Charlotte Motor Speedway To Re-Apply Traction Compound Track officials with Charlotte Motor Speedway acknowledged that the PJ1 TrackBite traction compound applied to the racing surface for this weekend’s events had not been applied correctly, and will be re-applied prior to Sunday’s Bank of America 500.
The compound, which had been used two weeks ago at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, was not laid down as evenly in turn four as it had been in turn two due to a problem with the track sprayer used to apply the compound.
Several drivers experienced issues with slippery track conditions during Friday’s opening practice session, including Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Supercheap Auto extend deal to become longest standing sponsor of Bathurst 1000 One of Supercars longest-serving partners, Supercheap Auto, has announced it will extend its naming rights deal of the Bathurst 1000 until at least 2020.
Supercheap Auto this year equals Hardie Ferodo as the longest-running major partner of the famous race with 13 years as the naming rights holder, dating back to the first Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in 2005.
Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo's Kendo Challenge! Before we headed to Suzuka for the 2017 Japanese Grand Prix Red Bull brought Max and Daniel to the Konnou Dojo in Shibuya for a training session in the 300-year-old martial art of Kendo! Comment
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NASCAR Charlotte Monster Cup Pre-Race Q&A Ryan Blaney (No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford), NASCAR Partner Announcement: Weather.com, Kyle Larson (No. 42 Target Chevrolet), NXS: Michael Annett (No. 5 TMC Chevrolet), Brendan Gaughan (No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet), Daniel Hemric (No. 21 Anderson's Maple Syrup Chevrolet) & Ryan Reed (No. 16 Lily Diabetes Ford) Comment
Charlotte Motor Speedway Donates Money For Concussion Research
SMI presents a check to Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Charlotte Motor Speedway will honor Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s final start at his hometown track with a $100,000 donation in his name to support concussion research.
Speedway Motorsports Inc. President and CEO Marcus Smith presented Earnhardt, Jr. with a ceremonial check made out to Carolina's HealthCare System to establish the "Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Concussion Research Fund" at Levine's Children's Hospital in Charlotte, N.C.
Earnhardt, Jr., who has suffered several concussions over his career including one that sidelined him for the last half of the 2016 season, was pleased with how CMS chose to honor his final Charlotte race.
"This is a great gift that will impact a lot of lives in the area and make a real difference," Earnhardt said. "This track has always been really special to me. I really appreciate it. That's a gesture that's going to have such a long-lasting impact."
Kyle Larson Fastest In Opening Charlotte Cup Practice
Kyle Larson led Friday's opening practice session for Sunday's Bank of America 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Larson clocked the fastest lap with a speed of 192.082 mph in the no. 42 Chevrolet to lead the field. Ryan Newman - who was eliminated from the playoffs after last weekend's race at Dover - was second fastest at 191.442 mph. Playoff contenders Kevin Harvick (191.225 mph), Denny Hamlin (191.137) and Chase Elliott (191.090) rounded out the top five.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hits Wall In Charlotte Practice
Earnhardt's wrecked no. 88 Chevrolet
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will make his final Charlotte Motor Speedway Cup Series start behind the wheel of a backup car after smacking the wall in Friday's opening practice session for Sunday's Bank of America 500.
Earnhardt, Jr. hit the outside wall coming out of turn four after turning just six laps around the 1.5-mile oval. Earnhardt was able to limp the car back to the garage with significant right-side damage to the no. 88 Nationwide Chevy, prompting the crew to pull out a backup car for Sunday's race.
Earnhardt, Jr.made the mandatory trip to the infield care center, where he was checked out and released.
"I don’t know (what happened)," Earnhardt, Jr. said. "I got into this black stuff and it just took off into the fence. I think the car was pretty good, but had to pull a back-up out. It should be fine though. It’s a good thing that it happened early and we will get to practice tomorrow and get to work on it.”
UPDATE According to one team owner who shall remain ominous, as part of their constant Balance of Power antics, God (IMSA) has taken over 125 HP away from the Cadillac DPI cars because there were winning too many races.
That same owner thinks God (IMSA) has given the Gibson engine in the Penske Oreca a real advantage in performance, one - as a thank you for coming into the series, and two - to give the Captain and early win to temper the sadness Helio Castroneves experienced being demoted by Roger from his 'A' team, Indycar, to his his 'B' team, IMSA.
Motul Signs Long-Term Deal With IMSA Motul, a company known around the world for producing high-quality performance motor oils and industrial lubricants, has joined the International Motor Sports Ass’n in a long-term sponsorship agreement.
Beginning with the 2018 season, Motul becomes the official motor oil of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.
Charles Leclerc has resumed his normal service in this afternoon’s qualifying session by claiming his 8th pole position of the 2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship season at the Circuito de Jerez, easily grabbing the top spot with a time of 1:24.682 late in the session to deny the honors to Luca Ghiotto and Sergio Sette Camara.
Temperatures had soared from the morning’s free practice session when the green lights shone to allow the drivers to be released, with Sette Camara leading his rivals onto the track: Nyck De Vries set the first competitive time at the 5 minute mark before Leclerc grabbed P1 from him, with Ghiotto and newcomer Alex Palou swapping 2nd place between them over the next few laps before Oliver Rowland displaced the local driver in the top 3.
Nirei Fukuzumi has stolen pole with a last gasp lap in this afternoon’s qualifying session at the Circuito de Jerez, grabbing the top spot and stopping the clock at 1:30.678 after the flag dropped to claim his second pole position of the season ahead of teammates and title rivals Jack Aitken and George Russell.
Mercedes-Benz posts best third quarter in the company's history
Mercedes AMG GTR and GTS
Stuttgart – With sales of 220,894 vehicles in September (+4.5%), Mercedes-Benz posted its 55th record month in succession. 1,717,300 cars have been delivered to customers since the beginning of the year, 11.7% more than in the same period of last year. The past three months were the best third quarter in the company’s history (573,026 units, +7.9%). In September, Mercedes-Benz was the premium brand with the most new registrations in several markets including Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Poland, Austria, Portugal, Japan, Australia, Taiwan, in the USA, Canada, Mexico and Brazil.
Jeansonne, Kotyk Earn 2017 Team USA Scholarship Opportunities
Jeansonne and Kotyk
Two talented young American race car drivers hailing from entirely different backgrounds have earned an opportunity to represent the Team USA Scholarship following an intensive evaluation program conducted over the past few weeks. Aaron Jeansonne, 19, from Sulphur, La., and Jonathan Kotyk, 23, from Atlantic Beach, Fla., have been selected from an impressive group of six finalists to follow in the footsteps of a long list of accomplished alumni, including IndyCar series champions Jimmy Vasser and Josef Newgarden, by traveling to England this month to contest the prestigious Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch. The duo then will carry the program’s patriotic red-white-and-blue livery on their respective Cliff Dempsey Racing Ray Formula Ford cars in the subsequent Walter Hayes Trophy event at Silverstone.
Charles Leclerc has set the pace in the penultimate free practice session of the 2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship this morning at the Circuito de Jerez, topping the timesheets on 1:25.452 halfway through the session before concentrating on race runs to claim the top spot ahead of title rival Oliver Rowland and Nyck De Vries.
The session got underway to gloriously sunny conditions, with Artem Markelov leading all of the field out on track when the green light came on. Rowland set the first competitive lap time 5 minutes into the session but was briefly displaced by Nobuharu Matsushita before reclaiming the top spot, just ahead of Leclerc and De Vries.
George Russell has got his penultimate race weekend underway in fine style by topping free practice this morning at the Circuito de Jerez, grabbing the top spot halfway through the session and continuing to improve on his own time all the way to the flag to claim the honors by less than a tenth from ART teammates Jack Aitken and Anthoine Hubert.
Lewis Hamilton put Mercedes top of the pile as severe rain led to an almost total washout in second practice at Suzuka on Friday afternoon, with only five drivers setting timed laps and six electing not to run at all.
Conditions were so bad that the start of FP2 was delayed indefinitely - and when the lights did eventually go green after 45 minutes, few drivers rushed to venture out.
Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen eventually broke the silence for an exploration lap, but it wasn't until Force India's Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon headed out that the first flying laps were posted, with Ocon getting the best of that inter-team duel with a 1m 49.518s, some 19 seconds off his FP1 best.
Andretti branches out into V8 Supercars with Zak Brown (Update) UPDATE
Michael Andretti not expecting immediate success
Michael Andretti is not expecting to replicate his IndyCar arch-rival Roger Penske’s success in Supercars right from the outset.
While Andretti is confident his organisation’s involvement will immediately benefit the new Walkinshaw Andretti United team from next year, he concedes it will take time to reach the front of the field.
“We’re not coming in here with any illusions that we’re just going to come in and kick ass,” he told Speedcafe.com.
Charlotte to get rain this weekend Unfortunately, rain is a major player in the weekend forecast for Charlotte Motor Speedway, with the highest chance of rain predicted for Sunday — 66 percent. Little to no rain is in the forecast for Friday, but both Saturday and Sunday race days are at least somewhat expected to be wet. Saturday’s forecast calls for a 56 percent chance of rain, dropping to 41 percent Saturday night. The possibility of rain Sunday night stands at 60 percent.
Meanwhile, Friday is expected to be the warmest day with a daytime high temperature of 83 degrees. Daytime highs in the high-70s are predicted for Saturday and Sunday. Overnight lows this weekend are expected to hover around the upper-60s and low-70s.
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Hendrick Motorsports Unveils Their 2018 Cup Series Paint Schemes
Hendrick Motorsports new rides for 2018
Hendrick Motorsports officially unveiled the paint schemes for their four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series entries for the 2018 season.
The four newly-liveried Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 stock cars will make their on-track debut at Speedweeks at Daytona next February, but fans were treated to a sneak peek on Thursday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Uptown Charlotte.
All four of Hendrick Motorsports Cup Series 2018 driver lineup were on hand, including seven-time series champion Jimmie Johnson, Chase Elliott, and newcomers Alex Bowman and William Byron.
Formula E couldn't have chosen a more beautiful location for pre-season testing at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain. All three test days saw sunny weather and great opportunities for the newly-branded MS&AD Andretti team to test their new ATEC-003 Formula E car.
Testing kicked-off on Monday with veteran Antonio Felix da Costa behind the wheel of the No. 28 MS&AD Andretti car and test-driver Alexander Sims piloting the No. 27 entry. Both drivers got to work immediately, excited to test the updates made to the Andretti Formula E entries.
Matt Tifft Joins Richard Childress Racing For 2018
Richard Childress Racing announced they have signed driver Matt Tifft to a multi-year deal to drive their no. 2 Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the 2018 season.
Tifft, a former Toyota development driver, has made 70 starts in his NASCAR career, including the Xfinity, Camping World Truck and K&N Pro Series. He scored two career-high third-place finishes driving for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Xfinity Series this season - both coming at road courses.
Charlotte Motor Speedway Adds Two Chicanes To "Roval" road course
Charlotte Motor Speedway's new "Roval" layout
Officials with Charlotte Motor Speedway announced today they will add to two new chicanes to the track's new "Roval" oval-infield road course layout for next year's Bank of America 500 to be hold there on Sept. 30, 2018.
The new chicanes will be added on the backstretch just before the oval's turn three, and another to be adding in turns three and four just before the entrance to pit road.
The track has also added 42,000 square feet of synthetic turf to surround these new chicanes, which track officials hope will add some extra passing zones specially in areas of the track with the most grandstand seating.
The new road course, dubbed a "Roval" for "road course-oval", is similar in design to the road course at Daytona International Speedway in that it utilizes an infield road course as well as the oval tracks high-banked turns.
Kanaan Joins AJ Foyt Racing To Drive the No. 14 (Update) UPDATE Added video below.
Larry, Tony and AJ
INDIANAPOLIS, IN– Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan, of Miami, Fla., will join AJ Foyt Racing to drive the No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series team officials announced today.
The pairing of a modern legend with a classic one is a first for AJ Foyt Racing which has never hired an existing Indy 500 champion for a full season drive other than A.J. Foyt, who owned the team when he won his third and fourth Indianapolis 500s.“
Ford and Hoonigan Racing Division say their days competing in the World Rallycross Championship are over-or at least placed on an indefinite hiatus. Ford Performance and the driver many consider the lead hoonigan, Ken Block, made the news official today.
Both Ford and Block pointed to the series' uncertain future as WRX shifts its regulations and requirements. It would have required Ford to develop and build an all-new rally racer, which Ford said is not in the company's best interest at the moment.
The new Audi e-tron FE04 has left a strong impression at the official pre-season testing of the Formula E electric racing series at Valencia (Spain). Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler from Monday to Thursday completed the largest number of test kilometers of all ten teams. The lap times of the first all-electric Audi race car were promising as well.
New Audi factory driver Daniel Abt (Germany) and title defender Lucas di Grassi (Brazil) reeled off an extensive test program with the four race cars of Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler in high summer temperatures of up to 30 degrees centigrade in the shade. The program was focused on race simulations and optimization of the energy management of the new motor-generator unit (MGU) which now only has one forward gear.
Team Penske renews with Snap-On Building on one of the longest and strongest partnerships in sports, Team Penske and Snap-on Incorporated today announced the renewal of their partnership with a new five-year agreement. The multi-year agreement extends Team Penske’s longest-running partnership, as the organization and Snap-on are celebrating their 36th season together in 2017.
“Snap-on has been a trusted partner for over 35 years with Team Penske and we are happy to report that this extension means we will celebrate 40 seasons together in 2021,” said Roger Penske. “It is pretty special to have a relationship endure over time in such a competitive environment like professional sports, and especially in auto racing. We appreciate all of Snap-on’s support over the years and our teams continue to rely on Snap-on tools and equipment because we know we are working with the best when it comes to reliability and quality.”
NHRA has announced that the Pro Stock car category, which will compete at all 24 2018 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events, will feature eight-car fields at nine selected events and 16-car fields at the other 15 events.
The change in field size is intended to elevate competition and spark renewed interest in the Pro Stock car category, bringing more exciting qualifying to events with historically fewer entries in the category. The eight-car fields will be at the following events: Houston, Topeka, Epping, Englishtown, Bristol, Denver, Sonoma, Seattle, and Brainerd.
Team USA Scholarship Drivers Taste USF2000 Waters with BN Racing
Four candidates for this year’s Team USA Scholarships recently gained a taste for what may lie in their future when Bryn Nuttall of BN Racing granted them an opportunity to sample a Tatuus-Mazda USF-17 at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Ill.
The quartet, comprising Sabre Cook, 23, from Grand Junction, Colo., Aaron Jeansonne, 19, from Sulphur, La., Jonathan Kotyk 23, from Atlantic Beach, Fla., and Jacob Loomis, 17, from Corinth, Texas, took advantage of multiple sessions during the two-day outing. BN’s driver coach, Victor Franzoni, who recently clinched the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, and former Team USA Scholarship winner Michai Stephens also were on hand to offer assistance and advice.
What's really cruel is when you have the talent to be an IndyCar or F1 driver but find you have to buy your ride
Rob, what was the most important moment for your career? Was there a situation where, if you had decided otherwise, your life would have taken a very different direction?
Robert Wickens: There were many different points along the way. First, when I was about twelve years old. If my parents had not decided to be systematic about my career when I was at that young age, it would never have got off the ground. This was the big thing for me, and I knew exactly what I wanted to do. There was never any question of whether it was what I really wanted. But the initial decision was not in my hands. It was my parents and my brother who decided they would support me.
Team Penske have taken the wraps off the car that will mark their return to the sportscar racing arena this coming weekend as the team prepares for a full-time effort in 2018 as Penske Team Acura.
With the team’s Acura ARX05 DPis not yet ready to race they will contest the Road Atlanta Enduro in a ‘standard’ Gibson-engined Oreca 07 with Juan Pablo Montoya, Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud as the star-studded driver line-up.
The team revealed their PLM colors with these pictures posted on Facebook.
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