Stewart to fans: 'Put some pressure on NASCAR' for Xfinity race at Eldora
Tony Stewart challenged fans to reach out to NASCAR and convince the sanctioning body to put an Xfinity race at Eldora Speedway.
“Fans, if you’re out there, think about starting to put some pressure on NASCAR,” Stewart said during an appearance Tuesday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “I think we need to get an Xfinity race. If we could get an Xfinity race and it was successful, maybe one day we could get a Cup race here at Eldora, and I think that’s something everybody would like to see.”
Final Weekend TV Ratings The final TV ratings for last weekend are in and NBCSN has once again delivered disappointing results for NASCAR and IndyCar. NASCAR's TV rating plummet continues unabated, as does IndyCar's. In fact IndyCar with a 0.29 is approaching infomercial numbers.
Conor Daly Ready for XFINITY Debut at Road America
While he is best known for his experience in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Conor Daly will be switching gears in August as he will make his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut at Road America.
“I’m excited about it,” he told POPULAR SPEED. “It’s a whole new deal, whole new opportunity, and I’m just thankful for that chance in Lilly Diabetes giving me the shot. It’s going to be a steep learning curve, but I’m excited for it.”
The opportunity comes about wanting to try something different while expanding his horizons and options at the same time.
Mario Dominguez through the Corkscrew in 2002 CART IndyCar race
INDYCAR and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca announced that the historic Northern California road course with deep Indy car roots will return to the schedule in 2019.
The three-year agreement, approved today by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors overseeing operation of the facility, calls for Laguna Seca to be the host site of the final race of the 2019 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Next year's race weekend will be Sept. 20-22. The remainder of the series schedule will be announced later.
Jay Howard Driver Development Enters Mazda Road to Indy
Jay Howard Development moves into IndyCar ladder
Prominent karting and junior formula team Jay Howard Driver Development (JHDD) today announced it will join the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires on a full-time basis in 2019. Led by Verizon IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500 veteran Jay Howard, who himself has won championships in both USF2000 and Indy Lights, the team’s expansion furthers its mission of advancing drivers from the karting ranks to junior open-wheel categories en route to the Verizon IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500.
Video: Danica on Boyfriend Aaron Rodgers, the Dalai Lama & Hosting the ESPYs Danica talks about being retired at 36, dating Aaron Rodgers, being a bandwagon Packers fan, meeting the Dalai Lama, and hosting the ESPYS. Comment
Monster Energy to become Yamaha title sponsor in 2019
Yamaha star Valentino Rossi
The Monster Energy Company and Yamaha strengthen their global alliance by signing a multi-year agreement, elevating Monster Energy to the Title Sponsor position within the Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Team.
Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. is pleased to announce that the Monster Energy Company will be the Title Sponsor of the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team, effective from the start of the 2019 MotoGP World Championship season.
Newly-crowned Formula E season four champion Jean-Eric Vergne and his Techeetah teammate Andre Lotterer were fined for wearing non-compliant underwear during qualifying for the season finale in New York.
Both drivers were fined €5,000 and given two penalty points for breaching article 30.14 of the 2017/2018 FE sporting regulations during qualifying for the second race of the double-header at the Brooklyn Circuit.
The bizarre penalties were handed out ahead of the final race of the 2017/18 campaign, which Vergne went on to win the day after he had secured his first FE drivers’ championship.
Tickets Go On Sale July 18 for Inaugural Dirt Track Race at IMS
Midgets will run at IMS. The only thing left to try are swamp buggies
Tickets for the Driven2SaveLives BC39 presented by NOS Energy Drink, the inaugural event at The Dirt Track at IMS, will go on sale to the general public Wednesday, July 18 at IMS.com.
The United States Auto Club P1 Insurance Midget National Championship event will take place Wednesday, Sept. 5 and Thursday, Sept. 6 on the new quarter-mile clay oval located inside Turn 3 of the famous IMS asphalt oval. The event honors late USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson and increases awareness of the Indiana Donor Network and its Driven2SaveLives campaign.
Bentley's Bentayga SUV Races To The Top Of Pikes Peak Bentley recently traveled to North America to take on the infamous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and challenge the SUV record with their modified Bentayga machine. Mobil 1 The Grid joined the manufacturer in the Rocky Mountains to capture their record-breaking adventure, and to hear from star driver Rhys Millen and engineering chief David Argent about the scale of the challenge that lay before the team. Comment
Race Rewind: Martin Truex Jr.'s dominant Kentucky win in 15 Relive the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway in 15 minutes as Martin Truex Jr. sweeps stages for the repeat victory. Comment
Tequila Patron drops IMSA and ESM team sponsorship
No more green Tequila Patron cars in IMSA
This morning, Tequila Patron announced its departure from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, both as a team sponsor and a series sponsor, following the conclusion of the 2018 season. We at Extreme Speed Motorsports would like to thank Patron Spirits CEO Ed Brown and the iconic brand for their support of our team and their investment in sports car racing over the years.
Together with Tequila Patron, ESM burst onto the sports car racing scene in 2010 in the American Le Mans Series, and in the eight years to follow, has earned coveted wins at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the Twelve Hours of Sebring, and Petit Le Mans. Together, our two brands competed on an international level in GT cars and Prototypes, entertaining fans across the world in the American Le Mans Series, the Indianapolis 500, FIA World Endurance Championship, and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Stephane Sarrazin. The end of MS&AD's Formula E nightmare endeavor
The last two races of the 2018 Formula E season ended this weekend in New York City. Unfortunately, this has not been a great season for the MS&AD Andretti Formula E Team who once again misses out on points. Stephane Sarrazin (FRA) finished Sunday’s race in twelfth place having finished in the same position on Saturday. BMW works driver Antonio Felix da Costa (POR) crossed the finish line in eleventh and 15th. On Sunday, after a strong pursuit had moved him up into the points, a penalty awarded for causing a collision saw him pushed down the field.
2018 Formula 1 Driver Salaries As a reference, from Fernando Alonso and up, each F1 driver makes more money than the entire IndyCar grid combined. How could that be you ask? It's the global TV eyeballs per race stupid.
Toronto Race 2: Urrutia goes flag to flag in Indy Lights
It's a sad state of affairs in IndyCar's top rung of its ladder series. Santi Urrutia scored his second Indy Lights win of the season for Belardi Auto Racing, but only 5 cars raced.
Urrutia came into this season as a hot favorite to win the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship crown – and a scholarship valued at $1 million to advance to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2019.
What a story! In 2016, Rene Rast made an unexpected debut quite literally overnight in the DTM at Zandvoort. At that time he replaced Adrien Tambay, who had been injured the day before, in Audi Sport Team Rosberg. In 2017, Rast won the title as rookie at the first attempt, but had a difficult weekend in Zandvoort. Two years after his debut he ended Audi’s lean spell in the current DTM season in the dunes on the North Sea.
Lance Stroll's Billionaire daddy Lawrence Stroll (R) berates Paddy Lowe - probably saying 'I pay $40M a year and we are running last. Fix your crap car or I will have you fired.'
The once mighty Williams team has this season reached the lowest ebb of its illustrious history, long gone are victories and titles that made it one of the most feared teams on the grid, reduced to the wretched state it now is: the worst team on the grid.
Jacques Villeneuve, who won Williams’ last drivers’ title in 1997, kicked the hornet’s nest last week when he roundly slammed bad management at the Grove outfit and squarely put the blame on 41-year old Claire’s shoulders. The straight-talking Canadian added that promoting her to lead the team, triggered by Sir Frank Williams’ deteriorating health, was a bad call.
Statistics show that since Claire’s appointment as deputy team principal in March 2013, running the show in lieu of her father, the team has suffered a steady decline despite occasional flashes of hope such as in 2014 and 2015 when they finished third in the constructors’ championship.
There were three main storylines to this morning’s ninth round of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda – a multi-car accident at Turn Three on the opening lap which delayed many of the front-runners, a tremendous effort by Brazilian Igor Fraga, and ultimately yet another well-earned victory for runaway championship leader Kyle Kirkwood and his Cape Motorsports team.
Fraga snared a career-best second for the Canadian-owned Exclusive Autosport team, while Swedish rookie Rasmus Lindh (Pabst Racing) rose from 11th at the end of the first lap to complete the podium.
Santi Urrutia has won the pole for Sunday's Indy Lights race in Toronto. Urrutia beat points leader Patricio O'Ward from Mexico by 0.1316s. Colton Herta was third, but we do not think he will race.
Driving with a broken Thumb he received yesterday when he crashed the first time in IndyLights qualifying for Race 1, Colton Herta has crashed a third time in qualifying for Race 2. Coming out of Turn 11 you either go into the pits or stay on the track Herta crashed.
Good morning from the Honda Indy Toronto. It is a beautiful, sunny morning for the 34th running of this race on the streets of Exhibition Place. Temperatures are predicted to reach the mid 80s by race time. Rain was expected last night but it did not rain. The lawns are pretty dry here in the Toronto area due to lack of rain. Thunderstorms are predicted for Monday and Tuesday here but it looks like today will be dry.
Watch an autonomous race car tackle England's famous Goodwood hill climb All kinds of cars turn up at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed to run up Goodwood’s famous hill climb course, but none have ever done it like this. Roborace’s autonomous race car, called Robocar successfully navigated the 1.16-mile course without a human driver onboard, becoming the first vehicle to do so. Comment
Patricio O'Ward wins Indy Lights race in Toronto (Update)
UPDATE This story was updated.
07/14/18 Patricio O’Ward, from Monterrey, Mexico, reclaimed the lead in the closely fought Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires title-chase following a hard-earned fourth win of the season for Andretti Autosport in Saturday afternoon’s Cooper Tires Indy Lights Grand Prix of Toronto Presented by Allied Building Products.
Vilander/Molina Combo Score 4th PWC GT SprintX Win at Portland
Vilander, the veteran racer from Finland, and Molina, the young, rising star from Spain
It was a traditional Ferrari-Porsche battle Saturday at Portland International Raceway in the 58th Rose Cup Races featuring the Pirelli World Challenge presented by Honda Racing/HPD as the Ferrari duo of Toni Vilander and Miguel Molina recorded their fourth 2018 GT SprintX win.
Driving the No. 61 R. Ferri Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3, Vilander, the veteran racer from Finland, and Molina, the young, rising star from Spain, came from behind in the second half of the 60-minute, two-driver event to defeat the Porsche combination of Michael Christensen and Spencer Pumpelly in the No. 24 Alegra Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R by 1.46-seconds at the checkered flag in the 48-lap event.
IndyCar racing is putting Sonoma County in its rearview mirror again.
The open-wheel racing series, best known for its iconic Indianapolis 500 over Memorial Day weekend each year, is maneuvering to move the Grand Prix of Sonoma to Monterey County’s Laguna Seca raceway. It is one of the top three motorsports events held each year at the sprawling track off Highway 121. The largest, the NASCAR Cup series, can attract more than 100,000 fans over a three-day span.
With broken Thumb Colton Herta crashed in the Lights race Saturday
The Mazda Road to Indy development ladder sanctioned by INDYCAR has doubleheader weekends scheduled for all three levels at Toronto. The first race in each series took place Saturday.
Patricio O'Ward (Andretti Autosport) led all 35 laps of the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires race, avoiding incidents and spinning cars behind him as the latter stages encountered wet track conditions from rain. O'Ward started second and passed teammate and pole sitter Colton Herta on the opening lap.
CHAD KNAUS, CREW CHIEF OF THE NO. 48 LOWE’S FOR PROS CAMARO ZL1 DISCUSSES HIS CONTRACT EXTENSION:
SO, YOU HAVE RESIGNED YOUR CONTRACT TO CONTINUE TO CREW CHIEF THE NO. 48. DID YOU HAVE ANY THOUGHTS OF NOT EXTENDING? “No, not really. Obviously, Jimmie (Johnson) and I have a, although going through a bit of a slump right now, we have a great time racing together. We have a long relationship and enjoyed everything 48. So, no not really it was pretty easy.”
As both the track and the competition starts to hot up here in New York City, it's Renault e.dams Sebastien Buemi who starts the race on Pole after posting a time of 1:13.911s. "I just hope we can convert this good start into a good result," said the former champion. "I'd really like to finish on a good note."
Saturday Morning Update from Honda Indy Toronto UPDATE With only an a half an hour before qualifying starts, the rain is starting to fall. Thunderstorms are back in the forecast for the whole qualifying session.
07/14/18 Takuma Sato, driver of the number 30 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing entry, was the fastest in the morning practice session. At the end of practice, Sato got out of this car, unzipped his driving suit and stood in front of a fan to cool himself off. His suit was wet with sweat due to the hot temperatures early today.
Mercedes-AMG locks out the top four: Gary Paffett wins at Zandvoort
Paffett leads from the start
Gary Paffett will remember this race Saturday at Zandvoort for a long time to come: having started from pole position, the Mercedes-AMG driver won the ninth race of the season in The Netherlands and thus extended his lead in the DTM drivers’ standings. For the Brit, it was the 23rd win in his 174th DTM race.
Little Ricky warns Kyle Busch to stop 'running his mouth'
Little Ricky is so small compared to Kyle Busch he best not be making any physical threats
Little Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had no apology for Kyle Busch about the accidents caused at Daytona last week, but he did warn the Cup points leader to stop "running his mouth."
Stenhouse had taken the blame during and after the July 7 race for the accident where he slid into Busch, but the Roush Fenway Racing driver didn't reach out to Busch during the week before their arrival at Kentucky Speedway.
"You wipe out half the field, and I'm pretty sure there would be a pretty busy Monday for him, but there wasn't. So apparently he just doesn't care," Busch said Friday afternoon during his media availability at Kentucky Speedway.
In an extremely tight practice session, Takuma Sato came out on top of the 3rd practice session for the IndyCars on the streets of Toronto Saturday morning. Sato's lap of 58.678s in his Rahal Honda was just 0.0973s faster than the Penske Chevy of Josef Newgarden who crashed in Turn 8 at the very end of the session trying to avoid Robert Wickens who stuffed his SPM Honda head-on into the tire barrier with 15s to go in the session.
Will Power was third quick in his Penske Chevy with Alexander Rossi and Spencer Pigot rounding out the top-5.
Is the rumor true that John Malone and his Liberty Media might save IndyCar?
UPDATE A reader writes, Dear AutoRacing1.com, As a huge IndyCar fan, with so many races failing and TV ratings heading south fast, I am worried that the current leadership is running the series into the ground. Yet, I watch F1 and the grandstands are packed and countries around the world are begging for a race. I keep hearing about new International venues for IndyCar, but I see none. I keep hearing about another engine manufacturer, but I see none. Who is replacing Verizon as the series sponsor? I do see some new teams, which is positive, but I suspect that's a result of a strong USA economy. It's disheartening to see what is happening to IndyCar. Joel Bennet
The People's Champion - Nigel Mansell On The British GP, Home Support & Lewis Hamilton
Nigel Mansell was known as 'The People's Champion' even before he secured the F1 World Championship title with Williams in 1992, with the Briton's fighting spirit endearing him to fans all over the world. But nowhere did he receive more support than at home, with packed grandstands spurring him on to four British Grand Prix victories.
Mobil 1 The Grid sat down with Mansell to understand just what it meant to perform on home soil, and how he feels he would fare against current British star Lewis Hamilton.
The Road To Victory Lane - Kevin Harvick On Stewart-Haas Racing's Winning Approach Kevin Harvick and Stewart-Haas Racing have enjoyed a highly-competitive start to the 2018 NASCAR season, with five visits to Victory Lane putting the partnership firmly in the title hunt. Mobil 1 The Grid caught up with Harvick to discuss the open, self-critical approach at the center of this success, and how all areas of the SHR operation link up in perfect harmony. Comment
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