The artist/team formerly known as Virgin, Marussia and Manor Marussia will now be known as Manor Racing for the 2016 Formula 1 season.
Manor Racing – under the @ManorRacing Twitter account – posted a tweet on Tuesday confirming its new logo and branding, with a teaser that all will be revealed on February 22.
In no small coincidence, February 22 is the start of preseason testing at Barcelona, and it would stand to reason that either on or just before that date that Manor will confirm its driver lineup. American Alexander Rossi is known to be a frontrunner for one of the seats.
The Manor team also confirmed earlier this week that its new chassis completed the final FIA crash test.
Of course, with Manor now the new Lotus in terms of, “Hey, this has been here in several iterations and is now rebranding again” mode, this is where we remind you that this Manor is different from Graeme Lowdon and John Booth’s potential new project, advertised as @RealManor.
The current F1 Manor Racing iteration has added Dave Ryan to its management structure.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.
Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.
“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”
Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.
Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.