Chase Elliott Unveils Throwback Car Honoring His Late Cousin
(L-R) Chase, Bill & Ernie Elliott with Chase's paint scheme honoring his late cousin Casey Elliott (background)
Chase Elliott unveiled a special throwback paintscheme for his No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro for the upcoming Bojangles' Southern 500 throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway on Sept. 2, featuring a yellow and blue livery honoring his late cousin Casey Elliott, who passed away in 1996 after a long battle with cancer.
Elliott's uncle - and Casey's father - Ernie Elliott, was on-hand for the unveiling, as was Elliott's father Bill Elliott - the 1988 Cup Series Champion and three-time Southern 500 winner.
The throwback scheme is a replica of the car Casey Elliott campaigned in the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series during the 1993 season – Casey's last season as a driver.
Brian Barnhart looking for the ride-buyer with the biggest check for 2018
UPDATE Chaves naturally took the news hard that he is out for the year, but was a team player in a call from RACER on Tuesday afternoon.
“This was not an overnight decision and obviously I wish I was in the car the rest of the year, but I understand it and I’m with this team,” Chaves said. “I think they got the best driver available in Conor to give us some feedback and to try and prepare for next year. I’ll be at the races and try to contribute what I can.
Ryan Newman Partners With Jordan Anderson Racing For Eldora
Ryan Newman's ride for the July 18 race at Eldora Speedway
Ryan Newman will drive a truck for Jordan Anderson Racing in the Eldora Dirt Derby NASCAR Camping World Trucker Series race at Eldora Speedway on July 18, piloting the No. 3 Chevrolet Silverado sponsored by Rescue Ranch and VRX Simulators.
Newman will be making his seventh truck series start and his second-career start in the mid-summer dirt-racing classic. He started 10th and finished third in the inaugural event back in 2013.
“It’s kind of going back home, it’s going back to dirt racing. I enjoy all of that,” Newman said. “Ultimately, it’s just a good experience, it’s a lot of fun. I’m glad NASCAR has put a Truck race on the dirt. Still look forward to a Cup race on dirt at some point. I don’t know if it will be next year or 10 years down the road, but I might come out of retirement at some point for that one.”
Travis Pastrana honors Evel Knievel by jumping Caesars Palace fountain in Las Vegas Travis Pastrana succeeded in triplicating three of Evel Knievel’s iconic motorcycle jumps. Donning his own Knievel-like costume, Pastrana used an Indian Scout FTR750 to jump 143 feet to clear 52 crushed cars and 192 feet over 16 Greyhound buses and concluded the "Evel Live" event on the History Channel by jumping 149 feet to clear the fountains at Caesars Palace. Comment
Mazda Road to Indy Racers Set for Annual Canadian Visit
2017 Indy Lights race start
All three levels of the highly effective Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires open-wheel development ladder will venture north of the border this week for their annual visit to the streets surrounding Exhibition Place – just minutes away from downtown Toronto – in support of the Verizon IndyCar Series. The 1.786-mile, 11-turn temporary circuit always provides a stiff challenge for the drivers with its omnipresent concrete walls ready to punish any mistakes.
Charlotte Motor Speedway September Cup Race Set For 400km
The Bank of America ROVAL 400 (k)
Charlotte Motor Speedway's scheduled debut event for their new oval/infield road course - otherwise known as the "ROVAL" - will be called the Bank of America ROVAL 400, representing a 400 kilometer race that will take place on Sept. 28-30 for the NASCAR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
The 109-lap race will be the only road-course on the schedule for the 2018 NASCAR Playoffs, and will also represent NASCAR's longest road-course race. The 2.28-mile, 17-turn layout utilizes all four turns of the oval track as well as an eight-turn course through the speedway infield between turns one and two. Drivers will come off the oval and onto the infield course just past the end of pit road, and will then re-enter the oval near the entrance of turn one.
CMS has also added a chicane on the backstretch near the entrance to turn three and another chicane coming off turn four.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series will also compete on the new course, running the Driver for the Cure 200, 55-lap race on Sept. 29.
Coyne Vasser Sullivan announce new primary sponsor for Toronto
Molex livery for Toronto
Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan announced today that 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 13-15 in Toronto, Canada.
“We’ve won the Indianapolis 500 together, we’ve won the Honda Indy Toronto together, and now unveiling a Mouser and Molex primary car for the 2018 edition of the Honda Indy Toronto is the next big step in our long-standing relationship,” said Vasser-Sullivan co-owner James “Sulli” Sullivan.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Discusses NBC NASCAR Role, First Race Call
Dale Jr. left
When Dale Earnhardt Jr. "walked into the NBC compound" at Daytona Int'l Speedway to prepare for Saturday night's broadcast, he was "greeted by about 200 NBC personnel wearing T-shirts with 'SLIDE JOB, SLIDE JOB!' on the front," according to Mike Hembree of USA TODAY.
The shirts were "based on an idea" from NBC Sports Production Managers Michelle Baker and Kregg VanMeter after Earnhardt's "emphatic last-lap broadcast call" of last week's race at Chicagoland Speedway. Earnhardt said, "They made me feel like part of the team, part of the family, more than ever when I saw those shirts.
IndyCar drivers put their lives on the line for pittance compared to F1 and NASCAR
Racer recently published this table (below) of estimated salaries for the top-5 drivers in F1, NASCAR and F1. Why is F1 so high and IndyCar so low?
It's the TV ratings stupid. F1 is watched by 50 to 100 million people per race worldwide with negotiated TV deals in most countries. IndyCar is watched by 0.3 to 0.4 million people on NBCSN - infomercial territory. Sponsors pay to be in front of eyeballs to get exposure to their product. F1 thinks big and is big. IndyCar thinks small and is small.
Dragonspeed aims for part-time IndyCar team in 2019
DragonSpeed Racing look likely to be making their debut in the Verizon IndyCar Series on a part-time schedule in 2019 according to, Elton Julian, the founder of the team. The American, a former racing driver turned team owner, stated in an interview with RACER that he has begun the initial preparations to put together an IndyCar program. He even went on to reveal the potential driver for the team, as well as the races he wished for the team to take part in.
Santino Ferrucci banned from next 4 F2 races (2nd Update)
Santino Ferrucci explains his actions
UPDATE In a statement issued on Monday, Ferrucci claims he never intended to hit his team-mate on purpose whilst also apologizing to his team, Haas and the sport's bosses.
"I want to send my sincerest apologies for my actions on Sunday at the FIA F2 race at Silverstone Circuit. I used extremely poor judgment at the conclusion of the race getting far too close to my team-mate Arjun and swerved away only to graze his tyre, very fortunately causing no damage or issue to his car.
Hamilton accused of 'crying like a girl' and urged to 'take up ballet' (Update)
Hamilton and the Mercedes team bosses in action
UPDATE Lewis Hamilton has been accused of “crying like a girl” and urged to “take up ballet” by Kimi Raikkonen’s wife following his collision with the Ferrari driver at the British Grand Prix.
A furious Hamilton and his Mercedes team believed Raikkonen may have crashed into him on purpose to afford Sebastian Vettel free reign at the front of the field. Vettel won on Hamilton’s home turf to move eight points clear of the Brit, who recovered from last to finish second.
F1 Partners With Amazon Web Services To Enhance Race Telecasts
F1 to add Amazon Web Service which will hurt TV ratings
F1 owner Liberty Media has "signed Amazon Web Services to a global sponsorship and marketing deal," marking the "first new global sponsor that has come on board since Liberty took control of the racing series," according to John Ourand in this week's SPORTS BUSINESS JOURNAL.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but these types of deals "usually are worth well into the eight-figure range." The development of next-generation stats is a "big part of this deal -- something that should help F1's broadcasters tell better stories around the races."
NASCAR Daytona TV Rating NBC earned around a 2.7 overnight (down 10%) for Saturday's Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona, which was held a week earlier in '17 when it earned a 3.0. The race led prime time audience numbers with 4.2M viewers
704Games, NASCAR Team Properties' exclusive console simulation-style video game licensee, announced today that NASCAR Heat 3 will be available in North America on Sept. 7, 2018, on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Windows PC via Steam.
NASCAR Heat 3 is the sequel to NASCAR Heat 2, with industry leading developer Monster Games returning to the helm. NASCAR Heat 3 boasts a variety of new features, including a deeper career mode, additional race tracks, expanded online multiplayer features including online tournaments, and a brand-new fantasy dirt-racing experience: the Xtreme Dirt Tour.
Repsol and Honda renew MotoGP alliance to reach 25 year anniversary in 2019
The Spanish energy company and the Japanese manufacturer extend their contract through to 2020 and consolidate the most successful relationship in motorcycle racing history.
Repsol and Honda have extended their contract in MotoGP for a further two years, thus consolidating an alliance based on technological collaboration and commemorating its twenty-fifth anniversary in 2019.
U.S. Army Ends Sponsorship of Don Schumacher Racing and NHRA
The U.S. Army has decided not to renew its sponsorship with Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) and the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) due to a reallocation of its marketing budget. DSR is actively pursuing a strong brand to partner with the team and its roster of sponsors and personalities who have contributed to 325 NHRA national event titles and 16 championships.
The U.S. Army has been one of the primary sponsors of Tony Schumacher since 2000, and has been on board for seven of Schumacher's eight NHRA Top Fuel World Championships. The U.S. Army also serves as a co-primary sponsor for DSR Top Fuel driver Antron Brown.
Lowe's Williams has an aerodynamic "phenomenon" that has never been seen before
The more Paddy Lowe tries to improve the Williams the worse it gets
The Williams FW41 chassis in full flight is so bad that some of the things it does are so inexplicable that the team’s technical chief Paddy Lowe has dubbed what’s happening with their car as an aerodynamic “phenomenon” that has never been seen before.
After shedding the engineers responsible for one of the worst Williams F1 cars in their history, the team are now struggling to provide their inexperienced drivers, Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin, with a half decent car.
Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen have hit back at Lewis Hamilton after the Briton’s insinuation of their lap one conduct at recent Formula 1 events.
Hamilton bogged down off the line at the British Grand Prix and held third position into Village, where he was tapped into a spin by Raikkonen.
Raikkonen, who accepted full responsibility for the contact, was handed a 10-second time penalty and went on to classify third, while Hamilton recovered from the rear of the pack to take second, behind winner Vettel.
Patricio O’Ward put his stamp on Iowa Speedway, setting the fastest time in practice, taking the pole in qualifying and ticking the final box on his checklist this afternoon with a dominant victory in the Mazda Iowa 100 Presented by Cooper Tires. The young driver from Monterey, Mexico now has four wins to his credit this season – including six pole positions – and, with the additional points available on ovals, has narrowed the gap to just eight points in arrears of championship leader Colton Herta.
Is the Honda engine now better than the Renault. Arguably the McLaren has a better chassis than the minnow Toro Rosso team. In comparing fastest race laps we see the Toro Rosso, with its inferior chassis, had a faster race lap than the faster of the two McLaren's - Fernando Alonso.
8th Fastest Lap - Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso Honda 1:33.465 on Yellow Soft Tires 10th Fastest Lap - Fernando Alonso McLaren Renault 1:33.482 on Yellow Soft Tires
Van Gisbergen victory caps memorable weekend in Townsville
Shane van Gisbergen
Shane van Gisbergen held on for his third race victory of 2018 this afternoon to cap off a dominant weekend for the Red Bull Holden racing team at the Watpac Townsville 400.
After finishing second in yesterday’s race behind teammate Jamie Whincup, van Gisbergen went one better today, with Whincup second and championship leader Scott McLaughlin third. McLaughlin was also third yesterday behind the Red Bull Holden pair.
From left - George Russell (ART Grand Prix), Maximilian Gunther (BWT Arden), and Lando Norris (Carlin)
Maximilian Gunther produced a metronomic performance in the FIA Formula 2 Championship Sprint Race at Silverstone, Great Britain, keeping his cool through a frenetic race to clinch his first F2 victory. The BWT Arden driver was joined on the podium by George Russell and Lando Norris, who both produced fantastically-executed races to carve their way through the pack.
At the start, Gunther immediately began to try and build a gap between himself and Nyck de Vries, with third-placed Markelov hanging back behind the pair – waiting to pick up any pieces. Behind them, Louis Deletraz sought to make hay early on and quickly cleared Luca Ghiotto for fourth – with Charouz teammate Antonio Fuoco following through only corners later with an assured overtake at Copse.
Piquet claims maiden GP3 win in Silverstone Race 2
Giuliano Alesi (with Jean Alesi), Pedro Piquet (with father Nelson Piquet), and American Ryan Tveter (Trident)
Pedro Piquet swept to his maiden victory in the GP3 Series at Silverstone, Great Britain, taking the lead at turn 1 and turning in a flawless performance in Race 2 to stand at the top of the podium. Polesitter Giuliano Alesi grabbed second place, 1.4s down on the Brazilian driver, as Ryan Tveter crossed the line third to complete an all-Trident podium.
On a cool Silverstone morning, Piquet got a good start and darted into an early lead past Alesi, who was under pressure early on from Leonardo Pulcini – the Italian was batted away by the Frenchman at turn 3 to put him in the clutches of Tveter. Behind them, Callum Ilott endured a wide moment as he sought to make early progress, allowing Race 1 winner Anthoine Hubert to cruise past and immediately challenge Tveter for fourth.
Pato O'Ward Takes Indy Lights Sukup 'First in the Field' Award
Pato O’Ward earned the Sukup “First in the Field” Award and his sixth Indy Lights pole of the season by running a two-lap average of 161.669 MPH around The Fastest Short Track on the Planet on Saturday.
O’Ward edged out his Andretti Autosport / Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing teammate Colton Herta for the pole.
Sheldon Creed Charges to ARCA Victory at Iowa Speedway
Sheldon Creed, the Sukup “First in the Field” Award winner and pole sitter, was the class of the field early in the ARCA Racing Series Fans With Benefits 150 at Iowa Speedway. Due to handling issues, Creed started to slip in the running order, but he never lost touch with the leaders. And in the final third of the race he charged to the front and stayed there.
Creed, driving the No. 28 United Rentals Toyota, made the early break, but by Lap 15, he was under fierce pressure from Michael Self.
British GP: Engineer's Lowdown with Will Joseph Let's get Silverstone technical. The third race in McLaren F1's back-to-back trilogy, the British GP creates both logistical and technical challenges for the team. Hear from Fernando's Race Engineer on what these challenges may be, and the fun side of a race weekend - the fans! Comment
Slow-mo action: 'Big One' strikes early in Coke Zero 400 Check out this crazy footage of a 25-car wreck at Daytona that takes out many contenders all caused by Danica Patrick's former squeeze Ricky Stenhouse Jr. - Stenhouse went on to cause two big wrecks and then Karma struck and he got wrecked. Comment
HIGHLIGHTS: 2018 Iowa Corn 300 Qualifying Will Power turned a 2-lap average of 182.391mph to win the pole for Sunday's Iowa Corn 300 IndyCar race. Penske Chevy cars will start 1-2 after Power's teammate Josef Newgarden turned a 2-lap average of 181.160mph. The king of Iowa, Ryan Hunter-Reay will start third in his Andretti DHL Honda and was the only other driver to average over 180mph.
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