Barrett-Jackson to sponsor Ragan at Phoenix The #34 Ford Fusion won't be up for auction, but Barrett-Jackson will be all over it at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend. The famed automotive auction house will be the primary sponsor of David Ragan's entry in this weekend's Subway Fresh Fit 500 at the one-mile oval in the desert. The Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company specializes in providing products and services to classic and collector car owners and automotive enthusiasts around the world. The company produces the "World's Greatest Collector Car Events" in Scottsdale, Palm Beach, Fla., Las Vegas and Orange County, Calif.
Ollie's Bargain Outlet returns to sponsor Blaney On the coattails of great exposurein the Daytona 500, Ollie's Bargain Outlet will return to Tommy Baldwin Racing this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway as primary sponsor of Dave Blaney and the #36 Ollie's Bargain Outlet Chevy in the Subway Fresh Fit 500. Ollie's Bargain Outlet, one of America's largest retailers of closeouts, salvage and surplus merchandise, joined TBR for the 54th running of the Daytona 500. An unexpected incident with a jet dryer led to a two-hour red flag with the #36 Ollie's Bargain Outlet Chevrolet in the lead. The unexpected circumstance garnered TBR and Ollie's Bargain Outlet substantial exposure during a peak time of the broadcast. Due to the success of the partnership at the Daytona 500, the Pennsylvania-based company decided to extend the relationship with TBR and Blaney.
Burger King signs NASCAR licensing agreement with BK Racing Burger King Corp. has entered into a licensing agreement with BK Racing LLC. As part of the agreement, BKC has licensed the primary paint scheme on the #83 and 93 Toyota Camry Sprint Cup cars, which debuted during Monday's delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
"I'm extremely happy to welcome Burger King Corp. to the team and really proud to be associated with such a great brand," said Scott Gunderson, president and co-owner of BK Racing LLC and a Burger King franchisee.
Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 Best Buy Ford Fusion, is in the midst of a national media tour after winning Monday’s rain-delayed Daytona 500. Kenseth held a Q&A session as part of NASCAR’s weekly teleconference and talked about a variety of subjects as the series prepares for the first of two trips to Phoenix International Raceway this weekend.
MATT KENSETH – No. 17 Best Buy Ford Fusion
HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT WHERE YOU RANK AMONG THE ALL-TIME GREATS IN THIS SPORT? IS YOUR LEGACY IMPORTANT TO YOU AT ALL?
“I haven’t really spent a lot of time thinking about that. It’s important to me to win races and be successful, just like everybody wants to be successful no matter what they’re doing. I’ve certainly had a great career. We’ve done a lot of things that have been beyond my wildest dreams. Honestly, I never thought I’d get a chance to run in this series and run a Daytona 500 much less win one or two, so, certainly, I appreciate and enjoy the success that we’ve had so far.”
Motor sport is used yet again by AUDI AG to pioneer new technology: the brand with the four ring’s new Le Mans race car is the world’s first LMP1 car to combine a highly-efficient TDI with a hybrid system. quattro drive also celebrates its comeback to the race track with the prototype - in a entirely new form.
Audi R18 e-tron quattro is the name of the new Le Mans prototype that makes its race debut on May 5 in the 6-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) and fights for overall victory at the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans (France) on June 16/17. Audi unites two technologies in a fascinating way to create a new type of drive, which is also already being tested for future use in production cars: e-tron quattro.
Davide Valsecchi quickest on Day 2 Davide Valsecchi confirmed his good form setting the quickest laptime of Day 2 in the 2012 pre-season testing in Jerez. The DAMS driver clocked 1:24.783 in the morning session and left the rest of the field with the task to find the extra pace to try and close the gap with the mighty Italian.
The morning session was quickly interrupted by a red flag after rookie Felipe Nasr pushed the limits on cold tires and ended up in the gravel bed. At the restart, Esteban Gutiérrez set the pace with a 1:26.625, but a second red flag stopped the proceedings again. This time, it was GP3 graduate Nigel Melker who lost control of his Ocean Racing car. His day ended prematurely following the damage done on his machine after contact with the barrier. When the track went live again, Max Chilton put in a good lap three tenths quicker than Gutiérrez and moved to P1. The quick duo from iSport then had their turn to shine at the top of the timesheet, Marcus Ericsson becoming the first driver to break the 1m26s barrier this week.
Mario Andretti still enjoying life in the fast lane at 72
American's best ever race driver, Mario Andretti, winner of 4 IndyCar titles, the '69 Indy 500, the '67 Daytona 500 and the '78 F1 world championship, turned 72 years old on Tuesday and current IndyCar driver Sebastien Bourdais also celebrated a birthday on Tuesday. Another IndyCar and Indy 500 champion, Bobby Unser turned 78 last week.
Sadler apologizes to Johnson for 'boneheaded' mistake in 500
Tuesday (Feb. 28) evening’s edition of the NASCAR Race Hub on SPEED wrapped up a wild Daytona 500 with Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, who re-capped his incident with five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, Jimmie Johnson.
He spoke with host Danielle Trotta about what happened.
“I just kind of got into the back of Jimmie, it was 100-percent my fault,” said Sadler, describing the incident that started as the field had just entered the race’s second lap. “It got other cars involved like you see in a lot of the restrictor plate races. We were coming into the outside lane, through the tri-oval, the 78 (Regan Smith) and the 48 (Jimmie Johnson) kind of get bunched up a little bit. They came down and its 100-percent my fault in getting into the back of Jimmie.
Putting Danica on pole paid off for NASCAR It seems that putting Danica Patrick on pole for last Saturday's Nationwide race at Daytona paid off royally for both NASCAR and ESPN. ESPN's telecast of the Nationwide Series opener Saturday, which had Danica Patrick on the pole, averaged 4.43 million viewers, its best for a cable telecast of a Nationwide race. Viewership was up 37 percent from last year's 3.25 million.
Dallara makes another change to correct IndyCar performance on ovals Rear-wing endplates, a component of the aerodynamic package of IZOD IndyCar Series cars and familiar to fans as the placeholder of a car number, will have a decidedly different look for high-speed oval events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Auto Club Speedway this season.
And you thought the new IndyCar looked goofy before?
Dallara, which developed a second set of rear wheel guards to improve speedway performance, will provide them free of charge to teams. Original rear wheel guards, incorporated into the design of the new car to help blunt wheel-to-wheel and front wing-to-rear wheel contact, will be used at all other tracks.
The components have been tested in both scale model and full size in the wind tunnel at the Auto Research Center in North Carolina in conjunction with INDYCAR.
David Coulthard to drive new DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupe in 2012
Former Formula One driver David Coulthard retains his place in the Mercedes-Benz line-up for the 2012 DTM season. The 40-year-old Scot is about to start his third year in the DTM as a member of Team Mücke Motorsport. Coulthard was Formula One championship runner-up in 2001. He won a total of 13 races during his F1 career, twelve of which were for McLaren Mercedes, including the first victory of the new Silver Arrows era on 9th March 1997 in Melbourne (Australia).
When he made his DTM debut in 2010, Coulthard quickly established himself as a fan favorite in the paddock. He scored his first DTM point in the 2010 season finale in Shanghai, where he also set fastest lap.
Prior to the DTM phase of his racing career, Coulthard competed in 246 Formula One races between 1994 and 2008. Twelve of his 13 Grand Prix victories were during his time at McLaren-Mercedes, with whom he also won the constructors’ title in 1998 and finished runner-up in the drivers’ championship in 2001. Since 2009, Coulthard has attended all Formula One races as a member of the BBC television team covering F1. His expert opinions are rated highly by viewers and professional colleagues alike.
Dodge Charger Pursuit to pace this weekend's Phoenix NASCAR races
The Dodge Charger Police Pursuit will take to the track in Phoenix this weekend. The car is available with either a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 making 292 hp or a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 making 390 hp.
Dodge isn't wasting any time after seeing Monday night's wrecks at the Daytona 500. This weekend, we'll see some police cruisers on the track.
The 2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit will pace the March 3-4 NASCAR races in Phoenix. It will mark Dodge's 62nd year in stock-car racing--Carl Wilkerson first drove a Dodge Coronet in the 1950 Grand National race in Canfield, Ohio.
The Charger Pursuit is available with either a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 making 292 hp or a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 making 390 hp. We'd bet the pace car will carry the Hemi.
The vehicle is hot off its victory at the Michigan State Police's annual evaluation, where it laid down a record-setting time of 1 minute 33.7 seconds at the test track.
The Nationwide Series race is on Saturday at 4 p.m. on ESPN2, and the Sprint Cup contest is on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on Fox.
Update on jet dryer driver condition after Daytona 500 accident Michigan International Speedway had three jet dryers and two employees at Daytona International Speedway assisting with Monday's Daytona 500. The jet dryer driven by Duane Barnes, 52, of Addison, Mich., was hit from behind by #42-Juan Pablo Montoya during a caution. Barnes was released from Halifax Medical Center after a precautionary evaluation by doctors late Monday night. He returned to the racetrack to watch the end of the race.
Barnes has worked in the Maintenance Department at Michigan International Speedway for 24 years. He has frequently assisted other International Speedway Corporation-owned racetracks, driving jet dryers at those events. MIS supports other racetracks by sending staff and equipment to events. Barnes is surprised at the outpouring of well wishes, and thanks everyone for their concern.
"I appreciate everyone for taking the time to write, call and ask how I am. I am OK and I am amazed at how many people have wished me well. I am also glad Juan Pablo Montoya is OK, and thank him for his concern," Barnes said. MIS PR
Tweeting in race may cost Brad KeselowskiUPDATE NASCAR will not penalize #2-Brad Keselowski for his use of Twitter during last night's Daytona 500. Nothing we've seen from Keselowski violates any current rules pertaining to the use of social media during races. As such, he won't be penalized. We encourage our drivers to use social media to express themselves as long as they do so without risking their safety or that of others. NASCAR
02/28/12 Brad Keselowski has embraced social media in a huge way. But his celebrated tweeting during Monday night's rain-delayed Daytona 500 may land him in hot water with NASCAR.
Keselowski took the unprecedented step of live tweeting from his car during the race providing his legion of followers, which reportedly grew by 65,000 during the race, with updates as things unfolded.
He tweeted up a storm during the nearly two hour red flag for Juan Pablo Montoya's fiery crash with a jet dryer on track before finally signing off when NASCAR had things ready to roll.
"Time to get back racing, thank you for following!," Keselowski wrote when the green was near.
OAK Racing unveil World Endurance Championship driver line-ups mix of youth and experience will provide the backbone to OAK Racing’s World Endurance Championship (WEC) campaign in 2012 following the announcement of both LMP1 and LMP2 driver line-ups today.
The French outfit’s Judd-powered OAK-Pescarolo LMP1, which has been designed and built in-house by the team’s manufacturer division Onroak Automotive, welcomes back the familiar face of Guillaume Moreau who will compete in OAK Racing colours for a fourth consecutive season.
He’s joined by 2009 Formula Renault 3.5 Series champion and IndyCar driver Bertrand Baguette who makes the switch from single-seaters to prototypes, as well as up-and-coming 22-year-old Austrian sportscar ace Dominik Kraihamer who will build on experience gleaned from contesting last season’s Intercontinental Le Mans Cup LMP2 championship.
Matos Joins Performance Tech For Sebring The LMPC category has gained another high-profile driver Tuesday, as Performance Tech Motorsports announced the signing of open-wheel turned sports car star Raphael Matos to pilot its Oreca FLM09 for next month's 60th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
Matos, who appeared to be in line for a drive with Risi Competizione in the American Le Mans Series season-opener prior to the team's withdrawal, will join Anthony Nicolosi and defending IMSA Lites Prototype Lites champion Ricardo Vera in the spec prototype racer.
2012 Trans Am Schedule Complete With Brainerd International Raceway and Road Atlanta announcing double race weekends, the 2012 Trans Am race calendar has now been finalized and set with 10 races at eight venues.
“Our goal all along was to have a 10-race championship,” said John Clagett, President, Trans Am Race Company. “While we looked at the possibility of adding races at new venues, we also entertained the idea of doubling up races like was done last year at Brainerd. This is was a cost efficient way to add additional races without putting a significant hardship on teams with additional travel costs.
“The 10-race championship with four races being conducted at the final two venues should stay interesting to the very end,” added Clagett, “We’re anticipating that the on-track battle will come right down to the season finale.”
Rutherford: New package will be 'exciting' Johnny Rutherford pivots over the pit lane wall at Texas Motor Speedway (not bad for an individual who turns 74 on March 12) when he recognizes static time in the test session to get a closer look at the new Dallara car.
The three-time Indianapolis 500 champion surveys the sleek machine from nose to tail and engages its occupant, Team Penske’s Ryan Briscoe, in conversation about the hand clutch (moved to the steering wheel for 2012), aerodynamic drag and engine power.
“Have fun,” he bids the driver on this test day on the 1.5-mile oval before catching up with Rick Mears a few feet away.
Younessi Racing announces plans to complete in Indy Lights
Younessi Racing announced today that it will compete in the 2012 Firestone Indy Lights Championship with driver Rodin Younessi behind the wheel of the #16 car. The rookie team will make its series debut this year at the season opener in the streets of St. Petersburg after moving up from the US F2000 Championship while following the Road to Indy ladder system.
For Younessi, who will become the only team owner/driver in the series, this new challenge brings with it added enthusiasm, “It is extremely exciting to be competing in the Firestone Indy Lights series. I am thrilled to be back behind the wheel of a racecar again and I am looking forward to a great season. I am very pleased with the opportunity and grateful to the series for their support.”
Sebring 12 Hour entry list Set to go green on March 17, the 60th Anniversary Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring will feature a grid of 64 cars. At the first draft release of its entry list, 61 were listed with 31 from the American Le Mans Series and 30 from the FIA World Endurance Championship. The ALMS number is expected to grow by three to 34, but will not include Risi Competizione, which announced Feb. 24 it would not be racing at Sebring. Conflicts between ALMS and WEC numbers will see the WEC numbers take precedence, and ALMS to have a "0" or "1" placed in front where needed.
ESPN Breaks Cable Viewership Record with NASCAR Telecast from Daytona With an average of 4.4 million people watching, ESPN’s live telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 25 has broken the previous record as the most-viewed race ever on cable television for the series.
The race telecast earned a household coverage rating of 3.3, averaging 4,433,249 viewers in 3,304,012 households, breaking the record of 4,271,365 viewers in 3,170,109 households set for ESPN’s telecast of the Daytona race in 2010.
Mario Andretti - Auto Racing's Greatest Driver - to Partner w/ Cellar Angels
There is one person known the world over as the greatest driver ever to sit behind a wheel of a racing car: Mario Andretti. There is also one valley in the United States known for producing more world-class wines than any other: Napa Valley. Beginning today Cellar Angels brings the two together in an unprecedented online event to raise money for 15 different charity organizations.
Cellar Angels is a unique online company connecting highly acclaimed artisanal Napa and Sonoma County California wineries with their members on behalf of their growing list of charity partners. The winery discounts a specific wine offering for five days and after purchasing members get to select which charity receives proceeds. Cellar Angels will feature Andretti Winery's 2009 Sangiovese at www.cellarangels.com.
GP2: Davide Valsecchi leads the way in Jerez The GP2 Series paddock gathered in Jerez de la Frontera this week for the first of two official pre-season test sessions. After the winter break, the thirteen teams were eager to hit the track and get back to action. The field welcomed newcomers Venezuela GP Lazarus as the thirteenth team in 2012 and 2013.
Amidst many familiar faces and some reshuffle of the grid, nine rookies made their first appearance today: British F3 Champion Felipe Nasr, 2011 GP3 Series runner-up James Calado, GP3 graduates Vittorio Ghirelli, Simon Trummer, Tom Dillmann, Nigel Melker and Rio Haryanto (although, some of them took part in the 2011 GP2 Finals last November), Fabio Onidi and Daniel de Jong.
The Series sole tire supplier Pirelli has provided P Zero slick Hard (Prime) and Medium (Option) compounds for this three-day session.
The MotoGP teams had a positive start to the second Official MotoGP test in 2012 in Malaysia. Weather proved to be the biggest challenging factor for the day with rain sweeping in after lunch to wash out much of the afternoon’s testing.
Honda factory riders Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa topped the time sheets at the end of the first day both happy with the feeling they had with their 1000cc machine.
A thunderstorm stopped the activity on track early in the afternoon, and Pedrosa took the opportunity to ride a few laps on the RC213V in wet conditions for the first time while team mate Stoner chose to remain in the garage instead and discuss testing plans for the second day with his crew.
Danica Patrick (10) and David Ragan (34) collide with the No. 48 of Jimmie Johnson on Lap 2
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Jimmie Johnson - Sidelined in multi-car crash on lap 2 of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Monday, February 27, 2012, his comments from a Chevy PR:
LOOKED LIKE A HARD HIT. FIRST ARE YOU OK? WHAT HAPPENED? Johnson: "Yes, I'm ok. That side hit was hard. We were all just trying to make our lane work. A lot of energy in the lane. I was kind of pushing the No. 78 (Regan Smith) a little bit. I could feel some help from behind. Just turned me around. Sent me down to the inside lane and back up to the outside lane. When I was l sitting in the middle of the race track, I knew at some point someone was going to come along unfortunately. David Ragan had nowhere to go. I unfortunately got drilled by him pretty hard. I'm just really, really bummed to start the season this way. For all the hard work that has gone into getting this Lowe's Chevrolet ready for tonight; we didn't get to complete two-and-a-half miles of green flag racing. So, I'm pretty bummed."
Roush Fenway Scores Historic 300th Victory with Daytona 500 Win
Kenseth won the 2nd Budweiser duel on Thursday and then the 500 Monday night
Roush Fenway Racing officially kicked off it's 25th Anniversary season in grand fashion on Monday night, with #17-Matt Kenseth holding off teammate #16-Greg Biffle as the organization claimed its historic 300th NASCAR victory with its second Daytona 500 victory in the first ever night-time running of the famed event at Daytona International Speedway.
"It feels great," said Kenseth. "We even went overtime a little bit since we didn't quite go the whole distance the first time we won it. We had a really fast car all day and overcame a lot of adversity and problems with the car that we figured out. We had a great pit stop at the end that put us into position. It feels great. I wasn't expecting to win when I woke up this morning so it feels good to be sitting here."
Video: Montoya Jet Dryer crash The 54th Daytona 500 turned bizarre for the second time in three years Monday night when Juan Pablo Montoya crashed into a jet dryer, igniting an inferno in Turn 3 with 40 laps remaining.
In 2010, a pothole developed during the 500 between Turns 1 and 2, causing nearly 2 1/2 hours of race delays and countless headaches for NASCAR and Daytona International Speedway officials.
On Monday night, a part broke in Montoya's No. 42 Chevrolet, causing him to lose control and slide into the back of a jet dryer that was on the track during a caution at Daytona International Speedway.
Rettich to compete in USF2000 SCCA Formula Enterprise standout Scott Rettich will compete in the 2012 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda's national class with Alliance Autosport, team officials announced.
Rettich will drive the No. 71 Formula Enterprises Alliance Autosport entry, the same car that he has established a strong record of success in Formula Enterprises competition.
Wilson likens new IndyCar engine performance to Champ Car Newly signed to Dale Coyne Racing, where he enjoyed his most recent IndyCar win at Watkins Glen in 2009, Justin Wilson is enjoying getting back to business - and getting to know the new Dallara-Honda DW12 IndyCar Safety Cell chassis and brand-new specification Honda engine that he'll be using in 2012.
Wilson said that the 2.2-litre V6 turbocharged engines made him think of the last time that he was racing with turbos, back in his Champ Car days before the series combined with Indy Racing League to create IndyCar in 2008.
"Converting back to turbos is like driving an improved Champ Car," he said, adding that the lag in the turbo power kicking in had been reduced but was still very appreciable.
Team Penske’s Will Power posted the top time on Sunday, as six IZOD IndyCar® Series drivers completed a two-day pre-season test at Infineon Raceway. Veteran Formula One racer Rubens Barrichello also took part in the test session.
Power posted a lap of 1 minute, 16.98 seconds over the 12-turn, 2.303-mile road course. The time is just a half-second slower than Dario Franchitti’s outright series lap record at Infineon Raceway, set in 2010.
Power was followed by teammate Ryan Briscoe (1:17.02), who was fastest on Saturday; EJ Viso (KV Racing Technology, 1:17.36); Rubens Barrichello (1:17.88); Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport, 1:17.89); and Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Technology, 1:17.91).
Bid To Race Around Charlotte With Stewart And Waltrip Want an opportunity to ride shotgun with a three time NASCAR Champion and a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame? How about benefiting the Motor Racing Outreach in the process? Here is your chance to visit the Charlotte Motor Speedway and experience the track and it's amenities in a way most people will never be able to.
NASCAR legends Darrell Waltrip and Tony Stewart have teamed up with Charity buzz, the leading destination for online charity auctions, to give fans a once-in-a-lifetime experience and raise funds for Motor Racing Outreach.
The winning bidder will spend 4 laps in the passenger seat of Tony Stewart's car and 4 laps in Darrell Waltrip's car at Charlotte Motor Speedway as they take turns actually passing on the track ? a new twist in the traditional ride-along adventure. This truly once in a lifetime opportunity includes:
KV Racing confirms Viso KV Racing Technology co-owners Kevin Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser made it official today by announcing that new AR1.com guest columnist E. J. Viso will contest the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season for the team..
“We are delighted to welcome E. J. back for his third season with KVRT. He has shown speed in his previous two years and this year we expect many more successful finishes from him,” said Kalkhoven.
“We are very excited to have E. J. back with us for 2012," said Vasser. "Over the last two years he has shown the determination and desire to compete at the highest level and we look forward to him having a very successful 2012 season.”
Daytona 500 weather update - 7 PM StartUPDATE #4 NASCAR President Mike Helton said Monday morning that the start of the Daytona 500 has been postponed until 7 p.m. ET tonight. FOX will televise the race live.
02/27/12 According to weather.com, the forecast at Daytona today is a 65 percent to 100 percent chance of rain up until 3 p.m. ET. At 3 p.m., the chance of rain drops to 30 percent and then down to 20 percent at 6 p.m.
Given that it takes a minimum of two hours to dry the 2.5-mile track, it would seem unlikely that the Daytona 500 could begin before 5 p.m. at the earliest.
Track President Joie Chitwood III said late Sunday that the track would do everything it could to get the race in today instead of Tuesday.
“We'll wait till the last possible minute that we would not run the race,” Chitwood said. “We want to exhaust every opportunity of getting the track dry and running the race. I would anticipate 5:00, 6:00, if there was rain on the track, you will see us play out some decisions. I don't even want to talk about Tuesday right now.”
02/26/12 The weather forecast now shows a gap in the weather between 1 PM and 5 PM. The chance of precipitation between those hours is now 10% so the race could still run today.
02/26/12 The updated weather forecast looks iffy for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday Feb 26th where the green flag will is scheduled to wave at 1:29 PM Eastern Time. The National Weather Service is calling for rain, mainly after 10am. High near 64. East northeast wind between 10 and 15 mph with a chance of precipitation is 80%. DIS does have lights so it could run Sunday evening but would rather not against the Oscar's. Monday doesn't look much better with a forecast of showers and possibly a thunderstorm with a chance of precipitation is 80%.
Marussia team announces new sponsor The Marussia F1 Team is pleased to announce that it has joined forces with CarPlan, the number one selling car care brand in the UK.
CarPlan has been providing first class car care products since the 1960s. It is the most recognized car care marque and one of the most important brands within the Tetrosyl Group. Tetrosyl is the largest manufacturer and supplier of car care products in Europe, its global reach extending to 76 countries.
Caterham announces GP2 lineup Caterham Racing is pleased to announce Giedo van der Garde and Rodolfo Gonzalez will join forces with the team this year for the much anticipated 2012 GP2 championship.
Giedo Van der Garde, who tested for Caterham F1 Team in Jerez earlier this month, had his first taste of Formula One in 2007 when he was test driver for Spyker F1. The following year he won the Formula Renault 3.5 Series championship with P1 Motorsport with two races to spare in the calendar. Giedo then joined iSport International for the 2008/2009 GP2 Asia Series season and for the following Main Series, taking three race-wins to finish the season seventh. He joined Barwa Addax for one round of the 2009-10 Asia Series and continued with the team until the end of the 2011 Main Series season. The Dutchman held second place in the 2011 championship until the last round of the season in Monza where bad luck saw him slip to fifth place in the final standings after a strong season. This year Giedo will also be Reserve Driver for Caterham F1 Team, driving several FP1 sessions during the 2012 season.
A persistent rain postponed action at Daytona Sunday
Brian Neudorff, a meteorologist, said the best chance for NASCAR to race is Monday evening. Monday afternoon, he said, will still see weather conditions much like today's.
After that, Neudorff believes Tuesday would be a better option – but it's unclear whether NASCAR could hold the race Tuesday and still allow teams enough time to make it to Phoenix, which is the site of the next race.
There was never much hope of getting the race started on Sunday. Rain began falling around 10:30 a.m., and though there were several small windows of dryness, the jet dryers were never able to stay ahead of the weather.
Fox to begin contract negotiations with NASCAR NASCAR's current television contract runs through 2014, but Fox Sports chairman David Hill said the network will begin its negotiations on an extension this season.
"You never stop negotiating," Hill told The Associated Press this week. "But, it will start to get hot in the next three or four months."
Fox shares the Sprint Cup Series schedule with TNT and ESPN. The network partnered with NASCAR in 2001 on a six-year deal, and extended once, by eight years, through 2014.
NASCAR chairman Brian France said last month the series is happy with its current television partners.
Daytona 500: Delay could impact travel to Phoenix Postponing the Daytona 500 made sense because of the weather, but it could cause some extra headaches this week for the teams. The race is scheduled to start at noon on Monday, but the forecast calls for 80 percent chance of rain.
If the race has to be delayed again, it could impact travel to next week's Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Teams would have to travel back to their garages to reload other cars before continuing to Phoenix.
KV Racing wraps up Infineon test A trio of drivers that included young up and coming star E. J. Viso, Formula One legend Rubens Barrichello and IndyCar superstar Tony Kanaan, tested with KV Racing Technology for two days (February 25-26) on the of around the 2.303-mile, 12-turn Infineon Raceway permanent road in Sonoma, California.
Team Penske’s Will Power posted a 76.98sec lap in chilly conditions and standard tires. With the benefit of the faster Firestone Red tires used in qualifying, Power reckoned the 2012 Indy cars could go even faster.
“I think by the time we come back to race at Infineon, I think low 1:16s are possible,” he told SPEED.com. “Maybe more. The Reds are worth a second themselves. The new car’s better in the fast corners and better under braking; that’s where we make up all the extra time.”
Viso behind the wheel of the No. 5 CITGO | PDVSA – KV Racing Technology Chevrolet/Firestone machine ran the most laps, 143, over the two days and produced the fastest times. He was third fastest overall among the seven drivers testing and the fastest KVRT pilot with a time of 78.50 seconds on Saturday and a 77.36 second lap on Sunday. Viso concluded his test with a race simulation late Sunday afternoon.
Steven Kane will again drive for Dyson Racing in this year's 12 Hours of Sebring
Steven Kane will be joining Chris Dyson and Guy Smith in the debut of the new #16 Lola B12/60-Mazda at the 60th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on March 17. Steven Kane joined Dyson Racing at last year's Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park in the #20 Dyson-Oryx entry, qualifying second and finishing third in his inaugural ALMS race. He raced the rest of the year and claimed his first win at the Baltimore Grand Prix, a one-two finish for the team.
"Steven opened up many eyes last year," commented Chris Dyson. "On tracks he had never seen before, in a new car, he was always quick right off the bat and impressed everyone on the team. He made a name for himself in short order and Guy and I are glad he will be back with us for the Sebring race. He is a Dyson driver in every sense of the word: talented, determined and fast with a personality that has fit right in with our group from day one."
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