Former Missouri Tiger football player overseeing IndyCar development Former Missouri Tiger football player Jay Frye is looking forward to seeing how some 2018 cars look on the road. And on the oval.
Frye is the President of Competition and Operation for the IndyCar series. He was a a tight end and offensive tackle for the Tigers 1983-86 while getting his marketing degree from the University of Missouri. He moved to IndyCar from NASCAR in 2013 as Chief Revenue Officer for Hulman Motorsports and moved into his current job two years ago.
MIAMI – The Trans-Am Race Company has announced that Jim Derhaag will depart the ownership group in order to better focus on his primary business, Derhaag Motorsports.
The three primary partners within Trans-Am, David Jans, Mike Miller and Tony Parella, have entered into an agreement with Jim Derhaag to equally acquire his interest within the company — seeing the three each retaining an equal share. John Clagett and Simon Gregg will retain their minority ownership shares.
Classic Rewind: 1987 Milwaukee Miller American 200 Note how huge the crowds were under CART and before Tony George destroyed the sport. A week after the Indianapolis 500, the 1987 CART season moved north to The Milwaukee Mile for the Miller American 200 in honor of Rex Mays.
Roberto Guerrero, who won on the mile oval at Phoenix from last place earlier in the season and was fresh off a second-place finish in the Indy 500, started from pole at Milwaukee and led the first 50 laps. Michael and Mario Andretti took turns leading the race, but Guerrero appeared to have the dominant car until the midway point, when Mario Andretti took control.
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing can confirm it has received an apology from Vincent Capillaire regarding his actions during the Le Mans 24 Hours. We have fully accepted his apology and acknowledge that his sporting gesture was never intended to cause any negative consequences for our #7 car. We remain on good terms with Vincent and we consider the matter is now closed.
Pole-sitter Kamui Kobayashi had pitted while under the race’s second safety car period in the 10th hour and was signaled out of the pit lane by a driver, in an orange and black race suit nearly identical to the design of the marshals.
Porsche Motorsport North America Leadership Change
Dr. Daniel Armbruster
Dr. Daniel Armbruster (49) will take over management of Porsche Motorsports North America (PMNA) as the President and CEO on September 1. He steps into the position of Jens Walther (48), who has headed the wholly-owned Porsche subsidiary in California since 2010. Armbruster joined Porsche AG in 2000 and was responsible for the development of the innovative 911 GT3 R Hybrid racecar. Most recently, he managed the Motorsport Quality Management division. Jens Walther moves to Porsche Leipzig, where he will become the Director of Sales and Marketing.
2018 ZL1 1LE Sets Camaro Record At Nurburgring The 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE has conquered the Green Hell in a new video from Chevrolet, lapping the Nurburgring’s 12.9-mile (20.8 km) Nordschleife (“north loop”) in only 7:16.04, making it the fastest Camaro to ever lap the famed German track.
The ZL1 1LE’s time is quick enough to place it 13.56 seconds ahead of the Camaro ZL1 with 10-speed automatic that Chevrolet tested last year.
Esteban Gutierrez to Complete IndyCar Season with Coyne team
Elkhart Lake, WI (June 22, 2017) – Esteban Gutierrez is returning behind the wheel of the #18 Dale Coyne Racing entry this weekend for the KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America as he will be replacing the injured Sebastien Bourdais for the remainder of the Verizon IndyCar Series season.
"I'm very happy to finally announce my racing program for the rest of the season,” expressed Gutierrez. “To represent Mexico in the Verizon IndyCar Series has a huge significance to all the fans that have been following the series through history and I'm very grateful to fill in this position.
Video: The Last Harrah - Dale Earnhardt Jr. On His Final Season Racing In NASCAR Following in the footsteps of Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart before him, NASCAR's most popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the latest in a long line of the sport's iconic figures to announce his plans to step down from racing. With 2017 set to be his final season, Mobil 1 The Grid spoke to 'Junior', driver of the Hendrick Motorsports #88 car, about the reasons behind his decision, and the legacy he hopes he to leave behind. Comment
Hamlin wins by a nose. Would he have won if his car was legal? Of course not.
Denny Hamlin's race-winning No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was found to have an illegal splitter structure (splitter was not flat) in the XFINITY Series race at Michigan International Speedway, NASCAR announced in its penalty report on Wednesday.
Hamlin will keep the win on the record but the finish was encumbered. Joe Gibbs Racing crew chief Chris Gabehart has been suspended for two races and fined $25,000.
The No. 20 team was also docked 25 owner points and the win wont qualify toward eligibility for winning the owner title.
Why 99.9% car Dear AutoRacing1.com, Why do you keep saying F1 is 99.9% car and 0.1% driver? How did you come up with that? Dave Beyers, Florida
Dear Dave, If a laptime is say 90 seconds, 0.1% of that is 0.09 sec. That is the typical difference you will see in teammates lap times in F1. 99.9% of the lap time is the car and in most cases teammates lap times are nearly identical. In a sports, it's the best athletes that are supposed to win, in F1 it's the engineers that win. AR1 staff
Liberty plans more Free-To Air TV for F1 (Update) UPDATE Formula 1 owner Liberty Media believes the U.K. TV rights deal it inherited from the previous management, led by Bernie Ecclestone, that will "put it entirely behind a paywall" from '19-24, is "detrimental to the sport," according to Giles Richards of the London GUARDIAN.
F1 Managing Dir, Commercial Operations Sean Bratches sees free-to-air TV as "key to the future" of the sport but F1 will be shown exclusively on Sky for five years from '19.
On Tuesday, CEO Chase Carey criticized Ecclestone as having a "short-term, deal of the day focus."
Budapest was a magnificent weekend for you. It must have come as a great relief... Paul Di Resta: The relief was indeed great, and the victory came at a crucial time in the season. Towards the midway point of the campaign, the main title contenders begin to emerge. After this weekend, I've edged a bit closer to them. It's good to carry through some momentum for the Norisring at this critical stage. I'm hoping to put in another strong showing there. It's not yet clear whether one of the potential title contenders in the shape of Mattias Ekstrom will be missing. Personally, I would never skip a race. If you sign up for a racing series, you should also compete on all of the race weekends. I think, though, that he will be driving at the Norisring. My gut feeling tells me that Audi currently have no clear title challenger. But in any case, that doesn't affect me. We intend to beat them one way or another in a fair fight.
Video: They SCREWED the FORD GT at Le Mans 2017 The Battle is on for the 2017 Le Mans title in the GTE Pro class. The Ford GT will battle with the Ferrari 488, Porsche 911 RSR, Corvette C7R and the Aston Martin GTE. Comment
A Blast from the Past Greets Regan Smith in FS1 TV Booth Debut
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NASCAR driver Regan Smith will have a familiar voice in his ear when he makes his television booth debut Saturday for FS1’s live coverage of the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race at Iowa Speedway (8:00 PM ET). While Mark Smith (no relation) isn’t Regan’s crew chief, he just might be the next best thing.
Mark Smith, FOX Sports’ NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES race producer, will hang around Iowa Speedway an extra day this weekend to produce the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race, for which Regan is serving as a driver analyst for the first time.
Bolden to join NBC NASCAR TV team The AP's Jenna Fryer noted NBC Olympic track & field analyst Ato Boldon will "join NBC Sports Group's NASCAR broadcast team as a features contributor beginning next week."
His debut will be July 1 during coverage at Daytona Int'l Speedway. NBC Sports Exec Producer Sam Flood said, "I want a fish out of water to show what NASCAR is all about."
Kyle Larson's Success This Season Bodes Well For Chevrolet In NASCAR Cup Series
NASCAR driver Kyle Larson's "success and the overall improved performance" in the Monster Energy Cup Series this season for Chip Ganassi Racing "could not come at a better time for Chevy, particularly after the manufacturer saw one of its powerhouse teams, Stewart-Haas Racing, move to the Ford Performance camp in the offseason," according to Jim Utter of MOTORSPORT.com.
Through 15 races, Larson and his teammate, Jamie McMurray, have "shown great progress over last season." Larson has already won twice and leads the Cup standings. McMurray has yet to win, but is seventh in the standings and in "excellent position to make the playoffs."
Formula E: Exclusive interview with Michael Andretti The Queen Mary II is what's drawing crowds now to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. But next month, the site will be packed with race car enthusiasts when for the first time, the city will host an Indy-style racing series.
"To be able to come here and race in New York is what every series has been trying to do for many, many years,” said Michael Andretti, owner of Andretti Auto Sport.
These are not your father's racecars. They are powered by electricity.
It is with great sadness that we report the passing yesterday of Father Phil DeRea at the age of 75 - the Roman Catholic Priest who helped start the CART IndyCar Ministries and who traveled to all the CART races giving blessings to the racing community week-in and week-out. He started when Mario Andretti brought him to the races and it blossomed from there - for 40 years. The following video from the AutoRacing1 YouTube page is from an Extra! Special on Father Phil and just about says it all. He was very well liked and a fantastic dinner conversationalist.
DeRea enjoyed celebrity status for his association with the Andrettis and auto racing. He spent time with Mother Teresa in Calcutta and worked as a missionary in Haiti and Colombia.
He was ordained a priest on Sept. 21, 1968, at Holy Family Church in Nazareth and was a member of the Society of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, a religious order of priests.
ABC gets 100%+ more TV viewers per race than NBCSN
IndyCar team owners will ask for Miles' head if he can't deliver a new TV deal that will enable them to land good sponsor deals.
ABC averaged a 1.5 rating and 2.3 million viewers per race for five IndyCar Series races this season, a figure that includes the Indy 500 -- down a tick in ratings and 8% in viewership from last year (1.6, 2.5M) and flat and down 2% respectively from 2015 (1.5, 2.4M).
Excluding the Indy 500, ABC’s average viewership (995K) was down a steeper 16% from last year (1.2M) but up 2% from 2015 (972K).
Excluding the Indy 500, which sways the numbers even further northward, ABC's 995K (1.2M in 2016) per race viewers is over 100% more per race than NBCSN delivers. 1 million per race is the average needed for sponsors to jump on board.
The following are some notes of interest in advance of this weekend’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at Sonoma Raceway, June 23-25:
This will be Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s final NASCAR Cup race at Sonoma Raceway, as he will retire from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at the end of the 2017 race season. In 17 starts, Earnhardt has posted two top-10 finishes in Sonoma, including a best finish of third in 2014.
Higdon leaving as NASCAR VP NASCAR VP/Integrated Marketing Communications David Higdon is leaving the sanctioning body after a six-year run.
Higdon, who made the announcement yesterday on social media, will work through June 30.
His move comes amid a reshuffling of NASCAR's integrated marketing communications department earlier this year that saw Eric Nyquist moved into the position of Senior VP/Communications & Technology Development and Higdon moved to a role where he helped align content on NASCAR.com with key objectives. Sports Business Daily
Video: Ferrari Previews the 2017 Azerbaijan GP It’s the “youngest” circuit on the calendar and, at 6.003 kilometer's, the second longest after Spa. It is undoubtedly one of the most unusual tracks on the Formula 1 calendar. It is a street circuit, running through the center of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, but nevertheless it boasts a straight of 2.1 kilometer's, which is over a third of the total distance and is tackled flat out. Last year, the highest recorded speed was in excess of 378 km/h. This year, it is unlikely the F1 cars will hit those sort of numbers because of their increased downforce and wider wheels.
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