Roush Fenway Racing to Field Driver Development Team in XFINITY Series in 2018
Roush Fenway Racing will field a driver development team in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) in 2018, with Ty Majeski, Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe, each a driver in the Ford family of NASCAR race teams, sharing the iconic No. 60 Ford Mustang. The project is intended to continue the progression and development of the three drivers and will be run by Roush Fenway with collaboration from Ford Performance and Team Penske. Roush Fenway veteran Mike Kelley, who helped guide Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to a pair of NXS championships, will serve as crew chief on the car.
NASCAR to standardize at-track rosters beginning in 2018
Number of people each team brings to the track will now be limited
NASCAR announced Wednesday morning that it will standardize at-track team rosters across all three national series in 2018, providing a structure for the number of personnel working on each vehicle during the course of a race weekend.
The biggest competition impact from the rules update is the the number of crew members who go over the wall for pit stops moving from six to five.
Tony Stewart announces engagement to Penelope Jimenez
Engagement Ring Stewart gave Jimenez
Tony Stewart, Ol’ ‘Smoke’ himself, is engaged to be married. The longtime Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver and current co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing posted a picture of fiancee Penelope Jimenez’s ring-studded finger on Thanksgiving Day, with the caption: “She said YES!”
Stewart, 46, and Jiminez have been together since 2016. The bachelor had long joked he would never get married, but he’s clearly met the right woman.
Pirelli launches its new range of 2018 Formula 1 tires in Abu Dhabi, which adds two extra compounds and colors next year, as well as fresh constructions, compounds and working ranges across the renewed family. These are the main points towards 2018:
All the compounds are a step softer than this year, making these the fastest tires in Formula 1
Brand new for 2018 is a tire that sits below the ultrasoft: an even softer compound called P Zero Pink hypersoft, which is colored pink and is the softest Formula 1 tire that Pirelli has ever made. This new compound will be suitable for circuits where maximum mechanical grip is required, such as Monaco.
Also new for 2018 is the hard compound, which will now be colored ice blue.
Another new entry is the superhard, remaining orange as a symbol of the very hardest choice available in our
In total, there will now be seven slick P Zero compounds, which together with the new Cinturato intermediates and wets expand the 2018 range to nine brightly-colored Pirelli tires.
Compounds and constructions have been redesigned for each tire, in keeping with Pirelli’s philosophy of renewing the range every year since the Italian firm returned to Formula 1 in
There are new working ranges across the entire family as well, which together with the increased number of compounds, will allow tire nominations that are more specifically suited to each race next year. For Pirelli and the Teams, this also means that there can be more flexibility and variation in the tire choices, leading to extra opportunities when it comes to formulating creative race
The brand new pink tire, which the teams will all sample for the first time in just five days, was named the P Zero Pink hypersoft following a poll across Pirelli’s social media channels, endorsed by the sport’s leading personalities, who invited fans to choose a new name after the Brazilian Grand
Mario Isola, Head of Car Racing: “Compared to this year, when the tires grew by 25% to fit a brand-new generation of cars, the changes for next year are less far-reaching. However, we’re pleased to present some important innovations with softer and faster compounds across the range: including the new hypersoft. We realized that, under the unique circumstances of this year, some of our 2017 compounds were perhaps conservative: the tires we have created for 2018 addresses this, in line with the objective of having around two pit stops at most races. However, the fundamental design concept of the tires hasn’t changed next year, preserving the attributes that all drivers have appreciated this year and allowing them to push hard from the start to the finish of each stint. The new range consists of faster tires that should lead to even harder and more spectacular racing in 2018.”
Following the two-day test in Abu Dhabi, the drivers will have the chance to sample the 2018 tires on next season’s cars for the first time during the two official four-day pre-season tests in Barcelona from February 26 – March 1 and March 6-9.
Further details on Pirelli’s testing plans for next season, in preparation for 2019, will be revealed at the start of next season.
De Sadeleer to race in Rolex 24 at Daytona alongside Owen and Di Resta
Hugo de Sadeleer from Switzerland
United Autosports have confirmed that Hugo de Sadeleer will return to the team for the 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona, European Le Mans Series and, subject to entry, the Le Mans 24 Hours.
De Sadeleer joined the team in 2017, entering the European Le Mans Series and finished second in both his and the teams debut year. Hugo was also part of the United Autosports Le Mans 24 Hours team, where they finished fifth overall and fourth in the LMP2 class. His success over the 2017 season resulted in him being crowned 2017 Rookie of the Year at the European Le Mans Series awards evening last month.
Paul Di Resta: Actually, Laura is the star in the family
Paul di Resta
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Barcelona will widen run-off area and re-asphalt the track for 2018
Turn 12 change
The Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaManagement Board has approved the changes of the racetrack requested by the FIM (International Motorcycling Federation) in order to be able to homologate the track.
Thus, the run-off area of the former Turn 12 used by MotoGP will be broadened with the aim of improving the safety of the layout. To carry out this extension, two modules of Grandstand C will have to be removed, and the complete Grandstand H will be moved, in order to have more space available for the said run-off area, which will be completely filled with gravel. From the braking point, the area will be extended by 20 meters.
Florida woman arrested for stalking Tony Stewart & his family
A Florida woman stalked and left threatening messages for NASCAR driver Tony Stewart and his family for more than a year over anger that he failed to give her an autograph at a race, according to criminal charges filed last week.
Kathi Russell, 68, of Cape Coral, Florida, was taken into custody on Tuesday on felony charges of stalking, terroristic mischief and intimidation for an alleged campaign of harassment against Stewart lasting from March 2016 through October of this year.
With the 2017 NASCAR season coming to a close there is a lot of speculation about what Richard Childress will do with the open seat and charter for the No. 27 car.
During Monster Energy Cup Series practice at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, Childress told Kickin’ the Tires he wasn’t exactly sure what his plans were for his third team, which is being vacated by Paul Menard.
“We haven’t finalized it yet,” Childress said. “We’re still talking about two or three things and haven’t finalized it.”
With an audience estimated at 400 million per year, F1 is attractive to the media companies, but some are also becoming wary of doing business with a rights holder that might soon become a rival. Last month, NBC, which had owned the TV rights to F1 in the United States since 2013, chose not to do a new deal because of future plans F1 has to stream its content directly to consumers. The company said that, “We chose not to enter into a new agreement in which the rights holder itself competes with us and our distribution partners.”
ESPN and ABC will take over the U.S. broadcast duties in 2018. Sean Bratches, the commercial head of Formula 1, says the ESPN/ABC deal could be a boon for F1.
Alex Job Racing to Cease Pro Racing Operations, Focus on Historics
After 28 seasons,Alex Job Racing will cease its professional racing operations and focus on its historic restoration and competition business.
Alex Job Racing has been one of the most successful teams in sports car racing with over 70 wins (since 1995); including two Rolex 24 GT Class wins in 1999 and 2013. This record is supported by 48 pole positions and 106 podium finishes. The team has won five championships (GTC 2013, 2012, GT in 2004, 2003 and 2002) complimented by their two GT class wins at Le Mans. The team also boasts ten Sebring 12-hour wins. Alex Job Racing was inducted into the Sebring Hall of Fame in March of 2016.
DS Virgin Racing Unveils Formula E Season Four Challenger
Sam Bird and Alex Lynn
DS Virgin Racing has today launched its season four Formula E car – the DSV-03 – ahead of the opening rounds in Hong Kong, and coinciding with the anniversary of the team’s maiden victory.
The fully-electric single-seater features an enhanced livery in the team’s now familiar purple, red and silver color scheme, with subtle tweaks throughout. Under the cover, the experts at DS Performance have worked on further optimizing the performance and efficiency of the car, including a new upgraded software system.
A report on November 11 in DailyNews.com, an Ontario, Ca., newspaper, revealed a proposed ordinance to address zoning regulations for the Pomona Fairplex. In the days following, many in drag racing fans feared the worst expecting drag racing's days in Pomona were numbered.
Monday evening Mayor Tim Sandoval said in no certain terms, Pomona isn't looking to run the NHRA out of town.
Ryan Blaney reveals 2018 Menards-Penske paint scheme
With the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season complete, teams and drivers are revealing fresh paint schemes for 2018. Ryan Blaney, 2017 playoff driver and star of NASCAR.com’s “Glass Case of Emotion” podcast, revealed a new look that he will be sporting on track.
Blaney took to Twitter to unveil the No. 12 Menards Ford he will be driving for Team Penske, saying fans “definitely won’t be able to miss it!” Over the summer, it was announced Blaney would be moving to a third Penske car for the 2018 season. Penske also fields cars for Brad Keselowski (No. 2) and Joey Logano (No. 22).
Road America's Board of Directors has appointed Dan Ariens, Chairman and CEO of Ariens Company to join the board effective immediately. Dan will replace current director, Charles B. Hill III, who has chosen to retire in accordance with company bylaws.
"A priority of ours has been to add exceptionally talented leaders to Road America's board to bolster the continued growth of this facility and our company. We couldn't be more pleased to welcome Dan to the board," said Jonathan Laun, Chairman of the Board for Road America. "I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Chuck for his contributions to Road America for over 35 years. His immense character and integrity was instrumental in the growth and performance of the company during his tenure and he will be sorely missed but always remain a valued friend of Road America."
Since Brian France took over NASCAR from his father it's been all downhill
The ’17 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series averaged 4.07 million viewers across Fox Sports and NBC Sports, down 9% from 4.47 million viewers last season, and down 15% from two years ago, when the top level averaged 4.81 million viewers.
Sunday’s race from Homestead-Miami Speedway also may be the least-viewed Cup finale from South Florida on record. NBC averaged 4.66 million viewers for the race, which saw Martin Truex Jr. take home his first Cup title and Dale Earnhardt Jr. run his last Cup race.
That is down 21% from 5.923 million viewers last year, when the final ran 30 minutes later into primetime. Austin Karp/SBD
PWC Announces Sporting Regulations Changes For 2018 10-Weekend Road Racing Series
PWC is way too complicated for fans to understand
WC Vision, producers of the Pirelli World Challenge, today announced selected changes in the series’ 2018 Sporting Regulations including adjustments in the popular SprintX format, new driver ratings per classes and vehicle class listings.
In addition, the Pirelli World Challenge has made several adjustments within the qualifying procedures including allowing working on vehicles in the pit lane during the qualifying sessions.
Roar Before The Rolex 24 To Feature Qualifying For Pits, Garages
Bomarito tests the Mazda at last year's Roar Before the 24
The Roar Before The Rolex 24 At Daytona has long signified the start of the racing season.
The annual three-day preseason testing session at Daytona International Speedway for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge takes place on Jan. 5-7, 2018 with additions that will get everyone ready for the 2018 season.
$100,000 Mazda Road to 24 Shootout Finalists Announced Mazda has confirmed four finalists for the 12th annual Mazda Road to 24 Shootout. This one-of-a-kind, post-season shootout, will award a $100,000 Mazda Motorsports scholarship to compete in the 2018 Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires. The one-day, winner-take-all, shootout will take place December 8, 2017 at the Bondurant Racing School in Chandler, Arizona. This is the largest prize available in all of grassroots road racing. Combining the Mazda Road to 24 and Mazda Road to Indy, Mazda has cumulatively awarded over 60 scholarships since 2007, for a total investment in the millions of dollars.
The Race Of Champions is coming to the Middle East for the first time! Some of the biggest names in global motorsport have signed up for ROC Riyadh, which will be held on February 2-3, 2018 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at Riyadh’s King Fahd International Stadium. The event will be run in partnership with the General Sports Authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Colombia’s Indianapolis 500 winner and former Formula 1 ace Juan Pablo Montoya will defend the ROC Champion of Champions crown he won in January in Miami. He will be joined in Riyadh by Danish Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen, who has reached the Race Of Champions Grand Final four times in his last five appearances.
The World Fastest Gamer competition, which began in May 2017, saw gamers from around the world compete for a coveted position in this month’s gruelling finals. After numerous heats across a variety of different games and platforms, 12 grand finalists were invited to McLaren’s Woking headquarters to go head-to-head in one last week of testing.
Epic Toyota vs Porsche - The battle of the year - COTA 2017 Once again, WEC 's LMP1 cars brings the best racing in the world , this time on Austin 's track, during the 2017 edition of the 6 hours of the Circuit of the Americas Comment
Successful Debut Test For Fernando Alonso In United Autosports' Ligier JS P217
Fernando Alonso has successfully completed his first test in the United Autosports’ Ligier JS P217 ahead of his debut at the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January.
The McLaren driver tested the Ligier at Motorland Aragon in Spain alongside his teammate for Daytona, Phil Hanson. Also present and testing for 2018 was Filipe Albuquerque, who was on hand to answer Fernando’s questions, ahead of his first run in an LMP2 car.
NASCAR Homestead TV Rating NBC Sunday afternoon drew a 2.7 overnight rating for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series finale from Homestead-Miami Speedway, which saw Martin Truex Jr. take home his first Cup title. The race also was the Cup Series finale for Dale Earnhardt Jr.
The 2.7 is the lowest figure for a Cup finale since '13, when ESPN also drew a 2.7. The '12 race also drew a 2.7 overnight.
DXC Technology And Team Penske Renew Partnership for Pagenaud
Simon Pagenaud and his DXC colors
Team Penske announced today that it has reached an extension agreement with DXC Technology (NYSE: DXC) for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
In its first season as a motorsports sponsor in 2017, DXC Technology built on an established presence with Team Penske’s successful Verizon IndyCar Series program and 2016 series champion Simon Pagenaud, driver of the No. 22 Dallara/Chevrolet. DXC Technology celebrated with Pagenaud in Victory Lane of the season-ending series race in Sonoma, California, to claim its first INDYCAR win.
Video: Fernando Alonso at the 2017 WEC Rookie Test F1 star and self-confessed sportscar racing fan, Fernando Alonso makes his LMP1 debut alongside @Sebastien_buemi in No. 8 Toyota Hybrid TS050 HYBRID. Comment
2018 BRDC British F3 Championship calendar confirmed
British F3 at Spa
The calendar for the 2018 BRDC British F3 Championship has been confirmed, with 24 races scheduled across eight rounds, seven of which will see the series continue to co-headline with the British GT Championship.
The season runs from the Easter Bank Holiday weekend at the start of April until mid-October, and will commence at Cheshire’s Oulton Park before visiting Rockingham, Snetterton, Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps, Brands Hatch Grand Prix and Donington Park, before returning to the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit for the season finale.
Video: Max Verstappen Previews The 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with M1TG
The final race of the 2017 F1 season sees Max Verstappen and his Red Bull Racing team head to Abu Dhabi and the Yas Marina Circuit.
And with Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton already having wrapped up the World Championship, the Dutchman will nonetheless be hoping for a strong finish to a season which has so far seen him record two race victories, in Malaysia and Mexico.
Mobil 1 The Grid spoke to Verstappen at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, to find out more about the race head and why he intends to end the season on a high.
Video: A Tour of Marco Andretti's House INDYCAR driver Marco Andretti gave Pocono Raceway a tour of his Nazareth, PA home. See Andretti and the rest of the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers next weekend at the Pocono INDYCAR 500 Comment
Indycar Drivers Honored At Brazilian Racing Awards Event
Verizon IndyCar Series and longtime friends Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan, who each completed their 20th season of Indy car racing in 2017, were honored recently in their native Brazil at the 21st Capacete de Ouro (“Golden Helmet”) Awards in Sao Paulo.
Castroneves won his ninth Capacete de Ouro in the Formula Indy category, one of the highest honors given to Brazilian racing drivers by the Brazilian magazine Racing. The Team Penske driver, who won the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Iowa Speedway this year and finished fourth in the championship, previously won the award in 2003, ‘06, ‘08, ‘09, ‘10, ‘12 and ‘16. Castroneves is joining Penske’s new sports-car program in 2018, but will return in May to seek his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory.
Roush Fenway Racing adds Xfinity development team Roush-Fenway will be back up to two cars in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2018, adding the #60 Ford that will be shared by three different drivers.
With the 2017 NASCAR season officially in the books, all eyes now turn to the off-season and planning for the upcoming 2018 campaign. Roush-Fenway Racing is one of the first in the Xfinity Series to confirm its lineup for the next year, announcing on Monday that they will add a second car to their squad as a developmental effort.
Hhgregg creditors sue Andretti Autosport to recoup money
Marco Andretti with Hhgregg livery at St. Pete this year
IBJ.com reports that a group representing the unsecured creditors of Hhgregg has filed a lawsuit in Indianapolis against Andretti Autosport in an attempt to get back nearly $1.5 million in sponsorship money the now-bankrupt retailer paid the racing team in the months leading up to its bankruptcy.
The suit was filed Friday by the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Gregg Appliances Inc., because it claims Andretti Autosport received a 'preferential' payment which are deemed unfair by bankruptcy courts because they favor certain creditors to the detriment of other creditors.
Erik Jones clinched NASCAR Monster Cup Rookie of the Year at Homestead Sunday.
The 21-year-old Jones beat Daniel Suarez of Mexico under a point system that factors in starts, finish positions, stage points, season points and a “behavior” clause. Ty Dillon was a distant third in the three-man scrap for the rookie honor.
Michigan State University Selects racer Samantha Tan for research
In the past few years, the Michigan State University Department of Kinesiology has been doing ongoing research to determine the differences in physiological stressors in female and male racecar drivers.
The latest athlete to participate in the research was 20-year old Canadian racecar driver, Samantha Tan, who has been actively racing for the past 3 years in the Pirelli World Challenge Series.
Dale Coyne on his start in racing and other stories on Marshall Pruett Podcast
A young Dale Coyne
Team Owner Dale Coyne sat down with Marshall Pruett at Phoenix International Raceway earlier this year and shared some interesting stories about his start in racing and other tales of his early years in the sport.
In this 26-minute podcast you’ll get a greater appreciation for the man behind Dale Coyne Racing and learn how racing was not part of his life as a kid, where his love of racing came from and why racing pushes him to keep working hard at his other businesses.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion and race winner; Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/ Tracker Boats Toyota); Championship winning team: President of Furniture Row Racing Joe Garone and crew chief Cole Pearn (No. 78 Pro Shops/ Tracker Boats Toyota); Fourth- place finisher Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford).
Second- place finisher Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Caramel Toyota); Sunoco Rookie of the Year Erik Jones (No.77 5- hour ENERGY Extra Strength Toyota); Champion 4 driver Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford); Coors Light Pole Winner Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota)
Keselowski says Toyota was handed the championship by NASCAR
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Brad Keselowski felt he didn't have the equipment of the top two cars, the Toyotas of champion Martin Truex Jr. and runner-up Kyle Busch.
Toyota won 16 Cup races this year, while Ford and Chevrolet won 10 apiece. Toyota has led 54.4 percent of the laps, while Ford has led just 23 percent.
"When that car rolled out at Daytona, and I think we all got to see it for the first time, I think there was two reactions: One, we couldn't believe NASCAR approved it; and two, we were impressed by the design team over there," Keselowski said. "I don't think anyone was really, ever had a shot this year the second that thing got put on the race track and approved."
Sean Gelael joins Prema Theodore Racing for 2018 F2
Prema Theodore Racing is delighted to announce that Sean Gelael will drive for the team in the 2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship.
A 21-year-old from Jakarta, Indonesia, Gelael is an experienced driver, having started his single-seater career back in 2012. After lining-up for the Formula Abarth and Formula Pilota China Championships, he moved to Formula 3 competition in 2013 and then made a further step in 2015, joining the Formula Renault 3.5 championship and later the GP2 Series.
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