NASCAR Announces Changes to XFINITY, Truck Series Points
Gandor will sponsor the truck series starting next year
NASCAR announced new 2019 rule changes for the XFINITY Series and what will soon be known as the Gander Outdoors Truck Series on Thursday (Aug. 23).
Most notably, the maximum size of the XFINITY Series field will be reduced from 40 cars to 38 cars. The first 33 positions will be based on qualifying speed, the next four according to the NASCAR rule book, and one past champion’s provisional.
In Thursday's F1 Press Conference at Spa, Fernando Alonso says he has no plans to return to F1 at this time and is viewing his departure at the end of this season as a retirement from the category, but isn’t completely ruling out a return.
“Right now I’m thinking that it’s a goodbye but you know, life changes very quickly,” Alonso said. “Life also taught me in the past how things may change, in a couple of months time or in years’ time, as I said also in the press release when we announced the retirement, [the plan] is to leave the door open because I don’t have the crystal ball to know what’s going to happen in the future. As I said, for me it’s a bye-bye, but who knows in the future?”
INDYCAR, Texas Motor Speedway announce four-year contract extension
Dixon leads at Texas. IndyCar will be back the next 4 years
INDYCAR and Texas Motor Speedway announced a four-year extension agreement today for the Verizon IndyCar Series to continue racing at the 1.5-mile superspeedway through 2022.
The 2019 Verizon IndyCar Series race at the oval in Fort Worth, Texas, is scheduled to be run under the lights once again, on Saturday, June 8. In conjunction with the sanctioning agreement announcement, Texas Motor Speedway announced that DXC Technology, the world's leading independent, end-to-end IT services company, will return as the race sponsor of what will again be titled the DXC Technology 600.
HRC and Crutchlow sign contract extension until 2020
Honda Racing Corporation are delighted to announce that Cal Crutchlow has signed a contract extension that will see him remain an HRC rider until the end of 2020.
Crutchlow has been riding a Honda RC213V since 2015 in the LCR Honda MotoGP Team, taking three victories in the premier class so far, the latest at April’s Argentine GP. The Briton has had a contract with HRC since last year and will continue to help with development of the RC213V MotoGP machine.
Biffle owes ex-wife Nicole Lunders $250K for violating privacy
Biffle caught his wife cheating with the cameras
Former NASCAR driver Greg Biffle will have to pay his ex-wife $250,001 after a North Carolina jury determined he had violated her privacy by having security cameras installed in their bedroom and bathroom areas.
The jury awarded Nicole Lunders $1 in actual damages last week following a 12-day trial and then issued a punitive damage award late Monday night.
Biffle attorney John Buric said Wednesday that because the jury was deadlocked when deciding whether to award punitive damages, Biffle agreed to the awarding of punitive damages to avoid a mistrial, which would have resulted in an entirely new trial.
NASCAR released their weekly Penalty Report Wednesday morning (Aug. 22). While Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams were clean and green for the third straight week, some big penalties were handed down in the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series.
Clay Greenfield‘s No. 68 Chevrolet at Bristol was found to have lost ballast, or have had ballast separate from the approved containers during practice prior to the UNOH 200. That’s a big no no. Had that happened during the race, it could have caused a lot of damage, either to Greenfield’s truck, or to someone else’s truck.
Conor Daly's Road to Road America It takes a lot more than just driving fast to race in NASCAR. Watch as Conor Daly puts in work at the gym and gets some advice from AJ Allmendinger before he makes his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at Road America. Comment
Follow along with the crews of Andretti Autosport as they break down their pitstop positions in a new video series titled "Over The Wall".
The third episode highlighting the inside front tire-changer position was released today and the remaining three positions will be released each Wednesday leading up to the Verizon IndyCar Series season finale.
Extra Points on Offer as Indy Lights, Pro Mazda Take on Gateway Oval
Indy Lights action
The two highest rungs on the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires open-wheel development ladder will return to action this weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill. The unique, egg-shaped 1.25-mile oval situated just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Mo., will host one race apiece on Saturday for Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.
Volkswagen Receives 1,600-Unit Order For Electric Trucks From Brazil
Electric trucks coming to Brazil
Reuters broke news that Volkswagen is going to supply 1,600 electric trucks to Brazil of all countries, that has up until now, zero EV policy!
As it turns out, Ambev, a Brazilian brewing company owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, plans to add 1,600 EV trucks by 2023. The vehicles would be purchased by around 20 logistics companies that are contracted to distribute Ambev’s products.
Anheuser-Busch in the U.S. is also considering a purchase of 40 Tesla Semi and up to 800 Nikola One.
Penske Joins CharIN To Push Fast Charging For Electric Trucks
Does Penske see an electric future?
It’s common practice that manufacturers of electric vehicles joins the Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN) to promote and be in touch with the latest Combined Charging System (CCS) tech. This time however, CharIN was joined by leasing company Penske Truck Leasing.
On one hand, it could increase competence in charging, while on the other Penske Truck Leasing would be happy to see wide standardization of commercial vehicle fast charging because “Improving standardization with electric vehicle charging may help reduce complexity for fleet operators and truck drivers as well as maintenance providers, and recharging/refueling providers.”
Watch Elon Musk Give an Exclusive Tour of the Tesla Factory YouTuber Marques Brownlee (aka MKBHD) has shared a video in which he tours Tesla’s Fremont, California factory with CEO Elon Musk. While guided visits are primarily reserved for car owners and VIPs, Brownlee seizes his opportunity to ask the entrepreneur a host of questions during their walk around the facility. Comment
Harding Racing confirmed that Gabby Chaves will return to the team as a driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet for Saturday night’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500.
Chaves, the team’s regular driver, had competed with them in the first half of the season before the team enlisted Conor Daly for the Honda Indy Toronto, Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, and the ABC Supply 500 as they evaluate driver options for 2019.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen & Daniel Ricciardo Look Ahead To Spa & Monza Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo enjoy adopted 'home' Grands Prix as the Formula 1 paddock moves on to Spa-Francorchamps and Monza, with the drivers only too aware of their respective links to Belgium and Italy. Mobil 1 The Grid caught up with the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing drivers ahead of the final European rounds of the 2018 F1 season, to get their thoughts on each venue. Comment
IndyCar TV Executives say ratings are up. Do NOT believe them - viewership is down 14.2% this year
IndyCar TV losses continue to accelerate for 2018 with the loss of viewers through Pocono now over 2.1 million. Last weekend's Pocono race saw another 15% drop in TV rating from last year.
If all the races were on network TV this year with an average of 1 million viewers per race (plus Indy 500) the total viewership would be about 19 million thru Pocono, an increase of 49.6% and sponsors would be knocking down the door to join the series.
The sun sets on summer as we return to the race track following Formula One’s two-week “shutdown”. With five races over six weeks in June and July, teams were rightly rewarded with a fortnight’s rest to recharge before Belgium, host of Round 13. A favorite amongst fans, the Spa-Francorchamps circuit is the longest track of the year, made all-the-more exciting with its ever-changing weather conditions.
For Belgium, Pirelli has made available the medium, soft and supersoft tires.
Heamin Choi Joins Juncos Racing for Indy Lights Finale at Portland
Juncos Racing announced today that Heamin Choi would join the team for the Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires 2018 season finale at Portland International Raceway. Choi will team up with current Juncos Racing driver Victor Franzoni.
Heamin Choi (Busan, Korea) made his first appearance with Juncos Racing at the 2017 Mazda Road to Indy Chris Griffis Test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Choi previously competed in the 2015 Indy Lights Championship at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Out of respect for Wickens, no one will drive the #6 at Gateway
James Hinchcliffe, driver of the No. 5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda, who has been cleared to drive following an accident at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, Aug. 19, will compete in the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park this weekend.
The No. 6 Lucas Oil SPM Honda will not be entered for the event. SPM PR
Stewart-Haas' Tony Gibson recovered after suffering stroke last month
Tony Gibson tweet
Stewart-Haas Racing production manager Tony Gibson announced Monday that he has returned to work after a six-week recovery from a stroke.
Gibson said from his personal Twitter account that he suffered a blood clot in his brain July 6. The ailment, he said, affected his vestibular system, which controls the sensory functions of balance and orientation through the eyes and ears.
Gibson, 53, has been with Stewart-Haas Racing since 2009, its first season in NASCAR’s top series. The longtime crew chief shifted to the role of production manager in the offseason, a move that that significantly reduced his travel duties while keeping him hands-on with his oversight of vehicle fabrication for SHR’s four-team operation.
Phoenix racetrack president Bryan Sperber to be replaced at ISM Raceway (Update)
Bryan R. Sperber
UPDATE ISM Raceway President Bryan Sperber is set to leave the venue this year, according to sources, after a more than 15-year tenure at the Arizona venue. Sperber yesterday informed his staff that he is set to leave after the track’s $178M renovation is completed this November.
He said that he wants to move on to new projects after a more than 20-year career with ISC that included stops at Daytona, Watkins Glen, Auto Club Speedway and eventually Phoenix. Sperber’s successor was not immediately clear.
The big business of INDYCAR CJ O'Donnell, the CMO of Hulman Motorsport -- the parent company of INDYCAR -- sits down with Worldwide Exchange's Brian Sullivan to discuss everything from safety, to audience growth to big money sponsorship. Comment
Bryan Sellers Completes Rahal's Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Series Lineup
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that race-winning sports car veteran Bryan Sellers will complete the driver lineup for the teams two car Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series electric racecar program during the 2018/2019 ABB FIA Formula E season. Sellers will join previously-announced driver Katherine Legge for the debut season of the 10-race global series.
“I’m very proud to be a part of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY program,” said Bryan Sellers. “I grew up in Ohio watching Bobby win races and build an incredible racing program and it will be nice to finally get to see it from the inside. Electric cars are clearly the way of the future and to be involved with the first electric production-car racing series is very important to me. More so, doing it with a brand as iconic as Jaguar, makes it even more special. I’m also looking forward to getting to work with Katherine. We have had a great relationship over the years and it will be nice to finally get to work together instead of head to head. I’m very thankful to everyone at RLL and Jaguar for giving me this opportunity.”
Ed Jones says Alonso won't come into IndyCar and immediately mop up
Fernando Alonso’s rumored move to Indy Car next season would be great for the series but he won’t be an automatic contender, according to Dubai-born reigning Rookie of the Year Ed Jones
The 37-year-old Spanish two-time world champion announced last week that he wouldn’t be returning to Formula One next season after 17 years in the sport.
Having skipped Monaco last year in order to take part in Indy Car’s flagship Indy 500 race, he is now widely tipped to do a full season in America. But Jones, 23, who finished third to Alonso’s 24th in that one-off race, said the veteran wouldn’t have it all his own way.
Oscar Mayer continues to go to great heights and great lengths to feed people’s love of meat. And now, Oscar Mayer is going to new speeds--becoming the official primary sponsor of Matt Kenseth’s No. 6 Roush Fenway Ford Fusion at the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, September 2.
Veteran racer, 80, killed when jet dragster crashes at U.P. speedway
Green Mamba Jet
NORWAY, MI - A veteran drag racer who spent decades entertaining crowds died in a crash Friday at the Norway Speedway track in the Upper Peninsula.
Doug Rose, 80, of Ring Town, Pa., died when his Green Mamba jet-powered exhibition dragster crashed into a guardrail and flipped over at the first turn during a pre-race run, according to the Iron Mountain Daily News.
The race car - which could reach speeds of more than 300 mph - was described as being powered by a J46 Westinghouse jet engine from a 1950s-era U.S. Navy fighter plane.
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