Abiteboul expects to crush Mercedes and Ferrari in 2019
Is Cyril Abiteboul hallucinating?
Renault sporting director Cyril Abiteboul is adamant that his company build a race-winning Formula 1 power unit, the only problem is their chassis which prevents them from delivering results, citing Red Bull as proof of what they have at their disposal and warns that next year the French outfit is looking to beat Mercedes and Ferrari.
In an interview with Auto Motor und Sport, Abiteboul was asked to explain the one second or so deficit they have to the pacesetters, “It’s the chassis. The engine is good enough to put a car in pole position, to win races and fight for the title. Red Bull has proven this.”
Fernando Alonso-mania is washing through Indycar again as speculation runs rife, amid calls for calm, with regards to the Spaniard’s future plans for the American series in the wake of announcing that 2018 will be his final year in Formula 1.
The spotlight has been welcomed by Indycar stakeholders who reveled in the first bout of Alonso-mania last year at the Indy 500.
It's Bristol, Baby - SHR Preview NASCAR's Bristol Night Race
Bristol Motor Speedway is one of the loudest tracks on the NASCAR calendar, with drivers going wheel-to-wheel on a small, banked oval, overlooked by a fearsome, 162,000 capacity stadium.
In an exclusive feature for Mobil 1 The Grid, Stewart-Haas Racing team owner Tony Stewart, #41 driver Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick’s crew chief in the #4 car, Rodney Childers, give their thoughts on the unique, much-loved and at times chaotic race.
AutoTacing1.com was there when Rockingham opened in 2001. Here Michael Andretti makes a pitstop
The future of Rockingham Motor Speedway in the UK as a motorsport venue from next year is in doubt after the circuit confirmed its sale and that there will be operational changes.
The track opened in 2001 and hosted the CART Champ Car series in its first two years as well as becoming a BTCC and club racing fixture using its infield road course. It was the first oval of its size to be built in the UK since the lauded Brooklands venue in the early 20th century.
Dale Jr. To Drive Camaro ZL1 Pace Car at Big Machine Vodka 400
How many fans will buy tickets to watch Dale Jr. drive the pace car?
NASCAR icon Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Pace Car to lead the field to the start of the 25th Running of the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line on Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The announcement was made 25 days before the 25th Running of the race, which starts at 2 p.m. (ET) on the historic 2.5-mile oval. The Brickyard is moving to a new date this year from late July and is serving as the finale of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season for the first time. The field for the NASCAR Playoffs will be set following the race at IMS.
Perennial NASCAR Xfinity Series contender Elliott Sadler announced Wednesday that he is ending his run as a full-time driver after the 2018 season. The veteran of more than 800 races in NASCAR’s national series and driver for JR Motorsports posted a statement on his website, ElliottSadler.com, announcing his decision.
“After much consideration and many conversations with my family, I’ve decided this will be my last season racing full time in NASCAR,” Sadler wrote. “It’s time for me, as Dad, to help my kids pursue their dreams.”
Juncos Announces Expansion into IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Ricardo Juncos, Team Owner of Juncos Racing IndyCar team, announced today the team would expand into the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with one Cadillac DPi-V.R entry for the full 2019 season.
Ricardo Juncos is confident that the expansion into the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Cadillac is a step forward for the whole Juncos Racing program. Juncos Racing has recorded 58 wins and nine championships over the course of the past 10 years.
UPDATE The final Monster Cup TV rating on NBCSN was a 1.6 (2.54M viewers), down 19.1% from last years 1.98 final rating (3.16M viewers) also on NBCSN, a loss of 0.5M viewers in one year. The double digit TV ratings drop continues unabated even with Dale Jr. in the announce booth. NBCSN can't get a good TV rating if its life depended on it.
Oh and the bad news isn't over. The NASCAR Xfinity Series race from Mid-Ohio a 0.49 final rating and averaging 714,000 viewers on NBCSN, down 15.5% compared to last year’s 0.58/916,000. The bad hits just keep on coming.
The Camping World Trucks Series earned a 0.32 rating and averaged 478,000 viewers for Saturday afternoon’s Michigan race on FS1, down 11.1% from a 0.36/546,000 in 2017
Jim France Seen As Right Leader For NASCAR In Interim CEO Role
Jim France should remain NASCAR CEO - period.
NASCAR interim Chair & CEO Jim France is a "little bit of a stabilizing force" for the organization after Brian France's DWI arrest last week, according to Bob Pockrass of ESPN.com.
Team Owner Roger Penske said Jim France "understands the dynamics of the sport going on today," calling him a "real rational guy."
Penske added, "He's a good friend of the guys in the garage area, and at this time I think, for me, it was the right thing for him to do to step in."
Pockrass noted Jim France attended the pre-race drivers meeting on Sunday at Michigan Int'l Speedway, while Brian France had "not attended a drivers council meeting in a couple of years, so just the presence from Jim mattered."
2018 IMSA State of the Series Address The 2019 season will be an exciting one for IMSA as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary! Watch the 2018 State of the Series broadcast from the Tufte Center at Road America where IMSA president Scott Atherton announced all the changes coming in 2019 including a new broadcast partner, schedule release, and competition updates. Comment
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NASCAR takes six Cup cars to wind tunnel after Michigan
In the wind tunnel NASCAR will find just how bad the Chevy Camaro is aerodynamically and why the Chevy teams are out to lunch
NASCAR has taken six Cup cars – two from each manufacturer – for wind tunnel and engine testing following Sunday’s race at Michigan.
The cars taken include the Fords of Harvick and Brad Keselowski (finished second); the Chevrolets of Austin Dillon (fourth) and Chase Elliott (ninth); and the Toyotas of Kyle Busch (third) and Denny Hamlin (eighth).
Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s chief racing development officer, discussed the wind tunnel tests Monday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “The Morning Drive.”
Roger Penske's Shell V-Power Racing Team have today announced a multi-year sponsorship agreement with DXC Technology, the world’s leading independent, end-to-end IT services company.
Team Penske and DXC have an established relationship in the United States for the IndyCar Racing Series, collaborating to enhance their engineering processes including the optimization of the team’s engineering software. DXC worked with Team Penske’s engineering and software programs, leading initiatives that delivered advantages in efficiency and productivity across the organisation.
Will it be Alexander Rossi, Scott Dixon or someone else as 2018 champion?
Scott Dixon leads the Verizon IndyCar Series championship with four races to go for the third time in his career. He also led the championship with four to go when he won the title in 2008 and again in 2009. Dixon has led the championship since his win at Texas on June 9.
Dixon leads Alexander Rossi by 46 points with defending series championship Josef Newgarden (-60) in third and Indianapolis 500 winner Will Power (-87) in fourth.
Jim France Likely To Finish Season As Interim Chair & CEO
The "soft-spoken" 73-year-old Jim France will "likely finish out this season in his interim role" as NASCAR Chair & CEO, according to Godwin Kelly of the Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL.
France's "primary focus" for the remainder of the '18 season will be to "stabilize the NASCAR ship and assure its many stakeholders (team owners, primary sponsors, media partners) that Brian France's personal troubles won't spill over into the family business."
In 1960, racer Mickey Thompson brought the Challenger I to the Bonneville Salt Flats and set a one-time speed of 406.60 mph, making him the first American racer to break the 400 mph barrier. This weekend at the same place, his son Danny Thompson—in Challenger II, another car his father built—set an astounding new record of 450.9 mph in the timed mile record he came to achieve.
Scott Dixon was never going to McLaren. Why would he?
UPDATE Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that four-time INDYCAR Champion, 44-time Winner and Indianapolis 500 Winner Scott Dixon has signed a multi-year deal with its Verizon IndyCar Series team that will see the 38-year-old Kiwi begin a CGR record 18th season in 2019 behind the wheel of the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda.
Chip Ganassi, Team Owner, Chip Ganassi Racing:
“I think when you mention the name Scott Dixon, the numbers and the records start to speak for themselves. We have achieved a lot together, but there are no signs of him slowing down. He’s still the guy the championship goes through, and you know you have to beat him to get on the top step. He’s a driver that’s always thinking about the next race and how he’s going to approach it, attack it and ultimately win it. I’m very happy that we have the opportunity to continue this relationship and look forward to many more successful years together.”
Unser Jr. calls for return of IndyCars to Michigan
The last time IndyCars raced at Michigan you could shoot a cannon in the grandstands and not hit anyone. Is Unser Jr. suggesting IndyCar make its series look like complete losers?
Open-wheel cars haven't raced at Michigan International Speedway since 2007, but legendary racer Al Unser Jr. thinks it's time they come back.
Unser Jr., flanked by honorary pace car driver and Detroit Pistons legend Ben Wallace, told media members Sunday at MIS he thinks the IndyCar Series should return to the Irish Hills.
"I don't miss driving the car at all. But I would definitely like to see Indy cars come back to MIS," Unser Jr. said. ""I think today's IndyCar would go well around here and it would put on one heck of a show."
Next to Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Unser Jr. said MIS ranks as No. 2 in his books.
Matt Stone Racing will switch from Ford to Holden (GM division in Australia) with immediate effect and has signed a technical support package with Triple Eight to run the ZB Commodore in 2019.
The Queensland squad will also ditch its current DJR Team Penske Ford Falcon in favor of a Triple Eight built VF Commodore for the remainder of the current season, starting at next week’s OTR SuperSprint at The Bend, with Todd Hazelwood behind the wheel.
Toni Vilander & Miguel Molina Take Ferrari to GT SprintX win
Winning #61 Ferrari of Toni Vilander and Miguel Molina
The Ferrari duo of Toni Vilander and Miguel Molina were challenged early in Sunday’s GT SprintX 60-minute race at Utah Motorsports Campus, but the drivers of the No. 61 R. Ferri Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3 made it look easy in the end with their sixth 2018 victory and the GT SprintX drivers championship in the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Utah.
Spain’s Molina, enjoying his first racing competition season in North America, chased down early race leader Scott Heckert in the No. 80 Lone Star Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 and grabbed the GT SprintX overall lead before Finland’s Vilander took over the advantage in the 32-lap contest to win by 2.945 second at the 3.048-mile, 14-turn outer road circuit southwest of Salt Lake City.
Successful start to second half of season. Following Daniel Juncadella's maiden victory on Saturday, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport secured a one-two win on Sunday. Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS) won his home race at Brands Hatch from championship leader Gary Paffett (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS). This was the team's fifth one-two win this season and the 109th in the brand's 30-year DTM history. Paul finished on the top rung of the podium at Brands Hatch for the third time after taking wins there in 2009 and 2010. This was his second victory of the season and the tenth overall in his DTM career. Gary in second place rounded off a successful weekend for the team, securing his 45th DTM podium and seventh so far this season.
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