James Davison toDrive for Joe Gibbs Racing at Road America
Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces, Melbourne, Australia native James Davison will be behind the wheel of the No. 18 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) Toyota Camry for the Johnsonville 180 at Road America. The Johnsonville 180 will take place Saturday August 25th, at 3:00pm on NBCSN.
After five races in six weeks before the summer break, F1 is back in action this weekend. Both the Drivers’ and the Constructors’ Championship are extremely tight and we expect it to be a close battle all the way through to Abu Dhabi.
The first stop after the summer break is Spa – an historic circuit that has been the venue of some of the most spectacular races in F1 history. Corners like Eau Rouge are known to race fans around the world and the race always attracts a huge and very enthusiastic crowd. From a team’s perspective, the circuit is quite tricky, as it is not easy to find the right set-up for a track that has long straights, considerable changes in elevation and high-speed corners. You want to have enough downforce to be quick through the corners, but at the same time not carry too much drag for the long straights.
Did minuscule TV ratings on NBCSN cost IndyCar yet another sponsor?
After 12 years of sponsoring the IndyCar race at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa Corn has announced they are not renewing the deal.
The organization announce on Monday that 2018 was the last year they would be the title sponsor of the Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 race at Iowa Speedway. They say the will be looking at "new corn demand opportunities" in 2019.
NBCSN earned a 0.40 overnight for yesterday's Verizon IndyCar Series ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway, flat from the same number for last year's race, but the final number isn't out yet so that could drop.
And that was up against no NASCAR race and no Tiger Woods.
Rahal ran into the back of Pigot on the original start
UPDATE INDYCAR vice president of Communications Curt Cavin just announced that Robert Wickens is awake and alert and has been transported by helicopter to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA. The ABC Supply 500 is still under Red Flag.
We will pass along more information as we receive it.
Tesla's next-gen roadster to be on upcoming episode of Jay Leno's Garage
The next-generation Tesla Roadster is coming to Jay Leno’s Garage for this Thursday’s upcoming episode. A preview of the all-electric supercar’s segment was teased on CNBC this Friday, which featured the iconic talk show host talking about the next-gen Roadster with Tesla’s Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen.
Sunday morning update from Pocono 500 IndyCar race
Revised front wing
Good morning from Long Pond, PA where today the IndyCars Will be racing in the ABC Supply Pocono 500......hopefully. There is a 35 to 40% chance of showers and if the track gets wet close to race start time, it takes a fair amount of time to dry it, which could delay the race start.
If it does not rain, the forecast calls for a high of 68 and a 10mph breeze out of the NE. This means the wind direction has changed direction from yesterday when the wind was out of the west and down the front straight toward turn 1. The teams and drivers Will have to adjust for this, but 10mph is not a significant speed.
Phil Hill is remembered as the only American-born Formula 1 World Champion, and one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport. Unlike many racing drivers, Hill was famously polite and softly spoken, he once famously said “I’m in the wrong business. I don’t want to beat anybody, I don’t want to be the big hero. I’m a peace-loving man, basically.”
Video: Andretti Team will not race both Chevy and Honda engines
Michael Andretti has two cars on row 2 for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono. He talks about the stout lap his driver Alexander Rossi put up to qualify third, and also about the prospects of Fernando Alonso coming to the series in 2019. One thing sounds fairly certain - If Alonso comes with McLaren in will likely be in conjunction with the Michael Andretti team and he dispels any rumors that he might run a 2nd team under a 2nd roof with a different manufacturer.
Ferrucci aiming for full-time IndyCar ride in 2019 AutoRacing1.com talks to F2 transplant and part-time IndyCar driver Santino Ferrucci about racing over here in America, how it compares to racing in Europe, and what his plans are for 2019. Comment
2018 Pocono IndyCar Pre-Qualifying Report AutoRacing1.com's Mark C. and Brian Carroccio talk about some of the hot topics in the IndyCar paddock ahead of qualifying for the ABC Supply Pocono 500. Comment
Good morning from a very overcast Pocono Raceway. Right now it is not raining and there is a decent possibility the rain might hold off to get the late morning (10:30 to 11:30am) practice in for the IndyCars. This afternoon looks like qualifying might be a washout, but you never know how the weather might turn up here in the mountains.
The trucks and blowers are currently out on the track drying up some wet spots from an overnight rain shower.
22-year old Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat owner charged for going 198 mph
180mph and climbing
The Dodge Challenger Hellcat is a 200-mph machine. It's a 707-horsepower (717 for 2019) insane muscle car that's warped our definition of "appropriate power." But with that power comes responsibility, and that's something a 22-year-old in North Carolina clearly lacks. William Jefferson posted a video of himself driving his Hellcat 198 mph to YouTube. That's stupid on two counts.
A concerned citizen sent the video to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, and they were none too pleased.
Brown, Hight, Enders, Smith Lead Opening Round Of Qualifying at Brainerd
Antron Brown is the preliminary No. 1 qualifier in Top Fuel at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway and is shaping into a contender for his fourth Top Fuel world championship.
Robert Hight (Funny Car), Erica Enders (Pro Stock), and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also preliminary No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the 17th of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.
Brown took the No. 1 position during the second qualifying session with his run of 3.789-seconds at 325.45 mph. Brown has yet to record a No. 1 qualifying position this season but has 49 in his career. Brown also secured his position in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship following the first qualifying session.
Kasey Kahne Calling It A Career In NASCAR (Update)
Kasey Kahne is done - the backmarker is hanging it up
UPDATE Just how serious is Kasey Kahne about stepping away from NASCAR? Apparently, very.
Not only did Kahne turn down a two-year deal to remain at Leavine Family Racing next season but Motorsport.com has learned that the veteran driver also turned down an opportunity to speak to Stewart-Haas Racing about an opening to its No. 41 Ford team.
Multiple sources confirmed Thursday that a representative for SHR reached out recently to speak with Kahne about his interest in the No. 41 but Kahne said he had already made up his mind about retiring from full-time NASCAR competition.
Ferrucci Returns to DCR For Final Two Rounds of the Season
Ferrucci's livery for last two races
After a promising Verizon IndyCar Series debut with Dale Coyne Racing earlier this season at the doubleheader weekend in Detroit, American Santino Ferrucci will be returning to the team behind the wheel of the #39 Cly-Del Manufacturing car for the final two rounds of the season at Portland and Sonoma.
Ferrucci will be racing alongside teammates Pietro Fittipaldi and Sebastien Bourdais in a third DCR entry sponsored by The Cly-Del Manufacturing Company. Cly-Del, located in Waterbury, Connecticut, is North America's leader in progressive stamping and deep drawn metal components. The company was founded in 1939 and is fourth generation owned and operated.
Toyota drops sponsorship of Long Beach Grand Prix (2nd Update)
The 2nd most popular race on the IndyCar calendar needs a new title sponsor
UPDATE Toyota has "ended its 44-year partnership with the Grand Prix of Long Beach," forcing race officials to "find a new title sponsor" ahead of next April's three-day festival anchored by an IndyCar race, according to a front-page piece by Haire & Munguia of the Long Beach PRESS-TELEGRAM.
Grand Prix Association of Long Beach President & CEO Jim Michaelian said that the automaker told race organizers it "would not renew its latest three-year contract shortly after this year's event."
Playoff Field is Set for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Posing with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Championship Trophy after the regular-season finale at Bristol Motor Speedway Thursday, Aug. 16 are the eight drivers who will compete in the season-ending NCWTS Playoffs. From left to right are: Noah Gragson, Matt Crafton, Brett Moffitt, Grant Enfinger, Ben Rhodes, Justin Haley, Stewart Friesen, and the NCWTS Regular-Season Champion Johnny Sauter.
The eight-driver field is set for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Playoffs, and it features a mix of veterans and young guns, all looking forward to the Talladega 250 on Saturday, Oct. 13, the cutoff race in the Round of 8.
At the conclusion of the Talladega 250 the field of eligible title contenders will be reduced from eight to six. By virtue of his five wins, Johnny Sauter is the top seed leading into the seven-race playoff, which gets underway at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Aug. 26. The Talladega 250, set to begin at noon CDT, will be the third event in the playoffs. Parker Kligerman is the defending champion.
The playoff field will consist of three drivers who have gone to Gatorade Victory Lane at Talladega in various series, two former NCWTS champions and one who has never competed at the 2.66-mile venue. The trucks have contended at Talladega since 2006.
Below are the eight drivers in the season-ending playoffs and their performances at Talladega Superspeedway:
IndyCar Race: St. Louis Speed Festival races to Anheuser-Busch Biergarten Friday
Last year's Biergarten
The 2018 St. Louis Speed Festival is a daily series of events leading up to the August 24-25 INDYCAR Weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois. The grand finale is the second annual Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline for the Verizon IndyCar Series on August 25, which delivers the cars and stars of the Indianapolis 500 to the St. Louis-Metro East area.
The wives of NASCAR drivers are about to become the center of attention for a change.
CMT (formerly known as Country Music Television) announced Wednesday that a new docuseries show called Racing Wives will debut early in 2019, featuring the wives of prominent NASCAR drivers, including Samantha Busch and Ashley Busch, who are married to brothers Kyle and Kurt, respectively.
DragonSpeed Eyeing Rolex 24 LMP2 Effort, but Rebellion staying away
#81 DragonSpeed Oreca 07
DragonSpeed is planning a return to the Rolex 24 at Daytona under the new split LMP2 class format, according to team boss Elton Julian.
The U.S. outfit, which currently runs Oreca 07 Gibsons in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series, is working on a likely entry into next year’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opener with at least one LMP2 car.
The rain can get nasty at Pocono. Hopefully IndyCar will luck out.
UPDATE Sunday rain chance has now increased to 70%. Saturday remains at 80%. If the race rains out, Monday forecast looks OK right now, but there will only be 50 or 100 fans still around to see the race. The TV visuals (empty grandstands) will be damaging to IndyCars reputation.
WEC cuts some races to four hours on 2019-2020 calendar
Toyota will win every race
The World Endurance Championship has revealed the provisional calendar for its 2019-2020 season. It will begin with a four-hour race at Silverstone, shortened from the usual six hours. The third race of the season, to be held at Shanghai, will also be cut from six hours to four.
Brazil will return to the championship in 2020 for the first time since it held the 2014 season finale. The Bahrain International Circuit, which is absent from the current ‘super-season’, will also rejoin the calendar.
McNish: "It's a luxury to have two fast and aggressive drivers in the team"
McNish with driver Daniel Abt
In his first season as Audi team principal in Formula E, Allan McNish (48) experienced a rollercoaster of emotions and a happy ending with the 2017/2018 teams’ title. In this interview the three-time Le Mans winner talks about his darkest moments, best decisions, his thoughts on the future of Formula E and why it is a luxury to have two aggressive drivers like Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi in the team.
The first Formula E season with you being the team principal was a thriller until the very last lap. Has your heart rate come down a little bit since then? I went on holiday with my family straight after the season finale in New York. Ahead of that weekend I didn’t know whether it would be a happy beginning of the holiday or a rather frustrating one. After the results we achieved, luckily it became a kind of celebration holiday. It was important to get away and switch off. Since I came back, New York has already been out of my mind and there is full focus on Riyadh and season five.
Dates Announced for 2019 Road-To-Indy Spring Training
The 2019 Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires open-wheel driver development program will kick off another exciting season of racing for all three levels as Andersen Promotions today confirmed that the traditional Spring Training Open Test will return to Homestead-Miami Speedway, in Homestead, Fla., on March 2-4, 2019.
The proven ladder system, which offers a series of scholarships to assist young drivers in progressing all the way from the grassroots of the sport to the Verizon IndyCar Series, will continue for a 10th consecutive season. As recently confirmed by INDYCAR, the value of the Indy Lights champion’s scholarship prize will rise to $1.1 million next season, ensuring entry into a minimum of three Verizon IndyCar Series races in 2020, including the 104th Indianapolis 500.
It took three months longer than planned but Dale Coyne Racing’s Pietro Fittipaldi will be making his first official appearance on a superspeedway this weekend as the Verizon IndyCar Series heads to Pocono Raceway for the ABC Supply 500, Round 14 of the 2018 season.
Fittipaldi was originally scheduled to take part in the Indianapolis 500 earlier this season but due to the injuries suffered in a sports car incident in early May, the rookie had to watch from the sidelines.
Audi CEO Arrested in Connection to Dieselgate Denied Bail
Audi CEO Stadler peddling one of his pollution spewing Audi diesels
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler, 55, was arrested in connection to Volkswagen Auto Group's "Dieselgate" emissions scandal back in mid-June. Despite prosecutors saying he could go free in a matter of days if cooperative, Stadler spent the last several weeks in detention. On Monday, his bid for freedom was denied by the Munich appeals court.
According to The Business Times, the Munich appeals court documents state that Stadler "allowed the engines to be deployed and to be sold despite knowing about the manipulation or deliberately turning a blind eye on the manipulation."
People who want cars to drive so they can sleep behind the wheel will likely be killed because computer artificial intelligence cannot deal with situations it was not programmed to handle like the human brain can
Fewer Americans are embracing self-driving car technology following high-profile incidents involving Uber and Tesla vehicles, according to a new study from Cox Automotive.
Consumers’ interest in automatic braking and other autonomous features is high, but drivers view self-driving cars as less safe compared to a similar survey conducted two years ago. Forty-nine percent of respondents said they would never own a fully-autonomous car, known in the industry as a Level 5 vehicle. Two years ago, 30 percent said they would never buy one.
Meanwhile, a majority of people (63 percent) believed in 2016 that roadways would be safer if all vehicles were fully autonomous. That number has dropped to 45 percent.
The familiar red, grey and white colors of U.S. Concrete will paint the racing machine of Marco Andretti for the future of IndyCar Series competition as the ready-mixed concrete company will serve as lead primary sponsor of the third-generation driver through a multi-year agreement. The partnership will see the Dallas-based company ride on the No. 98 car for seven races each season, including the Indianapolis 500.
Alonso may decide he prefers sportscar racing unbeatable Toyota over racing with Andretti's IndyCar 'B' team
Fernando Alonso says he’s expecting to remain in sports car racing for the long-term and that he feels comfortable at Toyota Gazoo Racing and in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
It was announced this week that the two-time world champion will leave Formula 1 at the end of this year and his plans for 2019 are still undecided, although a drive in the Verizon IndyCar Series is heavily rumored.
Alonso comes to Silverstone this weekend as WEC LMP1 points leader after he and co-drivers Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi won the 24 Hours of Le Mans and season-opening Six Hours of Spa.
Kasey Kahne To Retire From Full-Time Competition After 2018 Season
NASCAR Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne announced on his Twitter feed on Thursday that he would be retiring from full-time racing in NASCAR following the end of the 2018 season.
Citing the "grueling schedule" and the time away from his family whole competing on the Cup Series circuit, Kahne said he needed to "spend more time doing things I enjoy" which included spending time with his World of Outlaw Sprint Car teams as well as his two-year-old son, Tanner.
Kahne, a former Rookie of the Year now in his 15th season in the Cup Series, had been in his first year driving for Leavine Family Racing after losing his ride at Hendrick Motorsports last season. Kahne had been struggling all year with the low-budget team, tallying just one top-five finish so far this season. He is currently 28th in points and unlikely to make the Cup Series playoffs.
Although it's unclear if LFR's performance played a role in his decision, Kahne's tweet stated "The highs don't outweigh the lows."
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