NASCAR TV Ratings plunge as social media increases
TV Ratings were down 11% for NASCAR's Monster Cup grand finale in Homestead. The biggest disappointment were the 18-49 age group - down even more
The only good news was that NBC Sports says viewership of the race peaked in the final quarter hour of the race with 5.8 million average viewers, which it claims to be the largest peak audience for NASCAR since FOX’s April Talladega race (6.3m), and a 3.4 rating.
Santino Ferrucci Returns to Coyne for 2019 IndyCar Series Season
After making a strong impression in his four IndyCar Series starts this past year, American Santino Ferrucci will be returning to Dale Coyne Racing for 2019 to take on his first full season of IndyCar Racing alongside team veteran Sebastien Bourdais.
Ferrucci made his IndyCar debut with DCR in 2018 at the Detroit double header weekend in June and returned to the team in August when he competed in the final two rounds of the season at Portland International Raceway and Sonoma Raceway.
Wasserman, a leading global sports and entertainment agency, today announced the signing of 20-year-old Santino Ferucci to a driver representation agreement. A native of Woodbury, Connecticut, Ferrucci will pilot the #19 Cly-Del car alongside veteran Sebastien Bourdais at Dale Coyne Racing in the 2019 IndyCar Series season.
“I like what I see in Santino, both as a young driving talent and as a marketable brand,” said Jimmy Button, Vice President of Motorsports at Wasserman. “The Wasserman team has a lot of experience in motorsport and I’m excited to see what Santino can do as a young gun in the IndyCar Series next season.”
Mick Schumacher to partner Sebastian Vettel on Team Germany at ROC Mexico
Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel winning ROC in 2011
The 2018 FIA Formula 3 European Champion Mick Schumacher will make his Race Of Champions debut on January 19-20, 2019 at the Foro Sol, the iconic amphitheater forming part of Mexico City’s Aut¢dromo Hermanos Rodríguez Formula 1 circuit.
Fresh from his victorious season, the 19-year-old Schumacher – son of seven-time F1 world champion Michael – will also team up with his fellow countryman Sebastian Vettel for Team Germany in the ROC Nations Cup.
Bridgepoint, the private equity owner of MotoGP, hired advisers to "prepare the company" that owns the int'l motorcycle racing series for a sale, according to Massoudi, Espinoza & Ahmed of the FINANCIAL TIMES.
The London-based buyout group enlisted bankers at Lazard to conduct a review of Dorna, the Spanish holding company behind MotoGP and the Superbike World Championship, "in anticipation of a sale next year," according to sources.
FOX Sports and NHRA have released the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series broadcast schedule for next year.
Most notably, the schedule includes additional live coverage on the FOX broadcast network for the NHRA SpringNationals in Houston. The schedule is once again highlighted by live FOX broadcast network coverage of the Western Swing (Denver, Sonoma and Seattle) and the U.S. Nationals from Indianapolis on Labor Day.
NBC yesterday drew what is likely the lowest overnight rating yet for a NASCAR Cup Series finale. The net drew a 2.5 overnight as Joey Logano won his first Monster Energy Cup Series title, down from a 2.7 last year for Martin Truex Jr.’s win.
NBC drew a 3.2 in ’16, and a 4.2 for the net’s first season back with NASCAR in ’15.
Joey Logano's Win Gives Ford First NASCAR Drivers' Title Since '04
Jim Campbell (Chevrolet U.S. Vice President of performance vehicles and motorsports); Mark Rushbrook (Global Director, Ford Performance Motorsports) and Ed Laukes (Group Vice President, Marketing for Toyota Motor North America)
Joey Logano won the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway last night to give Ford its "eighth drivers' title, but first since Kurt Busch" in '04, ending NASCAR's "longest championship drought," according to Mark Long of the AP.
Ford also "won the manufacturers' title, the first time it has won the top two prizes in NASCAR in a season" since '99. Roger Penske, who owns Logano's No. 22 ride, and Ford BOD member Edsel Ford II "shared the championship moment in victory lane." Team Penske returned to the Ford brand in '13 and has been the "cornerstone" of the automaker's "bid to challenge Chevrolet and Toyota for tops in NASCAR."
Ford "led all three manufacturers with 19 wins" in '18. Ford Performance Global Dir Mark Rushbrook: "I just can't believe this right now. We have worked so hard for the last three years to build up the program." AP
Championship 4 drivers Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Toyota), Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford) and Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/5-hour ENERGY Toyota); 2018 Monster Energy Series champions - Joey Logano, crew chief Todd Gordon and team owner Roger Penske (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford).
Video: President Steve Phelps NASCAR Update at Homestead
With a new rules package coming in 2019 for NASCAR's foremost series, with significant schedule changes under consideration for the year after that, and with a groundswell of new corporate interest in the sport as a marketing vehicle, NASCAR President Steve Phelps was upbeat when he took questions from reporters on Sunday morning before the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Despite an on-track product that has produced compelling racing this season-as well as perhaps the strongest Championship 4 contingent since the inception of the elimination-style format in 2014-NASCAR has introduced a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition package that will constitute a paradigm shift for next season.
Video: NASCAR Homestead Manufacturers Media Availability
Jim Campbell (Chevrolet U.S. Vice President of performance vehicles and motorsports); Mark Rushbrook (Global Director, Ford Performance Motorsports) and Ed Laukes (Group Vice President, Marketing for Toyota Motor North America) talk about their NASCAR involvement.
Chevy had their lunch eaten this year, with Ford winning the title in Cup.
2018 Brazilian Grand Prix Mercedes F1 Debrief James Vowles answers your questions about the Brazilian GP, from why Mercedes pitted Lewis Hamilton earlier than their rivals, to how it felt securing the Constructors' title with victory at Interlagos.. Comment
Honda Ridgeline with Alexander Rossi behind the wheel
The Honda Off-Road Racing Team and its Ridgeline Baja Race Truck completed their 2018 season with a hard-fought second-place Class 7 finish this weekend in the 51st running of the BFGoodrich SCORE Baja 1000.
Making his off-road racing debut, 2016 Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi and veteran navigator Evan Weller took the green flag just after 12 p.m. PST on Friday. By the 40-mile mark, the pair had the Ridgeline in the class lead despite a well-publicized “near miss” with spectator vehicle.
A taped up shoulder from a crash in qualifying Saturday could not slow down Marc Marquez in a very wet morning warm-up session for the 2018 Valencia MotoGP at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, round 19 of 19.
Fernando Alonso (c) said the other LMP1 cars are 'much' faster than the Toyotas. In the race the Toyotas lapped the field as we predicted. Fernando must be smoking some sort of funny weed
Fernando Alonso must be smoking some funny weed. He said in Shanghai he feels the small edge Toyota displayed in Shanghai qualifying was "artificial" because of the way the hybrid system is used, and that without this the privateer cars are now quicker over a lap.
"I have already seen that they were faster than us in Fuji, and here they are much faster than us," said Alonso.
"We have the qualifying features on the car, which is only for one lap. We drain the battery to zero and we have more power, but only one lap.
The Road To Homestead - How The Championship 4 Sealed Their Place
The 2018 NASCAR Playoffs kicked off at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in mid-September, with the season’s star performers embarking on a 10-race run for Cup glory, which will now see a four-way battle for the title between Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick.
Mobil 1 The Grid caught up with Erik Jones, Jimmie Johnson, Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch, as well as Kyle Busch and Harvick themselves, to find out more about the path to Homestead-Miami.
Moffitt after winning title: 'Longest laps of my life' Brett Moffitt celebrates in Victory Lane at Homestead-Miami Speedway in front of empty grandstands after winning the 2018 Camping World Truck Series championship. Comment
Calderon completes the first day of testing for the Alfa Romeo Sauber
Calderon completes another test. The team really needs her money to pay bills
The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team Test Driver, Tatiana Calderon, has successfully completed her first day of testing at Fiorano. It is the first time that the Colombian racer drove on this circuit, discovering the power of the Sauber C32-Ferrari just shortly after making her debut behind the wheel of a Formula One car last month.
Calderon continued her learning process and put in a strong performance, improving lap after lap. She completed a total of 90 laps – the equivalent of 265 kilometers – throughout the day, running on Pirelli’s running promotional tires. The fastest lap was set at 00:59.913.
Toyota USA To Replace Heroic Nurse's Charred Tundra
Charred Toyota Tundra
As California’s wild fires continue to devastate, the story of a heroic nurse has come to light and attracted the attention of Toyota.
The New York Times reports that nurse Allyn Pierce risked his own life to speed through the fire to get to a hospital to care for his patients and ensure they were evacuated safely. Images of Pierce’s Toyota Tundra reveal how close he came to disaster.
VW To Turn Zwickau Plant Into Europe's Biggest EV Factory
The wholesale conversion to rid the world of air polluting, cancer causing internal combustion engine vehicles is on. How much will cancer rates plummet when the world is rid of this pestilent? Will many more humans then live to 100?
VW has announced its big plans for their Zwickau manufacturing plant in Germany, which is set to be transformed into Europe’s biggest electric car factory, featuring an annual production capacity of up to 330,000 vehicles per year.
The German car maker will invest 1.2 billion euros ($1.4 billion) in order to convert the factory for EV manufacturing, with the first model to roll off out of the gates being the ID Neo hatchback in November of 2019. Zwickau is currently building the VW Golf and Golf Estate.
When the factory’s transformation is completed, it will produce a total of six electric vehicles from 2021 onwards.
“We intend to take e-mobility out of its niche and to make the electric car affordable for millions of people”, said Thomas Ulbrich, Volkswagen Brand Board Member responsible for E-Mobility.
Chevy Earns Ninth NASCAR Truck Series Manufacturer Championship
Chevy beats Toyota for Truck title
With the completion of qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Chevrolet has clinched the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) manufacturer championship. This is the ninth time in NCWTS history that Chevrolet has captured this prestigious honor.
Silverado has powered Chevrolet drivers in the NCWTS since the series’ inception in 1995 and has now earned the Bowtie Brand nine manufacturer championships and over 230 victories.
VIDEO: IndyCar Visits The Alamo and Texas State Capitol
IndyCar fans can join in on IndyCar's journey through Central Texas by watching the below recap video.
The video recaps the press day in San Antonio at McNay Art Museum where IndyCar driver Simon Pagenaud, retired Spurs player Brent Barry, and Red McCombs came together to welcome IndyCar to Central Texas!
Smithsonian Channel to Air First Color Footage of Inaugural Indianapolis 500
1911 Indy 500 finish
The Smithsonian Channel series America in Color, which returns for a second season on Sunday, is set to air footage of the inaugural Indianapolis 500 for the first time in color.
The clip will be featured in the second episode of the season, "Titans of Industry," which will air on Nov. 25. In addition to highlighting the 1911 race, the episode will chronicle the lives of three influential families—the Fords, Firestones and Edisons—over 70 years. You can watch a preview of Smithsonian's Indianapolis 500 footage in the clip below.
The FIA has released a confirmed entry list for the 2018/19 Formula E Championship.
The all-electric series fifth season will see 11 teams competing, each with a two-car team, with the first round of the season taking place in just under a month's time in Saudi Arabia for the inaugural Ad Diriyah ePrix.
#7 Toyota of Sebastien Buemi before a huge Friday crowd
As expected, Toyota, which enjoys a huge advantage over its rivals as allowed by the FIA (so they do not leave the series) came out on top in two wet sessions of free practice for this weekend's Shanghai round of the World Endurance Championship.
Sebastien Buemi's 1m54.768s set on intermediate tires in the #7 Toyota in the first of the two 90-minute sessions stood as the fastest time of the day.
NASCAR calls it Ford Championship Weekend because the Ford Motor Company sponsors the annual, final, climactic weekend of the season at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.
AR1.com predicted before the season started Ford would dominate in 2018 - a must win year for Ford or they could leave the sport out of embarrassment from being spanked by Toyota and Chevy year-in and year-out for so long.
If NASCAR lost Ford it would be a disaster, so that could not happen.
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