NASCAR Stars To Participate in New-Look Hauler Parade Friday, July 21 INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, June 26, 2017 - The annual IMS Hauler Parade is back and bigger than ever this year, featuring a special "NASCAR Fan Fest" that will bring the stars of the Monster Energy Cup NASCAR Series to Speedway's Main Street for an afternoon and evening of fun and engaging activities.
The Hauler Parade moves from its previous Thursday schedule to take place from 4:30-8 p.m. (ET) Friday, July 21 on Main Street in Speedway, located one-half mile from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Festivities start shortly after the conclusion of the opening day of the NASCAR XFINITY Series' Lilly Diabetes 250 on-track activity at IMS.
It wasn’t long ago that Porsche claimed all-electric powertrains didn’t offer enough performance to reach the level that their customers expect from the premium German brand.
As their work on their first all-electric vehicle progresses, they are now changing their view on the technology and CEO Oliver Blume now says that he expects half of Porsche’s production to be electric by 2023.
The Mission E will be Porsche’s first all-electric vehicle and it is planned to enter production in 2019.
Aric Almirola went through an intense session last week on a "shaker rig," which simulated a race track bumpier than any NASCAR track, as well as the jack dropping on a pit stop. Almirola said everything went well and he felt no soreness.
"I feel really good," Almirola said. "Normal everyday activity is really back to normal for me. I'm just trying to wait on the bone to heal now. ... As long as my results come back from the CT scan good, I think everything looks like it should be in order to get back in the race the next three, four, five weeks."
Stewart says Hamilton's actions caused Vettel collision
Stewart says Hamilton started it, and Vettel finished it
Formula 1 legend Sir Jackie Stewart has suggested that Lewis Hamilton should take part of the blame for the incident in Azerbaijan that saw the Brit and title rival Sebastian Vettel come to blows. Hamilton slowed the pack down as they prepared to restart the race after a safety car was deployed.
Rounding Turn 15, Vettel hit into the back of Hamilton and accused the Mercedes driver of brake testing him. Vettel then pulled alongside Hamilton and bumped into him in frustration. While Stewart called Vettel's actions unacceptable, he believes Hamilton had a part to play.
Tequila Patron ESM's Ed Brown to Retire from Prototype Racing
Following the next round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the No. 22 Tequila Patron ESM Nissan Onroak DPi will have a change in driver lineup for the remainder of the 2017 season. Due to ongoing business commitments as President and CEO of Patron Spirits International, Ed Brown, driver of the No. 22 Nissan Onroak DPi will retire from prototype racing following the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen.
"I have been racing for 14 years," said Brown. "I have had a ball, but given the tremendous growth of Patron, it's more important than ever that I more fully commit my attention to the global business opportunity. The plan was always to retire from prototype racing at some point, and now seemed like the right time."
The Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota of fifth-place finisher Kyle Busch was found with two unsecured lug nuts in a post-race check Sunday at Sonoma Raceway.
The suggested penalty guidelines in the 2017 NASCAR Rule Book call for a $20,000 fine and a one-race suspension to the crew chief.
The JGR No. 18 operation already is deploying interim crew chief Ben Beshore as a replacement for Adam Stevens, the team’s regular crew chief. Stevens was serving the third race of a four-race suspension for an errant wheel during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ June 4 event at Dover International Speedway.
Double Podium Finish For Bentley Team Absolute At Road America
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Bentley Team Absolute’s No. 88 Adderly Fong dominated the action in rounds four and five of the Pirelli World Challenge Championship at Road America this weekend.
The Chinese driver scored his first Pirelli World Challenge victory in Saturday’s race after earning pole position at Road America, one of the fastest permanent road racing tracks in the world, for the second year in a row.
Qualcomm announced as race title partner for first-ever New York City ePrix NEW YORK CITY, USA (June 26, 2017) - Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. - the Official Founding & Technology Partner of the FIA Formula E Championship - has today been announced as the race title partner for round 9 and 10 of the 2016/17 season, acquiring the naming rights for the inaugural 2017 Qualcomm New York City ePrix.
F1 Documentary: Graduating to the Team - Trailer Formula One star Nico Hulkenberg, the Renault F1 Team and the Infinity Engineering Academy are looking for the greatest talent of race engineering!
Seven students from North America, Europe, Asia, Middle East & Oceania are competing for a F1 job on a Grand Prix weekend: Set-up fine tuning in the race simulator, the battle for the best lap times on the test track, "Tech-Check" – See how the winner made his way through all the challenges to the F1 pit lane.
2017 KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America Race Day Highlights Scott Dixon's win in the KOHLER Grand Prix capped a thrilling weekend of activity at America's National Park of Speed. Watch all of the weekend highlights. Comment
Video: 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Race Highlights If you haven't seen this race yet, say no more: watch this video. Three safety cars, a red flag, title race drama, and a stunning finish. Baku delivers! Comment
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has said Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are now "at war" as the title race hotted up in Baku.
Sebastian Vettel was given a 10-second stop-go penalty and three points on his super license for dangerous driving after barging into Lewis Hamilton under the Safety Car.
Vettel accused Hamilton of "brake-checking" him, but Hamilton was not given any punishment for the incident – although the Brit's race would unravel after a loose headrest forced him into an extra pit stop.
Despite missing the morning warm-up, Scott Dixon enjoys a banner day at Road America
AR1 spoke to Mike Hull after Scott Dixon's win today about the issue that caused Dixon to miss the morning warm-up.
AR1: What was the issue with Scott's car this morning?
Hull: We had a fuel pressure problem. The guys really hustled hard and they just changed everything related to the fuel system, which is a lot of work. And we honestly didn't know if we fixed the problem until we got the green flag. It worked and we won.
AR1: Is it hard knowing that you have to beat the dominate Team Penske?
Hull: This weekend was unlike any other race. We have been racing against Team Penske fair and square, wheel to wheel, for a long time. When we race against each other it is a lot of fun. Our records over the last 20 years or so are pretty equal. It's a tug of war all the time with those guys. They work really, really hard at their craft, just like we do. So it is great validation for everyone at Ganassi Racing.
Claman DeMelo Maintains Carlin's Indy Lights Streak with Emphatic First Win ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Trevor Carlin’s team is on a roll. One day after Brazilian rookie Matheus Leist followed up his maiden victory at Indianapolis with a dominating drive at Road America, teammate Zachary Claman DeMelo, 19, from Montreal, Que., Canada claimed a slice of the action by producing a similarly crushing performance to claim his first series’ win. He became the sixth different Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires race winner this season.
Californian Kyle Kaiser (Juncos Racing) strengthened his championship lead with a hard-fought second-place finish following a lengthy battle with polesitter Colton Herta (Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing).
Monumental FOX Sports Visor Cam Debuts on Danica Patrick's Helmet
After a successful test Friday during a televised practice session at Sonoma Raceway, FOX Sports announces it will feature a driver helmet visor camera in a live MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES race telecast for the first time in NASCAR's modern history during Sunday's race coverage from Sonoma (3:00 PM ET on FS1).
The "FOX Sports Visor Cam," several years in development, was tested on Danica Patrick's helmet Friday afternoon and will remain for its race debut as the Stewart-Haas Racing driver pilots the No. 10 Code 3 Associates Ford Fusion on Sunday. To view Patrick's visor cam footage from Friday's practice session, CLICK HERE. The camera offers the most realistic view from the driver's seat ever available to NASCAR fans.
Norman Nato grabbed this afternoon’s FIA Formula 2 Championship Sprint Race victory at the Baku City Circuit despite following the championship leader Charles Leclerc across the line: the Monegasque driver had a 10 second penalty which sent the win back to the Frenchman, ahead of Leclerc and Nicholas Latifi.
Sunday Morning update from Road America (Update) UPDATE Sato is not warming up this morning because he is under the weather with a pinched nerve in his neck.
06/25/17 Good morning from the rolling hills of Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine. The temperatures are in the low 50s this morning as the IndyCar teams are setting up their pits and getting their cars ready for the 8 am warmup session. By race time, the temperatures should be in the mid 60s.
Martin Out-Duels Franzoni at Road America to Win Pro Mazda Thriller
Martin holds off Franzoni
The tense battle between Australian Anthony Martin (Cape Motorsports) and Brazilian Victor Franzoni (Juncos Racing) for this season’s Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires continued today at Road America. Martin bounced back from a crushing defeat yesterday to barely hold off a charging Franzoni this afternoon, crossing the line scant 0.1799 seconds clear to secure his third win of the season.
Los Angeles-based Russian Nikita Lastochkin posted his most accomplished race of the season by overtaking the identical Team Pelfrey car of Brazilian Carlos Cunha for third on the final lap.
2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Qualifying Reaction Lewis Hamilton expresses delight at a 66th F1 pole "as exciting as my first" before qualifying reaction from Valtteri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen, Max Verstappen, Felipe Massa, Daniel Ricciardo, Daniil Kvyat, Romain Grosjean and Jolyon Palmer. Comment
More Road to Indy news Anthony Martin (Cape Motorsports) held off a charging Victor Franzoni (Juncos Racing) to win the second race of the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires weekend, a day after Franzoni beat Martin to the checkered flag in the first race. Franzoni started last in the 15-car field in today's race, but quickly moved to the front to challenge Martin in the closing laps.
In the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda, rookie Rinus VeeKay won today's race to complete a weekend sweep. They are the first victories in the series for the Dutch driver and rewarded Wisconsin-based Pabst Racing with two wins at its home track.
IndyCar Road America Qualifying groups Group 1 12 Power, Will 2 Newgarden, Josef 27 Andretti, Marco 15 Rahal, Graham 28 Hunter-Reay, Ryan 8 Chilton, Max 14 Munoz, Carlos 18 Gutierrez, Esteban 98 Rossi, Alexander 7 Aleshin, Mikhail
Carlin’s Matheus Leist is on a roll just now in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the final rung on the Mazda Road to Indy open-wheel development ladder. Coming off his maiden victory in the Freedom 100 last month at Indianapolis, the Brazilian rookie qualified on pole for this afternoon’s Mazda Indy Lights Grand Prix of Road America Presented by Allied Building Products, then led from flag to flag to win handsomely on his first visit to the high-speed 4.014-mile Road America circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
Fellow South American Santi Urrutia, from Miguelete, Uruguay, who won one of the two races last year at Road America, finished a distant second for Belardi Auto Racing, merely inches ahead of championship leader Kyle Kaiser, from Santa Clara, Calif., for Juncos Racing.
After his first practice session in the car, AR1 spoke with Mikhail Aleshin regarding his delay getting back into the US after racing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“Yes, because you never know what will be the next human factor that will stamp your visa. You’re Russian and you need a visa on your passport to go anywhere. So this time I learned that I needed to go through the routine visa stamp thing. It was supposed it was to be stamped in two days, but it took a week. Unfortunately, there was nothing we could do here. I’m sorry that I wasn’t here yesterday. Sorry for my team. But I’m happy to be racing with this team in this series in this country."
Pagenaud leads Penske Chevy 1-2-3-4 in practice 3 at Road America
Dario Franchitti in a CART IndyCar back in 2000 - those cars would bury today's IndyCars
The Penske Chevy team appears unbeatable here at Road America this weekend. Running the open Chevy Butt Bumpers for less drag, Simon Pagenaud's lap of 1m42.044s led a Penske Chevy sweep of the top 4 positions in final practice for Sunday's Kohler GP.
Those times are still slower than the CART Indy Cars used to turn around the 4.0-mile road course - 1:39.866 (Dario Franchitti, Team KOOL Green, 2000, CART), so today's IndyCars are much slower than they used to be back 17 years ago before Tony George destroyed the sport. Back in those days 100,000 fans would show up on race day - IndyCar was very popular and Tony George hated it. So George took his hammer to work everyday until he achieved his goal - destroying CART.
Wickens to sub for Aleshin (2nd Update) UPDATE Confirmed, Wickens is out and Aleshin will be in the car today.
06/23/17 Aleshin has made it back to the USA and will be back in the car either this afternoon or Saturday morning.
Mercedes DTM driver Robert Wickens
06/22/17 ELKHART LAKE, Wisconsin – Robert Wickens received an opportunity through close friend and fellow Canadian James Hinchcliffe to test an Indy car in February. Now Wickens, whose fulltime job is driving a DTM touring car, will put that experience to use on a Verizon IndyCar Series race weekend.
Wickens was named today to substitute for Hinchcliffe’s teammate, Mikhail Aleshin, in the No. 7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda for Friday’s practice sessions at the KOHLER Grand Prix. Aleshin, the first Russian driver to race Indy cars, is working to resolve visa issues in time to compete in the remainder of weekend activities at Road America, including Sunday’s 55-lap race.
Mediation fails to settle Ward family's lawsuit against Tony Stewart (Update) UPDATE Tony Stewart and the parents of Kevin Ward Jr. were in Syracuse Federal Court on Friday for a scheduled conference over the Ward family's wrongful death lawsuit.
It is unclear if an agreement was reached.
Ward's parents say Stewart was reckless and intentionally hit the gas in an attempt to intimidate their son before the 20-year-old was struck and killed at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park nearly three years ago.
Charles Leclerc showed his rivals a clean pair of heels in this morning’s FIA Formula 2 Championship feature race at the Baku City Circuit, easily controlling the race for a lights to flag victory, his second in a feature race and third overall, ahead of Nyck De Vries and Nicholas Latifi.
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas nipped Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen by just 0.095 sec. to lead the final practice session for the Azerbaijan GP. The session was again interrupted by numerous local yellows as driver after driver went down escape road on the slippery track.
Lewis Hamilton was third for Mercedes but his time of 1m43.158s was 0.416 sec slower than his teammate.
FOX Sports Moves NCWTS Race at Eldora to FOX Business Network FOX Sports announces today that the July 19 NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES race from Eldora Speedway is moving from FS1 to FOX Business Network at 9:30 PM ET.
The move is being made to accommodate a CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinal double-header match expected to feature the US Men’s National team on FS1 that evening. FOX Business Network and FS1 currently are in the same number of U.S. homes. FOX Sports GO, now accessible to more than 95 million users in the U.S. through their participating pay-TV providers, offers uninterrupted coverage from Eldora.
Video: NASCAR Sonoma Pre-Race Q&A - 2 Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet) with Steve Page (Sonoma Raceway President and General Manager) and Nancy Pierson (President and CEO, Paws as Loving Support) Comment
Kalitta, Hagan, Anderson, Smith Quickest in Norwalk Qualifying
Doug Kalitta powered his dragster to the Top Fuel qualifying lead Friday evening at the 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.
Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also provisional qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the twelfth of 24 events on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.
Kalitta leads the Top Fuel category with an elapsed time track record run of 3.709-second pass at 327.43 mph in his Mac Tools dragster during his second session of the day. He is searching for his first No. 1 qualifier on the year, and 48th of his career.
Video: Turning Left and Right Chevrolet’s AJ Allmendinger has one career road course Cup Series victory. Chevrolet Racing met with AJ and his crew chief and competition director at JTG Daugherty Racing, Ernie Cope, to find out what makes an oval Chevrolet SS different from the Chevrolet SS that AJ will use this weekend at Sonoma Raceway.
Chevrolet is the most successful manufacturer at Sonoma Raceway with 11 victories. Chevrolet has powered five different drivers to Victory Lane at Sonoma since Ernie Irvan took the brand to Winner’s Circle in 1992.
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