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6/17/02

Peterson signs up for Infiniti Pro series  Off-road and open-wheel racing veteran Gary Peterson will drive the No. 27 Automatic Fire Sprinklers entry in the 2002 Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series, the first driver/owner to commit to the new development series. “I am very excited to become a part of a brand-new series with the IRL and confident that with Roger Bailey’s experience, the Infiniti Pro Series will be a great success,” Peterson said. Peterson, from Huntington Beach, Calif., competed in the Baja 500 and 1000 events before switching to open-wheel racing. His resume includes stints in the SCCA Formula Continental, Super Vee and Toyota Atlantic series. Peterson, the founder and president of Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Inc., will turn his first laps in an Infiniti Pro Series car during open tests scheduled for June 22 and 24 at Gateway International Raceway and Chicagoland Speedway, respectively. IRL

6/17/02

Radisson 220 postscript  Conversation between drivers and their respective teams is pivotal during a race, as the on-the-fly strategy decisions often decide the difference between victory and defeat.  But an in-race conversation with Indy Racing League Vice President of Operations Brian Barnhart might have been all that Gil de Ferran needed to secure his dominant victory in the Radisson Indy 225 on June 16 at Pikes Peak International Raceway.  More..

6/17/02

Ticket sales up for Vancouver  Each year Vancouver is always one of CART's biggest attended races with a 3-day crowd of over 160,000.  The race has been moved from Labor Day weekend to mid-summer this year and ticket sales are reported to be up.

6/17/02

NASCAR secretly gives Pontiacs more HP  NASCAR officials have quietly made a secret rules change to help Pontiacs. The new rule allows a slight hump in the middle of the hood, which allows Pontiac engine men to run a taller intake manifold. The change, Pontiac team members say, is worth seven to eight horsepower. "It just lets us run what the Dodges and Fords and Chevrolets have been able to run," Pontiac's Greg Zipadelli said. "Chevrolet has had a new manifold out, but we haven't been able to run it because our hood is too low."

6/17/02


Britney Spears to save Indy Car racing  For years now the hardcore Indy Car fans have been looking to Tony George and CART to put aside their differences and save open wheel racing in the U.S. That hasn't happened because Tony George brings his hammer to work everyday in an effort to bury CART and nail their coffin shut. But there's hope at last. Now along comes Britney Spears who may inadvertently be its savior by announcing that she'll be starring in a NASCAR movie that is surely destined to make DRIVEN look like Citizen Kane.  NASCAR and Britney Spears Productions (BSP), a production company formed by her co-manager Larry Rudolph, Ann Carli and Britney Spears, have signed a category exclusive agreement to develop and produce a dramatic feature film set in the world of NASCAR. The announcement was made today by NASCAR Vice President of Broadcasting Paul Brooks, Rudolph and Carli. The untitled project, currently in the preliminary writing and development stage, will be written by Jim Hart (Contact, Hook). The film will tell the fictional story of the daughter of a successful, modern day NASCAR team owner and will include opportunities to feature real NASCAR drivers, teams, tracks and competition. The film will give an authentic portrayal of the heart and family spirit of NASCAR and Spears is slated to co-star as a young character that uses her knowledge and experience in the family business to inspire a former NASCAR driver to regain his desire to return to NASCAR racing. Spears will not portray a NASCAR driver. “One of NASCAR’s objectives is to grow our sport by developing entertainment projects that introduce NASCAR drivers, teams, tracks and their sponsors to an ever-growing audience,” said Brooks. “We have received numerous movie concepts set in the world of NASCAR, but chose this project because it is a great story that embraces our true, genuine sport as its backdrop. Britney Spears’ involvement will help us reach an untapped fan base while serving our core fans with the authentic NASCAR experience.” “We are excited to be working with the NASCAR family,” said Carli, producer. “Our goal is to create a film that honestly portrays the spirit of NASCAR. It is not just about winning --- it’s about family, perseverance and the belief that any dream is possible.”

6/17/02

Texas IRL race TV ratings a bust   The IRL Boomtown 500 at Texas Motor Speedway was an entertaining race watched by hardly anyone.  The final TV rating was a 0.62 rating, with 540,000 households tuned in.  Outside of the Indy 500, this was supposed to be the IRL's biggest race.  We expect CART and the IRL to get paltry ratings this past weekend.  Not only did they go head-to-head against each other, Tiger Woods was making his stretch run. MotorsportsTV.com

6/17/02

Michigan get 4.1 overnight The overnight rating for the NASCAR Winston Cup race at Michigan on FOX was 4.1 rating and 10 share.

6/17/02

Team Green Indy 500 appeal heard  A hearing was conducted June 17 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to consider the final appeal of the protest filed by Team Green, Inc. contesting the official results of the 2002 Indianapolis 500-Mile Race. Both Team Green and Penske Racing made opening statements, presented relevant evidence and questioned witnesses in front of Tony George, president and chief executive officer of the Indy Racing League. Indianapolis attorney Dave Mattingly, with the law firm Ice Miller, was the administrator of the hearing Monday. “Today was a very productive day, and we were able to reach the goal of the day, which was for both teams to have an opportunity to present information,” Mattingly said. “Both Team Green and Penske Racing were diligent in their presentations.” Various Indy Racing League officials were present during the hearing to verify information provided by both teams. Under the rules of the Indy Racing League, George will make the decision on the appeal. While there is no deadline for the issuance of a decision by George on the final appeal, according to Indy Racing League rules, a decision normally is issued within 30 days as also stated in the Indy Racing League Rule Book. IRL

6/17/02

CART stock watch 

MPH closed at $9.02 up $0.41 on volume of 147,400 shares.
$8.33 Bid - $9.34 Ask on close.
Session Low/High $8.75/$9.30
MPH Value Change + 4.76%
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Courtesy of C3I.AndersonGroupe, Chicago

6/17/02

Team Rahal and Gigante announce Akai partnership  Team Rahal, a franchise member of Championship Auto Racing Teams (“CART”), and the Gigante Group, announced today a partnership with APH USA, the exclusive distributor of Akai consumer electronics products for North America. The two entities announced a marketing initiative that will utilize driver Michel Jourdain Jr. and place the Akai logo on the Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola for the remainder of the 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series season. "We see this as a great opportunity to promote the Akai brand to an international viewing audience, as well as reinforce our brand consciousness through the great visibility this sponsorship holds”, said Eli Chorbajian, VP of Sales and Marketing for APH USA. “We are excited about the 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series season, and want to encourage everyone to cheer on Team Rahal and Michel Jourdain in the #9 Gigante car. Akai Home Theater Products let you experience all of the vividness and sounds of Champ Car racing from the comfort of your living room.” “Akai Home Theatre products are among the most recognized brands in the world, and they have gained that worldwide recognition through aggressive and innovative marketing programs and by being trendsetters in the field of consumer electronics,” said three-time CART champion and Team Rahal co-owner Bobby Rahal. “The promotional program that has been outlined for this season by Gigante and APH USA is one that will utilize Michel and the Gigante car in an aggressive program that will not only bring awareness to the team and its partners but to Champ Car racing and CART.” APH USA, Inc., a privately held corporation, is the exclusive distributor for Akai branded consumer electronics for North America. The Akai brand encompasses a full line of home audio, home video, and portable consumer electronics products. You can view a full line of Akai products online by visiting http://www.akaiusa.com

6/17/02

CART stock rated a buy  This Bloomberg article written by John Dorfman says "Championship Auto Racing has been cut in half, falling to just over $8 from around $16 in late January. Last month, Honda Motor Co. said it would end its involvement with the company. While that's a severe blow, I suspect it's not an insurmountable one. Championship Auto owns and operates the CART FedEx Championship racing series, the PPG Dayton Indy Lights Championship (not true anymore) and the KOOL Toyota Atlantic Championship. My impression is that enthusiasm for the sport is strong. At $8.10 a share, the company is trading right near its holdings of cash and marketable securities that total about $120 million, or $8.14 a share. The company has no debt. Championship Auto is valued at 14 times earnings, 1 times book value, which is corporate net worth per share, and 1.7 times revenue. I bought shares yesterday for some of my racier clients."

6/17/02
Industry News

Sunday attendance estimates  UPDATE According to this Oregonian article, the CART race drew 65,000 fans, but we don't believe it and our sources tell us it was within 1,000 of our 45,000 estimate.  Also, Pike Peak holds 43,000 people and best estimates are it was 50% full.  6/16/02 -
NASCAR, Michigan: 150,000

CART, Portland: 45,000

IRL, Colorado: 20,000

6/17/02

Webber to test for Jaguar Australian Mark Webber will test for the Jaguar Formula One team in Barcelona next week with a possible drive in 2003 the goal. Jaguar have yet to confirm next year's line-up and spokesman Nav Sidhu told Reuters there had been no official discussions between the team and Northern Irishman Eddie Irvine about extending his contract. Webber has been rumored to possibly be headed to Jaguar. Irvine will be 37 this year and is the oldest driver in Formula One.

6/17/02

Minardi gets Max & Bernie support  Minardi could know by Monday if they will finish out the year. Support of FIA president Max Mosley and Bernie Ecclestone could help them raise the £8 million the near-bankrupt team needs. They are trying to get the TV money would have gone to the now defunct Prost team but other team bosses want a cut too. Mosley and Ecclestone have joined forces to ensure a second team does not go bankrupt. Mosley had given team bosses a Monday deadline to come up with reasons why Minardi should not be paid the money. If no valid arguments were forthcoming, Mosley would instruct Ecclestone's Formula One Management (FOM) to release the funds immediately to Minardi. Max and Bernie want to make this happen if they can. Mosley and Ecclestone have both warned that one or even two teams could fold before the end of the season.

6/17/02

CART Ladder: Poirier sweeps  Barber-CART Scholarship driver Scott Poirier gave his dad, Ken, a Father's Day gift of sorts by winning rounds 7 and 8 of the Formula Dodge National Championship presented by RACER to seize the championship points lead from an idle Scott Speed. As the 2002 season heads to the back stretch, the Floridian made a statement by gamely capturing 41 of a possible 42 points to build a 15 point margin over Grant Maiman with five rounds to go.  Story

6/17/02

Donlavey to retire  According to this Insider Racing New article, 78-year old Junie Donlavey, who owns the #90 Cup team, said on Saturday that he's thinking of retiring. Sauer pulled their sponsorship from the team after the Pocono race [actually it was a part season deal]. Driver Rick Mast has been absent from the team for several weeks with an undiagnosed illness. Donlavey has been fielding Winston Cup cars for 52 years and he wants to go to Daytona one more time and is still searching for a sponsor as he says he can't do it out of his own pocket, but it's not looking very good. "I'm going to find a way to go to Daytona in July," said Donlavey, "I just want to be there for one more race."

6/17/02

Robby Gordon to stay at RCR  According to this Insider Racing New article, Richard Childress said that he and Robby Gordon, driver of the #31 Cingular Chevy, are close to signing a new contract. The agreement will only be for one year when it is completed. "We are and always have just signed year to year to year contracts," said Childress, "Robby and I are close to getting that done."

6/17/02

Indy Star in bed with IRL?  Dear AutoRacing1.com, I didn't want to believe the rumors that the Indy Star newspaper had Robin Miller fired after being pressured by the Hulman-George family and their vast financial influence in Indianapolis, because Robin always spoke his mind about the IRL.  However, it has not become quite evident that the newspaper sends a reporter to every IRL race, and CART (another Indianapolis company) hardly gets any coverage unless it's bad news, then they spread it on thick.  The report they published on yesterday's CART race in Portland was the AP report, but they truncated it, not even bothering to publish the whole thing. What gives?  Mordichai Rosen, LA, Calif.  Dear Mordichai, We have no way of knowing whether the rumors that the Indy Star newspaper is now an official mouthpiece of the IRL are true.  Obviously they will give special consideration to the IRL since the IRL has been headquartered in Indy longer than CART, and they do conduct the city's premier event, the Indy 500.  With falling Indy 500 TV ratings and with attendance way off except for the race itself, it's likely they want to give the IRL all the support they can in the hope the biggest money-maker for the city will make a comeback.  AR1 staff

6/17/02

Pikes Peak track in financial trouble  With only a 43,000 seat capacity at Pike Peak International Raceway, and with the IRL race (its biggest race) perhaps filling it 50% at best in any given year, the track can't make enough income to pay off its debt.  With CART starting a race in downtown Denver this year, it's quite possible the track will lose more business.  This Colorado Springs Gazette article details the tracks woes.

6/17/02

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6/16/02

IRL quote of the weekend  They don't call IRL racing flat out racing for nothing.  Gil de Ferran after the race at Pikes Peak today - "I was flat-out with no lift all the way around"........and you wonder why road racing makes better drivers.

6/16/02

CART Ladder: Allmendinger dominates Portland  A.J. Allmendinger of Hollister, Calif. made it look easy once again, taking his third win in four races thus far in the 2002 Barber Dodge Pro Series season at the Portland International Raceway. Rookie Dan Di Leo of Markham, Ontario finished a career-best second, with birthday boy Davy Cook from Tallahassee, Florida storming the field to take third place after starting from ninth position.  Story

6/16/02

CART announces turbo engine and incentive plan for '03/04  CART held a press conference this morning in Portland to present their plans to strengthen the series in 2003. Highlights - Chris Pook, Emerson Fittipaldi, Keith Wiggins,  Jimmy Vasser and John Lopes made the presentation.  A very sensible plan was presented.  CART will subsidize the first 20 cars that apply to race in CART with $1.5 million per year which offsets engine costs, i.e. free engines because engine lease from Cosworth will be about $1.3 million per year.  They will take care of existing teams first.  Niki Lauda wrote a letter saying Ford Cosworth was happy to support the series as the sole engine supplier. Keith Wiggins of the Herdez team said now it's more likely they can afford to run a 2nd car in 2003. CART will review financial assets of new teams that apply for subsidy program to make sure they are financially viable to compete an entire season. CART has already seen two financially viable proposals (one from Morello International we hear).  The Cosworth engine deal is for two years, maybe more.  They intend to have a new engine formula and manufacturer involvement in 2005.  They will canvass manufacturers for participation.  Overseas races - CART will pay freight cost for two additional cars. CART is still negotiating with Ford about the amount of marketing they will do in the series next year.  CART plans at least one May race in 2003 (when asked about racing in May, Pook answered, "why not?"). Engine will remain Methanol based 1,400 mile 2.65 L turbo engines, putting out 700 HP on the ovals and 750 HP on the road courses. Within in a couple of weeks there will be another major announcement Pook stated.  Mark C.
Press Release | Entrant Support Program | Full Transcript of press conference

6/16/02

Weak IRL teams worried about keeping up  This Indy Star article says, the gap between the haves and the have-nots continues to widen in the Indy Racing League -- at least that's the opinion of team owner Sam Schmidt, who is among the have-nots in today's Radisson 225 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Schmidt has talked with Toyota officials about getting engines for next season. He said leasing is the only option that allows for having the competitive pieces. And the annual price: Well, Schmidt wouldn't say what he was quoted, but fellow team owner Robbie Buhl said it was just under $2 million per car. No one has heard Honda's proposal, which should come during the first week of July. The other option is General Motors. "The writing is on the wall that unless you do the development program (with the engine manufacturer), you're not going to be able to get a competitive car, which is what the IRL was founded on," Schmidt said. "So, you're going to have a lot of us not around."  "Next year's going to be very difficult," said Scott Cronk, vice president and general manager of Treadway's team. "Just getting two new cars, the new gearbox and the new engine will be an increase of at least $2 million." That would put most team budgets in the $5 million bracket -- or more. Ron Hemelgarn, another of the IRL's original team owners, said that's the cost of playing. If a team owner -- Schmidt, Treadway or even himself -- doesn't like it, move on, he said. "Anytime there's competition in any business, the price goes up," he said. "To me, the picture is very clear: When you don't like what's going on, you go home." The bottom third of today's field lacks a major sponsor.

6/16/02

Panoz team drops out at Le Mans  Panoz Motor Sports attack on this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans came to an end at 10.45am this morning when the team's last remaining car succumbed to overheating problems. With Gunnar Jeannette at the wheel, the #12 machine was wheeled into the garage to join the sister car in which Bryan Herta had taken the final exploratory lap moments earlier. Both cars suffered terminal cooling problems, shattering the dreams of the Panoz crew which had put up an amazing fight to keep the cars in the race. "We may not have won the race, but I could not be more proud of the effort our team put in," Team owner Don Panoz said.  "The effort to simply make the race was amazing. After the fire on Thursday night most teams would have thrown in the towel, but these guys are incredible. "The fighting effort our guys put up is a real credit to them. As a team we are now even more determined to come back next year and give this race our best shot."

6/16/02

Audi still 1-2-3 at Le Mans  The winner of the past two Le Mans 24 Hour events - the Audi combination of Frank Biela, Tom Kristensen and Emanuele Pirro continues to lead the race into the new day.
AFTER 16 HOURS
Position Drivers Car Laps
1. Biela/Kristensen/Pirro Audi R8 248
2. Capello/Herbert/Pescatori Audi R8 245
3. Krum/Peter/Werner Audi R8 245
4. Wallace/Leitzinger/van de Poele Bentley 239
5. Sarrazin/Montagny/Minassian Dallara 236
GTS O'Connell/Fellows/Gavin Corvette 222
GT Maasen/Dumas/Bergmeister Porsche GT3R 212

6/15/02

CART Franchise Board meeting today  UPDATE Chris Pook has called for a press conference tomorrow morning (Sunday) where it is expected he will announce CART is sticking with the 2.65 L spec turbo engine at a cost of around $1.3 million per car per year, or about 1/2 of what Toyota and others would have gotten had CART went with the 3.5 L N/A engine. What it will be badged is still being worked out.  We also hear the board talked about a global gasoline engine powered feeder series that would be done in conjunction with Bernie Ecclestone and F1.  However, we are hearing that part 2nd-hand so we are not certain what they might have in mind, but we suspect perhaps CART plans to align its Toyota Atlantic series with F3 or F3000 someday. There is no reason for this series to be unique into itself.   We also hear that CART will finally announce its long awaited financial incentive/appearance package for next year which will reward teams who run the full schedule with major financial support.  The result of the low engine cost and financial incentive package was made to retain existing teams and attract new ones into the series. The announcement was delayed until Sunday so Gerald Forsythe could be present.  He has been the biggest ally of the spec Cosworth engine.  6/15/02 - CART's Franchise Board meets this morning in Portland and is expected to give final approval to the 2.65 L Ford Cosworth engine proposal.  We expect a press conference and announcement this afternoon.  The only question on our mind is whether or not all the engines will be badged Ford, or if half will be badged Nissan/Infiniti.  Perhaps that announcement might come later, but it did not go unnoticed that Nissan made their announcement that they were dropping out of the IRL yesterday.  Hmm....

6/15/02

Atlantics: Diaz wins  The CART Toyota Atlantic Championship continued one of its most competitive starts to the season in its history on Saturday at the Portland International Raceway. Luis Diaz (Dorricott Racing/Telmex Swift 014.a) grabbed the lead going into the tight first turn and never relinquished it becoming the fifth winner in five races this season. More.

6/15/02

Notes from Michigan  - The Sirius Satellite Radio 400 is set to run tomorrow at Michigan International Speedway. Note the name, "Sirius Satellite Radio 400". It seems as though the Sirius people didn't get a contract set with Fox, and the Fox people have been advertising it as "The Michigan 400 brought to you by Circuit City." This is the same thing that drove K-Mart nuts last year when Fox ignored the race sponsorship. Sirius claims to have an agreement in place, so TV viewers might actually know that this is the Sirius Satellite Radio 400.

- Dale Jarrett put his Ford on the pole for tomorrow's race with a speed of 189.071. We can only hope that this isn't a repeat of the 1999 June race, when he led from start to finish in a caution-free snoozefest, setting the event record at 173.997 mph. Jarrett won his first Winston Cup race here in 1991 with the Wood Brothers.

- Michigan International Speedway looks like an easy track to drive, being a big (2 mile), wide medium-banked (18 degrees) D-oval. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to drive as there is no defined groove, which means that rookies are left to guess where to drive on all that asphalt. In addition, speeds hit 205 mph down the doglegged front stretch, making the draft a part of the race, and encouraging rookies to overdrive the corners. Handling and horsepower both are crucial, but fuel economy has decided more than a few races here.

- The misery gets worse at Richard Childress Racing. Persons associated with the team confirm that the team members are beyond arguing, and have ceased talking in many cases. Robby Gordon is unhappy that his team was broken up, and Kevin Harvick has become persona non grata, and is shopping himself to other teams. Harvick down on the speed charts in Happy Hour (30th) and Gordon was 40th best. By contrast, DEI partners were 4th (Waltrip), 7th (Earnhardt) and 28th (Park).

- The misery of the Petty team appears to be coming to an end. Kyle Petty was 5th fastest in Happy Hour, and John Andretti qualified 11th. King Richard always ran well here at Michigan, and he is certainly smiling this weekend.

- The ARCA Flagstar 200 boiled down to a 5 lap shootout after a late caution, and Chad Blount won his first ARCA Re/Max event by coming from 6th place. This was also the first win for a Mopar in ARCA since returning to racing. The series is a showcase of the "haves" and "have-nots," with about 1/3 of the equipment unfit for use on a superspeedway like Michigan.  Tim Wohlford

6/15/02

Campos takes first-ever pole  2001 Skip Barber Formula Dodge National Champion Julio Campos set the fastest lap in Saturday's qualifying to take his first-ever Barber Dodge Pro Series pole position for Sunday's round-4 race at Portland International Raceway. Friday's provisional pole winner Marc Breuers will start alongside Campos on the front row thanks to his fast time from Friday. In all only one second separates the first 14 cars on the grid. Championship points leader A.J. Allmendinger will start from the third starting position, the first time he will not be starting on the front row this season, and Christian Szymczak will join him on the second row. Behind them Dan Di Leo and Rafael Sperafico will be starting fifth and sixth while Memo Rojas and Leo Maia make up the fourth row. Davy Cook and Piero Rodarte round out the Top_10 for round -4 of the 2002 Barber Dodge Pro Series season.

6/15/02

Sigma team announcement  Sigma Autosport decided today that it will not participate in this season’s G.I. Joe’s 200 race due to the delays in finding proper funds. The decision not to race prevents Sigma Autosport driver Max Papis from defending his race championship at the Portland International Raceway (Photo to right by Bill Kistler - Max feels the walls closing in around him.). It is especially disappointing for Papis, who is currently tied for sixth place in the CART FedEx Championship Series Drivers point standings. Both Papis and the Sigma Autosport team came to Portland prepared to race the #22 Sigma Autosport Lola-Ford/Cosworth, however it was announced by team owner Tom Wieringa that the team withdraw and concentrate its efforts on the next race at the CART Grand Prix of Chicago in Cicero, Ill., in two weeks. “I found myself in this situation of not racing, but I’m not about to cry about it. I’m currently sixth in the championship and I believe I have done my part. The Sigma Autosport crew has been pulling a lot of favors and they have completed a lot of things, especially rebuilding the car from last week (Laguna Seca). They are the reason why we have done well on the track. I’m in a difficult position, but I am a fighter and I will be back. I’m also disappointed for the fans, who came to see me race. The fans mean a great deal to me and I was hoping to put on a great performance for them. I do want to thank them for their support and for all their greetings and well wishes. They are fantastic.” – Max Papis, Sigma Autosport Driver. "Regretfully, we had no choice but to withdraw from the race in Portland. We all feel bad about this, however, we plan on being at Chicago, which is our home race. We are continuing to do everything we can to secure sponsorship not only for the next race but also for the season. The Sigma Autosport crew has done a fantastic job for us this season and Max Papis is without a doubt one of the best drivers in the business, and it kills me that we are not racing.” – Tom Wieringa, Sigma Autosport Owner

6/15/02

Final Canadian GP TV rating drops  The Canadian Grand Prix turned in a 1.3 overnight rating on ABC, but the final rating dropped to a 1.0.  Both are down from what the Monaco GP mustered two weeks early on ABC.

6/15/02

Northwest fans love CART  This Seattle newspaper article says The G.I. Joe's 200 CART FedEx Championship Series is so popular in Portland, people left their offices midday Wednesday to watch the race teams' semi-trucks parade through the streets en route to Portland International Raceway. Thousands showed up last night for a pre-race street party downtown. For a series undergoing criticism for losing its zest -- the support for CART has never been stronger in this part of the country, making the Northwest a viable anchor for a major racing series. "It's a win-win for both us," said Michael Nealy, whose Global Events Group promotes the CART race at PIR. Portland expects to draw 125,000 people over the weekend with 70,000 for tomorrow's race -- more if the weather is conducive. Nealy estimated the economic impact at close to $13 million and bills the race as Oregon's "largest sporting event."

6/15/02

Honda to introduce new engine finally  DHL Jordan Honda and British American Racing will use Honda's new specification V10 engine at the European Grand Prix, the Japanese manufacturer has announced. It was originally planned to introduce the new power unit at the Canadian Grand Prix last weekend but doubts about its reliability forced Honda to delay the debut until further testing had been carried out. Instead the two teams used a developed engine based on the unit used for qualifying at the Austrian Grand Prix. But after BAR worked on the new engine at Jerez this week Shuhei Nakamoto, Honda's race and test team manager, has announced that the unit will be used at next weekend's Grand Prix. "We will be introducing the new spec engine for Friday and for qualifying on Saturday," said Nakamoto. "We had a strong race in Canada and managed to get the most out of our engine during the weekend. Since then, we have been working to improve the reliability for the race in Germany." 

6/15/02

Junqueira - Takagi - da Matta top Saturday AM Portland practice  Toyota drivers Bruno Junqueira, Tora Takagi and Cristiano da Matta led a 1-2-3 sweep of the top three positions in final practice for the GI Joes 200.  Honda driver Paul Tracy was 4th.

6/15/02

Will Audi's fly better than the Mercedes?  Remember the flying Mercedes? According to this Autosport article, Yanick Dalmas's crash on Wednesday, which occurred on the Mulsanne straight, has been the most talked about story of the Le Mans 24 Hours event so far. His crash follows a recent FIA report, acknowledging the fact that the current breed of flat-bottomed sportscar can leave the ground and, in some instances, overturn if they spin at high speed or encounter a high yaw and roll angle situation.

6/15/02

Jacques wants his money  Close friend Craig Pollock says Jacques Villeneuve will not accept a pay cut to stay with the BAR team. He has a contract for 2003 which will pay him about $20 million, but David Richards has balked, saying that the Canadians price tag is holding back the team's development. "He has a contract for next year and we have always respected the terms of contracts. We expect British American Tobacco and BAR to respect this one." Craig dismissed claims from David Richards that JV's salary cut into the team's budget for development as "a weak argument. "The team can move forwards and has never been stopped from moving forward," he said. "The team knew what it was getting into when it signed the deal." "At the moment he will be racing for BAR unless something happens," the Scot added. "Opportunities (at that salary) elsewhere are few and far between." Jacques has also ruled out driving for Ferrari. "I couldn't race there while Michael is there because the other driver is not allowed to compete against him," he said. "And that would mean I would mean I would never get a contract I would be happy to sign. The contract would say 'please help Michael' and I wouldn't do that." 

6/15/02

Radisson 200 extended  This week's Indy Racing League event at Pikes Peak International Raceway's one-mile oval has been expanded by 25 laps, transforming the Radisson 200 into the Radisson 225. Track president Rob Johnson said the change was made to fill the network television time slot and to provide more racing action for the fans. "We have a two-hour time window on TV and we want to get close to that," Johnson said Friday. "Our race has been running about 1 hour and 30 minutes for the last three or four years in a row.

6/15/02

Panoz crew pulls a miracle with #11 At 3.00am on Friday morning David Brabham, Jan Magnussen and Bryan Herta faced the realization that they could miss this year's Le Mans 24 Hour. A fire had broken out in the car after Bryan Herta had struck some debris which punched a hole in the floor and damaged the oil filter. Once the car returned to the pits nearly one hour after the conclusion of the 10.00pm to midnight qualifying session, the Panoz crew discovered the extent of the damage. Not only had the fire destroyed major electrical wiring and damaged bodywork, the car's carbon fiber tub also appeared to be damaged. After two hours of inspecting the damage, the team headed back to the hotel with the disappointment of being one car down before the race had even started. But a handful of crew members were not about to give up without a fight. Five crew members returned to the track for "one last look". They started pulling the car apart to get a closer look at the damaged section. Within an hour, the chances of repairing the car remained slim. Within two hours, the outlook began to brighten and within three hours, their fierce determination began to look like it was going to pay off. By the time the rest of the crew returned at 9.00am, car #11 had risen from the ashes and was set to take its place on the grid today. After working through the night, the five crew members, Scott Naish, Rob Taylor, John Baggot, Kent Moon and team manager Andy Waldrep headed back to the team hotel for a shower and a couple of hours sleep. The work was far from over, the remaining crew (later rejoined by the "all-nighter five") would work until 2.00am to complete the preparation. "I am incredibly proud of what our guys have achieved," Team owner, Don Panoz said. "Everybody was pretty shattered on Thursday night but this team is a bunch of fighters. This is what this event is all about. "We all know the race is going to be very tough but the sheer determination of our guys in amazing." For Bryan Herta, the roller-coaster ride of his first Le Mans 24 Hour has been a dramatic experience. "After I got to bed on Thursday night I still couldn't sleep. The fact I was going to miss the race was a pretty gut wrenching feeling," Herta said. "I didn't find out we would be back in until about 10.30am on Friday morning. "I feel on top of the world now. I can't thank the guys enough. The effort they have put in to getting this car onto the grid is just incredible."   PANOZ

6/15/02

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'The Prof' Honored With OBE
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6/15/02

Rockingham prepares for CART, expecting sellout   In just three months time, The CART FedEx Championship Series will arrive from the USA, as Rockingham, Northamptonshire prepares to host for the second year, Europe’s fastest motor race.  “We’ve currently got just 15 suites remaining and calls are coming in daily, so we’re already investigating alternative accommodation in case we sell-out” said Head of Sales Howard Francioni at Rockingham.    More...

6/14/02

IRL Hot Laps  Dallara USA, Inc., an affiliate of Motorsports Spares International, Inc., will distribute spare parts for the Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series, company officials recently announced. Dallara USA will distribute spare parts for the entire Infiniti Pro Series car, except for engines and tires. The Infiniti Pro Series debuts July 7 at Kansas Speedway … Indy Racing veteran Jeret Schroeder is scheduled to drive the Indy Racing two-seat race car before a sellout crowd June 16 for the Sirius Satellite Radio 400 NASCAR Winston Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. Schroeder’s drive will help promote the inaugural Michigan Indy 400 that takes place July 28 on the 2-mile oval at MIS IRL

6/14/02

Firestone tire telemetry debut a success  Indy Racing fans watching the thrilling Boomtown 500 on June 8 at Texas Motor Speedway noticed a new graphic displayed on screen during in-car camera shots from Al Unser Jr. and Scott Sharp – Firestone tire telemetry. Officials from the Indy Racing League and Firestone Racing worked together to implement the new system, which showed tire pressures on the No. 7 Corteco/Bryant Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone driven by race runner-up Unser and the No. 8 Delphi Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone driven by Sharp. “The new system demonstrates the critical importance of tire inflation pressure out on the track and how that affects tire temperatures and race car handling,” said Al Speyer, Firestone Racing executive director. “We are very pleased with the way the Firestone tire telemetry package worked on the television broadcast. We think it adds another piece of good information for the fans at home, allowing them to understand more about how these amazing machines work.” IRL

6/14/02
Industry News

Jim Russell Racing graduate on roll  Joel Nelson, Jim Russell Race Driving school 2001 Graduate Run-Offs winner has been quite busy. He currently leads the points in this year's Formula Russell Championship while he also leads the series in Palmer Audi too. In still another quantum leap, Reno's 20 year-old Joel Nelson has teamed with Champion Audi to drive an S4 at two Speed World Challenge GT Championship races. Nelson will team with former Formula One driver and 5 time Le Mans winner Derek Bell as well as 2001 GT Drivers Champion Michael Galati at the Mid-Ohio and Road America rounds of the championship. Both races will be aired on the Speed Channel; dates to be announced. Commenting on his blistering schedule, Nelson reported he will race in the United Kingdom's Formula Palmer Audi Championship on June 22nd & 23rd. The following day he will be flown to Columbus, Ohio in preparation for piloting a third Audi S4 for Champion Racing at Mid-Ohio on June 30th. Following Mid-Ohio, Nelson then travels to the historic Road America for his second race on July 6th. The following day, Nelson travels yet again back to England for another Formula Palmer Audi race. Stated Nelson, "Yes, it is a very demanding schedule, but well worth it. I'm delighted to be teamed with Derek Bell and Michael Galati. Their racing exploits are legendary. There is much to be learned from these gentlemen. I'm extremely excited to be working with a team as professional and accomplished as Champion Audi." Nelson remains the leader of two championships, both the Formula Palmer Audi Championship in England and the Formula Russell Championship in America.

6/14/02

CART Ladder: Dorricott trio on top in Portland   Dorricott Racing seems intent on making it four in a row in qualifying and the race at Portland International Raceway. After years of dominating competition at the 1.969-mile track while racing in the CART Dayton Indy Lights Championship, the Dorricott team looks to have transferred its success in Portland to the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship.  More...

6/14/02

CART Ladder: Breuers dominates provisional qualifying   Marc Breuers is off to a fast start at Portland International Raceway, leading the first Barber Dodge Pro Series practice session and following through to take the provisional pole in Friday's qualifying session with a fast lap time of 1.14.968 sec. Christian Szymczak of Oakland, Calif. and A.J. Allmendinger of Hollister, Calif. qualified second and third respectively, with Dan Di Leo of Markham, Ontario and Leo Maia rounding out the Top-5  More...

6/14/02

Ford to win Toyota race  Dear AutoRacing1.com, I find it rather ironic that in 2003 Ford, who will badge the entire CART grid in next year, is guaranteed a win in Toyota's Grand Prix of Long Beach.  Mordichai Rosen, LA, Calif.

6/14/02

Sigma team sidelined  The Sigma team is out of money and Max Papis is parked.  Cosworth's Ian Bisco said, "Unfortunately we have some commercial issues with Sigma Autosport that have to be sorted out before we allow them run this weekend. We feel bad for Max because he's the defending champion here in Portland and has had a strong season thus far, however Cosworth has some business with the team that still needs to be worked out. We are working with Sigma to try and resolve these issues and are hopeful that a mutual agreement can be reached as quickly as possible."

6/14/02

Zanardi to get Greg Moore award  Alex Zanardi will be honored with the Greg Moore Achievement Award during the Molson Indy Toronto's Black and White Gala Dinner July 4 in Toronto. The award, first introduced in 1987 as the Molson Indy Achievement Award, recognizes an individual, group or organization which has made a major contribution to auto racing. "Alex has been a huge supporter of Molson IndyFest events in Toronto over the years", said Charlie Johnstone, Executive Director, Molson Indy Festival Foundation. "He has contributed so much to the CART Series and is a fan favourite in Toronto, exhibiting a terrific spirit both on and off the track".

6/14/02

Treadway to miss Pikes Peak  Hubbard Racing and driver Rick Treadway will not be competing in this Sunday's Indy Racing League event at Pikes Peak International Raceway due to the failure of primary sponsor Airlink and its principals to fulfill their financial obligations to the team. Treadway-Hubbard Racing will fulfill its obligations to sponsors Sprint and Meijer at the July 7 IRL event at the Kansas Speedway and the July 28 race at Michigan International Speedway. "I'm really sorry to have to do this, but I have no other choice since Airlink and its principals have not paid," said Fred Treadway. "We'll skip Colorado, but we'll be ready in Kansas City and Michigan and hopefully something will materialize between now and then or for the balance of the season for the #55 car." The crew of the #55 car has been hired by Sam Schmidt Motorsports to field a second entry for the Colorado event. The driver will be Anthony Lazzaro. Treadway-Hubbard Racing handles the on-track operations for the full-season entry of Sam Schmidt Motorsports.

6/14/02

CART stock watch  

MPH closed at $8.61 up $0.51 on volume of 77,900 shares.
$7.96 Bid - $8.92 Ask on close.
Session Low/High $8.10/$8.70
MPH Value Change 6.30%
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6/14/02

Fittipaldi fast in Portland  Christian Fittipaldi recorded the fastest time in Friday morning practice for Sunday's G.I. Joe's 200, and teammate Cristiano da Matta was right behind to give Newman/Haas Racing the top two spots on the chart. The race is Round 6 of the CART FedEx Championship Series. Driving the Lilly Toyota/Lola, Fittipaldi toured the Portland International Raceway with a top time of 59.781 seconds, good for an average speed of 118.573 miles per hour. Da Matta was second fastest in the Chevron Toyota/Lola and Bruno Junqueira was third in the Target Toyota/Lola. Next on the schedule is provisional qualifying set for 5:10 p.m. ET.

6/14/02

Newman's new movie on N/H cars  Beginning at the G.I. Joe's Portland Grand Prix CART FedEx Championship race this weekend, the race cars co-owned by actor race car driver Paul Newman will carry a new logos.  "The Road to Perdition," a movie starring Tom Hanks, Newman and Jude Law and produced by DreamWorks SKG, will be featured on the rear wings of the No. 6 Chevron Toyota-Lola-Bridgestone and No. 11 Lilly Toyota-Lola-Bridgestone race cars of Cristiano da Matta and Christian Fittipaldi respectively.  Story

6/14/02

Danica Patrick Toyota Atlantic seat fitting  

Don't read anything into the Shell Uniform, it was just an extra she used

6/14/02

Bowlby resigns from Lola  Lola Cars International are reshaping its design and engineering group to service its CART teams, the firm announced today. Looking toward the new ‘rules freeze era’, Jeff Swartwout, Lola Cars North American vice president is meeting with CART teams this weekend at Portland International Raceway to confirm the company’s strong presence in the FedEx series. “We are disappointed that Ben Bowlby is leaving us after working with Lola Cars for nearly 12 years,” Swartwout declared. “Ben’s fine designs have brought us great success in the Champ Car series and we appreciate his hard work and dedication.” Lola Cars was disappointed not to come to terms with the Indy Racing League on a new chassis supply and, with CART taking on the stance of “frozen” chassis rules, Bowlby decided the time to leave was imminent. “There is never a perfect moment to resign from a company with which one has had a great deal of fun, hard work and success. But the time for me to go, with the rules freeze in CART and with our IRL design on hold, is now,” Bowlby admitted. Frank Dernie, Lola Cars’ engineering chief allowed, “We have built up a very strong design and engineering team here at Lola over the past few years. We have many talented people here who are ready to step up to the new era of CART.”  Now in its 45th year servicing Lola customers in the USA, the firm intends to “ensure our business fits the changed marketplaces, which we now serve. We can say,” David Bowes, managing director declared, “that we are in the USA marketplace to stay.” Lola

6/14/02

Parrott and Jarrett working well  This Winston Salem Journal article says fresh off a typically steady year, Dale Jarrett shouldered shaky feelings heading into the 2002 Winston Cup season. Jarrett has been bolstered by the return of crew chief Todd Parrott, who moved aside for Jimmy Elledge before the season. Since Parrott took over again in early April, Jarrett has racked up five top-10 finishes in eight races. He has gained 12 spots in the points to climb to 12th.

6/14/02

Darby making a difference  This Winston Salem Journal article says since John Darby took over as the new NASCAR Winston Cup tour director, there has been a change of mood on the stock car tour: no more snarling by irate race crews. Indeed, the true value of Darby is perhaps best seen in what he isn't doing as much as what he is doing. Darby isn't aggravating crews and crew chiefs nearly as much as his predecessor. In large part, that's because Darby is much more visible in the garage, working his way through it each weekend like a politician working the streets

6/14/02

ALMS extends deal with ACO, will race in Europe In a move that will fuel the growth of the American Le Mans Series for years to come, the series has renewed and extended its relationship with the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), organizer of the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans. In addition, the series announced that it will work in conjunction with the ACO to stage a single American Le Mans Series event at a premier racing venue in Europe in 2003 and two events in 2004 and beyond. The series decided upon an early renewal of its original five-year contract with the ACO, which was good through 2003, by exercising its option to extend through 2008. The licensing agreement allows the American Le Mans Series the use of the trademarks and rules of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the operation of its North American sports car racing series. “We could not be more pleased to make this announcement,” said Don Panoz, founder of the series. “Our relationship with the ACO has been instrumental in the growth this series has experienced since it began in 1999. Use of the ACO’s rules gives us the stability in technical regulations that has made our series attractive to race teams and manufacturers. “This announcement will confirm the level of stability and consistency for professional sports car racing. It will provide manufacturers, promoters, teams and fans with a great platform for future growth of the American Le Mans Series. “It is also very important to us to be able to continue to use the Le Mans name in all aspects of our series operation,” he said. “We have built equity in the American Le Mans Series name and it is what we are.” The relationship with the American Le Mans Series represents the first and only granting by the ACO to another party the use of its trademarks and rules. In an effort to expand upon the rich history and tradition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the ACO completed an agreement with Panoz in 1998. The inaugural Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in 1998 was Panoz’ first use of the Le Mans name, and the American Le Mans Series was born in 1999. “We are very happy to make this announcement, and with this renewal, the ACO makes the commitment to make the American Le Mans Series the best professional road racing series in North America,” said Michel Cosson, ACO President. The single European date for the ALMS in 2003 and two races in 2004 will mark the first time that the series and the ACO have worked together to stage races. The ALMS held two races in Europe in the 2000 season.   ALMS

6/14/02

Panoz team improves in final Le Mans quals In a dramatic turn-around from the opening night qualifying sessions, Panoz Motor Sports made dramatic improvements aboard the two "Spirit of America" machines in tonight's final qualifying chance for this weekend's 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team made major changes overnight which greatly improved the Panoz LMP-01 Evo machines, with David Brabham pushing the #11 car onto 9th place on the grid. Brabham's time of 3:34.824 was nearly 1.5 seconds faster than what the team achieved at the preliminary practice session at Le Mans in May and five seconds faster than Wednesday night. The Australian will share the car with regular Danish team-mate, Jan Magnussen and American Bryan Herta. The #12 all-American car of Bill Auberlen, David Donohue and Gunnar Jeannette also improved four seconds from Wednesday night. They will start from position 17 on the grid. While the team was pleased with the improved pace, the evening was not without problems with the #11 car suffering a fire towards the end of the evening. The car punctured an oil filter after on-track debris punched a hole in the floor. Car #12 also had problems with debris, suffering a cut tire with 30 minutes remaining. The team will now begin final race preparations for the race which kicks off at 4.00pm on Saturday.

6/14/02

Tony George denies Green request for hearing delay  Tony George has denied Barry Green's request for a delay in the hearing on the finish of the Indy 500 until after June 17th.  Because CART was racing these past two weekends, Green has been busy and needed more time to prepare for the hearing.  The IRL gave no reason for the denial, but it's thought any delay would just give more time for someone else to produce evidence that Paul Tracy actually won the race.  The talk in the CART paddock is that George did not appoint an independent panel because he probably knows the evidence shows Tracy won and wanted to ensure they would not rule that Tracy did in fact win the race, and take the win away from his 'friend' Roger Penske.  Why else would he not appoint an independent panel/jury?  What is he afraid of they ask?  One wag called it a Kangaroo Court (not our words).

6/14/02

F1 Hot News  
Jaguar To Welcome New Driver?
Honda Prepare To Drop Jordan
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Slovak Accused Of Self-Promotion
Webber Admits Toyota Link
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6/13/02

No F1 TV in China  China, one of Formula 1's biggest television audiences, cannot see Formula 1 on television at the moment. Bernie Ecclestone has taken away their TV rights.  The pan-Asia channel has not met all their financial obligations with Bernie Ecclestone, so Bernie cancelled their rights. It is hoped that a new sponsor for the coverage will be found soon.

6/13/02

No decision on Minardi  F1 Team bosses met with Bernie Ecclestone and Max Mosley today at the Heathrow airport Hilton Hotel to discuss a number of issues, and Minardi boss Paul Stoddart had hoped that a decision would be made concerning television revenue. He has claimed that his team will be unable to finish the current season without an immediate cash injection, and he feels strongly that he is entitled to the money that would have gone to Prost Grand Prix, despite the differing views of some of his rivals. "Today's meeting was a lengthy one and many issues were discussed," Reuters news agency quotes the Minardi boss as saying. "We hope that the issue of the television revenues will now be sorted out next week. "Should that be the case then we will be happy to answer questions and confirm the KL Minardi Asiatech team's continued participation in the 2002 Formula One™ world championship at the Nurburgring next Thursday."

6/13/02

ALMS teams show well in Le Mans The final qualifying session for the 70th 24 Hours of Le Mans resulted in a 1-2-3 Audi sweep. Rinaldo Capello’s pace-setting lap from this afternoon’s third session was not eclipsed. Second-place man Tom Kristensen in the No. 1 Audi Sport Team Joest R8, beat his own fast time from this afternoon, but ended up just shy of the pole. Michael Krumm made it a clean 1-2-3 sweep for the for Audi. Kristensen time was 3:30.219, 0.3sec off Capello's 3:29.905, set in the closing minutes of session three. Krumm eclipsed the ORECA team’s Dallara/Judd for the third spot with a 3:30.801. Grid

6/13/02

Said in 2nd Jasper car for Sears Point  Jasper Motorsports announced today that road racing veteran Boris Said will drive the #67 Jasper Engines & Transmissions Ford at both road course races on the Cup schedule, beginning with next weekend's event at Sears Point Raceway. Said joins #77 Jasper Ford driver Dave Blaney under the Jasper Motorsports banner. "These Winston Cup races are like Christmas to me, they only come once or twice a year," commented Said. "I'm like a little kid. I've been waiting all year to get back into one of these cars and I'm ready. Last year, I had my best two Winston Cup finishes with Jasper Motorsports. We're looking to build on that."

6/13/02

CART Stock Watch  
MPH closed at $8.10 down $0.14 on volume of 84,400 shares.
Session Low/High $8.10/$8.45
MPH Value Change -1.7%

6/13/02

Dover race most watched FX show ever  There was a packed house of fans in attendance at the MBNA Platinum 400 on June 2nd at the Dover International Speedway, but that was nothing compared to the audience around the country that tuned in to the race on the FX television network. While 140,000 race fans makes for one of the largest crowds to view a sporting event in the Mid-Atlantic states, how does 5.6 million viewers around the country sound? That's what FX pulled in with its 4.7 HH rating for the June 2 race at Dover. That meant the network set a record for the most-watched program in its eight-year history. Those numbers helped FX up its season-to-date average in 2002 versus 2001 to a rating jump of 6%, while upping its viewership by 20% this year. What makes the numbers from the Dover race so impressive is that the rating for a cable program rivaled the numbers generated by FOX in its public broadcast. In short, race fans were ready to catch the action from The Monster Mile and watch rookie Jimmie Johnson post an impressive win. "We congratulate FX for having such a great rating from our MBNA Platinum 400 race and hope the trend will continue in the future," said Denis McGlynn, President and CEO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. "We know that the popularity of our races has a profound effect on major markets like Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, DC, but to see such strong numbers nationwide is truly gratifying. Our thanks to the entire crew of FX and FOX for their great coverage."

6/13/02
Industry News

Another website bites the dust  As we stated, AutoRacing1.com went to subscription based to ensure we have the resources to be there for you.  Another 'free' site (cart2day.com) has ceased operations.  There's no free lunch in this world, and voodoo economics only work so long before the money well runs dry.  Mark C.

6/13/02

CART sinking?  Not so fast   This Seattle Post article says, as the CART FedEx Championship Series rolls into Portland International Raceway for Sunday's G.I. Joe's 200, Pook and his public relations staff will be reminding us that CART's days are not numbered, as its critics would have us believe. The good news is attendance is strong. CART expects a race-day crowd of 70,000 at Portland this weekend, more than 100,000 at the Vancouver, B.C., road course and more at Toronto.

6/13/02

Earnhardt in People Magazine again Dale Earnhardt Jr. will appear in People Magazine's "Most Eligible Bachelors" that goes on sale at newsstands this week. With a distribution of more than 40 million copies, this special edition of the magazine is one of the most visible and widely distributed publications of the year. His selection was kept highly confidential before being revealed Tuesday evening on "Dateline NBC." The interview for the feature took place at Dale Jr's own "JR Motorsports" offices in Mooresville, NC, and the photo shoot took place in turn four of Lowe's Motor Speedway near Charlotte, where Junior posed in front of one of his No. 8 Budweiser race cars. This marks Dale Jr's sixth appearance in People Magazine. His first appearance was in October, 2000 when he was selected to appear in the "Sexiest Men" issue. His poise and accomplishments during a very difficult and emotional 2001 also garnered him a mention in the magazine's "Most Intriguing People of 2001." Dale Jr. will also be a visible component of this weekend's programming on MTV. Saturday and Sunday is the "MTV True Life Marathon," where the most popular episodes of the "True Life" documentary series will be shown. Dale Jr's one-hour documentary will air with some new interview footage taped recently at California Speedway.

6/13/02

NASCAR Commission rules  National Stock Car Racing Commission heard and considered the appeal of Tony Lambert, Crew Chief for Team Bristol Motorsports. The appeal pertained to a $22,500 penalty issued by NASCAR when the #54 car was found to have been under the specified minimum roof height at the conclusion of the NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division event held at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on May 25, 2002. The Commission finds the following: The Commission notes that the car did not meet the minimum roof height specified in the Rule Book at the conclusion of the race. This fact was not contested by the team. The Appellant made a compelling argument that Team Bristol Motorsports has a long-standing record of adherence to the rules and that the infraction was inadvertent. The Commission found the Appellant’s arguments to be succinct and believable. However, the Commission reaffirms its view that the failure of a part does not excuse a car that fails to meet specifications. Upon reviewing the testimony presented during the Hearing, the Commission has unanimously decided to amend the penalty to a fine of $17,500 in this instance. The Appellant has the right, under Section 15 of the NASCAR Rule Book, to appeal this decision to the National Stock Car Racing Commissioner.  NASCAR

6/13/02

As predicted, Toyota wasn't going to be in CART after 2002 anyway  Update You may find this Autoweek article on this topic interesting as well.  Pretty much says the same thing, it was clear Toyota was not going to badge the CART engine as a 'Toyota' and was going to sell engines to CART teams for a profit,  that profit in turn used to help offset expenses on the IRL side.  6/13/02 -  The only way Toyota was going to supply engines to CART in 2003 was if they could supply a minimum of 10 cars (50% of the field) and they were 3.5 L IRL engines.   Of course that wasn't going to happen and Toyota knew that.  It was an offer CART could never meet.  In this AP article, Toyota, one of CART's current engine suppliers, said Wednesday it would not be back in 2003, no matter which engine CART chooses. "Within our company, in order to stay in (CART), it had to make business and marketing sense,'' said Les Unger, Toyota's national motorsports manager. "No matter the size of the field, we need to be supplying 10 cars worth of Toyota engines for it to make sense.'' Unger said the company sent a letter to every team in CART in March asking for a "letter of intent'' by June 1. "We received four indications of interest,'' he said. Unger said Toyota was willing to supply new 3.5 liter, non-turbocharged engines for CART -- the same basic engine it will begin supplying to the rival Indy Racing League in 2003.  Just so you understand what a veiled offer it was, Toyota was not going to put their name on the engine, it was going to be a TRD engine.  We were informed by CART weeks ago that Toyota was not willing to advertise/market using their name on the engine, just sell their 'generic' TRD engines for a profit, i.e. make money off the CART team owners. Realize that if Honda or Acura were willing to badge the Ilmor engine in 2003, and/or if Toyota had committed to CART, CART absolutely would have stuck with the 3.5 L N/A engine. However, when no 'big' car manufacturers were willing to badge a 3.5 L N/A engine for CART, and faced with engines with names that the average consumer would not identify with (i.e. Ilmor, TRD (not Toyota) and Cosworth), CART decided to draw a line in the sand go with Ford's 2.65 L turbo proposal that will likely be badged Ford, basically telling Toyota/TRD and Honda/Ilmor (partially owned by Roger Penske) to go pound sand.  With CART, Ford will get worldwide global exposure, and venues with attendance figures larger than IRL's average high school football game.  With a common engine, race fans will see competitive racing like never seen before. For the time being, Toyota will continue to sponsor the wildly popular CART Long Beach GP.  Other than that, we don't expect much involvement in CART from Toyota.  Now selling cars in Mexico, we are told Toyota was trying to sponsor CART's huge Mexico City race (i.e. Cherry pick it), but since they would not be supplying Toyota branded engines in CART in 2003, CART and race promoter Gerald Forsythe stood behind that line in the sand that has been drawn, and that lucrative race sponsorship was given to Telmex and Gigante. It would not surprise us that when Toyota's sponsorship deal in Long Beach expires, that lucrative contract gets offered up to the highest bidder. Perhaps someday it will be called the Ford Grand Prix of Long Beach. Mark C.

6/13/02
Industry News

Earnhardt, seven others inducted   Novi, Mich. - As Teresa Earnhardt went on stage to accept her late husband's "Horsepower" statuette for his induction into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, she spontaneously walked to Dale's famous number three car, which was center stage, and kissed it. She then turned to the audience and asked them, "Don't you just miss him?" Seven-time Winston Cup Champion Dale Earnhardt, along with seven other honorees, were inducted Wednesday night into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America at the State Theater in Detroit. The other inductees were: Gordon Johncock, open wheel racing; Brian Redman, sports car racing; Fred Offenhauser, at-large; Eddie Hill, drag racing; Eddie Lawson, motorcycle racing; Paul Mantz, air racing; and Gaston Chevrolet, historic racing pre-World War II. Many other big names in motorsports were on hand to take part in the festivities, including former drag racing inductee Shirley Muldowney and former open wheel inductee Bobby Unser. Former NASCAR Champion and current NBC broadcaster, Benny Parsons, served as master of ceremonies. Stu Grant, general manager of Global Race Tires for the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., served as the honorary chairman for the event. "It was as emotionally moving as it was entertaining," said Ron Watson, president of the Motorsports Hall of Fame. "Tears were shed for some departed heroes, but most important was the sincere joy and pride shown by the honorees by reaching the pinnacle of their careers. What an incredible evening!"   Photo of Richard Childress, Teresa Earnhardt and Mike Helton (from left to right) from last night's Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Induction Ceremony. Photo credit Mark A. Hicks.

6/13/02

F1 Hot News
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6/13/02

CART Ladder Series update   It was a weekend of maiden victories at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as Ryan Hunter-Reay captured his first CART Toyota Atlantic Championship checkered flag and Rafael Sperafico brought home the Barber Dodge Pro Series race win. In addition to the on track activity, FedEx Championship Series team owner Bobby Rahal announced he had signed driver Danica Patrick to a long term contract and that she will enter the CART Driver Development Ladder System.  More

6/12/02

ALMS teams show well in Le Mans American Le Mans Series teams Audi Sport North America and The Racers Group won provisional pole positions Wednesday night as Qualifying Practice began at the Circuit de la Sarthe for the 70th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Audi Sport's team, which has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans the past two years, had the fastest car overall of the 50 that will start the race at 4 p.m. (Le Mans time) on Saturday. Rinaldo Capello drove the Audi R8 Prototype to a fast lap of 3:30.347 on the 8.625-mile circuit to take the provisional pole. He will share the car with Johnny Herbert and Christian Pescatori, reuniting the trio that won the Sebring 12-hour event that opened the American Le Mans Series season in March. The Racers Group team, based in Sonoma, Calif., and running at Le Mans for the first time, was the provisional pole winner in the GT class. The car's fastest lap was 4:11.486. Team owner Kevin Buckler will co-drive the Porsche 911 GT3 RS with Germans Lucas Luhr and Timo Bernhard. In the LMP 900 (Prototype) class, a second factory Audi driven by Tom Kristensen, Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro was second-fastest on Wednesday. Pirro is the defending American Le Mans Series champion. The second and final round of Qualifying Practice begins at 7 p.m. Thursday (Le Mans time) with two sessions of two hours each, split by a one-hour break. The circuit closes at midnight. There is no track activity on Friday, but all starting drivers will participate in the annual Driver's Parade in the center of Le Mans at 6 p.m.


Panoz Motor Sports endured a tough start to qualifying for this year's Le Mans 24 Hours, setting the 14th and 17th fastest times in tonight's opening session.

6/12/02

Kirch finished  The remaining two pillars of the Kirch media empire finally crumbled on Wednesday, when Taurus Holding and Kirch Beteiligung filed for insolvency with a Munich court. The insolvency filing of Taurus, the group's holding company, and Kirch Beteiligung, the investment arm that holds Kirch's stakes in publisher Axel Springer and in Formula One, had been expected after the group's other two core units sought for protection from creditors earlier this year.  The collapse of Kirch is the largest bankruptcy in German history in more than 7 decades.

6/12/02

Hendrick Names Brian Pattie No. 25 Crew Chief  Hendrick Motorsports (HMS) president John Hendrick today named Brian Pattie as crew chief of the No. 25 UAW-Delphi Chevrolet through the remainder of the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season, replacing Ken Howes who returns to the role of HMS director of competition full time after seven races as interim crew chief. Pattie will assume the position immediately, leading the team into Sunday's Winston Cup event at Michigan International Speedway with driver Joe Nemechek. "Brian will bring a youthful energy and an aggressive approach to Hendrick Motorsports," said Hendrick. "He's already developed a lot of chemistry with Joe after working with him for many years and we believe that relationship will pay dividends for the UAW-Delphi team on the racetrack."

6/12/02

Toyota might expand into airplane business  A single-engine prototype airplane designed by Toyota Motor Corp. (CART engine supplier) took flight for the first time last month in California, signaling that the Japanese automaker is considering expanding from cars into aviation, officials said on Wednesday. The four-seat, propeller-driven aircraft was flown at a Mojave, California airport north of Los Angeles on May 31 to test the components and construction of the plane, called the Toyota Advanced Aircraft. Toyota has about 40 people, including aeronautical engineers, working out of its Torrance, California, office on the plane and possible business ventures in aviation, part of the company's efforts to expand beyond the automotive industry. "There's a potential for a business opportunity here, and that's why we're studying it," said Toyota spokesman Mike Michels. "The current aircraft out there are really getting old. There's going to be some demand for new planes to replace these."

6/12/02

Shell to switch to ethanol  Shell (Vasser's sponsor) on Wednesday became the latest oil firm to say it would switch by the end of the year to ethanol in California to make cleaner-burning gasoline. Shell, a unit of Royal Dutch/Shell Group, said on Wednesday it would switch from methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), a suspected animal carcinogen that has polluted groundwater, to ethanol. Shell's decision follows BP Plc's move last month to switch to ethanol at its California refineries by the end of the year. If the companies make the switch, it would come a year before California's official phaseout of MTBE.

6/12/02

Motorola meets revenue targets  Struggling Motorola (Andretti's sponsor) looks to be turning things around.  The company expects to meet or "slightly exceed" its second-quarter revenue target of $6.4 billion.

6/12/02

Audi assaults Le Mans 
1) Capello/Herbert/Pescatori, Audi Sport Team Joest, Audi R8 3:30.347
2) Kristensen/Biela/Pirro Audi Sport Team Joest, Audi R8 3m30.701s
3) Lammers/Hillebrand/Coronel, Racing for Holland, Dome S101-Judd, 3:31.057
4) Krumm/Peter/Werner, Audi Sport North America, Audi R8, 3:32.531
5) Blundell/Bailey/McGarrity, MG Sport, MG-Lola EX257, 3m33.254s
6) Sarrazin/Montagny/Minassian, Team ORECA, Dallara-Judd 3:34.053
7) Beretta/Lamy/Comas, Team ORECA, Dallara-Judd, 3:34.244
8) Taylor/Angelelli/Tinseau Cadillac, Team Cadillac, Cadillac LMP02 3:35.042
9) Cottaz/Derichebourg/Bjork, Courage Competition, Courage C60JX-Judd, 3:36.942
10) Wallace/Leitzinger/van de Poele, Team Bentley, Bentley EXP Speed 8, 3:38.036s
GTS
1) Menu/Rydell/Enge, Prodrive, Ferrari 550 Maranello, 3:56.730
2) Fellows/O'Connell/Gavin, Corvette Racing, Chevrolet C5-R Corvette, 3:58.491
3) Belloc/Cochet/Treluyer, Equipe de France FFSA, Chrysler Viper GTS-R, 3:59.302
GT
1) Luhr/Bernhard/Buckler, The Racers' Group, Porsche 911 GT3-RS, 4:11.486
2) Dumas/Maassen/Bergmeister Freisinger Motorsport, Porsche 911 GT3-RS, 4:12.698
3) Rosa/Drudi/Riccitelli, Seikel Motorsport, Porsche 911 GT3-RS, 4:14.644

6/12/02

USGP tickets online  Purchasing tickets for the SAP United States Grand Prix Formula One race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway just became faster and more convenient than ever, thanks to the launch of www.imstix.com on the World Wide Web. The imstix.com Web site is significant in the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, for it marks the first time new customers can purchase tickets to one of the track's world-class events securely online. The advantages of purchasing SAP United States Grand Prix tickets via imstix.com are many: The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week; the site can be used to purchase USGP tickets from anywhere in the world; and fans can use one of three major credit cards: American Express, MasterCard or Visa. Indianapolis Motor Speedway ticketing and online services officials, in partnership with Indy-based INRANGE Global Consulting, custom-designed imstix.com to allow fans to choose tickets based on a number of options. Fans can select tickets based on their preferred grandstand, whether or not they want to sit under cover, and if they prefer to sit high or low and on an aisle. "With the international following of Formula One and the USGP, we find it very important to have an online ticket-selling capability to ensure fans can purchase tickets from anywhere in the world, anytime," said Peggy Swalls, vice president of administration for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "Imstix.com is a user-friendly service for Formula One fans that eliminates the need to take time out of your day - or night, depending on where you live - to call IMS and order tickets."

6/12/02

Rahal to get behind wheel again  Bobby Rahal, who called Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course his home race track throughout much of his racing career, will return to the track as a competitor for the first time since 1998 when following "Rahal's Last Ride" he retired as a CART driver. Rahal will race his Porsche 908 during the Sprint Vintage Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, June 14-16. "What makes Vintage racing fun is it is a celebration of the cars, and that's why we're here", said Rahal. "Some of these cars were never seen in this country, and this is a chance for race fans to see them." "I'm looking forward to getting my great car out on the track and putting it through its paces and seeing what it can do."

6/12/02

Ed Berrier to step in for Hermie Sadler in Michigan  NASCAR Winston Cup Series team owner Junie Donlavey announced today that Ed Berrier would drive for Hermie Sadler this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. Berrier, a native of Winston-Salem, N.C., started the 2000 season with Donlavey as a Rookie-of-the-year candidate before Donlavey replaced him. Sadler was filling in for the ailing Rick Mast. Donlavey said the scheduling conflicts involved with Sadler's weekend plans of competing in both the Winston Cup and NASCAR Busch Series events are the reason for the decision.

6/12/02

Renault to scrap 111-degree engine  Renault says they make scrap their innovative 111-degree F1 engine if F1 goes to a 1-engine per weekend rule.  The engine is marginal now, and it is thought it would never last an entire weekend.

6/12/02

CART Stock Watch  
MPH closed at $8.24 down $0.50 on volume of 264,300 shares.
$7.58 Bid - $8.56 Ask on close.
Session Low/High $8.21/$8.90
MPH Value Change -5.72%
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6/12/02

CART shortens Portland race  CART officials announced today that this Sunday's G.I. Joe's 200 at Portland International Raceway (CBS, 3:30 p.m ET)-Round 6 of the 20-race 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series-has been shortened in length from 115 to 110 laps. The reason for the shortening of the race distance is to better accommodate the window of CBS Sports' television coverage of the event. The race at the 1.969-mile road circuit will now be 216.590 miles, down from the originally scheduled 226.435-mile distance. "Based on our experience with previous races at Portland, as well as our new race format which calls for specific pit stop windows, we felt it was in our best interest to shorten the race by five laps," said CART Director of Technology and Competition Lee Dykstra. "By shortening the length, we are ensuring that our fans watching the event on television will see the race in its entirety, as well as the pre- and post-race festivities. The fact of the matter is, unless weather creates a problem for us on Sunday, this will still be the second-longest Champ Car race at Portland International Raceway in 19 years of racing here." The longest CART FedEx Championship Series event to be run at Portland International Raceway to date was the 2000 event, which was 112 laps in length (220.528 miles) and was won by two-time CART FedEx Championship Series champion Gil de Ferran.

6/12/02

Follow the Panoz team at Le Mans  Race fans will get the chance to get the complete inside view of Panoz Motor Sports assault on this year's Le Mans 24 Hour thanks to the team's web-site - www.panozmotorsports.com The site will provide complete behind-the-scenes access to the team's progress including unique bonus downloadable 360 degree Quicktime VR views of every major corner of the circuit. This enables the web user to "stand" in the middle of the track and use the mouse to rotate around the corner - a complete 360 degree view. The site will also include daily news, video updates and picture galleries from Panoz on and off track.

6/12/02

CART Ladder Series drivers pass IRL test with ease  CART Drivers Will Langhorne and Tony Renna passed the speed phases of their Indy Racing League rookie tests June 10 at Texas Motor Speedway. Langhorne, 27, from Warrenton, Va., completed the four-phase test in 93 laps with a top speed of approximately 212.2 mph around the high-banked, 1.5-mile oval. He drove the No. 99 Grill 2 Go Sam Schmidt Motorsports Indy Car Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone, which Richie Hearn raced to a ninth-place finish June 8 in the Boomtown 500 at TMS. “He looked very comfortable in the car,” said IRL Technical Manager Mark Bridges, who supervised Langhorne’s test. “He was very smooth and relaxed. It is obvious he has some talent. The guy is a race car driver. “Will and Tony are on top of their game. They passed the tests with ease.” Langhorne began CART Toyota Atlantic competition in 1999 and won one race before finishing second in the rookie of the year point standings. He continued in CART Toyota Atlantic in 2000, finishing ninth in the overall point standings. Renna, 25, from Deland, Fla., also drove the No. 99 machine to complete his test in 59 laps at a top speed of approximately 212.9 mph. Supervising the test was three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Johnny Rutherford, who is responsible for special projects for the Indy Racing League. “He was very good,” Rutherford said. “He knew what the car was doing, and that was impressive. It was windy and warm, and he adapted to the car and the situation well. “So did Langhorne. They both would fit in very, very well.” Renna, a former CART Indy Lights and CART Barber Dodge Pro Series driver, will be the test driver for Kelley Racing’s Indy Racing League and Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series teams this season. In addition to his testing duties, Renna will serve as driver coach for Jason Priestley in the Infiniti Pro Series. Renna started racing at age 6 and, in addition to his Indy Lights and Barber Dodge experience, has served as a test driver for CART PacWest Racing Group’s Champ Car effort.

6/12/02

Someone wake CBS up  CART's "television marketing" gurus need to get on the ball and get a CART banner on the front page of CBS Sportsline. Here is about the only information we could find regarding the Portland CART race on CBS this coming weekend.  A person really has to dig for the info.  CBSportsline is one of the better/more popular sources of sports information. CART would be well advised to make sure they exhaust every means to "promote" the race with this "partner."

6/12/02

Soft Walls to be used for Brickyard 400  The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced today that its groundbreaking SAFER Barrier will be used for the ninth running of the Brickyard 400 on Aug. 4. The decision followed discussion by IMS officials and representatives of NASCAR and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Midwest Roadside Safety Facility. According to Kevin Forbes, director of engineering and construction for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, modifications required to prepare the SAFER Barrier for the much heavier NASCAR Winston Cup Series stock cars - which weigh approximately 3,500 pounds versus 1,550 pounds for Indy Racing League cars - are minor. "The only modifications it's going to require are we are going to put a little more extruded polystyrene in between the blocks we already have," Forbes said. The foam pads at all four turns of the 2½-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be thickened from 16 inches to about 26 inches. The decision to include the SAFER Barrier in the Brickyard 400 was based on a meeting last week between officials from IMS, NASCAR and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. NASCAR announced yesterday that more testing is needed before the SAFER system will be used at other racing venues. The SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) Barrier, which is designed to reduce forces incurred by a car in an accident and increase driver safety, was installed in the four turns of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway before Opening Day of the 86th Indianapolis 500-Mile Race on May 5.

6/12/02

NASCAR makes aero changes  Officials for the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) have announced a ½-inch increase to the front air dam and ¼ inch rear spoiler increase for the Pontiac Grand Prix beginning with this weekend's Sirius Satellite Radio 400 at Michigan Speedway. The leading edge of the air dam for the Pontiacs now must not extend more than one (1) inch forward of the bumper. Measurements for the rear spoiler will now read at 7 3/8 inches high by 57 inches wide (prior to this, the rear spoiler measured at 6 7/8 inches high by 57 inches wide). This dimension will not be used at Daytona or Talladega. Officials also reduced the spoiler size on the Ford Taurus from 6 inches to 5-7/8 inches for next month's Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway. During the Daytona 500 in February, the Ford's rear spoiler was 5 ¾ inches tall and in April at Talladega, Ford's measurements were 6 inches tall. The Chevrolet and Dodge teams rear spoiler will remain at 6 ¼ inches tall, while the Pontiac teams will measure at 6 ½ inches tall by 57 inches wide.

6/12/02

Minardi's last gasp?  This Planet F1 article says, The struggling Minardi team, in danger of bowing out of F1 before the end of the season because of a cash crunch, will be joining the other teams to discuss a number of cost-cutting measures with FIA president Max Mosley and Ecclestone. But top of Paul Stoddart's agenda will no doubt be the issue of the Prost TV money which the team has been eyeing as a possible leg-up out of the financial hole they're in at the moment. Stoddart believes that Minardi should get a slice of the lucrative TV cake - which is shared out amongst the Top 10 teams in the sport - because when Prost dropped out Minardi, who finished 11th to Prost's ninth, would have moved up a place in the constructors' standings. "Hopefully we can resolve it once and for all at the meeting in London," said Stoddart. "I think it will be solved on Thursday but I've stopped making predictions because when you think something is right both legally and morally it doesn't seem to carry a lot of weight."

6/12/02

More NASCAR Soft Wall tests needed  2nd UPDATE Here is a related AP article6/11/02 - NASCAR announced this morning that the SAFER Soft Wall system will not be implemented into their racing series without further testing. NASCAR Senior Vice President George Pyne and Dr. Dean Sicking, an expert in accident reconstruction and computer crash modeling and barrier accidents made this announcement and fielded questions on NASCAR moving forward with the SAFER system. "Soft walls do not mean safe walls", these words were echoed by George Pyne as he cautioned how NASCAR is proceeding to test the SAFER wall system at a variety of track configurations. Concerns raised by NASCAR are how the SAFER Wall System will perform on tracks that are dissimilar to Indianapolis Motor Speedway, specifically those with different radius turns and banking. A minimum of four additional crash test are needed to further evaluate the SAFER system. It is hoped that the SAFER Wall System will be implemented in the future, but would most likely be modified for each different track configuration on the Winston Cup circuit.   6/11/02 - According to this AP article, NASCAR officials have asked the New Hampshire International Speedway to hold off on installing new "soft walls" until further testing determines they are as safe as possible for stock cars, track owner Bob Bahre said. That means the walls will not be in place for next month's Winston Cup race, and they may not be installed in time for September's race, either, Bahre said.

6/12/02

Oval wall claims another driver  UPDATE Here is a photo of George Mack wearing the Hutchens Device at Indy, taken by Earl Ma/BRG.  Like NASCAR, the IRL does not mandate the HANS Device.  Therefore, some drivers choose to wear the Hutchens Device.  However, as you can see in the photos, the Hutchens Device is a series of straps around the drivers torso.   Should those straps move or become loosened during the race, which is a distinct possibility, the drivers head and neck would be allowed to move further forward, creating a situation whereupon the driver could still suffer a Basilar Skull fracture. 6/10/02 - NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series driver, John Baker, 49, of Tucson , Arizona, was killed at Irwindale Speedway on Saturday night. He was wearing a "Hutchens Device" as mandated by NASCAR. It occurred on the 36th lap of a 150 lap event when his car was brushed by another car, thereby sending into the wall nearly headfirst. Baker had been the pole winner. This was the first Southwest Series fatality and the fourth at the Irwindale Speedway.  Note, CART does not allow the Hutchens Device, only the HANS Device.  NASCAR allows both. Perhaps the Hutchens Device needs more testing.

6/12/02

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