Video: NASCAR Talladega Sprint Cup Pole Q&A Coors Light Pole Award winner Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Bass Pro Shops / TRACKER Boats Toyota); second fastest qualifier Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford) Comment
Go Fas Racing looking at options for 2017 "Let's face it, anybody in the bottom three is exploring all their options right now,'' car owner Archie St. Hilaire said.
St. Hilaire's Go Fas Racing team ranks last in the standings among charter teams. He seeks a partnership. He is willing to lease his charter and partner with another chartered team if that will help his team grow.
If a chartered team finishes in the bottom three among the 36 chartered teams in the owner standings three consecutive years, NASCAR has the right to remove that charter. Although the first year with this system isn't yet complete, teams aren't waiting to act. St. Hilaire said he hopes to have an idea in the next month what direction he'll go. NBC Sports
NASCAR confiscates parts from Martin Truex Jr.'s car (Update)
Martin Truex, Jr.
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UPDATE NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition, Scott Miller, said a points penalty is unlikely for Martin Truex Jr. for the jack bolt confiscated but the typical process is to evaluate after the weekend. He said it was not a competitive advantage and while it could be a safety issue it was not to the degree of where NASCAR would consider it a safety infraction. ESPN
10/22/16 Furniture Row Racing driver Martin Truex Jr. could face a points penalty after NASCAR confiscated front jack screws from his car during an inspection before qualifying Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway. NASCAR confirmed it confiscated the screws. It typically announces penalties Wednesday after the race weekend and has the option of issuing a points penalty that could be 10 to 25 points, depending on how severe NASCAR views the violation.
Strong First Day for Team USA Drivers in the Formula Ford Festival
Askew gets podium in heat 2
BRANDS HATCH, England (October 22, 2016) – Team USA Scholarship drivers Oliver Askew and Kyle Kirkwood today enjoyed a strong start to the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch, with Askew finishing on the podium and Kirkwood taking fifth in their respective heat races.
The 66-car field was divided into three heat races with Askew drawn in Heat Two and Kirkwood in Heat Three. Qualifying this morning saw Askew post the third fastest time, less than 0.3 second behind BRSCC Avon Tyres Formula Ford Champion Niall Murray and factory Firman driver Luke Williams. Shortly afterward, Kirkwood qualified fifth for Heat Three behind polesitter Luke Cooper, former British Champion Scott Malvern, Irish front-runner Jake Byrne and Scottish FF1600 champion Neil Maclennan.
Max Verstappen was fastest ahead of Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo in Saturday morning’s third practice for the 2016 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was third, with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg - neither of whom completed a hot, timed lap on the quickest supersoft tire - fourth and fifth.
Suspected transmission problems limited Sebastian Vettel’s running in the second Ferrari and he was sixth ahead of Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and Williams’ Valtteri Bottas. The McLarens of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso completed the top ten.
Mario Andretti was America's last F1 champion in 1978, a feat that may never be repeated due to the bias in Europe
It's been 38 years since Formula One had an American race winner or world champion. Jimmy Carter was president, Tom Landry's Dallas Cowboys were Super Bowl champions and Pete Rose had just recorded his 3,000th major league hit writes Nate Saunders of ESPN.
The driver who claimed both was Mario Andretti, winning the 1978 world championship with the iconic Lotus 79. He became the second American after Phil Hill to claim the F1 title, though his triumph -- and final victory at that year's Dutch Grand Prix -- precipitated a nearly four-decade long drought for drivers from his country.
There are several tragic parallels between Andretti and Hill's championships. Both men wrapped up their championships at Monza after their teammates suffered fatal accidents. For Andretti, the loss of Ronnie Peterson has always left a cloud over his finest achievement.
"Of course, it's bittersweet," Andretti tells ESPN about the memory of 1978. "It could have been the happiest day of my career but I couldn't celebrate, I lost a friend and teammate, one of the best teammates I ever had."
Scuderia Toro Rosso is pleased to confirm that it is keeping Daniil Kvyat on for the 2017 season. With Carlos Sainz’s future in the team already assured since earlier this summer, it means that continuity is the name of the game.
We are sure that you members of the media will be delighted to have some fresh questions to ask Daniil at last, after months of quizzing him on what he is doing next year. And to those other teams who have been sniffing around our talented pair, well hands off, they’re staying put!
NASCAR Torque series released Panini America, the official trading card partner of NASCAR, released their 2016 Torque NASCAR Racing cards in hobby shops across the country. Prior to teaming up with Panini in August, NASCAR was without a trading card partner for two years, and they are ready to deliver to anxious fans everything they have been waiting for and more.
Panini's Torque card product contains everything from sheet-metal cards (sheet metal taken from the cars) to oversized memorabilia cards (race-worn fire suits, gloves, shoes, etc., and race-used tires). Torque is packed with content both on the autograph and memorabilia sides; it also delivers a compelling array of photography, technology, and tributes to all-time greats, paint schemes, superstar helmets and so much more. More at paniniamerica.net.
Former open wheel driver Casey Mears went to NASCAR years ago and made a career as a backmarker. He was another popular family name plucked from IndyCar to ensure it never grows too big
Casey Mears says he and the Germain Racing #13 team are concentrating their efforts only on the remaining five races of 2016 and can't speak about next year.
"Not at the moment," Mears said Friday at Talladega Superspeedway. "Right now we're just focused on what we talked about at the beginning of the season. Focus on the remainder of this year first and foremost."
Rumors have Germain opting to replace Mears next season, possibly with NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Ty Dillon. Dillon's Richard Childress Racing organization has a technical alliance with Germain. Geico, the #13 team's primary sponsor, is signed through 2018. In many cases, sponsor and driver contracts run concurrently.
"As I know more, we can talk about it," Mears said. "But right now we're just focused on getting through this weekend." NASCAR.com
Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda Team) was the quickest rider in FP4 at the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, as the American MotoGP Legend headed out early on slicks to set his lap – and then the rain came down. Red-flagged and then re-started, the wet half of the session was topped my Marc Marquez on the other Repsol Honda Team machine – on ominous form in the wet ahead of qualifying.
Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar) was third fastest, with Loris Baz (Avintia Racing) in an impressive fourth. Home hero Jack Miller (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS was fifth in another good session for the Aussie, who rides at home for the first time since becoming a GP winner.
Video: NCWTS GarageCam has a 'sweet home' welcome in Talladega GarageCam host Matthew Dillner takes you through the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series garage as teams prepare for the Fred's 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. Comment
Formula E Unveils Track Layout For Season Finale Double-Header On Streets Of Montreal
Montreal Formula E layout
The FIA Formula E Championship has revealed the location and track layout for the season finale double-header in Montreal.
The third season of the electric street racing series will come to a close with two races on the streets of Montreal along the banks of St. Lawrence River on July 29 & 30.
The 2.75km (1.71mile) circuit, which remains subject to FIA track homologation, consists of 14 turns and winds its way along Rue Viger E and past Maison Radio-Canada - with the 20 fully-electric Formula E cars launching from the start-line on Boulevard Rene-Levesque E.
Vettel 4th for Ferrari but a huge 8/10ths off the pace
F1 point leader Nico Rosberg put his Mercedes on top of the charts early in the 2nd practice session for the USGP at Austin and there it stayed through the rest of the session. Rosberg's lap of 1m37.358s was 2/10ths of a second faster than the rest.
Closest to Rosberg was Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull followed by Rosberg's Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in 3rd 3/10ths behind Rosberg.
Sebastian Vettel was 4th for Ferrari and Max Verstappen rounded out the top-5.
Video: NASCAR Talladega Friday Q&A Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford); Chase Elliott (No. 24 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet); Talladega Superspeedway/ISC announcement with Casey Mears (No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet), Patrick Judge (GEICO), Grant Lynch (Talladega Superspeedway); NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase drivers Daniel Hemric (No. 19 DrawTite Ford), John Hunter Nemechek (No. 8 Fire Alarm Services Inc. Chevrolet) and Timothy Peters (No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota)
Baby boomers in retirement cannot afford sports cars
Baby boomers in the U.S. are starting to outgrow their midlife crisis years, and that's bad news for automakers who want to sell sports cars writes David Welch of Bloomberg.
It was a sign of things to come this month when Ford Motor Co. idled its Mustang plant for a week as sales for the year fell 9 percent. Other sports cars have faded at a similar rate, and even stalwarts like the Chevrolet Corvette and most Porsche models are slumping.
While there are still plenty of buyers who love the passing lane, automakers face a pesky reality. Men born between 1946 and 1964, who buy most sports cars, are cruising past their peak spending years. And as age 70 beckons, folding up like an accordion to get into the front seat of a speedy roadster is hardly the prescription for an aching back. Some are even turning to high-powered versions of luxury SUVs.
GEICO Extends Multiyear, Multi-Track Partnership with ISC
EGEICO’s Patrick Judge (second from right) gets ready to cut the ribbon on the new “GEICO Restart Zone,” that was introduced Friday at Talladega Superspeedway. Judge is pictured with Talladega Superspeedway Grant Lynch (left), No. 13 GEICO Racing Driver Casey Mears and the GEICO Gecko.
GEICO, the second-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the U.S., today announced it will extend its multiyear partnership with International Speedway Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market: ISCA; OTC Bulletin Board: ISCB) (“ISC”), owner / operator of 13 of the nation’s major motorsports facilities. GEICO will continue its entitlement for the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway as well as its Campground naming rights at eight ISC motorsports facilities. Debuting for NASCAR’s Chase double elimination weekend Oct. 21-23.
GEICO will provide naming rights to Talladega’s Restart Zone. Beginning in 2017, GEICO will take ownership of this area at 10 additional ISC tracks as well.
GEICO’s sponsorship of the GEICO 500 at Talladega will run through 2019, the year the mammoth 2.66-mile venue will celebrate its historical 50th anniversary. Next year’s GEICO 500 is set for May 7, 2017.
“We’re excited about extending our relationship with GEICO, one of the largest auto insurers in the U.S.,” said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. “This race, known for its thrilling on-track action at NASCAR’s most competitive track, will continue to provide an incredible platform for GEICO to engage with fans.” GEICO has been an entitlement partner with Talladega Superspeedway since 2014.
Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 in opening USGP practice
Lewis Hamilton got his United States Grand Prix weekend off to the perfect start on Friday morning as he went 0.3s clear of championship-leading team mate Nico Rosberg in opening practice. The Mercedes duo, who set their best times on the soft tires, were the only drivers to lap in the 1m 37s bracket, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who ran only the medium rubber, 1.9s back in third place.
Kimi Raikkonen was Ferrari’s leading runner in P4, but was also nearly two seconds back of the Silver Arrows having run on the same tires.
Video: Once a race driver, always a race driver Patrick Dempsey has not taken an active role as a race driver since the start of this year's WEC season, instead becoming a partner of the Dempsey Proton Racing team that sends out the Porsche 911 RSR with starting number 77. Even though more recently he has been supporting his team from the other side of the crash barriers, Dempsey nevertheless remains a seasoned race driver who knows what it takes to deliver fast laps.
Richard Childress Racing has agreed to a corporate partnership that will recognize TruGreen as the official lawn care provider of Richard Childress Racing.
Under the partnership, RCR will utilize TruGreen services around the nearly 52-acre campus in Welcome, N.C. In addition, TruGreen will join RCR’s family of blue-chip partners and have the opportunity to connect with other RCR partners to explore bilateral business opportunities.
If Germany Bans Internal Combustion Engines, It'll Change the Game
Insert nose, breathe deep for about a minute, die. The burning of fossil fuels is slowing killing us. It has to stop. There are 1.2 billion of these cancer causing cars on the road everyday. What are we doing?
A recently proposed ban on internal combustion engines could improve air quality and lower noise pollution and CO2 emissions in Germany.
"We do not expect it will become a law within the next 12 months," writes Volker Quaschning, an energy researcher at the Hochschule fur Technik und Wirtschaft (HTW) Berlin, in Germany, in an email. "However, the discussion is interesting…because it increases the pressure on the car industry."
Echoing similar proposals in Norway and other countries, the heads of 13 out of 16 of Germany's states voted two weeks ago to allow sales of only zero-emission cars starting in 2030. That would be no small matter, considering that Germany--home of BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen--had 44 million registered cars in 2013.
The states alone are not able to put the ban into effect; only the German federal government can. But they have started a conversation, and researchers say there would be clear benefits.
442 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega; 307 in more than one.
Dave Marcis and Terry Labonte lead the series in starts at Talladega with 61 each. Tony Stewart leads all active drivers with 34 starts; followed by Matt Kenseth with 33.
A total of 68 drivers have made their first series start at Talladega; Jamie McMurray (10/06/2002) is the only active driver to make his series debut at Talladega Superspeedway.
45 different drivers have won at Talladega Superspeedway, led by Dale Earnhardt with 10. Brad Keselowski leads all active drivers with four.
Nine drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series have posted consecutive wins at Talladega; Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the series in consecutive wins at Talladega after posting four-straight from the fall of 2001 - 2003.
Tony Stewart might not be the biggest fan of restrictor-plate racing in NASCAR, but there are few drivers like Stewart who can say they've led almost 1,000 laps or logged more than 30,000 miles in their careers on the 200-mph, high-banked tracks at Daytona and Talladega.
In Sunday's Hellman's 500 at the 2.66-mile Talladega track, the three-time champion will drive the #14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Delvac Chevy in the 70th and final superspeedway restrictor-plate start of his 18-year NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career. Going into his final Sprint Cup restrictor-plate race, Stewart owns five wins, 18 top-fives and 28 top-10s on NASCAR's current restrictor-plate tracks. He's led 997 laps and logged 30,257.2 miles. SHR
Repsol Honda teammates Marc Marquez and American Nicky Hayden
The first practices of the weekend for the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix got underway today MotoGP riders battling soaking conditions. With very little track time to be had, due to persistent rain and the cancellation of FP2, today's times were meaningless.
Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) went quickest in first practice at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, as the rainy conditions from Moto3 FP1 continued – and then deteriorated. Crutchlow took the top spot before the rain got harder, and remained P1 ahead of Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Yakhnich).
Clean diesel? What a farce. Ever stick your nose in a diesel exhaust pipe and breathe to see how quick you die? Won't take long.
When it comes to addressing Volkswagen's diesel-emissions scandal that broke last September, some would say Europe's largest automaker has proposed to merely throw money at the problem. And that may be just fine for at least one US district court judge in San Francisco. Because there may not be an alternative solution.
US District Court Judge Charles Breyer has until October 25 to decide whether or not to approve a settlement that would cost VW about $10 billion, according to Automotive News. VW has proposed buying back about 475,000 cars fitted with 2.0-liter diesel engines, as well as giving those owners a little something extra (i.e. between $5,100 and $10,000) for their problems. The total tab would come out to more than $20,000 per vehicle owner. As of last week, almost 350,000 VW owners had filed to get in line for the payouts.
Vettel not worried about next contract or next car
Vettel at the press conference
When asked in Thursday's USGP press conference about his Ferrari contract expiring after next year Sebastian Vettel said discussing a Formula 1 contract extension with Ferrari is not important while preparations for the team's 2017 car take priority.
Team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said recently the German has to "earn" his place at the team beyond 2017 and one would argue Arrivabene has to earn his place as well and so far one can say he is failing miserably.
USGP Open To 'Tex-Mex Two Step' Ticket Package With Mexico GP
Will Mexico suffer from a sophomore slump?
The F1 racetrack in Austin, Texas, is open to the idea of a collaboration with its southern counterpart in Mexico City, Circuit of the Americas Chair Bobby Epstein said. "In a couple of years it would make sense for us to work with Mexico and give people the ultimate 'Tex-Mex two step,' where you spend the whole week and get the ultimate F1 experience," he told SBD Global.
COTA, which made its debut on the F1 calendar in '12, got company last year, when Mexico City returned to the series after a 23-year absence. The Mexican Grand Prix was set to have a negative effect on the U.S. race as a large number of Mexican fans made the trip across the border to watch F1 in the Texas state capital over the first three years, from '12-14.
Entries Now Open For 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
The new LMP2 cars will now be the top class
As the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship closes in on what likely will be a landmark 2017 season, with the dawning of a new Prototype era and a number of new GT race cars and teams joining highly competitive, established programs, entry applications are now being accepted by IMSA.
The 2017 WeatherTech Championship season again opens with the 55th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 28-29, kicking off a 12-event calendar including North America’s premier road racing facilities and events. The Prototype (P) class, which will feature a mix of new Daytona Prototype international (DPi) and Le Mans Prototype 2 (LM P2) race cars, will compete in 10 events next season.
Video: Daniel Ricciardo the Ranch Hand Before getting down to work at the Circuit of the Americas for the US Grand Prix this weekend, yesterday Daniel Ricciardo put in a full shift of a different kind, earning his keep on the Nelson Ranch in La Grange, 100 miles South East of Austin.
Daniel's enthusiasm for all things Texas is well known, and he didn't take much persuadin' to pull on the cowboy gear and get his hands dirty out in the fields.
Roush Yates, Mitsubishi Materials Extend Deal Roush Yates Engines has announced multi-year extension with current partner and industry leader Mitsubishi Materials U.S.A. Corporation Cutting Tooling Division, which focuses on providing solutions in manufacturing process technologies.
"Mitsubishi Materials U.S.A. world-class tools, solutions and employees have given us a competitive advantage and have set us apart from the competition," said Doug Yates, president and CEO of Roush Yates Engines.
Video: Red Bull releases fascinating documentary on the history of pit stops On Wednesday, Red Bull released a breathtaking 44-minute documentary exploring the history of pit stops, and it's a must-watch for Formula 1 fans. You can check out a trailer below, but you can stream the entire documentary online for free at Red Bull's website. What can be done in the time it takes to blink? This is the story of the brave mavericks who invented the techniques and technologies that took the pit stop from minutes-long racing rarity to an F1 staple that takes less than two seconds to complete. See trailer below. Comment
Cheez-It Not Renewing Sponsorship Of Roush Fenway's No. 16 Car, Watkins Glen's Cup Race
This is what happens when you put races on NBCSN and TV ratings plummet
Cheez-It is not renewing its current deals in NASCAR, as the Kellogg's-owned brand confirmed to THE DAILY this morning that it will let its deals with Roush Fenway Racing, Watkins Glen Int'l and track owner ISC expire after this season.
However, the brand stopped short of confirming that it will fully exit the sport. Cheez-It, which signed on in ‘15 with RFR's No. 16 Ford driven by Greg Biffle for a handful of races as primary sponsor, also has been the entitlement partner of WGI's annual Sprint Cup Series race since '13. That had been the company's first race entitlement in NASCAR despite the fact that Kellogg's has been in the sport since '91.
Tesla releases video of fully autonomous Model X electric car Tesla announced on Wednesday that from now on all of its electric cars will be built with the components required to turn them into fully autonomous vehicles at a later date. Now chief executive, Elon Musk, has released a video showing what that really means.
The video shows a Tesla Model X driving out of a garage, picking up a human driver -- who is required to be in the driving seat for the car to legally self-drive in the US -- and then driving itself around some public roads, navigating junctions and highways before returning to a parking lot, letting out the human driver and then going off to park itself.
Baldwin meets with employees, 'exploring all my opportunities' for team's future (2nd Update) UPDATE Leavine Family Racing is in the process of buying a charter for next season as its relationship with Circle Sport owner Joe Falk (who has a charter) will end after 2016, Leavine VP Jeremy Lange said Wednesday. Lange wouldn't confirm from which team it is buying a charter. The team plans to operate one Cup car (the #95) next year with a Richard Childress Racing alliance. Michael McDowell has been the Leavine primary driver since 2014 and has built a good relationship with the team but does not have a deal signed yet to drive for the team next season. ESPN
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