Nissan Motorsport International Co., Ltd. (NISMO) is releasing its 2018 model of the NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3, which is based on the NISSAN GT-R (R35) NISMO and conforms to FIA GT3 regulations. Build-to-order and delivery are to begin from around January 2019.
NISMO launched the NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3 in 2012 and has been supplying it to customers around the world including in Japan, Europe, America, China and Australia. The car accumulated several achievements including taking the championship titles in the SUPER GT GT300 class and the Blancpain Endurance Series (currently the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup), along with overall victory in the Bathurst 12 Hour (Australia) in 2015.
Consumer Reports flipped its Model 3 recommendation after Tesla wirelessly updated its cars
Tesla Model 3
Consumer Reports, a US non-profit product testing organization, couldn’t recommend the Tesla’s Model 3 when it reviewed the car earlier this month. Test drivers praised the car’s speed and range, but braking distances were subpar, which the magazine said were “far worse than any contemporary car we’ve tested.” While most luxury compact sedans decelerate from 60-0 mph in 131 ft., the magazine’s two Tesla’s Model 3s needed 152 ft. to stop, which is even more than some pickup trucks need.
Championship-winning sports car team Scuderia Corsa will follow up its successful Indy 500 debut by returning for the 2019 race, at a minimum.
“We’re committing to the Indy 500 next year, and we’re trying to put a [full-season] program together for next year,” team owner Giacomo Mattioli told RACER. “We take our time, we study, we observe, and it was a very good learning experience. We’ll do things different next time around. Definitely back for the Indy 500, and more races, we will see.”
Firestone bringing new rain tire to Detroit (Update)
New Firestone Rain Tire
UPDATE Added photo of new rain tire to right.
05/31/18 Firestone Racing will be launching a new Firestone Firehawk rain tire in Detroit. The new race tire is the first new rain tire design in three years. Firestone Racing worked with INDYCAR, drivers and teams, as well as the Bridgestone passenger tire engineers, to develop the new tire for enhanced grip in wet conditions and improved hydroplaning performance.
California will begin testing digital license plates that cost $700 California will become the first state to test digital license plates after state officials agreed to introduce the technology. To start, the city will take delivery of 24 plates for its in-house fleet of vehicles.
The digital plates use the same technology found in Kindle eBook readers coupled with a wireless communication system. For a sizable sum and a monthly fee, the plates promise to save motorists the hassle of registering their vehicles in-person and purchasing physical sticker tags. The Sacramento Bee reported Monday the plates could even display personalized messages if the California DMV approves the option.
Santino Ferrucci Set to Make IndyCar Series Debut This Weekend
American Santino Ferrucci will be celebrating his 20th birthday by making his Verizon IndyCar Series debut with Dale Coyne Racing at the Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader this weekend.
Ferrucci, whose birthday is today, May 31, got his first taste of an Indy car on Tuesday of this week when he jumped aboard the team’s #19 Paysafe car at Putnam Park in Indiana to acclimate himself with the Honda-powered machine. To further his preparation, he also turned laps on a simulator to learn in the ins and outs of the Raceway at Belle-Isle before taking to the real track on Friday.
Will NBC Be Able To Boost Record-Low Indy 500 TV Viewership?
The last time the Indy 500 drew over 10 million TV viewers was in 1995 when CART was IndyCar. This man, Tony George, destroyed it all and now the family's prize possession, the Indy 500, continues to plummet in popularity.
Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 was easily the race’s least-viewed telecast on record, with ABC drawing 4.91 million viewers for its last broadcast of the race. Will Power’s win was down from the 5.27 million viewers that saw Takuma Sato’s victory, which was the previous low.
The 100th running of the race in ’16, which and saw the telecast air live in the Indianapolis TV market for the first time since ’50, drew 6.0 million viewers.
The last time the Indy 500 topped 10 million viewers was in ’95, the last year before the IRL-Champ Car split (Austin Karp, Assistant Managing Editor).
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR today announced that Gene Stefanyshyn will lead the sport’s international efforts as Senior Vice President and Chief International Officer, John Probst has been promoted to Vice President, Innovation and Racing Development, John Bobo has been promoted to Vice President, Racing Operations, and Scott Prime has been promoted to Vice President, Strategic Development.
Motorcycle racer Dan Kneen killed in world's deadliest race
The world’s deadliest race has claimed another life.
Motorcycle racer Dan Kneen was killed on Wednesday during qualifying for the Isle of Man TT, an event consisting of several races held on public roads on the independent British island in the Irish Sea.
The BMW rider died at the scene after crashing in the Churchtown section of the 37.7-mile course.
Will Power at the 2018 Indy 500 Victory Celebration 2018 Indianapolis 500 champion Will Power takes the podium during the 2018 Indianapolis 500 Victory Celebration to discuss the race, his team and his reaction in Victory Circle at the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500. Comment
Roger Penske challenges Andretti at the 2018 Indy 500 Victory Celebration 17-time Indianapolis 500 winning team owner Roger Penske talks about the skill of Will Power and his admiration for the Indianapolis 500. Comment
Danica Patrick gracious at the 2018 Indy 500 Victory Celebration 2005 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Danica Patrick speaks at the 2018 Indianapolis Victory Celebration following her final race at the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500. Comment
Monaco Grand Prix F1 Debrief Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin answers your questions from the 2018 Formula One Monaco Grand Prix – including why Lewis stopped earlier than his rivals and the decisions behind which compound to run in the second stint Comment
Volunteers help clean up stands at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Fans leave behind tons of trash after the Indy 500. IMS donates money to each organization that volunteers to get their hands dirty. Maybe they should put some welfare recipients to work. Comment
FOX NASCAR at Pocono Raceway Quotes & Programming Schedule
The Pocono forecast is for rain all weekend
NASCAR begins its summer run this weekend at Pocono Raceway, with FOX Sports set to offer nearly 20 hours of live coverage across the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES, NASCAR XFINITY SERIES and ARCA RACING SERIES.
Included are FS1’s live race coverage of the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES on Sunday, June 3 (2:00 PM ET) and the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES on Saturday, June 2 (1:00 PM ET), and FS2’s live coverage of the ARCA RACING SERIES on Friday, June 1 (5:30 PM ET).
Daniel Ricciardo with his Italian parents Grace and Joe Ricciardo in Monaco. Grace was born in Calabria, Italy and Joe in Sicily. Daniel pronounces his name 'Ricardo' instead of the Italian pronunciation 'Rit-char-do'
No penalty for Ricciardo in Canada
Toyota's Makinen says Ferrari should keep Raikkonen
Wolff confirms Force India team order
Renault eyes Vandoorne for future seat
Amid F1 quit rumors, Alonso 'not happy' - Sainz snr
Red Bull suspects Ferrari DRS illegal
Hamilton suggests Monaco should extend F1 layout
Williams pins Lance Stroll's punctures on overheating rims
Wolff: Not sure if Bernie's old deals are sustainable
Audi to Offer Cameras Instead of Side Mirrors on e-tron EV
Small cameras will replace the mirrors
The idea of replacing side-view mirrors on cars with small cameras is finally moving into production. As Audi builds up the impending launch of its e-tron electric SUV, it announced the green vehicle will offer “virtual exterior mirrors,” small stalks that house cameras at the tip. Unfortunately, Audi won’t be able to offer the feature in the U.S. market.
Cameras as mirrors were approved for overseas markets by European regulators back in 2016, and since then, numerous manufacturers have been working to become the first to offer the technology. Although BMW looked like it might be first to market, it now appears that the Audi e-tron will be the first series-production vehicle to have cameras instead of side mirrors.
Autonomous vehicles are great at hitting parked cars
Today you have to be a real dumb-ass to trust an autonomous vehicle. They can't even avoid parked cars and big red firetrucks
A Tesla Model S with its Autopilot function reportedly engaged, collided with a parked police vehicle in Laguna Beach earlier this week. The impact resulted in the Tesla driver suffering minor injuries, while the police car was unoccupied.
The accident took place on Laguna Canyon Road and according to authorities, the Tesla was driving autonomously when it made contact with the Ford SUV. Investigators are however still examining what happened, reports ABC7.
At this time, it’s unclear what the driver of the Model S was doing prior to the accident, but a spokesperson for Tesla had this to say:
Longtime Indycar, IMS Medical Director Bock Dies At 81
Longtime Indianapolis Motor Speedway and INDYCAR Senior Director of Medical Services Dr. Henry Bock, a pioneer in motorsports safety and medical treatment, died May 26 in Indianapolis. He was 81.
Bock, an emergency medicine specialist at IU Health Methodist Hospital and Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis, served as senior director of medical services at IMS from 1982-2006 and in the same role for INDYCAR since its inaugural race in 1996 through the end of the 2006 season. Bock also worked as a consultant for IMS and INDYCAR after his retirement from both organizations.
Williams has announced that its head of aerodynamics Dirk de Beer has left the team, effective immediately.
The South African only joined Williams in February of last year, following a spell as chief aerodynamicist at Ferrari and head of aerodynamics at Renault. The 2018 car was the first de Beer had significantly worked on but Williams has endured a poor season so far, scoring just four points in Baku and currently sitting bottom of the constructors’ championship.
Today, ISM Raceway removed its 130-foot-high Race Control Tower in spectacular fashion as part of its $178 million ISM Raceway Project Powered by DC Solar. NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton donned a hard hat and led the demolition by getting behind the wheel of a Cat D8T dozer. Helton was joined by ISM Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber, members of the Okland Construction team and ISM Raceway fans to mark the major milestone.
A brand-new 6,300-square-foot Race Operations structure will sit high above the new start/finish line near the famous dog leg. The new structure will feature 162 linear feet of glass, providing excellent views of ISM Raceway.
Whiting denies it was the FIA that revealed the Mercedes Deep Throat
UPDATE Charlie Whiting has denied that members of the Mercedes team were thrown under the bus during the FIA's 'investigation' into the legality (or not) of Ferrari's energy recovery system.
At Mercedes, technical boss James Allison, had been alerted to a possible issue by former Ferrari engine man, Lorenzo Sassi, who had been recruited from Maranello. However, Toto Wolff was incensed that his team members had been identified, claiming that Whiting, and thereby the FIA, had effectively thrown them under the bus.
As it begins negotiations which could see Miami host a Grand Prix in 2019, F1, in its determination to add more races in its American homeland to the calendar is opening an office in New York City.
The office follows the opening of a brand new HQ in London's fashionable St James district last year which, according to the sport's commercial boss, Sean Bratches, is aimed at reflecting the sport's iconic brand.
Single Day Tickets Are Now On Sale for 32nd Edition of Honda Indy Toronto
Toronto Seating - the number of seats are a small fraction from the CART days
Single-day tickets went on sale today for this summer's Honda Indy Toronto, set for July 13-15, 2018. Fans going online to purchase will also see a brand new website launched at hondaindy.com with an improved user experience, more fan information and easier navigation on all devices.
This public on-sale marks the final countdown to July's big weekend for festival-goers at Exhibition Place. Prices start as low as $40 for single-day general admission and $70 for reserved grandstand seats.
Final weekend TV Ratings Below are two tables. The first are the final TV ratings for IndyCar, NASCAR and F1 this past weekend. The second table contains the 2018 IndyCar TV ratings to-date that shows a mixed bag, some races the ratings increased and some decreased.
Video: Indy 500 - Incredible passes by Alexander Rossi Starting 32nd after a tire puncture in qualifying, Alexander Rossi finished 4th, but along the way made the most incredible passes in the 2018 Indy 500 on a day when lesser drivers lost control of their cars and spun. He made 53 of these type of passes at Phoenix earlier this year. Totally insane. An incredible talent - F1's loss is IndyCar's gain. Comment
Detroit Grand Prix Race Chairman Bud Denker said today that ticket sales for this weekend's Detroit GP are up 12 percent from a year ago, that 77 businesses are supporting the IndyCar doubleheader --two 70-lap races run Saturday and Sunday -- 25 chalets have been sold, and a larger grandstand has been put up down the backstretch.
Mother Nature is helping with sunshine and temperatures in the mid-70s during the weekend.
No. 78 team hit with lug-nut violation; No. 20 Xfinity crew chief suspended
Three penalties across the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series were handed down following a weekend of racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
In the Monster Energy Series, the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing team of Martin Truex Jr. was found to have one unsecured lug nut during post-race inspection following Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600 at the 1.5-mile track. Per the rule book, crew chief Cole Pearn has been assessed a $10,000 fine for the infraction. Truex finished second in the race.
NASCAR considering All-Star race rules package for future races
Changes may be coming
Less than two weeks after Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's chief racing development officer, expressed caution that the series would use the All-Star rules package again this year, NASCAR is looking at doing so in 2018.
Scott Miller, NASCAR senior vice president of competition, told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that discussions about the package are ongoing with key industry stakeholders.
Miller told "The Morning Drive" that "I think we certainly ... feel like it has a lot of potential for especially some race tracks.
Video: New Aero Rules in F1 for 2019 explained F1 has managed to pass through a set of three new aero rules to improve overtaking in 2019. How will these rules help and what can we expect to see in the next couple of year? Comment
AutoNation to Serve as Primary Sponsor for Marco Andretti in Detroit
Andretti livery at Detroit
Longtime Andretti partner AutoNation, America’s largest automotive retailer, will take over the livery of Marco Andretti’s No. 98 machine as the team heads to Detroit’s Belle Isle. The livery will feature the bold colors of the South Florida based company’s Drive Pink campaign, as the third-generation Andretti driver races to raise awareness for the fight against cancer. Since 2013, AutoNation has contributed more than $14 million to cancer related causes.
UPDATE The information we provided below was in error. Fox on Sunday night drew a 2.4 overnight for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600, which saw Kyle Busch win. That figure is down from last year, despite that race having a lengthy rain delay, forcing a finish well past midnight. It also is likely a new low for the Coca-Cola 600.
Alexander Rossi to Wear Ruoff Home Mortgage livery at Detroit
Rossi swaps NAPA for Ruoff in Detroit
The No. 27 Honda of Alexander Rossi will wear the blue and green colors of Ruoff Home Mortgage when the 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner hits the streets of Belle Isle this weekend. The double-header event will showcase Rossi’s battle for the championship after remaining second in the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings after this year’s Indy 500.
“After a great finish at the Indy track this weekend, we are excited to align ourselves with another name that is synonymous with speed and determination, Alexander Rossi.” Mark Music, president & CEO of Ruoff Home Mortgage continued, “We couldn’t be more proud of Carlos Munoz, and the rest of the Andretti team, and we think Rossi is ready for another checkered flag finish this weekend.”
Ferrari, Red Bull chooses most Hypersofts for Canadian GP
Vettel last year in Canada
Ferrari and red Bull have opted for an aggressive Formula 1 tire strategy for the upcoming Canadian Grand Prix, while Mercedes has picked the fewest amount of Hypersofts following its struggles in Monaco.
The Italian outfit, which sits 18 points adrift of early constructors’ championship leaders Mercedes, has favored Pirelli’s fastest-ever F1 compound - which debuted at last weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix - for the next race on June 10, with drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen both selecting eight sets of Hypersofts each, along with three sets of Ultrasofts and two Supersofts.
Video: A lap around the new Miami F1 Street circuit
Proposed Miami F1 circuit
Miami F1 proposed Layout simulation. While the race has yet to be agreed by FOM and the definitive track layout confirmed, an enthusiast has put together a simulated lap of the Miami F1 track based on the layout issued by Miami City Commissioner, Ken Russell, earlier this month.
"This is a lap in the 2015 Ferrari on supersofts managing a 1:22," explains sim creator Jack Shepherd. "With the current F1 cars and drivers, plus the track rubbering in and ultrasofts, the lap times should be about the same as Canada.
The Repsol Honda team previews the upcoming Mugello MotoGP race with riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa.
After extending his string of consecutive wins to three in Le Mans last week, Marc Marquez is now heading to Mugello, in Italy--the scene of his first GP win back in 2010--with a 36-point lead in the MotoGP Championship classification.
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