Video: Michigan Truck Series Q&A Cameron Hayley (No. 13 Ride TV / CBH Toyota, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series); Tyler Reddick (No. 29 Cooper Standard Careers for Veterans Ford, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series). Comment
Justin Haley and Cliff Ebben grab poles for Trans Am races
The Trans Am Series held "Fast Five" qualifying for its 45th appearance at Road America in its 50th Anniversary Season with Justin Haley capturing pole in the TA2 class and hometown driver Cliff Ebben replicating the feat in the TA class. Haley will lead the TA2 class out for the 100-mile ETE Reman Muscle Car 100 Presented by Pura Vida Tequila, while Ebben will lead the TA, TA3 and TA4 multiclass field for the Trans Am 100. Cindi Lux and Ernie Francis, Jr., also captured fast laps during the qualifying sessions for the TA3 and TA4 classes, respectively.
Bradley Smith Injury Update Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider Bradley Smith's participation in the final round of the FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC) for the YART Yamaha Official EWC Team came to an abrupt halt after the MotoGP-star suffered an unlucky crash towards the end of the Thursday morning Free Practice session.
Marchionne says FCA approached by several suitors for Magneti Marelli Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has been approached by several suitors for its components business Magneti Marelli, the carmaker's CEO said, without giving names or mentioning how many.
Speaking to reporters at an event near Detroit in Sterling Heights, Mich., Sergio Marchionne declined to comment on whether FCA was in talks with South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co.
AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 CHEERIOS CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media at Michigan International Speedway and discussed the first practice session, his position for making this year’s Chase and many other topics. Full Transcript:
ON HIS OUTLOOK FOR THIS WEEKEND AT MICHIGAN: “I feel pretty good. One of my better tracks, but struggled a little bit there in practice to find some speed. I feel like things will change here come to qualifying time. We usually pick it up about qualifying. Cheerios Chevy is decent to drive. We just have to keep working on it.”
FOX NASCAR Quotes: Waltrip, Hammond and Petree Discuss Earnhardt Jr.'s Absence On Thursday’s NASCAR RACE HUB on FS1, FOX NASCAR analysts extensively discussed Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s latest announcement that he will sit out at least the next two NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES races due to concussion-like symptoms. Below are highlights from FOX NASCAR analysts Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Hammond and Andy Petree’s discussion:
Weekend TV Ratings (2nd Update) UPDATE CNBC on Sunday drew 2.7 million viewers from 4:51-7:44pm ET for the rain-delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from Bristol Motor Speedway. The race originally was scheduled to run Saturday night on NBCSN. Last year's event, which ran on a Saturday night on NBCSN, drew 3.6 million viewers.
Giovinazzi flies to GP2 pole in Spa Antonio Giovinazzi has claimed his second GP2 pole position in the dying seconds of today’s qualifying session at Spa-Francorchamps: the Italian rookie denied teammate and Series leader Pierre Gasly who thought he had done enough until Giovinazzi crushed his hopes with a laptime of 1:56.607. Gustav Malja completed the top 3.
Alonso faces 35-grid drop for new Power Unit McLaren-Honda driver Fernando Alonso faces a grid drop worth 35 places at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix, having taken on a brand new power unit after Friday's first practice session.
Alonso and team-mate Jenson Button moved on to their fifth new power units at Spa-Francorchamps, incorporating Honda's seven-token spend on ICE and Turbocharger updates.
Alonso, however, was restricted to just three out-in laps in FP1, due to a water leak from the ERS, and the team subsequently elected to fit another new power unit to his car for the remainder of the event.
Sirotkin leads the way in Spa-Francorchamps Sergey Sirotkin came back from the summer break in fine form: the ART Grand Prix ace set the fastest laptime in today’s Free Practice session at Spa-Francorchamps in a 1:58.828, just 0.22s ahead of his closest rival Pierre Gasly. Norman Nato took third spot.
The eighth round of the 2016 GP2 season opened under blue skies and in hot temperatures as the twenty-two cars fed onto the track trying to warm up their Pirelli Hard compounds. It was DAMS’ Alex Lynn who set the early pace but rookie Antonio Giovinazzi was able to improve on the Briton’s laptime and was the first man to break the 2m barrier. However, the Italian’s laptime was soon bettered by his teammate Gasly who went top in a 1:59.050.
NASCAR Rolls Out Lower Downforce Package For Third Time This Season NASCAR will roll out its updated lower downforce rules package it used at Michigan and Kentucky earlier this season in Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. The rules package developments are part of an industry-wide collaboration to further enhance the racing. Earlier this season, welded truck trailing arms and new brake cooling rules were put into place. The following updates to the rules package help to further reduce downforce and sideforce:
Former NASCAR driver and race winner Marcos Ambrose, left the sport of auto racing to develop a new tourism venture Thousand Lakes Lodge near Lake Augusta in the Central Highlands (Tasmania, Australia). Ambrose says driving a race car and developing a new tourism product may seem worlds apart, however it's been surprising to experience the similarities between rising up the ranks of professional sport and developing a new tourism product.
In an interview at ultra106five.com, Ambrose provides insights into the lessons he has learned as an elite sportsperson and applying them to developing a tourism business in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area in the Central Highlands and added that he was extremely excited to be back in Tasmania and involved in the tourism industry.
Rosberg leads Mercedes 1-2 in opening Spa practice
Nico Rosberg happy after FP1
Nico Rosberg turned a la of 1m48.348s to lead opening practice for the Belgium GP at Spa by a comfortable margin over Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. It was a clean session for Mercedes and their drivers appeared on rails, but both Rosberg and Hamilton used the super-softs in FP1.
Hamilton will take a 15-grid penalty because his fresh power unit featured the use of a sixth MGU-H and turbo.
Kimi Raikkonen was third quick for Ferrari at 1m49.147s, just 1/10th of a sec behind Hamilton but on softs, not super-softs.
Go Gurney! Word reaches us that Dan Gurney, the 85-year-old motor racing legend, is not in the best of health at the moment.
We also understand that the maxim ‘Go Gurney!’ used to encourage the great man during his long and illustrious on-track career.
Dan raced in Formula 1 for Ferrari, BRM, Porsche, Lotus, Brabham and most famously his own Eagle Anglo American Racers team, but he ended his F1 career for McLaren, at nearly 40 years of age, bravely taking over Bruce McLaren’s McLaren M14A in three 1970 grands prix after our founder had been killed in testing at Goodwood in June of that year. Impressively, despite his advancing years, Dan finished a fine sixth on the daunting Charade circuit near Clermont-Ferrand (France) in July.
Dover Motorsports Inc. has entered into an agreement to sell its Nashville Superspeedway facility to an entity owned by Panattoni Development Company, an international commercial real estate development company specializing in industrial, office and build-to-suit projects.
Under the terms of the agreement, Dover Motorsports and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Nashville Speedway U.S.A. Inc., will sell the Nashville Superspeedway facility along with some related equipment and assets for $27.5 million in cash and the assumption by the purchaser of obligations of Dover Motorsports under certain Variable Rate Tax Exempt Infrastructure Revenue Bonds.
Tanger to make NASCAR debut with Truex at Richmond DENVER, Colo. (Aug. 25, 2016) -- Tanger Outlets (NYSE:SKT) will be the primary sponsor on Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Saturday night Sept. 10 at Richmond International Raceway.
The red, black and gray paint scheme that will be adorned on Truex’s Tanger Outlets Toyota Camry will be showcased at NASCAR’s final Sprint Cup Series race before the 10-race Chase playoffs begin.
62nd NHRA U.S. Nationals Live On Broadcast Television For First Time In Event History FOX Sports offers comprehensive live Labor Day weekend coverage of the prestigious 62nd annual NHRA Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, drag racing’s premier event and the final race before the highly anticipated Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs begin later in September.
FS1 airs highlights from U.S. Nationals qualifying Sunday, Sept. 4 (Noon & 5:00 PM ET). Coverage continues on FS1 with two hours of live eliminations Monday, Sept. 5 (11:00 AM ET), before moving to FOX at 1:00 PM ET for a three-hour show.
IndyCar 2017 Schedule INDYCAR announced the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule today, a 17-race season that provides continuity, adds a new event at Gateway Motorsports Park and confirms a multi-year agreement with Watkins Glen International. The series calendar features the return of all venues on the 2016 schedule and consists of a total of six events on ovals, six on permanent road courses and five on temporary street circuits.
Hulkenberg to also test Halo at Spa (GMM) Nico Rosberg will not be the only F1 driver trying the 'Halo' cockpit protection device in Friday practice.
It has emerged that the Force India of Nico Hulkenberg - an outed opponent of the safety-oriented concept - will also be using Halo at Spa-Francorchamps, ahead of its potential mandatory debut in 2018.
Woman Flips Over $60,000 Mercedes During Test Drive, Causes Damage To 5 Other Cars An Arlington, Virginia, woman’s test drive of a brand-new Mercedes-Benz GLE took an upside down turn –literally- just six second after starting the car.
The accident happened at around 11:30 am on Friday at the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Ballston, as local news site ARLnow reported.
Johnny Rutherford Big Crash 1982 CART Domino's Pizza 500 Note the full grandstands during the CART days. Now you can shoot a cannon into the grandstands at most IndyCar oval races and not hit anyone. Comment
Pirelli World Challenge, Formula Car Challenge join Verizon IndyCar Championship Weekend
Dixon winning at Sonoma last year
Sonoma Raceway is set to host an action-packed weekend of racing, Sept. 16-18, as two series join the Verizon IndyCar Series Championship weekend at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.
The Pirelli World Challenge returns to Sonoma for the sixth consecutive year, featuring doubleheader racing in the Grand Touring (GT)/GTA, GT Cup and Grand Touring Sport (GTS) classes. The series features top-notch sports car drivers and no scheduled pit stops or driver changes during its 50-minute sprint races. World Challenge is the only North American sports car series featuring a standing start and boasts all the top manufacturer brands from around the world.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. knocked silly, spending time with his fiance and loving every minute of it
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Chevy for Hendrick Motorsports, has not been cleared by physicians to compete in at least the next two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events as he continues to recover from a concussion. Earnhardt, who will miss the races at Michigan (Aug. 28) and Darlington (Sept. 4), underwent further evaluation today at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program.
"We know how hard Dale is working to get back," said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports.
"He's following what the doctors are saying, to the letter, and doing exactly what he needs to do. Everyone wants to see him in a race car, but his health is first and foremost. We're behind him."
NASCAR-Themed Show Returning To Nickelodeon For Third Season With Tweaks NASCAR and Nickelodeon are joining forces again to take viewers inside the world of NASCAR racing with the return NASCAR Hammer Down. Premiering Friday, Sept. 23 at 9:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nicktoons, the third season of NASCAR Hammer Down features eight, 15-minute episodes hosted by Karsyn Elledge, granddaughter of Dale Earnhardt and daughter of Kelley Earnhardt Miller.
This season, Elledge will be joined by her sister, Kennedy Elledge, for driver interviews, goofy antics and behind-the-scenes insight into the technology and people that propel more than 90 annual NASCAR national series events. Ryan Blaney, driver of the No. 21 Ford for Wood Brothers Racing, and Bubba Wallace Jr., driver of the No. 6 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing, also return as series regulars for the popular "Bubba & Blaney" segment.
Matt Mindrum to join IMS in Senior Leadership Role
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced today that Matt Mindrum will serve as Vice President of Marketing and Communications, leading all promotional efforts at the Racing Capital of the World. Mindrum is currently the Vice President for Marketing and Communications at Butler University and will join the IMS team on Sept. 19.
"Matt has both the experience and proven leadership skills necessary to ensure the Indianapolis Motor Speedway continues to grow and excel," Hulman Motorsports Chief Marketing Officer CJ O’Donnell said. "As we work to grow our talent base and deliver world-class entertainment opportunities to our fans, Matt will be a key addition to our team."
Felix Rosenqvist - going where he gets paid to drive
New Mahindra Formula E and Mercedes DTM driver Felix Rosenqvist has called off the remainder of his 2016 Indy Lights campaign, with two rounds to go.
Rosenqvist was announced on Monday as Mahindra's second driver for the 2016-'17 Formula E campaign, two days after scoring a point on his DTM race debut at Moscow Raceway. He is also in action this coming weekend with Mercedes in the Blancpain Sprint Cup, and will travel to the Hungaroring after the conclusion of the first pre-season Formula E test, which ends on Thursday.
Given his schedule, the decision was taken by Rosenqvist and the Belardi Auto Racing team to end his Indy Lights campaign, having already missed the Road America, Iowa and Mid-Ohio rounds due to his Mercedes commitments.
Matt Kenseth takes the win last August at Michigan
SEEKING ANOTHER HERITAGE TROPHY: Camry drivers head to Michigan International Speedway looking to earn the Michigan Heritage trophy for Toyota this weekend. The three-foot trophy was first awarded in 2013 and was created to celebrate the importance of manufacturers’ role in NASCAR and to add to the rivalry between the three. As part of the trophy program, Toyota, the other manufacturers and the speedway each donate $10,000 to a youth-related charity in Michigan each year. Camry driver Matt Kenseth earned the trophy for Toyota last August with his victory at Michigan after leading 146 laps (of 200) on the two-mile speedway. Toyota drivers have five NSCS wins at Michigan and earned four victories there prior to the trophy being awarded, including Brian Vickers (Aug. 2009), Denny Hamlin (June 2010 and 2011) and Kyle Busch (Aug. 2011) all behind the wheel of a Camry.
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 24, 2016) – OneMain, America’s premier consumer finance company, has signed a multi-year extension to continue its sponsorship of Elliott Sadler and the No. 1 JR Motorsports race team in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, JRM General Manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller announced today.
OneMain will receive primary branding on Sadler’s No. 1 car for 20 races in 2017. It will mark the seventh year of partnership between OneMain and Sadler, the current Xfinity Series points leader.
“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Elliott Sadler and JR Motorsports,” said OneMain Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Bob Hurzeler. “After further evaluation of the program, we felt this relationship was a perfect fit for our company. Elliott has been an outstanding ambassador for OneMain and we look forward to our continued success with Elliott and JRM, on and off the track.”
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