Bourdais Returns for Final Three Races of the Season, Gutierrez out
Bourdais returns early
Less than 14 weeks after being sidelined following his scary qualifying incident at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sebastien Bourdais is returning behind the wheel of the #18 Dale Coyne Racing entry at this weekend’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park.
Bourdais, who suffered multiple fractures to his pelvis and right hip in the incident, made an incredible recovery from his injuries and is returning sooner than anticipated to take part in the final three races of the season.
Audi seeks to increase EV range with solar-embedded panoramic roofs
A worker holds thin-film solar cells that will be used in Audi's panoramic glass roof.
Photo credit: Audi
Audi is working with China's Hanergy Thin Film Power Group to integrate solar cells into panoramic glass roofs for upcoming Audi electric vehicles.
Alta Devices, a unit of the Chinese solar cell firm Hanergy, will design the solar-embedded vehicle roof that will eventually help increase the range of EVs by feeding solar energy into internal electrical systems, such as air conditioning and other appliances, Audi said in a statement.
Richard Childress Racing announced today that KC Motorgroup Ltd. (KCMG) will serve as their primary partner on Brandon Jones' No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro for the September 2 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Darlington Raceway. KCMG, an international motorsports group established in 2007, is based in Hong Kong, China and is the leading force in the support and development of professional motorsport racing across the Asia Pacific region, with operations expanding to Europe.
Four drivers scheduled for Darlington Stripe Zone Fan Hospitality
All-inclusive packages still available for fans to get up-close-and-personal with NASCAR stars
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers and Coca-Cola Racing family members #22-Joey Logano, #3-Austin Dillon and #31-Ryan Newman, along with defending Bojangles' Southern 500 champion #78-Martin Truex Jr. are all scheduled to make appearances in the Darlington Stripe Zone Fan Hospitality.
Lewis Hamilton + Mercedes-AMG + Skid Pan = All-Star Performance! What happens when you let a multiple Formula One World Champion loose in a Mercedes-AMG beast on a damp skid pan at Mercedes-Benz World? Comment
A Day in the Life of an F1 Show Car Team - Goodwood 2017 What does it take to put on a spectacular Formula One show at the world's best motorsport events? There's more to it than meets the eye... check out a mechanic's-eye-view of the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed! Comment
Like AR1.com, Johansson calls for motorsports to move away high-tech
After several weeks off, the Stefan Johansson blog is back. Given the number of interesting motorsports stories that have made news over the last month, we’re going to focus on the racing world/industry in general in this installment.
We begin with last week’s admission by Liberty Media that not a single current F1 team has opted to buy shares which the sport’s new owner set aside for them. Liberty made 19 million shares of common stock available over a six month period but there were no takers. That’s obviously not a positive development for Liberty Media and something of a “no confidence vote” by the teams. Do you agree?
The Singapore GP is great but it is a huge financial disaster. Are there 2 more cities ready to lose tens of $Millions?
Formula One is looking to stage two more street races in Asia as part of a drive to win new fans, one of the sport's most senior officials told AFP on Tuesday.
F1 is reinventing itself under US-based Liberty Media, who completed their takeover of motorsport's most prestigious brand in January in a deal valued at about $8 billion, ending the four-decade reign of Bernie Ecclestone as Formula One's colourful ringmaster.
Singapore's night street circuit has proved particularly popular with fans and drivers since making its debut in 2008 and managing director of commercial operations, c, says F1 enthusiasts can expect to see more street races in future.
iPhone and iPad users (2nd Update) UPDATE We failed to mention that if you have an older device and cannot upgrade to iOS 10.2.5 or higher then you will need to continue using the old AR1 version of the app
08/21/17 We have made another improvement to our iPad and iPhone app. To find the latest version in the app store search for the word autoracing1 (not AR1 as you may have done previously). This version (version 3.2) is the same for both the iPhone and iPad. After installing be sure to login. You only have to login once as the app will remember your credentials. The installation should overwrite your previous version. If it does not please delete the old version from your device. If you have any questions you can ask them via the support link on the app menu, or email us at ContactUs@AutoRacing1.com.
Scuderia Toro Rosso is pleased to confirm that James Key has extended his contract to stay with the team in the role of Technical Director.
The 45 year-old Englishman has been with the Faenza-based Formula 1 team for the past five years, since joining in September 2012, to lead the Scuderia Toro Rosso technical operation. That work has involved Key overseeing the concept, design and manufacture of the Scuderia Toro Rosso cars from STR8 to this year’s STR12, with work now well underway on the 2018 STR13.
SunnyD Announces Multi-Year Contract Extension with Roush Fenway and Stenhouse Jr.
SunnyD has announced a contract extension with Roush Fenway that will see the iconic brand extend its relationship with the team and driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. through the 2019 season, with additional races added each season. SunnyD has served as a primary partner on Stenhouse’s No. 17 Ford Fusion for multiple races over the past two seasons.
“We’ve had a great time partnering with SunnyD the last two years,” said Stenhouse. “It’s one of the coolest paint schemes on the track and we’ve had a lot of fun promoting their classic brand. I’m excited that we have extended our relationship and I can’t wait to see how much fun we can have with SunnyD in victory lane.”
Pocono was the best IndyCar race of the year and certainly better than both NASCAR races at the track
LONG POND – What more does IndyCar have to do to convince admitted race fans that a sunny August weekend in the Pocono Mountains is preferable to sitting at home and watching motor races on television?
The ABC Supply 500 had all the right elements to please even the most critical fans of the premier open-wheel racing series in the United States – and maybe the world.
There was speed: 500 miles in just 2 hours, 43 minutes, 16.6 seconds (average speed:183.737 miles per hour).
Pocono Raceway has stellar 2017 season, big changes for 2018
Alexander Rossi stops for service before an estimated 25,000 fans for the IndyCar race
LONG POND — Unlike the three Mondays last summer when he was preparing to host races postponed from the day before, Pocono Raceway CEO Nick Igdalsky spent this Monday morning basking in the glow of a successful summer at the Monroe County track.
Three major races went off without a rain delay or postponement and seemingly without any other glitches.
Saying that it is "not something that we want because we don't need accidents at the end of pit road with people checking up," NASCAR's Scott Miller noted Monday that the sanctioning body will look into the issue of drivers slowing or stopping near pit exit to try to get the preferred lane on restarts.
It's a common tactic at some tracks, including Martinsville Speedway, which hosts a playoff race. Denny Hamlin was the most obvious driver to do it in Saturday night's Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Hamlin was set to exit pit road third (and start on the inside lane) one time when he slowed to try to be fourth and get the preferred outside lane to restart. Instead, two cars passed him, he exited fifth and restarted on the inside line.
Toyota RAV4 Driver Forced To Jump Drawbridge In Jersey Shore
The driver had to jump this Bascule moving bridge. It was only partially open at the time.
A family in the U.S. had a lucky escape on August 1 after jumping a drawbridge at the New Jersey Shore town of Cape May.
It may be hard to believe but speaking to NBC Philadelphia, Toyota RAV4 driver Terence Naphys says he was driving across the bridge when it suddenly started to open, rising to between three and six feet.
UPDATE Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that First Data (NYSE: FDC), a global leader in commerce-enabling technology, will partner with Kyle Larson and the No. 42 Chevrolet SS team for two upcoming Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) races at Talladega Superspeedway and Martinsville Speedway. This expands on a relationship that began last season when First Data joined Jamie McMurray and the No. 1 Chevrolet SS as a partner for the Fall Martinsville race. Additionally, First Data returns this year on McMurray’s car at Martinsville as an associate sponsor. First Data also recently announced a three-year agreement with Martinsville to be the entitlement sponsor for the track’s fall MENCS race, starting with the First Data 500 on October 29.
No. 77 5-hour ENERGY Paint Scheme to Honor Rookies of Throwback Era
The unique paint scheme of the No. 77 5-hour ENERGY Toyota that 2017 NASCAR Rookie of the Year candidate Erik Jones will drive in the Sept. 3 Bojangles’ Southern 500 will honor the great rookie classes of the celebrated throwback era. The paint scheme is a photographic Who’s Who of the NASCAR Cup Series rookie drivers from 1984 to 1989, featuring Cup Series Champions, Daytona 500 winners and a couple of Hall of Famers.
Juncos Racing is pleased to announce they have purchased three Tatuus PM-18 cars for the 2018 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires season. The team looks to continue their highly successful run in the series with the advanced technology and tools the new car will offer to upcoming drivers from around the world.
Wittmann holds off Rockenfeller in race #2 (Update - Wittman Disqualified) UPDATE
Mike Rockenfeller declared the winner. In NASCAR cheaters keep their win, but not in DTM.
Mike Rockenfeller is the winner of the race at Zandvoort in The Netherlands on Sunday. The Audi driver, who took the checkered flag in second place after 37 laps, was retroactively declared as the winner. He was promoted to first place as Marco Wittmann was disqualified after the race.
The BMW works driver had finished first in the twelfth race of the DTM season, but in post-race scrutineering of his car, the required minimum amount of fuel was no longer in the tank. As Rockenfeller’s fellow Audi drivers Loic Duval and Mattias Ekstrom were promoted as well after the disqualification, the brand from Ingolstadt secured a clean sweep of the podium. For Duval, this is the first podium finish in his twelfth DTM race. Ekstrom claims back the lead in the DTM drivers’ standings.
Magnussen, Garcia Looking for Repeat Victory in Michelin GT Challenge at VIR
Garcia and Magnussen winning in 2016
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – For current IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM) points leaders Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen, the Michelin GT Challenge at VIRginia International Raceway might be just what the doctor ordered.
The co-drivers of the No. 3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R built an early lead in the GTLM standings with victories in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida and the Advance Auto Parts Sportscar Showdown at Circuit of The Americas, along with a third-place run in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen and three other fourth-place results.
NASCAR Bristol TV Rating The overnight TV rating for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops at Bristol Saturday night on NBC was a 2.5 rating with with 4.23 million viewers tuned in, up 66% from last years 1.5 rating on NBCSN, but of course one would expect that since NBCSN ratings are horrible and will destroy any sport.....just ask IndyCar who have seen one sponsor after another leave the paddock due to minuscule TV ratings.
In 2015 the overnight for Bristol was a 2.4 with 4.288 million viewers on ESPN - far better than NBCSN.
Before buying F1, Liberty tried to buy IndyCar and part of that proposal was online gaming to engage a younger fanbase. The 'family' and Mark Miles turned Liberty down so Liberty bought F1 instead. The latest survey now shows the average F1 fan age dropping, whereas IndyCar continues its death spiral with an older and older fanbase
Formula One will crown its first virtual world champion at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after announcing on Monday the launch of an eSports series to run from September to November.
The new eSports Series is a partnership with Formula One, game developer Codemasters and events and competitions specialists Gfinity.
The series will be in three stages, starting with qualification events through September to determine the 40 quickest virtual drivers, and run on PlayStation4, Xbox One and Windows PC platforms.
Live semi-finals will be held at London's Gfinity Arena on Oct. 10-11 with the top 20 going on to the three-race finals at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina circuit on Nov. 24-25.
The first eSports Series world champion will automatically qualify for the following year's semi-finals.
Video: What REALLY happens during the F1 summer shutdown? With the rest of the Formula One family off sunning themselves over the summer break, that left Rosanna in charge of Silver Arrows HQ. What could possibly go wrong? Comment
Video: Turning Left - The Art of Mastering Indycar Ovals Racing on oval circuits is less demanding on a driver's body than street circuits but the mental challenge is far greater. With such high speeds, small mistakes can prove costly and quick reactions are vital. Mobil 1 The Grid talks to the star drivers from the Indycar Series to find out more about the challenges of racing on oval circuits. Comment
Video: IndyCar Pocono 500 Raceday morning report - 2 Sunday morning report #2 from Pocono Raceway ahead of the ABC Supply IndyCar Pocono 500. Brian Carroccio gives a rundown on what to expect from the race today. Comment
Video: Q&A with DCR engineer Mike Cannon on Pocono setup AR1.com talks to Dale Coyne Engineer Mike Cannon about the challenges of setting up an IndyCar for Pocono Raceway that has three entirely different corners, each with different banking and different radius. Comment
Video: IndyCar Pocono 500 Raceday morning report - 1 Sunday morning report #1 from Pocono Raceway ahead of the ABC Supply IndyCar Pocono 500, including an update on Ryan Hunter-Reay who was sent to the hospital following a hard wreck Saturday and the latest on the IndyCar aeroscreen. Comment
Andretti Autosport driver Ryan Hunter-Reay was re-evaluated by INDYCAR Medical Director Dr. Geoffrey Billows this morning after sustaining injuries to his left knee and hip Saturday following a crash in ABC Supply 500 qualifying. Hunter-Reay has been cleared to drive.
Video: 2018 IndyCar Superspeedway aero package explained Appropriate since the Verizon IndyCar Series is heading this weekend to Pocono Raceway, INDYCAR reporter and tech expert Jon Beekhuis explains the details of the 2018 universal aero kit superspeedway configuration. He shows how and where more downforce will be derived from underneath the car to create even more thrilling racing. Comment
Sunday morning report from Pocono (Update) UPDATE I ran into Ryan Hunter-Reay this morning on his way over to the medical center to see if the IndyCar doctors clear him to drive. He told me he hopes so as he feels well enough to drive. His crew is doing their normal race morning final touches on the car as if someone is going to drive it today. We hear one driver the team contacted about a possible replacement if Hunter-Reay is not cleared was Matt Brabham but we have not seen him at the track yet this morning, and that is not confirmed by the team.
Video: Rossi gives teammate Sato pointers before Pocono pole run Watch Takuma Sato put his Andretti Autosport Honda on pole for the Pocono 500. Not his exit of Turn 1 on his 2nd lap and how his car pushes up to the wall on exit, just making it. Comment
Now that Toro Rosso’s discussions with Honda about a 2018 engine supply have ended, it has made the possibility of McLaren being powered by anything other than Honda next year even more remote. It effectively means that Renault Sport – which will continue to supply three teams, including Toro Rosso – has a convenient riposte to any pressure put upon it to supply McLaren: namely that supplying a fourth team could impact upon development and reliability. After extensive discussions with Mercedes and shorter talks with Ferrari had fallen through, Renault was McLaren’s final non-Honda option.
Timo Glock has scored his first win of the season at Zandvoort in The Netherlands. At the 4.307 kilometers long circuit in the dunes, the 35-year-old scored a dominant win after 37 laps from his fellow BMW drivers Marco Wittmann and Maxime Martin. For ex-Formula 1 driver Glock, it is his fourth DTM race win in his 67th race. “Three BMWs up front, a dream,” Glock said about the race result. Fourth and fifth place went to Audi drivers Mike Rockenfeller and Jamie Green. Paul Di Resta was the best-placed Mercedes-AMG driver in seventh. For Rene Rast, ninth place was enough to take the lead in the DTM drivers’ standings from his fellow Audi driver Mattias Ekstrom.
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