Legendary Band Kool & the Gang To Open Miller Lite Carb Day Concert
Kool & the Gang
Kool & the Gang, which has received countless awards for its chart-topping funk, R&B and pop hits, will open the Miller Lite Carb Day Concert on Friday, May 24, 2019 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Rock band Foreigner is headlining the show on one of the most exciting days in the Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, creating a legendary show featuring two of the biggest-selling groups in musical history. The concert starts at 3:30 p.m. on the Miller Lite Stage inside Turn 4 of the IMS oval.
Zane Smith gets eight-race deal to drive JR Motorsports' No. 9 car
California native Zane Smith has been tabbed to drive eight NASCAR Xfinity Series races for JR Motorsports in 2019, the team announced today. Smith, a member of the NASCAR Next Program, will take the wheel of the organization’s No. 9 entry in his series debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (March 2) in partnership with The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for the event.
The 19-year-old Smith is the first driver to be named to the lineup of JRM’s No. 9 team, which is coming off its second consecutive NXS championship (2017-18). The team intends to run a full-time schedule next season with a number of drivers at the helm.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced a new technical partnership with cyber protection leader Acronis that will help the team protect their intellectual property company-wide across their programs in the IndyCar Series, IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship and Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY.
Cosworth has had approaches over possible IndyCar engine program but TV Ratings too low
IndyCar has been asleep at the wheel for over 10 years - trying to get a 3rd engine manufacturer with minuscule TV ratings on NBCSN. 100% of IndyCar races must be on network TV to get the viewership high enough to attract the big investment needed from a manufacturer. Until then they are just pissing in the wind.
Here we go again. IndyCar and/or Cosworth are hoping for the impossible. Unless IndyCar finds a way to increase TV ratings, their wet dream of landing a third engine manufacturer is futile.
Just follow the money. Where is the value? Where is the payback on their investment?
Bruce Wood, Cosworth's managing director of powertrains, had this to say to Autosport:
"We've spoken to two or three [manufacturers] over a period of a couple of years," Wood told Autosport.
"There is interest out there, definitely. "Right now, we're not close to translating it to the real world (Editor's Note: The word 'not' is fairly obvious).
Bloodhound SSC's immediate future has been secured thanks to a Yorkshire-based investor
It's been a rocky road since the Bloodhound supersonic car made its world debut in London in September 2015, almost 10 years after the company behind the project was founded. The Bloodhound team has hit some important milestones on its way to the target of breaking the 1,000 mph barrier – most recently rocketing to 210 mph in just eight seconds. But, as you might expect, development has proven costly and just last week it was announced that lack of funds had ended the project for good. Now a new backer has been found and it's on again.
AVS Full Season Driver Line-up Complete Car Numbers Assigned
Rounding out the 2019 full-season driver line-up for AIM VASSER SULLIVAN is Floridian Richard Heistand. Heistand will partner with Jack Hawksworth in all 11-rounds of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
“We are excited to complete our full season line-up for AIM VASSER SULLIVAN,” explained AVS principal and team engineer Ian Willis. “Richard joins us after a successful return to racing this past year in Europe where he held his own against top amateur and professional drivers in the highly competitive Porsche Supercup series.”
ESPN Sees Viewership Growth, Positive Momentum in Formula 1 Return
The commercial-free race broadcasts were a great improvement over NBCSN
The recently-completed 2018 season for the FIA Formula One World Championship marked the return of the series to ESPN and ABC on American television and fans tuned in, making F1 the only major racing series to see year-over-year viewership growth in the U.S. for the season.
“Overall we were very pleased,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN executive vice president, programming and scheduling. “We knew that there were passionate F1 fans in the United States and we’re very happy that they navigated to our platforms and responded to our offerings.”
“We’re in a transition and I’m excited about the transition we’re in,” he said during a lengthy telephone interview Thursday. “I think the industry -- broadly -- understands what we are trying to do, which is put on the best and most compelling racing we can and grow this sport.”
Daytona Speedway Signs Green Tech Company As Partner
NJ Based Company
Daytona Int'l Speedway has signed a new official partner in green technology company Extreme Energy Solutions in a multiyear deal set to be announced today.
The New Jersey-based company and its consumer-facing products will become the track’s all-purpose cleaner/degreaser and engine emission reducing technology, with assets including signage, activation space and hospitality.
Villeneuve to return full-time in NASCAR Euro Series
One of the biggest stars in motorsports choose the official NASCAR European Championship for his return to competition. Formula One World Champion, Indy 500 winner and CART Champion Jacques Villeneuve will compete full time in Euro NASCAR with Go Fas Racing in a 2019 season that is already shaping up as the most anticipated in the European NASCAR series’ history.
Villeneuve participated in 2 days of testing on December 13-14 at the Autodromo di Franciacorta in Italy to discover the Euro NASCAR car and gain some valuable experience on the track that will host the second round of the 2019 season.
Pfaff Motorsports To Contest Full 2019 IMSA Season
Hot on the heels of announcing a move to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2019, Pfaff Motorsports today announced that driver Scott Hargrove has been named a Porsche Selected Driver, and that it will contest the full 2019 WeatherTech Championship season in the GTD class, including all endurance races.
The 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season was one of the books for Lamborghini.
Starting the season with a win at the Rolex 24 At Daytona and capping off the year with the GT Daytona (GTD) class championship, Lamborghini caught the attention of the sports car racing world and established itself as a top-performing manufacturer.
This past week's Michelin on-track opportunity at Daytona International Speedway included a total of 38 race cars from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and IMSA Prototype Challenge series. On-track activity began at 8 a.m. ET and continues through 8 p.m. The sessions are closed to the public.
- A total of 18 WeatherTech Championship cars participated, with two Daytona Prototype international (DPi) cars, one LMP2, two GT Le Mans (GTLM) and 13 GT Daytona (GTD) machines.
Tesla Inc. sold $837 million of bonds backed by auto leases Friday, taking advantage of a rebound in investors’ sentiment toward the company to provide further support to its fast-growing leasing operation.
Tesla’s decision to sell the auto-lease bonds comes amid a spate of volatility in debt markets and during a year-end period when many investors lose interest in buying new securities.
At the end of a season that saw them crowned with a 6th driver's title and an 8th team’s championship from their 9 years of participation in the GP3 series, ART Grand Prix is now actively preparing for its first year of the new FIA Formula 3.
Part of that preparation sees ART Grand Prix formalizing the arrival of David Beckmann to the team, which will evolve into Formula 3 in 2019.
With IndyCar Alonso experienced a car that requires far more driver skill than an F1 car, which is 99% engineering, i.e. 99% car and 1% driver
Fernando Alonso has admitted that his experience in both IndyCar and WEC helped him beat McLaren teammate Stoffel Vandoorne in qualifying 26 consecutive races, essentially destroying Vandoorne's career.
The two-time World Champion out qualified his McLaren teammate in each of the 21 races in the 2018 season plus the last five of 2017.
The Spaniard believes that his extracurricular activities have played a role in achieving this feat.
Michael Schumacher broke the mold in terms of what it meant to be a Formula 1 driver - unprecedented levels of fitness, commitment, and a win-at-all-costs competitive spirit meant he blazed a trail to greatness.
F1 Racing editor Ben Anderson is joined by associate editor James Roberts and special guest Pat Symonds, Schumacher's former engineer and now F1's Chief Technical Officer to discuss the lasting impact and legacy Schumacher has on the sport.
Formula E Drivers & Race Director Debate track conditions With an unexpected downpour delaying practice at the 2018 SAUDIA Ad Diriyah E-Prix, the drivers have an improptu meeting to discuss their preferred revisions to the sessions! Comment
Following heavy rain here in Ad Diriyah this morning, the first practice session of the day has been cancelled.
Making up for the lack of an early practice session, the second session will be extended, running from 08:35 am to 09:35 am (local time). This will be the first time the drivers will take to the track under timed conditions ahead of the main race 12:00 midday.
Hyundai announces pricing for 2019 all-electric CUV
2019 Kona all-electric
Hyundai today announced the starting price for its long-awaited 2019 Kona Electric convention-breaking electric crossover. The Kona Electric starting price is $36,450, for an effective net price of $28,950 ($29,995 including delivery), with the electric vehicle tax credit of $7,500 factored in. Customers may receive the available federal tax credit of up to $7,500, dependent on individual tax circumstances, yielding a sub-$30,000 net value. Pricing for other Kona Electric trims will be announced shortly.
Camouflaged Volkswagen I.D. Electric Hatchbacks Spotted Testing in South Africa
Camouflaged Volkswagen I.D. Electric Hatchbacks
Test mules for Volkswagen's upcoming electric hatchback called the I.D. have been spotted in South Africa.
Twitter user @Theolitz stumbled across at least two of the vehicles in a convoy together, and snapped photos which he posted to social media. The depicted vehicles bear a strong resemblance to the concept car, the smoking gun being the small, triangular window between the A-pillar and the door's window frame.
Carlos Ghosn’s sister, Claudine Bichara de Oliveira. Nissan claims it was a family affair
Nissan has reportedly sued Carlos Ghosn’s sister, Claudine Bichara de Oliveira, in a Rio de Janeiro court for “unjust enrichment”, according to a report from Reuters.
The Japanese car maker’s lawsuit is the latest episode in the legal fight between Nissan and Carlos Ghosn over an apartment in Rio that the former Nissan CEO used during his trips in Brazil. Nissan claims that evidence of Ghosn’s alleged crimes could be found in his beachfront apartment.
Brazilian-born Carlos Ghosn is accused of financial misconduct by Japan’s authorities and remains in jail since November 19. The former Nissan and Mitsubishi CEO faces charges of having under-reported his income, while Nissan also accuses him of diverting company’s funds for personal use.
Daniel Hemric to Drive the No. 8 RCR Camaro in 2019
Daniel Hemric will carry a familiar number for his rookie season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2019, driving the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. The 27-year-old will continue the long tradition of Kannapolis, North Carolina, natives who have driven the No. 8 on the racetrack.
Hemric made his MENCS debut during the 2018 season running the No. 8 Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Chevrolet at Richmond Raceway in April and Charlotte Motor Speedway in September. Now, as he prepares for his first season in the MENCS, Hemric is ready to carry the number full time.
Air Force Extends Sponsorship Of Bubba Wallace's RPM Ride
Bubba Wallace #43 livery
The Air Force and Richard Petty Motorsports announced today they will continue their 11th consecutive year of partnership together in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2019. The Air Force will continue to be a two-race primary sponsor of the famed No. 43 with driver Bubba Wallace, as well as a major associate throughout the season.
Air Force Recruiting Service, charged with the mission to inspire, engage and recruit future Airmen, sees the continued association as an opportunity to build awareness about the Air Force. The Air Force has also witnessed the excitement that Wallace Jr. has brought to inspiring recruits in 2018 during his first year representing the Air Force.
Simona De Silvestro signs to be Formula E Ambassador
Simona De Silvestro
Simona De Silvestro has strengthened her ties to Formula E by taking up a global ambassador role with the championship’s naming rights sponsor, ABB.
De Silvestro, who has returned to Formula E as a test/simulator driver for Venturi this season, joins fellow Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi, the 2015/16 champion, as an ambassador for the multinational robotics and electrical engineering company.
BMW, Porsche and Siemens develop super fast EV charger
The Porsche Taycan will take a 350KW charger and be the fasting charging electric car in the world when it comes to market in late 2019. 450KW is another level even higher
The next generation of electric cars could charge their batteries in the time it takes to fill up at a gas station.
A group of companies including Germany's BMW, Porsche and Siemens say they have developed technology that could help make super-fast charging a reality.
They unveiled on Thursday a 450 kW charging station that needs only three minutes to provide enough juice for a 100 kilometer (62 miles) drive. A full charge takes 15 minutes.
Ian Ellerington, head of technology transfer at the Faraday Institution, said the technology is significantly better than what's currently available, even if there are major issues to resolve before it's put into widespread use.
The inaugural Thai Grand Prix at Buriram’s Chang International Circuit has been voted the best race of 2018 in its first year on the MotoGP calendar, with the paddock voting on their favorite out of the season’s nineteen races.
The first running of the race in the Asian country also drew the biggest crowd of the season, with a massive 220,000 people cramming into the town of 27,000 people for the three-day event, with over 100,000 on Sunday’s race day alone.
Porsche announces first driver for electric racing series
Porsche continues to gain momentum ahead of its ABB FIA Formula E Championship entry: Neel Jani has been signed as the first driver. With the experienced Swiss racer on board, the new works team will begin track testing early in 2019 to prepare for the worldwide, fully electric single seater series’ sixth season, which kicks off in December 2019. Porsche is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the first standardized chassis to install its in-house-developed drive train, which has already been on the test benches.
Alejandro Agag to transition to Chairman of Formula E
Alejandro Agag, Founder & newly-appointed Chairman of Formula E
As part of the continued growth of Formula E Holdings Ltd. - promoter of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship - Alejandro Agag and the board of the company have agreed that Mr. Agag should step-up from the role of CEO to become Chairman.
This will allow the company to bolster the management team with a new CEO, who’ll be appointed in the coming months. Agag will continue to serve as CEO until the new person joins Formula E. With the support of the new CEO, Agag - acting as Chairman - will be able to focus on relationships with commercial partners, host cities and the FIA.
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