Katherine Legge to make Xfinity Series debut at Mid-Ohio
In the latest addition to an incredibly diverse career, Katherine Legge will make her NASCAR Xfinity Series debut this month at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, driving the #15 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet Camaro. Primary support for Legge’s NASCAR effort, which will include the Xfinity race at Road America, comes from Airtec, a Maryland-based aviation and technology integration company.
“To say that I’m looking forward to making my NASCAR debut in the Xfinity Series would be a massive understatement, and I can’t thank Steve and Eileen Bildman at Airtec enough for helping to provide me with this opportunity,” Legge said. “Racing a stock car will be a massive adjustment for me from the types of cars I usually race, even on road courses, but I’m eager to take on the challenge. Thanks to Johnny Davis, Gary Keller, and everyone at JD Motorsports for all their hard work to make this happen.”
AR1 IndyCar Podcast The 2nd Edition of the AR1 IndyCar Podcast with Brian Carroccio is available now on Podbean. This week Brian discusses the weekend's race at Mid-Ohio, Alexander Rossi, Scott Dixon, the Mazda Road to Indy, and other subjects timely in the world of IndyCar.
Ferrari's Profit Jumped, but Investors Are Nervous
Italian exotic-car maker Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) said on Aug. 1 that its net profit rose 18% in the second quarter, to 160 million euros ($187.3 million), on a 6% increase in global shipments driven largely by demand for its new 12-cylinder 812 Superfast model.
Excluding one-time items, Ferrari earned 0.84 euros per share, beating Wall Street's consensus estimate of 0.81 euros per share. Ferrari's profit increased despite an exchange-rate-driven decline in revenue to 906 million euros, which fell short of estimates.
Nationwide Signs Two-Year Renewal With Hendrick Motorsports
#88 Nationwide car of Alex Bowman battles with fellow backmarker Jimmie Johnson
Nationwide signed a two-year renewal with Hendrick Motorsports, which has now sorted out all of its major expiring deals this year. Financial terms were not revealed, but the insurer will step up from 19 to 20 primaries on HMS’ No. 88 Chevrolet driven by Alex Bowman through ’20. Additionally, HMS has extended Bowman’s deal -- which originally ran through ’19 -- for one year through '20.
This is the first year that Nationwide sponsored a driver at HMS other than Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide’s renewal marks the 13th company to either newly sign or renew as an HMS partner this year, though the one company not to renew was the largest in full-season sponsor Lowe’s, which the team is still working to replace. Nationwide’s agency of record for motorsports is Wasserman.
Richmond Raceway Inks Deal With Virginia Tourism Corp.
Richmond Raceway has signed a new deal with the Virginia Tourism Corp. that features signage and an at-track welcome center. Terms were not released for the deal, which will see the sides play off of the state’s “Virginia is for Lovers” motto by putting up “Virginia is for Racing Lovers” signage around the track, including the new redesigned infield. The VTC also will have a new welcome center stationed in the infield near the garages to promote travel experiences in the state.
Michael Waltrip offers solution to NASCAR cheating
This week on FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB (Monday-Thursday at 6:00 PM ET), co-hosts Adam Alexander and Jamie Little dissected the latest NASCAR news and highlights with analysts Larry McReynolds and Michael Waltrip, while McReynolds and Regan Smith offered their expertise on NASCAR RACEDAY. Below are excerpts from this week’s episodes:
Two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams have been docked both driver points and owner points, according to the official penalty report NASCAR issued Wednesday following the race weekend at Pocono Raceway.
The No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team and No. 95 Leavine Family Racing team each were assessed with the loss of 10 driver points and 10 owner points. Both penalties were the result of post-qualifying inspection failures.
Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI) (NYSE:TRK) today reported second quarter 2018 total revenues of $165.8 million, net income of $31.9 million or $0.78 per diluted share, and adjusted non-GAAP net income of $30.8 million or $0.75 per diluted share. Six month 2018 total revenues were $240.2 million, net income was $29.2 million or $0.71 per diluted share, and adjusted non-GAAP net income was $28.1 million or $0.68 per diluted share. These results were within management's expectations, and SMI reaffirmed its full year 2018 non-GAAP earnings guidance of $1.00 to $1.20 per diluted share as further described below.
Smithfield Extends 30-Race SHR Deal With Almirola For '19
Smithfield Foods has extended its 30-race primary sponsorship of Stewart-Haas Racing's No. 10 Ford driven by Aric Almirola for ’19, Exec VP John Pauley told THE DAILY this morning.
When Smithfield joined the NASCAR team last year, SHR co-Owner Tony Stewart said the deal was multiyear -- but it apparently was for one year with an option to extend for an additional one, which Smithfield has now elected to do. Pauley said that Smithfield, whose spend is believed to be between $10-15M annually, has seen increased retail activation from its grocery partners off the track this year while also seeing greatly improved performance on the track.
INDYCAR outlines five-year plan to strengthen Indy Lights participation
Alexander Rossi tests F3 Americas car. At $400K per season (including crash damage) to run F3 Americas, F4 and F3 need to replace the entire IndyCar ladder system. F4 and F3 are FIA recognized worldwide standards, and as Max Verstappen has proven, you can go from F3 to F1 and win your first time out.
The future of Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires has been strengthened by a five-year plan released today by INDYCAR and Andersen Promotions.
The objective of the plan shown to current and prospective entrants is to increase team and driver participation in the top level of the INDYCAR-sanctioned Mazda Road to Indy development ladder, identify cost efficiencies for competitors and establish guidelines for advancing to the Verizon IndyCar Series.
The road map resembling the one in use for the Verizon IndyCar Series has a structure of four primary areas:
A reduction in budgets for entrants;
An increase in prize money paid to competitors;
Revised INDYCAR driver licensing guidelines;
Expansion of the Verizon IndyCar Series testing program.
George Russell was again behind the wheel of the W09 EQ Power+ on the last day of in-season testing. The Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Reserve Driver completed 116 laps at the Hungaroring and ended the day on top of the timesheets. His fastest lap of the day was also the fastest lap ever recorded around the circuit.
The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course has announced that Rock N Roll Tequila will be the title sponsor of the NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Aug. 10-11 as part of a three-year agreement.
The Rock N Roll Tequila 170 presented by Amethyst Beverage will be the final race of the 57th season at the 2.258-mile, 13-turn permanent road course in Lexington, Ohio. It will also mark the sixth time the NASCAR Xfinity Series visits the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Honda 200 Winner Alexander Rossi Shakes Down F3 Americas Car At Pitt Race
Alexander Rossi shakes down F3 car
Fresh from his maiden Honda 200 win, Andretti Autosport driver Alexander Rossi attended the first F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda test day at Pittsburgh International Race Complex on Monday, July 30. Rossi tested the F3 Americas car at the newly FIA accredited 2.8-mile circuit to provide valuable insights and feedback on the car’s performance and setup for race teams eager to get their cars on track for the Championship’s world debut on Friday.
The amount of money that each team will receive as a result of the 2017 world championship has been revealed, with Ferrari raking in the most capital. The Maranello squad finished in second place last year, behind champions Mercedes.
However, Ferrari will take home more money than the Silver Arrows, bagging just over £147m, £19m more than Mercedes. As Haas has now finished inside the top ten for a second year running, it qualifies for 'Column 1' payments.
Browns QB Forced To Rent 'Boring' RV Because Mid-Ohio Fans Took Best Ones
Sizable Mid-Ohio crowd
We’ve seen pictures of the massive crowd at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. Tents, lawn chairs and campers filled the grounds in Lexington. Ohio, as fans were treated to a dazzling show that featured 114 position passes.
The scale of campers was really put in perspective, though, by a story out of Cleveland Browns training camp this week. ESPN.com’s Pat McManamon wrote about the RV that rookie Baker Mayfield was ordered to provide for quarterbacks to get away.
As TV ratings tumble double digits every year, NASCAR is living in the past with these throwback paint schemes. It isn't working
To the right the 2018 No. 22 Pennzoil Team Penske Darlington “Throwback” paint scheme for the September 1st Bojangle’s Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.
The car is representative of the 20th anniversary Pennzoil race car from 1998 driven by Steve Park in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Park compiled two career Cup victories in the iconic Pennzoil car during his stint with Dale Earnhardt Inc. (Watkins Glen 2000 & Rockingham 2001). He posted 12 top-five and 35 top-ten finishes in his Cup career.
This is the fourth straight year that the No. 22 Team Penske car has participated in the “Throwback” weekend at Darlington. The Pennzoil design from 1998 is part of the “Seven Decades of NASCAR” theme for 2018.
We want to bring #DetroitGP back to Belle Isle and if you want the event to return in 2019 and beyond please send a quick note to @MichiganDNR via email at DNR-GrandPrix-Proposal@michigan.gov or attend the special meeting this Thursday at 6pm in the Belle Isle Nature Center.
With only 7 cars in Indy Lights and now this. Are the wheels falling off the Road To Indy?
Mazda will end its sponsorship of the Road to Indy program following the conclusion of the current season.
Mazda has partnered with Andersen Promotions to sponsor the Mazda Road to Indy program since 2010. The program created a path for up-and-coming open-wheel drivers to earn opportunities to advance up the racing ladder by awarding scholarships to drivers who win the USF2000, Pro Mazda and Indy Lights championships.
Bell steps down as Renault's chief technical officer
Bob Bell is scaling back his role at Renault, stepping down as their chief technical officer and moving into a part-time advisory role.
Bell first joined Renault in 2001 and was an integral part of the Enstone team’s return as a full works outfit from 2016 onward.
He was one of the key links between the English and French arms of the Renault operation, but Bell has ‘after 36 years in Formula 1, understandably expressed a desire to move away from front-line action while exploring other interests outside the sport’.
Pier Guidi to Join WeatherTech Racing at Road America
Alessandro Pier Guidi
Alessandro Pier Guidi (Italy) will join Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.) in the WeatherTech Racing Ferrari for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Continental Tire Road Race Showcase to run at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, Aug. 3-5.
Pier Guidi is the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) GT driver champion and, so far, in 2018 he is eighth in WEC GT points. Pier Guidi brings a wealth of experience behind the wheel of the Ferrari. The Scuderia Corsa run team posted its second podium finish of the season last weekend at Lime Rock Park and will be looking to keep the momentum going at Road America.
Video: 2018 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio in 30 min. Watch the great racing at Mid-Oho this past weekend, but too bad no one saw it, with the live broadcast getting a 0.09 overnight rating on CBNC. Today we will learn whether the final rating was even lower. IndyCar is the best racing on the planet, but no one knows about it because IndyCar has the races on NBCSN and CNBC with minuscule viewership. Comment
Police in the UK have jailed a man who filmed himself riding his motorcycle at 189 mph (304 km/h) on a dual carriageway.
Last week, authorities released video of 26-year-old Adam Campion recklessly riding a selection of motorcycles throughout the country. One particularly shocking clip shows him riding one-handed at 189 mph while filming the stunt on his mobile phone, The Independent reports.
NASCAR Teams Even Figured Out How to cheat on Windshield Wipers
Wipers were never meant to be used in the dry to gain a aero advantage - here shown on the Chevy Camaro - an aero pig that can't win anything
NASCAR teams are great at bending rules until they break, working around new rules that dock car performance, and using existing rules to get an advantage. That last part is why you might see a race car with a windshield wiper sticking straight up on a sunny, dry day, and why NASCAR may start mandating when teams can and can’t have a wiper on their car at road-course races.
In true NASCAR fashion, teams found a way to get an aerodynamic advantage out of a wiper, of all things, by running up the windshield in a fixed spot--in a pretty goofy-looking manner. It’s a relatively recent thing at road courses, with photos from the 2016 Sonoma Raceway event appearing to show no cars running a wiper in the sun and only a few teams doing it during a sunny 2017 race.
Honda HPD boss Art St. Cyr presents Alexander Rossi with his winner's trophy
Just when you thought it couldn't possibly go any lower, it did. NBCSN and CNBC landed another gut punch to the IndyCar series.
CNBC earned a 0.09 overnight for its live airing of yesterday afternoon's Verizon IndyCar Series Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio, down 30.8% from last year's 0.13. A 0.09 is lower than an infomercial on must networks.
Dr. Zhivegas group to entertain Gateway Motorsports Park fans at INDYCAR race
A Vegas headliner group which also happens to be St. Louis’ most popular cover band for more than 20 years will entertain race fans before and after the second annual Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline Verizon IndyCar Series race on August 25 at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois.
2019 Iowa IndyCar race back to Saturday night (Update)
Small Iowa crowd under the hot afternoon sun
UPDATE In 2019, Verizon IndyCar Series fans will get what they've asked for at Iowa Speedway: the return of a night race.
INDYCAR announced today that next year's race at the Newton, Iowa, oval track will be held under the lights for the first time in four years. The Verizon IndyCar Series race will be held the evening of Saturday, July 20.
About the only wheel Alexander Rossi turned wrong Sunday in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio came when he attempted a victory donut in the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda. His car slid off track and became stuck in the grass.
Otherwise it was an exceptional day for the Andretti Autosport driver, who won the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course by 12.8285 seconds. Rossi was the only driver in the 24-car field to complete the 90-lap race in two pit stops, while everyone else needed three.
Kyle Busch emerges late at Pocono for weekend sweep Kyle Busch emerged late and held off Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Daniel Suarez for the Pocono win to tie Tony Stewart on the all-time wins list. Comment
Bubba Wallace loses brakes on No. 43, slams into outside wall hard Bubba Wallace crushed his No. 43 into the outside wall at Pocono Raceway after losing control of his No. 43 Chevrolet due to a brake failure. Comment
Pickett and Merrill Take Home Trans Am West Victories in Portland
Greg Pickett (C) still racing and winning
Greg Pickett and Thomas Merrill emerged victorious today in Trans Am West Coast Championship presented by Pirelli competition at Portland International Raceway, while Merrill and Tomy Drissi both secured class championships for the 2018 season.
For Pickett, the TA class win behind the wheel of the No. 6 Flavor Insights Ford Mustang marked the 20th of his Trans Am career and third at Portland International Raceway (PIR), the first of which came in 1984. Pickett would start the race in second position in pursuit of pole sitter Tomy Drissi, in the No. 8 GoShare Chevrolet Camaro.
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