NASCAR superstar takes rock to head, knocks her silly
NASCAR Superstar and one its greatest drivers ever, Danica Patrick, takes questions from the media in Las Vegas
DANICA PATRICK, NO. 10 GODADDY.COM CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and discussed racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, last week’s race at Phoenix International Raceway and other topics. Full transcript:
TALK ABOUT COMING TO LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY AND YOUR EXPECTATIONS FOR THE WEEKEND:
“This is a fun track. I feel like it is definitely the kind of track where I feel the most comfortable at. High bank; high grip. Fourth in the Nationwide car a couple of years ago was fun, and I feel like every time I’ve been here, we run pretty decent. It was nice to have a test day yesterday in the Cup car, just to get up to speed there; also for me to work on some qualifying the last half of the day. I’m not sure any of that is going to happen today (referencing the rain currently falling at the track). But, it was good for us to have some extra running, and get to grips a little bit more with this new Gen 6 Chevy and see what it needs to handle well.”
Formula E to race in Miami and LA Today Formula E, the open-wheel world championship for electric cars sanctioned by the FIA, released a preliminary list of eight cities across the globe where races will be held: London, Rome, Los Angeles, Miami, Beijing, Putrajaya (Malaysia), Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. Rome and Rio de Janeiro had been announced earlier but the rest of the cities are new to the schedule. All courses will be run on city streets in downtown locations accessible to public transportation, according to a release by Formula E Holdings, the organization putting on the series.
The #1 McDonald's Chevrolet, driven my Jamie McMurray, and the #42 AXE Apollo Chevrolet, driven by Juan Pablo Montoya, seen covered in the garage area during practice
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Brad Keselowski will start on the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as rain washed out qualifying for the Kobalt Tools 400 Friday.
Because teams did not practice Friday, the starting lineup for the 43-car field was set primarily by 2012 owner points.
Mike Bliss is the only driver entered who will miss the race.
With the race being the third of this season, the top 36 teams from 2012 owner points will start in positions 1 through 36, with Keselowski, the 2012 Cup champion, and series runner-up Clint Bowyer on the front row.
Two-day test provides first feedback on new DeltaWing elements
DeltaWing test at Road Atlanta
BRASELTON, GA. – DeltaWing Racing Cars has its first test with its new elements in the books, and is ready for both its Sebring and LMP1 class debut.
After the revolutionary car premiered in two races in 2012, the DeltaWing, now powered by an Elan Motorsports Technologies engine, completed more than 50 laps over two days of testing at Road Atlanta on March 6-7 with drivers Johnny O’Connell and Andy Meyrick.
Munoz shies away from Firestone Indy Lights title favorite label Andretti Autosport's Carlos Munoz is the only current Firestone Indy Lights driver to have won a race in the series, but he isn't ready to declare himself the favorite to win the 2013 championship.
"I don't see myself as the guy to beat at St. Pete or for the championship," he said. "I just want to my work as best as I can - my work with my engineer, my physical preparation and my mental preparation. If I do that well, the results will come."
The 21-year-old Colombian, who will attempt to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 in a fifth car from Andretti Autosport, won a pair of races and a pole en route to a fifth-place finish in the standings in 2012.
He turned the fastest Firestone Indy Lights lap on the 1.67-mile Sebring International Raceway short course (55.9405 seconds) during the morning session of the second day of the Open Test after setting the fastest lap March 7.
Karam joins Schmidt Lights lineup Sage Karam has been nurtured throughout his racing career by Andretti Autosport, but the 18-year-old driver is spreading his wings to compete in Firestone Indy Lights in 2013.
Karam, who finished third in the Star Mazda Championship in 2012, has joined Schmidt Peterson Motorsports alongside Jack Hawksworth and Gabby Chaves for the 12-race season that begins March 23 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. He made his first appearance with the team during an Open Test at Sebring International Raceway on March 7-8 and will participate in an Open Test on March 11 at Barber Motorsports Park.
Walker Says Ed Carpenter Racing is Ready for the 2013
Few racing executives have the resume of Ed Carpenter Racing’s general manager Derrick Walker.
The personable Scotsman has seen almost everything from Formula One, IndyCars and sports cars and he has served in roles from a mechanic, team manager and team owner.
So, when Ed Carpenter established the new Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka-sponsored IZOD IndyCar Series team last year, it was Walker who held the reins and guided the “rookie” organization to a solid season and a 500-mile victory at Fontana, Calif.
Petty Voices Support for Hamlin's Refusal to Pay NASCAR FineUPDATE #3 A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, NASCAR has no credibility. They are run like the old Soviet Union - say something they don't like and it's off to Siberia. I wonder how many times this year Hamlin's car will fail tech inspection? NASCAR will put the screws to him just like they did to Kyle Busch. Mike Neubauer
03/08/13 NASCAR VP of Competition Robin Pemberton discussed the fine Thursday afternoon: Q. Denny Hamlin was saying he's not planned to pay the fine that he was given for his comments. What would be the procedure and how long does he have to pay? ROBIN PEMBERTON: He also has the ability to appeal. The fines are supposed to be paid as soon as possible, but we're not in any of those windows yet where it seems to be a problem. Q. Where is the limitation for what drivers can say without facing a fine if they have concerns about the car, whatever? ROBIN PEMBERTON: We give them quite a bit of latitude, but you can't slam your racing, you can't slam your product. That's where it crosses a line. Q. If Denny wants to appeal the fine, what would that process entail? ROBIN PEMBERTON: He has to let us know. He has to write a letter. Q. He can continue to compete? ROBIN PEMBERTON: Yes. It's like every other appeal. Over the course of time, you remember mechanics and crew chiefs, whatever, if they appeal, then they can continue to carry on business as usual until the appeal has been heard and ruled on. Q. Just to clarify on that. When he does appeal, does it also go to the National Stockcar Racing Commission and then to the chief appellate officer? ROBIN PEMBERTON: This isn't any different than an illegal part or piece.
Frank Williams' wife dies It is with great sadness that today we report the death of Lady Virginia Williams, wife of Williams Founder and Team Principal Sir Frank Williams.
Lady Virginia, or ‘Ginny’ as she was better known, died peacefully at the family home last night surrounded by Frank and the rest of the Williams family. Ginny had been bravely battling cancer for the past two and a half years.
Ginny will always be an integral part of Williams’ history and success, and today we pay tribute to a much loved member of the Williams family who will be sorely missed. Please respect the family’s wishes for privacy at this time.
No plans for a NASCAR channel With Speed going away on Aug. 17, leaving race fans with no motorsports-focused network, this might seem like the perfect opportunity for NASCAR to begin its own cable property. But no plans are in the works.
“We still discuss it from time to time about having our own network — we still think about it and throw it around a little bit every once in a while,” NASCAR Vice President of Broadcasting Steve Herbst said in a phone interview. “But I think what we’ll find on FS1 is a consistent, strong, and maybe even an increased level of NASCAR programming as compared to Speed today.
“Without a ‘NASCAR channel,’ we’ll still have a very healthy and robust amount of NASCAR programming on there that will satisfy our motorsports fans and reach a broader audience.”
SPEED is a NASCAR puppet channel For several years, SPEED has been the race fans’ network where their sport was thoroughly covered. It has changed many times and the latest is that the network, which is owned by FOX, will cut back on racing coverage to become an all-sports entity.
This is following NBC, which now owns the former Versus channel and CBS, which has its own sports network available on cable. ABC, of course has been the leader, forming ESPN in 1979.
As I chat in Facebook and exchange emails with many race fans, there are a lot of unhappy viewers of SPEED.
Why Black people don't care about NASCAR NASCAR'S lack of a black fan base isn't as one-sided as you think. Picture this: 1963 at Speedway Park, a one-mile dirt track in Jacksonville, Florida where stock car racers like Coo Coo Marlin, Earl Brooks, Fireball Roberts, Ralph Earnhardt and Glen Wood all cemented their legend behind the wheel. Wendell Scott, a black driver, the only black driver in the history of The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing at the time, driving the Chevrolet Bel Air he’d purchased from Ned Jarrett, passes the legendary Richard Petty with 25 laps to go in the 200-lap race, eyeing a clear path to the winner’s circle.
He’s rolling with rush, riding the wave of revving engines and high-octane smoke stacks. Peeling away from the thundering herd with pedal lurching toward metal, Scott—widely considered the Jackie Robinson of NASCAR—is speeding to a place called “going too goddamned fast” while spiked on adrenaline and the thirst for victory. Scott was in the zone.
NASCAR Phoenix Sprint Cup TV RatingsUPDATE NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing on FOX posted a final 5.6/12 with 9.1 million viewers on Sunday for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 from Phoenix. Though that's flat with last year's performance of a 5.6/12 (9.2 million), Sunday's race easily ranks as the highest-rated and most-watched event of the weekend. Through two telecasts, NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing on FOX is averaging a 7.8/17 (13.0 million viewers), up +11% on Households and up +9% on average audience over last year's 7.0/13 (11.9 million).
03/04/13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing on FOX averaged a 5.3/11 yesterday afternoon among the metered markets for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 from Phoenix. That's up +6% over last year's 5.0/10 and ranks as the top-rated event of a full sports weekend. Yesterday's race also ties as the best metered market rating for the first post Daytona race since 2008 (6.1/10).. Yesterday's race opened with a 4.6/10 at 3:30pm and grew steadily throughout the telecast as it peaked at a 6.2/12 in the final half-hour (6-6:30pm) as #99-Carl Edwards snapped a 70 race winless streak to win the race. Through two telecasts, NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing on FOX is averaging a 7.7/17 among the metered markets, up +20% over last year's season-to-date average of a 6.4/11
New Jersey F1 Race Promoter Leo Hindery Jr. said that the American Grand Prix is back on track after it had to postpone its ’13 scheduled debut due to missing local and federal approvals that made it difficult to have all the capitalization in place. Hindery said, "We are back under construction. We have the consents in place that we didn’t have last fall, and we will quite comfortably put the race on, now probably in the mid-year of 2014 with [F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone’s] support."
He added: "There are two civil engineering pieces that still need attention. One is the obvious one in that the course itself has to be paved to take out any crowns in the roadway, make it perfectly flat, and then [FIA F1 Race Dir] Charlie Whiting and his associates demand a quality of asphalt paving that’s very, very high end." The pavement work will start around September when the weather is most conducive to do such work. The second piece that needs attention includes transportation and seating alongside the Hudson River.
Sky F1 channel price rising to almost $1,000 per season in the UK The cost of watching F1 on Sky in the UK will rise to £510 per season next month. On April 9th the Sky F1 channel will become part of the Sky Sports package which costs £21 per month on top of a £21.50 per month Sky subscription (excluding offers), with a minimum 12-month contract.
The F1 channel is currently part of the HD pack which costs £381 per year (discounted to £349.50 at present). Existing Sky customers who receive the F1 channel through the HD pack will continue to do so after the move. According to Sky, 4.5 million subscribers have the HD pack.
Ferrari Chief Designer Nick Tombazis says the team is in much better shape for the coming season than it was 12 months ago, with the Melbourne upgrade package applied to the F138 chassis during the final pre-season test working as hoped.
The Maranello-based outfit has recently struggled with wind tunnel and on-track correlation, but Tombazis is confident that these problems are now firmly in the past.
"Compared to a year ago, the situation is very clear," he said. "It’s not hard to make a comparison, because back then we were in a really difficult situation, so making a better start this year was pretty much a given.
Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award winner Courtney Force took to the skies with the famed United States Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron today. The driver of the Traxxas Ford Mustang flew in a Boeing F/A-18D Hornet strike fighter piloted by Lieutenant Ryan Chamberlain --- Blue Angel No. 7. The pair took off from Naval Air Facility El Centro, California for an hour long flight on Thursday morning. Prior to the flight Force spent time with the Blue Angels officers and enlisted support team.
WFG Back on Track with NASCAR & Roush Fenway Racing in 2013 World Financial Group, Inc. (WFG), a business unit of Transamerica, has joined forces with NASCAR-series championship team Roush Fenway Racing to sponsor Trevor Bayne in two NASCAR Nationwide Series races in 2013. Bayne will race the WFG and Transamerica sponsored No. 6 Ford Mustang in the Sam’s Town 300 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9 and in the Great Clips 200 at the Phoenix International Raceway on Nov. 9.
Bayne made history on Feb. 20, 2011 by becoming the youngest champion of the legendary Daytona 500. The event, which was only his second career Sprint Cup start, was followed up with his first career Nationwide Series win at Texas in the fall of that same year.
Second Hobbs on the road to Indianapolis 500 Three decades apart, another Hobbs is on the road to competing in the Indianapolis 500.
Andrew Hobbs, after successful competition in the Skip Barber Summer Series, has joined ArmsUp Motorsports to compete in the Mazda Road to Indy's Cooper Tires US F2000 National Championships Powered by Mazda. The season opens next week at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla., and continues March 22-24 at St. Petersburg, Fla., as part of the IZOD IndyCar Series race weekend.
"I am incredibly excited to announce that I will be running with Arms-Up Motorsports this year," Hobbs said. "We've known the team for a long time and we know they put together a very competitive car. Joining the Mazda Road to Indy is a fantastic experience and I'm so happy to be a part of this program that will hopefully take me to the IZOD IndyCar Series. I can't wait to get started."
Former rivals working together at Firestone Indy Lights Open Test In 2012, Jack Hawksworth, Gabby Chaves and Sage Karam battled each other for the Star Mazda Championship title.
On March 7 -- the first day of a two-day Open Test for Firestone Indy Lights teams at Sebring International Raceway -- they were working as teammates under the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports banner.
"These guys are my teammates, and I'll work with them, but at the same time they want to win and I'm still going to want to win, so they still are my rivals to a certain extent," Hawksworth said. "All three of the drivers are in three really good cars with a really good team. Hopefully we can push each other on and have a good season."
Open Test at Barber March 12-13 jump-starts action-packed season Things are noticeably different this March for James Hinchcliffe, who enters his second season with Andretti Autosport in the IZOD IndyCar Series. Calmer, more organized and clearer.
"The winter of 2012, the preseason of 2012 there were so many unknowns with the car and for me with the team, engines, everything," the Toronto native said. "Now there are so many of those that are known quantities, and the things that we're looking over and fighting over now are the small details. We've got so many resources to attack those, where last year we were dealing with the big, massive issues.
"It's 95 percent sorted so we can now focus on that 5 percent, whereas last year we were 30 percent sorted."
Hamlin fined for Phoenix post-race comments calling Gen 6 bad NASCAR has fined driver #11-Denny Hamlin $25,000 for comments he made following the March 3 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. NASCAR determined that Hamlin violated Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) of the 2013 NASCAR Rule Book. NASCAR issued the following statement regarding the penalty: "Following the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event last Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, Denny Hamlin made some disparaging remarks about the on-track racing that had taken place that afternoon. While NASCAR gives its competitors ample leeway in voicing their opinions when it comes to a wide range of aspects about the sport, the sanctioning body will not tolerate publicly made comments by its drivers that denigrate the racing product."
Less than two weeks before the 2013 GP2 Series season kicks off in Malaysia, Stefano Coletti confirmed his good form today: the Monegasque driver topped a dry testing day in Barcelona in the morning session with a lap time of 1:29.055. Felipe Nasr was fastest in the afternoon for Carlin.
A clear blue sky welcomed the GP2 drivers at the Circuit de Catalunya this morning for the final day of pre-season testing. As the pitlane opened, the track was still damp though pushing the majority of drivers to opt for wet weather tires for the first half of the session. Stéphane Richelmi was the early pace setter, but his teammate Marcus Ericsson took control of the timesheets after one hour done and dusted in the session.
Paltry Grand-Am crowd in Austin won't help track pay its bills There is no question that Formula One's triumphant return to the U.S. at the new Circuit of the Americas near Austin, Texas, last November was an unqualified success, but the question lingered: What kind of crowd would show up for the rest of COTA's races?
Rumors say the track cost as much as $480 million to build, and it seems obvious that to pay the bills, COTA must attract some sizable crowds throughout the balance of its season. Despite a solid 35-car field for the Grand-Am of the Americas Presented by Gainsco and Total, the announced two-day crowd for the March 1-2 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series event was 26,648; F1's three-day mark topped 117,000.
NASCAR gives Cup teams Thursday test session to work on Gen 6 cars NASCAR is giving Sprint Cup teams a rare pre-weekend test on Thursday so teams can continue to work on their pesky new Gen 6 cars.
The day-long test at Las Vegas Motor Speedway precedes Friday and Saturday activities that lead to Sunday afternoon’s Kobalt Tools 400, the first of 12 races this year on 1.5-mile tracks.
So far -- and this cannot be argued -- the highly touted Gen 6 car hasn’t produced the competitive side-by-side racing NASCAR expected or predicted. The organization spent much of last year and all of the off-season saying how the new car would make fans forget the dreaded Car of Tomorrow that debuted in March of 2007 as a handful and quietly went away after last year’s finale at Homestead.
Public records indicate that Tia Norfleet’s full name is Shauntia Latrice Norfleet, and that she has a criminal record in Virginia and Georgia according to the NY Times
NASCAR which has long struggled to develop minority and female participants, seemed to have a barrier-breaking athlete in its ranks in recent years: Tia Norfleet, a 20-something driver from Georgia. With a savvy marketing campaign, Norfleet garnered attention in several national publications while promoting her accomplishments as the first African-American woman to race in Nascar.
In speaking engagements with students and in news media interviews, Norfleet has for several years portrayed herself as an accomplished driver in the sport. She has sought sponsorships and has a PayPal account on her Web site, which includes articles and videos about her achievements.
Her Web site, Tianorfleet34.com, indicates that she intends to compete in a full schedule this season in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series, one rung below the top-tier Sprint Cup series.
BBC Announces Plans For Coverage Of 2013 Formula 1 Season F1 practice sessions which air live on BBC will also be shown live on network TV, according to the BBC. There will be around 40 extra hours of network output, "with practice generally shown on BBC Two and BBC Two HD." BBC One and BBC One HD will show nine live races, including those in Canada, Great Britain and Brazil, "with extended highlights of the remaining races." The BBC Sport website will broadcast a simulcast of the TV and radio output, and at live races "will also have the 'driver tracker', on-board cameras and a pit-lane stream." BBC
Information leaks to 'certain' journalist threaten to sink IndyCar and the Speedway I wasn’t as interested in the content of the Boston Consulting Group’s blueprint for the IndyCar Series’ future as I was with how that information was disseminated, or rather leaked to the press last week.
I suspect Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles or one of his minions might have intentionally leaked the report as a way to gauge public response to some of BCG’s recommendations such as a season-ending IndyCar road race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway or a three-race postseason format.
Since I was informed this week—even after the Associated Press got a hold of a copy—that the blueprint was strictly an internal document, I have to assume the leak was an inside job.
IZOD IndyCar Series champion Hunter-Reay named RACER of the Year
Reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay on March 6 was named RACER of the Year and Road Racer of the Year as selected by readers of RACER magazine and Racer.com.
The RACER of the Year Awards presented by Hawk Performance is open to racers from a cross-section of motorsports series around the world.
Hunter-Reay is the fourth Indy car driver, the first IZOD IndyCar Series champion and first American-born Indy car champion, to win the award in its 18-year history. Others were Jacques Villeneuve (1995 and '96) Juan Montoya (1999) and Paul Tracy in 2003.
Flying Lizard sets Sebring lineup Flying Lizard Motorsports will return to Sebring Int’l Raceway for the season-opening Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with an expanded two-car lineup.
The team will race the No. 44 and 45 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars in the GTC class, with their week on track beginning with testing March 9 and culminating on race day, March 16th.
Following the team’s successful ALMS Winter Test at Sebring last month, Spencer Pumpelly and Nelson Canache Jr. return in the No. 45 car with Brian Wong rounding out the driver lineup. Brian is a newcomer to Flying Lizard, bringing extensive Porsche and GTC as well as NASCAR experience.
The No. 44 car will be piloted by Pierre Ehret, Brett Sandberg and Alexandre Imperatori, all newcomers to the team.
Schaeffer's to sponsor Jarett Andretti Adding to an already impressive list of partners, Jarett Andretti and the Andretti Autosport Short Track team announced today the addition of the Schaeffer Oil and Schaeffer's Specialized Lubricants as their newest partner for the 2013 race season. Schaeffer's will also partner with Andretti Autosport Short Track to help provide all their lubricants moving forward.
Schaeffer's will be visible on and help power the sprint car Andretti plans to compete in this year throughout Indiana. The team also has plans for Andretti to race a supermodified and other short track machines as the young Andretti continues to quickly move up the motorsports ranks. Aligning with Andretti Autosport Short Track and Jarett Andretti is in line with the Schaeffer advantage.
James Calado quickest on Day 2 in Barcelona The 2012 GP2 Series best rookie James Calado was the quickest man today on a damp Circuit de Catalunya in this morning’s session with a lap time of 1:50.218. Johnny Cecotto topped the timesheet in the afternoon a shy nine hundredth away from Calado.
The second day of GP2 Series pre-season testing opened this morning in cold temperatures as the rain poured down. The drivers put their wet weather Pirelli tires to good use as soon as the green light flashed in the pitlane. Daniel Abt was the early pace setter for ART Grand Prix, but it was his teammate Calado who set the record straight and put in a lap time of 1:50.218 ahead of Felipe Nasr whose best efforts put him sixth tenths away from the Brit. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs ended another seven tenths behind the Brazilian. Behind the top three, Rene Binder, Abt, Mitch Evans, Tom Dillmann, Marcus Ericsson, Cecotto and Kevin Giovesi rounded up the top ten. The session was briefly red flagged twice, first when Abt went off track and clipped the barrier at turn 4 putting a premature end to his morning’s endeavors. The second red flag was issued when Cecotto also went wide at Turn 4 in the closing minutes of the session.
AutoRacing1.com team wins 2nd year in rowUPDATE #2 Here is a video our Scott Morris put together of the go-kart race. Watch as the AR1.com team comes from the back, takes the lead and then proceeds to pull away for a dominating win.
The team from AutoRacing1.com (Top of Podium), along with former Indy 500 pole-sitter Alex Tagliani, won Wednesday's St. Pete Grand Prix media-driver go-kart challenge.
The St. Petersburg GP Media Day was held at the Andersen RacePark karting facility off U.S. 41 Wednesday and included appearances by dignitaries and several drivers, including IndyCar Series stars Justin Wilson and Alex Tagliani.
It was capped by a go-kart race in which teams from media outlets were assigned a professional or semi-pro driver. The AutoRacing1.com team was paired with Alex Tagliani.
AR1.com plays to win - note our drivers wore driving suits, racing shoes and came with their own helmets. Are there any media outlets out there who think they can beat us next year? Stop hiding behind your keyboard and show us what you're made of!
Most injured fans out of hospital, but impacts of race crash lingerUPDATE A reader writes, Reading autoracing1.com's reprint of the Daytona newspaper story on the recovery of selected fans injured in Kyle Larson's Nationwide crash brought back intense memories. I was an avid 7-year old Indy car (USAC in those days) fan when my Dad took my brother and I to the 1973 Indy 500. Wanting the best for his kids and not knowing the intricacies of IMS, my Dad bought front row seats a bit toward turn 4 from the start/finish line. In those days, the seats were folding chairs and only a small patch of grass and the catch fencing separated us from the track. We were mesmerized as drivers came to the fence to mingle with the fans during pre-race festivities. During the rain delay that morning, we spoke with Mario Andretti. Bobby Unser, Bill Vukovich, and others.
Ferrari outfits super car with iPad MiniUPDATE Unveiled today at the Geneva Motor Show, Ferrari's new US$1.3 million LaFerrari hybrid features a touch of Apple in the form of two iPad minis mounted in the backs of the front seats. According to Bloomberg, the inclusion of the tablets marks the start of an expanded partnership between Apple and the renowned Italian auto maker. Also, if you'll recall, Apple's internet software and services boss Eddy Cue joined the Ferrari board of directors last year.
There's no further word from Bloomberg -- which insists on referring to the iPad as "I-Pad" for some reason -- on how the deal will unfold, but the inclusion of iPad mini in other models makes sense, along with Bluetooth-based audio integration and perhaps Siri Eyes Free. We're not sure how much the tablets add to the sticker price on the limited-run vehicle (only 499 will be made), but when you're dealing with a $1.3 million car, it's probably about the same as an extra cup holder.
Australian GP organisers add 'Vettel' stand Australian Grand Prix organizers have added an extra grandstand to meet ticket demands for this year's race, with spectator numbers set to be higher than 2012.
The new World Champion stand, which will offer 'spectacular views' of Turns 3, 4 and 5, will pay tribute to Sebastian Vettel, who has won the past three Drivers' titles.
The season-opening Australian Grand Prix takes place from 15-17 March.
Johnson says Edwards cheated to win Jimmie Johnson was none too pleased with #99-Carl Edwards for the way Edwards restarted the race prior to the final two laps of the Subway Fresh Fit 500 on Sunday. Edwards responded to the accusations with incredulity. Who, me? Was it was some postrace gamesmanship or just matter-of-fact truthfulness? It's hard to say just exactly what happened on lap 315 of the 316-lap event at Phoenix International Raceway, which Edwards won.
"I felt like Carl didn't follow the restart protocol and was slower than the pace car on his last two restarts, and it gives the leader a huge advantage when that happens," Johnson said. "You're supposed to wait until you get between the two lines and take off and this was all going on before it. You're supposed to maintain the speed of the pace car, so I maintained the speed of the pace car and the 99 (of Edwards) is dropping back."
SPEED becomes Fox Sports 1 in AugustUPDATE Select Sprint Cup Series races will be shown on the new Fox Sports 1 channel starting in 2015, the network announced. Fox Sports Media Group has the rights to [the season's first] 13 races, and the news release Tuesday did not indicate which of those races will move from network television to cable. NASCAR officials confirmed when the Fox 2015-2022 deal was announced last October that the Daytona 500 will remain on network television. Speed shows such as NASCAR RaceDay, NASCAR Victory Lane and Race Hub will be added to the Fox Sports 1 lineup. Race Hub, typically a 6:00pm/et show on Speed, will move to midday. Sporting News
03/05/13 Today, FOX Sports Media Group (FSMG) makes television history, officially unveiling plans to launch a new, national, multi-sport network called FOX Sports 1. The announcement was made by FSMG Co-Presidents and COOs Randy Freer and Eric Shanks. Set to debut on Saturday, Aug. 17, just as FOX Sports kicks-off its 20th anniversary year, FS 1 is available in over 90 million homes, making this the biggest sports cable network launch in history, and one of the largest network launches ever. At the outset, FS1 boasts nearly 5,000 hours of live event, news and original programming annually.
NASCAR retains law firm for Daytona crash NASCAR and International Speedway Corporation have retained a Miami-based law firm to handle claims from fans injured in a Feb. 23 Nationwide Series crash. At least 28 fans were injured when Kyle Larson's car went airborne into the catch fence, sending debris flying into the front stretch stands on the last lap of the race. NASCAR is conducting an investigation to see if the catch fence did its job, focusing on the area around a crossover gate where the engine of Larson's car ripped through.
Orlando, Fla., based attorney Matt Morgan told ESPN.com a fourth client recently retained him to seek compensation for burns suffered as a result of the crash. Morgan said he is working "diligently" with NASCAR and ISC legal representation -- Cole, Scott & Kissane, Pa. -- to settle the issue without going to trial. Meanwhile, the two most seriously injured fans remain at Halifax Health in stable condition, according to a hospital spokesperson. ESPN
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