Incident filled slows race speed to a crawl PUTRAJAYA, MALAYSIA- Lucas di Grassi claimed his second FIA Formula E Championship win in a race at Putrajaya in Malaysia that was packed with incident from start to finish. Even before the race had started Stephane Sarrazin was in trouble as his Venturi cut out on the dummy grid.
by Brian Carroccio It's been something of a slow period in racing lately. Yes, NASCAR has continued its weekly approach towards The Chase. However, for those inclined towards racing of the single-seater variety, Formula One and IndyCar have been off the past couple of weeks. Still, that doesn't mean there hasn't been news to chew on, and we'll get to some of the news from IndyCar and F1 soon.
At Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion It was significant that Zak Brown's Lola T332, in the hands of Richard Dean, won Sunday's Formula 5000 race at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion: when the last professional Formula 5000 race was held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca 40 years ago (October 12, 1975), it was won by Mario Andretti in the same car. Snapshots into the past are at the heart of vintage automobile racing, and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion managed to reel off plenty of those over four competition days - two devoted to practice sessions followed by the August 15-16 weekend of Rolex races - for 15 groups of cars representing nearly a century of motorsports history.
by Brian Carroccio A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to speak with 16-year-old race car driver Bruno Carneiro. The Brazilian-born Riverton, Utah native has made a very successful transition from karting to cars this past year with aspirations of climbing the single-seater racing ladder and ultimately competing at the top-level. Already, Carneiro has gained the attention of local media in the Salt Lake City area...
by Stephen Cox Every motorsports enthusiast is painfully aware that racing, in general, is experiencing tough times. Fewer fans are in the stands, and those fans are aging. The question is, what to do about it? Perhaps the most immediate and pragmatic idea for reviving American motorsports comes from racing journalist Mark Cipolloni of www.AutoRacing1.com, who shared his amazing concept with me on the phone a few weeks ago.
by Brian Carroccio Sebastien Buemi qualified on pole and won today's opening race of the Visa London ePrix to score his series-high third FIA Formula E victory. With the win Buemi helped clinch the Team Championship for e.dams-Renault. The French team owned and operated by four-time Formula 1 World Champion Alain Prost has won 4 races with Nicolas Prost adding a victory in Miami to Buemi's three.
Brian Carroccio & Spencer Pigot Next weekend, the world’s first all-electric racing car series will crown its first season champion. Joining AutoRacing1 senior motorsports columnist Brian Carroccio to discuss the debut season of FIA Formula E and preview this weekend’s Visa London ePrix is Juncos Racing Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires driver Spencer Pigot. You might remember Spencer and Brian did a mid-season review of Formula E after the Buenos Aires ePrix in February.
by Stephen Cox Paved ovals have been placed on a financial red alert. Times are tough for America's asphalt bullrings even while dirt tracks seem to be thriving, primarily due to the popularity of sprint car racing. I was recently talking with the owner of a well-known asphalt late model touring series who made a remarkable observation.
by Stephen Cox I have good news and bad news. The good news is that a short track series is advertising free admission at their upcoming season opener. The bad news is, of course, that a short track series is advertising free admission at their upcoming season opener. By all means, please go to the Super Cup Stock Car Series race at CNB Bank Raceway on May 2nd in Clearfield, Pennsylvania.
by Brian Carroccio The world's first all-electric racing series debuting on the historic streets of Long Beach, highlighted an otherwise empty slate of major circuit racing during this past Easter weekend. Today, we'll look at the Long Beach ePrix, and a host of other subjects making news in the world of motorsports starting with the world of Formula One.
Saturday Thirty five years on, the Brazilian national anthem was played again at Long Beach to celebrate a Piquet victory. Saturday afternoon, Nelson Jr. took his first Formula E win in the same spot where his father scored his maiden Formula 1 victory. Also confirming that sometimes history likes repeating itself, another fellow countryman found his way to the podium: back in the day it was Emerson Fittipaldi, while today Lucas Di Grassi took third.
China Racing driver becomes sixth different winner Nelson Piquet Jr joins his father as a winner on the streets of Long Beach to become the sixth winner in as many Formula E races. Piquet took the lead from third on the grid diving up the inside of polesitter Daniel Abt on the inside to Turn 1. The Brazilian managed two safety car periods to take the checkered flag ahead of Andretti's Jean Eric-Vergne and Audi Sport ABT's Lucas di Grassi.
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