The Ford GT supercar, which will be recalled due to a problem that could cause a fire.
Ford says that hydraulic valves beneath the GT's adjustable rear wing could leak hydraulic fluid. The fluid would leak onto the exhaust, which could cause a fire if the exhaust is hot. In fact, Ford says it has a report of just such a fire occurring in a Ford GT in Germany. Fortunately that fire didn't cause any accidents or injuries.
Chad Knaus to serve as crew chief for Byron, No. 24 team in 2019
Over-the-hill Jimmie Johnson too slow now for Chad Knaus
Chad Knaus will serve as crew chief of the No. 24 Chevrolet for driver William Byron in 2019, a move that will end the longest current driver-crew chief pairing in the NASCAR garage with Knaus and Jimmie Johnson.
Hendrick Motorsports announced the news Wednesday as part of a reshuffling of crew chiefs for two of its four teams in the Monster Energy Series. Johnson will be paired with Kevin Meendering, currently a crew chief for JR Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, on the No. 48 Chevrolet operation next year.
Matt DiBenedetto Joins Leavine Family Racing; Team Switches to Toyota for 2019
Matt DiBenedetto will pilot the No. 95 Camry in 2019
Leavine Family Racing will begin fielding Toyota Camrys in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with driver Matt DiBenedetto piloting the No. 95 Camry in 2019.
The partnership with Toyota starts next season and will include support from Toyota Racing Development, who will build the team's engines and provide technology, data and technical assistance. Joe Gibbs Racing will provide chassis and other technical support for the team.
"I can only begin to explain how fortunate I am to be joining LFR," said Matt DiBenedetto. "The thought of being reunited with Toyota and the folks at TRD is just unbelievable for me and my family. This is the biggest opportunity of my life and it's a dream come true to be a part of a team that continues to elevate their program at the highest level of NASCAR.
Championships will be on the line for both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup in the 21st Motul Petit Le Mans. The 10-hour race takes the green flag shortly after 11 a.m. ET on Saturday.
Scott Keogh, president of Audi of America, is leaving Audi to take on leadership of the Volkswagen Group in North America as well as the VW brand in the region. Mark Del Rosso, head of Bentley Motors Inc., Americas, since 2017, is returning to Audi as president. Keogh and Woebcken's new roles are effective Nov. 1. Del Rosso joins Audi Dec. 1. His replacement will be subject to a future announcement.
Keogh, 49, joined Audi in 2006 as chief marketing officer where he led the revival of the Audi brand with innovative marketing tactics that led to record awareness and brand strength. In 2012, he was appointed president, building on the momentum to help increase customer satisfaction and double sales from 2010 to 2015.
James Hinchcliffe joins Formula America Board of Directors
One of Indycar’s most popular drivers, James Hinchcliffe has been elected to Formula America’s Board of Directors. “We are honored and proud to have James on our Board,” stated Chris Ivey, President and General Manager. “As a driver, James has done it all. He has worked his way up through all the junior formula and risen to the top of open-wheel racing as a driver and race winner in the Verizon Indycar Series. It will be very valuable to Formula America to have his insights on exactly what young drivers need to learn and experience as they climb the ladder in Motorsports.”
Paul Di Resta and Gary Paffett on final DTM race of season
Paul di Resta - Brands Hatch
What are your expectations for the last race weekend at Hockenheim? Paul Di Resta: Our expectations are the same as for every race. Hopefully, we'll be going in with a very positive car. It's a big weekend obviously, given it's the championship battle and we're in the lead going into the finale. It would be nice to finish in that position. I think consistency is going to be the key factor. We have to make sure that we score points on both days. And of course, qualifying, especially the points for the Top 3, will play a crucial role. I think everybody needs to lift their game. We've had a very solid year so far, and we mustn't let complacency creep in, because we have to ensure that we achieve our number one goal of beating Rast. From there on, we can have a good battle to see who is crowned champion. Hopefully, a lot of fans will come to the track to see the season finale and the last two races for Mercedes live.
Joe Gibbs Racing announced Tuesday that Dave Rogers will replace Scott Graves as crew chief of the No. 19 Toyota driven by Daniel Suarez for the rest of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.
The organization indicated in a news release that Graves is leaving the company, effective immediately. Graves, who paired with Suarez to win the Xfinity Series championship in 2016, was in his second season working with the No. 19 team at the Monster Energy Series level.
Mazda Road to Indy USF2000 $200K Scholarship Shootout Details Announced
The shootout will use equal Bob Bondurant school cars
The Mazda Road to Indy USF2000 $200K Scholarship Shootout will return to the Valley of the Sun as the Bondurant Racing School near Phoenix, Ariz., will again host the third annual event on December 8/9. At stake for the 20 champions of junior open-wheel series from around the globe is a $200,000 scholarship from Mazda to enter the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship in 2019 – the first step on the world-renowned driver development ladder system.
In a statement on Twitter, Kahne revealed that he was not cleared for the remaining six races of the 2018 season.
“To say I’m disappointed after receiving the results that I was not medically cleared for the remainder of the season following a test session at Charlotte Motor Speedway last week is an understatement,” he wrote. “It was my hope that everything would go well and I would be able to finish out the season strong in the #95 for Leavine Family Racing. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.
Ross Chastain to Pilot No. 38 at Texas Motor Speedway
Ross Chastain truck
NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) winner Ross Chastain will join Niece Motorsports for the second time this season, piloting the No. 38 Niece Equipment Chevrolet Silverado at Texas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event on Friday, November 2.
In August, Chastain made his first start with Niece Motorsports at Bristol Motor Speedway. The veteran racer turned in a solid performance in the No. 38 Chevrolet, qualifying 10th and finishing the night in 12th.
Santiago set to return in season five of ABB FIA Formula E Championship
Santiago will once again play host to the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in season five - featuring a new track in the surroundings of Parque O’Higgins for the second running of the Antofagasta Minerals Santiago E-Prix on January 26.
Following on from the success of the electrifying debut on the streets of Santiago in February earlier this year, Formula E will be bringing fully-electric racing to Parque O’Higgins in the center of the Chilean capital - subject to track homologation and approval of the FIA World Motor Sport Council.
The Antofagasta Minerals Santiago E-Prix is set to host round three of the highly-anticipated 2018/19 season and will see the new-look Gen2 cars navigate their way around the perimeter roads of the park and along the esplanade of Parque O’Higgins - a venue which hosts numerous international events throughout the year.
Tickets On Sale TODAY for 2019 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix
Tickets for the 2019 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear go on sale TODAY, beginning at 7 am ET. The 30th Grand Prix event in Detroit will take place at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park, May 31-June 2, 2019 as the popular annual event will once again wave the green flag on summertime in the Motor City. Fans can purchase tickets to the three-day festival on Belle Isle by visiting www.DetroitGP.com/Tickets or by calling the Ticket Hotline at 866-464-PRIX (7749).
7-Eleven opens store at Texas Motor Speedway; first at a professional sports venue
7-Eleven outside of Turn 3
7-Eleven, Inc. is off to the races! The world's largest convenience retailer announces its first location at a professional sports venue. The store will open at Texas Motor Speedway in time for the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Playoff weekend beginning Oct. 27 until Nov. 5. The tripleheader features the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series. The 7-Eleven® store will operate 24 hours a day during race weeks beginning at 8 a.m. on the Saturday before the race and ending the following Monday at 4 p.m.
The on-site convenience store will be the centerpiece of the partnership between 7-Eleven and Texas Motor Speedway.
Ford Sends Seven Drivers into 2nd Round of NASCAR Playoffs With their eyes on a trip to Ford Championship Weekend to battle for a NASCAR Championship, seven Ford Fusion drivers head into the second segment of the playoffs, looking to reach the round of eight. Comment
Mercedes-Benz Breaks Ground on Alabama Battery Factory
The Mercedes EQC and other EVs will need lots of batteries
Mercedes-Benz has started construction of a factory that will produce electric-car batteries near its Tuscaloosa, Alabama, assembly plant. The German automaker is spending $1 billion in order to build electric SUVs in Alabama.
The battery plant will be located seven miles from the existing Tuscaloosa assembly plant, a Mercedes statement said. The automaker said the new plant will create 600 jobs in the region. The Alabama plant will be one of six global factories supplying batteries for future Mercedes electric cars, along with three in Germany, one in China, and one in Thailand. Mercedes plans to offer at least one electrified powertrain (hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or all-electric) in each model it makes by 2022.
NASCAR president Steve Phelps said the series is set to implement guidelines in the rulebook on sports betting in 2019 so teams and drivers don't 'fix' races.
Dover International Speedway opened its on-site betting kiosk this weekend and became the only track that allowed sports gambling on its property. NASCAR does not prohibit its drivers or team members from betting on the race.
"I think for '19, we'll have some rules that we'll put in place," Phelps told the AP Sunday at Dover. "For right now, there'll be betting here. They have a kiosk here, you can bet inside. We'll study and see how that goes, but I think we'll have some rules in place for sponsorship, for what betting looks like, and continue to see what happens in the landscape overall."
AdventHealth will be official sponsor of Daytona Speedweeks
Daytona International Speedway and Florida Hospital, which will soon be renamed AdventHealth, announced today an expansion of their relationship, making the health system the official presenting sponsor of DAYTONA Speedweeks at the "World Center of Racing."
With this expanded multi-year partnership, DAYTONA Speedweeks will now be referred to as DAYTONA Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth, which is highlighted by the 61st annual DAYTONA 500, "The Great American Race."
The 2018 CART Reunion was the place to be in Indianapolis this weekend. Meeting up with all the former CART officials, sponsors, workers and anyone that worked in the series proved to be a fun time. The racing family enjoyed the many functions that were scheduled for Friday and Saturday.
Friday night was the registration at Sarah Fisher's 1911 Grill, which is attached to her Speedway Indoor Karting. Alumni were greeted by the reunion committee and mingled in the bar area before sitting down to dinner at the Grill. The food was great and the menu has quite a selection. You can find healthy alternatives and also generous steaks and pizza. Although Ms. Fisher was not able to greet us, Al Unser. Jr, was on hand to talk and reminisce about the CART days.
Max Verstappen punished for Japanese GP crash, nears race ban
Verstappen driving like a complete idiot again
Max Verstappen was punished further by the FIA and Japanese Grand Prix stewards for his opening-lap crash with Kimi Raikkonen, picking up a penalty point on his super license that puts him close to a race ban. Verstappen now has eight points on his license, if he picks up four at the United States Grand Prix he will be barred from the Mexico GP.
Verstappen served a five-second penalty during the race for entering the track unsafely after a first-lap lock-up sent him off the track and he made contact with Raikkonen while trying not to cut the corner at the next turn.
The CART alumni met in Indianapolis this weekend for the 3rd reunion bringing the old racing family together in the home of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The weather was perfect for early October with temperatures in the high 70s. The attendees came from all over the US and Canada to catch up with old friends.
2017 IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden is officially engaged to be married.
Shortly after Newgarden and longtime girlfriend Ashley Welch arrived in Japan for an off-season vacation, the couple began sightseeing.
Amid the backdrop of the ancient gardens in Kyoto, Japan, Newgarden bent down on one knee and asked Welch to marry him.
She said yes.
Newgarden said on Instagram, "This has been a long time coming. Crushes come and go, but love seems to latch on to ones soul with full force. I would go to the end of the seas and back for you, and travel whatever distance as many times over to be the helping hand that you should ever need. I love you"
New infield amenities to elevate fan experience at ISM Raceway
ISM Raceway today unveiled key elements of the new Infield experience as part of the ISM Raceway Project Powered by DC Solar. In addition to receiving a live look into the new Gatorade Victory Lane and post-race celebration, driver appearances and open-air interactive garage featuring their favorite teams and drivers, fans purchasing Infield access will enjoy a variety of elevated social gathering spots and food and beverage options.
"A key part of our effort to enhance the venue for fans includes great social gathering spots for them to enjoy the race," said Scott Rovn, Vice President of Sales and Communications at ISM Raceway. "We're excited for our fans to experience the new Infield during Opening Weekend in November."
The damp and windy conditions at Suzuka limited running in Free Practice 3, but when the track dried Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton was on top for the third time this weekend. But the session ended on a sour note for Nico Hulkenberg, with the Renault driver crashing heavily into the barriers and bringing out the red flags with three minutes to go…
The Briton clocked a 1m 29.599s on supersoft tires to finish one tenth up on Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who was much closer to the Mercedes than on Friday.
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