Kaltenborn Looking To Secure Title Sponsor for Sauber
With new owners in the mix, Sauber Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn said that she is working "very hard" to secure a title sponsor for Sauber, according to PLANET F1.
Last month the Swiss team was "sold to Longbow Finance, a private equity firm." The sale "put an end to speculation about Sauber’s place on the grid," and has allowed the team to "focus on the future." And it is one in which Kaltenborn hopes Sauber "will have a title sponsor on board." She said, "We are working very hard on that. And that is not easy, but if you can again show stability and confirm that to potential partners, that is in itself a big help" Planet F1.
Excerpts from an interview with Kaltenborn on F1's official website are below:
V8 Supercars Close To Naming Simona De Silvestro Sport's First Female Driver
Simona de Silvestro
Supercars could "have its first full-time female driver as soon as next year with the sport attempting to pull off a glass ceiling-smashing coup by signing Swiss ace Simona de Silvestro," according to James Phelps of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH.
Formula E driver de Silvestro is "in line to become the first female championship driver in Supercars history with several teams interested in offering her a landmark deal."
Alex Zanardi talks about F1, CART and the Paralympics Alex Zanardi knows the topic is going to come up in any interview he gives. The accident writes Mark Tisshaw of AutoCar.
It's probably one of the first things that comes to your mind too: the crash 13 laps from the end of a CART (later Champ Car) race at Germany's Lausitzring in 2001 that required the Italian, one of the best drivers of his generation, to have both legs amputated.
"I opened my eyes and I was happy to be alive," recalls Zanardi of the immediate aftermath. "All I wanted was to have the same quality of life back, or the best I could reach."
Video: James Hinchcliffe nails 'IndyCar Test Drive' James Hinchcliffe is one of IndyCar’s fan favorites, so it’s no surprise that he got roped into taking the “IndyCar Test Drive” trivia challenge. What is surprising is how Hinchcliffe absolutely smashed it.
He scored particularly well in the speed rounds to score 28 points – seven points ahead of Josef Newgarden, and a whopping ten points ahead of Simon Pagenaud.
Simon Gregg and Lawrence Loshak emerged victorious from their respective 100-mile Trans Am races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the First Energy Trans Am 100 and the Pura Vida Tequila Muscle Car 100 Presented by ETE Reman Transmissions, with both races constituting Round 6 of the 2016 Trans Am Championship. The two were joined in celebrations by Randy Mueller, in TA3, and Ernie Francis, Jr., in TA4, both in the multi-class First Energy Trans Am 100.
GRANTSVILLE, Utah – Young GT driving star Michael Lewis of Laguna Beach, Calif., made a tremendous comeback and last lap pass in the No. 98 Calvert Dynamics/Curb-Agajanian Porsche 911 GT3 R Saturday at Utah Motorsports Park to win Round 3 of the SprintX 60-minute feature.
Co-driving with team owner Preston Calvert of Potomac, Md., Lewis, 26, tracked down GT-X class leader Kuno Wittmer of Montreal, Quebec, Canada from a 24-second deficit to take the lead on lap 32 in turn 8 and posted a 2.031-second victory to highlight a tough weekend for the Calvert Dynamics team. On Friday, the No. 77 Porsche 911 GT3 R suffered a severe engine fire in practice with Andrew Davis at the wheel. Davis jumped out without injury but the Porsche was heavily damaged.
Drivers reflect on returning to Pocono one year after Wilson's death
LONG POND - It's what Justin would have wanted writes Scott Walsh of the Times Tribune.
That is the sentiment among Verizon IndyCar Series drivers about returning to Pocono Raceway after Justin Wilson died as a result of injuries he suffered during last year's ABC Supply 500 at the 2.5-mile triangular track.
Many of them talked about it during a recent test session for this year's upcoming race.
Kansas and Tickets for Less form partnership Kansas Speedway and locally-based Tickets For Less, LLC announced a multi-year partnership that names Tickets For Less as the Official Secondary Market Ticket Partner of Kansas Speedway. As part of the partnership, Tickets for Less will offer an exclusive Family 4-Pack for Kansas Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races that includes 4 tickets, 4 pre-race passes, and 1 preferred parking pass.
Throughout recent years, Tony Stewart has gone through some pretty intense ups and downs.
However, from NASCAR and IndyCar insiders, one narrative has remained true: Tony Stewart is a pretty good guy.
On Friday, Stewart lived up to that reputation. According to a story from Foxsports.com, Stewart bought a helmet for $32,000 that belonged to Bryan Clauson, who was killed last week in a Sprint Car wreck in Kansas, at a charity auction to raise money for Clauson's family.
Ferrari is out to lunch so they are making changes with the hope it will help. It won't. They don't have Adrian Newey, Aldo Costa or Ross Brawn
Ferrari announced that it has completed another step in its reorganization process following the departure of technical director James Allison. It promoted David Sanchez to chief aerodynamicist who will take over the duties from Dirk De Beer.
Ferrari announced earlier this summer that it terminated the contract with technical boss James Allison. The Briton parted ways with the Scuderia after the unexpected, tragic death of his wife.
The Italian team replaced the Lincolnshire-born expert with Mattia Binotto which meant a promotion from within the squad as the Italian has been responsible for the coordination of the engine department for long time.
Renault struggling to steal talent from better teams
Since its return to Formula 1 as a works effort this year, Renault has struggled to convince potential employees to join its ranks due to a lack of belief in its long term commitment to Grand Prix racing.
Following its buy-out of Lotus F1 at the end of last year, Renault quickly devised a plan bolstered its human resources but recruitment has proven difficult, according to Renault F1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul.
"Where we are behind in terms of our plans is on the human side," explained the Frenchman to Autosport.
MotoGP looking to introduce dashboard communication system MotoGP is looking at introducing a dashboard communication system to keep riders more informed during races.
The series had considered team radio similar to Formula 1, but believe the system would not only be too costly to introduce, but would put riders off if they were being spoken to mid-corner or when battling hard against a rival.
Second-generation NASCAR driver Jeb Burton, son of 2002 Daytona 500 champion Ward Burton, is not set to make additional Sprint Cup Series starts on 2016 at this time. However, the Halifax, Virginia native has at least one more start in the second-tier XFINITY Series this season. "I don't have any more Cup stuff planned," Burton said.
"I'm going to do some XFINITY stuff with Biagi-DenBeste Racing at Richmond with Estes." Burton has competed in two Sprint Cup races this year with a best finish of 29th. He made both starts at Pocono Raceway driving the #32 Ford Fusion for Archie St. Hilaire's Go Fas Racing. Mason St. Hilaire, general manager for the team, discussed the likelihood of bringing Burton back to drive the car this season.
Gordon wins go-kart race at Knoxville Jeff Gordon returned to Knoxville, Iowa, and won Thursday's Weld Racing Go-Kart Spectacular, an event that raised money for pediatric cancer research. Gordon was joined by Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson, who each have ties to sprint car racing, to compete against fans at Slideways Karting Center just one mile north of Knoxville Raceway, where this week's 56th annual 5-hour Energy Knoxville Nationals is being held.
All proceeds from the fourth annual event, which saw race fans donate to compete against the Cup drivers, went to Kick-It, a partner of the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation. Driving a kart painted to look like the first sprint car he raced in 1985, Gordon became the first two-time winner of the event after battling Stewart in the final laps.
Iannone's Ducati on top in final Red Bull Ring practice
Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) topped FP3 ahead of teammate Andrea Dovizioso, after the older Italian had gone fastest on Friday ahead of his 250th GP start. Team Suzuki Ecstar rider Maverick Vinales was third fastest after having topped FP1, with reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) taking a big leap up the timesheets into P4.
The focus of the session focused on an incident at Turn 3, however, as Marc Marquez was the first to improve on Saturday morning and the Repsol Honda Team rider went up into third on the combined timesheets – but the championship leader suffered an incident later and was forced to watch the lap times tumble as his Q2 position came under threat.
EVANSTON, Ill. -- A racing season -- a short, full-throttle, no-holds-barred, unexpected, somewhat controllable ride to remember. With so many people, places and opportunities, it's a true challenge of self confidence and trust in others. My time with RJB Motorsports and the entire Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires in 2016 has opened my eyes and gifted me with my first proper professional season in motorsport. From the on-track battles both within and against our competitors to the off-track logistical dealings of a rookie team and driver trying to meets the demands of a seasoned veteran, to say I have learned a lot would be a gross understatement.
Downforce is so high now, and braking distances, therefore, so low, expect near-zero passing at Watkins Glen.
When the Verizon IndyCar Series returns to Watkins Glen International Labor Day weekend for the first time since 2010, Simon Pagenaud's mind will be on the series championship, writes Jonathan Monfiletto of the Auburn Citizen.
The Sunday, Sept. 4 race on the 3.4-mile road course in the Finger Lakes region will mark the penultimate event of the 2016 season, and after 12 of 16 races, Pagenaud holds a 58-point lead over 2014 series champion Will Power and boasts a series-leading four wins to Power's three.
"It's definitely going to be a very important part of the Verizon IndyCar Series championship, being the one race before the last," Pagenaud said of the IndyCar Grand Prix at the Glen in the track media center Thursday. "It's important to come here and get the car ready for the race for sure."
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Team Penske Announces Plans To Expand Nascar Xfinity Series Program In 2017
Coming off of their first NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) win of the season last weekend at Watkins Glen International with driver Joey Logano, Team Penske today announced plans to return their NXS operation to a two-car Ford Mustang effort in 2017. The second Team Penske entry also clears the way for Ford Performance to use this entry as an extension of their new driver development program as both organizations continue to build for the future.
"Our NASCAR XFINITY Series program has been one of the best in the series since we started running full-time in 2009," said team owner Roger Penske. "For several years, we ran it as a two-car operation and then decided to focus primarily on the No. 22 for the last few years. Along the way, we developed a lot of people that have moved into our Cup programs, including all of our current NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chiefs. We want to win another XFINITY Series Championship while continuing to utilize our program to build human capital."
Andretti youngsters have successful IndyCar Test at Watkins Glen International Seven Andretti drivers took the 3.4-mile circuit of Watkins Glen International yesterday, participating in a Verizon IndyCar Series test. Of those seven drivers, three climbed into the cockpit of an Indy car for the very first time. Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires drivers, Dean Stoneman, Shelby Blackstock and Dalton Kellett borrowed their INDYCAR teammates' Honda-powered machines for a total of 123 laps around the permanent road course in the morning session before the rain fell and cut time short of the remaining five hours.
Andrea Dovizioso tops Friday practice at the Red Bull Ring Andrea Dovizioso moved the front of the pack during the second practice session for the Austrian Grand Prix as Ducati finished substantially clear of its rivals.
Dovizioso clocked a time of 1:23.617 to finish 0.238s faster than Ducati team-mate Andrea Iannone as Ducati exploited its speed advantage at the Red Bull Ring.
Valuable laps turned at Watkins Glen (Update) UPDATE
A sparse crowd turned out last time IndyCar visited The Glen. Will a Labor Day weekend event be the trick?
With most of the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers at Watkins Glen International, Thursday's test session felt more like opening practice on race weekend. The only difference is drivers will have to wait a few weeks to get the show back on the road.
The session included a mix of veterans who have experienced the twists and turns of WGI's 3.4-mile course and others who have never competed at the track. With six years passed since IndyCar's last race at Watkins Glen, all of them had a lot to learn Thursday.
Chris Buescher's improbable and highly unusual first Sprint Cup victory at Pocono Raceway two weeks ago had little impact on how Roush Fenway Racing executives evaluate their prospect and 2015 Xfinity Series champion. The team already believed the 23-year-old was capable of winning at NASCAR's highest level, president Steve Newmark told USA TODAY Sports, so winning in his work-study program at Front Row Motorsports on a fuel strategy gambit in a race halted prematurely because of rain and fog provided no new evidence.
But even though Buescher now has more wins that the entirety of Roush Fenway's three-car Sprint Cup contingent and a simpler route to Chase for the Sprint Cup qualification than Trevor Bayne, Greg Biffle or Ricky Stenhouse Jr., he is currently unlikely to be brought back aboard his parent team next season.
Jones not expected to remain at Furniture Row after 2017
Furniture Row Racing owner Barney Visser said that he is "fairly certain" Erik Jones, who has a one-year contract to drive for the team next year, will leave after the 2017 season but is confident in attracting a talented driver to the team's second car for 2018. Visser made the comments Wednesday night on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's "Dailed In" show.
Visser's comments mirror what NBC Sports' Nate Ryan reported last weekend - that Jones could return to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2018 or '19. Visser said last weekend that "we hope to make (Jones' contract) many more" years beyond 2017. On SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, Visser talked more about Jones and looking beyond next season with the organization's second team. "If we don't have him, we will have somebody else,"
Honda didn't just buy a Porsche 911 GT3when testing and developing the new NSX but also armed itself with the mid-engined supercar benchmark, the Ferrari 458 Italia.
Despite being replaced by the 488 GTB, the458 Italia remained at the top of the industry for almost six years. Even though the NSX is vastly different from the Italian, Acura rightfully thought it could learn some valuable lessons with the car.
Elon Musk wants to sell you an entire 'solar roof'
Elon Musk always one step ahead of the competition
When in doubt, tease a new product.
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla (TSLA) and chairman of SolarCity (SCTY), hopped on an earnings call Tuesday night amid acquisition talks between the two companies to announce that SolarCity plans to release a "solar roof."
Not a roof with solar panels, mind you. A solar roof.
"It's a solar roof as opposed to a module on a roof," Musk said on the SolarCity earnings call. "It's not a thing on the roof, it is the roof."
NASCAR fans growing tired of watching cars drone around in circles on ovals
Old-guard stock car enthusiasts used to thumb their noses at any event not held on an oval.
Suddenly, NASCAR fans can’t get enough of road course racing writes Lee Spencer of Motorsport.com.
“We’re absolutely aware of that,” said NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “I think it becomes the challenge of where we are on the schedule -- with the 36 races we have. And then the fact that every race matters.
In a live Facebook session, Bruno Senna, nephew of racing legend Ayrton Senna discussed his future career, including racing in IndyCar.
“I always think about IndyCar, it is something I would love to race but I would not race ovals in a single-seater because the risk is high.
“It’s not a personal thing only, but also for my family. I cannot put my family through that sort of stress again of having a big crash that would damage me or kill me. I think it’s agreed with my family that I am not supposed to race that.
“But if I get a deal of only the street courses, I would totally do it.”
PWC announces one-race suspension for GT driver JD Davison WC Vision, producers of the Pirelli World Challenge GT Production-based series, today announced that GT Class driver JD Davison has been suspended for Round 16 scheduled for Saturday at the Utah Motorsports Campus due to rule violation PWCR 1.11.3 – making avoidable contact while on probation.
Davison’s suspension, established by Pirelli World Challenge race director Dorsey Schroeder, was a result of avoidable contact on lap 1 in GT Round 14 two weeks ago at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
A new O'Connell enters Pirelli World Challenge Action
Canaan O'Connell and father Johnny
It's not an easy task to follow in your dad's footsteps in racing. Especially if your father is a champion.
Just ask Canaan O'Connell, the 22-year-old son of four-time Pirelli World Challenge GT champion Johnny O'Connell.
The younger O'Connell is doing just that this weekend (August 12-14) at Utah Motorsports Campus as he makes his pro racing debut in the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Utah Motorsports Campus presented by Energy Solutions.
Fix and Robinson eye repeats at Mid-Ohio The Trans Am Series will officially reach its halfway point in the 2016 Championship with the First Energy Trans Am Weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and celebrate in style with two Trans Am races on August 13: the First Energy Trans Am 100, featuring TA, TA3 and TA4, and the Pura Vida Tequila Muscle Car 100 Presented by ETE Reman Transmissions, featuring TA2. Each race will last 101.96 miles, or 45 laps around the iconic 2.258-mile 13-turn Mid-Ohio course, and combined will feature 57 entries.
Mazda Road to Indy Driver Advancement Program Criteria Announced
Helping young drivers further their careers, the alliance between Andersen Promotions, which operates all three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires, and the MAXSpeed Group, the sole distributor of Rotax Karting Products in the United States, today released more information on its 2016 Driver Advancement Program. Two drivers will be awarded two-day tests in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda during off-season testing, offering today’s top karting talent an inside look at the next step of the motorsports ladder.
Pirelli World Challenge Announces 2017 Driver Rating Plans WC Vision, producers of the Pirelli World Challenge, today announced its platform for the driver ratings in the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge Championships as North America’s top GT Production-based road racing series.
Recognizing the global racing communities’ interest in the Series, Marcus Haselgrove, Director of Competition for the Pirelli World Challenge, worked closely with SRO’s Jacquie Groom (Sporting Director) and Claude Surmont (Technical Director) to develop a standard driving rating system for all PWC GT3 and GTS (GT4) competition for the 2017 campaign.
Video: Bryan Clauson in critical condition after crash at Belleville (2nd Update) UPDATE On Wednesday it was revealed on the Bryan Clauson Racing Facebook page that Clauson was an organ donor, a fact that the family only discovered when they were by his hospital bed.
Through being an organ donor, Clauson was able to help save the lives of five others in the hospital.
In the family's statement, they also took the time to thank the Nebraska Organ Recovery team for making “the entire process very comforting” and thanked all of Bryan’s fans and followers for their “thoughts, prayers and friendship.”
Indianapolis test zeroes in on 2017 tire specification
Sponsorless Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi testing tires at Indy
Six Verizon IndyCar Series drivers turned laps Monday on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval as part of a test to determine Firestone's tire specification for the 2017 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.
Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay and Ed Carpenter, owner/driver of the team bearing his name, were the primary tire testers for the daylong session, running through an assortment of experimental compounds and constructions. Also turning laps in IMS team testing were Chip Ganassi Racing's Tony Kanaan, Team Penske's Juan Pablo Montoya, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing's Graham Rahal and Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian's Alexander Rossi.
Kanaan (2013), Hunter-Reay (2014), Montoya (2015) and Rossi (2016) represent the last four Indianapolis 500 winners.
Pocono Raceway President & CEO Brandon Igdalsky today announced that the Verizon IndyCar Series will visit ‘The Tricky Triangle’ in both 2017 and 2018. Exact race dates will be announced in the near future.
The ABC Supply 500 is scheduled for August 21 at Pocono Raceway and 2018 will mark the sixth consecutive year with an INDYCAR race at Pocono Raceway. To purchase tickets, please visit www.poconoraceway.com or call 1-800-RACEWAY.
Felix da Costa joins Andretti Formula E team Portuguese driver Antonio Felix da Costa will join the Andretti Formula E team for the upcoming FIA Formula E Championship. Piloting the No. 28 MS Amlin Andretti car for Season Three will mark a renewed relationship between Felix da Costa and the global insurance company MS Amlin.
“To join Andretti Formula E is a big thing for me,” said Felix da Costa. “I have always loved the way Americans go racing, and how they do sports in general. I’m a big fan of IndyCar and, to me, Andretti Autosport has always been an iconic team. To finally be able to say that I’m joining and racing for this amazing team and family is a big deal. We have a great team in place, the MS Amlin car looks good and the people around me are super professional. I’m ready to get the season started.”
Porsche Takes Aim at Tesla With a Stunning Electric Concept
Porsche Mission E
. You’re surely thinking the same thing as you look at Porsche’s latest concept: An all-electric sports sedan aimed squarely at dethroning the Tesla Model S as the king of battery-powered cool.
The Mission E concept, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show today, combines stunning lines with superlative range and performance in a package that should make Elon Musk very nervous. Porsche says the car has a range of 310 miles and will blitz from 0 to 62 mph in under 3.5 seconds. The Tesla Model S is the only electric car with those kinds of numbers: Its range-topping P90D model has a range of nearly 300 miles, and hits 60 in 2.8 seconds.
Large number of pit road penalties at Watkins Glen This past weekend there were seven penalties called on pit crews by seven different teams. It's the second highest penalties since the first race of the year which had a total of twelve penalties.
The main reason for this...Watkins Glen. The penalties laid out like this: (2) Crewmen over the wall too soon, (3) Tire not in control, and (2) Tossing or throwing fuel fillers. Two of the three penalties that were called we see almost every week or every other week.
The Ligier JS P3s will be racing in the IMSA Prototype Challenge in 2017 in North America. At the Road America meeting last weekend, IMSA announced the presence of the LM P3s in the IMSA Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda in 2017.
This new series follows on from the Mazda Prototype Lites presented by Cooper Tires. Seven rounds are on the 2017 calendar of the first staging of the series including five held jointly with the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Two 45-minute races will be held at each meeting with one exception.
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