Friday is free in Toronto this weekend TORONTO - Honda Indy Toronto, July 14-16, will ring in its 31st running with the return of Fan Friday, where fans gain general admission access to all event's high octane excitement courtesy of the Ontario Honda Dealers Association through a voluntary donation to Make-A-Wish Canada.
Further supporting Make-A-Wish is the all-new raffle at Honda World. Fans can enter the raffle throughout the race weekend for the chance to win exclusive prizes and fan experiences provided by IndyCar, NHL, Toronto Blue Jays, Golf Canada, and many more.
Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced that driver Erik Jones will drive the #20 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Camry for the organization beginning in 2018.
Matt Kenseth, who currently pilots the #20 Toyota Camry for JGR, will not return to the organization following the 2017 season.
"Matt (Kenseth) has been a tremendous asset to our organization over the past five seasons both on and off the track," said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. "He's been a great teammate and a great ambassador for our sponsors. We have a great deal of respect for him and we are working hard to get the 20 team into the playoffs to make a run for the championship. We have a great deal of confidence in his abilities to do just that.
When race fans attend the I Love New York 355 at Watkins Glen in August, they'll be greeted with multiple billboards and signage promoting the state's tourism brand.
The signs are part of a $463,500 agreement between the state and Watkins Glen International that's highlighted by the state's sponsorship of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the track. The race had corporate sponsorships in the past, including Budweiser and, most recently, Cheez-It.
Porsche under investigation by German prosecutors for fraud
Porsche yet another victim of filthy dirty diesels
The Stuttgart prosecutor's office said on Monday employees at German sports car maker Porsche AG and its U.S. subsidiary were being investigated for suspected fraud and false advertising related to diesel emissions according to Ed Taylor of Reuters.
The probe is the latest twist in a sweeping investigation of automakers and their emissions after Volkswagen, which owns the Audi, VW and Porsche brands, admitted systematic cheating of diesel engine tests in 2015.
Richmond's plan for fan-friendly $30M infield renovation Richmond Raceway and International Speedway Corporation announced a $30 million infield renovation plan Tuesday, revealing a project intended to expand fan amenities, modernize other facilities and rebrand the track’s name and logos.
The project, called “Richmond Raceway Reimagined,” is expected to be completed by September 2018, in time for playoff races for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and XFINITY Series.
Formula 1 today announced F1 Live London, a spectacular show in the heart of the British capital on July 12, featuring Formula 1 teams, drivers and cars, alongside a host of stars and headline music acts.
Formula 1 is hosting the event to celebrate a new era, focused on bringing fans closer to the world’s most exhilarating sport. The live stage show in Trafalgar Square and car parade on Whitehall will also mark the first time in Formula 1 history that all 10 teams have come together outside of a race weekend to put on a show for the public.
Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen & Christian Horner Preview The 2017 British GP With Silverstone just a short drive from the team’s base in Milton Keynes, the British Grand Prix represents something of a second home race for Red Bull Racing. Mobil 1 The Grid spoke to Dutch teenager Max Verstappen, as well as RBR Team Principal Christian Horner to find out more about the track, the British fans and the opportunities in store for the team ahead of the race. Comment
"I'll be going to the campsite to meet the fans!" - Esteban Ocon talks Silverstone A special atmosphere, memories from his F3 days and the thrill of meeting the fans - Esteban Ocon talks about this week's British Grand Prix in Silverstone. Comment
Gulf 12 Hours Receives ACO Backing The Asian Le Mans has today confirmed the LMP3 Class within Gulf 12 Hours has received official ACO endorsement, and will be run under the full ACO technical regulations.
The race will take place at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, on 16th December 2017.
How big will Vettel's new deal with Ferrari be? His current 3-year deal was $50 million the first year, $30 million in years 2 and 3, plus bonuses, for a package around $125 million. We suspect he will get $50 per year this time and sign another 3-year deal.
Iowa Speedway is widely regarded by racecar drivers of every series as one of their favorites -- a place that’s challenging but fun.
Much of the reason for that -- aside from the banking, shape and size -- is the racing surface. Worn and rough from both 11 years of racing and the harsh Iowa winters that play havoc on the asphalt, the patched surface leads to racecars sliding around the multiple racing grooves.
NASCAR is in "aggressive conversations" with manufactures to join the sport, Steve O'Donnell told "The Morning Drive'' on Monday.
"We are aggressively pursuing new (manufacturers),'' O'Donnell said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio without divulging details. "We want to make sure that they come in similar to how Toyota did and it's really changed the sport. They've done a tremendous job and really helped the industry.
"Those conversations are ongoing. It's a tough process. There's a lot to consider doing this, but that is a huge goal for the sport right now.'' NBC Sports
Former MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES champion Kevin Harvick was a driver analyst on Monday’s NASCAR RACE HUB on FS1 with Shannon Spake and Larry McReynolds, covering a variety of topics ranging from Saturday night’s race at Kentucky Speedway and Brad Keselowski’s post-race comments to the current playoff picture. Below are select quotes from Monday’s show:
On whether Brad Keselowski’s post-race comments on racing and the sense of urgency on restarts were warranted:
Keselowski says NASCAR cars are no good, O'Donnell disagrees
Brad Keselowski not happy with Cup car. Maybe he can replace Castroneves in IndyCar for boss Roger Penske.
On the restart following the break between Stages 1 and 2 at Kentucky Speedway, Brad Keselowski got loose under Clint Bowyer, which triggered a wreck that also collected Jimmie Johnson.
Both Keselowski and Johnson were damaged to the extent they could not continue in Saturday night’s Quaker State 400.
“I got stuck in the aero and it just pulled me around. It’s part of the deal when you race at these types of tracks – one groove and the car and the way it’s designed. You have to find a way around it as a driver and I didn’t find a way around it,” Keselowski said.
WIX Filters Will be primary sponsor for Truex Jr. in New Hampshire
Martin Truex Jr.
WIX Filters, celebrating 50 years in motorsports, will carry the primary paint scheme on Martin Truex Jr.'s No. 78 Toyota in this weekend's Overton's 301 NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.
A leading global manufacturer of filtration products, WIX Filters joined Furniture Row Racing this season as a key technical partner. In addition to the primary sponsorship in New Hampshire, WIX Filters has a season-long associate sponsorship role with Furniture Row's two-car team of Truex in the No. 78 Toyota and Erik Jones in the No. 77 Toyota.
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing resumes its 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season with the short trip to the Eifel this weekend for the 6 Hours of Nurburgring.
Despite a deeply disappointing Le Mans 24 Hours last month, the team remains in a close fight with Porsche for both the manufacturers' and drivers' World Championships and is targeting a return to winning form at the Nurburgring.
Porsche rolls out more downforce for Nurburgring race
The winning #2 Porsche at LeMans gets more downforce for Nurburgring
Stuttgart. The Porsche LMP Team enters its home race at the Nurburgring on July 16th as the Le Mans winners and World Championship leaders. "The situation could hardly be any nicer", Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1, happily confirms. "The Le Mans 24-Hours was endurance racing full of highs and lows. In the Eifel mountains we target a clean six-hour race and we certainly would love to win there for a third consecutive time as well. Our new aerodynamics package for higher downforce worked well at a recent test. Now our mission of defending both the World Championship titles, for manufacturers and drivers, is in full swing."
Why is Iowa Corn 300 attendance decreasing so much?
Scott Dixon pitstop Sunday
2011 Crowd - easily double or triple 2017. Attendance has dropped every year since.
A reader writes, Dear AutoRacing1.com, I was looking at some of the photos of yesterday's Iowa Corn 300 and it was clear to me that less than 1/4 of the seats were filled. I read that the track seats 30,000 so that would put the attendance at less than 7,500. I guess if you add in the campers they might have had 7,500 people there. What is going on with this race, I remember the grandstands used to be almost full? Why does IndyCar appear to be in such a downward spiral? Mordichai Rosen, Los Angeles, CA
Dear Mordichai, Yes despite IndyCar's claims of growth the facts are the facts. The IndyCar oval races are certainly in a downward spiral attendance-wise. This year's TV ratings are overall down from 2016 and 2016 was overall down from 2015 so it is clear IndyCar is not growing.
However, NASCAR and other motorsports in the USA, have also seen major drops in attendance and TV ratings so it is not just an IndyCar problem. While F1 is seeing a decrease in the average age of its fanbase, and a corresponding increase in popularity, American motorsports is not connecting with the youth of this country.
American motorsports also give everything away for free on social media so why should fans bother to attend races or watch on TV when they can get everything for free on social media while they go about their daily business. They can then watch the entire race for free later on YouTube, which generates zero TV ratings and hence zero sponsor value.
Bernie Ecclestone for years limited F1 news on social media and that helped to drive higher TV ratings and race attendance, leading to huge sponsor investment. Now that Liberty Media has taken over for Ecclestone, and appears more willing to give away information on social media, it will be interesting to see the impact on F1 in coming years. Mark C
The FIA Formula E Championship moves Stateside this week as the all-electric race series holds its first ever ePrix in New York. The weekend will take the format of a double-header, with a 43-lap race on Saturday and a 49-lap event on Sunday. Nelson Piquet Jr and Oliver Turvey will be racing for the NextEV NIO Formula-e Team at rounds nine and ten of the 2016/17 season.
Nelson Piquet Jr (Car #3): I'm very excited about this race. I've said before that what Formula E has done to bring races to some truly iconic cities is really impressive. To now add New York to this list is amazing; it's one of the most famous locations in the world. I have no doubts this is going to be one of Formula E's most important moments so far. We've had some encouraging results, particularly in qualifying this year, so if the track suits us a bit more in Brooklyn, my aim is to be fighting for Super Pole on both days and working to convert that into results in the race. We need to come away from New York with a really strong points haul.
Audi to tackle Formula E with fully-fledged factory team
Audi takes over ABT Schaeffler team
Audi has committed to Formula E for the upcoming season, completing its push away from its World Endurance Championship glory days. Having slowly grown its involvement in the sport through ABT Sportsline this year, the company will be the first German manufacturer to line up on the Formula E grid when the season kicks off in December.
Although it offered a significant injection of money and development support into the ABT Sportline team ahead of the (current) 2016/17 Formula E season, the German giant stopped short of becoming a fully-fledged factory entrant. That changes next year, when ABT Sportline becomes Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler.
Speed Claims Second Red Bull Global Rallycross Victory of the 2017 Season Scott Speed claimed his 13th official Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) win, driving his No. 41 Oberto Circle K Beetle GRC across the finish line first at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Speed started today's Final from the pole position, beating out teammate Tanner Foust and Steve Arpin, finishing in second and third place, respectively.
McLaren Exec Dir Zak Brown said that Formula 1 needs two races in China and "one should be on a street circuit to help make the sport more popular," according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS.
The American also suggested the calendar should feature an updated "Asian Tour" grouping the "key races in the region -- Japan, Singapore, China and other venues to be determined such as Thailand."
Brown wrote on a LinkedIn Pulse blog, "We should explore the possibility of a race in another major city, such as Beijing, or a street race in a city like Wuxi, a place that's growing ambitiously and enormously. ...
NEWTON, Iowa – Rookie Matheus Leist is quickly becoming an oval master, following up his Freedom 100 victory in May with his second oval win of the season – and third victory overall – in an action-packed Mazda Iowa 100 Presented by Cooper Tires race this afternoon. His victory marks the third consecutive run to the checkers for Carlin, who won at the super-fast speedway in 2015 with Max Chilton and Felix Serralles last year in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires.
With a lap time of 19.644 seconds, Colton Herta placed the No. 98 Andretti Steinbrenner Racing entry on pole for today's Mazda Iowa 100. Carlin's Zachary Claman De Melo will start second with series championship leader Kyle Kaiser third. The Andretti Autosport pair of Ryan Norman and Dalton Kellett completed the top-5.
Today's race is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Central Time with same day coverage at 3:00 p.m. Central Time on NBC Sports Network.
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It is a glorious day here in the cornfields of Iowa. Temperatures are in the mid-80s with relatively light humidity and a slight breeze. And while the weather here in Newton is known to change on a moment's notice, early forecasts indicate the weather should remain lovely for today's Iowa Corn 300, scheduled to start at 4:44 p.m. local time.
Will Power, the pole sitter for today's race, doesn't usually need the added advantage of being last in the qualifying order - when track conditions are typically best - or the benefit of seeing how his Team Penske teammates perform before him to win the pole. The 36-year-old Australian blitzed the field to earn the 48th pole position of his 13-year Indy car career, with a two-lap speed average of 185.210 mph in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. This will be the fourth time the 2014 series champion leads the grid to the green flag this season.
BRAD KESELOWSKI, No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion: Accident on Lap 87
WHAT HAPPENED? "I just got in an aero wake and it pulled me around. I knew I was in a bad spot. I was trying to lay up but there is only so much you can lay up here because you get ran over from behind. The air pulled me around. It sucks. I feel bad for everyone on the Miller Lite Ford team and I think I tore up two or three other guys and that sucks for them. I don't know. It is kind of a tough spot to be in on these tracks where they are kind of one groove. You can't just lay up every time. You give up too many spots or get ran over from behind. If you drive in with someone close to you the car just spins out. It just sucks but it is what it is. We have to find a way around it and we didn't today."
(L to R) Alexander Albon, Artem Markelov, Oliver Rowland
Artem Markelov dominated this morning’s FIA Formula 2 Sprint Race at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria for a fine win which saw the likable Russian close up on championship rival Charles Leclerc, who retired midway through the race, as he was greeted by the checkered flag ahead of Alexander Albon and Charles Leclerc.
Raoul Hyman has opened his win account in the most emphatic way possible by crushing his rivals in this morning’s Race 2 at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, leading from lights to flag and controlling the race all the way through before easing off in the closing stages to win by a second from Giuliano Alesi and Nirei Fukuzumi.
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