Kyle Busch captured his fifth Nationwide win of 2014.
We're all aware that the official mascot of the Dover International Speedway is a large concrete monster, with big red eyes, named Myles. He sits in front of the speedway's fan entrance holding a race car in his hand looking like he's going to throw that car if anyone crosses him.
However, when the checkers fell on the September 27th Dover 200, it was a Toyota with the logo Monster Energy who tamed the Myles the Monster.
Kyle Busch and his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota led the final 101, of 200, laps around Dover's concrete covered one mile oval and scored his fifth series' win of the season and 68th career win in 291 starts. It was also his fifth win at Dover which breaks a series all time win tie with runner up Joey Logano.
Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa battled against each other to claim pole position at the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon, with Marquez coming out on top.
The Repsol Honda pair had a clear advantage over the Yamaha machines for much of the weekend, but the Ducatis of Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) had been challenging for the front.
Q2 saw Marquez break his own lap record on just his first flying lap, putting him comfortably ahead of the rest of the field. Marquez himself thought that this time would be enough, but teammate Pedrosa produced an incredible lap time to take provisional pole.
The riders came in for their second set of tires and Marquez quickly returned to track, pushing hard to produce another record breaking lap of 1'47.187s - this set him 0.362s clear of teammate Pedrosa.
It was quite season for Chevrolet. Here, Helio Castroneves, Will Power and Charlie Kimball of the Bowtie Brigade celebrate a podium sweep in GM's hometown.
Chevrolet clinched its third consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer Championship with the 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged, direct-injected V6 engine. Some factoids about the bowtie brand in the series:
12 – Chevrolet-powered cars won 12 of the 18 races during the 2014 season.
33 -- Races won with a Chevrolet engine in the past three seasons.
78 – Percentage of Chevrolet-powered cars in the Fast Nine qualifying positions for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race since 2012.
With his Audi RS 5 DTM, Mike Rockenfeller secured pole position in qualifying for the penultimate season round at Zandvoort. Thus, last year’s title winner will start the race ahead of freshly-crowned champion Marco Wittmann (BMW). "A great result. We knew that we would be good here. Moreover, the track at Zandvoort simply suits me. Once again, it was very close, as usual in the DTM. Last time, I still had to start from the midfield. Now, I am up front again," a delighted Rockenfeller commented. The duel is also thrilling considering the manufacturers' standings. Prior to the final two rounds, BMW is leading, but only 18 points ahead of Audi.
This is a very rare occurrence in the DTM: With four RS 5 DTM cars in the top five, Audi managed a brilliant performance in qualifying for the DTM race at Zandvoort (the Netherlands). Particularly remarkable was Mike Rockenfeller's showing, who clinched the pole position in the Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM.
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Starting Position: 2nd
How confident are you starting second in Sunday's race?
"I'm pretty confident with it. I think we had a good car here in the spring -- we just kind of lost the handle on it a little bit there early in the race. But, the way the track rubbered in throughout the first run and then especially the second run of the race -- we just weren't ready for what happened. So, I think we've got a better understanding this time around and qualifying obviously went well for us here being in second and it's a good starting spot for us. It keeps us upfront and hopefully we can keep that track position and have a good handling car through the runs of the race and be there at the end."
The only three-time race winner this season in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Series suffered a right rear tire puncture in the first practice session and a right rear de-bead in the final practice session
Speed qualified in the ninth position at DirtFish Rally School
"Unfortunately we had a tough start to our day, we had a couple tire issues in the practice sessions that set us back a little bit. The course is extremely rough since it is mostly gravel, so we just need to adjust and get everything situated for tomorrow's rounds. We need to make up some points, so we'll just have to wait and see how everything pans out during the heat rounds and the final."
Preparing for a new F1 circuit How much information do you get when a new circuit comes onto the calendar? We do have access to a lot of data from the circuit before we go there, this is available to all teams from the circuit architects so we will have a good understanding of what the layout of the circuit will be like.
What information do you use in terms of modeling the track for simulation? We can model the circuit data on our simulator, and using the image and video resources available you're able to build up a picture of the grandstands and surroundings. This will give visual aids for the drivers. So going to a new track, we will be fairly settled on the layout of the circuit. Through the simulations we do we can try to work out the best set up for the car for that circuit. So there is quite a lot we can try and do to prepare.
The newly-formed CFH Racing organization made its first appearance as a combined unit September 23-24 in Firestone tire testing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS).
The Speedway, Ind.-based operation, with Ed Carpenter Racing and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing associates blending their talents into a new two-car racing team for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series, fielded the No. 20 CFH Racing/Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet for team co-owner and driver Ed Carpenter in a test that saw four teams in action.
In addition to Texas race winner Carpenter for CFH Racing, other drivers at IMS this week included three-time Indy 500 champion Helio Castroneves for Team Penske, reigning Indy 500 victor Ryan Hunter-Reay for Andretti Autosport and Simon Pagenaud, Grand Prix of Indianapolis winner, for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
Crampton, Force, Enders-Stevens, Krawiec take early qualifying leads in St. Louis
John Force in St. Louis
John Force continued his march to a record 17th world championship title by racing to the Funny Car qualifying lead Friday at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis.
Richie Crampton (Top Fuel), Erica Enders-Stevens (Pro Stock), and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders at the third of six playoff races in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship.
Force powered his Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang to a performance of 4.022 seconds at 319.52 mph to take the top spot over longtime rival Cruz Pedregon, who qualified second in his Snap-on Tools Toyota Camry with an identical time of 4.022 at a slower speed of 314.02 mph.
Experts would expect Stewart to settle Tony Stewart won't face criminal charges in the death of Kevin Ward Jr., and now it's likely up to Stewart whether the case ever returns to court. Stewart not being charged criminally, plus the fact that Ward had marijuana in his system at the time of his death, could mean that a civil suit is less likely. But the standards in civil cases don't match the criminal side, and New York law forces juries to determine a percentage of fault for each party in a wrongful death case, which means that Stewart could have incentive to settle. The Ward family has indicated that it will pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the three-time Cup champion. Stewart could settle any case out of court by writing a check to the Ward family with the amount kept confidential. Or he could fight in court over whether he was negligent at all in the death of the 20-year-old driver, who walked out onto the track and was struck by Stewart's sprint car under caution Aug. 9 at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park.
With Renault engines the 2014 Lotus has been a dog. Next year they get Mercedes power.
Lotus will have significant changes on next year's car compared to the E22 which has scored just four points in 2014, according to technical director Nick Chester.
Since missing the first test of the season Lotus has struggled with both reliability and performance in the Renault-powered E22. Points from Romain Grosjean in Spain and Monaco remain the only times the team has finished in the top ten this season, but Chester promises big changes are planned - including to the team's unique 'twin-tusk' nose concept.
"There are rule changes to the front of the chassis and the nose, so all the cars will look different next year," Chester said. "On top of that, our engine installation and cooling layout will change quite a lot meaning that the car will be significantly different under the bodywork. It will be quite different."
Briscoe Back for Corvette Racing at Petit Le Mans Ryan Briscoe will return to Corvette Racing next week for Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta as the third driver in both of the team's Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs. The Aussie star will try to help Corvette Racing and Chevrolet win for the fifth time this year in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship's GT Le Mans (GTLM) class. The annual 1,000-mile/10-hour endurance race is set for Saturday, Oct. 4.
Briscoe will be back in the Corvette C7.R for the first time since the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in March, where he drove with Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen in Corvette Racing's No. 3 entry. The trio also helped debut the car at the Rolex 24 At Daytona to start the TUDOR Championship season.
Ford recalls 850,000 vehicles for glitch affecting airbags, seat belts Ford Motor Co. is recalling 850,050 2013 and 2014 vehicles for an electrical flaw that could cause airbags and seat belt pretensioners to malfunction in the event of a crash.
The affected vehicles include the 2013-14 Ford C-Max, Fusion, Escape and Lincoln MKZ. Ford said in a statement today the restraints-control module in the vehicles could short circuit, causing the airbag warning indicator to illuminate.
This is the 12th recall of the 2013 Escape, although a spokeswoman said last month that no single Escape has been involved in all the recalls.
Rosberg Singapore retirement due to "contamination" Mercedes has revealed that the precise reason for Nico Rosberg’s retirement from the Singapore GP was "contamination".
"Forensic analysis has revealed that the steering column electronic circuits were contaminated with a foreign substance," the team tweeted on Friday afternoon. "The contamination was not visible and did not manifest itself until Sunday as Nico went to the grid. The result was an intermittent short circuit in the electronic circuits meaning Nico could not command clutch or engine settings.
John Force Racing feature airs Sunday on 'CBS Sunday Morning' Racing fans can get a fast start to their Sunday morning as John Force and the John Force Racing family will be featured on "CBS Sunday Morning" to air on Sept. 28. CBS reporter Lee Cowan spent time with the Force family at their Yorba Linda, Calif., home as well as the Aug. 1-3 NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle.
Currently John Force is No. 1 in the NHRA Mello Yello Sprint Car point standings followed by teammates Robert Hight No. 2 and Courtney Force at No. 4. Top Fuel sophomore driver Brittany Force is currently No. 10 in the Top Fuel point standings.
Detroit-based Quicken Loans, the nation's second largest retail mortgage lender, will return as a sponsor of Richard Childress Racing in 2015.
The company will serve as a primary sponsor of driver Ryan Newman and the No. 31 Quicken Loans Chevrolet for selected races. The 2015 season will mark the fourth year Quicken Loans has teamed with Newman.
"We're looking forward to partnering with RCR and Ryan in the upcoming season and continue this strong partnership," said Jay Farner, President and Chief Marketing Officer for Quicken Loans. "In the meantime, we'll be cheering on Ryan and the No. 31 team as they make a run in this year's Chase."
"It is great to have Quicken Loans back with me next year," said Newman. "They have been loyal partners for several years and have become like family to me. As I continue to push forward in the Chase, it gives me increased confidence to know I have partners and friends that are standing with me not only this year, but also beyond."
Kvyat Ready to Race in Front of Home Fans in Sochi
Daniil Kvyat has more reason than most F1 drivers to be happy with his lot right now. An excellent debut season has seen the young Toro Rosso driver praised across the board and tipped by many as one to watch for the future. However, he is not one to rest on his laurels and is clearly working to achieve even greater things as the season reaches its thrilling climax: "It's been a good season so far and I have been learning a lot" he declares, "Of course there are always races where you think you could have done better, but I have generally been quite happy about how everything has gone. We are all continuing to work very hard and I hope we can finish the season on a high."
More trouble for the Whittingtons Agents with the Internal Revenue Service hit a downtown Albuquerque business Thursday morning, as well as a famous springs resort in Pagosa Springs. Both businesses are owned by the Whittington family, who have been the target of federal agents before for alleged drug smuggling.
A spokesperson in the IRS Criminal Investigations Division would only confirm agents were executing a warrant at the building at 123 Central Ave NW on Thursday. That building is owned by the Gulfstream Group, which includes Big Byte data center.
Tony Stewart lawyer: Accident reconstruction key On Wednesday morning, a prominent accident reconstruction expert from a Chicago suburb laid out for an Ontario County (N.Y.) grand jury what he determined had preceded the death of Kevin Ward Jr.
The consultant, Gary Wayne Cooper, had dissected videos of the fatal accident, greatly slowing them down to try to recreate the fateful and fatal steps Ward had taken, and the on-track reactions of NASCAR driver Tony Stewart.
Not long after the presentation, the grand jury decided not to criminally charge Stewart.
Will Power to race a V8 Supercars Thousands of Queenslander's are expected to flock to Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport (BWWA) to watch the 2014 IndyCar champion Will Power jump into a V8 Supercar and race a Cessna Mustang Citation jet down the newly-completed 2.87 kilometer runway.
The local Toowoomba boy is in Australia to celebrate the airport's community open day, which kicks off at 9.30am.
"I've never raced a jet before so it should be pretty exciting," says Will, Australia's first ever IndyCar champion. Will's race will take place on Sunday at 11.45am and again at 2.15pm.
Andrea Iannone tops opening MotoGP practice at Aragon Andrea Iannone was the quickest rider in MotoGP FP1 at the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon, with Aleix Espargaro and Marc Marquez also towards the top of the timesheet. The session featured a scary moment for Hector Barbera who was forced to abandon his burning new Ducati.
2015 provisional MotoGP calendar announced MotoGP's provisional 2015 calendar is as follows:
29 Mar - Qatar* - Doha/Losail 12 April - Americas - Austin 19 April - Argentina - Termas del Rio Hondo 03 May - Spain - Jerez de la Frontera 17 May - France - Le Mans 31 May - Italy - Mugello 14 June - Catalunya - Catalunya-Barcelona
Tickets for 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix selling out fast
Yas Marina Circuit
Yas Marina Circuit has announced tickets for the 2014 Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in the most popular categories are selling out, and that time is running out for fans to secure their tickets.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will play host to the final race of the season, while the offer of double points for the winner - the first time this has ever happened - could provide one of the most dramatics conclusions to a Formula One season in history.
Unsurprisingly, demand for this year's race is greater than ever, however there are still a few tickets available but race fans are being urged to book sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.
Mobil 1 says sponsorship of Tony Stewart intact Mobil 1, the primary sponsor for Tony Stewart, said its funding for the three-time NASCAR champion remains unchanged.
An upstate New York grand jury on Wednesday declined to charge Stewart for the Aug. 9 death of Kevin Ward Jr. The sprint car driver died when he was struck by Stewart's car as Ward walked on the track.
Mobil 1 said in a statement: "The accident has been a terrible tragedy for all involved and our thoughts remain with the Ward family and Tony Stewart."
DTM, Super GT, IMSA Steering Committee to Meet Next Week Series executives and manufacturers from DTM and Super GT will meet next week in Tokyo for the third steering committee meeting, as talks continue towards a common set of worldwide regulations that could result in the launch of a U.S.-based DTM-style championship.
The meeting, scheduled for Sept. 30, will continue discussions related to technical regulations, series promotion, including the possibility of a joint DTM and Super GT race weekend, which is on the table for 2015.
ITR chairman Hans Werner Aufrecht and GTA Chairman Masaaki Bando will be joined by manufacturer representatives from Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Honda.
The pressure is on Max Verstappen after being compared to Ayrton Senna even before turning a single lap in an F1 car. And let's not forget on his F1 debut in a street demo, he crashed
Helmut Marko likened 16-year old Max Verstappen to Ayrton Senna and stated "we expect him to be competitive from the first race".
"He is an exceptional talent that comes along only once in decades..." Red Bull advisor Marko said in an interview with the official F1 website. Asked to compare him to another driver, Marko paid the 16-year-old the ultimate compliment - and racked up the pressure - when he likened him to triple World Champion Senna.
He said: "Most likely Ayrton Senna.
"And in such a case you must not look at his age. He has been talking with people who are experts when it comes to the development of youngsters and they all say that (in terms of) his mind he is more like 22 than 16.
Formula 1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone Says Teams Can Determine Ticket Prices Mercedes F1 Exec Dir Toto Wolff revealed that F1 teams had "broached the subject of high ticket prices" with F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone during recent meetings, according to Jonathan Noble of AUTOSPORT.
The matter has become a "big talking point because empty grandstands at traditional events like the German and Italian GPs have prompted questions about why fans are no longer going to races." Ticket prices are "so high because the income from spectators is one of the only ways that promoters can recover the high race sanctioning fees that are paid to Ecclestone."
New partner will allow Robby Gordon to further grow Stadium Super Truck series The Elevation Group, a Cleveland-based award-winning sponsorship marketing, event production and communications company, today announced its agreement to jointly own veteran race car driver Robby Gordon's Stadium Super Trucks Series.
The series, officially known as Speed Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by Traxxas, stole the show at ESPN's X Games Austin this past June and is quickly becoming known for the most exciting racing events for today's generation.
FOX Sports announces the addition of veteran motor sports reporter Jamie Little to the NASCAR on FOX family beginning in January 2015.
Little serves as a pit reporter for NASCAR on FOX's 15th season of NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES coverage and its first year televising the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES. Her assignments also include select additional races and special events throughout the year.
"Bringing Jamie into the NASCAR on FOX fold is a huge addition for FOX Sports," said John Entz, EVP, Production & Executive Producer, FOX Sports. "While her versatility is remarkable, her ability to think on her feet and report not only the news but also the sport's human-interest stories, with a down-to-earth presentation, makes her a perfect fit for FOX."
McLaren needs six months to prepare third F1 entry
McLaren-Mercedes racing director Eric Boullier has suggested a decision on whether to allow three-car teams to compete in F1 2015 is already too late to give the teams' sufficient time to prepare accordingly.
Bernie Ecclestone sparked discussions during the Singapore Grand Prix last week by seemingly confirming rumors that F1 may pursue having eight three-car teams on the grid as early as next season.
However, while Ecclestone indicated that there would be discussions about it over the next '2 or 3 races', Boullier says the timeframe to ensure McLaren can get a third car together and arrange the team to run an extra machine would be mean a decision for 2015 needs to be made as soon as possible, if it isn't already too late.
Ross Kenseth lands ride for ARCA race in Kansas (DENVER, N.C. -- Sept. 25, 2014) – Ross Kenseth will attempt to make his first ARCA Racing Series start of 2014 on Friday, Oct. 3, for the ARCA 98.9 season finale at Kansas Speedway. Piloting the No. 3 RACE 101 Chevrolet, Kenseth, son of 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth, looks to make his first career start at a track more than one-mile in distance.
It will be the second ARCA Racing Series start of the young Kenseth’s career. In his first start at Madison International Speedway in 2013, Kenseth won the pole and led for 51 laps before finishing sixth, but he expects the challenge to be greater in Kansas.
“First off, I’m grateful to Tony (Blanchard) for giving me this shot,” said Kenseth, from Little Chute, Wis. “I’ve worked with the team a little over the past couple months before we tested together at Kentucky. I thought the test went well and I’m excited to go to Kansas and see what we can do. I think Kansas presents a lot of challenges for us with this being our first race together. We’re all going in with realistic expectations, but I’m certainly going to do whatever I can to make the most of this opportunity and get this team the best finish possible.”
Peterson on the cusp of Championship heading into VIR ALTON, Va. – As a track record 41-car entry for the Trans Am Series prepares for Round 10 of the 2014 Trans Am Championship at Virginia International Raceway (VIR), Doug Peterson, driver of the No. 87 3Dimensional.com Chevrolet Corvette, will also do so, with the knowledge that a strong performance will see him clinch the TA Championship for the second year in a row.
If Peterson finishes the race at VIR with over a 36-point lead on the TA class runner-up the Championship will once again reside with the No. 87 and Tony Ave Racing. Currently, Peterson’s lead over Simon Gregg, Driver of the No. 59 Derhaag Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette, is 39 points with Peterson’s total at 257 and Gregg’s 219. Peterson’s lead comes curtsey of another season of storming through the TA field, this time with five wins in the past nine rounds of racing behind the wheel of the No. 87.
Team Penske announced today that it has signed multiple-race winner and 2014 NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup contender, Joey Logano, to a contract extension.
Under the new multi-year agreement, Logano will continue behind the wheel of the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) and the No. 22 Discount Tire / Hertz Ford Mustang in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) for Team Penske.
"Joey Logano has been everything we hoped he would be, both as a driver and as a representative of our organization and for our partners," said Roger Penske. "He continues to put points on the board for us and the continuity and chemistry he has developed within the team has been terrific. We believe he can be a leader and championship-level driver for Team Penske for years to come."
The 2014 Race Of Champions will feature the winner of this year's Indianapolis 500 after Ryan Hunter-Reay signed up to compete at the event, to be held at the Bushy Park Circuit in Barbados on December 13-14.
Hunter-Reay won the famous Borg-Warner Trophy and the legendary bottle of milk as he took victory in the Indianapolis 500 for the first time in May. But it was no easy ride for the American in the biggest single-day spectator event in world sport. After a six-lap closing battle with Brazil's Helio Castroneves, Hunter-Reay sealed victory by just 0.06 seconds, the second closest finish in the history of the classic race.
Now the performance – one of his three IndyCar wins in 2014 – has earned Hunter-Reay another reward as he becomes the third driver confirmed so far for ROC 2014 in Barbados. This will be Hunter-Reay's second Race Of Champions appearance as he also competed two years ago after he won the 2012 IndyCar Series championship.
Ryan Hunter-Reay returned to Indy for the first time since his breathtaking '500' victory last May.
Ryan Hunter-Reay has watched the last few laps of the 2014 Indianapolis 500 a few times, not so much to re-live the greatest day of his motorsports life but to see exactly how it happened.
“It was so intense at the end, I didn’t really remember a whole lot of it,” he said. “I was using up so much energy to fight that last bit out that I really didn’t bank a whole lot of memories.”
But he’s been banking them ever since.
Hunter-Reay returned to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sept. 23 for the first time since his Memorial Day weekend triumph, taking part in a Firestone tire test along with Ed Carpenter, Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves, his foil over those thrilling final laps.
Arriving at IMS through the main tunnel brought back a wave of emotions, as did his first test lap around the iconic oval in the Andretti Autosport No. 28 DHL car.
“That first lap out was pretty special, thinking about what we had this year,” Hunter-Reay said. “It’s thrilling to be back.”
GP2 and Formula E racer Daniel Abt is scheduled to test with Andretti Autosport for the first time next month reports Autosport.
The 21-year-old German is slated to spend a day in the team's Dallara-Honda at Barber Motorsports Park on October 27.
Abt, who was GP3 Series runner-up to Mitch Evans in 2012, made his first visit to an IndyCar paddock at last month's season-finale at Fontana, and admitted at the time that a move to the US could be on the horizon.
"It's an option in my mind, but before I can really make a decision I need to get a feeling for the sport," he said.
Cost issue could end F1 'freeze' relaxation talks (GMM) Toto Wolff says F1's struggling teams would be the victims if a push to relax the engine development 'freeze' is successful.
As Mercedes continues to utterly dominate in the first season of the turbo V6 era, behind-the-scenes discussions have turned to allowing struggling rivals Ferrari and Renault to catch up.
"If we look at this year's season we're seeing that there's such a big disparity between the different engines," said Monisha Kaltenborn, whose Sauber outfit is using Ferrari power and having the "worst season in the history of the team".
Ward family likely to file a civil lawsuit against Stewart Stewart Statement: Following a thorough investigation and presentation of all the relevant evidence and witnesses to an Ontario County (N.Y.) grand jury, the grand jury has determined there is no basis for the filing of any criminal charges involving the tragic accident of Kevin Ward Jr. on Aug. 9 at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park. The following is a statement from Tony Stewart regarding the grand jury's decision.
"This has been the toughest and most emotional experience of my life, and it will stay with me forever. I'm very grateful for all the support I've received and continue to receive. I respect everything the District Attorney and Sheriff's Office did to thoroughly investigate this tragic accident. While the process was long and emotionally difficult, it allowed for all the facts of the accident to be identified and known. While much of the attention has been on me, it's important to remember a young man lost his life. Kevin Ward Jr.'s family and friends will always be in my thoughts and prayers."
Miles promising higher speeds, more excitement next year in IndyCar
Mark Miles finally looking at putting more races on network TV and off NBCSN. Finally.
Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles says business at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and within the IndyCar Series has "palpable momentum," and he's promising to build on that in 2015. He's optimistic that new aero kits that will debut next year will ramp up speeds and excitement in Indy next May.
Attendance at the Speedway was up significantly in May this year compared to May of 2013, Miles told IBJ on Tuesday. And although about half of that increase was due to the Jason Aldean concert the night before the Indianapolis 500, Miles noted that attendance for the 500-mile race was up about 8 percent.
The IMS doesn't release exact attendance figures for the Indy 500, but the usual estimates are around 300,000. Another 8 percent would be 24,000 people. The debut of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis—which took place on the Speedway's road course and kicked off the "Month of May" festivities—added to the attendance increase. IndyCar sources estimated attendance at 25,000 to 30,000 for the new race.
Rodolfo "Speedy" Gonzalez tests for DCR (Update)UPDATE "Yesterday was a great experience, and I am very grateful for this new opportunity to return to the track, I was worried because I had no time to handle such a large and fast car, in a category that is one of the most important worldwide. I was surprised by the speed, it's totally different from Formula 1 and World Endurance cars are prototypes," he said, translated, via Noticias 24 Venezuela
This Noticias 24/Venezuela article talks about 28-year-old Venezuelan driver Rodolfo Gonzalez's test yesterday at Barber Motorsports Park for Dale Coyne Racing. Gonzalez is a veteran of 64 GP2 starts from 2009-2012. His best GP2 finish came for Arden International, a 4th place in 2010 in the Belgium sprint race. Gonzalez also drove for Trident and Caterham in GP2.
Most recently, Gonzalez co-drove a Oreca 03R-Nissan in the LMP2 class for Murphy Prototypes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team did not finish the race.
Project Brabham Launched, Targeting LMP2 Effort in 2015 The Brabham name will return to the motorsports world next year with a new crowdfunding-based project that is set to see the creation of a new team that will initially compete in the LMP2 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
"We have endured a long and testing journey to protect and bring the Brabham name back under the family's control, then decide the next step in the journey of this iconic brand," David Brabham said.
"I have long dreamt of seeing the Brabham team back out on the track, winning at the highest level and continuing the legacy my father laid down when he first started the team in the Sixties."
D.A.: Varying witness accounts likely convinced grand jury of Tony Stewart innocence During Wednesday afternoon's press conference announcing that a grand jury had cleared Tony Stewart of potential criminal charges in the death of Kevin Ward Jr., Ontario County (N.Y.) District Attorney Michael Tantillo said that varying accounts by witnesses in the sprint car accident that claimed Ward's life likely swayed the grand jury in its eventual decision.
"When I reviewed the investigation that had been prepared by the sheriff's department, it was clear that a number of the witnesses interviewed had different perspectives of what they had seen and what they had heard," Tantillo said. "There were varying versions of what had actually taken place.
"So there was not one clear monolithic story that was presented to me. Additionally, several of the witnesses, important witnesses, chose not to make statements to the police. They did not want to make any statements. So the only way I could find out what they had to say or what they had to offer was to subpoena them and compel them to testify, which I did.
Denny Hamlin and the other Gibbs drivers are looking for a strong run in Dover to help bolster their chances of advancing to the 'Contender Round.'
FIRST CHASE CUTOFF CLOSING IN: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Dover International Speedway this weekend will mark the last race before the first of three cutoffs in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Series championship -- new to the series this year. Camry Chase drivers Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth are all looking to advance to the 'Contender Round' of the Chase with solid finishes this weekend at Dover. Busch finished eighth last Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and currently sits fifth in the point standings. Kenseth is currently eighth in the standings while Hamlin is 13th, and just six points outside the 12-driver cutoff going into Dover this weekend.
CHASERS STRONG AT MONSTER MILE: Camry drivers have experienced quite a bit of success at Dover International Speedway in NSCS competition, including the three Toyota drivers in this year's Chase. Toyota has visited victory lane twice in the NSCS at Dover with Busch winning at the one-mile concrete oval in the spring 2008 and 2010 races. Kenseth has registered two career NSCS victories (2006 and 2011) at Dover prior to joining Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), in addition to two poles (2002 and 2003) at the track. Hamlin has recorded two pole positions in a Camry at the 'Monster Mile,' leading the field to the green flag in Oct. 2012 and June 2013.
Scott Speed captured his third Red Bull Global Rallycross victory of 2014 this past weekend in Los Angeles.
After a weekend of highs and lows in Los Angeles, the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team heads to DirtFish Rally School in Snoqualmie, WA for Red Bull Global Rallycross Seattle, the ninth round of the 2014 season. Scott Speed sits 24 behind the leader in the drivers' championship standings and Tanner Foust is currently in the eighth position. Red Bull Global Rallycross Seattle takes place September 27, 2014. NBC will air the ninth round on September 28 at 4:30 p.m. ET.
Scott Speed, No. 77 7UP Volkswagen Polo
Speed scored the record-tying fifth win of his Red Bull Global Rallycross career during Round 7 in Los Angeles
The 31-year-old is one of two drivers to have won multiple events during the 2014 Red Bull GRC series season
Tony Stewart -- Cleared By Grand Jury NASCAR star Tony Stewart will NOT face criminal charges in the death of Kevin Ward Jr. ... who was struck and killed by Stewart during a race last month ... TMZ Sports has learned.
We've learned ... that a grand jury just decided not to charge Stewart.
On the night of his death, Ward Jr. had gotten out of his car and was aggressively marching toward Stewart's car -- when he was struck.
Richard Childress Racing and D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. Extend Partnership Richard Childress Racing and D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc., America's Oldest Brewery, announced today the renewal of their partnership and sponsorship of the NASCAR Nationwide Series No. 3 Chevrolet team and driver Ty Dillon for the 2015 season.
Yuengling will also sponsor the No. 33 Chevrolet SS at Pocono Raceway in the June NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race with Dillon behind the wheel.
Regan Smith celebrates victory earlier this season at Daytona.
DRIVER: Regan Smith / No. 7 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet
“Our No. 7 team really stepped up to the challenge of the past two weeks. Chicago and Kentucky have always been tough and to come out of there with a top-five and a top-10 was a solid effort. We gave up a couple points to our teammate but we’re happy to have those races behind us. Now the focus is on some of our better tracks coming up and cutting into the point’s deficit.
“Dover is its own animal. It’s one of my favorite tracks. It’s unique in the fact that there isn’t really another track to compare it to. Bristol is the closest thing but it’s much bigger than that. It’s fast and its narrow, and everything happens so quickly there, so you’ve got to be on your guard for all 200 laps.”
Grand jury hearing testimony in Tony Stewart case Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo has convened a grand jury to determine whether charges should be brought against NASCAR driver Tony Stewart for his role in an on-track incident that caused the death of driver Kevin Ward Jr. Grand jury testimony began Tuesday in the case. Tantillo said on Sept. 16 that he would present evidence from the police investigation to a grand jury.
Chuck Hebing, who was driving in the Aug. 9 race when Ward was killed at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, confirmed that he was called to testify about the accident but declined to discuss the matter further. Ward, 20, died after he was struck by the car of Tony Stewart during a Sprint car race. The incident took place moments after Stewart, a three-time NASCAR season-series champion, bumped Ward's car and forced it to crash into the corner wall on Turn 2. It is not known how long it will take for the evidence to be presented to the grand jury, or for witnesses to provide testimony.
Tire testing at Indy produces no speeds (Update)UPDATE In the interest of breaking the sheer boredom of the long IndyCar offseason, AR1.com was able to obtain Tuesday test speeds from Indy for its readers:
09/23/14 The famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.5-mile oval played host to a Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone tire test on Tuesday, Sept. 23 but we have no clue how fast or slow anyone went because no test speeds were made available. Apparently it's best to keep IndyCar fans in the dark in the long off-season so they lose interest.
Verizon IndyCar Series drivers participating in the event included three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves of Team Penske, 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport, two-time Indianapolis 500 pole-sitter Ed Carpenter of CFH Racing and inaugural Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis winner Simon Pagenaud of Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports.
The PEUGEOT 2008 DKR clocks up testing kilometers in France
PEUGEOT 2008 DKR
As the countdown to the 2015 Dakar Rally begins to accelerate, the Peugeot-Total squad is continuing to develop the fearsome PEUGEOT 2008 DKR at a frenetic pace with its three star drivers, including Cyril Despres, who is getting to grips with competing on four wheels for the first time.
From 7am, Team Peugeot-Total is in action. Like a commando unit on a mission, the mechanics invade the test centre at Chateau Lastours, where the PEUGEOT 2008 DKR is about to begin a new phase of its development – generating impatience and anticipation in equal measure. Every single minute counts. For the first time, the three crews that constitute Peugeot's dream team will all take turns behind the wheel. Following shakedown tests at Freneuse, Montlhery and Creusot elsewhere in France, the beast now has the opportunity to demonstrate its mettle across rocky terrain that offers a foretaste of the kind of adventure that awaits it in South America. Now that Carlos Sainz has drawn upon his experience to identify the inevitable initial teething troubles, his two new team-mates have also come along to help out. On the program is validation of the modifications made to the chassis and cooling system.
The French multiple Dakar winner wastes little time in heading towards this track, which represents a real challenge – even for a vehicle that aspires to the life of a trailblazer. As the kilometers pass by, Stephane confesses to experiencing a genuine culture shock: "Switching over to two-wheel-drive changes everything!" he cheerfully reflects.
Subsequent runs only serve to confirm this first impression: "I've never previously driven a car with so much suspension travel. The first big surprise is the manner in which the PEUGEOT 2008 DKR soaks up potholes and compressions. I've always been accustomed to getting thrown around like a rag doll inside the cockpit, but the behavior of the PEUGEOT 2008 DKR is infinitely more efficient and smooth. Whenever you fear an impending impact, the suspension and large-diameter wheels absorb it. That is a reassuring feeling, which allows you to pass over potholes at 120kph or 130kph rather than just 80kph. I'll need to adapt my driving style accordingly…"
All the more so, indeed, as this beast is truly alive! "Being two-wheel-drive, the PEUGEOT 2008 DKR is a bit livelier and as such, demands a defter and more precise touch behind the wheel since it is not quite as easy to control. You really need to always be at the point of sliding. Apart from that, the engine and gearbox both feel good, and while we are still inevitably a long way from finding the ideal set-up, initial impressions are excellent – there is plenty of potential here."
So what awaits Cyril Despres? The former motorcyclist – a five-time Dakar winner on two wheels – is embarking upon a new career on four wheels. As the clock ticks down towards his leap into the unknown, he is oscillating between impatience and a hint of anxiety that he is doing his best to conceal. Following a sighting run in the passenger seat alongside Peterhansel to establish his bearings, the moment comes to take to the wheel himself for the first time: with his eyes full of wonder and grinning from cheek-to-cheek, he is like a kid at Christmas.
Under the watchful gaze of team members – who are well aware that they are witnessing history being made – he fires up the engine and sets off in determined mood for his maiden test outing. After completing several dozen kilometers, he returns to base, with tears of emotion intermingling with beads of sweat. "That was crazy!" he exclaims, visibly awestruck by the experience. "In every possible area, it's far better than I had ever imagined it would be! And what's more, I'm still a long way from pushing flat-out and exploring its full potential..."
He does admit to the engineers, however, to having made a small mistake: "At one stage, I briefly relaxed my concentration. I missed a down shift and must have over-revved the engine slightly..." Gilles Picard, two times a Dakar winner alongside Luc Alphand and a former motorcyclist himself, is nonetheless very satisfied with the four-wheeled debut of his new driver: "He's impressed me, this kid. He has a very neat driving style!"
Not far away, Carlos Sainz is already in the process of settling himself into the PEUGEOT 2008 DKR's snug cockpit. He was on-site for Cyril's debut and watched over him with the nurturing and encouraging manner of an older brother: "I am convinced that he will do a good job, and to that end, I am ready to help him where needed. Stéphane and others have demonstrated that motorcyclists possess the necessary mind-set to also perform well in cars, and I know that Cyril is a formidable competitor." The program drawn up by the team's engineers filled the summer months and did not really allow the three crews to take any long holidays. The test sessions will continue to come thick and fast right up until the eagerly-anticipated expedition to South America.
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