Boles and Indiana governor Eric Holcomb – an IndyCar fan and longtime friend of Team Penske president Tim Cindric – were interviewed by Marty Snider on NBC Peacock’s live stream during the second day of testing at Indy. After last year’s Indy 500 was delayed until August but still had to be held in front of empty grandstands, one of the burning topics for fans this year has been how The Greatest Spectacle in Racing might once more be witnessed in person by the world’s biggest one-day sporting crowd. Boles said: “We’ve been working really closely with the state and we couldn’t ask for a better partner. Obviously the governor wants as many people at the venue as possible. We’re also working with the City of Indianapolis. “The metrics in the state of Indiana are up a little bit from where they were a few weeks ago but still are in a much better place than they were a year ago… “I think you’re still looking at a couple of weeks before we know exactly what things look … [Read more...] about “Couple of weeks” before IMS can define Indy 500 crowd situation
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Formula 1 is the pinnacle of motorsport, as we are often told. But to get to the pinnacle you have to pass through a journey and in a competitive environment like motorsports that means overcoming significant hurdles. Those hurdles are even greater for drivers coming from outside Europe, as was spelled out quite plainly at the FIA Sport Conference in Manila. For F1 to market itself as the best drivers in the world, it really needs to have the best drivers in the world, who have come up through the ranks from countries around the globe. Today it cannot really say that. The cost of climbing the ladder is prohibitively high and access to the feeder series is limited, especially in regions like Asia. And yet if Asia could produce a quality driver, the sport would have greater chance of thriving in the region. F1 CEO Chase Carey appeared in a panel discussion on Day 1 of the conference with Asian drivers Alex Yoong and Marlon Stockinger, which looked at how to find a way for … [Read more...] about Formula 1 and Asia: What are the next steps?
PRESS CONFERENCE Q: Christian, Max Verstappen is the man of the moment, having won two of the last three races. Can you just give us your thoughts on his current level of performance? Have you worked with a better driver? And how tough is it for any team-mate to match him? Christian HORNER: I think Max, not just in the last three races but during the course of the whole of this seasons, indeed pretty much Montreal last year, he’s been driving incredibly well at a very high standard. It’s certainly started to come together over the last few races. The win in Austria was a watershed moment, we were competitive at Silverstone, and obviously the race, the excitement of last weekend was a phenomenal performance by him, to keep his head, to have the pace in all varying conditions, and come out on top and win the grand prix. So, yeah, he’s in great form and you know, hopefully we can continue that form into the summer break and out of the other side as well. He’s certainly … [Read more...] about Hungarian GP: Friday press conference
The engine isn't even broken in yet. There seems to be a trend these days of automakers underrating performance vehicles. We've seen it on the Mustang Shelby GT500 , and McLaren could be hilariously underrating its cars, notably the 765LT . This is our first look at a new Volkswagen Golf R on a chassis dyno, and if the numbers are accurate, the trend seems to continue – albeit in a considerably less dramatic fashion than the aforementioned supercar. This clip comes to us from Archie Hamilton Racing on YouTube, and it features a new VW Golf R. In this case, new doesn't just refer to the model year. According to the clip, this car only has 150 miles on it so the boosted 2.0-liter engine isn't even broken in yet. Consider that a warning for those who cringe at seeing brand new cars getting hammered during the break-in period. This video may not be for you. Gallery: 2022 Volkswagen Golf R 6 Photos … [Read more...] about 2021 VW Golf R Dyno Run Suggests The Hot Hatch Is Underrated
British magazine Autocar had the opportunity to test drive the Audi R8 e-tron and find out more details about the all-electric supercar. British magazine Autocar had the opportunity to test drive the Audi R8 e-tron and find out more details about the all-electric supercar. When Audi unveiled the second generation R8 lineup they only disclosed the weight figures of the V10-powered models, with the base R8 V10 weighing 1,555 kg (3,428 lbs) while the R8 V10 Plus tips the scales at 1,454 kg (3,205 lbs). Now, we have learned the e-tron derivative is considerably heavier as the added batteries and the other EV-related hardware have increased weight to a hefty 1,840 kg (4,056 lbs). Nevertheless, it's still able to run the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 3.9 seconds before topping out at an electronically-capped 130 mph (210 km/h) or 155 mph (250 km/h). These performances are possible thanks to a couple of electric motors providing a combined output of 462 HP (340 kW) and … [Read more...] about Audi R8 e-tron weighs a hefty 1,840 kg