Did You Know? 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series championship • Will Power leads the Verizon IndyCar Series championship with three races remaining for the third time in his career. He also led in 2010 and 2012.
• Power leads Helio Castroneves by four points. It’s the third time he’s led the championship this season.
• With 54 maximum points available at Milwaukee, the points lead could change as it did at Mid-Ohio. The championship lead has exchanged hands five times in 2014.
Response to Stephen Cox article on Ward Jr. death (Update)UPDATE Another reader writes, Dear AutoRacing1.com, I want to rebut the letter from D. Hughes, Cincinnati, OH. He is entitle to his "opinion" but that is all it is and I got a lot different opinion from watching the tapes. D. Hughes's indisputable facts are in fact very disputable.
Here are my thoughts after reading nearly every article out there and watching the video about a dozen times.
1) Engine Rev -- The claims that you can hear Stewart's engine rev right before impact are false. If you notice in the beginning of the video, the person shooting the footage is sitting just past the finish line in the straight away. The collision happened on the far side of the turn. Any engine noise you hear is from the cars passing through the straight away. If you don't believe me, watch the video again and see if you hear even the slightest noise of the initial impact with the wall. There is none. This amateur camera's mic is not sensitive enough to pick that up. The notion that you could hear a single engine revving from the far side of the track when other cars are much closer to the camera is just plain wrong. Keep in mind that the video is shot on maximum zoom from probably about 80+ yards away. Bottom line, that engine sound is very likely from a different car closer to the camera.
Alex Tagliani To Make Truck Debut With Brad Keselowski Racing Brad Keselowski Racing announced today that Alex Tagliani will drive the team's No. 19 Ford F-150 in the August 31 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.
Tagliani, a native of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, has five NASCAR Nationwide Series starts sprinkled over six seasons dating back to 2009. He has racked up two poles and two top five finishes and enters the NCWTS event at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park on the heels of a strong performance at the recent NNS race at Road America (Elkhart Lake, Wisc.), where he won the pole and scored a strong second-place finish. Tagliani also scored a second place finish at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal in 2011 and won the pole there in 2012.
200-mile electric cars will be another nail in coffin of gasoline engine cars The electric-car era may hit in 2017 when at least two battery-powered cars that can attain 200 miles of driving range and cost less than $40,000 enter the market.
In addition to Tesla Motors Inc. TSLA's forthcoming Model 3, a leading battery maker says it is preparing a pack for an electric car that extends the range of most vehicles on the road today, but at a similar price.
"We are definitely working on making a 200-mile-range battery electric vehicle at around the $30,000 to $35,000 price target," said Prabhakar Patil, chief executive of LG Chem Power Inc., a U.S.-based research arm of the South Korean battery company.
Motorsports This Week on ESPN NASCAR Sprint Cup at Michigan Live on ESPN The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits the 2-mile Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., for the Pure Michigan 400 and ESPN will have a live telecast on Sunday, Aug. 17. NASCAR Countdown airs at noon ET with the race’s green flag at 1:16 p.m. Also from MIS, ESPN2 will air NASCAR Sprint Cup practices on Saturday, Aug. 16, at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. The race also airs live in Canada on TSN and will air in Spanish on ESPN Deportes on Aug. 18 at 4 a.m. All NASCAR programming on ESPN networks is available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription from an affiliate provider.
We are very pleased to announce that Max Verstappen has accepted our invitation to join the Red Bull Junior Team. This is effective immediately and the 16-year-old Dutchman will continue his FIA Formula 3 European Championship campaign at the Nurburgring this weekend as a Red Bull Junior in the Van Amersfoort Racing team and additionally will compete at the Macau Grand Prix in November. Red Bull Racing
DHL Rejoins Milwaukee IndyFest DHL will return as the Official Express and Logistics Provider of the ABC Supply Co. Inc. Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest Presented by the Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers. The world's leading international express services provider will cap off its major sponsorship of the two day festival of IndyCar racing and entertainment by delivering the winner's trophy to the A.J. Foyt Victory Lane after the checkered flag falls on the afternoon of Sunday, August 17.
"We're thrilled to work again with Michael Andretti and team to help keep the Milwaukee Mile's legacy alive and bring a fantastic experience to racing fans in the area," said Christine Nashick, Chief Customer Officer for DHL Express. In 2012 and 2013, DHL delivered the Milwaukee IndyFest winner's trophy to a familiar face in three-time Milwaukee Mile winner Ryan Hunter-Reay. While the DHL-sponsored Andretti Autosport driver will hope to accept another DHL delivery in the Milwaukee victory lane, at least 20 other Verizon IndyCar drivers will be vying for the honor of receiving the same special package.
Munoz's crew earns award The No. 34 Cinsay AndrettiTV.com HVM crew won the Firestone Pit Stop Performance Award for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio with a total pit lane time of 86.192 seconds.
It is the team's first award of the season and the fifth for Andretti Autosport in 2014. The crew will receive its $10,000 award during pre-race festivities at the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest on Aug. 17.
In other news, Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe, Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship points leader Gabby Chaves, veteran karter Alan Rudolph and three-time Rotax Grand Finals champion Ben Cooper will comprise the panel of judges to select four karters who will be awarded one-day tests in Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda cars. The winners will be announced at the GoRotax.com Rotax Pan Challenge Championships in mid-October.
Newgarden moonlights at Barber, wins feature Verizon IndyCar Series driver Josef Newgarden set a lap record for Formula F in winning the SCCA Summer Speedfest Formula F 45th Anniversary feature race Aug. 10 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.
The third-year Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing driver from Hendersonville, Tenn., competing in a Honda Performance Development Piper DF-5, won the 2008 Formula Ford Festival (Kent class) as a Team USA Scholarship recipient. He spent a season racing in the British Formula Ford championship.
Newgarden noted the importance of the class in the motorsports development ladder.
NASCAR could consider rule to prevent drivers from getting out of cars Kevin Ward Jr.'s death occurred in a sprint car race, but its implications could reach Sprint Cup - not only because the fatality involved a car driven by Tony Stewart. When NASCAR officials hold their weekly competition meeting Tuesday, it's likely they will discuss the circumstances that allowed Ward to exit his cockpit and angrily scramble down the banking to confront Stewart under a yellow flag at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.
Ward's death has prompted suggestions that rules are needed that keep drivers in their cars under caution until safety personnel arrive. At least two dirt tracks in New York made changes Monday as Brewerton Speedway and Fulton Speedway announced in a website release that drivers would be required to stay in their cars during an accident. If a driver were to exit the car during a yellow, the race would be placed under a red flag, and the penalty could include a fine or suspension.
Kurt Busch wants another shot at racing's biggest prize
Kurt Busch created a memory that he has said will last forever when he competed in the Indianapolis 500 this past May, finishing sixth in The Greatest Spectacle in Racing. On Sunday at Watkins Glen, Busch reaffirmed his desire to give it a second shot. The Outlaw finished third in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen, establishing momentum for his second-consecutive Chase berth. While focused on the remainder of the season and his attempt to win a second Sprint Cup championship, Busch made no secret of his desire to return to Indianapolis next May.
"It's a bit too early," Busch said of how close he is to announcing his Indianapolis return. "Right now, our focus is the Chase and trying to keep others from punching their ticket to get in. We don't have much news."
Team owner Michael Andretti has repeatedly said that he wants Busch back next season if the logistics can pan out. He believes that a second consecutive year of running in the 500-mile Race would establish Busch as one of the favorites. For his part, Busch is definitely interested. "I'd like to do it," he said. "We'll see how it pans out." Popular Speed
IndyCar Drivers Rave About How Technology Changes Racing Wireless innovation is improving communication and the racing experience for Indy fans. Car-mounted cameras, for instance, give fans a 360-degree view of at the action from behind the wheel and along the track.
"To have cameras on an IndyCar is just a no-brainer!" - Josef Newgarden.
In this video, IndyCar drivers Newgarden, Graham Rahal, and Simon Pagenaud share their excitement about the cutting-edge technology that's changing racing and IndyCar.
Renault, Ferrari simply out-spent by Mercedes - Jalinier (GMM) Recently departed Renault F1 boss Jean-Michel Jalinier says the struggling French marque was out-spent as the sport entered its new V6 era.
Dominant with Red Bull at the tail-end of the long normally-aspirated 'engine' era, Renault has struggled against the new might of Mercedes as the German company mastered its first 'power unit' for 2014.
Frenchman Jalinier, former president and managing director, retired for "personal reasons" last month, but his departure was also interpreted amid Renault's restructuring as it looks to return to top form in 2015 and beyond.
But Jalinier said the pecking order in 2014 is more about Renault and Ferrari's conventional approach to the new regulations versus a dramatic turn for Mercedes.
(GMM) Part of Sebastian Vettel's problem in 2014 is that he is 'worn out', Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has revealed.
Having utterly dominated the sport, culminating in his four consecutive drivers' titles between 2010 and last year, the 27-year-old German has struggled for form this season.
Some think that following Mark Webber's departure, his new Australian teammate Daniel Ricciardo is simply putting Vettel in the shade.
Ricciardo, having graduated from the junior team Toro Rosso, is 6-5 up Vettel in qualifying, and with a clear 9-2 lead in the grands prix after 11 races -- including two wins compared to Vettel's none.
Track promoter issues statement on fatal sprint car accident Jeremie Corcoran, the promoter of Canandaigua Motorsports Park – the track at which 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. lost his life Saturday night in the incident involving NASCAR star Tony Stewart – has issued a statement concerning the incident on the track's Facebook page.
In the statement, Corcoran extended his condolences to the Ward family, thanked his track medical staff and addressed some of the "hateful comments" found on the track's Facebook page Sunday morning:
"I am extremely devastated from the tragic incident that occurred at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Saturday night as I know are many, many, others.
Like his team owner Michael Andretti did many times, Hunter-Reay dominates at Milwaukee
Excuse Ryan Hunter-Reay if he's a little too eager to get to the Milwaukee Mile this weekend.
Of Hunter-Reay's eight Indy car starts at Milwaukee, he has three victories, has led 399 of the 1,260 laps and has one pole among his five top-10 starts.
"I have some great memories of the Milwaukee Mile and it's been great to me," he says with a nod to understatement.
Hunter-Reay enters the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest third in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship standings - 63 points behind front-runner Will Power of Team Penske - with three races left. Eleven drivers enter the 250-lap race Aug. 17 mathematically eligible for the title.
Tony Stewart investigation continues, new video of crash surfaces Investigators have reviewed two videos that show different angles of the fatal accident involving Tony Stewart and that killed sprint-car racer Kevin Ward Jr., but there is no timeline for the investigation to be complete.
Ontario County (N.Y.) Sheriff Philip Povero told reporters Monday that there are still no facts that would show probable cause for criminal charges but the investigation continues into the Saturday night accident at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park half-mile dirt track.
"At this time, there are no facts that exist that support any criminal behavior or conduct or any probable cause of a criminal act in this investigation," Povero said. "This is an open investigation. What I just said is not indicative that the investigation is over or conclusions have been made."
NASCAR race red flagged after major crash (3rd Update)UPDATE #3 NASCAR VP/Competition Robin Pemberton noted WGI has made "great advancements" in safety over the years, but he said, "We're not the only series that races here." Pemberton: "Not all places are places for SAFER barriers. There are different types of systems to help slow the cars down. ... There's a priority list as far as what turns and what straightaways and things like that you need to work on. It's an ongoing process" Cheez-It 355 at The Glen ESPN
08/11/14 A "frightening multi-car crash" midway into yesterday's Cheez-It 355 at The Glen "renewed calls by some NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers for more safety changes" at Watkins Glen Int'l, according to Ron Levanduski of the Elmira STAR-GAZETTE. The cars of Ryan Newman and Michael McDowell made "huge impacts with the blue Armco guard rail that lines much of the 2.45-mile road course." The incident "brought out two red flags: an initial stoppage for 20 minutes and 53 seconds, followed by a yellow caution to remove the cars from the track and a second stoppage for 1 hour, 49 seconds to repair the guard rail."
Sponsor renews with Allmendinger then gives them win to stay Thank You Kimberly-Clark on Friday "extended its sponsorship" of JTG Daugherty Racing's No. 47 Sprint Cup car through '17. The company will promote its Scott, Viva, Kleenex, Cottonelle and Huggies brands on the Chevy car driven by A.J. Allmendinger. As a thank you, Allmendinger won the race on Sunday.
Stewart accident can have major ripple effect on him, sponsors (Update)UPDATE SI.com's Michael McCann noted Stewart has "lucrative endorsement deals with such blue chip companies as Coca-Cola, Chevrolet and Mobil 1," which "likely contain 'morals clauses.'” Stewart, like Tiger Woods following his sex scandal in '09, could "face a loss of endorsement deals because of the controversy, settling aside whether it leads to any legal consequences." SI.com
CNBC's Brian Sullivan said, "The question is going to be no matter what the outcome is of this investigation … whether Mobil One, Bass Pro Shops, GoDaddy, come back to him." Sullivan noted even if Stewart is "totally cleared in this" and is "exonerated of any criminal charges," questions remain whether sponsors are "going to pay money to put your name on his hood" "Morning Joe," MSNBC
Deafening Silence There was a "deafening silence" on the Tony Stewart/Kevin Ward Jr. incident at yesterday's Cup race. There was "no moment of silence" for Ward, and Rev. David Fife in his pre-race invocation "made no mention of the loss of life the night before, instead thanking God for the weather on race day" N.Y. Daily news
Tony Stewart to skip another race Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway last night in a statement on its website said that NASCAR driver and team owner Tony Stewart "will not race Saturday at the track in his home state." Toledo Blade
Lupica: Ward's death fueled by rage Below is an article from yesterday's New York Daily News by nationally renowned sports columnist Mike Lupica:
Here is the car of Tony Stewart, No. 14 on this night, bumping No. 13, Ward’s Tioga Construction car, spinning it right off the track and against a wall and out of the race. Here is Ward, who has spent so much of his life on dirt tracks like this one, getting out of No. 13, getting out hot, a clear case of road rage just without a car underneath him or a steering wheel in his hands, waiting for Stewart, one of the most famous drivers in this world, to come back around again at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park.
Now this all becomes a tragic and perfect storm at Canandaigua, one fueled by rage and class distinction and adrenaline and tempers as fast as the cars. You have heard about drivers of fast cars dying before, starting with Dale Earnhardt, the greatest of them all. Usually they die inside cars that have crashed and flipped and even exploded.
Fox Sports 1 to air uncovered Tim Richmond Interview To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the death of NASCAR driver Tim Richmond, NASCAR RACE HUB airs a newly unearthed interview with the former Hendrick Motorsports superstar on Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 5:00pm/et on FOX Sports 1. "At a Crossroads: The Lost Tim Richmond Interview" features lost footage from January 1987, when legendary broadcaster Ken Squier traveled to Richmond's hometown of Ashland, Ohio, for an interview regarding Richmond's medical condition and to inquire as to what the future might hold for his racing career.
The interview was conducted soon after Richmond, one of the first open-wheel drivers to successfully cross over to stock cars, announced he would miss the 1987 Daytona 500 due to health issues, just weeks after winning a NASCAR Winston Cup Series-high seven races in 1986 and scoring a third-place points finish with Hendrick Motorsports. On Tuesday, Aug. 12, NASCAR RACE HUB begins its celebration of Richmond's life with a feature documenting his racing career. FOX Sports
Newman expresses safety concern about Watkins Glen (Update)UPDATE
McDowell smacks guard rail at Watkins Glen Is Watkins Glen safe enough for the heavy taxicabs?
Drivers weren't in agreement as to what sorts of barriers might be preferable. Watkins Glen has made a number of safety enhancements in recent years, and NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton indicated the process is under constant review. "It's a constant improvement process," Pemberton said during a televised interview with ESPN during a red-flag period that lasted more than an hour while track workers repaired the Armco barriers.
"And as you know, many of the places we go to, the facilities, are multi-purpose, and we're only here one weekend a year-and it's busy throughout the rest of the year. Watkins Glen has made great advancements. You remember Turn 1 and 2 and all that, moved grandstands and fencing and SAFER barriers, and that's worked quite well for us. But not all places are places for SAFER barriers. There are different types of systems to help slow cars down." NASCAR Wire Service
Sheriff says so far no evidence of criminal intent for Stewart Following the incident that took place at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in Ontario County, New York on Saturday night in which a sprint car driven by Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart struck and killed a fellow sprint car driver outside of his vehicle, Sheriff Philip Povero addressed the media to update his ongoing investigation with more information.
"Right now, we’re less than 16 hours into this investigation and it continues to be ongoing. ... There are no criminal charges pending at this time and I would follow that up by saying that as we have reviewed the investigation to this point with the Ontario County District Attorney," Povero said. "I want to make it very clear that as we speak at this time, there is no evidence in hand or no facts that would support a criminal charge or support criminal intent on the part of anybody."
Stewart finally makes statement on accident WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- The following is a statement from Tony Stewart regarding the fatal accident Saturday night during the sprint car feature at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park involving Kevin Ward Jr.
"There aren't words to describe the sadness I feel about the accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr. It's a very emotional time for all involved, and it is the reason I've decided not to participate in today's race at Watkins Glen. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and everyone affected by this tragedy."
Atherton: It Didn’t Work For Us To Be At Indianapolis Next Year Following today’s reveal for the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge schedules, IMSA President/COO Scott Atherton addressed the removal of the Indianapolis and Kansas rounds, among other topics.
For Indianapolis, which had taken place the last weekend in July the last two years as part of a combined NASCAR/sports car "super weekend," various considerations led to the removal of the race for at least the 2015 season.
Final Two Rounds Of 2014 TUDOR Championship To Be Televised On FOX Television viewers in the United States saw the historic first laps of the inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season on FOX, and viewers will have the opportunity to see the final laps of the season on the same broadcast network.
International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and FOX Sports today confirmed that the final two TUDOR Championship events – the Lone Star Le Mans from Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas and the Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda from Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga. – both will be televised on FOX. Both will be two-hour, next-day telecasts airing around FOX’s Sunday NFL football television programming.
IMSA Unveils 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Schedule Building on the strengths of its inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship schedule, the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) today announced an enhanced 12-event calendar for the 2015 TUDOR Championship season. Each of the four TUDOR Championship classes will compete in 10 races.
The 2015 TUDOR Championship schedule includes one notable addition at the historic Lime Rock Park. The race at the Lakeville, Conn. circuit will be held on Saturday, July 25.
Two Red Flags Interrupt IMSA Morning Warm-up Three cars have repairs coming before today’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America, including the GT Daytona-polesitting TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage.
The second red flag of the 20-minute warm-up session came after contact between Sylvain Tremblay in the No. 70 SpeedSource Mazda SKYACTIV-D prototype and James Davison in the No. 007 Aston Martin at the Kink. The accident ended the session early.
NASCAR Releases Statement Regarding Tony Stewart NASCAR has released a statement regarding Tony Stewart's decision not to race in today's Sprint Cup event following his involvement in a fatal sprint car accident last night:
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and fellow competitors of Kevin Ward Jr. We support Tony Stewart's decision to miss today's race and we will continue to respect the process and timeline of the local authorities and will continue to monitor this situation moving forward."
Tony Stewart hits, kills driver in sprint car race (3rd Update)UPDATE #6 Stewart-Haas Racing Competition Director Greg Zipadelli announced this morning that Tony Stewart will not drive in today's Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen following last night's tragic sprint car incident involving Stewart in which driver Kevin Ward, Jr. was killed. NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Regan Smith will take over as driver of the no. 14 Chevrolet for this weekend.
"It's just an unbelievable tragedy," said Zipadelli. "Our hearts go out to Kevin's family.
"This is a very emotional time for their family, our family at Stewart-Haas and Tony. That being said we feel as a group that Tony will not drive today.
"Tony feels strongly that this is the right thing to do, and we at SHR support it and agree with it."
08/10/14 Stewart-Haas Racing Vice President of Competition Greg Zipadelli confirms that Tony Stewart will race today at Watkins Glen following last night's tragic incident. NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp says NASCAR officials are "still gathering facts" but "there is nothing precluding Tony Stewart from racing today"
08/10/14 Having watched the video below it is somewhat inconclusive whether Stewart hit Ward on purpose. I find it inconceivable that he would have hit Ward on purpose. Yes, Tony Stewart is a hot head and tries to mimic his childhood hero AJ Foyt, who also liked to use his size to bully other drivers. However, it was a poorly lit dirt track and Ward was wearing a black suit and black helmet.
It's possible Stewart tried to scare the finger pointing Ward back and misjudged how close he was and hit him. Ward is also at fault for getting out of the car and trying to shake his fist at Stewart. Drivers should not be allowed to get out of their car and do that, and if they do, they should be suspended immediately. As we now know, the 'drivers have at it attitude' NASCAR promotes can be deadly when it involves drivers standing on a track with race cars going past. It's a very sad tragedy that is making headline news this Sunday morning. Mark C. reporting for AR1.com
Greg Zipadelli instead of Tony Stewart made a statement this morning.
Photo by Age Manocchia
Due to the fatal Sprint Car accident last night involving Tony Stewart, Regan Smith will replace Stewart in today's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at The Glen.
Stewart-Haas Racing VP of competition Greg Zipadelli announced Sunday morning that Tony Stewart will not race in Sunday's Cheez-It 355 Sprint Cup Series event at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York.
The three-time champion was involved late Saturday night in an incident in a nearby sprint car race that left another driver, Kevin Ward Jr., with fatal injuries.
Could there be a change in the crew chief line up at Joe Gibbs Racing? Before Darian Grubb found himself on sabbatical following infractions on the #11 Toyota in the Brickyard 400, there was chatter of a crew chief shuffle at JGR for 2015 in the advent of Carl Edwards' arrival. Over the last four months, JGR has been recruiting for the fourth team for Edwards - which is expected to be supported by Toyota Care, Subway and a sponsor that's currently with another driver. But could Grubb be a candidate to lead Edwards' crew?
"They're trying to put together the race teams and everything but I haven't noticed anything being different for us," Denny Hamlin said. "I think literally that will be an October question more so than right now because all the crew chiefs are so worried about how we're going to run in the Chase. We haven't had those discussions one-on-one yet." Motorsport.com
Five-year Government extension in Tasmania Australasia's largest independent tire retailer Tyrepower will continue as naming rights sponsor of the Tyrepower Tasmania 400 on the back of news today of a renewed contract with the Tasmanian Government.
Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman today announced that his Government will support the state's largest annual event for a further five years, until 2019, as well as $2 million upgrades to the Symmons Plains to benefit all forms of motorsport.
Dalziel Steals TUDOR Championship Pole On Final Lap At Road America If qualifying times are an indication, Sunday's TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race at Road America is guaranteed to continue a trend of breath-taking finishes at the 4.048-mile road course.
Ryan Dalziel's final qualifying lap of 1 minute, 55.166 seconds (126.537 mph) sent him to the top of the speed chart for the Prototype (P) class and secured the TOTAL Pole Award for the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase.
"The track changed over the last couple of sessions," said Dalziel, shortly after winning the second consecutive pole position for himself, co-driver Scott Sharp and their No. 1 Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03b/Honda. "We went back to how (the car) first rolled off the truck."
Nobody ever said clinching a land speed record would be easy. Danny Thompson knew that when he started going for the spot in racing history's record book that had always eluded his father, Mickey, the famous Speed King.
Danny was ready for Speed Week at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. He'd taken his streamliner, Challenger 2, up to 317 mph at trials. He'd added some engine power and now he was restless, itching for his turn at the starting line.
MotoGP stars rave about reconfigured Indianapolis IndyCar road course
Revised Indy Road Course
INDIANAPOLIS – The stars of MotoGP returned to a familiar place this week in visiting the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the seventh Red Bull Indianapolis GP, but the familiarity ended in the paddock.
On Friday, the riders tackled the new IMS road course for the first time. Some of the course's basics remain the same – 16 turns in all, a long stretch on the famed oval, a counterclockwise racing direction – but also much was changed after last year's event.
Recovering from an early spin after contact with Kyle Busch's Toyota, Marcos Ambrose held off Busch in the closing laps of Saturday's Zippo 200 at the Glen to win the series-best fifth road course race of his Nationwide Series career.
The Australian driver has won four consecutive NNS starts at 2.45-mile Watkins Glen International, having triumphed in three straight from 2008 through 2010 and this year after a three-race hiatus from competition at the Glen.
Veteran team owner Gian Carlo Minardi fears for the future of F1 As the teams take an enforced break, during which their factories are effectively under the control of the FIA and no employee or worker may enter the factories and even e-mail traffic is prohibited, Minardi looks forward to the short-term future of the sport but fears for the long-term.
"At the resumption of work it will be Autumn," he says, "the supremacy of Mercedes makes me forecast large movements regarding the teams' workforces. Ferrari has already begun, but what they did seems not enough, so other changes are in the air.
Hawksworth praises Road America, wonders why IndyCar isn’t there
The last time Champ Car raced at Road America they had Stealth Bombers flying over, now they're lucky to get some vintage planes. George Bruggenthies simply is not going to pay the high sanctioning fee IndyCar is asking.
It's a story that's as frequent to write as rain in the spring, traffic construction in the summer and snow in winter in Wisconsin – the wishes of someone involved with IndyCar, racing at Road America in another championship, to hope that one day IndyCar will return to the picturesque 4.048-mile permanent road course in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
Bryan Herta Autosport rookie Jack Hawksworth is making his track debut this weekend, again filling in for Alex Tagliani at RSR Racing in the team’s No. 08 Oreca FLM09 in the Prototype Challenge class. Tagliani is racing the NASCAR Canadian Tire event at Trois-Rivieres this weekend for his Tagliani Autosport team.
Continental Tire Extend Partnership with IMSA Continental Tire and the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) today announced an extension of their multi-year partnership in which Continental Tire will continue as "Official Tire of IMSA" through 2018.
As part of the agreement, Continental Tire will continue as the Official Tire of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and exclusive tire supplier and sponsor to the Prototype (P), Prototype Challenge (PC) and Grand Touring Daytona (GTD) classes. Continental Tire also will continue as entitlement sponsor and exclusive tire supplier to the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.
Drive to End Hunger extends, but reduces, sponsorship of Gordon (Update)UPDATE Drive to End Hunger's sponsorship will decrease from 23 races this year to 13 next year. Gordon was asked Friday if there were other sponsors that would take the open races: Gordon: "I can't say right now, but things are strong for us at Hendrick Motorsports right now. I think the last couple of years we have all been very stressed out about sponsorships and getting those deals done. Here recently a lot of positive good things have been happening. There is more to come."
08/08/14 AARP and AARP Foundation's nationwide campaign to address the problem of older adult hunger through the Drive to End Hunger program will return with 11-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports in 2015 as a primary sponsor of driver Jeff Gordon and his #24 Chevy SS team. Through AARP's sponsorship of the #24 Chevy, the AARP Foundation's Drive to End Hunger program will be featured as a primary partner in 13 Sprint Cup races next season, including the 2015 Daytona 500, and on portions of the car as an associate sponsor in all other events.
It will mark AARP's fifth year as a primary sponsor of the #24 team, which is unprecedented in NASCAR for a social cause. The priorities of Drive to End Hunger, which is supported through donations from individuals, corporations and other non-profits, are to raise awareness and funds to fight hunger among adults 50 and over and to provide short- and long-term solutions to the problem of older adult hunger. Hendrick Motorsports
NASCAR issuing more penalties on blend line violations NASCAR continued its crack-down on drivers violating the blend line, issuing penalties during Friday's Sprint Cup and Nationwide practices at Watkins Glen International. The issue is when drivers leave pit road and enter the track. They are required to have all four tires below the solid yellow line. They cannot blend on to the racing groove until the line becomes dotted. If they do before that, it is a penalty. Richard Buck, Cup series director said that NASCAR had warned drivers about the issue but it continued to happen. NASCAR began penalizing drivers last weekend at Pocono Raceway by forcing them to pass through pit road before resuming practice.
NASCAR penalized Greg Biffle in practice at Pocono and Jimmie Johnson in the first round of qualifying last weekend. Friday, Clint Bowyer, Austin Dillon, Aric Almirola and Michael Annett had pass-through penalties for violating the blend-line rule in the first Cup practice session. Ryan Newman was penalized in the final Cup practice session. Among those penalized in the Nationwide Series for the same violation were Trevor Bayne and Ryan Reed. Motor Racing Network
Earnhardt, Jr. talks about loss of National Guard sponsorship Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Friday he hoped to continue representing the National Guard despite the organization announcing Wednesday it will pull its $32 million sponsorship. Hendrick Motorsports, Earnhardt's team, said it has not heard from the Guard directly and plans to honor a contract which goes through next season. "We really don't have any details on anything, and that's between the Guard and HMS to sort all that out," Earnhardt said prior to practice at Watkins Glen International.
Waltrip says dropping third team not cause for MWR's struggles MWR team co-owner Michael Waltrip won't blame the cut from three teams to two as a reason for his team's struggles. The aerodynamic rules for 2014 are different and it appears the Toyotas are behind Hendrick in horsepower.
"I don't think the cut to two teams hurt us at all," Waltrip said earlier this week at an appearance at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "We were prepared for that. There were just a lot that went on during the offseason with the no ride-height rule. That was a really difficult engineering process to get your arms around." Waltrip said he would give his team a grade of "B" on the season. The team has started producing some new cars that should help.
The irony of Colin Edwards' MotoGP future is that he's creating a void he's working to fill.
Having recently announced a decision to retire, Edwards could be riding in his final MotoGP race Sunday in the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix. His team, NGM Forward Racing, is ready to move on with someone else. When that happens, the U.S. will be unrepresented in the sport's highest international series until Nicky Hayden returns from wrist surgery.
VW issues minor recall Volkswagen considers the safety and satisfaction of its consumers and passengers a top priority. As such, Volkswagen of America today notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it will be issuing a voluntary safety recall affecting the ignition switch on certain 2009 model year Volkswagen Routan vehicles.
The recall affects approximately 18,500 model year 2009 Volkswagen Routan vehicles. An engine shutoff can occur if a vehicle is started and the key fob is released and springs back to the intended "on" position but over-travels and hangs up between the “on” and “ACC” detents. Harsh roadway conditions or driver interaction with the key fob can cause the key fob to move to either the "on" or "ACC" detent position. Movement to the "ACC" detent position will shut down engine power.
GM recalls more of its defective cars General Motors announced the following recalls today:
202,115 model year 2002-2004 Saturn VUEs because the ignition key can possibly be removed when the vehicle is not in the off position. GM is aware of two crashes and one injury potentially related to the issue.
Dealers will inspect for key pullout or key binding, and, if necessary, replace the ignition cylinder and key set at no charge to customers.
Until recall repairs have been performed, it is very important before exiting the vehicle for customers to make sure the vehicle is in "Park" or in the case of a manual transmission to put the transmission into reverse gear and set the parking brake.
Corvette Confirms FIA WEC COTA Entry Corvette Racing will enter the next round of the FIA World Endurance Championship Sept. 20 at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas.
An all-American driver lineup will race the team's Corvette C7.R in GTE Pro, with Corvette Racing regular Tommy Milner joined by brothers Jordan and Ricky Taylor.
While Jordan has experienced the Corvette C7.R as the team's third driver for endurance races, this will mark Ricky’s debut in the C7.R. Ricky has past Corvette experience in the prior generation C6.R, which he raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2013 with Larbre Competition.
Bank rejects Ecclestone's $30m settlement offer A German bank that once held a major stake in Formula One has rejected Bernie Ecclestone's offer of a $30M settlement in a dispute over the sale of that stake.
Earlier this week, a Munich court dropped a bribery case against Ecclestone connected to the sale of Munich-based bank BayernLB’s F1 stake in exchange for a $100M payment. After hearing more than three months of evidence, the court said it had serious doubts the F1 boss could be convicted of bribery and incitement to breach of trust.
The only good thing about Danica Patrick's Friday at Watkins Glen International is it's over.
Patrick had a very bad day at The Glen. She had to change an engine after the day's first practice – meaning she'll start at the rear of the field for Sunday's race – and then crashed head-first into a tire barrier after suffering a blown tire at the end of the second session.
"It has been a record horrible day, I'm pretty sure," she said with a chuckle after being released from the infield care center. "So why not stack it on?"
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