Paul Fix holds COTA clinic, captures Trans Am points lead
Fix leads in front of zero fans
Paul Fix began the day on pole at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) and finished the day on the top of the TA class podium, securing his second consecutive win and fifth victory of the year--all while capturing the Trans Am championship points lead with one race remaining. In Trans Am's production classes, Tim Kezman capitalized on the late mechanical misfortune of Ernie Francis, Jr., to secure his second series win of the year; while Todd Napieralski captured his first win of the year and fourth podium appearance.
has clarified his comments regarding erecting walls around corners in order to enforce track limits.
Ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix, Ecclestone was quoted as saying he wants to see walls on the outside of corners to punish drivers and increase the likelihood of crashes. However, in an interview with the official Formula One website, Ecclestone says his comments were taken out of context.
Tesla crashed hard then explodes (Update) UPDATE For web browser users we added a new video at the bottom of this article. iPhone and iPad app users can view the video here.
11/05/16 After crashing into a tree, a Tesla Model S violently burst into flames causing cells from its lithium-ion battery to explode. See video: https://youtu.be/fY5YudGurBk
The video above shows parts of the batteries, which can burn for up to 24 hours, bursting into flames after the crash and shooting into the air like fireworks. The single-vehicle crash, which killed the driver and a passenger, occurred Thursday morning in Indianapolis, WTHR reported.
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich will hand over his duties as Head of Audi Motorsport to Dieter Gass at the end of this year, prior to his planned retirement in 2017, as part of a reorganization within Audi Sport.
The 66-year-old, who joined the German manufacturer in 1993 and masterminded its factory prototype program from its onset, confirmed his successor on Saturday in Shanghai, site of this weekend's FIA World Endurance Championship round.
Askew Wins, Kirkwood Out of Luck in Walter Hayes Trophy Heat Races
Oliver Askew leads
Oliver Askew today made the perfect start to his challenge for the 16th annual Walter Hayes Trophy Formula Ford 1600 event on the Silverstone National circuit. The 19-year-old from Jupiter, Fla., qualified on the pole for his heat race and romped away to a clear victory as dusk fell. Askew thereby ensured himself of a front row starting position for one of tomorrow's two Semi Final races which will set the grid for the Grand Final.
Teammate Kyle Kirkwood, 18, also from Jupiter, Fla., wasn't so fortunate, finishing a lowly 16th after an early incident which means he will have to work his way through the Progression Race and the Last Chance Race tomorrow morning to stand any chance of making the 36-car grid for either of the Semi Finals.
Fernando Alonso reckons Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo is the best driver on the current Formula 1 grid.
The McLaren driver was asked by BBC 5 Live's Checkered Flag podcast who he would rate as the top driver out of his rivals and Alonso picked Ricciardo, who is third in the 2016 championship and has won four F1 races since the start of the 2014 season.
"I would say Ricciardo right now because in the way he approaches racing he's always very committed to everything he does," said Alonso.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team owner Harry Scott says no decisions have been made concerning the future of the HScott Motorsports organization and likely won't be until after the completion of the 2016 season. HScott currently fields two full-time teams in Sprint Cup, the #46 of driver Michael Annett and the #15 of driver Clint Bowyer.
The organization, which runs under the Chevy banner, utilizes engines from Hendrick Motorsports. It was announced Friday that Annett would move to JR Motorsports next season to compete full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
At least Goodyear's tires are not exploding like bombs on a regular basis like they used to
Goodyear is currently renegotiating its contract with NASCAR which concludes at the end of 2017. The tire manufacturer has enjoyed a relationship with NASCAR since 1954 - and [Greg Stucker, Director of Racing Tire Sales and Marketing for Goodyear] doesn't expect that to change. "I can tell you there have been several meetings, several conversations about moving forward," Stucker said.
"To my knowledge, there are no major hurdles. There are always little items you need to work out, particularly with the way the landscape is now. You have a new TV contract and new social media landscape. I think those are the biggest things that need to be worked through - where we want to focus our efforts, the exposure. How you want to use our assets. That still needs to be worked out. But as far as the operational side, the performance side, I think we're good."
Weekend Final TV Ratings (Update) UPDATE NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from Martinsville, the seventh of ten Chase For the Cup races, had a 1.6 final rating and 2.7 million viewers on NBCSN Sunday afternoon - down 20% in ratings and viewership from last year (2.0, 3.4M) and down 36% and 35%, respectively, from 2014 on ESPN (2.5, 4.1M) [Editor's Note: Even NASCAR is hanging from the NBCSN noose]. Jimmie Johnson's win ranks as the lowest rated and least-watched fall Martinsville race since at least 2000, falling below the previous marks set last year. The past ten Sprint Cup races, and 11 of the past 12, have hit multi-year lows in ratings and viewership. Sports Media Watch
Tesla blocks you from profiting from its cars When Tesla announced recently that it would make "full self-driving capability" available on new S and X models for a mere $3,000 extra, optimists hailed the development as a watershed moment for consumer technology writes Aaron Perzanowski.
But embedded in the press release was a little-noted catch: While customers may use the self-driving feature to pick up friends or family members, "doing so for revenue purposes will only be permissible on the Tesla Network, details of which will be released next year." If you want to earn some extra money -- perhaps to help pay off your robot car's $75,000 price tag -- by selling rides to strangers, you won't be allowed to use Uber or Lyft.
Video: 1988 Miami Grand Prix When IndyCar was big before Tony George destroyed it with the creation of the IRL. Note all the big sponsors on the cars, all drained from the paddock after the IRL was formed - never to return. The venue - Tamiami Park outside of Miami. Comment
Askew, Kirkwood Take on 120+ Rivals at Walter Hayes Trophy
Askew and Kirkwood are ready
SILVERSTONE, England – After a week of high-profile industry visits (including Wirth Research, the McLaren Technology Centre, home of the McLaren Honda Formula 1 team, and Ilmor Engineering) and a little time for sightseeing, Team USA Scholarship drivers Oliver Askew and Kyle Kirkwood are ready for their final challenge in the form of this weekend's Walter Hayes Trophy Formula Ford extravaganza at Silverstone.
Over 120 drivers are entered for the 16th edition of an event which commemorates one of the founding fathers of Formula Ford. Walter Hayes, who began his professional life as a journalist before joining the Ford Motor Company in 1961, also played a pivotal role in the creation of one of the most successful engines in Formula 1 history, the Ford Cosworth DFV.
Fix and Machavern grab pole positions for Trans Am races at COTA
With only two rounds remaining in the 2016 Trans Am Championship, Paul Fix and Dillon Machavern both secured pole positions for their respective 102.81-mile Trans Am races at Circuit of The Americas (COTA). They were joined in post-qualifying celebrations by Ernie Francis, Jr., and Todd Napieralski, who captured poles for the TA3 and TA4 classes, as Trans Am concluded the day’s activities around the 20-turn, 3.427-mile circuit.
Video: WEC Shanghai qualifying report Qualifying video news from the eighth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in Shanghai (China). The two Porsche 919 Hybrids will start from pole position and P6 on the grid respectively. Timo Bernhard (DE), Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (AU), the reigning world champions, have qualified for front row. The current championship leaders, Romain Dumas (FR), Neel Jani (CH) and Marc Lieb (DE), will start the six-hour race on Sunday from sixth on the grid. Richard Lietz (AT) and Michael Christensen (DK) qualified seventh in GTE-Pro with the Porsche 911 RSR.
Tesla battery cells to get denser and cheaper In a conference call with analysts, Elon Musk claimed that Tesla's new 2170 battery cell, which will be made with manufacturing partner Panasonic at the Gigafactory in Nevada, is "the best cell in the world that is also the cheapest cell," reports Electrek. The new battery cells are expected to go into production before the end of the year.
Musk addressed the new battery and its potential when discussing the electric automaker's expanding partnership with Panasonic during the call. According to Electrek, Musk later clarified the statement by claiming the battery cell has the "best energy density in the world."
Busch Beer extends partnership with Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing Thursday afternoon, Kevin Harvick and Stewart-Haas Racing announced that Busch Beer had signed a new three-year contract to remain as one of the primary sponsors of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing NASCAR Premier Series car.
Michael Annett and Pilot Flying J to Join JR Motorsports in 2017
JR Motorsports will expand its NASCAR Xfinity Series program to four full-time teams in 2017, as the Dale Earnhardt Jr.-owned company has signed a multi-year agreement with driver Michael Annett and Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America. Annett will compete full-time for an NXS championship with JRM’s No. 5 Pilot Flying J entry next year.
A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Annett will join a 2017 JRM roster that already includes full-season drivers Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier, and rookie William Byron. JR Motorsports will run a fifth car, the No. 88 entry, in select races with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne.
U.S., 35 states to boost electric vehicle charging stations (Update) UPDATE Added map below showing routes where recharging stations will be located. What is not clear is whether they will all be 480V fast charging stations, which makes sense, or a combination of slower 240V and 480V stations. Gas stations should be switching some of their pumps over to fast charging stations now, because when all cars are electric they will find themselves out of business if they don't.
The government and other companies are rolling out charging stations while the big oil companies remain asleep at the wheel and still in denial.
Stewart-Haas Racing announced in a Facebook video, that Busch Beer has signed a three year extension to sponsor Kevin Harvick.
AND Busch Beer has increased its number of races with Kevin Harvick for next season as it goes from 12 races to 16 races as part of a three-year extension with Stewart-Haas Racing. Harvick will have sponsorship from Mobil 1 and Jimmie John's for the remainder of the races. ESPN.com
Stuttgart/Sunnyvale – Daimler AG is expanding its stationary energy storage business to the U.S. market. After this years’ founding of the German Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH, a completely new subsidiary responsible for the development and global sale of Mercedes-Benz brand stationary energy storage, Daimler marks a further step towards growing the market. The newly established Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, LLC is assuming the development and sale of stationary energy systems for residential, commercial and utility applications for the North-American market. Boris von Bormann, U.S. solar industry expert, has been selected as the CEO for the branch. System production will remain the core expertise of Daimler’s wholly owned subsidiary, Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE GmbH & Co. KG. Working in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America in Sunnyvale, California, Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas will bring initial product offerings to the United States starting early 2017.
WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING is pleased to confirm Valtteri Bottas will race with the team for a fifth consecutive season, with Lance Stroll making his Formula One debut alongside him for the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship.
Valtteri has proved a great talent with four years’ Formula One racing experience under his belt and nine podiums to his name since the start of 2013. Valtteri remains a valuable asset to the team and will help lead the team through the big regulations changes that will be introduced in 2017.
Denny Hamlin is one pit road speeding penalty away from tying the mark for the most in a season in the past 10 years. Hamlin, who is among the drivers still eligible for the championship, has been penalized 10 times for speeding on pit road this year.
Over the last 10 years, only Ryan Newman and David Gilliland have had more penalties for speeding on pit road in a season, according to Racing Insights Inc. Newman had 11 in 2008; Gilliland had 11 in 2012. Hamlin could tie - or top the mark - this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.
Phoenix names Whiskey sponsor Phoenix Raceway announced that Beach Whiskey is the official whiskey of PIR and will be a part of the Can-Am 500 race weekend on Nov. 11-13.
Beach Whiskey co-founders include country artist Jake Owen, whose highly-anticipated fifth studio album, American Love, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and at No. 4 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart. Fans can enjoy Beach Whiskey, as well as signature cocktails, during the Can-Am 500 weekend at Phoenix Raceway by visiting designated bars and beverage locations on the Fan Midway.
United Autosports Acquires Ligier JS P217 For 2017 European Le Mans Series And Le Mans 24 Hours
United buys a new Ligier
United Autosports have confirmed their intention to enter the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans in the LMP2 class. They are also evaluating a full season program in the 2017 European Le Mans Series with their newly acquired Ligier JS P217.
The UK-based team were invited by the ACO to enter the LMP2 class of the world famous endurance race after winning the 2016 European Le Mans Series LMP3 championship. The team have now taken up that invitation by purchasing a Ligier JS P217 from French manufacturer, Onroak Automotive. They also intend to use the car in the 2017 ELMS, building on their success in the LMP3 class. They will however, continue with their LMP3 programmed in 2017 . They will however, continue with their LMP3 program in 2017 and have announced their first driver line up.
After the most competitive season in GT Asia history, Motorsport Asia Limited - the sole promoter of the popular GT Asia Series - has unveiled an extended calendar for the 2017 championship with 14-rounds scheduled across some of Asia's most prominent circuits.
2016 delivered a season that saw 13-drivers in mathematical contention heading into the final event of the year and the 2017 championship promises to deliver even more of the door-to-door action that had legions of fans all over the world following every second of every race this year live.
Mazda has confirmed the eight finalists for the 11th annual Mazda Road to 24 Shootout. This post-season shootout will award a $100,000 Mazda Motorsports scholarship to compete in the 2017 Battery Tender Mazda Global MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires. The 2016 Shootout will take place November 15-16, 2016 at the NOLA Motorsports Park, in Avondale, Louisiana.
Winning a club racing championship with Mazda power is the primary entry channel into the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout. Two dozen racers were eligible for the shootout based upon success with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), the National Auto Sport Association (NASA), Teen Mazda Challenge, Formula Car Challenge or iRacing. These racers were then invited to submit a written and video proposal from which the finalists were selected.
Video: Legacy Of A Champion - Fernando Alonso's Karting Campus & Museum As a 2-time Formula 1 World Champion, Fernando Alonso is determined to give something back to the community in which he grew up in. Mobil 1 The Grid traveled to Alonso's hometown of Oviedo, Spain, to catch up with the McLaren-Honda driver as he delivered an insight into his karting campus and personal museum. Jenson Button, Mika Hakkinen & David Coulthard also feature. Comment
Video: Mercedes Mexican GP strategy debrief Chief Strategist, James Vowles, explains the key strategy decisions the Team made throughout the Mexican Grand Prix in order to achieve its sixth 1-2 finish of the season. Comment
Former IndyCar driver Howard adds multi-car USF4 team
The Indianapolis-based race team, owned by former IndyCar driver Jay Howard, created a four-car lineup with the goal to develop young drivers taking their first steps from karting to open-wheel competition.
"MDD is a national junior-karting specialist program aimed to develop young drivers, but we were ready to find the next step to help those drivers transition into cars," Howard said. "There was nothing appealing in the market until the introduction of F4. We are excited to be part of the 2017 F4 U.S. season."
After signing two of its karting drivers, MDD still has two open seats available and will begin testing with potential prospects this winter.
Roush Fenway, AdvoCare renew Roush Fenway Racing has signed a multiyear renewal that will see AdvoCare continue to serve as the anchor partner on Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne’s No. 6 Sprint Cup Ford Fusion for the next three seasons. AdvoCare has partnered with Roush Fenway and Bayne since 2014, when the relationship began in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
"AdvoCare has been an outstanding partner to work with, and I am really excited to continue this relationship and represent AdvoCare for three more seasons,” said Bayne. “It’s a top-notch organization with a great group of employees and Independent Distributors who share our core principles of hard work and determination.
Fisker EV to use Graphene batteries made in secret California plant
Henrik Fisker's latest creation, the EMotion, will look to take on Tesla and other high-end electric cars.
Henrik Fisker is returning to the electric vehicle market with a high-cost, high-mileage, battery-powered supercar writes Charles Fleming of the LA Times.
The acclaimed luxury car designer said in an interview with The Times that he will team with a major manufacturer to produce a mainstream, affordable electric car too -- possibly by selling the manufacturer his new battery technology, or possibly by sharing Fisker’s platform.
The EMotion, whose name Fisker said "reflects the emotional connection with the consumer," will be produced at the Michigan plant that is currently building the Fisker-designed Force 1, a $268,000 gasoline-powered car that the Los Angeles-trained auto builder is selling through his VLF Automotive. (The first of a limited run of 50 Force 1s is just now being delivered to a customer in Texas, Fisker said.)
The new vehicle, which could be shown as early as mid-2017 and begin production not long after, will be "sporty and spacious," Fisker said.
Acura Confirms Driver Lineup for IMSA, PWC Programs Acura has confirmed the driver lineups for both of its factory GT3 efforts in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Pirelli World Challenge.
Andy Lally, Katherine Legge, Ozz Negri and Jeff Segal will be part of Michael Shank Racing’s two-car GT Daytona program, with Ryan Eversley and Peter Kox named drivers for RealTime Racing’s effort in PWC.
The announcement came Tuesday at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
Pirelli named Official Tire, Presenting Sponsor of the Trans Am Series
Trans-Am to ride on Pirelli tires
Pirelli Tire North America and The Trans Am Race Company LLC have announced a three-year agreement that will see Pirelli named the "Official Tire Supplier" and Presenting Sponsor of the Trans Am Series. Starting in 2017, Pirelli will supply tires for all classes within the Trans Am Series, Presented by Pirelli, including purpose-built P Zero tires for the TA and TA2 classes.
"From the very beginning, Pirelli has gone above and beyond our expectations," said John Clagett, President of The Trans Am Race Company. "They took on the challenge of engineering, from the ground up, a tire that fits the needs of TA2, which presents its own unique set of challenges. The work they have done is simply remarkable, and I can say with full confidence that Pirelli has delivered a product that we can proudly present to our competitors. All of Trans Am is looking forward to this new partnership with Pirelli and what the future holds for all parties."
Graphene batteries will further turn the world upside down As AR1.com has predicted, electric cars will replace fossil fuel burning, pollution-causing, cars by 2030, maybe sooner. And Graphene batteries have not really hit the market yet. Most articles and manufacturers still talk about Lithium Ion batteries, which are so inferior. It will start with partial Graphene and partial Lithium Ion batteries and progress to 100% Graphene - at which point they are a true supercapacitor. We would not be a buyer of oil company stocks at this point, as we see no future for them unless they start to divest into battery technology and start converting their gas stations into charging stations - one pump at a time.
Graphene is becoming a material that is more widely known and used in various industries across the world, but one of the main breakthroughs it has been used for is in the manufacturing of car batteries. The reason graphene has been utilized in so many circumstances has a lot to do with its rapid charging ability, its ability to work under extremely high temperatures, and its increased levels of charge cycles. The increase in electric car sales across the world is creating a demand that leading auto manufacturers must address if they want to stay in the game and one of the ways they can do this is by using graphene.
Video: DTM meets Triathlon IRONMAN athlete Horst Reichel called in on the Mercedes-AMG DTM drivers at their training camp and was inspired by the team spirit he found. The triathlon is not a new experience for Daniel Juncadella: he competes as a member of Sport for Good team, building up his stamina as well as his powers of concentration for the DTM. Comment
Video: Life In Pictures Robert Wickens talks to Race Hub TV host Thore Scholermann about important moments and people in his life. Topics covered include his friendship with IndyCar star James Hinchcliffe and a less than successful November campaign. Comment
Video: Thore As Racing Driver The DTM is one of the most physically demanding racing series in the world. Not surprisingly, today's DTM drivers also need to be physically super fit. Race Hub TV presenter Thore Scholermann visited the team base in Affalterbach to undergo an intensive fitness test. You may need to wipe the sweat from your brow after watching this! Comment
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