Austin Cindric will drive daddy's car in 2019. His daddy runs Team Penske
Team Penske has announced that 20-year-old Austin Cindric will compete full time in the 2019 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS), driving the No. 22 Ford Mustang. In the midst of completing his NXS rookie season in 2018, Cindric will get the opportunity to build on that success as he works to bring another driver’s championship to the No. 22 Ford team next season.
"I have had such a unique opportunity this year to learn from so many people, and to learn quite a lot in a short amount of time,” said Cindric. “To have the chance to apply that experience for a full season with Team Penske in 2019 is a huge step in my career. I am so grateful for the confidence Mr. Penske, the 22 team, Ford Performance, Team Penske and all of their partners have put in me. I can't wait to see what we'll be able to accomplish together."
Ericsson goes to IndyCar anxious to compete for wins
At Thursday's Brazilian GP Press Conference Marcus Ericsson said he is fully committed to a long stint in the United States, and he can’t wait to get going.
“I don’t really know the answer to that question, I think that’s what the future will tell,” said Ericsson. “I go to America fully committed to doing a great job over there and I see myself being there for quite some time, but then in the future you never know what will happen.
As a Tesla board member, Robyn Denholm has provided some rare automotive experience to a company that prides itself on being an industry outsider.
Tesla Inc. named Robyn Denholm as its new chairman, replacing Chief Executive Elon Musk as the head of the board with a relative outsider who will face the difficult task of overseeing the maverick billionaire.
The Pocono IndyCar race is the week before. Too bad it was not a joint event given all the boring dead time there is during the IndyCar weekend. The air show could even provide the pre-race flyover
Pocono Raceway CEO Nick Igdalsky, President Ben May and the entire Mattioli family are proud to announce “The Great Pocono Raceway Air Show.” The inaugural, family-friendly event will include two show dates taking place on Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25, 2019. Tickets start at $15 for adults, $7.50 for ages seven through 12 and free for children ages six and under.
“‘The Great Pocono Raceway Air Show’ is a reimagining of your typical air show,” said Ben May, Pocono Raceway’s President. “Guests attending will witness amazing aerobatic performances coupled with a unique stadium atmosphere and an enhanced guest experience that no other air show has ever offered before. Several acts will be at eye level to those in the Grandstand. It does not matter if you are young or old, the Air Show will be one of the most memorable experiences of 2019.”
The Trans Am Race Company has announced a 12-event 2019 Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli schedule, with many of the same venues and dates returning from the 2018 championship season. The upcoming competition will feature two key additions: Trans Am’s return to Memorial Day Weekend at Lime Rock Park and its first appearance at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca since 2004.
“We were very pleased with our schedule in 2018,” said John Clagett President of the Trans Am Race Company. “Our goal has always been to assemble a schedule packed with world-class tracks. With that in mind, when the opportunity arose to add both Lime Rock Park and Laguna Seca, we had to take action; they’re both fantastic venues and welcome additions to our full championship.”
(2nd Update) NASCAR Penalizes Kevin Harvick For Illegal Car, Loses Automatic Title Berth
Kevin Harvick won at Texas Motor Speedway with an illegal car
UPDATE Following today's announcement of the L-1 penalty assessed to the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition Scott Miller said the penalty was issued due to an illegal spoiler on Kevin Harvick's winning racecar.
The spoiler, which is normally mounted flush centered with the decklid, was found to be the correct height, but was offset to the right by 200 to 300-thousandths of an inch. The offset allowed the spoiler to stick out more as the car went through the corner, giving the car more downforce in the corners.
Cheaters (this time Harvick and SHR) always keep their win in NASCAR
No wonder Harvick's car was so fast. But heh, in NASCAR you can cheat to win and always keep your victory
The No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team has been issued an L1-level penalty following driver Kevin Harvick’s win Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway, an infraction that carries major championship implications in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
The team violated Section 20.4.12 of the NASCAR Rule Book that is specific to spoilers. Spoilers must be used exactly as supplied from the manufacturer and not altered. The infraction was discovered in post-race tear down at the NASCAR Research & Development Center.
The following is a statement from Furniture Row Racing team owner Barney Visser about today’s announcement that driver Martin Truex Jr. and crew chief Cole Pearn will join Joe Gibbs Racing after the 2018 season.
“I want to personally thank Martin and Cole for their contributions in making Furniture Row Racing a championship-caliber team. There’s no doubt in my mind that they will continue to be a winning driver/crew chief combination with Joe Gibbs Racing. They are outstanding representatives for NASCAR and I am proud to have been associated with them. But before Martin and Cole depart for a new endeavor we still have two races remaining, and hopefully we will be celebrating another championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.”
In a recent sit-down with NBC Sports' Kyle Petty, Tony Stewart explained that he'd been approached by a particularly intriguing party: McLaren to run in the Indy 500
"I've had offers from Rahal and Zak Brown from the McLaren side, Michael Andretti, Penske. I think Ganassi would still want me in a car if I wanted to go—he hasn't said anything officially though," Stewart laughed. "But I've got really good offers to go and run Indy next year."
Martin Truex, Jr., Crew Chief Cole Pearn to Join Joe Gibbs Racing for 2019
Martin Truex, Jr.
Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Champions driver Martin Truex, Jr. and crew chief Cole Pearn will join the organization's No. 19 team in 2019.
"Anytime you have an opportunity to bring two people of this caliber into your organization, it's certainly an exciting time," said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. "They obviously have developed a chemistry that has led to tremendous success, including a championship. We've gotten to know them well over the past few years through the alliance and having been part of the Toyota family. They both make us stronger as an organization.
"We really appreciate everything Daniel (Suárez) has done for Joe Gibbs Racing over these past several years. He has made the most of every opportunity from winning the championship in the Xfinity Series to making the jump into the Cup Series for us. We look forward to hearing about his plans going forward and know he continues to have a bright future in our sport."
The three-day festival in downtown St. Petersburg opens the IndyCar Series season for the ninth straight year, March 8-10, 2019. Weekend general admission tickets are $55 for adults and a junior ticket for ages 12 and under is available for $30. 3-Day Grandstand seats start at $105 and $70 for juniors. Pit Access and Firestone Paddock Passes can also be purchased now. Single-day tickets will be released for sale closer to the event.
An electric Harley-Davidson - what is the world coming to?
100 miles on a charge for the Livewire
Harley-Davidson's LiveWire, the company's first electric design, seemed like a one-off prototype when it appeared in 2014. But the bike is very real, and it just made a public appearance at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy, where loads of new information was announced writes Alexander George of Popular Mechanics.
The bike will get power from a permanent magnet electric motor, specifically designed to "produce a tone that increases in pitch and volume with speed." The idea, I gather, is to have some audio indication of the power the bike is producing, which will make for a more thrilling ride while also attracting people who might be skeptical that an electric bike can replicate what they like about gas-powered Harleys.
Ford’s 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship challenger has completed its first test today at Queensland Raceway.
The Mustang Supercars prototype, built with support from Ford Performance, Ford Australia and the Ford Asia-Pacific Design Studio, ran faultlessly throughout a comprehensive testing program at the Willowbank circuit.
Driven today by DJR Team Penske drivers Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard, the car was run through a battery of tests to prepare it for Supercars’ stringent VCAT homologation testing program next month.
Reducing Need for Controversial Cobalt in EV batteries
While electric vehicles get better every year, they remain beholden to battery technology. This results in a few inherent shortcomings – the most noteworthy being limited range and extended downtime while charging. While this has helped throw a wet blanket EV adoption, it isn’t the technology’s only fault. Modern car batteries are also dependent on relatively rare metals that are both morally contentious and prohibitively expensive to procure.
Cobalt, mined almost exclusively in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and often by children, is likely the worst offender. Prices skyrocketed after EV manufacturing went mainstream, and analysts have long predicted a shortage that could severely impact the long-term popularity of zero-emission vehicles. Fortunately, a new way to build batteries may be on the horizon, though this particular application could create as many issues as it solves – since it involves removing an element that’s paramount to a battery’s long-term stability.
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Tony Stewart On Adapting To His Role As Stewart-Haas Racing Team Owner
Tony Stewart transitioned seamlessly from NASCAR race driver to team owner at the end of a glittering career behind the wheel.
In an exclusive interview with Mobil 1 The Grid, the NASCAR legend discusses life in charge of Stewart-Haas Racing, alongside Gene Haas, and the various duties his role includes. Aric Almirola also features.
Mercedes Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin answers your queries and questions about all the Formula One action from Mexico, including why they three-stopped Valtteri and what caused the high levels of tire degradation...
Edoardo Mortara: "Like hurtling through an ultra-narrow, yellow-and-black labyrinth"
Edoardo Mortara at Eurospeedway leading for Mercedes in DTM
Edoardo, in your racing career, you've won the Macau Grand Prix six times, four of which were in the GT category. What is the secret behind your success? Edoardo Mortara: I just love the Macau GP, and I'm so happy every time I compete here. Because it is a street circuit that goes right through the heart of the city, it's obviously very tight. There are hardly any opportunities for overtaking. That's why it's especially important to be in the lead group right from the start - ideally at the free practice and qualifying stage. I managed that brilliantly in 2017, and in the race, I was able to control the field from the front. Over the relatively short sprint distance, it's important to quickly get into a good rhythm of attack and control and to be fully focused. You can't afford to make a single mistake in Macau.
F1 makes it official: Series to race in Vietnam in 2020
Hanoi street circuit. Once Zandvoort gets added to the calendar Miami will be locked out
Formula 1 and the City of Hanoi today announce that a Grand Prix will be held in the Vietnamese capital from April 2020.
As the first new race to be announced under Liberty Media’s ownership, the Vietnamese Grand Prix represents Formula 1’s firm commitment to the Asia region where races are already well established in Singapore, China and Japan.
It also forms part of Formula 1’s long-term strategy to broaden the appeal of the sport and to reach new audiences around the globe.
How things have changed in the two weeks since Talladega Superspeedway kicked off the official groundbreaking on Oct. 23, of its new Turn 3 Oversized Vehicle Tunnel, which was the launch of the Transformation Infield Project. Oxford, AL’s Taylor Corporation, which is spearheading the construction effort, is full-speed ahead on the project, using heavy machinery to dig the pathway of the tunnel going into the infield near the entrance of Turn 3. Part of the track’s asphalt has also been broken apart and removed near the current Gate 9 crossover.
McLaren is pleased to announce that Sergio Sette Camara has joined the McLaren Young Driver Program as Test and Development Driver.
Sergio, 20, from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, is currently competing in Formula 2, and will work closely with team as part of his development. He will also provide valuable support to its racing program for 2019.
Guy Cosmo, Patrick Byrne And Salih Yoluc Move To LMP2 For Asian Le Mans Series
United Autosports LMP2 Ligier
United Autosports have confirmed that Guy Cosmo, Patrick Byrne and Salih Yoluc will move up to the LMP2 class for the team’s debut in the Asian Le Mans Series.
Guy, Patrick and Salih were the first Asian Le Mans Series announcement for United Autosports, originally entering the LMP3 class, but the trio have now made plans along with the team, to step up to the LMP2 class.
Over $2M in Scholarships on Offer for 2019 Road to Indy Competitors
Indy Lights Action
The Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires enters its 10th year in 2019 and continues to set the standard as one of the most successful driver development programs in the world, providing a scholarship-funded path to reach the Verizon IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500. Andersen Promotions today confirmed the champion’s prize packages for each of the three series – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship – as the globally recognized platform prepares for the new season.
The racing facility known as Utah Motorsports Campus (UMC) has changed ownership. Following a vote by the Tooele County Commissioners, Tooele County has agreed to sell Utah Motorsports Campus to Mitime Utah Investment, LLC (Mitime).
Mitime is a subsidiary of the Geely Holding Group of China, a publicly-traded company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that is currently ranked 267 on the Fortune Global 500 list. Geely Motors is the largest private automobile manufacturer in China; in addition to its own Geely-branded cars, the company also owns the Volvo, Polestar, Proton (which includes Lotus), Lynk & Co and London Taxi Cab brands as well as the Terrafugia flying car brand. Geely operates manufacturing plants in China, the United States, England, Sweden, Belgium, Belarus, Australia and Malaysia. Geely is also the largest private shareholder of stock in Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz.
ON Semiconductor and Mercedes EQ Formula E Team will work jointly
Mercedes F1 already works with ON Semiconductor
The Mercedes EQ Formula E Team has gained a new supplier with ON Semiconductor, a leading provider of semiconductor-based solutions.
The relationship will build on the existing cooperation between ON Semiconductor and Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport in Formula One where the company's technology is already utilised in the energy recovery pack that controls ignition and injection on the Formula One race car.
Mari Hulman George and one of her offspring - Anton
Information about services for Hulman & Company and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Chairman of the Board Emeritus Mari Hulman George, who died Saturday, Nov. 3 in Indianapolis at age 83:
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 12:05 p.m. (ET) Thursday, Nov. 8 at St. Benedict Catholic Church, 111 S. 9th St., Terre Haute, Indiana. Father Martin Day (OFM Conv) and Father Mike Welch will officiate. Private burial will occur at Calvary Cemetery in Terre Haute.
INDYCAR Media created to manage international media rights
Finally Mark Miles giving international TV rights the attention it deserves
Hulman & Company has announced the formation of INDYCAR Media, which becomes the in-house global distribution arm of INDYCAR's international media rights. INDYCAR Media has already begun to arrange the distribution of media rights for the 2019 IndyCar Series season and beyond.
Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, which owns INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, oversaw the development of a similar program for the ATP Tour in men's professional tennis and that program stands as a model. INDYCAR Media will secure deals with more than two dozen licensees representing more than 100 countries broadcasting IndyCar Series races.
Bradley Smith will make the switch to the new FIM Enel MotoE World Cup next season. The current Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MotoGP driver has signed a contract with the Malaysian One Energy Racing.
The FIM Enel MotoE World Cup, a new road racing class driven by electrically driven engines and which will form an extra class from next season - in addition to the already established MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 class - within the MotoGP World Championship. There will be five MotoE races in 2019 during a number of European Grand Prix weekends.
To keep them in the sport after being destroyed by Chevy and Toyota so many years, NASCAR plans for Ford to win everything this year. If you drive another brand you have no chance
NASCAR admitted that it made a mistake in penalizing Jimmie Johnson before Sunday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway, an error that NASCAR’s Steve O’Donnell said was “unacceptable on our part.”
NASCAR ordered Johnson to relinquish his 23rd starting spot and start the race at the rear. NASCAR officials believed Johnson’s car had failed inspection before the race three times. Instead, Johnson’s car had failed twice and should not have been ordered to the rear.
O’Donnell, NASCAR’s chief racing development officer, was asked afterward how such a mistake could have happened.
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