2015 Indycar Rookie Of The Year Supports F4 U.S. Championship Team
Gabby Chaves (R) checks out the F4 machinery before taking some laps
As the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda points race narrows, teams are deploying all of their resources to make their cars faster.
GMV Motorsports, co-owned by five-time IndyCar winner and ESPN on ABC color analyst Scott Goodyear, three-time Indy 500 starter Dr. Jack Miller, and four-time Super Bowl champion and Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, invited 2015 IndyCar Rookie of the Year Gabby Chaves to test their two F4 U.S. cars at Gingerman Raceway in South Haven, Michigan, before the championship's penultimate race of the season.
Williams Reports 2016 Interim Results Williams Grand Prix Holdings PLC (WGPH, Ticker: WGF1) today announced the Group’s interim results for the six months to 30 June 2016. WGPH is the holding company of the Williams group of companies, which includes Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited.
Group revenue grew to £80.0m for the period, compared to £63.1m in the same period in 2015. EBITDA improved from a loss of £1.4m in 2015 to a profit of £7.8m in 2016. The Group generated operating free cash flow of £13.0m for the six-month period (2015: £7.0m).
China's green car scandal snares 20 more manufacturers The scandal involving Chinese carmakers and illegal subsidies is expanding, as the government identified 20 additional manufacturers that are bending regulations on green car subsidies.
According to the country's finance ministry, these manufacturers -- including Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and Hyundai Motor Co. -- received around $150 million in illegal subsidies. Four of the offending companies will be fined, while the fifth, Suzhou Gemsea Coach Manufacturing Co., will have its production license revoked.
Petty Motorsports Continues Competition Restructure Richard Petty Motorsports today announced more competition changes in a continued effort to improve their on-track performance. Effectively immediately, Drew Blickensderfer will take over the Crew Chief responsibilities for the No. 43 Ford Fusion previously held by Trent Owens. Owens will be reassigned a position within the company.
Late last month, RPM leadership started an aggressive strategy to improve speed, performance and future growth of RPM. The goal is to improve on-track results from 2016 and to capitalize on the progress made in previous seasons.
Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe won over the judges and wowed TV viewers in his debut performance on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" on Sept 12.
The 29-year old Canadian, driver of the No. 5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda, and his professional dance partner Sharna Burgess performed a foxtrot to the song "Live Life" by Zayde Wolf - a fitting choice to highlight Hinchcliffe's attitude in his recovery and return to racing following a 2015 crash during practice for the Indianapolis 500.
The duo was the second of 13 competing couples, made up of celebrities paired with professional dancers, to take to the stage on the opening show of Season 23. Their efforts earned three ratings of "8" and another of "7" on a 10-point scale for a sum score of 31 to make them the surprise early favorite.
Alexander Rossi enjoys California homecoming Only a year ago, it seemed almost unimaginable to Alexander Rossi that he would be competing with Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Even more unfathomable was the possibility that this rookie would win the historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
But for a young man whose racing skills were honed on the tracks of Europe, an all-American dream soon became his reality.
Ganassi's two teams in the Chase "the biggest thing ever"
Chip Ganassi - "biggest thing ever"
Chip Ganassi has accomplished many great feats in his career as owner of a myriad of teams in NASCAR, IndyCars and other top-tier racing series. But until last Saturday night, Ganassi had never before been able to claim that he put his entire two-car Sprint Cup Series stable in position to claim his first championship in NASCAR.
Perhaps Ganassi himself was overstating it just a bit when he told a television reporter prior to Saturday's Federated Auto Parts 400 that getting both Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray qualified into the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup would be "the biggest thing ever" for him.
But perhaps not. After McMurray had finished seventh in Saturday's race to secure the 16th and final seed in the Chase field, the winner of Ganassi's only Daytona 500 back in 2010 explained why it means so much.
CORE autosport will make the switch to the GT Daytona class next year with a Porsche 911 GT3 R, while parking its Prototype Challenge program.
The five-time PC class champions has withdrawn its Oreca FLM09 from the two remaining IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship rounds to focus on its 2017 preparations wth its GTD class Porsche, which will feature the driver pairing of Colin Braun and team owner/driver Jon Bennett.
Formula E Team Dragon Racing Takes Step From Customer Team To Manufacturer
Jay Penske's Dragon Racing joins ranks of Formula E manufacturers
The new Formula E season will not only feature the return of Jaguar to open-wheel racing but also Dragon Racing's move from a customer team to a manufacturer writes HJ Mai of Sportsbusinessdaily.com.
Team Owner Jay Penske will lead his squad into season three as one of nine manufacturers in the electric racing series. Penske co-founded Dragon Racing in ‘07, and the team competed full-time in the North American IndyCar Series from '09-14 before joining Formula E. It is a major step for a team that finished second and fourth in the team standings over the last two seasons.
"Over the last eight years, since I founded Dragon Racing, I've owned and run a classic privateer race team, buying spec parts and running what we've been supplied or given," Penske said.
Several cars across the Prototype, GT Le Mans and GT Daytona classes of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship have been issued Balance of Performance adjustments for the upcoming Lone Star Le Mans weekend in Texas.
Three cars that compete in the flagship Prototype division have received BoP changes for the round at Circuit of The Americas.
THE AUTOPILOT SOFTWARE built into Tesla’s electric cars already offers a glimpse of the future, with what feels like autonomous driving on the freeway. Today the company announced a suite of upgrades to the system, to be pushed over-the-air to existing cars over the next couple of weeks writes Jack Stewart of Wired.
“This is quite a massive enhancement,” said Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, at a press conference. “I wish we could have done it earlier.”
Jones wasn't going to win the title if his teammate didn't move over and let him pass on the last lap. It was a 'team' victory.
Ed Jones and Carlin clinched the 2016 Indy Lights Drivers’ and Teams’ titles yesterday, in a dramatic season finale in the Indy Lights Series presented by Cooper Tires. Jones held the championship lead heading into the final race at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, but slipped back to fifth on the opening lap. Taking fourth on the final lap, the Carlin man clinched the 2016 title, with Carlin also claiming the Teams’ championship spoils by 29 points over Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
Jones started yesterday’s season finale from pole position with a seven-point lead over his only championship rival Santiago Urrutia. With tensions already high, the pressure increased as the first rolling start was aborted and the field were sent round to form again. Second time round Jones led the field into the first corner, but had the fast starting Zach Veach and Urrutia right behind him. With his championship at stake, Jones avoided contact and Veach and then Urrutia were able to get past. In the melee Kyle Kaiser also stole through, along with Jones’ teammate Serralles.
New MotoGP Entrant KTM Signs Five-Year Manufacturer Agreement New MotoGP entrant for '17, KTM, is the first manufacturer to sign the new manufacturer agreement for a period of five years. The new agreement, which represents the interests of all the constructors involved in motorcycle racing, has also been sent to all manufacturers on the grid.
Three New Mazda Road to Indy Champions Crowned The Mazda Road to Indy allows young drivers to compete each year for championships that award them with nearly $2 million in Mazda scholarships to further their career. Ed Jones, Aaron Telitz and Anthony Martin were crowned champions today at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, earning them a step up the ladder in open-wheel racing. It was an All-Mazda weekend featuring five different racing series, all powered by Mazda. There were more than 80 entries with drivers from 19 countries.
At least an American won the final Pro Mazda race. They didn't win much else in the Road to Indy
MONTEREY, Calif. – This year's Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires came to a dramatic conclusion today at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as Aaron Telitz, from Birchwood, Wis., won the 16th and final round for Team Pelfrey to secure the title and a Mazda 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.
Earlier this morning, Telitz and teammate Patricio “Pato” O'Ward clashed while disputing the lead, which allowed Argentinean rookie Nicolas Dapero through to claim an accomplished maiden victory for Juncos Racing ahead of teammate Will Owen and Nico Jamin (Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing).
With the American flag flying in the background, British driver Anthony Martin took home the title and the big money
MONTEREY, Calif. -- There were two distinct winners in this afternoon's Cooper Tires USF2000 Grand Prix of Monterey Powered by Mazda. Brazilian Victor Franzoni repeated his form from yesterday to dominate the final race of the season and ensure a clean sweep of the weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the ArmsUp Motorsports team, while Australian Anthony Martin finished second for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing to clinch the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.
Martin will receive a scholarship to graduate into the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, the next step on the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires open-wheel driver development program, in 2017.
Brazilian V8 Stock Cars: Felipe Fraga beats Barrichello
Interlagos had packed grandstands this Sunday morning in Sao Paulo to watch the Million Reais Race, Brazilian V8 Stock Cars seventh round. A beautiful and warm sunny day welcomed the crowd to see Felipe Fraga join the hall of millionaires after an incontestable victory standing next to Valdeno Brito (2008), Ricardo Mauricio (2010), Thiago Camilo (2011, 2012 and 2015), and Rubens Barrichello (2014).
With the right strategy regarding the push-to-pass button, Fraga went on to surprise pole sitter Rubens Barrichello on lap four taking the lead and holding it to the checkered flag.
Mortara scores his third win of the season at the Nurburgring
A good start and a perfect strategy were the keys to success for Edoardo Mortara's third race win of the current season. The Audi driver won the 14th DTM race of the season at the Nurburgring in a dominant way and thus moved up to second in the drivers' standings. Lucas Auer, who had started from pole position with his Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM, finished second from BMW driver Marco Wittmann. With his third place, the latter defended his lead in the drivers' standings. The race weekend at the Nurburgring attracted 72,500 spectators.
"That was a great Sunday race," Mortara summed up the day at the finish. "Our car is running in a great way, even though we weren't able to show that yesterday. Of course, I am very happy with today's result."
Helio Castroneves Wants Head Protection Even before his scary pit road crash during the Verizon IndyCar Series' race at Pocono Raceway in August, Helio Castroneves has had his eyes set on safety – especially head protection.
After Alexander Rossi flew and landed on top of his No. 3 Team Penske machine while exiting pit lane, it's safe to say Castroneves would be first in line for head protection being introduced to open wheel racecars as early as 2017.
"I believe, in the future, we're going to come up with some type of protection even for the driver's helmet," Castroneves said. "I'm glad we're spending time – and the right time – to fix it."
Truex, Jr. fails post-race inspection NASCAR announced that Martin Truex Jr.'s Tanger Factory Outlet Centers third-place car failed the Laser Inspection Station after Saturday night's race at Richmond International Raceway. Any penalty to Truex would not impact his points entering the Chase since it is considered to occur before the points are reset. NASCAR announced after Saturday's race that the cars of winner Denny Hamlin, Larson, Kasey Kahne and Greg Biffle will go back to the R&D Center for regular post-race inspection there. NBC Sports
Driver deaths in open wheel cars with no head protection List of deaths in open wheel race cars that had no head protection. List does not include midgets and sprint cars after the 1960s when roll cages were added. Table is in alphabetical order.
This list ties in with the following article on why IndyCar and F1 cars should have closed cockpits - IndyCars for sure - many more deaths.
The Halo idea is one of the ugliest looking things we have ever seen
Readers of AR1.com will know that for the past 5 years we have written numerous articles on why IndyCars, and for that matter F1 cars, should have closed cockpits. Recently the sanctioning bodies have toyed with Halo devices and aeroscreens - both ugly band-aids to a more serious problem. Want to destroy open wheel racing - make the cars ugly - which is exactly what both of these concept accomplish.
Since we feel the full canopy is the best solution we could not agree more with this recent editorial by David Malsher of Motorsport.com, which essentially shoots holes in all the arguments the naysayers can come up with.
Driver Dies From Injuries Sustained in Crash at Eldora Speedway
Dirt Late Model racer Shane Unger died Saturday night at Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater, Ohio, where he was transported following a multi-car crash at Eldora Speedway.
Unger, of Rossburg, Ohio, was 35 years old.
During a late restart in the second heat race at the World 100, Unger was involved in a multi-car crash in Turn 3 of the half-mile oval. Emergency crews quickly attended to Unger and placed him in an ambulance to transport him to the hospital.
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