NBC earned a 2.2 rating and 3.7 million viewers for yesterday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship at Homestead Miami, down 12% from a 2.5 rating and 4.1 million viewers for last year's race.
Another year for NASCAR on NBC and another year of no growth for the year.
"Ford v Ferrari" is number one at this weekend's box office. The racing drama starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon brought in $31 million in its debut weekend. "Ford v Ferrari" tells the true story of Ford's automotive team as they build a race car to try to beat the legendary Ferrari in the Le Mans.
Internationally, Ford v Ferrari brought in $21.4 million from 41 markets for a $52 million global debut, enjoying #1 openings in several including Russia, which serves as the film's top international market with a $3.2 million debut. Additional openings include the UK ($2.3m), France ($2.3m), Australia ($1.7m), Italy ($1.3m), Mexico ($1.1m) and Germany ($1.0m). Upcoming releases include a December 5 release in Korea followed by Japan on January 10. Box Office results below.
JGR and Toyota mopped up Monster Cup series in 2019
The Joe Gibbs Toyotas were dominant in 2019
The win was the 19th of the season for Joe Gibbs Racing, marking the "first time in modern NASCAR history that a multi-car team has won over half the races in a season." SPORTS.YAHOO.com.
This gives JGR its fifth Cup title and "bookended a season in which the Gibbs cars opened the year 1-2-3 at the Daytona 500." The team this season has been mourning the death of JGR co-Chair J.D. Gibbs, and the organization "promoted a 'Do it for J.D.' theme the entire weekend." AP.
After Busch's win, Joe Gibbs "dedicated the moment to his son, J.D." N.Y. TIMES,
Daniel Hemric, driver of the No. 8 Camaro ZL1, clinched the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year honors after a 12th-place finish in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. With the title, Hemric is now the 19th different Chevrolet driver to win the award in NASCAR’s premier racing series since 1972. He joins the list of recognizable Chevy-powered names, including Chase Elliott, William Byron, and Jeff Gordon.
“We are proud of Daniel Hemric for winning the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year title,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet’s U.S. Vice President of Performance and Motorsports. “Daniel is a talented driver, teammate, and class act. We are excited that he won this award and we look forward to more great things from him in the future.”
The Ford Mustang Mach E will be made in Mexico thereby depriving Americans of jobs
Naming its first all-electric crossover the Mustang Mach-E is certainly a controversial decision for Ford, as the new model does not have much in common with the iconic pony car.
It’s the first time the Mustang name has been used on anything but a two-door car and Ford is hoping the nameplate will help its first all-electric SUV stand out from the competition. It’s a two-way street, however, since the move could also dilute the appeal of the nameplate if it proves unsuccessful.
Mind you, chances are fans will eventually get over this if the 2021 Mustang Mach-E is good enough. U.S. buyers in general, and the Trump administration in particular, will not be thrilled to learn the new model will be made in Mexico, though.
Race winner Kyle Busch holds off Kevin Harvick's Ford
Kyle Busch – winner and 2019 NASCAR Cup champion: “We have a great race team, a great owner and the best sponsors in sports. I just can’t say enough and thank everyone enough for this opportunity. I may be the one that’s able to hoist the trophy, or to have a championship, but it wouldn’t be possible without Adam Stevens (crew chief) and Joe Gibbs, J.D. Gibbs, Coy Gibbs and the whole family. M&M’s of course and Interstate Batteries and Norm Miller. And, Toyota – this TRD engine was awesome tonight. It’s been awesome all year. We had one issue, but man it’s so much fun to work with these guys and this group. Everybody that puts it all together for me. There’s always your doubters. There’s always your haters, but you know what, this one is for Rowdy nation because you guys are the best. Thank you so much.
NASCAR's Phelps Talks TV Ratings, ISC Merger At Homestead
NASCAR President Steve Phelps
NASCAR President Steve Phelps in his annual state-of-the-sport press conference at Homestead-Miami Speedway sounded a confident tone following a year that has seen upticks in TV ratings, saying the sport had an “incredible season.” Phelps noted that the series hopes to unveil a revamped ’21 schedule by April 1, and that it will make announcements at Champion’s Week in Nashville in two weeks about the specifics of its new Cup Series sponsorship model.
Phelps hit on the merger between NASCAR and ISC, saying that the new structure will be an "important part of what our future holds,” creating a "bigger, stronger entity that will help service the fans."
Hamilton stripped of Brazil podium over Albon punt
Hamilton was stripped of his podium
Lewis Hamilton has been imposed a 5-second penalty and demoted from third to seventh in the Brazilian Grand Prix after punting Alex Albon out of 2nd, with Carlos Sainz Jr. therefore, inheriting his first lucky Formula 1 podium.
While trying a dive-bomb pass, Hamilton hit Red Bull driver Albon on the penultimate lap of the race in the battle for second place, spinning Albon to the tail of the field and dropping behind Pierre Gasly himself.
Though he was unable to repass Gasly despite a huge effort, Hamilton took the checkered flag in third place and stood on the podium.
Maybe he is polarizing because he lives in Monaco so he does not have to pay the high UK taxes. He would be losing about 50% of his $40 million per year salary to taxes in England. In Monaco where he lives the income tax rate is 0%
Mercedes boss, Toto Wolff, is not feeling “a great sense of pride” from the UK for Lewis Hamilton after he won a sixth World Championship title.
“It is difficult for me, as an Austrian, to understand the importance of the British honors system,” Wolff told The Telegraph.
“What I feel is that there is a lot of polarization around Lewis, particularly in the UK. Why that is, I don’t know.
“But one thing I’m certain of is that one day, if he decides to stop his career, people will acknowledge his successes and what a great superstar he was.”
Wolff compared Hamilton to Austrian alpine skiing legend, Marcel Hirscher, who is widely appreciated by his country for his accolades. He doesn’t think the UK have that same level of pride for Hamilton.
Macao rookie Richard Verschoor upset the form book by holding off pre-race favourite Jüri Vips to secure a sensational victory in the Suncity Group Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix – FIA F3 World Cup.
The race got off to a dramatic start, front-row starter Robert Shwartzman out of the running before getting to Lisboa Bend on the opening lap. The Russian's undoing was light contact with Christian Lundgaard on the way into Mandarin, the resulting front-right puncture ending his day on the spot.
That left polesitter Vips out front, as Verschoor snuck up the inside of Lundgaard into Lisboa to snatch second place.
Chevrolet Clinches NASCAR Xfinity manufacturers title
Tyler Reddick takes the win for Chevy
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With Tyler Reddick’s victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Chevrolet clinched the Bill France Performance Cup in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS). The 2019 achievement marks the 20th time the Bowtie Brand has captured this prestigious honor, more than any other manufacturer.
The triumph also marks the fifth time Camaro SS has earned the award since becoming Chevrolet’s flagship in the Xfinity Series in 2013. The Camaro SS has earned 77 NXS victories since its debut.
Mighty 22-car grid prepares for landmark DTM x SUPER GT 'Dream Race'
One week to go until landmark DTM & SUPER GT ‘Dream Race’ tie-up
In less than a week, the action kicks off at Japan’s Fuji Speedway in the landmark ‘SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race’ tie-up event.
For this unique pair of races, which take place on the 23rd and 24th of November, 15 Japanese SUPER GT cars have been confirmed for the event, alongside the seven previously confirmed DTM entries. It means there will be a 22-car field for the Fuji race, comprising models from five manufacturers: Audi, BMW, Honda, Nissan and Lexus.
The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli TA/SGT/GT drivers delivered another spectacular finale at the Daytona International Speedway on Saturday to close out the 2019 season with a title-deciding thriller.
Chris Dyson needed everything to go his way to overcome the points advantage of Ernie Francis, Jr. and claim the title in his No. 20 Plaid Ford Mustang.
While Dyson claimed pole position in qualifying, led every lap of the 29-lap race and clocked the fastest time of the session on his way to his third win of the season, it wasn’t enough to derail Francis Jr.’s (No. 98 Frameless Shower Doors Ford Mustang) drive to a sixth career Trans Am title.
Pritchett, Hagan, Coughlin, Jr., M. Smith lead Pomona NHRA qualifying
Fresh off two straight wins and still in championship contention, Matt Hagan kept his hot streak going by racing to the provisional No. 1 spot in Funny Car during qualifying on Friday at the 55th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals.
Leah Pritchett (Top Fuel), Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also provisional No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the last of six races in the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs. The race also serves as the finale of the 24-race 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
Hagan made the quickest run in both qualifying sessions, including a top pass of 3.872-seconds at 333.58 mph in his MOPAR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody to close out the final session on Friday. It gave the two-time world champ eight qualifying bonus points, pulling him closer to points leader Robert Hight. Hagan, a two-time world champ who is racing for his second No. 1 qualifier this season and 35th of his career, entered the weekend 56 points back of Hight, but appears set on make things interesting.
Fighting for the outright victory in the LMP2 class will be a two-car effort from long time Asian Le Mans Series team, Eurasia Motorsport, and a two-car entry from reigning LMP3 Champions InterEuropol Competition who have made the step up to LMP2 this season.
2016/17 Asian Le Mans Series Champions and 2018/19 runners up, Algarve Pro Racing will also be back, but this time in a new partnership G Drive. The team have entered the Series’ first Aurus 01 LMP2.
Vips wins qualifying race - will start on Macau pole
Juri Vips took a controlled win in the Qualification Race which decides the grid for the start of Sunday’s Suncity Group Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix – FIA F3 World Cup, as a first-lap pile-up took a number of contenders out of the running.
It was a near-perfect race for Vips, the Estonian avoiding the slipstream into Lisboa Bend on the first lap before controlling the remainder of the 10-lap race. He managed to keep second-placed Robert Shwartzman just out of the DRS zone, the final gap to the Russian 1.5 seconds at the finish.
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