IndyCar has always been a day late and a dollar short. It took them 10 years to figure out hybrid technology was needed, and after they finally announce it, GM and Chevy come out and say they have no future.
Chevy is one of IndyCars only two engine manufacturers.
Auto makers for two decades have leaned on hybrid vehicles to help them comply with regulations on fuel consumption and give customers greener options in the showroom. Now, two of the world’s largest car manufacturers say they see no future for hybrids in their U.S. lineups.
Sowery and Kirkwood Lead the Way at Road to Indy Oval Test
The top two rungs on the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires were in action today at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, just across the Mississippi River from downtown St. Louis, Mo., for a one-day test in advance of next week’s final oval races of the season for both Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.
Each series completed a total of three sessions, two of them of 45-minutes’ duration and the final period this afternoon comprising a full one hour of track time. The test represented a rare opportunity to gain some oval testing mileage, and could prove crucial to the outcome of both championships as they reach toward a conclusion.
Can Rossi dominate again or are the Chevys too powerful?
The NTT IndyCar Series, fresh off a two-week break, will culminate the oval portion of the season with back-to-back races, beginning with this weekend's ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway.
Sunday's ABC Supply 500 on the 2.5-mile "Tricky Triangle" in Long Pond, Pa., will be the fourth of five scheduled oval races on the season, following events at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Iowa Speedway. The series will then head to the 1.25-mile World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway on Saturday, Aug. 24, for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500, Round 15 of 17 of the season. Here are "5 Things To Look For" heading into Sunday's ABC Supply 500:
Rossi and Hinchcliffe granted wild card entry to Bathurst 1000 (Update)
Hinchcliffe and Rossi have their plane tickets
UPDATE [MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA] -- Walkinshaw Andretti United, in collaboration with Andretti Autosport and United Autosports, has today announced a wildcard entry into the 2019 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, on October 10-13.
The entry will be piloted by full-time NTT IndyCar Series drivers Alexander Rossi and James Hinchcliffe. A naming rights partner of the entry is yet to be announced, as the Team looks to align with a high profile brand for the biggest day in Australian motorsport. Importantly, both William Sandbrook and Virgin Australia have thrown their support behind the program.
Exclusive Autosport is excited to announce they will be testing Oklahoma native Bryce Cornet on August 21 on the Autobahn Country Club road course in Joliet, IL. The 25-year-old had re-fired his racing career following a medical setback and comes into the test with a deep SCCA Formula Mazda resume, having won several titles, including the 2018 SCCA National Championship Runoffs, the 2018 Hoosier Super Tour Championship, and the SCCA Driver of the Year. These accomplishments earned Cornet a lucrative ticket to the Road to Indy USF2000 Shootout last December. The team looks forward to running this SCCA champion in one of their Tatuus PM-18 Indy Pro 2000 car to see what he is able to accomplish at the one-day test.
Pirelli GT4 America SprintX to debut at 2020 Acura GPALB
Pirelli GT4 America SprintX
SRO Motorsports Group
SRO Motorsports Group and Grand Prix Association of Long Beach officials announced today that a round of the 2020 Pirelli GT4 America SprintX Series will run at next year’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, set to take place April 17-19.
The 60-minute race will take place Sunday, April 19, and feature a pit stop with a driver change. It’s the first time the GT4 America SprintX series has run at Long Beach.
Ford has unveiled the new car that will be competing in the second-tier Xfinity Series, starting at February’s Daytona race.
The automaker has been campaigning Mustang-branded cars in the series since 2011, when it was sponsored by Nationwide, and has made several cosmetic updates along the way, but this is the first full redesign since then.
The car features front-end styling that's closer to the production car's than before, and was built to the same specifications as the Chevrolet Camaro SS and Toyota Supra that debuted in the series this season.
Ford switched its Monster Energy NASCAR Cup cars to a Mustang body in 2019 to better align its racing efforts with its showroom models as it begins to eliminate all the other cars from its lineup in favor of trucks and SUVs.
With his career going nowhere fast, and no big sponsor backing, Jordan King eyes 2 steps down to Formula E
Formula 2 and IndyCar driver Jordan King says ABB FIA Formula E is one of the “options” he is considering for next season following his recent test with Dragon Racing.
King told Motorsport.com of the test: “We got a half decent amount of running, all good.
“It was quite easy to just jump in and drive. Obviously there was a lot to learn with the software side of things, the buttons and the settings, everything that goes with that.
“Driving-wise, over one flying qualifying lap it seemed quite comfortable for me to get in it and go. I did a bit of simulator time with the guys beforehand and went through all the processes and systems so I was a little bit ahead jumping in the car.
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Dixon nominated to run first laps with new IndyCar aeroscreen
The aeroscreen is really a Halo (above) with a windscreen mounted to it
According to Racer, the new aeroscreen set to be introduced into IndyCar in 2020 could run its first laps in September, and Scott Dixon has been nominated to conduct the tests.
Dixon was originally chosen to conduct the first aeroscreen tests last year at Phoenix, a ballistic see through screen that was raised and brought around the cockpit, in the hope of further improving and protecting drivers from flying debris in an accident.
Larson, Bell Adding NASCAR Star Power to Growing IMS dirt race
Mud covered USAC Midget Action
NASCAR standouts Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell are returning to their short-track roots Sept. 4-5 at The Dirt Track at IMS, as both were assigned to cars on the growing entry list for the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midget race.
NASCAR Cup Series star Larson and NASCAR Xfinity Series title contender Bell both will drive cars fielded by the powerful Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian team on the quarter-mile clay oval inside Turn 3 at IMS. The event field has grown to 55 cars, with more entries expected.
American Formula 2 driver Juan Manuel Correa will make his Formula One debut in a private test with Alfa Romeo on Aug. 24.
Correa, 20, is an Alfa Romeo development driver and has been racing for the Sauber Junior Team by Charouz in F2 this year.
The test will take place at the Paul Ricard circuit in the south of France and he will test a Sauber C32, which was the last of the team's V8-powered cars before the V6 turbo powertrains were introduced in 2014.
Charles Glenn to sing the National Anthem at Gateway He is a beloved St. Louis icon. He sang the National Anthem prior to the opening puck drop at St. Louis Blues home games for 19 years. And now Charles Glenn is coming to World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, on August 24 to sing “The Star Spangled Banner” before the start of the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 INDYCAR race.
Glenn, 64, retired from singing the National Anthem at St. Louis NHL games at the end of the 2018-2019 season – the year they won their first Stanley Cup championship.
Dale Coyne Racing rookie Santino Ferrucci is looking forward to what is considered his home race this weekend as the NTT IndyCar Series heads to Pocono Raceway for the 14th round of the season, the ABC Supply 500.
The 21-year-old driver hails from Woodbury, Connecticut a town located about 150 miles away from the 2.5-mile oval known as the ‘Tricky Triangular’.
Gateway GM Chris Blair provided this update to Robin Miller of Racer:
“I’m happy to report that ticket sales are going very well and it looks like we are on pace to meet and possibly exceed last year’s number. Our new naming rights sponsor, World Wide Technology, is actively involved with the event this year and the enthusiasm from their employees is really showing. To be totally transparent, we are down on some of the team hospitality programs this year (which I think having COTA and Laguna as new events this year may be a contributor to that), so when you factor in where we are on sales it shows that MORE of the ticket buying public are coming. We’ve had a lot of calls from people who are waiting to see the weather forecast, so we expect to see a lot of people hop off the fence and come to our race.
USAF 55th Wing to Perform Military Flyover for the XFINITY Road America race
Road America proudly welcomes the United States Air Force 55th Wing for a military flyover during the pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR XFINITY CTECH Manufacturing 180 on August 24. Aircrew from the 55th Wing, based out of Offutt AFB, in Nebraska, will fly an RC-135V/W Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft across the sky to honor our country during the National Anthem.
"The flyover is one of the most memorable moments of race weekend, and we are honored to welcome the USAF 55th Wing," said Road America President and General Manager, Mike Kertscher. "We are grateful to the service members who serve in our military, and we look forward to welcoming these brave aircrew to America's National Park of Speed."
Weekend TV Schedule (Updated) All times Eastern. Added: Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (nee Historics) livestream. It will be flag-to-flag coverage hosted on IMSA.tv on both Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The announce team is veteran broadcaster Rick Debruhl and 55 year track announcer Dick Sisich on color.
Oregon Department of Transportation partners with Grand Prix of Portland
Drive safe, park your phone
The Transportation Safety Division (TSD) of Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has partnered, for the first time ever, with the Grand Prix of Portland, kicking off the Labor Day weekend, August 30-September 1, at Portland International Raceway (PIR).
Marking the second year of the annual motorsports event, TSD’s Distracted Driving Program will be highlighted for all three days of the Grand Prix. The program’s messaging will be featured prominently across the PIR venue, including on-site branding, an exciting opportunity to experience the state’s Distracted Driving crash vehicle, as well as digital reminders to help everyone get home safely.
David Ragan and Front Row Motorsports announced today that Ragan will step away from full-time NASCAR competition after this season. Ragan will continue to race on a part-time basis in NASCAR and other series at his desire.
Ragan, 33, began competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2007 with Roush Fenway Racing after finding success in the now NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. He has 457 starts in the premier Cup Series heading into this weekend's race with a total of two wins, 40 Top-10 and 15 Top-five finishes. Ragan's last Cup win was the first for Front Row Motorsports. He also has two poles in the Cup series.
Recent W Series Brands Hatch race winner Alice Powell will make her IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship debut at Virginia International Raceway alongside fellow Brit Katherine Legge in the #57 Caterpillar Acura NSX GT3.
“I am very excited to be joining Heinricher Racing and Meyer Shank Racing for the next round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship,” said Powell.“This is such a successful and well-respected team. I am looking forward to working with them and settling into driving the Acura NSX GT3.
Xfinity Series: Jeff Meendering, crew chief of the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota driven by Brandon Jones has been fined $5,000 for an improperly installed lug nut(s) found in Saturday’s post-race inspection at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Monster Cup: At Michigan International Speedway Danny Stockman, crew chief for the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, and Luke Lambert, crew chief for the No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet in the Cup Series each received $25,000 fines and the loss of 10 driver and 10 owner points for disconnecting their cars alternator during qualifying.
Penske sponsors his own car for Pocono (Update) UPDATE
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Large contingent of vintage IndyCars coming to Gateway during IndyCar weekend
The largest assembly of vintage Indy Cars outside of the Indianapolis 500 will take place at the annual Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline for the NTT IndyCar Series on August 23-24 at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois.
Brown: McLaren IndyCar drivers could be given F1 tests
Zak Brown and Lando Norris. Brown is paying Sam Schmidt to put the McLaren name on his race cars
McLaren boss Zak Brown says the drivers involved in the team's full-time IndyCar effort next year could be handed an F1 test if their chance of racing at the pinnacle of motorsport is deemed "credible".
McLaren will expand into IndyCar from 2020, running a full-time program in conjunction with race winning outfit Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
While the team's line-up has yet to be determined, with incumbent James Hinchcliffe theoretically contracted to ASPM for next year, Brown says there has been no lack of interest from the driver community since the announcement last week of McLaren's full-time IndyCar endeavor.
Hamilton is a fragile character. When he spun twice in the wet and looked like a wanker in Germany he refused to let Netflix use the film for fear of anyone knowing he's only as good as the car Aldo Costa designs him. He won't race in the Race of Champions for fear of looking inferior
(GMM) Max Verstappen's father thinks the on-form Red Bull driver has rattled reigning five time world champion and 2019 championship leader Lewis Hamilton.
"When you see what kind of races Max has been driving, I don't think you can be surprised," Jos Verstappen, himself a former F1 driver, said of his son.
He thinks Hamilton and Mercedes are clearly coming under pressure from Max.
"You can tell by the things Hamilton has been saying," Jos said.
"Why would he respond to rumors? He says that the Honda engine is better than Mercedes now, but I don't think that's the case on the straights."
At the same time, Jos says his 21-year-old son is remaining cool, even after securing his first ever pole position in Hungary.
(GMM) Pierre Gasly is vowing to push on after being dumped by Red Bull's premier team.
Despite repeatedly insisting that the struggling Frenchman would stay at least for the rest of 2019, Red Bull announced on Monday that he will in fact be replaced immediately after the summer break by Alex Albon.
"The team will use the next nine races to evaluate Alex's performance in order to make an informed decision as to who will drive alongside Max (Verstappen) in 2020," read a statement.
Alonso in the dog slow McLaren F1 prepared 2019 IndyCar
Despite all the hoopla around McLaren announcing a partnership with Arrows SPM to form the Arrows McLaren SP IndyCar team for 2020, the fact of the matter is that it is Sam Schmidt's IndyCar team, his shop, his cars, his personnel, with McLaren throwing some money at it and some limited personnel.
Will the car count rise in IndyCar because of McLaren?
Zak Brown: Alonso would be "immensely successful" in IndyCar
Browns thinks Alonso would be very successful in IndyCar
In today's IndyCar media conference the question again came up as to whether Fernando Alonso might change his mind and do a full season of IndyCar racing since he has nothing else for next year.
Brown went on to say: “I'll be seeing Fernando at the Italian Grand Prix. He's well aware of everything that's going on with our IndyCar activities and has been for some time.
“I don't think his desire to win the Indy 500 has diminished at all. He has not shown an interest – yet, I should say – in a full season of IndyCar. He's coming off 20 years of lots of racing and I think he wanted to take the second half of this year off to see what he wants to do in the future.
Miles not surprised by McLaren's entry into IndyCar
INDYCAR CEO Mark Miles told NBC Sports.com he has known about the McLaren deal with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for several weeks and is “delighted” it is now official.
“We’re delighted,” Miles told NBC Sports.com from France, where he was spending last week with Indy 500 winning driver Simon Pagenaud on a victory tour. “It’s great. It’s important. I have thought for some time this day would come. It was more of a matter of ‘when,’ then ‘ever.’
Walkinshaw Andretti team to carry out 2020 engine tests
The Walkinshaw/Andretti team (also part owned by Zak Brown) runs Holdens. Holden's parent company is General Motors and it no longer manufacturers cars in Australia. All their cars are imports that are rebadged. On track they are routinely smoked by Roger Penske's Ford Mustangs
Walkinshaw Andretti United is set to conduct a 2020 engine technical package test on behalf of Supercars at Winton on Tuesday reports Speedcafe.
The squad will carry out running of its proposed 2020 specification engine, which will include the outfit’s own drive-by-wire throttle system at the Victorian circuit.
The Clayton outfit builds its own Supercars engines and supplies other teams including Erebus Motorsport.
Data gathered from the test is set to help the championship evaluate possible changes next season, with engines a key part of Supercars’ cost saving program.
The championship is understood to be looking to reduce the power from the units to increase longevity and durability which will in turn decrease the amount of engine rebuilds per season and save teams up to 15 percent on engine budgets.
British F3 storms to Silverstone for potential title decider
British F3 action
The BRDC British F3 Championship storms into Silverstone this weekend (17-18 August) for the penultimate round of this year’s title battle, and the first weekend where this year’s title could be decided.
Mathematically there are still 10 drivers in contention with six races to go, but realistically it’s a three-way scrap for the championship between Clement Novalak, Jonathan Hoggard and Ayrton Simmons.
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