12 Finalists for Mazda Road to Indy Driver Advancement Program Announced
For the third straight year, the Mazda Road to Indy Driver Advancement Program – the alliance formed by Andersen Promotions, which operates all three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires, and the MAXSpeed Group, the sole distributor of Rotax Karting Products in the United States – continues to foster the growth of up-and-coming drivers and this year will award two two-day tests in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda. Today the program announces the 12 finalists who will now continue with the videoconference interview portion of the process.
Teammates Telitz, O'Ward Battle for Pro Mazda Honors at Soul Red Finale
PALMETTO, Fla. – Team Pelfrey stablemates Aaron Telitz and Patricio "Pato" O'Ward have fought tooth and nail for this year's Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. The outcome will be decided at this weekend's Pro Mazda Grand Prix of Monterey Presented by Allied Building Products, part of the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires "Soul Red Finale" which will comprise three races at one of the country's premier road courses, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.
Pro Mazda represents the middle rung on the Mazda Road to Indy open-wheel development ladder, falling between the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires. There are scholarships at every level, including one worth over $600,000 to enable the Pro Mazda champion to graduate into Indy Lights in 2017.
Martin Looks to Clinch a Sixth Straight USF2000 Title for Cape Brothers
PALMETTO, Fla. – Florida-based Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing is virtually assured of a sixth successive Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda title. The only question is whether Australia’s Anthony Martin or Canadian teammate Parker Thompson will claim the top honors and a substantial Mazda Scholarship to advance onto the next step of the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires open-wheel development ladder – the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires – in 2017.
NASCAR slams Darlington cheaters NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on September 4, 2016.
#31-Newman failed post-race inspection. He was issued a P3 penalty for violation of sections 12.1; 126.96.36.199.2 - Failed the post-race Laser Inspection Station measurements. Crew chief Luke Lambert has been fined $25,000; team has been assessed with the loss of 15 championship owner and 15 championship driver points.
Video: Richard Petty on Trump Whether the martini-willing elites in New England and the Left Coast like it or not, the sport of auto racing has a gigantic and dedicated following across the country. When NASCAR heroes take a political stand, their fans and audiences tend to listen to what they have to say.
So, it is significant that "The King," Richard Petty, has come out to declare his preferred candidate in the 2016 general election. Taking the stage at a rally in North Carolina, Petty declared he is supporting Donald Trump wholeheartedly for president. And while he has several reasons, he made his point by asking the crowd a question, "What about the people who come in and do what's right in order to be citizens of the United States?"
2017 St. Pete GP tickets on sale Race fans who caught the action at the 2016 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg can purchase their renewal tickets for the 2017 event starting today. Organizers also announce the launch a new Champions Club program that allows renewal customers to benefit from an even higher-octane experience.
Video: James Hinchcliffe promotes Dancing with the stars James Hinchcliffe has already begun campaigning for 'Dancing with the Stars,' encouraging IndyCar fans to vote #TeamStopandGo in a Tuesday video... Comment
The NASCAR courtship of Kyle Larson mostly came down to cash. Because the driver didn't have any to offer, choosing a team was an easy decision. "I got to come down to Charlotte and meet with a lot of team owners and stuff, and every single one of them was like, 'Oh yeah, we'd love to do something with you, but we need a half-million dollars,' " Larson said on this week's NASCAR on NBC podcast.
Richmond boss eyes diversifying their events While Richmond International Raceway President Dennis Bickmeier's focus has been on staging this week's NASCAR events, he has kept a professional eye on Bristol Motor Speedway's venture into college football.
It's an intriguing model for Bickmeier: Could RIR do something similar?
The new wider tires being testing yesterday by Mercedes
With a raft of changes planned for 2017, one of the most important and visually striking will be to the tires. Pirelli will introduce wider tires front and rear with the hope they will allow drivers to push for longer without the risk of severe degradation.
Grand Prix Times' Graham Keilloh sat down with Pirelli's motorsport boss Paul Hembery in Monza to get the lowdown on 2017, amongst other things.
Video: Q&A with Robert Wickens in Moscow Are you a good sport? We put Robert Wickens to the test in Moscow. The Canadian just could not believe how the 'fun' interview we'd set up turned out. But don't worry, his teammates will get their turn soon in our new mini-series... Comment
Penske Not Worried About Series' $68.4M Loss For '14-15 Season
Formula E Team Owner Jay Penske is "not at all" worried about the series' recently revealed $68.4M loss for its inaugural '14-15 season. The electric racing series' financial accounts also showed it generated only $3.1M of its total revenue of $23.1M from sponsorship deals, which include companies such as DHL, Visa and Julius Baer. Penske, whose Dragon Racing team left IndyCar in '14 to join Formula E, told SBD Global the series is going through the same cycle as most technological start-ups.
"I've been building companies my entire career from scratch, and Formula E was no different, it was a true start-up," Penske said. "Just take a look at all of the major motorsports series in the world -- they are mostly owned by an individual or wealthy families and all of them lost money in the early years."
NASCAR Darlington TV Rating NBC on Sunday night drew a 2.6 overnight rating for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race from Darlington, down 24% from a 3.4 last year, which was the event’s first time on Labor Day weekend in 12 years. The race on Sunday also was down from a 3.0 on ESPN for the Labor Day weekend race from Atlanta Motor Speedway in ’14.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series: VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 from Darlington drew a 1.0 overnight on NBC on Saturday afternoon.
Mars Chocolate & NASCAR Extend Pact In the midst of a year-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of the M&M’S Brand, NASCAR and Mars Chocolate North America have announced a renewed agreement that will extend their official partnership through 2019.
As part of the renewed relationship, Mars Chocolate will continue its designation as the Official Chocolate of NASCAR.
Verizon IndyCar Series driver Will Power has been cleared to resume driving by Dr. Geoffrey Billows, INDYCAR medical director, after the Team Penske driver successfully passed concussion testing protocol today.
Power was assessed today at the University of Miami (Fla.) Concussion Center under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Olvey, retired director of the Neuro-Critical Care Unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami who also served for 25 years as director of medical affairs with Championship Auto Racing Teams. During his examination, Power passed both the Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) and Vestibular/Ocular-Motor Screening (VOMS) exams.
Rayhall to run with Pelfrey in Lights finale Pompano Beach, Fla. - Team Pelfrey IL today announced the return of Sean Rayhall to Indy Lights Presented By Cooper Tires at the season finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend. Even though it will be the first time racing the trademark yellow Pelfrey colors, Rayhall is familiar with most members of the team having raced with 8Star Motorsports in Indy Lights, which was acquired by Pelfrey this past off-season.
“We are excited to work with Sean again as we have had two seasons together at 8Star Motorsports and with the help of our engineer, Yves Touron we achieved several wins and many podium finishes,” said team manager, Gary Neal. “It will be very beneficial having two cars and being able to compare notes from both drivers and to find good setup for the final two races.”
Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen are taking nine sets of ultrasofts to Singapore.
While the Italian team's aggressive policy looked likely to come to grief in Belgium due to the unusually high temperatures, Ferrari has chosen a similar strategy for the forthcoming Singapore Grand Prix.
Last year, Sebastian Vettel took victory as Mercedes encountered a weekend from hell, Lewis Hamilton retiring 32 laps into the race and Nico Rosberg finishing a distant fourth.
VW buys stake in Navistar Volkswagen AG said it will buy a 16.6 percent stake in Navistar International Corp. for $256 million as part of a strategic alliance with the struggling U.S. truckmaker to enter the North American market.
VW will pay $15.76 per share for the stake, which is part of a collaboration that includes technology sharing and joint purchasing, Navistar said today in a statement. VW will receive two board seats for its stake and the companies expect to reap combined synergies of $500 million over the next five years.
Newman, Larson fail postrace inspection Ryan Newman, who sits seven points behind #1-Jamie McMurray for the final provisional spot in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup, could find himself more points down when the regular-season finale goes green Saturday night at Richmond. The eighth-place car of Newman and the third-place car of Kyle Larson both failed postrace measurements following the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.
Courtney Force wins $100,000 NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout at Indy
Courtney Force won the lucrative Funny Car portion of the NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout and Matt Hagan secured the No. 1 qualifier Sunday at the 62nd annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
Force sprinted to a $100,000 payday in her Traxxas Chevy Camaro SS by posting a 4.018-second pass at 266.04 mph to defeat teammate Robert Hight’s 4.596 at 180.09 at the controls of his Auto Club of Southern California Chevy Camaro SS during the final round of the specialty event.
This is Force’s first final round appearance at the NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout and her fifth time in the event. She entered as the No. 2 seed with her Houston victory. She outlasted Alexis DeJoria and Matt Hagan in the earlier rounds before facing Hight.
Watkins Glen officials ecstatic with IndyCar weekend
Scenic view from the main grandstand looking towards The Boot
WATKINS GLEN, New York – As president of Watkins Glen International Michael Printup usually has a smile on his face as he talks about the historic facility that he runs. This past weekend Printup seemed to have a permanent smile, as he was ecstatic over the success of the first Verizon IndyCar Series race since July 4, 2010, writes Bruce Martin of IndyCar.com
Six years ago the Independence Day weekend simply did not work for open-wheel racing and the historic track made famous as the former home of the United States Grand Prix Formula One race from 1961 to 1980. The IndyCar Series contest back then drew 16,500 fans for the entire weekend. Out of that number in 2010 9,800 of those tickets were “corporate tickets.”
Stewart running the Bobby Allison Coca-Cola colors at Darlington
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Tony Stewart seemed a little perplexed on why NASCAR would want to speak to him after a wreck Sunday with #44-Brian Scott during the Southern 500. Stewart turned Scott, and it looked close enough to intentional contact that NASCAR officials wanted to talk to the three-time Cup champion after the event at Darlington Raceway. Typically in these situations, there is no penalty -- if NASCAR felt it was egregious, it would have held Stewart one or more laps for rough driving.
"We were on old tires and sliding around," Stewart said. "I got underneath him in [Turn] 2 and for some reason, he ran us through there [beside us] and I got really loose and I was still getting it gathered up and got him in the left rear and wrecked him."
When Graham Rahal got together with Charlie Kimball in Turn 1 at Watkins Glen and crashed he said he did not like racing with Kimball because anything can happen. However, replays showed it really was a racing accident as Kimball gave him all the room he could, even running up on the exit curbing to the left. When Kimball's car wiggled coming off the curbs the two cars touched and Rahal went spinning.
Later in the race title contender Will Power suffered concussion-like symptoms after a crash with Kimball exiting the high-speed esses
Power had strong words for Kimball over the collision.
Power could be forced to sit out IndyCar finale (Update) UPDATE Despite initially not being cleared to drive following his shunt in today’s Watkins Glen race, Will Power says he feels fine, and expects to be testing at Sonoma on Thursday in preparation for the IndyCar finale.
09/04/16 Will Power's clash with Charlie Kimball on lap 38 of Sunday's Watkins Glen IndyCar race has placed a giant question mark over how the race for the championship will play out on Sept. 18 at Sonoma Raceway.
Diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms by IndyCar's medical staff, the Team Penske driver was released from the infield care center after his hard meeting with the barrier, but was not cleared to drive.
Video: Obrigado - Thanks For The Memories, Felipe Massa After 15 years in GP racing, legendary driver Felipe Massa has announced he will retire from the sport at the end of the 2016 season. Mobil 1 The Grid spoke to the Brazilian as he reflects on an illustrious career in F1 which saw him win 11 races with Scuderia Ferrari after making his debut with Sauber, and which will end with Williams Martini Racing. Comment
Video: Darlington Dale Jr Concussion Update Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet), Rick Hendrick (owner of Hendrick Motorsports), Dr. Micky Collins (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program), NASCAR Hall of Fame member Darrell Waltrip, Mark Martin, Bojangles’ Southern 500 Grand Marshal and 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee and Barry Williams, Bojangles’ Southern 500 National Anthem Performer. Comment
2017 F1 preseason test dates set Testing for the 2017 Formula 1 season is set to begin on Feb. 27 There will be two tests, each running for four days, with a final decision on the location yet to be made reports Autosport.com.
Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya is believed to be the front-runner to host the two tests. The first test will run from Feb. 27 to March 2, with the second to follow from March 7-10.
As he did in the previous four sessions here at Watkins Glen International, Scott Dixon topped this morning's warm up for the INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen. With a lap time of 1:23.7172s, the driver of the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet was 0.1339s quicker than rookie RC Enerson in the NO. 19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda.
Josef Newgarden, Conor Daly, and Graham Rahal rounded out the top-five.
Good morning on a beautiful race morning from the historic 3.37-mile Watkins Glen circuit. We will have perfect temperatures today in the mid 70s with no prediction of rain.
Scott Dixon, the winningest driver at Watkins Glen, is on pole today. Dixon led all three practice sessions prior to qualifying and shattered the 7-year-old track record held by Ryan Briscoe by 5.6 seconds. The pole position tied Dixon with Paul Tracy for 11th on the all-time Indy car chart and delivered Chip Ganassi Racing Teams its 87th Indy car pole. Dixon is 131 points behind Pagenaud now.
More filthy dirty diesel engine cheating accusations BERLIN -- The German government has accused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles of using a "cheat" device to switch off exhaust treatment systems.
In letters sent to the European Commission and the Italian Transport Ministry on Wednesday and seen by Reuters, Berlin said Germany found unusual increases in the emissions of four Fiat Chrysler vehicles. The findings proved the "illegal use of a device to switch off exhaust treatment systems," the letters said.
Franchitti supports Earnhardt Jr. decision to sit out
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Retired IndyCar star Dario Franchitti said he has been texting with Dale Earnhardt Jr. to offer his support after Earnhardt announced this week that he will sit out the rest of the 2016 season because of the continuing effects of concussions writes John Oreovicz of ESPN.
Franchitti, who retired from competition on the advice of doctors after a violent crash at the 2013 Houston Grand Prix, said he has monitored Earnhardt's situation closely. Earnhardt missed the past six Sprint Cup Series races before deciding to end his 2016 campaign, but he has expressed his desire to return to the seat of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet next year, assuming he is medically cleared to drive.
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Marcus Smith once considered a career in journalism while attending the University of North Carolina.
Now, as the CEO of Speedway Motorsports Inc., Smith can see the headline-grabbing and tourist-enticing potential of staging must-see attractions at the 160,000-seat funhouse that is Bristol Motor Speedway writes Allen Gregory of the Herald Courier.
"For anybody in the world who wants to have the biggest event, I think Bristol Motor Speedway is your place," Smith said.
Gordon explains #88 driver schedule for rest of year
Sunday's race will mark the fifth for Jeff Gordon in place of Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is out for the rest of the season while recovering from a concussion. Hendrick Motorsports announced Friday the #88 Chevrolet will be split for the final 12 races between Alex Bowman and Gordon. The four-time series champion will race Earnhardt's car in the next two races at Darlington and Richmond before turning the car over to Bowman for 10 of the last 12 races. Gordon will race again at Dover and Martinsville - tracks where he has combined for 14 victories.
Norman Nato dominated this morning's Sprint Race in Monza, grabbing the lead with a storming start before building a lead which would not be touched for his second win of the season ahead of PREMA teammates Pierre Gasly and Antonio Giovinazzi.
When the lights went out poleman Mitch Evans had a poor getaway while Jordan King looked to have claimed the lead from P2, but his Racing Engineering teammate had other ideas: Nato eased up the inside into Turn 1 to steal the top spot, while behind them Luca Ghiotto was squeezed between Evans and a fast starting Gasly, with the Red Bull tester nabbing P3 ahead of his rivals.
After showing sterling consistency all season, McLaren protege and ART Grand Prix rookie Nyck de Vries, was delighted to record his maiden win in the GP3 Series at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza for Race 2. After starting from the front row, the Dutchman passed his teammate Alexander Albon for the lead of the race on lap 6. Albon finished second ahead of Trident and Ferrari Driver Academy’s Antonio Fuoco.
Video: An Italian in Brackley - Monza memories with Aldo Costa! The Mercedes' team's Italian Engineering Director Aldo Costa reflects on his favorite moments at the Italian GP over the years and highlights Monza's challenges. Aldo Costa has made many drivers World Champions over the years, including Michael Schumacher 7 times and the latest Lewis Hamilton 3 times. Drivers do not win World Driving titles, Aldo Costa and Adrian Newey (Red Bull) win them and the drivers get all the glory.
Video: Porsche wins in Mexico City The reigning world champions Timo Bernhard (DE), Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (AU) won the thrilling six-hour race in Mexico City. By winning the fifth of nine rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), Porsche with the 919 Hybrid further extended their lead in the manufacturer standings. The trio of Romain Dumas (FR), Neel Jani (CH) and Marc Lieb (DE) came fourth in the race on Saturday and extended their lead in the drivers’ world championship. With the Porsche 911 RSR, Abu Dhabi Proton Racing won the GTE-Am class at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit with the team celebrating its maiden WEC victory in front of 38.000 spectators.
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