Kyle Kirkwood wrecked on the first lap of the F3 Americas opening race, but recovered to win by more than a five-seconds.
Gavin Baker Photos
A blanket of silence spread through the crowd Saturday as it watched the F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda Ligier JS F3 cars pull into their grid spots for the first F1-style standing start of the season. The five red lights switched off, and the turbocharged 270-horsepower Honda Civic Type-R engines broke the silence, roaring off the line as the drivers punched the throttle. Flashes from cameras and red blinking lights from recording devices could be seen around each of the 19 turns on the 2.85-mile Pittsburgh International Race Complex track as fans captured the new era of North American racing history.
Lauda has emergency lung transplant - critical condition (2nd Update)
Lauda (R) improving
UPDATE Reports from Austria have claimed that Niki Lauda is now awake and breathing on his own after being in a serious condition following his lung transplant, which left him breathing via a heart-lung machine and deemed to be in an extremely critical condition.
But yesterday head of the Department of Thoracic Surgery, Walter Klepetko, said: "Considering the not very easy circumstances we are very, very happy with the developments", leading to optimism about his condition.
Not long after news broke that NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott would be returning to NASCAR stock car racing in three weeks at Road America, he confirmed to Kickin’ the Tires that he definitely has a few butterflies.
“You know I never officially retired, so I think this will be my official retirement plan here to go to Road America,” Elliott said, as he walked through the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage sporting a No. 9 NAPA hat and heading to meet with his son, Chase Elliott, at the hauler after qualifying. “We started talking about this a few weeks ago and I told Chase, ‘You ought to run it.’ And he said, ‘No, you ought to run it.’ So, Mike Beam (president, GMS Racing) said, ‘No, you (Bill) ought to run it.’ So, I said, ‘Well, let ’s figure this out.’ I don’t know what I am going to have as a goal but I want to embrace it and have a good time with it and that is what I am going to try to do.”
As we find ourselves past the mid-point of the season in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and charging towards the finish in Portland, our Soul Red Mazda Racing machine is tied for fourth in the points standings, with a solid shot at completing the season on the championship podium.
We ultimately haven’t been in the position to win races at our most recent events, but I think that, compared to past season, this adversity has caused me to look at racing through a different lens, and has taught me more than I had first realized. Throughout my debut season of auto racing last year in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, I didn’t start a race further back than the second row on the grid.
Lamborghini has elected not to move forward with its proposed GTE effort, with a focus instead set to be placed on its customer-based programs in the short and mid-term, according to motorsports boss Giorgio Sanna.
The Italian manufacturer had been evaluating a step up to the top production-based ranks since at least 2016, with multiple design studies undertaken for a Lamborghini Huracan GTE.
IndyCar driver Pietro Fittipaldi has one eye on F1
Pietro Fittipaldi may get a Haas test.
Pietro Fittipaldi suffered fractures to both legs when he crashed his Dragonspeed LMP1 in qualifying for the World Endurance Championship's Six Hours of Spa. The Brazilian, who has also raced in Japanese Super Formula this year and is on a part-time IndyCar program, was in talks with Haas F1 about a possible test drive with the team at the time, but those talks were stopped following his being sidelined.
Fittipaldi, the grandson of two-time Formula 1 world champion and two-time Indy 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi, worked hard at his recovery following his crash and recently returned to racing action with Dale Coyne Racing in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, qualifying in 22nd and finishing one place further down.
NASCAR Watkins Glen Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, and Suarez Q&A Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 5-Hour Energy / Bass Pro Shops Toyota) and Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Flavor Vote Winner Toyota) Daniel Suarez (No. 19 Stanley Toyota) Comment
New Era Of Racing Introduced To America This Weekend In Pittsburgh
Competing in the USA F3 series earns points toward a F1 Super License. Kyle Kirkwood will be competing having started in F4 Americas and dominating USF2000
With the first production run of cars, the F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda will usher in a new era of racing in North America as it makes its world debut during the Keystone Speedfest this weekend at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, Pennsylvania. This next level of open wheel racing meets the demands of racers and teams looking to grow their capabilities into more sophisticated, powerful machinery with a focus on performance, safety and cost control.
The new regional F3 Championship completed a successful closed shakedown earlier in the week. Former IndyCar driver Rafa Matos attended the test, fast-tracking development and set-ups for teams competing in the opening weekend.
Hungarian Grand Prix Mercedes F1 Debrief How did Lewis Hamilton make his UltraSofts last so long? Could Valtteri Bottas have benefited from pitting under the VSC? And what are the relative strengths and weaknesses of the Mercedes vs. the Ferrari? All that and more in Mercedes F1's Hungarian Grand Prix debrief! Comment
Behind-The-Scenes With Corvette At The Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix
Corvette at Mosport
Corvette Racing is once again challenging for title glory in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship this season, with several podium finishes and a victory at Long Beach keeping the marque in the mix alongside rival manufacturers Ford and Porsche. Mobil 1 The Grid caught up with drivers Oliver Gavin, Jan Magnussen, Tommy Milner and Antonio Garcia at the recent Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix for a mid-season review and a behind-the-scenes account of their weekend at Mosport.
Renault is not a winning team, but Ricciardo wants to retire rich. Now he will
A new leader in Australia's highest paid sport stars list has emerged amid F1 star Daniel Ricciardo's shock multi-million dollar deal switch from Red Bull to Renault.
The 29-year-old signed a secret two-year contract with the French team, which will see him earn more than $35 million a year, more than three times his current salary at Red Bull.
His decision is understood to have even come as a shock to Red Bull, which still believed it was on course to agree a contract extension with him after ongoing talks through the first part of the 2018 season.
Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) left it late to storm to the top of the timesheets in FP3 at the Monster Energy Grand Prix Ceske republiky with a 1:55.175, beating second fastest Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing) by 0.086 and third place Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) by 0.151 - but teammate Maverick Vinales misses out on an automatic Q2 place by 0.055 seconds in P11.
Celis Jr. to get another IndyCar start at Portland
Alfonso Celis Jr.
CITY OF MEXICO, Mexico - Mexican driver Alfonso Celis Jr. will compete again in IndyCar at Portland at the controls of No. 32 Juncos Racing Chevrolet.
Celis Jr. made his official debut in IndyCar last June at Road America, finishing 20th. The 21-year-old driver left a strong impression on the team so he will receive another opportunity from August 31 to September 2.
NBCSN Presents New Series 'Glory Road' for its 'Pet' Racing Series
IndyCar has a much longer history than NASCAR, but NBCSN would never do a series like this for IndyCar. They are good at delivering IndyCar minuscule TV numbers however
Glory Road, hosted by NASCAR Hall of Fame crew chief and team owner Ray Evernham, premieres next Tuesday, August 7 with a twin bill of episodes at 6 and 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Featuring many of the sport's biggest stars, including Tony Stewart, Rick Hendrick, Bill Elliott, Jeff Gordon and Kyle Larson, the series takes viewers behind-the scenes of some of NASCAR's most historic moments.
Glory Road chronicles the history of NASCAR, from its beginnings 70 years ago to its place of prominence today. Each 30-minute episode showcases the people, places, cars, and events that were mile-markers in the sport. GLORY Road offers an inside look at each story by talking to the people that witnessed everything first hand.
"Throughout my career, I have been lucky enough to spend time with some of the biggest names in NASCAR history. During that time, I've heard countless stories about how it used to be and how it actually happened," said Evernham. "Now, thanks to NBC Sports, I'm able to give fans that same insider's view through GLORY Road."
IMSA Unveils Plans, Logo For 50th Anniversary Celebration
50 Year Anniversary
What began as the sanctioning body for a Formula Ford and Formula Vee race at Pocono Raceway in October 1969 has grown over five decades to become an international auto racing powerhouse specializing in world-class sports car competition, and next year, IMSA turns 50.
To commemorate the golden anniversary, IMSA and stakeholders including series partners, manufacturers, teams, drivers, event promoters and fans will join together in a season-long 50th Anniversary celebration that will begin with the 2019 Rolex 24 At Daytona on the weekend of Jan. 24-27 and will carry all the way through to the season-ending Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on Oct. 11-13.
As part of the annual State of the Series presentation at Road America this evening, IMSA unveiled several competition changes that will take effect in the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
“As we continue to evolve the WeatherTech Championship, we’ve engaged in extensive dialog with our stakeholders to consider appropriate refinements,” said IMSA Vice President, Competition Simon Hodgson. “The changes we will implement in 2019 are based upon the feedback we’ve received from all WeatherTech Championship class stakeholders in the paddock. We expect the changes will be popular with participants and IMSA fans alike.”
IMSA Weathertech Sprint Cup Launching In 2019 For GTD Competitors
The 2019 IMSA season will see the debut of a new, seven-race competition called the “IMSA WeatherTech Sprint Cup” for GT Daytona (GTD) class competitors within most IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship sprint events two-hour, 40-minutes in length or shorter.
“The IMSA WeatherTech Sprint Cup is a product of constructive feedback from a series of conversations with GTD stakeholders,” said IMSA President Scott Atherton. “Beginning next season, GTD competitors have the opportunity to compete for three different IMSA titles. The IMSA WeatherTech Sprint Cup offers GTD drivers and teams a relatively cost-effective option to compete at the top level of North American sports car racing. We are grateful to WeatherTech Founder and CEO David MacNeil for his enthusiastic support of this new program.”
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has long been admired for the world-class road racing facilities and events on its schedule each year, and in 2019, the series will continue building equity in the same 12 events as it had in 2018.
“As we head to the conclusion of the 2018 season, our promoter partners have enjoyed record, or near-record attendance for WeatherTech Championship events, and our 2019 schedule will enable those same promoters to build on that momentum,” said IMSA President Scott Atherton. “IMSA has been fortunate for the past several years to have a schedule that includes the very best road courses and road racing events in North America, and we are thrilled to confirm our return to these same venues in 2019. We have often said that one of the most valuable elements of the merger is the event schedule that resulted – and our 2019 schedule is another reflection of that.”
Global power leader Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) is returning to motorsports with Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), the championship-winning NASCAR team.
Cummins will debut on the No. 14 Ford Fusion of driver Clint Bowyer in the Aug. 18 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, sharing the primary sponsorship with Rush Truck Centers, the premier solutions provider for the commercial vehicle industry. Cummins will return to the No. 14 Ford for the Oct. 14 race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.
Niki Lauda: I was wrong to leave Ferrari Niki Lauda reveals details of his negotiations to remain with the Ferrari Formula 1, including negotiating to retain his spot as the No. 1 driver and leaving to race for Bernie Ecclestone - a decision Lauda now says he regrets. Comment
Niki Lauda: Why I'm still alive Niki Lauda offers incredible details regarding his time in the hospital immediately following the fiery crash at Germany’s Nurburgring in 1976. Lauda cites why his doctors think he survived the trauma, the frustrations of receiving his last rites and the pain of having his lungs vacuumed. Comment
Watkins Glen International wins third consecutive USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice
Watkins Glen a fan favorite
For the third consecutive time, Watkins Glen International has been chosen as the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice ‘Best NASCAR Track’.
The track’s victory was officially announced on Friday of the Go Bowling at The Glen tripleheader NASCAR weekend, which features NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (Great Outdoors RV Superstore 100 at The Glen), NASCAR XFINITY (Zippo 200 at The Glen) Series, and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (Go Bowling at The Glen) competition.
Video: Rossi drives F3 Americas car (2nd Update) UPDATE AR1.com checked with the F3 Americas series and we were told teams expect a full season of 15 races plus two test days to cost no more than $300K for all costs per car.
With Mazda's backing now gone, it's time for IndyCar to junk its complete ladder system and switch to the global FIA ladder system of F4-->F3-->F2-->F1 or IndyCar.
Leader will have a big advantage at Gateway this year
Newgarden and Pagenaud at Gateway last year
Last year it was so hard to pass at Gateway Josef Newgarden had to bang wheels with his Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud in order to pass for the lead in the Gateway IndyCar race.
This year even that might not be possible.
“Well it’s not wide-open, not even close,” Sebastien Bourdais told RACER after Wednesday's test session. “Turns three and four were flat a year ago, not in traffic, but by yourself, and no way this year with less downforce. One and two doesn’t feel much different from last year, it’s still a massive lift.
Barbosa Back Behind the Wheel of No. 5 Cadillac DPi-V.R Two-time IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype champion Joao Barbosa is back in business this weekend at Road America and Sunday’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase.
Barbosa was injured in a cycling accident in June, forcing him to miss the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen and the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last month. Now, he’s back and looking to help No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R co-driver Filipe Albuquerque in his quest to win the 2018 Prototype championship.
Leguizamon Inks Deal With Global Racing Group For Inaugural F3 Americas Season
Baltazar Leguizamon joins the Global Racing Group squad for the inaugural F3 Americas season
After a successful second season in Formula 4 United States Championship powered by Honda, Baltazar Leguizamon of Buenos Aires, Argentina, takes the next step in his open-wheel career, entering the inaugural season of F3 Americas Powered by Honda. Leguizamon, 18, signed with Global Racing Group for the inaugural F3 year. The 15-round season kicks-off Aug. 3-5 at Pittsburgh International Race Complex.
The South American-native fostered a deal with the multi-platform team after a productive two-day test earlier in the week at the newly expanded 2.85-mile PITT Race track.
Tesla Gigafactory Now Makes More Battery Power Than All Automakers Combined
Tesla factory still growing
It’s official: Tesla Gigafactory is now the largest annual producer of battery power in the automotive world, with a run rate of approximately 20 gigawatt-hours. The staggering figure means the firm now produces more batteries in terms of kilowatt-hours than all other car makers combined. It’s a big milestone, and one that demonstrates the success of CEO Elon Musk’s project to build a giant factory in the Nevada desert.
The Gigafactory, first announced in September 2014, is critical to Tesla’s mission to bring electric cars to the world. The factory is only 30 percent complete, but already covers 4.9 million square feet of operational space and has set a staggering production rate. Tesla’s record is based on capacity rather than the actual number of batteries, which do rank notably larger than many other car makers. The Tesla Model S, for example, is available with a 100 kWh battery pack, while the Nissan Leaf comes with a 40 kWh battery.
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