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01/08/13
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Finch working on driver lineup for No. 51 UPDATE #2 Phoenix Racing will put Regan Smith in its car for the Daytona 500 and plans to have Smith and AJ Allmendinger share driving duties for its Sprint Cup team in 2013. It also hopes to reunite with Kurt Busch for Nationwide Series races. Team general manager Steve Barkdoll said Tuesday that the team plans to field a Cup car for the entire season and a Nationwide car for restrictor-plate events plus other select races. Smith will drive the Cup car at Daytona and possibly in seven to 10 races throughout the season. Barkdoll said he expects Allmendinger's first race to be at Phoenix.

The team plans to announce sponsorship for the Cup events at Daytona and Las Vegas as well as the Nationwide race at Daytona soon. Barkdoll said the current plan is to run a full season in Cup but if no sponsorship materializes during the season, the schedule could be cut back. The team will use Hendrick engines all season, Barkdoll said. Sporting News

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01/08/13
usac

Bob Jenkins Becomes Voice Of Silver Crown
Bob Jenkins has accepted the role of chief broadcaster for the USAC Traxxas Silver Crown Series for 2013.  He will orchestrate the announcing duties for 11 events, beginning with the April 28 “Sumar Classic 100” in Terre Haute, Ind. and ending with the September 21 “4-Crown Nationals” in Rossburg, Ohio.

Events Jenkins will announce also are scheduled at Indianapolis, Ind. (3), Madison, Ill., Fountain, Colo., Milwaukee, Wisc., Belleville, Kans., Springfield and DuQuoin, Ill.

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01/08/13
irl

Phil LePan dies
The motor racing world is diminished by the sudden death of Philip Buchan LePan, December 19, 2012. He will always be remembered and loved by his wife Donna LePan and sons Christopher and Nicholas. Philip was predeceased by his mother, Emily Buchan LePan and father George Noailles LePan. His many fans include sister Susan LePan (Ian Beitel) of Montreal and brother Richard LePan of St. Catharines, sister-in-law Connie Wilson of Oshawa, niece Rebecca Warren of Toronto, and nephews Jeremiah Warren of Victoria and Joshua Beitel of Montreal. Phil graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1971, where he played varsity hockey for the Golden Hawks. He worked in Formula 1 racing with Team Lotus of Norwich, England, and later managed the Player's/Forsythe Racing Team of Indianapolis, winning a championship in 2003 with Paul Tracy at the wheel.

He most recently managed Dale Coyne Racing out of Plainfield, Illinois, helping driver Justin Wilson to victory on June, 9, 2012, at Texas Motor Speedway. Philip Buchan LePan was born in Toronto in 1948. Memorial service and interment will be held Saturday, February 16th at 2 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Visitation Centre, 375 Mt. Pleasant Rd., Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Donations may be made to the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto.

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01/08/13
automotive

Government buying more cars from 'Government Motors'
General Motors Co. (otherwise known as Government Motors) surpassed Ford Motor Co. in federal-government sales for the first time since receiving a U.S. bailout as Ford’s prices rose faster, according to General Services Administration data.

GM directly sold 19,404 vehicles to the U.S. government in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, a 3.6 percent increase from 2011, according to data obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request to the GSA, which coordinates most vehicle purchases. Sales at Ford, which didn’t need a U.S. bailout, fell 43 percent to 10,734.

Automakers’ business with the federal government, while less than 1 percent of U.S. sales for any carmaker, took on a symbolic significance after the $80 billion U.S. bailout of GM and the predecessor to Chrysler Group LLC U.S. in 2009. The rescue sparked criticism from Republicans that the U.S. might show favoritism to the companies in which it had a stake.

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01/08/13
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tv news

DirecTV Ending NASCAR Hot Pass Programming Due To High Cost, Low Demand
DirecTV is doing away with its NASCAR Hot Pass programming this year. The decision brings an end to the five-year-old service that gave subscribers four channels of in-car-driver video and audio. The distributor opted to discontinue the service because of its cost. DirecTV also decided to end its sponsorship of NASCAR. It had been an official partner of the sport since '07. It is looking for other ways to stay involved in the sport and plans to set up displays at some racetracks this season.

DirecTV Senior VP/PR Darris Gringeri said, “We tried to charge for the (Hot Pass) product a few years ago, but the demand for it was low. We decided to switch to a free service. It’s been great and we’ve been happy with it. It’s been a differentiator. But in the end, the production cost became too much to bear.” DirecTV made the decision to end its NASCAR sponsorship and discontinue Hot Pass last month. The offering was expensive because DirecTV had to sublicense the video rights to in-car-camera footage from NASCAR rightsholders Fox, Turner and ESPN. NASCAR plans to look for another sponsor in the official TV broadcasting services and equipment category, which DirecTV previously held. SportsBusiness Journal

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01/08/13
nassprint

Will NASCAR Ever Get Back The Fans They Once Had?
Knowledgeable sources in the motor racing community here in the USA and elsewhere think that motorsports has seen its best days behind it.

But shortly after that, the fall off started. In fact, there were already indications of an erosion beginning even prior to that, if one was able to see the signs. Ticket sales began to tank, and at the same time, TV ratings indicated a major displeasure by hard core NASCAR fans. And fickle fans left for brighter pastures.

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01/08/13
irl

Deltran Battery Tender Joins RLL's IndyCar Program as Official Team Partner
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Deltran Battery Tender, a leading manufacturer of high-efficiency battery chargers, has become an "Official Team Partner" of their IZOD IndyCar Series team for 2013.  The partnership will include both strategic branding and personal services with driver Graham Rahal and the No. 15 car sponsored by TBC Retail Group and Valvoline.

"2013 is going to be an exciting year for Deltran Battery Tender," said Evin Prelec, Director of Advertising and Marketing, Deltran Battery Tender.  “Deltran continues its expansion within motorsports and feels that Battery Tender's involvement with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and Graham Rahal will bring a new level of exposure. This will be our first year of involvement with Indy car racing and we plan on incorporating Graham and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing on many marketing ventures throughout the year. We are looking forward to a successful partnership and an exciting year on track."

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01/08/13
motogp

Yamaha Factory Racing Looks to the Future with Monster Energy Partnership
Yamaha Factory Racing is delighted to announce a Sponsorship and Partnership agreement with the Monster Energy Company (MEC) for 2013 and 2014. As a result of this agreement Monster Energy branding will be visible on the Yamaha YZR-M1s and racing leathers of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi as well as on all team clothing and all team equipment.

Reigning MotoGP World Champion Lorenzo has a personal engagement with Monster Energy and Yamaha included in the agreement. Valentino Rossi’s personal agreement with Monster Energy will be complementary to the agreement between Yamaha Factory Racing and MEC.

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01/08/13
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

01/08/13
  • Maldonado vows to keep 'extremely aggressive' style
  • Stewart wrong to say F1 poorly managed - FIA
  • Lotus to launch new car in late January - Grosjean
  • Marko: Alonso's approach too political New
  • Lotus: Raikkonen thrives in our environment New
  • Videos: F1 Safety Car Feature New
  • Perez 'flies' when things are right - Sauber New
  • Ecclestone to decide Nurburgring fate - spokesman New

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01/08/13
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McReynolds, Waltrip Debate Challenges Facing Teams at Daytona Test
With less than 72 hours remaining until the 2013 Sprint Cup Series officially kicks off with Preseason Thunder from Daytona International Speedway Thursday at 9 a.m. ET, teams continue their feverish scramble.  But they’re readying their new race cars for the three-day test session amidst several unknowns. 

Below, NASCAR on FOX and SPEED analysts Larry McReynolds and Darrell Waltrip, who will call the action for SPEED during the network’s live afternoon coverage of the test session Thursday-Saturday (1-3 p.m. ET and 3-5 p.m. ET), discuss the multiple challenges facing teams as they prepare these new-model race cars. 

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01/08/13
automotive

AOL votes Ford Fusion Car of Year
The 2013 Ford Fusion continues to earn industry kudos. AOL Autos has awarded its second annual Car of the Year honors to the all-new car. AOL reports Fusion is boldly redesigned to not only raise the bar, but to meet the stalwarts of the category pound for pound and dollar for dollar for value, performance and quality.

“The 2013 Ford Fusion is not only a leap forward from the previous model – already a very solid midsized sedan – but has quickly established itself as the class of this most competitive category,” says AOL Autos editor in chief David Kiley.

“From stem to stern, inside and out, Ford designers, engineers and workers on the line have turned out a midsized family sedan whose biggest problem should be building enough of them.”

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01/08/13
automotive

Video: Nissan previews 2013 unique vehicles
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., together with Autech Japan and Nissan Motorsports International Co., Ltd. (Nismo), will present a variety of exciting and unique vehicles at the upcoming "Tokyo Auto Salon 2013 with NAPAC (Japan Car Parts and Aftermarket Promotion Association)."

The annual customization/aftermarket tuner show will be held from Friday, January 11 through Sunday, January 13, at the Makuhari Messe exhibition hall in the Chiba Prefecture.

Nissan's booth will provide an enticing mix of factory-tuned vehicles and history-making racecars, highlighted by "Nissan's New World of Customization"—which includes the Juke Personalization Concept, Note Personalization Concept and the NV350 Caravan Rider Transporter—and the Japan debut of the world-renown Nissan DeltaWing racecar.

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01/08/13
usac

Larson goes four-for-four In NZ
Last week, Kiwis discovered what the American racing community already knows — Kyle Larson is a rising star.

“Kyle Larson is a freak…” topped one of the message boards on the Macgors New Zealand Speedway website after the 20-year-old Elk Grove, Calif., native put on a show to close out 2012 and begin the new year.

Before Larson returned to the United States on Sunday, he went four for four in the International Midget World Series, which started on Dec. 29 at Western Springs Speedway. The Auckland track crowned him “King of the Springs” after he won the third feature — a 40-lap race on Jan. 1.

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01/08/13
automotive

Camouflaged Cadillac ELR Photographed in Testing
The Cadillac ELR electric vehicle with extended range is wrapped in camouflage and driven through the mountains of southern California for key development tests including steep grade performance and higher altitude operation
The Cadillac ELR electric vehicle with extended range, to be revealed January 15 at the North American International Auto Show, was photographed driving through the mountains of Southern California during development testing.

"Cadillac customers are going to enjoy the unique features ELR will bring to the market.  We’re going to change the way people think about luxury and electrification,” said Chris Thomason, ELR chief engineer.

Cadillac is offering a tantalizing glimpse at its ELR, a plug-in hybrid based on the Chevrolet Volt, before the car’s Detroit Auto Show debut in January. The ELR was first shown in 2009 as the Converj concept, and is expected go on sale during the 2014 model year.

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01/07/13
racing news

BBC Sport Launches iPhone App
BBC Sport "has launched a new iPhone app to kick off '13, with an Android version to follow in the next few weeks," according to Stuart Dredge of the London GUARDIAN's Apps Blog. The app, which is free to download from Apple's App Store, "is a hybrid application blending HTML5-based web content with native iOS features." The content "includes F1 and other sports news articles; live text commentaries and football scores; live streams of BBC radio stations 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra; social and personalization features. Live video streams will be added later in '13." Guardian

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01/07/13
f1

F1 2013 Season Not Finalized
For a sport timed down to the thousandth of a second and measured in millimeters, Formula One seems to be finding it surprisingly difficult to get to grips with a calendar.

With little more than two months to go before the Australian season-opener in Melbourne on March 17, the sport has yet to confirm how many races there will be in 2013 and where two of them will be held.

The fans can expect to see fewer teams on the grid, with HRT seemingly defunct, but still supposedly seeking a buyer, and fans are also still waiting for a definitive driver line-up with vacancies remaining at Caterham and Force India.

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01/07/13
nassprint

Mayfield working on plea deal to avoid jail time
Once NASCAR role model turned nightmare, Jeremy Mayfield
After more than a year of legal maneuvering, Jeremy Mayfield is talking to prosecutors about possible plea agreements but said Monday that he would not accept any plea deal under which he would go to jail on drug and stolen goods charges.

The former NASCAR driver appeared at a hearing Monday in North Carolina Superior Court in Newton, N.C. The hearing took less than a minute and left the case potentially open for more hearings later this week.  Mayfield, who was suspended by NASCAR for a failed drug test in 2009, met with his attorney for about 40 minutes before leaving the courthouse.

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01/07/13
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Patrick Racing To Bring Natural Gas Race Cars To American Le Mans Series In 2013
With the big-dog Le Mans 24 hour race just in the books for 2012, the American Le Mans Series has kicked up its program for the rest of the year, which will climax at the Petit Le Mans this fall. But the series is already looking to next year, too, with an announcement today that natural gas-powered cars will join the fray for 2013, building on its existing green racing efforts. (See related Hot News item)

The Patrick Racing Team is leading the effort to develop and test Le Mans Prototype Challenge (LMPC) cars for natural gas use. Indy 500 Hall of Fame and Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee Jim McGee will be at the head of the natural gas development team, aiming to find a working solution for the LMPC class, based on the 1,985-pound ORECA FLM09 chassis powered by a 430-horsepower Chevrolet LS3 engine.

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01/07/13
f1

The KERS Unit Explained


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01/07/13
nassprint

Allmendinger: I have unfinished business in NASCAR
AJ Allmendinger believes he has "unfinished business" in NASCAR following his ban following testing positive for a prohibited substance in 2012.

"I have a lot of unfinished business in NASCAR," he said. "That's not the way I want to go out. All the hell in my life started in the July Cup race at Daytona. I reflect on it every day."

"I'm not going to lie and say I wake up every day joyous and happy," he said. "Some days I have to find self-worth in what's going on since I've been so used to – especially at this point – being at a race shop getting ready to go testing and jumping in a Cup car."

"I'm a lot better person now than I was when I had just won this 24-hour race last year," he added. "I've learned from everything. All the things I've been through, I've got better from.

"The good thing is I'm here at Daytona, the racecar's fast and we have a chance to win this thing."

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01/07/13
dakar

Dakar Day 3: Chaleco spells double trouble, Al-Attiyah strikes back

He only started in 30th place, but by the time he got to Nazca he'd already left almost 20 other riders in the dust. Francisco L¢pez took his second stage win in three days at the 2013 Dakar. In the car category, Nasser Al-Attiyah won his 15th special at the Dakar, while the X-Raid team's delight at seeing Stéphane Peterhansel seize the overall lead was tempered by the injuries and withdrawal of key driver Pole Krzysztof Hołowczyc.

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01/07/13
f1

Ferrari yet to make launch date decision
No date set for 2013 Ferrari launch
Ferrari has denied claims that it has already selected a launch date for its 2013 car, describing reports in the Italian media as nothing more than rumors. On Monday, a team spokesperson confirmed to GPUpdate.net that a decision is yet to be made.

"We will make an announcement when the date is decided," the spokesperson told GPUpdate.net, responding to the alleged launch date of Saturday 2 February.

Ferrari presented its 2012 car on its official website, having been forced to cancel a shakedown day at Maranello due to heavy snow. The team is expected to announce a launch date for its new car at the annual Wrooom event which begins on Sunday.

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01/07/13
f1

F1 Teams face dilemma over DRS
Formula 1 teams are facing an increasingly tough call on whether or not to pursue passive double DRS in 2013, despite rules tweaks that should theoretically boost its advantage.

The FIA has changed the DRS regulations for this year, with drivers now only allowed to activate the device in practice and qualifying at the areas of the track where it will be used in the race.

Trick 'double DRS' like those used by Mercedes and Red Bull - which fed air through ducts in the rear wing to help stall the aerodynamics for a straight line speed-boost - have also been outlawed.

However, passive DRS concepts as tested by Mercedes and Lotus last year, which can stall the wing for a speed boost on all straights, remain legal, and should produce a bigger advantage because of the rules tweak that restrict normal DRS usage.

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01/07/13
nassprint

Sprint to sponsor season-opening Shootout at Daytona
Kyle Busch won lasts years Budweiser Shootout
Sprint will replace Budweiser as the sponsor of the season-opening race at Daytona beginning this year and change the name of the event from the Shootout to the Sprint Unlimited, Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal reported.

Sprint, the title sponsor of NASCAR’s top series, has signed a multiyear deal to sponsor the race, which will is set for Feb. 16 at 8 p.m., SBJ reported. The deal is valued at six figures per year, sources told SBJ.  Sprint and Daytona International Speedway have yet to announce the format for this year’s race, which features pole winners from the previous year and previous winners of the event.

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01/07/13
automotive

Daimler shares rise on talk of China stake
Shares in Daimler, the German luxury car and truckmaker, jumped on Monday after a report that China’s sovereign wealth fund might buy a stake but then fell back after a denial.

A source close to the situation told the Financial Times that China Investment Corporation was not in talks with Daimler.

The People’s Daily reported on its website that CIC was likely to acquire 4-10 per cent of Daimler, which would cost about €1.8bn-€4.5bn at the current market value.

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01/07/13
f1

Lotus boss sets bold targets for 2013
Will we see Raikkonen on the podium at lot more in 2013?
Lotus F1 boss Gerard Lopez has set his team a bold objective for this season: finish in the top three of the Constructors’ championship table this year and end the season on the same level as the best teams.

Last season Lotus ended up fourth after a strong year, particularly with Kimi Raikkonen, who was third in the Drivers’ standings ahead of both McLaren drivers.

But if their other driver Romain Grosjean had been more consistent they might have gone some way towards bridging the 75 point gap to McLaren. The Frenchman scored just 96 points compared to his team mate’s 207.

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01/07/13
f1

Stewart: Risky move for Hamilton
Sir Jackie Stewart
Sir Jackie Stewart believes Lewis Hamilton is taking a risk moving to Mercedes but understands it's what he needs to do to "grow up."

Last year Hamilton confirmed he would be ending his 14-year association with McLaren and heading to Mercedes for the 2013 F1 season.

The Brit's decision has divided many in the paddock with only time telling whether or not he has made the right choice.

"It's a risk," Stewart told Metro.

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01/07/13
f1

D'Ambrosio still pushing for race seat
Jerome d'Ambrosio
Jerome d'Ambrosio is refusing to give up on his chances of securing a Formula 1 race seat in 2013, despite Force India and Caterham holding the only vacant spots. The Belgian, who is under the wing of Gravity Sport Management, was dropped by Marussia after his debut season in 2011 and spent last year as Lotus's reserve driver.

"I'm continuing to strive for Formula 1 because that's my thing," D'Ambrosio explained to Belgium's Sportmagazine. "My management company is working hard but it is difficult because many experienced drivers have not yet got a seat. We shall see."

D'Ambrosio is most likely to retain his Lotus role next season, with Team Principal Eric Boullier - who is also in charge of Gravity - impressed by his performance when substituting for the banned Romain Grosjean at the 2012 Italian Grand Prix. The 26-year-old could also make a switch to DTM, having tested for Mercedes last month.

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01/07/13
f1

Maldonado prays for Chavez recovery, inauguration
Maldonado hoping his Sugar Daddy doesn't kick the bucket
(GMM)  State-sponsored F1 driver Pastor Maldonado on Sunday publicly prayed for the recovery of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

Backed by the state-controlled oil company PDVSA, 27-year-old Maldonado expressed relief late last year when socialist incumbent Chavez was re-elected.

"Long live democracy!" the Williams driver had exclaimed on Twitter.

But Chavez is yet to return from Cuba, where he has reportedly been undergoing treatment for cancer and a severe lung infection.

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01/06/13
nassprint

Jeff Gordon to star on CBS show ‘I Get That A Lot’
Jeff Gordon
Four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon has done just about everything in auto racing during his 20-year career — except perhaps sell motor oil.

Gordon will do that Wednesday on the CBS show “I Get That A Lot.”

Gordon will be one of several celebrities starring on a special edition of the show, which features celebrities trying to trick everyday citizens in cases of “mistaken identity.”

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01/06/13
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Valiante Turns Fastest Lap In Final Day Of Testing In Roar Before The Rolex 24
Michael Valiante
Michael Valiante admitted that the focus of the "Roar Before the Rolex 24" at Daytona International Speedway was shaking down the team' brand-new No. 6 Ford/Riley and getting drivers from other forms of motorsports familiarized with the Daytona Prototype.

With that said, running the fastest lap of the three-day test was a bonus. Valiante posted a lap of 1 minute, 42.058 seconds/125.576 mph to pace the 17-car DP entry in the dress rehearsal for the 51st running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the season opener for the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series on Jan. 26-27. 

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01/06/13
dakar

Dakar Rally South America, Peru Day 2
Stephane Peterhansel

Today’s loop around Pisco saw Joan Barreda win the stage and the usual supporting cast of the Dakar step up to the plate and take the top honors, together with talented rookies like Matt Fish and Kurt Caselli. In the car category, Sainz and Al-Attiyah’s navigational problems were a blessing for the most experienced of the Dakar champions: Peterhansel, who took his 60th special, and Giniel de Villiers, who climbed to second in the general classification.

One of the things that make rally raids special are those little mistakes which can turn the race on its head every day. Specials which seem harmless on paper can sometimes yield surprises. Today, a small collective navigational mistake by those at the front of the race gave those at the back the opportunity to shine. Following yesterday’s winner in Pisco, “Chaleco”, Cyril Despres succumbed to the temptation and took a detour around a huge dune at km 75. But it was more difficult than expected for the defending champion to get back on track. In the meanwhile, industrious Joan Barreda never strayed from the course. His handling abilities hadn’t gone unnoticed in the two previous editions of the Dakar.

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01/06/13
automotive

Millionaire Boy Racers take over streets of London
A very interesting documentary about young Arabs from the Gulf region taking over the streets of London with their supercars, especially around the Harrods and Knightsbridge area.  By the way: Its a quite long documentary, almost 47 minutes, but definitely worth your while.



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01/06/13
f1

Q and A with Adam Parr
Five years may not seem long, but in Formula One it is a lifetime. The sport of 2007 is a very different one to that of 2012, and no man is better able to gauge this evolution than Adam Parr. As Chairman of Williams, he played a focal part in the team’s turnaround culminating in Pastor Maldonado’s fantastic victory in Catalunya last season. Having left the team in 2012, Adam has recently detailed his time in Formula One in his book “The Art of War: Five Years in Formula One”, earning great acclaim. Adam was kind enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions for Richland F1 on his time in F1, his book, and his tips for 2013.

Luke Smith: Adam, thank you very much for your time. Firstly, would you like to tell our readers a little bit about how you got into Formula One in the first place?

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01/06/13
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IndyCar drivers in Rolex 24
The Rolex 24 at Daytona is later this month and the IndyCar series is well represented with a number of drivers.

IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay will drive Wayne Taylor Racing's No. 10 Daytona Prototype.

Chip Ganassi Racing pilots Dario Franchitti, Scott Dixon and Charlie Kimball will be part of their boss' Rolex roster, with Franchitti and Dixon as part of the No. 02 squad and Kimball on the No. 01 team. Both of those groups will drive DPs.

Other INDYCAR drivers involved in this year's Rolex include:

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01/05/13
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Allmendinger keeps Shank on top thru practice 3
Michael Shank Racing's quest to repeat as Rolex 24 champions continued its strong start as AJ Allmendinger set the fastest time in Saturday's third practice with a lap of 1:42.296 (125.283 mph) in the No. 60 Ford/Riley. This marked the third time in five sessions that a Shank car set the fastest time, with Michael Valiante posting the fastest time in the No. 6 Ford/Riley one session earlier.

Michael Christensen set the fastest time in GT turning a lap of 1:49.420 (117.127 mph) in the No. 32 Konrad Motorsport/Orbit Porsche GT3. Christensen's lap came in the final five minutes of the session, knocking Robin Liddell in the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro from the top spot.

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01/05/13
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DuPont division sale won’t affect sponsorship of Jeff Gordon in 2013
DuPont’s sale of its automotive paint division will not affect the brand’s sponsorship of Jeff Gordon in 2013, spokesperson Jon Edwards confirmed Friday.

Questions about Gordon’s sponsorship arose last August when private equity firm the Carlyle Group announced it would acquire DuPont Performance Coatings for $4.9 billion. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2013.

“DuPont Performance Coatings, LLC. will be the primary sponsor on the No. 24 Chevrolet SS for 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events in 2013. CromaxPro, a DuPont Performance Coatings, LLC. product, will be featured as a major associate in all remaining races,” Edwards said in an email Friday. DuPont was also the primary sponsor for 14 races last year.

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01/05/13
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Team Sahlen Sets Daytona Pace on Day 2
After a decade of racing in GRAND-AM’s production-based classes, Team Sahlen is proving to be a quick learner in its move to the premier Daytona Prototype class. Dane Cameron drove the team’s new No. 42 BMW/Riley to the fastest lap of the “Roar Before the Rolex 24” testing Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.

Cameron turned a lap of 1:42.101 (125.523 mph) in the car co-driven by Wayne Nonnamaker, Simon Pagenaud and Bruno Junqueira to lead the field of 17 Daytona Prototypes. The three-day test concludes on Sunday, with the Rolex Sports Car Series season opener set for Jan. 26-27.

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01/05/13
dakar

Sainz and Lopez win Dakar Rally opener in Peru
Former two-time world rally champion Carlos Sainz showed his experience by claiming the first special stage of the 2013 Dakar Rally in Peru Saturday,.

Driving for team Buggy, the Spaniard completed the 13km leg from Peru's capital Lima in seven minutes 40 seconds.

He had an eight-second advantage over Argentina's Lucio Alvarez, in a Toyota, with French driver Guerlain Chicherit, in an SMG, taking third.

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01/05/13
automotive

Four Killed In Gruesome Double GT-R Crash UPDATE Explicit and revealing video of the accident, with corpses (Malaysian - and other East Asian TV channels - don't hide anything ...)

01/05/13
Four young men are dead and two people seriously injured after a crash in Malaysia earlier today that involved two Nissan GT-R supercars. The accident happened at about 4 am local time on a road near the country’s capital, Kuala Lumpur.

The two cars, alleged to be speeding, lost control in wet conditions and crashed into roadside trees. Four of the occupants, the driver and front passenger of each car, died at the scene.

A pair of passengers sitting in the back of one of the cars, a man and a woman, were seriously injured and taken to hospital.

According to Malaysian newspaper The Star, the driver of one of the GT-Rs was 24-year-old businessman Tan Kah Yong, and his front-seat passenger was a 26-year-old Chinese resident named Bao Shanshan. The other GT-R was driven by a 20-year old, Go Haw Wei, who was traveling with 21-year-old Koay Khor Liang in the front passenger seat.

Police are still investigating the matter, though the severity of the crash and age of the drivers points to too much speed and possibly a lack of experience. This latest crash serves as a grim reminder that speeding should be left to a race track, especially when conditions are far from ideal.

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01/05/13
ga

18 Porsche Entries Invade Rolex 24 Test Days at Daytona
After what has seemed to be a very short off-season in the sports car world, it was back to work yesterday for the 60-plus teams entered in this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, with Porsche customers filling 18 of those entry slots with Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race cars.

The race itself, scheduled for January 26 – 27 at Daytona International Speedway, will be broadcast in its entirety on a combination of SPEED-TV and www.speedtv.com.

The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is the most successful race car in the world. Since 1998, 2,395 units of the near-street-stock race vehicle for customer sport have been produced, and since 2005, this Porsche has been the star of the Rolex 24 event, capturing the GT class of this race six of the last eight years including Farnbacher Racing (2005), TPC Racing (2006), Alegra Motorsports (2007), TRG (2009 and 2011), and Magnus Racing in 2012.

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01/05/13
f1

Mark Webber will play supporting role – Marko
Mark Webber
Red Bull Racing’s outspoken advisor Helmut Marko has indicated Mark Webber will be expected to play a supporting role to Sebastian Vettel as the German bids to make it four world titles in a row in 2013.

Australian Webber won impressively in Monaco and Britain last season but otherwise struggled for consistency as he finished a distant sixth in the Formula One drivers’ championship.

Vettel clinched a third straight title in thrilling fashion at the final race in Brazil in November, having won five grands prix over the course of the campaign.

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01/05/13
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Panther Signs Moduline Cabinets 
INDIANAPOLIS — Panther Racing has reached a multi-year technical partnership with Moduline Cabinets, makers of specialized custom aluminum storage cabinets.

Moduline will become the official tool storage supplier of Panther Racing and will create custom cabinets, tool chests and workbenches for the team’s headquarters in Indianapolis and for its pit and garage areas during the IndyCar Series season.

“We’re really excited about this partnership with Moduline,” Panther CEO and Managing Partner John Barnes said. “In motorsports we thrive on efficiency and organization, and we’ve seen the way Moduline can customize its products to suit the needs of its clients. We knew right away that Moduline would be able to streamline our efforts and add a great deal of style to our race shop. This is a great partnership for all of us at Panther Racing and we’re looking forward to having the Moduline team in here to start the installation process.”

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Promoter of Cincinnati Grand Prix Pleads Guilty to Fraud, Money Laundering
CINCINNATI—Curtis Boggs, 54, formerly of Harrison, Ohio, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to wire fraud and money laundering in connection with a scheme he promoted to bring a Grand Prix race to Cincinnati in 2009.

Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; Edward J. Hanko, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and Darryl Williams, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS), announced the pleas entered today before Senior U.S. District Court Judge Susan J. Dlott.

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01/04/13
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Grand AM testing Allmendinger Fastest On Day 1
One year later, 2012 Rolex 24 At Daytona winners AJ Allmendinger and Andy Lally have lost none of their speed at Daytona International Raceway as both drivers topped their respective GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series classes in the opening day of Roar Before the Rolex 24 testing.

On a day that started with rain and progressively dried out, both drivers set their fastest time in the afternoon session, with Allmendinger pacing the lead Daytona Prototype class and Lally topping the production-based GT. David Donohue led the way in the debut of the GX category.

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01/04/13
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2013 Red Bull has been compromised - Newey
Adrian Newey behind schedule on 2013 Red Bull
Adrian Newey has admitted that the timescales surrounding the completion of Red Bull's new RB9 chassis have been compromised as a result of the 2012 title run-in, with Sebastian Vettel fighting for his third world title until the final race in Brazil.

Although explaining that a continual development push was the only logical choice for the team as the season drew to a close, Chief Technical Officer Newey is aware of the consequences and believes the team's 2013 preparations have taken a hit.

"We were introducing developments to the car right up to the penultimate race," Newey explained to Autosport. "That has made it difficult to introduce all of those and simultaneously develop the next car.

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Champions sign up for Wheldon kart race
The Autosport International Karting Challenge in honor of former IndyCar champion Dan Wheldon has received World Champion support ahead of the Johnny Herbert-presented event at the NEC in Birmingham next week.

Britain's latest World Champion, Rob Huff, together with triple World Touring Car Champion Andy Priaulx will be heading-up the touring car contingent helping to raise funds and awareness for the Wheldon family's nominated charity, Alzheimer's Society.

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Grand-Am/ALMS announce 2014-'15 unified series rules
Grand-Am Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series have unveiled the initial concept for the organizations' unified competition class structure that will debut in January 2014 at the 52nd running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The concept, which will be in effect for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, includes the majority of classes from both the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series and the ALMS will be retained with the exception of the ALMS' P1 prototype class.

Individual class names have yet to be determined. The planned structure is as follows:

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Grand-Am names ALMS veteran official Paul Walter as race director
rand-Am Road Racing on Jan. 3 announced that veteran road-racing official Paul Walter is the organization's new race director, effective immediately. Grand-Am managing director of racing operations Mark Raffauf, who formerly served as Grand-Am's race director, will now focus on operational and logistical aspects. He will continue to report to Grand-Am managing director of competition, Richard Buck.

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01/04/13
TV News

The 50 Most-Watched Sporting Events of 2012 
Sport Date Event Net Rating Viewers
NFL Sun., 2/5/12 Super Bowl: Giants/Patriots NBC 47.0 111.3M
Olympics Fri., 7/27/12 Opening Ceremony NBC 21.0 40.7M
NCAAF Mon., 1/9/12 BCS Champ.: Alabama/LSU ESPN 14.0 24.2M
NCAAB (M) Mon., 4/3/12 Final Four: Kentucky/Kansas CBS 12.3 20.9M
NBA Thu., 6/21/12 NBA Finals: Thunder/Heat G5 ABC 10.9 18.4M
MLB Sun., 10/28/12 World Series: Giants/Tigers G4 FOX 8.9 15.5M
Horse Sat., 5/5/12 Triple Crown: Kentucky Derby NBC 9.0 14.8M
NASCAR Mon., 2/27/12 Sprint Cup: Daytona 500 FOX 8.0 13.7M
Golf Sun., 4/8/12 The Masters: Final Round CBS 8.0 13.5M
Tennis (M) Sun., 8/5/12 Olympics: Murray/Federer NBC 5.5 8.2M
Tennis (W) Sat., 8/4/12 Olympics: Serena W./Sharapova NBC 5.6 7.9M
IndyCar Sun., 5/27/12 Indianapolis 500 ABC 4.3 6.8M
NHL Mon., 6/11/12 SCF: Devils/Kings G6 NBC 3.1 4.9M
MMA Sat., 1/28/12 UFC on FOX 2 FOX 2.6 4.7M
NASCAR Nationwide Sat., 2/25/12 Drive4COPD 300 ESPN 2.9 4.4M
Int’l Soccer (W) Thu., 8/9/12 Olympics: USA/Japan NBCSN 2.7 4.4M
Int’l Soccer (M) Wed., 2/29/12 Friendly: Mexico/Colombia UNI 2.0 4.3M
NCAAB (W) Tue., 4/3/12 Final Four: Baylor/Notre Dame ESPN 2.7 4.2M
MLS Sat., 12/1/12 MLS Cup: Galaxy/Dynamo ESPN 0.5 797K
WNBA Wed., 10/17/12 WNBA Finals: Fever/Lynx G2 ESPN 0.5 778K


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Bowyer running Rolex 24 with Waltrip
Michael Waltrip Racing owners Rob Kauffman and Michael Waltrip announced they will race in the 51st annual Rolex 24 at Daytona on Jan. 26-27. Joining the pair behind the wheel of the Grand Am version of the Ferrari 458 GT that will test in Daytona this weekend will be NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Clint Bowyer and road racing veteran Rui Aguas. The AF Waltrip entry is a joint project of the Italian championship sports car team AF Corse and MWR. AF Waltrip fielded Ferraris for Waltrip and Kauffman at sports car races around the globe since 2010 including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Sebring and last year's Rolex 24 in Daytona. Bowyer will be the newest member of the AF Waltrip driver lineup that has included Travis Pastrana and Brian Vickers in previous races. MWR

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Mazda announces diesel driver lineup
Mazda Motorsports today announced team and driver line-ups for the 2013 Rolex 24 at Daytona, where the manufacturer will be seeking its 24th class win at the most famous endurance race in America.  Mazda teams will be racing in an all-new Mazda6, powered by the all-new SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine, in the new GRAND-AM GX class.

“We’re thrilled to be starting a new chapter of Mazda Motorsports history with the race debut of our all-new Mazda6 racecar, powered by our all-new production based SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine.  Our long-time engineering partner, SpeedSource, has led the technical development of the program in hand with Mazda engineers in Japan and the U.S.,” noted John Doonan, motorsports director, Mazda North American Operations.  “SpeedSource will be joined in Daytona by Freedom Autosport and VISIT FLORIDA Racing/SpeedSource/Yellow Dragon Racing.  Our driver line-ups include a talented mix of young guns and veterans, all of whom are from the extended Mazda family.”

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F1 news in brief - Friday UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

01/04/13
  • Pedro de la Rosa
    Sauber 'capable of winning' in 2013 - Perez
  • Caterham not ready to complete 2013 lineup
  • First races of 2013 key to title - Domenicali
  • 2013 Red Bull could miss first winter test
  • De la Rosa aiming for reserve driver role
  • McLaren could have kept Hamilton - Dennis New
  • F1 Update for 2013 New
  • Sahara Force India teams up with 3D Systems New

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Video: Formula E - A new concept in motor sports
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01/04/13
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IndyCar drivers pick Hunter-Reay as DOY
Ryan Hunter-Reay
Speed.com asked 23 IndyCar drivers who they would pick as 2012 IndyCar driver of the year.  17 Voted for Ryan Hunter-Reay, five for Scott Dixon and one for Simon Pagenaud, making RHR the clear choice among his constituents to receive SPEED.com's 2012 IndyCar Driver of the Year award.

In a similar vote, race fans also voted Hunter-Reay as IndyCar driver of the year in a crash.net poll.

IndyCar 2012 Driver of Year as voted by the fans
1. Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport) - rated 8.39
2. Will Power (Team Penske) - rated 8.03
3. Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt-Hamilton Motorsport) - rated 7.69
4. Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing) - rated 7.55
5. James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport) - rated 7.25
6. Helio Castroneves (Team Penske) - rated 6.61
7. Sebastien Bourdais (Dragon Racing) - rated 6.48
8. Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing) - rated 6.47
9. Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing) - rated 6.46
10. Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi Racing) - rated 6.45

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