Toyota captured its third manufacturer’s championship in the ARCA Racing Series after building an insurmountable lead on the strength of 12-straight victories in the first 13 races this season.
The manufacturer secured the 2018 title as Toyota drivers opened the season with 12-consecutive victories and a runner-up finish in the 13th event. This is the second-consecutive ARCA title for Toyota, who captured the 2017 manufacturer’s championship with nine victories.
Sky will be the home of MotoGP in Italy for a further three years, according to PADDOCK TALK.
Through an agreement with Dorna Sports, Sky acquired the exclusive TV rights for all the live races of the MotoGP World Championship from '19-21.
The broadcaster will air all the grands prix of each category -- MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 -- as well as the races of the MotoE World Cup on all available platforms -- satellite, digital terrestrial and fiber.
Alonso has zero plans to test an IndyCar this year
Go-Kart and endurance racing more important than testing an IndyCar for Alonso. IndyCar cannot afford to pay Alonso - he will remain in F1 - so don't believe the delusional rumors. He makes more money in F1 than the entire IndyCar grid combined
Asked by RACER’s Chris Medland Thursday if he will test an IndyCar before the end of the year, as rumors have suggested.
Fernando Alonso replied: “I have 13 or 14 races to do, not only the F1, so I think it’s going to be difficult to fit any more in the calendar.
"I definitely plan to do one more race in go karts, or two. Some endurance races, but more than that is difficult to fit in.”
Like Max Verstappen, he probably won't do IndyCar fulltime until he is "old and slow." And so far Alonso still buries his F1 teammate every year and shows no signs of being old or slow.
Craftsman Returning To NASCAR As Sponsor With Joe Gibbs Racing
Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced today CRAFTSMAN will join the team as a primary sponsor for Erik Jones in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Ryan Preece in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for multiple races in 2018.
Stanley Black & Decker added the iconic CRAFTSMAN brand to their portfolio in 2017. In their fourth season with Joe Gibbs Racing, Stanley Black & Decker uses their NASCAR partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing to showcase the DEWALT brand on the No. 20 Toyota Camry with Jones and the STANLEY brand on the No. 19 Toyota Camry with Daniel Suarez, both in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Talladega Superspeedway To Undergo $50M Infield Renovation
Talladega Superspeedway today will announce the largest renovation in track history, a $50M project that will redo 90% of the infield into what is hoped to be a more fan-friendly, interactive area. Talladega has scheduled a press conference for 4:00pm ET today to announce what is being called “Transformation -- The Talladega Superspeedway Infield Project,” but the ISC-owned track provided renderings and details exclusively to THE DAILY ahead of the unveiling.
The renderings show a new garage with 44 stalls on the outside of the structure, four 25-person suites and a fan walkway area on the inside. The idea was to build garages that give fans better access to a previously off-limits area, and it is also being deployed at renovations at ISM Raceway and Richmond Raceway.
Wendy Venturini suffers fractured skull in accident (Update)
UPDATE NASCAR broadcaster Wendy Venturini, who was struck by a car while running June 23 in Novato, California, provided an update on her Facebook page a month into her recovery.
Among her injuries, Venturini suffered a skull fracture and concussion. She was hospitalized until June 26. Because of her condition, she could not fly. Toyota provided a motorcoach to take her and her husband back to North Carolina. She returned home June 30.
Following episodes of flooding downpours in the northeastern United States, weather conditions will improve, but it may not be totally rain-free for all events at Pocono Raceway this weekend.
Racing at Long Pond, Pennsylvania, this weekend includes the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) racing series ModSpace 150 at 4 p.m. EDT Friday, the NASCAR Camping World Truck series Gander Outdoors 150 at 1 p.m. Saturday and the NASCAR Monster Energy series Gander Outdoors 400 at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
McReynolds, Harvick and Keselowski on NASCAR Race Hub
This week on FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB (Monday-Thursday at 6:00 PM ET), co-hosts Adam Alexander and Shannon Spake dissected the latest NASCAR news and highlights with analysts Larry McReynolds, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski. Below are excerpts from this week’s episodes:
How evenly matched are the 18 and 4 teams?
Keselowski: “I see something that has been standing out pretty regularly between the 18, 4 and 78, and that’s that the 78 and 4 have a little bit more speed. When this whole things plays out with the 18 being so fast on pit road, it has put them in position to win races, and we’re seeing that play out week-in and week-out. I think the 4 and 78 are the two fastest cars on the race track, and the 18 is the best-executing team.”
Ford GT Production Falls Behind Schedule, Multimatic Says It'll Complete Every Order
Multimatic, the Canadian supplier company responsible for building the Ford GT, has fell short of the original 250-car yearly target for the 2017MY as it produced just 138 examples of the American supercar.
The production lag was first discovered by Motor Authority through a Ford GT message board. Ford confirmed the delay in production of 2017 GTs.
German Grand Prix Mercedes F1 Debrief Chief Mercedes F1 Strategist James Vowles answers your questions about the German Grand Prix, from why we didn't pit for wet tires to what happened during the Safety Car... Comment
Travis Pastrana Joins C.J. Wilson & J.R. Hildebrand To Take On Pikes Peak Porsche added another tier of excitement to this year's 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, as the German manufacturer launched a brand new category for their GT4 Clubsport machine. Star names such as IndyCar's J.R. Hildebrand, X-Games master and 4-time Rally America Champion Travis Pastrana and former Major League Baseball pitcher C.J. Wilson were invited to compete, with Mobil 1 The Grid for company. Comment
Kyle Busch Unveils Skittles Throwback Scheme In Funny Video Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch and primary sponsor Skittles today unveiled his NASCAR throwback paint scheme for the Sept. 2 Bojangles' Southern 500 with a humorous spot featuring former driver Ernie Irvan. The scheme hearkens back to the rainbow-striped paint job Irvan's car used to sport for MB2 Motorsports in ’98. Comment
Dale Coyne Racing’s Pietro Fittipaldi is returning to Verizon IndyCar Series action this weekend after being sidelined due to leg injuries suffered in a sportscar event in May. Fittipaldi will be back behind the wheel of the #19 Paysafe entry for the remaining five rounds of the season starting with the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
After more than two months of hard word, perseverance and rehabilitation, the rookie took part in a successful evaluation test day last week aboard the team’s #19 Paysafe car, marking his unofficial return behind the wheel since his May 4 qualifying incident in the FIA WEC event at Spa-Francorchamps.
Richmond Raceway Grounds Could House New Sports Venue
Indoor facility floor plan
The Henrico County (Va.) Board of Supervisors revealed plans for a new multimillion dollar indoor sports facility, and sources told THE DAILY that Richmond Raceway is a top candidate for its location.
The county wants to build a roughly 200,000-square-foot multipurpose facility as part of a public-private partnership, and sources said that the ISC-owned track is involved in trying to land the new venue on its sprawling grounds.
A projected cost for the venue has yet to be disclosed. The county’s division of recreation and parks will present its plan to the board of supervisors in a further meeting tonight, and candidates for where to build the venue could be revealed at that meeting.
Two Xfinity Series Teams Hit With L1-Level Penalties
Two NASCAR Xfinity Series teams were assessed L1-level penalties after failing post-race inspection at New Hampshire, and another Xfinity team and the No. 24 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team were given safety violations for having lug nuts not properly installed following last weekend’s New Hampshire races.
The No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, driven by William Byron and finishing 14th, received the safety violation following the Monster Energy Series’ Foxwoods Resorts Casino 301. Crew chief Darian Grubb was fined $10,000.
Microsoft will become the Official Cloud Partner of Hendrick Motorsports after renewing its marketing and technical relationship with the 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions for the 2018 and 2019 racing seasons.
Under the new agreement, Hendrick Motorsports will use Microsoft technologies, including Azure cloud services, Windows 10, Office 365 with Microsoft Teams for group chat, and artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, to strengthen performance at NASCAR’s highest level.
Decisive Mazda Road to Indy Weekend in Store at Mid-Ohio
It’s coming down to crunch-time for all three tiers of the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires open-wheel development ladder, which collectively offers scholarships and prizes valued at more than $3.5 million to assist drivers in their progression from the grassroots of the sport to the Verizon IndyCar Series.
The title-chases for both Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires are finely poised heading into this weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, near Lexington, Ohio, which will feature double-headers for each of the two series.
AER Provides Engine Parity For Mazda Indy Lights Teams & Drivers
AER Lights Engine
On the face of it, being the engine supplier for a spec racing series ought to be a simple proposition: Build the requisite number of engines, ship them to the series organizer, supply at-track support and freshen up the engines at the specified mileage. It’s far different and more complicated of course in the real world of racing. Developing and manufacturing the engine is just the start.
AER is in the fourth season of supplying its Mazda MZR-R turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder for the Dallara IL-15 chassis used in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires series, the top rung of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder. The series has seen its past five champions graduate to the Verizon IndyCar Series, with 25 of the 33 starters in the 2018 Indy 500 being Indy Lights graduates.
On Monday, Harding Racing team president Brian Barnhart confirmed that Conor Daly will pilot its No. 88 car at this weekend's Verizon IndyCar Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Daly not only tested with the team last week at Mid-Ohio but is coming off a strong showing in his Harding debut on the streets of Toronto. Filling in for full-time driver Gabby Chaves as the team looks toward a possible two-car future, Daly qualified 11th and started 13th.
Toto Wolff and his engine designers have been outfoxed by Ferrari and they are crying like babies. But AR1.com is fairly certain they know Ferrari's secret
Having claimed that Ferrari had a five-tenths advantage over Mercedes on the straights at Hockenheim, Toto Wolff has come close to suggesting that the recent improvement from the Italian team and its customer teams is due to exploiting an area of the regulations that the FIA is unable to police.
Speaking at an AMG media event in Germany, the Austrian, doing his best not to make a direct accusation, made it clear that he has severe doubts about the legality of his rival's engine.
"If someone, and I'm not saying somebody is, because the fact is I don't know, we are not in Anybody's engine, we are not in anybody's bodywork, but if someone were prepared to risk his reputation then there is very little possibility to police that," said the Austrian.
STP Unveils Darlington Raceway Throwback Weekend Scheme for Wallace Jr.
1972 Riverside International Speedway
Richard Petty Motorsports and STP today unveiled a historic look for NASCAR's throwback weekend. The scheme will take fans back to the beginning of one of NASCAR's longest partnerships. Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. will race the first-ever STP scheme during the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Labor Day weekend. The car was unveiled at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Since the time Hall of Fame driver and crew chief, "The King" Richard Petty and Dale Inman, created the famous Petty Blue color, the No. 43 machine raced primarily in that shade of blue throughout the 1960's. In the beginning of 1972, STP became Petty's first major sponsor, and thus serious discussions about the new look of the famed "43" began. Petty was insistent of the Petty Blue while STP boss Andy Granatelli insisted on the Day-Glo STP red.
Final Weekend TV Ratings Final TV ratings from last weekend saw NBCSN deliver yet another gut punch to NASCAR with ratings down over 20% in just one year, despite Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the booth. Does not matter who they put in that booth, if your race is on NBCSN your TV ratings are going to plummet and eventually you will no longer be a financially viable entity.
NASCAR Cup Race (L)
NASCAR Xfinity Race (L)
NHRA Finals (L)
F1 Race (L)
* No race last year but if there was, it would have been on NBCSN and the ratings would be up significantly this year on ESPN2.
Adrian Newey On How He Joined Red Bull Adrian Newey is a mastermind of auto engineering, whose vision and technical expertise are widely credited as a key contributing factor behind Red Bull Racing's four F1 World Championship titles. Mobil 1 The Grid spoke to Newey to find out more about his story, how he came to work for the Milton Keynes outfit, and why a certain 'unfinished business' stemming from his time at Leyton House left him motivated for the challenge ahead. Comment
UPDATE Article updated with additional information and showing old CART circuit vs. new F1 circuit and the Bayfront Park controversy.
Statement from Sean Bratches, Managing Director of Commercial Operations at Formula 1:
“In the last few months we have worked diligently alongside our promoter Stephen Ross of RSE Ventures, the City of Miami and Miami Dade County, to realize our ambition to bring a Formula 1 Grand Prix to Miami, and we have made significant progress: however, these are complicated negotiations.
Would traction compound help or hurt IndyCars at Pocono Raceway?
What would traction compound do to IndyCars that race at Pocono just three weeks later?
NASCAR will not use any traction compound this weekend at Pocono Raceway despite a plea from Denny Hamlin to do so writes Dustin Long of NBC Sports.
PJ1 traction compound was applied to the lower and a higher groove in all four corners at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The traction compound was applied on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights for the next day’s events.
The intent was to create other lanes for competitors to run to create closer racing.
If you want low TV ratings, but your race series on NBCSN
NBCSN yesterday drew a 1.6 overnight rating for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race from New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which saw Kevin Harvick win. Last year on this weekend, NBC had the annual Brickyard 400 from Indianapolis Motor Speedway, drawing a 3.3 overnight. The Brickyard is now held in September.
Last year's summer Cup race from New Hampshire (airing one week earlier on the calendar) drew a 1.8 overnight. Yesterday marked NHMS' lone Cup Series race this year and was down 11.1% from last year. As a reference the rating was a 2.08 in 2016 and higher in 2015 and 2014.
NBCSN continues to reach new lows for NASCAR. How long before NASCAR is not financially viable as a business on NBCSN?
R.I. Casino Owner Twin River To Merge With Dover Downs
Twin River Worldwide Holdings, owner of two Rhode Island casinos, has "entered into a merger agreement" with Delaware-based Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment.
The deal will make Twin River a "publicly traded company with gaming and entertainment holdings throughout" the U.S. The merger also would "provide a physical presence for Twin River in the Mid-Atlantic region."
Dover Downs operates its namesake hotel/casino and horse racing track, Dover Downs Raceway. PROVIDENCE JOURNAL
Rossi's 100th Indy 500 winner up for auction, will not be in Indy Museum
2016 Indy 500 winning car will go up for auction
Alexander Rossi's Napa-sponsored IndyCar that won the 2016 Indy 500, otherwise known as the "100th running," is headed to the block at Mecum's upcoming auction in Monterey at the end August, and it's safe to say that it will draw the attention of racing connoisseurs with deep, deep pockets.
The Honda-powered racer, which was fielded by a partnership between Andretti Autosport, Bryan Herta Autosport, and Curb-Agajanian, is famous for helping Alexander Rossi win the Indy 500 on his very first try, making him one of only nine drivers to have won the famous race as rookies. Other famous last names to have accomplished such feat include Harroun (by default), Montoya, and Castroneves.
NASCAR New Hampshire Monster Cup Post-Race Q&A Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race winner Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Busch Beer Ford), Rodney Childers (No. 4 Crew Chief); Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 3rd place finisher Aric Almirola (No. 10 Smithfield Ford) Comment
IMSA Statement On Passing Of Champion Racing Team Owner Dave Maraj
Dave Maraj, a five-time American Le Mans Series championship-winning team owner and owner of Champion Motors in Pompano Beach, Florida, died Saturday in a boating accident.
The following is a statement from IMSA President Scott Atherton:
“All of us at IMSA are shocked and saddened by the news of Dave Maraj’s passing. As a team owner in the American Le Mans Series, Dave and his Champion Racing organization were the epitome of professionalism and excellence, as their five series championships and 24 Hours of Le Mans victory will attest. Dave was a tremendous competitor and a great friend to all in the paddock throughout his time in our sport. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dave’s family and friends and to all of his associates at Champion Motors.”
FIA doing everything possible to hand Hamilton F1 title
The same infraction for a Ferrari driver (Raikkonen) 2 years ago resulted in a 5-sec. penalty. But because the FIA wants Hamilton to win the F1 title, no penalty was assessed.
Lewis Hamilton took to the pitlane entry road in today's German GP but then cut across the grass and emerged on the start-finish straight - a decision which ultimately allowed him to lead the race at the restart and take the checkered flag in first.
Hamilton and Mercedes were called up to the stewards after the podium ceremonies had concluded, with the summons' notice citing a potential violation of the FIA International Sporting Code.
If it was a Ferrari driver, they would have been handed a 5-sec. penalty as they have in the past (see image to right) and the 2nd place driver in the German GP (Valtteri Bottas) would have won the race.
Hamilton's race-winning margin of 4.5 seconds over teammate Valtteri Bottas meant his race win was under threat due to the possibility of a time penalty.
Hamilton and Ricciardo have tire advantage in Germany As a result of exiting qualifying for the German GP early, Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo can still win the race because they can start on an alternate tire strategy and they have more 'sticker' fresh tires available than everyone else.
LAKEVILLE, Conn. – The smallest circuit (1.50 miles) on the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship presented tough technical challenges. But Michelin’s precision and performance delivered an exciting victory for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing and Ford GT drivers Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller.
Hand emerged from his final pit stop trailing race leader Jan Magnussen of Corvette Racing by 12 seconds with just 54 minutes remaining in the two-hour, 40-minute Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park.
Van Gisbergen claims victory over McLaughlin in Ipswich
Shane van Gisbergen
The all-Kiwi battle for the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship has heated up once again with Shane van Gisbergen firing a warning that he is coming to hunt Scott McLaughlin down in the second half of the season.
The close mates but fierce rivals went head-to-head for the second day running in an incident free Coates Hire Ipswich 300, with Van Gisbergen taking Sunday victory.
With no safety cars Van Gisbergen again made the most of a stunning start for a flag-to-flag win. McLaughlin was second and Ford racer Chaz Mostert scoring his first podium of the year.
Courtney Force earns 300th Funny Car pole; Pritchett, Kramer, Krawiec go No. 1 in Denver
Courtney Force on pole for JFR
Courtney Force took home the 300th pole position for John Force Racing at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals, while Leah Pritchett (Top Fuel), Deric Kramer (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) earned No. 1 qualifiers in Denver.
Leah Pritchett raced to her third No. 1 qualifying position of the season at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals and set the Top Fuel track speed record during her final qualifying pass on Saturday at Bandimere Speedway.
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