January 26, 2021

American sports channel NBCSN to close at end of 2021

Parent company NBC Universal confirmed to staff in a memo on Friday afternoon that much of its programming will be migrated to sister channel USA Network.NBC holds the U.S. broadcast rights to half of the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series events, which it shares with Fox, as well as fulltime coverage of the NTT IndyCar Series, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCars, NHRA and Moto America. It also broadcasts …Keep reading …

Bourdais excited by IndyCar and IMSA prospects in 2021

Bourdais, a four-time Champ Car title-winner, drove three races for Foyt last year, but became one of the earliest “free agents” to be confirmed in a fulltime seat for 2021, as iconic former driver AJ Foyt attempts to make his team race-winning contenders once more.In his third race with the team, last year’s season finale at St. Petersburg, Bourdais scored fourth place, just behind new …Keep reading …

Rossi tests IndyCar and IMSA Prototype in same day

Rossi turned 105 laps in his IndyCar – and topped the nine-car test – but also helped complete a shakedown for Wayne Taylor Racing ahead of this weekend’s Roar Before The 24 which this year includes a 100-minute race that sets the grid for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.Wayne Taylor Racing, which has won three of the last four editions of the Rolex 24, has this year switched from the …Keep reading …

Marco Andretti switches to part-time in IndyCar, considers IMSA

The third-gen driver has scored two wins since making his IndyCar debut in 2006, and as recently as last August took pole for the Indianapolis 500.However, he has notably struggled with the current car on road and street courses admitting his late-braking technique requires a ‘solid’ rear end – something that disappeared with the arrival of the IR-18 in 2018.“Upon some careful …Keep reading …

Shank in “quandary” over second IndyCar driver in 2021

Ever since running Jack Harvey in the 2017 Indy 500 in conjunction with Andretti Autosport, successful IMSA team owner Shank has extended his NTT IndyCar Series involvement. In 2018, he ran Harvey in six races partnered with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, and last year that evolved into 10 races, the highlight being a podium finish in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.When Arrow SPM evolved …Keep reading …

Castroneves expects to announce 2021 plans within a month

The Brazilian veteran has been speaking to several NTT IndyCar Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams, but is not yet ready to announce his future plans and is currently focused on his IMSA title challenge along with Ricky Taylor.This Acura Team Penske pairing has won the last three IMSA Prototype races and is in with a strong shot at the championship with three rounds still …Keep reading …

Liberty Media makes investment in Meyer Shank Racing

MSR became a full-time one-car IndyCar team this year after gradually building up its number of outings in the NTT IndyCar Series, and switching partner teams from Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (as it was then) to Andretti Autosport. This was in line with Arrow McLaren SP becoming a Chevrolet-powered team, and Michael Andretti’s team remaining with Honda.This also reflected MSR’s …Keep reading …

IMSA, IndyCar to race at Detroit on separate weekends in 2021

Officials from IMSA and the Detroit Grand Prix today confirmed that the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will return to the Motor City’s 2.3-mile course on the weekend of June 4-5.That’s one week earlier than the NTT IndyCar Series’ double-header which has shifted to what used to be the series’ weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, an event now moved to early May.It will mark the …Keep reading …

“Business limitations” keep Honda out of NASCAR for now

Klaus, who will retire and hand over the reins of HPD to David Salter in December, was asked by Motorsport.com about the occasional rumors of Honda tackling NASCAR once the Gen. 2 car was brought online.Last October, former HPD president Art St. Cyr told Motorsport.com that the company would consider such a move only if it made sense from a budgetary perspective.Almost a year on …Keep reading …

Salters replaces retiring Klaus as HPD president

HPD, which leads all Honda and Acura high-performance racing programs in North America, hired Salters in 2015 as a chief engineer and engine technical leader, and he has served as technical director since 2019.Prior to joining HPD, Salters served as head of ICE power unit development for the Ferrari Formula 1 program, as head of F1 engine development at Mercedes-Benz High Performance …Keep reading …