McElrea Wins Mazda Road to Indy USF2000 $200K Scholarship Shootout
California-born, Australian-based New Zealander Hunter McElrea rose above a talented crowd this afternoon at the Bondurant Racing School to win the third annual Mazda Road to Indy USF2000 $200K Scholarship Shootout.
McElrea, 19, who recently clinched the Australian Formula Ford Championship with 13 wins from the 21-race season, will move back to the United States next year to contest the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship, the first rung on the highly acclaimed Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires which in 2019 will offer over $2 million in scholarships to progress from the grassroots of the sport to the IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500.
Conor Daly's brother wins JET SKI WORLD CUP in Thailand
In what can only be described as one of the most dramatic showdowns of the year, Indiana's 21 year old Christian Daly won the Pro Sport GP World Cup today in Pattaya city, Thailand. After winning the first two motos on Saturday, Daly held a 14 point advantage over fellow American, 20+ time World Champion Chris MacCluggage, as they lined up for moto 3 on Sunday.
Half way around the first lap, Daly's boat suffered an electrical failure and dropped a cylinder. MacCluggage went on to win with Daly struggling home to finish in a distant 3rd place. Daly's lead going into the final deciding moto was now only 2 points. The final moto would be winner take all between the two Americans.
Boles shares details on NBC Indianapolis 500 coverage
NBC promises a lot more attention will be paid to the Indy 500 than ABC did.
Now the leading provider of motorsports content in the USA, NBC held the first “Motorsports Summit” last week in which 40 representatives from racing’s most important properties were in attendance.
Notable guests from the IndyCar Series world included Hulman & Company’s president and chief executive officer Mark Miles as well as the president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, J. Douglas Boles. During Thursday’s airing of “Trackside” on WFNI ESPN 1070 The Fan (starting at 1m07s mark), Boles shared some new details as NBC continues to plan its first telecast of the Indianapolis 500 in May 2019.
Rolls-Royce is skipping hybrids and going straight to electric cars by 2040
The Rolls-Royce 103EX Vision concept
Rolls-Royce plans to drop gasoline engines in favor of electric drivetrains by 2040, partly because it feels battery-driven powerplants are a good fit for the brand; and partly to meet changing international regulations.
“Electrification actually fits extremely well with Rolls-Royce because it’s silent, it’s powerful, it’s torquey, so in that sense it’s a very good fit,” Torsten Muller-Otvos, CEO of the BMW-owned British marque, told the Financial Times.
Venturi signs F2 race-winner Norman Nato as its Formula E reserve
With Final Preparations Well Under Way Ahead Of The ABB FIA Formula E Championship Season 5 Opening Race, On 15 December In Ad Diriyah (Saudi Arabia), The VENTURI Formula E Team Is Delighted To Announce The Addition Of Frenchman, Norman NATO, To The Driver Line-Up. This Year’s ELMS (European Le Mans Series) Vice-Champion Joins Lead Drivers Felipe MASSA, Edoardo MORTARA And Development Driver, Simona DE SILVESTRO As The Monegasque Team’s Reserve Driver.
Tesla CEO on 60 Minutes: I don't want to 'adhere to some CEO template' Tesla is upgraded to "buy" at Jeffries as Tesla CEO Elon Musk appears on "60 Minutes" to talk about his erratic behavior this year. Comment
The Honda powered F3 Americas cars will compete at Barber with IndyCar
The momentum of the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda and F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda season continued with the announcement of the 2019 schedule at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show Friday in Indianapolis. The Championships’ powerhouse-schedules include supporting premier series like the IndyCar Series, NASCAR Xfinity and Formula 1.
The Championships’ new race director was also announced as eleven-time Indianapolis 500 starter and former ABC color commentator Scott Goodyear.
“We are very excited to kickoff our 2019 season with, not only some stellar venues and events, but also to have Scott join our team,” said Sydney Davis-Yagel, SCCA Pro Racing Senior Manager of Race Operations. “Scott will be a real asset in race control and in the paddock. We are looking forward to working to expand the F4 U.S. and F3 Americas Championships in 2019 and beyond.”
The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) today announced a refinement to the 2019 LMP2 class schedule within the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Aimed at further optimizing for the market, this schedule revision takes the LMP2 class from ten (10) to eight (8) races. The class will no longer participate at the Long Beach Grand Prix in April and the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix in June, with a goal to stimulate further interest in the class. Competitors in the class will continue to compete for both the overall WeatherTech Championship and the four-race Michelin Endurance Cup titles.
A.J. Foyt To Be Inducted into the Houston Sports Hall of Fame
A.J. Foyt is being interviewed by Bill Worrell in preparation for the Houston Sports Hall of Fame video
A.J. Foyt will join some esteemed company next year when he is inducted into the Houston Sports Hall of Fame on February 6th.
“I was born and raised in Houston and I’ve never left. I don’t care how many times you’ve been honored, it is really special to be honored in your hometown,” said Foyt, whose iconic racing career took him to four continents and throughout the continental United States. “And I’m glad to know I won’t be the oldest one there!”
Honorees will receive their plaque on the Houston Sports Walk of Fame, individually designed HOF rings created by Diamond Cutters International and a custom Knot Standard blazer on stage.
Karli Woods Blog: As many of you already know my fiance Robert Wickens was in an IndyCar accident back in August of this year. He suffered many orthopedic fractures as a result of the crash, but the worst injury he suffered was a spinal cord contusion. We’ve mentioned briefly on our social media pages what a spinal contusion is, but I’ll go into a bit more detail on my blog because we can!
I am not a doctor, but I have learned a hell of a lot about SCI during this whole process, so bare with me while I do my best to explain this. After the crash I worked with our PR team to write up a press release listing out all of Rob’s injuries. He was in an induced coma, but I knew he’d want to be as transparent as possible online about his injuries, so that’s what we did. Here is the list of Rob’s injuries after the crash in Pocono on August 19th.
The FIA believes IndyCar's inferior 'aeroscreen' concept would have been only 10% as effective as Formula 1's halo in protecting Charles Leclerc in the Belgian Grand Prix start crash.
The official investigation into the Spa accident, which was caused when Fernando Alonso was tipped over the top of Leclerc's Sauber by a late-braking Nico Hulkenberg at the first corner, has concluded that the halo played a crucial role in preventing injuries.
Spy footage of Mid-Engine Corvette testing at Sebring The new Corvette C8.R being put to the test around Sebring Raceway. Chevy has no plans to race it in 2019 unless it turns out to be a barn-burner out of the box. Comment
In what has become an end-of-season tradition, Autosport asked F1's team bosses to rank their top 10 drivers, based on on-track performances, over the course of the year. Lewis Hamilton has dominated Autosport's exclusive annual Formula 1 Team Principals' Top 10 Drivers of 2018, but who's the best of the rest?
Votes are kept secret to ensure team bosses are willing to take part and can give their honest opinion of drivers up and down the grid. F1 Racing editor Ben Anderson is joined by Jon Noble and James Roberts to run through the top 10 at the Autosport offices.
Join Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo For One Last Time Join Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo On The Sofa for one last time as we say #CheersDan and reflect on the ups and downs from a rollercoaster 2018 F1 season... Comment
Alexander Rossi to drive for Team Penske, replace Rahal
Alexander Rossi gets his first taste of driving for Team Penske
Acura Team Penske announced today that IndyCar Series championship contender and 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi will join the team for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship endurance events at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Rossi, a five-time race winner in the IndyCar Series, will share the No. 7 Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype International (Dpi) with fulltime Acura Team Penske drivers Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor.
Red Bull Junior to contest the Formula European Masters
Motopark announce their first driver for the Formula European Masters (formerly FIA F3): Red-Bull-Junior Yuki Tsunoda. The 18-year old won the 2018 Japanese Formula 4 Championship and became a Red Bull Junior afterwards. The teams show great interest in the Formula European Masters and further driver announcements will follow before long.
“We are delighted to be able to sign the quick Japanese Yuki Tsunoda which offers us the possibility to train him,” said Motopark Team Principal Timo Rumpfkeil. “He tested for us and convinced us right away.” After having clinched the 2018 Japanese F4 title, Tsunoda was signed as a member of the Red Bull Junior squad.
The Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe: more space, more power, more goose bumps– the new Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe delivers driving experiences in new dimensions and extends the AMG model family. The new coupe is the first four-door sports car from Affalterbach and draws directly on the legendary SLS and AMG GT models of success. As another vehicle developed autonomously by Mercedes-AMG it combines unique design, high comfort and outstanding sports car engineering with an athletic, four-door fastback layout. (buycarparts.co.uk)
Fans across Germany to be brought more Formula E races live on ARD and ZDF
Di Grassi testing new car
Leading German free-to-air broadcasters - ARD and ZDF - have expanded their existing partnerships with the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, showing more live races in season five across their networks.
With the start of the new season only days away, fans across Germany will now have greater access and live viewing opportunities - with ZDF providing coverage of the Rome E-Prix and ARD airing both the Monaco E-Prix and BMW i Berlin E-Prix presented by CBMM Niobium.
NASCAR Technical Institute Students Help Drive Team Penske Win
Joey Logano, 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion, at the Team Penske race shop in Mooresville, N.C.
When Team Penske driver Joey Logano drove his No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion to victory in Homestead, Fla. on November 18, winning his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship, it was a big win for graduates of NASCAR Technical Institute, too. Logano's front-end mechanic and two members of his pit crew graduated from NASCAR Tech and have been working all season to help Team Penske get a checkered flag.
NASCAR Tech, one of 13 Universal Technical Institute campuses nationwide, is the exclusive educational provider for NASCAR and the only school in the country to offer NASCAR-endorsed training.
Former NHRA Top Fuel championship-winning driver and crew chief Dick LaHaie passed away Dec. 5. He was 76. LaHaie won the championship as a driver in 1987 and tuned both Scott Kalitta and Larry Dixon to world championships in the class.
In a long and distinguished career in drag racing, LaHaie proved himself of championship caliber of numerous fronts. An NHRA Winston Top Fuel champion as a driver in 1987 and a two-time championship crew chief for Scott Kalitta (1994-95) and Larry Dixon (2002-03), LaHaie was responsible for countless national event wins in a fuel-racing career that spanned 40 years.
Rob Tucker Racing Joins Forces With Engine Builder Nick Ferri For 2019
The race for the 2019 Mello Yello NHRA Pro Stock world championship is expected to be wide open and Rob Tucker Racing, anchored by driver Shane Tucker, has opted to take advantage by joining forces with veteran engine supplier and consultant Nick Ferri.
The Statesville, N.C.-based Rob Tucker Racing team will for the first time run all the NHRA national events at which Pro Stock is contested next year with an eye toward qualifying for the Countdown to the Championship.
Three Team USA Drivers Chase MRTI $200K Scholarship Prize
Jake Craig, Braden Eves and Colin Mullan
Team USA Scholarship recipients Jake Craig, Braden Eves and Colin Mullan (left to right) will contest the third annual Mazda Road to Indy USF2000 $200K Scholarship Shootout this weekend, December 8/9, at the Bondurant Racing School in Chandler, Ariz.
They will be joined at Wild Horse MotorSports Park by fellow 2018 Team USA nominees Dario Cangialosi, Courtney Crone, Hunter McElrea and Tyler O’Connor, who earned their opportunities alongside an accomplished group of aspiring young IndyCar drivers via a variety of Mazda Road to Indy Official Feeder Series quite literally from around the world.
FCA will resurrect a Detroit factory to build three-row Jeeps
Reduce corporate taxes and they will come
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to reopen its long-idled Mack II engine plant in Detroit as an assembly plant to build three-row Jeep SUVs, The Detroit News and CNBC reported today, citing multiple sources familiar with the plans.
Automotive News confirmed the report through a source familiar with the company's plans.
The newspaper said FCA plans to build a new three-row version of the Grand Cherokee in the plant for the 2021 model year. It would be the first new assembly plant in Detroit since Chrysler opened up its Jefferson North plant in 1992.
Nemechek will Join GMS Racing Full-time for the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series
John Hunter Nemechek
GMS Racing announced today that John Hunter Nemechek will join the team for the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) season. Nemechek will be the driver of the No. 23 Chevrolet Camaro under the GMS Racing banner and will contend for the 2019 Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors.
The Mooresville, N.C., driver started his first season of NASCAR Xfinity Series competition in 2018 with Chip-Ganassi Racing. Nemechek collected one win (Kansas Speedway), six top-five finishes, 11 top-10 finishes, and one pole award (ISM Raceway), with an average starting position of 8.5, producing an average finishing position of 10.1 across just 18 starts with 211 laps led.
On January 1, 2019, American Honda will ring in the New Year and its 60th anniversary celebration with the lead float in the 130th Rose Parade® presented by Honda. The company's float entry, "Celebration of Dreams," will pay tribute to Honda's heritage in the U.S. and its dreams for the future.
The 25-foot tall float will be shaped like a giant birthday cake to mark the occasion, complete with special "candles"—60 members of Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching bands. The band members' schools recently participated in the Honda Battle of the Bands, an annual showcase created by Honda as part of the company's commitment to the HBCU community and music education.
Scientists from Honda Research Institute have collaborated with researchers at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to develop a new battery chemistry that enables the use of materials with higher energy density and a more favorable environmental footprint than current battery technologies. The collective team of scientists co-authored a new paper on the topic that was published in Science and is available here.
The joint study reports that the research team has opened new doors in the development of high energy-density batteries capable of meeting rapidly growing energy storage needs by overcoming the current temperature limitations of fluoride-based battery (FIB) technology and by demonstrating the room-temperature operation of fluoride-ion based energy cells.
Racing Superstars Ready To Power 57th Rolex 24 At Daytona
Fernando Alonso looking to add a Rolex 24 win to his repertoire
The Rolex 24 At Daytona has become renowned for its star power over the years, and next year’s 57th rendition is already shaping up to be no exception.
Last week’s announcement that two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso would return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season opener for the second consecutive year was the initial confirmation of what are expected to be many superstar cameos in 2019.
The Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink, which debuted in September 2018 as an overwhelming success with drivers, teams and fans, will return for its second running Wednesday, Sept. 4 and Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 at The Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The United States Auto Club (USAC) National Midget Championship event once again will kick off race weekend at IMS for the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line, creating five consecutive days of action at the Racing Capital of the World.
Porsche hasn't built its first battery-electric car, the Taycan sedan, but it already plans to increase production.
The German brand's CEO Oliver Blume told WirtschaftsWoche in a report last Friday that strong demand has led to increased production. Blume said the added production will be split between the standard Taycan sedan and the Cross Turismo variant Porsche confirmed for production earlier this year.
GAINSCO Auto Insurance has elected to end its motorsports involvement following a 14-year run in North American top-level sports car racing.
The Texas-based firm, which has risen to fame through the sponsorship of Bob Stallings Racing, had most recently been a partner with JDC-Miller Motorsports on its No. 99 Oreca 07 Gibson in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Harding Steinbrenner Racing switches to Honda power
Harding Steinbrenner Team dumps Chevy
Newly formed Harding Steinbrenner Racing is excited to announce a new partnership with Honda Performance Development for the 2019 INDYCAR season.
“First of all, Harding Steinbrenner Racing is very appreciative of our relationship with Chevrolet in 2017 and 2018,” said team president Brian Barnhart. “However, our direction as a race team closely aligns with Honda for the near future. Therefore, we will be making a change to Honda and Honda Performance Development engines. We’re excited about their emphasis on the development of young talent and with our announcement of Colton Herta and Patricio O’Ward joining our team next year, it’s a natural fit for Harding Steinbrenner Racing and Honda to align in 2019.”
Juncos Racing Finalizes the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona Line-Up with Agustin Canapino
Ricardo Juncos and Agustin Canapino
Juncos Racing announced that Agustin Canapino would join the team for the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona. Canapino is the final driver to be added to Juncos Racing’s line-up in the No. 50 Cadillac DPi-V.R entry at Daytona International Speedway.
Agustin Canapino (Arrecifes, Buenos Aires, Argentina) will make his official debut with Juncos Racing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship beginning with the ROAR Before the 24 at Daytona in early January. Canapino will share driving duties in the Cadillac DPi-V.R car with Will Owen, Kyle Kaiser, and Rene Binder.
Did Carlos Ghosn hide $70 million or are politics at play?
To minimize criticism of his salary, a plan was devised to defer about half of Ghosn’s annual pay until after retirement, keeping the numbers off the books
Several people familiar with the prosecutors’ investigation now say the probe appears to hinge on a relatively arcane point of accounting — whether retirement payments were properly booked. Whether or not Ghosn broke Japan’s securities law by feeding the wrong numbers to Nissan’s board and its accountants (at this point, the allegations are unproven), corporate governance expert Jamie Allen says the deeper question is how anyone could have gotten away with something like that.
“It all comes back to a lack of internal controls,” said Allen, head of the Hong Kong-based Asian Corporate Governance Association. “If the board genuinely didn’t know that the disclosure of his remuneration was inaccurate, that doesn’t say much for governance. And if they did know, they should take collective responsibility for the failure.”
Simon, a global leader in premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations, today announced its San Francisco Premium Outlets is California’s first location for electric vehicle (EV) charging systems featuring blindingly fast recharging speeds up to 350 kilowatts (kW) from Electrify America.
As part of its ongoing sustainability strategy, Simon teamed with Electrify America to open 10 DC fast chargers at San Francisco Premium Outlets today for public use. The charging site features eight 150 kW chargers and two 350 kW chargers. The 350 kW chargers are capable of recharging an electric vehicle at 20 miles a minute providing 200 miles of vehicle driving range in just 10 minutes.
SK Innovation announces new electric vehicle battery gigafactory in the US
With reduced corporate taxes in the USA, foreign companies are opening up new factories in the USA at a brisk rate
SK Innovation announced a new $1.67 billion investment to build an electric vehicle (EV) battery gigafactory in the US.
Aside from Tesla’s Gigafactory 1 in Nevada, most of the new battery cell manufacturing capacity is going to Asia and Europe, where automakers are more aggressively electrifying their lineups.
But SK Innovation says that some of its customers, namely Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai-Kia Motors, are going to need battery cells in the US and therefore, it is investing in local battery cell production.
The new battery factory is going to be in Jackson County, Georgia.
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