Liberty learning giving away free content loses them money
Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey admitted that the organization "faces a major challenge as it plans the way races are viewed in the future," according to Adam Cooper of MOTORSPORT.
Carey acknowledged that "generating income from fans who are willing to pay for a premium service while also keeping sponsors happy by reaching the widest possible audience via free-to-air will be challenging."
F1 is planning to offer its own premium OTT service, "which promises to be very lucrative."
UPDATE Verizon IndyCar Series driver Sebastien Bourdais has been cleared to resume driving by Dr. Geoffrey Billows, INDYCAR medical director, following his recovery from injuries sustained in a crash during Indianapolis 500 qualifications.
Billows said the 38-year-old Frenchman was evaluated by INDYCAR orthopedic consultant Dr. Kevin Scheid on Tuesday and was given clearance to fully return to racing activities.
FCA to Join BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye in Developing Autonomous Driving Platform
Marchionne - if you cannot beat them, join them
BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye announced today that they have signed a memorandum of understanding with the intention for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to be the first automaker to join them in developing a world leading, state-of-the-art autonomous driving platform for global deployment.
The development partners intend to leverage each other’s individual strengths, capabilities and resources to enhance the platform’s technology, increase development efficiency and reduce time to market. One enabler to achieve this will be the co-location of engineers in Germany as well as other locations. FCA will bring engineering and other technical resources and expertise to the cooperation, as well as its significant sales volumes, geographic reach and long-time experience in North America.
Richard and Kyle Petty on Jay Leno's Garage Tonight on CNBC
"The King" Richard Petty and his son, Kyle, will be special guests on tonight's episode of "Jay Leno's Garage". The Petty's filmed the episode earlier this year with both drivers climbing back in cars that fans still love today.
"The King" returned to the wheel of his famous No. 43 Superbird while Kyle climbed behind the wheel of the popular No. 42 Mello Yello machine. They raced with Leno around the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. "Jay Leno's Garage" airs on CNBC at 10:00 p.m. ET.
It’s been a long, winding road for race car driver Memo Gidley the past three and a half years. But that road will now take the popular 46-year-old driver from Sausalito, Calif., back to the racetrack next month.
After a devastating crash at Daytona International Speedway in 2014, Gidley has endured nine surgeries and three years of rehabilitation to return to the racing cockpit in the all-new No. 101 TKO Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R sports car.
Shane Huffman, crew chief for the No. 99 MDM Motorsports Chevrolet that Darrell Wallace drove to victory in Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan Int’l Speedway, has been fined and suspended by NASCAR.
The team received an L1-level penalty for violating section 20.4.12.b of the NASCAR rulebook: “Vent holes at the bed top must be configured for air intake only.”
Decision Day Nearing For Whether Monster Energy Wants To Renew NASCAR, SHR Deals Monster Energy is coming up on a crucial period, as it is determines whether to extend its title sponsorship with NASCAR and its team deal with Stewart-Haas Racing reports Adam Stern of Sports Business Daily.
The energy drink company’s deal with SHR expires after this year, while the title sponsorship is slated to run through ’18.
Sources said that Monster is contractually obligated to let NASCAR know by sometime in December whether it will pick up a two-year option on the original two-year, $20M annual deal that would then extend through ’20.
SPM Announces Saavedra For No. 7 at Pocono and Gateway
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) has announced Sebastian Saavedra as the driver of the No. 7 Honda for the next two Verizon IndyCar Series races. The Colombian will join teammate James Hinchcliffe at Pocono Raceway and Gateway Motorsports Park.
The event at Pocono will mark the 27-year-old’s 64th career IndyCar start and third at the Tricky Triangle. Saavedra will once again be paired with race engineer Blair Perschbacher with whom he has won previously in the Indy Lights Championship.
Three questions for Gary Paffett followed by the video:
Gary, you're currently the second-highest placed of the Mercedes contingent this year. How has the first half of the season gone from your point of view? Gary Paffett: Overall, it's been pretty strong. We had an excellent start to the year and scored points in the first seven races, which was really good. Obviously, the crash at the Norisring knocked us off our stride a bit, but we were back on the pace in Moscow. I'm the second-best Mercedes driver, but Lucas was just extremely fast in the first half of the season and it's been tough trying to stay with him. But I feel really comfortable in the car, and I think we can get some strong results in the rest of the year. I'm looking forward to the second half of the season, and I think the positions in the championship don't reflect the speed that we have in the car. I'm still very confident going into the last half of the year.
Video: Fans Go Behind-the-Scenes at the 2017 F1 British GP! These guys won a competition via the Official Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport App and joined the team for an ultra-VIP experience at Silverstone during the 2017 British Grand Prix weekend! Check out their story from an unforgettable weekend! Comment
As range of EVs increase, most will not need to charge except where they park.
Pasquale Romano, chief executive of ChargePoint Inc., is working to change views on what the charging network of the future will look like. The Campbell, Calif., company has 39,000 charging spots set up in garages, parking lots, apartments and other locations, with several hundred of them capable of so-called DC express charging, which can provide 200 miles of charge in an hour for cars currently on the road and promises much faster fill-ups as car batteries become more advanced.
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Next April 13-14, Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach fans will get a look at the American muscle car power that defined the golden age of Trans Am racing, when the historic machines race for the first time on the world-famous race course in the Historic Trans Am Challenge.
The 20-minute race will run Saturday, April 14, with practice and qualifying on Friday.
New Country Competizione Holds On To Championship Lead After Road America
Plymouth Wisconsin - New Country Competizione brought three Wide World Ferrari's to Road America and ended up with two podiums at the fourth round of the Ferrari Challenge North America Championship. Peter Ludwig’s consistent top five finishes have kept him in the lead of the championship point standings.
Montoya and Cameron to Race Acura ARX-05 for Team Penske
Cameron and Montoya
Team Penske announced today two of the four drivers that will compete full time for the team in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, racing the cars of the recently-announced Acura Daytona Prototype International (DPi) program. Legendary Verizon IndyCar Series driver Juan Pablo Montoya will team up with sports car champion Dane Cameron to pilot one of the team’s two ARX-05 entries.
Team Penske and Acura Motorsports will announce its other two full-time drivers, as well as additional drivers for the endurance races, at a later date.
3 shot dead at Wisconsin auto racing event (Update) UPDATE The three men shot to death at point-blank range Sunday night at Great Lakes Dragaway were gang members from Illinois, authorities said Monday.
Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said the victims' gang affiliation leads authorities to suspect the shocking slayings were gang-related. The killings happened during an event that drew 15,000 people to the popular drag racing strip near Union Grove.
Passenger cars aren't the only mode of transportation to which Tesla wants to give autonomous driving capabilities. The company aims to start testing its electric truck prototypes with autonomous tech in Nevada, Reuters reports, citing discussions between Tesla and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles. Tesla first announced plans for an electric truck in 2016, with company CEO Elon Musk indicating in April of this year that the truck will be unveiled in September 2017. As Reuters points out, Musk did not mention any plans for autonomous capabilities at the time, but Tesla had hinted at electric trucks when it announced its "Master Plan Part Deux."
As he completes his first full season with Tequila Patron ESM in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Luis Felipe "Pipo" Derani has officially signed the contract to return with the prototype team for the 2018 season.
"We are super excited to announce that Pipo will be back for a third year with Tequila Patron ESM next season," said Team Owner Scott Sharp. "On and off the track, Pipo has been exemplary and become part of the ESM family as he shows his talent again and again! We are working hard on all fronts for our 2018 program and Pipo will spearhead that attack!"
Paffett: "My first memories were filled with pure fear and excitement"
DTM champion, team captain and thoroughbred racing driver – that's Gary Paffett as we know him in the DTM. We reveal the person behind the racing driver in a three-part interview. In Part 1, Gary talks about...
... his time at school: "You live two completely different lives"
... his experience of sport away from the track: "I once got hit in the face by a golf club when I was still quite small"
... the costs for young aspiring talents: "If I were just starting out in racing today, there's no way I would get anyway near where I am now"
Rossi: Results do not show Andretti team improvements
Rossi was poised to win his 2nd consecutive Indy 500 when his pit crew blotched yet another pit stop
Although Alexander Rossi is winless with four races left in the Verizon IndyCar Series season, he still feels he and Andretti Autosport have performed better than last year writes John Haverlin of Frontstretch.
Rossi won the 100th Indianapolis 500 in 2016, but it was otherwise a miserable rookie season for him. He left Europe after the 2015 Formula 1 campaign in search of a full-time ride and signed with Andretti-Herta Autosport to pilot the No. 98 Honda.
Except for his unlikely fuel-mileage victory in the Indy 500, his best finish last year was fifth in the season finale at Sonoma Raceway. Rossi only qualified in the top 10 three times and finished in the top 10 six times throughout 2016. He ended up 11th in the final standings.
Andretti's driver Scott Speed won both races in Atlantic City this past weekend
From the VW Motorsports Site:
With one of motorsport’s most famous names, Michael Andretti was born to play an important role in North American racing. As a driver, he did just that, becoming one of the most-decorated racers in American open-wheel motorsport, and he’s continued to make a mark even after hanging up his helmet. His successful Andretti Autosport operation has competed since 2009 across a diverse array of racing disciplines, with dozens of victories and several series championships.
Asian Le Mans Series Makes Significant Changes for 2017/2018 Season
Asia LeMans paddock
There’s good news for the Asian Le Mans Series and its GT class today as the ACO have confirmed a fourth automatic entry for the Le Mans 24 Hours to be awarded for success in the Series.
The current three auto entries are made to the overall Champions (in LMP2) to the LMP3 Champions (again in LMP2) and the GT Champions (in LM GTE AM). The fourth entry will also go to a GT team with the Series currently developing an ‘Am’ sub-class to accommodate demand in the region for an opportunity to compete in endurance racing amongst gentleman drivers, the detailed regulations of which will be released shortly.
NBCSN yesterday afternoon drew a 1.96 overnight for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race from Michigan Int'l Speedway, up 1% from a 1.94 for the same race last year but down 18.4% from a 2.4 in 2015 on ESPN and down 35% from a 3.0 overnight in 2014 with over 5 million tuned in also on ESPN.
Drag race driver killed at Middle Tennessee Dragway A drag race turned fatal Friday night at the Middle Tennessee Dragway in Putnam County.
Windle Webster, Jr., 45, from Lebanon had finished his run when his car failed to stop, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. His car went off the left side of the extended track and hit a tree, killing Webster at the scene.
Expedite Home Loans Joins Andretti Autosport At Pocono
Sato Livery for Pocono
Continuing their partnership with Andretti Autosport, Expedite Home Loans, an online division of Ruoff Home Mortgage, will embellish the No. 26 Honda of Takuma Sato. Expedite Home Loans will join the team for this weekend’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway, chasing the checkered flag with the reigning Indy 500 champion.
“We’re extremely proud to continue to grow our partnership with Ruoff Home Mortgages and to welcome their Expedite Home Loans division to our livery lineup,” said Michael Andretti. “Takuma and the No. 26 team will be working hard this weekend to bring the partnership to victory lane once again.”
Kurt Busch - no sponsor, no ride. Even NASCAR is beginning to see the effects of falling TV ratings on NBCSN
Despite not picking up Kurt Busch's contract option for 2018, Gene Haas told Kickin' the Tires and another reporter, on Saturday, that he is "optimistic" the 2017 Daytona 500 winner will return to the team.
The problem, Haas said, was that Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) is waiting to see what the sponsor of the #41 intends to do going forward. Haas, who owns Haas CNC, is a co-primary sponsor with Monster Energy, so it is doubtful he's waiting for a decision from his own company.
Video: NASCAR Michigan Monster Cup Post-Race Q&A Race winner Kyle Larson, crew chief Chad Johnston and team owner Chip Ganassi (No. 42 Target Chevrolet); Michigan Heritage Trophy winner - Chevrolet, Jim Campbell (Vice President, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports); Second place finisher Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota) and third place finisher Erik Jones (No. 77 5-hour ENERGY Extra Strength Toyota) Comment
Scott Speed Sweeps Red Bull Global Rallycross Atlantic City
Scott Speed sweeps in AC
Scott Speed capped off a perfect day to claim his 15th Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) win and sweeping the weekend in Atlantic City in his No. 41 Oberto Circle K Beetle GRC. Speed started today's Final from pole, beating out Sebastian Eriksson and Steve Arpin who finished in second and third place, respectively.
Competing in his fourth season with Indianapolis-based VARX, Speed has recorded 67 heat race wins, 35 podiums, three X Games gold medals and two back-to-back championships in GRC competition, in addition to his wins.
Sue Roethel, a longtime Chief Steward for the SCCA and a member of SCCA Hall of Fame, has passed away.
For the many years that the SCCA Runoffs called Road Atlanta its home, the second most harrowing experience was coming out from under the bridge at full speed and launching down the hill. That was the second most harrowing experience.
Kimi Raikkonen has many wins at Spa - a real HP track
Kimi Raikkonen believes that Mercedes currently lead in the horsepower stakes, while Ferrari might have the better chassis for tight circuits, the veteran Finn suggests that the momentum between the two title contending teams will shift from race track to race track during the latter half of the season.
Raikkonen’s theory is backed up by the fact that Ferrari have finished one-two in Monaco and Hungary, two venues that favor chassis performance over horsepower. While Mercedes dominated in Montreal and Silverstone where horsepower matters.
Vettel knows it is now a development race between Mercedes and Ferrari. The title is not driver vs. driver, the title is about Engineer vs. Engineer. Engineers win titles in F1, not drivers. F1 is 99% car and 1% driver.
Ferrari has identified the weak areas of its 2017 Formula 1 car and has a good understanding of how to address them to maintain its title challenge, says Sebastian Vettel.
"We've been competitive every track where we've gone," says Vettel.
"It's true that Mercedes has here and there been more competitive and we were a little bit behind.
"It's normal from track to track there's a bit of a difference.
Scott Speed Wins Round 8 at Red Bull Global Rallycross Atlantic City Scott Speed claimed his 14th official Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) win, driving his No. 41 Oberto Circle K Beetle GRC across the finish line first in Round 8 at Atlantic City, New Jersey. Speed started today's Final from second, beating out Patrik Sandell and Steve Arpin, finishing in second and third place, respectively.
Competing in his fourth season with Indianapolis-based VARX, Speed has recorded 64 heat race wins, 34 podiums, three X Games gold medals and two back-to-back championships in GRC competition, in addition to his wins.
INDIANAPOLIS – Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has parted ways with Russian Verizon IndyCar Series driver Mikhail Aleshin, effective immediately.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports said in a statement that the team and SMP Racing have agreed that Aleshin will focus all of his attention on the design and development of the new BR1 LMP1 car, which is slated to debut during the 2018 FIA World Endurance Championship season.
Francis and Buffomante grab Mid-Ohio Trans Am glory LEXINGTON, Ohio. [August 12, 2017] – Ernie Francis, Jr., and Tony Buffomante were victorious in their respective Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli races today at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the First Energy 100 and First Energy Muscle Car Challenge. Mark Boden and Brian Kleeman would also claim TA3 and TA4 class victories in the FirstEnergy100 as the Series held its 30th running at Mid-Ohio.
The McLaren 720S is already proving to be a huge success for the British manufacturer, selling out into 2018.
Autocar reports that since the supercar’s debut five months ago at the Geneva Motor Show, over 1,500 orders have been placed forcing many buyers to wait until next year to take delivery. This comes despite the fact that McLaren commenced deliveries back in June, a remarkably fast turnaround from when the car was first shown to the public.
Carey says F1 looking to standardize certain components on the cars
Ferrari spends a reported $500 million per year to field a 2-car team. That's more than the entire IndyCar grid times two.
Chase Carey has admitted that though F1 is seeking to control spending, plans do not include standardizing the cars, however he insists there does need to be more standardizing of components.
"In terms of the teams we are very much focused on cost," he said yesterday, "and I think one of our objectives is clearly to try, for the benefit of the teams as well as the sport overall, to find a way to manage and control cost and that is probably going to be through some sort of, there are many paths to get there, whether it is cost caps or other ways to address key components of the car.
LMP1 will die because of their silly expensive hybrid engines
The silly LMP1 hybrid engines are way too costly at a time when the automotive industry will soon ditch hybrid for full electric cars
Joest Racing Managing Director Ralf Juttner believes the FIA and ACO need to rethink the future of LMP1 hybrid racing, admitting it’s “overkill” from a costs perspective, and likely contributed to the withdrawals of both Audi and Porsche over a nine-month period.
Juttner, who ran Audi’s ultra-successful factory prototype program until its exit from the FIA World Endurance Championship last year, said that while it was a rewarding technological challenge, the class, under its current regulations, is not sustainable for the long-term.
Extreme Weather Creates Intense Racing Conditions For F4 U.S. Competitors From three-wide battles to multiple lead changes in the rain, Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda delivered two dramatic rounds of racing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, on Friday. Inclement weather dictated team strategy. Those who gambled with the conditions conquered the track, creating two new champions.
Kiwi Motorsport driver Brendon Leitch of Invercargill, New Zealand, charged his way from starting from last place from pit lane to claiming his maiden victory in the first race. Skylar Robinson of Augusta, Georgia, also scored his first F4 U.S. win of the season in Race 2 after starting in P11.
Matt DiBenedetto will return to Go Fas Racing in 2018 alongside crew chief Gene Nead
Go Fas Racing has announced driver Matt DiBenedetto and crew chief Gene Nead have both signed contract extensions to remain with the team through 2018.
The 2018 season will be DiBenedetto’s fourth in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, while veteran crew chief Nead has been a crew chief in NASCAR for more than 20 years.
Both DiBenedetto and Nead came over to Go Fas Racing in 2017 after working together at BK Racing the prior two seasons. DiBenedetto credits Nead with helping him transition into the Cup Series in 2015, and feels that 2018 can only bring more opportunity for improvement, especially if the team is able to continue to bring in great sponsors.
Hendrick teammates crash in final Michigan practice
Johnson's car before he plastered the Turn 1 wall
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S/JIMMIE JOHNSON FOUNDATION CHEVROLET SS – Involved in an on-track incident during the final practice session
WHAT HAPPENED? “Just lost it on corner entry getting into Turn 1. The first lap at speed and the thing just rotated around. The effort level is high and you’ve got to run in there committed. I did so and unfortunately the rear grip just wasn’t there in the car and around it came.”
Harvick responds to Dale Earnhardt Jr. - "I meant nothing personal"
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Kevin Harvick said it was nothing personal against Dale Earnhardt Jr. when he said on his radio show Tuesday that Earnhardt had stunted the growth of NASCAR because he is the most popular driver but not the most successful.
Earnhardt said Thursday that the comments were "hurtful" and that he disagreed with that theory.
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Since Bristol Motor Speedway officials introduced an innovative track prep process one year ago involving the application of a traction compound to the lower groove of its half-mile all-concrete oval, the process has proved to be a success.
Not only have drivers raved about the two previous Bristol (Track) Bite applications and how it created more options for drivers as they navigated their stock cars around the high-banked short track, but other facilities on the NASCAR circuit have taken notice and also began to incorporate a similar treatment into their track prep process.
KASEY KAHNE, #5 LIFTMASTER CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media at Michigan International Speedway and discussed his reaction to the announcement that he will not return to the #5 Chevy for Hendrick Motorsports in 2018, his thoughts on where he might race next season, and other topics.
HOW DO YOU FEEL THE DYNAMIC AND VIBE WAS WITHIN THE TEAM TODAY?
The new cars testing at Iowa Thursday. They look 100% better than the current cars. But is it too late? Were the current cars so ugly fans have been lost forever?
Following successful tests with its 2018 bodywork at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Mid-Ohio and Iowa, IndyCar has given Dallara the green light to start manufacturing the superspeedway and road course/short oval kits every Verizon IndyCar Series team will use next season reports RACER.
"Almost everything went into production after Mid-Ohio, and we'll sign off on everything else," IndyCar aerodynamic director Tino Belli told RACER.
One item will remain under development prior to receiving its final approval for mass production by Dallara.
"The only thing we have a little bit of work to do on is the front road course brake ducts," Belli said of the Chevy aero kit-based design. "We should be under control on that after we conduct the final test at Sebring on September 26."
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