Ryan Norman joins Dale Coyne for IndyCar debut at Mid-Ohio

Ryan Norman‘s ascent through the Road to Indy ladder seemed to hit a snag after 2019, but he will finally get his shot in the NTT IndyCar Series. On Thursday, Dale Coyne Racing announced Norman will make his IndyCar début in the #52 Honda at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on 4 July.

The 2016 Atlantic Championship winner, Norman spent three years in Indy Lights with Andretti Autosport. After finishing eleventh in the standings as a rookie, he improved to a pair of fourth-place points finishes with wins at Gateway (2018) and Road America (2019). 2019 also saw him nearly win the series’ famed Freedom 100 at Indianapolis, where he was edged out by Oliver Askew by .0067 seconds.

Norman switched to sports cars in 2020 when he joined the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. Driving a Hyundai Veloster N TCR for Bryan Herta Autosport, he and … Read the rest

Fanatics and Formula 1 extend their partnership

Fanatics and Formula 1, the global leader in licensed sports merchandise, has yesterday announced a multi-year extension to their e-commerce and manufacturing deal.

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The extension agreed following an outstanding 2020 performance, will see Fanatics retain global e-commerce and manufacturing rights and is announced following a year in which sales on the official online F1 Store grew by more than 40% globally, with official F1 merchandise being delivered to fans in 143 different countries across the world. This strong performance has accelerated in the first six months of 2021, with sales on the official online F1 Store growing by triple digits compared to the same period in 2020, while the sport’s increased presence in the US is evident, as the region has become the most significant market (most sales) for the F1 site.

Fanatics, which partners with more than 300 of the biggest … Read the rest

Jeff Gordon steps away from Fox booth, becoming Hendrick Vice Chairman

After six seasons, Jeff Gordon is stepping down from his colour commentator role at Fox Sports as he takes an elevated role at Hendrick Motorsports. On Wednesday, HMS announced the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and team co-owner will assume the position of Vice Chairman, effectively making him the second-in-command to owner Rick Hendrick. His new duties begin on 1 January 2022.

“I cannot put into words what Hendrick Motorsports means to me,” said Gordon. “In many ways, it’s my home and the people here are my family. I’ve never lost my passion for the organization, for our sport, and for the sheer challenge of racing and winning at the highest level. Being part of the competition is where I’m happiest and feel I can make the biggest contribution to the continued, long-term success of the team. Rick and I have a shared vision, which is based on Read the rest

Kimi Räikkönen certifies the “Giulia GTA”

The Finnish driver from the Alfa Romeo Racing – ORLEN Formula 1 team has conducted the final testing session on the definitive versions of the Giulia GTA and GTAm.

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The session comes after the tests conducted last fall by the drivers Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi, aimed at honing the new aerodynamic solutions developed by Alfa Romeo and Sauber Engineering.

To follow the testing session on the Giulia GTA and GTAm last fall, the Finnish world champion was back at the Balocco Proving Ground a few days ago to personally evaluate the work done on the highest-performing sports sedan the Italian brand has ever produced. His words leave no doubts in the mind: “I really like it. We’re looking at a car that can be used on an everyday basis, but that can also be taken onto the track, one in which … Read the rest

Sebastian Vettel: “Maybe we could have finished a bit higher up if things had been perfect”

Sebastian Vettel said the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team needed to try something different during the French Grand Prix on Sunday, and they were rewarded with both cars finishing inside the top ten.

The German made a mistake in his first stint that saw him lose a little time to his rivals, and without that, he believes he could have caught those ahead of him quicker and given him a chance of bettering his ninth-place finish.

Ultimately, Vettel finished just four seconds behind sixth-placed Daniel Ricciardo, with Pierre Gasly and Fernando Alonso also involved in the battle.  But the German was pleased with the strong performance put in by Aston Martin after struggling in Qualifying on Saturday.

“I think we had to do something different with the strategy today [by pitting late] and it worked out for us quite nicely with both cars inside the points,” said Vettel. … Read the rest

Red Bull aiming to break the dominance of Mercedes

The enduring dominance of Mercedes in Formula One has almost become a monotony, with few other teams able to come anywhere close to the power and consistency of their cars. Having an F1 driving phenomenon such as Lewis Hamilton behind the wheel certainly helps, forming a tandem that has thus far seemed unbeatable. That is, until the 2021 season.

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Amongst people regularly betting on the favourite sports around, Formula One has become increasingly popular over the last few years, largely due to the greater variety of betting markets available. This includes outright markets for the Drivers Championship and Constructors’ Championship standings, with Max Verstappen at 13/10 and Red Bull now evens for the 2021 F1 titles.

Lewis Hamilton at 13/20 and Mercedes at 3/5 odds remain the current favourites, although their odds have notably lengthened after the opening rounds of the 2021 … Read the rest

Kelvin van der Linde Celebrates 25th Birthday With His First DTM Win

South African ABT Sportsline Audi driver, Kelvin van der Linde not only claimed pole position for his second ever race in the DTM but he then went on to win and what a way to celebrate his birthday.

Sunday 20th June 2021 race two at Monza, Italy started as fiercely as day one did, showing how the changes in DTM with moving over to GT3 cars has made the championship even more competitive. Van der Linde, who has followed his brother Sheldon into the DTM, placed his foot down hard to get away from the pack at the start, after the tight first bend, leaving a battle for second to hold up the rest of the field. 

Four-way fight between Müller, Lawson, van der Linde & Muth. Photo Credit: Hoch Zwei

This battle was a thrilling one as four cars, sometimes racing three abreast, was such a close fight that … Read the rest

McLaren and Castore unveil summer sportswear collection

McLaren and Castore reveal their second collection: the collaboration between the British luxury supercar manufacturer and premium British sportswear brand.

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Pioneering luxury supercar company McLaren Automotive today unveils its summer capsule collection with British premium sportswear brand Castore.

Following a successful autumn/winter collection in 2020, the collaboration between the two performance brands introduces a new line of technical clothing suited to performance amid the rigours of everyday life.

Inspired by the design and engineering of McLaren Automotive supercars, the new summer 2021 collection uses lightweight, technically superior performance fabrics and manufacturing techniques to create a range that feels as luxurious to wear as McLaren does to drive – while providing exceptional performance characteristics for the wearer.

We are proud to continue the collaboration between McLaren Automotive and Castore into this summer collection of performance sportswear. The result is a capsule collection that

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Kyle Larson dominates Ally 400, 4th win in as many weeks

Kyle Larson cannot be stopped. In Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Nashville Superspeedway, the first in the area since 1984 at the Fairgrounds and the first at the Lebanon track, Larson led 226 of 330 laps en route to his third straight points victory and fourth in as many weeks (including the exhibition All-Star Race).

Larson started fifth while Aric Almirola won his first pole since Atlanta in 2019. His Hendrick Motorsports team-mate William Byron was sent to the rear for unapproved adjustments, as were Quin Houff and Erik Jones.

Houff’s race quickly came to an end when his right-front wheel detached and sent him into the wall on the opening lap. Larson would take the lead for the restart. Additional incidents came with Tyler Reddick spinning followed by Blaney’s two wrecks, the second of which came due to a brake failure and ended his day. Multiple drivers … Read the rest

Ben Sulayem calls for fairer route into motorsport

FIA Presidential candidate Mohammed ben Sulayem has launched a report and comprehensive plan to increase diversity, access and inclusion in global motorsport.

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In line with the strong views expressed by Formula 1 world champions Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, who advocate for more opportunities for lower-income youngsters, Ben Sulayem has promised to create FIA-funded educational and training hubs to help nurture talent in developing countries. His wish is that motorsport at all levels, from local races to Formula 1, can benefit from the inclusion of a diverse group of young people who can access a whole range of educational training and vocational opportunities within motorsport from engineering to driving, to logistics to time-keeping and so on.

The former Emirati rally champion believes that an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) programme developed with partners in Formula 1 and other FIA championships can lead … Read the rest