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NASCAR, like IndyCar, is forced to go hybrid or lose all manufacturer support
UPDATE Australian Supercars is looking at hybrid options for their “Gen3” car that is slated for 2021. NASCAR is also rumored to use a variant of the Xtrac P1293 gearbox from the Supercars series for its Next-Gen car, which means that many of the hybrid components could be shared between the two. This would go over well with the manufacturers as they would be able to have a single hybrid unit for multiple series around the world. It would also benefit the teams since a larger scale of implementation means lower cost.
Although there are a few manufacturers–such as Ford–that are pushing for a hybrid system with higher voltage and more power, it is likely that we will see smaller steps at the beginning. Based on the current specs of the BTCC system, it's likely we'll see a 48 to 60 volt system with a smaller battery pack implemented along with an electric motor that can provide 40 to 50 horsepower on demand.
It appears Ryan Hunter-Reay is set to complete Mazda Team Joest’s lineup for next month’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, having been confirmed as the team’s third driver in the No. 55 entry.
On the updated version of the entry list for this weekend’s Roar Before the Rolex 24, the IndyCar star will join returning full-season drivers Jonathan Bomarito and Harry Tincknell in the Multimatic-built Mazda RT24-P.
UPDATE Add promotional video for the rumored GP below.
12/30/19 According to reports from the Panamanian newspaper Mi Diario, plans for a Formula 1 race in the country are in place and a circuit is being built. It is possible to hold a race in the city and would add another new destination for the Formula 1 calendar.
2019 IndyCar race - using the runoff area in Turn 19 as the racing surface.
If you thought the IndyCars were slugs at COTA compared to F1 cars in 2019 (a pathetic 13 seconds per lap slower), just wait until 2020.
Not only will the windscreen and Halo make the IndyCars slower in 2020 (added weight and higher CG), there are reports that IndyCar will also enforce the track limits at Turn 19, like F1 does. In 2019 the drivers were using the wide runoff area at Turn 19 to gain speed.
In F1 that would be an instant penalty for cheating. Ditto for IndyCar in 2020.
Word on the street is that IndyCar will change the way Push-To-Pass (P2P) works for 2020.
While it will keep all of its offensive qualities, the pit crews of opposing teams will no longer be able to see in real time when another driver is using P2P. Today, they radio their driver so they can use their own P2P to prevent being passed.
It defeated the real purpose of P2P - to create more passing, so if the rumor is true - bravo for IndyCar for finally fixing their mistake. What took you so long?
Italian newspaper La Gazzetta have leaked a draft drawing of the 2020 Ferrari car. Fans don't have long to wait to see if the images are accurate as Ferrari will announce their 2020 car on February 11.
The image shows new suspension and a third hydraulic element for the front suspension. There is a raised front wing capsule and the front nose has a new shape.
Racing Point and Alfa Romeo eye Kubica's check (Update)
Alfa Romeo team boss Vasseur is the latest to have his eyes on Kubica's check
UPDATE Robert Kubica's involvement in F1 is set to continue, albeit as a development driver, with the former Williams charger allegedly in advanced talks with Alfa Romeo according to a report from RaceFans.net.
Kubica used to drive for the team when it was the Swiss outfit Sauber with BMW ownership.
The 35-year-old, whose technical feedback is highly rated, is keen on retaining a development and simulator role next season, and both Haas and Racing Point have disclosed their interest in employing Kubica in 2020.
After buying F1 will Liberty make run at IndyCar? (2nd Update)
Greg Maffei and Liberty still want to buy IndyCar. Will Penske remove the domestic shackles that so limit its growth potential?
UPDATE Will Roger Penske, like the Hulman George family, keep IndyCar a small domestic racing series, or will he see the light and eventually sell out to Liberty so the series can grow into a global powerhouse.
Penske was always against overseas races, so the word in the paddock is that he will keep IndyCar a domestic series, which has very limited growth potential given the shrinking USA motorsports fanbase.
Someday, should he come to his senses - Liberty still wants to buy IndyCar.
Though nothing ultimately came of it the first two times they tried to buy IndyCar, Liberty is not giving up, based on comments by Greg Maffei to investors.
Palou to replace Bourdais at Dale Coyne Racing? (Update)
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's announcement.
12/02/19 Motorsport.com reports that James Hinchcliffe is on Dale Coyne's shortlist of drivers to replace Sebastien Bourdais, but said that F2 ace Sergio Sette Camara and Super Formula race winner Alex Palou are also in the running.
Fiat Chrysler, Peugeot Owner PSA in Talks to Combine (Update)
John Elkann will still run the FCAU portion of the merged company
UPDATE The boards of PSA Group and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) have each approved a binding agreement for a $50 billion merger, Reuters reports.
Sources with knowledge of the issue assert that the two car manufacturers could formally announce the agreement before the end of week and offering further details during a conference call with reporters and analysts at a later time. Word about the agreement being signed comes six weeks after plans were first announced that PSA and FCA were planning to join forces to create the world’s fourth-largest car manufacturer by volume.
Arrow McLaren IndyCar team set to steal Dale Coyne engineer (Update)
Craig Hampson (L) with Mike Cannon (c) and Oliver Boisson
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' now. Arrow McLaren SP today announced that veteran IndyCar engineer Craig Hampson will join the team in the role of Race and R&D Engineer from January 1st 2020.
Hampson comes to Arrow McLaren SP with more than 25 years of frontline experience in the sport with leading teams. During his race engineering career to date, he has more than 30 wins, four Champ Car titles and two Indy 500 victories to his name.
John Malone walked away from an IndyCar deal and instead works to make Formula 1 and Formula E global powerhouses while IndyCar remains a small domestic-only series
The owner of Liberty Media is in talks to tighten its grip on the Formula E motor racing series as it accelerates plans to join in the electric revolution according to rumors out of Europe.
Liberty Global, the New York-listed cable operator controlled by billionaire John Malone, is understood to be preparing to increase its stake in Formula E by buying out smaller shareholders in deals that would value the venture at about $700m.
Insiders said discussions to increase Liberty’s stake, currently just under 24pc, were at an early stage, but reflect the company’s belief in the electrification of vehicles.
NASCAR's Hailie Deegan Switching From Toyota To Ford
Up-and-coming NASCAR driver Hailie Deegan appears to be in line for a surprising switch from Toyota to Ford next season, according to sources, despite the Japanese carmaker touting her as one of its rising stars. The 18-year-old has yet to announce her ’20 plans, but sources have linked her with a move next season to DGR-Crosley, a team that announced this week that it is switching from Toyota to Ford. She would likely be sponsored by Monster Energy and run a combination of ARCA and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races. Deegan is still at least a couple years away from competing in the Cup Series.
NASCAR Fans Nationwide Could Lose Race Coverage if Congress Doesn't Act Soon
No one wants to miss the Daytona wreckfest
Lindsay Holman from Inside Sources writes - Can you imagine coming home from church on Sunday, February 16, 2020, and not having access to watch the Daytona 500? Unfortunately, this may become the reality for NASCAR fans and rural Americans across the country if Congress doesn’t act to protect satellite TV subscribers by renewing the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization, or STELAR by the end of this year.
F1 to move to Rio, Sao Paulo says no (11th Update)
New Rio circuit could still have active land mines
UPDATE Leaked documents revealed that "the site earmarked for a new racetrack in Rio de Janeiro" linked with hosting F1 in the future "could remain an active minefield."
The new track is being constructed on the site of the Deodoro military base. MotoGP has agreed to a deal to race at the new venue, while Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro claimed that F1 would also make the move.
Sportlight Agency uncovered reports pertaining to the site's decommissioning as a military base, which claim that a "sweep of the area for mines was not fully completed," as documents say that "permanently flooded areas and watercourses were not subject to sweeping" GP FANS
Hamilton (44) and Rossi (46) go out on identical Yamahas
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Lewis Hamilton has confirmed reports that he had a minor incident whilst riding Valentino Rossi's MotoGP bike at Valencia this week.
Amid an information blackout in the 24 hours after the Mercedes and Yamaha swap, Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport reported a rumor that Hamilton had crashed with "no consequences" for the world champion.
But many media outlets described that report as "fake news", especially when the six-time world champion told his fans on social media that there had been "no problems".
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. WRT Team Audi Sport today announced the driver line-up for its 2020 DTM campaign. For its second season in the top sportscar series, the Belgian squad is renewing entirely the line-up and betting again on young talent. The Audi RS 5 DTM will be entrusted in 2020 to Fabio Scherer and Ed Jones, who both come from single-seater formulae.
Fabio Scherer (20), a promising young talent born in Canton Obwalden in Switzerland, has taken part to the FIA F.3 European Championship in the last two season, after having graduated from Formula 4, where he spent three season racing in Germany, Italy and the EAU.
Holden Commodore to be discontinued to Australia (Update)
Teams like the Walkinshaw Andretti United team, which run Holden Commodores, will soon be in search for Ford Mustangs
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded t 'fact' today. However, the Commodore will continue in Supercars until the end of 2021 amid the bombshell announcement the brand will retire the iconic nameplate.
In a move which has shocked the automotive industry, both the ZB Commodore and BK Astra will be withdrawn from the market next year as Holden looks to narrow its portfolio exclusively on SUVs and light commercial vehicles.
The Commodore model, which has been present since 1978, will continue to be sold until the existing stocks are depleted.
New baseball stadium would kill the Long Beach GP (2nd Update)
Is this why Jim Michaelian was seen smiling the other day?
UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today, which is good news for the Grand Prix, but now the City is looking for new ways to possible screw the race
11/01/19 Some great news for the Acura GP of Long Beach - As the Los Angeles Angels head toward an end-of-the-year deadline to decide whether to leave the city of Anaheim, the prospect of the team landing in Long Beach has dimmed after team officials said the city was “on the back burner.”
After the Long Beach Post reported in February that the team and Long Beach were in early talks to bring the team to a proposed Downtown waterfront ballpark, the Angels have dealt almost exclusively with Anaheim.
(GMM) F1 looks set to begin to freeze engine development in Formula 1 from 2022.
The move comes after Honda decided only to commit to the sport for one more year - 2021 - beyond the end of its current contracts with Red Bull and Toro Rosso.
"Honda is waiting to see how the rules will change for 2021 and, above all, 2022, especially if engine development is frozen to cut costs," said Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, according to Speed Week.
Young F2 driver Brazilian Sergio Sette Camara is eyeing one of the open IndyCar seats at Dale Coyne Racing, Carlin, AJ Foyt Racing, and Ed Carpenter Racing. After three years in F2 he sees no opportunity to move up to F1 - he has to bring too large a check.
“I’ve done quite a few seasons in F2 already, I’m still quite young -- I’m 21 -- but I arrived in F2 quite early and F1 was not possible for 2020 so I’m considering options,” Camara told RACER’s Chris Medland. “For sure one of the big options is to try something in the United States, but I don’t have anything confirmed yet.
NASCAR might be eyeing the streets of Long Beach. They might have to double their grandstand capacity
NASCAR is considering adding temporary tracks in city centers or sports stadium parking lots to the season as soon as 2021, Sports Business Journal reports.
Along with its signature oval tracks, NASCAR currently competes on two road courses (Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International) and a so-called “roval” set up in the infield of Charlotte Motor Speedway. Sources tell SBJ that NASCAR is aiming to add 8 new markets by 2022, which would likely require the elimination of several current events.
Motor Trend rumors from well-placed source that the range-topping C8 Corvette ZR1 will add a performance hybrid system to boost it to 900 hp.
Rumors of a hybridized C8 have been flowing for quite some time, but now Motor Trend claims it has exclusive confirmation from a senior official at GM. The ZR1 will build on the Z06's all-new engine with a performance-oriented hybrid system to fill in torque gaps and increase total output to an even 900 hp.
Hulkenberg linked with Indycar switch - with Veekay at ECR (7th Update)
The Hulkenberg to IndyCar rumor is now dead
UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. Nico Hulkenberg will not be joining Ed Carpenter Racing next year, despite speculation continuing to mount as recently as last weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix.
Speaking to Autosport, Ed Carpenter did not comment on VeeKay but did confirm that he would remain IndyCar's only owner-driver by continuing to race on ovals in the #20 car, and that his road/street course partner would not be Hulkenberg.
"I will be continuing as oval driver in the #20 Chevy next season," said the three-time Indy 500 polesitter.
Renault to shut down F1 program after this season?
Will Renault pull the plug?
Will Renault pull the plug at the end of this year? F1-Insider.com learned that this scenario has already been discussed among leading members of the FIA and marketer Liberty Media in the paddock of Austin.
Background: The new Renault boss Clotilde Delbos (52), who has been heading the French group for a few weeks and was personally promoted by French President Emmanuel Macron (the French state owns 15 percent of the Renault Group).
She is known as the woman of numbers and savings - and is considered in the paddock as an opponent of the Formula 1 engagement. Just recently, she admitted that Renault’s Formula 1 team was under scrutiny.
John Mallone (Liberty Media) wanted to make IndyCar a global powerhouse, but the Hulman George family wanted to keep it small so they chose Roger Penske who has always said IndyCar should remain a domestic series. Don't look for any overseas races with Roger in control
(GMM) Liberty Media, F1's owner since 2016, looked into also buying the premier American open wheeler series.
Last week, American racing legend and billionaire Roger Penske shocked the racing world by announcing he has bought Indycar as well as the fabled Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
But Germany's Auto Motor und Sport claims that Liberty was also a potential buyer. The company reportedly lost interest because it did not want to enter a bidding war with Penske.
The report was confirmed by the Associated Press, who said two people "with knowledge of the sale" agreed that Liberty was interested in Indycar.
"One person familiar with Liberty's talks said the company balked at an initial asking price of $250 million", the report claimed.
Liberty Media's international arm, Liberty Global, owns the all-electric series Formula E.
New engine for Leclerc may include 2020 parts - rumor (Update)
Biased British F1 media wrong again
UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. Charles Leclerc has denied that his new engine in Brazil is to test developments for 2020.
Ferrari's 2019 engine is the hottest topic in the Interlagos paddock, after the FIA issued a second technical directive just one race after Max Verstappen accused the Maranello team of being caught "cheating".
"I will get an engine of the same specification that I used before the problems in Austin," Leclerc said, referring to his practice failure in the US.
Jordan Taylor to replace Magnussen at Corvette, denied by Wayne Taylor (3rd Update)
Jordan Taylor would be following his brother Ricky out of his father's team. Ricky went to Team Penske
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Statement from Wayne Taylor:
“I want to congratulate Jordan on being named a factory driver for Chevrolet and Corvette Racing. As a father, I can’t express how proud I am to have both my sons in factory rides and, even though they are no longer with Wayne Taylor Racing, I can only wish them well. Our new driver lineup for the 2020 season will be announced in the coming days.”
10/18/19 Corvette Racing announced today that Jan Magnussen will explore new driving opportunities for 2020 away from Corvette Racing.
Two new F1 teams confirm 2021 ambition (2nd Update)
UPDATE (GMM) A hopeful 2nd new Formula 1 team will discover next month if the sport will consider allowing new entrants.
Recently, Formula 2 boss Adrian Campos and his business partner Salvatore Gandolfo announced that they are working on putting together a Spanish F1 team.
They have already met with Chase Carey and Ross Brawn, recruited former F1 engineers Peter McCool and Ben Wood, and vowed to study the new rules for 2021 with a view to running former Sauber driver Pascal Wehrlein.
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