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New IndyCar Video Game To Launch In May  The long wait for a new IndyCar Series video game will come to an end in May.

Codemasters, makers of the last official IndyCar Series game in 2003, will unveil “GRID 2” which can be pre-ordered with a special IndyCar edition.

“Gamers who pre-order Codemasters’ GRID 2 at Best Buy can choose the GRID 2: IndyCar edition, which includes: The exclusive Dallara IndyCar and the Pace Car to race in single-player, multi-player and an exclusive online event, and the opportunity to expand the game with two new routes around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval,” according to the manufacturer. More ...

Ferreira Takes Charge for Juncos Racing to Win COTA Pro Mazda Opener  Diego Ferreira had displayed dramatic improvement during his rookie season in 2012, and the youngster from Maracay, Venezuela, clearly demonstrated he had continued on that upward curve over the winter as he came out of the blocks to score a fine first-ever victory in today’s opening round of the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires at Circuit of The Americas.

Ferreira, 19, claimed a surprise pole position earlier this afternoon, posting the fastest time on the very last lap of qualifying and narrowly eclipsing pre-season favorite Matthew Brabham, who had set the pace in convincing style during pre-race tests for Andretti Autosport. Brabham, in turn, only narrowly edged the Team Pelfrey pair of Spencer Pigot, from Orlando, Fla., and Petri Suvanto, from Nurmo, Finland, as the top four were covered by a scant 0.089s around the demanding 3.41-mile, 20-turn road course. More ...
Continental Tire Named Exclusive PC Tire Supplier  
Today Continental Tire was named the exclusive tire supplier for the Prototype Challenge (PC) class in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron (ALMS) for the 2013 season. Continental Tire will also become the presenting sponsor of the PC class with the official name being, “Prototype Challenge presented by Continental Tire”. Continental tires will debut in the PC class at the Continental Tire-sponsored, ALMS-sanctioned test, March 11-12 at Sebring.

“Continental Tire is honored to step up and help support the PC class in ALMS this year,” said Travis Roffler, director of marketing for Continental Tire. “Sports car racing continues to grow in the US, and we’re certainly eager to expand on our portfolio and showcase our technologies to such a dedicated audience. This is certainly a step toward the future of sports car racing for us.” More ...
Verizon IndyCar Cancels Dunedin Car Show for Mechanical Issues  Verizon IndyCar officials let organizers know the unfortunate news in an email this week.

It could not follow through on plans to bring the vehicle to the bi-annual Dunedin, Florida Classic Car and Truck Show on March 2.

"Our team had a set back due to mechanical issues and will not be able to arrive in market until after 3/2," James Serazio of Marketing Werks wrote in a Feb. 28 email to organizer Bill Coleman.

Dunedin's bi-annual classic car and truck show on downtown Broadway is held in conjunction with the Dunedin antique fair, which is on Main Street. Admission for spectators is free. Oldies music will accompany the show.

The show is Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

tv news
Final Ratings: Sprint Cup and Nationwide Races Up  Truck Series Down  The opening week for NASCAR races was a mixed bag on the TV front. The Daytona 500 on Fox saw its best audience since ’08. Earlier in the week, Speed earned a 1.3 rating and 2.0 million viewers for the Budweiser Duels, up from last year.

Meanwhile, ESPN earned a 2.2 U.S. rating and 3.4 million viewers for the NASCAR Nationwide Series season opener last Saturday, which featured a multicar crash at the conclusion of the race that resulted in several fans being injured. Those figures were down from last year’s audience, which marked the most-viewed NNS race ever on cable TV. Danica Patrick was on the pole for last year's race. More ...
Marussia axes Razia, announces Bianchi to drive No. 22  
Jules Bianchi lands final seat for 2013
The Marussia F1 Team has appointed 23 year old Frenchman Jules Bianchi to a race seat for the 2013 season.

Jules will participate in the remaining two days of the final pre-season test in Barcelona this week to acquaint himself with the MR02 race car ready for the start of the 2013 season in Australia in two weeks’ time.

The move follows the Team’s termination of Luiz Razia’s contract. More ...

Pocono offers new challenge for Michael, Marco Andretti in 2013  
Can Marco win where dad Michael did not?
The IZOD IndyCar Series has undergone many changes as the 2013 season nears, but there's one new thing that excites team owner Michael Andretti.

Pocono Raceway.

The son of 1969 Indianapolis 500 champion Mario Andretti won 42 races as a driver in his career, but victory at Pocono, where the IndyCar Series returns in July, was as elusive for Michael as a win in the Indy 500. Still, he admits the track was fun to drive.

"That's one race I never won. It really ticks me off, to be honest with you," Michael said during his visit to the Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center in York on Thursday. "I should have won a couple of times, but I just had bad luck." More ...

ESM changes driver lineup for Sebring  Extreme Speed Motorsports (ESM) approaches the 2013 American Le Mans Series (ALMS) presented by Tequila Patr¢n season with an arsenal of new elements – cars, liveries and driver lineup.

In mid-February, ESM announced it will campaign two purpose-built Honda Performance Development (HPD) ARX-03b prototypes beginning with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida in March.

Now ESM, in accordance with IMSA driver classification rules, makes a driver lineup change for the season. More ...
Barcelona Day 2: Grosjean ends up on top  
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1. Romain Grosjean Lotus 1m22.716s +0.000s 88
2. Jenson Button McLaren 1m23.181s +0.465s 72
3. Pastor Maldonado Williams 1m23.628s +0.912s 75
4. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1m23.743s +1.027s 65
5. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 1m23.744s +1.028s 79
6. Adrian Sutil Force India 1m24.215s +1.499s 62
7. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1m25.483s +2.767s 61
8. Max Chilton Marussia 1m25.598s +2.882s 75
9. Giedo van der Garde Caterham 1m26.316s +3.600s 48
10. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m26.655s +3.939s 120
11. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m27.878s +5.162s 102
Putting the Daytona crash in perspective  
We should be thankful the entire car did not clear the fence and land in the grandstands, just an entire wheel and other shrapnel
I've read many of the posts regarding the Nationwide accident Saturday.  Certainly, I believe there is a lot you can criticize about NASCAR, and I don't want to sound insensitive to those who were hurt.

However, all things considered, what I will take away from Saturday is not what happened, rather what could have happened.  Young Kyle Larson, for one, walked away without a scratch after his car snapped in half life a twig.  Of course, the tire getting into the stands like it did is a concern that must be addressed.  And the fact people were injured, particularly a child, cannot be chalked up to "well, that's racin'."

Still, I think when you consider a 3500 lb. object flew into a net at speed, we should all be thankful.  So, at the end of the day, let’s give the safety pioneers some credit, address what can be improved going forward, and thank our lucky stars the outcome was not worse. Brian Carroccio, AutoRacing1.com

Q and A with Lewis Hamilton  
Lewis Hamilton
A transcript of the 2008 World Champion's press briefing on Thursday night after the first day of the second Barcelona test

What did you learn at the last test and what do you expect to learn from this test?
Lewis Hamilton: "At the last test we were learning more about the tires, learning more about set-up changes, I was coming to grips with all the different functions on the steering wheel, race procedures and launch procedures, and the things we talk about in the race such as ride-height characteristics - all those sort of things.

"For this test, we are still learning those things, and obviously we have upgrades coming so we will be trying to pinpoint how they are affecting the car. If there are any small reliability issues then we will be trying to put pressure on the team to work hard on that, and then we will be learning more about the tires." More ...

Barcelona Day 2: Rosberg on top early  Lap times as of 11am local time on the second day of the final F1 pre-season test of the year at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona.

1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes Mercedes-Mercedes 1min 40.940secs
2. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 1min 41.288secs
3. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Renault 1min 41.898secs
4. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1min 42.408secs
5. Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault 1min 42.873secs
6. Daniel Ricciardo Australia Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1min 43.633secs
7. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1min 43.707secs
8. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Sauber-Ferrari 1min 44.125secs
9. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes 1min 44.946secs
10. Giedo van der Garde Holland Caterham-Renault 1min 45.805secs
11. Max Chilton Britain Marussia-Cosworth 1min 46.608secs
Turner Scott could be sued if violations found after NASCAR crash  Several fans injured during the final-lap crash of Saturday’s DRIVE4COPD300 are already in the process of suing Daytona International Speedway after parts of Kyle Larson’s car made it through the catchfence.

But will the defendants list soon include Larson’s employer, Turner Scott Motorsports?

FOXSports.com has reported that NASCAR met earlier this week with Turner Scott representatives over possible illegal modifications to Larson’s chassis, meant to give it an aerodynamic advantage.

NASCAR has yet to announce any rules violations. But several attorneys contacted by As the World Turns (Left) said that if a violation is announced it’s quite possible Turner Scott will be dragged into the legal process along with the speedway. More ...

If fans sue, will NASCAR and Daytona have to pay up?  First and foremost, I’d like to say that I, by know means, am making light of any of the injuries suffered by fans in attendance at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway last Saturday for the NASCAR Nationwide Series race.

But are lawsuits really necessary? That’s not to say that any lawsuits have been filed at this point. According to NASCAR, it is unaware of any lawsuits that have been filed regarding the Daytona incident in which a race car got airborne, piercing the catchfence and then having its front end sheared off, with the front end of that car ending up on the fan side of the fence, injuring nearly 30 fans. More ...

NASCAR has no perfect way to protect spectators  
No. 32 Kyle Larson
Here's the problem with finding a solution to what happened Saturday at Daytona International Speedway:

It won't happen again.

That's not to say the leader of a race won't try to block, that 12 cars won't wreck, that one won't go airborne or that a gate in a fence won't be hit. You could comfortably bet on any of them occurring individually.

But those factors won't intersect in precisely the same way that ripped apart a car and spewed parts, including the engine and a wheel, through and over the fence. Something else will wreak havoc and injure fans at a NASCAR race.

Attempting to protect spectators is a crucial pursuit. It's also, for the most part, futile. More ...

track news
Racing officials huddle on safety fencing  The engineer behind the most significant safety initiative of this motor sports era — the energy-absorbing SAFER barrier that covers the concrete walls of major race tracks — said Thursday that an alternative to steel debris fencing will eventually be designed.

But it will take time and money, highway safety expert Dean Sicking stressed.

“None of it is trivial,” he said. “But this problem will be solved.”

Attention to racetrack fencing started after SAFER barriers were first installed at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2002. A group of industry experts have been meeting regularly, most recently last week at the IndyCar office. More ...

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday  
  • Alexander Rossi's F1 career could be over before it starts - nothing good comes out of being a backmarker running with last place team
    Alexander Rossi and Ma Qing Hua confirmed as reserve Caterham drivers
  • Mercedes better than McLaren for driver 'focus' - Hamilton
  • Winter leaves F1 'unprepared' for 2013 season
  • Struggling Caterham remove dubious exhaust
  • Pirelli wants new F1 contract soon
  • Kovalainen, not Petrov, in running for Razia's seat
  • Grosjean 'did not learn' from 2012 mistakes - Villeneuve
  • Former friends Hamilton, Sutil to meet
  • Williams opts to remove 'illegal' exhaust vane
  • McLaren confirms Lowe joining Mercedes New More ...
tv news
SPEED signs IndyCar driver Hinchcliffe  
James Hinchcliffe
IndyCar racer James Hinchcliffe recently signed a deal with FOX Sports Media Group to provide analysis for the popular SPEED weekend series SPEED Center and Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain.

“Hinch is a natural in front of the camera,” said Jim Chiappelli, SPEED Coordinating Producer of Studio Programming/News Director.  “He has a great TV presence and has quickly developed a chemistry with our hosts.  Above all, he has that unique perspective from the driver’s seat and the outgoing personality to be entertaining as well as informative.  I look at James as another credible voice who can talk about a variety of motor sports.” More ...

Starworks Fords Fastest At Circuit Of The Americas Test Day  GRAND-AM Road Racing teams got their first look at America’s newest motorsports venue on Thursday with unofficial testing for Saturday’s GRAND-AM of The Americas presented by GAINSCO and TOTAL.

They came away impressed with the Circuit of The Americas, a 3.4-mile facility built to host Formula One and other major events.

“By far, this is the most spectacular track that I’ve been to in a long time,” said five-time GRAND-AM Rolex Series DP champion Scott Pruett, who co-drives with Memo Rojas in the No. 01 TELMEX BMW/Riley. “Everything across the board here is first-class, in every capacity.” More ...

IndyCar drivers test out their goods at Sonoma Raceway  UPDATE #2 Sonoma Test Times were as follows:

1. Tristan Vautier Honda 78.56s
2. Sebastien Bourdais Chevy 78.63
3. Simon Pagenaud Honda 78.90
4. Tony Kanaan Chevy 79.0
5. Oriol Servia Chevy 79.2
6. Sebastian Saavedra Chevy 79.5
7. Simona de Silvestro Chevy 79.8
8. JR Hildebrand Chevy 79.9
9. Ed Carpenter Chevy 80.1 More ...

Newey secures USF2000 ride  
Brandon Newey
Afterburner Autosport has announced that Brandon Newey will pilot their No. 98 entry in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda series. Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb/Agajanian will be the co-entrant and the two teams will collaborate to develop a championship-winning program in the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system.

Newey, a twenty-year-old Indianapolis native and Purdue University sophomore, is anxious to get started on the first step of the ladder system with the well-respected Afterburner Autosport team.  More ...

Fans can send military member to opening race  The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg has partnered with Wish for Our Heroes, a national military charity, to implement a program focused on sending thousands of local military members to attend the season-opening IZOD IndyCar Series race March 22-24.

Individuals and businesses can make a tax-deductible donation to the program through three options. Learn more about the program at www.wish4ourheroes.org. Fans may also make a $10 donation by texting 'America' to 20222. For military members interested in receiving free tickets, make the request at www.wish4ourheroes.org.

United Fiber & Data joins forces with Andretti Autosport  
Andretti Autosport's sponsor portfolio is expanding further into the technology world with the addition of United Fiber & Data as an official team sponsor for the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season. The new tech company, founded by three members of the multi-platinum rock band LIVE and their Think Loud Development company, will be featured on the No. 25 Chevrolet driven by IndyCar veteran Marco Andretti.

"United Fiber & Data is a rapidly growing technology company with hometown values," said Doug Bresnahan, Vice President of Marketing Partnerships for Andretti Autosport. "Speed, reliability, performance and innovation are all common attributes we share. With the Andrettis and members of Think Loud Development having roots in Pennsylvania, this partnership is a natural fit for a new age of innovation. We are excited to have United Fiber & Data join our family of corporate partners and look forward to helping them grow their business across key sectors." More ...
Defining insanity, NASCAR style  Check out this article and photos about last Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide race at Daytona that sent 28 people to the hospital.  The author makes some valid points about the insanity of it all.
Allison: Every team on the grid is shameless in copying developments  If you seek a genuine insight into the world of Formula 1 and you’ll be hard pushed to find a more straight-talking source than Lotus F1 Team Technical Director James Allison. Here, the man himself gives us his view on some of the big stories flying round the paddock this week.

What are your thoughts on the current debate concerning engine maps?

James Allison
: As far as I’m concerned the situation was clear at the beginning and it’s clear now. It’s our responsibility as a team to stay within the rules, but at the same time to push the limits as far as possible; to do otherwise is to needlessly throw away performance. There are a set of rules governing engine maps and Renault have been exploring the boundaries of these in the same way as any other engine manufacturer. During the final day of running at Barcelona last week we ran an experimental engine map and made the FIA fully aware of what we were doing. As it turned out they were not happy with what we had proposed and as a result we will not be using it at any of the races.

Much was made of the ‘DDRS’ system trialed towards the end of last season; where do we stand with that currently?

JA: As everyone is aware, we experimented with this concept late last year but chose not to run with it outside of free practice. It is a fiercely complex system and to get it working correctly is certainly a challenge, but there are tantalizing gains to be made should we achieve this. We conducted a bit of intermediate work with it at the last test and will be doing the same this week. However I don’t anticipate having it working at full capacity before the first race. We are expecting to be a good step closer by the time we leave Barcelona and hopefully we’ll see it make its full debut later in the year. More ...

Barcelona Day 1: Webber ends up on top over Hamilton  Mark Webber ended the day on top of the time sheets at pre-season testing in Barcelona today, beating the time set by the mornings quickest man, Lewis Hamilton.

The morning half involved teams switching between intermediate and wet tires as the rain got worse.

Webber set his quickest time of 1:22.693 on the soft compound tires, it was enough to put him 1.655 clear of second placed Lewis Hamilton. More ...

Barcelona Day 1: Hamilton fastest as rain hits Barcelona in morning  In a session afflicted by several rain showers, drivers constantly switched between wet and intermediate rubber.

Morning times (Driver/Team/Time/Gap/Laps)
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m41.614s 43
2. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m41.848s + 0.234s 40
3. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1m42.155s + 0.541s 38
4. Mark Webber Red Bull 1m43.649s + 2.035s 44
5. Paul di Resta Force India 1m44.444s + 2.830s 33
6. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1m45.020s + 3.406s 47
7. Romain Grosjean Lotus 1m45.147s + 3.533s 29
8. Valtteri Bottas Williams 1m45.457s + 3.843s 44
9. Charles Pic Caterham 1m47.521s + 5.907s 31
10. Sergio Perez McLaren 1m48.562s + 6.948s 23
11. Max Chilton Marussia 1m50.253s + 8.639s 34

Force India signs Sutil, aims to keep Bianchi  UPDATE
Adrian Sutil
Sahara Force India is pleased to announce that Adrian Sutil will complete its driver line-up for the 2013 season.

The 30-year-old German will race alongside Paul Di Resta, recreating the successful partnership that raced together during the 2011 season.

The 2013 campaign will be Adrian’s fifth racing season in the colors of Sahara Force India and his sixth year of Formula One competition. More ...
Jean-Eric Vergne tops morning times in Barcelona  Lap times as of 11am local time on the opening day of the final F1 test of the winter at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona

1. Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1min 42.155secs
2. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari 1min 42.963secs
3. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault4. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes 1min 44.444secs
5. Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes-Mercedes 1min 44.545secs
6. Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault 1min 45.995secs
7. Esteban Gutierrez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 1min 45.997secs
8. Charles Pic France Caterham-Renault 1min 47.521secs
9. Sergio Perez Mexico McLaren-Mercedes 1min 48.562secs
10. Valtteri Bottas Finland Williams-Renault 1min 48.906secs
11. Max Chilton Britain Marussia-Cosworth 2min 06.924secs

1st and 2nd for Honda Team as Sepang test ends  Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa reclaimed the top spot on the final day of testing in Malaysia, with a time of 2'00.562, recorded on lap 41 of 57. Once the wet weather had cleared, the Spaniard, who has been the fastest rider on five of the six days at the Sepang International Circuit, spent his final day completing his scheduled test items, again focusing on the suspension.

Teammate Marc Marquez, who had two small crashes today, one in the wet at turn 12 during the morning and one in the dry at turn 9 in the afternoon, but escaped both unharmed, completed 54 laps and worked on electronics and set up. He finished today's test in second position with a time of 2'00.643, just 0.081 off Dani, logged on his final lap of the test. More ...

Sebring announces entry list  For the 61st time in its history, a group of the world's best sports car manufacturers and teams are gearing up to tackle one of the toughest challenges in all of endurance racing. The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida features a 42-car entry with a number of attention-grabbing storylines for the opening round of the 2013 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n:

• A hybrid-powered racecar will race at Sebring for the first time. Audi brings two of its factory R18 e-tron quattro prototypes that feature reigning Le Mans 24 Hours winners Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer in one car, and Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish – with 12 Sebring victories between them – in the other. More ...

SPEED Analysts Break Down Daytona & Phoenix  
Q:  What will be different about the Gen-6 car at Phoenix versus the COT? What are you expecting at Phoenix?

“Just like at Daytona, they’ll be about 150 pounds lighter than the COT, which certainly will help the grip of these race cars, but that rear spoiler has so much more downforce than last year’s car.  They’ve been working on this car for two years and so much effort has been put into the downforce tracks like Phoenix and Las Vegas.  I think they’re going to be very fast.  When you give drivers that much downforce, they don’t have any problem running side-by-side with each other.”
--Larry McReynolds, SPEED analyst More ...

track news
Daytona Renovations To Include Expansive Concourses, Large Concession Areas  UPDATE
DIS will have a new grand entrance similar to that of NFL stadiums
Daytona International Speedway, eyeing a massive overhaul of its frontstretch grandstands, is hoping to receive millions of dollars a year in sales tax rebates after the renovation is complete.

A bill filed Tuesday afternoon in Tallahassee would enable the Speedway to receive more than $60 million over 30 years, similar to the rebates enjoyed by other professional sports teams in Florida for two decades.

State Rep. David Santiago, the bill's sponsor, said he was told the Speedway project could cost up to $450 million, while another local legislator said it would create thousands of construction jobs. More ...

Injured Daytona race fan recalls 'most horrifying feeling in the world'  As Whitney Turner traveled back home to Indiana on Tuesday with a broken leg, she said the memory of what happened at Daytona International Speedway will stay with her forever.

Turner, 33, of Tell City, Ind., said she sat only three seats away from where parts of Kyle Larson's car penetrated the catch fence during the last lap of Saturday's Drive4COPD 300 Nationwide Series race.

“When that car came around that fence, I thought I would never see my 5-year-old again,” she said. “It was the most horrifying feeling in the world.” More ...

Scott Tucker, Level 5 announce strong Driver Lineup for 12 Hours of Sebring  
Scott Tucker
Coming off its most successful season to date in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron, Level 5 Motorsports and Scott Tucker have assembled a star-studded driving squad in their bid for an unprecedented fourth consecutive victory in the 61st annual Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring fueled by Fresh from Florida.

The three-time ALMS championship-winning organization will return to the P2 class with a pair of Honda Performance Development ARX-03b cars for open-wheel standouts Ryan Briscoe, Simon Pagenaud and 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay. Sportscar veteran Marino Franchitti has also been retained to reinforce Level 5’s lineup, alongside nine-time national driving champion Tucker, who will be in both the Nos. 055 and 95  Siemens/Alpina Watch/Ohiya Casino Resort sponsored entries. More ...
Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday  
  • Marussia - No engine and no money for 2014.  Ride-Buyers please bring 'large' check
    Marussia looking for 2014 engine supplier
  • Lotus denies engine maps issue will slow 2013 car
  • Lotus to begin 2013 season without title sponsor
  • McLaren denies 2013 car off the pace
  • Sergio Perez admits to car set-up struggle at McLaren
  • De Villota permitted to drive road car again More ...
Formula E
China Racing team enters 2014 Formula E championship  
Team China
Team China Racing is the second team to sign up for next year's environmentally friendly Formula E championship, which will feature zero-emission cars racing in 10 cities around the world

China Racing was officially proposed to motor sport's governing body as one of the 10 teams taking part. British-based Drayson Racing was the first team to sign up, while Rio de Janeiro and Rome are the first two cities to commit to hosting a race.

"The Formula E championship with single-seater cars is a FIA championship of the future. The future is not so far away," the president of auto racing's governing body, Jean Todt, said during a presentation in Paris on Wednesday. "In a few days we will have the opportunity of presenting the calendar, and I am sure we will have some nice surprises." More ...

Pro Mazda kicks off 2013 season in Texas  The 2013 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires will commence with a pair of races at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, on March 1 and 2.

A mix of returning veterans and talented newcomers will convene at the challenging 3.41-mile, 20-turn road course.

Matthew Brabham, of Manalapan, Fla., must be regarded as one of the favorites for top honors. The grandson of three-time Formula 1 World Champion Sir Jack Brabham and son of sports car champion Geoff Brabham is looking to maintain the momentum that saw him win the 2012 USF2000 crown and earn a scholarship from Mazda to graduate into Pro Mazda competition. More ...

Tom Dillmann still on top in Jerez  Once again, Tom Dillmann put newcomers Hilmer Motorsport on top in Jerez as the GP2 Series teams prepare for the 2013 season. On the second day of the first pre-season test session at Circuito de Jerez, the Frenchman set the quickest lap time in the morning with a 1:24.400. Stéphane Richelmi at DAMS was fastest in the afternoon.

The morning session kicked off under blue skies but in cold temperatures. James Calado was the early pace setter whilst Felipe Nasr was the first driver to dip under 1m25s. The proceedings were briefly halted after Marcus Ericsson lost control of his DAMS car and got stuck into the gravel bed at Turn 10. Following the restart, a second red flag occurred for a short period, courtesy of Nathanael Berthon who spun and stopped on track. The session was disrupted again for a few moments after the pitlane reopened as Nasr had a bit of a scare at Turn 3. More ...
track news
NASCAR Exec Details Investigation Into Track Fencing After Daytona Crash  NASCAR Senior VP/Racing Operations Steve O'Donnell yesterday said that the organization has launched a "far-reaching investigation into track fencing and the circumstances that led to the injuries of at least 28 fans" during Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Daytona Int'l Speedway, according to a front-page piece by Ames Alexander of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER.

O’Donnell: “This was a rare instance but certainly it’s something we’ve got to look at and fix. ... If this is something we can improve, we certainly want to do that.” O’Donnell added that while it is "still early in NASCAR’s investigation, it appears so far that all of the debris came through the fence rather than over it.” Experts at NASCAR’s R&D center in Concord, N.C., have been “asked to help conduct that review.” More ...
Keselowski Doesn't Back Down From Remarks  Defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski said that he "wouldn't alter his outspoken style after meeting last week with NASCAR brass who were unhappy" with his recent comments regarding the state of the sport, according to Nate Ryan of USA TODAY. Keselowski: "I think that I will still have the same approach to doing everything I can to push the sport forward as I see fit. It's just a matter of balancing it with the interest of everything else." More ...
Barcelona testing schedule  Thursday marks the beginning of the final pre-season test at the Circuit de Catalunya, with the teams and drivers getting their final chance to trial new parts and make improvements before the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. As a guide, GPUpdate.net has put together a full list of this week's driver line-up.

Barcelona's timetable is as follows:

Thursday: 9am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm
Friday: 9am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm
Saturday: 9am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm
Sunday: 9am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm

Note: All times shown are local (GMT +1) More ...

Lowe's extends sponsorship of #48 team and Johnson  Lowe's Companies Inc. will continue its successful relationship with Hendrick Motorsports after signing a two-year contract extension that secures the full-season primary sponsorship of the #48 NASCAR Sprint Cup team and five-time series champion Jimmie Johnson in 2014 and 2015. Announced today to more than 1,700 store managers at the Lowe's national sales meeting, the agreement builds upon a partnership launched in 2001 when Johnson was selected to drive for the new #48 Hendrick Motorsports team. Now in its 12th full season, the sponsor-driver-team relationship has become one of the most successful in NASCAR history.

On Sunday in his 400th Cup race, Johnson drove the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet SS to his second career Daytona 500 win. In the process, he became just the second driver (teammate Jeff Gordon is the other) to have the same primary sponsor for each of his first 400 Cup starts. Led by crew chief Chad Knaus, the #48 Lowe's team has now scored at least one Sprint Cup win in 12 consecutive seasons. HMS
Williams promises constant upgrades  After opting to unveil its FW35 on the eve of the first Barcelona test, Williams says it will begin running its Melbourne configuration in the final days of this week's sessions at the Catalan track.

Technical analysis of the Williams FW35

Technical director Mike Coughlan insists however that the team will have further updates ready in time for Melbourne.

He said this is a weakness Williams needs to address from last season in order to give drivers Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas the best chance. More ...

Win on Sunday, sell on Monday  NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson appeared on CBS’ “Late Show” last night in the wake of his second Daytona 500 victory, and host David Letterman said, “It seems like you’re always here.” Johnson said of the new Gen-6 car, “They’ve decided to confuse all of us. Evidently, we’re in the sixth generation car.” Letterman asked, “What happened to the Car of Tomorrow?” Johnson said, “No that’s Gen-5.” Letterman: “The Car of Tomorrow was yesterday.” Johnson: “The cars really look like what are sold on the showroom floors, which is something the fans want and the manufacturers want. ... The old adage ‘win on Sunday, sell on Monday’ is back.”

Letterman asked, “What was it like with your buddy Danica Patrick there?” Johnson said sarcastically, “She was in the race? I didn’t hear about that”
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Pirelli Tire Named the Official Tire for Challenge Club Racing  Pirelli Tire North America has been selected as the Official Tire for the Challenge Club Racing series. As the fifth largest tire manufacturer in the world, Pirelli delivers quality product performance and technology that will bring superior performance to the Challenge Club Racing series.

As one of the leading producers of high performance racing tires in North America, Pirelli's partnership with Challenge Club Racing for its 2013 season guarantees professionalism and competitiveness. Joining with Pirelli will allow Ferrari owners the opportunity to compete on some of the world's greatest racetracks at an elite level with a product that has been designed and manufactured by Pirelli specifically for the vehicles in the series. More ...

Lorenzo fastest Wednesday in Sepang  After last night's heavy showers, the Sepang track was a lot better today with the lap times dropping by over a second from yesterday.


Pos Rider Time Nat Bike Team
1 Jorge Lorenzo 2'00.282 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
2 Dani Pedrosa 2'00.651 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Cal Crutchlow 2'00.907 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
4 Marc Marquez 2'00.992 ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
5 Valentino Rossi 2'01.065 ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
6 Alvaro Bautista 2'01.208 SPA HONDA & FTR Go & Fun Honda Gresini
7 Stefan Bradl 2'01.485 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
8 Nicky Hayden 2'01.778 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Andrea Dovizioso 2'01.803 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Bradley Smith 2'02.023 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
11 Andrea Iannone 2'02.608 ITA DUCATI Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
12 Aleix Espargaro 2'02.905 ESP ART Power Electronics Aspar
13 Michele Pirro 2'02.920 ITA DUCATI Ducati Test Team
14 Katsayuki Nakasuga 2'02.946 JPN YAMAHA Yamaha Factory
15 Wataru Yoshikawa 2'03.354 JPN YAMAHA Yamaha Factory
16 Hector Barbera 2'03.428 SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
17 Ben Spies 2'03.460 USA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
18 Randy De Puniet 2'03.518 FRA ART Power Electronics Aspar
19 Hiroshi Aoyama 2'03.990 JAP FTR Avintia Blusens
20 Danilo Petrucci 2'04.279 ITA IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
21 Karel Abraham 2'04.350 CZE ART Cardion AB Motoracing
22 Takumi Takahashi 2'04.512 JPN HONDA HRC Test Team
23 Colin Edwards 2'04.656 USA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
24 Yonny Hernandez 2'04.671 COL PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
25 Claudio Corti 2'04.709 ITA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
26 Bryan Staring 2'05.439 AUS HONDA & FTR Go & Fun Honda Gresini
27 Lukas Pesek 2'06.206 CZE IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
28 Michael Laverty 2'07.721 GBR PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
Motor Sport Magazine Hall of Fame opens its doors to Lotus  
Colin Chapman
Colin Chapman CBE, the Lotus founder and engineer was recognized for his contribution to the automotive and motorsport industry at the 2013 Motor Sport Magazine Hall of Fame annual inauguration event, attended by Colin’s son and Classic Team Lotus founder, Clive Chapman.

The motorsport glitterati attended a star-studded evening at the prestigious Royal Opera House where this outstanding engineer and visionary who became known for his technical innovations and Formula 1 ‘firsts’ was celebrated. More ...

Why Danica Patrick runs well at Daytona and Talladega  After winning the pole position for the Daytona 500 and contending until the final lap, Patrick is expected to look more like the inexperienced rookie she is when battling 42 other drivers this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.

Vegas is not impressed: Las Vegas Hotel sets Danica at 300:1 odds to win this weekend, 2nd longest longshot. That's not a surprise at all to NASCAR fans, but it might be a shock for the new fans who watched NASCAR for the first time during Sunday's Daytona 500. More ...

NASCAR All-Star race format tweaked  The format for the 2013 Sprint All-Star race has changed a bit. There will be four 20 lap segments followed by a final 10 lap segment for a total of 90 laps. Teams will have one mandatory 4-tire pit stop between segment 4 and 5. The final segment lineup is based on average finish in first four segments. The winner earns $1 million AND if a driver wins ALL five segments, that driver will win an additional $1 million.
Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday  
  • Paddy Lowe went for the cash grab
    McLaren says Mercedes wooed Lowe with 'exotic salary'
  • V6 to deliver less horse power, eighth gear - Renault
  • Bad weather and car 'holes' for final winter test
  • Alguersuari, Schumacher to race karts
  • Salo tips Raikkonen to fight for Melbourne pole
  • Susie Wolff eyes F1 super license
  • Ecclestone Says He Wants To Keep Australian Grand Prix In Melbourne New
  • Pirelli plays down degradation fears New
  • Button unfazed by Lowe's impending exit New  More ...
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