Grand Prix Association expected to run Long Beach race through at least 2023
2016 race start
Long Beach leaders on Tuesday agreed to begin negotiations for a five-year agreement with the Grand Prix Association to continue operating the annual IndyCar event that zooms through downtown each April.
The city evaluated two race event proposals, one from IndyCar, the other from the World Automobile Championship of California, a Formula 1 promoter. The latter group is led by Chris Pook, the man who started the Grand Prix in Long Beach in 1975.
F4 U.S. Field Expands To 32 Cars For Mid-Ohio With Horton Entry
Horton getting seat fitting
The Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda field for the mid-season event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, has increased to 32 cars with a late entry from Chandler Horton of Zionsville, Indiana. Miller Vinatieri Leguizamon Motorsports confirmed the new driver will join the team Aug. 11-12 to fill its fourth seat.
“I’ve known the Horton family for 25 years from my time spent in Indy Lights and IndyCar,” said MVL team-owner Dr. Jack Miller. “I’ve had the privilege to watch Chandler grow throughout his racing career. He will make a great addition to the MVL team.”
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The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli rolls into Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for Round 7 of the 2017 Trans Am Championship ready to showcase a 51 car entry alongside the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the F4 US Championship for the track’s Mid-Ohio Challenge weekend.
The Trans Am slate for the weekend will feature two 101.96-mile competitions, 45 laps around the 13-turn, 2.258-mile course: The FirstEnergy Muscle Car Challenge featuring the modern day pony cars of the TA2 class and the FirstEnergy 100 showcasing a multi-class competition composed of the TA, TA3 and TA4 classes.
Mazda Motorsports today announced open registration for the 2017 Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Challenge featuring a $110,000 prize pool, with $75,000 going to the overall winner. The two-race, total points event will be hosted at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on October 12-15. Registration is now open at MazdaMotorsports.com to all racecar drivers around the world, excluding Mazda Motorsports’ factory drivers.
Previously known as the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Invitational, this high-stakes challenge met success in its inaugural race last year, with 19 racers from the U.S., Japan, Australia, the U.K., Sweden, Poland, Germany and Switzerland competing. It was the first time in the history of professional MX-5 racing that Mazda Motorsports had organized a truly international race for some of sport’s best up-and-coming drivers.
William Byron's crew chief suspended after Watkins Glen infraction A pair of crew chiefs have been suspended, stemming from penalties incurred at this past weekend’s XFINITY Series race, the Zippo 200 at The Glen at Watkins Glen International.
No. 9 crew chief Dave Elenz and No. 28 crew chief Steven Lane were suspended one and three races, respectively. In addition, the No. 28 car chief Rick Markle was suspended three races.
No more proof needed that NBCSN is killing IndyCar
In his State of the Series address at Road America last weekend, IMSA boss Scott Atherton stated the series had experienced a 37-per-cent increase in TV viewership over the last 12 months and, in particular, a peak viewership audience of 1.1 million for the race at Long Beach, Calif., in April, which was carried live on FOX.
Meanwhile the IndyCar race from Long Beach this year, which was held the same weekend as the WeatherTech race, had a 0.2 final rating and 321,000 viewers on the NBC Sports Network. This was down 20 per cent from 2016. It was the least-watched Long Beach race since it became a part of the IndyCar schedule in 2008, and the least-watched overall since at least 2006.
Byron Takes Over No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Ride in 2018
William Byron signs with Rick Hendrick.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Hendrick Motorsports announced today that William Byron will pilot the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in the 2018 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES, replacing Kasey Kahne. Byron is the second young driver announced as part of the organization’s four-car lineup for 2018, joining Alex Bowman, who takes over for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Chevrolet, Chase Elliott and seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson.
Below are quotes from FOX NASCAR play-by-play announcer Mike Joy, NASCAR RACE HUB co-host and FOX Sports announcer Adam Alexander and analysts Larry McReynolds and Darrell Waltrip regarding the Byron announcement and the changing of the guard at Hendrick Motorsports.
ARCA, Ilmor Extend 'Spec Engine' Partnership Through 2023
The ARCA Ilmor 396 engine
Automobile Racing Club of America President Ron Drager and Ilmor Engineering President Paul Ray have confirmed that the ARCA Racing Series will continue to utilize the ARCA Ilmor 396 engine package through 2023.
"We are pleased to extend our relationship with Ilmor and further structure a long-term strategy to keep our series healthy, our on-track product strong and our team owners confident in their investment," said Drager. "The ARCA Ilmor 396 engine package has exceeded our expectations both in terms of competition and cost containment. We have great confidence in Ilmor Engineering to continue as a key partner in maintaining a stable platform for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards."
Long Beach votes to keep IndyCar race (Update) UPDATE
Grand Prix Association of Long Beach Statement on Tuesday's LB City Council Vote:
"We are delighted in the action of the Long Beach City Council this evening in voting unanimously to authorize City management to enter into a new long-term agreement with the Grand Prix Association starting in 2019. That means that there will be a continuation of the Verizon IndyCar Series as well as all of the accompanying events that have become such an attractive part of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend for many years to come.
"We also want to thank the City staff for the meticulous way in which they evaluated the various options that were submitted. The Grand Prix Association has been an integral part of the fabric of the Long Beach community for 43 years and we look forward to continuing that relationship into the future. The 44th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will take place on April 13-15, 2018." -- Jim Michaelian
Porsche could have remained in the LMP1 class had there been more competition in the top ranks of the FIA World Endurance Championship, according to its R&D chief Dr. Michael Steiner.
Steiner, a member of the Executive Board for Research & Development at Porsche AG, who was an influential figure in the German manufacturer’s decision to end its LMP1 involvement at the end of this season, however, has not ruled out a future return to top-level prototype racing.
In an exclusive interview with Sportscar365, Steiner (pictured above, right) explained the current two-manufacturer race made the technology-heavy LMP1 program no longer desirable for Porsche.
“It was not a decision against LMP1,” Steiner told Sportscar365. “We enjoyed it very much; this was maybe the most advanced regulations you could have in motorsports. It was really demanding. But we decided not to compete in parallel in Formula E and LMP1.
“Besides, more and more teams did not commit to come or did not enter, like Nissan, and Audi leaving. If you look at Nurburgring [last month], it’s still good racing but more-or-less four cars competing.
“We would have liked to have more competition.”
With the future of LMP1 hybrid uncertain, with Peugeot reportedly unlikely to commit to the FIA and ACO’s proposed 2020 regulations, which call for fast-charging hybrid plug-ins and stretches of all-electric driving, Steiner said the WEC needs to find a way to make prototype racing more attractive.
Whether that would be with reduced costs and/or the elimination of hybrid technology remains to be seen.
“They should look to make it attractive enough [so] that there will be more competition,” Steiner said. “The current regulations need a lot of effort. That could hinder new competitors to jump in.
“Maybe they could also be a more open discussion on what could be attractive regulations. I don’t want to say that has to be with or without hybrid.”
Steiner said the “standardization” of components, such as hybrid powertrains, could also be an option moving forward.
“[Hybrid] is important, it is expensive but if you standardize it more, it could also be, costs-wise, more attractive,” he said.
While Porsche is set to shift its focus to Formula E, with a planned entry beginning in 2019, as well as an increased focus on GT racing, Steiner admitted the manufacturer could one day find itself back in prototype racing, although not providing any potential timeline.
Porsche’s entry into the WEC in 2014 came after a 16-year hiatus from top-level sports car racing competition.
“This should not be a goodbye forever,” Steiner said. “Never say never. In Le Mans we will [still] compete in GT cars and maybe some day we will come back in the top class.
Mazda unveils plans for world's first compression ignition gasoline
Prediction: if the fuel-air mix is off a hair the engine will ping like crazy. The engines is so complicated compared to a simple electric motor. What a waste of time.
Mazda Motor Corp., struggling to stay competitive in a world of electrified cars, said it would become the first automaker to commercialize a powerful, fuel-efficient gasoline engine technology that has eluded engineers for decades but offers an alternative to going electric.
The Japanese automaker, with an r&d budget a fraction of those of major peers, said in a statementTuesday it plans to sell cars with compression ignition engines -- a type of engine that combines the best attributes of both diesel and gasoline power plants.
New-look IndyCars look like 15-year old Champ Cars
INDYCAR veterans Juan Pablo Montoya and Oriol Servia – in Chevrolet and Honda-powered Dallara IR-12s equipped with the universal aero kit in its road course, street course and short oval configuration – will conduct a test for the new universal aerodynamic bodywork kit that will fit the current Dallara IR-12 chassis for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
WHO: Juan Pablo Montoya – Driver of the Chevrolet-powered car with the universal kit for Team Penske
James Davison to drive for Joe Gibbs Racing in XFINITY Series
James Davison in the Dale Coyne Honda at Indy 500 this year.
Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today, Melbourne, Australia native James Davison joins their XFINITY Series program to pilot the No. 20 Toyota Camry at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 12 and Road America on August 27.
No stranger to racing, Davison comes from a racing family and has raced across multiple platforms, including IndyCar, IMSA SportsCar Championship Series, Grand-Am Rolex SportsCar Series and Pirelli World Challenge. Davison made his NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) debut in 2016 at Road America driving the No. 90 car where he ran as high as seventh before being involved in a late-race incident that resulted in a 19th-place finish. Most recently, Davison was in the spotlight at the 2017 Indy 500 where he filled in for the injured Sebastian Bourdais, leading two laps before an on-track incident caused him to finish the race in the 20th position.
Tony Parella acquires controlling stake in Trans Am
MIAMI, Fla. [August 8, 2017] — The Trans Am Race Company, LLC (TARC) has announced Tony Parella, by way of Parella Motorsports Holdings, has acquired controlling interest in the TARC ownership group. Parella reached an agreement to purchase the stake previously held by Mike Miller, who departs the ownership group that presents the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli.
Through his additional investment, Parella now controls the majority of TARC shares while David Jans, John Clagett and Simon Gregg retain minority ownership stakes. Parella joined the ownership group in late July of 2016 and in June of this year acquired, along with Mike Miller and David Jans, the shares held by Jim Derhaag.
NASCAR team owners replacing expensive stars with ride-buyers
These young ride-buyers like Alex Bowman and William Byron have zero fan base. As the high-paid stars are pushed out, NASCAR attendance and TV ratings are going to plummet further
For years, NASCAR driver salaries have accounted for the primary expense on any race team. As sponsorship has diminished, wages didn’t automatically adjust. That’s changing at warp speed now. Drivers accustomed to commanding top dollar are realizing they are not in the bargaining position they once were writes Lee Spencer of Motorsport.com.
Brad Keselowski’s contract took longer than expected to complete, even though Keselowski had delivered 22 wins in eight seasons and Team Penske's first Cup championship in 2012.
Matt Kenseth, 45, won 14 races and qualified for every playoff in his last five years with Joe Gibbs Racing but wasn’t renewed.
Stewart-Haas Racing recruited Kurt Busch in 2014. The 2004 champion has won each year--including the 2017 Daytona 500--and has made the playoffs each year, but SHR did not pick up his option for 2018.
Tesla Model 3 annual demand could surpass 700,000 units
Investors have sunk close to $5 billion in Tesla but Tesla will soon be generating annual revenues of $30 billion
Elon Musk previously guided demand for Model 3, Tesla’s new mass market electric vehicle, to reach roughly 500,000 vehicles per year.
Following the launch of the new electric car last month, Musk is now more confident of the demand for the vehicle and he sees it potentially reaching an annual rate of “more than 700,000 units.”
The CEO first hinted at the demand potentially surpassing his previous guidance during a press briefing when he insisted that reservation numbers don’t reflect demand because Tesla is not trying to sell the vehicle.
But now he said it outright earlier today during a conference call with investors about Tesla’s new senior note issuance.
Working Together - Dale Coyne Racing's Bourdais & Jones On IndyCar 2017 & Beyond Sebastien Bourdais may be undergoing a period of rehabilitation after his injury in the lead up the Indy 500, but that hasn't stopped the Frenchman cheering on the rest of his Dale Coyne Racing team from the sidelines. M1TG caught up with Bourdais, as well as teammate Ed Jones and team owner Dale Coyne himself, to find out more about the team's progress and ambitions for this season and beyond. Comment
MotoGP riders complete Czech weekend with positive Monday testing session After yesterday’s fantastic race, MotoGP riders were back on track at Brno Monday for a one-day test in ideal weather conditions.
Jay Howard's Motorsports Driver Development Adds Fifth Car To F4 U.S. Roster
Jay Howard has lined up 5 ride-buyers
Just days before the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda mid-season event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Jay Howard’s Motorsports Driver Development has expanded its line-up to include a fifth car piloted by Colin Mullan of Danville, California. Mullin was selected to complete the season with MDD after a successful team-test at Gingerman Raceway in June.
"Colin did an impressive job at Gingerman during his testing session," said MDD team owner Jay Howard. "We are looking forward to him joining the team for Mid-Ohio, and seeing what he can do on track. We are excited to have him in the program."
The mental midgets in IndyCar and NASCAR have been pushing their TV start times back to later in the afternoon and the races are finishing too late for those in attendance who have to drive a long distance home and be at work the next day. If they are doing it to improve TV ratings well it is not working, ratings are dropping like a lead sinker.
With a third consecutive sellout of grandstand seating, Watkins Glen International has a very good thing going with its annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. The track's president wants to keep it that way.
While he categorized this year's three-day event as "an awesome weekend" outside of a storm that canceled Friday's planned Fan Fest, the ever-later start time of Sunday's featured race has him concerned. The green flag went off at 3:18 p.m. after a 2:49 race start last year. That followed scheduled starts of 1:19 in 2014 and 2:18 in 2015.
Fans let him know about their frustrations Saturday morning during a coffee and donuts meet and greet. Printup relayed those concerns to NASCAR and pulled no punches Sunday night after watching Martin Truex Jr. win the I Love New York 355 at The Glen for his fourth victory of the season.
The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli has reinstated Tomy Drissi's competition privileges effective immediately.
The decision was made following Drissi’s protest of the Series decision on July 17, 2017, to suspend Drissi for all remaining Trans Am competition for the 2017 season following Round 5 of the Trans Am Championship at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Series officials decided to suspend the existing decision after Drissi agreed to fulfill the Series’ terms and conditions necessary for his return to competition. The decision was also impacted by voluntary and ongoing efforts by Drissi to prevent further misconduct.
Rossi Eager For Indycar Race At The Glen After NASCAR Visit
Rossi with Jack Arute
WATKINS GLEN, New York – Verizon IndyCar Series driver Alexander Rossi was immersed in the world of stock-car racing over the weekend at Watkins Glen International.
And while the Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian driver was pleased with the reception he received and what he learned as a spectator at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event, he’s even more appreciative of his opportunity as an INDYCAR competitor.
Foxconn announces 2nd new plant in Michigan for Autonomous Vehicles
Trump welcomes yet another new factory as he continues his march to make America Great Again
Apple iPhone supplier Foxconn has announced that it is planning a second manufacturing plant, this one in Michigan. After Foxconn announced a new plant in Wisconsin just last month, these newest jobs are coming to the second state that was key to President Trump’s election in 2016.
The coming Michigan plant will focus on autonomous vehicles, Foxconn founder Terry Gou said, according to CNBC.
“Automotive development in the U.S. is still more advanced than China,” Gou said. “Besides self-driving technology, I’m also interested in artificial intelligence and deep learning technology.”
Great Clips Dumping Kasey Kahne, and so will the team (Update)
Kasey Kahne is history
UPDATE Kasey Kahne has been released from the final year of his contract with Hendrick Motorsports and will become a free agent at the conclusion of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.
“Kasey has worked extremely hard,” Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, said in a statement released Monday morning. “He’s a tremendous teammate and person, and he has been totally dedicated to our program since day one.
“I’ve always believed that he’s a special talent, and I know he will thrive in the right situation. We will do everything we can to finish the season as strong as we can.”
Video: New Ford GT can't shake Camaro ZL1 on the track Let this sink in for a moment: Ford's bonkers GT supercar actually makes less horsepower than a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. It's true; the numbers don't lie.
A Camaro ZL1 leaves the factory with 650 horsepower on tap from its 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine, while the Ford GT comes up a tad shy with 647 hp from its 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine. With professional drivers behind the wheel, the Ford GT would likely still leave the Camaro ZL1 in its dust, but video from casual racers shows the two can be pretty evenly matched.
The Tesla Gigafactory is partially complete but already producing batteries
The race to capitalize on the growing need for electric car batteries is well and truly underway.
Although Tesla has an early start with its massive 35-gigawatt-hour Gigafactory, a German firm has announced plans for its own battery plant to rival Tesla's operation.
A consortium known as Terra E plans to finalize the site for a 34-gigawatt-hour battery plant next month and will break ground in 2019. Most of the candidate sites for the plant are in Germany, though a neighboring country isn't off the table, per CEO Holger Gritzka.
Ford and Michelin to the fore at Road America ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Ford Chip Ganassi Racing needed a win to reignite its 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship bid and they got it today at Road America with a strong performance by pole sitter Dirk Mueller and co-driver Joey Hand who took their No. 66 Ford GT to the GT Le Mans class victory.
Starting from the pole position, Mueller built a 10 second lead in the first hour while still saving fuel.
It's Win No. 3 In 2017 For Team Falken's James Deane MONROE, WA – Team Falken’s James Deane continued his winning ways by earning his third victory in six rounds of the 2017 Black Magic Formula Drift Pro Championship at Evergreen Speedway, increasing his lead in the Driver’s Championship with just two events remaining. Teammate Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis took third place, solidifying his position at fourth overall in the tight overall points battle.
It was Falken’s sixth consecutive podium this season and fourth event win out of the six rounds run thus far. At Evergreen Speedway, noted as the “House of Drift” of the North, three of the four cars in the Final 4 were Falken-equipped.
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