Classic Daytona presented by IMSA Entry List Unveiled
Lowenbrau Porsche 962
The entry list for the fifth Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) Classic Daytona presented by IMSA, November 13 - 17, at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) was officially announced today by HSR officials, and the 2019 edition the Classic 24-Hour race at the "World Center of Racing" is on track to be the biggest running of the race to date.
Currently showing over 300 drivers in more than 175 entries from 15 different countries, the list includes an impressive collection of past and current champion drivers, sports car racing legends, motorsports notables, rare and priceless historic sports cars and much more.
F4 U.S. Championship exceeds World FIA F4 entry record for USGP finale
USF4 at COTA last year
After announcing it set the new F4 entry record for Circuit of The Americas last week, the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda has now shattered a world F4 record following a late entry to its United States Grand Prix season finale Nov. 1-3.
Breaking the international FIA F4 single-event entry record, a fleet of 38 Honda-powered Ligier JS F4 cars equipped with Hankook Tires will descend onto the fast and challenging Formula One circuit. In the most diverse field to date, drivers representing 10 countries and 12 states will nearly max out the CoTA grid.
UPDATE The live telecast of Sunday’s Formula 1 World Championship Mexican Grand Prix on ABC drew the largest U.S. television audience on record for the event since its return in 2015, another mark in the season-long trend of audience growth for the championship across ESPN networks.
The race had an average audience of 850,000 viewers on ABC, an increase of 11 percent over the race on ABC last year (769,000) and up three percent from the NBC audience of 826,000 in 2017. The Mexican Grand Prix audience peaked at 1,014,168 as Lewis Hamilton scored his 10th win of the 2019 season.
Andersen Promotions Announces Construction Contractors Club
Indy Lights action at Laguna Seca
Andersen Promotions, which oversees and operates all three levels of the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires, today announced a unique program to introduce companies in the construction industry to its motorsports platforms and associated entertainment and networking opportunities. The Construction Contractors Club (CCC) is an events and networking organization which will launch in conjunction with the 2020 racing season and will allow its members to entertain and network at Road to Indy events alongside the NTT IndyCar Series courtesy of The Andersen Companies.
After suffering a medical condition at the Martinsville (Va.) Speedway this past Saturday, Matt Tifft continued further evaluation with family doctor's on Monday. It has been determined that Tifft will not compete for the remainder of the season. He will continue to consult with his doctor's and work with the NASCAR medical team to return to the driver's seat as soon as possible.
John Hunter Nemechek will race the No. 36 Ford Mustang for the final three races. Nemechek will make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut this weekend at the Texas Motor Speedway.
Toyota to commence sales of GR Supra GT4 in March 2020 to Europe
GR Supra GT4
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing confirmed today that it will start the sales of GR Supra GT4*1, a race car for customer teams, starting from March 2020 to Europe. The sales area will expand to North America in August, and to Japan/Asia in October. TOYOTA GAZOO Racing intends to strengthen its focus on customer motorsport*2 in order to enable motorsport-lovers around the world to participate in races.
The GR Supra GT4 is based on the GR Supra - TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s first-ever global model released earlier this year - and is developed and produced by Toyota Motorsport GmbH ("TMG").
With ABC Supply Co. downsizing its involvement in IndyCar Racing and opting to run next year’s Indianapolis 500 only, we wanted to look back on the past 15 years with the company that became part of the Foyt Racing family. From the time when founder Ken Hendricks and his CEO David Luck put the program together in 2005 and through the continued stewardship of co-founder Diane Hendricks, CEO Keith Rozolis and COO Mike Jost, there have been many good memories, good drivers and lots of red, white and blue race cars.
“ABC Supply has been a great sponsor and we have really enjoyed working with them over the past 15 years,” said team owner A.J. Foyt. “I appreciate what they have done for us and the IndyCar Series. We’ve had a lot of fun and we’ve made some great friendships too. I’m proud to have carried their colors for 15 years, and I’m looking forward to being back with them at Indy.”
Mexican Formula 1 Grand Prix Draws Three-Day Total Of 345,694
CART IndyCar drew just as many when it ran there
This weekend's Mexico F1 GP drew a record total of 345,694 fans over three days.
The first practice session on Friday drew 92,342 fans, while Saturday's qualifiers attracted 114,917.
On Sunday, 138,435 fans attended the Grand Prix, which Lewis Hamilton won. Over the last four years, the race has drawn crowds of 336,174 ('15), 339,967 ('16), 337,143 ('17) and 334,946 ('18) EL UNIVERSAL
Hong Kong to phase out fossil fuel cars and go all electric over next 20 years
Tesla Model Y
Hong Kong plans to phase out all fossil fuel vehicles over the next 10 to 20 years and switch to electric modes of commercial and public transport to improve air quality, according to the city’s environment chief.
Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing’s commitment to the city’s electric vehicle (EV) transition came just a week after he announced that the government would provide HK$2 billion to old private estates to upgrade parking facilities to EV charging.
Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano tussle on pit road at Martinsville
Logano Shoves Hamlin
Joey Logano smacked Denny Hamlin's shoulder after Sunday's playoff race, setting off a tussle between the two teams. NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell hinted Monday morning on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that a penalty was likely coming following a pit-road fracas between Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin that saw a crew member from the No. 22 team take Hamlin to the ground.
“We know emotions are going to run high, especially at this time of the season,” O’Donnell said during his weekly morning appearance. “We don’t encourage it, but we know the drivers are going to address each other after the race when they have an incident. Then unfortunately, instead of breaking up a fight, I think what we saw was an aggressive move by a crew member. … I think in this case, you have a crew member who was maybe trying to break it up, but certainly an aggressive move we viewed on our part and unfortunately, we’ll probably have to take some action to address that today or tomorrow.”
Sebastian Vettel says Mercedes 'got lucky' with Mexican GP strategy
Sebastian Vettel waves to Mexican crowd
Sebastian Vettel felt Mercedes "got lucky" with their strategy but conceded they were faster after Lewis Hamilton claimed victory at the Mexican GP.
Ferrari had locked out the front row after Max Verstappen was handed a grid penalty, but Vettel finished second after Hamilton nursed his second-stint tires for 47 laps, while pole-sitter Leclerc was fourth after a two-stop strategy hindered by a slow second stop.
Vettel felt Mercedes had been "brave" pitting Hamilton 14 laps earlier than him and not coming in again, but said Ferrari did not have the race pace to truly hunt the Briton for victory once behind.
For the first time since Nov. 20, 2016 when the checkered flag waved on the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Tony Stewart will be back in a stock car.
On Thursday, Oct. 31 at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, Stewart will strap back into his No. 14 Haas Automation Ford Mustang from Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) to make a demonstration run on the 3.426-mile, 20-turn track in advance of the United States Grand Prix. But unlike any other time he drove in the NASCAR Cup Series in a career spanning 18 years that included three championships, 49 points-paying victories and more than 12,800 laps led, Stewart’s Ford Mustang will be outfitted with a passenger seat as he will show Haas F1 Team drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen how to wheel a 3,200-pound racecar around America’s only purpose-built Formula One track.
Verstappen (L) hit Hamilton (C) and then Bottas in the first few laps of the Mexican GP
(GMM) Lewis Hamilton has accused Max Verstappen of being "silly" with his racing aggression.
The pair are having somewhat of a war of words at present, after clashing in Mexico over Hamilton's environmental concerns.
Mercedes' Hamilton then criticized the way Verstappen admitted to ignoring the yellow flags in qualifying. The Red Bull driver subsequently said "a silver car" should also have been penalized for the same incident.
Green finishes second, sets fastest lap in Formula Ford Festival Heat race
Josh Green (L)
Josh Green, from Mount Kisco, N.Y., claimed an impressive second-place finish in his initial AIMSHOP.com Formula Ford Festival Heat race, run in damp and worsening conditions today at Brands Hatch. Team USA Scholarship teammate Scott Huffaker, from Menlo Park, Calif., finished seventh in Heat Three, which was held an hour or so later in very wet conditions.
A total of 69 cars took part in qualifying this morning, separated into three Heat races, each of which was scheduled to be run over 15 laps.
Super Trucks race at Surfers while IndyCar goes dark
While the IndyCar set sat home out of sight, out of mind, the USA based Stadium Super Trucks raced before crowds 20-deep all around the circuit. Here Matt Brabham hits a jump
While IndyCar cannot get an overseas race deal done if its life depended on it, Robby Gordon's USA Stadium Super Trucks raced at Surfers Paradise before huge crowds.
Matt Brabham made a late last-lap pass on fellow Gold Coaster Paul Morris to clinch the Stadium Super Trucks finale at the Vodafone Gold Coast 600.
Brabham finished second in Saturday’s opening event to Robby Gordon, but managed to avoid the late-race carnage to clinch Sunday’s race and the overall round victory in a championship he has dominated this year.
“That was a crazy race today to cap off a crazy weekend,” said Brabham.
Record crowd attends this year's Surfers Paradise Race
Supercars races before record crowd in beautiful Surfers Paradise
A record crowd of 198,763 has packed in to watch this year’s Vodafone Gold Coast 600.
It’s the biggest crowd at the GC600 since Supercars began promoting the event in 2012.
It surpassed the previous record of 197,872 set in 2015. The impressive numbers largely reflect the new format and entertainment options on offer at the event, with Friday’s entertainment options proving a big draw card for fans.
Van Gisbergen and Tander win Sunday race at Surfers before record crowd
Tander and van Gisbergen
Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander have today claimed their first victory together, at the Vodafone Gold Coast 600.
In front of a record crowd for the event of 198,763 van Gisbergen reversed the result of yesterday, with Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes second while in the first all Holden podium of 2019, David Reynolds and Luke Youlden brought the KISS Penrite Commodore home in third.
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