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Richard Petty Motorsports announced Wednesday it has suspended operations of its No. 43 NASCAR Xfinity Series team due to financial issues with the team’s sponsor, J. Streicher.
The move leaves driver Jeb Burton, who is currently 11th in the series standings, without the chance to continue to compete for the series championship.
“This is an unfortunate situation,” RPM CEO Brian Moffitt said in a statement. “We make commitments to both our employees and vendors that are based on sponsor commitments, and we take those commitments seriously.
“We will pursue every avenue to ensure the contractual obligations between RPM and our sponsor are met. We'll take each week as it comes and do our best to get the No. 43 Ford Mustang on track as much as possible this season.”
In the statement RPM it was having to cut back operations of the team “due to missed payments” by the sponsor.
J. Streicher joined RPM late in the off-season for their first sponsorship in NASCAR. So far...
This week's penalty report is out and it's a big one.
The penalties involve several different teams, resulting in the suspension of three crew chiefs.
Roush Fenway Racing's Greg Biffle was the hardest hit of the group. No. 16 crew chief Brian Pattie has been fined $50,000 and suspended from the next two Cup races at Pocono and Michigan. On top of that, the team and driver have lost 15 championship points. There were multiple issues found with Biffle's car, including an unapproved "body design."
Stewart-Haas Racing's Kurt Busch and JTG Daugherty Racing's A.J. Allmendinger have also lost their crew chiefs for Pocono. Both Tony Gibson (Busch) and Randall Burnett (Allmendinger) were fined $20,000 along with their suspensions. The violation? Lug nuts. The No. 41 was cited for having a loose lug nut, while the No. 47 was missing one entirely. They are the second and third teams to get hit by the newly established rule. The first was Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 18 Kyle Busch...
Martin Truex Jr.’s win at Charlotte Motor Speedway was worth the wait.
Although misfortune foiled the driver’s attempts at victory at Texas Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway, where he led the most laps earlier this season, Truex would not be denied on Saturday night for his first race of 2016 -- and a berth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
“Frickin’ unbelievable man, frickin’ unbelievable,” Truex told the crew over the radio.
Truex led a Sprint Cup Series record of 392 of 400 laps — the most for any competitor at at Charlotte. Jim Pascal set the original record of 335 laps in 1967 at the 1.5-mile track. Truex's 588 miles led were the most in any NASCAR race in the history of the sport.
With a 1.7-second lead and 10 laps remaining, Truex extended his advantage to where he could back off and conserve fuel. Still, his margin of victory was 2.573-seconds at the finish over Kevin Harvick.
It seems fitting that Truex should finally break through with a win on Memorial Day...
Red Bull has revealed that Daniel Ricciardo's pitstop blunder that cost him victory in the Monaco Grand Prix was triggered by his tyres being stuck at the back of the garage.
Ricciardo had dominated the opening stages of the Monte Carlo race and, after a first stop to switch to intermediates dropped him behind Hamilton, he closed right back on to the Mercedes' tail again.
When Hamilton pitted to switch to ultrasofts, Red Bull responded by choosing to pit Ricciardo on the following lap.
Having originally planned to switch the Australian on to new softs, the team changed its mind and elected to switch him on to the used supersoft set he had left over from Q2.
But despite believing there was enough time to get the tyres ready, the situation became complicated when it emerged those tyres were trapped at the back of the cramped Monaco garage, and the mechanics failed to retrieve them in time before Ricciardo arrived.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner said: "Based on how we are set up...
Alexander Rossi won the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 for Andretti Autosport-Herta at the end of a desperate fuel mileage race, becoming the first rookie to win the race in 15 years.
The pacesetters of the day were forced into ducking into the pits over the final 10 laps, Rossi dropping his pace to as low as 180mph on the final lap to stretch his fuel mileage.
The Californian, who was a late sign-up for the Verizon IndyCar Series season, obeyed his team orders from Bryan Herta, and slowed down soon enough to hold on for victory ahead of teammate Carlos Munoz and Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden by 4.5sec.
It is the first win for a rookie in the Indy 500 since Helio Castroneves won in 2001.
Tony Kanaan was fourth for Chip Ganassi Racing, just ahead of teammate Charlie Kimball who, like Rossi, made his final fuel stop 36 laps before the end. Newgarden’s ECR teammate J.R. Hildebrand was sixth.
Story of the race
From the drop of the green flag, polesitter, Schmidt...
After a remarkable past year, Kyle Busch is now two tracks away from a full collection of Cup wins - and there's a good chance another venue will fall his way on Sunday.
At the end of last year's campaign, season-deciding venue Homestead-Miami remained one of five tracks on the current NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule that Busch had yet to win at.
But he, of course, did finally win at Homestead when it mattered the most – and has since ticked off Martinsville and even Kansas, once firmly considered his 'bogey' track.
That leaves just two, and now that Jeff Gordon has retired, having come up one short (Kentucky), none of the Cup field's current drivers are closer to this milestone than Busch.
Not Jimmie Johnson, not Kevin Harvick and not even Tony Stewart, who himself has two tracks left to tick off but less than a season left in which to do so.
Charlotte, which hosts a Cup race this weekend, is one of the two tracks on Busch's list and is also the track where he's made...
NASCAR has seen a vast array of changes in recent years – the implementation of a new Chase format, fluctuating television ratings, improvements at tracks and also seat reductions, new aero rules and a $400 million renovation of Daytona International Speedway.
Taken as a whole, NASCAR Chairman Brian France believes the state of the sport is “really good” and believes NASCAR’s footprint in the sports landscape remains just as competitive as ever.
“It’s easy to misunderstand how competitive this whole country is with sports, so in any given weekend you could have five, six, seven leagues with action,” France told Motorsport.com. “Then you have big events like The Masters, the Kentucky Derby and then you have all the collegiate stuff.
“There are only one or two sports that are competing all the time (NASCAR is one) and we do very well when we’re
doing that. Even if we are falling a little here and there on ratings, we make it up with social media or digital media. We’re...
A member of the legendary Andretti family hasn't won the Indianapolis 500 since 1969, and that's the only time they ever did.
That was the 53rd running of the event. We're about to witness the 100th. Between then and now, the Andrettis have lost the crown jewel of American open-wheel racing in almost every way possible.
Five members of the Andretti family have taken part in the 500. Combined, they've had over 70 chances to win 'The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.' And as stated before, only once have they triumphed. The reason why they don't have innumerable Borg-Warners by now is baffling.
Some blame it on bad luck, some attribute it to Andy Granatelli's now infamous kiss, others believe it's the toll they must pay for the success they've enjoyed elsewhere. A few call it fate, others just consider it a curse.
This month is the ten-year anniversary of the day then-rookie Marco came within feet of winning it all, only to be usurped by Sam Hornish Jr. in one of the...
Mercedes says the fuel pressure problems that hit Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at the start of Q3 for the Monaco Grand Prix were related to temperature issues.
Hamilton was left stranded in the pitlane, and Rosberg briefly stuck in the garage, as both drivers prepared to go out for the crucial first runs in the final qualifying segment.
The delays compromised both drivers' qualifying preparations, and Hamilton was convinced that it robbed him of what he believed would have been a pole position run.
Investigations of what went wrong have revealed that the matter related to the higher than normal car temperatures, which meant the fuel was warmer than the car's fuel pump could cope with.
Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff said: "It looks like as a consequence of fuel temperature we had a fuel pump problem, which we had on both cars. And unfortunately Lewis was out of the garage so it took a while to sort.
"But at least we have identified the problem and we have a...
Red Bull has extended its contract with Renault for Formula 1 engines with Toro Rosso also returning to the French car manufacturer next season.
The Milton Keynes-based team had been on the brink of a messy divorce with Renault last year amid unhappiness about its competitive form.
However, a restructuring of its organisation has helped deliver a good performance boost this year – and, after a victory in Spain, the team is on pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix.
Red Bull's new contract is for 2017 and 2018 – while Toro Rosso's new deal is for a similar period. Both teams will be allowed to rebadge the engines as they wish.
Renault's Jerome Stoll said: “We are very pleased to partner with two such strong teams as Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso.
"Having competitive partners demonstrates the confidence both have in the improved Renault power unit and in our organisation as a whole.”
Red Bull boss Christian Horner added: "We are delighted to extend our...
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Changes to the rear spoiler, front splitter and rear deck fin will be put into play for two upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races as the sanctioning body continues to reduce aerodynamic downforce and sideforce in an effort to promote closer competition on the race track.
The changes, announced Thursday morning, will be in effect only for upcoming races at Michigan International Speedway (June 12) and Kentucky Speedway (July 9) and are in addition to previous adjustments made by the officials in recent weeks.
Initial moves implemented before the start of the season combined with a Goodyear tire matched more closely to the lower downforce package have resulted in closer competition through the season's first 12 races. Why, then, continue to make adjustments in the overall package?
"I think we look at it as a never-ending journey; if we can improve we're going to do that," Steve O'Donnell, executive vice president of competition and chief racing development officer,...
Pirelli has offered a first glimpse of what its Formula 1 tyres will look like in 2017, after unveiling a showcar fitted with the wider rubber in Monaco on Saturday.
As part of the planned overhaul of the sport's technical regulations next year, Pirelli will be supplying teams with much wider tyres, reminiscent of those used in the early 1990s.
The tyres have not yet been tested, with the Italian firm's 2017 development programme having so far been limited to running 2016-size tyres with certain elements of next year's rubber.
However, the first running of the tyres with modified 2015 cars to simulate next year's downforce levels is scheduled to begin in August.
Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes will be taking part in that phase of the development process.
Pirelli, however, has given the first indication of how the 2017-spec tyres will look by equipping a branded showcar with them.
The car - which is developed from an old Toyota F1 car - has been updated to include...
Thought I'd share a couple photos I took at Carb day today.
This was a pretty cool moment. We were on our way to find some seats for practice, we're just walking towards this white van that was parked between the Tower Terrace grandstand and the Pagoda, they open the back of the van and boom....there it is...the Borg Warner.
Here's a shot of the Pagoda and winner's circle
Here's a panoramic from the Tower Terrace grandstand
And then, on the way out, we decided to check out the IMS museum (which is very cool by the way, a must see). Well, this year is Penske's 50th year at Indianapolis and they have a whole room dedicated to him. I go walking in to the room and who do I see, this guy. I was instantly star struck...Emerson Fittipaldi for Christ's sake....one of the greatest driver's to ever wheel it.
Another legend was at the museum too. Wally Dallenbach Sr.
NASCAR veteran Mark Martin, elected this week to the Hall of Fame, will drive the pace car in Sunday’s 57th running of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“When the speedway called to ask me if I’d do it, my first reaction was, ‘Hell, yeah!’ ” Martin said in a statement. “Originally I’d planned to be at Indy, but now I get to do the ‘double’ in a way, and I can say I’ll be driving at Charlotte.
“Charlotte Motor Speedway was always my favorite race track. I was fortunate enough to have a lot of success there, including winning a Coke 600. Bruton and Marcus (Smith) always put on a fabulous show, and this will be cool to lead the field to green in front of thousands of fans that I enjoyed racing for all those years.”
Martin plans to attend the start of Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 before heading to Charlotte Motor Speedway for his pace-car driving duties.
The native of Batesville, Ark., won four Sprint Cup Series points races at Charlotte in a career that...
Monaco Grand Prix organisers have worked on extra welding of drain covers overnight, after the Jenson Button incident during the first free practice session.
Button's front wing was destroyed after he hit a loose drain cover that had been flicked up by the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg.
Following an inspection of the cover by F1 race director Charlie Whiting, it emerged that the 25cm by 25cm inspection hatch had cracked and come loose - despite having been welded in four places prior to the cars taking to the track.
In light of the incident, the FIA asked Monaco organisers to inspect all the other drain covers on the track - and weld down the more vulnerable ones much more to ensure there could be no repeat of the Button incident.
Button's teammate Fernando Alonso had said it was unacceptable for a drain cover to come loose.
"It's never acceptable when there is an incident like this," said Alonso about the incident.
"It's something that we didn't take care of enough...
A spotlight has been shone on tyre pressures in recent weeks, with a number of teams suspicious that some outfits have found clever - albeit legal - ways to get around the limits laid down by the FIA.
They believe ways have been found to lower the pressures after Pirelli and the FIA have taken their measurements on the grid, improving performance throughout the race.
Pressure and temperature are intrinsically linked, meaning the harder you work the tyre, (like at a race start) the more the pressure ramps up.
With the limits set well above what teams would like to run at, if someone is able to lower them by just 2psi it could deliver a decent performance advantage – especially if those unable to do it experience raising pressures because of the heat cycle a tyre goes through.
Before the Italian Grand Prix last season, the pressures given out by Pirelli were recommendations.
However, the issues faced by a handful of drivers in the preceding round at Spa...
Kurt Busch opens strong atop Coca-Cola 600 practice
By Staff report | NASCAR.com
Kurt Busch scooted to the top of the leaderboard in Thursday's opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch registered a fast lap of 192.843 mph in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 Chevrolet in the first prep session for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM), the series' longest race of the year.
Busch's lap was .233 seconds faster than Jimmie Johnson, who leads the 1.5-mile track's all-time win list with seven Charlotte victories. Johnson turned the second-fastest lap at 191.252 mph in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet.
Defending race winner Carl Edwards was third-fastest at 191.042 mph in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota. Kevin Harvick (190.772 mph) and Kyle Larson (190.745) completed the top five.
Joey Logano, a winner at Charlotte last weekend in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, encountered some trouble before turning the sixth-fastest lap....
Most happy to see Mark Martin get in, my favorite driver of all time. . .
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Two phenomenally successful contemporary car owners, a champion driver-turned-beloved-broadcaster, a driver with a prolific winning history and the man described as NASCAR racing's "original car owner" are the newly elected members of the 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame class.
NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France introduced the new inductees on Wednesday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, calling this group of five perhaps "the greatest class yet."
The new members, selected from a group of 20 nominees, include 1973 NASCARSprint Cup Series champion and 1975 Daytona 500 winner Benny Parsons, who later became one of the most revered television broadcasters in the sport's history; team owner Rick Hendrick, who has notched a record 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series titles; driver Mark Martin, whose 96 career victories across NASCAR's three national touring series are sixth all-time; car owner Raymond Parks,...
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