If it had anything to do with going fast and came out of Southern California, Phil Remington not only likely had something to do with it, he also likely was instrumental in its success, which is why the hot rodding and performance worlds are mourning Remington’s death on Friday at the age of 92.
Remington’s fabrication skills almost seemed to come natural, and he employed them to great effect early on, building hot rods to race on the California dry lakes in his teenage years before World War II. If it hadn’t been for a motorcycle accident after the war, we may very well remember him today for his prowess at the wheel; instead, he quit racing after the accident and focused on developing his skills to the point where he could shape or create just about anything out of metal.
NASCAR tightens up rules on race car communications NASCAR officials made some more changes to what is and is not allowed in regards to in-car communications.
The changes include:
• In-car communications will be permitted only between team members of the same car number. Translation: A spotter for, say Kevin Harvick, cannot communicate with his Richard Childress Racing teammate Jeff Burton.
• Direct vehicle-to-vehicle communications will not be permitted. Translation: Drivers cannot communicate with each other directly, even if they are teammates.
Last January, NASCAR altered its radio policy to prohibit drivers from communicating with other drivers during the race. The communication was used primarily at Daytona and Talladega when two-car drafting tandems became commonplace.
Mario for Pope sign at Watkins Glen in 1978 after Mario had just clinched the F1 title
Photo by: Mark Cipolloni/AR1.com
A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, Since the current Pope is done on Feb 28, and that is Mario Andretti's birthday, I sure hope they consider him for the job. He will only be 73, and was born in Italy.
Do you think we should start a petition and send it to the Vatican? Tim DeCesaro
Dear Tim, Funny you should mention this. Another reader just wrote, Just saw my picture posted on your website (http://www.autoracing1.com/markc/000803MarioTribute.htm ) Do you have any more of the Mario for Pope pictures, in 78 at Watkins Glen?? I ran into Mario in 2008, at SEMA, in Las Vegas and we both got a chuckle out of our sign. Greg Denny
CARA has folded It is with a sad heart that we announced that CARA Charities is shutting down today. This was an extremely difficult decision, but despite having passionate supporters, we are unable to generate the financial means necessary to sustain our levels of donation.
We are extremely thankful that the role that so many of you have played to donate $4 million dollars over the years. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of it. [Editor's Note: And so goes another legacy of Tony George. By creating the IRL he destroyed a once thriving IndyCar racing under CART. IndyCar is a mere shadow of its former self now and the once thriving CARA Charities is its latest victim.]
COTA names Harder senior VP and General Manager Circuit of The Americas today named Mel Harder as senior vice president and general manager of the new world-class destination for premium motorsports and entertainment—and the United States’ home for Formula 1 Grand Prix racing. Harder joins the Circuit’s leadership team following 22 years with the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) where he oversaw operations and facilities management for the home of the Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400 and MotoGP’s Red Bull Indianapolis GP.
Harder will report directly to Circuit of The Americas President Steve Sexton and assume his responsibilities March 1. In his new role, Harder will manage the Circuit’s motorsports and facility operations; transportation, security, safety and medical teams; and serve as operational liaison with local, state and federal agencies.
Black NASCAR driver knows he could change face of sport
Darrell Wallace Jr.
NASCAR's best hope for a successful African-American driver isn't shying from the magnitude of what he could accomplish.
Darrell Wallace Jr., named a full-time driver in Kyle Busch Motorsports' Camping World Truck Series entry Saturday, said he embraces the opportunity to throw the doors wide open for other minorities who want to race.
He is the fourth African-American driver in NASCAR history to land a full-time ride in one of the sport's three national touring series.
Williams FW35 passes final crash test Williams has passed the final FIA-regulated crash test with its new FW35 chassis, meaning the outfit is on schedule for its launch presentation on Tuesday 19 February.
Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas were both present at the opening pre-season test of the year at Jerez last week, collectively completing 333 laps in the team's 2012 car with the aim of gathering aerodynamic and tire data for their new challenger.
The FW35 will be revealed at the Circuit de Catalunya shortly before 9am local time (GMT +1) next Tuesday, moments before the second pre-season test gets underway.
IMS will only consider lights for NASCAR, not IndyCarUPDATE A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, If I'm a NASCAR executive, I am sitting in my Daytona office laughing my face off, thinking to myself:
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is petitioning the state of Indiana for $100 million, so they can host us for a prime-time event at IndyCar's most hallowed ground. Not only do we not have to pay a dime, but the goobers still insist on running the Indy 500 on Memorial Day Sunday, one of the worst TV slots of the year.
I mean we'll take whatever they give us, but really: can they make it easier for us? The Goobers need to sell IndyCar to someone else. They haven't a clue how to fix IndyCar. A Saturday night Indy 500 would be huge. It is as if they have a death wish for IndyCar. Mordichai Rosen
Motorsports This Week on ESPN NHRA Season Opener on ESPN2, ESPN3 from Pomona The 2013 season for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series kicks off this weekend in Pomona, Calif., with the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals. Drag racing fans can watch qualifying and eliminations action on ESPN2 and ESPN3. All NHRA programming on ESPN is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets through WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app. The schedule:
TrueCar to sponsor Legge - 2-year deal at Dragon...MaybeUPDATE #3
As you can see below, Dragon Racing signed Katherine Legge to a 2- year contract, and we assumed she would be driving alongside Sebastien Bourdais this year. However, now that appears to be up in the air.
Q: What is the drama around Dragon and Legge? She always seems to have bad luck with team owners. Any chance she can take the TrueCar money elsewhere, like a Rahal Letterman? Or team up with Davey Hamilton and his HP money to find calmer pastures?
Jeremy from Harrisburg
RM: Can’t say but I do know Katherine was furious when she learned that Jay might be shopping her to a satellite team. Speed.com
A year ago, acclaimed racing journalist Bones Bourcier sat down with Parnelli Jones, the Indy 500 winner often referred to as America’s most versatile race driver. It was quite the conversation.
Today motorsports publisher Coastal 181 announced the release of its latest title, “As A Matter of Fact I AM Parnelli Jones.”
Jones and Bourcier track Parnelli’s wild years on the infamous California Jalopy circuit and his rise through Sprints, Champ Cars, Midgets, NASCAR Grand National, Trans-Am, and Baja –smack into 20 domestic and international racing Halls of Fame.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway seeks state aid for improvementsUPDATE #2 The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is seeking aid from the state as part of a plan to fund up to $100 million in improvements at the famed racetrack. The plan would create a "motor sports investment district" to collect existing state sales, income and corporate taxes generated in an area that includes the IMS to help pay for the improvements, IMS officials said. The collected taxes would raise up to $5 million a year that the state would contribute to help pay off bonds for the improvements over a 20-year period, while the IMS would put up $2 million each year.
Legislation to enact the plan will be unveiled Monday by Sen. Michael Young, R-Indianapolis. Approval by the General Assembly would be required before it could become law. Indystar.com was first to report the plan on Friday night. IMS plans to upgrade its infrastructure with changes including new video boards, better lighting and more modern grandstands, IMS officials said. Plans call for spending $70 million to $100 million.
"It's really about keeping this iconic facility competitive in the sports and entertainment world," said Jeff Belskus, IMS CEO and president. Officials say they want to make the speedway more flexible, perhaps for different types of events down the line. The lighting, for example, would make it possible for some races to run at night. NASCAR fans have complained about searing heat during the mid-summer Brickyard 400, set for July 28 this year.
Asked if the IMS would move the Brickyard to the cooler evening hours if the money went through, spokesman Doug Boles said, "There could be a chance." The proposal could also help address a looming cost for the IMS. Under a deal announced last month with federal authorities, the IMS is required to spend millions of dollars on renovations to make its facilities more accessible for disabled patrons within the next 30 months. Indianapolis Star
Brickyard 400 still profitable with smaller crowds Despite sharp attendance declines in recent years at the Brickyard 400, the event remains hugely profitable for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, motorsports industry experts say. NASCAR officials estimated attendance at this year's race in Indianapolis at 125,000, down from 138,000 last year. In 2007, race attendance was more than 200,000.
The Speedway makes enough television revenue-close to $6 million-to pay its NASCAR sanctioning fee, according to industry experts, leaving the track with most of the revenue from ticket sales, concessions and parking. Motorsports business experts estimated that the Speedway made at least $9 million in ticket revenue from Sunday's Brickyard 400 and another $1 million to $2 million from Saturday's Nationwide Series race, which until this year has been held at Lucas Oil Raceway a few miles to the west.
The IMS also for the first time hosted the Grand Am Series, but that wasn't likely a big moneymaker since attendance was only about 10,000. A new Brickyard 400 title sponsorship deal with Crown Royal added another $2 million to the Speedway's take. Indianapolis Business Journal
Rebellion Racing announces driver lineup REBELLION Racing is pleased to announce their driver line-ups for the 12 Hours of Sebring and the first three rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship, including the Le Mans 24 Hours.
The "3N" trio that prevented Audi's clean-sweep in last year’s Le Mans 24 Hours by claiming a fourth place finish, will be reunited in the #12 Lola-Toyota. Nick Heidfeld (Germany), Neel Jani (Switzerland) and Nicolas Prost (France) will share driving duties at the 12 Hours of Sebring.
In the Team’s sister car, the #13 Lola-Toyota, Andrea Belicchi (Italy) will be joined by ELMS LMP2 Champion Mathias Beche (Switzerland) and CongFu Cheng (China), his teammate during last year's FIA WEC 6 Hours of Shanghai win.
Alberico Clinches Cooper Tires USF2000 Winterfest in Style at Palm Beach
Neil Alberico (C) took the win in Race #3 and with it the overall title
Jupiter, Fla. – Neil Alberico bounced back from his narrow defeat yesterday at the hands of Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing teammate Scott Hargrove to add two more victories today to his three wins at Sebring earlier in the week and clinch the Cooper Tires Winterfest Championship in the best possible manner.
Alberico, 20, from Los Gatos, Calif., led every inch of today’s pair of 21-lap races at the 2.034-mile Palm Beach International Speedway aboard the #2 Racelite Protection/Bondurant School of High Performance Driving/eFormulaCarNews.com/J & M Trophies Van Diemen-Mazda but never had any breathing room as 18-year-old Hargrove, from Vancouver, B.C., Canada, kept the pressure on throughout both 30-minute contests.
Daly Wins Final Race and Takes MRF Challenge Championship in India American Conor Daly added another race win and another championship to his career stats today in India when he won the final round of the MRF Challenge and took the overall championship. The final four races of the Indian winter season were held over a single weekend at the Madras Motorsports Circuit in Chennai, India.
"This feels good. Whenever we can jam to the American National Anthem on the podium it's a good day. I've loved every minute of racing in India and can't thank MRF and everyone on this team enough for putting up with me and my crazy travel schedules," said Daly.
A record breaking Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour endurance race has ended with AMG Mercedes Benz team Erebus Racing triumphing at Mount Panorama.
The soon-to-V8 Supercars team ‘international’ entry driven by Germans Alex Rollof, Thomas Jaeger and German Touring Car legend Bernd Schneider completed 268 laps (1665km) of Mount Panorama in a day that started off with record temperatures and ended in a torrential downpour.
The race was a traditionally dramatic affair and the margin of victory – just over one lap – belied just how competitive the race was.
Jarno Trulli has revealed that he left Caterham in order to help the team survive financially.
In the wake of Timo Glock consenting to having his contract cancelled by Marussia so that the team could hire a driver that would bring additional funding, focus has once again fallen on the role of pay drivers in F1.
Trulli was replaced by Vitaly Petrov for the 2012 season, bringing an end to his 14-year stint in the sport. It is no secret that Petrov brought sponsorship money with him to the team.
Hamilton shakes up his management team Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has shaken up his management team ahead of the new season.
The Mercedes ace has put a new gloss on ‘Team Hamilton’ by hiring Tom Shine and axing key man Didier Coton.
The Frenchman, who had previously managed double champion Mika Hakkinen, had been bought in by manager Simon Fuller to streamline Hamilton’s affairs after they were taken out of McLaren’s hands. But he has lasted just one season.
Candlelight Remembrance of Dale Earnhardt on Feb 18th Dale Earnhardt Inc. will be holding the annual "Candlelight Remembrance of Dale Earnhardt" on Monday, February 18th, 2013. The Showroom will be open to the public and will be illuminated with candles. Commemorative decals and prayer cards will be distributed to all in attendance. A memorial guest book will be available throughout the day for those who would like to share their memories of Dale.
Fans are invited to attend from 6pm until 9pm, at Dale Earnhardt Inc. on Highway 3, in Mooresville, NC. Those unable to attend are encouraged to light a candle at home that evening in remembrance of Dale Earnhardt's remarkable spirit and life, and all fans of Dale Earnhardt are asked to help "Continue the Legend" through their support of The Dale Earnhardt Foundation and Dale's passions: Children, Education, and Environmental/Wildlife Conservation. For more information on the work of The Dale Earnhardt Foundation, go to daleearnhardtinc.com/foundation. DEI
Martin Whitmarsh has warned that there are too many pay drivers in Formula One at the moment and that drivers remaining in junior categories for long periods of time are clogging up the system.
A number of teams have employed drivers with financial backing behind them as budgets remain tight towards the back of the grid. Whitmarsh believes the current situation means there are drivers coming in to the sport who are not up to the job, while more talented but less well funded drivers miss out.
Friday was the last day of testing at Jerez, and also the last testing day for the FW34. Williams have run development parts throughout the 4 day test at Jerez and are now preparing to launch the new FW35 at the start of the next Barcelona test, on 19 February.
Mike Coughlan, Technical Director: We have had a very good four days in Jerez running the FW34. We have gone through a complete program testing various parts that will be used on the FW35. This compliments our current philosophy of using rigs to pass off systems before running them on the car. The drivers have enjoyed themselves running through tire comparisons and set-up changes that you would be reluctant to do at a race meeting due to time constraints. Although these results have been a little compromised by the very aggressive nature of the track surface here, we have acquired some useful data to carry forward. We now look forward to the next test in Barcelona and the launch of the FW35.
Actor James Franco named Daytona 500 Grand Marshal
James Franco, who played the New Green Goblin in the recent “Spider-Man” trilogy and earned a best actor Oscar nomination for his performance in “127 Hours,” will give the command to start engines for the Daytona 500.
Franco is the star of the upcoming Disney movie “Oz The Great and Powerful,” which comes out next month.
Serving as grand marshal, Franco will five the command to “start your engines” just prior to the Feb. 24 race at Daytona International Speedway.
IndyCar Trivia for SaturdayUPDATE The answers to this week's IndyCar trivia were as follows:
1. Ed Carpenter
2. Tomas Scheckter. A lot of people guessed Danny Ongais. Us Indy trivia geeks know Ongais won 6 races, yet never finished second. However, Ongais only made 88 career starts, and that is what caught most people out.
02/09/13 1. Name the only driver in IndyCar history to have started at least 100 races, scored multiple wins, yet not record a third place finish. Hint: This driver is active and confirmed for the 2013 season.
2. Name the only driver in IndyCar history to have started at least 100 races, scored multiple wins, yet not record a second place finish.
Rapisarda Autosport International has accelerated its 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel drag racing program by entering the upcoming 53rd O’Reilly’s Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals with three-time champions Larry Dixon and Lee Beard leading the team’s charges into Auto Club Raceway at Pomona on Feb. 14-17.
The Rapisarda Autosport International organization, led by Australia crane mogul Santo Rapisarda and his sons Santo Jr. and Santino (Tino), announced its new association with Dixon and Beard last month with a proposed schedule starting at the Amalie NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville on March 14-17. However, the Indiana-based team decided to step up its 2013 program with entries at the Winternationals next week and the Arizona Nationals at Firebird Raceway in Chandler, Ariz., on Feb. 22-24.
Hargrove Claims Cooper Tires Winterfest Race Win at Palm Beach
Hargrove takes the win
Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing maintained its strong form in today’s fourth round of the Cooper Tires Winterfest Championship at Palm Beach International Raceway by locking out the podium.
Scott Hargrove, from Vancouver, B.C., Canada, led all 20 laps after starting from pole position but remained under pressure for the entire distance from Neil Alberico, who had won all three opening rounds of the six-race mini-series earlier in the week at Sebring International Raceway. Englishman James Fletcher profited from a dramatic first-lap incident to climb from eighth to third, which he maintained until the finish.
Behind, though, there was mayhem as Jeroen Slaghekke, who qualified seventh in a fourth Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor car, made a mistake under braking, veered off onto the grass on the left side of the track, then slewed back onto the racing line shortly after the first apex.
The Dutchman narrowly missed Hargrove and Alberico, but the two second row qualifiers, Jesse Lazare (#21 Pabst Racing Services) and Stefan Rzadzinski (#93 Can Torque/ Christenson Developments-JDC MotorSports), weren’t so fortunate. Florian Latorre (#91 JAY Motorsports) also was left with nowhere to go.
Once the dust had settled and the Pace Car had been scrambled, Fletcher emerged in third place ahead of Felipe Donato (#51 ArmsUp Motorsports) and Austin Cindric (#77 Nightrain Clothing/Andretti Autosport), who had started 13th and 15th, respectively.
The race was restarted after five laps of full-course caution, whereupon Hargrove and Alberico checked out from their pursuers. Alberico set the fastest race lap, earning himself a championship point and the pole for tomorrow’s Round 5, but was unable to find a way past Hargrove, who kept up a fast, consistent pace to take the checkered flag just over one second clear for his first-ever victory.
Garett Grist (#7 DaVinci Foods/Andretti Autosport) was the man on the move, passing teammate Cindric on Lap 7, then finding a way past Donato on lap 10. The Canadian teenager then piled the pressure on Fletcher before being obliged to settle for a fourth-place finish.
Donato held on for a worthy fifth ahead of a closing Matthew Di Leo (#56 Res Precast/MDL Racing) and Cindric, the youngest driver in the field at age 14 who was turning faster and faster laps as the race unfolded.
The final two rounds of Cooper Tires Winterfest competition at Palm Beach International Raceway will take place tomorrow, February 10, at 10:45 am ET and 3:10 pm. Live timing and scoring will be available at www.usf2000.com.
(L to R) Fletcher (3rd), Hargrove (1st) and Alberico (2nd)
Scott Hargrove, #38 Analytic Systems/Race Energy/Metal Action/Skip Barber Racing/Bell Racing (Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing) – First: “This is a phenomenal feeling. I just never looked back once I got up into the lead after the start. I knew Neil [Alberico] was right behind me and did my best to not look in the mirrors and kept trying to do as little mistakes as possible. The Cape team gave me a great car and it was fantastic to drive. I’m thrilled. My goal was to turn consistent lap times. I didn’t want to push too hard and drop a wheel because I knew Neil would be right there; it was that close. Consistent laps are what ended up winning me the race. I couldn’t be happier.”
Neil Alberico, #2 Racelite Protection/Bondurant School of High Performance Driving (Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing) – Second: “To win a championship, you have to have consistent finishes and at the end of the day we were second best. We scored good points and had the quickest [race] lap, so we will start on pole tomorrow and hopefully have a good race. This track is super difficult to pass on and I give Scott [Hargrove] a lot of credit. He didn’t make too many mistakes. I had a few opportunities but, at the end of the day, we were thinking about the big picture. Hopefully, we will have something more for him tomorrow.”
James Fletcher, #3 (Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing) – Third: “I had a huge amount of pressure in the race from Garett Grist. We were still trying to find some pace; we knew we were slightly off but the accident bumped us up to third and we managed to stay there. I am really happy with the result.”
Driver Hometown Team
Scott Hargrove Vancouver, BC, Canada Cape Motorsports w/Wayne Taylor Racing
Neil Alberico Los Gatos, CA Cape Motorsports w/Wayne Taylor Racing
James Fletcher Surrey, United Kingdom Cape Motorsports w/Wayne Taylor Racing
Garrett Grist Grimsby, ON, Canada Andretti Autosport
Felipe Donato Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil ArmsUp Motorsports
Matthew Di Leo Innisfil, ON, Canada MDL Racing
Austin Cindric Charlotte, NC Andretti Autosport
Arthur Oliveira Sao Paulo, Brazil JDC MotorSports
Jason Wolfe Mount Vernon, OH Pabst Racing Services
Clark Toppe Woodlands, TX JDC MotorSports
Stefan Rzadzinski Edmonton, AB, Canada JDC MotorSports
Michael Johnson Flint, MI JDC MotorSports
Jesse Lazare Dollard des Ormeaux, QC Pabst Racing Services
Florian Latorre Libourne, France JAY Motorsports
Jeroen Slaghekki The Hague, Netherlands Cape Motorsports w/Wayne Taylor Racing
Nick Tandy, the 2012 Porsche Cup winner, has earned a contract as a Porsche factory driver. The 28-year-old from Great Britain is now the tenth Porsche works driver joining Joerg Bergmeister, Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas, Wolf Henzler, Marco Holzer, Marc Lieb, Richard Lietz, Patrick Long and Patrick Pilet. With his inclusion in the factory team, this marks the pinnacle of Tandy’s racing career so far.
"A big dream has come true. I’m absolutely thrilled,” said Tandy. “Ever since I first drove a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup it was clear to me that there could be nothing better than to become a works pilot for Porsche. It’s great that Porsche recognized what I have achieved so far and that they included me in the factory pilot family. I’ll do everything to merit this trust.”
KV Racing auctioning off equipment KV Racing Technologies, Indianapolis-based IndyCar Team, is having an auction of their excess equipment, car parts, memorabilia & hospitality trailer. Don't miss this opportunity to upgrade your equipment or own a piece of race used history!
1998 Featherlite 53' race car transporter with car upper deck, formerly used to transport Tony Kanaan's Indy Car!
Daly takes lead in MRF Indian Championship with another win American Conor Daly won round eight of the MRF challenge at the Chennai circuit in India on Saturday morning vaulting him at the top of the points table with just two races to go. After suffering mechanical issues during Fridays qualifying session, Daly started the first race on Saturday morning from thirteenth place on the grid. On a circuit where it is notoriously difficult to pass, Daly picked his way through the field to finish sixth while setting fastest lap of the race.
In a top six reverse grid for race two Daly started on the pole and again set fastest lap of the race as he dominated the field winning by almost ten seconds.
Aston Martin Racing confirms Sebring return 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 Patron.
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.
Vettel in the RB9 at Jerez. Has Newey designed yet another winner?
Sebastian Vettel Friday closed out the first pre-season test in Jerez with another 96 laps and 425km in the Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB9. He left the circuit saying that the new car’s good reliability across the four-day program had been the key to a successful week.
"I think for the whole team it’s been quite a good test," he said. "No problems in terms of reliability and we did a lot of laps, so I’m quite pleased with the results. I feel a bit better than last year. I think we had some issues with reliability then, so it seems we have done our homework well.
Evernham says he turned down a chance to return as crew chief
Ray Evernham (L) with Jeff Gordon (R). The two had so much success together. When they split both of their careers went down the tubes
Ray Evernham recently turned down a job offer to return to the Sprint Cup Series - and not with Hendrick Motorsports. The former car owner and Hendrick crew chief who won three championships with Jeff Gordon has resisted the urge to return to the racetrack since selling his stake in Evernham Motorsports six years ago. But a recent call from a powerhouse NASCAR team - he wouldn't say which except that it wasn't Hendrick - had the man who was voted the greatest crew chief of all time in 2006 pondering a change of heart.
"I got hit with the right opportunity not that long ago, and I really had to stop and think about it," Evernham said Thursday.
NASCAR Rule changes for 2013 NASCAR officials went over many of the new rules and policies for 2013 during a meeting with the media on Thursday. Past champion's issue was among those discussed. Past Sprint Cup champions can use a past champion's provisional only once every six races this season instead of having unlimited access to provisionals as in the past. Provisional starting spots are available to drivers who don't make the field on speed under NASCAR's new qualifying rules. Any past champion who ran at least one race the previous season starts the year with one provisional starting spot. Once a driver uses it, they must make six attempts to qualify before getting another past champion's provisional - the driver would get use of the provisional at that sixth race.
Austin Dillon hopes to wait for full Cup schedule to run #3
Austin Dillon, born with a Silver Spoon in his mouth - his grandfather is Richard Childress who aims to propel his grandson's career by putting him in the #3 that he owns when the time is right
Austin Dillon has heard all the talk of him possibly racing Dale Earnhardt's famous #3 car in the Sprint Cup Series. And he's fine with that, although he would like it to be when he runs a full Cup season and not a partial schedule. There's pressure when running the stylized #3 made famous by the seven-time Cup champion, and Dillon doesn't want to wait a long time between races to feel he has to prove himself as worthy of the Richard Childress Racing number. Dillon has two career Cup starts and plans to run the #33 at Daytona and the #51 at Las Vegas.
The #3 has not been used in Cup since Earnhardt's death in the 2001 Daytona 500. Childress said that 85% of fans want him to bring the #3 back to Cup, but he would only use it for a member of his family or the Earnhardt family. Childress has said he is heavily considering letting Dillon keep the #3 when he goes full-time Cup racing, which he hopes will be next year. Dillon has run the #3 for much of his racing career. Sporting News
Q&A: Tommy Kendall and Kuno Wittmer on SRT Viper prospects SRT Motorsports drivers Tommy Kendall and Kuno Wittmer participated in a media availability session Thursday at Sebring International Raceway.
“If you look back at January 2012 where everything came together on a drawing board and you look at last year, mid-year around July, when we debuted the car at Mid-Ohio and if you look at us now, this morning, we’re getting much closer (performance wise) which is nice. It’s really thanks to the team, SRT Motorsports, Riley Technologies. Over the winter, the guys have worked hard. Everybody knows you can test all you want but until you actually put the car through race pace, that’s when you really get good data. And it was really good that we did the four races last year. The data we gained and the changes we made to the car have us where we’re at today. We feel really good as drivers in the car. We feel more confident. The future is definitely bright for the team.
Dyson Racing is celebrating its 30th year in professional sports car racing this year. It is fitting that long-time Dyson Racing driver Butch Leitzinger will join Chris Dyson and Guy Smith in the No. 16 Lola-Mazda coupe for the 61st Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida on March 16. An 18-year veteran of the team, Butch first drove for team in the 1995 24 Hours of Daytona. He has won three championships for the team, placed second four times and third twice.
"I'm so pleased to be joining Chris and Guy for Sebring," Leitzinger said. "They have done an excellent job in developing the car, and we saw some significant gains at the test, and I think that we can continue on that path."
Jerez Day 3: Massa ends day on top by almost 1-secondUPDATE
Note Ferrari’s clever rear diffuser design
Massa clocked a time at 1:17.879, more than a second faster than Nico Rosberg for Mercedes on Thursday, the fastest time all week at Jerez. And though no clear image can be made from testing, the new diffuser on the Ferrari might have a thing to do with the pace.
According to Massa, the new F138 doesn’t have the corner or traction issues the old car had, and said the 2013 was very different to handle, unlike last year’s car. Ferrari had a slow start to the 2012 campaign, but will be looking to improve in 2013.
Speeds Improve on Final Day of Sebring Winter Test The 2013 American Le Mans Series presented by Patr¢n Winter Test at Sebring International Raceway is now in the books, and the second day of the two-day session saw times come down in all classes.
Defending ALMS P1 co-champion Klaus Graf posted the quickest time of the test on Friday morning, turning a 1:46.368 (126.579 mph) lap in the No. 6 Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03c. The time was more than a full second quicker than teammate and fellow co-champion Lucas Luhr posted to lead Thursday’s sessions.
Stewart-Haas Racing has acquired owner points for Danica Patrick's Sprint Cup team heading into 2013, but likely not enough to ensure that Patrick doesn't miss the Daytona 500. Patrick drove the #10 Chevy in 10 races last year but she will not have those points from last season. Instead, Stewart-Haas Racing has struck a deal with Robinson-Blakeney Racing to acquire the owner points from its defunct #49 team.
Tony Stewart and Stewart-Haas Racing have acquired 2012 owner points for Danica Patrick to help ensure she makes the first three races of 2013. The #49 car, which was driven primarily by J.J. Yeley, was 42nd in owner points, which likely would do little to help Patrick make the Daytona 500 should she have problems in qualifying or the qualifying races. The deal, though, could possibly help her team if rain washes out qualifying for the following races at Phoenix and Las Vegas. Patrick, who is running the full Sprint Cup schedule for the first time this year, drove the #10 car in 10 races last year through a partnership between Stewart-Haas and Tommy Baldwin Racing, which will keep those points (33rd overall) for its two-car organization entering 2013.
Piquet Jr confirms full-time 2013 NASCAR Nationwide campaign
Nelson Piquet Jr.
Nelson Piquet Jr, the first Brazilian to win in one of NASCAR's top-three series, is delighted to announce that he will run full-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) in 2013 with Turner Scott Motorsports. The 27-year-old will pilot the No. 30 Chevrolet Camaro, marking his first full-time NNS season and making him the first Brazilian to compete full time at the Nationwide level. Piquet Jr. will continue his long-standing relationship with crew chief Chris Carrier, who will lead the No. 30 team from atop the pit box. Piquet Jr. will also extend his partnerships with Qualcomm, Autotrac and TAG Heuer Eyewear, while welcoming Worx and Delavaco Capital Inc. on board as new sponsors in 2013.
Shank sells his IndyCar Michael Shank has sold his IndyCar to Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, officially ending his bid to run a full-time program in the series.
Shank is still trying to field a car for the Indianapolis 500 and is talking with existing teams about a potential partnership for the May race.
Shank spent $1 million on a Dallara DW12 in anticipation of fielding an IndyCar team last year. But a shortage of engines and difficulty in putting together a sponsorship package kept Shank on the sidelines.
Speaking to the press corps during the lunchbreak on Day Four of the first test at Jerez, Lewis Hamilton opens up about life with his new team and his new car...
How is the car progressing? Lewis Hamilton: "The guys are working in the wind tunnel every day and we have a package that we will have for the first race which is probably being signed off right now. So whatever we find over the coming weeks perhaps won't be in there for the first race but it will definitely be there for the races after.
"But we're not starting in a bad place, which is definitely a big improvement for them [compared to 2012]."
Scion FR-S Named Official Race Vehicle for 2013 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race Toyota Motorsports and Scion announced today that the Scion FR-S sports coupe will be the official vehicle of the 2013 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race. This first Pro/Celebrity race-ready vehicle is making its debut here at the Chicago Auto Show.
The Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race will take place April 20 and mark the 37th anniversary of the charity event held annually as part of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend. It also marks the first time in 27 years that a rear-wheel drive sports car will serve as the designated race car.
UK IndyCar coverage switches to ESPN The IZOD IndyCar Series 2013 season will not be shown on Sky Sports in the UK, after the broadcaster announced that the exclusive television rights to show races had gone to rival network ESPN.
"IndyCar has been signed up by ESPN, so all races will be on there from March," Sky Sports announced as a reply to an enquiry on their Facebook page on Thursday. The same source added that there was also no deal in place for the channel to continue showing NASCAR Sprint Cup highlights in 2013.
Jerez Day 4: Vettel moves to top in early afternoon Full lap times, as of 1pm local time, on the fourth and final day of the opening F1 group test at Jerez de la Frontera in southern Spain.
1. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1min 18.565secs 56 laps 2. Esteban Gutierrez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 1min 18.669secs 52 laps 3. Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes-Mercedes 1min 18.905secs 59 laps 4. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Lotus-Renault 1min 18.915secs 30 laps 5. Sergio Perez Mexico McLaren-Mercedes 1min 18.944secs 43 laps 6. Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1min 19.331secs 37 laps 7. Valtteri Bottas Finland Williams-Renault* 1min 20.426secs 39 laps 8. Jules Bianchi France Force India-Mercedes 1min 20.585secs 34 laps 9. Charles Pic France Caterham-Renault 1min 21.919secs 32 laps 10. Luiz Razia Brazil Marussia -Cosworth 1min 25.786secs 32 laps 11. Pedro de la Rosa Spain Ferrari-Ferrari no time 2 laps
Ferrari denies Alonso nursing rib injury (GMM) Ferrari on Friday denied rumors Fernando Alonso is nursing an injury.
Most suspect that the Spaniard is sitting out the Jerez test this week so that the new F138 car can be 'shaken down' by Felipe Massa and Pedro de la Rosa ahead of Alonso's debut on the much more representative Barcelona track.
But one or two whispers in the Jerez paddock this week suggested Alonso may have injured a rib whilst karting last month.
However, as the double world champion is currently running and cycling in Dubai and happily posting photos to Twitter to prove it, a Ferrari spokesperson said on Friday: "It's obvious how hard Fernando is training at the moment.
"This rumor (about the injury) is utter nonsense and totally untrue," Ferrari added.
Butt ugly AR1.com has long maintained that part of the reason for IndyCar's drop in TV ratings last year was the fact that the new car is Butt Ugly and the team owners won't agree to fix the problem with body kits.
Now a reader writes, Dear AR1.com, You'll like this. My brother (not an IndyCar fan at all) called me yesterday out of the blue. He had been looking at some of the pictures on AR1, and said to me "I can't believe how ugly the car is. What is that hump in front of the rear wheels? The car looks pregnant.
However, the concern to me is my brother, potentially a casual fan, is turned off. My wife, who is forced to watch IndyCars thinks they're ugly. Likewise my father, a hard core racing guy, is turned off.
I'll give you one more car thing: A high school freshman came into the office the other day, I had AR1 up and he saw the McLaren P1 on my computer, then proceeded to tell me EVERYTHING about it. The kid literally spoke for ten minutes about the McLaren P1. That's the kind of person IndyCar should be trying to appeal to. But no, they prefer to race pregnant looking cars. Mordichai Rosen, Los Angeles, CA
Dear Mordichai, And the car will remain ugly yet another year, and yet another year IndyCar will lose customers. Race fans hate ugly looking cars. They simply do not get it. Penny-wise and pound foolish. As for that hump in front of the rear wheels, rumor has it they told Dallara to make the car as ugly as they possibly could so the team owners would agree to body kits. It didn't work.
Terry Labonte returns to the #32 at Daytona For the third consecutive year, FAS Lane Racing announced Terry Labonte will pilot the #32 C&J Energy Services Ford for the 55th Running of the Daytona 500. C&J Energy Services, who has supported Labonte and FAS Lane Racing for the past two seasons, will renew their partnership for four more races during the 2013 season.
Two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Labonte and C&J Energy Services will compete at the restrictor plate races during the 2013 season. This year's Daytona 500 will mark Labonte's 61st start at the famed 2-5-mile high-banked superspeedway, making him the driver with the most starts among all drivers in the history of the sport. He will pass Bill Elliott, who currently has 60 starts at Daytona International Speedway. Labonte made his first Daytona 500 start in 1979. Labonte is also the driver with the most top-10 finishes at Daytona International Speedway, with 26. FAS Lane Racing
So far Vettel happy with RB9 After two days with Mark Webber at the wheel of the Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB9, Thursday it was Sebastian Vettel’s turn to get acquainted with the new car. The triple world champion immediately got on with it and put in 102 laps, the fastest of which in 1:19.052.
“So far, I think we can be pretty happy,” he said. “Mark had a good couple of days to start with and I took over today. It was great to get back in the car, to get rid of the rust and to get back in the groove again. The first feeling is good and the car is working well. It’s difficult to judge the speed, but in terms of reliability it looks pretty good. For today we accomplished what we set out to achieve – which was to put a lot of laps on the car.
Jerez Day 4: Raikkonen leads early Full lap times, as of 11am local time, on the fourth and final day of the opening F1 group test at Jerez de la Frontera in southern Spain.
1. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Lotus-Renault 1min 19.157secs 15 laps 2. Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1min 19.361secs 17 laps 3. Sergio Perez Mexico McLaren-Mercedes 1min 19.696secs 16 laps 4. Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes-Mercedes 1min 19.733secs 21 laps 5. Esteban Gutierrez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 1min 19.996secs 26 laps 6. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1min 20.155secs 18 laps 7. Valtteri Bottas Finland Williams-Renault* 1min 22.723secs 14 laps 8. Charles Pic France Caterham-Renault 1min 24.379secs 20 laps 9. Jules Bianchi France Force India-Mercedes 1min 32.493secs 9 laps 10. Luiz Razia Brazil Marussia -Cosworth 1min 42.379secs 7 laps 11. Pedro de la Rosa Spain Ferrari-Ferrari no time 2 laps * - denotes 2012 spec car
(GMM) Pedro de la Rosa's Ferrari career got off to a smoky start on Friday morning, as the first test of the 2013 pre-season wraps up in southern Spain.
Taking over from Felipe Massa at Jerez, as Fernando Alonso trains in Dubai, the team's new development driver and Spaniard de la Rosa was on only his second installation lap when he "stopped on track".
Ferrari's official Twitter did not mention, though, that the 41-year-old Spaniard had to step out of the new F138 car amid clouds of white smoke.
Dalziel joins SRT Motorsports for the enduros 2012 Speed.com Sports Car driver of the year Ryan Dalziel has agreed to a dream deal to join factory-backed SRT Motorsports to tackle three of the biggest sportscar races in the world.
Proud Scot Ryan - who now lives in Windermere, Florida – will strap himself into the awesome SRT Viper GTS-R as part of the team’s assault on the 12 Hours of Sebring in Florida, the Le Mans 24 Hours in France and Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
He will join an SRT Motorsports line-up that includes Tommy Kendall, Marc Goossens, Kuno Wittmer, Dominik Farnbacher and Jonathan Bomarito.
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