During the late 1970s and 1980s, Seattle businessman Bruce Leven pursued his dreams and competed at the top level of North American sports-car racing.
He was born in Chicago on June 12, 1938, and two years later moved with his family to Seattle.
In 1964 the ambitious entrepreneur bought Bayside Disposal as a one-truck, one-employee waste-and-scrap hauling business in Seattle, built it into a very successful concern and then sold the company in 1987 as a vertically integrated 400-truck, 500-employee, multi-state operation. Subsequently, he purchased several other disposal and landfill businesses and operated them until he died on Sept. 15.
His affinity to the Porsche marque began in the '70s when he owned and raced different Porsche models in local SCCA competition, earning the 1977 B-Improved Production-class regional championship. He subsequently raced in the Trans-Am Series and was the 1979 Rookie of the Year, then moved into IMSA Camel GT competition with an ex-Brumos Porsche 935.
Boston Grand Prix CEO files 2nd lawsuit against Boston (2nd Update)
John Casey blames democrat Austin Blackmon and democrat Mayor Marty Walsh
UPDATE A man who led a failed effort to bring IndyCar racing to Boston is suing the city.
WGBH-FM reported on Thursday former Boston Grand Prix CEO John Casey has filed a lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court seeking $15.5 million in damages.
Casey sued city Environment, Energy and Open Space chief Austin Blackmon this year. That lawsuit was dismissed in July because state law doesn't allow public employees to be sued individually for negligence.
IndyCar Series Sees Sharp TV Viewership Drop During '17 Season (2nd Update) UPDATE Dear AutoRacing1.com, NBCSN put out a press release saying TAD (Total Audience Delivery) was up 3% with an average of 507,000 viewers per race. This does not agree with your numbers below of 497,000 per race. What gives? Mordichai Rosen, Los Angeles
Dear Mordichai, the TAD number is TV viewers plus streaming viewers on the NBCSN app on smartphones. Advertisers do not count viewers on smartphones because the images are so small their logos are not visible to the viewers so they get zero value from streaming app viewers. It was a nice spin job though. Sponsors are still leaving the paddock. Mark C.
LOUDON, N.H. – With the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs ramping up and the Camping World Truck Series Playoffs set to begin, the pressure to win is sure to be intensified this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. To help amplify that excitement even more, speedway officials have announced that they will apply the same PJ1 compound that produced thrilling side-by-side racing in July.
Formula E champion Sebastien Buemi - the only Swiss driver on the grid - will race in front of his home fans next season in Zurich.
The FIA Formula E Championship will once again make history in the upcoming season - bringing circuit racing back to Switzerland for the first time in over 60 years, with the inaugural Zurich E-Prix set to take place on June 10.
The updated calendar was published following the FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris today, with Zurich adding to the exciting list of new destinations on the 2017/18 schedule - joining Santiago, Sao Paulo and Rome who are also hosting Formula E for the very first time.
Charles Leclerc to set for FP1 sessions with Sauber
The Sauber F1 Team is pleased to confirm that Charles Leclerc will be in the cockpit of the Sauber C36-Ferrari during four free practice sessions ahead of the upcoming 2017 Formula One Grand Prix. Leclerc, the current leader in this year’s F2 series, will be participating in FP1 sessions during the race weekends in Malaysia, US, Mexico and Brazil.
At the Malaysian Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc will be driving the Sauber C36-Ferrari for the first time in FP1 on Friday at the Sepang International Circuit. Regular driver Marcus Ericsson will take over the car from FP2 onwards.
CORE Moves to IMSA Prototype Class with ORECA in 2018
Five-time Prototype Challenge Champions CORE autosport will move to the Prototype Class for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with an ORECA 07 LMP2 and drivers Jon Bennett and Colin Braun.
CORE makes the switch to the P category after six seasons in the PC class (2011 – 2013 American Le Mans Series; 2014 – 2016 IMSA) and the current IMSA season in the GT Daytona class.
On Tuesday, Tony Stewart discussed the driver vacancies in the #10 and 41 teams on NBCSports' NASCAR America.
"We don't know exactly who is going to be in the 10 car yet - but we're working on it," Stewart said of potential replacements for Danica Patrick. "We have a new partner with Smithfield that we're excited about. They've been great to work with so far, and I'm really excited about that partnership.
Would NASCAR let a Californian break Petty & Earnhardt record?
Breaking a tie of 7 titles he holds with Petty and Earnhardt will bring tears to the aging NASCAR fanbase
Even if he is a little bland, Jimmie Johnson is such a prolific stock-car driver that you’d think more people would be pulling for him lately, especially since he has a chance to make history this fall by becoming NASCAR’s first eight-time champion. Apparently, that is not the case.
Johnson is tied for the most titles with two icons: Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt Sr., both the sons of racers from North Carolina, the cradle of stock-car racing. Johnson, 42, is from El Cajon, Calif., outside San Diego, and he started out racing motorcycles, and then off-road cars.
Toto Wolff's Key to F1 Success: A Good Night's Sleep How do you function on 5 hours of sleep? Do you even notice a difference to 8 hours of sleep? Or have you long gotten used to content yourself with 6 hours per night? Comment
Vettel has zero chance to win the 2017 title now as most of the remaining circuits favor the longer wheelbase Mercedes chassis. It is over despite Brawn saying it's not to ensure fans bother to tune in to the races
Vettel can still win 2017 title - Brawn
Earthquake hits Mexico before October F1 race
Perez donates to Mexico earthquake fund
Aston Martin shows interest in engine supply
Mercedes Singapore GP rundown
Boullier: We will have the same engine as Red Bull
Miles Pushing For Consumer-Oriented Sponsors To Help IMS Sell Tickets
All of a sudden Miles realizes B2B deals are not desirable, yet he sticks IndyCar races on NBCSN and ratings are so low team owners are forced to hire ride-buyers or do B2B deals to keep their teams afloat.
Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles is "firing up an effort to go after consumer-oriented sponsors -- a move aimed at helping the Indianapolis Motor Speedway sell more tickets for its events," according to Anthony Schoettle of the INDIANAPOLIS BUSINESS JOURNAL.
IMS and the Verizon IndyCar Series have "traditionally been heavy in business-to-business sponsorships," and this move could put IMS in "direct competition" with the likes of the Colts and Pacers.
Miles this month decided to move forward on an "intensive effort to sell sponsorships to companies in four primary categories: banks, convenience stores, fast-food restaurants and fast-casual restaurants."
He said, "Business-to-business partnerships are and will always be a very big focus for us. Now we're trying to get more consumer companies involved."
Michelin to Become Official Tire of IMSA Beginning in 2019
The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) today announced that Michelin will become the “Official Tire of IMSA” in its premier series – the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and its two major Challenge series – beginning in 2019.
The multi-year agreement calls for Michelin tires to be on every Prototype (P) and GT Daytona (GTD) race car competing in the WeatherTech Championship in addition to its continued participation in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class. The GTLM class will continue to be open to multiple tire manufacturers.
Mahindra Racing hires Heidfeld and Rosenqvist for Season Four
This probably puts to bed any chance Felix Rosenqvist will drive in IndyCar
Mahindra Racing today confirmed that Nick Heidfeld and Felix Rosenqvist will remain as the team’s race drivers for season four of the FIA Formula E Championship, which will run from December 2017 to July 2018.
With consistency in the cockpit of the team’s new M4Electro race car, Mahindra Racing has more ambitious objectives than ever before – to compete for the teams’ and drivers’ championship titles in Formula E.
The combination of Germany’s Heidfeld and Sweden’s Rosenqvist has helped Mahindra Racing enjoy its most competitive season to date in Formula E. The team secured third place in the teams’ and drivers’ championship in a thrilling season three finale at the Montreal ePrix in July this year.
Video: A Pit Stop Like No Other When EPSON challenged the Mercedes F1 race team to complete a pit stop in the dark, we thought they'd lost the plot. That was, until they wheeled out their brightest ever projector... check out what happened! Comment
Video: The Most Powerful Mercedes F1 Engine Ever Made! Three and a half years after making its debut, the Mercedes-AMG Formula One Power Unit has now achieved a conversion efficiency of more than 50% during dyno testing in Brixworth.
In other words, it now produces more power than waste energy - a remarkable milestone for any Hybrid, let alone a flat-out racing engine.
Kahne to stay in NASCAR and be a backmarker in 2018
Kasey Kahne will stay in NASCAR next season and drive for Leavine Family Racing in the No. 95 Chevrolet Camaro.
He will replace Michael McDowell, who has driven that car since 2014.
The announcement Tuesday was not unexpected, but Kahne last week revealed he’d given consideration to piecing together a dream schedule of big races in different series. Although he stressed his first goal was to remain in NASCAR, his idea led at least one IndyCar owner to inquire about Kahne’s availability for the Indianapolis 500.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato will return to their Verizon IndyCar Series team in 2018. Sato drove for the team in 2012 where he famously dueled eventual winner Dario Franchitti on the final lap.
“I’m excited about having Taku back with us,” said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with former CBS Late Show host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan. “I have such admiration for his spirit and how he approaches everything and was so happy for him when he won the Indy 500 this year.
Since Lola Cars stopped manufacturing racing cars in 2012, there has been an assumption that the legendary marque’s technological excellence had ceased. However, what seemed to go under the radar, was that the British racing legend continues to run one of the finest, technically advanced and commercially available wind tunnel facilities in Europe.
Many of the current Formula One grid has used the wind tunnel since its inception in 1998 and, over the last 20 years, the Lola Technical Centre has maintained an impressive list of clients that include Rebellion Racing, Scania Trucks and Airbus, providing excellent aerodynamic results across the automotive, truck, motorsport and aerospace industries.
Ford to cut production at five North American vehicle plants
The Ford Mustang is not selling so well
Ford Motor Co said on Tuesday it plans to idle five North American vehicle assembly plants for a total of 10 weeks to reduce inventories of slow-selling models.
The plants affected include three assembly plants in the United States and two in Mexico, the company said in a statement. The vehicle models include the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ midsize sedans, the Ford Focus compact car, the Lincoln Continental and Ford Mustang, Ford Fiesta and the Ford Transit van.
Elliott drove illegal car to 2nd place in Chicagoland (Update)
Chase Elliott's illegal Chevy
UPDATE Hendrick Motorsports will not appeal the penalty announced today by NASCAR stemming from a post-race infraction at Chicagoland Speedway.
Kenny Francis, 47, has been named interim crew chief of the No. 24 NASCAR Cup Series team with driver Chase Elliott for this weekend’s event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The Jacksonville, Florida, native, who was Elliott’s crew chief for five points races in 2015, currently serves as Hendrick Motorsports’ vehicle technical director and has 17 wins, 75 top-five finishes and 149 top-10s as a Cup Series crew chief.
God (IMSA) has given the Porsche 911 RSR a performance boost. All manufacturers have to be given a chance to win 1 or more races each year
The Nissan Onroak DPi has been slowed ahead of this weekend’s America’s Tire 250 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, in the first Balance of Performance adjustment for the Prototype class in more than three months.
Meanwhile, a power increase has been handed to the GT Le Mans class Porsche 911 RSR.
Hand Expects Dogfight in Hometown Race at Laguna Seca
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – There’s no IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race closer to home for Joey Hand than Sunday’s America’s Tire 250 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The famed 2.238-mile circuit in Monterey, California is less than 200 miles away from Hand’s home in Sacramento. Mazda Raceway hosts the two-hour, 40-minute WeatherTech Championship race, which is the headline event of the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix.
Donald Davidson will bring his popular traveling road show home to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum for a special question-and-answer session Nov. 8.
“An Evening with Donald Davidson” will give fans an opportunity to ask questions and hear stories from the British-born Davidson, who is believed to be the only full-time staff historian for any race track in the world.
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Valentino Rossi improved his feeling on the YZF-R1M during the second day of testing. He will make a final decision on his attempt to compete in the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon after a further medical examination.
Having ridden his first laps around the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli yesterday, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Valentino Rossi was back aboard his YZF-R1M today at 3:30pm (GMT+2) to resume his physical test.
NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from Chicagoland earned a 1.41 final rating on NBCSN Sunday afternoon, down 14% from last year (1.64) and down 48% from 2014 on ESPN (2.7).....more evidence NBCSN ratings are running NASCAR into the ground.
The grand finale for the IndyCar series from Sonoma wasn't so grand. Buried on NBCSN, which delivers bad TV ratings for everyone, they pulled a 0.33 rating with 528K tuned in. However, in the important 18-49 year old category, only 121K tuned in. Why the grand finale isn't at the Indy Speedway for 400 miles on ABC is beyond us. Instead of having a real grand finale, IndyCar prefers to end their season every year with a thud.
Video: The Starting Point for Racing's Young Lions Back in the day, Formula Ford was the place for aspiring champions to launch their careers. RDDC members such as Jimmy Vasser, Michael Andretti and Danny Sullivan all got their starts in FF. Today there is a new FIA-sanctioned class designed for young karting drivers to show their mettle in open-wheel cars - and begin their climb up the racing ladder. It’s Formula 4, and it’s designed to be the first step to F1.
MotoGP organizers have released a provisional 2018 calendar, with the addition of a 19th race at the Buriram circuit in Thailand being the key change from 2017. The British GP in August is currently listed on a "circuit to be announced," with Donington Park understood to be under consideration to replace Silverstone.
The new race leads MotoGP's "flyaway season" on Oct. 7, as the first of four races in Asia and Australia, before the series returns to Europe for the season finale at Valencia.
For European trained Newgarden, IndyCar title 'dream come true'
Newgarden was a product of the European training grounds having raced in Europe in Formula Ford, Formula Palmer Audi and GP3. He then came to the USA and decimated Indy Lights in 2011 to win the title going away
Josef Newgarden labeled his 2017 title as a "dream come true" after he was crowned as IndyCar's new champion by finishing second in the season finale at Sonoma.
Newgarden entered the last race with a four-point advantage over Ganassi's Scott Dixon, having claimed pole position, and his coronation as champion was rarely in doubt throughout the 85-lap race.
The three-stopping American was overhauled in the fight for victory by four-stopping team-mate Simon Pagenaud, but second was still more than enough for Newgarden to take the title.
NASCAR - lawsuit shows anatomy of Farmers deal with Hendrick Motors
Kahne's wrecked Farmers Insurance Chevy at Daytona in 2012
Farmers Insurance paid Hendrick Motorsports about $660,000 per race over the last six seasons in which Farmers was the primary sponsor for Kasey Kahne, according to contracts from the deal writes Bob Pockrass of ESPN.
The insurance company was the primary sponsor for Kahne for 22 races in 2012 for $13.5 million, in 2013 for $14.04 million and in 2014 for $16.348 million. It decreased its total to 12 races for the next three years, paying $7.6 million in 2015, $7.8 million in 2016 and $8 million in 2017.
The ZR1 Corvette was caught testing recently looking production ready in both coupe and convertible derivatives, along with showing off its two distinct aero packages. The coupe wears a hardcore GT wing and a front splitter capable of plowing snow; while the convertible gets the same front end treatment but pairs it with a much smaller pedestal wing on the deck. The cars also share a set of directional spoked 5-star wheels, albeit in different finishes.
Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen On Fitness In F1 | M1TG The cars are faster and the test on track is more physical than ever before… This is F1 2017, where fitness and the right preparation can make the difference between winning and losing. Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen explains why a rigorous and meticulous training regime plays such a crucial role in the making of a modern day Formula One driver. Comment
Porsche FIA World Endurance Championship leader Brendon Hartley will rejoin Tequila Patron ESM for next month’s Motul Petit Le Mans, moving into the team’s No. 2 Nissan Onroak DPi alongside Scott Sharp and Ryan Dalziel.
The Porsche LMP1 factory driver, who is on the heels of four consecutive wins in WEC competition, including 24 Hours of Le Mans, joined the Florida-based team for the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Twelve Hours of Sebring in its No. 22 car.
NASCAR Chicagoland TV Rating NBCSN yesterday drew a 1.4 overnight for Martin Truex Jr.'s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win at Chicagoland Speedway, the opener of the series' 10-race Chase for the Cup.
Last year's playoff opener, also won by Truex, earned a 1.5 overnight on the same channel, so this year's rating was down 7%.
Newgarden's Youth Could Serve Series Well With Millennials, U.S. Fans
Will Newgarden become the face of IndyCar? Doubtful, as hardly anyone tunes into NBCSN to watch the races to know who he is
American driver Josef Newgarden’s championship in the Verizon IndyCar Series is important because it "serves as a pivot-point in the long history of the sport," as he "checks two important items off IndyCar’s list -- he’s young AND he’s home-grown," according to Bruce Martin of AUTOWEEK.
For years, one of the knocks on IndyCar is the U.S. had "left it behind," as big-name U.S. drivers were "more interested in NASCAR."
With more "street and road courses, IndyCar was a sport with drivers from Europe and South America."
Following an enduro accident on August 31st, Valentino Rossi has been diligently working on his recovery from the double fracture in his right leg.
Today the nine-time World Champion put his fitness level to the test and successfully completed a few laps around the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on a YZF-R1M, before rain disrupted the trial run.
He isn’t entirely sure how long he’s been doing it, but this Wednesday Johannes van Overbeek, driver of the No. 22 Nissan DPi for Tequila Patrón, will hop on a bicycle in San Jose and ride down to Monterey ahead of the America’s Tire 250 on Sunday, Sept. 24.
The two-hour, 40-minute IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race is the headline event of the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix and will be televised live on FS1 at 5 p.m. ET. IMSA Radio also will have live coverage on IMSA.com, RadioLeMans.com and SiriusXM Radio.
Sharp, Dalziel to Continue in No. 2 ESM Nissan DPi in 2018
#2 ESM Nissan at Sebring
Scott Sharp and Ryan Dalziel will continue at the wheel of the No. 2 Tequila Patron ESM Nissan Onroak DPi next year, completing the team’s full-season driver lineup in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
The pairing join the previously announced Pipo Derani and Johannes van Overbeek, who will also return to the No. 22 car.
Stenhouse Jr. and Bayne to swap pit crews in playoffs
The Nos. 17 and 6 teams of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne, respectively, have swapped over-the-wall pit crews for the 2017 NASCAR Playoffs, a Roush Fenway Racing representative confirmed Friday to NASCAR.com.
The team said the swap is intended to give both teams a fresh perspective and the tentative plan is to keep the swap through the playoffs. However, they will continue to monitor each team’s performance throughout the final 10 races.
Video: GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma Race Day Highlights Highlights from the title deciding 2017 IndyCar finale at Sonoma Raceway. It was an exciting race but unfortunately very few fans were there to witness it.
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