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01/20/14
USAC
Video: 2014 Chili Bowl FIGHT! Cottle vs. Kuhn .  The Chili Bowl is always an exciting racing event, but on Saturday night, things got a little more interesting.

Shane Cottle and Brad Kuhn got into each other on the track during the last lap of the second B Main. When Cottle got out of his wrecked car, he was furious, and looking for Kuhn. He found him in the pit area, and things got kind of hairy after that.

Punches were thrown, nasty words were uttered, and, eventually, the two drivers were separated. More ...

01/20/14
f1
Lotus F1 Team Announces New Sponsorship Deal With Denmark's Saxo Bank  The Lotus F1 team "announced a new sponsorship deal" with Denmark's Saxo Bank, according to SKY SPORTS. Although the financial terms of the arrangement are unknown, the news "is a welcome and pressure-relieving fillip for the struggling Enstone-based outfit." Despite new recruit Pastor Maldonado being attached to significant sponsorship backing, concerns about Lotus's future "have heightened this month." The team "are to miss the upcoming Jerez test, while their inclusion on the official entry list for the new season was marked as 'subject to confirmation.'" Lotus has yet to confirm a launch date for their '14 charger, but "have indicated it will be unveiled prior to the first of the two Bahrain tests in February." SKY SPORTS
01/20/14
irl
Even Andretti might not be able to make IndyCar race in NJ happen  
Could Andretti Sports Marketing make a go of this event?
After two failed attempts to join the Formula One schedule that proposed street circuit in New Jersey it appears that the deal is dead, barring of course someone invests a $100 million. Well, that’s not going to happen, so IndyCar could sweep in and have a signature event, right?

The only IndyCar race promoter who might be able to pull off this event would be Andretti Sports Marketing.  However, Matt Shafer in this Beyond the Flag article gives five reasons why they think it won't happen.  Too bad because the setting is mind blowing and the street circuit the fastest in North America.

5. The course isn’t built. Some of the renovations have been done, but the course couldn’t host a race this year. It’s not publicly known how much it would take to get the course ready for an F-1 race, much less an IndyCar race, but it’s probably in the millions. More ...

01/20/14
uscc
BAR1 Motorsports Unveils Rolex 24 at Daytona Driver Line-Up  
Tonis Kasemets will anchor the team
Daytona Beach, Florida – BAR1 Motorsports announced today, Sean Rayhall, James Kovacic, Doug Bielefeld, Gaston Kearby, and Tonis Kasemets as their 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona drivers.

BAR1 Motorsports, located in Plain City, Ohio, will compete in the 2014 Daytona 24 with one PC entry.

“After a three month break, we are ready to get back to racing,” said team owner Brian Alder.  “The team has made some significant gains this off-season, both with our drivers and our crew members.  Focusing on one car for Daytona is what we felt was best for our team as we go for our 4th PC win in a row because it allows us to keep all of our key team members focused on a single effort.” More ...

01/20/14
uscc
Tomy Drissi Joins Performance Tech Motorsports  Kicking off his 2014 season, Trans Am Champion, Tomy Drissi will bring his driving talents to Performance Tech Motorsports driving the No. 38 Prototype Challenge car. Drissi will make his debut with the team at the inaugural IMSA TUDOR Championship 52nd Rolex 24 at Daytona, January 23-26, at Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida. The No. 38 Prototype will feature the movie, Rio 2, opening in theaters April 11th.

“I’m really looking forward to running with Performance Tech,” noted Tomy, “and participating in the 2014 Tequila Patr¢n North American Endurance Cup. These guys run a great program, and I’m thrilled to be in the car.” More ...

01/20/14
uscc
Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Ready for Rolex 24 at Daytona  Pataskala, Ohio (20 January 2014) –  Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian is packed and ready to go for the 2014 Rolex 24 At Daytona. The race marks the first-ever IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship event as the next era in sportscar racing launches with the blue riband event at Daytona International Speedway.

The team won the race in 2012 and has finished on the podium four times since making its first start in the event in 2004. The 2014 driver line up is a familiar one, as full season pilots John Pew and Ozz Negri are joined by Justin Wilson and AJ Allmendinger. The lineup is the same as that which won in 2012.More ...

01/20/14
f1
Charles Pic parts company with Caterham  
Charles Pic - his check just wasn't big enough this year
French driver Charles Pic has parted company with Caterham.

Team Principal Cyril Abiteboul confirmed the news on French television on Monday.

"Unfortunately Charles won't be with us next season. It's a pity that the adventure between Caterham and Charles is ending. On a personal level I want to thank Charles for the work he achieved last year," Abiteboul told Infosport+.

Pic, 23, began his Formula 1 career with Marussia in 2012 before joining Caterham the following year.

Abiteboul said that Pic, who has not scored a point in two seasons, "has some talent which can develop in a more important, mature team." More ...

01/20/14
irl
Chevy trucks and Cadillac cars announced as official vehicles for St. Pete GP  The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg has secured a major sponsorship agreement with General Motors Company to have Chevrolet trucks and Cadillac cars on board as the official vehicles for the 2014 event, taking place March 28-30.

“We are thrilled to have the tremendous opportunity to partner with Chevy and Cadillac for our official vehicles," said Tim Ramsberger, President of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. "Welcoming General Motors and its two iconic brands to the streets of St. Petersburg speaks volumes as to the value of our event and its impact on the corporate objectives of our sponsors. The presence of quality partners is important to our success.”

Since its re-entry into INDYCAR racing in 2012, Chevrolet engines have secured four of the top five positions on the streets of St. Petersburg for two years in a row, including an all Chevrolet podium in 2013 with Canadian James Hinchcliffe winning his first-ever IndyCar Series race. More ...

01/20/14
irl
Konrath Resigns  IndyCar Vice President of Public Relations and Communications Amy Konrath has resigned her post with the company. Konrath, who had been with IndyCar for 10 years, and in her current role since 2010, has accepted a new job in her hometown of Kansas City.

We here at AutoRacing1 would like to thank Amy for all the help she has given us over the years, and wish her well in her new endeavor.

01/20/14
f1
Grey livery and no Vodafone successor at McLaren  (GMM) McLaren looks set to enter the 2014 season without an orange livery, and without a replacement for departed title sponsor Vodafone. The great British team has launched a range of new official replica teamwear, and it is a predictable, Ron Dennis-style grey and white. Moreover, the main lettering on the shirts and caps is simply 'McLaren', while the full team name now reads as 'McLaren Mercedes', suggesting a successor for departed Vodafone will not be announced. More ...
01/20/14
wec
Laser lights to assist the Audi drivers at Le Mans  
Audi to use Laser headlights at LeMans
LED daytime running light, LED headlights, matrix beam and now laser light: Audi is again using the Le Mans 24 Hours this year to further extend its advantage in the area of light and vision. With the new R18 e-tron quattro race car Audi has opted for a combination of LED and laser light.

“Audi is the trendsetter in lighting technology,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development of AUDI AG. “The A8 has recently been available with matrix LED headlights – the most advanced lighting technology for production cars. We’re going to offer it in further models. Our latest development is laser light – even sharper, more powerful and more efficient. We’re equipping the new Le Mans race car with it and will be the first automobile manufacturer to introduce laser light in production cars.” More ...
01/20/14
nassprint
Kvapil's legal case postponed  According to the Sporting News' Bob Pockrass, Travis Kvapil's domestic violence case has been postponed until Feb. 28.

Kvapil was charged last October with misdemeanor assault on a female [his wife] and false imprisonment. His status with BK Racing for this season has not been announced.

01/20/14
automotive
nhra
Barrett-Jackson 2014: Snake and Mongoose lot fizzles, then sells  
After a huge buildup and a massive media scrum, surely due at least in part to a fresh Hollywood movie, the Hot Wheels-branded Snake and Mongoose Funny Cars, which were sold together along with matching haulers, fizzled out at a cool million dollars at the 2014 Barrett-Jackson event.

Yes, a million bucks isn't a small sum of money, but it wasn't enough to meet the reserve price, which means that a sale was not made. We can't say with any degree of certainly why bidding didn't reach the high figures some were expecting, but perhaps buyers were dissuaded by the fact that the red 1972 Plymouth Duster Mongoose car is actually a replica, and that the two ramp trucks aren't original. More ...

01/20/14
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Monday  
  • Vettel: Bring on Alonso
    Vettel 'not afraid' of Alonso head-to-head
  • No orange for McLaren after Dennis return
  • 'F1 not always best option for Brazilians'
  • Conviction in Germany could send F1 boss Ecclestone to prison for 10 years
  • Ecclestone Says He Will Return To Series' Board After Trial
  • Same judge to rule over Ecclestone trial
  • Trial means Ecclestone's era of reign over F1 is about over
  • Williams secure long-term future New More ...
01/19/14
Announcement
AutoRacing1 update  We have made a few changes to AutoRacing1.com that will require some action on your part.  We have replaced ALMS and GrandAm with a new menu category called SportsCars.  All past ALMS and Grand-Am news has been combined under 'SportsCars.'  We also created a new category for MotoGP.  You will find them on our menus on the website as well as the iPad and iPhone apps.

For the iPhone and iPad apps:

  1. After you stop (kill) and restart the iPhone or iPad app it should pick up new series.
  2. When the application starts, you must give it a time to load all updates. Depending on your bandwidth, it should not take long just be patient and don't open news until the loading is done.  For the iPad app, after you restart it, if it still does not pick up the new menu choices, press 'Load Latest' and wait for everything to load.
  3. If that does not work, and for users who do not have latest app, you need to delete the app and reinstall it again from the app store.
01/19/14
irl
uscc
19 IndyCar drivers set for Rolex 24 next week  
  1. Simon Pagenaud (No. 2 Extreme Speed Motorsports, HPD ARX-03b, P class, 2nd start)
  2. Sebastien Bourdais (No. 5 Action Express Racing, Corvette DP, P, 5th)
  3. Justin Wilson (No. 60 Michael Shank Racing, Ford EcoBoost Riley, P, 7th)
  4. James Hinchcliffe (No. 70 SpeedSource Mazda SKYACTIV-D Coupe, P, 3rd)
  5. Scott Dixon (No. 02 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford EcoBoost Riley, P, 11th)
  6. Tony Kanaan (No. 02 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford EcoBoost Riley, P, 3rd)
  7. Ryan Briscoe (No. 3 Corvette Racing, Corvette C7.R, GTLM, 7th) More ...
01/19/14
Racing News
Clauson takes Chili Bowl  Bryan Clauson felt good about his bid for victory in the 2014 edition of the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire, and for good reason as the 2013 USAC National Champion finally broke through for his first Golden Driller; seen live on MAVTV for the first time.

“I’m just really relieved I didn’t throw it away because these guys are really good,” said Clauson.“I said it last night in the Press Conference that I felt like I had a car that could compete for the win tonight from the time we unloaded the car. It was really going to be a matter of not burying ourselves.”

Jumping to second on the start, Clauson pursued Caleb Armstrong for the lead early on. More ...

01/19/14
irl
f1
nassprint
This offseason, while IndyCar hibernates, F1 and NASCAR are doing what’s needed to stay in the news  Formula One and NASCAR didn’t get to be where they are today by standing still. Key moves, acquisitions and decisions have helped move each major motorsports organization to the top of the respective motorsport heaps over several decades.

Even now, as both stand on the precipice of controversial potential new changes, they have already succeeded in one area: getting people talking about them.

F1 is set for a radically different 2014. The raft of sweeping new regulations, with V6 power units, adjusted car designs and permanent driver numbers are set to transition the sport from its last era that ended in the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix. Even now, the upcoming Bernie Ecclestone bribery trial may have ramifications from a leadership standpoint for the sport down the road. More ...

01/19/14
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Sunday  
  • McLaren not commenting on Brawn
    Crash test situation 'normal' insists McLaren
  • McLaren not commenting on Brawn rumors
  • Ruhan stepping up amid Lotus struggles
  • GP2 champion's sponsor says F1 system 'sick'
  • Ecclestone facing ten years in German prison
  • Lauda causes stir with new cap sponsor
  • Hungaroring needs money for upgrades - boss
  • Todt believes friend Schumacher will recover
  • Vettel yet to confirm fatherhood More ...
01/19/14
uscc
Video: A Lap of Daytona with Ozz Negri  Go for a few laps around the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway road course with Michael Shank Racing’s Ozz Negri, who will team with John Pew, AJ Allmendinger and Justin Wilson in the No. 60 Ford EcoBoost-powered Riley for next weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.

01/19/14
nassprint
NASCAR's New Direction Will Risk Everything  
Is Brian France steering NASCAR in the right direction?
NASCAR is steering itself into dangerous territory with a flurry of changes to the Sprint Cup Series that may leave the sport nothing but a shell of what it used to be.

The most recent change may come to the championship format with the Charlotte Observer's Jim Utter reporting that NASCAR is finalizing a plan to expand the Chase field to 16 teams while also featuring an elimination format over the course of the final 10 races.

Thematically, the Chase will now resemble the NCAA Basketball tournament with the final race at Homestead always ending in a four-way winner take all spectacular. More ...

01/19/14
f1
Williams fires up FW36  Williams has fired up its 2014 car for the first time at its factory in Grove, Oxfordshire.

The team has yet to confirm when its new car will be launched, but tweeted on Saturday that the engine was fired up for the first time. The car will be called the FW36 and Sir Frank Williams was at the factory to witness the new Mercedes engine being started.

01/19/14
f1
No Relief for Mallya in Tax Case  
Vijay Mallya
The High Court on Saturday refused to quash criminal cases against liquor baron Vijay Mallya by filed by the Income Tax Department for non-remittance of tax deducted at source by Kingfisher Airlines Limited (KFA).

A Special Economic Offences Court here had initiated criminal proceedings against Mallya in 2013 based on three complaints by the I-T Department.

With the dismissal of the petition the stay on the proceedings has been vacated and the SEOC can continue proceedings against Mallya. More ...

01/19/14
f1
Raikkonen plays down Formula 1's 2014 changes for drivers  
Kimi Raikkonen
In a video interview for Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen says the 2014 Formula 1 rule changes are big, but not for drivers. Raikkonen doubts the driving experience will change much.

"My feeling is that it's not going to be as different as people think," he said in a video interview for Ferrari, which he has rejoined this season after a four-year absence.

"But I might be wrong.

"Hopefully we'll find out that it's pretty simple. More ...

01/19/14
motogp
Provisional MotoGP entry list for 2014  With the publication of this latest provisional entry list, the last remaining unknowns from the previous version have now been cleared up.

Iodaracing Project has recruited Britain’s Leon Camier as team-mate to Danilo Petrucci, both riding ART machinery. Camier, 27 years of age, enters from the Eni FIM Superbike World Championship and becomes the fifth British representative on this year’s MotoGP starting grid.

The participation of Australian Broc Parkes with PBM has also been confirmed, riding an Open tier PBM bike with an Aprilia engine. More ...
01/19/14
nhra
NHRA test times from Florida - Saturday  
John Force vs. Brittany Force
John Force and the Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang Funny Car made the last run of the 4th annual PRO Winter Warm-Up posting the quickest elapsed time of the day for the Funny Cars, a 4.013 second blast but for a couple hundred feet it looked like he might not be the first to the finish line. In the lane beside the 16-time Funny Car champion was 2013 Auto Club Rookie of the Year and Top Fuel driver Brittany Force. It was the first time these Forces have clashed and a quirk in the ladder provided the opportunity for Force to complete the trifecta and race his second youngest daughter. Previously Force had raced daughter Ashley Force Hood and Courtney Force. More ...
01/18/14
imsa
uscc
GTLM, GTD BoP Adjustments Finalized for Rolex 24  Following the release of the Balance of Performance adjustments for the Prototype and Prototype Challenge classes, IMSA has issued pre-Rolex 24 changes for a number of production-based cars in GT Le Mans and GT Daytona as well.

The ACO-spec GTLM class sees notable changes for three of the six manufacturers, including Porsche’s new 911 RSR, which has received a 15 kg weight increase, but a slightly larger (0.3 mm) air restrictor, which will give the factory-run entries a marginal boost in power.

Both the SRT Viper GTS-R and Ferrari 458 Italia have been given weight breaks, with the Riley-built machines shedding 30 kg and the Prancing Horses from Risi Competizione and Krohn Racing allowed to lose 15 kg from the specification it ran at the Roar Before the Rolex 24. More ...

01/18/14
dakar
Dakar: Nani Roma wins for X-raid Mini as Stephane Peterhansel falters  Nani Roma won the Dakar Rally after an anticlimactic 13th and final stage during which team orders guaranteed the Spaniard would finish first on Saturday.

Stephane Peterhansel, the Dakar's record 11-time winner and defending champion, began the race's shortest stage of 157 kilometers with a 26-seconds lead but the Frenchman slowed down and even stopped to let teammate Roma roll first to Valparaiso. More ...

01/18/14
irl
Teams put Chevrolet IndyCar V6 Engine Through its Paces  Chevrolet has concluded its first successful manufacturer test of the 2014 IndyCar Series season at Sebring International Raceway. A total of 10 teams and drivers put their cars powered by the Chevrolet IndyCar V6 2.2 liter twin turbocharged direct injected engine through its paces at a one-day test in preparation for the 18-race schedule that will begin March 30th on the Streets of St. Petersburg.

“We had an extremely productive test at Sebring,” said Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager for the IndyCar Series.  “The IndyCar engine homologation table allowed a fairly significant amount of change to the engine for 2014, including new turbochargers and fuel system revisions.  Work on all of that started last year and this first track test is an exciting yet anxious time for the engineers that toiled over and tortured the new bits to push the performance level up while maintaining the competitive advantage in reliability Chevrolet has had in 2012 and 2013. More ...

01/18/14
irl
A Thought for IndyCar  Take note IndyCar. It’s the third Saturday of January. For the first time since Labor Day Weekend, there is no football college or pro to take in on a Saturday. With much of the nation experiencing freezing temperatures, inevitably people are going to be looking for some quality television programming. And a quick glance at the TV Guide shows many Americans are going to be quite disappointed with what they find.

NBC is showing Chicago PD, while FOX is showing Almost Human. ABC is rerunning the 2008 film Hancock starring Will Smith and Charlize Theron. CBS is showing Mike and Molly. More ...

01/18/14
Team USA
Top-Five Finish for Alberico in First of Three TRS Races at Timaru  Timaru, New Zealand (January 18, 2014) – Team USA Scholarship driver Neil Alberico began his second weekend of Toyota Racing Series action with a flourish by finishing fifth in Race One at the Timaru International Motor Raceway on New Zealand’s South Island.

Alberico, 21, from Los Gatos, Calif., had qualified sixth in the first of two 15-minute sessions which determined the grids for both Race 1 and the weekend’s feature race for the Timaru Herald Trophy. The opening period was red-flagged twice, but Alberico managed to turn a representative lap in his Victory Motor Racing Team entry to secure a starting position on the outside of row three in the extremely competitive 23-car field. The top 20 cars were all blanketed by less than one second. More ...

01/18/14
usac
Clauson Wins Friday A-main  USAC sprint car racing star Bryan Clauson won Friday evening's A feature at the Chili Bowl Nationals Presented by General Tire. The Noblesville, IN native will start third in tonight's 55-lap main event of the Tulsa, Oklahoma indoor midget racing classic.

Also, of note was NASCAR star Kasey Kahne, who suffered mechanical problems Friday evening. Kahne can make tonight's main event but will have to advance through C and B mains to do so.

The Chili Bowl will be shown live this evening on MAVTV.

01/18/14
nassprint
Dale Jr's Whisky River Jacksonville closes  Whisky River, the St. Johns Town Center-area restaurant/nightclub owned by NASCAR's Dale Earnhardt Jr., has closed. Doors at the restaurant were locked during a visit at 1:30 p.m. Friday. And though lights were off inside the restaurant, one of four flat screen TVs on the restaurant's emptied patio was on, tuned to ESPN.

By mid-afternoon, Whisky River's Facebook page had been removed and the restaurant's website simply read "Whisky River Jacksonville has closed." Bar Management Group, which operated the restaurant for Earnhardt, issued the following statement to Times-Union news partner First Coast News: "After four years, the management company behind Whisky River Jacksonville has decided to close this location, and is working with the landlord with respect to its closing." Florida Times-Union

01/18/14
nhra
NHRA test times from Florida  
Robert Hight
No one hoisted a trophy and there was no big check at the top end but that did not diminish the competitive fire on the first day of the 4th annual NHRA PRO Winter Warm-Up at Palm Beach International Raceway.

Unofficial times and mph from Friday’s PRO Winter Warm-Up

First session
Funny Car

1. Ron Capps, 4.044, 318.24 mph
2. Del Worsham, 4.058, 315.05 mph
3. Jack Beckman, 4.061, 312.06 mph
4. Matt Hagan, 4.098, 314.68 mph
5. Robert Hight, 4.098, 305.63 mph
6. Tommy Johnson Jr., 4.134, 299.93 mph
7. Chad Head, 4.170, 228.21 mph
8. Bob Tasca III, 4.183, 269.51 mph
9. Alexis DeJoria, 4.618, 178.14 mph
10. Courtney Force, 8.732, 66.82 mph
11. John Force, 9.814, 77.43 mph More ...

01/18/14
motogp
2014 YZR-M1 Breaks Cover in Indonesia  
2014 Yamaha YZR-M1
Yamaha Factory Racing stars Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi kicked off the new MotoGP season today by unveiling the 2014 Yamaha YZR-M1 live in front of nearly 4000 members of the Yamaha family at the 3S Dealer meeting in Indonesia.

The two-day visit saw both riders engage in a number of activities for their first official outing of 2014. Yesterday Jorge met with a number of local media before heading off to take part in a soccer game with a team of Lorenzo fans and members of the Yamaha community.

This morning Jorge and Vale went together to meet Mr. Joko Widodo, the current Governor of Jakarta. The threesome spent some time cycling and chatting together before the riders moved on to join the thousands of Yamaha dealers gathered to witness the unveiling of the 2014 YZR-M1 that marked the start of the 3S Dealer Meeting. More ...

01/18/14
f1
F1 launch dates  The full list of confirmed launch dates is below, leaving just Lotus, Force India, Williams and Marussia to set a date...

F1 2014 Launch Dates:
McLaren 24 January Online launch
Ferrari 25 January Online launch
Sauber 26 January Online launch
Scuderia Toro Rosso 27 January Jerez, Spain
Mercedes 28 January Jerez, Spain
Caterham 28 January Jerez, Spain
Red Bull 28 January Jerez, Spain More ...

01/18/14
imsa
uscc
IMSA Issues Prototype BoP Changes for Rolex 24  IMSA released Friday Balance of Performance (BoP) adjustments for the Prototype class in advance of next weekend’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The biggest change come with revised air restrictor sizes, which sees a reduction in power for Daytona Prototypes and clarifications for P2 cars, following data from the Roar Before the Rolex 24 as well as dyno testing performed earlier this month.

DPs will have roughly a five percent reduction in power, with the Chevy-powered entries now utilizing a 2.5 percent smaller air restrictor in diameter, and the Ford EcoBoost-powered Rileys running 33.1 mm openings. More ...

01/18/14
dakar
Dakar Day 12: Stephane Peterhansel reclaims lead  
Stephane Peterhansel disobeys team orders and takes lead
On the last major sandy special on the Dakar 2014 Stephane Peterhansel moved into the lead of the Dakar Rally on Friday, despite the X-raid team calling off the fight for victory on the previous day.

The Frenchman trailed team-mate Nani Roma by over five minutes going into Friday's 12th stage from El Salvador to La Serena, and the team had decided it did not want to take any risks.

"The game is over," said Peterhansel on Thursday. "We've had a good laugh and enjoyed ourselves. Yesterday evening, the team asked us to not take any more risks."

However, Peterhansel won Friday's stage and overtook Roma at the top of the standings. More ...

01/17/14
wec
Toyota TS040 Hybrid Set for Unveil in March  Toyota’s new LMP1 contender for the FIA World Endurance Championship will be unveiled in March, it has been confirmed.

The Japanese manufacturer has scheduled the launch of the new gasoline-powered hybrid, understood to be named the TS040, on March 27 at Paul Ricard, the day before the start of the FIA WEC’s official two-day pre-season test at the French circuit.

While it’s believed the car has yet to complete any on-track testing, Toyota Racing technical director Pascal Vasselon confirmed late last year that the TS040 will be powered by a development of the TS030′s 3.4-liter V8 engine, while employing front and rear hybrid powertrains.

All six of the manufacturer’s drivers: Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre, Kaz Nakajima, Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Stephane Sarrazin, have been retained for 2014, while Mike Conway has been added as a test and reserve driver.

01/17/14
SCORE
Mexican government officials sign new three-year contract  SCORE International announced today that it has signed a new three-year contract with the Mexican government officials to bring the ever-popular Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 back to the picturesque fishing village on the Sea of Cortez, 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif.

Round 1 of the six-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship series will be held in San Felipe Feb. 27-March 2 with the 28th Annual Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250. In 2014, three SCORE races will be held in the United States and three in Mexico with competition offered in 35 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs. More ...

01/17/14
f1
Two teams make plans, McLaren yet to pass all FIA tests  
(GMM) Sauber and Toro Rosso have become the latest teams to reveal details of their 2014 plans.

Swiss team Sauber said the C33 will be revealed online on January 26, which is two days before the start of winter testing at Jerez.

And Toro Rosso's 2014 car, the STR9, will be rolled onto the pitlane for the media on the evening before the Jerez test kicks off with Jean-Eric Vergne at the wheel.

Meanwhile, although McLaren's launch plans are already known, there are reports the new MP4-29 is still yet to pass all of its mandatory FIA crash tests. More ...

01/17/14
f1
Ecclestone plays down F1 board exit  
Ecclestone plays down F1 board exit
(GMM) Bernie Ecclestone has played down his exit from the F1 board, insisting he is still in charge of the sport.

Whilst continuing to run the day to day business, the long-standing F1 'supremo' has relinquished his directorship pending the outcome of the criminal bribery trial in Munich.

But he told the BBC: "The minute the court case is over I'll be back on the board again.

"Everybody on the board is more than a million per cent supportive. They just want me to get on with doing what I always do." More ...

01/17/14
irl
IndyCar News and Notes  

Below, is an IndyCar News and Notes from AutoRacing1.com Columnist Brian Carroccio.

It was encouraging to read AR1 President Mark Cipolloni’s article last night about the conversation he had with Hulman & Co., CEO Mark Miles. Miles indicated that IndyCar’s plans to add points-paying overseas races in 2015 were coming along. Also, Mark C made the excellent point that “with F1 costs spiraling out of control,” there is opportunity for IndyCar to meet demand in parts of the world dying for top-level formula racing. More ...

01/17/14
irl
Return to IndyCar racing has Montoya feeling young  Juan Pablo Montoya feels like he is starting all over.

The 2000 Indianapolis 500 champion and former Formula One driver has traded in his stock car for another chance at open-wheel racing. He's joined a new but formidable team, and he's spent most of the offseason getting acclimated to his new digs.

All he has to do now is prove he can still win in these cars _ and the 38-year-old Colombian can't wait.

"I do feel like a rookie. It's funny, people don't realize that," Montoya said this week after IndyCar drivers were given their annual physicals in Indianapolis. "I know a lot of the drivers were complaining about how much testing I got from IndyCar, but it's so different. It's hard to know how well up to speed I am, because I've been running by myself." More ...

01/17/14
irl
nassprint
Kurt Busch mulls Indy 500 run  
Kurt Busch with Team Owner Michael Andretti at his IndyCar rookie orientation test last year.
Sprint Cup driver Kurt Busch said he expects to have "a pretty good indication" by the end of January if he will make what he expects will be his last attempt to enter the Indianapolis 500.

The 2004 Sprint Cup champion completed IndyCar's rookie orientation program for the race last season in a car prepared by Andretti Autosport, and said he has a standing offer from that team -- plus another -- to enter the May 25 spectacle. Doing so would make the Stewart-Haas Racing driver the first since Robby Gordon in 2004 to contest both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR's Memorial Day weekend offering, on the same day. More ...
01/17/14
racing news
Motorsports PR Veteran Kelly Joins GRand Solutions  Veteran motorsports public relations professional Paul Kelly has joined GRand Solutions, as the Speedway, Ind.-based marketing, events and communications company continues to grow in all areas of its business.

Kelly will oversee planning and execution of communications programs for all GRand clients, with concentration on content, publicity, social media and public/media relations. He will work closely with the GRand team on its rapidly expanding presence in IMSA (International Motor Sports Association) sports car competition and also will develop and implement GRand's brand journalism and corporate communications initiatives. More ...

01/17/14
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Indy Lights personnel changes announced  
Tony Cotman
Andersen Promotions continues to make strides in its preparations to operate all three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy in 2014. The company today announced new hires in several key positions for Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.

Since reestablishing USF2000 in 2010, expanding to launch Pro Mazda in 2013 and now overseeing Indy Lights in 2014, Andersen Promotions has more than doubled its staff entering the fifth year of the Mazda Road to Indy development ladder program sanctioned by INDYCAR. More ...

01/17/14
racing news
Ernie Elliott restructures engine business  Power by Ernie Elliott announced the company has officially restructured and is offering full service leasing programs to NASCAR'S top-3 divisions, ARCA Racing Series, and other motorsport divisions. The company develops and builds high performance Chevrolet and Toyota engines with legendary engine builder Ernie Elliott at the helm. Ernie Elliott's accomplishments include holding the NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying record of 212.809mph, 1 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship, 51 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series poles, 39 wins, 148-top 5's and 291-top 10's. His engine building expertise has also earned him three ARCA Championships including 37 wins. Located in Dawsonville, GA, the Power by Ernie Elliott facility is a fully equipped engine shop with the latest technology utilized to achieve top results.
01/17/14
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Max Papis forms Whelen Euro team  Max Papis Racing to announced its presence in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, fielding the #99 racecar for the 2014 season. Team Principal and Italian native Max Papis, who has the most NASCAR starts for a European driver, and his wife/car owner, Tatiana Fittipaldi Papis, have a personal connection with the NASCAR family. "Being a NASCAR team owner is a very important step in my professional career," said Papis.

"I am excited to create a working platform that will act as a bridge between racing in the United States and Europe, creating opportunities for drivers and technicians to experience the best of the two worlds combined." Kevin Gilardoni will drive the No. 99 racecar in the Elite division. The 21-year old Italian driver has competed in the Eurocup Megane Trophy and Formula Renault 2.0 series, showing great talent and potential with multiple wins, pole positions, and podium finishes in the past three seasons. More ...

01/17/14
irl
IndyCar overseas (Update)  UPDATE Another reader responds to Mr. Hacker's email, Dear AutoRacing1, I need to react on this. The ideas Mark Miles has for IndyCar are really great, it will make IndyCar second to F1 on the world wide motorsports scene, I'm sure of it !

Aluminum?  From which century Mr. Dan Hacker come? FYI: Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, North Americans, Asians and Down Under people live in the Middle East nowadays. They all earn very well and they would welcome IndyCar with open arms! On top of that many of the local inhabitants have been to school and university in the UK (or other schools in Europe) or in the US. They would definitely welcome IndyCar as well.

Apart from this, the sanctioning fees will cover for the costs of everything (i.e. transportation and a sufficient budget for every entry which competes at these race-meetings) to get IndyCar to the Middle East, so what is the problem?  More ...

01/17/14
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Daytona 500 Tickets Most Expensive In Past 5 Years  In a little over two weeks, the two best teams in the NFL will face off in the Super Bowl and come February 3rd, there will be a new owner of the Lombardi Trophy. The 3rd will also mark three weeks until the SuperBowl of stock car racing, also known as the Daytona 500. If we want to compare the respective SuperBowls, at an average price of $263,  Daytona 500 tickets on the secondary market are 93%  less than the current average price for Super Bowl tickets.

Because of its prestige and importance, as well as the atmosphere of excitement that comes with the beginning of a new season, the Daytona 500 tickets are almost always the most expensive NASCAR tickets.  Over the next three years, however, Daytona is looking to eliminate 46,000 seats, which means that ticket prices will be a lot more expensive in 2016 when the renovation is complete. If you have not already purchased tickets for the 2014 event, there are some tickets left in the primary market as well as a large selection on the secondary market. More ...

01/17/14
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Video: Muscle Milk Pickett Racing: Getting to the Rolex 24 at Daytona  Take an inside look at how Muscle Milk Pickett Racing is getting ready for their first Rolex 24 at Daytona and hear what their drivers, team manager and crew chief had to say.

01/17/14
irl
INDY 500 Unser and Brack confirmed for Goodwood  
4-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser Sr.
Goodwood is delighted to announce that Indianapolis 500 winners Al Unser and Kenny Brack have confirmed their attendance at the 21st running of the Festival of Speed on 27-29 June, 2014.

All-American hero Unser perfectly embodies this year’s Festival of Speed theme “Addicted to winning: The unbeatable champions of motor sport”; his four victories at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway making him one of only three drivers to have won the USA’s biggest race on four occasions.

Unser, whose son Al Jr and brother Bobby have also won the Indy 500, wowed crowds at the Festival of Speed in both 2007 and 2009 as he drove some of the glorious machines he used during his IndyCar career up the fabled 1.16-mile Goodwood hill, and returns to Lord March’s West Sussex venue for the 21st running of the event this summer. More ...

01/17/14
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Friday  
  • Red Bull to launch at Jerez, Pirelli staying until 2016
  • Nascar team owner aims for F1 in 2015
  • Ecclestone steps down from F1 board
  • Dennis returns, Whitmarsh future in doubt
  • Can Bernie Ecclestone survive latest blow to his F1 rule?
  • Lotus E22 passes FIA homologation tests
  • Q&A: John Watson on what Ron Dennis' return means for McLaren More ...
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