Nikita Mazepin jumps to rally raid, expected to run Silk Way Rally

According to a report from the First Place Telegram group, Nikita Mazepin is expected to make the jump from Formula One to rally raiding beginning with the Silk Way Rally on 6–16 July. Although not yet confirmed, a source close to race organisers revealed the likelihood of his entry is “close to 100 percent.” Should things work out, he will likely race in the T4 SSV category for Snag Racing Team.

Mazepin lost his Haas F1 ride after just one season following his country’s invasion of Ukraine in February. Penalties from the FIA have limited his racing plans for at least 2022; while he could compete internationally under a neutral flag, Russian nationals have faced a multitude of sanctions (Mazepin and his father have been sanctioned by the European Union) to the point where he could feasibly only race within Russia or ally Belarus.

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ERX Motor Park faces local challenges, questions about future

ERX Motor Park in Elk River, Minnesota, is a popular spot in the region for snowmobile and off-road racing, the latter of which includes annual stops by Championship Off-Road and Nitro Rallycross. However, complaints have hampered hopes of expanding the facility and potentially placed its existence on the line. The Elk River City Council held a meeting on Monday to discuss whether to grant changes to the track’s conditional use permit (CUP), though debate has delayed a decision until the COR race weekend on 15/16 July.

Much of the resistance concerns noise or upgraded facilities encroaching on private property, both of which are not uncommon reasons for race tracks in populated residential areas failing to see much further development and/or the arrival of larger racing championships, a concept that is commonly dubbed NIMBYism (“Not In My Back Yard”). Perhaps the most notable example in recent American motorsport comes at … Read the rest

Kurt Busch wins Kansas in 23XI banner day

As many drivers suffered tyre failures, Toyota thrived in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway. All six Toyota cars finished in the top ten, with Kurt Busch leading the way as he held off Kyle Larson to win his first race as a member of 23XI Racing.

Entering Kansas, 23XI Racing had been slugging through a challenging season as Busch and team-mate Bubba Wallace were outside the top twenty in points. Both broke through on Sunday as Busch led 116 of 267 laps, more than any other driver, while Wallace consistently ran in the top five-to-ten range and ultimately finished tenth, despite suffering an uncontrolled tyre penalty on a late pit stop.

“[W]e have to clean up our messes on pit lane and at least keep the 23 where it runs when they pit,” team president Steve Lauletta tweeted about Wallace’s woes on pit road. “Working Read the rest

Zane Smith dominates Heart of America 200

Zane Smith is the only driver with multiple wins in the 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. A dominating performance in Friday’s Heart of America 200 at Kansas Speedway means he now has a two-win advantage over everyone else with a victory. He led 108 of 134 laps in the race, with Corey Heim having the second most with just eighteen.

Heim won the opening stage after taking the lead from Smith, who in turn claimed the spot from pole winner John Hunter Nemechek, on lap 22. However, Heim’s hopes of winning came to an end when his engine started to randomly shut off, causing him to hit the wall and forcing a late pit stop.

Smith won Stage #2. While the first two segments ran caution-free, Niece Motorsports trucks were responsible for cautions in Stage #3 when Kris Wright spun on lap 92 while Dean Thompson did … Read the rest

Will Power wins sixth IMS RC pole with GMR Grand Prix qualifying run

Will Power winning the pole at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course is like grass being green. While much of the hype for Friday’s NTT IndyCar Series qualifying for the GMR Grand Prix revolved around Conor Daly and Callum Ilott‘s impressive runs, Power walked away with his sixth pole on the road course.

Power’s time of 1:09.76 topped Álex Palou‘s 1:09.80. He previously won the IMS Road Course pole in 2015, 2017, 2018, and two of the three races in 2020, while he has five total IndyCar victories on the layout including the August date in 2021.

Palou was the lone non-Chevrolet driver in the Fast Six, a group that surprisingly contained Indiana native Daly. Daly qualified fourth behind the two mentioned and Josef Newgarden for his best run of the season and tied 2020 at Mid-Ohio for his strongest career road course qualifying effort. It is also … Read the rest

VMware and McLaren F1 Team sign a partnership agreement

McLaren Racing today announced a new multi-year partnership with VMware, a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all apps, as an Official Partner of the McLaren Formula 1 Team.

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The technology-driven partnership connects two brands who value excellence in their respective fields, with VMware empowering McLaren’s operations throughout the F1 season for the team to stay connected and efficient at locations around the world.

VMware will help McLaren manage, connect, protect, and deliver cloud-based apps the team relies on both at the track and at the McLaren Technology Centre. McLaren will leverage VMware’s technology to power app optimisation across multiple clouds, and deliver reliable connectivity and the best user experience across devices.

VMware branding will be represented on the McLaren MCL36 F1 cars and race suits of McLaren F1 drivers Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo from the 2022 French Grand Prix.

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Race for the Planet Season 1 set for early summer release

Regardless of one’s opinion on Drive to Survive, there is no denying the impact it has had on Formula One‘s growth. With so many motorsport championships having documentary series in the works like NASCAR and IndyCarExtreme E is doing the same with Race for the Planet. Produced by NEO Studios, the five-part series will begin streaming on Amazon Prime Video in the United Kingdom and Ireland in early summer.

“We are absolutely thrilled to announce our new documentary Race for the Planet, highlighting the untold stories behind the scenes of Extreme E on and off the track, taking audiences along with us as we race in the most remote locations of the planet,” said Extreme E Chief Marketing Officer Ali Russell“We have captured what it is like to race and breathe Extreme E. We break down the barriers, bring authenticity to Read the rest

Miami colours for Alpine A110

For its first Formula 1 Grand Prix in Miami, Alpine unveils an exclusive South Beach Miami colour pack on the Alpine A110 in its Bleu Azur and Rose Bruyère colours. Exclusively available on the A110 version, this customization pack developed especially for the occasion, includes exterior and interior elements.

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AN EXCLUSIVE PACK WITH MIAMI COLOURS

For the first time, the Alpine A110 will set its foot on Florida soil, celebrating its presence at the inaugural F1 Grand Prix of Miami. For this premiere, the A110 will pay tribute to this very special destination with a unique set of colours and customizations from the Alpine Atelier.

Inspired by the neon lights of Ocean Drive, the art deco buildings overlooking Miami, the colourful sunsets and the city’s vibrant music scene, the A110 South Beach Colorway will be available in two liveries, blue or pink. … Read the rest

Granfors tops the table and the GB3 talking points after Silverstone

The GB3 Championship is already at one-quarter distance, with six of 24 races completed after the second round at Silverstone (7/8 May).

An early title fight is emerging, while storylines are being established up and down the grid which will likely run all season.

Let’s take a look at the state of play after the first of two visits to the home of the British Grand Prix in 2022.

Granfors storms through reverse-grid to lead standings

Joel Granfors stepped up from the F4 British Championship for this season, and has no doubt made the best start to life in GB3 of the seven making that step up.

A maiden podium in Race 2 at Oulton Park, which saw him have to defend from reigning British F4 champion Matthew Rees, was an impressive drive for only his second race in F3 machinery.

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Lunar and Haas F1 Team sign a pertnership agreement

Haas F1 Team is pleased to announce a new partnership with a financial technology company, Lunar. Founded in Aarhus, Denmark in 2015, Lunar is a regulated and independent licensed bank with over 500,000 users across Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. Established for individuals and businesses, Lunar – a 100% digital platform, has been designed to give customers complete control of their finances in a single app.

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The relationship between Haas F1 Team and Lunar will see the company’s brand logo sported on both Haas F1 Team VF-22 entries and on Kevin Magnussen’s race suit.

Guenther Steiner, Team Principal of Haas F1 Team stated:

I’m proud to welcome Lunar to our partner portfolio. “We share a lot of common traits between our two brands – primarily we’re both non-traditional in our respective industries, we’re not afraid to do things differently, be innovative in our … Read the rest