The racing legend from Nazareth believes the series made a terrible mistake when it released its schedule for the 2020 season Sunday and the 2.5-mile triangular track in Long Pond was not on it. Instead, Richmond Raceway was added.
DiBenedetto: Revamped Charlotte Roval chicane 30mph slower
Revamped chicane is now Mickey Mouse
Matt DiBenedetto got some much-needed seat time aboard a Toyota Camry XSE pace car on Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. With only 26 days to go before the second Bank of America ROVAL 400, DiBenedetto became the first NASCAR driver to shake down Charlotte's new ROVAL™ backstretch chicane
DiBenedetto joined Greg Walter, the speedway's executive vice president and general manager, for some hot laps around the 17-turn, 2.28-mile road course oval that serves as the cutoff race for Round 1 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi will begin the next Formula E season that kicks off in November sporting a spectacular new look. The Audi e-tron FE06 race car, which will be unveiled publicly for the first time at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt next week, presents new colors and evolutionary technology.
NASCAR Star Larson Wins Wild Stoops Pursuit Race at The Dirt Track at IMS
NASCAR's Kyle Larson makes those open wheel racers look silly
NASCAR star Kyle Larson prevailed in a thrilling, late-race battle to emerge from a last-lap, last-corner fracas victorious in the Stoops Pursuit race at The Dirt Track at IMS on the opening night of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink.
Michael Pickens finished second, while Justin Grant was third.
The DTM series has confirmed it will race at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza in Italy next season.
Monza will replace Misano on the 2020 calendar, which has hosted DTM's Italian round since 2018, but has failed to attract significant spectator numbers.
"For motorsport fans all over the world, Monza is legendary. The characteristics of the circuit promise wheel-to-wheel duels at high speeds as well as good opportunities for overtaking," said ITR Chairman Gerhard Berger.
It was brilliant for ESPN to take the commercial-free Sky Sports feed for all F1 races. It is superior to what NBCSN delivered. You missed half the races with all their commercials
Viewership for Formula 1 World Championship races on ESPN networks continues to grow in the championship’s second year back on ESPN.
Sunday’s Johnnie Walker Belgian Grand Prix attracted an average audience of 660,000 viewers on ESPN2, an increase of 37 percent over the race on ESPN2 last year (482,000) and up 29 percent over the viewership of the race on NBCSN in 2017 (448,000). The viewership for Sunday’s race was the second-highest on record for the event, exceeded only by ESPN’s audience of 690,000 in 1995.
The Belgian Grand Prix audience peaked at 770,725 as Charles Leclerc won his first F1 race.
IMS is wasting its time with NASCAR. The wallowing stock cars are boring on the flat IMS oval and the few remaining fans will roast on the hot July 4th weekend next year.
NASCAR's Brickyard 400 will run for the 26th time Sunday as a "shadow of its original self as it heads into its second quarter-century," but Indianapolis Motor Speedway has "redoubled its efforts in recent years to rebuild its second-biggest event," according to Dave Kallmann of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR.
The track two years ago added concerts around the Big Machine Vodka 400, then rolled out a "dirt short track in the infield last year for a midweek race before the 400."
Race dates changed "from late July to September last year and then back to July" for '20. IMS President Doug Boles said of last year's changes, "We felt like the momentum of the Brickyard had changed. Part of that was the date change, but a lot of it was just a lot of the efforts the team put into adding content -- the dirt track was a big piece of that -- and really engaging the community."
UPDATE NBC earned a 0.74 final rating for the Portland GP, down from the 0.81 overnight, but up 111% over last years horrible NBCSN 0.35 rating. However, just as we told our readers for years, if they put all IndyCar races on network TV they will average over 1 million viewers per broadcast and the sponsors and manufacturers will start knocking on the doors.
The Portland race pulled in 1.1 million viewers - 10% above the magical 1 million mark. Of course the NBCSN numbers pale in comparison (1.1M viewers for NBC vs 0.52M for NBCSN) and are preventing IndyCar from reaching its full potential.
Ferrari drivers to get upgraded engine for Italian GP
Can Leclerc win again at Monza?
Fresh from its maiden win of the season at Spa with Charles Leclerc, the Ferrari team will be gunning for glory again at its home race, on a layout that caters to low downforce and top speed, the prime qualities of Ferrari's SF90.
The Italian outfit supplied its new engine to customer teams Haas and Alfa Rome in Belgium, but held off on bolting the updated unit on to its own cars at Spa in order to rely on absolutely pristine engines for its home race.
IndyCar Series veteran driver Graham Rahal will return to compete for Acura Team Penske in next month’s Motul Petit Le Mans. Rahal will once again team up with Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor in the Acura Team Penske No. 7 DPi for the 10-hour endurance race at Road Atlanta. Rahal will step in for fellow IndyCar driver Alexander Rossi, who will be racing in Australia at the Bathurst 1000.
David Clarke and Paul Willett join Mahindra Racing as Team Manager and Chief Mechanic respectively • The team strengthens its operations ahead of season six • Aligning championship ambitions with in-house engineering capabilities
Teams have learned to play IMSA and WEC like a fiddle over their Balance of Power adjustments
Toyota has been accused of "playing games" with the true pace of its TS050 HYBRIDs during last weekend's World Endurance Championship opener at Silverstone by Rebellion's Gustavo Menezes.
Menezes made the comments after Toyota claimed a dominant one-two finish at Silverstone, finishing a lap clear of the #3 Rebellion R-13 shared by Loic Duval, Pipo Derani and Nathanael Berthon - while Menezes's #1 Rebellion that he shares with Norman Nato and Bruno Senna finished 10th and fifth in class.
(GMM) Former F1 driver Mika Salo has defended Red Bull's notorious driver development program.
Many in the paddock have criticized Dr Helmut Marko's regime, saying the 'junior team' puts too much expectation on young drivers like Pierre Gasly before unceremoniously dropping them.
"But don't forget, they joined the program deliberately -- Red Bull gave them the chance to get here," Salo told the Finnish broadcaster C More.
Referring to drivers like Gasly, Daniil Kvyat and others who have fallen foul of the program, Salo explained: "They were unable to make the most of the opportunity they had, pushing themselves to the point of hitting the wall.
Verstappen 'almost better' than Hamilton - Sainz Jr.
Sainz Jr. had a lot to say
(GMM) Carlos Sainz Jr. has made a frank assessment of some of his rivals on the F1 grid.
"Hamilton, I give a 9 or a 10," the McLaren driver told the Spanish broadcaster Movistar.
"Since Rosberg left, he's been at a very high level with less pressure. Verstappen is almost better, but at Spa he did the wrong thing," Sainz said, referring to the Dutchman's crash last Sunday with Kimi Raikkonen.
Colton Herta is bloody quick not because he is lighter, but because he is good
UPDATECORRECTION: We wanted to correct what we wrote yesterday because the rules have changed for how IndyCar ballasts the cars to equalize the total car weight due to differences in driver weights. What we wrote was true years ago, but not today.
When Danica Patrick started there was no ballasting at all due to driver weight differences. Then, when they started to ballast the cars, the ballast could be placed anywhere in the car. Later they moved to pockets where the ballast had to go in 5 and 10 pound increments and the drivers were weighed just twice per year.
However, today all ballast must go directly under the driver, and each driver is weighed after Practice 1 each race weekend. Hence, with the current rules there is absolutely no advantage to be gained by lighter drivers and any speed difference between Colton Herta and his Andretti Autosport teammates is strictly due to Herta's driving abilities. Mark C. reporting for AR1.com
#3 Rebellion at LeMans, this car will only run in a limited number of races for the 2019/2020 season
Rebellion Racing will be running only a single-car LMP1 entry for the majority of the 2019/20 FIA World Endurance Championship.
The Swiss squad ran two cars recently at Silverstone when it added the #3 Rebellion R13-Gibson, driven to a third place finish by Nat Berthon, Pipo Derani and Loic Duval. At the time, the team said it was considering to run the car during every race in season 8, but the team has now confirmed that will not happen.
Video: Porsche Taycan accelerates 0-90-0 mph on the USS Hornet The soon to be released Taycan outdoes itself with a new first. Watch professional racer, Shea Holbrook, floor the still camouflaged Taycan from 0 to 90 mph and back to 0 in just 10.17 seconds, on none other than the USS Hornet aircraft carrier. Comment
Dynamic Duo - Porsche's Nick Tandy & Patrick Pilet
Mobil 1 The Grid meet the Porsche works duo who share the #911 Porsche 911 RSR in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Since they first drove together in 2015 Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet have been doing their bit for Anglo-French relations and this year are helping Porsche to dominate North America’s premier sportscar series.
Will Power in his #12 Penske Chevy held off Ganassi Honda rookie Felix Rosenqvist after a late yellow to win the Portland Grand Prix on a sunny day in the Northwest.
Alexander Rossi moved back into 2nd in points with a third place finish in his #27 Andretti Honda. Josef Newgarden kept a strong point lead going into the season finale with a 5th place finish behind polesitter Colton Herta in the Harding Steinbrenner Honda.
Jackie Stewart says young F1 drivers are taking too many risks
Sir Jackie Stewart
Sir Jackie Stewart believes Formula One drivers are taking too many risks and has warned another serious accident could be imminent.
“You know what? They might have to get used to it,” Stewart told The Scotsman. “In my view, there have been far too many incidents over the last 24 or 36 months, because there has never been a penalty to the extent we saw this weekend.
“We have seen wings broken, cars going up in air. It even happened on Sunday when Max Verstappen collided with Kimi Raikkonen on the first lap.
90 Drivers To Compete for Spot in BC39 Feature Sept. 4-5 at IMS
Brady Bacon kisses the dirty bricks in 2018
Ninety drivers are on the final entry list for the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink on Sept. 4-5 at The Dirt Track at IMS.
This is the third-largest field for a USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event in the past three decades. Drivers assembled in the stacked field have accumulated 23 USAC National championships and 208 total USAC National Midget feature wins. Twenty-six drivers will race for a $15,000 prize awarded to the winner of the A-Main on Thursday night, Sept. 5.
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