NHRA Adjusts 2017 Schedule The AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals and the Dodge NHRA Nationals are switching their event dates for the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.
The Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Penn. will move up one week to Sept. 21-24 and the AAA Insurance NHRA Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill. will move back one week to Sept. 29-Oct. 1.
"I think we will see some benefits from this by moving off the weekend of the NASCAR races at Dover (Delaware),'' said Lex Dudas, vice president and general manager at Maple Grove Raceway. "We know fans over the years wanted to do both, but they had to pick and choose."
Super Soft tires favored for Austin Formula 1 supplier Pirelli has revealed the tyre selections for the United States Grand Prix, with the red-marked Super Soft rubber favored over the yellow-marked Soft and white-marked Medium.
All drivers bar the Manor pair will take a majority of the Super Soft tyre to the Circuit of the Americas, with Force India's Sergio Perez leading the way on eight sets, and most others taking seven sets.
Soft selections range from two sets to five, with Medium selections from one set to five.
Kentucky needs repaving again Less than five months after the completion of a repaving and reconfiguration project at Kentucky Speedway, track officials announced Monday the repaving part will be done again.
“When our team examined the race track, portions of the paving performed earlier this year did not meet the construction specifications,” said General Manager of Kentucky Speedway, Mark Simendinger, in a statement.
Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) announced today that NTT DATA will return as the primary sponsor on the No. 10 Indy car in the Verizon IndyCar Series as part of a multi-year deal. Driver Tony Kanaan will also return to the program for his fourth season with CGRT to pilot the No. 10 NTT DATA Honda. The 2004 Verizon IndyCar Series Champion and 2013 Indianapolis 500 Winner scored his first win for CGRT at the season finale at Auto Club Speedway in 2014, and will continue the legacy of the No. 10 car which boasts 20 wins from Kanaan, Dario Franchitti (13) and Dan Wheldon (6) dating back to 2006.
Automakers are moving to 100% electric cars - what becomes of racing? [Note: AR1.com has been telling its readers this was going to happen for two years now. Other journalists are beginning to ask the same question]
If you have been reading this column over the years, you know that I am a big believer in The Future of racing. (You can reacquaint yourself with Peter's groundbreaking take on "The Future of Racing" here. -WG). I would much rather spend time discussing The Future in order to make sure that there is a future for the sport than sit back and let things continue on a downward spiral.
Let's face it, if I had my choice, Formula 1 cars would scream with normally-aspirated V8s and V10s ("Bring Back The Scream"); Indy cars would shriek with big horsepower and multiple engine manufacturers participating; GT cars would have ground-pounding V8s and non-turbo six-cylinder engines; and there would be a place for a new Formula 5000 series here in the U.S. with even morehopped-up V8s. And fortunately, there are still several avenues available where I can experience exactly that in contemporary and vintage motorsport.
Greg Biffle's Ford Fusion to Feature Ford's mobile app - 'FordPass' in Kansas Greg Biffle’s No. 16 Ford Fusion will feature a new look with the FordPass app on his No. 16 Ford Fusion at Kansas Speedway. FordPass is a smartphone app that is designed to serve as a one-stop shop for transportation needs.
“It’s amazing the things you can do right from your phone these days and Ford has captured and added to that with FordPass,” said Biffle. “There are a lot of handy aspects of this new app for Ford owners and I can’t wait to try them all out. Kansas has been a good track for us and I’m looking forward to trying for another win there with FordPass featured on our Ford.”
Charlotte Overnight TV Ratings Postponed NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from Charlotte, the fourth race in the Chase For the Cup, had a 1.2 overnight rating on NBC Sunday afternoon - down 14% from the same race last year, which was also postponed to Sunday but aired on NBCSN (1.4). Figures do not include simulcast coverage on NBCSN, which could make up the difference. The last time the race was run as scheduled in its Saturday night timeslot, coverage on ABC scored a 2.9.(Sports Media Watch)
With some depositions -- including that of Tony Stewart -- still to be taken, any trial in the wrongful death case brought by the parents of Kevin Ward Jr. against Stewart won't happen until at least next summer.
The deadline for motions asking the judge to rule on the case before trial was pushed from Feb. 8 to May 31 during a status conference Thursday in federal court in Utica, N.Y. ESPN
Forsberg Wins Formula Drift Championship for Third Time
Hankook Tire driver Chris Forsberg won his third career Formula Drift Championship following this past weekend's final round in front of a sold out crowd at Irwindale Speedway. The final event of the season caps a historic run for Forsberg who reached the podium in six out of the eight events this season.
Racing in his signature Hankook Tire/Nissan 370Z, the veteran driver entered the final weekend of the season with a 36-point lead over the rest of the field. The cushion helped secure the championship finish despite an early exit in the Round of 16 on Saturday.
Video: Big wreck collects multiple Chase drivers in Charlotte (Update) UPDATE Martin Truex Jr. felt bad about an incident that resulted in a multicar accident during a restart on Lap 266 [in the Bank of America Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, when Truex got in the the back of the #3, causing it to spin out and hit the wall, causing a 12 car wreck].
"I want to say that I'm sorry to Austin Dillon, the 3 team, Slugger (Labbe, crew chief) and all those guys," said Truex.
Tony Adamowicz dies at age 75 Tony Adamowicz, an American sport-car racer who drove for Porsche and Ferrari and who drove competitively from the late 1960s through the '80s, died Monday at the age of 75.
He had been diagnosed with brain cancer in 2015, according to his Wikipedia page.
Adamowicz was a member of advisory boards at the Riverside (CA) International Automotive Museum and the Desert Classic Concours d'Elegance.
Ducati Team rider Andrea Iannone is set to miss the upcoming Motul Grand Prix of Japan, having been advised by medical staff that the vertebra fracture suffered by the Italian in FP1 in Misano is in need of further recuperation before the Austrian GP winner gets back on track.
Recovery is going well for Iannone but to assure the quickest full recuperation possible, he will not participate in the Japanese GP. The following weekend then hails Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, where the Italian completed the podium last season following one of the most stunning races of the modern era, with Iannone hoping to be fit in time for this year’s race.
The Ducati Team have elected not to replace Iannone in Japan, and will therefore only field recent Japanese GP top five finisher Andrea Dovizioso.
Newman Extends Relationship with Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran Ryan Newman has agreed to a multi-year agreement to remain with Richard Childress Racing (RCR) as the driver of the No. 31 Chevrolet. The renewal marks Newman's fourth year with RCR and 16th full season in NASCAR's premier series.
"Ryan's consistency on the track has been a benefit to our organization and this extension solidifies the future of our racing program," said Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of RCR. "Ryan proved the first year he was here that we could contend for championships and with this continuation, I believe we can fulfill our commitment to winning races and a championship. Ryan has worked hard to represent many of our partners, especially the primary sponsors Caterpillar, Grainger and WIX Filters, helping them to get the most out of their respective racing programs."
Utah and Sonoma confirmed for 2017 PWC tentative schedule The Pirelli World Challenge will return to Utah Motorsports Campus and Sonoma Raceway next year, as the final two confirmed events on the 2017 schedule reports Sportscar365.
Series President and CEO Greg Gill made the announcement during Sunday evening’s championship awards banquet, which firms up the ten locations the sprint-race series will visit next year.
The date for the Utah event is yet to be announced but is understood to either be the second or third weekend in August, with Sonoma set to serve as the season finale for the GT Championship on Sept. 15-17, alongside IndyCar.
Only really bad Rosberg luck can give Hamilton title this year
While some may say the 'fat lady' is already gargling before she breaks into song, others are not so sure.
Going into the final rounds we've seen drivers overcome greater deficits than the 33 points Lewis Hamilton trails Nico Rosberg by, and let's not forget the Hollywood-type conclusion to the 2008 championship.
Fire destroys ARCA main office (Update) UPDATE The home office and headquarters of the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) suffered a catastrophic fire in Temperance, Mich., Sunday morning less than a week from its conclusion of their 64th season of competition.
Firefighters say the blaze started around 8:00 a.m. The immediate cause of the fire was unknown.
The sanctioning body said in a brief statement on its website that the fire “destroyed” the home office. The site also reported the fire had been completely extinguished.
Daytona suffers moderate damage from hurricane "Daytona International Speedway experienced moderate damage from Hurricane Matthew with impacts to lights, speakers, signage, fences, gates, awnings and palm trees. Daytona International Speedway Ticket Office and Tours and the Richard Petty Driving Experience will be closed on Saturday and Sunday for facility cleanup. We will provide more updates through the weekend."
NASCAR Serves as heist vehicle for film NASCAR hasn't been the vehicle for a major Hollywood feature film since Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby a decade ago. That's set to change with Logan Lucky, a heist movie starring Channing Tatum that filmed several scenes at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday. It's scheduled to wrap up filming next week.
Video: 2016 NASCAR Charlotte Sprint Cup Post Race Q&A NSCS race winner Jimmie Johnson, Crew Chief Chad Knaus and Owner Rick Hendrick (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet); Second-place finisher Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota); Sixth-place finisher Kyle Busch (No. 18 Interstate Batteries/ABC Toyota) Comment
Stewards Penalize O'Connell for Contact in PWC Season Finale; Parente Wins Race and GT Title
O'Connell is stripped of victory and title
Pirelli World Challenge race stewards have penalized initial GT winner Johnny O'Connell of Flowery Branch, Ga., for an on-track infraction on the final lap of Sunday's Round 20 GT/GTA/GT Cup season finale in the Pirelli World Challenge Championships presented by Nissan at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
O'Connell, driving his No. 3 Cadillac Racing Cadillac ATS-V.R., was accessed a 2.1-second penalty due to "avoidable contact" in turn five with Porsche driver Patrick Long as the two drivers battled for the race lead on the 27th lap in the 50-minute sprint contest.
Swiss Private Bank Julius Baer Secures 4.1% In Electric Racing Series Formula E Formula E "has been revved up by new investment from Swiss private bank Julius Baer," which has taken a 4.1% stake in the electric racing series, according to Sylt & Reid for the London DAILY EXPRESS.
Julius Baer, "the private bank of the rich and famous, bought its stake earlier this year, according to the latest shareholders’ register of Formula E Holdings."
O'Connell, Fuentes and Fergus Score at Laguna Seca
SALINAS, Calif. -- Johnny O'Connell, Martin Fuentes and Corey Fergus scored the poles for GT/GTA Round 20 and GT Cup Round 19 part of the Pirelli World Challenge Championship Finale Weekend presented by Nissan at MRLS. The 45-minute segment was held under sunny, breezy 71-degree weather conditions.
GTA and GT Cup competitors took to the track first for their 20-minute session.
Shane Lewis and Cliff Ebben were victorious in their respective races at Homestead-Miami Speedway, as the Trans Am Series held Round 9 of the 2016 Trans Am Championship, part of the Series' 50th Anniversary Season. Joining Lewis and Ebben, the victors of the TA2 and TA classes, were Miami resident Michael Camus and Fort Lauderdale's Ernie Francis, Jr., who secured wins of their own in the TA3 and TA4 classes, respectively.
Trans Am opened the day with the TA2, presented by AEM, class's independent 102.15-mile, 45-lap race around the 2.273-mile "roval" course. Shane Lewis, driver of the No. 72 Pura Vida Tequila, 74 Ranch Resort Chevrolet Camaro out of Jupiter, Florida, began the race in pole position and, despite several challenges from points leader Tony Buffomante, was able to maintain and hold the position en route to his first career TA2 victory coming in his 21st start and on a track he considers home.
The move to all-electric cars may happen faster than we all think
BMW has committed that all it's cars will be 100% electric within 10 years
The age of electric vehicles may finally be upon us – or at least that's what BMW is banking on. BMW recently announced that it will convert all models to electric drive trains, range-extending engines, and plug-in hybrids over the next decade in response to a coming series of strict EU carbon emissions laws. The company's 3 Series sport sedans will even become plug-ins. The transition is a dramatic statement from one of the world's most recognized and well-regarded car brands.
At the 2016 Paris auto show electric cars were definitely in style this year with every major car maker and many new companies showing off what they have.
In some cases they are showing prototypes of vehicles that may be produced someday but many are showing off electric cars that are being sold right now.
After two days of solid rain due to the effects of Hurricane Matthew, the sun rose over Charlotte Motor Speedway this morning with crystal clear blue skies and temperatures expected in the mid-70's - looking like perfect weather for both races today.
The Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup race is scheduled to go green around noon today, with the NASCAR Xfinity Series Drive for the Cure 300 expected to start approximately 45 minutes after the conclusion of the Sprint Cup race. NBC will be carrying the Cup race, while NBCSN will have live coverage of the Xfinity race.
Check out AutoRacing1.com's Twitter feed for live coverage of both races beginning at noon.
Pete McCole reporting from Charlotte Motor Speedway
Germany pushes for Europe-wide ban on gas-powered cars by 2030
AR1.com has told its readers for over two years now that cars of the future will be 100% electric. Believe it. An electric motor is superior to an internal combustion motor in every aspect. When graphene batteries begin to hit the market the final nail will be placed in the fossil fuel burning pollution producers. Imagine the amount of pollution being produced by the billions of cars on the road every day. Try sticking your nose in your exhaust pipe for a minute. You'll quickly understand.
After coming to the realization that they would need a mandate for all cars to be zero-emission by 2030 if they want to comply with the goals set by the Paris agreement to curb climate-warming emissions, Germany’s upper house of parliament gained approval for pushing a Europe-wide mandate to stop gas-powered car sales by 2030, according to German magazine Der Spiegel.
While nothing is made into law yet, the movement to stop new sales of cars equipped with internal combustion engines by no later than 2030 is starting to pick up steam.
India recently confirmed that it is evaluating a scheme for all its fleet to be electric by 2030 and both the Dutch government and the Norwegian government are discussing the possibility to ban gas-powered car sales and only allow electric vehicle sales starting in 2025.
Some governments are discussing actual bans on new gas-powered car sales that would virtually only allow all-electric vehicles to be registered, or potentially other zero-emission cars at the tailpipe like fuel cell vehicles, but most are discussing regulations that would gradually tax internal combustion engines and favor electric vehicles.
Reigning FIA Formula E champion Sebastien Buemi got his title defense off to the perfect start with victory in the 2016 HKT Hong Kong ePrix. With 30,000 people attending the event, the new Formula E season began with one of the most unpredictable races so far.
Buemi hit the front in the second half of the race when Sam Bird pitted for his mandatory car swap. But the DS Virgin Racing car failed to pull out of the pits, allowing Buemi, who had made his stop under the Qualcomm Safety Car, to take over out front for his seventh Formula E win.
New car is similar to a Formula 3 car. Why isn't it a Formula 3 car?
The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda took center stage today as the sixth Annual Chris Griffis Memorial Mazda Road to Indy Test began at the hallowed Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix circuit. No fewer than nine different teams took advantage of perfect fall weather conditions to debut their brand-new Tatuus USF-17 cars and gain a jump-start on preparations for the 2017 season.
USF2000 represents the first rung on the acclaimed three-step Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires. The two higher levels, Pro Mazda Presented by Cooper Tires and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, also were in action with at least 42 drivers from 13 nations scheduled to take part during the two-day test which concludes tomorrow.
Lewis Hamilton says he will minimize his appearances at future press conferences, after criticizing the media for a lack of respect.
The F1 World Champion came under fire for his behavior at Thursday's press conference in Japan, when he appeared to ignore the media and give brief answers while taking pictures of himself and his fellow drivers with funny filters on the mobile app Snapchat.
Hamilton was criticized for showing a lack of respect, but said afterwards he only intended it as "a super light-hearted thing."
HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Miami area drivers imposed a stranglehold on Trans Am qualifying today at Homestead-Miami Speedway. RJ Lopez, Shane Lewis, Randy Mueller and Ernie Francis, Jr., all call the eastern coast of South Florida home; and it certainly showed in today's qualifying sessions as they swept pole positions in their respective classes in preparation for tomorrow's two 102.15-mile, 45-lap races around the 2.273-mile modified road course.
In TA2, Shane Lewis, driver of the No. 72 Pura Vida Tequila/ 74 Ranch Resort Chevrolet Camaro hailing out of Jupiter, took full advantage of his hometown expertise laying down a blistering 1:21.732 lap to set a new TA2 qualifying track record while capturing pole in the act. The pole position is Lewis' second of his career, the first coming at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in 2015. A TA2 victory has eluded Lewis so far in his Trans Am career despite frequently running in the top five, but the resident of Jupiter, Florida will be eager to defend his home court and now will start in the ideal position to do so.
The CART reunion committee worked hard to organize several things for the attendees to do today before the big dinner this evening. It seems that the last place most of the attendees would want to visit on a weekend off would be a race track. But the Mazda Road to Indy Series were holding their annual Chris Griffins Memorial Track Test today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. And anyone registered for the reunion got a free pass to visit the teams and drivers and watch the new USF2000 car take to the road course today.
Jordan Lloyd, the 2015 Australian Formula 4 Champion who hails from Toowoomba, QLD, was testing with Exclusive Motorsports. I spoke with Lloyd and asked him what he thought of the new chassis. "The car itself is a pretty good build. The new engine with the extra bit of horsepower is always a good thing. The new car is a bit easier to drive with the power shift. I definitely like this car over last year's car. The new car is a bit easier to drive with the power shift. It has some pretty nice lines to it so that is a good thing."
NASCAR Sprint Cup race postponed till noon Sunday NASCAR has postponed ALL track activity at Charlotte Motor Speedway for Saturday, October 8; revised schedule to be posted when available. The Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway has been postponed and re-scheduled for Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 12:00pm/et and be aired on NBC and NBCSN. Pre-race coverage is scheduled for 11:00am/et on NBCSN. The NASCAR XFINITY Series race has been re-scheduled for Sunday Oct 9th, starting 45 minutes after the Sprint Cup race and be aired on NBCSN.
Vettel, Hamilton feel media heat at Suzuka (Update) UPDATE
Arrivabene told Italian television over the Japanese Grand Prix weekend that there was no guarantee about Vettel earning a fresh contract for 2018, as he suggested the German also needed to not lose attention from his main job.
"Sebastian just needs to focus on the car," said Arrivabene. "He is a person who gives so much, and sometimes this means he is interested in a bit of everything – so sometimes you have to re-focus him, remind him to be focused on the main job."
Arrivabene's comments were interpreted by some as evidence of internal politics between the team boss and his driver, but Vettel made it clear that he felt things were totally fine.
Current generation GTE-Pro cars will be allowed into the GTE-Am class beginning next year, as originally set in the regulations, despite a push from privateer teams to freeze the current rules for an additional year.
ACO Sporting Director Vincent Beaumsenil confirmed to Endurance-Info on Friday that 2016-spec GTE-Pro cars, such as the Ferrari 488 GTE, will compete alongside 2015 or older cars in GTE-Am.
The two platforms will be regulated under a Balance of Performance unique to the class.
Matt Brabham to shakedown 2017 USF2000 Tatuus USF-17
Matt Brabham in the new car
Matt Brabham returns to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend for the annual Chris Griffis Memorial Mazda Road to Indy test.
The Verizon IndyCar Series rookie will be responsible for shaking down the new-for-2017 USF2000 Tatuus USF-17 for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing.
It will be the first time Brabham will have driven the car on a road course. In June, he was engaged by MRTI promoter, Dan Andersen to shake down the Italian built chassis on the Lucas Oils Speedway in Indianapolis.
It has been a long time since you had so many CART shirts and logo items assembled in Indianapolis. Friday it was fashionable to wear something that was many years old as attendees to the 2nd annual CART Reunion wore old uniforms and team logo shirts as they caught up with friends. It brought back so many memories of teams, drivers and good times in the series.
In the days of race weekends in CART, Friday nights were Barbecue night for the officials. That was the theme for Friday night. With a video of racing memories running in the background, everyone ate and conversed with former teammates.
After dinner, Bob and Barbara Funk, who were in charge of CART timing and scoring for many years, were honored with a crystal award in appreciation for their years of dedication to CART. The Funks are still involved with the Long Beach Grand Prix and help organize the many volunteers that work at that long standing event every year.
Rosberg tops Ricciardo in wet-dry 3rd practice at Suzuka
Saturday morning's final practice at Suzuka began in damp and dreary conditions, but it ended in the same way as Friday's sessions had: with championship leader Nico Rosberg topping the timesheet.
Overnight rain made for damp conditions prior to the 60-minute session, with drivers beginning their installation laps on the Pirelli Cinturato Green intermediate tire. The asphalt quickly began to dry, making the wet-weather tires obsolete
Rosberg's best lap of 1m 32.092s on the yellow-marked rubber was the fastest of the weekend thus far, but the fact that Daniel Ricciardo was within three tenths of a second with 1m 32.394s bears out Red Bull's belief that they can be very competitive here on a track that favors excellent handling as much as horsepower.
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