Members Of F1 Strategy Group Question Whether It Is Needed Long-Term
So far Todt and his gang of merry men have caused costs to skyrocket and F1 excitement to diminish
The six teams that make up the Formula 1 Strategy Group questioned "the longer-term need for the body, and want the matter to be reviewed" at its next meeting on Nov. 7, according to Adam Cooper of MOTORSPORT.
Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull, McLaren, Williams and Force India "have written to the other two members, represented by FIA President Jean Todt and F1 CEO Chase Carey, asking in effect to open a debate."
Alejandro Agag Says China Will Lead Electric Revolution
Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag revealed plans are underway to "bring mainland China back into the fold of the electric racing series," according to Matthew Scott of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST.
Agag: "China is one of our pillars. Of course we have Hong Kong, which is great, but now we are working on a second race, in mainland China. Those two races would be for the long term and would be the base for electric car racing in China [because] the electric car market in China is where The Frontier is."
Denny Hamlin should see how little IndyCar drivers are paid. Many have to buy their ride
Denny Hamlin knows NASCAR teams are struggling to find dollars, but when the suggestion that drivers should take pay cuts comes up, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver will lobby that those who risk their lives don't get paid enough.
Hamlin looks at the eight-figure and nine-figure deals that stars in other sports make and feels there's a huge difference. NASCAR driver deals are typically seven figures.
Denny Hamlin says that NASCAR drivers incur risk and should be paid comparably to NBA and NFL players.
Wilson will race for Andretti at 2018 Indianapolis 500
Andretti keeps his promise
The promise has officially been kept.
After asking Stefan Wilson to sacrifice his seat for Formula One superstar Fernando Alonso in May, Michael Andretti vowed that he’d make up the debt to Wilson by putting him an Andretti Autosport car at the 2018 Indianapolis 500. He officially kept that promise Wednesday.
Andretti Autosport announced that Wilson will be driving the No. 25 Driven2SaveLives Andretti Honda -- in partnership with Indiana Donor Network -- and joining full-season drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi, Marco Andretti and Zach Veach at next May’s 102nd running of the 500.
2018 Pocono Raceway Tickets On Sale Now LONG POND, Pa. – Tickets to the 2018 NASCAR and INDYCAR events at Pocono Raceway are now on sale.
Pocono Raceway tickets for children, ages 12 and under, will remain free for Friday and Saturday support races and half price for Sunday events in the 100 and 200 Level Grandstand next summer. Additionally, 2018 Sunday NASCAR and INDYCAR tickets will come with Pocono Raceway’s Worry-Free Weather Guarantee. Visit www.poconoraceway.com/guarantee for more details.
Formula 1 Returning to ESPN, ABC in 2018 (IndyCar next?)
Now ABC needs to get IndyCar back on put all the races on ABC network TV
ESPN and Formula 1 have agreed to a multi-year linear and digital partnership that brings the FIA Formula One World Championship back to its original television home in the United States starting in 2018 when ESPN and ABC will televise all 21 races in the championship. The first Formula 1 race ever aired in the U.S. was on ABC in 1962.
Beginning with the season-opening Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix on March 25, and ending with the Nov. 25 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, all of the races will air live in the United States on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC. All in more than 125 hours of Formula 1 programming, including all practice sessions, qualifying and races, will air live and in replay across ESPN platforms in 2018.
Miles is happy to help the Hulman George family to see tickets for the Indy 500, but to hell with the other race promoters - their races are not blacked out in the local market. Why?
Years ago NASCAR would always blacked out races in the local market and race attendance boomed. If you wanted to see the race you had to buy a ticket.
More recently NASCAR stopped doing that and it has contributed to a drop in race attendance. Of course there are other factors for the drop as well.
IndyCar CEO Mark Miles said fans should expect the local blackout of the Indianapolis 500 to continue into 2018 for that very reason.
"This is an event, because of its enormity, and the number of spectators on site in order to make it successful, we have to be pretty risk adverse in terms of dynamic of live television and spectator attendance."
Newgarden, Power call for IndyCar to improve oval qualifying system
Team Penske-Chevrolet’s 2017 and 2014 IndyCar champions Josef Newgarden and Will Power want the series to come up with a new system for deciding running order in qualifying on ovals writes David Masher of Motorsport.com.
Presently at all ovals aside from Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the running order in one-by-one qualifying is decided by names picked out of a hat.
With the early runners encountering the least favorable track conditions, this can mean championship contenders randomly ending up at different ends of the grid with very little control over their own destiny.
NASCAR announces 2018 Monster Energy Series rules package NASCAR's Senior Vice President of innovation and Racing Development, Gene Stefanyshyn talks with NASCAR.com about the 2018 rules package. Comment
Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen On How To Overtake & Win Races In F1 Fresh from his second ever career victory in Formula One, Max Verstappen continues to prove himself as not just a talent for the future, but as a driver who can win races today. And with victory coming on the weekend of his 20th birthday, the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix adds to his impressive list of achievements to date, which all started with his win in Spain last year. Comment
Thanks for the Memories, Malaysia! And so, the checkered flag falls on the Malaysian Grand Prix after 19 years of incredible Formula One action. In tribute to one of the most spectacular venues on the F1 calendar, we gathered together team members from around the factory (and the globe!) to say a big 'Thank You' to our friends in Malaysia for the wonderful memories we've shared. Comment
One Awesome Week in Malaysia with Lewis and Valtteri! As Formula One descended on Malaysia for the final time, Mercedes F1 got together with their friends from PETRONAS to make sure one of their all-time favorite Grand Prix venues got the send-off it deserved... Comment
Ginetta has revealed that it has received the first order for its LMP1 car, confirming the first three sales to a customer team for a proposed two-car FIA World Endurance Championship program next year.
The identity of the team, which has purchased a third car for spares, is not yet known, although it’s understood a handful of existing WEC LMP2 operations, including Manor and Rebellion Racing, have been evaluating LMP1 efforts for the 2018/19 season.
Fiat Chrysler recalls 646,394 SUVs for brake issue Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it was voluntarily recalling about 646,394 SUVs in the United States to check shields that protect brake boosters for proper installation.
FCA said it as aware of a single potentially related accident, the company said on Tuesday.
China forcing consumers into electric cars to clean up their smog
Pollution caused by internal combustion engine cars are killing the Chinese. The government is taking steps to rid it's country of the menace
China has created the world’s largest electric-car market by sheer force of will, a giant bet on domestic production that’s leaving major foreign auto makers scrambling to keep up writes Trefor Moss of The Wall Street Journal.
The government is funding its own manufacturers, luring domestic buyers with subsidies and building a vast charging-station network--while strong-arming its consumers by making sure buying an electric car is the only sure way to get license plates in crowded cities.
William Zhou, a 33-year-old software-company manager, recently abandoned his 18-month quest to buy a gasoline-powered foreign car--a middle-class status symbol--when his wife became pregnant.
Robert Yates dies (Update) UPDATEJack Roush Statement on the Passing of Robert Yates
“The entire NASCAR Community has lost a pillar of our sport with the passing of Robert Yates. Robert was true to all he held dear - a fierce competitor, a dedicated and inspired leader and a passionate family man. For me he was the type of competitor that brought out the best in everyone around him and he was a wonderful partner and friend. I am very fortunate to have been able to team up with, and learn from, Robert Yates. He was one of a kind and will leave a void in our sport and in my heart."
This week’s IMSA Petit Le Mans, the final race of the 2017 IMSA SportsCar Championship, will last for ten hours but only two hours and forty five minutes stands between Alessandro Balzan, Christina Nielsen, Scuderia Corsa and the GT-Daytona championship.
Balzan and Nielsen will arrive at Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia with a 26-point lead in the season championship. Once Nielsen meets the minimum drive time requirement of two hours and forty five minutes, she and Balzan will secure the GT-D championship for the second straight season in the no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 – in the same year that Ferrari celebrates its 70th anniversary.
New IndyCar bodykits to be delivered last week in November
IndyCar Competition President Jay Frye said that the 2018 IndyCar bodykits are set for initial distribution by Dallara on November 27, right after the Thanksgiving weekend, so teams will have four weeks to get the cars upgraded before the Christmas/New Year's break and be ready for on-track testing in early January.
Teams will need to send their tubs out to Dallara for side-impact structural changes, along with other modifications to the DW12 safety cell before installation of the new bodywork can be carried out. Teams will also need to install new engine electronics and data system componentry to complete the full transformation with each chassis.
Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 0.7 percent in September for a total of 25,571 compared to 25,389 vehicles sold in September 2016. Year-to-date, the BMW brand is down 4.3 percent in the U.S. on sales of 220,175 vehicles compared to 230,133 sold in the first nine months of 2016.
Notable vehicle sales in September include the BMW 4 Series and BMW 5 Series, which both showed strong gains for the third straight month, and the BMW X5. The BMW 4 Series increased 58.9 percent to 3,637 vehicles, while the BMW 5 Series increased 144.4 percent to 3,718 vehicles. The BMW X5 increased 6.0 percent to 3,975 vehicles.
General Motors (NYSE: GM) today reported a 12 percent year-over-year increase in total sales in September to 279,397 units, driven by a 17 percent increase at Chevrolet and an 9 percent increase at GMC.
Crossover deliveries were up 43 percent, trucks were up 10 percent and passenger cars were down 11 percent.
Retail deliveries, which accounted for about 80 percent of sales, were up 8 percent for GM’s best September retail performance since 2007. GM’s U.S. retail share is estimated to be up 0.6 percentage points.
Commercial and Government deliveries were up 25 percent and 38 percent, respectively. GM has gained U.S. Commercial market share for 14 consecutive months.
Two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series cars were found with an unsecured lug nut after Sunday’s Apache Warrior 400 at Dover International Speedway.
The Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14 Ford driven to a sixth-place finish by Clint Bowyer and the 12th-place Furniture Row Racing No. 77 Toyota of rookie Erik Jones each had one unsecured lug nut in a post-race check.
Hendrick Motorsports 2018 car reveal Thursday at NHOF
Jimmie Johnson in the #48 Lowe's Chevy
On Oct. 5 in Charlotte, North Carolina, 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports will reveal the 2018 Daytona 500 primary paint schemes for all four of its Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 teams. It will mark the first time Hendrick Motorsports has unveiled all four of its Daytona 500 cars together and the first official appearance of the team's 2018 driver lineup:
- Chase Elliott and the #9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 - William Byron and the #24 Axalta Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 - Jimmie Johnson and the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 - Alex Bowman and the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
This weekend, the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship comes to an end at Road Atlanta in Georgia. 39 cars in four classes.
In the DPi class, the biggest story of the race is the appearance of Team Penske. They’ll run an ORECA 07-Gibson with big names behind the wheel. Juan Pablo Montoya, who will drive an Acura ARX-05 for the team full-time in 2018, will be joined by INDYCAR veterans Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud. The entry is nothing more than a dry run for the team before going full-time.
TORONTO — James Hinchcliffe is recognized as much for his performance on the "Dancing with the Stars" as he is for his on-track exploits on the IndyCar circuit.
The Canadian driver finished second on Season 23 of the hit ABC television show last year with partner Sharna Burgess, so it's easy to think Hinchcliffe would be a hit at a wedding or nightclub when given the opportunity.
In fact, the opposite is true. He's nowhere near as comfortable on the dance floor as he is behind the wheel.
F4 U.S. Drivers Collect Wins In SCCA National Championship Runoffs Debut
Austin McCusker after winning his debut FC Runoffs race
Mark Weber Photos
Two Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda drivers won big in the 54th Sports Car Club of America National Championship Runoffs at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday and Sunday. Austin McCusker of Glen Head, New York, and Elliot Finlayson of Yorkville, Illinois, claimed national championships in their rookie Runoffs appearance.
“All the F4 U.S. guys raced phenomenally this week in Indy,” said SCCA Ventures Board of Directors President Dan Helman. “So much exposure comes with winning a Runoffs and the extra seat time they get here and during club-racing events benefits their professional racing craft.”
Halo Cockpit Protection Device Leads To Delay For Formula E Manufacturers The introduction of Formula 1's Halo cockpit protection device means Formula E manufacturers "face a delay of up to two months before they can test the next-generation car," according to Scott Mitchell of MOTORSPORT.
Formula E powertrain manufacturers expected to receive the Spark-built '18-19 car at the start of January, but they are reportedly "still waiting" for the Halo design to be finalized.
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