GM exec Mark Reuss crashes pace car at Detroit Grand Prix (2nd Update)
Mark Reuss (2012 Photo) has to be embarrassed. Can you imagine the ribbing he is got in the office Monday?
UPDATE Mark Reuss took to Facebook to detail the series of events that led to him crashing the $120,000 sports car in turn 2 of the Belle Isle temporary street circuit on Sunday afternoon.
"I want to thank you all for your well wishes today," Reuss wrote. "I am OK. I have driven this course many many many times. I have paced this race in the wet, cold, hot, and calm. On Z06’s, Grand Sports, and other things.
"It is never a casual thing for me, but an honor to be asked. I let down my friends, my family, IndyCar, our city and my company. Sorry does not describe it. I want to thank our engineers for providing me the safety I know is the best in the world."
Dave Caldwell wrote this piece for Forbes I am a veteran journalist and lifetime sports-lover Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.
Live attendance and television ratings at NASCAR races did not just start declining yesterday. It is a stale, decade-old story, with race tracks removing thousands of seats that had been filled in NASCAR’s prime, and faithful stock-car couch potatoes tuning elsewhere.
Krupa: IndyCar making right changes during tough times for motorsports
IndyCar, with it's more 'spec' cars controls cost and puts far more emphasis on driver skill than F1, which is 99% car and 1% driver.
With its new cars and some competitive racing that increasingly emphasizes the performance of its drivers, the IndyCar series brought its show to town over the weekend writes Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News.
Attempts to make the open-wheel racing more compelling, and less expensive, are bearing fruit.
Reducing downforce with a new car designed to allow for more passing, and increasing the parity in the series, with a different driver winning the pole or the race almost every event, is creating some excitement.
Video: Porsche LeMans test Day: The screaming ten With four 510 hp Porsche 911 RSR contesting the GTE-Pro class, Porsche fields the largest GT works contingent in the company’s history at the 13.626-kilometer Circuit des 24 Heures. Four customer squads run an additional six 911 RSR in the GTE-Am class Comment
NASCAR Pocono Monster Cup Post-Race Q&A Fourth Place Finisher, Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Busch Beer Ford); Third Place Finisher, Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M's Red White & Blue Toyota) and Second Place Finisher, Kyle Larson (No. 42 DC Solar Chevrolet); Race Winning Team President, Joe Garone and Crew Chief, Cole Pearn (No. 78 Bass Pro Shops 5-Hour Energy Toyota); Race Winning Driver, Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Bass Pro Shops 5-Hour Energy Toyota) Comment
We caught up with Sam Schmidt before Race 2 this weekend at Detroit, and were able to ask, "Where did you find Robert Wickens, and are there more of him?" Wickens has show very strong results so far in his rookie season, and is well liked by the paddock -- a great combination. "Yes, there are more like him" commented Sam. "Right now there is more talent than there are rides!".
Normally this wouldn't be taken as anything more than praise for Wickens, but it's no secret that team mate James Hinchcliffe has been struggling. Getting bumped at Indy, plus finishes of 11 and 16 this weekend, can't make him very comfortable.
Hinchcliffe has a great career ahead of him in the broadcast booth if things go from bad to worse in the cockpit
Fernando Alonso got his first 24 Hours of Le Mans off to a great start by setting the fastest lap of the day at the official test day ahead of the race on the 16/17 June, round 2 of the WEC Super Season.
The Spaniard set a 3:19.066 lap around the 13.6km Circuit des 24 Heures in the No.8 Toyota TS050 HYBRID, finishing the day 0.6 seconds ahead of the nearest LMP1 rival. The two Toyotas were split by the No.3 Rebellion Racing R13-Gibson which finished second quickest, with Mathias Beche setting a 3:19.680, 0.328s ahead of the No.7 Toyota of Kamui Kobayashi.
BMW driver Marco Wittmann has won the sixth race of the DTM season at the Hungaroring in Hungary. In the race on Sunday, the German claimed victory from his two fellow BMW drivers Timo Glock and Philipp Eng. “That was an unbelievable race and we certainly didn’t expect this result,” Wittmann said after the race. With the result, the drivers from the Munich-based brand also benefited from an interruption of the race that was necessary after accidents in the pit lane. Audi driver Mike Rockenfeller finished fourth ahead of the best-placed Mercedes-AMG driver Paul Di Resta.
With a track still wet from morning rain, but drying, it's doubtful Marco Andretti, in the first group out (group 2) can win the pole again
Starting position is critical in Detroit so drivers will be looking to nail down a front row start. With a track still wet, qualifying for Race 2 this afternoon will start at 10:45am and will be live on IndyCar RaceCentral online.
Group 2 28 Hunter-Reay, Ryan 5 Hinchcliffe, James 98 Andretti, Marco
A Carlin mechanic stands in water that has flooded their transporter in the paddock area
UPDATE It has just been announced that qualifying is still on schedule, even after the downpour we had 15 minutes ago. The rain has stopped. AR1 will go out to the grid and hope that we get to see the new rain tire on the track.
Good morning from Belle Isle. It is a quiet morning with only the two seater on the track. The IMSA series has cleared out and the first thing on track today is the IndyCar Qualifying at 10:45 am. Which is right about the time that rain is predicted. The skies were sunny and it was 60 degrees when I woke up but now the dark, raining producing clouds have moved over the island. They have just issued the inclement weather warning and have suspended all track activities until the weather has passed. And the rain fell heavily for about 15 minutes.
Pressure now falls on Zak Brown to turn McLaren F1 around
Zak Brown on grid in Detroit. Whereas winning in F1 requires hundreds of millions of dollars, winning in IndyCar, more a spec series, requires driver talent and about $15 million per year. Winning in something will help McLaren's image
In an interview with the official Formula 1 website Zak Brown has revealed that McLaren has clearly defined the leadership roles and he is the Woking outfit’s motorsport boss.
Asked to explain the reshuffle at Woking, Brown said, “It’s not radically different, it’s just clarified. Jonathan [Neale] and I were kind of co-CEOs, for a lack of better term, and now with the simplification we’ve got a racing business, a motor business and a technology business. The McLaren Technology Group no longer exists, where Jonathan and I were co-heads of racing and applied technologies.
“When it was us kind of sharing roles, I think it was not very clear for the team. You know, who does the buck stop with? So now, where racing is concerned, I’m the CEO – so now, that buck stops with me!
“The applied technologies was never my thing anyways, and Jonathan’s really good in that space, he’s an awesome Chief Operating Officer. So now what you have is Mike Flewitt, CEO of automotive, me CEO of racing, a CEO to be decided of applied technologies because our other one’s gone, and Jonathan is group COO, and the four of us are all peers.”
Video: Force walks away from yet another crash John Force crashed again in qualifying for the NHRA Route 66 Nationals, his third big one this season.
I’m fine,” Force said after the crash. “My job is to go out there and win And I thought I turned it around this week and it blew the tires off; I thought it broke an axle it made such a right turn on me, but it will do that when it strikes a tire.
The 60 cars taking part in the 86th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which is also Round 2 of the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship, gathered on the grid for the traditional group picture ahead of the test day on Sunday 3rd June.
Kyle Busch's Winning Car Fails Post-Race Inspection at Pocono
Joe Gibbs Racing caught cheating again
Kyle Busch's winning car from Saturday's Pocono Green 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Pocono Raceway failed post-race inspection, according to a NASCAR spokesman.
Busch's No. 18 Toyota Camry was found to be too high in the left front during measurements taken after Busch won the race, tallying his first Xfinity victory of the season. Penalties are likely to be announced on Tuesday, but Busch's victory will stand. In NASCAR you can cheat all you want and you will always keep your win.
Busch's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Christopher Bell was slapped with a L1 penalty after his car was found to be too high following his third-place finish last week at Charlotte. His team was fined $10,000 and 10 driver and owner points, whole his crew chief Jason Ratcliff was suspended for one race.
The best minds in the world cannot make Artificial Intelligence work as well as the human brain. Can humans recreate what God engineered? It seems not, at least not yet.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently took the press to task, decrying the “holier-than-thou hypocrisy of big media companies who lay claim to the truth, but publish only enough to sugarcoat the lie.” That, he said, is “why the public no longer respects them.”
Mr. Musk’s frustration is fueled in part by widespread media attention to accidents involving Tesla’s self-driving “autopilot” feature. On the company’s most recent earnings call, he said that “there’s over one million…automotive deaths per year. And how many do you read about? Basically, none of them…but, if it’s an autonomous situation, it’s headline news…. So they write inflammatory headlines that are fundamentally misleading to the readers. It’s really outrageous.”
Wisconsin State Board to study selling Milwaukee Mile
The problem with trying to sell the track is that it is in the middle of the State Fairgounds and surrounded by residences (homes) on both sides. What would you do with it if not a race track?
Notes from the June 1st meeting of the Wisconsin State Board:
Initiate a formal planning process for identifying and analyzing the options available regarding the future use of the Milwaukee Mile, and make recommendations to the State Fair Park Board concerning what staff believes are the most appropriate uses of the Milwaukee Mile.
While it is true that we do not have any major races planned in the near future, this is primarily due to the state of the racing industry. Both NASCAR and lndyCar are in a transition period and desperately seeking to recapture viewership. Their TV ratings have plummeted in recent years, and there is less interest in racing overall by viewers and sponsors.
Additionally, promoters are not able to put on major races without investing sanctioning fees of $1 million or more. This is why we have strategically and proactively changed how we program the Milwaukee Mile. WSFP staff has been diligent, and successful, generating new revenue with creative programming initiatives.
Mercedes dominates at the Hungaroring: Di Resta wins from Auer
Winner Paul di Resta
Great joy for Mercedes-AMG at the Hungaroring in Hungary: Paul Di Resta won the race on Saturday, the fifth of this season’s 20 DTM races, ahead of his fellow Mercedes-AMG driver Lucas Auer. Di Resta had started the race from pole position, but briefly lost first place to the Austrian in the opening stages of the race. Some ten laps later, he claimed back the lead and was first across the finish line. Audi’s Nico Muller claimed third place in the first race of the 2018 season outside of Germany. Defending champion Rena Rast (Audi) made his comeback after his heavy accident at the Lausitzring a fortnight ago with fourth place. BMW driver Timo Glock, who came to Hungary as the leader in the drivers’ standings, took the checkered flag in 14th place and thus didn’t score any points.
Today is going to be different weather from yesterday here in Detroit. There are dark clouds outside my window this morning. Although no rain is predicted for today, the temperatures will be cooler than yesterday’s. The high temperature today should be 70 degrees. A welcome change from the brutal, hot temperatures we experienced at the Indy 500 this past Sunday.
Danica Patrick makes an appearance in Maroon 5 music video
Former NASCAR and IndyCar driver Danica Patrick made a very brief appearance in the music video for Maroon 5’s new single, “Girls Like You”.
Patrick, who just officially retired this past weekend following her eighth career attempt in the Indy 500, which ended on lap 68 for her after she crashed in the turn two wall of the four-turn, 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana, spent 13 full seasons as a professional race car driver from the 2005 season to the 2017 season.
How will Santino Ferrucci do in his first ever IndyCar qualifying session?
Starting position is critical in Detroit so drivers will be looking to nail down a front row start. Qualifying for Race 1 this afternoon will start at 10:55am and will be live on IndyCar RaceCentral online.
Group 1 9 Dixon, Scott 1 Newgarden, Josef 15 Rahal, Graham 27 Rossi, Alexander 26 Veach, Zach 12 Power, Will 59 Chilton, Max 21 Pigot, Spencer 19 Ferrucci, Santino 23 Kimball, Charlie 20 King, Jordan
Pirelli again says it wants F1 to move to 18" wheels
Pirelli tried to get F1 to switch to 18" wheels back in 2015. Would be a huge mistake. While low sidewall tires can be faster, drivers will have less feel for the rear of the car on the limit of adhesion. You will see more drivers losing the back of the car as it suddenly 'snaps' out of control with no warning
Pirelli says it is ready to supply new technologies to F1 if the sport decides it wants them.
The Italian manufacturer has been the sport’s sole tire supplier since 2011 and its current three-year contract ends after the 2019 F1 season. The sport’s commercial rights holder Liberty Media intends to overhaul the regulations in subsequent seasons, which could lead to a change in tire specifications.
Pirelli CEO Marco Tronchetti Provera said the company would welcome new technological challenges which come as part of that. These could include increasing F1 wheel sizes from 13 inches, which are seldom seen on road cars, to 18 inches. “We are open,” he said. “Obviously they have to find the right regulations and the teams [need to be] ready to adopt it.”
A change in wheel size would have implications for F1 suspension design. Tronchetti Provera said this would require development work.
UPDATE Supercars drivers have offered a mixed reaction to the possibility of hybrid technology being introduced to the championship in the future.
Championship CEO Sean Seamer confirmed this week that the series is conducting a serious investigation into hybrid powertrains and how they could be implemented in the next set of regulations dubbed ‘Next Generation’.
Torrence, Hagan, Anderson, Hines Lead NHRA Qualifying in Chicago
The 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season continued Friday as Steve Torrence drove to the Top Fuel preliminary No. 1 qualifier at the 21st annual JEGS Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.
Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also preliminary No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the ninth of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.
The defending event winner, Torrence, powered to the top spot by setting both ends of the track record with a blistering run of 3.677-seconds at 333.58 mph in his Capco Contractors dragster in the last qualifying pass of the night. The current Top Fuel points leader has yet to record a No. 1 qualifier on the season, despite being the only driver in the class with three victories in 2018.
Tony Buffomante Edges Gar Robinson for Detroit Trans Am Pole
Tony Buffomante and the No. 34 Mike Cope Ford Mustang captured the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli TA2 class pole for tomorrow’s 3-Dimensional Services Muscle Car Challenge, the first of a Trans Am doubleheader this weekend at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear.
The rise and fall of NASCAR per CNBC Americans have been swiftly falling out of love with NASCAR. The iconic US sports league has had an undeniably rough few years, from a rapid drop in TV ratings, to sponsor attrition. Here's a look at what might have gone wrong for NASCAR. Comment
Ryan Hunter-Reay put up a lap of 1m16.360s to top the 2nd practice session for the Detroit GP IndyCar race and once again left Scott Dixon second quick just 0.0069s behind. Both drivers were in Hondas as was third quick James Hinchcliffe as Honda drivers were 9 of the top-11.
The fastest Chevy was Josef Newgarden in 4th while Marco Andretti rounded out the top-5 in his Andretti Honda.
So far the Belle Isle Tree Huggers are winning. Vote now, or see this race become history.
The Detroit Grand Prix kicks off this weekend, but construction for the three-day event has been underway on Belle Isle for weeks.
Visitors to the island park over the holiday weekend were rerouted from the normal road along the west side--which is completely blocked off right now—to the interior road with the giant slide and the Aquarium. With temperatures reaching the 90s, many flocked to the island for picnics and beach time. So many people visited, that the Michigan State Police closed Belle Isle to vehicles on the holiday.
Take the poll. So far the tree huggers are winning. Are you going to let that happen?
Castroneves Quickest in IMSA Practice 2 at Detroit Helio Castroneves kept Acura Team Penske on top of the time charts by setting the fastest lap in Practice 2 for the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship at Detroit.
The Brazilian’s best lap in the No. 7 Acura ARX-05, a 1:22.363, was 0.025 seconds faster than second-place Pipo Derani for Tequila Patron ESM, but Castroneves slowed on track in the final 10 minutes to bring out the third and final red flag of the session.
Firestone explains their new IndyCar rain tire AutoRacing1.com brings you an outdoor press conference held by Firestone at the Detroit IndyCar GP talking about their new rain tire. Along with Cara Adams in the video are Zach Sterba and Anna Davies - explaining the new tread pattern. Comment
Friday Morning IndyCar Update from Detroit (2nd Update) UPDATE Looks like we will not get to try out the new rain tire this afternoon. The real bad storms passed by the west side of Belle Isle.
The Dual in Detroit
Photo of new rain tire tread pattern added below.
Good morning from the Motor City. The skies are sunny and it 69 degrees now, but it looks like rain clouds will be moving into the area later this afternoon. Rain is also in the forecast for Sunday’s race but hopefully the IndyCars will have the opportunity to race on the new rain tires on this tight road course.
Q&A with Dale Coyne driver Santino Ferrucci in Detroit
THE MODERATOR: We will go ahead and get started with our Verizon IndyCar Series post practice press conference. Joined now by the driver of the No. 19 Paysafe Honda for Dale Coyne Racing for this weekend at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear, Santino Ferrucci. Santino, most laps logged of any driver in the first session, I'm sure acclimating to the car, getting used to it. And also your last lap was your fastest that put you P6 on the practice charts. So seems like things are going well so far. How are you looking the car and this racetrack?
Ricky Taylor Sets Pace in Detroit IMSA Practice Acura Team Penske set the pace in the first practice for the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic on Detroit’s Belle Isle with Ricky Taylor setting the fast time.
The defending race winner’s best lap of 1:21.909 in the No. 7 Acura ARX-05 was 0.206 seconds faster than Felipe Nasr in the second-place No. 31 Cadillac DPi-V.R for Action Express Racing.
Dovi sets a new speed record as Iannone stuns Mugello
Iannone pops wheelie
It was a dramatic Friday at the Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley, with some big headlines, a shake-up on the timesheets and a record broken as Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) became the fastest man in MotoGP when he set a new top speed record of 356.4km/h – up from the previous best of 354.9km/h set by compatriot Andrea Iannone in 2016. Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Iannone was, however, the quickest man overall on Day 1 at Mugello – 0.387 ahead of Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), with reigning Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) less than a tenth further back to make it three different bikes in the top three. Marquez did crash on Friday and suffered a run off, rider ok, but some bigger headlines instead came from two Red Flags in FP2.
Delaware Set For Tuesday Opening Of Sports Betting Operations
Will betting begin on IndyCar and NASCAR next week in Delaware and NJ or will they be locked out because they are not talking to the States?
Delaware on Tuesday afternoon "intends to launch the country's first full-scale sports betting operation outside of Nevada," according to a front-page piece by Karl Baker of the Wilmington NEWS JOURNAL.
Rules "will allow bets" on pro baseball, football, hockey, basketball, soccer, golf and auto racing at the state's three casinos -- Delaware Park, Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway.
While Delaware will be the "first state to adopt a full-scale sport gaming operation outside of Nevada, more will follow and soon, including neighboring New Jersey." Delaware Department of Finance Secretary Rick Geisenberger said that his office has been "closely engaged with the state's three casinos as they train their employees on the rules of the new system."
Abandoned - North Wilkesboro Speedway In the mountains of North Carolina, sits one of NASCAR's most legendary tracks. A speedway known for its fan service and amazing races with iconic drivers. This is the North Wilkesboro Speedway. Comment
Corvette Pride - How Doug Fehan, Oliver Gavin & Mike Rockenfeller Get Ready To Race With more than 20 years of experience on the sportscar scene, Corvette Racing is a well-drilled operation on race weekends, backed up by a talented and experienced driver line-up. Mobil 1 The Grid caught up with Program Manager Doug Fehan and drivers Oliver Gavin & Mike Rockenfeller to learn more about the team’s slick set-up, and how they have become the brand to beat in North American GT racing. Comment
Rock star Adam Levine drives Porsche Mission E Rock star Adam Levine has owned a 1958 356A Speedster for ten years, and at the Experience Centre L.A. he had the opportunity to swap the wheel of his historic Porsche for that of the Mission E concept study. Watch the film to see how the sports car of the future measured up when the Maroon 5 frontman took a seat in the cockpit. Comment
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