Ferrari takes the lid off F60 America mystery supercar
Ferrari will unveil a new supercar this weekend, in its most anticipated launch since the company debuted the $1.4 million LaFerrari last year.
Although the official reveal will take place on Saturday in Beverly Hills, California, for the automaker's celebration of its 60th anniversary in North America, Ferrari teased the debut on its website Friday.
The blue F60America combines what the automaker called its American customers' "two great passions—the V12 engine and open-top driving." The car features a single front grille with chrome finish, and the interior has an asymmetrical design. The driver's side has red trim, and the passenger's side is black.
The vehicle is expected to be the most expensive new Ferrari ever launched, at somewhere between $2.5 million and $3 million. Only 10 will be made, and they've all been purchased.
The event will also showcase 60 of the rarest and best models the company has produced since 1954.
Goodyear warns teams about speeds at Charlotte Goodyear has warned teams that increased speeds at Charlotte Motor Speedway will put a heavy emphasis on the right front tires in Saturday night's race (7:30 p.m., ABC) — a potentially key development for drivers trying to advance in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.
Stu Grant, general manager of worldwide racing for Goodyear, said Friday the tire manufacturer provided durability guidelines a day earlier for teams to use in their preparations.
"They have got to be aware of the additional load that that speed puts on that right front tire," Grant said. "The air pressures that you ran in May may not be sufficient to carry the load on that right front this weekend because they're running half a second faster than the track record. … it's important that as these guys set their cars up that they're aware of the additional camber gain you're going to get with the additional load and you need to watch that air pressure because it's got to be sufficient to carry that load."
Keselowski's bent up car due to Goodyear's exploding tires
The crew chiefs for Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are still confident in their setups at Kansas Speedway, where they each suffered tire failures.
Both drivers hit the wall and now face uphill battles to advance out of the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Keselowski is 10th in the standings while Earnhardt is 11th heading into the second race of the three-race round Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Goodyear has Keselowski's Kansas tire — it arrived Thursday in Akron — while it has not yet obtained the tire from Earnhardt's team to begin an analysis. Stu Grant, general manager for Goodyear's racing program, said initial analysis shows that there was an overloaded inside shoulder in the tire but nothing obvious until an extensive analysis is complete.
Chase Elliott on Charlotte Nationwide Pole NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader Chase Elliott won the pole for Friday night's Drive For The Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The 19-year-old rookie turned in a lap of 181.354 mph in the no.9 Chevrolet Camaro for JR Motorsports, collecting his second-career pole position.
Matt Kenseth was second with a lap of180.977mph, followed by Brian Scott (180.898), Elliott Sadler (180.850) and Kyle Busch (180.826).
Regan Smith, currently second in the series points standings, qualified 22nd, while third-place points driver Ty Dillon rolls off 11th.
Jimmy Weller, Ryan Ellis, Matthew Carter, Morgan Shepherd and Mike Harmon failed to qualify for the event
Audi ran 1-2 in practice Friday for Sunday's Fuji round of the World Endurance Championship.
Lucas di Grassi set the best time of the day early in the 90-minute afternoon period aboard the #1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro, beating the time from session 1 of 1m28.403s set by teammate Marcel Fassler. Loic Duval in the #1 Audi and Andre Lotterer in the #2 car had earlier set the fastest times in the opening practice session.
Third fastest was Neel Jani in the best of the Porsche 919 Hybrids. He was only four hundredths down on Fassler with a 1m28.441s set late in the afternoon.
Vandoorne denies Pic of Sochi GP2 pole (Update)UPDATE The task ahead has been made more challenging for title contender Felipe Nasr: following today’s qualifying session, the Brazilian was found guilty by the stewards of impeding Stefano Coletti at Turn 18 in a reckless manner.
As a consequence, Nasr was handed a three place grid penalty for tomorrow's feature race at the Sochi Autodrom. He will now start from P12.
From left, Arthur Pic (Campos Racing), Stoffel Vandoorne (ART Grand Prix), Takuya Izawa (ART Grand Prix)
10/10/14 McLaren test driver Stoffel Vandoorne has claimed his third pole position in a row in today’s exciting qualifying session at Sochi Autodrom. With an identical laptime of 1:45.002, Arthur Pic takes P2 ahead of Vandoorne's teammate Takuya Izawa.
Vandoorne set the pace early on until Mitch Evans went top only to be bettered by the Belgian a few minutes later. Pic was up next for the top spot, but Izawa was on fine form as well: the Japanese was the first man to dip under 1m46s. Series leader Jolyon Palmer found some clean air however to sit pretty at the top of the timesheet halfway through the session and before the end of the field’s first stints.
Wolff furious after Horner reveals Mercedes blocked deal
Wolff furious Mercedes was exposed
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says he's not happy that Christian Horner chose to reveal details of Friday morning's F1 Strategy Group meeting, in which three Mercedes teams opposed an engine unfreeze for 2015.
Horner made it clear that he was frustrated by Mercedes initially supporting an unfreeze and then changing its mind. The works team, Williams and 2015 customers all voted against a change, but lost out on a majority vote. The plan will now go to the F1 Commission.
F1 plans to slow cars automatically in yellow flag corners Formula One leaders are proposing a speed limit to slow down cars during dangerous situations on the track, following the Japanese Grand Prix accident that left driver Jules Bianchi fighting for his life.
Formula One race director Charlie Whiting says it would be best to give teams the ability to cut speed automatically if there is danger on a course, rather than leaving it up to the drivers.
Whiting presented a report on Bianchi's accident to motor sport's governing body on Friday and later joined top officials in briefing reporters.
Hulkenberg set for gearbox grid penalty Nico Hulkenberg is set to incur a five-place grid drop for the Russian Grand Prix after a gearbox change.
Formula 1's regulations demand that drivers use their gearbox for six consecutive events, but Force India driver Hulkenberg, who finished 12th on Friday's combined timesheets at Sochi, has made the swap in advance of this.
"The driver [Hulkenberg] did finish the last race in Suzuka and this gearbox change was before the six consecutive events expired. Therefore this is not in compliance with Article 28.6a of the 2014 Formula One Sporting Regulations," read a note issued by FIA Formula One Technical Delegate Jo Bauer on Friday evening.
Hulkenberg finished on countback at Suzuka, despite stopping at the end of the pits as the race was red flagged.
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Rick Humphrey Joins IMSA As Vice President Of Properties The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) today announced the addition of veteran motorsports executive Rick Humphrey, who has joined the organization in the newly created position of Vice President, IMSA Properties.
Humphrey, 46, will oversee the day-to-day operation of the three IMSA Properties: Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga., Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla. and the Chateau Elan Hotel & Conference Center, also in Sebring. He will be based at Road Atlanta and will report to IMSA president and COO Scott Atherton. Humphrey begins his new position immediately.
Advantage to Dovizioso on opening day at Motegi Ducati Team's Andrea Dovizioso led the way at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan on Friday as the Italian took advantage of an extra soft tire in FP2.
Friday started well for Dovizioso who continued to assess the GP14.2 upgrade to his Ducati, able to finish FP1 third. Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) continued his good form from Aragon to head Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) by 0.166s and Dovizioso was 0.234s behind the Yamaha factory rider in the morning run.
Lewis Hamilton made mockery of the second practice for the inaugural Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix putting in a best lap of 1m39.630s to take top spot by a massive 0.864s at the new Sochi circuit. Such was his dominance.
Hamilton was behind his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by over two tenths of a second on the slower medium-compound Pirellis early on, but on the softs, he took the top spot on his second attempt before further extending his advantage on his final fast lap.
McLaren's Kevin Magnussen was 2nd quick but not in the same league as Hamilton.
GP2 Series leader Jolyon Palmer had the perfect start to his weekend setting the best lap time of the free practice session at the Sochi Autodrom in a 1:46.083 – half a second quicker than closest rival Arthur Pic. Andre Negrao finished third.
The session opened in perfect conditions as the drivers fed onto the Russian track for the very first time on Medium Pirelli tires. Palmer was quick to set the pace dominating the rest of the pack. Stoffel Vandoorne was the first driver to challenge the Brit, setting up a lap time two tenths slower than Palmer. Fifteen minutes into the session, the DAMS racer went on a flyer and extended the gap to Vandoorne by seven tenths whilst Pic moved up to third.
Russian GP: Dominant Mercedes run 1-2 (as expected)
In what is becoming the same old story over and over and over, the Mercedes F1 team ran 1-2 in opening practice for the first ever Russian GP at Sochi. Nico Rosberg set the fastest time just 0.065 seconds quicker than his teammate Lewis Hamilton.
Jenson Button with Mercedes power in his McLaren, was the third quickest, while his teammate Kevin Magnussen was fifth. They were split by the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso making it 4 Mercedes in the top-5.
Local hero Daniil Kvyat shone in his Toro Rosso, setting the seventh fastest time behind Force India's Sergio Perez. He was ahead of the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen and his teammate Jean-Eric Vergne.
For the 2nd time this season Rossi was slated to drive and had the rug pulled out from beneath him in the 11th hour.
We will run a single car for the duration of the forthcoming Grand Prix weekend in Sochi, out of respect for our driver Jules Bianchi, who remains in hospital in Yokkaichi, Japan, in a critical but stable condition.
We have written to the Stewards of the Meeting to inform them that we have withdrawn our second car. Notwithstanding the presence in Sochi of Alexander Rossi, the nominated Official Reserve Driver for the 2014 Russian Grand Prix, the Team feels strongly that fielding a single car, that of driver number 4, Max Chilton, is the appropriate course of action under the difficult circumstances of the weekend.
Jules' car crew have built a second car, which has been scrutineered and is ready to race, and this will remain on his side of the garage throughout the weekend. In support of Jules and his family, the Team and its cars will carry the familiar #JB17 graphic, to ensure that although Jules is not with us in Sochi this weekend, he is, nonetheless, racing on with the Marussia F1 Team.
Max Chilton #4 "I don't know how to put into words how truly devastated I am by what has happened to Jules. The support from the F1 family has been incredible & all we can do is be there to support Jules' family at this difficult time. It is going to be a very emotional weekend for the whole Team, but we will try to get through it and keep praying for Jules."
Gene Haas' F1 Team To Be Based In Kannapolis, North Carolina Earlier this year, CNC machine manufacturer Haas Automation Owner and co-Owner of Stewart-Haas Racing GENE HAAS "was granted a license to compete" in F1, with its teams beginning competition in the '16 season, according to Jim Utter of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. The bulk of the Haas F1 organization "will be based in Kannapolis, part of a 125,000-square-foot expansion of the SHR headquarters." Haas F1 will become the first U.S.-based F1 team since Parnelli Jones Racing in '74-76. Haas said that "he expected to have the first cars assembled in November 2015 and on the track testing in January 2016." On Wednesday, Haas discussed "the progress of his F1 organization."
Q: How do you go about hiring people for an F1 organization and get them to the Charlotte area? Gene Haas: We really haven't gone on a hiring spree. The first thing we did was align ourselves with partners we thought would work the best for us. It took us almost six months to figure out the Ferrari relationship. Once we got that down, then a lot more pieces of the puzzle fit.
Alonso still working on top cycling team (Update)UPDATE
The Int'l Cycling Union (UCI) has confirmed that Ferrari F1 driver Fernando Alonso's cycling team has "not applied" for a World Tour license for next year, according to Tom Cary of the London TELEGRAPH. The UCI has released a list of teams who have "applied for either top-tier World Tour or second-division" Pro Continental licenses for '15 and the Spanish F1 driver's "eagerly-anticipated, much-hyped team" was not on it. The UCI added that it had engaged in "very cordial and productive discussions" with the Ferrari driver and his representatives.
The UCI said, "Whilst this has not led to a team for 2015, we thank Fernando Alonso for his interest and engagement and look forward to continuing discussions with him and/or his advisers if they wish to pursue that interest further." There is a "very small possibility that the Fernando Alonso Cycling Team could line up next year but that he and his new partners at sports investment firm NOVO are now focusing primarily on 2016." Telegraph
Zanardi to compete in Ironman World Championships Two-time CART champion Alex Zanardi will compete in the Ironman World Championships on Oct. 11 in Hawaii.
A crash in 2001 took Zanardi's legs, but he has not ceased competing. Zanardi, 47, of Italy, mastering prosthetic legs participated in the New York City Marathon in 2007. He then began to excel at hand cycling, eventually winning two gold and one silver medal in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
The triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile cycle and 26.2-mile run for which he'll use a specially designed chair. Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Tony Kanaan and Vitor Meira competed in the event in 2011. Kanaan is INDYCAR's iron man, starting 233 consecutive races.
F1 drivers say it's time to look at Closed Cockpits Quotes from F1 drivers today at Sochi on the idea of closed cockpits for F1 cars:
"I probably tend to agree we should at least check and try or test the idea. We are in 2014, we have the technology, we have airplanes and many other examples used in a successful way, so why not to think about it? All the biggest accidents in motorsport in the last couple of years have been head injuries so it's probably one of the parts where we are not on the top of the safety. Even in my case, in 2012 at Spa (dramatic 2012 Belgian GP start line crash), I probably could have died there in corner one if it had been 10 centimeters closer to my head. If the technology is there available and there is the possibility I would not exclude [closed cockpits] for sure." Fernando Alonso
"I totally agree with Fernando - it would be interesting to try to work on that possibility. Definitely for my accident, it would have been perfect. For Jules, I don't know." Felipe Massa
Perfect weather forecast for Russian GP The weather forecast looks excellent for this weekend's Russian Grand Prix in Sochi. Perfectly sunny days and high temperatures in the mid-70s will be a welcome relief from the monsoon conditions the drivers and teams experienced in Suzuka, Japan.
Lotus F1 Team to race with Mercedes-Benz power from 2015
Lotus should see an improvement in form, switching from Renault to Mercedes power.
Lotus F1 Team and Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains are pleased to announce a long-term supply agreement which will see Lotus F1 Team utilizing the Mercedes-Benz Power Unit from the start of the 2015 season until the end of the current Power Unit generation.
Under the terms of the agreement, Lotus F1 Team will be supplied with Mercedes-Benz Power Units by Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) based in Brixworth, UK. The Power Unit will use Fluid Technology Solutions developed by PETRONAS, the technology partner of Mercedes-Benz.
Canopy would not have helped Bianchi says Lowe, Alonso disagrees (GMM) Paddy Lowe on Thursday said he doubts a covered cockpit would have helped the now seriously injured Jules Bianchi last Sunday at Suzuka.
Since the Frenchman ploughed into a recovery vehicle with devastating effects, there have been renewed calls for the sport to look into mandating forward roll bars or strong canopies to better protect the drivers' exposed heads.
But Mercedes team boss Lowe argues that such a device would not have helped Bianchi at Suzuka.
Ford's David Reynolds now the quickest man around Mount Panorama David Reynolds is Bathurst's new fastest man, obliterating Craig Lowndes' practice lap record at Mount Panorama with a 2min06.2714 in the final practice session.
The final 50-minute run of the day at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 saw two red flags, with both Volvo's Robert Dahlgren and Holden Racing Team's Garth Tander involved in separate incidents at The Dipper.
Tander's crash – which has reportedly suffered both front and rear suspension damage – triggered a red flag late in the session.
Jeremy Mayfield running Dirt Late Models According to World of Outlaw Late Model series PR Director Kevin Kovac, former NASCAR Sprint Cup star Jeremy Mayfield, whom was suspended indefinitely from the series in 2009, will field a Dirt Late Model operation not far from his home in Denver, North Carolina. The 45-year-old has only about a handful of starts in Dirt Late Model type race cars, but has recently been back on the short tracks with Open Wheel Modified race cars around the Carolinas.
The Aaron Thomas owned team has support from NASCAR elite like Humpy Wheeler and area promoter Clint Elkins and plan on competing with their Barry Wright Super Late Model in select events and in a Rayburn race car in some Crate Late Model races. Mayfield was quoted as saying he's received guidance recently from Jonathan Davenport, in the set-ups area and has an ultimate goal of racing with the Lucas Oil series full time. Mayfield's (#J2) Dirt Late Model is adorned with the "Take It Back" campaign, which references the fact he's taking back his "life and overall love of racing." Chattanoogan
The South Dakota Supreme Court met for its second day of oral arguments, Tuesday, in Sioux Falls. One case faces NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer against Klock Werks Kustom Cycles in Mitchell and the allegations the driver failed to pay more than $30,000 for the work on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Attorney Alex Hagen representing NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer asked the Supreme Court, Tuesday, to move the lawsuit out of South Dakota.
"Clint Bowyer never step foot in South Dakota related to this agreement. This agreement arose out of Phoenix, Arizona and involved many other states, beyond the border of our state," attorney Alex Hagen said. But the owners of Klock Werks Kustom Cycles want the case to stay here. Store owners sued the NASCAR driver back in 2009 after he allegedly failed to pay up for $30,000 of work done to his motorcycle. Bowyer's attorney says this was an oral agreement made in Phoenix.
Nashville Superspeedway sale delayed Tuesday, NeXovation, Inc. and Dover Motorsports, Inc. amended the purchase agreement between them concerning NeXovation's acquisition of the Nashville Superspeedway. The amendment will allow NeXovation additional time to complete the required due diligence on certain survey items. "We intend to close before the end of the year, ideally, as soon as possible", said Robert J. "Robb" Sexton, CEO at NeXovation, Inc. NeXovation has already made a firm payment on the purchase transaction, according to Dover's statements in its recently released 8-K.
Video: Nico Rosberg Looks Ahead to the 2014 Russian Grand Prix This weekend sees the all-new Sochi Autodrom host the inaugural Formula One Russian Grand Prix. Here, MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS driver Nico Rosberg looks ahead to a fresh challenge in Sochi:
Nico: "Formula One has never raced in Russia, so it's really exciting. I did a demo in Moscow a couple of years ago where I drove round the Kremlin and all the fans were really into it, so I think it will be a great event."
Ecclestone Says Sponsors 'Appear To Be Happy' Ahead Of Russian Grand Prix
Ecclestone and his good friend Vladimir Putin
F1 "risks political condemnation" when Russian President Vladimir Putin makes a personal appearance at the inaugural Russian Grand Prix on Sunday, according to Kevin Eason of the LONDON TIMES.
The race, "held during outrage over Russia's involvement in Ukraine, is already treading on sensitive territory, but Putin's expected arrival at the venue in the Olympic Park built for the Sochi Winter Games could spark censure around the world."
A grand prix, "beamed across the globe" on TV, is the "ultimate birthday present for Putin," who turned 62 on Tuesday.
Russian GP to become IndyCar race The official Sochi GP poster, here shown printed on a shirt, features Russian President Vladimir Putin wearing a Toyota drivers suit and Justin Wilson's old Champ Car.
After F1 bankrupts the race, which of course it will, maybe they have made contingency plans to bring IndyCar in.
Wait until Bernie Ecclestone sees that, he's going to hit the roof.
Steve Byrnes Steps Aside From NASCAR on FOX as cancer returns Longtime NASCAR on FOX on-air personality Steve Byrnes is taking an indefinite medical leave of absence, effectively immediately, to focus on his health after receiving news he has suffered a recurrence of cancer.
Byrnes, who was diagnosed and successfully treated for head-and-neck cancer in late 2013, steps away from his NASCAR RACE HUB co-hosting and NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES play-by-play duties for FOX Sports 1 to concentrate on his upcoming medical treatment and time with his family.
Any further updates on Byrnes will come at the discretion of the family.
Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) announced today that three-time IndyCar Series Champion turned NASCAR winner, Sam Hornish, Jr. will join the storied organization to drive the No. 9 Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full-time in 2015. Hornish, Jr. joins RPM from Joe Gibbs Racing where he competed part-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this season scoring one win and four Top-Five finishes in only eight starts.
A seasoned and diverse driver, Hornish, Jr. has the ability to immediately win races for RPM in the Sprint Cup Series and compete in the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The 35-year-old from Defiance, Ohio began his professional career in the IndyCar Series winning 19 times, including the Indianapolis 500, and three championships. His last championship came with Penske Racing who helped Hornish, Jr. make the transition into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
AR1.com's cries for canopies on F1 and IndyCars finally being heard (2nd Update)UPDATE #2 A reader asks, Dear AR1.com, In IndyCar accidents a lot of times I see wheels flying. If that happens on a superspeedway and the flying wheel is hit by a another driver's head at 220 mph what will happen? Joyce Vilmar
Dear Joyce: Without a canopy on the car, the driver will die instantly. It happened to 1964 F1 World champion John Surtees' son Henry at about 100 mph in an F3 car. He died within an hour. At 200 mph the driver would die instantly. A similar outcome to the driver's head hitting a fence post, which has happened many times resulting in death. Not having a canopy over the driver's head is simply playing with fire. It's OK until you get burnt, then everyone sheds tears and asks why did this have to happen? It doesn't. Mark C.
Pinnacle Foods will sponsor Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne in select 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 8, 2014) – JR Motorsports announced today a multi-year sponsorship extension with Pinnacle Foods Inc. that will start with four NASCAR XFINITY Series races in 2015 with drivers Kasey Kahne and Kevin Harvick.
Pinnacle Foods is a leading producer, marketer and distributor of high-quality branded food products, and its brands can be found in more than 85 percent of American households. The sponsorship will be leveraged in store at key retailers nationwide.
As it did this year with Harvick, Pinnacle Foods will continue featuring the Armour brand on JRM’s all-star car. Armour specializes in canned meats and includes Vienna sausages, chili, luncheon meat, beef stew and more.
Kyle Busch sits in second-place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings.
CAMRY CHASERS CONTEND: All three Toyota Camry drivers are in the top-10 in points and within 20 points of the leader as race two of the 'Contender' round of this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) championship playoff rolls into Charlotte -- Kyle Busch (second-place, -6 points), Denny Hamlin (fifth, -11) and Matt Kenseth (seventh, -17). After Charlotte, the series will head to the high banks of Alabama's Talladega Superspeedway before another four drivers will be eliminated from moving on to the third round of the championship playoffs.
KNOWN TERRITORY: Race teams will have a home field advantage this weekend with most headquartered -- and all Toyota teams based -- in the greater Charlotte vicinity. Two Camry drivers have visited victory lane at Charlotte Motor Speedway -- David Reutimann earned the first win with a TRD-built motor in 2009 (May) and Clint Bowyer finished first in 2012 (Oct.). Earlier this year, Kenseth (third), Brian Vickers (sixth) and Busch (ninth) earned top-10 finishes at Charlotte. Last October in Charlotte, all three Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) drivers finished together in the top-10 -- Kenseth (third), Busch (fifth) and Hamlin (ninth).
(GMM) McLaren was moved on Wednesday to deny wild speculation Lewis Hamilton is set to return to the team in 2015.
The British team said the rumor Ron Dennis' former protege - who is currently leading the world championship for dominant rival Mercedes - had recently travelled to Woking to sign up are "utterly without foundation".
But it would tie in with the climate of sensation in the F1 'silly season' at present, after Sebastian Vettel announced his departure from Red Bull, ostensibly to replace the disgruntled Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso.
2015 Pocono tickets now on sale Tickets to the 2015 NASCAR events at Pocono Raceway are now on sale to the public. In recognition of Dale Earnhardt Jr., sweeping both races this year, a prize will be awarded to 88 random fans who purchase full-priced tickets, within the next 88 days, to 2015 NASCAR events at 'The Tricky Triangle' as part of "The Great Pocono Postseason Pre-Sale."
Additionally, fans who purchase full-price tickets within the first 88 hours of the pre-sale will be entered to win a VIP NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) driver experience. "The Great Pocono Postseason Pre-Sale" will run from October 6, 2014 - January 2, 2015. Individuals who purchase a full-price ticket to either the 2015 Pocono 400 or Pennsylvania 400 race weekends will be automatically entered, per transaction, to win one of 88 prizes. These prizes will include NASCAR driver autographed items, unique experiences and more. Anyone who purchases a full-priced event ticket, during the first 88 hours, will gain multiple entries in the 88 prize drawing, as well, as entry to win an exclusive NSCS driver Experience. For more information click here.
Temperatures within the Risi Competizione camp have only just begun to cool since the team was crashed out of the lead while leading Saturday's season finale at Road Atlanta.
The team's frustrating exit just three hours into the 10-hour event was one of many low points in a caution-filled and crash-marred 17th anniversary for Petit Le Mans, and in the wake of a non-call by IMSA on the competitor who authored the No. 62 GTLM Ferrari's demise, the team's anger has yet to subside.
Prior to closing the year at Petit Le Mans, Risi opened its 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship account with a destroyed Ferrari F458 chassis at Round 1 in Daytona, suffered another heavy crash with its replacement at Round 2 in Sebring, and with the chance of a positive end to a trying year in sight, the Risi outfit was forced to retire last weekend when driver Pierre Kaffer was pummeled from behind by Porsche factory driver Patrick Pilet.
Pilet, who had just strapped in and was shown on camera looking down at his seat belts while driving down pit lane, eventually looked up and was clearly surprised to find Kaffer parked and obeying the red light that held cars at pit exit. With no time or space to avoid a crash, the Frenchman struck Kaffer's car in the right rear, and Pilet was then hit from behind by Corvette's Jan Magnussen. The net effect left Risi's Prancing Horse sitting with its hind quarters damaged beyond immediate repair.
The Porsche and Corvette would continue after their respective crews made repairs. Unfortunately, the innocent party in the melee was dealt the most severe blow, and if the race-ending damage wasn't enough to cause team owner Giuseppe Risi's blood to boil, the inaction by IMSA in regard to Pilet's negligence pushed the respected team owner over the edge.
A strongly-worded release was issued by Risi during the event, making his disappointment over the incident and officiating abundantly clear.
"We've had no response to our request to Race Control for review or action although, in the past, any misdeeds by our team or drivers have been punished severely and immediately," said Risi. "This leads me to question whether the series even cares if there is a full-season GTLM Ferrari in the race or not, and it must also color my opinion going forward as to whether I want to continue in this championship or not."
With a few days to bring to situation from a boil to a simmer, team manager Dave Sims says the ALMS championship-winning team is still fuming and struggles to understand how the crash resulted in a non-call.
"We just had a horrendous race getting taken out in the pits getting hit from behind," Sims told RACER. "It wasn't reviewed, and when I couldn't get a response, I walked all the way over to the tower and was refused access to Race Control because I didn't have a media pass! I went and asked the red light man, who said it was on and our car stopped properly. No apology from [IMSA]. We came in, beat everyone else on our pit stop, and came out No. 1. It drives you mad to see what happen take place, and then for the driver who caused the whole thing to get off without as much as a slap on the wrist is a whole other level of injustice piled on top of it."
One of the suspension mounts was pulled out from the subframe in the crash, and a host of other significant damage was done to the Ferrari. The lack of answers from IMSA added to the mounting frustration as the Risi crew found more significant damage than was initially expected. More at racer.com
BMW Expected To Return To TUDOR Championship With BMW Z4 GTE
Following its established tradition, BMW will officially announce its 2015 plans at its Sports Trophy Dinner in Munich, Germany on Dec. 6.
Short of an official announcement, though, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship is expected to play a major role in the manufacturer's plans, with the BMW Z4 expected to return to GT Le Mans (GTLM) class competition.
"The TUDOR Championship is a great platform to showcase our cars," said Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director. "IMSA is a very good platform. We're enjoying that relationship, knowing that this is the first year with the unified series. We knew it would be a handful to get all of them properly balanced, we respect that.
Progress continues to be made on the creation of a common set of global prototype regulations for 2017, with officials from the FIA, ACO and IMSA, as well as a strong contingent of manufacturers meeting late last month in Paris for a roundtable.
The points of discussion, according to IMSA's VP of technical regulations, Scot Elkins, was to gain feedback on key points on the new platform, which will replace the current P2 regulations worldwide, as well as becoming the new Prototype class in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
"The idea was to get feedback from everyone on the guidelines," Elkins told Sportscar365. "We're targeting a reduction in season budgets, looking at the cost cap, trying to define what type of bodywork we're going to use and things like that. All of that was discussed."
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