The Firestone 600 has been postponed until 1 PM Central, 2 PM Eastern Time Sunday after crews were unable to get the track completely dry after heavy rains earlier in the day saturated the ground and caused weepers on the track all night.
Weather conditions permitting, Carlos Munoz and his Andretti Autosport Honda will lead the field to the green flag at 2:15 p.m. EDT Sunday, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network. The air temperature is expected to be 91 degrees at race time with high humidity. We have to wonder if any fans will show up. On TV the race is up against the Canadian GP on NBC and NASCAR from Michigan, which will ensure a minuscule TV audience.
The newcomer of the electric-auto industry which builds a 1-billion-dollar plant in Nevada is putting together a reputable team to compete with the big boys.
The Chinese-backed electric maker Faraday Future has announced it recruited Marco Mattiacci as company’s Global Chief Brand & Commercial Officer, overseeing areas such as marketing, communications, distribution, sales and customer experience. Furthermore, he will also sit on key strategy, product, design, and HR committees, the automaker said in a statement.
Saturday IndyCar update from Texas Motor Speedway (Update 2) UPDATE A real quick additional note: if tonight's race is delayed it will alter the plans of Scott Dixon and Sebastien Bourdais. Both planned on flying to France via charter immediately following this evening's race, so they could begin practicing for next week's 24 Hours of Le Mans. Again, because we are unsure of the status of tonight's race, we are unsure how exactly their plans will be impacted.
Lucille Dust reporting from a very wet Texas Motor Speedway
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel turned the fastest lap of the weekend in final practice for the Canadian GP ahead of this afternoon's qualifying session. It rained with 20 minutes left in the session so the Mercedes drivers never got a chance to usurp the Ferrari.
Vettel's lap of 1m13.919s was the only lap so far this weekend in the 1m13s bracket and it was done on the purple ulte-soft tires. 2nd was Max Verstappen's Red Bull at 1m14.158s and 3rd was Mercedes' Nico Rosberg at 1m14.316s, both on ultrasofts.
Inspection problems delayed Sprint Cup qualifying at Michigan The #78 Furniture Row Racing crew members were in a bit of a frenzy during Friday's Coors Light Pole Qualifying at Michigan International Speedway: Crew chief Cole Pearn sprinted through the garage, as other crew members worked quickly on the #78 Toyota of Martin Truex Jr., trying to get it on track in time for qualifying's opening round. The #78 wasn't alone -- Multiple trips through inspection for several Sprint Cup teams caused a backup in the queue that caused NASCAR to push knockout qualifying from 4:15 to 4:30pm/et.
Penalties for loose and missing lug nuts will continue NASCAR has no plans to change its penalty structure for missing or non-secure lug nuts it sees postrace. NASCAR has issued one-week suspensions to four crew chiefs since instituting its new rules five weeks ago. But NASCAR Senior VP Scott Miller said the sanctioning body continues to work in hopes of using technology to be able to determine if the lug nuts are tight when the car leaves pit road. ESPN.com
Keselowski say Gordon is biased in broadcast booth (Update) UPDATE
Keselowski and Gordon spoke at Michigan. Keselowski was asked about that Friday during his media availability:
Q: Did you talk [to Gordon] more about what you said and did he say anything to you?
Keselowski: "Yeah, we talked at length. I think there are certainly some different opinions. I don't necessarily know if that is going to change but it is nice to be able to have those conversations in a one-on-one format. Of course there was a camera there so I don't know if that is a good thing or a bad thing. Probably a little bit of both. I feel like it is good and hopefully we can move on. My big thing is that I don't want somebody that is invested in another team talking about my race car in a derogatory form or a perceived derogatory form.
IndyCar blasts Boston race promoters over ticket sale cash Executives at Indycar are lashing out at the Boston promoters for the failed Indycar race, whose attorney now says the company is out of money and unable at this point to refund any more tickets reports Karen Anderson of WCVB TV
Stephen Starks, Indycar vice president of promoter relations, released a statement Friday saying, "Exactly how BGP (Grand Prix of Boston) could have sold approximately 22,000 tickets according to reports before and after BGP's (Boston Grand Prix's) decision to cancel the race and only be in a position to refund approximately $400,000 up to this point is something we at Indycar hope is revealed during the pending legal proceedings."
Road America Hosts Ribbon Cutting Road America hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Paddock Shop and Fan Engagement Center today. The new building is centrally located in the paddock to serve as a focal point where visitors may gather, shop and learn about Road America's history. The center also offers areas for variable use and many new entertainment amenities plus it will be open year round.
Torrence, Capps, Line, Krawiec Fastest in Friday Qualifying
Ron Capps set a track record and raced to the qualifying lead in Funny Car on Friday at the NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Jason Line (Pro Stock), and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the 10th event of 24 on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
ARCA: Brandon Jones holds off Chase Briscoe for the win
Brandon Jones won the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday with a late lap pass.
Chase Briscoe and Jones battled for the first 50 laps of the race. Each lead multiple times when Jones took the lead and showed his dominance, but that quickly evaporated when Myatt Snider wrecked on Lap 40. Snider paced the first two ARCA practice sessions, but was forced to start from the back when he wrecked in qualifying.
Ford GT: 365 Days after First Wheel Turned Exactly one year passed between the first secret shakedown test of the Ford GT race car at Calabogie Motorsports Park and Ford Chip Ganassi Racing's IMSA team’s final test before the Le Mans 24 Hours. It was an eventful 365 days filled with challenges and podiums that will culminate at the Circuit de la Sarthe.
Graham Rahal led final practice for tomorrow's Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway. The driver of the No. 15 Mi-Jack/RLL Honda posted a lap time of 213.935 mph edging second-place Josef Newgarden by 0.0708 seconds.
Ryan Hunter-Reay was third with Tony Kanaan and Jack Hawksworth rounding out the top-five. Pole sitter Carlos Munoz was twelfth fastest in the session, with series championship leader Simon Pagenaud 19th.
Hamilton leads FP2 in Canada World Champion Lewis Hamilton bested Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel by 0.257s in Free Practice 2 today for the Canadian Grand Prix. Nico Rosberg was third with Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo rounding out the top-five.
After topping the timesheet in opening practice at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Pirelli's super-soft tires, Hamilton went half-a-second faster on the ultra-softs in the second session, finishing with a lap of 1m14.212s.
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, also on ultra-softs, split Hamilton and Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg also on ultra-softs, with the leading German driver a quarter of a second down on the Briton, and the same distance ahead of his compatriot.
Friday morning update from Texas UPDATE I spoke with a team member on Graham Rahal's car and he said that is was a gearbox issue that slowed Graham this morning in practice. His car is moving into technical inspection as I write this. So he should make his qualifying run this afternoon.
Gabby Chaves is not going to be qualifying for the Firestone 600. The team is still working on repairing his number 19 entry for Dale Coyne Racing, after using the back half of Pippa Mann's car. But they are hopeful Chaves will make the night practice tonight.
Afternoon update from Texas The practice session ended for the IndyCars at about noon local time. During the session, Gabby Chaves backed the No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda into the wall between turns 3 & 4 nine minutes into the session. The team has pulled out Pippa Mann's Indy 500, and will apparently use those parts to repair Chaves' car.
Graham Rahal slowed out on the track towards the end of the session and thought his engine may have failed. But it did not sound like that was the issue after talking with the team. We will update you on this later.
Canadian GP: Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 in opening practice
Mercedes 1-2 parade
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton turned the fastest lap in opening practice for the Canadian GP with a time of 1m14.755 in what was largely a track cleaning session. Hamilton's teammate Nico Rosberg was 2nd at 1m15.086s ahead of the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel who clocked in at 1m15.243s.
Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen rounded out the top-5.
Anger mounting over failed IndyCar race Anger is mounting against Indy Car's Boston organization – The Grand Prix of Boston – and it's coming from jilted ticket holders looking for refunds and others trying to protect taxpayers from further costs associated with the failed road race.
People who bought tickets for IndyCar race fighting for money back
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.
IndyCar thrilled for return to Watkins Glen, but.........
If IndyCar wants to race at a slew of ISC tracks, the rumors of the France family buying IndyCar need to come true and they need to put a huge effort into making them successful. If they own the series they will have a vested interest in its success.
Jay Frye still had the stack of black IndyCar caps after the press conference. Watkins Glen International had just been announced, a year earlier than expected, as a replacement in the 2016 Labor Day slot vacated by the abortive Grand Prix of Boston, and track president Michael Printup, after a May news conference at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, was still conducting interviews about the return of open-wheel racing to the storied road course.
IndyCar had been in a bind, with Boston marking the second race in two years cancelled either just before or during the season of its scheduled running. But Frye, IndyCar's president of competition and operations, had not been forced to Watkins Glen hat in hand, having established the groundwork a year earlier for a return to a New York venue where Formula 1, CART and IndyCar began establishing an open-wheel legacy in the 1960s. He had re-established contact with a crucial part of IndyCar's past and, arguably, it's future in International Speedway Corp., which owns 13 tracks including Watkins Glen. And in doing that, the long-time NASCAR team executive might have helped IndyCar finally eradicate its image - and continuity- damaging problem of losing street course races, some before they ever occur. All it required was a call last summer to ISC president John Saunders, whose purview includes long-term strategies.
One of the last IndyCar races at MIS in 2007 - the grandstands were so empty you could shoot a cannon into them and not hit anyone
Michigan International Speedway, which fielded six IndyCar events from 2002-2007 and was a CART and USAC mainstay since 1968, even hosting the Indianapolis 500 alternative U.S. 500 in 1996, is unlikely to return to the fold, according to track president Roger Curtis.
The track hosts two Sprint Cup dates -- the first this weekend -- and although an affinity remains for open-wheel racing among track leadership, the concert business has proved more lucrative. MIS will again hold its Faster Horses country music festival this summer, and Curtis told USA TODAY Sports last June that with the show "drawing 100,000 and selling more campsites than NASCAR, I kind of like the music festival business. … (Without a sanctioning fee), the margin is a lot higher than an open-wheel race is for us." USA Today
Video: Ricciardo And Verstappen Drone Race In Canada Ahead of this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen tried their hand at drone racing in Montreal's Olympic Stadium.
Organizers want to launch another Boston race to help pay refunds for failed Grand Prix
Here we go again
More than a month after the event was canceled, organizers behind the Boston Grand Prix IndyCar race that never took off are running low on money and are struggling to refund ticket holders.
And their strategy to pay customers back, at least in part, is to go back to the well writes Adam Vaccaro of the Boston Globe. Organizers say they want to hold another car race and use the revenue to pay back ticket holders for the collapsed Grand Prix.
"Boston Grand Prix CEO John Casey is in discussions about holding another race for Boston that could help pay the refunds," Michael Goldberg, an attorney with Casner & Edwards who is representing race organizers, said in a statement.
Hotel X going up on the inside of the Toronto track
TORONTO - X has marked the spot at The Ex, so change is coming to the track layout at next month's Honda Indy Toronto writes Ian Shantz of the Toronto Sun.
Construction of the luxury Hotel X, located smack dab in the middle of the historic Exhibition Place grounds along the city's lake shore, is well underway. As such, course modifications have been made for this summer's lone Verizon IndyCar Series stop in Canada, July 15-17.
Pit lane will be shifted north to the opposite side of the circuit starting at Turn 9 -- further from the hotel site on Princes' Boulevard -- while hospitality suites and the popular Turn 11 grandstand seating will be relocated to the south side of pit lane.
Ford Performance boss Dave Pericak is convinced Roush Fenway Racing will soon return to victory lane. The legendary Ford NASCAR team has not won a race since the June 2013 Sprint Cup event at Michigan International Speedway, when Greg Biffle recorded Ford's 1,000th victory in NASCAR. Team owner Jack Roush and his current Cup drivers Biffle, Trevor Bayne and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are as dedicated as ever to turning things around, said Pericak, who took over as global director of Ford Performance from Jamie Allison last year.
"I've been in the job for over a year and I've said we've been going to fix Roush," said Pericak, chief engineer of the Ford Mustang from 2008-2015. "The cars this year have speed in them but the team has had trouble executing on pit road. I think they've definitely ... shown a trend of improvement."
Car owner Chip Ganassi called crew chief suspensions in NASCAR "complete silliness" and said the "whole lug nut thing is a silly thing" during an interview Wednesday night on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Ganassi's comments on "Dialed In" came on the same day NASCAR suspended one of his crew chiefs, Chad Johnston, for not having all the lug nuts properly secured on Kyle Larson's car Monday at Pocono Raceway. Johnston will miss this weekend's race at Michigan International Speedway.
Ganassi told host Claire B. Lang on Wednesday that the new policy has steered the conversation of the sport in a direction he doesn't think it needs to go.
NASCAR plane has trouble on way to Texas According to a NASCAR spokesperson, travel delays resulting from mechanical issues on a plane carrying "industry representatives" pushed back the opening of the Camping World Truck Series garage at Texas Motor Speedway and forced the cancellation of the first of three practice sessions. The plane, traveling from Concord, North Carolina, to Texas for this weekend's race, had to turn around shortly after takeoff but did not have to make an emergency landing.
Jesse Little, who is racing the #81 Toyota this weekend at Texas, was on the flight. Little told NBC Sports that the plane, which was about "80 percent full," wasn't pressurizing properly during its ascent.
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