ERNST BENZ Announces Partnership with Conor Daly Ernst Benz has announced it's partnership with race car driver, Conor Daly, as he competes in his second full season in the Verizon IndyCar Series. To celebrate Conor's career and championship spirit, Ernst Benz is producing special edition 47mm ChronoScope and 44mm ChronoSport timepieces. These new exclusive Instrument Series timepieces feature beautiful carbon fiber dials and Conor's signature green and black racing colors.
Meridian Joins Honda Indy Toronto as New Partner Honda Indy Toronto is proud to announce that Meridian, Ontario's largest credit union, has joined as the official financial institution of the upcoming event, July 14-16, 2017, at Exhibition Place. This new partnership includes the naming rights to the exclusive Champions Club as well as sponsorship of the Honda Indy Toronto Volunteer Program.
As a community-focused credit union, Meridian helps grow the lives of more than a quarter of a million Members throughout Ontario. Meridian combines exceptional Member service with a full range of products and services such as telephone, mobile and online electronic banking services that allow its Members to access their money anywhere, any time.
Another F1 driver to make IndyCar debut this weekend
Former Formula One driver Esteban Gutierrez will be filling in for the injured Sebastien Bourdais aboard the #18 Dale Coyne Racing entry this weekend as he makes his Series debut at the Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader.
"I’m very grateful to join Dale Coyne Racing, a highly competitive team,” expressed the Mexican. “When Dale Coyne called me, I had no doubt that this would be a great opportunity for me to get experience in the Verizon IndyCar Series. My target is to learn as quickly as possible. IndyCar is a very challenging series for drivers, but I feel ready to take this chance.
ByKOLLES RACING reveals final driver line-up for the 24 Hours of Le Mans Marco Bonanomi (ITA) will replace James Rossiter (GB). ByKOLLES Racing was forced to make an adjustment as the Briton was summoned from his Japanese Toyota Super GT Team in order to carry out test duties and did not get the approval for the participation in legendary 24 h races. Bonanomi will share the Enso CLM P1/01 Nismo with Oliver Webb (GB) and Dominik Kraihamer (AUT) at Le Mans.
Andretti Autosport And Magneti Marelli Continue Partnership
Sato won Indy but Marco Andretti gets the sponsorship on his car
On the heels of Takuma Sato’s thrilling win at the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 and heading into the Verizon IndyCar Series Detroit Grand Prix this weekend, Andretti Autosport announce the continuation of their partnership with Magneti Marelli. Magneti Marelli, an advanced systems and component supplier for the automotive industry, will support Andretti Autosport in different motorsports competitions for the second consecutive year.
Magneti Marelli will be the Primary Sponsor of Marco Andretti and the No. 27 Magneti Marelli Honda for the Verizon IndyCar Series double-header weekend on Belle Isle in Detroit, June 2–4. Additionally, Magneti Marelli will serve as an Associate Sponsor for the third-generation racer at all remaining races during the 2017 Series season.
Valentino Rossi injured in motocross crash (2nd Update)
UPDATE Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Valentino Rossi is declared fit to participate in this weekend's Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley.
Earlier today the nine-time World Champion underwent a routine medical check-up at the Autodromo del Mugello. VR46 fans from all over the world can breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that FIM Medical Director, Dr Giancarlo Di Filippo, the Chief Medical Officer of the Mugello Circuit, Dr Remo Barbagli and the MotoGP Medical Director, Dr Angel Charte have found Rossi to be in a suitable condition to take part in his home Grand Prix, starting with tomorrow's free practice sessions.
Long-time F1 journalist on his impressions of the Indy 500 ESPN's F1 Editor Nate Saunders on his impressions of the Indy 500. Being from England, and familiar with F1 racing, he came away quite impressed. Comment
Video: Ricciardo and Verstappen race caravans What do you get when you paint a couple of campers with your race number in Red Bull Racing colors, hitch ’em up to a couple of Aston Martin Vanquish convertibles that have been custom-fitted? Red Bull Racing drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen get equipped with an Aston Martin and a Caravan. Comment
Friends leave drunken Bubba behind at Charlotte Within hours after the celebrations in Victory Lane were over early Monday at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, cleanup crews were already hard at work. But they found something they weren't expecting while cleaning up the infield.
Just when you thought you had seen everything people could drive off without - meet Jody Nash.
IndyCar - real racing, unlike F1 which is real engineering. Engineering is not a sport.
After watching the 2017 Indy 500, Autoexpress editor-in-chief Steve Fowler thinks F1 could learn a few things from our friends across the pond
You know how Americans view cricket with incredulity -- a game that lasts up to five days and can still end in a draw? Well I’m sure any of our US friends watching Formula One must be thinking we Europeans are completely bonkers -- a motor race without overtaking? What can they be thinking?
The glaring difference between what we all expect real racing to be and what amounts to no more than a carnival procession (without the flamboyance) was plain for everyone to see when the Monaco Grand Prix was unfortunately scheduled on the same Sunday as the Indy 500.
Video: AutoRacing1's Post-Indy 500 Analysis AR1 dissects the fantastic 2017 Indy 500 including the race, the winner, the excitement, the TV ratings, safety and our picks for the upcoming Detroit GP Comment
Video: Fernando Alonso STUNS fans with brilliant speech at awards dinner Fernando Alonso created a social media love-in with his speech at last night's awards ceremony in the wake of a dramatic Indy 500 debut. Comment
Video: NBC Sports' NASCAR Ad Highlights Earnhardt's Farewell Daytona Race To kick off the marketing campaign for its half of the NASCAR season that starts in a month, NBC Sports tonight is riding the coattails of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s retirement and upcoming final race at Daytona Int'l Speedway as a full-time driver. Comment
Smithfield Returns to No. 43 Ford to at the Monster Mile
Regan Smith, who filled in for the injured Aric Almirola at Charlotte Motor Speedway, will once again pilot the No. 43 Smithfield Ford this weekend at Dover International Speedway. Smith drove to a fourth-place finish in the Monster Energy Open and raced as high as 12th before finishing 22nd in the Coca-Cola 600. Smith will work to tame the Monster Mile this weekend in his 12th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start.
Smith knows his way to Victory Lane at Dover. He scored a win in the NASCAR XFINITY Series race in 2015. He also has two Top-Five and five Top-10 finishes in the series at the mile track in 13 starts. In his 12 Monster Energy Series starts, he has a best start of 11th and finish of 17th.
Final TV Ratings - Indy 500 most watched sporting event in all of sports IndyCar, with a 3.41 final rating with average viewership of 5.5 million, was the most-viewed sporting event of the weekend (Saturday-Sunday).
Audi first company to begin automated vehicle testing in NY State New York has approved Audi of America's application to be the first company authorized to perform autonomous vehicle testing in the state.
Audi intends to demonstrate and test vehicles in New York with Society of Automobile Engineers (SAE) Level 3 automation. It will conduct the first autonomous vehicle demonstration in state history, beginning in Albany, near the state capitol, in mid-June.
FOX NASCAR at Dover International Speedway Quotes & Programming Schedule CHARLOTTE, NC – All three NASCAR national series are live on FS1 this weekend from Dover International Speedway, with FOX Sports set to offer 20 hours of live action from the one-mile concrete circuit. Included are FS1’s live race coverage of the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES (Sunday, June 4 at 1:00 PM ET), the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES (Saturday, June 3 at 1:00 PM ET) and the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES (Friday, June 2 at 5:30 PM ET). FS1 serves as the home for all four remaining MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES races on FOX Sports’ 2017 schedule (Dover, Pocono, Michigan and Sonoma).
Antonio Giovinazzi Set for FP1 Sessions with Haas F1 Team
Antonio Giovinazzi, the third driver for Scuderia Ferrari in the FIA Formula One World Championship, will gain additional Formula One experience with Haas F1 Team as he takes the wheel of the VF-17 for the first practice session (FP1) at seven grands prix in 2017.
The 23-year-old from Martina Franca, Italy, drove a Formula One car earlier this year when he subbed for the injured Pascal Wehrlein at Sauber during the first week of winter testing at Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya and again during the Australian and Chinese Grands Prix.
Indy 500 TV Rating (3rd Update) UPDATE This year's Indy 500 TV ratings represent the lowest TV Rating for a live broadcast in the 31 years the race has been broadcast. Domestic IndyCar TV ratings have dropped every race this year. Where is the growth? There is only contraction. Ditto for NASCAR. In fact NASCAR is even worse.
While there are many reasons for this contraction of TV Ratings, which have a direct correlation to total sponsor dollars in the paddock, the latest observation is that since the advent of Twitter, motorsports TV ratings have plummeted.
Is there a direct correlation with the rise of twitter and the fall of TV ratings? Of course there is. With busy lives why sit in front of a TV screen when you can get constant race updates on your smartphone - for free. So while these race series tout their twitter numbers and Snapchat numbers, in fact they are cutting their own throats.
NASCAR says using VHT at Dover is possibility after Charlotte success
After a positive reception at the Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR could apply VHT this weekend at Dover International Speedway.
Chief racing development officer Steve O'Donnell said the 1-mile oval's concrete surface – similar to Bristol Motor Speedway, where VHT was used in the past – makes it an obvious candidate.
VHT, which is intended to promote multiple grooves to enhance passing, made its asphalt debut with NASCAR at Charlotte Motor Speedway this past weekend. O'Donnell said its success led to NASCAR being contacted by "a lot of interested parties" about its usage at more tracks in the future.
Tony Kanaan to replace Bourdais at Le Mans 24 Hours INDYCAR champion and Rolex 24 At Daytona winner Tony Kanaan will join drivers Joey Hand and Dirk Muller in Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 68 Ford GT at the Le Mans 24 Hours next month as the team looks to defend its 2016 GTE Pro Class victory. The Brazilian fills the seat left vacant by Sebastien Bourdais, who was injured during qualifying for the Indianapolis 500. This will be Kanaan’s first Le Mans 24.
New images of 'NEXT' car for Verizon IndyCar Series unveiled (Update) UPDATE Next season will "see the debut of a new spec aerodynamic configuration for the DW12 with the hideous 'butt bumpers' removed from these cars, taking IndyCar back to a more traditional look from previous era.
The competitiveness of the Indy 500 the last five years has been the envy of every racing series in the world. One would hope that IndyCar has done proper wind tunnel testing of the new aerokit to ensure they don't ruin the greatest racing in the world at the Indy 500 each year.
Fernando Alonso made a lot of fans at Indianapolis
In Indianapolis, Gregg Doyel wrote under the header, "Fernando Alonso Won Everything But The Race."
Alonso was "roaring his way around the track," but his engine blew with just 21 laps to go. As Alonso';s No. 29 entry "coasted to a stop, the crowd at IMS gave him a standing ovation."
He had "won them over, just as he already had won over the drivers, the same ones who didn’t want him to win." Alonso said: "I'm not an American, but I felt really proud to race here." INDIANAPOLIS STAR
Fans in Spain watch F1 because of Fernando Alonso, not because of all that technology on the cars. Sports heroes matter.
According to the F1 Broadcasting blog an average of 443,000 people in Spain watched the live broadcast of the Indy 500.
Compare to that, an average of 212,000 viewers in Spain watched the Monaco Grand Prix in which the retired-but-not-actually-retried Jenson Button subbed the race for Fernando Alonso. That means even though the races were at different times, the Indy 500, a traditionally American event, drew more interest in Spain this year than did F1’s biggest race.
The Spanish viewership of the Monaco race was also significantly down from 2016, during which F1 Broadcasting reports that 302,000 people in Spain watched the event. Viewership dropped by nearly a third this year, which is a huge portion of the rather small viewership.
Motorsports Social Media Numbers (Update) UPDATE The TV ratings numbers generate revenue for IndyCar and it's teams via sponsorship deals. The online numbers generate zilch. Why should a fan bother to watch the race on TV when they can keep up with what is going on via their twitter feed on their smartphone. The subsequent drop in TV viewership equates to an equivalent drop in sponsor value. Twitter is perhaps the biggest theft of the century to sports TV ratings. And you wonder why they're dropping?
05/31/17 The chart below shows the cumulative social media followers each race series had between March 19th and May 10, 2017. MotoGP dwarfs everyone.
On Tuesday morning, the first piece of steel was installed for the new grandstand structure as part of the $178 million Phoenix Raceway Project Powered by DC Solar.
The beam featured a special message “Best Wishes from Daytona,” signifying a symbolic passing of the torch from Phoenix Raceway’s partner facility Daytona International Speedway, which also recently completed a significant redevelopment project - DAYTONA Rising.
After arriving onsite as part of a special parade ceremony last week, the beam is the first to be placed in the grandstand addition that will overlook the famous dogleg. Nearly 2,000 tons of steel will be installed by the project’s completion in November 2018.
Uber Fires Levandowski Uber Technologies Inc. said Tuesday it fired Anthony Levandowski, the driverless-car executive at the center of its legal battle with Google parent Alphabet Inc., making good on its threat to dismiss him if he didn’t cooperate with court orders.
Alphabet has accused Uber of conspiring with Mr. Levandowski to steal its trade secrets when Mr. Levandowski helped lead Alphabet’s driverless-car program.
Partnership at an All-Time High for Chevrolet Detroit GP
Simon Pagenaud at Detroit in 2016
As the three-day motorsports festival known as the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear returns to the Motor City this week, the event is proud to bring an unprecedented level of partnership to Belle Isle.
With a mix of local and national corporate support, the Grand Prix will feature an all-time high of 77 partners represented at the June 2-4 event.
Ed Jones deserved to be co-Rookie Of the Indy 500 Race (Update)
Dale Coyne wasn't laughing this time
Who in the hell votes for these things?" Coyne was quoted as saying. "I listened to all the Indianapolis radio and television stations and they all said Ed will get it and he deserved to get it.
"It's not fair and at least it should have been co-rookie of the year."
"He set the fifth-fastest lap of the race, he was five spots ahead of Alonso when he (Alonso) went out and he ran the last how many laps with a hole in the nose cap, which just crippled him for straightaway speed or he might have won the thing."
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Fifth Third Bank has not only extended their partnership with the team as an associate sponsor for three more years, they have also expanded their role to include primary sponsorship of the No. 16 Indy car driven by Oriol Servia in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Duals, June 3 and 4. It is their first time to be a primary sponsor on an Indy car. Fifth Third Bank is in its second year as an associate sponsor for the team.
Did you catch the Indy 500 driver introductions? There’s always a celebrity component to the Indy 500, but this year got particularly interesting when ABC revealed they’d asked actor-comedian Denis Leary to introduce the field writes Brittany Frederick of Fansided.
As usual, Leary was deadpan, hilarious and cutting, especially when he was talking about Tony Kanaan and Josef Newgarden. Meanwhile, Oriol Servia got in a joke of his own and Simon Pagenaud showed off his dog Norman. It was the best starting lineup in a long time. Watch Leary’s driver introductions below and enjoy:
The New York Stock Exchange welcomes executives and guests of The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) in celebration of the 58th running of the legendary Coca-Cola 600. To honor the occasion, Coca Cola 600 Winner, Austin Dillon, will ring The NYSE Closing Bell, alongside team owner Richard Childress.
Festivities begin at 3:40 p.m. ET, with the closing bell ringing at 4 p.m. ET. A live stream of The Bell can be viewed here: https://www.nyse.com/bell
Alonso's performance in Indy 500 opened a lot of eyes in the F1 paddock
Alonso passes Will Power in Indy 500
Fernando Alonso's run at the Indianapolis 500 will be remembered for decades to come writes Mithila Mehta of Firstpost. Not just because it was the run of a champion -- the bittersweet outcome will only add to the legend of this man -- but because it could potentially usher in an exciting new phase in the world of Motorsport.
Alonso is a world class talent
Not that we needed any confirmation but Alonso is a true champion. What can we say about the man -- entering his first Indy 500 race, he scorched the track. He charged past 2016 race winner Alexander Rossi for the lead (when was the last time we saw Alonso leading a race?). He passed cars at will, from any line on the track he chose, including flirting with the perilous outside line. Rivals marveled at how quickly he had learned so much. Indeed, Alonso has been known to be the most adaptable driver in Formula One -- and now, outside Formula One too.
Time for canopies on IndyCars Dear AutoRacing1.com, After looking at the photos you posted in this article, I have to agree with the author that it is time IndyCar moves toward a full canopy over the driver's head. It's clear both Jay Howard and Scott Dixon were lucky to not have been killed on Sunday.
If Howard's car was rotated a few more degrees toward perpendicular with Dixon's car, and if Dixon's car had rotated a few more degrees before hitting the top of that wall, it would have been curtains for both of them - a double death in a single accident. The time is now IndyCar. Don McIntyre/Detroit
NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 TV Rating Fox's telecast of NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600, which was interrupted by rain at Charlotte Motor Speedway, had a 2.8 overnight rating and a 6 share as Austin Dillon earned his first career Cup Series victory. This was down 18% from last year's 3.4 overnight TV rating.
Supercars Championship to debut at the 2018 Australian GP
The Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) announced today that Supercars will now be a round of the Supercars Championship calendar at the 2018 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.
The partnership and contractual agreement between the AGPC and Supercars has also been extended for a further six years until 2023, providing a successful and exciting addition to the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix for future years.
Sato Earns $2.45 Million for Winning 101st Indianapolis 500
Takuma Sato collects his accolades
Takuma Sato earned $2,458,129 from an overall purse of $13,178,359 for his victory Sunday in the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Verizon IndyCar Series veteran Sato, from Tokyo, became the first Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500, fending off three-time winner Helio Castroneves by .2011 of a second to the checkered flag in the No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda. This was the sixth-closest finish in Indy 500 history.
Scott Dixon survives wild Indy 500 flight Totally worn out from a long day covering the 101st Indianapolis 500 but before I fall asleep for 12 hours I wanted to post all my favorite images from the greatest spectacle in racing! The last time I saw a Dixon flying through the air was when Larry Dixon (no relation) crashed his NHRA dragster... See amazing race photos by Mark J. Rebilas
Eric Broadley dies at 88 The Indy 500 was a race his cars won many times. Ironically Eric Broadley died yesterday at the age of 88 during the running of the 101st Indy 500. Broadley was a British entrepreneur, engineer, and founder and chief designer of Lola Cars, the motor racing manufacturer and engineering company.
He was arguably one of the most influential automobile designers of the post-war period, and over the years Lola had a hand in many high-profile projects in Formula One, IndyCar, and sports car racing. Broadley sold Lola to Martin Birrane in 1999.
Single Day Tickets on Sale Today for Honda Indy Toronto
Power wins Toronto in 2016
Single-day tickets to the Honda Indy Toronto at Exhibition Place, July 14-16, 2017, have been released to the public for sale today (Monday, May 29). Prices start as low as $40 for single-day general admission and $70 for reserved grandstand seats.
Two-day tickets are still available for purchase to secure the best seats in the grandstands for the entire race weekend. A limited quantity of Gold Level reserved grandstand seats for the highest rows remain and are sold only in the two-day option which includes a paddock pass to keep up close to the race cars.
James Davison, subbing for Sebastien Bourdais the last minute, proved that the IndyCar formula gives any driver with talent a chance to be competitive
Lewis Hamilton essentially called the Verizon IndyCar Series a bunch of wankers because Fernando Alonso was able to go to IndyCar and qualify 5th in his first oval race. What Hamilton doesn't say that F1 is 99% car and 1% driver so if you are not in a Mercedes or Ferrari you chances of winning are zero.
Hence a number of F1 drivers who are not in position to buy a top ride to win, turn to IndyCar where every driver in the field has a chance to win because the cars are not 99% of the equation. In IndyCar driver talent is a bigger part of the equation than F1, which is essentially an exercise in engineering.
The real reason why former F1 drivers are turning their sights to IndyCar is cost and the competitiveness of the IndyCar formula. In F1, only two teams have a legitimate shot to win, and before this year, only a Mercedes driver (2 drivers only) had a shot at winning.
Indy 500 is unfinished business, Alonso will be back
Alonso passing Will Power. Honda again let him down but Alonso left knowing he probably would have won the race
McLaren Honda Andretti driver Fernando Alonso says he will definitely return to the Indianapolis 500 in future after being a strong contender for victory in his first Indy 500 start when his Honda engine let go while running seventh with 21 laps remaining.
"Definitely, yes," said Alonso, when asked if he is hungry to return to Indy,
"Obviously, if I come back here, at least I know how everything is. It will not be the first time I do restarts, pitstops, all these kinds of things.
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