Ganassi Racing to Field Third NTT IndyCar Series Entry with Marcus Ericsson
Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that 29-year-old Swede Marcus Ericsson will join the team’s NTT IndyCar Series program in a third car, the No. 8 Honda beginning in 2020. He will team up alongside five-time NTT IndyCar Series Champion, Indianapolis 500 and 46-time winner Scott Dixon of New Zealand, and 2019 Rookie of the Year and fellow countryman Felix Rosenqvist.
Villeneuve: Schumacher and Hamilton only as good as their great cars
Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton are made-men - made great by this man - Aldo Costa - who designed their cars
Former Formula 1 driver Jacques Villeneuve has taken fire at Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher, claiming their success in the sport is mainly down to the cars they were driving designed by Aldo Costa.
With 12 World Championships shared between them, Hamilton and Schumacher are two of the most successful F1 drivers ever
Both household names, Schumacher is known for his time at Ferrari, where he spent a decade of his career, and spent the majority of it dominating his peers on the race track.
Marquez in numbers: a statistically sensational eighth title
Even at a quick glance, Marc Marquez’s run of top-two finishes has been impressive but there’s plenty more to explore.
2019 has been one of Marc Marquez’s most consistent to date, 14 races inside the top two and only once failing to score. As a result, his 325 points after round 15 are more than he amassed in the entirety of his 2016, 2017 and 2018 championship campaigns.
NASCAR President Steve Phelps said on NASCAR America yesterday (see video below) NASCAR will test the Next Gen car Tuesday and Wednesday at Richmond Raceway. This will be the first test for the Cup car, which is scheduled to debut in 2021. The test is closed to the media and the public.
The Next Gen car that will take part in the test was built by Richard Childress Racing. Austin Dillon will drive the car in the base test.
Toyota Gazoo Racing's #8 Toyota TSO50 claimed the top step on the overall podium at the 6 Hours of Fuji, the second round of the 2019-2020 FIA WEC season, driven by Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley.
The team's other Toyota TS050 Hybrid, the #7 of trio Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez, finished second. The result puts TOYOTA GAZOO Racing in the lead in the FIA World Endurance LMP1 Teams Trophy race with 52 points. Rebellion Racing trails with 35 points.
Pagenaud, Hunter-Reay test IndyCar Aeroscreen at Barber
Ryan Hunter-Reay at Barber
INDYCAR staged its second on-track test of the new Aeroscreen on Monday, this one at Barber Motorsports Park with one-time NTT IndyCar Series champions and Indianapolis 500 winners Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport and Simon Pagenaud of Team Penske.
The innovative safety piece, developed by Red Bull Advanced Technologies, is designed to reduce the risk of driver injury from debris or other objects striking the cockpit area. The Aeroscreen encompasses the cockpit and is comprised of a ballistic material anchored by titanium framework. All cars will have one during the 2020 season, beginning with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg March 13-15.
Ahead of the final race of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship this weekend at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta (October 12th, NBC, 12:00 PM ET), Action Express Racing has announced that the team will most likely be returning in 2020 with only one car.
The No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi.V.R will be co-driven by 2018 IMSA Prototype Champion Felipe Nasr and 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona winner Pipo Derani for the full 2020 season schedule, with the team expecting to finalize the driver roster for the endurance events in the coming weeks.
The #38 JOTA Sport ORECA 07 Gibson of Antonio Felix da Costa, Roberto Gonzalez and Anthony Davidson has been stripped of its second place podium after a breach of the technical regulations, which was discovered in post-race scrutineering.
According to the stewards' decision, the car was disqualified because the 'outside neutral switch is unable to disconnect the transmission which is a breach of article 11.3.2 of the LMP2 Technical Regulations, the statement reads.
First Gear Program to Focus On Early Driver Development
[Indianapolis, IN; October 7, 2019] Rising Star Racing (RSR) announced today that it has selected Jackson Lee of Avon, Indiana as the inaugural driver for the First Gear Program. Jackson currently competes in the Lucas Oil Formula Car Series collecting two wins as he contends for the series championship.
Japanese star Yamamoto to drive in Free Practice at Suzuka
Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda announced that Naoki Yamamoto, who is currently a Honda-supported driver competing in the Japanese Super Formula and Super GT series, will drive for the team in Free Practice 1 at the 2019 Japanese Formula 1 Grand Prix. Yamamoto is one of the top drivers in Japan and is the reigning champion in both Super Formula and Super GT. Yamamoto will replace Pierre Gasly, who will be back behind the wheel for FP2 and the rest of the weekend.
Now that Aldo Costa has moved on from F1, maybe Adrian Newey's cars can win again
(GMM) Max Verstappen has played down reports that Adrian Newey is steadily stepping away from Formula 1.
Red Bull's famous technical boss has been part-time for several years now, but that involvement looks to be diminishing even more.
Former team driver Robert Doornbos said recently that Newey is working "much less" than before, as he gets involved in the Aston Martin Valkyrie project and now an 'Extreme E' team with Jean-Eric Vergne.
Four weeks after Alex Peroni’s 200+km/h aerobatic race crash at Monza, the young Australian has confirmed his desire to return to racing in 2020, albeit later than he had hoped.
Peroni, 19, hit the headlines on 7 September this year after his Dallara single-seater flew high into the air during the FIA Formula 3 Championship race at the Italian Grand Prix.
From then Peroni was a passenger as his orange race car spiraled skyward before landing heavily upside down on top of a trackside tire barrier. The severely damaged machine then flipped rightside up and came to rest against the catch-fencing beyond.
Marc Miller Seals Trans Am Championship with a Win at CoTA
Polesitter Marc Miller's Dodge Challenger (R) has the inside line heading to Turn 1 at the start
Even though he only needed to start the race to secure the TA2 powered by AEM championship, Marc Miller took an emphatic Trans Am presented by Pirelli win at Circuit of the Americas on Sunday.
Miller’s No. 40 Prefix/Stevens-Miller Racing Dodge Challenger was fastest in testing, practice, qualifying, and ultimately the 100-mile TA2 feature on Sunday. But as easy as he made it look on the iconic 3.427-mile, 20-turn circuit, the race was by no means an easy one for Miller to win.
Corvette Convertible to only weigh 80 pounds more than coupe
Chevrolet says the 2020 Corvette Stingray Convertible only weighs about 80 lbs more than the coupe.
Prior to the launch of the mid-engined droptop, a reported brochure from Chevrolet indicated it would weigh roughly 120 lbs more than the coupe but speaking with Autoblog at the car’s launch, Corvette lead engineer Tadge Juechter revealed that the car is even slimmer than that. He didn’t have a final figure on hand.
Convertibles of yesteryear traditionally weighed hundreds of pounds more than their coupe counterparts. That’s not really the case anymore in the world of high-end sports cars and supercars, particularly those that use lightweight and strong carbon fiber monocoques that require no additional strengthening when the roof is removed.
Andretti Autosport driver Tanner Foust is the 2019 Americas Rallycross (ARX) Champion and Fraser McConnell wins the ARX2 Championship after completing the qualifying rounds.
By having a solid second day of qualifying at the Cooper Tires ARX of Mid-Ohio, Foust qualified second in the Intermediate Classification and now mathematically can not be beaten to the ARX crown. It was Subaru Motorsport USA’s Joni Wiman who took the TQ (top qualifier) position by being fastest in Q3 on Sunday morning at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, then taking fourth in Q4, even though he let Subaru teammate Patrik Sandell pass him in the Q4 race to help the series regular in the intermediate classification points table.
DTM: Muller wins wet finale, SuperGT cars get smoked
Nico Muller (SUI, Audi) secured second place in the drivers’ standings with his third win of the 2019 season -- achieved in particularly difficult conditions as the heavens opened at Hockenheim. He was followed home by fellow Audi drivers Mike Rockenfeller (GER) and Rene Rast (GER).
In the opening minutes of the year’s final race, heavy rain caused chaos -- Rast made a superb start to vault from eighth to second; SUPER GT driver Nick Cassidy (NZL) was pitched into the wall on the opening lap; and Dani Juncadella’s (ESP) Aston Martin rolled to a smoky stop, prompting a red flag.
Indy 500 Driver Sage Karam Claims First ARX2 Victory
Sage Karam (C) gets first ARX win
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s Sage Karam completed a perfect day in Round 8 of the official Americas Rallycross (ARX) support category, ARX2, to claim his first rallycross win at the Cooper Tires ARX of Mid-Ohio.
The 24-year-old was fastest in each of Saturday’s three qualifying sessions on the 0.761-mile rallycross circuit at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Karam was in sensational form in his semi-final and the final, starting from pole position and leading both races from start to finish to claim his first win in only his fourth start.
Rene Rast began the final weekend of the DTM with a masterful performance: The Champion won Saturday’s race at the Hockenheimring from pole position. Having scored the maximum number of points, he secured the teams’ championship for Audi Sport Team Rosberg ahead of the last race. His seventh victory this season also marked the 50th success of the Audi RS 5 DTM.
Under the eye of Audi’s Management Board Member for Development Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler, Rast achieved another perfect day on Saturday. On a rain-wet track in the morning, he secured pole position for the eighth time this year.
It was a game of patience for the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli drivers during Saturday’s multi-class TA/SGT/GT 100-mile feature at Circuit of The Americas.
Adam Andretti (No. 44 SRI Performance/ECC/ Anchor Bolt Screw Dodge Challenger) delivered on his post-qualifying promise to be respectful of Ernie Francis Jr. and Chris Dyson’s championship, but still managed to move himself into the winning position. Driving the same Pancho Weaver-built car that Boris Said drove to Trans Am victory just two weeks ago, Andretti reeled off a series of fast laps late in the race, closing nearly an eight-second gap in an all green race. The drive secured his first win at CoTA since 2015 and his maiden victory in the TA class.
Video: Taiwan Bridge Collapses Taking Petrol Tanker With It And Crushing Boats
People watched in horror as an arch bridge collapsed into a harbor in Nanfangao, Taiwan on Tuesday.
According to local reports, at least 20 people were injured and three fishing boats were crushed in the shocking accident after an oil tanker truck that was on the bridge dove into the water and onto the vessels, triggering a massive fire.
Jimmie Johnson says he has not yet made any decisions about his long-term future.
On the heels of the news that sponsor Ally has extended its deal with Hendrick Motorsports and the No. 48 team through the 2023 season, Johnson said Friday morning at Dover he doesn’t have anything to add about his plans.
Johnson’s contract with HMS goes through the 2020 season.
Record-breaking Texas heat couldn’t keep Ernie Francis Jr. from claiming his second consecutive pole position (fifth of the season) at Circuit of The Americas during the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli qualifying on Friday.
Wheeling his baby blue No. 98 Frameless Shower Doors Ford Mustang, Francis Jr. was the only driver to touch times in the 2:07s on the 20-turn, 3.426-mile circuit with a fast lap of 2:07.991-seconds. The flying lap earned the defending TA champion an extra three points to the season-long championship battle, furthering his lead over second-place Chris Dyson (No. 20 Plaid Ford Mustang).
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FIA World Motor Sport Council ratify WEC 2020-2021 Regulations
The Hypercars are coming
The Technical Regulations for the 2020-2021 season of the FIA World Championship, which will see the advent of hypercars in the top category of competition, have today been ratified by the FIA World Motor Sport Council at a meeting in Cologne, Germany.
These regulations were formulated and proposed by the FIA Endurance Commission, a joint entity between the ACO and the FIA, and the decisions specifically concern the new top category of the WEC intended for Hypercars, and amendments to the LMP2 category.
It’s the 22nd Annual Motul Petit Le Mans on Saturday, Oct. 12. The entry list revealed today includes 34 entries across four classes of competition, with 11 Daytona Prototype international (DPi) machines, two LMP2s, a nine-car GT Le Mans (GTLM) field and 12 GT Daytona (GTD) entries.
Final calendar confirmed for season six of ABB FIA Formula E Championship
Saudi Arabia to lead off the season
Formula E and the FIA have today revealed the final calendar for the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship, with the closest and most competitive racing series set to race in 12 of the world’s leading cities - featuring a record nine capitals and three new locations in Seoul, Jakarta and London.
The busiest season yet in the short history of Formula E was formally approved following the FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) meeting in Cologne, Germany.
If you want to win the USF2000 title you drive for Cape
2019 USF2000 champion Braden Eves and his Cape Motorsports team
When Cape Motorsports packed up the trailer at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca following the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires finale to put a cap on the 2019 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship, they did so as nine-time series champions. Following a hard-fought battle throughout the season, American Braden Eves put his Cape Motorsports USF-17 in victory lane on Sunday for the sixth time this season, topping Kiwi Hunter McIlrea for the crown and the Road to Indy scholarship for 2020. Eves finished fourth on Saturday to set up his bid for the title, and then went out and fought tooth-and-nail for the race win to grab hold of the lucrative championship. The win and the title make it nine straight championships for the St. Petersburg, Florida based team, which is the winningest in USF2000 history. Eves joins elite company in Cape’s championship alumni, including Matthew Brabham, Petri Suvanto, Scott Hargrove, Florian LaTorre, Nico Jamin, Anthony Martin, Oliver Askew, and Kyle Kirkwood.
Marquez hospitalised after heavy Thailand MotoGP FP1 crash
Marquez goes over the handlebars
Fabio Quartararo led an all-Yamaha 1-2-3 in the second MotoGP free practice session for the Thailand Grand Prix, as Marc Marquez returned to action following his heavy FP1 crash.
Marquez was hospitalised after a huge crash in FP1.
Honda said its rider was "lucky" to escape injury. Marquez was on an out-lap in the closing 10 minutes of the opening session when he lost the rear of his Honda going into the Turn 7 right-hander and was launched into a highside.
On Sunday, September 29th, Juan Manuel Correa was admitted into a planned operation to reconstruct his lower right extremity. Doctors performed a combination of Orthopedic Flap and External Fixation Surgeries, and after 17 hours in the operating room, the 20-year-old emerged with hopeful news from doctors that the surgery was successful.
The days following the surgery were stressful, as though deemed a success in the operating room, the next 48 – 72 hours were critical in the final outcome of the Flap Surgery procedure.
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The Winning Group are a platinum partner for the remainder of 2019.
Walkinshaw Andretti United has today announced that Winning Group has joined as a Platinum Partner for the remainder of the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
Winning Appliances will take a premium branding position on the sides of car No. 2, driven by Scott Pye and Warren Luff, while Appliances Online will be seen on the sides of car No. 22, with James Courtney and Jack Perkins behind the wheel.
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