Gas Monkey Set to Sponsor Murphy Prototype Oreca Gas Monkey is poised to make headlines at Le Mans this month, with the popular energy drink and lifestyle brand set to sponsor Murphy Prototype’s LMP2 contender in the French endurance classic.
The familiar green, black and white colors of Gas Monkey Energy are in the process of being applied to the team’s Oreca 03R Nissan, which was spotted Wednesday at Circuit de la Sarthe.
Test Day Marks Return to France for Defending Champion Corvette
Corvette wins GTE Pro class at LeMans last year
The world’s toughest endurance race beckons once again for Chevrolet and Corvette Racing as the two-car squad aims to write another chapter in its endurance racing history book. The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the marquee event for Corvette Racing each year; the results since 2001 bear out how important the event is to Chevrolet.
Corvette Racing will arrive at Le Mans for the annual Test Day in search of its ninth class victory and a second consecutive triumph. Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Jordan Taylor in the No. 64 Konica Minolta/Mobil 1/Sirius XM Corvette C7.R lead the charge for Corvette Racing as the reigning GTE Pro champions following a storybook race in 2015. Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen and Ricky Taylor share the No. 63 Corvette C7.R – the first race together for the trio.
Many IndyCar fans were taken by surprise over the weekend when a 24-year old Californian rookie took the checkered flag at the hundredth running of the Indy 500 on an empty tank of gas. But the name had a familiar ring to it for anyone who's been keeping an eye on Formula 1 (or any of COTA's social media gushing) over the past few years.
Alexander Rossi is no stranger to Circuit of the Americas (COTA). Rossi was the first professional driver to ever hit the pavement here, driving Turn 16 to Turn 1 when the Circuit was still under construction. Since then, he's been a fixture at COTA, participating in multiple Twitter Q&As, meet and greets and COTA's annual Fan Forum. That relationship was turned up a notch in 2015.
Video: Watch the entire 100th Indy 500 Relive the pageantry, history, drama and excitement of the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil by watching the ABC broadcast here. Comment
STP Releases Digital Video Series On NASCAR Science STP this morning released the first in a digital video series called "Inside NASCAR," part of a new ad buy with NBC Sports. The 10-part series, hosted by NBC Sports NASCAR analyst and STP endorser Steve Letarte, touches on the various ways in which science plays a role in NASCAR and how STP products are involved. The spots will run through September, distributed on NBC Sports' digital and social channels. STP also will run 30-second spots during NBC's NASCAR race coverage, which begins next month.
Red Bull Global Rallycross Returns to Marine Corps Air Station New River, July 2-3 Los Angeles, CA, (June 1, 2016) - Red Bull Global Rallycross announces its return to MCAS New River in Jacksonville, North Carolina for the second consecutive season. The world’s best rallycross drivers will compete at MCAS New River once again on July 4th weekend, with this year’s festivities expanding to a doubleheader.
Video: Motorcraft Minute with the Wood Brothers As we head into the hot summer months, it's a good time to take vehicles in to have their air conditioning systems checked. That's the topic of this month's "Motorcraft Minute with the Wood Brothers," featuring host Joe Moore and team co-owner Eddie Wood. Comment
Richard Petty Motorsports announced today that the team suspended operations of the No. 43 XFINITY team due to financial issues with the team's primary sponsor, J. Streicher. Due to missed payments, Richard Petty Motorsports is forced to cut back the originally-planned full-time schedule for the NASCAR XFINTY Series No. 43 Ford Mustang driven by Jeb Burton.
Streicher joined Richard Petty Motorsports late in the off-season for their first sponsorship in NASCAR supporting Burton's first full-time season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Burton and the team got to work, and just days after signing the agreement with J. Streicher, the team competed in the season opener at Daytona. The team tallied one Top-10 and four Top-15 finishes in the first 10 races of the season and currently is in position to compete for the Chase in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
Alexander Rossi Is America's Next Great Racing Hero
Rossi and his girlfriend at the Indy 500 victory banquet
One of the last drivers expected to win the Indianapolis 500 drank the milk after his team made a smart call on strategy. While racing fans know Alexander Rossi from Formula One, he didn't make huge waves running with backmarker teams. Now that he's won the Indy 500, that could change. Here's why we should all stand up and take notice of this guy writes Stef Schrader of Jalopnik
Who Is Alexander Rossi?
For most of his life, California-born racer Alexander Rossi has been aiming for Formula One, competing in all the right single-seater series to make it happen. Rossi started racing in karts, becoming an International Kart Federation Grand National Triple Champion in 2005. He was a semi-finalist in the Red Bull Formula One American Drivers Search that year, per the New York Times, finishing in the top five out of 2,000 American candidates. That was over a decade ago, and he's only honed his racecraft since then.
Rossi may have won the Indy 500 but does he stay in IndyCar?
Alexander Rossi won the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 this past Sunday.. Wait, who? Alexander Rossi? Who’s that? Isn’t he the guy who tears it up in the Moto GP circuit and at one point was rumored to be headed to Formula 1 and Ferrari? No, that’d be Valentino Rossi.
To say that Alexander Rossi’s victory is a bit of a surprise would be like stating that Donald Trump’s emergence as the Republican presidential candidate was certain to happen a year ago. The basic way to sum things up is to say: didn’t see that coming.
Video: Indy 500 Champ Alexander Rossi -- Hey President Obama ... Where's My Phone Call?! He's dialed up Super Bowl champs, Final Four winners and World Cup victors ... but the guy who won the Indy 500 wants to know when President Obama plans to blow up HIS cell phone!
TMZ Sports spoke with Alexander Rossi -- who took the checkered flag at the most iconic American car race of the year -- and he makes a pretty good case about why he deserves a call from POTUS.
Super Material: How graphene will shape the world of tomorrow In his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond postulated that civilizations which spread out and conquer others do so as a result of geographic advantages. Access to certain plants and minerals, particular climates, even regional wildlife all -- according to Diamond’s framework -- determine which states thrive and which ones falter.
While Diamond’s book has been viewed with more skepticism recently, as with any work that proposes a universal framework for history, his hypothesis remains interesting. Mastery of the elements has always seemed to be a driving force in human history. Bronze and iron were so crucial to the spread of ancient civilizations that they have entire epochs named after them. With the rise of the American steel industry, railroad tracks spread from Atlantic to Pacific, acting like metal veins that carried the blood of a nation. Silicon semiconductors enabled the growth of computers and the greatest surge in information technology since the printing press. These materials shaped the development of society.
One Utility's Plan to Build Thousands of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Chevy Volt Charging
"Southern California Edison is looking to increase the number of public electric vehicle charging stations in California by 16 percent," reports Steve Scauzillo. The investor-owned utility will "spend $22 million to offset the cost of installing 1,500 public charging stations at workplaces and multi-unit apartment and condominium complexes within its 50,000-square-mile service area."
If the initial project goes well, the utility hopes to expand that effort to add an additional 30,000 charging stations at a total cost of $355 million.
Rossi had fastest car in Indy 500, but outsmarted his competitors
Michael Andretti congratulates Rossi in Victory Circle
You may have read a lot of press about how Alexander Rossi ran slow to win the Indy 500. Well that is flat-out false.
Rossi stated that as a rookie he preferred to hang out between 5th and 10th most of the race, which is a very smart strategy for a rookie. However, there was a fuel hose issue on two of his stops and at one point he dropped down to 28th because of it.
That put him in a position of having to work his way up through the field back into the top-10. It was during that time that he turned the fastest lap of the race. While driving forward through the field on lap 106 he ran the fastest race lap at 225.288 mph and he got himself back into the top-10.
Video: Indy 500 Remix History was made Sunday in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. Watch and listen to the sights and sounds that made the entire event historic. American Alexander Rossi stuns with win in 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Comment
After competing in the longest race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule last weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the stars of the circuit head to the perplexing three-turn, 2.5-mile, ‘roval’ in the picturesque Pocono Mountains.
Pocono Raceway is one of the most unique tracks on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. The “Tricky Triangle” is a smorgasbord of tracks complied together. Turn 1 is loosely based off Trenton (NJ) Speedway. The infamous ‘Tunnel’ Turn, with nine degrees of banking, is modeled after Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the final turn has characteristics of the Milwaukee Mile. Teams and drivers are tasked with getting a comfortable set-up for each of the three unique corners. Many drivers compare the track to a road course earning it the nickname of ‘roval’.
European buyers are slowly starting to shift their attention from diesel-powered cars, following Volkswagen’s emissions scandal.
This technology has been highly appreciated by European buyers in recent years, with diesel-powered cars accounting for more than 50 percent of the overall new-car market. Diesels have always been promoted as a friendlier alternative for the environment, as they are more fuel efficient than gasoline engines, thus emitting less CO2. However, customers have started to be reluctant in the wake of Volkswagen’s dieselgate and, even if this is not a major shift in perception, the trend is promising. According to figures gathered by LMC Automotive, diesel’s shares dropped under 50 percent on the western European market in April. To be more precise, in the first four months of his year, diesel’s share fell by 2.2 percent to 50.1 percent and by 3.1 percent to 49,7 percent in April.
Flying Lizard Evaluating GT4 Options While Flying Lizard Motorsports has established itself on the GT3 scene, both through operations of K-PAX Racing as well as efforts under its own banner, the championship-winning GT squad is targeting an expansion to the GT4 platform for next year writes John Dagys of sportscar365.
The California-based team could field multiple GT4 entries in the Pirelli World Challenge GTS class, and/or IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, according to program manager Darren Law.
"Tribute to the Can Am" Event to benefit dying Can-Am drivers Monterey, Calif. - The Racing History Project is pleased to announce that the Rick Cole Auction Monterey (www.rickcole.com) has come aboard as the presenting sponsor backing the RHP's special "Tribute to the Can Am 50th Anniversary" August 20 event.
"Since 1986, Rick Cole auctions have proven to be the very best in offering classic inventory and wonderful event ambiance in Monterey. The Rick Cole Monterey Auction has brought an entirely new and fresh sales approach through a unique, customer friendly experience.
Indy 500 TV rating down 7.3% but beats NASCAR (3rd Update) UPDATE ABC’s live telecast of the 100th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 29, earned a 3.8 rating, averaging 5,859,785 viewers, according to Nielsen Fast National data. The national rating peaked at a 4.4 in the half-hour from 3-3:30 p.m., with 6.8 million watching.
The rating and viewership were down 7.3% from last year’s 4.1 rating and 6.394 million average viewers
With the race sold out and the traditional local television blackout lifted, the race aired live in Indianapolis for the first time since 1950 and viewers responded with a 33.6 local rating, adding two-tenths of a ratings point to the national rating. Last year’s race aired locally on delay at 7 p.m. and earned a 12.9 rating, still the nation’s largest among metered markets.
Richard Childress Racing announced Tuesday that Kalahari Resorts and Conventions will serve as the primary sponsor on Ryan Newman’s No. 31 Chevrolet SS at Pocono Raceway this weekend.
The partnership will highlight the recently-opened African-themed 100,000 sq. ft. indoor waterpark in the Pocono Mountains that features a retractable roof, stand up surfing or body boarding on the FlowRider, the Anaconda and Swahili Swirl waterslides, a relaxing lazy river, indoor/outdoor family hot tubs and much more for adults and children alike.
“We could not be more excited to partner with Richard Childress Racing to sponsor Ryan Newman’s No. 31 Chevrolet to bring the spirit of Africa to the Pocono Raceway,” said Todd Nelson, owner, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions. “The Pocono Mountains have been incredibly welcoming and we continue to find new ways to partner with and support the area.”
Rossi 'practiced' his fuel-saving drive to 100th Indy 500 glory
How did Alexander Rossi prepare for the dramatic fuel-saving run that carried him to victory in Sunday’s 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil? By nearly running out the night before.
Rossi was headed to the Andretti Autosport team dinner party on the eve of the historic race. An admitted risk taker when it comes to pushing passenger vehicles’ fuel tank limits, the 24-year-old Verizon IndyCar Series rookie said today he was precariously close to running dry.
But just as in his amazing 36-lap run to the checkered flag on a single load of ethanol to win Sunday’s epic race, Rossi made it to the dinner without the need of a splash and go.
After hitching its wagon to 'dirty diesel' for years and getting burnt, VW is now switching all their efforts to electric
As the demand for electrified-cars is expected to sharply rise in the following years, Volkswagen plans to support the production of green vehicles by building a battery factory.
Volkswagen is apparently looking beyond the diesel scandal by shifting the focus on environmentally friendly cars. But to lower production costs and to avoid relying anymore on suppliers such as Panasonic, LG or Samsung, Volkswagen is considering building a multi-billion-euro battery factory, sources told to the German publication Handelsblatt. In fact, such a strategy is very close to be approved by the company’s executive board and an announcement in this direction is soon to be made, according to the paper.
Tesla to official open the doors of its Gigafactory on July 29 The electric carmaker is getting ready to publicly inaugurate its massive battery plant outside of Reno, Nevada, a plant that is crucial for Tesla to hit its bold sales targets.
Tesla has sent an invitation to its customers to the official opening ceremony of the company’s new Gigafactory in Nevada, an event scheduled to take place on July 29. The announcement was made via email to owners who won a ticket to the grand event by taking part in the automaker’s Referral Program.
Video: 24h Nurburgring Nordschleife Chaos Crash & Red Flag snow rain and ice Unbelievable scenes during the 24H race at the Nurburgring last weekend! The video is quite long (8 min, but worth every minute) and it shows how quickly things can change in the Green Hell! Forward ahead in the video to the 45 sec mark and watch things go from bad to worse. Comment
Video: Q&A with Max Verstappen after Monaco From the AR1.com YouTube page, Max Verstappen talks about the Monaco GP race and what he learned in Monaco, as well as looking ahead to the next race in Canada. Comment
NASCAR regularly sends cars to R&D Center to catch cheaters Each race, NASCAR takes at least two Sprint Cup cars back to its R&D Center for further inspection. The winner of each races goes except for the Daytona 500 winner (inspection is completed at the track because the winning car remains in Daytona for a year after that race). The runner-up also goes to the R&D Center. At times, NASCAR selects a random car as well. Here's how many times each car has gone to the R&D Center:
#18-Kyle Busch - 5 times (Kansas, Talladega, Richmond, Texas, Martinsville) #4-Kevin Harvick - 5 times (Coke 600, Kansas, Auto Club, Phoenix, Daytona 500 #22-Joey Logano - 3 times (All-Star, Las Vegas, Daytona 500) #2-Brad Keselowski - 3 times (All-Star, Talladega, Las Vegas) #19-Carl Edwards - 3 times (Richmond, Bristol, Phoenix) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 3 times (Bristol, Texas, Atlanta) #78-Martin Truex Jr. - 2 times (Coke 600, Daytona 500) #48-Jimmie Johnson - 2 times (Auto Club, Atlanta) #5-Kasey Kahne - 2 times (Dover, Las Vegas) #16-Greg Biffle - 1 time (Coke 600) #47-A.J. Allmendinger - 1 time (Martinsville) #20-Matt Kenseth - 1 time (Dover) #42-Kyle Larson - 1 time (Dover) So that's a tally of 14 Chevrolets, 11 Toyotas and 8 Fords since the Daytona 500. NBC Sports
After 'paying their dues' for years, foreign company Toyota now has the green light to win the Sprint Cup title
Oh, Toyota. What a difference a year makes.
It was May 31, 2015 at Dover, and every Camry in the Sprint Cup race seemed plagued by bad luck. Only one driver running for the manufacturer, Clint Bowyer, posted a top-10 finish at the Monster Mile, running for a Michael Waltrip Racing team that in mere months would cease to exist. Joe Gibbs Racing, fresh off a victory in the Coca-Cola 600 with Carl Edwards, didn’t have a single car finish inside the top 15. Edwards was best, coming home 19th, while Kyle Busch wrecked, Denny Hamlin had a myriad of issues and Matt Kenseth found himself felled by a broken suspension.
Jimmie Johnson wound up victorious that day, the six-time champion looking like a heavy favorite to earn number seven that year with Hendrick Motorsports. He had four victories in 13 races, leaving him third in points and 76 off the pace of pseudo-teammate Kevin Harvick.
Alexander Rossi sputters across the finish line to win
Even before Alexander Rossi sputtered across the finish line to win the Indianapolis 500, race organizers and IndyCar officials were looking to seize the momentum from the historic 100th running of the showcase event.
They've put together a new ad campaign, kicked off a ticket renewal effort and have drivers urging everyone in the series to promote the sport.
"It's time to take that, maximize it, to get these fans, get them excited," American driver Graham Rahal said. "Get them to re-up on their tickets for next year. Are you going to see 400,000 here next year? No. Is it going to be as big as this year? Probably not. But I do think we can sustain it."
Keeping Indy 500 champion is the next step for IndyCar
Rossi hugs his Dallara Honda. Will he love it enough to stay?
In newly crowned Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi, the IndyCar Series and Andretti Autosport have a rising star they must stay latched to writes Curt Cavin of the Indy Star.
Rossi said Monday he wants to keep the focus on his victory in the historic 100th Indianapolis 500, but it doesn't figure to be long before Formula One re-enters the discussion, and the scenario isn't without precedent.
In 1995, Andretti's predecessor -- Team Green -- lost 500 winner Jacques Villeneuve to an F-1 offer he couldn't refuse.
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