IndyCar looking at new cars with canopies for 2018 (Update)UPDATE AR1.com has taken the lead in calling for IndyCar to investigate the use of canopies to protect the drivers head in the event of a serious accident or a flying object. Our Mark Cipolloni broached this subject in this 2011 article titled Houston, we have a Problem. We then presented some images of what the car might look like in this rumor. Now this racer.com article says that IndyCar, under the leadership of Derrick Walker, is going to investigate their use for the 2018 car. Bravo Derrick! Not only will they help protect the drivers, they will give the cars an awesome look that will help to attract new fans. Can the car be as futuristic as Adrian Newey's below? Probably not, but anything is an improvement over what they have now.
As predicted by AR1.com when it was introduced, IndyCar has been losing fans with the current hideous looking car. The above car is what the 2018 IndyCar should look like if they want to grab the interest of the youth of this country. Don't hold your breath.
The Verizon IndyCar Series is getting an early start on the planning required to replace its current chassis, the Dallara DW12, which made its competition debut in 2012, and the engine formula used to power the car.
The DW12 will reach six years of service by the end of the 2017 season, leading IndyCar President of Competition Derrick Walker to recently open talks with IndyCar team owners on the DW12's successor for 2018.
"When you back up from '18 to here, it says certainly within the next 12 months we have to be thinking and developing a plan that says, this is what we're going to do, this is where we're going with the sport, and build it into the 2018 car and engine," Walker revealed to RACER. "That's the timeframe for change.
"We introduced the concept to the owners to think about the future of their current cars and when should we look at change and how should we look at the change, how should we go about building the next, call it the DW18 chassis, per se. How shall we do it? What should it be? What new things should we consider?" More at racer.com
MSR with Curb/Agajanian looking to carry momentum into COTA
The #60 Ford EcoBoost Riley had its best finish of 2014 last month at Road America.
Pataskala, Ohio (15 September 2015) – Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian will be back in IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship competition at the iconic Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas this weekend. The Lone Star Le Mans event is the penultimate round of the 2014 championship and the Michael Shank Racing squad and its drivers John Pew and Ozz Negri have high hopes of another positive outing in the No. 60 Ford EcoBoost Riley.
The team is carrying momentum into the highly anticipated Austin event after taking the group’s best finish of the year with a run to second place in the previous round of Road America. Entering the inaugural TUDOR Championship this year with the new Ecoboost power plant, the 2014 season has been one that has seen the Michael Shank Racing team make great progress through the year.
Motorsports This Week on ESPN Chase for NASCAR Sprint Cup Moves to New Hampshire New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., will host Race No. 2 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR’s 10-race version of the playoffs, with the Sylvania 300 on Sunday, Sept. 21, and ESPN will have a live telecast. NASCAR Countdown presented by 5-Hour Energy airs at 1 p.m. ET with the race’s green flag at 2:15 p.m. All Chase races feature NASCAR NonStop, a split-screen commercial format, during the second half of the race telecast. The race airs live in Canada on TSN2 and will air in Spanish on ESPN Deportes on Sept. 22 at 4 a.m. Extended post-race will air on ESPN SportsCenter with analyst Ricky Craven in the studio and NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Carl Edwards providing additional analysis from the track. All NASCAR programming on ESPN is available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription from an affiliate provider.
Dan Andersen doesn't want to do things the same way IndyCar does.
In his latest article, Gordon Kirby speaks with Mazda Road to Indy head, Dan Andersen. While Andersen doesn't necessarily rip IndyCar, he does express some frustration with the sanction. Here's one bit:
"We're loyal to IndyCar, but I don't want to necessarily do things the same way as IndyCar," he remarked. "I don't want to criticize them but sometimes I wonder about the way they do things. Derrick Walker is definitely trying hard but one of the problems with IndyCar is it's like a big battleship. It keeps moving down a course that somebody charted thirty years ago. They're very opposed to change.
"Hopefully, Derrick stays the course. I know he gets frustrated at times but he's trying hard. He's looking at every single aspect to try to touch it up as best he can and hopefully he doesn't get too much resistance."
Pascal Wehrlein won at Eurospeedway this past weekend, his first win, and already Mercedes made him a reserve driver
The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team is delighted to announce the appointment of Pascal Wehrlein to the position of reserve driver.
After a successful early career in go-karts, Pascal (19, Sigmaringen, Germany) won the 2011 ADAC Formel Masters before graduating to Formula 3 in 2012. In his maiden season, he secured second place in the F3 Euroseries championship and claimed the title of best rookie.
For 2013, DTM with Mercedes-Benz beckoned and 18-year-old Pascal became the youngest driver in series history, continuing the long-standing Mercedes-Benz tradition of developing young driver talent.
Ferrari turns to turbos and hybrids Ferrari will continue to refine its lineup with new technologies to reduce its fleet carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent by 2021. At the same time, it plans to boost the vehicles' power.
To do this, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' high-performance brand will use turbochargers on V-8 engines and hybrid systems with V-12s, Vittorio Dini, Ferrari's powertrain director, told Automotive News.
Ferrari already has cut CO2 while boosting performance with turbocharging in the California T, unveiled in March at the Geneva auto show.
MotoGP announces software freeze The Grand Prix Commission has updated the regulations relating to the Development of Unified Software for the MotoGP class and the Minimum Weights of MotoGP machines in 2015.
The Grand Prix Commission, composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Ignacio Verneda (FIM Executive Director, Sport), Herve Poncharal (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA) in the presence of Javier Alonso (Dorna) and Mike Trimby (IRTA, Secretary of the meeting), in a meeting held on 13 September 2014 in Misano, made the following decisions:
Nissan to cut battery production amid electric sales slump According to sources within the Renault Nissan alliance, the Japanese automaker’s chief Carlos Ghosn is mulling a battery manufacturing reduction, signaling deepening problems for the company’s electric cars.
According to the people that have knowledge of the proceeds, the strategy has been met with resistance within the Japanese maker’s ranks, also showing a growing rapture of strategy between Nissan and alliance partner Renault.
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 6th
How was your race?
“It was a pretty good run with our FedEx Office team. We just got off there in the middle part of the race and fell back. We just strategically worked our way to the front. Got a little bit better as the race went on and really -- cautions really hurt us there at the end. We were in that kind of lead pack battle and it put us on the bottom line -- which really hurt us those last couple starts. Either way, it’s still what we needed to do. It’s a very solid run. We needed to keep this car in one piece. So, we’ll move on and go to Loudon (N.H.) where we know we got a chance to win.”
How does this help your efforts to continue throughout the Chase?
We can beat Jamie at Bathurst: Tander Garth Tander has declared the Holden Racing Team will have the measure of Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes at Bathurst after another Red Bull Racing Australia Wilson Security Sandown 500 shutout.
Whincup and Paul Dumbrell scored back-to-back Sandown wins in the Red Bull Commodore with HRT filling both places behind them. Only lapped traffic after a late safety car stopped James Courtney, second with Kiwi Greg Murphy, and Tander, with Warren Luff, from a genuine challenge.
Strategy and the early dominance of Dumbrell turned into victory, the first time since 1996 since Craig Lowndes (fourth today) and Murphy that a team had taken victory from ARMOR ALL Pole Position at Sandown.
When they are no longer good enough to win in Sprint Cup NASCAR sends Cup drivers like Kyle Busch to beat up on the poorly funded truck series drivers
It took 24 hours, due to a Friday night rain postponement, before the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series finally received the green flag to officially start the Lucas Oil 225 at the Chicagoland Speedway. That meant Kyle Busch had to wait 24 hours to collect his latest series victory.
Busch, in his #51 self owned Kyle Busch Motorsports... Toyota Tundra, led a race high 66 laps to claim his sixth series victory of the season, his 41st career series win and his fourth trip to victory lane at Chicagoland.
After taking the lead for good on lap 134, of the scheduled 150 laps, Busch sailed under the checkers with a margin of victory of 1.129 seconds over runner up Matt Crafton. Austin Dillon, Tyler Reddick and Jeb Burton completed the top five.
NHRA Carolina Nationals Postponed NHRA officials have postponed Sundays eliminations for the Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway due to rain and deteriorating track conditions. The event will be completed during next Saturday's qualifying sessions for the Texas Fall Nationals in Dallas.
The opening rounds of Top Fuel and Funny Car eliminations were completed and the first round of Pro Stock were underway when rain brought track activity to a halt.
Track workers were in the process of cleaning up the track following a frightening rollover crash by Pro Stock driver V.Gaines which caused damage to the track, however the skies opened up before repairs could be completed.
Team Penske to Partner with Dick Johnson Racing in 2015 V8 Supercars Championship
Marcos Ambrose shares a laugh with NASCAR's Mike Helton in Chicagoland knowing Penske going to the V8 series with Ambrose in likely a precursor of NASCAR buying the series
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Team Penske announced today that it will form a partnership with one of the most successful motorsport teams in Australia to compete in the popular V8 Supercars Championship, beginning in 2015.
Working with Dick Johnson Racing (DJR), the longest-established motor racing team in Australia, Team Penske plans to race next season in the ultra-competitive touring car series that features events contested at Australia’s top motorsport venues.
DJR Team Penske will compete with Ford Falcons in the 2015 V8 Supercars Championship with a true hero of Australian motorsports behind the wheel. Marcos Ambrose will return to the Series where he drew international acclaim to race the iconic No. 17 Ford for DJR Team Penske. Ambrose is a two-time V8 Supercars champion; winning back-to-back titles in 2003 and 2004. He transitioned to a winning career in NASCAR where he has earned seven wins and eight pole positions while competing in the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series over the past nine seasons.
Pigot, O'Ward and Jamin Top Chris Griffis Memorial Test
Palmetto, Fla. - Two days of testing for all three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy concluded today during the fourth annual Chris Griffis Memorial Test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. A total of 25 drivers participated in the outing which serves as an "audition" platform for both teams and drivers looking ahead to 2015 campaigns.
Verizon IndyCar Series driver Josef Newgarden was also on hand for demonstration laps aboard the new AER-powered Dallara IL-15 which will make its competition debut next season in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires. The 2011 Indy Lights champion unofficially shattered Matthew Brabham's track record of 1:18.4256 set in May of this year with a lap of 1:16.540.
It wasn't the first time and it won't be the last, Danica Patrick -- and boyfriend -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. crashed into each other in the closing laps of Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.
"I heard my spotter (Brandon Benesch) say that the 14 (Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Tony Stewart) was below me on track and I didn't know the 17 (Stenhouse) was there on the high side of the track," Patrick said later, in comments distributed by the team.
"My spotter took the blame on that one. I just didn't know Ricky was up there and I obviously don't want to hit his car or anyone else with 10 laps to go. I talked with Ricky afterward and we're fine. It's just a tough deal. We finished 19th even with the damage so it was a decent run. We just had a tight car all day."
The contact sent Patrick's car spinning. She radioed to her crew, "The 17 hit me" -- referring to Stenhouse by his car number instead of his name, as drivers often do. Replays of the incident did not show conclusively what happened.
Marco Wittmann new DTM champion, Pascal Wehrlein youngest ever DTM race winner
A wet start
The 'young guns' are firmly in control of the DTM: While 19-year-old Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes-Benz) celebrated his maiden race win at the Lausitzring, BMW driver Marco Wittmann crowned himself with an early title win in the most popular international touring car series. “This is sensational, simply unbelievable. It was a difficult race; I had to keep myself out of all the battles. In the end, that was the key to winning the title. I first have to deal with all the emotions,” a visibly moved Wittmann commented. For the 24-year-old, sixth place in the race with his BMW M4 DTM was enough for an early decision in the battle for the title after eight of ten season rounds. In total, 58,000 fans attended the race weekend in the Lausitz region.
At the start of the race, Wehrlein converted his first-ever DTM pole position into the race lead. The 19-year-old German went on to continuously extend his lead. The youngster had a heart-stopping moment on lap 16 when he slid off the track while in the lead. However, Wehrlein remained unfazed and drove victory home. "A great success for me and for the team. Today, our strategy was exactly spot-on. Thanks to the entire team that enabled me to score this win," the Mercedes-Benz driver enthused.
Harvick wins Chicagoland Nationwide race It's very easy to assume that Kevin Harvick loves having fun in the Nationwide Series while driving that #5 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports. Harvick scored his fourth series win of the season in that car, as well as his 44th career series win, by winning the Jimmy Johns Freaky Fast 300 at the Chicagoland Speedway. Making the win sweeter was the fact that Harvick's car was sponsored by the race sponsor, Jimmy John's Sandwich Shops, who has enjoyed a long term professional relationship with this driver.
Harvick led a total of 42 laps and took command of the race for good on lap 161 of the scheduled 200 laps. His margin of victory was a decisive 2.108 seconds over runner up Kyle Larson. Kyle Busch, who led a race high 141 laps, was third while Ryan Blaney and Trevor Bayne completed the top five.
Rossi wins at Misano as Marquez crashes The home crowd went wild at Misano on Sunday as Valentino Rossi took his first victory since Assen last year, with Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa also on the podium, whilst Marc Marquez finished 15th after a crash.
Nine time World Champion Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) took the lead in the early laps after getting in front of pole man Lorenzo and then asserting his authority in an early battle with Marquez. On the 10th lap Marquez went down at Rio corner when in second place and whilst he restarted his RC213V he could not achieve more than a solitary point.
Rossi kept the hammer down at the front to eventually win by 1.578s and reach the milestone of 5000 Grand Prix points in style. It is the 107th victory of Rossi’s remarkable career.
Alex Zanardi is an inspiration, even if he doesn't know it or admit it. He turned a disaster into awe, his private pain into public revelation. A racecar driver — and a legendary one at that — he turned a life-altering injury into exalting triumph.
If life is meant to be lived, then Zanardi is our benchmark. A crash in 2001 took the two-time CART champion's legs but gave him a gift he can't quite define, nor can anyone else. He lived through it with a zeal most able-bodied people can't muster, returning to racing and winning Paralympic gold.
"It would be completely wrong and arrogant of me to say that this is what I am, an inspiration to others," Zanardi told USA TODAY Sports. "During the course of my recovery, I bumped into people with amazing stories, far more amazing than mine."
Ex-IndyCar driver battling Huntington's CALABASAS, Calif. – Six years after moving to this north Los Angeles suburb, former IndyCar driver John Paul Jr. remains in the race of his life.
The 54-year-old Muncie, Ind., native with seven Indianapolis 500 starts is battling Huntington's disease, a cruel, inherited genetic disorder similar to Parkinson's in that it decimates muscle coordination. Today, Paul struggles to walk and talk, but three hours spent with him recently showed his mind to be sharp, his fight true.
Paul exercises three days a week with an at-home trainer and regularly folds his 6-3 frame into what he jokingly calls a mini-van — a BMW X6 — for the short ride to UCLA for testing and therapy.
Champions Crowned After Miller Pirelli World Challenge Season Finale
Cadillac drivers Johnny O'Connell and Lawson Aschenbach clinched championships
Johnny O'Connell (GT) and Lawson Aschenbach (GTS) have captured class championships for the Pirelli World Challenge 2014 season, following the conclusion of Saturday's final round of the season at Miller Motorsports Park. Additionally, Michael Mills has become the first driver to take home the Sportsman's Cup as top driver in the first year of GT-A.
Robert Thorne (GT) and Jack Baldwin (GTS) won in Round 16, the Pirelli World Challenge Nissan Championship Finale brought to you by Motul. Tim Pappas was the top classified GT-A driver.
O'Connell, of Flowery Branch, Ga., in the No. 3 Cadillac Racing Cadillac CTS-V.R clinched his third straight GT Driver's Championship. Meanwhile Cadillac emerged as Manufacturer's Champion, breaking a pre-race tie of 85 points apiece. Andy Pilgrim finished third and no Audis made the top six to score points.
Preliminary 2015 Pirelli World Challenge Schedule March 6-8 — Circuit of The Americas March 27-29 — St. Petersburg April 17-19 — Long Beach (GT/GT Cup Only) April 24-26 — Barber Motorsports Park May — Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (TBC) June/July — Event(s) TBD July 31-Aug. 2 — Mid-Ohio Aug. 21-23 — Sonoma Raceway Sept. 11-13 — Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Mercedes chief Toto Wolff says teams will need further clarification on what they now can and can’t tell their drivers on the radio following the FIA’s "controversial" decision to clamp down on pits-to-car messages.
It emerged on Thursday that FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting had sent a Technical Directive to all teams detailing that from next week’s Singapore GP "no radio conversation from pit to driver may include any information that is related to the performance of the car or driver."
With the directive thought to include an effective ban on such things as drivers being told about the state of their tires and speed through the various sectors of a lap, both teams and their drivers are going to have to quickly adapt to a new way of working during on-track sessions over a race weekend to ensure they fall into line with the clampdown.
In DTM qualifying at the Lausitzring, Pascal Wehrlein claimed his maiden pole position.
With a fastest time of 1:17.547 minutes, the Mercedes-Benz driver ended up 0.057 seconds ahead of Audi driver Mattias Ekstrom, who was second. Behind the spearhead of the brand from Ingolstadt, Jamie Green and Timo Scheider completed the trio of Audi drivers in second to fourth place.
Points' leader Marco Wittmann was the best-placed BMW driver in seventh position.
KYLE BUSCH, No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 3rd
What happened at the end of the race?
“Our pit call -- but it is what it is. Sucks to not be in victory lane where we should be. You know what, this Monster Energy Camry was fast today and deserved to win -- but can’t get through traffic.”
How was your race car?
“I had a really fast car and I know that we needed to come down to get tires, but obviously four (tires) was the wrong call and put us back behind. And fought my butt off there for the last run of the race and could only get to third because anytime the second-place car got in front of me, all I did was knock the wall down -- aero issues.”
Tooele, UT. (Sept 13). The 25th Anniversary Season of Pirelli World Challenge concluded today at Miller Motorsports Park. K-PAX Racing driver Robert Thorne closed out the final round of the season with his first Pirelli World Challenge win, also the first American win for the McLaren 12C GT3.
The Colorado based team took delivery of the new McLaren just before the race season started on the streets of St. Petersburg. As the season progressed, the team made steady progress while dealing with teething issues that are expected with a new machine. Thorne earned his first podium of the 2014 season at Road America after starting 14th and charging to the front. His second appearance on the podium this season came several rounds later at Sonoma Raceway when he started third and raced clean and consistently to keep the position from the opposition until the checkered flag.
In Race One at Miller Motorsports Park, the twenty-four year old started 4th, and with a perfectly executed standing, start he launched to first in the opening lap. Thorne continued to lead the majority of Race One until minor contact from a lapped car spun the #6 McLaren 12C GT3. He recovered to cross the finish line in 6th, while also earning the second fast lap of the race, which moved him to a second place starting position for Race Two.
Champions crowned at Pirelli World Challenge finale
Johnny O'Connell and Cadillac were amongst the champions crowned today in the Pirelli World Challenge.
TOOELE, Utah – Johnny O’Connell (GT) and Lawson Aschenbach (GTS) have captured class championships for the Pirelli World Challenge 2014 season, following the conclusion of Saturday’s final round of the season at Miller Motorsports Park. Additionally, Michael Mills has become the first driver to take home the Sportsman’s Cup as top driver in the first year of GT-A.
Robert Thorne (GT) and Jack Baldwin (GTS) won in Round 16, the Pirelli World Challenge Nissan Championship Finale brought to you by Motul. Tim Pappas was the top classified GT-A driver.
O’Connell, of Flowery Branch, Ga., in the No. 3 Cadillac Racing Cadillac CTS-V.R clinched his third straight GT Driver’s Championship. Meanwhile Cadillac emerged as Manufacturer’s Champion, breaking a pre-race tie of 85 points apiece. Andy Pilgrim finished third and no Audis made the top six to score points.
Marcos Ambrose not returning to Richard Petty's team in 2015.
JOLIET, Ill. –- Richard Petty Motorsports officials have announced that driver Marcos Ambrose will not return as driver of the team's No. 9 Ford in 2015.
Ambrose, a native of Launceston, Tasmania and a two-time winner in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series, had said earlier this season that he had not decided if he would remain in the U.S. to continue his racing career.
"I never thought I would achieve what I have at the Sprint Cup level,” Ambrose said following Saturday's first practice at Chicagoland Speedway. "I have survived here for years … I have had some wins, but not enough and I feel like I was up against it early on from my background. I came from a country that doesn't have any asphalt oval racing at all so I feel like I have achieved a lot and am really satisfied."
A former Australian V8 Supercar champion, Ambrose began his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career in 2008, making starts for Wood Brothers Racing, JTG Daugherty Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing.
He spent the 2009-10 seasons with JTG Daugherty before making the move to Richard Petty Motorsports in 2011.
Kevin Harvick earns his fourth Nationwide win of 2014.
Kevin Harvick earned his fourth win of 2014 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, leading 43 laps on his way to victory in the Jimmy John's Freaky Fast 300 Powered by Coca-Cola at Chicagoland Speedway.
The win was his third series triumph at the Joliet, Illinois facility, tying him with Kyle Busch for most Nationwide victories at the track. Harvick took the lead for good at Lap 161 shortly after taking two tires while Busch, who led 141 of the 200 laps, took four.
Kyle Larson, Busch, Ryan Blaney and Trevor Bayne rounded out the top five.
Nationwide points leader and Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Chase Elliott finished 10th, losing points to JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith, who finished seventh. Elliott now leads Smith by 18 markers.
The race was the first of a doubleheader of NASCAR national series racing as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 225 was delayed by rain from Friday to Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2.
Perfect Pole for Lorenzo in Misano The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team sprinkled a little Misano magic on qualifying this afternoon as Jorge Lorenzo set a scorching pace to score the first Factory Yamaha pole position start of the season.
Lorenzo wasn't the only Yamaha rider on fire either as teammate Valentino Rossi put in a stunning ride to secure third on the front row to the delight of his home crowd, just 0.064 seconds behind Lorenzo.
Putting yesterday’s rain and troubles behind him, Lorenzo was quick on to the circuit for the start of the 15 minute qualifying heat and straight to work. His first flying lap delivered a 1'33.604. He kept pushing for the second lap and shaved a little off to go second with a 1’33.502 before returning to the pits for fresh rubber.
Andretti Formula E-Team, Bejing ePrix, Race Report
Formula E made its long awaited debut earlier today in Bejing.
Andretti Formula-E Team is leading the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship after a second-place podium for No. 27 driver Franck Montagny and a superb fourth from fellow countryman Charles Pic in the No. 28 Spark - Renault SRT_01 E challenger in Beijing, People's Republic of China.
The one-day event, comprising two practice outings, four qualifying sessions and a 50-minute race around the bespoke city street circuit (3.453m), made for an exhilarating maiden spectacle in the new electric series.
Michael Andretti, Team Owner, Andretti Formula-E Team
"Congratulations to Alejandro (Agag) on an event that was an overwhelming success. I'm very proud to be able to be a part of this exciting new series and to help shape the future of motorsport. Franck (Montagny) and Charles (Pic) did a great job and I'm happy to come away from the event leading the team championship."
Hamlin crew chief says he didn't cheat Darian Grubb is back atop Denny Hamlin's pit box this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway for the first time since being suspended six weeks for a rules infraction found on Hamlin's car following the Brickyard 400 on July 27.
Grubb, who was joined on the sidelines for six weeks by No. 11 car chief Wesley Sherrill, also was fined $125,000 and placed on probation through the end of the year.
Speaking on Friday at Chicagoland for the first time since his return to the track, Grubb told a scrum of reporters that NASCAR's issue with the rear firewall block-off plates on Hamlin's third-place finishing Brickyard car was not the result of an attempt to circumvent the rules.
IMSA Secures TV Deal for Porsche GT3 Cup DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The International Motor Sports Ass'n (IMSA) and Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. have formed a partnership that will offer syndicated network television coverage for IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama events in 2014 and 2015, with potential carriage in 2016.
Sinclair's coverage – offered through its American Sports Network (ASN) – begins this Saturday, Sept. 13 with the 2014 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama season opener from Sebring. The telecasts will run for seven consecutive weeks, culminating with the season finale at Road Atlanta on Saturday, Oct. 25. Initial clearance will include 36 Sinclair markets.
Continental Tire, IMSA Extend Partnership Continental Tire and the International Motor Sports Ass’n (IMSA) today announced an extension of their multi-year partnership in which Continental Tire will continue as Official Tire of IMSA through 2018.
As part of the agreement, Continental Tire will continue as the Official Tire of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and exclusive tire supplier and sponsor to the Prototype (P), Prototype Challenge (PC) and Grand Touring Daytona (GTD) classes. Continental Tire also will continue as entitlement sponsor and exclusive tire supplier to the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.
"We are extremely proud to continue our partnership with IMSA," said Travis Roffler, director of marketing for Continental Tire. "We are committed to the growth and success of sports car racing in America and we are happy to continue our dedication to giving drivers, teams and manufacturers a tire with the best technologies that they can depend on every lap. It’s an honor to work with the best drivers, teams and fans in racing. We look forward to many more miles of side-by-side racing over the next several years."
Ford recalls 74,000 older Escape, Mercury Mariner hybrids Ford Motor Co. is recalling about 74,000 older-model Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner crossover vehicles because the electronic hybrid system may overheat, according to a filing with U.S. regulators on Friday.
Escapes from model years 2005-08 and Mariners from 2006-08 are affected by the recall. Ford said it was not aware of any crashes or injuries related to the issue.
Ford told regulators from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that a coolant pump may malfunction, which can cause the hybrid electronics systems to overheat and possibly lead to more serious problems.
Prost: Electric cars will test new F1 technology FORMULA E will be a laboratory for new technology, according to motorsport great Alain Prost, while Bruno Senna said drivers will face a "lottery" when electric car racing kicks off in Beijing today.
The nephew of Ayrton Senna was speaking yesterday as he prepared to line up against the son of four-time Formula One champion Prost, rekindling one of the greatest rivalries in motorsport.
The pair will be competing in the first-ever Formula E race, near the Bird's Nest stadium.
Rain forced the cancellation of NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying at Chicagoland Speedway, and the field will be set by the results of today's first practice for the MyAFibStory.Com 400 on Sunday.
The washout means that Kyle Busch will start first in Sunday's MyAFibStory.com 400 (2 p.m. ET, ESPN), the opening battle of the 10-race Chase playoffs, according to the NASCAR rule book. Busch's Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota was the fastest in Friday's opening Sprint Cup practice with a lap of 191.442 mph.
Ryan Newman will start alongside Busch on the front row for Sunday's 400-miler after posting the second-best lap in the first practice at 191.042. Carl Edwards, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and defending race winner Matt Kenseth complete the top five starters.
Todd, Hagan, Enders-Stevens, Arana, Jr. Fastest at zMax J.R. Todd, Matt Hagan, Erica Enders-Stevens, and Hector Arana, Jr. topped the speed charts in Friday's opening qualifying rounds for Sunday's seventh-annual Pep Boys Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway in Concord, N.C.in the opening race for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown for the Championship.
Todd took the no.1 spot in Top Fuel, posting a 3.828, 310.34; Hagan was quickest in Funny Car with a low ET 4.114, 304.25; Enders-Stevens wired both sessions in Pro Stock, running 6.591, 210.11; and Arana, Jr. led Pro Stock Motorcycle at 6.876, 195.48.
COTA Sherriff Andretti leads the Texan Invasion at Monza!
Sheriff Mario Andretti in white shirt
Former F1 World Champion, Mario Andretti, returned to Monza for the first time since 1983 to recruit support for the 2014 United States Grand Prix.
The Wild West and Italy have long had a strong connection, going back to the classic 'Spaghetti Westerns' helmed by the great Italian director Sergio Leone and starring his American muse Clint Eastwood who captured the public's imagination and fuelled its fascination with the American West in films such as "For a Fistful of Dollars", "For a Few Dollars More" and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly".
With this in mind, what better time and place for the Circuit of the Americas' (COTA) chief ambassador, Mario Andretti - who himself was born in Italy before emigrating to the United States at age 15 - to bring a flavor of the American Wild West to the Italian Grand Prix.
Rain Sets the Pace as Misano MotoGP Begins There was little fun to be had today by the MotoGP riders in the first two practice sessions for Sunday’s 'Grand Prix di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini' at the Misano World Circuit.
Persistent rain throughout the day meant riders had their wet riding skills tested to the max on the treacherously slippery track.
Indiana Sports Corporation President Melangton joins Hulman Motorsports Allison Melangton will join Hulman Motorsports as senior vice president of events, Hulman & Co. Chief Executive Officer Mark Miles announced today.
Melangton, currently president of the Indiana Sports Corporation (ISC), will be responsible for overall production of major events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including those during the Month of May, the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400, and Verizon IndyCar Series special events, such as the pre-season kickoff and post-season celebration parties.
"The Indiana Sports Corporation has been pivotal to the growth of Indianapolis, as well as the entire state, for decades and Allison's contributions to that effort have been enormous," said Miles. "Staging major events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is much more complex than may be apparent. Allison is the best event organizer in the country. We will be very fortunate to have her working with our leadership team to ensure that we meet our aggressive goals for further enhancing the prestige and growth of our events."
Robert Doornbos badly injured in a scooter accident in Amsterdam
Former Champ Car driver Robert Doornbos has been badly injured in a scooter accident. Doornbos and his passenger wife, Chantal Bles, had the fright of their lives in a scooter accident in Amsterdam. Robert took the brunt of the accident. He was badly injured when they drove over a raised paving stone and their two-wheeler was launched.
"He has very swollen eyes, his jaw was broken in different places, nine molars and teeth are loose, split or out. Nerves lie open and the auditory tubes in both ears have a cracked pipe."
Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart will find out no later than next week whether authorities will pursue charges in the death of a driver he struck during a sprint car race in upstate New York last month.
Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said Thursday that his office has completed its investigation and submitted it to the district attorney's office for review. He did not release the findings.
"The District Attorney's Office, which has been meeting throughout the investigative process with members of the Sheriff's Office, will make a statement late next week advising what action will be taken regarding the investigation," the statement said.
Stewart's car struck and killed 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. at Canandaigua Motorsports Park during a nighttime race Aug. 9. Ward had climbed out of his car and walked onto the dirt track to confront Stewart after he spun out while the two raced side by side.
Porsche recalls a number of 918s for rear-axle problem Porsche has recalled a number of its 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid supercars, the company's most expensive model, to fix a potential defect with rear-axle components.
The issue was detected as part of regular quality checks and affected 46 cars, the company said in an emailed statement to Bloomberg.
"All customers were contacted individually by their responsible sales organization," Porsche said. The recall was completed in July and no accidents or injuries were reported related to the problem.
FIA makes a number of key announcements FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP The following amendments have been made to the Sporting Regulations, applicable from January 2015:
- In order to give more of an advantage to crews contesting all the stages, a seven-minute penalty, instead of five minutes, will be applied for a missed stage. The 10-minute penalty for missing the last stage of a day remains applicable.
- A WRC Team will be permitted a one-day test for each competition it nominates.
- Current Group N4 cars will be renamed as R4, in order to integrate them into the rally pyramid. This applies to all cars in the category worldwide.
After IndyCar failed, Andretti team finally gets to race in China
The inaugural Beijing Formula E Grand Prix has been set around the grounds of China's iconic Olympic Stadium, more commonly known as the Bird's Nest and venue for the 2008 Olympic Games. At 3.44km in length and features 20 turns running anti-clockwise. The circuit boasts an impressive cityscape backdrop taking in both the Beijing National Aquatics Centre and the Olympic Stadium itself.
Andretti Formula-E Team is heading to Beijing in the People's Republic of China this week for the first round of the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship. Joining Frank Montagny in the team's on track duties shall be fellow Frenchman Charles Pic, with Andretti Autosport racer Matthew Brabham in position of reserve driver.
Taking place on Saturday, 13 September 2014, the maiden Formula E Grand Prix has been set around the grounds of China's iconic Olympic Stadium, more commonly known as the Bird's Nest and venue for the 2008 Olympic Games. At 3.44km in length and featuring 20 turns, the anti-clockwise temporary circuit has been custom made by designer Rodrigo Nunes, working in close cooperation with the FIA, Formula E Malaysia (FEM), the Republic of China Motor Sport Federation (FASC), the Olympic Park Committee, the Beijing Mayor, the Chinese Government and event organizer Team China Racing.
The circuit boasts an impressive cityscape backdrop taking in both the Beijing National Aquatics Centre and the Olympic Stadium itself. It will see the 20 Formula E drivers tackle a mix of tight left-hand turns - offering late braking and overtaking opportunities - together with twisty chicanes and two main straights. In addition, the track features a unique 'U-shaped' pitlane with spectator areas located inside giving fans and an incredible close-up view of the action.
The new, global Championship shall be contested over 10 rounds beginning in September 2014 and finishing in June 2015. It shall also visit the cosmopolitan cities of Putrajaya (Malaysia), Punta del Este (Uruguay), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Miami and Long Beach in the USA, Monte Carlo (Principality of Monaco), Berlin (Germany) and London (England).
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