RCR announces new XFINITY Series drivers for No. 2 Richard Childress Racing (RCR) has announced the addition of four drivers to its 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series team roster to compete in races at Iowa Speedway, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Road America and Kentucky Speedway. The drivers -- Ben Kennedy, Sam Hornish Jr., AJ Allmendinger and Michael McDowell -- all will share seat time in the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro with crew chief Danny Stockman.
"I'm looking forward to working with this talented group of drivers," Stockman said. "It's going to be great to work with Ben (Kennedy) in his XFINITY Series debut and also with all the veteran drivers. They'll bring a lot to the table for us. I'm confident we'll have a shot to win with all of these guys."
2017 Acura NSX to tackle Pike Peak Acura will field a pair of 2017 Acura NSX supercars in the 100th Anniversary of the running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 26, marking the North American racing debut of Acura’s next-generation NSX: the pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance and the only supercar made in America.
The two Acura NSX supercars will compete in the Time Attack 1 and 2 classes and will be piloted by brothers James and Nick Robinson, respectively, both from the company’s North American engineering team. In addition, Acura will campaign an NSX-inspired prototype vehicle in the Electric Modified Class, featuring a further evolution of the experimental all-electric, 4-motor Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) powertrain that won last year’s Pikes Peak Challenge Exhibition class.
Michael Andretti and Bryan Herta will join Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi Friday as they unveil the new Firestone 600 livery and sponsorship for the No. 98 Honda. Rossi, Herta and Andretti will be on hand following the unveil for a photo op and media availability. Fans at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday are encouraged to attend.
Record-Setting TV Numbers Help Illustrate Successful 2016 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix
The key results are in and the numbers reveal a very successful weekend for the 2016 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.
Highlighted by strong attendance, record television ratings (ABC, certainly not NBCSN) and unprecedented partner support, this year’s event weekend left a positive impact for the community and in the racing world overall.
NASCAR Pocono TV Ratings (Update) UPDATE Postponed a day due to rain, NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from Pocono had 1.4 million viewers on Fox Sports 1 Monday afternoon. It was the first Monday Sprint Cup race since Texas in 2014, which aired on the FOX broadcast network. Viewership for that telecast was not immediately available. Rainout coverage the previous day had a slightly smaller audience (1.39M to 1.38M). Sports Media Watch.
06/07/16 NASCAR Xfinity Series Saturday 0.99 rating FOX 1:00 pm Pocono Green 250 (Long Pond, PA) (no race last year)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunday 0.79 rating FS1 1:00 pm Axalta 400 RAIN DELAY (Pocono / Long Pond, PA) down 65.3% from the 2.34 rating last year
IMS fans encouraged to participate in 'Race to Renew'
The "Race to Renew" is in full swing, with time ticking away for current ticketholders to secure their seats or apply for upgrades for the 2017 Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. Today marks the halfway point for this exciting 500-hour campaign that rewards loyal IMS customers with several fun perks.
"Excitement for the 2017 Indy 500 is already building and it's great to see so many fans renewing their tickets or requesting upgrades," said Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles. "There's not too much time left, so don't miss this opportunity to secure the seats you want for next year's big race."
Tony Stewart, Ernie Irvan to be Inducted into Sonoma Raceway Wall of Fame
Sonoma Raceway will add two NASCAR legends to its Wall of Fame during the upcoming Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event weekend, June 24-26.
Tony Stewart and Ernie Irvan will become the newest members of the raceway’s Wall of Fame, joining fellow NASCAR stars Rusty Wallace (2005), Mark Martin (2005), Jeff Gordon (2006), Ricky Rudd (2007) and Rick Hendrick (2010).
In more than 15 years of competition on the Sonoma Raceway road course, Stewart has become known as one of the most talented drivers on the challenging circuit. In recognition of his accomplishments, and to honor his final year as a driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Stewart will be inducted into the Sonoma Raceway Wall of Fame.
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NHRA announces 2017 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule The 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule has been announced by NHRA officials. The 24-race circuit continues to reach more U.S. markets than any other major motorsports series and will once again thrill millions of fans with its unique brand of high-horsepower entertainment that features photo finishes by the world’s fastest race cars that dazzle with speeds in the 330-mph zone.
FOX Sports, through its national broadcast network and Fox Sports 1, will provide exclusive television coverage in 2017, with live coverage of many of the events, featuring action from Friday and Saturday qualifying rounds and Sunday finals.
HPD Trackside - Behind the Indy win with Bryan Herta Here's how it all went down for Bryan Herta and Alexander Rossi during the Indy 500 race, and how a fast car makes the strategy call a bit easier. Comment
Almirola and STP Throwback to 1979 at Darlington Raceway The SONY Walkman hit the shelves at an astounding cost of $200. "Saturday Night Fever" by the Bee Gees was the album of the year. ESPN became the first all-sports television network. McDonald's introduced the Happy Meal. Richard Petty won the Daytona 500 in front of an estimated 16 million viewers watching NASCAR's first ever flag-to-flag televised race.
STP and Richard Petty Motorsports with driver Aric Almirola are honoring The King's 1979 NASCAR season, the season that many claim catapulted NASCAR into a household sport, at the Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway on Sunday, September 4 with the throwback paint scheme mirroring Petty's 1979 Dodge Oldsmobile Cutlass.
Grand Prix of Boston out of money, ticket holders still not refunded
The IndyCar name continues to get tarnished from the failed Boston GP. Race organizers are bankrupt and ticketholders can kiss that money goodbye
Ticket holders to the now-cancelled Grand Prix of Boston race have been promised a full refund, but many are still waiting, and the attorney for the race organizers tells 5 Investigates the organization is out of money.
The attorney for Grand Prix of Boston told 5 Investigates' Karen Anderson they have returned more than $400,000 to ticket holders, but that is not enough.
"The amount of money that the company had at the time the race was cancelled was not sufficient to refund all tickets," said Attorney Michael Goldberg.
When asked how much is still owed, he described it as being "not a small amount."
NASCAR will debut rules updates for this Sunday's race at Michigan International Speedway and use them again in the July 9 contest at Kentucky Speedway. The rules package developments are part of an industry-wide collaboration to further enhance the racing. Recently, welded truck trailing arms and new brake cooling rules were put into place. The following updates to the rules package will be added at Michigan and Kentucky to further reduce downforce and sideforce:
Michigan International Speedway added about 8,500 linear square feet of Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) Barrier for this weekend's racing. With adding the g-force reducing barrier to the outside front stretch and back stretch walls, MIS now has SAFER Barriers around the entire exterior of the racetrack.
MIS also added SAFER Barrier on the inside wall going into Turn 1, on the inside wall exiting Turn 4 and on the inside wall of the front stretch on the other side of pit road facing the grass.
"That certainly was a priority," Curtis said. "It pushed down a few other of our capital investment projects, but that's OK. Anything to do with safety for fans or competitors is going to be our No. 1 priority." MLive
Road America Opens New Concession Stand With A Healthy Twist Fans and racers always give Road America high praise for having the best track food. Since its early days, Road America has worked with many local organizations to operate food and beverage concession stands, and their dedication to providing mouth-watering treats at ridiculously low prices, in plentiful quantities, allows racers and fans the chance to enjoy all the best that the exciting venue has to offer. Over the years it has become a tradition for racers and fans to make their way around the track, hitting all their favorite concession stands for regular favorites and comfort foods, using the highest quality ingredients and preparation.
2016 Le Mans 24 Hours entry list updated after the Test Day The Test Day took place on Sunday 5th June. This general rehearsal before the Le Mans 24 Hours on 18-19 June, the pinnacle of the FIA World Endurance Championship, provided an opportunity to assess the cars and drivers and draw the first conclusions.
Following this free practice session there have been a few changes on the entry list. In LM P2, Olivier Lombard has been replaced by Erik Maris in the no. 22 So24 !
We all have been behind a diesel vehicle and know how disgusting the smell can be
A recent report released by Transport & Environment names Europe’s top 30 harmful diesels and blames regulators for not taking any action.
Volkswagen’s dieselgate scandal has been the mere tip of the emissions iceberg. Since the September 2015 revelations, there have been a lot of reports suggesting that there are other automakers using suspicious engine software to hide real emissions levels released by their diesel-powered cars. In the latest report of this kind, named "Dirty 30", the green group Transport & Environment said it identified around 30 highest polluting new Euro 6 diesel cars on Europe’s roads. The group accused national regulators of approving the models and failing to take further legal actions to mend the issue.
Video: Monaco GP: How Mercedes F1 managed the madness on and off track In the latest edition of our Silver Arrows Show, Toto Wolff presents an interim review of the first six races of the season. In addition, Senior Hospitality & Events Manager Rachael Laenen tells us what kept the team alert and on their toes during the star event of the season in Monaco. Then, Lewis Hamilton's senior Silver Arrows mechanic Nathan Divey recounts his podium appearance on behalf of the team in Monaco.
Video: Lewis' Road to #44: how he matched his race number in F1 wins The number 44 has a special significance for Lewis Hamilton. For many years now, this has been the starting number on his Silver Arrow, and since the Monaco Grand Prix, it is the number of victories he has booked to his Grand Prix account. Our video shows his journey from the debut triumph in Canada through to his most recent coup in Monaco.
Video: Mercedes driver Daniel Juncadella in simulator for Eurospeedway In the run-up to every DTM race weekend, players can compete against each other in the Mercedes-AMG Online Race Competition and also try to beat the benchmark time set by one of the Mercedes-AMG DTM drivers. There was a big race simulator match at the Lausitzring, which pitted three DTM drivers against three of the ADAC GT Masters contestants. Defending the honor of the marque with the three-pointed star was Daniel Juncadella, who also featured in a video made before the weekend describing the track for the benefit of motorsport fans. This obviously paid off, because he finished runner-up in the virtual DTM race.
The humidity and heat for the fans in Michigan gets unbearable at times, but the track has no intent to fix that
While NASCAR tracks like Bristol and Daytona run night races, Michigan International Speedway president Roger Curtis says the track's future is still days. With this weekend's FireKeepers Casino 400 Sprint Cup race kicking off MIS' summer NASCAR doubleheader (the second race is in August), Curtis has ruled out any change soon to the traditional daytime format. As well as the huge expense of installing floodlights around the giant Irish Hills oval, Curtis believes Michigan fans prefer their racing during the day.
Night racing, Curtis said, would create its own outbound traffic concerns. "We are not even remotely talking lights," Curtis said [Tuesday]. "There are so many other things we continue to build on out here like garages, restrooms and the Wi-Fi service. For example, erecting lights for a night race would cost around $17 million for the track and tram routes. We'd have to light two lanes out. Going east on U.S.-12 is curvy between here and Clinton. I don't see MDOT and the police making it happen." Instead, Curtis is throwing his time and money behind improving the fan experience. Detroit Free Press
Keselowski could be penalized for team's body modification to car (Update) UPDATE A NASCAR official said the penalty to Brad Keselowski‘s team during Monday’s race at Pocono was “an in-race infraction” and that “we’ll move on.”
Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, made the comments Tuesday on “The Morning Drive” on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
NASCAR penalized Keselowski and his team on Lap 24 for unapproved body modifications after the jackman indented the side of the car before he removed the right rear wheel during a pit stop. NASCAR made Keselowski return to repair the damage. Keselowski also was required to pass through pit road when the green flag waved because the repairs were done under caution.
Honda Returns as Official Vehicle of GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma Honda and Sonoma Raceway have signed a three-year agreement to make the popular auto maker the official vehicle of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma Verizon IndyCar Series event through 2018, officials announced today.
Honda Performance Development, the North American motorsports arm of American Honda, first entered open-wheel competition in the CART series in 1994. Since then, the manufacturer has earned 11 Indianapolis 500 victories and nine Verizon IndyCar Series championships. Honda has also seen success on the Sonoma Raceway road course, putting six drivers on the podium over the past four events.
Travel advisory around Michigan International Speedway for NASCAR race Please be aware that the Michigan Department of Transportation has scheduled construction on US 12 in Saline this summer. Saline is located at west of US 23 along US 12. MDOT is suspending construction during the race, but please plan for delays through the area. In certain areas traffic is down to one lane in the area and there are minor detours through town.
Please review the attached map to seek alternative routes. If you are coming from the airport or the Ann Arbor we suggest you take I-94 to M52 through Manchester to US 12. Or you can take I-94 all the way to US 127 to come south. Both routes will bring you to the track. This will allow you to bypass the construction.
CASA GRANDE, Ariz.--Danrick Builders of Chandler announces it is developing Attesa, a 2,360-acre recreational motorsports destination in Pinal County that will create a global magnet for entertainment and an economic engine for the region. The development will promote thought leadership for transportation design innovation, and educational partnerships with universities conducting automotive research and development.
Attesa will have two separate 2.8-mile road courses, a karting track, a driver experience center and a multisurface racing and event area. A private airport with a 6,000-foot-long runway will enable patrons to fly in and out conveniently. Attesa also will include residential, industrial and commercial uses.
IndyCar Detroit TV Ratings Saturday 0.82 rating ABC 3:30 pm Race 1 of Indy Dual in Detroit, up 17.1% from last year's 0.7 rating on ABC Sunday 1.04 rating ABC 3:30 pm Race 2 of Indy Dual in Detroit, up 4% from last year's 1.0 rating on ABC
'Voice Of The NHRA' Dave McClelland To Be Inducted Into MSHFA June 29
“The Voice of the NHRA,” Dave McClelland, will be inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) at the 28th Annual MSHFA Induction Ceremony Presented by Bridgestone on June 29 at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach.
McClelland is one of the most legendary voices in all of motorsports and certainly the most legendary in the history of National Hot Rod Association drag racing. Thanks to McClelland’s years of NHRA-related work on ESPN, SPEED and The Nashville Network his face is very recognizable, too.
FIA Formula One Race Director and Safety Delegate, Charlie Whiting, returned to Baku to inspect the readiness of the Baku City Circuit ahead of the 2016 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE, to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan on the weekend of June 17th-19th.
The inspection, taking place just a few weeks after Whiting and his team last visited the circuit, once again evaluated the quality of the track and its surrounding facilities to ensure it is fit for the purpose of hosting a Formula 1 Grand Prix street race. After carrying out a thorough inspection, Whiting delivered a hugely positive endorsement of the fledgling street circuit:
MotoGP teams stay in Barcelona for test day MotoGP riders returned to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Monday to undertake a detailed testing program.
Pos Rider Name Team Time [FastL/Laps] 1. C. Crutchlow, LCR Honda, 1'43.963 [72/73] 2. J. Lorenzo, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, 1'44.202 [26/49] 3. M. Vinales, Team Suzuki Ecstar, 1'44.310 [9/65] 4. A. Iannone, Ducati Team, 1'44.390 [26/36] 5. A. Espargaro, Team Suzuki Ecstar, 1'44.717 [31/64]
Earnhardt, Jr. says drivers want more practice time
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. runs ahead of Carl Edwards at Pocono
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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished 2nd Monday at Pocono Raceway. After the race he talked about the team's need for more practice time:
Earnhardt, Jr. "I Don't really know exactly how much better we got it compared to the competition, but we certainly made it more competitive. We just didn't get any practice. The drivers have been asking NASCAR to take away the morning practice and add a little bit to the second one to make that Saturday practice an hour and a half, and we didn't - it was just an hour.
Video: 2016 Pocono NASCAR June Post-Race Q&A Race winner Kurt Busch and crew chief Johnny Klausmeier (No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Chevrolet); fourth place finisher Chase Elliott (No. 24 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet), second place finisher Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet) and third place finisher Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford). Comment
Tony Stewart, Danica Patrick Wreck At Pocono Raceway
Danica Patrick brings her damaged car back to pitlane
At Pocono Sunday, Tony Stewart was on pace to earn his best finish since coming back from an injury that sidelined him the first eight races of his final Sprint Cup Series season.
Coming to Pocono Raceway, Stewart qualified sixth, marking the first time he’s advanced to the final round in qualifying since his return at Richmond International Raceway in late April. Besides Ty Dillon’s sixth-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway, earned after replacing Stewart during the first caution, the No. 14 car has failed to earn a top 10 with “Smoke” at the controls.
However, Monday’s Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 appeared to be Stewart’s day. Running in the top 10 for the first half of the race, the three-time Cup Series champion put his No. 14 car in prime position to contend. The veteran seemed comfortable with the setup and simply wound up biding his time.
Mention Max Verstappen, the youngest race-winner in Formula One at 18 and national karting champion Ricky Donison, also 18, snaps back, "I am not following this route. Those following that route are under pressure. If they don't start early, they are screwed. To get into Formula One, you need money, big sponsorship and contacts as well. It's very difficult to get into F1."
It's been a while since we had an Indian in the driver's seat of an F1 car. Many years have passed since Narain Karthikeyan (2012) and Karun Chandhok (2010) raced and the future too looks dim. F1 is after all the most popular motorsport racing in India and every aspiring racer wants to get there by starting with karting.
Like Tesla, Cadillac Bets on Virtual Dealerships Buyers walking into a Cadillac dealer in the near future could find an interesting thing on the car lot: nothing.
General Motors Co.’s luxury division has about three times as many U.S. stores as German luxury auto makers or Toyota Motor Co.’s Lexus, but sells only about half the volume. Short of steering around rigid state franchise laws and hammering out financial settlements to shutter stores, a plan is being hatched to convert a portion of Cadillac’s 925 stores into virtual dealerships that will be low on overhead and big on sophisticated technology.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. to join FOX XFINITY broadcast at Michigan Dale Earnhardt Jr. is scheduled to join the FOX NASCAR television booth as a guest driver analyst for FS1's live coverage of the XFINITY Series race from Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, June 11 (1:30 p.m. ET).
Earnhardt will team with FOX NASCAR play-by-play announcer Adam Alexander and analyst Michael Waltrip to offer analysis for the entire race.
Stadium Truck Driver Mingay in serious but stable condition after crash (2nd Update) UPDATE Here is an interview with fellow driver Burt Jenner talking about Mingay's condition.
06/05/16 At the press conference for the Stadium super trucks, the one Aussie driver, Paul Morris, talked about Mingay's injuries. Mingay lost all his bottom teeth and will have to have his jaw and the side of his face reconstructed. He said he won't win a beauty contest for a year or two.
06/04/16 Australian driver Matt Mingay crashed during a trucks race at Belle Isle on Saturday, leaving him with facial injuries and in serious but stable condition.
The Stadium Super Trucks race was one of the support races at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, which features IndyCar races Saturday and Sunday.
With completion of the two weekend races, Helio Castroneves has made 319 career Indy car starts and Tony Kanaan has 318. Both drivers passed Michael Andretti on the all-time starts list, with Castroneves now ranked fifth and Kanaan sixth.
Both have less wins than Andretti so the more important win percentage number is not as good.
Fourth place on the list is held by Al Unser, with 320. Kanaan also extended his Indy car-record streak of consecutive starts to 257 and Dixon has 199, the third-longest streak in history.
Power is 100% correct. IndyCar's closed pits rule is hugely unfair
One-time IndyCar Series champion Will Power called on the Indianapolis-based sanctioning body to introduce a virtual safety car, a system used by Formula One to electronically slow cars to a specific speed under caution writes Curt Cavin of the Indy Star.
The benefit, Power said, is to allow the pits to safely remain open throughout caution periods, which would keep drivers from being disadvantaged by the timing of the caution. For example, in Sunday's Chevrolet Dual in Detroit, Helio Castroneves was leading and had stretched his fuel an extra lap but got caught out when a mid-race caution came.
Because Castroneves had to wait for IndyCar to open the pits, he cycled to the end of the lead lap because others had already pitted without losing a lap.
Attendance figures for this year's Chevrolet Dual in Detroit pleased Bud Denker and his race management committee. Friday's number was 25,000, and was a free day. Saturday's number was 40,000 and Sunday was 30,000. For a total of 95,000.
Bud Denker held a press conference after the Race 2. He was pleased with the attendance numbers and commented on Sunday's attendance, "We were probably 5 to 10 thousand light today because it rained everywhere else. My wife came to the track and brought a rain coat because it was raining so hard at home. So we had all this rain around us and we finally had this divine intervention where the clouds parted and we got a break. At one point of the day on Sunday, the command center was looking at some pretty terrible rain here. We were prepared to issue alert of impending storms but it hit the other side of our island and did not hit us! It was amazing."
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