Williams Grand Prix Holdings PLC (WGPH, Ticker: WGF1) today announced the Group's interim results for the six months to 30 June 2017. WGPH is the holding company of the Williams group of companies, which includes Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited.
Group revenue grew to £85.9m for the period, compared to £80.0m in the same period in 2016. EBITDA improved from a profit of £7.8m in 2016 to a profit of £10.4m in 2017. The Group generated operating free cash flow of £10.9m for the six-month period (2016: £13.0m).
Scott Atherton says he’s “optimistic” of achieving capacity grids for next year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, with a large presence of international entries expected as part of its ‘Florida 36 Hours’ initiative.
Both events, which will open the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, are set to see entries capped to 60 cars, according to the IMSA President.
“We’ve had situations where we’ve started more but right now that’s a self-imposed cap,” Atherton told Sportscar365.
WeatherTech Racing has announced that Patrick Long will join Cooper MacNeil and Gunnar Jeannette in the No. 50 WeatherTech Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R at next week’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
Long, a veteran factory Porsche driver, joins a driving duo that saw some success early in the IMSA WeatherTech Championship season with a win on the streets of Long Beach. That said, the team looks to finish the season equally strong with Long’s addition for the 10-hour race at Road Atlanta.
James Dyson, billionaire inventor of the bagless vacuum cleaner, said his company is building an electric car that will launch by 2020. Dyson is the latest company to challenge traditional carmakers in a burgeoning market.
Tesla has already shaken up the sector around the world and Dyson said his company would now spend 2 billion pounds ($2.7 billion) on solid-state battery technology and vehicle design.
Final Weekend TV Ratings The NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from New Hampshire, the second race in the Chase For the Cup, had 1.992 million viewers and that was down 21% from 2.5 million viewers in 2016. 2016 was -down 14% from 2015, and down 34% from 2014 on ESPN (3.9M).
The move from ESPN to NBCSN has resulted in a drop of almost 50% in just 3 years. At that rate will NASCAR still exist when the NBCSN contract reaches a conclusion?
Mark Miles says IndyCar is holding its own and that is somewhat true. Now if it can get it's TV broadcasts off of cable (NBCSN ratings are killing sponsor opportunities) and 100% on network TV the series would take off.
IndyCar wrapped up a season that saw a decline in television viewership and news that Verizon is unlikely to renew its title sponsorship, yet series CEO Mark Miles touted several positive developments that could bode well for the future writes Adam Stern of Sports Business Daily.
Miles pointed to a new American champion, 26-year-old Team Penske driver Josef Newgarden, which gives the series another element to market against. He also cited attendance upticks at many tracks, including a strong return to the schedule from Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis. And Miles said the series saw more international interest, particularly in Europe, as Formula One driver Fernando Alonso drove in the Indianapolis 500.
“It was a terrific year -- the championship was compelling yet again, coming down to the finale, and we crowned a great champion with a great future,” Miles said.
Pierre Gasly replaces Kvyat at Scuderia Toro Rosso
Gasly in, Kvyat out
For the next Grands Prix, Pierre Gasly will be driving for Scuderia Toro Rosso, standing in for Daniil Kvyat, alongside Carlos Sainz.
Gasly, one of the Red Bull Junior Programme drivers, has been racing in Japan this year in the Super Formula category. The 2016 GP2 Champion finished second in last Sunday’s race, having won the two previous rounds. The 21 year old will therefore get his chance to prove himself in F1. This is not a case of goodbye for our Daniil, as he still remains part of the Red Bull Family.
Ligier JS P217 scores its first victory on American soil with Visit Florida
Visit Florida Ligier JS P217 was too fast for the Cadillacs
On Sunday 24th September the Visit Florida Racing gave the Ligier JS P217 its first victory on the American continent on the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca circuit in Monterey in California. Troy Flis’s team sealed this victory in the second-last round of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on what was only its second outing with the #90 Ligier JS P217.
Malaysian GP - Carlos Sainz 360 hotlap - Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso left Singapore celebrating a fourth place for Carlos Sainz and now we head north for Kuala Lumpur. Get ready and buckle up your seat belts as our Spanish driver is about to take us on a lap of the International Sepang Circuit, which this weekend hosts the Malaysian Grand Prix. Comment
Video: Kyle Busch cruises to New Hampshire win After pulling away on a late restart, Kyle Busch and the No. 18 team cross the start/finish line first to collect their third checkered flag of the season. Comment
Malaysian Grand Prix Preview - Scuderia Ferrari 2017 Ferrari gives their technical preview of the 2017 Malaysian GP. A medium downforce track with the current cars, look for the longer wheelbase Aldo Costa designed Mercedes to dominate again. They very well can win the remainder of the 2017 races Comment
ESA Astronaut Tim Peake Takes on Red Bull Racing's F1 Simulator How does accelerating hard downhill out of Remus in an F1 car compare to blasting out of Baikonur aboard a rocket? Can barreling through fifth-gear Rindt Corner at 180km/h compare to orbiting Earth at 28,000km/h aboard the International Space Station? Comment
Valtteri Bottas Takes on the 2017 Orchid Run & Ride! Every year, our friends from PETRONAS and PETRONITA organize the ‘Orchid Run & Ride’ – giving athletes of all ages and abilities the chance to take on a 5k / 12k route on foot or by bike around the center of Kuala Lumpur. For 2017, the event had a rather special guest competitor… none other than Silver Arrows superstar Valtteri Bottas, who was on hand to kick start the race, hand out the traditional Orchids at the finish line and get stuck into the course himself, of course!
Sound of F1 | McLaren and Ultimate Ears Exclusive Competition McLaren paired up with Logitech's Ultimate Ears to create a set of ultra-exclusive speakers, inspired by McLaren liveries throughout the ages. Comment
NASCAR to reconsider how practice penalties are handled
Logano sits in the penalty box with his dunce cap on
A NASCAR executive said Monday "it's fair for us to take a look" at the rule that forced Joey Logano to sit on pit road for an entire 50-minute practice session after his #22 Ford failed pre-qualifying inspection four times the day before.
The rule was addressed by Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's chief racing development officer, on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's "The Morning Drive."
NFL Broadcasting Stocks Slump As Protests Rise And TV Ratings Fall
Can NASCAR benefit from NFL's fall?
Ratings for NBC's broadcast of "Sunday Night Football" were down again, but it's impossible to tell if the dip was due to players protesting during the national anthem, a boring lopsided game or just part of a continuing trend.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the game between the Raiders and Redskins pulled in a 11.6 overnight rating. That number represents the low-mark for the telecast during the three-week old season and is down 9 percent over last week and 11 percent from last year.
Cadillac Embarks on its First-Ever Hands-Free Drive with Super Cruise
Cadillac Super Cruise
Beginning today, Cadillac embarked on the first official hands-free drive on freeways from one side of the country to the other, using the industry-leading Super Cruise technology. A select group of key stakeholders and media will put the power of Super Cruise technology to the test in twelve Super Cruise-equipped Cadillac CT6 vehicles, which departed this morning from Cadillac House in New York City and will travel to Los Angeles, California.
At age 32, Lewis Hamilton is arguably the most dominant Formula One driver in the circuit’s 65-year history. A native of Stevenage, England, Hamilton’s prowess is admired worldwide, but his biggest fan is his 25-year-old younger brother, Nicolas.
A race car driver in the Renault UK Clio Cup series, Nicolas is relatively unknown, but it’s extraordinary that he is behind the wheel at all, given the physical challenges he faces from cerebral palsy.
Host Bryant Gumbel meets the brothers and learns of their inspiring journey to the heights of international racing.
DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc., an affiliate of leading global automotive supplier DENSO Corp., has named Michael “Mike” Guidry as its new director of Engineering. His responsibilities include overseeing all engineering development of DENSO’s aftermarket light- and heavy-duty automotive products.
Guidry comes to DENSO with more than two decades of management and engineering experience in the automotive and aviation industries. His areas of expertise include concept-to-launch product development of power electronics, motor controls, sensors and feedback, hardware, software and embedded systems. His pioneering work has earned him more than 20 patents issued or pending.
The FIM (Federation of International Motorcycle Racing) Awards are about to become one the most renown Prize-giving ceremony in the world of sport.
Sport, suspense and glamor will be the watchwords of this breath-taking evening show! A glittering cast of no fewer than 40 world champions will gather onstage alongside high-profile guests to celebrate the end of this motorcycling season with a Grand Finale.
These are the people who make the F1 engines rules that result in such high costs that teams bleed red ink
Force India enjoyed an increase in revenue for the 2016 a calendar year but an increase in its losses , mainly due to "currency fluctuations".
The Silverstone-based outfit's recently filed accounts for 2016 showed the team generated revenue of £77.1m, up from £64.2m in 2015.
Force India's losses however increased from £6.8m to £11.6m, and justified the change by "an increase of £5.7m charged to the accounts due as a result of currency fluctuations to both EUR and USD related suppliers/creditors during the year and balances outstanding at the end of the year."
Ricciardo's Season Update Ahead Of The F1 Malaysian Grand Prix
Ricciardo and Verstappen
After a slow start to 2017, Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo has since gone on a run of 7 podium finishes in 10 Grand Prix races, the highlight of which was his first victory of the season, in Azerbaijan.
Now, with 6 races to go, the Australian is determined to maintain the challenge on title contenders Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, the likes of whom he is convinced both he and teammate Max Verstappen have the beating of, as Mobil 1 The Grid found out.
He talks about how Max is his most competitive teammate yet, and how he doesn’t see Sebastian or Lewis as better than him.
Video: Pass for win by Van Der Zande Renger Van Der Zande took the win in today’s IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship race at Laguna Seca in the best way possible: by recreating an Alex Zanardi type pass in the Laguna Seca Corkscrew. Van Der Zande’s No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Ligier was coming up behind Dane Cameron in the No. 31 Action Express Racing Cadillac into the Corkscrew. Van Der Zande went for it just like Zanardi did on Bryan Herta, dropping down into the inside of Cameron at the top of the Corkscrew to get the lead in the race’s penultimate lap. Comment
Inflexion Private Equity today announces that funds managed by Inflexion have agreed the buyout of Xtrac Ltd, a world leader in the design and manufacture of high performance transmissions for the motorsport and automotive industry.
Xtrac supplies most of the world's top motorsport teams in both two and four-wheeled formulae across the globe, from MotoGP to Formula 1TM. The business enjoys strong EBITDA growth; over 80 per cent of the British manufacturer’s revenue is generated through exports, particularly for high performance automotive applications including hybrids and electric vehicles.
NASCAR Owners Threaten To Fire Drivers And Crew If They Kneel During National Anthem
Petty: “Anybody that don’t stand up for the anthem oughta be out of the country. Period. What got ’em where they’re at? The United States”
Multiple NASCAR team owners indicated Sunday they will not tolerate drivers or crew members who kneel during the national anthem as unpatriotic protests plague the beleaguered National Football League.
Former NASCAR champion and legend Richard Petty, who owns Richard Petty Motorsports, told the Associated Press that he would fire any member of his team that chooses to kneel during the national anthem.
“Anybody that don’t stand up for the anthem oughta be out of the country. Period. What got ’em where they’re at? The United States,” Petty said.
2016 Malaysian Grand Prix: Race Highlights This coming weekend is the Malaysian GP. There was drama from start to finish at the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix, featuring Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull duo Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. Comment
NASCAR New Hampshire Monster Cup Post-Race Q&A Second- place finisher Kyle Larson (No. 42 Target Chevrolet), third- place finisher Matt Kenseth (No. 20 SiriusXM Toyota) and race winner Kyle Busch, owner Joe Gibbs and crew chief Adam Stevens (No. 18 M&M’s Caramel Toyota) Comment
Ernie Francis, Jr., made it win number seven in 2017 for the No. 98 Buoniconti Fund Ford Mustang today in Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli action at Virginia International Raceway, bolstering his TA class championship aspirations. Cindi Lux would secure her second career TA3 class win, while Steven Davison captured the first TA4 class win of his Trans Am career.
Francis began the race on pole with Paul Fix, in the No. 4 StopFlex/ ClassicTube/ CarCoach Chevrolet Corvette, alongside. While Fix was able to keep the No. 98 close through the first few laps, Francis was able to build a solid gap entering the first full caution of the race on lap five of the slated 31.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Hosts Final Fall NASCAR Race
Last fall race in Loudon
Today mark's New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s "final fall" Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Next year, the September date, along with the Camping World Truck Series race, will "move to Las Vegas Motor Speedway." NHMS' 21-year streak of "hosting two Cup races will end."
NHMS GM David McGrath said, "It’s a little bittersweet. ... So it’s hard. But I get it. I understand the business end of the way our business works. I completely support that." BOSTON GLOBE
Rene Rast has won the DTM race at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg on Sunday. In a dramatic final stage, the German crossed the finish line after 39 laps ahead of his fellow Audi drivers Mike Rockenfeller and Nico Muller. For Rast, this is the third win in his 19th DTM race. On Saturday, the brand from Ingolstadt had already scored a clean sweep of the top three. The tragic hero in an entertaining race was Jamie Green. In the lead with two laps remaining, the Brit dropped back to 14th place due to gearbox problems. In the DTM drivers’ standings, Mattias Ekstrom remains in the lead prior to the grand finale at Hockenheim. The Audi driver finished fifth behind Mercedes-AMG’s Gary Paffett. Marco Wittmann took the checkered flag in sixth with his BMW M4 DTM.
Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has been recognized by the United Nations for its ground-breaking electrification strategy in the latest report from the UN’s Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.
The report, launched earlier this week at the Global Compact’s annual high-level meeting in New York, focuses on the progress that Global Compact members have made in supporting the delivery of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It highlights 10 chief executives that have taken particularly bold and disruptive action, including Volvo Cars’ president and chief executive, Hakan Samuelsson.
The Global Compact has also recognized Volvo Cars as a LEAD member, a group of the most committed, engaged and ambitious companies within the Global Compact. A founding member of the Global Compact, Volvo Cars is one of only 44 LEAD companies out of a total of 9,500 members - and one of only two car makers.
Porsche recalls Cayenne's Porsche Cars North America, Inc. is issuing a voluntary recall for 2003 to 2006 model year Cayenne models in the United States.
Porsche determined that after extended usage and time, fine hairline cracks could possibly appear on the flange of the fuel pump filter on affected vehicles. If this happens, a very small quantity of fuel might seep out causing a fuel odor. Authorized Porsche dealers will replace the fuel filter flange on affected vehicles at no charge. Replacement of the fuel filter flange is expected to take approximately one and a half hours. There are 50,145 affected vehicles.
Charlotte offering Speedway College Party ticket program
Johnson at Charlotte
College students looking to earn a degree in racing excitement will receive valuable credit during the Oct. 8 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. With the new Speedway College Party ticket program, NASCAR's homecoming allows college students to rev up for race day with an unmatched array of entertainment value - and "tuition" requires just $29 and a valid student ID.
Students looking to enjoy the ultimate tailgate experience can do so from the best viewing area - the race track - with general admission to the new Turn 4 Sun Deck, an open-air terrace with an up-close view of the race that will feature a DJ, lawn games and a bar for those aged 21 and older. Additionally, a Speedway College Party ticket provides students with access to the Brad Paisley concert saluting Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s JR Nation Appreci88ion Tour on Saturday, Oct. 7 at zMAX Dragway - the perfect way for budding NASCAR scholars to kick off their race-weekend education.
Logano parked for Cup practice after cheater car fails inspection four times
Logano had to sit in his car in the penalty box the whole time. It's analogous to making a kid in school sit in the corner with a dunce cap on. His wife Brittany talks to him while he sits in his cheater Penske Ford
Joey Logano was forced to strap in, put on his helmet and sit on pit road in the No. 22 Ford for the duration of a 50-minute Cup series practice Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. NASCAR cracked down on Logano and his Team Penske team because the car failed inspection four times before Friday's aborted qualifying attempt.
NASCAR teams routinely hold cars for allotted periods of time during practice for various infractions. But NASCAR said it was the first time a Cup driver was benched for the entire practice.
"I had time for a lot of thoughts in there," Logano said. "Mainly that it's a total joke. I don't know why it has to be on pit road. There's no reason to sit out there. It's dumb."
Dale Jr. says tire shredding donuts hides cheating
Cheaters always win in NASCAR, then they cover their cheat by tearing up the car from tire shredding burnouts
Dale Earnhardt Jr. explains another way that NASCAR allows cheating in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
A popular opinion in the garage nowadays is that winners destroy their tires while doing burnouts so they can damage the back end of their cars to such a degree that NASCAR can’t put it through a rigorous post-race technical inspection.
Memories - Oliver Gavin Looks Back On His Career In Sportscar Racing In fifteen years with Corvette Racing, Oliver Gavin has established himself both as a stalwart within the Detroit-based team, and as a legend within sportscar racing overall. Since 2002, the Briton has secured five American Le Mans Series championships, and five class victories in each of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 12 Hours of Sebring and Road Atlanta’s Petit Le Mans. Mobil 1 The Grid caught up with the veteran driver as he takes a look back on his illustrious career to date. Comment
NDYCAR 101 Beekhuis on 2018 IndyCar brake package INDYCAR reporter Jon Beekhuis explains the technical advancements for the brake package on the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series car that will work in tandem with the new universal aero kit. Comment
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