Nitrocross reveals cost-containment plan to elevate development class
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by Dominik Wilde
30m ago
Nitrocross is launching a new scheme aimed at making its top development class more accessible. From the coming season, which begins in Richmond, VA in September, the NEXT class will be known as NEXT evo following the introduction of the new FC2 single-make platform, developed by First Corner – a branch of Sweden’s ultrasuccessful Olsbergs MSE rallycross outfit. Evolved from the class’ previous SuperCar Lites machine which has been in service since 2013 (when the U.S. premier rallycross series was Global Rallycross), the new FC2 promises a jump in horsepower from around 320 to 480 horsepower ..read more
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NASCAR's long-awaited Cup race in Iowa hit the spot
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by Kelly Crandall
30m ago
They came from near and far. A hearty bunch, casual fans and diehards alike. Some who had been to a NASCAR race before and others experiencing their first. But they all were roaring with energy for a weekend of racing at a beloved racetrack that was finally getting NASCAR racing back, and doing so with a long-awaited Cup series race. There were friends, like Rusty Topal and Donte Blanchard, attending their first race. It had never worked out before to attend one, but when Topal’s brother passed off the tickets he got, it was an easy decision. Topal came from South Dakota. Blanchard from the Qu ..read more
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Mercedes upgrades now 'making much more sense' - Wolff
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by Chris Medland
3h ago
Mercedes will continue bringing new parts to its 2024 car at the Spanish Grand Prix as Toto Wolff says its development path is now “making much more sense”. George Russell qualified on pole position and finished third in the Canadian Grand Prix, fighting for the win throughout the weekend as Mercedes solidified recent gains to challenge at the front of the field. With Lewis Hamilton fourth and similarly quick, Wolff says the upgrades brought to the car since the start of the European season have all been working effectively and allowing Mercedes to push ahead with growing confidence in its cur ..read more
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Pitt’s F1 movie release date set for 25 June 2025
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by Chris Medland
12h ago
The Formula 1 movie currently in production starring Brad Pitt will be released on 25 June 2025 and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Directed by Joseph Kosinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, the Apple Original Films production will be distributed internationally on 25 June next year but only launch in North America on 27 June 2025, including in IMAX theaters, it has been confirmed. More Formula 1! Verstappen pressure 'motivated me to carry on' - PerezFIA Super License change opens the door for Antonelli debutPerez takes longer to adapt to tricky car - Horner The as-yet-untitled film ..read more
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Summer surge for Wheldon; midfield battle heats up in Skip Barber Race Series
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by Skip Barber Racing School
20h ago
With a sweep of the weekend at VIRginia International Raceway, Oliver Wheldon leaped to second in the 2024 Skip Barber Race Series standings. Wheldon has now won four straight races, beginning a summer surge for the Andretti Autosport Junior Development driver. Championship leader Dean Lambros, meanwhile, defended Wheldon’s charge up the standings with a pair of second place finishes to remain at the top of the table. Wheldon’s victories didn’t come easily as he withstood challenges from Lambros, Ryan Giannetta, and Caleb Campbell in both races. In Race 1, the four drivers were packed together ..read more
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Even with the rain, the 2024 24 Hours of Le Mans was one for the books
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by Stephen Kilbey
20h ago
On reflection, the 2024 running of the Le Mans 24 Hours last weekend was a truly special one. Held in front of a sell-out crowd, in treacherous conditions, it would have likely delivered a classic race even if it was run without a bumper top class packed with factory teams. The fact it featured 23 Hypercars from nine manufacturers doing battle and four of the factory teams in the mix for the race win throughout made it all the more remarkable. All the way to the final lap, it was frantic and unpredictable, the only real pause in the action coming overnight under safety car in heavy rain. For F ..read more
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Two tires or four, Byron had no answer for Blaney in Iowa
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by Kelly Crandall
21h ago
William Byron had the better tires at the end of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Iowa Speedway but still came up short to Ryan Blaney. It was the two tires versus four tires call that prevailed. Blaney’s team gave him two tires on the final pit stop of the Iowa Corn 350 under the lap 260 caution. Blaney, Joey Logano and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. came off pit road in the top three positions. Byron came off pit road sixth. He was the third driver in line who took four tires. Over the final stint, Byron never got within half a second of Blaney. And yet he wasn’t surprised two tires beat four tires ..read more
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IndyCar drivers encouraged after Nashville Speedway test
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by Marshall Pruett
21h ago
The NTT IndyCar Series’ data-gathering test on Friday at Nashville Speedway provided plenty of information to use while forming the aerodynamic specification for the September 15 season finale on the 1.33-mile concrete oval. The test was also an educational one for Firestone, which is said to have experienced some durability issues with one or more of the four cars in attendance. Arrow McLaren reported that Pato O’Ward crashed during the test, but didn’t say whether the issues were linked. RACER understands the early running saw lap speeds produced in the 190mph range, and with more tuning to ..read more
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Malukas signing the next ingredient in MSR's quest for success
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by Marshall Pruett
1d ago
Mike Shank’s most successful days as an IndyCar entrant came with a single-car operation built around Jack Harvey. The Briton placed 13th in the 2021 IndyCar championship before leaving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, and in the seasons that have followed, the team has been searching for the same kind of output – but better – in an expanded program. With co-owner Jim Meyer added to the Ohio-based team in 2018, Meyer Shank Racing has grown in every way, including the shift to a second full-time car in 2022 and rebooting with a pair of Indy 500-winning veterans in Helio Castroneves and Simon ..read more
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Verstappen pressure 'motivated me to carry on' - Perez
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by Chris Medland
1d ago
Sergio Perez says his performances would be viewed differently if he was alongside another driver other than Max Verstappen due to the standard his Red Bull teammate sets. Verstappen has won the past three drivers’ championships and currently leads the standings this year, with Perez down in fifth place after back-to-back retirements. last season, Perez was runner-up in the championship for the first time in his career and helped secure Red Bull’s first one-two in the drivers’ standings. Following a two-year contract extension he says the mental toughness required to race alongside Verstappen ..read more
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