March 6th, 2014 at 10:52 PM
By Mark Eddinger
Italian Drinks firm Martini has signed to be the title sponsor of Williams F1 Team and the team name has officially been changed to Williams Martini Racing. The color scheme of the car will be primarily white instead of the familiar blue the team used to run.
Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas are the two drivers for the team this season.
“We are thrilled to welcome Martini to the Williams family and officially launch Williams Martini Racing,” said Sir Frank Williams, founder and team principal. “Williams and Martini share a rich history in the world of motorsport, and the values of our two brands and our shared passion for racing make this partnership a natural fit. It will be great to see the distinctive stripes of Martini Racing return to Formula One once again in unison with Williams.”
Martini has previously been a sponsor of Formula One teams Brabham, Lotus, and Ferrari. Williams only scored five total championship points in 2013 but have shown good pace in preseason testing with their new FW36 Mercedes-powered cars.
Opening weekend for Formula 1 starts with the first practice on March 14th in Melbourne for the Australian Grand Prix which will be run on March 16th.Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 5th, 2014 at 9:39 PM
By Mark Eddinger
Bryan Herta Autosport announced on Wednesday that they will have rookie driver Jack Hawksworth drive their No. 98 Honda in the 2014 IndyCar Series season. Hawksworth is a 23-year-old from Bradford, England and he earned the ride after testing with the team at Sebring in February.
"Quite frankly, Jack really impressed us with a very strong test in Sebring last month,” team co-owner Bryan Herta said. “He has had success at every level he has competed in to date and we believe he has the skills to maintain that going into the IndyCar series. Jack is well aware of the level of competition he is stepping into and we look forward to the season ahead."
In 2012 Hawksworth dominated the Pro Mazda Championship by setting a record for most wins, poles, and fastest laps in a single season. In 2013 he moved up to the Indy Lights Series and raced for the Schmidt Peterson team in the No. 77 car. There he scored three wins, two poles, and six podiums in 12 races en route to finishing fourth in the points.
He joins Carlos Munoz and Mikhail Aleshin in the 2014 rookie class.Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 5th, 2014 at 10:29 AM
By Clayton Caldwell
It wasn't that long ago when some race fans thought they had seen the last of Mike Wallace. Wallace, who has been a staple in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for several seasons, seemed to be a man without a ride. The 55-year-old driver was replaced at JD Motorsports by Landon Cassill and Jeffery Earnhardt in January. Wallace had been with the organization the past five seasons and had done a decent job with the small organization competing against the biggest teams in the sport.
Everyone thought that Wallace, who coming into the season was third on the NASCAR Nationwide Series' all-time starts list with 482, may have made his last start in the series. That was until a new team formed with one of the owners being former crew chief and driver Carl Long. The team would be called JGL Motorsports and would use old Penske Racing Dodge chassis and Dodge engines. The team announced in February that they tabbed the veteran Wallace to drive the team's #28 Dodge in the season opening DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway. Read more... Join the Conversation...