The F1 fans who stayed to watch the Indy 500 saw a race they won't soon forget
The Indianapolis 500 soared to its highest ever audience of the modern era last weekend, official consolidated viewing figures from BARB show.
Consolidated audience figures include viewers who watched via the TV set within seven days of broadcast, and exclude commercial breaks.
For the first time ever, the race aired live on Sky Sports F1. Historically, the race, which forms part of the IndyCar Series, aired on Sky Sports through the 2000s. Both the series and the race moved to BT Sport under the ESPN banner at the start of 2013. The series has a small, but passionate following in the UK, and that is reflected in most of the audience figures.
Officials eject car chiefs for No. 20, No. 37 teams after Pocono woes in inspection
The No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet of Chris Buescher and the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Erik Jones failed pre-qualifying inspection twice Saturday at Pocono Raceway, and the car chief for each team were ejected.
As a result of the inspection failures, both teams will be docked 15 minutes of practice time at next weekend’s event at Michigan International Speedway, and a crew member for each team was ejected for the remainder of the race weekend. The car chiefs for each team: Jason Overstreet (No. 20) and Doug Powers (No. 37) were the crew members ejected, according to a NASCAR spokesperson.
Chip Ganassi Racing is unlikely to continue racing Ford GTs next year according to managing director Mike Hull, who indicated they’re awaiting a decision on Ford’s potential DPi involvement before exploring other DPi opportunities.
The veteran open-wheel and sports car racing operation has enjoyed a six-year partnership with the Blue Oval, which began with EcoBoost-powered DPs prior to the four-year factory Ford GT program, which comes to an end this year.
Special Indy 500 Flyover Footage Provides Bird's Eye View of Race Day
Special footage released today provides fans a never before seen view of the world's largest single day sporting event minutes before the start of the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.
In the first ever double flyover in Indianapolis 500 history, four aircrafts performed a synchronized stunt with one blasting straight up into the sky that left fans in awe as Grammy award winning singer Kelly Clarkson finished her stunning rendition of the National Anthem.
Video: Early race incident ends Austin Dillon's day When ride-buyers and team owner kids race. Austin Dillon cuts across the nose of Paul Menard, sending Dillon into the wall and out of the race.. Comment
Dumb-Arse people who thought McLaren being bumped from the 500 was a good thing
While there was a lot of chest-beating about the fact that a minnow IndyCar team (Juncos) bumped the mighty McLaren F1 team out of the Indy 500, let's examine what it really meant for IndyCar:
1. The McLaren board has since decided NOT to enter a full-time team in IndyCar for 2020 because of their failure to make the 500
2. Kyle Kaiser was out of the Indy 500 early. What McLaren would have brought to IndyCar in the way of a full-time team and the publicity surrounding them, far far far outweighs what Juncos brings to IndyCar given they are hanging on by a shoestring and run very few races.
Countdown to the start for Porsche in the all-electric race series
Preparations continue apace for Porsche’s first race in Formula E: since officially announcing a works entry in the 2019/2020 ABB FIA Formula E world championship in April 2018, the sports car manufacturer has already hit a number of key milestones – with more to follow. Porsche is launching a series of infographics to document the path to the all-electric race series: the “Road to Formula E”. Available in the Porsche Newsroom, this will be updated with interesting information from month to month as the Season 6 race debut in December of this year draws closer.
Fritz Enzinger (Vice President Porsche Motorsport): “When the Porsche Board of Management made the decision to enter Formula E in 2019/2020, we started to chart our course. When I look back over recent months, I am very proud of what we have achieved within the team. We have successfully completed the first steps: the first test phase for the Porsche powertrain on the test bench, the announcement of Neel Jani as the first driver, the construction of the Porsche Formula E car, rolling this out on the test track in Weissach and completing more than 1,000 kilometers of testing at “Circuit Calafat” in Spain. We still have plenty to do before the works entry in Formula E. We are confident that we are on the right track.”
Rio set to replace Interlagos as Brazil GP host? (2nd Update)
Interlagos not giving up
UPDATE (GMM) Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo are now locked in a struggle to be the future host of the Brazilian GP.
Currently, the race is held at Interlagos, a neighborhood of Sao Paulo. But recently, new Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro caused a major stir by saying the race would be held at a new track in Rio in 2020.
That has now been ruled out, with Sao Paulo insisting on its 2020 contract with F1 and even the Rio organizers denying that a track can be built that quickly.
Lawrence Stroll plans a new factory for the team near Silverstone
(GMM) Team owner Lawrence Stroll is targeting nothing other than victory in Formula 1.
But he admits that buying Force India last year was just the first step.
"First we wanted to restore financial stability and give the engineers the means to develop the car," the Canadian billionaire, whose son Lance drives for the team that is now called Racing Point, told La Presse.
Rossi again screwed by IndyCar's flawed yellow flag system (Update)
The infamous IndyCar screw job
UPDATE [Editor's Note: This is an Opinion Article] This article explains another way that IndyCar screws drivers with their crapshoot way of throwing yellows and opening and closing the pits. The advantage of a virtual safety car is that the pits stay open at all times and the cars circulate around the track (at a slow speed to allow cleanup crews to work safely) at about the same spacing as they had before the caution. See video below to explain how it works.
This way no one gains an advantage or gets reamed by the IndyCar screw. When the track goes green, you are in the same position as you were when the caution flew and the leader, if he worked hard to get a 2-second lead, still has that lead when the track goes back green. Today, the leader usually ends up mid-pack or worse and their race ruined - ruined despite having a winning car.
Leah Pritchett Escapes Injury As Nhra Top Fuel Dragster Blows Tire
Top-five Top Fuel racer Leah Pritchett displayed her driving skill Sunday in controlling her Okuma Dragster after a massive explosion blew away her right rear tire during eliminations at the NHRA Route 66 Nationals at Joliet, Illinois.
Pritchett’s engine detonated early into her first-round pass against T.J. Zizzo, and she quickly brought it to a halt.
David Coulthard takes to the streets of Cape Town in the all-conquering RB7.
Red Bull brings the screaming RB7 instead of the sorry sounding F1 powerplant of the current era
Noise reverberated off the walls of the Castle and Mutual Building in downtown Cape Town this afternoon as the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Live Demo team roared into the city center with David Coulthard at the wheel of the double-championship winning RB7.
A capacity crowd pushing 50,000 enjoyed blue skies on a fine late autumn day, lining Darling Street and the Grand Parade to watch DC light it up on the Red Bull Cape Town Circuit. The main event was ably supported by stunt rider Arunas ‘Aras’ Gibieza and trials legend Brian Capper doing some frankly unbelievable things on two wheels, complemented by some very precise car control from the Cape Town Drift Squad. Overhead, Red Bull Air Race Challenger Class pilot Patrick Davidson was pulling serious gees in an acrobatic display, while the house DJs keep the tempo high on the ground.
Tony Ave's 100th Trans Am Race A Wild And Winning One in Detroit
Saturday’s Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli Muscle Car Challenge was all about survival. On Sunday, the TA2 powered by AEM drivers amped up the aggressiveness for the Motor City Dash, risking everything for a chance to permanently add their names to the list of winning drivers in the long Trans Am history of racing in Detroit.
Celebrating his 100th career Trans Am start, Tony Ave (No. 25 BC Race Cars) took the lead in the final laps to claim his 19th career Trans Am victory, and his first-ever Trans Am win on the streets of Belle Isle.
Video: Explanation of Why IndyCar chose hybrid windscreen/halo design
IndyCar's route to a cockpit protection system has largely played out behind the scenes until it announced it will use an aeroscreen designed by Red Bull Technologies in 2020.
An early version of the aeroscreen, pictured below, appeared during the 2016 Formula 1 season, when Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo tested the device during the Russian Grand Prix weekend, before F1 then opted for the halo.
LeMans Test Day: Toyota Ends on Top; Corvette Leads GTE-Pro
Many won’t have been to Le Mans since last year’s race. For first-timers everything will be new. All will have been looking forward to taking to the 13.626-km circuit in preparation for the big race. By all accounts, the field made good use of the day-long session. The weather was splendid: 37°C on the track and an air temperature of 31°C.
After yesterday’s static photo call, the 62 cars sprang into action today, each crew sizing up the opponents. The 43 teams fielding the 62 cars on the grid are split into four classes: 8 in LMP1, 20 in LMP2, 17 in LMGTE PRO and 17 in LMGTE Am. The 33 rookies all completed their mandatory ten laps, five of which had to be officially timed.
Detroit Grand Prix Qualifying - RAIN DELAY again? Well, not quite a rain delay per se, but the rain from yesterday (torrential, ducks drowned, frogs choked) pooled into the tires in the barriers. Safety officials are trying to suck up the water with a really big vacuum truck (Vactor?) while others sweep it away into the concrete barriers. The second group was started, but will be restarted with the entire 12 minutes.
Tim Wohlford and Lucille Dust, reporting live from Detroit!
it is a cool morning here on Belle Isle. Mother Nature decided to pre-emptied IndyCar's Race 1 yesterday and put on a spectacular light show of her own. The down side was the fans were evacuated from the Island by the multitude of buses that the promoter provides for transportation to the races. And those fans did not return when the series announced that the race would start at 5:04 pm and would be a timed race of 75 minutes.
How Ricky Flynn Motorsport Prepares The Racing Stars Of The Future
McLaren's Lando Norris is among the wealth of motorsport talent to have developed under the guidance of Ricky Flynn, whose eponymously-named Ricky Flynn Motorsport team represents something of an academy for aspiring racing drivers looking to one day make their mark in F1.
Mobil 1 The Grid spoke to the man behind the project, as well as a host of young drivers currently under his wing, to find out more.
Video: NTT IndyCar Series: Detroit Dual 1 Highlights
Newgarden and Rossi
Josef Newgarden used pit strategy, as well as a pit incident-- caused when Will Power left his pits with 3 wheels -- to take the lead and win the first race of the 2019 Detroit Grand Prix.
Alexander Rossi dominated for the first half, but was unable to regain the lead and finished second. Takuma Sato made incredible passes while the track was wet to end up third. Felix Rosenqvist and Ryan Hunter-Reay rounded out the top 5.
British Columbia bans most gasoline and diesel cars after 2040
British Columbia has followed through on a plan to ban sales of new gasoline and diesel cars starting in 2040.
On Wednesday, the province passed the Zero Emissions Vehicles Act, which requires that all cars sold in the province by 2040 be "zero emissions vehicles." That includes electric cars, plug-in hybrids and fuel-cell vehicles—so many of the cars could potentially be plug-in hybrids with gasoline range extenders.
Patricio O'Ward won't drive for Carlin at Iowa or Gateway
Carlin's cars are so slow on ovals O'Ward has decided to skip some
Patricio O’Ward will not drive for Carlin in the IndyCar races at Iowa Speedway or Gateway Motorsports Park in July and August later this season.
Rookie Patricio O’Ward signed a 13-race deal to drive for Carlin throughout the 17-race 2019 IndyCar season. In addition to the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he was set to drive in the 12 races that Charlie Kimball was not set to drive in.
The International Motor Sports Ass’n is expanding initiatives for its IMSA Green Racing program and an extension of its affiliation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and SAE Int’l.
This program will aggressively pursue Green Racing protocols established by these organizations along with its expansion of its own set of initiatives known as IMSA Green. This combination will considerably reduce the Championship’s carbon emissions and overall environmental footprint in an attainable fashion. The objective of these multi-year initiatives will be to keep IMSA’s racing relevant for manufacturers and marketing partners with an increased focus on proactive environmental responsibility.
Grand Prix chairman Bud Denker is optimistic about the future of the Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle
“We signed a new contract this past spring with the DNR, so we’ll be here this year, plus two more with some option years after that,” Denker said. “We’re well positioned to continue to give back to Belle Isle and the city.”
Clint Bowyer - You can't win in NASCAR without cheating
While plenty of people in the industry tap dance around the idea of cheating to win in NASCAR, the always entertaining and outspoken Clint Bowyer isn’t afraid to call this what it is: cheating. And in an interview with longtime NASCAR reporter Jeff Gluck of The Athletic, Bowyer explained how cheating is basically the job description.
In the Q&A, it doesn’t seem like Bowyer hesitated when he said, “Hell, no,” after being asked if he’d want to know about a purposefully illegal part of his car. Like so many other misdeeds, he said the fewer people who know about whatever it is, “the better off you’re going to be.”
NASCAR Pocono Monster Cup pre-race Q&A Richard Petty Motorsports Announcement, Ty Dillon (No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet), Alex Bowman (No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet), and Martin Truex Jr. (No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota) Comment
The Trans Am presented by Pirelli drivers delivered another exciting qualifying round during the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear Friday afternoon.
In an all-green qualifying session, the top-three drivers were only separated by seven tenths of a second. The session ended dramatically with the No. 34 Mike Cope Racing Ford Mustang driven by Tony Buffomante claiming pole-position on the penultimate lap for Saturday’s TA2 powered by AEM Muscle Car Challenge.
Formula One coming to the streets of Chicago on June 8
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Formula One fans, your favorite racing series is heading to the Second City. A celebration of F1 is scheduled for the streets of Chicago.
The racing series will take to the Windy City with the Emirates F1 Chicago Festival, which is part of a global festival series that coincides with the 1,000th Grand Prix held in China earlier this year. In Chicago, locals will find the action at Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears. Details are slim right now, but the racing league said to expect driver appearances, live exhibitions, and, of course, the race cars on Chicago streets.
World Wide Technology forms a strategic partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports
World Wide Technology (WWT) announcement at Pocono Friday
World Wide Technology (WWT), a market-leading technology solutions provider, in collaboration with Victory Junction, a camp committed to enriching the lives of children with chronic medical conditions and serious illnesses, today announced a special collaboration. Through a leadership donation to Victory Junction made by WWT founder and chairman David Steward and his family, Victory Junction will partner with Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. , driver of the Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
Kurt Busch, Suarez top practice sessions at Pocono Raceway
Kurt Busch set a course to the top of the speed chart in Friday’s final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at Pocono Raceway.
Busch pushed the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 1 Chevrolet to a 172.712-mph lap, fastest in the 50-minute session on the 2.5-mile triangular circuit. Busch is a three-time Pocono winner, having tamed the triangle most recently in 2016.
Per NTT IndyCar Series Rule Book (8.3.9) - Group One shall qualify first for Race One and Group Two shall qualify first for Race Two.
Group 1 2 Newgarden, Josef 12 Power, Will 28 Hunter-Reay, Ryan 5 Hinchcliffe, James 20 Jones, Ed 26 Veach, Zach 18 Bourdais, Sebastien 10 Rosenqvist, Felix 19 Ferrucci, Santino 4 Leist, Matheus 98 Andretti, Marco
UPDATE The second practice session has just gotten underway at Belle Isle. The temperatures are warmer now, 73 degrees. Watch for the red tires to hit the track in this session.
Happy 21st Birthday to Santino Ferrucci, driver of the number 19 for Dale Coyne Racing. Ferrucci debuted in his first Indycar race here in Detroit last year after he earned a suspension in the F2 series. Ferrucci had a bit of understeer this morning and hopes to improve the car this afternoon.
If Horner wants his team to race in a series where driver skill matters, he needs to move Red Bull from F1 to IndyCar
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says Formula 1 “desperately” needs to place a greater emphasis on driver talent and skill under its revised technical regulations for the 2021 season. Today F1 is 99% car and 1% driver.
F1 is set to overhaul its rule book in 2021, with the technical regulations due to broad agreement by the end of June amid a push for a more competitive and exciting on-track spectacle.
Speaking in Monaco last week, Horner said his greatest hope from the 2021 rules was that drivers could become the greatest variable again, taking some of the onus away from car or team performance.
“Hopefully the concept of what they are looking at should put more inference on the driver to be a bigger variable than he or she currently can be,” Horner said.
Not many would have predicted a Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac Racing) and Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) top two at the end of the first two Free Practice sessions at the Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley, but that’s exactly what happened at Mugello. The Italian and Frenchman making it the first time in over 11 years that two rookies have ended a MotoGP™ day quickest, Jorge Lorenzo and James Toseland the duo to last do it in Qatar 2008 qualifying.
Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez topped the first practice session for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello ahead of Ducati's Danilo Petrucci.
It was glorious Tuscany weather for the premier class as they went out for FP1 at Mugello and it was the Honda of Marquez who set the pace throughout, eventually beating Petrucci by over a tenth as the factory Ducati man jumped to second on his final flying lap. It was a strong opening session for Ducati test rider Pirro who, while sporting a new rear wheel cover, managed to finish third fastest.
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