Dale Jr. follows through, hand delivers helmet to Rick Hendrick Dale Earnhardt Jr. gives his final race helmet to longtime owner and friend Rick Hendrick -- and shares his thoughts on his last race. Comment
NASCAR Homestead Xfinity Series Post-Race Q&A NASCAR XFINITY Series Champion and Sunoco Rookie of the Year William Byron, team owners Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kelley Earnhardt Miller, and crew chief David Elenz (No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet); Race winning team - Cole Custer, owner Tony Stewart and crew chief Jeff Meendering (No. 00 Haas Automation Ford); Owner Championship team - driver Sam Hornish Jr. and owner Roger Penske (No. 22 REV/ Fleetwood Ford); Championship 4 drivers - Justin Allgaier (No. 7 BRANDT/ TradeMark Nitrogen Chevrolet), Daniel Hemric (No. 21 Poppy Bank Chevrolet) and Elliott Sadler (No. 1 OneMain Financial) Comment
NASCAR Homestead Brian France and Brent Dewar Q&A Brian France, NASCAR Chairman & CEO and Brent Dewar, NASCAR President - expressed optimism that the sport is in a good place despite various changes and challenges. In the annual state-of-the-sport speech, France called '17 a "great year -- not a good year, a great year," and said that around 22 of the sport's 36 annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races showed year-over-year attendance increases. The two also touched on the first year of Monster Energy's title sponsorship, as well as media consumption and linear TV ratings, which are down year-over-year heading into the final week of the season.
On Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Danica Patrick announced plans to finish her racing career with runs in the 2018 Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 in cars still to be determined.
But Patrick would have preferred that her last ride in the No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford not end as early as it did. On Lap 142 of 267, a flat tire sent Patrick’s car rocketing into the Turn 2 wall, collecting the Chevrolet of Kasey Kahne in the process.
Patrick steered the crippled car to the entrance to pit road, but exited the Ford after it caught fire.
“I hit the wall (earlier) in (Turns) 3 and 4 and got some fender rub on the tire, and it blew the tire,” Patrick said. “I went a couple of laps and there was smoke in the car, but they thought it was all right, but it wasn’t.”
Toyota Wins 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title
Toyota drivers Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch battle for the title
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Toyota won the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) manufacturer’s championship with a victory by Camry driver Martin Truex Jr. at Homestead-Miami Speedway to claim its second-consecutive Cup manufacturer’s title Sunday.
After winning its first Cup manufacturer’s title in 2016, Toyota won the 2017 championship on the strength of 16 victories this season, punctuated by the performance of Truex, who won the 2017 driver’s championship.
Sherry Pollex on Truex's win: 'I told him that's why you never give up' Sherry Pollex talks about what the championship means for Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 78 team -- who have all stood by her side through cancer treatment. Comment
Video: Incredible finish - 2017 Macau Grand Prix - F3 Race You won't want to miss this finish of today's race. We've been around for quite a while, some 40 years of F3 included, but we've never ever seen such an INCREDIBLE last lap ... and this time it wasn't the first corner, but the LAST corner. Comment
#88 Daniel Hegarty. With the Armco barriers so close at Macau it is death waiting to happen for motorcycle riders
During the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix, which takes place on the same weekend as the Macau GP, disaster struck as 31-year-old Daniel Hegarty crashed at high speed into a barrier. Hegarty was pronounced dead in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. Glenn Irwin was named the winner of the GP after the race was canceled on the sixth lap.
"The win is all irrelevant now and I wouldn't have won the race had it gone the distance," said Irwin.
Advanced Engine Research, Ltd (AER) today introduced to the motorsport community the successor to its successful P60 LMP1-L engine. The P60B, which features substantial technical upgrades developed over the course of the past year, builds on the design of the V6 GDI P60, the engine powering the winners of the Endurance Trophy for Privateer LMP1 in the 2015 and 2016 seasons of the FIA World Endurance Championship and class victories both years at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Porsche in WEC: The End of a great era A Porsche Motorsport Video from Bahrain International Circuit, where the Porsche 919 Hybrid performed well in it's final race. It was the end of a great era. The three-time Le Mans winner has written motorsport history. Comment
NASCAR Manufacturers Q&A from Homestead Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, Dave Pericak, Global Director of Ford Performance and Ed Laukes, Group Vice President, Marketing for Toyota Motor North America Comment
Binder and Fittipaldi hand Lotus World Series team title in Bahrain 1-2
Fittipaldi, Binder and Calderon on final podium ever - series is toast
The final round of the 2017 World Series Formula V8 3.5 season was completed with a spectacular 1-2 performance for Lotus today at Bahrain International Circuit. After securing the driver title with Pietro Fittipaldi in race 1, the Czech squad cruised in race 2: in addition to taking the win with Rene Binder, Lotus secured the team crown. The podium was completed by Sauber Formula 1 Team Development Driver Tatiana Calderon (RP Motorsport), also best rookie.
Fisker patents EV battery with a range of 500 miles that can be charged in 1 minute
Fisker EMotion. If the claims are true, it will be game set and match - the end for the internal combustion engine around 2030
It might sound too good to be true -- but Fisker is working on an electric vehicle battery that can charge up to 100% in just one minute. They’ve reportedly made a breakthrough in solid-state batteries -- and their technology could allow an EV to travel 500 miles after a single charge.
Now the company has filed a patent for a groundbreaking solid-state battery.
Green Car Congress reports that the patent includes claims about manufacturing processes and novel materials, saying, “Fisker’s solid-state batteries will feature three-dimensional electrodes with 2.5 times the energy density of lithium-ion batteries.” Recharging such a battery, they pointed out, would take less time than filling up a tank of gas today.
The Goodyear tires were popping like hand grenades at Phoenix. For the last 10 years they have been exploding
UPDATE NASCAR and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company today announced a renewed sponsorship agreement that ensures Goodyear is the exclusive tire of NASCAR’s top three national series.
The newly signed agreement continues Goodyear’s designation as the “Official Tire of NASCAR” and extends an uninterrupted relationship that started in 1954. Goodyear and NASCAR’s six decades of partnership is one of the longest-running sponsor programs in any sport. In addition, Goodyear has been the exclusive tire supplier for the sanctioning body’s top three series since 1997.
“We proudly join Goodyear in celebrating our renewed and longstanding partnership,” said Brent Dewar, NASCAR president. “For more than half a century, NASCAR and our teams have trusted Goodyear tires. Our partners’ commitment to innovation and excellence plays a key role in our unyielding pursuit to deliver the best racing product in the world.”
The Tesla Semi Class 8 electric truck exceeds the hype
Elon Musk presents the Tesla Semi - sure to put a huge dent in Mercedes' Freightliner business
The much-awaited reveal of the Tesla Semi electric truck took place in Hawthorne, California, in typical Elon Musk style. Speculation prior to the presentation was substantially exceeded with its claimed range well beyond the 300 miles (500 km) expected and acceleration figures that place the unladen tractor unit in sports car territory.
Callum Ilott claims stunning Qualification Race win in Macau
From left, Eriksson, Ilott and Camara
Ferrari protege and SJM Theodore Racing by Prema driver Callum Ilott scored a sensational victory in the Qualification Race ahead of the 64th Macau Grand Prix.
By the end of the first lap, Eriksson had opened up a one second lead over Ilott, and he maintained that advantage in the early stages of the race before his rear tires started going and his pace dropped.
Video: NASCAR Homestead Cup Qualifying Q&A Second- place qualifier Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/ Tracker Boats Toyota), Championship 4 drivers: Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford)and Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Caramel Toyota) and Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford); Coors Light Pole Winner Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota) Comment
Despite his fears that Formula 1 could become too much like NASCAR, Lewis Hamilton says he would consider a run in the American series.
Hamilton recently voiced concerns about the future of F1 with the introduction of Halo in 2018 and the sport's plan to limit drivers to just three engines per season.
"The fact that these days we’ve got 100 kilograms (weight Halo adds to the car = 220 lbs.), the car is going to be a bus next year, it’s going to be so heavy it’s going to be like a bleeding NASCAR next year, so heavy," he complained.
Undercover Lyft with Danica Patrick See what happens when professional racecar driver Danica Patrick shifts into Driver Mode for a day and takes a few unsuspecting Lyft passengers for a ride around town. Comment
Video: Danica Patrick Retirement Announcement Danica Patrick (No. 10 Aspen Dental Ford) announces retirement as a full-time driver, and that she will run just the Daytona 500 and Indy 500 in 2018 Comment
Video: NASCAR Homestead Pre-Race Q&A Dale Earnhardt Jr. Appreci88tion (No. 88 AXALTA Chevrolet) and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4 Owners: Joe Gibbs, Owner, Joe Gibbs Racing, Joe Garone, President, Furniture Row Racing, Tony Stewart, Owner, Stewart-Haas Racing and Walt Czarnecki, Executive Vice President, Penske Corporation Comment
Watkins Glen lost their shirt on the IndyCar race so they booted them out of the Labor Day weekend and are bringing in PWC
WC Vision, producers of the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC), announced today that famed Watkins Glen International will be the site of the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge season finale with a Labor Day road racing weekend on Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at the legendary 3.4-mile, 11-turn road circuit in upstate New York.
Pirelli World Challenge’s return to the classic Watkins Glen road course will feature the entire PWC division lineup including GT (GT/GTA/GT Cup), GTS (GTS/GTA) and Touring Car (TCR/TC/TCA) in a three-day sports car spectacular with doubleheader sprint races. The exciting finale will feature traditional 50-minute sprints for GT and GTS classes and 40-minute features for Touring Car classes.
Video: Porsche Last WEC race final pole A Porsche Motorsport video from Bahrain International Circuit with the Porsche 919 Hybrid taking pole for his last race and listen to Porsche 911RSR drivers talking on their chances of winning the GT World Championship title. Comment
AER Introduces the P60B Engine for the 2018 World Endurance Championship Advanced Engine Research, Ltd (AER) today introduced to the motorsport community the successor to its successful P60 LMP1-L engine. The P60B, which features substantial technical upgrades developed over the course of the past year, builds on the design of the V6 GDI P60, the engine powering the winners of the Endurance Trophy for Privateer LMP1 in the 2015 and 2016 seasons of the FIA World Endurance Championship and class victories both years at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Pietro Fittipaldi becomes final Formula V8 3.5 champion
Champion Pietro Fittipaldi is hoisted up
The Brazilian driver Pietro Fittipaldi (Lotus) is the 2017 World Series Formula V8 3.5 Champion, thanks to the second place gained in race 1 in Bahrain. Pietro, grandson of two times Formula 1 Champion Emerson, puts his name besides great champions like Kevin Magnussen, Carlos Sainz Jr, and more recently Oliver Rowland e Tom Dillmann. The rookie Henrique Chaves (AVF) is the winner of race.
One of the most thrilling race in World Series Formula V8 3.5 history gave the title to Fittipaldi and maiden win to Chaves. For the first time the series promoted by RPM-MKTG took place in night time too, in the last round of 2017 season Fittipaldi under the podium was welcomed by many friends among which Nelsinho Piquet, the former F.1 driver who’s racing in WEC.
Game Changer: Tesla rolls out its electric big rig truck (Update) UPDATE Wal-Mart is planning to test Tesla's electric semitractor-trailer and has preordered 15, the retailer says. The pilot is planned for the U.S. and Canada.
J.B. Hunt Transport Services announced earlier on Friday it has reserved "multiple" new electric semis just unveiled by Elon Musk.
Gibson Technology is pleased to announce they have signed a contract with DragonSpeed to supply LMP1 engines for the 2018/19 season. The 2017 ELMS LMP2 Champions have confirmed their intention to contest LMP1 in FIA WEC in 2018, running a one car team with a BR1 chassis and Gibson GL458 engine. The BR1 chassis is a collaboration between Dallara and BR Engineering.
The new LMP1 engine supplied by Gibson will be based upon their successful LMP2 engine. Design, development and production of the new GL458 are taking place at Gibson’s Repton facility, with the first engine being scheduled for delivery to DragonSpeed in late February.
Rev Group To Sponsor No. 12 And Ryan Blaney In 2018
Team Penske has announced an enhanced partnership agreement for 2018 with REV Group, a leading manufacturer of specialty vehicle brands serving the commercial, fire and emergency and recreational markets. REV, a Team Penske partner in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) and the Verizon IndyCar Series since 2016, will showcase its brands as the company steps up to become a sponsor for the team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) in 2018.
Video: NASCAR Chevy SS Memories This weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway will mark the final race for the Chevy SS as the flagship vehicle for Chevrolet in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition.
The SS made its on-track debut at during speedweeks in 2013 at Daytona, winning the first points paying race as Jimmie Johnson took the SS to Winner’s Circle in the season-opening Daytona 500.
Foyt thinks Kanaan can make his team a winner again
Kanaan and Foyt
As Tony Kanaan prepared to sign last month with AJ Foyt Racing for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, the veteran driver did so with goals still to accomplish in mind.
Clearly, there was the opportunity to extend a stellar Indy car racing that will stretch into a third decade next season. There’s also the desire that continues burning inside for a second Indianapolis 500 victory and to return the team led by racing icon A.J. Foyt to prominence.
Elon Musk smacks down every gasoline car ever made
Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed the next version of the electric car maker's roadster, saying it will be the "fastest production car ever made - period. "
The new Tesla Roadster, a sports car that takes over where the company's first model started left off moons ago, was a surprise reveal by Musk at the end of the unveiling of its electric big rig truck here.
Price is $250,000 for the car, due in 2020, according to the Tesla website.
Formula E Putting Reach Before Revenue, Studying UFC Model
Like Bernie Ecclestone, Agag realizes you must invest in a global TV package to become an international powerhouse
Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag is "putting reach before revenue, and casting an envious glance" at UFC and Conor McGregor, "as he seeks to grow his electric car racing series," according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS.
The Spaniard said on Wednesday that Formula E, which will start its fourth season in Hong Kong on Dec. 2, was "ramping up the marketing spend."
That means investing up to $47.1M per year on promotion and "remaining as freely accessible as possible."
Agag said, "We make some money from media rights but our priority is reach. We need to build a fan base. We've been studying a lot what happened with UFC, which is kind of the last big success new sport. That took 20 years and the TV following of UFC was quite low and quite flat for a long time, but the fan base was growing and growing. And suddenly boom! The TV grows and meets the fan base." REUTERS
A Farewell Note from Crew Chief Jeremy Bullins to Wood Brothers Racing
Bullins and his driver Ryan Blaney
“It’s funny how life works and the things that happen that lead you to where you wind up. Growing up in Stokes County, less than 30 minutes away from the Wood Brothers’ shop, it was common for me to see cars in town with 21 stickers on the window, or license plates and such. I always thought how cool it would be to work there and racing was all I ever wanted to do anyhow.
“When I sat down with Eddie and Len Wood at the picnic table in the old “new” shop in Stuart, VA in 1999 I could only dream that one day I’d be the crew chief of the 21. Now there were a lot of stops along the way in between for me to arrive at that point, but it all started with me getting my foot in the door that night.
Scuderia Toro Rosso is very pleased to announce that its driver line-up for the 2018 Formula 1 season will be the one formed by Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley. After making their Formula 1 debuts this year in Malaysia and Texas respectively, both drivers will continue together, as teammates, in the new year.
Next week’s Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi will be Pierre’s fifth Formula 1 weekend and Brendon’s fourth, gaining vital experience in order to start the 2018 season with already a good understanding of the sport and, at the same time, getting to know the team better.
Smart. Young. Fast. Matheus Leist, the 19-year-old Brazilian, will drive A.J. Foyt’s No. 4 ABC Supply Chevrolet in the Verizon IndyCar Series next year.
Foyt, who made the decision to hire the rookie to partner with veteran driver Tony Kanaan, said, “I wanted a fresh start for 2018. I think the combination of an experienced driver like Tony and a hungry young driver like Matt [Foyt’s nickname for Leist] will work. I watched him in the Indy Lights this year and he won at Indy [the Freedom 100 Indy Lights race]. I know he’s got a lot to learn but I think he’s going to learn very quick and I think he’ll be very good in the Indy cars.”
United Autosports have confirmed that Will Owen will return to the team for the 2018 European Le Mans Series and, pending an entry confirmation, the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours.
The American racer will race a Ligier JS P217 for a second year after joining the team for his prototype debut in 2017. In 2017, Will raced alongside Hugo de Sadeleer and Filipe Albuquerque, finishing second in the LMP2 ELMS Championship and fifth overall, fourth in class, in his and the team’s maiden Le Mans 24 Hours outing.
Norris Takes Provisional Pole for Macau F3 Grand Prix
McLaren protege Lando Norris
Lando Norris grabbed provisional pole position for the Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix – FIA F3 World Cup on Friday, as he delivered two sensational laps in the closing minutes of a session that was interrupted by four red flags.
The Carlin driver had been struggling to find a good balance on used tires in the early part of the session, and had elected to fit new rubber on the left side of his car just before morning pace-setter Sergio Sette Samara crashed heavily at Fishermen’s Bend causing a lengthy red flag delay.
2018 IndyCar designer Chris Beatty could pen the 2021 IndyCar
This Chris Beatty design is what the 2021 IndyCar could be. One can only hope.
The Verizon IndyCar Series will kick off a fresh season on March 11 in St. Petersburg, Florida, an event that will be accompanied by a new era writes Tanner Watkins of Open-Wheels. Departing are the aero kits introduced in 2015, designed to inspire creativity and uniqueness between Chevrolet and Honda teams. In concept form it was a splendid idea met with rave reviews, until the operation became a money pit of sorts while cluttering an already “bit-happy” machine. In its place steps a beautifully reconfigured race car that has finally brought the IndyCar community together for a change.
Fitzgerald Glider Kits Grows Partnership With Team Penske
The #22 Penske Ford Mustang gets a new sponsor
The partnership between Team Penske and Fitzgerald Glider Kits will continue to grow in 2018, as the team announced today that Fitzgerald will become the primary sponsor on the championship-winning No. 22 Ford Mustang for the majority of next season’s NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races.
Fitzgerald Glider Kits, North America’s leading truck glider kit assembler, will be the primary sponsor of Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford for 16 races beginning next season, including the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway, the season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway and both series races at Bristol Motor Speedway, the home track for the Tennessee-based company. Fitzgerald will also be an associate sponsor on the car for the balance of the 2018 NXS season.
FIA Formula 2 Championship organizers are pleased to announce that eleven teams have been entered for the 2018 season. Eight of the outfits currently competing in the Championship will return, whilst three new squads will be introduced: Carlin, Fortec Motorsport and Charouz Racing System.
Chevrolet Takes Its Turn Testing On Texas Motor Speedway's High Banks
Dixon and the Honda cap tested recently at Texas as well
Ed Carpenter, Josef Newgarden and Spencer Pigot were the latest drivers to experiment with INDYCAR’s universal aero kit for the Chevrolet manufacturer test today at Texas Motor Speedway.
The trial marked Chevrolet’s first crack with the superspeedway package at Texas. Honda tested on the 1.5-mile high-banked oval three weeks ago.
Newgarden, the reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion, piloted the Team Penske car while Carpenter and Pigot split time in the Ed Carpenter Racing entry. Other Chevrolet-supplied Verizon IndyCar Series teams had representatives on hand, as all entries in 2018 will be equipped with the universal kit developed by INDYCAR and chassis maker Dallara following three years of aero kit competition between the two engine manufacturers.
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