Short Revs 2.2.2018
The 2018 racing season is truly underway and there is more news than I know what to do with. But for now, here’s the best of the week and weekend.
(And apologies for the delay. Lost a family member this week and things were put on hold. Thank you for being patient and still reading.)
Debut of the Batman Car
ABB Formula E released images (seen above) of the 2018/2019 Formula E car, or the appropriately coined “Batman” car. The stealth-looking, suave and updated open-wheeled electric machine not only sports the halo in a non-sandal-like way, but includes a longer battery life, eliminating the need for a car change halfway through the race. Say hello to more exciting battery strategies! Keep an eye out for a story this week explaining more about the upcoming car.
Porsche pokes its head out for Formula E
Following the new car announcement from the ABB Formula E series, the Porsche Formula E page made sure to say hello and remind fans they’ll be around for season 6, the 2019/2020 season.
If you’re reading this you missed it
Formula E returned for the third round (fourth race) of the 2017/2018 season in Santiago, Chile. Techeetah’s Jean Vergne won and moved up to championship leader with 71 points. Felix Rosenqvist is only 5 points behind in second and Sam Bird rounds out the top three with 61 points. A more detailed recap to come later this weekend.
Rolex 24 Results
The #5 Mustang Sampling took the win for Prototype and the entire Rolex 24 race, granting them a much-deserved win after the controversial spin out leading to the final laps and Wayne Taylor Racing win for the 2017 race. The #67 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT landed the GTLM win and the 200th win for Chip Ganassi Racing. And the GRT Grasser Racing Team’s Lamborghini Huracan GT3 gets its first win in the GTD series. The series hits a course record with the most distance and laps completed at 808 laps. It was 24 hours of firsts and bests, and the best thing live. More on my experiences and shots to come next week.
The Prototype class faced its fair share of issues when it came to the tires at the Rolex 24. Several teams and cars were pitting more frequently and changing out a single tire due to multiple (and seemingly frequent) tire punctures. The 2017 Rolex 24 champions, Wayne Taylor Racing, retired after completing 555 laps due to at least six unexpected pit stops and ruled the situation unsafe for the drivers.
On to Sebring
IMSA’s schedule is a little spread out, so you’ll have to wait until March 14 when the series takes on the Twelve Hours of Sebring. Hopefully another track will bring some BoP adjustments to level the fields a bit more as well.
Grid Girls Be Gone
Formula 1 announced the end of the use of grid girls going into the 2018 season. Unfortunate so many ladies have lost their jobs. However, the more interesting and possibly controversial bit is the back and forths between the fans and people around the sport, that are, well…interesting. Read at your own risk, and Google on your own time
Testing in Phoenix
Teams will be making their way out to ISM Raceway (formerly Phoenix Raceway) February 8-10 for testing of the 2018 aero kits. Not only is it a test for the teams, which have been ongoing for the last few weeks individually, but a windscreen will make its debut on Scott Dixon’s car for Chip Ganassi Racing. This was the same safety device alluded to in an interview with Jay Frye at the debut of the aero kit at NAIAS in January. This will be the first of a few tests working on developing more cockpit safety features for the drivers.
The Amazing Race Continued
Indy 500 Champion Alexander Rossi and Former IndyCar driver Conor Daly made it through yet another intense week of The Amazing Race after landing fourth in the week’s challenge. Luckily one of the challenges involved beer as the day wore on their patience and friendship. Catch it again on Wednesday, 8 p.m. EST on CBS, or on CBS.com.
Race of Champions
Penske’s Josef Newgarden, Helio Castroneves, and Andretti’s Ryan Hunter-Reay were in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia this weekend to compete in the 2018 Race of Champions. None managed to be the champion (instead David Coulthard was crowned the Champion of Champions). But you can catch highlights and find where to watch it here.
And if you’re interested in hearing me discuss more about motorsports, I join Darryl Kinsey, Jr. and Michael Ward on I.E Sports Radio’s “The Extra Mile” on Thursdays. This last week we touched on the new Formula E car and Rolex 24. Catch the latest episode here or on iTunes and catch us more frequently (and LIVE) on Thursdays at 8 p.m. EST.