Formula E: Montreal Race 2 highlights Lucas di Grassi is the new FIA Formula E champion after taking a solid seventh place in the Hydro-Quebec Montreal ePrix. With his title rival Sebastien Buemi enduring another torrid afternoon, di Grassi was able to play the percentages, keep out of trouble and bring his Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport car home safely for the six points that were more than enough the wrap up the championship. Comment
Michael Andretti's driver, Ryan Hunter-Reay spun out on lap 18 of the Honda Indy 200 when teammate Alexander Rossi tried to sweep around the outside of him entering the right-hander at the end of the backstraight at Mid-Ohio.
The two made slight contact and Rossi continued while Hunter-Reay spun but hit nothing.
Andretti, who does strategy for Hunter-Reay over the radio then had to put his driver in fuel saving mode after he was forced to stop too early as a result of the incident.
Bishop leaves McLaren After ten years' service, McLaren Technology Group's Chief Communications Officer and Group Media, Content & Communications Director Matt Bishop today announced his decision to move on.
"After a great deal of careful thought, I have decided to move on from McLaren, a company I have loved and served for 10 sometimes wonderful but occasionally difficult years," said Bishop. "It was a tough decision, but it was the right one: the time is right.
KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (July 31, 2017) – American racer Santino Ferrucci will get his second stint in a Formula One car when he tests for Haas F1 Team Aug. 1-2 at the Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary.
The 19-year-old from Woodbury, Connecticut, is Haas F1 Team’s development driver and he made his debut in the FIA Formula 2 Championship this past weekend in Hungary with Team Trident. In his first drive of an F2 car, Ferrucci qualified just .408 of a second off the pole in 10th before earning points with a strong ninth-place finish in his first race on Saturday. Ferrucci graduated to F2 after spending the 2016 season and the first six races of 2017 in the GP3 Series with DAMS.
Audi takes its fourth win in Total 24 Hours of Spa
The #25 Audi crosses the line to win
For the fourth time, after earlier success in 2011, 2012 and 2014, an Audi was the first car across the line in the Total 24 Hours of Spa, the world’s biggest GT3 race and the undisputed season highlight of the Blancpain GT Series. After 546 laps of the 7.004 kilometers long Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, German driver Christopher Haase drove the #25 Audi Sport Team Sainteloc Audi R8 LMS across the finish line to secure victory for himself and teammates Markus Winkelhock (GER) and Jules Gounon (FRA).
Target Decision To Not Renew Deal With Ganassi Disconcerting For NASCAR
Kyle Larson losing sponsor
Target on Friday announced its intentions to exit NASCAR following this season, and not renewing its deal with driver Kyle Larson and Chip Ganassi Racing "must be disconcerting for racing as an industry," according to Brant James of USA TODAY.
The 25-year-old Larson is a "burgeoning NASCAR superstar who has established himself as a legitimate championship contender this season," currently second in the points standings.
NASCAR Pocono TV Ratings Although ratings were down 20%, NBCSN yesterday afternoon drew a 2.0 overnight rating for Kyle Busch's win in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race from Pocono Raceway, leading all sports telecasts for the weekend. Last year's race was pushed to Monday due to rain. Two years ago, NBCSN drew a 2.5 overnight for the late-summer race from Pocono.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series U.S. Cellular 250 from Iowa Saturday on NBC drew a 1.1 overnight rating.
The NASCAR Truck Series Overton's 150 from Pocono Saturday on Fox drew a 0.6 overnight rating
Audi to cut ICE costs by $12B and shift money to electric cars
A lot of the people on the internal combustion engine side of the business will lose their jobs
Audi is planning 10 billion euros ($12 billion) in cost cuts by 2022 in order to fund the launch of new electric cars, according to multiple reports.
The bulk of these cuts will come from research and development costs, reported Reuters, citing anonymous sources. The German business daily Handelsblatt also reported on the cost-cutting targets. Cost cuts will help Audi undertake the capital-intensive process of launching a fleet of electric cars, while keeping its profit margin at 8 percent a year.
Video: 339.87 mph! Robert Hight sets all-time NHRA qualifying record at Sonoma John Force Racing's Robert Hight made a pass of 3.807 seconds at a record 339.87 mph in the Auto Club of Southern California/California Highway Patrol Chevrolet Camaro SS at Sonoma on Saturday night. The pass was more than four-hundredths of a second quicker than the field over the four qualifying sessions, and his speed was the first to top 339 mph in any professional NHRA category. Comment
Sebastien Bourdais back in car for first time since Indy accident
Sebastien Bourdais will test his Dale Coyne Racing Honda today at Mid-Ohio with the goal of receiving approval from IndyCar Medical to resume racing late in August at Watkins Glen.
"I wouldn't be getting back in the car if I wasn't ready," the Frenchman told NBCSN. "But it's just a test for now. Everything's looking good. We'll give it a shot Monday. Everybody's here to stay over."
Toyota Racing's Rookie Racers - Introducing NASCAR's Daniel Suarez & Erik Jones With Erik Jones recently announced as the 2018 replacement for Matt Kenseth in the No. 20 car, and Mexico's Daniel Suarez already making a name for himself after winning last year's NASCAR Xfinity series, Toyota Racing's pair of Rookie racers are a duo on the rise in the sport of NASCAR. Mobil 1 The Grid spoke to the pair to find out more about their ambitions for the future and why Toyota, and now Joe Gibbs Racing, represents a solid platform on which the build their careers. Comment
There are some things F1 can learn from IndyCar Formula One and IndyCar, although both open-wheel, are very different categories of racing.
There are some things, though, that people think F1 could learn from the American series.
IndyCar racing is physically harder than F1
Former British racer and “Fifth Gear” host, Tiff Needell, tweeted Sunday that Liberty Media could improve F1 by doing away with power steering. Since purchasing F1, Liberty has introduced things such as “F1 Live London” to improve the fan experience, though it has yet to suggest any changes to the on-track action.
NASCAR Pocono Monster Cup Post-Race Q&A Race Winner Kyle Busch, Team Owner Joe Gibbs and Crew Chief Adam Stevens (No.18 M&M’s Caramel Toyota); Second- placer finisher Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford) and third-place finisher Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Furniture Row/ Denver Mattress Toyota) Comment
Andretti Autosport's Nico Jamin scored his third victory of the season in today's Cooper Tires Indy Lights Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio. Yesterday's winner Santi Urrutia came home second 0.5026s behind Jamin, with Shelby Blackstock finishing third, making it two Belardi Auto Racing cars on the podium.
One of the more notable performances of the race came from Colton Herta in the No. 98 Andretti Steinbrenner Racing machine. The son of former IndyCar driver and current team owner Bryan Herta, started from pole before surrendering the lead to Jamin in turn 3 after spinning in turn 8. Despite falling back to 12th in the running order and being more than 20 seconds behind the 11th-place car, Herta was able to drive back to finish sixth.
Verizon IndyCar Series 2018 aero kit testing continues at Mid-Ohio
Cars being prepared with road course aero package
On-track testing of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series universal aero kit at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, on Tuesday, Aug. 1.
This will be the first test of the road course/street course/short oval aero kit configuration following a successful test of the superspeedway oval configuration last week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As with the Indianapolis test, Juan Pablo Montoya will drive the test car with Chevrolet power and Oriol Servia will drive the Honda-powered test car at Mid-Ohio.
Local favorite Graham Rahal set himself as an early pick to win the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio this morning by easily leading the morning warm-up in his Honda over the Penske Chevy of Helio Castroneves.
Marco Andretti was third quick to lead a trio of Andretti Autosport Hondas of himself, Takuma Sato and Ryan Hunter-Reay.
Top-3 finishers - the race was a boring parade with no passing
Anthony Martin enjoyed a picture perfect morning under a glorious blue sky at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course as he sped to an uncontested victory for Cape Motorsports in the third and final leg of the Cooper Tires Pro Mazda Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio Presented by Allied Building Products. The 22-year-old from Perth, Australia, led every inch of the way from pole position and added the fastest lap for good measure just one lap from the finish of today’s ninth round of the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.
Good morning from the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. We're under totally clear skies with the temperature a very comfortable 71 degrees. There is a slight breeze out of the Northeast and the Pirelli World Challenge GTS are currently on track. According to the hard working people at the AR1 Central Ohio Weather Bureau, temperatures will reach the low 80s this afternoon and there is zero chance of rain.
The Pro Mazda Series will have their third race of the weekend at 10:20 a.m. with Indy Lights running the second race of their doubleheader at 1:20. The green flag for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio is expected at 3:47 p.m. ET.
Stay tuned to AR1 throughout the day, as Tim Wohlford and I bring you the latest from Mid-Ohio.
Max Verstappen spears yet another car Max Verstappen has taken out yet another driver on lap 1 of a Grand Prix race. This time he ran out of talent on lap 1 of the Hungarian GP, locked a wheel and took out Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo because Ricciardo was going around him on the outside and Verstappen was having none of it.
Nobuharu Matsushita (C); Oliver Rowland (L) and Nyck De Vries
Nobuharu Matsushita has crushed his rivals with a stunning start before flying off into the distance to easily win this morning’s FIA Formula 2 sprint race at the Hungaroring, building a gap seemingly at will as he left the rest of the field behind to win by over 4 seconds from Oliver Rowland and Nyck De Vries.
The win was set up at the start, which took place under gloriously sunny conditions: teammate Alexander Albon made a good start from pole but Matsushita’s was incredible from P4, zipping past Norman Nato and grabbing the inside line to lead into turn 1, while Luca Ghiotto went outside Albon and De Vries ran inside, squeezing the Thai driver and handing a line past for title rivals Rowland and Charles Leclerc as they headed down the hill towards turn 2.
Mario Andretti taking drag racer Ron Capps for a ride in Long Beach
The greatest rivalry in IndyCar history is easily A.J. Foyt versus Mario Andretti-- a rivalry that began in 1964 and continued through Foyt’s retirement as an active driver in 1993. The two racing legends may join forces, though, as Andretti said Saturday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course that he has invited Foyt for a ride in the Honda IndyCar Two-Seater, a specially prepared Dallara IndyCar that Andretti drives at tracks around the series, giving celebrities and other VIPs high-speed rides.
“I’m trying to get A.J. into the two-seater,” Andretti told AutoWeek's Bruce Martin. “He hasn’t said no yet.”
2nd place finisher McLaughlin leads train of Whincup, van Gisbergen and Coulthard
Chaz Mostert has held on to claim his second race victory of 2017 in this afternoon’s final race of the 2017 Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint.
The Beaudesert-product recorded his third career win at Queensland Raceway, steering his Supercheap Auto Ford Falcon to victory in front of championship leader Scott McLaughlin and the fast finishing Shane van Gisbergen.
Giuliano Alesi has backed up his Silverstone Race 2 victory with a lights to flag win in this morning’s GP3 Series Race 2 at the Hungaroring, taking the lead at turn 1 and controlling the pace all the way to the flag to lead Trident’s first 1-2-3-4 ahead of Ryan Tveter, Kevin Joerg and Dorian Boccolacci.
The race got underway with gloriously sunny conditions, and when the lights went out polesitter Tveter made a good getaway and pushed across the track to cover teammate Jorg: unfortunately the American ran too deep at turn 1 to cover the Swiss driver, handing the inside line to Alesi who shot through and into the lead ahead of the pair and Boccolacci as they headed down to turn 2.
LE Tonglet Wins NHRA Mickey Thompson Tire Pro Bike Battle at Sonoma
LE Tonglet raced to his first career NHRA Mickey Thompson Tire Pro Bike Battle win during the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway on Saturday. Tonglet received a $7,500 payday in the all-star bonus race featuring the top eight Pro Stock Motorcycles in the category.
In his first appearance in the Pro Bike Battle, Tonglet, on his Nitro Fish Racing Suzuki, defeated Angelle Sampey and Andrew Hines before facing Eddie Krawiec in the finals. Tonglet’s pass of 6.827-seconds at 196.07 mph earned him the victory.
"This is the first time I’ve been in the battle," Tonglet stated. "To be able to win it on the first go-around is pretty amazing. My brother (GT Tonglet) won it back in 2005 and to be able to follow in his footsteps just means a lot to me."
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