When is NASCAR going to go to a single lugnut and end this weekly nonsense? NASCAR has issued $10,000 fines to three Cup Series crew chiefs for having one unsecured lug nut on their cars after Sunday’s playoff race at Texas Motor Speedway.
The crew chiefs were: Chris Gabehart, crew chief on Denny Hamlin‘s No. 11 Toyota; Mark Hillman, crew chief on Parker Kligerman‘s No. 96 Toyota; and Luke Lambert, crew chief on Daniel Hemric‘s No. 8 Chevrolet.
NASCAR also issued an indefinite suspension to Michael Barraclough for violating its substance abuse policy.
Video: 2019 Mercedes F1 World Championship Celebrations
Six Championships in row with Aldo Costa designed cars
When Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport embarked on the 2019 Formula One season, it had the amazing opportunity to write F1 history: If the team was to win both the constructors' and the drivers' championship again, it would become the first ever to claim six consecutive Formula One double titles.
The hopes of every member of the Mercedes motorsport family were high, but so were the stakes and the pressure. Yesterday, nine months after the 2019 car first turned a wheel at its shakedown at Silverstone, the team came together in Brackley and Brixworth to celebrate its record-breaking double-championship success.
Michael Olinger, M.D., who served as INDYCAR’s medical director from 2006-2018, died November 7. He was 69.
Dr. Olinger joined the AMR INDYCAR Safety Team when INDYCAR was formed in 1996, as an on-track physician. He was promoted to INDYCAR’s Senior Medical Director in 2006 following the retirement of Dr. Henry Bock. Dr Olinger had served as Bock’s deputy medical director at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for more than a decade and In 2003, Dr. Olinger was recognized with the Safety Award from the Championship Drivers Association.
Mercedes United States Grand Prix F1 Debrief From what happened to Lewis Hamilton in Q3, to why they split their strategies at COTA... James Vowles, Motorsport Strategy Director, answers fan questions from the US GP! Comment
DTM promoter ITR presents vision for revolutionary new electric race series
The car’s battery pack would be situated safely within the car’s carbon monocoque
DTM promoter ITR has unveiled its spectacular conceptual vision of how touring car racing could evolve, using electric vehicles powered by battery or hydrogen fuel cell technology.
For 35 years, the DTM has thrilled millions of fans across the world, and has become Europe’s premium Touring Car series, developing the touring car template to its most extreme. Today’s cars are far from production-spec, constructed from carbon-fiber, equipped with state-of-the-art aerodynamics and fitted with powerful 600bhp turbo-charged engines.
History has proven time and again, and just like we predicted back in 2016 when F1 announced wider tires, overtaking would become harder. Racing formula with the skinniest tires feature the most overtaking
Daniel Ricciardo believes that in hindsight, F1 was perhaps wrong to introduce wider, faster cars in 2017 as it only compounded the issues linked with overtaking.
"The cars look big, sexy and wide, they look awesome and better than they did in 2016. But my concern was the width itself, the tracks weren't made wider," says Ricciardo.
"There was less room to overtake. In F1, you look for the tiniest bit of clear air if you're following another car.
"If he's on the apex kerb, you're trying to take a bit more apex kerb to get some clear air on your front wing. But having wider cars, it's harder to find that clearer air.
McLaren Chevrolet Conducts IndyCar Test At Sebring: Videos
McLaren team testing
McLaren Arrow SP sent ripples through the IndyCar world last week when it announced that it had dropped experienced driver James Hinchcliffe for the 2020 racing season, electing to run Mexican driver Patricio O’Ward alongside American rookie Oliver Askew.
The team and its two young drivers are putting any Hinchcliffe controversies behind them and getting right down to business, however, conducting a pre-season test at Sebring International Raceway this week.
Today, Pabst Racing announced the signing of 20-year-old Colin Kaminsky for the 2020 Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. He will pilot the #19 Slick Locks sponsored Pabst Racing entry in his first season in Indy Pro 2000.
Kaminsky started his racing career in 2015 with the SCCA Majors Spec Racer Ford Series before moving on to begin his Road to Indy career. In 2017, he completed the second half of the USF2000 season. He finished tenth in the 2018 USF2000 Championship while, in 2019, he finished fourth with an impressive three poles and six podiums in a Pabst car.
UPDATE Roger Penske has a Platinum-rated contacts list within racing, within business, and within government. Now he has a tremendous platform from which to launch his (and others') growth ideas. ...Subject to regulatory approval...
Does anyone else think that regulators mightwill receive some strong, unsolicited, back-room opposition to this purchase? Anybody else remember the dirty tricks that happened when CART first wanted to race in the Miami-Homestead area? And, who was it that was so helpful when, (maybe even before) Tony George wanted to break the IRL away from CART? And, who was it that started an opposition series when the "For The Fans" ALMS gained stature, eventually "stealing" some media attention from the-one-true 'Merican racin'? Lesser examples abound.
Three-day tickets to the 2020 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg are now on sale to the public. The 16th annual event is set for March 13-15, 2020, in downtown St. Petersburg and runs on the picturesque 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary waterfront street circuit featuring spectacular fan sight lines.
Tickets are available online at gpstpete.com or by phone at 1-888-476-4479 with pricing starting at $115 for reserved 3-Day Grandstand seats and $60 for 3-Day General Admission. Junior pricing is also available for those fans ages 12 and under. Pit Access and Firestone Paddock Passes can also be purchased. Single-Day tickets will be released for sale in early 2020.
With Mercedes Lewis Hamilton will easily surpass Michael Schumacher's records
In Austin, Lewis Hamilton became Formula 1 World Champion for the sixth time in his career. He is the second-most successful Formula 1 driver in history, just one title behind record championship winner Michael Schumacher who has seven. But Lewis is the outright leader on several other best-of lists that probably get less attention than they deserve. Having started from pole position on 87 occasions, he is the most successful qualifier in the history of the premier class (ahead of Michael Schumacher on 68).
Now at the top of F1 with Ferrari, Charles Leclerc has never forgotten that he started in motor sport thanks to karting. He wanted to take advantage of his growing reputation to create his own kart brand in order to contribute to the development of the discipline among a wider audience.
It was only natural that he turned to a major Italian brand, well established throughout the world and renowned for the quality of its production. For Charles, Birel ART is the choice of both his heart and his head.
INDYCAR: Aeroscreen passes its final 2019 test at Sebring
Testing at Sebring
INDYCAR continued its Aeroscreen development program Tuesday at Sebring International Raceway with Arrow McLaren SP and Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan participating in the fourth and final test session of the year.
The conditions for the one-day test could only be described as ideal for testing the safety innovation, with the weather unseasonably hot and humid like the NTT IndyCar Series teams will face through the summer stretch and the track was predictably bumpy in replicating a street course.
Era Motorsport Confirms Program Expansion to IMSA LMP2 Class for 2020
ERA Oreca 07 Gibson
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Founded on a passion for historic racing, Era Motorsport will take on a new challenge for 2020, joining the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in a partnership with DragonSpeed for the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Led by Grand-AM and IMSA veteran driver Kyle Tilley, the team will race an Oreca 07 Gibson in the IMSA LMP2 class.
“We’re very excited to confirm that we’ll be joining the IMSA ranks in 2020 for the Rolex 24 At Daytona,” said Team Principal Kyle Tilley. “We weren’t expecting to have to confirm the news so soon, but we’re thrilled there’s such media interest in our team.”
Roush Fenway Names Luke Lambert as Crew Chief of the No. 17 for 2020
Luke Lambert (L) with wife Jamie
Roush Fenway Racing has named Luke Lambert as the crew chief of its No. 17 NASCAR Cup Series program for the 2020 season. Lambert will team with driver Chris Buescher, who returns to Roush Fenway to pilot the No. 17 Ford.
“We are certainly excited to have Luke Lambert joining our organization and taking over the reins of the No. 17 program,” said team owner Jack Roush. “Luke has a strong engineering background and also the ability to energize and lead a team. We look forward to pairing him with Chris next season and seeing what they can do on the track.”
Final Weekend TV Ratings The F1 race on ABC was up big, the two NASCAR races on NBCSN were down.
ABC had a nine percent year-over-year gain for US Grand Prix viewership. The average viewership was 861K vs 793K last year. All but three of the 19 races have seen year-over-year gains. The re-airs added about 75,000.
Tires selected for Brazilian GP Ferrari goes with more soft reds to make up for their inferior chassis. It leaves Ferrari with very few sets of hards and mediums and it is likely this will come back to bite them.
Lewis Hamilton: Emotions of a Six-Time F1 World Champion In the immediate aftermath of clinching a historic sixth F1 title, Lewis Hamilton reflects on his remarkable journey, the support of those around him, Niki and what comes next… Comment
Binotto writes off Ferrari's lack of pace in Austin to its inferior chassis.
(GMM) Race director Michael Masi says he has "no idea" if the FIA's clarification of the engine rules hurt Ferrari's performance in Austin.
With the Italian team's sudden loss of pace coinciding with the FIA's Red Bull-inspired technical directive about the fuel flow rules, Max Verstappen concluded that Ferrari had been caught "cheating".
Ferrari hit back hard against those accusations, explaining that Sebastian Vettel's suspension problem, an older engine for Charles Leclerc, and a setup that prioritized downforce over top speed all contributed to the pace in Austin.
Watch Brittany Force Rewrite the NHRA Top Fuel Record With a 338-MPH Pass
NHRA Top Fuel drag racing champion Brittany Force has written her name in the history books yet again by recording the fastest one-thousand-foot run in NHRA Top Fuel history.
Force already made her 2019 season one for the scrapbook by becoming the first woman in history to qualify at the top of the NHRA U.S. Nationals standings in Indiana, and she'll need to add an extra page for her accomplishments at this weekend's Dodge NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas. There, she completed a standard, 1,000-foot NHRA Top Fuel run in a mere 3.659 seconds at 338.17 miles per hour.
Penske Could See Future 24-Hour Race at Indianapolis
Penske will look at adding a 24-Hour race at the Speedway
Newly announced Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Roger Penske says he could envision one day holding a 24-hour race at the famed speedway, among other enhancements to the facility in the years to come.
Announced on Monday in a landmark deal, Penske Entertainment Corp., a subsidiary of Penske Corporation, has purchased IMS along with the NTT IndyCar Series and other motorsports-related assets from Hulman & Company, marking the end of 74 years of ownership of the speedway by the Hulman and George families.
Tesla Model S Plaid Laps Ring In 7:13: Beats Taycan By 29 Seconds
Tesla Model S Plaid
It's an unofficial time, but still it shows that the Model S Plaid is no joke.
The Tesla Model S Plaid reportedly lapped the Nurburgring in a time of just 7 minutes and 13 seconds. That's 29 seconds less than the Porsche Taycan's time.
After the first round of testing at the Nurburgring, Tesla returned home to tweak its Plaid Model S cars a bit. The Plaid then returned to the Nurburgring for round two of testing. Those tweaks apparently paid off as now the Plaid is capable of some crazy quick times around the 'Ring
The 2019 Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda title holder Joshua Car confirmed his 2020 season plans during the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on Saturday. In front of a crowd of sponsors and supporters from around the world, Car announced that he will make a full 2020 F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda campaign with Crosslink Competition.
Car will be the third F4 U.S. champion to advance into F3 Americas, both Kyle Kirkwood (2017 F4, 2018 F3 Americas champion) and Dakota Dickerson (2018 F4, 2019 F3 Americas champion) went on to win F3 Americas titles after claiming F4 championships.
What They're Saying' about Penske Corporation Purchase of IndyCar
At today's Press Conference Roger called IndyCar the IRL at least three times. Ironically a team owner is again in charge of the series.
Quotes from selected officials about the acquisition of Hulman & Company, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, NTT IndyCar Series and IMS Productions, by Penske Corporation. The transaction, announced Nov. 4, will close following receipt of applicable government approvals and other standard conditions:
ROGER PENSKE (Chairman and Founder, Penske Corporation): "My passion for racing began at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1951 when I attended the Indianapolis 500 with my father. We have so much respect and appreciation for the history and tradition of the Speedway and the sport of INDYCAR racing. I want to thank Hulman & Company for the opportunity to build on this legacy, and it will be an honor for Penske Corporation to help lead these great institutions forward into a new era."
A reader writes, Dear AutoRacing1.com, Today may have signal a historic moment for Indycar with the announcement that Roger Penske brand has bought Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Indycar.
There is a part of me that wishes he would have bought 40 years ago when he Pat Patrick, Dan Gurney and Jim Hall would have bought the Speedway or had bought it 25 years ago before the formation on the Indy Racing League.
It's one of those questions, what if that had happened back then? Would IndyCar be bigger than NASCAR?
Bobby Rahal and Chip Ganassi on sale of IndyCar and 500 to Penske
"Roger Penske’s commitment to the sport we love is over six decades long and I am confident that his stewardship of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IndyCar Series will ensure a great future for the sport.
"His many successful business ventures underline the fact that he is the perfect custodian of one of the most historic venues in the world and is the perfect architect to build the foundation for the next 100-plus years of the sport. We look forward to working with Roger in order to make the IndyCar Series and the Indy 500 the best it’s ever been." -- Bobby Rahal
Antonio Giovinazzi gets another year with Alfa Romeo/Sauber
Alfa Romeo Racing will extend its relationship with Antonio Giovinazzi into the 2020 Formula One World Championship. The Italian driver, 25, will compete in his second full season with the team that gave him his debut in the sport in 2017.
Mature, enthusiastic and talented, Antonio impressed the team with his rate of improvement and positive attitude. The Italian, the first driver from his country to compete in F1 for a full season since 2011, worked extremely hard to return to racing after two years of mostly simulator work: he displayed an impressive capacity to adapt and learn, providing the engineers with useful feedback on the team’s C38 car and quickly regaining the racecraft that helped him to the runner-up spot in the 2016 GP2 Series.
Watch Live: Sale of IndyCar and Indy 500 to Penske
The Board of Directors of Hulman & Company are announcing the sale of the company and certain subsidiaries, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the NTT IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Productions (IMS Productions), to Penske Entertainment Corp., a subsidiary of Penske Corporation.
Watch this video to see the live announcement Press Conference at 11:00am ET.
Kyle Busch will dip his toes into IMSA with the Lexus team
Lexus Motorsports in conjunction with AIM VASSER SULLIVAN and Toyota Racing announced Joe Gibbs Racing NASCAR driver Kyle Busch as one of the endurance racers who will compete behind the wheel of the Lexus RC F GT3 in the 2020 Rolex 24 at Daytona. It was announced at the annual ‘Motorsports Day’ event for Toyota and Lexus team members held at the Toyota Motor North America headquarters in Plano, Texas.
“I’d like to thank everyone at Lexus Motorsports, AIM VASSER SULLIVAN and Toyota for this opportunity,” said Kyle Busch. “To have the chance to run in such an iconic race as the Rolex 24 is certainly something I’ve thought about and wanted to do. My partnership with Toyota and the history we’ve had together has been incredible. I would love to continue that history and maybe get my own Daytona Rolex to add to my trophy collection.”
The Hulman George Family's 74-year reign over the Indianapolis 500 and the Speedway is over. The Board of Directors of Hulman & Company will announce this morning the sale of the company and certain subsidiaries, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the NTT IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Productions (IMS Productions), to Penske Entertainment Corp., a subsidiary of Penske Corporation.
AR1.com rumored for a couple of years now that Liberty Media wanted to buy IndyCar, including the Indy 500, but the Hulman George family was unwilling at the time to give up the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mark Miles stated IndyCar and the Speedway was not for sale, but our insiders knew it was.
McLaughlin returns to circuit in brand new Mustang
The Shell V-Power Racing Team has completed a marathon build of a brand-new Ford Mustang GT Supercar in only a week, following Scott McLaughlin's massive 42.7G crash at the Gold Coast 600 eight days ago.
The new car, dubbed Chassis 007, has run for the first time at Queensland Raceway this afternoon in a Supercars mandated 60km 'shakedown'. This outing also marked the first time McLaughlin has returned to the race track since the crash that saw him taken to hospital for neurological testing.
Huffaker Wins Semi-Final, Earns Podium in Walter Hayes Trophy Final
A thrilling weekend of action at the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone ended with Team USA Scholarship driver Scott Huffaker finishing a fighting third in the Grand Final from an original entry of over 100 Formula Ford cars.
Huffaker, 19, from Menlo Park, Calif., also backed up his Heat race win from yesterday with another victory in this morning’s Semi-Final round. Teammate Josh Green, 16, from Mount Kisco, N.Y., wasn’t quite so fortunate. After posting the fastest lap time of all in qualifying on Saturday, Green worked his way from seventh on the grid to third in the same Semi-Final before tangling with veteran Oliver White (Medina JL17) at Copse Corner with five laps remaining.
Alex Marquez is the 2019 Moto2 World Champion after coming across the line second at the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix behind Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Brad Binder, who did all he could to take the title fight down to the final round by taking his fourth win of the season.
It was the South African who took the holeshot from the outside of the front row of the grid with Marquez settling into second having started from pole. The pair began to pull clear of ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team’s Tetsuta Nagashima, who had his eye on a debut intermediate class podium.
Vettel's Ferrari - Binotto predicts the big teams will still rule F1
(GMM) Mattia Binotto has warned that the 2021 regulations will turn out to be an "advantage" for the biggest teams.
When the new rules were finally revealed on Thursday, Formula 1 declared that they will lead to "a more balanced competition", where success is about "how well a team spends its money, not how much it spends".
Ostensibly until Thursday, the top three teams had opposed the rules. But it then emerged that Ferrari voted for them in the World Motor Sport Council.
Tires Remaining for USGP All drivers have a brand new set of medium tires to use in the race on and that should give them an advantage in today's USGP over the Ferrari drivers who have a brand new set of softs remaining.
IMSA Sporting and Technical Regulations Released for 2020 Season
When the 2020 season opens at Daytona the teams will have some new technical regulations to follow
With the entry process already under way for the 2020 season, IMSA today released the Sporting Regulations and Standard Supplementary Regulations for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and IMSA Prototype Challenge. At the same time, updated Technical Regulations also were released for all three series.
Notable changes for the 2020 WeatherTech Championship season are as follows:
Adjustments to LMP2 driver combinations:
A Bronze-rated driver will be required for all LMP2 class entries.
At Daytona - A maximum of one Platinum-rated driver is permitted.
For all other LMP2 races Platinum drivers are prohibited.
As previously announced for the LMP2 class, the Rolex 24 At Daytona will not count toward overall WeatherTech Championship points but will count toward IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup points.
Sunday's USGP race officially sold out, will then close
The COTA bumps are so bad it could loosen the fillings in your teeth
If you did not buy a ticket for the USGP by Saturday evening, you are out of luck today as the track has announced the race is totally sold out.
In other news, the Circuit of the Americas is to close this winter for major work to address the bumps that Formula 1 drivers have complained about over the US Grand Prix weekend.
The undulations also caused problems for MotoGP riders and IndyCar drivers when they visited the Texan venue in April. Some surface grinding was undertaken at the track on Friday night, and more was planned for Saturday evening.
The Frontal Protection Nub used on IndyCars will be mandatory on the ladder system cars as well
Following the lead in safety enhancements set forth by its sanctioning body INDYCAR for the NTT IndyCar Series, Andersen Promotions today announced that all three levels of the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires will be required to employ a Cockpit Frontal Protection (CFP) device for the 2020 season with additional enhancements expected in the coming years.
Andersen Promotions has finalized the required installation update for teams with Dallara for the IL-15 in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and with Tatuus for the PM-18 and USF-17 in Indy Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship.
Renault has announced that former McLaren engineer Pat Fry will strengthen the French outfit's management team at Enstone following the end of his current "contractual obligations".
Fry's high-profile hiring is the second announcement by Renault in the last 24 hours regarding its technical department, the team disclosing yesterday the arrival of former Williams man Dirk de Beer as its Head of Aerodynamics.
Marcin Budkowski, Renault Sport Racing UK Executive Director:
Racing Point Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez will have to start the United States Grand Prix from the pitlane after failing to stop for a weighbridge check in Friday practice.
Perez missed the lights calling him in for a check at the end of the Friday afternoon session, but halted briefly in the pitlane when his team told him about it.
A statement said: "The stewards reviewed video evidence and heard from the driver of car #11 (Sergio Perez) and the team representative and determined that the driver failed to stop for weighing when required to do so.
"Instead, he drove on and proceeded to do a pitstop where the car was worked on by lifting the car and all four wheels were changed, in breach of article 29.1 a).
"The penalty imposed is a mandatory penalty specified under the Formula 1 sporting regulations and the stewards note that they have no discretion to impose an alternative penalty."
USF4: Blanco Grabs Pole In Dramatic COTA Qualifying
Times could not have been closer in the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda qualifying on Friday at Circuit of the Americas. When the dust settled, only 22 thousandths of a second separated the front row with Jose Blanco edging out Nicky Hays to claim his fifth pole of the season. Times were so tight that just over eight tenths of a second covered the top-10 finishers, the closest qualifying all season.
Chasing a championship title, Blanco needed a good starting position in the stacked 38-car field to maximize his podium potential in Saturday’s opening round at the United States Grand Prix. Blanco sits fourth in the season-long points battle, trailing just 15 points behind Jay Howard Driver Development rookie Christian Brooks in third. While second place is mathematically out of Blanco’s reach, the Puerto Rican pilot still has a shot of clinching third place.
F1 chiefs predict 2021 cars likely to be three seconds per lap slower
While the 2021 F1 car may be a little slower than today's cars, they still will put a lap on an IndyCar every 7 to 8 laps at a place like COTA
F1 chiefs predict that the radically-designed cars for the 2021 season, which they claimed on Thursday would herald a “watershed moment” for the sport, are likely to be more than three seconds per lap slower than the existing machines.
While the cars have a futuristic look and a revised rear-wing concept to diminish the effect of turbulent air on the drivers behind, raw speed has been sacrificed in the hope of encouraging more competitive racing. “We are expecting cars to be approximately 3-3½ seconds slower per lap,” said Nikolas Tombazis, the FIA’s head of single-seater technical affairs. “But we don’t think that is the key parameter. We feel the raceability is the main target.”
Aric Almirola is fastest in final Cup practice at Texas
Aric Almirola surged atop the speed chart in Friday’s final Monster Energy Series practice at Texas Motor Speedway.
Almirola’s Stewart-Haas Racing No. 10 Ford snared the top spot with a best lap of 188.561 mph at the 1.5-mile Fort Worth oval. The effort bookended another chart-topping performance the Stewart-Haas organization, which led the way with Clint Bowyer in the opening session.
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