WEC grants special favors to any new LMP1 manufacturers
WEC is trying to find a replacement for Audi
New incentives, including technical waivers and further testing and wind tunnel allocations, are set to be granted to new LMP1 Hybrid entrants in the FIA World Endurance Championship, in an effort to attract additional manufacturers to the top prototype class following Audi’s exit.
The "new entrant sporting adaptations" have been detailed in the 2017 WEC Sporting Regulations, which was released on Friday.
It confirms that a new manufacturer, under specific conditions, would be permitted technical waivers over the course of its first two seasons in the championship.
IMSA Reveals New Sporting and Technical Regulations (Update) UPDATE IMSA released Technical Regulations for all four classes heading into the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, which opens on Jan. 28-29, 2017 with the 55th Rolex 24 at Daytona. The Prototype class will see a major technical shift in 2017, as two different types of racecars, Daytona Prototype international (DPi) and Le Mans Prototype 2 (LM P2), are introduced and will compete together for overall race victories. All Prototype cars, regardless of type, will use chassis built by one of four chassis constructors approved by IMSA, the FIA and the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO): Dallara, Multimatic Riley, Onroak Automotive (Ligier) and ORECA.
Podium for 911 GT3 R at season finale With a spectacular charge through the field in torrential rain, Porsche works drivers Earl Bamber (New Zealand), Patrick Pilet (France) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain) secured second place with the Porsche 911 GT3 R fielded by Manthey Racing. Over a long stretch, their teammates Richard Lietz (Austria), Michael Christensen (Denmark) and Frederic Makowiecki (France) were also on track for a podium spot with the customer sports racer from Weissach, but ultimately clinched fifth place at the final round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge.
Herta and Steinbrenner boys hope to grow together up to IndyCar
20 year old George Steinbrenner IV
They've come together with the same burning ambition to one day be an integral part of a Verizon IndyCar Series team and race in the Indianapolis 500.
For George Steinbrenner IV, 20, that meant deviating from the famous family legacy of baseball. His late grandfather of the same name bought the New York Yankees in 1973 and his father, Hank, is part owner of the iconic franchise.
For Colton Herta, 16, he's continuing a family legacy as a race driver. His father, Bryan, had a lengthy career driving Indy cars and is a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner as a team owner.
Fans say Kasey Kahne, Danica Patrick were the ultimate backmarkers in '16
Despite driving for the best teams and in the best cars in NASCAR, Kasey Kahne and Danica Patrick failed to deliver
Fox Sports asked the race fans, answered resoundingly once again.
In the latest FOXSports.com NASCAR poll, they asked which driver had underachieved the most in 2016.
Forty-nine percent responded that it was Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. He not only failed to win a race for the second year in a row, but also failed to lead a single lap for the first time in his 13-year career as a full-time wheelman in NASCAR’s Premier Series.
Liberty Media gets antitrust OK for Formula One buyout
American John Malone's company will soon own F1
Liberty Media Corporation ("Liberty Media") (LMDIA) (NASDAQ: LSXMA, LSXMB, LSXMK, BATRA, BATRK, LMCA, LMCK) announced Friday that it has received all required approvals from all appropriate anti-trust authorities in connection with its pending acquisition of Formula 1.
Closing of the Acquisition remains conditioned upon (i) approval by Liberty Media’s stockholders of the issuance of LMCK shares in connection with the Acquisition at a special meeting scheduled for January 17, 2017 and (ii) approval from the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile, the governing body of Formula 1.
The acquisition is still expected to close before the end of the first quarter in 2017.
Harvick looking forward to move to Ford; Monster sponsorship
Kevin Harvick is optimistic about NASCAR's future after it was announced Monster Energy will be the new title sponsor of the Premier Series during Champion's Week in Las Vegas earlier this month. Harvick has worked with Monster in previous and current business dealings. During the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, Monster served as the primary sponsor on Ricky Charmichael's #4 Chevrolet Silverado owned by Harvick.
"When you look at Monster, we've dealt with them on (Ricky) Charmichael's truck, we deal with them on Donald Cerrone's deal, and they are a very aggressive company in how they want to approach things," Harvick said. "I think that will be good for us because as a whole, NASCAR can be, in my opinion, a little bit conservative. "I think Monster will add a little bit of edginess to that. All in all, I think it's great for the sport and I'm looking forward to seeing how they kick it all off."
It's part of a complicated NASCAR system designed to encourage performance while also allowing teams to project revenues for a season. At the start of 2016, NASCAR issued 36 charters, giving those 36 cars a guaranteed spot in each race and a guaranteed base amount of revenue for the season. That left four spots available to "open" cars, whose base amount of participation revenue is less than 35 percent of that of charter teams.
Teams can lease out their charter for only one year over a five-year span and then must either run it or sell it. A portion of the revenue distributed to a charter team is based on the performance of that car the last three years; plus any car among the three worst charters for three consecutive years can have its charter pulled by NASCAR.
Flashback Formula E: Andretti's Rebuild And Recovery in Hong Kong Back in Hong Kong, a mistake in qualifying left Robin Frijns with a crippled car and a back row grid spot. Faced with a seemingly insurmountable repair job, the Andretti team rose to the challenge and enabled Frijns to battle his way back up the grid. Comment
Video: Running Safe - Oliver Gavin & Tommy Milner On Safety At Corvette Driver safety in Motorsport is a top priority, and whilst procedures can be made to reduce the amount of crashes, they cannot be eliminated completely. Mobil 1 The Grid spoke to Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin & Tommy Milner to walk through the protective technologies in place to keep drivers safe. Comment
Video: Lewis Hamilton on his greatest F1 race He's been racing since he was 8 years old, so which race stands out for three-time Formula One World Champion, Lewis Hamilton. It seems like it is Silverstone 2008. Check out the video to find out why, straight from the horse's mouth! Comment
Acclaimed motorsports journalist and commentator Dave Despain will have NASCAR star Joey Logano as his special guest at 8:30 p.m. EST Sunday, December 18, when the Dave Despain Show returns for its third season on MAVTV.
Logano, who drives the No. 22 Ford for Team Penske, had a strong 2016 season. He won four times, including a victory in the All-Star race, and finished second in this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. The 26-year-old from Connecticut is eager to jump back into the race car in 2017.
Video: Acura NSX GT3 In-Car from Daytona Take a lap of Daytona International Speedway with Ozz Negri in the No. 86 Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 during testing for January's Rolex 24 at Daytona. Comment
Marquez and Brindley top time charts in Superprestigio test
It would appear MotoGP ace Marc Marquez is good at flat track dirt racing as well
Two names topped the list in today's Superprestigio test day at Barcelona's Palau Sant Jordi, neither of which was American Flat Track's Brad Baker. Rather, it was three-time, defending MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez topping the field in the Superprestigio class, and British flat track racer Oliver Brindley at the top in the Open class.
The tournament-style format separates the road racers in the Superprestigio class from the Open class, made up of flat track racers, Supermoto and other dirt riders. American Flat Track star Brad Baker ended the day third in the Open class behind Brindley and recently-crowned RFME Copa de Flat Track Champion Ferran Cardus. Completing the top three in the Superprestigio class was Moto3 racer Marcos Ramirez and Moto2 Champion and current MotoAmerica Superbike racer Toni Elias.
Indoor Racing comes to Allentown, PA ALLENTOWN, PA. . . In addition to over 100 Three Quarter (TQ) Midget, Champ Kart and Slingshot racers, and thousands of spectators, sponsors will play a big part in the second annual Indoor Auto Racing fueled by VP events to be held inside Allentown's PPL Center on Friday and Saturday, December 30th and 31st.
The two days of racing, sponsored by Ironton Telephone, has proven to be a popular investment with national and regional businesses who have taken advantage of sponsorship opportunities revolving around the event.
Following his 24 Hours of Le Mans debut and Chip Ganassi Racing's successful expansion into GT racing with Ford, Scott Dixon has confirmed that sports-car racing is on his radar as a potential home after his IndyCar career draws to a close.
"For me, looking further ahead, that is the direction that I'll probably end up - in some sort of sports-car racing," Dixon said.
Petty statement on cutback to one car for 2017 Statement from Brian Moffitt, CEO Richard Petty Motorsports:
"At the conclusion of the 2016 season, we evaluated how to best improve our on-track product. We feel that it's in the best interest of our partners and for Richard Petty Motorsports to focus our resources on the No. 43 Ford Fusion and Aric (Almirola) in 2017.
Ford GT deliveries begin The first road-going version of the all-new 2017 Ford GT has rolled off the line – heralding the beginning of the long-awaited halo car from Ford Performance.
In this new, low-volume assembly facility at Multimatic in Markham, Ontario, Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, global product development, and chief technical officer, marked today’s milestone by driving a Ford GT off the assembly line.
The first electric vehicle DC fast-charging station capable of 350 kW output breaks ground in California
The new Chevy Bolt has a Fast Charging option
The world of electric vehicle charging infrastructure is still only in its infancy, but it’s growing at an exciting pace. After 5 major automakers announced that they joined forces to deploy 400 ultra-fast (350 kW) charging stations for electric vehicles in Europe last month, now the latest good news comes from EVgo, a leading operator of public EV charging networks in the US.
Today, the company announced that it has broken ground on the very first US public charging station capable of “up 350 kW” output. The station is located in Baker, California.
Video: Robin Miller with the Steinbrenners RACER's Robin Miller talks to the newest entrants in the Indy Lights Series, Hank Steinbrenner and George Michael Steinbrenner IV, who will run an entry for Colton Herta under the Andretti Steinbrenner banner in 2017. George Michael Steinbrenner talks about a racing connection near to his heart. Comment
Blaney and the Wood Brothers will contest every race in 2017
Wood Brothers Racing will no longer have to worry about qualifying every week for NASCAR premier series events after acquiring a NASCAR charter on Thursday.
Wood Brothers Racing, owned by NASCAR legends Glen and Leonard Wood, has leased the charter from the No. 32 Go Fas Racing team for the 2017 season. The team confirmed that they acquired the charter via Twitter on Thursday afternoon.
INDYCAR race engineering VP Pappas talks safety and more
Longtime race engineer Bill Pappas is at the same crossroads as much of the Verizon IndyCar Series fan base. He was born and raised with the ability to see open-wheel drivers mastering their craft, but he also was especially close to driver Justin Wilson, who lost his life last year after being struck in the head by flying debris during a race.
So, Pappas wrestles with what's next in driver safety and how to move forward. Unlike the fan base, he has the ability to make a difference through his role as INDYCAR's vice president of competition, race engineering.
During the recent Performance Racing Industry trade show in Indianapolis, Pappas shared his thoughts on the balance between safety and tradition.
Gabby Chaves will join fellow IndyCar Series driver Juan Pablo Montoya in the ROC Nations Cup at Marlins Park on January 22 after being confirmed as the second half of Team Colombia during an event staged at Miami’s Mana Wynwood Production Village this evening.
The 23-year-old from Bogota was just six when Montoya won his Champ Car World Series title in 1999, but has already accumulated plenty of silverware in his short career.
Video: Robin Miller with Colton and Bryan Herta RACER's Robin Miller talks to new Indy Lights driver Colton Herta about his past few years racing in Europe, his racing education, and the role father Bryan played in his career. Comment
Roborace announces Michelin as official tire sponsor
Roborace is out to prove race drivers are not needed
Michelin has been working secretly at its testing facilities and sharing over 125 years of its expertise with Roborace to develop an exclusive solution for the ultimate ‘Robocar’, designed by Daniel Simon, which will feature next-generation Michelin road tires to be used in the series.
VISIT FLORIDA Racing Completes Testing at Daytona Daytona Beach, Fla. – In preparation for the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, VISIT FLORIDA Racing took part in its first official test with the team’s new No. 90 VISIT FLORIDA Gibson-powered Riley Mk. 30 at Daytona International Speedway this week.
Having just taken delivery of the brand new machine days earlier, the Daytona Beach, Florida-based squad worked through the various intricacies that come with operating an entirely new platform.
Skip Barber Racing School names Atlanta Motorsports Park as new Learning Center
Atlanta Motorsports Park
Skip Barber Racing School has announced its new Learning Center at Atlanta Motorsports Park ("AMP") in Dawsonville, Ga. The state-of-the-art facilities at Atlanta Motorsports Park highly complement the racetrack which was recently voted one of the Top Ten tracks in North America. AMP was designed by Formula 1 circuit architect Hermann Tilke, who created the two-mile road course that features 16 turns and 98 feet of elevation changes, not to mention a new clubhouse, skid pad, ice hill and karting track.
GM to Start Autonomous Vehicle Manufacturing and Testing in Michigan
Autonomous Chevy Bolt EV
On the heels of the signing of the SAVE Act legislation to support autonomous vehicle testing and deployment in Michigan, General Motors will immediately begin testing autonomous vehicles on public roads. GM also announced it will produce the next generation of its autonomous test vehicles at its Orion Township assembly plant beginning in early 2017.
"Revolutionizing transportation for our customers while improving safety on roads is the goal of our autonomous vehicle technology, and today’s announcement gets us one step closer to making this vision a reality,” said General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “Our autonomous technology will be reliable and safe, as customers have come to expect from any of our vehicles."
Video: Nico Rosberg 2010 to 2016 retirement - footage compilation Nico Rosberg has played a crucial role in the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team for seven seasons. We are now pleased to offer a "best of" footage compilation from 2010-2016. From the official launch of Mercedes GP Petronas and the modern Silver Arrows alongside Michael Schumacher in 2010 … to Nico's world championship celebrations and farewell in December 2016 at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen.
Steinbrenner Racing partners with Andretti Autosport for Indy Lights Campaign
Two names rich in heritage and synonymous with winning have partnered to bring a successful legacy into the world of American-open wheel racing. Newly launched Steinbrenner Racing will join forces in 2017 with racing veterans Andretti Autosport to field an entry in the open-wheel "AAA series" of Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires.
This venture will be a maiden voyage in open-wheel racing for the Steinbrenner family, whose name became a cornerstone of America's favorite pastime when George Michael Steinbrenner III purchased the New York Yankees in 1973.
Regulators Order Uber Self-Driving Cars Off Streets Of San Francisco
Uber autonomous test car
California regulators warned ride-hailing company Uber on Wednesday that it would face legal action if it did not immediately stop giving people in San Francisco rides in self-driving cars — until it receives permission from the state.
Uber started a public pilot program in the morning, and hours later, the California Department of Motor Vehicles sent a letter saying that the service was illegal until Uber got a permit required for putting “autonomous vehicles” on public roads.
GM To Invest Over $500 Million Into Four U.S. Plants General Motors has announced that it will invest $552 million into four of its American plants.
More than half of that investment, $295.9 million to be exact, will be spent at the company's Tonawanda engine factory in New York. This investment will see the retention of 857 jobs and add 67 new positions at the facility.
Mazda Motorsports Director John Doonan told sportscar365 of ambitions of offering the Mazda RT24-P to customer teams in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, potentially by as early as the end of next year.
“My goal is to show some reliability in the engine front and then I’d love to see the opportunity to run customers down the road,” Doonan told Sportscar365.
"The Mercedes-Benz Now Experience": The World's first 12-hour live commercial Spanning the globe and the day – that is how the "Mercedes-Benz Now Experience" will present itself on 15 December. Under the motto "Now has arrived", the Stuttgart-based automaker demonstrates that electric mobility bearing the three-pointed star is already reality. To illustrate this, Mercedes-Benz has created the world’s first live commercial that constantly changes over a period of 12 hours. The film combines artistic performances, data visualization and live cameras. The live stream can be watched around the globe on 15 December 2016 starting at 9:00 am CET at now.mercedes-benz.com and on the Mercedes-Benz YouTube channel.
Cadillac Racing teams Wayne Taylor Racing and Action Express closed two-days of testing at the IMSA WeatherTech Championship December Test at Daytona International Speedway today.
The No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing/Konica Minolta/Cadillac DPi-V.R, the No. 31 Whelen Engineering/Cadillac DPi-V.R and the No. 5 Mustang Sampling/Cadillac DPi-V.R had some software teething issues on the first morning of testing. Cadillac Racing management and the teams combined with the system suppliers to overcome the issues and all three of the all-new DPi-V.Rs made their first laps around the 2.5-mile World Center of Racing in preparation for the 55th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona to run January 28-29.
Lucid Motors unveils the Air, a new luxury electric car with a 400-mile range
California-based Lucid Motors revealed its first car today, a fully-electric sedan aimed at the “executive” market, with a 400-mile range rating from its onboard 100kWh battery, a 2.5 second 0-60mph time, and a target market date of 2018. The vehicle prototype was shown off today at a special unveiling event in Fremont, California.
Lucid’s founding team includes CTO Peter Rawlinson, a former Tesla team member, as well as Derek Jenkins, previously of Mazda and VW, and BMW alum Brian Barron. The Lucid Motorsplan is to build these electric vehicles starting in 2017 in Arizona, at a new factory facility that’s set to bring around 2,000 new jobs to the sate according to the company and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey.
WeatherTech Racing Testing and Announces Driver Line-up for Rolex 24
Daytona Beach, Fla., (December 14, 2016) - WeatherTech Racing is completing a two day test with the No. 50 WeatherTech Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 at Daytona International Speedway.
Team drivers Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.) and Gunnar Jeannette (Salt Lake City, Utah) along with Australian V8 Supercars star Shane van Gisbergen (New Zealand) exercised the No. 50 WeatherTech Racing Mercedes at the World Center of Racing for two days. Although he wasn't at the test, the team confirmed that Mercedes Factory Driver Thomas Jager (Germany) will join as the fourth driver in the No. 50 for the 24 hour race to run January 26-29.
Rolex 24 test ends with Action Express still on top
The No 31 Action Express Cadillac
Action Express Racing ended the two-day IMSA-sanctioned pre-season test at Daytona International Speedway on top, with the pair of brand-new Cadillac DPi-V.Rs showing the early pace.
Twenty nine IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams took to the 3.56-mile oval/road course in preparation for next month's Rolex 24 at Daytona, with new cars taking the headlines.
The No. 31 Cadillac was fastest, with Eric Curran turning a best lap of 1:37.797, already nearly a half-second quicker than the track qualifying record for Daytona Prototypes/previous-generation P2 machinery.
Brawn agrees with AR1 - F1 and IndyCar most move away from passenger car relevance
Ross Brawn. AR1.com has said for a long time that if F1 and IndyCar wants to stay relevant to passenger cars, they must convert to 100% electric motors. The silence will be deafening and the fans will head for the exits.
Former team boss Ross Brawn believes it might be time for Formula 1 to stop thinking about its technology being road car relevant when the sport decides on the next generation of engines writes Pablo Elizalde of Motorsport and AR1.com could not agree more
F1 introduced hybrid power units at the start of the 2014 season, amid suggestions that some engine manufacturers like Mercedes would not have continued in the sport if its technology had not been aligned with that of road cars.
The sport is committed to the current engine formula until 2020, but Brawn reckons what the next generation of power units will be needs to be decided by the end of 2017.
And the Briton says F1 will need to decide whether it wants to continue to be road relevant - which could potentially mean becoming electric - or take a different direction.
Is Alexander Rossi American Racing's Next Big Thing?
Alexander Rossi has been strapped with an inferior Honda aero package. What can he do in 2018 when all cars have the same aero kit
Alexander Rossi, a 24-year-old American rookie who'd spent the past seven years chasing a Formula One spot in London, was desperately trying to figure out how to make his fuel go further. A yellow flag had forced him to pit earlier than planned, so his manager at Andretti Autosport, Bryan Herta, decided Rossi should try to finish without stopping again. To do that, he would need to get 4.71 miles per gallon for the rest of the race writes James Gaddy of Bloomberg.
There was one small problem: The typical mileage for an Indy racer is 3.9 mpg. As former Indy 500 winner Eddie Cheever put it from the ABC commentator booth, Rossi's strategy was like trying to "dive into the pool before someone puts water in it."
There was no reason to think Rossi had a chance. He'd never even raced on an oval track before this year, much less one with the imposing 9-degree banks at the Brickyard. And he'd only done middlingly well since joining IndyCar in February, placing 14th at Phoenix, 20th out of 21 in Long Beach, and 15th at the Alabama Grand Prix. His sponsorship deal with Napa Auto Parts came in so last-minute that he was already practicing at the track before his Honda got its paint job.
Liberty Media Raising $1.55B From Investors To Support F1 Purchase
Liberty's Chase Carey
Liberty Media today announced an "agreement with third-party investors" to raise $1.55B to support its purchase of F1. Liberty in September "bought a controlling stake in the sport" in a deal worth $8B. At that time, Liberty acquired a 19.1% stake from main shareholder CVC Capital Partners. Liberty today said that a "deal with investors had been reached to fund the acquisition." MOTORSPORT.com
The money raised from the investment "will be used to increase the cash component paid to the consortium" of selling F1 shareholders. REUTERS
Tesla's Elon Musk and Uber's Travis Kalanick Join Donald Trump's Advisory Team
Rather than surround himself with political hacks, Trump is surrounding himself with the smartest minds in American
Both Muska Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick will join Donald Trump's economic advisory team, the president-elect announced earlier today.
Musk and Kalanick, along with PepsiCo CEO and chairman Indra Nooyi, will be joining what Trump's people have christened the "President's Strategic and Policy Forum," a group of bigwigs--mostly chief executive officers--from across the spectrum of American industry. They aren't the first members of the transportation industry to join; General Motors CEO Mary Barra is also a member of the team, as is former Boeing chairman and CEO Jim McNerney.
MAXSpeed Group and Andersen Promotions to Continue Partnership in 2017
MAXSpeed Group, the sole distributor for Rotax Karting Products in the United States and the Caribbean, and Andersen Promotions, owner and operator of all three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires, will continue their partnership into 2017. Forming an alliance in 2014 through the Driver Advancement Program, MAXSpeed drivers will once again be awarded test days in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, and one champion will be awarded an entry to the MRTI USF2000 $200K Scholarship Shootout.
TranSystems Corporation Returns to RLL as an "Official Team Partner" for the Indy Car and Sports Car Programs
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that TranSystems Corporation, a consulting firm that provides engineering and architecture solutions to the transportation marketplace, has renewed their role as an "Official Team Partner" for the team’s sports car and Indy car programs as well as an associate sponsor of the No. 15 Indy car driven by Graham Rahal in the Verizon IndyCar Series in a multi-year agreement. TranSystems Inc. has been a sponsor of the team since 2013.
Ford to race four Ford GTs at Daytona DEARBORN, Mich., – Not since last summer's Le Mans 24 Hours have all four Ford GTs in the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing stable competed for the same prize. That will change at the 2017 Rolex 24 At Daytona in January, where the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and FIA World Endurance Championship teams will unite for one goal – winning the coveted top step of the podium of a 24-hour race on American soil.
During a special celebration held at the National Art Center in Tokyo to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Ferrari in Japan, Ferrari revealed a new strictly limited series of bespoke cars, the J50.
The Ferrari J50 is a two-seater, mid-rear-engined roadster that marks a return to the targa body style evocative of several well-loved Ferrari road cars of the 1970s and 1980s. Created by Ferrari's Special Projects department and designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre team in Maranello, just 10 examples of the J50 will be built and, in the spirit of Ferrari's fuori serie tradition, each one will be tailored specifically to the customer's requirements.
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