erizon IndyCar Series engine manufacturers Chevrolet and Honda continued the learning process of working with the new universal aerodynamic body kits that will debut in 2018 with one day tests at Road America and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, respectively.
Tuesday’s test were the first of the five manufacturer tests that the manufacturers can conduct before the end of the year, although no more than two cars can participate in any test.
Today Pirelli revealed tire selections for the 2017 United States Grand Prix on October 22nd.
The big question is whether Pierre Gasly will actually be in the second Toro Rosso alongside Daniil Kvyat, with the Russian set to return but the Frenchman’s status still TBD depending on if he races Super Formula at Suzuka in the quest to win that championship.
Every time Silverstone hosts the British GP they lose more money
The owners of Silverstone have revealed that losses rose more than five-fold last year to £1.1m driven by lower ticket sales for the British Grand Prix according to an article in the Daily Telegraph by Christian Sylt.|
On the face of it the organizers of the British Grand Prix seemed to have everything going for them in 2016. Local hero Lewis Hamilton was the reigning champion and won the race the previous year. It attracted a crowd of 139,000 which was the biggest of the year but still not enough to cover the high-octane costs of the race.
Sonoma Raceway Fire (Update) UPDATE Sonoma Raceway will open its 50 Acres campground to evacuees seeking temporary refuge from the Northern California fires.
The raceway, which is equipped to handle up to 2,000 campers during its major event weekends, will open its largest campground to evacuees in RVs beginning this afternoon. The 50 Acres campground is located directly across from the raceway on Highway 121 and has not been affected by the fires.
With Cadillac’s Pirelli World Challenge program coming to an end, Callaway is moving forward in offering its Corvette C7 GT3-R to customers in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Pirelli Word Challenge, with the company able to support up to two teams next year, according to Reeves Callaway reports sportscar365.
The U.S.-based manufacturer, through its German operations, have fielded the self-built car in ADAC GT Masters since 2016, winning this year’s highly competitive championship with Jules Gounon and Daniel Keilwitz.
Porsche Launches New Sports Car And SUV Subscription Program
Porsche Mission E
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA) today introduced Porsche Passport, a new sports car and SUV subscription program, which provides members flexible access to Porsche vehicles via a mobile app.
This month-to-month subscription program offers frequent vehicle exchanges, unrestricted mileage, and on-demand access for up to 22 different Porsche models. In a new relationship with Clutch Technologies, LLC, Porsche Passport will conduct its pilot program in metro Atlanta, which is home to both companies.
NASCAR Charlotte TV rating (Update) UPDATE The final TV rating for the Monster Energy Cup Series Bank of America 500 on NBC Sunday was 1.84 with 2.859 million fans tuned in. Only 585K in the all important 18-49 year old age range were tuned in. The Xfinity race on Saturday pulled 601K total viewers and a 0.38 rating on NBCSN
10/09/17 NASCAR this year deliberately moved the Monster Energy Cup Series Bank of America 500 to a Sunday afternoon slot for the first time since '02.
NBC yesterday drew a 1.8 overnight for the race, up from a 1.2 last year, when rain forced the race from Sat. night to a Sunday afternoon slot. Last year's race also was simulcast on NBCSN.
Former Indy 500 Rookie of the Year Puterbaugh dies aged 81
Bill Puterbaugh at the '75 Indy 500
Bill Puterbaugh, the 1975 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, died Oct. 9 at his home on the west side of Indianapolis.
Puterbaugh, who was originally from Roxana, Illinois, and raced out of the St. Louis area for several years until moving to Indianapolis in the late 1960s, made three consecutive Indianapolis 500 starts from 1975-77.
After starting and finishing as top rookie - 15th and seventh, respectively – he earned the Indy 500 Rookie of the Year title in ’75. Puterbaugh then took 22nd and 12th in his next two 500s.
With move to EVs China set to dominate auto industry
China aims to rid itself of polluting ICE cars
Watch out Detroit: A Chinese electric car revolution is on the way writes Andrew Browne of the Wall Street Journal.
China is placing big bets on a plan to reshape the global auto industry by replacing gas-guzzling cars on its streets with new-energy vehicles.
Ahead of Donald Trump’s trip to China in November, the White House is focused on holding back Chinese exports in traditional industries like steel and aluminum. But that’s a sideshow. A titanic struggle is under way to control the industries of the future from robotics to medical equipment and artificial intelligence. In new-energy vehicles, China is firmly in the driving seat.
Mercedes came up with the concept for the current hated engine
The newest set of engine regulations that are set to come into play in 2021 are ready to be revealed on October 31st according to Auto Motor und Sport. The new regulations have long been talked about, with Liberty Media keen to introduce louder, cheaper and less complex engines.
The first draft of a budget cap will also follow on November 7th. Fans, teams and drivers have criticized the current engine regulations, which came into effect in 2014. The complicated and expensive 'power units' are set to be heavily modified for 2021 onwards.
BAR 1 Motorsports Turns in a One-Two PC Class Finish at Petit Le Mans
#26 Bar1 Oreca
In an upset victory over the current PC class champions, BAR1 Motorsports emerged in the 20th running of Petit Le Mans as the spoiler with a dominating 1-2 finish Saturday at Road Atlanta. Literally slamming the door on a seven-race PC win streak by the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports team, it was the first career victories for the trio of Tomy Drissi , John Falb, and Garett Grist.
Just past the halfway point in the 10-hour race, the No. 38 machine was involved in an incident with the No. 13 LM P2 car. BAR1 teammate, Buddy Rice grabbed the lead in the No. 20 Southwest Funding / One Capital / Gas Monkey Energy Drink car, then just two laps later, Tomy Drissi took the lead from Rice. The teammates traded the class lead a couple of times in the sixth hour, but ultimately, Tomy and his co-drivers pulled away over the last three-and-a-half hours to win by eight laps.
Six Weeks That Turned The 2017 F1 Title Race From a 7-point lead to a 59-point deficit, we take a look at how Sebastian Vettel's title challenge faltered dramatically as Lewis Hamilton surged clear and Ferrari choked. Comment
A Dream Come True - Martin Truex Jr. On Winning His Way Through The 2017 NASCAR Playoffs Fresh from his victories in Chicago and, most recently, at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. is the man to watch in the 2017 NASCAR Playoffs. The Furniture Row man made the final four in 2015, and looks odds-on to do so again this year. Mobil 1 The Grid spoke to the 37 year old to find out more about his progress and the prospect of a first NASCAR Championship win. Comment
A Day in the Life of a Formula 1 Tire Formula 1 tires may look like four pieces of rubber, but they are much more than that. Ever wondered what happens to the tires on a race weekend? Tom Briggs, McLaren support crew team leader talks us through a day in the life of a Pirelli F1 tire. Comment
The common theme goes that, in order to grow, one must move out of a comfort zone. Charlie Kimball is looking to do both as he prepares for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
The 32-year-old Californian endured an admitted “up-and-down” year with an overall theme of heartbreaking moments in his seventh season.
The highs included scoring his first career Verizon P1 Award pole position, at Texas Motor Speedway in June. However, chances for victory were thwarted by a mechanical issue just 41 laps into the race. At the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in May, Kimball was running second in the No. 83 Tresiba Honda with less than 40 laps to go when an engine failure dashed his hopes to fight for the win on the biggest stage of all.
Kalitta Motorsports Funny Car pilot Alexis DeJoria will retire from NHRA competition following the conclusion of the 2017 season.
“It’s one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make and I will miss everyone so much. My reasoning behind this decision is simple, it’s time for me to switch my focus towards my family,” said DeJoria, driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey Declares 'Dale Earnhardt Jr. Day' This Sunday
Governor Kay Ivey signs the proclamation declaring Sunday, Oct. 15 as 'Dale Earnhardt Jr. Day' in the state of Alabama.
With the Alabama 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway just days away, Governor Kay Ivey (R), has declared this Sunday, Oct. 15th as ‘Dale Earnhardt Jr. Day’ in the state of Alabama.
Ivey (R), who will also serve as Grand Marshal for the Alabama 500, which has a 1 p.m. (CDT) start, made the announcement in celebration of six-time Talladega winner Earnhardt Jr. and his legacy at the world’s greatest “Super” Superspeedway. This Sunday - Dale Earnhardt Jr. Day - will be an emotional one for Earnhardt Jr., who will make his final start at the track he calls a “second home.”
The Indoor Auto Racing Series will return to Trenton, N.J. this year for the fifth straight year. While the building hasn’t changed, its name has as well as the racing surface the race cars will be competing on.
Wingless 600cc Micro Sprints will be headlining this year’s two-day program racing on a clay surface on Friday and Saturday December 1st and 2nd.
Excitement builds for F1's return to the Hockenheimring
The thrilling 2017 Formula 1 season has seen a noticeable increase in early bird ticket sales for next year’s 2018 Formula 1 German Grand Prix when F1 returns to the famous Hockenheimring on the weekend of July 20-22nd, 2018* after a two year absence. With 25,000 tickets already sold, the German promoter indicated earlier this week that this equates to an approximate 30% increase in sales compared to the same stage for the 2016 German Grand Prix. During this first phase of ticket sales fans were able to benefit from special early bird discounts which have clearly contributed to this positive start to the sales campaign.
Catching up with Jenson Button in Japan We sat down with McLaren Honda driver and 2009 World Champion, Jenson Button on a very wet Friday afternoon in Suzuka. He mentions what his next move in racing might be. Comment
Helio Castroneves: 20 Years in INDYCAR Roger Penske took one of IndyCar's biggest stars out of IndyCar and did not replace him with another superstar. Those loss of fans will impact IndyCar. Here is a look back at Helio's career highlights.
Heartbreaker - Bentley's Andy Soucek After Conceding The Blancpain GT Series Title Mobil 1 The Grid's exclusive, unedited garage footage of the moment an emotional Andy Soucek retired from the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup race in Barcelona – an incident which would ultimately cost Bentley Team M-Sport the 2017 series title. Comment
Petit Le Mans 2017 - Corvette Racing's Oliver Gavin On Racing At Road Atlanta Road Atlanta will play host to the final round of the IMSA Championship, in what will be the 20th anniversary of the 10-hour race familiarly known as Petit Le Mans. Speaking exclusively to Mobil 1 The Grid, Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin talks through what it takes to race and win at the famous Georgian track. Comment
Inside The F1 Driver Briefing | 2017 Japanese Grand Prix A sneak peek inside the FIA Driver Briefing at Suzuka where Vettel's lift with Wehrlein in Malaysia is up for discussion and there's a debate about belts... Comment
NASCAR Charlotte Xfinity Post-Race Q&A Second-Place Finisher Sam Hornish Jr (No. 12 PPG Ford), Ryan Reed (No. 11 Lily Diabetes Ford) and Race Winner Alex Bowman (No. 42 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet), Crew Chief Mike Shiplett and Team Manager Nick Harvey Comment
Ernie Francis, Jr., wins New Jersey, captures 2017 Trans Am Championship
Ernie Francis Jr. leads
Chris Clark Photos
MILLVILLE, NJ. – As Ernie Francis, Jr., took the checkered flag for the New Jersey Trans Am 100 at New Jersey Motorsport Park, he not only secured his eighth win of the 2017 season -- he clinched the TA class championship with two races remaining. Joining Francis in celebrations were TA4 class victor Brian Kleeman and TA3 winner Neal Walker, while Gar Robinson claimed victory in the TA2 class’ New Jersey Muscle Car Challenge earlier in the day.
RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 31 CATERPILLAR CHEVROLET SS – Involved in a multi-car accident on lap 44
WHAT HAPPENED THERE TO PUT YOU OUT OF THE RACE SO EARLY? “For sure I didn’t see him. I know I got tight underneath him and I washed up, but I checked-up and when you check-up sometimes you wash up even more, but never the less, I don’t know if he turned me on purpose or not he probably had a right to, but it was early in the race and we had a good car. The Caterpillar Chevrolet was coming back through, we lost three spots on the pit stop and that was rough, but we started passing some cars and just either my mistake or his mistake, both of us going for the same piece of real estate off Turn 2.”
Artem Markelov (C), Nicholas Latifi and Oliver Rowland
Artem Markelov bided his time before attacking late in the race to claim his fourth FIA Formula 2 victory in this afternoon’s sprint race at the Circuito de Jerez, preserving his tires on a day were most of his rivals were losing theirs before making the race-winning move on lap 22 and flying away for the win by over 11 seconds from DAMS pair Nicholas Latifi and Oliver Rowland.
Alessio Lorandi has claimed his first GP3 Series win with a strong race from pole to flag in this morning’s Race 2 at the Circuito de Jerez, leading home Dorian Boccolacci and Niko Kari, while behind them George Russell brought home enough points to become the 2017 GP3 Series Champion with one round remaining in the season.
Action Express Racing leads 1-2 with the first half of the Motul Petit Le Mans completed, following several incidents throughout the race so far.
Dane Cameron is out front in the No. 31 Cadillac DPi-V.R while teammate Filipe Albuquerque is running in second. Early leader Tequila Patron ESM is third and eighth.
The No. 2 ESM Nissan Onroak DPi dropped back after an incident with the JDC-Miller Motorsports Oreca 07 Gibson which sent both cars into the gravel. Chris Miller was given a drive-through penalty for the contact.
Rain Cancels Xfinity Qualifying and Cup Series Practices at Charlotte Qualifying for Saturday's Drive for the Cure 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway has been cancelled due to rain.
The lineup the Xfinity Series event will set by owners points, giving Daniel Suarez and Ryan Blaney the front row, followed by Erik Jones, Alex Bowman and Justin Allgaier.
Light rain falling on the track also wiped out both Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practices that were scheduled on Saturday leading up to Sunday's Bank of America 500.
Charles Leclerc is the first FIA Formula 2 Drivers’ Champion after claiming victory in this afternoon’s feature race at the Circuito de Jerez, leading all race long apart from the pitstop crossover and hanging on despite slowing enormously on the last lap as his tires gave up to cross the line 0.2s ahead of title rival Oliver Rowland and teammate Antonio Fuoco.
Temperatures soared as the grid formed behind poleman Leclerc, with the Ferrari Academy driver easily containing front row starter Luca Ghiotto into turn 1 ahead of Sergio Sette Camara and Alexander Albon, with Rowland clinically dispatching the pair as he fought for his slender shot at the title: the Briton closed on the Italian but was unable find a way by as Leclerc built a huge lead over the pair ahead of their pitstops.
NASCAR Moves Up Start Time For Sunday's Race at Charlotte Hoping to dodge the imminent threat of rain expected on Sunday, Charlotte Motor Speedway announced Saturday they have moved up the start time for the Bank of America 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series to 1pm.
Remnants of Hurricane Nate are expected to dump over four inches of rain over the Charlotte metro area starting mid-day on Sunday, with rain expected to continue throughout the day and into Monday. By moving the start time up one hour, NASCAR is hoping to at least get the race to halfway before they lose the track.
Corvette Racing and Chevrolet are on the doorstep of another sweep of the GT Le Mans titles in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at today’s 10-hour Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. One of the many tools the program has used extensively this year is Chevrolet Racing’s simulator located just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Corvette Racing senior engineer manager Chuck Houghton talks about the benefits of using the simulator and how it has been a valuable part of the team’s success in 2017.
Video: Koenigsegg Agera RS 0-400-0 The Koenigsegg Agera RS has beaten the Bugatti Chiron’s 0-400-0kph (0-249-0mph) run by 5.52sec, achieving the feat in 36.44sec.
The Agera RS weighs 1395kg and is powered by a twin-turbocharged 5.0-liter V8 that produces 1341bhp and 944lb ft. The time in which the Agera performed the run is ten times as long as the Mercedes-AMG GT R takes to go from 0-62mph, and 249mph is 51mph quicker than that car’s top speed.
Nirei Fukuzumi reminded everyone of his abilities with a strong, unopposed victory in this morning’s Race 1 at the Circuito de Jerez, making a tremendous start and soaring off into the distance untroubled by the intra-team battle behind him for his first win since Barcelona, leading home an ART 1-2-3 ahead of teammates George Russell and Jack Aitken.
If most eyes were on the title fight between his teammates, the Honda development driver was determined to make the most of his opportunity and grab the win on offer: under gloriously sunny skies Fukuzumi tore away when the lights went out for a lead which never looked in question, while Aitken made a strong start from P2 but was slightly conservative into turn 1, opening the door to Russell.
BK Racing cars do not get on track Friday Only 38 cars took the track for NASCAR Cup Series first practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway - two short because the #83 and #23 of BK Racing didn't get on the track.
BK Racing later presented the two cars for qualifying inspection but, again, did not take to the track for qualifying. Per the NASCAR rulebook, a qualifying attempt consists of passing initial inspection, participating in practice and passing qualifying inspection. At some point, unless the series director rules otherwise, the cars would have to, at least, make a practice attempt.
Valtteri Bottas edged Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton in final practice at Suzuka, despite his session ending after a little more than 20 minutes after an off at Spoon Curve left his car with damage. Fellow Finn Kimi Raikkonen also brought out the red flags in what was a disjointed, stop-start 60-minutes, going off at Degner 2 and crashing his Ferrari into the tire barriers.
As the track had dried after heavy rain at the start of the morning, Mercedes quickly got down to business with Bottas and Hamilton setting the pace on soft Pirellis, ahead of the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. Ferrari, meanwhile, split their tire strategy, Sebastian Vettel on softs, Kimi Raikkonen on supersofts, and appeared to be doing the race running they didn’t have time for in FP1.
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