Packers' Jayrone Elliott goes for ride with Mario Andretti Elkhart Lake - Green Bay Packers linebacker Jayrone Elliott wasn't quite sure what he was getting himself into. The only thing he knew for sure was it was going to be a tight squeeze.
But it's not every day you're offered a ride in a two-seat Indy-car with Mario Andretti.
"When I was getting the details of it, they said I had to be 250 to get in the car, so I went and hit the sauna last night and tried to lose an extra couple pounds," said Elliott, who the Packers list at 6-foot-3, 255 pounds.
Video: Introducing the limited edition Vanquish Zagato
Aston Martin today announces a limited series production of the exhilarating Vanquish Zagato Coupe; the latest creation from its long-standing partnership with the prestigious Italian design-house Zagato.
The Vanquish Zagato Concept was unveiled to great acclaim at the prestigious Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este at Lake Como, Italy in May 2016. Thanks to unprecedented customer interest, a strictly limited production run of 99 cars will be built to order at Aston Martin's production facility in Gaydon, England.
Registration open for this year's CART Alumni Reunion
Paul Leyton, President of CART Reunions
Registration is now open for any and all credentialed member(s) of the former CART and all affiliated series (1979 - 2008) that are interested in attending the CART ALUMNI reunion planned for Oct 7th & 8th in Plainfield, Indiana. Participants may make their reservation(s) for the event on the website: www.cartreunions.org.
Event and hotel information is available on the site.
Paul Leyton, President of CART Reunions, is excited about the up coming event.
"We are looking forward to a larger turnout than we had last year. There has been a terrific response so far. The committee is now planning the agenda for both nights." (More updates will be released soon)
Furniture Row to recognize California National Guard DENVER, Colo. (June 22, 2016) – Furniture Row Racing’s No. 78 Camry, driven by Martin Truex Jr., will carry the logo of the California National Guard during this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series road race – the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.
The military recognition will continue throughout the 2016 season by the Denver-based Furniture Row Racing team, which includes nine military veterans.
Kurt Busch has 'amazing experience' testing F1 car in Abu Dhabi Before heading back home to the United States for Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway (FS1, 1:30 p.m. ET), Kurt Busch got the chance to test a Formula One car on the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The course plays host to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix -- F1's final race of the season.
Modified driver arrested in pit area at Bowman Gray Stadium (Update) UPDATE ASCAR has suspended Joe Ryan Osborne for three Bowman Gray race meets, and David Hill and Randell Smith have been suspended for two.
NASCAR Officials have issued the penalties after Saturday night's incident in the pit area.
The three are on probation for the remainder of the 2016 season.
Want a race? Information and questions asked in IndyCar’s new RFQ process
■Prospective race dates ■Budget details ■Host community background ■Promoter structure/relevant motorsports experience ■Required local government assurances ■Proposed sanction fee/verification of funding ■Compliance with IndyCar operations ■Potential event sponsorship ■Marketing and ticket plans
The Verizon IndyCar Series has formalized the way the sanctioning body determines new race locations amid heightened interest from prospective promoters writes Adam Stern of Sportsbusinessdaily.com.
The series began sending out information packets in recent months to groups and tracks that expressed interest in hosting a race in 2017, 2018 or both.
While IndyCar did due diligence in the past, the process was less formal and more relationship-based. But as the series tries to increase its efficiency and avoid the sort of headaches that befell it in Boston, where it’s suing promoters of the now-canceled street race, it created the new request-for-proposal process, which is being called “request for qualification,” or RFQ.
“We’re trying to grow our sport, that’s no secret … and we kept getting approached by folks interested in bringing events to their respective cities,” said Stephen Starks, IndyCar’s vice president of promoter relations. “We said to ourselves, ‘We’ve never had this formal process in the past, and it makes sense for us to be able to provide information to these people in order to make a determination of whether we can continue the conversation and potentially end up with a new event.’”
IndyCar’s 16-race schedule stretches from mid-March to mid-September, and the series thinks there’s an opportunity to add races.
Three men arrested in beating of NASCAR driver Mike Wallace and his daughter (Update) UPDATE An Indian Trail company says it’s being unfairly maligned on social media since one of its more than 70 employees was accused of participating in an assault on NASCAR driver Mike Wallace and his daughter Lindsey.
“The efforts being made to disparage our business and negatively impact its hardworking employees is both disturbing and uncalled for,” Lucas Lawn and Landscaping said in a news release.
Lucas Lawn and Landscaping said it’s been the subject of online “verbal attacks” since the postings by Mike Wallace and others. Some have called on the company’s clients to pull their business. Others urged anyone considering using the company to find another firm.
Video: Lap around Watkins Glen with James Hinchcliffe Ride onboard with James Hinchcliffe for a lap of Watkins Glen during in-season testing, ahead of IndyCar's return to the circuit in September. Comment
Six Spots Remain In Chase After Logano Becomes 10th Different Winner In 2016 Only sixth berths in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup remain with 11 races left until the playoffs. Thirteen of the currently winless drivers have captured checkered flags on at least one of the 10 tracks leading up to the playoff opener at Chicagoland Speedway: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Trevor Bayne, Ryan Newman, AJ Allmendinger, Greg Biffle, Paul Menard, Kasey Kahne, Regan Smith, David Ragan, Jamie McMurray, Clint Bowyer and Aric Almirola. Furthermore, Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon have shown the ability to run up front and could pop up in Victory Lane for the first time at any moment.
More sponsorship needed for a Truex contract extension
Martin Truex Jr.
While there has been speculation that Martin Truex Jr. could be the odd man out at Furniture Row Racing (#78) when Erik Jones is promoted to Sprint Cup, that's simply not the case. For now, the only obstacle between sealing the Truex deal appears to be sponsorship. "We're working on it as hard as we can," Furniture Row Racing team owner Barney Visser said.
"It's a matter of finding some sponsorship help right now. That's what he needs. That's what we need."
Heading into this weekend's event at Sonoma Raceway, the #32 Can-Am/Kappa team will head westward to the "Golden State" with Patrick Carpentier behind the wheel for the first of two road course events in 2016. Sunday's event will mark Carpentier's first NSCS start since Kansas in 2011.
Previously, the 44-year-old Quebec native was a five-time winner in Champ Car competition has 40 career NSCS starts, and two starts at Sonoma where he scored a career-best NSCS finish of 11th after starting 38th. Carpentier also won the Coors Light Pole Award in June 2008 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The crowds were big back in the CART heyday, one year it was 100,000 on race day alone.
ELKHART LAKE – Road America is preparing for one of its biggest and most eagerly-anticipated races of the year this weekend, when IndyCar returns to the storied venue for the first time in nearly a decade writes Josh Lintereur of the Sheboygan Press.
Track officials say ticket sales have been robust since the Verizon IndyCar series race was announced a year ago, and they’re expecting attendance over the four-day event to approach 100,000 people.
That would put it on par with IndyCar’s heyday at Road America, which hosted the CART and Champ Car series from 1982 to 2007 and drew the likes of Mario Andretti, Michael Andretti and Emerson Fittipaldi.
Statement Of Condolence On Passing Of Dewayne Jones It is with great sadness that American Honda marks the passing of former Team Honda factory racer DeWayne Jones, who died on Sunday, June 19, following a battle with cancer.
Born September 15, 1950, in Montebello, California, Jones was a charter member of Team Honda, racing a CR250 Elsinore alongside younger brother Gary and Marty Tripes in 1973, the squad's inaugural year. DeWayne posted a best finish of second place behind Gary at Texas's Lake Whitney Cycle Ranch, and although it was Gary who would earn Honda its first AMA Motocross National Championship that season, DeWayne was notable for his strong starts. "No one could beat him off the line, including me," Gary remembered. "All of the first-turn photos from back then, he's in front of me. Everywhere we went, DeWayne was on the gas."
If the Mission E uses Graphene batteries and Tesla still uses Lithium Ion batteries, it will be no contest
The Tesla Model S has enjoyed a lot of success over the last half-decade, racking up accolades and fervent supporters with every new announcement and development. Like the rest of the world, Porsche has watched closely as support and enthusiasm for electric cars has grown. And as we’ve seen with the seductive and futuristic Porsche Mission E concept, it thinks it can do better.
How much better, though? A Porsche engineer not working directly on the project tells AUTOMOBILE that the Mission E will be “something special,” and that a crazy amount of work is being done to make sure it’s “a true Porsche through and through.”
In quite a surprise move, Elon Musk's Tesla Motors has just offered to buy his cousin Lyndon Rive's company, SolarCity, in an all-stock deal that values the solar installer at more than $2.5 billion. This proposal represents a value of $26.50 to $28.50 per share, or a premium of approximately 21 percent to 30 percent over the closing price of SolarCity’s shares.
It's now up to the shareholders. The vote happens after the due-diligence process by the board is completed. Musk would not set a date.
Elon Musk said that the deal makes sense "from a product integration standpoint and in offering" a "tight integration of the product." Musk sees this as a compelling solution and a "no-brainer," allowing a consumer to go into a store and "with a few clicks" buy an electric vehicle, a solar system and an energy storage system. It makes "more effective use of our stores," said Musk.
Newgarden On Entry-List, Not Officially Cleared to Drive Yet in Road America
Just nine days after suffering a broken collarbone and right hand in a crash at the Texas Motor Speedway, Josef Newgarden was hoping to be cleared by doctors on Tuesday to compete in this weekend’s Kohler Grand Prix at Road America. The Verizon IndyCar Series hasn’t made a decision yet on whether Newgarden was first cleared by doctors, and two, then cleared to compete this weekend, but Ed Carpenter Racing put the American on the official entry-list for the race this weekend.
The team issued a quick statement today that J.R. Hildebrand will be on standby this week if Newgarden isn’t cleared and will also be in Elkhart Lake this weekend just in case Newgarden can’t race either.
NASCAR has no plans for Cup to run at Iowa NASCAR has no plans for Cup to run at Iowa: NASCAR declared the first Camping World-Xfinity series doubleheader at Iowa Speedway as a resounding success, but the short track still isn't necessarily in line for a Sprint Cup race. "We're happy with the status right now at Iowa," NASCAR chief racing development officer Steve O'Donnell said Monday during his weekly interview on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. "We've signed multiple-year sanctions with the tracks. Could (a Sprint Cup race at Iowa) happen via the realignment process?
With Tommy Milner uninjured and his the No. 64 Corvette C7.R not sustaining any chassis damage in a heavy Sunday morning accident at the 24 Hour of Le Mans, Corvette Racing dodged a major bullet with next weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race right around the corner.
Last year at Le Mans, Jan Magnussen’s qualifying accident kept him and his No. 63 Corvette C7.R co-drivers and teammates on the sidelines for the race.
The ultrasoft tire is the most popular compound choice for the upcoming Austrian Grand Prix, with the majority of teams shunning the soft tire.
Ferrari have opted for nine sets of the ultrasoft, three of the supersoft and just one of the soft, which is a mandatory race tire, therefore drivers must have at least one set of the softs in their selection.
Formula E hits London for nail-biting title decider
London Formula E track
The second season of the FIA Formula E Championship will be decided at the double-header finale at Battersea Park on July 2 and 3.
At the Visa London ePrix either Lucas di Grassi or Sebastien Buemi will succeed Nelson Piquet Jr as the champion of the world’s first all-electric single-seater series. Sam Bird retains a mathematical chance of winning the title, but to do this he needs to win both races, secure all the bonus points for pole position and fastest lap, and hope that neither di Grassi nor Buemi scores a single point.
Pirelli World Challenge Returns to the Legendary Road America Elkhart Lake, Wis. – Ninety-seven Pirelli World Challenge drivers across the series' seven classes are set to race June 23-26 at Road America, one of the fastest permanent road racing tracks in the world. GT and GTA drivers will race Rounds 12 and 13, while GT Cup and GTS pilots race in Rounds 11 and 12. TC, TCA and TCB drivers will race Rounds 7 and 8. The Pirelli World Challenge Road America Grand Prix presented by Cadillac marks the 16 th appearance for the series at the 14-turn 4.048-mile road course.
Vettel knows Ferrari cannot beat Aldo Costa designed cars, but won't say it in public
Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari's SF16-H "has great potential" as the team looks to challenge Mercedes for race wins on a consistent basis.
Ferrari entered 2016 with the target of fighting for the championship until the final race of the season, but has yet to win a race this year. A strong performance in Canada saw Vettel finish just five seconds behind race-winner Lewis Hamilton, while he was also second in Baku, and the four-time world champion is encouraged by the signs from Ferrari.
“We still have a long way to go," Vettel said at the FIA Sport Conference in Turin. "I think the moment I joined the team there was a lot of things changing so it still takes some time but we don’t allow ourselves to take that time.
Promoters of scuttled Boston IndyCar race face new suit Debris from the crashed-and-burned Grand Prix of Boston IndyCar race has landed on the North Shore, as one of the event's major sponsors has filed suit against two promoters of the event.
Promoters John Casey of Boxford and Mark Perrone of Ipswich are named, along with Boston Grand Prix LLC, in a suit filed Friday afternoon in Salem Superior Court by Global Partners LP.
Global Partners, which paid $275,000 toward a $550,000 sponsorship deal with the race promoters earlier this year, is looking for an injunction preventing race organizers from selling or disposing of any assets, other than refunding ticket holders, until they get their money back.
IndyCars make fast first impression at Watkins Glen
When the Verizon IndyCar Series returns to Watkins Glen International this Labor Day weekend, fans will have to look quick because one thing that was learned from Monday’s first Glen test in six years is these open-wheel cars can really rocket around the Schuyler County facility.
The entire Glen circuit underwent a nearly $12 million repaving last fall. The billiard-smooth surface, coupled with the current aerodynamically-aided Dallara chassis, has proven to be a recipe for high speed around the 11-turn 3.4-mile WGI layout.
Indy Car Watkins Glen test proves fast and furious
Two words sum up what drivers think the INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen will be like after they participated in a one-day test at Watkins Glen International: fast and physical.
A repaved track surface, combined with the speedy benefits of the Chevrolet and Honda aero kits on the Dallara IR-12 chassis, set the stage for lightning-quick lap times on the 3.4-mile historic permanent road course. Five drivers from four teams took part in the session that ran from 3-8 p.m. ET, interrupted briefly by a short rain shower at 6 p.m.
NHRA To Air Events On Australian TV NHRA, through its partnership with Greenlight International Limited, has reached an agreement for FOX Sports Australia Pty Limited to televise programming of NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events.
FOX Sports Australia will televise one hour shows that provide coverage of the exciting moments from each NHRA Mello Yello Series race that airs on FOX Sports 1. FOX Sports Australia also will have access to all the previous events from the 2016 season.
Fiat Chrysler to investigate crash that killed 'Star Trek' actor
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said on Monday it would investigate a crash that killed "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin in his recalled 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee according to Reuters.
Yelchin was killed when the SUV rolled away and pinned him against a fence in Los Angeles, police said on Sunday. Fiat Chrysler in April recalled more than 1.1 million cars and SUVs worldwide because vehicles may roll away after drivers exit, an issue linked to 41 injuries, 212 crashes and 308 reports of property damage.
In a May 24 letter to dealers, Fiat Chrysler said it anticipated having the software updates required to fix the vehicles no later than July or August. The company previously had told owners it hoped to come up with a "permanent" remedy by the fourth quarter.
F1 European GP TV Rating F1 pulled in a 0.48 rating (569,000 viewers) on NBCSN 8:30 am Sunday morning for the Grand Prix of Europe (Baku, Azerbaijan). This was the first year in Baku so there is no race to compare it to last year.
Hamilton was not watching the track while he was fiddling with the settings on the wheel. Is F1 a sport or an engineering endeavor?
Lewis Hamilton says it was "dangerous" in Baku as he spent more time looking at his steering wheel while trying to fix a setting issue than he did looking at the track.
Hamilton struggled with his engine settings in Sunday's European Grand Prix which cost him any chance of fighting for the victory, or even a podium finish.
Lap after lap he sought a solution while those on the Mercedes pitwall were unable to assist him given Formula 1's ban on radio communications. The Brit finished the grand prix in fifth place and has voiced his displeasure over the situation.
Maurizio Arrivabene realizing his James Allison designed car is not going to catch the Aldo Costa designed Mercedes
Despite finishing some way off the pace of current championship leaders Mercedes AMG PETRONAS at the European Grand Prix in Baku on Sunday, Scuderia Ferrari Team Boss Maurizio Arrivabene is pleased with the overall performance of the team across the weekend.
“If we look at where we were on Friday, we can be happy with the step forward that has been made during the weekend. Today our race pace was good, albeit not quite as good as it should be. We saw a very good performance by both our drivers, so as our President says, we must work hard to provide them with a better car.
“As we had seen already in Canada, the engine seems to be our strength, while we still need to work on the other areas, because this car has proven to be very sensitive to set-up changes.”
Video: Porsche recaps their 24 Hour of LeMans win From the AR1.com YouTube site - From midnight the duel between Porsche and Toyota for the 24 hour Le Mans race win had intensified but no-one would have expected such an ending. Before the final lap, Toyota seemed to be coming out on top but then the prototype stopped on track. One lap later it was the number 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Romain Dumas (FR), Neel Jani (CH) and Marc Lieb (DE) that took the checkered flag first in front of some of the 263,000 spectators that attended the event. It was the same trio that had achieved the maiden win for the 662 kW (900 PS) prototype in 2014 in Brazil.
Bernie Ecclestone says F1 "absolutely" has a clear conscience racing in Azerbaijan despite pressure from human rights groups.
The Grand Prix of Europe takes place in Baku this weekend, marking the first race in Azerbaijan. F1 has faced calls from human rights groups - including Amnesty International this week - to denounce alleged human rights abuses, but when asked if the sport has a clear conscience racing in Azerbaijan, Ecclestone replied: "Absolutely. 100%.
"The minute people tell me what human rights are, you can look at how, why and when it applies. Does anyone know what human rights are?"
Circuit de la Sarthe, 20 June 2016 - As the Rolex countdown clock called time on an action-packed weekend, it was the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid who claimed success at the 84th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2016. After a dramatic turn of events on the final lap, the team of Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb claimed Porsche’s second consecutive victory after 24 grueling hours of hard fought racing. The 24 Hours of Le Mans is considered one of the toughest motor sport races in the world, and this year’s event perfectly demonstrated that when it comes to endurance racing, every second counts.
NEWTON, Iowa -- Sam Hornish Jr., who hadn’t been in a car in 210 days, gave himself the perfect Father’s Day present on Sunday -- a dominant victory in the sixth annual NASCAR XFINITY Series American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen at Iowa Speedway.
Hornish, who last competed in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race last November at Homestead-Miami Speedway, received a call Monday from Joe Gibbs Racing to substitute for injured driver Matt Tifft. He made the most of the opportunity, picking up his fourth career XFINITY Series win and second at Iowa. Overall, it was JGR’s ninth triumph in 14 races this season.
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