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02/12/14
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Danica Patrick will run Nationwide race at Daytona  Danica Patrick will be in action at the NASCAR Nationwide Series opener at Daytona International Speedway next week, the DRIVE4COPD 300, in Turner Scott Motorsports’ No. 30 Florida Lottery Chevrolet Camaro.

“Turner Scott Motorsports is a great organization and I worked really well with Mike Greci (crew chief) and the whole team in both of the races I did with them last year,” she said in a release. “I know that I’m definitely capable of a win this year working with that group, it just comes down to making it until the end. I have to thank the Florida Lottery for coming on board; they’re giving me the opportunity to run this race and to support education in the State of Florida.” More ...

02/12/14
automotive
Sinkhole consumes 8 rare Corvettes at National Corvette Museum (3rd Update)  UPDATE #3


02/12/14 Security camera footage:

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02/12/14
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Pigot to drive Pro Mazda in 2014  With an extensive and decorated career thus far, 20-year-old Spencer Pigot continues scaling the INDYCAR ladder in the 2014 Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires.

As young drivers often do, Pigot started racing karts at the onset of his career. The impact he made in the karting world, however, would soon set him apart from his competitors, gaining seven championship titles—four state, one regional, and two national. His strong presence at the karting level would foreshadow his upcoming career in open-wheel racing.

After his karting career came to a close, Pigot was already looking ahead to what was next—open-wheel racing. In 2009, his first year in car racing, Spencer achieved five wins in the Skip Barber Eastern Region races out of nine starts, he was named the Official MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Driver and he wrapped up the year as the “Skip Barber karting Shootout” Scholarship Award winner. More ...

02/12/14
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Speed Stick To Sponsor Swan Racing's No. 26 At Daytona 500  Swan Racing today announced that Colgate-Palmolive's Speed Stick GEAR brand will be the primary sponsor the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series No. 26 Toyota driven by Cole Whitt for the Daytona 500. As part of the deal, the deodorant brand will film a documentary series chronicling Whitt's preparation for and in-car experience at the Feb. 23 race. The videos will debut on Speed Stick's official YouTube channel starting March 1
02/12/14
Road To Indy
All Road to Indy Cars to carry Replay XD cameras  Fans of the Mazda Road to Indy will be able to catch all of the wheel-to-wheel racing excitement in 2014 in high-quality HD as Andersen Promotions today announces a new partnership with Replay XD as Official Camera of the ladder series. All cars in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda will be outfitted with the latest Replay XD cameras - the smallest and lightest full HD video action camera on the market.

In addition, Andersen Promotions is launching the "Replay XD Move of the Race" award. One driver in each series will be selected based on race craft and will receive a Replay XD camera package. The winning drivers' onboard camera videos will be posted on the series' respective websites and promoted throughout social media channels. More ...

02/12/14
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Alguersuari, Minassian & Klien close out Formula E Drivers’ Club  
Jaime Alguersuari
The remaining drivers to sign up to Formula E’s new Drivers’ Club have today (12 February) been revealed with Jaime Alguersuari, Nicolas Minassian, Alex Brundle, Robert Doornbos, Christian Klien, Conor Daly, Katherine Legge and Ben Collins all showing their support for the new global electric racing series.

Unveiled last month, the new scheme features a pool of top, international names that all officially endorse the new FIA Formula E Championship and have expressed a willingness to race in the future. Today’s drivers join those previously announced bringing the total to 24 (see full list below). In addition, the Formula E Drivers’ Club will allow each member to experience the new fully-electric Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E car. More ...

02/12/14
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Honda sends a warning shot across MotoGP's bow  “If all the regulations say, 'You cannot develop software, everything is fixed'. Immediately Honda stop racing in MotoGP” - Shuhei Nakamoto, HRC.  HRC vice president Shuhei Nakamoto has explained Honda's continued opposition to a control ECU being made compulsory in MotoGP.

New rules mean that Magneti Marelli-built ECU hardware will be used throughout the MotoGP grid in 2014.

However the Factory class will continue to use its own bespoke software, in return for less fuel, engine changes and a freeze on engine development relative to the Open category. More ...

02/12/14
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KV Racing and AFS confirm Saavedra  
Saavedra
INDIANAPOLIS, IN KV Racing Technology co-owners Kevin Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser, and AFS Racing owner Gary Peterson, announced today a strategic partnership to field an entry for the 2014 IndyCar Series season.

The team also announced that talented young driver Sebastian Saavedra will pilot the No. 17 KV AFS Racing Chevrolet/.Dallara/Bridgestone machine during the 2014 season.

"I am extremely pleased to announce that KV Racing Technology and AFS Racing have reached an agreement to field an entry for the 2014 IndyCar season," said Kalkhoven. "AFS Racing has strong leadership and a solid history in IndyCar and Indy Lights. I look forward to our partnership and having a successful season with Sebastian Saavedra behind the wheel of the No. 17 KV AFS entry." More ...

02/12/14
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Quick Reminder  
Six IndyCar teams will be testing at Sonoma Raceway today. See below:
  • KVSH Racing: Sebastien Bourdais, Sebastian Saavedra
  • Team Penske: Helio Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya, Will Power
  • Schmidt Peterson Motorsports: Mikhail Aleshin, Simon Pagenaud
  • Ed Carpenter Racing: Mike Conway
  • Chip Ganassi Racing: Ryan Briscoe, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Charlie Kimball
  • A.J. Foyt Racing: Takuma Sato
02/12/14
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No LeMans for Pickett team  
Greg Pickett says no to LeMans. He already dismissed IndyCars
Contrary to what circulated in the media in early January, Muscle Milk Pickett Racing will not be taking part in this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans.

While the team was hoping and initially planning to return to the famed event this season, upon further reflection the last few weeks and based on a couple of different factors, they had to make the tough decision of turning down their invite.

Knowing that preparing for the 24 Hours of Le Mans is a monumental task in itself, Muscle Milk Pickett Racing has decided to put all of their effort and focus on their initial season in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. More ...

02/12/14
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Risi Ferrari team evaluating post-crash moves  
Both Gainsco and Risi had no insurance policy on their cars.  Now they will pay dearly for a replacement.
With Memo Gidley starting physical rehabilitation back home in California, and his team owner Bob Stallings contemplating the next move after their Corvette DP was destroyed at Daytona last month, the other team involved in the crash, Risi Competizione, has also started their rebuilding process.

Gidley struck the back of Risi's red Ferrari F458, driven by Matteo Malucelli, sending both drivers to the hospital just a few hours into the start of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, and while the Italian driver was soon released with no lingering injuries, the team's No. 62 GT Le Mans entry was damaged beyond repair.

Coming off of a tough and costly season of American Le Mans Series competition – one where the Giuseppe Risi-owned outfit incurred hefty crashes at Lime Rock and Baltimore – the Houston-based Ferrari dealer could ill afford to record a third accident in such a short time span. More ...
02/12/14
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday  
  • Will Vettel destroy Ricciardo too?
    Red Bull making 'progress' amid crisis - Ricciardo
  • New rules will stop 'ugly' noses for 2015 - Whiting
  • Hill supports 'double points'
  • Details emerge of 2014 qualifying tweaks
  • Martini-branded Williams team shirt emerges
  • Allison expects cars to speed up
  • Haas Speeds Forward With Formula One Plans
  • Williams and Genworth Announce New Partnership Agreement New
  • Massa upbeat about Williams form New More ...
02/12/14
tv news
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CBS Sports to televise entire 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship series  SCORE International’s Roger Norman announced today that CBS Sports Network will televise the entire five-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship series. Each one-hour telecast will air the month following each event, starting with this month’s season-opening 28th Annual Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 desert race.

Round 1 of the five-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship series will be held in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico, Feb. 27-March 2. In 2014, two SCORE races will be held in the United States and three in Mexico.

This deal provides the most expansive television coverage package in the 41-year history of SCORE, the world’s foremost desert racing organization.  The regular telecast time slot for the SCORE events will be Sunday nights at 9:00 p.m. ET. Further, a sixth show will cover the 2014 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 qualifying event, held Nov. 4-7 in conjunction with the annual SEMA Show automotive industry trade show in Las Vegas. More ...

02/11/14
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Tickets on sale Friday for NASCAR, IndyCar races at TMS  Individual tickets for the Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 and the IndyCar Series Firestone 600 race weekends at Texas Motor Speedway go on sale 9 a.m. Friday. Tickets for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 on April 4 and the Duck Commander 500 on April 6 start at $30. Tickets for the IndyCar Series Firestone 600 on June 7 start at $40.

Tickets will be available at texasmotorspeedway.com or by calling the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at 817-215-8500.

02/11/14
TV news
TORC: The Off-Road Championship Reaches Multi-Year Agreement with NBC Sports  TORC: The Off-Road Championship, the nations premiere short-course, off-road racing series, has partnered with NBC Sports to air extensive TV coverage. The multi-year agreement will include broadcasts of all racing events as well as behind-the-scenes episodes featuring TORC teams and drivers competing in one of the most exciting and demanding series in motorsports.

"There’s no question that NBC Sports has become the leader in automotive programming," said TORC President BJ Birtwell. "This announcement heightens the prestige of TORCs National Championship for the PRO Light, PRO 2 and PRO 4 classes by offering our fans and sponsors a large audience from a TV partner that is widely distributed and known for great automotive programming." More ...

02/11/14
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Gidley Shows Signs of Improvement  Memo Gidley, driver of the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette Prototype, continues to show signs of significant improvement during his first week at Santa Rosa Memorial Acute Rehab Center in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Gidley was medically transported by airplane last Wednesday to the northern California facility following an extended stay at Halifax Health in Daytona Beach, Fla. after suffering multiple injuries in a crash during the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

“I spoke to Memo today for about 25 minutes on the phone, and I was jubilant in hearing his voice, hearing how clear headed and articulate he was,” team owner Bob Stallings said.  “He was able to have a great and meaningful conversation.  His spirits are high, and he’s now fully aware of what has happened to him and what’s likely ahead of him in terms of his recovery.” More ...

02/11/14
f1
Surtees turns 80  
John Surtees winning German GP
Reaching the age of eighty is a wonderful landmark, as are the many and great landmarks first achieved by John Surtees in his time as a racer on two and four wheels.

“First of all, he was an extraordinary motorcycle champion before doing the same in motor sport, taking a fantastic Formula 1 World Championship crown with us in 1964,” President Luca di Montezemolo told www.ferrari.com. “He is a dear friend to me and he has always maintained an excellent relationship with our company. On behalf of the entire Ferrari family, I send John all the very best wishes for his birthday!”

Apart from winning the championship and four Formula 1 Grands Prix, there were other important victories with the Scuderia racing sports prototypes: two wins in the Nurburgring 1000 Kilometers (1963 and 1965) and one in the 1963 Sebring 12 Hours and the Monza 1000 Kilometers.

Today, we dedicate a special photo gallery to John, as well as showing a video shot the last time he was in Maranello, on 29 June 2011, when he met up again with his mechanic from that triumphant 1964 championship, Giulio Borsari, as well as having a long chat with Fernando Alonso, a moment which brought together Scuderia Ferrari past and present.

02/11/14
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Catching up with Simon Pagenaud  
Simon Pagenaud a winner in Detroit last year
The metropolitan streets are deserted and dimly lit in the wee hours of the morning. Simon Pagenaud unlocks a warehouse door and opens an envelope that contains his classified mission: evaluate the 2015 Acura TLX prototype.

"It's real James Bond stuff," Pagenaud said of his role in a TV commercial he filmed in Los Angeles late last year.

The star is the car, but the IndyCar Series driver, who enters his third full season with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports is pleased with his supporting role.

"It was impressive to see how precise this industry is with lights and how the go about achieving what they want on the screen," said Pagenaud, who compared the prowess of the production crew to his race car crew. "It was exciting. I have a different respect for acting." More ...

02/11/14
track news
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Track Construction Underway!  
Foster (L) and Michaelian next to the original 1975 Toyota Celica pace car, Indy show car and 2014 Toyota Camry pace car
JackFleming.com/Grand Prix Association of Long Beach
The 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, set to take place April 11-13, took its first step toward the green flag when the first full day of construction began this morning on Shoreline Drive, the famed racing circuit’s front straightaway.

The construction got underway with assists from Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, who appeared at the track for a kickoff photo shoot with Grand Prix Association of Long Beach President and CEO Jim Michaelian. The photo also included the original 1975 Toyota Celica pace car – which paced the first Grand Prix – along with an Indy show car and current Toyota Camry pace car that will pace the 2014 race.

“It’s been a great relationship for 40 years,” said Foster. “I was talking to Jim Michaelian about the first race and how it’s so organized now and probably wasn’t so well organized [in 1975]. The Grand Prix Association does a great job and the weekend itself has something for everybody. Between all the entertainment, the food and the atmosphere, it’s a great weekend. We have great weather and I look forward to it every year. I encourage everybody to come down here for a great family weekend.” More ...

02/11/14
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Derek Daly consults Petty team  
Richard Petty and Derek Daly
Former IndyCar driver, Derek Daly, was in the heart of NASCAR country last week working with the employees of Richard Petty Motorsports. Daly was brought in by Smithfield Foods, Petty's primary sponsor of the number 43 car driven by Aric Almirola. The primary purpose was to get all employees aligned for the purpose of continuing the growth of Richard Petty Motorsports in light of the recent announcement that Smithfield Foods has made a three year commitment to be their primary sponsor.

"Derek has an innate understanding on how to motivate and align teams of people and we thought it would be a strong investment on our behalf to have him work directly with all the team's employees," said Bob Weber, Director of Business Development, Smithfield Foods. "We are making a considerable investment with Richard Petty and I have known and admired Derek's program for years. We believed that we could help our return on investment by integrating Derek directly into the team." More ...

02/11/14
automotive
War on driving is spot on, opens us up to 'zapping'  A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, Your editorial re car tracking by Stephan Cox is spot on, but misses one major element. Once cars are fitted with this  technology, and can “communicate” with each other, which is the follow-up intention as is already under development in the EU, then the potential for someone to use their car’s system, by adding a plug in control computer to “talk to”, or take over, elements of the control of cars around them.

So, if someone wants to get somewhere in a hurry and there is another car in the fast lane slowing them down, well then, zap them and drive them off the road and crash to give room! Think you how easy this will be when brakes, steering are all fly-by-wire! Alan Wilson

02/11/14
promazda
Gutierrez Commits to Juncos Racing For 2014 Pro Mazda Championship  
Jose Gutierrez
As one of the series’ youngest drivers, 17-year-old Jose Gutierrez will compete in the 2014 Pro Mazda Championship with Juncos Racing.

During the beginning years of his racing career, four-year-old Gutierrez started to compete in kart races. Among his many accomplishments during the years to follow, a few include winning both the Rotax Mini Max Championship and Mexican Grand National Championship; then, he earned the champion spot in the 2010 Martiga Driver Development School Shootout in Rotax karts. Following the previous titles, Gutierrez made his first appearance in the Pro Mazda Championship series at the Circuit of Americas. Here, he finished in the Top-10 in both races. He would later earn four consecutive podium finishes in the LATAM Challenge Series. More ...

02/11/14
naseuro
Eddie Cheever heads for NASCAR Euro series  Eddie Cheever will race in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in 2014 with CAAL Racing.

The 20-year-old, whose father Eddie scored nine podiums during his Formula 1 career and won the Indianapolis 500, has spent the past three seasons competing in various Formula 3 championships.

After finishing runner-up in the Italian series in 2012, he graduated into Euro F3 last year with Prema, but was only able to sporadically break into the top 10. More ...

02/11/14
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NBCSN To Debut Daily Studio Show Titled "NASCAR America"  NBCSN is taking the wraps off a daily studio show called "NASCAR America." The channel will launch the show Feb. 24, the day after the Daytona 500. A formal announcement is expected to come later today. The 30-minute show will be slotted in the 5:00pm ET weekday timeslot and will be produced from NBC's Stamford, Conn., studios, with additional coverage coming from a new NBC Sports studio in Charlotte. NBC takes over rights to carry NASCAR races in July '15.

Rick Allen will host from Stamford, while Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast will be reporters based in Charlotte. Leigh Diffey, who handles NBCSN's IndyCar and F1 coverage, also will host. Guest analysts will include Jeff Burton, Bobby Labonte, Kyle Petty, Ken Schrader and Frank Stoddard. NBC is planning an occasional role for "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams. John Ourand/Sportsbusiness Daily
02/11/14
irl
Why Panther’s $17m proposal to National Guard failed  Money wasn’t the only reason the National Guard chose Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing over Panther Racing for the 2014 IndyCar season but it damn sure was one of the determining factors. And it was nearly a $5 million difference.


Hildebrand and his National Guard livery last year
In the official, five-page bid protest results posted by the National Guard and acquired on-line by RACER.com, it is revealed that team owner John Barnes and Panther Brands LLC asked for a staggering sum of $17,219,658.47 for its one-car effort and subsequent off-track programs, activations and promotions.

Bobby Rahal’s group, which was verbally awarded the contract on Sept. 27, 2013, and officially confirmed on Jan. 17, 2014, after Barnes’ protest was denied, requested a budget of $12,693,967.47 to run Graham Rahal in 2014 and provide the aforementioned off-track support.

Both are huge numbers in this day and age of dwindling sponsorships for IndyCar and six teams were solicited by Docupak (Document and Packaging Brokers, which administers the various forms of Army National Guard sponsorships on behalf of LM & O Advertising).

“The contract award would be made on a best value basis, considering pricing, added value marketing programs and anticipated return on investment,” read the background of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) protest.

Teams were also asked to: “Provide a variety of services and activities, including driver appearances, special paint schemes and an activation footprint within the IndyCar “Fan Zone” exclusive to the Army National Guard.”
David Letterman’s presence and national clout undoubtedly helped make the case for RLLR, along with the team’s history, a personable, second generation, American driver and a considerably lower budget.

In the protest, The Guard asked Docupak to evaluate five categories between the two teams and RLL was judged better in three of them. Understanding the requirements: Panther was acceptable and RLL was outstanding. Soundness of Approach: Panther was good and RLL was outstanding. Overall technical (risk): Panther was good (and a low risk) and RLL outstanding (and a low risk). They were both rated good in qualifications of personnel.

And the final category was price.

The evaluators determined that “Panther Brands had three weaknesses and concluded that Panther Brands had a weakness for failing to propose any branding or media opportunities outside IndyCar or existing military programs to expand the Army National Guard reach or cultivate a more diverse target.”  More from Robin Miller/Racer.com

02/11/14
f1
Lotus looking for a leader  The word in F1 circles is that Lotus is throwing its net far and wide looking for someone to replace Eric Boullier as the team principal at Enstone. At first glance it is not a great job to get, given the damage that has been done in the team in recent months. Teams cannot afford to lose 80 good people in quick succession because building great F1 organizations is not the work of a moment. It is a lot harder than people think. What is required now is someone who will stop the rot. Create confidence and start the process of rebuilding. More ...
02/11/14
pro mazda
Julia Ballario Signs with Juncos Racing  
Brownsburg, Ind. — Competing as Argentina’s first female driver to race in the United States, 21-year-old Julia Ballario makes her debut this year in the 2014 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. In addition to paving the road for other Argentinean female drivers, Ballario also makes another “first” in becoming Juncos Racing’s first Argentinean driver.

Ballario first tested with Juncos Racing in the fall of 2012, where she participated in the second annual Chris Griffis Memorial Mazda Road to Indy Open Test held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. During the two-day test, she proved her ability to learn the open-wheel car, continued to log quicker lap times and placed eighth-quickest overall among fellow drivers.

The following year, Ballario joined Juncos Racing again in the official series test held at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in May. More ...

02/11/14
tv news
Motorsports This Week on ESPN  
NASCAR Media Day Special Thursday on ESPNEWS

With the 2014 NASCAR season getting underway this week at Daytona International Speedway, ESPN’s NASCAR news and information program NASCAR Now will have a special three-hour program with coverage of NASCAR Media Day at Daytona on Thursday, Feb. 13, beginning at noon ET on ESPNEWS. Host Mike Massaro and analyst Ricky Craven will be in the studio with reporter Nicole Briscoe on-site in Daytona. The program will include interviews with many of the sport’s top drivers as well as news and analysis.

ESPN Classic Airing Flock, Petty SportsCentury Programs

NASCAR Hall of Fame members Tim Flock and Richard Petty, two of the sport’s greatest all-time drivers, will be showcased by ESPN Classic in airings of the network’s signature program SportsCentury on Sunday, Feb. 16. More ...

02/11/14
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NASCAR on FOX Daytona Speedweeks TV Information  With more than 80 hours of programming from Daytona Speedweeks, FOX Sports constructs a high-energy, two-week opening to the 2014 NASCAR racing season into a distinctive crescendo of unbridled horsepower, culminating in live coverage of the 56th running of the DAYTONA 500 on FOX on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 1:00 PM ET.

“Nothing in motor sports is more important than the DAYTONA 500,” said Eric Shanks, FOX Sports President and COO. “This year is bigger and better than ever, and we can’t wait to hear the roar of the engines as Speedweeks kicks off the best two weeks in racing.”

For the 14th consecutive season, NASCAR Hall-of-Fame driver, and Emmy-nominated broadcaster Darrell Waltrip teams with host Mike Joy and analyst Larry McReynolds to call the race for FOX. Emmy Award-winner Chris Myers and two-time DAYTONA 500 champion Michael Waltrip report from the Hollywood Hotel, FOX Sports’ traveling pre-race studio, while former crew chief Jeff Hammond works the garage area and Krista Voda, Steve Byrnes and Matt Yocum keep fans updated from pit road. More ...

02/11/14
AMA
SuperBikes back to Daytona in 2015  AMA Pro Racing announced today that the premier AMA Pro SuperBike class will return to the DAYTONA 200 in 2015. The 2015 edition of AMA Pro Road Racing’s kickoff event will be a 69-lap race contested on Daytona International Speedway’s 2.91-mile short course.

“Getting the SuperBikes back in the DAYTONA 200 has been a fan request for years and we’re thrilled to be making this announcement,” said Michael Gentry, Chief Operating Officer of AMA Pro Racing. “The DAYTONA 200 is America’s premier motorcycle race, and our goal is to once again feature the biggest names in motorcycle road racing in the event.” More ...

02/11/14
automotive
Auto dealers push legislation to keep Tesla Motors out of Ohio  COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Sunjay Kumar bought his new car without running his fingers over the wheel or taking it out for a spin.

He picked the colors for his Tesla Motors Model S electric car while browsing a showroom in New Jersey, while visiting family, then ordered the car online direct from Tesla. The first time he felt his foot on the pedal was when he picked up the car in Columbus to drive home to Avon.

"The fact you can do everything on your computer -- it's so much easier," Kumar said. "You really can't negotiate anything, so it takes the headache out of that." 

Tesla's direct sales model means the price is the same for every buyer and customers don't need to shop around for the best deal. Kumar said the experience can't even compare to buying a car from a dealership lot and he'll never buy another car that way. More ...

02/11/14
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NASCAR evaluates sponsorship  NASCAR has transformed its research and insights capabilities, giving the racing-car circuit's commercial partners - like Coca-Cola - a deeper insight into return on investment than ever before. Sean Doherty, NASCAR director/digital and social-media engagement, told an American Marketing Association (AMA) webcast audience: "The Coca-Cola Co. came to us and wanted a brand analysis for each of their drivers. They wanted share for each driver; how each one engaged with fans; and the size of their social footprint. They wanted to be able to activate their brand against a track, a race, or off site as well."

Stepping up to that challenge, said Doherty, "We had to transition from a PR department to a fully-integrated marketing communications model. We took a deep dive into the industry's position relative to digital and social media. We researched the way that fans experienced our events. And we looked at the way people consumed other sports and entertainment properties. We searched for growth markets to attract new fans to the sport. And we also took a critical look at our current portfolio of drivers." More ...

02/11/14
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IMSA Makes Changes to Team Championship Points System  Despite the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona already have been in the books, changes have been made to the points structure of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

IMSA released  a competition bulletin last week outlining clarifications to team championship points, which now sees each competitor scored individually by car number instead of per team.

Previously, the top-placing car from each team would score team points, a system which had been in place in the American Le Mans Series. GRAND-AM, however, ranked each car separately. More ...

02/11/14
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday  
  • No Renault crisis for new Lotus debut
  • Lotus 'better prepared' than rivals - Lopez
  • Departed Pujolar says Williams 'didn't feel right'
  • Hakkinen tips Raikkonen to beat Alonso
  • Di Resta, Hamilton settle court dispute
  • Webber tips Ricciardo to 'go well' against Vettel More ...
02/11/14
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REBELLION Racing renew the contracts of Nick and Beche  
Heidfeld and Beche
The REBELLION Racing team confirms that German driver Nick Heidfeld and Swiss driver Mathias Beche have renewed their contracts with the team for the 2014 season.

The former Formula One driver will be a full-season driver for the Swiss team in the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship.
2014 will be the first full season involvement for Nick with REBELLION Racing since he drove only in selected events with the team in 2012 and 2013 in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and the American Le Mans Series.
Nick has had two successful seasons with REBELLION Racing, as he won seven times in the FIA WEC LMP1 Privateers, he won the 2013 Petit Le Mans, secured fourth place overall at the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours and third place overall in the 2013 running of the 12 Hours of Sebring on top of many other podium finishes. More ...

02/10/14
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Video: Graham Rahal Previews 2014  
02/10/14
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Joe Gibbs Racing Announces Changes to Front Office Structure  Joe Gibbs Racing announces today a re-organization to its management structure. Longtime JGR executives Dave Alpern and Todd Meredith have been named Chief Marketing officer and Chief Operations Officer, respectively. Both have over 20 years of experience in the sport and have been invaluable assets to J.D. and Joe Gibbs since the team's inception. In the front office, Alpern will oversee the team's three primary business units: Sponsorship, Communications and Marketing. Meredith will manage all departments involved in the racing operation. More ...
02/10/14
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NASCAR and ACORE Announce Partnership  At the Lockheed Martin Global Vision Center in Arlington, Va., NASCAR and the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) announced a multi-year partnership that designates the Washington, D.C.-based non-profit as NASCAR's newest Official Green Partner.

A member-based 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, ACORE is dedicated to building a more secure and prosperous America with clean, renewable energy. With a focus on technology, finance and policy, ACORE promotes all renewable energy technologies for the production of electricity, fuels, heat and hydrogen. Lockheed Martin is sponsoring ACORE in this partnership; the companies share a commitment to promoting energy innovation, sustainability and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. More ...

02/10/14
track news
Construction On "Daytona Rising" Project Slows As Track Prepares For Speedweeks (Update)  UPDATE In Daytona Beach, Jeffrey Cassady previewed what the completed DIS renovations will look like in '16, noting the speedway's exterior will include a "new facade -- complete with a quarter-mile-long 'Daytona International Speedway' sign -- designed to evoke images of the speeding cars that can be found on the track." The building "will be difficult to recognize." Rossetti Design Principal Jim Renne, whose architectural firm designed the speedway's renovations, said, "There is actually a facade that grandstands don't typically have." He added that the surface of the facade will "bend and angle to give the building the look of a racing automobile in motion." Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL

02/10/14 Construction on the $400M "Daytona Rising" renovation project at Daytona Int'l Speedway will "slow to a crawl" this week as the track prepares for its '14 Speedweeks, according to Godwin Kelly of the Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL.

At the seven-month mark in the 2½-year project, the "attention has shifted back to race-ready preparations before hundreds of thousands of race fans descend on the Speedway for a variety of racing events." DIS President Joie Chitwood III said, “What we are really working on is building several temporary structures right now; things like temporary ticketing, suite lobbies and hospitality areas. That has really been our focus for the last month, turning the property into an operational property and not a construction zone.” More ...

02/10/14
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Davey Hamilton Renews Partnership with SPM for 2014 Season  Davey Hamilton has renewed his partnership with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) for 2014 after a breakout 2013 season saw the team capture its first two IndyCar Series wins and place third in the championship with Simon Pagenaud behind the wheel.

Competing under the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports umbrella, the No. 77 entry will begin its pursuit of the 2014 IndyCar Series championship March 30 at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Hamilton returns as a co-owner on the No. 77 car. More ...

02/10/14
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Renault updates on course for Bahrain  On the back of a difficult first pre-season test at Jerez, when all the Renault-powered teams suffered reliability issues, the French car manufacturer has been working hard at its base to get on top of its problems.

Its efforts now appear to have paid off, with upgrades trialed on the dyno at Viry-Chatillon allowing Lotus to complete the maximum 100km mileage allowance during its shakedown at Jerez last weekend.

That run was in contrast to the kind of troubles that Red Bull, Caterham and Toro Rosso encountered during the Jerez test. More ...

02/10/14
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Tyler Alexander hospitalized  The American, who originally joined as a mechanic before rising through the ranks, was taken unwell last week.

A McLaren spokesman said: "We can confirm that Tyler has been taken ill.

"He was admitted to hospital last week, is undergoing tests, and is receiving the best possible care." More ...

02/10/14
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Team Penske inks new 2-yr Verizon deal - will sponsor both Power plus Montoya for 8 races  
Will Power bounces his Verizon IndyCar over the Baltimore Chicane curbs
Team Penske and Verizon Wireless are growing their partnership beginning in 2014. Utilizing Verizon’s unique technology and communication capabilities to aid performance on the track while helping to bring new fans to the sport of INDYCAR racing, Team Penske proudly unveiled details of the enhanced partnership today.

Team Penske is building on a strong bond as a team sponsor and technology partner with Verizon established over the last five seasons. As part of a new multi-year extension of its partnership, Team Penske will expand its use of Verizon’s wireless services across all of its race teams, incorporating the company’s latest technology and 4G LTE and 3G networks to maximize results in competition and to improve communication both on and off the track. More ...

02/10/14
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Jason Aldean, Mario Andretti to headline Legends Day at Indy  "Firestone Presents Jason Aldean at the Indy 500," starring country music's hottest entertainer, will take place Saturday, May 24 on the new Turn 4 infield stage at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The inaugural Legends Day concert will feature Aldean's high-energy show, and follows a long string of sellouts for the multi-platinum star across the country including some of the nation's most legendary venues like Madison Square Garden, Wrigley Field, the Hollywood Bowl and two-nights at Fenway Park. The ACM nominee and reigning "Male Vocalist of The Year" is kicking off the year hot on the heels of what was a career-defining year, most recently announcing his 2014 "Burn It Down Tour," which kicks off May 1 in Roanoke, Va. More ...

02/10/14
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Monday (Update)  UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

02/10/14
  • Bring out the floats, F1 will now be a parade with drivers unable to race at 100%
    Ecclestone tips bribery trial to end
  • McLaren supplying LCD readout to rival teams
  • Force India colors to race in GP2
  • Former driver Pizzonia backs Williams to improve
  • Most races will be fuel-limited borefests - Newey
  • Mercedes moves to stop Honda from getting secrets New
  • Horner backs Newey after Jerez troubles New
  • Planning 'all in place' for Austria GP - Mateschitz New More ...
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