GP3 unveils new car for 2016 season at Monza

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The GP3 Series has unveiled the new car that will be used from the beginning of next season.

GP3 is the third tier of single-seater racing, appearing on the support package for nine Formula 1 grands prix alongside GP2 (the second tier).

The series has produced six drivers that have gone on to race in F1, including Esteban Gutierrez (2010 champion), Valtteri Bottas (2011 champion) and Daniil Kvyat (2013 champion).

As part of the series’ plan to introduce a new car every three seasons, the GP3/16 was unveiled on Thursday at Monza ahead of its debut at the beginning of the 2016 season.

“The GP3/16 features a brand new Mecachrome race engine which is a bespoke design for the series,” a statement from GP3 reads. “It is a V6 3.4 litre which is naturally aspirated with 400 HP.

“Moreover, the third generation car has new aerodynamics to facilitate overtaking and it also enjoys a newly designed monocoque to help accommodate taller drivers.

“A revised nose is one of the key visual changes to the new machine. The modifications will raise the expectations of the series and improve on an already highly competitive racing show.”

Series CEO Bruno Michel was pleased to lift the covers off the new car ahead of the 2016 season, believing that it will aid overtaking and create more exciting racing whilst keeping costs low.

“I am very pleased with this new generation car,” Michel said. “The first two generations have reached expectations in preparing young drivers for the next steps: GP2 and F1.

“There were three key areas we focused on during the design phase of our new car. Firstly, we have designed a car that will encourage overtaking thanks to new aerodynamics which will enhance the racing and provide even more entertainment.

“Moreover, we have worked on finding solutions to limit operational costs, again in order to provide an attractive package to our teams. Finally, the GP3/16 car matches the latest F1 safety standards which is something we’re always highly focused on.

“We’re convinced that the way we’ve positioned the GP3/16 is the right one for the next three seasons and will continue to attract drivers and teams whose ambition is to reach the pinnacle of motorsport.”

NTT re-signs as IndyCar title sponsor in multiyear deal starting with the 2024 season

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The IndyCar Series has re-signed NTT as its title sponsor in a multiyear agreement starting in 2024.

NTT, a global information technology and communications company based in Japan, became the series’ title sponsor before the 2019 season after starting as a sponsor of the No. 10 Dallara-Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing.

NTT Data (a subsidiary of parent company Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp.) will remain the official technology partner of IndyCar, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indy 500 and the NASCAR Brickyard weekend.

With the extension, an IndyCar spokesman said NTT would become the second-longest title sponsor in series history. The longest title sponsor was PPG from 1980-97 (under the CART sanction of the Champ Car Series).

NTT replaced Verizon, which was IndyCar’s title sponsor from 2014-18 after IZOD from 2010-13.

“NTT is an excellent partner across our enterprise with strong expertise and a deep commitment to our sport,” Penske Corp. chairman and IndyCar owner Roger Penske said in a release. “From Smart Venue technology at the Racing Capital of the World to the reimagined Series mobile application, NTT is transforming the fan experience in new and innovative ways. We look forward to a bright future together.”

NTT has used artificial intelligence-enabled optical detection technology at IMS to provide information to the track’s operations and security teams, helping improve fan traffic flow and safety, the track said.

“IndyCar is a great partner for NTT Data because of our shared commitment to driving innovation, increasing sustainability and delivering amazing experiences,” NTT Data CEO Kaz Nishihata said in a release. “We also appreciate how IndyCar is so diverse, with drivers from 15 different countries, and races that range from short ovals and superspeedways to road and street courses. It’s both an incredible sport and a wonderful example for our world.”

NTT also has been instrumental in helping redesign the IndyCar app and providing more race and driver data for use in NBC Sports’ broadcasts by utilizing 140 data points from every car in the field.

“NTT is fully invested in the development and growth of our sport and has already established a terrific track record in our industry with problem-solving capabilities and access to top talent and tools,” Penske Entertainment president and CEO Mark Miles said.

Said NTT Data Services CEO Bob Pryor: “We’re thrilled to continue our collaborations that enhance and expand the fan experience for motorsports and serve as proof points for data analytics, AI, and other innovative digital technologies. For more than a century, this racing series has pioneered innovations making driving safer for everyone, and by continuing this relationship, we will accelerate the pace of innovations and new technologies, particularly related to sustainability that ultimately can benefit organizations, communities and individuals around the world.”

Starting as a Japanese telephone company, NTT grew into a $100 billion-plus tech services giant with U.S. operations based in Plano, Texas.