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NASCAR penalizes cheaters in Las Vegas  NASCAR announced rules violations for three teams in the NASCAR Nationwide Series on Wednesday afternoon following Saturday’s race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

On March 6, 2014, NASCAR found the No. 11 Toyota, driven by Elliott Sadler, to have violated sections 12-4.3, which is a P3 penalty and sections 20A-2.3A for a weight attached in an unapproved location. Sadler’s crew chief, Chris Gayle, has been fined $10,000 and placed on probation until Dec. 31. Also, car chief, Todd Brewer, will be placed on probation until December 31st for rule violations. More ...

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FansChoice.tv Brings Race Track To The Fans  Motorcycle races at Daytona. Sports cars at Watkins Glen. Modifieds at Langley.

For race fans, if they couldn't make it to the track and the event didn't have television coverage, there hasn't been an option to watch all the action. Until now.

AMA Pro Racing, IMSA and NASCAR announced today the launch of FansChoice.tv, a ground-breaking collaborative digital platform that will live stream various races not covered by broadcast television, giving fans new opportunities to follow their favorite series. It also will enhance fans viewing experience at the track with the ability to watch multiple cameras on their tablet or mobile device, and access archived broadcasts on demand. More ...

Paul Rodgers to Headline Saturday Night Concert at Toyota Grand Prix of LB  Rock and Roll icon Paul Rodgers will star in Saturday night’s “Rock-N-Roar” Concert, April 12 at the 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

The concert, which begins at approximately 6:45 p.m. on the Convention Center stage facing Ocean Blvd., is free to all Saturday race ticket holders.

In addition to his to his Grammy-nominated solo career, Rodgers is credited as the main songwriter, lead singer and founding member of three internationally famed rock bands - Bad, Company, Free and The Firm. Bad Company released six multi-platinum albums,  spawning such rock chart hits as "Can’t Get Enough,” “Feel Like Making Love,” “Shooting Star,” “Bad Company,” and “Rock and Roll Fantasy.” More ...

Belardi Auto Racing Confirms Chaves for 2014 Indy Lights Title Run  Belardi Auto Racing are excited to confirm Gabby Chaves for the 2014 edition of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires. The motorsports rising star joins the race-winning squad for the full 14-race campaign as the top returning title contender, having finished as the series runner-up as a rookie one year ago. As part of a multi-car effort, Chaves is focused on adding to his and the Indiana-based team's victory tally right from the get go, and fighting for the championship crown until the final checkered flag.

When the upcoming Indy Lights campaign gets underway in a few weeks time on the streets of St. Petersburg, Belardi Auto Racing will have one goal in mind...battling for top honors. The Brownsburg, Ind., squad is poised to do just that with the addition of the 20 year-old Chaves to its skilled line-up. More ...

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman named Grand Marshal  Organizers of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg have named Mayor Rick Kriseman as Grand Marshal for the event’s 10th anniversary, taking place March 28-30. As City Chair in 2004, Mayor Kriseman was an important part of the process in bringing the event to St. Petersburg and increasing the city’s reputation as a major destination in the United States.

In addition to his role as Grand Marshal for the event, Mayor Kriseman will wave the green flag to mark the start of the season-opening IndyCar Series race. This is the fourth consecutive year that St. Petersburg holds the honor of being the event that opens the IndyCar Series calendar. More ...

HPD Joins DP Ranks  
Honda has expanded its attack on the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, and will join the Daytona Prototype category for the first time later this month at the 62nd annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

Honda has a history of success at the Florida endurance racing classic, including LMP2 class victories in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013, and top-three overall race finishes in 2007 - the company's debut in sports-car racing under the Acura Motorsports banner - and again in 2011.

Honda Performance Development (HPD), Honda's North American racing company, has developed a new, 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged Daytona Prototype version of the production J35 engine, the latest of several HPD racing applications for the V6 power plant found, in various forms, in a wide range of Honda and Acura passenger cars and light trucks. More ...

Porsche could've been forced into F1  
Ugly Porsche 919
Porsche "would have had no other alternative" but to enter Formula 1 if its parent company had prevented it from taking on stablemate Audi at Le Mans, reports Autosport.

Porsche research and development boss Wolfgang Hatz admits in this week's AUTOSPORT magazine that F1 and a return to the front of the sportscar grid in LMP1 were the only options when it was deciding how to go back to what he describes as "front-line motorsport" for the first time since the 1990s. More ...

Daly Ok after GP2 testing crash  
Conor Daly is ok after a scary accident during the GP2 test at Abu Dhabi.
Brownsburg, Indiana native Conor Daly came away from a scary GP2 testing crash today without injury. During a test in Abu Dhabi, Daly apparently ran over the back of a slower car in the blind hotel section of the track.

Daly was not pleased after the incident, tweeting that an "unfortunate lack of respect led to a big incident on track." Also, according to Daly, "he could not miss," the other car in the blind section of the track.

Luckily, Daly is ok. Despite the crash, he still managed to finish the session P10.

AR1 Staff

GP2: Jolyon Palmer quickest again at Yas Marina  
Jolyon Palmer fastest overall
The second day of GP2 Series pre-season testing opened at Yas Marina Circuit this morning with Rio Haryanto setting the early pace just before a first red flag period after Stoffel Vandoorne clipped the barrier at Turn 19 and stopped on track. The proceedings resumed and Haryanto kept the top spot. A second red flag halted the action after Axcil Jefferies span and stopped at Turn 13.

The track went live again. Mitch Evans found some extra pace and improved on the Indonesian’s laptime by four tenths. After a third short red flag period courtesy of Jefferies who stopped at Turn 1, Jon Lancaster put his head down and first moved up to P2 before bettering Evans’ best by two tenths hence claiming the top spot ahead of Kimiya Sato. The rookie from Campos managed a laptime just one tenth slower than Lancaster. More ...
Need for Speed Preview: Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian to Debut at Sebring International Raceway  
The #60 MSR Ford will promote this week's release Need for Speed at Sebring.

Sebring, Fla. (11 March 2014) – Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian is ready to go for round two of the 2014 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the 62nd Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida this week at Sebring International Raceway.

Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian will proudly carry the colors of its latest promotional partnership, as the team looks to support this weekend’s opening of the DreamWorks Studio release Need for Speed.

John Pew, Ozz Negri, and Justin Wilson will share the driving duties in the No. 60 Need For Speed Ford Ecoboost/Riley Daytona Prototype as the trio looks to continue to make progress after a productive test at the bumpy track in February.

While Saturday’s race marks the first-ever competition outing for Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian, the team not only has extensive experience testing at the track, but the drivers all have logged countless laps on the track. The 3.74-mile circuit will be bursting at the seams with race traffic, as four classes and nearly 70 cars are set to share the bumpy and often tight road course. More ...
Rum Bum Racing Porsche GT America  
Rum Bum livery
Rum Bum Racing will debut the distinctively-liveried No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche GT America machine this weekend in the 62nd running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida with drivers Matt Plumb, Madison Snow, Hugh Plumb and Jan Heylen. The team will take to the track on Thursday morning for the first IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship practice of the weekend, with the race slated to go green at 10:15 AM on Saturday (FOX SPORTS 1).
Video: Pagenaud Wins Rallye National de la Vienne  Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Simon Pagenaud won the Rallye National de la Vienne on March 7-8 to claim his first victory in rally racing.

Pagenaud and co-driver Manu Dechatre wheeled a Team FJ-prepared Peugeot S2000 car through Pagenaud's native La Vienne region of France against several French Championship regular competitors to claim the win. More ...

LegalShield to Sponsor Jack Hawksworth IndyCar  LegalShield, one of the nation's leading providers of legal safeguards for individuals, families and small businesses, announced today that it has reached an agreement with Indianapolis 500 winning team Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) and Bowen & Bowers Motorsports (BBM), to sponsor the No. 98 Honda driven by Jack Hawksworth.

Hawksworth, 23, joins BHA for his rookie IndyCar season following success last season in the Firestone Indy Lights Series where he won three races and finished fourth in the championship. More ...

GP2: Palmer tops morning of Day 2 at Yas Marina  
Morning Times

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Jolyon Palmer DAMS 1:50.311 27
2. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:50.947 28
3. Jon Lancaster MP Motorsport 1:51.005 20
4. Kimiya Sato Campos Racing 1:51.204 18
5. Mitch Evans RT RUSSIAN TIME 1:51.231 19
6. Rio Haryanto EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:51.445 28
7. Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:51.484 27
8. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:51.810 22
9. Johnny Cecotto Trident 1:51.839 15
10. Conor Daly Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:51.846 12
11. Julian Leal Carlin 1:51.893 16
12. Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 1:52.024 27
13. Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1:52.215 27
14. André Negrao Arden International 1:52.268 22
15. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:52.335 11
16. Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering 1:52.404 20
17. Takuya Izawa ART Grand Prix 1:52.545 26
18. Nathanael Berthon Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:52.580 13
19. Daniiel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:52.657 15
20. Rene Binder Arden International 1:52.887 19
21. Axcil Jefferies Trident 1:53.133 21
22. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rapax 1:53.162 18
23. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:53.358 24
24. Artem Markelov RT RUSSIAN TIME 1:53.358 24
25. Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport 1:56.274 18
26. Facu Regalia Hilmer Motorsport -- 0
First-Time Visit to Iconic 12 Hours of Sebring Enduro for No. 10 Corvette DP  
No. 10 Wayne Taylor Corvette DP
Round one of the inaugural Tudor United SportsCar Championship season was one that team owner and three-time sports car racing champion Wayne Taylor will never forget as he dusted off the racing gloves and co-drove in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona for the first time ever with his 24- and 22-year-old sons Ricky and Jordan Taylor. Together with his longtime friend, co-driver, co-GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series champion and business partner Max “The Ax” Angelelli, the Taylors almost pulled off the ultimate result, crossing the finish line in second place, a mere 1.461 seconds from victory in their No. 10 Velocity Worldwide Chevrolet Corvette Dallara Daytona Prototype.

Round two of the 2014 Tudor Championship takes the Wayne Taylor Racing (WTR) camp for the first time ever to historic Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway for Saturday’s 62nd running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, where Angelelli and Ricky and Jordan Taylor will look to increase their lead in the all-important North American Endurance Cup championship within a championship. And while Wayne Taylor has put away the driving gloves – for good, this time, he says – the 57-year-old team owner will find himself in the spotlight once again this weekend as he is one of five inductees to make up the 2014 class of the Sebring International Raceway Hall of Fame, who will be honored during special ceremonies held at the track Friday. More ...

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday  
  • Vettel is the best and he won't like driving this year's Red Bull lemon
    Vettel could exit amid Red Bull crisis - Marko
  • Haug returns to motor racing with DTM
  • Vettel still not confirming fatherhood
  • Lauda denies money powered Mercedes dominance
  • Marko relationship will ensure equality - Ricciardo
  • No F1 boycott to punish Russia - Lauda
  • McLaren adds black to 2014 race livery
  • Lauda 'annoyed' by Schumacher rumors
  • New V6 era is 'pure F1' - Berger
  • Di Resta yet to secure Mercedes F1 role
  • New Nurburgring owner to keep 'affordable' F1
  • India GP problems 'money related' - Ecclestone
  • F1 co-owner says deal 'a mistake'
  • Pat Fry: Time to go racing
  • Di Montezemolo fears F1 turned into 'taxi-cab' series
  • Schumacher shows signs of improvement New More ...
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TORC To Stream Races Online  TORC: The Off-Road Championship has announced a partnership with YouTube’s largest automotive channel, Motor Trend, for live broadcasts of the entire 2014 TORC series.

The channel has a subscriber base of more than 2 million and has garnered some 560 million views in total and was recently scored as the leading automotive-related channel by OpenSlate, generating over 20 million visits per month by users with an interest in racing and car culture. It is also the largest producer of daily, original automotive content. More ...

Smoke IS the Bandit with Mobil 1 -- Episode 2  Guest star Darrell Waltrip joins the Bandit (Tony Stewart, driver of No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Chevy) as the Bandit, The Snowman and Fred the dog get ready to depart for Texarkana.

NASCAR to allow cooldown units during qualifying  NASCAR notified its teams this afternoon that effective immediately the following modifications apply to all elements of its national series qualifying including the breaks:
-One cool down unit connected through either the left side or right side hood flap/cowl flap is allowed to cool the engine
-The hood must continue to remain closed
-Plugging in the generator will not be allowed
-Two crew members will be allowed over the wall to support the car and driver
-No cool down laps will be permitted More ...
Norway oil fund admits F1 investment was mistake  Norway's $840-billion oil fund, the world's largest sovereign wealth fund, admitted Tuesday that investing in graft-tainted Bernie Ecclestone's Formula One Group was a mistake.

In May, the fund paid $1.6 billion (1.15 billion euros) for a 21,3 percent share of the group in a consortium with two other funds, BlackRock and Waddell & Reed Financial.

"Yes, we have made a mistake," fund director Yngve Slyngstad told the business daily Dagens Naeringsliv, suggesting the fund may try to offload its stake.

The Formula One Group, which manages the sport's commercial rights, is run by Bernie Ecclestone, who is to go on trial on corruption charges in Munich on April 24. More ...

Formula E - Interview: Dilbagh Gill, Mahindra Racing  Mahindra Racing has become a familiar presence in top-level motorsport during recent years, entering MotoGP in 2011. The Mumbai-based outfit were the eighth team to join the FIA Formula E championship and look set to be a strong contender in their debut year. Team Principal Dilbagh Gill believes Mahindra’s background working in electric vehicle technology will provide a solid platform for success in the coming season.

What was it about Formula E that appealed to Mahindra Racing?

Over the last decade, the Mahindra Group has invested significantly in electric vehicle technology to develop advanced mobility solutions. Our group company Mahindra Reva has obtained many patents for its pioneering innovations in this arena. We believe that Formula E is the perfect platform to help enhance our knowledge and expertise of electric vehicles, while also helping us to transfer cutting edge technology to our road cars. More ...

track news
Capricorn wins bid for Nurburgring  Following intensive and constructive negotiations, the race for the Nurburgring has been decided: Prof. Dr. Thomas B. Schmidt, the managing director in charge of the restructuring process, and the insolvency monitor, Jens Lieser, have now sold all assets of the historic Nurburgring after a Europe-wide investor process lasting many months. They have been acquired by the newly established Capricorn NURBURGRING GmbH, whose managing directors are Dr. Robertino Wild and Adam Osieka. The Capricorn GROUP to which the new buyer belongs is a medium-sized business that has its roots in motor sport and provides products and services for the automotive and aviation sectors through the development of innovative materials and technologies at several sites across Europe.

The buyer will take over and continue to run the business operations of the Nurburgring, with its numerous motor races, music events, tourist and test drives as well as the hotels and holiday facilities. The business strategy of the bidder is that the Capricorn GROUP will develop and expand the Nurburgring into an Automotive Technology Cluster. This new approach goes well beyond pure motor sport and offers the prospect of further jobs in the region. More ...

Dion von Moltke Teams with NeuroSport Performance to bring Neuroscience to Motorsports  
Coral Gables, FL, March 11, 2014

Today Dion von Moltke racing announced a groundbreaking partnership that will bring leading Neuroscience principles and technology to the North American motorsports industry. Just in time as he prepares for a third consecutive win at the legendary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring race in the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship, von Moltke joins forces with NeuroSport Performance.

Kenny James, CEO of NeuroSport Performance, explains: "The mission of NeuroSport is to improve the performance and safety of athletes through cognitive training technologies. We are excited about our partnership with Dion. He has impressed us with his dedication and commitment to doing what it takes to become the best possible professional race car driver.  He will be helping us develop tools and techniques specific to the racing industry and will be key to our success in this industry."

NeuroSport Performance crossed paths with Dion when he recently completed an off-season training program at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida. Dion quickly recognized the opportunity to expand his racing activities into an area he is particularly passionate about - training the mind to consistently be faster on track and an all round better driver.

The initial phases of the partnership are very much focused on Dion's use of technology as he undergoes a strict cognitive training regimen. NeuroSport and Dion are teaming up to develop new mental training tools to help train drivers achieve the highest performance allowing for optimum focus, decision making and mental stamina. Dion will leverage his partnership with PRNewswire, the world's number one content distribution and marketing services provider, to tell NeuroSport Performance's story to the motorsports and high performance athletics worlds.

"Teaming up with NeuroSport Performance is an excellent long term career platform for me.  What an incredible opportunity to use some of the latest mental training technologies to enable myself to become a better driver, but then to also be a key contributor to building the NeuroSport Performance business and to bring game changing advances to the motorsports industry!  This doesn't end with racecar drivers in sports car, oval and open wheel series - it has applications for enhancing crew performance as well. Absolutely any area where the highest levels of mental performance can deliver an edge to a team will be areas where we will be delivering solutions. This has been a major area of focus of mine for some time now and I am incredibly pleased to see this extend to a long term business relationship with NeuroSport Performance."

IndyCar driver Josef Newgarden was testing Monday at Barber Motorsports Park  
Josef Newgarden
Joey Newgarden stood patiently Monday afternoon near the paddock at Barber Motorsports Park.

His son, third-year IndyCar driver Josef Newgarden, was going through debriefing with other members of the Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing team. Once done, dad would drive son home to Nashville.

"He's come here and raced here probably a dozen times in the last 10 years," the elder Newgarden said. "He loves it. This is kind of his home track."

With the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama coming up, the 23-year-old driver made his way to town for some testing. More ...

IndyCar news bits  Team Penske owner Roger Penske made his first hole in one last weekend at Augusta National's 154-yard fourth hole. That same weekend, the team won both stock car races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The odds of an amateur making a hole in one: 12,000 to 1...Bryan Herta Autosport announced that LegalShield, one of the nation's leading providers of legal safeguards for individuals, families and small businesses, will be a full-season associate sponsor the No. 98 car driven by Jack Hawksworth. ... The Outdoor Channel has signed a multi-year deal with ESPN to telecast IndyCar Series races in Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Palau, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam.
IndyCar Series drivers add star power to 12 Hours of Sebring  Sebastien Bourdais seeks to make it two endurance race victories in a row as co-drives the Action Express Racing entry in the Twelve Hours of Sebring this weekend.

Bourdais, who will participate in the IndyCar Series Open Test on March 17-18 at Barber Motorsports Park with KVSH Racing, rejoins Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa in the Corvette Daytona Prototype. They won the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January.

Bourdais set the fastest lap time in two days of testing last month on the 3.74-mile circuit. More ...
Mario Andretti To Serve as Grand Marshal for 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach  
Mario Andretti's popular victory in  the 1977 LBGP F1 race cemented Long Beach's future
Mario Andretti, one of the most recognizable names in the history of motorsport, will serve as Grand Marshal for the 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday, April 13, saying the most famous words in auto racing – "Drivers, start your engines!" – just prior to the start of the featured IndyCar Series race.

Considered by many to be the greatest race driver in the history of the sport, Andretti’s list of accomplishments on the track are numerous.  He won the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500, the Formula One World Championship and the Pikes Peak Hillclimb. He won the IndyCar National Championship four times and was a three-time winner at Sebring.  He won races in sports cars, sprint cars and stock cars - on ovals, road courses, drag strips, on dirt and on pavement.  He was victorious at virtually every level of motorsports since he arrived in America from his native Italy at age 15. More ...

Video: Sahara Force India Formula One Team Drivers Talk about F1 season opener  Starring the Silverstone-based team's 2014 driver line up of Germany's Nico Hulkenberg and Mexico's Sergio Perez, each #BigTime Grand Prix Preview sees the promising pair giving a snapshot of what each event on the FIA Formula One World Championship calendar means to them and a flavor of the race, its fans and the likes of their own personal highlights from that race. First up Australia!

Di Resta plans Formula 1 comeback  
Paul di Resta
Former Force India driver Paul di Resta says he remains intent on securing a Formula 1 comeback.

"My desire is to be involved in Formula 1 in some way, shape or form," di Resta told Press Association Sport.

"Staying as active as you can in the sport is important, and if there is any chance to get back then hopefully that can happen. At the moment I'll take it year by year and I'll do what I can to get back in.

"I certainly don't feel as though the door has closed on me in any way, and I'm not too old to give up. I did enough to show people what I can do, and there may be chances pop up. I'll continue to be as involved as I can over the next year, couple of years." More ...

Renault 'on course' with recovery plan  Renault says its 2014 recovery plan remains "on course" ahead of the Australian Grand Prix.

The French manufacturer endured a troublesome pre-season test period with its new turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 power unit, restricting the combined mileage of supplied teams Red Bull, Lotus, Toro Rosso and Caterham.

But Remi Taffin, Renault Sport F1's Head of Track Operations, remains optimistic that the brand is heading in the right direction, having already witnessed significant progress between the Jerez and Bahrain gatherings. More ...

Asian TV deal for IndyCar  
Pan-Asian broadcaster Outdoor Channel has signed a deal with ESPN to show action from the IndyCar series and X Games events.

The network becomes the exclusive pan-regional broadcaster of IndyCar in Southeast Asia and parts of the wider Asia-Pacific region.

As part of the multi-year agreement, Outdoor Channel and ESPN will jointly promote and market the series, as well as X Games action sports events in Austin and Aspen, across the region. More ...

GP2: Jolyon Palmer tops Day 1 of testing at Yas Marina  
Jolyon Palmer
The 2014 GP2 Series has officially started today at Yas Marina Circuit with the opening of the first of two three day test sessions. All twenty-six drivers were eager to take to the track and it was rookie Stoffel Vandoorne who was the first man in action in his ART machine. The rest of the field followed to complete their installation laps on Pirelli Medium tires.

On a dirty track, Daniel Abt set the early pace, but it was a majorly quiet first half of the session with the drivers playing the waiting game and hoping for a cleaner circuit. An hour and a half into the session, it was Vandoorne who had covered the most laps (fifteen). The lap times started to drop and it was Mitch Evans who took top spot before a red flag period after the Kiwi’s teammate Artem Markelov stopped his car at Turn 4. At the restart, Alexander Rossi and Felipe Nasr took turns at the top of the standings. The proceedings were briefly halted a second time after Facu Regalia also stopped on track. More ...
Ecclestone now tips Hamilton for title  
The British F1 media will go ga-ga over Hamilton winning the title with his superior Mercedes
(GMM)  Bernie Ecclestone has changed his mind.

A month ago, the F1 chief executive said that with Mercedes clearly "best prepared" for the all-new 2014 rules, his tip was "(Nico) Rosberg winning the title".

But on Tuesday, Ecclestone told Germany's Sport Bild: "(Lewis) Hamilton will win the first race, and he will also be world champion this year."

But why Briton Hamilton now instead of German Rosberg? More ...

Webber still in paddock after F1 retirement  
Mark Webber
(GMM)  After more than a decade on the grid, Mark Webber will still be in the paddock this weekend as a new season of F1 begins.

But the Australian warned the sport's regulars not to expect to see his chiseled jaw too often now that he has switched to Le Mans with Porsche.

"I didn't stop (F1) to hang out at race tracks all the time," the 37-year-old told Fairfax Media.

Earlier on Tuesday, Webber touched down in Melbourne, where he will spend the weekend as a commentary guest for host broadcaster Ten. More ...

First Time at the 12 Hours for Daytona Prototypes  
Gone are the sophisticated LMP1 cars like the Audi eTron (Top), replaced with the much slower Daytona Prototypes (bottom).  But to the half drunk spring break kids in attendance really care?
There’s a first time for everything, the old saying goes. It’s with that in mind that Corvette Daytona Prototype teams head this week to Sebring International Raceway for the second round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring is America’s oldest sports car race but this year marks the first time DP cars race at the historic circuit.

The inaugural season of the TUDOR Championship couldn’t have started much better for the contingent of Corvette DP teams. Action Express Racing’s No. 5 entry led a sweep of the top four positions at the Rolex 24 At Daytona to start the year. Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and Sebastien Bourdais look to earn a double in Florida with a victory at Sebring. The competition is tough though with 18 cars in the TUDOR Championship’s Prototype class – including four other Corvette Daytona Prototypes.

Wayne Taylor Racing finished second at the Rolex 24 and stands to contend again at Sebring. Action Express’ No. 9 entry followed with Spirit of Daytona’s Corvette DP in fourth. Throw in Marsh Racing’s No. 31 entry – only the team’s second race with its Corvette DP – and you have a group capable of challenging throughout 12 hours on the rough-and-tumble Florida circuit… and giving Chevrolet its first overall Sebring victory since 1965.

“There aren’t many racing venues in the world that are as demanding on the cars, drivers and teams as Sebring,” said Mark Kent, Chevrolet’s Director of Racing.  “It is a circuit full of history and Chevrolet looks forward to returning to this amazing track. Taking the top four finishing positions at the season opening Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona race was a monumental moment for Chevrolet and our Corvette Daytona Prototype program.  We hope to build upon that success as the season continues with the 12 hour race at Sebring." More ...

Buenos Aires Mayor signs three-year Formula E race deal  Mayor Mauricio Macri, today (7 March) officially welcomed the FIA Formula E Championship to Buenos Aires as one of 10 global cities to host the new fully-electric racing series.

Together with the CEO of Formula E Alejandro Agag, the Mayor signed an agreement which will see the Argentinean capital host Formula E races for the next three years, beginning with the city’s first electric Grand Prix on 10th January 2015.

Buenos Aires joins a list of nine other cities to be announced for the inaugural season and one of three races taking place in South America. Formula E is a new FIA Championship using electric single-seater cars capable of speeds in excess of 225km/h. Beginning this September, the series will compete in the heart of 10 of the world's leading cities with 10 teams, each with two drivers, going head-to-head to create a unique and exciting racing series designed to appeal to a new generation of motorsport fans. More ...

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday (Update)  UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

  • Horner gets an earful from Sebastian Vettel over the 'lemon' he will be driving this year.  Horner predicts Mercedes powered cars will lap the field
    Horner tips Mercedes driver for 2014 title
  • Red Bull could give up on 2014 chase - Trulli
  • Barrichello hopes Massa fights for title
  • No Monaco move for backmarker rookie Ericsson
  • Experts say Schumacher recovery now unlikely
  • Berger thought of Schumacher after own ski fall
  • Oz 'one month' too early for Toro Rosso
  • Two DRS zones retained for Melbourne New
  • Critics question whether Australia's Walker is too close to Ecclestone New More ...
Danica Patrick's Chevrolet is top Stewart-Haas Racing finisher at Las Vegas  
NASCAR Superstar Danica Patrick shows the boys how it's done
Tony Stewart would just as soon forget last weekends Las Vegas Motor Speedway 1.5-mile oval race - the Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

“Loose” is how Stewart constantly described his race car, and Stewart ended the race in 33rd position, four laps down.

“Something wasn't right,” Stewart said after the race.

When the checkered flag dropped, crew chief Chad Johnston ordered the team not to touch the race car. They'll take it back to Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) in Kannapolis, N.C., to diagnose its ailment. More ...

No TV, Radio Coverage for Kansas PC Event  When Prototype Challenge teams visit Kansas Speedway this June for its double-header TUDOR United SportsCar Championship event, it will be without mainstream media coverage.

IMSA has confirmed that the June 6-7 event on the 2.37-mile oval/road course will not feature television, online video streaming or MRN coverage for the weekend, which also includes a round of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.

According to IMSA VP of Marketing David Pettit, the decision to forgo FOX Sports 1/2 coverage came down to its TV rights contract that was carried over from last year, which permitted a set number of “premier series races” that were allowed as part of the package. More ...

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NASCAR Nationwide Series at Bristol Live on ESPN2
The NASCAR Nationwide Series moves to the half-mile, high-banked Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway for a 300-lap race on Saturday, March 15, and ESPN2 will have a live telecast. NASCAR Countdown airs at 1:30 p.m. ET while the green flag will fly at 2:13 p.m.  Also from Bristol, ESPN2 will air NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying at 10 a.m. All NASCAR programming on ESPN networks is available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Apple TV and Roku via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliate provider.  The race telecast will air delayed on ESPN Deportes at 4 a.m. on Sunday, March 9, and live in Canada on TSN2 at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Booth: Lap-by-Lap announcer Allen Bestwick; analysts Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree.
Pit reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch.
NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe (host); Rusty Wallace; Ricky Craven (analysts). More ...

BAR1 Motorsports Announces 12 Hours of Sebring Driver Line-Up  BAR1 Motorsports is eager to announce their two-car Prototype Challenge lineup for the 62nd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida. Joining Martin Plowman in the #88 Loop Pay/Snowball Express/TOP 1 Oil/Merchant Services/Naked Paddock/Papa car is Doug Bielefeld, Tomy Drissi, and Chapman Ducote. Contesting for a win in the #87 GK Motorsports/K-Hill Racing car is Gaston Kearby, Tonis Kasemets, and Bruce Hamilton.

BAR1 Motorsports will compete in the 12 Hours of Sebring and remainder of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season with dual PC entries. Team owner, Brian Alder, comes from a background with extensive endurance experience, and 3 class wins at Sebring under his belt. Alder’s experience with endurance racing will guide the team throughout the second endurance race of the season. More ...

Montecalvo and Jeannette fly the flag for Camp Boggy Creek  
No. 52 Camp Boggy Creek ORECA PC
Frankie Montecalvo and Gunnar Jeannette will have a legion of new fans for their TUDOR United SportsCar Championship PC class assault in 2014 after teaming up with Camp Boggy Creek - the Florida-based camp for seriously ill children.

Starting from this week's Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Montecalvo and Jeannette's' PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA PC car will appear in Camp Boggy Creek livery for the remainder of the 2014 season.

The tie-in with Camp Boggy Creek came through team partner Bayshore Recycling's desire to highlight a worthy charity for the 2014 season. The decision to form the partnership with Camp Boggy Creek is thanks to the late, great Paul Newman. More ...

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