Elliott Sadler's Crew Chief Suspended For Season Finale at Homestead
Loose lugnuts will cost Sadler his crew chief at Homestead
Elliott's Sadler will have to try and win his first-career NASCAR Xfinity Series title next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway without crew chief Kevin Meendering calling the shots on the pit box.
Meendering was officially suspended for next weekend's event after NASCAR officials found two loose lugnuts on the right-rear of Sadler's No. 1 Chervolet following his 13th-place finish in Saturday night's Ticket Galaxy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway.
Formula E showcased the future of electric mobility on its first visit to the African continent in the company of leading names in the world of sustainability in Marrakesh.
Sebastien Buemi clinched his second victory in succession for Renault e.DAMS against the backdrop of the Atlas Mountains and COP22 - the 22nd session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
There was again less than a tenth of second between Mercedes’ two title contenders in Saturday morning’s final practice for the Formula 1 Grande Premio do Brasil 2016, but this time it was championship leader Nico Rosberg with a slight advantage over teammate Lewis Hamilton, both driving the superior Aldo Costa designed Mercedes.
The Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace was damp at the start of the 60-minute session, but rapidly dried as Sebastian Vettel went third from Ferrari team mate Kimi Raikkonen, just two-tenths off Rosberg’s pace. Then came the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, all within around half a second of the Mercedes.
Blue skies, few clouds and temperatures creeping up towards 20 degrees was the scene on Saturday morning for FP3, with Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0) initially the only men able to lower their laptimes from Friday – taking between three and four tenths off.
In the last 15 minutes the action hotted up once again, and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) took the top spot in the final shootout - getting down to two tenths off Lorenzo’s Best Lap of the circuit - with Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Maverick Viñales in P2 – and Lorenzo’s Friday laptime keeping the Spartan in third on combined times.
If all goes as planned, Wood Brothers Racing will be moved into its new home by the middle of next week and driver Ryan Blaney will be back with the team in 2017. Wood Brothers co-owner Len Wood said Friday that the team is almost entirely moved out of its shop in Harrisburg, NC, and will be moving about 45 minutes away to Mooresville. Wood said the team is moving into a former HScott Motorsports shop K&N Series shop near Mooresville Dragway.
The facility is in a business park filled with racing teams and more importantly is very close to Penske Racing, with whom the Woods have a close affiliation. The Wood Brothers had been in Harrisburg since late 2005, sharing the shop in recent years with JTG Daugherty Racing, which Len Wood said purchased the Woods' portion of the facility earlier this year. As for Blaney, who had a successful rookie season in the Wood Brothers first full season of racing since 2008, Wood said the team intends to have him drive the #21 Ford again in 2017. FoxSports
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Video: 21 Questions with Ryan Blaney and Chuck Norris Ryan Blaney, driver of the No. 21 Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, puts Chuck Norris, popular actor and martial arts expert on the clock with a set of 21 questions. Comment
Tundra Tows Home 2016 Truck Series Manufacturer's Title
Toyota driver Saurez celebrates his Phoenix win
Toyota captured the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) manufacturer’s championship with Daniel Suarez’s victory at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday night.
Tundra drivers won 13-of-23 races to date to capture the NCWTS manufacturer’s championship one week prior to the season finale at Homestead Miami Speedway. This is the ninth NCWTS manufacturer’s championship for Toyota in 13 seasons since the Tundra joined Truck Series competition in 2004.
Brown, Beckman, Line, Savoie Lead Pomona Qualifying
Ron Capps scored valuable qualifying points and Jack Beckman sprinted to the qualifying lead in Funny Car on Friday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the 24th and final event of the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. The Auto Club NHRA Finals marks the conclusion of the six-race NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
Paul Fix and Tony Buffomante take Trans Am poles at Daytona
Paul Fix and Tony Buffomante both bolstered their championship pursuits today as the Trans Am Series held qualifying in preparations for tomorrow's 50th Anniversary Season Finale at Daytona International Speedway, Round 12 of the 2016 Trans Am Championship. Lee Saunders and Brian Kleeman also set fast laps in the TA3 and TA4 class qualifying sessions, giving them pole positions of their own come tomorrow's two 103.24-mile, 29-lap races, a TA, TA3, TA4 multi-class race and a TA2 exclusive race.
Paul Fix, in the No. 50 StopFlex/TheCarCoach.com/Techron Chevrolet Corvette, secured the pole for the TA, TA3 and TA4 multi-class race for the second consecutive year with a 1:44.541-lap around the 3.56-mile, 20-turn road course.
Brad Keselowski Racing announced today that driver Austin Cindric will compete full-time for the organization in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) in 2017 piloting one of the Team's Ford F-150 entries.
"One of the things we wanted to do at BKR is give talented young drivers an opportunity to take the next step in their career," said team owner Brad Keselowski. "Austin Cindric has already had success in various forms of racing and he has shown a lot of potential in our truck. We're happy to give him an opportunity to compete full-time at a high level in NASCAR next season."
Video: NASCAR Phoenix Pre Race Q&A Part 2 Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Toyota), Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota) and NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase drivers Elliott Sadler (No. 1 OneMain Chevrolet), Erik Jones (No. 20 Hisense Toyota) and Ryan Reed (Lily Diabetes / American Diabetes Association Ford) Comment
Many Corvette owners prefer to own than finance While most sports car buyers choose to finance their purchases in order to fulfill their dreams, a lot of Corvette fans are apparently going by a different philosophy.
Out of 32,000 new registrations, 40.3% of all Corvette buyers paid with cash, while only 56.9% of them used a loan, according to Experian.
Video: NASCAR Phoenix Pre Race Q&A Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota), Kurt Busch (No. 41 Monster Energy / Haas Automation Chevrolet), Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford) and Alex Bowman (No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet) Comment
After Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) ruled FP1 at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana over four tenths clear, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) hit back in the afternoon to take the provisional top spot for much of the second session of the day. In the final few minutes of the day's track action however, Lorenzo hit back to go quickest once again – six tenths quicker than his best of FP1 and two tenths quicker than his 93-numbered rival.
The morning session was cooler, with the afternoon bringing the air and track temperatures up considerably – and the paddock hosted by uninterrupted blue skies.
Kevin Magnussen from Denmark will drive for the anti-American Haas team
Haas F1 Team, the first American Formula One team in 30 years, has signed Kevin Magnussen to drive alongside veteran pilot Romain Grosjean beginning with the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship.
Magnussen, the 24-year-old from Roskilde, Denmark, comes to Haas F1 Team with two years of Formula One experience – one with McLaren in 2014 and one with Renault in 2016. Magnussen finished an impressive second in his Formula One debut at the 2014 Australian Grand Prix. He has scored 62 points in 38 grand prix starts leading into Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace.
"From the time we began looking at drivers, Kevin Magnussen was always on our short list," said Gene Haas, founder and chairman, Haas F1 Team. "He's accomplished a lot in a very short period of time, and we feel like he can accomplish a lot with us. Our second season will bring a new set of challenges, and we feel that pairing Kevin with Romain will help us develop our new car and continue our growth.
Driving the superior Aldo Costa designed Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were separated by just three-hundredths of a second in Friday’s second practice for the Formula 1 Grande Premio do Brasil 2016, as the two Mercedes drivers dominated proceedings at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace.
This time it was Williams giving chase to the Silver Arrows, with Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa third and fourth respectively, though with a half-second deficit they were nowhere near as close to the world champions as Red Bull had been in FP1.
Friday’s opening practice for the Formula 1 Grande Premio do Brasil 2016 suggested that Red Bull could be a major factor in this weekend’s title fight, as Max Verstappen trailed Lewis Hamilton by just 0.096s in Interlagos. Verstappen split the Mercedes, with Nico Rosberg third ahead of Daniel Ricciardo.
As four-tenths of a second covered the top four, the fifth-placed Williams of Valtteri Bottas was a long way back, over 1.2s off Hamilton’s pace. The Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg were sixth and seventh respectively, followed by the second Williams of local hero Felipe Massa and the Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, neither of whom ran the soft Pirelli tires.
Ferrari said its cars will never be electric. They will just have to live with the fact their cars will get their doors blown off by EVs. Graphene Ultracapacitors will discharge electric very quickly compared to today's batteries. The Tesla P100D already smokes all Ferraris. Just wait until its batteries use Graphene
In his years overseeing the development of Porsche's Cayman and Boxster two-seaters, Stefan Weckbach never faced a hurdle like the one he encountered when shepherding the company's first all-electric car to market: acoustics. Electric vehicles, it seems, may be too quiet to be considered Porsches. "Our customers are very emotional about sound," says Weckbach, the chief of the brand's push to introduce an electric sedan in 2019. "They told us, 'We like the growl of your engines, and we expect something similar for an electric,' " writes Christoph Rauwald and David Rocks of Bloomberg.
For the past two years, Weckbach has led a team of about 30 developing the Mission E, a four-door sedan that looks something like a scaled-down Panamera. That team-each member with a specialization such as design, logistics, or finance-can dip into Porsche's pool of thousands of experts who deal with challenges ranging from the arcane (the strength of the door hinges) to the fundamental (will a model be a roadster or sport-utility vehicle?).
Porsche's effort comes as the industry starts to pay more attention to electrics and the European Union prepares rules to go into effect in 2020 that dramatically tighten limits on carbon dioxide emissions. Mercedes-Benz has created a new brand, EQ, for its zero-emission cars. Audi, Porsche's sister brand at Volkswagen, is planning a battery-powered SUV in 2018 and at least two more electrics by 2020. BMW, which launched its electric i3 city car in 2013, is preparing an electric SUV and a Mini. And Tesla has seen strong sales of its $65,000-plus Model S and plans to start selling the $35,000 Model 3 next year.
In the end Audi's filthy dirty diesel technology didn't belong in a world switching to clean electric motors
Audi is ending an era. On Saturday, November 19, not only the current season of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) will end in Bahrain but also Audi ceasing its Le Mans sports prototype program after 18 years. Audi's sports prototypes, from the Audi R8, the Audi R10 TDI and the Audi R15 TDI to the Audi R18, have shaped an entire racing era. They represent one of Audi Sport's most successful periods and are symbols of the technical progress achieved by the brand with the four rings.
"The event in Bahrain will no doubt be a very emotional farewell for all of us," says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. The Austrian, who has been in charge of Audi's motorsport activities since the end of 1993, has decisively shaped the brand's sports car commitment. In 1999, the LMP race cars competed in the 12 Hours of Sebring for the first time, to date having clinched nine titles in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), three in various European Le Mans series, plus two drivers' and two manufacturers' world championship titles in the FIA WEC. No less than 106 winners' trophies are displayed in the showcases of AUDI AG and its teams, including 13 for victories in the Le Mans 24 Hours. A historically unique success is Audi's "triple," in other words three victories in succession, allowing the brand to keep the trophy.
Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) began his final MotoGP weekend in Yamaha colors in dominant style, taking the top spot by almost four tenths from teammate Valentino Rossi. 2016 Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) was third, only a fraction behind the Italian at Valencia.
Sepang winner Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) was fourth, with Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) beginning his final weekend with Tech 3 in the top five.
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