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18th October 2017, 14:23 at 2:23 pm #353965
It’s an all-Canadian line-up for Schmidt Peterson next year as Robert Wickens will start his first full season of IndyCar alongside James Hinchcliffe. Wickens is leaving Mercedes’ DTM squad, which will pull out of that championship at the end of 2018:
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced today its lineup for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Oakville, Ontario native James Hinchcliffe has renewed his contract with the Indianapolis-based team in a multi-year extension, and the 2011 IndyCar Rookie of the Year’s teammate will be countryman and friend Robert Wickens, a native of Guelph. The duo marks the first all-Canadian lineup in North American open-wheel racing since 2004 (Champ Car; Forsythe Racing: Paul Tracy, Patrick Carpentier).
“Not only am I really excited to be able to say I’ll be back with SPM for next year and beyond, but I am also really looking forward to being teammates with one of my oldest friends,” the 30-year-old Hinchcliffe commented. “Robbie and I grew up racing against one another, eventually took different paths, me staying in North America in open-wheel cars and him going off to Europe in sports cars, but it’s pretty neat that we both ended up here and we get to live our dream of being professional racing drivers, together on the same team. I think 2018 is going to be a great year for the SPM organization, from having Robbie here to the team’s new partnership with Honda and the 2018 aero kit; I just can’t wait to get back on track and bring some good results home for the Arrow Electronics crew.”
The Season 23 Dancing with the Stars runner-up has thus far captured five wins (St. Pete, Sao Paulo, Iowa 2013; New Orleans 2015; Long Beach 2017), 14 podium finishes and one pole position (Indianapolis 500, 2016) in his six full seasons of IndyCar competition. Hinchcliffe has led 691 laps to date.
With two Formula Championships under his belt (Formula BMW USA, 2006; Formula Renault 3.5, 2011) as well as a season as a Formula One test driver (Marussia Virgin Racing), Wickens will make his return to open-wheel racing following six seasons of competing in Europe for Mercedes Benz in Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM). During his time in sports cars, the 28-year-old clinched six wins, five pole positions and 15 podium finishes.
“This is an entirely new chapter to add to my racing career, and I am really excited for this opportunity that Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has given me,” Wickens noted. “I think everyone knows the story by now that James and I grew up racing against one another in go karts, and to make it to the largest open-wheel racing series in North America together as teammates, it’s crazy to think about. I am very thankful for the six years I had with everyone at Mercedes and DTM; those are memories I will cherish forever. I can’t wait to truly see what the Verizon IndyCar Series is all about!”
“We’re all very pleased to have Robert on board, and not just because he’s another Canadian,” added SPM co-owner and fellow Canadian, Ric Peterson. “He’s obviously someone who has been on our radar for some time now, and we’re excited about this new chapter in the SPM organization. We’ve been building a lot of momentum within the team and hope this latest addition will be a great next step as we move forward. I’m also really proud that we’ll be able to represent ‘Team Canada’ and be able to showcase two great Canadian athletes.”
#TeamCanada will be available to media tomorrow, October 19 at Goodwood Kartways (5200 Concession 2 Road, Whitchurch-Stouffville) from 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. with a media vs. drivers karting race immediately following. (Please RSVP your attendance to SPM Press Officer Veronica Knowlton.) A free, public meet and greet with the IndyCar drivers will then take place from 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
You can keep up with the latest news from SPM and its 2018 lineup via Twitter/Facebook/Instagram at @SPMindycar, @Hinchtown and @RobertWickens.17th October 2017, 10:41 at 10:41 am #353949
Not crazy enough for you? They also race schoolbuses!17th October 2017, 10:40 at 10:40 am #353948
This was during an Outlaw Figure 8 race where they, you guessed it, race on a figure of eight.
And no, not the Suzuka kind of figure of eight. This kind of figure of eight:16th October 2017, 15:07 at 3:07 pm #35392112th October 2017, 17:56 at 5:56 pm #353737
Here’s Ericsson’s crash:6th October 2017, 6:17 at 6:17 am #351783
Foyt has confirmed Kanaan will join them from Ganassi next year. Not a great shock to see Ganassi let him go – he had a poor season, I think his best result was in Texas but what sticks in the mind was the huge crash he caused there. That and him spinning before the race began at Gateway.6th October 2017, 2:17 at 2:17 am #351679
@vmaxmuffin The legal minimum in Japan is 20, it’s 21 in Texas (so Verstappen can’t drink there until next year!)4th October 2017, 15:54 at 3:54 pm #351580
And another Indy 500 driver has been confirmed: Stefan Wilson, who of course made way for Fernando Alonso this year:4th October 2017, 14:14 at 2:14 pm #351575
The press release just landed:
Formula 1, the pinnacle of motorsport, today announces a multi-year linear and digital partnership with ESPN, the U.S. cable and satellite sports broadcaster to air the FIA Formula One World Championship™ live.
The agreement will see the return of the FIA Formula One World Championship to the original US network carrier: the first Formula 1 race ever televised in the U.S. was broadcast on ABC in 1962.
Starting in March 2018, ESPN and ABC will televise all 21 races of the World Championship.
Beginning at the season-opening Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix on March 25, coverage will continue until the final race at the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 25.
It will of course also feature the popular Formula 1 United States Grand Prix that takes place in Austin, Texas on October 21, 2018. This race will also be broadcast on ABC.
All races will air live on ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC. More than 125 hours of Formula 1 programming, including all practice sessions, qualifying and races, will be shown live and in replay across ESPN platforms in 2018.
Burke Magnus, ESPN Executive Vice President of Programming & Scheduling said: “ESPN has had a long commitment to motorsports, and Formula 1 is a crown jewel in the sport. There are passionate Formula 1 fans everywhere and we look forward to bring the pageantry, spectacle and excitement to our viewers.”
Sean Bratches, Managing Director, Commercial Operations at Formula 1 said: “We are excited about the return of the world’s foremost motor racing platform to the ABC and ESPN platforms. ABC’s Wide World of Sports first started airing live Grands Prix in the early 1960’s and this linear and digital partnership with ESPN represents a significant step forward in achieving Formula 1’s aim of broadening the sport’s appeal.
“The U.S. market is a very important growth opportunity for Formula 1 and we are looking forward to working with ESPN to ignite the growing fan interest.”4th October 2017, 5:27 at 5:27 am #351512
In 1997 they had to use wet weather tyres during qualifying but the race was dry:1st October 2017, 20:07 at 8:07 pm #351311
Video from the pit walkabout:1st October 2017, 19:32 at 7:32 pm #351308
Another shot of Vettel getting a lift back:1st October 2017, 15:20 at 3:20 pm #351282
Here’s the crowd giving a cheer as Sebastian Vettel comes past sitting on Pascal Wehrlein’s car after the end of the race:25th September 2017, 21:54 at 9:54 pm #35080025th September 2017, 17:08 at 5:08 pm #350786
There’s something fishy about this one. Apparently this is a genuine TV ad for an insurance company featuring David Coulthard which, according to this report, was recently banned for encouraging reckless driving.
That alone is enough to make you wonder if the whole thing was intentional (there’s nothing like a bit of free national newspaper coverage for your ad being banned). But then the ad itself tries to make out the the couple in the back of the car didn’t know they were being filmed, which is obviously not the case.
For all that, there’s some skilful driving on display here – it’d be nice to know who was doing the stunts. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was created so it would inevitably be banned and then spread around the internet by people like me…