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DS Virgin Racing and the all-electric Formula E series embarks on its Latin American tour shortly with the inaugural Santiago E-Prix, taking place on the streets of the Chilean capital on February 3.
The race, the first of three in the region along with Mexico and Uruguay’s Punta del Este, takes place near the city’s El Parque Forestal district on a purpose-built 2.47km, 12-turn circuit, that will see drivers reach speeds of more than 210kph. It also marks the series’ third continent visited in four races after Hong Kong and Marrakesh.
DS Virgin Racing drivers Sam Bird and Alex Lynn – the championship’s only all-British pairing – will be hoping for further success too following the team’s strongest ever start to a season. With a win and a podium to his name already, Bird has emerged as a title contender being just four points off the top spot in the drivers’ standings. Meanwhile, consistent points finishes from team-mate Lynn mean the team are in second place in the constructors’ championship and remain the only team to have both its drivers finish in the points in every race so far.
As well as a new track to contend with, for the first time in Formula E’s history there will also be no minimum pit stop time, adding a new challenge to the racing strategy.
Bird, who is the only driver to have recorded victories in every Formula E season to date, said: “It’s always exciting visiting a new city and racing on a new track. As such, there’s been a lot of preparation to do, especially with the changes to the pit stops. Not everything went the way we wanted at the last race, but we still came away with third place and we’re looking forward to another strong result in Santiago.”
Lynn said: “We had a frustrating race in Marrakesh, so we’re keen to put that behind us and come out fighting again in Chile. I’m hoping we can get up to speed with the new track layout quickly and be in the mix from the off.”
DS Virgin Racing Team Principal Alex Tai commented: “We’re delighted to be racing in another new location and one as spectacular as Santiago. DS Virgin Racing has had a fantastic start to the season – our strongest yet – and we have the car, team and drivers to continue that in Chile. For sure, the changes to pit stops will be a challenge, so the team have left nothing to chance by practising hard and will also be wearing additional safety equipment.”
DS Performance Director Xavier Mestelan Pinon added: "It’s really positive to arrive in Santiago after the strongest ever start of both championships since we’ve been in Formula E. Like every new race in the series, work on the simulator will be more crucial than ever for the drivers to learn the track and also for the engineers to find the most efficient way to use the energy of our DSV-03.”
Round four of the 2017/2018 ABB FIA Formula E Championship takes place in Santiago on February 3. For more information on the DS Virgin Racing Formula E Team, visit: http://map.ds-virginracing.com/
Formula E Santiago E-Prix - Time table
Round 4: Saturday, February 3 (local time // GMT-3hrs)
08:00-08:45 Free Practice 1
10:30-11:00 Free Practice 2
16:00 Race (37 laps)
Live on Eurosport from 18:45 GMT
Live on 5Spike from 18:30 GMT
Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) and MAVTV Motorsports Network announced today that MAVTV will televise 12 ARCA Racing Series, presented by Menards, race events in 2018.
Richard Petty Joins Military AutoSource At Ramstein Air Base, Germany to Introduce The 2018 Petty's Garage Warrior F-150 and Mustang26 Jan 2018 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Richard Petty and his Petty’s Garage team will join Military AutoSource (MAS), at a special event at Ramstein Air Base in Germany this Saturday, January 27 to introduce the team’s newest projects: the 2018 Petty’s Garage Warrior F-150 and Mustang. These specially designed vehicles were developed in recognition of our men and women in uniform serving overseas and can be purchased exclusively through Military AutoSource. These are the second and third Warrior collaborations between Military AutoSource and Petty’s Garage. The first, a custom built supercharged 2017 Ford Mustang, was unveiled in May 2017 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The 2018 Petty’s Garage Warrior F-150 and Mustang pair America’s best-selling pickup for 40 years and its most iconic muscle car, with signature Petty performance and styling. They both receive final assembly by hand at Petty’s Garage in Level Cross, North Carolina, the birthplace and home of Richard Petty, making these truly unique must own vehicles for those passionate about performance. And as with the 2017 Petty’s Garage Warrior Mustang, a donation will be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America with the sale of each vehicle, continuing the Petty family’s and Military AutoSource’s commitment to this important organization.
“We are extremely proud of these newest additions to the Military AutoSource Warrior program,” says Steve Frisch, Senior Vice President with Military AutoSource. “The Petty’s Garage team have been incredible partners in working with us to craft vehicles that offer something special and unique to our military members. Vehicles that reflect the passion and standard of excellence of our armed forces.”
The shared mission to serve and support our troops has created a great partnership between Military AutoSource and Petty’s Garage.
“Our first year partnering with Military AutoSource was a big success for all of us,” said Petty, owner of Petty’s Garage. “We sold every Mustang we made and created a lot of excitement in the military community. We’re stepping it up this year, offering the 2018 Ford Mustang and the new F-150 truck. It’s important that we have superior vehicles for them to purchase and we’re proud to continue this program thanks to Military Autosource.”
Military AutoSource/Petty's Garage PR
The competition in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series keeps getting tougher as another titled and combative team joins the field for the 2018 season: former Aston Martin GT3 team Solaris Motorsport will join the European NASCAR Series with its #12 Chevrolet.
“We have been looking at the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series since a few years. We followed it as it grew to be one of the most important touring car series in Europe and we are very happy to join it in 2018,” said co-owner/driver Francesco Sini, who had the chance to test a NWES car on December 4 at the Autodromo di Franciacorta, in the context of the second Italian Recruitment Day and was impressed by its handling. “The car is awesome and we love the fact that there’s a lot of people at every event, plus the series has a fantastic cost-effective formula. Everywhere else in racing money has become the only thing that matters, but in NASCAR we can still find that passion for the sport that drives all of us at Solaris Motorsport.”
“We are very happy to welcome such a professional team and passionate racing family in NWES,” explained NWES President / CEO Jerome Galpin. “100% of drivers who tested our Euro NASCAR cars during the Recruitments Days were really surprised by how good and fun they are to drive and they enjoyed the experience a lot ! Francesco was among them and he showed very good skills and true passion for pure racing. We wish him and his family all the best for their NASCAR debut.”
Solaris Motorsport is run by the Sini family with Roberto Sini as Team Owner, Laura Sini as Team Manager and has Francesco Sini as its star driver in the ELITE 1 Division. The Italian team features a strong bond with American muscle cars since building a Chevrolet Camaro for the SuperStar Series, where they won the title in 2014 before switching to GT racing. Solaris fielded a Camaro and a Corvette in GT3 championships across Europe, moving then to Aston Martin in the Italian GT Championship and the International GT Open.
The 2018 NWES season represents a return to something very familiar for the entire Sini family and the tight-knit group of mechanics working on the cars in Pescara: American V8 power.
“To go back to an American engine is fantastic for us, we grew up with a V8 and it’s what made us a strong. It is heart and passion for us, but also a logic choice,” said Sini. “I think that without any electronic aid, the NWES car really puts the driver and the team in the spotlight. Being back to a more muscular driving style is attractive for me and I hope that after a few years driving cars with ABS, traction control and so on, I’m still capable of doing my best and running up front.”
Solaris Motorsport made its racing in 2007 by winning the Italian Prototype Series and the Radical World Cup with Sini in the cockpit, who also took the team to the first step of podium in the Radical European Masters in 2008.
Francesco Sini expects a solid first season in NASCAR for the team and himself in 2018.
“I would love to say that I want to win from the beginning, but I have to be realistic and I know the competition is exceptionally strong, there are lots of strong teams and for sure we will need experience, but I’m confident we can do pretty well,” concluded the Italian driver. “There are at least three events I particularly look forward to. Franciacorta because it will be our home race, Hockenheim because I love the track and I won there the EuroV8 title and then the Oval World Challenge, because I never ran on an oval and I’m really curious to know what I can do.”
The team is currently working on completing its lineup with an ELITE 2 driver in preparation for the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season opener taking place in Valencia, Spain at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo on April 14-15.
NASCAR Euro Series PR
Weekend Schedule for the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway.
Saturday, January 27 2 p.m., Rolex 24 at Daytona, FOX
5 p.m., Rolex 24 at Daytona, FS2
10 p.m., Rolex 24 at Daytona, FOX Sports GO
11 p.m., Rolex 24 at Daytona, FS1
Sunday, January 28 1 a.m., Rolex 24 at Daytona, FOX Sports GO
8 a.m., Rolex 24 at Daytona, FS2
10:30 a.m., Rolex 24 at Daytona, FS1
Two-Time Funny Car World Champion Matt Hagan looks to replicate hot start from 2017 at Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals25 Jan 2018 Written by Adam Sinclair
Automatic Racing ended the 2017 season on a high note, winning the four-hour IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Laguna Seca before closing the season with second at Road Atlanta. Now, the team hopes to carry that momentum into next weekend’s 2018 season opener at Daytona International Speedway.
Automatic Racing will field two Aston Martin GT4s during the four-hour race at their home track. Team veterans Al Carter and Steven Phillips, who earned the top finishes last year, will team up with Aurora Straus in the No. 99 Stoner Car Care Aston Martin GT4. Straus competed in the ST class last season, and Daytona marks the 19-year-old’s GS class debut. Straus is also an avid musician, and she is slated to sing the National Anthem prior to the start of the race.
Rob Ecklin, another longtime Automatic Racing driver, is co-driving the No. 09 Invisible Glass Aston Martin GT4 with Brandon Kidd and Ramin Abdolvahabi. Kidd has an extensive history racing on dirt and asphalt, including the ARCA Racing Series, SCCA Mazda Pro Cup and dirt/asphalt late models. In 2016 he was crowned the 2016 Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints Rookie of the Year. Abdolvahabi has competed in both the GS and ST classes of the Continental Tire Series, including an 11th-place finish with Automatic Racing at last year’s Daytona round.
We had a successful test at the Roar Before the 24, and I hope we’re able to pick up where we left off. The team has really come together to produce two wonderful Aston Martins for us, so we’re looking forward to giving Stoner Car Care another good showing. I’m excited to have Aurora onboard with us, and I think we have a great driver lineup. We’ll have to execute our plan and minimize mistakes: that’s the key.
After our strong finish last year, where we had a win and a second, we’re looking forward to the start of 2018. I’ve been chomping at the bit waiting to get back in the car since October. This year there are a lot of new manufacturers and teams in the series, but we unloaded at the Roar the same way we left Atlanta—with a strong car, so I’m pretty confident that we’re ready to go. How cool is it that I get to be paired with the oldest guy and the youngest girl in the field? And I have the utmost respect for both. I watched Aurora last year, so I’m well aware of her talents and experience. I’m confident that she’s going to jump in and be up to speed in her first GS race.
I’m really looking forward to making this jump up in my career. I think I’m ready to deal with the additional horsepower of the Aston Martin, and I know the car is going to be competitive. Automatic Racing has really been a success story, so being able to be a part of that for the opening round at Daytona is a dream come true.
We’ll be getting to know each other as people and as drivers. We’ll look over data and go through some laps to identify strong points and weak points. 2017 was exciting to watch for Steven and Al, and the cars are competitive and ready to go for 2018. We’ll put our best foot forward and see what we can do. I’m anxious to get back on track.
This is my first time in the series, so I just have to take advantage of my teammates. They’re all so experienced, and I leaned a lot from Al and Steven during the Roar to get my lap times down. I think the driver changes will be the tough part! The car and the drivers have to make the whole race, and it’s going to be a long day, but we hope to keep the car in one piece. I’d like us to be there for a solid finish at the end.
The Aston Martin is fantastic. Automatic Racing has done this car for so many years and it’s really competitive. We have a lot of new cars in the field, but Automatic Racing has a great track record with the Aston Martin. In a four-hour race, you’ve got to consider all of the valuables. You can’t treat it as a sprint race. You have to be conscious and pace yourself.
The four-hour BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona gets the green flag on Friday, January 26, at 1:00pm ET. Fans can follow the action online at IMSA.com, via the IMSA app, or watch live from the track as Automatic Racing kicks off the 2018 season.
Unveiled today during the 2018 SCCA® National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Sports Car Club of America® announced creation of a new Time Trial Nationals event that joins the ranks of the National Championship Runoffs®, Solo Nationals, RallyCross National Championship and Unites States Road Rally Challenge.