Tony Stewart is not going to be able to beat IndyCar drivers. When he ran IndyCar the field was a bunch of wankers. When the CART drivers came to Indy they buried Stewart. He best stay retired
UPDATE Tony Stewart’s dream of returning to the Indianapolis 500 remains very much alive, but he might be hitting the brakes on next season despite already having an offer.
In an interview with Rutledge Wood (below) during Sunday’s rain delay at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Stewart said he has been emailed by IndyCar team owner Bobby Rahal about running one of his cars in the Greatest Spectacle of Racing next season.
“And I don’t do emails, so I haven’t even responded to Bobby Rahal yet, so I just found out I had an email from him,” Stewart said, pausing to turn to the camera with a smile. “Sorry Bobby, I don’t do email.”
A perfect weekend: Rast scores historic success at the Nurburgring
Rene Rast grabs lead at start
Rene Rast has made history at the Nurburgring: like on the previous day, the 2017 DTM champion first claimed pole position and then went on to win the race on Sunday. Thus, he became the first driver to score the maximum number of 56 points on one weekend.
During the 2016 season finale, current Formula 1 driver Lance Stroll was the last FIA Formula 3 European Championship participant to date score three wins in one weekend. Now, Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing) achieved this feat as well. At the 3.629 kilometers long Nurburgring sprint circuit, Schumacher crossed the finish line almost five seconds ahead of second-placed Robert Shvartzman (PREMA Theodore Racing). In the 200th race of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, third place went to Alex Palou (Hitech Bullfrog GP). With his sixth season win, in the presence of FIA president Jean Todt, Schumacher moved up to within three points from leader Daniel Ticktum (Motopark) in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship drivers’ standings.
In the 23rd race of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship season, Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing) claimed his fifth win of the year. At the 3.629 kilometers long Nurburgring sprint circuit, the 19-year-old came out on top from the best-placed rookie Robert Shvartzman (PREMA Theodore Racing) and Daniel Ticktum (Motopark). The British Red Bull junior remains in the lead of the drivers’ standings, but second-placed Schumacher managed to reduce the gap to only 16 points.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway regrets to announce that persistent rain has forced the postponement of all NASCAR track activity Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will start at 2 p.m. (ET) Monday, with the Lilly Diabetes 250 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series taking the green flag at 10 a.m. The starting lineup for both races was set by the NASCAR Rule Book since qualifying for both races was rained out Saturday.
Romano Fenati hit with two-race ban for Stefano Manzi incident
Romano Fenati presses Manzi's brake lever
Romano Fenati has been banned from the upcoming Aragon and Thailand Grand Prix, after he pressed Stefano Manzi's brake lever out of anger during the Misano Moto2 race.
Forward Racing's Manzi made contact at the Carro hairpin with the Marinelli Sniper's rider in the latter stages of Sunday's Moto2 race while the pair were fighting for the lower points places, with both forced wide at the corner.
With oval crowds dwindling, the new owners would do well to plow the oval under and build a road course on the 250-acre site. NASCAR fans pack the road course events and then IndyCar could race there too. The banking transition on the current oval is too abrupt for IndyCars
Rockingham Speedway is coming back to life writes Matt Weaver of AutoWeek.
The Rock Entertainment Complex, formerly North Carolina Motor Speedway, was purchased last month by Raleigh-based land developer Dan Lovenheim, who plans to renovate the venue into a multipurpose entertainment facility, including motorsports.
Speaking to SiriusXM NASCAR radio host Dave Moody on Friday night, Lovenheim said he intends to have the facility open every week for festivals, concerts and racing events.
In fact, he has already secured a 20-year contract to host the former Carolina Rebellion concert festival starting next May. That’s a major coup because the Carolina Rebellion has been the largest such event in the Carolinas.
Truex Jr., Suarez drop to rear of Brickyard 400 after inspection failures
On a very wet day in Indy, NASCAR inspectors had plenty of time to catch the cheaters, and they did.
Both the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 team and the Furniture Row Racing No. 78 team failed pre-race inspection multiple times at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, relegating drivers Daniel Suarez and Martin Truex Jr. to the rear of the field for Sunday’s race.
The No. 19 Toyota failed pre-race inspection, held Saturday at the track, four times. In addition to starting from the rear, car chief Todd Brewer has been ejected for Sunday’s Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard. Suarez was set to roll off the grid 20th after Saturday’s qualifying was rained out and the field was set per the NASCAR Rule Book (owner points). He’ll still be credited with a start of 20th, but move to the back before the green drops.
After crashing in qualifying, Marquez appears on form today
Launching from P5 for the GP Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, Championship leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) went quickest on Sunday morning after setting a 1:32.536, beating Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso by 0.028 and pole man Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) by 0.179.
LCR Honda Castrol’s Cal Crutchlow was fourth quickest in Warm Up as the Brit aims to get in amongst the podium battle from P6 on the grid, with Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing) completing the top five on Sunday morning – the Australian will start from the middle of the front row for the San Marino GP.
Could not agree more about Halo for IndyCar (Update)
USAC Midget running Halo over driver's head
UPDATE Funny thing - Every car in USAC - Silver Crown, Sprints and midgets - have what amounts to a Halo over the driver's head. Sure they call it a roll cage.
It's essentially the same thing. Silver crown, sprints and midgets all get into the catch-fence quite often. Seldom are there serious injuries. Of course they are not going over 200 mph like IndyCars do, but still the Halo/roll cage works.
They only run on ovals and they only use Halos. IndyCar - get it done.
Of course they will not use the current sick sounding V6 hybrids for the demo - they will use screaming V8 cars of the glory years of F1. They always do. Why is that?
While there remains a question mark against the proposal to run a Formula One Grand Prix on the streets of Miami locals will get a taste of the sport when cars take to the streets of the city in October.
The F1 Miami Festival, which it is claimed will be similar to the events held in London last year and Marseilles ahead of this year's French Grand Prix, is set for 17 October as part of a four-day 'fan festival'.
The Independent reveals that a planned demonstration event, which will feature cars from a number of - as yet unidentified - teams, will see cars head down a 690m stretch of Biscayne Boulevard at the end of which will be a spot ear-marked for the obligatory donuts.
Due to the rainout of practice and qualifications, the starting grid has been set per the provisions in the NASCAR rulebook. Starting positions are based on the current Owner’s points.
Kyle Busch (Toyota) will lead the field to green, Kevin Harvick (Ford) will start second, Martin Truex, Jr. (Toyota) will take the green from the third starting spot, followed by Kurt Busch (Ford) in fourth and Joey Logano (Ford) will start fifth to round out the top five.
UPDATE The Indianapolis Motor Speedway regrets to announce that persistent rain has forced the postponement of all NASCAR track activity Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will start at 1 p.m. (ET) Sunday, one hour earlier than previously scheduled. The Lilly Diabetes 250 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday. The starting lineup for both races was set by the NASCAR Rule Book since qualifying for both races was rained out Saturday.
At the 3.629 kilometer's long Nurburgring sprint circuit, Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing) scored his fourth race win of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship season. The best-placed rookie driver Robert Shvartzman (PREMA Theodore Racing) and Daniel Ticktum took the checkered flag in second and third place respectively. Thus, Ticktum remains in the lead of the drivers’ standings from Schumacher, who moved up into second place.
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Boris Said captured pole in the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli for tomorrow’s Watkins Glen Trans Am 100 at Watkins Glen International, Round 8 of the 2018 Trans Am Championship. Also capturing poles for the TA3 and TA4 classes in today’s qualifying sessions were Mark Boden and Warren Dexter.
For Boris Said, the Watkins Glen pole is the tenth of his career and comes by way of a new qualifying track record 1:46.726 lap around the 3.4-mile, 11-turn Grand Prix course and will see him start at the front of the 17-car TA class field in the No. 21 Monster Energy/ Weaver Concepts Dodge Challenger for his 71st career series start.
Derani Joins No. 31 Whelen Cadillac Team Alongside Nasr for Full 2019 WeatherTech Championship
Action Express Racing today confirmed its full-season driver lineups for the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The lineup for its No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R came as no surprise, as the team confirmed current drivers Filipe Albuquerque and Joao Barbosa will continue in the car, along with Christian Fittipaldi in the Rolex 24 At Daytona in what will be his final race as a driver.
Matt DiBenedetto Leaving Go Fas Racing Following 2018 Season
Another driver has been added to the Silly Season in 2018, as Matt DiBenedetto announced Friday via Twitter that he will be leaving Go Fas Racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for 2019.
Following a two-season run for the Ford organization, the relationship will end at the conclusion of 2018.
“Go Fas Racing, [team owners] Archie, Mason St. Hillaire and all of our partners and I have decided to move in different directions for 2019,” DiBenedetto said via Twitter. “I would like to thank Archie, Mason and all of our partners for the support that allowed the No. 32 team to exceed everyone’s expectations over the past two seasons.”
No. 31 drivers Pipo Derani (BRA), Eric Curran (USA) and Felipe Nasr (BRA)
Action Express Racing announced the team’s driver line up for the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship ahead of Sunday’s Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix featuring the America’s Tire 250 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. The IMSA championship-winning squad will once again stage a two-car campaign in the Prototype class in 2019.
Having scored five wins to date with the Cadillac DPi-V.R, the team is looking forward to continuing the program with the highly-accomplished Cadillac DPi-V.R.
Recognizing that the internal combustion engine is a dead man walking, Walmart orders more Tesla Semis.
After placing an order for 15 Tesla Semis, Walmart is keen to buy even more. The discount retailer plans to purchase 30 additional electric semi-trucks from the Silicon Valley automaker.
Reuters reported Thursday that the 30 additional Tesla Semi trucks would operate in Canada and join 10 trucks for which it's already placed an order. The other five Semis are slated for the United States. Walmart Canada added that 20 of the electric semi-trucks will be used in Mississauga, Ontario, while the other 20 will ship out to Surrey, British Columbia.
Heading into Friday (Sept. 7), it would be iffy on whether or not the XFINITY Series practiced at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with potential rain on the radar. Shortly after 2:45 p.m. ET, NASCAR cancelled both practice due to a heavy downpour.
After a morning rain shower, the weather cleared up enough for the jet dryers to almost have the track ready for opening practice at 1:05 p.m. ET. That’s when the sky opened up, where it would rain for the next hour-and-a-half.
Brickyard Hopes Changes Equate To More NASCAR Race Fans
Doug Boles calling IndyCar fans to offer them dirt cheap NASCAR tickets
A new date for NASCAR's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and a new dirt-track race leading into this weekend are some of the "wholesale changes" IMS and the sanctioning body are making to "revitalize an event that once drew hundreds of thousands of fans but now sees fractions of those once-great crowds," according to Jim Ayello of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR.
One of the "biggest changes" made ahead of this weekend's Monster Energy Cup Series Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard was changing the date to make it the regular season’s last race.
In Las Vegas, Ron Kantowski notes this season marks the first time Las Vegas Motor Speedway is "hosting two NASCAR races in one year," with next week's South Point 400 "serving as the Cup Series playoff opener."
The track hopes to "attract another big crowd," but what is "happening in NASCAR combined with factors closer to home aren’t making the mission any easier."
Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo made it a 1-2 for the Ducati Team on Day 1 at the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, with the two split by just 0.160 at the top. Reigning Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) completed the top five despite leading the way for much of the afternoon, but the number 93 was consistent and the race could well be a battle between the two factions. But that's for Sunday, and Friday was dominated more by time-attacks for many - with rain threatening, more threatening FP3 on Saturday and that all-important place in the top ten up for grabs on Day 1.
Due to what his team called “lingering effects of extreme heat exhaustion” following last weekend’s Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, Kasey Kahne will not race this weekend in the Big Machine Vodka 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“Following Sunday night’s race at Darlington, Kahne was taken to the track’s care center where he was treated for heat exhaustion. Several days later, Kahne opted to consult with several physicians who recommended that he sit out from this weekend’s events in Indianapolis until further testing and evaluations have been completed,” the Leavine Family Racing statement read.
Brady Bacon passed pole sitter Kevin Thomas with seven laps to go and hung on to win the inaugural Driven2SaveLives BC39 presented by NOS Energy Drink on Thursday night at The Dirt Track at IMS.
Bacon, from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, earned $15,000 for the win in the 39-lap USAC P1 Insurance National Midget Championship A-Main feature in the No. 76M car fielded by FMR Racing. It was the first USAC Midget victory of the season for Bacon, 28, a two-time USAC Sprint Car National Champion.
Six IndyCar Series Drivers Complete One-Day Test at Sonoma Raceway
Six drivers from three Verizon IndyCar® Series teams took part in a one-day test session at Sonoma Raceway on Thursday, Sept. 6. The series returns to Sonoma for the season finale at the INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma, Sept. 14-16.
Will Power and Josef Newgarden, who both remain in the championship hunt, took part in the seven-hour test session alongside Team Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato, who won last weekend in Portland, as well as Harding Racing’s Patricio O’Ward, the 2018 Indy Lights Series champion who made his first laps in a Verizon IndyCar Series car.
Marc Marquez says he wants to “make peace” with long-time MotoGP rival Valentino Rossi, though the latter refused a handshake gesture in an awkward exchange in the Misano pre-event press conference.
Marquez and Rossi have been at the center of numerous controversial moments in recent years, including the infamous 'Sepang Clash' of 2015, when the pair collided after a heated race born out of accusations from Rossi that Marquez tried to sabotage his title challenge at Phillip Island.
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