NASCAR on NBC Broadcasters Share Personal Highlights From The 2016 Season
NBC Sports Group's 2016 NASCAR season wraps up this evening on NBCSN with the Sprint Cup Series Awards at 9 p.m. ET from Las Vegas. After 21 consecutive weeks on the road, the NASCAR on NBC on-air and .com team reflect back on their favorite funny stories, memories and lessons learned along the way.
"Calling Elliott Sadler's win at Darlington Raceway stands out as my biggest memory. With his future in flux, after losing a sponsor, that win was huge. Sadler's crew chief is also my old engineer so that made it personally even more special."
NBC Sports Digital & Social Media Rounds Out NASCAR Season With Significant Growth NASCAR on NBC's social platforms have generated a triple-digit increase in video views, as well as double-digit increases in fan base and impressions compared with the 2015 season. In 2016, the NASCAR on NBC Facebook page has grown its fan base by 61% and generated 440 million impressions since July 1st (+404% vs. 2015). Videos posted on the Facebook page have produced more than 44 million views, a 145% increase over last season.
On Twitter, @NASCARonNBC's followers have increased by 16% since July 1st, and impressions are up to 94 million over the same period, more than 22% higher than 2015. This season, NBC Sports partnered with Delmondo for Snapchat content creation around the races at Charlotte, Talladega and Homestead-Miami. The content, which included tap to advance stop motion, driver portraits, trivia and Snapart games, garnered more than 840,000 views, 70,000 minutes and nearly 30,000 engagements.
NBCSN had the best Formula 1 viewership for a single cable network in 21 years, according to data from The Nielsen Company.
NBCSN's 2016 F1 coverage (14 races) averaged 429,000 viewers, up 3% vs. 2015 (418,000; 13 races), to rank as the best F1 season for a single cable network since 1995 (ESPN: 755,000 viewers). Due to the variety of race locations around the globe, a majority of F1 races begin at 7:30 a.m. ET or earlier.
Third-generation drag racer Troy Coughlin Jr. humbled by Top Fuel opportunity
Accomplished Sportsman star Troy Coughlin Jr. whose family owns JEGS already was incredibly excited about the 2017 NHRA season after it was announced he'd run a sixth nitro entry for Kalitta Motorsports for a small handful of races. Now the 26-year-old third-generation racer can hardly believe what's happening right before his eyes on the heels of the announcement he'd be taking over the seat of the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster.
"I had little doubt I was the luckiest guy alive when we said we'd be running four or five races in a JEGS.com-sponsored dragster next year," Coughlin said. "But this is beyond anything I could have ever dreamed. I literally can't sleep I'm so excited. I've never felt like this before, even after winning Indy."
Bowyer suing HScott Motorsports, team done (2nd Update) UPDATE After months of speculation, Harry Scott, owner of HScott Motorsports officially announced on Monday that the team would not compete during the 2017 NASCAR season.
In a deal finalized last week, the No. 15 charter used for Clint Bowyer, which was owned by HScott Motorsports, has been sold to Premium Motorsports. The charter that was leased for the No. 46 car and Michael Annett was sold by Premium Motorsport to Furniture Row Racing for the No. 77 car that will be driven by Erik Jones next season.
Bowyer will be moving to the No. 14 Ford and Stewart–Haas Racing this upcoming season while Annett will drive the No. 5 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports in the XFINITY Series.
Firestone drops sponsorship of Texas IndyCar race (Update) UPDATE RAINGUARD WATER SEALERS TO SERVE AS SPONSOR FOR JUNE INDYCAR RACE
Rainguard Water Sealers, a rapidly growing private water sealant and graffiti protection coating company, has signed a three-year agreement with Texas Motor Speedway to become the entitlement sponsor of the annual Verizon IndyCar Series race held in June at the world-renowned motorsports facility.
The multi-year deal for "America's Original Nighttime IndyCar Race," will begin with the 2017 event scheduled for Saturday, June 10, at the Fort Worth-based speedway. The race will be rebranded the Rainguard Water Sealers 600 and serve as the ninth event on the Verizon IndyCar Series' current 17-race schedule for next season.
New Official Name - The FIA approves World Series Formula V8 3.5
The grid for the Jerez, Spain race
RPM- MKTG is pleased to announce to the motorsports community that their Single-Seater Series will be named "World Series Formula V8 3.5" following to the approval of this naming in the last FIA World Motorsport Council held last week.
Besides the FIA World Championship, the World Series Formula V8 3.5 becomes a unique discipline being granted the use of the word 'World'.
One-Of-A-Kind Laferrari Raises $7 Million To Benefit Central Italy
Last night, a prized LaFerrari was sold at auction for $7 Million to benefit the reconstruction of Central Italy in the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes of 2016. The auction was held in conjunction with RM Sotheby’s and in collaboration with the National Italian American Foundation's Earthquake Relief Fund. The price achieved represents a record for the most valuable 21st Century automobile ever sold at auction.
Apple Working on Self-Driving technology Apple Inc. took its biggest step toward acknowledging it is working on autonomous vehicles, writing a letter to U.S. regulators offering feedback on proposed guidelines for the emerging technology writes Tim Higgins & Tripp Mickle of The Wall Street Journal.
The letter from Steve Kenner, Apple's director of product integrity, to the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offered no details on the project, but said Apple "is investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation, and is excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation."
Discovery Channel's "Fast N' Loud" TV Show To Feature Sage Karam
Young driver Sage Karam and his Dreyer & Reinbold-Kingdom Racing Gas Monkey Energy Chevrolet IndyCar team will be featured this Thursday evening (Dec. 8) in the "Fast N' Loud" television show set for 9 p.m. ET/PT on the Discovery Channel in a special two-hour telecast.
Karam, 21, drove the No. 24 Dreyer & Reinbold-Kingdom Racing Gas Monkey Energy Chevrolet in the 100th Indianapolis 500 and the "Fast N' Loud" film crew followed Sage and his racing crew throughout the race weekend with the show's star, Richard Rawlings, and other Gas Monkey Garage personnel.
As it gears up to expand its lineup to seven distinct vehicles from the current tally of four, Aston Martin has managed to snag the man in charge of developing vehicle structures at Ferrari.
Aston Martin on Thursday announced it has hired Maximilian Szwaj as its new Vice President and Chief Technical Officer. Szwaj will report to President and CEO Andy Palmer and be based at Aston Martin’s headquarters at Gaydon, United Kingdom.
Ryan Norman Named Third Driver to Andretti Indy Lights Roster
Ryan Norman will begin his Mazda Road to Indy career competing in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires with Andretti Autosport. The rookie will pilot the No. 48 Flip Side Mazda as part of Andretti’s 2017 stable.
"I'm very excited to join Andretti Autosport for the 2017 Indy Lights Season," said Norman. "With their great success in IndyCar and Indy Lights, it is the perfect environment for me to learn and grow as a driver. I want to thank Michael Andretti and the rest of the team for this wonderful opportunity and I hope to bring great results to the team this coming year."
Finali Mondiali - A Perfect End For The Daytona Event
Raikkonen and Vettel race a pair of Ferrari F60s around Daytona
The first edition of the Finali Mondiali ever organized in the United States ended with the exhibition of the Scuderia Ferrari drivers, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. The Daytona track provided a perfect setting and the almost 140 Ferraris that took to the track on the final day made for a unique atmosphere at the legendary Florida circuit.
Success for the auction. Celebrations had begun on Saturday evening, when the biggest parade of Ferraris ever seen on an American track took center stage, with more than 800 cars driven by their owners. This spectacular moment followed the dinner where CEO Sergio Marchionne, after greeting clients and enthusiasts, invited those in attendance to the charity auction for a unique LaFerrari. The car was sold for the record amount of 7 million U.S. Dollars that will be used for a reconstruction project in the area of central Italy that was struck by the earthquake. “This result reveals the generosity of our clients”, commented Sergio Marchionne.
Faulty Seat Belt Mechanism Prompts Recall of 680,000 Ford Vehicles
Map showing all the Ford facilities in Mexico, including the Hermosillo plant referenced below. This is where Ford sent all the American jobs to Mexico over the years - part of the greatest job theft scam in American history
Ford has announced a massive recall for some of its most popular late-model sedans. In a press release issued Friday, the Dearborn-based automaker said that up to 680,000 vehicles are affected worldwide. The problem is a fairly serious one, stemming from a faulty seat belt mechanism, which "may inadequately restrain an occupant in a crash, increasing risk of injury."
The recall covers 2013-2016 model year Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles. Due to inadequate insulation, the seat belt anchor pretensioners in some vehicles are prone to overheating. This, in turn, can cause the cable to snap when deployed during a wreck. Ford says it’s aware of two accidents and two injuries stemming from the malfunction.
Only certain Fusion and MKZ sedans are affected, depending on the build date and location. They include the following:
Ferrari unveils the 488 Challenge at the World Finals in Daytona
Ferrari 488 Challenge
The Ferrari World Finals event in Daytona this weekend saw the unveiling of the latest model to join the ranks of Ferrari’s prestigious international Challenge racing series for clients. The 488 Challenge is the sixth model to participate in the one-make series which, in 2017, celebrates its 25th anniversary.
Since the announcement of the racing series in 1992, there have already been over 1000 races, with over 1000 drivers taking part in up to three series organized on three continents. Over the years, the Ferrari Challenge has proved to be an ideal platform for drivers looking to compete in international GT and prototype championships, and an impressive number have gone on to win in Grand-Am, IMSA, the FIA World Endurance Championship, ELMS an even the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Between karting and Race Of Champions, Montoya keeping busy
Juan Pablo Montoya
The offseason is no reason for Juan Pablo Montoya to stay away from a racetrack.
Go-karts are keeping the Colombian busy as he works with his son Sebastian, an aspiring 11-year-old racer who has been at it for four years and has competed and defeated older drivers as far away as in Europe.
Montoya, the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, is also planning his annual Carrera de Estrellas (Race of Stars) karting charity race Dec. 8 at the Autodromo de Tocancipa, near Bogota, Colombia. Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Carlos Munoz and Gabby Chaves as well as sports car champion Memo Rojas are among those expected to also participate.
Shane van Gisbergen has signed off his championship with a win at the last ever race at the Sydney Olympic Park street circuit.
Yesterday the 27-year old Kiwi earned enough points to clinch this year's Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, and today he punctuated that with victory by 1.02 seconds over Garth Tander.
In previous years when he's won the race, he hasn't been able to perform the celebratory burnout, which is reserved for the champion – today, he made up for that holding out the checkered flag out the car on his run past the team and smoking it up.
Robbie Reiser out as general manager of Roush Fenway Racing (Update)
UPDATE Robbie Reiser didn't really have a lot he wanted to say about his situation at Roush Fenway Racing. He was relieved of his duties as vice president of competition. But he's not going anywhere.
He doesn't yet have a title or even a full job description for his next role as the team struggles to regain its footing. But he is as dedicated to doing his part to bring success as he was in 2003, when he won a NASCAR title as Matt Kenseth's crew chief, or in 2007, when he answered Jack Roush's call to lead the whole operation.
Night Racing and Vintage Airplanes at the Classic 12 Hours at Sebring SEBRING, Florida (December 3, 2016) - Night racing and a parade of vintage airplanes came to the inaugural Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) Classic 12 Hour at Sebring on Saturday where a full schedule of day and nighttime racing segments were watched by one of the biggest crowds to ever attend an HSR race at Sebring International Raceway.
Officially titled the Classic 12 Hour at Sebring, Pistons and Props, presented by the Alan Jay Automotive Network and Classic Motorsports, this weekend's inaugural event is an on-track and on-the-runways celebration of the legendary 12 Hours of Sebring auto race and historic Hendricks Field, the iconic military and civil aviation facility on which the race is run every year.
Porsche has paid tribute to the outstanding achievements of teams and drivers during 2016 at the Night of Champions motorsport gala in Weissach. On this occasion, the new driver lineup for the 2017 season was announced.
919 Hybrid: New driver crews for starting numbers one and two Porsche Motorsport LMP will return in 2017 as the defending champions to tackle the nine rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship WEC. The two Porsche 919 Hybrids will again compete with the starting numbers one and two. The most significant change in both LMP1 racing cars can be found in the cockpit. After the departure of Romain Dumas, Marc Lieb and Mark Webber from the LMP1 driver lineup, three newcomers will join the crew. Two hail from Porsche’s existing factory driver squad: the New Zealander Earl Bamber (26) and Britain’s Nick Tandy (32). Both have already gained a wealthy of experience in the 919 Hybrid.
On a mostly rainy Tuesday back in August of 2016, the Sports Car Club of America hosted a half-dozen Club racers at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to test multiple road course layouts for the 2017 National Championship Runoffs to be held in September. After a full day exploring seven different configurations, both clockwise and counterclockwise, the SCCA Club Racing Department has reached a decision.
The 2017 Runoffs course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be an exciting 15-turn challenge running 2.592 miles in a clockwise direction. The layout, which can hold up to 72 cars per Runoffs race, consists of ten right-hand and five left-hand turns, as well as a main straight 3,700 feet in length. The racing surface is 45-feet wide in sections with very mild, FIM-approved curbing. Eric Prill, SCCA Vice President and COO, said the Runoffs configuration includes portions of the track previously utilized by Formula One for the U.S. Grand Prix and currently used by the Verizon IndyCar Series for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
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UPDATE Sindelfingen: "THANK YOU!" - this was the heartfelt message delivered by Formula One World Champion Nico Rosberg and team-mate Lewis Hamilton together with their Silver Arrows crew on Saturday. After recording a Formula One Drivers' and Constructors' World Championship hat-trick, it was high time to express gratitude for the immense support given by colleagues at Mercedes-Benz in the past three seasons. Rosberg also took the opportunity to say good-bye to everyone at Mercedes-Benz after announcing his retirement yesterday.
Wright Motorsports is pleased to announce that Patrick Long, the only Porsche factory driver from North America, will be back with the Batavia, Ohio-based team for the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) championship with the No. 58 Porsche 911 GT3 R.
Long, of Manhattan Beach, Calif., finished a strong second in the series' top class, GT, in 2016 with three victories.
Long has an extensive history of working with Wright Motorsports, and he's very pleased that his plans for 2017 have been solidified before Christmas.
Shane van Gisbergen has overcome a disastrous start at the Coates Hire Sydney 500 to clinch his first ever Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
The Kiwi looked like he would have to wait at least one more day to seal the title after he was penalized following an incident with reigning Champion Mark Winterbottom early in today’s 250 kilometer race.
He finished seventh in final points, making NASCAR's Elite Eight, as he calls the Round of 8 in the Chase for the championship, for the second straight year. Plus, his beloved Chicago Cubs finally won the World Series, and he was witness to Game 2 in Cleveland and Game 5 in Chicago. Plus, he's getting married soon.
So all things considered - especially the last two - native NASCAR son Kurt Busch said the 2016 season has been a good one. He sneaked in the bit about an impending marriage to girlfriend Ashley Van Metre toward the end of the media scrum with Chase drivers leading up to Friday's Champion's Week black-tie awards soiree at Wynn Las Vegas. The two have been engaged since 2015.
"To be up in Virginia with my fiancee's family, and then a wedding shortly thereafter," the 2004 Cup Series champion said about his holiday plans.
Earnhardt voted Most Popular Driver for 14th consecutive year
Most popular again
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s hot streak in Las Vegas continued Friday night. The driver of the #88 Chevy was named the National Motorsports Press Association Sprint Most Popular Driver for the 14th consecutive year, extending his record streak.
"That's pretty cool," Earnhardt said to open his acceptance speech. Earnhardt's 14 consecutive wins mark the longest streak since the award was first presented in 1953. Bill Elliott -- Chase's father -- holds the record for all-time Most Popular Driver honors with 16. He was presented with the award at the black-tie NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards held at Wynn Las Vegas.
The award is determined solely by fan voting, and Earnhardt said it was especially touching to know that his fans supported him even during a year in which he missed the second half of the season due to a concussion. "This year was a difficult year for us and our team," Earnhardt said.
The winners of this year’s FIA Championships have been honored in a glittering 2016 FIA Prize Giving ceremony at the stunning Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria.
Highlight of the annual gala show was the presentation of the FIA Formula One World Drivers’ Championship Trophy to Nico Rosberg.
An already emotional moment resonated even more in light of the German’s earlier announcement that, having achieved his boyhood dream of winning the title, he is steeping back from F1 with immediate effect.
Rosberg’s first title win came at the end of a titanic season-long battle with Mercedes team-mate and defending champion Lewis Hamilton. It also arrived 34 years after Rosberg’s father, Keke, sealed his own world championship win.
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