The Waiting List For Ferrari's Newest 12-Cylinder Car, The 812 Superfast, Already Extends Beyond 2018
Italian sports-car maker Ferrari N.V.(NYSE:RACE) said on Nov. 2 that its pre-tax profit rose 17% in the third quarter, to 202 million euros ($235.3 million), on a big jump in sales of its high-profit V-12-powered models.
The strong results led Ferrari to boost its full-year 2017 earnings guidance.
There were rumors that 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Brendon Hartley had signed an IndyCar contract with Ganassi Racing earlier in the year. Though not much was confirmed, it turns out that these talks were true as F1's Scuderia Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost explained to NBC Sports reporter Will Buxton.
As it appears, Hartley has changed his path for after Porsche's World Endurance Championship exit and may soon sign full-time with the Faenza-based Formula 1 team.
Mexico F1 promoter says no, tells USGP race promoter to move his race
Bobby Epstein told no way
Mexico F1 race organizer Alejandro Soberon has rejected Austin promoter Bobby Epstein's suggestion the Mexico event to be moved to June and paired with the Canadian Grand Prix.
The Mexico race is huge and the weather good that time of year.
However, at COTA, Epstein, concerned that the popularity of the Mexico event is impacting the United States round of the world championship, which is increasingly needing to look to pop concerts to boost attendance, is seeking to have the Mexico race moved to a June slot in a back to back with Canada, a suggestion dismissed by Soberon.
Mike Bugarewicz, crew chief for Clint Bowyer’s Stewart-Haas Racing Ford has been fined $25,000 and suspended for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway for infractions at last weekend's Richmond race.
The team was hit with an L1-level penalty because of a violation of Section 184.108.40.206 of the NASCAR rulebook relating to in-car cameras. Teams are required to carry simulated weight when not carrying onboard cameras.
Video: Dale Earnhardt Jr - It all started here Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s First Wins At Texas, Driver Comments On His Retirement - footage of NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s first Cup Series and XFINITY Series wins coming at Texas Motor Speedway, sound bites from him on those milestone victories and his fellow drivers on his retirement at the close of this season. The package includes on-track and Victory Lane footage of his 1998 win in XFINITY and 2000 victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, which includes the signature moments with his father Dale Sr. Comment
The 2017 Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player, George Springer, was presented with a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado Centennial Edition pickup in recognition of his strong performance on the field as the Houston Astros won the first World Series championship in their franchise history.
Springer, the Astros centerfielder, went 11-for-29 with five home runs and seven RBI. He tied the record for the most home runs in a World Series, a feat achieved by only two other players – Reggie Jackson with the New York Yankees in 1977 and Chase Utley with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2009.
Mercedes United States & Mexican Grands Prix Strategy Analysis Two weeks, two Formula One World Championship titles for the Mercedes! And what better way to celebrate than with a double dose of Pure Pit Wall debrief action? Here's what went down in Austin and Mexico City... Comment
The renewal window for customers who purchased Two-day Reserved Grandstand seats to this year's Honda Indy Toronto is now open. This annual event for festival-goers takes place July 13-15, 2018, at Exhibition Place. Orders can be placed online at hondaindy.com or by calling 877-725-8849. Public ticket sales will begin on Tuesday, December 5, at 10 a.m. ET.
Renewal customers who purchase Two-day Reserved Grandstand seats get automatic enrollment in the Meridian Champions Club by placing their orders now through December 4, 9 p.m. ET. The Meridian Champions Club offers exclusive benefits and access, including a souvenir credential with lanyard, complimentary Verizon IndyCar Series paddock passes, pre-race grid walk, discounts on official event merchandise, an opportunity to win a two-seater Indy car ride on the track, and many other experiences. Additional exclusive offers and surprise benefits will be revealed leading up to the 2018 event.
2018 Indy 500 Tickets On Sale Now at IMS.com, IMS Ticket Office
Race fans, start your engines for the Month of May 2018.
Tickets for all Month of May events in 2018 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including the fifth annual INDYCAR Grand Prix and the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, are on sale now at IMS.com and the IMS Ticket Office.
"It's not May yet, but there's no better time than right now to make your plans for another great month of magic at IMS," IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. "Ticket renewals are up for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, so there's more urgency than ever to get the best seats. Plus there are significant savings for fans who buy their tickets in advance."
Hendrick Motorsports has named veteran crew chief Darian Grubb to lead the #24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team of driver William Byron, who will make his NASCAR Cup Series debut in 2018 and compete for rookie of the year honors.
Grubb, 42, led Tony Stewart to the 2011 Cup championship and has posted 23 total victories in the series, which ties him for third among active full-time crew chiefs. He has recorded 18 pole positions, 72 top-five finishes and 132 top-10s in his career atop the pit box.
IndyCar Driver Simon Pagenaud Surprises Girlfriend with Remodeled Cornelius Patio
It's one thing that IndyCar driver Simon Pagenaud is sponsored by home improvement store Menards, but who knew the 2016 Verizon IndyCar champion picked up some handyman skills along the way? His girlfriend Hailey certainly didn't realize it.
Pagenaud and Hailey live in Cornelius, NC, close to Team Penske (who Pagenaud drives for). One weekend in August, Hailey had to flit off to San Diego for the birth of her brother's child. Little did she know, Pagenaud had pretty big weekend plans, too. He planned to surprise Hailey with a newly remodeled back patio.
Mazda Team Joest has begun its U.S. testing program with a heavily revised Mazda RT24-P this week at Daytona International Speedway, as they prepare for the program’s debut in January’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opener.
The two-day test, which kicked off on Tuesday, has seen Tristan Nunez, Jonathan Bomarito, Joel Miller and Spencer Pigot share driving duties of the car, which has undergone significant updates from Multimatic in recent months.
The Grand Tour: Season 2 Trailer Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May return to Amazon Prime Video for season 2 of The Grand Tour on 8 December 2017. This is what some might call a trailer.
The highly anticipated second season of The Grand Tour, Amazon’s number one global hit show, will launch exclusively on Prime Video on December 8. The new episodes, featuring presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May will be released weekly, exclusively for Prime members.
Liberty National Partners with RCR for 2018 NASCAR Season
Liberty National Life Insurance livery
Liberty National Life Insurance Company has entered into a partnership with Richard Childress Racing and the No. 31 team for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Liberty National will be featured as a primary sponsor for select races with Ryan Newman and the No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro, and will be an associate sponsor for the entire season.
Toto Wolff on Hamilton and Mercedes winning F1 titles
The Silver Arrows have now won the Constructors' and the Drivers' World Championships for the fourth year in succession. How would you rate each of these successes individually? Toto Wolff: This year was quite definitely the most difficult to manage. That was because Ferrari raised the bar, and then Red Bull came into the game as well.
As a team, you are always in a more comfortable situation when you know that it is one of your two drivers who is going to win the championship. Obviously, it is not always easy keeping the rivalry within the team in check, but it was far removed from the struggles of this year. I'm very proud of the first one in 2014, because we were so keen to win it. But this one was the most hard fought of all.
Dale Jr. discusses drivers he has intentionally wrecked Dale Earnhardt Jr. took to his Dirty Mo Radio "Dale Jr. Download" podcast to dish on who he's intentionally wrecked in the past, including himself. Comment
'Yep, he definitely wrecked me': Martinsville playoff Scanner Sounds There was no shortage of big moments and controversy in the Monster Energy Series Playoffs race at Martinsville. Here is the best in-car audio from drivers and teams. Comment
Glen Cromwell To Replace Peter Clifford As President Of NHRA
The National Hot Rod Association today announced that Glen Cromwell, who rose through NHRA's ranks from Division Director to become Senior Vice President, Media and Marketing, is promoted to President, effective January 1, 2018.
Cromwell succeeds Peter Clifford as President. Clifford will assume the newly created post of Chief Executive Officer, following over 20 years with the organization, including serving as its president since 2015. Cromwell will head up NHRA's leadership team and will report to Clifford and the board.
F1 2021 Rules Call For Higher Engine Revs, IndyCar-Style Push-To-Pass
The MGUH will be gone...finally
PARIS – Representatives from the FIA, Formula One World Championship Commercial Rights Holders and current and potential Formula One manufacturer representatives met Tuesday to discuss regulations for the 2021 power unit.
In line with the objectives outlined by the FIA for the future of these regulations, which include a reduction in cost, maintaining road relevance with hybrid technology and improving the sound of the cars and the appeal for the fans, manufacturer representatives were presented with a road map for the development of the next generation of regulations.
Statement by Richard Petty Regarding Loss of Sponsor (Update)
Richard Petty gets a reprieve
UPDATE Smithfield Foods said that the company has reached a resolution with Richard Petty Motorsports over the fallout from the pork conglomerate’s planned move next season to Stewart-Haas Racing. Smithfield is now expected to stay on in some form with RPM next year in addition to its move to SHR. The brand has been on one RPM car for six seasons in a deal thought to be worth around $12M annually, but it announced a move in September to join four-car Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team SHR next season.
Although it had been rumored that Toyota Racing Development was courting the two-car operation owned by Bob Jenkins, on Saturday at Martinsville Speedway, general manager Jerry Freeze said he expects to stay the course with Front Row Motorsports (FRM).
"We kind of heard those stories, too, but I think more than likely we're going to stay in the Ford camp," Freeze told motorsport.com. "We're talking to those guys (Ford) about how to build our program and improve our program. We've been really happy with them-and really happy with the Roush Fenway alliance."
Newly crowned European Le Mans Series LMP2 champions 10Star DragonSpeed are wasting no time in charting their next step up the endurance racing ladder, today announcing their intention to contest the LMP1 class of the 2018-2019 FIA World Endurance Championship.
The next WEC calendar has been dubbed its ‘Super Season’ and will feature visits to classic venues at Spa-Francorchamps (twice), Silverstone, Fuji Speedway, Shanghai, and Sebring, as well as both the 2018 and 2019 editions of the famed Le Mans 24 Hours. The schedule will facilitate the WEC’s transition to a fall-spring season culminating at Le Mans each year.
Austin Wayne Self secures full-time NASCAR Truck ride for 2018 Austin Wayne Self will compete full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series next season with Niece Motorsports, the team announced Monday.
Self, 21, has made three starts with the team this season, a small part of the 15-race schedule he has run this year.
Introducing The Joe Tandy Racing Team | M1TG Formed in 2006 as a joint venture between 2015 Le Mans winner Nick Tandy and his late brother Joe, the Joe Tandy Racing team is one of a number of teams competing in sportscar’s largest and fastest one-make series, the Porsche Carrera Cup. Mobil 1 The Grid spoke to the man behind the team, Nick Tandy, as well as drivers Lewis Plato and Tio Ellinas to find out more about the project. Comment
NASCAR Cup Series Race rating tops Lewis Hamilton securing F1 Title NBC yesterday afternoon drew a 0.7 overnight rating for the F1 Mexican Grand Prix, which saw driver Lewis Hamilton secure his fourth F1 title. That race went head-to-head with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race from Martinsville on NBCSN, which drew a 1.6 overnight. That Martinsville telecast was up slightly from a 1.5 overnight last year, when the race aired earlier in the afternoon, but it's still way down from when NASCAR was on ABC and ESPN.
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Race Schedule Expands to Five Events for 2018
The racing season at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will begin more than a month earlier in 2018 with the addition of a new professional sports car event, May 4-6.
The new race weekend will be headlined by the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and four of the traditional dates return to the weekend schedule for the 57th season of racing at the legendary Lexington, Ohio road course. In conjunction with this announcement, Mid-Ohio Season Race Passes are on sale now.
From the Heart... Lewis Hamilton, 2017 F1 World Champion Four-time Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton tells us how nobody, no matter who they are, or where they're from, should ever give up on their dream... Comment
Circuit of the Americas recently opened its doors to Formula One fans from around the world, and it nearly had to open up its wallet too. Rain showers in Austin, Texas, ahead of the Oct. 22 United States Grand Prix was just shy of the amount required to trigger a policy that COTA put in place two years earlier, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
Following the 2015 U.S. Grand Prix, COTA implemented rule, stating that it would refund 105 percent of face value for three-day passes purchased before Aug. 1 if it received more than two inches of rainfall within 24 hours of the race start. Under the policy, fans who accept the refund still would be allowed to attend the race, so COTA CEO Bobby Epstein wouldn't have minded at all if the track had to pay up.
Alfonso Celis to test the Force India on Tuesday in Mexico
Sahara Force India test driver, Alfonso Celis, will be back behind the wheel of the VJM10 on Tuesday as he takes part in a day of Pirelli tire testing at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
The young Mexican will work through a tire program as directed by Pirelli.
Celis testing in Bahrain in April
Alfonso Celis: “Driving a Formula One car in Mexico is always special and I’m really pleased the team has asked me to take part.
"The test will be completely focused on tires and I will work hard to give the engineers accurate feedback. Time in the car is always valuable so it’s another opportunity to continue my development in Formula One.”
Video: Elliott-Hamlin dust-up - Hamlin puts the bumper to Elliott
Hamlin on the inside and Elliott on the outside. It did not end well for Elliott
A new era of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing debuted at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.
A son of Virginia and five-time winner at the Paperclip was booed as the 23rd-place finisher was adored and all while new LED lights came into play during the final laps of the First Data 500. And labeling either as a bully or a victim or both was a matter of perspective.
NASCAR Martinsville Cup Post-Race Q&A Third Place Clint Bowyer (No. 14 Haas Automation Ford), Second Place Martin Truex Jr (No. 78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota & Winner Kyle Busch, Crew Chief Adam Stevens and Coy Gibbs, Director of Race Services Comment
Video: Kyle Busch punches ticket to Miami as chaos unfolds Recap all the short-track action of the First Data 500 as Kyle Busch wins at Martinsville to punch his ticket to Championship 4 and drama occurs in the waning laps. Comment
Aero Mexico - The altitude challenge High Mexico City altitudes equal thin air, creating plenty of aero challenges for the team. One of McLaren's aero engineers, Ed explains how adapt the car to cope with the demands of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, home of the Mexico Grand Prix. Comment
There's no room at Dale Junior's shop for Andretti
With his IndyCar career floundering, perhaps Marco Andretti will have better luck in NASCAR. The trick to being fast in NASCAR is your ability to hang the tail out on a front engine car. Sprint Car drivers make great NASCAR drivers for that very reason - they are used to hanging the tail out on their front engine cars. Andretti, like Danica Patrick, comes with rear-engine car experience and will find the transition difficult
Another Andretti in NASCAR racing? It's not that far-fetched.
IndyCar legend Mario Andretti ran 14 races in what is now the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, winning the 1967 Daytona 500. John Andretti, Mario's nephew, competed in 393 Cup races, winning at Daytona and Martinsville.
Jeff Andretti, Mario's youngest son, tried his luck in three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in 1999, all ending as DNFs because of mechanical issues.
And on Saturday morning at Martinsville Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Jr. acknowledged discussing the possibility of providing a NASCAR XFINITY Series ride for Marco Andretti, Mario's grandson.
Only one problem: with four Chevrolets set to compete full-time for the XFINITY title next year - with drivers Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett and Tyler Reddick - Earnhardt doesn't have an "all-star car" to make occasional starts with a variety of drivers.
"We've got four teams and they are all full," Earnhardt said. "So it's probably not got any life, but we are friends and we've talked about it for two to three years. He has some interest in coming over and running some road courses and so does (Graham) Rahal and a bunch of other guys.
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