Alexander Rossi accepts the Fastest Rookie Award at Indy
Andretti Autosport announced Technicolor, the Entertainment Technology company, will be an associate sponsor of the No. 98 car piloted by Alexander Rossi for Sunday’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Technicolor’s logo will adorn the No. 98 Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda at the Indy 500. This is the first time Technicolor, with major US operations in Hollywood, Indianapolis and Atlanta, will be associated with Andretti Autosport.
Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick, Mark Martin, Raymond Parks and Benny Parsons were elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Wednesday afternoon as the NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel met at the Charlotte Convention Center.
While these five luminaries were chosen for induction to the Hall of Fame next January, Martinsville (Va.) Speedway founder H. Clay Earles won the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR.
Video: Hawksworth visits media in Lehigh Valley From the AR1.com YouTube page - British IndyCar driver Jack Hawksworth paid a visit to Lehigh Valley PA and Pocono Raceway for some PR work ahead of the Pocono IndyCar race in August. He takes questions from the media. Comment
Indy 500 sells out, lifts local TV blackout (Update) UPDATE ABC’s telecast of the 100th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 29, will now air live across the entire United States with this morning’s announcement by Indianapolis Motor Speedway of the first complete sellout in the history of the iconic event.
With the sellout, the long-standing practice of blacking out the live television broadcast in Indianapolis has been lifted and Indianapolis ABC affiliate WRTV-TV will air the race live. WRTV-TV also will continue its traditional 7 p.m. ET re-air of the race telecast.
It will be only the third time that the race will be broadcast live on television in Central Indiana and the first time since 1950.
Monaco GP TV schedule This weekend, the Monaco Grand Prix takes place from the streets of Monte Carlo. The majority of the NBC Sports Group Formula 1 team is on site, as part of a massive weekend of racing coverage across the NBC Sports family.
Here’s a look ahead to all times and schedule for F1 at Monaco this weekend.
(GMM) Renault's works team is eyeing a sudden leap into Q3 this weekend in Monaco.
After the eleventh-hour Lotus takeover, it has been an uncompetitive full works return for the French marque in 2016 so far.
But there are now signs of clear progress. This weekend, two versions of the Canada-spec engine upgrade, featuring 35 additional horse power, have been released for the works team and customer Red Bull.
At Belle Isle in 2012, Bud Denker got down on his hands and knees and helped patch a crumbling racetrack at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.
Last year, he helped pull cars out of the mud after torrential rains flooded the park and did their best to disrupt the Verizon IndyCar Series doubleheader.
Denker is the Grand Prix chairman. He is the heart and soul of the race in the Motor City, more than willing to meet fans as they enter the Belle Isle racetrack on his moped, and get down and dirty when he’s needed.
Early this morning at a Charlotte, North Carolina hospital, 75-year-old Shirley Muldowney will don a hospital gown, be rolled into an operating room, will be anesthetized and wake up more than five hours later – minus her right lung.
Muldowney has Stage 2 lung cancer, discovered only recently. According to various online research studies, Stage 2 cancer victims only have about a 30 percent chance of still being alive five years after surgery.
Charlotte Goodyear Tire Notes All Goodyear tires run this week will be branded with "Support Our Troops" instead of the customary "Eagle" . . . teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will run completely different tire set-ups at Charlotte . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that debuted for Sprint Cup teams at the Sprint Showdown/All-Star event at Charlotte last week . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at Charlotte on March 8-9.
Drivers participating in that test were Austin Dillon, Jamie McMurray, Brian Scott and Martin Truex Jr.
NASCAR crew member suspended 2nd time for violating substance abuse policy A crew member in the Sprint Cup Series has been indefinitely suspended a second time in his career for violation of NASCAR's substance abuse policy. Kelly Johnson, who most recently worked as a jackman with Tommy Baldwin Racing (#7 Chevy), was indefinitely suspended Tuesday for violation of NASCAR's substance abuse policy. It's his second violation in less than two years. Johnson was indefinitely suspended for violation of the policy in November 2014 and reinstated in January 2015 after completing NASCAR's Road to Recovery program. Motorsport
Mario Andretti in the car he drove to a 3rd place finish in the 65 Indy 500 as a rookie
Ray Evernham made his name in NASCAR, but this week, he's got the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 on his mind. At the Brickyard, Evernham will have a very special car that he restored himself and owns: The Brawner Hawk Ford Indy car that Mario Andretti drove to a third-place finish and Rookie of the Year honors in the '65 Indy 500, as well as the 1965 USAC National Championship.
Evernham restored the car to such a high standard that at the prestigious Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, the Brawner Hawk won Best in Class -- Race Cars (1961-1967) and the Phil Hill Restorer's Award, "which is an award created to honor the artisan whose restoration of a classic, antique, historic or competition car is judged the best new restoration in its first concours appearance."
And at the Brickyard, Andretti himself will be behind the wheel of the Brawner Hawk in a parade of 33 vintage cars that will pace the field. More at FoxSports
Formula E Drivers' Ultimate Racing Lineups We asked Formula E drivers who they wish they could go karting with. Past or present, living or dead, who would they love to hit the track with? Find out here. Comment
Video: Indianapolis 500 preview As the biggest race on the IndyCar calendar, the Indy 500 holds a special place in the hearts of fans, drivers and teams alike. Ahead of the 100th running of the famous race, Mobil 1 The Grid caught up with current drivers Helio Castroneves, Graham Rahal, Juan-Pablo Montoya, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Tony Kanaan, Marco Andretti and Spencer Pigot as they share their thoughts on this year’s centenary celebrations.
IndyCar suing organizers of scrapped Boston Grand Prix IndyCar has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against the organizers of the now-scrapped Boston Grand Prix.
The lawsuit against Boston Grand Prix LLC and two executives was filed Monday in federal court in Indianapolis. The complaint and all exhibits have been filed under seal by IndyCar, which states in court filings that its complaint contains trade secrets, sanction and event fees and sensitive commercial information.
State fire marshall: No limits on tickets IMS can sell for Indy 500 State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson told IBJ on Tuesday that there is no legal limit on the number of people the Indianapolis Motor Speedway can admit into its massive open-air facility for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29. So there’s really no way to sell out the 560-acre venue.
That could have an impact on whether IMS decides to lift a local television blackout that prevents central Indiana residents from seeing the race live. Several reports said Monday that IMS officials were tracking the sale of infield, unreserved seats as they discussed whether to end the 66-year blackout, but it's not clear the track has even set a number of tickets it would consider a sell out. The 238,000 reserved seats surrounding the track are already sold out.
Palm Beach Driving Club Joins Oriol Servia for the Indy 500
IRG Sports + Entertainment (IRGSE), a TPG portfolio company, and Palm Beach Driving Club (PBDC) announced a partnership with Verizon IndyCar Series driver Oriol Servia during this week's Indianapolis 500. The veteran driver is piloting the No. 77 Honda of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for the 100th running of the prestigious open-wheel race.
PBDC is a premier members-only club located at Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) in Jupiter, Florida and hosts a variety of track programs year-round. The exclusive club is prominently displayed on Mr. Servia's helmet designed by Troy Lee for the historic event on Sunday, May 29. His previous performances at The Greatest Spectacle in Racing has produced two top-10 finishes with his career best of fourth in the 2012 Indianapolis 500 and a third-place qualifying effort in 2011. Mr. Servia qualified for this year's race in the 10th position while his teammate, James Hinchcliffe collected the pole position for Sunday's Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Cosworth to build engine parts in suburban Detroit Cosworth, a supplier of electronics and powertrain products for high-performance vehicles, will open a $30 million plant in suburban Detroit to supply an unnamed manufacturer.
Cosworth CEO Hal Reisiger declined to identify the manufacturer in an interview, though he said the company produces "high-performance road cars."
The supplier will produce V-8 cylinder heads at the factory in Shelby Township, Mich., according to a Michigan Economic Development Corp. memo.
VW Holders Seek Expanded Emissions Probe FRANKFURT--Several Volkswagen AG investors on Monday called for an independent investigation of the car maker’s management and supervisory board in connection with the company’s emissions-cheating scandal, setting the stage for a showdown with management at a crucial shareholder meeting next month.
Germany’s largest investor association, DSW; Hermes Investment Management, a London-based fund with $34.67 billion under management; and Deminor, a Brussels-based company that advises institutional investors, are calling for a special independent audit to investigate Volkswagen’s management and supervisory board for “potential breaches of duty” in connection with the emissions scandal.
Ryan Hunter-Reay 'living a dream' with his wife, 2 sons
Ryden Hunter-Reay checks out his dad's car at Indy last weekend
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - In sunny South Florida, life moves a bit slower - even when you're cruising on the water with 2014 Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay and his first mate.
"This is the boss, Ryden. Say ‘hi' buddy,” Hunter-Reay encourages his son. The 3-year old starts out a little shy, waving to the camera. You can tell he loves to hang out on the boat with his dad.
"This is the polar opposite of the intensity of IndyCar racing. This is where I get to unplug and decompress - depending on what we are doing, cruising with the kids or fishing, diving - different things,” Hunter-Reay tells Dave Calabro of WTHR TV, who is visiting the family at their Fort Lauderdale home.
Royal Citytour with Prince Albert and Nico Rosberg
Prince Albert and Nico Rosberg
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team Driver and three-time winner of the Monaco Grand Prix Nico Rosberg, had the honor to drive Prince Albert through the streets of Monaco.
Driving in Nico's dream car, the iconic Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing from 1955, the pair talked about the tradition of the Monaco Grand Prix, their passion for cars and how their lives have changed with fatherhood.
Elements in place to keep IMS under family ownership The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 brings inevitable questions about the long-term future of the race and its famous track.
But thanks to a savvy tax-avoiding maneuver made long ago by late track owner Anton "Tony" Hulman Jr., his grandchildren and great-grandchildren appear poised to lead the Indianapolis Motor Speedway into the next era, sources told IBJ.
50-plus years at Indy: A conversation with three generations of Andretti IndyCar drivers INDIANAPOLIS - In celebration of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, I sat down to interview three generations of the Andretti racing family – 1969 Indy 500 winner Mario, his son and IndyCar team owner Michael and grandson and current racer Marco. The three of them have combined to lead 1,128 laps in the Indy 500, but the family has just one victory. Here is a large portion of our conversation on the Andretti legacy and luck (or lack thereof) at Indy.
RICH NYE: "The Andrettis have been racing now in Indianapolis for over 50 years of the 100 Indianapolis 500s. What's that legacy mean, Mario?"
Josef Newgarden ended the often manic free practice session around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the fastest time of the day on Monday, and feels his Ed Carpenter Racing team have the opportunity to fight for victory during next Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.
All thirty-three cars took to the 2.5-mile oval during the three-and-a-half hour test session, often running in large packs as they worked out their best possible set-up for the 500-mile race to come, and Newgarden believes the set-up his team have adopted should allow him to fight for his maiden Indianapolis 500 triumph.
Video: 2016 Monaco F1 Preview By Nico Rosberg It's all about risk management or in other words: 'hero or zero',” comments Nico Rosberg, MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team Driver. In the latest track preview, Nico Rosberg and Andrew Shovlin, Chief Race Engineer, discuss the very unique challenges presented on the narrow Monaco street circuit. Comment
Video: 2016 Monaco F1 Preview By Nico Hulkenberg From the AR1.com YouTube Page - Racing in the super narrow corners of Monaco - It's all about confidence! The Force India driver knows: the smallest mistake means you're in the wall and the race is over. Comment
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): "It was a good day out there. We tried a lot of different things. The Verizon Chevrolet responded well to some and not to others. The conditions were difficult with the warm temperatures. The crew has done a great job all season and I'm certain they'll give me a great car on race day."
HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Pennzoil Team Penske Chevrolet): "We threw a lot of stuff at the Pennzoil Chevy today. We just tried a lot of combinations with the warm weather to see what would happen in traffic. The guys have worked really hard on this car and we're excited that race day is getting closer and closer."
Veach Tops 200 mph Unofficially in Freedom 100 Test Day
Zach Veach created a little bit of history this morning during a one-day Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires test in preparation for Friday’s Mazda Freedom 100 Presented by Cooper Tires, unofficially recording the first-ever 200 mph lap for an Indy Lights car around the hallowed 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. Veach, from Stockdale, Ohio, took full advantage of his prior experience – he finished third in the 2014 Freedom 100 – as well as perfect early-morning weather conditions, a fresh set of Cooper tires and a huge draft to turn a lap in his No. 5 Belardi Auto Racing Dallara-Mazda IL-15 of just 44.6751 seconds, an average speed of 201.455 mph.
Dollar General will ends its sponsorship of Matt Kenseth and Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series following the conclusion of the 2016 season.
The company confirmed the news Monday through a statement to the SportsBusiness Journal. The company will not sponsor another NASCAR team in 2017, instead choosing to spend its money outside of the sport.
"Dollar General has had tremendous success with NASCAR and our sponsorship with Joe Gibbs Racing. We have enjoyed a great partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing and we are excited to see what the No. 20 Dollar General car driven by Matt Kenseth will accomplish during the remainder of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Our strategy to reallocate our future marketing assets into new programs is strictly a business decision to align our priorities to better serve our customer in this rapidly changing retail environment," the statement read.
The drivers qualified for this year's 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil got a taste for the upcoming race in practice today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
All 33 entries turned laps in the 3.5-hour session scheduled for the same time of day as the historic race on Sunday. Josef Newgarden, who will start the Indy 500 from the middle of Row 1 in the No. 21 Preferred Freezer Chevrolet, clocked the fastest lap today, 227.414 mph, as teams spent the bulk of the session running in packs to gain a greater understanding how their cars will perform on race day.
Having his name become grist for the NASCAR rumor mill isn't taking a toll on #5-Kasey Kahne. The Hendrick Motorsports driver was linked to a report about the future of Kevin Harvick that was debunked Thursday when Harvick signed a long-term extension with Stewart-Haas Racing. Harvick said Friday he had told Kahne two months ago that he hadn't been contacted by anyone at Hendrick. Kahne said he had gotten acclimated to the speculation. "Those rumors have been out for a while now," he said.
"It hasn't been distracting to me. I've been kind of fine with it because I know where I'm at. I know I have a deal through 2018. So it is what it is. People can come up with different ways to have a story, I guess. I think it was a story, and it probably worked out well for Harvick to have that going on once in a while." NBC Sports
Florence Henderson to serve as Grand Marshal for 100th Running of Indy 500 Florence Henderson, a beloved part of Indianapolis 500 Race Day for a quarter-century, will serve as the Grand Marshal of the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Henderson, a native of Dale, Indiana, will complete various official duties as Grand Marshal including greeting drivers and dignitaries on the pre-race stage, delivering the “drivers to your cars” message over the public-address system and riding in a Grand Marshal Parade Car at the front of the field prior to the start of the race.
Foyt team experiences highs and lows in qualifying
Sato leads teammate Tagliani. Sato had a good day, Tagliani not so good
In the final qualifying round for the Indianapolis 500, the AJ Foyt Racing team experienced the highs and lows of Indy.
Takuma Sato put it on “the front row” of the 24 qualifiers outside of the Fast Nine to start 12th on the outside of row four. He posted a four-lap average speed of 228.029mph in the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda under tricky weather conditions which caught out his teammate Alex Tagliani.
“The 14 ABC Supply crew did a fantastic job after having had difficult days this week, and difficult qualifying runs for the sister cars,” said an exuberant Sato. “We were all nervous about it especially with the gusty winds. We performed very similar to what we had this morning in practice which was fantastic so the engineers and crew did a perfect job and gave me a fast car, a very fast car, so I was very happy."
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