Video: Scenes from Indy Day 1 Video Scenes From Day 1 Indy 500 Firestone tire Indy 500 signage "Epic Race Epic Place" signage Pagoda No. 5 James Hinchcliffe on track No. 9 Scott Dixon on track No. 98 Alexander Rossi on track
Nicky Hayden came out on top in Sunday’s race two at Sepang International Circuit to claim a spectacular maiden race win, in what was only his sixth FIM Superbike World Championship round as full-time rider in the series. Hayden’s impressive performance in race two marks the return of Honda to the top step of the podium for the first time since 2014, when Jonathan Rea was victorious in race two at Portimao.
Hayden got a great launch from fourth place on the grid and immediately set his sights on the lead, which he was able to take before the completion of the first lap. From then on, the 34-year-old never looked back and continued to master his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP perfectly around the wet 5.543 Km Sepang International Circuit. By lap eleven of sixteen Hayden had a four-second margin over second place, which he carefully managed up to the checkered flag in spite of a quick drop of grip as the track was drying out.
Ty Majeski Signed to Roush Fenway Development Program
Roush Fenway Racing has announced the addition of Ty Majeski to its vaunted developmental program. Widely regarded as one of the top young driving prospects in all of motorsports, the 21-year-old driver from Seymour, Wis., will compete for Roulo Bros. Racing in selected ARCA events during the 2016 season; the same program that developed Roush Fenway’s 2015 XFINITY Champion, Chris Buescher.
“We are truly excited about having Ty on board,” said Roush Fenway President Steve Newmark. “He is an exceptional young man that has excelled on and off the track, as evidenced by his considerable racing accomplishments, as well as his career in the class room as an engineering student. We feel that there is a very high ceiling for what Ty can accomplish and we look forward to watching him progress in his career and hopefully playing a major role in that development.”
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): "Our car was pretty good out there today and we're pleased with it. Still the first day of the oval and so we're taking our time getting used to it. Overall, it was a solid, first practice for the Verizon Chevy."
HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Pennzoil Team Penske Chevrolet): "It's great to be back. The Pennzoil Chevy colors were looking good out there. We collected some good data and we'll learn from that. Hopefully, the weather helps tomorrow as we continue our quest for a good result."
Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Airing on ABC, ESPN3 The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 is coming, and race fans will be able to watch two days of qualifying action for the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” live on ABC and ESPN3 on Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22, from Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Verizon IndyCar Series drivers will be deciding the 33-car starting grid for the May 29 Indianapolis 500, which also will air live on ABC. The schedule:
Colombian racer Sebastian Saavedra, a veteran of six seasons of IndyCar competition, will make his Red Bull Global Rallycross debut on May 21-22 at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix. Saavedra, 25, will pilot the #77 BFGoodrich Ford Fiesta in his first-ever rallycross event.
“I’m really excited to make my Red Bull GRC debut this weekend in Phoenix,” said Saavedra. “I’ve known a lot of the people in the series for a long time, and I’m really looking forward to adding rallycross to my resume. It’ll be the first time I’ve ever raced anything like this, so it will be a challenge that I’m excited to welcome. Four wheels and high horsepower? Sign me up any day!”
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunday 2.22 rating FS1 7:30 pm AAA 400 (Dover, DE), slightly down from last year's 2.3 overnight rating, also on FS1. The 2.2 is the lowest for the race in at least a decade, falling below last year. Sunday’s race was the first in three weeks to post a decline in the metered markets. Kansas increased 20% the previous week and Talladega pulled even two weeks ago. For the season, it was the eighth of 10 races to have a year-over-year drop — not counting Bristol or Richmond, which were rained out a year ago — and the seventh to set or tie a multi-year low.
Kimball to change Nos. For Indy 500 (Update) UPDATE Added photos of car below.
05/16/16 Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) and longtime partner Novo Nordisk, a world leader in diabetes care, along with their Verizon IndyCar Series driver Charlie Kimball, will join together to honor the diabetes community at the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing will change the number of Kimball’s Tresiba Chevrolet from its usual No. 83 to No. 42 at the 2016 Indianapolis 500. He will borrow the number from fellow CGRT teammate, Kyle Larson, driver of the No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS). Larson has a cousin living with diabetes, so the program has a personal tie for him. Larson’s No. 42 NSCS car will carry Kimball’s name on it for the Coca-Cola 600 race weekend, also running on May 29, to honor those living with diabetes.
IndyCar barely gets 33 entries for its biggest race ever
Tony George took his hammer to CART and now his family's race can barely get a full field
Six drivers whose images are immortalized on the famed Borg-Warner Trophy for winning the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" are among those named to entries filed for the historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race Presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on May 29.
Thirty-three drivers have been named for the 33 entered cars at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. Honda will provide 17 entries with engines and aerodynamic bodywork kits for the race, while Chevrolet will provide 16 entries with aero kits and engines.
United Fiber & Data to Serve as Primary for Munoz Indy 500 Effort The multi-platinum rock band LIVE is accustomed to making history, but on May 29 members of the band will race into history as their Pennsylvania-based tech company takes the grid for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race. The No. 26 machine of Carlos Munoz will take on the blue wings of United Fiber & Data for May's historic event.
"Music and fast cars go hand-in-hand and nothing says rock n' roll more than the Indy 500," said multi-platinum guitarist Chad Taylor of the band LIVE. "It's going to be fun to see what Carlos can do, he's proven to be a strong competitor on ovals, and having already won an Indy 500 ring with Ryan Hunter Reay... I'm thirsty for some more milk. No doubt this sport is addictive and having the band LIVE on the car is an honor."
Video: Q&A with Max Verstappen Following Max Verstappen’s first ever Formula One race win yesterday at the Spanish Grand Prix, the AR1.com YouTube site present this video with Max talking about yesterday’s race, how it feels to be the youngest ever Formula One race winner and his father’s reaction to the result.
Racing world congratulates Max Verstappen On Sunday, Max Verstappen broke several records - most notable of which as youngest F1 winner at 18 years, 7 months and 16 days old - when he crossed the line first at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya to win the Spanish GP. It was his first race for the Red Bull Racing team after moving up from the Red Bull 'B' team - Toro Rosso.
Some key racing personalities and entities from across the globe took to Twitter to congratulate him:
Indianapolis, IN – Dale Coyne Racing is writing history of its own this year, with the team entering four cars into the 100th Running of the Indianapolis. It’s the first time in the team’s history that it will be taking on such an undertaking, in any event.
The team is counting on full-time driver Conor Daly (#18), newcomer to the team Gabby Chaves (#19) and Indianapolis 500 only drivers Pippa Mann (#63) and Bryan Clauson (#88) to qualify their cars for the historic running of the 500-mile race.
All drivers will be on track for practice starting Monday, May 16 from 2pm to 6pm ET, with Clauson doing the refresher session earlier in the day from noon to 2pm ET.
Daly's leading at Indy a shot in the arm for Dale Coyne Racing
The struggles of Dale Coyne Racing saw a much needed reprieve in Saturday's Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
The preseason hopes that followed the Plainfield, Illinois-based team into 2016 finally blossomed as American prodigy Conor Daly commanded the lead for a time on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
Daly's time at the front on Saturday gave validation to the paddock's expectations of the young American as he took over the lead from one of the most tenured veterans of the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Honda Racing Corporation renew with Dani Pedrosa until end of 2018
Honda Racing Corporation is pleased to announce the renewal of its contract with Dani Pedrosa for an additional two years. Both parties are pleased to reach the agreement ahead of this weekend’s Grand Prix, which will be the 30-year-old Spanish rider’s 250th in the World Championship.
Pedrosa has been a Honda rider for his entire career, beginning with his 2001 Grand Prix debut in the then 125cc class. A 125cc and double 250cc World Champion, Pedrosa entered MotoGP with the Repsol Honda Team in 2006 and has finished title runner-up on three occasions (2007, 2010, 2012) and third an additional three times (2008, 2009, 2013). He has achieved more podium finishes for the Honda factory than any other rider, with a total of 142, including 51 victories, just three fewer than Mick Doohan’s Honda record.
Now that the organization is headed back in the right direction when it comes to their performance, Roush president Steve Newmark said Sunday the focus is on the immediate future of fighting for a Chase berth and not what their driver lineup is going to be.
With three drivers running full-time in the XFINITY Series, three more under their banner in Cup, and Chris Buescher on loan to Front Row Motorsports, decisions will soon have to be made of who is running where.
When the company felt [Buescher] was ready to be in Cup instead of running a third year in the XFINITY Series, they coordinated with Bob Jenkins and Front Row, who Buescher was already familiar with, to compete in their camp.
Video: Nascar Dover Sprint Cup post-race press conference Race Winner Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota), crew chief Jason Ratcliff (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota),owner Joe Gibbs (Joe Gibbs Racing), second-place finisher Kyle Larson (No. 42 Target Chevrolet) and third-place finisher Chase Elliott (No. 24 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet). Comment
Mercedes team in crisis mode after Spanish GP meltdown
Wolff and Lauda can't believe what they are seeing
Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg's "hopes of an eighth win in a row disappeared on Sunday after a collision with Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton on the opening lap of the Spanish Grand Prix," according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS.
The German passed Hamilton "around the outside of turn one and the Briton was then squeezed on to the grass as he tried to regain the lead at turn three."
His car "skewed sideways and smashed into Rosberg's, with both drivers ending up in the gravel and the safety car deployed."
A 'gutted' Nico Rosberg said Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix had been his to win until a collision with Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton dumped him in the gravel and ended a run of seven successive victories.
Formula One stewards summoned both drivers after the first lap accident between the sport's dominant pairing and decided to take no further action.
Rosberg, the world championship leader, had seized the lead at the start from Hamilton, who was on pole position, but then lost speed into turn three when he entered an incorrect setting on the steering wheel.
Video: Massive wreck at Dover halts race A chain reaction pile-up on a late race restart collected nearly half the field in Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.
On a restart with 46 of 400 laps remaining, leader Jimmie Johnson failed to come up to speed and it appeared Martin Truex Jr., who was lined up behind him, plowed into the rear of Johnson’s No. 48 Chevrolet.
Mercedes crash declared racing incident by FIA stewards
Rosberg and Hamilton go crashing out
The FIA stewards decided to take no further action on the Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton clash in Spain, after deciding that neither driver was predominantly to blame.
Nico Rosberg's loss of momentum out of Turn 3 was due to him being in the wrong engine mode. The German tried to recover by going for the overtake button on his steering wheel while at the same time moving right to defend his position.
The stewards acknowledged that the move was permissible, as was Hamilton's attempt to overtake on the right, and thus blame could not be apportioned.
Kevin Magnussen was handed a time penalty after the Spanish Grand Prix for colliding with Renault teammate Jolyon Palmer during the race, dropping him to 15th.
Magnussen was trying to pass Palmer for 13th when contact occurred on the final lap on what turned out to be a day of teammates coming to blows, with Mercedes crashing out of the race and feisty incidents between the Haas and Sauber drivers. The stewards penalized Magnussen for the incident as he was on newer tires.
(GMM) Nico Rosberg looks set to stay at Mercedes beyond 2016. Before the sensational first-lap crash with teammate Lewis Hamilton on Sunday, Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche suggested to the German media that championship leader Rosberg has secured a new contract.
"Both drivers are under contract for the forthcoming season," Speed Week quotes him as saying.
(GMM) Mercedes chiefs Niki Lauda and Toto Wolff on Sunday disagreed over the sensational first-lap crash in Barcelona. As the stewards looked into Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg's crash, team chairman and F1 legend Lauda pointed an angry finger at the reigning triple world champion.
"For me, unacceptable," said the great Austrian. "First of all we must talk to Lewis, because Nico was defending his lead," Lauda told German television in Spain. But team boss Wolff disagreed, declaring that it was in fact a "racing incident".
New 'halo' version to be tested in Monaco (GMM) The 'halo' and 'aeroscreen' cockpit protection concepts will both be tested ahead of the Monaco grand prix later this month.
The FIA is pushing ahead with the idea of better protecting the drivers' heads for 2017 amid pressure from the teams who are already busily designing their new cars for the vastly-different rules next season.
"The FIA wants to resolve the issue at the Monaco grand prix," Germany's Auto Motor und Sport declared on Sunday.
Jamie McMurray was still tender on Saturday - one day after he plowed into the wall at Dover International Speedway. McMurray found himself at the wrong place at the wrong time after Danica Patrick's rear end gear failed and saturated the exit of Turn 4 with grease. The driver of the #1 McDonald's Chevy hit the grease and shot into the wall - sans SAFER barrier - before sliding down the front stretch and coming to a stop on the inside wall just short of the exit of pit road.
"My elbow is still real sore, but that doesn't bother me as much as my ribs," McMurray told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. "My ribs hurt really bad today. Obviously, when you get in the seat, the part of the seat that pushes on your ribs is the part you still feel right now. To Dover's credit, the track added 479 feet of SAFER barrier in Turn 3 prior to this weekend. But that was of little consolation to McMurray - or Tony Stewart, who hit the grease and the wall just prior to the #1 car.
Crew member lawsuit against Michael Waltrip Racing will continue A Mecklenburg County judge has ruled against Michael Waltrip Racing's motions to dismiss claims in a lawsuit by a former front tire changer. Brandon Hopkins sued the now-defunct Cornelius-based motorsports team last year.
He claims he was fired after taking a leave for surgery from a shoulder injury he suffered when he was hit by a car during a NASCAR race. He contends team officials "blacklisted" him after his surgery by falsely accusing him of stealing a pit gun used to remove lug nuts.
Alex Lynn has opened his win account for 2016 with a dominant victory in this morning's sprint race in Barcelona: the Briton made use of a quick getaway and some early overtakes for a lead he was never to relinquish, controlling the pace for victory ahead of Pierre Gasly and Jordan King.
The win was set up at the start when poleman Rafaelle Marciello made a good start to hold from fellow front row starter King into turn one, delaying the Englishman just enough to allow Lynn to sneak through at turn two: the Williams tester only needed two more laps to dispatch the Italian for the lead before building up a buffer over his rivals.
Video: NASCAR Dover Xfinity Post Race Q&A From the AR1.com YouTube page -Race-winner Matt Crafton (No. 88 Chi-Chi’s/Menards Toyota), crew chief Carl Joiner, David Pepper (General Manger, ThorSport Racing), second-place finisher Daniel Suarez (No. 51 ARRIS Toyota) and Top Sunoco Rookie of the Year finisher Christopher Bell (No. 4 Toyota Toyota). Comment
Video: NASCAR Dover Truck Series Post Race Q&A From the AR1.com YouTube page - Race winner Erik Jones (No. 20 Reser's Fine Foods Toyota), crew chief Chris Gabehart, second-place finisher Darrell Wallace Jr. (No. 6 LoudMouth Exhaust Ford) and third-place finisher Alex Bowman (No. 88 Advanced Auto Parts Chevrolet). Comment
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