Factory BMW driver Lucas Luhr was arrested for public indecency for urinating outside at a gas station after Monday night's IMSA banquet in Georgia writes Marshall Pruitt of racer.com
"This morning around 2 a.m. we received a report of a male subject in the parking lot of the racetrack urinating near the gas pumps," Banks County Sheriff's Lt. Carissa McFaddin told AccessWDUN. "A deputy responded to that area and located the male subject who was described and identified him as Lucas
Trans-Am makes plans for hurricane Hurricane Matthew is NOT expected to make a direct hit to the state of Florida.
However, Trans Am Race Company and the Homestead-Miami Speedway are taking precautions for what is anticipated to be tropical storm conditions in the LOCAL area on Thursday late evening/Friday morning.
Horner is full of bullshit. The fact remains that no American driver can come up with enough money to buy a top ride capable of winning races
Christian Horner admits Americans need a local hero to cheer but there is nobody in the pipeline.
Days after Alexander Rossi committed himself to IndyCar again in 2017, having won the 2016 Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport, and as Haas prepares to become the first home grown team to contest a Grand Prix on American soil since 1986, Christian Horner has poured cold water on hopes of fans having a local hero to cheer on any time soon, certainly as far as his team is concerned.
Team Penske confirms Newgarden MOORESVILLE, N.C. (October 5, 2016) – Team Penske announced today that American open-wheel driver Josef Newgarden will join the organization in 2017 to pilot the No. 2 Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
The signing of Newgarden comes on the heels of a successful 2016 season for Team Penske, which included a series championship with driver Simon Pagenaud – the team’s 14th IndyCar Series title – and a 1-2-3 finish in the point standings.
NASCAR open to rewarding regular season champion (Update) UPDATE t's also an argument many fans have raised since the beginning of the Chase era. "It's something that we want," driver Joey Logano said Tuesday. "The drivers want that. It's something to race for during the regular season, and we want more than just a trophy. There has got to be some kind of reward." Logano said the NASCAR Driver's Council has been discussing the issue and possible incentives and awards for leading the regular-season standings. One proposal is a bye into the second round of the Chase. Harvick advanced to the second round but had to win at New Hampshire after a 20th-place finish in the Chase opener at Chicagoland Speedway. He is 12th in the standings entering Round 2. Logano said drivers have discussed the issue with NASCAR, but no decisions have been made yet. Sporting News
Stewart subs for Dale Jr. at charity event Dale Earnhardt Jr. was at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Tuesday for a Dale Jr. Foundation charity ride-along event. The problem: Earnhardt Jr. has not been cleared to drive by his doctors as he recovers from concussion-like symptoms. The event raises "quite a bit of money," Junior said in a video posted to Twitter. Never fear, 'Smoke' is here. The three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion volunteered to fill the seat so Tuesday's event could go off without a hitch. Earnhardt Jr. posted a thank-you video, calling Stewart a "good dude" for filling in. see video at NASCAR.com
Videos: Mercedes Welcome to Malaysia A varied program was laid on in the week before the Malaysian Grand Prix. The whole country and title partners Petronas greeted Formula 1 with two days of exciting activities. For example, the two Silver Arrow drivers paid a surprise visit to staff in the Petronas Towers, met hundreds of fans in the KLCC Mall, challenged customers to a pit stop competition at a Petronas service station and helped children working on a very special Formula 1 project. 2-part video.
Video: Winning formula On a crowded bench are two laptops, sophisticated analyzing equipment and tiny glass vials with their valuable and highly confidential contents that can constitute the margin between victory and defeat in Formula 1. The work in the Petronas Trackside Laboratory takes place well away from inquisitive eyes, yet it is of monumental importance for success on the racetrack. Comment
News and photos from IndyCar Awards Banquet (Update) UPDATE
IndyCar boss Mark Miles
Last night's IndyCar Championship Celebration was the best season ending event that has been put on by IndyCar in the last few years. By holding the event in Indianapolis, the local fans who attend the Indy 500 and quite a few of the other races on the schedule, are able to be a part of the festivities. Having the transporters, driver flags, race cars, trophies, free lunch and drivers interacting with fans by serving food, taking pictures and signing autographs in Monument Circle, provided a prefect backdrop for the evening event which was held in The Hilbert Circle Theater. IndyCar Nation members were also able to purchase tickets to the evening celebration and mingle with their favorite drivers.
Video: Formula E Season 3 Drivetrain Developments Leading figures from the Formule E championship explain the developments made to the drivetrains ahead of the third season of the single-seater category, which will begin around the streets of Hong Kong this weekend. Comment
MotoGP confirms 2017 pre-season test dates MotoGP officials have confirmed the championship's pre-season testing dates for the build-up to the 2017 campaign.
The traditional post-Valencia test will take place on the Tuesday and Wednesday following the final round of the season, with several riders set to make their debuts with their new teams on November 15th/16th.
Porsche Cayenne SUV fatality due to improper battery replacement A woman and her three-year-old daughter, found dead in their still-running SUV on Florida's Turnpike in June, died after inhaling hydrogen sulfide, the medical examiner's office has ruled.
The pungent, colorless gas may have come from the battery in the Porsche Cayenne SUV, though officials will need to do more tests to know for sure, said Carrie Proudfit, a spokeswoman for the Orange-Osceola Medical Examiner's Office.
CGR Targets Younger Demo With Annual Sound Garage Event Chip Ganassi Racing tonight is holding its third annual Sound Garage event, catered toward finding the nexus of motorsports and millennial-friendly music and culture. The event, which will be held at the team's HQ near Charlotte, will see Danish alternative rock band New Politics play for an expected 600-800 millennials. MVPindex assisted CGR once again this year in picking out whom to invite, and the firm also will help the team measure the social media value from the event afterward.
With an eye towards next year, GT Le Mans teams are set to return to Road Atlanta later this month for an IMSA-sanctioned tire test, aimed to help each manufacturer finalize its single tire selections for the 2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.
The one-day test, held at the 2.54-mile circuit at the end of October, will be open to all five GTLM manufacturers, where they'll evaluate a range of Michelin tire options, including three medium-cool range temperature tires and two medium-medium temperature tires for 2017 competition.
Mercedes F1 Reports Post-Tax Loss Of $30M despite Team's Revenue Grows By $80M
The latest accounts of F1 world champion Mercedes show the team is "reaping the financial rewards" of its track dominance, according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS. Figures published by Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd. on Tuesday showed a loss after tax of £22.3M in '15 from a previous £76.9M with the team remaining on course to break even.
One important win changed his life, but Alexander Rossi’s goal is to make sure that race doesn’t define his career.
The fact that he won May’s 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil paved the way for Monday, when it was announced Rossi will return to Andretti-Herta Autosport and drive the No. 98 Honda in 2017.
But Rossi reiterated on a media teleconference that his mission is to make something lasting out of that memorable Indy 500 accomplishment. It’s not enough to be the 2016 Sunoco Rookie of the Year for both the Indianapolis 500 and Verizon IndyCar Series. Whereas the 25-year-old Californian once aspired to succeed in Formula One, he’s now set his mind to becoming an INDYCAR champion.
Weekend TV Ratings The final NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the Chase's opening Round of 16 at Dover scored a 1.53 overnight rating on NBCSN, averaging 2.6 million household viewers down 21% from last year's 1.92/3.2m on ESPN as NBCSN continues to destroy all motorsports with its low TV ratings
Formula 1 didn't do much better, it's live telecast on NBCSN scored just a 0.15 rating and 231,000 households 2:30AM Sunday morning, although the replay at the "traditional" F1 air time of 7:30 a.m. ET scored even worse at 0.13/175,000.
Sprint cars join NASCAR at TMS FORT WORTH, Texas – Sprint car racing has been added to the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 NASCAR doubleheader set for April 6-9 at Texas Motor Speedway.
The Tony Stewart presents the Texas Sprint Car Nationals event will feature the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series on the evenings on April 7-8 at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track. The event also is expected to receive race commitments from several NASCAR stars that will be announced at a later date.
Hoosier Racing Tires sold FORT MILL, S.C. – Continental has announced the acquisition of Hoosier Racing Tire Corp., a manufacturer of specialty tires for racing applications.
“This acquisition showcases the consequent execution of our long-term growth strategy Vision 2025, characterized by strategic planning and systematic implementation of technological progress. The acquisition of Hoosier Racing Tire is an exciting next addition to our product portfolio and will support our growth strategy, especially in the ultra high performance segment,” said Nikolai Setzer, executive board member for Continental’s tire business.
Montoya and Kanaan to race in Miami Indianapolis 500 winners Juan Pablo Montoya and Tony Kanaan have joined the field of driving greats who will take part in the first Race Of Champions on American soil – inside Miami’s Marlins Park on January 21-22, 2017.
Colombia’s Montoya has one of the mightiest collections of silverware in global motor sport, with a roll of honour dating back 20 years. Last year he took his second victory in the Indianapolis 500 following his first win in 2000. The Colombian still competes in IndyCar, topping and tailing his 2016 season with victory in the St Petersburg opener and a podium at the finale in Sonoma.
Mercedes takes an option on Formula E Knowing that electric cars are the future, Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd (MGP) and Formula E Operations Ltd have signed an agreement by which Mercedes takes an option to enter the FIA Formula E Championship in Season 5. According to the option agreement, Mercedes may choose to be one of the maximum of 12 entries to be proposed by the Championship Promoter to the FIA to enter the 2018-19 Formula E Championship.
FOX Sports Launches Third Season of Fully Electric Formula E with Hong Kong ePrix Season Opener The third season of the fully electric FIA Formula E Championship debuts Saturday, Oct. 8 (3:30 AM ET) on FS1 and FOX Sports GO live from Hong Kong, with a replay Sunday, Oct. 9 (3:00 PM or 4:30 PM)* adjacent to NFL coverage on the FOX broadcast network.
The 2016-17 season is highlighted by the recently announced debut of Formula E in New York -- racing in Brooklyn on a 13-corner, 1.21-mile track on the shores of New York Harbour at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. The race -- the first FIA-sanctioned open-wheel race to take place within the five boroughs of New York City in modern history -- runs through Red Hook and will be called the New York City ePrix, a doubleheader over two days in July. For more information on the New York races, please visit http://foxs.pt/2d6ImbW.
Faraday Future Says LG Chem Will Provide it EV batteries
Faraday Future's concept car
Faraday Future, the electric car startup backed by Chinese investors and based in California, says it will use lithium-ion batteries made by LG Chem for its future vehicles. The companies say they've co-developed a better battery.
The lithium-ion cells will be integrated into Faraday Future's so-called VPA platform, a universal, scalable modular battery structure that will allow the company to more efficiently produce different sized vehicles.
Video: Q&A with Daniel Ricciardo after his Malaysian GP win In the interview, Malaysian Grand Prix winner Daniel Ricciardo looks back at the incident–filled race, he talks about his podium celebrations and the on-track battle with his team-mate Max. He also looks ahead to the next event in Japan, which takes place this weekend. Comment
Video: Q&A with Christian Horner after Red Bull's Malaysian GP 1-2 In the interview, Red Bull Racing’s Team Principal Christian Horner looks back at the incident–filled race and reveals what it was like to be on the podium again. He also looks ahead to the next event in Japan, which takes place in the next few days. Comment
Volvo to charge $10K for full autonomy Volvo's self-driving car, said to arrive in approximately five-years time, will feature a $10,000 optional autopilot system that will allow occupants to disengage completely from driving.
Company CEO Hakan Samuelsson spoke to reporters last week during the Global Mobility Leadership Forum near Detroit, where he also confirmed that future Volvos will still come with steering wheels for when the owner chooses to drive the car himself.
Penske V8 Supercars team secures Multi-Million Dollar Backing From Shell
Supercars institution DJR Team Penske has "secured multi-million dollar backing from its oldest partner for an all-out assault on the V8 title" next year, according to Mark Fogarty of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD.
Fuel and lubricant company Shell "will return as the title sponsor of the team," founded by Dick Johnson in '80, in a multi-year deal that "reunites one of the most successful alliances in Australian touring car racing history."
Season Finale Up In Flames After Great Run For Mazda Prototypes
The Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta was the season-ending 10-hour endurance race for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. For nine hours and fifty minutes, the No. 70 Castrol Edge/ModSpace Mazda Prototype team battled for the victory and a top-three finish. Unfortunately, ten minutes before the checkered flag, a broken fuel injector sent the Soul Red car into a ball of flames while racing in third place. Driver Joel Miller was uninjured as he steered the car toward the nearest fire safety crew before escaping. It was a toasty end to what had been a day of high hopes, high speeds and great racing for the two-car Mazda Prototype team in the finale for the 2016 schedule.
Jaguar Formula E team debuts this weekend Panasonic Jaguar Racing will make its FIA Formula E debut in the season opening race in Hong Kong’s iconic central harbor-front district Sunday, October 9.
The British manufacturer is hoping to extend its motorsport legacy that dates back to the 1950s by entering a full manufacturer supported two-car team in Formula E; the all-electric single-seater series that brings racing to the heart of some of the world’s greatest cities.
Ed Jones says there's a lot of drivers coming to the end of their careers, getting older now
Ed Jones is less than three weeks removed from becoming the 2016 Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires champion, but he is already building for next year.
The 21-year-old Dubai native took home a $1 million Mazda scholarship award that enables a three-race opportunity next season in the Verizon IndyCar Series, including the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
During the Verizon IndyCar Series' season finale weekend at Sonoma Raceway, the five-time Indy Lights race winner over two seasons said his title-clinching campaign is already behind him and that his focus rests on securing an opportunity in North America's top open-wheel series. He added that talks with teams have already begun.
Scott Tucker - may owe another $2B is he loses a separate case in April
A federal judge in Nevada said professional racecar driver Scott Tucker and several of his companies owe $1.27 billion to the Federal Trade Commission after systematically deceiving payday lending customers about the cost of their loans.
In a decision late on Friday, Chief Judge Gloria Navarro of the federal court in Las Vegas, Nevada said Tucker was "specifically aware" that customers often did not understand the terms of their loans, and was at least "recklessly indifferent" toward how those loans were marketed.
"Scott Tucker did not participate in an isolated, discrete incident of deceptive lending, but engaged in sustained and continuous conduct that perpetuated the deceptive lending since at least 2008," Navarro wrote.
Road America offers IndyCar weekend ticket deal ELKHART LAKE, Wis., October 3, 2016 - Building on the success of this year's Verizon IndyCar Series KOHLER Grand Prix, officials from Road America and announced today a special 4-day ticket package available until December 31 for $120 that includes garage access, free parking, a pace car ride sweepstakes and a special collectible can koolie. The KOHLER Grand Prix returns to Road America on June 25, 2017.
INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 3, 2016) – Reigning Indianapolis 500 champion and 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year Alexander Rossi will remain in the American open-wheel series with Andretti-Herta Autosport.
“Alexander showed tremendous growth this year and we are excited to welcome him back to the team,” said team owner Michael Andretti. “In his first IndyCar season, Alexander was able to form trusting relationships with the team’s engineers, mechanics and his teammates and that itself is a great foundation to begin 2017. We also know he is competitive and can win races. Continuity plays a big role in the success of our programs and being able to confirm that Alexander is remaining with the team is incredible. His extension, along with Ryan [Hunter-Reay] and Marco’s [Andretti] continuance is a promising factor for not only the team, but the series as well.”
Lon Bromley killed in boating accident Lon Bromley helped shape the best rescue team in all of motorsports 30 years ago and earned everyone's trust in the CART paddock with his calm, level-headed expertise in dealing with trauma at the race track.
Bromley, who lost his life Saturday in a boating accident near his home in Grants Pass, Oregon, was one of the four main figures in the renaissance of racing safety along with Dr. Terry Trammell, Dr. Steve Olvey and Wally Dallenbach. From the late '80s to 2007, Bromley headed the Horton/Holmatro Safety Team at all CART and Champ Car races and assisted in saving Alex Zanardi's life at Germany in 2001.
Nico: "Suzuka is one of my favorite tracks - it's just got a great flow. You go from one corner straight into to the next and it's a proper old-school track; it's so much fun to drive, especially in qualifying when you have low fuel, soft tires and lots of grip. You have some high-speed sections, but the main feature is the great rhythm you get as you drive through the lap.
"The track has several great corners: the best section is the Esses, which are pretty cool and so quick - it's three or four corners at once. They're all hooked up, so if you make a mistake in one you can just forget about the rest, you've already lost so much time.
Lance Stroll is the new FIA Formula 3 European Champion
With his tenth victory of the season, Canadian Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam) crowned himself early as the new FIA Formula 3 European Champion at the 4.909 kilometers long Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari and thus follows in the footsteps of Swede Felix Rosenqvist. The 17-year-old development driver of the Williams Formula 1 team scored an undisputed lights-to-flag victory, even unfazed by three safety car interventions. Behind the new FIA Formula 3 European Champion, Joel Eriksson (Motopark) crossed the finish line in second as the best-placed rookie, followed by British driver George Russell (HitechGP).
Dover Xfinity Series race postponed (Update) UPDATE Sunday Weather at Dover: Isolated showers. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 76. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
The NASCAR XFINITY Race is now scheduled for 10:00am/et (CNBC)
10/01/16 NASCAR has postponed Saturday's scheduled Xfinity Series race at Dover International Raceway due to weather.
Earnhardt Jr. driving simulator but not ready for a race car Dale Earnhardt Jr. has driven a racing simulator as part of his rehabilitation for a concussion, and he said Saturday that the next eventual step would be to get into one of his late model stock cars. When that would be has not been determined as the Hendrick Motorsports driver continues to recover from a concussion suffered June 12 at Michigan that has kept him out of the car since July 9 at Kentucky. "I'm not ready [to get in a car]," Earnhardt said Saturday. "I know that. I'll know when I'm ready and it's not one of them things that has a schedule. You don't know when you're going to be, 'All right, I'm good, let's go do this.'
"I have been driving a simulator a little bit. That is not the same thing as driving a real race car, but it does challenge me mentally and does challenge the issues and symptoms."
Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner captured the GT Le Mans (GTLM) Driver's Championship in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on Saturday with a third-place finish alongside Marcel Fassler at Petit Le Mans presented by Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort. It is the second championship for the pairing, the 10th for Corvette Racing and goes along with Chevrolet's GTLM Manufacturer's Championship clinched earlier in the day.
The No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R also won the GTLM Team Championship – the 11th in program history. Gavin and Milner needed to finish seventh in class or better to clinch the title.
Ferrari Secures IMSA GTD Championship, Wins Petit Le Mans class
James Calado, Giancarlo Fisichella and Toni Vilander
In its debut season, the Ferrari 488 GT3 has secured the IMSA SportsCar Championship drivers' championship -- and won -- in the season-ending 10-hour Petit Le Mans.
Driving the no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3, drivers Alessandro Balzan and Christina Nielsen secured the GT-Daytona drivers' championship during Petit Le Mans when Nielsen met the minimum driver requirement of three hours. With Jeff Segal as a third driver, the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari finished the Petit Le Mans in third position, finishing the season with two victories and five additional podium finishes. Nielsen also became the first female champion in IMSA series history.
2015 GP3 Series vice champion Luca Ghiotto has grabbed his first GP2 win today at Sepang International Circuit: the Italian ace drove a mature race and survived pressure from Raffaele Marciello in the closing stages to cross the finish line ahead of his countryman. In third, Pierre Gasly reduced the gap to teammate Antonio Giovinazzi in the Drivers' standings.
From third on the grid, Jake Dennis took full advantage of the dice in front between Antonio Fuoco and ART Grand Prix's Nirei Fukuzumi as the pair went into T1 and braked late; the Briton dived down the inside into the lead. The Arden International driver remained composed to march off into the distance to win by over 3s and pocket his second victory of the 2016 GP3 Series season. Honda's Fukuzumi was happy to claim his second rostrum of the campaign with Jack Aitken completing the podium.
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