Children, ages 12 and under, will receive free gate admission for Sunday Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Verizon IndyCar Series races at Pocono Raceway in 2019. This new initiative will start today as part of the 2019 Pocono Raceway Ticket Renewal Program. All remaining tickets for next season’s events at ‘The Tricky Triangle’ are scheduled to go on sale to the public in early October.
Mercedes showed on Tuesday how it is “aggressively” gunning for top spot in upscale battery cars market currently dominated by Tesla, as it unveiled the EQC, its first fully electric car, at an event in Stockholm.
The event marks the start of the German onslaught against the American upstart and showcased a SUV with a 450 kilometer range, distinctively full-width rear light and clean-cut interiors that Mercedes hopes will find favor with luxury customers and tech-savvy millennials alike.
Defending NASCAR Cup Championship team goes bellyup
FRR teammates Erik Jones and Martin Truex Jr.
Due to a lack of necessary funding to field a competitive team, Furniture Row Racing has been left with no reasonable option but to cease operations following the completion of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.
“This is not good for anybody,” said team owner Barney Visser. “The numbers just don’t add up. I would have to borrow money to continue as a competitive team and I’m not going to do that. This was obviously a painful decision to arrive at knowing how it will affect a number of quality and talented people.
IndyCar Enjoys Big Weekend In Portland, Adds COTA To '19
40,000 for IndyCar's return to Portland
There were an estimated 40,000 fans at the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Portland on Sunday, a "renaissance in the Pacific Northwest that was both super encouraging and successful," according to Robin Miller of RACER.com. There were "great crowds for three days" at Portland Int'l Raceway. Green Savoree Racing Promotions co-Owner, President & CEO Kevin Savoree, whose firm organizes the event, said that they could have "sold out the campers’ lot two or three times and the walk-up seemed to match the ticket sales in terms of volume." RACER.com.
Pat Fry, former Ferrari technical director, has re-joined McLaren as engineering director. He and performance director Andrea Stella will lead 2019 car in terms of "target-setting and performance" Zak Brown said.
Fry was a former chassis technical director for the Scuderia Ferrari Formula One team. He was assistant technical director under Aldo Costa until the position was eliminated by organizational restructuring.
Porsche rolls endlessly at Nurburgring endurance race
Before the Porsche was destroyed
If you don't watch any other Nurburgring videos today, watch this one. J2 Racing's John Shoffner, an American, was taking part in the sixth race of the VLN endurance championship on the famed Nordschleife track when he lost control of his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup after the Flugplatz straight. As seen on this video, posted on YouTube by the Eifeler888 channel and reported by Nurburgring fansite Bridge To Gantry, the Porsche rolls several times, even brushing the fencing, before finally coming to a standstill on its roof. Bridge To Gantry rightfully comments that it's thanks to modern safety devices such as the HANS restraint that the driver is okay after such a wild ride.
Five-time Indy 500 starter Conor Daly will pilot the second entry out of the Landon Simon Racing stable for the inaugural Driven2SaveLives BC39 presented by NOS Energy Drink September 5-6 at The Dirt Track at IMS.
“It means a lot to be a part of the first dirt track event at IMS. There is an incredible dirt racing history in the state of Indiana and to be a part of this race at IMS means we all get to be a part of another chapter of that story,” said Daly.
Michael Waltrip (L) says Ford driver will win title
Monday evening on FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB (Monday-Thursday at 6:00 PM ET), co-hosts Adam Alexander and Shannon Spake broke down Sunday’s Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway and its championship implications with analysts Larry McReynolds and Michael Waltrip. Below are excerpts from the show:
Sunday’s race at Darlington was Team Penske’s first non-restrictor plate win since Joey Logano won at Richmond in April 2017. Darlington is unlike any other track remaining this season, so how far does the organization’s 1-2 finish go to set the organization up for the Playoffs?
Gaming technology and F1 set to transform the future of jet cockpit development
Williams and BAE simulator room
Working in collaboration with BAE Systems, Williams Advanced Engineering has unveiled a revolutionary cockpit simulator that will be used by leading aerospace engineers to develop the next generation of cockpit designs for future fast jets.
IndyCar's lack of virtual safety car probably cost Rossi IndyCar title
Did IndyCar's yellow flag crap shoot cost Rossi the title?
IndyCar's yellow flag periods are a complete crap shoot, especially the way they close the pits. And to make matters even worse, IndyCar does not have a virtual safety car system like F1 and it screws a lot of drivers races.
It likely cost Alexander Rossi the 2018 IndyCar title even though he deserves it more than any other driver given the way he has driven this year.
After the race Rossi had this to say (below) before he and his team had a chance to review the replays. Well we did review the tapes and had a virtual safety car been thrown for both the Power incident and the Veach incident, Scott Dixon would have remained almost 3/4-lap down as a result of the first lap accident and his drive thru penalty.
And although Rossi may or may not have won the race (he probably would have) we are 100% certain he would have finished ahead of Dixon and the points battle going into Sonoma would be very close.
Monster Energy Series highlights from Darlington Recap how Brad Keselowski was able to sweep the weekend at Darlington and grab the win away from a dominate Kyle Larson in the Bojangles' Southern 500. Comment
Piquet powers to Monza Race 2 win over Alesi (Update)
Giuliano Alesi (Trident), Pedro Piquet (Trident), Callum Ilott (ART Grand Prix)
UPDATE Renault-affiliated GP3 Series championship leader Anthoine Hubert and his team-mate Callum Ilott, who is second in the championship, have both been disqualified from the Monza sprint race.
A GP3 Series statement said: "Following today's GP3 Series race two at Monza, Italy, post-race scrutineering determined that both Callum Ilott and Anthoine Hubert - who finished third and fourth respectively - were both in breach of the official tyre pressure limits.
NASCAR Southern 500 post-race Q&A Race winning team Brad Keselowski, Crew Chief Paul Wolfe and Vice- chairman of Team Penske Walter Czarnecki, Second place finisher Joey Logano (No. 22 Pennzoil Ford) and Third place finisher Kyle Larson (No. 42 DC Solar Chevrolet) Comment
Lando Norris, beaten badly by George Russell in F2 but good enough for McLaren
McLaren is delighted to announce that Lando Norris will complete McLaren’s driver line-up for the 2019 season.
Lando, 18, from Somerset, UK, is McLaren Test and Reserve Driver and is contending the 2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship. He currently sits second in the championship, having won on his Formula 2 debut from pole position, with four races from two events remaining.
Lando will partner Spaniard Carlos Sainz, 23, at McLaren in 2019, as part of a multi-year agreement with the team. Although 2019 will be Lando’s first season racing in Formula 1, he is no stranger to McLaren or F1 machinery.
McLaren confirms Vandoorne will leave McLaren after the end of the 2018
Stoffel Vandoorne - sacked
Stoffel joined the McLaren Young Driver Programmed in 2013, became Test Driver in 2014 and won the GP2 Championship in 2015 while part of the McLaren familyStoffel joined the McLaren Young Driver Program in 2013, became Test Driver in 2014 and won the a point on his debut. He was promoted to race driver to partner Fernando from the start of the 2017 season, and has contested 34 grands prix with the team to date.
The Mazda Road to Indy development ladder sanctioned by INDYCAR completed its 2018 in all three levels with doubleheader weekends at Portland. The second race in each series took place Sunday.
Patricio O'Ward (Andretti Autosport) capped a dominating Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires season weekend the season by adding Sunday's race win to the one he secured Saturday. He finished with nine victories for the season and a 44-point margin over teammate Colton Herta (Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing) in the final standings. The start of this race saw a six-wide approach to Turn 1, with pole winner Ryan Norman (Andretti Autosport) absorbing race-ending damage from contact with other cars. Aaron Telitz (Belardi Auto Racing) finished second.
FIA stewards have disqualified the Haas F-1 Team entry of Romain Grosjean from the Italian Grand Prix following a protest from Renault.
Grosjean originally finished sixth, allowing Haas to tie Renault for fourth in the constructors’ championship standings. However, shortly after the race ended Renault filed a protest over the legality of the Haas entry. The protest centered specifically on the floor of Grosjean’s car.
O'Ward Puts an Exclamation Point on Indy Lights Year with PIR Sweep
O'Ward sweeps in Portland
After yesterday clinching the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship – and a scholarship valued at $1M to step up to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2019 – Patricio O’Ward said this morning he was planning to have some fun in today’s Cooper Tires Indy Lights Grand Prix of Portland Powered by Mazda. Indeed he did.
The 19-year-old rookie from Monterey, Mexico, profited from an opening lap melee at the Festival Curves chicane to move from seventh on the grid to third, and made two superlative passes to move into the lead on Lap 18. He then reeled off three consecutive fastest laps of the race to streak clear of the field and secure his ninth win of the season for Andretti Autosport.
Taking a page from its own history book, Richard Petty and STP once again reached an agreement to place the STP day glo red on the Petty blue No. 43 for today's running of the Bojangles' Southern 500 at the Darlington Raceway. The agreement is to celebrate the longest and most famous paint scheme in the history of NASCAR, and to also relive the story of how this iconic paint scheme came to be. The car was transformed this morning after approval from NASCAR.
Power set a new track record in the first round of knockout qualifying of 57.2143 seconds, eclipsing the previous record of 57.597 seconds set by Justin Wilson in 2005. In the Firestone Fast Six, Power posted a lap 0.3410 seconds quicker than his Team Penske teammate Josef Newgarden. This was the third time in the past five qualifying sessions that Power won the Verizon P1 Award with Newgarden second. If that wasn't enough, Power cleared A.J. Foyt for second place in career Indy car poles. Power now has 54 career poles, with Foyt at 53. Mario Andretti leads all drivers with 67.
Russell holds off Markelov for Monza Sprint Race win
George Russell (ART Grand Prix), Artem Markelov (RUSSIAN TIME), Sergio Sette Camara (Carlin)
George Russell secured victory in the FIA Formula 2 Championship Sprint Race at Monza, Italy, capitalizing on an Artem Markelov lock-up into turn 1 to bag his first race win since Austria. Markelov followed the ART Grand Prix driver home, albeit one second adrift to collect a successive second place finishes. Sergio Sette Camara factored in the battle for the win, and the Carlin driver ended the race in third position.
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