Electrify America today announced an agreement with Ford Motor Company to provide ultra-fast public charging for their future electric vehicles on the Electrify America network. As part of the agreement, the automaker will provide future customers of its all-new, all-electric Mustang-inspired SUV with public fast charging capabilities through Electrify America’s growing charging network across the country.
Customers will be able to manage their charging plan through features of the company’s FordPass app, as well as through their vehicle’s touch screen, that will be supported by a comprehensive data feed from Electrify America. The FordPass app will provide real time location and charger status data to Ford EV drivers for Electrify America’s network of ultra-fast EV public chargers across highway and metro charging stations planned in 45 states and the District of Columbia.
Hopefully now production can begin on the new C8 Corvette
UPDATE “General Motors has reached a tentative agreement with the UAW. We encourage the UAW to move as quickly as possible through the ratification process, so we can resume operations and get back to producing vehicles for our customers. Our goal during these negotiations was to ensure the future of General Motors is one that works for our employees, dealers, suppliers and the communities where we operate. The agreement reflects our commitment to U.S. manufacturing through the creation of new jobs and increased investment.”
US$1million real-world race drive on the line for World's Fastest Gamer finalists
LOS ANGELES, CA – Ten esports racers will kick off a 12-day elimination battle on Saturday to find the winning gamer who to become a full-time real-world racing driver in 2020 thanks to World’s Fastest Gamer.
Coming from PC, console, and mobile gaming, the ten gamers will compete for the prize of a lifetime valued at more than US$1 million.
The body of a former NASCAR team owner was pulled Tuesday evening from the Ohio River near Louisville.
Lonnie Troxell, 68, was found floating about 6:20 p.m. Tuesday in the Ohio River near the Captain's Quarters restaurant and marina in the 5700 block of Captain's Quarters Drive, according to the Jefferson County Coroner's Office.
2020 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Tickets On Sale Monday
2019 Acura GP of LB start
Next April 17-19, race fans will feel the rush at the 46th Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, with tickets for America’s #1 Street Race going on sale Monday at 10 a.m. PT.
Featuring a variety of on- and off-track activities for the entire family, the Grand Prix will be headlined by the third round of the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series, expected to include celebrated drivers such as defending series champion Josef Newgarden, five-time series champion Scott Dixon, back-to-back Long Beach winner Alexander Rossi and past Long Beach winners James Hinchcliffe, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power and Ryan Hunter-Reay battling wheel-to-wheel on the famed 1.97-mile, 11-turn circuit through downtown Long Beach.
Team Penske And Pirtek Team Up For Nascar Cup Series Partnership In 2020
Team Penske and PIRTEK, the leader in hydraulic and industrial hose replacement service, today announced a multi-year partnership that will bring PIRTEK’s familiar blue and yellow colors to the NASCAR Cup Series as a primary sponsor with Brad Keselowski and the No. 2 Ford Mustang for two races during the 2020 season.
The new agreement builds on the existing relationship between PIRTEK and Team Penske that includes primary sponsorship of the team’s NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) program over the last two seasons. The PIRTEK colors will adorn the No. 2 for the first time at Dover International Speedway the first weekend in May, along with the final race of the regular season in August at Daytona International Speedway.
Chinese give Tesla green light to start building cars
The Chinese built this Gigafactory for Tesla in Shanghai in 9 months. Would never happen in the USA with all the red tape and politicians lining their pockets
Tesla has received the official government approval to start Model 3 production at Gigafactory 3 in China, which was rumored to start this week.
In recent weeks, we have been reporting on Tesla ramping up its efforts to start production soon at Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai, China.
The start of production is going to be a major milestone since it’s going to be the first electric vehicle factory wholly-owned by a foreign automaker in China and Tesla’s second electric vehicle production factory.
Video: Jimmie Johnson on mission in NASCAR to achieve greatness with Cliff
An aging Johnson
Jimmie Johnson is on a mission to re-create the relationship he had with Chad Knaus and he believes the "opportunity for greatness is there" with new crew chief Cliff Daniels.
But when is Johnson going to realize he is the problem? He was great, but has now reached that age that no matter who he has as crew chief, the results won't come as his reflexes, like all older drivers, slow with age.
Feds Holding Online Auction for 149 Classic Cars Seized in DC Solar Fraud Case
DC Solar's Jeff and Paulette Carpoff receiving special recognition from the Martinez City Council and Chief of Police, Manjit Sappal, for their contribution to the city's automated license plate reader (ALPR) program using Ponzi scheme money
In less than two weeks' time, nearly 150 collector cars, trucks, and boats will cross the auction block to settle a civil case between failed energy startup DC Solar and its victims.
DC Solar was a supplier of mobile solar power generators that raised $800 million in capital from the likes of Berkshire Hathaway, Sherwin-Williams, and Progressive. Unfortunately for DC Solar's investors, its owners Jeff and Paulette Carpoff allegedly used the purported energy startup's money to live a lavish lifestyle, collecting cars, sponsoring NASCAR teams like Chip Ganassi Racing, and even buying a baseball team, all on the company dollar.
Law enforcement identified DC Solar as a possible Ponzi scheme and kicked over the house of cards last December with a raid on the Carpoffs' home, wherein phones, $1.8 million in cash, and 149 of the Carpoffs' vehicles were confiscated. All these seized vehicles will soon be auctioned off by Apple Auctioneering in Woodland, California, and their proceeds will be funneled back to those cheated by DC Solar.
Andretti says big changes coming for WAU squad for 2020
Short of switching to Fords and buying cars and engines from the Penske team, WAU will likely continue to struggle in Supercars
Andretti Autosport boss Michael Andretti is predicting ‘big changes’ for Walkinshaw Andretti United next year after getting throttled by the Ford Mustang teams all year . Aside from last weekend’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 podium when James Courtney and Jack Perkins secured third, the Holden squad has stumbled in the second year of its partnership with the IndyCar giant and Zak Brown’s United Autosports after showing promise last season.
“I think this year’s been a little bit disappointing, but we sort of had an idea we’d have some challenges for one reason or another,” said Andretti.
Epstein: Circuit of the Americas will be hit by launch of new Miami GP
Bobby Epstein says tickets for this year's F1 race at COTA are up
The boss of the Circuit of the Americas facility in Austin, Texas believes that it's inevitable that the United States Grand Prix will be hit financially by the arrival of a new race in the US.
Formula 1 announced this week that a deal had been agreed in principal to stage a Grand Prix in Miami from 2021, in addition to the current race at COTA which has been on the Formula 1 calendar since 2012.
COTA CEO Bobby Epstein told RACER.com this week that the addition of a new race in the United States would inevitably hurt the event in Austin - initially, at least.
UPDATE Dolphins Vice Chair, President & CEO Tom Garfinkel "hopes to clear the final hurdle" toward bringing an F1 race to Miami Gardens in May '21, as all that remains is receiving "approval from Miami-Dade County Commissioners," according to Hal Habib of the PALM BEACH POST.
South Florida has never held an F1 race, and Garfinkel said, "Formula One is globally one of the most popular sports in the world and bringing a Formula One race would be one of the biggest events you can bring" PALM BEACH POST,
Building on an all-star roster of events, the 2020 Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli schedule will feature a 12-race schedule for the National Championship that features outstanding venues and boasts healthy consistency year on year.
The opening rounds of the 2020 season are nearly identical to 2019, with the 54th year of Trans Am kicking off its season at Sebring International Raceway as part of the SpeedTour Event, a doubleheader collaboration featuring Trans Am and the SportsCar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) February 29-March 1. The multi-class series will then head to the always competitive Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on March 28-29.
Frijns retains the top spot on day two, Envision Virgin dominate testing
Envision Virgin Racing's Robin Frijns retained his top spot on day two of testing, after setting an unbeaten 1:15.377 lap in the morning. With Bird fastest on day one, the British racing squad have dominated testing so far despite being one of two customer teams this season.
Following Frijns, the running remained the same as the morning with the next seven drivers failing to top their times set earlier in the day. Reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne was the first to top his time from the morning but still only finished the day 12th fastest.
Elon Musk says Porsche-beating Tesla seen on racetrack will go into production by summer 2020
Tesla Model S Plaid gets upgrades
Tesla is back at Nurburgring as it tries to out-do the Porsche Taycan.
Two Tesla Model S cars have been spotted (via Teslarati) on the legendary German race track, and while there are no official lap times for them yet, the cars themselves are interesting.
Back in September, when Tesla cars were first spotted at Nurburgring, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that their (unofficial) track times will be "beaten by the actual production 7 seat Model S Plaid variant that goes into production around Oct/Nov next year."
Faraday Future Founder Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
Faraday Future founder and former CEO Yeuting Jia filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and restructuring in a Delaware court Monday afternoon. The EV startup’s former head honcho filed for the protection after racking up approximately $3.6 billion in personal debt in China. According to the startup, however, this action will not affect company stock owned by employees or other investors.
Virgin and Andretti BMW teams fastest so far in testing
Maximillian Gunther fast for Andretti BMW
Robin Frijns topped Wednesday's morning running at the 2019 Formula E pre-season test at Valencia, while the Andretti BMWs of Max Guenther and Alexander Sims ran 2-3.
Gunther topped the times on the first morning of pre-season testing Tuesday.
Gunther's best time - a 1m15.926s set on his final lap of the morning session - was 1.051 seconds quicker than the fastest time from last year's pre-season test, a 1m16.977s posted by his BMW predecessor Antonio Felix da Costa because of a reconfiguration of the chicane.
ISC Shareholders Expected To Approve NASCAR Takeover
The France Family owns the majority of shares so of course the vote will pass
ISC shareholders will gather today in Daytona Beach to "approve the sale of the company to NASCAR" after the proposed $2B deal was "unanimously recommended" by the ISC BOD including a special committee led by Brown & Brown Chair J. Hyatt Brown.
It will pay "all shareholders who are not part of France family group that owns NASCAR $45 for each share of ISC stock held." The sale is expected to close Friday, at which time ISC "will become a wholly owned subsidiary of NASCAR, combining the company that owns the Speedway and a dozen other motorsports tracks across the country with the privately owned stock car racing sanctioning organization" Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL
"2020 starts now" for Marquez as he eyes Honda Triple Crown
Marquez is trying to get Repsol Honda to also win the 2019 team championship but he has carried the team on his shoulders all year
Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez has vowed that he will do anything but relax in the final four races of the 2019 MotoGP™ season, despite just securing an eighth World title. The Spaniard sunk the eight ball in Buriram, but he says that now all attention will switch to securing a Honda Triple Crown.
The Constructors Championship looks very likely to again go Honda’s way, with the Japanese factory 77 points clear of Ducati. However, in the chase for the Team title, Repsol Honda Team currently sit second, 19 points adrift of Andrea Dovizioso, Danilo Petrucci and the Ducati Team.
Video: How Do F1 Teams Test & Develop Components? Putting components through their paces to maximize reliability and performance! Mercedes F1's Mike Elliott, Technology Director, talks us through what happens in the Test & Development department! Comment
Video: 2019 IMSA Petit LeMans Acura post-race Highlights
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.
F1 Will Keep Three-Day Race Format, Tweak Friday Schedule
Sebastian Vettel took pole on Sunday morning in Japan
F1 will "stick with its three-day race format" but make changes to the Friday schedule to "cater for an expanding calendar." Schedule changes have been debated by teams and stakeholders as part of measures to "improve the show and cut costs" while reducing the burden on staff who face traveling to an "unprecedented 22 races" starting in '20.
The sport has also talked of "experimenting at three rounds next year with plans for sprint races to be held on the Saturday afternoon" to decide Sunday’s starting grid instead of traditional qualifying.
INDYCAR completes short oval Aeroscreen test at Richmond Raceway
INDYCAR took another important step in the development of its cockpit-protecting Aeroscreen with Tuesday's two-car test at Richmond Raceway, a 0.75-mile short oval that will play host to the NTT IndyCar Series next June.
This was the third of four scheduled Aeroscreen tests this fall and it went so well that recently crowned NTT IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden of Team Penske needed only a handful of laps to adjust to the new cockpit surroundings.
Check out this unique trophy from the Italian Tribune that I received this past weekend at their annual Columbus Day Gala. This award has been presented to some of the most prominent Italian Americans in the nation since 1968 and I'm truly honored to have it pic.twitter.com/0Vt1pAj8w2
The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) announced today that John Doonan has been named the next president of the sanctioning body effective January 1, 2020 with his first day on the job scheduled for Monday, Oct. 21.
Doonan was previously the director of motorsports for Mazda North America Operations where he developed the overall strategy and managed Mazda’s motorsports programs in North America.
COTA Announces AutoNation INDYCAR Challenge on April 24-26
Circuit of The Americas (COTA) welcomes the AutoNation INDYCAR Challenge - North America's premier open-wheel racing championship to its hallowed Stars and Stripes - on April 24-26, 2020. COTA has partnered with AutoNation as the official title sponsor of the 2020 & 2021 INDYCAR Challenge at Circuit of The Americas. Tickets for the AutoNation INDYCAR Challenge go on sale today, October 15 at www.circuitoftheamericas.com/indycar.
Juncos Racing Announces Indy Pro 2000 Line-Up for the Ninth Annual Chris Griffis Memorial Test
Juncos Racing IP2000 cars
Juncos Racing announced today the team will field three cars in the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires test sessions at the Ninth Annual Chris Griffis Memorial Road to Indy Open Test. Phillippe Denes, Parker Locke, and Matthew Round-Garrido will join the reigning Indy Pro 2000 Champion team at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend.
The Indy Pro 2000 field will have six test sessions over a two-day period on the 2.439 mile, 14-Turn road course, which uses part of the famous oval of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Andretti Autosport to Test Four Drivers at Chris Griffis Memorial Test
Four drivers are set to get behind the wheel of Andretti Autosport’s Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires cars for the ninth annual Chris Griffis Memorial Open Test on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend. Team veteran Robert Megennis will be joined by new faces Rasmus Lindh, Danial Frost and Egor Orudzhev for the first test in preparation of the 2020 season.
The track is planned in an industrial area next to the Oahu airport
There is no motorsports facility on the island of Oahu…where just under one million people call home in Hawaii. This has resulted in a stagnation of the motorsports industry with no suitable location for holding events. The many opportunities that such a facility offers are lost for the community to include family bonding, peer mentoring, driving education and training. The absence of a circuit has directly affected our economy, causing local mom and pop auto stores to shutter while negatively affecting the commercial, tourism, service and food industries.
Leclerc accepts he was to blame for Verstappen collision
Is the shine wearing off the British media's fawning over Leclerc now that the Ferrari has been upgraded much to Vettel's liking?
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has accepted blame for a collision with Red Bull’s that wrecked both drivers’ Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday.
The 21-year-old Monegasque finished sixth but was demoted to seventh after collecting time penalties for the collision and continuing with a damaged car, while Verstappen retired from engine partner Honda’s home race.
The Dutchman had accused Leclerc in the immediate aftermath of ‘irresponsible’ driving.
First photos of the Porsche 99X Electric from Valencia
Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer, the two regular drivers for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team, have completed their first laps in the Porsche 99X Electric at the official test drives of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship for the 2019/2020 season (15th to 18th October 2019):
Honda extend contract with Takaaki Nakagami in MotoGP
On the eve of his home MotoGP race in Japan, Honda Racing Corporation confirm the one-year extension of Takaaki Nakagami in the LCR Honda IDEMITSU.
Now in his second year aboard the Honda RC213V run inside LCR Honda IDEMITSU, Takaaki Nakagami has demonstrated constant improvements in his riding and results in the MotoGP class. With nine top-ten finishes and a best result of fifth at the Italian Grand Prix in Mugello, the Japanese rider has already amassed more than double the points he scored in his rookie campaign.
Gary Paffett chosen as Advisor to the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team
Gary Paffett is to continue as a key member of the Mercedes-Benz Motorsport family: in the upcoming season, the Englishman will be advising the new Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team in the areas of sport and engineering and at the same time performing the role of Reserve and Development Driver.
“On the one hand, I’m obviously a bit disappointed that I won’t be competing for Mercedes-Benz in Formula E this season,” said Gary. “But on the other, I’m very excited to be part of the team and to be supporting Mercedes-Benz in their first year in Formula E as Reserve and Development Driver. "At the same time, it will be very interesting to help out on a sporting level at the race weekends, trying to get the best possible performance out of the two race drivers and the entire team. It’s very important to have a racing driver as part of the management team. I understand how drivers think and how to get the best out of them. In me, they have a partner to discuss their performance with and to talk about the car. It’s a new role for me and one that I’m looking forward to.”
Penrite Racing boss calls for DJR Team Penske disqualification
Penrite team boss Barry Ryan does not want the Penske team to be able to cheat and still keep the Bathurst win
Penrite Racing boss Barry Ryan has called for the Penske Supercar team to be excluded from the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 as the furore over team orders continues.
The Holden team CEO is urging the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport to set a precedent if the Ford outfit is deemed to have breached rules regarding the use of team orders at a hearing prior to the Vodafone Gold Coast 600
DJR Team Penske has been charged with an alleged breach of team orders for its actions surrounding Fabian Coulthard, who was instructed to slow during a Safety Car period called on Lap 135.
Today, BMW i Andretti Motorsport introduced the BMW iFE.20 racing car which will compete in the Season 6 of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. At its heart is the further-developed drivetrain, the BMW Racing eDrive02, which incorporates the innovation and technological expertise of BMW i Motorsport and BMW i. The two BMW works drivers Maximilian Gunther (GER) and Alexander Sims (GBR) will be taking part in official Formula E testing E at Valencia (ESP) starting Tuesday.Read more & Comment...
Nanni Galli and Ignazio Giunti shared the wheel of the Autodelta SpA #29 Alfa Romeo T33/2 that placed fourth in the 1968 24 Hours of Le Mans.
We are sad to hear of the passing of accomplished racing driver Nani Galli, at the age of 79.
Giovanni Giuseppe Gilberto Galli came fourth in his maiden Le Mans 24 Hours in 1968 with the Autodelta SpA Alfa Romeo T33/2 he shared with Ignazio Giunti. The following year he joined Matra Elf as driver of the Matra Simca, teamed with Briton Robin Widdows. The pair finished 7th overall. Galli returned in 1970 and 1972, back at the wheel of the Alfa Romeo fielded by Autodelta SpA. His teammate was German driver Rolf Stommelen. However, the car did not last the course on either occasion.
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