Famous Indy 500 Pace Car driver dies (Update) UPDATE Added video of accident below.
People scattered as Palmer loses control of the Dodge Pace car in 1971
Eldon D. Palmer, 87, died on June 30, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana after a sudden illness. Born October 31, 1928 in Starke County, Indiana, he was the son of Francis W. & Vada Terry Palmer. He is survived by his loving wife of over 65 years, Elaine (Zaring), and children Patricia (John) Nichols, Don (Carolyn) Palmer, Barbara (William) Tait, and Marsha (Guy) East. He was so proud of 13 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren, and a wonderful extended family. His sister, Judith Moore survives, and brothers, Wayne, Wendell, and Otis Palmer, and sister Barbara Champlin preceded him in death.
Eldon attended a one room school house near Bass Lake, Knox High School, and Butler University. After graduating, he married Elaine in 1950. After one year of teaching school, he opened a used car lot. He and Elaine set down roots in Indianapolis. He founded Palmer Dodge in 1958, Kenworth Truck Center in 1965, and in 1975 purchased a bare bones Pebble Brook Golf Course in Noblesville. Today, Palmer Trucks employs nearly 500 people in various locations, and Pebble Brook is a beautiful 36-hole golf course. He loved the front lines of building businesses and sales, growing capable employees, developing strong relationships with customers and associates, and creating beautiful spaces for people to work and play.
Sahara Force India is pleased to announce that its development driver, Nikita Mazepin, will drive the VJM09 at the test session following the British Grand Prix in Silverstone. The 17-year-old Russian will drive both days of the test, which will take place on the 12th and 13th of July.
Mazepin, who was announced in his development role with the team in February, is currently competing in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship with Hi-Tech Racing. He has already attended several Formula One events with the team this season and has begun an extensive simulator program at the team’s Silverstone HQ.
Google and Tesla take different routes to self- driving cars
Tesla is using customers to test their autonomous vehicle software
Google and Tesla agree autonomous vehicles will make streets safer, and both are racing toward a driverless future. But when Google tested its self-driving car prototype on employees a few years ago, it noticed something that would take it down a different path from Tesla writes Tracey Lien of the LA Times.
Once behind the wheel of the modified Lexus SUVs, the drivers quickly started rummaging through their bags, fiddling with their phones and taking their hands off the wheel -- all while traveling on a freeway at 60 mph.
Robinson and Fix grab glory in Ryan Companies Independence Day 100
BRAINERD, Minn. – Gar Robinson and Paul Fix celebrated the Fourth of July weekend in style with Trans Am victories at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR). Steve Streimer and Ernie Francis, Jr., were also victorious with wins in TA3 and TA4 classes.
The weekend featured two 100-mile Trans Am races around the 2.5-mile competition course at BIR: The Ryan Companies Muscle Car Challenge, an independent TA2 race, and a TA, TA3, TA4 multi-class race, the Ryan Companies Independence Day Classic, with both comprising Round 5 of the 2016 Trans Am Championship.
Video: 2016 Coke Zero 400 Post Race Q&A From the AR1.com YouTube site -- Race winner Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Detroit Genuine Parts Ford), race-winning crew chief Paul Wolfe (No. 2 Detroit Genuine Parts Ford), Roger Penske (Owner, Team Penske Racing), second-place finisher Kyle Busch (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota) and third-place finisher Trevor Bayne (No. 6 AdvoCare Ford). Comment
From Hong Kong to New York; five new cities for the third Formula E season (Update) UPDATE A reader asked if Formula E is dead in Long Beach. The answer is yes, per the schedule below. Why? Not enough interest from American fans to justify the race. Near silent racing doesn't excite fans. If you notice most Formula E races don't last more than 1 or 2 years before going belly up, replaced by the another city and the cycle repeats.
07/02/16 The 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship calendar was announced today, having been approved by the FIA World Motor Sport Council by an e-vote.
The calendar features 14 races, to be staged in 12 of the world’s leading cities, with double-headers in Montreal and New York. In addition to the ePrix, there will be a special event, the FIA Electric Mobility Forum, which will take place in Las Vegas on January 7.
Hamilton celebrates while Rosberg is left to steam
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says Mercedes should consider how tenable it is for Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to remain Formula 1 teammates in the long term.
Four races after colliding on the first lap of the Spanish Grand Prix, title rivals Hamilton and Rosberg collided on the final lap in Austria. Rosberg, who was leading, suffered front wing damage and limped across the line fourth as Hamilton took the checkered flag for the third time this season. Horner accepted managing team-mates fighting for the title is difficult but said Mercedes must address it as he thinks a clash between the pair is likely to happen again. "Longer term, how tenable is it for that pairing to continue as a team?" said Horner.
Konrad Czaczyk dominates F4 U.S. Championship debut weekend
Konrad Czaczyk of Loxahatchee, Florida, dominated the inaugural race weekend of the Formula 4 United States Championship powered by Honda, winning all three races at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Saturday and Sunday.
“We had a rough start to the weekend after placing fifth during qualifications Friday,” Czaczyk said. “The weekend quickly improved by winning the entire race weekend, sitting on the pole and successfully completing my first standing start. This is my first time competing in a car, and my team and I couldn’t have asked for a better start of the season.”
Czaczyk, driving the black 47 Leading Edge Grand Prix car, sat on the pole for the first time during race three, pacing a fast lap time of 1:26.463 during race two. Grid position for the second and third event of the weekend was decided by the fastest lap finished during the previous race.
Buemi wins Formula E title after controversial finale
Champion Sebastien Buemi
LONDON, UK (July 3 2016) - Sebastien Buemi is the new FIA Formula E champion after clinching the title courtesy of setting the Visa Fastest Lap during the season-ending Visa London ePrix.
The final race of the 2015/16 season was a controversial affair, brought about by title rivals Buemi and Lucas di Grassi colliding on the opening lap of the race. Buemi made a slow start from pole, and was rear-ended by di Grassi under braking for Turn 3.
Video: Rosberg explains his side of Austrian GP controversy (update) UPDATE Rosberg given been handed a 10s penalty & 2 penalty points for last-lap incident. #AustrianGPresult does not change.
The stewards' statement read: "Having taken note of the extensive evidence given by both drivers and the video and telemetry data, it was apparent that car #44 [Hamilton] was in front of car #6 [Rosberg] - i.e. more than fully alongside.
"The driver of car #44 could have clearly made the turn on the track, if not for the resultant collision.
Video: Vettel lashes out at Pirelli Sebastian Vettel has lashed out at Formula 1 tire supplier Pirelli after suffering a tire failure on the penultimate lap of today’s Belgian Grand Prix when running third on track. Ferrari opted to gamble with a one-stop strategy at Spa, despite Pirelli recommending that teams either pit two or three times for tires across the course of the race at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. Comment
Video: Hamilton explains his side of Austrian GP controversy After their latest coming together in the Austrian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton emerging ahead to win following the last-lap contact between he and Mercedes AMG Petronas teammate Nico Rosberg, both drivers shared their thoughts on the situation. Comment
Tifft Injured, needs back and brain surgery (3rd Update) UPDATE Later this was tweeted: "Matt is out of surgery and in recovery. We will update you with more information tomorrow morning. Thank you all for your thoughts." Later Tifft tweeted this and posted a video "Video update! Thanks so much to everyone for all the positive thoughts and prayers"
07/01/16 Tifft tweeted before the NXS race on Friday, July 1st: "Getting ready to go for the surgery! Craniotomy starts soon to get the tumor out of there. Update later!!"
06/28/16 Joe Gibbs Racing announced a medical update on driver Matt Tifft, who will undergo surgery for removal of a low-grade glioma in the brain. The slow-growing tumor was found during treatment and evaluation for a recent disc condition in his back. Tifft is expected to undergo surgery and rehabilitation soon and once cleared by physicians is expected to return to racing. The JGR rookie is anxious to return to the race track as soon as possible. David Ragan has been enlisted to drive the #18 Surface Sunscreen/Rugged Maniac Toyota Camry XFINITY series entry for Joe Gibbs Racing on Friday at Daytona International Speedway. Joe Gibbs Racing
Speed wins MCAS New River race 1 Scott Speed persevered through a mechanical failure in heats and a last chance qualifier appearance to grab his first victory of the Red Bull Global Rallycross season at Marine Corps Air Station New River on Saturday. Speed, the defending Supercar champion, got past Brian Deegan on the final lap of a muddy main event to earn the eighth victory of his Red Bull GRC career.
Stewart gets loose and wrecks, takes blame In his swan song on Daytona International Speedway, Tony Stewart finished 26th in his Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) entry after looking like he might win his second consecutive race of the season. Stewart avoided early trouble then battled in the top-five as the race wound down, but with 10 to go the #14 slammed into the wall, ending his chances for victory. Stewart took the blame for the incident.
"I just overcorrected for it and drove it into the fence," said Stewart, who is a four-time Sprint Cup winner at Daytona, having scored victories in the annual Fourth of July weekend race in 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2012 - the most among active drivers.
BMW plans full autonomous vehicles by 2021 A day after the disclosure of the first death in a crash involving a self-driving vehicle, BMW on Friday announced plans to release a fleet of fully autonomous vehicles by 2021 writes Helen Zhao of the LA Times.
In a partnership with Intel and Mobileye, the German automaker said its planned iNEXT model won’t require a human in the driver’s seat.
That marks a different course toward self-driving vehicles than Tesla, which offers a self-driving “autopilot” feature to those participating in a “public beta phase” -- though drivers are supposed to stay engaged and keep their hands on the steering wheel.
Boschung claims maiden win in wet Spielberg Race 2 Swiss Ralph Boschung mastered the tricky conditions in this morning’s wet GP3 race at the Red Bull Ring. The Koiranen GP ace started from P5 on the grid with the race started behind the safety car. He remained calm and cool as others around him made mistakes and he took the lead shortly after the safety car came in at the halfway point. The race saw three safety cars but it was Boschung who held on to achieve his debut win in the category. ART Grand Prix’s Alexander Albon and Trident’s Antonio Fuoco were second and third.
Jordan King (Center, Racing Engineering), Oliver Rowland (Left, MP Motorsport), Alex Lynn (Right, DAMS)
Jordan King has converted pole position into his maiden win in this morning’s Sprint Race in Spielberg, but he had to work the whole way: denying the soaking conditions which saw the race start behind the safety car, the Manor test driver set a string of fastest laps to dominate the race to win by 6 seconds from Oliver Rowland and Alex Lynn.
The grid formed under heavy rain conditions which saw spins on the way out on track: inevitably the decision was made to start the race behind the safety car as the rain slowly lightened, going live on lap 3. King defended immediately after a slightly slow getaway, but teammate Norman Nato was unable to take advantage given the volume of water on track. Sean Gelael and Arthur Pic came together on the top of the circuit, and when yesterday’s podium man spun into retirement the safety car was brought back out to give marshals time to deal with his beached car.
Ferrari Is Testing 'Halo 2' Cockpit at the Austrian GP
'Halo 2' was removed from Ferrari
With Ferrari's Halo cockpit getting the nod from the FIA as the preferred safety system for the 2017 F1 season, the team has to get to work honing the final version for homologation. That's why it's brought its peculiarly named Halo Two design to the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend, where it's undergoing testing.
Motorsport.com reports that the team conducted an extraction test in the pits Thursday with medical staff and representatives from the FIA present. It reportedly took the medical staff 10 minutes to extract a Ferrari mechanic from the car.
Sebastien Vettel was supposed to run laps Friday with the new Halo installed, but unfortunately, that test was postponed as his car encountered mechanical problems on the track. It's unclear if Ferrari intends to test the new Halo design at some other point during the weekend.
The first iteration of Ferrari's Halo was made out of steel, but this version is made from lighter and stronger titanium, according to a BBC Sports report. This new design also has slight changes to the shape and size, though as BBC notes, these changes are hard to spot, and far from finalized.
Konrad Czaczyk claims inaugural F4 U.S. Championship race Konrad Czaczyk of Loxahatchee, Florida, made history Saturday as he emerged as the winner of the inaugural race of the Formula 4 United States Championship powered by Honda at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
Czaczyk, piloting the 47 Leading Edge Grand Prix car, started fifth on the grid and drove his way to the victory in a dramatic move with two laps left in the race. Kyle Kirkwood of Jupiter, Florida, lost momentum going through the keyhole, allowing Czaczyk to move into the lead.
Video: Race Highlights - Visa London ePrix 2016 (Sat) The title race is going down the wire! We go into the final day of the season with Lucas di Grassi and Sebastien Buemi virtually neck-and-neck. Check out highlights from an action-packed race featuring crashes, countless overtakes, safety cars, and a healthy dose of controversy... Comment
Video: Daniel Ricciardo & Max Verstappen's day out at Hangar 7 Daniel and Max take to the skies ahead of the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix. A quick visit to Hangar 7 in Salzburg before a round trip on the Red Bull Douglas DC-6. Comment
Scott Speed Wins Red Bull Global Rallycross MCAS New River Scott Speed persevered through a mechanical failure in heats and a last chance qualifier appearance to grab his first victory of the Red Bull Global Rallycross season at Marine Corps Air Station New River on Saturday. Speed, the defending Supercar champion, got past Brian Deegan on the final lap of a muddy main event to earn the eighth victory of his Red Bull GRC career.
“At the start, I was so surprised to come out of the corner in second, but then Deegan came flying around the outside of me!” Speed exclaimed. “He figured out before everybody that the grip was out there, and then we had a heck of a race to the finish. I used my Joker and closed the gap and capitalized on the last lap.
Westbrook Gives Ford First GTLM Pole at Watkins Glen Richard Westbrook claimed Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s first GT Le Mans class pole in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship, ahead of tomorrow’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.
Westbrook, who had the No. 67 Ford GT all to himself up until now due to Ryan Briscoe’s absence for the birth of his child, put in a 1:41.301, obliterating the previous GTLM pole record at Watkins Glen by nearly 3 seconds.
Prost wins in style as di Grassi inches closer to title LONDON, UK (July 2 2016) - Nico Prost scored his second FIA Formula E Championship win in style at the Visa London ePrix, but it was the action that played out behind him that captured the imagination of the enthusiastic crowd in the penultimate race of the season.
Prost drove a faultless race, leading away from pole, establishing a commanding lead before easily defending it when a late-race Qualcomm Safety Car period closed up the pack. It was his first win of the season, in fact his first since Miami in season one. But it was a stunning performance nevertheless.
Derani Quickest in Practice 3 at Watkins Glen Pipo Derani posted the quickest time in the third Practice session for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, putting the No. 2 Tequila Patrón ESM Ligier JS P2 Honda on top ahead of Qualifying later today.
Derani reeled off a time of 1:35.484, the fastest of the weekend so far, improving on Olivier Pla’s time from yesterday by a margin of 0.631 seconds.
Teams call for curb changes in Austria Toto Wolff says Mercedes and other teams have called on the FIA to make changes to the curbs around the Red Bull Ring overnight after three cars suffered rear suspension failures in FP3 and qualifying.
Nico Rosberg, Sergio Perez and Daniil Kvyat were all hit by suspension issues after seemingly damaging their cars on the newly-installed curbs around the Red Bull Ring, which have drawn criticism for their harshness.
With Kvyat suffered a particularly heavy accident after his suspension broke at turn eight, drivers including pole sitter Lewis Hamilton have urged the FIA to consider changing them ahead of the race.
Evans on top in rain struck Spielberg Feature Race Mitch Evans has come out on top of a dramatic feature race in Spielberg this afternoon, holding on in mixed weather conditions to claim his fifth career win as he led teammate Sean Gelael and Raffaele Marciello across the line for victory from tenth on the grid in a red flag affected race.
The race got underway in dry conditions, but with Formula One qualifying affected by rain the threat was known up and down the pitlane. When the lights went out poleman Sergey Sirotkin was slow off the line, handing a clear run to PREMA Racing teammates Antonio Giovinazzi and Pierre Gasly into the first corner, while further back Evans, the first driver on super soft tires, lost 3 spots before starting his charge back up the grid.
Nicolas Prost beats Bruno Senna to London ePrix pole in rain-hit qualifying Renault e.Dams Formula E driver Nicolas Prost will start the first race of the London ePrix weekend from pole position after a rain-hit and disrupted session.
The first group lapped the circuit in dry conditions but a short but heavy rain shower arrived late in the second session. The track continued to dry throughout the third and fourth groups, before the Super Pole shoot-out. Prost was the last driver to run and put in a 1m27.192 to take his third Formula E pole position, with Mahindra’s Bruno Senna in second place.
Tesla Autopilot Feature Linked to a Death (2nd update) UPDATE
Typical Tesla autopilot dash display
After the fatal accident involving a Model S and its Autopilot feature, the system’s co-developer, Mobileye, told TechCrunch in a statement that the system wasn’t designed for such scenarios. The incident, which is now under investigation by government authorities, happened when a tractor trailer made a left turn at an intersection without any traffic lights right in front of the Model S. Tesla said that neither Autopilot nor the driver noticed the tractor trailer, which caused the Model S to dive underneath it, resulting in the windshield hitting the bottom of the trailer.
Ford GT Race Program Extended Through 2019 Season With a dramatic Le Mans 24 Hours GTE Pro class victory just two weeks ago, Ford Motor Company announced today that its factory-supported Ford GT race program will run for a minimum of three more years in both IMSA and FIA WEC competition.
"We wanted to make sure everyone knows that we are committed to sports car racing globally with WEC and IMSA," said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president and chief technical officer. “The stated goal of our Ford GT program was to win Le Mans, and we're very proud that we were able to do that in our first year. To commit to a full, four-year assault on both the IMSA and WEC championships shows how serious we are about taking Ford GT racing around the world.
Sprint Sponsor replacement update Sprint's sponsorship of NASCAR's top national series ends after the 2016 season, which raises a simple question: Who's next? Negotiations are under way for a new title sponsor, and it appears likely an announcement will come in early fall. That's the word from NASCAR executive Steve Phelps. Speaking on a SiriusXM show, Phelps laid out in rather general terms how the talks were going.
Some companies remain in the mix; Phelps pegged the number at eight to 10. Others have fallen out, mostly as bad fits for one reason or another. A month after his interview, Phelps had little to offer in new information. The vetting process goes on and NASCAR maintains its optimism. Happy-face time, however, is growing short. In all likelihood, NASCAR will announce the Cup series title change in September or October.
How to make Unlimited, All-Star Race more 'prestigious' How can NASCAR make the Sprint All-Star Race and the Sprint Unlimited more prestigious and interesting for fans? Drivers mulled that during Thursday night's Sprint Cup Drivers Council meeting, Denny Hamlin said. The answer could be limiting the field for both races.
"Trying to make it as prestigious as it probably used to be,'' Hamlin said Friday of the goal for both races.
Furniture Row Racing looks for Truex Jr. to stay, 2nd team considered
For anyone worried about Martin Truex Jr.'s future at Furniture Row Racing, according to general manager, Joe Garone, everything will be just fine and even though the organization is looking for more funding behind the #78 Toyota, it is also exploring options for a second team and the possibility of bringing on current Camping World Truck Series Champion and Xfinity Series driver, Erik Jones.
"For us, we're going to be together, that is just the way it is," Garone told PRN's Garage Pass.
"He's got a good thing going on with our team and our crew, they're just working really well together, which is obvious. You see those results on the track and he wants to be here. We all feel real confident about that, so in some ways we are just kind of putting it on the back burner, continuing to get the funding and then once we reach a satisfactory level we will get all the papers signed and we will get on with life."
Series leader Charles Leclerc claimed his first pole in the category after posting a superb lap of 1:19.041 which was over half a second quicker than his ART Grand Prix teammate Alexander Albon. Nyck de Vries in third also from ART GP completed the trio.
The thirty minute qualifying session for Round 2 of the 2016 GP3 Series got underway in warm temperatures and under blue skies. Scuderia Ferrari Team development driver Leclerc was first to set the pace with Albon in second and Trident’s Antonio Fuoco in third.
Video: Mercedes F1 Media Day at Hockenheim F1 returns to the Hockenheimring, Germany. Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Nico Rosberg, and Mercedes-powered F1 stars Nico Hulkenberg and Pascal Wehrlein take out the legendary W 196 (1954/5), W 25 (1934) and the McLaren MP4-13 (1998) for a spin, accompanied by RTL expert commentator Christian Danner in the F1 W05 Hybrid (2014). As if the fun was not enough, they barbecue German Bratwurst in the pits and take on a soccer-drift challenge. Comment
Austria: Vettel leads Ferrari 1-2 in final practice
Vettel goes fastest in FP3
With Mercedes' Nico Rosberg crashing late in the session coming out of Turn 2 when his left rear suspension failed after hitting the difficult Austria curbs, and his teammate Lewis Hamilton struggling to come to grips with the Red Bull Ring track, the door was open for Ferrari to lead a practice session, and they did.
Sebastian Vettel turned the fastest lap at 1m07.098s in final practice before qualifying for the Austrian GP to lead his teammate Kimi Raikkonen who topped the charts for most of the session as 1m07.234s.
Late in the session Hamilton managed to put in a lap fast enough for third at 1m07.308s with the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen rounding out the top-5 at their home track.
IMSA Watkins Glen Friday Notebook Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Inducts Seven
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – “For a kid who grew up in Seattle, Washington, reading about, listening to and watching motorsports, it’s an honor to be in the same room with you.” So said Scott Atherton, IMSA President and board member for the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA), voicing the opinion of many in an opening address to the room full of motorsports celebrities at last Wednesday’s 28th annual MSHFA induction ceremony, held to introduce seven new members.
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