by Ben Leffler Whether you are a casual go-kart driver or a serious racing enthusiast, situations arise that call for shipping your kart and hiring a professional moving company to do the job is always a good option. Moving, selling a kart online and traveling to a race are just several such circumstances, and in each it is important that the kart arrives at its destination on time and in good condition.
by Dave Grayson Citing economic opportunity and job diversity, the Tulare Planning Commission gave a thumbs up to the proposed Tulare Motorsports Park Complex, TMSC, at their December 8th meeting. This action is a giant step towards the future of this complex. Next is winning the official approval of the Tulare City Council which project developers are reportedly expecting. The lynch pin of the TMSC will be a one mile, D shaped, oval with 24 degrees of banking in the turns that will be able to accommodate every form of stock car and open wheel racing imaginable.
Loved by one and all With extremely heavy hearts, Porsche Cars North America and the Public Relations Department share the sad news that Bob Carlson passed away today. Arguably Porsche’s biggest fan and, to anyone who was fortunate enough to spend time with Bob, a genuine and generous soul, today Porsche has lost a dear family member, one who truly had Porsche and motorsports in his blood. Bob succumbed to his long battle with cancer today.
Individual Competition Sebastien Loeb has won The Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium today. Loeb, the five times World Rally (WRC) champion, kept his composure despite fierce pressure from fellow finalist, Britain’s David Coulthard, to become the champion of champions. The unique, annual event pitches the worlds best motorsport stars head-to-head in equal machinery on a tight and twisty, temporary tarmac track constructed atop of Wembley famous pitch.
Race of Champions Team Germany retained their title in The Race Of Champions Nations Cup at Wembley Stadium today. The reunited pairing of seven-time F1 champion, Michael Schumacher, and F1’s youngest ever race winner, Sebastian Vettel, never looked troubled as they powered undefeated through the heat events before beating Team Scandinavia in the final.
Trans-Am After a two-year hiatus since its last Champion was crowned, SCCA’s Trans-Am® Series will return in 2009, with a planned eight-race schedule for the series which held its first race in 1966. Five of the eight races were announced today at the Performance Racing Industry show, in Orlando, Fla., as well as the series’ title sponsor for 2009—Muscle Milk®. The 2009 Muscle Milk® SCCA® Trans-Am® Series will consist of six events in conjunction with some of the biggest SCCA Club Racing events across the country, creating powerhouse SCCA weekends, and two key professional events. Technical rules will be based on the SCCA Club Racing GT-1 class.
AARWBA has been recognizing top drivers for 38 years
2008 winners to be feted January 10th For 38 years, the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association has elected the annual All America Racing Team. The team is recognized by the Associated Press, Reuters and major publications as the only team of its kind in motor sports. Each year, two team members are elected in each of seven categories (unless there is a tie, in which case both tying drivers are elected). The driver who receives the most votes is awarded the Jerry Titus Memorial Trophy™ as AARWBA's Driver of the Year.
In Mexico City Eurointernational’s Alexander Rossi (US) is the winner of the fourth Formula BMW World Final. At the “Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez“ in Mexico City (MX) the 17-year-old crossed the line 0.655 seconds ahead of second-placed Rookie Michael Christensen (DK). Local hero Esteban Gutiérrez (MX), also made it onto the podium by finishing third.
by Dave Grayson The Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway, a quarter mile paved oval located at the Colorado River Fairgrounds in Blythe-California, gave their loyal fans another reason to be thankful, during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, by presenting the Thanksgiving 200 which is one of their crown jewel events from their 2008-2009 Winter Blast Series.
68th Annual Turkey Night Grand Prix USAC racing veteran Bobby Santos III passed Indy 500 veteran Davey Hamilton with 8 laps to go take the 98 lap USAC MOPAR National/Western Midget Championship Series main event, November 27th, at the Toyota Speedway at Irwindale. This race was part of the southern California based half mile speedway's 68th Annual Turkey Night Grand Prix presented by Agajanian Promotions.
Superleague finale in Jerez Late-race problems denied Liverpool's Adrian Valles a deserved win at Jerez and handed the inaugural Superleague Formula title to Beijing Guoan. Valles led from pole and was over 10 seconds ahead when his car slowed with the checkered flag in sight. At the start of the final lap he was passed by the AC Milan car of Robert Doornbos, who claimed the win while Valles finally limped home 7th to claim the title.
Andretti gets 3rd for USA A1 Team Ireland became the first nation to score two victories this season, as Adam Carroll dominated the Sepang Feature race in Malaysia. Filipe Albuquerque took an excellent second place for Portugal while Marco Andretti finished a great third for the USA from eighth on the grid. Ireland now leads the championship heading into the Christmas break.
A1GP Neel Jani became the fifth different race winner this season as A1 Team Switzerland took victory in a dramatic Sprint race at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia. After a red flag, Switzerland controlled the restart and made a slick pit stop to take a comfortable win in the hot and humid conditions. France’s Loïc Duval finished second ahead of a charging Earl Bamber for A1 Team New Zealand.
A1GP in Malaysia Switzerland and Ireland took a pole position apiece for tomorrow’s races in Sepang, Malaysia. Neel Jani put in a phenomenal lap time of 1m 47.154s to give Switzerland pole position for tomorrow’s Sprint race at the Sepang International Circuit. France’s Loïc Duval will start alongside him on the front row. Adam Carroll took the Feature race pole for A1 Team Ireland with a 1m 47.124s ahead of Great Britain’s Danny Watts in second, both on PowerBoost.
Great IndyCar venue missed by many Gone but not forgotten is the famed Trenton International Speedway which was located on the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds in the capital city. The track, which closed in 1980, offered everything from Indianapolis Cars, NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup), Modified stock car, Midget and Sprint Car competition.
A1GP Practice in Malaysia A1 Team Great Britain made a good start to its preparations for the third round of the 2008/09 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport today, with Danny Watts setting the quickest time in the first rookie practice session and then improving on that to take the fastest lap of the weekend so far in the afternoon’s one-hour practice at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.
Bosch selling KERS system for all forms of motorsports
F1, ALMS, others Bosch Motorsport is developing a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) for use in motor racing. With hybrid technology being used more and more in road vehicles, there are now signs that it will also find its way into racing vehicles. Bosch is developing a modular KERS kit which covers all requirements from Formula 1 to racing series such as the DTM or 24-hour races.
Kunimoto takes surprise victory in Macau Grand Prix
Wins historic F3 finale Japan’s Keisuke Kunimoto took a surprise victory in the Windsor Arch Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix on Sunday as his TOM’S team took their second consecutive win in the blue riband event. Kunimoto, making his first appearance in Macau, got away better than pole position man Edoardo Mortara from second spot on the grid – and managed to fight off his rival all the way down to Lisboa Bend.
A1GP in China Filipe Albuquerque held off intense pressure from Adam Carroll in the Team Ireland car to give Team Portugal its maiden A1GP victory in the feature race in Chengdu, China today. Albuquerque passed Adam Carroll at the start to move into second behind leader Danny Watts (Great Britain) and took the lead from Watts the lead by staying out two laps longer at the first round of pit stops.
A1GP Adam Carroll drove a faultless race to take A1 Team Ireland’s second series victory in Chengdu, China today. On his A1 Team Netherlands debut, Robert Doornbos came home a comfortable second, while Danny Watts held off a fierce challenge from Switzerland’s Neel Jani to claim the final podium position for A1 Team Great Britain.
Chengdu: Ireland and Great Britain take pole positions
A1GP in China A1 Team Great Britain’s Danny Watts claimed pole position for tomorrow’s Feature race in A1GP Chengdu, China posting the fastest lap of the weekend so far, a 1m 15.325s. Adam Carroll put in a great performance to take Ireland’s maiden A1GP pole position for tomorrow morning’s Sprint race. After two thrilling fights for pole the Chengdu International Circuit looks set to provide the scene for two equally thrilling races tomorrow.
A1GP The A1GP Powered by Ferrari cars took to the Chengdu International Circuit in China for the first time today. Nicolas Prost started the day as the quickest rookie and reigning champion Switzerland set the pace this afternoon with Neel Jani’s time of 1m 16.349s. In an incident-packed first day on track, the rookies and developing nations were joined in the opening official practice session by USA and India, the teams yet to complete the same amount of testing mileage as the other teams.
A1GP Season Opener A1 Team France has claimed the first Feature race victory of the season in extremely wet conditions at Circuit Park Zandvoort in The Netherlands. From third on the grid Loic Duval put in a mature drive, taking the lead before the first round of pit stops and holding on until the end despite two safety car periods curtailing his advantage. Sprint race winner Fairuz Fauzy finished second for Malaysia,
Allgaier wins New Jersey Motorsports Park ARCA race
ARCA The combination of a little luck, the necessary skill and the right pit road strategy turned Justin Allgaier into a road course winner Sunday afternoon in the inaugural Loud Energy Drink 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park. The combination of a little luck, the necessary skill and the right pit road strategy turned Justin Allgaier into a road course winner Sunday afternoon in the inaugural Loud Energy Drink 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
Formula BMW Mexican Esteban Gutierrez entered the history books of the young driver series by claiming the first Formula BMW Europe title after the Saturday race in Monza. His fourth place to winner Tiago Geronimi (BR) was sufficient to secure the title at the high speed Italian circuit. Despite another victory by Geronimi, it was Michael Christensen (DK) who secured the "Rookie of the Year“ title.
by Dan Rieck Long before the staccato roars of high speed race cars were ever to grace NJMP’s lightning fast straightaways and sweeping bends, motor racing was very much alive and well in Southern New Jersey. On any given Friday night in the late '50s and early '60s, the titans of modified class stock car racing would descend upon the old Vineland Speedway ½ mile oval to do battle for bragging rights and a handful of cash.
MotoGP The MotoGP World Championship heads to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time in its history this weekend, fittingly with the equal most successful rider of all-time leading the groundbreaking pilgrimage to one of motorsport’s most iconic venues. The legendary American circuit, which plays host to two of the largest-attended sporting events in the world - the Indy 500 and Allstate 400 car races - now welcomes the two-wheeled phenomena.
The Jim Russell Racing School sets the mark higher
by Mark J So you think you have what it takes to be a race car driver, do you? Well if you do, I suggest you cut right to the chase and enroll in the all new Jim Russell Racing Drivers School at Infineon Raceway. Start with the 2-day School of Racing class and then advance to the 3-day Advanced School of Racing.
Q&A with Jim Russell Racing school boss Chip Pankow
by Mark J The following interview was conducted with Chip Pankow, President of Emotive, the company that owns the Jim Russell Racing Drivers School, prior to me taking their three-day Advanced School of Racing class. Chip drove race cars competitively for a number of years in Europe before taking on his current role with Emotive, so he brings a real-world perspective of what it takes to make a good race car driver.
by Ali Arsham Andrie Hartanto driving the RedZone Performance/CT Engineering Acura TSX scored his first win at the Nitto Tires United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC) race at Thunderhill Raceway. Hartanto marked the fifth different winner to visit victory lane in five USTCC races this season.
IMS' PEDS Barrier started SAFER Barrier revolution
IMS Ten years ago, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Indy Racing League officials were determined to take the next step in motorsports safety. What they produced was a revolution with a funny name: the PEDS Barrier. Today the SAFER Barrier (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) has gained international acclaim as an energy-absorbing barrier, credited with drastically reducing the level of injury or death on high-speed oval racetracks.
by Tim Wohlford If the New York Time's description of Alain de Cadenet's "Victory By Design," as "car porn" is true, then the Kohler International Challenge at Road America is the porn star convention -- hot bodies with alluring bumps and lumps in all the right places, inciting youthful lust and passion, raw poetry in motion and beauty, all at a price that few of us can afford.
1st permanent circuit in West Africa The famous Dakar Rally which could not be held this year for safety fears along the route, is no more. Would this leave Dakar void of any motor sport? Not exactly...in Dakar, a permanent circuit has seen the light of day: Dakar Baobabs! Jean-André Collard (Trace Events), his son in law, inspired by the Spa and Istanbul circuits drew up the plans for a track, and very quickly the tarmac was laid.
Ford's new Director of Racing Brian Wolfe, the new Director of Ford Racing Technology, is living a dream. When long-time Ford Racing boss Dan Davis announced his retirement effective August 1, Wolfe was tabbed as the replacement for Davis. Wolfe, a part-time drag racer, brings the passion of a racer to the job with the wealth of design and development experience from 26 years with Ford Motor Company. He took a few minutes from his busy schedule to answer a few questions.
by Ali Arsham Curt Simmons won the Nitto Tire US Touring Car Championship round at Infineon Raceway in his Sunnyvale Dodge SRT-4. Simmons became the fourth different driver to win in as many races and was his first victory since winning the championship in 2007.
MotoGP You can never write off a champion and certainly can never write off a man who has been world champion five times in the premier class. After two years without a world title, Valentino Rossi looks poised to make 2008 his great comeback year and there may be very little his rivals can do about it.
by Mark J Having grown up in New Jersey since the 1950s I have seen a number of race tracks come and go, including the 1-mile Trenton Speedway (widened to 1.5-miles in 1969) the Meadowlands temporary circuit around Giants Stadium, and a host of small dirt and paved 1/2-mile ovals. Since the demise of the Trenton Speedway in the '70s, for the most part big-time motorsports never took root in NJ, perhaps because there never was a proper race facility built to foster such a growth. That was until now.
by Dave Grayson So the "Speed Racer" movie, based on the 1960's Japanese animation TV series, finally made it to the theatre screens. This is no small feat because this movie has been in various forms of preproduction since 1992. So far the film has been beaten black and blue by movie critics. Even veteran actor John Goodman, one of the film's stars, said "God, I hope this thing doesn't tank" while being interviewed during the movie's premiere.
A1GP Reveals First Image of 'Powered by Ferrari' Car
A1GP A1GP World Cup of Motorsport has revealed the first image of its brand new 'Powered by Ferrari' car for use in season four (2008/09). The CAD drawing was released ahead of the car's inaugural shakedown test in Southern England.
by Ali Arsham Tom Lepper driving the Cobalt California/Red Line Oil Chevrolet Cobalt SS took the win at the Thunderhill Raceway round of the Nitto Tires United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC). David Bongiovanni took second place in the GoodSport Racing Mitsubishi Evo and along with it the driver's points championship
A1GP Feature Race On a track nearly impossible to pass on, Narain Karthikeyan held off heavy pressure from local hero Robbie Kerr to give Team India their second A1GP victory in the series finale at Brands Hatch on Sunday. Karthikeyan make a number of unforced errors, but because Brands Hatch is hard to pass on, Kerr simply could not find a way past the Indian, who added to his Zhuhai, China Feature Race win earlier in the season.
A1GP Sprint Race A1 Team Switzerland has won the 2007/08 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, after finishing fourth in this morning's sensational Brands Hatch Sprint race in the UK, in which Great Britain's Robbie Kerr took a fantastic home race victory ahead of USA and Ireland.
A1GP GBR's Robbie Kerr put in a sensational performance to qualify in pole position for tomorrow morning's Sprint race at the A1GP Brands Hatch, Great Britain, much to the delight of his home fans. The British racer will also start the Feature race from the front row of the grid, lining up in second place alongside Narain Karthikeyan, who has secured India's first pole position.
A1GP Season Finale Just by coincidence of course, home nation A1 Team Great Britain topped the time sheets in the second of today's two free practice sessions at Brands Hatch, as the final round of the 2007/08 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport got underway at the legendary Kent circuit in Great Britain in changeable weather conditions. Despite spending some of the hour long session confined to the garage while the team worked on the car, GBR's Robbie Kerr stamped his authority on the first day of A1GP track action on home soil.
22 Nations Gear Up for Title Decider at Brands Hatch
A1GP As the remarkable third season of A1GP comes to an end, just two teams - Switzerland and New Zealand - are in contention for the prestigious title honors, as the World Cup of Motorsport heads to the legendary Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit in Kent for the final round next weekend (2-4 May). In fact, for the first time in A1GP history all 22 championship positions are still to be decided, with 32 points up for grabs at the season finale.
A1GP Jonathan Summerton gave Team USA's its first ever A1GP win Sunday in the Shanghai feature race today. Summerton beat pole sitter Neel Jani into Turn 1 at the start and then pulled away. By the checkered flag he was 9.7 seconds ahead of 2nd place Filipe Albuquerque, driving for Team Portugal. With that first ever win elusive until today, for Team USA it was an historic day.
A1GP Sprint race in Shanghai A1 Team Switzerland's Neel Jani put in a perfect performance during this morning's Shanghai Sprint race, dominating the action from pole position to seize his fourth win of the season. Jani also set the fastest lap of the race to pick up maximum championship points and increase his nation's lead over second-placed New Zealand to 31 after they failed to score.
A1GP Championship leader Neel Jani continued his sensational form to qualify the Swiss car in pole position for tomorrow's Sprint and Feature race at the A1GP Shanghai, China. Twenty-four-year-old Neel Jani set the fastest lap in the closing moments of the second 15-minute qualifying segment to take pole position for tomorrow morning's Sprint race from Portugal's Filipe Albuquerque, who set the fastest lap during Q1 and has been on superb form all weekend.
A1GP A1 Team Portugal's Filipe Albuquerque was on superb form today, topping the time sheets in both of the official free practice sessions in Shanghai, as the penultimate round of the 2007/08 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport got underway at the Shanghai International Circuit in cool and cloudy conditions. The Portuguese car was closely followed by New Zealand's Jonny Reid, who won the Shanghai Feature race last year.
A1GP in China As the thrilling third season of A1GP draws to a close, the title battle is wide open and the competition is tighter than ever, with eight teams still mathematically in contention for the honors, as the World Cup of Motorsport returns to China for the penultimate round in Shanghai next weekend (11-13 April).
A1GP at Mexico City A1 Team Ireland was on sensational form in Mexico City this afternoon to win the thrilling Feature race from Great Britain and USA, becoming the 15th nation to win an A1GP race. It is a fantastic result for Portadown's Adam Carroll in his debut season for the team, and particularly well timed as the win comes just one day before Ireland celebrates St Patrick's Day (17 March).
A1GP in Mexico City Mexico - A1 Team South Africa's Adrian Zaugg has qualified in pole position for tomorrow morning's Sprint race at the A1GP Mexico City, Mexico, while the Feature race will be led off the grid by Durban Sprint race winner Canada's Robert Wickens.
Atlantic Series testing Rookie driver Dane Cameron went two-for-two in his first Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda test with Genoa Racing, concluding the two-day Spring Training tune-up at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca atop the time charts. Driving the No. 17 Genoa Racing machine, Cameron logged a best lap at 1:15.447 (106.788 mph).
Bongiovanni Wins USTCC Season Opener at Thunderhill
by Ali Arsham David Bongiovanni won the season opener of the Nitto Tires United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC) at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, CA on March 9, 2008 driving the same Mitsubishi Evo that Dave Brown used to win the 2006 Driver’s Championship. Rod Rojas, and Curt Simmons rounded out the top three.
A1GP With just three rounds of the 2007/08 season remaining, the prestigious A1GP title honors are still up for grabs, as the World Cup of Motorsport gears up for round eight in Mexico City next weekend (14-16 March). A1GP's inaugural visit to Mexico City's Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit in March 2007 will be remembered for A1 Team Great Britain's maiden victory.
Superleague Apart from its motor sport history, Donington Park is also a popular concert and festival venue, but today, the UK circuit welcomed a new brand of beautiful music for the first time – the V12 power of the new Superleague Formula championship. The Elan Motorsport Technologies-built, Menard Competition Technologies-powered prototype hit the track for the first time with Frenchman Bruce Jouanny at the wheel.
A1GP in Durban, South Africa Points leader Neel Jani driving for A1 Team Switzerland dominated the action in Durban this afternoon to win the incident-packed Feature race, as the tricky turn one claimed numerous victims throughout the 48-lap race. Today's results move the Swiss team 10 points ahead of France in the championship standings while New Zealand now lies third.
A1GP in Durban A1 Team Canada secured its first ever Sprint race victory in this morning’s action-packed race held around the streets of Durban in glorious sunshine. Switzerland regained the title lead as France failed to score any points and New Zealand picked up one point for setting the fastest lap.
With Photos by Gary Parravani Marcus Dodd has won Rallye Sunseeker for the sixth time in his career – he and co-driver Andrew Bargery overcame clutch troubles on their Hyundai Accent WRC during the first leg of the event to move to the front of the field and, by the time they arrived back in Bournemouth, UK, their winning margin was 43 seconds after over 62 miles of special stages.
A1GP A1 Team Canada's Robert Wickens put in a stunning effort to qualify in pole position for tomorrow morning's Sprint race at the A1GP Durban, South Africa, circuit becoming the youngest ever pole-sitter in the series. Switzerland's Neel Jani, who just pipped GBR to take provisional pole in the third qualifying segment, bettered his time in the final qualifying segment to secure pole position for tomorrow's Feature race.
A1GP feature Race A1 Team South Africa secured its second A1GP race win of the season in this afternoon's action-packed Feature race at Sydney's Eastern Creek Raceway, closing the gap to third-placed Switzerland in the championship standings. The weekend brought the championship battle even closer together.
A1GP Sprint Race A1 Team France has taken the title lead in the thrilling 2007/08 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport season, having dominated this morning's wet Sprint race at Sydney's Eastern Creek from start to finish to take its first win in 37 races. Loic Duval pulled out a comfortable lead at the start of the 14-lap race and was never threatened by the remaining 21-car pack.
A1GP A1 Team France put in a superb performance to qualify in pole position for tomorrow morning's Sprint race at the A1GP Sydney, Australia while the Feature race will be led off the grid by championship leader New Zealand. Loic Duval continued to impress the packed grandstands at Eastern Creek, clocking the fastest lap during the first 15-minute qualifying segment to take pole position for A1 Team France for tomorrow morning's Sprint race.
A1GP A1 Team France was on incredible form today, topping the time sheets in the second of today's two free practice sessions at Sydney's Eastern Creek Raceway as round six of the 2007/08 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport season got underway in wet and overcast conditions. The 25-year-old French driver Loic Duval recorded the best lap of the day on his first flying lap around the 3.93 km circuit, a blisteringly quick 1m18.675s, slashing A1 Team Germany's lap record by half a second.
Germany wins feature as New Zealand takes title lead
A1GP in New Zealand A1 Team Germany's Christian Vietoris, who has been on sensational form all weekend, secured his first A1GP race win in this afternoon's action-packed Feature race at Taupo Motorsport Park while New Zealand's points haul put the home team at the top of the championship standings.
A1GP in NewZealand New Zealand made A1GP history today dominating the Taupo Sprint race from lights-to-flag to take its first ever A1GP win at home. It became only the second team to win a home race in the history of the thrilling series. Jonny Reid led from pole to take the checkered flag and score 15 crucial points, moving ahead of France for second in the championship.
A1GP Home nation A1 Team New Zealand qualified in pole position for tomorrow morning's Sprint race at Taupo while France took the Feature race pole. It was an unusual qualifying hour as the majority of teams waited as late as possible to take to the windy, dusty track during each of the four 15-minute qualifying segments.
A1GP Race Preview A1GP World Cup of Motorsport will make history next weekend (18 – 20 January) as all 22 national teams competing in the A1GP Taupo, New Zealand take to the track with biofuel in their tanks. The landmark event will make A1GP the first truly global motorsport series to race on a 30 per cent biofuel mix.
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