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03/01/11
irl
AJ Foyt Racing 2011 color scheme  UPDATE We extend our heartfelt wishes for a speedy recovery to A.J.'s wife Lucy who underwent a triple-bypass surgery this past Saturday in Houston. The surgery went very well and Lucy is expected to make a full recovery! A.J. and his family appreciate the support they have received through this trying time.

03/01/11 It was the car that launched A.J. Foyt's iconic Indy car career: four Indianapolis 500 triumphs, a record 67 Indy car victories, and a record seven national driver championships. Paying homage to A.J. Foyt and celebrating the 50th anniversary of Foyt's first Indianapolis 500 victory, ABC Supply Co. re-designed the No. 14 to echo the look of the 1961 Bowes Seal Fast Special.

Carrying over a design from a roadster to the current Indy car provided its challenges since the body types are totally different but the design team captured the throwback look of the roadster while giving it a modern twist with a few nods to the corporate logo. More ...

03/01/11
irl
Sato and Viso test at Barber  UPDATE Helio Castroneves, his Penske teammates Will Power and Ryan Briscoe, and drivers Charlie Kimball, E.J. Viso, Takuma Sato and Vitor Meira were at Barber on Tuesday for a test session ahead of the larger IZOD IndyCar Series open test March 14-16.

Power said the teams decided to get a head start on the open test just to get a feel for the cars again after the long offseason.

"I haven't driven on a road course in probably six months," said Power, who won IndyCar's road course championship last year and finished a close second to Dario Franchitti for the overall title.

Power said the early test didn't give his team much of an advantage over other teams.

"Everybody tests here so you don't really gain a lot," he said. More ...

03/01/11
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Indy Lights Test For Skip Barber National Champion  A year ago, Skip Barber Racing School and Bryan Herta Autosport announced a partnership dedicated to identifying and developing talented and young race car drivers. On February 23-24 2011, Bryan Herta Autosport conducted a Firestone Indy Lights test with Spencer Pigot, the winner of the 2010 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National presented by Mazda Championship.  The two day test took place at Palm Beach International Raceway, and Pigot’s performance impressed all present.

Although the new car and increase in power have been a hindrance for some, the seventeen year old Florida native quickly adjusted to the car and completed fast laps in no time. “Spencer did a great job driving our Indy Lights car today,” said team owner Bryan Herta. “This is obviously a big step up in power and downforce, but his time in the Skip Barber National Series clearly prepared him well and he was comfortable and confident in the car immediately.” More ...

03/01/11
irl
Phillips-Van Heusen Licensing Agreement for Ritmo Mundo IZOD watch  Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation and Ritmo Mundo have entered into a licensing agreement under which Ritmo Mundo will market and distribute watches for men and women under PVH’s IZOD brand in North America, sponsor of the IndyCar World Series. The agreement provides for an initial term of five-years, with a three-year renewal at PVH’s option.

“With Ritmo’s extensive global experience, we believe they are the right partner to launch this new product offering under the IZOD brand.”

The new IZOD watch collection is designed to capture the sport-inspired lifestyle for which the IZOD brand is known. The collection will debut at BaselWorld 2011, the premier watch and jewelry event held annually in Switzerland, and will be distributed at major department stores and specialty stores throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. More ...

03/01/11
alms
ESPN3 To Broadcast ALMS Race In 2011 Long Beach Grand Prix  As part of an ABC/ESPN partnership with the American Le Mans Series, ESPN3.com will feature live practice, qualifying and race coverage with a delayed two-hour program covering the race on ESPN2. Previously, the ALMS race was only broadcast on the SPEED Channel after a one-day delay.

Either ABC or an ESPN station will broadcast every ALMS race in the 2011 season live, a huge step forward for a popular but below-the-radar racing series. The ALMS is a production-based racing league that features battles between marquee names like Corvette, Porsche, Ferrari, BMW and Panoz. It is the second most high profile race of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach race weekend each April. More ...

03/01/11
motogp
MotorLand contract renewed until 2016  MotoGP will be remaining at Spain’s MotorLand Arag¢n circuit until at least 2016, it has been confirmed in a fresh contract between the government of Arag¢n and the Spanish track, which made its debut last year as replacement venue for Hungary’s Balatonring.

With the new Hungarian race track not ready, Arag¢n was drafted into the calendar as Spain’s fourth race and proved to be a thrilling event which saw Casey Stoner enjoy his first win of the season for Ducati. More ...

03/01/11
irl
Mario Andretti tempted to race at Las Vegas  
Mario Andretti with the late Paul Newman
Racing legend Mario Andretti told Motorsport.com reporter in a recent exclusive interview that he is tempted to make a sensational comeback and compete in the 2011 IndyCar Series season finale at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in October for a chance of winning the $5 million purse that is on the table.

The former Formula One, CART (Indy car) champion and the 1969 Indy 500 winner admits that although it is unlikely to happen, the prospect of getting behind the wheel of an Indy car again and gunning for the $5m to any non-IndyCar season driver who can win the event, is tempting. More ...

03/01/11
irl
Single-Day Reserved Tickets to Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sale  
St. Pete action - Doornbos
Single day reserved grandstand and general admission tickets to the World's Fastest Spring Break Party, the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg are now being sold.

Festival-goers looking to secure their seats for Sunday's marquee race can do so by purchasing tickets online at www.gpstpete.com or by phone at 877-283-5385. Organizers of the event have also announced that customers who purchase reserved single-day tickets for Sunday are eligible to receive a free ticket to the IZOD IndyCar Series season finale in Las Vegas. More ...

03/01/11
irl
INDYCAR unveils process for requesting Las Vegas race tickets  Race fans looking to take advantage of INDYCAR's offer of complimentary tickets to its season finale in Las Vegas will have two simple ways of doing so.

INDYCAR recently announced that fans purchasing a ticket to any IZOD IndyCar Series race during the 2011 season are eligible to receive a complimentary ticket to the championship race.

Beginning March 21, fans can redeem this offer by visiting www.indycarworldchampionships.com or stopping by the INDYCAR Fan Zone or other designated locations at-track. 

Fans will have seven days following the completion of each race attended to register for complementary tickets. The offer is limited to the first 80,000 tickets. More ...

03/01/11
nassprint
Shepherd catches shoplifter  Most NASCAR drivers don't come to mind when you think of Las Vegas crime fighters, but then again, most NASCAR drivers aren't 69-year-old Morgan Shepherd. The veteran of 44 NASCAR seasons was getting out of his rental car in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store Monday evening just minutes away from Las Vegas Motor Speedway just as three men burst from the store's entrance with security forces trailing behind. That’s when Shepherd, a daily jogger and fitness perfectionist, sprang into action. "I just got out and took off after them," Shepherd said. "I caught one of them just as they were getting ready to hop a little wall at the end of the parking lot. I yanked him down and got on top of him." Shepherd said in a matter of seconds a Las Vegas police officer pitched the ageless NASCAR driver a pair and handcuffs and continued pursuit of the other two suspects, along with the store's security force. "I cuffed him and sat on top of him," Shepherd said. "The police department officers showed up and asked if I could hold him a while longer while they ran down the others. I told them he wasn't going anywhere." Shepherd said while the young shoplifter pleaded with him to let him go and about the possibility of going to jail, Shepherd used the time to lecture the youth about his poor choices. Faith Motorsports
03/01/11
f1
F1's Williams sets IPO price at 25 eur/shr  Formula One team Williams set the offer price for its stock market debut at 25 euros apiece on Tuesday, at the low end of the 25 to 27 euro offer range and valuing the group at 250 million euros ($345.6 million).

The IPO will raise 60 million euros from the sale of 2.4 million shares, which will be traded in the entry standard section.

The British racing team's initial public offering (IPO) is the third in Frankfurt this year, following bicycle maker Derby Cycle and software group RIB which floated last month. More ...

03/01/11
alms
Intersport Racing Re-Signs Kyle Marcelli for 2011 ALMS Campaign  One of the founding teams in the American Le Mans Series; Intersport Racing has established itself as a premier independent team at the pinnacle level of sports car racing. The Dublin, Ohio-based team has taken on the mightiest of factory prototype teams and posted noteworthy class victories including the 24 Hours of Le Mans as well as both driver and team championships. Rising Canadian talent Kyle Marcelli of Ontario, Canada has been Intersport Racing’s protégé since 2009. Officially announced today, Kyle Marcelli has been re-signed to Intersport Racing for the 2011 American Le Mans Series campaign co-driving in the teams #89 LMPC. More ...
03/01/11
automotive
Retail Sales Propel General Motors to 49 Percent Gain in February  General Motors total sales in the United States rose 49 percent in February, as dealers reported 207,028 deliveries for the company’s four brands. For the second month in a row, the gain in total sales was driven by soaring retail demand for the company’s products. During the month, retail sales rose 70 percent – the highest year-over-year gain in the company’s history.

For the first two months of the year, GM’s total sales have risen 36 percent, while the company’s retail sales – those to individual consumers – have increased by 52 percent.

Retail sales of GM’s cars, trucks and crossovers all rose at least 59 percent or more during the month, up 76 percent, 74 percent and 59 percent, respectively. More ...

03/01/11
lmes
Countdown to the 2011 ILMC  

The 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup will kick off this March. The countdown for the international endurance series created last season by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest has begun. The seven-race program will start with a flourish in eighteen days’ time with the 59th running of the famous Sebring 12-Hours race.

The 2011 ILMC will begin on the Sebring circuit in Florida located between Orlando and Miami on 19th March. The race has attracted a fabulous field, and no fewer than 57 cars will come under starter’s orders. Among them are 21 entries in the ILMC (some teams being slightly insufficiently prepared, particularly with regard to their second vehicle registered), while the rest of the cars are taking part in the American Le Mans Series Championship. More ...

03/01/11
irl
alms
Grand Prix is cash cow for LB  
Long Beach
With ticket sales taking off, the race track being prepped and promotions in full swing, Long Beach businesses are gearing up for the community's biggest yearly public and economic event, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Boosted by a new ticketing program, improving economy and expanded broadcast deals, the race is expected to attract between 175,000 and 200,000 people the weekend of April 15-17, pumping an estimated $35 million into the local economy.

While a full economic impact study hasn't been conducted in several years, rough estimates of the event's impact on hotels, vendors, restaurants, city coffers and other areas can be roughly calculated by examining average visitor spending, retail and hotel bed tax rates, room rates and wages generated by the city's leisure and hospitality industries. More ...

03/01/11
irl
Bernard looking for growth  
Randy Bernard
IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard continues to be pleased by the current increasing popularity of the championship but insists that his work is by far completed, with a number of selective bullet points still laid out to achieve in his second year.

“The first one is to create a positive environment,” he began. “I think we’ve done a good job, but we have to continue to grow. Second is learn the rich culture and tradition. I think I have gotten a grasp of how important it is and how we need to move toward it. More ...

03/01/11
f1
Q&A with Bernie Ecclestone  


On the Bahrain decision and rescheduling the race:

"The Crown Prince (HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa) asked what I would do if I were him, and I answered, ‘You are there. We in Europe are hardly in the situation to make a serious judgment. Decide what is best for your country’. He cancelled I think it was the right decision. It was not an easy one.

"[To reschedule] the FIA has to change the calendar, and Bahrain has to apply for a new slot. The FIA World Council will meet at the beginning of March and could look into the situation. A decision has to be made before the season starts.

"We need a race in Bahrain. If the Crown Prince is of the opinion that his country is able to host a race we will return to Bahrain. I think the teams are sensible enough even to race in Bahrain in the summer break, and despite high temperatures, because this is the way we can support the country." More ...

03/01/11
British F3
Nasr tops the Rockingham times in first British F3  Eighteen-year-old Felipe Nasr gave early notice of his intentions in the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series today (Tuesday) at Rockingham in the first official test session of the 2011 season. The Brazilian was one of only two drivers in the 18-man field to break the 1m 11s barrier, and his best time was very nearly 1.2 seconds inside last year’s Rockingham pole time.

Nasr’s patriotic yellow and green Dallara-Volkswagen was one of five Carlin-run cars in the top six today, with Colombian Carlos Huertas next up on 1m 10.994s. Felipe set his time in the third of the five Rockingham sessions; though some drivers, Huertas included, bettered their personal bests in the afternoon tests, none could topple Nasr from the top. More ...

03/01/11
automotive
Bridgestone Announces New Brand Symbol and Corporate Philosophy  
Bridgestone Corporation today unveiled a new Bridgestone symbol and a new brand tagline and announced a refinement of its corporate philosophy, "The Bridgestone Essence", to mark the 80th anniversary of the Bridgestone Group's founding.

This enhancement of the Bridgestone symbol and tagline is part of an integrated strategy to further strengthen Bridgestone's brand globally.
03/01/11
gp2a
Imola added to GP2 Asia Series calendar  
Imola Pit Straight
Imola will host the final round of the 2011 GP2 Asia Series on March 18, 19 and 20. This will mark the return of the Series to the San Marino track since 2006 where Gianmaria Bruni and Ernesto Viso respectively triumphed for Trident Racing and Racing Engineering. This is also where the GP2 Series held its first ever race weekend on April 23-24 2005 with Heikki Kovalainen winning the feature race for Arden International and Adam Carroll snatching victory in the sprint race for Super Nova Racing.

With Bahrain withdrawn from the 2011 GP2 Asia Series’ calendar, GP2 Series’ organizers have been hard at work these past two weeks to replace the last round of the fourth season of the category. After having flown all cars and material back from Manama to Europe, the Series’ goal was to find a venue and a date for a race weekend before the first testing days which will take place on April 5 and 6 in Silverstone. More ...
03/01/11
usf2000
NBC's "The Today Show" to feature Zach Veach on Wednesday  
WHO:  Andretti Autosport USF2000 driver Zach Veach
 
WHAT:  Coming off the heels of winning his first USF2000 Cooper Tires Winterfest Championship, teen racer Zach Veach will make his first appearance on a national morning news program Wednesday when he is set to appear on NBC's flagship news program, The Today Show.

The Today Show is the No. 1 national morning news program and the fourth-longest running American television series.

Veach's segment will be part of the fourth hour of Today with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford.

A morning staple since 1952, Today will feature Zach's new book, 99 THINGS TEENS WISH THEY KNEW BEFORE TURNING 16, which is now available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

WHEN:  Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 10:00-11:00 a.m. EDT
 
WHERE:  NBC

03/01/11
f1
Raikkonen not returning to F1 - Ecclestone  (GMM)  Bernie Ecclestone does not think F1's world champion of 2007 is ever coming back to his sport.

After committing to a second full-time season in the world rally championship this year, Kimi Raikkonen said he has "no interest" in returning to F1.

"No one really knows why Kimi left F1, and many have tried to bring him back again," F1 chief executive Ecclestone told the German language Kicker magazine.

"But Kimi has decided to do something else -- and that will remain the case," added the 80-year-old Briton.

03/01/11
f1
McLaren Race Team Selects Dassault Systems V6 Solution  

McLaren Racing, the operating arm of the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team, and Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, are pleased to announce a new partnership to further enhance racing car development efficiency.

The agreement sees McLaren Racing committing to Dassault Systèmes’ open V6 PLM solutions for integrated design development, analysis and management. ENOVIA V6 forms McLaren Racing’s collaborative innovation backbone by providing a single IP reference for managing engineering, intellectual property and business processes.  CATIA V6 will be used for innovative design and concurrent engineering, enhancing McLaren’s development efficiency. More ...

03/01/11
f1
Glock to miss final test after appendix surgery  
Timo Glock goes under the knife
(GMM)  Timo Glock looks set to miss next week's final pre-season test as he recovers in a Swiss hospital.

Reuters reports on Tuesday that Virgin's 28-year-old German driver has had his appendix removed after a sudden illness and "routine" surgery.

"To ensure a swift recovery, it is unlikely that he will take part in next week's test in Barcelona and that Jerome (d'Ambrosio) will run on all four days instead," said team boss John Booth.

The news was also confirmed by a spokeswoman of the South Yorkshire based F1 team.

03/01/11
alms
Braun added to Robertson Racing’s enduro line-up  Robertson Racing has added Ford factory driver Colin Braun to their line-up for this season’s American Le Mans Series endurance events in place of Rob Bell.

The 22-year-old American will race alongside David Murry and Anthony Lazzaro in the squad’s #04 Ford GT at the season-opening Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida on March 19 and 10 hour/1000 mile Petit Le Mans championship finale at Road Atlanta on October 1.

He will also be the car’s designated third driver during this June’s Le Mans 24 Hours should the team’s second entry be promoted from the reserve list. More ...

03/01/11
autogp
Onidi completes Lazarus line-up  
Fabio Onidi
Lazarus completed their line-up for the 2011 Auto GP campaign: the team reached an agreement with Fabio Onidi, who will race besides the already confirmed Fabrizio Crestani forming an all-Italian duo. Onidi, a 23 years-old from Milan, tested with Lazarus in Valencia in January and after that positive test the two parties decided to renew a cooperation that in 2010 was very rewarding for both, as the Italian driver proved to be very competitive on the machinery prepared by Tancredi Pagiaro's staff. The Onidi-Lazarus pair clinched four Race 1 podium finishes, and showed a very quick pace throughout the whole season. That's not something new for Onidi, who has been very competitive in all the championships he contested and especially in Euroseries 3000, when he finished just shy of the title both in 2008 and 2009. Now, with the right amount of experience on the car and a very good feeling with the team, he has what it takes to be among the key players of the 2011 Series. More ...
03/01/11
f1
SingTel renews Singapore GP title sponsorship...More  65,000 general admission tickets for the 2011 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX will be released for sale on 3 March 2011, 0900hrs (GMT+8). Race Promoter Singapore GP has introduced a number of new ticketing initiatives for the event, which will be held at the Marina Bay Street Circuit from 23 to 25 September.

”Building on the success of 2010’s sell-out, we have again reviewed all ticket prices to ensure they offer not only great value but also an unforgettable experience. In addition to our usual popular early bird ticket prices, we are delighted to offer race-goers a Group Booking Special so that patrons who buy in bulk can benefit from greater savings,” said Mr. Michael Roche, Executive Director, Singapore GP Pte Ltd.

Increased discounts for early bird grandstand buyers, offering up to a 17% saving on regular priced tickets

The tickets will be priced differently across two phases: Early Bird (3 March to 8 May) and Regular (9 May to race week).

The early bird phase offers fans savings of up to 17% with the Republic, Esplanade Waterfront, Padang and Bay Grandstands offering the best deals.

Introduction of Group Booking Special, offering greater savings for fans who pool four or more friends and family into one booking

A new group booking scheme for the three largest grandstands – the Bay, Padang and Pit Grandstands – is being introduced for 2011. This is in response to feedback from fans who have requested for special packages for groups of family and friends.

The Group Booking Special offers savings of up to 10% for fans who purchase four or more tickets in one booking. For greater savings, fans can put together a group of eight or more and enjoy up to 16% off.

By combining the early-bird discounts with the Group Booking Special, fans can enjoy up to 30% off a regular priced individual ticket in selected grandstands. For example, fans who purchase eight Bay Grandstand tickets during the early bird phase will pay S$208 each, instead of S$298 at regular single ticket pricing.

The Group Booking Special is applicable for the first 40% of the relevant grandstands’ inventory and is available via the official Singapore GP website and ticketing hotline.

Stamford Grandstand price lowered for 2011
The Stamford Grandstand has been lowered by S$200 in order to achieve optimal commonality of pricing amongst the grandstands in Zone 4. Spectators at the Stamford Grandstand enjoy close proximity to the main entertainment stage in the Padang. More ...

03/01/11
f1
Kamui Kobayashi: “We will have exciting races”  
Kamui Kobayashi
One more test and then, finally, the 2011 FIA Formula One World Championship gets underway. Sauber F1 Team driver Kamui Kobayashi looks to the past and the future, and the 24-year old Japanese talks about tires, rules and roles.

Have you yet been able to use all types and compounds of the Pirelli tires?

Kamui Kobayashi: “Yes, I have had everything that has been available so far. This includes wet tires, although I ran them when the conditions were not ideal because the track wasn’t quite wet enough. Normally I would have put intermediates on, but I wanted to learn about the wet tires as well.” More ...

03/01/11
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday  
  • Mark Webber agrees with Jackie Stewart
    Webber backs Stewart's criticism of Tilke
  • Alonso fends off Hamilton 'sabotage' reports
  • Pirelli switch 'not good for big teams' - Alonso
  • 'Impossible' to predict Kubica recovery - manager
  • De la Rosa eyes F1 stay 'one way or another'
  • Drivers express concern about Pirelli degradation
  • Some pay drivers are 'moving obstacles' - Vettel
  • 'F1 foray' named as Lotus owner slumps
  • New Mercedes 'not a bad car' - Brawn
  • SingTel finally confirms Singapore GP extension More ...
02/28/11
AMA
Stewart Questions Safety Heading into Bike Week  At last weekend’s AMA Supercross race in Atlanta, a dramatic last-lap crash between former champions James Stewart and Chad Reed took both racers out of contention for the win. Stewart joined Dave Despain and Robin Miller on SPEED’s “Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain” to offer his view of the incident and what’s to come this weekend at Bike Week in Daytona:

To see a clip of the action: http://www.speedtv.com/video/moto-racing/sx-atlanta-2011-804854130001

Despain: What did you think of the move Reed made to take you both down?

Stewart: Obviously, it was a tough incident. I race a little bit different … I try not to go in and do something like that. Obviously, there are two sides to every story … he has his side … I didn’t see it coming. I didn’t expect the guy to be going almost a runway down the race track to take me out, but it was just one of those things where, unfortunately, this isn’t the first time something like this has happened between me and him and it seems like I always get the short end of the stick. Last year at Phoenix, we both end up going down, but it’s just unfortunate that we don’t have anybody stepping up, like the AMA, to try to fix these rules to make sure guys don’t get hurt. I guess it’s just one of those things where anything goes and we’ll try to continue on with the team and try to win the championship. More ...

02/28/11
f1
Construction at Austin's Grand Prix site not 24x7  Promoters of the U.S. Grand Prix have been told to have the track ready to host a Formula One race by June, 2012. They would appear to be on very tight deadline but promoters haven’t pushed the panic button — at least not yet.

A couple years ago, when heavy rains caused contractors to fall behind on the construction of the north end zone project at the University of Texas football stadium, construction literally was ramped up to a 24x7 pace.

Construction at the F1 site southeast of Austin has increased in the past two weeks but it’s more like 12x6, limited to daylight hours with Sundays still a day of rest. Here’s a Sunday shot of about a half dozen idled pieces of big machinery. More ...

02/28/11
karting
Skip Barber Racing School Announces the 2011 Karting Scholarship Shootout  In December 2010, forty-four aspiring race car drivers competed in Formula Skip Barber Race cars at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for racing scholarships for the 2011 season. This winter, Skip Barber Racing School will offer this opportunity once again to karters hoping to work their way up the motorsport ranks. November 3-6, 2011, the 15th annual Skip Barber Racing School Karting Scholarship Shootout will return to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. More ...
02/28/11
irl
Tecate back with Long Beach GP for 10th year  Tecate Light and Tecate will join with many thousands of race fans toasting the brands’ 10th consecutive sponsorship involvement with the 37th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach,  April 15-17.

As part of the celebrations, adults will be able to take advantage of more than $100 in discounts to racing event tickets and snacks, exciting  promotions such as “Thursday Night Thunder on Pine” in downtown Long Beach and two live concerts, Tecate Light’s Fiesta Friday and Saturday Rock-N-Roar, both held on an outdoor concert stage and free to race ticketholders. More ...

02/28/11
f1
Infiniti makes it official with Red Bull team  
Infiniti, the global luxury automotive brand from Japan, announced today a marketing agreement with Formula One World Champions, Red Bull Racing Renault, covering the 2011 and 2012 F1 seasons. Leveraging the co-operative power of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, a unique triumvirate has been created with Red Bull Racing, focused on high-profile marketing and technical activities around Formula One.

As part of the agreement, Infiniti will have a high-profile branding presence on the racing car, drivers clothing and related team uniforms and equipment.  In addition to the branding and marketing relationship, Infiniti will work with Renault to forge future technical collaboration with Red Bull Racing.  The Red Bull Racing team will continue to utilize the Renault F1 engines in 2011 and 2012 that powered them to their maiden Formula One World Championships last season.  More ...

02/28/11
f1
Pirelli tire degradation may not help Ferrari  During an event organized by Ferrari sponsor Santander Bank, in Madrid, Fernando Alonso had the opportunity to speak  about the upcoming 2011 F1 World Championship.  Though clearly reserving to pass judgment on where the F150th Italia single-seater stands compared to the others until the first race of the season,  Fernando did reveal a few insights about the cars’ use of the new Pirelli tires while reiterating the fact that managing tire degradation will play a central role in 2011.

“We will only really know where we stand compared to the others when we are in Melbourne,”

“From what we have seen so far, degradation is very significant, which means we will have races with lots of pit stops,” exclaimed Fernando. More ...

02/28/11
FIAGT
Spyker developing new GT Racer for 2012  
Spyker Squadron, the factory racing division of luxury supercar manufacturer, Spyker, will focus its resources this year on the development of a next generation GT race car for 2012.

Based on Spyker’s new flagship C8 Aileron luxury supercar, the new GT racer will be designed and developed to the ACO’s new GTE specifications and will be ready for the start of the 2012 motorsport season.  Development activities will be undertaken by Spyker Squadron’s expanded engineering team at its Zeewolde headquarters in conjunction with its long-standing technical partners.

Greater attention will also be paid to the commercial arm of the Spyker Squadron division, specifically through the sale of its new C8 Aileron GT car to customer teams.  Squadron is already in discussions with a number of potential purchasers for the supply of cars and of full customer racing support packages. More ...

02/28/11
f2000
Alegra Signs Rizzo and Benitez for 2011 Season  Series champions Alegra Motorsports announced  that it has signed Brazilian Gustavo Rizzo and Venezuelan Angel Benitez to contest the 14-race, seven-weekend 2011 F2000 Championship Series.

Rizzo, 19, from São Jose Dos Campos, Brazil, began racing karts at 13, winning the Vale do Paraiba championship in 2008.  Since then, he has continued to race karts, Brazilian Formula Ford, and Stock Car Jr.  Rizzo currently lives in Aventura, Florida and will be supported this season by Sat Log and PGR. More ...
02/28/11
irl
Will Tony George undermine Randy Bernard?  
Question: Will Tony George be allowed to meddle with Randy Bernard’s efforts now that he is back on the Hulman George board? (Clint, Chicago)

Answer: We’re told that board members don’t deal with management activities, so we’ll see. I also think meddling will be defined differently by different people. I can tell you this: Randy Bernard didn’t take the job to work for the Tony George that left in 2009. I’d say how things go from here depends largely on Tony.  Indy Star

02/28/11
irl
Hulman family strikes gusher of oil  Indianapolis-based CountryMark announced today that one of the biggest oil discoveries in years has been made on the Hulman family farm near Terre Haute.

Yep, it's the farm of the family best known as the owners of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Known as Hulman Farms #1, the well has been flowing in a test for 21 days and is producing about 400 barrels of Indiana oil a day. The well could produce more; however, the flow is being held down to preserve the natural resource rather than let it run unchecked, according to an announcement from CountryMark. More ...

02/28/11
track news
Kentucky Speedway upgrading facility for Sprint Cup visit in July  The slogan booms “History Starts Now!”

The idea to bring Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson — and about 105,000 of their friends — to Kentucky Speedway, however, has been years in the making.

Excitement continues to build for the speedway’s long-awaited NASCAR Sprint Cup race on July 9.

And so does the construction. Additions to the grandstands, moving pit road closer to the frontstretch, improved parking and additional campgrounds are a few of the changes spectators will notice for the track’s inaugural Sprint Cup event.

“The facility is a good facility. What Jerry built did the job and could probably do the job for Cup,” Kentucky Speedway director of communications Tim Bray said referring to the track’s founder, Jerry Carroll. “But (owner) Bruton (Smith) has this thing, he wants to make sure it’s the very best for the fans and for the competitors, too.” More ...

02/28/11
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Chevy mum on 2013 model  Mark Kent, manager of GM Racing, said Sunday that a Chevy has a model selected for the new 2013 Sprint Cup entry, but he wouldn't reveal what it is. "We have a car we're working on," Kent said at Phoenix International Raceway. "It's a model that will be in the 2013 production lineup. I can't disclose the exact model today, but we hope it will have tremendous similarity between the street car and the race car." Ford plans to switch from the Fusion to the Mustang for Cup's new car design in 2013. But it appears Chevy is headed in a different direction than the Camaro. "It's up to each manufacturer to decide what's the best fit for them,'' Kent said. "There are a lot of other opportunities for us to market the Camaro." ESPN.com

One choice might be the next-generation Chevy Malibu, which will be redesigned for the 2013 model year, at least in production-car versions. The next-generation Impala won't debut until 2014. SPEED
02/28/11
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Robby Gordon's sponsorship to run out  Robby Gordon says he has enough funding to race in all the Cup races through April, meaning Darlington would be the first race he would miss if funding isn't found. Virginian-Pilot
02/28/11
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Kyle Busch's wedding on Style Network  When news broke about the engagement of Kyle Busch and model Samantha Sarcinella, anticipation quickly arose about their upcoming nuptials. Now, fans will get the inside track on the planning and execution of this loving couple's glamorous wedding. From Samantha's search for the perfect dress, to the hilarious bachelor and bachelorette parties, to the over-the-top New Year's Eve ceremony and the reception attended by America's racing elite, cameras document each dramatic moment leading up to the grand finish in the special, "Fast and Fabulous: A NASCAR Wedding," premiering Saturday, March 5 at 8pm ET/PT on The Style Network. Style Network
02/28/11
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Maserati 2010 FIA GT1 World Champion - Season Highlights  Maserati earned a fifth Drivers' title and sixth Team's title in six seasons for the Maserati MC12 in the international FIA GT Championship - World Championship. Leading actors in Maserati's 2010 success are once again (for the fourth time) the Bertolini-Bartels crew and the German Vitaphone Racing Team with sixth title in six years.  See video on our home page.
02/28/11
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Austin F1 track construction update  Here are some photos recently posted on the "Friends of Formula 1 Austin Texas" Facebook page of the construction of the Austin F1 track.
02/28/11
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Latest F1 news in brief - Monday  
  • Williams' radical gearbox hard to copy - Michael
  • Red Bull to race Infiniti-branded engines in F1
  • McLaren may be facing early 'gap' to rivals - Button
  • NEC joins Sauber as premium sponsor
  • Sauber, Force India stick with original test dates
  • No stock floatation plans for McLaren More ...
02/27/11
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Brian Vickers slams Matt Kenseth for 14-car wreck  It was easy to see who suffered the most damage in a 14-car pileup during the Subway Fresh Fit 500.
Brian Vickers, Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton, Regan Smith, Travis Kvapil, Jamie McMurray and David Reutimann were involved in the accident on lap 67 of the 312-lap race at Phoenix International Raceway.

Vickers believed that Matt Kenseth wrecked him to start the melee.

“The 17 [of Kenseth] ran us into the wall,” Vickers said. “[He] door-slammed us into the corner coming out of Turn 2, just 67 laps into a very, very long race. I felt like it was unnecessary and I’m sure it will come back to him.” More ...

02/27/11
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Only in NASCAR: Blaney to start & park at Phoenix  UPDATE NASCAR VP of Competition Robin Pemberton said he was "taken back by the statement,'' Tommy Baldwin Racing made Saturday night announcing that the team would start and park in today's race and described the announcement as "poor timing.'' While the issue of pulling a car in after a few laps is nothing new in the sport, the concept of a team announcing it ahead of time is. That's why series officials were surprised at the press release Baldwin's team issued Saturday night. The team noted that because it had to go to a backup car after Dave Blaney crashed in practice Friday and would start and park in today's race and plan to run the full distance at Las Vegas. Originally, the team planned to run Phoenix and start and park at Las Vegas. "I can't speak for Tommy and why he did it, but I just thought that it totally took us by surprise,'' Pemberton said before Sunday's race. "We know that if anybody tries to run all the races it's Tommy Baldwin. When he can he does. Quite honestly, just taken back by it, and I thought it was just poor timing on his part and that's all I've got to say about it." Virginian-Pilot More ...
02/27/11
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Bayne’s Whirlwind Week Ends With Crash at Phoenix  
Trevor Bayne
Trevor Bayne’s been saying all along that there would be highs and lows in his first year driving the Wood Brothers No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion.

But he wasn’t counting on them coming so close together. Just a week after his thrilling victory in the Daytona 500 and weeklong media blitz, Bayne experienced a humbling disappointment in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. He got off to a bad start, spinning during practice on Friday, and his poor luck plagued him the rest of the weekend.

He started Sunday’s race in a back-up car and got into the top 10 at one point through pit strategy, but his race ended on Lap 50 when he tangled with Travis Kvapil and backed the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Fusion into the wall, becoming one of a host of drivers who headed to the garage prematurely. More ...

02/27/11
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Kovalainen things Lotus can close on rivals  
Heikki Kovalainen
Heikki Kovalainen says Team Lotus has the potential to get better and better as the 2011 season goes on, as he reckons the squad will prove this year that it can out-develop its midfield rivals.

"We have a much more advanced package to build on this year," the Finn told Lotus' official podcast.

"Last year the base of the car was such that we knew that we couldn't do much about it.

"It was just a matter of surviving the season, getting that 10th place, then moving on.

"This car is very different, it's been designed like a proper Formula 1 car. More ...

02/27/11
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Young Aussie to set out on the ‘Road to Indy’  
Nathan Morcom
Nathan Morcom’s motor racing career is set to move up a gear on March 17-18, when he contests the opening rounds of the USF2000 National Championship at Sebring.

The 18 year-old Australian has signed to drive a Van Diemen for leading F2000 team Primus Racing at the high-profile meeting, which features the 12-hour American Le Mans Series sports car classic.

Morcom’s move up to F2000 comes after he competed in four different categories during 2010.

He began the year by contesting the first half of New Zealand’s Toyota Racing Series during January. More ...

02/27/11
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Motorsports This Week on ESPN and ABC  
NASCAR Nationwide Series Live from Las Vegas on ABC

The NASCAR Nationwide Series makes its first appearance of the season on ABC this weekend with a 300-mile race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 5. The telecast begins with NASCAR Countdown at 2:30 p.m. ET, with flag-to-flag coverage of the race at 3 p.m.   

Marty Reid will call the action with analysis by Dale Jarrett, the 1999 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, and two-time champion crew chief Andy Petree. Two-time champion crew chief Tim Brewer will report from the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage, while pit reporters will be Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch.  More ...

02/27/11
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Todt visits Kubica in hospital  
Jean Todt
(GMM)  FIA president Jean Todt on Sunday visited Robert Kubica in hospital.  According to Italian reports including the local Il Vostro Giornale as well as Italian news agency ANSA, the Frenchman was accompanied by other officials of the sport's governing body including Professor Gerard Saillant.

Todt left the Santa Corona hospital without commenting, the reports said.

"Robert is continuing here on the basis of the plan established by the medical staff," said Polish driver Kubica's manager Daniele Morelli. More ...

02/27/11
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Dixon runs record time in Top Fuel  Reigning NHRA Full Throttle and Winternationals champ Larry Dixon set the new national record in Top Fuel and along with Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car) and Erica Enders (Pro Stock) will lead the qualified fields into final eliminations Sunday at the season-opening Kragen O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals

Dixon, a four-time Winternationals champ whose father also won the race in Top Fuel in 1970 in a front-engined dragster, set the new national record at 3.770, edging out the previous mark of 3.771 held by decade long rival Tony Schumacher.

Weather forecasters all week had been calling for a total washout Saturday, but hardy fans who ventured out to Auto Club Raceway at Pomona were well rewarded with lots of ground pounding, nitro-burning action after a day of watching it rain Friday. Teams who struggled in Thursday's lone session got a chance to make amends as the final 16-car fields were set for the opening eliminations of the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series and the kickoff to NHRA's 60th Anniversary celebration. More ...

02/27/11
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Bayne Takes Conservative Route in Phoenix Qualifying  
Trevor Bayne and his Wood Brothers No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion will line up 33rd to start Sunday’s Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, one spot behind where he started the Daytona 500 a week ago.

But the paths to his two starting positions are quite different. At Daytona he was poised for a start near the front but was collected in a last-lap crash in his Gatorade Duel.

At Phoenix, he took a conservative route during time trials, an appropriate strategy given the fact that he was racing a back-up car after crashing the primary during practice on Friday. More ...

02/27/11
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New NASCAR refueling system not well liked  NASCAR's change to a self-venting refueling can, which reduced the number of over-the-wall crewmen to six, appears to make the task slower and more difficult.

"The old system, it never slowed down the (fuel) flow when you were plugged in," said Derick Jennings, fueler on A.J. Allmendinger's No. 43 Valvoline Ford. "Another thing that will slow the stops down is that you have to go back to the wall and grab the other can. The catch-can man used to be able to hold that first can while you did that. You will lose 2 1/2 to 3 seconds in between cans when the car isn't being fueled at all."

02/27/11
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Alonso punished McLaren and Dennis for favoring Hamilton  
Ron Dennis reviews a Spygate letter with Fernando Alonso in 2007.  Alonso claims the McLaren team was giving Lewis Hamilton better equipment and when the team did not rectify the situation Alonso punished them by revealing the Spygate evidence proving McLaren stole secrets from Ferrari.  It also led to Dennis' outer as McLaren F1 team boss.
Lewis Hamilton's former teammate Fernando Alonso attempted to sabotage the Briton's drive during their partnership in 2007, according to a new biography titled: "No Angel: the Secret Life of Bernie Ecclestone".

Hamilton's acrimonious relationship with Alonso has been well documented, with the pair becoming embroiled in on- and off-track battles during the 2007 season. One such row broke out during the Hungarian Grand Prix, when the Spaniard was stripped of pole position after he blocked Hamilton in the pits.

Fresh details have now been released about the pair's relationship, with Tom Bowers' book claiming Alonso asked McLaren team manager Ron Dennis to make sure Hamilton's car ran out of fuel. More ...

02/27/11
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Danica Patrick still a backmarker, but improving  
Danica Patrick is still a backmarker, but a faster backmarker.
With Kyle Busch’s dominant flag-to-flag run at Phoenix — the first driver to accomplish the feat since Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Daytona on July 4, 2003 — it was not surprising that stock car novice Danica Patrick did not factor into Saturday’s Bashas' Supermarkets 200.

But in four short months, Patrick improved her performance on the one-mile flat track by 15 positions with her 17th-place finish, three laps behind the leader.

“We were struggling in practice yesterday, qualified 20th which was better than I thought it would be before I made the run,” Patrick said. “(Crew chief) Tony Eury Jr. just looked at the setup and made some changes. It’s nice when you make a lot of progress in the race with the car and that’s just what we did. We made one change at the beginning that I didn’t like so much. Then Tony made a different change for the next one and then more of that again and it was really good that last run. More ...

02/27/11
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Eco-Fuel Saver to sponsor TRG for five races  Andy Lally will drive the #71 TRG Motorsports Chevy clad in the green Eco-Fuel Saver paint scheme at the Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix. Eco-fuel Savers will be on board for the next four races as well. Super Eco-Fuel Saver is a revolutionary new fuel additive that reformulates hydrocarbon molecular chains to burn fuel more efficiently in the combustion chamber resulting in increased mileage and dramatic reductions in emissions. TRG PR
02/27/11
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Bahrain, travelers, hoping for rescheduled race  (GMM)  The Kingdom of Bahrain is still hoping its formula one race can be rescheduled for later in 2011.

Some observers are concerned there is no room on this year's crammed calendar for a rescheduled race, following the cancellation of the season opener due to unrest in the Gulf state.

But Bahrain's Economic Development Board chairman Shaikh Mohammed bin Isa Al Khalifa told CNN: "Bahrain is still seeking the possibility of hosting the much-awaited race later this year."

He was sanguine when comparing the cancellation with Bahrain's recent political turmoil.

"Losing the grand prix is nothing compared with a stable country and a strong economy," he said, revealing that no F1 team has sought compensation for the situation. More ...

02/27/11
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A1 Grand Prix race firm faces fraud inquiry  
A1GP at Brands Hatch in 2009
It is almost two years since the event billed as the "World Cup of Motor Racing" ran out of money, cancelling a key race on Australia's Gold Coast and calling in the administrators to its UK operating company.

Within the past three months, top fraud investigators have now become interested in A1 Grand Prix Operations, which is in administration with debts of £100m, and A1 Holdings, which is in compulsory liquidation with creditors claiming more than £300m.

These two companies behind the series are linked to Tony Teixeira, the South African diamonds entrepreneur, who had promised to revive the racing event's fortunes as chairman of the A1 Grand Prix Series. They now owe money to a number of national motor racing teams and the Australian government. More ...

02/26/11
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Stewart and Hamilton to sway seats  (GMM)  Lewis Hamilton is set to drive a premier Sprint Cup NASCAR for the first time later in 2011.

American sports network ESPN reports that the McLaren driver will swap his formula one car for Tony Stewart's Chevrolet.

The exhibition, organized by mutual sponsor Mobil 1, is set to take place some time in the summer at the famous Watkins Glen road course in New York.

The car provided by McLaren for the swap will be the British team's 2010 model MP4-25, the report said.

Stewart-Haas Racing spokesman Mike Arning confirmed the report. More ...

02/26/11
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Sergio Perez causes storm of ecstasy in Guadalajara  
Sergio Perez
Between 150,000 and 200,000 people lined the streets in the city centre of Sergio Pérez’ home town of Guadalajara and cheered the first Mexican Formula One driver in over 30 years. The 21-year old Sauber F1 Team driver went up and down the 1.5 kilometer long course on closed public roads a total of eight times in a C29, doing ‘donuts’ and getting the tires to smoke. 

“This was one of the best days of my life”, said Sergio Pérez, trying to put his emotions into words after giving dozens of interviews and signing countless autographs, “it was a great, great experience. I have never experienced something like this before with so many people cheering me. I’m proud to be Mexican, and I’m proud to receive all this support. It is a big boost for me ahead of the new season.” More ...
02/26/11
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Kyle Busch tops final Phoenix Cup practice  Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch was quickest in final Sprint Cup practice Friday at Phoenix International Raceway.

But it will be Busch’s brother, Kurt, who will qualify last for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 among the top-35 drivers Saturday afternoon.

This is the first weekend in Cup where qualifying order will be based on practice speeds, with each driver’s best lap in either practice determining qualifying spots, which will run from slowest to quickest among top-35 cars and then slowest to quickest for non-guaranteed cars. More ...

02/26/11
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NASCAR will look at changes for Talladega  NASCAR officials are looking at changes for Talladega based on last week's Daytona 500 but admit that maybe nothing needs to be done. The two-by-two drafting that dominated Daytona is expected to play a key role at Talladega, the next restrictor-plate race.

So, what might NASCAR do before the April 17 race there?

"We're still looking at some things," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "I don't think it's something that's broken; that's my personal opinion. We'll have to see. I think we'll just have to sit back and watch a little bit of it and see what happens....We're getting some feedback from teams, but, ultimately, we have to make the decisions on what is good for the garage area. So, we're continuing our internal discussions, knowing that the timeline is very short because teams are preparing for Talladega already." Virginian Pilot
02/26/11
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IndyCar $5M prize can be put to better use  UPDATE Another reader responds, Your reader sure sounds like a “glass is half empty” guy. The concept of the $5 million prize is brilliant because the $5 million will never be paid out. This challenge is creating some pre-season buzz, which costs nothing, and when push comes to shove no one, particularly from NASCAR, is going to jump on the offer. I can hear the calls of “chicken” now. And for arguments sake, let’s say a Tony Stewart or a Kyle Busch does take up the challenge. What are the chances they (or anyone) would be able to jump into a random car they’ve never driven, and challenge IndyCar Series regulars for the win and the $5 million? Slim and none.

This is another great P.R. move from Randy Bernard, a guy who obviously knows his P.R. That he’s created more buzz in about a year on the job than the marketing staff of the old Indy Racing League did in the 14 years prior shows how inept that group was. Name withheld More ...
02/26/11
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Ethanol loses big supporter in Congress  Up for vote in the U.S. Senate is a deficit-cutting bill already passed by the House of Representatives that will curb federal spending by $60 billion this year while also preventing the EPA from increasing the percentage of ethanol in gasoline from 10 percent to 15 percent and handing out subsidies for gasoline stations being retrofitted to sell the E15 blend. The combination is creating some interesting political conflicts. More ...
02/26/11
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Belardi Auto Racing hires Venezuelan Jorge Goncalves  Belardi Auto Racing has signed Venezuelan Jorge Goncalvez to compete in the Firestone Indy Lights in 2011.

The 19-year-old from Los Teques, Venezuela, finished fourth in the Star Mazda Championship in 2010, scoring five second-place finishes and 10 Top 10s. Goncalvez will be driving the team’s No. 4 car entry while teammate Anders Krohn will be in the No. 9. 

“I am very pleased to have this opportunity to move up to Firestone Indy Lights,” Goncalvez said. “I know this will be a big challenge for me, but I am confident that with the support of the talented crew around me that I will do my countrymen proud.  I’m really looking forward to the season and to working with all the guys at Belardi and to being a part of the Firestone Indy Lights series…to compete with so many great drivers at such incredible venues.” More ...

02/26/11
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Michael: No problems with Williams wing  
Williams FW33
Sam Michael has downplayed concerns about the design of the Williams FW33's rear wing, insisting that they have not had "any problems."

Unlike their rivals, Williams have mounted their rear wing on a central support, which, some suggestion could cause heavy vibrations.

The team's technical director, though, has downplayed the concerns.

"We have done three tests on it and we have not had any problems," Michael told Autosport. More ...

02/26/11
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NASCAR explains Waltrip's Daytona penalty  NASCAR VP of Competition Robin Pemberton explained the penalty to Michael Waltrip’s truck and addressed the issue of what, if anything, officials will do next for the next restrictor-plate race (at  Talladega in April).

Waltrip won the truck race last week at Daytona but part of his rear spoiler broke on the last lap. Waltrip won but NASCAR later penalized his car owner 25 points (the team had earned 47 points for the win, including bonus points) and fined the team’s crew chief $25,000 for the incident. NASCAR penalized Waltrip’s team for violating: More ...

02/26/11
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Nationwide race won't have a full field Saturday  Only 40 Nationwide cars are entered for today’s race, three short of a full field. With the series switching to a new car for this season, the costs have proved challenging for some teams.
This will be the first time since Feb. 2008 at Auto Club Speedway that the Nationwide Series has not had a full field. It is the first time that there have been 40 or fewer cars for a Nationwide race since Watkins Glen in 2001.

Kevin Harvick, owner of KHI, which fields Nationwide teams and sells cars to other teams, was asked about the issue of the short field. Here’s what he said: More ...

02/26/11
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Interview with Mercedes GP’s Ross Brawn  
Ross Brawn
Mercedes GP and Team Principal Ross Brawn are under pressure to perform this year, having responded to double World Championship success in 2009 with only three podium finishes from Nico Rosberg in 2010. The Englishman shares his feelings after three of four pre-season test sessions in Valencia, Jerez and Barcelona.

In light of the cancellation of the Bahrain test, what are the team’s revised testing plans?

We will be returning to the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona for a final four-day test starting on Wednesday 9 March and concluding on Saturday 12 March. Nico is scheduled to drive the MGP W02 on the Wednesday and Saturday, with Michael driving on the Thursday and Friday. More ...
02/26/11
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Harvick not concerned about Daytona engine failure  From Kevin Harvick's media availability Friday at Phoenix:

DID YOU GUYS FIGURE OUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THE ENGINE? "Yes."

WHAT HAPPENED? "It broke. (laughter)"

ANY MORE DETAILS? "Yes, not that I'm going to tell you but they have a good idea. They called me Monday morning and told me what had happened and I feel like they have a good direction to fix it."

WAS IT AN ISOLATED INCIDENT OR SOMETHING? "Both of them." More ...
02/26/11
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Rain washes out Winternationals qualifying  Persistent rain forced the cancellation of the lone Friday qualifying session at the 51st annual Kragen O’Reilly NHRA Winternationals. NHRA Safety Safari officials repeatedly tried to dry the track during breaks in the precipitation but each time they were rebuffed as rains returned. NHRA officials announced that Saturday’s schedule would remain the same with two qualifying sessions scheduled. The teams were on notice that inclement weather could affect the qualifying program.

“It was good to get that first run out of the way (yesterday),” said driver and crew chief Mike Neff. “There was definitely a lot of stress with that run not knowing what the weather holds. This might be a one shot qualifying. That makes you a little tense. We tried to be a little conservative. We ran what we thought it would so we are really happy with that first run.”

Heading into Saturday John Force Racing is in great position as John Force is in the provisional No. 3 spot, followed by Robert Hight, No. 4 and Mike Neff, No. 5.

02/26/11
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Pacific F2000 Confirms 12-Race Schedule  The Pacific F2000 Championship Presented by Corsa Car Care will head into its eighth season of competition in 2011 with a lineup of 12 races held over six weekends at some of the West Coast’s premier road course venues.

Pacific F2000 has provided the launching pad for the careers of several talented young drivers since its inception in 2004. Included among them are 2005 champion Mike Forest, who is now a contender in the Rolex Grand-Am Sports Car Series for Daytona Prototype cars; 2005 Rookie of the Year J.R. Hildebrand, who won the 2009 Firestone Indy Lights Championship and will drive the #4 National Guard car in this year’s IZOD IndyCar Series; and Jason Bowles, who won the 2011 NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale Speedway and finished fifth on his ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards debut earlier this month at Daytona. More ...
02/26/11
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Up-and-comer Rossi hopes youth will be served on F1 circuit  
Alexander Rossi
Last year, Sebastian Vettel, at 23, became the youngest driver to win Formula One's championship. This past weekend, Trevor Bayne stunned the motorsports world by taking the Daytona 500 one day after he turned 20.

Race car driver Alexander Rossi, 19, said it's good to be young. Always has been.

"I think young drivers are always looked at and regarded as the next thing to come onto the big stage, whether it's sports cars or Formula cars or NASCAR," Rossi said. "I think it has been the same for quite some time, and I think the young guys winning is a testament that the talent is there regardless of what the age is." More ...

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