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How KERS will change Formula One in 2011
This year grand prix racing will feature the return of a controversial new technology, which in theory makes the cars more environmentally friendly. Many will no doubt report that KERS was banned in 2010 but this was not actually the case. FOTA Teams simply agreed not to use the systems, but they were still legal under the technical regulations.

Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems or KERS for short are devices used for converting some of the waste energy from the braking process into more useful types of energy which can then be used to give the cars a power boost.

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Michelin Announces 2011 ALMS GT Class Technical Partner Teams
Michelin today announced its 2011 lineup of GT category technical partner teams for the American Le Mans Series, adding a pair of Ford GTs from Robertson Racing and an exotic new Panoz Abruzzi. Continuing their long relationship with Michelin are the Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche, Risi Competizione Ferrari and Corvette Racing teams. Also continuing with Michelin after a highly successful inaugural season in 2010 is the Extreme Speed Motorsports Ferrari team headed by former ALMS prototype champion Scott Sharp. Each is a leader for their respective factory efforts in ALMS.

“The ALMS GT category is considered to be the most competitive category in international motorsports today,” said Silvia Mammone, Michelin Motorsports manager. “We are pleased to have all of our 2010 ALMS technical partner teams continue with Michelin and we look forward to working with the Robertson and Panoz  teams and welcoming their fans and friends to the Michelin ALMS family.”

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Ocean bets on Oliver Turvey and Andrea Caldarelli for GP2 Asia series
Ocean Racing Technology is betting on a pair of highly talented drivers to dispute the GP2 Asia Series 2011 championship. Oliver Turvey and Andrea Caldarelli will be two key elements of the Portuguese challenge and will be tasked with developing the new car before the GP2 Main Series. The team, owned by Tiago Monteiro and José Guedes will be counting on two drivers from different cultures and with different experience, but who are both extremely fast and have had many single-seater successes over the past two years.

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TRG Wins Grueling Rolex 24 Hour GT class
TRG's Steve Bertheau, Brendan Gaughan, Spencer Pumpelly, Wolf Henzler and Andy Lally drove the No. 67 TRG/Sargent & Lundy/South Point Hotel & Casino/Porsche to the GT class victory in the Grand-Am Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No.16 Rolex 24 Hour At Daytona. 

-    TRG team owner Kevin Buckler adds win number four, two as a driver (once  overall) and two as an owner
-    Andy Lally adds Rolex 24 Hour win number three
-    Spencer Pumpelly and Wolf Henzler now each have two Rolex 24 hour wins
-    Team ran more than 16-hours without a clutch
-    Three TRG Rolex cars led laps, 67,66 and 54

The team started the week posting the fastest times in both of the free practice sessions on Thursday.  That speed carried over to qualifying when Andy Lally put the No. 67 on the GT pole for the race.  In post qualifying inspection the Grand-Am officials deemed the car out of spec, the rear wing was located one millimeter too far to the rear, requiring the 67 guys to start at the back of the grid in 44th.  Dominik Farnbacher, in the TRG No. 66, assumed the pole position as the result of the infraction.

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Dean Stoneman visits new Snetterton
Dean Stoneman
Reigning FIA Formula Two Champion Dean Stoneman enjoyed a guided tour of the redevelopment work being carried out at Snetterton, after visiting the Norfolk circuit with MSV chief executive Jonathan Palmer last Friday (28 January).

In a welcome break from his ongoing treatment, Dean was collected from his Hampshire home and flown up via helicopter by Jonathan Palmer, who then gave Dean a tour of the new Snetterton 300 layout. Dean also got the chance to sample the recently-laid surface in a BMW X6 road car.

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HPD EngineHighcroft completes testing of Honda V6 turbo engine
Highcroft Racing's renowned development skills have been put to good use by team partner Honda Performance Development over the off season.

The back-to-back American Le Man Series championship winning team has been entrusted by HPD to develop its new-for-2011 V6 turbo LMP2 engine.

The team conducted three tests for HPD, the last taking place at the MSR Houston facility in Texas recently.

In total, the team completed more than 2,100 miles on the new HR28TT engine which will be used in LMP2 competition this year by a variety of teams including Level 5 Motorsport in the US and Strakka Racing and RML in Europe.

Highcroft driver Simon Pagenaud was entrusted with much of the development work on the new engine that was installed by Highcroft into last year's championship winning ARX-01c chassis.

Teammate Marino Franchitti also drove the car in Texas.

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Star Mazda Alumni Win Rolex 24
With two dozen alumni of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear among the competitors in the 49th annual Rolex 24 at Daytona, it's little wonder that when the smoke of battle cleared, the victors added another layer of luster to the gleaming reputation of Star Mazda as one of the premier driver training series in the world today – and a 'gateway' series to many forms of motorsports.

1999 Star Mazda champion Joey Hand and Graham Rahal, a graduate of the Star Mazda class of 2005, co-drove (along with Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas) the race winning the #01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates.  In winning the 1999 championship Hand got a test with Team PTG in their ALMS sports car, which turned into a full-time ride with the factory team and sent him down the path of building a career at the top levels of endurance racing.

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Successful test for Audi R18
Audi R18
Four and a half months before the Le Mans 24 Hours, preparations for the endurance classic are in full swing at Audi. Two new Audi R18 cars and one Audi R15 TDI were used in tests at Sebring (U.S. state of Florida).

The program planned for the tradition-steeped American circuit specified endurance runs for one of the completely re-developed LMP1 sports cars while the second Audi R18 was primarily used for development work. The Audi R15 “plus plus” that will be fielded at the 12-hour race at Sebring – the season opener of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC) – completed a long run as well. In addition, the basic setup for the race in March was worked out on the vehicle.

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Chevrolet Volt Demo Vehicles Begin Arriving at Dealerships
Volt demo vehicles begin arriving at dealerships.  With renewed unrest in the Egypt and the Middle East there will be renewed interest in Electric cars.  Once gas hits $5 per gallon in the USA in a year or so Chevy won't be able to make them fast enough.
For consumers wanting to test drive a Chevrolet Volt, the electric car with extended-range capability, the wait is almost over.

Chevrolet dealerships in the initial launch markets of California, Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia and Washington, D.C. will be receiving dedicated Volt demonstration vehicles for customer test drives over the next few weeks.

“We know the best way to experience the Volt is to get behind the wheel and drive it. Now dealers will have the ability to allow consumers to form their own opinions of the Volt through test drives and demonstrations,” said Cristi Landy, Chevrolet marketing director.

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3M NASCAR Guru Larry Swope to Retire
Larry Swope, a 34-year veteran of 3M and the moving force behind the company's involvement in NASCAR, has elected to retire March 1, 2011. Larry joined 3M in 1977 after 10 years at Goodyear. His leadership with 3M's NASCAR program has helped 3M become an industry icon within the sport and among sponsors, as well as drive growth via the various business units that utilize one of 3M's best assets. Larry founded and oversaw the 3M program that includes primary sponsorship of Roush Fenway Racing's #16 3M Ford Fusion driven by Greg Biffle in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. 3M continues to support NASCAR as a Prize Money & Decal Program (contingency) sponsor in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, and NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, and as an official partner of NASCAR in many product categories. In addition, Larry has been a fixture in the Nationwide and Sprint Cup garages for years, leading key customers through the garages for an up-close look at the world of NASCAR. 3M PR


CV Sports files lawsuit against IMS and IndyCar UPDATE In a story AR1.com reported back on January 28th, a Florida-based sports marketing firm that claims it is owed millions of dollars in commissions for landing Izod as the Indy Racing League’s title sponsor is suing the series.

Boca Raton-based CV Sports Marketing Inc. filed suit Thursday in Marion Superior Court, claiming breach of contract, unjust enrichment and defamation, as well as other charges.

The firm alleges that it is entitled to 10 percent of the revenue generated from the sponsorship agreement—fees that could be as high as $10 million based on CV Sports Marketing's estimate that the Izod deal is worth up to $100 million.

The lawsuit also names IRL affiliate Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a defendant.

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Rahal matches father's win 30 years later
The winning team
Graham Rahal’s association with Chip Ganassi Racing already is paying dividends.

Rahal, who will drive the No. 38 Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing entry in the IZOD IndyCar Series this season, co-drove the No. 01 TELMEX/Target Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates car to victory in the Rolex 24 At Daytona. It came 30 years after his father, Bobby, joined Brian Redman and Bob Garretson in Victory Lane.

"Most drivers who compete in this event, and there have been thousands, will never get the opportunity to win this race," Rahal said. "And to have the chance to win it, and to have that chance at 22 with a great team, this is pretty sweet. And to be my first race with Ganassi and really looking forward to the IndyCar schedule kicking off in only a month or two, there's no better way to win.”

The 1981 sports car endurance race was Bobby Rahal's breakthrough victory in a career marked by his 1986 Indianapolis 500 title and CART championships in 1986, '87 and '92. He had 24 open-wheel racing victories and 88 podium finishes.

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ALMS releases 2011 Sebring poster
Sebring Poster
The official poster for the 59th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida has been unveiled. This year’s poster features a scene by motorsports artist Roger Warrick showing the final turn of Sebring’s legendary 3.7-mile circuit. The artwork reflects the diverse field of Le Mans Prototypes and GT cars entered in this year’s classic.

America’s premier sports car endurance race takes the green flag on Saturday, March 19th, kicking off the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n and the first round of the 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.

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Senna next in line for Renault race drive
(GMM)  Bruno Senna insists he is first in line to take the wheel if Renault's regular race drivers run aground in 2011.

In the Valencia pitlane on Monday morning, the Lotus-sponsored team unveiled the R31 and also a plethora of drivers, including 'third' drivers Senna and Romain Grosjean and reserves Fairuz Fauzy, Ho-Pin Tung and Jan Charouz.

But it was Senna, whose late and legendary uncle Ayrton also drove in black and gold colors for the original Lotus team in the 80s, who claimed the high ground.

"If any of the other drivers happen to be poisoned or break a leg or something like that, then they may not know who's to blame but they know who is going to replace him," joked the 27-year-old, according to Reuters.

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Lotus dispute about 'money' - Lopez
When in doubt, follow the money, a phrase you hear often here in AR1.com.  The Lotus naming dispute is simply about money, Renault team owner Gerard Lopez said on Monday.

He was speaking at Valencia, where the newly Lotus-sponsored Renault revealed its 2011 car, mere hours after the entirely separate Team Lotus launched another car that will also carry the evocative brand name this season.

Group Lotus terminated Fernandes' naming license for 2011 and has teamed up with Renault, with a dispute to now be played out in the High Court as neither side is backing down.

Lopez, head of the Renault owner Genii Capital, accused Fernandes of sticking to his guns for no reason other than money.

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Bruno Senna Joins Group Lotus Family
Bruno Senna
The iconic Senna name is once again united with Lotus as Bruno Senna signs with Lotus Renault GP as third driver and also becomes the latest ambassador for Group Lotus. Bruno’s test driving role with Group Lotus is very development focused and will see him provide valuable input into all Lotus cars, both track and road.

Commenting on the announcement Bruno Senna said: 'It’s a really exciting opportunity from both Group Lotus and Lotus Renault GP. To be able to develop my Formula One career within a World Championship winning organization and to do so in conjunction with some hugely interesting work for such an iconic sports car company as Lotus is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“Lotus has placed a great deal of faith in me and I am looking forward to beginning work on the technical side of our relationship. Giving feedback into the development of the Lotus road and race programs will be a fun but challenging way to spend time between my Formula One commitments as a reserve driver for Lotus Renault GP.

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TV News

ESPN Surpasses 100 Million Home Distribution Mark For First Time
ESPN eclipsed a significant cable-industry milestone this month, passing the 100 million home distribution mark for the first time, according to February numbers from Nielsen. ESPN becomes the 11th cable channel to pass the 100 million mark. It now has 100.002 million homes; ESPN2 is in 99.904 million homes, ESPNews is in 73.454 million homes, and ESPNU is in 72.550 million homes.

TBS has the biggest distribution footprint of all cable networks with 101.033 million homes. TNT also is above the 100 million home mark, with 100.407 million.


Honda Announces Consolidated 2010 Financial Results
Despite the unfavorable currency effects due to the appreciation of the Japanese yen and a decrease in automobile sales in Japan, consolidated operating income for the fiscal third quarter (October 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010) was 125.6 billion yen primarily due to the recovery of automobile sales in North America and the expansion of motorcycle business in Asia. Consolidated operating profit for the fiscal nine months (April 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010) considerably increased compared to the same period last year, primarily due to increased profit in automobile business in Japan, North America and Asia as well as motorcycle business in Asia, offsetting the unfavorable currency effects due to the Japanese yen appreciation.


Latest F1 news in brief - Monday UPDATE Updates shown in Red below.

  • Alonso to shave beard before 2011 season
  • Most drivers feel sick in simulators - Schumacher
  • Williams and Ferrari used Toyota wind tunnels
  • Pirelli denies Ferrari bias fears
  • Todt admits 'admiration' for Red Bull's Mateschitz
  • Team Lotus confirms no KERS for 2011 car
  • New Lotus called T128, not TL11
  • Dyer demoted to factory-based role in 2011
  • Alonso comment 'logical' not comical - Schumacher
  • Niki Lauda accused of homophobia after attacking TV dancing show
  • Perez not focused on possible Ferrari future New
  • Senna joins Renault as 2011 'third' driver New 

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NASCAR now a buyer’s market for sponsors demanding more for their money
Take a look under NASCAR’s hood and some sobering sponsorship trends emerge.

Major backers such as UPS and Aflac both have primary sponsor deals on cars expiring after the upcoming season (and that’s just at Roush Fenway Racing), TV audiences and speedway attendance continue to lag and younger fans are leaving in droves.

Even some of the recent gains in the garage leave question marks behind. As happy as everyone professed to be last fall when Hendrick Motorsports announced a three-year deal with the AARP Foundation to sponsor Jeff Gordon’s car beginning this season, it unintentionally reiterated the graying NASCAR fan base. The number of young men watching NASCAR – a key audience for the major sports leagues – has plunged in recent years, a problem discussed publicly in recent months by plenty of industry executives. Pairing the 39-year-old Gordon with a drive to end hunger for people 50 and 60 and older is admirable, but reinforces the growing reputation that NASCAR’s brief run as a hip sport ended long ago.

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Mercedes reveals photo of 2011 F1 car UPDATE A better photo is now shown below.

(GMM)  Two days ahead of the rest of the world, Mercedes has revealed the first Photoshop rendering of their formula one car for 2011.

Mercedes released a photo showing the W02 with a very high and wide nose, a shinier silver livery and a reversion to a more conventional airbox.

The car will only be officially launched on Tuesday morning before it is tested for the first time as pre-season testing kicks off at Valencia.

"It has a shiny new silver paint, which really illuminates the beautiful shapes," said the German marque's motor sport vice-president Norbert Haug.

He said the goal is to race with the front-runners this season, and team boss Ross Brawn revealed that designers have been aggressive with the W02.

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Tony Cotman reveals more on new IndyCar
Tony Cotman
When will first new 2012 car hit the track for testing?

Tony Cotman:
The plan is to be on track mid-July

With the move to a smaller engine, was there any serious consideration to go smaller than a 2.2?

Tony Cotman:
Yes, I really wanted a 2.0L but with the 2000 mile life I wanted it was not possible at this time if we wanted 750hp

Earlier this month you announced the possibility of using cell phone technology, can you tell us to what extent that means, is it simply live telemetry?

Tony Cotman
: yes, looking at basically streaming telemetry directly to you phone in real time

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3 fans injured in Daytona accident
Three race fans suffered minor injuries Saturday at Daytona International Speedway when a truck pulling a fan-laden tram collided with a motor home that had reportedly stopped in the Turn 1 tunnel.

"Unfortunately, we had a camper and we had an accident with one of our trams carrying our customers and our team responded appropriately," Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said.

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Rolex 24: Standings 90 min. to go
Pos No. CP Driver Laps Behind Gap Team/Car
1 02 1 Scott Dixon 673 0.000 0.000 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW / Riley
2 9 2 Joao Barbosa 673 0.716 0.716 Action Express Racing Porsche / Riley
3 23 3 Martin Brundle 673 1.395 0.679 United Autosports with Michael Shank Racing Ford / Riley
4 01 4 Scott Pruett 673 3.605 2.210 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW / Riley
5 10 5 Max Angelelli 672 1 LAP 1 LAP SunTrust Racing Chevrolet / Dallara
6 76 6 Ricardo Zonta 672 1 LAP 0.414 Krohn Racing Ford / Lola
7 6 7 AJ Allmendinger 671 2 LAPS 1 LAP Michael Shank Racing with Curb/ Agajanian Ford / Dallara
8 55 8 Christophe Bouchut 670 3 LAPS 1 LAP Level 5 Motorsports BMW / Riley
9 5 9 Darren Law 669 4 LAPS 1 LAP Action Express Racing Porsche / Riley
10 60 10 Oswaldo Negri Jr 659 14 LAPS 10 LAPS Michael Shank Racing Ford / Riley
11 95 11 Richard Westbrook 655 18 LAPS 4 LAPS Level 5 Motorsports BMW / Riley
12 45 12 Jorg Bergmeister 654 19 LAPS 1 LAP Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche / Riley
13 67 1 Andy Lally 641 32 LAPS 13 LAPS TRG Porsche GT3
14 48 2 Bryce Miller 639 34 LAPS 2 LAPS Paul Miller Racing Porsche GT3
15 40 3 Joe Foster 637 36 LAPS 2 LAPS Dempsey Racing Mazda RX-8
16 99 13 Alex Gurney 631 42 LAPS 6 LAPS GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Chevrolet / Riley
17 44 4 Marco Holzer 630 43 LAPS 1 LAP Magnus Racing Porsche GT3
18 59 5 Marc Lieb 629 44 LAPS 1 LAP Brumos Racing Porsche GT3
19 70 6 Adam Christodoulou 625 48 LAPS 4 LAPS SpeedSource Mazda RX-8
20 42 7 Wayne Nonnamaker 617 56 LAPS 8 LAPS Team Sahlen Mazda RX-8
21 90 14 Sascha Maassen 616 57 LAPS 1 LAP Spirit of Daytona Racing Chevrolet / Coyote
22 4 8 Daniel Graeff 615 58 LAPS 1 LAP TRG Porsche GT3
23 66 9 Dominik Farnbacher 612 61 LAPS 3 LAPS TRG Porsche GT3
24 18 10 Mark Thomas 612 61 LAPS 51:46.308 Muehlner Motorsport Porsche GT3
25 41 11 Dane Cameron 607 66 LAPS 5 LAPS Dempsey Racing Mazda RX-8
26 47 12 Jeffrey Earnhardt 605 68 LAPS 2 LAPS Rick Ware Racing Porsche GT3
27 57 13 Ronnie Bremer 584 89 LAPS 21 LAPS Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R
28 54 14 Patrick Pilet 578 95 LAPS 6 LAPS TRG/Black Swan Racing/GMG Racing Porsche GT3
29 88 15 Bill Lester 563 110 LAPS 15 LAPS Autohaus Motorsports Camaro GT.R
30 8 15 Ryan Dalziel 552 121 LAPS 11 LAPS Starworks Motorsport Ford / Riley
31 81 16 Doug Baron 547 126 LAPS 5 LAPS DragonSpeed Ferrari 430 Challenge
32 2 16 E J Viso 529 144 LAPS 18 LAPS Starworks Motorsport Ford / Riley
33 94 17 Matt Plumb 521 152 LAPS 8 LAPS Turner Motorsport BMW M3
34 63 18 Owen Trinkler 506 167 LAPS 15 LAPS Team Spencer Motorsports Mazda RX-8
35 30 19 Jade Buford 453 220 LAPS 53 LAPS Racers Edge Motorsports Mazda RX-8
36 65 20 Tom Sheehan 452 221 LAPS 1 LAP Chris Smith Racing Porsche GT3
37 32 21 Max Hyatt 402 271 LAPS 50 LAPS PR1 Motorsports BMW M6
38 07 22 Gunter Schaldach 398 275 LAPS 4 LAPS Banner Racing Camaro GT.R
39 53 23 Joe Castellano 383 290 LAPS 15 LAPS TRG/Nadeau Motorsports Porsche GT3
40 17 24 Nick Tandy 378 295 LAPS 5 LAPS Burtin Racing Porsche GT3
41 22 25 James Walker 328 345 LAPS 50 LAPS Bullet Racing Porsche GT3
42 77 17 Henri Richard 312 361 LAPS 16 LAPS Doran Racing Ford / Dallara
43 56 26 Glynn Geddie 269 404 LAPS 43 LAPS Bennett Racing Ferrari 430 Challenge
44 7 18 Jan Heylen 215 458 LAPS 54 LAPS Starworks Motorsport Ford / Riley
45 69 27 Emil Assentato 202 471 LAPS 13 LAPS SpeedSource Mazda RX-8
46 43 28
Joe Sahlen
124 549 LAPS 78 LAPS Team Sahlen Mazda RX-8
47 36 29 Mikel Miller 122 551 LAPS 2 LAPS Yellow Dragon Motorsports Mazda RX-8
48 86 30 Cooper MacNeil 121 552 LAPS 1 LAP Mitchum Motorsports Porsche GT3


Lorenzo will race with No. 1
A triumphant 2010 MotoGP racing season witnessed Yamaha Factory Racing Team rider Jorge Lorenzo charge to World Championship victory with an incredible nine race wins and a record breaking 383 championship points earned. The status of reigning MotoGP World Champion gives the young Mallorcan rider the unique opportunity to change his racing number to No 1 as he defends his title this season. Lorenzo today confirmed his intention to run the coveted No 1 on his Yamaha Factory Racing M1 race bike, revealing a clever design incorporating his JL initials. This will be the first time a Yamaha MotoGP rider has worn the No 1 since Wayne Rainey defended his World Championship title in 1993 for the third consecutive time.

"Today I can reveal my No 1," said Jorge Lorenzo. "I am very proud because you have to work very hard to have the option to wear it. I have been lucky with my design because the No 1 works really well with my JL initials, maybe with different letters it would have been difficult to make it look right, I hope my fans will like it! I won't forget my No 99 this season, it will be there somewhere on my leathers because No 99 is in my heart. It was a difficult choice to change my number but I have earned the right for this unique opportunity.


Grosjean hired by Lotus as back-up driver
French pilot Romain Grosjean was on Sunday given a second opportunity to make a name for himself in Formula One when Lotus Renault signed him as their reserve driver for next season.

The 24-year-old, who failed to register a point in his seven previous Grand Prix when he teamed-up with Spain's two-time world champion Fernando Alonso at Renault in 2009, said he was delighted to be given another chance.

"2011 will be my comeback year with a third driver spot at Lotus Renault and a whole season in GP2 and GP2 Asia with the Dams team," said Grosjean.

"To be third pilot... allows me to gain a huge amount of experience, to be in the paddock, to see people, and to understand what I was lacking in my first Formula One experience.

"Now my idea is to be a race driver in 2012," he told automoto.fr.

Grosjean will understudy for race drivers, Polish star Robert Kubica, who finished eighth overall last year, and Vitaly Petrov of Russia, who had a promising first season finishing 13th.


Baker Curb suspends operations
Baker Curb Racing, a veteran Nationwide Series team, has suspended operations indefinitely due to lack of funding RacinToday.com has learned. Team co-owner Gary Baker said the team has not officially folded. He said it will re-open its doors if and when a sponsor is found. However, with the season less than a month away and no driver or personnel on board, Baker admitted the outlook is dismal. "As it stands right now, we won't be racing," he said. Baker co-owns the team with music mogul Mike Curb. It was known as Brewco Motorsports when they bought it and moved it from Kentucky to Nashville. Racin' Today


Rolex 24 updates

Clock-Stoppers: Significant Delays in Rolex 24 History (Updated Sunday at 8:25 a.m.)

Sunday morning's caution-extended fog for two hours, 47 minutes was not the longest delay in Rolex 24 history. Here are a few of the previous Rolex 24s that had significant delays:

1976: The race was stopped for two hours, 40 minutes, 37 seconds due to contaminated fuel. Red flag waved at 10:10 a.m., shortly after the 19 hour mark. The race was restarted using the scoring from the 18 hour mark, making the official time of the red flag 3:54:05.

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Vettel hints at Red Bull stay for 'next few years'
(GMM)  Sebastian Vettel on Sunday appeared to agree that rumors of a Ferrari switch some time soon can be put to rest.

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo said earlier that there was "nothing" to the speculation that new world champion Vettel could be Maranello's next driver.

At a sponsor event in Austria, the 23-year-old indicated he is happy at Red Bull, where if he finishes in the top three in 2011, he is contractually bound also for next year.

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Rolex 24: 18 Hour Standings
Top 10
Pos No. CP Current Driver Laps Behind Gap Team/Car
1 02 1 Juan Montoya 529 0.000 0.000 Chip Ganassi Racing/Sabates BMW / Riley
2 01 2 Memo Rojas 529 22.330 22.330 Chip Ganassi Racing/Sabates BMW / Riley
3 9 3 Joao Barbosa 528 1 L 1 L Action Express Racing Porsche / Riley
4 5 4 Burt Frisselle 528 1 L 0.744 Action Express Racing Porsche / Riley
5 6 5 AJ Allmendinger 528 1 L 18.424 Michael Shank/Curb/ Agajanian Ford / Dallara
6 76 6 Tracy Krohn 528 1 L 16.279 Krohn Racing Ford / Lola
7 23 7 Zak Brown 527 2 L 1 L United Autosports/Michael Shank Ford / Riley
8 60 8 Oswaldo Negri Jr 525 4 L 2 L Michael Shank Racing Ford / Riley
9 55 9 Luis Diaz 525 4 L 40.100 Level 5 Motorsports BMW / Riley
10 10 10 Ryan Briscoe 524 5 L 1 L SunTrust Racing Chevrolet / Dallara

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IndyCar CEO sees Grand Prix as a chance to showcase Baltimore
The Baltimore Grand Prix is coming Labor Day weekend, just four months after Indy Car racing celebrates 100 years of history, tradition and passion at the Memorial Day classic Indianapolis 500. The two events are not as far apart as they may seem at first glance. The open wheel sport is trying to rebuild and reinvigorate itself and Baltimore could be a key to that renewal.

Randy Bernard, who turns 44 Monday, is the Izod IndyCar Series CEO and the person in charge of its immediate future. He has been on the job for 11 months. This week he was in Baltimore to help the Baltimore Grand Prix promoters create a little buzz about the event.

Bernard came to the sport from Professional Bull Riders, Inc., where as CEO he took $20,000 in seed money and built the sport to worldwide popularity. Now, he is trying to re-establish IndyCar racing, a sport that took a beating for the last 16 years due to a fracture that broke the sport into two competing entities, Championship Auto Racing Teams and the Indy Racing League. The two organizations came back together in 2008, after long, rancorous debate and bankruptcy. Last February Bernard became CEO. The first thing he did was get rid of anything associated with CART and the IRL.

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Lotus Renault R31 Spyshots
Loosely translated from Dutch website FLToday.NL: Lotus Renault will present Monday, January 31, 2011 their car for the new season in Valencia.

F1Today.nl can spyshots are the first of the R31. The nose has more of a downward slope relative to the R30 in 2010. The wing end plates of the front wing are very different, the front wing in itself contains many small wings for downforce and aerodynamics.

On the car itself shows that the sidepods have Genii Capital logos.  Genii is the company of co-owner Gerard Lopez.

There are also two new sponsors to see, Suncor and Sibur. Suncor is a company focused on developing batteries that automatically recharge using solar energy. Sibur is a Russian company from the petrochemical industry.

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Senna Video added
We have added a video trailer to the story about the Ayrton Senna Documentary on our home page.


Rolex 24: 14 Hour Standings
Top 10
Pos No. CL CP Current Driver L Behind Gap Team/Car
1 01 DP 1 Joey Hand 433 0.000 0.000 Ganassi Racing/Sabates BMW/Riley
2 02 DP 2 Jamie McMurray 433 0.785 0.785 Ganassi//Sabates BMW/Riley
3 5 DP 3 Buddy Rice 433 2.134 1.349 Action Express/Porsche/Riley
4 76 DP 4 Nick Minassian 433 23.472 21.338 Krohn/Ford/Lola
5 6 DP 5 Justin Wilson 433 25.169 1.697 Shank/Curb/Agajanian Ford/Dallara
6 9 DP 6 Max Papis 432 1 L 1 L Action Express/Porsche/Riley
7 60 DP 7 Marc Goossens 431 2 L 1 L Michael Shank/Ford/Riley
8 23 DP 8 Mark Patterson 431 2 L 1:04.454 United Autosports Shank/Ford/Riley
9 55 DP 9 Christophe Bouchut 429 4 L 2 L Level 5/BMW/Riley
10 10 DP 10 Ricky Taylor 428 5 L 1 L SunTrust/Chevrolet/Dallara

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Rolex 24: 12 Hour Standings (Half Way)
Pos Num Class Team Car Laps Behind
1. 9 DP Action Express Racing Porsche Riley 368 0.000
2. 01 DP Chip Ganassi Racing w/F.Sabates BMW Riley 368 1.275
3. 5 DP Action Express Racing Porsche Riley 368 2.183
4. 76 DP Krohn Racing Ford Lola 368 1:24.292
5. 02 DP Chip Ganassi Racing w/F.Sabates BMW Riley 367 1 Lap
6. 60 DP Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley 366 2 Laps
7. 6 DP Michael Shank Racing w/Curb,Agajanian Ford Dallara 366 2 Laps
8. 23 DP United Autosports w/MSR Ford Riley 365 3 Laps
9. 55 DP Level 5 Motorsports BMW Riley 363 5 Laps
10. 10 DP SunTrust Racing Chevrolet Dallara 360 8 Laps

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