Bottas leads Mercedes one-two in opening Japanese GP practice
Bottas on top
Valtteri Bottas set the pace for Mercedes in opening practice for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka on Friday, edging out teammate Lewis Hamilton by just seven-hundredths of a second as Mercedes showed their early dominance with their superior car.
Bottas put up a fast time of 1m28.731s to finish 0.076 seconds clear of teammate Hamilton as Mercedes finished the opening session well clear of the field.
INDYCAR, IMS Tap Schafer Condon Carter to Create National Brand Campaigns
Hopefully they'll come up with a better brand campaign than Tony George's "I am Indy"
INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have named Chicago-based Schafer Condon Carter (SCC) as their comprehensive creative agency of record, charged with developing aligned national promotional campaigns surrounding the NTT IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.
SCC, founded in 1989, creates award-winning campaigns and strategies for a diverse, impressive range of local, regional and national clients in sports and consumer products, including the Chicago Cubs, Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever, Procter & Gamble, Danone, Portillo's restaurants and more.
The first campaigns of the multiyear partnership will be unveiled before the start of the 2020 racing season.
Smithfield, Stewart-Haas Racing Extend Cup Series Sponsorship
Smithfield Foods has extended its primary sponsorship deal with Stewart-Haas Racing for the '20 NASCAR Cup Series season, locking up an important renewal for the team. Terms were not revealed for the deal, which will be announced later this morning.
Smithfield had around 30 primaries this year on SHR’s No. 10 Ford driven by Aric Almirola, and the company is believed to be buying a similar number next year, though a source said it could be slightly less. A deal of that size typically would cost more than $10M annually and is still one of the larger team sponsor commitments in the series.
Penske Car first, IndyCar drivers dead last in practice
Coulthard was 2nd quick in the #12 Penske Mustang
The pace was incredible on the opening day of the 2019 Bathurst 1000, with Team Penske's Scott McLaughlin breaking his 2017 lap record with a flying run around the 6.2km Mount Panorama circuit.
The pace was massively fast in every session, with the times inside the 2m04s bracket in Practice 1 and co-driver times in the 2m05s in Practice 2.
The Penske Shell V-Power Racing Team worked on the Coulthard/D’Alberto and McLaughlin/Premat Mustangs across the day, with ideal conditions in Practice 3 with low ambient temperatures and a dry track allowing drivers to take advantage of green tires late in the session.
Start of 1976 Japanese GP in typhoon like conditions - Andretti on pole, Hunt on outside. Andretti lapped the field in winning
(GMM) Formula 1 has "plans" in place as a top-category typhoon races into Suzuka.
Named 'Hagibis', the typhoon which is categorized at the top descriptor known in Japan as 'violent' is expected to bring torrential rain and winds up to 225kph.
Qualifying day at the Japanese GP is expected to be the most affected.
"It's not the first time a typhoon is threatening the race here in Suzuka so there are already plans in place to react if the threat will become more realistic," a spokesman for Formula 1 told The Sun.
Stupid as they come. Hamilton has the 2019 title all but locked. He just has to finish in the top-5. So instead of focusing on next year's car Hamilton is pushing Mercedes to win every race this year, which could sacrifice development of the 2020 car.
(GMM) Championship leader Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes is "working hard" to catch up with Ferrari.
Although he and Mercedes could mathematically wrap up the championships with a full four races to spare this weekend at Suzuka, Hamilton is concerned about Ferrari's latest leap forward.
"Ferrari has always had a good overall package," he told the German broadcaster RTL.
"But now they have changed something about the engine to make it better than all the others. It's making a big difference."
Heading into Suzuka, team boss Toto Wolff said Mercedes has a "minor" update for the Japanese GP. Technical sources at Suzuka say it is in the area of the bargeboards and front wing.
NASCAR wraps up two-day test for 2021 debut of Next Gen Cup car
The car from a good angle. Looks just like the car you can buy in the showroom, doesn't it? Do they think consumers are stupid?
Following more than two years of development from concept to reality, NASCAR’s Next Gen car hit the track for the first time for a two-day test at Richmond Raceway.
The much-anticipated car, which is slated to debut at the 2021 Daytona 500, will honor stock car racing’s roots with bodies that resemble their street versions while incorporating new vehicle technology and innovation.
“This is an important milestone for the Next Gen car and the future of stock car racing,” said John Probst, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Innovation and Racing Development. “There are so many new systems on the car from the front to the back that our main goal with this test was to log laps and put miles on them. The test has met – and even exceeded – our expectations, and we are well on our way to developing the final iteration of the car.”
Power thinks Aeroscreen will allow drivers to prolong their careers
Will Power testing the Aeroscreen at Indy
With the extra safety the new IndyCar Aeroscreen is set to provide the drivers, Will Power believes the extra feeling of security the aeroscreen brings will prolong the contemplation of retirement.
"I do think it would prolong a career, make you feel a little safer for sure, yeah, a lot safer," said the Australian.
"I can remember a couple of times in the last five years on a superspeedway, there had been a big crash -- actually Scott's [2017 crash] was one of them, and I actually went like that with my arm, not that that's going to stop anything, it's going to kill you.
What car do residents of your state pine over? A new study by Autowise may provide some insight.
The website determined the “dream car” for all 50 states using geotagged Twitter data. Over the course of three months, they tracked mentions of “dream car” and “#dreamcar” and the car mentioned in conjunction with those terms.
Alexander Sims will continue to represent BMW i Andretti Motorsport
Despite a rocky start in Formula E, UK-born Alexander Sims will continue to race for the BMW i Andretti Motorsport in Season 6 of the Formula E Championship. Last season, the 31-year-old made his Formula E debut, picked up 57 points and achieved a pole position and a podium finish. His team-mate is Maximilian Günther (GER), who the team presented as a new addition at the start of September.
Sims had his most successful weekend at the finale in New York (USA). He followed up fourth place in the race on Saturday with pole position and second place in the second race on Sunday.
Renewal window opens for 2020 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg tickets
St. Petersburg GP
The exclusive renewal period begins today for race fans who attended this March’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and purchased 3-Day Grandstand tickets for 2019. These customers will have until Thursday, Oct. 31 to renew or upgrade their seats. General public sales will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. ET.
This 16th annual event, featuring NTT IndyCar Series’ season-opening race for the 10th straight year, is set for March 13-15, 2020, in downtown St. Petersburg. Renewal customers who purchase 3-Day Grandstand seats get a Champions Club membership when placing orders through the Oct. 31st deadline closing at 9 p.m. ET.
ISC Announces Anticipated Closing Date for Acquisition by NASCAR
Now that NASCAR, all of its tracks, and SMI, all of its tracks, are privately held, will John Malone's Liberty sweep in and buy it all?
International Speedway Corporation(“ISC”) has delivered a written communication to NASDAQ stating that it has called a special meeting of shareholders on October 16, 2019, for the purpose of voting to approve the merger (the “Merger”) of Nova Merger Sub, Inc., a Florida corporation (“Merger Sub”) and a wholly owned subsidiary NASCAR Holdings, Inc., a Florida Corporation (“Parent”), with and into the Company. The Merger is anticipated to close on October 18, 2019, subject to satisfaction or waiver of all closing conditions. ISC delivered the foregoing written communication in accordance with the requirements of section 12(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), to further notify NASDAQ that, on October 18, 2019, ISC intends to direct NASDAQ to suspend trading in shares of ISC Class A common stock, and to also request that NASDAQ file a Form 25 with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The Form 25 starts the formal process by which ISC’s Class A common stock will be delisted from NASDAQ and withdrawn from the reporting requirements under the Exchange Act.
Zak Brown removes one of his conflicts of interest
After careful consideration I have made the decision to resign from the role of non-executive chairman of Motorsport Network. I have had the privilege of watching some of the best people in the business doing what they do so well - bringing this great sport to the fans. 1/2
F2: Correa expresses condolences to Hubert's family in video
Juan Manuel Correa
Juan Manuel Correa has expressed his condolences to the family of Anthoine Hubert in his first video post on social media since the crash involving the pair at Spa five weeks ago. Hubert suffered fatal injuries in the crash. Today Correa revealed he faces a wait of up to a year to learn whether his severely damaged right foot can be fully repaired.
“It’s been a very rough five weeks since the accident,” said Correa - See videos below.
Hinchcliffe and Rossi at real disadvantage for Bathurst
Rossi sits in the Holden before he wadded it up testing at Winton
Technically they are Bathurst 1000 wildcards. Their car is inferior, they are driving a saloon car instead of an open wheel car, they have to shift with their left hand and they are sitting on the right side of the car - nothing they are familiar with. Their chances of victory will depend on a whole lot of luck.
But IndyCar drivers James Hinchcliffe and Alexander Rossi should also be considered dark horses for this weekend's Great Race, says Supercars star Chaz Mostert.
Leave it to IndyCar to declare the test of the new Aeroscreen in the wet at Barber this week a success without conducting a proper test.
Yes, both Ryan Hunter-Reay and Simon Pagenaud declared visibility in the rain acceptable, but both drivers ran by themselves on the track. At no time did they test the Aeroscreen in the wet when following another car. And how will it be behind a pack of cars in real wet race conditions?
Jonathon Webb, the managing director of TEKNO Autosports, today announced the signing of 2010 Supercars Champion James Courtney to drive for the first Sydney-based team in the Supercars Championship in over fifteen years, operating from Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek.
The team will commence operating from their Sydney facility ahead of the first event of the 2020 Supercars Championship. It will then relocate upon completion of a new building at the Western Sydney circuit as part of the $33million investment by the NSW Government announced earlier this year.
Nissan e.dams begin Formula E season six preparations at Valencia
Nissan e.dams will be back on the track alongside the team’s Formula E rivals next week at the all-electric street racing championship’s official preseason test in Valencia, Spain.
After a successful team debut last season, Nissan e.dams is entering season six of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship to continue demonstrating the power and performance of its EV technology and communicate its Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision.
Combining Nissan’s experience as the maker of the world’s best-selling electric vehicle, the Nissan LEAF, with NISMO’s 60-plus years of motorsports innovation and e.dams’ championship-winning pedigree, the Nissan e.dams team has developed an updated powertrain for season six, in line with new series regulations. It replaces Nissan's dual electric-motor system, which delivered record-setting results in season five.
Sebastien Buemi took the team’s first-ever series victory last season and made an impressive late season comeback to finish second in the championship. His teammate Oliver Rowland was the best performing rookie in season five and scored Nissan’s first-ever podium finish. The two drivers scored three pole positions each, marking Nissan e.dams as the team to beat in qualifying.
“We were thrilled with what we achieved in season five – both on-track and off-track, as we showcased Nissan Intelligent Mobility for a global audience,” said Michael Carcamo, Nissan’s global motorsports director.
“We have new challenges ahead, with more rivals joining the championship, and an updated powertrain. Everything we learned from season five has gone into our development for season six, with an even greater emphasis on power and battery management. The test in Valencia is an important part of our preparations, and I’m looking forward to seeing what Sebastien, Oliver, and the team can do.”
Cars will be on the track at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia on Oct. 15, 16 and 18, with Oct. 17 reserved for media activities. Each day will be broken into two sessions, with a morning run from 9 a.m. to noon and an afternoon session from 2-5 p.m.
“It’s been a very busy off-season,” said Gregory Driot, who along with his brother Olivier Driot are the new team principals for Nissan e.dams – taking over from their father, Jean-Paul Driot, who passed away in August. “Olivier and I are heading into season six with a heavy heart that our team founder and father Jean-Paul is no longer with us, but the entire team is ready to continue with the same fighting spirit with which he created e.dams.”
Nissan’s Formula E cars will feature a “teaser” livery at the Valencia test. The team’s season six design will be revealed in Japan on Oct. 22.
SEBASTIEN BUEMI “In the long break since July, we've worked really hard to improve our car. We had to change our powertrain with the rule changes, and with `attack mode’ being more powerful, and an overall reduction in the amount of energy available.
“I'm looking forward to going to Valencia and assessing where we are compared with our opposition.”
OLIVER ROWLAND “I learned a lot from my first season, and now I’m ready to take the next step. Getting to prepare properly for the season ahead is something I missed last year. I think it will be really important, and I hope I can keep learning from Seb and help bring the team even further up the order.”
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