Apple signs deal with Volkswagen for driverless cars
Apple had already curtailed its grand vision for disrupting the automotive industry by building its own self-driving car. Now the tech giant has narrowed its auto aspirations even further.
For the past several years, Apple sought partnerships with the luxury carmakers BMW and Mercedes-Benz to develop an all-electric self-driving car, according to five people familiar with the negotiations who asked not to be identified because they weren't authorized to discuss the matter publicly. But on-again, off-again talks with those companies have ended after each rebuffed Apple's requirements to hand over control of the data and design, some of the people said.
NASCAR announced today the inductees who will comprise the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2019. The five-person group – the 10th since the inception of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010 – consists of Davey Allison, Alan Kulwicki, Jeff Gordon, Roger Penske and Jack Roush. In addition, NASCAR announced that Jim Hunter earned the 2019 Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. The distinguished group will be honored during the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Feb. 1, 2019.
James Hinchcliffe explained via social media: “Barring unforeseen circumstances, I will not be racing in the Indy 500 this year. The decision was made to stop pursuing options to get us in the race.
“There really aren’t words to describe how missing this race feels. At the end of the day, we simply didn’t get the job done. No excuses. This is our reality and we will face it head on, we will use it as motivation and we will come back stronger.
Indiana Native McLaughlin Returning to IMS To Sing 'God Bless America' at '500' Indiana-born singer-songwriter Jon McLaughlin will sing "God Bless America" during pre-race ceremonies for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 27, a patriotic tradition of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."
The multi-talented McLaughlin, a native of Anderson, Indiana, has thrilled fans with his soulful pop vocals and piano playing since his self-titled debut record in 2004.
Alexander Rossi, race car driver in the Verizon IndyCar Series and winner of the 2016 Indianapolis 500, today announced a new sponsorship with Dassault Falcon Jet for this year’s Indianapolis 500 race. The company, a wholly owned U.S. subsidiar
Alexander Rossi, race car driver in the Verizon IndyCar Series and winner of the 2016 Indianapolis 500, today announced a new sponsorship with Dassault Falcon Jet for this year’s Indianapolis 500 race. The company, a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of Dassault Aviation, markets and supports the Falcon family of business jets throughout North and South America.
ACO makes move to ensure Alonso wins 24 Hours of LeMans
Sportscar racing is desperate for new fans so they want to ensure popular Fernando Alonso wins the 24 Hours of LeMans. It's called managed racing.
LMP1 non-hybrids have received a further reduction in performance for next month’s Le Mans Test Day, with the privateers set for a reduced fuel flow and other possible changes heading into the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The FIA has confirmed the Equivalence of Technology for the June 3 test, which will see the non-hybrids maximum petrol flow reduced from 110 to 108 kg/h, with the Toyota TS050 Hybrid remaining unchanged at 80 kg/h.
The maximum petrol energy and maximum petrol per stint, meanwhile, will be defined following the test day, with “no fuel lift required” per the latest EoT document.
Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Enters Americas Rallycross Series
Scott Speed Beetle. After Global Rally Cross went bellyup, Andretti has moved his team to the newly formed ARX until that goes bellyup
INDIANAPOLIS – Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross returns to competition this year, joining the newly-launched Americas Rallycross (ARX) series. The Indianapolis-based team will continue to campaign the Beetles that have earned them multiple championships over the past four years. Drivers Scott Speed and Tanner Foust hope to add to their previous success in this exciting new series.
“Our team has been able to achieve great success in rallycross and we look forward to continuing that legacy with Volkswagen in the new ARX competition,” said Michael Andretti, CEO Andretti Autosport. “Scott and Tanner are some of the finest drivers on the planet in this discipline and our cars are ready and better than ever.”
McLaren Automotive is delighted to confirm that former professional racing driver Kenny Brack has joined the British luxury high-performance sportscar and supercar company as Chief Test Driver.
Brack, 52, who has 35 years of experience in motorsports including as a racing driver in IndyCar, CART, F3000 and rallying and a test driver in Formula 1 and NASCAR, will be responsible for leading the dynamic development of all McLaren road cars. He will report to Dr. Jens Ludmann, Chief Operating Officer, McLaren Automotive.
The 2018 ESPYS Presented by Capital One will be hosted by motorsports pioneer Danica Patrick. The trailblazing racecar driver will be joined by top celebrities from sports and entertainment to commemorate the past year in sports by recognizing major sports achievements, reliving unforgettable moments, and saluting the leading performers and performances. The ESPYS will be broadcast live on ABC on Wednesday, July 18, at 8 p.m. ET from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
After being beaten in recent years, Chevy caught Honda with their pants down for this year's Indy 500. Will the Hondas be lapped?
That Chevrolet bowtie is trendy in the IndyCar Series.
Nine of the top 11 qualifiers for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 (Noon, Sunday, ABC) are Chevrolets, including pole winner Ed Carpenter and all of Team Penske: Simon Pagenaud starting second, Will Power third, Josef Newgarden fourth and three-time winner Helio Castroneves eighth.
“It was a very exciting weekend, and just a huge tribute to the work that the teams and the drivers did preparing for qualifying, all the practice and all the work on the cars,” said Jim Campbell, vice-president of performance vehicles and motorsports for General Motors.
“I feel like Chevy has the best cars, Penske has the best cars,” said Power, who has 32 victories in 14 IndyCar seasons, and is in his 10th season with Team Penske.
“Ed’s right there, very strong. Well, obviously stronger than us for the moment.”
Carpenter qualified so much faster than everyone else, at 229.618. He put nearly a full second between him and Pagenaud, at 228.761
Indy Speedway President Doug Boles. Why aren't all IndyCar races blacked out in the local market if the race is not a sellout? It would boost race attendance for the entire schedule. The 'family' only cares about their race.
The surge from the 100th running continues writes Jim Ayello of the Indy Star.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Doug Boles reported Tuesday afternoon that ticket sales for Sunday's 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 attendance remain ahead of last year's pace for a race that drew about 300,000 spectators.
"We’re better than last year, and last year we were significantly better than 2015," Boles said of the 99th running, which attracted an estimated 220,000. "We’re not going to sell out, but it will be another really, really good crowd.
"Really from the renewal period on, we’ve been tracking ahead. And the past few weeks, we’ve been tracking way ahead. We had a really good spring."
Monaco Grand Prix Preview - Scuderia Ferrari 2018 One of the most dynamic F1 drivers of all-time, Kimi Raikkonen, previews this weekend's Monaco GP as only Kimi can. His personality is so radiant you can feel the vibes right thru the computer screen. Not! Comment
UPDATE The final TV ratings are in for both days of qualifying for the Indy 500 and once again ABC delivered over 1 million viewers for both. 1,054,000 people watched the Saturday broadcast of qualifying (0.7 final rating) and 1,328,000 (0.9 rating) watched the Sunday final qualifying.
AR1 has stated over, and over, and over to no avail, that 100% of IndyCar races need to be on free-over-the-air network TV in order to attract a third and fourth engine manufacturer and have sponsors knocking down the door. Network TV can deliver 1 million viewers per broadcast as we see with all ABC TV ratings for IndyCar.
FOX Sports Adds High-Speed Rail Cam to Coca-Cola 600
Following a successful test earlier this season at Auto Club Speedway, FOX Sports will deploy a Mega Trax 500 robotic “Rail Cam” for NASCAR’s iconic Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 27 (6:00 PM ET, FOX).
Chase Elliott to run select Xfinity races for GMS Racing
GMS Racing announced Monday that Chase Elliott will contest select NASCAR Xfinity Series races with the team, starting this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Elliott will pilot the No. 23 GMS Racing Chevrolet Camaro, which Spencer Gallagher drove until he was suspended for violating NASCAR's substance abuse policy.
Video: Apollo IE Hypercar driving on Monaco GP Circuit!
Apollo 1E Intense Emotion
The Apollo IE (Intensa Emozione) driving around the roads of Monaco.
The IE costs €2.3 Million and is limited to just 10 cars (All sold) It is powered by a naturally aspirated 6.2 litre V12 with 780 HP, got an 9,000 rpm redline and torque of 760 Nm, housed in an all carbon-fiber body.
This particular IE is called Purple Dragon and is finished in a purple carbon fiber and gold wheels.
The new Mercedes EQ Formula E Team has announced its first technology partnership with SAP. In a long-term collaborative venture, the leader in enterprise software is set to become the official Business Performance Partner of the team which will join the world's only all-electric Formula racing series in Season 6 (2019/20).
SAP and the Mercedes EQ Formula E Team will jointly develop and deploy new innovative technologies to support the racing team in their work, providing back-office solutions and other SAP technologies from the company's extensive portfolio.
Indy 500 drivers visiting 21 cities in popular annual media tour
Danica Patrick will be on Jimmy Fallon tonight
An appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," meetings with Congressional and Japanese officials and a journey to the newest city on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule are among the many activities that the 33 drivers competing in this year's Indianapolis 500 will encounter on the annual North American media tour for the race.
In what has become a popular Indy 500 tradition, the 33 qualified drivers and one special guest driver are fanning out to 21 cities 24 hours, spreading the word about the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil that takes place on Memorial Day weekend.
Freedom 100 Indy Lights Test Session Curtailed by Rain Monday
Patricio O'Ward leads group of cars. Only nine cars will start the top feeder series to IndyCar - a complete embarrassment to the sport
Indianapolis-based Canadian Dalton Kellett posted the fastest lap at 198.005 mph during 90 minutes of testing this morning as the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires competitors prepared for the crown jewel in their season, the Freedom 100. The 40-lap race will take place on Friday, May 25, immediately after the final Carb Day practice for this weekend’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500.
A second 90-minute session, scheduled for this afternoon, was canceled due to persistent light rain. In order to make up for the lost track time, Indy Lights officials have reworked the schedule for Media Day on Thursday with a pair of official practice sessions now slated for 9:30-10:00 a.m. and 11:00-11:30 a.m. EDT. Single-car qualifying for the following day’s race will take place at 1:30 p.m.
Firefighters must be trained to deal with battery fires
EV batteries, although rare, can catch on fire, especially in a serious accident
The new era of big batteries has already drawn scrutiny after fiery electric-car crashes across America and Europe. Now, U.S. city planners are worried about the same risk of hard-to-control blazes as these power-storage units make their way into basements and onto rooftops writes Mark Chediak of the LA Times
“You can have these things go on fire, and then hours or days later, they can reignite,” presenting a new challenge for first responders, said Paul Rogers, who led New York City’s effort to establish battery safety standards until he retired as a lieutenant with the fire department earlier this year. Firefighters -- “if they act inappropriately -- they could get killed,” he said.
A Reader Writes... (An AR1 reader with intimate knowledge of the race track business chimed in regarding Liberty Media's track resurfacing idea. We agree with the reader, and believe that F1 should take a page from IndyCar's book by reducing downforce on its cars in order to improve the quality of the show. Furthermore, this note is another indication of how an implicit expectation exists in the industry to simply pass the costs of mistakes made by sanctioning bodies along to the tracks -- Brian C.)
This is the dumbest thing I have ever heard and shows the arrogance of the F1 world and it’s complete disassociation from the real world of the rest of racing.
Video: President Trump Hosts the NASCAR Champ Martin Truex Jr. and Team
President Donald Trump on Monday afternoon welcomed 2017 NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. and his Furniture Row Racing team to the White House.
And the president wasted little time in noting that "my good friend" NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France was an early supporter and, later in his remarks, making a point about NASCAR fans and the national anthem.
In what has become another May tradition, the Indianapolis 500 practice session on the day after qualifications provided a true indication of the thrills that fans can look forward to in this year's running of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."
All 33 drivers turned precious laps in race-like conditions on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval, the three-hour session serving as an appetizing preview for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. In all, 2,526 laps were completed, with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's Sage Karam setting the pace.
FOX NASCAR at Charlotte Motor Speedway Quotes & Programming Schedule
NASCAR stages its longest race of the season, the COCA-COLA 600, at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend, live Sunday, May 27, on FOX (6:00 PM ET). In addition to the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES’ 600-miler, included in FOX Sports’ Memorial Day Weekend line-up are Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race (1:00 PM ET on FS1) and Thursday’s ARCA RACING SERIES event (9:00 PM ET on FS1).
INDYCAR / NASCAR Chip Ganassi Racing Announces First-Ever Digital Fan Fest
Chip Ganassi at Indy Sunday
Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today the launch of their first-ever Digital Fan Fest surrounding the team’s activities leading into the biggest race weekend of the season. CGR will compete in the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 in the Verizon IndyCar Series, the longest and most grueling race on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule, the Coca-Cola 600 and also the NASCAR Xfinity race, the Alsco 300.
NOTES OF INTEREST:
The New Autograph: Along with the emergence of the social media world, some previously held beliefs have changed. For one, the new autograph to some, is a celebrity LIKE or retweet of a post on social. The CGR NASCAR and INDYCAR drivers will be giving fans a LIKE for anyone that uses the hash tag #DigitalFanFest on Twitter or Instagram between 12:00-1:30 pm on Thursday, May 24. If the post is especially good, they might even retweet or repost it. So Kyle Larson, Jamie McMurray, John Hunter Nemechek, Scott Dixon and Ed Jones will be looking to see how creative fans can be. The team will also give away a number of prizes throughout the weekend, with the grand prize being a race-worn Kyle Larson firesuit.
Jonathan Marshall hired as Executive Director of Race Team Alliance (Update)
UPDATE Added photo of Jonathan Marshall.
05/19/18 The Race Team Alliance ("RTA"), an association of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams, announced today the hiring of Jonathan Marshall as its Executive Director. Marshall, formerly the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of the World Surf League, will begin work as the RTA's first Executive Director starting immediately following the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Indy 500 field won't be expanded for Hinchcliffe, Mann
Conor Daly needs the cash. We predict that is who Hinchcliffe will replace in the 500, if he gets in at all.
James Hinchcliffe acknowledged it is unlikely he will be part of this year's Indy 500.
”At this point, I believe I won’t,” he said. ”I know there’s precedent for doing that, but at the end of the day, every single driver in this race earned their way in and it’s hard to knock someone out of that.”
The clearest path to make it in would be replacing teammate and Indy-only driver Jay Howard.
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