Video: NASCAR Watkins Glen Monster Cup Post-Race Q&A Race winning driver Martin Truex Jr., crew chief Cole Pearn and team general manager Joe Garone (No. 78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota); Second place finisher Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Toyota Care Toyota) and third place finisher Daniel Suarez (No. 19 STANLEY Toyota) Comment
NBC Sports, MRN Extend Partnership On NASCAR Telecasts NBC Sports and MRN have extended their partnership in which MRN race announcer Mike Bagley will call part of today’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series I Love NY 355 at Watkins Glen Int'l. Bagley was part of NBCSN's experimental broadcast for yesterday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Zippo 200, where Bagley was one of three announcers stationed throughout the 2.5-mile road course, plus two announcers in the main booth.
The move received mostly positive reviews on Twitter during yesterday’s race. NBC Sports and MRN could additionally look to extend the move to other races this year, as the Xfinity Series has two more road-course races this season. MRN, which is owned by ISC, is one of the two NASCAR radio networks that calls races for affiliates alongside SMI’s PRN. Adam Stern/SBD
Watkins Glen announces third consecutive reserved grandstand sell-out
The grandstands will be packed for today's race
Watkins Glen International is proud to announce that reserved grandstand tickets for today’s I Love New York 355 at The Glen Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race have sold out for the third consecutive year.
"We’re excited to announce our third 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."
Sunday morning update from The Glen (Update) UPDATE
Brian France has exactly what he wants with the revised Playoffs format
To absolutely no one's surprise, one of the big story lines being pushed this weekend is The Chase err.....NASCAR Playoffs. With a mere 5 races left in the 'regular season' (I'm not sure if this stick and ball analogy has been turned into a proper noun yet), drama is high for those not yet playoff qualified.
Now, before I get into the scenarios, allow me to reiterate: I believe the best way to determine a champion is to agree on a points system; have points count equally for all events; add up the points at the end of the year, and give the championship to a driver with the most points.
Furthermore, I am not a fan of the ‘win and you’re in’ format, which encourages extreme risk taking on the one hand and extreme cruising once a spot is solidified.
NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va - A.J. Foyt Jr. knows all about winning major auto races, but on Aug. 5 at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in West Virginia the longtime Thoroughbred owner won his biggest horse race ever.
Foyt watched from home as Colonelsdarktemper, a colt he purchased for $35,000 at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October sale, took the lead no one else wanted and kept on going to win the $750,000 West Virginia Derby, the Grade III centerpiece of the Mountaineer racing season.
Daly runs out of gas while driving his regular car We know money is tight in the IndyCar paddock as a result of lack of sponsors who pay huge sums of money to sponsor cars like it was back in the CART days. Tony George destroyed that. Now many drivers have to buy their ride, and/or do not get paid because low TV ratings on NBCSN have teams starving for sponsors.
But we did not think it was this bad.
In just his second full-time season, Conor Daly is still new to the IndyCar Series, and his 2017 season on the track isn't going as well as he probably hoped, as he's currently ranked 19th in the driver standings.
It seems Daly recently ran out of gas in his passenger car and posted this tweet about it.
Video: NASCAR Watkins Glen Xfinity Post-Race Q&A Race winner Kyle Busch, crew chief Eric Phillips and EVP of XFINITY and Development for Joe Gibbs Racing Steve Desouza (No. 18 NOS Rowdy Toyota); Second place finisher Joey Logano (No. 12 Snap-on Ford), third place finisher Brad Keselowski (No. 22 REV/Fleetwood Ford) and highest finishing rookie William Byron (No. 9 AXALTA/Progressive Powder Coating Inc. Chevrolet) Comment
Brad Keselowski - could be coming to a short track near you.
I have a list of items from Saturday at Watkins Glen that I will cover in no particular order. Here goes.
Following the Xfinity race Brad Keselowski was asked about the new limitations on Cup Series drivers participating in Xfinity and Trucks Series races. You might remember Kyle Busch – the poster child for those who detest Cup drivers running the lower series – expressed his feelings regarding the change rather directly. Keselowski chose sarcasm as his preferred method of response.
Faraday Future Secures $14 Million Rescue Loan Faraday Future may live to fight another day, thanks to an emergency infusion of cash from a new source. The startup automaker secured a $14 million rescue loan from New York investment firm Innovatus Capital Partners, reports The Wall Street Journal.
Faraday reportedly put up its California headquarters as collateral on the loan, which will provide much-needed funding in the wake of financial troubles at Faraday backer LeEco. The EV maker previously relied on the Chinese tech giant and its billionaire founder, Jia Yueting, as its main source of funding. But LeEco has had its own issues, due, in part, to a rapid expansion of its business into the automotive sector. Last month, a Chinese court froze a significant amount of Jia's assets because of missed loan payments.
Regan Smith on standby for Denny Hamlin at Watkins Glen (Update) UPDATE
A lot of parts in motion for Denny Hamlin this weekend
As you likely know, Denny Hamlin’s girlfriend Jordan Fish is due to give birth to the couple’s second child at any moment. Fish’s expected date, was in fact this past Thursday, so it really could be any moment now. And during the first press conference with a race car driver in which I can recall an extended discussion about pending childbirth, Hamlin lightened the mood by looking at his cell phone and saying, “not yet.”
Anyway, the driver of the No. 11 Fed Ex Toyota also provided more details on the procedure the team is using for the weekend.
Video: Kenny Wallace crew member choke slams Paul Bailey Kenny Wallace And Paul bailey made on-track contact while racing for the lead at Belle-Clair Speedway – crew member choke slams driver post-race. The altercation took place in the pits following the UMP Modified event. Kenny Wallace and Paul Bailey raced side-by-side for the lead last night at Belle-Clair Speedway. Comment
First entries come in for the 2017/18 Asian Le Mans Series Three months before the start of the 2017/18 Asian Le Mans Series season, the first four entries – three in LMP2 and the first in the GT class – have already been received.
2016/17 LMP2 Champions, Algarve Pro Racing were among the first of a flurry of teams to confirm their entries in the new season. The team has confirmed they will be returning to the LMP2 class with a Ligier that will be driven by Dutch driver Ate de Jong and Korean driver Tack Sung Kim. As a result of winning the 2016/17 Championship, the team received an invitation to race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans – an invitation they took up in June this year.
Denny Hamlin scored the win in last year's Cup race at The Glen
We have mostly clear skies with temperatures currently in the low 60s on a spectacularly gorgeous morning here in New York's Finger Lakes region. The first of two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practices today for Sunday's I Love New York 355 at The Glen is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. ET. NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying for today's 23rd annual Zippo 200 at The Glen will begin at 11:05 a.m. with the race scheduled for 2 p.m.
Also, of note: similar to last weekend at Pocono, the Cup Series will have BOTH qualifying and the race tomorrow.
Volvo Cars And Geely sign agreement and form new company
Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, and Geely Holding, the Chinese car group, Friday completed the formation of two new entities to share existing and future technology and provide the economies of scale that will allow them to more rapidly develop next generation electrified vehicle technology.
The agreements, signed at a ceremony in Ningbo, China, formalize the strategic priorities, management teams and targeted synergies for the collaboration within the group.
Racing Through The Decades Feature Display At Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Laguna Seca - year unknown
Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion attendees will have the chance to gaze upon 60 years of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca racing history in the paddock on August 17-20. A special Racing Through the Decades feature display will showcase 12 prominent racing vehicles with history at the iconic circuit.
The contrast will be prevalent with the first and most recent winners at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca being displayed across from one another. The 1956 Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa that Pete Lovely drove to victory at the inaugural Laguna Seca event, the Pebble Beach Road Races in 1957, and the 2016 K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S GT3 that Alvaro Parente won the Pirelli World Challenge event in last October will bookend a dozen chapters of motorsports in the Monterey Peninsula under one tent.
IMSA, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Extend Agreement Through 2020
In conjunction with the unveiling of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season schedule, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is proud to announce a three-year extension of its agreement with the premier North American sports car endurance racing series beginning next season.
Dates for the 2018 Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix featuring America’s Tire 250 have been announced with the event taking place on September 7-9, 2018. Of course, this year’s upcoming event is scheduled for September 21-24, 2017.
Co-owner of Richard Petty Motorsports says NASCAR needs a spending cap
Andrew Murstein, co-owner of Richard Petty Motorsports, says NASCAR team owners need to agree to a spending cap to create a "level playing field'' in the Cup Series.
"Every single league has a cap now these days, it creates a level playing field,'' Murstein told NBC Sports. "It's salaries ... its wind-tunnel time, it's the whole kit and caboodle. It's better for the fans, I think, if there is a level playing field. No one can outspend the other guy. It's better for the owners. It creates more competition, more excitement.''
TV ratings explained This year’s Indianapolis 500 had a huge global presence, was impossibly tense and had a storybook winner. But the big news the next day was that the race “delivered the lowest national ratings in the 31 years [it] has been broadcast live,” as the Indianapolis Star reported. The problem is, ratings aren’t the real story. Finding out the numbers behind them is, and this year’s Indy 500 can tell you a lot about how they actually work writes Alanis King of Blackflag.
The race made the news when the overnight Nielsen rating of its U.S. television audience dropped to 3.6 from 4.1 last year, and the local paper further reported that this constituted a 12-percent ratings drop for the 101st running of the race.
Video: The Road to F1, with George Russell (Ep. 1/3) What does it take to reach the pinnacle of world motorsport?
Mission: Budapest follows the story of rising star George Russell, from signing up to the Mercedes-Benz Junior driver program to getting his first taste of a current Formula One car at the 2017 in-season test in Budapest.
The first in a three-part series, Episode 1 – The Journey – sees the young Brit discuss how he became part of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport family, his responsibilities within the team and getting kitted out in preparation for his biggest landmark moment yet with the Silver Arrows: two days behind the wheel of the mighty F1 W08 Grand Prix car.
Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen hit the road for the F1 summer break! The Bulls are out for the summer! As the two week summer shutdown kicks into force, our drivers pack their bags and hit the road in their Aston Martin's for sunnier climbs... Comment
Lucas di Grassi: Journey Of A Champion - Formula E Third time was the charm for Lucas di Grassi, Formula E's new Drivers' Champion. After three difficult years in the series, the Brazilian proved himself to be both consistent and persistent enough steal the title out from under Sebastien Buemi's nose. Here's how he did it, from winning the first ever race in Beijing to clutching the trophy on the podium in Montreal. Congratulations to our new champion! Comment
IMSA 2018 Schedule announced Twelve world-class road racing facilities and events highlight the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule unveiled today as part of the now annual “State of the Sport” presentation at Road America, site of this weekend’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase.
In 2018, the WeatherTech Championship will feature three classes of competition. The Prototype (P) class includes Daytona Prototype international (DPi) and LM P2 race cars battling head-to-head for class and overall race honors, the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class features factory-backed GT race cars in what is widely considered the best GT racing in the world, and the GT Daytona (GTD) class includes GT3 race cars from world-renowned manufacturers prepared by top professional race teams with highly competitive Pro-Am driver lineups.
Simpson Throws Down Late Flyer to Lead Prototype Practice at Road America
No. 85 JDC-Miller Oreca
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – While the team heads into Sunday’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase still looking for its first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race victory, Stephen Simpson and the No. 85 JDC-Miller Motorsports team might be carrying the most momentum of anybody in the Prototype class.
Simpson provided the latest example of that on Friday afternoon at Road America, when he posted the quickest time of the day on his second-to-last lap. He toured the scenic, 4.048-mile circuit at 1 minute, 55.057 seconds (126.657 mph) in the bright yellow ORECA LM P2 prototype.
The Long Beach IMSA race next April reverts to a two-class race, with the elimination of the GT Daytona category cars after debuting this year. It’s understood the change was largely made due to track and paddock capacity, along with the expectation of an increased number of Prototype entries for 2018.
The date for Long Beach has been moved back one week, due to Easter, with the Pebble Beach Concourse affecting the date for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, which has been moved two weeks earlier than this year’s race. IMSA, meanwhile has signed a contract extension with MRLS through 2020.
Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Lynch Paints Away Track's Old Overtime Line TALLADEGA, AL - After NASCAR's announcement earlier this week of standardizing the location of the Overtime Line at the start/finish line of tracks for the remainder of 2017, Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch decided Friday to take matters into his own hands.
With a brush, roller and a bucket of white paint, Lynch showcased his painting skills by giving the most famous backstretch in NASCAR – the 4,000’ Alabama Gang Superstretch – a facelift by permanently removing the old Overtime Line so the track will be ready for its Alabama 500 and fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola races – both NASCAR Playoff events - the weekend of Oct. 13-15.
Paint Scheme For Earnhardt Jr.'s Farewell Race Unveiled On QVC (Update) UPDATE Dale Earnhardt Jr. unveiled his final full-time paint scheme for Homestead-Miami on QVC. The red-and-black scheme is a nod to the No. 8 car he ran from 1999 to 2000. (See video at bottom)
08/03/17 The paint scheme for Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s final race as a full-time NASCAR driver was unveiled last night on QVC, and the design "harkens to Earnhardt Jr.'s 1999 Cup debut."
The design will be on the No. 88 for the Nov. 19 Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Iowa Speedway Fans to Get Glimpse at the Future of INDYCAR
Iowa fans will get to see new-look IndyCar
Iowa Speedway race fans will have their first chance to see the universal aerodynamic bodywork kit that will fit the current Dallara IR-12 chassis for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Just a month removed from the Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300, the premier North American open-wheel series will conduct a test for the new car at The Fastest Short Track on the Planet on Aug. 10.
This is a free event and open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CT on Thursday, Aug. 10. Viewing will be from the Newton Club, where fans can watch the action from seats overlooking the Start / Finish line.
Dovizioso makes a late lunge to dominate Day 1 at Brno
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) shot to the top of the combined timesheets on Friday at the Monster Energy Grand Prix Ceske republiky, going fastest at the end of FP2 by almost four tenths after a late lunge for P1. Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was his closest challenger, with Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) in hot pursuit.
Death Wish | Official Trailer Chicago is a gun free zone where, like all gun free zones, all the bad guys have guns and the good citizens are defenseless. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures presents director Eli Roth’s reimagining of the classic 1974 revenge thriller DEATH WISH. Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) is a surgeon who only sees the aftermath of Chicago's democrat violence when it is rushed into his ER – until his wife (Elisabeth Shue) and college-age daughter (Camila Morrone) are viciously attacked in their suburban home. With the police overloaded with crimes, Paul, burning for revenge, hunts his family’s assailants to deliver justice. As the anonymous slayings of criminals grabs the media’s attention, the city wonders if this deadly vigilante is a guardian angel or a grim reaper. Fury and fate collide in the intense, action-thriller DEATH WISH. Comment
Gateway's Smooth New Surface Has Drivers Itching To Race MADISON, Illinois – If early impressions prove correct, Gateway Motorsports Park is ready for a grand return to the Verizon IndyCar Series writes Arni Sribhen of IndyCar.
Eight drivers, one representing each of the eight fulltime entrants currently racing in the series, tested today at the 1.25-mile oval, which underwent a complete repave this summer. The track resurfacing comes in advance of the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline on Aug. 26, the first Verizon IndyCar Series event at the track in 13 years.
Hisatake Murata has become the new Team President of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing (WEC) and President of TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) with immediate effect.
Murata has been responsible for TOYOTA’s hybrid powertrain development in motorsport from the very first racing hybrid in 2006, and he has overseen the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) project since the team’s 2012 entry.
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