The Porsche LMP Team concentrated on testing its new aerodynamics package in the first free practice sessions at the Nurburgring (DE). For the six-hour race on Sunday, 1pm to 7pm, the Porsche 919 Hybrid has been equipped with a lot more downforce for the first time this year. For the beginning of the season, the priority was on low drag set-up for the high-speed Le Mans circuit. After Porsche achieved the overall 19th win for the brand at the 24-Hour classic in June, the focus has now fully switched to the target of defending the titles in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). The race on Sunday is round 4 out of 9.
Saavedra in for Aleshin (2nd Update) UPDATE The team said today that Aleshin was benched for this one race because of one too many accidents and will be back in the car for Mid-Ohio.
Ride-Buyer Sebastian Saavedra replaces Ride-Buyer Aleshin
07/13/17 Below is an update from IndyCar.Com regarding Saavedra replacing Aleshin.
TORONTO – Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced today that Verizon IndyCar Series veteran Sebastian Saavedra will drive the team’s No. 7 Honda at this weekend’s Honda Indy Toronto.
Saavedra has driven in 62 races in a Verizon IndyCar Series career that began in 2010, including this year’s Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, where he finished 15th for Juncos Racing. Mikhail Aleshin has driven the No. 7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entry in the first 11 races of the 2017, but missed the opening day of practice for the KOHLER Grand Prix on June 23 when visa issues prevented the Russian from re-entering the United States.
Big Oil begins to realize their days are numbered The world’s biggest oil producers are starting to take electric vehicles seriously as a long-term threat writes Jessica Shankleman of Bloomberg.
OPEC quintupled its forecast for sales of plug-in EVs, and oil producers from Exxon Mobil Corp. to BP Plc also revised up their outlooks in the past year, according to a study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) released on Friday. The London-based researcher expects those cars to reduce oil demand 8 million barrels by 2040, more than the current combined production of Iran and Iraq.
Sebastien Bourdais has had great success racing in Toronto, which made the decision to attend this weekend's event as a spectator more difficult. At the behest of Craig Hampson, his friend and race engineer at Dale Coyne Racing, Bourdais is on hand to lend advice to the team's rookie drivers, Esteban Gutierrez and Ed Jones, as he recovers from hip and pelvis fractures sustained in a crash during an Indianapolis 500 qualifying attempt.
Eleven NASCAR teams to lose practice time at NH 42-Kyle Larson and #14-Clint Bowyer each will sit out 30 minutes of Saturday's final Cup practice for failing inspection before last weekend's race at Kentucky.
All told, eleven Cup teams will miss practice time this weekend because of inspection issues at previous events.
George Russell has delighted the local fans with a sterling drive in cool conditions in this afternoon’s qualifying session in Silverstone, leading the way for most of the session to claim his second pole position ahead of ART Grand Prix teammates Anthoine Hubert and Nirei Fukuzumi.
The Briton stopped the clock with a laptime of 1:46.608 to claim pole by a tenth in a tight session, which took place under overcast but dry conditions. All of the drivers were immediately on track given the chance of rain, looking to at least secure a banker lap while they could.
Kentucky NASCAR Cup Series Race Hits New Low On NBCSN
No matter who you are NBCSN will put you out of business eventually
NBCSN on Saturday night averaged 2.71 million viewers for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400, marking a new low for the primetime race at Kentucky Speedway. The Kentucky telecast has declined each of the last four years. Last year’s race averaged 3.19 million viewers, while the ’15 race drew 3.22 million viewers in its first year on NBCSN. It debuted in ’11 on TNT to 4.97 million viewers.
Leclerc hits rivals for six in Silverstone Charles Leclerc made it six poles in six rounds with a stunning lap in this afternoon’s FIA Formula 2 qualifying session in Silverstone, easily continuing his perfect qualifying form to take the top spot by over four tenths from championship rivals Oliver Rowland and Norman Nato.
The Monegasque driver was the fastest man on both sets of tires, running quicker again on his second set to top all three sectors for a combined lap of 1:38.427 to break the hearts of any of his rivals who were hoping for a reversal of fortune at the fast, flowing circuit.
Video: Blaney Joins Wall of Winners at Wood Brothers Museum Ryan Blaney was recently added to the Wall of Winners at the Wood Brothers Museum in Stuart, Va. When that happened, he tweeted that he's wanted to be on that wall since he first saw it in 2015. This video takes us back to that moment in 2015. Comment
It appears the hideous looking 'Shield' is a failure right out of the box.
Ferrari had to cut short a test of Formula 1's latest head protection device, dubbed the 'shield', because it made Sebastian Vettel feel "a bit dizzy".
The German was tasked with trialling the new device, which is a large curved screen which wraps around the cockpit, during first practice for the British Grand Prix. But Vettel completed just a single lap at slow pace, despite plans to do several laps at varying speeds.
Bottas again tops Hamilton to lead practice 2 at Silverstone
Bottas and Hamilton again 1-2
Every session Valtteri Bottas is getting more familiar with his Aldo Costa designed Mercedes, the fastest car in F1 for 4 years running. In the 2nd practice at Silverstone Friday for the British GP Bottas led Hamilton for a Mercedes 1-2.
Bottas posted a fastest lap time of 1:28.496, giving him an advantage of 0.047 seconds over Hamilton behind.
Mercedes may have dominated once again at the front of the field, but its advantage was trimmed between FP1 and FP2 as Ferrari bounced back from a quiet morning.
IndyCar Team Schmidt Peterson Set To Name Jon Flack President Verizon IndyCar Series team Schmidt Peterson Motorsports this morning will announce that former JMI President & COO/Americas Jon Flack has been named to the newly created position of President according to Adam Stern of Sports Business Daily. SPM co-Owner Sam Schmidt said that as the team has grown to more than 50 employees and 12-15 sponsors, he started to see a greater need to hire a top business lieutenant. This will also allow SPM GM Piers Phillips to solely focus on the competition side.
Valtteri Bottas’ race-winning momentum from Austria carried into Friday’s opening practice for the 2017 Formula 1 Rolex British Grand Prix, as he edged Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton for P1 by just 0.078s. Neither driver sampled the fastest supersoft tyre. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo did - and finished third and fourth respectively, with Verstappen half a second down on Bottas.
The Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were next up, the latter having spent the opening minutes of the session trialling the FIA’s latest cockpit protection ‘Shield’ device. Soon after it had been removed, he spun at Becketts.
No sponsors will even look at you with those kind of numbers. At least F1 gets a cumulative 30 million viewers per race worldwide. IndyCar gets just the 474,000 in the USA and a few thousand more elsewhere. When you think small you are small.
Through six races, NBCSN's coverage of the 2017 Verizon INDYCAR SERIES has averaged 474,000 viewers to rank as NBCSN's most-watched INDYCAR season on record to-date.
Viewership is up 16% vs. the comparable five races in 2016 (408,000).
Through nine races, NBC Sports Group's 2017 F1 coverage has averaged 579,000 viewers, up 16% vs. the same point in 2016 (eight races; 498,000).
NASCAR announced that Brent Dewar is being elevated to the position of President of NASCAR effective immediately. Dewar, who joined NASCAR as Chief Operating Officer (COO) in 2014, becomes only the fourth person in the sport's history to hold the designation of President of NASCAR.
Dewar's promotion to President is in following with NASCAR Chairman & CEO Brian France's vision for a more inclusive and strategic
F1 embraces social media with Snapchat deal Formula 1’s new owners continue to ring the changes, embracing social media with the signing of a new global partnership with video-sharing platform Snapchat.
The new deal, announced on Thursday, will see F1 promote content from its grands prix via Snapchat’s ‘Our Stories’ on the Discover platform.
The partnership will make its debut at this weekend’s British GP.
George Russell has claimed the top spot in this afternoon’s free practice session in Silverstone, blasting past everyone as the session closed with a stunning lap to grab P1 in an ART block out of the top four places ahead of Nirei Fukuzumi, Jack Aitken and Anthoine Hubert.
In a very dark and ominous looking session the Mercedes F1 junior driver used all of his local knowledge to bring home a lap of 1:46.738 as the flag dropped, crushing his own best time as well as those of his rivals to take the top spot by over three tenths.
Charles Leclerc has picked up where he left off in Austria by topping the timesheets in this afternoon’s F2 free practice session in Silverstone, grabbing the position early in the session before chipping away at his own times to lead Oliver Rowland and Luca Ghiotto at the flag.
Video: Ferrari previews the British GP Silverstone means a lot to Scuderia Ferrari. It was the scene of its maiden Formula 1 win, in 1951 when Jose Froilan Gonzalez drove a 375 to victory. It has always been a classic on the calendar, but is the track the same as in yesteryear? Definitely not: in Gonzalez’s day the track was under 5 kilometers in length and a race distance involved no less than 90 laps and the Argentinian’s average speed on his way to pole position was only a little over 160 km/h. But even then, it was a superfast track and when Ferrari took pole and the win in 1990 with Nigel Mansell and Alain Prost respectively, their 641s both exceeded 250.
Kentucky Penalties; Larson docked 35 pts & crew chief suspended #42-Kyle Larson, the points leader in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, was fined 35 driver points and crew chief Chad Johnston suspended three races and fined $75,000 after NASCAR found that the #42 Chevy from the Kentucky race had an illegal rear brake cooling assembly. The 2nd place race finish is encumbered per Section 12.10 Encumbered Race Finishes. Duct work or other devices are not allowed to pass from one area of the interior of the vehicle to another or to the outside of the vehicle.
Alexander Rossi & Max Chilton On F1 Vs. IndyCar Having both formerly raced in Formula One with Manor/Marussia and now riding high together in IndyCar, Alexander Rossi and Max Chilton are well placed to compare motorsport's two elite series. Mobil 1 The Grid spoke to the pair to find out about how the cars and the competition differs Stateside, and why concentration is key when it comes racing wheel-to-wheel on ovals. Comment
Elliott Expects Stage Racing To Shuffle NASCAR Deck at Brickyard
The Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 is one of the biggest races in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, as every driver covets the chance to kiss the Yard of Bricks as the race winner.
This prestigious race takes place on one of the biggest tracks in the sport, the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Only the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway is longer among ovals on the Cup schedule.
And the way Hendrick Motorsports rising star Chase Elliott sees it, the new stage racing format introduced this year into the Cup Series will create even bigger opportunities for teams and drivers to gamble on different strategies at IMS than shorter tracks.
Almirola to Return to No. 43 Ford at New Hampshire
Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) driver Aric Almirola, who suffered an acute compression fracture to his T5 Vertebra after a multi-car accident at Kansas Speedway in May, will return to Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The injury, which has a standard healing time of eight to 12 weeks, took eight weeks for Almirola to recover. Throughout the recovery process, Almirola did physical therapy, swam and tested in a simulation and on track environment. A test yesterday at Charlotte Motor Speedway was the final step in a multi-step process to return to the No. 43 Smithfield Ford.
Chevrolet Presents Corvette Grand Sport To All-Star Game MVP Robinson Cano
MIAMI — The 2017 Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player, Robinson Cano, chose a Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport during the MVP award ceremony presented by Chevrolet at Marlins Park in Miami on Tuesday night.
Chevrolet, America’s most-awarded car company, gave Cano, who went 1-for-2 in the contest with a home run, RBI and a run scored, his choice between the 460-horsepower Corvette Grand Sport or the trail-ready Colorado ZR2.
British GP - Daniil Kvyat 360 hotlap - Scuderia Toro Rosso With the Red Bull Ring weekend just ended, our guys have only just finished packing everything away in order to head straight for England and this weekend's British Grand Prix.
It's Daniil Kvyat who has the task of taking you on a virtual lap of the famous Silverstone circuit, which started life as a Royal Air Force base.
This is something of a second home race for Toro Rosso, given that their wind tunnel is based in Bicester, only a few miles from the track. Of course, this is also home to the majority of other Formula 1 teams. The Silverstone track is 5.89 kilometres long and, as Daniil explains here, it features a wide range of corner types, many of them very fast and wide. The most enjoyable section is the run of Esses that comprises Maggots, Becketts and Chapel To deal with the sequence of direction changes, a car needs good driveability and a high level of aero downforce, to ensure it stays stuck to the track. Getting a good exit out of Chapel is vital, because it leads onto the long Hangar Straight and another fast corner, Stowe.
Gary Paffett's Crash at Norisring - Onboard Footage Here's exclusive onboard footage of Gary Paffett's incident in Race 2 at the Norisring, courtesy of the DMSB. Gary's speed shortly before the accident was around 255 km/h. Moreover, Gary experienced a peak impact force of 6-8G when he hit the wall and even 38-40G when he slammed into Rockenfeller. Massive thank-you to the people who designed the car. We keep saying how incredibly safe these DTM cars are nowadays. Here at the Norisring, we've seen just how safe they really are. Comment
Bourdais to attend Honda Indy Toronto this weekend
Bourdais won Toronto in 2014
Sebastien Bourdais will make his first trip to a race track since the Indianapolis 500, as he’ll join Dale Coyne Racing drivers Esteban Gutierrez and Ed Jones on site at this weekend’s Honda Indy Toronto (Sunday, 3 p.m. ET, CNBC).
The Frenchman won the season-opening race of the year at St. Petersburg on a street course and followed it up with a runner-up finish at Long Beach.
After his crash at Indianapolis in qualifying where he sustained pelvic fractures and a hip injury, Bourdais made it back to the track at the ‘500 race morning for his first formal media availability.
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