Iowa Speedway announces ARCA's return in 2017 Iowa Speedway officials announced Saturday that the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards would be returning in 2017 to race on the .875-mile Newton, Iowa oval. The 11th ARCA Racing Series Iowa 150 will again share the weekend line-up with the Verizon IndyCar Series, giving race fans a full complement of stock car and open wheel racing.
The ARCA Racing Series Iowa 150 will be Friday, July 8, with the Iowa Corn 300 the day after, July 9.
INDYCAR and Iowa Speedway today took another step in their long-standing relationship as the two organizations announced a two-year extension that will see the Verizon IndyCar Series return to “The Fastest Short Track on the Planet” through the 2018 season.
Iowa Speedway gained international attention in 2007 when INDYCAR became the first major series to race at the newly-opened track. Since that time, the premier stars of open-wheel racing have returned to Newton each year. The Iowa Corn 300, entering its tenth year in 2016, is the second longest entitlement sponsorship in INDYCAR racing.
Albon holds off Leclerc for victory in Silverstone
From left, Leclerc, Albon and Fuoco
Thai rookie Alexander Albon had the perfect day in Silverstone: it started with claiming his maiden pole and finished with a fantastic win and fastest lap; his second win of the 2016 GP3 season. Albon has now moved into the lead of the drivers’ standings over his ART Grand Prix teammate Charles Leclerc who battled hard from P7 to finish second, and was hot on Albon’s tail at the end of the race. Trident’s Antonio Fuoco completed the podium.
It was dry but cool conditions ahead of the forty-minute race with Trident’s Sandy Stuvik joining Albon in all Thai front-row. Albon remained calm at the start and made a clean getaway to maintain the lead of the race ahead of Stuvik with Koiranen GP’s Matevos Isaakyan up to third. Ferrari Driver Academy’s Fuoco wasted no time; passing the Russian on the inside on lap 2 to move into third.
Gasly glides to maiden win Pierre Gasly demolished any doubts remaining about his pace and racecraft with a dominant win in this afternoon's Feature Race in Silverstone, picking the right strategy and pulling out a crushing performance to win by almost ten seconds from teammate Antonio Giovinazzi and Oliver Rowland.
The PREMA Racing teammates and Rowland were the only three drivers in the Top ten to start on soft tyres, but the gamble paid hugely. Poleman Norman Nato made a tremendous start to easily hold the lead when the lights went out, while fellow front row starter Gasly had to defend hard from Nicholas Latifi and Jordan King, who eased by the Canadian on the first lap, while Rowland and Giovinazzi hung on for a few laps before their tyres degraded, leaving the pair desperately waiting for lap six when the pitlane was to open.
Saturday morning update from Iowa (2nd Update) UPDATE Josef Newgarden finished the first practice session in third place. He talked about the tendons in his right hand still causing him the most discomfort. He is trying to use his left hand more to compensate for the healing right hand. The shoulder is not causing any pain.
"It feels much better than it did at Road America", the American stated. "Doctors told me would take six weeks to heal the broken bones. I was nervous when I first went out on the track and I told myself it will be tough. Then I remembered these cars are hard to drive anyway. "
Kanaan leads Chevy 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8 in opening Iowa practice It only took Ganassi Chevy driver Tony Kanaan 5 laps to run 100% throttle around the 7/8ths mile Iowa oval and record the fastest speed of 186.902 mph in practice for the Iowa Corn 300 IndyCar race. He was followed by seven other Chevy drivers who turned 100% throttle laps fast enough to lock out Honda from the top-8 fastest speeds of the morning.
Helio Castroneves was 2nd in his Penske Chevy and Josef Newgarden 3rd.
The top Honda was Ryan Hunter-Reay in 9th who has won this race multiple times and is favored to do it again.
Video: Ericsson crashes, taken to hospital (Update) UPDATE The final British GP practice session was red flagged after Sauber's Marcus Ericsson crashed in to the barriers at Stowe. Read more & Comment...
Twelve NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers slated to test at IMS on July 12-13 Twelve NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers slated to test at IMS on July 12-13
Twelve NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers will participate in testing from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on July 12-13 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. IMS fans are encouraged to take advantage of this free opportunity to see some of the biggest stars in racing up close and personal.
Albon claims maiden pole in Silverstone ART Grand Prix’s Alexander Albon achieved his debut pole in the GP3 category this morning after coming out on top in a very difficult qualifying session which saw mixed conditions. His teammate and Series leader Charles Leclerc posted the second fastest time of the session, but the Monegasque driver will start the race from P7 following a five place grid penalty issued from Spielberg. Trident’s Sandy Stuvik will therefore start from P2 and join Albon in an all Thai front-row later this afternoon.
Dark clouds and cool conditions greeted the paddock for this morning’s thirty minute qualifying session. With a few drops of rain in the air; uncertainty about whether the rain would hammer down meant extra pressure for the drivers to make sure they completed a flying lap.
NASCAR says no aero package changes for the Chase There will not be a change in the aerodynamic package for this year's Chase for the Sprint Cup, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition Scott Miller told FOXSports.com in an exclusive interview Friday morning. This weekend at Kentucky Speedway, NASCAR is testing a new low-downforce package that was also used four weeks ago at Michigan International Speedway. If this test is successful, the Michigan/Kentucky specs will form the basis of the 2017 rules package. But won't be used in NASCAR's playoffs this season.
"I don't believe we'll get to changing the Chase around," Miller said.
Hamilton and Rosberg 1-2 in final British GP practice
Rosberg gets ready to try and beat Hamilton
In a session slowed by rain in the beginning and a red flag at the end, Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg comfortably topped the time sheets in final practice for the British GP at Silverstone.
Hamilton's time of 1m30.904s was almost matched by Rosberg's 1m30.967s, both driving the superior Aldo Costa car. The rest of the drivers were pretty much out to lunch.
Daniel Ricciardo was 3rd quick in the Red Bull followed by his teammate Max Verstappen, both at 1m31.5s.
Jenson Button, 36, has endured a painful decline in his results over the past few years largely due to McLaren's slump in form. Indeed he last stepped on to the podium when he won the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix in 2012 - a streak which now stretches to 66 races.
The 2009 world champion is out of contract with McLaren at the end of the campaign, and it is widely expected that he will be replaced by the team's talented reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne.
Williams, the team with whom Button started his grand prix journey back in 2000, are interested in offering the Briton a Formula One lifeline. But speaking on the eve of what could be his last British Grand Prix, Button said: "If I am racing next year, I will only be racing if I am in a car that is competitive."
Sebastian Vettel has admitted that the latest version of Ferrari's updated and revised cockpit protection system does still limit driver visibility.
The team gave the new version of the Halo device a trial in first practice in the British Grand Prix, with Vettel admitting later that he thought it was "Not great, quite a bit of an impact in terms of visibility. But it was just a standard check."
Most drivers support the introduction of the system on safety grounds, although reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton has described it as the "worst looking mod in F1 history".
Halo, canopy discussion renewed as IndyCar comes to Iowa
Vettel tested the latest Ferrari Halo at Silverstone today and said afterwards "Not great, quite a bit of an impact in terms of visibility"
Every time the Verizon IndyCar Series makes a trip to an oval, inevitably there's a renewed discussion on safety and the danger drivers are put in with the high speeds reached on ovals. Headed into the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway, that has proved true again writes Jeremiah Davis of the Gazette.
And after wrecks like Josef Newgarden's at Texas Motor Speedway last month -- which broke his hand and clavicle -- the continued discussion focuses on the potential implementation of some type of halo or canopy on the open-cockpit racecars.
IndyCar has been researching and monitoring the work being done by Formula 1 on a halo system, and is taking a patient approach. IndyCar drivers and team owners generally agree that's where the sport is headed, but want to see it done the right way.
Mercedes-AMG DPi Unlikely for 2017 Mercedes-AMG has effectively ruled out a DPi program for next year’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, as the German manufacturer focuses on launching its GT3 car to the North American market.
Speaking with Sportscar365, AMG Customer Sports coordinator Thomas Jaeger said he was unsure where the information reported by other media outlets came from, which had linked Mercedes to a DPi effort for next year.
David "Salt" Walther, the Dayton race car driver whose career – and life – saw some memorable peaks and many terrible lows, has died at age 65.
A spokesman for the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office confirmed Walther died Thursday night at a residence in Trotwood. He said test results are pending and at present the cause of death is undetermined.
The son of the late Dayton foundry executive George Walther, Salt competed on the USAC and CART circuits, as well as in NASCAR events, including the Daytona 500, and at unlimited hydroplane races.
Pirelli discussing fixed compound allocation for first 2017 races
Drivers may not have the same freedom to choose which compounds they take to each race at the beginning of the 2017 season according to Pirelli, due to the large-scale changes coming next year.
Currently drivers can select the quantity of each tire compound for each race, and whilst that rule will remain in place, it will cause Pirelli a headache at the start of the season as the new tires won't be finalized until November, therefore producing enough may not be possible.
The Italian supplier is therefore looking to have a fixed compound allocation for the first few races, according to Pirelli's motorsport racing director Mario Isola.
Hamilton tops 2nd British GP practice as Rosberg's car fails him (Update) UPDATE
Hamilton in the best car in F1
Friday quotes have been added to this story below.
07/08/16 With Nico Rosberg sitting on the sidelines with a very sick car, his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton turned the fastest lap once again to lead Friday afternoon practice for the British GP at Silverstone with a lap of 1m31.660s, a full 1/2 second faster than his pole time from last year.
Observing the smoothness and well planted Aldo Costa designed Mercedes through Stowe it's easy to see just how easy the Mercedes is to drive. F1 is an engineering exercise and nothing can beat a Costa designed F1 car.
Qualifying Cancelled at Kentucky; Kevin Harvick on pole Qualifying for Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway has been cancelled due to inclement weather.
The starting grid has been set per the provisions in the NASCAR rulebook. NASCAR announced prior to the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway two weeks ago, that current year owner points would replace practice speeds for determining race eligibility and starting position in the event adverse conditions prevent qualifying from taking place. As a result of this change, Chevrolet SS driver Kevin Harvick will lead the field to green for the sixth annual Quaker State 400 from Kentucky Speedway. This will be the first time the 2014 series champion has started from the top spot at the 1.5-mile track.
Norman Nato was the fastest man on track in this afternoon's Qualifying session in Silverstone, handing himself a great birthday present by claiming his first pole position just as the circuit went red and holding the top spot ahead of countryman Pierre Gasly and Nicholas Latifi.
Nato's time of 1:38.216 was under investigation during the session after he crossed the line just as red flags were shown for the stationary Oliver Rowland, but the race stewards were later satisfied that the lap was set on a live track as Nato went two tenths faster than the Red Bull tester, who was unable to improve enough when the session recommenced.
Experienced an issue in the second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session at Kentucky Speedway. The No. 48 Chevrolet SS team will go to a back-up car.
WHAT HAPPENED THAT CAUSED YOU TO GET INTO THE OUTSIDE WALL? “I just got wide and evidently the track is dirty wide. I didn’t have anything go wrong, I just got wide and the car just started going straight and it wouldn’t turn. I was in the marbles. I couldn’t see the line where the track was clean and dirty and it just kept going straight and straight and straight and hit the wall.”
Photo (L-R): Jeff Huang - COO BLKBX, Pieter Rossi - Principal Team Rossi Motorsports, Alay Joglekar - Director, Social Media BLKBX, Frank Donner - CEO BLKBX.
Team Rossi Motorsports today reveals a new alliance with BLKBX Creative Group, a premier Los Angeles based digital creative media firm who will pair up with the 2016 INDY 500 Champion and ESPY Nominee Alexander Rossi. Beginning this race weekend in Iowa, the No.98 Castrol EDGE / Curb Honda of Alexander’s Andretti Autosport IndyCar will carry the BLKBX brand.
BLKBX, a leading design agency located in the heart of the entertainment industry, has an impressive resume with their roster of clients including; Disney, Pixar, DC Comics, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros, NBC Universal, Amazon, ABC, and Seriously Entertainment to name a few. The partnership perfectly aligns both Alexander and BLKBX in pursuit of continued innovation and passion; merging the motion picture and entertainment industry with the highest level of motorsport and propelling Alexander’s brand into new audiences while expanding the reach of BLKBX.
Nelson Piquet Jr will make his NASCAR return on 13 August 2016, when he joins Biagi-DenBeste Racing to take on the Mid-Ohio 200 Xfinity Series road course race.
Piquet Jr was a regular on the NASCAR scene between 2010-2014, during which time he became the first Brazilian to visit Victory Lane in a top tier NASCAR category, when he won the Nationwide Series race at Road America in 2012. He collected a further four victories in the Truck and Nationwide Series and 30 top-ten finishes. His most recent NASCAR event was at the Watkins Glen Sprint Cup in August 2014. He last raced at Mid-Ohio in the Turner Motorsports Nationwide Series team in 2013, qualifying in fifth position.
McLaren-Honda, a pioneer for over 50 years in Formula One, and NTT Communications Corporation, the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group have announced the start of a three-year technology partnership.
Under the agreement NTT Communications becomes a Technology Partner to McLaren-Honda. Over the course of the partnership, NTT Communications will provide network, cloud, data connectivity and other innovations to meet McLaren’s need for an IT communications platform that delivers optimum performance to support its Formula One race team.
Pierre Gasly has started his Silverstone weekend in fine form after topping the timesheets in this morning's Free Practice session at the fabled British circuit, leading the way from Sergey Sirotkin and Arthur Pic.
The Red Bull tester stopped the clocks at 1:39.890 a third of the way through the competitive session, taking advantage of the warmer conditions after practice commenced under ominously overcast conditions.
Kentucky is Second Appearance Of Updated NASCAR Rules Package
Revised aero rules again in play
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will run its rules updates implemented last month at Michigan for the second time in Saturday's Quaker State 400 at Kentucky. The rules package developments are part of an industry-wide collaboration to further enhance the quality of racing. Earlier in the season, welded truck trailing arms and new brake cooling rules were put into place. The following updates to the rules package were added at Michigan and Kentucky to further reduce downforce and sideforce:
Reduce skew generated sideforce by setting rear toe to zero
Aero package tweaks to reduce aero-generated downforce and sideforce o Spoiler shortened from 3.5 inches to 2.5 inches o Splitter reduced to 2 inches o Resize of deck fin to match spoiler
Mercedes power runs 1-2-3 in opening British GP practice
Lewis Hamilton shows the fans the trophy he plans to win
Mercedes powered cars ran 1-2-3 in opening practice for the British GP at Silverstone Friday morning.
Mercedes factory team drivers Lewis Hamilton swapped the top spot on the charts all session long before Hamilton finally settled it with a 1m31.654s to barely edge Nico Rosberg who put up a lap of 1m31.687s
Nico Hulkenberg was third for Force India ahead of the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel who reported a gearbox issue at the end of the session, which could be bad news for the German.
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