Second street circuit on the 2018 Formula 3 calendar (Update)
Norisring start last year
UPDATE The main straight for the Norisring circuit passes in front of the podium (just off to the left in our photo) where Hitler spoke to the masses during his Nuremberg rallies. We stood on the same podium during a WWII commemorative D-Day invasion trip we took 4 years. Needless to say, standing on the podium and looking out over the area where up to 500,000 people cheered him on was a chilling experience.
On top of the white stone building in the middle of the photo was where a huge carved swastika stood. The podium was in the front center of the building. The statue was blown up at the end of the war as shown in this famous short film below.
Porsche invests in Croatian electric supercar firm Rimac
Rimac Concept One
Porsche is taking a 10 percent stake in Croatian sports car maker Rimac Automobili, which made a name for itself not that long ago with the electric Concept One. The young company, founded by Mate Rimac in 2009 in his garage, presented its latest electric hypercar concept at the Geneva motor show just this year, boasting a top speed of 256 mph and an output in the neighborhood of 2,000 hp. More importantly, the C Two concept promised a range of 403 miles in the NEDC cycle, and an 80 percent battery recharge time of just 30 minutes.
Volkswagen and Ford Considering Vehicle Co-Development
Ford is late to the table with EVs and needs help from a company like VW
In a joint press release Tuesday, Volkswagen and Ford announced that the two companies would evaluate an alliance to develop a multitude of joint projects, namely, a line of commercial vehicles.
"Ford is committed to improving our fitness as a business and leveraging adaptive business models, which include working with partners to improve our effectiveness and efficiency," stated Ford's Jim Farley, president of global markets, in the joint press release. "This potential alliance with the Volkswagen Group is another example of how we can become more fit as a business, while creating a winning global product portfolio and extending our capabilities."
Audi Names Sales Chief Interim CEO Following Stadler's Arrest
The diesel black eyes just keep on coming
Just a couple of days ago, police in Germany arrested Audi CEO Rupert Stadler for his alleged involvement in the diesel emissions scandal surrounding the Volkswagen Group. But the automaker hasn’t wasted any time in naming his successor… at least on an interim basis.
The role will now fall to Abraham Schot, the man who’s headed Audi‘s sales and marketing efforts for nearly a year now. Bram Schot (as he’s known) headed Daimler’s business in his native Netherlands and then in Italy before he moved over to the VW group – first as director of sales and marketing for the commercial-vehicles division and more recently at Audi.
Kanaan and Dixon on Alonso sacrifices to do IndyCar
Alonso wants to race to win and IndyCar's near-spec series gives him a chance to show his abilities to the world again. Whereas F1 is 99% car and 1% driver, IndyCar is closer to 70%:30%.
Both Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan would welcome Fernando Alonso’s arrival to IndyCar given the boost the two-time F1 world champion would provide the sport, having seen the impact he had at the Indy500 last year, but have warned about the sacrifices he may have to make.
“The financial side of it, unless he doesn’t care anymore because he has plenty of money, it’s a big difference,” Kanaan said at Le Mans. “I don’t think he can come in and say he’s going to make $20-30 million a year there, because that’s a budget for the entire series!
“I think in Fernando’s position, a driver of his caliber, you want to be able to have a chance to win. And that’s not his reality right now [in F1]. In IndyCar, at his level of capabilities, and depending what kind of team he’s going to join, he’s going to have a chance to win every weekend.
Claman De Melo Returns to Scene of First Indy Lights Victory
De Melo at Indy
Dale Coyne Racing’s Zachary Claman De Melo is hoping to reproduce his Indy Lights Road America successes this weekend aboard his #19 Paysafe Indy car when the Verizon IndyCar Series heads to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin for Round 10 of the 2018 season June 22 to 24.
Claman De Melo picked up his maiden Indy Lights victory in Race 2 of the Road America weekend last season after starting fourth and holds the Indy Lights race track record at the popular venue. In his three other starts at the 4.048-mile, 14-turn circuit, he has a fourth, a fifth and a tenth-place finish.
Lewis, Niki & Toto Star at Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Night! Saturday evening at the Canadian Grand Prix has become one of our annual highlights, thanks to the now legendary Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Night! Comment
After robots failed Musk, Tesla unwraps new, no-frills assembly line
Tesla robots failed to deliver, so back to basics
Electric car manufacturer Tesla Inc. has set up an additional, no-frills production line to churn out vehicles, according to Chief Executive Elon Musk.
Musk tweeted a photo Saturday of a general assembly line that he said was built in three weeks with “minimal resources.” The photo shows a Model 3 rolling off the line in what appears to be a temporary tent-like structure. Musk described the car as the first dual-motor performance Model 3.
Trevor Bayne returns to the seat of the No. 6 Ford this weekend at Sonoma and the 2011 Daytona 500 Champion will sport a different look for his return. AdvoCare Rehydrate will be featured on the No. 6 as the summer months roll on, and for the remainder of AdvoCare’s primary races this season.
“I’m looking forward to getting back on the track this weekend in Sonoma and I think the fans are going to like the new look of the AdvoCare Ford,” said Bayne. “Rehydrate is an AdvoCare product that the team and I rely on especially as we get into the heat of the summer to stay hydrated and perform at our best.”
Matt Damon to play Carroll Shelby in upcoming Ford versus Ferrari film
It was supposed to be Tom Cruise. The "Top Gun" and "Mission Impossible" mega star was reportedly set to portray Carroll Shelby in a film depicting Ford's motorsport battles with Ferrari. That was way back in 2013, though, and Hollywood has since moved on. But time is a flat circle, so we're ready to make this thing happen, only now it's going to be Matt Damon stepping into the overalls of our favorite chicken farmer.
According to Variety, director James Mangold has been tapped to helm the as-yet unnamed project. The action will center around Ford and Ferrari and unfold at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. That's where Carroll Shelby and a trio of Ford GT40s shocked the world with a 1-2-3 finish at endurance racing's main event. Ford wanted to beat Ferrari so badly at its own game after Ferrari spurned Ford's bid to buy the company, and Shelby helped put Ford in the winner's circle.
IMS to host USAC dirt race to kick off Sept. NASCAR weekend
Instead of running IndyCars at IMS to close out their season in spectacular style, IMS will run try every loser idea they can think of to draw a crowd for IndyCar's #1 enemy. Swamp Buggies will be next
In an effort to create some excitement and draw some new fans for the Brickyard 400, RACER reports the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be hosting a USAC dirt race inside Turn 3 to kick off the NASCAR weekend.
With crowds plummeting for NASCAR’s Xfinity and Cup races the last few years, IMS is hoping to jump start things with a USAC midget race on either Sept. 6 or 7th. The Brickyard 400 is Sept. 9.
IMS began bringing in dirt Tuesday morning to construct a quarter-mile track and will erect bleachers that will hold 5,000 spectators.
NASCAR star Kyle Larson is one of the premier midget and sprint-car drivers in the country, and he just finished running a couple of USAC Midget Week shows in Indiana. He’s expected to be one of the major attractions.
Christian Horner Q&A on switch to Honda power Following today’s announcement that Aston Martin Red Bull Racing will race with Honda power units from 2019, Team Principal Christian Horner responds to questions on camera regarding this decision. Comment
Honda: Red Bull and Toro Rosso to get equal engines
Toro Rosso cars to have as much power as Red Bull cars
Speaking in the wake of today's official confirmation that Red Bull is to use its engines from next season in a two-year deal, Honda motorsport boss Masashi Yamamoto said that the Austrian outfit and its sister team, Toro Rosso, which is already using the Japanese manufacturer's engines this year, will have total parity.
"We'll supply the same specification power unit to both Red Bull and Toro Rosso," he said "From a manufacturer's point of view, it doesn't make sense to identify either team as either works or customer as current regulations oblige us to supply the same power unit to all our teams.
Video: Daniel Ricciardo & Christian Horner Preview The F1 French Grand Prix
Paul Ricard start 1978
A true classic will return to the F1 calendar in 2018, as the French Grand Prix relocates to Paul Ricard, a decade on from the country's last race at Magny-Cours.
Ahead of the comeback, Mobil 1 The Grid asked Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner and current driver Daniel Ricciardo to outline the key challenges posed by the event, which kicks off the first ever triple-header sequence in F1 history.
NASCAR has begun sharing provisional plans for its new sponsorship model with potential partners and industry stakeholders ahead of its possible implementation in 2020, according to Adam Stern of Sports Business Daily.
The model is still being developed and the proposed structure could change. But it’s being envisioned as having five tiers, with a top tier that would have around four to six brands, which would receive exclusivity at the league, track and potentially media-partner levels.
LeMans 24 LMP2 winners disqualified over re-fueling violation
No. 26 Oreca 07 Gibson stripped of win. This isn't NASCAR where the winner always keeps their victory no matter how bad they cheat.
The LMP2 winning G-Drive Racing team was stripped of its 24 Hours of Le Mans class victory on Monday night.
The No. 26 Oreca 07 Gibson, and its sister No. 28 TDS Racing entry, were removed from the final results when it was uncovered that it had a non-compliant part in the fuel restrictor that created a significantly quicker fuel flow.
Less than a month after winning the Indianapolis 500, Will Power is looking to further bolster his repertoire by considering a future attempt at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
After Fernando Alonso’s victory at the famed endurance event this past weekend, only Indianapolis remains in his bid for the Triple Crown of Motorsport. With Power having captured his own elusive Indianapolis win, he told the TSN Racing Pod that seeing Alonso’s Le Mans triumph has spurred his own thoughts of entering the historic race.
Lewis Hamilton Hopes Liberty Media Can Help Modernize F1
Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton gave a "scathing outlook" about F1 after suggesting that the sport has been in the "stone age" compared to other global sports, namely, the NFL and soccer, according to Pradhan Muthanna of the INT'L BUSINESS TIMES.
Hamilton "has been critical of F1's management in the past" and voiced his opinion "only recently" about the sport's reluctance to "consult the drivers about how the sport can be improved."
Indycar, Dallara Offer Superspeedway Front Wing Extension Option INDYCAR and chassis manufacturer Dallara will offer Verizon IndyCar Series teams the opportunity to add front downforce to cars for the final superspeedway oval race on the 2018 schedule, the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway.
IndyCar Talking To Firms About Title Sponsorship For '19
With IndyCar's TV ratings plummeting on NBCSN, can Miles land a big sponsor?
The IndyCar Series will no longer have Verizon as title sponsor in '19, but IndyCar CEO Mark Miles is "hoping" to fill the position "maybe even within the next 90 days," according to Jim Ayello of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR.
Miles said that a "pair of serious suitors have emerged and have made proposals." The inventory includes NBC Sports benefits and spots, "confirming that NBC is a partner at the negotiating table."
Miles "would not elaborate on the prospective sponsors."
Video: Chad Green Bristol accident Pro Modified racer Chad Green from Midland, Texas was uninjured Sunday in an accident during eliminations of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol, Tennessee. Green exited his nitrous-aided Camaro after his parachutes failed to deploy and the car slid upside-down into the sand trap. “The parachutes didn’t come out. I got on the brakes hard, and it just spun me around,” Green said.
Racing Dignitaries Gather to Honor France Family June 28
Brian France will NOT be honored after running NASCAR into the ground
Dignitaries from the motorsports industry will join in tribute to Jim France and the France Family on June 28 when they receive the Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for Outstanding Contributions to Motorsports.
The France Family will be honored by the International Motor Racing Research Center at a dinner presented by Sahlen's, NASCAR, International Speedway Corporation, Watkins Glen International and IMSA. The France Family members acknowledged will be Jim France, Chairman of ISC and IMSA and NASCAR Vice Chairman/Executive Vice President; ISC CEO/Vice Chairperson and NASCAR Vice Chairperson, Lesa France Kennedy; General Manager of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Ben Kennedy; and Amy France, Jim France's daughter.
Toyota confirms hypercar development, likely based on its Le Mans race car
Toyota GR Super Sport concept
Toyota, the manufacturer best known for its vanilla sedans and crossovers, confirmed it has plans for hypercar. It will likely be based on its Le Mans-winning LMP1 racer.
More specifically, Toyota previewed its idea for a hypercar with the Gazoo Racing Super Sport concept first shown at the Tokyo Motor Auto Salon this past January. The GR Super Sport concept took every ounce of knowledge and learning from Toyota's racing program and its TS050 Hybrid Le Mans prototype that competes in the World Endurance Championship (WEC).
Rahal Looks Forward to Heading Back to Road America for IndyCar race
Rahal last year at Road America
Third-generation driver Graham Rahal has posted podium finishes in a pair of races at Road America, in 2007 and 2016, at the revered 4.048-mile, 14-turn permanent road course.
Rahal is having a steady season in 2018, with three top five finishes and eight top ten finishes. Following a brief test session on June 13, the 29-year-old Columbus, Ohio native took time to share his thoughts on a track that is steeped in race history before retuning to Road America for the Verizon IndyCar KOHLER Grand Prix June 21-24.
Sonoma Raceway Continues to Put Fans First with Race Weekend Enhancements
As Sonoma Raceway readies for NASCAR fans to arrive from near and far, the wine country facility continues to put fans first with several enhancements set to debut at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event this weekend, June 22-24:
Sonoma Rising: Sonoma Raceway will honor first responders and local heroes as part of its “Sonoma Rising” program, an initiative to honor those affected by the devastating wildfires that ravaged the North Bay in October. Race fans have submitted nominations for Sonoma County residents who were particularly heroic during the fires, and the winning heroes will be recognized during pre-race ceremonies. In addition, the top-10 drivers will be introduced alongside first responders from North Bay agencies that responded during the fires.
Ferrari hypercar concept. The next generation of car that will fight for outright victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans will have the look of hypercars and super sportscars - A class to be introduced for the 2020-21 World championship
If the new prototype regulations announced for the World Endurance Championship on Friday at Le Mans are to be adopted in North America by the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, an even greater cost reduction is required, IMSA boss Scott Atherton told AutoWeek.
The target of the WEC rule-makers has been to reduce budgets in the premier class to 25 percent of current LMP1 levels on the introduction of the new category for the 2020-21 season, but Atherton says that this is not enough. Atherton maintains that the rules as outlined so far would result in budgets significantly higher than in IMSA's existing top class made up of Daytona Prototype international and LMP2 machinery.
"In many areas we are completely aligned, but I would say the one category that continues to be a point of separation is budget," Atherton said."Even with the significant reductions announced, it still represents a big increase from where we are with the DPi [Daytona Prototype international] and LMP2 formula that is working well."
Leavine Family Racing announces crew chief change for Kasey Kahne
Throughout his NASCAR career, Kahne has underperformed. Doubt a crew chief change will make any difference, but would be glad to be proven wrong
Kasey Kahne will have a new crew chief starting next weekend at Sonoma Raceway, Leavine Family Racing announced on Saturday morning.
The Concord, North Carolina-based team has named Jon Leonard as the interim crew chief of the No. 95 Camaro ZL1 driven by veteran driver in a personnel change effective immediately for the organization.
Leonard has served as the team’s lead engineer in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and also served as the team’s interim crew chief for the final five races of the 2017 season.
Illinois race car driver killed at Mosport (Update)
Jeff Green is pictured in a Facebook photo.
UPDATE This past weekend, 2017 Pro Mazda driver Jeff Green passed away in a racing incident at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park located in Ontario, Canada. Jeff drove for Juncos Racing in the 2017 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.
Jeff Green played a huge role at Juncos Racing both on and off track. His charismatic personality and contagious smile were well known to everyone in the Mazda Road to Indy ladder series. Jeff put in a lot of time and effort into being a better driver each day. His devotion to motorsports and to living life to the fullest could not be underestimated.
Patrick Dempsey lauded his Dempsey-Proton Racing team as they recorded a dominant victory in the GTE Am class at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans with the #77 Porsche 911 RSR, driven by Matt Campbell, Christian Ried and Julien Andlauer.
Speaking after the race the Hollywood star was very happy to have succeeded as a team owner for the first time, “I’m really tired and really satisfied and relaxed right now and want to go celebrate with the team.
Carlos Ghosn knows that F1 is 99% car and 1% driver, hence he is out to steal the best engineer he can - rumored to be Adrian Newey. Drivers don't win titles in F1, engineers do. BTW - engineering is not a sport.
Porsche Will Make Charging An Electric Vehicle Easier
If you live in the United States and drive an electric car, your options to stop at a fast charging station are limited - unless of course your car has a Tesla badge on it. Tesla's supercharger network is widespread across the country and even in certain parts of Europe. Not to be outdone by the upstart electric car maker, BMW, Ford, Mercedes, and Volkswagen have joined forces to create their own line of fast charging stations. The project won't be complete until 2020, but one of VW's subsidiaries, Porsche, has its own way of improving the EV charging experience.
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