Iowa Speedway announced its 2018 race schedule on Wednesday.
For the third consecutive year, Wide Opening Weekend will feature both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series. As in 2016, the pairing returns to Father’s Day Weekend on June 16-17, 2018.
The Verizon IndyCar Series hits the Fastest Short Track on the Planet for the Iowa Corn 300 on July 8 (which agrees with the AR1 2018 IndyCar schedule rumored on our rumors page). The Iowa Corn 300, entering its 12th year, is the second longest entitlement sponsorship in INDYCAR racing.
Atlanta also opening camping facilities for hurricane evacuees Atlanta Motor Speedway will open its camping facilities free of charge to evacuees seeking temporary refuge from the approaching Hurricane Irma. The Speedway, which is equipped to handle thousands of campers during its annual NASCAR weekend, will open both RV and tent campgrounds to any interested evacuees beginning tomorrow, Sept. 7.
Located adjacent to its unreserved campground, AMS will also open The Rinnai Shower Station camper bath house, allowing evacuees free access to hot showers and restroom facilities.
Supporting Paul Fix, Tomy Drissi Sits Out Round 9 of Trans Am at Watkins Glen
Tomy Drissi has chosen to sit out this year's Trans Am Series race at Watkins Glen. The Trans Am Champion cited several factors leading up to the decision.
"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed,” said Tomy. "I love racing at Watkins Glen. But it became the sensible thing to do when we considered all the variables. A situation presented itself where Tony Ave had committed a car to Paul Fix… the Glen is Paul's home track. The other car we would have normally rolled out is currently on the west coast. Greg Pickett has been using the car for the Trans Am West series. I knew this was important to Paul and to Tony, so after considering the situation, the easiest solution for everyone was to turn over the seat to Paul."
Talladega Superspeedway to Provide Refuge for Hurricane Irma Evacuees
Crews from Talladega Superspeedway’s Operations Department cut the grass around the shower house/restroom facility in Winner’s Walk I Campground outside of turn one Wednesday in preparation for evacuees seeking temporary refuge from Hurricane Irma. The tree-lined area also offers gravel and grass areas, as well as water hookups.
TALLADEGA, AL – With the growing threat of Hurricane Irma, Talladega Superspeedway will offer a portion of its campgrounds – which will include hot shower and restroom facilities, as well as water hookups on gravel and grassy areas – free to evacuees seeking temporary refuge, beginning Thursday (Sept. 7) morning at 9 am CDT.
The mammoth 2.66-mile track, which has the largest amount of property in NASCAR, is opening its Winner’s Walk I reserved RV area outside of turn one – a free, safe destination for individuals needing a place to bring their campers, trailers and vehicles to escape the wake of this potentially catastrophic storm. In addition to the showers and restrooms, Winner’s Walk I is a reserved area allowing both RV and tent camping on the grass and gravel. The beautiful tree-lined area also contains two dump stations.
HPD Trackside -- Andretti Autosport Renews IndyCar Honda Agreement Just before the IndyCar Watkins Glen race, Andretti Autosport announced its renewal of its relationship with Honda as their IndyCar engine supplier. Michael Andretti explains why. Comment
HPD Trackside - Watkins Glen IndyCar race report Alexander Rossi led a 1-2-3 Honda sweep of the podium Sunday at the INDYCAR Grand Prix of the Glen, with Scott Dixon making a massive gain in the drivers’ championship standings following a second-place finish and Ryan Hunter-Reay rounding out the top three at Watkins Glen International Raceway. Comment
Note: It should be noted from below that Denny Hamlin won both the Xfinity and Monster Cup races this past weekend at Darlington with an illegal car. But as always in NASCAR if you cheat to win, no matter what, you always keep your win and the record books will always list you the winner. The lesson is simple: Cheat to win.
NASCAR released the Post-Event Cheaters and Penalty Report for Darlington Raceway:
Williams Advanced Engineering Reveals Lightweight Electric Car Platform Concept
Williams EV platform a copy of Tesla but lighter weight
Williams Advanced Engineering is bringing the best of its expertise to the electric car in an innovative lightweight EV platform concept, named the FW-EVX, which will be displayed at this year’s Low Carbon Vehicle Show, Millbrook, 6-7th September 2017.
With the car industry currently focused on how it transitions from the internal combustion engine to a fully electric future, a major challenge for manufacturers is how to maximize vehicle efficiency, given current limitations.
Mazda RTI Championship Celebration Distributes Over $2.6 Million in Awards
The big award winners
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – One day after the championship titles for all three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires open-wheel driver development program were decided at the famed Watkins Glen International road course, 250 drivers, families, teams and sponsors gathered on Monday evening at the nearby Harbor Hotel for the traditional Championship Celebration banquet. A total of more than $2.6 million in Mazda Scholarships and other awards was distributed at the upscale venue on the shores of Seneca Lake.
Richard Petty Motorsports has no plans to merge with another team
Richard Petty looking for a new shop
Officials from Richard Petty Motorsports, whose shop went up for lease last week, said Tuesday they have no plans to merge with another team while seeking a new home.
RPM, which downsized to the #43 Ford with Aric Almirola this season, still is sorting out its driver, manufacturer and sponsor lineup for 2018, but the team will remain an independent entity next season, quelling speculation that it might consider moving under the umbrella of an existing Cup team.
Chevrolet announced today that the Bolt EV, the first affordable long-range electric car, is now available by order or in stock at certified dealerships nationwide. Through Aug. 30, 2017, Chevrolet has sold 11,670 Bolt EVs this year and 12,249 since the start of sales in December 2016.
Current owners are praising the all-electric small crossover’s impressive range, affordability and roominess. “It’s been everything I had hoped!” said Brian Ro of Columbia, Maryland, who was among the first Bolt EV owners. “The CUV-styling fits my family of four just fine, and the EV performance and 200-plus mile range simply can’t be beat at this price point.”
Video: 2017 Italian Grand Prix Strategy Analysis This week Mercedes looks at how the team approached a rare wet qualifying session, why the drivers started on the SuperSoft tires and a surprising lack of Safety Car appearances at Monza... Comment
Rituals and Debriefs - Monza to Singapore (Ep. 1/7) Every day this week, the Mercedes F1 team is taking you behind-the-scenes at Silver Arrows HQ for an exclusive, access-all-areas insight into how the team deals with the hectic turnaround between Monza and Singapore! Comment
Return of the Beast - Monza to Singapore (Ep. 2/7) Every day this week, the Mercedes F1 team is taking you behind-the-scenes at Silver Arrows HQ for an exclusive, access-all-areas insight into how the team deals with the hectic turnaround between Monza and Singapore! Comment
Horner stopped short of calling F1's rule makers Mental Midgets
Red Bull Formula 1 Team Principal Christian Horner called for F1 drivers to be allowed more engines per season to "reduce the rash of starting grid penalties that reached farcical levels" over the weekend.
Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton was the "only driver at Monza on Sunday to start from where he had actually qualified."
Behind him, nine of the 20 drivers "took penalties for engine and gearbox changes." REUTERS
GEICO, Ty Dillon and Germain Racing ink multi-year contract extensions
Germain Racing's ten-year relationship with GEICO kicked off in 2008 and the Mooresville, N.C. based team is proud to announce that the GEICO logo and legendary Gecko will continue to appear for years to come on the #13 GEICO Chevrolet, driven by Ty Dillon in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. In addition to its sponsorship of Germain Racing, GEICO continues to have an expansive presence within NASCAR, including the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, the popular GEICO campgrounds, a large midway display at various racetracks, as well as the newest component, the GEICO Restart Zone, all of which are complemented by a sizable multilevel media platform.
Allen Johnson, 57, announced his retirement at the end of this season from his 22-year Pro Stock career during a press conference Friday at the NHRA Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis.
The 27-time NHRA winner loyal to his Mopar HEMI-powered Dodge said, "It's been an amazing run for my dad and I, but it just felt like now was the right time to step away from the Pro Stock chapter of our careers. We've celebrated an NHRA world championship, captured wins at historic tracks like Gainesville, Pomona, and Bandimere, and basically lived our dream for 22 years. We couldn't have done it without the help and hard work of our J&J Racing team members over the years.
Subway terminates sponsorship with Daniel Suarez over TV segment with Dunkin' Donuts
Suarez ate one donut too many
Back in July at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, NBC Sports aired a pre-race segment dubbed "Desayuno (Spanish for breakfast) with Daniel Saurez," handing out Dunkin Donuts for breakfast has apparently cost Suarez his sponsorship with Subway -- the restaurant franchise which also serves breakfast.
Tequila Patron ESM has officially confirmed the full time driver lineup for the No. 22 Nissan Onroak DPi, securing sports car veteran Johannes van Overbeek to race alongside Brazil's Pipo Derani. The continued relationship between van Overbeek and Tequila Patron ESM will mark a ninth year together.
"It's hard to believe that next year will mark the ninth year that I've been with Tequila Patron ESM," said van Overbeek. "Every year has had its challenges and its success, I'm sure next year will be no different. The team is as strong as it has ever been and I look forward to continuing my working relationship with the team and Pipo to deliver the results that are due Tequila Patron ESM and its partners."
Porsche Sells Out Mid-Engined 911 RSRs for 2018 All six of the mid-engined Porsche 911 RSRs made available to customers for next year have already been sold, according to Head of Porsche Motorsport Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, who said the demand for the new-for-2017 GTE car has been “unbelievable.”
Walliser said all six of its allocated cars for 2018 have been sold, both to existing customers and new teams to Porsche, with each car listing for 991,000 Euros, plus taxes.
Fifth Third Bank Renews Sponsorship Of Stenhouse's Cup Ride
Fifth Third Bank has renewed its relationship with Roush Fenway Racing as primary sponsor on the #17 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford with driver Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in a multi-year deal.
"I'm so appreciative to continue racing with Fifth Third Bank on the car. It's great to have partners who believe in the sport and are committed long-term to supporting the business of racing," said Stenhouse.
The Verizon IndyCar Series has struck a deal with Los Angeles-based virtual reality company Mandt VR to bring VR and augmented reality content to the property starting next season reports Adam Stern of Sports Business Daily.
The deal, whose financial terms were not disclosed, will be announced this week. It’s initially only for the 2018 season, though the sides are hopeful of extending it, according to IndyCar CMO C.J. O’Donnell.
Suspension Looming for Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Crew Chief
Dale Jr. just needs to retire
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s final Bojangles’ Southern 500 ended with 22nd-place finish as the Hendrick Motorsports driver continues to disappoint his fans in his final season.
To make matters worse, Earnhardt’s crew chief, Greg Ives, will get a one-race suspension and a $20,000 fine after the No. 88 was found to be missing two lugnuts on the right-rear wheel in post-race inspection at Darlington Raceway.
Kyle Kaiser is on his way to drive in the 2018 Indianapolis 500, courtesy of a $1 million Mazda driver development scholarship, as he clinched the 2017 Indy Lights title Sunday at Watkins Glen International in upstate New York. The scholarship guarantees Kaiser three races in next year’s Verizon IndyCar series, including the Indy 500. Three Mazda Road to Indy champions were crowned this weekend, including Victor Franzoni, who won a very tight battle in the Pro Mazda category, and rookie Oliver Askew, who won the USF2000 championship with six wins in 2017.
Rossi may be out for season after serious accident (2nd Update)
UPDATE Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team's Valentino Rossi will be unable to take part in the Gran Premio Tribul Mastercard di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, this weekend.
The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team regrets to report that Valentino Rossi will not be able to compete in the upcoming Gran Premio Tribul Mastercard di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, to be held this weekend.
A brief press release issued this morning announced that "Scuderia Ferrari has renewed its multi-year partnership with Philip Morris International" thereby continuing the "collaboration of over 40 years".
It was twenty years ago that Marlboro ended its long association with McLaren, a partnership that went back to the early 70s, and joined forces with the sport's most iconic team, Ferrari, who subsequently raced as Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro.
Porsche LMP Team scores dominant one-two race win in Mexico
The #2 Porsche leads the #1 home
The Porsche LMP Team took another big step in their mission of title defense in Mexico City today: At the fifth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, the Weissach-based team with the two Porsche 919 Hybrids achieved a dominant one-two victory. The championship leading Le Mans winners, Earl Bamber (NZ), Timo Bernhard (DE) and Brendon Hartley (NZ) came first ahead of their teammates Neel Jani (CH), Andre Lotterer (DE) and Nick Tandy (GB).
INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Glen Race Day Highlights Alexander Rossi overcame a mechanical malfunction on pit road to notch a big victory. IndyCar points leader Josef Newgarden wasn't so lucky.
Rossi used a stroke of good fortune to win the IndyCar Grand Prix at The Glen on Sunday from the pole, leading just over half of the 60-lap race and easily holding off four-time series champion Scott Dixon over the closing laps at Watkins Glen International for his second career victory. His first one came last year in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Hamilton calls Aldo Costa F1 car 'a dream to drive'
Bottas and Hamilton waltzed to victory
Lewis Hamilton was quick to thank the Mercedes Formula 1 team after delivering his most dominant display of the 2017 season so far, winning Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix to move into the lead of the drivers’ championship for the first time this year. But the man behind the scenes who gets little credit but makes it look so easy is Aldo Costa who designs superior F1 cars.
Hamilton led all but one lap at Monza on Sunday en route to his sixth win of the season, heading up a one-two finish for Mercedes as Valtteri Bottas came home second.
Kyle Kaiser, driving for Juncos Racing, wrapped up the Indy Lights Championship today during the most difficult race of the season. Kaiser commented, "We did not race in the rain all year. Today was definitely the trickiest conditions. And I think it was a been a little bit easier if we had been starting up in the front.
"That spray was just gnarly going down the front straight away. You could not see anything. You are going up the esses with two walls on your sides. You can't see where the walls are, where the cars are. You are worried about a car being stopped on the road. I just wanted to bring it home."
Telitz Bookends Indy Lights Season in Style as Kaiser Clinches Title
Very wet start
Aaron Telitz, from Birchwood, Wis., put on a clinic today in treacherous conditions to win the Mazda Indy Lights Watkins Glen Grand Prix Presented by Cooper Tires, while Juncos Racing’s Kyle Kaiser wrapped up the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship title with a steady seventh-place finish.
Sunday morning update from Watkins Glen (2nd Update) UPDATE We have a short break in the rain here at The Glen. If the IndyCar race is not declared a wet race, all drivers except for Marco Andretti and Jack Harvey will be starting the race on the softer alternate tire. Right now the track is pretty wet as the Indy Lights race is in the final laps for this season.
If the race is declared a wet start, all Indycars will start on rain tires. You can tell if they are on the wets by the silver band that was created with the newly designed wet tire.
Rain Tire after warmup
UPDATE The warm up has just completed. It started out dry but started to mist about halfway through the session. So the wet tires went on for everyone. But the racing line did not stay wet and so the back rain tires blistered. Little chucks of rubber are gone from the center of the tire. Which means the track has to be really wet to use the rain tire today.
Rossi likes driving in the wet
Good morning from Watkins Glen. Some rain did fall early this morning but as of right now, it is not raining. The forecast has changed with a dry window until 10 am this morning. Then it will rain. So the new wet tires might finally get used today for the 60 lap race but not for morning practice which is scheduled for 9 am.
Indy Lights Race red flagged at the Glen (Update) UPDATE The Indy Lights cars have just left pit lane for a restart for their race. The skies are getting lighter so their last 8 laps should be a good shootout.
09/03/17 With 18 of 25 laps in, the final Indy Lights race of this season has been red flagged for running water on the track. The rain was coming down pretty heavy when they brought the cars into pit lane and parked them. Shelby Blackstock spun and could not restart his car, which brought a the yellow flag right before the red flag.
Franzoni's Victory Seals Pro Mazda Title at a Soggy Watkins Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Come wet or dry, Victor Franzoni and Juncos Racing have been the class of the field in this year’s Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. They have been pushed hard by Anthony Martin and Cape Motorsports, but a commanding performance this morning in tricky wet conditions in the Pro Mazda Watkins Glen Grand Prix Presented by Cooper Tires saw Franzoni, 21, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, lead from flag to flag in the series finale.
Bourdais nips Rossi in IndyCar morning warm-up This warm up session started dry and turned to wet halfway through. Most drivers ran only a few laps on the rain tires because the track was not wet enough and the back tires blistered due to the excessive heat. Many different type of tires were run this morning.
Sebastien Bourdais was the quickest all session, with the pole sitter, Alexander Rossi, following second.
Video: WEC Porsche Mexican qualifying challenge A video from the qualifying for the 6 Hours Mexico, 5th round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, shows the 17th pole position for the Porsche 919 Hybrid and an all-Porsche front row for the race on the famous Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. The Porsche GT Team concentrated on race preparation in the GTE Pro category, while Dempsey Proton Racing set fastest average lap time in GTE Am class. Comment
Ferrari at 70 | The F1 Paddock Share Their Best Memories As the most successful team in F1 celebrates its 70th anniversary, some of Ferrari's most successful drivers and bosses share their most treasured memories. Comment
Luca Ghiotto has reset his emotional clock after a penalty handed down last night lost his feature race victory to countryman Antonio Fuoco by claiming a dominant victory in this morning’s FIA Formula 2 Championship sprint race, with a formidable drive on his home circuit to claim a popular win ahead of Sergio Sette Camara and Fuoco.
When the lights went out poleman Gustav Malja bogged down, leaving a clear run for a fast starting Sean Gelael to blast into the lead ahead of Louis Deletraz, Sette Camara, Malja and Ghiotto, who held station at the start but had big plans for the race: Deletraz cut both chicanes and had to give way to the Indonesian twice as they headed station ahead of the rest of the field.
George Russell put the long wait for the start of Race 1 behind him by claiming a strong win in this morning’s race at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, keeping his head while chaos reigned behind him to head home an ART 1-2-3 ahead of teammate’s Jack Aitken and Anthoine Hubert to claim the team’s 7th title in 8 seasons.
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