Video: NHRA driver goes for wild ride in Charlotte
Friday, before the rainout on Sunday
During the second round of qualifying at the NHRA Carolina Nationals in Concord, N.C. Friday, Pro Stock driver Alan Prusiensky’s 2018 Dodge Dart's chute came out late in the shutdown area and crossed the centerline then made contact with the wall and rolled before coming to a rest.
Prusiensky exited the car under his own power. He was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.
Taking place on the side of icon Mount Panorama in New South Wales, Australia, the Bathurst 1000 is widely regarded as the pinnacle of motorsport in Australia and is colloquially known as The Great Race among motorsport fans and media. The event serves as the flagship race of the Virgin Australia Supercars championship.
For the 2019 showing, Walkinshaw Andretti United welcomed the international pairing of NTT IndyCar Series drivers Alexander Rossi and James Hinchcliffe, co-piloting the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Holden Commodore in what was a baptism by fire.
Canon Solutions America to Become Official Team Supplier for Rahal IndyCar team
Rahal Letterman Lanigan (RLL) Racing announced today that Canon Solutions America, Inc. has become an Official Team Supplier for Printing and Productivity Solutions for the NTT IndyCar Series program. As part of the multi-year agreement, Canon Solutions America will outfit the team’s offices, race shop and transporters with a line of office printers and scanners.
Today’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway has been postponed due to inclement weather. It will resume tomorrow, Monday, October 14, at 1 p.m. CT (2 p.m. ET) on NBCSN.
The event was called after 57 laps of the scheduled 188-lap event due to light rain with William Byron in the lead after winning the race’s first stage, holding off Joey Logano. Pole sitter Chase Elliott wound up 18th after stage one.
Rain forces NHRA to postpone Carolina Nationals until Monday
Rain and drag racing don't mix
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Sunday's planned running of the 12th Annual NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway has been postponed to Monday, with eliminations scheduled to begin at 10am.
Persistent rain showers that moved into the area overnight lingered throughout the day, with track-drying operations continuing in hopes of finding a break in the weather. At 5pm, another shower accompanied by lightning forced track officials to evacuate the grandstands before officials from the NHRA finally threw in the towel at 5:30 pm.
Wet weather has led NASCAR officials to postpone the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway to Monday at 2 pm EST.
Moments after the completion of the first segment of the race, rain began to fall over the 2.66-mile speedway. After making two laps under caution, NASCAR officials brought the cars to pit road and put the race under the red flag on lap 57.
Penske and Meyer Shank Acura teams win IMSA titles
Juan Montoya hugs his daughter after winning his first IMSA title. If you want to win a lot of races and titles you drive for Roger Penske
Acura, its teams and drivers completed its championship-winning IMSA season in Saturday’s season-ending Petit Le Mans, putting the finishing touches on the Driver, Manufacturer and Team titles in the featured Daytona Prototype International division at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.
Meanwhile, in the GTD division, Meyer Shank Racing claimed the Drivers’ and Teams’ Championships with the Acura NSX GT-3 Evo.
Finishing a season highlighted by race wins at Mid-Ohio, Detroit and Watkins Glen, and podium finishes in nine of the 10 races in 2019, Acura officially secured the Manufacturers’ Championship at the start of today’s season finale. But the fight for the drivers’ and teams’ titles went down to the final laps of the 10-hour endurance contest.
Penske driver McLaughlin wins Bathurst 1000 in final-lap dash
McLaughlin beats van Gisbergen to the line after a 1-lap shootout
Scott McLaughlin and Alexandre Premat have the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 after holding off Shane van Gisbergen on a final lap restart.
What started as a relatively straightforward race became completely unpredictable in the final 40 laps, with Safety Car after Safety Car allowing the IndyCar drivers to finish 19th instead of next to last.
When Andre Heimgartner crunched his Nissan into the wall at Forrest’s Elbow with the leaders on their 158th lap, the Safety Car was called for an eighth time.
The big boys want to keep the car design and parts specs wide open
With weeks to go before the deadline by which time the 2021 rules and regulation must be signed-off, an internal vote by all ten teams sees only four in favor of the technical changes, and six opposing them.
While plans for a budget cap have been agreed, other than proposed changes to the way the prize pot is divided, it is the technical changes being planned that are causing the most division.
Formula One Management has spent millions assembling a team of technical experts in a bid to produce a car that will not only appear more aggressive and aesthetically pleasing than the current look, but whose aero will allow cars to follow more closely and thereby aid overtaking and produce better racing.
Chevrolet has dropped all R&D on hybrids and is going 100% electric across their model lineup. How will they react to IndyCar and NASCAR going hybrid?
Like IndyCar, NASCAR is a day late and a dollar short and their recent announcement of hybrid power units for 2022 is the latest example.
Major racing circuits, NASCAR and IndyCar series, will be introducing hybrid engines in 2022.
The switch from an all-gasoline powered engine to a hybrid gas-electric is not only environmentally-friendly, but it will also boost performance and speed while on the race track.
“Indy Car’s switching to hybrid in 2022,” Fox News automotive editor Gary Gastelu said on FOX Business’ “Varney & Co.” “You're still going to have an engine, but now, you’re going to have an electric motor attached to it and a battery. So when the cars brake, they get a little more energy, and then, when they accelerate it gives them a little boost.” Problem is - NASCAR cars only brake when they pit.
(GMM) A car upgrade may have allowed Mercedes to catch up with Ferrari, according to Sebastian Vettel.
After four consecutive pole positions for Charles Leclerc, Mercedes' championship leader Lewis Hamilton said recently that Ferrari had "changed something about the engine" that makes it "better than all the others".
He therefore urged Mercedes to resume its 2019 development race, and the Brackley based team duly arrived at Suzuka with updates around the bargeboards, front wing and sidepods.
Jacques Villeneuve points finger squarely at Claire Williams
(GMM) Jacques Villeneuve says he is sad but not surprised at what has happened to the Williams team.
Now a pundit for Italian television, the French Canadian is the last driver to have won the world championship for the team founded by Sir Frank Williams.
The same team, now run by Williams' daughter Claire, is now easily the slowest in the field. After Sochi, Robert Kubica's sponsor demanded to know why the Pole had to retire a healthy car in order to save parts.
Binotto, with veto power, can tell Chase Carey to go pound sand
(GMM) Team bosses are spending Saturday discussing Formula 1's future with CEO Chase Carey.
The drivers will be idler on Saturday, bunkered down at Suzuka's circuit hotel. Only two staff members per team are allowed at the actual track to monitor team equipment as a powerful typhoon moves across the region.
"We have packed food and water and are ready for an emergency," Kevin Magnussen told BT newspaper. "I hope the hotel doesn't blow away," he smiled.
Frederic Vasseur: Hulkenberg no longer an option for Alfa Romeo either
(GMM) Frederic Vasseur has dealt a blow to Nico Hulkenberg's flagging chances of staying on the Formula 1 grid next year.
German Hulkenberg, who has lost his Renault seat for 2020 and is no longer in contention to move to Haas or Williams, said at Suzuka that his supporters would have to play "more of a patience game" before his future is revealed.
It seems that Alfa Romeo is also no longer an option, with team boss Vasseur indicating that Antonio Giovinazzi is set to remain Kimi Raikkonen's teammate next year.
Bathurst: IndyCar drivers dead last (again) in Practice 6
Hinchcliffe bounces off the wall in another last place result for the IndyCar drivers
Just when you didn't thinks could get worse for the IndyCar drivers at Bathurst, they just did.
Having stunk up the joint since the start of practice, Practice 6 saw Walkinshaw Andretti United wildcard entry, this time driven by James Hinchcliffe, hit the wall at The Cutting with five minutes remaining but it did not matter, they were going to finish last anyway.
The Canadian IndyCar driver lost the rear of the #27 NAPA ZB Commodore exiting the corner and dragged the right-rear corner along the concrete, damaging the rear wing.
Friday afternoon’s final practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway offered a mix of mock-qualifying runs and small drafting groups as Clint Bowyer led the way.
Bowyer posted the fast lap at 202.042 miles per hour in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford in the last 50-minute tune-up session before Sunday’s 1000bulbs.com 500 (2:30 p.m. ET, NBC/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Aric Almirola finished in second with a lap at 200.835 mph in the No. 10 Ford.
Kubica to race front wing from winter testing at Suzuka
Robert Kubica reverts to old wing
(GMM) Robert Kubica has revealed that he will race at Suzuka with a front wing that dates all the way back to winter testing.
That is despite the fact that Williams has boasted not only about solving its spare parts crisis, but about introducing a brand new front wing design in Japan.
It follows Sochi, where Kubica's sponsor PKN Orlen demanded Williams explain officially why the Pole's healthy car was retired from the Russian GP. The struggling team said it was conserving spare parts for the last races of 2019.
Mount Panorama threw everything it had at Supercars teams and drivers today, with record breaking track conditions this morning before a storm front rolled through to provide a wet track for qualifying.
The day opened with a co-driver only session in Practice 4, with Alex Premat and Tony D'Alberto on track in the Shell V-Power Mustangs. Both co-drivers did an excellent job, working on race-pace before handing the cars back to Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard for Practice 5.
Bottas again leads Mercedes 1-2 in 2nd practice at Suzuka
Bottas leads both practice sessions
Valtteri Bottas topped the second and final practice session of the weekend at Suzuka in front of Lewis Hamilton as Mercedes again showed their dominance.
Max Verstappen finished third in the session, ahead of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel.
In P7, Carlos Sainz Jr once again set himself apart from the rest of the midfield, the McLaren driver 0.248s faster than the next best driver, Racing Point’s Sergio Perez. Putting that into perspective, just over half a second split Perez and 17th-place Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo.
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