Alexander Rossi to receive hero's welcome in home town
Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi
Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi will receive a local hero’s welcome in September, when the Nevada City native returns to his hometown as a special guest for the 50th annual Constitution Day Parade.
According to sources involved in the coordination of Rossi’s return, the invitation for the Sept. 11 parade has been extended and accepted by the champion race-car driver.
Scott Speed posted the fastest lap in Supercar qualifying for the first leg of Red Bull Global Rallycross’ return to Marine Corps Air Station New River this weekend. The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross driver turned a lap of 40.541 seconds in the final round of qualifying, enabling them to hold off teammate Tanner Foust and his lap of 40.889.
This year’s MCAS New River course runs shorter than the 2015 layout, but also includes a higher dirt-to-pavement ratio and adds a longer Joker Lap in race action. The .713-mile course saw drivers shooting for 41-second practice laps, with Speed coming closest in final practice at 41.029. In GRC Lites, the pole for tomorrow’s action went to Conner Martell, with a lap of 43.685 seconds.
Ten teams entered for the 2016-17 FIA Formula E Championship Today, the FIA released the names of the 10 teams entered to take part in the third season of the FIA Formula E Championship, which gets underway in Hong Kong on October 9.
Eight of the 10 teams have been involved right from the very beginning of the world’s first fully-electric single-seater series, even if some have undergone a name change since then. The new entries come courtesy of Jaguar, the company choosing Formula E to mark its return to motorsport after an absence of over a decade, and the Chinese Techeetah team, that took over Team Aguri’s entry and is owned by China Media Capital, a public equity and venture capital firm based in Shanghai. Another new name is that of Faraday Future, an advanced mobility company with headquarters in Silicon Valley and Southern California (USA), which has entered into a new technological partnership with Dragon Racing.
Pro Mazda stop at Iowa Speedway is canceled A lower than anticipated field has forced Andersen Promotions and Iowa Speedway to cancel the 100-lap race originally scheduled as a prelude to the Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 on July 10. The announcement came late Thursday afternoon.
“We are truly disappointed that the Pro Mazda race had to be canceled,” Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small said. “First and foremost though, we owe it to our fans, partners and industry stakeholders to host world-class racing events. Thankfully, we still have two great races on our Sunday schedule, with the Indy Lights and IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 returning to ‘The Fastest Short Track on the Planet.’”
Suddenly and without warning, Kyle Busch's #18 Toyota veered hard to the right and nosed into the outside SAFER barrier at Daytona International Speedway. The wreck occurred 35 minutes, 47 seconds into Friday morning's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, a session rescheduled from the day before because of afternoon rains on Thursday. Busch was second in a four-car line, drafting with teammates #11-Denny Hamlin (who led the pack), #20-Matt Kenseth (running third) and #!9-Carl Edwards.
As the quartet rolled through Turns 1 and 2 at the 2.5-mile track, the right rear tire on Busch's Camry exploded, sending the car out of control and into the wall. Busch walked away from the wreck. "It wasn't any fun, that's for sure," Busch said after a mandatory trip to the infield care center.
Tanner Foust leads the 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross series standings
IN BRIEF: After an incredibly successful debut event in 2015, Red Bull Global Rallycross expands its visit to Marine Corps Air Station New River to a doubleheader in 2016. Hosting Rounds 6 and 7 of the season, the event will serve as the halfway point for drivers as well as the fourth event on the schedule in only seven weeks.
TUNE IN INFORMATION:
Saturday, July 2, 5PM ET on NBC Sunday, July 3, 5PM ET on NBC Sunday, July 3, 5:30PM ET on Red Bull TV
NASCAR Searching For Way To Increase Popularity, Help Attendance Numbers Rise
Empty seats like this is never good for the image
NASCAR is entering its summer portion of the race season and the "question looms: Do the drops in attendance and TV ratings signal waning interest or reflect changes in how fans across all sports consume events," according to Jeff Gluck of USA TODAY.
NASCAR stopped providing attendance estimates after '12, but "ratings show not as many are watching the sport on television."
Whether or not attendance rebounds, NASCAR and its tracks are on "solid financial ground," thanks to the 10-year, $8.2B TV package with Fox and NBC that runs through '24.
NASCAR loses Sprint as series sponsor after the season and it continues to "search for a primary sponsor to fill the void." ISC and SMI operate 20 of the Cup series' 23 tracks and have "seen attendance revenue fall." NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski said, "The struggle with keeping fans engaged as the Baby Boomer generation is exiting and the younger Millennial generation is entering -- the struggle is real." Gluck notes people in the industry have varying opinions as to why attendance is dropping.
Fox Sports saw a 6% viewership decline for its NASCAR Sprint Cup race package this season, as an increase for FS1 telecasts could not erase big drops seen by the Fox broadcast channel early in the season. Fox and FS1 combined to average 5.578 million viewers for 15 races, which excludes the Pocono race early last month that was rained out on a Sunday and run on a Monday. That figure is down from 5.925 million viewers last year for 15 races, which excludes the April Bristol race that began on Fox, but had a four-hour rain delay before airing on FS1.
Sergey Sirotkin took his second pole position of the season in today’s qualifying session at the Red Bull Ring. The Russian driver set the fastest laptime in a 1:13.663 denying Antonio Giovinazzi by six thousandths. Pierre Gasly completed the top three.
The session opened once again in sunny conditions and warm temperatures. The drivers fed onto the track eager to put their Supersoft Pirelli tyros to good use. Sirotkin was quick to set the early pace but Gasly was the first man to dip under 1m14s, lapping the Austrian track in a 1:13.974 and claiming the provisional polefed onto the track eager to put their Supersoft Pirelli tires to good use
Halfway through the session, the cars returned to the pits for fresh rubber. With ten minutes left on the clock, Alex Lynn led the final charge. On a busy track, Sirotkin found a clear lap to clock in a laptime of 1:13.663 - almost a second better than last year’s pole, and went top. Giovinazzi lit the first sector in purple and was on a flyer but went too wide in the final corner. The Italian driver had to settle for P2 ahead of teammate Gasly who also improved but not enough to start from the front row. On his final attempt, rookie Luca Ghiotto found some extra pace to move up to P4; his best qualifying result this season. The session ended under yellow flags after Jimmy Eriksson stopped at Turn 7.
At the checkered flag, behind the top three, Ghiotto, Artem Markelov, Raffaele Marciello, Oliver Rowland, Lynn, Norman Nato and Mitch Evans rounded up the top ten.
The Formula E Battery: A Q&A with Paul McNamara, Williams Advanced Engineering
As we approach the 2016/17 FIA Formula E season finale, culminating in a double-header in London’s Battersea Park, we caught up with Paul McNamara, Technical Director at Williams Advanced Engineering, to see how the battery has developed in season two and how this technology might impact the future of the automotive industry.
Q: After two seasons of Formula E, what have been the major breakthroughs of the project?
A: For us, Formula E acts as a proving ground for high power batteries working in harsh environments. We have been able to fully test and validate our cooling systems, charge retention and module design, and apply this technology to other projects outside of motorsport.
Goodyear changes Kentucky tire after blistering found:
Change in Goodyear tires after test at Kentucky
Following a two-day NASCAR test at Kentucky Speedway on June 13 and 14 featuring 14 different Cup teams, Goodyear saw an unusual amount of wear on the right side tires - which featured a dual-zone tread. The tire manufacturer elected to incorporate what was originally two inches of a more durable compound throughout the entire tread.
After discovering that the right side tires blistered on longer runs, Goodyear's director of racing Greg Stucker said the organization scrapped the Michigan tire for something closer to what the teams use at Las Vegas with a revised right-side construction.
"Some guys were ok, but it just seemed to be too close to stay with what we had," Stucker told Motorsport.com.
Concerns about pit security The Sprint Cup Drivers Council will meet Thursday night with large packs and safety on the agenda writes Nate Ryan of NBC Sports.
That might seem appropriate at Daytona International Speedway, but this discussion with NASCAR officials won’t center on the tight clusters of cars clogging the banking of the 2.5-mile track.
The topic, instead, will be the large throngs of people mingling in the pits before Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 in the wake of a prerace pit atmosphere at Sonoma Raceway that seemed less than orderly for some.
Hamlin didn't let Stewart win in Sonoma so NASCAR could get some good PR
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin was made available to the media at Daytona International Speedway, some of the Q&A's from the transcript: Q) Did you let Tony win at Sonoma? HAMLIN: "I didn't let Tony (Stewart) win. I made a mistake and didn't execute good. Ultimately I made a mistake and thought we would maybe drag race to the line because we were in the center of the corner side-by-side and I thought this could be good. Once I saw him steer left, I knew it was over with. He had an opportunity to - if I'm in his situation, I probably would do the same. My biggest mistake I feel like is not recognizing the gap I had behind me. I don't know whether Tony would have gotten there. I thought it would have been very close if you really wanted to carry the car down in there, whether he still would have got to me or not. I still needed to execute to make him make the decision. Instead I made the decision for him."
Texas Announces Discounted Tickets for Resumption of Firestone 600k in August
Hopefully more people will show up this time
You can’t say that the Texas Motor Speedway isn’t trying. Eddie Gossage is one of the best, if not the best promoters in all of motorsports. On Friday, the 1.5-mile track announced plans to make this past month’s cancellation of the Firestone 600k to August even bigger than the original race itself.
The track is putting tickets up for sale for just $28 and making the entire front stretch general admission. Also, kids 12 and under will receive a “Back To School” price of $10 as well.
That’s not it either, another offer features two tickets and a Racing Electronics race scanner rental with two ear buds for $49.
Qualifying set for Friday at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 30, 2016) – Qualifying for the 58th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola will be held Friday at Daytona International Speedway (DIS), with defending race champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. looking for a prime starting position in the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series summertime classic.
As the Camaro marks the 50th anniversary of its introduction this year, Chevrolet announced today the sixth-generation Camaro SS will serve as the model for Chevrolet race cars in the NASCAR XFINITY Series ™, starting next season.
The updated Camaro race car was shown today at Daytona International Speedway ahead of tomorrow’s Subway Firecracker 250 Presented by Coca-Cola. The official racing debut comes next February at the 2017 season’s NASCAR XFINITY Series kickoff race at Daytona.
Volkswagen and U.S. EPA have a deal, but no fix U.S. EPA yesterday announced that Volkswagen AG will pay a $14.7 billion settlement for cheating on emissions tests, but the agency has yet to find a way to fix the technology that led to the scandal.
The proposed deal, which was months in the making and has yet to be approved by a federal judge in California, sets aside $10 billion for compensating drivers. The automaker would have to pay $2.7 billion to an EPA fund that would be divided among states to reduce air pollution from the use of diesel. Another $2 billion would go toward improved access to electric vehicles. The German automaker will also pay $603 million in a separate settlement with 44 states; Washington, D.C.; and Puerto Rico.
Volkswagen would be required to offer drivers either a buyback or a fix to get 85 percent of the polluting cars off the road by June 2019. So far, though, there's no fix.
NY and Calif. drivers favor autonomous vehicles Nine out of ten New Yorkers and 86 percent of residents in California feel that autonomous cars could make life easier, according to Volvo Cars’ Future of Driving survey, the largest online consumer conversation about autonomous driving to date with nearly 50,000 responses worldwide.
Residents in Pennsylvania, Illinois and Texas are less convinced than the average consumer about the safety benefits of autonomous driving. Only about half (52 percent) of Illinois respondents would trust an autonomous car to make decisions about safety, 10 percent less than the national average. Similarly, only 62 percent of Pennsylvanians think that having more autonomous cars on the road will eliminate traffic accidents versus a national average of 68 percent, and 60 percent of Texans believe autonomous cars could keep their family safer compared to 69 percent of people across the nation.
World's first virtual pro race team launched by Darren Cox LONDON, UK (Thursday, June 30, 2016): The founding father of the hugely successful GT Academy "gamer to racer" program Darren Cox has launched the first professional virtual race team in motorsport, 'eSPORT+CARS'.
The growth of eSports has been dramatic in recent years with major tournaments attracting tens of thousands of fans in stadiums, millions of viewers watching online and providing the participants with millions of dollars in prize money.
With eSports the big news story in the digital world in 2016, the former Nissan executive aims to run a motor racing team that exists purely in the virtual world - but to the same standard of any professional 'real world' team.
Video: Inside Ford's 24H Le Mans Victory 50 years to the day following the historic podium sweep at the Le Mans 24 Hours by the Ford GT40, the new Ford GT returned to Le Mans and claimed the GTE Pro class victory to highlight a pair of class podium finishes. Comment
NASCAR Updates Sprint Cup Series Race Eligibility (Update) UPDATE If qualifying canceled at Daytona, practice speeds will be used to determine lineup, the new rules will start at Kentucky. ESPN
06/28/16 NASCAR announced updated procedures for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race eligibility and new provisional starting guidelines for races during the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Starting with Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona, current year owner points will replace practice speeds for determining race eligibility and starting position in the event adverse conditions prevent qualifying from taking place. Starting in 2017, for the second and third events of the season, practice speeds for Open teams will remain the criteria used to determine race eligibility.
Brian France not speaking/attending Republican National Convention
Brian France endorses Trump
Contrary to a report Monday by Bloomberg, NASCAR CEO and Chairman Brian France does not plan to attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next month. "Brian does not plan to speak at nor attend the convention," NASCAR spokesman David Higdon said in a statement.
The report comes four months after France and drivers Chase Elliott, Ryan Newman and David Ragan appeared at a campaign rally for presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump and endorsed him. NBC Sports
INDYCAR Drivers Conduct Test at Iowa Speedway on Wednesday
A nice 'puff' piece press release on testing at Iowa Speedway. What were the drivers going to say, Iowa sucks? F1 provides lap times for all its tests. IndyCar puts out 'puff' pieces.
With less than two weeks away from the Iowa Corn 300, those visiting Iowa Speedway on Wednesday heard a familiar roar. Nineteen Verizon IndyCar Series drivers representing nine teams conducted a team test at “The Fastest Short Track on the Planet” in advance of the 10th running of the annual INDYCAR classic.
Stars of the Verizon IndyCar Series – past, present and future – including last year’s Iowa Speedway winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, participated in the team test. The drivers and teams gathered critical testing information to help their efforts for the Iowa Corn 300. All of the teams were represented including Chip Ganassi Racing, Team Penske, Andretti Autosport, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Ed Carpenter Racing, KVSH Racing, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, A.J. Foyt Enterprises and Dale Coyne Racing.
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