Andretti Autosport claims top pit honor at Belle Isle The No. 27 United Fiber & Data Andretti Autosport team of James Hinchcliffe won the Firestone Pit Performance Award for both races on the Belle Isle circuit May 31 and June 1. Firestone awards the team with the shortest amount of accumulated time on pit lane $5,000 during doubleheader weekends.
For each Verizon IndyCar Series event this year, with the exception of the Indianapolis 500-mile race, the team with the shortest amount of accumulated time on pit lane will be awarded $10,000.
Bourdais ready for challenge of Texas Sebastien Bourdais has raced on some of most famous circuits in the world, but he remains a newcomer when it comes to Texas Motor Speedway.
The four-time Champ Car champion made first start at the 1.5-mile oval in 2013, but he’s confident in his car heading into the Firestone 600 at TMS. " I have only raced once in an IndyCar at Texas Motor Speedway, but we tested there after Long Beach," the Frenchman said. “The test went well. We started with our baseline setup and then worked on some changes that I think will help us this weekend.
Verizon IndyCar Series teams will have the option of increasing downforce by about 300 pounds over the 2013 maximum aerodynamic specification for the Firestone 600 on June 7 at Texas Motor Speedway.
The more downforce, the more the car is pinned to the racetrack.
Using tools available to reach the higher downforce on the 1.5-mile, high-banked oval would result in 50 pounds of drag on the chassis (with temperatures and pressures identical to 2013), which would slow the car but likely have less drop-off in tire degradation through fuel stints in the 248-lap (four-stop) race.
INDYCAR worked out the aero package with driver input and in collaboration with Firestone Racing during a mid-April test at the speedway. Firestone will supply the same tire specification and construction was used at Texas and the 2-mile Auto Club Speedway oval in 2013.
ABC delivers for IndyCar, TV ratings up Thanks to better numbers for the Indy 500, ABC had a modest increase in ratings and viewership for the 2014 IndyCar season. And they delivered at least 1 million viewers per race, something NBC Sports Network will never do, not even close, which underscores why we have said all IndyCar races must be moved to ABC. Sponsors don't want to hear that a race attracted 250K viewers.
ABC averaged a 1.6 rating and 2.4 million viewers for five IndyCar Series races this season, up 14% in ratings and viewership from last year (1.4, 2.1M). Excluding the Indy 500, the network averaged a 0.8 and 1.1 million — flat in ratings and up 3% in viewership (1.14M to 1.10M). Neither average includes ABC’s two-day coverage of Indy 500 qualifying.
The increase was primarily due to the Indy 500, which rebounded from last year’s record-low audience to attract 6.2 million viewers.
NBC Sports to Premiere KURT BUSCH: 36, 6/8 NBC Sports Group will present KURT BUSCH: 36, an all-access look into the intense preparation, 200+ MPH competition and extreme logistics surrounding Kurt Busch's participation in IndyCar's famed Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 on the same day, this Sunday, June 8 at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
The 30-minute special will feature in-depth interviews, on-track footage, team communications and a seat right next to Busch throughout his races against drivers from two elite series, pulsating travel conditions and the limits of his own endurance. A 60-minute "director's cut" of KURT BUSCH: 36 will air the following day, Monday, June 9, at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
FOX Sports to Provide Flag-to-Flag Le Mans Coverage Veteran race broadcaster Bob Varsha leads a team of 10 on-air personalities and analysts as FOX Sports delivers live multi-platform coverage of the 82nd running of the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans from famed Circuit de la Sarthe in France, beginning June 14.
The North American broadcaster opens the first of five live coverage segments at 8:30 AM ET, with Varsha serving as host and lead play-by-play announcer for the marathon coverage of the world’s most famous sports car endurance race.
Detroit IndyCar TV Ratings (2nd Update)UPDATE #2 The final TV ratings are in for the Detroit GP on ABC. Saturday saw a nice jump – 0.9 rating vs. 0.6 last year – 1.4 million viewers vs. 882,000 last year Sunday was even with last year – 0.7 rating, roughly 1 million viewers both years. It will be a very long time before an NBCSN broadcast gets over 1 million viewers for IndyCar.
06/02/14 So after all the ABC races have concluded the conclusion is that IndyCar viewership growth is negligible. Meanwhile NASCAR and other racing are down. Why? AR1.com has told you why repeatedly. Racing is losing the youth of this country, most of them could care less about racing, and most have never been exposed to racing as a sport because go-kart racing is not a sanctioned NCAA sport. And unless they reverse that trend, attendance and viewership will stay even or decline. There is only one solution and you have read about here on AR1.com. The powers in charge had better wake up.
Overnight TV numbers for IndyCar doubleheader in Detroit are flat compared to one year ago.
The overnight television ratings for both races of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit Presented by Quicken Loans are out. Saturday's race was a 0.8, an increase from last year's 0.7, while Sunday's race was 0.7 down from 0.8 a year ago. Both years, the races were on ABC.
This weekend's races were the final ones on ABC for the Verizon IndyCar Series which will have the balance of its 2014 schedule broadcast on NBC Sports Network.
NTT DATA goes beyond IndyCar team sponsorship Think smart. Act fast.
NTT DATA’s slogan is its lifeblood, much like the Verizon IndyCar Series team it has partnered with for the 18-race season. Through teamwork, it delivers fast results.
The diversity of the schedule – from a doubleheader on a demanding street circuit last weekend to a high-speed, high-banked oval this weekend – sustains its own set of physical, mental and technological challenges. The partnership with NTT DATA, though in its developmental infancy, already is paying dividends for Chip Ganassi Racing Teams.
Chandhok in the wet. The Mahindra cars carry the India colors
The Mahindra Formula E team completed a successful shakedown of the team’s new Formula E car on Wednesday, at a wet Donington Park circuit in the UK. Taking part in the first ever shakedown for the 10 Formula E teams, Mahindra Racing drivers Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok completed various system checks during the day’s running.
Both drivers completed their seat fits on Tuesday, with the Mahindra Racing mechanics making the seats and adjusting pedal positions to suit both drivers. With only one car yet delivered to each of the teams, Senna and Chandhok shared the team’s car – named via a fan competition as Mahindra Nitro – throughout the day.
TUDOR United SportsCar Championship The Place: Kansas Speedway Kansas City, Kansas The Race: Grand Prix of Kansas The Track: 2.37-mile, 6 turn road circuit The Date/Time: Qualifying: Friday, 11:45 p.m. ET Race: Saturday, 11:15 p.m. ET
Continental Tire Title Sponsor For Road America Event Road America and Continental Tire, a leading manufacturer of passenger and light truck tires, have agreed to a multi-year partnership that makes Continental Tire the title sponsor for Road America’s most popular sports car racing weekend August 7-10. The newly titled “Continental Tire Road Race Showcase” will include the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge on Saturday and the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race on Sunday, plus races from the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge, IMSA Prototype Lites and the Mazda MX-5 Cup.
"Road America is a revered facility for generations of race fans and drivers which makes this partnership a perfect fit,” said George Bruggenthies, Road America’s president and general manager. “Road America is commonly known as America’s National Park of Speed and serves as the perfect platform for Continental Tire to connect not only with the fans from Wisconsin, but across nation as many fans drive long distances to be here for this one weekend. We like to say, come for the experience and stay for the race, because this weekend will be packed with racing and we are thrilled to have Continental Tire join us in making this weekend even more memorable for everyone."
Even NASCAR cannot fix the declining attendance problem
Dover turns 3-4 were just as empty as turns 1-2 shown above. The only solution is discussed below
Photo courtesy of CIA Stock Photo
Kyle Larson lingered near his car waiting for the race to begin at Dover International Speedway when British television presenter Cherry Healey joined him on the concrete. Kneeling next to a rear tire, Healey snapped a selfie with NASCAR's newest star.
Selfies are all the rage in every age group, and in NASCAR, where fans can rub elbows with their favorite driver minutes before the start of the race, the ability to snap a shot with the stars is just another perk in the fan-friendly sport.
A snapshot of attendance shows a wider problem that social media can't fix.
Dover had swaths of empty seats on Sunday, continuing the trend of declining attendance at the Delaware race track that primarily serves Baltimore, Philadelphia, Richmond, Virginia, and Washington. Longtime observers said the crowd was the smallest in years, something CEO Denis McGlynn seemed to hint was coming in the pre-race driver meeting.
NASCAR modifies Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway NASCAR has modified the format for next month's Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway, where owner points will now be awarded to the top five teams that do not transfer into the main feature.
NASCAR raced on dirt last season for the first time since 1970 when the Truck Series visited the track owned by Tony Stewart in Rossburg, Ohio. The event used heat races to set the 25-truck field, but teams that didn't advance did not receive participation points.
That's changed for the July 23 race. NASCAR also extended the distance of the five heats from eight laps to 10, and a random draw will set the qualifying order instead of practice speeds.
Pit stops will now be optional during competition cautions. They were mandatory in last year's event.
BMW model year 2015 Update information Woodcliff Lake, NJ – June 4, 2014… Information for design and technical changes, as well as changes to standard equipment, lines, packages and standalone options is included in this document.
Destination & Handling Fee (All Models). Effective July 1, 2014, the Destination & Handling fee will increase by $25 to $950. Pricing information included in this document already includes the $950 Destination & Handling fee.
2015 BMW 2 Series Coupe. Availability of xDrive Intelligent All-Wheel Drive. The 228i xDrive Coupe and the M235i xDrive Series Coupe are now available with BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive system.
Track Handling Package (ZTR). The Track Handling Package lowers the stance of the vehicle by 10 millimeters, it includes the Adaptive M Suspension, Variable Sport Steering, M Sport Brakes, Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires on 18” wheels. The Track Handling Package can be ordered on all 6-speed manual and 8-speed Sport Automatic transmission equipped BMW 228i Coupe models (including the newly available 228i xDrive). The Track Handling Package has a cost of $2,200 for models without M Sport or Sport Line and $1,600 for M Sport or Sport Line models.
Josef Newgarden ready for TMS after a tough weekend in Detroit.
INDIANAPOLIS (June 4, 2014) -- Josef Newgarden is determined to turn the page from recent on-track misfortune, and he doesn't need to wait long as the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule continues a busy summer stretch.
Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing (SFHR) driver Newgarden was eliminated early after being hit from behind at the Indianapolis 500 on May 25 and was also hit in Race 2 of the Indy Dual in Detroit, finishing the race one lap down. But he will look to rebound immediately at the Firestone 600 on Saturday, June 7 at Texas Motor Speedway.
The event on the high-speed, 1.5-mile Texas oval is the fourth Verizon IndyCar Series race in the last three weekends.
"When you get into a bad stretch of racing, you just have to keep doing what you're doing because eventually things turn around," Newgarden said. "Sometimes you get in situations that don't go your way, but we are on the right path at SFHR, and all the guys and crew are staying focused and working hard. We are knocking on the door."
IndyCar issues more infractions from Detroit INDYCAR announced today post-event infractions from the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit, which was held May 31 and June 1 at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park in Detroit.
INDYCAR officials have fined Team Penske $5,000 for a technical violation on its No. 2 Verizon IndyCar Series entry driven by Juan Pablo Montoya. The entrant was found to have violated Rule 22.214.171.124.1 (Car weight) of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook following qualifications for Dual 1.
Grand Prix of Houston announces 2014 official race schedule and lineup In just two weeks, Reliant Park will be transformed into the MD Anderson Cancer Center Speedway for the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston presented by the Greater Houston Honda Dealers on June 27-29.
A high-octane Verizon IndyCar doubleheader features two individual races, held Saturday and Sunday, that are scheduled to air on NBC Sports at 2 p.m. CST.
Supporting races including the Mazda MX 5 Cup featuring grids of 30-plus Mazda MX-5s on spec tires, and the Pro Mazda Championship race presented by Cooper Tires, featuring the future stars of IndyCar.
New additions on the Houston circuit this year include the Gulf Coast Vintage Racing Series including sedan and open wheel racing and the UK-produced Radical sportscar, giving fans and enthusiasts an opportunity to get on the track as a passenger of the Radical SR3 SL or the Radical RXC Coupe.
Formula E cars took to the Donington circuit today.
Teams competing in the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship got their first chance to familiarise themselves with their Spark-Renault SRT_01E cars today during a shakedown session at Donington Park.
The teams completed a full-day of systems checks at the Leicestershire track in wet conditions using a modified configuration of the National Circuit, which included an additional chicane on the main straight.
The seven confirmed drivers – Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi (Abt), Sam Bird and Jaime Alguersuari (Virgin Racing), Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok (Mahindra Racing) and Franck Montagny (Andretti Autosport) – were all in attendance together with several new drivers under evaluation.
Rob Arnott, Team Manager at Andretti Autosport, said: “The car has run exceptionally well for us, almost like clockwork. We’ve had virtually no issues which say a lot for a car straight out of the box and Franck [Montagny] has been really surprised with the car and its balance, especially in the wet. I was concerned the tyres wouldn’t be able to cope being a ‘one-stop-shop’ so to speak but they are very impressive and a good compound. Tomorrow we’ll debrief and analysis the data but it’s apparent battery management is going to be key.”
Juan Pablo Montoya's driving at Detroit drew the ire of Graham Rahal and Tony Kanaan.
FORT WORTH — As always on the Verizon IndyCar circuit, hard feelings arose during last weekend’s races at The Raceway at Belle Isle in Detroit.
On Saturday, Tony Kanaan and Graham Rahal accused Juan Pablo Montoya of blocking, a rules violation. Simon Pagenaud was the into-a-wall loser in another joust with Will Power, the series leader. Their back and forth started early in the season, and “we had to cancel our vacation, unfortunately,” Power jokingly said.
On Sunday, Power picked up a pass-through penalty for his role in an early incident that damaged the cars of Josef Newgarden, Justin Wilson and Rahal.
This occurs when highly competitive racers push for the limited track space in an emotional setting. It likely will happen again on Saturday night, in the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway. There may never again be a post-race incident similar to A.J. Foyt knocking down Arie Luyendyk in 1997, but someone will leave TMS in a foul mood.
Roger Penske accepting one of two victory trophies from Chevrolet's Jim Campbell.
[Editor's note: With Roger Penske investing in Belle Isle, and the city of Detroit rallying behind The Captain, we here at AR1 are not the least bit surprised this event is growing. Look for further discussion of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit Presented by Quicken Loans in AR1 columnist Brian Carroccio's Detroit Postscript later today.]
DETROIT, Mich. (June 4, 2014) – With the final numbers in, the 25th Grand Prix event in Detroit may go down as the most successful in the history of the race.
With a weekend full of wonderful summer weather, thrilling racing on the track and fans reveling in all of the exciting off-track activities, the 2014 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix was a huge success by all measures. Michigan newest state park welcomed thousands of fans as both returning race attendees and new visitors got to experience Belle Isle Park and all its splendor.
Weekend attendance numbers were estimated at 110,000 fans over the course of the three-day event. The estimates included approximately 25,000 fans on Friday for Comerica Bank Free Prix Day, just under 40,000 in attendance on Saturday and a little over 45,000 people on Sunday. The total represents the highest attendance since the Grand Prix returned to Detroit in 2007.
Formula E to give power boost based on Twitter mentions
Ho-Pin Tung testing a Formula E car here hopes to receive the most social media impressions to gain an extra power boost. Yes, nothing lends credibility to a sport like having Twitter play a role in the outcome.
No that headline is not a mistake. As you will see in the Mail Online article below, Formula E will reward a power boost on the final lap to the driver who gets the most mentions on social media during a race.
Watching motor racing can be a nerve-wracking experience, but from September viewers will be able to directly influence the results from the comfort of their homes.
Fans of the Formula E championship - the electric equivalent to the Formula One - will tweet drivers during each race, and the drivers' Twitter accounts will be connected to their electric cars.
The amount of tweets throughout the event will be counted and during the last lap, the driver with the most mentions will then be given a short power surge to help their chances.
The Formula E championship begins in September in Beijing. During each race, the 150mph cars will be given two short boosts of power. One can be used at any point, while the other can only be used in the last lap. This second boost is awarded to the driver who gets the most mentions on Twitter during the race.
Mike Jackson, CEO of AutoNation donates $500K to Ryan Hunter-Reay cause Mike Jackson, CEO of AutoNation just donated $1000 per mile completed in honor of Ryan’s Indy 500 Win; $500k to Ryan Hunter-Reay's Cancer charity cause. They were on CNBC Wall Street financial program 'Squawk on the Street.' More to follow....
Lewis Hamilton & Nico Rosberg Off Track Rivalry MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula 1 drivers, Lewis Hamilton & Nico Rosberg, are great rivals off the track as well as on it. Watch this behind the scenes video as Lewis and Nico work to stay ahead of their closest competition, whatever the situation!
The Japanese Toyota team continues to eat Audi's lunch in 2014
Toyota Racing’s build-up to this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours took another positive step on Sunday (1 June) with the two Toyota TS040 Hybrid setting the fastest lap times during official testing. More importantly, both cars completed a trouble-free and productive test, completing 88 laps and a distance of 1,200km.
Le Mans is the third round of the FIA World Endurance Championship and Toyota Racing will enter the event as championship leaders, having won the earlier races at Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps. Those results have earned the team a 48-point lead over their manufacturer rivals, Audi and Porsche.
Allmendinger Completes First Day of Two-Day Test NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver AJ Allmendinger (No. 47 Kingsford Chevrolet) wrapped up the first day of a two-day test session at Sonoma Raceway on Tuesday.
Allmendinger, a Los Gatos native, and his JTG Daugherty Racing team are testing in advance of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 later this month (June 20-22). The team completed approximately 63 laps of testing on Tuesday, all in race trim, and will return for a second full day on Thursday.
"With our race team being as small as we are, we don’t get much test time, so any track time we get helps us focus on the weekend and future," Allmendinger said. "These tests are good because for me, as a driver, you don’t have to focus on other people, you just focus on your car and what feels good."
Indy veterans to compete at Brickyard Vintage Race An impressive list of 26 former Indianapolis 500 drivers that includes 1992 and 1994 winner Al Unser Jr., 1996 winner Buddy Lazier, Scott Goodyear, Dick Simon, Willy T. Ribbs, Lyn St. James and many more will compete during the inaugural Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, June 6-8, on the recently reconfigured road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Qualifying and racing on the IMS road course and exhibition runs on the famed 2.5-mile oval will be virtually non-stop each day from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. In addition, when not on the track, all cars will be on display in the IMS infield providing fans up close access to the racecars and their owners.
Revisions to 2014 Asian LMS Calendar Announced The provisional 2014 calendar for the Asian Le Mans Series has been modified this week. The 3 Hours of Fuji has been moved to the end of August, and 3 Hours of Zhuhai has been removed from the calendar. Instead of Zhuhai, a new race in Thailand has been scheduled for November.
The schedule for 2014 Asian Le Mans Series five three-hour races is: Inje, Korea: 20th July Fuji, Japan: 31st August Shanghai, China: 11th October Buriram, Thailand: 23rd November Sepang, Malaysia: 7th December
The race in Thailand will take place at the brand new Buriram United International Circuit on November 23rd. The Buriram United International Circuit is a modern high-speed circuit with a capacity of 50,000 spectators. Each lap is 4.554 km with 12 turns and a car can hit a speeds of 315 km/hr and about 200-300 km/hr at a turn. The 3 Hours of Buriram will bring a new, exciting experience for everyone.
IndyCar rescinds Chevy cheating charge from Indy NDYCAR announced today that it has rescinded penalties issued against Chevrolet for violation of Verizon IndyCar Series engine regulations 11.2 (Torque Control) and 12.1 (Traction Control).
The engine manufacturer will be assessed a deduction of 10 manufacturer points for an unintentional technical violation.
The resolution follows INDYCAR's review of the May 12 penalties under INDYCAR's review process that was introduced for the 2014 season as defined in the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook.
IndyCar issues engine penalties after Detroit GP INDYCAR announced today that Chevrolet has been penalized 10 Engine Manufacturer Championship points per Verizon IndyCar Series rules for violation of Rule 16.5.1 (engine change under mileage).
The Chevrolet engine was changed out in the No. 2 Penske Motorsports entry.
Members may contest the imposition of the penalty pursuant to the procedures and timelines detailed in the review and appeal procedures of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook.
Circuit of The Americas names new chief marketing officer Circuit of the Americas (COTA) has named Dominic Iacono as chief marketing officer for the award-winning, multi-purpose venue in Central Texas.
Iacono will oversee all marketing, strategy, digital/social, content, guest and member relations, media, and guest experience initiatives for the company.
Initiatives include the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, ESPN’s Summer X Games, MotoGP’s Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas, the Lone Star Le Mans, concerts and festivals at the Austin360 Amphitheater. Iacono will report to COTA President and Chief Executive Officer Jason Dial and assumes his new responsibilities today, June 2.
Grand Prix Of Indianapolis Gains Title Sponsor The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Angie's List announced today that the Indianapolis-based company will be the title sponsor of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis through 2016.
The Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis is scheduled for Saturday, May 9, 2015, when the Verizon IndyCar Series will kick off the Month of May festivities on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile IMS road course that was redesigned for this year's inaugural event. The race is scheduled to be broadcast on ABC.
"We're thrilled to announce Angie's List as the new title sponsor of the event through 2016," said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co. "Angie's List is a nationally-renowned, but Indianapolis-based company, so it makes perfect sense that they would help us open the track for the most important month of the year at this iconic venue."
Video: Silverstone Classic 'Bullitt' homage The epic chase involving a Ford Mustang GT and a Dodge Charger R/T through the streets of San Francisco in the classic 1968 film Bullitt is still hailed as one of the most dramatic, exciting and influential in movie history. Now—as a special homage to the Oscar-winning movie, as well as a celebration of the Mustang’s 50th anniversary this year—some fans have got together and recreated the scene. Only, instead of San Francisco the new chase takes place in Silverstone in the U.K. (read on to find out why).
The new chase stays loyal to the visual style and events of the original. It starts with a Highland Green-colored Ford Mustang GT (in the original driven by Frank Bullitt, played by Steve McQueen) coming up on an intimidating black Dodge Charger R/T. The plot then switches to the Silverstone Circuit where the action gathers pace and reaches a spectacular conclusion with the Mustang forcing the Charger off the track resulting in a fiery explosion. As a nod to the original, even a mysterious green Volkswagen Beetle can be seen in several of the shots.
Rossi Looking Forward To Friday Outing In Canada to clean track American F1 fans will have good reason to get to Montreal early on Friday as Alexander Rossi will be out on track for back-of-the-grid Caterham in FP1.
The GP2 star will also be in action in Austin later in the season.
"FP1 in Montreal will be my first drive of the year in the 2014 F1 car," said Rossi. "But after the amount of laps I’ve done in the sim with CT05 I’m already pretty familiar with how it’ll be inside the cockpit.
"Obviously it’s not quite the same as actually being out on track, but I have a lot of F1 mileage under my belt with the various FP1s and test days I’ve completed and having driven in FP1 in Canada last year I know I can go straight to work and help the team complete its plan for the session.
New Nashville Superspeedway Owners Look To Build Out Schedule Beyond Auto Racing NeXovation Inc. has introduced a plan in which the company's recently acquired Nashville Superspeedway "could be transformed into a '52-week-a-year venue' featuring a wide array of events beyond just auto racing,” according to Humbles & Organ of the Nashville TENNESSEAN. Dover Motorsports, the track's previous owner, had long pitched the facility as a "potential stopping ground for a high-level Sprint Cup NASCAR race, but could never seal the deal because of the track's limited seating capacity."
While the new owners "have a vision, they have no track record in running this type of facility." The NeXovation team "made a run at buying" Nurburgring racetrack in Germany, but the bid was “ultimately rejected earlier this year." The company's attention will "now shift to redeveloping" Nashville Superspeedway, which has been "largely dormant" since the ‘11 racing season. NeXovation CEO Robert Sexton said that his company “plans to invest heavily in the facility, beyond just the purchase price." Sexton added that further announcements are “expected by midsummer” and the facility, which opened in '01, “could open for new events by the end of the year." Officials said that the deal with Dover Motorsports is “expected to close sometime this fall." Nashville TENNESSEAN
Pothole causes red-flag at Dover (Update)UPDATE Just before the halfway point of Sunday's FedEx 400 at Dover, a piece of concrete came up from the track. #1-Jamie McMurray hit the concrete, causing front end splitter damage. The race was red flagged for more than 20 minutes while NASCAR repaired the track. Robin Pemberton, NASCAR Vice President of Competition and Racing talked to the media about it Sunday after Dover's race.
Q. Robin, a few drivers said over the radio that they saw problems with that this morning. Were any of those concerns brought to you or any of the NASCAR officials? ROBIN PEMBERTON: We do a track walk after every race and in the morning, so at the time that had been a previous patch, but our staff, our crew didn't see anything wrong with it. Q. I was just wondering if you could talk about the decision not to let the cars work under the red flag, especially Jamie. ROBIN PEMBERTON: Yes. We've had issues of things like this in the past, and Martinsville comes to mind, some other things similar to that, and our policy is not to let them work on the car. You may remember when we had an equipment failure, broadcast equipment failure, sometime back, and that affected the entire field of race cars, and at that time we did red flag and we did allow the teams to fix the damage that was caused by that equipment failure. But that is our normal policy, to not allow teams to work on their cars. Q. Can you talk a little bit about how the actual repair was made, the materials used? ROBIN PEMBERTON: Yeah, our teams are -- we have equipment and we have product at every facility. Facilities keep it on hand. We do bring extras in case there is a need for it, but it is an epoxy type filler that we use, and it's basically the same filler that's used any time we make a repair at the track, whether it be asphalt or concrete. NASCAR
Johnson had off-season hernia surgery Six-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson had hernia surgery three days after the 2013 awards banquet in December. The surgery, which Johnson revealed prior to Sunday's race at Dover, kept him out of the car for a test at Charlotte Motor Speedway the week following the banquet but he was back training 10 days after the Dec. 9 surgery.
"I had bilateral hernias, one on each side, and then a third one in my belly button, so I was very lucky to go in and have all three fixed," Johnson said Sunday after his win at Dover International Speedway. "It wasn't a sports hernia. It was something over time and getting older that something like 60 percent of men near the age of 40 have these and don't know. But I saw one midseason, a little protrusion in my skin and went and had it checked out, and they're like, 'You've got a couple years to get it fixed,' so I figured I'd get it fixed sooner rather than later and went in right after the banquet."
Organizers Say Russian GP will only have 45K (Update)UPDATE Tickets for the inaugural Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrome went on sale over the weekend.
In total, more than 45,000 tickets are on offer with prices starting at 5,000 rubles (£85) for three days in General Admission which is located in the area around the Bolshoi Ice Dome.
Additionally, there are 23,000 tickets available for the temporary Grandstands - located, according to organizers, "next to the most interesting turns" - with prices ranging from 11,000 (£188) to 17,000 rubles (£290).
Seats in the Main Grandstand, which will afford fans views of the start/finish straight, pits and final turn, are available at prices ranging from 23,000 (£393) to 30,500 rubles (£522).
Daytona upgrades dwarf Indy Speedway When I turned off of 16th St. into the Brickyard Crossing entrance at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway the other week, here's the first thing I noticed. Or, I should say, felt. A big pothole, right at the beginning of the driveway, a few feet in front of where the Yellow Shirt guards were standing.
That pothole, of course, is a near-perfect symbol of the troubles IMS and the IndyCar series have faced since Tony George's disaster of a decision to create his own tour in 1996. You know all the metrics: Lower TV ratings, ticket sales, car counts, sponsorship dollars, fan base, etc., etc. etc. And that pothole represents the challenges that confront Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles, IMS President Doug Boles, and everyone else now charged with rebuilding the enterprise. This especially includes the appearance and facilities of the Speedway, itself.
Lipstick on a pig. The IndyCar weekend is one of the few things Detroit has going for it. Detroit is a sad example of what you get after 50 years of tax and spend government. All the 'bad' rich people who paid 80% of the taxes left. And the city went bankrupt and will remain bankrupt. Unemployment that was 7.2 percent in 1970, today is a staggering 18.6 percent (it's more like 40% if you count those that gave up looking for a job), far above the national rate of 7.6 percent. Detroit is now the most dangerous big city in America, according to FBI statistics, with a crime rate five times the national average.
The only thing brighter than the sunshine at Belle Isle was the smile on Bud Denker’s face.
Blessed at last by three perfect days of warm, sunny weather, Denker was beaming at the end of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.
"I thought it was a pretty darn good weekend," grinned the chairman of the Detroit Grand Prix Association and event patron Roger Penske’s right hand man. "Didn’t the city shine? In isolation, you wouldn’t have known if you were in San Diego, Monaco or Detroit."
He added there was "no doubt" it had been the most successful Detroit GP at Belle Isle as a spectacle and from an organizational standpoint.
Denker, a hands-on event boss often seen pitching in with repairs or improvements to the track and its facilities, expects this year’s race crowd to be up on last year’s rain-affected attendance and one of the biggest since Penske brought the IndyCars back to Belle Isle in 2007.
"I haven’t got attendance figures yet," he said on Sunday evening. "We have to be well over 100,000 for the three days."
Denker believed the turn-out, which reversed last year’s drop to around 95,000 over three days, laid the foundations for the GP to bigger in 2015, when it will again be run on the first weekend of June following the Indianapolis 500.
IndyCar weekend a huge success for city of Detroit
The bankrupt City of Detroit had a good weekend. While the Turn 1 grandstands were full, many others were not. Still, it looked good on TV
The first race was won, but Roger Penske nonetheless motored on.
This was a personal victory on dual fronts for the iconic racing figure. Not long after accepting congratulations Saturday for his first IndyCar victory in Detroit in more than a decade, Penske hopped into a golf cart and drove around the Belle Isle track compound. He expressed his heartfelt thanks to the many volunteers this weekend for their efforts, shaking hands and firing the occasional thumbs-up.
"This doesn't work without the contributions of so many good people offering their time and energy," Penske said. "Everyone's role is important because just as it takes a team to win a race, it takes a team to win the battle in showing the world that Detroit is not only coming back, but it's coming back strong."
GM cleans up in Detroit Helio Castroneves’ victory in the Verizon IndyCar Series Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit on Sunday capped a weekend in which Chevrolet and Cadillac combined to win five races run in the Verizon IndyCar, Pirelli World Challenge and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series held on The Raceway of Belle Isle, a 2.3-mile, 13-turn street course near the manufacturers’ world headquarters.
“Racing and performance are important parts of our heritage,” said Jim Campbell, vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “For Chevrolet and Cadillac to combine to win five races this weekend, right here in our own backyard, demonstrates the preparation, teamwork, determination and never-give-up attitude by our Chevrolet and Cadillac teams."
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