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Muscle Milk Off To Quick Start in Sebring Winter Test  
Defending American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n P1 champion Muscle Milk Pickett Racing got its 2013 season off to a fast start on the first day of the two-day Winter Test at Sebring International Raceway.

Lucas Luhr posted the day’s quickest time in the afternoon session with a lap at 1:47.414 (125.347 mph) in the No. 6 Muscle Milk Honda Performance Development ARX-03c. Luhr will once again share the ride with Klaus Graf for the 2013 campaign.

“It’s been quite a long winter and offseason,” said Luhr. “The last time I was in the car was just before Christmas, but I was looking forward to coming back here and get away from the cold European weather, ice and snow. It’s been quite a productive day for us. Sebring is always very tough to compare lap times, this year versus last year and so on.  More ...

Boullier says Lotus building team around Kimi  
Eric Boullier
Lotus generated plenty of interest in 2012 - not only did Kimi Raikkonen make a hugely successful return to Formula One racing, but Romain Grosjean enjoyed a rollercoaster season filled with highs and lows. This week has seen the team putting their new car, the Renault-powered E21, through its paces at Jerez in Spain. The early signs are promising - Grosjean completed an impressive 149 laps over the first two days and sat atop the timesheets after the second session.

Formula1.com sat down for an exclusive chat with Lotus team principal Eric Boullier to discuss the highlights of 2012, his hopes for 2013, and why he will never attempt to change Kimi Raikkonen’s character... More ...
Kyle Busch Plans 10 Truck Races  Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that Toyota Care will be the primary sponsor on Kyle Busch’s No. 51 Tundra for 10 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in 2013, beginning with the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) Int’l Speedway Feb. 22.

In just five seasons as a Toyota-powered driver, Busch has registered a remarkable 84 victories for the manufacturer across NASCAR’s top three series, including their first-ever NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March of 2008. More ...
Auto GP drops Russia, adds Silverstone  A late update made the 2013 Auto GP schedule final today with a venue change. The championship, promoted and managed by Enzo Coloni, replaced Moscow Raceway, which was still to be confirmed, with a round at Silverstone set for the same date, the 9th of June, on one of the most renowned F1 track in business. The switch was aimed at preventing the team from facing an expensive trip to Russia. In addition to the new location, the series is poised to announce two test days set for May the 3rd at Budapest, and August 29 at Donington Park.

The 2013 Schedule

March 24 Italy (Monza)
April 7 Morocco (Marrakech)
May 5 Hungary (Budapest)
June 2 Great Britain (Silverstone)
July 14 The Netherlands (Zandvoort)
August 18 Germany (Nürburgring)
September 1 Great Britain (Donington)
October 6 Czech Republic (Brno)

We're doubling-up our presence in the UK and we also made a step towards the teams. They always provided great support for our project. With this move, they will be able to save on the travel expenses and provide their drivers with a very competitive and high-quality environment with a much lower budget compared to GP2”.

West Racing, Alex Job Team for Ferrari GT Effort  
West Racing and Alex Job Racing Ferrari
West Racing and Alex Job Racing are joining forces to compete for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron’s GT championship in 2013. The team – Team West/AJR/Boardwalk Ferrari – will make its debut at the season-opening 61st Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida.

Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell will pilot the Yokohama-backed No. 23 Team Ferrari 458 GT in the North American-based ALMS. Their first start in the new car will come a year after they won the GT Challenge class at Sebring. More ...

Video replay of AutoWeek’s Racing Conference sheds light on NASCAR Gen-6  During the Autoweek Racing Conference -- the first stop on the NASCAR #Gen6 Road to Daytona Fueled by Sunoco -- NASCAR president Mike Helton continued the rollout of the Gen-6 platform, the sport's first revision since 2007.

During the Autoweek Racing Conference -- the first stop on the NASCAR #Gen6 Road to Daytona Fueled by Sunoco -- NASCAR president Mike Helton continued the rollout of the Gen-6 platform, the sport's first revision since 2007. More ...

Ashley Judd Splits from Husband Dario Franchitti  UPDATE #2 It looks like Dario split with Judd just in time.  This Theblaze.com article paints Judd as a radical liberal feminist.  The article also contains this Karl Rove video whom AR1.com DOES NOT endorse:

01/30/13 A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, With Danica gone to NASCAR and Ashley out of the picture, what will the TV broadcasters that cover IndyCar have to talk about next year?  Maybe they can focus on the racing and the drivers instead.  Tim DeCesaro More ...
Q and A with EJ Viso on Andretti/HVM announcement  Earlier today, Andretti Autosport announced it has signed IZOD IndyCar Series veteran E.J. Viso to drive a fourth full-time IZOD IndyCar Series entry in 2013. Viso will drive the No. 5 Team Venezuela PDVSA Chevrolet in his sixth season in the IZOD IndyCar Series. Selected quotes from the interview are below.

Q. First off, congratulations on today's announcement. You have to be excited about joining a championship winning program at Andretti Autosport?

E.J. VISO: Yes, definitely. It's been a bit of a process putting all of this together. But today, I'm very excited and happy, and honored and proud that I counted with backing from my group. The sponsors, they come from my country, and they just pretty much merged together and created Team Venezuela, which later on created a partnership with Andretti Autosport.

Today is the day that we're announcing this, and I definitely have no words to thank each of the parties. Definitely, it's a very interesting and exciting day for me. I believe that I will be counting with every single ‑‑ with every single thing needed to have a successful 2013. More ...

Convertible Corvette to debut in Geneva  The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible will make its world debut on March 5 at the Geneva Motor Show.

"It's fitting to introduce the new Stingray convertible on the global stage at Geneva, because Corvette is the face of Chevrolet the world over," said Susan Docherty, president and managing director of Chevrolet and Cadillac Europe. "It is an icon that has long been recognized and admired even in countries where it's never officially been offered." More ...
track news
MIS adds free Wi-Fi for fans  Michigan International Speedway is known for being at the forefront of enhancing the fan experience. In 2013, MIS will become the first track in NASCAR to offer free WiFi hotspots to fans.

The speedway will launch even more initiatives in 2013 aimed at making the experience at MIS enjoyable and memorable.

“Nothing can beat the live experiences, the sights, the feel and the smell of a race,” track president Roger Curtis said. “Now we’ve added part of the technology element that fans are accustomed to at home. Like viewers at home, fans at MIS will now be able to check their NASCAR fantasy league scores, tweet, facebook and text.” More ...

Andretti, in conjunction with HVM, sign Viso  
E J Viso
IndyCar's Andretti Autosport has signed Team Venezuela driver E.J. Viso to pilot a fourth entry in the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series. Viso will drive the No. 5 Team Venezuela PDVSA Chevrolet joining Andretti's full-season efforts of reigning series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, James Hinchcliffe and Marco Andretti. The entry is a result of an off-season collaboration between HVM Racing and Andretti resulting in a joint entry supporting Team Venezuela for the upcoming IndyCar season.

The unique three-way deal represents a win-win-win scenario with Andretti Autosport returning to its traditional four-car fulltime lineup, Viso joining the championship-defending team and HVM Racing securing an arrangement that provides for continuation of its business in IndyCar as an incubation to a potential return in 2014 for the Indianapolis-based team owned by Keith Wiggins. More ...

Pirelli calls for Jerez resurfacing  Formula 1 teams may need to consider an alternative venue to Jerez for pre-season tire testing next year unless the Spanish venue undergoes a track resurface, according to Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery.

Hembery claims that this week's first action at Jerez has been compromised by the surface being too rough to allow proper evaluation of tires.

"The track is rather abrasive - and is substantially worse than last year," said Hembery, when asked by AUTOSPORT for his feelings on what had been learned this week.

"We have seen quite a lot of shredding of tires, and there seems to be a lack of bitumen in the track, so we are looking at a very open surface. More ...

Turner/Mucke/Senna to drive at Sebring  Aston Martin Racing will make the 61st Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida part of its 2013 GT racing program, the team has announced. Darren Turner and Stefan Mucke will team with AMR newcomer Bruno Senna in a 2013-spec Aston Martin Vantage GTE for the opening round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n.

Along with Sebring, the Aston Martin factory program will compete in the full FIA World Endurance Championship – including the September round at Circuit of The Americas as part of a shared weekend with ALMS – and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“There is a real sense of anticipation in the Aston Martin Racing team this year and a belief that it is once again our time to return to the top step of the podium at Le Mans,” said David Richards, Chairman of Aston Martin. “It would be a fitting way for Aston Martin, which has such a rich heritage in motorsport and particularly at Le Mans, to cap its centenary year.” More ...

Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips to sponsor Bristol race  Comedian Jeff Foxworthy said that if he needs content for jokes, all he has to do is visit a NASCAR race.

Apparently, he was looking for a way to get more “you might be a redneck” material. Foxworthy’s Original Grit Chips will sponsor the spring Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway for the next four years, track officials announced Wednesday.

The race — to be named the Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300 — won’t be the comedian’s first venture into race sponsorship. The Foxworthy snacks were the title sponsor for the Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta last August. More ...

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday  UPDATE #2
Photo of Rossiter hitting his mechanic this morning added to right.

02/07/13 Updates shown in red below.

  • Dedicated Hamilton still 'disappointed' with debut
  • 'Nutcase' Grosjean not targeting 2013 title
  • Ecclestone summons small teams to London
  • Brawn wants testing tweaks for 2014 engines
  • Whitmarsh pushed for Marussia seat for Kovalainen
  • Next Red Bull youngster pushing for Toro Rosso seat
  • Berger backs sweeping changes at Mercedes
  • Jerez 'empty' without hero Alonso
  • 2013 Williams to have 'vanity panel' on nose
  • Perez instantly feels MP4-28's potential
  • Caterham F1 Team Announces Partnership With McGregor
  • Mechanic hit by driver in pitlane clash New
  • Whitmarsh: F1 needs an Agreement New More ...
Jerez Day 3: Massa flies in Ferrari  
Massa smokes Jerez
Full lap times, as of 1pm local time, on the third day of the four-day F1 group test at Jerez de la Frontera in southern Spain.  Massa's time is comfortably the fastest this week so far.

1. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari 1min 17.879secs 48 laps
2. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1min 19.004secs 69 laps
3. James Rossiter Britain Force India-Mercedes 1min 19.303secs 32 laps
4. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Lotus-Renault 1min 19.539secs 19 laps
5. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1min 19.603secs 27 laps
6. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1min 19.676secs 42 laps
7. Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1min 19.707secs 46 laps
8. Esteban Gutierrez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 1min 19.995secs 61 laps
9. Valtteri Bottas Finland Williams-Renault* 1min 21.578secs 58 laps
10. Max Chilton Britain Marussia -Cosworth 1min 23.938secs 27 laps
11. Charles Pic France Caterham-Renault 1min 25.365secs 28 laps

* - denotes 2012 spec car
Jerez Day 3: Massa puts Ferrari on top  Full lap times, as of 11am local time, on the third day of the four-day F1 group test at Jerez de la Frontera in southern Spain.

1. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari 1min 19.005secs 22 laps
2. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1min 19.167secs 34 laps
3. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1min 19.829secs 22 laps
4. Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1min 20.342secs 25 laps
5. Esteban Gutierrez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 1min 21.527secs 32 laps
6. Valtteri Bottas Finland Williams-Renault* 1min 21.698secs 25 laps
7. Max Chilton Britain Marussia -Cosworth 1min 23.938secs 21 laps
8. Charles Pic France Caterham-Renault 1min 25.365secs 21 laps
9. James Rossiter Britain Force India-Mercedes no time 8 laps
10. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Lotus-Renault no time 6 laps
11. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes no time 4 laps

* - denotes 2012 spec car
Allstate Peterbilt Group providing Petty Motorsports with tractors  Richard Petty Motorsports and Allstate Peterbilt Group have joined forces for the 2013 NASCAR season. Allstate Peterbilt Group announced they will supply Richard Petty Motorsports' NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series teams with Peterbilt tractors. Allstate Peterbilt Group has 17 locations throughout the Midwest and over forty years of experience supporting the Peterbilt line of products.

The company will provide the teams with Peterbilt model 389 tractors, the flagship of premium traditional trucks, with aerodynamics that provide the team more fuel efficiency. The tractors will haul the race cars and race equipment of the #9 and #43 Sprint Cup teams of Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola and the #43 NASCAR Nationwide team of Michael Annett. With the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 36-race schedule and the NASCAR Nationwide Series 33-race schedule, all three teams are spending a total of over 200,000 miles transporting each team's cars and race equipment to each racetrack, making reliability a top-concern.
Pedrosa remains on top as first test comes to an end  
Dani Pedrosa
The first test of 2013 concluded today with Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa maintaining his place at the top of the timing sheet with a time of 2'00.100.

Reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo delivered his trademark consistency from day one, leading the time sheet at times and never straying far from the front. The Mallorcan was under the official race lap record of the Sepang circuit this morning and just a tenth of a second from the official pole record. More ...

The 24 Hours of Le Mans and Rolex renew their privileged partnership  The 24 Hours of Le Mans, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious automobile races, is pleased to announce a multi-year extension to its privileged partnership with Rolex that first began in 2001. After more than a decade of combined passion for performance and reliability, Rolex, the leading luxury watch brand and a pioneer of sport sponsorship, has committed to continuing its support as Official Timekeeper of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Fidelity and trust in the 24 Hours of Le Mans
For Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), the organizer of the 24 Hours of Le Mans since its inception in 1923: “the renewed support of Rolex, a brand renowned for its prestige and its constant quest for excellence, is testimony to the trust between us. We are particularly proud of this, above all in 2013 when we will be celebrating 90 years of our race, which is also the pinnacle race of the FIA World Endurance Championship.” More ...
Penske finally gets the global marketplace  [Editor's Note: Funny thing how Roger Penske gets the global marketplace for his own companies, yet in the past has suggested IndyCar stay a domestic product.  Hence it remains small and unprofitable.] 

Penske Automotive Group Inc. plans to snap up more dealerships overseas, but shift its product mix toward domestic brands in the United States.

That's a change for the dealership group, which has largely focused on acquiring volume foreign brands for more than a decade. More ...

Stoner to take on Webber and Whincup  Top Gear Festival Sydney, hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, James May, The Stig and Australian co-host Shane Jacobson, have made a major announcement today of epic Top Gear proportions. 

Top Gear Festival Sydney has secured Casey Stoner who, for the first time since his retirement, will return to a bike – a Honda CBR1000, on track at Sydney Motorsport Park to race against Red Bull Racing Team F1 superstar Mark Webber and reigning V8 Supercar champion Jamie Whincup in the Red Bull Racing Australia V8.  This never before seen race – The Aussie Speed Showdown – will be an unmissable event for any motorsport fan. More ...

Sky Sports To Broadcast Parts Of Final F1 Tests In 3D  Sky Sports has announced that parts of F1's final preseason tests from Circuit de Catalunya "will be broadcast on its 3D network," according to Richard Lawler of ENGADGET. While F1 has tested the use of 3D before, it has never been broadcast and F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone has previously said that "3D will never be used." Sky Sports referred to the event "as a one-off," while commentator Martin Brundle is quoted in the press release calling it a "special moment for F1 fans...a new immersive experience for viewers." Engadget
Alberico Sweeps Cooper Tires Winterfest at Sebring  
Wednesday Podium
SEBRING, Fla. – Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing driver Neil Alberico put an exclamation mark on his start to the 2013 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season. The 20-year-old driver from Los Gatos, Calif., was a mark of consistency and made a clean sweep of all three rounds of Cooper Tires Winterfest competition at Sebring International Raceway. Alberico, who also started on pole for each race, heads to the final three rounds of Winterfest competition at Palm Beach International Raceway with a 21-point advantage over teammate Scott Hargrove.

Hargrove, who finished second in each round, narrowed the gap to Alberico significantly in Race 3 and also bettered Alberico’s fastest race lap, but a small mistake cost him a shot for the top spot on the podium. The Vancouver, BC, Canada native is looking forward to resuming the chase in three days’ time. More ...
Edsel Ford II Talks 'Gen 6' Race Car on NASCAR Race Hub  Ford Motor Company Board Member, Edsel Ford II, the great grandson of company founder Henry Ford and son of Henry Ford II, visited SPEED’s NASCAR Race Hub this evening to talk about the new ‘Gen 6’ Ford Fusion stock car that’s set to compete in the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

Ford sat down with co-host Steve Byrnes and chatted about the racing program, the new driver stable and what expectations are for the new car moving forward. Here is what he had to say. More ...

McLaren P1 confirmed to be race-ready  
McLaren P1
With one month until all eyes in the automotive world turn to Switzerland, McLaren Automotive has confirmed that the global debut of the production-ready McLaren P1 will be at the 83rd International Motor Show in Geneva, and taken the opportunity to give a glimpse of the, so far unseen, interior. The latest insight confirms that the McLaren P1 will adopt a race-inspired digital dash readout, and gives further information relating to the levels of performance that can be expected with a highly-focused ‘Race’ mode. More ...
Talented open wheel star lands full-time NASCAR ride  Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates confirmed today that Kyle Larson, the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion will contest the full NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule in 2013.

Larson, the 20-year-old driver from Elk Grove, Calif., will attempt to make his series debut behind the wheel of the No. 32 Clorox Chevy Camaro fielded by Turner Scott Motorsports during Daytona Speedweeks in the DRIVE4COPD 300 NNS race on Feb. 23. More ...

IndyCar announces 2013 Leader Card participants  INDYCAR announced today the 2013 Leaders Circle program has expanded to cover the returning 22 full-time entrants committed to date to compete in the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season.

The confirmed 19 returning members that finished in the top 22 in 2012 entrant points each have been awarded Leaders Circle designations. INDYCAR used its option to fill the three open positions based on the remaining order of 2012 entrant point standings. One entry from Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, HVM Racing and Dragon Racing each were awarded Leaders Circle positions. In 2012, the program featured 20 entrants.

"While the Leaders Circle program was designed to ensure the quality of on-track competition was balanced throughout the field, we felt it was important to extend Leaders Circle benefits to all returning full-time entrants from last season," said Jeff Belskus, CEO, INDYCAR. "Including all 22 entrants for 2013 allows the IZOD IndyCar Series to continue to build upon the foundation the program has laid over the last several years." More ...

Track News
Recent Motorsports promotions  Green Savoree Racing Promotions promoted Terry Angstadt to president, Mike Morrisey to executive vice president and chief financial officer, Charlie Johnston to president of the Honda Indy Toronto, Tim Ramsbeger to president of Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and Jeff Atkinson to vice president of sales and marketing at the Honda Indy Toronto.

In other race event news, Sonoma Raceway promoted Michael Re to senior director of ticketing.

TV news
SPEED plans 11 consecutive days from Daytona Speedweeks  Will the biggest storyline of this month’s Budweiser SpeedWeeks at Daytona be the new “Gen-6” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car’s impact on competition? Could it be the Danica Patrick/Ricky Stenhouse romance, the anticipated absence of tandem drafting at Daytona or the emergence of the most dynamic new driver/crew chief pairing?

Whatever news or headlines emerge during the NASCAR invasion of Daytona, during which SPEED presents 11 consecutive days of programming for the first time ever, the network has it covered with nearly 100 hours of programming from the legendary track beginning Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. ET with a special two-hour edition of NASCAR Race Hub from Media Day. More ...

Jerez Day 2: Grosjean tops final times  
Pos. Driver Car Time Laps
1 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:18.218 95
2 Paul Di Resta Sahara Force India 1:19.003 95
3 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:19.134 83
4 Mark Webber Red Bull 1:19.338 101
5 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 1:19.502 99
6 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:19.519 15
7 Sergio Perez McLaren 1:19.572 81
8 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:19.914 78
9 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1:20.693 71
10 James Rossiter Sahara Force India 1:21.273 19
11 Giedo Van Der Garde Caterham 1:21.311 88
12 Luiz Razia Marussia 1:23.537 31
ALMS: Nissan Confirms DeltaWing Exit  Following Tuesday’s SPEED.com exclusive, revealing Don Panoz’s plans to expand the DeltaWing program to new chassis and engine options, Nissan has confirmed that it will not continue its partnership with the revolutionary program, with immediate effect.

“The Nissan DeltaWing was an exciting project that challenged all conventional thinking and that is why Nissan put its support behind it,” said Darren Cox, director of global motorsports for Nissan. “We are committed to developing innovative and exciting cars both on the track and on the road.

“Nissan wishes Dr. Don Panoz and all the other partners involved in the DeltaWing all the best for the future and we look forward to supporting their progress from the sidelines at future races.”

Panoz confirmed to SPEED.com’s Marshall Pruett that work is underway to install a new 1.9-liter twin-turbo engine, derived from Mazda’s MZR-R powerplant, in the DeltaWing for next month’s Twelve Hours of Sebring.
Expanded partnership with Sage helps the Marussia F1 Team keep pace  The Marussia F1 Team is pleased to follow the reveal and testing debut of its new race car with its first partnership story of the 2013 season. The Team has extended and expanded its relationship with Sage, who now become an Official Partner.

The Marussia F1 Team has been a long-standing customer of Sage and last year benefited from the company’s Sage ERP X3 solution, providing the Team with the speed, agility and innovation to keep pace off-track as well as on-track in the fast-moving and highly competitive Formula 1 environment. More ...

Pirelli has done a great job, says Button  Jenson Button has praised Pirelli for doing 'a great job' with its new tire compounds, explaining that the company's target of increasing temperature operating windows has been accomplished. The McLaren driver, who topped the opening day of pre-season testing at Jerez, says optimal lap times are now much easier to achieve.

"It will be tricky again in terms of laps and degradation, but Pirelli has done a great job getting a wider range for the tires," Button told the official Formula 1 website after driving the MP4-28 for the first time. "One thing that I have noticed - you are able to go fast immediately, even on lap one. That is something that we couldn’t do last year." More ...

Jerez Day 2: Grosjean tops early afternoon test times  Full lap times, as of 1pm local time, on the second day of the four-day F1 group test at Jerez de la Frontera in southern Spain.

1. Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault 1min 18.828secs 44 laps
2. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes 1min 19.094secs 54 laps
3. Daniel Ricciardo Australia Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1min 19.134secs 41 laps
4. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1min 19.338secs 46 laps
5. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Sauber-Ferrari 1min 19.502secs 40 laps
6. Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes-Mercedes 1min 19.519secs 15 laps
7. Sergio Perez Mexico McLaren-Mercedes 1min 19.572secs 38 laps
8. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari 1min 19.914secs 33 laps
9. Giedo van der Garde Holland Caterham-Renault 1min 21.916secs 33 laps
10. Luiz Razia Brazil Marussia -Cosworth 1min 25.537secs 31 laps
11. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Renault* 1min 27.124secs 7 laps

* - denotes 2012 spec car
More on Hamilton's crash  (GMM) On his first day of official running in 2013, Lewis Hamilton crashed the new Mercedes.

The 2008 world champion had done a few filming laps in the silver W04 on Monday, but Wednesday was his first real day of on-track work in the wake of his six years as a McLaren driver.

Briton Hamilton sped over the gravel at the end of the back straight, hitting the tire wall head-on.

A team spokesman said the cause was a braking problem. More ...
Pedrosa again on top in Sepang  After the second day of the three day test in Sepang, the Repsol Honda Team remain on the top of the time sheets. Dani Pedrosa, who completed 37 laps, recorded the fastest time of the day of 2'00.549 on lap 29.

Testing Results Day 2
1 Dani Pedrosa 2'00.549 SPA HONDA
2 Jorge Lorenzo 2'00.568 SPA YAMAHA
3 Marc Marquez 2'00.803 ESP HONDA
4 Valentino Rossi 2'01.038 ITA YAMAHA
5 Cal Crutchlow 2'01.311 GBR YAMAHA
6 Stefan Bradl 2'01.369 GER HONDA
7 Alvaro Bautista 2'01.729 SPA HONDA & FTR
8 Bradley Smith 2'01.931 GBR YAMAHA
9 Nicky Hayden 2'02.110 USA DUCATI
10 Andrea Dovizioso 2'02.379 ITA DUCATI
11 Kosuke Akiyoshi 2'02.526 JPN HONDA
12 Katsayuki Nakasuga 2'02.701 JPN YAMAHA
13 Ben Spies 2'03.002 USA DUCATI
14 Wataru Yoshikawa 2'03.156 JPN YAMAHA
15 Andrea Iannone 2'03.169 ITA DUCATI
16 Aleix Espargaro 2'03.251 ESP ART
17 Randy De Puniet 2'03.791 FRA ART
18 Danilo Petrucci 2'04.284 ITA IODA-SUTER
19 Takumi Takahashi 2'04.559 JPN HONDA
20 Hiroshi Aoyama 2'04.786 JAP FTR
21 Hector Barbera 2'04.989 SPA FTR
22 Karel Abraham 2'05.028 CZE ART
23 Michael Laverty 2'05.417 GBR PBM
24 Yonny Hernandez 2'05.656 COL PBM
25 Claudio Corti 2'05.721 ITA FTR-KAWASAKI
26 Colin Edwards 2'06.205 USA FTR-KAWASAKI
27 Bryan Staring 2'06.898 AUS HONDA & FTR
28 Lukas Pesek 2'07.015 CZE IODA-SUTER
Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday  UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

  • Button (L) smiling after Tuesday's speed in the McLaren
    Button stuns rivals with Jerez pace
  • Brighter Caterham sparks first controversy of 2013
  • Pirelli wants new five-year F1 deal
  • Ecclestone confirms only 19 races for 2013
  • Cosworth not as good as Mercedes, Ferrari - Hulkenberg
  • Dennis 'fine' with defectors who don't 'bleed McLaren'
  • Senna swaps F1 for Le Mans in 2013
  • Vergne not worried about losing drive New
  • James Allison: "The E21 seems fairly swift" New More ...
Video: Max Chilton on Marussia crash just after launch in Jerez  
NASCAR to reallocate prize money  NASCAR will reallocate prize money from the last five spots in the field this season in an attempt to make it less profitable for teams to start and park. "We moved prize money higher in the purse, so if someone's intent is solely to run a lap or two and park, the revenue stream shrinks,'' NASCAR president Mike Helton said Tuesday during an "Autoweek" panel discussion in Detroit.

According to NASCAR, each position from 43rd through 39th will receive $4,000 less for each position. For example, 39th will receive $4,000 less than 38th, 40th $4,000 less than 39th, etc.

NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp emphasized this is not a reduction in purses, that the overall prize money in 2013 will increase slightly. He said the money taken away from the last five spots will be redistributed "throughout the remainder of the field.'' ESPN
Speeds up at Darlington tire test  Carl Edwards and several other Sprint Cup stars gave the new, faster Gen-6 race car a thumbs-up after a Goodyear tire test Tuesday at Darlington Raceway. Edwards said the digital speedometer on his Ford Fusion hit 193 mph right before entering turn three, a typically unheard of speed at the ultra-tricky track. "Each time down, you want to watch and see what you're doing," he said.

"But the fastest point is the point where the track needs your attention and your eyes are not supposed to be on that monitor. I saw 193 or something, but I can't look at it any longer before I have to look into the corner." #11-Denny Hamlin, #56-Martin Truex Jr., #27-Paul Menard and #42-Juan Pablo Montoya were also at Darlington for the daylong session. More ...
Kurt Busch one of the most disliked athletes  
Kurt Busch - They threw the mold away when they made him
Forbes magazine ranked America's 10 most disliked athletes. "Feel-good stories can go sour pretty quickly, as Manti Te'o and Lance Armstrong can attest to. They lead the 2013 list of America's Most Disliked Athletes, based on the latest public surveys from Nielsen Sports and market research firm E-Poll.

Candidates were limited to those scoring a minimum of 10% public awareness." Number 8 on the list was #78-Kurt Busch with an approval of 27%. They said, "Hot tempered and arrogant, Busch has feuded with teammates and reporters alike."  Forbes
Jerez Day 2: Ricciardo tops morning test times  Full lap times, as of 11am local time, on the second day of the four-day F1 group test at Jerez de la Frontera in southern Spain.

1. Daniel Ricciardo Australia Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1min 19.487secs 23 laps
2. Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes-Mercedes 1min 19.519secs 15 laps
3. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1min 19.921secs 18 laps
4. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes 1min 20.055secs 27 laps
5. Sergio Perez Mexico McLaren-Mercedes 1min 20.709secs 13 laps
6. Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault 1min 20.929secs 10 laps
7. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Sauber-Ferrari 1min 21.104secs 14 laps
8. Luiz Razia Brazil Marussia -Cosworth 1min 24.398secs 19 laps
9. Giedo van der Garde Holland Caterham-Renault 1min 26.447secs 9 laps
10. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Renault* 1min 27.124secs 7 laps
11. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari 1min 39.697secs 10 laps

* - denotes 2012 spec car

Hamilton crashes his new Mercedes  
Hamilton in the Mercedes before he crashed
Lewis Hamilton's full testing debut for Mercedes has suffered a significant setback on Wednesday morning at Jerez after the Briton crashed into a tire barrier.

Having just come off the second-fastest lap of the day to that point in Spain, Hamilton's W04 went straight on at the Dry Sack hairpin and plowed straight through the gravel and into a nose-first impact with the tire wall.

Hamilton clambered out of the stricken car without assistance but the impact broke the front wing on the new W04, which was promptly put on a rescue truck and taken back to the pitlane. More ...

Neil Alberico Dominates Cooper Tires USF2000 Winterfest Opener  
Sophomore USF2000 driver Neil Albierico set out as he intends to continue by dominating this afternoon’s opening round of the Cooper Tires Winterfest Championship at Sebring International Raceway. Albierico, 20, from Los Gatos, Calif., qualified Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing’s #2 Racelite Protection/Bondurant School of High Performance Driving Van Diemen-Mazda on pole position, made a clean start and was never seriously challenged.

Alberico held a lead of 1.3 seconds over teammate Scott Hargrove, from Vancouver, B.C., Canada at the end of the opening lap around the 3.74-mile track and continued to stretch his lead with every lap, establishing a new USF2000 lap record of 2:03.074 – more than 0.8 seconds faster than his qualifying time – on Lap Nine as he sped to a convincing first-ever professional victory. The feat also ensured he will start on the pole position for the first of two more races tomorrow. More ...

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