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Will Montoya's rumored Porsche ride materialize in the third Porsche entry at LeMans?
The prospects of seeing Porsche return to a three-car operation for the 24 Hours of Le Mans amid Audi’s exit from prototype racing remains unlikely, according to LMP1 team principal Andres Seidl.
The German automaker, which locked up its second consecutive Manufacturer’s World Championship last weekend in Shanghai, had been believed to be re-evaluating its position, after a joint agreement with Audi to reduce its Le Mans effort this year on cost-cutting measures.
"At the moment it’s not a topic," Seidl told Sportscar365. "The reasons why we didn’t do a third car last year are still valid.
This rumor is now upgraded to 'fact.' The Sauber F1 Team is pleased to announce the appointment of Jorg Zander as its Technical Director. He is a familiar face in the team, as Jorg Zander worked as Chief Designer for the BMW Sauber F1 Team back in 2006 and 2007. Currently Zander works as Technical Director for Audi Sport. The Swiss crew is more than pleased to welcome him back to Hinwil. The 52-year old German will start at the beginning of 2017 at the Sauber F1 Team headquarters in Hinwil.
Jorg Zander has more than 25 years of experience in international motorsport working in different leading technical positions. The journey in Formula 1 began in 1997 at Toyota Motorsport GmbH in Cologne. Since then Zander has worked as a Chief Engineer for the BAR-Honda F1 Team (2002-2005) and as a Chief Designer for Williams GP Engineering (2005-2006). In 2008 he became Deputy Technical Director at Honda Racing F1/Brawn GP F1. Then in 2010 Zander started working for Audi Sport as Engineering Consultant and was promoted to Technical Director in 2015 with overall responsibility for the "Audi Sport Technik" department.
Austin Dillon admits he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He's out for revenge.
AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 REALTREE/BAD BOY CHEVROLET SS – Involved in a multi-car incident on lap 264
WOULD YOU CALL THAT A RACING INCIDENT? No, he (Kevin Harvick) sucked down on my door all the way, like on it. I get it, you've got to hold a guy down, but he sucked down on my door and got me tight. That is the reason I slid up in front of him and then he didn't lift he just turned me. There are two more weeks left.
Allan McNish will have to rethink his prediction has manufacturers move away from internal combustion engines in coming years
Allan McNish believes Audi's withdrawal from prototype competition at the end of the year will not result in the eventual demise of the FIA World Endurance Championship, even if LMP1 is reduced to a two-manufacturer battle for the foreseeable future.
The three-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner and former World Champion, who has enjoyed the majority of his sports car racing success with the German manufacturer, has taken a pragmatic approach to the championship's future amid growing concerns.
"Right now, it's not as if Audi pulling out has meant that sports car racing in the WEC is going to collapse; I don't believe that," McNish told Sportscar365. "I don't think so at all.
Has Spanish company made major breakthrough in Graphene Batteries? (4th Update) UPDATE We remind you of this rumor from back in April and May. Once batteries become 100% graphene it will be game over for the internal combustion engine. We do not know how long it will take for that to happen, but we suspect 5 years or less.
05/08/16UPDATE #3 Here is an English version of their website. You can read for yourself what they are going to make with Graphene. Unfortunately it is a private company or you would be wise to buy stock in it. The owners are all going to become billionaires.
05/08/16 We are upgrading this rumor from 'speculation' to a very high 'strong' after doing further research on this company. It appears they are light years ahead of China and the USA and are able to manufacture Graphene batteries and other materials with Graphene now. Donald Trump says we don't win at anything anymore and he is right.
A China company owns 10% of this Spanish company. Where is the USA? Still tinkering with Graphene in the lab while this company is already going to market. Elon Musk is building that huge Giga-Factory out west to make Lithium Ion batteries cheaper and this Spanish company is going to put his battery factory out of business within 5 years. If he's smart he'll plow it under now. (Note: If you can understand Spanish watch the company video we added at the bottom of this rumor)
Did Graphene batteries drive Saudi Arabia's big announcement? (Update) UPDATE This rumor is inching closer to 'fact' as recent news of more graphene battery progress comes to light.
04/26/16 Once graphene batteries (ultracapacitors) hit the market, it will be the death of Lithium-Ion batteries and the death of fossil fuel burning internal combustion engines. When cars are no longer burning fossil fuel, there will be no one in the world to buy oil and any oil not pumped out of the ground by then will remain in the ground forever.
If you are an oil company, or a country that relies on oil to generate income, alarm bells have to be going off in your head that say, "heh, if I don't pump this oil now and get whatever I can get for it, a day will come when I will have no one to buy it. I had better invest in other ways of making money or I will eventually be out of business.
It appears Saudi Arabia has heard those alarm bells.
Matt Borland back to NASCAR as crew chief (Update)
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Richard Childress Racing (RCR) has named Matt Borland as crew chief for its No. 27 Menards NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program. Borland will begin his duties as crew chief at the conclusion of the 2016 season, replacing interim crew chief Danny Stockman.
Stockman will return to RCR's NASCAR XFINITY Series program, where he has won seven races and the 2013 Series championship.
Tad Geschickter, co-owner of JTG Daugherty racing, says it is "certainly a possibility" his team may expand to two cars in 2017, adding "the economics" of charter acquisition will play into a decision, which they may "have that done next week."
Geschickter made the comments on SiriusXM Speedway on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. JTG Daugherty Racing fields the No. 47 Chevrolet driven by AJ Allmendinger.
"That's a big decision," Geschickter said. "Certainly we're weighing out all the options right now. It's no secret that we have to figure out are there are charters available and their cost, are there drivers available, what do they cost and certainly we ultimately have to report back to the sponsors and pull the trigger. Luckily with a company the size of Richard Childress Racing helping us, there's the opportunity to get the cars ready."
VW to Pull Out Of World Rally Championship (Update) UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Volkswagen will quit the World Rally Championship at the end of the 2016 season. The decision was made at a board meeting in VW headquarters in Wolfsburg on Tuesday morning.
10/31/16 Just last week, the Volkswagen Group pulled the plug on Audi's Le Mans racing program. But that may not be the end of it. Reports are now circulating that the German automaker could pull its own brand out of the World Rally Championship as well.
According to Autosport, the board is set to meet in Wolfsburg today to decide on the fate of VW's victorious WRC program. This despite utter domination of the top-tier rally series for four years running now.
A Reddit user spotted what appears to be a Buick-badged Chevy Volt on the streets of Chicago yesterday.
If you look closely the car is sporting LED lights in a spot where the Volt does not have them. LED running lights in that particular shape are a Buick item so it is believed this photo is indeed a prototype of the Buick "Volt".
Vettel could be banned from Brazil GP after radio comments (Update)
Vettel was boiling over Verstappen
UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. Jean Todt, the president of the sport’s governing body, the FIA, has decided to take no further action against Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel following his mid-race outburst towards Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting.
After his curse-laden outburst was broadcast on TV, Vettel apologized in person to Whiting following the race, and then wrote further letters of apology to Whiting and Todt.
He also said he would contact Max Verstappen, who he waved his finger at on the slowing-down lap, and also vowed to never repeat these actions.
Andretti team to steal top Ganassi engineer (Update) UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with confirmation Bretzman is now with Andretti.
Dixon and Bretzman
09/26/16 Racer.com rumors that Andretti Autosport is expected to announce its acquisition of championship-winning engineer Eric Bretzman from Chip Ganassi Racing. Bretzman, who served as Scott Dixon's race engineer for 12 years and won three IndyCar championships and the 2008 Indy 500 with the New Zealander, was reassigned to Ganassi's NASCAR program in 2015 to help turn around the engineering side of its fading Sprint Cup operation.
With Ganassi's Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray now safely in The Chase, and Andretti in need of an engineering rebound after a tough 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season, the signing of Bretzman could rank among the biggest off-season scores made by any team.
Munoz will not return to Andretti team (Update) UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's news that Sato will drive the 4th Andretti car.
It's sad when a talented driver like Munoz has to buy his ride to stay in the sport
10/08/16 According to AR1.com sources, rumor has it that Carlos Munoz will not be returning to the Andretti Autosport team in 2017 and we have downgraded him on our 2017 IndyCar Silly Season page. We hear he simply does not have enough money to buy the ride despite being a very good driver. Now the question remains whether another driver steps up to the plate with a large enough check.
Andretti has run a number of drivers in Indy Lights over the years. Zach Veach is one who wants to move up. Juan Montoya is available and we could see him going to the Andretti team before the Foyt team knowing Andretti has a better chance of taking him to another Indy 500 win. And Andretti would love to get Montoya to learn some inside info on the inner workings of the Penske team.
In addition, Honda is doing a full court press to win bolster their ranks in 2017. Montoya adds more experience into their lineup. Can Andretti convince Juan to get in shape? He's getting too plump.
Verstappen gaining many enemies, career in jeopardy?
Max Verstappen looking over his shoulder
Mercedes chairman Niki Lauda has warned that Max Verstappen's Formula One career could be in danger following the Dutch drivers defense tactics against Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel at the Mexican Grand Prix.
The Dutch driver has faced criticism earlier this season, following his defensive moves under-braking, which is now illegal – however Sunday's Mexican Grand Prix saw a brand new controversy build up against Max Verstappen, which simply was exceeding track limits and gaining an "unfair" advantage.
People in racing see the use of electric cars as an important vehicle for expanding the sport's fan base. The Formula E, a professional circuit featuring electric Indy-style open-wheel cars, was founded in 2012 and has attracted some big-name participants including team owner Michael Andretti. The series had its inaugural championship in Beijing in September 2014 and also has staged events in U.S. cities including Miami and Long Beach, California, both of which failed because watching silent race cars is boring as heck and not enough people attend the races to make them economically viable.
For this reason tracks and promoters come and go. As one promoter loses their shirt there is always another sucker to take their place. The first year sanction fees were basically nothing to get the series off the ground. Once sanction fees kick in the races are no longer viable from a financial standpoint. Long Beach tried it for two years, but no more.
IndyCar to race in Mexico? (Update 5) UPDATE Despite speculation last year that the Verizon IndyCar Series might eventually race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, possibly as a spring event, those talks are on hold, IndyCar CEO Mark Miles told motorsport.com.
He stated: "There is no ongoing dialog about Mexico City. There are other conversations about a Mexican venue but I don't think they will be viable as early as 2018."
05/27/16 AR1 got word today during Miller Lite Carb Day at IMS that INDYCAR remains open to a possible Mexican stop beginning either in 2017 or 2018.
Hulman and Company CEO Mark Miles has of course looked into expanding the series overseas in recent years targeting markets such as Brasilia, Dubai, China and Mexico. The Mexico round would be early in the season, likely February, a time Miles has attempted to add an event. Cancun or Mexico City (first choice) we were told are both possible destinations.
UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. NASCAR confirmed Wednesday it won't be making changes to pit crews for the 2017 season. There had been reports that NASCAR was considering smaller pit crews next year, and a reduction from six to five over-the-wall crew members had been discussed in meetings with the team owner council.
Teams also have floated ideas about elongated pit stops to de-emphasize their importance and impact on a race. But NASCAR has elected to keep its Sprint Cup pit crews at six, which has been the limit since 2011 when the catch-can man was eliminated. NBC Sports
Audi set for LMP1 and Le Mans withdrawal (3rd Update) UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's announcement.
10/17/16 In June, Porsche put an end to Audi's streak of never losing two years in a row at Le Mans. After 16 successful years racing in the top class at Le Mans, Audi is rumored to be calling it quits after the 2017 season. A report from Auto Motor Und Sport says the decision to bow out of the World Endurance Championship (WEC), and thus the 24 Hours of Le Mans, has already been approved.
The evidence the German magazine cites is nothing new, but does point to Audi strongly considering hanging up its helmet and HANS device. Dieselgate costs are mounting, and racing two Volkswagen Group brands in Le Mans' top class isn't cheap. Reports suggest each brand has a budget of more than 200 million euros (roughly $220 million) per season in WEC, and in the end only one can win.
Wehrlein to take Hulkenberg's Force India seat (2nd Update) UPDATE
Pascal Wehrlein will go where Mercedes pays for him to go
This rumor is downgraded to 'speculation today and our 2017 F1 SIlly Season page updated accordingly. Pascal Wehrlein has played down suggestions he will definitely fill the vacant spot left by Nico Hulkenberg at Force India for 2017.
Many in the paddock believe the Mercedes-backed Manor driver is assured the seat with the Silverstone based team, but Wehrlein said in Austin that a deal is not done.
"It's not in my hands," the German is quoted by Auto Bild.
"Mercedes or Toto Wolff will continue with the appropriate contacts. If it was me, I could very well imagine another year at Manor," added Wehrlein.
BMW execs must have stuck their noses in the exhaust pipe of their current vehicles, almost passed out, and realized we have to get the 1.2 billion cancer causing pollution machines, i.e. internal combustion powered cars, off the roads
BMW is the latest in a long string of automakers to target Tesla Motors and their successful electric vehicles with the introduction of several new zero-emissions cars over the next few years.
Set to sit between the Model 3 and Model S, an electric version of the 3-Series is poised to hit the market between 2019 and 2021, according to AutomobileMag, with a new suspension and two versions - one with RWD and 315 HP and the other with AWD and 402 HP, targeting a range of 250-315 miles (402-507 km).
A Model S rival, in the form of a five-door coupe slotting between the 5-Series and 7-Series in terms of size, is also on the cards. This vehicle is believed adopt the i5 or i6 moniker and come with a choice of three different electric motors and a 70/80/90 kWh battery, where the latter would provide up to 375 miles (604 km) of zero-emission range.
Electric Cars will eventually bankrupt oil companies
Benefits of Electric Motors over Internal Combustion Engines
1. No maintenance costs 2. No oil changes - toxic waste 3. Superior torque 4. Quiet 5. Do not pollute the air you breathe 6. Can last 1+ million miles with zero upkeep cost. Not much to break. 7. No gasoline fuel costs
Economists and reporters have been saying that electric cars could actually kill the oil industry for a little while now, but it hasn’t made a lot of real-world impact so far. But now Fitch, an enormously influential financial ratings agency, is issuing dire warnings over electric cars.
It actually seems impossible at this point to overstate just how screwed the oil industry as we know it appears to be by electric vehicles. "Resoundingly negative," "serious threat," and "investor death spiral" were all actual terms used by Fitch Ratings in a report detailing the future of oil in a world of electricity, the Financial Times says:
"An acceleration of the electrification of transport infrastructure would be resoundingly negative for the oil sector’s credit profile," says the Fitch report.
"In an extreme scenario where electric cars gained a 50 per cent market share over 10 years about a quarter of European gasoline demand could disappear."
Honda says it has ’no concrete plan’ to supply a second team yet in 2018, despite Sauber looking out for a potential new power unit partner.
Sauber has used Ferrari engines since 2010, but will use the 2016-specification power unit next season, in what is also the last year of its current contract. It is understood Sauber is evaluating other power unit suppliers moving forwards if it were to leave Ferrari, with Honda a possibility as the Japanese manufacturer has been expanding its Milton Keynes facility in order to have the capacity to supply a second team.
Despite the work undertaken at its UK base, Honda’s head of F1 project Yusuke Hasegawa says there has yet to be serious discussions with a second team beyond McLaren.
Takuma Sato's manager says the Japanese driver has opportunities with all of IndyCar's Honda-powered teams at the moment, but is favoring RLL, Andretti and Schmidt Peterson options.
With AJ Foyt Racing set to switch to Chevrolet power in 2017, Sato is expecting to lose his ride there, and Honda is keen to see him retained by one of the HPD teams.
Steve Fusek, Sato's manager, talked frankly with Motorsport.com about his driver's HPD-powered IndyCar alternatives for 2017.
He said: "Everything requires finance to make it all work, but I think it's fair to say our three best options would be Rahal [Letterman Lanigan Racing, for whom Sato raced in 2012], Andretti Autosport and Schmidt Peterson.
Stroll to replace Massa at Williams (5th Update) UPDATE
Lance Stroll will drive for Williams as daddy buys part of team
This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today and it is reflected on our 2017 F1 Silly Season Page. Lance Stroll's father has confirmed growing reports the Canadian driver will definitely be on the F1 grid in 2017.
Reports have suggested Williams is only delaying the announcement because it is waiting for Stroll to turn 18 later this month, in deference to the team's alcohol sponsor Martini.
Lance's father is Lawrence Stroll, a Canadian fashion billionaire, who is rumored to be buying into Williams.
F1 driver Kevin Magnussen to take 4th Andretti seat? (Update) UPDATE
Kevin Magnussen - calls rumors of him eyeing IndyCar completely false
This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. Kevin Magnussen has reiterated his desire to stay in Formula 1 with Renault for the long-term, following the manufacturer's decision to sign Nico Hulkenberg on a multi-year deal.
Magnussen joined Renault at the start of the year when Pastor Maldonado encountered funding problems, but the Dane's future at the team remains unclear, amid its acquisition of Hulkenberg.
Reports in the US press on Monday evening suggested Magnussen was in contention once more for an IndyCar seat, having come close to racing in the category in 2015.
We could see Conor Daly on Foyt's team alongside a Montoya or Munoz
Following another struggling Verizon IndyCar Series season, A.J. Foyt has had it with his entire team. The all-time winner in the open wheel series vows to make some major changes ahead of the 2017 season and is not going to sit back and watch both of his cars be back markers again.
"You've got to look at every possibility where we've been weak," he said to IndyCar.com. "And where we've been weak, we've got to make changes. I think we've got some great engineers. They're very smart.
"I guess one of the things I don't agree with, I've run a lot of road courses and been fortunate enough to win, say we're on a road course and the driver comes in and talks to the engineers. When he comes in, he'll tell you 10 things that are wrong with each corner. Let me tell you something, if you're giving me 100 percent, how can you remember every damn thing that's wrong with each corner?
Will IndyCar lose another upcoming American, this time in the way of Conor Daly?
Verizon IndyCar Series driver Conor Daly got his first taste of a rallycross car earlier this week when he tested Olsbergs' Honda Civic Red Bull Global Rallycross car in Los Angeles.
Straight after the Red Bull GRC season finale, which saw Olsbergs Honda run three cars for the second time this season, the team stayed behind for a test and media day at the purpose-built track in the Port of LA, allowing Daly to get some seat time.
Daly, a race winner in GP3 and Indy Lights, has a good relationship with Honda – who has powered him in each of his 22 Verizon IndyCar Series starts. He says that relationship was key to getting the opportunity to drive the 600 horsepower Civic.
Rahal Steak 'N Shake sponsorship gone? (Update) UPDATE
No more Steak 'N Shake?
The updated photo to the right shows the lack of Maxim and Steak 'N Shake decals at Thursday's Gateway test. More photos on our home page.
Word on the street is that Graham Rahal was testing at Gateway with Mi-Jack, United Rentals, Penn Grade but No Maxim/Steak 'N Shake decals on the car. Are they still negotiating the deals for 2017 are they gone from IndyCar? With such minuscule TV ratings on NBCSN can you blame them? The Steak 'N Shake logos are still on the team's website so this rumor may have no legs....
Honda pursing Ganassi, Chevy Foyti (6th Update) UPDATE AJ Foyt confirmed today his 2-car team would switch to Chevy power in 2017.
10/11/16UPDATE Andretti is staying with Honda. The rumor is Foyt will switch his 2-car team to Chevy, which means Schmidt Peterson will also have to switch its 2-car team to Chevy in order to maintain an equal number of cars for Chevy and Honda in 2017. If not Honda will be supplying 4 more cars than Chevy next year. See our updated 2017 Silly Season page.
10/07/16 This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today with the announcement that the Ganassi team will switch to Honda in 2017. No word whether the Andretti team is switching back to Chevy or not.
10/06/16 So now Andretti Autosport has hired 2 engineers that have been on Chevrolets for at least 2 years, the latest being Jeremy Milless who will engineer Alexander Rossi's car. Does this mean the Andretti team will switch to the Chevrolet and Ganassi will switch back to Honda? Both are 4-car teams and that would keep the engine split between Honda and Chevy at 50/50.
Hulkenberg set for Renault switch (2nd Update) UPDATE Nico Hulkenberg has agreed a deal to drive for the Renault Formula 1 team from 2017 reports Autosport. It is understood Hulkenberg has signed a two-year contract to cover the 2017 and '18 seasons, with an option to extend the deal into a third season in '19.
(GMM) Renault has decided to sign a three-year deal with Nico Hulkenberg, another media source is claiming.
It is becoming clearer and clearer that the French works team will oust both Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer for 2017.
Finland's Turun Sanomat is just the latest outlet to say the name of one successor is German Hulkenberg, even though the deal is not actually signed yet.
It is believed Hulkenberg has found a way out of his Force India contract because the Silverstone based team is late to pay him.
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