Motorsport News

Kimiläinen Joins Puma

Finland’s Emma Kimiläinen who has taken two victories in the W Series has signed to join the Puma team for the 2022 season.

The announcement came after Puma Motorsport confirmed that they have extended their contract with W Series.

Speaking about the news, Catherine Bond Muir CEO of W Series said:

“I am delighted that Puma will continue to support W Series’ mission in 2022. Our brands are perfectly aligned – W Series aims to change the face of motorsport and increase opportunities in our industry for girls and women all around the world, while Puma is committed to celebrating females who inspire others, as shown by their support of W Series since our inaugural season. All of W Series’ drivers are inspirational and none more so than Emma Kimiläinen, who has competed against and beaten the world’s best drivers throughout her career and continues to do so whilst juggling her life as a businesswoman and a mother.

“Like us, Puma is determined to do all it can to help our drivers showcase their talent on motor racing’s greatest stage, and W Series’ drivers will once again be equipped with racewear tailored to their exact specifications, enabling them to feel comfortable in the car and perform at their best.

Emma Kimiläinen said:

I am very proud to be racing for the Puma W Series Team this year. With their She Moves Us campaign, our brand and values fit together perfectly and, being a professional athlete at the top level and a mother, I hope to inspire girls and women chasing their dreams in sports. It’s amazing to be recognised by Puma and the fact that they believe in my talent even though I’m a 32-year-old mum speaks volumes. Together we can show the world that, irrespective of your age or gender, you can always pursue your dreams.

“After finishing fifth in the inaugural W Series season and third last year, I’m aiming to continue my progress and win the title in 2022. The first half of last season was difficult, but I know what I need to succeed this year and I’m certain that the Puma team will provide that and enable me to launch a strong bid for the title – nothing less will do.

“Pre-season has been good so far with lots of snowmobiling at home in Finland and I’ve been training really hard. I’m looking forward to pre-season testing in Spain this week – we are a tight family in W Series so it will be lovely to see some old faces and greet some new ones.”

James Clark, Head of Sports Marketing Motorsport and Operations with Puma said:

It is fantastic to join forces with W Series and our own Puma W Series Team again this year, and I would like to thank the entire W Series team for embracing our vision. W Series has become one of the key pillars of our women’s campaign, She Moves Us, which celebrates females who move culture and sports forward and inspire women around the world. Passion for motorsport is in Puma’s DNA and we are excited to watch W Series grow worldwide. Through the She Moves Us campaign, we will provide comprehensive support and endeavour to drive women in motorsport forward, celebrating the success of the Puma W Series Team and the series as a whole.”

Marathon Everett, Senior Brand Strategist Women’s Performance Puma said:

We are excited to have Emma Kimiläinen join the Puma family as she is the embodiment of She Moves Us – excelling as an elite athlete in a male dominated sport while being a full-time mother. Emma’s winning attitude on and off track will inspire the next generation of women in motorsport.”

IndyCar Motorsport

A Tough Qualifying For Dale Coyne Racing

Dale Coyne Racing with RWR’s Takuma Sato in the No.51 Nurtec Honda endured a difficult qualifying session for the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series season-opening Firestone Grand Prix presented by RP Funding on the streets of St Pete.

Takuma Sato starts the race from 22nd following a tricky practice session.

Speaking following the action Sato said:

It was a pretty tough day for our first qualifying together at Dale Coyne Racing with RWR. It’s obviously a disappointing result. It wasn’t easy this morning in practice as I couldn’t get a run on a fresh set of red tires and then someone else hit me from behind and that ended our session. So, in qualifying we didn’t get the balance quite right with the red tires and then I was blocked on my best time by another driver which made me lose a couple of tenths. At that point it was game over for us. We think we have a good race car and hopefully in the warmup we can pick up some speed and have some pace for the first race.”

David Malukas starts his debut IndyCar race from 24th and speaking following the action he said:

What an experience that was for my first NTT INDYCAR SERIES qualifying. It was nice to have the two groups for qualifying because in the practice sessions we were struggling to find a gap. 26 cars on track is a lot, especially with me and my experience coming from Indy Lights, having about half of that. Going into qualifying we had a good gap and were able to put a run in. We did reds for both stints, I’m really new to those because just one lap in practice isn’t enough to learn it. We knew what we needed with the car but we needed to take it that one step higher. All in all it was a great experience. I’m really excited to see how the race is going to go. There’s a lot of strategy so hopefully we can come up with something

Motorsport News

Formula 1 Cancels The Russian Grand Prix

Formula 1 issued the following statement on Friday to confirm that they have cancelled the Russian Grand Prix.

The FIA Formula 1 World Championship visits countries all over the world with a positive vision to unite people, bringing nations together. We are watching the developments in Ukraine with sadness and shock
and hope for a swift and peaceful resolution to the present situation. On Thursday evening Formula 1, the FIA, and the teams discussed the position of our sport, and the conclusion is, including the view of all
relevant stakeholders, that it is impossible to hold the Russian Grand Prix in the current circumstances.

IndyCar Motorsport

Welcome To St Pete

The Firestone Grand Prix presented by RP Funding is officially underway with practice getting underway for the first race of the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series grtting underway later today.

The series has a number of rookie drivers this season that will be a force to be reckoned with such as Kyle Kirkwood and David Malukas.

Devlin DeFrancesco will also be a force this season as he takes up the No.29 PowerTap Honda with Steinbrenner Autosport.

The usual suspects of Scott Dixon, Josef Newgarden, Colton Herta and Graham Rahal will be drivers to watch as always following strong pre-season tests for the Penske, Ganassi and Andretti Autosport teams.

Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist will also be drivers to watch this season.

As for what might happen this weekend in St Pete? Don’t rule out Romain Grosjean who has moved to a full-time drive with Andretti Autosport in the No.28 DHL Honda.

IndyCar Motorsport News

McLaughlin To Run With XPEL

Team Penske announced on Thursday that Scott McLaughlin will run the No.3 XPEL Chevrolet this season starting at Texas Motor Speedway.

Speaking about the news, McLaughlin said:

feel really blessed to be able to represent a great partner in XPEL so early in my career here in America. “XPEL is no stranger to Victory Lane – and we were so close to winning at Texas last year – so the confidence of the No. 3 team will be high when we return there in March. Winning for XPEL on their home turf in the race that they sponsor would be one of the biggest wins of my career.”

The 2022 NTT IndyCar Series season gets underway with the Firestone Grand Prix presented by RP Funding this weekend.

IndyCar Motorsport News

Kirkwood Excited To Make His Race Debut

AJ Foyt Racing’s Kyle Kirkwood tells Paddock Eye that he is excited to make his NTT IndyCar Series debut this weekend qt the Firestone Grand Prix presented by RP Funding.

Kirkwood joins Tatiana Calderon and Dalton Kellett at the team and is excited to see what the team can do on track.

Kirkword said that he has also been helped out by Sebastian Bourdais over the last year.

Kirkwood revealed that Bourdais is here this weekend as a driver mentor and is helping him to navigate his first NTT IndyCar Series race weekend.

IndyCar Motorsport News

Rahal Excited About St Pete And Team Growth

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal says he is excited about this weekend’s season-opening Firestone Grand Prix presented by RP Funding as he the team has a strong line-up in 2022.

Speaking to Paddock Eye at the Firestone Grand Prix presented by RP Funding, Rahal said that the car looks great on track.

Rahal also said that it is great to have both Jack Harvey and Christian Lundgaard on the team with him this year and he says they have already benefited from their working relationship.

When it comes to development, Rahal confirmed that Alex Palou’s race engineer from Ganassi over the off-season.

IndyCar Motorsport News

I Am Excited To See Where We Are At

AJ Foyt Racing’s Tatiana Calderon says she can’t wait to get on track this weekend to see where the team are in race trim.

Speaking to Paddock Eye ahead of this weekend’s season-opening Firestone Grand Prix presented by RP Funding, Calderon said that she is comfortable and ready for the sesson to start.

Calderon had a few days of extra testing as a rookie and is ready to see what she can do starting wiry this weekend.

IndyCar Motorsport

You Can Still Purchase Tickets For St Pete

The Firestone Grand Prix presented by RP Funding on the streets of St Petersburg still has tickets available. The Grand Prix tweeted on Tuesday that they are aware of server issues with the website however, they do have another site available to purchase tickets from.

IndyCar Motorsport News

For The First Race Of The Year, It Really Wakes You Up

The NTT IndyCar Series season gets underway this weekend with the Firestone Grand Prix presented by RP Funding on the streets of St Petersburg.

Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi says that ot is usually very hot in St Pete and the race distance is over 100 laps and is very physical on the drivers.

For more information on the Firestone Grand Prix presented by RP Funding click here.