Rene Rast (GER) took a huge step towards the 2019 DTM title after dominating Sun-day’s race at Brands Hatch. The German, who went into the British weekend leading the champion-ship, further consolidated his points tally with a maximum score of 28 (25 for the win; 3 for pole) on Sunday.
Rast was able to control the pace, finishing narrowly ahead of closest championship rival Nico Muller following a duel that went all the way to the final lap.
Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc: The Formula 1 World Quiz
Leclerc and Vettel
Shell Episode 2: Which Race? Formula One is racing all over the world - but who can mark the tracks? Scuderia Ferrari Drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc compete in a quick and funny geography quiz. The highest venue, the fastest track, the toughest demands for the Shell Helix lubricant? Join the guessing game and find out!
Across The Pond - NASCAR Visits The Goodwood Festival Of Speed Young NASCAR star Todd Gilliland makes his first trip to the UK and takes Kyle Busch's Number 18-car up the famous Goodwood Hill. Mobil 1 The Grid joins the teenager from North Carolina as he takes a stock car to the quintessential British Motorsport Festival. Comment
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Marquez pole, Ducati win: will history repeat today?
Last year Marquez had to fight two Ducatis but in the end the HP of the Ducatis were too much
For the 59th and record-breaking time, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) claimed a premier class pole position as he showed superior form on Saturday at the myWorld Motorrad Grand Prix von Osterreich. It’s a result that sees him start from P1 for the third successive year at the Red Bull Ring, but it’s a circuit he’s yet to win at.
It remains the only track on the current calendar that Marquez is yet to stand on the top step at. So, will the seven-time Champion be able to break the Ducati stranglehold on Austrian soil, or will the Bologna factory’s 100% win record continue? It goes without saying that Marquez will be hoping history won’t repeat itself this time around, having lost out to both Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo in the last two seasons come Sunday afternoon, despite claiming pole position just 24 hours earlier.
Destroyed by Marquez, Lorenzo eyes move to Yamaha or Ducati (2nd Update)
Look at the power slide Marquez uses to enter a turn. How do you beat that? You don't. He's simply the best ever.
Jorge Lorenzo is a defeated man
UPDATE Jorge Lorenzo has decided against a shock Ducati return or a move to Yamaha for the 2020 MotoGP season and will instead see out his existing Honda contract, Motorsport.com reports.
It's understood that Lorenzo, who has been on the sidelines with injury since June's Dutch TT at Assen, informed Honda team boss Alberto Puig on Saturday of his intention to remain at Honda, amid speculation linking him to an imminent move to Pramac Ducati or Yamaha.
08/10/19 Added photo of Marquez power slide in qualifying at the Red Bull Ring Saturday.
And you wonder why his teammates are defeated men?
Francis Jr., Boden and Funk Take Trans Am Wins at Mid-Ohio
Ernie Francis Jr. leads TA class
The FirstEnergy Mid-Ohio 100, featuring the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli’s Trans Am, SuperGT and GT classes, saw a dogfight at the front of the field for the entire 43-lap race Saturday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
In the end Ernie Francis Jr. managed to keep Chris Dyson in his rear-view mirror to capture his second victory of the season. In the SGT class, Mark Boden took the green flag from pole and never looked back, opening a lead of over 23 seconds over second place Ken Thwaits before the race-ending yellow came out.
At a drying Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit, BMW driver Marco Wittmann claimed a sensational last-minute pole position for the first of two DTM races at Brands Hatch. The German set a best time of 1m15.654s in his BMW M4 DTM as the whole field capitalized on a damp-but-drying track to switch from wet-weather to slick tires for the session’s fastest times.
The state of next-generation electric vehicle batteries
EV Battery Cells
Range anxiety continues to be the biggest barrier to the large scale adoption of Electric Vehicles (EVs). However, ongoing and significant improvements in battery technology will pave the way for an installed EV base of 100 million by 2028, according to global tech market advisory firm, ABI Research.
To alleviate range anxiety, the electric vehicle battery will need to be safer, cheaper, faster to charge, and have a high-energy density for greater range. Continued advancements in cell technology will ease anxiety and allow EVs to gain traction substantially.
Marquez drags a knee on the ground in practice. If he has to he has been known to take the bike over to his elbow to gain more speed
With a new carbon-reinforced chassis to work with, Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez dominated practice 3 at the Red Bull Ring, beating Maverick Vinales by over three tenths of a second on Saturday morning.
Marquez used new soft rear tire to set the best time of 1m23.251s.
The factory Ducatis of Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci set identical times to take third and fourth, just 0.002s slower than Vinales bet they are sandbagging and when qualifying rolls around the Italian team will unleash more HP and they are a threat to Marquez for pole.
Francis Jr., Boden, and Funk take poles for Mid-Ohio 100
Ernie Francis Jr.
Extremely close battles at the top of the Trans Am, Super GT and GT class qualifying sessions for the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli preview what should be an exciting FirstEnergy Mid-Ohio 100 Saturday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
The split-field qualifying session meant that the Trans Am class ran separately from the SGT and GT classes on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course, situated between Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio.
2020 Porsche Taycan EV Will Officially Debut September 4
Near production version of Taycan
The Porsche Taycan is expected to make the EV interchangeable with electric and exciting when it's finally revealed at 9 a.m. EST on Wednesday, September 4.
Porsche first called the concept version of the Taycan the Porsche Mission E, and we learned long ago that this new electric car would have an 800-volt electrical system to enable super-fast charging. That technology required a massive investment from Porsche, and we'll soon find out whether the production will make good on the claim of regaining about 250 miles of range in only 15 minutes. Porsche has also predicted a driving range of more than 300 miles; for reference, the current longest-range version of the Tesla Model S claims to go 370 miles.
Statement from World Wide Technology Raceway on the passing of Dick Jordan
Longtime USAC PR man Dick Jordan
From Chris Blair, Executive Vice President and General Manager, World Wide Technology Raceway:
“I had known of Dick Jordan from seeing his racing results in the early 1980s. I first met, and worked with, DJ in 1990 in my very first job as a promoter, at a dirt track in Kentucky. For the next 29 years we continued to work together at venues all over the country and developed a great friendship. Dick was always there for me whether I was working as a racing journalist, a track promoter or a USAC car owner-parent. No matter the role I was playing, he always treated me as though I was part of his huge extended family. That’s what set him apart from the others.
Marquez is focused on finally beating Ducati at the Red Bull Ring
A productive first day at the Red Bull Ring for the Repsol Honda Team saw Marc Marquez lead the way with Bradl less than a second behind.
After just a few days rest from the double point-scoring finish at the Czech GP, the Repsol Honda Team were back to work at Round 11 of the MotoGP World Championship. Both Marc Marquez and Stefan Bradl eagerly returned to track, looking to build on what they achieved respectively in Brno.
James Vowles, Mercedes Motorsport Strategy Director, dives into all the hot topics from the Hungarian GP - from the damage to Valtteri's car on lap one, to the big call that changed the course of the race and more...
How Mercedes outsmarted Red Bull and Max Verstappen to win the race easily.
“HPD is proud of its numerous accomplishments in partnership with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, which include all seven of the team’s NTT IndyCar Series victories to date, as well as two coveted pole positions for the Indianapolis 500.
"Although we regret that this partnership will be coming to an end in advance of the 2020 season, HPD has the utmost confidence in the strength and commitment of its remaining partner teams, all of whom have won at least one NTT IndyCar Series race in each of the past two seasons. We look forward to demonstrating that same type of depth across our entire lineup for many years to come.”
Mario Andretti surprises Allentown Boys & Girls Club with van
Indy 500 legend Mario Andretti drove up in a Lamborghini but quickly shifted to a van Thursday, surprising kids at the Allentown Boys & Girls Club on 13th and Turner streets. Driving the van behind a police escort, Andretti pulled into the parking lot between two children waving checkered flags. He was tempted, he joked, to put the pedal to the metal..
“I was going to do a couple doughnuts here but I think we’ll probably do it later,” Andretti said.
Briscoe to drive Mustang Supercar at Virginia IMSA race
Ryan Briscoe will conduct a demonstration in a Mustang Supercar at this month’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round at VIRginia International Raceway.
It is understood that the chassis is the 2014 Dick Johnson Racing Supercar which has been re-skinned as a Shell V-Power Racing Team Mustang and is currently housed in the Ford Motor Company’s world headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.
Thursday, August 22 – Free fanfest at Ballpark Village; Racing Night at Busch Stadium 4:30-6:30 p.m. –Free fanfest at Ballpark Village in downtown St. Louis across from Busch Stadium. Meet-and-greet with INDYCAR Indy Lights, Indy Pro 2000 and NASCAR K&N Pro Series drivers, show cars, games, prizes.
Three Threes celebrations continue at Shell V-Power Racing Team
Drivers Fabian Coulthard and Scott McLaughlin hold the 100-years cake
The Shell V-Power Racing Team today announced a continuation of their partnership with iconic Australian condiment brand, Three Threes.
Three Threes, who are celebrating their 100th year of operation in 2019, will continue to support the Shell V-Power Racing Team into 2020 and beyond, with next season marking five years as a partner of the organisation.
The announcement comes after a hugely successful centenary celebration, which included Fabian Coulthard’s No. 12 Shell V-Power Racing Mustang GT being rebranded as the No.333 for the duration of the Townsville 400 race weekend, in addition to three winners taking a fishing trip with Supercars legend and team co-owner, Dick Johnson.
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship visits 12 of the most iconic and most prestigious road courses and street circuits in North America each year for highly anticipated and well-attended events.
In fact, five of the 12 events on the 2019 WeatherTech Championship schedule – led by the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts at No. 1 – recently were selected among the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice for North America’s Best Motorsports Races.
Conor Daly back with Andretti team for season finale
Andretti Autosport and the United States Air Force announced today that Conor Daly will be returning to drive the No. 25 U.S. Air Force Honda for the all-American team at the NTT IndyCar Series season finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in late September. The Indianapolis native will pilot a fifth entry for the team.
Daly made his sixth Indy 500 start in the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 with Andretti Autosport, qualifying in 11th and finished 10th, his career-best start and finish for the famed 500-mile race. The second-generation racer holds wins in both Indy Lights and the Pro Mazda (now Indy Pro 2000) series and claimed the 2010 Pro Mazda championship. Daly holds 46 career IndyCar Series starts with 11 top-10 finishes.
IndyCar driver Hawksworth steps up to NASCAR Xfinity
Given the sudden exit of Jeffrey Earnhardt from Joe Gibbs Racing, the team wasted no time in finding its replacement driver for this weekend’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Jack Hawksworth has been tapped to get behind the wheel of the No. 18 iK9 Toyota Supra in his NASCAR debut, the team announced Wednesday (Aug. 7).
“I’m excited to be joining the Joe Gibbs Racing team this weekend at Mid-Ohio,” Hawksworth said in a press release. “It’s a fantastic opportunity in a completely different series, against completely different competition and in a different type of racing.”
David Greenwood Joins United Autosports As Technical Director
United Autosports announced that they have hired former Ferrari F1 race engineer David Greenwood to become their Technical Director with immediate effect.
David will join the team as they prepare for their maiden outing in the FIA World Endurance Championship, but will work on all areas of the race team’s operations, in the European Le Mans Series and the Michelin Le Mans Cup in both LMP2 and LMP3.
Bathurst 12 Hour introduces Lamborghini Super Trofeo as Class B
Huracan Super Trofeo EVO
The 2020 Bathurst 12 Hour will see the introduction of the stunning Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo as the sole entry for Class B, providing the many teams from around the world that contest the popular one-make Super Trofeo category the opportunity to be part of one of the world’s most exciting events.
Traditionally contesting shorter sprint races, the Huracan Super Trofeo competes in endurance events around the world. As the younger sibling to the successful Huracan GT3 (which includes two Daytona 24 Hour wins to its name), it carries many similar components that has shown Lamborghini to be one of the most successful marques across the last three years of global competition.
US-companies dominate with over 50 sponsors in Formula 1
US-based sponsors largely ignore IndyCar and are willing to pay 10-times more in F1 because of F1's global TV viewership - between 50 and 100 million per race vs. about 400,000 for IndyCar
If there would be a sponsorship race in Formula 1, the winner is Alfa Romeo Racing in 2019. Alfa Romeo doubled the sponsorship network when the team signed almost 20 new agreements. Williams lost 10 partners, but found 12 new. US companies dominate with over 50 US-based sponsors. Many of the companies are Nasdaq listed. This can be found in Spomotion Analytics 2019 Formula 1 partnership analyzes.
Formula 1 continue to interest US-companies. The series, owned by US Liberty Media, have over 50 sponsors and partners with US-ownership 2019. This is probably a new record.
But Alfa Romeo Racing is the winning team in the sponsorship race in 2019. With Kimi Raikkonen followed companies such as Shell, Singha, Magneti Marelli and Iveco from Scuderia Ferrari to support “sisterteam” Alfa Romeo Racing in 2019. New official partners are companies such as Swedish casino- and gaming company Betsafe and Singapore Airlines. The most surprising partner is the Check caricature Little Mole.
Andretti team hopes test at Portland gives them advantage
With the title on the line again this year, will Rossi again get screwed by IndyCar's ludicrous closed pits caution flag policy?
The Grand Prix of Portland may not be until Labor Day weekend, but six IndyCar drivers were in the Rose City Wednesday for a single-day test session at Portland International Raceway.
Andretti Autosport took advantage of an unused test day to give all four of its drivers extra preparation for the penultimate round of the 2019 season, with Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Zach Veach and Marco Andretti all making laps around the 12-turn, 1.964-mile road course.
“The championship is so tight that you’re looking for any little advantage over your competitors,” Hunter-Reay told reporters. “Some other teams decided to test at different tracks for whatever reason and we decided to come here.
Andretti gets Oberto backing for Gateway and Portland
For a third consecutive year, Oberto Specialty Meats will paint the No. 98 racing machine of Marco Andretti in their iconic black, red and green colors – this year for two NTT IndyCar Series races; the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 held at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway and the Grand Prix of Portland at Portland International Raceway. Andretti previously represented Oberto & Circle K at the inaugural INDYCAR event at World Wide Technology Raceway in 2017, as well as at the 2018 Honda Indy Toronto. Additionally, the No. 98 ran a special Oberto & Circle K adorned throwback livery for the 2018 Phoenix International Raceway event.
Historic Formula Atlantic Challenge Added to 2020 Acura Grand Prix of LB
Historic Formula Atlantic car
Next April 18-19, Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach fans will get a double dose of nostalgia when the Historic Formula Atlantic Challenge, featuring open-wheel racecars from the 1970s and 1980s, lights up the track for a doubleheader weekend.
The twin 20-minute races will run Saturday, April 18 along with the IMSA WeatherTech Championship race and Sunday, April 19, the same day as the NTT IndyCar Series race, with practice and qualifying on Friday.
Discount Tire renewed their commitment to Team Penske, enhancing their presence on the No. 2 Ford Mustang, driven by Brad Keselowski. The multi-year agreement will see Discount Tire as the primary sponsor for five additional NASCAR Cup Series races, including the Daytona 500, the Brickyard 400 and the season finale in Phoenix, for a total of 15 events.
Discount Tire will continue to be an associate sponsor of Team Penske drivers Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano in the NASCAR Cup Series, along with NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Austin Cindric. The company will also continue its partnership with the Team Penske IndyCar Series program as an associate sponsor on both the No. 2 car, driven by Josef Newgarden, and the No. 22 car with driver Simon Pagenaud.
Final Weekend TV Ratings The final ratings from last weekend - all down or horrible except F1 on ESPN2 - up again. If you want decent TV ratings on cable TV you go with ESPN. If you want to be invisible so no one knows you exist, you put your races on NBCSN.
Video: How Indy Car transporters also serve as race shop and mobile office We’re just under three weeks away from the Bommarito Automotive Group 500! As race teams pull into World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, they’ll be doing so in their team haulers.
These NTT IndyCar Series transporters or haulers serve as a team’s race shop or mobile office. They are vital to the at-track activity of every race team and Fox 2 gets an inside look. Click here if video does not play.
The debut of the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team is getting closer and closer. During the past week, the team was in Mallorca for the latest in a series of tests in preparation for entry into the ABB FIA Formula E Championship towards the end of autumn. Stoffel Vandoorne, Edoardo Mortara and Esteban Gutierrez were on hand to assist in the development of the new Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01.
"It was a positive test that provided the opportunity to put in quite a few kilometers," said Stoffel Vandoorne. The Belgian pro already knows the car from test drives in Varano: "It was very good. We made solid progress, and everything went smoothly. After the first functional tests, it's been fascinating to gradually start working on all the different areas. But the time just seems to fly by, and there is still a lot of work to do."
Marc Marquez is so good he buries not only his competitors, buts also his teammates
Andrea Dovizioso believes Marc Marquez’s recent form is so good, that the champion’s “management” of races has created a “crisis” for his rivals.
Marquez has recorded six wins from 10 starts in 2019 and has finished in the top two in all races bar the Grand Prix of the Americas, where had he not fallen, he would likely have won anyway.
After last weekend’s impressive Brno victory, Marquez has built a 63-point lead over Dovizioso, who is desperate to win his second race of the season at Austria this weekend and extend Ducati’s dominance of the Red Bull Ring.
Indy 500 Vet James Davison to make Silver Crown debut at Salem
It’s been 21 years since a driver competed in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial in the same season.
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia’s James Davison plans on becoming the next to accomplish the feat this Saturday when the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series hits the 33-degree high banks of Indiana’s Salem Speedway.
Davison started 15th and finished 12th in this past May’s 500-mile race for Dale Coyne Racing with Byrd/Hollinger/Belardi. Ironically, the last driver to compete in both races in the same year was Jack Hewitt, who also finished 12th in his one and only Indianapolis 500 start in 1998 before coming home 15th at Salem three months later.
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