Michelin Extends Partnership With FIA World Rally Championship To End Of 2016 Michelin extended its official tire supplier agreement with the FIA World Rally Championship to the end of '16. The French firm has been a partner of the WRC since it took over from Pirelli in '11 and supplies tires to most of the rally teams. The new deal will bring more Michelin branding to WRC stages, to TV coverage and the WRC’s digital services.
Michelin will also continue to use WRC content in its own promotions. Michelin Motorsport Dir Pascal Couasnon said, "This cooperation also facilitates a significant global media visibility throughout almost the entire year. In 2013, more than 600 million fans worldwide followed the WRC on TV and more than three million visited the rallies on site. These numbers speak for themselves."
Sebastien Buemi tops the final Formula E test at Donington Park
Sebastien Buemi (e.dams-Renault) set the fastest time on the final day of pre-season testing at Donington Park ahead of the opening round of the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship in Beijing on September 13.
The Swiss driver set a lap of 1:31.792s to top the timesheets over three-tenths clear of his teammate Nicolas Prost, during a day where the 10 teams focused their attention on race simulations.
Buemi, who has now topped four of the five pre-season tests, was the early pacesetter clocking a 1:32.519s, edging out Virgin Racing's Sam Bird and Dragon Racing's Jerome d'Ambrosio in the morning session.
Stewart to skip Bristol Tony Stewart has decided not to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. Veteran driver Jeff Burton, a winner of 21 Sprint Cup races, will pilot the #14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing in place of Stewart for the second straight week. Burton subbed for Stewart last weekend at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Burton has 40 Sprint Cup starts at Bristol, which includes a victory in the 2008 Food City 500. This driver change pertains only to Bristol. Stewart's plans for upcoming Sprint Cup races have yet to be determined. SHR
Whereas others claimed Newgarden was already signed for 2015, AR1.com reported all along that was not the case.
Josef Newgarden claims that he will not start considering his 2015 IndyCar plans until his current deal with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing ends after this month's Fontana season finale.
The Tennessee native is nearing the end of his third season with Fisher's team and has been on a recent run of strong results including a top five finish at Milwaukee last weekend. SFHR confirmed over the weekend that it will merge with fellow single-car outfit Ed Carpenter Racing over the winter, meaning that if Newgarden stays on, he will have a teammate for the first time in his IndyCar career.
IndyCar Milwaukee TV Rating (Update)UPDATE CORRECTION: NASCAR pulled in over 5 million viewers on ESPN not ABC for the Michigan race. Imagine how high the number would have been on ABC! Meanwhile IndyCar had 320,000 on NBCSN.
08/19/14 The TV rating for the IndyCar Wisconsin 250 from the Milwaukee Mile last Sunday was a 0.24 on NBC Sports Network, the same horrible rating as 2013. The rating above is a household rating from the 56 television markets with local Nielsen meters. The 56 markets (out of 210 total) cover about 70% of the US television population.
While NASCAR pulled in over 5 million viewers on ABC this past weekend, IndyCar pulled in 320,000 users as NBCSN continues to be the noose around IndyCar's neck. And until that noose is removed, IndyCar will remain nothing more than a blemish on NASCAR's posterior.
AR1 has talked about this noose for years, but IndyCar has done nothing to remove the noose as it would appear they prefer to hang from it. Staying small must be good in their eyes. Out of sight, out of mind.
Sauber points at Ferrari amid 2014 crisis (GMM) Sauber has singled out its 'power unit' as a major cause of its struggles in 2014.
The Swiss outfit and Caterham are the only teams yet to score a single point this year.
Chief engineer Giampaolo Dall'Ara on Wednesday acknowledged to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport that the C33 is not the best car Hinwil has ever produced.
But he also said: "We received our new power train late. And all the associated information."
Dall'Ara is referring, of course, to the fact that Sauber is a customer of Ferrari, whose sacked engine boss Luca Marmorini has now admitted the turbo V6 was designed at Maranello small and therefore underpowered.
Andretti Autosport GRC heads to Daytona this weekend.
The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team heads to the famed Daytona International Speedway this weekend, August 22 -23, to kick-off the second half of the Global Rallycross season in the sixth round of the championship. The 13 Turn, .924-mile track layout will be the longest track of the 2014 season so far. Both drivers are looking to capture their second (Foust) and third (Speed) podiums of the year inside the 2.5-mile superspeedway oval. Global Rallycross Daytona will air live on NBC this Saturday, August 23 at 2:30 p.m. EST. Follow Volkswagen and Andretti on Twitter for updates throughout the weekend.
Scott Speed, No. 77 7UP Volkswagen Polo
Speed sits 46 points behind Nelson Piquet Jr. in the drivers' championship standings. The sixth round of the GRC season at Daytona International Speedway will be Speed's first appearance at the 2.5-mile superspeedway oval since 2013.
News broke yesterday that Carl Edwards would join Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota in 2015.
TOYOTA NASCAR NOTES & QUOTES August 18 – August 24, 2014
COUNTING CAMRYS: On Tuesday afternoon Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced a fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) team for 2015 with Carl Edwards driving the No. 19 ARRIS Toyota Camry. In addition, it was announced that Daniel Suarez will become the first Mexican-born driver to compete full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) in 2015. Suarez will carry primary sponsorship from ARRIS throughout the season and will also compete in select NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
Kevin Harvick has a busy few weeks of racing ahead.
RACE: Food City 300 (300 laps / 159.9 miles) TRACK: Bristol Motor Speedway DATE: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 TV: ESPN (7:00 pm ET) RADIO: PRN & Sirius XM Ch 90 (7:00 pm ET) FIRST PRACTICE: 8/21, 1:30 pm-2:30 pm ET (NO TV) FINAL PRACTICE: 8/21, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm ET (NO TV) QUALIFYING: 8/22, 3:40 pm ET (FOX Sports 1) GREEN FLAG: 8/22, 7:30 pm ET (ESPN
DRIVER: Kevin Harvick / No. 5 Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet
“The night race at Bristol always seems to ramp up the intensity for everyone. Track position is going to be really important. In the spring race, the high line was the place to be, especially on restarts. I expect that to be the case again this week. Being able to carry momentum and getting into a good rhythm is the key to running well at Bristol. It’s easy to get bottled up in traffic and lose time to the guys you’re racing so you have to be really methodical about how you approach every move you make during the race.”
Mazda Road to Indy: Andretti Autosport Sonoma Preview
A win at Milwaukee means Zach Veach enters the Sonoma weekend only seven points behind Gabby Chaves.
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Veach captured his third win after starting from the pole position at Milwaukee IndyFest last weekend. With this weekend's doubleheader on the Northern California track, the series sophomore is still in contention for the championship win only seven points behind leader Gabby Chaves.
"It's hard to believe we're already at the last two races of the year for us in Indy Lights. 2014 has been a fantastic year for the RePLAY XD guys and I, especially coming off of our win this past weekend that puts us only seven points behind in the championship! We have two more opportunities to take the lead and take home the championship this weekend at Sonoma. We'll be pushing as hard as we possibly can and will leave absolutely nothing behind deciding if we get to walk away as the champion or not. It's still very close and possible for us! I can't thank my Andretti Autosport crew enough for all of their hard work; they've made this for me."
"Sochi Autodrom is ready to host a Formula 1 race," says Charlie Whiting A FIA delegation, led by the FIA Formula One Race Director and Safety Delegate, Charlie Whiting, yesterday inspected the readiness of the Sochi Autodrom circuit ahead of the inaugural 2014 FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX.
The inspection evaluated the quality of the track and the venue itself to ensure it is fit for the purpose of hosting a Formula 1 Grand Prix race. After carrying out a thorough inspection of the newest venue on the Formula 1 calendar, the commission delivered a hugely positive verdict, declaring the Sochi Autodrom ready to host the premier motor racing competition.
Whiting confirmed that the Sochi Autodrom has everything in place to ensure a safe and spectacular Formula 1 Grand Prix in early October. This positive verdict is a huge vindication for all of Sochi Autodrom's hardworking staff, whose great efforts ensured that all the final touches were applied to this amazing new circuit in time for today’s inspection.
Toyota looks to increase power in engines Toyota Racing Development is continuing to look at ways to produce more horsepower as President David Wilson acknowledged that the Toyotas are behind Hendrick Motorsports in that department. Wilson said the TRD engines are not as far down in horsepower as Joe Gibbs Racing driver #11-Denny Hamlin indicated after the race Sunday at Michigan when Hamlin in frustration said he had 50 less horsepower. "We need to be better," Wilson said Tuesday.
"Hands down, the folks over at the Hendrick shop have done a great job this year, and they've got an edge, not just on us but the others as well. We're happy with our reliability. The funny thing about the sports, we finished second, third and fourth at the Brickyard (three weeks ago) no less. The past couple of races have been frustrating for us and for the drivers." JGR and Michael Waltrip Racing, the two primary Toyota teams, use TRD engines in Cup.
NASCAR Hall of Flame Yes, flame. It's going down in flames. Projected to get 800,000 visitors per year, the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte is drawing less than 200,000 per year and losing money at the rate of $1.6 million per year. How many years of losses before NASCAR pulls the plug?
Belardi's Chaves Maintains Indy Lights Point Lead Heading to Sonoma Belardi Auto Racing's Gabby Chaves arrived at the Milwaukee Mile last weekend focused on sweeping all three oval races of the 2014 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season. After winning at Indianapolis and Pocono, a victory on the historic speedway in West Allis, WI would stretch his lead atop the championship standings heading into the season finale doubleheader in Sonoma this coming weekend. Although he qualified on the front row for Sunday’s main event, Chaves' set-up was off slightly for the changing conditions, and he was forced to draw on all his experience and talent to bring the car home with a third place finish. The result in Milwaukee was enough to allow Gabby to maintain first place position at the top of the standings, and he will head to Sonoma Raceway this coming weekend with a seven-point lead.
Newgarden Looking to Convert Late Race Rally in Milwaukee into Sonoma Momentum
Josef Newgarden at Milwaukee
Just two weeks after seeing his Mid-Ohio race-winning charge come up short late in the race, Rising Star Racing’s Josef Newgarden staged an incredible late-race rally in Milwaukee to score fifth at the finish of the ABC Supply 250 presented by the Milwaukee Honda Dealers this weekend at the Milwaukee Speedway.
The Verizon IndyCar Series race result led the charge for the Honda-powered entries and marked another impressive oval performance from the young American driver.
F1 Team Lotus losses widen F1 team Lotus is "trimming expenses further this season" after its '13 loss "widened because of higher financing costs," according to Alex Duff of BLOOMBERG. Private equity firm Genii Capital SA’s team, based in Enstone, England, had a loss of £64.9M ($108M) compared to £55.3M for '12. Sales, "mainly from sponsorship and prize money, were little changed" at £92.7M ($154M). Lotus Chair Gerard Lopez said that owning the team is "great business" because of the "networking opportunities it brings, even though it loses money like other Formula One teams" BLOOMBERG
As they say, "if you want to lose all your money and go bankrupt, just buy an F1 team."
NASCAR Michigan TV rating (Update)UPDATE ESPN's live telecast of the Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, Aug. 17, earned a 3.2 U.S. 'final' household rating, averaging 5,150,000 viewers, according to Nielsen Media.
The rating and viewership were up from last year’s race, which earned a 3.0 rating and averaged 4,585,000 viewers.
Aug.19 (GMM) Max Verstappen and Daniil Kvyat are the future of Red Bull.
The pair, both teenagers, will be the race lineup at the energy drink company's second team Toro Rosso in 2015.
Decision maker Dr Helmut Marko is excited.
"Daniil Kvyat has been very impressive," said the Austrian as he revealed that current Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne will be replaced at the end of the season by the next rookie sensation, Dutchman Verstappen.
Caterham F1 Team appoints Sean Walkinshaw Racing as its BRDC Formula 4 driver development team Caterham F1 Team is pleased to announce that it has appointed Sean Walkinshaw Racing, a team which currently races in the BRDC Formula 4 Championship, as its driver development team in this category. This union confirms Caterham F1 Team's support to the next generation of motor racing talent, offering young drivers a synergy to a Formula 1 team from a young age.
With the BRDC Formula 4 Championship becoming a strong series for those moving to single-seater racing, this long-term cooperation between the two teams will become a perfect platform for young drivers to develop and showcase their talent with Caterham F1 Team keeping a close eye.
So far Bernie has not referred to Susie Wolff as an 'appliance' like he did Danica Patrick, but the cartoons have already begun. In a recent F1 Friday outing she was competitive, so the cartoons are not giving her a fair shake perhaps.
Susie Wolff made history at Silverstone earlier this year when she became the first female driver to participate in an official Grand Prix session since 1992 - a landmark she followed up on with an accomplished showing at Hockenheim, where she was just two-tenths slower than Williams team mate Felipe Massa.
Wolff may be breaking down stereotypes - and inspiring a new generation of female racers - but insists it is her performance, rather than her gender, on which she must be judged...
Q: Susie, is driving a Formula One car better than driving anything else in the world? And is there a female view to it? Susie Wolff: I don't think that there is a male or female perspective on driving a Formula One car - only a driver's perspective. It is the most technically advanced car in the world. You really have to adapt very quickly in your mind because everything happens so fast - and the performance is almost more than you can comprehend. Once you've come to terms with it, it is an overwhelming feeling to drive such a car.
Most cars will have a nose similar to Ferrari and Mercedes in 2015
Nose design is one of three areas where the 2015 F1 cars will be significantly different from the current models.
Rules introduced this year intended to lower the height of noses led to some highly unusual and aesthetically unsatisfying designs, which has led the FIA to rethink the regulations for 2015.
Lotus produced one of the most striking solutions with their asymmetric twin-pronged set-up. But technical director Nick Chester expects teams to adopt solutions closer to that used by Ferrari and Mercedes with "a fairly standard, low design" next year.
NASCAR teams to test 2015 rules changes Monday at Michigan (Update)UPDATE
Just one day after Jeff Gordon grabbed the checkered flag in the Pure Michigan 400, NASCAR and teams were back testing on the two-mile Michigan International Speedway, gathering crucial data for the development of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rules package. Six different configurations were evaluated throughout the test. Throughout today's test, focus was on aerodynamics and power optimization. Ten teams were onsite throughout the day running through all six configurations. More than 160 laps were turned at Michigan by each team. Data will be taken back to the Research and Development Center in Concord, North Carolina to be analyzed and modeled as NASCAR finalizes its 2015 rules package for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. NASCAR
08/14/14 Nine NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams will remain at Michigan International Speedway one additional day on Monday to test aerodynamic and engine combinations for the 2015 racing season. According to NASCAR officials, the test is designed to validate extensive work done by the sanctioning body's racing development team. Gene Stefanyshyn, vice president Innovation and Racing Development for NASCAR, said two different packages featuring various changes would be tested on the 2-mile track at MIS.
Milwaukee IndyCar race remains a tough sell (Update)UPDATE After three years with Andretti Sports Marketing as the promoter, attendance isn’t growing as quickly as all involved had hoped. Despite doing a really good job of promoting (according to the locals) the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250, on Sunday there didn’t appear to be more than 18,000 people in the grandstands, which reportedly hold 38,000. Racer.com
The strung out rolling start at Milwaukee Sunday
Milwaukee IndyFest general manager Kevin Healy said he hadn't seen ticket sales numbers but expected them to be comparable to the past two years, which would put attendance optimistically in the 20,000-25,000 range despite the perfect weather.
Estimates are difficult because of the number of people watching from the infield festival grounds and moving back and forth to the grandstands said Healy.
Perhaps it is time to give the fans better reasons to buy a ticket - more American drivers and standing starts. Yes, standing starts on an oval when the front straight is flat - why not? Except for the Indy 500, IndyCar oval races are dying. Take a look at yesterday's strung out joke of a rolling start. Note two cars way back in Turn 4. Strung out rolling starts (the IndyCar norm) are a boring joke. As Albert Einstein once said, "the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results."
Chef Thomas Keller, Roger Penske and Rick Hendrick Among the First to Take Delivery of the Revolutionary BMW i8 Plug-In Hybrid.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ - BMW delivered the first plug-in hybrid BMW i8 sport cars at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the world’s premier celebration of the automobile, in Carmel, Calif. In celebration of the revolutionary sports car made with carbon fiber, renowned Chef Thomas Keller is hosting an intimate dinner at the BMW Villa for a handful of the first owners of the BMW i8. In addition to hosting the special occasion, Chef Keller, who has set the standard within the hospitality industry with restaurants including Per Se in New York and French Laundry in Napa Valley, is joining the BMW i family after taking delivery of his BMW i8.
Red Bull Global Rallycross Daytona Track Layout Released Red Bull Global Rallycross officials have released the layout for the series’ round at Daytona International Speedway, to be held on August 22-23. The 13-turn, 0.924-mile layout will be the longest track of the 2014 season so far.
Built mostly within the International Horseshoe of Daytona’s famed road course, a host of 24-hour endurance racing events since the 1960s, the track features numerous differences from previous tracks this season. Drivers will start each session on the track’s frontstretch itself, rather than in a runoff area. The joker lane appears before the first turn, allowing cars to split off at the very start of the first lap, before moving into a dirt section comprising turns two, three, and four and featuring the series’ signature jump.
Will Power recalls his first impression of the Milwaukee Mile - "a road course with no right turns" - when he arrived for the June 2006 Champ Car race.
The relatively flat oval was as foreign as cheese curds to Power, who was schooled in road racing in his native Australia and England early in his career. He qualified a respectable fifth and finished 11th in the 197-lap race won by Sebastien Bourdais.
Power, the '06 Champ Car World Series Rookie of the Year, didn't compete on another oval until 2008, and said his oval race results were central to his championship hopes being dashed in 2010, '11 and '12 Verizon IndyCar Series seasons.
Toro Rosso announces Verstappen as regular F1 driver in 2015
Max Verstappen is in, Jean-Eric Vergne is out
Scuderia Toro Rosso is pleased to announce that the newly recruited Red Bull Junior Team member Max Verstappen will drive for the team from the start of the 2015 Formula 1 season, alongside Daniil Kvyat.
After becoming karting world champion, 16 year old Max made a smooth transition to the highly competitive FIA Formula 3 European Championship, proving his ability by winning 8 of the 27 races held to date, which puts him in contention to take the title.
"First of all, I would like to thank Dr. Helmut Marko and Red Bull for all their trust and giving me the chance to make my Formula debut in 2015 with Scuderia Toro Rosso. Ever since I was seven years old, Formula 1 has been my career goal, so this opportunity is truly a dream come true."
Motorsports This Week on ESPN and ABC NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series in Prime Time at Bristol
The NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will compete under the lights in prime time at Bristol (TN) Motor Speedway Aug. 22-23 and both races will be televised live. The NASCAR Sprint Cup race is presented by Autozone and airs Saturday night, Aug. 23, on ABC, with NASCAR Countdown at 7 p.m. ET and the green flag at 7:43 p.m. The race also airs live in Canada on TSN and will air in Spanish on ESPN Deportes on Aug. 24 at 4 a.m. The NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday night, Aug. 22, airs on ESPN at 7 p.m. with a 7:43 p.m. green flag. The race also airs live in Canada on TSN2 and will air in Spanish on ESPN Deportes at 4 a.m. on Aug. 23. Also from Bristol, ESPN2 will air NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying on Friday at 5:30 p.m. All NASCAR programming on ESPN and ESPN2 is available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription from an affiliate provider.
Booth: Lap-by-Lap announcer Allen Bestwick; analysts Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree.
Pit reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch.
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series has the weekend off but NHRA fans can still get their fill of their favorite sport with a program airing Saturday, Aug. 23. Action from the recent NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Brainerd, Minn., airs at noon ET on ESPN2.
Motorsports on Other ESPN Platforms
ESPN.com — RacingLive! on ESPN.com is a live blog where fans can engage in debate and discussion with ESPN.com writers and editors during the NASCAR Sprint Cup races. On Saturday night, Aug. 23, RacingLive! Bristol will coincide with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Bristol Motor Speedway. Fans can join ESPN.com’s NASCAR experts in dissecting every aspect of the race live here.
Latest photos from Sochi (2nd Update)UPDATE #2 Here are the most recent images from Sochi.
08/02/14 With 70 days to go to the inaugural Grand Prix in Russia, the Sochi Autodrom has applied the final layer of the racing surface to the new circuit.
Crews of 50 workers operating 15 specialized machines have been working around the clock, laying the asphalt with help from German track architects Tilke GmbH and other subcontractors to reach this milestone for the new circuit.
The final composition of the three layers used to complete the racing surface, from top to bottom, is as follows:
BMW driver Marco Wittmann unbeatable at Nurburgring
Marco Wittmann has his maiden DTM title within reach. Thanks to a faultless performance in the seventh round of the season at the Nürburgring, the German BMW M4 DTM driver extended his lead in the drivers' standings even further. Mattias Ekström, the 24-year-old's fiercest rival, retired from the race following a collision in the opening stages. "This is a great success for us. Slowly, we can really start talking about the title. Towards the end of the race, it still was a little close, because Mike Rockenfeller was able to close up. I think that his tires were better than mine in the closing stages of the race. Now, we have to continue like this," Wittmann enthused after his lights-to-flag victory. In total, 80,000 fans visited the DTM event in the Eifel.
Kanaan and Montoya criticize backmarkers at Milwaukee Between Tony Kanaan and Juan Pablo Montoya, Kanaan typically is calmer and more measured with his words, but he wasn't holding back, either, Sunday after the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at the Milwaukee Mile.
"When you're two or three laps down, there is no point of you holding people up for position," Kanaan said after finishing third. "I just don't understand that. I know who these guys were. What goes around comes around.
"I won't waste my time talking to them. If you haven't figured that out...that means you're just stupid."
NHRA Postpones Funny Car and Pro Stock finals NHRA officials have postponed the finals for Funny Car and the semi-final rounds for Pro Stock after numerous delays during Sunday's Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway pushed the event into the evening hours. With no lighting system installed at the facility, officials were forced to suspend racing for the day.
The events will now be run during qualifying for the 60th-annual U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis on Sept. 30.
The Funny Car final will feature John Force vs. Ron Capps, while the Pro Stock semi-finals will pit Jason Line against Dave River and Vincent Nobile against Jeg Coughlin.
The Top Fuel division managed to complete their final round, with Morgan Lucas beating out Doug Kalitta for his third Top Fuel victory.
Danica among world's highest-paid female athletes and she doesn't win anything
Super Star Danica Patrick, one of the all-time NASCAR greats, a top earner
Williams won that first meeting before Sharapova prevailed in their next two matches, including the 2004 Wimbledon final. Williams has reeled off 15 straight wins since then and holds a commanding 16-2 edge overall, but that Wimbledon win as a 17-year-old launched Sharapova into stardom as tennis' "It" girl.
Williams has won almost double the career prize money and holds a 62-31 edge in career titles, but she can't touch Sharapova when it comes to sponsorships. Sharapova's massive endorsement haul pushes her to the top of Forbes list of the world's highest-paid female athletes for the 10th straight year with earnings of $24.4 million between June 2013 and June 2014. She ranks #34 overall among all athletes when it comes to pay and well behind the top earner in sports, Floyd Mayweather, who banked $105 million over the same period.
Lucas Auer claims the winner's trophy at the Nurburgring
Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mucke Motorsport) became the winner of the 27th season race of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. In a tight battle, the Austrian came out on top from Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) and thus claimed the first win for his team kfzteile24 Mucke Motorsport since the weekend at Pau, early May. Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing), who was dropped ten places on the grid following an engine change and thus started twelfth, ended up third at the 3.629 kilometers long Nurburgring sprint circuit. In the FIA Formula 3 European Championship drivers’ standings, the 16-year-old Dutchman remains in second place behind Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam). The Frenchman already retired after a collision on the opening lap, but still has a 77 points’ lead from Verstappen, who recently was integrated into the Red Bull Junior Team.
Zach Veach won today's Indy Lights race at Milwaukee.
An enthralling battle for this year's Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires title honors tightened considerably as a result of an opportunistic victory in today's Milwaukee Mile 100 by Zach Veach. The 19-year-old from Stockdale, Ohio seemed set to finish second to Andretti Autosport teammate Matthew Brabham, who passed him for the lead on Lap 40 and edged clear, only for Veach to be handed a lifeline when Brazilian rookie Luiz Razia crashed out of fourth place with eight laps remaining.
Veach, who started from the pole in the #26 RePLAY XD/The Young Marines/Ads IT Solutions/ Zakosi Data Back Up Dallara and led comfortably in the early stages, knew full well the restart would provide his best and perhaps only opportunity to redress the balance. He grasped it with both hands. When Brabham defended to the inside on the entry to Turn One at the restart with just four laps remaining, Veach stuck to his guns, rode around the outside and completed the pass on the exit of Turn Two leading onto the back straightaway. The pass earned Veach the RePlay XD Move of the race.
Milwaukee IndyFest pre-race report Whatever disaster hit Andretti Autosport for qualifications -- a missed setup and a wrecked speed chart leader -- it was forgotten today. Today, DHL signed a new sponsorship agreement for 3 years, and in turn, Ryan Hunter-Reay signed a new 3-year agreement to keep driving with Andretti. And smiles were had all around.
I caught Michael Andretti after the announcement to ask about the status of this Milwaukee race. Yes, they are depending on a good walkup, which says a lot about advance ticket sales. Yes, they are hoping today's sunny-but-cool weather helps. But Michael also said that sponsorship for the event was up, and certainly money is good for any event. Their aim, obviously, is not only to get the traditional race fans, but also the new fans who, as Andretti put it, tell their friends "You need to come and do this."
Pedrosa takes the win at round 11 to end Marquez victory run
A happy Dani Pedrosa
In the Brno MotoGP race Dani Pedrosa won for the first time since Malaysia last year as he ended the winning streak of Marc Marquez, with Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi second and third, whilst Marquez came home just off the podium.
From fifth on the grid Pedrosa returned to his best form to blast through the pack and eventually take victory by 0.410s from Lorenzo in front of more than 138,000 fans. For Lorenzo it was his third successive podium result and he also produced a great ride, having started in sixth on the grid.
Rossi got his seventh rostrum result of 2014 in his 245th premier class race as he equaled the all time appearance record in the top class, pulling level with Alex Barros on that front.
Giovinazzi wins from Blomqvist after Verstappen drama
At the 3.629 kilometers long Nurburgring, Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) celebrated his second FIA Formula 3 European Championship of the season. The Italian benefited from the retirement of long-time leader Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing), who stopped due to a technical problem with five laps remaining. Brit Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) and Frenchman Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) claimed the remaining slots on the winners’ podium. In the FIA Formula 3 European Championship standings, Lotus Formula 1 junior driver Esteban Ocon has extended his lead from second-placed Verstappen again. Ocon now has 92 points more than Verstappen, who was included into the Red Bull Junior Team early last week.
Ed Carpenter after winning pole for the 2014 Indianapolis 500.
You might remember last month, Ed Carpenter wrote a column in the Des Moines Register that appeared the morning of the Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by DEKALB at Iowa Speedway. Well, this morning, the driver of the #20 Fuzzy's Vodka Chevrolet has a column in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ahead of this afternoon's ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at The Milwaukee Mile.
Driver at a racing school at Wall Stadium Speedway in New Jersey killed A student at the Green Flag Driving Experience, which advertises that it “deals in adrenalin,” was killed Saturday when her three-quarter midget race car crashed at Wall Stadium Speedway, a one-third-mile paved oval in New Jersey.
Amanda Gambacorto, 21, was pronounced dead at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center at 1:20 p.m. ET, less than one hour after the crash, according to the New Jersey State Police.
The Green Flag Driving Experience offers instruction to beginning racers in either three-quarter midgets – which, with 600cc motorcycle-based engines, are less powerful than larger midgets – on in Legends cars or full-sized modifieds.
Milwaukee will be back on the 2015 IndyCar calendar
The question about IndyFest 2015 at State Fair Park is where, not whether, it will land on the calendar. There's not even much doubt about that.
"Because of the shift in Labor Day, the fair moves back a week," said Kevin Healy, managing director for Andretti Sports Marketing.
"We're still working with IndyCar on the date, but it will be in the final three again next year."
IndyFest — highlighted by the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 — moved this year from mid-June to this weekend, one week after the conclusion of the Wisconsin State Fair on the grounds. Next year, State Fair is scheduled for Aug. 6-16.
Milwaukee Area businesses need to support IndyCar race
They ran the Milwaukee race under the lights in 2004 and the attendance was good, but Tony George's destruction of the sport was nearly complete by then
ABC Supply Co. Inc. owner Diane Hendricks says she was thrilled to step forward as the naming-rights sponsor of Milwaukee's IndyCar race, but more Milwaukee-area and Wisconsin businesses will need to join the sponsorship ranks to ensure the event's long-term staying power at the Milwaukee Mile.
"If we don' support it - all business leaders - then we don't deserve to have it," Hendricks said in an interview with the Milwaukee Business Journal. "It would be a huge loss for the state of Wisconsin."
Sunday will mark the third year that Andretti Sports Marketing of Indianapolis has run an IndyCar Series race at the historic Milwaukee Mile. But it is the first year with a naming-rights sponsor, which Andretti Sports executives said was necessary for this year's return engagement.
Andretti trying to draw IndyCar fans to historic track
Poor Michael Andretti, like other race promoters, is fighting to save a race destroyed when Tony George created the IRL, split the sport and destroyed it
The IndyCar stop at the Milwaukee Mile has a new date in a series with a tight driver leaderboard.
Even the weather is ideal for today's race, which will start a three-week sprint to the series finish with Will Power holding just a four-point lead in the standings.
Now if today's ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 (3 p.m., NBCSN Chs. 56, 314) could attract a few more fans, promoter and team owner Michael Andretti would feel more secure about the future of racing at this 111-year-old track.
"It's the oldest racetrack in the world. It's second only to (Indianapolis) in terms of tradition, and so I feel it should be part of the IndyCar series,” Andretti said. "For one, it's a great track, and two, its history. You know, I hope it stays on the schedule a long time."
Rolex Motorsports Reunion - Worthy Custodians At first glance the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion seems as far removed from The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance as one could imagine. It is by no means a pristine showground location; it is raw, functional, and noisy. Yet beneath the respective veneers of these two strikingly different types of automotive event there is a common bond. The Reunion is just as much about passion, enthusiasm and respect as its more elegant siblings within Monterey Classic Car Week. Its success stems from exactly the same catalyst; it is driven from the heart by the organizers, participants and spectators.
One-of-a-Kind 2014 BMW i8 Concours d'Elegance Edition Sold For World Auction Record Price
Somebody paid $825K for a $136K BMW i8 in the name of charity
On Saturday evening, August 16, in celebration of the U.S. arrival of the revolutionary BMW i8, Jay Leno and Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America, presented a one-of-a-kind 2014 BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition, which was then auctioned off for $825,00, including buyer’s premier, during Gooding & Company’s annual Pebble Beach Auctions. This is a world auction record price for a BMW i8.
Sold ahead of the official BMW i8 fall sale date for approximately six times the MSRP of $135,700, the 2014 BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition is unlike any other BMW i8 in the world. Proceeds of the sale made by Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, will go to the Pebble Beach Company Foundation, which raises funds for Monterey County youth and distributes grants spanning the arts, athletics, environmental sciences, educational organizations and community programs.
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