UPDATE The final rating for the rain postponed Coke Zero Sugar 400 on NBC was a 2.12 on Sunday afternoon, down 22.0% from a 2.72 in 2018 on Saturday night.
3.285 million viewers were tuned in, down 26.0% from 4.437 million in 2018....i.e. NBC lost NASCAR 1.2 million viewers in one year. Both races were live. Both were on NBC. Both were in excellent time slots.
The Xfinity race on NBCSN drew a 0.46 rating with 707,000 viewers tuned in.
Currently #1 in the IMSA GT Daytona (GTD) point standings, driver Trent Hindman of Meyer Shank Racing demonstrates the distinctive approaches to performance of the Acura NSX and his #86 NSX GT3 Evo in 0-60 runs, braking tests, ease-of-use evaluations and, of course, ultimate lap times at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Pocono Raceway To Apply Traction Compound For NASCAR. Will it hurt IndyCar?
How much will the traction compound help or hurt the IndyCar race 3 weeks later
Pocono Raceway announced today they will add traction compound in all three corners of ‘The Tricky Triangle’ for the upcoming Gander RV 400 race weekend. The traction compound, also known as PJ1, will be applied to the third lane in Turn 1, the second lane in Turn 2 and the third lane in Turn 3.
Pocono Raceway has been collaboratively working with NASCAR and Speedway Motorsports, Inc., to enhance the on-track action for their upcoming Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS,) NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) and ARCA Menards Series (AMS) event weekend.
Formula 1 confirms British Grand Prix renewal through 2024
Brit Lewis Hamilton smiled when he heard the news
Formula 1 this afternoon at Silverstone confirmed that a new five-year contract has been signed that saves the British GP. The terms were not released but the sanction fee is rumored to be well over $20M per year.
It means Silverstone will retain its place on the 2020 calendar, which is expected to feature 21 events, with the Netherlands and Vietnam joining the roster.
Liberty Media has yet to publish a provisional schedule as it continues negotiations with organizers in Spain and Germany, but it is thought unlikely that either event will be retained.
Horner says Max Verstappen is better than Lewis Hamilton
Max Verstappen is better than five-time Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton on current form, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said at a media even ahead of the British GP.
"As the form driver, he is," said Horner. "As the driver in the form of his life, arguably over the past 12 months, he's been the best driver in the world.
"How do I substantiate that? He's not in the best car. But when you look at the results he's got out of that car since Montreal last year, some of the performances he's put in, he's made virtually zero mistakes in that period.
US now has over 20,000 electric car charging stations
Elon Musk is changing the entire automotive industry
The Department of Energy (DOE) reports that the US now has over 20,000 electric car charging stations with more than 68,800 connectors.
The new numbers were released by the DOE this week:
“As of May 2019, there were more than 68,800 Level 2 and DC fast charging units throughout the United States. Of that total, 16%, or approximately 10,860 units, were DC fast chargers that make long-distance travel more practical for electric vehicles (EV).”
NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Chase Briscoe and NTT IndyCar Series rookie sensation Santino Ferrucci joined Iowa Speedway staff and the Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity for a day of rehabilitating a home on Des Moines’ northside. The Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, all-embracing Christian ministry committed to improving homes and facilities for disadvantaged families.
The drivers were in town to promote Iowa Speedway’s first ever back-to-back race weekends – Iowa Speedweek – featuring the NTT IndyCar Series Iowa 300 on July 20 and culminating with the NASCAR Xfinity Series U.S. Cellular 250 on July 27.
Castroneves eyes a speedy sale of home in Fort Lauderdale (Update)
We like deFerran's boat
UPDATE Helio is selling his house in Fort Lauderdale because he is building a custom house across the street from his friend Gil DeFerran in Ft. Lauderdale.
Rumors are Helio will be, as many others in the exclusive neighborhood have, building a house very similar to DeFerran’s which is absolutely gorgeous, very understated and elegant, which has appeared in many architectural and home magazines.
McLaren has confirmed that Carlos Sainz Jr. and Lando Norris will continue as its drivers for the 2020 FIA Formula 1 season.
The pair have integrated well into the team over the past nine months as the Woking outfit progresses on its road to recovery. Retaining both drivers for 2020 echoes the team's commitment to consistency and continuity, which are key pillars of its return to competitiveness.
How to Master the Mighty Silverstone Circuit Copse, Maggotts, Becketts, Stowe... Silverstone is one of the most famous tracks in the world and the home of the British Grand Prix. Two-time Formula 1 Esports Champion Brendon Leigh shows you how to master the super-fast Silverstone Circuit. Comment
Change is in the air at Hockenheim Ring: When Georg Seiler retires at the end of August after 41 years as CEO, Jochen Nerpel and Jorn Teske will take over the management of the Hockenheim-Ring GmbH. After an intensive recruitment procedure that attracted over 40 applicants, the shareholders decided on a dual team made up of two experienced Hockenheim Ring managers.
Jorn Teske has been head of the marketing department for over 13 years and, since 2017, authorized signatory of Hockenheim-Ring GmbH. He possesses explicit knowledge of the company, wide-ranging industry expertise and experience in dealing with municipal circumstances. With his expertise in sports marketing, sponsoring and marketing from the event organizer and company perspective, this 51-year-old is responsible for the positive brand development of the Hockenheim Ring and its events and is committed to a proactive representation of the company in the motor sport scene, the region and the media. Jorn Teske will be taking over management in the administrative division.
Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan announced today that for the second consecutive year Mouser Electronics, Inc. and Molex, LLC will be the primary sponsors of the No. 18 entry driven by Sebastien Bourdais for the Honda Indy Toronto, July 12-14 in Toronto, Canada.
“Mouser Electronics and Molex Connectors are so much more than sponsors for us. For eight years now we have collaborated together as partners to make both our teams better. We head into the Honda Indy Toronto proud to be unveiling the newest version of the Mouser-Molex machine,” said Vasser-Sullivan Co-Owner James “Sulli” Sullivan.
Randy Lanier: Weed, Speed and the Road Ahead is Focus of "Smoked"
Randy Lanier in the 1980s as a CART IndyCar driver
The Miami Herald and McClatchy Studios announced today that "Smoked," a six-part podcast and multimedia series chronicling the extraordinary life of South Florida's Randy Lanier will launch July 16. Lanier was a racing prodigy who rose to stardom at the Indy 500 while living a secret double life as one of the biggest pot kingpins in American history.
"Smoked" is based on dozens of interviews, some with people who've never spoken publicly before; archival research stretching back 40 years; and exclusive reporting by Miami Herald editor Amy Driscoll and reporter Alex Harris, who co-host the six-part narrative series.
"The Miami Herald was known for its comprehensive and groundbreaking coverage of smuggling and the South Floridadrug trade throughout the 1970s and '80s," said Aminda Marqués González, editor and publisher of the Miami Herald. "This tale of weed, speed and the road ahead follows in those footsteps. 'Smoked' is a gripping human interest story with an important underlying message that will engage audiences across the country."
NASCAR almost did not buy ISC and expects change in TV revenue in 2025 (Update)
From AR1.com's perspective, with TV ratings plummeting yearly, the new NASCAR TV deal is likely to see a huge drop in revenue.
UPDATE A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, Adam Stern misunderstood the slide. The company did a typical financial sensitivity analysis to see, and show investors, what the financials would look like under a range of possibilities.
The process typically works like this:
The management asks themselves something like, what if we go into a recession and more viewers lose interest, how bad could the TV revenue be? And if we don't go into a long recession, the SUV craze tops out and performance cars become cool, and cord cutters decline and cable subscriber growth turns around, how good could it be?
BMW Donates 100 New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations for Visitors to America's National Parks
The BMW Group today announced the successful completion of its project, in partnership with the National Park Foundation, National Park Service, and Department of Energy, to donate 100 electric vehicle charging stations in and near to national parks throughout the United States. Additionally, to date, more than 90 of the charging stations have been installed, with the remainder on course to open this month.
“We can’t think of a better way to enjoy the summer than visiting one of America’s beautiful national parks. In making electric vehicle charging more widely available for everyone, this joint effort serves to make America’s national parks more accessible to drivers of electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles,” said Bernhard Kuhnt, president and CEO, BMW of North America.
Video: O'Donnell discusses decision to call Daytona race
Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s chief racing development officer, said that series officials hoped to run the final 33 laps of Sunday’s Cup race at Daytona International Speedway “but every indicator we had was that we weren’t going to be able to do that and kind of said enough is enough and for the safety and sake of everybody, unfortunately, had to call the race.”
The result was that Justin Haley, who was leading when the race was halted at 3:18 p.m. ET for a lightning strike was declared the winner when NASCAR called the event at 5:30 p.m. ET because of rain.
O'Donnell talked with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio about the decision to call the Coke Zero Sugar 400 on Sunday evening.
Bernie Ecclestone "would take a bullet" for Vladimir Putin
Ecclestone and Putin
Bernie Ecclestone is a controversial figure in the sport of Formula 1 and in his most recent interview he may have made his most outrageous comments to date. When speaking to ESPN the former F1 chief said that he would "take a bullet" for Russia's president Vladimir Putin. The Russian leader has visited a few Grand Prix's and clearly has a good relationship with Ecclestone.
"If someone had a machine gun and was prepared to shoot Putin, I would stand in front of him," Ecclestone said to ESPN. "He's a good guy. He's never done anything that isn't doing good things for people."
Ride onboard a Bentley Continental GT up Pikes Peak
Onboard up Pikes Peak
In its centenary year, Bentley is celebrating another record-breaking run at the world famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with the release of two new films.
Join driver Rhys Millen (NZ) on board the Bentley Continental GT as a new outright record for production cars is set by 8.4 seconds. A camera mounted to Rhys’ race helmet reveals footage from a driver’s point-of-view as he tackles the 156 corners, climbing almost 5,000ft in 10m18.488s.
Only 30,000 in attendance For Coke Zero At Daytona
Only an estimated 30,000 were on hand at a track that seats over 100,000
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Justin Haley yesterday won the weather-shortened Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero Sugar 400, which made its "last July run -- a day later than planned -- before moving to late August next year." An estimated crowd of 30,000 watched the race, originally scheduled for Saturday, at Daytona Int'l Speedway. Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL.
Nearly 2.3 inches of rain fell in Daytona Beach "over 36 hours beginning Friday afternoon and into Saturday night," which "turned grassy areas in the track’s infield into swampy bogs." The high humidity gave fans a "bonus sauna treatment to go with their tickets," which led to "many empty seats." Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL
Mid-Engine Chevrolet Corvette Reveal To Be Livestreamed Globally
Camouflaged Mid-Engine Corvette
The late Zora Arkus-Duntov, the father of the Chevrolet Corvette, had a vision for a mid-engine Corvette. That vision will come to life the evening of July 18, 2019, in Orange County, California, and the world can watch the reveal via livestream from the comfort of their own homes.
The livestream opens at 7:30 p.m. PDT/10:30 p.m. EDT on July 18 and can be accessed through media.chevrolet.com/nextgenCorvette, which also will be sent out on Chevrolet’s social media channels. The stream will include Corvette video footage, a hosted preshow and the reveal presentation. It will be available for viewing across the globe, in all seven continents.
With zero chance of winning against the Toyotas and the biased rules, SMP Racing waves goodbye to WEC
SMP Racing won’t return to the FIA World Endurance Championship for the 2019-20 season, with the Russian team confirming its surprise departure from the LMP1 ranks.
In a statement released on Monday morning, SMP founder Boris Rotenberg revealed that he feels that the team made the most of a difficult situation in LMP1 during the 2018-19 ‘Super Season’.
“For us it was a difficult season,” Boris Rotenberg, founder and leader of SMP Racing, said. “We worked a lot on our BR1 prototype. As a result, we were able to show and prove to everyone that the Russian team, Russian drivers and the Russian car are capable of achieving the highest results in the most difficult world championships and in such a prestigious race as the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Inclement weather delays Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona
Austin Dillon wrecks half the field before the red
Inclement weather has delayed Sunday’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Lightning in the area during the final stage caused NASCAR to bring cars down pit road and stop the race at 3:19 p.m. ET local time.
Justin Haley, in the No. 77 Chevrolet, was scored in the lead when the red flag came out on Lap 127 of 160. William Byron in the No. 24 Chevrolet was in second place and Jimmie Johnson in the No. 48 Chevrolet was in third.
A rather poor start, but a brilliant comeback: with a brave strategy, Rene Rast (GER) claimed his third win of the season at the Norisring. In the DTM race on Saturday at the street circuit in Nuremberg, the 2017 DTM champion started third, but dropped to the back of the field after stalling his engine. Then, however, he made clever use of an early safety car intervention for a tactical move that saw him move up into the lead. DTM newcomer Aston Martin also shone. Daniel Juncadella (ESP) temporarily ran in fourth place in a turbulent and action-packed race and eventually finished sixth in the first race of the weekend.
For points’ leader Rene Rast, things are going well at the Norisring. After his dominant victory in the DTM race on Saturday, the German also secured himself the best possible starting grid position for the race on Sunday, adding another three points to his championship total in the process. Rast’s time of 46.146s was the fastest lap time ever around the 2.3 kilometer's long street circuit in Nuremberg. For the Audi driver, it was the eighth DTM pole position of his career and the third of the current season following his pair of pole positions in the previous round at Misano.
MPs hold crisis talks with Formula 1 bosses in bid to save British GP
Chase Carey likely told the MPs to cough up some money or you lose the race
MPs have held last-ditch meetings with Formula 1 bosses over the British Grand Prix, which takes place for the final time next weekend.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Formula 1 – dormant until last month – includes DUP chief whip Jeffrey Donaldson, Ian Paisley, son of Ireland’s former First Minister, and Lord Hain, Europe Minister under Tony Blair.
Eighteen-year-old Marta Garcia (ESP) was crowned champion of the fourth W Series race at the iconic Norisring near Nuremberg (Bavaria) this afternoon, 3.619sec ahead of Beitske Visser (NDL), who finished P2 for the second race in a row. Bagging pole position in qualifying and clocking the second-fastest lap of the race (51.049sec), the Spanish teenager drove superbly to earn 25 points, elevating herself to third position in the title chase.
Audi driver Nico Muller set a new qualifying lap record at the Norisring to secure pole position for Saturday's opening DTM race.
Muller, who scored the second victory of his DTM career at the previous Misano round, achieved his second series pole position with a 46.337s lap of the 1.43-mile circuit set during his first qualifying run.
Video Highlights: Chastain wins Xfinity Race at Daytona Watch Kaulig Racing sweep the top-three finishing positions as Ross Chastain earn's the organization's first victory in the Xfinity Series at Daytona. Read more & Comment...
The King of Townsville Jamie Whincup has been dethroned by yet another Scott McLaughlin masterclass, who grabbed his sixth win in a row on the city streets of Reid Park.
A pre-determined strategy play designed to get Red Bull Holden Racing Team’s Whincup in front worked before Shell V-Power Racing’s McLaughlin’s superior speed prevailed, scoring his 13th win of the season in first of the two Watpac Townsville 400 races.
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) ended Free Practice 3 at the top of the timesheets thanks to a late 1:20.347 at the HJC Helmets Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland.
The Championship leader edged out Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) by 0.168 and Assen winner Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) by 0.287 as both Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) missed out on a top ten.
The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) will induct its largest class in recent years March 16 - 17, 2020 during its 32nd annual Induction Celebration in Daytona Beach.
The Class of 2020 includes NASCAR’s first-ever champion Robert “Red” Byron (Historic), flat track impresario Chris Carr (Motorcycles), early motorcycle racer, promoter and publisher Floyd Clymer (At Large), driver, official and safety advocate Wally Dallenbach, Sr. (Open Wheel), Rick Hendrick, one of NASCAR’s most successful owners (Stock Cars), Daytona 500 champion Tiny Lund (Historic), Can-Am and Rolex 24 At Daytona champion Jacky Ickx (Sports Cars), quarter-mile racing legend “Ohio” George Montgomery (Drag Racing) and Baja 500 and 1,000 and SCORE World Champion Ivan “Ironman” Stewart (Off-Road Racing).
On the eve of the HJC Helmets Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, the factory Ducati Team has resigned Danilo Petrucci for the 2020 MotoGP World Championship Series. Currently in his rookie year on the Ducati Team after four years with the Pramac Racing team, Petrucci has scored his first MotoGP win, has three podium finishes, and is in P3 in the standings with 108 points.
After being beaten to P1 by Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) in FP1 at the HJC Helmets Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) returned the favor in FP2 to lead the field by 0.341 after setting a 1:20.705, with Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) putting his GSX-RR in between Marquez and Quartararo in FP2 as the two Spaniard’s lead a frustrated Frenchman on Friday.
Quartararo vs Marquez is on, Rossi completes top three
FP1 at the HJC Helmets Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland saw Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) beat nine-time Sachsenring winner Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) to P1 after the Frenchman set a 1:21.390 to head the Championship leader by 0.074, with Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) 0.574 back in third.
Indy Cars racing at Talladega is a thrillingly dangerous-sounding idea, but it really almost happened in 1980. The scheduled event at Talladega was only part of the ugly IndyCar split between USAC and CART. The raging war also involved a plane crash, extra races at Indianapolis, boycotts, and lots of lawsuits. In 1979, Indy Car racing split into two separate series: USAC and CART. Struggling to find tracks, USAC scheduled a race at Talladega for August 1980. Had the race been held, speeds would've been nearly 30 mph faster than at Indianapolis. Likely, it would've been similar to races at Texas World Speedway with cars spread out and not as dangerous as it sounded. Regardless, the race was cancelled in April 1980.
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