Furniture Row Racing driver Martin Truex, Jr. and Bass Pro Shops founder/CEO Johnny Morris on a recent fishing trip.
Furniture Row Racing announced today that Martin Truex Jr. has signed a new two-year agreement to drive the team’s No. 78 Toyota Camry in NASCAR’s Cup Series. The new contract takes effect starting with the 2017 season.
The Denver-based racing organization also announced that Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats, which joined Furniture Row Racing as a partner in 2016, will increase its primary sponsorship schedule on Truex’s No. 78 Toyota from 12 to 16 races in 2017, starting with the season-opening Daytona 500.
The expansion builds on the long-standing relationship between Bass Pro Shops and Truex Jr., an avid outdoorsman and longtime fishing buddy of Bass Pro Shops founder/CEO Johnny Morris. In addition to serving as Truex’s first sponsor when he started his NASCAR career, Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats were the primary sponsors for two NASCAR Xfinity Series championships in 2004 and 2005, as well as the primary sponsor for Truex’s first three years in the Sprint Cup Series.
Black Swan Suspends GTD Program Black Swan Racing has suspended its IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship program, until further notice, following the sudden passing of the father of team owner Tim Pappas on Monday.
The GT Daytona squad, which has fielded a Porsche 911 GT3 R for Pappas and Nicky Catsburg, will miss this weekend’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America as a result.
Kevin Harvick is NASCAR's most mentioned driver on TV broadcasts, while Sprint Cup Series most popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. checks in just 11th in tracking reports released by Joyce Julius & Associates of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Why? Because Dale Jr. seldom runs at the front.
For more than three decades, the company has researched media mentions among its missions for corporate sponsorship interests. It tweeted out the list (below) complete through the first 18 live telecasts of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season (July 9, Kentucky Speedway).
IMSA 2017 announcements set for Road America The 2017 schedules for IMSA’s top series, as well as future platform plans will be announced Friday morning at Road America, the sanctioning body confirmed today.
Schedules for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Mazda Prototype Lites Presented by Cooper Tires and Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama will be confirmed at an announcement in victory lane at 11:45 a.m. CT.
For Michael Printup, it feels as if Watkins Glen International is preparing to host a Christmas dinner with about 100,000 guests at the house -- and sometimes he feels as if he is the kid getting ready for Christmas morning.
"I always get excited for what the show brings," the Watkins Glen president said less than two weeks before the 2.45-mile road course's annual NASCAR race weekend that includes the Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 at The Glen and the Xfinity Series Zippo 200. "But, it's a lot of details to take care of."
Texas Motor Speedway offers free admission to police officers Texas Motor Speedway will play host to “Back The Blue Night” at the Firestone 600 Verizon IndyCar Series race on Saturday, Aug. 27, to display its appreciation for the dedicated service of police officers.
"Back The Blue Night" will honor police officers near and far by providing them and a companion free admission to the Firestone 600. Police personnel will be required to show their badge or proper identification at the gate for admittance to the event that will have general admission seating. Texas Motor Speedway also will extend this offer to all first responders that show proper identification at the gate.
Weekend TV Ratings (2nd Update) UPDATE The simulcast of the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio this past Sunday on NBCSN and CNBC delivered 929,000 viewers to rank as NBC Sports Group’s most-watched IndyCar race ever, since acquiring rights prior to the 2009 season.
Sunday’s race (2:40-4:46 p.m. ET) was the most-watched IndyCar race on cable since 2008 (ESPN, Richmond, 947,000). Viewership peaked in the 3-3:15 p.m. ET quarter hour with more than 1.3 million viewers (1.326 million). Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud took the checkered flag at Mid-Ohio on Sunday to increase his lead in the championship standings with his fourth win of the season.
Mid-Ohio was originally scheduled to air on CNBC, but when Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono was delayed due to weather, the race was also simulcast on NBCSN.
NASCAR Executive Shakeup Places Steve Phelps In More Global Role
NASCAR this afternoon will announce an executive shakeup that will see longtime Exec VP & CMO Steve Phelps move into a more global role as the sanctioning body continues to grow its international presence. Phelps, who joined NASCAR in '05 as VP/Corporate Marketing after a 14-year stint with the NFL and became CMO the following year, will now be Exec VP & Chief Global Sales & Marketing Officer. He will oversee the global functions for marketing, partnership and series marketing, business development, communications, licensing and consumer products, and NASCAR Digital Media. He will continue to serve as NASCAR's top officer in its Charlotte HQ. The new CMO will be Jill Gregory, currently NASCAR's Senior VP/Marketing & Industry Services, who becomes the first female CMO in NASCAR history and retains the Senior VP title.
Stewart Ready to Race 'The Real Thing' in Southern 500 at Darlington
Booby Allison (L) and Tony Stewart unveil Stewart's Darlington throwback car
The 1971 and 1972 Southern 500s were owned by Bobby Allison. The legendary racer from Hueytown, Alabama, proved he was indeed "The Real Thing" at Darlington Raceway, driving his red-and-gold Coca-Cola machine to emphatic, back-to-back victories at the tough and gritty South Carolina track.
Allison dominated from start-to-finish in both races at the 1.366-mile oval. He started from the pole each time and led 558 of the 734 laps available (76 percent). He paced the field for all but 38 laps in the 1971 Southern 500 and led a race-high 229 laps in the 1972 Southern 500. The victories were the first of five premiere series wins Allison earned at Darlington.
Fans and fellow Verizon IndyCar Series competitors are learning not to count out Conor Daly when he is apparently down writes Mark Robinson of IndyCar.com.
That's because the rookie driver usually seems to run strongest in races after qualifying poorly. Take the latest example, Sunday's Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.
Daly started last in the 22-car field in the No. 18 Jonathan Byrd's Hospitality Honda, went off strategy to pit early, led a career-best 22 laps and finished sixth. The 16 positions that the 24-year-old gained from race start to finish were more than anyone.
Panini's NASCAR Cards Available Today As Part Of Multiyear Deal Today, in association with Panini America, the world's largest sports and entertainment collectibles company, NASCAR fans and collectors alike can purchase the first of four officially-licensed trading card products expected in 2016. To coincide with the release, NASCAR Sunoco Rookie of the Year frontrunner Chase Elliott will attend the Panini VIP Party at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey, later this week.
The new NASCAR trading cards, a classically licensed-product, are meticulously produced by Panini and will continue to be a nostalgic collectible for fans. The first line of officially-licensed trading cards, available today, encompasses teams and drivers across the NASCAR Sprint Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series.
Video: Mercedes German GP F1 Strategy Explained: Chasing a 1-2 Finish Mercedes' Chief Race Engineer, Andrew Shovlin, discusses German Grand Prix strategy. Lewis Hamilton won the race for the team, while Nico Rosberg lost the lead at the start and finished in fourth after a penalty. Comment
WeatherTech Championship Race at Road America a Favorite For Drivers
Last year's winners - #31 Action Express driven by Eric Curran and Dane Cameron
With only two races left for the Prototype cars after this weekend's Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America -- the event following this one, the Michelin GT Challenge at VIRginia International Raceway, is GT only – there's no question that the Prototype teams will be primed and pumped up for their first race since July 10, and their last until September 17.
At 4.048 miles, the 14-turn track is beloved by most all the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competitors, and it's one of the tracks where Prototype cars can really stretch their legs.
Grand Prix of Boston CEO John Casey on the hot seat
Mayor Martin J. Walsh lashed out at former Grand Prix of Boston CEO John Casey yesterday, accusing him of lying about cooperating with federal prosecutors targeting the failed IndyCar race as part of an ongoing probe of City Hall corruption.
Walsh, responding to a report in the Herald that Casey was talking with U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz's office and the U.S. Labor Department, said he has not been contacted by federal authorities and questioned Casey's credibility.
"Absolutely not and I don't think John Casey is telling the truth," Walsh said.
Walsh's office last night issued another statement, saying, "Mr. Casey's dishonesty has been proven" and rebuking the Herald for reporting the former promoter's claims.
Governor Cuomo Unveils NASCAR/Watkins Glen International License Plate
NY State NASCAR Watkins Glen plate
On Monday (Aug 1), Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled a new Watkins Glen International license plate, available for order beginning Thursday, August 4.
The plate is the newest addition to DMV's NASCAR custom plate series and features the WGI and NASCAR logos with a checkered flag background.
The announcement coincides with the 2016 Cheez-It 355 at the Glen - New York State's only NASCAR race - and one of the highlights of Upstate tourism every summer. The Glen supports Governor Cuomo's commitment to tourism, which recently reached a new record-high economic impact in New York State of $102 billion - an increase of 25 percent since 2010.
McLaren F1 In Legal Dispute With Mercedes Over Engineer
Toto Wolff wants to be certain Mercedes always has a superior car
McLaren F1 is taking legal action against Mercedes "in a dispute over a key staff member that it claims had agreed to join the Woking-based team," according to Jonathan Noble of MOTORSPORT.
As part of McLaren's "effort to bolster its structure," the team has been on a recent recruitment drive this year. It has emerged that "one of the key personnel it had persuaded to join it was Mercedes' head of vehicle dynamics, Loic Serra."
Electric Vehicle Charging locations still hard to find
Chevy Volt drivers have zero range anxiety. When the battery runs down to around 30% the small internal combustion engine generator recharges the battery as you drive. You can drive across country with it - using gasoline instead of electric - just like a normal car. But your first 53 miles is pure electric. Most drivers don't drive more than that in day.
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Tim Thomson needed a charge, quickly writes Camille von Kaenel of E&E news.
With his all-electric Nissan Leaf fast losing battery power and no places to plug in along the highway from Fresno, Calif., to San Francisco, Thompson turned to his iPhone. He pulled up an application called PlugShare that maps charging stations for electric vehicle drivers. A resident in nearby Madera had advertised his home charging station, so Thomson called in a panic.
"I was about to get stuck," said Thomson, a 25-year-old nurse and student from Fresno. "It was either that or go back to Fresno. There was no option to go forward."
The lack of charging infrastructure nationwide, especially outside EV-friendly cities, has long bred "range anxiety" and chilled sales of the clean vehicles. Utilities, municipalities, workplaces and startups have all ramped up their investment in the infrastructure to calm fears. But in many places, EV drivers still depend on an unreliable patchwork of outlets at hotels and campgrounds.
Increasingly, the sharing economy is filling the void. Private individuals like the man Thomson called are stepping up, offering their personal charging stations, mostly for free, near bustling highways or in places as remote as a desert road hours from Las Vegas. The network has earned the nickname "Airbnb of charging."
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports, has not been cleared by physicians to compete in at least the next two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events as he continues to recover from a concussion. He will miss the races at Watkins Glen International (Aug. 7) and Bristol Motor Speedway (Aug. 20).
Earnhardt underwent further evaluation today at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program. The driver said Monday on his weekly “The Dale Jr. Download” podcast that he continues to experience issues with balance and gaze stabilization.
Video: Bonneville Salt Flats, 2016 truck test run Poor salt conditions resulted in all 2015 events being cancelled on the Bonneville Salt Flats. The salt is still very thin and is in marginal condition, but steady dry weather has resulted in a hard, dry surface and has allowed for some running on the salt again. Mike Cook organizes a Land Speed Shootout every year and in preparation of that event, he organized a test & tune session for a very limited number of vehicles. In 2014, movement in the supercharger rotors resulted in an explosion and fire that caused a fair amount of damage and restricted further testing. New shafts were built for the supercharger rotors to eliminate movement and after testing an engine on the dyno, we felt confident that the problem was solved. Our goal for this initial run of 2016 was simply to achieve full throttle in high gear and for Les to get more comfortable with driving the car.
2017 Iowa Speedway Season Tickets On Sale Now Last weekend, the NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250 closed out the 2016 season of racing at Iowa Speedway but plans are well underway for the 2017 race season in central Iowa
Starting today, August 2 and continuing through March 3, 2017 – the Friday after the 59th running of the Daytona 500, Season Tickets are available for renewal online and through Iowa Speedway’s Box Office. Fans looking to become first-time Season Ticket Holders can also purchase tickets beginning August 2.
Leonard, Eddie and Len Wood and driver Ryan Blaney
The legendary Wood Brothers Racing team unveiled their throwback paint scheme the team will run in next month’s Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, honoring the 40th anniversary of Hall of Fame driver David Pearson’s win in the 1976 race.
Team owners Len and Eddie Wood along with team patriarch and NASCAR Hall of Fame member Leonard Wood joined driver Ryan Blaney in unveiling the car, whose livery mimics the famed no. 21 Mercury Montego Pearson drove to victory in three of NASCAR’s biggest races in 1976 – the Southern 500, the Daytona 500, and the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Watkins Glen's NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Thriving In Recent Years As Others Struggle
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Watkins Glen Int'l this weekend for its annual race, which has "blossomed into one the series' most anticipated events for drivers and fans alike," according to Ron Levanduski of the Elmira STAR-GAZETTE.
Driven by "dramatic finishes in each of the last five years," the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen has "received high praise from journalists."
They consistently rate it "among the best of the year." While attendance totals are guarded because WGI is owned by publicly held ISC, track President Michael Printup "hinted the crowd of more than 95,000 at last year’s race was a record for the event."
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course announced today that Cooper Tire has been selected as the official tire of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and The Mid-Ohio School. The Mid-Ohio School provides professional driving and riding instruction to drivers and motorcyclists of all skill levels, and has seen close to 54,000 graduates to date.
As the exclusive tire supplier, Cooper will be used on The Mid-Ohio School’s fleet of Honda and Acura vehicles, including pace cars and service vehicles, which will be fitted with the new Cooper Zeon RS3-G1 performance tire to handle the challenging road course. Cooper will also have a presence throughout the grounds of Mid-Ohio, with signage at the front stretch crossover bridge and the iconic tower that sits at the start/finish line, housing the facility’s media center and hospitality suites.
Video: Christian Danner's Mercedes F1 W05 Hybrid Experience It's the 2016 World Championship winning race car of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team. At the Hockenheimring Germany's TV expert and former F1 driver Christian Danner took the chance to test the car on a long-run. Comment
Video: 90th Anniversary of the German Grand Prix From the very early compressor power days in 1926 to the Mercedes F1 W05 Hybrid in 2014, it’s a powerful motorsport story of success. And after a break in 2015, Formula One is back in Germany and will race at the Hockenheimring. MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team driver Nico Rosberg and his colleagues Pascal Wehrlein and Nico Hulkenberg are looking forward to the unique atmosphere at the Hockenheimring. Comment
Steve O'Donnell, senior vice president and chief racing development officer for NASCAR explained the end of Monday's race:
"What we worked through was really unprecedented in terms of the fog you had rolling in. The reason you kept cars out on the track under caution was to see if the fog was going to roll through, and if you red flagged the race and the fog had lifted, we've got a long delay to get back, and we didn't have that many laps to go. So that's why we kept cars out originally under caution.... on the red flag ... we never lost the track, so in this case, I think most NASCAR fans want to see a complete race.
Earnhardt, Jr believes concussion happened at Michigan
Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Michigan before crashing
Dale Earnhardt Jr. said his doctors believe his concussion-like symptoms started with his June 12 crash at Michigan International Speedway. "Obviously with my history of concussions, knowing the event I had in Michigan, that wreck right there is where they believe I picked up this issue," Earnhardt said Monday night on his weekly Dale Jr. Download podcast.
"I didn't feel anything that next week. The off week, I went to Germany (on vacation), went to Sonoma, ran good, felt awesome. It was strange these symptoms came out of nowhere. But we started doing a lot of digging, and they seem to feel confident this occurred in Michigan."
NASCAR takes cars back to R&D center for evaluation
Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's executive vice president and chief racing development officer, revealed Monday at Pocono Raceway that six cars were going to NASCAR R&D for inspection this week, providing the sanctioning body the chance to perform midseason evaluations to aerodynamics and the engines.
The six cars selected from the Pennsylvania 400, which was won by Chris Buescher, represent two each from the three OEMs: The #2 (Brad Keselowski) and #16 (Greg Biffle) from the Ford camp, the #11 (Denny Hamlin) and #18 (Kyle Busch) for Toyota and the #4 (Kevin Harvick) and #5 (Kasey Kahne) for Chevrolet.
Typically, NASCAR brings two or three cars to its R&D Center in Concord, North Carolina, for weekly inspections. NASCAR.com
Gordon unsure what caused seat belt problems Jeff Gordon was looking for a good finish in the Pennsylvania 400 subbing for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the #88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet when his day came undone. Literally. Gordon had overcome a pit-road speeding penalty at Pocono Raceway and was restarting in seventh-place on Lap 110 when he had an extremely unusual problem: His right-side seat belt came undone in the cockpit of his racecar. With no choice other than to slow way down to fix the problem, Gordon fell all the way from seventh back to 27th as he reached around to connect the errant belts in his car. And that's where he finished.
London taxis switching from dirty diesel to electric London's iconic black cabs are banking their future on a 19th century technology: the electric motor writes Jessica Shankleman of Bloomberg.
To help solve the U.K. capital's smog problems, London Taxi Co. is turning to methods of propulsion used by forerunners at the London Electrical Cab Co., which from 1897 ran a fleet of 80 battery-powered cars designed by Walter C. Bersey. That first electric-motor taxi trial fizzled out in 1899 after the costly vehicles, which drove only slightly faster than a horse, were scrapped for internal-combustion engines powered by gas.
Video: NASCAR Pocono 400 post-race Q&A Race winner Chris Buescher (No. 34 Dockside Logistics Ford), crew chief Bob Osborne (No. 34 Dockside Logistics Ford), Jerry Freeze (General Manager, Front Row Motorsports), Steve O'Donnell (NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer), second-place finisher Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Alliance Truck Parts Ford) and third-place finisher Regan Smith (APC Chevrolet) Comment
Cars Are The Stars At Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Mario Andretti's Lotus 79 he drove in 1978
When the green flag waves Aug. 18 to kick-off the seventh edition of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, spectators will enjoy a paddock filled with 550 authentic race cars steeped in history.
From pre-war to the '80s, the overload of sights and sounds at the raceway Aug. 18-21 will provide a sensory experience unique to the renowned Monterey Classic Car Week. Forty eight cars will be running in Group 1A that is comprised of pre-1951 race cars. The oldest in the group is a pair of 1911 Nationals to the "newest" car in the group, a 1950 Talbot Type 26.
INDYCAR Drivers win "Celebrity Family Feud" (Update) UPDATE 2nd video includes all the behind the scene video.
08/01/16 Drivers Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan, Will Power, James Hinchcliffe and Conor Daly competed on ABC's popular summer show, "Celebrity Family Feud," on Sunday evening, July 31, and won $25,000 for the Indy Family Foundation in their victory over the Sports Illustrated swimsuit models.
Phelps says search for Sprint's replacement still on track UPDATE
NASCAR said that it is talking to "roughly a dozen candidates" to replace Sprint as its Cup Series title sponsor, but the governing body has "zeroed in on around three leading candidates and has swapped term sheets with at least one of them," according to sources cited by Adam Stern in this week's SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL.
Sources said that companies "still in the hunt" include grocery chain Kroger, Yum! Brands, Coca-Cola, South Korea-based Samsung and China-based electronics brand Hisense. There has "been concern in some corners of the industry about how the search is not yet complete, but NASCAR's top sales executive sounded confident a deal will get done."
Pocono race slowed by rain Joey Logano leads at Pocono with 89 of 160 laps completed, but rain sprinkles have caused the track to go yellow. The radar shows more rain on the way. Teams are trying to determine strategy. This race could be red-flagged and Logano declared the winner.
Blown Goodyear tires send Truex Jr. into Pocono wall MARTIN TRUEX, JR., No. 78 Furniture Row Toyota Camry, Furniture Row Racing
What happened to cause your Camry to hit the wall?
Just blew a right front (tire). A lug nut bounced off the ground, fell in behind the wheel behind a pit stop. It's just bad luck honestly. I knew something wasn't right in (turn) one and two and I got real tight off of (turn) two on that restart and went down the back and was like, ‘Ah, it feels okay.' And, as I got closer to the tunnel turn I felt it start to go down and by the time I let off and tried to slow down it was just going straight for the fence.
Lamborghini Enters FIA GT World Cup Lamborghini will enter this year’s FIA GT World Cup, adding to an possible increased number of GT3 manufacturers for the Nov. 19-20 event at the Guia Circuit in Macau.
Head of Lamborghini Motorsport Giorgio Sanna confirmed to John Dagys of Sportscar365 that the Italian manufacturer will be represented by two Huracan GT3s entered by FFF Racing Team by ACM, its Asian partner team.
Sanna said drivers for the program will be announced by the team in September.
Chevrolet is announcing the sale of 100,000 Volts, giving those owners a no-compromise electric driving experience with a plug-in vehicle offering an EPA-estimated 53 miles of electric vehicle range and a total range of 420 miles between gasoline fill-ups or full recharges*.
"The Chevrolet Volt delivers not just a fun driving experience behind the wheel, but has become the first vehicle with plug-in electrification technology to truly become mainstream," said Steve Majoros, director of marketing, Chevrolet Cars and Crossovers.
"Not only is the Volt a class-creator, it serves as the foundation of a Chevrolet electric family that will soon add the first long-range, affordable EV available to customers across the U.S., the Chevrolet Bolt EV."
Monday forecast for postponed NASCAR race at Pocono The weather forecast for Monday at Pocono Raceway calls for the possibility of more rain, although primarily in the afternoon. The race starts at 11:00 AM. According to the National Weather Service:
Monday - Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. Light and variable wind becoming east around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
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