Indy Lights drivers get taste of IndyCars at Road America ELKHART LAKE – The objectives were fairly straightforward when Indy Lights driver Nico Jamin strapped himself into Marco Andretti's Indy car for the first time Wednesday writes Dave Kallmann of the Milwaukee News-Journal.
"Obviously the No. 1 goal was bring it back in one piece," said the 21-year-old Frenchman. "Learn a lot. Get a first feel for it.
"And obviously you always want to be the quickest of the young drivers. Which I was."
LST Marketing Acquires Dallas-based PPI Marketing LST Marketing, LLC continues its growth through the acquisition of Dallas, Texas-based PPI Marketing, co-founded by Heisman Trophy winner and Pro Football Hall of Famer Roger Staubach, along with longtime business associate Roz Cole. The expanding business and Dallas operation will be rebranded as LST Marketing.
PPI Marketing cultivated a rich and extensive 24-year sports marketing history since its inception in 1993. Both Staubach and Cole will remain business partners in LST Marketing, with Cole serving in an advisory role to the company's executives. Mark Winneker, former president of PPI Marketing, will also stay on as managing director of LST Marketing's Dallas office.
Injured Bourdais happy to not be part of "bullshit" Texas race
Bourdais called Texas 'pack' race "bullshit"
Sebastien Bourdais, currently recuperating from a broken pelvis after his 118G shunt in qualifying for the Indy 500, says he is frustrated by not enough people admitting that the racing at Texas Motor Speedway was too risky.
Several accidents and incidents decimated the field in last Saturday night’s RainGuard Water Sealer 600, largely as a result of there being very little separation between the cars on track, to where just six healthy cars finished the race on the lead lap.
The US has a new, favorite F1 driver Autosport’s legendary Fifth Columnist, Nigel Roebuck, reports from Indianapolis, via FaceTime, in the aftermath of Alonso-mania. Fernando didn’t win the 500 at his first attempt: an historic victory eventually went to Fernando’s Andretti team-mate, the excellent Takuma Sato. Fernando came very near to holding the Borg-Warner Trophy, however - and Nigel, the world’s foremost motor racing commentator and historian, was there, following him all the way Comment
Video: The Road to Montreal It's not just on the race track that concentration is called for. We accompanied the Mercedes team on their journey to Montreal - on the bus, on the plane and at the gym - and we found out how they remain fully focused on the race weekend Comment
Video: Lewis celebrates a Canadian Grand Prix Grand Slam! Pole, fastest lap, victory and the race lead on every single lap - Lewis registered the fourth Grand Slam of his F1 career in Canada. In this video, he reveals how it felt Comment
Fiat Chrysler sued by U.S. over 20x excess diesel emissions (Update)
Air pollution caused by fossil fuel burning cars - especially 'dirty' diesels
UPDATE Fiat Chrysler diesel vehicles spewed pollution as much as 20 times the legal limit, according to testing by the same researchers who first recorded the excess emissions in Volkswagen AG’s diesel cheating scandal.
The revelation from a West Virginia University laboratory sheds new light on the U.S. Justice Department’s allegations in a civil lawsuit last month that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has used illegal "defeat devices," software that helps evade emissions tests. It comes amid growing concerns about the ability of diesel engines to satisfy U.S. emissions limits and the extent to which automakers may be working to navigate around them.
Autosport reports that Juan Pablo Montoya and Oriol Servia are set to be tasked with testing IndyCar's new-for-2018 aerokits in the coming months.
Dallara will manufacturer a new, spec aerodynamic package for its current IndyCar chassis from 2018, replacing the kits developed by Chevrolet and Honda.
Testing will start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 25-26, followed by outings at Mid-Ohio on August 1, Iowa Speedway on August 28 and Sebring on September 26, the latter considered the closest simulation for a street course.
Indy Lights drivers to test IndyCars at Road America (Update) UPDATE Preparations for Verizon IndyCar Kohler Grand Prix will begin in earnest during a Verizon IndyCar Series Test Session on the revered 4-mile, 14-turn Road America circuit on Wednesday, June 14.
Verizon IndyCar Series drivers participating in the event include 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi, 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti of Andretti Autosport, plus James Hinchcliffe of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Ed Jones of Dale Coyne Racing.
Mike Conway relishes return to LeMans with Toyota Mike Conway and the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing team will revisit the scene of its most dramatic moment later this week for the 85th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours, the third round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).
Currently sitting fourth in the World Championship, Mike and his #7 team travel to Le Mans inspired by the heartbreak of last year’s race when victory slipped from their grasp having led for large periods before ultimately finishing second.
Three Car LeMans Entry For Zak Brown's United Autosports United Autosports will return to the Circuit de la Sarthe this weekend for the second running of the Road to Le Mans – support race to the Le Mans 24 Hours.
The Road to Le Mans race is the second round of the Michelin Le Mans Cup, meaning regular drivers Richard Meins and Shaun Lynn will pilot the #23 Gulf Marine-liveried Ligier JS P3 and Jim McGuire and Matt Bell will race the #22 AERO Ligier JS P3. Silverstone ELMS LMP3 race winners John Falb and Sean Rayhall will also enter the Road to Le Mans event, taking the Anglo-American team’s total to three cars.
Omnicraft to Sponsor Wood Brothers' No. 21 at Michigan
Omnicraft, Ford Motor Company’s new brand of quality replacement parts for non-Ford and non-Lincoln vehicles, will be the primary sponsor on the Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 Ford Fusion for the FireKeepers Casino 400 this weekend at Michigan International Speedway.
The new paint scheme will be unveiled in Victory Circle at MIS on Friday morning at 10 a.m., before the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice of the weekend.
GM Produces First Round of Self-Driving Chevrolet Bolt EV Test Vehicles
Autonomous Chevy Bolts
General Motors today announced that it completed production of 130 Chevrolet Bolt EV test vehicles equipped with its next generation of self-driving technology at its Orion Assembly Plant located in Orion Township, Michigan. The vehicles will join the more than 50 current-generation self-driving Bolt EVs already deployed in testing fleets in San Francisco; Scottsdale, Arizona; and metro Detroit.
"This production milestone brings us one step closer to making our vision of personal mobility a reality,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “Expansion of our real-world test fleet will help ensure that our self-driving vehicles meet the same strict standards for safety and quality that we build into all of our vehicles."
Video: NASCAR Pocono Monster Cup Post-Race Q&A Winner, Ryan Blaney, Owners Len & Eddie Wood & Crew Chief, Jeremy Bullins (No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford); Second-Place Finisher, Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Busch Beer Ford); Third-Place Finisher, Erik Jones (No. 77 GameStop/Cars 3 - Driven to Win Toyota) & Darrell Wallace Jr. (No. 43 Smithfield Ford) Comment
Prior to making his Monster Energy Cup Series debut Sunday, Darrell Wallace Jr. said he wanted to have an uneventful, mistake-free race and leave Pocono Raceway with a respectable finish.
That didn’t quite happen, with Wallace earning three penalties for speeding on pit road and finishing 26th in the Pocono 400. And afterward, the 23-year-old driver briefly fainted as he stood on pit road speaking with reporters. He quickly came to and proceeded to victory lane to congratulate good friend Ryan Blaney, who scored his first career win Sunday. Wallace would then go to the infield care center and be treated for dehydration.
Video: Hamilton opens up about Ayrton Senna and 65 pole positions It was an historic day for Lewis Hamilton as he took his 65th F1 pole position today in Montreal and, in the process, equaled the career total of his great hero Ayrton Senna. Comment
Rebellion Racing will skip next month’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen due to post-Le Mans logistics.
Team manager Bart Hayden confirmed to Sportscar365 that the team will not take part in the third round of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup as originally planned, due to a later-than-expected delivery of its third Oreca 07 Gibson LMP2 car.
24 Hours of Le Mans video: A.J. Foyt, Dan Gurney look back at 1967 Ford GT 40 win A.J. Foyt and Dan Gurney reunite to talk about the Le Mans 24 win - and champagne victory now reenacted around the world - that made them global sports car heroes, while current Ford Chip Ganassi Racing drivers chat about what's different, and the still same, now. Featuring footage from the 1967 win. Comment
Sonoma Raceway continues to put fans first with several facility improvements set to debut at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekend, June 23-25. Amenities include a new track-wide speaker system, cooling stations, shaded dining areas and the addition of permanent restrooms.
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi were back on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya today to continue the development of new items for their 2017 YZR-M1. The teammates finished second and tenth respectively in the 2017 MotoGP Catalunya Test times.
Today the Yamaha Factory riders were each able to test one of the two new frames available. Tomorrow they will switch to get a feel for the other option.
Record Numbers Reveal Successful 2017 Chevrolet Detroit GP
The Saturday crowd was robust at 45K
An impressive number of people from Belle Isle to across the globe either witnessed or engaged in the Motor City’s three-day motorsports festival as the final numbers have been tallied for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear, held June 2-4.
Highlighted by strong attendance, record social and traditional media coverage along with unprecedented partner support and solid viewership numbers, this year’s Grand Prix created a positive impact that will be felt in the community long after the echo of the engines on Belle Isle has subsided.
Alexander Rossi - no sponsor, had to run team owners website logo. Ditto on Rossi's teammates Takuma Sato and Marco Andretti
Vautier - no sponsor. There were more
UPDATE Another reader adds, Dear AutoRacing1.com, It's clear to me that IndyCar is just treading water. Tony George blew a lot of the family's money destroying CART, money that could have been spent helping IndyCar as a sport to grow, and now Tony's sisters refuse to spend the money/investment it needs to put all the races on network TV. It's a chicken and egg thing, and the Hulman-George family isn't willing to invest in the Chicken or the Egg. Dale Thompson
06/11/17 A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, I tuned in to watch the crashfest IndyCar race at Texas last night. The racing had me on the edge of my seat. However, I noticed three of the four Andretti cars had no sponsor, ditto for the Coyne cars, Aleshin, and other cars. What is going on? Will IndyCar be forced to turn off the lights soon? Dave Raft, Oregon
Dear Dave, "The race was on NBCSN. The broadcast was excellent. The NBCSN announcers do a great job.
RACER, with input from Dallara and some team managers, conservatively estimates the crash damage at last weekend's Texas IndyCar race to be $1.8 million. IndyCar no longer publishes race purse payouts because they are so small they are embarrassing. The last published one we saw had the race winner getting $30,000 and it went down from there. By comparison the NASCAR race purse at Texas used to be around $6.8 million per Cup race
In other words the IndyCar team owners lost their shirts Saturday night.
Tony Kanaan calls for change to prevent too much 'pack racing'
Kanaan doesn't think IndyCars can 'pack race' too often, which the competition yellows create.
IndyCar racer Tony Kanaan, who accidentally caused a wreck for several other drivers at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, apologized for the incident and also called for a change in IndyCar format, in the post-race press conference.
"I don’t do those kind of things. I race people clean, and I want people to race me clean,” said Kanaan, defending himself. "It was definitely an honest mistake. You never, especially in a place like this, crash people on purpose. And I’ve been around it way too long to do any silly things like that, and if I did, it was really a mistake, and I apologize for it."
As a result, Kanaan thinks it’s time things change in IndyCar racing.
2017/18 Asian Le Mans Series Calendar Changes Announced Ahead of the ACO's premier event, the 24 Hours of Le Mans later this week, the Asian Le Mans Series Managing Director, Cyrille Taesch Wahlen today announced exciting changes to the 2017/18 Season.
After extensive discussion with the major players of the Asian Motorsport industry and with the full support of the teams, the Series will remain a four round Championship, with one race being extended to 6 Hours.
Danica Patrick had a discussion with some fans at Pocono who booed her as she was walking back from pit road at Pocono on Friday.
A man appeared to walk into a pass-through to get Patrick’s autograph as she walked from pit road to the garage. He was stopped by security, and Patrick acknowledged the man’s presence and -- if he was asking for an autograph -- refused to sign.
Felix Rosenqvist handed Mahindra Racing an emotional first win in front of a full house of fans at the revised Tempelhofring circuit.
Following the closest-ever qualifying session in the history of the FIA Formula E Championship, Rosenqvist started from third. He moved up to second when Jose Maria Lopez made a slow start, before gradually reeling in early leader Lucas di Grassi.
Brown, C.Force, Butner, Tonglet Lead Englishtown Qualifying
Antron Brown powered his dragster to the Top Fuel qualifying lead Friday evening at the 48th annual NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
Courtney Force (Funny Car), Bo Butner (Pro Stock) and LE Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also provisional qualifying leaders at the tenth of 24 events on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.
Brown set the time-elapsed track record with a 3.713-second run at 329.42 mph in his Matco Tools dragster during the second qualifying session, narrowly missing the track speed record of 329.91.
Force leads the Funny Car category with an elapsed time track record run of 3.862 at 331.12 in her Advance Auto Parts Chevy Camaro during her second session of the day, while Butner holds the Pro Stock top spot after driving to a 6.551 at 211.59 in his Jim Butner’s Auto Chevy Camaro during the second session. LE Tonglet finished atop the Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying order with a 6.800 at 195.62 mph.
Qualifying at the NHRA Summernationals continues at 1:45 and 4:15 p.m. on Saturday at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
Vettel leads Ferrari 1-2 in final practice for Canadian GP
Vettel gets service in the pits
#5-Sebastian Vettel is already 2/10th of a second under Lewis Hamilton's pole time from 2016 as Ferrari ran 1-2 in final practice for the Canadian GP at Montreal. Vettel's lap of 1m12.572s was faster than his Ferrari teammate #7-Kimi Raikkonen by 0.292s and the man who has dominated the Canadian GP in recent years Lewis Hamilton in the #44 Mercedes by 0.354s.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas in the 2nd Mercedes rounded out the top-5.
Sebastien Buemi and Nicolas Prost will remain with the Renault e.dams Formula E team until the end of the series’ fifth season in 2019.
Ahead of this weekend’s Berlin ePrix, Renault confirmed that it will continue with the line-up that it has raced with since the first Formula E race in 2014 in a bid to aid the development of its season five car.
Buemi won last year’s Formula E drivers’ title and currently leads the standings in season three after winning five of the opening six rounds.
Ed Carpenter Leads Final Practice At Texas Motor Speedway Ed Carpenter and JR Hildebrand showed the speed they are known for in tonight’s final practice session at Texas Motor Speedway with Carpenter turning the fastest lap of the day and Hildebrand just behind in 4th. During qualifications earlier this afternoon, both struggled as Carpenter qualified 14th and Hildebrand 18th for tonight’s Rainguard Water Sealers 600. Things turned around during race preparations last evening, with both landing back at or near the top of the time sheets.
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