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Michael Andretti welcomes twins, Mia and a new Mario

February 14th, 2014

2.13.14 (via USAToday.com) – Race car team owner Michael Andretti's wife has given birth to twins.

Jodi Andretti gave birth to son Mario and daughter Miati "Mia" in Indianapolis on Thursday morning. The twins are the first children for the couple.

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Global Rallycross Signs Multi-Year Deal with NBC

February 13th, 2014

2.13.14 (via Global Rallycross) - Global Rallycross is pleased to announce the launch of a multi-year partnership with NBC Sports Group, beginning with the 2014 season. In 2014, nine Global Rallycross events will be broadcast on NBC, with rebroadcasts taking place on the NBCSN.
 
“This is a great step forward for Red Bull Global Rallycross,” says series CEO, Colin Dyne. “Partnering with NBC will allow us to bring our events to millions of our existing fans, and welcome new fans as well. We look forward to delivering unparalleled, high-octane race action.”
 
The 2014 Global Rallycross broadcast schedule is as follows:

  • Top Gear Festival Barbados: Saturday, May 24 (tape delay), 1-2PM ET, NBC
  • X Games Austin: Saturday, June 7 (live), ESPN
  • Washington, DC: Sunday, June 22 (live), 2-3PM ET, NBC
  • New York, NY: Sunday, July 20 (live), 2-3PM ET, NBC
  • Charlotte, NC: Saturday, July 26 (live), 2:00-3:00PM ET, NBC
  • Detroit, MI: Sunday, August 3 (live), 2-3:30PM ET, NBC
  • Daytona, FL: Saturday, August 23 (live), 3:30-4:30PM ET, NBC
  • Los Angeles, CA: Saturday, September 20 (live), 5-6PM ET, NBC
  • Seattle, WA: Sunday, September 28 (tape delay), 2:30-3:30PM ET, NBC
  • Las Vegas, NV: Sunday, November 16 (tape delay), 2-3PM ET, NBC 

Global Rallycross is also grateful for its founding relationship with ESPN. The series looks forward to participating in this year’s X Games Austin, which will be broadcast on ESPN.
 

 

What’s in a number? Brabham has the answer

February 12th, 2014

2.12.14 (via IndyCar) – Eighty-three.

It’s the number that will adorn Matthew Brabham’s white and turquoise United Fiber & Data/MAZDASPEED car in his inaugural season in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires. However, 83 is not just a number. It’s family.

“The first time I raced go-karts I was in the 83,” said Brabham, the American-born, Australian-reared driver. “It was my dad’s number when he was racing in the IMSA GTP days. It’s kind of a weird thing with my family, between just my mom, myself and my dad.”

If one of the trio races on four wheels, they use 83. If it’s racing on two wheels or less, as Matthew does with when he competes in BMX, it’s flipped to 38.

Brabham, 19, signed with Andretti Autosport in October, and is one of three members of the Brabham gene pool currently competing in some form of racing. Nicknamed “Matty Brabs,” he has raced since age 7 in the Australian Midget go-karting class. While his family has deep racing roots with his Hall of Fame father Geoff Brabham and grandfather Sir Jack Brabham, a three-time Formula One champion, it was from the maternal side of his family that he first remembers experiencing competition.

“I don’t even know how old I was. But standing on the side of the beach at Lake Havasu for the (International Jet Sports Boating Association) World Finals and watching my mom race jet skis was fun,” Brabham said.

Brabham has since conquered every racing challenge. In 2012, after moving to Florida, he won the USF2000 championship with four wins and seven more podium finishes. He followed that in Pro Mazda with a record 13 wins, including a record seven victories in a row.

“My dad and my family have been in racing for so long and they’re very good and very supportive of how to go about things,” said Brabham, who turns 20 on Feb. 25. “Having a family like that, they try to keep you as humble as possible.”

 

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Zach Veach demonstrating character, victory both on and off the race track

February 10th, 2014

2.10.14 (via Race Chaser Online) -  If you want an example of how to make a difference in the world both on and off the race track, look no further than Andretti Autosport driver Zach Veach.

In just four years, Veach has gone from go-karts to the cockpit of an open-wheel Indy Lights machine, handpicked by Michael Andretti for a coveted spot on one of the most successful American open-wheel teams, Andretti Autosport, beginning in 2010.

The talented 19-year-old from Stockdale, Ohio, has proven in a short period of time that he is one of the top young prospects in open wheel racing today, working his way through the U.S. F2000 championship and Star (now Pro) Mazda Series on the Mazda Road to Indy. Veach has recorded top ten points finishes in three of the four years he has competed on the Road to Indy, finishing fifth and fourth in U.S. F2000 in 2010 and 2011 and tenth in Star Mazda in 2012 before making the leap to Indy Lights competition in 2013. Veach also scored the U.S. F2000 Winterfest championship in 2011.

“We’ve really just moved right up the ladder, and it’s been a lot of fun,” Veach said in a recent interview with Race Chaser Online. “Working with Andretti Autosport the last several years, I’ve really found a place where just being a part of the team is as fun as what I actually get to do on the race track.”

Veach came into Indy Lights with high aspirations in 2013, his fourth season with the Andretti operation, but mechanical failures in the first three races derailed the team’s title hopes. Veach rebounded in the second half of the season to score a total of six top five and twelve top ten finishes, including a pole effort at the season finale in Fontana and a season best third-place finish at the Milwaukee Mile.

 

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Andretti Autosport announces Global Rallycross lineup with VW

February 6th, 2014

2.6.14 – Volkswagen of America, Inc. and Andretti Sports Marketing today announced the details of its 2014 rallycross program at the Chicago Auto Show. Volkswagen will partner with Andretti Autosport to form the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team, running two cars in the series for drivers Tanner Foust and Scott Speed.

The team will initially compete this season with modified Polo rally cars, built on the chassis that won the 2013 World Rally Championship for drivers and manufacturers, and will switch during the season to the fearsome GRC Beetle. This all-wheel-drive rallycross car is the ultimate expression of the third-generation Beetle and will feature more than 600 horsepower from its turbocharged and direct-injection EA888 TSI® engine.

Rallycross is the fastest growing form of motorsports in the U.S., attracting big crowds at venues across the country as well as live TV coverage. Cars are pitted against each other and the clock in a series of heats on a closed course that's usually a mixture of dirt and pavement, with a 70-foot jump. The action is fast, it's intense, and is hugely appealing to a crossover audience of auto and live action sports fans.

"Red Bull Global Rallycross is the perfect form of motor sports for a youthful, exuberant, and growing brand in the U.S. market," said Michael Horn, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. "We're excited to partner with Andretti Autosport, one of the great names in American motor sports, and delighted that we will be running the iconic Beetle in the series."

Michael Andretti, CEO of Andretti Autosport, added: "I'm thrilled to be entering the series, and especially happy about teaming with Volkswagen. We are excited about our driver lineup of Tanner [Foust] and Scott [Speed]; I believe we have the best drivers in the series and will be a top contender."

Tanner Foust, GRC champion in 2011 and 2012 and runner-up in 2013, will drive the Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle. Foust is also widely recognized for hosting the U.S. version of Top Gear, for his rally driving skills, and for his stunt driving-he holds records for distance jumping and looping the loop in a car.

Scott Speed will be racing the 7UP entry for the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team. As well as being a standout in the 2013 GRC Series, winning two races in and finishing fifth overall, Speed has competed at the very pinnacle of motorsports, driving Formula 1 for Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2006 and 2007. He also competed in NASCAR between 2008 and 2013.

The Global Rallycross series opens in May. The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team will attend with a pair of Polo cars driven by Foust and Speed. The definitive GRC Beetle will appear at the X Games in June in Austin, TX.

 

Open wheel lineage equals proven success for Matthew Brabham

February 5th, 2014

2.5.14 (via Race Chaser Online) – If you’re from the Brabham family, chances are you’ll end up behind the wheel of a race car at some point, and you’ll be good at it.

And third-generation driver Matthew Brabham has proven over the past couple of years that good just doesn’t isn’t quite good enough for him.

Brabham has established a fast legacy of greatness, sparked by the driving careers of both his father, Geoff, a four-time IMSA sports car champion, uncle David, a two-time American Le Mans Series (ALMS) champion and former winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and grandfather, the legendary Sir Jack Brabham, a three-time Formula One World Champion.

“I suppose you could say racing’s in my blood,” Brabham joked during a recent interview with Race Chaser Online. “But I love the rush of what I do. There’s nothing like it.”

Brabham began his racing career in his family’s native Australia in 2001, racing in the Australian Midget class. Over a decade racing in Australia, the young prodigy captured three national karting titles and multiple state and rookie honors before switching to Formula racing in 2010. Brabham competed in the Australian Formula Ford class for 2010 and 2011 before signing on with Cape Motorsports/Wayne Taylor Racing in 2012 to race in the U.S. for the first time.

And that transition befit the young star just as it had his father and uncle. Brabham exploded onto the American racing scene in 2012 in the U.S. F2000 championship, grabbing four wins and eleven podium results to wrest the title from his teammate Spencer Pigot by seven points in the final standings. That result began Brabham’s march up the Mazda Road to Indy and placed him with Andretti Autosport for the 2013 season.

“After I won the U.S. F2000 title in 2012, the opportunity with Michael (Andretti) came along and, how do you say no to that? One of the biggest names in open wheel racing. It was a huge moment for me.”

 

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Global Rallycross announces 2014 schedule

February 5th, 2014

2.5.14 (via Global Rallycross) – Global Rallycross enters the 2014 season, its fourth full year of competition, set for an incredible breakout year.

 

 

 

May 17-18
Barbados

June 7
Austin, TX

June 21-22
Washington, DC

July 19-20
New York, NY

July 25-26
Charlotte, NC

August 2-3
Detroit, MI

August 22-23
Daytona, FL

September 19-20
Los Angeles, CA

September 26-27
Seattle, WA

November 5
Las Vegas, NV

 

 

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Hunter-Reay named to All-America Second team; Munoz earns Rising Star award

January 30th, 2014
1.30.14 (via RACER.com) – A group of special drivers representing multiple forms of professional motorsports is elected each year by AARWBA (American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association). The association's members vote on drivers within their participating categories of racing and the top two from each discipline are elected to the first team.
 
Andretti Autosport Firestone Indy Lights pilot Carlos Munoz was voted the Rising Star award after a second place finish in the Indianapolis 500.
 
One other tradition that AARWBA has followed, is to elect a Second Team to be honored with drivers finishing in the third and fourth positions within each voting category.
 
The 2013 All America Second Team:
Open Wheel: Ryan Hunter-Reay and Will Power
Road Racing: Klaus Graf/ Lucas Luhr and Doug Peterson
Short Track: Daryn Pittman and Christopher Bell
Stock Car: Kevin Harvick and Sam Hornish, Jr.
Drag Racing: Antron Brown and Jeg Coughlin, Jr.
Touring Series: Matt Crafton and Alessandro Balzan
At Large: Frank Manzo and Jim Whitely
 
The country's top forms of professional motorsports are represented in this championship group voted on by AARWBA as the 2013 All-America Team.
 
Founded in 1955 AARWBA is a motorsports organization comprised of writers, broadcasters, photographers, and other media-related professionals. The organization's charter is aimed at providing not only proper recognition for members of the motorsports media, but to recognize their work as well as the work of the competitors that they follow in print, on the air, and on film.
 
 
 

Seeking to take the next step: Marco Andretti

January 28th, 2014

1.28.14 (via IndyCar.com) – Marco Andretti enters his ninth season as an IndyCar Series driver coming off a career best of fifth in the championship, which he credited to work before the 2013 season. For 2014, Andretit will sport the blue and yellow colors of Snapple, and he aims to take the next step and win the IndyCar Series championship.
 
In the latest installment of Catching Up With…, the third-generation driver talks about his Andretti Autosport car's new look, his offseason exploits and the new addition to his family — a bulldog named Moodie.
 
Q. You’ll be carrying the Snapple colors in 2014, and while Dr Pepper/Snapple isn’t a new sponsor for you, is carrying one of the name brands is a big deal for you?
 
A. Those guys (at Dr Pepper/Snapple) have been so loyal, really to the whole team, but to me, especially. (To have a sponsor for) six years and running is awesome. Really, I want to give those guys what they deserve and that’s a bunch of wins, the Indy 500 and the championship.
 
Q. Before last season, you took the step to work with a driver coach and do what needed to be done to improve as a driver. What have you been doing in this offseason to take the next big step in your career?
 
A. If you look at what cost us wins last year, really we just need to do a lot of the same things we did last year and really capitalize on leading those laps by leading the right laps. The disappointing stat for me is 1,000 laps led (Andretti has led 907) but only two victories. Really, we need to be there when it counts.
 
Q. The offseason is also a time for you to kick back and relax with your friends. I know you try to take trip each year with (comedian) Kevin Hart and (recording artist/actor) Ludacris. Where did you guys head off to this year?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Formula E to build new headquarters at Donington Park

January 23rd, 2014

1.23.14 (via Formula E) -  Formula E, the FIA’s new global electric racing series, has today announced that its new headquarters and team facilities will be based within the grounds of the Donington Park Racing Circuit in the UK.

 

Construction work on the 44,000ft² bespoke premises began on 2nd January and when complete will provide state-of-the-art facilities for each of the 10 Formula E teams, together with offices, stores and workshops for Formula E’s own operational staff – totalling more than 150 people.

 

In addition, the Formula E teams – all of which have now been announced – will use the Donington Park circuit for their testing and development work on the fully-electric Spark-Renault SRT_01E race car. 

 

The new facilities, located in Donington’s Western Paddock, just 100 metres from the circuit itself at the Melbourne Hairpin entry, will also comply with the “Very Good” BREEAM sustainable construction standards and with the UK Government’s Low Carbon Economy and the National Planning Policy Framework requirements. This will ensure teams benefit from high environmental standards, effective energy management systems and the reduction of carbon emissions wherever possible – in-line with Formula E’s sustainability ethos.

 

Formula E is a new FIA Championship using electric single-seater race cars capable of speeds in excess of 225km/h. Beginning this September in Beijing, the series will compete in the heart of 10 of the world's leading cities including London, Miami and Rio de Janeiro. Ten teams, each with two drivers, will go head-to-head to create a unique and exciting racing series designed to appeal to a new generation of motorsport fans whilst accelerating the electric vehicle market and promoting sustainability.

 

Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, said: “We looked at a number of locations around Europe but the British motorsport industry is regarded as the best in the world so it was an easy decision for us to be based in the UK and our new facilities at Donington Park provide the perfect central location for operating the FIA Formula E Championship. Being in the ‘Motorsport Valley’ also means we can take advantage of the technology and skills all around us, as we have already done through McLaren and Williams.
 

“All 10 teams will soon have top facilities at their disposal in a modern, sustainable building, as well as direct access to the circuit to develop their cars. We are also just a stone’s throw from East Midlands Airport and the hub of our logistics partner DHL, meaning will we make substantial cost and emission savings. It’s also great for such an innovative and global racing series to be based at a historic race track like Donington Park and we’re looking forward to welcoming the teams.”

 

All works will be complete by the end of April with the first teams moving in on 1st May. Formula E’s commercial aspects will continue to operate out of its London offices.

 

Christopher Tate, Managing Director of Donington Park Racing Ltd, said: “Formula E and all its teams committing to this location here at Donington Park, the heart of British motor sport, is a critical forward leap for this company, for this wonderful race track, and for our region. Already there are dozens of civil engineers and technicians at work on the construction project. From May, around 150 highly technical racing engineers will be preparing and testing their all-new Formula E electric cars here. Three years after this company took over the estate; this is a major landmark moment for Donington Park.”

 

He added: “Our own team, working with the North West Leicestershire Council, the Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and the Growing Places Fund, have all come together to make this great project happen, and see this multi-million pound investment here once again prove the strength of the UK motorsport industry. With Formula E, we have no doubt this new centre will come to act as a technical hub for the future development of these exciting new technologies not just for the motorsport industry, but for the wider automotive sector as a whole. Everyone here now awaits the first test day for these new cars on this historic and demanding race track.”

 

Business and Energy Minister The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP added: “Formula E's decision to locate the international teams and its global HQ at Donington Park shows how Britain's thriving motorsport industry is continuing to attract international investment. With investment from the Government's Growing Places Fund – secured through the Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership – Formula E's new facilities will further promote Britain as a leading innovator in developing technologies for energy-efficient cars. Motorsport is now one of the key growth sectors, and a great British success story."

 

For more information on Formula E visit www.fiaformulae.com. For further details on Donington Park click on www.donington-park.co.uk.

 

 

 



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