Spanish motorcycling legend Angel Nieto sadly passed away on August 3rd, succumbing to injuries sustained in a quad bike accident in Ibiza some days before. A true giant of the sport in Spain and on the world stage, the Champion from Zamora will be deeply missed.
Nieto died as a consequence of the brain damage he suffered when a car hit his quad bike on July 26.
The 70-year-old hit his head on the ground after being thrown off his quad while riding at low speed in a roundabout.
Marchionne forced to eat his words (Update) UPDATE No brand is more closely associated with Formula One than Ferrari. But Fiat Chrysler Automobiles seems to want one of its other brands to try to forge that type of connection with the FIA’s all-electric world championship in people’s minds.
FCA is considering entering Formula E, but not with Ferrari, CEO Sergio Marchionne told Motorsport.com on Wednesday. Marchionne was asked about whether a FE campaign was in Ferrari’s future plans following the news that the Italian marque’s F1 rival, Mercedes, would join the championship in 2019.
Briscoe Visits Screening of '24 Hour War,' Team Preps for Road America
ELKHART LAKE, Wisc., Aug. 3, 2017 – After traveling most of the month of July for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the drivers of Ford Chip Ganassi Racing were happy to have a few days at home to relax and, in one case, fit in travel for a Ford event before heading to Road America for the next race on the schedule.
Ryan Briscoe came to Dearborn, Mich. July 27 for a special screening of “The 24-Hour War” hosted by co-producers/directors Adam Carolla and Nate Adams, at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. Briscoe watched the film, available now on Amazon, with fellow guests: Raj Nair, executive vice president and president, North America, Ford Motor Company; Henry Ford III, global marketing manager, Ford Performance; team owner Chip Ganassi; and Mose Nowland, longtime engine engineer for Ford Performance, including the legendary Ford GT 40 teams of the 1960s.
San Juan Bautista Silicon Valley GP likely a non-starter
With Laguna Seca just a stone's throw away from this planned circuit, and with zero infrastructure in place to support it, this proposal has a near-zero chance of going anywhere. The developer would be better off spending his money to improve Laguna Seca to bring it up to F1 standards
The San Juan Bautista Planning Commission held a public meeting Aug. 1 to discuss a proposed project that includes a 550-acre Formula One raceway, along with a luxury hotel and condominiums on the Nyland Ranch adjacent to Highway 156, south of the city.
There is already a movement, though, against the development that seems to be spearheaded by San Juan resident Emily Renzel, who is urging the Planning Commission to reject the proposal. In her lengthy letter, Renzel talks about how it would negatively impact groundwater, sewage, traffic and parking, bring noise and fumes from high-octane fuel, and even change the scenic view coming into the city, as well as impact wildlife and wetlands.
She encouraged the San Juan Bautista Historic Resources Board and Planning Commission that would be reviewing the proposal Aug. 1 at San Juan's City Hall to reject it, and asked people to send comments to the Planning Commission by July 24 and to attend the meeting.
It will be a busy night for your City Council when the body meets on Aug. 8 with an agenda of almost 50 items. Included in the array is Item No. 34, which will in effect begin negotiations with the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach to continue to bring IndyCar racing to the streets of Long Beach.
The city has already given the nod to the IndyCar format, so the Aug. 8 item is of interest only because it’s the culmination of an exhaustive process to determine whether Long Beach would stay with the IndyCar series that’s been run by Jim Michaelian, the Grand Prix’s president and CEO since 2001, or switch over to the swankier and more exorbitant Formula 1 series, promoted by World Automobile Championship of California, a group led by Chris Pook, the man who started the Grand Prix in Long Beach in 1975.
Video: The Teamwork Challenge One big challenge young drivers face as they move up the ranks is learning to work with a team. The further up you move, the bigger the team - and the more important communication skills become.
In Safe Is Fast's latest video they take a look at one of the more diverse teams in racing - the Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team, a Japanese team run by an Italian outfit, with drivers from three different countries.
Red Bull has gone more aggressive with its Belgian Grand Prix tire selections than main rivals Ferrari and Mercedes, loading up on the softest available compound - a big risk given the high-speed nature of the circuit.
Pirelli will bring its Ultra Soft, Super Soft and Soft rubber to Spa, the same as in Australia, Russia, Monaco, Canada and Austria, and also selected for Singapore, the US, Mexico and Abu Dhabi.
Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen will take nine sets of Ultra Softs each, which compares to seven for the Ferrari drivers and six for the Mercedes drivers.
Mobil 1 Renews NASCAR Sponsorship In Multiyear Agreement NASCAR today will announce that Mobil 1 has renewed as the official motor oil of the sanctioning body in a multiyear deal. Terms were unclear, but NASCAR partnerships typically cost low seven figures annually. Mobil 1, whose deal with NASCAR started in ’03, will announce the deal at today’s Fuel for Business council meeting in N.Y. NASCAR VP/Partnership Marketing Lou Garate said that Mobil 1’s assets are mostly the same in the extended deal, which he called a “big” one for the sanctioning body to secure.
Weekly NASCAR penalties Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (Pocono):
#77-Jones: Section 20.14.2 Rear Suspension I-4 f. Truck Trailing Arm Spacers/Pinion Angle Shims. Spacers/pinion angle shims must conform to the following drawing: A-008-01016d-16 REV. A. Notes: 6 The Truck trailing arm spacer / pinion angle shim mating surfaces must be planar and must be in complete contact with corresponding mating surfaces at all points and at all times.
Race finish is encumbered per Section 12.10 Encumbered Race Finishes.
Start/finish line is now the overtime line for NASCAR races NASCAR has standardized the location of the Overtime Line as the start/finish line, a decision that will be implemented immediately ahead of this weekend's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series races at Watkins Glen International.
"NASCAR has been looking at the Overtime procedure for quite some time," NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell said in a statement. "After many discussions with key figures throughout the industry, we recognize that having the start/finish line serve as the standard Overtime Line position will benefit the race - and, most importantly, our fans. We are implementing this immediately, starting with this weekend's races at Watkins Glen International."
Video: Robert Kubica on his remarkable F1 return Six years on from his life-threatening crash, Robert Kubica was back in action in a contemporary F1 car for the first time in Hungary. Hear what he had to say - and what impact it has had on his future hopes. Comment
Video: FIA - Presenting the facts behind Halo Ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest (27/07/2017) the FIA' s F1 Director, Charlie Whiting & Safety Director, Laurent Mekies detailed the extensive R&D and the resulting data that has lead to the selection of Halo as the preferred additional frontal cockpit protection system for introduction in the 2018 F1 season.
Accidents involving flying wheels were the main impetus for work on cockpit protection and the key focus when testing both the halo and alternatives such as the shield.
Mekies explained that a wheel assembly hitting the cockpit at 225km/h (140mph) – “a speed we felt was a larger possibility” – was the key test that had to be passed.
Legendary race car owner Roger Penske plans to field two cars in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2018. Helio Castroneves, who currently drives for Penske in the Verizon IndyCar Series, is among the drivers rumored to be a possible driver for Penske next season in the SportsCar series. Penske responded to questions sent via email from Free Press sports writer George Sipple but did not respond to a question about why Castroneves would be interested in driving in SportsCar series.
Ganassi wants to join Penske in IMSA DPi, but not now
Chip Ganassi and Roger Penske race against each other in NASCAR and IndyCar and soon they may be racing against each other in IMSA's top DPi category.
Chip Ganassi Racing runs the dual Ford CGR IMSA GT Le Mans and WEC GTE that is set to run through 2019, the team's managing director says there are no active plans to run a factory Daytona Prototype international effort prior to the conclusion of the Ford GT project.
NASCAR adds further restrictions for Cup drivers in lower series (Update) UPDATE
Kyle Busch - I'm done
While speaking with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Tuesday, Kyle Busch did not hold back when taking on NASCAR's decision to further limit the amount of races Cup drivers can run in the lower divisions.
Starting next season, drivers with more than five years of full-time experience at the Cup level will be limited to a maximum of seven races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and five races in the Camping World Truck Series.
Busch, who runs several Xfinity and Truck races per year, was not pleased with the news.
When you think of the Toyota 86, the car’s nimble handling and performance come to mind, butToyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) takes the car to another level with its TMG 86 Cup Car. And now the potent sports carwill make its North American debut in the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) racing series at Utah Motorsports Campus inAugust.
Entered in the TCA class, the 86 Cup Car will do battle in the PWC’s double-header race weekend outside of Salt LakeCity in Tooele on August 11-13.
NBC Sports, MRN Spicing Up Xfinity Series Coverage At Watkins Glen
NBC Sports and Motor Racing Network will present race coverage of Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Watkins Glen Int'l from four different vantage points.
NBC's Leigh Diffey and Steve Letarte will call the race from the net's traditional broadcast booth above the start-finish line, while MRN's Mike Bagley and NBC's Jeff Burton and Parker Kligerman will contribute to the telecast from three separate locations around the track. NBC PR
First Data To Sponsor Martinsville NASCAR Race In Three-Year Deal
Credit card processor First Data will enter into a three-year agreement with Martinsville Speedway through '19 to title sponsor the track's fall Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.
This year's First Data 500 will be run on Oct. 29. First Data's Clover platform, a business management and point-of-sale payments solution, will be deployed at three ISC tracks this NASCAR season: Martinsville, Phoenix Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Martinsville Speedway PR
ICE Supercar burns up in Seattle An internal combustion engine car burns air polluting fossil fuels. That same fuel is highly combustible. A few days ago, a Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera was the latest victim of this cruel combination as it burst into flames shortly after pulling off a freeway onto the city streets of Seattle.
A nestcam from a nearby building captured the whole scene and it starts out innocently enough. The Gallardo comes to a halt in the left lane, probably because the occupants noticed some smoke from behind the cabin.
Reviewers are unanimous: "The Model 3 Has No Competition"
The Tesla Model 3 is sending earthquakes through Detroit, Germany and Japan
The first reviews of Tesla's Model 3 are in -- and they are resoundingly positive beyond expectations, even for those anticipating the world from the new model. Yes, the reviews are filled with hyperbole -- and they're absolutely heartfelt, with the detail to back them up writes Karla Lant.
As the Tesla Model 3 launch was imminent, Jack Stewart of Wired wrote, "The arrival of Tesla's Model 3 signals a new chapter in automotive history, one that erases 100-plus years of the gas engine and replaces it with technology, design, and performance hot enough to make electric vehicles more than aspirational -- to make [electric vehicles (EVs)] inspirational." But would it live up to its promise?
As Formula One will adopt the hideous halo head protection in 2018, and IndyCar will adopt a hideous looking windscreen, we’ve been left to wonder what the sport will look like in 2025 and if a more elegant solution will be designed.
World Champion Lewis Hamilton has previously said if head protection has to be adopted it should be a jet fighter-style canopy and thanks to Behance designer Antonio Paglia, we’ve got a chance to see how a futuristic F1 car could look with a Perspex canopy that’s been seamlessly integrated into the body.
Vettel fastest, Kubica 4th on day 2 test in Hungary
He turned the least amount of laps but he was the fastest. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel turned a lap of 1m17.124s to record the fastest lap of any driver during the 2-day in-season F1 test at the Hungaroring.
But the story of the day was Robert Kubica. Driving a contemporary F1 car for the first time since his career was interrupted by a rallying crash in 2011, clocked up 142 laps with a best time of 1m18.572s, 1.448s adrift of Vettel.
The Finnish GP at KymiRing is set to join the FIM MotoGP World Championship calendar from 2019, with the first event of a five-year contract set to bring Grand Prix motorcycle racing back to a country with an incredible history in motorsport.
The date of the venue’s inclusion was confirmed at a Press Conference at Helsinki Music House, where almost 50 representatives from the media gathered to hear the details of the project.
Valtteri Bottas Surprises Young F1 fan at Mercedes-Benz World! We're lucky to have the #BestFans in the world, all over the world. But this little guy in particular captured our hearts during the British Grand Prix when - painted in blue - he was spotted cheering on his hero, Valtteri Bottas. Comment
Video: Mercedes Hungarian GP Strategy Analysis How did the Mercedes team manage to sort out the problems with the radio during the Hungarian Grand Prix, and how was the decision made regarding the much-discussed position swap between Lewis and Valtteri? Our strategy analysis provides answers to these and other questions about the race. Comment
Buemi and di Grassi think WEC must move to electric cars
Motorsports series that want manufacturer money will have to bite the bullet and go all-electric because passenger cars will soon be 100% electric
Speaking at the Formula E race in Montreal this past weekend, Toyota's Sebastien Buemi and ex-Audi sports car driver Lucas di Grassi believe it's time for LMP1 to move away from hybrid technology and adapt its regulations in order to be more attractive to manufacturers, i.e. electric powertrains
Porsche confirmed last Friday it would be ending its LMP1 program at the end of the year, leaving Toyota as the sole manufacturer racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship's premier class for 2018.
The German marque will depart the series in order to prepare for a factory entry to Formula E for 2019, following in the footsteps of Audi, which made the same move at the end of last year.
Video: AR1 motorsports analysis for August 1st AR1 motorsports pundits Mark (Left) and Brian (R) analyze the 2017 IndyCar race from Mid-Ohio, the F1 race from Hungary, the IndyCar and F1 Silly Season rumors and IndyCar's TV ratings. Comment
Mid-Ohio Pro Mazda Post Race Technical Inspection Statement from Andersen Promotions:
Following the post-race impounding of Pro Mazda cars 8, 23 and 82 immediately after Sunday’s Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio Presented by Allied Building Products, series officials have determined that no illegal components, unauthorized parts or other items that would fall outside of the series technical regulations were in use. This process not only included a complete mechanical inspection and review of the vehicles but also inspection and analysis of aero, engine performance, Timing & Scoring data, oils and fuel.
Latifi was in the car today, but tomorrow Kubica gets his chance
Robert Kubica has successfully passed the FIA's mandatory extraction test ahead of his first run in a 2017 Formula 1 car with Renault in the Hungaroring test on Wednesday.
Article 13.1.4 of the FIA's F1 regulations requires drivers to be able to extricate themselves from the cockpit within five seconds, while wearing their full race kit and helmet, and starting from a fully belted-in position, and replace the steering wheel within 10s.
Montreal Mayor Praises City's Inaugural Formula E Weekend, Looks For Return
Montreal race start
Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre yesterday celebrated this past weekend’s inaugural -- and "controversial" -- Formula E ePrix, calling the event a "mission accomplished," according to Kelsey Litwin of the MONTREAL GAZETTE.
Coderre said, "Formula E is something big. Something is happening in the race car industry."
Leclerc: Driving a Ferrari is never a normal thing
Mogyorod – 98 laps at the wheel of the SF70H in the boiling heat of the Hungaroring and a final lap time of 1'17"746, on the Soft tires. It was also the fastest lap overall on the day. But for Charles Leclerc, the Ferrari Driver Academy student and current leader of the F2 championship, the stopwatch readout was not the most important aspect of this day.
"Driving a Ferrari is never a 'normal' experience," commented the 19 year old Monegasque driver. I felt as though I was driving a race car for the very first time.
U.S. auto sales fall in July DETROIT (Reuters) - U.S. carmakers said on Tuesday they continued to slash low-margin sales to daily rental fleets in July as General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles struggled to curb a slide in retail sales during the month.
July is on track to be the fifth straight month in which the annual pace of car and light truck sales declined from the same month a year ago, in part because of fewer fleet sales, analysts and industry executives said. July 2016 sales hit a strong 17.9 million-vehicle pace.
Ferrari-backed youngster Charles Leclerc produced a rapid late effort to edge out McLaren-Honda driver Stoffel Vandoorne on the opening day of Formula 1's second in-season test at the Hungaroring circuit.
Vandoorne, having topped the morning session, improved further in the afternoon, using the Ultra Soft tire to clock a 1:17.834 with around 30 minutes remaining.
However, some five minutes from the checkered flag, Leclerc pumped in a 1:17.746 on Softs, overturning a margin of six-tenths to finish 0.088s up on Vandoorne.
Lou Gramm to sing National Anthem for I Love New York 355 at the Glen Watkins Glen International announced today that Lou Gramm, American rock vocalist and founding member of Foreigner, will sing the National Anthem prior to Sunday’s running of the I Love New York 355 at The Glen Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.
Gramm, a native of Rochester, New York, was instrumental in Foreigner’s seven multi-platinum albums, and several hit songs including “Cold as Ice”, “Juke Box Hero”, “Urgent”, and “I Want to Know What Love Is”.
Fifth Third Bank to be Primary Sponsor of Rahal's Entry at Gateway
Rahal at Detroit
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLLR) announced today that Fifth Third Bank will be the primary sponsor for the No. 15 Honda driven by Graham Rahal in the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park on August 26. It is their second Indy car event as primary sponsor after holding the role for Oriol Servia’s No. 16 entry for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Duals. Fifth Third Bank is in its second year as an associate sponsor for the team and extended their partnership for three more years in May 2017.
IndyCar Mid-Ohio TV Rating (Update) UPDATE The final ratings are in and they're not good. The live IndyCar broadcast on CNBC was down 68% and the taped-delayed broadcast on NBCSN was down 29%. See 'Final Weekend TV Ratings' news item for all the details. Mark Miles said IndyCar ratings would go up when NASCAR came to NBCSN. Just the opposite is happening. IndyCar has one more year after this on NBCSN. Some think the series cannot survive another year on NBCSN. Teams cannot sell sponsorship on their cars with ratings this low and Verizon is likely to walk with ratings so horrible.
The shit is about to hit the fan with (what few) sponsors the series has with ratings like that. Kiss Verizon goodbye.
07/31/17 Just when you thought IndyCar TV ratings could not go any lower they just did. After the Honda IndyCar Toronto race earned a 0.16 overnight on CNBC (i.e. much worse than an infomercial) and the re-air and NBCSN earned a 0.33, CNBC earned an even lower 0.13 overnight rating for the live airing of yesterday's IndyCar race at Mid-Ohio. The re-air on NBCSN last night got a 0.38.
A 0.13 rating for a live IndyCar race as once again NBCSN shoved it right up IndyCar's posterior by putting the NASCAR race on NBCSN and pushing the IndyCar race to CNBC that no one watches. And to think, IndyCar has been with NBCSN much longer than NASCAR and yet they toss IndyCar into the gutter like a dead rat.
For NASCAR on Friday's the grandstands are near empty so why bother
Reviews were mostly favorable following NASCAR’s first two-day Cup show in more than four decades -- the Overton’s 400 at Pocono. In another attempt to cut costs, teams unloaded and practiced on Saturday, qualified on Sunday morning and raced that afternoon. Cars were impounded after qualifying, and crews had only 15 minutes to make a handful of approved adjustments before the race.
Ford adds a 'mute' button for the Mustang's noisy V8
Ford Mustang GT
Many performance cars, including the new Ford Mustang GT, already have a "Sport Exhaust" mode, that lets drivers give the engine an extra roar at the press of a button. But the 2018 model will also come with the more novel "Quiet" setting. With that button, the Mustang's burbling engine sound will quiet down, its noise level cut in half. It sounds like the difference between a growling dog and a purring cat.
The idea for the feature came to Steve Von Foerster, head of Ford's user experience team, when one of his neighbors called the police after he started up his Ford Mustang Shelby GT350one morning. The race-tuned GT350 can be even noisier than the Mustang GT, but his neighbor's complaintgave Von Foerster the idea for a feature that could be added to other Mustangs.
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