IndyCar to race at Laguna Seca, Sonoma says Goodbye (Update)
Mario Dominguez through the Corkscrew in 2002
UPDATE IndyCar will sever its relationship with Sonoma Raceway after September’s season-ending race and will return to Laguna Seca in Monterey next year.
The open-wheel series has been a fixture at Sonoma since 2005 and has been the championship-determining race on the calendar since 2016.
But this year’s race is still without a sponsor -- GoPro did not renew its ties to what is now simply called the Grand Prix of Sonoma -- and, with auto racing dealing with declining attendance, the business aspect of the race apparently became the primary issue.
Tagliani Takes Pole for Tomorrow's Pinty's Race in Toronto
Tag on Pole for Race
The streets of Toronto host many series this weekend at Exhibition Place. One of those series is the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, the National NASCAR racing series in Canada.
Alex Tagliani, who raced IndyCars from 2000-2007, won the pole for tomorrow’s Pinty’s race. In 2008, after the IndyCar team Tagliani had been driving for decided not to take part in the Indy Car series, he made the transition to stock cars and has been racing in the Pinty’s series ever since.
In a continued effort to recognize excellence across its motorsports entertainment properties, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: TRK) officials have announced the promotion of two long-time executives. Jessica Fickenscher has been promoted to senior vice president of special projects for Speedway Motorsports, and Gerry Horn has been named senior vice president and general manager of the Performance Racing Network (PRN).
"Speedway Motorsports' employees work hard every day to set the industry standard in providing unforgettable entertainment experiences for visitors from around the world," said Marcus Smith, president and CEO of Speedway Motorsports. "We are fortunate to have dedicated and experienced leaders like Jessica and Gerry positioning our company to be best-in-class. It is a privilege to recognize their hard work and efforts to put fans first. I know Jessica and Gerry will excel with their new responsibilities as we strive to exceed expectations for our fans and corporate partners."
Legge Joins RLL Racing's Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Program
Katherine Legge has joined Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing to compete during the inaugural Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series.
The series will race as a support series during the 2018/2019 ABB FIA Formula E season. An American-themed livery will be unveiled by RLL co-owner Bobby Rahal, Legge and team officials at the New York E-Prix 2017/2018 season-finale this weekend.
07/13/18 Scott Dixon led a Honda 1-2-3-4-5 in practice Friday for the Honda Indy Toronto. It's obvious that Dixon's crew has found something because his lap of 59.075s was 4/10ths up on the next three drivers -- Takuma Sato, Marco Andretti and Graham Rahal.
Alexander Rossi was 5th quick 5/10ths behind Dixon as speeds were up over last year by 8/10ths of a second - Friday time in 2017 was 1m00.257s.
New and Returning Sponsors Fuel the 32nd Honda Indy Toronto
Tony Kanaan in Toronto Friday
The green flag has dropped on the 2018 Honda Indy Toronto at Exhibition Place. Many exciting fan attractions are in store for festival-goers by both new and returning partners of this annual summer tradition happening now through Sunday.
Disney Channel is the newest partner as the official kids TV sponsoring free IndyCar Paddock admission for children age 12 and under throughout the entire weekend. This access is provided to the youngest race fans exclusively by Disney Channel's DuckTales.
Friday Morning from Toronto (Update) UPDATE After the morning practice, AR1 spoke with Scott Dixon, the points leader who has won this race twice, about the track changes. "The front straight has been repaved. It is a lot smoother. They did a bit of repave here on turn 11. Gradually the track is getting quite smooth, which is nice. The concrete patches make it difficult but that is kinda what a street course is. The transition from very high grip braking, smooth into turn 1 and then going on the concrete is definitely very slippery."
When Alex Bowman heads back to Pocono Raceway for the July 29 race weekend, he’ll have a brand-new ride with him.
Friday morning, Axalta unveiled the No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 that will make the trip, featuring the company’s All-Pro Teachers program in partnership with the defending Super Bowl-champion Philadelphia Eagles.
Ducati rider Jorge Lorenzo takes over at the top of the timesheets during Free Practice 2 for the German MotoGP at Sachsenring, while the likes of Rossi, Zarco and Pedrosa dropped down the order from opening practice
Franco Morbidelli, who fractured his left hand at Assen, withdrew after FP1 and was replaced by former MotoGP racer and present HRC test rider Stefan Bradl.
Morbidelli out, Bradl in for Sachsenring Stefan Bradl will make his first MotoGP start since 2016 after being called up to replace in the injured Franco Morbidelli for the remainder of his home German Grand Prix.
Morbidelli, who suffered a left hand fracture at Sachsenring, made the decision to withdraw after completing 19 laps in this morning's FP1, when he was 22nd fastest and 1.937s from Andrea Iannone.
As season four of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship comes to a close in New York City this weekend, the team at Williams Advanced Engineering is celebrating the successful partnership that has powered the series since its inception.
“The series has progressed quickly from an idea on a napkin to one of the most innovative and competitive categories in motorsport,” said Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E. “At the start we didn’t have any teams or drivers, not even a car. Williams Advanced Engineering were instrumental in getting Formula E off the ground, building and producing a bespoke battery in under a year. The battery unit has proved to be reliable and consistent for 40 cars - over more than 40 races.”
Clint Bowyer To Run Ned Jarrett Throwback Paint Job in Southern 500
Clint Bowyer's No. 14 Ford will honor Ned Jarrett's 1965 Southern 500 Victory
Ned Jarrett amassed many special memories during his racing and broadcasting career in NASCAR, but few equal that hot afternoon on Sept. 6, 1965 when the 2011 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee won the Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway by an astounding 14 laps.
It's appropriate that the No. 14 Ford of Clint Bowyer will celebrate Jarrett's emphatic victory 53 years later in the 69th running of the Southern 500 Sept. 2 at the 1.366-mile Darlington oval. The No. 14 Carolina Ford Dealers Ford Fusion from Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) will mimic the design Jarrett ran on his race-winning 1965 Ford Galaxie by sporting a royal blue paint scheme with period-specific graphics.
McLaren Automotive To Launch 18 New Cars To Go 100% Hybrid By 2025
McLaren Senna Carbon
At today’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, luxury British sportscar and supercar maker McLaren Automotive has announced its ambitious, wide-ranging business plan that will take the company to its fifteenth anniversary.
Track25 is an evolution of the Track22 plan that was first launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 2016 and the updated plan now includes significant new milestones.
Mercedes F1 losing Aldo Costa as Engineering Director, plus Ellis
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport today announced a planned transition of its senior technical leadership which will see the baton handed on to the next generation of leaders within the Team for 2019 and beyond.
Aldo Costa (57) has chosen to move into the role of Technical Advisor to the Team from the beginning of 2019, in order to spend more time with his family in Italy. Aldo joined Mercedes in 2011, following a highly successful Formula One career with Ferrari and Minardi, and played a central role in structuring the Team's technical organisation and leading it to championship success.
AccuWeather Joins Pocono as Presenting Partner of the Worry-Free Weather Guarantee
LONG POND, Pa. – Pocono Raceway announced a multi-faceted partnership with leading weather provider, AccuWeather. AccuWeather is now the presenting partner of the “Worry-Free Weather Guarantee” and the “Official Weather Service Provider of Pocono Raceway.”
Mtn Dew and Hendrick Motorsports extend long-standing partnership
Chase Elliott will run Mountain Dew colors in select races
Twelve-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports and Mtn Dew have extended their long-standing partnership through 2020. The renewal will see star driver Chase Elliott continue to represent the bold and original Mtn Dew brand.
Beginning in 2018 and continuing throughout the two-year extension, Mtn Dew will be a primary sponsor of Elliott and his No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team for four Cup Series races annually. In addition, Mtn Dew, which has supported Elliott since his 2016 rookie of the year season, will be featured as an associate sponsor of the No. 9 team in all other events.
Wood Brothers to honor Cale Yarborough on throwback weekend At Darlington
Wood Brothers Throwback livery for Darlington
For this year's Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, Paul Menard's No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion will carry a red-and-white paint scheme reminiscent of the Wood Brothers' 1968 Mercury Cyclone that Cale Yarborough drove to victory in the 1968 Southern 500.
The paint scheme honoring Yarborough is part of the track's fourth-annual throwback weekend. The theme for this year's campaign is "Seven Decades of NASCAR" and few drivers and teams have as much history at Darlington as Yarborough and the Wood Brothers.
Pennzoil Launches New Ad Campaign With Multiple Motorsports Personalities
Joey Logano Pennzoil car
In a world where tenths of a second make the difference, every bit of performance counts. Launching today, Pennzoil’s new ‘My Car’ campaign highlights professional motorsports drivers who have Made the Switch and rely on Pennzoil Synthetics for protection and performance in their cars, cars that share similar needs to our daily drivers.
The new ad campaign demonstrates that professional drivers such as Joey Logano, Helio Castroneves and Leah Pritchett trust Pennzoil Synthetics to deliver the protection they need during each and every race. Under the extreme driving conditions present in NASCAR, IndyCar and NHRA Top Fuel racing, the engines in their vehicles actually have similar needs to the cars we see on the road every day. If these professional drivers can rely on Pennzoil, everyday motorists can too.
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What did Honda’s super-fast Mean Mower need? More power, of course.
The Japanese manufacturer, also known for its cars, jets, motorcycles and marine engines, wants to reclaim its title for making the fastest lawn mower in the world. The original Mean Mower could hit 130 mph and set a Guinness Book record at 116.575 mph in 2014. The current record-holder, a modified Viking mower made by a Norwegian group, hit a top speed of 134 mph a year later.
UPDATE We had an error in our table below. Last year's IndyCar race from Iowa had a 0.37 final rating, and we typed 0.31 by mistake. So the rating was down 16.2% from last year, which is in line what IndyCar has been getting all year, especially on NBCSN where ratings have plummeted.
And to think, this is the new home of IndyCar. Will there be a series left once NBCSN gets done with them?
Kasey Kahne: “I’m not sure at this point there’s going to be any passing. We’ll have to see how it all plays out."
This autumn’s Bank of America Roval 400 on the Charlotte Motor Speedway’s combination oval-road course won’t be a walk in the park.
Drivers found the new course, a 17-turn, 2.28-mile run that includes portions of the infield and the high-speed oval, somewhat of a mystery during testing Tuesday.
That was before and after changes.
There was a two-hour delay in the all-day test session because of an issue with an artificial chicane designed to slow speeds on the oval’s backstretch. In early-morning test runs. Drivers were rolling through the chicane area across rumble strips, in effect shortening the distance and generally maintaining high speeds.
Officials from On Point Motorsports announced today the formation of a new motorsports organization that will begin with competition in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Led by NASCAR veteran crew chief Steven “Bones” Lane, and a group of investors, the organization will be housed out of a multi-building facility in Denver, North Carolina.
On Point Motorsports will field the No. 30 Toyota Tundra in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with their targeted debut being the August 16th event at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Musk forced to build Tesla's in China because of the 25% tariffs China has put on imported USA cars for years. Meanwhile the USA never reciprocated, until now. There's a new sheriff in town.
Tesla Inc. will build a factory in Shanghai, the city government said Tuesday, a move expected to boost sales in the world’s largest auto market but that comes as U.S. companies face pressure to keep jobs at home.
The electric-car maker will set up and own the plant that is expected to produce 500,000 vehicles a year sometime next decade, the Shanghai authorities said. Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk was in Shanghai to sign the agreement, authorities said.
Tesla is doing something that no foreign auto maker has done before: build a factory and a network of suppliers in China without the support of a local joint venture partner. Also, the current U.S.-China trade dispute poses a risk to Tesla if the issues should create consumer backlash against American products.
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Mercedes British Grand Prix F1 Debrief Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin answers your questions about the British Grand Prix, including why Mercedes kept Valtteri out during the Safety Car and whether Lewis suffered any damage on lap one. Comment
Despite smaller IndyCar crowds every year Eddie Gossage willing to stick with IndyCar
Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage is optimistic that the track will continue hosting IndyCar races going forward.
TMS and the open-wheel series are still in negotiations for the 2019 season and beyond, but the sides don’t appear to be too far apart in striking a deal.
“Should be done soon,” Gossage said in a text message to the Star Telegram. “No big deal, just working on the deal. Typical stuff. They want more than we can pay, but that’s always the way it is with sanction agreements. We’ll work it out!”
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