Minuscule TV Ratings costs IndyCar yet another manufacturer IndyCar has been trying for 9 years to land a third engine manufacturer and for 9 years they have failed.
Because the 9 year old NBCSN TV deal and it minuscule TV ratings has made IndyCar nearly invisible. What return on their investment would a new manufacturer get because all the races are not on network TV and hardly anyone watches NBCSN?
Video: IndyCar Texas post-qualifying Q&A Charlie Kimball wins his first Verizon IndyCar Series Pole for the Rainguard Water Sealers 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 9, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. Comment
Max Biaggi, former World Superbike champion, in hospital after accident The former World Superbike champion Max Biaggi has been badly injured while training near Rome.
Italian media report that he was being treated for multiple injuries, including a broken shoulder, after being transported by helicopter from a track in Sagittario to Rome on Friday. The Ansa news agency says the 45-year-old Biaggi was conscious after the accident.
Raikkonen puts Ferrari on top in 2nd practice for Canadian GP
The battle for supremacy grew even closer in Montreal on Friday afternoon, as Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen edged Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in second practice. Their respective team mates Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas – as well as Red Bull's Max Verstappen – all finished within half a second of Raikkonen's leading time.
However, it was far from all good news for Red Bull. Daniel Ricciardo suffer a suspected engine failure early on, while Verstappen brought out the red flags with 20 minutes to go after losing drive on his RB13.
Dixon leads 1-2-3-4-5-6 Honda sweep in opening practice in Texas
The IndyCar practice session at Texas Motor Speedway for the Rainguard Water Sealers 600 was delayed nearly three hours to dry the 1.5-mile oval from heavy rain overnight and this morning, but the fact that the track was made ready at all is a testament to the new drainage system installed underneath the newly repaved track surface.
Current points leader Scott Dixon set the pace in the one-hour session with a best lap of 223.422 mph in the No. 9 NTT Data Honda. Charlie Kimball, Dixon’s Chip Ganassi Racing teammate in the No. 83 Tresiba Honda, was second fastest at 221.861 mph but registered the top lap without an aerodynamic tow from a car in front, at 220.623 mph.
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) went quickest in both practice sessions on Day 1 of his second home Grand Prix of the year, and the one closest to his hometown of Cervera, Spain. With the stakes high and a lot of friends, family and fans in attendance, it was the best possible start for the reigning Champion as he aims to take his second win of the year.
He says he feels good - and had a good base to start from after attending the recent private test at the newly modified venue - and will focus on trying the hard rear tire tomorrow as the curtain comes up on Saturday.
Hamilton tops opening practice for the Canadian GP
Will Hamilton's Canada domination continue or will Vettel defeat him on Sunday again?
Lewis Hamilton has dominated the Canadian GP in recent years and 2017 appears like that domination might continue. Hamilton topped opening practice on Friday morning with a time of 1m13.809, some 0.198 sec ahead of Championship leader Sebastian Vettel in the #5 Ferrari in a windy opening session on Montreal’s Ile Notre-Dame.
Following the two leaders was Valtteri Bottas in the 2nd Mercedes and Kimi Raikkonen in the 2nd Ferrari in third and fourth respectively.
Sergio Perez rounded out the top-5 for Force India.
Red Bull F1 drivers go white water rafting in Montreal Ahead of the Canadian GP all four Red Bull F1 drivers (Verstappen, Ricciardo, Sainz Jr and Kvyat) went white water rafting in the St. Lawrence Seaway. Comment
Daytona Speedway Unveiling Premium Ticket Packages For Cup Race
Daytona Int'l Speedway today is unveiling a new exclusive-access ticket package for the upcoming Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero 400. The limited-offer package for the July 1 race, which serves as NBC’s first of its half of the schedule, costs $4,000 and includes more than a dozen amenities and experiences that DIS is touting.
They include hot laps around the track, admittance to the drivers’ meeting before the race, a seat in Gatorade Victory Lane after the race, a meet-and-greet with a driver and the MRN broadcast team, a visit to the flag stand, a hot pass for garage access, a meet-and-greet with country artist Tyler Farr, private viewing for the race, admission to the premium Rolex 24 and Daytona 500 clubs and a personal concierge with golf-cart service. Adam Stern/SBD
FOX Sports Names Broadcast Team for 24 Hours of Le Mans
Anchor Bob Varsha
FOX Sports is gearing up for its annual coverage of the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans, the definitive sports car endurance race held annually since 1923. FOX Sports hosts Bob Varsha and Brian Till kick off the twice-around-the-clock, multi-platform coverage, which begins Saturday, June 17 (8:30 AM ET) on FS1 and FOX Sports GO.
With dozens of stories to cover throughout the exhausting race, Varsha believes one story may just rise above the rest.
"This year, no story is bigger than Toyota’s comeback from the most heartbreaking finish I can recall,” Varsha said.
After winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in his first and only attempt, legendary driver A.J. Foyt said there was no need to return to the iconic French circuit.
"I went there as a rookie and won, I have no reason to go back," Foyt used to say.
However, with the 50th anniversary of that triumph he scored with co-driver Dan Gurney to become the only All-American team to win the historic endurance race, Foyt has decided to return to the site of one of his most prestigious victories. As a guest of Ford Performance, Foyt will visit the track and see his winning Ford Mark IV GT 40 again.
Petro-Canada Lubricants Added as New Partner for Honda Indy Toronto Honda Indy Toronto is proud to announce the addition of Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc. (PCLI), one of North America's largest lubricants businesses, as the official lubricant of the annual event scheduled for July 14-16 at Exhibition Place.
PCLI is an established leader in lubricants with dedication to the highest quality and continued product and technology innovation. With global reach and recognition with products distributed in more than 80 countries, Petro-Canada Lubricants is an organization with historically Canadian roots, with its red and white maple leaf adorning their products around the world.
Disney EMEA joins forces with Formula E for Disney-Pixar's 'Cars'
Disney EMEA and Formula E - the world's first all-electric single-seater racing series - today announced that they have teamed up to bring the hugely popular global franchise Disney-Pixar's 'Cars' to brand new audiences.
The first phase of the collaboration kicked-off at the Qatar Airways Paris ePrix on May 20 - round six of the 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship - with extensive branding around the circuit in the French capital, which was broadcast globally across TV and digital platforms, including over 40 EMEA markets.
There is no doubt that the 24 Hours of Le Mans ranks as one of the world's top events in motorsports. The extreme difficulty and challenge of the race itself, unique aspects of the track – 8.5 miles of both public road and private track – plus the enthusiasm of fans at the event and around the world give Le Mans a true WOW factor.
So, we asked members of Corvette Racing what makes Le Mans special in their eyes. Not surprisingly, the answers varied across a number of aspects…
Sports TV viewers getting older because of social media
Social media gives away news and video for free so why sit in front of the TV and watch an event? As TV ratings drop, caused by social media, the lifeblood of motorsports, i.e. sponsor dollars based on TV ratings, is dropping like a lead sinker. Once the blood supply is completely gone, motorsports dies. So Tweet and Facebook away race fans and news outlets and you'll kill off motorsports eventually. It is why Bernie Ecclestone was so against Social media. He built F1 into a huge sport based on TV viewers, not on social media.
According to a striking study of Nielsen television viewership data of 25 sports, all but one have seen the median age of their TV viewers increase during the past decade.
The study, conducted exclusively for SportsBusiness Journal by Magna Global, looked at live, regular-season game coverage of major sports across both broadcast and cable television in 2000, 2006 and 2016. It showed that while the median age of viewers of most sports, except the WTA, NBA and MLS, is aging faster than the overall U.S. population, it is doing so at a slower pace than prime-time TV.
"There is an increased interest in short-term things, like stats and quick highlights," said Brian Hughes, senior vice president of audience intelligence and strategy at Magna Global USA. "That availability of information has naturally funneled some younger viewers away from TV."
None of the properties contacted contested the data, but most pointed to digital consumption among younger viewers, which was not included in the study and is growing rapidly. Some leagues, such as MLS, the NBA and WTA, will be bullish about the data while others such as the PGA Tour will continue to address the long-term viewership narrative around their sport.
Alonso's popularity made IndyCar realize the impact of a real hero
Alonso is now gone and IndyCar has returned to its small domestic stage
Fernando Alonso's popular participation in this year's Indy 500 has made IndyCar realize that on the international stage it is minuscule. IndyCar may feature better racing, but when Tony George took his hammer to the sport, IndyCar went from being right up there with F1 to not even being a blemish on its posterior.
It went from being an international series to a small domestic series with a shrinking fan base, a shrinking sponsor base, and a shrinking TV ratings. It will be Tony George's legacy.
Alonso was the star attraction of the 101st running of the famous race, which he contested instead of the Monaco Grand Prix. Why was he the star attraction? Because he is a true racing hero with a big international fanbase. When Gorge took IndyCar domestic and inward looking the drivers became invisible and IndyCar to this day has no true hero's.
When the Verizon IndyCar Series visits Texas Motor Speedway this weekend they will find the 1.5-mile oval has been both repaved and reconfigured.
Turns 1 and 2 now feature 20 degrees of banking and a wider racing surface. Less banking usually means less speed, but the wider track could result in a different line thru the corner that might overcome the loss in banking. And it could make for 3 and 4-wide racing.
Ford gets their wings clipped because last year they sandbagged
Ford sandbagged until race day in 2016 so this year they have had their wings clipped by ACO
Ford Performance Global Director Dave Pericak admitted he’s "concerned” about the current GTE-Pro Balance of Performance for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, after all four Ford GTs did not set representative times in Sunday’s Le Mans Test Day.
The Multimatic-built cars, which were handed a 20kg minimum weight increase as well as a reduction in turbo boost since last year’s race, struggled in the single-day test, with its quickest lap, a 3:57.536 in the hands of Richard Westbrook, more than six seconds slower than Dirk Mueller’s pole time from twelve months ago.
It came despite claims from competitors that Ford was not showing its full potential last weekend, an allegation the manufacturer has denied.
"It seems that every time we talk Le Mans, the story is always around BoP and how that’s all going to shake out and where we’re going to be,” Pericak told Sportscar365.
"Overall I’m concerned about the BoP, looking at last year’s race, and how it played out and how competitive it was.”
With the Fords ending the test day at the bottom of the time charts, Pericak said he is worried about a potential performance advantage for the Ferrari 488 GTEs, which have not been given any BoP changes since last year’s race.
The Italian manufacturer’s three entries were seventh, eighth and ninth quickest, respectively in the test, although some two seconds quicker than the EcoBoost-powered Fords.
It’s understood the Ferrari is again serving as the performance baseline in the class, and the reason why no BoP changes were made to the Prancing Horse prior to the test day.
"When you look at the Ferrari being the baseline, I think a lot of people are forgetting that the factory Ferraris fell out [of the race last year],” Pericak said.
"But if you look at where they were early in the race, they were pretty quick. We’ve been pulled back a bit.
"If you look at all of that, it’s a bit puzzling to me at the moment as to where the BoP has been set.
"No-one likes the job of BoP, but I am concerned about it for sure." More at Sportscar365
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