Former Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice will make a full-time return to racing, as part of BAR1 Motorsports' Prototype Challenge effort in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
The 40-year-old former open-wheel ace has been confirmed in the team's No. 20 Gas Monkey Energy-backed Oreca FLM09 alongside Don Yount for the eight-round championship. Both drivers are co-owners in the the energy drink company.
The greatest NASCAR driver of all-time, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Not!
What do you do when the believed solution is actually the problem? When the man that NASCAR and its partners rely so heavy on is actually hurting the sport more than helping it? What do you do when NASCAR seems to be so blind that they only see one driver in the entire 40 car field and will probably continue to until the very end?
Whether NASCAR wants to believe it or not, that is the problem they are currently facing with 16-time most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and it becomes more and more obvious every single day that passes by. In fact, this problem became especially obvious when Daytona International Speedway began selling their tickets for the Daytona 500 with Dale Earnhardt Jr. plastered all over their site.
Example of how Aldo Costa and Adrian Newey design superior F1 cars
Italian Aldo Costa designs superior F1 cars.
AR1.com has been saying for years that Aldo Costa and Adrian Newey's cars cannot be beat in F1. They are superior designers always thinking years ahead of the rest. The following story is just one simple example of why their cars are superior.
Charlie Whiting recently copied to the Formula 1 teams his reply to Ferrari's query about the hydraulic activation of heave spring suspension systems (as used by both Mercedes and Red Bull in 2016).
Ferrari's chief designer Simone Resta wrote the original letter to Whiting, saying that his team was considering introducing such a device, but wanted to know if it might be considered to contravene the regulations. For several years this has been the standard way for a team to flush out the legality of a system it believes might be conferring a rival an advantage. Whiting replied to Ferrari that he considered such a device would fall foul of regulation 3.15 (concerning whether a component or system is 'wholly incidental to the main purpose of the suspension system' or 'have been contrived to directly affect the aerodynamic performance of the car').
RRDC Elects New Members for 2016-17 Twenty-five race-car drivers and motorsports professionals were voted into the Road Racing Drivers Club in 2016. The group includes 17 Regular Members from the open-wheel and sports-car racing ranks, five Associate Members and three Honorary Members. The current roster of RRDC members now numbers 510. Voting was held among all current RRDC members.
IMSA released Tuesday the preliminary entry list for this weekend’s Roar Before the Rolex 24, featuring 50 cars for the final pre-season test prior to the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona
The entry features a class split of 12 Prototypes, two Prototype Challenge, 11 GT Le Mans and 25 GT Daytona cars, with the majority of teams still yet to officially declare drivers.
Monster Hires Tom Norwood To Lead Business Talks With NASCAR Tracks, TV Partners
Monster Energy has hired longtime NASCAR industry executive and lawyer TOM NORWOOD as its new Dir of NASCAR as the brand becomes the title sponsor of NASCAR's premier series reports Adam Stern of Sports Business Daily.
Confirming the move, Monster VP/Sports Marketing MITCH COVINGTON last week said Norwood was hired "to facilitate the business negotiations with tracks and other partners [like TV partners].”
NASCAR Chief Sales Officer Resigns After 11 Years With Sanctioning Body
Longtime NASCAR Chief Sales Officer JIM O'CONNELL has resigned after 11 years with the sanctioning body reports Adam Stern of Sports Business Daily.
O'Connell informed NASCAR two weeks ago of his intentions, and his final day was last Friday.
O'Connell said, "I've spent the last three years heading up the search for our top-tier entitlement partners. We successfully brought in Xfinity, we successfully brought in Monster, and with the combination of the facts -- there's no more big deals to do, I haven't had a vacation in 18 months, and I wanted to go out on top after 11 years -- the timing just seemed right. I'm really happy with my decision."
AARWBA Selects All-America Team The American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Ass’n has announced the 2016 edition of the All-America Team.
A group of special drivers representing multiple forms of professional motorsports is elected each year by AARWBA. The association’s members vote on drivers within their participating categories of racing. The driver receiving the most votes from each discipline is elected to the All-America Team.
Trump threatens 'big border tax' on GM over Chevy Cruze production
Trump means business when it comes to stopping American jobs from going out of the USA
President-elect Donald Trump today blasted General Motors and threatened to impose a "big border tax" for making its Chevy Cruze model in Mexico.
"General Motors is sending Mexican made model of Chevy Cruze to U.S. car dealers-tax free across border. Make in U.S.A. or pay big border tax!" Trump said in a post this morning on Twitter.
GM responded in a statement: "General Motors manufacturers the Chevrolet Cruze sedan in Lordstown, Ohio. All Chevrolet Cruze sedans sold in the U.S. are built in GM's assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio. GM builds the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback for global markets in Mexico, with a small number sold in the U.S."
Henrik Fisker's Electric Car will use Graphene Supercapacitor Aston Martin DB9 designer Henrik Fisker says we shouldn't have to settle for dull cars just because we're moving toward electric power for more vehicles. "An electric vehicle should be exciting!" he tells Maxim. "It should be something you want to have."
We recently received an inquiry from a reader who wondered, after reading how the Tesla Model S protected its batteries from excess heat during an all-out lap of VIR, how the all-electric Formula E race cars deal with the heat issue. After all, it's not like it's prudent or safe for a race car to suddenly limit performance in the middle of an event.
Chevrolet Bolt Declared Car Of The Year By Detroit Free Press
Chevrolet Bolt EV rear hatch with seats down
The Chevrolet Bolt adds to its list of accolades, earning “Car of the Year” from the Detroit Free Press. The publication said:
" 'Game-changer' is an overused term, but sometimes the game does change … If the Bolt isn't the vehicle that makes electric power and autonomy part of mainstream American transportation, it's hard to imagine what will."
Now that's definitely a quote that we like to hear. With all of the awards and positive press, more of the general public is already well aware of the Bolt, and that's just exactly what needs to happen. Let's just hope that the momentum keeps spiraling forward.
DAKAR: NBCSN reveals TV times for USA NBCSN will provide daily coverage of the Dakar Rally, which begins today and runs through Jan. 16. The networks coverage starts on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 5:30 p.m. ET.
This year's rally course takes competitors from Ascunsion in Paraguay to the finish in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
IMSA has set the initial Balance of Performance for the 2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, having released Friday the BoP table for next weekend’s Roar Before the Rolex 24.
With the Prototype class featuring all-new regulations, DPi and LMP2 machinery will race with a newly defined BoP, including custom Daytona-specific aero configurations for each of the Cadillac, Mazda and Nissan DPis.
It comes after extensive wind tunnel and dyno testing with all seven LMP2/DPi combinations conducted by the sanctioning body this month.
2017 season starts with Hankook 3x3H DUBAI and Hankook 24H DUBAI DUBAI (3 January, 2017) – The 2017 motor racing season gets underway at Dubai Autodrome with the inaugural Hankook 3x3H DUBAI for prototypes (10-11 January) and the Hankook 24H DUBAI (12-14 January) as the season opener of the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook. "Just after Christmas, the containers with the cars and equipment have arrived in Dubai and they will be delivered in time to Dubai Autodrome for the teams to set up for race week. Anticipation is rising by the day, we just can't wait for the action to start,” says Natasha Mark on behalf of CREVENTIC.
Video: Who can beat the F1 champion in the simulator?! On top of spending a day with their hero 2016 F1 Champion Nico Rosberg and driving around Mercedes-Benz World's off road course in a 4x4, last month's competition winners also got to challenge Nico in the simulator. Watch to find out who came out on top! Comment
Dale Jr. weds on New Year's eve Dale Earnhardt Jr. and fiancee Amy Reimann married Saturday night on New Year's Eve in front of family and friends that included scores of NASCAR drivers and personalities. The two awoke in 2017 as a married couple, thanking friends and fans for support on social media.
Ford Motor Co. is starting the new year with a new name for its commercial dealer network. The automaker's old Business Preferred Network -- roughly 650 dealerships nationwide that sell commercial trucks and vans -- are now known as Commercial Vehicle Centers. The rebranding effort also includes expanded service and enhanced training at dealerships.
"We felt compelled to step back and analyze our dealer network program in this space," John Ruppert, Ford's general manager of commercial vehicle sales and marketing, told Automotive News, adding: "There was truly an opportunity to rebrand the network to be more descriptive of what this is all about."
IndyCar launched 'What's Next' INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Jan. 2, 2017) - On New Year's Day, INDYCAR released the fourth chapter of its "Racing Heart" advertising campaign designed to kick off the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
Following three consecutive years showcasing the thrilling traits of the sport, INDYCAR's communications in 2017 will feature the next exciting chapter of on-track action, the next drivers to watch, the next technology and innovation.
Asked on Twitter if he was returning to Fox Sports' "NCWTS Setup" pre-race show this season, Ray Dunlap replied, "Fox Sports did not renew my contract for 2017. It was 16 great years with a really talented group of friends."
Dunlap served as a reporter and analyst for NASCAR RACE HUB, FOX Sports 1’s daily news and update show, and offers feature reports and interviews for the network’s coverage of the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES. In addition, he continues as a member of the ARCA RACING SERIES broadcast team on FOX Sports 1.
Graham Carroll: Visa Vegas eRace Driver Profile Meet Scottish driver Graham Carroll who has qualified for the finals in Las Vegas, and could potentially walk away with a share of $1 million. He gets behind the wheel for his first ever spin in a real Formula E car. Comment
Video: 2017 Dakar Red Bull Peugeot 3008 DKR testing News From the AutoRacing1.com YouTube page - Testing video followed by interviews with the Peugeot Red Bull drivers Stephane Peterhansel, Carlos Sainz Sr., Sebastien Loeb, and Cyril Despres Comment
NBC Sports' Mike Massaro announced on his Facebook page that he would not return to NBC in 2017:
"With a new year comes new challenges.... Since 1996, Broadcasting NASCAR Races, whether it be radio or TV, has been my life. I fear, however, 2016 may have been my final season. With great sadness I concluded recently, for a wide ranging variety of reasons, my role with NBC Sports was not a good fit and consequently will not return this coming season. My contract will officially expire at midnight tonight. It was a gut wrenching decision. Not one I 'wanted' to make but felt necessary.
Fans can helicopter to Las Vegas NASCAR races Maverick Helicopters offers 2017 NASCAR Weekend attendees transfers to Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 11, 2017 and Sunday, March 12, 2017. Guests who book before Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 will save $50 per person, per day.
On the expedited, 15-minute flight, passengers can sit back and relax in the company's Airbus ECO-Star helicopters while taking in stunning, bird's-eye-views of the Las Vegas Strip and NASCAR race grounds.
Reigning 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Romain Dumas could end up in a LMP2 car in next year's French endurance classic, with the 2016 FIA World Endurance Champion chasing a drive in the new-look prototype class.
Dumas, who along with Marc Lieb were dropped from Porsche's World Championship-winning LMP1 factory lineup, is targeting a move back to the LMP2 ranks, a class where the Frenchman earned American Le Mans Series titles in Penske Racing's Porsche RS Spyder in 2007-08.
While still being retained by the German manufacturer, but in the GT ranks, five of the six factory seats for Porsche's GTE-Pro effort at Le Mans have already been confirmed, likely leaving Dumas without a ride for the race.
Racing engines will fire again in less than a week, as 2017 racing season gets under way on Jan. 6 with the test session for the Daytona Rolex 24 Hour endurance classic. The race itself is scheduled for January 28-29, and the 13-race season for the series ends at Atlanta on Oct. 6-7. Next to hit the track will be the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series, starting with the Pomona Winternationals February 9-12. The season will consist of 24 races, ending at California’s Auto Club Speedway November 9-12.
1. FORMULA 1: Nico Rosberg announces shock retirement from Formula 1 after winning F1 title
2. INDY 500 Rookie Alexander Rossi, Honda win the Indy 500 In one of the most stunning finishes in Indy 500 race history, the former Formula One driver reached victory lane in his first oval race at the Brickyard
3. 24 HOURS OF LE MANS Toyota loses 24 Hours of LeMans on last lap while Chip Ganassi's Ford GT wins the GT class
4. NASCAR SPRINT CUP Jimmie Johnson charges to record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup championship
5. NASCAR SPRINT CUP Tony Stewart climbed out of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car for the final time in his decorated career.
Boston GP continues to give IndyCar a black eye (Update)
Boston CEO John Casey was as crooked as they come according to Lawyer Gary W. Cruickshank. Where did they dig him up from?
UPDATE A new bankruptcy filing accuses the chief financial officer of Boston’s failed IndyCar race of the “systematic looting” of the company and running its finances as his personal “piggy bank” -- claims vigorously disputed by the targeted executive.
Lawyer Gary W. Cruickshank, trustee for Boston Grand Prix during its bankruptcy, yesterday filed a motion seeking to recover money from John Casey, the CFO.
“Casey used BGP as his personal piggy bank, paying hundreds of thousands dollars for personal expenses, including for tens and possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars for personal expenses charged on personal credit cards, diverting hundreds of thousands of dollars into a bank account he controlled, transferring tens of thousands of dollars to related entities, and failing to account for hundreds of thousands of additional dollars disbursed by BGP,” Cruickshank wrote in his filing to U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
Olli Pahkala: Visa Vegas eRace Driver Profile Meet Olli Pahkala, who has qualified for the finals in Vegas, and could potentially walk away with a share of $1 million. Will his karting history with Formula One star Valtteri Bottas make the difference against his rivals? Comment
SCCA's James E. "Jim" Kaser finally succumbed to the cancer at his home in Naples, FL. He was 88 years old. He will be honored posthumously by the SCCA in Vegas next month.
Jim was a towering figure in racing in the late '60's and early '70's as the Director of SCCA's Pro Racing department, inventor and manager of the CanAm and TransAm series and originator of those nicknames, the first to have a major corporation as the series title sponsor, etc.
His hugely successful efforts with these series forced the SCCA to make a huge change from a purely amateur auto racing club to a sanctioning body for international professional auto races.
Tesla's Autopilot is able to steer in the snow After recent snow storms in North America, some Tesla owners are experiencing the Autopilot in the snow for the first time and they are surprised that the Autosteer is able to keep steering despite not detecting any lane marking or even a lead vehicle.
The Autopilot wasn’t meant to be used in those conditions and it is still not recommended officially, but it was designed to be able to continue working for brief period of times where lane markings were fading or to give time to the driver to take control.
The company has been improving on the system ever since and the latest versions have resulted in some decent performance without markings – even in the snow. A new video posted today by a Model S owner shows Autosteer keeping its path despite the vehicle often not detecting the lanes or even having a lead vehicle:
You can see on the instrument cluster that sometimes the Autopilot is detecting the curb as a lane indicator, but only sporadically and despite that, it is not prompting a “Take Control” alert.
There has been speculation about how Tesla’s first generation Autopilot can manage that without the trifocal front-facing camera of the second generation Autopilot or the ‘Tesla Vision’ image processing system.
As it’s often the case with Autopilot, data is key. Tesla is building high-resolution maps using its fleet of vehicles and those maps can help position the vehicle based on data from the GPS and inertial measurement unit (IMU), but there are restrictions on the use of those maps, especially in Europe and China.
Nonetheless, Tesla can still use the fusion of the data from all those sensors in order calculate inertial dead-reckoning, which is the process of calculating the current position by using a previously determined position, and determine a path based on previous trajectories used on the same road by Tesla’s fleet.
Again, the use of the Autopilot is still not recommended without proper lane markings. That will be for the second generation Autopilot when it will be ready to achieve level 4 and 5 autonomy.
Belardi Auto Racing Confirms Urrutia for 2017 Indy Lights Return
The driver line-up at Belardi Auto Racing continues to come together, and the team is thrilled to make its second confirmation with the announcement that 2016 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires runner-up Santiago Urrutia will be joining the squad for the 2017 campaign. The team is riding high on the momentum fueled by a six-win season last year, one that included a run of performances in the second half of the season that out-scored the competition. Urrutia will join new Belardi Auto Racing recruit Shelby Blackstock under the tent and will drive the team's #5 Dallara IL-15.
"We're extremely excited to being adding Santi to our stable of drivers for the 2016 season," commented Brian Belardi, Team Owner. "We're coming off a really strong season and our staff is highly motivated to make 2017 even better. Signing a driver of Santi's caliber will once again put us into the fight for a championship. The entire team is fired up with the announcements of Santiago and Shelby and we're hoping to confirm a third driver early in the new year."
Devin Jones and Drake Kemper to Drive Bodymotion ST Porsche Cayman
Bodymotion Porsche Cayman
OCEAN TOWNSHIP, N.J., - Returning driver Devin Jones will be joined for the 2017 season by a new driver to Bodymotion Racing, Drake Kemper, starting at the Roar before the Rolex 24 test at Daytona International Speedway which takes place January 6-8. Jones and Kemper will look to capitalize on their individual sports car racing successes as the new driver combination sets sights on the IMSA CTSC Street Tuner (ST) class championship.
Liberty Media Plans To Revamp Formula One, Boost Marketing
Will the NJ F1 race overlooking the Manhattan skyline finally come to fruition now that Americans will own F1?
Liberty Media, the new owner of Formula 1, "plans to overhaul the elite motorsport, including selling race naming rights and staging ancillary events" around its 21 grands prix with the aim of making each one "the equivalent of the Super Bowl," according to Matthew Garrahan of the FINANCIAL TIMES.
Liberty "intends" to turn each int'l Grand Prix into a week of events "to engage spectators and attract new sponsors," according to a senior exec involved with F1.
It is also "exploring expanding the contest's US presence with the launch of new Grand Prix in big media markets." N.Y., L.A., Las Vegas and Miami are "under consideration."
Burton To Run Six Races With Kyle Busch Motorsports
Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that 16-year-old Harrison Burton will compete in six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races behind the wheel of the No. 51 Tundra in 2017. Burton's six-race schedule begins April 1 at Martinsville Speedway and also includes Dover International Speedway June 2, Iowa Speedway in Newton June 23, Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio July 19, Bristol Motor Speedway Aug. 16 and Martinsville Speedway Oct. 28.
NASCAR Europe launches new Elite Club Division Building on the success of the past several seasons of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series throughout Europe, the series has announced the creation of a new division in the popular series.
Drivers and stock car newcomers will be able to experiment in the NASCAR-sanctioned series by contesting four events in a new division. In addition to the regular Elite 1 and Elite 2 classes, the new Elite Club division has been specifically designed to attract drivers wanting to discover this NASCAR-sanctioned stock car championship based in Europe.
The new division will stage meetings on Thursday and Friday at the following four road courses: Valencia (Spain), Hockenheim (Germany), Franciacorta (Italy) and Zolder (Belgium). Each meeting will feature three, 30-minute track sessions. These won't be races per se, but track sessions where speed and lap time consistency will be crucial.
Andretti Autosport team owner Michael Andretti discussed the differences between running his Verizon IndyCar Series team as opposed to when he was driving for one in a recent chat with IndyCar.com's Phillip B. Wilson.
Wilson: What's life like as an owner as opposed to being a driver? You've been an owner for so long, but is it hard not to have the pangs to want to get in the car?
Andretti: No, that's been put to bed. To be a driver, you have to be in such good shape and I don't want to get into a car unless I can do the best I can do. If I got into a car now, it would be just a big disappointment for me because I'd be falling out of the seat. I put that all behind. The moment I said that was it, it was it and my mind has been 100 percent focused on the ownership side because I knew that was my new stage of life.
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