'The Amazing Race' premieres with drivers Rossi, Daly tonight
Alexander Rossi and Conor Daly
Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Alexander Rossi and Conor Daly know a lot more about what happens on the upcoming 30th season of CBS' "The Amazing Race" than they will divulge.
That's because Rossi and Daly are sworn to secrecy, especially when it comes to details surrounding their performance as one of 11 teams competing for a $1 million prize. Anyone who wants to know what happens to them on the long-running show needs to tune in to the season premiere tonight (8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific, 7 p.m. Central and Mountain).
Mars To Continue Promoting M&M's Caramel Brand On Kyle Busch's No. 18 This Season
Mars Wrigley Confectionary will continue activating its M&M’s Caramel line in NASCAR this year after what it viewed as a successful rollout in '17.
The company is the primary sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 Toyota driven by Kyle Busch, and it has tweaked the lead brand it activates in NASCAR over the years. After a significant push last year around the Caramel line, which was its largest launch ever for a new kind of M&M’s, Mars has decided to keep with that theme in ’18.
Daniel Suarez, the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion, returns to Joe Gibbs Racing for his sophomore season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and he's bringing a familiar sponsor with him.
PEAK, a family-owned business that has been developing high-quality automotive products for four decades, will be the primary sponsor of Suarez's #19 Toyota Camry for one race in July at Chicagoland Speedway. Lionel Racing
FIA Formula 3 runner-up Joel Eriksson has today been confirmed as one of DS Virgin Racing’s drivers for the forthcoming Formula E rookie test.
Taking place after the Marrakesh E-Prix on January 14, Eriksson, 19, will take to the wheel of the race-winning DSV-03 for the first time. The Swedish racer finished second in the highly competitive FIA Formula 3 Championship last year, securing seven wins and 14 podiums along the way. He was also recently voted an impressive 27th in Autosport magazine’s top 50 drivers of 2017.
Chip Ganassi Racing Names Doug Duchardt Chief Operating Officer
Doug Duchardt, 53, spent over12 years at Hendrick Motorsports, but left last July
Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that long-time racing executive Doug Duchardt has been named Chief Operating Officer of the corporation. Duchardt begins the role effective immediately in preparation for the upcoming 2018 seasons while Max Jones is promoted to Managing Director of the team’s NASCAR Operation joining Mike Hull, Managing Director of the team’s INDYCAR and IMSA Operations.
Additionally, a newly formed Corporate Office will include Team Owner and CEO Chip Ganassi, President Steve Lauletta, COO Duchardt, CFO Chuck Gottschalk and Vice President of Human Resources Rob Wilder. The Corporate Office will oversee all of CGR’s racing and commercial activities globally.
Audi and Formula E: chasing seconds in the simulator
Audi e-tron FE04, Daniel Abt, simulator
The two Audi drivers, Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi, will start round 3 of the season in Marrakesh (Morocco) on January 13. Before each race of the electric series in which Audi is involved with a factory commitment for the first time in 2017/2018, the race drivers and engineers go through the entire process of a full race day in the Audi simulator.
The latest round of safety updates to the Dallara DW12 used by the Verizon IndyCar Series, saw large new side impact structures were retrofitted to every carbon fiber tub, has led the series' competition department to raise the minimum weight for each car Jay Frye told RACER. The carbon fiber additions are so heavy that even with the weight reduction from getting rid of the dreaded butt bumpers, the car is still heavier
Excluding the driver, fuel, drink bottle and driver equivalency ballast, the new road races and short oval minimum is 1,620 pounds, up 10 pounds from 2017, and for superspeedways it's 1,590, also up 10 from last season.
Eric Prill Earns RRDC Mark Donohue Award at SCCA National Runoffs
Eric Prill, of Topeka, Kansas, was named the 47th recipient of the RRDC Mark Donohue Award. This unique award is presented annually by the Road Racing Drivers Club for outstanding performance, competitiveness and sportsmanship during the amateur Sports Car Club of America National Championship Runoffs. It is voted on by RRDC members attending the Runoffs and/or viewing them live on the Internet.
Larson: NASCAR just a stepping to World of Outlaws (Update)
Kyle Larson has eye on switching to WoO
UPDATE“NASCAR is where I wanted to make it. I would’ve been perfectly fine if I didn’t make it in either, I would be on the Outlaw tour right now racing and loving life. Racing on the World of Outlaw Tour is my main goal. NASCAR is just the step to get there.” Kyle Larson
Four years. Many loyal partners. One success story. Over 100,000 km, over 350 tire changes and more than 600 hours on racetracks all over the world. Porsche would like to say thank you to their partners and sponsors for writing this successful story of the 919 Hybrid with them for the past years. #919tributeComment
Hide 'n' Seek - Porsche E-Performance Le Mans winning 919 Hybrid projection was live-mapped on a wrapped Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid to show that technology derived on the racetrack directly find its way onto the road. The Porsche E-Performance models embody the legacy of the 919 Hybrid. Comment
Porsche Mission E - This Electric Car is a true Sports Car! This vehicle is Porsche's take on electric cars of the future. The Porsche Mission e adopts the typical Porsche proportions and under the bodywork of the sports limousine, the finest Porsche technology can be found. As is usual in high-performance electric vehicles, the battery is in the underfloor - thus ensuring a low center of gravity. Comment
A look at IndyCar's 4 new teams for 2018 (Update) UPDATE Of the four new teams, we hear Carlin is spending the most money in the off-season preparing for 2018, like updating their fuel tanks to latest spec, building dead man valves and fuel hose ends. This tells us Carlin will come out fully prepared when the season begins in St. Pete - the devil's in the details.
Trevor Carlin (R)
01/01/18 The IndyCar Series will see with four new teams to shore up the grid in 2018.
Their names are Trevor Carlin, Ricardo Juncos, Mike Harding and Michael Shank, all of whom own their own teams. These are successful motorsports team owners who have gradually moved up the ranks to the pinnacle of open wheel racing.
Here are the first pics – courtesy of the Spirit of Daytona Race Team Facebook page – of the new Dallara based Cadillac DPi for Troy Flis’s team with Matt McMurry and Tristan Vautier confirmed for the full IMSA season.
Eddie Cheever’s name is on the door of the car we assume his son, Cheever III.
The car will be seen publicly later this week for the first time at the Roar Before the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona test.
Exclusive broadcast coverage of the test can be heard on IMSA Radio.
Former IndyCar Driver Arie Luyendyk Jr. Named as ABC's Next Bachelor (2nd Update)
Arie Luyendyk Jr.
UPDATEThe Bachelor promises a fairy tale romance for the lucky winner who walks away with a new relationship, but that doesn't mean that the titular bachelor will be taking the winner back to a castle. How rich is Arie from The Bachelor? He'll be living it up at the mansion with 29 women looking for love and going on some exciting vacations with them, but that doesn't mean that every day of the Bachelor's life is filled with luxury. Eligible Bachelors have to work too — including former Indy 500 race car driver Arie Luyendyk Jr. Fortunately, all signs point to Arie doing pretty well for himself, which ought to please fans of the new star of the show.
Mario Andretti says it best Mario Andretti posted this tweet right after the clock struck 12 on New Year's day. We could not have said it better. Maybe left wing hate channels CNN, NBC etc will take heed.
Alex Rossi and Conor Daly are IndyCar drivers, roommates and now teammates on the upcoming season of “The Amazing Race,” so it’s no surprise that spending that much time together led to some fighting during filming writes Lindsey Kupfer of Page Six.
“We argued all the time. It could either look like we really hate each other or we resolve our problems really quickly,” Daly, 26, told Page Six. “We’re just so competitive we’ll be angry, but in 10 seconds we’ll be like, ‘OK, cool, we did that, let’s go.'”
WEC Behind The Scene Heroes You can race in the most technology-advanced cars with the highest speed in the world, but it takes people to make everything a reality. Marshals, scrutineers, engineers, mechanics, TV crew, photographers, logistic staffs, hospitality, media, communications and etc., these are the unsung heroes we usually don't see on the screen, without them, no WEC race could ever happen. Thank you! Comment
Ferrari 70 - A year of celebrations draws to a close A special year is drawing to a close for Ferrari, which celebrated its 70th anniversary all around the world. After the celebrations, we are preparing for the next 70 years and above all for a new season that will see Maranello’s cars ready as always to do their best on track and road. Best wishes for the festive season to you all! Comment
The Ultimate Driving Experience with Valtteri Bottas! It's one thing taking three top-end Mercedes-Benz beasts for a spin... But it's quite another when you've got Formula One superstar Valtteri Bottas behind the wheel! And that's exactly what happened for Mercedes' latest competition winner, who was flown all the way from Australia for the ride of his life! Comment
Meet Mercedes F1's new simulator driver What does it take to be a Silver Arrows F1 simulator driver? Check out what happened when competition winner, Matt, was the first member of the public to find out... Comment
The teams that have a lot of miles with the new car (Penske and Ganassi in particular) have a huge advantage in 2018 over all other teams
Minutes after his first run in a Dallara IR-12 equipped with the new universal aero kit earlier this month at Sebring International Raceway, Tony Kanaan gave the car a cautiously optimistic approval. “I’m not going to say it’s much better or it’s much worse,” he said. “It’s just different. I like it, but it’s different.”
The difference in the car – and the racing – during the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season will be markedly different than previous years. The new kit – which will be used on all car in the upcoming season following three years of manufacturer kit competition between Chevrolet and Honda – provides less downforce and is expected to bring the drivers’ skills back to the fore.
Two-time Formula 1 world champion Mika Hakkinen expects the sport’s “ridiculous” engine penalty problem to only get worse in 2018 when teams face a reduction from four to three allowed usages of each power unit component through the season, concerns have been raised that penalties will only increase through 2018.
When two sleek Tesla Semis sped across an airport tarmac next to the SpaceX rocket factory in Los Angeles in November, Elon Musk rocked the heavy-duty vehicle market with a disruptive vision of the future. But as eager customers settle in for a two-year wait for the all-electric behemoth, a robust market for heavy-duty electric trucks and buses is already taking shape.
Over 110,000 electric car charging poles installed in Beijing
Beijing has installed 112,600 EV charging stations. NY City has maybe 50
Beijing has built 112,600 charging poles for new energy cars as of the end of November, local authorities said Saturday.
New energy vehicles can have access to the charging pole service within five kilometers when they drive inside the Sixth Ring Road of the city, said Beijing Municipal Commission of City Management.
Nearly 100 charging poles are placed in neat rows in the underground parking lot of Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Center. It takes about one hour to fully charge a private electric car, at a cost less than 40 yuan (about 6 U.S. dollars), said the parking lot staff.
Acura NSX GT3 team Michael Shank Racing, has unveiled its liveries for the 2018 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona in January; it’s 15th appearance in the Floridian endurance race.
This news comes after the outfit recently announced the driver line-ups for its two Acura NSX GT3 machines, with the #93 Acura NSX GT3 set to be driven by Lawson Aschenbach, Justin Marks, Mario Farnbacher and Come Ledogar, and he #86 shared by Katherine Legge, Alvaro Parente, Trent Hindman and A.J. Allmendinger with an eye on taking the 2018 Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup championship.
UPDATE Irwindale Speedway is back in business. For a third time writes Keith Lair of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.
The race track which had been scheduled to close Jan. 31, 2018 will have at least two more seasons after a new lease was signed Thursday evening. The about-face agreement was signed by a new track operating group, led by Agoura Hills racer Tim Huddleston and his Justice Brothers distributorship. They are calling themselves a Group of Motorsports Enthusiasts led by Tim Huddleston and Justice Brothers.
Honda will use 2017 engine if 2018 redesign proves troublesome
2017 Honda engine
Honda - not to mention Toro Rosso and no doubt Red Bull - is hoping to make serious progress in 2018 - its fourth season since returning to F1.
While the redesign of its engine over last winter ended up with the manufacturer actually taking a step backwards - having made yet another basic error, this time in terms of its oil system - Honda is keeping the 2017 concept should its 2018 unit prove problematic.
As predicted, the wide F1 tires meant passing was down 50%. The skinnier the tires the more passing
While FOM patted itself on the back in terms of its (corrected) race attendance figures, and we wait with baited breath for the TV viewership numbers, the most significant stats of 2017 actually came from Pirelli, which revealed that overtaking this year was around 50% down on 2016.
While the new regulations meant faster, more aggressive looking cars, failure to deal with the age old problem of aerodynamics meant that once again - unless you were an Australian in a Red Bull - overtaking was pretty much out of the question.
In today's age of lightweight engines, they don't make many boat anchors like the Cadillac behemoth anymore
Cadillac will head into its IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship title defense with an evolution of its championship-winning engine, featuring a smaller, more optimized powerplant for 2018.
Sportscar365 has learned that IMSA has approved the use of a 5.5 liter normally aspirated V8 engine instead of Cadillac’s 6.2-liter unit that took Ricky and Jordan Taylor to the Prototype championship this year.
Brittany Force selected to All-America Team, wins prestigious Titus award
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series champion Brittany Force, the first female NHRA Top Fuel world champion in 35 years, has been elected to the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) All-America Team and earned the Jerry Titus Memorial Award.
Force, who earned votes for her stellar 2017 performance that included four race wins in six final round appearances and two No. 1 qualifying positions on the way to her first world championship, is joined on the All-America Team by Josef Newgarden (Indy Car), Ricky and Jordan Taylor (IMSA), Donny Schatz (Sprint Car), Martin Truex Jr. (NASCAR), Kyle Kaiser (Indy Lights) and Christopher Bell (NASCAR Truck Series).
Truex Jr. Named Colorado's Sportsperson of the Year
Martin Truex Jr.
NASCAR champion Martin Truex Jr. has been named Colorado’s 2017 Sportsperson of the Year, the top honor awarded annually by Mile High Sports.
The Furniture Row Racing driver, who graces the cover in the recent issue of Mile High Sports Magazine, was also named Colorado’s “Fan Favorite” Athlete of the Year in a fan vote conducted at MileHighSports.com.
Low NBCSN ratings cost NASCAR another major sponsor
Low ratings on NBCSN cost IndyCar their title sponsor and now sponsors are leaving NASCAR as ratings plummet on NBCSN
NASCAR officially is in the hunt for a new beer sponsor, as MillerCoors will not renew Coors Light’s deal as the official beer of the sanctioning body.
Coors Light has held the position since ’08 when it replaced Budweiser in a five-year deal originally valued around $4M annually, and it last renewed in ’12. However, the sides were not able to come to an agreement to renew the deal that expires on Sunday despite last-ditch efforts by NASCAR in recent weeks to salvage some form of a pact.
The sides confirmed the move Friday but declined to comment further. Coors Light sponsored the pole award winner every week. Sister brand Miller Lite is remaining in the sport with an 11-race deal with Team Penske, meaning the company -- now owned fully by Molson Coors Brewing Co. -- is not exiting NASCAR as a whole.
Video: Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa as 'maths teachers' Repsol Honda riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa surprise a group of school children as they become 'maths teachers' for the day. These MotoGP riders are heroes in Spain. All the kids know who they are. If an IndyCar driver walked into a classroom in American zero children would recognize them. This is where IndyCar has failed miserably, placing its future in peril. Comment
IndyCar star Marco Andretti will be an interested spectator at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa., on Friday, January 5 and Saturday, January 6 when the Ironton Telephone/ Avaya Indoor Auto Racing fueled by VP events are held.
Marco, a third-generation racer from the legendary Andretti family from nearby Nazareth, will be a spectator for the Indoor Auto Racing Series event but plans to test drive a Three Quarter (TQ) Midget during the weekend. The 30 year-old has been offered the chance to drive a car that will be in competition at the event by one of his friends, Kyle Lick of Lehighton, Pa.
While fans won’t get a chance to see him compete against a field of 50 other drivers in the TQ Midget division, they will have an opportunity to get his autograph. Marco has volunteered to join all the weekend competitors to meet fans and sign free autographs during Fan Fest which opens the Saturday evening program from 5:30 to 6:30.
At that time, those with free Fan Fest tickets will allowed on to the racing floor of the center to get a close up look at all the race cars competing that night as well as collect autographs. These free Fan Fest tickets are available by clicking the “Fan Fest option” when ordering tickets on-line or when purchasing them at the box office.
TQ Midget racing and Indoor Auto Racing competition are nothing new to the Andretti family. Marco’s grandfather Mario Andretti won a TQ event inside N.J.’s Teaneck Armory in 1962. He also won in the TQ Midgets outdoors at N.J.’s Pine Brook Stadium before embarking on his legendary, internationally known Hall of Fame career.
Marco began racing in Go-karts at the former Flemington, N.J. Speedway, on an infield road course. He quickly advanced to become the youngest ever IndyCar driver at the age of 19 as a teammate to his father Michael.
Since then, Marco has won two IndyCar events. He’ll be driving again next year for the Andretti Herta Autosports team. While he is restricted by contract not to compete in the TQ Midget events, he is allowed to test that car and is eager for the opportunity.
The January 5-6, 2018 Ironton Telephone Allentown event schedule calls for racing to start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 7 p.m. on Saturday. TQ Midgets will run a full program of racing with feature events both nights.
On Friday, the TQs will be joined by the Champ Karts who will be racing in a complete show.
On Saturday, the Slingshot division backed by the Action Track, USA Kutztown (Pa.) Fairgrounds, will join the TQ Midgets.
For tickets, contact the PPL Center Box Office by phone at 610-347-TIXX (8499), online at pplcenter.com. Those wishing to avoid online fees may purchase directly at the Box Office, but are encouraged to do so in advance to avoid possible box office lines the day of the event.
The series moves next to the NAPA Auto Parts Indoor Auto Racing Weekend at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. For tickets, contact Ticketmaster, the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, or the Area Auto Racing News office at 609-888-3618.
The finale will be a first annual event in New York State, on February 9-10, 2018 in the Times Union Center in downtown Albany, N.Y. For choice tickets, contact the Times Union Center Box Office, charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000, or visit online at ticketmaster.com.
Party in KL! Lewis and Valtteri Celebrate with PETRONAS! Just days after the 2017 Formula One season concluded in Abu Dhabi, Lewis and Valtteri traveled to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to celebrate the Mercedes Petronas F1 team's title successes with PETRONAS! Here's what happened... Comment
Telitz Returns To Belardi Auto Racing For 2018 Indy Lights Campaign
Belardi Auto Racing is pleased to confirm its first driver for the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season. The reigning Indy Lights Team Champions will welcome back American star Aaron Telitz for the coming season, with full intent on running the entire 10-weekend schedule. Telitz currently has a partial budget for the season, and he and his management team continue talks with prospective marketing partners. The 26-year-old is confirmed to start the season, and will once again be paired with Belardi’s staff of experienced race engineers to pick up where they left off last year, having dominated the wet weather action in the season finale at Watkins Glen.
After a storied 17-year relationship, Mazda and Laguna Seca have decided not to renew their contract as naming rights partners. Starting on April 1, 2018, the famed track will drop "Mazda Raceway" from its title, returning to its former moniker of Laguna Seca from then on out, according to a report from Autoweek. Despite the news, Mazda claims that it will continue its dedicated efforts in motorsport that include the MX-5 Cup series, Formula Mazda open-wheelers, and its IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar prototype crew Team Joest.
Renault Sport F1 boss Cyril Abiteboul says the manufacturer's current power deficit to Mercedes can be traced back to a decision taken by Flavio Briatore over ten years ago!
Since the advent of the V6 turbo hybrid era in Formula 1, we've heard a number of explanations from Renault about the performance and reliability shortfall of its power unit compared to Mercedes or Ferrari.
In the past, the French manufacturer has invoked drivability issues, a far too aggressive approach or the opposite, inventory shortfalls with regard to crucial components and various engineering difficulties.
IMSA reveals Roar before the Rolex 24 Entry List Drivers from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship are preparing to turn laps at Daytona International Speedway in the annual Roar Before the Rolex 24 test next Friday through Sunday, January 5-7, 2018.
A field of 20 Prototypes and 30 GT race cars are entered in the mandatory three-day test session for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Wolff Claims Mercedes F1 Wanted To Supply McLaren With Engines In '18
Mansour Ojjeh (L) approached Dieter Zetsche
Mercedes Motorsport Dir Toto Wolff said that Mercedes Formula 1 "wanted to supply McLaren with engines" in '18 but negotiations "dragged on for too long," according to Laurence Edmondson of ESPN.com.
When it "became clear that Honda had failed to develop a competitive power unit" in '17, McLaren "started to seek alternative options" for '18. McLaren shareholder Mansour Ojjeh approached Mercedes owner Daimler Chair Dieter Zetsche about a possible deal, "leaning on the relationship the two built during Mercedes' 25-year supply deal with McLaren," but "when it came to negotiating details, the deal fell through."
Toto Wolff learning that the way to have a little bit of money in F1 is to start with a lot of money
The good news is that in 2016, according to the most recent accounts filed, as of 31 December 2016, Mercedes saw its revenue increase by 35.7% to £289.4m, the Brackley-based outfit benefiting from its 2015 prize money.
However, due to the regulation changes for 2017, the bulk of which were reflected in the 2016 accounts when the car was being designed and built, costs increased by 10.7% to £274.9m.
Mercedes Formula 1 Engines Contribute $149M To U.K. Economy
Mercedes F1 engine
German car manufacturer Mercedes revealed that the production of the V6 turbo engines used by its championship-winning Formula 1 team is contributing around $149.4M to the British economy, according to Christian Sylt for the London TELEGRAPH.
Last month, Lewis Hamilton "steered Mercedes to a fourth consecutive F1 title, and although it races under the German flag," the team and its engine manufacturing division are based in Britain. Mercedes designs, develops and builds its F1 engines at a dedicated factory in Northamptonshire.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and RC Enerson, as well as RC Enerson’s former Indy Lights sponsor, Team Enerson Racing, LLC, have settled their claims against each other on mutually acceptable terms.
Sam Schmidt stated, “We are pleased to have this situation behind us. For the record, the terms of our contract with the Enersons provided for early exit and that is what happened in this matter. As the terms of the settlement agreement are confidential, we will have no further comment on this matter. RC is a talented driver, and we wish him nothing but the best in the future.”
2017 INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen Remix A recap of the last IndyCar race at the great Watkins Glen International Race Course. IndyCar could not make it work and failed for a 2nd time. Now they will try the dilapidated Portland Circuit Comment
The season kicked off with a bang, and began at the home of British motorsport Silverstone! Rain was no barrier for the fiery beginnings of the new Porsche 911RSR, and Toyota overpowered the elements to take the first win of the spectacular season which lay ahead.
Season 2017, Act 2: Spa Francorchamps! The race in Belgium was action aplenty! Toyota sealed back-to-back wins after Silverstone, and the Ferraris battled in their own love/hate relationship on track, weaving and winding their way around the iconic Ardennes circuit. How can we explain all this magic?
A Festive Message From Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen We're all set for a hard-earned rest and plenty of good vibes with our loved ones, but before we disappear until 2018, two of the Red Bull factory's elves wanted to share a festive message with you. Here are Daniel and Max, wishing you all a happy holiday in their own inimitable style! Comment
1966 USAC IndyCar - Ride along with Bobby Unser as he conquers Pikes Peak Ride along with Bobby Unser as he conquers the Pikes Peak hillclimb in 1966 as part of the IndyCar series. Why all the sideways action? Well, this was before any of the road was paved. Nothing but dirt here. Credit: Curious Cumulus Productions, Inc. via Getty ImagesComment
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year The AR1.com Staff would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy Holiday Season. News content will continue, but be reduced, between December 25th and January 2nd as we take a much needed break during the holidays.
The random lottery-style selection for qualifying order on ovals will be replaced by the use of points at Phoenix, Texas, Iowa, Gateway and Pocono, with the points leader qualifying last and the entry at the bottom of the points venturing out first.
The change is meant to address situations where front-running drivers have, at times, been required to qualify early among the 20-plus cars and found themselves adversely impacted by the green track conditions or unfavorable ambient conditions. By shifting the points leaders to the end of oval qualifying, the odds of turning laps in a better, faster environment would likely improve.
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