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Andretti Autosport, a Championship-winning motorsports organization, today announced a major rebranding initiative that will see the international organization adopt the branding of Andretti Global, the identity previously named as the parent company to the U.S.-based race team.
As a brand that is built on a foundation of racing excellence, the new Andretti Global name will unite all aspects of the organization under a single identity, more closely aligning with the team’s already-established legacy. Andretti Global currently operates in eight motorsports platforms racing across six continents with an appetite to expand its worldwide footprint into other major motorsports series.
Along with the name change, the current Andretti Autosport shield will be replaced with the Andretti Global logo. As each of the 2024 racing seasons get underway, fans can look forward to a new digital experience from the most trusted name in motorsports with the rebrand additionally bringing a new structure to the team’s social media presence.
Andretti Formula E will be the first of the Andretti Global teams to take on the new branding as the reigning Drivers’ World Championship team kicks off Season 10 with testing in October.
Qatar Airways Announced as Official Airline Partner of BWT Alpine F1 Team Ahead of Qatar Airways Qatar Grand Prix
Qatar Airways, the 7-time World’s Best Airline, is now the Official Airline Partner of BWT Alpine F1 Team as part of a multi-year agreement and will be working together to promote the Qatar Airways Qatar Grand Prix 2023. The partnership comes after the announcement of Qatar Airways’ Official Airline and Global Partner with Formula 1®(F1®) earlier this year.
The partnership will include specialised branding on the driver helmets and caps for the Qatar Airways Qatar Grand Prix 2023, along with various events held during the race weekend featuring the BWT Alpine F1 Team and Qatar Airways executives, cabin crew and the public. The airline partnership with BWT Alpine F1 Team showcases the airline’s continued commitment to promoting and expanding motorsport, both within Qatar and globally.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are proud to be partnering with the BWT Alpine F1 Team on a multi-year partnership to help us promote the Qatar Airways Qatar Grand Prix 2023 and to deliver the best quality experiences for our passengers, customers, and fans who will be attending the Formula 1® race. Both of our organisations are committed to precision engineering and excellence to make the greatest technological advancements in our fields and to drive the most environmentally sustainable outcomes for our respective industries. We look forward to hosting the Formula 1® community at the Qatar Airways Qatar Grand Prix 2023 and wish the BWT Alpine F1 Team all the best for the remainder of the season."
David Gendry, Vice President, Alpine Sponsoring, Partnerships and Communications, said: “We are proud to team up with Qatar Airways, an incredible global airline that has such high standards. Both Alpine and Qatar Airways share the common objectives of a sustainable future and the use of sustainable fuels, in line with Formula 1®’s goal of becoming net zero by 2030. We look forward to a close collaboration that represents a unique opportunity for Alpine to further strengthen its presence in Qatar and to connect with fans in the region. The entire team is very much looking forward to visiting Qatar at the beginning of October for the Qatar Airways Qatar Grand Prix 2023.”
To rev up the excitement and reflect its commitment to motorsport enthusiasts worldwide, the airline unveiled its new Formula 1® livery painted on a specially branded Boeing 777 aircraft. In just a few short weeks, motorsport fanatics will have the opportunity to watch their favourite teams and drivers push their cars to the limit at the Lusail International Circuit when F1® heads back to Qatar for the Qatar Airways Qatar Grand Prix 2023 from 6-8 October 2023.
Fans can further elevate their race day experience with all-inclusive travel packages, allowing fans from around the world to attend the event and partake in exclusive experiences such as pit lane walks, guided track tours and access to special events with appearances by top F1® drivers. The Ultimate F1® Experience packages include return flights with Qatar Airways, premium hotel options, race tickets and other exciting experiences and benefits. To secure packages, customers can visit the dedicated link, qatarairways.com/F1.
Both Qatar Airways, BWT Alpine F1 Team, and F1® are committed to working to reduce the environmental impact of their respective industries through responsible practices. As part of the partnership, both entities aim to collaborate on sustainability-focused initiatives to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and strive for a greener future.
World class GT racing returns to Sebring International Raceway Sept. 22-24 featuring three full days of practice, qualifying and 11 separate races in five different classes.
Among the GT3 cars that will line up in two Fanatec GT World Challenge events will be Mercedes AMG, Aston Martin Vantage, Porsche 911, Porsche 992, Ferrari 296, BMW M4 and Acura NSX. A host of drivers that regularly compete in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring are expected to drive those cars including Colin Braun, George Kurtz, Mario Farnbacher, Ryan Dalziel, Jeroen Bleekemolen, Bryan Sellers, Madison Snow and the winningest driver in IMSA history, Bill Auberlen.
SRO Motorsports, the promoter and operator of the Fanatec GT World Challenge and other international GT racing series, announced that next year’s Sebring event will move to May 3-5 as part of an eight-race series in the United States.
Single and multi-day tickets for the Sept. 22-24 event are available in advance at www.showpass.com/sro-sebring. Tickets and parking passes, which are be required for all cars and RVs, will be available at the gate.
A three-day RV parking pass, which includes two three-day tickets, is $215. For an additional $100, a limited number of RV parking spots are available in the new Crosley Valley on the Midway, complete with electric hook ups, water and CCTV.
The NTT INDYCAR SERIES will bring its pulsating, wheel-to-wheel action to The Thermal Club for a unique, made-for-TV racing exhibition during the 2024 season. The special event from sunny Southern California will offer a $1 million prize to the winner and will receive a network broadcast showcase on NBC.
Race Day for the $1 Million Challenge is set for Sunday, March 24 with an NTT INDYCAR SERIES Open Test and qualifications to take place Friday and Saturday March 22-23.
“The NTT INDYCAR SERIES will add an incredible new event to our schedule with next year’s spectacular racing showcase at The Thermal Club,” said Paenske Entertainment Corp. President & CEO Mark Miles. “This world-class venue just down the road from the world’s premier entertainment market is the perfect place to bring our hyper-competitive racing and growing star power.”
While championship points will not be on the line, the event will feature a multimillion-dollar purse. A draw party to begin the event will embed members of The Thermal Club with each race team and driver. The weekend format will include a qualifying session and two heat races, with the top six from each heat advancing to an All-Star showcase. The top five finishing teams will split their earnings with The Thermal Club members, including a $1 million prize awarded to the winner.
There will be a charitable component to the event that will be announced at a later date.
The NTT INDYCAR SERIES hosted a successful Open Test on the 17-turn, 3.067-mile layout in February to jump-start the 2023 racing season.
“The experience the teams had at The Thermal Club was second to none,” INDYCAR President Jay Frye said. “We treated it like a preseason scrimmage, and, looking back, it was the perfect launch to this record-breaking season.
“The facility is spectacular, and we cannot wait to return and showcase INDYCAR in a whole new way.”
The private, world-class facility, located just outside of Palm Springs, California, is an expansive 490-acre property known as the ultimate destination for driving-minded motorsports enthusiasts. Located at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains, The Thermal Club has everything from luxury homes to a motorsports village and gourmet restaurants. The facility was named “Professional Motorsport Facility of the Year” at the 2017 Professional Motorsports World Expo in Germany.
“After having a smooth 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES test, we are proud to welcome INDYCAR back to The Thermal Club during the 2024 season,” said John Rogers, owner, The Thermal Club. “The teams, drivers and the entire INDYCAR SERIES paddock are true professionals, and we look forward to developing our relationship with them in the future. This marquee racing showcase in March promises to be special for everyone, including spectators, Thermal members and race fans tuning in at home.”
There will be limited tickets available to INDYCAR fans, with more details to be provided in the future.
This year’s season concludes this Sunday, Sept. 10 with the stars of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES taking on world-famous WeatherTech Laguna Seca Raceway at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, Telemundo Deportes on Universo and Peacock. The INDYCAR Radio Network will provide coverage via SiriusXM channel 160 and the INDYCAR App powered by NTT DATA.
More details on the entire 2024 season schedule will be available in the coming weeks.
NAPA will be debuting a new paint scheme at Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway with Chase Elliott behind the wheel on Saturday, September 16.
NAPA is excited to bring this unique scheme to Bristol, where it will be showcased under the lights. The new matte back car with metallic gold accents is a perfect representation of the NAPA Gold Filters brand. We know it will look great on the track, and we hope it will perform even better with Chase Elliott behind the wheel!
n a bold move cloaked in mystery, McLaren Racing has unleashed a stealthy new look for the 2023 Singapore and Japanese Grands Prix. Shrouded in an all-black livery with hints of papaya, the striking MCL60 cars will slip through the night like shadows, their sleek new coats allowing them to strike swiftly and disappear into the darkness.
This irresistible makeover, conjured by the creative minds at OKX and McLaren, signifies the partners' shared commitment to innovation and excellence. Under the moonlight, the black beauties will glide down the circuit, weaving in and out of the pack, before pouncing on their prey.
Unveiled in a glitzy launch event under Singapore's twinkling skyline, the cars attracted admiring glances from drivers Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri, clad in matching stealth uniforms. "She's a real looker this one, I can't wait to take her out on the town this weekend," remarked Norris, running a gloved hand along the glossy new contours of his ride.
As the Singapore night envelops the track, the shadowy MCL60s will be out for the kill, their predatory instincts heightened by their sleek new stealth designs. McLaren and OKX have pulled off the ultimate bait-and-switch, and under the cloak of darkness, their rivals won't know what hit them.
Wynn Las Vegas Unveils “Ultimate Race Week” Talent Roster and Event Partners for Acclaimed Daylife and Nightlife Venues
Wynn Nightlife, Wynn Las Vegas’ premier nightlife division, debuts its exclusive artist lineup and event partners for the 2023 “Ultimate Race Week” beginning Wednesday, Nov. 15 through Sunday, Nov. 19 at the iconic destinations of XS Nightclub and Encore Beach Club. The Ultimate Race Week is anchored by the Formula 1 Heineken Silver Las Vegas Grand Prix occurring Nov. 16 through Nov. 18, and includes unrivaled celebrations headlined by the world’s top DJs.
Marshmello kicks off the Ultimate Race Week festivities at XS Nightclub on Wednesday, Nov. 15 followed by the Sports Illustrated Circuit Series with The Chainsmokers, Swedish House Mafia, Calvin Harris, and a special late-night affair with Diplo and Dom Dolla. Closing out the weekend on Sunday, Nov. 19, Wynn Nightlife, in partnership with Framework, presents RÜFÜS DU SOL (DJ Set) and Black Coffee sharing the stage for the first-time ever.
Encore Beach Club hosts daytime pre-race celebrations beginning Friday, Nov. 17 with Dom Dolla and Purple Disco Machine. On Saturday, Nov. 18, be a part of ESPN’s Official Pre-Race Party featuring Marshmello with special guest Tyga. The Chainsmokers round out the weekend with a performance on Sunday, Nov. 19.
“Wynn Nightlife is excited to pair the top sports event in the world with the biggest names in nightlife entertainment,” said Ryan Jones, vice president of Wynn Nightlife. “We’ve curated an incredible lineup that delivers a superior experience, and positions Encore Beach Club and XS Nightclub as the leading place for fans to celebrate the inaugural Las Vegas race.”
- Wednesday, Nov. 15: Marshmello
- Thursday, Nov. 16: Sports Illustrated Circuit Series with The Chainsmokers
- Friday, Nov. 17: Swedish House Mafia
- Saturday, Nov. 18: Calvin Harris plus Diplo and Dom Dolla (late night performance)
- Sunday, Nov. 19: RÜFÜS DU SOL (DJ Set)and Black Coffee
Encore Beach Club
- Friday, Nov. 17: Dom Dolla and Purple Disco Machine
- Saturday, Nov. 18: ESPN’s Official Pre-Race Party with Marshmello and special guest Tyga
- Sunday, Nov. 19: The Chainsmokers
Fans interested in purchasing tickets or VIP tables to experience Wynn Nightlife’s roster of artists during the Ultimate Race Week are encouraged to visit WynnNightlife.com.
Minute Maid Aguas Frescas and NASCAR Driver Daniel Suárez Unveil New No. 99 Car Paint Scheme to Kick Off Hispanic Heritage Month
To celebrate the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, Minute Maid Aguas Frescas and NASCAR driver Daniel Suárez have revealed a new, colorful and vibrant paint scheme for his No. 99 car, set to appear and race next month at the Bank of America Roval 400, taking place October 8 in Charlotte, NC.
Formally unveiled by Suárez yesterday at Coca-Cola’s Atlanta headquarters as part of the Company’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, the new design features vibrant Minute Maid Aguas Frescas imagery reflective of its three distinctive flavors – Hibiscus, Mango and Strawberry – along with a fun twist on the brand’s playful, double-entendre tagline: “Refreshing AF.”
This is the second consecutive year Minute Maid Aguas Frescas has partnered with Suárez and his racing team, Trackhouse, to design a unique paint scheme to run during Hispanic Heritage Month. Suárez, a Mexican-born Coca-Cola Racing Family driver, became the first Mexican driver to win a NASCAR Cup Series race with his win at Sonoma in 2022. This paint scheme unveiling also comes on the heels of the 25-year milestone of The Coca-Cola Company’s involvement with NASCAR.
Coca-Cola’s partnership with Daniel Suárez provides an opportunity to recognize the historic accomplishments of a Hispanic driver in a predominately American sport. As the only Mexican driver in the NASCAR Cup Series, Suárez proudly displays his Mexican roots on his car each week and has helped attract a new demographic of fans to the sport. His fan club created in partnership with Coca-Cola and NASCAR, Daniel’s Amigos, has engaged Hispanic fans with the sport in an unprecedented way since its creation in 2019.
Estenson Racing is excited to announce that Dallas Daniels will race the MotoAmerica Twins Cup next weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park. After a job well done as a title contender in the premier class of Progressive American Flat Track, Daniels makes his return to road racing for the first time since 2019 and will race the Estenson Racing-prepped Giaccmoto R7 at the season finale in Millville, New Jersey.
Daniels made his debut in the MotoAmerica Junior Cup category in a wild-card appearance in 2017, and then the following year, he raced a full season. In 2019, he was a title contender in the Junior Cup and won his first MotoAmerica race at Miller Motorsports Park. After his 16th birthday that same year, he made his pro debut in the Progressive American Flat Track series with the Estenson Racing team. Putting his full focus on dirt track and the Parts Unlimited AFT Singles class presented by KICKER, the Illinois rider scored his first AFT win that season in front of the home crowd at the Peoria TT. Daniels went on to celebrate more victories and back-to-back AFT Singles Championships in 2020 and 2021.
In addition to battling for the Parts Unlimited AFT Singles title in 2021, Daniels got some seat time aboard the MT-07, racing select rounds of the Mission Production Twins class. The Illinois rider once again found immediate success, winning his debut race at the Atlanta TT and earning three victories that season in four tries. Daniels also enjoyed a successful debut last year in the premier class with a pair of wins and finishing third in point standings. This year, he came out swinging, winning both rounds at the Progressive American Flat Track season opener on the Daytona Short Track. Daniels went on to score a total of five wins and led the Mission SuperTwins presented by S&S Cycle point standings for most of the season, ultimately finishing in the runner-up spot.
Tommy Hayden – Estenson Racing Team Manager
“We’re excited to go Twins Cup racing with Dallas at New Jersey Motorsports Park for the MotoAmerica season finale. This was something that Dallas wanted to do, and we felt it was a nice bonus for him and our sponsors. He had a great SuperTwins season and was battling for the championship the whole way, which is very impressive for his second year in the class. There’s not a whole lot of 20-year-olds going toe-to-toe with a guy like Jared Mees. Dallas is definitely one of the top up-and-coming riders in the sport, and we’re happy to give him this opportunity to go back and do some road racing now that the AFT season is done. We’d like to thank Yamaha and Chuck Giacchetto for helping us out with a bike. We’ve heard a lot of positive things about the progression of the MotoAmerica series, and we’re looking forward to going there and participating in an event and seeing what Dallas can do.”
Dallas Daniels – Estenson Racing
“I’m really excited and pumped for the opportunity to get back on a road race bike. We had an amazing year in American Flat Track and with the series ending a little bit earlier than usual, the opportunity was available to do the final round of MotoAmerica. I’ve got to give a huge thanks to Yamaha, Estenson Racing, and Chuck Giacchetto for giving me this opportunity to come back and do some road racing. The support from everyone, including MotoAmerica, has been unreal. I definitely feel welcomed back in this paddock already, and I’m super excited for the weekend.”