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Blancpain has ended its sponsorship deal with SRO Motorsports Group, which will see the Swiss watchmaker’s name no longer associated as the entitlement sponsor of the Blancpain GT Series and GT World Challenge series in America, Europe and Asia.
It was announced by SRO Motorsports Group founder and CEO Stephane Ratel during Sunday evening’s awards night in Las Vegas.
F3: Sargeant leads wet final day of post-season testing
Logan Sargeant topped a rain-hampered final day of post-season testing in Valencia, lapping the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in 1:33.705 in the morning session, to finish ahead of Day 1 and 2 leader Christian Lundgaard.
The PREMA Racer – who sat out Day 2 of testing – settled nicely in to Championship winning machinery and confidently topped both the morning and the afternoon session. Lundgaard, who finished second overall on the final day, was the quickest man across the three-day stint.
Hi-Tide Boat Lifts Extends Road to Indy Partnership
At-Track youth engagement
Andersen Promotions today announced that Hi-Tide Boats Lifts will continue its relationship as an Official Partner of the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires through 2021, expanding an association with the Ft. Pierce, Fla.-based company which dates back to 2015. The partnership will also see the highly acclaimed Kids on Track program founded by Hi-Tide Boats Lifts enter its sixth season in 2020.
Hi-Tide Boat Lifts is a leader and pioneer in the boat lift manufacturing industry and operates one of the largest boat lift manufacturing facilities in the United States. The company has a dealer network of 240 professionals covering 21 states as well as Canada and the Caribbean. Founded in 1979, the family-owned and now second-generation company is led by Craig Wood, whose vision to inspire children to reach for their dreams resulted in the creation of the Kids On Track program in 2015.
UPDATEThe final TV rating for the rain delayed until Monday Talladega 500 on NBCSN was a 0.99 with 1.536 million people tuned in. The rating was down significantly but since the race ran on Monday, no direct comparison can be made.
10/16/19 The Talladega NASCAR Monster Cup Race was not run until Monday and no final ratings are available yet
Guenther king of testing for BMW, 22 cars separated by a second
Max Guenther set fast time
Despite only a year's worth of experience in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, BMW i Andretti Motorsport's Max Guenther set the fastest lap of 2019/20 pre-season testing with a time of 1:15.087. The new BMW recruit held his place at the top of the standings throughout the three days, consistently finishing within the top seven. Behind him, was Mahindra Racing's Pascal Wehrlein with a 1:15.190 lap and behind him, Geox Dragon's Nico Mueller with a 1:15.198 lap time.
McLaren can close gap to top teams in 2020 - de la Rosa
Can McLaren catch the leaders in 2020?
(GMM) McLaren can close the gap to the top three teams in 2020, according to former driver Pedro de la Rosa.
De la Rosa, now 48, was a long time McLaren test driver during the team's successful works Mercedes days.
Since then, McLaren slipped behind with the Honda debacle and the end of the Ron Dennis era. But new boss Andreas Seidl says the team wants to make a clear step forward having established itself as 'best of the rest' in 2019.
Nissan Formula E racers to wear kimonos for the new season
Nissan team's new look for 2019/2020 season
Nissan’s Formula E car will don a new, Japan-inspired look as it returns for another season of the electric street racing series to demonstrate the power and performance of the company’s EV technology.
Nissan unveiled the new race car livery today in Yokohama, ahead of season six of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship series. The red, black and white design is inspired by the Japanese kimono garment, a traditional symbol of longevity and good fortune. It will also be featured on the Nissan LEAF NISMO RC, the dual electric-motor performance vehicle based on the Nissan LEAF electric car.
NASCAR Fans To See Few Noticeable Changes With ISC Deal
NASCAR officially closed on its ISC deal on Friday, and there will not be "a lot of noticeable differences for fans" in the short term, according to Matt Weaver of AUTOWEEK.
Privatization "allows for NASCAR to better streamline sponsorship activation across its touring divisions and facilities," and "could, hypothetically, make it easier for NASCAR to be purchased if it were for sale."
Additionally, this "would allow NASCAR to unilaterally make changes to all three national touring schedules without having to answer to public shareholders or Wall Street."
Christian Lundgaard was the quickest driver for the second day running in Valencia post-season testing, setting the fastest overall lap time in the morning session, ahead of MP Motorsport debutant Lorenzo Colombo.
Oscar Piastri was fastest in a slower afternoon session for PREMA Racing, but his time wouldn’t have made the top ten in the morning, as focus switched from quick laps to race simulations and long-runs.
VeeKay, McElrea, Rasmussen Fastest at Road to Indy Test
VeeKay tops minuscule Indy Lights field
A successful ninth annual Chris Griffis Memorial Road to Indy Test wrapped up this afternoon after two days of running under ideal conditions at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix road course.
A total of 44 drivers from 12 different nations turned well over 4700 laps between them over the two days, representing all three levels of the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires, with the majority of fastest times being set this morning.
Christian Lundgaard left ART Grand Prix with plenty to be pleased about on Day 1 of post-season testing in Valencia, topping the times with a slick 1:21.370. The Dane ran narrowly ahead of his teammate, Sebastian Fernandez, who finished 0.229s slower. Backing up the ART duo was Alexander Smolyar, who impressed on his debut with Sauber Junior Team by Charouz.
Lirim Zendeli, in his maiden appearance for Jenzer Motorsport, set the pace during a wet morning with 1:33.719, and the German impressed once more in the second stint, finishing fourth in the dry.
Watch Moto2 Rider Alex Marquez Pull off Once in a Lifetime Crash Recovery
In one of the most remarkable moments we’re likely to witness in motorcycle racing this year, Alex Marquez recovered from a crazy-looking near-crash during a Moto2 practice session at Motegi.
The feat was described as “once in a lifetime” by Marquez’s older brother, Marc, who himself is a MotoGP champion.
The whole sequence is so impressive that it’s impossible not to watch the clip at least a few times. As the older Marquez brother said, “I’ve seen it 50 times and I’m not tired. These things happen once or twice in a lifetime. It has saved a possible injury. I wish I had seen his panicky face under the helmet.”
Penske team found guilty, fined $250K, #12 car disqualified
Penske team found guilty
DJR Team Penske’s #17 entry has kept its Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 win but its second car has been relegated to last finisher due to a breach of the FIA International Sporting Code.
Additionally, the Ford squad has been docked 300 teams’ championship points, the yield for the race win, which means its tally has dropped a total of 420 points due to Fabian Coulthard’s latest penalty.
It has also been fined $250,000, of which $100,000 is suspended until 31 December 2021, on the condition that the team commits no further breach of Appendix B of the ISC and no breach of any of Rules B6.5.4,(Conduct Prejudicial) or D24 (Team Orders) of the Supercars Operations Manual prior to that date.
Two-Day Chris Griffis Memorial Road to Indy Test Under Way at IMS
Rinus VeeKay, from Hoofddorp, Netherlands, Braden Eves, from New Albany, Ohio, and Christian Rasmussen from Copenhagen, Denmark, set the pace today as the ninth annual Chris Griffis Memorial Road to Indy Test kicked off at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix road course. The trio were fastest in their respective series as all three levels of the highly acclaimed Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires open-wheel development ladder – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship – took advantage of ideal weather conditions on the 2.439-mile track situated just a few miles from downtown Indianapolis, Ind.
FIA F3 returns for post-season tests at Circuit de Valencia The FIA Formula 3 Championship returns on Sunday in Valencia, where the official post-season test will commence on Spain’s south-eastern coast. The three-day long event will take place between October 20-22 and offer teams and drivers the first opportunity to assess in detail their potential partnerships for the 2020 campaign.
Evaluating the fit of both the teams and the race seats, drivers will be looking to impress ahead of the new campaign, as they bid to earn a winning drive for the upcoming season. In the shorter-term, the test will also provide an opportunity to work on their preparations for the 2019 FIA Formula 3 World Cup in Macau, which takes place on November 14-17.
Vergne says if Hamilton really cares about the environment like he says he does, he needs to switch to Formula E
ABB FIA Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne has said that his F1 counterpart Lewis Hamilton should consider dropping out of the Grand Prix circuit, and move to the all-electric series instead.
Vergne was speaking in response to Hamilton's social media posts this week in which he expressed despair over what was happening in the world, particularly the state of the environment and the threat of climate change.
Hamilton was seeking to promote a vegan lifestyle, but his comments attracted criticism from those people pointing to his jet-setting life-style and the environmental impact of F1.
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Roush Fenway Racing confirms Pattie will not return as No. 17 crew chief
Veteran crew chief Brian Pattie will not return to the No. 17 Ford team next season, Roush Fenway Racing confirmed.
Pattie has been with the organization since 2016 and is in his third season working with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and the No. 17 group. The news was first reported by SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Roush Fenway Racing announced Sept. 25 that Stenhouse would not return as the driver of the No. 17 Ford, vacating the seat he had occupied since 2013. The Jack Roush-owned team will field the No. 17 for Chris Buescher in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series next season.
Stewart-Haas Racing announced that Clint Bowyer will return to its No. 14 Ford for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series campaign.
Bowyer is in his third year with SHR’s No. 14, a seat he took over when team co-owner Tony Stewart retired after the 2015 season. Bowyer has 10 wins in NASCAR’s top division, including two victories with Stewart-Haas last season.
“Clint Bowyer is a racer to his core who brings passion and energy to our race team,” Stewart said in a news release provided by the team. “He’s exactly who I wanted to drive my No. 14 car and we’re very happy to have him continue with Stewart-Haas Racing.”
NASCAR Officially Closes On ISC; New Role For France Kennedy
Jim France will lead the new combined company
NASCAR on Friday confirmed that it closed its acquisition of ISC, making the track promoter a fully private subsidiary of the sanctioning body. The combined company, which is 100% owned by the France family, will remain based in Daytona Beach. Jim France and Steve Phelps will continue in their roles as Chair & CEO and President, respectively.
Lesa France Kennedy, formerly CEO of ISC, becomes NASCAR Exec Vice Chair. ISC President John Saunders, who Sports Business Journal has reported could leave the company in the months after the deal closes, has moved to a senior advisor role for NASCAR alongside Vice Chair Mike Helton.
Longtime exec Daryl Wolfe has had his title changed to Exec VP & Chief Operations & Sales Officer, and track presidents will now report to him. Track presidents previously reported to ISC COO Joie Chitwood III, who is staying on through the transitional period of the next couple weeks but leaving the company Nov. 25.
Lesa France Kennedy Steps down to an advisor Role
BOARD MAKE-UP: The NASCAR BOD will be Jim France, Lesa France Kennedy, Helton and Exec VP, Chief Administrator & Chief Legal Officer Gary Crotty. Phelps' direct reports will be Exec VP & Chief Administration Officer Ed Bennett; Exec VP and CMO Jill Gregory; Exec VP & Chief Innovation & Development Officer Craig Neeb; Exec VP & Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell; and Wolfe.
As part of the merger agreement, the France family bought former Chair & CEO Brian France out of his ownership shares. Jim France in a statement said, "The merger of NASCAR and ISC represents a historic moment for our sport. There is much work ahead of us, but we're pleased with the progress made to position our sport for success.
Delivering for our race fans and partners is job number one and we look forward to doing that better than ever for years to come." The closing of the deal had long been anticipated and is no surprise, but the industry's attention will now turn to the France family's unrevealed plans to shake up the sport, which is now easier with its tracks being fully private. Sources have said in recent months that major changes will come closer to 100 days in than the first day. Adam Stern/SBD
The ARCA Kansas 150 was a microcosm of the entire season for Christian Eckes. The Middletown, New York native was fast in practice, but engine issues necessitated a change following qualifying. That sent Eckes to the rear of the field for the start, but he quickly knifed his way through the field to the top five.
On a lap 57 restart, Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota) challenged race leader Michael Self for the lead. One lap later, Eckes took control of the race, taking over the lead and driving away to, at times, a three-second lead.
Kansas Speedway To Roll Out Female-Focused Infield Option
Kansas Speedway on Sunday will debut Beyond the Checkered, a female-focused infield hospitality option, around the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400.
Beyond the Checkered will feature Q&A sessions with prominent women in NASCAR and the sports industry.
Women already committed to participate include NASCAR Exec VP & CMO Jill Gregory, ISM Raceway President Julie Giese, Motor Racing Network's Kim Coon and Chiefs VP/Administration Kathy Nelson. Kansas Speedway.
Video Recall: Watch Ferrucci drive thru field in Indy 500
Santino Ferrucci wasn’t just the Indianapolis 500’s Rookie of the Year in 2019, he was one of the most exciting NTT IndyCar Series drivers to watch in the 103rd running at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Ferrucci started 23rd in the No. 19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda of Dale Coyne Racing Honda, which means he was in traffic from the drop of the green flag. As the video here shows, Ferrucci had to make several aggressive moves to earn the seventh-place finish.
Cool conditions on Friday at the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit didn’t deter the local fans who filtered into the track from early in the morning.
A track temperature of 21°C kept riders some distance from the outright lap record in Japan but potential rain on Saturday meant they still had to push hard for a Q2 spot in the closing moments of Free Practice 2.
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