Cool Conditions Lead to Fast Lap Times at Indianapolis
A dramatic overnight temperature change brought significantly cooler conditions as the first green flag fell to commence the Eighth Annual Chris Griffis Memorial Mazda Road to Indy Open Test this morning at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Yet the action on-track was as hot as ever with almost three dozen drivers representing no fewer than 15 different nations vying for early bragging rights in preparation for the 2019 Road to Indy season.
Audi kept its promise of continuing to keep up suspense in the DTM title race on claiming a one-two-three result in Saturday’s spectacular race on the Red Bull Ring: By clinching his third consecutive victory Audi driver Rene Rast from Audi Sport Team Rosberg made up further ground on the two leading Mercedes-Benz drivers Paul Di Resta and Gary Paffett. Mike Rockenfeller (Audi Sport Team Phoenix) and Nico Muller (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline) completed Audi’s first one-two-three triumph this year.Read more & Comment...
Schumacher Takes Opening Win at a wet Red Bull Ring
Schumacher wins in the rain
Mick Schumacher took over the lead of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship after a lights-to-flag victory in the opening race of the weekend at a soggy Red Bull Ring on Saturday morning.
The German’s fourth consecutive victory, coupled with Daniel Ticktum finishing only eighth, means Schumacher now holds the advantage in the Drivers’ Championship, sitting eighteen points clear with five races of the season remaining.
There’s good news and bad news. The good is that there’s a new Ferrari hypercar that’s purported to be the single most powerful the marque has ever built. The bad is that you won’t be getting one.
The new Monza SP1 and SP2 models are simply insane, with 810 horsepower and a 0-60 sprint time of under 3 seconds. Yeah, they’re quick. Thanks to the open top, they’re being described by Ferrari as “probably the closest and purest driving experience to Formula 1” and we’re desperate to take a spin.
Loshak and Lagasse, Jr., on pole for VIR Trans Am Races
Following a series of tight qualifying sessions, Lawrence Loshak and Scott Lagasse will start on pole for their respective Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli races tomorrow at VIRginia International Raceway. Also emerging atop the TA3 class qualifying charts was Mark Boden, his second consecutive pole in the production-based class.
For Lawrence Loshak the pole position could not have come at a better time. Loshak and the Burtin Racing prepped No. 2 Pennzoil/ETE/GoShare Chevrolet Camaro are tasked with closing the gap on current points leader Ernie Francis, Jr., with only three races remaining; including tomorrow’s VIR Trans Am 100. Now, following a second place finish last round at Watkins Glen and a qualifying track record 1:45.758 lap around the 3.27-mile, 17-turn VIR circuit for pole, that gap has been reduced to 25 points. It is also a task Loshak feels he and the Burtin crew are ready for, both tomorrow and the remainder of the season.
Richmond 400 Xfinity Series Playoff Drivers Q&A NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff Drivers, Justin Allgaier(No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet), Christopher Bell (No. 20 Rheem Toyota) and Ross Chastain (No. 42 DC Solar Chevrolet) Comment
Just finished a killer 2 mile ride tweeted IndyCar driver Robert Wickens who broke his back, legs and arms in a horrific crash at Pocono Raceway.
It shows the driver hooked up to electrodes riding a machine in his physical rehabilitation that replicates riding a bike. We still do not know if he suffers from paralysis and whether the machine is doing all the work, or just assisting him.
No one is saying, but many assume he has at least some temporary partial paralysis.
PREMA Theodore Racing continued to move full steam ahead at Red Bull Ring. In the penultimate round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, the team delivered another spectacular result in qualifying 1, locking out the top-3 and celebrating the third straight pole for Mick Schumacher. The 19-year-old German made another step in his exciting chase for the championship at the Austrian venue, and posted a sensational lap to top his closest contender by more than two tenths of a second. For PREMA Theodore Racing, this is the 12th pole position of the season and a good way to head into the first day of racing at the Styrian venue.
When the ABB FIA Formula E Championship starts its new season in Riyadh on December 15, there will be four drivers on the grid with Audi technology: alongside its own factory team, Audi Sport will also be equipping the British race team Virgin Racing with its newly developed Audi e-tron FE05, including the powertrain.
Karl Heinz Becker is looking back on 56 years of motor racing experience. He has been part of the BOSS GP grid for nearly 15 seasons. Previously, Becker was chasing Silverware in the European Touring Car Championship, the DTM-predecessor Deutsche Rennsport-Meisterschaft, the Sport Auto Supercup, and other series.
At the BOSS GP Hockenheim event past July, the German was involved in a classic racing incident, on which the stewards decided to take no further action. Regardless, the BOSS GP organizers attempted to blacken Becker in order to exclude him from the series. “In a first step, they have tried to question my racing ability due to my age and health”, Becker recalled. The 74-year-old was forced to undergo a detailed examination at the racing doctors, which he passed with flying colors.
It was a positive start to the Aragon Grand Prix for the Repsol Honda Team, with Championship leader Marc Marquez topping Friday’s standings.
Marc Marquez - 1st Repsol Honda “Today we worked quite well and improved a lot from morning to afternoon, especially with the rear tire. It was our first day at the track this season and we had to adjust the setting of the bike and the electronics. We must also keep working in this way tomorrow. In the end of FP2 everyone put on a new rear tire, even us. This was maybe the first Friday that we did that this year! It’s important for understanding the outcome of a few things we changed on the bike. Now we have less doubts, but also we want to reconfirm something tomorrow. Luckily the weather is fine, and actually very hot. Ducati has tested here so we don’t want to leave anything out in order to be at same level.”
Streaming content and history of IndyCar Ratings on NBCSN
So much for streaming content and the young fans watching. 629,000 people watched the IndyCar finale at Sonoma last Sunday on NBCSN. The pundits say "but young people don't watch TV anymore, they stream their content." and that is why TV ratings are down. So we have the streaming numbers now from those cable cutters. Wait are you sitting down?
9,000 young people streamed the race broadcast so the total viewers were 629,000 + 9,000 = 638,000.
Scenes from Yankee Stadium: Harding Steinbrenner Racing The Harding Steinbrenner Racing team was at Yankee Stadium Tuesday night to announce the Steinbrenners buy in to the Harding team and what we believe in the future will lead to a NY Yankees sponsored car in IndyCar.
The team with Yankee Shirts
Mike Harding and Wife
With Hank Steinbrenner
In Monument Park
Throwing out first pitch
In the Yankee Club House
Taking in the enormity of Yankee Stadium and the house of the greatest baseball team in history
Max Verstappen on how Red Bull uses FLIR thermal imagery at show runs
Alongside their full-time F1 duties, Red Bull have conducted show runs all over the world in recent years.
Mobil 1 The Grid joined the team during an event at Zandvoort, the Netherlands, where Max Verstappen and Support Team Coordinator Mark Willis explained how FLIR thermal imaging cameras and special heat control techniques help to keep the operation running smoothly.
O'Ward tells AR1.com that Mexico race would be huge for IndyCar
O'Ward said an IndyCar race in Mexico would be huge
During the press conference announcing the Harding Steinbrenner Racing team Wednesday, AR1.com's Mark C. asked Pato O'Ward whether an IndyCar race might be possible given his early success and expected continued IndyCar success in 2019.
There has not been a really popular Mexican driver in IndyCar since Adrian Fernandez.
“They received news of me moving up to IndyCar very well."
After 20 seasons as president, George Bruggenthies will turn the job over to senior vice president of business operations Mike Kertscher on Jan. 1. But the executive who brought NASCAR to the track, brought Indy cars back and led Road America’s evolution into a premier racing facility will still be around in a reduced role with a title to be determined.
The ascension of Kertscher, 33, to the presidency has been a two-year process, Bruggenthies said. It became more widely known throughout the season and was announced internally in July. Bruggenthies will work with Road America through 2021.
AR1 IndyCar Sonoma Podcast The Sonoma IndyCar Edition of the AR1 IndyCar Podcast with Brian Carroccio is available now on Podbean. This week Brian discusses the weekend's race at Sonoma, Alexander Rossi, Scott Dixon, Fernando Alonso, Patricio O'Ward, and other subjects timely in the world of IndyCar.
Top-flight open wheel development team Abel Motorsports extended its record winning streak this weekend, the third weekend of action for the new F3Americas Championship powered by Honda. Series rounds 7, 8, and 9 took place Saturday and Sunday at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ. Abel Motorsports and driver Kyle Kirkwood, the reigning F4 US Championship powered by Honda titleholder, won the first two races of the weekend to extend his and the team’s streaks to eight straight series victories. For Kirkwood, they were his 18th and 19th straight wins across two series in 2018. The team’s second car, driven by Jacob Abel, notched three podium finishes in three starts in the New Jersey action.
NASCAR today announced that Steve Phelps has been named NASCAR President, effective October 1, 2018. Brent Dewar has elected to step down and will remain with the company through the end of the 2018 racing season, transitioning to a senior consulting and advisory role in 2019.
Phelps will assume the duties held by Dewar and will report to Jim France, NASCAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. As President, Phelps will have responsibility over all competition and business operations for the sanctioning body.
Legacy Autosport Signs Alex Baron For USF2000 in 2019
Just over two weeks from the official introduction of the new team, Legacy Autosport is thrilled to announce that French driver Alex Baron will join the squad as its team anchor for the 2019 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship. Baron will again work with team owner Mike Meyer, who was Alex’s chief mechanic with Swan-RJB Motorsports last season during a shortened season that resulted in a pair of impressive wins. Baron will be in the Legacy Autosport USF-17 this weekend at the Chris Griffis Memorial Test on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, where he will be joined by American Andre Castro.
Video: Australia IndyCar-like S5000 takes next step ahead of 2019 launch
Speedcafe.com sat down with S5000 category manager Chris Lambden to discuss Australia's answer to IndyCar....complete with a screaming naturally aspirated V8 and Halo for driver safety, both of which IndyCar should have but does not. Cost per car $300K and is manufacturerd by Ligier. Did you notice the manufacturer's nameplate in the video? It says Ligier Denver NC USA. That chassis is made in North Carolina! Onroak acquired Crawford Composites and serves as Ligier's US manufacturing facility. Onroak has an agreement to manufacture for Ligier.
2018 IndyCar TV Ratings down 12.4% on NBCSN UPDATE We had a slight error in our NBCSN numbers below. Here are the corrected numbers and it shows that the average IndyCar race on NBCSN in 2018 had a total viewership drop of 12.4%
Avg. Viewers per race
Avg. Viewers per race
'17 to '18 Change
2018 age 18-49 viewers per race on NBCSN: 88,833 (Are we kidding you? Nope)
Rain screws race fans at oval track events, not road and street circuits
International Speedway Corp., whose tracks host 19 of the 36 Cup points races, announced a weather guarantee ticket program for fans on Wednesday, joining a similar program announced last month by Speedway Motorsports Inc.
The ISC Weather Protection Program goes toward all paid grandstand tickets to NASCAR races at any ISC facility that are postponed and rescheduled to a different date due to inclement weather.
Nissan e.dams signs Buemi and Albon for Formula E debut
So much for Buemi doing F1
Swiss racer Sebastien Buemi and U.K.-based Alex Albon will drive for Nissan when the global electric vehicle sales leader makes its debut in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in December.
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. As the first Japanese company to join the electric racing championship series, Nissan will draw on its proven experience as the all-time world leader in electric cars – having sold more than 350,000 Nissan LEAF vehicles since introducing the model in 2010.
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