Felix Rosenqvist was robbed of a certain first victory by inept IndyCar officiating
UPDATE A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, I "missed" the Indy Car race on TV because I was unaware that the race was on Network NBC as opposed to the pathetic NBCSN. I usually read AutoRacing1's summary of the tv broadcast information but this time I forgot to check. I went surfing in the morning, came home and watched the F1 race, then went to watch the IndyCar race and it became obvious that my "series record" option on my DVR did not pick it up. I did watch the entire quali telecast that my DVR did pick that up on Saturday. Clearly IndyCar should have been reminding the viewers that the race wasn't on the primary usual network, but of course Leigh Diffey said nothing. He cant shut up ever. This part he missed on. It wouldn't hurt to pass on verbally and with a graphic the race broadcast information. Nope. I didn't see one. He talked about NASCAR a lot. Ugh.
Jimmie Johnson gets new crew chief, but will it help?
Once a driver hits a certain age, they can change crew chiefs all they want, the driver won't win unless they luck out or get the infamous 'NASCAR Call' Johnson has reached that age when the reflexes slow and the lap times fall off.
Cliff Daniels has a new role in NASCAR: seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson‘s crew chief.
Hendrick Motorsports announced Monday (July 29) that Daniels will take over the play-calling duties for Johnson effective immediately.
Daniels replaces Kevin Meendering, who replaced long-time crew chief Chad Knaus.
“We have great confidence in Cliff’s ability to win races with Jimmie and the team,” Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick said in a team statement. “He’s a natural leader and tremendously talented from both a technical and communication standpoint. Cliff’s familiarity with Jimmie and the No. 48 team culture will benefit us a ton. He will bring the spark that’s been our missing ingredient.”
2020 Chevy Corvette is 'nearly sold out,' says GM design chief
The 2020 Chevy Corvette is just about booked up for the first year’s production run. Michael Simcoe, GM design chief, said as much at the Concours d’Elegance of America, as a gleaming C8 sat on the lawn.
“I think the orders have already hit the first year of production numbers,” Simcoe said when addressing the attentive, large crowd at the golf course. We pulled him aside afterwards, and asked Simcoe to elaborate. Turns out, the C8 is extremely close to being sold out for the 2020 model year, but it hasn’t officially hit the mark yet. “It’s nearly sold out. It’s so close that it’s bound to be sold out soon,” Simcoe told us.
Max Verstappen (c) looks for more race wins with Red Bull and Honda, and a possible title challenge
(GMM) Max Verstappen has played down his chances of winning the 2019 title.
However, the Dutchman and Red Bull-Honda are clearly on the rise, having won two of the last three grands prix, including Sunday's sensational wet race at Hockenheim.
2019 had looked to be turning into a Lewis Hamilton whitewash, but Verstappen's successes of the last month means the gap to the championship lead is 63 points with the whole second half of the long season still to run.
When asked about his title chances after winning at Hockenheim, Verstappen answered: "I don't know. They're so miles ahead in the championship.
Alfa Romeo penalized post-race, Williams score first 2019 point
Kubica gets one point
Joy turned to heartbreak for Alfa Romeo hours after the German Grand Prix as the stewards penalized Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi for clutch infringements at the start of the race, knocking them out of the top 10 and promoting four drivers up the order, including Robert Kubica to give Williams their first point of the 2019 campaign.
Raikkonen and Giovinazzi crossed the line seventh and eighth respectively, giving Alfa Romeo their best result of the season. However, soon after the race, the stewards summoned a team representative to discuss an alleged breach of Article 27.1, related to clutch torque application during race starts.
Another Indy Pro 2000 Sweep for Kirkwood Tightens Title-Chase
Another race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for Kyle Kirkwood and another race victory. The 20-year-old from Jupiter, Fla., doubled up on his performance from yesterday for the Italian-owned RP Motorsport USA team by sweeping the weekend and scoring his fifth victory from the last six races in the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. He now lies only 13 points behind Rasmus Lindh with five races remaining in the quest for a scholarship valued at close to $600,000 to facilitate the graduation next year to Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the top step on the unique and highly acclaimed Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires open-wheel driver development ladder.
There’s no stopping Oliver Askew just now. Askew, 22, from Jupiter, Fla., celebrated the news he will soon test an Indy car for the first time by dominating the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires field this weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Askew not only won both 30-lap races from the pole position for Andretti Autosport, he was never headed on the race track and capped an impressive performance by posting the fastest lap of the race – without the benefit of the AER turbo engine’s push-to-pass feature, which is available only to pursuing cars – on his final trip around the undulating and challenging 2.258-mile circuit.
I promised a second report yesterday afternoon. However, I ended up going back to the hotel a little early as I was not feeling well, and thus did not get to the second report. Anyway, both Tim Wohlford and I are here and ready to go this morning. And considering the green flag is not until 3:57 p.m. ET we should have plenty of time to compose a few reports.
Weather wise, we're looking the same as the past few days. Today, the high is expected to be 87 degrees, and there is once again zero percent change of rain.
Stay tuned to AR1 during the day for more updates from Mid-Ohio.
Greg Pickett has zero competition in depleted field
Greg Pickett, from Crystal Bay, Nevada missed the last three rounds of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli West Coast Championship, facing a myriad of challenges to both his racing and business efforts. But, following a “long heart to heart” with wife Penny, the vastly experienced veteran re-committed to the Trans Am series (where he is second on the all-time number of starts list with 187), and returned to the fray at Portland International Racing with fresh enthusiasm.
Rossi has pretty much carried the Andretti team on his shoulders all season, now it's time for the team to step up and provide a front of the grid car every race
Getting a new contract with Andretti Autosport means a lot for Alexander Rossi, who knows how dire things were in F1 with an underfunded minnow team.
"It means everything." said Rossi "At the end of the day when all this started, Andretti Autosport and Honda, we all have the same intentions, the same outlook. It was just a matter of finding a way to put all the pieces together and make it work for everyone.
"It's been an amazing season to be able to talk about the huge amount of trust in relationships," Rossi added. "That's really what made this decision what it is. This is home for me. This is the team I know. Michael gave me the opportunity in 2016 when I was an unknown to this series and really North American racing."
A reader writes, Dear AutoRacing1.com, As we hit the mid-point of summer these random thoughts cross my mine:
It's clear the Ferrari F1 team needs new leadership as they can't seem to do anything right these days. I feel sorry for Sebastian Vettel as I think he is the kind of driver that loses motivation if he knows the car he is driving has no chance to win.
Charles Leclerc seems to have the measure of Vettel, but I'm not sure if it's because Vettel has lost motivation
The Mercedes team will probably win again. How boring.
Top Tracks - Corvette Drivers Choose Their Favorite Circuits
Mobil 1 The Grid asked Corvette Racing’s drivers for their pick of the best tracks on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar calendar.
With 11 wins at both Mosport and Sebring, these might be obvious favorites, but in fact the drivers have a mix of preferred venues. As Corvette look for their 100th IMSA victory we can only guess at which track it will come.
Details of 2020 NASCAR Pocono doubleheader announced
Harvick at Pocono
Next year‘s Pocono Raceway schedule will feature a longer weekend, shorter Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races but considerably more racing action at the 2.5-mile triangular track.
For the first time, NASCAR will run two points-paying Cup races on the same weekend, culminating in a 350-miler on Sunday, June 28. The day before, Cup drivers will run their first race of the weekend, with a length still to be determined.
The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course has been a happy hunting ground for Kyle Kirkwood. One year ago he swept all three rounds of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship en route to winning the title and a Mazda Scholarship to ensure his graduation to the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires in 2019. He also won all three F3 Americas races last season and claimed one F4 victory in 2017. This afternoon he added to that tally by leading from flag to flag in Round 11 of the Indy Pro 2000 series.
Indy Lights ace Oliver Askew, who drives for Andretti Autosport, is set to test an IndyCar with rival team Ganassi Racing at Portland.
“I’m flattered and fired up,” said the 22-year-old native of Jupiter, Fla. who will run the Oregon road course on Aug. 7 during an IndyCar test. “I go into the shop on Wednesday for a seat fitting and it’s a great opportunity and I can’t thank Chip’s team enough,” he told RACER.
Askew Continues Indy Lights Roll with Mid-Ohio Victory
Oliver Askew extended his Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires points lead this afternoon with a commanding victory for Andretti Autosport at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The 22-year-old’s fifth win of the season from 12 races stretched his advantage to 35 points over Dutchman Rinus VeeKay (Juncos Racing), who finished third today behind Askew’s teammate, Ryan Norman, from nearby Aurora, Ohio. Six races remain this season.
After claiming the pole position in qualifying yesterday afternoon, Askew, from Jupiter, Fla., held off outside front row qualifier and teammate Robert Megennis, from New York, N.Y., at the first corner and was never seriously threatened throughout the 30-lap race held in warm conditions on the undulating and picturesque 2.258-mile road circuit.
Former F1 boss Arrivabene seen laughing his arse off - he was fired and Binotto took his place. Ferrari is now a dumpster fire
His team may have taken yet another pole position – and in their anniversary race no less – but Toto Wolff’s immediate thoughts after qualifying in Germany were for rivals Ferrari.
After flying in practice, the Scuderia were the odds-on favorites for pole in Hockenheim on Saturday – but in the end they were never involved in the fight for P1, with Sebastian Vettel climbing out of his car in Q1 with a turbo issue and Charles Leclerc doing likewise at the beginning of Q3, his machine diagnosed with a fuel system problem.
On a weekend when they expected they might struggle, Mercedes now face a great chance of scoring victory in the marque’s 200th race, with Lewis Hamilton on pole and Valtteri Bottas third behind Red Bull's Max Verstappen – though Wolff was sad their great rivals aren’t up there with them.
Good morning from the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. It’s about 11 a.m. and the NTT INDYCAR Series has about 15 minutes left in final practice before this afternoon’s qualifying session for tomorrow’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.
It’s currently about 80 degrees here with temperatures to rise as high as 86. Current forecasts project zero percent chance of rain.
Tim Wohlford and I will be here today reporting from the track. So stay tuned to AutoRacing1 for updates throughout the day.
Racing Night at Busch Stadium includes free INDYCAR-NASCAR fanfest
The annual NTT IndyCar Series Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline at World Wide Technology Raceway always is a home run with motorsports fans, but this year the track is hitting it out of the park with a grand slam.
Racing Night at Busch Stadium on Thursday, August 22, will include:
Seven-time Supercars Champion Jamie Whincup scored a breakthrough win in the Century Batteries Ipswich SuperSprint at Queensland Raceway with a flawless performance reminiscent of his glory days.
Red Bull Holden Racing Team’s Whincup became just the fourth driver to finish in front of Scott McLaughlin this year on the way to his first win of 2019 after he snatched the lead on the first lap and his team backed it up with a faultless pit stop.
Copyright 1999-2019 | AutoRacing1 is an independent internet online publication and is not affiliated with, sponsored by, or endorsed by IndyCar, NASCAR, FIA, or any series sponsor.
This material may not be published, broadcast, or redistributed without permission.