First gas station in America to ditch gasoline for 100% electric vehicle charging opens in Maryland
Maryland gas station ditching gasoline
The first gas station in the U.S. that has been completely transitioned from a petroleum station to exclusively charging EVs opened Thursday in Takoma Park, Maryland reports CNBC.
RS Automotives, the local gas station, has been around since 1958.
Depeswar Doley, owner of the station since 1997, said he was already unhappy with the way oil and gasoline companies structure contracts -- such as limiting the use of multiple suppliers, including clauses that extend contracts when a certain volume of sales is not met and limiting maintenance support. These business factors already were pushing him to consider other options.
Maserati Announces All-New Electrified Sports Car, SUV And GT
Maserati going electric
Maserati has revealed plans about all-new vehicles that will be “developed, electrified and produced in Italy.”
Following in the footsteps of FCA’s $5.5 billion investment program for Italy, the luxury brand has announced a lineup of new and electrified products that will be built at the plants in Modena, Cassino and Turin (Mirafiori and Grugliasco).
The DTM is preparing for the guest appearance of three cars from the Japanese SUPER GT series at next weekend’s seasonal finale at Hockenheim (4-6 October). At the landmark event, Honda, Nissan and Lexus will enter one vehicle each, pitting them against the DTM’s 18-car field of Aston Martins, BMWs and Audis.
The most prominent starter from the Japanese delegation is former Formula 1 World Champion and current SUPER GT champion Jenson Button. The 39-year-old Englishman, who became a father a few weeks ago, will drive a Team Kunimitsu Honda NSX GT, with the start-number one.
Exclusive Autosport to expand to Indy Lights in 2020
Exclusive Autosport Indy Lights rendering
As the only open-wheel racing team in North America with an internal development ladder system bridging from F1600 racing into the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires, Exclusive Autosport is thrilled to announce it will expand once again in 2020 by making its debut in the top-level Indy Lights program. The growing operation has acquired a Dallara IL-15 chassis and currently plans to field at least one entry next season. The team plans to debut its new acquisition, dressed in new Exclusive Autosport red and white livery, alongside its USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000 cars at the Chris Griffis Memorial Test on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on October 19-20.
Juncos Racing announced today that IndyCar driver Spencer Pigot will join the team for the final IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta next month. Pigot will pilot the No. 50 Cadillac DPi-V.R entry with American Will Owen and Austrian Rene Binder.
Pigot (Orlando, Florida) has made 12 starts since 2016 in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The American has claimed two podiums including a third-place finish in the Petit Le Mans last year at Road Atlanta.
Talladega Unveils Final Piece Of $50M Track Renovation
Lesa France Kennedy (second from right), Chief Executive Officer of International Speedway Corporation and granddaughter of Bill France Sr., along with Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (second from left), legendary driver and member of the “Alabama Gang” Red Farmer (left) and Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch (right)
Talladega Superspeedway unveiled its new Garage Experience, announcing that the 35,000-square-foot open-air club "will be known as Big Bill's Social Club, a nod to NASCAR founder and Talladega visionary Bill France Sr.," according to Josh Bean of the the BIRMINGHAM NEWS.
The new space is the "centerpiece" of the track's $50M renovation -- known as The Transformation -- that "coincides with its 50th anniversary."
The project is "scheduled to be finished in time" for the upcoming Oct. 11-13 NASCAR weekend. Big Bill's Social Club features a 75-foot bar and a 41-foot videoboard.
The rest of the Talladega Garage Experience includes "nearly 140,000 square feet of open space that can be used by fans" and the "new Gatorade Victory Lane, which will allow fans to get an up-close view of the winning team's celebration."
There also are two concession stands with "everything under $4" outside of one product BIRMINGHAM NEWS
The Porsche Taycan will be Hennessey's first ever tuned EV
Can Hennessey make the Taycan even faster?
Having supercharged and boosted everything from pick-up trucks to Corvettes (to cupholders, no doubt), Hennessey Performance is now planning on entering the shiny new world of electric cars.
Yes folks, the Texan tuner is going to modify its first ever fast EV – the Porsche Taycan.
“We’ve been planning to do something with electrified vehicles for a while now,” explains HPE boss John Hennessey. “We felt that the new Porsche Taycan was the right platform from which to modify our first EV.”
Ron Pace Will Become New Chairman of the Board of Directors for Road America
The Board of Directors of Elkhart Lake's Road America Inc., have announced that in connection with the planned and ongoing succession process, Chairman of the Board, Jonathan Laun, will retire his position at the end of 2019. During a regularly scheduled meeting, the directors expressed their gratitude to Mr. Laun for his many contributions to Road America and subsequently unanimously appointed Ron Pace, as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors of Elkhart Lake's Road America Inc., while appointing Laun as Treasurer. Pace will serve as Chairman Elect until January 1, 2020.
Roush gives Stenhouse Jr. the boot, hires Buescher
Roush Fenway Racing has announced that Chris Buescher will make his return to the team, taking the wheel of its No. 17 NASCAR Cup Series Ford in 2020. The team will part ways with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at the conclusion of the 2019 season.
“We can’t say enough about Ricky and his contributions to Roush Fenway Racing,” said team co-owner and NASCAR Hall of Famer Jack Roush. “We’re proud to have been a part of Ricky’s development from ARCA to Xfinity and ultimately the Cup Series. He has served as a great representative to our partners, while helping to accumulate numerous accolades, wins and multiple championships on the racetrack. We wish him well as he enters the next chapter of his career.”
O'Ward dumped IndyCar like a rotten potato just when IndyCar needed a Mexican hero to sell a race in Mexico City
So far Patricio O'Ward has scored zero points over in Japan after three races, while his Red Bull teammate Lucas Auer has scored 10. If O'Ward doesn't start scoring points soon, he won't be around long in the Red Bull funded program. Red Bull pays your way, but if you don't produce, you can kiss your career goodbye.
Editor's Note: O'Ward left IndyCar thinking the grass was greener with Red Bull as he thought he was F1 material. Because IndyCar has near zero international TV distribution, and nothing in Mexico, a driver like O'Ward had near zero chance to land Mexican sponsors to support his IndyCar ambitions. IndyCar needs to be sold to an entity like Liberty who can sign strong international TV deals. The racing is great and money would begin to pour into the paddock from around the world. The current leadership is clueless how to make IndyCar into the international powerhouse it so rightly deserves. They can't even land a race in neighboring Mexico and they want to do a fly-away race? Get real!
Borland suspended for Bogus substance abuse (Update)
Matt Borland suspended for drinking diet coffee. Only in NASCAR.
UPDATE NASCAR on Tuesday lifted the suspension of crew chief Matt Borland, who has successfully completed NASCAR’s Road to Recovery Program after a violation of the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy.
NASCAR announced Aug. 26 that Borland had been suspended indefinitely. The Germain Racing crew chief was required to complete the Road to Recovery Program before reinstatement and receiving clearance to resume competition.
Formula One's director of motorsport, Ross Brawn, has responded to recent criticism leveled at F1's plans to experiment with the format of grand prix weekends in 2020.
"I've read a variety of statements from drivers and pundits concerning ideas to make the race weekend format more spectacular," Brawn said. "To try to clarify the situation and avoid misunderstandings, there are discussions about experimenting in 2020 with changes to the qualifying format with the aim of making a grand prix weekend a little less predictable.
Roger Penske makes IndyCar champions and Indy 500 winners
It’s hard to believe, but the checkered flag has waved on the IndyCar Series season, which means it’s time to take a look back at some of the best moments from 2019.
From the Circuit of the Americas where Colton Herta became the youngest driver to win an IndyCar Series race at 18, to Simon Pagenaud emerging victorious during the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500, to Josef Newgarden claiming his second career IndyCar Series championship during the Grand Prix of Monterey at Laguna Seca, relive yet another thrilling season of IndyCar racing. Look back at a thrilling season of IndyCar, from big upsets and surprises to an emotional final race at Laguna Seca.
AutoRacing1.com began covering CART in 2000, John's last year fielding IndyCars in the series. He was one of the nicest team owners we ever met and he truly loved the sport.
After the lack of money prevented him from continuing, we remember talking to him for several years about his desire to return. He always made it a point to show up at Laguna Seca to meet up with his friends and see if there was a way to put his team back together.
The live telecast of Sunday’s Formula 1 World Championship Singapore Grand Prix on ESPN2 attracted the largest U.S. television audience on record for the event, continuing the season-long trend of audience growth for the championship across ESPN networks.
The race had an average audience of 574,000 viewers on ESPN2, an increase of 20 percent over the race on ESPN2 last year (477,000). The Singapore Grand Prix audience peaked at 719,552 as Sebastian Vettel scored the win. The replay garnered an additional 51,000 viewers for a total exposure of the race to 625,000 viewers.
Hamilton, Kubica keep points after Alfa appeal rejected
F1's favorite keeps his points
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton retained his 65-point lead and Williams kept their sole point of the season when a court rejected on Tuesday an Alfa Romeo appeal against their drivers' German Grand Prix penalties.
The team had appealed the 30-second penalties that dropped Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi from seventh and eighth to 12th and 13th, but post-race time penalties are not among the punishments that can be appealed under F1 rules.
NBC Sports’ first year as the exclusive media partner of INDYCAR resulted in a 9% viewership increase for the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season vs. 2018, according to data from the Nielsen company and digital data from Adobe Analytics.
The 16* races in 2019 averaged a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 1.105 million viewers across NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, up 9% vs. 2018 (1.011 million on ABC, NBCSN, digital). Eight races were broadcast on NBC this season vs. five network-broadcast exposures last year on ABC. NBCSN televised eight races this year as compared to 11 last year.
IndyCar Laguna Seca TV Rating (2nd Update) UPDATECORRECTION: Laguna Seca's 0.50 was not the lowest IndyCar TV rating ever on network TV. NBC won that honor this year at Mid-Ohio with a 0.47 rating and 670,000 viewers. Laguna Seca was a close 2nd.
09/24/19 The final TV rating for the IndyCar finale at Laguna Seca on NBC Sunday was a 0.50 with 732,000 viewers - a new all-time low for an IndyCar race on a 'network' TV channel.
It was up from the 0.38 final rating for the Sonoma IndyCar finale last year on NBCSN. The NBCSN broadcast pulled in 629,000 viewers last year and moving the finale to NBC this year only pulled in an additional 103,000 viewers - dismal for a network channel.
Over $2.2M Distributed in Road to Indy Championship Celebration
From left, Braden Eves (USF2000 Champion), Kyle Kirkwood (IP2000 Champion) and Oliver Askew (Indy Lights Champion)
MONTEREY, Calif. – Another exciting season of Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires competition, featuring the future stars of North American open-wheel racing, was highlighted at a well-attended Road to Indy Championship Celebration yesterday evening. The Monterey Plaza Hotel, overlooking Monterey Bay on the scenic California Central Coast, provided a glorious setting for over 250 members of the close-knit racing community, including drivers, families, teams and sponsors.
The evening capped a momentous weekend at nearby WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, where all three championship titles – for Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship – were settled in conjunction with a thrilling finale to the NTT IndyCar Series in which 2011 Indy Lights Champion Josef Newgarden clinched his second IndyCar Championship in three years for Team Penske.
Mercedes stops developing internal combustion engines to focus on electric cars (Update)
Stick a fork in Mercedes involvement in F1. It's only a matter of time before it's done.
UPDATE Given this development, how many more years before Mercedes exits F1?
Will it be 3 years? 5 Years? 10 Years?
09/20/19 After reigning in the auto industry as the powertrain of choice for a century, the internal combustion engine is finally dying. Now even Daimler (Mercedes) says that it is stopping development of new internal combustion engines to focus on electric cars.
Josef Newgarden, the newly-crowned 2019 IndyCar Series Champion, will make an exhibition run around the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL behind the wheel of his No. 2 Shell-Pennzoil Dallara/Chevrolet INDYCAR following NASCAR Cup Series qualifying on Friday, September 27th.
Newgarden and 2018 NASCAR Cup Series Champion Joey Logano, both Shell-sponsored drivers, along with Team Penske President, Tim Cindric will be available in the media center prior to qualifying.
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