Indoor Trenton, NJ winter dirt race details announced
Trenton the past two years has been run on a concrete surface. This year they are covering it with clay
TRENTON, NJ -. Len Sammons Motorsports Productions has announced that its much anticipated first annual East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals inside the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, N.J., on Friday and Saturday, December 1-2, 2017 will have a pre-race practice session on Thursday, November 30.
“So many of the teams who have been entering the East Coast Indoor Nationals have asked about the possibility of getting some extra practice,” promoter Len Sammons said. “We’ve waited until we were secure we’d have the clay installed properly we’re all set-up and ready before announcing it’s a go for Thursday evening.”
While the East Coast Indoor Nationals is a brand new event, the CURE Insurance Arena (formerly Sun National Bank Center), has hosted TQ Midget racing for the past four years on the arena’s concrete floor.
Leavine Family Racing has announced that Travis Mack will assume crew chief duties for the No. 95 Chevrolet with driver Kasey Kahne during the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.
Mack, who is the car chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team, has worked as a car chief since 2013 and served as interim crew chief for the No. 88 team for one race at Richmond Raceway in 2017.
Long the face of NHRA drag racing, 16-time Funny Car champion John Force is never at a loss for words. So, what does he say to daughter, Brittany, and teammate Robert Hight as they compete for NHRA titles with two races remaining in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship?
SJM Theodore Racing by Prema launches four-car assault on Macau Grand Prix
A high-caliber four-car line-up has today been announced by SJM Theodore Racing, as it launches its annual assault on the world-renowned Macau Grand Prix.
Maximilian Gunther, Callum Ilott, Zhou Guan Yu and Mick Schumacher will compete for SJM Theodore Racing by Prema as it looks to regain the coveted title and secure a record ninth Macau GP, having last won the blue riband event with Felix Rosenqvist in 2015.
Fuel Efficiency - Managing NASCAR Fuel Strategy, With Kurt Busch & Kevin Harvick Mobil 1 The Grid: They say in racing that, ‘to finish first, you must first finish’. And nowhere is this more true than in NASCAR. Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kurt Busch, Greg Zipadelli, Kevin Harvick and Crew Chief Rodney Childers explain why the right fuel strategy can make the difference between winning and losing in America's premier racing stock car racing series, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup. Comment
Weatherman to make Cup debut at Martinsville Rick Ware Racing, LLC has announced that 20-year-old ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards veteran Kyle Weatherman will make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driving debut in the First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway Sunday, Oct. 29.
Weatherman, of Wentzville, Mo., is slated to the drive the #51 Chevrolet.
Auto Club Speedway, NASCAR, bring more than $105 million in economic activity
Auto Club Speedway
Auto Club Speedway, Southern California's premier motorsports facility, contributes more than $105 million in economic impact to San Bernardino County, according to a recently released report by the University of California, Riverside Center for Economic Forecasting and Development.
Based on data from the analysis which were estimated using input-output models from the Impact Analysis for Planning (IMPLAN) System, Auto Club Speedway generated $105.8 million in economic output in San Bernardino County, $148.7 million in economic output in Southern California and $156.2 million in economic output in the state of California.
Although IndyCar’s president of competition Jay Frye is not expecting “radical revisions” to 2018 tire and practice session regulations, he told David Malsher of Motorsport.com that fine-tuning the product will be under discussion when he meets with Firestone later this month.
In 2017 practice sessions were reduced from one hour to 45 minutes, to help encourage track action for the fans, after several seasons where the opening 20 minutes of practice would see front runners sit in pitlane until the backmarkers had put some rubber down on track.
Clean Run Clinches 2017 ELMS Crown for G-Drive Racing
Winning in Portugal Ryo Hirakawa, Memo Rojas and Leo Roussel
DragonSpeed won its first international championship last weekend in Portugal with a calculated, conservative run to fourth place in the final round of the 2017 European Le Mans Series season at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve. The finish secured both the ELMS LMP2 Teams and Drivers titles for the number 22 G-Drive Racing by DragonSpeed ORECA-07 Gibson entry.
PWC Touring Car Championships Featured This Sunday on CBS
The 2017 Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car championships came down to the final events at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and those exciting races will be televised this Sunday, Oct. 29, on CBS Sports Network.
With point titles on the line in the final two 40-minute Touring Car races at MRLS, the Touring Car season finales are scheduled for two one-hour telecasts this Sunday at 6 p.m. EDT with the Touring Car class rounds and at 7 p.m. EDT with the TCA/TCB division events.
James Hinchcliffe, Scott Dixon test new IndyCar at TMS Scott Dixon and James Hinchcliffe enjoyed their first superspeedway oval trial with INDYCAR’s universal aero kit in a Honda manufacturer test Monday at Texas Motor Speedway.
Dixon drove the Chip Ganassi Racing car while Hinchcliffe – officially re-signed last week to a multiyear extension – was in the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entry, with Honda officials closely monitoring the session on the manufacturer test day in preparation for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Other Honda-supplied teams also had a representative on hand to watch the testing on the 1.5-mile oval.
World RX to race at COTA, but not IndyCar The FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy will have its first US event in 2018. Championship rights holder IMG has agreed a five-year deal with Circuit of the Americas (COTA) at Austin, Texas. World RX will make its debut in the United States of America on the weekend of 29-30 September 2018 as part of a festival weekend.
The USA is a key territory for World RX teams, manufacturers and sponsors and this latest news is in line with the World Championship’s continued growth. The 2018 calendar will feature nine European rounds, Canada, the USA and South Africa.
The federal criminal trial of Patricia Pauline Driscoll on charges she defrauded the Armed Forces Foundation (AFF) and used funds earmarked to help wounded soldiers and their families as her own personal slush fund for travel, alcohol and jewelry, among other things, is set for February 5, 2018, according to court documents obtained by Kickin' the Tires.
She was originally indicted on seven federal criminal counts alleging an attempt to interfere with the administration of Internal Revenue Service laws, wire fraud, mail fraud, fraud and tax evasion, according to the indictment unsealed September 20, 2016. Earlier this year, one count of the indictment - attempt to interfere with the administration of Internal Revenue Service laws - was dismissed after she appealed the charge. She still faces six counts in the original indictment, which could carry multiple years in prison, fines and restitution if she is found guilty. An indictment is not a finding of guilt but a stage in the criminal process that indicates there is enough evidence to move forward to criminal proceedings.
Two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso has directly confirmed his interest in competing in January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona following speculation in recent days of plans with United Autosports.
As first reported by Sportscar365 on Thursday, Alonso is in contention to race with the Anglo-American squad at Daytona as part of its expanded entry for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opener.
Trailblazing Indianapolis 500 Car Owner Vollstedt Passes at 99
Longtime Indianapolis 500 car entrant Rolla Vollstedt, who is perhaps best remembered for bringing Janet Guthrie to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1976 as the first female to be entered for the Indianapolis 500, passed away Sunday, Oct. 22 in Portland, Oregon. He was 99.
Passionate, articulate, outspoken and persuasive, Vollstedt was a high-profile member of the board of directors for the United States Auto Club who served as USAC's car entrant representative from the late 1960s until the 1980s.
UPDATE A memorial service for Jim Watson, the Furniture Row Racing crew member who passed away Oct. 21 in the Kansas City area, has been scheduled for Fri., Oct. 27 at Warlick Funeral Home in Lincolnton, N.C.
The family will receive friends of the man many affectionately knew as “Wildman” from 4-6 p.m. Warlick Funeral Home is located at 125 Dave Warlick Drive in Lincolnton, N.C.
BAR1 Motorsports announced today they have taken delivery of a Gibson powered Multimatic–Riley Mk 30 LMP2 car. The team will campaign the full 2018 IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championships schedule, including the North American Endurance Championship. Team owner, Brian Alder, also sees this as an opportunity to return to Le Mans. The announcement comes just two weeks after the team’s impressive 1-2 finish at the season ending 10 hour Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
“Obviously, this is an important step for us,” said Brian. “The move to LMP2 opens up a lot of opportunities for the team. Running in the series’ flagship class attracts a higher level of marketing partners, top tier drivers and, for me personally, a chance to return to Le Mans.”
Compare Verstappen's (disqualified) overtake with (one of) the best overtake(s) in motor racing ever The last 4 laps of the race where Alex Zanardi passes Bryan Herta during the 1996 CART PPG Indy Car World Series race at Laguna Seca on the last lap.. Comment
Veterans, Newcomers Impress in Chris Griffis Memorial Test
Indy Lights: Nico Jamin
SPEEDWAY, Ind. (October 23, 2017) – Forty drivers representing all three rungs of the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires were in action this weekend during the two-day Chris Griffis Memorial Test held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Over 5,300 laps were turned around the 2.439-mile road course in the seventh annual outing as teams and drivers focused on 2018 preparations.
Recap: Truex Jr. sweeps Kansas, Round of 8 field set Recap all the action of the Hollywood Casino 400 as Martin Truex Jr. sweeps the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Kansas and the Round of 8 field is set. Comment
Video: Verstappen's Last-Lap Pass Of Raikkonen: All The Angles Watch Max Verstappen's last-lap move on Kimi Raikkonen that gave him P3 at the 2017 US Grand Prix - before he was penalized for going off track and gaining an advantage. Comment
Robots work on Tesla cars as they move down the Fremont, Calif., factory line in 2015
David Butow / For The Times
When Elon Musk talks about the future of factory automation at Tesla, he envisions new breeds of robots and smart machines compressed in dense factories with little room for human operators, guided by self-learning software writes Russ Mitchell, LA Times.
“At the point at which the factory looks like an “alien dreadnought” -- a nod to a video game spaceship -- “you know you’ve won,” Musk has told investors.
But so far, the manufacturing of Tesla’s new all-electric compact sedan, the Model 3, at its Fremont, Calif., factory is moving at a more earthbound pace.
Larson's Chevy spews it guts all over the Kansas asphalt
Kyle Larson was considered to be one of the top contenders to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship next month at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Unfortunately he won’t get the chance to race for a championship after an engine failure Sunday afternoon at Kansas Speedway ended his championship chances.
Larson, who entered Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway with a 29 point cushion over the cutoff line in the playoffs, retired from the race on lap 76 when the engine in his Chevrolet went up in smoke.
Truex Jr., FRR Dedicate Kansas Victory to Jim Watson
Another win for the #78
“Let’s go win this one for Jim, and we did it,” said Martin Truex Jr., referring to the loss of Furniture Row Racing crew member Jim Watson, who passed away Saturday night of a heart attack. “We got together in the morning and said the best way we could honor Jim and his family would be a victory.”
Truex did what he set out to do in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, scoring his seventh win of the season that was by no means an easy task for the No. 78 team. After starting on the pole Truex led the first 34 laps but then was assessed a restart violation which sent him back to 31st place.
Strong Drives for Kotyk, Jeansonne in Thrilling Formula Ford Festival Final
WEST KINGSDOWN, England – Team USA Scholarship drivers Jonathan Kotyk and Aaron Jeansonne posted excellent performances during a hard-fought 20-lap Formula Ford Festival Final Sunday afternoon at Brands Hatch. The pair finished just outside the top 10 but posted very competitive lap times as they worked their way forward from 16th and 18th on the grid, with Kotyk’s fastest time of 50.809 seconds slightly quicker than race winner Joey Foster’s best of 50.892.
The veteran Cornishman won by just over a tenth of a second from 20-year-old Irishman Keith Donegan. Scottish teenager Neil Maclennan also finished very close behind in third.
What do you think about the call made to take you out of the race and the Playoffs? "I don't know what any of the rules are. Seems like we got a lot of stuff that kind of gets, you know, changed so often I honestly can't keep up with it. My head kind of spins from putting lugnuts out of pit boxes to one to many guys over the wall, you're not allowed to race anymore. I just don't get it to be honest with you. I really don't have a lot good to say right now. I'm more than disappointed. I'm just gonna say thanks to DeWalt. They've been a sponsor of mine off and on for twenty years. Awesome guys there. They deserve better than this. We showed some flashes of brilliance this season, been off and on, been fast at times, had great pit stops at times, just haven't been able to put it all together like a championship team needs to. Unfortunately this is an example of that. I hope that I can do a better job here the next four weeks and hopefully go get a win."
NASCAR Kansas Cup Post-Race Q&A Race winner Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota), race-winning crew chief Cole Pearn (No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota), race-winning owner Barney Visser and Furniture Row Racing President Joe Garone, second- place finisher Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford) and third- place finisher Ryan Blaney (No. 21 Omnicraft Auto Parts Ford) Comment
Earnhardt Jr. Talks Upcoming NASCAR Retirement, Politics
Sunday’s edition of NBC’s “Today” featured host Willie Geist speaking with NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. about retiring once the season comes to an end. Earnhardt said of his history of concussions, "Knowing what we went through to get well, I know I can't do this for five, ten years with that in the back of my mind. I know I can't and I don't want to.”
Earnhardt said of being outspoken in the political realm, including what his thoughts are on the protests in the NFL, “For the longest time NASCAR's been sort of stereotyped. We all have different opinions and thoughts and cares and likes and dislikes.
IndyCar new windscreen does not have to look hideous
CART Champ Cars had windscreens for year. Here is Mario Andretti collecting his Borg Warner for the 1981 Indy 500 only to have the kangaroo court IMS family take it away a few days later
Just when the 2018 IndyCar bodykits make IndyCars look sexy again, like F1 with its Halo, will the new IndyCar windscreen make the IndyCars look hideous again?
Racer reports that Verizon IndyCar Series CEO Mark Miles met with a group of reporters at Circuit of The Americas on Saturday during the United States Grand Prix and was asked where the championship stands on introducing the custom aeroscreen it has in development.
"We think greater head protection is important," he said. "We're working on it. It won't be a Halo, it will be some form of windscreen that I guess we haven't put out for you to see yet but we're making good progress on something that I think won't really alter the look of our car. Drivers will be able to see through it, over it, so I think it's different approaches to try and address the same important issues."
New Pro Mazda chassis makes sparkling debut at Indy test
Juncos team rings out the PM-18
The PM-18 still had that new car smell.
The new Tatuus PM-18 for the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires had its first official on-track activity Saturday at the Chris Griffis Memorial Test on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. The new chassis for the Pro Mazda category completes the upgrade process across the entire Mazda Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires development ladder.
Hemric might sub for Menard who is on baby watch DANIEL HEMRIC GOT INTO THE NO. 27 CHEVROLET SS IN THE FINAL MOMENTS OF THE FINAL PRACTICE SESSION PRIOR TO THE HOLLYWOOD CASINO 400 TO GET COMFORTABLE IN THE CAR SHOULD HE HAVE TO FILL IN FOR REGULAR DRIVER, PAUL MENARD, SHOULD PAUL NEED TO LEAVE TO BE WITH HIS WIFE AS THEY ARE EXPECTING THEIR SECOND CHILD.
TALK ABOUT GETTING IN THE NO. 27 CHEVY: “Yeah, obviously first off that is a cool situation for Paul and his wife waiting on the birth of their second child. So, that has got to be exciting. I’m just lucky to have the call to hopefully get in when the time comes and if it comes during the race weekend. So, just trying to take all the precautions possible to be ready if that time does happen here this weekend or whatever weekend it is moving forward. Just excited to be part of it.”
Nine Drivers Battle For F4 U.S. National Championship Title At USGP AUSTIN, TEXAS – The season finale of the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda takes place on the largest world-stage its experienced to date, the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas Oct. 20-22. More than 300,000 fans are anticipated to fill the stands during the three-day event.
Thirty-one F4 U.S. drivers will share the same track as their F1- racing idols, but each have a different goal for the two-race weekend culmination. Frederik Vesti of Billund, Denmark, tests where he belongs in his first ever F4 U.S race, while, nine drivers fight for position for a national championship.
Lewis Hamilton continues to dominate the USGP weekend at COTA by leading the final practice session for Mercedes with a lap of 1m34.478s. That lap was just 0.092sec faster than Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari who lapped at 1m34.570s.
Valtteri Bottas was 3rd fastest in the 2nd Mercedes and Kimi Raikkonen 4th in the 2nd Ferrari. The top-4 were separated by just 0.28 sec.
Japan Race Promotion (JRP) announced its plans to introduce the SF19 chassis in 2019. This new chassis will be designed and built by Dallara Automobili S.p.A, the manufacturer for the SF14, which is currently used in Super Formula. The SF19 chassis will be built based on higher safety standards, and the advanced design is expected to draw even more attention to the Super Formula series.
Inspection Issue Sends Blaney To The Rear At Kansas
Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Omnicraft Auto Parts team will have to come from the rear of Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway after their third-place qualifying time was disallowed because the No. 21 Fusion failed a post-qualifying inspection.
Blaney, who enters the final race of the Monster Energy Cup playoff’s Round of 12 in seventh place, had been among the fastest drivers in practice and qualifying on Friday at Kansas.
Mostert masters the wet to claim first ever win in Surfers Paradise
Chaz Mostert leads
Supercheap Auto Racing’s Chaz Mostert has finally broken the drought on his home track, winning this afternoon’s 300km opening race of the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 and racing himself right back into championship contention.
It was a spectacular victory in the wet for Gold Coast resident Mostert, who started from pole and along with his co-driver Steve Owen mastered the drenched street circuit in front of a large crowd that was not deterred by the weather.
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