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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,...
So we start the day with F1 at Monaco, next, Indianapolis 500, (fok U DF, am jealous you will see it live bro, have fun) then close it out with the longest race of the year, the Coke 600. . .going to be a long day, lol,
Is the best weekend of racing in your opinion, or do you have others? IMO besides the Daytona 500, this is it for me.
Mercedes' winning streak in Formula 1 came to a dramatic halt at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg collided on the opening lap of the race.
Rosberg had overtaken pole position man Hamilton on the run through the first corner.
As they exited Turn 3, Hamilton got a run on Rosberg and tried to overtake him on the inside as they headed down to Turn 4.
But Rosberg moved to close the door – forcing Hamilton on to the grass as they approached the braking zone.
Hamilton lost control and spun sideways, collecting Rosberg, and the pair crashed out in to the gravel trap.
The world champion was furious – and threw his steering wheel out of the car as the pair avoided each other in the moments afterwards.
The incident left Red Bull duo Ricciardo and Max Verstappen at the head of the field, with Carlos Sainz's Toro Rosso third.
The FIA is ramping up its investigations about tyre pressures from the Monaco Grand Prix, amid suspicions that some Formula 1 teams are using clever technology to get around restrictions.
Ever since last year's Italian Grand Prix, the FIA has mandated a minimum starting pressure for the tyres in a bid to minimise the chances of teams suffering problems.
With these pressures being much higher than teams would ideally like, there are clear benefits for teams that can lower the pressure after the official measurements have been taken.
Suspicions from some teams that rivals are using tricks – such as heating wheels or using double chambers in the rims – prompted McLaren earlier this month to ask for a clarification about what it could do.
The FIA made it clear that double chambered rims were not within the rules and, as part of a deeper investigation to check what teams are up, the governing body has told teams that it will now be keeping a closer eye on what they are...
The 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series will race at Watkins Glen International in New York on Labor Day weekend, it was announced Friday.
The race is being added to the schedule as a replacement for the planned inaugural Grand Prix of Boston, which was scrapped last month. The race will be held on Sept. 4 as the 15th round of the 16-round season. Watkins Glen joins Phoenix and Road America as tracks returning to the IndyCar schedule this year.
The agreement took just two weeks to come together.
"The fact that we could put this deal together so quickly shows how motivated each party was to make this happen for the fans and the competitors," said Track President Michael Printup.
"A tremendous amount of thanks goes to track President Michael Printup and his entire staff for their efforts in helping make this a reality in such a short time frame," IndyCar President Jay Frye said. "Obviously, Watkins Glen has great racing history and it's a track that will showcase the on-track competition...
INDIANAPOLIS -- In case it wasn't already obvious, the combination of Simon Pagenaud and Team Penske is really starting to click.
The 31-year-old Frenchman drove to victory Saturday in the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis by 4.48 seconds, extending his Verizon IndyCar Series win streak to three races. That run came after he started the 2016 campaign with a pair of second-place finishes.
It was the second time in three years that Pagenaud won the Indianapolis GP, and his superiority on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course this year was as blindingly obvious as the neon yellow paint on his Menard's Chevrolet.
Shuffled back in the order after a midrace exchange of pit stops under caution, pole winner Pagenaud bided his time before he produced stunningly fast in and out laps for his final stop under green. That vaulted him ahead of teammate Helio Castroneves, and he was able to cruise home over the final 18 laps.
The remarkable start to the season puts Pagenaud in a...
The ‘Beijing Indy 600’ will be a non-championship event in 2016, to be held some five weeks after the season finale in Sonoma.
The event is due to be held on October 22nd and 23rd, around a 2.56-mile street course in the city’s Fengtai District. The deal has been put together by Asia Region Development, whose CEO Joe Chrnelich was behind the stillborn IndyCar event at Qingdao four years ago.
Beijing currently hosts the season-opening Formula E race, but the proposed IndyCar layout does not use the same streets.
Mark Miles, CEO of IndyCar’s parent company Hulman & Company, has just returned from Beijing and said : “For some months we have been involved in discussions with Joe and principals in China who are interested in having an IndyCar race. If it happens, it will be in the Fengtai District which is currently under development.
“Lots of infrastructure has been put in place – the streets are perhaps 50 percent built, and the real estate development is also...
Mercedes has no doubts that Lewis Hamilton will bounce back from his troubled start to the campaign – after admitting it had let the world champion down so far.
Hamilton is currently 43 points adrift of teammate Nico Rosberg after the first four races of the year, having seen his hopes of victory dashed by a combination of first corner incidents and engine problems.
While Mercedes has made it clear that getting to the bottom of the MGU-H dramas is its priority, it also knows that Hamilton’s campaign is far from over with 17 races still to go.
“We'll get through it, and I think Lewis will get through it,” Lowe said “It's very early in the season, the whole point is you take on race at a time in this business, and keep on doing your best.
“We always do our very best to give both drivers the very best equipment we can, and we'll carry on doing so.”
But Lowe admits that the team feels far from happy about the way that Hamilton has faced the brunt of reliability troubles...
Five NASCAR Sprint Cup teams got the first look at the brand new surface at Watkins Glen International this week.
Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne and Trevor Bayne all took part in the two-day tire test, which doubled as a first glimpse at the completed $12 million dollar repaving project at the famed road course.
WGI repave met with positive reviews
"I'm surprised at how well the cars move around on the new surface. For the surface to allow us to move around like we are, I'm really excited about that," Carl Edwards said . "I was nervous that it was going to be really knife edge and really hard to drive.
"I haven't been on all the tires, but a couple times, I've gotten pretty sideways and been able to correct it easily. And sometimes with a new surface, that's tough."
"With the curbing the way it used to be, there were some real tough spots that you had to get just right and they kind of smoothed some of that out, so it's a little more...
Joe Gibbs Racing has been hammered by NASCAR after working on the wrong side of the recently implemented lug nut policy.
Kansas race winner Kyle Busch will lose crew chief Adam Stevens and his front tire changer for one race after violating NASCAR's strict new lug nut policy. Both have been placed on probation for the remainder of the calendar year.
Along with the suspension, Stevens has been fined $20,000. It is a P3 level penalty, corresponding with what NASCAR said would happen if any team tried to get around the new rules.
Sources said that all lug nuts were glued on but not all five were hit by the pit gun.
When NASCAR series director Richard Buck was asked if teams thought there was some wiggle room with the rule, even though the sanctioning body made it clear there wasn't, he said the following: "That is correct. Our expectation is that each wheel needs to be on securely and attached with five lug nuts.
"That's their side of it to try to gain that competitive...
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series all will head to Dover International Speedway this week. Check out the full weekend schedule below.
Note: All times are ET
THURSDAY, MAY 12:
-- 2:00-2:55 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice (Follow live)
-- 4:00-4:55 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice (Follow live)
FRIDAY, MAY 13:
-- 10-10:55 a.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, FS1 (Follow live)
-- 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FS1 (Follow live)
-- 12:30-1:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, FS1 (Follow live)
-- 2:15 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 (Follow live)
-- 3:45 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 (Follow live)
-- 5:30 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series May Dover Race (200 laps, 200 miles), FS1 (Follow live)
GARAGECAM (Watch live)
-- 10:30 a.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup...
After crashing with Rhodes on the final lap of Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway, leader Johnny Sauter minced no words in expressing his unhappiness. He accused the 18-year old of being “brain dead or can’t see,” after the pair spun in the final turn, handing the race to rookie William Byron.
Speaking on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio today, Sauter apologized for his remarks, saying Rhodes’ actions were not as underhanded as he had first believed.
“Up until I had done that interview, I hadn’t seen any replays,’’ said Sauter, who limped his battered machine beneath the checkered flag to claim a 16th-place finish. “I was under the assumption that he just drove straight into the back of me, and that wasn’t necessarily the case. I called Ben and told him that all the things that I said, I take back.
“I hate that I said that.’’
The Wisconsin native said that after viewing videotape of the final lap, his opinion of what happened has changed.
“I came off Turn 2...
Here are the toughest conference games for all 14 SEC teams this season, based on opposition, timing and trends:
Alabama: Despite winning SEC titles in 2014 and 2015, there was one SEC blemish each year for Alabama. That, of course was the Ole Miss Rebels, who have beaten the Crimson Tide two years in a row. Thankfully the losses didn’t doom the Tide’s SEC chances last year because Ole Miss stumbled later against Florida and Arkansas, but that can’t go on forever. So this year’s meeting in Oxford on Sept. 17 is huge. It’s the first SEC game for each team and the Rebels will have a decided edge on experience at the quarterback position with Chad Kelly coming back and the Tide still unsure who their QB will be. This one is a biggie, maybe even the biggest.
Arkansas: Last year was deemed a successful season for the Razorbacks, despite getting off to a horrible start with losses to Toledo and Texas Tech. The key to 2016 is getting off to a good start, especially in the SEC. So the...
Strength: Experienced receiving corps
Weakness: Inexperience on the offensive line
Best player: QB Drew Lock
The Tigers were among the worst offenses last fall, finishing 127th (out of 128) in scoring offense and 125th in total offense.
This season, new coordinator Josh Heupel who will try to breathe some life into this unit. He’ll have to replace four starters on the offensive line, build the confidence of sophomore quarterback Drew Lock and find a reliable running back to replace Russell Hansbrough.
The term “rebuilding job” doesn’t quite cover it.
Strength: Running game
Weakness: Below-average passing attack
Best player: RB Ralph Webb
The Commodores were almost as anemic as Missouri last fall, finishing 124th and 117th nationally in scoring and total offense, respectively. Unlike Missouri, there’s some stability within the program, with coordinator Andy Ludwig starting his second season.
Vanderbilt also has the luxury of one of the league’s...
Strength: Experience, particularly at linebacker
Best player: DE Deatrich Wise Jr.
Arkansas allowed 27.4 points per game last season. Among SEC teams, only South Carolina allowed more. Several factors led that that average, including overtime shootouts.
But the secondary struggled in 2015 — allowing a league-worst 275 yards per game — and it’s the biggest concern heading into 2016.
The front seven is above average. Wise led the Razorbacks with 8.0 sacks and if freshman McTelvin Agim is as good in the fall as he was in the spring, Arkansas’ defensive front could be much improved.
6. MISSISSIPPI STATE
Strength: Experience. Eight starters return
Weakness: Relative lack of playmakers
Best player: LB Richie Brown
Mississippi State forced a league-low 14 turnovers last season — a number that could have caused more problems had Dak Prescott not done such a good job of protecting it on offense. New DC Peter Sirmon will play more 3-4 this season and...
Friday night lights energized, lol,
According to USA Today, this stadium will barely cost more than two other high school football stadiums in the area.
At $62.8 million, the total would be more than the $60 million that Allen spent for Eagle Stadium, which is an 18,000-seat stadium. It also would be more than the $62.5 million that Katy is spending for its stadium scheduled to open in 2017. Construction is ongoing.
So there will be three HIGH SCHOOL football stadiums in the area that each cost more than $60 million.
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Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean's debut in NASCAR could happen as early as this summer, after Stewart-Haas Racing revealed it is now working on a plan to get the Frenchman a race entry.
The idea of Grosjean running in a NASCAR has been mentioned before – with the Frenchman telling Motorsport.com during a factory visit last year that he would be up for it.
"We may give it a go. I think it would be really cool," he said after sitting in a Sprint Cup car on the day he was announced as a Haas F1 driver.
But that dream could become a reality sooner than many expected, as Stewart-Haas has admitted it is now investigating what needs to be done to get the Frenchman in to a race.
"It's definitely on our wish list," Joe Custer, chief operating officer of Haas F1, told Motorsport.com. "We just have to make it work — whether it be this year, next year, whenever that is. We're not sure."
Grosjean has scored points in three of the four F1 races this season. If the Frenchman elects to test...
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