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2018 Carnut Heaven Motorsports News Week 2
Artist Rendering of Dan Gurney sitting out the top of his No. 48 Race Car waving to the fans

2018-01-14 Dan Gurney, race car driver from California, the man who has been successful in nearly every road racing venue on the planet, who has driven through the golden age of Grand Prix and sports car racing in America and Europe, passed away today from complications of pneumonia at the age of 87.

“With one last smile on his handsome face, Dan drove off into the unknown just before noon today.” wrote Mark Vaughn - West Coast Editor. “He read an email we got that was signed Evi Gurney, the Gurney family and AAR teammates.” The email read, “In deepest sorrow, with gratitude in our hearts for the love and joy you have given us during your time on this earth, we say, Godspeed.”

The racing started in 1955 for Gurney, he drove for Ferrari, BRM, Porsche and Brabham in Formula One. Gurney formed his own team and won the Belgian Grand Prix in 1967 - it was the first and only time an American won an F1 race in a car of his own design. Also In 1967, Gurney and AJ Foyt drove the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a Ford GT40 Mark IV and won, therein he started a tradition in Motorsports, Gurney was the very first driver on the stage to spray with champagne.

He retired from race car driving in 1970 with 51 victories. The sunset is your today Mr Dan Gurney, drive on.

Artist Rendering of Dan Gurney sitting out the top of his No. 48 Race Car waving to the fans

2018-01-13 Christopher Bell wins his second in as many years and takes home his another Golden Driller trophy on Saturday at the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals. The 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion wins his second Golden Driller Trophy in as many years but only after the race leader Kyle Larson’s engine failed with 13 laps to go.

The lead was back and forth during the first half of the race, then Larson regained the top spot but fell out on Lap 27. With about 15 laps to go Bell cut into his teammate’s margin and that’s when the oil line began to trail from Larson’s Midget.The race stayed green and Bell would go unchallenged for the win.

2018-01-13 Felix Rosenqvist wins the Formula E and moves to the top of the standings with the win in Morocco on Saturday. Rosenqvist played it safe until a late move on Sebastien Buemi to clinch his second consecutive win of the season on Saturday.

Starting from the pole position, Buemi maintained the led all the way through the pit-stop phase, but ultimately lost out to Rosenqvist. Buemi finished second and Sam Bird rounded out the podium in third. “At one point in the day I was going to be settling somewhere in the middle of the mid-field after practice as we were struggling a lot,” Rosenqvist said. “We then made some analysis and in qualifying we found out how to work the tires properly, so that was a really good comeback before the rac

Artist Rendering Gabby Chaves driving No. 88 Indy Car for Harding Racing

2018-01-12 Gabby Chaves and Harding Racing will be a full-time team in the Verizon IndyCar Series in the 2018 season. Harding Racing is made up of the team owner Mike Harding, who owns Harding Paving in Indianapolis and president Brian Barnhart, who was a key member of the Indy Racing League in its early days and went on to become IndyCar Series president. Longtime racer Larry Curry is the team manager and two-time Indianapolis 500 winning driver Al Unser Jr. is the executive assistant.

The Chevrolet team made three starts last season with driver Gabby Chaves. This season, Harding Racing will compete in all 17 races with the possibility of a second full time entry. “It's been a long time coming,” said the 24-year-old Chaves. “We've been preparing nonstop as if we were going to compete full time all offseason, but now that it's official, it certainly feels fantastic, and now we're ready to get on track and see where all the work that we've done puts us, and we'll go from there.

2018-01-12 GMS Racing officials are proud to announce the addition of Dalton Sargeant to their driver lineup. Competing for Rookie of the Year honors this season, Sargeant will be the driver of the No. 25 GMS Racing Chevrolet Silverado. Sargeant will move to the NCWTS full time after successful seasons competing in the ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series. The 19-year-old most recently recorded four wins, one pole award, 20 top-five finishes, 2016 ARCA Rookie of the Year honors, and

Artist Rendering of Rico Abreu standing next to his No. 97 Safelite Midget Race Car

2018-01-10 Rico Abreu back in Victory Lane with a win Wednesday in the Hard Rock Casino Qualifying Night A-Feature. Securing a spot in his sixth career Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals, Abreu's win is a true testament to his talent and patience behind the wheel, answering nearly 20 laps of slide-jobs from Oklahoma's Tyler Thomas.

“I don't think it gets any better or intense than that, especially because you are racing for the lead,” Abreu said. “On these slide jobs, people come up short and run into each other and that's when you see wrecks, but I feel like it goes both ways in these situations where if you're the leader getting slid, you let out of the gas and let them slide across, then turn down and drive right back by him. That's the way it was done tonight.”

2018-01-09 Hendrick Motorsports announced on Tuesday that veteran racing program manager Alba Colon has been named the team’s director of competition. The longtime Chevrolet technical adviser will assume her new post over the next few weeks leading up to the start of the NASCAR season. She effectively replaces Darian Grubb, who was selected in November as crew chief for Cup Series rookie William Byron and the HMS No. 24. Colon will answer to HMS vice president of competition Jeff Andrews. Col

“Alba Colon was a key contributor to Chevrolet’s racing success for over two decades, including 14 NASCAR Cup Manufacturers’ Championships as our program manager in the series,” a Chevrolet spokesperson said in a statement. “We thank Alba for all of her contributions to Chevrolet Motorsports.” The move is the latest change for a vastly revamped Hendrick program in 2018. Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson and Chase Elliott return to the Foundation with Byron and Alex Bowman replacing Kasey Kahne

Artist Rendering of Chase Elliott Testing The New Camaro ZL1

2018-01-09 Chase Elliott takes the new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 around Texas Motor Speedway on Tuesday.

The Camaro ZL1’s primary objective for Chevrolet is current-day relevance, in the showroom and on the speedways. From a consumer standpoint, the Camaro represents a more visible model than its predecessor. The new camaro ZL1 replaces the SS model the manufacturer has competed with since the start of the 2013 season. Elliott said the new car felt similar to the SS.“Yeah, as far as the feel goes, it is so hard to tell,” said Elliott. “I have a hard time feeling much of anything I’m going so fast.

Artist Rendering of the Acura Team Penske IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Prototype

2018-01-08 In the Roar Before the 24, Cadillac Prototypes put down the fastest laps on Sunday, however Acura Team Penske was under the radar for much of its unofficial debut over the weekend do to its Non-Cadillac Prototype status in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The team was roughly one second slower than the Cadillac DPi-V.Rs and qualified fourth and fifth on Sunday in a new session that set the garage and pit stalls for the Rolex 24 in three weeks. But with so much misdirection and gamesmanship surrounding the Balance of Performance, Penske drivers expressed confidence in their new Acura ARX-05 Prototypes after three laps of putting the car through its paces on a formal stage.

Former division champion (2016) Dane Cameron will share the Penske No. 6 with Juan Pablo Montoya and Simon Pagenaud for the American endurance classic and says he was pleased with the process.

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