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May 21, 2019

Niki Lauda, who has died aged 70, was a three-time Formula 1 world champion, non-executive chairman of the world champion Mercedes team, and one of the biggest names in motorsport. He was also a pilot and successful businessman, who set up two airlines and continued to occasionally captain their planes into his late 60s. But he will be remembered most for the remarkable bravery and resilience he showed in recovering from a fiery crash at the 1976 German Grand Prix at the fearsome Nurburgring. Lauda - leading the World Championship, having won his first title a year earlier - suffered third...

May 17, 2019

The first time Takuma Sato drove with IndyCar's new debris deflector, he felt like he had one eye closed. Ed Carpenter thought he was seeing double. A one-day test in April, last weekend's road race and two full days of practice on the oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway have helped change those initial perceptions -- even as drivers fight to get fully acclimated to the new safety device: a 3-inch tall, ¾-inch wide metal plate attached to the chassis just inches from their faces. "Like everything, you get used to it," said Carpenter, the series' only owner-driver. "When...

May 15, 2019

Death in motorsport was always a given, almost since the construction of the first racecar. Attilio Caffaratti died at the Coppa Florio in 1900. Eliot Zborowski was next in April 1903, and Marcel Renault - co-founder of the eponymous automaker - died a month later during a race from Paris to Madrid. At one point in those early years, one out of seven motorsport drivers were killed each year. All sports have had their share of accidents, injuries and deaths, but motorsport was a league leader for the better part of the 20th century. The new documentary “Rapid Response,” based on the book by...

April 29, 2019

INDYCAR announced Friday that the Advanced Frontal Protection debris deflector recently introduced as the sport’s latest safety initiative will be used in competition sooner than expected – beginning at next month’s INDYCAR Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The titanium AFP, which provides frontal protection for drivers, was tested earlier this week at IMS by INDYCAR teams in an open test on the 2.5-mile oval. INDYCAR President Jay Frye said the sanctioning body is satisfied the AFP is ready for use in all NTT IndyCar Series races this season, starting with the INDYCAR Grand Prix on...

April 8, 2019

19 August 2018, Campo Grande, Brazil: A Brazilian StockCar Light Championship race is well underway as a number of drivers pull into the pitlane for a stop. One driver, Erik Mayrink, is serviced by his pit crew and then tries to rejoin the pitlane but he is hit by a car on his outside. Mayrink’s car then collides with another and is sent careering towards a group of mechanics, crashing into three of the workers before hitting a fourth who is sent flying into the air by the collision. Three of those mechanics were rushed to the nearby Santa Casa de Campo Grande hospital, one suffering a...

March 22, 2019

Tens of thousands of race fans will race into the Martinsville Speedway this weekend. They will jam up the roads, bring along their coolers and get ready for a couple of afternoons of watching the top drivers in NASCAR speed around the oval called The Paperclip. A lot of planning and commitment of time and resources goes into getting those fans safely into and out of the speedway on Saturday and Sunday. And the responsibility for their safety extends from officials with NASCAR and the speedway through all levels of law enforcement and public security expertise. But no one really likes to be...

March 14, 2019

FIA Director of Formula 1 Charlie Whiting sadly passed away this morning in Melbourne, aged 66, as the result of a pulmonary embolism, three days before the Australian Grand Prix which will open the F1 season. He began his F1 career in 1977 working at the Hesketh team, then in the 1980s at Brabham. He has been an integral part of the organization of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship since he joined the Federation in 1988, and has been the Race Director since 1997. FIA President Jean Todt said: “It is with immense sadness that I learned of Charlie’s sudden passing. I have known Charlie...

March 13, 2019

Joerg Bergmeister has escaped injury following a massive fire for the No. 56 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR in Sunday’s FIA World Endurance Championship test session at Sebring International Raceway. The Porsche factory driver was at the wheel of the GTE-Am class championship-leading entry when the car caught fire midway through the morning test session, which is open to WEC teams ahead of the inaugural 1000 Miles of Sebring. Eyewitnesses indicated that Bergmeister climbed from the Porsche and searched for a fire bottle at a marshal’s post as the car was nearly fully engulfed in flames....

March 11, 2019

At the Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland, the governing body of world motorsport, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), and Siemens launched a new project aimed at using ITS technology to improve the safety of spectators and drivers at global Rally events. The FIA administers the rules and regulations for all international four-wheel sport, including the Formula 1 World Championship and World Rally Championship, bringing together 240 national motoring and sporting organizations from more than 144 countries. FIA’s new project with Siemens will explore how a...

March 7, 2019

Supercars team managers are yet to be convinced a move to close the pit lane under Safety Car is the answer to improve congestion and safety for pit crews. The championship is set to trial the regulation, used in NASCAR and IndyCar, at next month’s WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint which features one of the tightest pit lanes on the calendar. Agreed by the Supercars Commission in December, the trial has come to light following a high profile pit lane clash involving Chaz Mostert and Rick Kelly in Sunday’s race at the Superloop Adelaide 500. The deployment of the Safety Car often triggers a...

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