Mustang Sampling Racing extends with Action Express Racing
Mustand Sampling Cadillac
Action Express Racing announced that Mustang Sampling has extended the marketing partnership agreement with the team, as the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season marks the fifth consecutive year of IMSA competition for Mustang Sampling Racing.
Action Express has achieved incredible success with Mustang Sampling, having taken the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Team and Driver Championships in both 2014 and 2015, the Michelin Endurance Cup in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, and a record-setting Rolex 24 At Daytona victory in 2018.
Ferrucci ordered to Pay Team Over $575,000 in Damages
Santino Ferrucci, the F1 development driver for Haas who infamously had his contract terminated when he intentionally wrecked his teammate in this year’s FIA Formula 2 championship, and drove a racecar with a phone in his hand, has been ordered to pay his former F2 team 502,000 Euros, or just over $575,816 in damages.
At this season’s Formula 2 championship race at Silverstone, Ferrucci and his teammate Arjun Maini made contact during the race, leading Ferrucci to intentionally crash into Maini again during the cool down lap of the race. He then failed to show up to the briefing about the incident, and it was later discovered that he had driven his Formula 2 car from the paddock to pit lane with his phone in his hand.
Honda, Acura Racers Claim Four SCCA National Championships
SONOMA, Calif. – Honda and Acura racers won four Sports Car Club of America national championship titles, including a podium sweep and seventh consecutive Formula F title, at the 2018 SCCA National Championship Runoffs, contested over the weekend at Sonoma Raceway.
Schumacher driving for the Prema team won the 2018 title
The FIA Formula 3 Championship promoter is pleased to announce that ten teams have been entered for the 2019 season. Seven of these outfits are currently competing in the FIA Formula 2 Championship (ART Grand Prix, Campos Racing, Carlin, Charouz Racing System, MP Motorsport, Prema Racing and Trident) whilst Jenzer Motorsport are no strangers to the paddock having successfully competing in all seasons of GP3. Hitech Grand Prix and HWA RACELAB complete the grid; they both have a proven record of success in other categories.
F1 Event At COTA Light On Spectacle, But Race Is Thrilling
Bruno Mars and Britney Spears rocked COTA
Kimi Raikkonen won the F1 U.S. Grand Prix yesterday at Circuit Of The Americas, and the "action on the track was at least one big improvement from the previous year." F1 owner Liberty Media in '17 "went all out to create a spectacle," but this year, "not quite so much."
Gone was the "championship prize fight atmosphere created by announcer Michael Buffer."
McLaren is at the back of the grid in F1. It needs to fix that before expanding into other series
With it's F1 program in shambles McLaren is “highly unlikely” to commit to the FIA and ACO’s new ‘Hypercar’ regulations for its launch season in 2020-21, according to McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown, amid the company’s focus on improving its performance in Formula 1.
While still being “very engaged” in discussions and showing interest, Brown has essentially ruled out an entry for 2020-21.
In 2016 Magneti Marelli sponsored Carlos Munoz at Detroit
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced the spin-off of Magneti Marelli to a leading competitor.
In a deal worth $7.16b, FCA will sell the profitable business to Calsonic Kansei Corporation, one of the leading parts suppliers in Japan. The move will see the combined unit renamed Magneti Marelli CK Holdings, and stands to emerge as the seventh largest automotive component suppliers in the industry.
Supercars driver calls for flexible race start times
Shane van Gisbergen
Shane van Gisbergen believes Supercars should have the flexibility with television broadcasters to move race time slots to avoid abandonments from wild weather in the future.
A thunderstorm forced organisers to call Race 27 on the Gold Coast with only 42 of 102 laps in the books meaning no championship points were awarded as the race failed to reach the required 50 percent of scheduled distance.
Ricciardo, his firesuit styled like a Cowboy, checks out some Cowboy boots before the race
Daniel Ricciardo was so enraged by his non-finish at the United States Grand Prix that he punched a hole in the wall of his driver room, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said. Ricciardo's car shut down after just nine laps at the Circuit of the Americas.
Max Verstappen taking second place from 18th on the grid suggested that Ricciardo knew he could have won the race.
"It's just a crying shame for Daniel, I feel so sorry for him," Horner told Sky Sports.
"It's an identical power unit issue that he had in Bahrain where it's just gone to a compete shut down and you can see it mid-corner. He was driving a strong Grand Prix and would have been right there too, so really just so frustrating for him.
Kevin Magnussen in the Haas team with no Americans
A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, Just watched the Italian's (Ferrari) sing their national anthem when it was played for Kimi winning the USGP.
If a Haas driver would ever manage to win a race, would ANYONE on the Haas team even know the words of the American National Anthem? Some how I doubt it. MAYBE Gene, but that's a maybe. James Barrie
Dear James - So true and those non-Americans blew it at their so-called home race. The only American outfit competing in the FIA Formula One World Championship left the Lone Star State empty-handed after Kevin Magnussen’s ninth-place finish was disqualified while teammate Romain Grosjean suffered a DNF stemming from a collision on the opening lap.
Kirkwood Claims 14th Win At Circuit Of The Americas In Front Of F1 USGP Crowd
In USF3 Kyle Kirkwood gets to race and win in front of F1 team owners, engineers and drivers using Honda power
Serving as the support series for the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, the new ground-breaking F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda delivered an exciting show for fans who trekked through the less than ideal weather conditions that lingered from Friday.
Through cool temperatures, grey skies and a damp track, Kyle Kirkwood of Jupiter, Florida, went lights to flag to claim his 14th win of the season. Though he clinched the inaugural F3 Americas championship before entering the opening round at Circuit of the Americas Saturday, Kirkwood, didn’t give up his competitive edge, pulling more than a two-second gap over second place.
“Today marks my second win at an F1 event,” said Kirkwood, who was also victorious in last year’s USGP in the F4 U.S. Championship. “This win is probably sweeter than in 2017. There’s so much energy at this track and it’s the race we look forward to every year. My Abel Motorsports team, once again, did a fantastic job keeping a very quick and reliable car.”
NASCAR finale shaping up to be just the way NASCAR planned it
Harvick appears to have the best chance to take the title in Homestead
We deemed 2018 the 'year of Ford' back in February. Maybe this whole playoff thing will work out the way NASCAR wants it to work out -- again.
With rumors Ford might quit if they did not win this year, NASCAR’s executives probably are rubbing their hands with delight the way the Ford teams have dominated. Fords have won 16 of the 31 races this season. Lately, Ford drivers have been dominant and are threatening to overwhelm Toyota and Chevrolet as the playoffs wind down.
Alonso never had any plans to do a full IndyCar season (Update)
IndyCar fans get played like a fiddle again
UPDATE A reader writes, Dear AutoRacing1.com, I hope those rumors of Liberty Media looking to buy IndyCar are true. Mark Miles keeps playing the IndyCar media and fans like a fiddle. No 3rd manufacturer (how many years have they tried?), no title sponsor to replace Verizon, no overseas races (how many years have they tried?), no McLaren and no Alonso.
TV ratings were down significantly this past year and really good drivers refuse to come to IndyCar because the catch fences have been lethal for decades and they remain lethal. Any other CEO would be fired by now.
Either Miles played the gullible IndyCar fanboy media like a fiddle making it seem like McLaren and Alonso were coming, or McLaren and Alonso played Miles like a fiddle. Either way, us fans got played. I feel like I'm watching Baghdad Bob at the end of the Iraq war saying victory was at hand as American bombs exploded outside his door. Mordichai Rosen, Los Angles
Dear Mordichai, We have not heard from you in a long time. The real reason Mark Miles has failed at every turn is because the NBCSN TV ratings are so minuscule the series and Miles continue to flounder with a lack of real sponsors and money in the paddock. In the end the "family" only cares that their Indy 500 has 33 cars. So yes, selling the series would be in everyone's best interest. Mark C.
AR1 said McLaren was not doing IndyCar next year back in July while other media outlets played the fans like a fiddle making them think it was still on the table. Does anyone think Alonso is going to do a full season of IndyCar without IndyCar fixing the catch-fences? Think again.
10/20/18 Fernando Alonso is keen to return to the Indianapolis 500 to complete his Triple Crown, which McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown also refused to rule out as a possibility for next year, but the Spaniard says the Woking-based team’s withdrawal from a full IndyCar program will not impact his intentions.
“You found out McLaren won’t be running in IndyCar next year, but I’ve known it since August, so what was said doesn’t affect my future plans," Alonso told Crash.net in Austin. "I’ve known it for a couple of months,” Alonso said. “I went there and tested an IndyCar in September just to know how the cars felt like, but there was no hidden agenda, no other plan for the future. It was never in my plans to do a full IndyCar season, so nothing changed for me.
“My program for next year has been clear for me for many months, but we need to put things together, do a crossover of many plans from different series, different companies and when it will always be settled we’ll make the announcement. But doing a full IndyCar season was never an option.
Storms, Lowndes wins Enduro Cup and McLaughlin leads Series
Steven Richards and Craig Lowndes celebrate endurance title
Scott McLaughlin and Shane van Gisbergen head home locked in a 14-point, two-way battle for this year's Virgin Australia Supercars Championship after the second race of the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 was abandoned this afternoon.
The two Kiwis emerged from a massive storm which halted the race twice before officials called a stop as the rain poured down and parts of the track all but flooded.
Ferrari made the most of the dry running to top the final hour ahead of qualifying, with Sebastian Vettel leading teammate Kimi Raikkonen by just 0.046s – and title rival Lewis Hamilton by only 0.073s.
After the leading trio there was a gap of over half a second back to Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, and the Red Bull duo of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo. Then came Sauber’s Charles Leclerc and Force India’s Sergio Perez, with Renault’s Carlos Sainz and Haas’s Romain Grosjean completing the top ten.
Marc Marquez roars past classic Japanese cars on famous road
Marc Marquez has prepared for his attempt at a fifth MotoGP World Championship title on Sunday with a trip along Japan's famous Hakone Turnpike on a Honda RC213V. Here is all you need to know:
- If the Spaniard concedes less than two points to title rival Andrea Dovizioso and no more than 24 points to Valentino Rossi at the Japanese GP, he will clinch a staggering fifth MotoGP World Championship crown during just six years in motorbike racing's elite class.
Sheldon Creed Captures ARCA Championship and Fourth Win
Toyota driver Sheldon Creed captured the ARCA Racing Series championship at Kansas Speedway when he made his first lap in practice ahead of the season finale event on Friday, October 19. Creed went on to capture his fourth win in 2018, closing out a banner year in his first full-time season.
“I thought we were out of it there and then a couple of other fast cars fell out,” said Creed post-race. “I got a good restart there at the end that kind of gave us control and then the guys tightened up the car there when I got tires there at the end. What a rocket ship that was. That was really fast at the end.”
We said NASCAR wanted/needed Ford to win the title this year before the season started. Ganassi's Chevy team had zero chance of winning the appeal
Chip Ganassi Racing’s appeal of an L1-level penalty assessed this week to its No. 42 team was denied Friday by the independent three-member National Motorsports Appeals Panel, and then again late Friday evening at approximately 11 p.m. ET by the Final Appeals Officer.
Friday night’s final appeal was Ganassi’s last recourse in contesting the original penalty.
The National Motorsports Appeals Panel initially upheld the penalty after an expedited hearing earlier Friday at Kansas Speedway, site of Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Chip Ganassi Racing then exercised its option to file a final appeal, a hearing that was scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET.
BMW i Andretti fastest again on final Valencia test day
Antonio Felix da Costa
Antonio Felix da Costa set the pace at pre-season testing in Valencia, showing promising speed from BMW i Andretti Motorsport in their first season as a full factory team in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
After three days of testing at Circuit Ricardo Tormo with the new Gen2 machinery, Da Costa posted a best time of 1:16.977s - over three-tenths clear of his closest rival and reigning Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne for DS TECHEETAH.
Next April 12-14, race goers will get to experience exhilaration as tickets for the 45th Grand Prix of Long Beach go 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 fourth round of the 2019 IndyCar Series, expected to include celebrated drivers such as five-time series champion Scott Dixon, defending Long Beach winner Alexander Rossi and past Long Beach winners James Hinchcliffe, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power and Ryan Hunter-Reay along with Marco Andretti and Graham Rahal driving wheel-to-wheel on the famed 1.97-mile, 11-turn circuit through downtown Long Beach.
Hamilton buries Ferrari in practice 2 for the USGP
Lewis Hamilton will sit on pole, lead every lap, and wrap up his 5th title this weekend
Lewis Hamilton again dominated the 2nd practice session for the USGP in very wet conditions as the Aldo Costa designed Mercedes generates so much downforce the car looked like it was on rails, sucking the water right out of the asphalt.
The Ferrari of Raikkonen was 4.7 seconds slower and his teammate Vettel was 5.1 seconds slower. It's clear the new floor Ferrari brought to this race is a major step backwards. However, they saved a set of Intermediate tires so their tires were very worn having flogged around on them for 20 laps in the morning, plus another 10 or so in the afternoon. The tires were blistering.
Max Verstappen & Daniel Ricciardo On F1's US & Mexican Grands Prix
F1's final back-to-back sequence of the season will take place in the United States and Mexico later this month, as the 2018 championship draws to a close.
In an exclusive preview for Mobil 1 The Grid, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen discuss the unique on and off track offerings at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) and the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
Ford had previously announced that it would build 1,000 units of its GT supercar. On Friday in Dearborn, Michigan, the Blue Oval announced it would expand that total to 1,350 cars and build them through 2022.
Ford will open up the application process on Nov. 8 and will take applications from North America and other select markets around the world. Those interested can apply at FordGT.com. The application process will remain open for a month, Ford said.
Hamilton and Mercedes bury Ferrari in opening USGP practice
Lewis Hamilton watches as the other drivers flog around the circuit in vain
In a wet session that saw drivers run the entire session one just 1 set of intermediate tires due to the limited number available, Lewis Hamilton and teammate Valtteri Bottas buried the competition in their Aldo Costa Mercedes that looked like it was on rails while the other drivers were out of shape on numerous occasions.
It's hard to tell who will be quick on Sunday, but in the wet conditions the Ferrari drivers are out to lunch, despite their new underbody that was supposed to generate more downforce. In fact the Mercedes car appears to be stretching their advantage over the field each and every race as Aldo Costa works his magic and the other designers scratch their head.
Lewis Hamilton Talks F1 In The U.S., Tommy Hilfiger Deal
Hamilton with Trevor Noah
F1 driver Lewis Hamilton appeared on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” last night, with host Trevor Noah asking, "Is it a bit surreal to be in a position where you are in a sport that generally hundreds of millions of people watch around the world, but in America there are many people who have no clue what you do?” Hamilton: “We only have one race here … but it's growing here." Hamilton said racing in Malaysia, he lost 10.5 pounds in under two hours: “Every time I tell that to an American, they’re like, ‘Wow! I need to be a racing driver.’”
The Japanese Grand Prix got underway today at Twin Ring Motegi in mixed weather conditions, with a dry morning session followed by a wet and damp afternoon stint.
Thanks to his FP1 time, Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso ended Day 1 at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan as the man to beat as Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) set the fastest FP2 time on a drying Twin Ring Motegi, with the likes of Dovi and Championship leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) opting to stay in the garage for the second session of the weekend.
Jorge Lorenzo has withdrawn from the Japanese Grand Prix as he continues to struggle with the wrist injury which also ruled him out of the Thailand MotoGP race.
Lorenzo suffered a suspected hairline fracture in a crash during FP2 a Buriram after encountering a mechanical issue with his Ducati under braking for Turn 3, which forced him to sit out the Thailand race.
Sony Pictures Networks India extends partnership with Formula E across Indian sub-continent
di Grassi testing new car at Valencia
Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) will continue to broadcast each round of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship for a further two seasons across the Indian sub-continent - including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
The Indian broadcaster will show electrifying action from every E-Prix throughout the course of both seasons - with select races to be aired live, alongside additional analysis and reaction with supplementary magazine shows and highlights packages.
Premium Motorsports will cease Truck Series operation Premium Motorsports announced Thursday it will not compete in the Camping World Truck Series next season.
The team, which has fielded entries in the series in 112 starts since 2015, is making the move “to be able to focus solely on their [backmarker] Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing program in 2019.”
Daniel Ricciardo: IndyCar ovals 'creep me out a little bit'
Earlier this year Canadian driver Robert Wickens was left with multiple leg and arm fractures as well as rib, elbow and spinal chord injuries during a scary crash at Pocono
Daniel Ricciardo is unsure whether he would ever feel fully comfortable racing on one of IndyCar's oval race circuits.
During Thursday's press conference ahead of this weekend's U.S. Grand Prix, Ricciardo was asked if he would ever consider attempting the event himself.
"Yes and no," he said. "The thought of it sounds good.
"Ovals creep me out a little bit. I won't lie. It would be cool. I don't know. I would at least like to have a go, like maybe just a test. Let's see how things go but yeah, it was cool watching Fernando do it, don't get me wrong and part of me was like trying to picture myself being there and doing it but yeah, maybe one day.
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