IndyCar must find Gutierrez a ride if they are to race in Mexico
An IndyCar race in Mexico will fail without a Mexican driver in a competitive ride
After getting a taste of the Verizon IndyCar Series, one thing has become clear: Esteban Gutierrez doesn’t want to be anywhere else.
The 26-year-old Mexican subbed for an injured Sebastien Bourdais for seven races this year in the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda.
Despite never driving an Indy car prior to the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader in June, Gutierrez performed admirably. He finished better than he qualified in five of the seven races, including a 13th-place finish at Iowa Speedway in his first oval race.
NASCAR is running a new tech bay through a dry run this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. Featuring 17 cameras, it can measure the body as well as other measurements, combining NASCAR's template station and its laser inspection station. NASCAR hopes to use the new tech bay next year, where it can turn about a six-minute process for those two inspection stations into about a 90-second process. ESPN
NASCAR will streamline its at-track inspection process next season, with a rollout of the new system coming this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.
Pirelli World Challenge Announces 2018 Racing Schedule
St. Pete to again kick off the season
WC Vision, producers of the Pirelli World Challenge, today announced its racing schedule for the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge Championships featuring North America’s top GT Production-based road racing campaign.
In 2017, the PWC series, with over 25 auto manufacturers and 44 separate models through its seven racing divisions; GT/SprintX, GTA, GT Cup, GTS, Touring Car, TCA and TCB, enjoyed sensational racing action in its 28th year as one of the world’s most competitive and entertaining GT racing series.
Michael Cooper Scores PWC GT Sweep with Sunday Win
SONOMA, Calif. – Michael Cooper of Syosset, N.Y., completed an impressive sweep of the GT Sprint 50-minute races this weekend at Sonoma Raceway with another wire-to-wire victory Sunday in the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Sonoma. In addition, Patrick Long of Manhattan Beach, Calif., the newly-crowned GT Overall champion, clinched the GT Sprint point title with a second-place finish.
UPDATE The final practice session has completed. No major incidents before the last race of the season. Max Chilton did cause a red flag during the session. AR1 is not sure what the teams were working on during this final practice session but looking at the final practice times, speed was not the main focus of this session. It will be interesting to see the type of tires the teams will use for the race today. Firestone made the primary, black tire for this race more durable than the 2016 Sonoma compound. The 2017 alternate (red) tire is similar to the 2016 primary compound.
The FIA took no further action following the collision between Max Verstappen, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel on the first lap of the Singapore Grand Prix.
The three drivers were taken out of the race on the opening lap after coming together on the run down to Turn 1. Following the race, the stewards reviewed video footage of the incident and talked to all three drivers, but came to the conclusion that no driver was predominantly to blame.
NASCAR Chicago Xfinity Post-race Q&A Race winner Justin Allgaier (No. 7 BRANDT/Celebrating the Future of AG Chevrolet), second- place finisher Kyle Larson (No. 42 ENEOS Chevrolet), Elliott Sadler (No. 1 OneMain Financial Chevrolet), race winning crew chief Jason Burdett and co-owner, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 7 BRANDT/Celebrating the Future of AG Chevrolet) and Daniel Hemric (No. 21 Blue Gate Bank Chevrolet) Comment
Allgaier prevails in XFINITY regular-season finale
Justin Allgaier and his daughter Harper Grace
Justin Allgaier had the drive of his life. Brendan Gaughan was hanging on for dear life.
But both drivers were winners at Chicagoland Speedway.
Grabbing the lead with a bold move to the inside after a restart on Lap 186 of 200, Allgaier, an Illinois native, captured the big prize at his home track -- a victory in Saturday’s TheHouse.com 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series regular-season finale.
Daniel and Max Take The Durian Fruit Challenge It's known as the 'King of Fruits', is reckoned to be something of a delicacy, and it's banned from most hotels across Asia.Brilliant – we're in Singapore, Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo are here, so let's make 'em eat one then. Better still give them one each! Comment
ROY of Ed Jones is flanked by IndyCar's Jay Frye and team owner Dale Coyne
Dale Coyne Racing driver Ed Jones was presented the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award for the 2017 season in a news conference today at Sonoma Raceway. The only full-time rookie in the Verizon IndyCar Series this season, the 22-year-old from Dubai has impressed with five top-10 finishes to date - including a memorable third-place finish in the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in May.
"I feel like as a driver, I got stronger (as the season progressed)," said Jones, driver of the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda. "Early in the season, I had some really great results. I was driving well, but also a lot of things fell my way. I was pretty lucky in that sense.
Porsche at COTA - Fight, shine, win A Porsche Motorsport Video on the Porsche 919 Hybrid and 911 RSR showing a strong performance in the FIA WEC round 6 at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Comment
Grunt Style Signs with Richard Petty Motorsports in Multi-Year Deal
Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) announced today a multi-year associate partnership with Grunt Style. The Patriotic apparel line will debut on the No. 43 Ford this weekend in Chicago and will return to the car for Veteran's Day weekend in Phoenix. A company that provides apparel for customers who have pride in self, military and country makes Grunt Style a perfect fit with the Petty brand.
Grunt Style has taken the American fighting spirit and instilled it in everything they create. With nearly 350 US Veterans and Patriots, their mission is to deliver the highest quality, most Patriotic apparel. This is not Grunt Style's only NASCAR partnership. They also partner with Spencer Boyd in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
Chevrolet Captures 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer Championship
The Penske shock package scored all the Chevy points despite Honda having far more cars
For the sixth consecutive season, Chevrolet has won the Verizon IndyCar Series (VISC) Manufacturer Championship. The Bowtie Brand has captured the title every season since returning to IndyCar competition in 2012.
The Chevrolet 2.2 liter twin turbocharged direct injected V6 IndyCar engine program combined with the Chevrolet Aero Kit to produce 10 poles and 9 wins in 16 of 17 events heading into Sunday’s season finale at Sonoma Raceway.
Saturday Morning Update From Sonoma (2nd Update) UPDATE Busy afternoon here in Sonoma. Ed Jones was presented with the Rookie of the Year award. Jones, driving the number 19 entry for Dale Coyne Racing, was most deserving of the award. Chevrolet was awarded the Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer Championship.
Team Penske's Simon Pagenaud placed the No. 1 DXC Technology Team Penske Chevrolet atop the time sheets in Saturday practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. The defending Verizon IndyCar Series Champion and Sonoma winner was 0.1125s ahead of Scott Dixon. Dixon, a three-time Sonoma winner, sits a mere three points behind championship leader Josef Newgarden entering tomorrow's season finale.
Will Power, Newgarden, and Helio Castroneves rounded out the top-five.
Porsche's all-electric Mission E to start at around $86,000
Porsche Mission E - a bargain at $86K
Porsche’s Mission E is probably one of the most anticipated all-electric vehicles coming by the end of the decade. Its design already won awards and it expected to launch the 350 kW ultra fast-charging technology developed by the company.
One missing piece of the puzzle was the price and the automaker has now confirmed that it will start at around $86,000 – making it competitive with some versions of Tesla’s Model S.
Benjamin Pedersen Dominates F4 U.S. Championship Cota Event
Global Racing Group pilot Benjamin Pedersen of Copenhagen, Denmark, dominated Circuit of the Americas Friday, winning both races and capturing pole position in qualifying and in Round 16. This was the highest finish for Pedersen in his two years of competing in the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda.
Braden Eves of Gahanna, Ohio, and Kyle Kirkwood of Jupiter, Florida, flip-flopped finishes in the first two rounds. Eves took third in Race 1 and second in Race 2. While Kyle Kirkwood of Jupiter, Florida, claimed second in Race 1 and third in Race 2, which was just enough to clinch the season championship.
NASCAR Chicago Truck Post-Race Q&A Race winner Johnny Sauter (No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet), Second- place finisher Chase Briscoe (No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford), Team Family Ownership Spencer Gallagher, crew chief Joe Shear Jr. and regular Season Champion Christopher Bell (No. 4 Sirius XM Toyota) Comment
WEC to run alongside IMSA at Sebring 12 Hour weekend (Update)
Toyota LMP1 car to blister Sebring next March
UPDATE In addition to the WEC’s calendar changes for 2018/19 announced today at CoTA, FIA WEC CEO Gerard Neveu also gave an update on the FIA WEC’s Sebring race in 2019 as part of the IMSA-WEC double-header. Neveu stressed that it will go ahead as planned, despite some concerns being expressed over the logistical challenges involved in running back-to-back endurance races on the Floridian circuit.
The plan announced during the 6 Hours of Mexico weekend was to host a 12-hour WEC race at the Sebring circuit, starting two hours after IMSA’s Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring. The idea to host two 12 Hours of Sebrings on the same weekend, raised questions from numerous members of the WEC paddock regarding the condition of the track, the race start time (midnight) and the ability to wrap up the IMSA race quickly enough to get the WEC race underway on schedule.
2018-2019 FIA WEC Updated Provisional Calendar 1. 4-5 May – WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) 2. 16-17 June – 24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA) 3. 18-19 August – 6 Hours of Silverstone (GBR) 4. 20-21 October – 6 Hours of Fuji (JPN) 5. 17-18 November – 6 Hours of Shanghai (CHN) 6. 15-16 March 2019 – 12 Hours of Sebring (USA) 7. 3-4 May 2019 – WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) 8. 15-16 June 2019 – 24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA)
Verstappen nips Vettel to lead 3rd Singapore GP practice
Max Verstappen can be very quick when he does not hit anything and that was the case on the streets of Singapore Saturday as he set fastest time in third practice with a lap of 1m41.829s in his Red Bull. The bad news is that he is so hard on his car he usually breaks it and that was the case once again. Right after he completed his fast lap he radioed to the crew "The car is shifting all by itself".
Sebastian Vettel was 0.072s behind the Red Bull as the Ferrari ace appeared to get his car handling to his liking after a disastrous Friday.
O'Connell, Dalziel Lead Pirelli World Challenge GT Practice Friday
Johnny O’Connell and Ryan Dalziel led the GT practice action Friday at Sonoma Raceway as the final two rounds of the GT championship come to a close in the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Sonoma.
O’Connell, the four-time PWC GT champion from Flowery Branch, Ga., paced the 21-car field Friday in his popular red No. 3 Cadillac Racing Cadillac ATS-V.R. with a best lap of one minute, 33.320 seconds (92.00 miles per hour) as the sports car legend seeks his first 2017 PWC win in Rounds 18 (Saturday at 2:15 p.m. PDT) and 19 (Sunday at 10:15 a.m. PDT). O’Connell recorded his best clocking in the 30-minute morning session at the 2.35-mile, 12-turn road circuit.
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