Lexus RC F GT3 Delayed Until 2017 The Lexus RC F GT3 will not make its IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race debut until next year, following a decision by the automaker to focus on development of its new-for-2017 GT3 car instead.
As initially revealed by Slipstream Network, the F Performance Racing team will forgo entering its current GT3-based model, which has been used for initial testing in the U.S., and was slated to race this year.
Lotus Formula 1 Team Lost £57M In '15 Prior To Takeover By Renault
Lotus lost their shirt in 2015
The Lotus F1 team posted a loss of £57M in '15 "prior to the takeover by Renault, newly released accounts indicate," according to Adam Cooper of Motorsport.
That represents a "massive change" from '14, when the company lost £5.8M. The Enstone team "operated under its previous identity" until almost the end of the '15 calendar year, as the deal to sell it to Renault subsidiary Grigny (U.K.) Ltd. was completed on Dec. 18.
Daytona announces 2017 Country 500 Dates Organizers today confirmed the second edition of Country 500 – The Great American Music Fest at Daytona—setting the dates for May 26, 27, & 28, 2017. A new Memorial Day tradition, the inaugural Country 500 music festival drew over 75,000 music-loving fans from across the globe to Daytona International Speedway, the “World Center of Racing,” in an unprecedented use of one of the America’s great entertainment destinations.
Pritchett to team with DSR in Denver Top Fuel driver Leah Pritchett’s season-long bid to earn a spot in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship got another boost Thursday when it was announced that she has struck a deal to compete at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals with a Don Schumacher Racing dragster.
Pritchett will drive DSR’s fourth dragster for the fifth time this year in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series with crew chiefs Mike Guger and Joe Barlam. Pritchett began the year with Bob Vandergriff Racing in what was to be her first full-time Top Fuel season. But after four events, including a win in the year's second race, team owner Bob Vandergriff abruptly retired upon the death of a primary sponsor and close friend. She put together financial backing for another race before joining the independent Lagana Brothers team for three more. She first joined DSR in mid-May near Atlanta.
Newman enters Rich Vogler Classic INDIANAPOLIS – Former USAC Silver Crown champion Ryan Newman will return to USAC competition this Thursday during the USAC Silver Crown Series Rich Vogler/USAC Hall of Fame Classic at Lucas Oil Raceway.
Newman competed in last year’s race at Lucas Oil Raceway and finished third after starting on the front row.
Newman’s USAC career at the track includes five victories in midgets (1997-1999) and one in Silver Crown (1999). He was the 1999 USAC Silver Crown Series champion and three years earlier had been named the series Rookie of the Year. He has two series victories, the last coming in a 1999 race at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill.
212,000 take in MotoGP The German MotoGP race "attracted more than 210,000 spectators to Sachsenring over the weekend," according to the SID. The three-day event drew a total of 212,411 fans. It is the race's best figure since '11 when a record-setting 230,133 spectators showed up. This year's number was a slight improvement over '15 (211,588), despite the rainy weather conditions. Sunday's race, which was won by Honda rider Marc Marquez, drew 93,213 spectators. The race was the first German event on the MotoGP schedule since '98
Matthew Brabham celebrates Stadium SUPER Trucks win
Matt Brabham captured Saturday’s thrilling SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Presented by TRAXXAS (SST) opening event at the Honda Indy Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada besting Alpine, Calif. driver Sheldon Creed to the line by a truck length.
This weekend’s visit to the Honda Indy Toronto would mark the fourth straight year the high flying trucks would visit the highly advanced city just an hour and half North of the United States border. With a small redesign of the fast and technical temporary street circuit that makes up the 11-turn 1.755-mile (2.824 km) street course, many drivers would struggle to hit their marks throughout Friday’s practice session getting into the outside tire barriers.
Saleen Under Siege A large Ford dealership in Texas is suing Saleen Automotive, alleging fraud and breach of contract, and another dealership says it's having similar problems getting Saleen to deliver a supercharged Mustang that was promised and paid for long ago. Financial documents show that Saleen is deeply in debt and low on cash.
But CEO Steve Saleen, a former race car driver who has been customizing performance cars since 1984 and rose to fame with his go-fast Ford Mustangs, says those dealerships' experiences aren't representative. Saleen says it's a "small miracle" his company has gotten to where it is since he was forced to start anew several years ago.
NASCAR New Hampshire TV Rating NBCSN yesterday afternoon drew a 2.0 overnight rating for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from New Hampshire, down from a 2.3 overnight last year. Dale Earnhardt Jr. sat out yesterday's race with concussion-like symptoms.
Honda Toronto GP draws big crowd (Update) UPDATE Crowds estimated at more than 100,000 attended Honda Indy Toronto and the "three-day race festival" surrounding competition. Honda Indy Toronto President Jeff Atkinson said that a "rain-free weekend combined with an expanded roster of events and attractions and a Fan Friday promotion ... made for a successful weekend in the view of organizers." Will Power won the street-course race, now in its 30th year of existence and seventh year under promoter/operator Green Savoree. Toronto Sun
Ford Ready to Re-engage in the WEC Championship Battle GREATWORTH, U.K., July 18, 2016 – The FIA World Endurance Championship roars back into life at the Nurburgring in Germany this weekend after a short post-Le Mans break. The Ford Chip Ganassi team has its sights set on championship success and currently leads the FIA Endurance Trophy for LM GTE Pro Teams and sits third in the World Endurance Cup for GT Manufacturers.
Was embezzlement involved in failed Boston race? The Verizon IndyCar Series’ Grand Prix of Boston was set to be a pretty sweet race with a 2.2-mile temporary street course carved out of the city for the Labor Day race. Unfortunately, the race was cancelled altogether after relationships between race promoters and the City of Boston fell apart. The president of the Grand Prix of Boston group blamed it on the cities “endless, unrealistic demands,” while the city pointed its finger right back, saying the group was unorganized and wasn’t willing to put in the work to make the race happen.
Kevin Harvick talked to NBCSN at the conclusion of Sunday's race at New Hampshire:
HOW HAPPY ARE YOU WITH THIS TOP FIVE? "I'm disgusted to tell you the truth. It's the same thing every week. We just make mistake after mistake and until we clean that up we don't have a chance to win races putting ourselves in a hole every time we make a mistake. It sucks because the cars are plenty fast, but we are just not executing."
Video: Nascar Loudon Sprint Cup Post Race Q&A Race-winner Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota), race-winning crew chief Jason Ratcliff (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota) and owner Joe Gibbs (Joe Gibbs Racing), second-place finisher Tony Stewart (No. 14 Haas Automation Chevrolet) and third-place finisher Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford) Comment
In NASCAR cheaters always keep their win ESPN.com's Bob Pockrass reports, "Tech is done. Race winner Matt Kenseth's car failed laser tech postrace. 2nd place finisher Tony Stewart passed postrace." Failing laser tech has been a 15-point penalty this year.
The motto in NASCAR, unlike other race series, is if you cheat and win you will never lose your victory, just some points and/or a fine. In other series cheaters lose their victory.
RICK HENDRICK, OWNER OF HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS, met briefly with media prior to the start of the New Hampshire 301. Full Transcript:
CAN YOU TELL US HOW DALE EARNHARDT JR IS DOING? HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO FIGURE OUT IF HE HAS HAD A CONCUSSION, OR NOT?
"I'm not a doctor, but he's running through a bunch of tests and he's going to have some more tests the first of the week. He's doing good. He wants to be in the car. The doctors are going to tell him when it's okay for him to be back. And so, I know he's anxious. We want him back as soon as the doctors give him clearance."
Rosenqvist Dominates Indy Lights in Toronto For Belardi Auto Racing
TORONTO, Ont., Canada – For the second successive day, Felix Rosenqvist took the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires field by storm, romping to a clear victory in this morning’s Cooper Tires Indy Lights Grand Prix of Toronto. The Swede’s #4 Belardi Auto Racing Dallara-Mazda IL-15 was never seriously threatened as the 2015 FIA European Formula 3 champion and two-time Macau Grand Prix winner left everyone in his wake before cruising to a 7.2-second victory.
The main interest instead centered on a thrilling battle for second place which eventually fell the way of Brazilian Andre Negrao (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with Curb-Agajanian), who matched his career-best result while fending off the attentions of Kyle Kaiser (Juncos Racing) and Santi Urrutia (Schmidt Peterson).
Sunday morning update from Toronto GP (2nd Update) UPDATE I am anticipating an exciting race in Toronto today. It is sunny and the temperature is only 73 degrees here. There is a good crowd moving around today. I expect the grandstands to be full when the IndyCar race starts at 3:15 pm.
The pit lane speed limit was changed on Friday to 40 MPH. Normally the limit is 50 on road courses, but because of the curved pit lane, the series decided they would slow down the cars while coming in.
The staff in the Media Centre has been great. The promoter did a good job of placement in the Enercare Centre, which is right outside the IndyCar and ladder series paddock. And not far from the new pit lane. The only glitch was no timing for the NASCAR race, but we did have the track feed.
Wickens wins race in Zandvoort on Saturday – Wittmann "half-time champion"
In a dominant way, Robert Wickens has won the ninth race of the DTM season at Zandvoort in The Netherlands. Having started from pole position into the 40 minutes" race on Saturday, the Mercedes-AMG driver crossed the finish line after 25 laps with a 7.217 seconds" margin from Marco Wittmann (BMW). Third place went to Christian Vietoris on Mercedes-AMG. For Canadian Wickens, this is the fourth win of his DTM career. He scored his most recent success to date at the Norisring in 2015. "Even though it looked easy, winning a race is never easy," Wickens said at the finish. "I am simply just happy. Tonight, we will celebrate." Marco Wittmann was also happy, because after nine of this season"s 18 DTM races, the BMW driver claims the unofficial title of "half-time champion".
Mario Andretti leads Fred Lorenzen in the 1967 Daytona 500. Andretti pulled away for the win and they finished 1-2
He was one of NASCAR's first superstars, but Fred Lorenzen's memories of his Hall of Fame career have dimmed as he battles dementia. His Daytona 500 victory, the wins he piled up to become NASCAR's first $100,000 driver, his life on the road, all have been largely extinguished.
Lorenzen still has flickering moments when he remembers the days when he was NASCAR's "Golden Boy" for his rugged, movie-star looks. Like in recent years, when he visits Chicago Speedway, not far from his assisted living facility.
"His face just lights up when he's there," said his daughter, Amanda Lorenzen Gardstrom. Nearly 45 years after his last Cup race, Lorenzen hoped he would still make his mark on the NASCAR community. Inspired by Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s decision to pledge his brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation, Lorenzen became the second known driver to make the same decision.
Video: NASCAR Loudon Xfinity race post-race Q&A From the AR1.com YouTube site - Race winner Kyle Busch (No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota) and crew chief Chris Gayle (No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota); runner-up finisher Erik Jones (No. 20 GameStop/ NASCAR Heat Evolution Toyota) and Eighth-place finisher Alex Bowman (No. 88 Genesis Brake Light Services) Comment
Carl Edwards is scheduled to start 13th in Sunday's Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire but he will begin the race with a disadvantage. Edward's #19 Toyota was one of several teams which had trouble getting through Friday's pre-qualifying inspection and accumulated its fourth written warning. The fourth warning means Edward's team will be last to pick a pit stall for Sunday's race. The pit stall selection is even more important on a track like New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where track position is vital to success. Motorsport
In his first NASCAR Pinty's Series start on the streets of Toronto, Alex Tagliani scored his fourth series win and his second of the 2016 season. Starting on the outside of row one, the Laval, Quebec resident finally took over the lead from Toronto rookie Daniel Morad on lap 25. During the last 12 laps of round 5 of the series, Tagliani managed to hold off 2010 and 2011 Toronto winner Andrew Ranger. A full course yellow on lap 31 tightened the field, but Ranger had to wait for the Green/White/Checkered signal on lap 35 before mounting his final challenge. Despite the pressure from the Roxton Pond, Quebec native, Tagliani kept him at bay until the Checkered flag.
Telitz Wins for Team Pelfrey in Toronto to Set Up Title Tilt
Game on. Three races ago the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires seemed to be all over bar the shouting as teenaged Mexican Patricio “Pato” O’Ward had reeled off a string of five consecutive victories to establish a commanding 55-point advantage over Team Pelfrey teammate Aaron Telitz. Not so fast. The quest for a substantial Mazda scholarship to graduate into Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the top tier of the Mazda Road to Indy, in 2017 was turned on its head this afternoon when Telitz, from Birchwood, Wis., romped to his third consecutive win while O’Ward fell victim to an unfortunate first-lap incident in the Cooper Tires Pro Mazda Grand Prix of Toronto.
Franzoni Earns USF2000 Opportunistic Win for ArmsUp Motorsports
ArmsUp Motorsports has been a regular podium finisher in this year’s Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, and the enthusiastic little team from Sheboygan Falls Wis., finally broke through this afternoon when Victor Franzoni produced an impressive drive to win today’s Allied Building Products USF2000 Grand Prix of Toronto.
The Brazilian’s opportunistic move on polesitter and joint championship leader Anthony Martin (Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing) at the first corner translated into a well-earned victory when Martin later crashed out to leave Canadian teammate Parker Thompson, from Red Deer, Alb., to assume the championship lead with a third-place finish behind Australian Jordan Lloyd (Pabst Racing).
Remembering Krosnoff on 20th anniversary of his death
The 2016 Honda Indy Toronto marks the 20th anniversary of driver Jeff Krosnoff's death in a crash during the race, which also claimed the life of track marshal Gary Avrin. Racer.com's Marshall Pruett honored Krosnoff by resurrecting a six-part series he wrote on the driver's life five years ago. Pruett graciously permitted IndyCar.com to share memories of Krosnoff from friends and fellow competitors.
Krosnoff was a 31-year-old Indy car rookie who competed in just 11 races with Arciero-Wells Racing in the CART series before his untimely death July 14, 1996. He had built credibility as a factory driver in other racing disciplines with the likes of Toyota, Nissan and Jaguar before getting a chance to drive an Indy car.
Street-Master Rosenqvist Makes Triumphant Indy Lights Return
Sweden’s Felix Rosenqvist had been forced to skip the three most recent Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires races but he returned with a vengeance on the bumpy and challenging street course around Exhibition Place this afternoon to claim a comfortable win in the Cooper Tires Indy Lights Grand Prix of Toronto. The victory was his second during an impressive rookie campaign in North America and the third this season for Belardi Auto Racing.
Felix Serralles, who won one week ago at Iowa Speedway, finished second for the Carlin team, while Kyle Kaiser snatched third on the final lap from Rosenqvist’s teammate Zach Veach, who then lost fourth a few corners later when he abruptly lost control and crashed in Turn 10.
Saturday morning update from Toronto (Update) UPDATE
Hinchcliffe signs autographs
It is still a cool 66 degrees here. The last practice before IndyCars has just finished. The drivers are happy with moving the wall back in turn 8. That will allow for more passing opportunities in turn 9, which used to be a wide sweeping turn.
Paul Tracy, the Canadian hometown favorite during his racing years, is pulling double duty here this weekend. He will not only be in the broadcasting booth with Leigh Diffey and Townsend Bell for the IndyCar race. He will be racing the Stadium Super Trucks.
Tracy, quite possibly the most famous Canadian racer, and 2003 CART/Champ Car Series Champion Paul Tracy, a native of Scarborough, Ontario will make his third attempt in a Stadium SUPER Truck with all of his previous starts coming in front of his hometown Toronto fans. Capturing three victories previously on the Exhibition Place course in 24 starts, Tracy will use his aggressive driving style and track experience to lead the No. 30 Royal Purple Synthetic Oil truck to the front.
Toronto Native Returns To Home Race As Indianapolis 500 Champion Long Time Bryan Herta Autosport Partner and Toronto native David Bowen heads into this weekend's Honda Indy Toronto as an Indianapolis 500 champion.
"When we entered into this relationship with Bryan (Herta Autosport), I always wanted to win a race and celebrate with the team," said Bowen. "To have it be (the Indianapolis 500) in association with Andretti Autosport, it's just an honor and a privilege to be a part of it. Bryan and I have been at this for five years, and when Bryan came in and put the deal together with Andretti for us, it's jus a real honor to be a part of. And to win the 100th Running, to be that race, and have that be our first win together… It's an experience I'll never forget."
Soap operas are popular because they have drama. The UFC has heroes and villains. WWE became the dominant sports entertainment company in the 1990s with good guys against bad guys.
In auto racing, NASCAR has drivers who wear white hats and black hats. Even Formula One gets the fans' juices going, with people who like Nico Rosberg disliking Lewis Hamilton, and vice-versa.
Not so in the Verizon IndyCar Series, which is starting a three-day run Friday at Exhibition Place. The main event, the 30th anniversary Honda Indy Toronto, is scheduled for Sunday afternoon just after 3 p.m.
With cooler temperatures, and the Hondas towing a parachute around the track with their closed off butt bumpers, Chevys again topped the times in the third practice for the IndyCar Toronto Grand Prix with the top-5 speeds.
As he did in opening practice on Friday, Sebastien Bourdais was fastest at 1m00.603s, 2/10ths faster than fellow Frenchman Simon Pagenaud at 1m00.871s.
Will Power, Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon rounded out the top-5.
The fastest Honda was Jack Hawksworth in 6th, only 0.44 sec behind Bourdais. 1-second covered the top-18 drivers.
IndyCar makes overnight track changes in Toronto After many complaints by drivers about turns 8 through 11 in Toronto yesterday, IndyCar made overnight changes to the track and issued the following bulletin:
The wall in Turn 8 has been changed to the configuration used in previous years. The inside wall has been placed up on the curbing, giving an additional 6 feet on the inside of the track.
In addition, the smooth concrete patches in Turns 1 and 9 were sandblasted in an effort to provide more consistent grip.
Adrian Newey has made many drivers world champions with his superior car designs
Aldo Costa when at Ferrari making Michael Schumacher into a hero
Until Ferrari steals Adrian Newey or Aldo Costa they are never going to be world champs
Scuderia Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne is unhappy with the team’s poor performance so far this season, so much so that he has been in Maranello this week to hold meetings with key staff members.
Whilst the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS squad has gone from strength to strength in 2016, the red team have at times almost gone backwards, and Marchionne would like to know why.
The team have been without a win in 2016, and technical difficulties along with a large dollop of bad luck have really hampered their campaign, as they strive to catch the current leaders. They have even started losing ground to Red Bull Racing, who have now moved ahead of them on the development front, taking vital podium positions and wins away from the Maranello based squad, a situation that Marchionne is unlikely to tolerate for much longer.
NASCAR considering changes to pit road timing NASCAR officials are contemplating changes to their electronic timing systems in the pits at New Hampshire Motor Speedway after the controversy surrounding last week's penalty to #78-Martin Truex Jr. Truex was penalized for passing leader Kevin Harvick Jr. on the inside while accelerating into his pit stall. The Furniture Row Racing driver said he unfairly was singled out by NASCAR on the call, noting that several other drivers have made the maneuver this season without penalty (a claim that was supported this week by video evidence).
Porsche North America will switch to Michelin’s 2015 WEC tire, beginning with next weekend’s Northeast Grand Prix, in an effort to help bring the GT Le Mans class cars back in contention.
A Michelin spokesperson confirmed to Sportscar365 that the pair of CORE autosport-run Porsche 911 RSRs will utilize last year’s WEC medium tire compound, as part of a Balance of Performance adjustment issued by IMSA.
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