Final viewership for this past Sunday's Hungarian GP on ESPN2 was 520K up 18 pct from 441K last year. If you add in the two re-airs later that night, 46K and 87K the total viewership was 653K, up 48% over 2018
The Hungarian GP audience peaked at 657K between 10:30-1045 am.
Can the hapless Ferrari team score a win on the high speed circuits of Spa and Monza?
Formula 1 managing director Ross Brawn says Ferrari "badly" needs to secure a victory in order to ease the pressure that has built up over the 2019 season, but the fact remains now, they can't even beat Red Bull let alone Mercedes.
After Maurizio Arrivabene was fired and replaced with Mattia Binotto, the Italian outfit is yet to score even a single victory, with its last victory coming at the 2018 US Grand Prix, a race won by Kimi Raikkonen, who now drives for Alfa Romeo.
In Budapest, the inferior Ferrari crossed the line over one minute down on Lewis Hamilton, who picked up his eighth win of the year.
It's been a decade since the first hybrid victory in F1, at the 2009 Hungarian GP. How has hybrid technology evolved since then? Andy Cowell, Managing Director of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains, explains all!
Over 10 years later IndyCar, who were asleep at the wheel for a decade, will be implementing a spec KERS system to keep costs down and some of the technology developed in F1 will make it into the IndyCar version.
After crashing at high-speed at the end of Monday’s Brno Test, Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) has been diagnosed with a pulmonary contusion and will be monitored over the next few days ahead of this weekend’s myWorld Motorrad Grand Prix von Osterreich.
The crash occurred at Turn 1 with just under 45 minutes of the day remaining and, as a precaution, Mir was airlifted to hospital for further checks after being diagnosed with a pulmonary contusion at the track but thankfully, Mir suffered no further damage.
Alex Tagliani to Drive Kyle Busch Motorsport Truck at Mosport
Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that Alex Tagliani will drive the organization's No. 51 Tundra Aug. 25 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) in Bowmanville, Ont. Tagliani's No. 51 Tundra will carry sponsorship from three Canadian companies; CanTorque, Spectra Premium and RONA.
The Canadian has two poles, 15 laps led, one top-five and two top-10 finishes across four career NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series starts, all coming at the 3.957-km (2.459-mile) road course north of the border. In addition to four Gander Truck Series starts, Tagliani has compiled four poles, 92 laps led, four top-five, including three times as runner up, and five top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 13.0 across eight NASCAR Xfinity Series starts, all on road courses. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Pinty's Series where he has recorded one win, one pole, 42 laps led, three top-five and five top-10 finishes across four starts and sits fourth in the championship standings this season.
Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto explains how the inferior design of his car (He is the technical lead as well as team manager) compared to the Aldo Costa designed Mercedes resulted in both Ferraris being almost a lap down in the Hungarian GP.
Since Arrivabene was sacked in favor of Binotto running the team, it has been downhill for the team from Maranello. Ferrari has shown glimpses of pace on occasion in 2019 but has yet to take a victory whereas last year they were in the hunt for the title at this point in the season.
The Maranello-based team had off the pace throughout the weekend at the Hungaroring, qualifying almost half a second down on pole, while in the race the team was not a factor.
IMSA president Scott Atherton addressed the media, teams and partners at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, on Friday.
During the hour-long presentation, Atherton helped to unveil 2020 schedules for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Michelin Pilot Challenge, Prototype Challenge, Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA and Canada and the Ferrari Challenge series.
Pagenaud's likeness on Borg Warner unveiled in France
Pagenaud's likeness on Borg Warner Trophy
2019 Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge winner Simon Pagenaud unveiled his face on the Borg-Warner Trophy on Monday, Aug. 5 in Paris, the capital city of his native France, the first time the winner's likeness has debuted outside of the United States.
Pagenaud's likeness is the 106th face to be permanently fixed to the trophy. Pagenaud was the 2016 NTT IndyCar Series champion, has 14 career NTT IndyCar Series race wins and is the fifth French-born driver to win the Indianapolis 500. He captured the 103rd edition of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" in the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet on Sunday, May 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
BUBBA WALLACE – finished 28th: (Talk about what led up to you spinning Kyle Busch?) “I’m going to get my respect on the track, and I don’t care who it is. That’s for when guys fail to think about the young guys, I guess, or with me. I won’t put up with no shit.
"So I flat out wrecked his ass back. I guess we’re even. We’ll see. …
“That’s what happens when you get run over. You just pay him back. So I won’t be like, ‘Oh, it’s Kyle Busch, he didn’t mean to.’ …
The 'Dream Race' becomes reality: DTM and SUPER GT announce details of joint races
Masaak iBandoh And Gerhard Berger
At a press conference at this weekend’s SUPER GT race at Fuji Speedway, Japan, ITR chairman Gerhard Berger and GTA chairman Masaaki Bandoh gave the first detailed look at the regulatory framework for both series’ unique race together in November this year.
Labeled the ‘SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race’, the event takes place at Fuji Speedway on November 22-24.
Videos: Johnson pissed at Ryan Blaney after The Glen race
Johnson congratulates teammate Elliott for winning, then went looking for Blaney
JIMMIE JOHNSON – finished 19th: “(What happened with Ryan Blaney?) He just drove through me in the carousel.
"I tried to hear what he was trying to say…but his lips were quivering so bad when he came to speak. I don’t know if he was nervous or scared or both…I don’t know what the problem is.
"He just drove through me…and spun me out. And clearly that has big implications with what we are trying to do for the Playoffs tight now, so clearly not happy with his actions. …
"We scored points in both stages which was nice. We were setting up for top-eight to top-10 and got drove through. He claims it was just racing. So I can hardly wait to go racing. Everybody stay tuned.”
DAMS founder and team owner Jean-Paul Driot has passed away
TEAM STATEMENT: It is with great sadness that Driot Associés Motor Sport (DAMS) announces its founder and owner, Jean-Paul Driot, has passed away at the age of 68. Jean-Paul lost an ongoing battle with illness, which he had fought in recent months. We wish our sincerest condolences to his wife Geneviève and two sons Olivier and Gregory.
Under Jean-Paul’s guidance, DAMS has won 13 drivers’ and 12 teams’ championships, including 147 races in Formula 3000, Formula Renault 3.5, GP3 Series, GP2 Series, Formula 2 and Formula E, since the team was created in 1988. Jean-Paul has also overseen the progression of many talented young drivers on their route to Formula 1.
The entire DAMS team wishes to dedicate Nicholas Latifi’s win and Sergio Sette Camara’s podium in Hungary to Jean-Paul’s memory.
Andretti Rallycross’ Tanner Foust and Cabot Bigham captured a thrilling one-two finish in the ARX of Canada, Round 4 of the 2019 ARX Supercar Championship.
Foust became the fourth different winner in four rounds this season at the famous Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres venue by claiming the hole-shot from the outside of the three-wide front row of the grid in the final.
Watkins Glen Likely To Sell Out For Sunday NASCAR Race (Update)
NASCAR sells out at a track IndyCar could not draw flies. Why? 100% of IndyCar races at ISC owned tracks have failed. Do you see a pattern? The France family's secret motto must be, keep your friends close, keep your enemies (IndyCar) even closer.
UPDATE Today Watkins Glen International announced that reserved grandstand tickets for today’s Go Bowling at The Glen at The Glen Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race have sold out for the fifth consecutive year.
“We’re excited to announce our fifth straight grandstand sell out,” said WGI President Michael Printup. “This is a true testament to the passion and dedication our fans have for Watkins Glen International and NASCAR. We’re looking forward to delivering an incredible experience that keeps our fans coming back year after year.”
08/02/19 Watkins Glen Int’l is closing in on a grandstand sellout for this Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, which would be the second of the ’19 season and WGI’s fifth in a row. The track seats 35,000 in its grandstand seats and brings in another 15,000 or through general admission and camping for about 50,000 people on site Sunday. The other race this season to sell out was the Daytona 500, which had about 100,000 people on site. The track has not yet confirmed a sellout but is likely to by Sunday.
WGI President Michael Printup said of how the track has been able to keep its sellout streak going, “We keep a simple approach, we stay even on our marketing platforms, we drastically change up our advertising every year. … We went massive with billboards this year; some people would laugh me out of the room in this sport if I said that, but we’re getting people socially recognizing us for all the billboards we have in Pennsylvania and New York for the first time.” Adam Stern/SBD
Marcus Armstrong ruled Race 2 in Budapest with a lights-to-flag finish that saw him cross the line a massive 12s ahead of Leonardo Pulcini for his first ever FIA Formula 3 win.
The PREMA man had spent a mammoth 97 Laps inside of the top three ahead of Round 5, but was yet to have a victory to show for it. He set the record straight on Sunday with a dominant drive around the Hungaroring, ahead of Hitech Grand Prix racer Pulcini and HWA RACELAB’s Jake Hughes.
Schumacher holds off Nobuharu Matsushita to claim maiden F2 win
A happy Mick Schumacher
Mick Schumacher became the second rookie winner of this season’s FIA Formula 2 campaign with a commanding performance from lights-to-flag in the Sprint Race that required every inch of his defensive abilities.
The PREMA racing man beat out the experienced Nobuharu Matsushita to earn his maiden F2 win and a first taste of champagne for PREMA this season. DAMS’ Sergio Sette Camara came home in third, having pushed and prodded Matsushita all the way, in the tightest of front threes.
Giovinazzi loses three places for blocking Stroll in Hungary
Antonio Giovinazzi will start 17th for the Hungarian Grand Prix after stewards ruled that he impeded Lance Stroll during the first part of Saturday's qualifying session.
A three-place grid penalty was handed to Giovinazzi, who had qualified 14th, as well as a penalty point on his license, after officials looked at video, audio, GPS and telemetry data relating to the incident.
Petrucci: Marquez passed with his elbow on the ground where Miller fell
Marquez in the wet at Brno. He is so much better than all the other riders in MotoGP
So how did Marc Marquez qualify 2.5 seconds faster than everyone else for today's MotoGP race at Brno? This is what fellow rider Danilo Petrucci had to say
"It seemed like it wasn't t raining for him. He got the strategy right, bringing the tires up to temperature. Given the gap, I think there's very little to say. He's the favorite, but I want to fight for the top five, so we have to give it our all."
"I was able to follow him. He was on the third lap, while I on my first. As soon as I tried to push, I risked falling where Miller fell. While he passed with his elbow on the ground on that stretch. That worries me because he's always there up front in any condition. You never see him finish eighth. When you're fighting for the World Championship with someone like him, it's difficult.”
Honda's engine it currently runs in the IndyCar series is a 700-horsepower 2.2-liter turbocharged V-6. Keep an eye on the displacement figure. Now, realize the Honda Civic Type R features a 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine with 306 hp. Where in the world is Honda getting nearly 400 more hp from the IndyCar engine with such a similar displacement?
Have no fear because Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained is here. Jason took a look at Honda's IndyCar engine and compared it to a street engine, the 2.0 turbo-4 from the Civic Type R, to get a sense of how the company builds this racing engine. On our journey to figuring out how this is possible, we have to make a few assumptions. For competitive reasons, we don't know exactly how much power the Honda IndyCar engine makes, but the conservative estimate is 700 hp. Jason also assumes the max engine bore allowed for IndyCar and where peak hp occurs. In this case, that's 12,000 rpm.
Hendrick Motorsports teammates Chase Elliott and William Byron qualified for the front row for Sunday’s Cup race at Watkins Glen International.
The lineup will not be official until all 37 cars go through inspection Sunday morning. If a car fails inspection once, its qualifying time will be disallowed and it will start at the rear of the field.
After a long summer break, the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli was back in action at the iconic the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend. The Trans Am, SuperGT and GT class drivers delivered an action-packed start to the multi-class 42-lap race at the Brickyard on Saturday afternoon.
The race opened with drama up front between pole sitter Ernie Francis Jr. and Chris Dyson, and ended quietly with Dyson dominating to take his second consecutive victory in the TA class by more than 23 seconds over two-time Indianapolis winner Francis Jr., with Adam Andretti taking third in the No. 86 Engineered Components Co/Anchor Bolt Chevrolet Corvette after running out of gas literally as he crossed the yard of bricks.
Lundgaard's perfect weekend continues with maiden F3 win
Christian Lundgaard took his first ever FIA Formula 3 win in style today, marching round the Hungaroring in 1st from lights-to-flag. The Danish driver continued his so far flawless weekend with his third P1 finish of Round 5, ahead of ART Grand Prix teammate Max Fewtrell and HWA RACELAB’s Jake Hughes.
Marquez heads Vinales, Guintoli in mixed FP3 conditions
Marquez in the wet
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) was the man to beat in a damp MotoGP™ FP3 session at the Monster Energy Grand Prix České republiky, his 2:04.279 was enough to beat second fastest Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) by 0.588 as Team Suzuki Ecstar’s test rider Sylvain Guintoli ends the session in third place.
Hamilton over Verstappen and Vettel in final practice
Hamilton quickest, but not by much
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) pipped Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) by less than 1/10th sec to lead final practice for the Hungarian GP in Budapest.
Hamilton, Verstappen and Vettel seem to have nudged ahead of their respective team mates, but as for choosing between the three of them... Vettel has it nailed in the first sector, and Mercedes and Red Bull seem evenly matched through the later stages of the lap. Game on for qualifying!
From left, Nyck de Vries, Nicholas Latifi and Jack Aitken Podium
Nicholas Latifi won for the first time since Barcelona with a masterclass on the tight turns of the Hungaroring, bombing ahead of Nyck De Vries at the start and never wavering. Amazingly, it is the first time this season that the Championships’ top two have shared a podium, with the duo finishing ahead of Campos Racing’s Jack Aitken.
Despite the downpour in Friday’s Qualifying session, the rain held off on Saturday morning in Hungary and De Vries made the most of the dry surface to get away cleanly off the line, battling off a move down his right from Luca Ghiotto. Or, so he thought! Nicholas Latifi surged past them both on the left and nipped by at the end of the first turn, with De Vries’ locking up.
Francis Jr., Kezman and Davison Lead Trans Am at Indianapolis
Ernie Francis Jr.
The thunder roaring from Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli cars filled the air at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday as the Trans Am, SuperGT and GT classes took to the track to set the grids for this weekends races.
After opening the running with morning practice, the split 35-minute qualifying session ended the day at IMS. The track was considerably hotter for qualifying than during morning practice, and with a wide range of machines also taking to the track as part of the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, several types of rubber lined the 2.43-mile circuit. But, the Pirelli tires equipped throughout the TA, SGT and GT field gave the Trans Am runners all the grip on offer in the tricky conditions.
Christian Lundgaard followed up his dominant Free Practice form to secure his first pole position in the FIA Formula 3 Championship, with a stomping tour of the Hungaroring circuit. The ART Grand Prix man finished ahead of Hitech Grand Prix’s Jüri Vips and teammate Max Fewtrell, as ART ruled the morning session.
Marcus Armstrong was the first out on track in dry conditions, but remained wary on his first lap of the circuit, with the tarmac still damp in spots. Once the PREMA man got going, he set the pace at just under 1m 33s, ahead of Alex Peroni.
2020 IMSA WeatherTech Championship Schedule Released
Rolex 24 to again start season
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will feature a nearly identical schedule in 2020, with the 12-event calendar having been released Friday during the sanctioning body’s annual ‘State of the Series’ address at Road America.
It will mark the third consecutive season with the same dozen events and venues, with only minor date changes.
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