MONTEREY, Calif. -- Victor Franzoni posted a perfect performance today at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, winning the Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Monterey Powered by Mazda for ArmsUp Motorsports, but it wasn't quite enough to keep alive his dream of winning this year's Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.
Instead the outcome -- and a Mazda Scholarship to graduate into the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, the next level of the acclaimed Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires, in 2017 -- will be settled in tomorrow's 16th and final race between Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing teammates Anthony Martin, from Kalgoorlie, Australia, and Parker Thompson, from Red Deer, Alb., Canada, who completed today's podium.
O'Ward Maintains Pro Mazda Title Hopes with Mazda Raceway Victory
Patricio "Pato" O'Ward
MONTEREY, Calif. – Teenaged Mexican Patricio "Pato" O'Ward did exactly what he needed to do this afternoon to keep alive his dream of winning this year's Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and a substantial scholarship prize to graduate into Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the top tier of the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires, in 2017. O'Ward out-fumbled Team Pelfrey teammate and championship leader Aaron Telitz at the start, dominated most of the race, then had to fight tooth and nail to secure victory in the Pro Mazda Grand Prix of Monterey Presented by Allied Building Products following a full-course caution which ended with just one lap remaining.
MONTEREY, Calif. – Kyle Kaiser shrugged off any additional pressure from competing at his home track to score a convincing victory in this afternoon’s Mazda Indy Lights Grand Prix of Monterey Presented by Cooper Tires. The 20-year-old from Santa Clara, Calif., qualified on pole position earlier today at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, then led throughout the 30-lap race to claim his second victory of the season for Juncos Racing and his first since the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires series last ventured anywhere near the West Coast – on the Phoenix International Raceway oval in Arizona way back in April.
Brazilian V8 Stock Cars: Home pole-position for Rubens Barrichello
Rubens Barrichello will start the Million Reais Race from pole position. The 44-year old driver set a lap time of 1min38s958, taking his second pole this season. The competitor from the Medley Full Time team, who won the last race in Cascavel, tries to clinch his second victory in the millionaire Brazilian V8 Stock Car race.
"It is my second pole-position in the Million Reais Race, so it is a great joy. To know that all the work that the team have been doing is paying off, with the car getting better and better, is really satisfying. I love Interlagos, and it is like the track and I could understand each other", he said.
#11 Marco Wittmann (GER, BMW Team RMG, BMW M4 DTM), #31 Tom Blomqvist (GBR, BMW Team RBM, BMW M4 DTM), #53 Jamie Green (GBR, Audi Sport Team Rosberg, Audi RS5 DTM)
Marco Wittmann extended his points' lead in the DTM drivers' standings with an undisputed lights-to-flag victory in the race at the Nurburgring on Saturday. In pleasant late-summerly conditions, the BMW driver won the 30 lap race with a margin of 7.136 seconds from his fellow BMW driver Tom Blomqvist. For Wittmann, it was the eighth DTM race win of his career and the third of the 2016 season. "Unbelievable. This was a great race," Wittmann commented after the race.
"I had a good start and tried to avoid making any mistakes. I was pushing flat-out all the time to maintain focus and concentration. This is a special win, especially for my team RMG and team principal Stefan Reinhold. For the guys, the Nurburgring is their home track."
Thanks to the Mazda Road to Indy and the Mazda Road to 24, Mazda has 82 drivers from 21 countries racing this weekend at our home track of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Five series are in action with 100 percent powered by Mazda, with more than $2 million in Mazda scholarships available to series champions. For those too far away to join us in Monterey, you can watch most of the weekend’s 12 races at MazdaLive.com.
IndyCar boss Mark Miles told the X1 group and Liberty Media, they were not interested in selling the series and making it great again. They are happy with 0.3 TV ratings on NBCSN
Liberty Media's recent announcement that it will soon acquire a controlling stake in Formula 1 is good news for the all-electric Formula E series, according to boss Alejandro Agag.
Liberty Media is owned by billionaire John Malone. The American also owns Liberty Global and Discovery Communications, which happen to be Formula E's largest shareholders, therefore bringing both FIA sanctioned racing series under the majority ownership of Malone.
Before buying F1, Liberty Media made an attempt to buy IndyCar as part of the X1 proposal with the goal of making IndyCar a global powerhouse as reported by AR1.com exclusively last year. However, the Hulman-George family refused to give up ownership of the series even though Liberty told them they would keep 100% ownership of their precious Indy 500.
AR1.com's Mark Cipolloni first laid out Malone's plan in this exclusive article "X1 to make IndyCar great again" on September 1st of 2015, but IndyCar leadership was not having any of it. Being 'great again' was not in their strategic thinking.
An animated and upbeat Dale Earnhardt Jr. spoke with NASCAR on NBC analyst Steve Letarte, his friend and former crew chief, about his concussion and recovery in a candid, in-depth interview. The full version of the interview will air during Saturday's NASCAR America.
The show airs at 5:00pm/et on NBCSN. "I feel better," Earnhardt told Letarte.
"I've made some huge gains over the last five weeks. We've worked really, really hard to get there, and there's still a lot of work to do. I still don't feel like a regular person. The race car driver is even much further, the things that I need to tune and improve and fix are far beyond just getting where I can feel normal every day." Earnhardt also told the story about his improvement.
Eye-Tracking Technology coming to Keep Drivers Alert
This is only needed until cars are 100% autonomous and we can sleep or text behind the wheel
Future buyers of General Motors Co.’s semi-autonomous driving system will have to be comfortable with Big Brother sitting in the passenger seat writes Gautham Nagesh of The Wall Street Journal.
The nation’s largest auto maker aims to release its Super Cruise on a Cadillac next year, and will feature eye tracking in the cabin, a first for a U.S. car maker.
GM will duel with Volvo Car Corp.’s Pilot Assist and Tesla Motors Inc.’s Autopilot, both driver-assistance systems that can control a moving vehicle. While Tesla’s Autopilot requires periodic handling by the driver, GM’s system is expected to go a step further in monitoring the alertness of human drivers.
Video: Toulon - The Holy Grail of Sail Racing From the AR1.com Youtube page - The holy grail of sailing is the foiling tack. Dean Barker and his crew on board SoftBank Team Japan were the first America's Cup team to successfully complete this maneuver on foils. Dean strongly believes that the 35th Louis Vuitton America's Cup in the waters of Bermuda will be decided by keeping the boat "dry" around the entire course, staying up on foils. Pioneer Dean Barker explains the challenges of the spectacular maneuver. Comment
Video: Nascar Richmond Xfinity Post Race Q&A From the AR1.com Youtube page - NXS Race: Race winner Kyle Busch and crew chief Chris Gayle (No. 18 NOS Toyota); second place finisher Erik Jones (No. 20 DEWALT FLEXVOLT Toyota) Comment
PFC Brakes Developing Cutting Edge Carbon Brakes With IndyCar
Our technology is unique, you'll see that most of the carbon products out there looks like a biscuit or a laminate, whereas if you look at our carbon it's made from one continues, single-element strand. -Darrick Dong, PFC
It's often said that motorsports is the ultimate crucible of research and development for automotive parts and platforms. When you go to purchase an aftermarket part, or system of parts, certain expectations are made. The companies that can best deliver on those sorts of demanding expectations take their testing seriously writes Trevor Anderson of Turnology.
In the case of Performance Friction Brakes (PFC), racing has been in their business model from the beginning. Braking technology has come along way in the latest generation. As composite materials have all but replaced ferrous rotors, and brake pads have gone full carbon among top level motorsports. This technology has trickled down into the hands of the commercial market.
"We started working on carbon back in 2004, and we actually had our first race at the 24 Hours of Lemans with a GT1 Saleen. We realized we were onto something pretty special," Darrick Dong, the Director of Motorsports for PFC told us.
VW, Robert Bosch Met in 2014 to Discuss Emissions cheating Software (Update) UPDATE A Volkswagen engineer pleaded guilty today in a U.S. court for his role in rigging emissions software on 2.0-liter diesels sold in the U.S., marking the first criminal charge in the U.S. government's probe into the VW scandal.
The engineer, James Robert Liang, was named in a grand jury indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit in June that was unsealed today.
Liang pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, commit wire fraud and violate the Clean Air Act. The Justice Department said in a statement that Liang has agreed to cooperate with the government in its ongoing VW investigation as part of his plea agreement. This could increase pressure on higher-ranking officials of the German automaker.
Drive Me, The World's Most Ambitious And Advanced Public Autonomous Driving Experiment, Starts Today Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has officially kicked off Drive Me, the world's most ambitious and advanced public autonomous driving experiment. This morning it produced the very first autonomous car that will be used in the Drive Me project in Gothenburg.
The autonomous Volvo XC90 SUV was finalized in Volvo Cars' special manufacturing facility in Torslanda this morning and is the first in a series of autonomous cars that will eventually be handed to real families in Gothenburg to be driven on public roads.
Sponsorship and marketing guru Zak Brown believes that incoming Formula 1 owner Liberty Media’s desire to make the sport better, rather than simply milk it for profit, can only be good news for fans writes Charles Bradley of Motorsport.com
In the wake of Liberty Media’s announcement that it will purchase Formula 1 by the first quarter of 2017, in a deal worth $8billion in total, Brown said that the “strategic” nature of the new owners – as opposed to CVC’s purely money-driven approach – should spell a brighter future.
Pol Espargaro finishes Friday on top at Misano After Movistar Yamaha MotoGP home hero Valentino Rossi went fastest in FP1 at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, his teammate and arch-rival Jorge Lorenzo struck back in the afternoon to initially top FP2 - before Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Pol Espargaro made good on his great form from FP1 to take the top spot. Repsol Honda Team rider Dani Pedrosa was finally second quickest, ahead of home hero Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) - who took over as the fastest Italian on Day 1.
John Malone would have bought IndyCar and made it a global power house. IndyCar wanted to stay small and irrelevant so he bought F1 instead
In 2015, Nascar's premier race, the Daytona 500, averaged 13.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen. That compares with just 6.4 million viewers for the most popular IndyCar race, the Indianapolis 500.
That year's Major League Baseball World Series averaged 14.7 million viewers, the National Basketball Association finals averaged 20 million and the National Football League's Super Bowl averaged 114 million
Formula One's world-wide audience, though stronger, has suffered in recent years put it still dwarfs all others. In the six years through 2014, global Formula One viewership slipped to 425 million from 600 million, according to Christian Sylt, writer of the trade publication Formula Money.
The sport now attracts more than 400 million unique television viewers globally per race, Liberty Media said.
Video: Podium of all podiums Chief Engineer Trackside, Simon Cole, describes just how it felt being on the podium after the 2016 Italian Grand Prix. The podium is world-renowned with thousands of the tifosi turning out in force and filling the start finish straight with Ferrari flags and banners. Simon was on the podium to collect the Constructors' trophy and the experience was made even more special as his Mum was there too! Comment
Video: Monza debrief Chief Race Engineer Andrew Shovlin explains the key decision points during the 2016 Italian Grand Prix. By splitting the preparation work on Friday, Nico running the medium compound and Lewis the soft, the team felt a one-stop would be their strongest strategy on race day. Comment
Testing regulations announced for 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season INDYCAR announced today testing regulations for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season highlighted by four open tests during the season and an overall reduction in the amount of in-season testing.
INDYCAR will conduct the following open tests next year: Feb. 10-11 at Phoenix International Raceway; March 21 at Barber Motorsports Park; May 2 at Gateway Motorsports Park and Sept. 14 at Sonoma Raceway - the same week as the season finale in 2017.
IndyCar Series Drivers Complete One-Day Test in Sonoma
Twenty-one Verizon IndyCar Series drivers completed a one-day test session at Sonoma Raceway on Thursday. This marked the teams' final chance to prepare for the series season finale at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, Sept. 16-18.
The field included championship contenders and Team Penske teammates Simon Pagenaud and Will Power, as well as Nevada City native and 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi.
ISC Names Baseball Exec Brenner Michigan Int'l Speedway President Int'l Speedway Corp. named Boston-based DSF Sports & Entertainment President Rick Brenner President of Michigan Int'l Speedway. He will replace Roger Curtis, who "resigned Aug. 30 after a decade running" MIS. At DSF, Brenner served as President & GM of the Double-A Eastern League New Hampshire Fisher Cats. He also led the "design and construction of the Bowling Green Ballpark," home of the DSF-owned Single-A Midwest League Bowling Green Hot Rods. CRAINSDETROIT.com
FRR hires crew chief for Jones DENVER, Colo. (Sept. 8, 2016) – With the recent announcement of expanding to a second NASCAR Cup team in 2017, Furniture Row Racing announced today that it has hired Chris Gayle as the crew chief for the team’s new entry – the No. 77 5-hour ENERGY Toyota to be driven by Erik Jones.
Gayle, a 17-time winning crew chief to date in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, joins Furniture Row Racing after a 14-year career as an engineer and crew chief with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR). He was promoted from engineer to crew chief at JGR in 2013.
Kellett back with Andretti in 2017 INDIANAPOLIS (September 8, 2016) – Twenty-three year old Dalton Kellett will change his Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires ‘Rookie’ status to ‘Veteran’ after signing an extension to remain in the No. 28 K-LINE Insulators USA, Inc. Mazda at Andretti Autosport for the team's 2017 campaign. The re-signing of the Canadian marks the third consecutive year driving for the Andretti stable and second season running in the Indy Lights championship.
Kellett, who participated in a Verizon IndyCar Series test in early August, plans to use the next year to continue to grow and focus on his ultimate goal of driving an Indy car.
Phoenix signs Xfinity race sponsor AVONDALE, Ariz. - Phoenix International Raceway has signed Ticket Galaxy as title sponsor of its upcoming NASCAR XFINITY Series race.
The Connecticut-based company also was named PIR’s official secondary-market ticket provider. The Ticket Galaxy 200 on Saturday, Nov. 12, will be the semifinal race in the inaugural Chase for the NASCAR XFINITY Series title.
NASCAR schedules two more tire tests As NASCAR continues to work on fine-tuning its 2017 rules package, the sanctioning body has added a pair of Goodyear tires tests next month.
The first one will be a two-day test at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 4-5. Martinsville, the smallest and slowest oval track in NASCAR, will play host to the seventh race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the Goody's Fast Relief 500 on Oct. 30.
NC retail operator joins Furniture Row team North Carolina-based operator of outlet shopping centers will make its debut as a NASCAR sponsor when it slaps its colors on Martin Truex Jr.'s No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota next month.
Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. (NYSE: SKT) of Greensboro will be the primary sponsor of Truex’s car on Sept. 10 for the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond (Virginia) International Raceway.
Must-watch video: Alexander Rossi and Kirby Chambliss Go Head to Head In advance of the inaugural Red Bull Air Race, coming Oct. 1-2 to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 2016 Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi joined Master Class pilot and two-time world champion Kirby Chambliss for a first-of-its-kind video shoot at IMS.
Chambliss and Rossi piloted their respective racecrafts in unison around the world's most famous racetrack, creating a must-see video for airplane and racecar fans alike, as well as adrenaline junkies.
Harvick throws pit crew under the bus (Update) UPDATE Kevin Harvick will get Danica Patrick's front tire changer Eric Maycroft and front tire carrier Matt Holzbaur starting this weekend at Richmond. Harvick's former front tire changer Tim Sheets and front tire carrier Todd Drakulich will move to Patrick's pit crew. ESPN.com
09/05/16 Kevin Harvick finished 2nd Sunday night at Darlington Raceway after dominated much of the race. On his night:
Harvick: "Our team in the garage did a great job. They brought the fastest race car to the track once again and we just didn't do a good job on pit road and gave it away." How much did the race change and how did your car react throughout the night? Harvick: "We started 12th and eighth and sixth and we had a great race car all night just got to thank everybody in the shop and in the garage for putting the race cars under us. We can't just continuously shoot ourselves in the foot every few pit stops."
A bankruptcy fire sale yesterday took in pennies on the dollar for the Grand Prix of Boston’s thousands of creditors.
In total, an auction took in $35,125 for the court-appointed trustee to dole out to the failed Labor Day event’s many creditors -- including ticketholders.
The defunct race promotion company had estimated an $85,000 business value for two promotional IndyCar display vehicles and had said in federal bankruptcy filings they could fetch $50,000 at auction -- only to sell them for $17,500, said auction executive Michael Saperstein.
Bobby Rahal has reiterated that he would like to expand his IndyCar team next year, but says the theory that two car teams are much more economical than one is very wide of the mark writes David Malsher of Motorsport.com.
Rahal has traditionally run a one-car team, with expansions to two cars for select races including the Indianapolis 500. The exception to this in recent years was 2013, when he had two full-time entries for son Graham and James Jakes.
Video: Bubba Racing at Mosport (Update) UPDATE Nemechek was declared the race winner after taking out Custer at the start-finish line, and Custer showed his displeasure by charging Nemechek and tackling him in front of the flagstand.
On Tuesday, O'Donnell was on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio's "The Morning Drive" to talk about NASCAR's stance on the issue.
"It was certainly an aggressive move," said O'Donnell. "We've always said that NASCAR is a contact sport and when drivers are racing, we expect that there could be contact.
'Friends of Laguna Seca' battles ISC for control of Laguna Seca
Jourdain in the Gigante car at Laguna Seca in 2003
Friends of Laguna Seca (Friends) is a new non-profit public benefit corporation dedicated to the revitalization and modernization of the Laguna Seca Recreational Area (LSRA) for the advancement of the greater community of Monterey County and the local economy that it serves. Friends has submitted its proposal to the County of Monterey and is building an expert team to manage the entire Laguna Seca Recreation Area.
The Friends proposal includes a 25-year commitment to rebuild the LSRA complex and implement a new business model that will include:
Verizon IndyCar Series Championship Will be Decided at Sonoma
Simon Pagenaud holds off Helio Castroneves
The Verizon IndyCar Series will host its championship weekend at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma for the second consecutive year, as the series returns to Sonoma Raceway for its season finale, Sept. 16-18.
Simon Pagenaud, who boasts four wins and seven pole positions this season, holds a 43-point lead over Team Penske teammate Will Power heading into the 85-lap, title-deciding race for the Astor Cup. With double points on the line in Sonoma, a strong finish for Pagenaud is still a must for the Frenchman.
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