Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Muller wants to bury Tesla
Volkswagen believes it is set to deliver a genuine global electric car breakthrough with its promise to be the world’s largest electric car manufacturer by 2025 – and its move to e-mobility will be far more significant than the efforts of other smaller car companies.
“With Roadmap E,” said Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Muller on the eve of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, we are setting the scene for the final breakthrough for e-mobility”.
Christian Daly Fractures Leg During P1AquaX National Watercross Championships
Christian Daly karting in 2016
Christian Daly, 20 year old younger brother of IndyCar driver, Conor Daly, fractured his right leg while competing at the P1AquaX National Watercross Championships in Chicago this weekend. Daly was attempting to take the lead in rough water conditions when he hit a series of waves on the back straight and lost control of his Yamaha EX. "I'm sore and mad at myself that I didn't quite pull it off. I want to recover as soon as possible and get back on the boat," said Daly.
Homestead-Miami statement: Hurricane damage not expected to impact title weekend
Will Johnson win it all again in Homestead?
While much of Florida sustained some damage from Hurricane Irma, Homestead-Miami Speedway confirmed Monday that it expects to be fully functional and ready to host NASCAR’s Nov. 17-19 Ford Championship Weekend.
The speedway said Monday that it suffered “minor” damage in the weekend storm that affected so much of Florida.
Yamaha reveals four options to replace Rossi at Aragon (Update) UPDATE World Superbike rider Michael van der Mark will replace the injured Valentino Rossi at MotoGP's upcoming Aragon round, Yamaha has announced.
Rossi was sidelined after suffering fractures to his right leg in a training crash and missed his home Grand Prix at Misano last weekend, with Yamaha opting not to field a replacement.
However, the manufacturer is obliged to enter two riders at MotorLand Aragon, and has settled on Dutchman van der Mark to partner Maverick Vinales.
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo Previews The 2017 Singapore Grand Prix As the European stretch of the F1 season comes to an end, Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo looks ahead to the Singapore Grand Prix, the only true night race on the series calendar and the first of the season's fly-away races. Known for it's humid conditions, Singapore is set to be one of the most challenging of all the season's races, as Mobil 1 The Grid found out when speaking to the Australian. Comment
Dickinson Fleet Services Extends Multi-Year Partnership with Andretti
Dickinson Fleet Livery
INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis-based fleet maintenance and repair company, Dickinson Fleet Services has solidified a multi-year renewal with Andretti Autosport and will continue to build on the established relationship throughout the upcoming INDYCAR seasons. To kick off this expanded relationship, the No. 26 Honda of reigning Indianapolis 500 Champion Takuma Sato will carry black and yellow for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season finale at Sonoma Raceway Sunday.
Following the introduction of the LM P3 category in the IMSA Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda in 2017, the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) has announced exciting updates for the 2018 season:
A new format with a 1h 45-minute endurance race at each of the six rounds on the calendar instead of two 45-minute sprints.
Line-ups consisting of one or two drivers who, in the LM P3 class, can be classified Silver or Bronze in the FIA ratings. Only one Silver allowed per car.
Fixed time pit stops and a limit on the personnel and equipment to keep costs competitive.
Saturday night was a bad night for NASCAR - very bad.
In its much-anticipated final event of the regular season, NASCAR impacted the outcome of the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway with a series of questionable calls that defied both explanation and logic.
The first sign of trouble came on Lap 88, when leader Matt Kenseth locked-up his left-front brake on entry to Turn Three, producing a brief plume of tire smoke. NASCAR threw the caution flag, despite no contact, crash or debris.
"We originally tried to do a hybrid (race car) with the NSX but there was no sanctioning body on the planet that was going to let us do that! We tried for 2 years--we lobbied everyone," said Cyr. "There was a concern (by the sanctioning bodies) about the increased costs and (other teams) adding things (hybrid technology) onto cars they already had. The NSX is a natural hybrid. Most cars are not."
It wasn’t as smooth of a path as Saturday’s clean sweep, but Tanner Foust remained undefeated in Red Bull Global Rallycross events at Evergreen Speedway with a Supercar final victory on Sunday. Foust bested his Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross teammate Scott Speed, who had been perfect heading into the main event, with Subaru Rally Team USA’s Patrik Sandell finishing third.
Andy Lally Comes from Behind to Capture Watkins Glen Trans Am Win
WATKINS GLEN, NY. Andy Lally emerged victorious today at Watkins Glen International as he made his Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli debut, while, despite starting on pole, coming back from 17th overall after an early pit in the No. 50 GoShare/Burtin Racing Chevrolet Camaro. Lally was joined in celebration by TA3 class victor Tim Kezman and first-time TA4 winner Steven Davison.
Lally began the race on pole, starting with current TA class points leader Ernie Francis, Jr., alongside in the No. 98 Buoniconti Fund Ford Mustang. Lally would lead the initial laps, consistently gapping the field, until entering the pits at the end of the third lap.
Robert Wickens scored his first win of the season at the Nurburgring on Sunday. The Mercedes-AMG driver had started the 14th race of the season from third place on the grid and crossed the finish line as the winner after 40 laps. After the clean sweep of the top four on Saturday, the Stuttgart-based brand scored a 1-2 with Paul Di Resta finishing second this time. For the Canadian, it was his sixth victory in his 80th DTM race. Defending champion Marco Wittmann rounded out the podium in the Eifel by finishing third. The BMW works driver kept his title chances alive.
Kenseth comments on Richmond incident that put him out of race
What happened there coming to pit road?
"Well we were all just kind of coming to pit road and I saw an ambulance sitting there and so I looked left of the ambulance at the same time (Jason) Hedlesky (spotter) yelled at everyone to stop there was an ambulance just sitting there. It was an accordion effect and I just couldn't get stopped. Not really sure why pit road was open with an ambulance parked there, but everybody stopped and I didn't see it in time and ran into the car in front of me."
Could you think of a more frustrating end to the race?
Engines & Air Miles - Monza to Singapore (Ep. 5/7) Every day this week, Mercedes F1 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!
Day 5: We travel to Brixworth to find out what happens to the engines between races, follow the design process of an F1 car part and talk logistics with the freight team.
Tanner Foust Captures Global Rallycross Victory in Seattle
From left, Atkinson, Foust and Speed
Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross driver Tanner Foust won a Red Bull Global Rallycross event at Evergreen Speedway for the second year in a row, posting a perfect point score at Red Bull GRC Seattle I. Foust, who won professional drifting events at the track before switching to rallycross, held off hard-charging teammate and Supercar points leader Scott Speed for the victory, climbing to second in the championship in the process with only two races to go.
Lucas Auer is back in the game in the battle for the DTM title. In the 13th race of the DTM season, the Mercedes-AMG driver drove from pole position to victory in adverse conditions at the Nurburgring and thus moved up from sixth to second in the drivers’ standings. For Auer, it was the fourth race win of his DTM career and his third of the current season. Auer wasn’t the only one who brought the three-pointed star to the fore in the Eifel: in second to fourth place, Paul Di Resta, Robert Wickens and Maro Engel completed the success for the Mercedes-AMG DTM Team.
Historic F1 racer dies following crash at Zandvoort (Update)
UPDATE The FIA regrets to advise that the driver David Ferrer has unfortunately succumbed to injuries sustained in the incident at Zandvoort. The FIA extends its sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Mr Ferrer at this difficult time.
09/08/17 The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) regrets to advise that a serious incident occurred during the running of the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship event at Zandvoort on Saturday, 2nd September.
Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross hits the 0.735-mile course at Evergreen Speedway Saturday for the first of two events in this weekend's double-header near Seattle. Round 10's action broadcasts Saturday, Sept. 9, at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
No. 41 SCOTT SPEED OBERTO CIRCLE K BEETLE GRC
• Heat 1A: Started 2 // Finished 1 • Will start second in tomorrow's Heat 2B • Missed the Fast Six after qualifying fourth in Group 1 under GRC's new qualification format • Led Final Practice with a fastest lap of 38.922
Peugeot latest automaker to be accused of selling 'dirty diesels' PARIS -- The French investigation into alleged emissions cheating by PSA Group found that suspect software had been used on almost 2 million diesel vehicles sold by the automaker, Le Monde reported.
PSA denies any use of fraudulent engine software, a spokesman said in response to the newspaper report.
So-called "defeat devices" restrict exhaust output of toxic nitrogen oxides (NOx) under regulatory test conditions while letting emissions far exceed legal limits in real-world driving.
Alexander Rossi on how much his family helped his career
Rossi at Road America
In this Racer article, Alexander Rossi explains how important family has been to his career:
I want to take a moment to explore the not-often-discussed topic of family in motorsports. In my first RACER column way back in March, I wrote about how a driver is nothing without his team, and that this is one of the most team-oriented sports an athlete could take part in. But what also defines motorsports is the families behind the drivers that grant us the opportunity to do what we love, because it's not just a job, it's a way of life.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Honda renew through 2020
Does this mean Hinchcliffe will renew too?
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports along with Honda and Honda Performance Development announced today an increased level of partnership between the two parties. The Verizon IndyCar Series team and the engine manufacturer also noted the extended contract is intact through the 2020 season.
"Our technical partners give us the increased engineering capability which, in turn, gives HPD the confidence in us as a team to take our partnership to the next level," noted Piers Phillips, SPM General Manager. "Our contract extension is the culmination of everyone’s hard work. One of the things that we’re extremely excited about is working closer technically with HPD for the benefit of not only our program, but for all Honda programs in the IndyCar Series. We’re really excited for the next three years and hoping to win a lot of races, some Indy 500s and championships."
Full-field INDYCAR Test Kicks-Off GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma
Team Penske got a jump on everyone else by also testing this week
The full field of Verizon IndyCar Series drivers, including the drivers in contention for the series championship, are scheduled to participate in a series-sanctioned open test at Sonoma Raceway on Thursday, Sept. 14, the day before the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma race weekend, Sept. 15-17.
The six-hour session on the 2.385-mile, 12-turn road course is open to ticket holders for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma and spectators who purchase a race ticket at the gate. Verizon IndyCar Series teams are slated to be on track from 10 a.m.-noon and 2-6 p.m.; Formula Car Challenge will also hit the track that day.
Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) stole the headlines on Day 1 at the Gran Premio Tribul Mastercard di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, taking to the top late on in the final stages of FP2 as a top ten shootout got underway. Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) took second by only 0.005 seconds, with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) – the Championship leader – only another 0.058 further back. Dovizioso was also third quickest in FP1.
MotoGP 2: Alex Marquez fastest on Friday morning before crash Alex Marquez (brother of Marc) went fastest in FP1 at the Gran Premio Tribul Mastercard di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, just over two tenths tenth clear of teammate Franco Morbidelli before a highside at the end of the session for the rider from Cervera, who was subsequently taken to the Medical Center. He is not cleared to drive and is done for the weekend.
There were a number of other crashers in the session, including 2016 winner Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Racing Team), Jorge Navarro (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) and Xavi Vierge (Tech 3 Racing).
The wide tires and high downforce of the new F1 cars are making the asphalt racing surfaces 'shove' or flow, just like the waves you have experienced on highway ramps and heavy braking zones
The high downforce and wide tire 2017 F1 cars are destroying race tracks say MotoGP riders. Romain Grosjean of the Haas F1 Team, for example, says that this year's cars are cornering with loads approaching eight g's. The tremendous forces endured by both driver and car extend beyond the race, however. MotoGP riders are reporting that tracks visited by Formula One have been damaged by the racing series' unparalleled levels of downforce.
Cal Crutchlow of MotoGP's Team LCR Honda spoke out in a recent interview with Autosport about how he feels Formula One is impacting the racing surfaces of the tracks shared by the two racing series.
"The problem is that wherever we share a track with F1, the tracks are bumpy within a year [...] with the downforce of these Formula 1 cars...Spielberg was a joke," said Crutchlow to Autosport. "You can't imagine, even on the straight the thing was vibrating and bouncing. It was worse than last year, and on a lot of the off-camber corners it was a lot worse, so it means the tarmac's been pushed because of the cars."
Japanese electric supercar promises 0-60 in under 2 seconds Aspark will debut its all-electric supercar, dubbed the Owl, at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show, and the company says it's aiming for a 0-to-60-mph time of less than 2 seconds. If the Aspark Owl is able to accomplish such a feat, it would become the quickest production car ever. Like most start-up companies, Aspark looks to be quite some time away from reaching production. Video from Japanese website Gigazine shows the Owl undergoing performance tests, though all that's visible is a structure, the powertrains, and four tires.
Push To Pass - The Strategy Of Overtaking In IndyCar The art of the overtake is a carefully planned combination of strategy and instinct. And none more so than in IndyCar, where the Push to Pass button has revolutionized the approach when it comes to making a run on a fellow driver. Mobil 1 The Grid spoke to Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud, Charlie Kimball, Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay to find out more. Comment
Race Prep & Car Build - Monza to Singapore (Ep. 4/7) On Day 4, Mercedes F1 begin to rebuild the car, test our pit stop skills, familiarize ourselves with the Marina Bay Street Circuit and make sure we're looking sharp for the Singapore Grand Prix... Comment
It was 12 March 1947 when Enzo Ferrari revved up the engine of the 125 S, the first car to bear his name. The history of the modern Ferrari began with that test drive on the roads around Maranello. What was then a small factory born from a dream – to create an exclusive racing car in a country that was rising from the ashes of war – has over the years become the symbol of Brand Italy around the world.
How To Move A Street Racing Series Around The World - DHL Logistics Formula E races on street circuits all over the globe, and that means moving a lot of people and material across continents as efficiently as possible. Added complications include high-capacity lithium-ion batteries, 40 individual cars, and all of the key equipment that allows Formula E to bring electric racing to the hearts of some of the world's great cities. Founding logistics partner DHL provides a critical role in allowing the teams and drivers to do what they love most. Comment
Penske Prepares for Verizon IndyCar Series Championship with Test at Sonoma Raceway
Newgarden tests the superior Penske shock package at Sonoma
Team Penske teammates Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power completed a one-day test session at Sonoma Raceway on Thursday to prepare for the Verizon IndyCar Series championship race weekend at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, Sept. 15-17.
This marks a particularly important test session for the Team Penske drivers, as all four are in championship contention. Newgarden (560 points) leads the point standings by a slim three points ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon with teammates Castroneves (538), defending series champion Pagenaud (526) and 2014 series champion Power (492) also within reach of the championship.
AR1 weekly racing news and rumors report AutoRacing1.com journalists talk about last weekend's IndyCar race at Watkins Glen won by Alexander Rossi, the NASCAR race at Darlington, won by Denny Hamlin and the F1 race at Monza won by Lewis Hamilton Comment
The Mazda has largely been uncompetitive until now
Multimatic’s Larry Holt says $1 million of updates have been put into the Mazda RT24-P DPi car, in what will also result in the likely re-homologation of the Riley Mk. 30 LMP2 chassis for 2018.
The Canadian firm is spearheading a significant overhaul to the prototype, which has struggled in both LMP2 and DPi form this year, with an eye to improve reliability and performance, primarily for the Japanese manufacturer’s reinvigorated DPi program with Team Joest.
GT3, GT4 Entries Grow with Race-winning International teams
Black Swan Mercedes
Several international racing teams have filed entries along with more United States contingents for the upcoming California 8-Hour SRO International GT Challenge event set for Oct. 13-15 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Featuring GT3 and GT4 homologated sports cars in the third of the four-race International GT Challenge series, the California 8-Hour SRO entry list has gained efforts from Australia and Germany in addition to more United States squads ready to do battle on the legendary 2.238-mile, 11-turn circuit in the Monterey Bay area.
U.S. House Of Representatives Passage Of Self Drive Act Following today’s unanimous vote in favor of self-driving legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, Audi of America issued the following statement from Brad Stertz, Director of Audi Government Affairs:
“Today, the U.S. House of Representatives took a decisive step to create a new automated vehicle framework aimed at unlocking mobility options for generations to come,” said Brad Stertz, Director of Audi Government Affairs in Washington, D.C.
Bubba Wallace To Drive Nickelodeon-Themed Car At Tales Of Turtles 400 (Update)
No. 98 Nickelodeon Green Slime Ford
UPDATE NEW YORK - Darrell "Bubba" Wallace will join the lineup for Nickelodeon's upcoming Tales of the Turtles 400 race weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, driving the No. 98 Nickelodeon Slime Ford in the NASCAR XFINITY race for Biagi DenBeste Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM).
Wallace competed in the RPM No. 43 Ford in four Monster Energy Series races this year filling in for the injured Aric Almirola, where he tallied two Top-15 finishes. Wallace found Victory Lane this season in the Camping World Truck Series at Michigan International Speedway in his first Truck Series race since 2014, giving the Alabama native six wins in his Truck Series career. A NASCAR XFINITY Series veteran, Wallace has 84 starts in the series and was on a roll of sixth-place finishes earlier this season in the No. 6 Ford.
Car chief Travis Mack to serve as interim No. 88 crew chief
#88 gets interim Crew Chief
Hendrick Motorsports will not appeal the penalty announced by NASCAR stemming from a post-race lug nut infraction Sunday at Darlington Raceway.
Travis Mack, 34, will serve as interim crew chief for the No. 88 NASCAR Cup Series team with driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. during this weekend’s event at Richmond Raceway. The Louisville, Kentucky, native has been the team’s car chief since 2015, serving under crew chief Greg Ives.
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