On this Memorial Day weekend – traditional start of the racing season the US and the calendar home of the Indy 500 – we thought we'd take a look at the future of racing, and whether Ricky Bobby will find himself hammering it home in the driver's seat…or pushing fries in the concession stand. Racing leagues – including aptly-named Roborace – are popping up promising spectators the opportunity to see driverless cars compete in virtual battles of algorithms. Teams of researchers are taking algorithms similar to those already being used by major brands like Tesla and Google to put cars on the open road and put them to work on the racetrack. There is so much interest in the idea of pushing autonomous vehicle technologies to the extreme that track days have been set up to enable autonomous technologies developers to put their vehicles to he test on the track. Recently, Arrow Electronics broke records with its semi-autonomous vehicle at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
A Georgia man was arrested Tuesday after he was driving 112 miles per hour. He told police he was speeding while using the video-sharing app Snapchat. Malon B. Neal, 24, was charged with speeding, reckless driving and using wireless communications while driving after an officer shooting radar saw Neal's 2015 black Dodge Charger change lanes and accelerate, according to local reports. Neal's car has been towed and he was released from custody. The driver told police he was going home after hanging out with a friend, adding that he was driving that fast "for Snapchat," reports AJC.com
Kyle Busch led all but one lap Saturday to win the NASACAR Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis for the second consecutive year. The 2015 Sprint Cup champion beat Kevin Harvick by 0.415 seconds in the race that went 61 laps instead of the 60 scheduled. Paul Menard was third, 1.338 seconds back. It was Busch's seventh victory of the season and record-extending 83rd of his career and came on a weekend where he has dominated the 2.5-mile oval on both the Xfinity and Cup circuits. He posted the fastest practice times in both series Friday, won both poles Saturday and can sweep both races for the second straight year by winning the Brickyard 400 on Sunday.
Scientists take core samples from the earth to learn about the past. It works at racetracks, too. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway last week pulled four cores from the pavement that offer a revealing look at the track's 108-year history. Track work 2Day included core samples & brick at bottom of this core was laid 108 years ago almost to the day! pic.twitter.com/euek21wawl Speedway president J. Douglas Boles posted an image of a very intact, 18-inch-tall sample from the exit of Turn 3 to Twitter that garnered so much interest he had a graphic created to explain exactly what each one of the layers represents.
Ryan Hunter-Reay said this week has brought a full range of emotions, with the birth of his third son coming only hours before he learned that his father-in-law was dead in an apparent murder-suicide. The former Indianapolis 500 winner is married to Beccy Gordon, and the couple welcomed son Rhodes Maverick Hunter-Reay on Wednesday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Not long afterward, they were informed that her father, former racer "Baja" Bob Gordon, had been found dead alongside his wife in their Orange home. Police said Bob Gordon died of a gunshot wound and Sharon Gordon was strangled. Hunter-Reay said the Gordon family wanted him to proceed to Sonoma Raceway in Northern California, where IndyCar concludes its season Sunday.