China-Based Seca Backing New Formula E Team For '16-17 Series China's "hand in the fledgling Formula E circuit" was strengthened with mainland-based sports marketing and management firm Seca throwing its "weight behind a team" for the '16-17 season, according to Mathew Scott of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST.
Seca Founder & CEO Sheng Li said, "We think it's the future, simple as that."
Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton remain free to race at the British Grand Prix, following "positive" meetings, though the team has strengthened its 'Rules of Engagement' relating to on track battles.
Rosberg and Hamilton collided for the third time in five races on the final lap in Austria, after a clash in Spain, which eliminated both drivers on the spot, and minor contact at the first corner in Canada.
Hamilton escaped to victory at the Red Bull Ring, but Rosberg, who had moved into the race lead, dropped back to fourth with a damaged front wing, meaning his title lead was cut to just 11 points.
Carl Haas: 1930-2016 (Update) UPDATEThe following are quotes and a Video Tribute from INDYCAR drivers and officials on Haas:
MARIO ANDRETTI (driver for Newman/Haas Racing from 1983-1994, 1984 Indy car champion, 18 race wins with team): "Carl had a heart of gold and a deep commitment to our sport. He earned the respect and admiration of his competitors and all those who drove for him through the years for being tenacious yet fair. In fielding teams in various series from SCCA to Formula One, Carl always sought the best equipment, the best drivers and the best team personnel. His legacy especially in Indy cars will be his phenomenal record of victories and championships, thanks in part to the great supporting cast I just mentioned. When I recall the joys of my whole career, I have to include my tenure at Newman/Haas because of the people. Spending 12 seasons with Carl and (wife) Berni and Paul Newman was amazing, triumphant, relentless work and heartwarming. All of it. The sport has lost a colorful character, but Carl Haas is unforgettable. He will always be an icon in motorsports and myself and so many others have lost a dear friend."
IndyCar itself will fork over almost $1M to ticket holders in Boston (Update) UPDATE INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, July 7, 2016) - Stepping into the breach left by promoter Boston Grand Prix - when it failed to fully refund ticket purchasers after the cancellation of its planned race - INDYCAR announced today it would contribute $925,000 to help make fans whole.
"I appreciate INDYCAR's willingness to step up for their fans and help resolve this problem," Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said in a news release earlier today. "They've gone above and beyond to be a productive part of this solution, and their fans will reap the benefits."
An Incredible double header in London closed the FIA Formula E 2015/16 season at the weekend, with MB Partners' client Mike Conway suffering issues with his car which hampered his chances of a podium place on Sunday.
The last event of the second FIA Formula-E season was held in Battersea Park. The street circuit is viewed as the most challenging track of the series for mechanics and drivers alike due to the narrow, unforgiving, winding layout and uneven surface of the track.
Acura motorsports is on a roll – fresh off a near production NSX winning its North American racing debut at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in the Time Attack 2 class, Acura has released the first official images of the NSX GT3 racecar as it prepares to campaign in North America in 2017. The twin-turbocharged Acura NSX GT3 was photographed with exposed, lightweight, carbon fiber bodywork at GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, MI as part of its continued development at circuits throughout the U.S. The vehicle is slated for homologation as an FIA GT3 class racecar this fall.
McMurray Thinks NASCAR Should Shorten Cup Races To 2.5 Hours
Jamie McMurray wants races shortened
Driver Jamie McMurray said if he were campaigning to run NASCAR, he would "shorten all the races to two and a half hours," according to a Q&A with Jeff Gluck of USA TODAY. McMurray: "Most people would agree with that. I hope at some point, they do shorten the races. I'm all about tradition; however, we live in a different world than we did 25 or 30 years ago. I just think people view races in a different way now. Four hours of trying to get someone's attention is too long. I know there are a lot of other obstacles to overcome, but shorter races would be a really good step."
When asked hypothetically which short track he would add to the Sprint Cup Series schedule, McMurray said, "I would add North Wilkesboro. ... I never heard anyone say anything bad about that place." USA TODAY
Red Bull teams up with IBM Behind all the glamour and excitement, Formula One is a sport of hard science, high-tech innovation and relentless development. Staying on top of that game requires some powerful development tools, and a robust IT infrastructure to run and manage them.
Red Bull Racing is today delighted to announce a renewed agreement to team with IBM Spectrum Computing for a further four years, until 2020. The Team uses IBM Spectrum solutions to manage the data used in the design and development of their 2016 challenger, the RB12. The newly extended Innovation Partner relationship is marked with IBM Spectrum Computing branding on-car and around the garage.
Competitors Voice Mixed Views on LMP3-to-CTSC Proposal
LMP3 Ginetta Nissan testing
IMSA competitors have voiced mixed views over the proposed integration of LMP3 cars in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, a move that could happen by as early as next year.
The entry-level prototypes, which have quickly become a success in Europe, have been targeted by IMSA as one of a handful of potential platforms it is evaluating for the future.
While having been suggested as a potential replacement for the Prototype Challenge class in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, signs are currently pointing towards the Continental Tire Challenge instead, in what would be a third category alongside revised GS and ST classes.
AG looks into Boston IndyCar non-refunds (8th Update) UPDATE
IndyCar's name is now mud in Boston. The bankrupt event still owes IndyCar its $4.2 million sanction fee, money they will never see
Boston Grand Prix, the local company besieged by lawsuits since its plans for an IndyCar race collapsed in April, filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday, claiming almost $9 million in liabilities, including $1.67 million owed to ticket holders who were never reimbursed.
The remaining assets of the company total a paltry $10,900 in cash and two cars worth $50,000, according to the bankruptcy filing.
NASCAR on Jeopardy NASCAR played a significant role in the popular game show "Jeopardy" on Monday, July 4. One of the categories on the show was "NASCAR Technologies."
Here were the questions:
For $200: "The tires used in NASCAR have another tire within them for safety reasons and are filled with this gas, symbol 'N,' because it contains less moisture than air and the tire pressure doesn't change as much in a race."
Ty Dillon will drive the #95 Chevy Summer Sell Down Chevy at Kentucky Speedway. The chassis, prepared by Richard Childress Racing, was previously raced by the #31 Sprint Cup Series team and Ryan Newman. Newman drove chassis No. 504 to a seventh-place finish earlier this season at Kansas. Dillon will be making his Sprint Cup Series debut at Kentucky.
A deal as impressive as their award-winning vehicles, head to your local Chevrolet dealership this weekend for the Chevy Summer Sell Down. With a purchase of a new Chevrolet, you get 20% of MSRP cash back. Dillon will be making his eighth start in the Cup Series, and his fifth in the #95 Chevy. Dillon has finished 25th or better in each of his seven starts. RCR / CSLFR
Video: Relive last year's Iowa Corn 300 Andretti Autosport driver Ryan Hunter-Reay took a dramatic victory at the IndyCar Series #IowaCorn300 a year ago, marking the team's 6th consecutive victory there. Comment
Renault plan to boost staff by more than 100 this year
Renault are hoping a massive boost to its staffing numbers at both its chassis base in Enstone and its power unit factory in Viry will drive performance forward next year and beyond, as it seeks to start delivering podiums soon.
Following its recent takeover of Lotus, which stuggled with its budget and had to keep staffing levels to a minimum, Renault have begun a massive talent drive which will see it employ an additional 130 people across its two facilities, according to Jerome Stoll, president of Renault Sport Racing.
He did however warn it could take some time to entice talent from rival teams to jump ship.
Video: Tony Stewart turns laps on IMS dirt track On Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, two-time Crown Royal 400 presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard winner Tony Stewart visited for a media availability and a peek at a 3/16ths-mile dirt track built inside Turn 3 of the oval in his honor.
Stewart, a Columbus, Indiana, native in his last season of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing, couldn't resist donning his racing suit after seeing the track. He turned laps in a midget car alongside Bryan Clauson and Sarah Fisher, fellow Indianapolis 500 veterans and experienced dirt track racers.
Harding Group joins Andretti Short Track as primary sponsor
Andretti Autosport Short Track program announced today it has secured sponsorship from the Harding Group to fill out the remainder of their 2016 sprint car season with driver Jarett Andretti. The Harding Group, the leaders in asphalt surfacing and paving needs through the Midwest, will be the primary sponsor of Andretti and the No.18 410 Sprint Car from August through September. The company will be an associate sponsor for all other events.
This season, Andretti Autosports has proven to be the premier sprint car program in the Midwest. Andretti and the team have already completed over 30 events and have shown value for their many partners on and off the track. The partnership with the Harding Group will now complete their primary sponsorship assets for the season.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with all our partnerships and really, friendships, that we’ve developed with Andretti Autosport Short Track,” said Andretti. “We welcome the Harding Group to our team and thank them for their support throughout the rest of the summer and fall. They are a great company, and just like all our partners, we want to get them into the winner’s circle.”
Grand Prix of Boston bankruptcy delays AG Healey from filing lawsuit
Take a bow Boston. Take a bow. You bankrupted the promoter and now you will get nothing.
Grand Prix of Boston CEO John Casey paid himself $423,000 and a consulting firm run by two former advisers to Mayor Martin J. Walsh pocketed $123,000 from the IndyCar race before it crashed and left ticket buyers out nearly $2 million, according to a bankruptcy claim filed by race promoters yesterday.
The court filing also shows that the Grand Prix made a $1,000 donation to Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito last November while Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration was negotiating agreements with the promoters. Former CEO Mark Perrone made $130,600 in salary and consulting fees while course designer Tony Cotman was paid $166,000, according to the bankruptcy filing.
NASCAR fined Darrell Wallace Jr. $15,000 on Wednesday as a behavioral penalty under Sections 12.1; 12.8 a; 12.8.1 b of the NASCAR Rule Book. Those sections pertain to disciplinary action and NASCAR member conduct.
Wallace criticized NASCAR officials on social media following the Xfinity series' Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway when expressing his displeasure with how the race ended. The finish was reviewed by NASCAR officials as the race ended under caution, and Aric Almirola was declared the winner.
Newman's 2017 plans still undecided: One thing pressing for #31-Ryan Newman is what his 2017 plans are. His contract is up at the end of the season and Richard Childress Racing has not announced whether he or someone else will drive the #31 Chevy. "I don't have any plans as of right now. I'd sure like to be back and build my relationship with Caterpillar, and Grainger, and WIX Filters. We've got Florida Lottery on the car [this weekend]. We've done races with Whelen and Kalahari and different people, sponsors," said Newman.
If you've been wondering what ace F1 designer Adrian Newey has been up to recently, here's your answer: he's been creating his first road car, the Aston Martin AM-RB 001.
The RB in the name refers to Newey's position as chief technical officer of the Red Bull F1 team. Every part used to build the AM-RB 001 is exclusive to the car. Andy Palmer describes it as “completely uncompromised”, with a mid-mounted non-turbo V12 being created especially for this application.
This Is DTM at the Norisring Norisring: A DTM weekend offers much more than superb racing action. Fans can also enjoy a first-class program off the track. The DTM is always worth a visit - as you can see from last time out at the Norisring in Nuremberg. Comment
Video: Jenson Button on British GP Speaking ahead of the British Grand Prix, McLaren-Honda’s Jenson Button shares his thoughts on the historic Silverstone Circuit – aptly nicknamed 'The Home of British Motorsport', at which Button is yet to record a career win. Comment
Video: Austrian GP off-track recap We take a look back at a fantastic Austrian Grand Prix weekend with Red Bull - From the concerts taking place to the fans relaxing in the campsites, check out life around Spielberg over the weekend. Comment
Austrian GP TV Ratings (Update) UPDATE German free-to-air TV channel RTL "recorded more than 4 million viewers for its broadcast of the Austrian F1 Grand Prix on Sunday," according Bjorn Sulter of QUOTENMETER. The race drew 4.29 million viewers and had a 27.8% market share starting at 2:05pm. In the target demographic 14-49, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton's win obtained a 21.6% share as 1.15 million viewers tuned in. German pay-TV network Sky, which also aired the race, attracted 290,000 viewers and a 1.9% share. In the target demo, the race from the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, recorded a 2.4% share as 130,000 viewers tuned in. Saturday's qualifying session drew 1.87 million viewers (15.5%) on RTL. In the target demo, the session drew 510,000 viewers and an 11.6% share.
IMSA clips Ford's wings after they sandbagged up until LeMans
The Ford GT
IMSA has made Balance of Performance adjustments to the GT Le Mans and GT Daytona classes ahead of this weekend’s Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
In an unprecedented move, the sanctioning body has issued BoP changes past its seven-day pre-event deadline given to teams, in the wake of “extraordinary circumstances” based on last weekend’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.
The biggest change has come with the Ford GTs, which have been given a 15kg weight increase and boost reduction, following a dominant 1-2 finish at The Glen.
Rio Haryanto - needs check to continue to buy his ride in F1
In an attempt to retain Rio Haryanto’s seat in Formula 1, Manor racing director Dave Ryan has pleaded his with driver’s home country, Indonesia, to continue to fund him so he can carry on racing for them.
Haryanto is already being financially backed by the Indonesian government, and his debut season in the sport has been quite positive according to Ryan, and is hoping that he can continue to work with the youngster.
However, with uncertainty hovering around the 23-year-old’s future, the Manor boss has pleaded with his financers to continue their support.
Santino Ferrucci To Test for Haas F1 Team at Silverstone
Santino Ferrucci - has check, will drive
Haas F1 Team, the first American-led Formula One team in 30 years, has tabbed its development driver, American Santino Ferrucci, to pilot its VF-16 racecar during the Formula One test July 12-13 at Silverstone Circuit following the British Grand Prix.
Ferrucci is an 18-year-old from Woodbury, Connecticut, currently competing in the GP3 Series for DAMS, an accomplished racing team that has helped graduate numerous drivers to the FIA Formula One World Championship, including Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean.
Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross claims sole victory at MCAS New River
Scott Speed earned a dramatic victory for Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross (VARX) on Saturday, reaching the top step of the podium after a rain-soaked march through the field. This was the first leg of what was meant to be a Red Bull Global Rallycross doubleheader on the airstrip of Marine Corps Air Station New River. Sunday’s round of competition was called off after lightning and a torrential downpour rendered the track undrivable.
VARX set the two quickest times in qualifying on Saturday, with Speed leading teammate and current points leader Tanner Foust in the session. Foust went on to claim victory in each of his Heat and Semifinal races, setting up a pole position start for the Final. Speed’s road to the Final was more fraught, as the driver of the No. 41 Special Operations Warrior Foundation Beetle GRC sustained a mechanical issue, forcing him to race his way into the Final via the Last Chance Qualifier.
Less seats and still no sellouts = lower profits for ISC
International Speedway Corp. ISCA, -4.94% reported surprise total revenue growth in its second quarter, though profit declined from a year ago as the racetrack operator's admissions revenue fell.
International Speedway operates 13 of the nation's major motor sports-entertainment facilities, including the Daytona International Speedway in Florida, home of the Daytona 500. The company also runs independent sports radio network Motor Racing Network.
"While we experienced attendance related revenue challenges at some events, we remain confident that our consumer marketing initiatives are working and positioning ISC for continued growth," said Chief Executive Lesa France Kennedy, adding that overall revenue was up on contracted broadcast rights increases and strong corporate partnerships.
Video: Racing a Le Mans Hybrid Prototype Hybrid technology plays a significant role in modern-day Formula 1 and endurance racing. In this Safe Is Fast feature, stars from the 24 Hours of Le Mans discuss the secrets behind efficiently driving hybrid prototype machines. Comment
Video: Race Highlights - Visa London ePrix 2016 (Sun) - Formula E Watch highlights from the final race of the 2015-16 Formula E season, in which Sebastien Buemi secured the title with the fastest lap after being struck by rival Lucas Grassi, and Nicolas Prost made it back-to-back wins. Comment
Notes & Quotes From NBC's Nascar Sprint Cup Coverage From Daytona International Speedway
Race winner Brad Keselowski celebrates in Daytona victory lane with daughter Scarlett
Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images
NBC Sports Group launched its 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup racing season this evening from Daytona International Speedway with live coverage of the Coke Zero 400. NBC Sports’ lead broadcast team of Rick Allen, Steve Letarte and Jeff Burton called the race.Krista Voda, Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett hosted Countdown to Green along with post-race coverage on NBCSN. Marty Snider, Mike Massaro, Kelli Stavast and Dave Burns reported from pit road.
At the conclusion of 161 laps, Brad Keselowski had the power to hold off the Busch brothers and secure his first win at Daytona International Speedway.
NASCAR Daytona TV Ratings NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from Daytona earned a 3.4 rating and 5.7 million viewers on NBC Saturday night, per Nielsen fast-nationals - up 26% in ratings and 43% in viewership from last year's race, which was run on a Sunday and delayed several hours due to rain (2.7, 4.0M). The 2014 race was postponed a full day from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon, earning a 2.4 and 4.0 million on TNT. Brad Keselowski's win, which peaked at a 3.9 and 6.5 million from 10:30-11 PM ET, ranks as the highest rated Firecracker 400 since 2013 (3.5) and the most-watched since 2012, when coverage aired on both TNT and TruTV (6.2M). Sports Media Watch / NBC Twitter
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