Daniil Kvyat set for engine penalty at Monza

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Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat is set to become the first driver to receive a grid penalty for exceeding the permitted number of components on his engine in 2014.

The Russian driver will be demoted 10 places on the grid for tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix after the team requested to use its sixth internal combustion engine on his car, thus exceeding the allocation of five for the entire season.

A report from FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer reads:

“The internal combustion engine used by the above driver is the sixth new internal combustion engine for the 2014 championship season and as this is not in conformity with article 28.4a of the 2014 Formula 1 Sporting Regulations, I am referring this matter to the stewards for their consideration.”

In line with the new regulations for 2014, the stewards will hand Kvyat a 10-place grid penalty.

However, this could carry over to the next race in Singapore if he is unable to take the entire penalty at Monza this weekend. He must qualify higher than 13th to ensure that he will not be penalized ahead of the race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in two weeks’ time.

The new engine regulations are very complex, and this extends to the penalties applicable to those exceeding the limits. Sebastian Vettel said in Belgium that he was expecting to be penalized before the end of the season, and he is unlikely to be the only one, given that many of the drivers are close to or using their fifth component.

Supercross reveals 2023 Daytona track designed by Ricky Carmichael for 16th time

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For the 16th consecutive year, Ricky Carmichael has designed a signature course for the Daytona Supercross race, which will be March 4, 2023.

Eli Tomac took advantage of a last lap mistake by Cooper Webb last year to win a record setting sixth Daytona race – and with that win, he broke out of a tie Carmichael.

Construction on the course will begin two days after the completion of the 65th running of NASCAR’s Daytona 500 when haulers start to unload 7,200 tons of dirt onto the grassy infield in order to create a course 3,300 feet long.

“Ricky has designed yet another incredible course for this year’s Daytona Supercross,” said Daytona International Speedway President Frank Kelleher in a press release. “We’re thrilled to unveil it to the fans, and we can’t wait for them to come out to the track and see it in person.”

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Carmichael’s Daytona course will take center stage for Round 8 of the 17-race Supercross season and the 31-race SuperMotocross season.

The Supercross race coincides with Daytona’s Bike Week, which runs from March 3-12 and includes races from the American Flat Track series and the legendary Daytona 200 speedway race that is contested on the infield road course.

Last year’s course was reported to have 57 obstacles including the return of an over-under bridge. For 2023 the number of obstacles listed in 42, but that will not keep this from being one of the toughest tracks on which the Monster Energy Supercross series will race.

Many of the same elements from last year will be present including sharp turns, vaulted jumps, sand sections and a finish line that aligns with the oval tracks’ start/finish line.

“This year’s Daytona Supercross design is one of the best,” Carmichael said. “It races great for the riders – it’s safe yet challenging and it’s very similar to last year with the split lanes. Daytona is the toughest, gnarliest race on the Supercross circuit, but it’s the most special to win.

“This track is going to produce great racing and I think the riders are going to put on a fantastic display for all our fans.”

While Tomac has dominated this race during his career, Daytona has also been the site of some other dramatic victories. In 2021 Aaron Plessinger scored his first career Supercross podium in 35 starts with a win there and reversed a three-year streak of bad luck on the track.

The Daytona Supercross race is the first of two the series will contest on speedway infield courses. A little more than one month later, Atlanta Motor Speedway will enter their third season as a supercross venue. These two courses will serve as an early test for the SuperMotocross three-race finale that begins September 9, 2023 at zMax Dragway in Charlotte, North Carolina. The three playoff races will each be held on courses that contain elements of Supercross and Motocross, much like Daytona and Atlanta.