Tesla Inc. aims to increase its output of Model 3s to 6,000 a week by late next month, suggesting it expects no letup in its production pace fresh off of reaching its long-delayed goal of making 5,000 of the sedan in a seven-day stretch.
The Silicon Valley auto maker Monday also reaffirmed its previous forecast that it expects to have positive cash flow and reach profitability in the third and fourth quarters. Continuously churning out cars at a 5,000-a-week pace is important for Tesla to meet its cash-flow forecast.
Tequila Patron ESM will field only a single Nissan Onroak DPi in this weekend’s Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, due to lack of available spare engines following a trouble-filled outing at Watkins Glen.
Both of the team’s Nissan DPis retired in Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen with engine failures, with the No. 22 car also having underwent a change to its 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 powerplant following qualifying on Saturday.
Darlington Raceway updates on "Better Darlington" enhancements
Austin Dillon at Darlington
A Better Darlington... Darlington Raceway's $7 million facility enhancement project has taken major strides over the past few months with many new improvements showcased to the media for the first time on Friday, June 29.
Updates to the project include: • All old seats have been removed from the affected grandstands (approximately 60 percent of our seating capacity). • The change of pitch in the Tyler Tower Grandstand is complete, greatly improving sightlines for fans in that seating area.
From left, George Russell (ART Grand Prix), and Artem Markelov (RUSSIAN TIME), Sergio Sette Camara (Carlin)
Artem Markelov produced a display of dominance in the FIA Formula 2 Championship Sprint Race at Spielberg, Austria, leading every lap en route to a third victory of the year; the RUSSIAN TIME driver crossed the finish line 5.6s clear of ART Grand Prix’s George Russell. Finishing second, Russell assumed the championship lead, as Sergio Sette Camara took third place.
In cool, sunny conditions, Markelov led the field away at the start from teammate Tadasuke Makino, quickly leaving the Japanese driver in his wake and under attack from Sette Camara. Meanwhile, Russell – seeking to double up on victories over the Red Bull Ring weekend – quickly dispatched championship rival Lando Norris on the first lap, and then chased after Antonio Fuoco on the following lap to ease past the Charouz Racing System racer.
From left, Pedro Piquet (Trident), Jake Hughes (ART Grand Prix), Leonardo Pulcini (Campos Racing)
Jake Hughes took his first victory of 2018 in Race 2 of the GP3 Series round at Spielberg, Austria - the ART driver capitalizing on a first-corner incident and producing a strong defensive drive to win ahead of Trident’s Pedro Piquet. Absorbing an assault on the final lap, Leonardo Pulcini of Campos Racing secured third place.
On a cool Sunday morning, the action at the front immediately boiled over after polesitter David Beckmann got a slow start. Falling into the clutches of Trident pair Ryan Tveter and Giuliano Alesi, the two squeezed the Jenzer Motorsport driver from both sides and all three collided – ending their races on the spot. With a virtual safety car being called to clear the stricken trio, Hughes collected the lead with Piquet.
Russell prevails in dramatic Spielberg Feature Race
From left, Lando Norris (Carlin), George Russell (ART Grand Prix), Antonio Fuoco (Charouz Racing System)
George Russell held his nerve in a scintillating FIA Formula 2 Championship Feature Race at Spielberg, Austria, as the ART Grand Prix driver weathered a dramatic race at the Red Bull Ring with an assured drive to scoop his fourth victory of 2018. Carlin’s Lando Norris took second place to convert from his starting position, as Antonio Fuoco of Charouz Racing System snatched third place on the final lap to complete the podium.
As decided by the FIA the day before, the race opened behind the safety car on the formation lap, before Russell picked up full-speed running as early as possible to open up a gap to Norris. Meanwhile, Maximilian Gunther immediately took advantage of a napping Arjun Maini to quickly secure fifth, leaving the Trident driver in the clutches of the chasing Louis Deletraz.
CORE autosport will start from the pole position for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen. It is the team’s first pole position in the Prototype category and first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship pole since 2016.
Driving the No. 54 Composite Resources / Flex-Box ORECA 07 P2, Colin Braun went head-to-head with Paul Di Resta for the Watkins Glen Motul Pole Award. On his second to last lap he bested Di Resta’s time by 0.006-second. Di-Resta was unable to answer and when the checkered flag dropped it was Braun at the top with a 1:32.350 (132.539 mph). The time is also a new lap record at the 3.4-mile road course in upstate New York.
Vettel gets grid penalty, Hamilton assured of 2018 title
Vettel's Ferrari is already inferior to the two Mercedes cars. Now he has zero chance to close the growing points gap to Hamilton
He was punished by the stewards last time out in France and now he has been punished by the stewards in Austria – Sebastian Vettel will start Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix from sixth on the grid rather than the third place in which he qualified.
That’s as a result of a three-place penalty dished out by officials after they decided the Ferrari driver had unfairly impeded Renault’s Carlos Sainz in the closing stages of Q2 in Spielberg.
Mark Truby, Ford's vice president of communications, responded to Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Thursday after Musk compared a Ford factory to a morgue.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal published on Wednesday, Musk discussed Tesla's efforts to reach its goal of making 5,000 Model 3 sedans per week by the end of June. Musk said he felt good about the "vibe" and "energy" at Tesla and compared the company to Ford.
Jim France and France Family Receive Cameron R. Argetsinger Award
J.C. Argetsinger and his sister Louise Argetsinger Kanaley present the Cameron R. Argetsinger Award to three generations of the France Family - Ben Kennedy, Jim France and Lesa France Kennedy.
Brian Cleary photos
CORNING, N.Y. - International racing stars, captains of the motorsports industry, local dignitaries and race fans gathered on Thursday to honor one of the founding families of American racing at the Corning (N.Y.) Museum of Glass. The family received the Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for Outstanding Contributions to Motorsports.
Jim France, Chairman of ISC and IMSA and NASCAR Vice Chairman/Executive Vice President; Lesa France Kennedy, ISC CEO/Vice Chairperson and NASCAR Vice Chairperson; and Ben Kennedy, General Manager of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, were honored by the International Motor Racing Research Center for the family's generations-long outstanding commitment to the sport of auto racing. This was the fifth year the glass trophy has been presented. Previous honorees were Chip Ganassi, Richard Petty, Roger Penske and Mario Andretti.
The event allowed for attendees to intermingle and trade stories about racing.
Callum Ilott cruised to a decisive GP3 Series victory in Race 1 at Spielberg, Austria, converting pole position into a lights-to-flag win. The ART Grand Prix driver crossed the line 4.5s ahead of Campos Racing’s Leonardo Pulcini, as Alessio Lorandi of Trident secured his best result of the season in third place.
Getting an ideal start to the race, Ilott surged ahead of the pack as Lorandi overtook front-row starter Jake Hughes to capture second place at the first corner. Pulcini quickly dispatched the British driver moments before a safety car was called for the stranded Joey Mawson, who had come to a stop at turn 1 – his race ending immediately.
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel has well and truly taken the fight to Mercedes, breaking Lewis Hamilton's dominance and laying down a new lap record ahead of qualifying for the Austrian GP Saturday morning.
Vettel's lap of 1m04.070s was the fastest ever around the Red Bull Ring and only slightly faster than Hamilton (0.029s back) and Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas (0.134s back).
For the first time since the morning warm up for the 2017 Motul Petit Le Mans, an LMP2 car topped the time charts at the end of the first day of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.
Romain Dumas did the honors in the No. 54 CORE autosport ORECA LMP2 machine, clocking a best lap of one minute, 33.481 seconds (130.935 mph) around the 3.4-mile Watkins Glen International circuit. Even more impressively, it was Dumas’ first time at Watkins Glen in 10 years.
Ilott claims maiden pole in Spielberg qualifying Callum Ilott clinched his first GP3 Series pole position during the Qualifying session at Spielberg, Austria, pipping ART Grand Prix teammate Jake Hughes to top spot with a 1:19.209 lap in the final stages of the session. Hughes secured his highest qualifying result of the season with second, with Trident’s Alessio Lorandi taking third place.
George Russell waltzed to the fastest time in the 2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship Qualifying session at Spielberg, Austria, setting a 1:13.541 lap on his final run to grab a second consecutive pole position. The ART Grand Prix driver beat championship leader Lando Norris to top spot, with Norris’ Carlin teammate Sergio Sette Camara taking third.
With huge, black clouds looming over the Red Bull Ring, the drivers quickly swarmed the circuit in the early stages in order to secure a laptime. Norris was first to hit the road, alongside Russell and his ART teammate Jack Aitken – the former setting the first timed lap of the session. With the initial pace slow, Trident’s Arjun Maini was first to bring the lap times into the right ballpark, getting into the 1m15s before the rest of the field joined him.
Will F3 and F4 eventually kill off the Road-To-Indy?
Veach to demonstrate F3 Americas Championship car - F3 is a worldwide standard but the R2I chose to not use F3 cars in their ladder - huge mistake
Andretti Autosport IndyCar driver and Ohio native Zach Veach will pilot the all-new Ligier JS F3 race car at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Fri., June 29, for its North American on-track debut. Veach will take a lap on the Mid-Ohio circuit in the F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda car to provide a look at the car at speed on an American track.
The 23-year old Veach currently lies second in the Verizon IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year standings.
“It’s an honor to have Zach drive the new F3 Americas Championship car,” said SCCA Pro Racing vice president Steve Oseth. “This is the first time we get to see the car in action, so we are extremely excited for the North American debut to happen at a Honda track that F4 and SCCA Pro has such a rich history with, piloted by a driver who is relatable to our drivers and goals.”
Following issues experienced on the starting grid at Le Castellet where some cars stalled at the start, modifications were implemented to the starting procedure for this weekend at Spielberg. A practice start session was added at the end of today’s Free Practice from which data was analyzed. The Formula 2 organizers then provided the FIA with these data and conclusions to assess the appropriate way forward.
As the 2018 F2 season is currently in the middle of a triple header where making validated changes is difficult, the FIA has decided that for safety reasons the Formula 2 formation laps of Rounds 6 and 7 at Spielberg and Silverstone will start behind the Safety Car and follow procedures set out in Article 39.16 of the F2 sporting regulations.
NBC hopes to ride Dale Jr's coattails to stop plummeting TV ratings
Can Earnhardt Jr (C) save NASCAR?
NBC this weekend begins its fourth year airing NASCAR's Cup series, and it is counting on a "big dose of Dale Earnhardt Jr. to bring energy and attention to its coverage," according to Adam Stern of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL.
The net has been "unabashed in its heavy promotion" of Earnhardt as a way to "draw in avid fans and lapsed or casual viewers." It is promoting Earnhardt "using its 'persona plan,'" which involves "cross-promoting a given talent across NBCUniversal’s portfolio, including in entertainment programming."
After two weekends ruled by one man, the timesheets have had a shake up once again at the Motul TT Assen – with Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) taking to the top late in FP2 to go fastest on Friday, 0.121 seconds ahead of Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar). After reigning Champion and Championship leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) went quickest in FP1, it was all change in the afternoon as the number 93 was eighth fastest.
Mercedes drivers again 1-2 in Austrian GP practice 2
Hamilton in his latest Aldo Costa creation
Less than a second covered the top eight drivers in Friday afternoon's practice in Austria, with Mercedes again just in front courtesy of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, but there is more to the story.
Sandbagging Lewis Hamilton, who notably set his best time on Pirelli's soft tire compound (the hardest tire for this weekend) rather than the quicker supersofts and ultrasofts, was just a tenth up on Bottas, with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel their nearest challenger in third. That is how superior the latest Aldo Costa designed Mercedes, with new chassis and engine upgrades, is to everyone else.
Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo buries record in the "Green Hell"
Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo
With 5 minutes and 19.55 seconds on the stopwatch Timo Bernhard (37, Germany) crossed the finish line of the Nurburgring-Nordschleife this morning at the wheel of the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo. With this achievement, the two-times Le Mans winner and reigning World Endurance Champion has beaten the lap record on the revered 20.8 kilometer long German race circuit that stood for 35 years by almost a full minute. On May 28 in 1983, Stefan Bellof lapped the world-renowned track with a Porsche 956 C in a legendary time of 6:11.13 minutes.
Ryan Tveter snatched top spot in Free Practice for the GP3 Series round at Spielberg, Austria in the dying stages of the session, as the Trident driver posted a 1:19.709 on his final lap to wrest first place from Campos Racing’s Simo Laaksonen. Briefly topping the session in the last moments, Laaksonen held onto second while Joey Mawson of Arden International completed the session in third.
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