Gordon & McReynolds Weigh In on 2019 NASCAR Rules Package
NASCAR on Tuesday announced the 2019 rules package that will govern MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES competition. The new package, reflecting in great part the one utilized in the 2018 NASCAR ALL-STAR RACE, is intended to foster more side-by-side racing. Below, FOX NASCAR analysts Larry McReynolds and four-time champion Jeff Gordon share their thoughts on what they expect the new rules package to bring.
Arrest warrant issued for NASCAR's Jordan Anderson on stolen car charge (Update) UPDATE The charge of possession of a stolen motor vehicle against NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver and team owner Jordan Anderson have been dropped by Rowan County (N.C.) officials.
The news was first reported by WBTV’s David Whisenant on Twitter.
An arrest warrant was issued last week in Rowan County for Anderson regarding a race truck that he purchased from Robert Newling, who owns a repair shop and had been hired to repair the truck following a crash at Texas Motor Speedway.
Proving once again that even a Mickey Mouse Roval is more entertaining than watching cars drone around in circles for hours, both NASCAR races at Charlotte got a ratings boost this past weekend.
The F1 race took a hit now that everyone knows Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have the 2018 titles wrapped up again. Mercedes designer Aldo Costa made Michael Schumacher and now he is making Lewis Hamilton into the next super hero. Unfortunately the races become too predictable and people do not watch - you simply do not beat an Aldo Costa designed F1 car.
Norman Nato to Replace Antonio Giovinazzi at Tequila Patron ESM
Frenchman and European Le Mans Series sports car racing driver Norman Nato has signed with Tequila Patron ESM to replace Antonio Giovinazzi in the No. 2 Nissan Onroak DPi at this month’s 21st Motul Petit Le Mans at Road America.
Due to his commitments to Sauber F1 Team, Giovinazzi withdrew from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season finale, allowing Nato to join Scott Sharp and Ryan Dalziel in the No. 2 Nissan.
Bottas with his master Lewis Hamilton. Yes Sir Lewis, I will do anything for you. Can I please carry your helmet bag?
Mercedes' team principal Toto Wolff has stated Valtteri Bottas told him he would be prepared to sacrifice more victories for the benefit of the team should the need arise again.
Bottas was asked to move over for teammate and championship leader Lewis Hamilton during the Russian Grand Prix as a precautionary measure against the possible blistering on the British driver's rear tires.
Wolff was quick to commend the 'quality and integrity' of Bottas character and acknowledged the Finn had shown all of the necessary pace to win in Sochi.
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler terminated over dieselgate
Rupert Stadler axed
Volkswagen on Tuesday terminated Audi Chief Executive Officer Rupert Stadler after lengthy discussions between the automaker's legal team and its board of directors. Stadler, who has been jailed since June in Germany, was also stripped of his position on VW's board of management.
NASCAR officials announced Tuesday two baseline rules packages for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, making a move to bolster competition with enhanced aerodynamic and engine configurations.
The different packages will be tailored to the specific tracks on the Monster Energy Series circuit, with a combination of a smaller tapered spacer to reduce engine horsepower to a target goal of 550 (from 750) and aero ducts to foster tighter racing on a majority of speedways measuring longer than 1 mile. Both features will be in place for 17 of the 36 races next season, excepting the 2019 Daytona 500, which will run with traditional restrictor-plate rules. Five other races will be run with the smaller spacer, but without ducts.
INDIANAPOLIS – A.J. Foyt, the first driver to win the Indianapolis 500 four times, will serve as the grand marshal for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship event Oct. 6-7 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Foyt will deliver a competition command from Race Control and meet pilots from the world’s most prestigious aerial racing series, including fellow Texan Kirby Chambliss.
“I’m honored that IMS asked me to be the grand marshal for the air races,” Foyt said. “Any time I can do something at the Speedway, I’m happy to do it because I always enjoy it. I owe a lot to the Speedway – that is what made me.
NBC doing a special on Mario Andretti Childhood Home
Place where Mario Andretti was born (Motovun) and then where his family moved (near Lucca)
Motovun (Croatian pronunciation, Italian: Montona or Montona d'Istria) is a village in central Istria, Croatia. About 1/3 of the residents speak Italian as their mother language.
Montona was the birthplace of race car driver Mario Andretti and his twin brother Aldo in 1940. The brothers raced hand-crafted wooden cars through the steep streets. Originally part of Italy, after World War II Istria became a part of Croatia, a sovereign constituent unit of Yugoslavia. His family, like many other ethnic Italians, emigrated.
They lived in a camp near Lucca from 1948 to 1955.
The famous driver was born in 1940 in Motovun, and there are many stories of how this could be the place where he started his successful career since he, as a young boy, could be seen in a wooden cartwheel going down the steep streets of Motovun. Later his family moved to Italy, and then to America.
Allen McDonald Joins Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing as Senior Development Engineer
James Anderson and Allen McDonald (R) with PacWest back in the CART days
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that respected engineer Allen McDonald has joined the team as senior development engineer in a multi-year deal. In addition to other notable successes, McDonald was race engineer or technical director for two IndyCar Series championships, two Indy 500 race wins and three Indy 500 poles, most recently as 2018 Indy 500 pole-winner Ed Carpenter’s race engineer.
I hope 'exceptional' Robert Wickens comes back - Sebastien Bourdais
Wickens in rehab
Sebastien Bourdais hopes 'exceptional' Robert Wickens makes a return to the IndyCar series after his horror crash at Pococo Raceway in August during the ABC Supply 500.
The four-time series champion recently went to see Wickens at the IU health methodist hospital in Indianapolis during the series' end of season celebrations in the city, the same hospital where Bourdais spent time recovering from his heavy crash during qualifying for the 2017 Indianapolis 500.
Cosworth Confirms Aston Martin Valkyrie Will Have World's Most Powerful Naturally-Aspirated Engine
The Cosworth engine in the Valkyrie will make over 1,000 HP
The $3.3 million Aston Martin Valkyrie is one of the most ambitious hypercar projects in recent memory, a moonshot of a machine that's intended to herald in the next chapter for the storied British marquee. It's basically a street-legal Le Mans prototype, and after teasing us with a mysteriously deleted tweet, engine supplier Cosworth has finally confirmed the Valkyrie will have a powertrain to match: a naturally-aspirated V-12 in the neighborhood of 1,100 horsepower, making it the most powerful such engine ever used in a road car.
Video: The first-ever Grand Prix of Thailand roars into life on October 7
Marquez and Pedrosa test in Thailand
In five days the world will know the first ever MotoGP winner of the Grand Prix of Thailand, a country where the World Championship is hugely popular and the race, to be hosted at the Buriram International Circuit, is eagerly awaited.
Looking back at the three-day test hosted last 16-18 February at the 4.6 km Hermann Tilke-designed track, Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez completed totals of 224 and 271 laps, setting the first- and third-fastest times, respectively, in the combined standings (1’29.781” on day 3 for Marquez, 1’29.969” on day 2 for Pedrosa). Faithful to his typical working method, Marc also completed a very impressive race simulation in the afternoon heat of the test’s final day, including a long string of high-1’30” laps.
Electric vehicle sales achieve new record in Norway
Jaguar I Pace
The new car sales numbers for September from Norway are in and the country, which is already known for spearheading electrification, is reaching new levels of electric domination and low emission average.
10,620 new passenger cars were registered in Norway last month. About 45% of them were all-electric vehicles and the number goes up to 60% when including plug-in hybrids, according to official registration data.
Are NASCAR fans getting tired of those boring oval races? NBC earned a 1.99 overnight rating for yesterday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bank Of America Roval 400 at Charlotte, up 10% versus last year's race.
This is one of the first, if not the first, natural ratings increases for a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race this year. Everyone knows NASCAR fans love crashes and the Roval produced plenty of those.
2019 Pocono Tickets On Sale And Kids Free On Sunday
Tickets for the 2019 NASCAR and INDYCAR event weekends at Pocono Raceway are now available for purchase. Children can attend all motorsport events, including Sunday races, free of charge at ‘The Tricky Triangle’ in 2019.
Following the conclusion of another successful Verizon INDYCAR Series season, Hulman & Company President and CEO Mark Miles announced that C.J. O'Donnell, chief marketing officer of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has decided to leave Hulman Motorsports at the end of the calendar year.
"We've made noteworthy strides at Hulman Motorsports in recent years," Miles said. "Our fan base has grown significantly, and we've seen improvement across all key marketing metrics. I am pleased with our progress and thankful to C.J. for his strong leadership. His passion for the sport, dedication to his team and tireless effort have produced meaningful results."
Ford backs Trumps new Mexico/Canada trade agreement
In response to the regional trade agreement reached between the United States, Mexico and Canada, Ford Motor Company released the following statement, attributable to Joe Hinrichs, executive vice president and president of Global Operations:
“Ford is very encouraged by today’s announcement, and we applaud all three governments for working together to achieve free and fair trade in a strong regional agreement. We stand ready to be a collaborative partner to ensure this agreement is ratified in all three markets because it will support an integrated, globally competitive automotive business in North America. The benefits of scale and global reach will help to drive volume and support manufacturing jobs.”
Blaney takes the checkered flag as Johnson and Truex spin behind
Ryan Blaney and the No. 12 Team Penske race team finished round one of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs with a bang by winning the inaugural ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and punched their ticket to the Round of 12 starting next week at Dover International Raceway.
Powered by Shell technology under the hood, Blaney, driver of the No. 12 Menards/Pennzoil Ford Fusion, took the lead in the final corner on the last lap to capture the thrilling victory. Blaney, running in the third position, took advantage of an eventful situation when the two leaders in front of him spun out while battling for the win.
Johannes van Overbeek will hang up the helmet following next weekend’s Motul Petit Le Mans, having announced his retirement from top-level professional racing.
The most recent winner in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition confirmed to Sportscar365 that the ten-hour Road Atlanta enduro will be his last as a full-time driver following an illustrious two-plus decade career.
“I’ve been racing for 22 years, had some great success but I’m 45,” van Overbeek said. “The Patron [ESM] organization is changing so I figured it’s the perfect time to end on a high.”
After Sunday's first ever Roval race at Charlotte, Speedway Motorsports Inc. president and CEO Marcus Smith, said don’t expect a "rovalution" to spring up across the NASCAR landscape.
"I feel like this is unique to Charlotte, and we've got other speedways out there that produce their own unique action," Smith said after the debut oval-road course race. "Plus, on top of that, I'm really excited about all the things I'm hearing about next year's racing with the new aero and power package. I think it's going to be fantastic for the whole sport."
NASCAR, SMI Get High Marks For "Roval" Experiment In Charlotte
Jimmie Johnson blew it trying too hard to win
Charlotte Motor Speedway yesterday debuted its "Roval" course for NASCAR's Cup Series playoff race there, and it was a "complete and total success," according to Brendan Marks of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER.
Critics "won’t be so easy on the Roval," as they will "complain that it’s not conventional driving." They will "lament" wreckage in the final seven laps that "drastically altered not only the course of the race but of the playoffs for a handful of drivers."
SEC Lawsuit Against Musk Wiped $7.3 Billion From Tesla's Market Value
Elon Musk - digging Tesla into a deeper hole
Tesla saw its stock price plunging after the SEC filed a lawsuit against Elon Musk over his now infamous “funding secured” tweet.
As of Friday afternoon, Tesla’s stock price dropped by 14 percent to $264.77, erasing $7.3 billion in shareholder value. Bloomberg reports that Tesla’s plunging stock price is a sign that investors wanted Musk to cut a deal with the Securities and Exchange Commission as soon as possible.
Americas Rallycross celebrates its first champions at World Rallycross of USA
Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross’ Scott Speed claimed the inaugural Americas Rallycross (ARX) title at World Rallycross of USA held at Circuit of The Americas. Teammate Tanner Foust did all he could in the last round by taking the victory and maximum points in Texas.
Foust won semi-final one having taken a point out of Speed’s Championship lead at the Intermediate Classification, but by winning semi-final two, Speed was assured of the title as long as he just started the final to claim the one point required to be the champion. He did indeed take the start, on the front row alongside pole man Foust and went straight for the joker as Foust took the hole-shot into turn one ahead of Loenbro Hoonigan’s Steve Arpin. In the No. 43 Loenbro Hoonigan Ford Focus RS RX, Ken Block immediately pulled off the grid as the lights went green with a technical issue.
Third-place finisher Clint Bowyer (No. 14 Mobil 1/Advance Auto Parts Ford), second-place finisher Jamie McMurray (No. 1 DC Solar Chevrolet), Aric Almirola (No. 10 Smithfield Ford) and Kyle Larson (No. 42 Clover/First Data Chevrolet), President and CEO of Speedway Motorsports Marcus Smith, race-winning crew chief Jeremy Bullins and race-winning team owner Roger Penske, race-winning driver Ryan Blaney (No. 12 Menards/Pennzoil Ford).
Tommy Thompson could have been the Jackie Robinson of IndyCar racing
Tommy Thompson walks behind his car at Milwaukee. A week later he would be killed at Trenton. Oh what might have been.
Editor's Note: The President of AR1.com, Mark C. remembers this September 23rd day 20 years ago like it was yesterday, sitting in the grandstands at Trenton Speedway then as a young fan watching Mario Andretti win in the #7 Gould Charge Penske PC6 Cosworth. The following story by Mike Sielski appeared on Philly.com. The Tommy Thompson accident is discussed at the beginning of the video below.
HAMILTON, N.J. – Near the site of the crash that killed Tommy Thompson, tall cones of arborvitae rise from the earth and Mexican sunflowers add droplets of orange to a backdrop of green, but there is no sign of a racetrack anymore. Trenton Speedway closed in 1980, and in its place is Grounds for Sculpture, a 42-acre museum and arboretum that opened in 1992 by one of the Johnson&Johnson sons. Because constructors could not pull up the concrete foundation of the track's grandstand, they simply built on top of it. Its footprint matches the park's Sculpture Court, where female statues hold erotic poses and a reflecting pool glimmers in the sun. You would never know what the court had once been, and what had happened there.
Toto Wolff applauds 'slave driver' Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes slave driver Valtteri Bottas moved over and let his teammate win
Toto Wolff described Valtteri Bottas as a "tremendous team player" (slave driver to Lewis Hamilton) after the Finn followed team orders to move aside for teammate and championship leader Lewis Hamilton during the Russian Grand Prix.
Bottas led from pole and looked set for victory, but with Hamilton and Vettel following closely, Mercedes chose to switch its drivers to avoid the threat Ferrari posed behind.
Whilst Wolff admits such decisions are hard to swallow, particularly for Bottas, it's a necessary evil when the team is fighting for the championship.
Sonoma Raceway reverts to original course for 2019 NASCAR race
NASCAR will return to the long course in 2019
Sonoma Raceway will return to the circuit’s historic 12-turn, 2.52-mile road-course layout for the 2019 Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR weekend as part of its upcoming 50th anniversary celebration, raceway officials announced today.
The full track layout, which was originally unveiled when the raceway opened in 1968, incorporates the raceway’s signature sweeping downhill corner known as “The Carousel.” The Carousel plunges from Turn 4, down through Turns 5 and 6 and navigates a more than 200-degree radius turn before dropping onto the raceway’s longest straightaway into the Turn 7 hairpin.
Soon to be F2 champion George Russell should be in F1 next year
George Russell braved tough weather conditions in the FIA Formula 2 Championship Sprint Race at Sochi, Russia to claim his sixth victory of the season, overtaking Nirei Fukuzumi and building a lead to cross the line 7.4 seconds clear of Sergio Sette Camara. The Carlin driver battled to his eighth podium position of the year, having the measure of Alexander Albon on the final lap to beat the Thai driver to second.
Beckmann snatches victory on final lap of Sochi Race 2
David Beckmann steals the win
David Beckmann stole victory on the final lap of the GP3 Series Race 2 at Sochi, Russia, diving past Joey Mawson in the dying stages of the race to clinch his third win of the season. The Trident driver made a successful play for the lead into turn 13 before the checkered flag, relegating Arden International’s Mawson to second place as Richard Verschoor of MP Motorsport was close behind to secure his first GP3 podium.
At the start, Mawson made a perfect start from pole position to sweep across the path of fellow front-row starter Jake Hughes, while Simo Laaksonen spilled into second place at turn 2 as the British driver fell back through the order – watching Beckmann and Verschoor occupy the top four. Laaksonen, who had taken evasive action at the second corner through using the run-off – had his luck run dry on the following lap as Beckmann and Verschoor blitzed past the Finn, whose chances of a good result ended after being tapped into a spin by Anthoine Hubert.
NASCAR Makes Adjustment to Charlotte Road Course Layout Before Sunday's Race
Darrell "Bubba" Wallace, Jr. Destroyed his No. 43 Chevy after hitting the turn 12 tire barrier during Saturday's practice
Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images
NASCAR announced Saturday that they would be making a small change to the layout of Charlotte Motor Speedway's new road-course/oval layout for Saturday's final practice session, and would make a determination on whether to keep the changes in place for Sundays's Bank of America ROVAL 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race based on information gathered from the final practice session.
After several on-track incidents during both Xfinity and Cup Series practices over the last three days, NASCAR elected to remove several feet of a tire barrier that made up part of the backstretch chicane - specifically turn 12 - which was installed to slow the cars down before they entered the banked turn that is normally turn three on the oval track.
During Saturday's first practice session, both Darrell "Bubba" Wallace and Erik Jones came through the chicane too hot and plowed through the tire barrier, doing catastrophic damage to their cars - sending both drivers to back-up cars for Sunday's race.
In addition to removing several feet of the barrier, NASCAR also changed the angle of the barrier to give cars move room to clear the turn. NASCAR opted not remove the raised rumble strips in both the entrance and the exit of the chicane - known as "turtles" - meaning the drivers still will not be able to cut through the chicane, despite the removal of the tire barrier.
From left, Nicholas Latifi, Alexander Albon, Nyck de Vries
Alexander Albon swept to his fourth win of the year in the FIA Formula 2 Championship Feature Race at Sochi, Russia, powering ahead of polesitter Nyck de Vries in the pitstops and working his way through the alternate strategy-runners to claim victory. His DAMS teammate Nicholas Latifi passed de Vries late on to clinch second, giving the French team their first one-two finish of the season. A late lock-up left de Vries having to be content with third place.
Ganassi Keeps NTT Data As Primary Sponsor Of No. 10 IndyCar Ride
NTT Data #10 Ganassi Honda
Chip Ganassi Racing is retaining IndyCar sponsor NTT Data with a multiyear deal that will see the company remain the primary sponsor of the No. 10 car during the '19 season. Swedish driver Felix Rosenqvist on Friday will be unveiled as the driver for the No. 10 entry, replacing Ed Jones. Rosenqvist most recently drove in Formula E. NTT Data, which also has a deal with McLaren in F1, is a global IT services provider based in Tokyo.
The Aldo Costa cars, as predicted, have become so good as the season progressed, no one else has a chance
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas dominated final practice for the Russian GP at Sochi in their superior Aldo Costa designed Mercedes. If you were not driving an Aldo Costa designed car you were out to lunch.
Hamilton's lap of 1m33.067s was comfortably in front of Bottas by 0.254s to make up the Mercedes row of the anticipated grid.
From left, Nikita Mazepin (ART Grand Prix), Leonardo Pulcini (Campos Racing), Anthoine Hubert (ART Grand Prix)
Leonardo Pulcini was dominant in a thrilling GP3 Series Race 1 at Sochi, Russia, powering into a commanding lead and converting pole position into his first race victory in the category. The Italian driver crossed the line 3.955 seconds ahead of home racer Nikita Mazepin, who overtook Anthoine Hubert on the final lap to take the runner-up spot – as the French driver held on from Richard Verschoor to complete the podium.
In a manic opening lap, Pulcini started brightly and pulled across fellow front-row starter Callum Ilott off the line, keeping the ART Grand Prix driver behind him to complete the first lap well out of DRS range. Immediately, the action started to unfold further down the field, and Verschoor enjoyed a battle with Simo Laaksonen as the two looked to make progress early on – later welcoming David Beckmann into the battle for seventh.
Scuderia Toro Rosso is pleased to welcome back Daniil Kvyat to its driver line-up for 2019. The 24-year-old Russian will replace Pierre Gasly, who is moving to the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team. Kvyat has driven for us twice before, in 2014, and again rejoining us from the 2016 Spanish GP to the 2017 United States GP.
Daniil Kvyat: “First of all, I would like to thank Red Bull and Toro Rosso for giving me this opportunity to race in Formula 1 again and I am particularly pleased to be returning to a team I know very well. Toro Rosso has always made me feel at home and I’m sure it will still be the same next season. I would also like to thank Ferrari for trusting my driving skills which allowed me to stay connected to F1 as their development driver. Even if my duties were primarily simulator based, I’ve learnt a lot, and I now feel stronger and better prepared than when I left Toro Rosso. I never gave up hope of racing again, I am still young and I have kept in good shape to always be prepared in case another opportunity presented itself. I will give my best to deliver what the team expects from me and I can’t wait for everything to start again.”
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