Byron Earns 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year Honors
William Byron, driver of the No. 24 Camaro ZL1 clinched the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year award with a ninth-place finish in the penultimate race of the season at ISM Raceway. Byron becomes the 18th different Chevrolet powered driver to win the award in NASCAR’s Modern Era (since 1972) joining recognizable names like Elliott, Larson and Gordon.
“We are proud of William Byron and the No. 24 Camaro ZL1 team for winning the 2018 Cup Series Rookie of the Year title,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “It’s great to have William on Team Chevy and we look forward to more great things from him in the future.”
Less than a month after Joey Logano bumped Truex out of the lead on the final lap to win at Martinsville – a move Truex called a “cheap shot” that day – the talk at Thursday’s Championship 4 Media Day is what will happen should those two race for a Cup title Sunday.
“I won’t just wreck a guy … unless it’s the 22,” Truex told NBC Sports on Thursday, referencing Logano by his car number.
That wasn’t all. Truex told reporters: “I still remember what happened, and I’ll use that to my advantage.
Between NASCAR and IMSA, the France Family will have IndyCar locked out of all the prime TV slots, thereby forcing them into obscure timeslots, leading to lower ratings, and eventually oblivion.
NBC Sports’ inaugural presentation of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship begins Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, with live coverage of the 57th Rolex 24 At DAYTONA from Daytona Beach, Fla., as part of more than 100 hours of IMSA programming set to air across NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app throughout the upcoming 2019 season.
On April 30, 2018 NBC Sports Group and IMSA announced a new, six-year media rights agreement in which NBC Sports acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to all IMSA races beginning in 2019.
Legendary Rock Band Foreigner To Headline Miller Lite Carb Day Concert
Foreigner, one of the biggest-selling bands in history and creator of some of rock's most enduring hits, will headline the Miller Lite Carb Day Concert on Friday, May 24, 2019 to conclude one of the most exciting days in the Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The concert starts at 3:30 p.m. on the Miller Lite Stage inside Turn 4 of the IMS oval. An opening artist will be announced in the coming weeks.
Testing and pre-runs complete, Honda Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi now heads south of the border to Ensenada, Mexico as he joins the Honda Off-Road Racing Team for this weekend’s Baja 1000.
Rossi, rookie winner of the historic 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016 and second in the 2018 IndyCar Series championship, will join veteran Baja race winners Jeff Proctor and Johnny Campbell driving the Baja Ridgeline Race Truck as the team seeks its third class victory in the legendary off-road event.
Watch the fastest F1 pitstop of 2018 - 1.97s for Vettel at Interlagos Ferrari perform the DHL Fastest Pit Stop of the Brazilian GP. Sebastian Vettel is dispatched in 1.97 seconds – the fastest tire change of the season so far. Comment
Telcel and Infinitum enter partnership with ROC ahead Mexico
Telcel and Infinitum – part of Mexico’s largest mobile network operator America Movil – have entered into partnership with the Race Of Champions ahead of ROC Mexico on January 19-20, 2019 at the Foro Sol, the iconic amphitheatre forming part of Mexico City’s Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez Formula 1 circuit.
Furniture Row Racing Hauler Florida Bound for Team's Final Race
Can Furniture Row win again
Video of the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing hauler leaving the Denver race shop Tuesday night for Homestead-Miami Speedway where team driver Martin Truex Jr. will defend his 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship on Sunday.
The hauler left the shop at approximately 10:15 p.m. MT.
UPDATE You asked for it, you got it. This spring, North America's premier open-wheel racing championship is finally coming to COTA's hallowed Stars and Stripes to write the first chapter in a brand new racing legend. International rock superstars MUSE join the party Saturday night, bringing their electrifying live show to the Super Stage.
Sauber Motorsport is delighted to announce the launch of the Sauber Junior Team program to compete in the FIA Formula 2, FIA Formula 3, ADAC Formel 4 Championship and the Italian F4 Championship, from 2019 onwards.
The Swiss Company has partnered with leading team Charouz Racing System, a successful organization with proven track records and state of the art facilities. The Sauber Junior Team will benefit from Sauber’s technical, sporting and commercial support and the first tests will take place in Abu Dhabi later this month.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan (RLL) Racing announced today that the team will enter a Honda-powered car for British driver Jordan King in the 103rd Indianapolis 500 on May 26, 2019. It will be the first Indianapolis 500 for the native of Warwickshire, England who competed in the 11 road and street course races for Ed Carpenter Racing in 2018.
"I’m really happy and excited to announce that I’ll be driving in the 2019 Indy 500 with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing,” said Jordan King, 24. “This race is one that I have been working towards and a race I have always dreamt of racing in as it’s the jewel in the crown of IndyCar. I was at the race last year and I really enjoyed the whole weekend and knew straight away it was something that I had to be a part of so to be able to go there next year is definitely a huge moment in my career.”
A coalition of electric vehicle companies led by Tesla is pushing and prodding the federal government to expand a massive tax credit set to expire that allows customers to undercut the auto market.
The creation of the so-called EV Drive Coalition comes as Tesla and GM and others approach the cap of 200,000 vehicles per manufacturer before the credit phase out. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has previously mentioned that the company can survive without government assistance.
Casey Stoner - Ducati’s brand official ambassador and tester
Following a three-year collaboration as Ducati’s official ambassador and tester, Casey Stoner has officially parted ways with the Italian manufacturer.
The 33-year-old Australian began his collaboration with Ducati in 2016, helping the team improve the Desmosedici GP prototype used by the Ducati Team. In 2017 MotoGP, the GP17, piloted by Andrea Dovizioso, finished second overall behind the Honda RC213V piloted by five-time MotoGP Champions Marc Marquez.
Video: Mercedes F1 are the 2018 F1 Constructors Champions
Hamilton, Bottas and Wolf mingle with their flock
When Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport revealed their 2018 Formula One car almost ten months ago, it was dubbed "More than a Machine" - not only because it was the outcome of roughly 1,000 years of working hours, but also because the Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ captured the hopes and dreams of the entire Mercedes family. Today, that family came together to share a moment that very few people in Formula One have ever experienced: We celebrated our fifth consecutive double title after securing the FIA Formula One Constructors' Championship on Sunday in Brazil and the Driver's title two weeks earlier in Mexico.
There’s more to a Formula One team than the cars in the garage and the people at the racetrack. Back at Red Bull's factory in Milton Keynes there’s an operation working flat-out to design, test and manufacturer components to feed the beast – because the F1 development race is just as competitive as the one out on the circuit.
It isn’t just about making new parts. Between the races their cars are stripped, examined at great depth, and painstakingly rebuilt from the ground up. An F1 car leads a brutal existence, constantly being pushed to the absolute limit of performance. That takes a toll – and so, even after a race without incident, the cars have taken a pummeling. When they return to base, around 200 composite parts need to be inspected and returned to pristine condition before going out again.
Ticket renewals are available now for 2019 Grand Prix of Portland
Portland IndyCar race
After an exceptional return to Portland International Raceway (PIR) earlier this year, IndyCar racing comes back to the Pacific Northwest for the Grand Prix of Portland over Labor Day weekend, August 30-September 1, 2019.
The exclusive renewal window is now open for those who purchased 3-Day Grandstand seats for the 2018 event to keep or upgrade their location through Monday, December 10th ending at 6 p.m. PT. General public sales will begin on Thursday, December 13th at 10 a.m. PT. Ticket prices remain unchanged for the 2019 Grand Prix of Portland.
While NFL ratings are generally on the rise this year, motorsports continues its plunge into oblivion. The motorsports leaders have done little to nothing to promote go-kart racing in high schools and colleges. As a results, 99.9999999% today's youth are not exposed to motorsports and hence the sports is dying from an aging fanbase.
Today's leaders think social media is the answer. The more the sport and it's participants use social media the faster the TV ratings decline and sponsors run for the exits.
“All of us at Talladega Superspeedway have the family and friends of our good friend David Pearson in our thoughts. Not only was he one of the greatest our sport of NASCAR has ever seen behind the wheel, but he was a character like no other with his mischievous and joking ways. While he was fun off the track, he was all business when he climbed in the cockpit. He is the only driver in Talladega history to win three straight of our spring 500-mile races (1972-74). He helped set the standard as one of the best drivers ever, and while doing that, made drivers around him better. Being a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame as well as the International Motorsports Hall of Fame shows you how successful and respected he was. We would like to express our deepest condolences to the Pearson family.”
TriStar Motorsports driver Cole Whitt has retired, the team announced late Sunday night.
Whitt, 27, started 34th and finished 25th in Sunday’s NASCAR Playoffs Round of 8 race at ISM Raceway in Phoenix. It was his 13th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start of the season, with a best finish of 19th at Texas in the spring.
Whitt has 161 Cup starts under his belt, racing full time at NASCAR’s top level in 2014-15 and 2017, finishing 31st in points in his first two full seasons. In his 2012 Xfinity Series rookie season, he placed seventh overall, with four top-five finishes.
Tackle the twists and turns of Sonoma Raceway’s road course in your personal vehicle during Speedway Children’s Charities’ 6th annual Laps for Charity on Saturday, Jan. 12.
This once-a-year-opportunity invites participants to take their vehicle for a few laps around the 12-turn road course. For just $150, this unique experience includes a pre-lap classroom safety briefing with professional drivers, three lead-follow laps around the 2.52-mile circuit, a picture of your car on track, plus a “hot lap” in the instructor’s car.
With no car change halfway through the races, how much will drivers now have to stroke it to have battery left to fight for the win at the end?
The ABB FIA Formula E Championship will be shown on the BBC for the very first time, with the British public broadcaster bringing fans every race of the new season on their live events platform.
Starting on December 15 with the opening round of season five - the SAUDIA Ad Diriyah E-Prix - the new partnership will see Formula E aired live across the BBC in the UK - with all races available to watch via the BBC Sport website, BBC iPlayer and BBC red button.
Alongside the comprehensive online and digital coverage of the electric street racing series, one E-Prix will also be transmitted live on BBC network television this coming season.
FOX NASCAR analysts pick their favorites going into Homestead
On Monday’s NASCAR RACE HUB on FS1 (Monday-Thursday at 6:00 PM ET), co-host Adam Alexander welcomed a panel of FOX NASCAR analysts to the “War Room” to break down last weekend’s race at Phoenix and discuss which of the four championship contenders is best positioned to win the title next Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Below are excerpts from three-time champ and Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds and Jeff Hammond.
Chevrolet Wins NHRA Manufacturers Cup for Record-Extending 23rd Time
Tanner Gray Camaro
For the second consecutive year, fourth time in the past five years and record-extending 23rd time, Chevrolet is the top manufacturer on the drag strip.
Chevy Racing was awarded the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Manufacturers Cup during the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Awards Ceremony Nov. 12 in Hollywood, California. Chevrolet first earned the award in 1966, and no other manufacturer has won it more times.
ISC’s stock price rose sharply today after Friday’s announcement that NASCAR is bidding to acquire the track operator. After closing at $39.06 on Friday, just before NASCAR’s announcement, the stock was trading at $42.49 per share at presstime (+8.8%). That is close to the $42.00 that NASCAR bid per share in its effort to take ISC private. Meanwhile, Morningstar analyst Jaime Katz put out a research note on the bid, writing the offer -- which is 11x ISC’s EBITDA in ’18 -- is “generally lower than the multiples we have seen offered on recent acquisitions.”
William Byron clinches Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award
Hendrick Motorsports rising star William Byron clinched the 2018 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award after Sunday’s race at ISM Raceway at Phoenix.
Byron has four top 10s and 20 top 20-finishes with one race remaining in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season and topped fellow rookie Bubba Wallace for the honor. His best result came in the summer race at Pocono with a sixth-place finish.
NBC yesterday afternoon drew a 2.1 overnight for the penultimate race in the ’18 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. That figure from ISM Raceway in the Phoenix area is flat compared to the same race last season. Headed into yesterday’s race, Cup Series viewership was down 19% year-over-year across all networks.
Saturday's Xfinity race from Phoenix, also on NBC drew a 1.0 overnight rating.
Volkswagen CEO: 'We Have Sourced Batteries for 50 Million Electric Cars
VW id platform
Volkswagen has revealed that it has plans to manufacture 50 million electric vehicles on its MEB modular electric vehicle platform, and has already set aside €50 billion ($56 billion) for the purchase of electric vehicle batteries.
Volkswagen stated in September that it aspires to sell one million EVs annually by 2025, which Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess stated will start in 2020 with sales of its compact I.D. electric hatchback.
Finishing the 2018 season fourth in the championship, 20-year old, Ryan Norman is back with Andretti Autosport, and will chase the 2019 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship as a seasoned veteran in the field.
“I’m really excited to finally make it official that I’ll be returning to Andretti Autosport for my third season competing in Indy Lights," said Norman. “We’ve built a solid foundation over the past two years and I’m ready to fight for wins, podiums and ultimately the championship, with such a great group of people who have become like a family to me.”
Wolff celebrates 5th straight F1 constructors title with his two drivers. When Aldo Costa designs your car, you do not lose. Next year Costa steps back toward partial retirement and will only work on special projects.
Corvette Racing On How To Perform The Perfect Pit-Stop
Completing an efficient pit-stop can be the difference between winning and losing in motor racing, with teams chasing every tenth of a second in a bid to beat their rivals. In an exclusive feature for Mobil 1 The Grid, Corvette Racing's Doug Fehan, Dan Binks, Brian Hoye, Oliver Gavin, Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen run through the key elements of a perfect pit-stop.
Video: Late wreck collects NASCAR Playoffs contenders
Elliott sustains damage
Kurt Busch and Chase Elliott are among the drivers involved in a multi-car incident at ISM Raceway; both cars sustained significant damage in a wreck caused when Denny Hamlin skated up the track and into Busch.
After regaining the lost lap, however, Busch was fighting for the lead after a restart on Lap 269 when the No. 11 Toyota of Denny Hamlin ran him into the outside wall. Busch's No. 41 Ford bounced off the barrier and collected the No. 9 Chevrolet of Chase Elliott, who had led 16 laps and won the first stage.
Unable to continue, Busch finished 32nd. Elliott lost three laps under repairs and came home 23rd.
Championship 4 Drivers Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Busch Light Ford), Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota) and Sunoco Rookie of the Year William Byron (No. 24 Hertz Chevrolet); Second place finisher Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford); Championship 4 drive and race winner Kyle Busch, crew chief Adam Stevens and team owner Joe (No. 18 M&M’s Toyota)
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