The results of the analysis on Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen’s front-left soft compound tire, which experienced an issue at the end of the recent British Grand Prix, reveal specific damage in two places at the edge of the belt close to the internal shoulder area.
This damage is not present throughout any other areas of the tire whatsoever.
Especially in a race filled with so many wrecks like the Brickyard 400 on Sunday, the radio scanner audio is spectacularly entertaining.
Ryan Newman was struggling to stay cool because his backside was “on fire.” Kurt Busch weirdly clapped after his younger brother, Kyle, and Martin Truex Jr. crashed into each other. And Denny Hamlin was so frustrated with Trevor Bayne in the No. 6 car he said he can’t wait for that team, Roush Fenway Racing, to go bankrupt.
Video: First test of 2018 IndyCar If the first day of on-track testing is any indication, the new Verizon IndyCar Series car is well on its way to making Indy car racing in 2018 even better. Juan Pablo Montoya and Oriol Servia turned more than 100 laps each on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval in their respective Chevrolet- and Honda-powered Dallara IR-12s equipped with the universal aerodynamic bodywork kit making its public debut ahead of being used by all competitors next season. Comment
Network TV delivers better rating for Brickyard 400 (Update) UPDATE The final rating for the Brickyard 400 was 3.4 with 5.63 million viewers tuned in on network TV NBC, up slightly from 2016 which saw a 3.1 rating with 5.21 million viewers. The Xfinity race at Indy on NBCSN received a 1.06 rating with 1.686 million tuned in.
07/24/17 NBC yesterday drew a 3.3 overnight rating for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Brickyard 400 race from Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which was moved to NBC this year and had a nearly two-hour delay at the start due to weather. The Brickyard 400 had its best figure since ESPN drew a 3.4 overnight for the race in ’13. NBCSN last year drew a 2.8 overnight for the race in its normal afternoon slot (up 18%) and over 1 million more viewers were tuned in this year on NBC.
Which goes to show you, if you want your racing series to die from lack of sponsorship, have it broadcast on NBCSN
Aurora and North One named as host broadcasters of Formula E LONDON, UK (July 26, 2017) - Aurora Media Worldwide and North One Television have joined forces in an exciting new partnership as host broadcasters of the FIA Formula E Championship - the world’s first fully-electric single-seater racing series.
The contract was awarded to a co-venture between both North One and Aurora - who have continued to produce coverage of Formula E since the inaugural race around the Olympic Park in Beijing in 2014.
Bodine Says Trucks Must "Be Driven Harder" at Pocono than Cup Cars
The NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES moves from the dirt track at Eldora to the unique 2.5-mile “triangle” of Pocono Raceway on Saturday, July 29, with the race airing live on FOX at 1:00 PM ET.
Vince Welch calls the 12th race of the season for FOX Sports alongside Phil Parsons and Michael Waltrip with pit reporting by Hermie Sadler and Chris Neville. John Roberts hosts network pre-race coverage from the Charlotte studio on NCWTS SETUP (12:30 PM ET) with analysis from two-time series champ Todd Bodine.
Richard Childress takes big money hit losing Menard
Richard Childress loses big sponsor
"Paul Menard and Menards, Inc. have had a partnership with RCR for seven years. Together, we have enjoyed a tremendous amount of success, including Paul's emotional win at Indianapolis in 2011. He is a very talented driver and a good friend. Everyone at RCR wishes both Paul and Menards nothing but the best in the future.
Our entire RCR organization is 100 percent focused on getting all three of our Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series programs in the playoffs this year, and bringing another Cup championship to RCR in 2017.
Blaney to drive third Team Penske car; Menard to Wood Brothers
Ryan Blaney will move to a third Team Penske entry in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2018, with Paul Menard shifting to the Wood Brothers Racing team next season.
Both organizations made the joint announcement Wednesday, firming up two more partnerships in the annual “Silly Season” shuffle of driver-team pairings. Team Penske and the Wood Brothers share technical information through an alliance.
Blaney, 23, is in his third season driving the Wood Brothers’ famed No. 21 Ford. He scored his first Monster Energy Series victory earlier this year at Pocono Raceway. He will drive the No. 12 Ford Fusion next year and has blossomed into one of the sport’s young stars.
Dieselgate: Jailed Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt will plead guilty
Oliver Schmidt in jail for selling 'dirty' diesel cars
Jailed Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt will plead guilty to charges related to the automaker’s diesel emissions scandal in the U.S., according to a court spokesperson in Detroit.
Schmidt, former manager of a VW engineering office in suburban Detroit, will appear in federal court on Aug. 4. His lawyers disclosed the plan during a brief conference with a judge, spokesman David Ashenfelter said.
Schmidt is one of many VW employees charged in a scheme to cheat emission rules on nearly 600,000 diesel vehicles, but most are in Germany and out of reach of U.S. authorities. He's been in custody since January when he was arrested while on vacation in Miami before he could return to Germany.
Ten Candidates Identified for 2017 Team USA Scholarship Selection Process
Team USA competing over in England
Ten young drivers, ranging in age from 16 to 23, have been selected as candidates for this year’s Team USA Scholarship. Ultimately, two winners will follow in the footsteps of a long line of accomplished professional drivers – headed by Jimmy Vasser and Bryan Herta who claimed the first two scholarships in 1990 and 1991, respectively – by gaining an opportunity to take part in some international auto racing events later this year.
The winners also will earn an invitation to the Mazda Road to Indy $200k USF2000 Scholarship Shootout – and a chance to emulate Oliver Askew, who secured both a Team USA Scholarship and the MRTI Scholarship in 2016. Askew now leads the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda and is chasing another Mazda Scholarship which would enable him to graduate to the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires in 2018.
Video: One Crazy Day at Silverstone, with Lewis Hamilton An exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at Lewis Hamilton's 2017 British Grand Prix victory celebrations with the incredible Silverstone crowds! Comment
Video: Sightseeing in Moscow Lucas Auer and Edoardo Mortara took the opportunity to do some sightseeing in the Russian capital ahead of the race weekend at the Moscow Raceway. Two ‘Pink Panthers’ in Moscow... Comment
Williams Supports Government Battery Revolution in the UK
Battery costs are dropping quickly
Williams Advanced Engineering, the engineering and technology business that focuses on transferring F1 expertise outside of motorsport, backed the Government drive to make the UK a world leader in electric battery development.
It urged the Government to exploit the current expertise in 'Motorsport Valley' – the area home to a number of leading motor racing teams – in the face of competition from Asia and the US.
Williams Advanced Engineering has invested in electric battery capability since its launch in 2010, developing batteries for the likes of Formula E and Aston Martin.
Kasey Kahne and his Hendrick crew prostrate themselves to the yard of bricks
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Sunday’s Brickyard 400 winner, No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports driver Kasey Kahne, joined FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB Tuesday to discuss his pivotal win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its possible implications on his future with the organization.
Below are excerpts from Kahne’s interview with co-hosts Shannon Spake and Adam Alexander and driver analyst Regan Smith.
UPDATETesting of the new IndyCar chassis ended here in Indianapolis at 5 pm as scheduled. Bill Pappas, IndyCar's Vice President of Competition and Race Engineering, commented that designing the new car was like having a child. The project started at Dallara in Italy last November when an IndyCar team went to Italy with their sketches of what they wanted the new car to look like. And this was the first actual test drive on a race track. Pappas commented on his favorite moments of the project.
"The car running. That was what we all wanted. We had a few electrical glitches early in the morning. We got past that issue and both drivers put in 60 laps or more today. Both drivers seemed to feel the car is comfortable. We will continue with the road course exercise and carry on with our testing."
Video: Renault - 40 years in F1 On July 16, 1977, Renault entered its very first Formula 1 grand prix to embark upon a new chapter in its long and illustrious history – one that dates back to the very infancy of motorsport. Over the ensuing decades, Renault competed successfully in all forms of the sport, from circuit racing, to conventional and cross-country rallying, record-breaking attempts and endurance racing.
It was therefore perhaps inevitable that its various motor racing exploits would ultimately lead Renault to F1, the absolute pinnacle of the sport. In the four decades that have elapsed since 1977, Renault’s ambitious and enduring commitment to the sport has been characterized by an intelligent, pioneering approach and technological prowess.
Like boss Mark Miles, Jay Frye is pipe dreaming if he things a new engine manufacturer will come into IndyCar with TV ratings on NBCSN so minuscule. Where's the value?
On Monday's media conference IndyCar Competition Chief Jay Frye was asked whether going to a standard spec car would bring in new teams and manufacturers.
Of course he said he hopes so, but with TV ratings so low, sponsors are not lining up to be in IndyCar. No sponsors, no money, no participation.
"We're very fortunate right now, we have four or five possible [new] entries going forward, which is really good," Frye said. "But one of the things from a team perspective [is] that you know you can get a kit now and you can plan a three-year window, so you can plan your budgets three years out. You know what it costs. The price is not going to go up. So we were able to lock in all the costs to the car, so it's a good time to come in."
Brad Keselowski, Ford and Team Penske hope to celebrate many more wins together
Brad Keselowski, the 2012 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, has reached an agreement with Team Penske officials to remain with the organization as driver of the No. 2 Ford.
The multi-year agreement was announced Tuesday by Team Penske officials in a news release.
“In the time that Brad has driven for Team Penske, he has risen to the top echelon of stars in NASCAR,” team owner Roger Penske said. “Brad and Paul (Wolfe, crew chief) have established a terrific, winning combination and they are both real leaders within our team.
Has Mercedes got Ferrari beaten after 2017 British GP win?
The fact of the matter is the Ferrari is no match for the Aldo Costa designed Mercedes. Season over, Hamilton will be World Champion
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel believes Mercedes' most powerful qualifying engine mode is still his rival's strongest weapon in this year's title fight.
After finishing a distant third in 2016, Ferrari has made a remarkable return to form this year and at the midway point of the season Vettel leads Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton by one point in the standings. However, his advantage has been eroded by 24 points in the last two months as Mercedes has found form at a series of high-speed circuits and scored three victories and four pole positions from four races.
At the 2017 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps, Mercedes‑AMG is presenting its latest competition car: the Mercedes-AMG GT4. The new model is based on the Mercedes-AMG GT R (combined fuel consumption: 11.4 l/100 km; combined CO2 emission: 259 g/km) and has been made to meet the requirements of international GT4 race series.
Its production-based concept combines fully matured racing technology with the highest level of safety and efficiency.
MOUNDS VIEW, Minn. – It feels like it has been ages since I’ve written one of these bad boys. It’s not for lack of trying either. I have three unfinished blogs that I have tried to write since the 2017 season got started because I never had the time to get them done! But finally here we are, over halfway through the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season and I’d like to give you my verdict on it: This is hard.
Tom Kristensen, Jan Magnussen & More Celebrate The Danish Fans At Le Mans Amongst the many thousands of motorsport fans that descend on Le Mans every summer, the Danes are arguably the most well-represented of them all. With a number of drivers representing the Nordic nation – including Jan Magnussen, Marco Sorensen, Christina Nielsen, Michael Christensen, Nicki Thiim and retired hero, 9-time winner Tom Kristensen – Denmark’s unofficial base at the Circuit de la Sarthe, otherwise known as ‘K-Camp’, is a home away from home for the traveling fans and drivers alike. Comment
Toto Wolff: "there are no prizes awarded for the half-time champions"
We have reached the halfway point of the 2017 season and both championships are very much in the balance right now. The points tables show that we have a small buffer in the constructors’ race and a small deficit on the drivers’ side. But that’s not important at this stage – there are no prizes awarded for the half-time champions.
Our approach is to take it weekend by weekend, to build our performance at each circuit in a calm and logical way and to keep pushing. The time for worrying about the points will come later. What I see when I walk the corridors of our factories is an energy and determination like never before. It is inspiring to see how our team is tackling this championship battle.
The Bulls wrap up the British Grand Prix as they leave Silverstone Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo wrap-up their British Grand Prix at Silverstone after the Bulls collected a solid haul of points for the Team with P4 and P5 Comment
Recognizing that all cars will be 100% electric in the not too distant future, Mercedes moves to Formula E to help perfect the technology for its road cars
Mercedes Benz has announced a strategic repositioning of its motorsport activities: the company will conclude its participation in DTM at the end of 2018 and enter Formula E in the 2019/20 season.
This new approach will see Mercedes-Benz competing at both ends of the motorsport spectrum: in Formula 1, the pinnacle of motorsport combining high technology and the most demanding competitive challenge; and in Formula E, which embodies the transformation that is underway in the automotive industry.
35,000 estimated attendance for Brickyard 400 The attendance for the 2017 Brickyard 400 was estimated t be 35,000 by the Indianapolis Star newspaper (watch video), but next year might be even worse.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was gone, and so were they.
Hundreds of fans poured out of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway grandstands Sunday, barely halfway through the 2017 Brickyard 400, when Earnhardt’s No. 88 Chevrolet wheezed into pit road, its radiator smoking, its day done.
IMS Offers Ticket Deal For faltering 2018 Brickyard 400
When Earnhardt Jr. climbed out of his car fans in blue Dale Earnhardt Jr. T-shirts followed him out, walking to the infield parking lots, triggering a bizarre exodus of cars out of IMS even as the Brickyard 400 was still going.
Race fans can renew their tickets now for the Big Machine Brickyard 400 and Lilly Diabetes 250 at 2017 prices, as the annual NASCAR race weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway enters a new era next year.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race will move to the cooler temperatures of Sept. 9, 2018, with NASCAR XFINITY Series action also taking place during the race weekend. The Big Machine Brickyard 400 will serve as the final race of the regular season, determining the regular-season champion and to set the field for the NASCAR Playoffs, which begin the following weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The renewal window will continue through Monday, Aug. 7.
Formula 1 Ready to Bring Sexy Back to Austin, Texas Watch F1 drivers channel their inner Justin Timberlake ahead of return to COTA!
The world’s top Formula 1 drivers are getting in the groove as they begin to look ahead to their return visit to Austin, Texas for the 2017 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX to be held at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) this October 20th-22nd.
Ruoff Home Mortgage Expands Sato sponsorship To Mid-Ohio INDIANAPOLIS (July 24, 2017) – The No. 26 machine of Takuma Sato will take on a familiar look when it hits the 2.258-mile track of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner’s car will resemble the Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda that brought the Japanese driver his first victory with Andretti Autosport.
The partnership began just days before the historical Indy 500 race and has since expanded into the Detroit Grand Prix double-header, where Takuma Sato earned his sixth career pole position. In addition, Ruoff Home Mortgage partnered with Andretti Rallycross, a division of Andretti Autosport, as a major-sponsor of Scott Speed’s Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle GRC in Indianapolis, where Speed went on to capture his second victory of the 2017 season.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Signs Multiyear On-Air Deal With NBC
Dale Jr. follows Jeff Gordon into the booth
NBC won the Dale Earnhardt Jr. sweepstakes, as the popular NASCAR driver signed a multiyear on-air deal with the net that takes effect in January, sources said. NBC is expected to make a formal announcement on the hire later this morning writes Adam Stern & John Ourand of Sports Business Daily.
Earnhardt will become a mainstay on NBC’s NASCAR coverage; the net carries the second half of NASCAR’s Monster Energy and Xfinity series seasons through ‘24. Earnhardt also will contribute to other parts of NBC’s programming outside of racing. It is possible that Earnhardt, a noted Redskins fan, could be worked into the net’s NFL or even Olympics coverage.
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