Road America and Quad have reached an agreement that will make Quad the new landmark sponsor of Road America's famous Bridge located just before turn 9.
"Our partnership with Quad is exciting. Having them featured on one of our most prominent landmarks - now appropriately named the Quad Bridge, is indicative of their forward thinking approach and our ongoing partnership" said Mike Kertscher, President and General Manager of Road America. "We look forward to working together with Quad as they extend their brand presence at America's National Park of Speed."
Honda Fan Friday begins a fun filled weekend of activities for Toronto GP
Toronto GP - Friday is free for fans
As Honda celebrates 50 years in Canada, one of its newer traditions is the support of Honda Fan Friday at the Honda Indy Toronto. Thanks to the Ontario Honda Dealers Association, spectators can make a voluntary donation to Make-A-Wish Canada and receive free general admission on Friday, July 12 to experience the thrilling sights and sounds of the racing and festival event. Nearly $700,000 has been raised during Fan Friday and race weekend festivities over the years thanks to generous race fans.
When the preeminent driver in F1, Lewis Hamilton, acknowledges that the latest F1 race - Sunday's French Grand Prix - was a complete snooze-fest and unwatchable, it's long past time for F1's overlords to make some drastic changes. I have railed against the rampant sterility and rote cadence of F1 for going on a decade now, and it's hard to imagine that it could get much worse, but it definitely has.
F1's long pursuit of money over the quality of the racing has caught up with The Circus and now the sport is in free fall. The French Grand Prix wasn't a race, it was a technological demonstration with all the warmth of an autonomous vehicle conference. F1 is now so far afield from its "glory days" that F1 overlords are in danger of turning entire generations, old and new, against the sport.
Video: How well do Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc know each other
Introducing Shell's new challenge series with Scuderia Ferrari teammates Sebastian Vettel & Charles Leclerc!
In this first episode we find out just how well Seb and Charles know each other. Who is better at reverse parking? Who speaks more languages? Watch the video to find out and stay tuned for more episodes coming soon!
Straight from IndyCar at Road America to the FIA F2 championship driving for MP Motorsport at the Red Bull Ring, Mexican 20-year-old Patricio O’Ward is having quite a week.
“It is red hot here this afternoon, burning!” exclaimed the Red Bull Junior in sun blessed Austria on Wednesday. “I've had a look round the track in a street car and what a beautiful place. A fabulous world class circuit of course. What really hit me was the changes of elevation round here, you don't get any idea on TV just how much that is.”
Mercedes F1's Bottas Reaping Benefits Of Season-Opening Victory
With eight of 21 races on the '19 F1 schedule in the books, several drivers have made interesting strides on social media, according to MVPindex. Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton remains the top-ranked driver with an MVPindex score of 0.973, followed by Red Bull's Max Verstappen (0.932).
An athlete's MVPindex score takes into account their level of reach, engagement, conversation and total number of followers. Nos. 3 and 4 on the list are two drivers who are no longer racing in F1: Nico Rosberg (0.926) and Fernando Alonso (0.910).
Castroneves optimistic Penske will give him another shot at Indy 500
Helio Castroneves is optimistic team owner Roger Penske will give him another chance to win the Indianapolis 500 for the fourth time next year.
Castroneves no longer races full-time in IndyCar after a nearly two-decade career with Penske that included Indy 500 wins in 2001, 2002 and 2009. He now drives for Penske’s IMSA sports car racing team, and Penske brought him back to IndyCar for the month of May the past two years.
Wide Technology Raceway officials today unveiled the completion of its road course expansion. The multi-purpose motorsports venue is located just five miles from downtown St. Louis in Madison, Illinois.
This expansion, which was designed by Tony Cotman of NZR Consulting, expands the track from 1.6 miles to 2.0 miles in total distance. In addition, the track enhancement creates a dynamic course configuration for the Formula Drift Series.
FOX Sports Delivers Viewership Increase for First Half of NASCAR season
FOX Sports wrapped its half of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season Sunday averaging 4,076,000 viewers, up +2% from last year’s 3,980,000, excluding weather-impacted races both years, according to Nielsen Media Research.
Among 11 FOX Sports 2019 races directly comparable to 2018 events, six scored viewership increases. For the season, the Nielsen U.S. Household Rating was up +3% (2.44 vs. 2.37).
Preparations for the entry of the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship are in full swing. Following the successful shakedown of the new Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 at Varano in late March, the team returned to the racetrack in Italy on 24 and 25 June for two days of testing.
Taking turns at the wheel of the car were Gary Paffett and Stoffel Vandoorne, each of whom completed two half days of testing. The team put in 218 laps over the two days. In the course of the test, the team gained valuable insights into the new power unit which is due to make its debut in the 2019/20 season starting in late November.
Vettel: Hamilton and Mercedes are toying with everyone
Hamilton's car is so superior to the Ferrari, it's as fast as the Ferrari even if their tires are old and blistered while the Ferrari has brand new soft tires
Sebastian Vettel has said what most have been saying for some months now, Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes are simply in another league and have been for 5 straight year, the five-time World Champion toying with his rivals as he marches unhindered to a sixth title with a superior car.
After trouncing his rivals at the French Grand Prix, including teammate Valtteri Bottas, Hamilton is well ahead in the championship having won six times and finished second twice in the first eight races of this season. Vettel trails him by 76 points!
Ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix weekend, with disappointing memories of France still fresh, Vettel told reporters, “Let’s stop kidding ourselves, Lewis is playing with us. I risked everything to do the fastest lap, but Lewis did the same lap time on worn and blistering tires.”
Mercedes strategist talks thru why they pitted Lewis Hamilton when they did, what happened to Valtteri Bottas at the end of the French Grand Prix and more with their Motorsport Strategy Director, James Vowles!
Rossi dominated the 2018 Portland IndyCar race until he got the IndyCar yellow closed pits screw
Single day tickets for the Grand Prix of Portland go on sale Wednesday, June 26.
The Grand Prix featuring the NTT IndyCar Series is returning to Portland International Raceway over Labor Day weekend, August 30-September 1. Tickets are available at www.portlandgp.com or by calling 888-476-4479.
The Grand Prix weekend includes an action-packed schedule of racing, and single-day tickets start at $20 for General Admission, and $70 for Grandstand seats.
The final weekend TV ratings are in and like we predicted, you put an IndyCar race on network TV (in this case NBC) and the ratings will dwarf NBCSN -- a bring real measurable value to all sponsors of the series. The Road America race pulled a final 0.77 rating, up 350% over last year's rating on NBCSN and over 1.1 million viewers, up from just 322,000 last year on NBCSN.
Despite this being a fact for the past 10 years when races were on ABC, IndyCar still has more than 50% of its races on NBCSN whose low ratings bring near zero value to sponsors.
Brawn: Mercedes could clinch 2019 F1 title by Monza
Ross Brawn sees Mercedes locking up title early
Ross Brawn says Formula 1 chiefs are acutely aware of the need for change in the sport, quipping that Mercedes could clinch the 2019 title by Monza in September.
Mercedes has remained atop the pile through Formula 1’s hybrid era and is in the midst of a 10-event unbeaten spell, stretching back to last year’s Brazilian Grand Prix, and now holds a 140-point lead over Ferrari in the standings.
The processional nature of the French Grand Prix raised further questions about the future of the sport, with victor Lewis Hamilton expanding on his feelings post-race.
Ferrari set to sacrifice straight line speed for downforce
Binotto's inferior Ferrari design does not generate enough downforce and the Mercedes is destroying the Ferrari in the corners
Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto has confirmed the team will run a more downforce-heavy set-up in an attempt "to get the tires working", as the Italian team struggled to keep up with rivals Mercedes in France last weekend.
This week will be the first double-header of the F1 season, with the second of five races in the space of seven weeks coming on Sunday in Austria at the Red Bull Ring.
After not being anywhere near Mercedes' pace at Paul Ricard (although Charles Leclerc almost overtook Valtteri Bottas in the final lap), Ferrari know a few changes need to be made, as the F1 circus heads to Spielberg, a little under 700 miles away from Paul Ricard.
Unemployed IndyCar driver now does oil changes for living
Poor Gabby Chaves - out of work because the IndyCar NBCSN TV ratings are so low he can't find a sponsor
You've seen him behind the wheel of an IndyCar. Now Gabby Chaves is rolling up in a different vehicle, with a new business.
"You work so hard, you know, throughout the week, and then to only have, you know your valuable time that you should be spending at home with your family or, you know, your loved ones, you gotta sit two or three hours in a quick lube place waiting for your car to be serviced," said Chaves.
Mobile Pitstop is taking over the Indianapolis area. Chaves and his business partner, Juan Piedrahita, come to your home to change your oil and service your vehicle.
Patricio O'Ward has already said his goal is F1, not IndyCar because there is very little sponsor money available in the IndyCar paddock given the low NBCSN TV ratings, and we now hear of his first shot at F2, one step below F1.
Red Bull-backed O'Ward is set to contest this weekend's Formula 2 races in Austria, replacing banned MP Motorsport driver Mahaveer Raghunathan.
Raghunathan reached 12 penalty points on his license for virtual safety car infringements in last weekend's Paul Ricard F2 round, meaning the team needed a new driver to slot in alongside its regular driver Jordan King.
Trident Seafoods' Louis Kemp Brand Expands Partnership with FRM and Matt Tifft
Trident Seafoods, and its Louis Kemp brand will partner with Front Row Motorsports (FRM) and the No. 36 Ford Mustang team for four races this season. The company's Louis Kemp Crab Delights brand will serve as the primary sponsor of driver Matt Tifft at Chicagoland Speedway in June, New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July, the Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway in September, and Kansas Speedway in October.
Lucas Oil School of Racing Named Official Driving School of the Road to Indy
Lucas Oil school cars
Andersen Promotions today announced a long-term partnership with the Lucas Oil School of Racing which will see the leading driver training platform and race series become the Official Driving School of the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires through 2022. The alliance builds on the synergy already in place with the Lucas Oil School of Racing serving as a stepping stone to the Road to Indy driver development ladder.
Al Garcia Named Homestead-Miami Speedway President
Al Garcia new Homestead-Miami Speedway President
International Speedway Corporation (ISC), parent company of Homestead-Miami Speedway, announced today that Al Garcia has been promoted to president of the South Florida track. Garcia replaces Matthew Becherer, who had served as the Speedway’s president since December 2009. Becherer will now hold the role of Vice President of Consumer Sales for ISC at the company’s Daytona Beach headquarters.
“I am honored and humbled by this tremendous opportunity,” Garcia said. “My dedication to Homestead-Miami Speedway and love for the South Florida community are things that have made working here the past 25 years as rewarding as what they have been. Having had the chance to be a part of the rebuilding of Homestead following Hurricane Andrew, being able to continue my career at this level has always been a dream of mine.
Becherer Leaving Homestead-Miami Speedway For ISC Role
International Speedway Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market: ISCA; OTC Bulletin Board: ISCB) (“ISC”) announced today that Matthew Becherer, President of Homestead-Miami Speedway, has been promoted to an ISC Officer as VP of Consumer Sales. Simultaneously, the Company announced that Al Garcia, Senior VP of Operations at Homestead-Miami Speedway, has been promoted to President of Homestead-Miami Speedway.
“Matt’s promotion is well deserved and is a reflection on the leadership skills that he has displayed within our company for the past 20 years,” stated John Saunders, President, ISC. “Through the work of him and his team, they have helped to elevate NASCAR’s Ford Championship Weekend to new heights, as it has grown in size and stature each year. His fan-first focus drives new ticket audiences and will help to grow admissions while ensuring that every fan who attends our races has a memorable experience.”
DMACC students who are selected for the internship will spend 8-10 weeks at CGR Headquarters in Indianapolis, where they will have the opportunity to work on current NTT IndyCar Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship racecars alongside professional racing industry technicians. The application deadline is June 28. “This internship is an incredible opportunity for DMACC Automotive students who are passionate about racing and driven to work in the industry,” said Jerry Burns, DMACC Automotive Service Education Program (ASEP) and Automotive Technology Chairperson and Professor. “Careers in professional auto racing are very competitive, whether you’re a driver or an auto technician, and experience is key.
Will Rossi still be wearing a Napa hat in 2020? See rumors page
While he only has 7 wins in IndyCar in his young career, Alexander Rossi has shown he has the talent, the aggression and the intelligence to win many more. And except for the 2016 Indy 500 that he won on fuel mileage despite having the fastest car, his other 6 wins have been in dominating fashion:
2016 - Indy 500 - had fastest car, but blotched pitstop forced him to win on fuel mileage, turned fastest lap of race
This year's French Grand Prix went off without all the traffic troubles that were seen last year and for a second event it did pretty well, with a crowd of 135,000 over three days, compared to last year's 160,000.
The fans were treated to good racing in Formula 2 and Formula 3 but the Formula 1 race was the typical boring parade with Mercedes again running 1-2 and unchallenged, just the way the F1 race stewards want it. It's imperative that Lewis Hamilton, a Brit, break Michael Schumacher's (a German) record win total so the Brits can claim they are the best.
USF2000 driver Alex Baron is on probation indefinitely.
Violation of section 9.3.1. Improper Conduct - Any Member attempting to or engaging in unsportsmanlike conduct, unsafe conduct, or conduct detrimental to racing; INDYCAR / Andersen Promotions, whether during an Event or on/off the Track, may be subject to any or all penalties.
NBC earned a 0.9 overnight rating for yesterday's NTT IndyCar Series Rev Group GP at Road America, its highest ever overnight for an IndyCar race excluding the Indy 500.
No direct comp to recent editions, as they have been on NBCSN, but event got a 0.3 in '18 and a 0.4 in '17 .
OPINION - which proves all the IndyCar races should be on NBC. Over 1.2 million people watched yesterday's race. Contrast and compare that to NBCSN that hardly anyone watches. When sponsors hear NBCSN they run and hide.
The high-pitched whine of NTT IndyCar Series cars will again fill the air during a test at Iowa Speedway on Tuesday, June 25. And fans can watch for free.
The drivers will be on hand to gather data in preparation for the NTT IndyCar Series Iowa 300 on July 20. RV Hill, perched high above the backstretch, will be open and free to those fans wishing to watch from 2:00-10:00 p.m. CDT.
Waltrip Bids Adieu At Sonoma After 19-Year Broadcasting Run
Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip
Fox'Darrell Waltrip called his final NASCAR race yesterday from Sonoma Raceway, telling his co-hosts and the television audience, “It’s a weekend I've dreaded but once I got here and all my friends and the things that all you guys have put together, that was fun.”
Waltrip talked about a dinner he had with several colleagues from his broadcasting career, including his “buddy,” fellow analyst Jeff Gordon.
Kubica and Russell fight for last place in their inferior Paddy Lowe designed Williams
(GMM) Robert Kubica has played down the significance of his fight against teammate George Russell at Paul Ricard.
Until now, the Pole has been totally outclassed at Williams by his rookie teammate. There are rumors Kubica, 34, could be falling out with the team as he suggests Russell is getting superior equipment.
But at Paul Ricard, Kubica finally finished a race in front of Russell, following a wheel-to-wheel battle.
Amid ongoing preparations to become "ROVAL™-ready" for the second running of the historic Bank of America ROVAL 400 on Sept. 27-29, Charlotte Motor Speedway officials on Sunday announced groundbreaking changes to the 2.28-mile road course oval's backstretch chicane.
An expanded configuration of the challenging chicane will create additional passing opportunities and more side-by-side action - increasing the drama and raising the stakes throughout all 17 turns of the revolutionary course that will conclude the first round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. The chicane's original layout was 32 feet wide at its widest point, while the new version will be 54 feet at its widest point and will feature additional runoff areas which were unavailable in its first iteration.
Rinus VeeKay dominated Sunday's second race of the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires weekend at Road America. VeeKay (Juncos Racing) led from the pole position and was never threatened during the all-green, 20-lap race.
Ryan Norman, who won Saturday's race, finished second ahead of Andretti Autosport teammate Oliver Askew. Askew leads VeeKay by three points halfway through the 18-race season.
Sergio Perez the latest to get the F1 screw - you don't race in F1, you parade
Sergio Perez has said he does not understand why he was given a five-second penalty at the French Grand Prix.
The SportPesa Racing Point driver was handed a five-second time penalty on Lap 1 for apparently gaining an advantage when going off track, but he believes he was following the instructions issued prior to the race.
“I don’t understand why I got the penalty,” Perez told Motorsport.com. “I did what I’m supposed to do, which is to go around the bollard, and you are meant to go slower, but apparently I gained an advantage.
Ricciardo also gets the F1 screw for daring to race
Ricciardo the latest to get the F1 screw
The F1 Stewards proved once again they do not want real racing. They want the drivers to parade and not race. His all-action approach made him one of the stars of the French Grand Prix, but Daniel Ricciardo will leave the French Riviera without a single point after the stewards at Circuit Paul Ricard handed him two post-race time penalties, dropping him from P7 to P11.
The Renault driver had an eventful race, recovering the two places he lost at the start to run eighth as the Grand Prix reached its conclusion.
But with McLaren’s Lando Norris slowed by a hydraulics problem ahead, Ricciardo smelt the chance of more points and reeled him in. Though Norris defended P7 valiantly, Ricciardo got a run on the approach the Mistral Chicane and attempted a pass around the outside.
It is race day at Road America. The sun is shinning with temperatures around 60 degrees. The USF2000 series is the first race of many today and they just taken the green flag. There is the possibility of rain and thunderstorms later this afternoon but it would be after the IndyCar race start time of 11:50 am local time.
There is no morning warmup for the IndyCars due to the rule change that if the series can test at a track, they would forgo the morning warmup on race day. The teams did get extra time on Friday afternoon to for pit stop practice which also makes up for the 30 minute warm up.
Hamilton sends message to F1, FIA: This is why I like IndyCar
If Lewis Hamilton wants to drive more challenging race cars he needs to come to IndyCar
Lewis Hamilton had a thinly veiled message to Formula 1 and the FIA as he watched IndyCar's qualifying for the Grand Prix at Road America, pointing out the stark differences between the Wisconsin track and the Circuit Paul Ricard, where Hamilton is racing this weekend at the French Grand Prix.
Having taken pole position in Le Castellet, Hamilton was tuning into IndyCar's qualifying session and shared some thoughts on Instagram.
Many F1 drivers have expressed dissatisfaction with Paul Ricard's vast run-off areas, which are almost entirely concrete. Sebastian Vettel said the track was: "[A car park] with lines and curbs on it."
Shwartzman wins F3, Anthoine Hubert wins F2, at Paul Ricard
Pedro Piquet, Robert Shwartzman, and Jehan Daruvala
Shwartzman flawless in Le Castellet Race 2 win
Robert Shwartzman earned PREMA Racing their fourth win of the campaign thanks to a relentless drive from 7th on the grid, in the FIA Formula 3 Race 2 at the Circuit Paul Ricard. The Russian rose to the challenge his race-winning teammate Jehan Daruvala had set on Saturday with a magnificent drive that earned him his second win in four races. Trident’s Pedro Piquet was able to hold off the Indian and break up the PREMA dominance for second, with Daruvala forced to settle for third.
Verstappen did not push to have F1's 'pet' driver penalized knowing he may be his teammate soon
(GMM) Max Verstappen did not push for Lewis Hamilton to be punished for an incident in practice for the French GP.
While the stewards prepared to rule on the Sebastian Vettel time penalty review, they also had to look into whether Hamilton should be penalized at Paul Ricard for unsafely returning to the track in front of Verstappen.
Verstappen's Red Bull boss Dr Helmut Marko said that if the stewards acted consistently, they would penalize Hamilton just as harshly as Vettel was in Canada.
But he also admitted that when meeting with the stewards, Verstappen did not push for a penalty.
Kirkwood Remains Perfect at Road America With Indy Pro 2000 Win
Kyle Kirkwood has raced just three times at Road America during his short career, but the native of Jupiter, Fla., is now three-for-three following an exemplary performance in this afternoon’s Cooper Tires Indy Pro 2000 Grand Prix of Road America Powered by Elite Engines.
Kirkwood, a double winner last year en route to a dominant Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship title, was chased home by unheralded but impressive RP Motorsports USA teammate Ian Rodriguez, from Guatemala. Polesitter Parker Thompson (Abel Motorsports), from Red Deer. Alb., Canada, had to settle for third place at the conclusion of a dramatic 15-lap race following a pair of full-course cautions.
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