Mark Miles prays for McLaren to come to IndyCar fulltime
IndyCar President and CEO Mark Miles reportedly believes the odds of a full-time McLaren entry for the 2020 season are strong, whether or not star driver Fernando Alonso is on board.
Sports Business Journal writer Adam Stern quoted the executive's statement on the matter in a tweet on Monday.
"They're continuing to work on [a full-time team] for '20. [...] I think it's likely they'll have a full-time team in '20, with or without him," Miles was quoted as saying in regard to McLaren and Alonso, who gave up his shot at Formula 1's 2017 Monaco Grand Prix to race the 2017 Indianapolis 500. "We are quite hopeful that Fernando will run the 500 [in '19], and that's a big deal."
But why would they come in 2020 when new engines, and perhaps new cars are coming in 2021? Why make an investment for one year and then throw everything away? Logic would dictate they would wait until 2021.
IndyCars 15 seconds a lap slower than F1 at COTA (Update)
Watching paint dry
UPDATE A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, IndyCar's are 15 seconds per lap slower than an F1 car? Watching them will be like watching paint dry. I remember when the CART IndyCar were only 7 seconds per lap slower in Montreal back in the early 2000s. Why are IndyCars so slow compared to F1? Joe Bower
Dear Joe, IndyCars have a pathetic powerplant compared to an F1 car, plus F1 gets a big power boost from their hybrid system. F1 cars make about 300 more HP in qualifying trim than an F1 car. With that said, in qualifying trim the IndyCar will be around 13 sec. per lap slower, not 15.
COTA Chair Pulls IndyAustin PAC After Anti-Semitic Political Ad
Circuit of the Americas Chair BOBBY EPSTEIN has "pulled all financial support from the political action committee IndyAustin after the PAC posted a political ad that featured a symbol associated with the alt-right and anti-Semitism," according to a front-page piece by Philip Jankowski of the AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN.
IndyAustin is "opposed to a recent deal" between Precourt Sports Ventures and the city to build an MLS stadium on the city-owned McKalla Place tract in North Austin. Last week, IndyAustin posted a "campaign video to the internet that opposed STEVE ADLER's re-election as Austin’s mayor."
Hankook named official tire of F4 US and F3 Americas
Hankook Tire America and SCCA Pro Racing announced its new multi-year partnership this week. Starting in 2019, Hankook will become the exclusive tire provider for the F4 U.S. Championship and F3 Americas Championship
SCCA Pro Racing, the sanctioning body behind the successful Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda and the new F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda, announced today that Hankook Tire America will be its exclusive tire supplier for its formula championship ladder starting in 2019.
“We are extremely pleased to bring Hankook Tire on board for the F4 United States Championship and the F3 Americas Championship,” said SCCA Pro Racing Vice President Steve Oseth. “Their experience in other F4 Championships around the world and the F3 European Championship means their products exhibit the durability and performance demanded of a highly competitive series and this was shown during tire testing in some very extreme conditions. They will mesh very well with our other series technical partners, Honda, HPD, Onroak and Liger.”
Kyle Larson Racing Hires California's Carson Macedo
One of the premier rides in all of Sprint Car Racing has been filled as Kyle Larson Racing has tabbed Lemoore, CA driver Carson Macedo for the 2019 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series season. Macedo, 22, will compete for the prestigious Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year award.
“Getting an opportunity to race with the World of Outlaws full-time has been a life-long goal of mine. I believe that the World of Outlaws is the pinnacle of our sport; the best of the best and in order to be the best, you have to race with the best,” Macedo said on the prospects of joining The Greatest Show on Dirt.
Jarett Andretti Announces New Partnership for 2019 Race Season
Jarett Andretti today announced his newest national marketing and sponsorship partner for the 2019 race season. Andretti is proud to be the national brand spokesperson for Endurance Warranty Services (Endurance). Endurance is making their motorsports debut with Andretti in 2019. Andretti, already a champion open wheel racer, will continue his young career in sports cars, competing in the Pirelli World Challenge GT4 America Series.
Endurance is one of the largest providers of vehicle service contracts in the nation. They offer a variety of different protection plans for the most comprehensive coverage for your car. The company will introduce and lead a multifaceted campaign with Andretti through national television ads, public relations, digital and social media and more. In addition, Endurance will serve as the primary sponsor for Andretti throughout the Pirelli World Challenge schedule.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced today that Marcus Ericsson will pilot the No. 7 Honda for the 2019 IndyCar Series season. The current Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team driver will make the move to the North American open-wheel racing series following the conclusion of Formula One’s season later this year in Abu Dhabi.
The Kumla, Sweden native is a two-time champion (Formula BMW UK, 2007; Japanese Formula Three, 2009), and has twice claimed the Swedish Junior Racer of the Year award (2007, 2009). Ericsson also previously competed in British Formula Three, GP2 Asia, GP2 and currently has 95 starts in Formula One.
The turn 2 suites will need to be repainted with Fuzzy's exit
UPDATE It seems the announcement of Fuzzy's leaving IndyCar is even worse that we thought.
They are leaving the Indy Speedway too.
The company has partnered with Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the “official vodka” of the Indianapolis 500 and the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. It has produced several IndyCar-related commemorative bottles of vodka over the years and sponsored suites at IMS.
Supercars Adelaide 500 Signs Superloop As Major Sponsor
Supercars race Adelaide 500 is "cashed up" with a new major sponsor, broadband provider Superloop, but there are "still some question marks over whether the event will stay in the same spot on the calendar," according to Fjeldstad & Purcell of THE ADVERTISER.
Superloop purchased the rights for Adelaide's premier racing event for three years starting with next year's edition from Feb. 28-March 3.
Final Weekend TV Ratings (Update) UPDATE The final numbers for ABC broadcast of the USGP:
805,000 Original ABC telecast on Oct. 21 137,000 The first re-air was from 7:30-10:00 PM on ESPN2 on Oct. 21 30,000 The second re-air aired from 12:30-3:00 AM on ESPNEWS on Oct. 22 972,000 Total Viewers
Skip Barber Racing School partners with Blancpain GT series
The Skip Barber Racing School (SBRS) announced, today, that it has joined with the Blancpain GT World Challenge America racing series to provide a series of benefits for drivers, school alumni and racing fans, alike. “We’ve been successfully training Formula 1, NASCAR, INDY CAR, IMSA and Pirelli World Challenge drivers for years,” commented Anthony DeMonte CEO of Skip Barber Racing Schools. “This relationship with Blancpain GT World Championship America now gives us the opportunity to positively impact young drivers coming into the series, to be aspirational for our students and to welcome new students to the SBRS experience.”
A sense of style and driving experience is instilled in the young generation from the very first outing with the all-new Mercedes-Benz baby carriage Avantgarde from Hartan. This is where ergonomic functionality, tested safety and innovative materials meet a modern, sporty look developed in close cooperation with the Mercedes-Benz Design department. The AMG design-inspired 5-twin-spoke wheels as well as adjustable suspension and the air-chamber tyres are a true highlights.
Bryan and Colton Herta with George Kurtz Score TCR Class Win
The winning #98 car in the TCR class finished 21st overall and 30 laps down
Making the team’s inaugural endurance sports car event Sunday at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian scored the TCR class victory in the SRO California 8 Hours with drivers Bryan Herta, Colton Herta and George Kurtz piloting the No. 98 BHA Hyundai i30 N TCR.
Video: Martinsville Monster Cup post-race Q&A - Penske defends his dirty driver
Roger Penske defends Logano drilling Truex in the rear to win the race. That is not skill as any grandmother can do that, it's called dirty driving
Second-place finisher Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series), race-winning crew chief Todd Gordon, race-winning team owner Roger Penske and race-winning driver Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford).
A pissed off Martin Truex Jr. blew off the press conference.
Team owner Penske took exception to Martin Truex Jr. calling Joey Logano‘s last-lap move to win Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway “a cheap shot.”
“He’s a racer and should know better than to say that,” said Penske after Logano’s victory advanced the Team Penske driver to the championship race in Miami. “That was as clean a shot as you can have in a race like this. I didn’t hear Kyle Busch or (Kyle Larson) have any kind of that conversation after that (Chicagoland) race.”
Truex has a message for Logano - paybacks are a bitch
Martin Truex Jr. didn’t leave Martinsville Speedway a happy person even though he finished third after starting Sunday’s 500-lap race from the rear of the field due to a prerace inspection issue.
Truex passed Joey Logano for the lead with one-lap remaining but as the cars rounded the final corner and headed to the checkered flag Logano intentionally knocked Truex out of the way to take the win in the first race of the Round of 8 playoffs. The victory gave Logano an automatic berth in the Final Four in three weeks at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Race Recap: Logano wins at Martinsville by drilling Truex Jr. Joey Logano earns the Martinsville win, punching his ticket to the Championship 4; Denny Hamlin won Stage 1, while Logano took Stage 2. Comment
He did all he could, but in the end it wasn’t enough. That was the essence of Sebastian Vettel’s comments after title rival Lewis Hamilton beat him to a fifth world title in Mexico on Sunday.
Vettel, who knew he needed to win the race to retain any hope of the championship, came home a valiant second behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, and that – combined with Hamilton’s fourth-place finish – finally put things beyond his reach with two rounds of the season remaining.
United Autosports Head All Ligier Podium in Portugal
Filipe Albuquerque and Phil Hanson took a second consecutive ELMS victory
The No. 22 United Autosports Ligier-Gibson of Filipe Albuquerque and Phil Hanson took a second consecutive ELMS victory with a hard fought win on the twist and turns of the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal. Local hero Albuquerque crossed the line just 0.5 seconds ahead of Will Stevens in the No. 23 Panis Barthez Competition Ligier.
The No. 32 United Autosports Ligier of Will Owen took the final podium position after the No. 26 G-Drive Racing Oreca, which had crossed the line in 3rd place, was given a 10 second penalty for an earlier track limits infringement.
Carl Edwards to Be Inducted Into Texas Motor Speedway Hall of Fame
Former NASCAR driver Carl Edwards will be inducted into the Texas Motor Speedway Hall of Fame on Nov. 3. The induction ceremony will be a part of the Texas Motor Speedway NASCAR race weekend that will culminate in the running of the AAA Texas 500 Cup Series contest.
Edwards won six NASCAR national-level races at TMS, four times in the Cup Series and twice in the Xfinity Series. His final-career Cup Series win came there in November 2016, his final year as a NASCAR driver. All his wins at Texas came with Roush Fenway Racing, except for the final Cup win. Edwards made the move from Roush Fenway to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2015. He abruptly retired from NASCAR ahead of the 2017 season.
Carl Edwards announces his retirement from NASCAR during a press conference at Joe Gibbs Racing in January 2017.
Menard Gets Fresh Engine For Sunday's First Data 500 at Martinsville
After experiencing a rare mechanical issue during qualifying on Saturday at Martinsville Speedway, Paul Menard and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team will start Sunday’s First Data 500 with a fresh engine under the hood of the No. 21 Fusion.
Menard started Saturday with good speed, posting a best lap at 94.685 miles per hour in the opening practice session, which put him 12th on the speed chart.
IndyCar praying for some, any, good news from McLaren
McLaren's IndyCar interest comes from American Zak Brown, but if McLaren runs at the back in F1 again next year, will he be ousted by McLaren before they ever have a chance to start an IndyCar team?
With 2019 TV ratings down significantly, Verizon gone as series title sponsor with no replacement in sight, no 3rd engine manufacturer despite trying hard for 9 straight years, no strong international TV distribution after this year, news that McLaren and/or Fernando Alonso will not contest the 2019 IndyCar championship, future IndyCar star Robert Wickens' Paralysis from an IndyCar wreck at Pocono, and news that the Long Beach GP lost Toyota as a sponsor after so many years, IndyCar is in desperate need of any good news it can dig up.
That might come by way of Fernando Alonso.
Zak Brown says McLaren still has an interest in running the 2019 Indy 500 with Fernando Alonso.
Brown, McLaren Racing CEO, confirmed a week ago during the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix weekend in Austin, Texas, that the team is “simply not ready” to commit to a full season in IndyCar.
IndyCar model murdered while driving into work (Update)
Photo of Kelsey Quayle courtesy of her Instagram account
UPDATE Police in Georgia say they have caught a break in the case of the murder of an IndyCar model.
A person of interest was caught on camera knocking on the door of a city bus right before the deadly shooting of 28-year-old Kelsey Quayle. She was shot in the neck while driving and crashed into other cars in Georgia earlier this month.
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