Hinchcliffe "You Shouldn't Have to Risk Your Life for Free"
Hinchcliffe calls for Driver Union, feels all drivers should get paid. Good Luck with that - IndyCar is not commercially viable without ride-buyers.
James Hinchcliffe called for collective bargaining among drivers in IndyCar today, arguing that there should be league minimums like the NFL. “There are drivers out there right now that drive for free. You shouldn’t have to risk your life for free.”
From Hinchcliffe’s op-ed call for action published in Racer:
A lot of drivers, myself included, came up through the ranks not knowing anyone in motorsports, not having anyone to bounce ideas off of, not having anyone to essentially protect them. Many drivers have outside representation, but many don’t, because they can’t afford to pay an agent, or a management company or whatever it is. Most of the time, you’re not making any money until you get to IndyCar. You’re certainly not getting paid in Indy Lights. And when you sit down to hammer out that first contract, you’re negotiating on your own, and absolutely in that situation a team can take advantage of drivers. It doesn’t happen in every case, but you don’t have to walk far down pitlane to find a driver with a story to tell. There are drivers out there right now that drive for free. You shouldn’t have to risk your life for free. There should be league minimums, like there are in the NFL.
Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing honored at INDYCAR Victory Lap celebration
Dixon and wife Emma
To the victors go the spoils. In this case, Scott Dixon and Chip Ganassi Racing, to the tune of more than $1 million.
Dixon, who laid claim to his fifth Verizon IndyCar Series championship nine days earlier, was honored with his championship-winning team this evening at the INDYCAR Victory Lap celebration. By becoming just the second driver in Indy car history to win five or more titles - and the first in more than five decades - the 38-year-old from New Zealand earned the $1 million bonus and a replica of the Astor Challenge Cup that bears the name of all season champions dating to 1909.
JTG Daugherty Racing has announced that A.J. Allmendinger will not return as driver of the No. 47 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 next season.
“A.J. Allmendinger has been a valuable asset to the growth of our company, and we are grateful for his professionalism with our brands and the passion he has shown for this race team over the years,” team co-owner Tad Geschickter said. “As hard as it may be, we’re moving in a different direction for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season and will be parting ways at the end of this season. It’s not an easy decision and change is never easy. We wish him the very best in his endeavors and he will always be family to us.”
From cutting grass to running Red Bull Racing! Christian Horner joins Martin Brundle to speak about the Red Bull Team Principal’s journey into F1, from cutting grass to running Red Bull Racing's F1 team! Comment
Andersen Promotions Announces 2019 Road to Indy Schedule
Road to Indy boss Dan Anderson
Andersen Promotions today announced the 2019 Road To Indy Presented by Cooper Tires schedule which will feature 12 events in support of the Verizon IndyCar Series including a new venue with the addition of Circuit of The Americas and a return to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for the season finale of all three levels of the globally recognized driver development platform.
Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship calendars all will feature a mix of ovals, street circuits and road courses to properly train drivers to move up the ladder system with the ultimate goal of reaching IndyCar and the Indianapolis 500.
One of the rising stars of NHRA drag racing will make the jump to NASCAR next season.
Autoweek has learned that current NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock championship leader Tanner Gray will focus on stock car racing in 2019 with the DGR-Crosley team owned by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veteran David Gilliland and Crosley Radio CEO Bo LeMastus.
While the battle for the 2018 FIA Formula 3 European Championship title is entering its decisive stage, the persons in charge are preparing for the future. Next season, Formel 3 Vermarktungs GmbH, a 100 percent subsidiary of ITR and the current promoter of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship again will be organising an international single-seater series with races for the currently used Formula 3 cars, mainly on the support package of the DTM.
The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team is delighted to announce that Marcus Ericsson will continue to be part of the team by taking on the role of Third Driver and Brand Ambassador from the 2019 season.
Over the course of the past four FIA Formula One World Championship seasons, Marcus Ericsson has proven to be an integral part of the Sauber family. His experience, optimism, and his highly professional approach to working with the team have contributed greatly to the progress that has been made. The Swedish driver and the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team will continue to collaborate closely with full dedication to their shared vision.
Giovinazzi to race for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team
Alfa Romeo and the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team are delighted to announce that Antonio Giovinazzi will race alongside 2007 Formula One World Champion Kimi Raikkonen, completing the team’s driver line-up for the 2019 season.
Following its tradition of discovering and nurturing young talents, the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team has appointed the Italian driver, who has worked with the team for the past two years, to race in place of Charles Leclerc.
Dale Jr. saved NBCSN another embarrassment for the Xfinity Series race
NBCSN earned a 1.1 overnight rating for Saturday night's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond Raceway down 8.3% from last year's 1.2
NBCSN earned a 0.54 rating and 870K viewers for Friday night's NASCAR Xfinity Series race Richmond Raceway, which saw the on-track return of Dale Jr, up 4% and 8%, respectively, from last year's figures.
Askew leads Indy Lights as Chris Griffis Test concludes
The Eighth Annual Chris Griffis Memorial Mazda Road to Indy Open Test concluded this afternoon after two days of intense running at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix road course. Weather conditions once again proved to be important, with the cool overcast of Saturday replaced this morning by a glorious blue sky and significantly warmer temperatures. Lap times, accordingly, weren’t quite as quick in general, although the leaders in all three series – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda – remained closely matched.
Behind-The-Scenes With Corvette Racing At Laguna Seca
Corvette at Laguna Seca
Corvette Racing approached the penultimate round of the IMSA season – the Monterey Grand Prix at Laguna Seca – locked in a close title battle with rival manufacturers Ford and Porsche.
Mobil 1 The Grid was present to capture a behind-the-scenes account of the event, from the pre-weekend build-up through to the checkered flag. Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner, Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia all feature, along with #3 and #4 car crew chiefs Dan Binks and Brian Hoye.
Schumacher responds to Red Bull junior Dan Ticktum F3 jealous rant
Mick Schumacher refused to be drawn on an astonishing outburst from European Formula 3 title rival Dan Ticktum after he moved to within touching distance of the title in Austria this weekend. Red Bull junior driver Ticktum raised eyebrows by saying he had been "robbed" in the title fight.
Ticktum said it was "interesting" that Schumacher's Prema team had found such good form in the latter part of the season, with the son of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher having won eight of the last 13 races to surge from the midfield to leading the standings by 49 points.
An incredible drag race has just taken place between a Superbike, Fighter Jet, Formula-1 Racing Car, Business Jet and three sports cars - an Aston Martin Vantage, a Lotus Evora and a Tesla Model S.
Three supercars, a superbike, a Formula 1 car, a private jet and a fighter jet went head to head at a tech festival in Istanbul yesterday. Five drivers raced alongside each other on a 400 meter runway as the fighter jet and private jet took off next to them at Istanbul's new international airport. The monumental race took place as part of the aviation, space and technology festival which is being held at the airport ahead of its official opening in October. The vehicles included a Kawasaki H2R motorcycle, Tesla P100DL, Aston Martin New Vantage and Lotus Evora GT 430 and there was a very close finish.
200 mph crash kills driver in NOLA Motorsports Park race
A North Carolina man driving more than 200 mph was killed when his vehicle crashed during a race Saturday morning (Sept. 22) at NOLA Motorsports Park. The fatality was reported at about 9:20 a.m., said Glen T. Boyd, a spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.
The man was competing in an event that was open to the public, with drivers taking turns trying to establish the fastest time. Only one vehicle at a time is on the track during these "controlled runs."
Lewis Hamilton attended yesterday's Orchid Run & Ride in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The four-time Formula One World Champion signaled the start of the three different race categories - a 5K run, a 5K bike race and a 12K run - and helped out at a water distribution station for the runners and bikers. He also engaged with the supporters of the 7000 participants of this year's Orchid Run & Ride.
Mayor Hogsett proclaims 'Scott Dixon Day' in Indianapolis
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett has declared today, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, "Scott Dixon Day" in the city to honor the INDYCAR driver's great accomplishments.
According to the proclamation, which went into effect at 12:01 a.m., Dixon, an Indianapolis resident, is being honored for his legendary racing career, which includes winning the 92nd Indianapolis 500 in 2008 and five Verizon IndyCar Series championships. Dixon won his fifth championship on Sept. 16 at Sonoma Raceway in California. With that fifth title, the 38-year-old New Zealand native is second in total number of Indy car championships behind only A.J. Foyt.
Kirkwood Takes Tenth F3 Americas Win At Road Atlanta
Kirkwood leads the Honnda powered field. Note the Halo on the FIA F3 spec machines
Kyle Kirkwood of Jupiter, Florida, was back to his winning ways in the first two rounds of F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda racing at Road Atlanta Saturday and Sunday, adding two more victories to his already staggering win collection. The two-day checkered conquest marks ten total victories for the reigning F4 U.S. champion.
Global Racing Group pilots Baltazar Leguizamon of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Benjamin Pedersen of Copenhagen, Denmark, supported Kirkwood on the podium in both rounds. Leguizamon placed second in Round 10 and third in Round 11 with Pedersen taking third on Saturday and second on Sunday morning.
“We were able to pull up an early lead and consolidate it,” said Kirkwood. “Managing the gap allowed us to save tires for the last race.”
Mercedes-AMG wrap up the team and constructors titles
The first title of this 2018 DTM season has already been won. Mercedes-AMG Motorsport head home from Spielberg as the new champions in the constructors’ classification. However, the fight for the drivers’ championship is still open before the season finale at Hockenheim. By taking third place, Gary Paffett (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS) narrowed the gap on overall leader Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS) to just four points. Paul also collected vital points for fourth place. The Scot leads the drivers’ standings with 229 to 225 points ahead of the Hockenheim season finale.
Schumacher and Shvartzman split Sunday races in Austria
Schumacher wins 2 of 3 in Austria
Mick Schumacher’s impressive run of form in the European F3 Championship continued after another two wins and a second place at Red Bull Ring, putting him one win away from the title with three points scoring rounds remaining at the season finale in Hockenheim.
The son of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher has shone in the latter half of the F3 season winning five races in a row: he followed a hat-trick of victories at Nurburgring earlier this month with two wins and a second place at Red Bull Ring this weekend.
Stunning Double Victory For United Autosports In Dramatic ELMS Race At Spa
Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque took their first win of the 2018 season
After just over two hours of racing in heavy rain the 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps was red flagged and a result declared as the track conditions deteriorated. The no22 United Autosports Ligier-Gibson of Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque took their first win of the 2018 season finishing ahead of the no21 Dragonspeed Oreca of Nico Lapierre, Ben Hanley and Henrik Hedman and the no23 Panis Barthez Competition.
The no26 G Drive Racing Oreca finished well down the order in the difficult conditions but with only half championship points awarded for the race the three time race winning team was declared 2018 champions, with Roman Rusinov and Andrea Pizzitola lifting in the ELMS drivers crown.
Rene Rast claimed a third consecutive DTM victory on Saturday as the series headed to the Spielberg circuit in Austria for its penultimate round.
Following Rast's historic success at the Nurburgring, where he scored the maximum number of points with a pair of pole positions and two race wins a fortnight ago, the Audi driver added another 25 points to his tally.
Race winning team, Kyle Busch team owner Joe Gibbs and crew chief Adam Stevens (No. 18 M&M’s Toyota), Second place finisher Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Jimmy John’s New 9- Grain Wheat Sub Ford) and Third place finisher Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Auto- Owners Insurance Toyota)
The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace crossover, the company’s first electric vehicle, is brill, as the Brits would say: smart and sensual, quick and quiet, athletic and aesthetic, a class act all the way writes Dan Neil of the Wall Street Journal.
Not perfect—the lagging touch screen in my test car made me want to drive it off one of Monterey Peninsula’s scenic cliffs--but still, pretty great. Two, but only two, car makers sell luxury electric crossovers now: Tesla and Jaguar Land Rover. One is American and one British, with a banker in India.
Mercedes 2018 Singapore Grand Prix F1 Debrief Mercedes Chief Strategist James Vowles answers your questions from the Singapore Grand Prix, including why the team opted for UltraSoft tires in Q1, how Valtteri struggled to pass Nico Hülkenberg Comment
How The Bertil Roos Racing School Prepares Drivers Of All Levels
Bertil Roos Racing School, named after the late Swedish racing driver, has been teaching the art of motorsport for more than 40 years, offering a range of courses for inexperienced enthusiasts up to those chasing careers in the top levels of professional competition.
Mobil 1 The Grid traveled to the operation’s Floridian headquarters, based at Palm Beach International Raceway, for a closer look at the school, which boasts headline instructors in American former single-seater star Bruce Macinnes and British Olympic skier turned racer Divina Galica.
Lawrence Loshak goes flag-to-flag in VIR Trans Am 100
Lawrence Loshak out front and never headed
Lawrence Loshak captured his second victory of the season in the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli VIR Trans Am 100, going flag-to-flag from behind the wheel of the No. 2 Pennzoil/ ETE/ GoShare Chevrolet Camaro of Burtin Racing. Mark Boden would do the same in Trans Am’s TA3 class, securing a second consecutive win in the No. 46 Fall-Line Motorsports Porsche 991 GT3 Cup.
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