$650,000 worth of Boston Grand Prix refunds sent out to consumers
$650K for 1,100 = $590 per customer.
More than 1,100 Grand Prix racing fans who bought tickets to a Boston race that was abruptly canceled in April have received refunds totaling roughly $650,000 in recent months, and more payouts are forthcoming, Attorney General Maura Healey’s office said Thursday.
The news came four months after Healey announced a deal between the state and IndyCar racing to have the company provide $925,000 in refunds, after the local promoter, Boston Grand Prix, scrapped plans for a Labor Day weekend race in the Seaport District.
Jeffrey Earnhardt returns to BK Racing BK Racing announced that Jeffrey Earnhardt will return to drive the #83 Starter Toyota at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Earnhardt will be one of three BK Racing cars on track for the Ford EcoBoost 400 as he joins teammates #23-David Ragan and #49-Matt DiBenedetto for the Sprint Cup season finale. "This week I'm jumping back in the #83 Starter Toyota Camry with BK Racing and I couldn't be more excited to have this opportunity for the last race of the season," said Earnhardt.
CORE autosport unveiled its new IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship entry over two days of testing at Daytona International Speedway. Jon Bennett and Colin Braun gave the No. 54 Porsche 911 GT3R its first taste of the race track in preparation for the team’s GTD class debut.
Under sunny skies, Bennett, Braun and crew logged approximately 250 laps in the IMSA-sanctioned test. Though Braun was slightly familiar with the car already thanks to his driver coaching duties, it was Bennett’s first time behind the wheel of the German-marque’s GT3 racer.
The PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Gibson-powered Ligier JS P217 during testing at Daytona Int'l Speedway.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Longtime Prototype Challenge competitor PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports has stepped up to the Prototype class with the intention of running a Gibson-powered Ligier JS P217 in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next season.
"It's an exciting change," team owner Bobby Oergel said during testing Wednesday at Daytona Int'l Speedway. "We loved the PC category and what it was all about – still do to be quite honest. But the end result is that as a team, this is a move up in the direction that we ultimately want to go. We're excited, it's a lot of fun."
PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports partnered with Onroak Automotive to bring the new Ligier Stateside, a partnership that was important to both parties.
Video: Nico Hulkenberg Previews 2016 Abu Dhabi GP Fourth place in the F1 Constructor’s Championship would be the greatest success in the history of the Force India Team. Driver Nico Hulkenberg knows: "The Abu Dhabi track itself is really quite long and it’s kind of a weird rhythm. It’s really stop-and-go in some ways, in some other ways it’s a bit more flowing." Comment
Video: Nico Rosberg Previews 2016 Abu Dhabi GP After three wins in a row Lewis Hamilton wants to keep the momentum - but Nico Rosberg is still 12 points ahead. The German MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team driver is looking forward to Abu Dhabi at the end of the season with action and parties going on: "It’s really becoming a small Monaco! For me the main challenge of the weekend is the fact that it is twilight race." Comment
Kyle Busch's crew chief fined, warnings issued On Wednesday afternoon, NASCAR handed down warnings to seven Sprint Cup Series teams and six XFINITY Series teams following Phoenix International Raceway.
Kyle Busch's crew chief, Adam Stevens, was fined $10,000 for lug nuts not properly installed during post-race inspection following Sunday's Can-Am 500.
Petty: 'It'd be a really big deal' if Johnson wins a 7th title
Johnson going for #7
Richard Petty will have more than a passing interest as Jimmie Johnson goes for his seventh NASCAR championship Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway writes David Scott of the Charlotte Observer.
If Johnson finishes ahead of his three other Chase championship-round rivals -- Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards and Joey Logano -- in the Ford Eco-Boost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, he will tie Petty and Dale Earnhardt with seven titles, most in the sport's history.
Petty, still deeply involved in the sport as part-owner of Richard Petty Motorsports and a weekly presence in the Cup garage, recently talked about Johnson's chances at tying the record, as well as the differences in the eras during which the three drivers drove:
Danica Patrick Will Become Face Of Tourism For Daytona Beach With New Ad Campaign
Danica Patrick - race car driver and beach bunny
NASCAR driver Danica Patrick will become the "new face of tourism in the Daytona Beach area in a series of digital advertising spots" being produced next month, according to a front-page piece by Jim Abbott of the Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL.
The Halifax Area Advertising Authority BOD this week "unanimously approved spending" $130,000 out of the authority’s annual $3.1M marketing budget to hire Patrick to "star in spots to emphasize the area’s appeal beyond the familiar themes of motorcycles, NASCAR and spring break."
Gordon, Waltrip, McReynolds and Petree Weigh in on Homestead The NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES wraps the 2016 season this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano will battle for the championship. Below, FOX NASCAR analysts four-time champion Jeff Gordon, Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip, and former crew chiefs Andy Petree and Larry McReynolds offer their perspective on this weekend's race and championship scenarios.
Neel Jani scorched the fastest lap of the day with a 1m39.817s lap under the floodlights in night practice at Bahrain International Circuit to lead Thursday WEC practice in Bahrain. The No.2 Porsche 919 Hybrid was 0.455s quicker than the sister car of Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard.
Audi was third as No.8 Audi Sport Team Joest entry headed the No.6 Toyota Gazoo Racing car by just over 0.2s
The No.7 Audi R18 and the No.5 Toyota TS 050 HYBRID placed fifth and sixth.
Video: Next generation IndyCar (2nd Update) UPDATE Chris Beatty has updated his website with a new video and more renderings of his next-generation open wheel race car, be it IndyCar or F1. The new animation goes into a bit more detail on the car and the canopy mechanism, including his driver extraction system. It's time to protect the drivers head and put the driver's skill back in racing - i.e. get rid many of the engineered gimmicks that make racing 99% car and 1% driver. At 1% racing is not a sport, but an engineering exercise. We suggest you watch the new video (below) and see his website for his latest renderings.
Antonio Felix Da Costa tops opening qualifying in Macau
Antonio Felix da Costa
Antonio Felix da Costa is on provisional pole position for the qualifying race around the streets of Macau after coming out on top of a heavily disrupted first qualifying session on Thursday.
The Portuguese driver, who is returning to the event this year as part of a four-car assault by Carlin, set the best time of the session with twelve minutes remaining, with no fewer than four red flags causing disruptions.
Porsche will tackle the 2017 racing season with an all-out newly developed GT racer. The new 911 RSR makes full use of the breadth of the Le Mans 24 Hours GT regulations, and in addition to systematic lightweight design, features the ultra-modern, flat-six engine positioned in front of the rear axle. The extremely light four-liter powerplant is highlighted by direct fuel injection as well as a rigid valve drive and is characterized by outstanding fuel efficiency. The new 911 RSR will make its debut at the 24 Hours of Daytona race in January 2017.
Thermal Track southeast of Palm Springs, CA in the desert
Beginning January 2017, pro racers and auto/motorcycle enthusiasts alike are expected to flock to Palm Springs as The Thermal Club finalizes its highly anticipated third and final phase of track development, complete with the most modern safety technology in the industry.
Previous additions to Thermal—the North and South Palm Circuits—received the highest accolades. Phase 3, the Desert Circuit, is poised to be no less impressive. Not surprisingly, Thermal has become the go-to club among the racing and driving communities, building upon innovation, safety, and passion for motorsports as its core foundations.
BR and Dallara will build a prototype LMP1 Ahead of the final race for the 2016 world championship of endurance FIA WEC Russian company BR Engineering announced its decision to build a 2018 prototype for the LMP1 category.
Boris Rotenberg, president of BR Engineering, and Andrea Portremoli, CEO of the Dallara, signed a cooperation agreement. The aim of the joint work of Russian and Italian design offices is joint development and the creation of a racing prototype BR1 in 2017.
NASCAR HOF Posts Attendance Increase, Revenue Decline In FY '16
The NASCAR HOF has bled red ink since its opening in 2010
Annual figures from the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority show that the NASCAR HOF's revenue "declined by $300,000 during the fiscal year that ended last summer," but "whether the racing museum finally broke even remains unresolved."
Revenue declined 4.6% from '15 to $6.2M, which CRVA and HOF execs attributed to a "slower booking year at the neighboring convention center."
Attendance increased by 4,000 to 170,500 for FY '16, up from 166,559 in '15. BIZJOURNALS.com
Mazda Unveils New Daytona Prototype international Race Car
New Mazda for 2017
LOS ANGELES -- During a standing room only news conference today at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Mazda confirmed a two-car Daytona Prototype international (DPi) program and unveiled its new race car, which will compete full-time in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype class beginning in 2017.
"This new DPi race car reaffirms Mazda's longstanding commitment to IMSA and the WeatherTech Championship," said IMSA President Scott Atherton. "This first public unveiling of a DPi is the culmination of several months of collaboration between Mazda, the Riley/Multimatic partnership and IMSA. This car is nothing short of breathtaking, and represents a benchmark example of the vision we have for how manufacturers incorporate their production car design elements into a prototype race car. We eagerly anticipate its competition debut in the Rolex 24 At Daytona this coming January."
Stanford study shows benefits of batteries over fuel cells
100% electric cars running on batteries will change the world. Just wait to when Graphene makes its way into car batteries.
Electric cars that run on batteries are a better investment for communities than hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, according to a study by researchers from Stanford University and the Technical University of Munich.
The study, published in the journal Energy, envisions a hypothetical future in 2035 in which the costs of electric vehicles are much lower than they are today.
Researchers then took real-world data from the town of Los Altos Hills, Calif., and imagined how energy consumption would look in 2035 if 38 percent of cars on the roads ran on batteries or fuel cells.
The study assumed that fuel-cell vehicles, which convert hydrogen gas into clean electricity, would be powered by locally produced hydrogen made with the cheapest available electricity.
Ecclestone: Trump's election will be best thing for the world
Donald Trump being endorsed by Brian France earlier this year
Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone supports the recent election of Donald Trump in the United States. Ecclestone, who is British, held court in Brazil and spoke on a number of topics, including the recent presidential election.
"Trump's election is the best thing that could have happened to the world," Ecclestone said in an interview with Brazil media outlet Globo.
"I have met him a few times, and, believe me, it will be better for the world."
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Adds Historic Can-Am Race to Event Lineup
Can-Am cars at Laguna Seca
Next April, Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach fans will get a taste of the 1000+ horsepower engines that dominated the golden age of Can-Am racing, when the historic machines race for the first time on the world-famous seaside circuit.
The 20-minute race, which will run Saturday, April 8, will start at approximately noon, just prior to the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix event.
Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) is settling into his new home well -- fastest on day one at the Valencia test and then repeating the feat on day two for an amazing debut. A 1:29.975 in the afternoon saw the former Moto3™ World Champion take over at the top, after completing 66 laps on his second day at Yamaha. With blue skies once again and good, seasonal temperatures, conditions were nigh on perfect for one of the paddock's key days of the pre-season.
Vinales' teammate Valentino Rossi ended the day a little further down the timesheets in P7, completing a program of 45 laps and suffering no crashes -- after losing some track time on day one following a fall on when testing back to back 2016 and 2017 equipment. The 9-time World Champion put in a best of 1:30.709, and next up heads to Malaysia alongside Vinales to test in Sepang -- with most on the grid instead heading for Jerez next week.
Opportunities Arise For F4 U.S. Championship Team Emerging opportunities continue to arise for the participants of the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda. F4 U.S. team Group-A Racing was selected by the Lucas Oil School of Racing committee to host the winner of the inaugural Lucas Oil Formula Car Race Series for a day of testing as part of its champion award package.
The champion will spend one full day working with Group-A Racing, testing his or her choice of the F4 U.S. Championship Crawford F4-16 chassis or one of the team’s other open-wheel seats at MSR Houston, the winter base of Lucas Oil School of Racing in Angleton, Texas.
2017 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Tickets Go On Sale Thursday
Fans can secure their seats for the fastest weekend of the summer as tickets for the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix will go on sale to the public starting at 9 am ET on Thursday, Nov. 17. One of the most popular annual events in the Motor City, the Grand Prix encourages fans to Start Your Summer June 2-4, 2017 on the streets of Belle Isle, and fans can get tickets by visiting www.DetroitGP.com/tickets or by calling the ticket hotline at 866-464-PRIX (7749).
Ticket pricing for the Grand Prix remains virtually the same at all levels from 2016 as packages are available for the action-packed weekend on Belle Isle, highlighted by the only doubleheader on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule – the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans. The Grand Prix will once again offer free round-trip bus service to and from Belle Isle with every ticket. Listening to feedback from its loyal fans, Grand Prix organizers have also made a few enhancements for 2017 including padded seating in some areas and access to the Scott Fountain, the historic landmark at Belle Isle Park.
Schmidt Peterson deep-sixes Indy Lights team (Update)
UPDATEPress Release: Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) announced today that it will cease operations in the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires Series, starting in 2017.
SPM began as a Lights-only entity in 2002 and currently holds the longest-running tenure in the series. During its 15-year operation, the Indianapolis-based team became the most successful in Series history, acquiring seven championships, 74 race wins, 82 poles and eight Freedom 100 victories.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that United Rentals Inc., the largest equipment rental company in the world, has extended their agreement with the team with a new multi-year agreement. United Rentals will be again be the primary sponsor for the No. 15 Verizon IndyCar Series entry of Graham Rahal in the Chevrolet Duals in Detroit, June 3 and 4, and has added primary sponsorship of the No. 15 entry at Phoenix International Raceway on April 29. The agreement also calls for United Rentals to be a major associate sponsor on the team’s entry for Rahal during the 2017-2018 seasons and continue on as the Official Equipment Partner of the Verizon IndyCar Series.
The entire of Le Mans' Bugatti Circuit has been resurfaced for the first time in over a decade, officials at the venue have revealed.
Le Mans' Bugatti Circuit hosts MotoGP's French Grand Prix, while elements of the short circuit, including the pits straight and the Dunlop Chicane, form part of the Circuit de la Sarthe, home to the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Circuit chiefs commented that the new top layer of asphalt will provide better grip and a more uniform surface for riders and racers in 2017, with work completed last month.
Video: MercedesBenzWorld Formula 1 fans have been waiting a long time for this - the team is giving away a mega VIP day with Nico Rosberg at Mercedes-Benz World. This includes a 4x4 Driving Challenge and the opportunity to ask Nico anything you like. To enter the competition, visit www.MercedesAMGF1.comComment
Video: Street Art In the run-up to his ninth win of the season, Lewis Hamilton took some time off to attend an unusual event in Brazil. The three-time Formula 1 world champion swapped his steering wheel for a spray can and displayed his talent for street art at a festival organized by team partner Puma. Comment
Robert Wickens: "Edoardo will take our team forward"
Wickens after winning at Zandvoort this year
Robert, you're testing in Portimao this week. How's it going for you so far? Robert Wickens: These are exciting times. I love it when we get to develop a car further, and the new regulations for the 2017 season give us a lot of possibilities in this regard. I find it incredibly thrilling. In this test week, we've set ourselves the goal of covering as many kilometer's as possible. I drove 773 km on the first day alone. Obviously, it's quite hard work, but at the same time very exciting. The new tires are performing well and should make for some thrilling racing. The car also feels good considering that we are still in the early phase of development. There are another six months until the car is homologated. That fills me confidence at the moment.
Video: F1 Strategy Insight: How to adapt to extreme wet conditions Mercedes Chief Race Engineer Andrew Shovlin explains how the team adapted its race strategy to the extremely wet conditions during the 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix. Comment
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