TOYOTA GAZOO Racing to Commence Sales of GR Supra GT4 in 2020
GR Supra GT4
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing confirmed today that it will launch the GR Supra GT4, a race car for customer teams, in 2020. The announcement comes in response to growing customer expectations worldwide following the unveiling of the GR Supra GT4 Concept at the Geneva International Motor Show in March, and the participation of the GR Supra at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring in June.
Ferrucci showing skill, rebuilding reputation in IndyCar
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Santino Ferrucci knows better than most drivers that one bad moment behind the wheel can lead to a long-lasting trail of Google results.
After a recent string of strong finishes in IndyCar, Ferrucci is showing off the driving skill that was never really in doubt — and, perhaps, beginning to repair a reputation that very much was in doubt after a run-in with a teammate in Europe last year that threatened to define his career.
"When you mentally crack under pressure as a driver, and you hit a breaking point, you can only get stronger from that," Ferrucci said. "You get stronger. You learn to hold your composure."
(GMM) Charles Leclerc says he doubts Sebastian Vettel is poised to leave Ferrari or Formula 1.
In Austria, team boss Mattia Binotto rejected speculation Max Verstappen, Fernando Alonso, Valtteri Bottas or another driver could replace Vettel by insisting the current lineup is already "fixed" for 2020.
"I cannot see him stopping," Leclerc, who is Vettel's highly rated young Ferrari teammate, now tells Germany's Sport Bild.
The Shell V-Power Racing Team announced today that it has re-signed drivers Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard, retaining the existing driver line-up for the 2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship season.
McLaughlin and Coulthard, currently first and second in the Supercars points standings, will carry on as teammates for a fourth-consecutive season after first racing alongside each other in 2017.
McLaughlin will continue to drive the No.17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Mustang GT, while Coulthard will continue in the No.12 Shell V-Power Racing Team Mustang GT.
Go onboard with Scott Dixon for INDYCAR's first Aeroscreen simulation
Dixon tests the Halo portion of the new IndyCar aeroscreen
Here's a first look at the Aeroscreen IndyCar is developing with Red Bull Advanced Technologies, from a driver's perspective. However, this simulation was to only make sure the Halo portion of the Aeroscreen did not obstruction vision on all the different IndyCar tracks. The windscreen portion of the Aeroscreen was not installed.
Scott Dixon simulated laps at Long Beach, Indianapolis, Texas, Iowa and Barber with no visibility issues.
IndyCar merges staff from marketing and communications dept (Update)
UPDATE Leaving IndyCar’s PR/editorial staff as part of the moves are CATHY KIGHTLINGER, PAT CAPORALI, MARK ROBINSON and COLBY REDMOND.
Meanwhile, sources say IndyCar is also out in the market looking for a new agency of record for its marketing, which is now being overseen by SJ LUEDTKE, who joined the series in February from Nike.
But one can't blame these people for the lack of sponsor money in the IndyCar paddock or IndyCar's popularity, it starts right at the top with the decision to not put 100% of IndyCar's races on NBC - the NBCSN ratings are so low sponsors run for the exits and since 99.9% of the USA population does not watch NBCSN, they have no clue what IndyCar is.
Andrew Shovlin, Mercedes Trackside Engineering Director, answers your questions about the Austrian GP - tackling the key topics, such as what happened to Lewis' front wing and why both cars suffered overheating issues.
The Silver Arrows were hampered in Austria when sweltering conditions arrived for the race weekend, which saw teams up and down the paddock suffering to maintain efficient cooling.
However, Mercedes seemingly struggled more than most, as its tight packaging made it very tough for the systems to cool off.
DTM and Hankook extend tire partnership until 2023
DTM and its parent company ITR have extended its partnership with tire supplier Hankook for 4 years. As a result of the deal, DTM cars will continue to race on Hankook rubber until the end of the 2023 season.
The Korean manufacturer became partner and supplier of DTM since 2011. The series adopted a standard tire back in 2000, and the partnership between Hankook and DTM is currently the longest partnership in the history of the series.
Daytona NASCAR Race Set To Run In hot July For Final Time
Doug Boles and IMS take it on the chin with the Brickyard 400 race at IMS now in blazing hot and humid conditions
Daytona Int'l Speedway on Saturday hosts the "final July edition" of its second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season.
As part of an "effort to shuffle the scheduling landscape," the Coke Zero Sugar 400 in '20 is leaving its midseason spot around Independence Day to become the "final race of NASCAR's 26-race regular season."
NASCAR under Bill France Sr. "planted the race there originally as a replacement for an Indy-car race that never materialized, but he quickly realized its popularity and future potential," so the "tradition continued."
But area tourism promoters "have long suggested they'd be better served with moving the race to a different slot on the calendar." Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL
ISC revenue was down due to the loss of the Phoenix IndyCar race
ISC's Q2 admissions revenue came in today down 5% versus last year, indicating that NASCAR attendance has yet to fully stabilize. ISC’s Q2 is arguably a better one to gauge the sport’s overall health, because its Q1 largely accounts just for the Daytona Speedweeks. By contrast, Q2 this year included six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekends. ISC’s overall revenue and admission revenue were both off in Q2, with admissions coming in at $24.388M, off from $25.677M last year.
Starworks Motorsports Withdraws from Upcoming Northeast IMSA Events
#8 Starworks Audi
Following a challenging first-half of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, Starworks Motorsports has opted to withdraw its No. 8 Audi R8 LMS from the upcoming events at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and Lime Rock Park.
“It has been our goal all along to run the full season, but common sense tells us that we have an issue that is beyond our control here,” said Starworks Motorsport team owner Peter Baron. “Our sponsors expect us to deliver results. We need to be in the fight for the podium. We simply don’t have the speed in the car to do that at this point. Further, these events are back-to-back and are not key markets for our sponsors.”
Porsche launches 'Inside E' podcast to accompany Formula E project
Stuttgart. The countdown to Porsche’s first race in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship is on: The sports car manufacturer is set to make its debut in the first fully-electric racing series in 142 days’ time. Before then, however, members of the Porsche Formula E team have plenty to report. The new “Inside E” podcast takes you behind the scenes. In the first episode, regular Formula E driver Neel Jani speaks about his career at Porsche, the factory team entering Formula E, the schedule up to the first race and the goals he has set himself for the rookie season.
Carlin Dunne crashed and died 20 yards from the finish line
The moment Carlin Dunne crashed, everything changed.
Riding his 2019 Ducati Streetfighter V4 Prototype, the 36-year-old zoomed around the final corner and was on pace to break the motorcycle record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, but what happened next was nothing close to a celebration.
Dunne lost control of his bike about 20 yards from the finish line and flew off the side of the mountain.
Lee Iacocca, father of the Ford Mustang, dies at 94
Benson Ford, Jim Clark and Iacocca check out the '64 Ford dual overhead cam Indy 500 engine
Lido Anthony “Lee” Iacocca, the man who helped launch the Ford Mustang, is credited for helping bring Chrysler back from the brink of financial ruin and sold America on the minivan, died at his Bel Air, California, home Tuesday morning. Iacocca was 94.
Born to Italian immigrants in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in 1924, the ever-quotable Iacocca (“I hire smart people and get out of their way,” he once said of his management style) began working for Ford in 1946; by late 1970, he was president of the company, having played a pivotal role in the launch of the Ford Mustang along the way.
Video: INDYCAR Halo (not Aeroscreen) Prototype Simulator Test
Testing the Halo portion of the Aeroscreen for site line obstruction
This simulator run is the next step in developing the Aeroscreen to reduce the risk of driver injury from debris or other objects striking the cockpit area.
Scott Dixon said the device had little to no impact on visibility, but this test was just for the Halo portion of the Aeroscreen and DID NOT have the windscreen attached as you can see in the photos we posted earlier and in this video.
In most race Hamilton leads a parade. F1 had one good race and Hamilton thinks there is no problem......as long as he s winning
(GMM) Lewis Hamilton has urged reporters to "chill" rather than denounce Formula 1 as boring.
Mercedes has won every race so far in 2019 except for Austria, where the team suffered cooling problems. Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc, in the Ferrari, instead tussled for victory in a thrilling race.
"You guys have been begging for racing for ages and you got it," championship leader Hamilton told reporters.
ESPN Telecast of F1 Austrian GP Sets Event Viewership Record (Update)
Since ESPN took over from NBCSN F1 ratings are up big
UPDATE The two replays of the race later that night drew another 170,000 viewers so the total USA viewers for the Austrian GP was 810,000.
07/02/19 The live telecast of the Formula 1 myWorld Austrian Grand Prix on ESPN2 on Sunday, June 30, earned the largest U.S. television viewership for the event since it returned to the F1 schedule in 1997.
In Formula 1 we need “simpler rules, transparent rules”, we need to make it “immediately understandable, in its dynamics, in the eyes of the public” demands the vice-president of Ferrari, Piero Ferrari in an interview with Italian media today.
Piero Lardi Ferrari is an Italian billionaire businessman, the second and only living son of Enzo Ferrari, and a 10% owner of the Ferrari automotive company of which he is the vice chairman.
“We need a uniformity of judgment on the controversial episodes. Either we do this or people become disaffected”.
Carlin is proud to announce that self storage company SmartStop Self Storage will join the team as a primary partner at the Honda Indy Toronto with NTT IndyCar Series driver Sage Karam piloting the No. 31 SmartStop Self Storage Carlin Chevrolet.
“We are extremely excited to partner with SmartStop Self Storage and to be a part of their debut into the NTT IndyCar Series. The Honda Indy Toronto is such a great event and will be the perfect introduction for them into the series,” said Team Principal Trevor Carlin. “We’ve obviously been following Sage’s career closely since he won the Indy Lights Championship in 2013 and he’s done a really great job. I think he’ll be a great addition to the team and a good teammate for Max this weekend.”
Online Country-Focused Radio and Music Community to Serve as Primary Partner on Tyler Reddick's No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro
Richard Childress Racing announced today that Gimme Country, Gimme Radio's newest branch of its online music service, has joined its 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series program as a primary partner for Tyler Reddick's No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro. The first immersive country music-focused radio service will first appear on Reddick's Chevrolet Camaro for the upcoming July race at Daytona International Speedway.
"We built Gimme Country to give a home to the millions of country fans that have been largely ignored by the other digital music services," says Tyler Lenane, Gimme Radio CEO. "Seeing how Tyler Reddick and RCR have built a loyal following and how much they value their fans - it's exactly what we want to do with Gimme Country, so this partnership was an absolute no-brainer. We are so excited to be working with such a great team."
Mazda is recalling a little over 25,000 examples of the new Mazda 3 in the United States because the car’s wheels could fall off. Literally.
A recall notice published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in June reveals that select Mazda3 models delivered across the U.S. may have had a partial gap between the hub bolts and hub flanges during assembly.
Italian press questions Ferrari's 'political weight'
Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel find that Ferrari has no political might in F1
(GMM) The Italian press has reacted with anger after the thrilling Austrian GP.
While Mattia Binotto congratulated Max Verstappen on his win and accepted the stewards' decision, he made clear Ferrari did not agree that the Red Bull driver should have escaped penalty for his overtaking move on Charles Leclerc.
It followed the Canadian GP, where Sebastian Vettel lost his victory after a controversial time penalty imposed after his battle with Lewis Hamilton.
Tony George gets the last laugh against ChampCar - licensing the name to a crappy enduro series for sedans to an organization called ChumpCar
The old ChampCar name has been licensed from IndyCar and the new series is the ChampCar Endurance Series sponsored by TireRack for some crappy enduro sedan cars. And to add insult to injury, group who licensed it calls themselves ChumpCar International, Inc..
They advertise themselves as: The ChampCar Endurance Series is for people like you that have always wanted to go road racing without all the hassles, huge rulebook, or obscene expense. All you need is a valid drivers license, some safety gear, and a race car, which you can rent from arrive and drive teams, or build your own car! ChampCar is the simplest path to real wheel-to-wheel road racing!
Andretti to carry UniFirst livery for Toronto, Mid-Ohio
Marco Andretti colors for 2 races
UniFirst Corporation, a North American leader in providing customized work uniform programs, corporate attire, and facility service products, will be the primary sponsor of Marco Andretti’s No. 98 IndyCar machine at the upcoming Honda Indy Toronto and Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. The No. 98 car design will feature UniFirst’s branded green colors, along with the company’s corporate logos. UniFirst, the official shop uniform supplier of Andretti Autosport, recently signed a new multi-year sponsorship extension, continuing its long-running partnership with the championship-winning team.
ESPN2 earned a 0.5 overnight rating for yesterday's Formula 1 Austria Grand Prix at Red Bull Ring, up 25% from a 0.4 for last year's race. These numbers do not include the two repeat broadcasts that air later in the day.
The race, a thriller won by Max Verstappen, was Honda's first win in F1 since 2006.
Chicagoland Speedway Sees Sparse Crowd For Camping World 400
After the rain delay the crowd was even more sparse
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The Chicagoland Speedway stands yesterday at the start of the Monster Energy Cup Series Camping World 400 were "half-filled," showing that the market is "not as thrilled as it used to be about NASCAR."
Seating capacity had been "reduced in the offseason to 47,000 from 55,000."
Camping spots also "appeared to be only about half-filled, so the Cup race probably drew no more than 30,000." Coverage of the race, won by Alex Bowman, was also "sparse in Chicago's two daily newspapers."
While the track is "not to blame for any of this," as NASCAR "searches for bold new ways to move into the next decade, maybe it no longer makes sense, or cents, to have even one race a year there" FORBES.com
Video Race Recap: Bowman's first NASCAR Cup win at Chicagoland Whether it was all those second-place finishes or a lengthy rain delay, Alex Bowman's first win in the Monster Energy Series was worth the wait. Comment
Peter Windsor: Verstappen should have been penalized
Note all the tire tracks thru the corner and note how Verstappen aims to spear Leclerc thru the corner. He then proceeds to drive Leclerc straight off the track. Dirty driving for certain
Peter Windsor breaks down the Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc incident in the Austrian GP and explains why Max Verstappen should have received a penalty but got a free pass.
After spending several hours reviewing the video evidence as well as speaking to the drivers and their team representative, the stewards ultimately they decided no further action was necessary.
This was not to take away from Verstappen's brilliant drive to the lead, but the pass on Leclerc was as dirty as they come. He could have waited and done the pass the proper way given he had time and his car was superior.
Race Winner, Alex Bowman and Crew Chief, Greg Ives (No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet)
THE MODERATOR: We will go ahead and kick off with today's Camping World 400 race winning crew chief Greg Ives. Thank you for joining us here. I know that was a win that you guys have been chasing for a long time. Just talk to us a little bit about your thoughts now that you can officially say that you guys have been to Victory Lane.
Weather delays Monster Energy Series race at Chicagoland
Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway has been delayed by inclement weather.
NASCAR officials had moved up the start time of the Camping World 400 by 14 minutes to a 3:02 p.m. ET green flag (NBCSN, NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), and the race did get underway. But lightning and rain built in from the west of the Joliet, Illinois, track and the event was halted 11 laps in. A heavy rain storm then started.
When the race resumes, Jimmie Johnson will lead the field to green in the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Kevin Harvick, in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, will also be on the front row.
Bump and run is the new passing standard gong forward. Just hope your suspension does not break
UPDATE Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto says stewards at the Austrian Grand Prix made the “wrong decision” regarding the race-winning overtake.
“What’s Ferrari’s opinion and position? We still believe that this is a wrong decision, that’s our own opinion,” said Binotto.
“We believe that Charles leaves the entire space, he had no fault, a collision has happened and he has been pushed and forced off the track, so we believe these are clear rules which we may appreciate or not.
Jake Hughes claimed his first ever FIA Formula 3 win in controversial circumstances after leader Robert Shwartzman caused a collision with teammate Marcus Armstrong on the final lap of Race 2 in Austria. The Russian had been unwavering for the majority of the morning, but lost his nerve when his teammate scampered past him in the dying embers and inadvertently cut the Kiwi’s rear tire in an attempt to reclaim first.
Despite suffering damage to his front wing, the Russian managed to complete his final tour of the Red Bull Ring in first, but was demoted to third after a five second time penalty was added for causing the collision. This saw Hughes promoted to the top of the podium for his first ever win in the category, ahead of Jehan Daruvala.
Sergio Sette Camara claimed a controlled first win of the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship, pouncing from third on the grid and maintaining the position, despite a late safety car bunching up the drivers and creating a tense final few laps. The Brazilian finished ahead of UNI-Virtuosi’s Luca Ghiotto and Championship leader Nyck De Vries.
Jordan King started on reverse grid pole and made a clean getaway off the line, as Louis Delétraz focused on retaining second place. All eyes were on De Vries as he claimed three scalps when the lights went out and honed in on Delétraz. The Dutchman didn’t wait around: he was past the Carlin driver ahead of Lap 2 and sat just 0.4s behind King.
Honda recalls 1.6 million vehicles over Takata airbags
2013 Acura TSX
Honda is recalling 1.6 million vehicles in the last phase of its efforts to replace potentially deadly Takata airbags, the company announced Friday. The recall includes many Honda and Acura models from 2003 through 2015.
The recall affects Honda and Acura automobiles in the United States.
Honda urged owners of affected vehicles to seek free replacements immediately at authorized dealers.
Austin Dillon’s No. 3 Dow Univar Solutions Camaro ZL1 secured the top position in qualifying for the Camping World 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race at Chicagoland Speedway, with a fast lap of 30.636 seconds, 176.263 mph. It was the third consecutive pole of the season for Dillon, his first at the 1.5mile track, and sixth of his MENCS career.
Kevin Harvick will start second, his fifth front row start of the season in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate, Dillon’s RCR teammate Daniel Hemric was third fastest, seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson was fourth and Kurt Busch will roll out fifth on the grid.
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