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William Byron 'expected' to replace Kasey Kahne in 2018 (Update) UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's announcement. We have updated our 2018 NASCAR Silly Season page as well.
Byron (R) with team owner Rick Hendrick
Hendrick Motorsports is reportedly staying in-house for another 2018 Cup Series opening.
According to Sports Business Journal, William Byron is expected to be the next driver of the No. 5 car. The team announced Monday morning that Kasey Kahne would be out of the car at the end of the season and said plans for the team’s replacement driver would be announced at a later date.
Byron’s rise through the NASCAR ranks is nothing short of meteoric. He’s currently a rookie in the Xfinity Series -- and has won three races -- and made the move to the Xfinity Series after driving for a season in the Truck Series.
Based on what Fernando Alonso is reported to be getting to race in F1, it will be a cold day in hell before he quits to race in IndyCar. He makes more money than all the drivers combined in IndyCar.
Rumored 2017 F1 driver salaries 1. Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda $40 million including bonuses 2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes $31 million plus bonuses 3. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari $30 million plus bonuses 4. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes $8.5 million including bonuses 5. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari $7 million plus bonuses 6. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing $6.5 million plus bonuses 7. Felipe Massa Williams $5 million 8. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing $3 million plus bonuses
What is Alonso's future, F1 or IndyCar? (Update) UPDATE Alonso moving to IndyCar full-time in 2018 is fake news. This rumor is downgraded to 'false'. As one F1 team owner put it to AR1.com, "It will be a cold day in hell before Fernando runs full-time in IndyCar instead of F1."
07/30/17 Two-time F1 world champion Fernando Alonso has struggled to match his career heights due to poor luck. Could Alonso consider a move to IndyCar after the season? Comment
German firms to stop ICE development in as little as 6 years (Update) UPDATE Continental, a major supplier for automakers around the world, has come out with a bold prediction: internal-combustion engine development by German automakers will essentially end by the year 2025.
The supplier, which makes exhaust-gas-cleaning systems for diesel cars and nitrogen oxide-measuring sensors, lists several factors contributing to its prediction: the increasing costs of development, the end of diesel's dominance, and an overall shift to electric cars and other alternative propulsion methods.
Specifically, Continental CFO Wolfgang Schaefer predicts 2023 will be the final hurrah for German engines running on fossil fuels.
Low TV ratings on NBCSN will destroy any race series and NASCAR is not immune. With NASCAR now on NBCSN for almost 1/2 the season sponsors will no longer cough up $20, $30, $40 million a year on sponsorship
There’s a simple rule in politics and business that applies to NASCAR racing, too: Follow the money.
And if you look at the moves so far in this Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, they seem to have a common theme:
Matt Kenseth will be out at Joe Gibbs Racing next year, to be replaced by Erik Jones.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. retiring after this season, with Alex Bowman taking over for him at the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.
Stewart-Haas Racing declined to pick up Kurt Busch’s option.
Danica Patrick told USA Today that she might be released from the final year of her contract because the team doesn’t have a sponsor for next season.
Several midsized teams have not announced driver plans for next year, but could make major changes.
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Porsche’s mid-engined 911 RSR will be made available to customers beginning next year as part of the German manufacturer’s increased focus on GT racing, according to Porsche’s R&D chief Dr. Michael Steiner.
Steiner, a member of the Executive Board for Research & Development at Porsche AG, has confirmed that its race-winning GTE model is set to race in the hands of customer teams, in an move that will ultimately result in additional Porsches on the grid.
Santiago Urrutia - will he replace Hinchcliffe at SPM
UPDATE Belardi Auto Racing Indy Lights driver Santiago Urrutia made big announcement on Friday in Uruguay: "I have a preliminary contract to race in IndyCar in 2018", Urrutia said in a press conference.
"We are in negotiations with three IndyCar teams to race next year. We have 70% of the budget, we still have to work in the other 30 percent but we are on it. That 70 percent is confirmed."
Urrutia claimed that the 70 percent of the budget comes from the US and the rest should be gathered within Uruguay.
Andretti team trying to win BMW IMSA contract from Team Rahal A decision on BMW's factory team for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season is expected to be made within the next month, according to BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt.
While set to debut the new BMW M8 GTE next year, the German manufacturer is yet to finalize its factory partner for the IMSA portion of its program, which has been run by Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing since 2009.
Andretti Autosport, which will represent BMW in its upcoming entry into Formula E, is reportedly among the other teams that could be in contention for the GT Le Mans contract next year.
Force India Sale to Brabham, Ecclestone involved? (3rd Update) UPDATE Even though Mallya denies it this rumor won't go away. Now, if the rumors are to be believed, it appears as though a savior could be on the horizon in the form of former Brabham team boss and F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, who could be in the market to purchase the Force India team and rebrand it to revive the historic name.
When Autoweek asked Brabham about the rumor, he said, "Brabham is a brand with over 69 years of racing heritage and it is our intention to see the name back on track.
Winning car at Pocono was illegal (Update) UPDATE Below is a statement from Furniture Row Racing team president Joe Garone regarding today’s NASCAR announcement about the penalty issued to the No. 77 team for a rear suspension infraction at last Sunday’s race at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. The No. 77 crew chief Chris Gayle was fined $50,000 and penalized with a two-race suspension starting at this weekend’s race in Watkins Glen, N.Y. The team was also penalized 25 owner points and 25 driver points.
“We understand and accept NASCAR’s penalty to our No. 77 team. We will not appeal the unintentional infraction with the rear suspension and will move on with team engineer James Small taking over as the interim crew chief for the next two races.”
Maserati joins the crowd - cars to be all-electric
All motorsports series have some very hard choices to make - go all-electric to be relevant to passenger cars, or say screw it, we'll have screaming internal combustion engines outsourced to a third party and forego the manufacturer money.
During an intense four-week period where the car world spoke of little else but electric power - electric Volvos, electric Minis, Tesla’s Model 3, Porsche and Mercedes to Formula E, the Renault Zoe e-Sport - one of the last hold-outs for conventional engines is beginning to topple. Sergio Marchionne, the CEO of the Fiat-Chrysler Group, began to flesh out a plan to electrify the Group’s cars, beginning with Maserati and its long-postponed Alfieri smaller sports coupe (pictured above).
Earlier in the year the Group officially announced that it was developing an all-new electric platform for Maserati, but we now know that Maserati will be a springboard for EV technology that’ll migrate across the group.
Floundering Truck series to use standard Roger Penske engines
NASCAR has long entertained the idea of offering spec engines for the Camping World Truck Series and a rollout finally appears to be on the horizon writes Matt Weaver of AutoWeek.
GMS Racing tested two Roger Penske Ilmor Engine powered Trucks on Tuesday at Darlington, according to a report published in Motorsport.com. The same story stated that the motor produced speeds two-tenths faster than Chevrolet's engine and that NASCAR planned to meet with Truck teams on Tuesday to decide a direction.
Sebastien Bourdais seems to be itching to get back behind the wheel
UPDATE I bumped into Dale Coyne following the IndyCar morning warm up. Given, that it was the first time I had seen Coyne since the Indianapolis 500, I asked him how close Ed Jones was to winning the race. You might remember, the Dubai native ran over a piece of debris from the Jay Howard-Scott Dixon accident on lap 53. This put a hole in the floor of the No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda, and also damaged the rear wing.
While Jones still finished the race third, Coyne believes that without the damage, Jones would have battled with Helio Castroneves and eventual winner Takuma Sato for the victory. "He just didn't have the straightaway speed," said Coyne, referring to the drag the accident caused.
Fernando Alonso continues to be a subject of discussion here at Mid-Ohio
You surely read on AutoRacing1 earlier today the comments Fernando Alonso made yesterday at the Hungarian Grand Prix noting that a move to IndyCar next season for the disgruntled McLaren driver is a possibility. And the subject of Alonso has been one that we’ve heard discussed on numerous occasions so far this weekend here at Mid-Ohio. In fact, we checked with McLaren representatives here and they indicated that they’ve been hearing that Alonso to IndyCar in 2018 is a possibility.
Saavedra or Kaiser to drive for Juncos in 2018 (Update) UPDATE As always with racing, when in doubt follow the money. With IndyCar TV ratings so low on NBCSN teams like Juncos racing find it very hard to move up from Indy Lights (which is almost 100% ride-buyer funded) to IndyCar.
Juncos is finding it nearly impossible to do it just with ride-buyer money like in Lights, so if they do move up it will probably be only for the few races ride-buyer money can fund.
"We'll be getting 2018 aero updates for the cars, and I have many interested companies we are talking to that respected what we did at Indianapolis, he told AR1.com in Toronto."
Toyota working on EV that will recharge in minutes Toyota is working on an electric car powered by a new type of battery that significantly increases driving range and reduces charging time, aiming to begin sales in 2022, the Chunichi Shimbun daily reported on Tuesday.
Toyota's new electric car, to be built on an all-new platform, will use all-solid-state batteries, allowing it to be recharged in just a few minutes, the newspaper said, without citing sources.
Earlier this year, Ferrari revealed that its next-generation hypercar is probably three to five years away and while the public has no idea what form that car will take, we'd love to see it act as a rival to the Aston Martin Valkyrie and Mercedes-AMG Project One.
Evidently, we're not the only ones that hope that's the case, as car designer Alex Imnadze Baldini has rendered what Ferrari's next hypercar could look like.
The taxicabs crashed so much at the Speedway they ran out of daylight
After two races this season where fans have called into question NASCAR’s overtime line, Steve O’Donnell, executive vice president and chief racing development officer, confirmed following Sunday’s Brickyard 400 the sanctioning body is looking at changing its location beginning in 2018.
Currently, the overtime line is an arbitrary point at each track, where a demarcation line is noted as the official ending point of a race when it has gone into overtime status. Originally, the overtime line was at the start/finish line but shenanigans by Kevin Harvick at Talladega several years ago, resulted in it being moved. Now, that decision is being reconsidered.
Long Beach GP to become F1 race starting in 2019 (7th Update) UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' with this report.
While we don't expect it will happen, if IndyCar loses their 2nd biggest race on their schedule to F1 they will have no one to blame but themselves because they put Long Beach on NBCSN every year, which delivers near zero exposure to sponsors and the city compared to F1's worldwide TV audience of 300 million.
Long Beach City Council is expected to make a decision between continuing its long-standing agreement with IndyCar, or allowing Formula 1 to return to its city streets in 2019.
The California city has hired the services of consultancy firm KPMG to analyse the economic impact and viability of two proposals put forward during a tender process. They came from Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, which currently organizes the IndyCar race in the city, and another from World Automobile Championship of California LLC, headed up by Chris Pook.
The latter wants to see F1 return for the first time since 1983 and has put forward a deal that won't cost the taxpayer anything, as it will be funded by sponsors and investors.
Pook is confident the economic impact of F1 will be recognized by KPMG's analysis and will sway city council members to vote for F1 over IndyCar.
DTM is rather popular now, but if Audi and BMW follow Mercedes out the door DTM will cease to exist.
With Mercedes decision to quit the DTM at the end of 2018 fellow German manufacturers Audi and BMW are also questioning whether they should continue.
Mercedes is dropping DTM and moving to Formula E for the 2019/2020 season because the internal combustion engine has no future as cars more to 100% electric in the next 10 years. Similar to NASCAR, staying in DTM makes almost no sense as it soon will have zero relevance to passenger cars.
Visit Florida Racing is set to drop its Riley Mk. 30 Gibson in favor of a new LMP2 constructor, beginning with next weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round at Road America.
Multiple sources have indicated to Sportscar365 that the Troy Flis-led squad is expected to debut a Ligier JS P217 Gibson for the final three rounds of the season, after struggling with its Riley chassis since the onset of the program.
With TV ratings on NBCSN so low and sponsors walking out of the IndyCar paddock as a result, will IndyCar lose one of its most popular drivers, and its only Canadian driver to NASCAR?
Asher Fair lays out the real scenario in this Jalopnik article of how and why Hinchcliffe can end up in NASCAR.
Make no mistake that NASCAR has gone downhill in recent years as well, but they still deliver 2 to 5 million viewers every race and big sponsors, therefore, still consider NASCAR a worthwhile series to be involved in.
Attendance was down even further this year. If not for the TV money the Speedway gets, this race would be history. Another Tony George vision
Rumor has it that the NASCAR Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis will be renamed the Ghost Town 400 after attendance was down yet again this year. Fans have little interest in seeing stock cars wallow around the flat over. And with Dale Earnhardt Jr., and probably Danica Patrick, retiring after this year, attendance will drop by another 1/3 in 2018.
If not for the TV money this race would be history.
And to think, they are moving this race to September, blocking IndyCar from having their season finale at the Speedway in a race that would be called the Indy 400 - a grand finale for IndyCar.
Instead IndyCar will hold their grand finale at Sonoma where maybe 10,000 will be in attendance....if they are lucky. Some grand finale that is.
UPDATE "I've got five, six years left of my career in racing, and after that I want to avoid becoming a commentator or a manager." Lewis Hamilton
If he drives Aldo Costa designed cars for another 5 or 6 years he will break all of Michael Schumacher's records. Schumacher set all the F1 records in Aldo Costa designed cars and Lewis Hamilton will break them all in Aldo Costa designed cars.
Jacques Villeneuve stuck his foot in his mouth again
(GMM) According to the rumor grapevine, Williams has banned its 1997 champion Jacques Villeneuve from the team's motor home at grands prix.
French Canadian Villeneuve is now a television pundit for Italy's Sky, but the Williams ban apparently followed the 46-year-old recently telling a newspaper that Lance Stroll is the "worst rookie" in F1 history.
"With regard to Jacques, he's obviously been pretty vocal in the media," said deputy team boss Claire Williams.
McLaren asks Ferrari and Mercedes about engine supply (2nd Update)
UPDATE Zak Brown has suggested Mercedes and Ferrari are unwilling to provide McLaren with a 2018 engine because they "like us where we are".
And, in the clearest indication yet that McLaren are leaning towards sticking with their current engine partners next year, the team's executive director has also told Sky Sports "we ultimately think that Honda can get the job done".
Did NASCAR move race times later to accelerate death of IndyCar?
NASCAR has been trying to bury IndyCar for decades. Is the latest strategy to go head-to-head on TV?
When it comes to TV, whichever network IndyCar goes to, NASCAR follows...to smother it.
Now there is a new twist.
Last year IndyCar started to move their race times later in the day, and NASCAR now did the same thing.
Sunday’s Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway marked the first of five consecutive races that have listed start times of 3 p.m. ET. NASCAR took the NBCSN timeslot and raced head-to-head with IndyCar (Toronto) meaning the IndyCar race was moved to CNBC (because NBCSN does not care about IndyCar) and the result for the live TV broadcast - a 0.16 rating for IndyCar.
(GMM) A new driver could be set to join the F1 grid as soon as the next grand prix in Hungary.
Germany's Auto Bild reports that, amid his recent falling-out with Red Bull chiefs, Carlos Sainz could be set to immediately leave Toro Rosso in order to replace the struggling works Renault driver Jolyon Palmer.
"Renault's Cyril Abiteboul and Helmut Marko of Red Bull are currently negotiating the compensation sum that will be around $8 million.
UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' now. Eddie Jordan's claims had angered Mercedes boss Toto Wolff in particular, who said it was unfair to spread rumors about the future of a team that employed so many people.
"I told him I'm ready for any banter with Eddie," said Wolff. "But for me I stop laughing when it's about making jokes on the back of 1500 employees that care about their future.
"And I said it in an interview with him, that this is a too serious a topic for me.
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