Chase Elliott Sidelined on Lap 43 with engine failure
YOU ARE BACK IN THE GARAGE NOW, WHAT MORE DO YOU KNOW? We don’t know but it was some type of motor issue. We went down a cylinder and then started blowing smoke out the pipes. I don’t know what it was. We’ll dig into it and see. But, I’ve been racing Hendrick engines since 2013 and this is the first engine problem I’ve ever had. So, I’ll take those odds all day long. We still have the best engine shop in the business and stuff’s going to happen. We’re pushing it as everyone is. So, we’ll move on to next week and see what we’ve got there.
In front of 25,000 spectators, the second race at Moscow Raceway brought about the biggest surprise of the season to date. From the penultimate grid position, Maro Engel charged to his maiden victory in the DTM. Behind him, the new points’ leader Mattias Ekstrom with his Audi and BMW driver Bruno Spengler took the other podium slots. In total, DTM returnee Engel had to wait for this moment of joy for 52 races. So far, pair of tenth places and one ninth position had been the rather meager outcome of the season for the Mercedes-AMG driver. On Sunday, however, the moment of glory had come for the 29-year-old. He added no less than 25 points to the four he had collected hitherto.
NASCAR Racing Experience, Richard Petty Driving Experience to merge
NASCAR's leading fan driving experience partners - NASCAR Racing Experience and Richard Petty Driving Experience - announced today they will consolidate the two organizations and their operations to deliver the ultimate on-track fan experience at more than 20 racetracks around the country.
Together, these two trusted brands will create an even more powerful one, with more than 100 race cars and permanent locations throughout the U.S. With the consolidation, NASCAR Racing Experience and Richard Petty Driving Experience will now be able to offer its customers more dates at more of the nation's premier speedways, adding Daytona International Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway to NASCAR Racing Experience's lineup of Atlanta Motor Speedway, Auto Club Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Dover International Raceway, Homestead Miami Speedway, Kentucky Motor Speedway, Myrtle Beach Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway, Richmond International Raceway, Talladega Superspeedway and Texas Motor Speedway.
NASCAR considering further limits to Cup drivers in XFINITY Series NASCAR has talked with Xfinity teams about further limiting Cup drivers in Xfinity races, series managing director Wayne Auton said Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
One possibility would be for Cup drivers to be limited to five Xfinity races only regardless of their experience level, which could be a significant cut for some drivers.
NASCAR Brickyard 400 Xfinity Post-Race Q&A Race winner William Byron and race winning crew chief David Elenz (N. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet), third place finisher Joey Logano (No. 22 Discount Tire Ford), second place finisher Paul Menard (No. 2 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet) Comment
IMS President Doug Boles presents Dale Jr. with a special gift
It’s only a matter of time until Kyle Larson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be at the Indianapolis 500 – perhaps with the latter watching the former behind the wheel writes Nate Ryan of NBC Sports.
Larson said he has approval from team owner Chip Ganassi, who fields cars in IndyCar and NASCAR, to run the Greatest Spectacle in Racing when he’s ready.
"They are all waiting on me to say I want to do it,” Larson said Saturday between Cup practices at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “I do, but when I see Scott Dixon’s and (Sebastien) Bourdais crash, it makes me think twice about it a little bit. I’ll get the courage up to do it someday.”
Ganassi team in love with Felix Rosenqvist (Update) UPDATE "He'd never been to Mid-Ohio until he tested for us last year, we were lucky to have him again this year, and I wish there was a way he could find himself a home here because he deserves a ride in IndyCar," Ganassi Racing Director Mike Hull said.
"He can read the car, feel the tires, read the track, and he adapts himself as they degrade. And he understands the penalty of driving too hard, which is rare for a driver his age. He's one of those guys who, under pressure, can get it done."
Asked if he could be in the frame for a position alongside Dixon in the future, Hull pointed to CGR's limited number of fully-funded cars in its Honda-powered stable.
Belgian GP sold out but losing shirt Despite the increase in spectators, the Belgian grand prix at Spa had a 8.62 million Euro loss in 2016 compared to 6.78 million Euro in 2015. More loses are expected in 2017 despite another sell out as F1 race promoters around the world all lose millions of dollars each year.
A rookie has sensationally become the DTM’s 'mid-point champion.' With a lights-to-flag victory Audi driver Rene Rast recaptured the lead of the standings in the first of the two DTM races at Moscow Raceway in Russia. In spite of a broken foot, Mike Rockenfeller perfected an Audi one-two win.
Rene Rast continues to cause a sensation in his first DTM season. In spite of never having been to Russia before and knowing Moscow Raceway near Moscow only from the simulator, the driver from Audi Sport Team Rosberg secured pole position on Saturday and went on to clinch one of the rare lights-to-flag victories in the DTM. With that, the German, after nine of 18 races, is leading the standings by a narrow margin, trailed by Lucas Auer (Mercedes-Benz) and Mattias Ekstrom (Audi).
Video: Chris Hemsworth Loses It In A Formula E Car! Hollywood superstar/TAG Heuer ambassador Chris Hemsworth drove a Formula E car on the NYC track. Did his experience as James Hunt in Rush give him a few extra tenths? Comment
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Boosts Executive Team With Industry Veteran
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) announced an addition to its executive team in Jon Flack. The former Global COO and President, Americas of Just Marketing International (JMI) joins the Indianapolis-based team as the President of SPM.
Jon Flack, an Indiana University graduate, has over 20 years of experience in motorsports marketing including brand strategy, research & measurement, planning, PR & digital, account management and event & experiential marketing. During his 15-year tenure at JMI, Flack oversaw day-to-day operations, annual and long-term planning as well as financial allocations across the business. He has worked with brands Crown Royal, UPS, Verizon, Subway Restaurants, Hisense, AMD, Qualcomm and many others. The Indiana resident has been involved with multiple motorsport series including Formula One, Formula E, NASCAR, IMSA, the Verizon IndyCar Series and NHRA.
NASCAR Brickyard 400 Xfinity Pre-Race Q&A Wayne Auton, Managing Director, NASCAR XFINITY Series; Joey Gase (No. 15 Lisa Colagrossi Foundation Chevrolet); William Byron (No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet), Ryan Reed (No. 16 Lilly Diabetes Ford) and Dakoda Armstrong (No. 28 WinField United Toyota) Comment
Video: #HomeRace How does the Mercedes F1 team start its day at the British Grand Prix? We show the journey from the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows Formula 1 factory to the racetrack at Silverstone – in just 90 seconds! Comment
Nationwide, Axalta To Stay On No. 88 With Alex Bowman
The No. 88 with Nationwide livery
Alex Bowman will have support from longtime Dale Earnhardt Jr. sponsors Nationwide and Axalta for the "bulk of the season" next year when he takes over the No. 88 Monster Energy Cup Series Chevy, according to Bob Pockrass of ESPN.com.
Hendrick Motorsports on Thursday announced a "one-year deal" with Nationwide, which will serve Bowman's primary sponsor for 19 races.
The field does a 4 wide parade lap before the start of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 5th Annual Dirt Derby 150 at Eldora Speedway
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The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from NASCAR champion Tony Stewart’s dirt track at Eldora Speedway aired on FOX Business Network on Wednesday night, and the 9:30-11:45 PM ET race window averaged 660,000 viewers, up 2% from last year’s race on FS1 (644,000), according to Nielsen Media Research.
On FOX Sports GO, the telecast had an average minute audience of 4,304, an increase of 361% from last year’s Eldora race. It is the third-best streaming performance of an NCWTS race this season, behind Daytona and Atlanta.
Earlier in the day, Eldora Qualifying on FS1 scored 258,000 viewers, 11% above last year’s qualifying session (233,000).
IndyCar Series to add On-Board Camera Positions For '18 Season Part of IndyCar's universal bodywork package planned for '18 "will include an increase in on-board camera positions for use by the series' broadcasters and digital promotions team."
IMS Productions will "outfit each car with a new nose and rear attenuator camera to complement the current overhead and rearview mirror cameras" that have been in use since '12.
The heavy wallowing NASCAR Stock cars on the flat Indy track result in boring racing
Can the Brickyard 400 be saved? Sure it can. Just not by Doug Boles and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway writes Jim Ayello of the Indy Star newspaper.
Don’t misunderstand. What Boles and his staff are doing this month is beyond commendable. They’ve come up with everything possible to reinvigorate a struggling race and the Brickyard is hardly the only NASCAR event dealing with these issues. They’re putting on concerts with hot young acts like The Chainsmokers and country star Brantley Gilbert. They’ve thoughtfully reached out to Indianapolis’ young motor sports audience by requesting rising star Chase Elliott to promote the race rather than one who will be gone soon such as Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Pirelli concludes investigation into Vettel's British GP tire failure
Pirelli has concluded the analysis on Sebastian Vettel’s damaged front-left P Zero Yellow soft tire, which affected him two laps from the finish of the British Grand Prix.
As appeared clear since Sunday afternoon, a full investigation has now confirmed that the original cause of the failure was a slow puncture. The consequent driving back to the pits on an underinflated and then flat tire led to the final failure.
It's not the AR1 app that needs updating, it's your devices Operating System
A critical security vulnerability has been discovered that affects Apple iOS devices (including iPhone and iPad) as well as Android devices (such as Samsung Galaxy S8 and HTC 10). This vulnerability, known as "Broadpwn," provides an attacker with full access to your device when the Wi-Fi function is enabled, with no user interaction or knowledge required.
To protect your personal information, please take immediate action. While active attacks with Broadpwn have not yet been reported, that will change when this vulnerability is fully revealed during the Black Hat security conference. Apple released a fix for this vulnerability on Wednesday, July 19, but Android users are not so lucky.
We encourage telling your friends and family to update any of their personal devices as well.
"Two for $88" ticket package back to honor Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Can he will his last time?
With just 88 days until Talladega Superspeedway's Alabama 500, the popular "Two for $88" ticket package is back in celebration of Dale Earnhardt Jr's much-anticipated final scheduled start at NASCAR's Most Competitive track - the place he calls a "second home."
The special "Two for $88" Dale Jr. ticket package - which salutes the six-time Talladega winner and NASCAR's 14-time Most Popular driver during his JR Nation Apprici88tion Tour - offers fans an incredible $42 savings off the regular price for two Lincoln Grandstand tickets for the Alabama 500, set for Sunday, Oct. 15.
Max Verstappen & Daniel Ricciardo On Team Chemistry At Red Bull Racing Max Verstappen’s arrival into F1 has seen Red Bull Racing enter something of a new era of late. And with 6 podiums between them in the opening ten races so far this season, Verstappen and teammate Daniel Ricciardo are brimming with confidence ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix, as Mobil 1 The Grid found out. Comment
90 Percent of F1 Teams Apparently Opposed the Cockpit Halo
Lewis Hamilton tests the ugly Halo in Singapore last year
Formula One's halo, meant to prevent driver head injuries is not liked by the teams. Nine of the 10 teams voted against the halo per sources who spoke with Autosport. It’s being pushed forward on safety grounds, regardless.
Even though it’s a half-baked solution that still leaves too much open space for small-but-still-dangerous chunks of debris to hit a driver’s helmet, and it’s ugly to boot.
The halo was pushed through at a meeting of the Formula One Strategy Group in Geneva, where representatives of all 10 teams were on hand to give input on the matter. While F1 went with the halo anyway, not all of their feedback fell on deaf ears. The FIA vowed to work on improving the design of the halo, Autosport notes, suggesting that aesthetics were a concern.
Lausitzring to be a test track for driverless vehicles and racing The new owners of the Lausitzring have clarified that the door is still firmly open for motorsport events once their takeover is completed in November. Automotive testing firm DEKRA earlier this week announced it was take ownership of the site at Klettwitz in Eastern Germany and convert it for use as a testing center for autonomous vehicle technology.
While the announcement was reported as meaning the end of motorsport at the venue after 17 years, RacingCircuits.info has now confirmed with DEKRA that it intends to make the facility available for hire by race promoters on a case-by-case basis, though they will not themselves be organizing racing events.
NASCAR, Fanatics Trying To Find Middle Ground With Trackside Tents For Fans Fanatics' trackside superstore tent has "been in storage" since merchandise trailers reappeared at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, according to Lee Spencer of MOTORSPORT.com.
NASCAR Team Ends Sponsorship Deal With East Carolina Univ. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team Rick Ware Racing is ending its association with East Carolina Univ. because the "sponsorships it expected" the purple and gold No. 51 Chevy to generate "did not materialize," according to Jordan Anders of the Greenville DAILY REFLECTOR.
Sunday's Brickyard 400 was "slated to be the second of a three-race deal" in which the car would have "featured ECU’s colors and logos."
Indy Speedway gives what should be IndyCar's season finale to NASCAR
Someone needs to remind Mr. Boles that it will be a cold day in hell before NASCAR allows IndyCar to race at Daytona - the mecca of Stock Car racing
NASCAR and the Speedway are throwing away a quarter-century's worth of built-up date equity and moving the Brickyard 400 from its usual spot on the calendar -- mid-July -- to the second weekend in September, beginning next year, the date that should be the season finale for IndyCar - a grand finale instead of a finale they currently hold that registers 0.000001% with the public.
There was little hope of reinvigorating the Brickyard 400 race in July, Boles said, but in September the track can promote the race in a whole new way.
What most appealed to Boles about moving the race is that it will likely make for a much cooler weekend than has been traditionally associated with the Brickyard.
Hendrick Motorsports officials announced Thursday that Alex Bowman will replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the organization's No. 88 Chevrolet for the 2018 season, with sponsorship from Nationwide and Axalta.
Bowman, 24, drove 10 races with the team in 2016 while Earnhardt was recovering from a concussion that caused him to miss the final 18 races of the season.
Nationwide, which became a primary sponsor of the No. 88 in 2015, will have a 19-race majority sponsorship in 2018. Axalta will increase its number of races featured as the primary sponsor of the No. 88 team by two, bringing its total to 15.
Hunter-Reay has a need for speed on and off the water
Ryan Hunter-Reay on his boat with son Ryden
The latest boy toy of Ryan Hunter-Reay is a Bradenton, Florida built 42-foot Yellowfin with four Mercury Marine 350-horsepower engines. That’s 1,400 ponies for a top end of around 70 mph. The boat’s got a center console, a tower and will see lots and lots of fishing writes Doug Fernandes of the Sarasota Herald Tribune.
The winner of the 2014 Indianapolis 500 keeps his need for speed confined to the oval.
“I’ve always been on boats,” he said. “It’s kind of my counter to the stress of the racing life.”
Video: Owner says she wants Alonso to drive for Williams F1 Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams discusses the future for the William F1 team and makes a pitch for Fernando Alonso to come and drive for Williams at the 2017 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Comment
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NASCAR Penalizes Two Cup Series Teams Two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams were penalized for lug-nut infractions that occurred in Sunday’s Overton’s 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota driven by Daniel Suarez and the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford wheeled by Kurt Busch were each found to have lug nuts that were not properly installed during post-race inspection following the race at the one-mile track.
Media expert Desser named to NHRA Board of Directors Television and new media expert
has been elected to the NHRA Board of Directors, announced NHRA Chairman of the Board Dallas Gardner.
Desser brings broad and deep experience in the business, presentation, and technology of worldwide sports content delivery across all platforms to NHRA’s board at this key time as the sanctioning body increases its reach through television and digital technology opportunities in today’s changing media landscape.
The Brickyard 400 is a mere fraction of its once greatness
The brickyard 400 used to draw a big crowd
In 1994 when the inaugural Brickyard 400 Monster Series NASCAR Cup race was held at the venerated Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it was a historical event for all of motorsports writes Steve Waid of Popular Speed.
For the first time stock cars were going to compete on the two-mile track that had, since 1911, been reserved for open wheel cars and was the home of the Indianapolis 500, perhaps the greatest sporting event in the world.
You can well imagine the atmosphere in Speedway, Ind., for NASCAR’s debut.
Video: Moscow Raceway explained The Moscow Raceway is one of the more recent tracks to be included in the DTM racing calendar. Last year’s race winner Robert Wickens describes the challenging Russian circuit to us in detail. Comment
Pocono announces leadership changes, Igdalsky takes leadership role with NASCAR (Update)
Brandon Igdalsky (L)
UPDATE Brandon Igdalsky, longtime president and CEO of Pocono Raceway, is joining NASCAR as the organization’s new managing director of event marketing.
Igdalsky moves to NASCAR after taking the helm at Pocono Raceway in August 2011, replacing his grandfather, the late Dr. Joseph Mattioli. He will report to Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell.
F2 CEO Bruno Michel Not Expecting Maximum Capacity Grid In '18
F2 car at Bahrain
The application process for teams hoping to enter the 2018 Formula 2 season has opened and series CEO Bruno Michel "expects all the existing squads to re-sign," according to Alex Kalinauckas of MOTORSPORT.
The Frenchman, who is also in charge of GP3, said that "several teams from outside the championship have also expressed an interest in entering the Formula 1 support series."
New owners cannot believe F1 doesn't have even more sponsors
And to think, John Malone/Liberty Media offered to buy IndyCar and were turned down by Mark Miles and the 'family', so they went and bought F1. Imagine what they would have done for IndyCar.
When Liberty Media bought Formula 1 for $8B in January, it acquired a global audience of 400 million -- but "just five corporate deals of the kind that enrich other sports around the world," according to Tariq Panja of BLOOMBERG.
NASCAR, by comparison, has 43. Much of that is "down to the way it was run, almost single-handedly," by "longtime" former CEO Bernie Ecclestone.
F1 Managing Dir, Commercial Operations Sean Bratches said, "There was no head of sponsorship at Formula 1 when I arrived, there was no head of media, no marketing people, no research people."
He "reeled off a list of other unfilled roles" before comparing the lack of sponsors "unfavorably" with those "lured" by top English football clubs.
Tuesday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, where he unveiled his throwback paint scheme for the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, Dale Earnhardt Jr. talked about his 2018 plans.
Earnhardt, who is in his final season as a full-time driver, is contracted to drive two NASCAR XFINITY Series races next year with the JR Motorsports team he co-owns with sister Kelley Earnhardt Miller.
Along with those two races, Earnhardt allowed that he’d like to run as many as five or six XFINITY races if sponsors would come on board to make it possible.
Mercedes accused to selling 1 million 'filthy' dirty diesels (Update)
Another company burnt by selling air polluting diesel vehicles. The fuel needs to be taken off the market.
UPDATE Daimler has announced a voluntary recall of more than 3 million Mercedes-Benz vehicles in Europe amid mounting questions over its diesel engines.
The automaker said Tuesday that it was offering European owners a service upgrade that would improve diesel emissions. It will cost the company around 220 million euros ($255 million).
"The public debate about diesel engines is creating uncertainty," CEO Dieter Zetsche said in a statement. "We have therefore decided on additional measures to reassure drivers of diesel cars and to strengthen confidence in diesel technology."
Team Joest Partners With Mazda Motorsports One of the most successful teams in endurance sports car racing is returning to IMSA competition in a big way next season.
In a surprise announcement this morning, Mazda Motorsports announced the creation of "Mazda Team Joest" to become its new factory Mazda Prototype team in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship beginning with the 2018 Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Weekend Final TV Ratings Final TV ratings for last weekend's major racing events in the USA. Note the all important 18-49 year old column - this is the all important major buying age range sponsors are looking for. It's clear the average age of USA race fans is getting higher and higher and the people in power are doing nothing to reverse it. Social media, which does zero to bring in new sponsors to a race series, is also killing TV ratings, putting motorsports in America into a death spiral.
With IndyCar race next, Gateway track is on pace to meet goals
Curtis Francois' tour of the racing facility in Madison started on foot as he initiated his inspection of the track and its abundance of accompanying buildings in 2011 writes Stu Durando of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Eventually he would switch to a golf cart and then a truck to reach the 48 buildings on 340 acres. Even with expedited means of transportation, Francois needed five days to complete a task that would ultimately lead to his purchase of Gateway Motorsports Park.
Mexico made Ford Fusions stuffed with $1 million in pot Authorities late last week discovered nearly 500 pounds of pot worth more than $1 million stashed in the spare tire compartments of 15 Ford Fusions in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
The initial discovery was made at the service department of a dealership in Portage County, Ohio, when staff members discovered the pressed marijuana during a delivery inspection, according to the Portage County Sheriff's Office.
Indy Pride - Danica Patrick & Kevin Harvick Preview The 2017 Brickyard 400 Synonymous with the world famous Indy 500 and the IndyCar series in general, Indianapolis Motor Speedway is also a crucial and historic track in the world of NASCAR. Speaking to Mobil 1 The Grid ahead of the 2017 Brickyard 400, Stewart-Haas Racing's Danica Patrick and Kevin Harvick share their thoughts on Jeff Gordon, Rick Mears and why racing remains at the heart of the city of Indianapolis. Hear Kevin Harvick say he really wanted to be an IndyCar driver. Comment
Kenseth out at Joe Gibbs for 2018 -- and maybe NASCAR? (3rd Update) UPDATE It is clear in this interview that Joe Gibbs had to let Matt Kenseth go and replace him with Erik Jones because of money, although he never says it directly, it's obvious. When in doubt, follow the money......
07/07/17 Added video below where Kenseth says he has no ride for 2018.
07/07/17 NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth on Friday said that he has "no job lined up next year and likely has no future at Joe Gibbs Racing."
Kenseth said he hopes to "still be racing" next year, adding, "I got some wins left in me and hopefully race for championships."
Erik Jones is "likely going to be moved" into Kenseth's No. 20 car from Furniture Row Racing, Gibbs' sister team. AP
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