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  • McLaren IndyCar, 2019

    Fernando Alonso and the McLaren IndyCar team will not be on the grid for this weekend's Indy 500. The team's qualifying and testing days were plagued with serious errors that, frankly, border the edge of unforgivable. ESPN recapped an initial Associated Press report and spoke with McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown to receive additional details about everything that went wrong. In the Friday report, Brown confirmed previous media reports about a "comedy of errors" that cost McLaren a spot on the grid this weekend. The team did not finish its own steering wheel design in time, which left Alonso...

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    2019 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix preview

    Round six of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship takes us to the south of France for the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix. The race is the most famous on the calendar, but it's also a bit of an anomaly due to its low speeds, a result of its historic setting in the principality. The Monaco Grand Prix...

  • 2018 BMW M8 GTE racecar
    BMW to bid farewell to WEC motorsport series

    BMW's run in endurance racing lasted just a single season. BMW said Wednesday it will exit the World Endurance Championship series as it makes changes to its motorsports program. That will make the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans this June BMW's farewell to WEC. "We will not compete in WEC going forward,"...

  • The finish of the 96th Indy 500 - Photo courtesy IZOD IndyCar Series/LAT USA
    After decades on ABC, NBC will air 2019 Indy 500

    The 2019 Indianapolis 500 will be a little different for viewers. Since 1965, ABC has broadcast the big race, but NBC outbid its rival broadcast company for rights to air the race this year. With the network shift, NBC is already working hard to promote and carry on traditions ABC started. The...

  • Niki Lauda
    Formula One legend and former champion Niki Lauda dies at 70

    Three-time Austrian Formula One champion and former team boss Niki Lauda died Monday, according to media reports. He was 70. According to a statement by Lauda's family, the racing legend "peacefully passed away with his family." “His unique achievements as an athlete and entrepreneur are and...

  • Venturi commits to Extreme E electric SUV race series
    Venturi first to sign up for Extreme E electric SUV racing

    Formula E plans to launch a new series focused on electric off-road vehicles called Extreme E, and it has its first committed team. Venturi, an electric vehicle company and current Formula E team, announced it will participate in the Extreme E series in an announcement last week Tuesday. Venturi...

  • Porsche 935 historical livery

    Porsche stunned performance enthusiasts and motorsport fans around the world last September when it revealed a true second-generation 935 race car. However, the lucky few (Porsche will build just 77 cars) who will get the honor of owning one will have a tough decision to make: which one of these gorgeous nostalgic liveries to choose? The German brand revealed seven different liveries it will actually design and produce for the new 935 race car on Thursday, and the choices will make the decision a really tough call for any buyer. Porsche recognizes that not only did track times and race wins...

  • Michael Schumacher
    Michael Schumacher documentary debuts in December

    A new documentary will tell the story of history's greatest Formula One driver: Michael Schumacher. The documentary, called simply "Schumacher," is set for release in Europe this December before it debuts in the U.S. in early 2020, Motorsport Magazine reported Tuesday. Before then, the report cites...

  • 2020 Aston Martin Rapide E at the 2018/2019 Formula E Monaco ePrix
    Aston Martin Rapide E electric sport sedan takes on Monaco street circuit

    Aston Martin used the past weekend's 2018/2019 Formula E Monaco ePrix to demonstrate the performance of its Rapide E electric sport sedan. Unveiled only last month at Auto Shanghai 2019, the Rapide E is an electric version of Aston Martin's Rapide, with the svelte sedan's V-12 and associated...

  • 2019 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix
    Hamilton leads Mercedes one-two at 2019 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix

    Mercedes-AMG's current domination of the rest of the Formula 1 field continued over the weekend at the 2019 Spanish Grand Prix, with the team on Sunday ratcheting up its fifth one-two finish in five races. It was reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton who crossed the line first, with teammate...

  • Fernando Alonso with 2020 Toyota Supra
    What does star driver Fernando Alonso think of the 2020 Toyota Supra?

    Ahead of the 2020 Toyota Supra's launch, Toyota has put a formidable driver behind the wheel to give his take. The Japanese firm invited Fernando Alonso, 2-time Formula 1 world champion, and a recent Le Mans winner together with Toyota, to test the new Supra at Fuji International Speedway. The hot...

  • Volkswagen ID R time attack special at the Nürburgring - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    VW's ID R Nürburgring challenge is homework for future electric R model

    Volkswagen’s fully electric ID R race car, fresh off a record-breaking victory at last summer’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, is now testing at an entirely different, even more daunting venue: Germany’s Nürburgring Nordscheife. Last week, when VW presented the...

  • Circuit de Catalunya, home of the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix

    The 2019 Formula 1 World Championship heads into the European leg of the calendar, starting this weekend with round five, the Spanish Grand Prix, which once again takes place at the Circuit de Catalunya just outside of Barcelona. The 4.6-mile track is one teams and drivers know well, as it's been on the calendar since 1991 and is where the official winter tests take place. The current layout is a mix of fast and slow corners and Turn 3 is especially demanding, requiring a well balanced car. The final part used to be very quick, but a chicane added several years back now slows things down...

  • 1967 910/8 Bergspyder preserved at Porsche Museum
    Porsche race car has been preserved since its final race in 1967

    Classic automobiles aren't just commodities, investments, or playthings—sometimes they're history. Among automakers, perhaps Porsche knows it best and their new approach to historically important cars epitomizes that logic: preservation over restoration. This example is a 1967 910/8...

  • 2020 Cupra e-Racer electric race car
    New electric touring car series will use Williams tech

    After a slow start, the Formula E Championship, the world's first sanctioned motorsport for electric cars, has evolved to become a global series with major automakers going head to head at each round. Now the race is on to launch similar series for other motorsport categories. One that's set to...

  • Roborace DevBot 2.0
    Roborace's DevBot 2.0 debuts, and it actually looks cool

    Despite technical setbacks, Roborace is pushing forward with plans to let self-driving race cars duke it out on a racetrack. The startup racing series published a new set of images via a Twitter announcement on Monday that show the original prototype DevBot's transformation into the more advanced...

  • 1969 Porsche 917 (001)
    Porsche restored the first 917 to its original glory

    The Porsche 917 is one of the most insane automotive creations ever dreamt up by humanity, offering a performance level that remains as impressive today as it was during the 1970s, when it dominated events like the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Nürburgring 1000 km. Some iterations were tuned to...

  • Volkswagen ID R time attack special at the Nürburgring - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    VW ID R completes first test at the 'Ring

    The Volkswagen ID R electric race car will attempt to set a new lap record for EVs at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, and testing is already under way. Following a debut of the updated and tweaked version of the ID R for the Nürburgring, VW got right to work at the racetrack. The team hit...

  • 2019 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

    Mercedes-AMG's Formula 1 domination continued over the weekend at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, where the German team was able to notch up yet another one-two finish. This time it was Valtteri Bottas who crossed the line first on Sunday, the Finn having also started the race on pole. His teammate Lewis Hamilton, the reigning world championship, finished some 1.5 seconds behind. Rounding out the top three was Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel who finished more than 11 seconds after Bottas. And putting in yet another strong performance was Aston Martin Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen who finished...

  • Cadillac Northstar LMP 01 for sale
    This Cadillac Northstar LMP 01 race car can be yours

    While Cadillac has certainly cleaned up in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series in recent years, one of its prior motorsport campaigns didn't go so well. Nevertheless, the Cadillac Northstar LMP 01 is for sale and remains a part of the brand's motorsport heritage. It's listed for sale...

  • Baku City Circuit, home of the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix
    2019 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix preview

    Round four of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship is on this weekend, and teams are in the city of Baku, home of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The race is held on the Baku City Circuit, a Hermann Tilke-designed street circuit that stretches 3.73 miles and features the key characteristics of a long...

  • Franco Scribante Racing Nissan GT-R hillclimb race car
    Nissan GT-R hillclimb car sports some wild wings

    This Nissan GT-R is going hillclimb racing, and it will surely won't leave the ground with wicked wings attached to the front and rear. The custom GT-R is the work of Franco Scribante Racing of Kyalami, South Africa. The race car's debut came this past Monday after the racing team teased the car on...

  • Miami skyline - Image via City of Miami Government
    Miami F1 race organizers scrap plan for downtown street circuit

    There's a bid on to establish a Formula 1 race in Miami but organizers have scrapped a plan to host the race on a street circuit located in the city's downtown area. F1 owner Liberty Media and stakeholders of the potential Miami race, a group that includes local businessman Stephen Ross, the...

  • 2019 McLaren 720S GT3 race car
    McLaren to race in North America in new WeatherTech Sprint Cup series

    McLaren is a regular at the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix but the British firm is expanding into into sports car racing in these parts. The latest move, announced on Friday, is a multi-year agreement between McLaren and IMSA for the new WeatherTech Sprint Cup designed for the GT Daytona (GTD)...

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