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Video: Ford Mustang Bullitt set for return? A video released by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson may have accidentally revealed plans for a new Ford Mustang Bullitt.
Johnson is an official spokesperson for Ford and in a behind-the-scenes video filmed at the automaker’s headquarters and posted by the former wrestler to his YouTube page on Tuesday, we get a few glimpses of design sketches of what appears to be a Mustang Bullitt based on the recently updated version of the sixth-gen car, specifically the Mustang GT model.
UPDATE"The negotiations were very tough and it was very difficult to choose," said Aleshin to Motorsport.com. "But finally we signed a very good contract.
"There were so many factors, difficult to name them all. The financial question wasn't the main one, I can tell you that much, because the team made us a great offer. Like, for example, there was the question of how I'd combine this with working on the [SMP-run Dallara] sport prototype, because it's a big job. But then we realized it was possible to do.
"Of course, myself and Carlin have many great memories together. It's a great team, I love them a lot, respect them, value them and so on – but it didn't work out for various reasons. And actually the Schmidt team wanted to work with us a lot more – and demonstrated that, with not just words but actions."
AR1.com has stated on numerous occasions that oil prices will never skyrocket again. The oil companies know they had better pump as much out of the ground as they can while they still have people willing to buy their filthy product
Energy companies and analysts are ramping up their long-term projections for electric vehicles because of falling costs and expanded range -- but forecasts still vary widely.
The trend speaks to the uncertainty surrounding the technology, which all major automakers have endorsed, despite seeing sales consistently fall below expectations in the short term. The introduction of more affordable and longer-range vehicles like the Chevrolet Bolt and the Tesla Model 3 could be a turning point, but analysts caution that widespread acceptance will take decades.
UPDATE This rumor of the Halo delay is upgraded to 'strong' today. Red Bull abandoned work on the aero-screen following its failure in the FIA's test which involves a wheel being fired at the screen at 250km/h.
The halo passed this test in deflecting the wheel away from the cockpit without impacting on a driver's head, whereas the aero-screen was badly damaged and the test proved the driver would have sustained a substantial impact.
Attempts to strengthen the transparent material used for the screen caused vision problems and Red Bull stopped work on the device on the basis it was taking too many resources away from its work on the design of its 2017 car.
ISC negotiating to operate Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca (9th Update)
UPDATE In a review of the agreement between SCRAMP and the County of Monterey, there is no reference to ISC.
01/31/17 This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today with regard to ISC. The Monterey County Board of Supervisors today voted to accept County Staff’s recommendation to provide a three-year management agreement to the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula to ensure a robust 2017 racing season goes unimpeded and planning for the 2018 season may continue. The management agreement confirms that SCRAMP continues as the day-to-day management arm for the Monterey County-owned facility that SCRAMP built in 1957.
New race flag for NASCAR segments? Here's how [the NASCAR race segments] will work:
When approximately 25 percent of the race laps laps are complete (teams will be told in advance the exact distance), stage one will end. NASCAR is likely to signal this with a newly designed - and as yet not revealed - flag color and design. Points ranging from 10 to 1 will be awarded to the top drivers.
The long-running saga of Gianmaria Bruni’s potential move from Ferrari to Porsche has been exploded by Italian magazine Autosprint who have revealed with much background detail that Bruni is no longer a Ferrari driver.
That comes despite a long-term (believed to be 5 years) contract issued only at the end of 2015 to Bruni, that coming after an approach from Porsche to bring the Italian star to a full Porsche GT driver contract, sweetened by the offer of an LMP1 test.
Paddy Lowe Moving To Williams As Shareholder, Director
Former Mercedes Formula 1 Technical Dir Paddy Lowe is "joining Williams and is set to become a shareholder and director," according to Andrew Benson of the BBC. The move has been "expected but talks have dragged on in recent weeks and at times the deal was at risk of collapse."
But a source close to Williams said that the team was "in the final stages."
Carl Edwards to run for US Senate from Missouri? (2nd Update)
UPDATE A run for Congress? Not so fast for former NASCAR Cup driver Carl Edwards, the subject of speculation for an upcoming run for U.S. Senate.
Helping coach his Joe Gibbs Racing replacement Daniel Suarez during a test Tuesday at Phoenix Raceway, Edwards had this to say about the news that he wouldn't rule out a run for office: "That went out of control. The point is I don't ever rule out anything. I don't have any interest in politics for politics.
Former Audi LMP1 factory team Joest Racing is targeting a move to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2018, with the German squad exploring options in running a DPi or other manufacturer-affiliated programs.
Joest Racing Managing Director Ralf Juttner, who was on-site at last weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona, revealed ambitions of returning to the U.S. racing scene, after previously campaigning Audi's works prototype effort in the American Le Mans Series.
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Phoenix to flip track around (3rd Update) UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's announcement.
05/23/16 Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law Thursday a bill that provides more than $40 million to promote races at Phoenix International Raceway from fiscal years 2022-2051 provided the track incurs projects costs of at least $100 million beginning next year. Lesa France Kennedy, chief executive officer of International Speedway Corp., which owns Phoenix International Raceway, stated in February that the 1-mile track is targeted for upgrades now that the company's $400 million improvements at Daytona International Speedway are complete.
Bryan Sperber, president of Phoenix International Raceway, told NBC Sports then that "we're starting to put together plans now, but it's a long way away from any kind of announcement.''
Ecclestone planning F1 'breakaway series' (2nd Update)
Ecclestone denies breakaway
UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. Bernie Ecclestone has moved quickly to deny suggestions that he wants to set up a new series to rival F1 – and insists that he wouldn’t do anything to damage the championship he helped to build.
The sport’s former CEO also suggested that his successor Chase Carey and Liberty have more freedom to push for change as in the past he was focused on creating bigger profits for his shareholders. In contrast the new owners will be willing to put money back into the sport.
In a statement issued to Reuters he said: "I wish to clear up the rumors that I am starting a series to compete against the FIA Formula 1 World Championship. I have built the Championship over the last near-50 years, which is something I am proud of, and the last thing I want is to see it damaged.
New F1 Managing Dir of Motor Sports Ross Brawn "wants to reopen the discussion on budget caps as a possible means for leveling the sport's playing field," according to Laurence Edmondson of ESPN.com.
Brawn: "The situation at the moment is that the return on investment, in terms of performance, is still steep, so the more money you invest the faster you go. ... Budget caps have been discussed; people say that they don't work, but they have never actually been tried." Brawn said he would "still like to have a discussion about budget caps and control, and see where people stand on that and if we feel it could be a solution."
Stephen Fitzpatrick could not find any ride buyers with a big enough check to prop his team up
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Manor Racing has shuttered it's Formula One program after failing to find a buyer and will not compete during the 2017 Formula One World Championship season.
Manor went into administration earlier this month when the team failed to find a needed financial investment to keep the doors open.
FRP Advisory, the company that was appointed the administrators of the team, issued a statement on Friday regarding the future of the team.
Bubba Wallace doesn’t have sponsorship locked down for a full Xfinity Series season but is optimistic that performance is the key to unlocking additional funding and the chance to compete for his first championship.
Wallace has guaranteed funding through the first six races of this season via Leidos -- a military defense company. It’s also the same entity that sponsored him in the final six races of last season, a challenging campaign that left his No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing entry unsponsored for parts of the season.
Formula 1 team McLaren could potentially increase its Formula E involvement in the future, Exec Dir Zak Brown said. The American, who joined the British racing team at the end of last season, said Formula E "is one of the most dynamic motorsports" at the moment and as the series grows, so could McLaren's participation.
"We are happy to be participating in Formula E and over time we will review our involvement there and see, if we should get even more involved," he told SBD Global.
Brown did not specify whether an increased involvement would be limited to the technology side or if it could also include entering the series with its own racing team. His comments came after Miami-based digital media company Motorsport Network, which he chairs, acquired a stake in the electric racing series earlier this month.
Automakers are trying to use diesel to help them meet Obama's Cafe MPG requirements. It's just a stop-gap measure while they scramble to roll out more affordable electric vehicles. Diesel has no future. It is disgustingly dirty
Another black eye is the last thing the diesel engine needs right now. But thanks to the presence of some possibly illegally undisclosed software in the engine controls of the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine in two Fiat Chrysler vehicles, the diesel has another industrial-strength shiner today.
To get you up to speed:
Last week the EPA and the California Air Resources Board served Fiat Chrysler with a notice of violation after it found what it claims are eight illegal Auxiliary Emissions Control Devices, or AECDs, in the 2014-16 Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee powered by the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine.
NASCAR trying to 'Jimmie-proof' the Cup Championship
NASCAR may not want Johnson to break Petty and Earnhardt's record
When Jimmie Johnson rolled off five consecutive Cup Series championships from 2006-2010 NASCAR altered how it distributes points following the 2011 season. And when the Hendrick Motorsports driver won a sixth title in 2013, the sanctioning body radically overhauled the playoff structure by increasing the field and incorporating eliminations.
Whether by coincidence or not, NASCAR is again implementing significant changes in the aftermath of Johnson, crew chief Chad Knaus and the No. 48 team winning another championship. On Monday, NASCAR announced all national series races would consist of three segments along with additional opportunities for drivers to earn bonus points throughout the season.
Possible sponsorship issues for Patrick, Stewart-Haas
NASCAR superstar Danica Patrick
Danica Patrick wore an all-white Tax Act uniform to NASCAR's preseason media event, raising eyebrows about her sponsorship situation. Patrick and Stewart-Haas Racing last year signed a deal with Nature's Bakery as Patrick's primary sponsor. The company founded in 2010 by the father-and-son duo of Dave and Sam Marson was new to NASCAR last season and was scheduled to sponsor more than 20 races this year.
SHR told The Associated Press on Tuesday that conversations with Nature's Bakery are ongoing. "Nature's Bakery and Stewart-Haas Racing are in discussions about how the sponsorship might look in 2017. Both sides have options, and it's a matter of determining what is best for both parties," the team told AP. SHR stressed it is moving forward with a full season for Patrick and its other three entries.
Overheard in Miami at the ROC This event has bounced around from country to country over the years as it has had a difficult time drawing a big crowd. Rumor has it the event might stay in Miami for 3 straight years, which would help to build date equity. The drivers all loved Miami and the stadium is domed to keep out the rain. It is also air conditioned even though one end is open. The Ryder's Cup of Racing, called the Nations Cup, was very popular with the Americans going against the foreign drivers just as they do in golf. The Saturday attendance was 15,000, which in the big stadium looked sparse, but we are told the event makes its money on the worldwide TV revenue and its more a made-for-TV spectacular from a financial standpoint. With that said if this race does indeed stay in Miami and gets some date equity, we think the crowds will grow as they really got into the closeness of the races.
UPDATE Former Formula 1 driver and race-winner Pastor Maldonado is currently in negotiations with KV Racing, as the team seeks a way to stay on the Verizon IndyCar Series grid in 2017.
Motorsport.com has learned that the Venezuelan is pursuing a road and street course program with the Kevin Kalkhoven/Jimmy Vasser-owned squad, which has scored four wins over the past three seasons with Sebastien Bourdais.
However, the 2012 Spanish GP winner is not interested in racing on ovals. He attended last year's IndyCar race at Iowa Speedway as a guest of former Williams F1 colleague, Adam Parr, who now works for Cosworth, which is owned by Kalkhoven and Gerry Forsythe.
Da Costa eyes IndyCar, but has no money to buy a ride
For now it is Formula E for Da Costa. He has no money to buy an IndyCar ride so it would mean Carlin has to find sponsorship - nearly impossible with minuscule TV ratings IndyCar gets on NBCSN
Antonio Felix Da Costa is aiming for the Verizon IndyCar Series and hoping for a seat at Carlin, although his priority for the first half of this season would be his Formula E commitment to Andretti Autosport.
Portugal’s World Touring Car ace Tiago Monteiro, who finished third in last year’s WTCC points race, serves as Da Costa’s manager and the former CART Indy car and Formula 1 driver said his 24-year-old compatriot is currently looking for a part-time deal in IndyCar, as well as the World Endurance Championship.
Monteiro told David Malsher of Motorsport.com: "Antonio is contracted to BMW and Formula E with Andretti, obviously, and that’s his main goal and his main program for now.
Carlin to buy or team with KV Racing? (3rd Update) UPDATE
Things are really bad if a series cannot add a team unless a ride-buyer funds almost the entire deal. This is what happens when TV ratings on NBCSN are so minuscule it's nearly impossible for a team to find a sponsor. The value just isn't there despite the smoke NBCSN blows up everyone's posterior. Ratings ON NBCSN headed south in 2016. How much lower will they go in 2017?
This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. Trevor Carlin has admitted that the chances of a KV Racing-Carlin partnership this season are now looking remote, having failed to land Mikhail Aleshin.
Carlin told Motorsport.com: "Through circumstances, 2017 seems to have slipped away from us. It's getting so late, it would be hard to put a team together now – not impossible, but very difficult.
"So we'll just get our heads down, crank on with the Indy Lights team, and try and defend our championship, and see where that leads for 2018."
"Kevin [Kalkhoven] worked really, really hard with us to get a car on the grid, and the idea of running Aleshin was really exciting. He won World Series by Renault with us back in 2010, and he's really looked strong in IndyCar, and he's learned the limits of these cars; he's not a wild rookie.
IndyCar to land 1 or 2 new engine manufacturers (Update) UPDATE INDYCAR's president of competition and operations has a message for any manufacturers interested in joining Chevrolet and Honda as an engine source: Come on in, the water's fine.
In fact, Jay Frye said, the opportunity that presents itself in the next few years arguably has never been better.
The five-year plan that Frye initiated, which began in 2016 and technically runs through 2020, is making the point of entry to the Verizon IndyCar Series simpler and less expensive than it would have been the past couple of years.
The electric car may be Motorsports' 'elephant in the room' On Saturday, officials of the company that owns the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced that it will close in May, ending a 146-year run that dates back to a time before automobiles or airplanes or movies, when Ulysses S. Grant was president and minstrel shows were popular entertainment.
Animal rights activists put pressure on cities where the circus toured. Los Angeles and Oakland prohibited the use of bull-hooks by elephant trainers. Asheville, North Carolina, banned wild or exotic animals from performing in the city-owned stadium.
Wehrlein to Sauber, Gutierrez to Manor? (5th Update)
Of course Wehrlein is delighted to race with Sauber. Anything beats running for Manor.
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Pascal Wehrlein has admitted he is heading to Sauber for 2017.
It is yet another strong sign that Valtteri Bottas' move from Williams to Mercedes to replace new world champion Nico Rosberg is complete.
Wehrlein was earlier a strong contender to replace the retiring Rosberg, but recent reports suggested a deal for the Mercedes junior to instead move from embattled Manor to the Ferrari-powered Sauber team has been agreed.
"Sauber is clearly improving now," Roger Benoit, a veteran F1 journalist, quoted German Wehrlein as saying.
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