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08/29/17 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi says rumors that he’s signed a deal with Andretti Autosport are clearly untrue because he’s still unaware whether team owner Michael Andretti might be switching his squad to Chevrolet power.
Stevenson Poised to Deep-Six IMSA Program Stevenson Motorsports is unlikely to return to IMSA competition next year, with the longtime GT racing squad set to potentially pull the plug on the final two races of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge seasons.
Multiple sources have confirmed to Sportscar365 that team owner John Stevenson gave notice to the crew and drivers this week, indicating that the North Carolina-based operation will be closing its doors at the end of the year.
McLaren Formula 1 team Exec Dir Zak Brown pledged that McLaren "would build and run cars in the top-level LMP1 class of global sportscar racing -- including the Le Mans 24 Hours -- if the rules are made more cost-effective," according to Charles Bradley of MOTORSPORT.
Brown revealed that McLaren is "currently evaluating all of its options in sportscar racing," including potential prototype programs in either the FIA World Endurance Championship or Int'l Motor Sports Association in the U.S. from '19 onward.
UPDATE Following months of uncertainty about what McLaren will do regarding its 2018 engine plans, it is now understood that the Woking-based team has finally lost all patience with Honda’s ability to deliver in the short term writes Jonathan Noble of Motorsport.com.
Detailed analysis of reported gains that engine consultants Ilmor have helped Honda to are believed to have been insufficient to ease McLaren’s concerns about a lack of progress from the Japanese manufacturer.
While electric truck enthusiasts are anticipating the unveiling of Tesla’s all-electric truck next month, diesel engine manufacturer Cummins beat the electric car manufacturer to the punch by unveiling its own electric truck effort today.
Without too much fanfare, Cummins unveiled the truck called AEOS at its historic technical center in Columbus, Indiana, today.
Coming on the heels of Chevrolet announcing it will field its Camaro brand in NASCAR's top tour, race fans have been vocal about Ford's muscle car joining the ranks as well.
The great-grandson of Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford said that, while he's not the decision maker for the racing arm of the manufacturer, personally he feels that having a Mustang race alongside the Camaro "would be wonderful."
Andretti team back to Chevy engines? (8th Update) UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'speculation' today. RACER reports that team sources told them Michael Andretti has decided to stay with Honda power but Alexander Rossi told Motorsport.com that th team has not made a decision on engines and those stories are not true.
Art St. Cyr hopeful Andretti will stay in the Honda camp
08/27/17 Just a little over one week ago, it appeared Andretti Autosport was leaning heavily toward a return to Chevrolet as its manufacturer partner beginning in 2018. Andretti’s contract with Honda expired at the end of this season and from talking to sources at Andretti, Honda and Chevrolet, it seemed that was the direction Michael Andretti’s team would take.
Grandson Of George Steinbrenner to be future IndyCar Power Owner
George Michael Steinbrenner IV
Steinbrenner Racing Owner George Michael Steinbrenner IV is taking a "modest approach to team management" in IndyCar's developmental Indy Lights series, but some believe the 21-year-old is the man who will one "day topple IndyCar’s titans," according to Jim Ayello of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR.
They believe Steinbrenner, the grandson of late Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner, will "challenge Roger Penske, Chip Ganassi and all the rest for Indianapolis 500 wins and IndyCar championships."
Hamilton would be nuts to leave the best team in F1, but will have to wait until next year for a new deal
UPDATE (GMM) Toto Wolff has scotched rumors the extension of Lewis Hamilton's contract will be a topic over the course of the next months.
At Spa, rumors emerged that suggested on the one hand that the triple world champion might quit Mercedes after 2018, whilst on the other claiming Hamilton was ready to talk about a new three-year deal.
Asked if forthcoming contract talks are on the cards, Mercedes boss Wolff said: "Between Mercedes and Lewis there is a very good relationship.
McLaren to switch back to Mercedes engines (11th Update) UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. The McLaren Formula 1 team "has no choice but to stay with Honda next season" after the Japanese manufacturer played down talk of a switch to Toro Rosso and Renault said that "supplying more than three teams would hurt their current partners." Ferrari and Mercedes already turned them down as well.
Honda is "keen to continue with McLaren," which is "running out of patience after three season of poor reliability and under-powered engines." Reuters
Ferrari offers Vettel $120 million (4th Update) UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Vettel will get at least $40 million per year for three years.
Wolff wants Vettel to just sign a 1-year contract with Ferrari so Mercedes can get him in 2019
08/07/17 (GMM) Sebastian Vettel's future might not be as clear as recent media reports suggest.
Italian sources report that Ferrari is preparing to confirm Vettel alongside Kimi Raikkonen for 2018 at Monza next month, with president Sergio Marchionne admitting a deal "may be close".
But Finland's Ilta Sanomat newspaper now cites sources in saying Ferrari and Vettel are in fact not in agreement over the duration of a new deal, with the German pushing for a mere one-year contract in order to leave his options open for 2019.
Newey's son eyes moving to USA to race Harrison Newey, son of famed F1 designer Adrian Newey, visited the IndyCars at Gateway Motorsports Park on Friday to check out what racing on an oval looks like as he decides his next career move. AR1.com filmed this impromptu video of his comments on how there are limited opportunities in Europe and more opportunities in the USA. Comment
The Dieselgate scandal continues to cause problems for Audi as investigators have reportedly discovered the automaker could have made thousands of vehicles with the same Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
According to Handelsblatt, German prosecutors discovered documents which suggested thousands of cars may have been shipped to China, Japan, and South Korea with the same VIN. This would be a serious problem as every vehicle is supposed to have a unique 17-digit number that isn't supposed to be repeated for at least 30 years. As you're probably aware, VIN numbers help owners, insurance companies, and government agencies to track a vehicle's history, ownership, and legal status.
Darrell Wallace Jr (L) was impressive in his four starts replacing Aric Almirola and has strong ties to Ford.
Editor's note: This Sports Business Daily article notes changes could be coming at Richard Petty Motorsports, amongst them Darrell Wallace Jr. replacing Aric Almirola. The article also mentions the team may switch from Ford to Chevy. We highly doubt this will happen if Wallace joins the team, as he is deeply connected to Ford.
Smithfield Foods is working toward a return to Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team Richard Petty Motorsports, according to sources. The Virginia-based company is in a contract year with RPM, and the company has been pursued by several competing teams.
UPDATE Will they or won't they? Great Wall Motors (GWLLY) has played down its interest in Fiat Chrysler's (FCAU) Jeep brand, sending its Shanghai listed shares down after trading was halted.
In a regulatory filing clarifying Monday reports that it was interested in acquiring Fiat or the Jeep brand, Great Wall said that it has paid attention to and conducted studies on Fiat, "but there has been no concrete progress so far."
Faraday Future may abandon its Formula E racing efforts to save precious funds as the electric-car startup company scales back many of its ambitious plans.
The FIA Formula E series, which will receive an influx of new competitors in 2019, has become a de facto arena for automakers to test battery technology and gain valuable experience in electric-car engineering.
Cash-strapped Faraday Future's tenure in the growing race series may be short-lived as many of the electric-car company's plans reportedly crumble.
Angela Merkel knows the internal combustion engine has no future. An electric motor is superior.
The internal combustion engine has no future according to AR1.com President Mark Cipolloni who has been saying this since 2012 on this site.
Chancellor Angela Merkel hinted that it's only a matter of time before Germany (the country that invented the automobile) follows France, Britain, India and other countries in banning new sales of cars fitted only with gas or diesel engines.
Formula 1's Safety Car Could Become Driver-Less In Future
Driverless Roborace car. Someday maybe F1 cars will be autonomous because F1 must be relevant to passenger cars say the mental midgets
Formula 1's safety car "could become driver-less in the future as part of an effort to promote autonomous technology," the FIA revealed, according to Jonathan Noble of MOTORSPORT.
While the FIA is "determined to ensure that drivers remain a key element of F1's attraction, some thought has been given to showing off autonomous technology through other elements of a grand prix weekend."
F1 Technical Department Head Marcin Budkowski suggested that a driver-less safety car would be a "good way of proving automotive advances without detracting from the show."
Harvey to race #7 SPM Honda last two races (Update)
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Verizon IndyCar Series team Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) has named a driver for the final two races of the 2017 season with Jack Harvey. The Lincolnshire, U.K. native will pilot the No.7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports AutoNation Sirius XM Honda at Watkins Glen International and Sonoma Raceway.
The INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen and the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma will mark the 24-year-old’s second and third career IndyCar starts, respectively, and see Harvey rejoin the team with whom he captured six wins and 18 podium finishes in Indy Lights.
It's been a mostly quiet day here at Pocono Raceway. The Verizon IndyCar Series is on-track for final practice before tomorrow's ABC Supply Co. 500 at Pocono Raceway.
Of course, this time of year, one of the big subjects on everyone's mind is Silly Season. As James Hinchcliffe told us following qualifying, in speaking about not only himself but the series in general, "there are a lot of balls in the air," regarding next season. Hinchcliffe is of course, one of the major dominoes in 2018 Silly Season, but if he knows where he's going following this year, well, he wasn't telling us.
With another small crowd expected this weekend we're not sure how much longer the IndyCar/Pocono partnership will last. As long as the ABC sponsorship lasts we assume. Without it the Raceway would take a financial bath.
Pocono just got finished holding two near sellout NASCAR races within the span of 6 weeks. Now three weeks later who thinks the market can support a third race?
Horner: F1 will end up with an engine similar to IndyCar after 2020
If Christian Horner were in charge of Formula One he'd bring back high-revving V12 engines, but the Red Bull team boss doubts the sport's decision makers will agree with his vision for F1's future.
The sport's last major engine regulation change came in 2014, when it ditched naturally-aspirated V8s for a fuel-efficiency formula based around V6 turbo hybrids. Last year, those regulations were locked in place until 2020 by an agreement between teams and the FIA aimed at achieving greater performance convergence while lowering costs over the coming seasons.
Video: 2018 Corvette ZR1 tests - is it Supercharged? Spy photographers have caught the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 testing a few times, and at one point, the prototype had to have its exhausts modified because it was too loud for the Nurburgring. Carspotter Jeroen on YouTube has shared a video of the Corvette ZR1 making some laps around the Nurburgring earlier this testing season and you can hear the supercharger at the 0:06 mark.
There have been plenty of rumors about what will power the Corvette ZR1, but it doesn’t seem like it will be a twin-turbo V8. Instead, Chevy is likely using a more powerful and supercharged version of the 6.2-liter LT4 V8 engine that is also used in the Corvette Z06, Cadillac CTS-V, and Camaro ZL1.
Can Marchionne be convinced to return Dodge to NASCAR?
Despite published reports to the contrary, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has not pulled the plug on its program to return the Dodge nameplate to NASCAR and is still in talks with the sanctioning body, a source with knowledge of the negotiations confided to Kickin' the Tires.
"The story about them pulling out is absolutely, 100 percent false," the source said. "They are researching a possible return to NASCAR."
Bristol Motor Speedway will once again use the PJ1 compound for a third consecutive time for this weekend's racing events there.
Look for PJ1 - or tire dragging to add more rubber to the racing surface - to be utilized at several other tracks during the upcoming 10-race NASCAR Cup playoffs.
"We had our driver council meeting Friday night in Michigan, and part of that meeting was to go over the remaining race tracks, talk about where we may or may not put something on the surface (or) where we want to rubber in the track," NASCAR Executive Vice President and Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell said Monday on The Morning Drive on Sirius/XM NASCAR Radio.
UPDATE NASCAR never had any intention of taking cars back to the R&D Center to assess how each manufacturer stacks up.
"We actually found it kind of comical this weekend because we put a little bit of the rumor out there and candidly, it worked," said NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O'Donnell on Monday morning during his SiriusXM NASCAR Radio appearance. "If anyone would have done some serious research, the wind tunnel that we would use for this is under construction this week, so it would have been impossible."
Pirelli Motorsport is looking into the possibility of introducing a sixth dry-weather compound to its roster of tires for the 2018 Formula 1 season, according to Mario Isola.
The Head of Car Racing believes that should they decide to bring in a sixth compound, Pirelli would have no problems gaining acceptance from the FIA, although it is unclear to where the new compound would fit in with the existing range, particularly with the Hard compound having effectively been withdrawn from the championship in this year due to its relative inefficiency and subsequent lack of usage.
Death of the Internal Combustion Engine will destroy the auto and oil industries
An electric motor can run 1 million miles with zero maintenance. A lot of Jiffy Lubes, Midas Mufflers, etc. are going to go out of business
In part from an article in the Economist:
Electrification has thrown the car industry into turmoil. Its best brands are founded on their engineering heritage—especially in Germany. Compared with existing vehicles, electric cars are much simpler and have fewer parts; they are more like computers on wheels. That means they need fewer people to assemble them and fewer subsidiary systems from specialist suppliers. Carworkers at factories that do not make electric cars are worried that they could be for the chop. With less to go wrong, the market for maintenance and spare parts will shrink. While today’s carmakers grapple with their costly legacy of old factories and swollen workforces, new entrants will be unencumbered. Premium brands may be able to stand out through styling and handling, but low-margin, mass-market carmakers will have to compete chiefly on cost.
Alonso to skip Singapore GP for Sonoma? (Update) UPDATE A reader writes regarding this rumor, Ha!!! Ya sure Alonso is going to miss Singapore, which seems like a really cool F1 event, a fun track which the McLaren might actually work on, (and he's getting $40mil/year to do it) to do WHAT? IndyCar finale at Sonoma? Terrible event on a track that the IndyCars do not belong at because there is no racing really--no overtaking so ya sure skip F1 to drive the IndyCar on a fuel run at the worst track and worst event on the schedule. No chance this is happening. Mark Miles has realized that he gets more publicity for IndyCar by mentioning Alonso/McLaren than he can garner for the rest of the series combined.
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