Monaco-born teenager Charles Leclerc will replace Mexican Esteban Gutierrez in Friday first practice sessions at five Formula One races this season, starting with Silverstone next month, the U.S-owned Haas team said on Friday.
The 18-year-old Ferrari academy driver, who is currently competing in the GP3 series and won the season-opener in Spain, will also feature in practice in Hungary, Germany, Malaysia and Abu Dhabi.
Kalitta, Worsham, Anderson, Krawiec Fastest at Norwalk
Top Fuel driver Doug Kalitta set a track elapsed time record and raced to the qualifying lead in the category on Friday at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
Del Worsham (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock), and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the 12th event of 24 on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
Kalitta piloted his Mac Tools dragster to the top position with a pass of 3.719 seconds at 327.51 mph during the last qualifying session of the day, putting him on the provisional pole for Sunday's eliminations.
FIA introduces safer driver bonus points for Formula 1 superlicense The FIA has tweaked its Formula 1 superlicense points system by adding a 'Safety Bonus' which rewards drivers who have avoided picking up penalties during a season, which can go toward their superlicense total.
Currently the governing body awards a set number of points, depending on where a drivers finishes in the standings, which add up over three seasons and once they total 40, that driver will qualify for an F1 superlicense, allowing them to graduate to the series.
Newgarden remains uncertain for Road America; Hildebrand to test at Iowa (Update) UPDATE We just learned that Newgarden has been cleared to race this weekend.
06/24/16 Josef Newgarden's status for this weekend's Kohler Grand Prix at Road America remains uncertain.
The driver of the No. 21 Direct Supply/Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet of course sustained a broken clavicle and hand two weeks ago at Texas Motor Speedway. Yesterday, the Hendersonville, TN native was cleared for today's practice sessions with the intention of evaluating his status afterwards for the rest of the weekend. And from what we have been told, it is Newgarden's hands that have been causing more discomfort than his shoulder.
In a session checkered a few minutes early due to Jack Hawksworth going off course, Graham Rahal in the Gehl RLL Honda turned the fastest lap in Friday afternoon practice for the Kohler Grand Prix of Road America.
Rahal's lap of 1m43.022s was 0.13sec faster that Penske Chevy driver Will Power.
Tony Kanaan, Juan Montoya and Carlos Munoz rounded out the top-5.
INDYCAR Drivers to Gather Crucial Information for Iowa Corn 300 The stars of the Verizon IndyCar Series will conduct a team test at Iowa Speedway on June 29 as they continue to prepare for the upcoming Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 on July 10. At least 20 drivers representing eight INDYCAR organizations will participate in the test.
“With the drivers scheduled to test next week, this session will undoubtedly have a raceday feel and heightened sense of urgency,” Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small said. “Timing and scoring is not used during team tests but the drivers will push the cars to the limit, giving fans a preview of what’s to come on July 10.”
Jay Frye and Eddie Gossage announce the postponement
INDYCAR has announced its plan for resuming the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway that was suspended June 12 after completing 71 of its scheduled 248 laps. The Verizon IndyCar Series race will be completed Aug. 27.
The No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda driven by Conor Daly and No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet driven by Josef Newgarden will not be permitted to participate in the continuation due to the extensive chassis and engine damage each sustained in a crash on Lap 42. James Hinchcliffe of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports is the race leader after 71 laps.
It's a slightly breezy, comfortable summer afternoon here in Wisconsin's Kettle Moraine country. Sebastien Bourdais, Mikhail Aleshin and Scott Dixon, all of whom participated in last week's 24 Hours of Le Mans, are here in the media center at Road America. Bourdais, of course, scored a class win driving a Ford GT for Chip Ganassi Racing.
Dixon was asked how the whirlwind tour has been. You might remember the drivers were delayed getting to Le Mans due to the IndyCar rain-delay at Texas. The Monday after Le Mans, Dixon tested at Watkins Glen in preparation for the series' race Labor Day Weekend.
Video: Hustling a Stock Car around a Road Course It’s no mean feat hustling an 850 horsepower, 3300 lb. stock car around a twisty road course. Add to that skinny tires, tiny brakes along with very little downforce - and you have quite a challenge!
IndyCar: Pagenaud tops opening practice at Road America
Penske Chevy driver and IndyCar point leader Simon Pagenaud topped the timesheets in opening practice for the Kohler Grand Prix of Road America with a time of 1m43.480s on the 4.0-mile picturesque road course.
2nd quick was Carlos Munoz in his Andretti Honda at 1m43.556s with a fast lap late in the session.
The track record is 1m39.866s / 145.924mph set by Dario Franchitti in a CART IndyCar.
World Motorsport Council announces changes for 2017 he FIA held its second World Motor Sport Council meeting of 2016 today in Turin concluding the fourth FIA Sport Conference.
During the meeting, the following decisions were taken:
FIA World Rally Championship
To create a fairer attribution of points when part of an event’s itinerary is cancelled, a minimum of 75% of the special stage distance must be run in order to allocate full points from 2017. If between 50% and 75% of the itinerary is run, half points will be awarded, and between 25% and 50%, one third of the points. If less than 25% of the special stage distance is run, no points will be awarded.
Friday morning update from Road America Good morning! It is only 63 degrees here in beautiful Sheboygan County at Road America for the Kohler Grand Prix. Weather should be mild with no chance of rain today. Many structural changes have been made at the track since the Indycars were last here in 2007. No changes to the race track Itself, however.
Sebastien Bourdais is the only driver is this weekend's race that has won an IndyCar race here at Road America. He won here in 2007 and finished that season winning his 4th Championship driving for Newman Haas Racing.
Video: Incredible 360 Degree VR Lap of Le Mans in Winning Ford GT The Ford GT has returned to Le Mans, and now you can ride around inside a 360 degree lap - driven by Joey Hand in the Le Mans winning Car no 68! Comment
The infamous Geert Timmer chicane has been modified for 2016 to improve safety at the corner.
Throughout Assen’s history the final chicane has undergone several changes but has always seen thrilling battles. Schwantz and Rainey, Hayden and Edwards, Rossi and Marquez, all have had races come down to that fateful chicane but in the name of safety small modifications have been made.
Sahlen's Six Hours Of The Glen Features 42-Car Entry List
Last year's race was a wet one
The top-three finishing GTE Pro teams and the winning GTE Am team from the recent 24 Hours of Le Mans return to IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, set for Sunday, July 3, at Watkins Glen International.
IMSA today released a 42-car entry list for the event, which serves as Round 6 of the WeatherTech Championship and Round 3 of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup. The six-hour race on the 3.4-mile circuit will be televised live on FS1, beginning at 10 a.m. ET.
Volkswagen to Pay $10.2 Billion to Settle 'dirty diesel' scandal in USA Volkswagen has reportedly agreed to pay about $10.2 billion to settle its emissions scandal in the U.S. Most of that will go toward compensating the owners of 482,000 VW cars equipped with emissions-cheating 2.0-liter diesel engines. The report comes from the Associated Press, which spoke with two people briefed on the matter.
AP reports that the agreement is tentative and could change by Tuesday, when the judge will announce the official terms of the settlement. Much of the roughly $10.2 billion will cover repairs of affected cars, be used to buy them back, and compensate the owners. A percentage will also serve as a penalty, going toward government programs aimed at fixing the damage caused by the excess pollution. VW has set aside $18.2 billion in anticipation of global costs related to the emissions scandal.
Six NASCAR Xfinity teams penalized for body panel modifications
Sam Hornish Jr. used an illegal car to win in Iowa last Sunday but in typical NASCAR style, cheaters win, and Hornish keeps his win.
NASCAR released their weekly penalty report today, as well as a change in the rule book for Xfinity and Truck teams.
First off, six Xfinity teams were all hit with P2 level penalties due to the right side body panel being modified after race inspection.
The teams listed: No. 1 JR Motorsports, No. 7 JR Motorsports, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing (the winning car driven by Sam Hornish Jr.), No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing, No. 22 Team Penske, and the No. 88 of JR Motorsports.
All six crew chiefs have been placed on probation for the remainder of the calendar year (Kevin Meendering, 1; Chris Gabehart, 20; Jason Burdett, 7; Chris Gayle, 18; David Elenz, 88).
Update on drivers Palmer and De La Torre (3rd Update) UPDATE Ahead of the upcoming Pirelli World Challenge Road America race weekend, Bentley Team Absolute/Andrew Palmer's manager Mike Perry made the following statement on behalf of the Palmer family:
“As Andrew continues to recover, we are all very grateful for the overwhelming support from the entire motorsport community.
“Both Sharon Hospital and Hartford Hospital in Connecticut have been amazing, and we would like to thank the incredible doctors and nurses for everything they have done so far.
Piloti Supports Honda Indy Toronto Organizers of the Honda Indy Toronto announce Piloti as an official event sponsor, to outfit event staff in its premium apparel and footwear.
Piloti apparel and footwear uses innovative technology for the highest quality of comfort and style. Its apparel and footwear is designed with drivers in mind and uses biomechanical technology for unparalleled comfort and performance.
Pirelli confirms Belgian and Japanese compound choices Pirelli has confirmed which tires it will make available at the Belgian and Japanese races, the 13th and 17th rounds of the 2016 championship.
The new tire rules stipulate that compound choices must be made eight weeks in advance for European races and 14 weeks for long-haul events, hence confirmation of two races which are several weeks apart.
For the Belgian Grand Prix, the white medium, yellow soft and red supersoft will be available - the most common combination this season.
Verizon IndyCar Series driver Josef Newgarden has been cleared to participate in Friday’s practice sessions for the KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America.
Newgarden will be re-evaluated following practice to determine a course of action for the remainder of the race weekend. Should Newgarden not be able to participate in the KOHLER Grand Prix, Ed Carpenter Racing will have JR Hildebrand at Road America to drive the No. 21 Direct Supply Chevrolet.
Andretti-Herta Autosport rookie, Alexander Rossi has been nominated for the 2016 ESPY award “Best Driver” for his fuel-saving victory at the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Rossi, a California-native, was also awarded the Fastest Rookie and Rookie of the Year honors for the 2016 Indianapolis 500. The 24-year-old became only the 10th rookie ever to win the 500-mile race in its history; the first since Helio Castroneves in 2001 and the first American rookie since Louis Meyer in 1928.
John Force is a 16-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car world champion and the king of a family-run racing empire, yet he still found time to chat with hundreds of fans during last week’s Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.
Try to get that kind of time with defending NASCAR Sprint Cup racing champion Kyle Busch. Good luck.
It’s been said often before, but the NHRA and NASCAR are miles away in terms of fan accessibility and driver attitudes writes Allen Gregory of the Bristol Herald Courier.
Formula E To Hold Virtual Race In Las Vegas With Likely $1M Jackpot
Formula E is planning a virtual race in Las Vegas next January with a likely $1M jackpot for the winner, according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS.
Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag said on Tuesday that the event, "pitting regular race drivers against a handful of fans on simulators, could even become a round of the regular championship in future." He said, "We think e-sports (electronic sports) is a huge opportunity and we want to be the first ones fully immersed in that. This will be the first virtual race with 20 professional drivers of a racing championship on a big stage and with a very large prize fund."
Video: IndyCar Series Drivers Visit Slideways Karting Center in Knoxville, Iowa It was not just another typical Wednesday for INDYCAR drivers Conor Daly and Max Chilton. The two visited Knoxville, Iowa – the Sprint Car Capital of the World – to kick off the lead-up to the Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 on July 10. Daly raced wheel-to-wheel at Slideways Karting Center against McKenna Haase, Davey Heskin, members of the media, Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small and representatives from Iowa Speedway and Iowa Corn. Daly was victorious in the A-Main following three heat races on the venerable Slideways track.
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