Decided on a shorter, better (cuter) name for this, playing off of “Short Reads” with “Short Revs”–bringing to you the little bits of racing you might not have caught earlier on this week.
Teams have begun to poke their heads back out after the 2017 season and holidays to gear up and train for the 2018 Season. Drivers such as Force India’s Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez have taken back to training and sharing it with all on social media.
The McLaren F1 team announced January 3 their name will be just “McLaren” for the 2018 season, shortening it after obtaining the Renault engine deal for the season, after a disheartening 2017 season with Honda.
Meanwhile, Red Bull Racing announced the day before, on January 2, their new name and logo, expanding it to Aston Martin Red Bull Racing. Wondering why the Renault portion was left out too….
On Thursday, Ed Carpenter Racing announced Formula 2 driver, Jordan King, as the part-time driver for the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka car. King will take on the road and street-course events that now full-time driver, Spencer Pigot, was the driver of in the last season. Pigot earned his full-time seat in the No. 21 Fuzzy’s car after a few stunning performances in 2017 (including one in Detroit before his car decided to quit on him). He was given the full-time ride after ECR parted ways with J.R. Hildebrand at the end of the 2017 season.
The 2016 Indianapolis 500 Champion Alexander Rossi and former IndyCar driver Conor Daly began their trek around the globe with The Amazing Race on Wednesday, starting in Iceland. The 500 Champ was wired across a canyon in the first challenge, as Daly was tasked to be driven by a “professional driver” through Icelandic watery terrain to spell their next challenge. Still in the competition, we’ll see them next week on CBS, but as to where, well, that’s still a mystery.
Speaking of Conor Daly, the search for a seat for the 2018 season continues as news came around that Daly would be interested in taking the wheel of an Xfinity Series car for one of their three road course races. Daly, who raced with A.J. Foyt last season has not found a ride with another team for the IndyCar series, and hopes fell further after ECR’s announcement today of King’s ride with the team.
The third round in the 2017/18 Formula E season takes place next weekend in Marrakesh. The first two races of the season took place last month in Hong Kong with a double-header opening weekend, where DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird took the first win at Saturday’s race and Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist grabbed the second win on Sunday.
Following the Marrakesh Formula E race, 20 young and hopeful rookie drivers will be given a day of testing in the cars on Sunday, January 14.
It’s only 22 more days until the Rolex 24.
Teams have already partaken in press events leading to the Roar Before the 24 at Daytona this weekend. The IMSA Continental Tire SportCar, IMSA WeatherTech SportCar, and IMSA Prototype Challenge teams are out for the weekend for multiple practice sessions gearing up for 2018 season, specifically the Rolex 24 happening January 27th-28th. Prototype Challenge holds a short, 1 hour 45 minutes race on Saturday starting at 1:25 p.m.
And don’t be surprised to see the fangirling @Rolex24Hours Twitter account with all of the Fernando Alonso photos, who is driving with McLaren Team Executive Director Zak Brown’s United Autosports team for this and the Rolex 24 Hour weekends. But we’re with them as it’s hard not to be excited about his appearance at this year’s race (and part of the reason GpGrl will be there as well).