The NTT IndyCar Series will run its fifth and final oval race of the season, heading next to World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway for Saturday night's Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline.
The Bommarito Automotive Group 500 on the 1.25-mile World Wide Technology Raceway, Round 15 of 17 on the season, is the second consecutive oval weekend for the series. The NTT IndyCar Series competed Sunday on Pocono's 2.5-mile oval, where Team Penske's Will Power won the rain-shortened ABC Supply 500.
Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Broadcast on NBCSN Monday
Catch the livestream action online (photo: Joseph Kumzak)
WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca has selected key races from the 2019 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (RMMR) into an hour-long program to be broadcast by NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) on Monday, August 26 at 3:00 pm PDT / 6:00 pm EDT. This year's RMMR featured International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) as the marque, in honor of their 50th anniversary. This was the first time a race series rather than an automotive manufacturer has been recognized in this way.
The race groups evolved slightly for 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of IMSA. The atmosphere in the paddock was electric with an unprecedented variety of cars with past and present racing personalities from the span of IMSA’s rich history.
To my friends, partners, and fans of CORE autosport:
The 2019 Petit Le Mans will be my last race in a DPi. In fact, I have no racing plans of any kind in the near future. But, for those who know the power of being passionate, I will leave the door slightly ajar.
Video proves Hunter-Reay did not crowd Rossi into Sato
The fact that this is even being debated is beyond my comprehension. This camera angle from T2 tells the whole story. I wasn’t crowding Alex at all, not even close. Case closed. pic.twitter.com/LITOvQT1xO
IMSA has introduced new team communication rules and a reduction of available timing data on race weekends, in effort to crack down on potential Balance of Performance manipulation by competitors in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship paddock.
Effective from this weekend’s Michelin GT Challenge at Virginia International Raceway, the sanctioning body will monitor and enforce team radio transmissions, which is believed to have been a source of potential performance management in recent races.
NASCAR cited three teams in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for lug-nut violations after last weekend’s action at Bristol Motor Speedway. Those teams were the No. 2 Team Penske Ford of Brad Keselowski, the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet of Chase Elliott and the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford of Clint Bowyer.
Each crew chief was fined $10,000 — Paul Wolfe (the No. 2), Alan Gustafson (for the No. 9) and Michael Bugarewicz (No. 14). Keselowski finished third in the Bristol Night Race, while Elliott was fifth and Bowyer was seventh.
"It's a dream come true" - MotoGP authorities on KymiRing (Update)
UPDATE Michele Pirro left Finland slightly under whelmed. He expected a lot of the Kymiring,
“To be honest, it's possible to do better in 2019 - the Ducati test rider's first comment - The thing I like most about riding a MotoGP is using all the power, they could have considered that. Instead, from turn 5 onwards, you practically only use 1st and 2nd gear, and 3rd once, there's also only one usable straight. I carried out a test: I was able to complete one kilometer using only 1st gear”.
Tesla is a dumpster fire right now. Their cars and solar panels catch on fire and we know their autonomous cars crash all the time, some resulting in death. They carry huge debt and they lose a lot of money each quarter, and their solar sales are plummeting.
Not only do their cars catch on fire, so do their solar panels.
Walmart Inc on Tuesday sued Tesla Inc, accusing it of "widespread negligence" that led to repeated fires of its solar systems and asking a court to force Tesla to remove solar panels from more than 240 of its U.S. stores.
The lawsuit accuses Tesla of having untrained workers putting up shoddy installations and showing "utter incompetence or callousness, or both," court papers said.
The fires destroyed significant amounts of store merchandise and required substantial repairs, totaling millions of dollars in losses, Walmart said in the lawsuit.
When asked by Autosportweb about the gap to Mercedes, Honda F1 executive director Masashi Yamamoto replied: “I think it’s shrinking. At the time of the opening round, I didn’t feel that we could get closer to Mercedes. The developers of HRD Sakura (Honda Technical Research Institute) and engineers at the race site did a really good job.
“And in Hungary, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Max fought wheel-to-wheel at the front. What was very impressive was when Hamilton actually had to back off a move early in the race. That was amazing. If we had a similar scenario at the beginning of the opening race, Hamilton would not have backed off, but it would have been over in a few seconds. I think it was a fruitful first half of the season.”
MotoGP: Four front, rear slick tire options selected for Silverstone
Michelin bringing new tires to Silverstone
With Silverstone undergoing a complete resurfacing ahead of the 2019 GoPro British Grand Prix, MotoGP™ tire supplier Michelin will be providing the premier class riders with one extra slick tire for the front and rear.
Armed with very little information about the resurfacing given no tests have taken place at the Northamptonshire layout, Michelin and the riders will be heading into the unknown on Friday morning. Standing at 5.9km, Silverstone is the longest - and one of the fastest - tracks on the calendar and to combat the asphalt change, the French brand have named a fourth front and rear slick tire.
Video: Which driver is in the most playoff bubble trouble? The NASCAR Bristol Night Race shifted the playoff bubble quite a bit and our Backseat Drivers debate which driver now finds themselves in the most bubble trouble. Comment
Team USA Shootout Again Features Lucas Oil School and Cooper Tires
Team USA Cars
For the second year running, two of the staunchest supporters of up-and-coming open-wheel racers, the Lucas Oil School of Racing and Cooper Tires, will combine forces to host the Team USA Scholarship shootout. The two-day assessment will take place early next month at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
Six talented young Americans will take the challenge, from which two will be invited to represent their country at the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch and the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone later this fall.
Sato had Hunter-Reay and Rossi easily passed if he did not get taken out by contact with a moving to the right Rossi
Statement from Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing: Following the events on Lap 1 of Sunday’s INDYCAR race at Pocono Raceway, we are relieved that all drivers emerged unhurt from the crash. Normally in a situation of this nature it is not necessary for a team to comment but following the accusations levied at Takuma Sato, and after reviewing Takuma’s onboard data and camera, we feel that a clarification is necessary.
The data and video clearly shows that Takuma did not turn down the track into Alexander in this incident and in fact the first steering wheel movement made by Takuma was to the right, as he tried to correct his car after the initial contact.
UPDATE NBCSN earned a final 0.36 rating for the ABC Supply Pocono 500 IndyCar race Sunday, up slightly from a 0.34 in 2018, but still horrible. 549,000 viewers tunes in but only 101,000 in the all important 18-49 age bracket. Last year 110,000 tuned in for the key bracket.
You need at least 1 million viewers for sponsors to look at you, hence NBCSN fails IndyCar week in and week out.
IndyCar aero kit partially to blame for another Pocono wreck
IndyCar has their head where the sun doesn't shine if it does not think it's aero kit results in drivers taking unnecessary risks
Has IndyCar screwed the pooch with its latest Superspeedway aero kit? It would seem so.
There is one aspect of these wrecks that is seemingly going undiscussed, yet aside of driver error, it is arguably the number one reason why these wrecks happened. That is the introduction of the Superspeedway aero kit that has made it so hard to pass drivers take unnecessary risks on starts and restarts.
The only superspeedway race prior to last year’s race at Pocono Raceway during which the aero kit was used was the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and passing was at a premium throughout this race.
Hot on the heels of repeatable full throttle 0 to 125mph runs, Porsche has released the result of an impressive endurance test for the Taycan: they drove a pre-production unit of the electric car at high speed for 2,128 miles in 24 hours.
The German automaker has previously been pushing the idea that unlike other performance electric vehicles, like Tesla’s, the Taycan is going to be able to maintain continuous higher power output for long periods of time.
Earlier this month, they released a test of a Porsche Taycan performing 30 consecutive 0-124 mph launches to show repeatable high power output.
After a successful campaign in the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship, Fernando Alonso and TOYOTA GAZOO Racing will join forces once again in the upcoming months for a series of tests with the Toyota Hilux, the car that is expected to compete in the next Dakar Rally.
Over the next five months, Fernando, who looks to broaden his already-remarkable motorsport career across multiple disciplines, will work closely with TOYOTA GAZOO Racing and its Dakar Rally team, undergoing an intensive training program in the Toyota Hilux across Europe, Africa and the Middle East to familiarize himself with the challenging rigors of rally raid.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. thanks all who have lifted us up
Dale Earnhardt Jr. issued his first public comments Monday since he and his family survived a plane crash last Thursday afternoon at Elizabethton (Tennessee) Municipal Airport.
Earnhardt offered thanks to “everyone who has lifted us up with phone calls, messages and prayer since last Thursday. We are truly blessed that all on board escaped with no serious injuries, including our daughter, our two pilots and our dog Gus.”
Earnhardt also thanked the pilots, emergency personnel, law enforcement and hospital staff.
Pocono: It is clear now that Rossi moved right (Update)
After he cools down, Rossi will eventually come to see that Sato was not to blame
UPDATE Added Sato in-car video below. He drove straight until clipped by Rossi. Many people owe Sato an apology.
08/19/19 These photos below show, using the seam in the asphalt as reference, that Alexander Rossi was moving right (with Ryan Hunter-Reay to his left), and Rossi's right front clipped Takuma Sato's right rear.
While Rossi perceived that Sato moved left on him, the evidence is overwhelming that he did not.
So while everyone was quick to lay blame with Takuma Sato, it's quite likely that Alexander Rossi will look back on Sunday as the crash that cost him another IndyCar title.
UPDATE Everyone originally blamed Takuma Sato for the big wreck at Pocono Sunday. In fact he did not turn left across Rossi.
After examining the video frame-by-frame and watching the seams in the asphalt, it is clear Hunter-Reay passes to the left of Rossi, then fades right to setup for Turn 2 (better arc), Rossi also fades right, and he moves up into Sato setting off the accident. Sato did not turn left until he was touched by Rossi. Sato could be blamed for going 3-wide on lap 1 into Turn 2.
Don't believe us? Re-watch the video frame-by-frame, watch each car, and watch the straight seams in the asphalt.
Ford GT Mk II order book will close on August 31st
When the Ford GT Mk II was revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 4, a previously unrealized level of performance was unleashed. As a track-only supercar the Mk II doesn’t have to conform to road or race series regulations so it delivers the true off-the-hook potential of the Ford GT platform.
Interest in the limited-edition car has been unprecedented so Multimatic will close the sales inquiries process on August 31. After that date, those who have expressed an interest in purchasing one of the 45 Mk II’s will be contacted.
“The demand for the Mk II was so high that we could have sold the entire production run on the day of the Goodwood reveal,” said Multimatic President & Chief Operating Officer, Raj Nair. “If you’re buying a car that costs over a million dollars you obviously want to know if you’re getting one! We understand that and so will close the order book on August 31,which will initiate the allocation process and we will contact everyone who applied.”
The first Ford GT Mk IIs will be delivered before the end of 2019.
UPDATE Rosenqvist was released from a Pocono hospital Sunday evening and is perfectly fine.
08/18/19 Felix Rosenqvist walked onto the helicopter and was flown to a nearby hospital for further checks of possible non-life threatening injuries after the 5-car crash at the start of the ABC Supply 500 caused by Takuma Sato.
The IndyCar Chief Medical doctor refused to say what they were concerned about - perhaps a concussion or a hairline fracture of a bone.
Shell rolls out electric vehicle charging points at fuel stations
Smart oil companies will begin to convert their gas stations to charging stations
Shell has become the first fuel retailer in Singapore to offer electric vehicle charging points at its stations.
Following what it has done in its network in Britain, the Netherlands and China, the Dutch oil giant has equipped its Sengkang station - at 61 Sengkang East Road - with a 50kW direct current (DC) fast-charger.
Nine other stations across the island will have this facility - dubbed Shell Recharge - by October. Shell has 57 fuel stations in Singapore.
The new electric Porsche Taycan proves its repeatability After being pushed 26 times from 0-200 km/h with an average under 10 seconds, the Taycan is ready for its debut. This September 4th at 3 pm CEST, the Taycan goes live at the World Premiere. Stay tuned for details. Comment
Taking the Famous Mercedes W196 for a Spin with Lewis Hamilton From one five-time F1 champion to another. Lewis Hamilton jumps behind the wheel of the great Juan Manuel Fangio's stunning Mercedes-Benz W196 Streamliner! Comment
After the IndyCar drivers wrecked in Turn 2 on the opening lap of the Pocono 500 social media lit up blaming the Pocono track, calling it unfit and unsafe for an IndyCar race.
Even Robert Wickens chimed in on social media but the fact of the matter is it was driver error in 2018 (Wickens fault) and driver error again in 2019 (Sato's fault) that there was a big wreck. And Justin Wilson being killed was a freak accident and could have happened at any track. Look how close Scott Dixon was to being killed at Indy last year - inches.
How many times do we have to go through the same situation before we can all accept that an IndyCar should not race at Pocono. It’s just a toxic relationship and maybe it’s time to consider a divorce. I’m very relieved (to my knowledge) that everyone is okay from that scary crash
However the IndyCar drivers after the race quickly shot down any notion that the track was to blame and quickly pointed out that all the Pocono accidents could have happened anywhere.
Q. Gentlemen, we saw some comments during the race from Robert Wickens, Sage Karam, whether INDYCAR should be running here at Pocono in the future. What are your thoughts after finishing the race today? Do you see those changing as you get more time to think about it?
SCOTT DIXON: Honestly I feel bad for Pocono. The group of people here that work, they work extremely hard. I felt the crowd today at the start of the race was fantastic. It was gaining some really good momentum. Hopefully it does continue.
But down to weather, some mistakes that have happened on track, honestly they could happen anywhere, if you look at Justin or Robby, those can happen anywhere. I feel bad that it gets a bit of a bad taste in that scenario. I think the drivers in a lot of situations can do a better job to help that situation.
Honestly, I hope we come back. I just want to say a big thank you to everybody here at Pocono, the fans and everybody that come out, because it's definitely a tough place. Will can tell you how rewarding it is to win here just because it is so difficult to get it right.
WILL POWER: I agree. It's a great oval for us. Obviously some unfortunate accidents here, like Scott said, that could happen anywhere. Kind of got a bad rap for that.
The crowd is up 15% every year we come back. It's getting better. Like Scott said, the crowd was great today. It's a good racetrack, man. A good track for racing. I really hope we come back, I do. I think the guys do a great job. A cool track for us. It's hard for us to find good ovals these days that suit our cars.
SIMON PAGENAUD: Tough to add to that. I think they said it all.
It is a fun track to drive on. Real unfortunate, close to New York, a great market for INDYCAR. It's an opportunity to bring people from New York to the Indy car races. Really enjoy that.
I love personally superspeedways. I think it's been the best, like they said. Obviously when you're traveling at such high speed, you know a crash is going to be a big crash.
Hopefully we can come back and hopefully we can keep working with people at Pocono because it's been a lot of fun. I've been racing here since 2012 in the series. I've enjoyed it more and more every year. So we'll see what happens next.
Takuma Sato comes out of nowhere to collect Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay, before clipping Felix Rosenqvist who almost flips and hits the catchfence. Hinchcliffe is involved as well. It looks like everybody is out of their cars.
Dixon was 2nd quick Saturday. Can he win on Sunday?
Some good news from Pocono, the forecast is decidedly better for the race this afternoon and we expect to get this race in today. It will be warm, in the low-80s- and mostly sunny with only a slight chance of a thunderstorm.
The fans here are bored stiff as there is no racing and few activities until race time at 2:45 pm. No wonder IndyCar oval races are dying - they are so boring for the fans compared to road and street circuits where the action is constant. Not sure why IndyCar bothers to have any ovals races on the schedule. They are not promoted right, and except for the Indy 500, they eventually all die a slow death.
With nearly 20,000 fans looking on at Twin Ring Motegi circuit under 37℃ temps (road temp of 49℃), last race winner Alex Palou got off to a good start to the race from pole position. Ryo Hirakawa followed Palou into the 1st corner, while also keeping his position. Nirei Fukuzumi remained in P3, as Kamui Kobayashi moved up 3 spots from a P7 start to get into P4.
Sunday TV Schedule 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.
If Sergio Perez is true to his word, he'll leave F1 in 2021
Sergio Perez has said he'll leave in 2021 if he's not fighting for podiums. He won't be fighting for podiums with Racing Point so, therefore, he will leave F1.
Sergio Perez has said that he’ll leave Formula 1 if he’s not fighting for podiums after the 2021 regulations are introduced.
The Racing Point driver has often been the midfield driver to steal an opportunistic top-three finish, doing so eight times, but opportunities are becoming lesser and lesser as the gap to the top three teams increases.
Collapsed landing gear caused Dale Jr. plane crash
Earnhardt Jr's burned plane
Collapsed landing gear caused the plane carrying Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family to this weekend’s NASCAR weekend in Bristol to crash off the runway before bursting into flames, the NTSB has revealed.
Senior investigator Ralph Hicks said: “We were able to obtain surveillance footage from buildings around the area that include footage of the accident happening. It shows quite a bit.
“The airplane basically bounced at least twice before coming down hard on the right-wing landing gear. You can actually see the right-wing landing gear collapsing on the video.
Newgarden gets pole after rainout. ABC Supply Pocono 500 Lineup
The leading candidates for this year's NTT IndyCar Series championship will be easy to spot at the start of Sunday's ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. They all will be at the front.
With heavy rain falling mid-morning Saturday, INDYCAR officials opted to cancel NTT P1 Award qualifying in favor of a two-hour practice that would be more relevant to race conditions. When qualifying sessions aren't held, starting grids are set by entrant points and that provided Team Penske's Josef Newgarden and his No. 2 Hitachi Chevrolet the lead position heading into the 200-lap, 500-mile race. Andretti Autosport's Alexander Rossi will occupy the other position on the front row in the No. 27 MilitaryToMotorsports.com Honda.
Video: IndyCar Pocono 500 Saturday recap AutoRacing1.com's Brian Carroccio and Mark C. discuss Saturday's practice results an our pick for Sunday's race, as well as all the latest Silly Season rumors from the IndyCar paddock Comment
With a lap speed of 216.354 miles per hour, Tony Kanaan put the No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet atop the time sheets in practice for tomorrow’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. Reigning series champion Scott Dixon was second with Dale Coyne Racing rookie Santino Ferrucci third. NTT INDYCAR Series championship leader Josef Newgarden could only manage the 17th fastest time.
Pocono: Quals rained out, Practice to start Saturday’s NTT IndyCar Series qualifying for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway was canceled due to inclement weather and the starting line-up will be based on entrant points. A 2-hour practice session will begin at 1:50pm Eastern Time.
Championship leader Josef Newgarden (No. 2 Hitachi Chevrolet) of Team Penske will start first in Sunday’s ABC Supply 500, but will not earn the championship point awarded to the pole winner pursuant to INDYCAR rule 12.3.4. Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi (No. 27 MilitaryToMotorsports.com Honda) will start alongside Newgarden on the front row.
Video: IndyCar Pocono 500 Power and Newgarden Q&A During the rain delay, Penske Chevy drivers Will Power and Josef Newgarden spent some time answering questions with media at Pocono including the merits of McLaren coming to IndyCar with Fernando Alonso. Comment
Good morning from the mountains of Pocono, Pennsylvania where the IndyCar teams and drivers are gathered for the ABC Supply 500. We hit a few rain drops on the way to the track this morning but we think today will be largely dry. We're more worried about tomorrow's weather forecast which is iffy at this point.
This morning's 1.5-hour practice session starting at 9:30am will be all about setting up the car for qualifying at 12:30pm ET. That is followed by practice this afternoon at 4:00pm when the drivers will focus on race day setup.
NASCAR investigating foul language radio transmissions
Did Matt Crafton really call Stewart Friesen a queer?
A NASCAR official confirmed to Jalopnik Friday that it’s looking into claims of homophobic comments communicated over a team radio during the Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Thursday night, in response to on-track disputes between playoff drivers Matt Crafton and Stewart Friesen.
Autoweek reporter Matt Weaver posted the alleged comments on Twitter during the race, later deleting the post because, he said in a tweet, the “sentiment just felt too gross to keep up.”
Live team transmissions are available for fans and media to listen to during races, and reporters often tweet things said on the radios.
To repeat at Pocono, Rossi must first dodge the rain drops
Rossi takes the checkered flag in 2018.
By starting the Pocono 500 so late in the afternoon (2:45pm instead of 1:00 pm) there is a decent chance Sunday's Pocono 500 will rain out.
There is a 60 to 70% of Thunderstorms in the afternoon and the best chance of rain is at race time. Since Pocono has no lights, any stoppage to dry the track could mean that darkness sets in and the race gets postponed to Monday. We'll see how the forecast evolves Sunday morning.
To have a shot at winning the NTT IndyCar Series championship, Alexander Rossi feels he needs to win at least one of the four remaining races.
Another failed oval race, another black eye for IndyCar
IndyCar heads to Pocono Raceway this weekend with its future at the track unclear. The current three-year deal expires after Sunday’s race, and the venue is seen in the paddock as unlikely to be on the ’20 schedule.
This comes with IndyCar in advanced talks with Richmond Raceway to race there next season.
Both IndyCar and Pocono have insisted that a final decision has not been made yet, and Pocono has offered to host a race once every three years if IndyCar does not want to return in ’20.
NBC Sports Won't Replace Dale Jr. In Booth For Bristol Night Race
Earnhardt recovering from bumps and bruises
NBC Sports will not replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the booth for Saturday night's Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race after the former driver was involved in a plane crash Thursday in east Tennessee. Instead, NBCSN will stick with a three-man booth consisting of Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race from Bristol Motor Speedway.
That trio called races for three years from '15-17 before NBC expanded to a four-man booth in '18 with Earnhardt's addition. Earnhardt has also been slated to race in his only race of the year during the Aug. 31 Xfinity Series race at Darlington; there was no immediate word if he is still set to participate. The Cup Series does not race again until Sept. 1 at Darlington.
Weekend TV Schedule 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.
LONG POND, Pennsylvania -- Fast Friday News, Notes & Happenings is a new addition that will be produced during recapping the opening day of activity for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. On track activity begins Saturday with a pair of 60-minute practices and qualifying for the NTT P1 Award. The quick-hitting, notebook-style content is designed to keep media apprised of the happenings in the NTT IndyCar Series and Road to Indy ladder program.
Video shows how close Dale Jr. was to dying Dale Jr.’s plane is on fire and close to being fully engulfed before someone gets the door open in time for everyone on board to safely escape. Another minute and they were all dead.
Below is an updated statement from Kelley Earnhardt Miller, general manager of JR Motorsports, regarding Thursday’s plane crash involving Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife Amy, daughter Isla and two JRM pilots.
“We want to reiterate our appreciation to the NASCAR community, first responders, medical staff, and race fans everywhere for the overwhelming support in the last 24 hours. Dale, Amy, Isla and our two pilots are doing well. We are assisting the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board in the investigation and will have no further comment at this time.”
2019 Indy 500 construction with 2018 Pocono compound
"The layout at Pocono Raceway has three distinct turns with completely different radii and levels of banking, making it one of the most challenging tracks to design tires for. When the Firestone Race Tire Engineering team is designing the tires for Pocono, we must make sure the tires can run smoothly through turn 1 but also carry as much speed as possible coming out of turn 3. To do that, the Firestone Race Tire Engineering team developed new right-side tires that use the same construction as the 2019 Indy 500 tire and the same compound as the 2018 Pocono tire. Paired with left-side tires that use the same race-proven compound and construction from the 2019 Indy 500 tires, this combination provides improved grip and strength to tackle the 'Tricky Triangle.’"
- Cara Adams, Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Americas Motorsports
Abiteboul thinks Ross Brawn in barking up wrong tree
Cyril Abiteboul, who cannot make Renault a winner, thinks he is smarter than Ross Brawn
Renault team principal Cyril Abiteboul, who cannot run a winning team, says Liberty Media's attempts (read that Ross Brawn) to improve Formula 1 by changing technical regulations would be better served by investigating alterations to the sport's circuits.
"One thing I think we need to do a bit more is engineer the tracks," he told Autosport.
"I would prefer a bit less over-engineering of the technical regulations, and a bit more engineering of the track layout, rather than investing into 20 cars that should be different every year.
FIA to monitor F1 tire pressures at all times from 2021
Tire pressures to be monitored.
The FIA is set to introduce a special tire pressure monitoring system common to all teams in 2021 that will provide the governing body's stewards with relevant data on pressures and temperatures over an entire Grand Prix weekend.
Along with a new set of regulations, Formula 1 will usher in 18-inch wheels from 2021, a move that will be accompanied by a ban on tire blankets, compelling the FIA to enforce tire pressure constraints.
"A standard system to monitor F1 tire temperatures and pressures is planned to be introduced for the 2021 F1 season," an FIA spokesperson told Motorsport.com.
Goodyear’s director of race tire sales, Gregg Stucker, confirmed with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Thursday that the cars will be switching from 15-inch wheels to 18-inchers in 2021, the same year that the Formula 1 series is scheduled to do the same.
An all-new rules package is scheduled to debut that season and will include a complete redesign of the cars aimed in part at making the vehicles look more like the production models that they represent.
Newgarden: "When it feels like a big deal, it is a big deal."
Gateway always gets a good crowd and a Penske car always wins
Team Penske driver Josef Newgarden won the inaugural Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline INDYCAR race at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, in 2017 with a memorable late-race pass on teammate Simon Pagenaud. In his own words, Newgarden discusses what makes the NTT IndyCar Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway so special.
“It starts with the atmosphere of the crowd. The track and the Bommarito Automotive Group have done a fantastic job of bringing in the crowd from the Midwest,” said Newgarden. “You feel the energy of it. That’s due to the great promotion done in advance of the race that helps fill the grandstands.
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.
Formula 1 grand prix winner Rubens Barrichello will contest the inaugural round of the S5000 single seater series at Sandown next month.
The popular Brazilian is a major coup for the much anticipated new V8 powered Australian open wheel formula, with the one-off outing on September 20-22 providing a return to single seater racing for the ex-F1 star.
Barrichello, the first driver confirmed to race an S5000, enjoyed a successful 19-year F1 career, clocking up 11 race wins and 68 podiums from a record 322 starts.
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