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Agreement Reached For James Key To Leave Toro Rosso To Become McLaren Technical Director

February 22nd 2019

Although James Key had signed to become Technical Director of McLaren's F1 program last July, there was still the matter of his contract with Toro Rosso, which wasn't immediately accepting of his departure. Key will join the Woking-based McLaren squad as Technical Director on March 25 after an …

Circuit of Americas May Lose $25 Million In State Funds Due To Missed Deadline For Human Trafficking Plan

February 21st 2019

The Circuit of the Americas (COTA) may have to forfeit $25 million or more in state funds for the 2018 F1 race after failing to meet the deadline to submit a human trafficking prevention plan. The money was available to COTA through the state of Texas' Major Event Reimbursement Program. COTA re …

IndyCar Adds Cockpit Safety Piece To Improve Driver Safety

February 20th 2019

As its next step to improve cockpit safety for all drivers in the NTT IndyCar Series, all cars participating in an April 24 open test on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval will be fitted with Advanced Frontal Protection (AFP), a titanium piece made by Dallara. AFP, which stands a little more …

FIA Opens Tender For Standardized Gearbox For F1—Must Submit By March 15

February 19th 2019

With new regulations set to kick in from 2021, the FIA has issued an invitation to tender for standardized gearbox "internals" to be used between 2021 and 2024. Currently, some teams make their own gearboxes, while others buy them. For example, Alfa Romeo and Haas run Ferrari gearboxes. Th …

POWRi To Partner With BCRA In Midget Series

February 15th 2019

Performance Open Wheel Racing, Inc. (POWRi) is adding some west coast flavor to the brand as a partnership with the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) has been formed. The BCRA group will be rebranded as the POWRi BCRA Lucas Oil Midget Series. Founded in 1939, the Bay Cities Racing Associatio …

Mrk1 Consulting Is Appointed Operators Of Kuwait Motor Town

February 14th 2019

Bahrain based Mrk1 Consulting has been appointed as operators of the Kuwait Motor Town with the Al Amiri Al Diwan in Kuwait. “Mrk1 Consulting has an extraordinary reputation within the motorsport industry as the best track operators. They are well known for running the newest and best tracks in …

EPARTRADE Special: How 3D Printing Helps Keep Nelson Racing Engines On A Fast Track

February 9th 2019

Known for its massive twin-turbo engines, Nelson Racing Engines (NRE) also does full builds of jaw-dropping supercars such as the F-Bomb Camaro featured in Hot Rod Magazine, and the 2000hp Maximus Charger that starred in "Furious 7." The full-service Chatsworth, California, machine shop describes it …

Jensen Button To Field A Honda In 2019 Blancpain GT Series

February 8th 2019

Multiple GT championship-winning team, RJN Motorsport, announced a new partnership with 2009 Formula One World Champion, Jenson Button, and a change of brand to Honda. Jenson Team Rocket RJN will initially run a single Honda NSX GT3 Evo in the 2019 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Silver Categ …

Inventor Of HANS Device, Dr. Robert Hubbard, Dies At 75

February 6th 2019

Dr Robert Hubbard, the engineer behind the invention of HANS device, has died at the age of 75. Hubbard was a professor of materials science and mechanics at Michigan State University until his retirement in 2006. He conceived the HANS device in collaboration with his brother-in-law and IMSA Sp …

IndyCar Adds Executives To Marketing/Communications Team

February 6th 2019

IndyCar has hired SJ Luedtke, a Nike sports marketing executive for the past decade, as its Vice President, Marketing. Luedtke will be responsible for advancing IndyCar’s brand across all channels, managing event and experiential assets, accelerating fan growth and engagement and working with m …

Failure To Pass Post-Race Inspection In NASCAR Series Could Result In Disqualification Of Winning Teams

February 5th 2019

Post-race inspection for all three national NASCAR series will have a new model for 2019, introducing a system where race-winning teams found in violation of the rule book would be disqualified. The rules change signals a shift in a long-standing tradition of penalizing an offending race winner …

NASCAR Celebrates 10th Hall of Fame Class of Inductees

February 4th 2019

Three drivers and two owners were recognized for their enormous contributions to NASCAR racing with induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon headlined a 2019 class that included drivers Alan Kulwicki, the last privateer to win a Cup championship, …

Sauber F1 Rebrands As Alfa Romeo Racing

February 1st 2019

The Sauber F1 race team will compete in 2019 as Alfa Romeo Racing, with drivers Kimi Räikkönen (2007 World Champion) and the young Italian Antonio Giovinazzi The long-term partnership between Sauber and Title Sponsor Alfa Romeo was initiated in 2018. Over the past year, the team made continuous …

Catch Up With Brian Olson, Dan Olson Racing Products, in our "5 Questions" Interview Series With Racing Industry Executives

January 31st 2019

A half century in business is a major milestone in any industry, but especially one as competitive as motorsports. In his early years as an engine builder, Dan Olson learned how important a properly baffled oil pan is to cooling an engine and building horsepower. As a result of his success with Top …

Americas Rallycross 2019 Schedule Includes Mid-Ohio & Gateway Motorsports Park

January 31st 2019

The Americas Rallycross (ARX) 2019 schedule includes six ARX Supercar events and nine ARX2 events, beginning in June and concluding in October. The ARX calendar expands for the 2019 season, including two new events in the Midwest at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Gateway Motorsports Park, marking th …

North Carolina Motorsports Association Honors Dale Earnhardt Jr.

January 31st 2019

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the 13th recipient of the North Carolina Motorsports Association Achievement in Motorsports Tribute Award presented by Fifth Third Bank. EPARTRADE was one of the sponsors of the event this week. The third-generation NASCAR driver from Kannapolis, N.C., was honored before …

Ferrari & Honda Enter Intercontinental GT Challenge For A Record 8 Manufacturers

January 30th 2019

Bringing this year’s total number of full-season manufacturers to a record-breaking eight, Ferrari and Honda will both officially contest the 2019 Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli campaign, which begins at the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour this weekend.  The announcement of F …

NASCAR Bans Drivers & Team Members From Betting On Its Races

January 29th 2019

As part of new gambling guidelines established in this season's rulebook, NASCAR has banned all drivers and team members from betting on its races. NASCAR employees are prohibited from disclosing confidential information and from requesting insider information that could potentially help ''thei …

Jim France, IMSA Chairman & NASCAR CEO, Addresses Global Strengths Of Sports Car Racing

January 28th 2019

Jim France, IMSA chairman and Chairman and CEO of NASCAR, told reporters during the Rolex 24 At Daytona that the global aspect of sports car racing is a major strength. “I think my father would be very, very proud, and [co-founder] John [Bishop], with the growth of the sport and sports car raci …

Charly Lamm, Driving Force Behind BMW Team Schnitzer, Dies At 63

January 26th 2019

Charly Lamm, the long-standing team principal of BMW Team Schnitzer who masterminded decades of success for BMW in GT competition, passed away on January 14, 2019, unexpectedly after a very short and grave illness at 63 years of age. BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt said, “Totally unexpec …

Don Schumacher Racing Extends Partnership With Dodge//SRT and Mopar In Multiyear Agreement

January 25th 2019

The long-running, highly successful relationship between Don Schumacher Racing and Dodge//SRT and Mopar will continue with the announcement of a new multiyear sponsorship agreement to kick-off the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.  The relationship began during the 2003 seas …

Courtney Force Announces She's Stepping Away From Funny Car Racing

January 24th 2019

Courtney Force, a 13-time race winner, will step away from Funny Car racing, effective immediately. She will remain involved in NHRA Drag Racing both through supporting her teammates and off-track partnerships but will no longer drive her Advance Auto Parts Chevy Camaro.  “I will be steppi …

Robin Pemberton, Former NASCAR VP Competition, Joins Andretti Autosport

January 23rd 2019

Robin Pemberton, who served as NASCAR’s vice president of competition for over 10 years, will oversee Andretti Autosport’s entry into the Pirelli GT4 America Series. Pemberton, who left NASCAR in 2015, began in motorsport in 1979 with Petty Enterprises, eventually serving as crew chief for both …

ARCA Changes Overtime Procedure For Daytona & Talladega Races

January 22nd 2019

A change to its end-of-race overtime procedures at its two biggest speedways—Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway— has been announced by the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.  Previously, ARCA allowed unlimited attempts at a two-lap "green-white-checkered" fini …

Crate Racin' USA (Durrence Layne Racing) Sold To Investment Group

January 21st 2019

Mike Vaughn, the CEO and Founder of Crate Racin’ USA, aka Durrence Layne Racing, shocked a crowd of over 300 attendees at the Durrence Layne Racing Annual Awards Banquet at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. Vaughn called his wife Heather to the stage after the State of the Series Address and announce …

Glen Wood, Co-Founder Of Wood Brothers Racing, Dies At 93

January 18th 2019

Pioneering driver and co-founder of stock-car racing’s longest-running team, Glen Wood died Friday morning. He was 93. Wood’s passing was announced by Wood Brothers Racing. Until his death, Wood was the oldest living member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, inducted into its third class in 2012.  …

NASCAR Names Jay Fabian Managing Director Of Cup Series

January 17th 2019

Jay Fabian, previously managing director of technical integration at NASCAR, where he oversaw post-race technical inspection at the NASCAR Research and Development Center, has been named managing director of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Fabian has been a consistent presence in all thre …

USAC Names John Darby Technical/Safety Advisor For Quarter Midgets

January 16th 2019

The USAC.25 Series (quarter midgets) has retained the services of seasoned motorsports official John Darby to oversee the technical and safety processes of USAC.25 effective immediately. Darby, the former Managing Director of Competition at NASCAR, brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and ex …

IndyCar Signs Title Sponsorship Deal With NTT

January 16th 2019

NTT, a $106 billion global information technology and communications company headquartered in Japan, signed a multiyear agreement with IndyCar for series title sponsorship and more. Mark Miles, president and CEO of Human & Company, owner of IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, introduce …

Houston Raceway Park Rebranded In Multi-Year Deal With Pennzoil

January 15th 2019

"Houston Raceway Park powered by Pennzoil" is now the official name of Houston Raceway Park, home of the NHRA SpringNationals, after the 30-year-old track signed a new multi-year agreement with Pennzoil. "Today’s announcement with Pennzoil marks another exciting chapter in the history of Housto …

Condolences, Memories & Tributes Pour Out Of NASCAR Community Following The Passing Of J.D. Gibbs

January 14th 2019

Messages of condolences and memories have been pouring out of the NASCAR community following the death of J.D. Gibbs at 49, after a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease. Gibbs was the co-founder, with his father Joe, of Joe Gibbs Racing. Gibbs served as president and later co-ch …

Road America Promotes Michael Kertscher To President & GM

January 9th 2019

Michael Kertscher has been named president and general manager of Road America, replacing current President and General Manager, George Bruggenthies. who will transition into a senior consulting position. “I am honored and humbled to accept this new role and build upon the momentum this excepti …

Ferrari F1 Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene To Be Replaced, According To Report

January 7th 2019

Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport has reported that Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene (on the right in photo) will no longer lead the Ferrari F1 team, with Technical Director Mattia Binotto (left in photo) drafted in to replace him. It is believed there were tensions between Arrivabene …

Roush Fenway Racing Reveals It Will Not Field Teams In NASCAR Xfinity Series In 2019

January 4th 2019

In an interview on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, Roush Fenway Racing President Steve Newmark confirmed that the team will no longer field teams in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2019. "We're going to focus exclusively on both of those Cup teams and realized we needed to allocate all of our resources the …

Germain Racing Relocates To Welcome, NC, To Strengthen Childress Technical Alliance

January 3rd 2019

Germain Racing has relocated its operations to Welcome, North Carolina, a move that will bolster its technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing. The Bob Germain-owned organization fields the No. 13 Chevrolet for driver Ty Dillon in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The team indicated …

Andrea Adamo Takes Over WRC Program For Hyundai Motorsport — Michel Nandan Departs

January 2nd 2019

Andrea Adamo is taking on the new role of Team Director of Hyundai Motorsport, heading up its WRC activities, in addition to his existing duties with the i20 R5 and i30 N TCR programs. Adamo also serves as Customer Racing Manager for Hyundai Motorsport. Team Principal Michel Nandan has departed …

Steve Rubin Agrees To Purchase Badlands Motor Speedway

December 28th 2018

The current owners of Badlands Motor Speedway, originally known as Huset's Speedway, announced that they have reached an arrangement with racing operator and promoter Steve Rubin. The Brandon, South Dakota, track was originally purchased from the Rubin family before millions of dollars of renov …

So You Can Join Us In Our Remarkable Adventure, EPARTRADE Shares Its Progress By The Numbers

December 27th 2018

It all started this past summer as we took the first, big step toward a new and better way for the racing industry to source motorsports products and services. EPARTRADE is now off and running, featuring SmartSourcing, an online business community for the racing industry, and interactive techno …

Formula Renault Northern European Cup Series Shuts Down

December 24th 2018

After 13 years, the Formula Renault Northern European Cup has come to an end, and will not be operational in 2019. Series organizers say the main factor in this decision is the seriously declining interest from young drivers. Teams are struggling to fill seats, and as a result over the past thr …

Fremont Speedway & Attica Raceway Park Form New Sprint Car Series—AFCS

December 21st 2018

Ohio race tracks Fremont Speedway and Attica Raceway Park have formed a new racing series for 410 sprint cars called, the All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads/Kistler Racing Products Attica Fremont Championship Series (AFCS) Presented by the Baumann Auto Group. They also have formed a division for 305 sp …

Bristol Motor Speedway & Formosa Productions Want To Bring NASCAR Events To Fairgrounds Speedway In Nashville

December 20th 2018

Bringing major NASCAR racing events back to Nashville's Fairgrounds Speedway will be explored by Formosa Productions Inc. and Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS). The joint effort intends to combine local racing and other major motorsports events that once made Fairgrounds Speedway one of the premier racew …

IMSA Warns It May Need To Restrict Number Of Cars In Some 2019 Events Due to Increase In Full-Time Teams

December 19th 2018

With a significant increase in the number of full-time teams confirmed to compete in the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the sanctioning body may need to restrict the number of cars at some events. At least 37 full-season “premium” entries already have been filed for the 2019 seas …

Jay Frye Named President of IndyCar

December 18th 2018

Jay Frye has been named president of IndyCar as part of Hulman & Company organizational changes announced by Mark Miles, president and CEO of the parent company. Frye, who has led IndyCar’s Competition and Operations departments since November 2015, will add Marketing and Communications to …

Supercars Series Bans Twin-Spring Dampers As Cost Containment Move

December 17th 2018

Supercars has banned the use of twin-spring dampers in 2019, as part of a cost containment push in the Australian series. The twin-spring has been a frequently debated part of the Supercars technical package, seen by many as adding unnecessary cost and complexity. They were banned from the …

Jacques Villeneuve To Compete In Euro NASCAR Series

December 17th 2018

Formula One World Champion, Indy 500 winner and CART Champion Jacques Villeneuve will compete full time in Euro NASCAR with Go Fas Racing in 2019. Villeneuve participated in 2 days of testing on December 13-14 at the Autodromo di Franciacorta in Italy to gain some valuable experience on the tra …

Turn 14 Distribution Names StopTech Supplier Of The Year

December 15th 2018

StopTech was awarded 2018 Supplier Of Year by Turn 14 Distribution. The award is presented annually to Turn 14 Distribution’s leading supplier to recognize its merit in the industry and the role it plays in the supply chain. StopTech received the Supplier of the Year Award for its excellence in …

Ford Performance Introduces 2019 Mustang For NASCAR Cup Racing In Video

December 14th 2018

The 2019 Mustang for the NASCAR Cup Series was introduced with a drifting-themed video of the car getting a workout at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Joey Logano helped to put the specially equipped Ford Performance Mustang through its paces. Vaughn Gittin J …

Catch Up With Roger Friedman, Dyer's Top Rods, In Our "5 Questions" Interview Series With Racing Industry Executives

December 13th 2018

In the non-racing world, Dyer's Top Rods may not be considered a flashy company. But in the racing world, the hardware collected in feature wins and championships by teams with engines held together by Dyer's connecting rods make for a ton of flash. And that's all that really matters to Roger Friedm …

Sébastien Loeb To Drive For Hyundai In Six Rounds Of WRC

December 13th 2018

Sébastien Loeb will drive for Hyundai Motorsport in next season’s FIA World Rally Championship. The nine-time world champion has signed a two-year contract and will tackle six rounds of the 2019 series in an i20 World Rally Car alongside longtime co-driver Daniel Elena. Loeb’s program will begi …

FOX Sports Hires Jamie McMurray As Analyst For NASCAR Broadcasts

December 12th 2018

Jamie McMurray is joining the FOX Sports NASCAR broadcast team as an analyst for the 2019 season. McMurray, 42, will make the transition to the studio for the network’s “NASCAR RaceDay” pre-race coverage and the “NASCAR Race Hub” midweek news show. The move was first reported by SportsBusiness …