker flashback--a clip of a belaureled Hornish quaffing a jug of milk in a toast to his breathtaking triumph in the 90th running, back in 2006. Naturally, this got the attention of his young daughters, Eliza and Addison, who were quickly moved to ask what this much younger version of their 36-year-old father was doing on TV.
A few hours after NASCAR driver Joey Logano won the Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International last August, he dug up a symbolic first chunk of the pavement to signal the start of the nearly $12 million repaving project of the Schuyler County racetrack.
The Penske Racing driver in the #22 Ford returned Tuesday, along with four other drivers from different teams, to rechristen the new asphalt surface in a two-day tire-testing session for Goodyear on the 2.45-mile portion of the track. The entire 3.4-mile layout, which includes the "Boot" section, was repaved for the first time since 1998.
The most successful GT race car of the 2015 season will be replaced by a completely new race car in 2017. The successor to the 911 RSR has already completed a successful rollout on the test track in Weissach. Now begins the test phase on selected racetracks around the world.
At its first test runs at Weissach, the majority of the Porsche works drivers were able to get a first impression of the new 2017 GTE race car.
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