IMSA VIR Friday Notebook ALTON, Va. – Coming off a win at the Road America 120 just three weeks ago alongside co-driver Dean Martin, Jack Roush Jr. will lead the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge field to green in tomorrow’s race at VIRginia International Raceway, after Roush set a track record to claim the TOTAL Pole Award in the Grand Sport (GS) class.
Video: Gateway IndyCar Pre-Race Q&A - Kanaan & Castroneves Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves answer questions from the media ahead of opening practice for IndyCar's return to the 1.25-mile Gateway Motorsports Park Comment
INDYCAR adds competition to Gateway pit stop practice Verizon IndyCar Series teams will add a new element of competition to the race weekend at the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline on Saturday, with the introduction of a pit stop competition on race day at Gateway Motorsports Park.
To allow crews time to perform simulated pit stops under race-like conditions, INDYCAR added pit stop practice sessions into the weekend schedule this season. For the first time, though, a prize will be awarded to the crew that performs the fastest pit stop during the session set for 8:15 p.m. ET Saturday at Gateway - just ahead of the 248-lap race on the 1.25-mile oval. The pit stop competition will stream live on RaceControl.IndyCar.com.
Power leads Penske 1-2-3-4 in opening Gateway practice
Only one team has the Team Penske shock package - Team Penske. Hence Team Penske dominates the IndyCar Series and today was nothing different as Team Penske ran 1-2-3-4 in opening practice for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500K at Gateway Motorsports Park.
Will Power turned the fastest lap at 24.252s 185.551 mph on the 1.25-mile kidney shaped oval.
Chad Boat ready to try again to make Indy Lights debut
After a month’s delay, Chad Boat is set to write the next chapter of his racing career when he makes his Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires debut this weekend.
The 25-year-old from Phoenix will drive the No. 84 Pristine Auctions Dallara IL-15 for Belardi Auto Racing at Gateway Motorsports Park. Boat was slated to make his debut at the Iowa Speedway on July 9, but injuries sustained in an a USAC midget race crash a week before sidelined him.
Gateway Motorsports Park Expects Solid Crowd For IndyCar's Return
They probably won't even open the Turn 1 grandstands unless the walk-up crowd is enormous
Gateway Motorsports Park is expecting a relatively strong crowd of about 35,000 for this weekend’s Verizon IndyCar Series Bommarito 500, the St. Louis-area track’s first IndyCar race in 15 years. Track Exec VP & GM Chris Blair said suites for Saturday night’s race are sold out, with Gateway on track to sell out of its reserved seating -- about 22,000 seats in the 40,000-seat grandstand (22,000 is just the main straight grandstands). Blair: “You always want more, but for a first-year event, we’re pretty happy with that.”
Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) topped the timesheets on Day 1 of the Octo British Grand Prix, two tenths ahead of the first of the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP duo – with nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi heading teammate Maverick Vinales, last year’s winner.
Fourth fastest on combined timesheets was an impressive showing from Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) riding through the pain barrier, ahead of reigning Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team). Marquez had two crashes in the afternoon, but got back on track - rider ok.
Former VW engineer Liang sentenced to 40 months, $200,000 fine DETROIT -- A former Volkswagen AG engineer who cooperated with investigators in the automaker's global diesel emissions scandal was sentenced to 40 months in a federal prison and a $200,000 fine for his role in the conspiracy.
James Liang, 63, a native of Indonesia but a citizen of Germany, was sentenced in U.S. District Court here on Friday before Judge Sean Cox.
NASCAR community mourns member of Dale Earnhardt Jr.-owned race team The NASCAR community is mourning a member of a race team owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s JR Motorsports who died in a car wreck in Iredell County.
Michael Adam Wright, a 33-year-old mechanic with driver Michael Annett’s JRM Xfinity Series team, died late Sunday when he twice ran off curvy Flower House Loop in Troutman and his car went airborne, State Highway Patrol Trooper J.S. Swagger told the (Statesville) Record & Landmark. Wright, who lived in Troutman, wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected, Swagger told the newspaper. No other cars were involved.
Charles Leclerc has claimed yet another pole position for his collection in this afternoon’s FIA Formula 2 Championship qualifying session at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, defying the rain and a resultant red flag to grab the top spot well ahead of title rivals Nicholas Latifi and Oliver Rowland.
The Monegasque driver emerged from the gloom with a time of 2:20.842, almost 22 seconds slower than his best time from free practice this morning but vitally six tenths ahead of the DAMS duo, the only two drivers within a second of the top spot in a heavily rain affected session.
Friday Update from Gateway Motorsports Park It is going to be a beautiful weekend for the return of IndyCar to Gateway Motorsports Park, located just minutes outside St Louis, Missouri. The last race held here was back in 2003 after a seven year run of races that were originally held on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Weather will be perfect for the 250 mile race that will be run on Saturday night under the lights. Temperatures will be in the 80s during the day with the night temps cooling to the upper 60s.
Acura ARX-05 Completes Successful First North American Test
Acura ARX05 testing at Road Atlanta
BRASELTON, Ga. (August 25, 2017) – The Acura ARX-05 completed two days of successful testing this week at Road Atlanta, as Acura Motorsports and Team Penske began an intensive development program for the new prototype in advance of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Veteran Juan Pablo Montoya, one of two drivers already announced for the effort, was at the wheel of the ARX-05 throughout the two-day test. The outing was the first for the new prototype following an initial shakedown run last month at the Paul Ricard circuit in France, and follows its official unveiling at Monterey Car Week.
Charles Leclerc has grabbed the top spot in this morning’s FIA Formula 2 Championship free practice session at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, setting the pace once more despite a problem with his extinguisher meaning he missed most of the session while he team replaced the unit to lead the way ahead of Antonio Fuoco and Oliver Rowland.
Racing Dignitaries Gather to Honor Mario Andretti Aug. 31
Winning Indy 500 in 1969
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Dignitaries from the motorsports industry will join in tribute to Mario Andretti on Aug. 31 when he receives the Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for Outstanding Contributions to Motorsports.
Andretti will receive the award from the International Motor Racing Research Center at a sold-out dinner presented by NASCAR, International Speedway Corp., Watkins Glen International and IMSA, supported by Sahlen’s.
Lewis Hamilton turned a lap time of 1m44.753s on the ultra-soft Pirelli tires to lead the 2nd practice session for the Belgian GP. With about 30 minutes left to run heavy rain fell over the Spa track and that put an end to any more running.
Quickest in the first practice, Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, was 2nd quick in session 2 some 0.262s behind the Mercedes.
Target moved from NASCAR to soccer because sport didn't engage youth AR1.com has said for years that Motorsports needs to get go-kart racing recognized by the NCAA as a sport. Until the youth are exposed to motorsports in schools, and become accessible to a more diverse group of kids, motorsports will bypass the younger generation and spiral down into oblivion with an aging fanbase.
Anyone selling goods wants to engage humans at an early age - expose them to their product . And Target sees it that way too, so they left motorsports - both IndyCar and NASCAR.
Using Ultra-Soft Pirelli tires on a late run, Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen turned the fastest lap in opening practice for the Belgian GP at Spa. His lap of 1m45.502s was only 0.053s faster than Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes. But make no mistake, Mercedes is superior here to Ferrari. While the Ferraris set their fast times on the softest tires, the Mercedes used tires that were not one, but two grades harder. Clearly the Mercedes are sandbagging and when it comes to qualifying Saturday Mercedes will bury Ferrari unless it rains.
Dorian Boccolacci has claimed the early honors after topping this morning’s free practice session at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, grabbing the top spot late in an uneventful session by four tenths from Tatiana Calderon and Kevin Jorg.
The Italian who is a French citizen turned a time of 2:06.163 came with 3 minutes remaining in a session where most of the drivers held a lot in reserve and working on race runs, given the expected difference in temperatures between practice and this afternoon’s qualifying session.
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