Fan Force United Adds To Ownership Group In addition to returning to the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires series with a new driver and a new energy, Fan Force United is also entering the 2014 season with a new member of its ownership group, welcoming long-time supporter Tim Donahue to the ranks of team ownership, joining Tyce Carlson and Chris Williams as principals of FFU.
Through his company, AMG (Automotive Management Group - www.youramg.com), Tim has been a long-time supporter of the team, with his sponsorship stretching back more than five years. However, Tim shares that “My relationship with Chris (Williams) and Tyce (Carlson) goes back a long way---long before getting on board as a sponsor of the team.”
Jeremy Mayfield's $1.3M mansion to be burned down (3rd Update)UPDATE #3 It's been too long since Jeremy Mayfield caught up with his fans so here's his answers to the most common questions. It goes along with our feature article on Mayfield.
Formula E gaining attention from all corners of the globe. AR1.com predicted that electric cars are the future years ago. That day has not come yet, but it's inching closer.
A new, environmentally friendly auto racing series just got even greener.
Wyc Grousbeck, lead owner of NBA basketball team the Boston Celtics, together with his Causeway Media Partners have today announced a multi-million investment in Formula E Holdings, series promoters of the new FIA Formula E Championship.
Formula E is a new FIA championship and the world’s first fully-electric racing series. Beginning in September 2014, the championship will compete in 10 city-centre circuits around the globe including two races in the US – Miami and Los Angeles – taking place in the Spring of 2015. Ten teams, each with two drivers, will go head-to-head to create a unique and exciting racing series designed to appeal to a new generation of motorsport fan, whilst accelerating the electric vehicle market and promoting sustainability.
Video: Danica throws Anchorman 2 holiday party for team Ladies and gentlemen, can I please have your attention.
I've just been handed an urgent and horrifying news story. I need all of you to stop what you're doing and read this.
Pit crew, assemble!
There hasn't been confirmation yet if Danica Patrick used a conch shell to call her pit crew into action or not, but even if she did, they've done studies, you know. Sixty percent of the time, it works every time.
We at NASCAR.com have been in a glass case of emotion all week in anticipation of 'Anchorman 2', the sequel to 2004's 'Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy', but by the beard of Zeus, it appears nobody is as excited about this as Patrick.
There probably couldn’t be two more different companies than Dow and General Mills. One produces chemicals and other products that aren’t meant to be ingested. The other manufactures food.
They will have their sponsorship of Austin Dillon in common starting in 2014. And they actually already had something in common.
“Guess what Cheerios packaging is made out of?” Dow executive vice president Joe Harlan said. “Our product.”
That’s why this sponsorship makes sense to Dow. It hopes to use NASCAR to cultivate more business from companies involved in NASCAR. General Mills hopes it sells a lot of Cheerios, the brand that will be on Dillon’s car.
Conway Completes Successful 1st Test with ECR/Fuzzy's Team
Mike Conway sat back and assessed his two-day testing session with the Ed Carpenter Racing/Fuzzy’s Vodka team at the Sebring International Raceway Thursday night. Then a smile came across his face.
"I feel a little tired tonight but I’m pleased with the progress we made in our first test together," said the England native who’ll drive the No. 20 Chevrolet-powered IndyCar at the road and street circuits in the 2014 IndyCar Series.
Conway, the Chevrolet "Indy Dual in Detroit" race winner last June, joined ECR team last month and completed his first test with the new squad with more than 200 laps under his belt at the short-course layout at Sebring.
Pocono Raceway announced today the 20 members who will make up the 2014 Pocono Raceway Fan Council. All members, including those selected for the inaugural Fan Council last year, will now serve a two-year term. The Fan Council’s main object is to help improve the overall fan experience for all who attend events at “The Tricky Triangle.”
“We are excited to welcome the new members to our Fan Council and we cannot wait to see what they will bring to the table this year,” said Brandon Igdalsky, Pocono Raceway President/CEO. “Additionally, the inaugural Fan Council members did such an amazing job; we decided to extend their term one more year and the terms of all future members for a total of two years.”
New crew chief named for #55 team Michael Waltrip Racing announced Billy Scott will serve as Brian Vickers' crew chief on the #55 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. "Billy was the unanimous selection by everyone here at MWR including the crew, drivers, and ownership," said Waltrip. "We feel like engineering is one of our strongest assets and with that type of talent in house it was easy to promote from within. Billy has earned this opportunity because he has helped develop and refine the engineering tools that we use every day to make our cars faster."
Montezemolo: After Bernie it’s necessary for different governance of the sport
No one person can replace the genius of Bernie Ecclestone
No one individual can replace Bernie Ecclestone at the helm of Formula 1, and teams must start planning for a very different future after the 83-year-old eventually leaves the stage, Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has said.
The Italian, who has been in the sport since the mid-1970s, wants to invite Team Principals to a meeting at Ferrari’s Maranello factory in January to discuss where F1 is heading and what should be done.
“We are arriving a little bit at the end of a very, very important cycle and era of Formula 1,” the 66-year-old told reporters over a Christmas lunch at Ferrari’s Fiorano test track where the team’s late founder Enzo spent much of his time.
Successful Private Test Sessions at Daytona Provide Valuable Information to IMSA Officials Private test sessions over the past two weeks at Daytona International Speedway have played a significant role in helping International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) officials zero in on the technical package for the upcoming Roar Before the Rolex 24 test on Jan. 3-5, 2014, as well as the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona on the weekend of Jan. 25-26. The events at Daytona open the inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
Action Express Racing tested its Corvette DP on Dec. 10-11 alongside the SpeedSource Mazda SkyActiv Diesel P2 car and a number of Prototype (P) class teams using Riley Daytona Prototype chassis. An Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03b/Honda and an RSR Racing ORECA FLM09 car from the Prototype Challenge (PC) class joined the test on Dec. 11. GT Le Mans (GTLM) and GT Daytona (GTD) cars were also present for both days of testing last week.
Montezemolo tells fans to speak up over 'double points'
Luca di Montezemolo
(GMM) Luca di Montezemolo has urged F1 fans to make their voices clear, as he admitted he is no fan of the new 'double points' rule.
The Ferrari president, who also makes no secret of his unique veto over key decisions in formula one, admitted this week he thinks giving the winner in the Abu Dhabi finale next November twice as many points as usual is "too artificial".
So given Montezemolo's power, an abolishment of the highly controversial rule, panned and slammed by the sport's pundits and fans, cannot be ruled out.
Danica Patrick Gets Mega-Buff for GoDaddy's Super Bowl Ad
Danica' Super Bowl muscles
GoDaddy may say it has "matured" as a Super Bowl advertiser, but for now it appears to be spokeswoman Danica Patrick who has actually grown.
Sporting a rather lifelike muscle suit, Patrick was spotted by photographers filming her upcoming game day commercial for GoDaddy, which has featured the high-profile driver in its Super Bowl ads since 2007.
Video: THE CLOUD RACER - Every man has a mission Max Angelelli (or known as "Max The Ax") is since more as 2 decades a professional race driver. He is nicknamed "The Ax" because he has a knack of closing up and "chopping" off seconds behind the leader quickly in a race to set himself up to make a clean pass for the win.
Since his early childhood he dreamed about speed.
Now in 2013 he decided to do a step more to be much faster and feel more the g-forces than ever: he strapped himself on an ejection seat in a Russian MIG-29 "Fulcrum" at Sokol Airbase in Niszhny Novgorod and made a very special "high g-force aerobatic" flight with test pilot Andrew Pechionkin who took him nearby to a "black out" of a g-load of 8.2 G!
Ferrari willing to help 12th team from USA get into Formula 1
Mario Andretti calls for customer cars in F1
Mario Andretti recently said that if customer cars were allowed in F1, Michael Andretti would field a team. Now it seems Ferrari is willing to be the team to help him make it happen.
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has revealed that a prospective Formula 1 team, with roots in the United States, is keen to get involved at the top tier of the sport and the Italian says that his team would gladly assist with such a project.
Sport Bild reports that a former F1 engineer is heading up the project, and Montezemolo has confirmed contact, “It is true, we have been contacted by this team. And if [one day] the rules will allow, we would like even sell them cars to race.”
How Gutierrez bought his Sauber ride The Sauber F1 Team is pleased to announce it will continue its partnership with Telmex - money that pays for Esteban Gutierrez's ride. It will stay Premium Partner with the logo of the Mexican telecommunications company continuing to have a significant presence on the cars.
Gutierrez re-signs with Sauber The Sauber F1 Team is pleased to announce that Esteban Gutierrez will stay on for the 2014 season, completing the driver line-up together with Adrian Sutil.
The Mexican first tested with the team at Jerez in late 2009. The following year the talented youngster was signed as ‘affiliated driver’, and 2013 saw him in his debut season as a Formula One driver finishing 16th as the best rookie in the drivers’ championship.
Sergey Sirotkin becomes test driver for the Sauber F1 Team
The Sauber F1 Team is pleased to announce Sergey Sirotkin as its test driver for the 2014 season.
Sergey joined the team in August 2013 and has been gaining more and more insight into Formula One since then. He has spent several days at the factory in Hinwil and has been working with the engineers. In late September he drove a demo-run at the new track in Sochi, which will host the Russian Grand Prix in 2014. In October he tested a 2009 Ferrari at Fiorano. The Sauber F1 Team’s aim is to prepare Sergey for his debut in Formula One.
New Safety Car Procedure, Slow Zones for Le Mans Revealed There will be considerable changes to the safety car procedures in next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, as well as adjustments to regular-season FIA World Endurance Championship rounds, with the Automobile Club de l’Ouest set to introduce a new procedure aimed to cut down on the amount of full-course cautions.
The French organizers revealed plans Friday for a new “slow zone” procedure, where only one section of the 8.5-mile circuit would be put under caution. However, unlike local yellows, cars would be not be allowed to exceed 60 kph in the designated zone.
FIA Confirms MSR & Braun’s Speed Record The 10-kilometer and 10-mile speed runs by Colin Braun in the Michael Shank Racing Ford EcoBoost/Riley Daytona Prototype at Daytona Int’l Speedway in October have been homologated (confirmed) by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) Land Speed Records Commission as official world records.
Braun established fastest-lap standards for 10 kilometers (203.010 mph) and 10 miles (210.017 mph) – both from a standing start. The record runs were overseen by officials of the International Motorsports Ass’n (IMSA) in conjunction with the FIA.
Aspiring F1 driver Alexander Rossi to drive DeltaWing in Rolex 24 DeltaWing Racing Cars announced their 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona driver lineup today, with young American F1 reserve driver Alexander Rossi joining Andy Meyrick and Katherine Legge for the endurance classic.
The trio will share driving duties in the revolutionary DeltaWing coupe at the inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship event. The new sports car racing circuit unites the former Grand-Am and American Le Mans Series. British drivers Meyrick and Legge return to the team from the 2013 season, with Caterham’s 2013 GP2 and F1 reserve driver Rossi joining the roster. The California native gained his first sports car racing experience this past June, finishing 11th in class at Le Mans in a combined Greaves Motorsport/Caterham LMP2 effort.
Ricky and Danica voted 'Best Sports Couple of 2013
Danica and Ricky
The votes are in. The fans love NASCAR's favorite lovebirds.
As part of USA TODAY's 'Ad Meter: Year in Sports', fans were given the chance to vote on numerous categories ... including 'The Best Sports Couple of 2013'. The winner? Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Danica Patrick.
'Stenica' took the top spot with 30% of the vote, beating out other high-profile sports couples like Tiger Woods/Lindsey Vonn and Rory McIlroy/Caroline Wozniacki. Per USATODAY.com:
U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds To Perform Daytona 500 Flyover The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, known worldwide for their precision aerobatics, will return to Daytona International Speedway to perform the flyover for the prestigious 56th annual DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season opener on Sunday, Feb. 23.
Honda will participate in the motorcycle class in the Dakar Rally to be held in January 2014 in South America, with its works team "TEAM HRC".
Five riders—Helder Rodrigues (Portugal), Sam Sunderland (United Kingdom), Javier Pizzolito (Argentina), Joan Barreda (Spain), and Paulo Goncalves (Portugal)—will ride the CRF450 RALLY, a rally-racing bike specially developed for the 2014 Dakar. TEAM HRC took the CRF450 RALLY for testing and competed in the 2013 Morocco Rally, a prelude to the Dakar Rally held in October of this year, and also the 2013 Merzouga Rally. The team took victories in both races.
A Holiday Video Message from Ryan Hunter-Reay to AutoNation Associates AutoNation, the nation’s largest auto seller has sent this video out to every one of their dealerships and each of their 21,000+ sales associates.
Briscoe, Liddell Join Corvette Racing for Daytona, Sebring Corvette Racing announced Thursday the addition of Ryan Briscoe and Robin Liddell to its factory lineup, with the two drivers set to contest the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Twelve Hours of Sebring with the new Corvette C67.R.
Newly signed Chip Ganassi Racing IndyCar driver Briscoe will join defending GT class champions Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia in the No. 3 entry, while GT standout Liddell will share the wheel of the No. 4 Corvette with season-long drivers Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner in the opening two TUDOR United SportsCar Championship rounds.
Lucas di Grassi terminates Formula E test job to become a driver Announced as first test and development driver of Formula E, Lucas di Grassi became an ambassador for the fully-electric championship. After driving a handful laps with the Spark-Renault SRT_01E car, the Brazilian former Formula 1 driver terminates his test job to become a Formula E race driver during the first year, starting in September 2014.
According to Motorsport-Total.com, the FIA decided that test drivers will not being allowed to race during the first year because of the advantage a race driver would have. “When I heard this news, I immediately terminated my test job. I want to race!” said Di Grassi to German media.
Jack Hawksworth 4th quick at Sebring Test. Indy Lights driver Jack Hawksworth turned more than a few eyebrows at Sebring Wednesday by turning the 4th fastest time in Dale Coyne's Honda powered IndyCar.
“I am very happy with the team and the car that Dale Coyne has given me here at Sebring,” commented Hawksworth.
“We were quick right away and only improved from there. The car felt great and I only wish we were doing another day to climb even higher.” Jack was running solidly in 52 second range 4th quick in the field of 11 drivers running Wednesday at Sebring.
Jack posted the 4th fastest time just 0.15 seconds off of the fastest car Ryan Hunter Reay and in front of six notable race winners such as, Andretti, Conway, Newgarden, Pagenaud, Rahal and Sato.
Graham Rahal completed a trouble-free day of testing Wednesday at the 1.65-mile Sebring International Raceway short course in preparation for the 2014 IndyCar Series season. He completed a total of 101 laps with a best lap time of 52.37 with Honda Performance Development’s single turbo engine installed in the DW12 chassis. The team will switch to the new HPD twin turbocharged 2.2-liter V-6 engine overnight and continue testing Thursday.
“I’m pretty happy with the day,” said Graham Rahal, 24. “I think we ended up quickest and, to be honest, I left two or three-tenths (of a second) on the table on my best lap. Overall I’m extremely happy with the way it went.
Superior Auto Returns with Andretti in 2014 After completing his first season racing a sprint car in Indiana, third-generation driver Jarett Andretti will again return to the dirt tracks in 2014. Superior Auto announced today they will also return to the Andretti Autosport Short Track team as Jarett will return to many of the same tracks he competed on this past year including, Gas City I-69 Speedway, Bloomington Speedway, Lincoln Park Speedway, Lawrenceburg Speedway and Kokomo Speedway.
Superior Auto, the car sales company that specializes in in-housing financing, will again support Andretti's sprint car efforts. The company has locations all over Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. The duo had a successful first year behind the wheel of a sprint car with 15 top-10 finishes and Rookie-of-The-Year honors at Lawrenceburg Speedway.
At the world premiere of the new Audi R18 e-tron quattro, Audi unveiled another technical highlight of its new LMP1 sports car in Ingolstadt on Wednesday night. In 2014, the brand with the four rings will be running with laser light for the first time in the Le Mans 24 Hours and in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). " By using this new lighting technology Audi is setting yet another milestone at Le Mans," said Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Management Board for Technical Development of AUDI AG, at the official presentation of the new R18 e-tron quattro that took place as part of the ‘Audi Sport Finale.’ "Laser light will also open up completely new possibilities for our production models in the future. Once more, motorsport at Audi accelerates a new technical development for our customers."
Target shoppers' card info stolen over Black Friday
Payment card data was stolen from an unknown number of Target customers starting on the busy Black Friday weekend in a major breach at the retailer, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Investigators believe the data was obtained via software installed on machines that customers use to swipe magnetic strips on their cards when paying for merchandise at Target stores, according to the person who was not authorized to discuss the matter.
NBC’s F1/IndyCar voice, Leigh Diffey, to make Olympic broadcast debut at Sochi Leigh Diffey – the voice of Formula One and the IndyCar Series for the NBC Sports Group – will be part of NBC’s talent team for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, which begin Thurs., Feb. 6, 2014 with prime-time coverage.
Diffey will be making his Olympic broadcasting debut and fittingly, there will be plenty of speed to go with it as he’ll be serving as play-by-play announcer for the bobsled, luge and skeleton competitions.
All of those will take place at the Sanki Sliding Center, which lies 60 miles northeast of Sochi, Russia in the Games’ “Mountain Cluster” of venues.
V8 Supercars Signs New TV Deal Australia's Ten Network has "snatched the broadcast rights for the V8 Supercars from Seven Network in a stunning coup," according to Darren Davidson of THE AUSTRALIAN. Ten will take over the TV rights after the current two-year deal expires in Jan. 15. V8 Supercars confirmed the record A241M deal ($214M) deal with Ten, Fox Sports and pay-TV provider Foxtel. The agreement starts in '15 and covers all media rights consisting of A$196M cash and A$45M advertising. The move "will shock" industry execs as Seven was "widely expected to retain the rights." Seven execs had been confident of agreeing a new deal beyond Jan. 15. Seven issued a statement in which it said it offered a "substantial increase on the current rights agreement." The statement read, "V8 Supercars declined to build on this relationship beyond 2014" THE AUSTRALIAN
Pre-Holiday IndyCar Holiday IndyCar Series test serves as jump-start for 2014 Eleven IndyCar Series drivers representing seven teams got a jump on the 2014 season with a two-day test Dec. 18-19 at Sebring International Raceway.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Andretti Autosport, Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, A.J. Foyt Racing, Dale Coyne Racing and Ed Carpenter Racing tested on the track as teams continued their 2014 preparations.
"It's nice to get a couple days (of testing in), keep everyone flowing well and get the guys back out here working together," said Josef Newgarden, who enters his third season with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing. "I think it keeps everyone on their toes throughout the offseason.
NASCAR free agent pool We looked at the Formula One and IndyCar free agent pools earlier this week. Meanwhile, most of the NASCAR field is set for 2014 but there’s still a handful of seats remaining, and they’re likely to be filled by a number of mostly journeymen drivers. •Dave Blaney (30th in 2013): Cup veteran since 2000. Replaced by Michael Annett at Tommy Baldwin Racing. Not sure if he’d prefer to keep running midpack at best in Cup or run Nationwide and/or Trucks and keep focused on son Ryan’s emerging career. •Travis Kvapil (31st): Unfortunately was most noteworthy in 2013 for his legal issue that arose prior to Charlotte, and didn’t do anything with BK Racing that really merits a third season. Rumors are that young Nationwide driver Alex Bowman may test for the team soon.
Malaysia officially launches Putrajaya Formula E race
Prime Minister of Malaysia, The Honorable Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak (right) and Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E Holdings, during the official launch of the Putrajaya Formula E race.
Prime Minister of Malaysia, The Honorable Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak, has today officially launched the FIA Formula E Championship in Putrajaya and witnessed the signing of the City Agreement between Tan Sri Aseh Bin Haji Che Mat for the city of Putrajaya and Dato’ Sri Johann Young, to officially host the second Formula E race on 18th October 2014.
The event, held at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC), was hosted by Dato’ Seri Johann Young, a founding partner and investor of series promoters Formula E Holdings and Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E.
More than 150 invited guests including media, corporate and government sectors were on hand to attend the launch which also saw the new Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E car on display – only the second time the fully-electric race car has been shown in Asia. Guests, which also included the Chairman of the Automobile Association of Malaysia YM Tunku Datuk Mudzaffa Bin Tunku Mustapha, were also treated to a sneak preview of the proposed Putrajaya circuit layout which incorporates many of the city’s main landmarks.
Baby Adam Petty Please, let us all join together and officially welcome the newest member of the NASCAR Nation: Baby Adam Petty.
Austin Petty, the son of Kyle Petty, and his lovely wife Sarah were pleased to announce the birth of their son who arrived on Sunday, December 15th. Mom and son are reported to be doing extremely well.
Baby Adam is the fifth generation of the iconic Petty racing family as well as the first newborn to join the family in 30 years. That family tree includes his great great grandfather Lee Petty, great grandfather Richard Petty, grandfather Kyle Petty and father Austin.
Red Bull Junior Lynn joins Carlin for GP3 Newly announced Red Bull Junior Alex Lynn will join Carlin for an attack on the 2014 GP3 Series it was announced today. The British racer and recently crowned Macau Grand Prix winner will complete his first season of GP3 next year after a successful career in Formula 3.
Red Bull Junior Lynn will follow in the footsteps of Antonio Felix da Costa who raced with Carlin in the GP3 Series and of course 2013 champion and Toro Rosso bound driver Daniil Kvyat.
Rush Truck Centers expands sponsorship with Stewart Back in February, Rush Truck Centers became the primary sponsor of Tony Stewart and his #14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team for three Sprint Cup races featuring the "Rush Truck Centers" logo on the car's hood for the 2013 season, with plans for an expanded deal in 2014 for five race sponsorships.
W.M. "Rusty" Rush, chairman, CEO and president of Rush Enterprises, which owns the Rush Truck Centers chain of commercial vehicle dealerships, increasing "brand awareness" will play a key role in the company's growth strategy - with Rush's partnership with Tony Stewart's Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team a key part of that effort.
Video: New TUDOR Championship TV Commercial A 30-second television commercial capturing the on-track excitement of and anticipation for the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship was launched Dec. 16 on Fox Sports 1 as the centerpiece of the International Motorsports Association’s (IMSA) multi-media brand advertising campaign.
The television commercial on FOX Sports 1 is part of the five-year partnership between IMSA and FOX Sports announced in August. The advertising campaign showcasing the 2014 TUDOR Championship includes four different print advertisements in four major North American motorsports publications: Autoweek, Road & Track, RACER, and Grassroots Motorsports. The first of those ads also ran in the current issue of the Sports Business Journal (Dec. 16, 2013). The campaign includes vertically integrated digital, radio and social media components.
All-New AR1 iPad App now available AutoRacing1.com is pleased to announce an early Christmas gift to all of its iPad App users. Our new version is available from the Apple App store complete with an entire new, more modern, interface. The new version is written specifically for iOS7 (Older iOS version users will still get our old version of the app). We hope you love it as much as we do and welcome any feedback.
If you have the old version already installed, the update should appear in your App Store icon. If you have never downloaded the app on your iPad before, just search for AR1 in the App Store. There is an AR1 for iPad app. For you iPhone users out there, AR1 for iPhone is also available - that was upgrade a couple of months ago.
Jack Hawksworth has enjoyed an excellent season Jack Hawksworth will tomorrow hope to stake his claim for a 2014 IndyCar Series seat during a Honda manufacturer test with Dale Coyne Racing at Sebring International Raceway in Florida.
The Cullingworth driver took fourth place in the Firestone Indy Lights title standings this year and brought the 22-year-old firmly on to the radar of Coyne, a man well-renowned for his talent-spotting ability.
Hawksworth enjoyed an IndyCar testing debut with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing at the same circuit in September and impressed the team.
He said: "The Honda manufacturer test is a massive shop window and an exciting opportunity to measure myself against the leading IndyCar drivers and really prove my potential at the highest level." Bradford Telegraph and Argus
Report indicates new IndyCar schedule won't increase TV ratings A report published on nascarnomics.com analyzed factors including time of year, TV network, track configuration, competition from NASCAR, etc. in an attempt to understand IndyCar's downward ratings spiral.
There is good news and bad news concerning the current state of the IndyCar Series on television, according to a post penned by Andrew Maness, editor ofnascarnomics.com.
The good news is that IndyCar TV ratings have held largely steady over the past four seasons while airing on ABC and the NBC Sports Network (formerly VERSUS). Another positive is that Maness predicts a considerable ratings increase when NASCAR joins NBCSN for the 2015 season.
Opposites attract. Takuma Sato will continue as driver of A.J. Foyt’s No. 14 ABC Supply Honda for the 2014 IndyCar Series.
In 2013, the compact Japanese pilot with a huge amount of talent brought the burly Texan owner his first victory since 2002 with an impressive performance in the Long Beach Grand Prix. Winning the pole at the Houston Grand Prix, Sato notched the team’s first pole position since 1998 when Billy Boat won the Indianapolis 500 pole.
"It is great news that I will continue to drive with ABC Supply/AJ Foyt Racing next year,” said Sato, who will be testing for the team in Sebring, Fla. on December 18th. “We had some great results in our first year. I know what the team is capable of and what I am capable of in the coming season.”
Latest test for Montoya is Sonoma Juan Pablo Montoya, who won his first NASCAR road course race in 2007 at Sonoma Raceway, was back at the track on Dec. 16, testing a Team Penske car at the Northern California road course in preparation for his return to Indy car racing in 2014.
The Formula One and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran will compete in the IndyCar Series full time next season in the No. 2 Team Penske car. And while M is familiar with Sonoma's 1.99-mile stock car configuration of the road course. He took his first laps on the 2.38-mile configuration used by the IndyCar Series.
A controversy is brewing in IndyCar over the amount of testing days veteran Team Penske driver Juan Montoya has received. Montoya is an Indy 500 winner and CART champion as well as former F1 driver and NASCAR Sprint Cup driver. He is by no means a rookie.
The controversy has now reached a fever pitch after IndyCar sent the following statement to the teams:
INDYCAR has received a few inquiries regarding the test days approved for Penske’s driver Juan Montoya. Five refresher/PR days were approved for Juan who we welcome back. INDYCAR will continue its objective to improve the fan experience and promoting competitive INDYCAR racing.
Just 100 days until the 2014 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg In exactly 100 days, gates to the 2014 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, taking place March 28-30, 2014, will open. As we count the days until the start of the 10th edition of the first-class festival, here are some high-level event updates.
Tickets on sale just in time for the holidays
Three-day tickets to the 2014 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg are now on sale and make the perfect holiday gift for any race fan. The waterfront street course will serve as the opening race for the IndyCar Series season, reaffirming its status as one of the premier racing circuits in North America.
Three-day tickets to the race start at $55 for General Admission and $105 for Reserved Seating (tax included). For full pricing information and to buy tickets, visit gpstpete.com or call 877-283-5385. Race fans renewing their three-day reserved tickets purchased before January 15 will also receive a free weekend IndyCar Paddock Pass (a $65 value).
One of the most successful and charismatic race drivers is leaving the grand stage of motorsport. A few days before his 44th birthday, Audi factory driver Allan McNish announced that he would not continue his active career in the 2014 season.
The Scotsman began his very successful racing career 32 years ago in karting. McNish achieved many of his greatest victories since the 2000 season with Audi – most recently, the first World Championship title in his career at the wheel of the Audi R18 e-tron quattro.
Lionel die-cast top-10 During the recently held NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' champion's week in Las Vegas, driver Dale Earnhardt Jr was named NASCAR's Most Popular Driver for the 11th, consecutive, year. No one was surprised to hear this news.
It was also no real surprise when we recently learned that Earnhardt has once again topped the popularity list among die cast race car collectors according to a recent announcement made by Lionel Racing, the official die cast of NASCAR. It seems that even at 1:24 scale, Junior is still number one.
Rising American Star Conor Daly is the Newest Online Instructor Conor Daly, who has aspirations of following in the footsteps of his famous father, Derek Daly, by competing in both Formula 1 and INDYCAR, will share the wealth of experience he has gained over the last few years by serving as the latest Online Driving Instructor for the Road Racing Drivers Club’s ground-breaking website, www.SAFEisFAST.com. Questions for Daly can be posted all this week via the website, and his answers will be available from next Monday, December 23.
Simona de Silvestro, Jules Bianchi entering Ferrari’s winter series IndyCar standout Simona de Silvestro and Marussia F1 driver Jules Bianchi will each take part in at least one race during the inaugural season of the Florida Winter Series that’s run by Ferrari’s Driver Academy.
The Florida Winter Series has been brought to life as a championship aimed at professional drivers looking for the best way to prepare for the competitive demands of the 2014 season. The championship will enjoy the support of the Ferrari Driver Academy and will take place in Florida over four rounds straddling the months of January and February next year.
Video: Juan Pablo Montoya's IndyCar fan question No. 1 The RACER Channel speaks with Team Penske IndyCar driver Juan Pablo Montoya for his fan-driven Q&A session, starting with Coltan Wyant, who asks: What experiences can you take from your NASCAR career going into your future with IndyCar that you didn't have during your CART career? And how much have you had to adjust your open wheel driving style from CART to Formula 1 and to the current DW12 IndyCar?
It is with a heavy heart that we tell you of the passing of Stuart Hilborn. Stuart was 96 when he left us earlier this morning. Stuart’s passion for racing and speed led him to invent the constant flow mechanical fuel injector.
Shunned by his peers, he refined the design to be the first to propel a race car over the magical 150mph mark at the dry lakes. Hilborn fuel injectors went ...on to dominate the Indianapolis 500 and then any racing venue that required maximum speed with an internal combustion engine.
Stuart is survived by his wife Ginny of 60 years, along with his daughter Edris and his son Duane, 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Stuart’s wit, charisma and passion will be truly missed and arrangements will be passed along. Thank you.
Which F1 team will benefit from Ross Brawn’s golden touch?
Ferrari needs Brawn back
You could almost hear disheartened Ferrari fans’ prolonged sighs after Ross Brawn announced that he’d be taking a six-month break from Formula One.
Rumors of 59-year-old Brawn’s return to Ferrari gained momentum after his long-anticipated departure from the principal post at Mercedes was made official late last month. The chatter on social media and comment sections on news stories had Scuderia supporters immediately dreaming of a return to the glory days where scarlet cars won races at will and scored dominant world championships.
It was not to be – yet – but you can bet that most Ferrari supporters want Brawn to once again guide the sport’s iconic team. In his brilliant technical director hands, Brawn played a key role in Michael Schumacher’s success and the six constructor’s titles and five driver’s crowns in 10 seasons with the Maranello-based team. Along the way, Ferrari took 84 victories and 175 podiums in 171 races during the Brawn-Schumacher years between 1997 and 2006.
Fan Force United Returns to Indy Lights with Scott Anderson After a season on the sidelines, Fan Force United is excited to announce their return to Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires, with Mazda Road to Indy veteran Scott Anderson leading their return to competition.
Scott Anderson, the 24-year-old American racer from Fort Collins, Colorado, continues his rapid ascent up the Mazda Road to Indy ladder. Anderson began his journey as the 2011 BF Goodrich Skip Barber presented by Mazda National Champion, graduating to the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Series in 2012 where he posted 2 wins, 6 podiums, and 9 top five finishes on his way to a third place finish in the championship standings. Anderson used that fantastic rookie campaign to advance to the 2013 Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires where he scored a fifth place championship finish. 2014 marks the next step in Anderson’s dream to compete in IndyCar.
Porsche Plans Extensive 2014 Effort Porsche heads into the 2014 season with its most extensive motorsport program ever.
In addition to its new LMP1 project, Porsche Motorsport sends two GT works teams to compete on race tracks around the world. Porsche AG Team Manthey again fields two Porsche 911 RSR in the Sports Car World Endurance Championship (WEC), as well as at the Le Mans 24 Hours. Porsche North America contests the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with CORE autosport as the race team, with the new season kicking off at the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 25.
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