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Furniture Row close to 2nd entry for 2017 Furniture Row Racing is close to finalizing the addition of a second car in addition to Martin Truex Jr.'s No. 78 Toyota for the 2017 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
FS1's "NASCAR RaceDay" reporter Kaitlyn Vincie spoke with Furniture Row's general manager Joe Garone Sunday morning about the future plans.
It is rumored that XFINITY Series driver Erik Jones will drive for the second full-time team.
Sachsenring could host 2017 German GP (Update) UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today - it's a typical Bernie Ecclestone strategy to get an existing race promoter to cough up more money. Reports that the Sachsenring could be in the running to rescue the German GP for 2017 have been played down.
Germany's Auto Bild reported at Hockenheim that the well-known MotoGP venue has been targeted by Bernie Ecclestone as a potential venue to take over from struggling Hockenheim and the Nurburgring -- perhaps with a reduced fee.
But track chief Ruben Zeltner told Leipziger Volkszeitung newspaper: "The track is not suitable for it (formula one)."
Ferrari's Allison linked with Renault return (3rd Update) UPDATE Ferrari has confirmed that James Allison has departed the squad, with Mattia Binotto installed as Chief Technical Officer. So Arrivabene saying, just two days ago, the rumors of Allison's departure were just BS was his way of blowing smoke up the media's posterior.
Now we await the announcement Allison has joined Renault.
His Ferrari contract may stipulate he spends one year on gardening leave.
IndyCars tipped to return to Gold Coast of Australia (4th Update) UPDATE
Stick a fork in the idea of an IndyCar race in Australia in February.
Supercars is "unlikely" to shift its Gold Coast event from its current October slot, despite IndyCar wanting to tie an Australian return into a February date.
Motorsport.com revealed yesterday that a Surfers Paradise return remains on IndyCar's radar, but only if the visit to Queensland can happen in February.
With high costs meaning that setting up the street circuit twice in one year is essentially unfeasible, IndyCar would only be able to get its wish if Supercars agreed to a February date as well – which would mean shifting it from its now traditional post-Bathurst spot.
(GMM) McLaren has played down rumors Stoffel Vandoorne could be on the verge of returning to the F1 grid.
The McLaren-backed junior made his grand prix debut this year when Fernando Alonso was injured, but he is now being linked with Rio Haryanto's place at Manor.
International publications De Telegraaf (The Netherlands) and Marca (Spain) said because Indonesian Haryanto's backing has run out, Vandoorne could make his bow for the backmarker team as soon as the Belgian grand prix in a month.
NASCAR may use more timing zones at IMS NASCAR [employed] additional timing zones on pit road for [Saturday's] NASCAR Xfinity race and if all [went] well, those timing zones will be used in Sunday's Brickyard 400, NASCAR confirmed to NBC Sports. There were 12 timing zones along pit road - up from six previously at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. There [was] be a timing zone about every 3.5 pit stalls on average. Those are being added to limit drivers accelerating toward their pit stall and passing cars. That became a bigger issue after NASCAR penalized Martin Truex Jr. for passing Kevin Harvick on pit road during the Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway earlier this month. NASCAR experimented with the additional timing lines last weekend at New Hampshire and had no issue. NBC Sports
First, let's state there is no reason to believe Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will announce his retirement soon. As of this writing, Earnhardt will miss this weekend's Brickyard 400, as well as the following event at Pocono Raceway. There has been nothing stated, though, about plans beyond Pocono.
However, with an injury as dangerous as a concussion and his history of suffering similar injuries, there is always a chance that NASCAR's Most Popular Driver may put his health above everything else and step away from the sport.
With such a decision would come ramifications to be felt across NASCAR.
Due to how F1 is being run, Fernando Alonso has had it. He’s at his wits end, and he told Autosport.com that he’s exploring the options outside of F1 for the 2018 season and beyond.
“I’m not at all happy for some things that are happening, we can never drive the cars to their real limit; we can never attack as much as we would like because the tires don’t allow you to… To be quick in today’s F1, you must not attack too much, that’s the secret, but that’s something against a driver’s instincts.” Alonso told the racing website.
He went on to say driving the F1 cars nowadays has become too easy and less physically demanding.
Ocon to replace Palmer Esteban Ocon, who is under contract to Mercedes but on loan to Renault, looks highly unlikely to graduate to the Mercedes team next season, with Nico Rosberg set to sign a new deal to partner Lewis Hamilton through to 2018. Meanwhile Pascal Wehrlein is waiting in the wings should that not happen.
Ocon is however a prime candidate to take up a seat at Renault next year, with Palmer on a one-year deal.
Hendrick looking to extend relationship with Dale Jr.
Seems to us that Rick Hendrick and Dale Jr. are going to be business partners for years to come
LOUDON, N.H. – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team owner Rick Hendrick said driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. will undergo additional tests early next week as the popular driver works through concussion-like symptoms that sidelined him for Sunday’s New Hampshire 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
"I'm not a doctor but he's running through a bunch of tests, going to have some more tests the first of the week and he's doing good," Hendrick told members of the media Sunday morning at NHMS. "He wants to be in the car. The doctor's going to tell him when it's OK for him to be back. I know he's anxious, and we want him back as soon as the doctor gives him clearance."
Team officials announced July 14 that Earnhardt, winner of 26 Sprint Cup races, had not been cleared to race this weekend after visiting doctors for what he thought was a possible sinus infection.
IndyCar: Australia race, new body kits, TV ratings
Tim Cindric makes it sound like Roger Penske isn't keen on IndyCar going back to Australia. If that is the case, the series won't be going back
Australia Team Penske president Tim Cindric said that although his organization would benefit commercially from a rumored resumption of IndyCar street racing in Gold Coast, Australia, that alone would not necessarily be enough to garner its support.
Multiple media outlets in Australia reported local organizers' were negotiating with Queensland government officials about bringing IndyCar back to the long-time open wheel destination popular with drivers and fans as part of a potential bill with the Virgin Australia Supercars. Team Penske fields a two-car Supercars team with Dick Johnson Racing. That peg, plus Penske's business-to-business interests in Australia with Western Star truck sales would seemingly make owner Roger Penske a key figure in the prospects of the race, especially considering that he and many of his counterparts have been tepid on racing outside of North America.
Rumor again has it that the Toronto IndyCar race may be moving to Canadian Motorsport Park, affectionately known to Canadians as Mosport.
What will happen at Exhibition Place when Hotel X opens? Will the hotel dictate more changes to the track, like this year's pits lane? Will the hotel not object to having to restrict entry to the hotel for 4 or 5 days while the races take over the streets surrounding them?
We know this same venue was a choice last year when the Pan Am Games forced the promoter to change the date of the IndyCar race. But we heard the owners were not keen on moving the race east about an hour and a half. Also, the hotel will be sold out with race personnel, so why should Hotel X object to the race from a business standpoint?
Toronto IndyCar race start location to change? (Update) UPDATE I talked with Mike Kitchel about whether there would be a change to the location of the start of the race. He said that decision would not be made until later today. I think they will gauge the start of the other races today to determine whether the show for the fans is a better option than the drivers' request to make a change for safety reasons. Lucille Dust reporting from Toronto
New Toronto pit lane layout has ruined the 'character' of the track. The best start ever in Toronto? 2007 when it was a standing start.
With the new Toronto track configurations there’s a lot of talk among the IndyCar drivers and race officials about where the start the race on Sunday. Of course if they did standing starts we would not even be having this discussion.
In order to accommodate the new pitlane turns 9 through 11 had to be narrowed so getting the full field thru there 2-wide is impossible. Therefore the start is going to be very ragged if the S/F line remains where it always has been. As they do in Mid-Ohio, they are talking about starting the race on the backstraight where few fans will see it. Again, if they were doing standing starts like real men, we would not be having this discussion, the S/F location can be where it always has been and the full field of cars could do a standing start in front of the grandstands where all the paying customers are.
Rumor has it that Jeff Gordon would return to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition in place of Dale Earnhardt Jr. next weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway if Earnhardt has not fully recovered from concussion-like symptoms.
Gordon, a four-time champion in NASCAR's premier series, ended his full-time driving career last season. All of his 93 victories and 797 starts came during his 23-year career with Hendrick Motorsports, which fields four cars including the No. 88 Chevrolet driven by Earnhardt Jr.
Hendrick Motorsports announced Thursday that Earnhardt would miss this Sunday's New Hampshire 301with concussion-like symptoms. Earnhardt also missed time in the 2012 season, sitting out two races after sustaining two concussions in a stretch of six weeks.
Maurizio Arrivabene - as Ferrari falls further behind, his job is at risk
(GMM) An insider who is famously close to Ferrari has played down rumors Maurizio Arrivabene could lose his job.
Sections of the infamously tough Italian press have declared that the Maranello marque is once again in "crisis", after starting the year hot on Mercedes' heels but now having fallen behind Red Bull.
Not only that, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone said in a recent interview that Ferrari "has become very Italian again", declaring that the team needs its president Sergio Marchionne to get involved "seven days a week, 24 hours a day".
Apple Computer to buy F1 (2nd Update) UPDATE (GMM) Apple, the famous American multinational technology company, has been linked with buying F1's commercial rights.
Potential buyers of the majority stake in the sport currently owned by CVC have been the subject of speculation for some time, but it is the first time Apple, the famous Steve Jobs-founded creator of the iPhone, has been mentioned.
The rumor began to do the rounds this week after the report of an F1 blogger, but the technology media world reacted with skepticism.
'Apple Insider' said the blogger was "unable to nail down details, or indeed procure any concrete information beyond hearsay".
IndyCar to replace Brembo? (Update) UPDATE "We tried three different manufacturers, Brembo and another two, and I found something I was really happy with and consistent that was up to the standard IndyCar was looking for," Tony Kanaan told RACER. "Hopefully they will go that direction."
Based on feedback from multiple sources, it's believed PFC's braking solution provided the performance and consistency that IndyCar drivers have been seeking since the DW12's introduction. The brake vendor evaluation was part of a larger agenda by IndyCar that includes possible changes to the use of aero kits, added cockpit safety measures and other technical developments that would carry the series into the next decade. Racer.com
IndyCar looking at all areas of car (Update) UPDATE According to AR1.com sources, IndyCar is close to locking down the aerokits as they are until at least 2018. This will ensure the Honda are always at the back of the grid and the Chevys at the front. If this rumor is true it's the most idiotic decision we have heard in a very long time to come out of IndyCar, and there have been many.
Meanwhile, on the Superspeedways the Chevy Butt Bumpers are closed off like the Hondas and the Hondas have a fighting chance (Indy, Pocono and Texas). At all the other tracks the Chevy Butt Bumpers are open for air to flow thru, while Honda's remain closed off so they can tow those parachutes around the track and run at the back.
Iowa Speedway is owned by NASCAR. NASCAR wants NASCAR to succeed before IndyCar. Don't hold your breath they will do IndyCar any favors, as in - move race to different weekend. Duh.....
There are no better fans than the ones in Iowa, no better short track than Iowa Speedway, no better title sponsor than Iowa Corn and no better ally of IndyCar than president Jimmy Small.
But Sunday's turnout was disappointing, the 25,000-seat grandstands maybe half full (AR1 says 1/3 full at best), and the 4:40 p.m. local start wasn't any more well received than the 1 p.m. green flag a few years ago.
Rumors swirling around Sainz Jr. future (3rd Update) UPDATE (GMM) Carlos Sainz and Toro Rosso have rejected the latest speculation about the Spaniard's future in F1.
Although the energy drink company recently took up the 2017 option on Sainz's contract, many suggested it occurred suspiciously early in the season.
It triggered rumors in the Spanish press that Red Bull might in fact not place keep the 21-year-old at Toro Rosso next year, but instead trade him with the Renault works team in exchange for cheaper engines.
Known for innovative technology, especially in the realm of electric cars that do not require gasoline, Tesla is rumored to roll out its first line of trucks in 2017. While details concerning the body, specific mechanics and electric engine largely remain a mystery, Tesla does promise that the vehicle will be able to haul and tow significant loads just like any other truck.
Since most Tesla vehicles features curves rather than boxy shapes, the upcoming truck is likely to fall in line with this style. RMAutoBuzz.com
Haryanto to buy Manor ride for $12.8m (5th Update) UPDATE Manager Piers Hunnisett has been working hard behind the scenes to secure the amount required to see Haryanto through to the end of the year, which is close to being in place according to Autosport.
"At the moment I'm quite confident things are going to turn out well," said Haryanto. "I've obviously been focusing a lot on doing the best job I can and getting the results I wanted, that I don't get distracted by things going on behind me.
"What happens now is all down to my management, and from what I've been told by my management, everything seems quite good. I just have to keep on pushing, to keep doing the best I can and get the best results for the team."
Honda eyeing Formula E Formula 1 manufacturer Honda is looking into the possibility of entering Formula E, engine chief Yusuke Hasegawa reveals.
Autosport revealed the news, saying that Hasegawa spoke about the prospect of joining the electronic motorsport series, which started in Oct. 2014.
“Of course there are some possibilities we will join FE,” he said to Autosport. “In the company some of the members want to join FE as well.”
He said that they weren’t plans yet to make the move and join manufacturers like Renault and more recently Jaguar. While the finance aspect of it wouldn’t be an issue for the company, the worry is that they wouldn’t be able to get the staff needed to run.
“As a technical point of view it is interesting but from a racing point of view it is not attractive yet,” Hasegawa goes on to say. He is probably talking about the need to have two cars in the race and a mandatory pit stop to swap machines.
Which IndyCar race will be dropped in 2017? When talking about the 2017 IndyCar schedule, IndyCar CEO Mark Miles said to racer.com, "....we're good with everyone on this year's calendar except one, so there's not a whole lot of room [for new races]."
Which 2016 race is Mark Miles suggesting might be dropped? Texas attendance has been dropping precipitously. Sonoma attendance is always marginal. Iowa attendance has been dropping now that NASCAR owns the track. Any other guesses?
International group & Ericsson backers behind Sauber rescue (2nd Update) UPDATE (GMM) It is Marcus Ericsson's main backer that is rescuing and buying the embattled Sauber team.
That is the claim of the respected Brazilian journalist Livio Oricchio, amid reports the Swiss team might be mere days from making an official announcement.
In April, it emerged that Sauber was only able to make the trip to Shanghai for the Chinese grand prix due to a bail-out by individuals connected with Tetra Pak, a packaging company, and other Ericsson backers.
Red Bull could revive old Spielberg layout (Update) UPDATE
Original circuit vs. new
(GMM) Dr Helmut Marko has played down rumors next year's Austrian grand prix could be held on a new layout at the Red Bull Ring.
Heading into last weekend's race at the picturesque Spielberg venue, reports emerged that team owner Dietrich Mateschitz was looking into reviving the old and audacious 'Westschleife' section.
But some reports suggested the renovations could be ready for the 2017 race, prompting world champion Lewis Hamilton to enthuse: "I think that's the best news I've heard in formula one for a long time."
(GMM) Rumors are linking Pascal Wehrlein with a potential move to Force India for 2017.
In Austria, after the rookie German qualified his Manor in 12th place and then secured an ultra-rare point for the backmarker team, Toto Wolff said any lingering doubts that Wehrlein is "very special" had been erased.
Wolff, the Mercedes chief, had negotiated the reigning DTM champion's Manor seat for 2016 and now the 21-year-old German says he wants more.
Interest from multiple NASCAR drivers in racing the Indianapolis 500
In the wake of Brad Keselowski taking a spin in his Indy car, Roger Penske says you could see another Sprint Cup driver soon at the Indianapolis 500 writes Nate Ryan of NBC Sports.
But it won’t necessarily be a Team Penske driver behind the wheel.
Penske hinted a few other NASCAR stars are poking around about the possibility of joining John Andretti, Tony Stewart, Robby Gordon and Kurt Busch as drivers who have raced the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 same-day doubleheader, known as “The Double” in racing circles.
IndyCar eyes race in Norfolk VA (Update) UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. Indy cars, streaking through downtown Norfolk, national TV coverage. A project two years in discussion, but unfortunately it’s not going to happen.
Plans for an IndyCar race in Norfolk were killed recently when city officials were not able to finalize a deal with IndyCar Series CEO Mark Miles.
The race, with the likes of Juan Pablo Montoya, Marco Andretti and Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi, was kept close to the vest–the city actually did an economic impact study last year, but the $18 million it would cost to put on the race may have been a little too much–especially with a new city council and new mayor ready to take office.
Montecalvo group pushing for Mediterranean GP in 2020
Ecclestone to Monza, either sign the contract I gave you our we'll race in Bari, Italy. Bernie gets these rumors started every time he wants a contract to be signed.
A group of businessmen from the Italian city of Bari have opened talks with Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone about holding a Mediterranean Grand Prix from 2020 on a track around its streets, Motorsport.com rumors.
Members of the group led by Italian Fabio Montecalvo are already believed to have secured 200 million Euros in investment for the project, which has begun a push to build up the further support required to make it a reality.
Montecalvo is president of sports marketing company FM Communication and it is understood he has backing from businessmen Ahmed Al Alaija and Naijd Al Khalifa.
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