Hamilton Jr. To Make Indy Lights Debut Davey Hamilton Jr., son of veteran Indy car competitor Davey Hamilton, will compete for Jack McCormack and McCormack Racing in the 2016 Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires.
The third generation driver will be making his debut campaign in a single seater.
Michigan Speedway President Roger Curtis Leaving After A Decade Int’l Speedway Corp. this afternoon announced that Michigan Int’l Speedway President Roger Curtis is leaving the role, effective immediately, a few days after the track finished out its second and final NASCAR Sprint Cup event for the year. Curtis, who has been at MIS for a decade, will see his duties replaced in the interim by ISC COO Joie Chitwood III as the corporation finds his replacement. No mention was made of whether ISC would seek internal or external candidates, or whether it would use a search firm. Curtis “is leaving to pursue new opportunities,” a press release stated.
World Racing Group being By drivers (update) UPDATE Eldora Speedway general manager Roger Slack reacted sharply to news that the dirt track owned by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart is being sued for millions of dollars, writes Joe Menzer of Fox Sports
Slack said the charges leveled by Scott Bloomquist and four other Late Model drivers, who are seeking some $16.5 million in damages, are "meritless."
Betty Jane France dies DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 30, 2016) -- Betty Jane France, a philanthropist in support of children's health causes, passed away Monday evening. France is the mother of NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France and International Speedway Corporation CEO Lesa France Kennedy.
A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the former Betty Jane Zachary was the widow of the late NASCAR Chairman and CEO William C. France, who passed away in 2007. Betty Jane France was executive vice president and assistant treasurer of NASCAR and the chairwoman emeritus of the NASCAR Foundation.
Video: NASCAR Michigan Post Race Q&A Race winning driver Kyle Larson and crew chief Chad Johnston (No. 42 Target Chevrolet); race winning car owners Chip Ganassi and Rob Kauffman (No. 42 Target Chevrolet); Jim Campbell (U.S. Vice President, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports - Chevrolet); second place finisher Chase Elliott (No. 24 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet) and third place finisher Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford) Comment
Video: Pagenaud Cooks at Sonoma Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Simon Pagenaud and seven-time Olympic medalist Dana Vollmer visited Oakland's Brown Sugar Kitchen for a one-of-a-kind cooking lesson with award-winning Bay Area chefs, Tanya Holland and Victor Scargle, on Monday.
Pagenaud, a native of France and a food and wine connoisseur, was in the Bay Area in advance of next month's GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma series finale (Sept. 16-18). Vollmer, who welcomed a son in 2015, is fresh off her third Olympic Games (Athens, London and Rio) and boasts five Olympic gold medals.
Volkswagen Reshuffles Management Team, Appoints Sven Smeets As Motorsport Director
Volkswagen Motorsport has reshuffled its management team following the departure of Motorsport Dir Jost Capito. The motorsports department of the German car brand on Monday announced the appointment of Sven Smeets to succeed Capito in the role of motorsport director, effective Thursday.
The 44-year-old joined Volkswagen Motorsport in '12 as team manager in the World Rally Championship before taking over as sporting director earlier this year.
As motorsport director, the Belgium native will be responsible for all of Volkswagen’s motorsport activities, led by its WRC involvement. Capito, who led Volkswagen Motorsport since '12, announced in January that he would join British F1 team McLaren-Honda once a successor has been found. Capito already joined McLaren at Sunday's Belgium F1 Grand Prix.
New research says Mercedes and Infiniti owners want autonomous
Should Mercedes quit F1 and join the Robo Car autonomous league?
Buyers of Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti vehicles appear to be the most receptive to a driverless car with semi or fully autonomous systems, a new survey has found out. But Porsche or BMW owners aren't into such things.
MaritzCX, a software and research company has ordered the research and has found about one third of drivers – 27 percent, are "very interested" in self-driving cars. At the other end of the spectrum sit the buyers of Jeep and Ram, which are the least willing to concede their car to an autonomous aide.
The right knee of Verizon IndyCar Series driver Jack Hawksworth has checked out after Saturday night's crash with Aleshin at Texas Motor Speedway, and he will be in A.J. Foyt Racing's No. 41 car for this weekend's race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.
"He's fine," team president Larry Foyt told the Indianapolis Star on Monday. "It was like a stinger. Once he got walking around he said it was fine."
Foyt said the car's tub was damaged but not beyond repair. The team had tubs destroyed on two occasions this season.
Scott Speed drives Andretti VW to victory in AC It wasn’t an easy fight in the final, but Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross’ Scott Speed churned out his third consecutive Red Bull Global Rallycross victory during the series’ inaugural visit to Atlantic City. After a hectic last lap, Patrik Sandell and Brian Deegan found their way onto the podium in second and third.
HEAT RECAPS: As with many races this year, Speed and teammate Tanner Foust were the class of the field in heats and semifinals--but the real story was how close Foust’s winning streak in preliminary rounds came to ending. A last-lap pass by Brian Deegan in the first round was penalized for being too rough, and Foust’s semifinal was red-flagged for an incident including Nelson Piquet Jr. with the points leader in fifth. He would take full advantage of the restart, however, to climb back to victory. Sebastian Eriksson would win the last chance qualifier.
Brad Keselowski's car fails postrace inspection at MIS
Brad Keselowski ran illegal
Brad Keselowski, who finished 3rd, had his car fail postrace measurements following the Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.
The typical penalty for the violation has been a 15-point deduction for the driver and a $25,000 fine to the crew chief, but NASCAR won't comment on potential penalties until they are announced, which typically is the Wednesday following a race. The 15-point penalty is insignificant to Keselowski, who sits second in the standings by 50 points and whose four wins this year have him locked into NASCAR's postseason Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Mexico City Beckons for the Ford GTs Mexico City, Aug. 29, 2016 – The 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship goes global this weekend as the teams head outside of Europe for the first of the ‘flyaway’ races.
Saturday’s ‘6 Hours of Mexico’ takes place at the revamped Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in the heart of Mexico City and promises to provide the thrills and spills of a WEC event for motorsport fans who so enjoyed Formula 1’s return to Mexico at the same circuit last year.
Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage snapped a picture in Victory Lane and couldn’t wait to share it with anyone in sight.
It captured the essence of the Firestone 600 on Saturday night, a moment in which the IndyCar Series finally reverted back to its glory years that had become a thing of the past at Texas.
Stuck in the end wing of race winner Graham Rahal’s car had been a piece of third-place finisher Tony Kanaan’s car. Gossage proudly showed it off. That’s how close and hard the drivers were going in the closing laps.
Corvette Racing scored its third consecutive GT Le Mans class victory, but this time with a dominant run for Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen, who scored top honors in Sunday’s Michelin GT Challenge at Virginia International Raceway.
Garcia took the No. 3 Corvette C7.R to a 0.802-second win over the No. 66 Ford GT of Dirk Mueller and Joey Hand, in the GT-only race that ended with a one-lap shootout following a late-race yellow.
Following a sweep of the front row in qualifying, the Pratt & Miller squad had the GT Le Mans field covered, virtually all race, despite strong challenges from Ford and the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE.
Belgium GP under red-flag The first few laps of the Belgium GP at Spa have been fraught with crashes the most recent being Kevin Magnussen who hit the curb coming out of Eau Rouge, lost control of his Renault, and hit the barriers so hard they had to stop the race while the barriers are repaired. Magnussen was OK.
The two Ferraris of Vettel and Raikkonen touched in Turn 1 and that started the action and around the first lap there were many other cars taken out due to contact including Sainz Jr, Button, Ericsson and Wehrlein. All the carnage has allowed Lewis Hamilton, who started dead last, to now run 5th with a real chance to win the race after lap 10 of 44.
Changes abound for IndyCar's return to Watkins Glen
When IndyCar was last at The Glen, Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi was still driving GP2 over in Asia
Time doesn't wait in a technology-driven sport like the Verizon IndyCar Series writes Ron Levanduski of the Star Gazette.
IndyCar racing will return to Watkins Glen International on Labor Day weekend, with significant differences for the series since Team Penske driver Will Power sped to victory in the Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen in 2010.
New high-tech cars with turbocharged engines are sleeker and faster than before and easily capable of obliterating the outright speed record on the track's 11-turn, 3.4-mile layout.
Antonio Giovinazzi has grabbed the second win of the Spa-Francorchamps weekend for PREMA Racing with a dominant display of speed and consistency in this morning’s Sprint Race, making a great start before overtaking for the lead and stretching out a gap to the flag ahead of Gustav Malja and Luca Ghiotto.
Malja made a good start from pole when the lights went out, but Giovinazzi made a better one from P3 to slide inside front row starter Ghiotto at La Source for P2 behind the Swede. The Trident man soon had his mirrors filled by Raffaele Marciello and teammate Artem Markelov, who dispatched Alex Lynn in fine style at Campus, while further back Pierre Gasly and Oliver Rowland had a coming together, with the Frenchman coming off worse as his lost part of his front wing.
Aitken achieves maiden win in Spa-Francorchamps Race 2
Briton Jack Aitken kept a calm head to romp home to his debut win in the GP3 Series at Spa-Francorchamps in a race which saw three safety-car periods. The Renault Academy driver started from third on the grid and moved into second passing DAMS’ Santino Ferrucci before Turn 1. The Arden driver then swiftly passed Koiranen GP’s Matevos Isaakyan to grab the lead of the race and remained in P1 until the checkered flag. Trident and Ferrari Driver Academy’s Antonio Fuoco was second ahead of Haas F1 development driver Ferrucci.
Texas Resumed, Practice Sessions.... Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan posted fastest practice speeds for the resumption of the Firestone 600. However, most drivers acknowledged that little could be learned in this practice -- the race will be run at night, the track won't be raw-green anymore, etc. But at least they could shake down the cars for 16 or so laps to make sure the wheels didn't fall off.
Takuma Sato's wheel did indeed fall off. On his second practice lap something failed on the right front sending Sato into the wall, trailing sparks behind him. The car will be fixed in time for the race, with failure damage to the right front (rocker arm?) and crash damage to the right rear (carbon fiber bits, suspension arms, etc.). Sato was unhurt and will run tonight.
Dixon leads Ganassi 1-2 in Texas practice Scott Dixon led Tony Kanaan in a Chip Ganassi Racing 1-2 in practice for tonight's resumption of the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway. Marco Andretti was third in the lead Honda, with Graham Rahal and Sebastien Bourdais rounding out the top-5.
The green flag for tonight's race will is scheduled for 9:17 p.m. ET. James Hinchcliffe will lead Ryan Hunter-Reay and Mikhail Aleshin as the rain-delayed race from June 10 is resumed.
Pierre Gasly secured his third victory of the year with a strong drive on the right tyre strategy in this afternoon’s Feature Race at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium, grabbing the lead early in the race and tearing away from his rivals to win ahead of Jordan King and Alex Lynn.
The Red Bull protege made a solid start from the front row as PREMA teammate Antonio Giovinazzi bogged down from pole: a storming start from third gave Gustav Malja the lead from Gasly, Norman Nato, King and Giovinazzi, who survived an impact at La Source with Lynn dropping behind Raffaele Marciello but ahead of a fast charging Sergey Sirotkin as the field headed towards Eau Rouge for the first time.
France's Larbre Competition has inked IMSA star Ricky Taylor to replace Paulo Ruberti for the next three rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship. The former Grand-Am Rolex Series champion, who drove for Larbre in 2013-'14 and joined the factory Corvette Racing team at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June, will drive the No. 50 Corvette C7.R alongside Pierre Ragues and Yutaka Yamagishi in Mexico, at the IMSA/WEC double-header in Texas, and close his stint with the team in Japan.
IndyCar Saturday morning update from Texas (2nd Update) UPDATE Here are the specifics of how we are going to resume the race today bullet-point style:
A car must re-start the race in the same aerodynamic configuration that they were in when the race was red-flagged. The only thing that the teams will be allowed to adjust is the front wing angle. That means that no teams will be able to add or remove aero-kit pieces that were on the car when the race was stopped in June.
Series leader Charles Leclerc from ART Grand Prix showed his dominance in today’s qualifying session for Round 6 of the 2016 GP3 Series season at Spa-Francorchamps: the Scuderia Ferrari Team development driver posted a best laptime of 2:04.896 which was three tenths clear of his nearest rival and faster than last year’s pole position time set by Luca Ghiotto. DAMS’ Jake Hughes was second ahead of McLaren protege Nyck de Vries.
Other than Indy, Rossi's season has been a series of missed opportunities
Rossi could have won at Pocono, but a collision on pit road with Charlie Kimball ended his day and almost killed Helio Castroneves
For Alexander Rossi's rookie season in the Verizon IndyCar Series, there has been May and everything else.
May was outstanding.
In that month, Rossi became the first rookie to win the historic Indianapolis 500 since Helio Castroneves in 2001. It was also the first time an American-born rookie had won the 500 since Louis Meyer in 1928.
Garcia Sets Fastest Friday Time in No. 3 Corvette C7.R
Garcia in the #3 Corvette
Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia set the best time on the opening day of the Michelin GT Challenge at VIR on Friday with a 1:42.623 (114.7 mph) in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. His time came in the second of two practice sessions at the 3.27-mile, 17-turn road circuit on a day where air temperatures reached 99 degrees and track readings approached 130 degrees according to tire engineers with Michelin.
Liberty Mutual Debuting New NASCAR Deal To Promote Spotters Liberty Mutual this weekend is debuting a unique content sponsorship in NASCAR entitled "Spotter Coverage" based around the notion of spotters helping their drivers worry less.
At select ISC and SMI races remaining on the 2016 schedule, the Massachusetts-based insurer will sponsor spotter stands.
The deal starts at Michigan International Speedway and also has an accompanying media buy on NBC Sports. Spotter stands at participating tracks will have track-facing signage that reads, "Helping Drivers Worry Less." Sports Business Daily
Tony Stewart to appeal insurance ruling in Kevin Ward Jr. case
Tony Stewart may have to write a huge personal check for killing Kevin Ward Jr.
Attorneys for Tony Stewart have filed notice they plan to appeal a ruling in the driver's dispute with an insurance company.
A U.S. District Court in Utica, N.Y., ruled against Stewart on July 29, deciding Axis Insurance Co. was not responsible for any claims which might stem from the pending wrongful death civil suit brought against Stewart by the family of Kevin Ward Jr.
On Friday, Stewart's attorneys filed notice they plan to appeal the judgment in the U.S Court of Appeals' Second Circuit. The news was first reported by ESPN.com.
Kimi Raikkonen put Ferrari at the top of the times during final practice for the Belgian Grand Prix, ahead of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and teammate Sebastian Vettel, as Mercedes again was sandbagging and focused on longer runs to win the race. They know topping practice sessions pays no points and tires are critical here. Having enough tires for the race will be key as teams are burning through the softer compounds quickly.
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