(via IndyCar.com) Oval tracks haven’t seemed to faze Verizon IndyCar Series rookie sensation Robert Wickens this year, but even he was taken back with his first experience at Iowa Speedway.
Wickens, driver of the No. 6 Lucas Oil Honda for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, was among 13 drivers participating in team testing Wednesday on the bullring oval ahead of next week’s Iowa Corn 300, the 11th race on the 2018 schedule.
It's enough to make any fan dizzy after about 50 laps. Former Iowa Speedway race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay led an Andretti Autosport 1-2-3-4 during a test on Wednesday at the around the 0.875-mile oval in Iowa. Unofficial Times:
Brennan Poole Sues Chip Ganassi Racing in Sponsorship Dispute
Former NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Brennan Poole is suing his former employer, Chip Ganassi Racing, and his agency, Spire Sports & Entertainment, citing a conspiracy to pull sponsor DC Solar up to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
According to a complaint filed in North Carolina Superior Court (and reported by ESPN), Poole brought the DC Solar sponsorship to CGR for a half-season schedule in 2015 for $2.5 million, followed by full seasons in 2016 and 2017 for $5.2 millio and $5.5 million, respectively.
BorgWarner Brings Racing Legends to the Goodwood Festival of Speed
The Borg Warner is going to Goodwood.
BorgWarner is bringing its famous Borg-Warner Trophy– known from America's biggest race, the Indianapolis 500 – to the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Taking place at Goodwood House, West Sussex, England, from July 12 to 15, 2018, visitors will be able to experience motorsport's greatest pioneers as well as iconic two- and four-wheelers. First held in 1993, the festival quickly established itself as a celebration of motorsports and car culture. This year's theme, "Festival of Speed – The Silver Jubilee," offered the perfect opportunity to display the sterling silver Borg-Warner Trophy. Celebrating the winners of "the Greatest Spectacle in Racing," the renowned trophy features the image of every winner of the Indianapolis 500.
"We are thrilled to make our debut at the renowned Goodwood Festival of Speed by bringing the Borg-Warner Trophy to town," said Scott Gallett, Vice President, Marketing, Public Relations, Communications and Government Affairs. "With winners such as British racing legend Graham Hill, the Borg-Warner Trophy is not only linked to American motorsports, but also to British racing history. Since the Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrates the love of racing, it is an ideal opportunity to present the Borg-Warner Trophy to racing fans."
The silent Tesla Roadster could soon be an NHRA competitor
Someday, the drag strip will fall silent as the first set of electric dragsters lines up. The NHRA stopped short of setting a specific date, but the body will one day welcome electric racers.
Glen Cromwell, current president of the NHRA, confirmed the governing body includes electric drag racing in its future marketing mix, and discussions have already begun with numerous automaker brands. Ford, Chevrolet, Toyota, and Dodge have all been a part of the conversation, according to a Monday Autoweek report.
United Autosports have confirmed they will enter the 2018/2019 Asian Le Mans Series as both their LMP2 and LMP3 teams enter two Ligier sports cars each.
The reigning European LMP3 Champions will field two Ligier JS P3s in the Asian series, which visits Shanghai, Fuji, Buriram and Sepang. United Autosports LMP2 team who finished second in the 2017 ELMS and third at Le Mans this year will run two Ligier JS P2s.
UPDATE Cosworth is opening a new manufacturing facility in Michigan, ahead of an initial public offering (IPO) in the next year or two.
The US facility is one of three milestones Cosworth hopes to achieve before the IPO. Another will be to have a solid-state lidar product for autonomous vehicles on the market. That product will prove key to Cosworth's future as it moves away from a motorsport focus and more towards powertrain, electronic and sensor technology for future road cars. As well as the US factory, Cosworth is aiming to build a presence in Asia too.
For the first time since breaking both legs in a WEC accident at Spa-Francorchamps in May, Pietro Fittipaldi is back behind the wheel. After driving a kart on Tuesday, Fittipaldi plans to return to IndyCar for Mid-Ohio.
Fittipaldi tweeted a photo of himself driving the kart in his Dale Coyne Racing fire suit, celebrating his first taste of speed since the accident.
Annual Chris Griffis Memorial Open Test Set for September
Colton Herta - Indy Lights Road America winner
Andersen Promotions, which oversees the entire Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires, confirmed today that the eighth annual Chris Griffis Memorial Open Test will take place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix road course on the weekend of September 22/23. The test is named in honor of Chris Griffis, a longtime member of the motorsports community who led the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports w/ Curb-Agajanian Indy Lights organization before passing unexpectedly in September of 2011.
This public launch marks 65 days until the green flag drops on an exciting weekend of entertainment in store for festival-goers attending the event at Portland International Raceway (PIR). Prices start as low as $20 for single-day general admission and $70 for reserved grandstand seats.
Three-day tickets are still available for purchase to secure the top seats at the best value in the grandstands for the entire race weekend. Sold only in the three-day option and including a paddock pass to get up close to the stars and cars racing on track, a limited quantity of Gold Level reserved grandstand seats for the highest rows remain.
FOX Sports Takes Dirt Aces Bell and Larson Back to Their Roots at Eldora FOX Sports is adding a pair of young Wednesday night dirt racers and past Eldora Speedway winners to its broadcast team at Tony Stewart’s half-mile dirt track in Ohio.
Veteran dirt aces and current NASCAR stars Christopher Bell and Kyle Larson will make their FOX Sports broadcasting debuts in the July 18 NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES race at Eldora (9:00 PM ET on FS1), with Bell covering pit road and Larson serving as an analyst in the FS1 booth.
Video: Mercedes French Grand Prix F1 Debrief Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin answers your questions about the 2018 Formula One French Grand Prix - from the damage Valtteri’s car sustained on lap one to how much of a threat Max Verstappen was to Lewis. Comment
Video: Red Bull's Christian Horner Previews The F1 Austrian Grand Prix Red Bull will enjoy two 'home' F1 races in quick succession in 2018, as the Austrian Grand Prix and British Grand Prix complete the series' first ever triple-header sequence. Mobil 1 The Grid got the thoughts of Red Bull team boss Christian Horner on this season's visit to the aptly named Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, and how drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen are more prepared than ever to push for victory. Comment
Tesla Tent factory under construction. The Oil industry and Detroit want Tesla to fail
Elon Musk has six days to make good on his pledge that Tesla Inc. will be pumping out 5,000 Model 3 sedans a week by the end of the month. If he succeeds, it may be thanks to the curious structure outside the company’s factory. It’s a tent the size of two football fields that Musk calls “pretty sweet” and that manufacturing experts deride as, basically, nuts.
“Words fail me. It’s insanity,” said Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.’s Max Warburton, who benchmarked auto-assembly plants around the world before becoming a financial analyst.
INDYCAR teams will officially ring in the 2018 race season in central Iowa this week. At least 13 drivers representing six INDYCAR organizations will participate in the June 27 test. And fans can watch for free.
RV Hill, perched high above the backstretch, will be open and free to those fans wishing to watch from noon to 5:00 p.m. CDT on Wednesday.
Grosjean 'Strong Enough' to Overcome Difficult Period - Steiner
Steiner's pet driver Romain Grosjean, who has not seen a wall he didn't like to hit
Guenther Steiner, the team principal of the Haas F1 Team, feels Romain Grosjean’s luck is due to turn after another race weekend full of troubles at the Circuit Paul Ricard.
Grosjean continues to search for his first point of the season after finishing eleventh in his home Grand Prix last weekend, with a first lap collision with fellow Frenchman Esteban Ocon earning him a five-second time penalty that all-but ended his chance of a top ten result.
A fourth Green Savoree Racing Promotions’ subsidiary has been proudly added to the growing relationship between the company and Cooper Tires, which will now support the Grand Prix of Portland, set for Aug. 31-Sept. 2.
In addition to this new event at Portland Int’l Raceway, Cooper Tires has extended the agreement which began in 2016 to continue its support of the Honda Indy Toronto, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and The Mid-Ohio School.
Next up? Swamp Buggies at Indy. Anything but an IndyCar race to end the season in grand style
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will add to its luster as the Racing Capital of the World with the construction of a quarter-mile dirt track inside its famous oval, hosting a United States Auto Club Midget National Championship event during Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line race week in early September.
Race week for the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line will feature an even wider variety of thrilling action with the USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship competing in a two-night spectacular event, the Driven2SaveLives BC39, on Wednesday, Sept. 5 and Thursday, Sept. 6. The event honors late USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson and increases awareness of Indiana Donor Network and Driven2SaveLives.
It's been a busy year for Venturi Formula E Team. So far, it's founded a new Next Gen Academy, added Felipe Massa to the team sheet for Season 5 and announced it will be providing ABB FIA Formula E Championship newcomers HWA with a Venturi Gen2 car next season. But it doesn't stop there as today, the Monegasque team appointed former racing driver Susie Wolff as Team Principal and shareholder.
The Volkswagen ID R Pikes Peak ran the uphill course in seven minutes, 57 seconds, beating not only the previous electric record, but the all-time record as well--by 16 seconds.
On Sunday, June 24, 2018, Romain Dumas piloted the Volkswagen I.D. R electric car to the top of Pikes Peak in 7 minutes, 57.148 seconds.
Take careful note of that date -- it was the moment you should have really started to take electric vehicles seriously.
The all-electric race car not only set a new record for EVs, but set the fastest time ever, by any car, even ones with high-performance, gas-gulping, engines.
Sure, there are plenty of caveats to discuss and dissect here. Certainly, EVs aren’t ready to contest Le Mans; the 12.42-mile Pikes Peak course is perhaps the perfect length for an electric vehicle powered by today’s battery technology. The course’s dramatic 4,720-foot elevation change gives EVs, which don’t have to take the thinning atmosphere into account, a competitive edge. On top of that, VW brought resources -- in terms of engineering talent and pallet-loads of cash -- to the challenge that few contenders could have hoped to have matched.
And the real die-hards will say that Pikes Peak isn’t a real race anymore, now that it’s all asphalt.
Final weekend TV Ratings - NBCSN destroying IndyCar
How low can IndyCar TV ratings go before it ceases to be commercially viable?
Motorsports TV ratings are down across the board, but IndyCar TV ratings on NBCSN are always down the highest percent. How much lower can they go before IndyCar is not longer commercially viable. IndyCar went for the money grab with the new NBC/NBCSN TV deal and that decision will cost them far more in new manufacturers and sponsors. NBCSN production is great but hardly anyone watches NBCSN. It could ultimately be a death sentence for the series. We urged IndyCar to put all races on free over the air network TV to ensure an average of over 1 million viewers per race, but they chose not to follow our advice and will pay dearly for it.
Alonso Signs Image-Rights Deal With KodakOne System
WENN Digital Inc. -- which operates the KodakOne image rights management and content system -- has reached a new deal with F1 driver Fernando Alonso to protect his personal and professional images and videos.
The deal involves WENN also monitoring use of licensed images of Alonso.
Mercedes will quit the DTM at the end of 2018 to focus on the all-electric single-seater series, which it will enter at the start of the 2019/20 season.
Mercedes will develop its Formula E powertrain at its Brixworth engine base, which has been responsible for its dominant Formula 1 power unit in recent years, and will now “expand its scope of attention to include the unique challenges of Formula E”.
Video: Adrian Newey On Red Bull's Switch To Honda Engines Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s decision to switch engine supplier from Renault to Honda will come into force in 2019. Mobil 1 The Grid spoke to the team’s Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey to find out more about the decision and, in particular, to understand the impact of the move for fuel and lubricant supplier Mobil 1. Comment
Young open wheel veteran Jacob Abel knew he’d face a weekend of challenges, making his 2018 series debut in USF2000 with his Abel Motorsports team. One of the toughest was getting accustomed to the strong level of competition in the Mazda Road to Indy series. Another was finding more speed at Road America, the legendary 4-mile natural terrain road course in Wisconsin.
Jacob Abel had notched the 12th-best time during an official series test the week before the Kohler Grand Prix at Road America. In qualifying for the race weekend, pace was difficult to find. Jacob qualified 19th for the Saturday 50-mile event, race 1 of the doubleheader weekend. But when the green flew for the opener, Jacob and his team responded… notching the 4th fastest lap of the race.
F1 Closing In On July 1 Deadline To Bring Grand Prix To Miami
Sean Bratches hopes Miami deal can be hammered out by this coming Sunday. Then the lawsuits will begin by the locals (see rumor page) who intend to stop the race in the courts
F1 organizers and Miami City Manager Emilio Gonzalez are closing in on a "soft July 1 deadline to hammer out a multi-year deal" that would bring the circuit to downtown beginning in '19, according to Adam Beasley of the MIAMI HERALD.
F1 Managing Dir of Commercial Operations Sean Bratches said, "Progress has been on pace and we anticipate closing something on around that deadline."
He added, "We're very encouraged about the prospect of a Grand Prix in Miami. The brands align incredibly well." Beasley noted if Gonzalez and F1 can "strike a deal, it would still need to be approved by the entire commission." Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross and his RSE Ventures "would be the race's promoter."
INDYCAR, Road America announce three-year race extension (Update)
UPDATE In Milwaukee, Dave Kallmann reports IndyCar will return to Road America through '21, but "don't expect a second date in Wisconsin again." Road America President & GM George Bruggenthies "announced a three-year extension" yesterday before the Kohler Grand Prix, and afterward "described the weekend as 'perfect' with great weather, a huge crowd and good news about the future."
Bruggenthies then "quashed the idea of the series ever going back" to the Milwaukee Mile, at least with Road America's involvement.
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