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1/9/02
Toyota team testing at two tracks this week Allan McNish states from Barcelona, "We have made a lot of progress today with some modifications, which helped the overall grip of the car. Most of the time the track was wet but we ran in the dry for a few laps, which gave us the chance to find out a bit more about the car." Technical Manager Chassis, Dago Röhrer: "It has been a positive day's testing and we are pleased with the number of laps we were able to do. We received positive news outside of testing with the announcement that our new car has successfully completed all necessary crash tests and has been officially homologated by the FIA." Panasonic Toyota Racing is also testing at its home circuit of Paul Ricard this week. Mika Salo has completed 3 days of testing at the circuit in the south of France. Mika and Allan will swap places tomorrow. Allan will test at Paul Ricard, whilst Mika travels to Spain to join the Barcelona test for the final two days.
1/9/02
Two Americans on podium in New Zealand  2nd UPDATE We have added a photo of American Brian Sellers, complete with his brand-new American flag-styled helmet,  in action from New Zealand. We apologize for the quality of the image, and hope to have better ones from this coming weekend.  1/7/02 - We forgot to mention when posting this news that the winner of the race, Fabian Coulthard, David Coulthard’s second cousin Fabian, who is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his famous relative. The 19-year-old New Zealander led the 36-lap Formula Ford race from start to finish. The Auckland driver also won all seven races in his FF class this season. He told the BBC: "It is good to keep the family connection going." 1/6/02 - Invercargill, New Zealand Young Americans Bryan Sellers and A.J. Allmendinger made a sensational start to their international racing careers by finishing second and third in today's New Zealand Grand Prix at Teretonga Park. "It was a very exciting day," said Sellers, 19, from Centerville, Ohio, after taking the checkered flag just over three seconds adrift of runaway Talley's New Zealand Formula Ford Championship leader Fabian Coulthard. "There was a good crowd, a great atmosphere and the race went really well for me. I'm a bit sticky from spraying all the champagne, but that's alright. It was a good start to our campaign over here." This was the first time in the history of the New Zealand Grand Prix, which dates back to 1950, that the event had been held for Formula Ford cars. It turned out to be a roaring success. A huge field of 37 entries ensured some spectacular action, and while Coulthard and Sellers managed to edge clear of the main pack, Allmendinger delighted the crowd with a thrilling charge before clinching the final podium position. "My race was a little more eventful [than Sellers']," said the 20-year-old from Hollister, Calif. "I lost a few places at the start and I had to make some passes. It was pretty intense out there." Allmendinger completed the first lap in sixth place, after starting fifth, but soon worked his way up to fourth before embarking on a thrilling tussle with local driver Nick Ross. The pair exchanged places several times before Allmendinger made a gutsy pass around the outside line into Turn One. After making slight contact, Allmendinger emerged in third, while Ross spun out. The event was fought over a total of 36 laps, with a brief interruption while the cars were refueled at half-distance. When the race was restarted behind a pace car, two lapped cars were between Sellers and Allmendinger, which effectively thwarted Allmendinger's hopes of mounting a challenge on his teammate. Unofficial results after 36 laps: 1. Fabian Coulthard (NZ), Van Diemen, 59m 07.562s; 2. Bryan Sellers (USA), Van Diemen, 59m 11.238s; 3. A.J. Allmendinger (USA), Van Diemen, 59m16.403s; 4. Kenny Smith (NZ), Van Diemen/Stealth, 59m 18.821s; 5. Simon Richards (NZ), Van Diemen, 59m 24.203s; 6. Nelson Hartley (NZ), Van Diemen, 59m 24.097s; etc. The championship continues next weekend with two races at Levels Raceway in Timaru, New Zealand. Support for the Team USA Scholarship has been provided by CART, Steve and Christine Horne, American Honda, The Craig Company, Klein Tools, Las Vegas Karting Center, Road Racing Drivers Club, Sparco USA, Skip Barber Racing, Jim Russell Racing Drivers School, Buttonwillow and Racer
1/9/02
Test times from Barcelona Wednesday 
1. David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1m 21.157s 62 laps**
2. Luca Badoer Ferrari 1m 21.764s 73 laps*
3. Jenson Button Renault 1m 21.780s 57 laps**
4. Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Honda 1m 22.011s 66 laps*
5. Jarno Trulli Renault 1m 22.222s 42 laps**
6. Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1m 22.313s 46 laps**
7. Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 1m 22.349s 54 laps*
8. Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 1m 22.466s 35 laps*
9. Luciano Burti Ferrari 1m 22.703s 50 laps*
10. Olivier Panis BAR-Honda# 1m 22.800s 44 laps*
11. Takuma Sato Jordan-Honda 1m 22.815s 65 laps*
12. Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda# 1m 22.817s 45 laps*
13. Marc Gené Williams-BMW 1m 22.949s 56 laps**
14. Kimi Raikkonen McLaren-Mercedes 1m 22.968s 22 laps**
15. Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1m 23.376s 43 laps**
16. Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar-Cosworth 1m 23.586s 36 laps**
17. Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 1m 24.920s 41 laps**
18. Allan McNish Toyota 1m 25.296s 78 laps**
* Bridgestone tyres
** Michelin tyres
# 2002 spec car
1/9/02
Another IRL team folds  First it was Jonathan Byrd, Dick Simon and Rick Galles.  Today comes news that Team Extreme has shut their doors and abandoned their IRL effort.  No folks, the momentum has not swung in the IRL's favor, and no CART is not going to die as many pundits predict.  The fact of the matter is the economy has hurt both series and we still maintain that the IRL and CART should merge under one umbrella organization and operate as two divisions as laid out in this article.
1/9/02
Laguna Seca update UPDATE We learned today that PacWest decided to skip this test at Laguna Seca, hence why they were nowhere to be found today. 1/9/02 -  A source stopped by Laguna Seca before noon time to find the track mired in a "pea-soup" fog. The only team present was TARGET CHIP GANASSI RACING, with no sign of the PAC-WEST team. With a wet track and poor visibility not much of anything was occurring.
1/9/02
Miami race in jeopardy?  According to this article,  the Miami ALMS race might have some financial problems.  The City of Miami agency in charge of promoting and underwriting sports events postponed a decision on lending $3.2 million to organizers of a downtown street race. Raceworks, the promoter of the Grand Prix of the Americas said they could wait for a later meeting, tentatively scheduled for Friday or Monday. Architect and developer Willy Bermello, a principal in the venture, said the group hopes to get a city permit Friday to start $1.1 million worth of required road repairs. "We have the money to do that," he said Tuesday. With a Jan. 18 deadline, the group is applying to the Miami Sports & Exhibition Authority for a $3.2 million loan. Part of it would buy safety barricades and continue road improvements around Bayfront Park and Biscayne Boulevard where the race would take place. The Le Mans race is scheduled for April 5-7. Authority board members canceled a meeting on the loan planned earlier this week because they had not received enough information to determine the collateral that is needed from the organizer, said Ferey Kian, the authority's director of finance. And both parties still have to agree on the interest rate, he said.  Currently, the promoter is negotiating some of the authority's conditions, such as having access to event revenues, ticket sales and getting first-lien rights over Raceworks' property to guarantee the loan tentatively at 4.3%.
1/9/02
Industry News
Focus On Racing Radio to be Nationally Syndicated by Westwood One  The long-time Memphis motorsports show, Focus On Racing Radio, will go into national syndication on February 15th under the Westwood One umbrella of programs. The co-hosts of the one-hour show are Speed Channel motorsports journalist, Bob Varsha, and multi-time racing champion and producer Billy Edwards. The show’s interview/preview format covers all major motorsports sanctioning bodies, including: NASCAR Winston Cup, NASCAR Busch, NASCAR Craftsman Truck, CART Fed Ex, IRL, NHRA, Formula One, TransAm and others.  “Focus” has aired in Memphis for the last 17 years under the guidance of award-winning creator and senior executive producer, Ron Martin. “This is my dream come true,” comments Martin. “I have been looking for a distribution company that would be of the same quality as I think our program is. I have found that in Westwood One.” Focus On Racing Radio will use technology to best advantage. Bob Varsha will broadcast from varied racing venues throughout the year, while Billy Edwards will hold down the Detroit bureau. All will be sent to Memphis flagship station WMC-SportsPlus 790 for mixing, and then on to Westwood One, where it will be put up on satellite for stations to retrieve. 
1/9/02
Audi R8 in Orange Bowl parade to promote Miami race  Champion Racing's Audi R8 Prototype was one of the stars of the famous Orange Bowl Parade in Miami on New Year's Eve. The car appeared in the parade to promote the April 5-7 Grand Prix of the Americas, which will be run on a street circuit in Miami's Downtown area. The American Le Mans Series will hold a two-hour, 45-minute race on April 7. In conjunction with event promoter Raceworks, LLC, Champion's Audi showed the flag for the race to the thousands of spectators who attended the parade despite steady rain. The car was towed by a Champion Audi Allroad, and the Raceworks Girls walked along with it, carrying a banner for the racing event. The parade route and the street race course share Miami's famous Biscayne Boulevard along scenic Bayfront Park, at the shores of Biscayne Bay.  
1/9/02
Austria team to run Lotus GTP car in ALMS  The famous Lotus name will enter American Le Mans Series racing when Motorsport Altschach of Austria fields a Lotus Elise GTP car, and possibly two, in selected series events this season. The closed-roof Prototype racer is scheduled to make its racing debut in the April 7 event in Miami, though the team is working to have a car ready in time for the March 16 season opener at Sebring. The team also hopes to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and then return to North America with two cars to contest seven additional rounds of the ALMS if sufficient sponsorship can be obtained. The machine will have a modified Lotus 3.51 turbocharged engine. Michael Ferte will be one of the team's drivers, with others to be named. 
1/9/02
Penske Racing hires Schwartz  Tim Cindric, President of Penske Racing, Inc., announced today that Chris Schwartz has joined the organization as Director of Marketing and Communications, a newly created position. Schwartz will manage all aspects of the Team's marketing and communications activities including sponsor management and development, news media information, licensing for the Penske Racing brand and coordinating Penske business units' participation with the Team. "Chris' experience and ability will ensure that Penske Racing's marketing communications strategy will deliver added value for our partners," said Cindric. Schwartz moves over from M3 Management, a motorsports marketing group that specializes in sponsor strategy and development. Previously, he developed and managed Conseco's inaugural season in NASCAR as both a primary team sponsor with A.J. Foyt Racing and an official league partner. He also worked with the Valvoline Company on their highly visible, multi-brand sponsorship with Roush Racing and driver Mark Martin. Schwartz, 30, a graduate of Indiana University will be based at team headquarters in Reading, PA.
1/9/02
MRN signs radio station in key NY City market  WSNR-AM, 620 in New York City has joined the Motor Racing Network (MRN) family of affiliates for 2002. It is the first NYC-based station to become an affiliate since MRN, America's largest independent sports radio network, went on the air in 1970. The sports-talk station, which serves the New York City metro, Long Island, and portions of New Jersey, will broadcast the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series beginning with the Feb. 10 Budweiser Shootout live from historic Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. They will also broadcast the 44th running of the Daytona 500, the kickoff to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series season on Feb. 17th. In addition to live race coverage, WSNR will provide its race fans with MRN's "Monday Morning Race Refresher," a recap of each weekend's NASCAR results and "NASCAR TODAY," a daily three-minute newscast featuring event information, driver interviews and late breaking news stories from the NASCAR circuit. 
1/9/02
Industry News
FOX Sports Net to air Motor Sports Weekly  Fox Sports Net and Motor Sports Weekly have reached an agreement to air thirty-five original one-hour episodes in 2002. On the heels of its most successful season ever, the EMMY® award winning Motor Sports Weekly, takes great pleasure in announcing that it will join the stellar lineup of shows on Fox Sports Net in 2002. Along with this move, the show will also expand from its current 30 minutes to a full hour. Beginning on March 6, 2002, Motor Sports Weekly will air nationwide on Wednesday afternoons from 3-4 p.m. local time. (Check local listings) In making the announcement, MSW Executive producer Jeff Fortune expressed his satisfaction in seeing Motor Sports Weekly make the move to Fox Sports Net. "In each of the last five seasons MSW has experienced tremendous growth and this year we are truly pleased to be a part of the Fox Sports Net exciting motor sports programming," said Fortune. "And, with the new one hour format, fans will get even more of the greatest stories in motor sports. We've got a lot of very exciting things planned for 2002." Fox Sports Net is the first truly national, regional and local sports network. Through its network of 21 regional sports channels, FSN reaches more than 78 million U. S. households. "We think Motor Sports Weekly is a good fit that complements Fox Sports Net's NASCAR programming currently on the air," said FSN spokesperson Seth Palansky. "We look forward to providing our viewers with another hour a week of exciting motor sports action." Each week, Motor Sports Weekly delivers a distinctive look at the world of motor sports with an emphasis on lifestyle and personalities. Many of Motor Sports Weekly's popular features, including Behind Pit Wall, Inside Track, and Crashed, Trashed and Smashed will return next season along with several new segments, including a regular weekly feature that turns the spotlight on the growing compact and import racing scene in America. Motor Sports Weekly is a 60-minute weekly program on Fox Sports Net that showcases highlights, insider information, unique features and in-depth interviews from the world of racing. A three-time EMMY® award winner for "Best Sports Program," MSW is a production of Fortune Entertainment, Technisonic Studios and The Source International. 
1/9/02
Barron to drive for Blair Racing in the IRL  Blair Racing officials announced Jan. 9 that the team will compete in the Indy Racing League in 2002 with driver Alex Barron. Barron, from San Diego, will drive a Dallara chassis with Chevrolet engines. Entering his second year in motorsports, team owner Larry Blair announced a new partnership for his Indy Racing League venture. Hayden Harris, a dynamic and successful businessman, has joined forces with Blair to compete in the 15-event Indy Racing schedule in 2002. Blair and Harris have hired industry veteran Tom Gloy to be president of Blair Racing and oversee the team. John Dick will serve as engineer for the team, which has moved into expanded facilities on the north side of Indianapolis. "Since May of last year, I have continued to make dramatic changes, improving and expanding the team to be competitive in the top levels of racing," Blair said. "For 2002, I have restructured Blair Racing to put together a compact and A-caliber group. "It is my continued goal to make this a successful endeavor. Hayden's business acumen will help us reach our goals. Having Tom's experience and leadership will enable the operation to run smoothly. Alex has already proven his ability in running for us at two events last year. His superspeedway experience is important to me as a team owner." Blair, a successful businessman and entrepreneur, held key positions with businesses that laid the foundation of the Internet. His former posts include vice president of marketing for both Redback Networks, Inc. and Ipsilon, and co-founder of Kalpana Networks, Inc., the inventor of the Ethernet switch. Barron, the 1997 KOOL/Toyota Atlantic champion and KOOL/Toyota Rookie of the Year, made his Indy Racing League debut last August with Sam Schmidt Motorsports at Gateway International Raceway, his lone Indy Racing start. Barron also has raced in CART for Blair Racing, Marlboro Team Penske, Dan Gurney's All-American Racers and Dale Coyne Racing. "I am looking forward to racing for Larry again," Barron said. "We had good results as a team for the last two races in 2001. "Larry has put together a program that I feel will be a competitive package. Drivers always look for the right program and a winning combination. I am looking forward to the next few weeks with preseason testing starting in February and the first race in March." Harris is a general partner and co-founder of EDF Ventures, a venture capital company, based in Ann Arbor, Mich. In 1977, Harris founded Enterprise Management, Inc. a provider of financial and managerial assistance to companies with high-growth prospects.
1/9/02
Gordon leads big test in Vegas  Four-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Jeff Gordon heads a list of NASCAR's biggest stars scheduled to attend Las Vegas Motor Speedway's annual 'Test in the West' between 28-31 January. Gordon, who won this past year's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 and the $1million Winston 'No Bull 5' bonus, will be among 32 Winston Cup drivers and 17 Busch Series drivers slated to test over the four-day period in preparation for the 3 March UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 and the preceding day's Sam's Town 300. Each team is allowed to test on two of those days, with track time available between 0900 and 1700hrs. The session is also open to the public free of charge. All five of this year's 'No Bull 5' competitors - Dale Earnhardt Jr, Tony Stewart, Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth and Bobby Hamilton - will take part in the test. Burton is a two-time winner at LVMS and captured Winston's bonus money in 2000. Following is a list of drivers and the days they are scheduled to test. 
January 28
Winston Cup: Elliott Sadler, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Derrike Cope, Dale Jarrett, Bobby Hamilton, Jeremy Mayfield, Brett Bodine, Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Burton, Kurt Busch.
Busch Series: Tony Raines, Chad Little.
January 29
Winston Cup: Sadler, Dave Blaney, Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon, Johnson, Ken Schrader, Cope, Jarrett, Joe Nemechek, Todd Bodine, Hamilton, Mayfield, Brett Bodine, Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Kevin Harvick, Mike Skinner, Martin, Kenseth, Jeff Burton, Busch, Hut Stricklin, Kyle Petty, Buckshot Jones, Michael Waltrip, Robby Gordon.
Busch Series: Jeff Purvis, Raines, Mike McLaughlin, Jimmy Spencer, Johnny Sauter, Jeff Green, Little, Kerry Earnhardt.
January 30
Winston Cup: Spencer, Blaney, Newman, Schrader, Johnny Benson, Jerry Nadeau, Terry Labonte, Nemechek, Todd Bodine, Stewart, Bobby Labonte, Robby Gordon, Harvick, Skinner, Stricklin, Petty, Jones, Earnhardt Jr, Waltrip, Brendan Gaughan.
Busch Series: Purvis, Nemechek, Hank Parker Jr, McLaughlin, Spencer, Dan Pardus, Sauter, Green, Greg Biffle, Kerry Earnhardt, Larry Foyt, Jeff Burton, Casey Mears, Brian Vickers.
January 31
Winston Cup: Spencer, Benson, Nadeau, Terry Labonte, Gaughan.
Busch Series: Nemechek, Parker Jr, Pardus, Biffle, Foyt, Jeff Burton, Mears, Vickers. 
1/9/02
New managing director for Renault  Patrick Faure, chief executive officer of Renault F1, has announced Jean-Jacques His as the team's new Managing Director, with his successor, Christian Contzen, taking on an as yet unspecified role. Faure paid tribute to Contzen, referring to him as the architect of Renault's success in Formula One. Contzen is regarded as being the man behind Renault's V10 engine. "He largely contributed to the 11 World Championship titles for drivers and constructors, won during the 1992/97 period," said Faure. "And even more so, he succeeded in keeping the team's potential intact during the technology watch period prior to Renault's return to F1." 
1/9/02
Four (4)  Two 2002 Daytona 500 tickets for sale UPDATE Two of the four tickets have been sold.  We have just two left.  1/2/02 - We have four prime tickets for the 2002 Daytona 500 for sale.  They are in the Weatherly Tower and afford a full view of the entire track and pit lane.  The price is $170 each (i.e. face value). Don't get stuck sitting on the back straight where you can't see the pit action. These are premium seats. If interested send an e-mail to feedback@autoracing1.com   Grandstand Map
1/9/02
The true cost of F1  Those of us who follow F1 know team costs are in the stratosphere. If you have an extra $52M+ to spend each year, you, too, can enter 2 cars in F1. Of course, you'll need extra funds for incidentals like driver and team salaries, travel, wind tunnel testing, etc. Here's a breakdown of Jaguar's F1 team car costs, and we remind you this is just to run mid-field.   A relative bargain compared to McLaren and Ferrari, rumored to be in the $200M range.
1/9/02
Rahal team hits the testing trail  There's a gleam in Jimmy Vasser's eyes right now. The 1996 CART FedEx Series champion had a broad smile on his face when he sat in his new No. 8 Shell Ford Lola champ car last month. Just the new seat fitting process at the Team Rahal headquarters in Hilliard, Oh" had the Las Vegas driver excited. "I'll admit that I'm pretty damn excited about the 2002 season," said Vasser, who moved from Patrick Racing to Team Rahal in November. "This is a very good operation and I have been with good ones at Ganassi and Patrick in my CART career. Having the Lola again as well as the Ford horsepower has given me a strong combination for the upcoming season. I just want to hit the track now." That's exactly what Vasser gets to do this week at Sebring, Fla., when his new mount hits the pavement on Thursday and Friday (Jan. 10-11). Vasser jumps into the car that Kenny Brack took to four wins and six poles last year en route to the runner-up spot in the CART points. "The Shell car is a good one's admits Vasser. "I know I had to follow it a lot last year. When Bobby (Rahal, Team Rahal co-owner) came to me in August about the Shell car, I knew it would be a good fit for me. Bobby talked to me in 1998 about driving for him but I had a commitment to my Target guys back then. Now I feel comfortable with Team Rahal. I feel good about our chances with the Shell car this year. The FedEx series is tough and I have been working out all winter to be ready. At my age (36), I have to be in better shape to race against the younger guys. I can see what Bobby told me a few years ago. You have to be prepared for the season as you get older." Vasser, a nine-time CART winner, has started 167 CART events and placed in the top five 49 times and the top ten on 94 occasions. TEAM RAHAL ENJOYED BEST SEASON SINCE 1992: With six wins, seven poles and 832 laps led in 2001, Bobby Rahal and David Letterman's Team Rahal recorded its finest season since Rahal's CART title run in 1992. With drivers Kenny Brack and Max Papis, the two-car Team Rahal operation led the FedEx tour in a variety of categories. The Ford-Lola connection became dominant on the ovals and Team Rahal was the driving force. "The Ford-Lola combination was the car to beat on the ovals and I think that will continue in 2002,lu said Rahal, the 24-time CART race winner. "But I think both Ford and Lola have made major advancements on their road circuit package. We're anxious to see how the improvements have benefited the car in this upcoming test. I think Jimmy will be pleased with the new setup." TODD BOWLAND JOINS TEAM RAHAL AS VASSER'S CHIEF ENGINEER: Veteran engineer Todd Bowland teams with Vasser on this year's Shell machine after a successful stint at Newman-Haas Racing. Longtime Team Rahal engineers Ray Leto and Tim Reiter continue to be behind the scenes on aerodynamic, component development and computer simulation. 
1/8/02
Hungary GP safe  Hungary's new ban on tobacco advertising will not affect the Hungarian Grand Prix or the some of the teams whose cars will still be carrying cigarette livery. The new law prohibits any outdoor advertising that promotes tobacco products and will force the tobacco companies to target their customers inside buildings - except at Hungaroring. This F1 championship event, sponsored by Marlboro, is safe. The government inserted a clause in the law exempting the race and ensuring that it would not be cancelled.
1/8/02
Another reason why Shell would like to see CART in China  Oil giant Royal Dutch/Shell is said to have won one of China's most important energy projects to date - a US$15 billion, 4,200-kilometre gas pipeline project. A preliminary framework agreement had been sealed, with Shell taking a 45 per cent stake in the west-to-east pipeline project that will bring natural gas from northwestern Xinjiang province to Shanghai, Reuters reported, quoting an industry source. Russian gas giant Gazprom and Hong Kong & China Gas are part of the Shell consortium, Reuters said. PetroChina - the mainland's biggest oil firm and the world's fourth-largest publicly traded oil counter - leads the project with a 55 per cent stake. No official comment was available from PetroChina or Shell, but Shell (China)'s external affairs director Nick Wood said in Beijing yesterday that Shell had made "significant progress" on the project. Analysts said Shell would benefit significantly if it has won the gas project, because of China's rapidly growing natural gas market and the pipeline's potential role as China's main artery for importing natural gas from neighboring countries. An analyst with a European brokerage said: "The project will give Shell control in the strategic pipeline, which can extend to the Central Asian region in future - which is a longer-term vision for Shell." Beijing plans to source natural gas abroad for strategic purposes, and Central Asian states such as Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan hold some of the world's largest untapped gas resources. "Shell can also help PetroChina develop and exploit the mainland's natural gas market. Chinese officials have placed high priority on the use of natural gas to reduce air pollution and to meet requirements of hosting the 2008 Olympics Games," the analyst said. The government expects more than 70 million people in 148 mainland cities to be able to use natural gas by 2005. Natural gas will account for more than a third of the country's total energy use by 2010, up from 2 per cent in 1998. The west-to-east pipeline is vital to the change. Gas will begin flowing next year and the pipeline will be fully operational by 2004, covering the provinces of Henan, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui. The project promises gas for 30 years, with initial annual output of 12 billion cubic meters, rising to 20 billion cubic meters eventually. Overall demand for natural gas in China was growing about 13 per cent a year, outflanking the world average of 3 per cent, according to Goldman Sachs (Asia) managing director Paul Bernard. The growth has prompted the oil giants - ExxonMobil, BP Amoco and Shell - to join the fray. Shell has invested a total of US$1.5 billion in China's energy sector and promises to increase its investment significantly in the next five years. 
1/8/02
De Ferran not fazed with Fontana testing   Gil de Ferran holds the world record speed for a race event, set during qualifying for the 2000 CART race at Fontana, at over 241 MPH.  The low-downforce Champ Car requires edge of your seat, hold on for dear life car control to set those kind of times.  By comparison, an IRL car has so much downforce the driver is full throttle all the time and speeds are down in the 225 to 230 MPH range.  De Ferran of Marlboro Team Penske completed a one-day, one-car test Jan. 7 at California Speedway as the team prepares for the upcoming Indy Racing League season. De Ferran, teammate Helio Castroneves and Marlboro Team Penske are starting their first full season in the Indy Racing League on March 2 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. California Speedway will play host to its first Indy Racing event March 24. "The performance has been OK," de Ferran said. "No big issues. It's a different engine than the CART car, so the car shakes differently and feels different, but it's not a big issue in my mind. "Testing is very much like doing your homework. Some would classify it as boring, but I like it. There's no prize for the winter test season, so you need to make sure you are well prepared for the season. Also, these tests aren't only about speed but reliability. You have to have reliability." De Ferran tested in a 2001 model Dallara chassis. "The 2002 car will be here for the Test in the West," Team Manager Tom Wurtz said. "We are excited to be back in Fontana, although it's a little earlier than normal." 
1/8/02
New sponsor for TMS Cup race Texas Motor Speedway today announced Fort Worth-based RadioShack Corporation and Dallas-based Samsung Telecommunications America have signed as new promotional partners of the speedway. The three-year promotional partnership kicks off with the April 7, 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup race, which will be named the Samsung/RadioShack 500. "This event is one of the highlights of the season. It draws more than 200,000 fans, has the second-highest television ratings of the year, and pays out one of the biggest winner's paychecks of the year - second only to the Daytona 500," said speedway general manager Eddie Gossage. "Partnering with RadioShack and Samsung will help to make this event even better. We are pleased to have these locally-based companies sponsor one of America's biggest sporting events as they make their entrance into motorsports with Texas Motor Speedway."
1/8/02
Rain wrecks havoc with 2nd day of Barcelona tests  The second day of Formula 1 testing at Barcelona today was affected by rain, which hampered most of the new car and driver combinations, but McLaren's David Coulthard set the pace before the rains came.
1 David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes M 1m20.816s
2 Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW M 1m21.273s
3 Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar M 1m23.123s
4 Anthony Davidson BAR-Honda B 1m24.444s
5 Allan McNish Toyota M 1m26.108s
6 Kimi Raikkonen McLaren-Mercedes M 1m28.553s
7 Luca Badoer Ferrari B 1m29.131s
8 Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW M 1m29.196s
9 Luciano Burti Ferrari B 1m29.624s
10 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas B 1m29.695s
11 Marc Gene Williams-BMW M 1m29.729s
12 Jarno Trulli Renault M 1m30.010s
13 Olivier Panis BAR-Honda B 1m30.036s
14 Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas B 1m31.316s
15 Jenson Button Renault M 1m32.005s
16 Eddie Irvine Jaguar M 1m32.904s
M - Michelin
B - Bridgestone
1/8/02
ALMS alters race lengths  The American Le Mans Series has amended the lengths of some of its events for the 2002 season as a result of new input received from series television partners. The sports car endurance racing series will hold 10 races at 10 different North American venues in the 2002 season, four of which are new to the series. Events at Sears Point Raceway, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Mosport International Raceway and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will be two hours and 45 minutes in length, as will new races on temporary circuits in Miami and Washington, D.C. Other races will be at Sebring International Raceway (12 hours), Road America (500 miles), Road Atlanta (1,000 miles) and Le Circuit Trois-Rivieres (3 hours). NBC Sports, CBS Sports and SPEED Channel (formerly Speedvision) will televise ALMS events in 2002. "Every major sport is occasionally called upon by television to make adjustments, and we are no different," said Andy Hall, Director of Media & Communications for the ALMS. 
March 16 -- Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway; 12 hours, SPEED Channel. 
April 7 -- Miami Downtown Street Circuit, 2 hours 45 minutes, CBS Sports. 
May 19 -- Sears Point Raceway, Sonoma, Calif.; 2 hours 45 minutes, SPEED Channel. 
June 30 -- Mid-Ohio, Lexington, Ohio; 2 hours 45 minutes, SPEED Channel. 
July 7 -- Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis.; 500 miles; CBS Sports. 
July 21 -- RFK Stadium Circuit, Washington, D.C., 2 hours 45 minutes, NBC Sports. 
Aug. 3 -- Le Circuit Trois-Rivieres, Trois-Rivieres, Quebec; 3 hours, SPEED Channel. 
Aug. 18 -- Mosport, Bowmanville, Ontario; 2 hours 45 minutes, NBC Sports. 
Sept. 22 -- Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, Calif.; 2 hours 45 minutes, NBC Sports. 
Oct. 12 -- Road Atlanta, Braselton, Ga.; 1,000 miles, SPEED Channel. 
Nov. 3 -- Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 6 hours, TBA. (Special Invitational race). 
1/8/02
Leitzinger to drive for Tom Gloy Racing  Tom Gloy Racing announced it will field a second entry in the 2002 Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup. Butch Leitzinger of State College, Pa. will drive the Tommy Bahama Chevrolet Corvette with a Riley & Scott chassis. "Butch is a proven champion," said Gloy. "His competitiveness and demeanor will fit well. He brings a new personality and talent to Trans-Am. His upbeat style and hard driving will represent Tommy Bahama well." Tommy Bahama's Cafe and Emporiums, the purveyor of island lifestyles is returning as the sponsor for the fourth year. "We are excited about Butch joining the Tommy Bahama/Tom Gloy family and we are looking forward to building a strong partnership with him," said Julia Jackson, Corporate Sponsorship Director Tommy Bahama.
1/8/02
Sebring - the queue has already started  Ken Breslauer at Sebring reports that someone has already arrived at the circuit to be first in line. Gates don't open for the 12 Hours of Sebring until March 13th. We don't whether to send a reporter, or a psychiatrist!
1/8/02
Are driverless F1 cars far away?  Is the driver in F1 close to becoming extinct?  Already in big F1 teams like Ferrari and McLaren, the number of software engineers (excluding software developers and designers) exceed the number of mechanics and comprise up to 40% or 50% of their staff in the pits. Onboard devices in the car record various types of telemetric data on engine performance, reaction of its suspension, oil pressure, temperature, stresses on the car and so on.  Are we really that far away from driving these cars with joysticks?
1/8/02
300 mph high-speed Shanghai train to greet CART  UPDATE  Further news to prove Shanghai is far more advanced than any USA city - German Finance Minister Hans Eichel has praised Shanghai's magnetic levitation (maglev) high-speed rail project, saying China will benefit. "The maglev is already in the right place," Mr. Eichel said yesterday. "Shanghai has been at the leading edge of China and that's why it got the maglev. It is state-of-the-art technology." It is seen as a potential model for the rest of the mainland, particularly the Shanghai-Hangzhou and Beijing-Shanghai routes. Beijing is considering using the technology to link the city with its airport. "The whole of China will benefit," Mr. Eichel said of the potential application of the technology. The Shanghai project is being supported by a German Government grant and export loan guarantees. Doesn't it strike you as funny that Germany would invest in this technology in Shanghai, and not the USA?  Tells you what the world thinks of Shanghai.  What about CART? 1/3/02 - As if Shanghai isn't impressive enough already, it's about to get more impressive.  When and if CART finally agrees to race in Shanghai, the teams and fans will likely get to ride the world's first commercially viable maglev train. Two mainland banks have approved five billion Yuan (about $600.2 million USD) in credits for a Transrapid high-speed train line being built in Shanghai to showcase the city's development. The Bank of China approved the three-billion-Yuan loan, and Agricultural Bank of China backed another two billion Yuan, for the magnetic levitation train route that will link Shanghai's Pudong International Airport with the city's center. The high-speed link will be the first commercial application of the technology in the world when it enters operation next year over a 20-mile route. Instead of conventional wheels and tracks, the Transrapid uses electromagnetic levitation to glide millimeters above the surface of a guideway, almost flying at speeds of up to 300 mph, a speed the CART contingent certainly can appreciate. The project has gained top-level support in Beijing as Premier Zhu Rongji has been supervising the project from its inception. Mr. Zhu was said to have been impressed with the technology when he rode on the demonstration line in Germany in July.
1/7/02
CART driver Max Papis breaks Daytona record UPDATE We are reminded that Max Papis did not break the outright Daytona record, just the GrandAm record.  In fact far from it.  Dan Gurney's AAR Eagle MK-III GTP car with PJ JONES driving still holds the ultimate record on Daytona's 3.56-mile road course set during qualifying for the 1993 Daytona 24-Hour race at 1:33.875 136.521mph.  That is eight years ago and some seven seconds per lap faster.  This just goes to show you how far backwards the France family's idea of road racing has taken GrandAm racing.  Does this surprise you?  NASCAR still runs 1950's carburetors and pushrod engines in all their series.  Talk about still being in the stone ages. How many drivers had to die before they could be convinced the HANS Device was needed? 1/4/02 - Max Papis clocked the fastest lap of day during the late afternoon session of the Rolex 24 At Daytona January Test Days at Daytona International Speedway, beating the qualifying track record set by James Weaver at the 2000 Rolex 24. Papis clocked a 1:40.818 lap time, 0.194 seconds faster than Weaver's record. "We are developing the car, and we are doing the maximum that we can do," Papis said. "The car has very good potential. Being the fastest is always something important, because it reminds everybody who makes the rules here." 
1/7/02
Honda begins testing for 2002  Honda’s pre-season testing activities began today with Lucky Strike B.A.R Honda at a five-day test in Barcelona, Spain. The all-new RA002E F1 engine was run for the first time for its shakedown after the enforced winter break, as B.A.R Honda’s Olivier Panis took to the track behind the wheel of his B.A.R Honda 004, the only 2002-spec car to have run on the Catalunya circuit so far. Panis completed 19 laps and recorded a fastest time of 1m21.909s. B.A.R Honda test driver Anthony Davidson was also out on track this morning in a 2001-spec car, and after 29 laps posted a fastest time of 1m21.621s. The shakedown will enable Honda engineers to collect valuable data in preparation for the coming season, which starts with the Australian Grand Prix on 3 March. Shuhei Nakamoto, Race and Test Team Manager, Honda Racing Development said, “Overall it has been quite a good day. We have some good data from the first circuit running of the new RA002E engine. We also have a good idea of the level we are at, and how that compares to our target.” Jordan Honda will begin its 2002 test program at the Spanish circuit on 9 January, where the team will run a 2001-spec car. Jordan Honda’s new signings for 2002, Takuma Sato and Giancarlo Fisichella, will both be on hand for the three-day test. Honda has introduced a new generation engine for the 2002 FIA Formula One World Championship, and will continue to supply both British American Racing and Jordan Grand Prix with identical specification Honda RA002E 3-litre engines for the 2002 season. Honda will also continue its joint chassis development program with B.A.R. Honda’s provisional F1 pre-season testing schedule 
Lucky Strike B.A.R Honda 
Barcelona, Spain 7-11/01/02 
Valencia, Spain 17-20/01/02 
Barcelona, Spain 23-25/01/02 
Barcelona, Spain 31/01-1/02/02 
Valencia, Spain 6-8/02/02 
Magny Cours, France 11-13/02/02 
Valencia, Spain 21-22/02/02 
Jordan Honda 
Barcelona, Spain 9-11/01/02 
Valencia, Spain 15-17/01/02 
Silverstone, UK 22-24/01/02 
Barcelona, Spain 29/01-1/02/02 
Valencia, Spain 5-8/02/02 
Silverstone, UK 18-20/02/02 
1/7/02
Audi introduces commemorative TT edition  Celebrating its triumphs and successes in the American Le Mans Series, Audi has introduced the ALMS Commemorative Edition TT for 2002. The limited edition car was unveiled at both the Detroit and Los Angeles auto shows within the past few days. Audi will offer 1,000 uniquely styled 2002 TT coupes featuring special 18-inch wheels, high performance tires, color and trim. On sale in early spring, the cars will feature two unique configurations: a Misano Red pearl effect exterior with a silver Silk Nappa leather interior, or an Avus Silver pearl effect exterior with Brilliant Red interior. Other interior changes include knee bolsters, shift knob and steering wheel all in 
corresponding leather. 
1/7/02
Wiliams test driver Pizzonia tops charts on first day of testing in Barcelona
1 Antonio Pizzonia Williams-BMW M 1m20.033s 66 laps
2 Alex Wurz McLaren-Mercedes M 1m20.088s 45 laps
3 David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes M 1m20.566s 65 laps
4 Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW M 1m20.585s 32 laps
5 Marc Gene Williams-BMW M 1m21.137s 54 laps
6 Eddie Irvine Jaguar M 1m21.316s 47 laps
7 Anthony Davidson BAR-Honda B 1m21.617s 33 laps
8 Olivier Panis BAR-Honda B 1m21.914s 22 laps (2002 car)
9 Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar M 1m23.319s 31 laps
M - Michelin
B - Bridgestone
1/7/02

Page Mader named by Bridgestone/Firestone  Page Mader has been named Manager of Race Tire Development for Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, replacing Richard (Dick) Davis, who retired following 35 years of service. Formerly a senior project engineer with the company's racing program, Mader assumed his new responsibilities Jan. 1, 2002. Mader started work with the former Firestone Tire & Rubber Company in 1972 after graduating from Toledo University with a degree in mathematics. Following work in the technical services department and replacement tire engineering, he moved to race tire development in 1979. When Bridgestone Corporation purchased the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company in 1988 and then consolidated operations in the United States two years later as Bridgestone/Firestone, Mader continued working on the company's various motorsports efforts. His racing activities have included NASCAR, sprint cars, drag cars, several IMSA series and the Indy Lights program. Since 1995 he has been involved with the company's participation in the Indianapolis 500 and other Indy Racing League events, and the Championship Auto Racing Teams series. During this time, Firestone-equipped drivers have earned six consecutive CART championships and won the Indianapolis 500 four times.  "Much of our success on the race track can be attributed to the hard work and talent of Page Mader and the race tire development group," said Bridgestone/Firestone Motorsports Executive Director Al Speyer. "His engineering skills, combined with a thorough knowledge of motorsports and a love of competition, put him in good stead to oversee our race tire development program. He's well respected in the motorsports community, with many drivers, team owners and sanctioning body officials routinely consulting him about tires. We're confident he will make our racing program stronger, and we're pleased he has taken on this new assignment." Mario Andretti, a former world driving champion and Indianapolis 500 winner, echoed those sentiments. "I can't think of anybody better suited to lead the Bridgestone/Firestone race tire development program," Andretti said. "I've known Page for many years, and have always been impressed by his attention to detail, his knowledge of this sport and his concern for giving drivers the safest and most reliable tires. I'm certain the racing community will see this as great news for the quality of future competitions. With Page directing the development efforts, racecar drivers will see even more impressive tires from Bridgestone/Firestone. I congratulate the company on this great choice, and wish Page the best as he takes on his new work." Mader will oversee all facets of the race tire development program, including design of tires for the Indianapolis 500 and other IRL competitions, tires for CART events, and tires for the new Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series. His team of engineers, chemists, technicians and support personnel will design tires for more than 40 major open-wheel racing events on ovals, superspeedways, road and street courses in the United States and abroad in 2002. "I'm excited about the new opportunities and challenges," Mader said. "Fortunately, I'm working with some of the world's best engineers and chemists, all dedicated to putting the world's finest race tire out on the track, event after event. We'll continue to look for improvements in consistency, durability and grip in our tires, listening to teams and drivers about what they want and expect. The men and women who drive these racecars aren't just customers, they're our friends, and we want them to have the best tires. That's my goal."
1/7/02
Forsythe buys more CART stock in December  Gerald Forsythe acquired more CART stock in December.  He bought an additional 262,400 shares at $14.00 per share.  He now owns 3,674,097 shares.
1/7/02
OMD wins big Eli Lilly account  We expect this company will get involved with the Newman Haas Eli Lilly deal -  Omnicom Group's OMD has won Eli Lilly & Co.'s $67 million-plus media buying and planning account, according to executives close to the review. The company, which is based in Indianapolis, markets Prozac and is expected to introduce a competitive brand to Pfizer's Viagra this year and that product will be on one of of the Newman Haas cars next year. 
1/7/02
Memo Gidley's karting clinic endures wet track  Intermittent showers throughout the day kept spectator count lower and the anticipated special guests away, but the 100cc and shifter participants stayed busy on day two of the Memo Gidley Karting Clinic. In addition to yesterday's classroom and on-track curriculum, the class enjoyed the added bonus of discussing and experimenting with rain setup before Memo ended the weekend with his traditional display of tire-busting donuts. Memo's kart is already crated up and on its way back to California, and Memo will do the same shortly - after a few more days of surfing, dirt biking and other adventures around Oahu. 


1/7/02
IRL officially loses Northern Lights as series sponsor  Northern Light Technology and the Indy Racing League ended a partnership Jan. 7 that concluded the company's sponsorship of the League's premier series after two seasons. In January 2000, Northern Light signed a five-year agreement to sponsor the Indy Racing Northern Light Series. Fundamental changes in the economy and the financial markets forced Northern Light to re-evaluate its business plan in late 2000. At that time, the company ended all of its sponsorship activity except for its Indy Racing League program, which it continued for another year. "Northern Light played an important role in the progress the Indy Racing League made in 2000 and 2001," said Tony George, president and CEO of the Indy Racing League. "These have been our best years yet and have prepared us for future growth. We understand the business challenges Northern Light has been facing, and we admire the positive way it has responded to those challenges." Through the partnership, Northern Light CEO David Seuss and the company have been enthusiastic partners with the Indy Racing League. Northern Light was aggressive in working with other League and team sponsors to cross-promote the series and their products. "David Seuss continues to be one of the League's best advocates, and we are very appreciative of his personal role in telling our story," George said.  Seuss said his company's involvement with the Indy Racing league significantly raised the brand awareness of Northern Light Technology, the developer of the award-winning search engine www.NorthernLight.com  and a leading provider of enterprise search solutions. "The IRL formula for leveling the playing field, controlling costs and promoting fan access has worked across the board. Northern Light has been proud to contribute to the momentum and growth of the series, and we are saddened by the necessity to scale back our involvement.  "Everyone at Northern Light appreciates the hard work that the IRL put into making our sponsorship a success, and we appreciate the accommodation the IRL has shown in response to the environment that has developed for Internet companies. The IRL is clearly better positioned now than it was in late 1999 when we started talking to the folks at Indy Racing, and a new title sponsor will be joining a series that is riding a wave of success into the future." Indy Racing League officials are discussing sponsorship opportunities with several companies. A series sponsorship may not be in place until 2003.  "Strengthened partnerships with General Motors, Firestone, Infiniti and the fact Marlboro, Red Bull and Hollywood have recently chosen the Indy Racing League as a marketing platform proves interest in the series has never been higher," George said. "But, it is more important for the series to find the right long-term partner than it is to simply have a title sponsor for next season. We're set to continue moving forward." 
1/7/02
NASCAR issues rules change Officials for the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) have announced specifications teams can use in testing for the 2002 Daytona 500. Beginning with the first NASCAR Winston Cup Series test session on Jan. 7, all manufacturers will use restrictor plate size with 7/8th-inch openings. Measurements for the rear spoilers on the Dodge Intrepid, Ford Taurus and Pontiac Grand Prix will be 6 ½ inches tall by 57 inches wide at 55 degrees. Measurements for the Chevrolet Monte Carlo will be the same as those mentioned above except that the rear spoiler height will be 6 ¼ inches tall. NASCAR also said that the leading edge of the front air dam for the Ford Taurus must not extend more than 1 ½ inches forward of the bumper (an increase from their previous measurement of one inch). The Dodge Intrepid (1 ½ inches forward of the bumper), Chevrolet Monte Carlo (2 ½ inches forward of the bumper) and the Pontiac Grand Prix (1/2 inch forward of the bumper) all remain the same. NASCAR officials will make a final decision regarding rules for the Daytona 500 after January testing is completed. Teams will be allowed to change engines following qualifying to be used in competition for the Daytona 500. However, all internal engine parts must conform to the minimum weights for the 2002 season. In addition, NASCAR has approved the use of the PPI composite seat. In years past, only seats comprised of aluminum materials have been approved for use.
1/7/02
Industry News
Rick Gorne joins rival Lola   Ex-Reynard executive Rick Gorne has decided to join Lola as a Consultant and adviser in Business Development. Rick Gorne has been a well-respected and successful figure in motorsports sales and marketing, especially in the United States specializing in the IndyCar and ChampCar markets, for many years. David Bowes, the Managing Director of Lola, in welcoming Rick to Lola, said “At Lola, we have had a healthy respect for Rick’s talents over a long and competitive period. So I am delighted that he has decided to join us as we continue to grow and to develop new markets for the company. Over the past four years, Lola Cars International Ltd has grown four-fold in turnover and in numbers of employees, each with a specialist skill. Having Rick Gorne join the team here on a long-term basis, affords us new possibilities in many fields. He will be working with the existing team, here in Europe and around the world”. In expanding upon the role which Rick Gorne will be fulfilling, Lola’s Group Sales and Marketing chief, Christopher Tate, said “Rick Gorne will consult to us in several key areas of business development. The first is that of the step below F3000 (in which Lola already has the 3-year contract). Lola wants to re-enter Formula Three internationally, when market circumstances permit. Rick has succeeded famously in this market before. Another key area is in developing ‘country markets’, where one-make and training single seat formulae are the growth area for the next five years.” Tate concluded “It will be a great pleasure to work with such a leading figure in world motorsports as Rick Gorne – and we plan to get started immediately”
1/7/02
Hong Kong's loss is mainland China's gain   Increasingly, mainland China, and especially Shanghai, is where CART sponsors will be doing business in the future.  Motorola has decided to close its Hong Kong microchip testing and assembly lines and move production to mainland China and Malaysia, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported on Monday. The company will lay off 700-800 workers as part of the move, the newspaper quoted a spokesperson for Motorola Hong Kong Semiconductor as saying. The firm is Motorola's second largest chip testing and assembly center in the Asia-Pacific. The job cuts would start in March and be completed by the end of 2002, the newspaper said. Motorola Hong Kong, which has about 1,500 people on its payroll, tests 5.2 million chips per week, the newspaper said. In the past two decades, Hong Kong has lost most of its manufacturing businesses to mainland China, which boasts lower production and labor costs.
1/6/02
Memo Gidley's karting clinic gets underway  The annual Memo Gidley karting clinic began in unexpectedly explosive fashion Saturday morning. After Memo Gidley's initial solo shakedown run just before 10 am, an irate homeowner stormed onto the Windward Mall parking lot track and berated those in attendance over the noise level. Once mall security calmly escorted the man off the premises, the rest of the day continued without a hitch. In addition to the classroom discussions on proper racing lines, setup and handling, track walks and seat time which have become staples of the Clinic, Memo extensively covered the subject of tire pressures (and monitoring them religiously), rewarding kids with the most ideal hot tire readings with assorted freebies and prizes. He also took each of the junior karters out on the track in 10-laps lead-follow sessions, where Memo would run in front of and behind each individual so he could assess their skills up close. Throughout the day, numerous mall patrons, other (more sedate) neighbors, and visiting fans stopped by and expressed their interest and support, giving the Clinic its greatest number of walk-up spectators by far in its 3-year history. On Sunday, the adult karters get their turn. 


1/6/02
This weeks CART testing schedule 
TRACKJan 7Jan 8Jan 9Jan 10Jan 11Jan 12
HOMESTEAD R/CSigma Autosport
(Oriol Servia)
 
HOMESTEAD OVAL Sigma Autosport 
(Oriol Servia)
LAGUNA SECA Target Chip Ganassi
(TBD)
 
 PacWest
(Scott Dixon)
PacWest
(TBD)
 
SEBRING Team Player's
(Alex Tagliani)
 
 Fernandez Racing
(TBD)
 
 Herdez Bettenhausen
(TBD)
 
 Team Kool Green
(Dario Franchitti)
 
 Team Rahal
(Jimmy Vasser)
 
1/5/02
Flying start for Americans in New Zealand  Team USA Scholarship winners Bryan Sellers and A.J. Allmendinger made a solid start to their New Zealand International Formula Ford Championship campaign by finishing fourth and fifth today at Teretonga Park, near Invercargill. The 10-lap race not only counted for championship points, it also served to set the grid for Sunday's New Zealand Grand Prix, one of the premier auto racing events in the Southern Hemisphere. The pair started third (Sellers) and fifth (Allmendinger) in their red-white-and-blue Van Diemens, but both lost a couple of places following their first-ever standing starts. (In America, rolling starts are the norm.) "We were terrible when we practiced them, but when it came down to it we did OK," said Sellers. Although passing was difficult, both Americans were able to move forward. The race was won by Fabian Coulthard, who maintained his unbeaten record during the New Zealand National season. Veteran Kenny Smith (manager of 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series Rookie of the Year Scott Dixon) finished second ahead of another local driver, Simon Richards. Sellers pressured Richards throughout the closing stages but had to settle for fourth, with Allmendinger hard on his tail after finally finding a way past local driver Nick Ross going into the final lap. "I'm pretty happy," said Sellers. "It was a little frustrating but it was OK. We have some things to change on the car for tomorrow and I think we should be in good shape." "Racing down here is very different," declared Allmendinger. "For starters, they block like crazy! We're going to make some changes to the gearing, because I was getting killed coming onto the main straightaway. Other than that, the car's fast." Sunday's feature event will comprise two 18-lap races with a short break in the middle to refuel the cars. Allmendinger and Sellers will seek to etch their name onto a trophy won previously by some of the sport's all-time greats, including Stirling Moss, Jack Brabham, Bruce McLaren, Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart, plus CART star Roberto Moreno and Americans Davy Jones, Ross Cheever and Dean Hall.  Support for the Team USA Scholarship has been provided by CART, Steve and Christine Horne, American Honda, The Craig Company, Klein Tools, Las Vegas Karting Center, Road Racing Drivers Club, Sparco USA, Skip Barber Racing, Jim Russell Racing Drivers School, Buttonwillow Raceway Park and Racer.
1/5/02
Prost employees to march to save their company, two offers on table  UPDATE Reuters quoted employee representative Franck Doyen saying during the march: "We are not here for money but we want to make our message known". He reportedly also acknowledged that there is two serious offers on the table to save the team, but did not want to give any details on the offers. A few other Prost employees were quoted saying: "We wanted to show our moral support by being here today, to show that the team must continue and that it must stay 100 percent French". "When people think of Prost Grand Prix they just see Alain, and don't realize there are 200 highly specialized staff, plus suppliers with huge expertise, behind him. This is meant as a wake-up call to French industry... it is frustrating that it could be about to disappear amid virtual indifference and silence". The Prost team has a mid January deadline to find an investor to prevent the team from going under.  1/2/02 - Two hundred Prost GP employees are to assemble outside the Ministry for Industry in Paris this Thursday in another effort to save their company. They are hoping to draw attention to their plight while demonstrating that they have a significant part to play in France’s sporting and business reputation. Prost GP officially went into bankruptcy on November 22nd last year and legally have six months to reorganize the company. A message on the team’s official website says, ""Behind the Media aspect of our team and its president there is a team of close to 200 men and women welded together and mobilized for the survival of their team. "And behind those 200 people a vast number of French companies, experts in the techniques used in F1: our suppliers and partners." MC
1/5/02
Memo's Three R's - Rest, Relaxation and Racing  New Year's on Oahu began with a bang for Memo Gidley, as he enjoyed the hands-on approach to pyrotechnics in Hawaii's deeply ingrained fireworks culture. The holiday also began three consecutive days of riding the waves along the North Shore, during which surfing legend Randy Rarick (a longtime open wheel buff) served as one of his instructors. When not enjoying the water, Memo ran around town doing PR work for his third annual Karting Clinic this weekend. These stops included a visit to the local FOX affiliate's morning news TV show and to Windward Mall, where he inspected the parking lot for the Clinic course. With his Trackmagic kart assembled, fueled and ready to go, the event will begin in earnest with the junior participants Saturday. During the span of the 2-day event, there may also be surprise guest appearances by two big sporting names, only one of which comes from the motorsports realm. Stay tuned...

1/5/02
Barber-CART karting winners  Americans Craig Baltzer, Colin Flemming, and Charlie Kimball along with Canadian Ward Imrie each claimed a coveted Barber-CART Karting Scholarship that grants them a full season of racing in the 2002 Skip Barber Formula Dodge National Championship Presented by RACER. The four karters were chosen from a group of 16 after two days of close scrutiny by a panel of Skip Barber judges. As has become the norm in Barber-CART Scholarship runoffs, the competition was incredibly stiff forcing the panel to deliberate for well over an hour before selecting the four scholarship recipients. Baltzer, 17, from Bettendorf, Iowa has been karting for nine years. He has 19 different karting championships to his name in WKA, IRK and KART competition. "I'm looking forward to getting experience in a racecar. Right now that's the biggest thing," said Baltzer. "There's a lot that's different between driving a kart and a racecar. Off track though, I think I'm good at communicating what the kart is doing and finding a set-up and I think that process is fairly similar in a racecar." Flemming, 17, from North Hills, Calif. has ten years of karting experience to his credit including four years in the WKA and three years of SKUSA shifter kart racing. A factory driver for Champ Car star Paul Tracy's karting team, Flemming claims three championships and the distinction of being the youngest national champion to gain expert status. "I felt I had produced pretty well the past couple of days, but I still felt kind of sketchy. When I heard my name (announced) I was really excited," said Flemming. "I've competed in karting at the national level for a long time, but there is going to be a lot to learn, the racecar, new tracks, but I think I can adapt pretty quickly." Kimball, 16, from Camarillo, Calif. is the youngest of the scholarship recipients. Yet he still holds 19 karting titles including seven IKF Grand National Championships in only six years of karting. "I'm pretty happy with how it went overall though I was a little disappointed at how the first day went. I thought I didn't drive as well as I could have. But I went back to the hotel and thought about it, then came back this morning and really laid it down," claimed Kimball. "I'm looking forward to the huge competition which is absolutely more intense than any karting race of been in." Imrie, 18, from Winnepeg, Canada has been racing karts since he was seven years old. His resume shows over 20 karting titles. "I'm excited for sure about racing in the National Championship. I did one round last year and the level was just unreal. Everyone was just so fast and so close, it makes qualifying so crucial because it is so difficult to pass in the race," proclaimed Imrie. The total value of the scholarships is over $160,000. The Formula Dodge National Championship takes place over 12 rounds at some of the top tracks in North America including Laguna Seca, Road America, and Daytona. The prize for the title winner is a full scholarship to compete in the 2003 Barber Dodge Pro Series. Positions two through eight automatically qualify for the Barber-CART Big Scholarship Runoff, which has another seat in the Barber Dodge Pro Series at stake. Past winners of the Barber-CART Karting Scholarship are newly signed Lynx Racing driver Michael Valiante, 2000 Barber Dodge Pro Series Rookie of the Year Ryan Hunter-Reay, 2000 British Formula Ford runner-up Patrick Long and current Formula Dodge National Championship runner-up A.J. Allmendinger. The Barber-CART Karting Scholarship is the first rung on the $1.3 million Barber-CART Scholarship Ladder that culminates with the $255,000 Career Enhancement Award that goes to the Barber Dodge Pro Series Champion used to advance to the CART Toyota Atlantic Series.
1/5/02

CART needs a German driver, what about Lotterer?  Last year AutoRacing1 rumored that Andre Lotterer might race in CART.  The deal fell through and he stayed in F3. Unlike Bernie Ecclestone who always tries to make sure all countries are represented (almost all) in F1 (to perk the interest of the paying customers in the grandstands), CART made no effort to try and help the young German find a ride.  The German CART race, as successful as it was, desperately needs a German driver in the field. He wasn't good enough for CART?  Well the Jaguar F1 team doesn't think so.  As Jaguar Racing unveiled its 2002 challenger in Milton Keynes yesterday, there were one or two surprises in store. Not least was the appointment of Andre Lotterer as the team’s official test driver. Lotterer had been seen in a part-time testing role during the 2001 season, while still concentrating on racing in the British F3 championship. Now he will devote 100 per cent of his energy to the development of the R3. The young German driver raced his first full season in Britain last year, chalking up several podium finishes including a prestigious second in the Malborough Masters meeting at Zandvoort. The announcement underlines the team’s commitment to its younger driver program and sets a secure foundation for the development of the new car through 2002. “It’s a great step in my career after the F3 championship and I hope to do well in this position,” he said. “It’s very important for the team to have a test driver and important for me to develop the car and make myself ready to race in case something happens to one of the other drivers.” There’s a lot of technological difference between F3 and F1 so it’s a great opportunity for to learn more in the highest form of racing. I will miss racing this year, because at the base this is why you go into the sport, but my aim right now is just to perform, to do my best and to help the team.”  Juan Montoya was a F1 test driver before coming to CART.  Jaguar can easily find another test driver, there are lots of drivers out there looking to fill those slots.  This guy is a fast upcoming German who might be exactly what CART is looking for. 
1/4/02
Foyt signs Compton  A.J. Foyt Racing has signed Stacy Compton to drive the No. 14 Pontiac for the 2002 season. "Stacy has certainly shown that he has the ability to be competitive on the Winston Cup level, and I'm pleased that he'll be driving for us this year," Foyt said. "More important than that, my team is excited about working with Stacy. "I don't care if it's Indy Car or NASCAR racing, a race team has to find the right chemistry and pull together to be successful. For the past two years we've been laboring to put the right people in the right places to take this team to the next level. With Stacy as our driver, I believe we've taken a big step up in our ability to perform consistently in 2002 and beyond." Compton is thrilled to work with Foyt, one of America's most successful racers. "I'm extremely excited to work with Team Conseco and to work for a racing legend like A.J. Foyt," Compton said. "A.J. Foyt is a guy that I watched growing up. He was one of those drivers in the same class as Petty or Earnhardt, in that you knew when the green flag dropped he was going to be coming and when the checkered flag dropped he was going to be there, and it was going to be exciting." "We're both in our third year of Winston Cup," Compton said. "I don't care who you are, when you enter your first year you just don't have a clue about what goes into Winston Cup racing. "During the second year you feel like you've gotten your feet wet, and you've got a feel for the tracks and how they react to sun and shade, and that's really your first year of experience. Then you come to where we are now, in the third year, and we'll be going back to tracks where we've run 500, 1000-plus miles. I feel like we'll be ready to compete." "A.J. has put all the resources in place for us to be very competitive," Compton said, "from the in-house motor program, to the personnel that are in place, to the way the Busch Series team will be able to work with the Winston Cup team."
1/4/02
Kelley Racing moves  Kelley Racing has moved into a new Indianapolis shop and is busy preparing its cars for drivers Scott Sharp and Greg Ray for the 2002 Indy Racing League season. The new, 34,000-square-foot facility is situated on 8 acres of land. Sharp and Ray will begin their 2002 testing program for Kelley during the annual Test in the West starting Feb. 6 at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Ray, who joins the team this season, will drive the No. 7 Kelley Racing entry. Sharp will be in his customary No. 8. Both cars will be Dallara chassis with 2002 update kits and powered by Chevrolet engines.
1/4/02
NASCAR season begins with Daytona testing   Testing, 1…2…3. The countdown to the 2002 Daytona 500 has begun. The 44th running of the 500 is set for Feb. 17 at Daytona International Speedway. That’s six weeks down the road, a seemingly substantial amount of time - unless you’re talking about NASCAR Winston Cup Series competition. Each and every day leading up to the season-opening 500 will be vital, starting with this month’s test sessions on Daytona’s 2.5-mile tri-oval. Testing opens Monday (Jan. 7), with three days available to those teams that had odd-number finishing positions in the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup car owner point standings. From Jan. 14-16, teams that had even-number finishes in the owner points will test. Make-up “rain” dates are Jan. 10 and Jan. 17. Defending NASCAR Winston Cup champion Jeff Gordon leads the list of eligible drivers for the first session; 2001 series runner-up Tony Stewart leads the list for the second session. This year’s testing arrangement has been altered from past years, when sessions were divided by car makes. With the series’ full variety of makes (Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford and Pontiac) on the track at the same time, the new format could provide early indications of competitive advantages that will affect the 500 - the inevitable preseason “sandbagging” notwithstanding. “[This] is the way it should be,” said Todd Parrott, team manager for three-time Daytona 500 champion Dale Jarrett. “They’re mixing all the cars up. It’s going to make it fun and different.” Also, in previous seasons, tests were limited to two days. An extra day is considered invaluable. “With a three-day test this year, I think we'll be able to learn a whole lot more from our time in Daytona,” said Newt Moore, crew chief for Ken Schrader’s Pontiac team. “It's hard to get a lot of runs [at Daytona testing], so we're glad that NASCAR gave us three days this year." The additional day is especially welcomed, considering NASCAR’s latest alterations to the NASCAR Winston Cup aerodynamic rules for Daytona competition. “We’re going to evaluate the new superspeedway aero package. We’ll see what the changes are and hopefully we’ll be a little smarter when it comes to figuring out what to do with them,’’ said Tim Culbertson, Dodge’s NASCAR Winston Cup program engineering manager. “We’ll definitely work some in the draft. “I think NASCAR has done a real smart thing by having all four makes test at the same time. We’ll see how competitive or uncompetitive we are running with each other. There will be no arguments about the weather or anything else like there used to be in pre-season testing.”
1/4/02

IRL & NASCAR drivers to carry Olympic torch  Indianapolis 500 champions, Indy Racing League champions, and stars from Indy Racing and the Brickyard 400 will participate in the Olympic Torch relay as it makes its way through Indianapolis on Jan. 7-8. Indy Racing drivers Davey Hamilton and Sarah Fisher are scheduled to carry the torch the evening of Jan. 7 as it arrives in downtown Indianapolis. Eddie Cheever Jr. and Helio Castroneves, the 1998 and 2001 Indianapolis 500 champions, respectively, will join Sam Hornish Jr., the 2001 Indy Racing League champion, in carrying the torch around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval starting a few minutes after 7 a.m. (EST) Jan. 8. Tony Stewart, the 1996-97 Indy Racing League champion and current NASCAR star, will join fellow NASCAR standout and Indianapolis 500 veteran John Andretti, in carrying the torch after it exits the Speedway. Stewart is a native of Columbus, Ind., and Andretti hails from Indianapolis. The event marks the first time the Olympic Torch - which is en route to Salt Lake City for the XIX Winter Olympic Games - will take a lap around the historic 2.5-mile oval. The torch for the 1996 Summer Olympics was brought to the track but did not tour the facility. Hornish will begin the ceremonial laps at the Speedway at 7 a.m. by driving the torch around the track in a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche. After completing a lap, Hornish will turn the vehicle over to Castroneves. Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Tony George will carry the torch from the "Yard of Bricks" at the start-finish line into Turn 1 and will hand it off to Cheever. Cheever will carry the torch into the infield and exit the track through Tunnel 2, the track's main entrance onto 16th Street. At the tunnel exit, Cheever will hand the torch to Andretti, who will hand the torch to Stewart near the intersection of 16th Street and Georgetown Road. Stewart will carry the torch north on Georgetown Road for two-tenths of a mile. The public is welcome to park in the Hall of Fame Museum parking lot and view the torch running from the Speedway's South Terrace grandstands, located in the infield between Turns 1 and 2. Admission and parking is free of charge. Various Speedway-owned parking lots along Georgetown Road will be open to the public. Several of the lots are not paved, and will be opened weather permitting.
1/4/02
Industry News
Young Americans down under update  Rapidly changing weather conditions at Teretonga, the world's most southerly race track, made life difficult for the huge field of over 30 closely matched Formula Ford cars taking part in today's preliminary practice sessions for this weekend's first round of the Talley's New Zealand International Formula Ford Championship. Nevertheless, the two patriotically liveried Van Diemen cars of Team USA Scholarship winners A.J. Allmendinger and Bryan Sellers continued to be in the thick of the action in preparation for Sunday's prestigious New Zealand Grand Prix. In between the rain showers, Sellers, 19, from Centerville, Ohio, posted unofficially the second fastest time at 1:03.1 -- a mere 0.2sec slower than one of the local favorites, Simon Richards. "I think we're in pretty good shape," said Sellers. "We'll make a few changes to the car for qualifying tomorrow, and hopefully we'll be able to go a bit better. But it's tough. The competition is intense and there are so many cars. You can't go two laps without hitting traffic. It's unreal!" Allmendinger, who was slightly the quicker of the two Americans on Wednesday when they tested at Levels Raceway, Timaru, in preparation for next weekend's race, didn't fare quite so well today at Teretonga, spinning off in the rain during the first of four brief practice sessions. "It was like a monsoon," said Allmendinger, 20, from Hollister, Calif. "I was just cruising along, trying to learn the track, and a few of the fast guys came past me, then Bryan, and all of a sudden I just aquaplaned off the road. I hit the tire barrier pretty hard." The damage meant that Allmendinger missed out on the dry second period of practice, although the Canterbury Racing School/Crawford Services team repaired the car in time for more practice later in the afternoon. Allmendinger then worked his way down to 1:03.7, despite some difficulty caused by a bent steering shaft...which will be repaired in time for all-important Saturday qualifying. "The steering was so heavy, I felt like I was driving a bulldozer out there," he said. "I guess I need to work on my wet-weather driving, but we should be OK for tomorrow."
1/4/02
Jaguar launches 2002 contender  Jaguar Racing today unveiled its 2002 challenger, the Jaguar R3, opposite its factory in Milton Keynes (UK). Building on lessons learned in 2000 (with the R1) and 2001 (R2), this season’s challenger is a more adventurous design than either of its predecessors. “The Jaguar R3 has been conceived with the aim of achieving outstanding aerodynamic efficiency,” explains team principal, Niki Lauda. “We have not compromised the more traditional race-car attributes of low weight, low center of gravity and good torsional stiffness. Its distinctive high-nose shape is the result of considerable wind tunnel research and the innovative use of laminates and construction methods. Aerodynamically, R3 will generate more downforce than R2 and exhibit improved sensitivity. As soon as we get our new wind tunnel going from next month, we will be able to begin a program that will see us improving throughout the year. “I'm confident we've made a real step forward with R3 and in a few days time our drivers, Eddie Irvine and Pedro de la Rosa, will take to the track in Barcelona for what promises to be a very exciting day for the team.” R3 was designed by chief designer, John Russell, and chief aerodynamicist, Mark Handford, and has been produced by their respective teams under the watchful eye of technical director, Steve Nichols. "This year, our target has been simple - to make the car go as fast as possible,” says Nichols. “That sounds obvious but what I mean is that we've been more adventurous in our design philosophy this time. "We've concentrated on aerodynamics because we feel we were a little behind the game, aerodynamically, in 2001. Don’t misunderstand me, we have some very good aero people at Jaguar Racing, but they have been hindered by the fact that our wind tunnel has been located in California all this time. Now that we have taken steps to rectify that situation, our whole operation will become easier and on par with how our competition operates.” Although the R3 looks dramatically different from its predecessors, the R2 had significant strengths and so the slate has not been wiped completely clean. "By comparison, R2 was arguably overly robust in some areas," recalls John Russell. "Therefore, with R3 we have been able to focus on reducing weight and improving aerodynamic performance, while building on the already proven qualities of the suspension, engine and transmission." The car is scheduled to run for the first time at the Circuit de Cataluyna, in Barcelona, on Tuesday January 8.
1/4/02
Castrol joins Jaguar team  Jaguar Racing has announced that Castrol will join the team as a technical partner for the 2002 season. The agreement includes the supply of engine oil and transmission fluids as well as fuel from Castrol’s parent company BP. “We are very excited at the prospect of having Castrol as our partner,” said Niki Lauda. “Lubricants are a vital component for the car and can have a major influence on performance. As leaders in their field, we are delighted that Castrol will be able to bring their superior knowledge and technical expertise to our team.” Castrol will work in partnership with engine builder Cosworth Racing on the development of the CR-3 V10 engine throughout the season. A number of improvements have been made to the engine over the winter including new design features to the block and head, which should bring about gains in horsepower and packaging.  “I’m confident that, with the right development, the Cosworth CR-3 V10 engine will make significant further gains in 2002," says Nick Hayes, managing director of Cosworth Racing. " We are looking to improve not only ultimate power but also power-curve width, drivability and packaging. I would also like to mention Castrol at this point. Clearly, a good lubricant is vital to ensuring maximum efficiency of the many fast-moving parts inside an engine such as CR-3 – and, with a view to ensuring the very highest quality in this area, Jaguar Racing and Cosworth Racing have formed a very strong technical partnership with Castrol. Castrol has the knowledge and expertise to make a major contribution to the development of the Jaguar Racing program. They also have the experience of working alongside the world’s leading race teams.”
1/4/02
January testing dates  
January 7-10, Paul Ricard France
Toyota
January 8-11, Barcelona Spain
BAR
Jaguar
Jordan
McLaren
Renault
Toyota
Williams
January 14-20, Valencia Spain
BAR
Jaguar
Jordan
McLaren
McLaren
Minardi
Renault
Toyota 
Williams 
January 22 - 24, Silverstone Britain
Jordan 
January 22 - 25  Paul Ricard France
Toyota
January 22-31, Barcelona Spain
BAR
Jaguar 
Jordan 
McLaren 
Renault 
Toyota 
Williams 
1/3/02
GrandAm
Rolex 24 testing update  The Rolex 24 At Daytona January Test Days began today at Daytona International Speedway with all five classes of the Rolex Sports Car Series taking to the track in preparation for the February event that kicks off the 2002 SpeedWeeks. The factory-backed Riley & Scott Mark III-C of Jim Matthews Racing recorded the quickest time of the day with a 1:41.452 lap at 126.326 mph. IRL driver Scott Sharp, NASCAR Winston Cup driver Robby Gordon, Guy Smith and team owner Jim Matthews are sharing driving duties in the #36 Riley & Scott this weekend. Rand Racing's #8 Nissan-powered Lola clocked the fastest the SportsRacing Prototype II time, more than three seconds faster than any other SRPII cars. The #3 Jaguar of Rocketsports Racing had the fastest GTS time, while The Racer's Group #68 Porsche GT3 RS was quickest in the GT class. The #47 Corvette of Morgan-Dollar Motorsports had the fastest American GT lap during the first day of testing. 

Southern Snow Storm Delays Teams 
Several teams were delayed in their travels to Daytona Beach when Atlanta airport was closed due to the snowstorm that wreaked havoc on the Southeast last night. Driver Terry Borcheller became stranded in Atlanta last night when his flight was cancelled and opted to rent a car and drive through the night to reach Daytona. Unfortunately, Borcheller's helmet and driver suit was in his checked baggage. Although he was at the track this morning, he was unable to get behind the wheel of the Rand Racing #8 Nissan-powered Lola until his bags arrived. 

Robinson Racing was another team whose testing sessions were disrupted by the snowstorm. Although Atlanta-resident Jack Baldwin was able to make it out of town before the storm hit, several members of his crew were left stranded when they stopped for a connecting flight. "We've got a brand new nose for the car, and we've made a ton of changes to it. We just can't take it out on the track until the guys get here," said Baldwin as he waited for his crew to arrive in the cars they rented and drove from Atlanta. 

The Rolex Series' youngest driver, Clint Field, is on his way to Daytona from Columbus, Ohio, being driven by team manager Martin Dixon due to their flight's cancellation. Several other teams reported missing crewmembers and drivers due to the canceled flights, but everyone is expected to be at the track by Friday's sessions. 

Jamie France to Get Test in Marcos 
The Marcos USA team reports that it will give a test drive on Friday to Jamie France, son of ISC President Jim France. The Deland, Fla.-based team was unable to debut its new car during today's testing due to a delay in it clearing customs, but expects to take delivery of the new Marcos on Friday. Team manager Toto Lassally is excited to give France a chance to see what he can do behind the wheel of the new car. 

GT Driver Champ Breaks In New SRPII Car 
Rolex Series 2001 GT driver champion Darren Law got behind the wheel of G&W Motorsports' new BMW-powered Picchio for the first time today. Although Law has raced in the team's #81 Porsche GT3 R for the past two seasons, he did not have a problem adjusting to the open-cockpit SportsRacing Prototype II. "For me its not that big of a deal. I grew up in formula racing and karts, so I'm used to the wind, though it is a bit cold out here today," said Law. Both the drivers and crew are very happy with their new car. "We've got a lot of learning to do, but I'm really impressed with this car out of the box," Law added. The #07 Picchio is the first of its kind to race in the Rolex Series. 

Harvick Quickest in #90 Corvette 
NASCAR Winston Cup driver Kevin Harvick took the RE/MAX Racing #90 Corvette onto the Speedway for the first time and clocked the quickest time in the car among his co-drivers, although he did have a bumpy start to the day. "He spun out coming out of the pits because of cold tires, but now that he's gotten used to the car, he's been really fast," team owner Todd Flis commented. 

Dyson Debuts New Paint Scheme for #20 Car 
Dyson Racing Team debut a new paint scheme for the #20 Ford-powered Riley & Scott. In past years, the team's #16 and #20 entries ran the same blue-and-white design, but this year the #20 has replaced the blue with black and gray. "It looks more corporate," team owner Rob Dyson said. "And of course it makes it easier to differentiate the two cars." Unfortunately the new paint got a little rubbed during the last testing session when the #20 car got into Robinson Racing's #74 Riley & Scott. 

Stewart Makes Sports Car Premiere 
NASCAR Winston Cup driver Tony Stewart made his sports car racing debut today, testing the #2 Judd-powered Crawford. However, Stewart admitted that he's got a lot of work to do in the car. "I need to get faster -- about 13 seconds faster," he said after only a few laps in the car. "I've got a lot of work to do, but I'm having fun." 

Rolex Sports Car Series testing will continue at Daytona International Speedway on Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
1/3/02
Industry News
A 'salute to America' at auto racing show  A "Salute to America" featuring the U.S.Air Force and U.S. Marines along with 10 race cars carrying patriotic paint designs will be a major part of the Motorsports 2002 Auto Racing Trade Show. Bob Lineman, a popular modified stock car racer from Doylestown, PA, will have his USA-1 racer as part of the display. The New York Firefighters will be honored on another stock car. And there will be a number of other race cars showing the United States of America colors. The three day show, with more than 150 motorsports vehicles on display, will open to the public at 1 p.m. on Friday, January 11 and continue through Sunday, January 13th.
1/3/02
300 mph high-speed Shanghai train to greet CART  As if Shanghai isn't impressive enough already, it's about to get more impressive.  When and if CART finally agrees to race in Shanghai, the teams and fans will likely get to ride the world's first commercially viable maglev train. Two mainland banks have approved five billion Yuan (about $600.2 million USD) in credits for a Transrapid high-speed train line being built in Shanghai to showcase the city's development. The Bank of China approved the three-billion-Yuan loan, and Agricultural Bank of China backed another two billion Yuan, for the magnetic levitation train route that will link Shanghai's Pudong International Airport with the city's center. The high-speed link will be the first commercial application of the technology in the world when it enters operation next year over a 20-mile route. Instead of conventional wheels and tracks, the Transrapid uses electromagnetic levitation to glide millimeters above the surface of a guideway, almost flying at speeds of up to 300 mph, a speed the CART contingent certainly can appreciate. The project has gained top-level support in Beijing as Premier Zhu Rongji has been supervising the project from its inception. Mr. Zhu was said to have been impressed with the technology when he rode on the demonstration line in Germany in July.
1/3/02
CART Barber Dodge karting scholarship underway  Yet another crop of young racers are attempting to plant their foot firmly on the first rung of the Barber-CART Scholarship Ladder as the Barber-CART Karting Scholarship Runoff begins at Sebring International Raceway. Sixteen of North America's most talented kart racers are vying to win one of four seats in the 2002 Formula Dodge National Championship Presented by RACER, the Official Amateur National Championship of CART. Each Scholarship is valued at over $45,000. The sixteen karters: Michael Abbate, 16 Craig Baltzer, 17 Las Vegas, Nevada Bettendorf, Iowa, Jason Bowles, 18 Chris Carmody, 17 Ontario, California Valencia, Calif.; Travis Firing, 17 Colin Fleming, 17 Whitehall, Penn. North Hills, Calif.; Ward Imrie, 18 Matt Jaskol, 17 Winnipeg, Manitoba Las Vegas, Nevada; Charlie Kimball, 16 David MacDonald, 17 Camarillo, California North Canton, Ohio; Berek McEwen, 17 Benny Moon, 16 Flower Mound, Texas Shingle Springs, Calif.; Tim O'Brien, 19 Preston Peebles, 16 Lebanon, Ohio Lubbock, Texas; Scott Speed, 18 Steve Welk, 19 Manteca, Calif. Franklin, Wisc. With frigid and damp conditions more like that of Road America than Sebring, the group of nominees began the day with car control exercises on a wet skid pad and autocross course in a variety of Dodge passenger vehicles before moving into Formula Dodge R/T 2000 racecars. Two 20-minute on track sessions concluded the day, leaving the panel of judges that includes recent Petit Le Mans GTS class winner Kelly Collins with much to ponder. Two more 30-minute sessions on Friday morning, Jan. 4, will give the panel a final opportunity to evaluate the group before selecting the four scholarship recipients. Each driver's presentation and marketing skills are as much a part of the evaluation process as their lap times ensuring that each is as able to handle the rigors of a professional racecar driver on as well as off the track. The Barber-CART Karting Scholarship is the first rung on the $1.3 million Barber-CART Scholarship Ladder that culminates with the $255,000 Career Enhancement Award that goes to the Barber Dodge Pro Series Champion used to advance to the CART Toyota Atlantic Series.
1/3/02
Tom Kristensen wins Sportsman of the Year  A lot of competitors must have the feeling, there is something rotten in the state of Denmark, after triple Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen beat them all to be honored Sportsman of the Year in Denmark just before New Years eve. Kristensen among others beat the national football team, which has qualified for the World Championship in 2002, golfer Thomas Bjorn, and triple triathlon world champion Peter Sandvang. "I am very surprised and very, very proud, because this is the highest award for a sportsman in our country. I am not chosen due to political lobbyism, but because the jury of the 40 leading sportsmen in Denmark believes, I have had the results to win the award. I never thought, a race driver could get this far in competition with for example our national sport football, so this is one of the finest moments in my life," said a deeply touched Tom Kristensen in front of one million viewers on national television.
1/3/02
Atlantics - Argentinean driver confirmed for 2nd seat  3rd UPDATE This is somewhat old news here at AR1, but here is the official press release put out today. 12/30/01 - We have added two pictures of 'Waldy' Coronas shown on the right and at bottom.  12/29/01 - FYI - Waldy Coronas ran away with the Mexican Indy Lights Championship in 2000. The name of the Mexican series Waldemar Coronas raced in is Formula de las Americas. The series runs the previous spec Indy Lights Lolas with 5.85 L V8 engines, producing 490 hp wedged into them. An award for the championship used to be a ride in an Indy Lights race. Coronas won this in the past, and raced in the 2000 Laguna Seca round. This series is sometimes shown on Fox Sports World. 12/29/01 - Argentinean driver Waldemar Coronas is confirmed as second seat for the new Mexican Scuadra Fortia team in the CART Toyota Atlantic series.  The Toyota Atlantic series is going to ripe with new teams and drivers in 2002.  With Indy Lights out of the picture, it's shaping up to be a barnburner of a series.
1/3/02
Will Villeneuve drive for Ferrari like his father?  Jacques Villeneuve's father, Gilles, was killed at the wheel of a Ferrari during qualifying for the 1982 Belgian GP.  But that doesn't scare his son.  Jacques Villeneuve has once again stated that he would like to drive for Ferrari before the end of his career. Villeneuve will decide on his future with BAR Honda at next week’s Barcelona test session after his manager Craig Pollock was sacked from his position as team boss at BAR.  Pollack was the one who brought the tobacco sponsorship to the team several years ago.  Villeneuve was angry at not being consulted and has stated he will consider other options if the new BAR 004 does not show enough promise. However, although Villeneuve would like to race for Ferrari he would almost certainly must wait until 2004 when Michael Schumacher’s contract expires. It’s unlikely that Schumacher would accept Villeneuve as a team-mate given Jacques out drove him in winning the World Championship in 1997. Speaking at the recent launch of BAR’s new car Villeneuve stated he would cherish the opportunity to go head-to-head with the Schumacher. He stated: "I would be very happy to have Michael as a team-mate, definitely." 
1/3/02
Cosworth late in getting engines to Arrows  The Arrows team has been forced to delay the start of its 2002 testing three weeks. The team has reportedly received its new V10 engines late from Cosworth, delaying the completion of the new A23 Arrows. The new 10 cylinder units are the same specification that will be used by Jaguar Racing as part of an agreement struck by Arrows chief Tom Walkinshaw with the Premier Performance Division run by Niki Lauda, the Ford appointed body that oversees Jaguar.  Meanwhile engineers are using a new in-house 7-post shaker rig to put the new chassis through a battery of tests with a mockup engine mounted.
1/3/02
Philips Lighting joins Home Deport team  Philips Lighting, the leading provider of innovative, high-quality lighting fixtures to worldwide commercial, residential and utility markets, has joined The Home Depot as an associate sponsor on the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing team for the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. "Philips Lighting is a great partner and they've been involved with motorsports in the past. We are happy to welcome them back as a part of our team," said Dick Sullivan, senior vice president of marketing and advertising for The Home Depot. "Having Philips Lighting join The Home Depot as a NASCAR sponsor is an excellent way to strengthen our mutual relationships with customers." "This is the perfect avenue for Philips Lighting to build our brand and increase sales," said Ed Crawford, senior vice president for Philips Lighting. "When it comes to sports marketing, NASCAR is the place to be. And within NASCAR, Joe Gibbs Racing is the place to be. Between the performance of Tony Stewart and the #20 team, as well as the loyalty of NASCAR fans, this is an excellent opportunity to make an impact in this sport and in our business."
1/3/02
Michael Schumacher insures himself  The sports journal “Sport Bild” reported on Thursday that 2001 World Champion Michael Schumacher has been insured for $81 million by Lloyds of London for the upcoming 2002 season. His annual premiums amount to $5.67 million with his estimated annual earnings at $45 million. In the event of permanent invalidity, he would receive $20 million and if he were to die at the wheel his family would be entitled to $10 million. Should he miss one or more races in 2002, he would receive $3 million per race. Schumacher, who celebrates his 33rd birthday today, has been insured since 1999 when he broke his leg at the British Grand Prix he was compensated over $6 million for the six races he missed. The German is by the far the highest money-maker in Formula One with a reported annual income of $70 million, a figure that includes his Ferrari salary and many commercial endorsements.
1/3/02
Home Depot renews its official NASCAR status  Since 1999, The Home Depot has been known as the Official Home Improvement Warehouse of NASCAR. It is a title that will continue through 2004, as The Home Depot has extended its status as an official NASCAR sponsor for another three years. "Our official status has opened the door for us to work with some companies that we don't traditionally do business with, such as Coca-Cola, General Motors and MBNA," said Dick Sullivan, senior vice president of marketing and advertising for The Home Depot. "We've seen first hand the brand loyalty that NASCAR fans have made famous, which made our decision to extend our relationship with NASCAR an easy one." "The Home Depot is a perfect example of a company leveraging its NASCAR involvement to the fullest extent possible," said Brett Yormark, vice president of corporate marketing for NASCAR. "Their team sponsorship of Tony Stewart and Joe Gibbs Racing augments the company's status as the Official Home Improvement Warehouse of NASCAR. The Home Depot has activated their sponsorship extremely well in our sport since 1999, the year they were named marketing partner of the year. We look forward to furthering The Home Depot's marketing initiatives in the years to come."
1/2/02
AP poll shows F1 is considered a major sport worldwide  UPDATE A reader writes - it is interesting that Dale Earnhardt's death was such a big story in the USA, yet in the rest of the world it didn't even rank in the top-10.  This of course backs up what I have read previously on AR1,  that NASCAR is strictly a USA phenomenon with little following elsewhere in the world. 1/2/02 - Michael Schumacher's win to claim his fourth Formula One world title was rated the second most important sports story of 2001 in a world-wide poll of major Associates Press newspaper sports editor's.  The top story of the year, according to the poll, was the news that the 2008 Olympics had been awarded to Beijing while joint third behind the Schumacher triumph was Michael Jordan's NBA comeback and Tiger Woods' fourth straight majors win (the 2001 Masters).  Following is AP's Top Ten stories of the year (first-place votes in parentheses): 
1 - Beijing awarded 2008 Olympics - 310 points (12)
2 - Michael Schumacher wins fourth Formula One title - 266 (9)
3 - Tie: Michael Jordan makes another NBA comeback - 228 (5) and Tiger Woods wins Masters for fourth straight major - 228 (3)
5 - World Cup soccer qualifying - 184 (6)
6 - Goran Ivanisevic wins Wimbledon as wild card - 181 (1)
7 - Lance Armstrong wins third straight Tour de France - 149 (1)
8 - Zinedine Zidane's record transfer to Real Madrid - 136 (2)
9 - Barry Bonds 73 sets single-season home run record - 111 (3)
10 - Jacques Rogge elected IOC president - 100 (5) 
1/2/02
GrandAm

Panoz and Newman Haas team for Daytona 24 entry  According to Dailysportscar.com, Elan Motorsports / Newman Haas Racing have entered a Panoz Esperante - in either the AGT or GTS class...they are apparently not sure which class it exactly fits in, yet. Drivers are Paul Newman, Christian Fittipaldi & Cristiano da Matta. Chris Smith, production manager of Élan Power Products, says the car has a 6.0 liter V-8 very similar to the one in the Panoz LMP. This car is/was a Trans Am chassis, modified just days ago for this event. So Panoz does have a presence at Daytona....., but more importantly, another step toward ALMS and CART working together.  This link takes you to a photo of the car and the report.
1/2/02
Industry News
2001 worst year for deaths at Daytona  When go-kart racer Michael Davis Jr. died over the weekend when he hit the outside retaining wall at Daytona in the trioval area, it brought the 2001 total deaths at Daytona to four.  Dale Earnhardt, two motorcycle racers and now Davis Jr.  
1/2/02
Pemberton to Petty Enterprises  Continuing a trend of bringing the best in NASCAR to their organization, Robin Pemberton has been named Vice President and General Manager for Petty Enterprises. "Bringing Robin to our race teams is another important move in taking Petty Enterprises to where we want it to be," said CEO Kyle Petty in making the announcement. "One of the winningest crew chiefs in Winston Cup history joining one of the best engine builders with Mike Ege and bringing them together with all three of our race teams under one roof, we think these moves are going to be big for us." Pemberton, whose career began at Petty Enterprises and has served with some 
of the top names in motorsports as a crew chief - Kyle Petty, Mark Martin, Bobby Allison, Neil Bonnett and, most recently, Rusty Wallace - has 499 career starts and winnings of nearly $25 million. Both are second in NASCAR's modern era. 
1/2/02
GrandAm
Max Papis back to Daytona with Doran/Lista Racing  Doran/Lista Racing is blending the past and future together for the forthcoming 2002-racing season. "Mad Max" Papis, a Doran Racing graduate, is joining the team for the Daytona Test (January 3, 4 and 5) and the Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona (February 1, 2 and 3). The driver lineup, which already includes perennial favorites Max Papis, Didier Theys, Fredy Lienhard and Mauro Baldi is also welcoming Fredy Lienhard, Jr. son of Lista CEO and Dallara Judd owner Fredy Lienhard Sr. to the Daytona Test this weekend. Max Papis: "I'm looking forward to this year's Rolex 24 and I'm particularly happy to be back with Doran Racing. With Kevin (Doran) and his great group of people we won 3 races in 1996 and finished 2nd in Daytona, Sears Point and Mosport on top of a 'all records' of 4 poles and 4 fastest laps. In 1997 we competed in Le Mans and scored 3rd in class and 6th overall, while in 1999 we were 3rd in Daytona with Jim Matthews, Stefan Johansson and Jimmy Vasser. We had special moments together and I'm looking forward to new ones as well. I recently had a seat fitting in Cincinnati and I took a close look at the Dallara; I was very impressed with the car and it's attention to details beside the fact it is Italian like me! I think that with the experience of Didier Theys, Mauro Baldi and Fredy Lienhard we will have a very good chance to bring home the big trophy. It is just great to be back in Daytona again with Doran Racing, they helped me so much to start my new career in USA and I'm particularly glad to go back to the speedway where the name "MAD MAX" was born. I'm glad to campaign the race with an Italian chassis (Dallara) with which I have a long relationship since Formula 3; I'm really looking forward to the race." 
1/2/02
Minardi news  The team will be officially titled KL Minardi and the new car will be introduced during the fourth week of January, possibly in Kuala Lumpur. The team will test young drivers and are currently molding a seat for Spaniard Antonio Garcia, winner of the 2000 Nissan Trophy. Italian Matteo Bobby (21) and Frenchman Frank Montagny, winner off the 2001 Nissan Trophy will also be tested. Minardi will take part in the first tests of 2002 at Barcelona and Valencia with their 2000 cars.
1/2/02
Heidfeld - 4th place will be harder to defend  Nick Heidfeld is working hard on his fitness program after a three week break just after the season to recover from an operation on his nose to improve his breathing. He is carefully optimistic about 2002. "We all know that defending fourth place in the Constructors' Championship will be much tougher to achieve than this year," he said. "But on the other hand, before this season nobody believed we could do it, so why shouldn't it happen again?"
1/1/02
Industry News
Young Americans impress down under  Instead of sitting back and enjoying the holidays, Team USA Scholarship winners A.J. Allmendinger and Bryan Sellers have been busily preparing for their assault on the New Zealand International Formula Ford Championship, which starts this coming weekend. In fact, both youngsters bettered the existing track record on their first-ever visit to Ruapuna International Raceway, near Christchurch, on New Zealand's South Island. Their stunning performance left quite an impression on former New Zealand Formula Ford Champion John Crawford, who will oversee both Team USA Scholarship entries under his Canterbury Racing School/Crawford Services banner. "I'm pretty impressed really," said the usually low-key New Zealander. "They're like a breath of fresh air. They've fitted in very nicely -- very good guys to work with. Ruapuna's a very technical track, and they're right on the pace. We couldn't have asked for two better guys." Allmendinger, 20, from Hollister, Calif., and Sellers, 19, from Centerville, Ohio, who arrived in New Zealand the day after Christmas, proved closely matched during their first two days of testing. Sellers emerged slightly the quicker on Day One with a best lap at 1:30.80 to Allmendinger's 1:31.05, while the Californian turned the tables on Day Two by stopping the clocks at 1:30.38 to Sellers' 1:30.49. By Crawford's reckoning, the Formula Ford track record, set in race conditions, stands at 1:30.6. "The Formula Ford car is very different from anything I have driven," said Allmendinger. "I have adapted to the car very quickly and am confident and excited going into the first race. Bryan and I have worked well together and we're both quite fast. The team has all the right resources and experience to win, and now it will be up to Bryan and I to work together as much as possible since we get limited practice time." Added Sellers: "The cars are difficult to drive fast and not at all what I expected. You have to be smooth and precise. We have had a range of weather conditions, with a little rain at the end of the second day. This is a very good team. I think we have everything we need to win so now it's just a matter of doing it!" The pair will test again at Timaru before traveling onward to the world's southernmost race track, Teretonga, at Invercargill, for the first race next weekend, when they will have an opportunity to add their names to the famed New Zealand Grand Prix trophy. Past winners of the event include many of the world's great drivers, including Stirling Moss, Bruce McLaren, Sir Jackie Stewart and Sir Jack Brabham. Support for the Team USA Scholarship has been provided by CART, Steve and Christine Horne, American Honda, The Craig Company, Klein Tools, Las Vegas Karting Center, Road Racing Drivers Club, Sparco USA, Skip Barber Racing, Jim Russell Racing Drivers School and Racer.
1/1/02

Tom Kristensen's new book sells out  Tom Kristensen's first book “The life of a Le Mans winner” now is sold out in Denmark. Even experts are surprised by the fact that 5,000 copies of the book were sold before Christmas, a lot for Denmark. It is very seldom, a new writer is published in such high figures and even more seldom, he sells out. A new edition now is expected from the publishing group Lindhardt & Ringhof.  Earlier in the year Tom Kristensen, in a poll on Danish Television 2 Zulu, was voted Mr. Perfect in Denmark. The double winner of Le Mans and Sebring won the competition with more than half a million votes, well ahead of number two, the politician Naser Khader, who previously has been voted the most sexy man in Denmark by a female magazine!  Although Tom was fastest in a CART rookie driver shootout a few years go, and has been very fast in all the F1 tire testing he has done, he has yet to get a serious look by any top-line CART team owners unless he can bring money, which to us is ludicrous given his record.  He would, of course be very popular in CART's two European races, especially Germany.
1/1/02
Could this Chinese American driver be a hit when CART goes to Shanghai?  We have provided plenty of evidence on these pages on why CART should race in Shanghai. It's not up to CART to get it done.  But that's only the beginning. Does CART need a Chinese driver in the FedEx series if they visit Shanghai?  You bet they do.  Could Landon work his way up to the FedEx cars and be that driver?  Only time will tell.  19-year old aspiring Chinese American FedEx Car driver Landon Yee moved to the open wheel formula ranks last year. After starting in go-karts and winning the Horstman STAART (Series To Advance American Racing Talent) Pro-Invitational, he later was awarded a partial scholarship to compete in the Jim Russell Racing Series and was also a winner of CART Skip Barber Karting Scholarship. This past season Landon agreed to be a Guest Columnist on AutoRacing1.com.  Here is a recent interview with him from Sebring, Florida, scene of the 2001 CART Barber Dodge Big Scholarship runoffs.  Video brought to you by CART and AutoRacing1.com
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1/1/02
F1 testing ban lifted today  Rules stipulate that no testing be allowed after the last race of the season.  Formula One teams can officially start testing today after a 10-week break, according to FIA regulations. But we'll have to wait until next week, when many teams will be in Barcelona, Spain.  MC
1/1/02

CART & IRL drivers team up  Indy 500 drivers Mike and Robby Groff will team with CART driver Jimmy Vasser to form a new Class 1 desert racing team. The team will pilot an all-new open-wheeled two-seat desert race car with power from a 3.2-liter Toyota V6 based on the Camry engine. The plan is to run four races in 2002, including the Best-in-the-Desert Nevada 1000 in June and the SCORE Baja 1000 in November.  Maybe CART and the IRL can follow their lead and come together under one governing body like we suggested in this recent article. Two divisions (CART and IRL) one governing body -- IndyCar, Inc.  This isn't rocket science folks. MC
1/1/02
L'Equipe names Schumacher  The French sporting daily L’Equipe has named Michael Schumacher its sportsperson for 2001. Schumacher, who took his fourth world title and became the most successful driver of all time last year, succeeds Tiger Woods, the American golfer, as the paper’s “champion of champions”. The 196 points he received for his achievements just shaded Australian Ian Thorpe, the swimmer having scored 195 for his record breaking success in 2001. Further back in third was the Italian motorcyclist Valentino Rossi, another young star who clinched the 500cc World Championship last season. Schumacher’s award follows L’Equipe’s naming of his outfit Ferrari as “Team of the year”, in recognition of the Maranello squad’s constructors’ crown, its third in a row.

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