Jenna Fryer Associated Press Published 7:38 PM EDT Apr 8, 2019 Charlotte, N.C. — Joe Gibbs has too many winning drivers in his organization. It is a good problem to have, but one that has led to increased speculation about his plans to juggle all his talent. The Gibbs organization swept Bristol Motor Speedway last weekend as Christopher Bell won the Xfinity Series race Saturday followed by yet another Kyle Busch victory in the Cup race on Sunday. Gibbs drivers have won five of eight Cup races — including the Daytona 500 — and five of seven Xfinity Series races. It’s problematic because Gibbs can’t keep Bell stashed away in the Xfinity Series forever and he simply doesn’t have available seats for everyone. Denny Hamlin, a two-time Daytona 500 winner and two-time winner already this season, is signed beyond 2020 and so are Busch and Martin Truex Jr. Erik Jones said at Bristol he is in active conversations on a contract extension with JGR. … [Read more...] about Joe Gibbs needs Christopher Bell in the big leagues; could Mich. driver Erik Jones be at risk?
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Mark Phelan Detroit Free Press Published 9:00 AM EDT Mar 13, 2019 The Motor City is firmly at the front of the auto industry’s next revolution. A new study by Navigant Research rates three companies as leaders in the race to develop and make money on self-driving, autonomous cars and trucks: Waymo, the Google company that uses Chrysler minivans and plans to assemble autonomous vehicles in Southeast Michigan. General Motors Cruise Automation, which pledges to have autonomous vehicles in commercial service this year. Ford, which has kept a relatively low profile while developing a strong technical and business plan. The study ranks automakers and suppliers on 10 criteria from technical capability to whether they’ve got a business plan for how to make money on autonomous vehicles, or AVs. More: GM's first autonomous car heads to Henry Ford Museum More: Detroit is Electric Motor City in a frenzied battle for auto engineering talent It’s titled … [Read more...] about Detroit companies lead Tesla, Apple in autonomous car race
David Goricki The Detroit News Published 6:56 PM EST Feb 7, 2019 Rochester Hills native Brad Keselowski is hoping to accomplish what his Penske teammate Joey Logano did several years ago. Keselowski already owns a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series championship, earning that in 2012 while competing in a Dodge Charger to hand legendary Roger Penske his first title in NASCAR’s premier series. And, it was Logano who won the Monster Energy Cup title last year in a Ford Fusion for Penske. It’s a goal of Keselowski's to win another Monster Energy Cup championship, but he wants to check off another box of lifelong dreams by winning the Daytona 500 on Feb. 17, something that Logano realized in 2015. Logano shocked the racing world when he clinched the series championship last year when he won the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, topping the Big Three of Kevin Harvick (eight), Kyle Busch (eight) and Martin Truex (four) who had combined for 20 … [Read more...] about Brad Keselowski hopes to make Roger Penske a front-runner at Daytona
Updated 11:18 am CST, Monday, January 14, 2019 Toyota introduced the 2020 Toyota Surpa sports car at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Toyota introduced the 2020 Toyota Surpa sports car at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Photo: Toyota Photo: Toyota Image 1 of / 47 Caption Close Image 1 of 47 Toyota introduced the 2020 Toyota Surpa sports car at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Toyota introduced the 2020 Toyota Surpa sports car at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Photo: Toyota Toyota debuts first Supra in 21 years at Detroit auto show 1 / 47 Back to Gallery Toyota, normally … [Read more...] about Toyota debuts first Supra in 21 years at Detroit auto show
Paul Eisenstein Special to The Detroit News Published 9:50 AM EST Jan 14, 2019 There aren’t many nameplates that can retain a loyal following after a two-decade absence, but of all the new products debuting at the North American International Auto Show this year, few have created nearly the buzz of the Toyota Supra. The once-popular sports car has been out of production for 17 years and was last sold in the U.S. 21 years ago. That Supra is making a comeback at all is the result of a once-unlikely alliance between Toyota and Germany’s BMW. In an era when sport utilities and compact utilities have come to dominate the market, sedans and coupes are in a serious decline. Sports cars make up an even more endangered species, but the Toyota/BMW partnership could show the way for other manufacturers committed to maintaining – or reviving – niche products. We actually got a hint that Toyota would revive the Supra at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show when it unveiled the … [Read more...] about Toyota brings the Supra back from the dead