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01/30/14
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Skittles Returns to NASCAR with JGR and the #18 team
The Skittles brand made by Wrigley, a subsidiary of Mars, Inc. will make its comeback to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in the 2014 season as part of Mars, Inc.'s longtime partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing. The Skittles #18 Camry will take the track for two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races this season, piloted by NASCAR star Kyle Busch on March 2 at Phoenix and March 16 at Bristol. For the first time in more than 10 years, the Skittles brand will join the lineup of Mars, Inc.'s world-class sponsors at Joe Gibbs Racing including, M&M'S, Doublemint and Snickers in the 2014 season.

"We're proud to bring one of America's most iconic candy brands back to NASCAR and eager to see what victories 'The Rainbow' brings this season as Kyle Busch takes the wheel of the Skittles #18 Camry, said John Starkey, Sr. Director of Confections at Wm. Wrigley Co. "Sometimes 'The Rainbow' likes to mix things up and now seemed like a great time for Skittles to return to the track to have some fun.

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01/30/14
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Brian Vickers Cleared to Drive
Brian Vickers has been cleared to drive after missing the final five races of last season because of a blood clot - the second time since 2010 a blood clot forced him out the car. Vickers missed much of the 2010 season after blood clots were discovered in both lungs and his left leg in May. He was placed on blood thinning medication and didn't race again that year. He also had heart surgery in July 2010 to repair a small hole. Vickers' latest blood clot came after he suffered a mid-foot sprain in a crash at Bristol in August - about a month after he won at New Hampshire. He wore a boot to help the sprain but that caused the blood clot by constricting his right calf. He was put on blood thinning medication, ending his season.

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01/30/14
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Clint Bowyer No. 15 sponsors announced
Michael Waltrip Racing announced an expanded sponsorship roster for 2014 today during the annual Charlotte Motor Speedway media tour.

The announcement included that 5-hour ENERGY enters its third consecutive year as primary sponsor of Clint Bowyers #15 Toyota. Bowyer will carry the 5-hour ENERGY logos for 24 races in 2014. PEAK Antifreeze & Motor Oil returns this year with the PEAK logos will adorn Bowyers #15 Toyota at the Auto Club in March, Talladega in May and Chicago in Sept. PEAK also announced the second year of its PEAK Stock Car Dream Challenge, a nationwide search to find a racer who has what it takes to be a professional driver.

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01/30/14
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Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday Part 2
  • Symonds has 'sympathy' for Lotus' troubles
  • Brawn 'fishing', not preparing for McLaren top job
  • Schumacher 'blinked' as doctors move to end coma
  • Marussia's day begins just as Red Bull's ends
  • Ecclestone rules out paying to avoid German jail

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01/30/14
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RLL adds John Dick
RLL Racing is hoping that new engineering talent will help the team improve its performance in 2014
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that John Dick has returned to the team as Head of Research and Development for the IndyCar Series program. Dick, who has over 37 years of racing experience, was the race engineer for Team Rahal driver Max Papis in 2001, and the combination produced two wins and one pole.

“It's great to have John back with the team,” said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan. “His experience and knowledge is a great compliment to the existing staff we have assembled with race engineers Bill Pappas and Eddie Jones. John is a key element to our plan to expand our technical department and will oversee testing and development.”

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01/30/14
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Jerez Day 3: Magnussen on top for McLaren
Kevin Magnussen took pride in being fastest as the McLaren rookie stunned on his first day in the cockpit of their MP4-29. In fact, the Dane was only on track during the afternoon after the team decided to give Jenson Button more time to acclimatize in the morning.

Felipe Massa's first outing for Williams ended with him setting the second fastest time of the day ahead of Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes, with Button fourth. Next up was Fernando Alonso, the Spaniard also making his first appearance of 2014 and completing 55 laps for Ferrari.

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01/30/14
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Red Bull Has Another Tough Day
Could the new technical regs bring an end the dominance of Red Bull and Sebastien Vettel? We doubt it.
Four-time defending F1 champion Red Bull continued to encounter troubles today at preseason testing in Jerez. After electrical and overheating issues earlier in the week, Australian Daniel Ricciardo was only able to complete two laps, before again encountering problems. The team decided to stop running for the day, but plans to be back in action tomorrow.

Clearly, Red Bull has the talent in place to work out whatever gremlins currently plague either its RB 10 chassis or the Renault engines. However, while other teams have been able to run extended miles, Red Bull has been unable to take advantage of the track time.

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01/30/14
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Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday (Update) UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

01/30/14
  • Back of McLaren has F1 paddock scratching their head
    Red Bull supplier Renault admits early 2014 'problem'
  • McLaren 'wing' suspension raises eyebrows at Jerez
  • FIA's Whiting says 'clever' Lotus nose is 'legal'
  • Doctors ‘begin process to bring Schumacher out of induced coma
  • Brembo brakes made a billionaire
  • Mercedes F1 boss questions points changes
  • Allison pleased with Ferrari's start
  • Still no sign of 2014 Marussia New
  • F1 row brewing over new nose designs New
  • Schumacher 'waking up process' has begun - manager New

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01/30/14
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Austin Cindric Signs with Pabst Racing
OCONOMOWOC, Wis. - Pabst Racing today announced that it has added driver Austin Cindric to its 2014 line-up. The team is proud to add the 15-year-old, second-year Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda driver to its team and is very optimistic as the 2014 season quickly approaches. Cindric will drive the #77 Nightrain Pabst Racing USF2000 car in both the championship and Cooper Tires Winterfest.

Pabst Racing Team Owner and President Augie Pabst expressed his excitement in announcing their newest driver: "I'm very pleased to announce our signing of Austin. He was able to learn so much in 2013 (his rookie season) and we will continue to build on that experience, which I believe will bring great results for 2014."

As the son of Penske Racing President Tim Cindric, Cindric has motorsports in his blood. In 2008, he began his racing career in INEX Bandoleros and then progressed to US Legend cars and the Skip Barber Formula Series prior to entering the 2013 season with the IndyCar development series, USF2000. He is looking forward to returning as a second-year driver in the series with Pabst Racing.

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01/30/14
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Michela Cerruti signs with Super Nova
Michela Cerruti and Super Nova International have completed a deal for the 2014 Auto GP Season. For the reigning champion team, enrolling the 26-year-old female racer is the first step in an effort to retain the overall honors for a third straight season after winning-back-to-back titles in 2012, with Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, and 2013, with Vittorio Ghirelli. Michela made her Auto GP debut last August at the Nurburgring. Then, she joined the British operation, owned by the Sears family, in the postseason tests at Jerez and Vallelunga. Cerruti is set to become the first female to race a full Auto GP season.

Michela Cerruti
“It is great to join Super Nova in Auto GP - I feel it was a lucky shot to begin the relationship at the end of last year in order to help decide on my direction for 2014. For a driver it is good to know that I have a winning team and car combination and we worked very well in the testing together. I know that I need to improve and the team has already showed that they will help to guide me. It is the first time I have worked with a non-Italian team and I admire the way that Super Nova work and appreciate and understand that we are pushing for a common goal. The team work is a key factor and it is important to see that the team believes in me so that I can concentrate on driving, knowing that everything else is taken care of professionally”.

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01/30/14
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Elkins Explains IMSA’s New Officiating Rules, Procedures
Finally a different thinking out of Daytona. Previously you could cheat and win every race and the record books would forever show you as the winner, hence why we deemed NASCAR 'The Cheat to Win Series.' “It’s the most fair thing for all competitors, in terms of being able to celebrate the win if the car is found to have some kind of infraction. It’s not really fair for them to keep that. We came to the conclusion that when an infraction is found afterwards, that an exclusion is really the only option for us.” --Scot Elkins
There’s been plenty of discussion and some questions over IMSA’s new officiating and post-race procedures following a drama-filled opening weekend in Daytona.

The launch of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the return of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge saw three separate post-session decisions by officials, two of which ended with different winners that had initially celebrated in victory lane.

The most significant came in the Rolex 24, when the No. 555 Level 5 Motorsports Ferrari of Alessandro Pier Guidi was initially penalized for avoidable contact with Markus Winkelhock’s No. 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Audi on the final lap and was moved back to fourth in class.

However, the ruling was overturned by IMSA’s new supervisory board nearly four hours after the race, handing the win back the GTD class victory to Pier Guidi and co-drivers Townsend Bell, Jeff Segal, Bill Sweedler and Scott Tucker.

The decision came just 72 hours after the GTD pole-sitting No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Audi was sent to the back of the grid due to a rear wing endplate violation, but was later reinstated following a meeting with the board which clarified a line in the technical regulations.

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01/30/14
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Team Penske Announces Expanded Schedule for Ryan Blaney
Ryan Blaney
Team Penske announced today that 20-year-old Ryan Blaney will expand his driving duties for its championship-winning program beginning in 2014. The third-generation driver will compete in 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races with Team Penske in 2014 and will also make his debut in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS), running at least two events behind the wheel of the No. 12 SKF Ford Fusion with the first coming at Kansas Speedway in May.

Blaney’s first Nationwide Series start of 2014 is scheduled to come at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 22.  The remainder of his NNS schedule will be announced at a later date.  In addition to Kansas, Blaney’s other scheduled Sprint Cup Series start will come at Talladega Superspeedway in October.

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01/29/14
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MotoGP Track In Brasilia Unable To Host Sept. 28 Race (Update) UPDATE The Termas de Río Hondo MotoGP circuit in Santiago del Estero, Argentina received approval from motorcycle governing body FIM to host the third round of this year's MotoGP World Championship in April. It will be the first MotoGP event held in Argentina since '99. With the circuit now fully approved, those working at the venue will look to complete work on the pit-lane area by the race weekend of April 25-27.

01/29/14 The MotoGP race scheduled for Sept. 28 in Brasilia has "been canceled due to construction work at the Nelson Piquet circuit demanding more time than initially expected," according to the EFE. The Brasilia government arrived at the conclusion that "there will not be sufficient time to prepare to host a motorcycling race." The reason for the cancellation "is the difficulty of the work necessary to prepare the circuit to host international competitions." The Brasilia authorities said that they are "maintaining their intentions of hosting a Brazil Grand Prix in '15." EFE

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01/29/14
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Brembo boss Bombassei becomes billionaire
In the auto industry, running into a car with the familiar "Brembo" moniker on its brake calipers is not uncommon. Ford fitted a set to its last-generation Mustang, and the Nissan 370Z and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution have featured the company's stoppers for years. Combined with all the brakes Brembo supplies for Porsche, Ferrari and other high-end marques (to say nothing of its extensive motorsports efforts), it should come as no shock that the man in charge of the company is quite wealthy.

Alberto Bombassei is the 73-year-old billionaire controlling Brembo, thanks to a 53.5-percent stake worth $1.2 billion. That stake is held by the family's holding company, whose shares are in turn held by Bombassei's two kids. He recently spoke with Bloomberg about the company's successes via email.

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01/29/14
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Renault to fix problems overnight
Vettel did not get in many laps with the Renault  power unit issues
Renault has had a troubled opening two days at Jerez, with its teams completing just 38 laps so far.

Renault's head of trackside operations Remi Taffin has revealed that the issue that hindered Red Bull and Toro Rosso relates to the energy stores on the cars.

The problems are such that they require an overnight fix, with new spare parts being flown in to Jerez to help make modifications that will get Renault's cars back on track on Thursday.

"We know on our side we have one problem that we have clearly identified and we want to fix it," explained Taffin.

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01/29/14
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Rear of new McLaren getting a lot of attention (Update) UPDATE Added better photo of back of McLaren below right.

01/29/14
Rear of new McLaren getting a lot of attention
Ferrari Technical Director James Allison has played down the significance of the vast array of radical new noses on the 2014 F1 cars but has admitted the innovative design on the rear of McLaren's has piqued his interest.

While Renault's Energy Recovery System proved to be the major talking point of Day Two at Jerez, with the three Renault-powered outfits limited to a cumulative total of 19 laps, Ferrari have fared as well as anyone during the opening exchanges of winter testing, with Kimi Raikkonen fastest on Tuesday and then registering 47 laps on Day Two.

Since the new breed of cars were launched last week, attention has inevitably focused on the weird and wonderful 'noses' of the chargers, with Ferrari unveiling a F14 T adorned by a relatively straightforward design.

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01/29/14
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Johnson talks Manning comparison
Hendrick Motorsports drivers Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Kasey Kahne went one-on-one with FOX Sports 1’s NASCAR RACE HUB team today. Below are spotlighted quotes from today’s show.

JOHNSON ON RELATING TO DENVER BRONCOS QUARTERBACK PEYTON MANNING – “The one thing Peyton has working against him is that injury is far more of an issue than we have in this sport. We can clearly race deep into our careers. That’s one reason why I’m focused on my fitness and making sure that I can race as long as Mark Martin has, if I choose. Experience is everything. He (Manning) understands the game; almost a coach from standing there in the pocket and seeing what needs to happen. He wasn’t that … he was always amazing, but to have that vision and that experience. Every five years you learn so much in that period of time that. You can trade experience for age, especially coming in, when I first; I would trade my youth for just five years of experience for just what we’re doing out there. I’m really coming onto my sweet spot as a driver, team member and a team leader.”

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01/29/14
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McLaren Pair Killed In Crash Near F1 Base
Two McLaren workers have been killed after the sports car they were travelling in crashed near the Formula One team's headquarters.

The members of staff, who have not yet been named, were in a blue Subaru Impreza when it collided with a Ford Transit van on the A320 in Ottershaw near Woking, Surrey.

They were based at the nearby McLaren Production Centre, next to where the company's F1 cars are built, and worked for the firm's sports car division.

Mike Flewitt, chief executive officer of McLaren Automotive, said: "We have been informed that we have sadly lost two hard working and extremely well-liked employees.

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01/29/14
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Team Penske Partners with Gulfstream Jets
Team Penske announced today that it has entered into a multi-year agreement with Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., manufacturer of the world’s most technologically advanced business aircraft.

The agreement will create unique cross-promotional opportunities between the two organizations.

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01/29/14
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EnerSys Becomes Official Partner of Team Penske
Team Penske and EnerSys announced today a multi-year agreement that will call for EnerSys to become an Official Partner of Team Penske beginning in 2014. EnerSys will become an integral partner with Team Penske and will have its ODYSSEY Battery brand on the b-post of the No. 22 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Ford Mustang beginning in Daytona.

EnerSys is the largest industrial battery manufacturer in the world, operating manufacturing and assembly facilities worldwide for customers in over 100 countries with worldwide headquarters located in Reading, Pennsylvania and regional headquarters in Europe and Asia. EnerSys is positioned to provide expertise in designing, building, installing and maintaining a comprehensive stored energy solution for industrial applications throughout the world.

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01/29/14
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IMSA Statement On The Passing Of Charlie Earwood
The following is a statement from IMSA President and Chief Operating Officer Scott Atherton, on the passing of Charlie Earwood, a prominent driver, promoter and official at Sebring International Raceway, Road Atlanta and an iconic member of the sportscar racing community:

Charlie Earwood was a fixture within the entire sports car racing industry. He was part of the fabric of the sport in leadership roles at multiple tracks and sanctioning bodies for many decades. We will miss his smiling face and inviting, jovial demeanor in race control buildings and paddocks across the country. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Ann, sons Terry and Steve and their families.

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01/29/14
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Catching up with... Marco Andretti
Marco Andretti
Marco Andretti enters his ninth season as an IndyCar Series driver coming off a career best of fifth in the championship, which he credited to work before the 2013 season. For 2014, Andretti will sport the blue and yellow colors of Snapple, and he aims to take the next step and win the IndyCar Series championship.

In the latest installment of Catching Up With..., the third-generation driver talks about his Andretti Autosport car's new look, his offseason exploits and the new addition to his family -- a bulldog named Moodie.

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01/29/14
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Alfe Heat renews with Foyt team
Industry leader Alfe Heat Treating returns as a major associate sponsor of the ABC Supply/AJ Foyt Racing team in 2014 marking their fourth straight year with the team.

The Ft. Wayne, Indiana-based company has continued to find ways to leverage its motorsports marketing partnership since its entry into the sport in 2011. “We feel Indy Car is a great way to present Alfe Heat Treating to the public and show our customers we have a solid relationship to the automotive industry, as well as give our employees something to relate to, look forward to, and enjoy away from the work week,” said Kurt Westman, president and founder of one of the nation’s largest heat treating services company.  “Overall the feedback has been positive from both the customer and employee base.”

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01/29/14
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Better for Gene Haas to buy Lotus than to start F1 team from scratch
For years, every time the commissioner of the National Football League would hold a “state of the league” media conference, some Canadian reporter would ask if Toronto was going to get an expansion team. Every time, the commissioner would say it was unlikely.

This wasn’t because Canada isn’t a nice place, or because Toronto doesn’t have enough people or money. It was just that if the league was going to expand, there were American cities ahead of Toronto on the list.

Which explains why people in Toronto have switched focus and are trying to get an established team — like the Buffalo Bills — to move. It’s so much easier to get into the game with a team that exists rather than trying to start from scratch.

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01/29/14
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Jerez Day 2: Button tops for McLaren
Jenson Button gave the McLaren-Mercedes MP4-29 its track debut in grand style by going quickest on day two at Jerez.

The British driver completed 43 laps to edge out day one pace setter Kimi Raikkonen by just over six tenths, while Williams' Valtteri Bottas, Nico Rosberg and Sergio Perez gave Mercedes-powered cars four of the top five positions.

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01/29/14
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Vettel leaves Jerez as Newey laments car design delay
Sebastian Vettel is not smiling
(GMM)  World champion Sebastian Vettel has flown out of southern Spain after a miserable opening two days of running in 2014.

He cancelled his appointments with the media and leapt into his much more reliable Infiniti road car just after lunch.

"At this stage it really makes no difference which driver is sitting in the car," team boss Christian Horner told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport.

Early testing of the all-new V6-powered cars has been fraught, and after getting less than a handful of laps under its belt on Tuesday, Red Bull packed up early on Wednesday with a "Renault energy store problem".

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01/29/14
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Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday (Update) UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

01/29/14
  • The new Ferrari ran better than any car on F1's day of embarrassment
    'Embarrassing' start to F1's brave new era
  • Raikkonen's back 'ok' after F1 driving return
  • Vettel hopes for 'miracle' a month into Schumacher coma
  • Horner Questions Formula One Budget Cap Plans
  • Lotus F1 Team Sells Reported Stake Of 10% To Russian Backer Yota Devices
  • Haas Says He Is Serious About Fielding An F1 Team
  • Quotes from Day 1 of Jerez testing New
  • McLaren confirms Boullier as 'racing director' New
  • Manager denies doctors to end Schumacher coma New
  • Ecclestone pushing for 'double points' in three races New
  • Higher top speeds expected in 2014 New
  • Marussia on track for Thursday debut New

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01/29/14
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Force wins 5th as 2013 AARWBA Awards announced
John Force
The American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association  ("AARWBA") announced John Force, driver of the Castrol GTX High Mileage Funny Car as a member of the All-America First Team for the 16th time in his legendary career. Force won his 16th NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car championship in 2013 winning four times with nine final round appearances.

“It is always an honor to be recognized as an All-America First Team driver. This award is very special because the media is so important to growing our sport. I have to thank all my sponsors Castrol, Ford, Auto Club, Mac Tools, Traxxas, Freightliner and BrandSource because without their support we wouldn’t be able to do what we love,” said Force. “You want to win every race and that is always my focus. Winning the championship last year as a great team accomplishment and we need to keep winning so we can keep chasing corporate America. I want to keep racing with my kids for as long as possible. My health good and I have the fire to keep chasing after these young kids.”

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01/29/14
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Changes to the NASCAR All-Star Race Schedule announced
Charlotte Motor Speedway officials have announced changes to the May 16-17 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race schedule. During the second day of the NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway, officials announced that the Sprint Showdown will be moved to Friday, May 16, preceding the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' North Carolina Education Lottery 200. Before the green flag falls on Saturday's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, drivers will set the field for the main event with a three-lap qualifying that includes a mandatory four-tire pit stop and no pit road speed limit.

"These changes mean fans get even more bang for their buck here at The Greatest Place to See the Race," said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. "In addition to watching the trucks battle on Friday night and rocking with a pre-race concert with Jake Owen on Saturday, fans will be treated to back-to-back nights of Sprint Cup Series action as drivers leave everything on the track with a $1 million payday on the line."

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01/29/14
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Schumacher's condition no longer critical, helmet was smashed in two (Update) UPDATE
Michael Schumacher
Formula One ace Michael Schumacher's stay in intensive care reaches the one month mark on Wednesday with the legendary driver still in a medically-induced coma whose outcome remains unclear.

After his December 29 fall at Meribel ski resort in the French Alps, Schumacher was sedated and his body temperature cooled to around 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) to ease the risk of further damage to the brain.

Surgeons at Grenoble University Hospital say they decided on the coma after operating on bleeding and bruising in his brain.

They carried out a post-operative scan that revealed "widespread lesions" on both sides of the brain.

A second operation, to treat bleeding, took place on December 30.

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01/29/14
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Video: Danica finally wins a race
Yes it's true. Danica Patrick won a nationally televised race last January 29th. However, it's not what you may be thinking. This race had nothing to do with her familiar bright green #10 Go Daddy/Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet. She was driving a rather large tricycle on a studio sound stage while making an appearance on "Bethenny", the nationally syndicated day time talk show hosted by Bethenny Frankel.

Patrick's appearance began with some couch conversation time where Frankel asked her the usual questions such as a woman competing in a male dominated sport. Frankel also inquired about Patrick's relationship with NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. When a large video screen displayed a photo of the NASCAR couple, Patrick pointed at Stenhouse and said "isn't he studly looking?"

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01/28/14
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Formula E reveals next 8 drivers
The next eight drivers to join Formula E’s new Drivers’ Club have today been revealed with Bruno Senna, Sebastien Bourdais, Oriol Servia, Daniel Abt, Narain Karthikeyan, Christijan Albers, Franck Montagny & John R. Hildebrand Jr. all showing their support for the new global electric racing series.

Unveiled earlier this month, the new scheme features a pool of top, international names that all officially endorse the new FIA Formula E Championship and have expressed a willingness to race in the future. Today’s drivers join those previously announced bringing the total to 16 (see full list below) with further names to be released over the coming weeks via the championship’s official website www.fiaformulae.com. In addition, the Formula E Drivers’ Club will allow each member to experience the new fully-electric Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E car which recently made its public debut driving along the iconic Las Vegas Strip.

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01/28/14
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Off-season testing keeps ECR/Fuzzy's Vodka team and squads busy in the winter
ECR engineering head Matt Barnes
While the Midwest is getting pounded by frigid temperatures and snow, most of the IndyCar Series teams are heading to the South or West to prepare for the 2014 racing campaign.

Testing is essential for the top organizations in the high-competitive world of IndyCar racing.  With changes to the power plants this year as well as continued development of the chassis, springs and shocks, every driver and team needs to work on car setups for the upcoming 18-race trail.

At Ed Carpenter Racing, the planning of its testing program began back before the 2013 season was completed. ECR engineering head Matt Barnes and his talented staff have worked diligently since the season finale at Fontana, Calif., in October to arrange a solid testing strategy in the team’s search for speed and consistency.

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01/28/14
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Kurt Busch puts Indianapolis 500 chances at 70 percent for this May (Update) UPDATE
Kurt Busch is a Chevy driver in NASCAR, so if he does run in the Indy 500, chances are it will be with a Chevy team like Ganassi
Chip Ganassi Racing has had a preliminary discussion with Kurt Busch about running the Indianapolis 500 reports the AP.

''I've talked to him,'' Ganassi team President Steve Lauletta said Tuesday. ''I don't know if it's going to work for us. We haven't gotten to a point where we know if we can run a fifth car for the Indy 500. If we did that, then we'd be able to have a more detailed conversation. But we haven't made that decision yet.''

Busch put his chances Monday at ''70 percent'' at running the 500 this year. He said his options were Andretti Autosport and one other team he declined to identify.

He completed the Indy 500 rookie orientation program with Andretti, but IndyCar officials said Tuesday that Busch would likely need to pass the final two phases again as a refresher if he were to compete in the 500.

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01/28/14
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Huertas test impresses Panther Racing owner (Update) UPDATE Carlos Huertas, who recently tested with the team at Sebring as part of the Chevrolet session, will return to the car Feb. 3 for another test. Asked if Huertas could bring sponsorship to the team, John Barnes told the Indy Star said: "We have sponsorship."

01/22/14 Panther Racing managing partner John Barnes was impressed with Carlos Huertas, who drove the No. 4 car during a Chevrolet manufacturer test Jan. 17 at Sebring International Raceway.

"Considering he had never seen an IndyCar before, had never been to Sebring, and we ran a relatively conservative setup, he was extremely competitive all day and never put a wheel off the track," Barnes said. "In these situations, you look for certain characteristics in a driver, and he had them all, including giving great feedback to our crew, fully understanding the data he was presented with ... and utilizing that information to go faster the next time out."

Huertas, 22, competed in Formula Renault 3.5 in Europe last season.

"It was a good experience and I am looking forward to my next opportunity to drive an IndyCar," he said.

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01/28/14
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DTM USA Discussions Progressing
Surrounded by the atmosphere of the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona, the season kick-off of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the steering committee of DTM, SUPER GT and IMSA, held its second collaborative meeting.

The first meeting was held July 2013 at the Norisring DTM round and included the same representatives. In this meeting, the committee members from the three nations involved began to work – inter alia – on planning first joint events.

In 2012, representatives of the DTM and SUPER GT signed a cooperation arrangement for the adoption of technical regulations which was followed in March 2013 by the addition of IMSA.

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01/28/14
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Dempsey Racing to make another run at LeMans
After narrowly missing out on a podium finish in its team debut in 2013, Dempsey Racing is planning to return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year.

Sportscar365 has learned that the Patrick Dempsey and Joe Foster-owned squad is preparing a comeback to the twice-around-the-clock French endurance classic, in a near identical capacity from last year.

“We definitely want to go and be there,” Dempsey told Sportscar365. “We just have to put our entry in. As soon as we write the check and get out of [Daytona], we’ll be doing that. Hopefully we’ll get to go back.”

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01/28/14
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Racing News and Notes

The low-tech, boxy prototypes have been around for more than a decade now. Yes, for better or worse, the NASCAR philosophy permeates the American racing scene.
In the aftermath of this past weekend’s Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, I find it pretty rich listening to the numerous complaints about the “NASCARization” of road racing and/or sports car racing. Sure, I’m not in love with the tight technical rules that United SportsCar has embraced. Clearly, there were some officiating shortcomings such as the ten-minutes-too-long late caution flag.

But if you really think that American racing became NASCARized just this past weekend, then I don’t where you’ve been for oh, the last half-century. Yes, whether its acquiring or building racing facilities; adding racing series on a local, national, or international level; marketing its brand, drawing corporate sponsorship to the sport, or increasing its relevance as a television property, NASCAR has been the gold-standard in American racing for decades.

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01/28/14
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Rolex 24 At Daytona Draws Record Crowd
The grandstands were so empty you could shoot a canon into them and not hit a single soul.  But they said it broke all records.
Attendance and participation at the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona "topped the charts" last weekend, "kicking off the inaugural season of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship series on a high note," according to Dinah Voyles Pulver of the Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL. Daytona Int'l Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said, "It was a record-breaking weekend. It was bigger than our 50th."

He added that track officials "think it was the biggest crowd in history, at least as far back as they've kept attendance records."

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01/28/14
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ISC Q4 Revenue Flat With '12
Despite rain delaying NASCAR’s race at ISC’s Chicagoland Speedway last September, the company posted quarterly revenue flat with a year earlier. ISC reported Q4 revenue of $188.7M, compared to $189.4M for the same period in '12.

Ticket revenue for the quarter fell to $37.9M from $40.1M during the same period earlier, but motorsports-related revenue, which includes sponsorship sales, rose to $135M from $132M during the same period a year ago.

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01/28/14
f1

Video: Hamilton crash in new Mercedes (Update) UPDATE A different video of the accident:



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01/28/14
f1

Ferrari tops opening day of practice at Jerez
As widely expected, Formula One’s first day of pre-season testing got off to a slow and cautious start as teams opted to work their way gingerly into proceedings with all-new and radically different 2014 cars.

Tuesday Times

POS DRIVER TEAM BEST TIME BEST / TOTAL LAPS
1 K Raikkonen Scuderia Ferrari 1:27.104 19 / 31
2 L Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas 1:27.820 17 / 18
3 V Bottas Williams 1:30.082 4 / 7
4 S Perez Sahara Force India 1:33.161 10 / 11
5 J E Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:36.530 10 / 15
6 E Gutierrez Sauber F1 Team 1:42.257 6 / 7
7 S Vettel Infiniti Red Bull Racing - 3
8 M Ericsson Caterham F1 Team - 1

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01/28/14
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The NASCARization of American road racing is a bitter, unwanted pill
Oh, how we all wanted it to be so different. Major league sports car racing in this country, which had become a mere blip on the radar screen in terms of media interest, had finally abandoned the ongoing folly of trying to run two separate series. And even though the demise of the American Le Mans Series brought about a deep sense of foreboding among the road racing faithful, there was a thin shred of hope that somehow, someway, it would all work out. So road racing enthusiasts held their collective breath that the unified product - under the guise of the NASCAR-owned TUDOR United SportsCar Championship - would turn out to be something remarkable and worthwhile. Well, it wasn't. Not even close, unfortunately. As a matter of fact the Daytona 24 Hour - commercially known as the Rolex24 - was a complete and utter fiasco.

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01/28/14
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Gardner Denver Named Title Sponsor for NASCAR Nationwide Race at Road America
Gardner Denver, a leading worldwide manufacturer of highly engineered compressors and pumps for various industrial, medical, environmental, transportation and food industries, will serve as title sponsor for the June 21 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Road America, The Gardner Denver 200 Fired Up by Johnsonville.

The Gardner Denver 200 Fired Up by Johnsonville will feature a 50-lap format on Road America's legendary 4-mile, 14-turn road course and is slated for a 1:45 p.m., start time. The feature event will be run in-between races from both the Pirelli World Challenge and the SCCA Trans-Am Series, providing fans a full day of action-packed racing. 

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01/28/14
f1

New Red Bull passed crash tests mere days ago
RB10
(GMM)  Red Bull's title-defending 2014 car underwent the FIA crash tests only ten days ago, it emerged at Jerez on Tuesday.

Although many teams were faltering on day one of crucial pre-season testing in F1's fraught new V6 era, the absence of the reigning world champions was particularly conspicuous.

Designer Adrian Newey told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport that the RB10 was still undergoing crash tests 10 days ago, while mechanics were still putting the complex RB10 together in the moonlit early hours of Tuesday morning.

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01/28/14
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F1 embarrasses itself on opening day of 2014 testing
(GMM)  Not only are the 2014 cars hideous looking, the F1 teams got off to a faltering start on Tuesday as the sport's brave new V6 era began with a thud.

Some were not even at the starting gate for the start of the first of just three four-day winter tests, as Lotus and Marussia do not have their 2014 cars in southern Spain.

Marussia, however, is en route.

"Very pleased to report that the MR03 is now on its way to Jerez," the team, having earlier flagged minor technical trouble, said on Twitter.  "Our garage awaits you!"

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01/28/14
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Video: Horner - the reset button has been pressed
The reset button has been pressed for 2014 and we caught up with Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner to find out his thoughts ahead of the season. How will the regulations affect the racing and how long will it take for things to settle down are a few of the questions answered in this pre season interview including the key to success in 2014.



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01/28/14
f1

Video: Adrian Newey 2014 Pre Season Interview (RB10) .
Regulation changes, design changes and in particular the big discussion revolving around the new car noses in Formula One for 2014... we hear from Adrian ahead of the big pre season roll out in Jerez. What is likely to happen in the early part of the season?



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01/28/14
f1

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

01/28/14
  • Sauber's interpretation of the Proboscis Monkey nose
    FIA 'bombarded' by Lotus nose legality queries
  • Anticipation high at Jerez as opening test begins
  • 'Far too early' to predict title win - Wolff
  • Webber admits Vettel untouchable
  • Haas still aiming for F1 despite Ecclestone warning
  • Caterham launch delayed, three more new cars revealed New
  • Hamilton admits to another 'learning year' New
  • F1 teams beset by problems in early stages of testing New
  • Q and A with Sergio Perez New
  • Q and A with Mercedes' Paddy Lowe New

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