This extended Q&A marks the fourth in a series with FOX Sports motor sports personalities to be highlighted over the next several months. Four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, fresh off a dramatic run for a fifth title in 2015 that fell just short, moves to the NASCAR FOX booth full time in 2016. To learn more about Gordon, please visit http://jeffgordon.com/ and follow him on Twitter @JeffGordonWeb.
FOX SPORTS: There are several routes you could have taken after stepping out of the race car. Why TV?
Darian Grubb returns to Hendrick Motorsports Hendrick Motorsports has named Darian Grubb to the newly created role of vehicle production director, where he will oversee every aspect of race car manufacturing for the 11-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions, effective immediately. Grubb, 40, assumes responsibility for production operations in the Hendrick Motorsports chassis and body groups. He will work alongside vehicle technical director Kenny Francis to support and grow the company's overall car development capabilities while collaborating across vehicle engineering, vehicle production and four Sprint Cup teams. Both Grubb and Francis report to general manager Doug Duchardt.
The huge storm that blasted the drivers and riders during the first special stage yesterday - forcing the event to be cancelled - continued its course today and wreaked havoc with the programed route, flooding large stretches of the track. Race organizers subsequently patched together a new, revised special stage from Villa Carlos Paz to Termas de Rio Hondo, with the planned 450 kilometers being reduced to a total of 354, against the clock, with the finish at CP4.
NASCAR & teams closer on charter system NASCAR and Sprint Cup teams are moving closer to an agreement that would guarantee teams starting spots for all races this season, according to a report by the Sports Business Journal.
"Like most things, the devil's in the details," Rob Kauffman, chairman of the Race Team Alliance, told Sports Business Journal.
Join the 5th Annual John's March Against Stomach Cancer at Sonoma Raceway, Jan. 16 SONOMA, Calif. – Sonoma Raceway will utilize its 12-turn road course to continue the fight against stomach cancer, the third leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, at the 5th annual John's March Against Stomach Cancer on Saturday, Jan. 16.
The event is named in honor of the raceway's longtime spokesman John Cardinale, who passed away in 2013 after a two-year battle with the disease, becoming one of nearly 723,000 people who will die from stomach cancer in the world this year.
Toyota joins Ford in bid to resist Apple-Google car screen dominance
Apple CarPlay in a Mercedes
Toyota Motor Corp. agreed to use a car-phone connectivity system championed by Ford Motor Co. in a bid to keep Apple Inc. and Google from dominating control of dashboards.
Toyota will introduce a telematics system with Ford's SmartDeviceLink, an open platform that the automakers are inviting their peers to adopt for in-car applications, it said in a statement. Toyota has resisted offering Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto, citing safety and security concerns, while Ford is offering them as apps within its Sync connectivity system this year.
Following its listing on the New York Stock Exchange, Ferrari has made an impressive debut on the Milan version.
The move completes the separation from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles SpA, and sees the new company controlled by Exor SpA - the investment company controlled by the Agnelli family and which has a 29% stake in Fiat Chrysler - and Piero Ferrari, son of company founder Enzo Ferrari, who retains a 10% stake.
Video: F1's confusing new tire rules explained Formula One is always trying to attract new fans to the sport but at the same time make up some crazy complex rules that not even hardcore fans understand.
New for 2016 is a rule regarding the number of Pirelli tires F1 teams can use during a race weekend, with the idea that it should get the cars out on track more and produce more varied strategies.
Roush Yates Performance Products and SRI Performance Announce Distribution Agreement Roush Yates Performance Products announced today that it has reached an agreement with SRI Performance in which SRI will now own, operate, and manage the performance parts distribution business previously owned and operated by Roush Yates Performance Products. With this new agreement, beginning January 1, 2016, SRI will operate out of two locations in Mooresville, NC. Each location will represent a distinctly different product offering.
Team Penske Unveils Plans For 50th Anniversary Season (Update)UPDATE Team Penske unveiled its plans today for the year-long celebration of its 50th Anniversary in motorsports during 2016. The team will wave the green flag on the commemorative activities by displaying an exhibit at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC in January. "Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Team Penske" will be a multi-faceted program that will reach into retail and merchandise, media and fan engagement, sponsor partnerships and special events. Team Penske's Media Tour at the NASCAR Hall of Fame on January 20 and an employee and partner celebration featuring current and past Team Penske drivers that same evening will serve as the official start of the historic year.
Audi to lead $28 million Series C equity issue by car rental innovator Silvercar Audi is leading a new $28 million Series C equity issuance by Silvercar, the next-generation car rental company. The capital raise is the largest yet for Silvercar, which was founded in 2012 with a fleet consisting of silver Audi models.
The Series C announcement comes as Silvercar unveils its enhanced digital and mobile platforms designed for an optimized user experience and expands into Las Vegas, its 12th market, all of them in the U.S. Silvercar also received funding from Series B investors, including Austin Ventures and Eduardo Saverin, co-founder of Facebook.
GM and Lyft to challenge Uber with autonomous vehicles
General Motors President Dan Ammann (center) with Lyft Inc. co-founders John Zimmer (right) and Logan Green (left)
General Motors and Lyft today announced a long-term strategic alliance to create an integrated network of on-demand autonomous vehicles in the U.S. (Note: In this related AR1.com article, we talk about the future of autonomous vehicles that operate 24x7 in an Uber-like service. Experts predict it could happen within 10 years)
GM will invest $500 million in Lyft to help the company continue the rapid growth of its successful ridesharing service. In addition, GM will hold a seat on the company's board of directors.
"We see the future of personal mobility as connected, seamless and autonomous," said GM President Dan Ammann. "With GM and Lyft working together, we believe we can successfully implement this vision more rapidly."
Autoweek Launches Inaugural 2016 Autoweek Awards Breaking with a longstanding tradition of naming the Best of the Best cars and trucks, Autoweek is launching its inaugural Autoweek Awards to recognize individuals or companies who, over the course of the last year, have made substantial contributions to the continued relevance and advancement of car culture. As America's motorsports publication of record, Autoweek also will recognize the racers and teams who provided the most memorable moments in motorsports from the previous year.
Red Bull Global Rallycross announces newest addition to executive team Los Angeles, CA (January 4, 2016) – Red Bull Global Rallycross is pleased to announce the addition of Colby Rodriguez to its Executive Management Team. Rodriguez, who brings over 12 years of motorsport marketing experience from his most recent role at Red Bull North America, will work conjointly with CEO Colin Dyne on day-to-day management of the series, as well as on long and short term strategic goals.
"I am extremely pleased to announce that Colby is joining our team, and that we continue to attract such accomplished, top-tier talent as we build our platform and expand the GRC experience," says Dyne. "I am looking forward to 2016 being our best season yet!"
Veteran Public Safety Official Michael Bates to Fill Senior Position at Hulman Motorsports Veteran public safety official Michael G. Bates will join Hulman Motorsports as Senior Director of Safety and Security beginning Jan. 14. Bates takes on this new position after serving as Deputy Chief of Police for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, heading IMPD's Homeland Security Division and playing a leading role in safety and security planning for Super Bowl XLVI, several NCAA Final Fours, Big Ten Conference championships and NFL playoff games.
Tesla Model S - the first car to prove to the automotive world that internal combustion engines will soon be a thing of the past.
Tesla Motors Inc. delivered 17,400 vehicles in the fourth quarter, hitting its target of at least 50,000 vehicles for the year.
The maker of electric cars and energy storage devices reached a total of 50,580 deliveries in 2015, Tesla said in a statement Sunday.
The fourth-quarter results were the low end of its target of 17,000 to 19,000 vehicles, after selling 33,180 through September. Tesla is producing two all-electric vehicles, the Model S sedan and the Model X crossover, on a shared assembly line at its factory in Fremont, Calif.
Dakar Stage 2: Preview 2016 January 4. Stage 2 : Villa Carlos Paz - Termas de Rio Hondo Special sections: 450 km Total: 786 km
The speedometer takes a leap! The statistics speak for themselves: with around 800 kilometers to cover depending on the category, the day will be very long. There is a significant distance to cover in both the special and the liaison sections: although the terrain presents no real difficulties, the relatively fast tracks may already benefit those who love hills and crossing rivers and who can keep up high speeds over the whole distance. Cars and trucks are entitled to an extension on this day.
DragonSpeed has unveiled the livery for its Oreca 05 Nissan that will compete in this year's European Le Mans Series season, Twelve Hours of Sebring, and 24 Hours of Le Mans, pending entry from the Automobile Club de l'Ouest.
Following its program in the Blancpain Endurance Series last year, the Florida-based team will again mount a European program, but this time in LMP2, for U.S. based Swede Henrik Hedman, who will be joined by former Toyota factory driver Nicolas Lapierre.
Nic Minassian will complete the team’s lineup for Sebring, with the third driver for the ELMS still to be determined.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - The first full stage of the 2016 Dakar Rally has been canceled due to unsafe conditions.
Race Director Etienne Lavigne said that the helicopters needed to guarantee the safety of the participants during the race are unable to fly due to poor weather conditions on the course, forcing officials to cancel Sunday's stage.
The entire field will travel to Villa Carlos Paz, the planned check in location for Sunday's canceled stage, before beginning stage two on Monday.
Marchionne tells Bernie he needs a proper exit strategy
Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne has urged Bernie Ecclestone to devise an exit plan in order to ensure a smooth transition for Formula 1 when his inevitable departure occurs.
As the sport's commercial rights holder, CVC Capital Partners, seeks to eventually sell its controlling stake in the sport, the 85-year-old Ecclestone has said that current interested parties would like him to remain in charge as chief executive of Formula 1.
But Marchionne believes a proper succession plan should be figured out nevertheless.
It's hard for Action Express Racing to get better after two successive championship years in what was then-the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
Yet their lineup for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, at least for the defending series champion Mustang Sampling-backed No. 5 Corvette DP, might be even better than what was already a stout lineup of Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and Sebastien Bourdais the last two years.
Ferrari Challenge - Three Series and 18 tracks to crisscross the world
Welcome to 2016, a year that in the Ferrari Challenge world, the most famous one-make series in the world, is expected to be rich of show, thrills and wheel to wheel duels. As usual there will be three series, the North American one, the Asia-Pacific one and the European one racing on 18 different tracks still with the Ferrari 458 Challenge EVO. The year will end in Daytona with the firs American edition of the Finali Mondiali Ferrari.
Dakar Stage 1: Preview 2016 January 3. Stage 1: Rosario to Villa Carlos Paz Special sections: 227km Total: 632km
Argentina is a country of mountains, in all forms. Although the first stage is not yet at altitude, the summits are well and truly visible. The wheels of the vehicles follow sinewy and undulating tracks, with the exception of the first, faster, part of the special section. A partial separation of the categories will ensure dangerous overtaking is avoided.
Netherlands' Bernhard ten Brinke in his Toyota Hilux
The Rally Dakar 2016 roared into action today with Joan Barreda giving a fine display of speed to take the triumph in the 11 kilometer prologue stage in the north of Buenos Aires. The prologue of the 38th edition of the Dakar was marred by an accident that saw competitor #360 veer off course at km 6.6 of the special and injure four spectators. Race officials immediately deployed all resources available to the site of the accident and decided to neutralize the race. As a result, the timed section was canceled for the trucks. As for the race, the car special delivered a pleasant surprise.
Magnetti Marelli explain F1 engine sound tweaks for 2016
Will the changes make F1 engines sound good again?
On the back of the introduction of regulation tweaks to improve the noise of Formula One's modern hybrid V6 engines, Magnetti Marelli's sporting chief explains the reasoning behind it.
The modifications were written into the technical rulebook for 2016 after the FIA entrusted Italian firm Magneti Marelli with analyzing the issues. The Italian company's thorough investigation showed two serious problems.
"We found that we miss two things." started Roberto Dalla, the sporting chief of Magneti Marelli.
1992 world champion Nigel Mansell wants Formula One to work to expand the grid to 26 cars to give young drivers opportunities in the sport.
The addition of Haas will result in a grid of 22 cars in 2016, the same number as at the start of 2014 before the demise of Caterham. In the summer the FIA opened up a tender for another potential new team to join in the future, but felt there were no suitable candidates which came forward.
With the cost of competing in F1 having been a major talking point for a number of years, young drivers are also finding it harder to break in to the sport with the likes of GP2 champion Stoffel Vandoorne and DTM title-winner Pascal Wehrlein unable to secure race seats.
Video: Alex Zanardi film available from February 1st
The 'No Limits' documentary about former Formula One driver Alex Zanardi will be available to view on demand from February 1st.
The film, which tells the story of Alex Zanardi becoming the first handicapped driver to compete alongside able-bodied drivers in a 24 hour race, has already premièred in several film festivals in the United Kingdom, Germany and Spain.
The documentary shows former CART champion Zanardi competing for BMW alongside Timo Glock and Bruno Spengler at the 24 hours of Spa-Francorchamps, racing despite only competing in the Handcycle World Championships just four days earlier.
The speculation about various competitors' chances of winning the Dakar reached their height and drew to a close at the same time as the second and last day of technical and administrative scrutineering. Tomorrow, the 345 vehicles (this figure remains to be confirmed) will get stuck into the heart of the matter on the tracks of an 11-kilometre prologue before heading to Rosario.
The 2015 car won three races because of Sebastian Vettel
After a year which surpassed expectations in 2015, Ferrari are putting preparations in place to go bigger and better next season.
In the last campaign, they managed three victories in Malaysia, Hungary and Singapore thanks to Sebastian Vettel and they will be looking to their talisman to deliver once more in Australia on March 20.
Their task will be dependent, of course, on the car that roars out of Maranello for the new year, which at this moment is known only by its project number: 667.
Advanced Engine Research ready to supply more Indy Lights cars in '16 Following a year that saw the company inaugurate a new engine for America's reborn Indy Lights program and the conclusion of a successful three-year engagement as sole engine supplier to the GP3 series, Advanced Engine Research, Ltd. looks toward the 2016 season with the renewal of a technical relationship with Mazda in the US-based International Motor Sports Association's WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series and the continuation of AER's title-winning World Endurance Championship LMP1 program.
Marvin Panch, winner of the 1961 Daytona 500 at Daytona Int’l Speedway, died Thursday morning. He was 89 years old.
Panch, born in Oakland, Calif., was found unresponsive in his car Thursday morning. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead of natural causes.
A veteran of NASCAR in the 1950s and 1960s, Panch is best known for his stunning victory in the 1961 Daytona 500. Driving a 1960 Pontiac out of Smokey Yunick’s shop, Panch was running behind the newer 1961 Pontiac of teammate Fireball Roberts when the engine in Roberts’ car expired.
VW scandal could mean it"s game over for diesels in America
Electric cars are the future, not diesel and not gasoline -- AR1.com
Volkswagen's emissions test-cheating scandal could kill nascent markets for diesel cars in North America, Japan and China, the chief executive of automotive supplier Continental has told a German newspaper.
"The diesel passenger car could sooner or later disappear from these markets," Elmar Degenhart said in an interview with markets daily Boersen-Zeitung published on Thursday.
Roberto Merhi says his main target for next year is to be paid to race, but the Spaniard is not ruling out a test driver role with a top Formula 1 team, writes Pablo Elizalde of Motorsport.com.
Merhi completed his maiden Formula 1 season with Manor, driving for free all year, but struggled at the back of the grid with an uncompetitive car. He was also replaced by American Alexander Rossi in five races.
Merhi, who drove for Mercedes in the DTM for two years, says he is committed to staying in single-seaters.
Tesla is looking for a few--thousand--men and women to work at their much-hyped self-driving electric car unit.
In October, the auto company issued a beta software update that allows its Model S and X electric cars to largely drive themselves, at least on highways and for parallel parking. That's right: Tesla customers are trusting less-than-final software with their lives. And they're loving it. At least one driver credits its new Autopilot mode with saving his life when a car pulled out in front of him at night.
Consumer Reports Top 10 'Best Cars of 2015' feature the electric Tesla Model S... Twice If you thought that Consumer Reports' love story with the Tesla Model S - which broke their rating system by getting 103% in testing - was over because the sought-after 'Recommended' seal of approval was removed after reliability issues showed up, think again. They just released their Top 10 Best Cars of 2015 and the electric Tesla not only makes an appearance, it shows up twice!
Hunter-Reay goes from 218 mph at Fontana to leading Rose Parade at 2.5 mph
Ryan Hunter-Reay is confident his New Year's Day drive down Colorado Boulevard pacing the 127th annual Rose Parade will finish much better than his last racing appearance in Southern California writes Louis Brewster of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.
At the Verizon IndyCar Series MavTV 500 in June at Auto Club Speedway, Hunter-Reay was involved in a collision with Ryan Briscoe at the start-finish line one lap from the finish in the race, which was won by Graham Rahal. Briscoe was sent flying, turning upside down, as Hunter-Reay stopped on the infield grass.
The 2012 IndyCar and 2014 Indianapolis 500 champion, credited with a 15th-place finish at Fontana, had qualified 14th for the event at 215.963 mph.
Video: Lauda vs Wolff - The ultimate car battle! See what happens when three-time Formula One World Champion Niki Lauda faces of against Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Toto Wolff! This is one battle you don't want to miss...
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