Devlin DeFrancesco graduates to Euroformula Open with Carlin Devlin DeFrancesco may not be a household name right now, you may not even be aware of the highly-competitive Euroformula Open he has just graduated to, but he is certainly one who has a bright future in the sport of motor racing.
The 16-year-old had an impressive debut year in single-seaters and will be stepping up to the Euroformula Open Championship - formally known as the Spanish Formula Three Championship - with his team Carlin.
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Steve Newey and Dean Durrett join the 2017 F4 U.S. field as Indy Motorsport Group Indianapolis 500 winning team-owner Steve Newey and Dean Durrett of Durrett Racing Group will merge to form the multi-car race team Indy Motorsport Group to contest in the 2017 Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda season.
The group will provide a driver-development focused platform for competitors making their first foray into junior open-wheel racing.
Trans Am West Coast Championship Schedule Amended The Trans Am Race Company has announced a change to the 2017 Trans Am West Coast Championship with Willow Springs International Raceway set to commence the four-race season on the weekend of March 25-26, 2017, replacing the now defunct season opener at Spring Mountain Motorsport Ranch.
Trans Am will join the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA), for the series’ High Desert Challenge on the Rosamond, California, based track while Trans Am will continue with its format of 100-mile sprint-format races.
An American - Zak Brown - to run McLaren. With the Americans now owning F1 and an American running a strong team in McLaren, might we see an American driver at McLaren in the future?
Zak Brown has been confirmed as the new Executive Director of McLaren Technology Group, a week after McLaren scion Ron Dennis was removed from the role of Chairman and CEO by the shareholders.
The Californian, 45, has been one of the leading business figures in F1 for the last decade and had been tipped for a commercial role in the new administration of F1 Management after a Liberty Media takeover next spring.
But the McLaren opportunity came up and Brown fits the bill, as former CEO of Chime Sports Marketing and before that of sponsorship agency JMI.
A statement from McLaren said that Brown will work alongside Chief operating officer Jonathan Neale. There is mention of a CEO coming in above the pair, but it does not mention that Racing Director Eric Boullier will be the third part of the management trio, one imagines with the title Team Principal, rather than the vague title previously bestowed on him.
VW Group to reduce workforce by 30,000 Volkswagen on Friday announced plans to significantly reduce its workforce over the coming years as it deals with its costly diesel emissions scandal and push into electric cars.
The cuts are expected to total 30,000, with 23,000 of these to be made in Germany. VW says the cuts are to be made in a “socially compatible way” and that no compulsory redundancies will be made. The automaker expects the reductions to come from natural turnover and partial early retirement.
Chase Elliott didn’t win a race but he still conclude up his rookie season in the Sprint Cup Series with several memorable accomplishments.
"I’m proud of our season, for sure. I’m definitely proud to earn the rookie of the year honors," Elliott said. "It’s been a long season, a lot of ups and downs, but we’re happy to be here and definitely enjoyed racing against those guys for the rookie of the year this season.
Three Andretti Drivers Named To Race Of Champions Team USA
Speed, Rossi and Hunter-Reay to race for America in Miami
Three Andretti Autosport drivers will battle head-to-head with the some of the fastest motor sports drivers from around the world when Race Of Champions (ROC) comes to American soil for the first time in its 27 years of running. Andretti's American racers Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi and Scott Speed will compete at ROC Miami Jan. 21 and 22 to prove their home country is the fastest in motor sports.
Indianapolis 500 winner and Verizon IndyCar Series Champion Hunter-Reay is no stranger to the Race Of Champions crowd. The 35-year-old has participated in the event for the past three years. The South Florida resident was the first of the three drivers from Andretti Autosport to be confirmed for this year's event.
(GMM) Bernie Ecclestone on Monday said he is working to keep F1 in Singapore.
Earlier, the F1 supremo had been quoted by a German magazine as revealing that because the city-state had reached its objections with the spectacular night race, it no longer wanted to be on the calendar.
But Ecclestone told the Straits Times: "Everybody is happy to be in Singapore and (we) don't want to lose Singapore."
Video: Macau Grand Prix. Laurens Vanthoor Huge Crash Flip Watch as Laurens Vanthoor causes a red flag after a massive crash in the FIA GT World Cup race in Macau, and consequently wins the event on countback. Comment
Video: NASCAR Homestead Sprint Cup Post Race Q&A Championship winning driver Jimmie Johnson, crew chief Chad Knaus and car owner Rick Hendrick (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet); Sunoco Rookie of the Year Chase Elliott (No. 24 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet); Championship 4 drivers Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Toyota) and Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford) Comment
Toyota secured its first-ever NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) manufacturer’s championship with a sixth-place finish by Kyle Busch at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday to capture the title in Toyota’s 10th year of Cup competition.
Camry drivers won 16-of-36 races to take the NSCS manufacturer’s championship in the season finale. The championship is the first manufacturer’s title for Toyota in the Cup Series, and Toyota has now secured the manufacturer’s title in all three NASCAR national touring series.
Richard Petty Comments on Jimmie Johnson's Seventh Sprint Cup Title Seven-time Sprint Cup Champion and NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Richard Petty released a statement following Jimmie Johnson's historic win in Sunday's season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where he clinched his seven title to join Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt as the only drivers in NASCAR history to win seven championships.
"Records are a mark and they set something for everyone to shoot at. Jimmie and his team have done that tonight. They set a goal to get where they are and circumstances and fate made it a reality. They did what they needed to do and now they are at seven championships. Congratulations to him and his team.
"Jimmie is a great champion and this is really good for our sport."
NASCAR's France Talks Title Sponsor Search: "We're In A Good Spot" NASCAR Chair & CEO Brian France this morning during his annual state-of-the-sport press conference said the governing body is "in a good spot" in its search for a new title sponsor despite the process "taking a little longer than I thought.” France, speaking before the sold-out Sprint Cup finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, said, "It's a big, important agreement -- not just dollars and cents; it's about the right fit. We don't want to announce anything certainly around this weekend. ... we'll have to see how it finally pans out."
NASCAR Chairman Brian France lauds diversity initiatives, new Chase formats
The significant milestone achieved by Daniel Suarez in Saturday's Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway was not lost on NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. Suarez, from Monterrey, Mexico, became the first driver born outside the United States to win a championship in one of NASCAR's top three national series when he took the checkered flag at the 1.5-mile track. But for the NASCAR initiatives embodied in the Drive for Diversity program, France pointed out, Suarez likely would not have been in position to claim the NASCAR XFINITY Series title at all.
UPDATE Robert Kubica expressed interest in pursuing a return to road racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship after testing with ByKolles CLM P1/01 AER in Bahrain on Sunday.
The 31-year-old Pole has not competed regularly since his Formula 1 career was abruptly ended by a rallying accident in 2011, which required two years of surgery on his right arm.
After spending three seasons in the World Rally Championship, Kubica stepped up his preparations with one-off appearances in the 24H Series and Renault Sport Trophy in 2016, before accepting an invitation from Colin Kolles to drive his LMP1 Privateer car in the WEC Rookie Test.
WEC Rookie Test Underway At Bahrain International Circuit The official FIA WEC Rookie test is underway in Bahrain, with the three drivers chosen by the Promoters of the championship having all experienced their first laps of LMP1 hybrid power.
A total of 15 cars are entered in the test, which is open to all teams to not only test potential drivers for the coming season but also to start development work with tire companies.
Four Time Le Mans Winner Dalmas Behind The Wheel Again FIA Driver Adviser for the WEC, Yannick Dalmas, got back behind the wheel of a top sports prototype today, some 14 years since he last drove such a car.
The Frenchman completed 10 laps in the Porsche 919 Hybrid and the Toyota TS050 HYBRID in order to have a better understanding of today’s LMP1 hybrid prototypes. He was keen not to compare the two cars but expressed his overall impressions from behind the wheel.
LMP1 Regulations Freeze Confirmed Through 2019 While at the last round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship in Bahrain, a Strategy Committee meeting took place between representatives of the two LMP1 Hybrid manufacturers, Porsche and Toyota, the President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, Pierre Fillon, and President of the FIA Endurance Commission, Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones.
Following very constructive discussions, it has been agreed between all parties that the current LMP1 hybrid technical regulations will be maintained until the end of 2019.
Competition between NASCAR Manufacturers extends to the showroom
(L-R) U.S. Vice President, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, Jim Campbell, Director of Ford Performance Dave Pericak and Toyota Vice President of Marketing and Media, Incentives & Motorsports Edward Laukes speak with the media
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Competition between NASCAR manufacturers isn't confined to the race track. In a press conference featuring executives from Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota, Ed Laukes of Toyota couldn't pass up an opportunity to needle Chevy's Jim Campbell. "Let me apologize for those 16 Monday mornings," Laukes quipped, referring to Toyota's 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories this season. "Let me apologize for last night," retorted Campbell, referring to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship Chevrolet driver Johnny Sauter won on Friday. All NASCAR's OEMs are in the business of selling cars, and all view NASCAR racing as an invaluable resource toward that end.
"I would just say, first of all, we're a car company," Campbell said. "So being in a sport where the car and the drivers are the stars is straight right on the money for us. What we have found in this series, we get skill and reach in terms of audience. We know, because we measure closely, that our involvement in NASCAR, we see a lift in the brand. We see key image ratings for Chevrolet lifted as well. When those two things happen, good things happen in the showroom. More people put you on their shopping list. That's a fact. We see that for sure."
Tony Stewart career highlights ahead of final race
Tony Stewart meets with the press
o Sunday's race marks Stewart's 618th and final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 17th Sprint Cup start at Homestead-Miami Speedway. o Stewart has career totals of 49 wins, 15 poles, 187 top-five finishes, 308 top-10s and 12,815 laps led in 617 Sprint Cup races. His most recent Sprint Cup win came June 26 at Sonoma Raceway. His last Sprint Cup pole came April 5, 2014 at Texas Motor Speedway. Stewart missed the final 15 races of the 2013 season, three races in 2014 and the first eight races in 2016.
Video: NASCAR Homestead Manufacturer OEM Q&A NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship 4 Manufacturers: Jim Campbell (Chevrolet, U.S. Vice President, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports), Ed Laukes (Toyota, Vice President of Integrated Marketing Operations for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A.), Dave Pericak (Ford Performance, Global Director) Comment
Video Portrays FRR Unique Rise to Contender Status Furniture Row Racing’s journey from a non-traditional startup team to a contender in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is depicted in a compressed two-minute film - Pioneers: We Are 78 - produced by Los Angeles–based content studio Conscious Minds in conjunction with Furniture Row digital marketing.
The film features how a major league auto racing team defied all odds through innovation and a pioneer-style work ethic when it based its operation 11 years ago in Denver, 1500 miles from NASCAR's racing hub in Charlotte, N.C.
Donald Trump needs to give Gene Haas a good kick in the backside for overlooking American drivers
Anti-American Guenther Steiner says the Haas F1 Team, that refuses to hire an American driver, is not looking to change its current business model, as it is perfectly content with its close association with Ferrari.
The US outfit has entered Formula One this year on the back a strong technical partnership with Maranello whereby the Scuderia supplies a number of parts to the American newcomers, including the engine. In essence it's not really an American team and it employs zero American drivers
The collaboration has come under scrutiny from different quarters, especially after Haas enjoyed a dream start to F1 life with two consecutive points finishes in Australia and Bahrain.
Antonio Felix da Costa passed Callum Ilott for the win in the qualification race for the Macau Grand Prix as he bids for his second win in the Formula 3 event.
Da Costa, returning to the Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen team with which he won Macau in 2012, slipstreamed past race leader Ilott at the end of a caution period, and although Ilott closed in, setting fastest lap on the penultimate tour but came up 0.850 seconds short at the finish.
NASCAR to trim the number of tires used in 2017 NASCAR has announced that will be cutting the number of Goodyear tires the Sprint Cup teams will get next season. That will be something that will happen mostly at the intermediate sized tracks and that could be as many as three sets. Times Herald
Video: NASCAR Homestead Truck Post Race Q&A NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver champion Johnny Sauter, truck owner Maurice Gallagher Jr. and crew chief Joe Shear Jr. (No. 21 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet); NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner champion Kyle Busch, race winner William Byron and crew chief Rudy Fugle (No. 9 Liberty University Toyota); Christopher Bell (No. 4 JBL Toyota); Timothy Peters (No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota); Matt Crafton (No. 88 Black Label Bacon/Menards Toyota) Comment
Video: NASCAR Homestead Sprint Cup pole Q&A NSCS post-qualifying: Coors Light Pole Award winner Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Jimmy John's Chevrolet) and Championship 4 drivers Carl Edwards (No. 19 Arris Surfboard Toyota) and Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Core Toyota); Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford) and Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet) Comment
The Verizon IndyCar Series continues gaining momentum as it prepares to race into the 2017 season.
Coming off of an epic 2016 season that included the historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil and returns to three other iconic Indy car venues, numbers continue pointing to INDYCAR as the fastest-growing motorsport in the United States.
Verizon IndyCar Series race telecasts saw a third consecutive season of growth in 2016 [thanks to ABC as NBCSN ratings were down horribly.] Television viewership is up 55 percent since 2013. Social media conversation about INDYCAR has skyrocketed as well, more than doubling with an increase of 126 percent in the last three years.
Jack Hawksworth going where he can get paid to drive
After losing his seat at A.J. Foyt Enterprises (no check, no ride), Jack Hawksworth is leaving the Verizon IndyCar Series and will race in the IMSA SportsCar Championship in 2017.
In all the talk about A.J. Foyt Enterprises overhauling its Verizon IndyCar Series program, one person was hardly discussed: Jack Hawksworth, who this week confirmed that he will not be competing in IndyCar going forward.
Hawksworth will instead join the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next year. He will co-drive the No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3 with Robert Alon for 3GT Racing, as Lexus will be making its debut in the league.
Edwards won't be laughing when he sees how small his check is if he wins
Four drivers will compete for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship Sunday at Homestead with the intensity for the trophy unchanged but for a champion's bonus less than half of last season's, sources tell ESPN. The overall point fund last year was $21.765 million, with the champion slated to earn about $4.7 million (Kyle Busch's take was less because he missed 11 races), and this year it will be less than half that amount. Second place last year paid $2.1 million, third $1.58 million, with seventh place on back earning less than a million.
Video: Porsche Bahrain Qualifying Report Qualifying video news from the ninth and last round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in Sakhir (Bahrain). The two Porsche 919 Hybrids will start from second and third place on the grid respectively. Timo Bernhard (DE), Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (AU), the reigning world champions, have qualified for the front row. The current championship leaders, Romain Dumas (FR), Neel Jani (CH) and Marc Lieb (DE), take on the six-hour race on Saturday from third position. Richard Lietz (AT) and Michael Christensen (DK) qualified seventh in GTE-Pro with the Porsche 911 RSR.
Homestead-Miami Speedway announced a grandstand sellout for the Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship race on Sunday. The event has sold out each of the last three years. "Ford Championship Weekend continues to grow in stature each year, and having sold out the Ford EcoBoost 400 three years in-a-row is a testament to that," said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer.
"Not only do we have world class racing with Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards competing for a championship amongst a full field of drivers, but we also offer outstanding entertainment as well, including the pre-race concert by The Band Perry.
Video: Final 4 Owners Q&A NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship 4 Owners – Joe Gibbs, Joe Gibbs Racing, Carl Edwards (No. 19 Arris Surfboard Toyota) and Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Core Toyota); Rick Hendrick, Hendrick Motorsports, Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet) and Roger Penske, Team Penske, Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford) Comment
Tony Stewart's Car To Feature Special Paint Scheme For Final Race
Stewart's last race livery
Retiring driver/owner Tony Stewart will "carry each of his Stewart-Haas Racing employees with him for his final NASCAR race" Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Stewart's No. 14 Sprint Cup Series Chevy "will have a special paint scheme with each SHR employee's signature and the words 'Always a Racer, Forever a Champion' as well as pictures of his 18-year career on the hood." Stewart's team also "will host about 75 SHR guests for the finale" AP.
Meanwhile, Coca-Cola runs a full-page ad in USA Today honoring Stewart: "Tony, thanks for being a part of our family. We look forward to seeing what's next" (THE DAILY).
Chevrolet racks up record number of awards for 2017
Led by the new Bolt EV, Chevy racks up 18 awards
Chevrolet scored a brand-record 18 awards in automotive and consumer media rankings this week, led by five awards for the all-new Bolt EV.
Offering an EPA-estimated 238 miles of range on a full charge at a starting price of $37,495 before tax incentives, the Bolt EV earned a position on the 2017 Car and Driver 10Best Cars list. It was also named Best New Car to Buy by Green Car Reports, Green Car of the Year by Green Car Journal and Best EV by Car Connection.
MOORESVILLE, NC (November 18, 2016) – Team Penske announced today that AutoZone, the industry leader in retail automotive parts and supplies, will return as an associate sponsor on the No. 22 Ford Fusion driven by Joey Logano for the 2017 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season and beyond. AutoZone will continue its presence on the c-post of the No. 22 Ford Fusion for the fourth-consecutive season.
"We are excited to continue Team Penske’s partnership with AutoZone in 2017," said Roger Penske. "Over the last three seasons, AutoZone and Team Penske have experienced tremendous success together. We look forward to building on that success and continuing to deliver for AutoZone with Joey and the No. 22 Ford team as we look ahead to the 2017 season.”
Zak Brown, Motorsport.com Chairman, is creating a motorsports monopoly
Miami, FL. Motorsport Network today announced the acquisition of Motors TV, consolidating the world's largest automotive & motorsport digital technology business with a global broadcast operation.
The acquisition of the broadcaster that reaches more than 30 million homes with 130 rights agreements and 700 live events annually will become the backbone of Motorsport.tv, a performance motoring and motorsport OTT video broadcast network.
"Today's news to expand our commitment to automotive from the global digital presence we are building with Motor1.com and our digital motorsport estate including Motorsport.com and Autosport.com into the broadcast arena is a bold step to build a genuinely integrated platform across small and large screen alike. The investment will enable us to create the very first dedicated broadcast ‘home' in our expert areas of performance motoring and motorsport," said Zak Brown, Motorsport.com's Chairman.
Video: Macau Grand Prix 2016 - Fast Facts It's almost time for the 63rd Macau Grand Prix. For the first time this year, the best Formula 3 drivers from around the world will come together and do battle for the FIA F3 World Cup, while the hugely popular FIA GT World Cup returns for a second time. Comment
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