Now it's official: Rossi's likeness on Borg-Warner revealed
When Alexander Rossi looked at the Borg-Warner Trophy before May 29, his eye gravitated to the names and faces of racers he knew: Dario Franchitti, Dan Wheldon, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Mario Andretti.
Now, he has a new favorite spot.
Rossi's own name and likeness were officially revealed on the trophy tonight at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, putting a bow on a remarkable six-plus months as the reigning Indianapolis 500 champion. The rookie winner - the ninth such champion in race history - drank the milk, wore the wreath, kissed the bricks, did the interviews.
The third and last day of Collective Test presented some new and old faces in the Circuit of Jerez. Roy Nissany (Lotus) and Egor Orudzhev (Arden Motorsport) returned to their garages. The Swiss Kevin Joerg joined the Lotus team for this final day. Beitske Visser was again on duty in AVF while Dorian Boccolacci has moved to Teo Martin Motorsport. The Spanish team has welcomed the young Alex Palou, who will have his 1st ever contact with the Formula V8 3.5. The Argentinean Facu Regalia moved to the garage next door, with RP Motorsport. Meanwhile Brazilian Pietro Fittipaldi was back in the Fortec Motorsports garage alongside Alfonso Celis Jr.
Askew Wins Inaugural Mazda Road to Indy USF2000 Scholarship Shootout
A suspenseful two days of intense competition at the famed Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca ended this afternoon with Oliver Askew, from Jupiter, Fla., being declared winner of the inaugural Mazda Road to Indy USF2000 $200K Scholarship Shootout. Askew, 19, who gained his entry to the Shootout after claiming a Team USA Scholarship, emerged victorious from a total of 18 talented young drivers quite literally from around the world.
"I am a bit speechless right now," said Askew, who wins a Mazda Scholarship of $200,000 and the right to carry the coveted Soul Red livery in next year's Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda. "I prepared extremely hard for this opportunity and it's a dream come true. I can't thank everyone enough who is involved in this program: Mazda especially, Cooper Tires, Lucas Oil School of Racing, the judges.…
NASCAR, Monster Energy Meeting To Plan Sponsorship Transition Monster Energy and NASCAR today will hold immersion meetings at the sanctioning body's Charlotte HQ to begin the work of Monster replacing Sprint as NASCAR's premier series entitlement partner.
The exact agenda is unknown, but Monster's and NASCAR's marketing and communications teams will meet with each other, and execs may be finalizing plans for what the series' new name and logo will be.
Execs involved include Monster Energy VP/Sports Marketing Mitch Covington, who helped strike the deal that was confirmed last week. Monster will have about two months to get ready for the '17 season, which is being viewed as a short but doable timeframe. Adam Stern/SBD
Juncos Racing Expands with New Facility Located in Speedway, Indiana
Juncos Racing is pleased to announce after three years of planning and 10 months of construction, the team has moved into their brand new 40,000 square foot headquarters located in Speedway, Indiana, the "Racing Capital of the World." To celebrate this new state-of-the-art facility, Juncos Racing will be hosting an open house Friday, December 9th from 6:00 to 8:00PM at 4401 Gilman Street.
The team first announced their plans to relocate and build this new facility in May of 2015 in conjunction with the Speedway Redevelopment Commission. The extensive project broke ground in January of 2016 on the corner of Gilman Street and Allison Way and finished on time in early November.
'Mystery device' helps thieves steal cars with push-button ignitions Thieves could be using a new technology to break into and drive away with vehicles that have push-button ignitions without a trace of evidence, and there might not be much that potential victims can do to prevent it.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau today said it obtained and tested a so-called “mystery device” that can allow a thief to break into a vehicle without leaving behind any of the traditional pieces of evidence such as broken glass.
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. and Max Chilton Return with Chip Ganassi Racing
Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that international insurance brokerage and risk management services firm Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. will return in 2017 as the primary partner with CGR’s No. 8 Honda driven by Max Chilton in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Gallagher, headquartered in Itasca, Illinois, has operations in 33 countries and offers client-service capabilities in more than 150 countries around the world through a network of correspondent brokers and consultants.
It was announced today that The NC Motor Speedway AKA Rockingham Speedway recognized as the fastest one mile closed circuit race track in the world is being offered for sale at private treaty.
The racing and entertainment complex, with approximately 250 acres, opened with the first race being run on Oct. 31st of 1965. For many years the Winston Cup Championship was decided at the fall race at Rockingham, which always generated record crowds. The complex was privately owned by a group of local investors, until it was sold to The Penske Organization for 30 Million in the late 1990's.
Earnhardt Jr. confident ahead of upcoming private test
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and girlfriend Amy will marry on New Year's eve before he prepares to return to racing in 2017
UPDATE Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s offseason plans include a test to confirm the Hendrick Motorsports driver is fit and ready to return to competition.
Wedding bells will be a part of the brief break as well.
The sport's most popular driver confirmed Friday night that he and fiancee Amy Reimann will be married on New Year's Eve.
"It's only a few weeks away," Earnhardt said after accepting his 14th-consecutive National Motorsports Press Association Sprint Most Popular Driver award during ceremonies at the Wynn Las Vegas. "Amy spilled the beans tonight that we're getting married on New Year's Eve. I'm really excited and have enjoyed going through the process. I've never been married before and I'm excited to be marrying Amy."
'Full-Season Four' Return to Corvette Racing for 2017
Corvette C7.R at Road America
After sweeping all six GT Le Mans titles in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2016 and winning five times, Corvette Racing confirmed today that its full-season driver roster will remain unchanged for the upcoming 2017 racing season.
Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen, Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner will pilot the two Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R race cars during both the IMSA season and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, pending invitations for the annual French endurance race.
Ousted driver Mears working on alternatives Casey Mears, who will be replaced in the #13 GEICO Chevy next season by Ty Dillon, tweeted Tuesday, "Thank you for all the support out there. Working on what's next. Having fun exploring all options and directions."
Repsol and Honda extend MotoGP contract until 2018
Marc Marquez on the Repsol Honda
The alliance between the Spanish energy company and the Japanese vehicle manufacturer has been in existence for more than 20 years and is the most successful in MotoGP history, with 12 rider World Championships.
Repsol and Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) have extended their sponsorship contract for another year, through to the 31st of December 2018. The alliance between the Spanish energy company and the Japanese vehicle manufacturer, which began in 1995 and has seen them claim 12 rider World Championships together. The collaboration will thus reach its 24th season.
Just when we thought we were rid of the 'dirty' diesels, they may be back
While the factory program may have come to an end, the Audi R18 could continue in the hands of a privateer team next year, according to VW Group motorsport boss Wolfgang Durheimer.
In an interview with Autocar, Durheimer revealed there's been interest from parties to run the cars in the FIA World Endurance Championship, but said it would require a well-financed and technically equipped operation to do so.
"We are very willing to co-operate with any team that has the expertise and budget to race them," Durheimer told Autocar.
Volkswagen RX Sweden to focus on developing rallycross talent in 2017
European World Rally Cross action
Swedish rallycross team Volkswagen RX Sweden will focus on developing rallycross talent for the future in 2017, by running two Volkswagen Polo RX Supercars in the FIA European Rallycross Championship.
The team has competed in the FIA World Rallycross Championship for the last three seasons, and finished second in the World RX Drivers’ Championship with Johan Kristoffersson this year. The team also finished third in the Teams’ Championship standings in 2016, with points accumulated by Kristoffersson and teammate Anton Marklund.
Celebrations complete, it's back to work for champion Pagenaud
Simon Pagenaud celebrates title win at Sonoma
Michael L. Levitt/LAT for GM
It was another beautiful fall day in Mooresville, N.C., when Simon Pagenaud pulled into the Team Penske parking lot in his Porsche Cayman S. It was back to work for Pagenaud, who has seemingly been celebrating his 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series championship since taking the checkered flag in the final race of the season more than two months ago - at the Go Pro Grand Prix of Sonoma on Sept. 18.
Since that time, Pagenaud’s celebration has taken him all over the United States and back to his home country of France as the first French Indy car champion since Sebastien Bourdais won four straight Champ Car titles from 2004-07.
Everywhere he went, he was referred as "Simon Pagenaud - 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series champion."
IMS adds karting competition to Battle at the Brickyard weekend
Instead of holding a 400-mile IndyCar season finale at Indy, the Speedway will hold a 'gazillion' different events to dilute the Indy 500 and IndyCar. We suspect some day they will even bring swamp buggy racing in
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and United States Auto Club announced that a karting competition would be added to the schedule of events for the annual "USAC Battle at the Brickyard" quarter midget event July 6-9.
"Many of the legendary champions that have driven at IMS got their start in karting," said Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles. Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Dan Wheldon started their racing careers in go karting.
The one mile race course will use the north section of the IMS road course.
The Ferrari FXX K is a Screaming Demon This past weekend, the Ferrari Challenge World Championship (or Finali Mondiali) took place at Daytona International Speedway. At the event, a few FXX cars, including the 1,035 HP FXX K, were let loose on the steeply banked track.
Ferrari put together a few of the highlights in the video below, and as you can imagine, it sounds incredible.
Video: F1 cars on the Daytona banks for the first time ever Ferrari has written a new page in the history of motorsports: just past 10 am in Florida when the F1 Clienti single-seaters entered the legendary Daytona Speedway for their first public appearance in history. Drivers were initially cautious, but they rapidly became comfortable with the high-speed curves and 31-degree banks. The roar of the screaming engines (before F1 rules ruined the sound) being pushed to the limit filled the speedway as the single-seaters raced along the track, one of the international temples of automobile racing. Comment
Video: F1 Show - A perfect end for the Daytona event 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. Comment
FIA issues 2017 F1 entry list The FIA has issued the 2017 F1 entry list... with just four seats still to be filled.
No surprises that the most noticeable gap is that where everyone expected to see world champion Nico Rosberg's name alongside Lewis Hamilton, the German having opted to retire just days after securing the title.
Sauber has one vacant seat alongside Marcus Ericsson, while Manor still has two vacancies.
MAVTV Opens in Canada MAVTV Motorsports Network, the destination for all things motorsports, offering an unparalleled line-up of motorsports events and exclusive automotive reality shows, in partnership with media executive Mike Garrow, is pleased to announce today that a distribution agreement has been signed, making MAVTV Motorsports Network available to all 115 CCSA members across Canada.
MAVTV is set to start airing their motorsports content on Tuesday, January 10th 2017. The launch date will coincide with the live broadcast of the 31st annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, the largest indoor race in North America. More program details to follow.
Servia to Return to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for the 2017 Indianapolis 500 and Possibly More
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Oriol Servia will return to the team for the 2017 Indianapolis 500 with the hope of adding more races during the season. Servia competed for the team in the Indy 500 in 2009, the Indy 500 and three other races in 2014, the Indy 500 in 2015 and will return for the 101th Running of the Indy 500 on May 28, 2017.
"I couldn’t be more excited to be back with Bobby, Mike and my second father Mr. Letterman for the 2017 Indy 500," said Oriol Servia. "We’ve done it before and had some success but both the team and myself are only doing this because we feel we can contend for the win together. Since Day 1 in 2009, working with Graham as a teammate has been great and now at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, it just feels like a family.
Video: Infiniti Brings First U.S. Vehicle To Cuba In 58 Years Alfonso Albaisa, INFINITI executive design director, took an all-new INFINITI Q60 to Havana – the first U.S.-spec car registered in Cuba in 58 years – to trace his roots back to his parents' birthplace. Now based in Japan, where he oversees all four INFINITI design studios across the world, Alfonso grew up in Miami.
Brazilian Pietro Fittipaldi completed the afternoon session putting the strongest lap of the day, 1.27.392, with the #Rookie Steijn Schothorst, Yu Kanamaru, Konstantin Tereschenko (Teo Martin Motorsport) and Dorian Boccolacci closing the top 5
Temperatures reached their highest at the start of the afternoon session with little action during the first hour until Argentinean Facu Regalía stepped in the track with the Durango Racing Team car.
Honda Racing/HPD & Derek Daly Academy Create Five-Part Video Series for Grassroots Racers
Indianapolis, IN - Derek Daly Academy, founded by the former Formula One and IndyCar driver turned broadcaster, along with Honda Racing/HPD, a North American leader in grassroots racing, have created a five-part video series based on the DDA X Factor Program. The DDA X Factor is a five-year driver development plan that combines the driver and outside support skills needed to guide a motor racing athlete from karting to the highest levels of the sport.
"I've watched so many families struggle to make it to the professional ranks of racing," comments Daly. "I see them make so many of the same mistakes; mistakes that with some knowledge and planning, they can avoid. Honda Racing/HPD's goal is to provide this guidance information via seminars and this new video series, to help support and grow grassroots motor racing."
L-R: Brett Pacis, Rory Platt, Bennett Sherman, Lauren Williams, Alexander Rossi, Jonathan Perelman
Alexander Rossi will partner with leading talent agency ICM Partners. The 2016 Indy 500 winner will join the roster of talent on ICM Partners' books, with the company representing key figures within the entertainment industry.
ICM Partners is one of the world's largest talent and literary agencies with offices in New York, Los Angeles, and London. The agency represents creative and technical talent in the fields of motion picture, television, books, music, live performance, branded entertainment, and new media. ICM was formed in 1975 through the merger of Creative Management Associates and International Famous Agency.
We can't rid the world of 'dirty diesels' fast enough. We have all sat behind one in traffic and know how bad they are.
Meeting in Mexico City this week at the C40 Mayors Summit, the heads of four major world cities have committed to phasing out diesel-engined cars in their cities by the year 2025. The mayors of Paris, Madrid, Mexico City and Athens will focus on promoting vehicles powered by alternative fuels, in addition to increasing public transportation's reliance on renewable energy sources.
The commitment by the mayors of four cities, representing over 42 million people, comes at a crossroads for diesel fuel in private passenger cars. While Volkswagen has recently confirmed that it will no longer offer diesel models in the U.S., other automakers such as Jaguar-Land Rover are investing heavily in diesel technology. Other automakers are also eyeing diesel's potential in hybrid powertrains, even though the general flow of the automotive industry is toward electric cars.
Just when the auto industry is on the cusp of making electric cars affordable with a range of over 200 miles on a charge, anti-American Ford who has shipped so many jobs to Mexico and put hundreds of thousands Americans out of work, wants to bail out now because they are behind and are about to get their lunch eaten
After selling about 70,000 "electrified" vehicles (that is, hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicles) in 2015 and is on track to do the same in 2016, Ford is crying uncle. Ford now wants to lead the charge to lower the federal fuel economy standards. That's according to Bloomberg, which talked to Ford CEO Mark Fields. Fields said that he wants to talk to Trump about many things, including lower CAFE standards.
"We will be very clear in the things we'd like to see," Fields told Bloomberg. Fields said that the rules – which Ford agreed to, of course, in 2011 -- mean that automakers have to build more hybrids and electric vehicles than they want to. And there's no demand, Fields said as he blamed car shoppers. "In 2008, there were 12 electrified vehicles offered in the US market and it represented 2.3 percent of the industry," he said. "Fast forward to 2016, there's 55 models, and year to date it's 2.8 percent."
Veteran Engineer Tom German Joins RLL as an Engineering Consultant
Tom German - from his days as engineer for Sam Hornish at Penske Racing
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that respected engineer Tom German has joined the team as an engineering consultant in a multi-year deal. In addition to other notable successes, German has participated in three Indy car championships and one in the NASCAR Nationwide series while with Penske Racing as well as five Indy 500 wins, most recently as 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi’s race engineer.
"We are very pleased to welcome Tom to our team," said team co-owner Bobby Rahal. "His record speaks volumes and I have no doubt having Tom work in conjunction with Eddie Jones, Martin Pare, Mike Talbott and Alex Farina will generate much success for all of our drivers, now and in the future."
Danica Patrick's working on new book Danica Patrick Instagramed Monday that she has a new book called "Pretty Intense" coming out in January 2018, more than a year away.
Patrick, who just completed her fourth season behind the wheel of the No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet, is known for being a serious physical fitness buff, especially with her robust yoga routines, which she frequently posts about.
In fact, in an Instagram post after a workout earlier this year, Patrick wrote, "Some may call me pretty intense."
Brazilian V8 Stock Cars: The countdown to the title-decider is on
Fraga and Barrichello stare each other down
Interlagos hosts the Brazilian V8 Stock Car finals this Sunday in Sao Paulo. The 12th and final round of the 2016 season brings attention to the battle of youth against experience. Felipe Fraga, a 21-year old racer, chases his first Stock Car title racing for the Cimed Team; on the other corner is a driver with twice his age and lots of experience: Rubens Barrichello.
Fraga, who was born when Rubens was already in Formula One, leads the standings after a great season. There were five victories and 282 points to his belt; Barrichello is 37 behind with 245 and is the only driver who could still beat Felipe to the crown.
Volkswagen Working on New EV Battery with Ultracapacitors
VW looking at adding Ultracapacitors to its Battery Pack architecture
At a Volkswagen event in South Africa, the automaker spilled a few details regarding its next-gen EVs and other technologies. Here's what we learned.
Volkswagen has set a goal of selling 1 million electric vehicles per year by 2025, which won't be trivial and will require these cars to be only-car useful to a wider swath of global citizens than the average EV is today. Toward that end VW is working with multiple battery partners, although Volkmar Tanneberger, head of development electrics/electronics, named Panasonic, Samsung, and LG Chem as key partners. He noted that the Koreans are winning the price war. VW is developing a cell-module architecture in which 12 cells typically form a module, and those cells can be pouch, prismatic, or cylindrical.
Force Announces Werner To leave team John Force, CEO of John Force Racing, Inc., announced Tuesday that Elon Werner, who has managed the company’s PR effort for the past nine seasons, will scale back his day-to-day involvement following Friday’s press function at the JFR East facility in Brownsburg, Ind.
Although Werner has taken a position in Dallas that will allow him to spend more time at home in Mansfield, Texas, with his wife Jennifer and two teenage children, he will continue to work with JFR through the transition period.
Not a 'Super Charger' (that requires 480V) this 32-amp 240V home charger gets the Bolt recharged quicker than the Chevy Volt.
As the Chevrolet Bolt EV finally starts to arrive in dealerships this month, General Motors has a new approved accessory, AeroVironment's new 32-amp EVSE-RS charger. With an official EPA-estimated driving range of 238 miles, the Bolt is far less likely to require opportunistic charging during the course of an average day than prior mainstream electric cars. But in order to make sure you don't actually need to be on the lookout for public chargers when you're out and about, you'll want to make sure you leave home every day with a full battery and that's where AeroVironment comes into the picture.
GM and AeroVironment have a long relationship when it comes to electric cars. The California company actually developed and built the original GM Impact concept that was eventually transformed into the production EV1. These days, AeroVironment builds unmanned aircraft, missile systems and of course electric vehicle chargers.
Alexander Rossi Borg Warner Unveiling and Car presentation at Indy Museum this week
Rossi will see his likeness on the BorgWarner Trophy and have his car presented to the Indy Museum this week
The Indy Speedway museum will celebrate Alexander Rossi's historic victory at the 100th running of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" tomorrow (Wednesday). Rossi will be on hand as his likeness is unveiled for the first time on the BorgWarner Trophy.
Victory Circle at the 100th Indianapolis 500 was -- and still is -- a blur for Alexander Rossi.
The Californian remembers his father being there. And car owners Michael Andretti and Bryan Herta. The memory of a photographer friend, standing in the overflow crowd of photographers capturing the historic moment.
Affalterbach (GER). The AMG Customer Sports involvement keeps growing continuously: the latest element is the development of a race car to GT4 regulations. At the occasion of the end-of-season celebration 2016 (Saturday, 3 December), Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Management Board of Mercedes-AMG GmbH gave customer teams and drivers a first preview of the new Mercedes-AMG GT4.
The Mercedes-AMG GT R that was presented this year is the basis for the development of the new race car. The top athlete in the Mercedes-AMG portfolio has excellent characteristics for motorsport purposes. Like with the AMG GT3 race car, particular user-friendliness and an excellent level of safety will be highly important goals during the development process of the new member of the AMG motorsport family.
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