Can an IndyCar driver win the Race of Champions again?
Last year's overall winner, Juan Montoya
Last year Juan Montoya was the overall winner of the Race of Champions held in Miami, FL. This year's annual Race of Champions, which makes its first ever first to the Middle East at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is set to feature four prominent names from the Verizon IndyCar Series. Can one win it all again?
Juan Pablo Montoya, who raced at this year’s INDYCAR Grand Prix and Indianapolis 500, returns to defend his victory from last year’s Race of Champions, a triumph that came in his first appearance. Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves and 2017 IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden will join Montoya to complete the trio of Penske drivers, with Newgarden making his debut. Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay also returns to the Race of Champions and completes the IndyCar quartet.
NASCAR K&N Pro Series coming to Gateway Motorsports Park in 2018
Will compliment the IndyCar weekend
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series is coming to Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois on Friday, August 24, 2018. The inaugural Midwest Melee will be one of only two East-vs.-West combo races scheduled for the 2018 NASCAR season. (The other East-vs.-West combo race will be held at Iowa Speedway).
The K&N Pro Series’ Midwest Melee -- to be held on Coors Light Pole Night for the INDYCAR Bommarito Automotive Group 500 -- will consist of 150 laps (187.5 miles) with a halftime break. The approximate starting time for the K&N Series race will be 9 p.m. Practice for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series will take place on Thursday, August 23, 2018 from noon to 7 p.m. with free spectator admission.
Formula Race Promotions and USAC Racing Announce Contract Extension
After a successful first year together in 2017, Formula Race Promotions (FRP) and the United States Auto Club (USAC Racing) will extend their sanctioning agreement for the 2018 seasons of the Atlantic, F2000 and F1600 Championship Series. The seasons open at Road Atlanta, April 20-22 and continue with stops at Watkins Glen, VIR, Mid-Ohio, Pittsburgh and Summit Point.
USAC made its return to road race sanctioning in 2017, working with FRP to offer a number of initiatives for drivers and teams, including a streamlined race entry and season registration system.
Richard Childress Racing NASCAR team names Andy Petree to VP of Competition
Richard Childress Racing (RCR) has named Andy Petree as its new Vice President of Competition, and Dr. Eric Warren as Chief Technology Officer, effective immediately. The organizational moves bolster RCR’s competition department with more than 50 years of combined racing experience.
Petree joins RCR on a full-time basis after he was brought on in an advisory role in October to conduct a comprehensive review of the team’s competition area. Warren, who has served in a competition leadership position at RCR since 2012, will oversee RCR’s engineering department and new technology strategy. The Chief Technology Officer will report to the Vice President of Competition.
Nine Nations Represented in Mazda Road to Indy Scholarship Shootout
Last year's Shootout Drivers
A young racer’s life will be changed this coming weekend as 17 drivers representing nine nations and four different continents vie for superiority in the Mazda Road to Indy USF2000 $200K Scholarship Shootout. The second annual event will take place at the Bondurant Racing School in Chandler, Ariz., just outside of Phoenix.
Richmond Raceway Reimagined construction milestone with new pedestrian tunnel installation
Richmond Raceway Reimagined (Reimagined) hit a major milestone Monday with the installation of the new pedestrian tunnel. The $30 million infield redevelopment project at Richmond Raceway (Richmond) has been moving forward since the groundbreaking in September. The expanded pedestrian tunnel installed near Turn 1 will allow more fans to have access to the modernized infield.
"The installation of the new pedestrian tunnel is a milestone moment in the Richmond Raceway Reimagined infield redevelopment project," said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. "The new, expanded pedestrian tunnel will make it easier for more fans to access the infield than ever before. We look forward to our loyal fans taking their first steps into the modernized infield in September 2018."
The symphony of sports car sounds once again will be heard over the next two days at Daytona International Speedway with a two-day test including the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda.
The WeatherTech Championship, which has 18 entries across its three classes, will have four on-track sessions spread out over two days of testing. The entry list includes 10 Prototype (P) cars, five GT Le Mans (GTLM) entries and three GT Daytona (GTD) race cars with a primary aim of gathering data on new-for-2018 race cars or cars that have undergone some evolution since the end of the 2017 season.
Robert Megennis advances to Pro Mazda Championship
Juncos Racing announced today that Palo Alto Networks driver Robert Megennis will join their 2018 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires driver line-up. Megennis is the second driver to commit to the reigning championship team.
Robert Megennis (New York, New York) moves up to the Pro Mazda series after a strong two-year run in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda. The young American finished off the 2017 season with one pole and one win, both coming at the season-opener on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. Megennis first joined the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system in 2016, where he was awarded “Rookie of the Year” and received the “Tilton Hard Charger” award while running in the USF2000 series.
Bayne and AdvoCare "Back in Black" for the 2018 Season
The #6 AdvoCare livery
Trevor Bayne’s AdvoCare Ford Fusion will sport a different look when it hits the track to begin the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) season as the famed Roush Fenway Racing No. 6 will be sporting the primary color of black.
“This new paint scheme is pretty awesome,” said Bayne. “If you look through history a lot of the great drivers have driven black race cars as their primary scheme and I am pretty excited to have one as well going into 2018. I think that this new look by AdvoCare is really great and shows that we mean business every time we head out onto the racetrack. This scheme just makes me even more excited about getting back behind the wheel in 2018.”
86-year old woman goes nuts in parking lot "An 85 year old woman was leaving the grocery store parking lot. While she was leaving, she put the car in drive and drove up a curb to the other side, hitting a white Honda CRV. I heard tires screeching, looked over, and started recording. After I started recording, she put her car into reverse, backed up off the curb, and then put it into drive. She went back and forth several times and the last final time she reversed off the curb into the street. Then she put it into drive, jumped the curb, and slammed into the Honda CRV. This finally set her air bags off. A couple rushed to her car and helped her out. She claimed the car itself went out of control, and she didn't know what was going on. The fire department and paramedics checked her out to make sure she was okay. The DMV is now making her retake her driving test."
NHRA Allowing Any Approved Engine/Body Combo In Pro Stock
Jason Gray at Gator Nationals
In a history-making decision made at the request of the teams, NHRA will allow Pro Stock racers to run any currently approved engine combination in any currently approved body, regardless of the manufacturer, during the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
“The NHRA Technical Department worked very closely with the Pro Stock teams and the vehicle manufacturers in finalizing this rule change,” said NHRA Vice President-Technical Operations Glen Gray. “The cooperation from all of those involved in the process was very encouraging and we look forward to the 2018 Pro Stock season.”
Watch a Triple-Turbo Cummins Diesel Engine Literally Explode on the Dyno If you're running three turbos on a Cummins diesel engine and you're dyno-testing the life out of it stand back, it could kill you. The doomed engine was built by D&J Precision Machine and Firepunk Diesel, both of Ohio. The engine was pushing 146 psi of boost and more than 2000 horsepower when it popped. Comment
Sergio had a lot to say at the Alfa Romeo Sauber launch
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles says it is interested in forming a technical partnership with Hyundai.
Speaking at the launch of the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 squad, FCA chief executive Sergio Marchionne said the carmaker is searching for a closer relationship with Hyundai but is not seeking a merger. “We already buy components from (Hyundai) .... let’s see if we can agree on other points, especially for the development of transmissions and hydrogen,” he said.
Norman Feels Confidence Growing For Second Indy Lights Season
Ryan Norman is primed to better himself in his second Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires season.
The 19-year-old from Aurora, Ohio, ended his rookie season 11th in the standings. Despite missing out on the top 10 in the championship, Norman tied series runner-up Santi Urrutia with the most top-10 race finishes in the season (15) and earned the Tilton Hard Charger award for most positions gained over the course of the season.
Kyle Busch won the 2017 Snowball Derby, the 50th anniversary of the event, Sunday at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida.
Busch was the only Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver entered in the golden anniversary race, but he was joined by NASCAR Next and development drivers Harrison Burton, Noah Gragson, Corey LaJoie, Brandon McReynolds, Ty Majeski and Mason Mingus.
Salih Yoluc Completes United Autosports Abu Dhabi Driver Line Up
Salih Yoluc from Turkey
United Autosports have confirmed that Salih Yoluc will join the team for the 2017 Gulf 12 Hours, completing their driver line up for the 12-hour endurance race.
He will race alongside Guy Cosmo, Patrick Byrne and Mike Benham in the Ligier JS P3. Salih will be racing a sports prototype for the first time, however the circuit won’t be new to him as he has raced at Yas Marina before, entering the 2015 Gulf 12 Hours.
Gibson Technology is proud to be awarded ‘Race Engine Designer of the Year’ for its GK428 LMP2 engine at Race Technology Magazine’s World Motorsport Symposium. This is a prestigious award in the motorsport industry, with Gibson being recognized above other highly regarded nominees.
Video: Racing is in our DNA. Alfa Romeo returns to F1. Today, Alfa Romeo has written a new chapter in its 107 year history. From the partnership signed between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Sauber, the Swiss Racing team, the new Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 team is born. Comment
France's behavior at awards ceremony creates buzz on social media
Brian France did not even shake Martin Truex's hand at the NASCAR Awards ceremony. Must have not been the driver France wanted to win
Fans were buzzing on social media Friday about what they called awkward and rude behavior by NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France at Thursday night's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards ceremony in Las Vegas.
In a moment shared via GIF by many fans and reporters on Twitter, France abruptly handed Martin Truex Jr. his NASCAR Cup championship ring before walking off without a handshake.
4 Hours of Fuji - Asian Le Mans Series Race Report
LMP2 winner#8 Jackie Chan DC Racing x Jota Sport Oreca 05 Nissan
In a highly eventful second round of the 2017/18 Asian Le Mans Series, the #8 Jackie Chan DC Racing x Jota Sport Oreca 05 Nissan (Stephane Richelmi/ Harrison Newey/ Thomas Laurent) has claimed victory in the 4 Hours of Fuji!
They did not have things all their own way however, having to chase down and pass the #37 BBT Ligier JS P2 (Anthony Xu Liu/ Pipo Derani/ Davide Rizzo) in the final hour. In third place was their sister car, the #7 Jackie Chan DC Racing x Jota Sport Oreca 05 Nissan (David Cheng/ Jazeman Jaafar).
Sato runs demo laps at Motegi for Honda The Verizon IndyCar Series no longer races at Twin Ring Motegi, but Japan's first Indianapolis 500 winner, Takuma Sato, drove his Dallara-Honda around the circuit during Honda Thanks Day at the Japanese oval race complex, where the manufacturer salutes its fans for supporting its racing programs. Note the car bottoming going into Turn 3 where the track suffered earthquake damage and also note huge crowd that turned out to watch! That bump can be repaved - get the race back to Motegi! Comment
Although Brad Keselowski elected to shutter his racing operation following the 2017 Camping World Truck Series season, on Friday he gifted [BKR Truck Series drivers Chase Briscoe and Austin Cindric] with the F150s from their respective inaugural wins.
Hopefully, Keselowski's hiatus from team ownership is temporary. Like his mentor Dale Earnhardt Jr., Keselowski provided an opportunity for a number of drivers to hone their skills in NASCAR's feeder series before moving on to the next level. Ryan Blaney, Daniel Hemric, Tyler Reddick and now Briscoe and Cindric have all come through BKR.
Whitey Kidd III Makes History at First Trenton Indoor Nationals Dirt Race
Whitney Kidd III celebrates
TRENTON, NJ - A restart with two laps left in the first annual East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals inside CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, N.J. enabled Whitey Kidd, III of Staten Island, N.Y., to shoot by Alex Bright of Collegeville, Pa., who had led from the halfway mark of the 40-lap contest, and score a dramatic, shocking, and well received Micro Sprint win.
“I can't believe he (Bright) gave me the outside lane for the restart,” Kidd said. “Once the green dropped, I shot by him. I couldn't possibly be any happier than I am right now.”
Marquez, Pedrosa and Sato enjoy a perfect end to 2017 season
Sato races Marquez
A beautiful, sunny day and twenty-four thousand fans packing Motegi’s grandstand for the 2017 edition of Honda Racing Thanks Day today welcomed newly crowned MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez and teammate Dani Pedrosa, along with fellow HRC motorsport personalities including MotoGP rider Takaaki Nakagami, Trial riders Takashisa Fujinami, MXGP rider Tim Gajser, home star Takuma Sato (who this year became the first Japanese driver to win the Indianapolis 500), Jenson Button and Stoffel Vandoorne.
Antonio Giovinazzi check wasn't as big as Marcus Ericsson's so he got the reserve driver role
Antonio Giovinazzi is set to participate in six free practice sessions with Sauber in 2018, having missed out on a full-time seat to Marcus Ericsson who brought more money to the Alfa Romeo Sauber team.
Ferrari reserve Giovinazzi was in the running for a Sauber seat for 2018, with the operation strengthening its Ferrari ties through its Alfa Romeo title partnership.
However, incumbent Ericsson has been given the nod to stay on for another campaign on the basis of his financial support of the team, his fourth at the squad, with Formula 2 champion Charles Leclerc joining the Swede.
Friday Night Dirt Indoor Nationals Results from Trenton NJ
Alex Bright leads
American Racing Drivers Club Midget past champion Alex Bright, reigning Action Track USA SpeedSTR and Micro Sprint champion Tim Buckwalter, nationally acclaimed Micro Sprint standout Austin Quick and regional Micro favorite Jesse Maurer each punched their tickets into tonight's $5,000-to-win East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals inside Trenton, NJ’s CURE Insurance Arena by winning 15-lap A-Qualifier races last night.
Alex Albon has claimed the fastest lap of the 3 day FIA Formula 2 Championship post-season test at Yas Marina Circuit, topping the 3rd evening session with a lap of 1:48.110 halfway through to top the session ahead of Norman Nato and Nyck De Vries, while earlier in the morning session Arjun Maini was P1 with a time of 1:49.040, holding off rivals Norman Nato and Antonio Fuoco to the flag.
Alfa Romeo Sauber confirms Leclerc, Ericsson (Update) UPDATE Added photos of new livery below
Leclerc and Ericsson
12/02/17 The Sauber F1 Team spent the day at the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo, where the Italian car manufacturer officially celebrated their return to Formula One, after more than 30 years of absence from the sport. As of next year, the team will be entering the Formula One Word Championship as the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team, with Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc in the cockpits. Antonio Giovinazzi will complete six FP1 sessions for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team in 2018.
Porsche at the LA Auto Show With four world premieres planned, Porsche has presented novelties at the Los Angeles Auto Show: The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo, the 718 Boxster GTS and the 718 Cayman GTS are each the flagship of their respective model lines, while the 911 Carrera T takes the role of puristic lightweight. In addition, the new generation of the Cayenne is celebrating its first outing in the United States. Comment
Video: Hong Kong E-Prix 2017 Saturday Qualifying Highlights The Formula E drivers take their first laps in anger of season 4 around the streets of Hong Kong. Who would top the time sheets in qualifying? Comment
Arjun Maini has grabbed the day 2 honors after running fastest in this evening’s session of the FIA Formula 2 Championship post-season test at Yas Marina Circuit, topping the timesheets just after the 1 hour mark with a lap of 1:48.645 to steal a march on Louis Deletraz and Alexander Albon, with the Swiss driver leading the way in the morning session with a lap at 1:49.134, less than a tenth from Albon and Nicholas Latifi.
A new version of the Porsche 911 GT3 R is under development for 2019, according to Head of Porsche Motorsport Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser.
The German manufacturer has revealed plans to roll out with an updated version of its championship-winning GT3 model, following the conclusion of the three-year homologation period for its current 911 GT3 R, which debuted in 2016.
Bringing new opportunities to one of the most enduring partnerships in racing, Team Penske announced today that PPG is expanding its relationship with the organization in 2018.
Team Penske and PPG will celebrate their 34th season together in 2018 with the company reaffirming its commitment by becoming a primary sponsor of the team’s No. 12 Ford Fusion driven by Ryan Blaney in six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) races next season.
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