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DRS could remain, 2021 cars to be noisier and faster (Update)
UPDATE Ross Brawn has revealed that the 2021 cars will lose just a fraction of their downforce when following another car closely and that they will be "noisier and even more powerful".
"At the moment, we have a car running in CFD and windtunnels which when they are behind another car loses 5% of its downforce," Brawn told Sky Sports F1. "That is pretty small. At the moment, when they get nose-to-tail, the car behind loses 50% of the downforce.
Hanoi Vietnam will be 22, Zandvoort would be 23, and Brawn expects no loss of others
(GMM) Ross Brawn has suggested Liberty Media's plan to expand the calendar to 25 races is on track.
Currently, there are 21 races, but most teams argue that they are on the limit in terms of being able to cope with that logistically.
And it is rumored that a Dutch GP at Zandvoort is about to be added to the 2020 calendar. Brawn, Liberty Media's F1 sporting boss, admitted in Bahrain that there is an "exciting new race in the pipeline".
Did Hiroto Saikawa frame Ghosn to stop the merger?
UPDATE On Wednesday, an external committee reviewing Nissan’s corporate governance suggested that enough facts exist to suspect Carlos of violating securities law and misusing company funds. However, the committee’s findings include a line indicating that Saikawa signed off on Ghosn’s retirement package.
“Regarding the post retirement treatment of Mr. Ghosn, Mr. Ghosn, through Mr. Kelly as the person responsible for Global Human Resources and Legal, obtained documents signed by the current CEO,” Bloomberg quoted the committee as saying, noting that the panel did not elaborate on the contents of the retirement deal.
IndyCar/NASCAR Cup doubleheader being planned (Update)
AJ Foyt winning Daytona 500 in 1972
UPDATE SBD's Adam Stern tweeted today that IndyCar is still open to a doubleheader with NASCAR's Cup Series, but talks have only gotten to a conceptual stage and are not advanced, per source.
Under the proper circumstances, IndyCar remains open to running on a Friday or Saturday before NASCAR Cup runs the next day.
10/01/18 AutoRacing1.com has, on these very pages more than once, suggested that IndyCar and NASCAR Monster Cup run on the same weekend at the same track with a few drivers from both sides running both races. It would be a huge PR plus for both series faced with plummeting TV ratings.
Photos have been leaked of what the 2021 Formula 1 cars could look like by Mark Antar Design. The new look is quite different from what the cars look like currently and resemble the current IndyCar in many respects.
Formula 1 is looking to implement a number of changes by 2021 in a bid to make racing more exciting and as we know, IndyCar racing takes far more talent because the cars are harder to drive. IndyCar Racing is also superior in the number of passes you see in the races. F1 cars may be a lot faster but in F1 the car is 99% of the equation, which pretty much means the engineers, and not the driver, are everything.
One of these major changes is allowing the cars to follow each other better. This would make for closer racing as there would not be as much of a disadvantage in the midfield. So it appears F1 has learned from IndyCar that racing is supposed to be a sport about athletic ability, not an engineering exercise, and are going to remove all those aero crutches and make the cars much cleaner aerodynamically.
Supercars to take away Penske Mustang CoG advantage (Update)
Roger unhappy Supercars too away his 'Unfair Advanatage' (Recall the book)
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today.
Supercars has ratified center of gravity tweaks to both the Ford Mustang and Holden Commodore ahead of next week’s Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint following testing.
The test was triggered by claims from rival teams that the Mustang holds a significant CoG and aero advantage over the Commodore and Nissan Altima Supercars following its impressive championship debut.
With Brickyard 400 moving to July 5th, will IndyCar season end at Indy?
Can it really be happening?
On the 2020 NASCAR schedule announced today, Indianapolis Motor Speedway moves to the cornerstone spot on the NASCAR schedule - the July 4th weekend, which previously was occupied by Daytona International Speedway. Daytona will instead host the regular-season finale on Aug. 29. The Brickyard 400 (Big Machine Vodka 400 ) will run July 5th in 2020 rather than in September as it did last year and this year.
Editor's Note: That opens the door for IndyCar to finally do what is right starting in 2020 - end its season on the Indy oval - a 400 miler - in September - rather than at Laguna Seca and it's sparse crowd that will make IndyCar look like a complete loser.
NASCAR change at Pocono will help IndyCar (Update)
IndyCar gets a big break at Pocono for 2020
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. NASCAR announced it's 2020 schedule Tuesday. A summer stretch includes a doubleheader weekend at Pocono Raceway that will see back-to-back NASCAR Cup Series races on the same weekend. The first such instance in the NASCAR modern era, this doubleheader on Saturday, June 27, and Sunday, June 28, also ensures the season ends one week earlier on Nov. 8. and frees up the Pocono schedule so the NASCAR race is not right before the IndyCar race.
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's announcement:
Mick Schumacher is set to complete the second day of testing for Alfa Romeo Racing in Bahrain. The German driver, who is a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA) and currently competing in the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship, has demonstrated his determination and talent over the course of the past years, steadily working his way up the ranks in various junior racing categories.
UPDATE For those of you who may have read this article late last night when it was originally posted, or early this morning, it has been updated below.
03/24/19 Saturday was noticeably cooler and more overcast than Friday at the Circuit of the Americas, but except for a few light rain drops, the day remained dry and the spectators, perhaps 10,000 in number sat in comfortable temperatures to watch what turned out to be an exciting IndyCar qualifying session.
Friday turned out to be a beautiful day here in Austin as the IndyCars ran their usual two Friday practice sessions - sunny skies, temperatures in the 70s with low humidity. You could not ask for a more perfect day for racing.
It was my first visit to the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) and my first impression was the massiveness of the facility. I heard many comments from folks saying that too bad all the IndyCar tracks were not this nice. Definitely built to F1 standards.
(GMM) Toto Wolff has rubbished rumors he might be part of a movement to set up a rival world championship.
Auto Motor und Sport reveals that, last month, the Mercedes boss met with former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, and Racing Point owner and billionaire Lawrence Stroll.
There's growing speculation that France's PSA Group is, at the very least, open to the idea of a merger or acquisition of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
The heads of both automakers reportedly told journalists separately at this month's Geneva International Motor Show that the possibility of an alliance with another automaker was possible, a goal often touted by late FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne in order to meet emissions targets as well as develop costly electric and self-driving technologies.
Like we said, what does GM know about designing a mid-engine high performance car. Anyone buying the first ones off the line might be in for many recalls.
UPDATE Last Friday, Hagerty reported that it has dug up three reasons why the hotly anticipated mid-engine Corvette hasn't surfaced yet.
Reason number one is a rumor we've heard before. According to sources, the mid-engine Corvette has issues with the new electrical architecture. The report said every GM vehicle is moving to the new architecture to support 100 or more computer modules communicating with a CAN bus, or computer area network. Apparently, engineers have had many issues sorting out the bugs in the mid-engine Corvette and other unnamed models.
Sunday’s crowd for the St. Petersburg GP appeared up significantly. The entire weekend went off without a hitch and the weather cooperated. Hats off to Green Savoree for a successful, but more importantly, building race event. Date equity is so important and St. Pete has used that to grow.
We talked to the NTT Data representatives at the race this weekend and they told AR1.com that NTT really wants an IndyCar race in Japan. It comes down to money (Motegi needs resurfacing) and to finding a date.
UPDATE Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, owners of IndyCar, has confirmed to motorsport.com that the series is in talks with promoters Grupo OSD about a race at the Circuito San Juan Villicum in Argentina.
Stephen Starks, IndyCar’s VP of promoter and media partner relations, has visited the track, which hosted its first World Superbike event last year, while OSD has been in St. Petersburg for the NTT IndyCar Series season opener.
Beautiful Chamber of Commerce weather has graced St. Petersburg this year.
Attendance was definitely up this year on Saturday with beautiful 80-degree sunshine. The expectation is that Sunday could see the biggest crowd in recent memory.
We hear that Honda, after getting beat by Chevy at Indy last year, has put a lot of work into their Indy 500 engine for this year, although the rules do not allow that much to be developed on the 2019 and 2020 engines – the last two years before the new, larger engine in 2021. We hear the main focus was on combustion chamber modeling to improve the burn of the air fuel mixture with the goal of gaining HP.
The 2019 IndyCar season is underway and Friday all the teams were in full force preparing for the opening race in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Some big news for James Davison who, with backing from Jonathan Byrd and Brian Belardi, was announced as Dale Coyne Racing's third entry for this year's Indy 500. We hear Dale Coyne has decided he will run just the three cars - Davison, Ferrucci and Bourdais.
NASCAR Could Go West After Daytona With '20 Schedule
Las Vegas could follow the Daytona 500 in 2020
NASCAR is evaluating a possible change to the start of the ’20 season that would see the series go straight to its West Coast swing following the Daytona 500, a move that would shuffle Atlanta further back in the schedule, Adam Stern sources tell him.
The sanctioning body is in the midst of planning next year’s schedule, and President Steve Phelps has said that he expects there to be some meaningful changes for ’20, though the series can’t drastically overhaul the slate until ’21. zzz
NASCAR has been going to Atlanta Motor Speedway after the season opener at Daytona for years, but the track has faced tough weather at times because of its late February date, which can lead to lower attendance.
Going to the West Coast after Daytona would give NASCAR a better chance of having warmer weather both for that second race and for a later stop in Atlanta.
Sources said the series is indeed now looking into the possibility of going to Las Vegas Motor Speedway after Daytona. SMI owns both AMS and LVMS, and the track operator is involved in schedule planning. NASCAR and SMI declined comment. Adam Stern/SBD
80% charge in 4m40s - sounds like they have had a breakthrough in Supercapacitors
The Piech Mark Zero is taking concrete shape. We have the first teaser shots sent out by the company co-founded by Ferdinand Piech’s son Anton ("Toni") and Rea Stark Rajcic; now we get illustrations that are a lot more detailed, and some promising background on this upcoming supercar.
We now know the dimensions of the supercar, which is still in the concept stage: At 174.5 inches long, 78.4 inches wide, and 49.2 inches tall, it is slightly shorter and lower but significantly wider than a Porsche 911. And its wheelbase of 103.1 inches is a lot longer than the 911’s, making for very favorable proportions.
Kyle Busch eyes 2020 Indy 500 Bob Pockrass on NASCAR Race day said NASCAR Monster Cup driver Kyle Busch smiled when he asked him about his new contract with Joe Gibbs Racing and whether the Indy 500 was restricted.
Pockrass says expect Kyle Busch to start working on a 2020 Indy 500 ride. Busch had a deal done in 2017 but Joe Gibbs said no. His brother Kurt Busch drove for Andretti Autosport in 2014 and did very well.
Don't be surprised if Kyle Busch approaches Michael Andretti about a similar deal as long a Toyota says yes to him driving a Honda powered car. They said yes for Fernando Alonso to drive a Chevy at Indy and a Cadillac at the Rolex 24.
Error will cost COTA $25 million in state funding (Update)
Without $25M a year in State funding the USGP will lose its shirt and go belly-up quickly. F1 races are not profitable, it's just voo-doo economics.
UPDATE It is believed that an appeal process is ongoing, which may reverse the decision.
The circuit admits that the prevention plan was not submitted by the deadline but says that it continued with the anti-human-trafficking efforts that it had outlined before its 2018 MotoGP race at COTA in April and argues that the tracks' human trafficking policies stayed in place throughout the entire 2018 race season.
Epstein says that there were mistakes made by everyone over the missing plan relating to human trafficking, but says that all those involved are trying to find a solution that works and is in line with the law.
IndyCar to SkySports in the UK in 2019 (2nd Update)
IndyCar on Sky Sports in the UK
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's announcement - see Hot News.
02/28/19 Sky sports is showing TBA in the Sky F1 schedule on Sunday 10th March from 16:30 to 20:30. Sounds like the St. Pete race to us.We are getting word now that IndyCar will be broadcast on Skysports in the UK. This is a very good thing if true.
There's also a 90-minute TBA in the Sky Sports F1 schedule for Saturday 9th March from 19:30 to 21:00. Sounds like St. Pete qualifying to us.
Pippa Mann to attempt to qualify for the Indy 500 with Clauson-Marshall Racing (Update)
Mann was too slow to qualify last year - shown here in her emotional Bump Day press conference
UPDATE McLaren has confirmed Fernando Alonso will race the #66 entry in the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 this season.
02/26/19 Indianapolis 500 veteran Pippa Mann will drive for Clauson-Marshall Racing in this year’s running of IndyCar’s most famous race.
In Mann’s seven Indy 500 attempts, she has usually driven for Dale Coyne Racing on one occasion. She drove for Conquest Racing in her first Indy 500 start back in 2011. But the 35-year-old Briton is expected to take her ride-buyer money elsewhere this year.
Last year it was James Hinchcliffe and Pippa Mann crying on Bump Day for the Indy 500
With an array of new teams and expanded programs, the pathway to the Indianapolis 500’s "healthiest entry list in more than a decade is starting to take shape," and as many as 38 drivers "could turn up to fight for a place" on the '19 grid, according to Marshall Pruett of RACER.com.
A team rep for Andretti Autosport said making a sixth car available, bringing the potential tally up to 39 cars, was "wishful thinking."
We were told many times that IndyCar could no longer race on the Motegi oval because it was damaged from the Japanese earthquake and subsequent tsunami of March 11th in 2011.
We were lied to.
Takuma Sato ran his IndyCar around the track at speed as part of Honda’s ‘Thanks Day’ event in 2017, and the circuit has confirmed to Motorsport Week that the oval course is “not damaged… but we don’t use it for racing now”. This suggests that if any repairs are needed, the costs should be reasonable, perhaps a resurfacing.
NASCAR has been soliciting opinions from industry stakeholders on whether they would like to see a reduced schedule starting in 2021, sources say, the clearest sign yet that a shortening of the season is under serious consideration.
The five-year sanctioning agreements that NASCAR signed with tracks in 2016 go through 2020, so its top-flight Monster Energy Series couldn’t drastically alter its schedule until 2021. The series is looking at making changes with its current tracks for the 2020 schedule, but those will be less dramatic, such as changing the order of the schedule or maybe having one or two tracks run their road course configurations. But the 2020 campaign will feature 36 points races as usual.
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