Larson and Newman Paint the Curbs Pink at Martinsville Speedway
Newman and Larson paint the curbs pink
Video interviews with Ryan Newman and Kyle Larson, and footage of today’s event at Martinsville Speedway where Chevrolet in conjunction with Martinsville Speedway and the American Cancer society “painted the curbs pink.”
This is an annual event that Chevrolet hosts with Martinsville Speedway and the American Cancer Society where breast cancer survivors paint the iconic curbs of the 0.526-mile, paper-clip shaped track pink to bring attention and raise awareness for the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” campaign.
Race Of Champions (ROC) announced today plans to bring their prestigious annual auto racing event to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
In partnership with the General Sports Authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the event will be held in early 2018 as a celebration of the 2017 motorsports season and a final winner-takes-all showdown for competitors from across the world of racing.
Upward trajectory? IndyCar races keep going belly-up and falling off the schedule, TV ratings are down, teams are downsizing, its title sponsor is leaving and ride-buyer drivers come and go, which ensures a stable fanbase cannot be sustained
The chief executive officer (CEO) of Hulman & Company, which operates INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, sees the Verizon IndyCar Series continuing its upward trajectory in 2018.
Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, on Thursday unveiled the 2018 schedule in Portland, Oregon, site of the new addition to the calendar. Portland International Raceway (PIR), which hosted Indy car races from 1984-2007, is back on the docket for a Labor Day weekend race next year.
PIR provides a fresh zip to the schedule to go along with the 16 races that return from this year. In Miles’ eyes, a strong schedule provides the foundation upon which continued growth and success will rest. Couple that with the deep and talented roster of drivers competing, as well as the great anticipation for the universal aero kit that debuts next season, and momentum for the Verizon IndyCar Series keeps rolling forward.
Mazda Road to Indy 2018 Schedules all lead to Portland finales
PALMETTO, Fla. – The Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires today unveiled its 2018 calendar of events. The most effective driver development program in the world with over $3.5M in scholarships and awards on offer will continue its momentum at premier road course, street circuit and oval venues in support of the Verizon IndyCar Series.
The highly acclaimed platform – comprised of Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda – will enter the new season with a trio of state-of-the-art chassis on display including the much anticipated debut of the new Pro Mazda PM-18 which completes the revitalization of the entire ladder system.
Public invited to NASCAR team testing at Homestead In preparation for Homestead-Miami Speedway’s Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race on November 19, some of NASCAR’s biggest stars in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be taking the track for a NASCAR test session. The testing will take place Tuesday, October 24 on Homestead-Miami Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval, where one car from most of the major Monster Energy Series teams are slated to participate.
Leavine Family Racing sacks crew chief Todd Parrott
Leavine Family Racing has relieved crew chief Todd Parrott of his No. 95 Chevrolet crew chief duties effective immediately, the team announced Monday morning.
Currently 27th in points, driver Michael McDowell picked up his first career top-five finish earlier this year at Daytona with Parrott atop the box. The veteran crew chief has notched 31 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins and led Dale Jarrett to the 1999 premier series title.
Video: Drivers fight, end up getting Tased after ugly wreck An on-track dispute escalated in a hurry Saturday night, going from simple paint-trading to a police Tasing and two arrests.
Jeffery Swinford (black car) and Shawn Cullen (No. 33) were driving in a figure-8 race at Anderson Speedway in Indiana when they collided, sending Swinford to the grass. He responded by challenging Cullen and then driving his car up and onto Cullen’s hood. That doesn’t tend to go over well with a driver, and so Cullen got out of his car to have words.
NASCAR Talladega TV rating The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Alabama 500 (Talladega) on NBC Sunday pulled a 2.8 overnight rating, its highest since 2012 when it was on ESPN. However, ESPN is a cable channel and NBC a network channel.
Cassill will not return to Front Row Motorsports in 2018 (Update)
UPDATE On Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, Front Row Motorsports general manager Jerry Freeze told a small group of reporters that this could be the first of several decisions to change the overall dynamic of the midtier program.
"As it concerns Landon, we're just trying to improve our program and thought we had some opportunities that would put us in a better place,"
Freeze said. "It was looking like there wasn't going to be an opportunity for Landon for next year, so we wanted to be fair to him and let him know that as soon as we could."
ACO treats LMP2 as a Socialist Government (Update) UPDATE
Hugues de Chaunac, President of ORECA Group, learns that God Giveth (to the inferior) and God Taketh Away (from the superior)
LMP2 constructor ORECA has released a public response to the ACO’s decision on LMP2 ‘Joker’ upgrades for the 2018 season, which will see Ligier, Dallara and Riley/Multimatic all able to update their sprint and Le Mans aero packages, with Riley permitted to upgrade its Mk.30 chassis as well.
“ORECA Group acknowledges ACO and FIA’s decisions, and though we’ve been informed, more dialog and consultation would have been appreciated,” said Hugues de Chaunac, President of ORECA Group.
“We disagree with these decisions and contest their legitimacy, considering the detailed analyzes conducted and provided by ORECA. Only European Le Mans Series races were looked at – four rounds to start with, then five. As for IMSA races, they haven’t been taken into account, which we think is regrettable.
Tickets for the 2018 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix On Sale
Rahal swept both races in 2017
Tickets for the 2018 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear will be available for purchase beginning at 7 a.m. ET on Tuesday morning, October 17. One of the most popular summertime events in Southeast Michigan, the Grand Prix will visit Belle Isle Park, June 1-3, 2018 for the Motor City’s annual Motorsports Festival. Fans can get their tickets to Detroit’s 29th Grand Prix event by visiting www.DetroitGP.com/Tickets or by calling the Ticket Hotline at 866-464-PRIX (7749).
Allen McDonald joins ECR Former Schmidt Peterson Motorsports race engineer Allen McDonald has signed with Ed Carpenter Racing.
The Briton, who looked after ECR's Spencer Pigot in the No. 21 Chevy during the recent Manufacturers test at Road America, brings considerable experience, which includes a Verizon IndyCar Series championship and Indy 500 win with Dario Franchitti, to the Bowtie program.
McLaren executive director Zak Brown told Autoweek's Bruce Martin on Monday that it was "highly unlikely" that McLaren would return to the Indianapolis 500 in 2018, but he believes it is probable for 2019.
The statement comes in advance of the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
McLaren’s return to the Indianapolis 500 with two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso dominated the storylines heading into the 101st Indianapolis 500 this past May. Alonso skipped the famed Grand Prix of Monaco, F1’s premier event, to compete in the Indy 500.
Button won't do IndyCars because he's afraid of dying like Wheldon and Wilson
Jenson Button misses F1, will likely end up a sportscar driver
If there’s one driver that has been missed in Formula One, it’s certainly 2009 world champion Jenson Button. Button isn’t done with racing yet, but won’t be making a full-time return to F1. Now he’s named two other series he won’t be trying in F1's place: Formula E and IndyCar, which “scares the shit” out of him.
Button is currently trying to pin down plans for next year in a new series, as racing again in the F1 Monaco Grand Prix for McLaren convinced Button that he made the right decision to leave the sport, ESPN reports. Button also recently wrote that the death of his father in 2014 took a lot of the joy out of F1 in his autobiography, Life to the Limit. As quoted by Sky Sports:
MP Motorsport takeover DAMS' 2018 team entry GP3 Series organizers confirm that MP Motorsport have found an agreement to takeover DAMS’ entry. This will be effective at the end of the 2017 season with the new Dutch team running for the first time in the Series during the post-season tests which will take place at Yas Marina Circuit from 30th of November to 2nd of December.
MP Motorsport who currently also take part in the FIA Formula 2 Championship will compete in the 2018 GP3 Series season taking over DAMS’ entry.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen Previews The 2017 F1 U.S. Grand Prix | M1TG Round 17 of the F1 World Championship sees Red Bull Racing head to Austin, Texas, where the famous Circuit of the Americas will play host to the U.S. Grand Prix. And with a second career victory now under his belt on the back of consecutive double podium finishes for the team in Malaysia and Japan, Max Verstappen will be hoping to continue his form as the drivers head Stateside. Comment
SALINAS, Calif. – Kelvin Van Der Linde, Markus Winkelhock and Pierre Kaffer won the inaugural edition of the Mazda Raceway California 8 Hours, at the wheel of the #44 Audi Sport Team Magnus R8. The outcome of the third round of the 2017 Intercontinental GT Challenge was decided less than twenty minutes from the end, when Van Der Linde passed Christopher Mies for the lead. The #29 Audi Sport Team Land R8 eventually finished a mere 2.488 seconds down on the leader, with the #9 K-PAX Racing McLaren crossing the line in third. The Pro-Am winners’ trophy went to the #54 Black Swan Racing Porsche, a car that finished in fifth overall. GT4 honours went to another Porsche, the #26 Rearden Racing Cayman. That means that the GT3, GT3 Pro-Am and GT4 categories were all won by American teams.
Goodyear Tire officials said Sunday part of the first day of their two-day tire test next week at Charlotte Motor Speedway's infield road course will be spent determining the final location of the backstretch chicane.
When the final design of the 2.4-mile course was unveiled last week, it included a permanently-designed chicane off Turn 4 and a temporary chicane entering Turn 3 on the backstretch.
Steve Torrence Walks Away From Massive Crash in Dallas Top Fuel points leader Steve Torrence, a Kilgore, Texas native, was uninjured and exited the vehicle under his own power after his Capco Contractors dragster lost control after crossing the finish line during the second round of eliminations. Torrence won the round against Richie Crampton. Comment
A rookie driver rocks the DTM and wins the title: Rene Rast is the man of the moment and the new DTM champion. In the DTM season finale at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, the Audi driver crossed the finish line in second place and secured himself the 15 kilograms heavy champion’s trophy in his first full season of racing in the DTM.
Until the final lap, the 30-year-old didn’t know whether he had made it. It was only on the cooling-down lap that the relieving radio call from team principal Arno Zensen came to inform him of his success.
Furniture Row Racing Announces 30-Race Co-Primary Sponsorship In a spirited partnership arrangement with Furniture Row Racing, Bass Pro Shops and 5-hour ENERGY® have teamed to form a 30-race co-primary sponsorship on Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 78 Toyota during the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series season.
The No. 78 paint scheme, uniform design and official name of race car for the 30 races will work in the following manner.
NASCAR Talladega Truck Post-Race Q&A NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Post Race - Playoff Transfer: John Hunter Nemechek, Runner Up: Christopher Bell and Winner: Parker Kligerman, Crew Chief Chris Carrier, Owner Don Henderson Comment
Andretti bullish on 2018 (Update) UPDATE A reader asks, Dear AR1.com, Why does IndyCar allow teams to do their own shock package? Does it put even one more fan in the grandstands? Does it increase the TV ratings? Do fans stand up and cheer when a shock comes racing past? Mordichai Rosen, Los Angeles
Dear Mordichai, The answer is no, no and no. So we're sure you are going to ask, then why does IndyCar allow individual shock packages?
George Silbermann has been named President of the Automobile Competition Committee of the United States (ACCUS-FIA), an association of American auto racing sanctioning bodies (IMSA, IndyCar, NASCAR, NHRA, SCCA, USAC). In this role, he will focus on issues related to the domestic motorsports industry, while also representing the United States to the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). The FIA, comprised of 245 motorsports and mobility clubs in 143 countries, is the global sanctioning body for FIA World Championships such as Formula 1, World Rally, etc.
ACO Approves Updates for Ligier, Dallara, Riley LMP2 Cars
In compliance with the regulations drawn up in consultation with the four constructors involved, Oreca, Onroak, Riley and Dallara, adjustments are going to be made to certain prototypes after the first season. This was approved in the case where performance gaps were noted between the four chassis.
The spirit of these adjustments is to guarantee a hotly-contested category as well as a level of competitiveness between the constructors and the teams. The teams won’t suffer financially from the cost of these evolutions, which will be borne in their totality by the chassis manufacturers.
Scott Speed Claims Third Consecutive Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship
Capping off an impressive season in Red Bull Global Rallycross competition, Scott Speed raced his way to a third consecutive championship title with Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross in his No. 41 Oberto Circle K Beetle GRC over teammate Tanner Foust, who finished second and Steve Arpin, finishing third.
Volvo's Polestar division to reveal powerful electric coupe this week Polestar is being blunt with the latest teaser for its upcoming electrified performance coupe. In the new video, the former Volvo in-house tuning division explains its ethos and says, "we [will] reveal a car that we would want to drive ourselves. Because when you build something for yourself, only the best is good enough."
The video doesn't show any new images of the Polestar coupe but merely proclaims what the electrified coupe won't do. Among the proclamations, Polestar says: "no overpromising, no compromises, no big data, no millennial strategy," and, most humorous of all, "no bullshit." Polestar is seriously pumped about its first product as a standalone brand.
Tanner Foust Wins Red Bull Global Rallycross Round 12 in Los Angeles
Winning Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) Round 12 at the Port of Los Angeles San Pedro, Tanner Foust claimed his 16th victory in GRC competition, crossing the finish line first in his No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle GRC over Scott Speed and Patrik Sandell, finishing second and third respectively.
Closing his fourth season with Indianapolis-based Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross (VARX), Foust also boasts 86 heat race wins, 43 podiums, four X Games gold medals and two championships in GRC competition, in addition to his wins.
Allison to Lead the Field to Green in Earnhardt Sr.'s No. 2 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for the Alabama 500
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (right) was honored in 2016 at Talladega Superspeedway when he was named an “Official Honorary Member" of the famed Alabama Gang, which consists of iconic legends (left to right) Bobby Allison, Red Farmer and Donnie Allison. Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s 1980 No. 2 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was presented on Friday to Dale Jr. on behalf of the track and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame for his Appreci88ion Tour. Behind the No. 2, that carried Earnhardt Sr., to the ’79 Rookie of Year and the ’80 NASCAR Premier Series Championship, are the historic winning cars of Donnie (1969 No. 27 Ford), Red (1972 No. 97 Ford) and Bobby (1988 No. 12 Buick).
Donnie Allison, two-time Talladega Superspeedway winner and original member of the famed Alabama Gang, will lead the field to green in Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s historic No. 2 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for Sunday’s Alabama 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) playoff race. The blue and yellow, white numeral machine was driven by Dale Sr. during the 1979 and 1980 MENCS seasons and was presented to Dale Earnhardt, Jr. as a retirement gift from the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Talladega Superspeedway on Friday.
Green wins on Saturday - battle for the title to be decided in the final race
Bright sunshine, packed grandstands, thrilling duels and happy winners: the DTM race at the Hockenheimring on Saturday provided pure racing. After 36 laps, Audi driver Jamie Green was able to celebrate as he was standing on the top step of the podium for the third time this year. Behind him, his fellow Audi driver Mike Rockenfeller crossed the finish line in second place and completed the 1-2 for Audi. Third place went to BMW driver Timo Glock, who had started the race from pole position.
“I am really happy to have won the race,” Green said after having started from second place. “I particularly enjoyed the duel with Timo. That was good racing and it was fair throughout.” Pole sitter Glock, who was firstly overtaken by Green after a few laps and then by Rockenfeller on the final lap, was still happy with third place. “We knew that Audi would be very strong over the distance,” Glock said. “I then concentrated on a good start after my pole position and pull a gap. When Jamie came to the fore, I had no way to defend.” Rockenfeller benefited from a late pit stop on lap 23. After his stop, Rockenfeller overtook one opponent after another and worked his way up into third place. On the final lap, ‘Rocky’ then also overtook Glock and came home in second place. “That was a race I really enjoyed. From seventh place on the grid, I made my way to the front and gained the positions on the track. With the fresh tyres, it was no problem,” the 2013 DTM champion said.
Maxime Martin, who started from second place on the front row, just missed out on a podium finish in fourth position. Mercedes-AMG driver Edoardo Mortara finished fifth ahead of title candidate René Rast. Robert Wickens, Lucas Auer, Gary Paffett and Bruno Spengler took the final point-scoring positions in that order.
Rockenfeller drove hard for 2nd
Prior to the 18th and final race of the season on Sunday, one thing is already clear: the 2017 DTM champion will be driving an Audi RS 5 DTM. Eleventh in today’s race, Mattias Ekström didn’t score any points and he saw his margin over his rivals reduced from 21 to nine points.
With Ekstrom (172 points), Green (163), Rast (159) and Rockenfeller (152), only four Audi drivers still have chances of the coveted DTM championship title. Ekström and Green, however, will be handicapped for the finale: after his third warning, Ekström will be dropped five places on the starting grid while Green already received his fifth warning and therefore will be dropped ten positions.
The battles for the manufacturers’ and teams’ championships were already decided: prior to the final race of the season, Audi is almost 200 points ahead. The brand from Ingolstadt can no longer be overtaken by Mercedes-AMG and BMW. In the teams’ standings, the Audi Sport Team Rosberg with Jamie Green and René Rast is beyond reach.
Who will claim the 2017 DTM championship title will be decided in the race on Sunday from 15.00 hrs. Prior to that, the starting grid positions will be determined in qualifying from 12.00 hrs. A list of the global TV broadcasts can be found here. All sessions can be watched in the live stream at DTM.com.
Lando Norris is the new FIA Formula 3 European Champion
Lando Norris (Carlin) has done it, the Brit is the new FIA Formula 3 European Champion. For the young talent, who is backed by the McLaren Formula 1 team, second place behind race winner Joel Eriksson (Motopark) was enough to seal the title. Moreover, Norris secured the title of the best rookie driver. Ferdinand Habsburg (Carlin) claimed the final podium slot in the 28th race of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship season that was held in bright sunshine at the 4.574 kilometers long Hockenheimring in Germany.
Talladega Presents Dale Earnhardt, Jr. With Father's 1980 Race Car (Update) UPDATE Added video below.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. poses with his father's 1980 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Before six-time Talladega Superspeedway winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. takes his final laps at the track he considers his "second home" in Sunday's Alabama 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race, the track surprised him Friday afternoon by presenting him – on permanent loan – with the No. 2 Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by his father Dale Earnhardt Sr. to the 1980 NASCAR Championship title.
The presentation was made by Grant Lynch, Charmain of Talladega Superspeedway, and Alabama Senator Gerald Dial, Chairman of the Board of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame (IMHOF), located outside of the 2.66-mile track.
Liftmaster will not renew sponsorship with Hendrick LiftMaster won't renew its three-race sponsorship deal with Team Hendrick that expires after '17, the sides confirmed to SBJ. The deal is likely another victim of plummeting NASCAR TV ratings after switching to NBCSN.
IndyCar racing knows that all too well as 9 years of low ratings on NBCSN has stripped the paddock of any real sponsors and all that remains are B2B deals and ride buyer sponsors.
Video: WEC Fuji -Porsche grabs front row in every class
#2 Porsche on pole
A qualifying video from the Fuji Speedway, seventh round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC): The two Porsche 919 Hybrids secured front row for the six-hour race on Sunday. The title contenders and this year’s Le Mans winners Earl Bamber (NZ), Timo Bernhard (DE) and Brendon Hartley (NZ) will start from pole position.
Andre Lotterer (DE), Nick Tandy (GB) and reigning World Champion Neel Jani (CH) are qualified second. In LM GTE Pro, Richard Lietz (Austria) and Frederic Makowiecki (France) have secured their first pole position, while their teammates Michael Christensen (DK) and Kevin Estre (FR) take up the race from the fifth grid spot.
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