The 2009 Performance Racing Industry trade show features just about everything the race team could want or need, under one roof. Last year, all of the teams that made The Chase in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, were buyers at the show. Every year at the PRI show, they feature a kart race on the opening night of the show. This kart race has taken on a life of its own, and seems to get bigger and bigger every year.
9th world title for greatest ever Valentino Rossi finished third behind Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa at a rain-soaked Sepang to take the 2009 MotoGP World Championship title. Casey Stoner was the race victor at the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix on Sunday, but it was Valentino Rossi whose achievement of third place laid the foundation for the story of the weekend. Stoner’s second successive win was impressive enough, as was his astounding 14.666s margin of victory, but it was the Italian’s result that secured his ninth world title.
Spaniard becomes the first F2 champion for 25 years Andy Soucek has sealed the 2009 FIA Formula Two Championship at Imola today (19 September), becoming the first F2 champion since Mike Thackwell in 1984. The Spaniard will earn a full test with the AT&T Williams F1 team, after building an unassailable points lead over his championship rivals with three races to go in the season. Soucek clinched the crown with an impressive third place during Saturday’s race in Italy.
Superleague bound Sebastien Bourdais claims Having won in almost every championship he’s entered and the owner of one of motorsport’s most impressive CVs, Sébastien Bourdais, after contesting 27 grand prix, is ready to accept a new challenge; Superleague Formula by Sonangol, the only series to marry the passion of football with the excitement of motor racing. The Frenchman will begin his campaign as early as this coming weekend in Estoril (Portugal) racing for Spanish club FC Sevilla.
MotoGP at Indy The battle for the 2009 World Championship was blown wide open on Sunday at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix as Jorge Lorenzo scored a great win and his Fiat Yamaha colleague Valentino Rossi suffered his first DNF of the year. Lorenzo eventually crossed the line with a 9.5s winning margin to cut Rossi’s championship lead in half, as the deficit dropped from 50 to 25 points, with five races remaining.
Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races The Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races concluded today at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca after three days of fabulous vintage racing action, exhibitions, new car reveals and activities for fans. Now 36 years old, the event is often called the most significant vintage racing event in the country, and according to famed driver Brian Redman, who joined the likes of Jurgen Barth, Derek Bell, David Donohue, Vic Elford and Hurley Haywood here this year, it is "one of the top two or three events of its kind in the world."
Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races According to David Love (San Rafael, Calif.), no matter how many times he comes to the Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races and thinks he has seen it all, he discovers another significant vintage race car he has never seen before. "It is an event you might imitate but you could not duplicate," said Love, a 74-year-old veteran of automobile racing who is driving here this weekend. In fact, Love has driven his 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa in each of the 36 runnings of the Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races.
by Ali Arsham Curt Simmons, driving the Cornwell Tools/Rota Wheels Dodge SRT-4, won the Nitto Tire US Touring Car Championship (USTCC) race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California on August 2, 2009. Finishing second for the fourth time in a row was Andy Chittum in the BTM Motorsworks/LeMans Karting BMW 328ti. Finishing in third place was the team of Andrie Hartanto and Tom Lepper who had won every race this year so far.
SCCA As one of the initial offerings in its new grassroots motorsports initiative, Honda Performance Development, Inc. (HPD), the authorized Honda and Acura auto racing company in North America, is proposing entry into an SCCA Club Racing program with an eye toward lowering operating costs, while strengthening FF’s position as the first step in American open-wheel racing.
Jonathan Palmer comments on death of Henry Surtees
Formula 2 I am absolutely devastated that 18 year old Henry Surtees lost his life in an accident in the Formula Two race at Brands Hatch yesterday. This is the saddest time in my 35 years of motor racing and my deepest sympathies are with father John, mother Jane and their daughters Edwina and Leonora, together with other family and friends.
Ford WRC Rally drivers will attempt Pikes Peak record
In 800-HP Ford Fiestas On July 19, two high-performance motorsport versions of the new 2009 Ford Fiesta will make their North American motorsports debut at the annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb outside Colorado Springs, Colorado. Driving the Olsbergs Motor Sport Evolution Fiestas will be four time Swedish Rally Champion Andreas Eriksson and World Rally and Ford Racing legend Marcus Grönholm. Together they will attempt to be the first team to break the 10-minute mark over the 12.4-mile, 156-turn pavement and gravel course.
by Ali Arsham Andrie Hartanto managed to stay unbeaten this season in the Nitto Tire US Touring Car Championship by winning the Infineon round on June 28, 2009. The victory was somewhat surprising because Andy Chittum was quickest in every session in his BTM Motorworks/LeMans Karting BMW.
Only 2nd in history to reach the century mark Valentino Rossi wrote another chapter in his extraordinary career in Holland today, becoming only the second rider in history to reach 100 Grand Prix wins. 13 years after his very first victory in 125cc, the Italian took the hat-trick of pole position, fastest lap and race win with a perfect display in front of a huge Assen crowd to pass the century mark. It was his 40th win since joining Yamaha in 2004, meaning that over half of his premier-class wins have come with the Japanese factory.
Hartanto Continues Winning Streak into 2009 Season
Ryan Cristobal - USTCC PR/Media Services Team The 2009 Nitto Tire United States Touring Car Championship season took the green flag Sunday, April 26th, 2009 on the challenging track of Thunderhill Raceway Park in the Northern California town of Willows. Andrie Hartanto started the season where he left off in 2008, which is in victory lane. Hartanto now holds a USTCC series record of four consecutive wins in the #88 RedZone/SuperTech/Wicked Tuning Prima Racing Acura TSX
Travis on the 1st year of the Powered by Ferrari Era
A1GP Since A1GP World Cup of Motorsport announced the landmark partnership with Ferrari back in 2007, a momentous project began to design, build and test a full field of cars and bring them to the grid for the 2008/09 season. With the first season in a 5-year deal now complete, the man who has overseen this impressive feat, John Travis, A1GP Technical Director, talks about the challenge that helped produce A1GP’s most exciting season of racing to date.
A1GP Adam Carroll driving for A1 Team Ireland has won the Feature race from pole at Brands Hatch to backup his win and pole in the Sprint race earlier today in a clean sweep of the entire A1GP weekend, and with it take the overall title. Following Carroll home were Netherlands, Switzerland, Monaco, Portugal, Mexico, Great Britain and Australia.
A1GP A1 Team Ireland and Adam Carroll moved one step closer to the team’s maiden title after taking victory in this morning’s Sprint race at A1GP Brands Hatch, Great Britain. India’s Narain Karthikeyan finished second after a great pit stop moved him up the order. After taking the lead from Ireland off the start, Mexico’s Salvador Duran settled for the final podium position after dropping down the order during the mandatory pit stops.
A1GP A1 Team Ireland’s Adam Carroll drove two stunning laps to put the Celtic Tiger on pole position for both of tomorrow’s A1GP Brands Hatch races, keeping the team’s title hopes on track. Nine teams opted to use their one PowerBoost available during qualifying for Sunday’s Sprint race but on new tires, Carroll recorded a 1m 11.615s, without using the extra horsepower available. Mexico’s Salvador Duran will start on the front row alongside him with Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen third.
A1GP The final weekend of 2008/09 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport began at Brands Hatch in Kent today with A1 Team Netherlands’ Jeroen Bleekemolen setting the pace with a 1m 12.700s, over two seconds faster than the official A1GP lap record. Earlier in the day France’s Nicolas Prost topped the rookie session. This weekend is set to be the fastest A1GP Brands Hatch ever, following a blistering pace set today around the 2.3-mile Grand Prix circuit with Bleekemolen heading the field after practice.
Moroso track resurrected into Palm Beach Int'l Raceway
by Scott Morris Having driven a racing car or two over the years, I have had the...uhm...pleasure(?) of driving at Moroso Motorsports Park in the past. The track was a fixture for regional SCCA racing and especially vintage racing events and track days. The track was fun, but generally unmemorable. One would be hard pressed to find anyone saying that they loved the track, unlike a Watkins Glen, Lime Rock Park or Road Atlanta. Mostly however, it was the area's automotive playground where grudges were settled on the drag strip instead of next to the monkey bars.
Johnny Benson, Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race Diary, Day 1
by Johnny Benson We’re here in Long Beach and I’m really looking forward to this weekend’s Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, which is a part of the Toyota Grand Prix IndyCar event. Racing on a street course is something really different for me, about the only thing I can compare it to is a mini-Grand Prix for the Arthritis Foundation back in Grand Rapids in the early 1990s.
by Ryan McGee All John Force sees is his little girl’s eyes. Ashley Force Hood sits deep within the cockpit, bound by nylon straps and steel tubing, wrapped in a cumbersome Nomex fire suit and sealed away inside a 10-foot fiberglass isolation chamber. Her NHRA Funny Car lurches forward, then rolls backward. It bounces up and down, noisily coiling up all the tension it can withstand, preparing to unleash enough power to launch a small satellite. And through all the smoky haze at the starting line, John Force sees only those eyes.
MotoGP The rescheduled first MotoGP race of 2009 saw Casey Stoner take victory at the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar. Following the postponement of the opening MotoGP contest of the year due to rain in the Arabian desert, Monday evening witnessed the first race in the new single tire supplier era, but it was a familiar story with Stoner crossing the line first, comfortably ahead of World Champion Valentino Rossi.
A1GP Switzerland’s Neel Jani emerged victorious in an action-packed Feature race at Vodafone A1GP Algarve, Portugal this afternoon. The result means Jani now has ten A1GP victories to his name – more than any other driver in the history of the sport. A1 Team Ireland has lost its second place finish in this afternoon’s Feature race in the Vodafone A1GP Algarve, Portugal. Portugal’s Filipe Albuquerque drove a fantastic race to come through to second, while Fairuz Fauzy was third for Malaysia.
A1GP Robert Doornbos took his maiden victory for A1 Team Netherlands this morning after a red flag prematurely ended the Sprint race of Vodafone A1GP Algarve, Portugal. Doornbos took the lead from Italian pole-sitter Vitantonio Liuzzi into the first corner and had built up a healthy lead before a crash involving Felipe Guimarães’ Brazilian car and South Africa’s Adrian Zaugg brought out the red flags. Ireland’s Adam Carroll brought the Celtic Tiger home a comfortable second.
A1GP cars almost as fast as F1 cars at Algarve A roller coaster of a circuit. That’s what many drivers were saying after experiencing the new Autodromo Algarve in Portugal today. And trust me, adrenaline-seeking drivers tend not to consider roller coasters as bad experiences. And accordingly, ask a few more questions and you find they absolutely love this new circuit. Its constantly undulating nature makes for a stomach-leaving driving experience around the 4.6-km track.
A1GP Round Six of the 2008/09 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport continued this afternoon with Vitantonio Liuzzi claiming Italy’s first ever A1GP pole position in the Sprint race in tomorrow’s Vodafone A1GP Algarve, Portugal. Making full use of the one PowerBoost lap available to him he turned a time of 1-minute 30.875-seconds. Robert Doornbos claimed his first pole position of the series for Team Netherlands with a 1-minute 30.415-second lap.
by Gary Parravani The Williams JPH1 was formally unveiled today (March 2) by MotorSport Vision’s Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer at Brands Hatch, England. As Sir Frank Williams and Patrick Head looked on, the car was revealed to hundreds of invited media, guests and F2 drivers. The car was rolled out in glorious sunshine at the Kent track before taking to the Indy circuit for several high speed laps at the hands of British Touring Car racer and F2 test driver Steven Kane.
A1GP Feature race in Kyalami Switzerland's Neel Jani matched Nico Hülkenberg’s record of all time victories in A1GP with his ninth career victory in Sunday's A1GP feature race in Kyalami, South Africa. Second was Brazil, then Monaco, Netherlands, Portugal, Lebanon, Great Britain, USA, Indonesia and Italy. Switzerland now leads the championship after scoring 15 points today.
A1GP Sprint race at Kyalami Jeroen Bleekemolen took the Netherlands’ first victory in 45 races in this morning’s Go-GP.Org A1GP Gauteng, South Africa Sprint race. Bleekemolen drove a faultless race around the 2.65-mile Kyalami circuit to win by 4.407-seconds from Portugal’s Filipe Albuquerque. Switzerland’s Neel Jani had a good start to move up to second off the standing start, but finished third after losing time trying to maneuver round Malaysia’s car, which had pitted in front of him.
A1GP in Johannesburg Round Five of the 2008/09 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport season got underway in South Africa this afternoon with the Netherlands’ Jeroen Bleekemolen and Monaco’s Clivio Piccione on pole position for tomorrow’s Go-GP.Org A1GP Gauteng, South Africa races. Qualifying for the Feature race came to an early end after Brazil‘s Felipe Guimarães lost the back end of his car and ended in the tire wall bringing out the red flag.
A1GP Round Five of the 2008/09 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport season got underway in Gauteng, South Africa this afternoon with A1 Team France setting the early pace in the rookie session before A1 Team Lebanon’s Daniel Morad posted a 1-minute 30.816-seconds lap to end the day quickest overall in the hot Kyalami sunshine.
Exciting debut for Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 ARCA Series
by Dave Grayson When the speedy dry settled over the Daytona International Raceway last Saturday evening there was one major factor that was absolute: the ARCA RE/MAX Series is going to have one highly competitive and extremely exciting 2009 season. They proved that point with the February 7th running of the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 which is the series' annual debut at Daytona.
Director, Ford North America Motorsports Brian Wolfe, director, Ford North America Motorsports, took over the top job at Ford Racing midway through the 2008 season. As both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series get their 2009 seasons going this weekend, Wolfe took a few minutes to answer 10 questions.
By Ryan Cristobal/USTCC Another exciting USTCC season has officially come to a close when the Nitto Tires United States Touring Car Championship teams, staff, friends and family gathered again at Le Mans Karting in Fremont, California on Saturday, January 10th, to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of their peers for the 2008 USTCC season.
Atlantic Series as strong as ever The 2009 Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda will feature a $1 million prize to the series champion as part of $3 million in prize money, series officials announced today. The $1 million champion’s prize is the most lucrative championship payout in a North American open-wheel driver development series.
Switzerland Claim Feature Race Victory in New Zealand
A1GP A1 Team Switzerland claimed its second win of the season in this afternoon’s Feature race in A1GP Taupo, New Zealand. Neel Jani got ahead of pole-sitter, A1 Team Ireland’s Adam Carroll, in a crucial moment in the second round of pit stops, when he was slightly slower in getting away than Jani’s Swiss machine. He then controlled the race, maintaining the lead despite a late safety car period which closed the field back up.
Feature race to follow A1 Team Ireland’s Adam Carroll converted pole position into victory in the Sprint race at Taupo Motorsport Park this morning, extending the team’s lead at the top of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport standings. Switzerland’s Neel Jani finished second after a great pit stop from the Swiss team helped jump him up the order, from fourth on the grid.
Adam Carroll wins pole for both races A1 Team Ireland dominated qualifying to take pole position for both of tomorrow’s races in Taupo, New Zealand. Adam Carroll initially took control of Sprint race qualifying, posting a time of 1 minute 14.507 round the 2.06-mile circuit. The Netherlands’ Robert Doornbos will start alongside Carroll on the front row with Portugal’s Filipe Albuquerque in third.
Friday A1GP Practice at Taupo Round four of the 2008/09 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport season got underway at New Zealand’s Taupo Motorsport Park today with reigning champion A1 Team Switzerland setting the early pace. Alexandre Imperatori started the day as the quickest rookie, while main driver Neel Jani ended the day quickest overall.
by Dave Grayson The SuperClean Modified Racing Series held their annual awards banquet, January 17th, at the beautiful Blue Water Resort and Casino in Parker, Arizona. The gala evening was a time to celebrate the series' outstanding 2008 season by honoring excellence in performance with post season bonus checks awarded to drivers who finished within the top 15 in points.
First Dakar Rally in South America South African Giniel de Villiers clinched a first Dakar Rally victory for the Volkswagen team after winning Saturday's final time stage. De Villiers and navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz of Germany in a Race Touareg finished 8 minutes 59 seconds ahead of fellow Volkswagen driver Mark Miller of the United States.
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