Ed Carpenter Racing unveiled a new paint scheme today for the No. 20 Chevrolet driven by rookie Spencer Pigot with Samsung sponsorship. The car will carry the Samsung colors for both this weekend's INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen and the season finale, the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.
"Samsung is thrilled to partner with Spencer Pigot and the No. 20 car for Watkins Glen and Sonoma," said Matt Smith, vice president of Samsung Business. "It takes passion, grit and pure talent to be great and Spencer clearly has what it takes to be great at racing. We are excited to support Spencer with the help of Rising Star Racing and Ed Carpenter Racing."
Scott Dixon topped both sessions at Watkins Glen Friday
As he did in the opening session, Scott Dixon led the way in second practice for the IndyCar Grand Prix at the Glen. The driver of the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet posted a lap time of 1:22.874s, (146.391 mph) in the afternoon session was more than five seconds below the official record established by Ryan Briscoe in 2009.
Castroneves was second, with Will Power, Tony Kanaan and Juan Pablo Montoya completing a Chevrolet sweep of the top-5. Jack Hawksworth was the lead Honda in sixth.
Scott Dixon posted the fastest time on a very fast Watkins Glen circuit
One of the big topics of conversation here at Watkins Glen has been the speed of the Indy cars. For some perspective, Scott Dixon led opening practice with a lap time of 1:23.8921 (144.614 miles per hour) - over 5 seconds quicker than Helio Castroneves' track record of 1:29.1919 from 2007.
The main factors in the speed increases are the down force with the current aero kits and the recent repave of the circuit after last year. The repave has made the track billiard-table smooth. Of course, the teams have had nearly a full-season to get their heads around the aero kits. As for the smooth surface, we ran into Will Power, who likened the track to an oval.
INDYCAR announces new brake supplier for 2017 INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, Sept. 2, 2016) - INDYCAR announced today a partnership agreement with Performance Friction Corporation that will make the company the official brake supplier of the Verizon IndyCar Series. The multiyear agreement makes PFC the exclusive supplier of brake system components to each entry competing in the Verizon IndyCar Series beginning in 2017.
"Earlier this season the majority of our teams tested the PFC brake package and the feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive. PFC has a long history of building outstanding performance products that we expect to be a great benefit to the competition in the Verizon IndyCar Series," said Jay Frye, INDYCAR president of competition and operations. "We're excited to kick off this partnership with PFC and appreciate all their efforts and commitment to INDYCAR."
Dixon blisters The Glen at 144 mph Scott Dixon turned a blistering lap of 144 mph in opening practice for this weekend IndyCar race at Watkins Glen. Chevy cars, which are not required to tow a parachute, were 1st thru 4th. Graham Rahal was the fastest Honda. Towing the Honda Butt Bumper parachute he managed a 142.971 mph lap.
Pierre Gasly continued his winning ways by claiming his third pole of the season in this afternoon's Qualifying session in Monza, leading the way for most of the period to grab the top spot despite late charges by PREMA Racing teammate Antonio Giovinazzi and Artem Markelov.
Simon Pagenaud looks to build his championship lead this weekend at Watkins Glen
Good morning from Watkins Glen. International. It's a lovely morning here in the Finger Lakes region with temperatures in the high 60s. And while there are some clouds nestled amidst the lovely countryside and rolling hills, there is no rain predicted for the day.
The Verizon IndyCar Series last competed at the 3.4-mile road course in 2010. Will Power, the 2014 IndyCar Champion, won the race from the pole that year with Ryan Briscoe and Dario Franchitti rounding out the podium.
The drivers that tested here in August have said that this will be a physically demanding track. Simon Pagenaud, driving for the first time on this track, had this to say about the challenge of driving at the Glen. "When you have max downforce on a track like here, it's going to be hard for sure. I don't dislike it. I don't mind any other way.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to miss the rest of 2016 Sprint Cup season Hendrick Motorsports announced Friday morning that driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will miss the rest of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup season due to lingering effects from a concussion suffered in a crash at Michigan International Speedway on June 12.
Earnhardt, Jr, had initially only been expected to miss a few weeks, however he continued to suffer symptoms and doctors have now said he cannot be medically cleared to return to the racetrack this season.
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Gawky tops opening GP2 PRACTICE AT Monza Pierre Gasly has picked up where he left off by setting the pace in this morning's Free Practice session in Monza, claiming the top spot despite a probable fuel issue halfway through the session halting his track time early, ahead of Artem Markelov and PREMA Racing teammate Antonio Giovinazzi.
Audi to become involved in Formula E Audi is going to intensify its future commitment in the world’s first racing series for fully electric race cars. Starting in the 2016/2017 season that opens in Hong Kong on October 9, Audi will increase its involvement in Formula E Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport. In addition, it is planned to incorporate Formula E into a factory-backed motorsport program as of the 2017/2018 season.
Davidson sidelined due to Rib Injury from accident
Anthony Davidson has been ruled out of this weekend’s Six Hours of Mexico presented by AT&T, after sustaining bruised ribs from a recent testing accident in Magny-Cours.
Davidson turned several laps during this morning’s Collective Test session at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez to evaluate his recovery but a joint decision was made that the former FIA World Endurance Champion will not take any further part in this weekend’s event.
It leaves the No. 5 Toyota TS050 Hybrid to a two-driver lineup of Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima for the fifth round of the WEC season.
Practice: Porsche sets the fastest lap of the day in Mexico City
Porsche #2 lapped ahead of Porsche #1
Porsche enjoyed a busy and trouble free beginning to the Mexico race weekend with the two 919 Hybrids. The first day of the fifth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) saw a 90-minute test session and two free practice sessions of the same duration each. The extra test was to help the teams and drivers familiarize themselves with the special track conditions ahead of the WEC's debut on the short 4.304 kilometer Formula One circuit. It has a very long straight (1.2 km) and many tight corners. Also it lies 2,250 meters above sea level – the thin air because of this influences aerodynamics and cooling.
Harvick on pole at Darlington With inclement weather expected at Darlington Raceway, NASCAR postponed all at-track activity for Friday. The weather forecast for the remainder of the weekend looks good.
Due to the schedule change, qualifying for Sprint Cup and NASCAR XFINITY teams has been cancelled. The starting lineups will be set by the rule book. #4-Kevin Harvick will start on the pole for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race.
Verizon IndyCar Series Teams Set to Test at Sonoma Raceway, Sept. 8
IndyCars to test
Race fans are invited to enjoy a taste of Verizon IndyCar Series action at a free test session at Sonoma Raceway on Thursday, Sept. 8.
Twenty-one drivers from eight Verizon IndyCar Series teams will take part in the one-day test session at Sonoma Raceway. This marks the teams’ final chance to prepare for the series season finale at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, Sept. 16-18.
Alexander Rossi Joins the TAG Heuer Family of Ambassadors
TAG Heuer, the world leader in prestigious and sporting chronographs is proud to announce the addition of America’s next great racing hero, Alexander Rossi, to the TAG Heuer family of ambassadors.
Alexander and TAG Heuer first met in May of 2016 after Alexander’s victory at the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, where he was presented with the TAG Heuer F1 Indy 500 Special Edition watch. Before winning the prestigious Verizon IndyCar Series event as a rookie, Alexander raced in Formula 1, making history by being the first American to race at a home event at COTA, Texas, as well as being one of the youngest drivers to hold a Formula 1 Super License at just 18 years old. His professionalism, perseverance and diligence in the sport make Alexander the perfect embodiment of the motto "Don’t Crack Under Pressure" and a unique young talent to the TAG Heuer family.
Formula E drivers battle for $1 million in Las Vegas eSports race LAS VEGAS, USA (September 1 2016) - The stars of the FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s first fully-electric racing series, will take part in a virtual race in Las Vegas in a bid to win a share of the biggest prize in eSports racing history.
Exactly three years after the Spark-Renault SRT_01E made its public debut in Las Vegas, all 20 Formula E drivers will test their skills on a specially designed track, incorporating the famous Las Vegas Strip, for the opportunity to win a share of $1 million.
Honda signs on as presenting sponsor for GRC finale LOS ANGELES, CA (September 1, 2016) – American Honda Motor Co., Inc. has partnered with Red Bull Global Rallycross as presenting sponsor of the series’ third annual event at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro on October 8-9. Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles presented by Honda will be a double-header event, and will serve as the season finale for the 2016 season. The event weekend will also mark the first time that the series has held its championship finale in Los Angeles.
Kevin Magnussen has been passed fit to participate in this weekend's Italian Grand Prix, his Renault team has confirmed.
The Dane crashed heavily at Raidillon during the opening laps of the Belgian Grand Prix last weekend, yet despite initial fears about the high-speed impact which registered at 42G, Magnussen sustained only a minor cut to his ankle in the impact.
Following further tests, this morning his Renault team announced on Twitter that Magnussen was "all clear to race".
Taxpayer funds fueled doomed IndyCar Boston race Gov. Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin J. Walsh led an unprecedented taxpayer-funded effort to salvage the doomed IndyCar race, motivated to prove government wouldn't get blamed for failing to land another big sporting event, newly released emails show.
Top Walsh aides even organized a quiet celebration with coffee and pastries a day after the Grand Prix of Boston was abruptly canceled, saying they wanted to honor the "amazing work" of the team and mark a "proper end to this incredible process," according to emails.
Richard Petty Motorsports Announces Competition Restructure Richard Petty Motorsports today announced competition changes to improve their on-track performance. Effectively immediately, Philippe Lopez and Scott McDougall will temporarily oversee all competition duties and roles previously held by Sammy Johns both at the track and at the race shop.
The change comes as part of an immediate, aggressive strategy by RPM leadership to improve speed, performance and future growth of RPM. The goal is to improve on-track results from 2016 and to capitalize on the progress made in previous seasons.
Dutch teen Rinus VK joins Carlin for '17 Dutch teenage karting driver Rinus van Kalmthout (who goes by Rinus VK) will make his debut in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda in 2017 with Carlin Racing as the powerhouse team makes its series debut.
"We have spoken with several teams in the last few months, but when the opportunity to join Carlin Benik came along I didn't have to think long," said Rinus, who is just 15 years old. "Making the deal with Carlin Benik is an important step for us. Having secured the seat I now feel I truly am an USF2000 driver."
NASCAR Fines Paul Wolfe Paul Wolfe, crew chief for Brad Keselowski’s No. 2 Team Penske Ford, was fined $15,000 and the team was docked 10 driver and 10 owner points Wednesday the result of infractions found following Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan Int’l Speedway.
The team was assessed a P2-level penalty after the car failed post-race laser inspection and also received a written warning because it failed laser inspection twice.
Video: USGP Preview The world’s top Formula 1 drivers have expressed their excitement at returning to Austin, Texas for the 5th consecutive FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX to be held at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) this October 21st-23rd.
COTA caught up with some of the biggest names in the Paddock to hear their thoughts on the upcoming 2016 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX and how F1 has finally found its real American home in Texas’ capital city.
James Hinchcliffe took an illegal car to 2nd place at Texas last Saturday night
INDYCAR announced the following post-event infraction from the conclusion of the Firestone 600, which was completed Aug. 27 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas:
INDYCAR fined Schmidt Peterson Motorsports $20,000 and penalized the team 25 entrant and driver points after the No. 5 entry of James Hinchcliffe was found in violation of Rule 22.214.171.124.2 of the Verizon IndyCar Series rule book (domed skid wear) in post-race inspection.
Video: Formula E August Pre-Season Testing Highlights Here's how the first block of pre-season testing played out at Donington Park, as new teams Techeetah and Jaguar hit the track for the first time, and all teams attempted to find out whether they've closed the gap to Renault e.dams and Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport. Comment
Any time you’re on a three-man list alongside Mario Andretti and Dan Gurney, you’ve done pretty well in your time behind the wheel of a racecar.
For Juan Pablo Montoya, after tasting victory in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, Verizon IndyCar Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, he can proudly call himself one of the most successful journeyman racers of all-time.
Bursting onto the F1 scene in 2001 – when Michael Schumacher ruled supreme in a car that was as loud as the vibrant red of the Ferrari chassis – Montoya grabbed a first victory at Monza, en route to a further six wins before leaving the sport in 2006.
08/30/16 NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from Michigan earned a 1.9 overnight rating on NBCSN Sunday afternoon, down 20% from last year (2.4) and down 37% from 2014 (3.0). Excluding rainouts, the 1.9 is the third-lowest for a Sprint Cup race this season - ahead of only Kentucky in July and Kansas in May (1.8 for each).
Video: Highlights of DTM in Moscow The DTM is going full throttle again after the summer break. We look back on the sixth race weekend of the season in Moscow. Exciting races, spectacular wheel-to-wheel action and an outstanding quadruple success in the first race - these are the highlights of the DTM at the Moscow Raceway Comment
Video: Hamilton on his summer break Formula 1 got underway again with the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. In this interview, Lewis Hamilton reveals how he spent his summer break and how he prepared for the second half of the longest Formula 1 season in the history of the premier class. Comment
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