Track action at next year's season-opening Qatar MotoGP will begin on Friday, rather than Thursday.
In the past the unique night-race schedule has seen one practice session for MotoGP, plus two each for Moto2 and Moto3, on the Thursday. Friday has then featured two MotoGP practice sessions, sandwiching one session each for Moto2 and Moto3.
Repsol Honda duo top the time sheets on final day of Valencia test
Marquez on 2018 Honda
The Repsol Honda Team’s long Valencia stint, comprising a very successful final race weekend of the 2017 Championship and two productive days of testing, has finally come to an end.
Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa took advantage of another sunny day to continue their work in preparation for 2018. As was the case yesterday, they started on the current machine before switching over to the new one also.
Racers Edge Motorsports announced today that Harry Gottsacker will lead their effort to win the Pirelli World Challenge Series GTS championship for 2018. After completing partial seasons in GTS the last two years, Harry is ready to commit to a full season and will drive one of the team’s bright red SIN R1 GT4 machines.
“I am extremely excited to say I will be teaming up with Racers Edge for the PWC 2018 season! The team is vastly experienced, and the SIN has proven to be extremely fast and competitive, no matter the track. I’m ready to start testing and as this will be my first opportunity to campaign a full season in one series, I plan to win races and take a run at the championship!
LTi Printing 250 official name of NASCAR XFINITY Series at MIS
LTi Printing 250
Michigan International Speedway and LTi Printing will continue to expand their strong partnership in 2018. The printing company is increasing its involvement in NASCAR by sponsoring the NASCAR XFINITY Series race on June 9 at MIS.
In the two years since joining NASCAR, LTi Printing has seen immediate rewards on its involvement. LTi Printing sponsored Jordan Anderson during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway in 2016. Then earlier this year it sponsored the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series LTi Printing 200.
Hamilton likens his F1 ride next year to a school bus.
Lewis Hamilton says the decision to reduce the maximum number of engines per season for each driver from four to three before incurring a penalty "sucks".
The FIA believes reducing the number of engines will bring costs down – although that hasn't been the case with drivers taking extra engines when required and just accepting that brings with it a penalty – and agreed that each season the number would reduce, with 2018 set to drop to three.
GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing ceases racing operations
Gainsco Porsche test day
GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing will change its format in 2018, by transitioning away from owning and operating a racing operation with the objective of operating solely as an engaged corporate sponsor in the future. GAINSCO Auto Insurance is exploring potential partnership opportunities to continue to leverage its racing heritage, iconic corporate brand and successful activation programs.
GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing has been committed to excellence in road racing since its formation in 2001. Since its inception, the team has earned two championships, 16 victories and 31 pole positions. Their legacy of all-star drivers includes team owner Bob Stallings, two-time Daytona Prototype Champions Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty, seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson, two-time IndyCar Champion Jimmy Vasser, GT Champions Darren Law and Wolf Henzler, C.A.R.T. Champion Cristiano da Matta and celebrated American drivers Memo Gidley and Rocky Moran Jr.
Almirola thanked for bringing big sponsor to the Petty team. Smithfield Foods moves with him to SHR.
This weekend, Aric Almirola will make his final start for Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM). Almirola has been the full-time driver of the No. 43 since 2012. He made five starts for the team prior to 2012.
Almirola enters the Homestead-Miami Speedway with 243 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts. Of those, 213 have been with RPM. He has the most starts for the organization that started in 2009.
The highlight of the tenure is Almirola's win in the 2014 Coke Zero 400 at the Daytona International Speedway. A storybook win, Almirola took the checkered 30 years after "The King" Richard Petty celebrated his 200th win at Daytona.
Culmination of the Formula 3 season in Macau for Mercedes
The prestigious Macau Grand Prix will take place on the legendary Guia street circuit for the 64th time this year.
The FIA F3 World Cup, which has been won three times over the past four years by the driver of a Mercedes-powered car (2013: Alex Lynn, 2014/2015: Felix Rosenqvist), is traditionally contested alongside the FIA GT World Cup.
Video: Thore Visits Paffett house In the third and last part of our series 'Thore visits Gary Paffett', Gary takes Thore on a guided tour of his house and shows him what has been designated the 'Daddy Area'. Comment
Sale of Lola Wind Tunnel heralds end of an era - and start of 'an exciting new chapter'
Lola Wind Tunnel
The Lola Technical Centre, housing the Lola Wind Tunnel, one of Europe’s most technically advanced and commercially available wind tunnel operations, is about to be put up for sale.
Former racing driver and owner of the Cambridgeshire-based Lola Group, Martin Birrane, has decided, now that he is no longer involved in motorsport engineering, that the continued development of this exceptional facility would be best taken forward by those within the automotive or motorsport industry.
Brazilian Grand Prix Strategy Analysis Brazil never fails to entertain! But how did yet another Interlagos rollercoaster unfold behind-the-scenes? Only one way to find out... it's Pure Pit Wall debrief time from the Mercedes team! Comment
Butterball, DHL Team Up to Donate to Midwest Food Bank
Ryan Hunter-Reay handing out Butterball turkeys to the poor
With the spirit of giving in mind, Andretti Autosport partners Butterball and DHL have teamed up with 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay and his team to give back to the Indianapolis community.
An annual tradition since 2014, Butterball, who accounts for 20 percent of the nation’s total turkey production, along with Andretti Autosport, the back-to-back Indianapolis 500 winning team, gathered Tuesday at Kroger’s newest downtown Indy location to hand-deliver over 700 Butterball whole turkeys and 1,000 boxes of stuffing to various missions served by the Midwest Food Bank.
Anyone can buy Penske shocks, but no one can buy the version that goes on Penske's own cars
IndyCar is rolling out a simplified body kit next season to cut costs and improve racing. IndyCar estimates that the new Bodykit will save teams $216K per entry in 2018.
Unfortunately that savings is more than wiped out by the silly shock package rules that allow teams to develop their own shocks. Teams will spend a minimum of $250K-$300K per car including development and testing on shocks in 2018 and every year thereafter.
JR Motorsports today named veteran car chief Billy Wilburn as crew chief of the No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture team for this Saturday’s season finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway as driver Justin Allgaier vies for the NASCAR Xfinity Series title.
Wilburn, who has served as car chief with the No. 7 team for the past four seasons, will step into the role normally occupied by Jason Burdett. Burdett is serving a one-race suspension after the No. 7 car did not clear post-race inspection at Phoenix Raceway. JR Motorsports elected not to appeal the NASCAR-announced penalty on Monday.
On the favorite to win the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES championship:
“I don’t see any weaknesses in Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 78 team. They just execute. I’ve been on the Truex bandwagon nearly all year and would love to see him win the championship because of everything he has been through. But I think Harvick is the guy to beat. They found speed in his Fords as of late. His mile-and-a-half track performances have been stout, and like Tony Stewart said, when you put Harvick in this situation, it’s like dangling a piece of meat in front of a hungry tiger. I’d like to see Truex win the championship, but I think this championship goes through Harvick.”
Sprint Car Star Brian Montieth Enters Trenton Indoor Dirt Racing Events
2016 Trenton winners. This year race will be run on dirt in the same indoor stadium
TRENTON, NJ . . . Brian Montieth, affectionately known as ‘The Edge’ for his penchant of getting the most out of his Premier Auto Works No. 21 410 Sprint Cars, will be putting Indoor Auto Racing Series fans on the edges of their seats this December 1-2, 2017.
Montieth is the latest entry for the first East Coast Micro Dirt Nationals, coming up at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, N.J.
The NHRA Pro Stock field will lose a second Mopar Pro Stocker in 2018. In addition to the departure of Allen Johnson, Deric Kramer confirmed with CompetitionPlus.com at the NHRA Auto Club Finals he will run horsepower supplied by KB Racing at 15 races next season.
Kramer confirmed he will race a Camaro with the new horsepower.
Public Ticket Sales Launch Tomorrow for 2018 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Three-day tickets for the 2018 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg go on sale tomorrow (November 15) at 10 a.m. EST at gpstpete.com or by phone at 877-725-8849. The 14th edition of this annual racing festival returns to the downtown streets and picturesque waterfront of St. Petersburg, Fla., March 9-11. Renewal customers have until 9 p.m. EST tonight (November 14) to renew their same three-day grandstand seats as last year.
All three-day ticket options will go on sale to the public which include Reserved Grandstand, General Admission, and Paddock and Pit Access. Pricing remains unchanged for the 2018 event for all tickets.
The STR Philosophy - Carlos Sainz Jr., Franz Tost & Max Verstappen On Toro Rosso Now with Renault and Red Bull Racing respectively, Spain’s Carlos Sainz Jr. and Max Verstappen are two of a number of Scuderia Toro Rosso graduates whose development through the ranks of Formula One can be attributed to their time at the Italian team. Joined by team boss Franz Tost, the pair discuss the role STR plays as a feeder system to the world of F1 and the wider Red Bull family. Comment
Video: Buemi Takes RB8 up the Tremolastrasse In Switzerland
Sebastien Buemi has undertaken some amazing stunts during his motorsport career, however few can compare with the breathtaking beauty of his twisting drive along the perilous Tremolastrasse.
The 2014 FIA World Endurance champion and 2016 Formula E champion returned to his native Switzerland and Ticino, the southernmost canton in the country, to drive on the ancient road made of uneven cobblestones which are made treacherously slick by melting snow.
SJM Theodore Racing Four-Car Assault for Ninth Macau GP Title Campaign
Director of SJM Rui Cunha, SJM Theodore Racing drivers Mick Schumacher and Callum Ilott, Team Principal Teddy Yip Jr., Chairman of the Board of Directors of SJM Ambrose So, Managing Director and Chief Administrative Officer of SJM Angela Leong, SJM Theodore Racing drivers Zhou Guan Yu, Maximilian Gunther, and Deputy General Manager of ICBC (Macau) Alex Li at the “Meet the SJM Theodore Racing Team” Press Conference.
Sociedade de Jogos de Macau, S.A. (“SJM”) hosted the official media reception today at the Grand Lisboa for the SJM Theodore Racing Team, ahead of the 64th Macau Grand Prix.
SJM has been the Title Sponsor and Official Partner of SJM Theodore Racing since 2014 and this successful partnership continues for 2017. ICBC (Macau) also returns as the Promotion Partner of the team.
Attending the media activity were Dr. Ambrose So, Chairman of the Board of Directors of SJM, Ms. Angela Leong, Managing Director and Chief Administrative Officer of SJM, Dr. Rui Cunha, Director of SJM, Mr. Teddy Yip, Jr., Team Principal of SJM Theodore Racing, and the team’s four drivers Mr. Maximilian Joyous, Mr. Callum Ilott, Mr. Zhou Guan Yu and Mr. Mick Schumacher.
Dr. Ambrose So, Chairman of the Board of Directors of SJM, commented, “SJM is proud to continue our longstanding support for the Macau Grand Prix by returning this year as the Title Sponsor and Official Partner of SJM Theodore Racing, as well as the Title Sponsor of the SJM Macau GT Cup – FIA GT World Cup. The successful partnership of SJM with Theodore Racing continues this year at the 64th running of the Macau Grand Prix.
Chevrolet Wins NHRA Manufacturer Cup for 22nd Time
For a record-extending 22nd time, Chevrolet is drag racing’s leading manufacturer.
Chevrolet was awarded the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Manufacturers Cup during the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Awards Ceremony Nov. 13 in Hollywood, California. Chevy first earned the award in 1966, and no other manufacturer has won it more times.
JTG/Daugherty Racing will embark on a technical alliance with Hendrick Motorsports in 2018.
JTGD currently fields the #37 and #47 Chevrolets in the Monster Energy Cup Series for drivers Chris Buescher and AJ Allmendinger. The drivers are currently 25th and 28th, respectively, in the standings.
"So we're hoping to improve our simulation capabilities and our measurement protocols; then we'll do our own aero development," team owner Tad Geschickter told motorsport.com. "Most of those great teams have their own aerodynamic development, and it's not a part of what they share.
Justin Allgaier loses crew chief for Xfinity finale
NASCAR XFINITY Series crew chief Jason Burdett has been fined $10,000 and suspended from this week’s championship-determining Ford EcoBoost 300 for a rules violation during this past weekend’s race at Phoenix Raceway.
Burdett is crew chief for the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet driven by Justin Allgaier, who is one of the drivers in the Championship 4.
According to the NASCAR penalty report issued Monday, Burdett and the JR Motorsports team were penalized for a rear brake cooling assembly issue. Per the NASCAR Rule Book, Section 18.104.22.168, rear brake cooling assemblies must be sealed from air inlet to exhaust.
Interlagos F1 tire test cancelled amid security fears
Pirelli flees Brazil before someone gets killed
Formula 1 tire supplier Pirelli has decided to cancel its planned test at the Interlagos circuit due to safety concerns at the Brazilian Grand Prix venue.
Following a robbery attempt on Sunday involving Pirelli staff, the Italian manufacturer announced on Monday that the test has been called off.
"Following a robbery attempt, neutralized by Pirelli security, on a Pirelli van at the Interlagos circuit last Sunday – after a weekend where similar episodes occurred with other teams – it has been decided to cancel the tire test planned on Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 on the Brazilian circuit with McLaren," Pirelli said in a statement.
Livio Suppo to leave HRC following 2017 MotoGP season
Livio Suppo and Tetshuiro Kuwata
Honda Racing Corporation wishes to announce that Livio Suppo has decided to move on from his role as Repsol Honda’s Team Principal and leave the Company.
Livio Suppo joined HRC in 2010, as Communications and Marketing Director. From 2013 he assumed a dual-role as Team Principal of the Repsol Honda Team and HRC Communications and Marketing Director, giving a precious contribution in marketing, plus team and rider management.
Matt Kenseth draws praise from racing legend Mario Andretti
Matt Kenseth, 45, the driver of the #20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, won his 39th career NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona on Sunday in the Can-Am 500, the final race of the Round of 8 in the playoffs.
His win, which caused him to break a 51-race win drought dating back to the New Hampshire race in July of 2016, drew praise from racing legend Mario Andretti.
NASCAR Phoenix Monster Cup Post-Race Q&A Race winner Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Circle K Toyota), crew chief Jason Ratcliff and Joe Gibbs Racing, Championship 4 drivers: Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford), Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota) and Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M's Caramel Toyota), Second-place finisher Chase Elliott (No. 24 Hooters Chevrolet) and Championship 4 driver: Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Busch Light Ford)
Brazilian Memories with Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi, Carlos Pace, Piquet and Senna, Brazil has produced many legendary F1 drivers. We sat down with the brilliant Emerson Fittipaldi to hear about his career, his thoughts on Senna and the rest of his Brazilian story. Comment
Bratches, Carey and Brawn running F1 into financial ruin? To early to say.
Liberty Media revealed that its Formula One Group "burned up" net losses of $160M in the first nine months of '17, fueled by increased costs and "high-octane" interest payments on loans held by the auto racing series that after which it is named, according to Christian Sylt for FORBES.
In January, Liberty bought 100% of F1’s parent company, Delta Topco, for $4.6B from a consortium of sellers led by private equity firm CVC. Liberty was paid in cash, shares and a loan which could be exchanged for shares.
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