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Alejandro thinks Alonso will spend one year with IndyCar and then take his big fan following with him to Formula E
Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag says he's determined to get Fernando Alonso to join the all-electric series in the near future, but admitted it likely won't happen until the 2019/20 season given he's likely headed to America to compete in IndyCar next year.
The two-time Formula 1 champion recently announced he is set to retire from the sport in order to focus on his World Endurance Championship campaign and a likely IndyCar program – although that's yet to be confirmed.
Given how big 'brand Alonso' is, Agag has made no secret of his desire to have the Spaniard join Formula E.
"I've been speaking with Fernando," he told the South China Morning Post. "Actually, I was with him in Monza.
Risi Competizione Team Principal Giuseppe Risi announced today that his Risi Competizione Ferrari team will return to competition in the International Motor Sport Association (IMSA) WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series at this year's Motul Petit Le Mans race, October 11-13.
"We will return to race in the Petit Le Mans IMSA final event of the season with our No. 62 Risi Competizione 488 GTLM Ferrari," said Giuseppe Risi. "We have run a limited racing schedule this year as other business and personal factors have taken a greater priority, but we're pleased to get back to Road Atlanta with our Ferrari race team. We've experienced a great deal of success as a team at the Petit Le Mans race and we look forward to adding more provenance to our race car and team history."
It was a disaster year for the Brickyard 400 both at the track and on TV
NBCSN earned 1.24 million viewers for Monday's rain delayed Brickyard 400 at Indy, down 78% from last year's 5.63 million viewers on network TV NBC.
NBCSN has been losing 1 to 2 million viewers per race as compared to NBC last year, so if the race had not been rained out the drop would have been somewhere around 45%, shaking the faith of advertisers to the core.
The USF4 is exploding in popularity, while the Road-To-Indy shrinks
Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda returns to New Jersey Motorsports Park for its penultimate weekend Sept. 14-15 with a powerhouse lineup of 33 cars. The cost-contained, spec series visited NJMP in its inaugural season in 2016, fielding just 16 Ligier JS F4 machines.
Among the 33 entries are new and familiar faces like consecutive two-time SCCA National Champion James (Jim) Goughary Jr. of Jupiter, Florida, who returns to the F4 U.S. roster under Primus Racing Group for the second time this season. Goughary is one of the most decorated competitors in F4 U.S. history, scoring 12 top-10 finishes, six top-five finishes and three podiums which included a win at NJMP during his F4 career.
Spencer Pigot will remain behind the wheel of the No. 21 Chevrolet for the 2019 Verizon IndyCar Series season, Ed Carpenter Racing announced today. Pigot’s return to the No. 21 will mark his fourth year with the team and fourth season as a Verizon IndyCar Series driver. His first full-time campaign has included career-best qualifying and finishing positions on street courses, road courses and ovals, including his first podium result. Pigot will continue as the driver of the No. 21 for a second year and compete in all 17 events on the 2019 calendar.
A reader asks, Dear AR1.com, How come IndyCar is having such a hard time finding a replacement for Verizon as a series title sponsor? Mark Miles says the series is booming. Mordichai Rosen, Los Angeles, CA.
Dear Mordichai, Its the TV ratings. After 9 years on NBCSN and its minuscule TV ratings, Mark Miles did not learn anything. He signed a new deal with NBC and NBCSN that will see over 50% of the races on NBCSN. Their minuscule TV ratings means a title sponsor gets very little value for their money. Who is going to pay $10 million per year, plus activation costs (another $10 million) with those rating numbers? We have said time and again, if you are not getting at least 1 million viewers every race, most sponsors are not interested.
Lamborghini super trofeo Massive airborne crash at Laguna Seca (2nd Update)
Monk slammed full speed into the tire barriers
UPDATE Sheena Monk has been released from the hospital and is recuperating from undisclosed injuries. Lamborghini says all systems were functioning fine. She must have pressed the accelerator instead of the brake approaching the Corkscrew.
09/09/18 Lamborghini has released a statement following Sheena Monk’s accident in Saturday’s Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, citing that all operating systems were found to be functioning appropriately in her car. So apparently the accident was driver error - probably hit the accelerator instead of the brake
Despite initial television reports indicating a possible brake failure, it turned out not to be the case upon initial data analysis completed, according to the Italian manufacturer.
We’ve all experienced that feeling: your car is handling like crap - and you have no clue why.
That’s where the race engineer comes in. Armed with the latest technology and mountains of data, engineers have the answers right at their fingertips. If only you could get on the same page - and explain just what you feel.
In Safe-Is-Fast's latest video, a group of drivers and engineers from the top IMSA Prototype teams discuss how to work with an engineer and develop a relationship that delivers results.
Kasey Kahne will continue to sit out from Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition this coming weekend in Las Vegas, as well as the upcoming series events at Richmond International Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. This week the series travels west to Las Vegas Motor Speedway where temperatures for the weekend are projected to be around 100 degrees. The driver of the No. 95 Chevrolet with Leavine Family Racing continues to work with his physicians on a plan for his health.
Detroit GP Fundraiser Donates $400,000 for Improvements at Belle Isle's Fountain
Ryan Hunter-Reay frolics in the Scott Fountain after winning this year's Detroit GP
Millions of people visit Belle Isle Park every year and enjoy the James Scott Memorial Fountain. Island visitors will continue to celebrate the fountain’s beauty and flowing waters for years to come as a result of the funds raised at this year’s charity event during Detroit Grand Prix race weekend – the PwC Grand Prixmiere, presented by Chevrolet.
The Grand Prixmiere gala took place on Friday, June 1 on Belle Isle as part of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. The event raised approximately $1 million in private donations to the Belle Isle Conservancy for improvement projects at the island park.
Nissan strengthens Formula E partnership with in e.dams
Roel de Vries, Nissan corporate vice president and global head of marketing and brand strategy; Jean-Paul Driot, e.dams founder and team principal and Michael Carcamo, Nissan global motorsport director.
Nissan has strengthened its partnership with e.dams by purchasing a stake in the championship-winning racing organization, ahead of Nissan’s debut in the ABB FIA Formula E electric street-racing championship.
Nissan is joining Formula E as the first Japanese carmaker to participate in the innovative series and as the global leader in electric cars, with more than 350,000 Nissan LEAF vehicles sold. Nissan’s Formula E program will show a new “performance side” of Nissan Intelligent Mobility – the company's vision for changing how cars are powered, driven and integrated into society.
Race day in 2004 - CART's last year at the Laguna Seca Ghost Town. With few grandstand seats today's fan does not like to frolic around the beautiful hills in the dry dirt.
A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, I was at the IMSA race at Laguna Seca this past weekend. The place was a ghost town with very few fans there. I think the participants outnumbered the spectators. Is this how it will be for IndyCar's Grand Finale next year? If so, how embarrassing for IndyCar. Steve Johnson
Dear Steve, Beautiful track, with near zero passing. Great for parades. CART/Champ Car stopped racing at Laguna Seca many years ago because it no longer drew a crowd. It is a dry desert dust bowl in late summer/early fall. However, IndyCar President Mark Miles has not been around long enough to know this about Laguna Seca.
For many years the IndyCar finale at Sonoma has been largely a ghost town, making IndyCar look foolish when crowning its champion. Now they are headed for more of the same at Laguna Seca we're afraid. Maybe Mr. Miles is claustrophobic and does not like big crowds. If this is the case, he'll feel at ease at Laguna next September. We'd love to be proven wrong and the size of the recent Portland crowd certainly surprised us. But Portland is not a dry dust bowl and it has adequate grandstand seats.
Laguna did draw big crowds for MotoGP but they eventually dwindled. Even the bike crowd got tired of standing around on the dirt hills. Grandstands at the top and bottom of the corkscrew would be a big hit with fans. Today after the long hike up the hill to watch the corkscrew action, you have to stand by a fence. That may work for 30 minutes but not for a full race and not with today's fans.
And where are the big screen TVs for the fans? Laguna Seca needs to get more fan-friendly before it can draw large crowds.
Or maybe they will bring in Taylor Switft or Bruno Mars, hold a concert in conjunction with the race, and sell the place out. Mark C.
Acura Recalls NSX Over Fuel Tank Leak And Brake Light Issues
Acura NSX Cutaway
Acura has issued two recalls for almost 1000 examples of the NSX built during the 2017 and 2018 model years.
The first of these recalls involves the left and right fuel tanks the supercar is equipped with. According to Acura, the crossover pipe which connects the two tanks was improperly installed and, as the vehicle is driven over time, this could result in a fuel leak, drastically increasing the likelihood of a fire. The automaker says it hasn’t received any reports of fires, crashes, or injuries related to this issue.
Ford Kills Advertising Campaigns for All Its Cars but One
The Mustand survives for now
Ford has officially pulled the plug on national advertising campaigns for the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, and Taurus, and has cut back some of its regional marketing efforts. The move sees the Ford Mustang remain as the only passenger car to be marketed by the American automaker.
Mark LaNeve, Ford's vice president of U.S. marketing spoke with Automotive News, stating the automaker will be using the financial resources instead on the Mustang, EcoSport and other SUVs the company plans to release in the next few years. This falls in line with the Blue Oval's plan to end the sale of all cars (sedans, hatchbacks) in the North American market and develop more vehicles that people are actually buying, such as crossovers, SUVs, and trucks.
Don Panoz, the co-founder of Panoz cars and creator of the American Le Mans Series, has passed away at the age of 83.
One of the most influential figures in world of motorsport, Panoz took his U.S. brand to the 24 Hours of Le Mans on both the prototype and GT fronts, achieving a class win in 2006 with the Esperante GT-LM.
TOTAL QUARTZ to be Primary Sponsor for Rahal at Sonoma
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) and Total Specialties USA, Inc., Total S.A.’s U.S. marketing affiliate, have expanded their relationship to include primary sponsorship of the team’s No. 15 entry for Graham Rahal in the IndyCar Series season-finale at Sonoma Raceway on September 16. In January it was announced that the brand would be primary sponsor of the entry at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and that TOTAL QUARTZ would be the Official Lubricant Partner of the team.
Alfa Romeo Sauber confirms Raikkonen, Ferrari Leclerc
Raikkonen and Leclerc swap seats
The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team is delighted to announce that Kimi Raikkonen will join the team from 2019. The 2007 Formula One World Champion has signed for the next two seasons.
In his career, Kimi Raikkonen has secured 20 Grands Prix wins and 100 podiums, making him one of the most highly regarded drivers in the history of the sport. The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team looks forward to the arrival of the Finnish driver, with whom the team shares the common goal of achieving ambitious results.
Brickyard 400 post-race Q&A Monster Energy Series race runner-up Erik Jones (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota) and the Regular Season Champion Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota), Monster Energy Series race winner Brad Keselowski, crew chief Paul Wolfe and Walter Czarnecki Executive Vice President Team Penske Comment
JR Motorsports Chevy Camaro driver Justin Allgaier held off a 5-car train of Tyler Reddick, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Daniel Hemric and Matt Tifft over the final 10 laps to win the Lilly Diabetes 250 NASCAR Xfinity race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Unfortunately the massive grandstands were largely empty after Saturday's rainout and Monday being a work day.
Big crash mars the start of the Monterey Grand Prix at Laguna Seca Joao Barbosa in the No. 5 Cadillac gets spun around by the #99 Red Dragon at the start taking out the #66 Ganassi Ford GT of Dirk Mueller and the #911 Porsche. Comment
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