Vintage Car WeatherTech International Challenge at Road America
Jason Miller, of Elkhart Lake, Wis., leads the F5000 field during the Sunday feature race. - Photo Credit: Les Tension
The WeatherTech International Challenge presented by HAWK performance vintage event with Brian Redman concluded today at Road America after three days of fabulous vintage racing action, exhibitions, concours awards and activities for fans. The event has been heralded as one of the largest vintage racing events in the country, and according to famed driver and competition director, Dorsey Schroeder, it is "one of the most amazing events of its kind in the world."
Mike Rockenfeller wins tire battle at Assen Race 2
Mike Rockenfeller’s sensational victory in Sunday’s DTM race at Assen earned the German his first victory since Zandvoort 2017.
Central to the Audi driver’s success was his careful management of Hankook tires, making a single stop for fresh rubber and eking them out to the end as the whole field struggled with tires that thrillingly toppled over the cliff-edge.
Aston Martin stands ready to do an F1 engine. Really?
It's nice for Aston Martin's CEO Andy Palmer to talk a good game but in reality minnow Aston Martin could never make an engine to beat the likes of Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault
Red Bull’s title sponsor Aston Martin have said that they will “stand ready” to up their Formula 1 involvement if Honda don’t commit beyond 2020.
The sports car manufacturer have been Red Bull’s title sponsor since last year, but they were already working together prior to this with Aston Martin partnering Red Bull Advanced Technologies to build the Valkyrie hypercar.
Red Bull switched to Honda power for 2019, though Aston Martin had discussing the idea of developing an engine of their own to the 2021 regulations.
While Aston are happy with the Red Bull/Honda relationship and don’t want to “muscle in” on it, they are on standby should Honda leave the series.
Speaking to Autosport after last weekend’s first public run for the Valkyrie at Silverstone , Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said: “Would I like to be a little bit more involved [in F1] technically? I think that depends.”
Bowman had now wadded up two cars this weekend. Will he wad up his third in the race today?
Alex Bowman wrecked his backup car in final Cup practice on Saturday, after having an issue during Friday's qualifying session. He will be utilizing his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson's backup car for Sunday's race.
After suffering a driveshaft failure in qualifying Friday that ruined his primary car, Bowman crashed his backup No. 88 Chevrolet in final practice Saturday on the 1.058-mile oval.
Hendrick team members immediately began scrambling to prepare the backup No. 48 Chevrolet of teammate Jimmie Johnson for Bowman (Hendrick’s fourth driver, William Byron, already was in a backup after crashing Saturday morning).
The hour of day at Iowa Speedway was different, but the domination by Josef Newgarden was not. And this time, he won the Iowa 300. For the fourth time in five years, Newgarden led the most laps in the race at the NTT IndyCar Series' smallest track. Last year, he led 229 of the 300 laps but settled for a fourth-place finish.
This time he went to victory lane by leading 245 laps in Team Penske's No. 2 Hitachi Chevrolet.
Laurens Vanthoor picked up his first career IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship pole position, setting a new GT Le Mans (GTLM) class track record at Lime Rock Park in a 1-2 sweep of qualifying for the Porsche GT Team ahead of this afternoon’s Northeast Grand Prix.
Vanthoor posted a best time of 49.133 seconds (108.000 mph) in the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR, breaking the previous record of 49.754 seconds (106.6 mph) set last year in qualifying by Antonio Garcia in the No. 3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. Vanthoor’s time was just 0.052 seconds quicker than teammate Nick Tandy, who turned in a best lap of 49.185 seconds (107.886 mph) in the No. 911 Porsche.
Germany’s Marco Wittmann claimed a brilliantly assertive wet-weather victory as the DTM put on a spectacular show at the TT Circuit Assen, the Netherlands’ ‘Cathedral of Speed’.
Starting from pole position, and running the first three laps behind the Safety Car, the BMW driver braved the worst weather conditions to pull a narrow lead over title rival Rene Rast (GER, Audi). On a similar strategy, the leading pair dropped behind Nico Muller (SUI, Audi), who crept through the field after cleverly gambling on a late stop for fresh rubber in a bid to maximize his pace in the closing laps.
Rinus VeeKay set for IndyCar test with Ed Carpenter
Ed Carpenter Racing has confirmed it will hand 2018 Indy Pro 2000 Champion and current Indy Lights driver, Rinus VeeKay, an official IndyCar test.
VeeKay will get behind the wheel of the #20 Chevrolet-powered IR-18 at Portland International Raceway on August 7, in what will be his first ever taste of an Indy car, just two years after making his debut on the Road To Indy.
"We are excited to test Rinus at Portland," commented team owner and driver, Ed Carpenter. "The Indy Lights series has produced high-level talent, and ECR has always looked at drivers coming out of that series.
Chandler Smith Dominates ARCA Race at Iowa Speedway
Chandler Smith backed up his performance in practice by taking his fourth pole position start of the season for the ARCA Menards Series Fans With Benefits 150 at Iowa Speedway. Smith turned a fast lap of 130.262 mph to edge his Venturini Motorsports teammate Michael Self. In addition to being Smith's fourth pole of the season, it was 13th pole in 14 races for Venturini Motorsports so far.
"To say it's hot is an understatement," Smith said of the ambient and track conditions at Iowa Speedway following qualifying. "It's hot in the car and we're are just slipping and sliding out there on the track. The sun will go down and the track conditions will be totally different for the race, though."
Newgarden leads Penske Team 1-2-3 in opening Iowa Practice
Newgarden in position to dominate the weekend.
Putting their exclusive and superior Penske shocks on the washboard 7/8ths mile Newton Iowa oval, Team Penske ran 1-2-3 in Practice 1 ahead of qualifying on 1-hour.
Points leader Josef Newgarden turned the fastest lap at 179.838 mph to just nip Simon Pagenaud (178.533 mph) and Will Power (178.400 mph) to give the Penske team the upper hand on the track that has become wose with each winter.
Ligier Automotive has launched the Ligier European Series in collaboration with the European Le Mans Series, a single-make formula dedicated to the Ligier JS P4, the make’s sports prototype unveiled in 2018 and the Ligier JS2 R, Ligier anniversary GT. The objective? Open the Endurance world to drivers, allowing them to climb the different levels of Endurance racing and potentially reach the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Ligier, the French motorsport manufacturer, and the European Le Mans Series introduced a brand-new championship, the Ligier European Series. With which cars? Solely Ligier JS P4s, the sports prototype with a futuristic look released in 2018 and the Ligier JS2 Rs, the anniversary GT also launched in 2018.
Good morning from a warm and humid Iowa Speedway. The weather is going to be excessive for this 2 day race weekend. Temperatures today are expected to be in the 90s with the high at 99 degrees. Not the best weather for running an IndyCar on a hot track. We will not talk about the weather tomorrow because it could change and the storms may not upset the race scheduled for tomorrow evening.
Just as we predicted almost 10 years ago when we first saw him in Formula BMW, Alexander Rossi is a true phenom
Using INDYCAR’s advanced statistics and data, we’ve developed a weighted formula to rate the NTT IndyCar Series drivers after each race this season. Welcome to the Power Rankings – but that doesn’t necessarily mean that Will Power is always included.
How does it work? We look beyond the results of the event, also factoring in qualifying results, on-track passes, on-track position passes and average running position throughout the race to come up with each driver’s unique rating.
The rankings are based on the four most recent races. The most recent race (Honda Indy Toronto) is weighted the most in the rating and the oldest race (Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix – Race 2) the least.
So, following Toronto and heading to Iowa Speedway, here’s a look at the top NTT IndyCar Series drivers:
From racing in front of large crowds as part of the blockbuster NTT IndyCar Series events, to signing new long-term partnerships, to returning to historic Trans Am venues, 2019 has already been quite a year for the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli. And with close competition across a growing paddock, the on-track competition has also continued to gain attention and push the series towards the future.
The Australian Grand Prix will continue to be held in Melbourne through 2025, Formula 1 chiefs have announced.
“We are pleased to have renewed our partnership with the city of Melbourne, which will now host the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix until at least 2025,” said F1 CEO Chase Carey.
“The decision to extend the current relationship for a further two years stems from the fact this event has proved to be a resounding success for the capital of Victoria, for Australia and indeed around the world, proving immensely popular with fans and those who work in Formula 1.
2020 Chevy Corvette C8 Debuts Today: Watch The Unveiling Live Here
Corvette C8 reveal time is 11pm Eastern tonight
It’s finally 07.18.19, which means we are only a few hours away from the highly anticipated debut of the mid-engined Corvette. It’s far from being the first one to have the powertrain behind the seats, but you’ll actually be able to buy one from your local Chevy dealer instead of having to settle with images and details about prototypes.
A small company from New Zealand, Rodin Cars, is working on an extreme road-legal hypercar which could be as fast as a Formula 1 car.
The Rodin FZero is promising figures which could usurp an F1 car.
Rodin actually has a lot of money behind it, as Australian owner David Dicker has built up a multi-billion dollar software in recent decades and wants to turn his automotive dream into a reality. The FZero will be built in two different forms.
British racing driver Lewis Hamilton may be a five-time Formula One world champion, but that doesn't mean he always likes getting behind the wheel.
Speaking to David Letterman on the latest season of Netflix series "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction," Hamilton, who won the British Grand Prix on Sunday, said he "doesn't particularly enjoy driving."
When asked by Letterman if he's ever been pulled over in his road car, he said, "Unfortunately, yeah."
(GMM) Female drivers in the new all-women 'W Series' championship will get points towards a Formula 1 Super License.
"If what we are about is getting our drivers into the upper echelons of motorsport, especially into Formula 1, this represents an absolute sea change in opportunities for women," said the series' CEO Catherine Bond Muir.
The Telegraph claims the 2020 W Series champion will get between 12 and 18 Super License points.
One of the worse engineers in Ferrari history, Luca Baldisserri, has nerve to open his mouth. In 2018, he became Lance Stroll's race engineer and we know how that turned out
(GMM) Ferrari should consider making Sebastian Vettel the 'number 2' driver behind Charles Leclerc.
That is the view of former highly-experienced Ferrari engineer Luca Baldisserri, who was speaking after Vettel's latest performance at Silverstone which sections of the Italian media called "disastrous".
"I think Vettel is an overrated driver and not Schumacher's heir," Baldisserri told the Italian podcast Pit-Talk. "He has made so many mistakes and must rediscover himself.
"But he is still a driver who has won four titles," he added.
At the same time, the Italian media is heartily promoting the burgeoning talent of 21-year-old Leclerc.
Pocono Raceway will host the third annual Pocono Raceway Fan Fest from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. ET on Friday, July 26. This year’s event is free for anyone who has a 2019 Gander RV 400 race weekend ticket and for kids, ages 12 and under.
The event, taking place inside ‘The Tricky Triangle’ at the Infield Block Party stage, will feature six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) drivers.
Alfa Romeo Racing appoints Jan Monchaux as new Technical Director
Sauber Motorsport AG, which operates and manages the Alfa Romeo Racing team in the Formula One World Championship, are pleased to announce that Head of Aerodynamics, Jan Monchaux, will be promoted to the position of Technical Director, starting from August 1st, 2019.
The move will follow the departure of current Technical Director, Simone Resta, at the end of the month.
With a spike in temperature expected this weekend, Iowa Speedway outlines ways for fans to stay cool. With this being the first heat wave of the summer, people are urged to take precautions to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke due to overexertion and overexposure. In preparation of this weekend’s forecast, guests are asked to stay safe and proactive.
Fans are encouraged to bring sealed bottles of water or empty water containers to the speedway. Water refilling stations are located on the exterior of Concourse bathrooms and misting fans are installed at both ends of the Concourse.
F1's Managing Director of Motorsports, Ross Brawn, Chief Technical Officer, Pat Symonds and the FIA's Head of Single Seater Technical Matters, Nicholas Tombazis, have given details of their blueprint for the sport's future.
The mission to take the sport forward involves four main factors, cars that are more 'raceable', a more level playing field, exciting looking cars and the sport's finances.
While the aero changes this year have clearly had some impact, but not enough, Tombazis claims that the changes from 2021 will have a significant impact.
Just days after successfully piloting an Acura NSX around Toronto’s Exhibition Palace street course, Robert Wickens has undergone a successful surgery operation to remove hardware from his leg after a previous infection had returned, the 30-year-old Canadian revealed on social media Wednesday. See Instagram post below.
Ligier Automotive takes back direct control of the distribution of its racing cars (Update)
Zak Brown shakes up LMP2 class with move to Oreca chassis
UPDATE United Autosports' decision to switch from Ligier to ORECA ahead of the 2019/20 FIA World Endurance Championship season could not just impact the Anglo-American outfit's relationship with Ligier, but also the LMP2 class in the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship.
The British based team, who are stepping up to WEC for the upcoming season, were originally supposed to run with a Ligier JSP217-Gibson before the team announced a surprise switch to ORECA machinery last week. United Autosports has used Ligier machinery at Le Mans, in IMSA and in the European Le Mans Series over the last few years.
Duval: Assen offers plenty of good overtaking opportunities
In the first eight DTM races of the 2019 season, Loic Duval experienced an upswing. The Frenchman shares his views in an interview before the DTM’s premiere on the tradition-steeped track at Assen in the Netherlands (Saturday and Sunday).
We’ve already had four race weekends. How do you assess the season in terms of the new turbo engines introduced in 2019? First of all: We drivers have around 100 more horsepower. That’s absolutely positive. And I think it’s also positive for the spectators, because the cars are quicker. The second aspect is race management. These turbo engines have quite a big impact on tire degradation and therefore on the race. When you’re able to manage your tires in a positive way it gives you good opportunities to overtake. For me, the turbo engines are quite positive for the DTM. They bring more performance and more overtaking opportunities.
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing has selected Kenta Yamashita to participate in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) as part of the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WEC Challenge program, following in the footsteps of Toyota Young Drivers Program colleagues Kazuki Nakajima and Kamui Kobayashi.
Kenta, 23, will participate in LMP2 with High Class Racing for the complete 2019-2020 WEC season, including the Le Mans 24 Hours. His team-mates will be Anders Fjordbach (Denmark) and Mark Patterson (United States).
Lotterer will be the second driver in the Porsche Formula E Team
Now that Andre Lotterer has signed up for the second Porsche Formula E cockpit, the driver pairing for the 2019/2020 season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship has been decided: Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer will be the regular drivers for the Porsche works team’s maiden season in Formula E.
The German has been a Porsche works driver since 2017 and has also been active in the electric race series since the 2017/2018 season. He brought home two podiums for Techeetah in his maiden Formula E season and finished in 8th place in the overall standings. And in the 2018/2019 season of the Formula E Championship he claimed another two podiums for DS Techeetah Formula E Team and rounded off the season in New York last weekend by finishing in 8th place in the driver’s standings.
Current IndyCar steering wheel for Ryan Hunter-Reay
We are just over five weeks out from the Bommarito Automotive Group 500, the hottest ticket in town.
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