New F1 pole trophy up for grabs starting in 2014

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In an updated edition of its 2014 sporting regulations, the FIA confirmed that drivers will now compete for a pole position trophy throughout the Formula One World Championship.

Regarding the new award, the regulations state the following:

“A trophy will be awarded to the driver who sets the most pole positions during the championship season (see Article 36.2). In the event of a tie the holder of the greatest number of second places will be taken into account and, if there is still the tie, the holder of the greatest number of third places and so on until a winner emerges.

“If this procedure fails to produce a result, the FIA will nominate the winner according to such criteria as it thinks fit.”

Also, the new permanent numbers that will be chosen by each driver must now be visible on their helmets as well. The new numbers will be allocated to drivers by ballot, and as mentioned earlier, the World Champion will retain the right to use No. 1.

Should said World Champion fail to keep his title, the FIA says that “the number that was previously allocated to him will be reserved for him in subsequent seasons.”

The regulations also featured details of the points system for 2014, which will have double points awarded at the season finale for both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships:

  • 1st: 25 points
  • 2nd: 18 points
  • 3rd: 15 points
  • 4th: 12 points
  • 5th: 10 points
  • 6th: 8 points
  • 7th: 6 points
  • 8th: 4 points
  • 9th: 2 points
  • 10th: 1 point

Additionally, a penalty points system for drivers was included in the regulations. Should drivers gain 12 penalty points in the span of a year for mistakes made on track, they will be banned for one race.

Your heart will start racing with IndyCar’s new “The Future Starts Now” video

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One of the biggest challenges for any motorsport series — whether it’s NASCAR, NHRA, IndyCar, Formula One and so many others — is to find ways to attract new fans.

That’s particularly important when attempting to lure young fans, especially the much-coveted millennials (born after 1981) and teenagers.

As all series prepare for the upcoming 2018 racing season, kudos have to be given to IndyCar for its new “The Future Starts Now” video, which debuted Tuesday at the North American International Auto Show at Detroit.

Even if it’s five degrees below zero where you’re at, one look at this video and you’ll likely not only start warming up a bit, we bet you’ll start getting even more excited for the start of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, which begins March 11 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Check out the new video above and watch if it doesn’t get your heart racing real quick: