Louis Deletraz wrapped up his 2018 F2 season in style: the Swiss set the quickest laptime of the three days of post-season testing in today’s evening session at the Yas Marina Circuit. He clocked in a time of 1:49.638 with a Carlin car. Luca Ghiotto and Nicholas Latifi completed the top 3.
The final day of post-season testing in Abu Dhabi saw Carlin’s Nobuharu Matsushita set the early pace after all the drivers fed onto the track, eager to start their long run programs for the next two hours and a half.
Jehan Daruvala was back at the top of the timesheet in today’s post-season testing at the Yas Marina Circuit. The Indian driver set the quickest laptime at wheel of a Campos Racing car in both sessions.
The final day of post-season testing opened once again at 9am local time. There were some changes in the entry list: GP3 race winner David Beckmann re-joined ART Grand Prix whilst Marcus Armstrong tests with Trident after having spent Day 1 with Charouz Racing System.
Once he’s done calling out the AP, CNN, ABC, NBC, MSNBC and CBS as “fake news” and slamming Democrats about immigration laws, Donald Trump just might tweet out this story.
And he’d have good reason to.
After a decade long absence, the U.S. has regained the distinction of most competitive country in the world, according to the World Economic Forum. In fact, only Japan made a bigger improvement of all 140 countries in the survey.
President Trump, looks over at Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's document as they and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto sign a new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement that replaces the NAFTA trade deal, at a hotel before the start of the G20
President Trump and his Mexican and Canadian counterparts sought to put the acrimony of the past two years behind them on Friday as they signed a new trade agreement governing hundreds of billions of dollars in commerce that underpins their mutually dependent economies.
Meeting for the first time since the revised North American Free Trade Agreement was sealed, Mr. Trump, President Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada hailed the results as a boon for workers, businesses and the environment, even as they alluded to the harsh talks that had preceded this day.
“It’s not Nafta redone, it’s a brand-new deal,” President Trump said at the White House.
Text of the pact released includes major adjustments in several key areas of the countries’ trading relationships. The agreement sets new rules for automobile production, meant to incentivize production of cars and trucks in countries that pay higher wages. It reduces barriers for American dairy farmers to sell cheese, milk and other products to Canada. It retains a tribunal for resolving trade disputes that the United States had sought to eliminate.
Electric cars will decimate the car tuning business
The 800 volt Porsche Taycan will be hard to tinker with
Car culture was built on the backs of tuners and tinkerers, the diehard automotive enthusiasts who, for more than a century, have been willing to swap out engines and transmissions and body parts for stronger, lighter, more powerful upgrades--or in more recent times, even just tweak onboard computers for more turbo boost than the manufacturer might have thought prudent. Cars, after all--even the sportiest of them--must still tow the line on economic, efficiency, longevity, durability, and safety when they leave the factory. Why not dig in a bit once it’s yours, even if it means giving up a bit of something the carmaker or government would rather you have to feed your need for speed?
Bob Pockrass announced in a tweet last night, that he was being let go by ESPN. Pockrass won’t be covering motorsports for ESPN after this season, a revelation that should set off alarm bells for anyone who cares about NASCAR.
It’s not so much about ESPN. Though it’s scary to see another major news outlet step back from racing.
Tickets for the 2019 NASCAR season at Richmond Raceway (Richmond) will be available for the public to purchase beginning on Saturday, Dec. 1. Fans can experience the iconic Richmond racing experience "under the lights" over two weekends with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series at America's Premier Short Track. Tickets will be available for purchase on Dec. 1 for the Toyota Spring Race Weekend on April 12-13 and the Fall NASCAR Playoff Race Weekend on Sept. 20-21.
Demand for gasoline wanes as electric car sales advance: report
Cars like the Audi E-Tron GT will drive cars owners away from internal combustion engine cars
Americans' appetite for gasoline is slowing and could fall further as electric car sales continue to bite into gasoline demand.
Electric vehicles sales are expected to make up 36 percent of new car sales by 2040, or in the most extreme scenarios, 100 percent of new car sales in the U.S. Europe and China, according to new analysis by the energy research firm from Wood Mackenzie.
Honda's Nakagami Tops Marquez in Jerez MotoGP Test
Marquez tests his 2019 bike
The MotoGP riders completed the second and final day of testing during the last testing session of the year at Jerez de La Frontera in Spain, with Marc Marquez second fastest and just 0.025” off fellow HRC rider Takaaki Nakagami.
It has been a long and successful racing season for the MotoGP teams, and the preparation for next year has got off to a positive start. Testing will resume after the winter break, when the riders are back on the track in Malaysia, on 6-8 February 2019.
In a Twitter video posted Friday afternoon, Samantha Busch, wife of Kyle Busch, revealed she has suffered a miscarriage.
The news comes eight days after the couple announced their second pregnancy. They were expecting a baby girl in August after a successful in-vitro fertilization procedure. That process resulted in the birth of their son Brexton in 2015.
They announced in October their intent to try have a baby girl through the process and have been documenting it.
Two Ford 'car' plants losing shifts, but no layoffs planned
Increasingly customers want trucks, not cars
Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday said it will eliminate shifts at assembly plants in Michigan and Kentucky but give all affected workers jobs at other locations nearby.
About 500 workers will move from the Louisville Assembly Plant, which makes the Ford Escape and Lincoln MKC crossovers, to instead make Super Duty pickups and full-size SUVs at the Kentucky Truck Plant, also in Louisville. The Escape plant will go from three shifts to two in the spring.
Around the same time, Ford's plant in Flat Rock, Mich., which makes the Mustang and Lincoln Continental southwest of Detroit, will go from two daily shifts to one. Most of those workers can transfer to the Livonia Transmission Plant, which will gain roughly 500 jobs, about 30 miles away. Another 150 workers will move from Flat Rock to other Ford facilities.
New premium infield RV area planned near Talladega's start-finish line
For decades, fans in the Talladega Superspeedway frontstretch grandstands located near Turn 1 have been treated to some of NASCAR's closest finishes at the venue's legendary start-finish line. Beginning with this spring's GEICO 500 weekend from April 26-28, campers will have the opportunity to forever experience the thrill of the track's epic checkered flag conclusions from the comfort of their RVs in the new Finish Line Premium RV area.
A change of leadership at the top of the sports car model series from Porsche: after almost two decades in charge of the 911 model series, and with additional responsibility for the 718 models since 2016, August Achleitner will hand over responsibility to Frank-Steffen Walliser in Q1 2019. Walliser is currently Head of Motorsport and GT Road Vehicles. Since its creation in 1963, the 911 has become an icon that absolutely represents the core of the brand. Following three and a half decades at Porsche, Austria-born Achleitner, is moving on to a well-earned retirement.
Next week’s Road to Indy Open Test at Homestead-Miami Speedway marks the final official event under the patronage of Mazda after nine years at the helm of what has grown into the most effective open-wheel driver development program in the world. It also represents the predawn of a new era as teams and drivers begin to focus on chasing more than $2 million in scholarships and prizes that will be paid out as part of the 2019 Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires.
ext Father’s Day weekend, the Milwaukee Mile will host its first oval-track race since 2015, the ARCA Midwest Tour and event promoter Bob Sargent said Friday.
“This is an interesting situation; I was there (several) years, approached the fair board and we were looking at a date and a sanction and it just didn’t pan out,” Sargent said in a telephone interview. “So I’ve had my little relationship there, my feelers, so we kept looking at that facility we wanted to add to our list.”
Following an incredibly successful season in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, GTD champion Madison Snow will not return to Paul Miller Racing in 2019 to defend his title. The young racer will leave his hobby of sports car racing to focus on his current role in the family business, a role which he has held for the last four years. Snow leaves Paul Miller Racing after three seasons with the team and co-driver Bryan Sellers.
Together, Snow, Sellers, and Paul Miller Racing celebrated three wins, thirteen podiums, and twenty top-five finishes.
“It’s a shame Madison won’t be with us to defend his and Bryan’sdevelop these last few seasons. He’s a great team member and we will miss him, but we understand and respect his decision.”
CORE autosport will fight for overall wins in the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with a Nissan Onroak DPi.
At the close of the 2018 IMSA season, CORE was hopeful of entering the Daytona Prototype international (DPi) category but did not immediately find a partner to make the big step. CORE announced plans to compete in the 2019 WeatherTech Championship LMP2 class, but never stopped pursuing DPi options. Since that announcement, a new opportunity for CORE to run the Nissan Onroak DPi prompted the team to change its initial plans and move to IMSA’s top class.
Kyle Kaiser Joins Juncos Racing for the 2019 Rolex 24
Juncos Racing announced today that Kyle Kaiser will join the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship team for the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona. Kaiser will pilot the No. 50 Cadillac DPi-V.R Juncos Racing entry along with Will Owen at Daytona International Speedway. Two other drivers are to be announced soon.
Kyle Kaiser (Santa Clara, California) will return to the team after a successful debut in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series. Kaiser competed in four Verizon IndyCar Series events with Juncos Racing, including the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 where he made one of the most impressive rookie qualifying attempts.
GP3 graduate Juan Manuel Correa set the fastest laptime of Day 2 of post-season testing. The American driver lapped the Yas Marina Circuit in a 1:49.958 at the wheel of a Charouz Racing System car in the evening session. Earlier in the day, it was the 2018 GP3 Series Champion Anthoine Hubert who topped the timesheet with MP Motorsport.
Marko thinks the new front wing is a $16M boondoggle
Next year’s revised Formula 1 front wing regulations have cost Red Bull $16-million to develop according to the team’s consultant Helmut Marko who is very bullish about next year’s prospects with Honda powering Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly.
Next year’s front wing changes are meant to reduce the turbulence behind the current generation F1 cars in an effort to improve close racing and overtaking, but not everyone is convinced it will work and it comes at a hefty price tag according to Marko.
NASCAR last night held its annual postseason awards ceremony at the Wynn Las Vegas, and Chase Elliott was "voted NASCAR's most popular driver, ending a 15-year run" for the now retired Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Earnhardt, now an NBC broadcaster, "presented Elliott the award." The honor is "based on a fan vote and sponsored by the National Motorsports Press Association." AP
Lance Stroll to race alongside Sergio Perez in 2019
I am especially thankful for my daddy who bought the whole F1 team just for me
Racing Point Force India is delighted to announce that Lance Stroll will join the team for 2019 to race alongside Sergio Perez. Lance has pledged his commitment to the team as part of a long-term deal.
Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal & CEO of Racing Point Force India: “I’m pleased that we can finally confirm Lance’s arrival to race alongside Sergio next year. It gives us an exciting line-up with the perfect blend of youth, talent, and experience. Lance is only twenty and already has two years of Formula One experience under his belt, as well as a podium finish and a front row start. We see huge potential in Lance and believe we can create an environment in which he can flourish.
Niko Kari was once again the quickest man at the Yas Marina Circuit: the Finnish driver set a laptime of a 1:54.683 at the wheel of a Trident in Day 2 morning session of the 2018 post-season tests. Jehan Daruvala topped the afternoon session in a 1:54.753 with Campos Racing.
Day 2 opened at 9am local time and Logan Sargeant led the rest of the pack out of the pitlane as soon as it went green. The American driver who spent Day 1 with MP Motorsport moved to Trident this Friday and set the early pace.
Video: Jimmie Johnson and Fernando Alonso car swap
Following the F1 season finale, Fernando Alonso car swapped with seven-time NASCAR world champion Jimmie Johnson at the Bahrain International Circuit. Each driver jumped into the cockpit of their counterparts: Jimmie in a McLaren F1, and Fernando in a NASCAR.
The two legendary world champions went head-to-head in the desert to get a glimpse of how the other half live. And boy, was it epic.
Mercedes Abu Dhabi Grand Prix F1 Debrief James Allison answers your questions about the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, from why we pitted Lewis so early, to whether we mind our drivers doing donuts at the end of the race! Comment
Beaurepaires joins Championship winning Shell V-Power Racing
(L to R) - Dick Johnson, Scott Bennett - Director Retail Operations Beaurepaires, Roger Penske, Rob Lewis - Vice President Retail of Goodyear & Dunlop Tires, Kevin Fitzsimmons - Dunlop Motorsport Operations Manager.
The 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship winning Shell V-Power Racing Team has announced a new multi-year partnership with trusted Australian tire provider Beaurepaires.
Beaurepaires is a part of Goodyear and Dunlop Tires Australia, with a retail network of 230 stores nationally, employing approximately 1,000 staff.
The famous Beaurepaires logo will appear on the lower rear quarter panel of both Shell V-Power Ford Mustangs at all 15 events in 2019 and beyond. The logo made its first appearance on the cars at the Newcastle 500 this past weekend, where Scott McLaughlin won the 2018 Supercars title.
Nissan unleashes all-new LEAF NISMO RC electric race car
Nissan LEAF NISMO RC
The all-new Nissan LEAF NISMO RC, an electric race car with more than double the maximum power and torque output of its predecessor, was unveiled today in Tokyo.
The unveiling took place at Nissan Crossing in the city’s Ginza district. The car, which was developed by Nissan’s racing arm, NISMO, with its race technology know-how, will officially debut on Dec. 2 at the annual NISMO Festival at Fuji International Speedway, appearing alongside Nissan’s new Formula E electric race car.
The ABB FIA Formula E Championship - the closest, most intense and progressive racing series - has reached an agreement with JSM Holdings as race promoter to stage an E-Prix in South Korea, with the iconic city-center of Seoul identified as the preferred location.
After a joint signing ceremony held today at State Tower in Seoul - together with Alejandro Agag and Moon Jae Sik, CEO of JSM Holdings - both parties have stated their intention to bring electric racing to the South Korean capital from 2020.
We've reached the top of the list of all-time race winners in Indy car history, with the great A.J. Foyt at No. 1. We dug far into the archives for this one, uncovering footage from Foyt's first Indianapolis 500 win in 1961.
The story of that month and Foyt's great battle with Eddie Sachs is told through the Champion spark plugs film "Champions at the Wheel." This was the fifth of Foyt's 67 career wins and first on a paved oval. Watch and enjoy.
Starworks Motorsport Makes IMSA Return With Ryan Dalziel
Starworks Motorsport has committed to return to full season competition in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Ryan Dalziel in 2019. Dalziel will run as one of two full season drivers in the 2019 spec Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo with Parker Chase locked in as a driver for the North American Endurance Cup Championship, potentially stepping in as the second full-season driver.
The Starworks Motorsport Audi R8 LMS GT3 that will enter in the 2019 IMSA GTD class championship is the same 2016 Audi R8 LMS in which Dalziel and Chase won the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge SprintX Pro/Am Championship. The car will be converted to the 2019 GT3 Evo kit, featuring a modified splitter to improve the car’s heat evacuation, and increased durability with a revised transmission.
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