A rumor rated as 'speculation' is one that has no supporting information
A rumor rated as 'strong' is one where we received information from more than one source.
A rumor rated as 'fact' is one that has proven to be true
A rumor rated as 'false' is one that has proven to be false based on new information
These rumors are just that, RUMORS, and are not to be taken as 'fact'
unless so noted. Please visit our Hot News page for news. If you have a rumor, or can supply
more information about one listed here,
e-mail us with as
much supporting information as possible and we may post it. User Agreement and Disclaimer.
Newer rumors supersede older ones of the same topic. Go to our
discuss any rumor.
Toyota's American motorsport chief has dropped a strong hint that two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso wants to contest a NASCAR Cup Series road course race.
Alonso drove Jimmie Johnson's NASCAR Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet at Bahrain's Sakhir circuit last year as part of their winter ride swap, and is currently racing for Toyota in the World Endurance Championship - a program that has already brought him a Le Mans 24 Hours victory.
Ferrari to introduce a V8 hybrid supercar this year
The hybrid Supercar will have more power than the 488 Pista
Ferrari is bringing a new mid-engine V8 supercar to the market this year — but with a hybrid drivetrain this time. Last year, then-Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne told Auto Express that a hybrid V8 was coming, and Automotive News is now reporting that a hybrid supercar will debut later this year.
According to Automotive News, the new Ferrari won't be displayed at the Geneva Motor Show next month, but it will have an unveiling event of its own later on. It will sit above the 488 Pista, as it will have more power. Automotive News quotes Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri as having confirmed the car on an earnings call in late January, saying that it will be more profitable than for example the 812 Superfast and that deliveries will start a year from now.
UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today as the Grand Premio story out of Brazil is wrong. Petrobras is still prominently displayed on the 2019 McLaren launched today.
02/13/19 According to Grand Premio in Brazil, the technical partnership agreement between Petrobras and McLaren will be terminated soon.
Thus, the expectation is that Petrobras will not even have its logo on the new McLaren car, the MCL34, which will be presented on Thursday (14) at 10am (WB) in Woking, headquarters of the team in England.
RC Enerson in one of Carlin's Chevy's at COTA this week
IndyStar reports that sources say McLaren has forged a strategic alliance with NTT IndyCar Series team Carlin Motorsport. Ever since announcing McLaren's intention to return to Indianapolis, CEO Zak Brown has made clear that while he wants this to be a truly McLaren entry -- as to opposed to relying so heavily on another team a la Andretti Autosport in 2017 -- the team still desired an IndyCar partner.
IndyCar allows fans in the paddock but they number 1/10th the size of the NASCAR fan base
UPDATE It can be a burden if you're in a hurry to get from here to there, but the elbow-to-elbow pre-race crowd in the garage is among the things separating a Rolex 24 from other Daytona events.
It seems the more famous Daytona tenants have taken notice and plan to give it a shot themselves. NASCAR has announced a relaxed garage policy for the big-league Cup Series this year. Plans are still being worked out between NASCAR and the tracks, but NASCAR said Saturday that occasional garage access for fans has "worked well" in the Trucks and Xfinity Series.
UPDATE Charlie Kimball has announced the events in which he will compete for Carlin Racing in the 2019 NTT IndyCar series.
Operating a reduced schedule compared to previous years, the one-time race winner will line up at St. Petersburg, the Indianapolis 500, Texas Motor Speedway, Pocono and the season finale at Laguna Seca.
The No. 23 car will again team up with global healthcare company Novo Nordisk US, who will be sponsoring Kimball for the 11th year in succession.
Bentley Interested in Future Electric Racing Program
Bentley EXP EV - electric is the future
Bentley is looking at a possible future electric racing program and attended last week’s Extreme E launch in London.
A leading engineer from the Volkswagen Group-owned manufacturer was present at the launch which outlined plans for a silhouette SUV series racing in some of the world’s most remote and environmentally challenged parts of the world.
Patricio O'Ward - no check, no ride. His $1M from the Indy Lights title is only good for the Indy 500 and maybe one additional race
According to reports out of Mexico Patricio O'Ward will not participate in the Laguna Seca test at WeatherTech Raceway, where IndyCar will start the preseason testing activities of the 2019 season, because his Harding Steinbrenner Racing team faces financial problems.
A source told RÉCORD in Mexico City that the team has not found the necessary budget, so far, to be able to have the new team and its two cars in optimum conditions to compete.
The economic problems facing this team could also affect the COTA test next week in Austin, Texas.
IndyCar puts the screws to its fans - this content used to be streamed live for free on their website.
UPDATE NBC Sports today will reveal details of its IndyCar Pass OTT product, which will start at $50 before increasing by $5 next month.
The pass will include live coverage of all NTT IndyCar Series qualifying and practice sessions, live coverage of Indy Lights races and replays of races that range from full-event to 15- to 30-minute cutdowns.
NBC Sports’ usual booth of Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy will call the coverage, marking the first time all qualifying and practice sessions will receive TV-quality production.
IndyCar used to stream practices and some qualifying sessions itself on its website. The IndyCar Pass is part of the NBC Sports Gold streaming network. Adam Stern/SBD
Liberty Media is now apparently bidding for the former Fox RSNs
F1 owner Liberty Media may bid to buy the FOX RSNs
The latest installment of As The RSNs Turn has provided yet more drama. Previously, the 22 Fox sports regional networks were acquired by Disney as part of their larger purchase of Fox assets, forced to be sold thanks to the Department of Justice, drew all sorts of supposed bidders, drew only a few actual bidders, and saw less bidders still and less dollars than projected in the second round. That second round (which also saw YES removed, with the Yankees reportedly planning to buy it back) had just three confirmed bidders for the 21-network package: local TV station owner Sinclair Broadcasting, private equity firm Apollo Global, and Major League Baseball (with a yet-to-be-determined partner). And now, as per a piece from CNBC’s David Faber, Sinclair and Apollo are apparently dropping out (except maybe not?), and Liberty Media (owner of F1, the Atlanta Braves and Sirius XM, amongst other things) is apparently joining the bidding. Here’s more from Faber:
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today as the AR1.com prediction came true - The Grand Prix Association of Long Beach announced today that it has reached a multi-year agreement with Acura to become title sponsor of the Grand Prix of Long Beach starting in 2019. Full Story on our Home page.
02/04/19 Acura will be announced as official tomorrow.
“It’s a new dawn, new era and we’re all looking forward to a new relationship,” Jim Michaelian said over the weekend to the Long Beach Press Telegram. “I think it’s a common feeling that’s shared among all of us at the Grand Prix Association and I sense the same thing on behalf of our new sponsor, too.
Mary Barra to lay off 8,000 Americans despite massive tax breaks from Washington. The board should terminate her next - all that tax savings wasted because of failed leadership
General Motors’ cost-cutting plan could hit home in a big way for salaried employees next week.
While the automaker has already begun cutting its salaried workforce, part of a broader streamlining push that includes plant closures and model discontinuations, sources claim Monday could bring widespread pink slip action.
According to two sources who spoke to Automotive News, GM CEO Mary Barra’s plan to cut 15 percent of GM’s salaried employees will hit hard on Monday, which one advisor reportedly referred to as “Black Monday.”
Reducing a salaried workforce of roughly 54,000 North American employees by 15 percent means some 8,000 jobs need to go. Some already have. Late last year, GM offered voluntary buyouts for salaried staff, and AN reports some 1,500 contract workers and 2,250 white collar types have already sprung for the bait.
Indy Speedway to announce Penngrade replacement for 500 (Update)
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's announcement that Financial Services Brand Gainbridge was Named Indy 500 Presenting Sponsor. The deal includes signage and hospitality, and Gainbridge will purchase a season-long media buy with NBC Sports for advertising during IndyCar races.
The Gainbridge brand is new and was launched last week by parent company Group 1001, an Indianapolis-based insurance company that has four brands. Group 1001 also sponsors the Andretti Autosport #26 car driven by Zach Veach.
UPDATE Ford has continued to evaluate the EV racing landscape, with deadlines looming on the potential participation in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and proposed FIA Electric World Rallycross Championship.
The American manufacturer, which is involved in discussions in both series, as well as at least two emerging all-electric championships, is understood to be facing a program decision for as early as 2020.
(GMM) Force India could add the color blue to its livery for 2019.
Last week, the Silverstone based team - set to be officially renamed 'Racing Point' following the Lawrence Stroll acquisition - would not comment on reports that the familiar pink will be dropped this year.
Jeff Gordon to eventually own Hendrick Motorsports
At some point, Jeff Gordon could be introduced as the owner of Hendrick Motorsports.
Gordon, who is a minority owner of the team he drove full-time for from 1993-2015, addressed his potential future Sunday before his induction into the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame and his induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Friday..
F1 Team Racing Point To Partner With Betting Firm SportPesa
Racing Point, formerly Force India
Formula 1 team Racing Point is reportedly "poised to announce a major new sponsorship deal" with online sports betting company SportPesa for the '19 season, according to RACEFANS.net.
The team, previously known as Force India, agreed to a two-year deal with an option for a further season. Racing Point plans to unveil its new sponsor at its season launch at the Toronto Motor Show on Feb. 13.
The Dodge Challenger and other Chrysler Muscle Cars will go electric eventually because electric motors are superior with zero emissions
Are the 66,716 Americans who helped take the venerable Dodge Challenger to a new sales record in 2018 just Luddites, rebelling against a rising tide of electrification and autonomy? Maybe, but the era of a Challenger line powered solely by gasoline is drawing to a close.
Fiat Chrysler CEO Mike Manley addressed the muscle car’s future at this week’s Detroit auto show, admitting that, at some point, the Challenger needs to grow greener. That means venturing into the unsexy world of electrification — an unthinkable act for some American muscle purists.
Speaking to The Detroit News, Manley said the Challenger, despite enjoying a lasting popularity that’s rare in the industry -- at least for a car model, must change with the times if it has any hope of long-term survival.
The above darkness is what IndyCar fans internationally will see when they turn on their TV sets in 2019 looking to watch a race
Whereas ESPN International managed the TV distribution globally for IndyCar before, they are now out of the picture with the new NBC TV deal, so it's lights out for IndyCar on the majority of the planet.
Sports Business Daily's Adam Stern tweeted @IndyCar is in talks with @DAZNglobal (who?) streaming service about a media-rights deal that would likely include multiple regions globally beyond just the previously reported streaming deal in Spain......per a person familiar with the talks.
'Left Lane Dicks' get fined on the German Autobahn
The German government is considering adopting a range of draft proposals about the reduction of environmental damage caused by transport, which could result into the end of the de-restricted parts of their highways, more widely known as Autobahns.
The National Platform on the Future of Mobility, the committee responsible for coming up with the proposals recommended many things, including fuel tax hikes and EV quotas to help Germany meet EU’s emissions targets, Reuters reports.
Schumacher disses Mercedes for Ferrari (2nd Update)
It's now official - Mick Schumacher is a Ferrari Academy driver
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Ferrari Driver Academy announced today that it has signed a contract with 2018 FIA Formula 3 European Champion Mick Schumacher.
Mick, who will be racing in the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship, from next week will be taking part in the pre- season preparation activities with fellow FDA drivers.
The other 2019 FDA drivers are Giuliano Alesi and Callum Ilott, who will race in Formula 2 too, Marcus Armstrong and Robert Shwartzman, racing in FIA Formula 3, Enzo Fittipaldi, racing in FIA Formula Regional (Europe), and Gianluca Petecof in FIA Formula 4 (Italy and Germany).
Pascal Wehrlein, who raced for the Manor and Sauber Formula 1 teams in 2016 and '17, is believed to be negotiating potential 2019 IndyCar outings, although he will not be able to race in the Indianapolis 500 as it falls on the same weekend as the Berlin Formula E round he will contest with Mahindra.
"I could start in two more racing series. One in Europe, one in America," said Wehrlein in a 90-minute interview for F1 podcast 'Starting Grid', which will be released on Friday evening reports Motorsport.com. The podcast will be in German.
NTT Data to takeover IndyCar title sponsorship (3rd Update)
NTT Data sponsored a Ganassi IndyCar for many years
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. INDYCAR announced today during the North American International Auto Show that global information technology and communications leader NTT has signed a multiyear agreement to become the IndyCar Series title partner.
In addition, NTT becomes the official technology partner of INDYCAR, the IndyCar Series, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Brickyard 400 beginning in 2019.
(GMM) Stefano Domenicali could return to formula one.
The Italian was ousted by Ferrari in 2014, following the great Maranello team's failed attempts to win the title.
But Ferrari has now ousted Maurizio Arrivabene and replaced him with technical boss Mattia Binotto. Some think Binotto handling both the team boss role and the technical directorship is too much for one manager.
(GMM) Mercedes could once again be about to pull away from its rivals in the horse power department with reports from Germany suggesting that their new power unit will be capable of producing over 1000 brake horsepower.
Last year, Ferrari closed the gap on the German team, and also Renault and Honda made progress in 2018.
But La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that a brand new, "deeply redesigned" power unit has been produced at Mercedes' Brixworth engine headquarters, "keeping little" of the 2018 unit.
IndyCar, F1, NASCAR will not land any new manufacturers
Lucas di Grassi (above) predicts internal combustion engines and racing will go the way of tobacco advertising - banned
Former Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi says electric racing is growing faster than expected and expects some countries will ban the promotion of motorsport which uses combustion engines just like they ban tobacco advertising - it's bad for your health.
Speaking to media ahead of the second round of the 2018-19 season in Morocco this weekend, Di Grassi predicted no more manufacturers will enter F1, and you can include IndyCar and NASCAR in that list.
“If in the long-term future all manufacturers are only producing electric cars because they will be cheaper and they’re forced by the rules to produce electric cars, why would any manufacturer join Formula 1 if it’s still combustion? And then the question is will Formula 1 go electric in the long-term or not?”
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Former Champ Car champion and Gold Coast Indy 300 winner Paul Tracy will return to Australia to compete in this year’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.
Tracy will replace fellow North American Boris Said in a MARC Car which he will share with 2014 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 winner Paul Morris and car owner Keith Kassulke.
Said, who drove for Paul Morris Motorsport in the 2008 Supercars enduros and as an international co-driver on the Gold Coast in 2011 and 2012, was injured while training on his dirt bike with his son last week.
Spanish Race fans will only be able to watch Alonso's Indy bid over the internet
Looks like very few fans in Spain will see the 2019 Indy 500 featuring Fernando Alonso as they will have to pay for a subscription to watch it on their PC or iPhone
DAZN is close to acquiring Spanish media rights to the World Rally Championship (WRC) and the IndyCar series, according to a report by Spanish newspaper El Español.
The move would see the over-the-top (OTT) subscription service add to its domestic motorsport package in Spain, which already includes rights to MotoGP and the Superbike World Championship (WSB) from 2019.
The streaming platform entered the Spanish market in November when it acquired rights to the Premier League, English soccer’s top flight, for three years from the beginning of next season.
Ultimately a riderless police interceptor like this can hunt you down
BMW Motorrad will showcase a riderless motorcycle prototype for the first time in the U.S. at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, NV. The BMW R 1200 GS, developed by BMW engineers as a research prototype for future mobility innovations, will demonstrate its ability to ride off, accelerate, corner, and slow down to a standstill – completely independent of its rider – in demonstrations held during the global consumer technology event.
IndyCar to announce new title sponsor (B2B) in January (Update)
IndyCar will help put millions of American IT workers on the unemployment line with an NTT deal
UPDATE With the rumors that NTT, and it's American arm, NTT Data, is going to take over title sponsorship of the IndyCar series it's clear this rumor will soon go to 'fact'. NTT's primary goal is IT services for large corporations. They take over IT services from American companies, almost all the American IT workers lose their job, and the work gets farmed to India, Mexico, Panama and other low labor cost countries. NTT and its competitors, like Atos and Tata, have collectively put millions of American IT staff out of work.
NTT's goal will be to market to large corporations to put Americans out of work. They are not a consumer company, and as such, will not be looking to market the series to consumers to win new fans. This will strictly be a money in IndyCar's pocket deal with little series growth potential.
Nashville is expected to become the new home of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series awards banquet, according to sources of Adam Stern/SBD.
NASCAR has held the banquet for the last 10 years in Las Vegas; New York City played host to the event for 27 years before that. NASCAR’s deal with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, which included an annual $400,000 subsidy, expired and was not renewed for 2018 but NASCAR still returned there for the event last year as it plotted long-term plans.
Binotto vs. Arrivabene - one has to go (4th Update)
Arrivabene gets the axe
UPDATE This rumor is now upgraded to 'fact' with this Ferrari Announcement:
After four years of untiring commitment and dedication, Maurizio Arrivabene is leaving the team. The decision was taken together with the company’s top management after lengthy discussions related to Maurizio’s long term personal interests as well as those of the team itself.
Ferrari would like to thank Maurizio for his valuable contribution to the team’s increasing competitiveness over the past few years, and wish him the best for his future endeavors.
The first signs of issues for Honda's partnership with Red Bull have emerged, as reported in Germany suggested two stumbling blocks have recently been hit in the Japanese marque's development of its 2019 power units, due to be used by Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly.
Autobild has reported that a disagreement between Honda engineers and consultancy AVL – who have previously worked with Ferrari's F1 team – has seen development slow down.
2019 will likely be Bottas' last year as a Mercedes driver
Valtteri Bottas will need to match the performances of Lewis Hamilton at a minimum next season if he is to stay put at Mercedes in 2020, according to team boss Toto Wolff. We are certain that won't happen so 2019 will be Bottas' last year driving a Mercedes.
Bottas is under pressure to maintain his place at the Brackley-based outfit beyond 2019 after recording a lackluster 2018 campaign, where he failed to win a single race.
2020 Corvette C8 Rumored To Make Surprise Debut On January 14
Mid-engine Corvette rendering
Hardly a week goes by without the forums digging for something new or simply fabricating stuff about the upcoming Chevrolet Corvette C8.
A Corvette Forum user called “Zerv02” claims the mid-engine Vette will make a surprise debut on January 14, the first media day of the Detroit Auto Show. “Surprise unveil on the 14th, stay tuned,” he wrote on the forum on January 3.
Alonso at Daytona Thursday. Without a Halo to protect the driver, IndyCar will never get a driver like Alonso full-time. Too dangerous
Fernando Alonso says he would consider racing full-time in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the future.
While the two-time Formula 1 world champion and Toyota LMP1 driver ruled out any immediate plans to compete regularly in the series, he suggested he would be open to the prospect at some point.
Alonso is set to turn his first laps in the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R this weekend at the Roar Before the Rolex 24, sharing seat time with co-drivers Jordan Taylor, Renger van der Zande and Kamui Kobayashi.
Teams might be about to lose ride-buyer tire test data
This season, other than the two pre-season tests and the final test in Abu Dhabi, there will be two in-season tests.
At a time the sport is seeking to spice up the action while reducing spending, it seems hard to believe that just a few short years ago money was no object, teams running designated test units as they tried out a seemingly endless supply of new tires and engines.
It appears the 2019 Toro Rosso will just be a repainted 2018 Red Bull
James Key was no longer needed at Toro Rosso because going forward they will run year old Adrian Newey designed Red Bulls. Helmut Marko all but confirmed an agreement of sorts had been reached when talking to Motorsport-Total.
Key became marginalized when under Dietrich Mateschitz’s instructions the teams was told to develop a concept to synergize workforces.
Marko explained, “It shouldn’t be that we have almost the same technical team in Faenza as we have in Milton Keynes, in terms of the number of people.”
Sainz Jr. to team with Alonso for Indy 500 (Update)
Alonso and Carlos Sainz Jr. will not complete an all-Spaniard IndyCar team
UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to ‘false’ now. It’s Spain’s ‘Day of the Innocent - sort of April Fools Day.
12/28/18 According to Spain's momentogp, McLaren f1 driver Carlos Sainz Jr. will partner up with Fernando Alonso in the 2019 Indy500. Both Spaniards will drive for McLaren with Chevy power during the event in which the two-time world champion looks to secure his triple crown.
Porsche Taycan performance model could be named Turbo
Porsche Taycan models revealed
The model names for Porsche's upcoming Taycan electric car will fit right in with existing Porsche nomenclature, according to a Wednesday tweet from automotive journalist Alex Roy.
Roy posted the tweet and wrote about it on The Drive after receiving the information directly from a Porsche outreach representative. According to that rep, the car is due in about a year and it will come in three models: Taycan, Taycan 4s, and Taycan Turbo.
It appears the performance version of the Porsche Taycan EV will be branded “Turbo”.
This is a time of complete posturing in F1 as next Concorde agreement gets negotiated. Who is bluffing and who is serious?
The latest salvo? Red Bull could quit Formula 1 in order to pursue the World Endurance Championship alongside Aston Martin if Liberty Media's much-vaunted 2021 reboot of the sport is not to their liking, the team's motorsport advisor Dr Helmut Marko has revealed.
According to Adam Stern of Sports Business Daily NASCAR may restructure its track council for next year, his sources say, after major track operator Speedway Motorsports Inc. requested changes because it felt that the meetings had become inefficient.
The sanctioning body in recent years has formed a host of industry councils to help stakeholders work on key issues, including groups for tracks, drivers and manufacturers. The councils meet several times each year and the track version includes representatives of NASCAR, International Speedway Corp., SMI and the many independent tracks that play host to NASCAR races at various levels.
Formula E and S5000 over IndyCar and NASCAR at Surfers
Ex-Formula 1 champ, Alan Jones
Alan Jones is in favor of a Formula E race on the streets of Surfers Paradise amid talks the Gold Coast could witness a return of international motorsport.
The Gold Coast has been the exclusive playground of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship since the failed A1GP event of 2009, having previously hosted IndyCar/Champ Car racing from 1991 to 2008.
During this year’s Vodafone Gold Coast 600 both Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard sampled a Penske NASCAR on the circuit, sparking interest in bringing the American saloon car series to Australia.
If the new Corvette looks this good, it will make today's Corvettes look like antiques
The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 will easily be one of 2019’s most important car debuts and the huge anticipation for this model also means there’s an abundance of daily reports about it.
Not all are worth mentioning, obviously, but a new one brings fresh information about the mid-engine Corvette’s launch date. While the Detroit Auto Show is out of the question, a debut at the New York Auto Show in April seems unlikely as well.
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has issued an order compelling Mr. John D. Idol, the CEO of Michael Kors, to provide documents in his possession which are relevant to Uralkali's claims brought in the U.K. against the administrators of Force India Formula One Team.
Uralkali, the Russian potash fertilizer producer and exporter, of which Dmitry Mazepin is a non-executive director (Mazepin's son drives in F2), is taking legal action against the administrators of the Force India F1 team questioning the process by which the consortium led by Lawrence Stroll bought the Silverstone-based outfit, having claimed the process may not have been "in the best interests of Force India's creditors and stakeholders, and the sport in general".
Copyright 1999-2019 | AutoRacing1 is an independent internet online publication and is not affiliated with, sponsored by, or endorsed by IndyCar, NASCAR, FIA, or any series sponsor.
This material may not be published, broadcast, or redistributed without permission.