Martinsville Speedway begins process of installing lights (Update) UPDATE Martinsville Speedway's "Light Up Martinsville" project hit a major milestone Tuesday as the first of 19 light poles was put in place. The project will make the track the first major motorsports facility in the United States to have LED lighting. NASCAR's only remaining track from its original 1949 schedule will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2017 and Track President Clay Campbell said he doesn't know of a more fitting way to celebrate the past than by celebrating the future. "It's a big day for Martinsville," Campbell said.
"Who would have ever thought we would have had lights here? For a long time, that was not really in the cards. We're excited to finally have the lights going up. I think it's going to be an exciting year being our 70th anniversary. Our first night race. It's just an exciting day. You're finally getting to see something and it's exciting for all of us." zzz
While the installation of the lights marks the visual, Campbell said the work started not long after the track announced they would be installing the lights.
"There's been a lot of work going on ever since we made the announcement," Campbell said. "But, you get a visual now of what this place is going to look like with the lights on. We're pretty excited. We're finally getting to the point where you're seeing something happen, not just what's underground."
Campbell said the project is on schedule and should be completed around the end of January. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at martinsvillespeedway.com. Martinsville Speedway
12/15/16 It may be the NASCAR offseason, but it's an extraordinarily busy time at Martinsville Speedway.
The 0.526-mile short track shaped like a paper clip, which opened in 1947 and held its first NASCAR race in 1949, unveiled a new logo celebrating its 70th anniversary on Wednesday. But as cool as that was, that wasn't the big news.
The big news is that lights -- and, of course, night racing -- are coming to the storied track for the first time in its history in 2017. And on Wednesday, the first hole was dug for the first light pole to be installed.
Track officials were on hand to commemorate the big moment on social media.
The artist's rendering of what the track will look like at night after all the lights are installed will look like proves. It's time to light up Martinsville, indeed. Check it out above. Joe Menzer/Fox Sports
Onboard & High Speed Selfie! - Nico Rosberg's Last Drive in the W07 F1 world champion Nico Rosberg takes his title-winning Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid car for a final spin prior to his retirement from the sport. Check out the awesome selfie at 0:51... Comment
Force India "will run Johnnie Walker branding in Formula 1 next season as part of a new multi-year deal," according to Rencken & Freeman of AUTOSPORT.
The Diageo alcohol brand has been in F1 since '05, when it "joined forces" with McLaren. After "celebrating" a 10-year partnership with the team, it extended its deal in early '16, with next year the final season of that agreement.
BK Racing has announced a multiple race partnership with Best Home Furnishings to sponsor the No. 23 BK Racing Toyota Camry with driver, Joey Gase. The Best Home Furnishings Toyota will be on track at the Daytona 500 in February, the night race at Bristol Motor Speedway and additional races throughout the 2017 season. The Daytona 500 will be Gase's first race with BK Racing.
"We're thrilled to have Joey and Best Home Furnishings, one of the largest furniture manufacturers, join us for the Daytona 500 in February," said BK Racing team owner Ron Devine. "It is the largest race of our series and a wonderful event for Joey to debut his BK Racing relationship. We've been watching Joey's growth for quite some time and looking forward to seeing what he can do behind the wheel of a BK Race car."
Ogata family's racing future in question following theft
Akinori Ogata, a part-time driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, is proud of the fact that he came to America from Japan six years ago with literally nothing but a dream to race. But that dream is being put to a test now - as less than a week before Christmas, he had more than $80,000 of racing equipment stolen from his family home in Mooresville, North Carolina.
According to a published report, Ogata's pickup truck and trailer with his son's Legends race car vanished from his garage in a matter of minutes around 1 a.m. last Monday.
Kyle Busch will prop up the truck series 5 times in 2017
Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced that owner-driver Kyle Busch will compete in five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events in 2017. Busch's #51 Tundra will carry primary sponsorship from Textron Aviation, an aircraft industry leader that provides its customers with the most versatile and comprehensive general aviation product portfolio in the world.
KBM will promote Textron Aviation's Cessna, Hawker and Beechcraft brands. Busch ranks second on the Truck Series All-time win list with 46.
Richard Childress Racing Announces 2017 Team Lineup
'Silver Spoon' Dillon is back in the #3
Richard Childress Racing Announces 2017 Team Lineup: Richard Childress Racing (RCR) will return with three full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series entries and five full-time NASCAR XFINITY Series teams for the 2017 season. It will be the first time in team history that RCR will field five full-time XFINITY Series entries, and the first time since 2011 the team has fielded eight full-time teams.
#3-Austin Dillon, #27-Paul Menard and #31-Ryan Newman return to carry the banner for the RCR Cup Series program in 2017. Richard "Slugger" Labbe, Matt Borland and Luke Lambert have been assigned crew chief duties, respectively.
The two-car Michael Shank Racing effort in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will feature striking “mirror image” black, grey and white graphics on the team's pair of Acura NSX GT3 entries.
The #86 car, commemorating Acura's 30th anniversary since its establishment in 1986, will have a black nose, fading to a grey cross hatch pattern before giving way to white at the rear. The #93 team car, representing 1993, the year HPD was founded, will reverse the color pattern, with a white front end transitioning to a black rear deck.
Mopar Announces Initiatives to Support NHRA Racers in 2017 The Mopar brand is adding horsepower to its support of amateur, non-professional NHRA Sportsman racers with a slate of new programs and resources for the 2017 season. Initiatives include factory-backing for select Mopar and Dodge NHRA Sportsman teams, a new "Magneti Marelli Offered by Mopar Drag Pak Rewards" program, technical at-track assistance for grassroots racers and increased outreach and communication with Sportsman competitors.
Brazilian V8 Stock Cars unveils 2017 calendar The 2017 racing calendar for Brazilian V8 Stock Car was announced today (December 21st). The coming season starts on April 2nd in Goiania and ends on December 10th in Interlagos, Sao Paulo. The schedule comprises 12 rounds including new venues. The major news is that the series will make its comeback to Argentina after a ten-year absence - the last time was back in 2008 with a race at the Oscar Galvez Autodrome in Buenos Aires.
Ben Hingeley returns for 2017 BRDC British F3 with Fortec Motorsports Ben Hingeley will return to the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship in 2017 with Fortec Motorsports, it has been confirmed today (21 December), joining Danish driver Nicolai Kjaergaard.
The 19-year-old recorded a top-10 overall finish in his maiden season competing in the UK’s leading single-seater series during 2016, claiming podium finishes at both Snetterton and Donington Park. He also took pole position for race one of the weekend at the 'Donington Decider,' demonstrating his underlying speed. The teenager, who lives in Abergele, North Wales, then joined Fortec Motorsports for the Duo BRDC British F3 Autumn Trophy at Snetterton.
Farnbacher and Christodoulou Join No. 33 AMG-Team Riley Motorsports For Rolex 24 TOMBALL, Texas - Ben Keating and Jeroen Bleekemolen will co-drive the No. 33 AMG-Team Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 with Mario Farnbacher and Adam Christodoulou in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship's season-opening 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona, January 28 - 29, at Daytona International Speedway.
Full-season teammates for the fourth year, Keating and Bleekemolen will race with Farnbacher, Christodoulou and Mercedes-AMG for the first time in the Daytona opener as they kick-off their bid for the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech GT Daytona (GTD) class team and driver championships. Keating, Bleekemolen and the No. 33 team finished second in the GTD championships this past season.
CBS Sports Network honors desert racing with 'SCORE Saturday' Christmas comes early for SCORE International during a very special 'SCORE Saturday' as all three of the opening rounds of the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship and last Sunday's SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway will have twin repeat airings as one-hour specials on the same day as part of the CBS Sports Spectacular show.
Following the initial early evening airing of the first three races of the season, plus the SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying, all four shows will all be aired again in a time block of eight consecutive hours.
1 million FCA vehicles under U.S. investigation for rollaways The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is launching an investigation into about 1 million newer Ram pickups and Dodge SUVs after receiving complaints the vehicles rolled away after being parked.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles today said it is cooperating with the government investigation that covers 2013-16 Ram 1500 pickups and 2014-16 Dodge Durango SUVs. The government said it has reports of 25 crashes from owners alleging vehicles roll away and nine injuries and urged drivers to set the parking brake before exiting the vehicles.
Video: Champion racer Tanner Foust stars in Quantum Drift Champion racer and stunt driver Tanner Foust on Tuesday launched "Quantum Drift," a new video on the Rockstar Energy Drink YouTube channel that showcases the versatile driver's skills behind the wheel of multiple machines.
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"The concept is inspired by this nerdy TV show that I used to watch," said Foust. "We dreamt up an action sequence that basically gave me the chance to drive as many fun machines as possible in one video."
Racing Legend Tom Kristensen To Appear At Race Retro show
Racing legend Tom Kristensen will make his debut at Race Retro, the international historic motorsport show, on Saturday 25th February, as part of the three-day event's 15th anniversary ‘Super Show' celebrations.
Held from 24th to 26th February at Warwickshire's Stoneleigh Park, Kristensen will appear on the Interview Stage within the Motor Sport Hall of Fame, to which he was inducted in 2013. He will also be meeting fans and signing autographs as well as answering all their questions about his amazing career.
Nissan previewed a new compact hatch via the Sway concept at the Geneva motor show in 2015
Nissan plans to share the next-generation Leaf EV platform with partners Renault and Nissan, Nikkei reports, with the aim of fielding an electric car that will cost approximately $17,000.
The move has been prompted by the debut of a number of new electric cars as well as the long-term goals of other manufacturers to field EVs for the first time under subbrands. By employing a common platform among the three brands, with Mitsubishi a newcomer to the alliance, Nissan hopes to slash the cost of its EVs by 20 percent. Achieving this price target will bring EVs within the price range of Nissan's gasoline-engined offerings -- something no automaker has been able to do.
Petty's Garage Expanding Shop with $2.4 Millon Investment Petty's Garage will expand the Level Cross, N.C., speed shop with a $2.4 million investment. The expansion will include renovations to the shop and the addition of 17 new jobs over the next two years. Construction is slated for the first quarter of 2017. The expansion will allow the team to continue their high-quality performance parts, restorations and custom builds that are fit for "The King".
The added renovations will increase capacity for manufacturing automotive parts, as well as restoring and modifying cars and specialty builds to decrease the service wait time and meet demand. The added jobs will include technicians, as well as management positions, and marketing and sales jobs to the existing Petty's Garage team of 33 employees.
NASCAR Unveils New Monster Energy Cup Series Name, Updated Brand Mark NASCAR today unveiled a new official brand identity which will replace the bar mark used by the sanctioning body since 1976. The announcement was made in conjunction with the news that Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ will be the new name of the sport’s premier series beginning January 1, 2017.
The new brand mark and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series mark, which prominently features the iconic Monster Energy logo, together represent a new era in NASCAR and were first shared today across NASCAR social and digital media channels.
Rebellion Racing Confirm Two Car Effort In 2017 FIA WEC Today, REBELLION Racing are pleased to announce that the team will enter two Oreca 07 Gibson LMP2 cars in the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship and the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours.
At the same time, the Swiss team is proud to confirm four of their six drivers for the coming FIA WEC campaign.
Nicolas Prost, Mathias Beche and Nelson Piquet Jr will be returning as REBELLION Racing drivers in 2017 and Bruno Senna will join them for the team’s new challenge in the revised LMP2 category of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Williams Grand Prix Holdings PLC (Ticker: WGF1) today announces that Pat Symonds will be stepping down from the role of Chief Technical Officer of WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING at the end of 2016.
Pat joined Williams towards the end of the 2013 Formula One season on a three-year contract, and in that time has helped oversee a strong turn around in the team's performances on the race track, with 14 podiums secured over the past three seasons. Pat will be departing on 31st December 2016.
A Winning Strategy: Inside Alexander Rossi's Indy 500 Win! On this installment of Motor Trend Presents, we reveal the true story of rookie driver Alexander Rossi’s improbable comeback win in the 100th running of the Indy 500. Co-owner Bryan Herta’s risky fuel-saving strategy helped power Rossi as he outlasted the leaders and crossed the finish line moments before his fuel ran out. Featuring interviews from Alexander Rossi, Bryan Herta, Michael Andretti and other team members and experts, plus race day radio communications that bring audiences into the action during the nail-biting victory. Comment
Video: Robin Miller on Dan Gurney From sports cars to Formula One in 23 races, the only man to ever build and drive his own F1 car to victory and a versatile star who won in Indy cars, Can-Am, NASCAR, F1 and sports cars, Dan Gurney's legacy extends way beyond his accomplishments behind the wheel. Comment
Video: Toyota Hybrid technology development At Toyota, top tier racing and road car production go hand-in-hand. Mobil 1 The Grid travel to Toyota Motor Group’s European Headquarters in Cologne, Germany, to find out how their racing programs have played a key role in the development of Hybrid road cars. Team President Toshio Sato, Business Operations Director Rob Leupen & Toyota Gazoo Racing driver Anthony Davidson all feature. Comment
Video: Quick-fire Q&A with F1 drivers Silverstone were at the BRDC Awards last week, so we took the opportunity to catch a few British Drivers for a quick fire Q&A including Damon Hill, Renault F1 driver Jolyon Palmer and Sir Stirling Moss. Comment
Video: 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
NHRA sees viewership rise on Fox NHRA's new partnership with FOX Sports in 2016 resulted in a dramatic increase in viewership for Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series programs. The series, where sportsman drivers hone their skills, was showcased 16 times during the season with one-hour programs on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) and FOX Sports 2 (FS2) following each national event.
Each broadcast saw increased ratings with the K&N Filters Route 66 Nationals from Chicago coming in as the most-viewed show in 2016. For the season, the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series viewership saw a 35 percent increase over the previous year.
Sunsetting of 2G service to disconnect many cars Owners of dozens of BMW AG models sold in recent years will have to deal with an unexpected problem when the calendar hits 2017: their swanky luxury cars will lose their connection to the outside world.
Vehicles sold by the German auto maker are equipped with AT&T Inc.’s second-generation, or 2G, wireless service for its BMW Assist roadside assistance service. Similar to General Motors Co.’s OnStar and other auto maker’s wireless services. BMW Assist acts in a crash to alert authorities, offer turn-by turn directions, remotely unlock doors and perform other functions.
Video: 30 years on - Nissan's iconic 1987 Paris-Dakar rally car rides again Nissan Patrol Fanta Limon fully restored three decades after race success. Found as a rusting wreck in Spanish museum in 2014, it has been rebuilt by Nissan engineers as a 'passion project' at weekends and after work. This is the final chapter an emotional return to North African desert. Comment
NASCAR Returns to Memphis International Raceway in 2017
NASCAR will resurrect its relationship with Memphis International Raceway (MIR) in 2017 as the NASCAR K&N Series has confirmed a date to run at the famed ¾-mile tri-oval short track on June 3, 2017. The monumental announcement brings a NASCAR sanctioned event back to MIR after an eight-year absence from the Mid-South region.
NASCAR and MIR have a storied history that dates back to September 1998 when the facility hosted its first-ever NASCAR event. A sold-out crowd and a national television audience, witnessed the NASCAR Truck Series Memphis 200 on that day. NASCAR returned every year since the inaugural event with two races--the Truck Series in the summer, and the Xfinity Series in the fall. Brad Keselowski won the October 24, 2009 event at the oval by holding off Kyle Busch to the finish line on the 11th and final annual racing event at MIR. Former owners, Dover Motorsports, Inc. announced the closure of the Memphis track, a week after that race.
NASCAR Champion Kyle Busch joins stunning field for January's Race Of Champions in Miami 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch is the latest star in the field of racing legends who will compete at the first Race Of Champions on American soil – inside Marlins Park in Miami on January 21-22, 2017.
Busch has raced at the highest levels for over a decade, currently driving the No. 18 Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Monster Energy Series and the Xfinity Series for Joe Gibbs Racing. In 2015 he was crowned NASCAR Champion after a mighty year, adding to his NASCAR Nationwide Series crown from 2009. This year Kyle took four more wins en route to an eventual third place finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He also owns Kyle Busch Motorsports, which competes in the Camping World Truck Series.
Michael Schumacher hospital image offered for sale A photograph of Michael Schumacher in hospital following his live-changing skiing accident in 2013 has been offered for sale for one million Euros.
Reports in Germany state that the image was taken in "close proximity" to the seven-times world champion who suffered a near-fatal brain injury after falling while skiing in the French Alps with his son Mick on 29 December 2013.
"An unknown person has offered to publish secretly made photo shoots of Michael Schumacher for high amounts of money for the publication," RTL quotes, via VIP.de.
NASCAR Preview and Press Guide returns in 2017 The Official NASCAR Preview and Press Guide Returns for 2017, signaling the end of a four-year wait for the fan-favorite season-launch magazine.
Produced by Professional Media Group (PMG), The Official 2017 NASCAR Preview and Press Guide, will be an all-new publication and include features and profiles in addition to traditional season preview information across the three NASCAR national series. The perfect way to prep for the new season, The Official NASCAR 2017 Preview and Press Guide will debut at the DAYTONA 500.
The refreshed publication will take fans of all types, novice to avid, on a journey of what to expect throughout the year. The 2017 edition will include new fan elements, too. Professional Media Group
Ford fixes Motorcraft Motorcraft, Ford Motor Co.'s parts brand, is rolling out a host of updated products and expanded service as part of a major redesign meant to boost dealer sales and cut their inventory costs by tens of thousands of dollars.
Executives spent the past year studying how to improve the profitability of their dealers' fixed operations departments. The result: a massive reduction in parts complexity, price cuts to a wide swath of items, and expanded coverage for older model-year vehicles. "There's a whole new attitude at Motorcraft, and we're looking at everything from top to bottom," Brett Wheatley, executive director of North America Ford customer service division, told Automotive News. "We've been around since 1972 and have made tweaks along the way, but reducing complexity hasn't really been in our vocabulary. That was a big, big change."
Not a lot of people know Auckland-raised lad Scott Dixon is one of the most revered figures in motor racing in the United States.
The 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season marked Dixon's 15th year with Chip Ganassi Racing – the longest tenure for a driver in team history (1990-Present).
Dixon holds the distinction of being the “winningest” active IndyCar driver with 40 career victories, which ranks him fourth on the all-time win list, only behind drivers A.J. Foyt (67 wins), Mario Andretti (52) and Michael Andretti (42).
German Touring Car Championship Unveils 18-Race Calendar For '17 Season
The Moscow race weekend was wet this year
The German Touring Car Championship (DTM) "has released its '17 season schedule," according to the SID. The new calendar includes 9 venues (18 races) from May 6 until Oct. 15.
The series will make four stops outside of Germany: Hungaroring (Hungary), Moscow Raceway (Russia), Zandvoort (Netherlands) and Spielberg (Austria). As usual, the Hockenheimring will host the DTM opening race weekend as well as the season finale. SID
Tesla Announces new Idle Fee for Supercharger Use The days of carefree charging with Tesla Superchargers appear to be over. Superchargers are still free to use, but Tesla will now collect an "idle fee" if a vehicle remains plugged in once the charging cycle is complete.
According to Tesla, the idle fee is $0.40 for every minute following a charge. Tesla will waive the fee if the vehicle is unplugged and moved within 5 minutes. The company says the move is an effort to improve Supercharger availability to all owners.
VW Diesel Owners Stripping Cars Before Getting Buyback Beyond working on a number of different fixes for its various models which cheated diesel emissions testing, Volkswagen is also offering a comprehensive buyback scheme in the United States.
The scheme allows owners of affected VW models to simply return their vehicles to dealerships in exchange for a check for the market value of the car prior to the scandal breaking.
Graphene Supercapacitors Now Offer 5 Second iPhone and 30 Second MacBook Charging Graphene is becoming a material that is more widely known and used in various industries across the world, but one of the main breakthroughs it has been used for is in the manufacturing of car batteries. The reason graphene has been utilized in so many circumstances has a lot to do with its rapid charging ability, its ability to work under extremely high temperatures, and its increased levels of charge cycles. The increase in electric car sales across the world is creating a demand that leading auto manufacturers must address if they want to stay in the game and one of the ways they can do this is by using graphene.
Bruton and Marcus Smith interested in Major League Soccer team
Bruton and Marcus Smith
Major League Soccer executives confirmed that they have been in talks with Bruton and Marcus Smith as potential owners of an expansion team in Charlotte. Charlotte and Raleigh are among the latest 10 cities that have expressed interest in landing an MLS team. In a call with reporters Thursday evening, Commissioner Don Garber said the Smiths have "a lot of energy, and lots of professional sports experience."
Bruton Smith is a billionaire race track owner and a recent NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee. His son, Marcus, is CEO of Speedway Motorsports, based in Concord. The two have also said they would be interested in buying the Carolina Panthers when the franchise becomes available.
Marquez beats Americans at their own game in Superprestigio
Marquez (C) was the winner but American Brad Baker (R) dwarfs the two Spanish midgets, hence carry 50 pounds more weight because of his size means he had no chance to win
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BARCELONA (Dec. 17, 2016) – American Flat Track star Brad Baker has been crowned the king of the Superprestigio in each of his two previous appearances, but this year Marc Marquez toppled the crown. The three-time, defending MotoGP World Champion took top honors in the Superfinal in front of his hometown crowd at Barcelona’s Palau Sant Jordi on Saturday night.
The pair headed into the final showdown of the evening as winners of the brackets for their respective classes – Superprestigio and Open – but they were both after bragging rights for taking home that Superfinal win and Marquez was happy to have that this year.
“Of course I’m really happy because this is the Superprestigio,” Marquez said. “Last year I was really close from the victory and this year I get it. I know the mistakes that I did last year, but this year I try to be in a different way and it was working well. But especially the pace was working really good. Toni (Elias) was pushing a lot but the pace this year was the best year, what I feel. Also, one of the reasons was my team. They are right here at the Palau. It was a really good job.”
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