CORBY, England – The dust has settled days after the Formula Ford Festival and our focus has now shifted to the prestigious Walter Hayes Trophy. The learning curve at the Festival was unreal; I can honestly say the entire process was even more difficult than I had imagined. Throughout the week, the weather was anything but stable. Jonathan and I were forced to learn the track in basically different conditions every session we went out!
With basically no experience in the wet (aside from practicing on a damp track only a couple of times in the Lucas Oil Series and a wet test session the previous week at Oulton Park), I was actually quite nervous with the high possibility of rain here. When we went out for the first wet session, I knew it was time to learn to love the wet, and so I did. We drove in constantly changing conditions so it was a very valuable learning experience to have the chance to feel the track limits as it dried.
NASCAR Martinsville Cup Series Pre-Race Q&A Ryan Blaney, Eddie Wood, Len Wood (No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet) and Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Walgreen's Toyota) Comment
SAN FRANCISCO -- Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc. may need to come down to Earth on one of the chief executive officer’s most out-of-this-world targets write Dana Hull and John Lippert of Bloomberg.
Tesla’s plan to make half a million cars next year became all-the-more ambitious after the sluggish start the company got off to with its most important electric vehicle yet, the Model 3 sedan. Musk may be confident about solving the unspecified bottlenecks holding back production. But to meet his 2018 goal, he would have to transform one of North America’s lowest-volume auto factories into the second-highest output plant in the region.
Lewis Hamilton vs. The Unexpected Can Lewis Hamilton defy the unforeseen and master the obstacle-strewn Allianz France racetrack? As part of its commitment to road safety, Allianz is launching a new awareness campaign on the risks of unexpected events on the road. Comment
U.S. probes Ford Fusion cars over steering wheels that may detach
It pays to carry a pair of Vice Grips if driving a Ford Fusion - to steer if the wheel falls off
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday it was opening a preliminary investigation into 841,000 Ford Motor Co. vehicles over concerns the steering wheels may get detached while the cars are in motion.
The auto safety agency said it was investigating 2014-2016 model Ford Fusion cars after three reports of steering wheel bolts becoming loose, including one completely detaching as a driver attempted to turn into a gas station.
They can’t wait. But for now, they’re confined to being watchful eyes.
As crews for Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ James Hinchcliffe tinkered during Thursday’s Honda manufacturer aero kit testing on the new Verizon IndyCar Series car, another group of engineers huddled nearby on pit road at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
As jacket emblems showed, they were the competitors on other series race teams supplied by Honda. Just like on the racetrack, they’re never far away.
Here’s a Q&A dailysportscar.com did with Fernando Alonso following this week's news that he will be racing with United in the 2018 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona in the prototype class with Lando Norris and Phil Hanson.
Have you ever been to Daytona before and what do you know about the track? “I have never been in Daytona before, this will be the first time, I have been watching some of the videos of the past races. Happy to join this adventure, United Autosports has been recently champions in the European Le Mans Series. I know Zak very well and it will be a nice experience.”
NASCAR Martinsville Truck Series Pre-Race Q&A Jeb Burton (No. 20 State Water Heaters/WrdBrtnWldifFnd. Chevrolet), Harrison Burton (No. 51 DEX Imaging Toyota), Christopher Bell (No. 4 JBL Toyota), Ben Rhodes (No. 27 Safelite Auto Glass Toyota) and Johnny Sauter (No. 21 ISM Connect Chevrolet) Comment
Final TV ratings - NASCAR and F1 (2nd Update) UPDATE NBC on Sunday afternoon drew 1.05 million viewers for the F1 U.S. Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas. That number is up from 727,000 viewers in '16 and from 889,000 in '15.
Bottas and Hamilton run 1-2 in opening Mexico GP practice
On a dusty track where opening practice is not indicative of true speed, the Mercedes duo of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton ran 1-2 in opening practice for the Mexican GP. However, they set their fast time on ultrasoft Pirellis, whereas Red Bull and Ferrari stayed on the harder Supersoft tires the entire session
We should get a far better idea of the real pecking order in FP2 later on this afternoon when the track is cleaner.
Andretti Autosport Augmented Reality App Ported to Apple ARKit
Andretti Autosport Augmented Reality VW Beetle
Kinetic Vision recently ported the Andretti Autosport Augmented Reality app to Apple ARKit, providing millions of iPhone and iPad users the ability to utilize this exciting AR experience. The app lets users place scaled or full-size race cars from each race series into any environment with photorealistic real-time rendering.
Andretti Autosport, one of the most well-known names is motorsports, had the app created to give fans the opportunity to experience full-size race cars from each series they race in, any place and at any time. For example, a fan from a small town in Japan could place a racing Volkswagen Beetle in their driveway and walk completely around it just as if it was really there. Or a fan in Indiana could place a scale Indy car in their living room for a party they have for the big race in May. The possibilities are limitless.
Renger van der Zande replaces Ricky Taylor in #10 Cadillac
Renger van der Zande
Dutch veteran Renger van der Zande has been named full-time co-driver with Jordan Taylor of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship-winning No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R for the 2018 season.
The 31-year-old from Amsterdam co-drove with Belgian sportscar ace Marc Goossens this past IMSA WeatherTech season in the No. 90 VisitFlorida Racing Prototype-class entry, scoring a signature win thanks to his dramatic pass for the lead during the closing moments of September’s penultimate round at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California, as well as a solid podium finish at the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) was fastest in FP1 at the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix, heading to the top late in FP1 in the dry – and the Championship contender backed it up in a wet FP2 to again head the timesheets. Key rival Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), who goes into the weekend 33 points clear of the Italian, was fifth in FP1 in the dry and therefore overall – and second to Dovizioso in the wet. The reigning Champion had a number of moments on Day 1, but didn’t suffer a crash.
Historic Texas World Speedway is now a Flood Car Wasteland
Cars as far as the eye can see
Texas World Speedway, a gargantuan 2-mile oval on the outskirts of College Station, a college town that’s creeped so far outward it’ll soon swallow the race track entirely, may still survive through its 50th birthday. But it won’t be a happy one. It’ll be rather lonely, although the track looks like it has all the company in the world.
Texas World never had an easy time. From its first sanctioned race in 1969, to its IndyCar and NASCAR days, to the more recent times when amateur racers and driving schools were the main ones renting the track, it hasn’t been the most well-trafficked or profitable venue.
Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Drivers Test At Homestead-Miami Speedway
MIAMI- With the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 on November 19 rapidly approaching, some of NASCAR’s biggest stars got a taste of the championship race during a team testing session at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Wednesday and Thursday.
Teams and drivers took advantage of two full days of on-track activity, as they prepared for November’s season finale. The eight teams who participated in the tests had the opportunity to gain valuable racing data while experimenting on the Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval. Of the eight drivers who took part, five have advanced to the Round of 8 of the playoffs and are still in contention for the Monster Energy Series championship. Three more drivers participated in the two-day test on behalf of each of the manufacturers.
Johnny Bohmer Achieves New, Unbelievable Milestone In Street-Driven Car
West Palm Beach, Florida, resident and current Guinness World Record holder, Johnny Bohmer, and his 2006 Ford GT have now boldly gone where no street-legal car has gone before. Last Friday, October 20, Bohmer and his street-legal car - "THE BADDGT" - hit 292.9 MPH while doing straight-line aerodynamic testing at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds, Space Florida's Space Port, located at the Kennedy Space Center.
Bohmer piloted THE BADDGT as the first street-legal car to break 250 MPH and 275 MPH milestones. Then achieving a Guinness World Record on October 16, 2012, of 283.232 MPH in the standing mile, which he holds to this day.
United Autosports has confirmed that Fernando Alonso will race for the team in the 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona.
The double Formula One World Champion and multiple F1 race winner will race the team’s Ligier JS P217 alongside previously announced drivers Phil Hanson and Lando Norris. Lando is currently a McLaren development driver and this year raced in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship, winning the championship with two races to spare. This championship win made him the youngest ever European F3 champion. Phil Hanson, who is the reigning Asian Le Mans Series LMP3 Champion, already has experience of the Ligier JS P217, having raced in the European Le Mans Series and the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2017. At 17 years old, Phil became the youngest driver to finish in the top 10 at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
These are all the nations banning gas-powered cars by 2040
Air pollution in Paris is shortening the life of its residents.
Here is a tally so far of nations and cities who have committed to banning cancer causing Internal Combustion Engine cars
Norway will only sell electric and hybrid vehicles starting in 2030.
Norway is the most progressive country when it comes to electrification. Electric and hybrid cars accounted for 28% of Norway’s market share in 2016, according to a 2017 report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Building a Formula 1 garage | Behind the scenes Building and dismantling an F1 garage over 20 times a year has its challenges. Find out how McLaren and the team take on this construction and logistics challenge every Formula 1 season. Comment
Watch the entire Darrell Wallace Jr./Richard Petty interview NASCAR.com's Jonathan Merryman sits down with Darrell Wallace Jr. and Richard Petty to talk about their plans to join forces for 2018. Comment
Ganassi Racing Signs 2017 INDYCAR Rookie of the Year Ed Jones (Update) UPDATE After learning Jones, his IndyCar Rookie of the Year in the No. 19 DCR Honda, would be leaving for Chip Ganassi Racing, Dale Coyne was understandably displeased.
"We don't know who our new driver is going to be because we thought [Ed] was returning here, and I think most people did, so the phone has been pretty quiet," Coyne told RACER. "We left Sonoma with a handshake deal and just needed to finish out the contract, so this caught me by surprise."
"It's a great opportunity for Ed," Coyne acknowledged. "But it's not how we left Sonoma. Time to start the search process over again."
Bubba Wallace To Drive No. 43 For RPM Next NASCAR Season
In one of the organization's most anticipated moments in its history, Richard Petty Motorsports announced today Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. as the new driver of the No. 43 made famous by team co-owner, "The King" Richard Petty. Wallace, 24, will compete full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and for the Sunoco Rookie of The Year beginning at the 2018 Daytona 500.
Wallace, a native of Mobile, Alabama, is already one of the sport's most popular figures with an incredible record of success behind the wheel. A graduate of both NASCAR's Drive for Diversity and NASCAR Next programs, Wallace has broken several barriers and records throughout his rise within the sport.
Cornelison Set for Return IMS Performance in May 2018 His voice thrilled hundreds of thousands of fans at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and millions more across the globe on Race Day in May 2017, and now he's back for more. Jim Cornelison will return to sing "Back Home Again in Indiana" before the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on May 27, 2018.
Cornelison is known to sports fans everywhere as the powerful and exclusive voice behind "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Chicago Blackhawks' home games. He took the "Back Home Again in Indiana" mantle last May, generating widespread praise and social media buzz from fans in Indianapolis and beyond.
NASCAR veteran Andy Petree will assist Richard Childress Racing in an advisory role in the competition area. Petree, who has held numerous roles in his 30-year stock car racing career, will be retained as an outside resource. Petree has experience as a championship-winning crew chief, driver, team owner and most recently, as an analyst for Fox Sports.
"We welcome Andy to RCR in an advisory role," said RCR Chairman and CEO Richard Childress. "Andy is someone I've known for many years and his knowledge of our industry runs deep. He is well respected within our community and will provide a fresh perspective as we evaluate opportunities to improve."
World Series Formula V8 3.5 - FIA WEC confirms "Rookie Test" drivers
Gerard Neveu and Jaime Alguersuari
FIA WEC has announced today the Frenchman Thomas Laurent (19) to take part in the Rookie Test with the Toyota TS050 Hybrid. The other three drivers who will be officially part of the WEC Rookie Test in Bahrain all come from World Series Formula V8 3.5 but, with the drivers’ championship not due to be settled until the final race of the season in Bahrain, their identity won’t be confirmed until less than 24 hours before the test begins.
The eventual winner of the World Series Formula V8 3.5 championship will test the Porsche 919 Hybrid, the driver finishing second in the classification will test and ORECA 07 Gibson with the winner of the FIA Endurance Trophy for LMP2 Teams, and the driver finishing third in the classification will test with the team which has won the FIA Endurance Trophy for LMGTE Pro Teams.
Track Limits: Analyzing FIA Inconsistencies After all that 'track limits' controversy at the US Grand Prix, there was only on thing I could do...Analyze and slam the FIA. Here's some cheesy analysis of the FIA's tack limit inconsistency. Comment
Formula One World Constructors' Champions! #4TheTeam! While Lewis Hamilton was taking the checkered flag in Austin to secure the team's fourth constructors' title in succession, these scenes were being played out thousands of miles away. Comment
Lewis Hamilton vs. Usain Bolt - Crazy AMG Onboard Action in Austin! When Mercedes F1 friends at PUMA brought the legendary Usain Bolt along to the United States Grand Prix, there was only one thing to do... Comment
Nissan is set to become the first Japanese automotive brand to compete in the FIA Formula E Championship - joining the electric street racing series in season five.
The move to participate in Formula E provides Nissan with a global platform to spread the message of Nissan Intelligent Mobility - the company’s three-pillar strategy to re-define how its vehicles are driven, powered and integrated into society.
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