Fans Encouraged To Arrive Early, Plan Ahead for 101st Indianapolis 500
IMS expects over 300,000 for the Indy 500
Just like last year, race fans are encouraged to arrive as early as possible for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 28. With one of the largest crowds in decades expected to fill the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Race Day, the easiest way to ensure a stress-free day at the track is to arrive by the time all gates open at 6 a.m. (ET).
"Momentum from the 100th Running has carried over into this year's race, and we expect our second-largest crowd in at least the last 20 years," Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles said. "So we're encouraging fans to get here early and take a little extra time to map out their route to the Speedway and fully plan their day at the track."
NASCAR adds Roval, moves Brickyard, in effort to slow freefall
Some blame the heat for the dwindling Brickyard 400 crowd
NASCAR announced its '18 Monster Energy Cup Series schedule yesterday and the "biggest" move is Indianapolis Motor Speedway replacing Richmond as the site for the regular-season finale in an attempt to "breath some life into what used to be one of its biggest events," according to Bob Pockrass of ESPN.com.
The Brickyard 400 has "traditionally been at the end of July as part of the regular season." The September date "should provide cooler temperatures in addition to the added drama of being the regular-season finale." NASCAR also will "change the opening race of its playoffs, with Las Vegas Motor Speedway taking the spot formerly held by Chicagoland Speedway."
Stevie Wonder headline act for USGP Circuit of The Americas (COTA) announced today that Stevie Wonder, one of the most iconic musicians in history, will perform at COTA’s SUPER STAGE on Sunday, October 22, following the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix (F1 USGP). Previously announced headliner, Justin Timberlake is set to perform on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Tickets for the F1 USGP are currently available for purchase at www.thecircuit.com.
American singer, songwriter, musician, and producer, Stevie Wonder, has amassed 49 Top Forty singles, 32 #1 singles and worldwide sales of over 100 million units. He has won 25 GRAMMY Awards, the prestigious GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. Stevie has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and he is a designated U.N. Messenger of Peace with special focus on persons with disabilities.
Video: Ferrari previews the Monaco GP For some, it’s the most glamorous Grand Prix of the season, while for others, it’s a logistical nightmare, or maybe both all rolled into one. In fact, Monaco is a race that follows in the wake of quirks and peculiarities. It is the shortest track on the calendar, at just 3.340 kilometers in length and it’s the only race that comes in under 300 kilometers, because of the low average speed. But it is also the longest weekend, because free practice gets underway on Thursday, with the timetable built around the Ascension Day holiday. Furthermore, Monaco, along with Monza and Spa, is one of the tracks still on the calendar whose history pre-dates Formula 1. In fact, the first Monegasque Grand Prix dates back to 1929. Since then, the layout has changed little, even if the arrival of a new pits structure in 2004 was something of a revolution.
With TV ratings and attendance continue their 5-year free fall France has to be worried Monster will walk
Although NASCAR officials meet routinely, even daily, with official partners, Chairman and CEO Brian France recently took several key executives on a trip to Corona, Ca. to continue his direct involvement in entitlement sponsorship relations with Monster Energy.
There was no emergency and the sky was not falling. Rather, it was a chance to review the season heading into the Monster Energy All-Star Weekend. In fact, many people may not realize it but France was instrumental in bringing in Monster Energy for the naming rights of NASCAR’s Cup Series and he is routinely involved in discussions and meetings with major sponsors of the sport. As part of that commitment, he frequently talks with Monster Energy executives and asked for the face-to-face meeting, this past Monday, to see how well the two companies have come together since the announcement in December 2016.
Researchers discovery VW diesel software cheat code Following a year-long investigation, an international team of researchers found the code which had previously allowed VW to "cheat" U.S and European emissions tests.
The research team, led by Kirill Levchenko, a computer scientist at the University of California San Diego, will present these findings at the 38th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy in the San Francisco Bay Area, from May 22nd to May 24th.
"We were able to find the smoking gun," stated Levchenko. "We found the system and how it was used."
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the only All-American triumph in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the famed international sports car classic which was won by A.J. Foyt and Dan Gurney in the No. 1 Ford GT 40/MkIV. Foyt Family Wines is launching its first sparkling wine No. 1 to commemorate that victory.
The historic triumph also marked the birth of “Champagne Spraying” in the Winner’s Circle thanks to Gurney’s impromptu decision to spray it instead of drink it. Gurney would go on to win his first Formula One race the week after that victory where he was able to repeat his victory lane celebration. Foyt had won his third Indianapolis 500 two weeks before Le Mans.
Brickyard 400 Moves to September in 2018 as Final Race of Regular Season
Will the grandstands still be 3/4 empty?
The Brickyard 400 will enter a new era of excitement in 2018, as the annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will move to Sunday, Sept. 9.
The 400 will serve as the final race of the regular season, determine the regular season champion and set the field for the NASCAR Playoffs, which begin the following weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
ABC again delivers over 1 million viewers for IndyCar (Final Motorsports Ratings) Once again ABC delivered over 1 million viewers for Indy 500 qualifying. NBCSN will never deliver that many eyeballs for IndyCar, especially for qualifying.
Indianapolis 500 Goes Green Sunday on ABC for 53rd Consecutive Year
Continuing a Memorial Day weekend tradition that dates back to 1965, ABC will televise the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race on Sunday, May 28.
The telecast of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” airing on ABC for the 53rd consecutive year, begins with a pre-race show at 11 a.m. ET and then polesitter Scott Dixon will lead the field of 33 to the green flag at 12:17 p.m. The race telecast of the premier event of the Verizon IndyCar Series is presented by Firestone.
Skip Barber Racing School files for Bankruptcy The Skip Barber Racing School has filed for bankruptcy, according to documents provided to The Drive, with somewhere between $10 million and $50 million in outstanding liabilities.
The school filed a petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York on Monday, according to the copy provided to The Drive.
Bourdais tweets from hospital Sebastien Bourdais posted on Twitter on Tuesday for the first time since his accident on Saturday that left him with multiple pelvic fractures and a fracture in his right hip.
From IU Methodist hospital, Bourdais already joked he “wouldn’t be going for a run” since he’s on crutches, and then had a visit from the rest of the Coyne crew. He’s thanked everyone for their support.
Formula E teams up with UN Environment in race to improve inner-city air quality
Jean Todt and Alejandro Agag pose for a picture with guests
LONDON, UK (May 23 2017) - The FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s first fully-electric single-seater racing series, has joined forces with UN Environment to launch a global partnership in the fight to improve inner-city air quality - continuing to boost the profile of alternative energy solutions and the increased uptake of electric vehicles.
The multi-year partnership will focus on raising awareness of the benefits of electric vehicles among younger generations and motorsport fans globally - educating future consumers of electric cars, and challenging major cities and governments to take action to tackle pollution.
Takuma Sato lands Indy 500 sponsor INDIANAPOLIS (May 23, 2017) – Fort Wayne, Indiana, headquartered Ruoff Home Mortgage has partnered with Andretti Autosport to brand the No. 26 machine piloted by Takuma Sato for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race. The Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda will make its debut with Friday’s Carb Day ahead of Sato’s eighth career Indy 500 start Sunday. Sato, the veteran IndyCar driver in his first season with Andretti Autosport, will start a new century of 500-mile racing from the inside of Row 2 in the fourth position.
Steve O’Donnell defends rules package as TV ratings and attendance continue to plummet
After an All-Star race that featured three lead changes in 70 laps, a senior NASCAR executive defended the rules package but conceded that the option tire “didn’t make a huge impact.’’
Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, told “The Morning Drive” on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that one race isn’t going to lead to significant rule changes.
“I think we’ve got to keep it in context,’’ O’Donnell said Monday. “I find it ironic that you can go from one week of everyone saying this is the greatest rules package and then you walk into one race with a bit of a different format (and opinions not as high). We feel still really bullish on the rules package we have, the work we’ve done with the industry to get where we’re at. Certainly you want every race to be the best it possibly can be.
Video: Max Verstappen breaks the lap record at Zandvoort Max Verstappen and Red Bull head to Holland and the famous Zandvoort circuit for a demo run in front of Max's fellow countrymen. He breaks the lap record in the process. Comment
Dale Jr. adds Danica's car to his wreck collection Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a collector of wrecked race cars. He keeps them in the woods of his property around Dirty Mo Acres.
On Sunday morning, Earnhardt tweeted about his latest addition -- the No. 10 Ford driven by Danica Patrick at Kansas in the Go Bowling 400. Patrick was involved in a three-car wreck on Lap 199 that involved Joey Logano and Aric Almirola in last weekend’s race.
Wood Brothers Choose Kyle Petty's 1987 Ford Thunderbird For Darlington Throwback Paint Scheme The throwback paint scheme that Ryan Blaney’s No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion will sport in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway gives team owners Eddie and Len Wood a chance to recognize some of the most fun times of their decades in NASCAR.
The No. 21 Ford Fusion will carry a red, white and blue paint scheme reminiscent of the 1987 season when Kyle Petty was their driver and the team’s Ford Thunderbird carried the colors of Citgo and 7-Eleven.
Americans Lead the Way as Indy Lights Drivers Prepare for Freedom 100
Colton Herta over 200 mph in a Lights car
SPEEDWAY, Ind. -- The annual Freedom 100 represents the most prestigious race of the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires season. Taking place on the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval directly after the traditional final practice for the Indianapolis 500 on Carb Day this Friday, May 26, it is the race every driver particularly wants to win.
No fewer than 24 of the 33 starters in this year's 101st Indianapolis 500 have graduated to the pinnacle of American open-wheel racing via Indy Lights, including 10 series champions dating back to Tony Kanaan in 1997. Four of them -- Ed Carpenter, Josef Newgarden, Jack Harvey and Gabby Chaves -- will have an opportunity this coming Memorial Day weekend to etch their name in the record books as the first to win both the Freedom 100 and the Indianapolis 500.
F1 Teams Asking CEO Chase Carey To Protect Them 'From Themselves'
Chase Carey says F1 costs are out of control
Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey said that top teams have told the sport's new owners that they want to be "protected from themselves" and prevented from spending "excessive" amounts of money, according to Adam Cooper of MOTORSPORT.
Carey said that the big players are "spending so much purely because they have to match their rivals," and that the "only way to slow it down is to tune the rules to reduce costs and stop unnecessary expenditure."
Carey and F1 Managing Dir Ross Brawn see the post-'20 power unit regulations as the "key to cutting expense."
It has been 51 years since Roger Penske entered a racing team in the 1966 24 Hours of Daytona. Since then, Team Penske drivers have captured 16 Indianapolis 500s, 11 ahead of the next owner. They've won two Daytona 500s, a NASCAR Cup Championship and 29 national titles in all. And Penske, now 80, has translated his racing successes into a template for his diverse business ventures.
As a young man, he bought, raced and sold race cars and did well enough on the track to be named Sports Car Club of America's Driver of the Year by Sports Illustrated in 1961. But Penske soon would make a decision that would change his life, that of another driver and indeed the history of auto racing.
Houston does Honda have a problem? Honda powered engines took six of the top-10 fastest qualifying speeds, and they’ve been consistently atop the speed charts in practice. However, as practice has continued Honda has blown, or run into, at least seven engine-related problems, while Chevrolet has none.
That's 7 Honda failures in the last 8 days if our count is right. In the early season races Honda has lost far more engines than Chevy.
Fans at Indianapolis Motor Speedway were treated to a thrilling dress rehearsal for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil with this afternoon's practice on the 2.5-mile oval.
A total of 2,705 laps were completed by the 33 entries in the session that featured large groups of cars running together in full race trim, dicing and passing all around the circuit. It was the busiest practice day this year, even though the track was open for only 3.5 hours compared to the six hours available on practice days last week.
Camping World to back Dixon's Indy 500 entry (2nd Update) UPDATE
They missed out on all the pole position photos
Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that four-time Verizon IndyCar Series Champion and Indianapolis 500 Winner Scott Dixon will be sporting the colors of the nation's largest RV and outdoor retailer, Camping World, on May 28 for the Indianapolis 500 (11am ET, ABC). The No. 9 Camping World Honda will roll out in full livery next Friday, May 26 for Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS).
UPDATE It is with great sorrow that we must report former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden died on Monday as the result of injuries he suffered after being struck by a car while riding a bicycle in Italy on May 17.
Ford has to find replacement for Bourdais at LeMans
Ford at LeMans
Ford Performance Global Director Dave Pericak says they will determine their revised lineup for next month's 24 Hours of Le Mans “in the days ahead” following Sebastien Bourdais' serious accident at Indianapolis, which has ruled out the Frenchman for the race and likely the remainder of the season.
Bourdais sustained multiple fractures to his pelvis and a fracture to his right hip following a heavy impact with the SAFER Barrier in qualifying for the Indianapolis 500, and has already undergone surgery Saturday night.
Indy 500 driver Scott Dixon and retired racer Dario Franchitti were robbed at gunpoint in a Taco Bell drive-thru Sunday night, according to an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Report.
Dixon’s wife, Emma Davies-Dixon, was also with the two drivers. According to the police report, the robbery occurred around 10 p.m. ET, just hours after Dixon won the pole position in the 101st running of the Indy 500. The Taco Bell is less than a mile away from the racetrack.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police said they arrested two teenagers in connection with the robbery, but did not release further detail.
Red Horse Racing driver Timothy Peters was sixth in the truck series points
Red Horse Racing announced Monday morning that they are suspending racing operations effective immediately, bringing an end to a team that has competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series since 2005.
RHR had struggled for years to find solid sponsorship, and their two full-time truck series entries were frequently seen running plain white trucks with black number boxes on the doors.
Ford ousts CEO Fields, names ex-Steelcase chief Jim Hackett
CEO Mark Fields sacked for a person who understand the future of the automobile - electric and autonomous
Ford Motor Co. has fired CEO Mark Fields and will replace him with James Hackett, head of the automaker’s Smart Mobility arm, as part of a broad management shakeup, according to reports by Forbes and other news organizations.
Ford has scheduled a news conference at its Dearborn headquarters for 9:45 a.m. Eastern time Monday.
Ford would not confirm the reports, saying in a statement: "We are staying focused on our plan for creating value and profitable growth. We do not comment on speculation or rumors.
Honda Report: Scott Dixon to lead the field to the start of the 101st Indianapolis 500
SPEEDWAY, Ind., – In a thrilling conclusion today to qualifying for next Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, Scott Dixon drove his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda to a four-lap average speed of 232.164 mph to score his third Indy 500 pole, and the 10th for Honda in the last 17 years.
Dixon’s pole run, the fastest since Arie Luyendyk’s effort in 1996, capped a great day for Honda at the famed “Brickyard”, as the manufacturer claimed four of the top five starting positions for the 101st running of the Indy 500 on May 28, and seven of the top 10.
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