A rumor rated as 'speculation' is one that has no supporting information
A rumor rated as 'strong' is one where we received information from more than one source.
A rumor rated as 'fact' is one that has proven to be true
A rumor rated as 'false' is one that has proven to be false based on new information
These rumors are just that, RUMORS, and are not to be taken as 'fact'
unless so noted. Please visit our Hot News page for news. If you have a rumor, or can supply
more information about one listed here,
e-mail us with as
much supporting information as possible and we may post it. User Agreement and Disclaimer.
Newer rumors supersede older ones of the same topic. Go to our
discuss any rumor.
Penske Porsche at 2008 Utah GP at Miller Motorsports Park
Roger Penske told Charles Bradley of motorsports.com he would love to take his American team back to the Le Mans 24 Hours for the first time in over 40 years, if a manufacturer could supply him a car capable of overall victory.
Penske said he came close to running an ORECA LMP2 in this year's Rolex 24 at Daytona.
"One area we'd love to go back to is long-distance racing," said Penske. "We keep knocking on doors about that right now.
Ganassi's Ford GT Le Mans lineup to be complete next weekUPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's announcement.
Ganassi Ford GT
The remaining extra drivers for the four Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GTs at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans are highly likely to be announced next week.
A team spokesperson hinted to NBC Sports that it’s likely the early part of next week will see the remaining drivers picked for the June 18-19 race, once Ford finalizes its plans in partnership with the team.
Ecclestone still feels this way about the current F1 engine
An alternative F1 engine "could still be on the cards" after F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone suggested that "he would pay for its development," according to William Esler of SKY SPORTS.
Late in '15 the FIA "called for an expression of interest in providing F1 with a budget engine from 2017 onwards after Ferrari vetoed proposals to impose a cost cap on customer supplies of the current V6 hybrid unit." Those proposals "appeared to have been shelved after the manufacturers agreed in January to reduce the price they sell their engines."
Formula E working on New York race (Update)UPDATE The electric racing series confirmed that a race in the Big Apple is "on top" of its wish list. Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag told SBD Global at the inaugural Mexico City ePrix on Saturday that he is flying to N.Y. on Sunday to "explore possibilities" for a second U.S. race.
"I don’t want to do a race for the sake of doing it," he said. "I want a race that gives us real momentum there. I really want to go to a top place. [N.Y.] is my top of the top." After having two U.S. races during its first season, Formula E currently features only one race on U.S. soil -- the Long Beach ePrix, which is scheduled for April 3.
Overheard at St. Petersburg - Saturday (Update) UPDATE This report has been updated below.
Daly making the most out of the situation
It looks like the Chevy cars still have an advantage over the Hondas based on qualifying results today where Chevy ran 1-2-3-4-5. The Dale Coyne cars missed on the setup on Friday and both drivers struggled with grip, particularly front grip. It’s not unusual for drivers to struggle with front grip on street circuits where the bumps could unload the front wheels just when the driver turns into the corner.
After Saturday morning practice both cars were at the bottom of the timesheets so apparently they still have not figured it out.
It's good to be back at the race track for the opening race of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar season. The weather was great today and should be the same Saturday. Sunday has a 30% to 40% chance of a shower or thunderstorm, but that is not an uncommon forecast for southern Florida, which is quite tropical. The crowd was big for a Friday and the good weather probably contributed to that.
Hats off to ABC/ESPN for being the kind of TV partner IndyCar needs. In addition to television in the United States on ABC, ESPN also distributes Verizon IndyCar Series race telecasts through a combination of ESPN networks and syndication to more than 198 countries and 103 million homes. In an effort to build interest in the 100th Indianapolis 500 and the series in Europe, ESPN International has a group of eight journalists at the St. Petersburg race to get an immersion in IndyCar racing. The journalists are from Italy, The Netherlands, Germany, France and Spain, all countries where IndyCar Series races will air this year.
Kevin Harvick celebrates his 2014 Sprint Cup Series title
With Stewart-Haas Racing switching to Ford in 2017, there has speculation about the future of driver Kevin Harvick. Harvick, of course, has been a Chevrolet driver since entering the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2001. However, the 2014 series champion doesn't think he will going anywhere. When asked about his future today before Sprint Cup practice at Phoenix International Raceway, Harvick said, "I don't see any reason why that would change. " feel like I have the best crew chief in the garage. It'd be pretty tough to turn around and walk out on that."
At Least Five Manufacturers Eyeing 2017 DPi Programs
Onroak makes the excellent Ligier and would likely make HPD's chassis
While a single automaker has yet to formally commit to the new platform, internal discussions and plans continue for what could be a significant presence of manufacturers in IMSA’s new Daytona Prototype international (DPi) platform in 2017.
Sportscar365 reports they hear that there are at least five manufacturers either planning or evaluating DPi efforts in the new-look class next year, which will also see involvement from the ACO and FIA’s Gibson-engined LMP2 cars as well as grandfathered closed-top P2 machines.
Here’s a rundown of the latest manufacturer interest and the likelihood of each being on the grid for the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona:
Petro Canada to announce sponsorship deal for Hinchcliffe
In a Canadian connection that will now reach south of the border, lubricant brand Petro Canada this week will announce a personal services agreement with Ontario-born Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe rumors Adam Stern of SportsBusinessDaily.com.
The one-year, business-to-business-focused deal, which is valued in the low six figures annually, will see Petro Canada leverage Hinchcliffe’s name and likeness in global marketing and communications, plus in-store and at-track appearances. That will include appearances during hospitality events at about half of the 2016 IndyCar Series’ 16-race schedule, and use of Hinchcliffe’s likeness in Petro Canada’s email target marketing.
Release of next generation Ford Mustang moved forward The Ford Mustang may be getting a makeover sooner than expected.
An industry forecast prepared by LMC Automotive for the accounting firm UHY LLC, which was posted to the enthusiast website Mustang6G.com, suggests that the start of production for the next-generation Mustang has been moved from January 2022 to May 2020.
Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson eye Possible Indianapolis 500 Runs (2nd Update) UPDATE #2 Could Kurt Busch make another run at the Indianapolis 500/Coca-Cola 600 double? It sure sounds like he's interested.
After Busch won the pole for Sunday's Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, FOXSports.com asked Busch if he had any update on his hopes to find an Indy 500 ride this year.
"Nothing new on Indy. Part of the reason for staying here in Vegas extra is a few different meetings have popped up," said Busch. "We are going to go through some of the meetings, even bumped into (Verizon IndyCar Series team owner) Sam Schmidt today. There is definitely the interest, the intrigue, but nothing to announce right now."
In trying to catch Mercedes, has Ferrari reached too far?
(GMM) Rumors are swirling in the Barcelona test paddock about problems with Ferrari's 2016 power unit.
Within sight of the end of the pre-season period, cooling holes have appeared in the side of the works team's red car, Haas was grounded all day with a turbo issue on Wednesday, and Sauber has also had problems.
Vijay Mallya's Golden Goodbye From Diageo Scores $75M For Force India F1 Team (2nd Update) UPDATE #2
Force India F1 Team Principal Vijay Mallya's loss will be the team's gain, according to Kevin Eason of the LONDON TIMES.
Mallya's "golden goodbye" from the Diageo drinks company will "ensure an injection of crucial sponsorship money for the Formula One team."
Reports from India said that Mallya has been "forced to walk away from Diageo," but takes with him a $75M payoff plus $15.3M of annual Force India sponsorship from the Smirnoff vodka brand, owned by Diageo, "for another five years."
The V8 Supercars do not want to play second fiddle to F1
V8 Supercars is threatening to quit the Australian Grand Prix if its support races aren't upgraded to championship status.
When V8's existing deal to race at Albert Park ends in 2018, its annual appearance on the Formula One undercard will not be renewed unless the races are part of the title series.
"I can't see us there in 2019 unless it's a championship round," V8 Supercars chief executive James Warburton told Fairfax Media. "Obviously, we'll fulfil our contract, which runs through to 2018, but beyond that I can't see us racing there unless it's a championship round."
Chevy IndyCars to set sail again in 2016 Rumor has it that the Chevy IndyCars will take flight again in 2016. After we revealed why they were sailing through the air at Indy last year Chevy closed the back of their 'butt bumpers' and they stopped flying through the air. Well here in Phoenix at the first 'official' test of 2016 the Chevy Butt Bumpers are open again (See photos below) and when the car gets backwards expect them to set sail again. The Honda Butt Bumpers remain closed.
Eddie Sachs Jr., owner of Eddie Sachs Racing and the son of famous racer and personality Eddie Sachs, is continuing to work on a program to return the Sachs name to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in May.
The senior Sachs, who lost his life in a 1964 crash at the Indianapolis 500, is memorialized as one of the top contenders in USAC sprints, midgets and Indy cars and accepted as the fan favorite during the 1960’s golden era.
Two or Three drivers to share second Manor seat (2nd Update) UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' now that we know Haryanto's check was big enough to buy the full season.
Haryanto has the most money and would get the most races in the 2nd Manor seat
(GMM) Speculation Manor could be about to split the final race seat on the 2016 grid three ways appears wide of the mark.
That is because British newspapers the Telegraph and Daily Mail are reporting that Briton Will Stevens, reportedly among the three contenders to be Pascal Wehrlein's teammate, has dropped out of the race.
London's Telegraph said 24-year-old Stevens, who raced for the backmarker team throughout 2015, is being replaced by Indonesian Rio Haryanto, whose government-linked backing reportedly tallies almost $15 million.
Rossi or Maldonado to drive 4th Andretti/Herta IndyCar (2nd Update) UPDATE #2 After our article by Mark Cipolloni on Saturday calling for Andretti and Herta to do the right thing and sign American Alexander Rossi to drive the #98 car, Robin Miller of Racer.com reports tonight that the deal is done. Rossi will be announced as the driver of the #98 Andretti/Herta Honda very soon, which will turn this rumor to 'fact.'
02/19/16 According to motorsport.com, ex-Formula 1 driver Pastor Maldonado may also be in the running for the #98 Andretti/Herta ride and Gabby Chaves is out of contention. Alexander Rossi, a very talented American, would do a lot more for IndyCar than Pastor Maldonado with some backing from PDVSA, the Venezuelan petroleum giant.
Rossi to re-sign with Manor (2nd Update)UPDATE #2 This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. Rossi lost his Manor seat to the country of Indonesia who bought Rio Haryanto's seat.
02/10/16 With Wehrlein confirmed in one of the Manor seats today, and Rio Haryanto having $12.8 million for the other seat, can Rossi raise more money than Haryanto and land the 2nd Manor seat, or will he too find his check just was not big enough to buy an full-time F1 ride?
Will Rossi's check be big enough for a full-time ride, or will it only buy him a partial season?
(GMM) Alexander Rossi says his plans for the 2016 season will be revealed "soon".
The 24-year-old Californian began his 2015 campaign in GP2, but made his break into formula one towards the end of the season with the backmarker Manor.
It is expected Rossi will stay at the team next year, but also in the running for the two seats are Will Stevens and the Mercedes junior Pascal Wehrlein.
Rossi said on his website: "As I write this, my team and I are working hard on 2016 and we look forward to sharing some exciting news soon."
IndyCar still trying to beat the international drum For years IndyCar has tried to land an overseas race, however, they have no clue how to run a successful international event. Zero, as in Na-Da. IndyCar is a domestic series and it will forever be a domestic series lurking in the shadows behind NASCAR and F1.
Here we go again. Racer .com reports that the Verizon IndyCar Series is in talks to hold an international, non-points race the weekend of Oct. 9. that would follow the championship finale on Sept. 18 at Sonoma Raceway.
"We've been approached and wouldn't consider anything that affects the championship," IndyCar CEO Mark Miles told RACER. "We're ending the championship in Sonoma, as planned. It would be non-points, end-of-year, and it's too soon to say whether that makes sense for us or not."
Luca Filippi to drive 2nd Coyne IndyCar? UPDATE Motorsport.com reports thatKyle Brannan will make a full-time return to IndyCar to engineer the Dale Coyne Racing entry likely to be raced by Luca Filippi in 2016. The Californian signed a deal with Coyne over the weekend.
Brannan is thus set to run the car for Filippi while Michael Cannon will engineer for Conor Daly.
“I’m super-excited by it,” Brannan told Motorsport.com. “Dale’s really been improving his team, and I think they’re on an upward trajectory. It’s a great time to be joining them.”
If Rutland goes to jail poor guy will be missing this at nights - Tamara Ecclestone
The husband of Formula One heiress Tamara Ecclestone has been charged with assisting an international drugs baron to avoid justice.
Jay Rutland, a former City trader who is son-in-law to F1 tycoon Bernie Ecclestone, is accused of helping James Tarrant to evade capture when he was one of Britain's most-wanted men.
The 34-year-old, of Kensington, west London, was arrested and charged with assisting an offender - an alleged offense that dates back to 2010. A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said he was bailed to appear at Thames Magistrates' Court on March 16.
Rutland, a businessman, is accused of helping 66-year-old Tarrant to avoid capture while awaiting trial for drugs and gun charges.
He reportedly attended a London police station with his lawyer and was formally arrested and then charged with assisting an offender, knowing they faced prosecution.
A spokesman said he strenuously denies the allegation. He may face up to seven years in prison, if convicted.
His wife, whom he married in 2013 and has a 23-month-old daughter with, is said to be "sick with worry" at the prospect of him facing jail.
O'Gara Motorsports in trouble? UPDATE This rumor, broke by AR1.com last week is now upgraded to 'fact.' One of IMSA’s newest teams is no more, with O’Gara Motorsport having ceased operations in both the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America series, effective immediately.
Multiple sources have confirmed that the Tom O’Gara-owned organization has pulled the plug on its motorsports programs, reportedly due to financial restructuring within O’Gara’s other business ventures.
F1 and IndyCar reach agreement Showing rarely seen cooperation, rumor has it that the powers of both Formula 1 and IndyCar have agreed on the target engine sound for 2017. Hear a sample in the video linked below:
Rumors abound for the 2016 Ferrari F1 car After the end of the 2015 F1 season, fans have turned their attention to 2016 and, in particular, to one of the most interesting moments of the year: the launch of the new cars. The team that has worked more on their car during the winter, compared to the other teams, would be Ferrari. The car should be presented online on February 19, just some days before the start of the first test of the season in Barcelona.
There are many rumors in the Italian press on the 2016 Ferrari.
Let’s start with the front of the car, one of the key areas of the new car. As reported by "La Gazzetta dello Sport" and by "Autosprint", after years of pull-rod suspension, Ferrari would have finally decided to return to a push-rod suspension. Over the years, fans blamed the pull-rod suspension, describing it as the reason for lack of competitiveness of the last Ferraris.
Ty Dillon expected to run the #14 starting at Atlanta
Ty Dillon and Richard Childress
Ty Dillon is expected to drive the #14 Chevy for Tony Stewart at Atlanta, Phoenix, Auto Club Speedway and Talladega, a source with knowledge of the deal but not authorized to comment told NBC Sports. Nothing has been finalized. Stewart-Haas Racing is not expected to announce who will drive the car at Atlanta until the Wednesday after the Daytona 500.
Dillon is expected to drive the races with Bass Pro sponsorship of the #14 car. Bass Pro, which has backed Dillon for years, is scheduled to be a co-primary sponsor with Mobil 1 for the Feb. 28 race at Atlanta, the March 13 race at Phoenix and the March 20 race at Auto Club Speedway. Bass Pro is scheduled to be the car's primary sponsor for the May 1 race at Talladega.
Pastor-led team to enter 100th Indy 500? (Editor's note: The article below is written to target a Christian audience,not a racing one. So we're unsure what sort of stock to place in it. We imagine it could somehow be linked to this related rumor, but who knows).
As the Indianapolis 500 race approaches this May, one Connecticut pastor and his Christian team are preparing to race and win the major competition.
Vandoorne to Japanese Super Formula; replace Button in 2017 ( 2nd Update) UPDATE As you read here on AutoRacing1 back in October, Stoffel Vandoorne is headed to Japanese Super Formula for 2016. This rumor is upgraded to 'Fact'.
11/05/15 From his website, Stoffel Vandoorne has secured a Japanese Super Formula test. As was reported here on AR1 over two weeks ago it looks as though the GP2 champion is headed to Japan for 2016. This rumor is upgraded to strong.
AR1 Staff Report
With Kevin Magnussen having moved on from McLaren, GP2 Champion Stoffel Vandoorne is now the undisputed man-in-waiting at McLaren. Should current Formula One drivers Jenson Button or Fernando Alonso move on the Belgian would be next in line for a drive with the senior squad.
With Button and Alonso signed on for 2016, AR1 is hearing the Belgian may spend next season running Japanese Super Formula in 2016. However, we hear the plan is for Vandoorne to replace Button come 2017.
#14 car could run Sprint Unlimited with ineligible driver UPDATE
Will someone replace Stewart for the Sprint Unlimited?
NASCAR has ruled the no. 14 Chevrolet of Stewart-Haas Racing will be eligible for Saturday night's Sprint Unlimited race despite driver Tony Stewart not being in the driver's seat.
Stewart, who was sidelined after injuring his back in an ATV accident, will be replaced by Brian Vickers for both the Sprint Unlimited and Daytona 500 to be run next Sunday.
2/10/16 NASCAR is considering whether to allow Stewart-Haas Racing to enter a replacement of its choosing in the #14 Chevy for Tony Stewart, who is sidelined indefinitely after fracturing his back in an ATV accident last month.
An SHR spokesman said the team continues to prepare a car for the Sprint Unlimited even though its plans for an interim driver (supposedly Brian Vickers for Daytona, Ty Dillon after) haven't been finalized. Eligibility for the Sprint Unlimited, a 70-lap exhibition race, is tied to the driver and open to pole winners, Sprint Unlimited winners, Daytona 500 pole winners and Chase drivers.
Of course, the general perception here, whether fair or unfair, is that Chilton, the son of insurance entrepreneur Grahame Chilton, purchased his ride using his father’s connections. And it takes little more than a quick Google search to reveal that Capsicum Re, the reinsurance division of Grahame Chilton’s investment company Capsicum, is in “a joint venture partnership with Arthur J. Gallagher,” as it says on the website. AR1 has also heard from sources that AJG has an option to purchase Capsicum although that is not confirmed.
Vickers to replace injured Tony Stewart at Daytona
Tony Stewart is recovering from a fractured vertebra, so Brian Vickers will reportedly take his place in the Sprint Unlimited race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday.
The Associated Press' Jenna Fryer reported on the expected NASCAR lineup change Wednesday.
Stewart injured himself while riding an all-terrain vehicle on vacation on the West Coast, according to a news release from Stewart-Haas Racing. This upcoming season is meant to be the 44-year-old veteran's last.
Chip Ganassi has great respect for Roger Penske. Penske runs Fords in NASCAR.
NASCAR team owner Chip Ganassi has refused to rule out a future switch from Chevrolet to Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup having strengthened its ties with the manufacturer ahead of the 2016 season.
CGR has been synonymous with Chevrolet in NASCAR, but the team is strengthening its ties with Ford after joining forces to spearhead its new Le Mans and World Endurance Championship program having worked together during the Daytona Prototype sportscar era.
It also enjoys success in IndyCar using Chevy engines.
Though eponymous owner Ganassi maintains he is happy running three programs with three different partners, he suggests there is potential for more homogeneity with Ford in the future, saying 'I would never say never. I would not rule it out all.
Brian Vickers is expected to be announced as Tony Stewart's replacement in the no. 14 entry for Stewart-Haas Racing for the season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 21
Stewart-Haas Racing has scheduled a press conference for this Friday to announce a replacement for Stewart, who suffered a severe back injury that could keep him out for up to six months.
Vickers himself has been sidelined since last season after suffering from blood clots and will need medical clearance from NASCAR before he can race in the Daytona 500. Vickers has been without a ride since Michael Waltrip Racing folded at the end of the 2015 season.
Mercedes to place Wehrlein at Manor (6th Update) UPDATE #6
Stephen Fitzpatrick, Pascal Wehrlein & Dave Ryan at Manor Racing
MANOR PRESS RELEASE: Manor Racing is to give rising star Pascal Wehrlein his Formula 1 racing debut.
The 21 year old reigning DTM Champion and Mercedes-Benz Junior driver, from Sigmaringen in Germany, will pilot the all-new Manor Racing MRT05 race car when it hits the track for testing in Barcelona on 22 February. Pascal will take part in both pre-season tests ahead of his first Grand Prix in Melbourne.
V8 Series eyes more international expansion The V8 Supercar Championship is still intent on expanding further beyond Australia and New Zealand. The V8 series will race this year in Malaysia, while an additional race in Asia as well as the Middle East and even Russia are under consideration for future years.
“At the moment we’re a little bit spoiled for choice for the 2017 calendar for all the things we have on the radar,” series CEO James Warburton told Australia's Auto Action. “I’d say we’ve got at least another two international races which we should confirm in the first half of this year.
There has been speculation regarding the status of the #98 BHA w/Curb-Agajanian IndyCar seat, which was occupied last season by IndyCar Rookie of the Year Gabby Chaves. A few weeks ago, team owner Bryan Herta told Motorsport.com that “barring something crazy happening, I’m sticking with Gabby" for 2016. While Herta did note that the deal was not finalized the general tone seemed to be that the team was working towards continuing with Chaves. Fast forward to this weekend, and speculation arose on internet forums and social media that Chaves might not be back with the team.
(GMM) Kevin Magnussen and his long-time manager Dorte Riis Madsen are set to split, according to the Danish newspaper BT.
The report said it was the young Danish driver, and not his female manager Madsen, who negotiated with Renault and other teams and secured his return to F1 for 2016.
It is believed Magnussen, 23, was also supported in the deal by the Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen, whose Jack and Jones fashion label is a new sponsor of the Renault works team for this year.
NASCAR expected to announce charter system Tuesday NASCAR will hold a press conference Tuesday afternoon at 1:30pm with NASCAR CEO Brian France where they are expected to announce the details on a new charter system for Sprint Cup teams. The agreement is expected to guarantee a certain number of starting spots in the field to certain owners and shrink the race field to 40 cars. The system would provide owners with additional revenue and give them more value for their teams. The press conference will be shown online at NASCAR.com.
Jeb Burton to Petty Team Jayski rumors that Jeb Burton, former driver for BK Racing (#23 & #26 Toyota) in the Sprint Cup Series last season, will drive for Richard Petty Motorsports in the XFINITY Series this season bringing sponsor Estes with him. No word if full or part time.
Tony Stewart still faces a long and difficult road to recovery, but roughly 48 hours after undergoing spinal stabilization surgery, informed sources say the Indiana native is progressing well in his rehabilitation. The three-time Sprint Cup Series champion underwent surgery Wednesday to remove dangerous bone fragments from the area of the fracture and stabilize the affected vertebra.
While many victims of burst fractures are forced to wear a stabilizing brace for 2-3 months post-op, the procedure performed on Stewart reportedly will not require a brace. In fact, sources say Stewart was on his feet and walking by Friday.
BHA to run 2nd entry at Indy? The website MarottiRacing.com mentions that Marotti Racing intends to field a car in conjunction with Bryan Herta Autosport for this coming May's 100th Indianapolis 500 Presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. The site has a picture of a red, white and black liveried IndyCar sporting the No. 82 with Honda, Firestone and Marotti Racing decals. It appears to have a crowd-funding element as there is a link for which people can donate to Fisher House, a charity for veterans.
We're not sure of the viability of this effort, as we did not see Marotti Racing listed as a partner on the BHA website and we don't recall a press release of any kind mentioning the effort.
Copyright 1999-2019 | AutoRacing1 is an independent internet online publication and is not affiliated with, sponsored by, or endorsed by IndyCar, NASCAR, FIA, or any series sponsor.
This material may not be published, broadcast, or redistributed without permission.