Chip Ganassi Racing Teams to be Powered by Honda in IndyCar Series (Update) UPDATE Jim Campbell Chevrolet's U.S. Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports of today's decision: "We are definitely disappointed.
"However, we are proud of the partnership and successes that Chevy experienced with Chip and his team, including their contributions to Chevrolet's Manufacturer Championships over the past several years, plus eight race wins and Scott Dixon's championship in 2015."
Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) announced today that its Verizon IndyCar Series program will be powered by Honda beginning with the 2017 season as part of a multi-year deal.
Honda Performance Development (HPD) and CGRT have a long history together dating back to 1996 where the two combined to win CGRT’s first INDYCAR championship with driver Jimmy Vasser. The renewed relationship will see the duo take aim at adding to the INDYCAR record books where they have combined to win nine of CGRT’s 11 championship titles, and 77 of the team’s 102 victories over 12 years of partnership.
Mobil 1 Extends Stewart-Haas Racing Sponsorship For All Four Rides ExxonMobil on Friday announced that it will be extending the Mobil 1 brand's sponsorship of Stewart-Haas Racing in a multiyear deal. Mobil 1 will provide primary sponsorships across SHR's four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars -- Kevin Harvick's No. 4, Danica Patrick's No. 10, Clint Bowyer's No. 14 and Kurt Busch's No. 41 -- at various races throughout the year. The brand will remain an associate sponsor for all SHR drivers at all other races. Team Owner Tony Stewart will remain a brand ambassador for Mobil 1. The brand will also be an associate sponsor of SHR's new Xfinity Series car driven by Cole Custer (Mobil 1).
Just how easy is it to drive the Mercedes F1 car? Very easy
Jorge Lorenzo never drove an F1 car before - he's a bike racer. But with the Mercedes F1 car anyone can be fast and Lorenzo turned competitive lap times on his very first day
MotoGP star Jorge Lorenzo says he was pleased to be on pace in his first-ever Formula 1 test with World Champion team Mercedes at Silverstone this week.
Lorenzo got his chance to drive the Mercedes due to common sponsor Monster Energy, and spent a day at the British GP venue in a 2014-spec W05 car.
He declared the car "quite easy" to drive in principle, but admitted that braking distances and grip levels in high-speed corners were "insane" and a "different world" to MotoGP.
"The past few days for me have been very special," he said. "I had the opportunity to work alongside some of the best engineers in this sport, drove the [GP2] car, had simulator test sessions and finally, I got to drive the real deal.
IndyCar names new VP of communications INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, Oct. 7, 2016) - INDYCAR announced today that Curt Cavin has been appointed vice president of communications. Cavin, currently an Indianapolis Star sportswriter who has covered motorsports for three decades, will join INDYCAR on Oct. 24.
"Curt is already a leading voice on the Verizon IndyCar Series and the best candidate to share the speed, excitement and drama of the sport," said CJ O'Donnell, Hulman Motorsports chief marketing officer. "Curt will enhance our ability to share the compelling stories of our drivers and thrilling action on track. His skills and experience will complement the efforts of our strong existing communications team and will further the progress the series has seen in the past three seasons."
Charlotte activities rained out All Charlotte NASCAR's activities have been rained out due to rain squalls being spun off of hurricane Matthew. The Xfinity race has been rescheduled to run 11:00 AM Sunday morning.
Charlotte race could be hit by Hurricane (2nd Update) UPDATE Showers from Hurricane Matthew are expected to clear out well before Saturday's 7:05 pm/et start of the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a National Weather Service meteorologist said. Friday night's NASCAR Xfinity Series Drive for the Cure 300 could be a washout, however, NWS meteorologist Lauren Visin said.
The race is scheduled to start at 8:16pm, with qualifying at 4:45pm. Friday night has an 80% to 90% chance of rain, with heaviest amounts expected between 8 and 10 p.m. and after midnight, Visin said. Rain chances ramp up from a 60% chance beginning between 4 and 6 p.m. Friday, she said. Showers are forecast to continue until about 11 a.m. Saturday in Concord. While Visin said meteorologists still can't rule out the possibility of rain Saturday evening, the chance stands at only 20%. "This is very dependent on the track of Matthew," Visin said.
Whincup dominates Bathurst Practice Six-time Supercars champion Jamie Whincup has continued his dominant pace in the fifth practice session of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, finishing nearly two-tenths of a second clear of this Ford rival Mark Winterbottom.
In what was the final practice before this afternoon’s qualifying session, 12 drivers dropped into the 2:05s bracket, with Whincup’s quickest lap just shy of his 2015 lap record.
Nico Rosberg maintained his slender advantage over Lewis Hamilton in Friday’s second practice session for the Japanese GP at Suzuka, lapping less than a tenth of a second quicker than his title rival.
Hamilton had taken the initiative early on, going fastest on the hard tire with 1m 33.475s to Rosberg's medium-tire best of 1m 33.758s, but on the softs the German managed to regain the advantage with 1m 32.250s to Hamilton’s 1m 32.322s.
Video: Red Bull Drivers having fun in Japan Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen take a break before the Suzuka GP as they ride through the busy and tiny roads of Shibuya-Tokyo, using the Japanese traditional "Bad Boy" car. Comment
Rosberg tops Hamilton in opening Japanese GP practice
Mercedes were at their dominant best as practice got underway in Japan on Friday morning, with world championship leader Nico Rosberg lapping two tenths of a second quicker than teammate and title rival Lewis Hamilton.
Ferrari were the Silver Arrows’ closest challengers, but Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were over a second off the pace in third and fourth, with the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen - who opted not to use the yellow-marked soft tyre - several tenths further back.
UniFirst and 11-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports have reached an eight-year agreement that will make the workwear and textile service company a primary sponsor of the #5 Chevy driven by Kasey Kahne. The contract runs through the year 2023.
As the new Official Workwear Provider of Hendrick Motorsports, UniFirst will be a two-race primary sponsor in both 2016 and 2017, with the relationship increasing to three primary races annually from 2018-2023. In addition, UniFirst will be a full-season associate sponsor of the #5 team. UniFirst will make its Sprint Cup Series primary sponsorship debut later this season with back-to-back races Oct. 23 at Talladega and Oct. 30 at Martinsville.
Montoya offered Indy 500 and possible sportscar ride
Penske Racing president Tim Cindric has confirmed that Juan Pablo Montoya still has an offer to remain with the team but that the Colombian is seeking a full-time ride elsewhere.
In a media teleconference with Montoya's replacement in the #2 Penske-Chevrolet, Josef Newgarden, Cindric said of Montoya's future prospects with the team: "It's still something we're working through. We sat down with Juan in Toronto [mid-July] and said we wouldn't make any decisions moving forward until the end of the season, and we wanted to understand what our options were.
"We were very upfront about that whole situation, and all along we've said that we would like him to be part of our team in the future. That doesn't necessarily mean driving our #2 car full-time. We talked to him about the fact we've got a seat for him at Indy if he wants one, and if we do a sportscar program, we want him to be involved in it.
Martin Truex Jr.'s #78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota will include a new sponsor for Saturday night's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway - Maaco - North America's Bodyshop. Maaco, a Charlotte-based company and North America's No. 1 auto paint and collision repair franchise, will be showcased on the rear quarter panels of Truex's #78 Camry for the opening race of Round 2 in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.
"We're proud to partner with Martin Truex, Jr. and Furniture Row Racing for the Charlotte race," said Jason Ryan, President of Maaco Paint and Collision, a member of the Driven Brands family.
Motorsport.com acquires Autosport and more The world’s largest digital motorsport company adds six motorsport online, print and events businesses to its existing operations.
October 6, 2016, Miami, FL: Motorsport Network, the Miami-headquartered publisher of Motorsport.com and Motor1.com, today announced the acquisition of six business operations that make up the Haymarket Media Group’s interests in motorsport publishing, photography and events.
The acquired businesses in the Autosport portfolio include Autosport.com, a respected and authoritative digital voice in international motorsport.
Newgarden Just 3rd American to Drive Full-Time for Penske for 16 years
Is Roger Anti-American or were the majority of American drivers over the past 16 years just not good enough?
The news everyone knew was coming was confirmed on Wednesday morning when Team Penske confirmed that Josef Newgarden would indeed replace Juan Pablo Montoya in the No. 2 Chevrolet for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season. It was a move that was destined to happen. The storied team needed to get younger, and a talented 25-year old American was a free agent waiting in the wings.
Newgarden, has progressively gotten better and better each year, as he went from points finishes of 23rd in 2012 to 14th in 2013, then to 13th in 2014 to seventh in 2015. He vaulted to fourth this past season. He also won his first two Verizon IndyCar Series races in 2015 with CFH Racing and instantly became the driver that everyone was hoping he'd become.
This year, he signed a one-year deal to stay with the team, as he led 283 of the 300 laps at Iowa and was stellar all season long despite being injured at Texas. His last two years though got everyone thinking, "what would Josef be like in a Penske or Ganassi car"?
Atlanta Motor Speedway opens campground for hurricane evacuees Atlanta Motor Speedway has opened its Family Campgrounds located on the grounds of the 1.5-mile facility for Hurricane Matthew evacuees, free of charge.
The Family Campground, located in front of the frontstretch on the property, can hold thousands of campers and RV's. The speedway will also open the campground bathhouse and restroom facilities, allowing access to showers for evacuees.
Hurricane Matthew, a dangerous and powerful Category Four storm with winds up to 125 mph, is expected to make landfall along the Florida coast on Friday before sliding north along the coasts of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. The governors of all four states have encourage everyone living near the coastal areas to evacuate ahead of the storm.
Brock Yates dies (Update) UPDATE Our good friend, the brilliant writer, my Cannonball team mate Brock Yates passed away yesterday after a long and brave struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Although Brock has been "gone" for some time, the finality of his leaving is hitting all of us in the automotive world with shock and sadness. He was brave, kind, funny, unconventional and talented. For decades starting in the 1960ies his columns in Car and Driver magazine were jewels in the sea of motor racing literature.
Brock Yates' creation of the "Cannonball Sea to Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Run" and the movies resulting from it are cultural landmarks celebrating a freedom loving era which is gone forever. He set a mark in motor racing history and he leaves a hole in our hearts.
Some call it the Paris of the Caspian; others purr that it is the caviar-producing region's Dubai. But on the weekend of June 18th and 19th the comparisons were with Monaco writes Matthew Valencia of the Economist.
Baku's first-ever Formula 1 race took place on a 6km (4-mile) street circuit in the heart of Azerbaijan's capital. On the longest straight, cars screamed up to 354kph (220mph), whooshing past the imposing, Stalin-era Government House and a marble-paved waterfront promenade. The circuit also incorporated fiendishly tight chicanes in a section that winds picturesquely around the walls of Baku's UNESCO-protected old town.
Kevin Harvick leads opening Sprint Cup practice at Charlotte
Kevin Harvick paced the Thursday's opening Sprint Cup practice session for Saturday night's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the opening race of Round 2 of the Chase for the Sprint Cup
Harvick turned in a lap of 27.870 seconds (193.757 mph) in his specially hunter-themed Busch Beer Chevrolet SS. Harvick has one win so far in the Chase and is a previous winner of this event - taking the checkered flag back in 2014.
Alex Bowman - filling in for the ailing Dale Earnhardt, Jr. - was second fastest in the no. 88 Chevrolet, followed by Martin Truex, Jr., Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin, all driving Joe Gibbs Racing-prepared Toyota's.
Furniture Row Racing announced Thursday that they will be welcoming Maaco as a new primary sponsor starting with this weekend's Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Truex's no. 78 Toyota Camry will feature Maaco on the quarter panels for Saturday night's race, which will be the first race of Round 2 of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Truex currently has victories in two of the first three Chase races, and led a record 392 laps in the Coca-Cola 600 held here last May.
ISC Cites Increased Sponsorship For 3% Revenue Increase For Q3 Over Last Year ISC released '16 FY Q3 results today for the period ended Aug. 31, with the results showing an increase in total revenue but another downtick in the admissions revenue category.
ISC, which postponed today's scheduled earnings call in order to prepare for Hurricane Matthew, saw total revenue of $129M during the quarter. That is up 3% from $125.5M in Q3 in ’15, mostly on the back of increased corporate sponsorship revenue, which is up 12% for the year, and contractually slated increases in TV money.
Penske, Gurney and Patrick to be honored at 2nd annual CART Reunion (Update) UPDATE
Paul Leyton speaks at last year's event
This weekend is the 2016 CART Reunion in Plainfield, Indiana. Last year's event was a fun and memorable time for all who attended. AR1 spoke with Paul Leyton, president of CART Reunions, about the upcoming weekend. "Preparations are being wrapped up for the 2016 CART Reunion. We are really looking forward to honoring the founders of the original sanctioning body, known as Championship Auto Racing Teams, Dan Gurney, Roger Penske and U. E. "Pat" Pat Patrick."
"All credentialed members of the organization at any level or from any related series, are welcome to attend. Although registration on the website is closed now, walk-ins are welcome."
Rebellion team to drop down to LMP2 in 2017 REBELLION Racing, winners of the FIA World Endurance Championship Trophy for Private LMP1 Teams for the past four seasons and current leaders of this year's Championship will be putting their participation in the LMP1 category on hold after the conclusion of the 2016 season and will go into 2017 with a different focus.
Don’t blame Josef Newgarden for leaving Ed Carpenter’s Verizon IndyCar Series team, and don’t blame powerful Team Penske for signing Newgarden. It’s the right thing to do for the employee and his new employer.
Wednesday’s announcement of Newgarden’s signing -- as the likely replacement for Juan Pablo Montoya next season -- strikes of Roger Penske netting Sam Hornish Jr. for the 2004 IndyCar season. In Newgarden, Penske sees a chance to get one of the series’ best drivers -- on and off the track -- and have the team get younger in the process.
IndyCar's next TV deal UPDATE Jon Miller, NBC Sports president of programming, said he’s already spoken to Mark Miles twice about extending their deal and is eager to start formal discussions next year. NBC Sports Network in recent years has added Formula One, NASCAR and Red Bull Global Rallycross, and Miller said the IndyCar Series is a good fit with that programming. They all get minuscule TV ratings, except for NASCAR, but NASCAR has consistently seen over 20% decline in ratings almost every race on NBCSN. Perfect, more years on NBCSN is exactly what IndyCar needs to always remain small and irrelevant.
Andretti Autosport has hired Jeremy Milless, Josef Newgarden's highly-regarded race engineer at Ed Carpenter Racing, to run Alexander Rossi's car, among a raft of senior tech staff changes at the team writes David Malsher of Motorsport.com.
Milless joined Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing along with Newgarden at the end of 2011, and was his race engineer through the team's various iterations -- SFHR, CFH Racing (when it merged with Ed Carpenter Racing to form Carpenter Fisher Hartman) and finally back to Ed Carpenter Racing this season.
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