After dominant 1-2 runs in the last two FIA World Endurance Championship races, the pair of Ford GTs will head into this weekend’s season finale in Bahrain with a hefty Balance of Performance adjustment.
The FIA confirmed on Tuesday that the Fords have received a 20kg increase in minimum weight and a notable decrease in turbo boost ratio, across nearly all RPM levels.
NASCAR Ramping Up Social Media Effort Around Championship NASCAR is rolling out a number of social media initiatives for its championship weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Fans can experience a Snapchat story surrounding Sunday's finale, the Ford Ecoboost 400, as well as an in-car stream of Tony Stewart's No. 14 on Facebook Live. NASCAR also will run the fourth installment of "Ready. Set. Chase." on NASCAR.com. The digital film series this week chronicles the on-track storylines of the Chase for the Sprint Cup's Round of 8. The fifth and final installment runs next week. NASCAR
Theodore Racing Launches Innovative Partnership With The Macao Government Tourism Office Theodore Racing by Prema is delighted to announce the launch of an innovative partnership between Macao’s global race team, the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) and the world’s largest social media travel and lifestyle community, Beautiful Destinations (BD).
Initiated by Theodore Racing Team Owner Teddy Yip Jr., this unique partnership centers on global travel guru and Beautiful Destinations Founder, Jeremy Jauncey, and his BD content creation team, discovering the hidden treasures of Macao and sharing their stories via the power of social media.
Formula E, Moroccan Ministry Join Forces To Create Electric Sports Coalition Following the Marrakesh ePrix, Formula E and the Moroccan Ministry of Youth & Sports joined forces to create the Electric Sports Coalition. With the objective to promote the growth of electric sports, the coalition intends to play a key role in the phasing out of fossil fuels (Formula E).
The man who wrote the review commissioned during Australian cricket's last crisis "has defended his report," saying it is "not to blame for the current woes of the Test side."
Ron Dennis has stepped down as CEO and chairman of the McLaren Group, ending a 35-year tenure with the British marque.
Dennis, 69, took the reins at McLaren in 1981, leading the team to championships with drivers such as Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen and Lewis Hamilton before handing day-to-day management of the Formula 1 operation over to Martin Whitmarsh in 2009.
Dennis re-took control of McLaren in 2013, ousting Whitmarsh after a lackluster performance on-track that year, but reports in recent months suggested that the Briton's contract would not be renewed at the end of the season.
Two young drivers, Carlos Munoz and Conor Daly, have been hired to drive the No. 14 and No. 4 (not 41) ABC Supply Dallaras in the Verizon IndyCar Series. The No. 4 team will be based in A.J. Foyt's Speedway, Indiana race shop.
One aspect that isn't changing is the team's red, white and blue colors because sponsor ABC Supply has renewed its contract with the Texas-based team for another two years. The 2017 season will be the 13th consecutive season that America's largest wholesale distributor of roofing has sponsored AJ Foyt Racing, making ABC Supply the longest active primary sponsor among teams in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Mike Bumgarner Announced As Elliott Sadler's Crew Chief for Homestead JR Motorsports race operations manager Mike Bumgarner will serve as crew chief of the No. 1 OneMain Financial team this Saturday at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway as driver Elliott Sadler vies for the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship.
Bumgarner will fill the role normally occupied by Kevin Meendering. Meendering is serving a one-race suspension as it was determined last Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway that two lugnuts were not satisfactorily fastened to the No. 1 car at the end of the Ticket Galaxy 200. NASCAR announced the infraction and penalty following the event.
IMG signs three-year V8 Supercars renewal Global sports marketing and media company IMG has agreed a new three-year deal to distribute the worldwide media rights for the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Australia's top domestic motorsport series.
The new agreement runs until 2019 and covers media and broadcast rights, including in-flight rights, around the world, excluding Australia and New Zealand.
Mercedes-AMG to build up Customer Sports involvement in the US
The Germans are coming
In 2017, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 will be racing in the most important North-American sports car series for the first time. In the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Riley Motorsports will campaign two Mercedes-AMG GT3 race cars. One of the team’s cars will run as “AMG-Team Riley Motorsports”, and one car will run as WeatherTech Racing, with sponsorship from the series’ title sponsor. With SunEnergy1 Racing, one further Customer Sports car from Affalterbach also has been confirmed already. During the race weekends, Mercedes-AMG will have an on-site presence with a comprehensive service portfolio to support the teams.
What will motorsports do when driving is something people no longer do? We hear no talk from the leaders of the sport as to what their plan is.
The rising demand for workers experienced in autonomous vehicle engineering has resulted in an unconventional training ground for new talent.
Online education startup Udacity launched a self-driving car engineer "Nanodegree" program in October. The nine-month, $2,400 online course is aimed at equipping computer science and engineering workers with the necessary skills to develop autonomous vehicles.
Fourteen auto makers and technology companies, including BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Nvidia and Elektrobit, have joined with Udacity to help shape the curriculum and gain early access to graduates of the program.
This week at Automobility LA, Volkswagen of America, Inc. will unveil the Passat GT concept, designed by the company's North American engineering hub in Chattanooga, Tenn. Combining fresh styling updates with the powerful 280-hp VR6 engine, the Passat GT concept previews a potential addition to the Passat lineup. The concept was created by Volkswagen's North American Engineering and Planning Center in Chattanooga based on extensive feedback from U.S. customers and dealers.
The DeltaWing was a nice experiment but ultimately it did nothing to improve the sport
The DeltaWing DWC13 will not contest its final race at January's Rolex 24 at Daytona. Although the radical Prototype could be used at other sports car events in the future, its use in IMSA- and FIA-sanctioned endurance competition has likely come to an end.
IMSA made a special exception for the Don Panoz-owned and developed DWC13 to participate in the Rolex 24 as a farewell to the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series, which is transitioning to a new P2-based specification in 2017, but the team confirmed it will not enter the lightweight coupe in the event.
All electric cars will need to emit a sound at up to 19 mph to protect pedestrians
The number of mental midgets we have in Washington is scary. We can hear it now - 40 or 50 EVs accelerating from a traffic light all emitting a different annoying sound. Didn't your mother teach you to look both ways and not be texting before crossing a road? Today's walkers have music blasting in their ears, they will still never hear the cars. As for blind people, how many walk the streets unassisted, and they could be equipped with a handheld radar device to assist them.
U.S. regulators took an outrageous amount of time to decide on this fairly simple issue, but now it's finally here. The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced today that electric and hybrid cars will need to emit a sound at up to 19 mph to protect pedestrians.
The sound emitting device will need to be in all new electric and hybrid cars manufactured starting in September 2019.
Suffice to say that automakers have it easy.
A ruling on this issue has been in the works since 2013, when the NHTSA estimated that the odds of an electric or hybrid vehicle being involved in a crash with a pedestrian are 19% higher compared with a louder gas-powered vehicle. The original proposal estimated that the rule could reduce pedestrian and bicyclist injuries by 2,800 instances every year, but it has now been revised to 2,400.
A decision has been pushed on several occasions and the ruling is only coming now, but automakers don't have to install the device in their EVs for another 3 years.
MOTOR TREND has recognized the Chevrolet Bolt EV -- the all-new affordable electric vehicle offering an EPA-estimated 238 miles of range on a full charge -- as its 2017 Car of the Year.
The editors based their selection on the Bolt EV's performance in six evaluation categories: advancement in design, engineering excellence, efficiency, safety, value and performance of intended function.
Dodge also cheated with Dirty Diesel Dodge Ram trucks
Raise your hand if you ever sat behind a dirty diesel truck and couldn't stand the fumes.
Allegations of cheating pollution standards have reached U.S. automakers as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was sued by consumers who said engines in some Ram pickup trucks were rigged to hide that emissions were as much as 14 times higher than permitted by law.
FCA is the first U.S. carmaker to be sued by consumers. Similar claims were made against German carmakers. Volkswagen AG admitted that it installed devices designed to fool emission testing in 11 million cars worldwide in a scandal that may cost it 18.2 billion euros ($19.5 billion). Claims of rigging vehicles have also been made against Mercedes, which has denied the allegations.
Endurance Drivers Join 2017 Acura NSX GT3 Effort Veteran drivers Tom Dyer and Mark Wilkins will join the Michael Shank Racing (MSR) Acura NSX GT3 effort at four Tequila Patron North American Endurance Championship rounds of the 2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, starting with the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.
In addition to taking part in the TPNAEC races, the pair will join RealTime Racing for Sprint-X rounds of the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge, where RTR will field a pair of new Acura NSX GT3s.
Ross Brawn Says Series Needs Continuous Plan Forward
Former Mercedes Team Principal Ross Brawn said that the process of improving F1 "tends to be done on a crisis-by-crisis basis -- rather than as a continuous plan," according to Donald McRae of the London GUARDIAN.
Brawn said that he "considers the possibility of returning to the struggling sport he loves." Brawn "played an integral role in winning 20 world championships."
He said, "That success has been because of a methodical approach which asks: 'Where do we want to be next year -- and in three years?'" Brawn's experience and acumen "would bolster a listing business" during these last days of F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone's domination.
NBC Television Star Justin Hartley Named Grand Marshal
To match the championship aura of Ford Championship Weekend, November 18-20, Homestead-Miami Speedway has named NBC's "This Is Us" actor Justin Hartley as Grand Marshal for the Ford EcoBoost 400 on November 20. Hartley will give the famous command of "Drivers, start your engines!" just before the green flag waves for the NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series championship race, which will be broadcast live on NBC.
Hartley, who was born and raised in Illinois, has starred in multiple hit TV series, including his role as billionaire superhero Oliver Queen in the long running series "Smallville" on CW. The television actor has also appeared on ABC's popular TV show "Revenge" and CBS's soap opera "The Young and the Restless." Hartley was nominated for a 2016 Daytime Emmy Award for Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his work in the show "The Young and the Restless." Hartley can now be seen co-starring on NBC's #1 new fall show "This Is Us," which has a 4.5 rating among adults and over 14.3 million viewers. In the show, Hartley plays the role of Kevin, a successful television actor, alongside Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K. Brown and Chrissy Metz.
Video: Marrakesh ePrix race highlights Rosenqvist starts on pole, Google receives a five-place grid penalty due to his car being underweight during qualifying moving Bird into second position. But how will this first African Formula E race unfold? Comment
Tom Milner, motorsports veteran and team owner with more than 40 years of top-level auto racing experience, has been named manager, Panoz Racing. Milner oversees all motorsports efforts for the Panoz sports car brand.
Milner is spearheading Panoz Racing’s development of a GT4-spec racing program based on the Panoz Avezzano, the company’s new two-seat aluminum-intensive sports car powered by a front mid-engine mounted American V8.
NASCAR Phoenix TV rating The NASCAR Sprint Cup: Can-Am 500 from Phoenix Sunday bagged a 2.1 overnight TV rating, up 61% from last years 1.3 overnight rating on hapless NBCSN but down 25% from the 2.8 overnight rating on ESPN in 2015.
We will have the cable TV rating for the Brazilian GP F1 race on NBCSN tomorrow.
VISIT FLORIDA to Field Goossens and van der Zande in 2017 IMSA Campaign VISIT FLORIDA Racing has secured a new driver pairing to campaign its all-new car for the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Set to share the No. 90 VISIT FLORIDA Racing Gibson-powered Riley Technologies MK XXX, the team will feature a new driver line up in 2017 with Marc Goossens returning to the squad after debuting with VISIT FLORIDA Racing for a full season campaign in 2016. He will be joined by Dutch racer Renger van der Zande in the Gibson-Riley. The 2016 IMSA PC class champion steps up to the Prototype ranks following several years of PC and GT class competition.
Phoenix Int'l Raceway Fails To Sell Out For NASCAR Semifinal Race For the "first time in several years, NASCAR’s Cup championship semifinal didn’t fill" Phoenix Int'l Raceway's 50,000 grandstand seats, as there were "about 3,000 empty seats." Weather conditions "were near-ideal." But PIR President Bryan Sperber said that there was a "carry-over effect from last year’s rain-delayed and shortened event."
Sperber said, "Clearly the rainout from last year is having an impact," Sperber And Dale Jr. not being here (racing). And (retired) Jeff Gordon. Those are big factors." Arizona Republic
Valentino Rossi under fire after ace appears to kick a female spectator at Valencia race Italian multiple MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi is under fire after appearing to kick a female spectator. (Total BS - watch the video on SUN, a liberal who stuck her large bag out to stop the riders so she could get her selfie and look important to her friends)
The crazy incident happened after the woman crossed his path on the paddock when she tried to snap a selfie with him at the Valencia MotoGP on Sunday.
Valentino Rossi appears to kick the woman with his left foot
Dale Coyne Racing has completed its full-time 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series driver lineup with the addition of reigning Indy Lights Champion Ed Jones as the driver of its #18 entry.
Jones, an Emirati driver of English descent, now residing in the USA, came to America in 2015 to take part in his first season of Indy Lights racing. He impressed immediately, taking pole position in his debut race, winning the first three races and going on to finish third in the standings for Carlin Racing.
This past season, Jones returned with Carlin Racing and claimed top honors in the Indy Lights Series on the strength of eight podium finishes, including two wins. He also scored eight pole positions, more than any other driver in the series.
Video: NASCAR Phoenix Truck Post Race Q&A NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: Race winner Daniel Suarez (No. 51 ARRIS Toyota) and crew chief Kevin Manion and Inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship 4: Johnny Sauter (No. 21 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet), Matt Crafton (No. 88 Slim Jim/ Menard's Toyota), Christopher Bell (No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota) and Timothy Peters (No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota) Comment
Kenseth's race win and championship hopes evaporate in late accident
Kenseth brings his bent up Camry down pit lane
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In one moment, Matt Kenseth was leading Sunday's Can-Am 500 at Phoenix and seemed destined to race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship next Sunday at Homestead. A moment later, he was wrecked and out of the Chase.
Kenseth led the field to green on the first attempt at overtime, with polesitter Alex Bowman to his inside. Kyle Busch made a move to the inside of Bowman from the third position, and Bowman blocked. As Busch shoved Bowman's Chevy forward toward the first corner, Kenseth turned down, thinking his Toyota had a clear lane. But contact between the cars sent Kenseth spinning out of the Championship 4.
After qualifying at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday, Kevin Harvick was asked:
Q) WHAT DO YOU THINK OF TONY RETIRING IN TWO RACES AND WHAT HIS LEGACY IS GOING TO BE HERE? Harvick: "It's not going to be what it should be because I don't think anybody did a very good job of giving him the credit that he deserved throughout the year at the race tracks and from a sports standpoint. That has been very disappointing from my standpoint. I know that Tony probably would say that he didn't want that but I don't think anybody has done a very good job of giving him the credit for the time that he has put in and had in the sport. A three-time champion, multiple race winner, IndyCar champion and winner and to auto racing in general. It's been pretty disheartening to me to see the lack of credit that he has gotten." Team Chevy Qualifying Notes and Quotes
Vettel drove right around Fernando Alonso in the heavy rain and Alonso tried to come back around the outside of him but he made the move too late as Vettel gave the Spaniard a driving bitter driving lesson.
Fernando Alonso has warned Sebastian Vettel that he will drive into him next time he finds himself in the same situation he found himself in during the Brazilian Grand Prix.
The Spaniard was forced off track by the Ferrari driver as they battled side-by-side over seventh position, with Alonso taking avoiding action by taking to the run-off.
Alonso lost the place to Vettel as a result of having to run wide and says next time he will just drive into the German.
"There was an asphalt run-off and I used it. But if there's a wall there, I either drive into the wall or into him, which is what I will probably do next time.
20 richest NASCAR drivers of all-time 1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. – $300 Million 2. Jeff Gordon – $150 Million 3. Jimmie Johnson – $120 Million 4. Ken Schrader – $75 Million 5. Kevin Harvick – $70 Million 6. Tony Stewart – $70 Million 7. Dale Earnhardt Sr. – $70 Million 8. Mark Martin – $70 Million 9. Matt Kenseth – $60 Million 10. Richard Petty – $60 Million
Brazilian GP Red-Flagged Due to heavy rain and several crashes, the Brazilian GP has been red-flagged after 21 of 71 laps with Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg running 1-2. Kimi Raikkonen was third for Ferrari but after he crashed out on the front straight because of aquaplaning race control threw the red. Others to crash or spin were Romain Grosjean in the anti-American Haas car, Sebastian Vettel and Sergio Perez who spun but his nothing, and Marcus Ericsson who crashed his Sauber.
Most of the 21 laps have been a parade behind the safety car. However, parades are nothing new in F1 as the Aldo Costa designed Mercedes cars always parade around at the front, no other cars able to challenge Costa's superior design.
Austin Dillon admits he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth
Kevin Harvick said he reached out to Austin Dillon following last week's incident between the two Sprint Cup Series drivers at Texas Motor Speedway but got no response. Austin Dillon said he's here at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend to race, and preferred not to comment on what took place last weekend.
"I reached out to him and he didn't reach back," Harvick, the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, said after qualifying Friday at PIR.
"So it is what it is." The two competitors were racing for fifth place at Texas when contact from Harvick's #14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevy sent Dillon's car into the wall in Turn 4 and ended his night. NASCAR.com
Brian France talks family business, NASCAR at Phoenix conference
During a keynote presentation Friday at Transitions West 2016, a family business conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France shared stories of advice provided to him by his grandfather William H.G. France and father Bill France Jr. - and how he now is doing the same with his nephew Ben Kennedy, a driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
"I sat [Kennedy] down a while back and I told him, 'You better figure out where is your value going to come in the business,'" said France. "He's going to get an opportunity. He deserves an opportunity. He's a great guy, a great student and he deserves every opportunity you'd want any other family member to get. But on the other hand, I want him to really think long and hard about coming into the business where he can add value. That's harder and harder to do when businesses are more mature."
Verizon IndyCar Series driver Helio Castroneves received two doses of good news this week, and each has the number eight in common.
Castroneves won his eighth Capacete de Ouro (Golden Helmet), one of the highest honors given to Brazilian racing drivers by "Racing" magazine during the 20th anniversary of the awards in Sao Paulo on Thursday. A day later, Team Penske announced that Hitachi Group has expanded its partnership agreement with the team and will sponsor Castroneves' car for eight races in the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season – what will be the 20th year in Indy cars for the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner.
Richard Petty Motorsports and the U.S. Air Force announced that they will once again team up for the 2017 season. The U.S. Air Force will continue to use the #43 Ford as a vehicle to connect with America's best young adults for the ninth consecutive season. Aric Almirola will once again pilot the #43 Air Force Racing Ford for two of the most patriotic race weekends of the year: Memorial Day weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Veterans Day weekend race at Phoenix International Raceway.
As part of the partnership, the U.S. Air Force will also be continuing its Summer Engineering Internship with U.S. Air Force Academy Cadets at Richard Petty Motorsports applying their knowledge of aerodynamics, fuels and engineering systems to optimize the #43 car. The U.S. Air Force will remain an associate partner on the historic #43 for the entirety of the 2017 season and will continue to hold swear-in ceremonies of Airmen in the Delayed Entry Program at NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, giving fans an up-close, in-person look at the moment when groups of young Americans commit themselves to serving their country.
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