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Proposed 2021 aero changes - much cleaner car on top
During Friday's Austrian GP Press Conference of Team and Manufacturers representatives Mario ISOLA (Pirelli), Andrew GREEN (Racing Point), Paul MONAGHAN (Red Bull Racing), Toyoharu TANABE (Honda), and Andreas SEIDL (McLaren) were asked about whether F1 should copy IndyCar and reduce the dependency on over the car downforce and increase the underbody downforce.
They answered as follows:
MI: I believe that we should look at any other series that’s providing the show, not just IndyCar. If we look at the other series with an open mind, we can find solutions also for Formula One, keeping in mind the DNA of Formula One because it is clear that we cannot have a Formula One that is a standard series like Formula Two or something like that. There are a lot of dedicated aspects to consider but observing the rest of motorsport with a critical view can only be positive.
Mark Miles caught zero on another fishing expedition.
UPDATE This rumor remains 'false' based on today's news - The prospect of IndyCar returning to the Gold Coast next year appears to be off the table with 2021 now suggested as the earliest possible date if a deal can be reached.
Talk of IndyCar coming back to Surfers Paradise emerged last year which saw Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk throw support behind the idea that resulted in a meeting with the boss of the American open wheel series, Mark Miles, in November.
IndyCar had highlighted that a February date would be preferred, which presented several challenges but not unfeasible with Supercars having considered starting its calendar in January.
Multiple sources within GM have told Muscle Cars & Trucks that the seventh-generation Chevrolet Camaro program initially in development has been suspended, and the nameplate will likely be shelved once again after 2023.
The current Camaro, the sixth-generation model, utilizes the dynamic Alpha platform that the Cadillac ATS and CTS utilized. Both are being discontinued, and will be replaced by the Cadillac CT4 and CT5, which utilize an updated version of the Alpha platform, called A2XX. Both the Camaro and the two Cadillac passenger cars mentioned are/will be built at the Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant in central Michigan.
Former Formula 1 driver and now Ziggo analyst Robert Doornbos believes the Honda engine is 60HP short compared to Mercedes. Doornbos, who drove for Red Bull, still has contacts within the team and has revealed the inside information.
"You can really see that he is doing well, building up pressure within the team," Doornbos begins his analysis by giving his latest assessment of Max Verstappen.
The Kangaroo Court, who wants Hamilton to win every race, did not have the spine to meet with Ferrari Face-to-Face
UPDATE The stewards (kangaroo court) from the Canadian Grand Prix, convened at Paul Ricard with one joining via teleconference, decided there are "no significant and relevant new elements which were unavailable to the parties at the time of the competition concerned".
Therefore, a review will not take place.
They determined that of the seven items Ferrari presented as evidence, five were "available before the end of the competition".
A video analysis performed by Karun Chandhok for Sky Sports F1 was also offered by Ferrari, but deemed "new but not significant and relevant as this is a personal opinion by a third party".
Did Carl Edwards quit NASCAR to avoid Carbon Monoxide poisoning? (Update)
With so many races and no pollution controls on the cars, NASCAR drivers are being slowly killed from inhaling CO from their car and the ones in front of them
UPDATE In the NASCAR Xfinity Series race this past weekend, Brandon Brown was on track in the middle of the second stage at Iowa Speedway when his engine went sour.
The Virginian’s cockpit began to fill with smoke. Brown thought he could still get something out of the car while on pit road, so he didn’t stop and instead just kept going–until he was overcome by fumes in the car.
This is the third time in this season alone that we’ve seen a driver be exposed to carbon monoxide.
A filing from General Motors with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office detailing an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission which could be used by the C8 Corvette has emerged online.
The patent, first picked up by Mid Engine Corvette Forum, was filed on November 13, 2015, but only granted on June 4, 2019. The 12-page document details an eight-speed gearbox by GM, but doesn’t specifically state what vehicles it could be used for. It does, however, include possible nine-speed and ten-speed derivatives as well.
This was a tough week for this reporter because I heard a whopper of a rumor about a major NASCAR team planning to shut down their operation for next season. While this information came from a usually reliable source I have known inside NASCAR for many years, I refuse to make huge waves based on one single rumor.
While I didn’t want to contact the team mentioned in the rumor yet, I did make a few other calls with my reliable sources within NASCAR and tap-danced around the issue without hearing anything close to a second source for the rumor. But if a Charter-owning team that runs up toward the front of the pack in NASCAR’s Cup Series is thinking about leaving at the end of the year, this move would be a major “Canary in the Coal Mine” for NASCAR.
Will Harding Steinbrenner Racing go belly-up? (Update)
UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. Harding Steinbrenner Racing has secured a multimillion deal for Green Energy Sustainable Solutions, Inc. (GESS) and Capstone Turbine Corp. to provide primary sponsorship for the rest of the season on the No. 88 Honda driven by 19-year-old rookie Colton Herta.
“To get those two companies to come aboard in-season with a multimillion dollar commitment, which will certainly allow us to continue to participate for the rest of this year more comfortably than we were able to do anything last year, that makes you feel great,” Harding Steinbrenner team president and former IndyCar executive Brian Barnhart said Friday.
Ferrari and Renault to form F1 alliance? (2nd Update)
Merger talk has been cancelled.
UPDATE This rumor is now downgraded to 'false.' Fiat Chrysler says political conditions in France caused it to withdraw its offer to merge with French automaker Renault.
The company says its board made the decision at a meeting Wednesday evening. An FCA statement says it has become clear that the political conditions don’t currently exist for the deal to proceed successfully.
FCA thanked Renault and its alliance partners Nissan and Mitsubishi for their constructive work on the proposal.
Buyers lining up for NASCAR, Maybe IndyCar, maybe more (Update)
Greg Maffei says Liberty has interest in buying NASCAR. As rumored by AR1.com on these pages, they also have an interest in IndyCar. However, IndyCar keeps saying they are not for sale, i.e. they prefer to remain small and irrelevant
UPDATE NASCAR’s proposed $2 billion takeover of International Speedway Corp. (ISC) has been framed by many as the racing circuit’s solution to cutting down on a marathon 38-race season schedule. The theory is that private ownership of 13 tracks (ISC’s 12 + Iowa Speedway) gives the racing circuit the flexibility needed to eliminate and/or move race dates and venues. But Chris Lencheski (a sports/media private equity CEO, a winning NASCAR team owner & LeMans racing promoter in D.C.) believes that there’s a larger play at “value creation” at stake here – “the chance to own the entirety of global motorsports for the first time, should someone be so motivated.”
Howie Long-Short: Mark Coughlin suggested back in late April that Sonic Financial Corp’s bid to take Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (TRK) private was the “first step” to a NASCAR roll-up, but Lencheski points out that it was actually the second step to this “global motorsports roll-up opportunity.” NASCAR’s April ’18 acquisition of Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) – stock car racing’s minor leagues – eliminated a potential competitor (in the late 90s/early 00s Bruton Smith expressed genuine interest in acquiring ARCA to compete with NASCAR) and started the chain of events.
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