Brown claims McLaren does NOT want a title sponsor that would take away from their brand. In reality, racing is no longer McLaren's core business. Selling high performance street cars is where McLaren generates all its revenue. The F1 team is there to enhance the brands image.
UPDATE Why is McLaren racing in the Indy 500 again. One reason, and one reason only. McLaren's biggest high performance passenger car market is the USA. Selling passenger cars is where McLaren generates the majority of its revenue.
With only one F1 race in the USA, it makes sense for McLaren to race in the 500 to expose the McLaren brand name in the USA and sell more cars in the USA. Zak Brown says they want to give their race team sponsors more exposure in the USA, and while that remains a noble goal, what he fails to say is that selling cars is McLaren's #1 goal, and to do that, brand image is paramount.
“That is one of the reasons why we are competing in the Indy 500, because we think Indianapolis and the IndyCar series… for seven out of 10 sponsors, America is an important market," Zak Brown stated.
"Formula 1 right now can’t quite ring that bell as loudly as a lot of partners would like, so we feel IndyCar racing for a variety of reasons, but that being one of them, helps round out a global proposition for our partners.”
First McLaren Senna Destroyed By Fire, Was Owned By YouTuber Salomondrin
Burned McLaren Senna
The first recorded incident of a McLaren Senna burning down occurred this week. The exotic hypercar was owned by YouTube personality Salomondrin and it was destroyed by a fire in Los Angeles.
There are limited details about the incident available at this early stage but a series of images of the car were shared across Reddit. They confirm that the hypercar is indeed the one which Salomondrin, real name Alejandro Salomon, took delivery of just a few days ago.
Jim Perkins, Savior of the Chevrolet Corvette Dead at 83
Jim Perkins, the savior of the Chevrolet Corvette when it faced the chopping block the '90s, passed away on Friday in Charlotte, North Carolina at the age of 83 years old.
The Texan with a penchant for cowboy boots got his first job at Chevrolet by hanging out in the lobby of GM's Dallas regional office and talking to whoever would listen to him. He first landed a crummy warehouse job, but it got his foot in the door and kicked off what would become a significant and influential automotive career. One promotion led to another, and in about 20 years, Perkins was the general manager of the Chevrolet brand.
Onroak Automotive, OAK Racing, Sodemo and Tork Engineering merge
Onroak Automotive, OAK Racing, Sodemo and Tork Engineering merge into Ligier Automotive: one name, one force.
One name to bring together four entities of the Everspeed’s Automotive pole: the racing cars’ manufacturers Onroak Automotive and Tork Engineering, the racing team OAK Racing and the engine manufacturer Sodemo. One force to regroup their experience and competencies.
NASCAR ace Kyle Larson beat fellow NASCAR star Christopher Bell by 0.837s to win the World 30-Lap Midget Derby Sunday at Western Springs Speedway in Auckland, New Zealand.
Not to be outdone, Bell won the 25-lap sprint feature with a daring last-lap pass on Michael Pickens which had to be reviewed by officials for cutting the final two corners with a pass down in the infield grass.
While Porsche’s first-ever fully electric vehicle, the Taycan, has yet to reach dealerships in production guise, customers are already showing a huge interest in buying the car.
In fact, during this year’s LA Auto Show, Porsche North America president & CEO Klaus Zellmer told CNET that "if all the people [who pre-ordered] buy this car, then we are sold out for the first year" – which is pretty impressive.
Danica Patrick steals the show at family Christmas party
Danica Patrick Instagram post
Former IndyCar and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick stole the show at her family’s Christmas Eve get-together when she presented a one-of-a-kind present to her father, T.J.
Patrick’s gift: a frame containing the first and last firesuits she ever wore in her two-plus decade racing career, according to a story on PopCulture.com. The last firesuit was the one Patrick wore in this year’s Indianapolis 500, her final race before she officially retired as a race car driver.
VW's Solution to EV Charging Woes: A Charging Station That Requires Recharging
Rendering of VW mobile charge station for places where high-voltage supply is not yet available
Concerned that customers won’t buy vehicles from its upcoming electric product tsunami for fear of missing their turn at the plug, Volkswagen is offering a fairly novel solution: mobile charging stations that also require recharging, presumably from a much larger charging station. A power station, for example.
The takeaway from Volkswagen’s lesson in energy packaging is “Buy an electric Volkswagen. You’ll be fine.”
Because of its name, lithium-ion (li-ion), people think that li-ion batteries are primarily made of lithium and that if we transition the world’s car fleet to electric, it will create a supply problem. While it’s certainly true that lithium demand is expected to rise significantly, which is why the price has spiked recently, the resource is abundant and production can keep up with the right investments. But it would be a mistake to focus only on lithium. There are several other raw materials in batteries and they each can create bottlenecks if not properly addressed.
Robert Kubica has admitted that he understands why question marks remain over his ability, and that he would have doubts about his return. And his slow test times underscore what appear to be certain physical limitations.
The Pole will be on the grid for the first time since 2010, after suffering severe injuries to his right arm in a rally crash.
Kubica, who was Williams test driver before getting a race seat for 2019, admits that he had come to accept that a return to racing was going to be a struggle.
Formula E champion Vergne to stay with G-Drive for endurance races
World Endurance Championship team G-Drive Racing has confirmed that reigning FIA Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne will return to the squad next year.
Vergne, who currently races for Techeetah in Formula E, signed a new deal with G-Drive for 2019 which will see him partner Roman Rusinov. A third driver is set to be announced at a later date.
The Frenchman helped the Russian team to the European Le Mans Series victory and crossed the line first at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours, winning the LMP2 class, before later being disqualified over an illegally modified fueling rig.
Watch How A Tesla Model 3 Gets Made: Time-Lapse Video
Tesla Model 3 under construction
In just 48 seconds, a Tesla Model 3 goes from start to finish down the production line thanks to time-lapse footage, which you can watch here.
It provides a rare look at the inner workings at the Tesla Fremont factory and, perhaps more importantly, a first public view of how the Tesla Model 3 comes to life.
Tesla Model 3 production had its ups and down, but now it seems rather stable at 5,000 to 7,000 per week. Initially, production hell was a huge issue and several bottlenecks kept production numbers low.
James Davison has plenty to look back on after spending recent years pursuing the American racing dream with six IndyCar Series starts and four NASCAR races under his belt.
However, the Melbourne-born racer, who now calls the United States home, is looking to return to his roots in the hope of securing a Supercars enduro drive and eventually a full-time seat in the Supercars Championship.
Speedcafe.com’s Slade Perrins spoke with Davison about his 2018 season that included an appearance in the Toyota 86 Racing Series at Bathurst, a NASCAR Xfinity Series drive at Road America, and the Indy 500 in May, as well as what lies ahead.
This Turbine-Powered Fan Car Could Be The Alternative Future Of Motorsport
Turbine engines and fan cars were effectively banned before the technology could be properly developed.
A new concept of single-seater aims to solve the problems of modern motorsport by looking to unfulfilled technologies of the past writes Dan Thorn
In the late 1960s, innovation in motorsport was going through the roof. In Formula 1 you had the likes of Colin Chapman makes advances in the way racing cars were built by using the engine as a stressed member of the chassis in the Lotus 49 - a car that also introduced the legendary Cosworth DFV motor.
How fast do you want to go in F1? How much do you have to spend?
In a sport where engineering is everything, the more you spend in F1 the faster you will go.
The "wide and growing gulf" between Formula 1’s haves and have-nots "is illustrated in new data" on how much each team spent in '18, according to Dieter Rencken of RACEFANS.net. The basis of the analysis is a "combination of interviews, off-record discussions (crucial to obtain inside numbers)," Companies House records for U.K.-based teams, and "good old-fashioned sleuthing." Financial records of non-U.K. teams "are not publicly accessible and thus educated estimates are applied." The teams' "ability to obfuscate their spending will change when (or if) budget caps are applied."
Alexander Rossi & The Building Of An Indycar Legacy
Rossi was in shock after winning the Indy 500
From his F1 breakthrough in 2015 to the celebration and elation of securing a rookie Indy 500 victory in 2016, Alexander Rossi’s legacy in motorsports is already more complete than most. But there is plenty more to come from the man who currently holds precisely one more Indianapolis 500 win than Fernando Alonso, as Andy Webb found out…
‘Absolutely’, is Alexander Rossi’s unequivocal response to a now familiar opening question.
Conquest Racing To Compete In IMSA Prototype Challenge In 2019
Eric Bachelart (R) with drivers Ross Chouest and Aaron Provoledo
Conquest Racing announced today that the team will return to prototype competition by joining the 2019 IMSA Prototype Challenge with drivers Ross Chouest and Aaron Provoledo. The team has registered the #25 Conquest Racing Ligier JSP3 entry for the full season and will start off this new project next January 4-6 at the season opener at the Roar Before the 24 at Daytona International Speedway.
The former IndyCar team is no stranger to sportscars competition, after fielding a successful LMP2 campaign in 2012. The team also runs a successful seven-car Ferrari Challenge operation under the banner of New Country Competizione, with Chouest as one of its drivers.
Whether it was Formula 3 cars or USF2000 cars, Kyle Kirkwood was untouchable
A whirlwind of an incredible year is coming to a close for Kyle Kirkwood writes Joey Barnes of IndyCar.com.
The 20-year-old racer was simply on another level in 2018 as rivals were left in the wake of insurmountable pace.
He put everyone on notice early and often as a rookie driving for Cape Motorsports in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship – the first rung of the Mazda Road to Indy development ladder sanctioned by INDYCAR. He burst onto the scene by capturing 12 victories in the 14 races, matching JR Hildebrand’s 12-year-old record for most wins in a single season. The Floridian easily claimed the USF2000 championship and $325,000 scholarship to move up the MRTI ladder in 2019.
Haase and Companc Join Starworks Motorsport IMSA Endurance Lineup
Christopher Haase and Ezequiel Companc have joined Starworks Motorsport’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship endurance effort, beginning with the Rolex 24 At Daytona, January 26th. Haase and Companc will race in the No. 8 Starworks Motorsport 2019 spec Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO with Parker Chase and full season driver Ryan Dalziel.
“I’m proud to have Haase and Companc complete our endurance lineup. Both have had fantastic results and bring the pace we need to win,” said team owner Peter Baron. “The competition is pretty intense in the GTD and I now believe we have one of the best line-ups by adding Chris and Ezequiel. We tested two weeks ago with Ryan, Parker, and Ezequiel and had great results. We have a great team environment, which I believe is one of the keys to victory.”
Russian G-Drive Racing, run out of the TDS Racing workshop, has completed a test at Sebring International Raceway, with the Russian squad in the process of finalizing its 2019 racing plans that could include additional FIA World Endurance Championship outings.
Driver Roman Rusinov, said a LMP2 program for the Rolex 24 at Daytona had been under consideration at one point but when IMSA changed the rules so an LMP2 car could not win they decided against it.
Preparations for the Formula European Masters are running flat out (Update)
UPDATE Added new Formula European Masters (Formerly FIA F3) logo below.
12/12/18 The Formula European Masters teams currently are busy preparing for the coming season by testing in Southern Europe. Meanwhile, Ferdinand Habsburg, Sacha Fenestraz and Jonathan Aberdein are involved in the DTM Young Driver Tests. In 2018, the three young guns contested the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, the predecessor of the Formula European Masters. Fortec Motorsports also will be one of the teams to contest the 2019 season of the new series.
Niki Lauda: "It has been the worst experience of my life"
Niki Lauda said his recent lung transplant was the "worst experience of his life". Lauda, 69, is recovering well from the transplant and has already had a quick spin in one of his cars.
"I drove three times here [his farm], I have to brake with my left foot because with the right I can not, but that's the way it works in the races today, it's ok," the three-time World Champion told Austrian TV OE24.
2019 Ford Mustang sneak peek (behind the scenes) Monster Energy Series champ Joey Logano and invited guests from the world of drifting heated up Charlotte Motor Speedway with some tire-smoking action. Comment
Analyzed: How Formula E Teams & Drivers Used ATTACK MODE
The ABB FIA Formula E Championship's new race format includes a higher power mode, known as ATTACK MODE.
With the 2018 SAUDIA Ad Diriyah E-Prix the first time teams, drivers and fans had ever experienced ATTACK MODE in race conditions, there was a lot for everybody to learn. Here are some observations of how ATTACK MODE was used (and misused!) on its first outing...
Stoffel Vandoorne gets to play video games all day
If you're no longer racing in Formula 1, the next best thing is a simulator role with Mercedes according to Stoffel Vandoorne.
After two full years of F1 , the Belgian's contract with McLaren was not renewed, leaving the 26-year-old on the sidelines for 2019.
However, Vandoorne - rated as one of the sport's brightest talents when he entered Grand Prix racing in 2017 - was picked up by Mercedes for which he will multi-task, racing for the Silver Arrows-backed HWA Formula E team and handling F1 simulator work at the manufacturer's Brackley factory.
Vettel's letter to Ferrari team. The only thing they have missing is Aldo Costa designing their car
Sebastian Vettel has put out a rallying cry to the whole team at Ferrari, insisting the squad remain more united than ever.
"Cari ragazzi, un grande GRAZIE per tutti quanto Voi," which translates to: "Dear guys, a big THANK YOU to all of you!"
"Even if we have not managed to bring the title back to Maranello, we can say it strongly: we have done our best and we must continue to do so! Roll up our sleeves, we try to communicate better between us, with trust and mutual respect, helping us in everything and for everything.
"Only by continuing to work together as a strong and united team can we make the next step! For commitment and enthusiasm we are a fantastic team! And I promise you that for 2019 I will give all I can to achieve our great goal! I wish you all the best. Thanks a lot. Sebastian."
NASCAR Survey says Car Manufacturers losing fan recognition
Chevy, Ford and Toyota each spend $8M to $9M per year on NASCAR advertising. Over $25M annual advertising spend from the manufacturers. Despite this, TV ratings continue to plummet
Anheuser-Busch’s return to NASCAR was welcomed like a cold beer on a hot summer day writes David Broughton of Sports Business Daily.
Forty-one percent of NASCAR fans correctly identified Busch as the sport’s official beer, a status it acquired in March, in our 12th annual Sponsor Breakthrough survey conducted for Sports Business Journal by Turnkey Intelligence.
When the inaugural survey was fielded in 2007, Anheuser-Busch was in its final year of a 20-season NASCAR partnership. Seventy-one percent of fans in that survey knew Budweiser was the official beer, making it one of the most recognized such relationships in sports. Coors Light spent the next decade as the official beer but averaged just a 25 percent awareness level during that stretch, topping A-B only once.
Below is the unofficial IndyCar entry list for 2019 showing confirmed drivers and cars only.
On September 19, 2018, it was announced that George Michael Steinbrenner IV's Steinbrenner Racing would join forces with Harding Racing to form a new two-car team under the name Harding Steinbrenner Racing.
By the end of 2018 season, Sauber looked nothing like the team it was in summer 2017 when it was at the verge of collapse because of poor results and lack of funds.
A new ownership, a new team boss on Frederic Vasseur, a sizable capital infusion and closer co-operation with Ferrari and title sponsorship with Alfa Romeo has turned the team around significantly. This season, the team took home 48 points, of which Ferrari junior Charles Leclerc scored 39 points. They took the eighth place, finishing ahead of Toro Rosso and Williams.
Correction: Red Bull 'hiding facts' about Honda power - Abiteboul
Marko says Honda will eat Renault's lunch
(GMM) Cyril Abiteboul has scoffed at Red Bull's optimism about life with Honda power.
Abiteboul is the boss at Renault, where he was at the epicenter of the French manufacturer's eventually poisonous relationship with Red Bull.
For 2019, Red Bull is finally leaving Renault to become Honda's new works engine partner. This year, the energy drink owned team has been hyping up expectations that life with Honda will be much better.
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