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Rebellion at Sebring: Lola-Toyotas Fastest in Final Test
Rebellion Toyota
Rebellion Racing held the top two spots at the end of Wednesday’s final test session for the 61st Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida. Only 0.531 seconds separated the team’s pair of Lola-Toyota coupes with the No. 13 of Mathias Beche, Congfu “Frankie” Cheng and Andrea Belicchi going quickest at 1:48.256 (124.372 mph).

The No. 12 entry of Nico Prost, Nick Heidfeld and Neel Jani sat second at 1:48.787 (123.765 mph), followed by Muscle Milk Pickett Racing’s No. 6 Honda Performance Development ARX-03c. The car of Klaus Graf, Lucas Luhr and Romain Dumas posted a time of 1:48.864 (123.677 mph).

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Power sweeps all four IndyCar test sessions
The lap times continued to fall at Barber Motorsports Park, but the name at the top remained the same.

For the second consecutive day, Will Power topped the time chart in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. (See results at bottom)

The Australian recorded his best lap of 1 minute, 7.1329 seconds on his final flying lap. The lap was more than 3 seconds quicker than the 2012 pole time in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at the venue by Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves.

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Ecclestone Is 'Very Impressed' With Sochi Progress
Sochi Stadium
F1’s Eastern expansion, which started only a decade ago, includes plans for new races in Russia, Thailand and maybe even a second Malaysian Grand Prix. Sochi, which is located on the banks of the Black Sea, will not only host the Winter Olympics in ’14, but also the country’s first F1 race.

After a recent visit to Sochi, F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone told SBD Global, “Everything is good. I went down there and met with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, and we went through the whole thing. Now everything is on track and it’s good. I’m very impressed with what they are doing.” The racetrack is expected to include public roads in its layout and will be located right next to the newly constructed Olympic Park.

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Video: Standing Start Practice - James Jakes at Barber
James Jakes demonstrates the new IndyCar Standing Start Procedures.


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Grand Prix Of Baltimore Unveils New Branding Ahead Of '13 Race
The Grand Prix of Baltimore this week unveiled a new slogan, "Celebration of Acceleration," to accompany a new logo for the annual Izod IndyCar Series race scheduled for Aug. 30-Sept. 1. The tagline is part of a "new look and feel" for the event, which in its third year is also rolling out a redesigned website. The logo was designed by Mission Media, Baltimore. BIZJOURNALS.com


IMS, MillerCoors Extend, Expand Partnership
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and MillerCoors have extended their longstanding partnership, with expanded involvement by the brewer at the Racing Capital of the World.

Miller Lite will continue as the Official Malt Beverage of the Indianapolis 500 and the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard at IMS. MillerCoors also will become a "Podium Partner," signifying IMS corporate partners of significant investment level.

"IMS has enjoyed a long, successful partnership with MillerCoors, and we're pleased to continue that relationship for years to come," said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president and chief executive officer. "MillerCoors has created many innovative promotions surrounding IMS events throughout our relationship, and we're thrilled the company is expanding its sponsorship and activation."

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Oasis Supports Barracuda No. 98 Indy Car
Barracuda Racing unveiled Oasis sponsorship and branding during the IndyCar Spring Training test at Barber Motorsports Park. Lassonde and Oasis Juices will join the team as an associate sponsor for the season.

The Quebec-based fruit and vegetable juice manufacturer began their foray into IndyCar as a personal sponsor of Tagliani last season, and have now increased their investment and presence to include car, driver and crew branding. Further, Lassonde and the Oasis brand have a strong national activation plan which will feature Alex and his Barracuda Networks No. 98.

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Menards Extends Agreement With ARCA
Menards has agreed to extend its presenting sponsorship role with the ARCA Racing Series, including an official company sponsorship.

Menards will also sponsor the Menards 200 ARCA Racing Series event at Toledo Speedway for a fifth consecutive year.

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Jeff Gordon Takes Humorous Test Drive In Latest Pepsi Max Spot
Pepsi has unveiled a “video it shot at Troutman Motors and Philip Morris” in Concord, N.C. in February that promotes Pepsi Max and “features NASCAR racer Jeff Gordon in disguise taking a test drive of a new Camaro,” according to Mark Plemmons of the HICKORY RECORD. The video was “produced by Gifted You, a division of Will Ferrell’s Funny or Die company,” and about “75 people were employed during the shooting of the video.” Hickory Record.

The video will be “used in a Pepsi commercial.” Charlotte Observer


IndyCar Barber Test Day 2 morning times
Here are the times from Wednesday morning testing that saw Will Power remain the fastest drivers.


KV Racing Technology Announces Alliance with SH Racing
KV Racing Technology announced today an alliance with SH Racing for the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series Season.

The #11 Tony Kanaan piloted car will be officially referred to as the "KV Racing Technology-SH" #11 entry.

"KVRT and SH have done great things together since the inception of our relationship and I expect this season to be no different," said KVRT Co-Owner Jimmy Vasser.

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Niederhauser on top as Barcelona GP3 test ends
Swiss driver Patric Niederhauser set a blistering lap time of 1:33.750 which was an impressive 4.2 seconds faster than the best GP3 lap set at the Circuit de Catalunya in 2012. It was another trouble-free test session in Barcelona with the second generation car as the full grid of 27 drivers fought with the mixed weather conditions. Aaro Vainio was quickest in the afternoon for Koiranen GP.

Melville McKee replaced Lewis Williamson at Bamboo Engineering which was the only change to the line-up for day two. The first hour of the test was frenetic as the drivers fed onto the track eager to make the most of dry running before the expected rain fell. Jenzer Motorsport made it a one-two with Niederhauser and Alex Fontana topping the timesheets early on with drivers unable to improve as the heavens opened.

Jack Harvey stopped on track in his ART Grand Prix car with technical gremlins whilst Nick Cassidy (Marussia Manor Racing) clipped the barrier which caused brief red flags. Carmen Jorda (Bamboo Engineering) and Emanuele Zonzini (Trident) spun off into the gravel trap as the rain pounded down which caused two short interruptions at the close of the morning session.

Niederhauser’s quickest time was almost half a second faster than his teammate Fontana with Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing), Cassidy, Giovanni Venturini (Trident), Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden), Harvey, Facu Regalia (ART Grand Prix), Dino Zamparelli (Marussia Manor Racing) and Conor Daly (ART Grand Prix) rounding out the top ten at the checkered flag.

Heavy rain hammered down and the temperature dropped as the afternoon session got underway as the drivers wrestled with the wet conditions. There were a number of red flags in the afternoon session which included Josh Webster, Regalia, Samin Gomez, Zonzini, McKee and Daly who had minor offs as the treacherous weather continued to cause drivers a headache. Daly held top spot in the standings with the Koiranen GP duo of Kevin Korjus and Aaro Vainio second and third as the drivers concentrated on wet weather set-up.

Carlos Sainz Jnr (MW Arden) went into the tire barrier at turn three which had been problematic for a number of drivers, thus causing significant damage to his car which brought the red flag out. In the final part of the session Vainio shot to P1 with Harvey into P2.  Harvey ran off track at the end of the session which meant the session ended under red flag conditions. Therefore Vainio remained at the head of the timings in front of Harvey, Daly, Korjus, Eric Lichtenstein, Regalia, Venturini, Jimmy Eriksson (Status Grand Prix), Nick Yelloly (Carlin) and Zamparelli.

Patric Niederhauser commented: “I have so much fun driving the second generation car, it’s very challenging. The speed differential between the GP3/13 and GP3/10 car is immense and I feel there are still improvements to come within the car set-up as this is only the second test. Driver skill is really tested as you have to adapt your driving style to suit the needs and the power of the machine. Fast corners are much trickier to control. Tire management is even more important this year and it’s the perfect preparation to learn and progress to GP2 and Formula 1.”

The final official pre-season test takes place at Silverstone on 03-04 April before the first round gets underway in May at Barcelona.

Day 2: Morning
Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:33.750 19
2. Alex Fontana Jenzer Motorsport 1:34.176 24
3. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:34.209 27
4. Nick Cassidy Marussia Manor Racing 1:34.219 23
5. Giovanni Venturini Trident 1:34.411 21
6. Daniil Kvyat MW Arden 1:34.441 32
7. Jack Harvey ART Grand Prix 1:34.491 19
8. Facu Regalia ART Grand Prix 1:34.519 29
9. Dino Zamparelli Marussia Manor Racing 1:34.520 30
10. Conor Daly ART Grand Prix 1:34.576 29
11. Carlos Sainz Jnr MW Arden 1:34.601 27
12. Nick Yelloly Carlin 1:34.668 25
13. David Fumanelli MW Arden 1:34.720 21
14. Kevin Korjus Koiranen GP 1:34.737 17
15. Jimmy Eriksson Status Grand Prix 1:34.738 16
16. Robert Visoiu MW Arden 1:34.738 25
17. Patrick Kujala Koiranen GP 1:34.844 20
18. Emanuele Zonzini Trident 1:34.976 19
19. Adderly Fong Status Grand Prix 1:35.159 13
20. Aaro Vainio Koiranen GP 1:35.328 15
21. Luis Sa Silva Carlin 1:35.447 27
22. Josh Webster Carlin 1:35.629 16
23. Samin Gomez Jenzer Motorsport 1:36.072 18
24. Eric Lichtenstein Carlin 1:36.209 28
25. Melville McKee Bamboo Engineering 1:36.336 27
26. Ryan Cullen Bamboo Engineering 1:37.128 22
27. Carmen Jorda Bamboo Engineering 1:38.378 21

Day 2: Afternoon
Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Aaro Vainio Koiranen GP 1:54.509 22
2. Jack Harvey ART Grand Prix 1:56.109 16
3. Conor Daly ART Grand Prix 1:56.305 25
4. Kevin Korjus Koiranen GP 1:56.385 36
5. Eric Lichtenstein Carlin 1:57.161 23
6. Facu Regalia ART Grand Prix 1:57.234 21
7. Giovanni Venturini Trident 1:57.622 17
8. Jimmy Eriksson Status Grand Prix 1:57.843 28
9. Nick Yelloly Carlin 1:58.106 19
10. Dino Zamparelli Marussia Manor Racing 1:58.183 14
11. Adderly Fong Status Grand Prix 1:59.207 24
12. David Fumanelli Trident 1:59.252 18
13. Josh Webster Status Grand Prix 1:59.568 12
14. Emanuele Zonzini Trident 2:00.464 16
15. Patrick Kujala Koiranen GP 2:01.289 21
16. Ryan Cullen Bamboo Engineering 2:01.476 15
17. Carlos Sainz Jnr MW Arden 2:01.903 2
18. Luis Sa Silva Carlin 2:02.681 26
19. Melville McKee Bamboo Engineering 2:03.899 7
20. Nick Cassidy Marussia Manor Racing 2:07.770 5
21. Alex Fontana Jenzer Motorsport 2:22.905 5
22. Carmen Jorda Bamboo Engineering - 7
23. Robert Visoiu MW Arden - 9
24. Daniil Kvyat MW Arden - 2
25. Samin Gomez Jenzer Motorsport - 6
26. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport -
27. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing - 3


Allmendinger happy to be back in an IndyCar
Allmendinger struggled a bit on Tuesday trying to match the pace of his two Penske teammates
A.J. Allmendinger's time behind the microphone had not quite begun Monday at Barber Motorsports Park. but the native Californian felt compelled to jump in.

An IndyCar staffer noted that rookie orientation will be April 11 and the 31-year-old enthusiastically endorsed that bit of scheduling.

"I demanded it," he said laughing. "I need as much time as I can get."

Allmendinger has returned. He is back on the circuit where he established himself as a championship contender.

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F1 USA TV Schedule
Following is this week's coverage schedule for the Rolex Australian Grand Prix on NBC Sports Network:

Date Program Time Network
Friday, March 15 Practice #1 12:00 a.m. NBC Sports Network
Friday, March 15 Practice #2 1:30 a.m. NBC Sports Network
Saturday, March 16 Qualifying 2:00 a.m. NBC Sports Network
Saturday, March 16 Qualifying Re-Air 1:30 p.m. NBC Sports Network
Sunday, March 17 Australian Grand Prix 1:30 a.m. NBC Sports Network
Sunday, March 17 F1 Extra 4:00 a.m. NBC Sports Network
Sunday, March 17 Race Re-Air 1:00 p.m. NBC Sports Network

2013 FORMULA 1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE (subject to change, all times ET):

Date Grand Prix Time Re-Air (NBCSN) Network
Sun., March 17 Australia 1:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. NBC Sports Network
Sun., March 24 Malaysia 3:30 a.m. 3:00 p.m. NBC Sports Network
Sun., April 14 China 2:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. NBC Sports Network
Sun., April 21 Bahrain 7:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m. NBC Sports Network
Sun., May 12 Spain 7:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m. NBC Sports Network
Sun., May 26 Monaco 7:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. NBC
Sun., June 9 Canada 2:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. NBC
Sun., June 30 United Kingdom 7:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m. CNBC
Sun., July 7 Germany 7:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m. CNBC
Sun., July 28 Hungary 7:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. NBC Sports Network
Sun., Aug. 25 Belgium 7:30 a.m. 12:00 a.m. NBC Sports Network
Sun., Sept. 8 Italy 7:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. NBC Sports Network
Sun., Sept. 22 Singapore 7:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. NBC Sports Network
Sun., Oct. 6 Korea 1:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m. NBC Sports Network
Sun., Oct. 13 Japan 1:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. NBC Sports Network
Sun., Oct. 27 India 5:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. NBC Sports Network
Sun., Nov. 3 Abu Dhabi 7:30 a.m. 6:00 p.m. NBC Sports Network
Sun., Nov. 17 USA (Austin) 1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. NBC
Sun., Nov. 24 Brazil 11:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m. NBC


NAPA on Clint Bowyer's Toyota
March is filters month at NAPA Auto Parts, and to celebrate the month-long promotion, Clint Bowyer's Toyota will carry NAPA's iconic blue and yellow colors this weekend when the Sprint Cup Series visits Bristol Motor Speedway. Bowyer's #15 Toyota Camry will promote NAPA's $20.99 oil change special, while Martin Truex Jr.'s #56 Toyota Camry will adorn the traditional NAPA AUTO PARTS scheme. NAPA and the #15 car have a rich history, scoring two Daytona 500 wins together with Michael Waltrip behind the wheel. This will mark the first time since 2005 the NAPA AUTO PARTS shield will be on the hood of the #15 race car. MWR


Patrick generated massive social media impact at Daytona
During a Speedweeks in which she twice made NASCAR history, #10-Danica Patrick's performance triggered some unprecedented reverberations in social media, too. Repucom, a global company with an office in Charlotte, found that Patrick had 971 million impressions on Twitter in the eight days spanning when she became the first woman to capture a Sprint Cup pole position to the first to lead the Daytona 500. By comparison, the 2012 Daytona 500 pole winner, Carl Edwards, had 15 million impressions during the same timeframe last year, and Patrick had 19 million in the two months entering her Daytona 500 debut last season. With an advanced algorithm that has a 3% margin of error, impressions are calculated through tweets, retweets and replies about a topic and the number of followers associated with the accounts.

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Cessna makes first appearance with McMurray
Cessna will make their primary sponsorship debut on the #1 Chevy SS at Bristol this weekend. This will be the first of multiple races for Cessna and the #1 team in 2013. Cessna announced a multiyear Partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing Teams in January. Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron, Inc. company, will sponsor the cars in all three series in which CGRT competes. Sharing assets with sister Textron companies Bell Helicopter and E-Z-GO golf carts which will come later throughout the season. Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing


Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Gerhard Berger
    Pirelli's 2013 approach 'incomprehensible' - Berger
  • Ferrari must give Alonso good enough car - Berger
  • Webber says new Red Bull 'very strong' - Briatore
  • New bosses not reason for Mercedes boost - experts
  • Experts doubt Vettel to make Ferrari switch
  • Ecclestone told Mercedes to sign Hamilton
  • Ecclestone 'understands' Danica Patrick's F1 reluctance
  • 2013 grid youngest in F1 history - report
  • Double DRS zone retained for Melbourne

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F1 enjoying a comeback in North America
The NJ track, with Manhattan as a backdrop, will be spectacular
The dream of F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone to have an F1 Grand Prix in close proximity to New York City is still being targeted for mid '14, while a newly built circuit near Austin, Texas could secure F1’s long-term future in the U.S. In addition to its increased American presence, Ecclestone has been talking with officials south of the border about restarting the Mexican Grand Prix in '14. And the Canadian GP at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve is a fixture on the schedule.

So, F1 is gaining traction in North American, but its history in the U.S., which stretches back to 1950, is one of unrequited love. The circuit is hoping that its move to the NYC marketplace -- or at least N.Y. adjacent in New Jersey -- will finally see that courtship consummated. New Jersey/New York F1 Race Promoter Leo Hindery Jr. told SBD Global, “The U.S. needs a premium Grand Prix. This dream was much more Bernie Ecclestone’s than anybody’s. Bernie has expressed an interest in being in the New York area for a very, very long time, but one of the things we’ve learned in recent years is when you get too near a major metropolitan area the quality of the racing sometimes doesn’t meet the expectation of the teams and the drivers.”

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Chrisman, Firestone, Gregory, Lackey, Moore, Petersen and Zanardi to be inducted
Racing and motorsports industry legends Jack Chrisman, Harvey Firestone, Masten Gregory, Brad Lackey, Bud Moore, Robert E. Petersen and Alex Zanardi will be this year’s Silver Anniversary inductees into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America at the organization’s 25th Annual Induction Ceremony that will be held on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at the Fillmore Theater in Detroit.

“There is no better way to celebrate our 25th anniversary than with an induction class that showcases a true variety of American motorsports with an international flair,” said Ron Watson, President of the Motorsports Hall of Fame.  “This year’s Silver Anniversary group features a champion rider and drivers, a title-winning team owner, a legendary publisher and an industrial giant whose name still graces racing tires today.”

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Repsol Honda duo dominate day one in Austin
Marc Marquez
Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez enjoyed a very positive first day at the Circuit of The Americas track in Austin.

It is the first time MotoGP has visited the Texas track, both riders exited the garage at 11am this morning and found the track very slippery from the start. On their first runs, they recorded lap times of around 2'12. However, as the track became cleaner and temperatures increased, the lap times steadily dropped.

MotoGP rookie, Marc Marquez, took the fastest lap of the day with a 2'04.619 lap recorded on lap 54 of 55. His teammate, Dani Pedrosa was second fastest for the day with 2'05.047 lap on lap 51 of 59.

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Graf Flexes Muscle (Milk) in Sebring Testing
Muscle Milk Pickett Racing’s Klaus Graf set the best time in Tuesday’s second session as testing continued for this weekend’s 61st Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida. The defending P1 co-champion in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n set a lap of 1:47.789 (124.911 mph) in the team’s No. 6 Honda Performance Development ARX-03a.

Graf, driving with fellow P1 champion Lucas Luhr and Romain Dumas, was 0.735 seconds clear of Audi Sport Team Joest’s No. 1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro hybrid prototype. The car – driven by Oliver Jarvis, Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer – set a best time of 1:48.524 (124.065 mph). Rebellion Racing’s No. 13 Lola B12/60-Toyota of Mathias Beche, Congfu Chen and Andrea Belicchi – sat third at 1:50.198 (122.180 mph).

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IndyCar Barber testing - Day 1 Notebook
Conway quick in only day in car

Mike Conway took advantage of his only test day in a Rahal Letterman Lanigan machine.

The Englishman, who will compete at Long Beach in mid-April for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, was behind the wheel of the No. 16 Acorn Stairlifts car and recorded a quick lap of 1:08.1584 - fourth overall for the day. See Photos Here

"Today was about getting comfortable in a car, working with the guys and seeing how they work and getting myself dialed in for Long Beach," Conway said. "I think we got through a lot of stuff, and hopefully helped the guys out for tomorrow. James (Jakes) will be in the car and hopefully he'll like some of the things we got through today and be quick out of the box."

It was the first test of the year for Conway, who worked with engineer Eddie Jones, who also served as his engineer at Andretti Autosport in 2011.

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Wilson Fittipaldi Sr. Dead At 92
Wilson Fittipaldi Sr., a pioneer of Formula One and racing broadcasting and father of both Emerson Fittipaldi and Wilson Fittipaldi Jr., died Monday in Brazil. He was 92 years old.

The elder Fittipaldi was a prominent motorsports journalist in his day and is considered one of the catalysts that helped spur the growth of racing in Brazil. He was also one of the founders of the Brazilian Motor Racing Confederation.

Perhaps his greatest contribution to the racing world is his sons, Emerson and Wilson Jr. Both have had extensive careers in motorsports. Wilson Jr. has raced in and owned Formula One teams, while Emerson is a multi-time champion in CART, Formula One and the Indianapolis 500.


Dixon, Ganassi together through 2015
Scott Dixon will be with Chip Ganassi’s IndyCar team at least through the 2015 season. On Tuesday at Barber Motorsports Park Dixon confirmed his signing of a three-year extension. He has been with Indianapolis-based Ganassi Racing since the 2002 season.

“I would like to do another two or three contracts,” he said. “The next contract could be a year, I don’t know.

“I’d like to race for a lot longer, but I’ll only race as I’m competitive. I’m not going to race for just filling the field.”


IndyCar Combined results Day 1 at Barber
Will Power comments on being fastest on Day 1.  I’ve never felt so much grip in this car. Penske 1-2, it’s only the first day of testing, but that shows that we worked hard in the winter. As a team we’re very determined to check a couple of boxes this year, obviously the Indy 500 and the championship are absolutely top of the list.

It’s important to test here to race here. It’s not really relevant anywhere else because it’s a pretty unique track, it’s very nice. We’ll get as much as we can out of testing here and when we go to St. Pete it’s very different. Very different track, very bumpy, and different tires. We’ve got to prepare for that too. We expect to get be fighting for the first few races for sure.

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Power again fast in session 2 at Barber
Rank Car Driver Name Engine Time Speed Diff Gap Best Lap Total Laps
1 12 Power, Will CHEVY 01:07.8625 122.011 --.---- --.---- 37 40
2 3 Castroneves, Helio CHEVY 01:07.9388 121.874 0.0763 0.0763 38 41
3 27 Hinchcliffe, James CHEVY 01:07.9869 121.788 0.1244 0.0481 34 38
4 16 Conway, Mike HONDA 01:08.1584 121.482 0.2959 0.1715 21 27
5 5 Viso, EJ CHEVY 01:08.2190 121.374 0.3565 0.0606 21 23
6 78 de Silvestro, Simona CHEVY 01:08.2301 121.354 0.3676 0.0111 20 22
7 22 Servia, Oriol CHEVY 01:08.2477 121.323 0.3852 0.0176 39 40
8 9 Dixon, Scott HONDA 01:08.2543 121.311 0.3918 0.0066 10 14
9 67 Newgarden, Josef HONDA 01:08.3260 121.184 0.4635 0.0717 39 39
10 77 Pagenaud, Simon HONDA 01:08.3535 121.135 0.4910 0.0275 48 49
11 1 Hunter-Reay, Ryan CHEVY 01:08.3557 121.131 0.4932 0.0022 24 29
12 25 Andretti, Marco CHEVY 01:08.4123 121.031 0.5498 0.0566 33 34
13 83 Kimball, Charlie HONDA 01:08.4629 120.941 0.6004 0.0506 27 28
14 98 Tagliani, Alex HONDA 01:08.4798 120.912 0.6173 0.0169 14 34
15 11 Kanaan, Tony CHEVY 01:08.4940 120.887 0.6315 0.0142 18 21
16 2 Allmendinger, AJ CHEVY 01:08.5098 120.859 0.6473 0.0158 41 41
17 4 Hildebrand, JR CHEVY 01:08.5250 120.832 0.6625 0.0152 9 22
18 55 Vautier, Tristan (R) HONDA 01:08.5921 120.714 0.7296 0.0671 18 20
19 14 Sato, Takuma HONDA 01:08.6877 120.546 0.8252 0.0956 25 32
20 19 Wilson, Justin HONDA 01:08.8208 120.312 0.9583 0.1331 49 49
21 15 Rahal, Graham HONDA 01:09.0141 119.975 1.1516 0.1933 29 33
22 7 Bourdais, Sebastien CHEVY 01:09.0215 119.963 1.1590 0.0074 22 24
23 10 Franchitti, Dario HONDA 01:09.2398 119.584 1.3773 0.2183 10 10
24 6 Saavedra, Sebastian CHEVY 01:09.4749 119.180 1.6124 0.2351 26 41
25 20 Carpenter, Ed CHEVY 01:09.7659 118.683 1.9034 0.2910 33 47
26 18 Beatriz, Ana HONDA 01:12.0076 114.988 4.1451 2.2417 15 28


Unofficial track record turned in by 25 drivers
Let the competition begin.

The initial two sessions of a two-day IZOD IndyCar Series Open Test at Barber Motorsports Park -- 10 days before the season opener -- produced:

• Twenty-five drivers who were quicker than the official record on the 2.38-mile, 17-turn road course.
• Eight different teams represented in the top 10.
• Nineteen of the 26 drivers within 1 second of the leader.
• Six Chevrolet and four Honda teams in the top 10.
• Mike Conway, who is scheduled to drive only at Long Beach at the moment, placing fourth on the time sheet.

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Allmendinger Back with Phoenix Racing
[Editor's Note: he's just playing IndyCar like a fiddle until he gets a full-time NASCAR ride again] After a successful outing with the No. 51 team at Phoenix International Raceway, A.J. Allmendinger will pair with Phoenix Racing again this week at Bristol Motor Speedway for the Food City 500. Allmendinger will pilot the Guy Roofing Chevrolet in his second Sprint Cup Series event of 2013.

Allmendinger and Phoenix Racing raced to an 11th-place finish in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 two weeks ago. He's anxious to rejoin the Spartanburg, S.C.-based team to tackle the high banks of the half-mile oval known as "Thunder Valley."

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Allmendinger questions second IndyCar Race at Indy UPDATE Obviously, we at AR1, have made clear our views on the subject, and seem to be in the minority.

Now, we have no personal grudge with Allmendinger.  We simply disagree with him on this topic, something we have put in print.  However, given the fact AR1's opinion seems to be in the minority, We are genuinely curious as to the reasons why, and would welcome input regarding the following questions: 

1. How can anyone say a second IndyCar race at IMS is a bad idea when there already is a second (Brickyard), and third race (Moto GP) at the track? 

2. Can someone please explain to me how a second IndyCar race at IMS removes the "luster," from the 500, but racing cabs at IndyCar's most sacred ground does not?   

3.The mistake so many make is presuming the NASCAR race at Indy will always be around.  Remember, the Brickyard was born during an era of Indy car civil war.  It helped build the war chest that TG used to bury CART.  Now, with IndyCar under one roof, why does IMS persist in allowing NASCAR to invade the Holy Grail of IndyCar? 

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IndyCar announces Competition committee
INDYCAR announced today the formation of an advisory Competition Committee, creating a formalized communication platform with various industry stakeholders on competition- and technical-related matters.

The committee will consist of a minimum of seven members that will meet regularly throughout the year to evaluate competition-related matters, including rules, technical specifications and safety initiatives. The committee will make recommendations to the sanctioning body, with final decisions made by INDYCAR management.

"We believe it's important to create a forum for drivers, team owners and manufacturers to have organized and structured input to the series as we look to make important decisions that directly impact on-track competition," said Jeff Belskus, CEO, INDYCAR. "The creation of this committee builds a formalized process to vet proposed initiatives with safety and competition always top-of- mind.  Once we receive a recommendation from the Competition Committee, the series will evaluate it from a commercial and business standpoint in order to make a final decision."

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Quicken Loans Joins Team Penske in 2013
Team Penske today announced that Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc., the nation’s largest online mortgage lender and third-largest mortgage lender in the country, will join the team’s IZOD IndyCar Series racing efforts as a sponsor beginning in 2013.

As part of the new multi-year agreement, Quicken Loans will be featured on the cockpit of both the No. 3 Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar driven by three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves and the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet machine driven by three-time series road course champion Will Power. This marks the return of Quicken Loans as a sponsor of Team Penske. During the 2003 season Quicken Loans was a sponsor of the team that saw Gil de Ferran earn the 13th of Team Penske’s record 15 Indianapolis 500 victories.

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Power tops opening practice session at Barber
Rank Car Driver Time Speed Diff Gap Laps
1 12 Power, Will 01:08.5 120.88 --.---- --.---- 18
2 27 Hinchcliffe, James 01:08.6 120.75 0.0745 0.0745 18
3 1 Hunter-Reay, Ryan 01:08.7 120.52 0.2039 0.1294 10
4 3 Castroneves, Helio 01:08.8 120.4 0.2718 0.0679 16
5 9 Dixon, Scott 01:08.9 120.1 0.4459 0.1741 18
6 10 Franchitti, Dario 01:09.0 119.93 0.5397 0.0938 14
7 16 Conway, Mike 01:09.1 119.87 0.5762 0.0365 15
8 11 Kanaan, Tony 01:09.2 119.7 0.677 0.1008 10
9 78 De Silvestro, Simona 01:09.4 119.35 0.8795 - 5
10 98 Tagliani, Alex 01:09.4 119.34 0.8826 0.0031 15
11 25 Andretti, Marco 01:09.4 119.34 0.8838 0.0012 18
12 5 Viso, EJ 01:09.5 119.21 0.9565 0.0727 17
13 19 Wilson, Justin 01:09.5 119.14 0.9976 0.0411 23
14 15 Rahal, Graham 01:09.6 119.04 1.0575 0.0599 21
15 83 Kimball, Charlie 01:09.7 118.86 1.1651 0.1076 17
16 22 Servia, Oriol 01:09.7 118.83 1.179 0.0139 18
17 67 Newgarden, Josef 01:09.8 118.68 1.2689 0.0899 8
18 55 Vautier, Tristan 01:09.8 118.6 1.3148 0.0459 22
19 2 Allmendinger, AJ 01:10.0 118.36 1.4583 0.1435 15
20 77 Pagenaud, Simon 01:10.9 116.85 2.3622 0.9039 3
21 20 Carpenter, Ed 01:11.6 115.68 3.0757 0.7135 10
22 18 Beatriz, Ana 01:17.3 107.18 8.7536 5.6779 3
23 4 Hildebrand, JR 01:19.6 103.96 11.146 2.3925 2
24 7 Bourdias, Sebastien 01:32.0 90.025 23.476 12.33 3


Franchitti Fastest in Damp Sebring Session
Marino Franchitti set the best time in a soggy one-hour test session for the 61st Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida on Tuesday. The Scottish star set a best lap of 2:15.391 (99.445 mph) in Level 5 Motorsports’ No. 055 Honda Performance Development ARX-03b prototype as only three cars posted times.

Franchitti drives this weekend with Scott Tucker and Ryan Briscoe.

There stands to be considerably more action in Tuesday afternoon’s 4:50 p.m. test. Skies are expected to clear, and track conditions will be much more favorable. The forecast for the rest of the week calls for sunny skies and warm temperatures, so many teams elected to sit out the morning session.

TRG’s No. 68 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup made the most of the session with 16 laps. The best time was a 2:20.618 (95.749 mph) for the car driven by Al Carter and Kevin Estre. NGT Motorsport’s No. 30 Porsche of Sean Edwards, Henrique Cisneros and Marco Seefried turned a 2:29.442 (90.095 mph).


Boullier fears 'insane F1 money war'
Formula 1 risks triggering an 'insane money war' over its top technical talent, according to Lotus team boss Eric Boullier.

Leading design and engineering names hit the headlines over the winter when McLaren technical chief Paddy Lowe became the latest figure recruited from a rival team by Mercedes.

Lotus's James Allison was then strongly linked with a McLaren switch as Lowe's replacement.

Boullier fears the issue could get out of hand if teams have to keep raising the financial stakes for top engineers.

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Q&A  Eric Boullier Australian Grand Prix Preview
Eric Boullier
How is Lotus F1 Team placed ahead of the opening race of the season?

We can take quite a bit of confidence following pre-season testing. We didn’t complete as many laps as we wanted and we did experience a few glitches both technical and physical, but despite this we were able to work through most of the items in our itinerary. We are confident that we have made a step forward compared to last year.

How do you view the continuity with Kimi and Romain going into 2013?

That for me is one of the key points for this year and it’s clearly going to be one of the assets of our team’s performance. To keep both these drivers, who are very complimentary, is the best situation for the team. Both now know the team well and it is their second consecutive year together in Formula 1. With this you can build up a nice momentum for the start of the season, compared to last year where we had to spend time nurturing that relationship.

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

  • Kobayashi will drive a Ferrari 458 in WEC
    Kobayashi signs sports car deal with Ferrari
  • Mercedes lets Hamilton keep helmets, trophies
  • Schumacher back at speed on two wheels
  • Boullier admits to saving Grosjean from axe
  • FIA vice president loses license for drunk-driving
  • 2013 tires better than last year's - Alguersuari
  • Hulkenberg tipped to win Melbourne opener
  • Mother says Raikkonen's comeback 'a surprise'
  • 'Being a Webber' not enough - Villeneuve
  • McLaren chose money over talent for 2013 - Watson
  • Mateschitz wouldn't stop Vettel leaving
  • Ricciardo vows to thrash Vergne in 2013 New

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Marco Andretti went to Europe to learn to drive better
Marco Andretti knows that he's going to have to improve on road and street courses if he's ever going to compete for a championship. One of his two career victories came at Sonoma Raceway in 2006, but the level of competition on right-and-left turns has increased dramatically since the merger with Champ Car.

Some of his best runs in recent memory have come on the high-speed ovals, leading to Andretti visiting Europe during the off-season and training on the advanced simulators there to change his overall approach while driving on the so-called twisties.

"There is no question that I need to up my game on the streets," Andretti said during Monday's IndyCar media day event at Barber Motorsports Park. "I think I always knew I was overdriving the car and the tire, but I didn't know how. I was really diagnosing it during the off-season. I did all kinds of stuff. I went overseas with a driver coach and everything. You can never be too proud. You can always learn something."

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Prevost becomes official NASCAR partner
NASCAR and Prevost announced a new multi-year partnership that designates the leading manufacturer of premium touring and conversion coaches, as the Official Luxury Motorcoach of NASCAR. Prevost assembles motorhomes for a number of NASCAR team owners and drivers who make the race track their home for more than 30 race weekends a year. Prevost, along with its converter partners, manufactures innovative motorhomes that stand up to the demand of a 10-month-long NASCAR schedule.

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Castroneves wants IndyCar calendar changes
In this interview Helio Castroneves talks about changes IndyCar should make to their schedule.  While the Boston Consulting group recommended a shorter, compressed schedule, Castroneves recommend stretching it out, saying the off-season is too long.  Absolutely.  As AR1.com has said many times (some day it will sink in) the IndyCar season should start in late January (the week before the Super Bowl) and be done by Labor Day when the football season begins.  That would be an 8-month schedule, with just 4 months for the off-season.  TV ratings would increase as would the fan base.


Quote of the week
"I don't have to tell you guys, I'm terrible," Patrick told her crew over the radio during the Las Vegas NASCAR Sprint Cup race. It was one of the few times the TV feed showed the GoDaddy Racing car - the Fox Gyro Cam actually got more airtime than Danica. This was probably a bigger upset than Douglas over Tyson in Tokyo.

On a racy track that produced a Las Vegas record 2,342 green flag passes - maybe this new Gen-6 car isn't as big a bag o' bolts as Denny Hamlin said - Danica produced three. All on the first lap.

"Danica Patrick already has passed three cars," NASCAR mouthpiece Mike Joy said on the TV feed when the race started, failing to mention that she then proceeded to get lapped so many times we lost count. 


Drissi Joins BAR1 Motorsports at 61st 12 Hours of Sebring
Tomy Drissi will kick off his American Le Mans Series 2013 Championship run this weekend joining BAR1 Motorsports in the No. 7 G.I. Joe Prototype Challenge car at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla. This is the 61st running of the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida. The green flag drops 10:45am, Saturday, March 16, 2013. Race coverage will be provided by SPEED, please check your local listings.

"You wait all winter for this day," smiled an enthusiastic Drissi. "I'm really excited about this year's program. I've positioned myself with a fantastic team in BAR1 Motorsports and I'm teamed with a talented co-driver in Rusty Mitchell. We're in a good position to contend for the podium at every race."

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Don Panoz Q&A on Bridgestone and the DeltaWing
BRASELTON, GA. - Bridgestone's presence as the new tire partner with DeltaWing Racing Cars was confirmed with the new livery release of the DeltaWing powered by Elan. DeltaWing Racing Cars managing partner Dr. Don Panoz expands on the new relationship.

Q: How did the deal with your new tire partner, Bridgestone come about?

DP: “We have had discussions with Bridgestone, who were the original supporters of the DeltaWing, when it was being considered for IndyCar. Unfortunately IndyCar decided to go with the other supplier, Dallara, and the DeltaWing didn’t get it. But in Bridgestone’s effort to support it, they had made molds, made tire evaluations and construction evaluations and supplied the tires for the first show car.

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Starworks Motorsport was fined and penalized
GRAND-AM Road Racing has issued monetary and point penalties to the No. 2 Ford/Riley Daytona Prototype entry that competes in the Rolex Sports Car Series, as a result of a rule infraction discovered following the GRAND-AM of The Americas at Circuit of The Americas on March 2.

Unauthorized modifications were found to the team’s fueling probe, a violation of Section 7.1.4 (“Dry-Break. The dry-break must be … unmodified”) of the GRAND-AM Rule Book.

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