Sep 12

Details Emerge On Tudor United SportsCar Title Sponsorship

Details Emerge on Tudor United SportsCar Title Sponsorship

Details have emerged on the Tudor United SportsCar title sponsorship. (Photo: Getty Images)

The future became a bit clearer Thursday, as executives from IMSA inked a five-year deal with Tudor Watches to become the title sponsor of the newly renamed United SportsCar Championship.

Announced at Chicago’s Navy Pier, to kick off NASCAR Chase Media Day activities, IMSA president Scott Atherton joined Rolex Vice president Peter Nicholson and series chairman Jim France for the occasion, which coincided with the brand’s North American relaunch this evening in New York.

Sep 12

FIA Inspects Mexico City Track As Plans Progress

FIA Inspects Mexico City Track As Plans Progress

A grid girl holds the Mexican flag. (Photo: Getty Images)

The FIA’s Charlie Whiting inspected the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez track in Mexico City this week, as plans for a return of F1 to the country continue to progress.

The race has a date of Nov. 9 on a provisional calendar that was circulating at Monza, although it is subject to confirmation.

Whiting was accompanied by Austin F1 founder Tavo Hellmund, who has switched his focus to Mexico after being ousted from the Texas project. His late father Gustavo was a race promoter at the venue.

They were joined by FIA vice president and regular F1 race steward Jose Abed, who was also head of the Mexican GP organizing committee in past years.

Also in attendance was a leading representative from circuit design company Tilke, confirming that the German company will be responsible for the necessary upgrades.

The Mexico City venue previously hosted World Championship races from 1963-70 and 1986-92.


Sep 12

Rossi: ‘Assen Made Up For Two Years Of Disappointment’

Rossi: ‘Assen made up for two years of disappointment’

Italy’s Valentino Rossi celebrates on the podium after winning the Dutch MotoGP in Assen. (Photo: Getty Images)

In order to discuss his return to Yamaha Factory Racing, Valentino Rossi began by explaining his departure from the Ducati Team following two winless years with the marque.

“It would have been very nice to win with Ducati,” Rossi said. “I didn’t expect it to be so difficult. I gave it 100 percent, but it wasn’t to be. These things happen. The difficult part was knowing it was two years.

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At the end of the first I realized there was no chance, but knew I would have to go through a second year knowing I wouldn’t be able to fight for good positions. That was complicated. It was very difficult to find any motivation and to try and stay focused. In the end, you don’t enjoy your 18 MotoGP races if you are traveling the world, but knowing you can’t fight for what you want. When things are like that, it is quite difficult…

Sep 12

Yamaha Will Race F1-Style Gearbox At Misano

Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo rides his Yamaha around Luffield Corner during the MotoGP race at Silverstone. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jorge Lorenzo’s increasingly desperate defense of his MotoGP world championship will receive a boost with the arrival of Yamaha’s F1-style seamless shift gearbox for Sunday’s San Marino Grand Prix.

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After an agonizing wait and strident pleas from Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, the new gearbox will be fitted to both factory Yamahas from Friday’s free practice sessions at Misano.

Sep 12

Losing Kimi, Lotus F1 Wins The Internet

In what has already been an active week of commentary for motorsports, the announcement of Kimi Raikkonen’s departure from Team Lotus to re-partner with Ferrari has certainly taken the marquee spot in the world of Formula 1.

However, the collective at Team Lotus have managed to maintain a sense of humor throughout while still speaking to the loss of Raikkonen to their program. Over the past 24 hours, the progression of tweets coming from Lotus are simply brilliant. Read more to see how Team Lotus won the internet with a sense of humor.