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03/16/12
nassprint

Kurt Busch signs up with Monster Energy
Kurt Busch has entered into a personal services agreement with Monster Energy Company to become the newest Monster Energy Team Athlete, effective immediately. This news follows the announcement in January that Busch would partner with his brother Kyle in the NASCAR Nationwide Series to drive the #54 Monster Energy Toyota Camry for Kyle Busch Motorsports in select races and compete for the Nationwide Series owner championship. Through this new partnership, Monster Energy will be part of Busch's Sprint Cup activities in addition to his Nationwide Series activities. Monster Energy branding will be included on Busch's racing helmet, firesuit and trackside apparel. True Speed Communication

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03/16/12
alms
wec

Video: DeltaWing takes its first laps around Sebring
Fans attending tomorrow's opening round of the World Endurance Championship and the American Le Mans Series will get a sneak peak at the Nissan DeltaWing - the unique experimental car that will make its race debut at this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The car will complete two demonstration laps tomorrow morning at Sebring International Raceway - a mere 90 minutes before the start of the 60th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

After the Nissan DeltaWing partnership was launched in London on Tuesday, March 12, the 1.6 liter turbo-powered race car was made its North American debut yesterday at Sebring before an enormous international media contingent.

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03/16/12
irl

Video: IndyCar Poised For Growth
CEO Randy Bernard on outlook for 2012 season.

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03/16/12
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starmazda

Juncos signs Horto for Firestone Indy Lights; De Phillippi, Scuncio for Star Mazda
Juncos Racing announced several drivers today throughout its Mazda Road to Indy programs. Martin Scuncio and Connor De Phillippi will be competing in the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear, and J.V. Horto will compete the season in Firestone Indy Lights.

Scuncio, 20, will be competing in his second season with Juncos Racing. The 2008 Chilean Formula 3 Champion's racing program came together after Juncos Racing announced its partnership with the Chilean Formula 3 Association and FADECH, an agreement that will provide financial support for each season's Formula 3 Champion to compete with Juncos Racing in its Mazda Road to Indy ladder.

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03/16/12
irl

Fuzzy's Waves The Green Flag for Activation in 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series
Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka, the official vodka of INDYCAR, will kick off the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights seasons by introducing the Fuzzy's Green Flag Tour, a week-long series of parties and celebrations in race markets geared toward promoting the upcoming INDYCAR event and exposing the Fuzzy's brand to the local and race community.

In each North American race market throughout the year, the Fuzzy's Green Flag Tour will hold parties at a select location beginning the Monday before and ending after the race designed to enhance the fan experience and extend the race weekend with energy and celebrations all week long.

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03/16/12
irl

ABC IndyCar broadcasts to focus on story-telling
Mark Donohue's Indy 500 winning Penske team car
The Indianapolis 500 was a Memorial Day weekend staple in the youth of Rich Feinberg, who would rush home from the Jersey shore to catch Jim McKay calling the action on the ABC broadcast.

His initial visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was in 1986 as part of the TV production team, and he joined ESPN in '93 as a coordinating producer. Feinberg has been involved in motorsports coverage (among other projects) ever since, and now as VP motorsports oversees the combined resources of ESPN's studio and event production.

This year he'll again be part of the Indianapolis 500 broadcast - the 48th consecutive year for the ABC-Speedway partnership - and five other IZOD IndyCar Series races, including the season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (12:30 p.m. March 25). ABC's race coverage will be expanded this year to include live streaming of onboard cameras on ESPN3.

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03/16/12
nassprint

NASCAR Sprint Cup Vegas TV rating UPDATE The final NASCAR Sprint Cup Kobalt Tools 400 TV Rating on Fox was a 5.2 with 8.528 million viewers, down 12% from last year’s 5.9 final rating also on Fox.

03/12/12 The overnight Nielsen rating for yesterday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Kobalt Tools 400 from Las Vegas on Fox was a 4.6. That figure is down 13% from the same race last year, also on Fox.

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03/16/12
irl

New Baltimore Grand Prix Operator Misses Three Agreement Deadlines UPDATE In Baltimore, Jack Lambert noted despite missing the deadline, city officials said that they are "pleased with the progress that has been made" by Downforce. The city said that it "expects the ticket escrow amount agreement to be completed shortly." Downforce also "agreed it would have a sanctioning agreement with IndyCar and a deal with the Maryland Stadium Authority to lease parts of the Camden Yards Sports Complex by the first deadline." O'Doherty said that the IndyCar agreement is in the "final stages of being complete." Stadium Authority officials said that a "contract with the group has been reached" BIZJOURNALS.com

03/16/12 Ryan O'Doherty, spokesperson for Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, said that Downforce Racing "missed three of the five benchmarks that it agreed to have complete" by March 15 under its contract with the city to operate the Baltimore Grand Prix, according to Steve Kilar of the Baltimore SUN. O'Doherty said that Downforce, the new operator of the Izod IndyCar Series event, and Rawlings-Blake's administration are "still working out the terms of three agreements that were scheduled" to be completed by Thursday. He said that technical information in the ticket escrow agreement, which will "govern how the city collects its share of ticket proceeds, is being checked for accuracy." O'Doherty added that two other agreements -- one "between IndyCar and Downforce and another between the Maryland Stadium Authority and Downforce -- are expected to be executed by the end of next week" Baltimore SUN

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03/16/12
usf2000

Spencer Pigot Takes the Win in USF2000 Race Two at Sebring
Spencer Pigot, who teamed with AR1.com staff to win the recent St. Petersburg GP go-kart race,  pulled off a magnificent around-the-outside pass of Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing teammate Matthew Brabham immediately after a full-course caution to ensure victory in today’s second round of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda at Sebring International Raceway.

Brabham, 18, who started from the pole by virtue of setting fastest lap en route to victory in yesterday’s season opener, took advantage of another fine start and some quick early laps to pull more than 3.5 seconds clear of Pigot in the opening stages. That lead evaporated in an instant, however, when the full-course caution flags waved after five laps due to two cars off-course on the 3.7-mile circuit.

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03/16/12
alms

Dempsey Racing Confirms ALMS, P2 Program, Le Mans Return
Joe Foster and Patrick Dempsey
Dempsey Racing principals and co-drivers Patrick Dempsey and Joe Foster confirmed today the team’s entry into the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) P2 division with a partial schedule of races this year, fulltime competition in future seasons, and a return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, possibly as soon as 2013.

The announcement was made in a press conference at the 60th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring fueled by Fresh from Florida where Dempsey and Foster were joined by Silicon Tech Racing (STR) principal Henri Richard and their teammates Duncan Ende and Dane Cameron.  Richard, Ende and Cameron are co-driving in this weekend’s Sebring event in the Silicon Tech/Dempsey Racing No. 025 Future Electronics/HP/STANDD/Pounce Consulting/Racer’s Roast Oreca FLM09 in the Prototype Challenge (PC) division.  The race marks the worldwide debut of Dempsey Racing in prototype sports car competition with the expansion to the P2 class scheduled to start within the next few ALMS events.

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03/16/12
nassprint

Bojangles to Sponsor Southern 500
Officials for Darlington Raceway and Bojangles announced a five-year deal Thursday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C for Bojangles to sponsor the Southern 500. The agreement means Bojangles will be offered at concession stands at the Darlington Raceway. Bojangles' menu is also available at four other tracks owned by International Speedway Corp. -- Daytona International Speedway, Talladega Motor Speedway, Martinsville Raceway and Richmond International Raceway. Darlington president Chris Browning says the agreement brings together two longtime Southern brands. The race had been sponsored by Showtime the past two years. The Bojangles' Southern 500 takes place Saturday, May 12. The Nationwide Series will race at Darlington on Friday, May 11 . wltx.com

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03/16/12
track news

Daytona to repave track's Turn 3
Daytona International Speedway is getting another repave. Track president Joie Chitwood III says the asphalt in Turn 3 will be removed and repaved following Saturday's motorcycle racing event.

Workers have washed and cleaned the area of the track multiple times since a fiery explosion charred and damaged the track during the Daytona 500 on Feb. 27.

Juan Pablo Montoya's car broke down during a caution lap, crashed into a track dryer carrying about 200 gallons of jet fuel and ignited a fire that halted the nighttime race for more than two hours.

Chitwood expects the damaged portion of the famed track to hold up during Saturday's AMA event, and believes the track will be back to normal before NASCAR's July race at Daytona. The track had a complete repave in 2010.

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03/16/12
irl

No street work needed for Baltimore GP this year
Indy Car officials have told the city that there will be no major road improvements needed for the 2012 Baltimore Grand Prix.

Downforce Racing, the group picked by the city to organize the Grand Prix, had said they did not expect any major road work would be needed in 2012. IndyCar, however, had the final say on whether there would be street improvements leading up to this year’s race.

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03/16/12
f1

Extremists warn Bernie over Bahrain GP UPDATE An extremist group in Bahrain have vowed to do everything they can to ensure that this year's Formula One race does not go ahead on 22nd April.

The Coalition Youth of the 14 Feb Revolution have sent a letter to F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone telling him to call off the race in the Gulf kingdom as they say the situation has "not eased but exacerbated."

The Coalition have been described by one local source as "one of the most active in terms of organizing protests, a big driving force who represent a wide number of fed up young Bahrainis".

Ecclestone has been unwavering in his determination for the race to go ahead, despite daily reports of clashes between protesters and police.

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03/16/12
automotive
f1

Williams signs groundbreaking deal for hybrid buses
The Go-Ahead Group and Williams Hybrid Power (WHP), a subsidiary of Williams Grand Prix Engineering, have signed a ground breaking agreement to develop a flywheel energy storage application for use in buses.

Go-Ahead and Williams Hybrid Power have agreed to work together to develop and produce six prototype buses with a retrofitted hybrid flywheel system, providing electro mechanical energy to drive the bus and deliver substantial improvements to fuel economy and reductions in CO2 emissions.

Williams Hybrid Power has been at the forefront of hybrid flywheel systems within motor racing, originally developing it for the Williams Formula One car and providing systems to Porsche for the 911 GT3 Hybrid and recently Audi for the R18 e-tron Quattro that will compete at this year’s Le Mans 24 hour race. The company is now making the technology available to applications such as hybrid buses, hybrid passenger vehicles, electric trains, rapid transit systems and smart grid infrastructure to meet their high power energy storage needs, save fuel and reduce emissions.

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03/16/12
f1

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

03/16/12
  • Lewis Hamilton
    Early races key to new F1 deal - Hamilton
  • Ferrari says Red Bull 'half a second ahead'
  • Wealth has not dimmed Brawn's drive
  • Donington no longer wants F1
  • FIA says new F-ducts, exhausts all legal
  • HRT cleared to race in Australia
  • New Schumacher deal would indicate progress - Brawn
  • Tweaked DRS here to stay - Whiting
  • FIA to push for less 'ugly' cars in 2013
  • Caterham F1 Team Partners With BRM Chronographs
  • Williams F1 Team Launches New Multimedia Content New
  • Maldonado fined for pit lane speeding New
  • Marussia Wears Burrda Sport New 

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03/16/12
f1

Australian GP Practice 2: Schumacher fastest in wet
Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher set the pace in a rain-slowed second free practice session for the Australian Grand Prix.

The seven-time champion set his 1m29.183s lap on the last of the session, on a track that was improving in terms of grip with every second of running.  However, Schumacher was on top or near the top throughout the session.

Nico Hulkenberg was second best and Sergio Perez was third fastest for Sauber.

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03/16/12
f1

'No pressure' to host race at night - Malaysia
(GMM)  Sepang will not modify its circuit in order to organize a formula one night race, organizers of the Malaysian grand prix said on Friday.

Melbourne - in a similar time zone - is coming under increasing pressure from Bernie Ecclestone to install floodlights and host its race at night, to better serve the core live television audience back in Europe.

But Razlan Razali, Sepang chief executive, said the F1 chief executive is putting "no pressure" on Malaysia, whose 2012 race will be held next weekend.

"Why do a night race when most other circuits do not do it?" he told reporters.

Already, Singapore hosts its annual street race under lights, while the Abu Dhabi grand prix begins at twilight and concludes at night.

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03/16/12
nassprint

Lally looking to run some NASCAR road races
2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie of the year talked about possible NASCAR rides this year, in a recent Frontstretch interview: "I have a few nibbles here and there. I would love to find a good Cup team to do Watkins Glen with and a good Nationwide team to do the three road courses with. I think I can bring a lot to teams on the road courses and have a very good shot to run up front. I would love to get more oval races in as well for sure and will work towards that, but my focus right now is trying to get in touch with teams for Montreal, Road America and Watkins Glen."  Frontstretch

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03/16/12
nassprint

Mac Tools partners with RPM / Ambrose
Mac Tools announced an expanded partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Marcos Ambrose to run four races in a Mac Tools-branded #9 Ford Fusion. The Mac Tools #9 will race in Bristol on March 18, Kentucky on June 30, Richmond on Sept. 8 and Texas on Nov. 4. "I'm really looking forward to having Mac Tools as the primary sponsor on my #9 Ford this weekend in Bristol, and partnering with them for three other races this season," said Marcos Ambrose." Mac Tools has been an iconic brand in NASCAR for many years and I am honored to have them on my car in select races throughout the year."

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03/16/12
Automotive

LaSorda: Fisker Karma shut down to protect itself during magazine's test
Fisker Automotive's new CEO said a Karma luxury sedan owned by Consumer Reports shut itself down during testing to protect itself.

"The Karma performed exactly as it was designed to," Tom LaSorda said in a letter sent to customers. "The onboard diagnostics detected a fault and entered a protection mode that shut the car down to protect other components. We are sorry for the inconvenience this caused the customer."

A Karma that Consumer Reports purchased for $107,850 died on March 7 during speed calibration testing.

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03/16/12
f1

Australian GP Practice 1: Button leads McLaren 1-2
Jenson Button led a McLaren one-two in the first free practice session of the 2012 Formula 1 season in Melbourne.

Damp conditions early on meant relatively little serious running until the final half an hour, with Button going quickest by 0.245 seconds over teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Michael Schumacher was third for Mercedes, followed by Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) and home hero Mark Webber (Red Bull).

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03/15/12
alms

Yes, it turns
AAR chairman Dan Gurney and CEO Justin Gurney are proudly displaying Delta Wing sign at the send-off celebration at AAR
Last Saturday, March 10th, All American Racers waved goodbye to another 'baby' born from within the spaces of its always innovative Santa Ana, CA facility. The revolutionary Delta Wing was a clean sheet of paper sports car design 7 months ago and it took the persuasive power of its designer Ben Bowlby and the faith and pioneering spirit of Dan Gurney to transform an engineering dream into a reality.

An absolutely massive effort and the collaboration of many talented and extremely dedicated individuals were necessary to see it through to completion. With an ambitious weight target of just over 1000 pounds, there were very few parts that could be taken off the shelf, and this meant that an enormous number of parts would need to be engineered, designed, built, and tested in-house at the company. This made for a build process that would be quite a bit more exhaustive than what a typical modern race car would require.

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03/15/12
irl

Left-foot braking not for Franchitti

It's sometimes hard to teach an old dog new tricks.  Dario Franchitti's happy to keep braking right-footed
The new Dallara chassis features a hand clutch and two pedals - one each for the throttle and brake -- that are on either side of the steering column. Such a setup requires IZOD IndyCar Series drivers to left-foot brake, which many have done in junior formulas and/or racing in Europe.

Four-time series champion Dario Franchitti equated the move to a right-handed tennis player or golfer who's been told they have to switch to playing left-handed. It's "hard to unlearn" decades of muscle memory braking with his right foot, he said.

So, upon request, Dallara designed a mechanical kit - which will be produced for any driver who places an order -- that shifts the brake pedal to right to provide right-foot braking, and INDYCAR approved. No modifications were made to the chassis.

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03/15/12
alms

Lotterer keeps Audi on top
Andre Lotterer
Andre Lotterer kept Audi out front in practice for the 60tth Anniversary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida on Thursday afternoon. The reigning Le Mans 24 Hours winner set a lap of 1:47.761 in the Audi R18 he shares with Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler for a 0.478-second gap back to Timo Bernhard in the second of the three Audis.

The German manufacturer is looking for its first Sebring victory since 2009. It will compete among a 64-car grid that marks the opening of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n and the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Muscle Milk Pickett Racing’s Klaus Graf was the top ALMS runner with a lap of 1:49.921.

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03/15/12
usf2000

Third-generation racer Brabham scores win in USF2000 opener
Third-generation racer Matthew Brabham bested a 36-car field to win the opening race of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda at Sebring International Raceway on March 14.

Brabham, who recently celebrated his 18th birthday, took the lead at the first corner and never looked back. The race was punctuated by a pair of incidents, one of which caused the race to finish under full-course caution after only nine of the scheduled 12 laps had been completed. "It is really fantastic to get my first win in the first race of the series," said Brabham, the son of sports car racer Geoff Brabham and grandson of legendary racer Sir Jack Brabham. "I can't explain the feeling. My plan was just to stay out front and my plan went through. It was a pretty easy race out in front except for the yellow flags bunching us up. It was a bit disappointing to finish under yellow but I'll take any win as it comes. I am just really pleased with how everything went and would like to thank the guys at Cape Motorsports."

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03/15/12
nastruck

Former NASCAR driver charged with soliciting prostitution
Former Camping World Truck Series driver and team owner Mario Gosselin was arrested last week on a charge of soliciting prostitution as part of a sting operation set up by the Polk County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office.

Gosselin, who has 46 career starts in the series with the last coming in 2010 when he finished 16th in the standings, was released on $250 bond, according to a report on the PCSO jail website.

Mario Gosselin last competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2010.

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03/15/12
alms

Dumas Fastest in Opening Sebring Practice for Audi
Romain Dumas got Audi Sport Team Joest started on the right foot in official practice for the 60tth Anniversary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida. The Frenchman set the fastest time in Thursday’s one-hour session with a lap of 1:48.626 in his Audi R18.

Audi enters Sebring seeking its first victory in America’s greatest sports car race since 2009. Winning would be double-special as the 12 Hours serves as the opening round of both the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n and the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Dumas’ Audi was 1.136 seconds clear of Klaus Graf in Muscle Milk Pickett Racing’s HPD ARX-03a. The quickest of the ALMS regulars had a 0.351-second advantage over the Audi of Marcel Fassler.

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03/15/12
f1

Kovalainen turns heads with Angry Birds helmet UPDATE
Added photos of helmet to right.

03/15/12 (GMM)  Heikki Kovalainen had heads turning in the F1 paddock on Thursday as he revealed his all-red helmet for 2012.

The Caterham driver and Finn's new helmet is in the style of the bright red bird from the popular webgame app 'Angry Birds', which is developed by the Finnish company Rovio.

"The helmet looks amazing," said the company's Harri Koponen.

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03/15/12
racing news

Danica doing dirt
Danica Patrick has tamed the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and taken on Daytona International Speedway.

This June, Patrick will tackle Eldora.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie will compete in the Prelude to the Dream at Eldora Speedway on June 6.

“I’ve heard a lot about Eldora, but have never been there,” Patrick said. “I know it’s a special place and a lot of famous names have raced on that dirt. I’ve raced at Indy and Daytona, so I’m excited to add Eldora to my list of tracks.”

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03/15/12
superleague

As predicted, Superleague Formula throws in the towel
What was long suspected is now confirmed. The Superleague Formula championship will definitely not be run this year. With only two races held in 2011, already a veil of uncertainty hung over the championship. Whether this is the final swan song of the spectacular single-seaters means, is still conjecture.

The championship started in 2008 at Donington with many showing the flag, although the proposed combination with major European football clubs never provided what was expected of it. European football clubs functioned initially as a sponsor with the championship the slogan "Football at 300 km / h.

Although everything necessary was done to promote the desire to get soccer fans and racing fans closer together, this was never realized. Only a handful of football fans found their way to the tracks. The link with football disappeared last year when more than half of the participating teams were no longer associated with the world's most popular sport. Although the former A1GP series had nothing to do with football, this championship more or less the same fate. Whether we will see the spectacular V12 cars in 2013 again in action, remains to be seen ... we at AR1 don't think so.

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03/15/12
wsr

Robin Frijns tops Renault 3.5 testing, new car as fast as GP2 UPDATE
Robin Frijns
Doing a little research on Frijns, in 3 years of motorsport he already has 2 MAJOR championships: 

2010 - Formula BMW Europe Champion
2011 - Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Champion

2012 - Already during the first few Formula Renault 3.5 tests on top ... again ! Definitely one to watch !

Note: No Red Bull, no Marussia, no Air Asia, no Gravity, no Lotus no whatever else backing ... just 'Frijns Industrial Group' (http://www.frijnsindustrialgroup.com/), the family company backing him ... thus free of politics.

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03/15/12
f1

Paffett called up as Force India reserve
Gary Paffett
(GMM) Gary Paffett is next in line for a Force India race seat this weekend in Australia. The Silverstone based team's new regular Friday and reserve driver, Jules Bianchi, is unavailable this week as he tests ahead of the Renault World Series. Force India has therefore asked McLaren, its technical partner, for help. With Pedro de la Rosa now at HRT, Briton Paffett is the famous British team's new official reserve driver. He has already been in action this weekend, demonstrating McLaren's 2011 car to the crowds at Albert Park on Thursday. And Paffett, 30, will step into Force India's car during the race weekend, should bad fortune befall the team's regular drivers Nico Hulkenberg or Paul di Resta. 

"I'm happy to be available for Force India for this weekend," said the DTM driver. He will not participate in Friday morning practice. "Of course, it's unlikely that I will be called up and hopefully it won't happen, but it's nice to know that the team thought of me," said Paffett.

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03/15/12
f1

Mercedes Rear Wing and passive F-Duct deemed legal
The FIA has confirmed that a radical wing concept the Mercedes team has pioneered is fully legal.

FIA's F1 technical department Charlie Whiting told Autosport: "Some teams are questioning it on the basis that they thought F-ducts were banned. Well, F-ducts are not banned.

"At the end of 2010 everyone was using driver operated F-ducts and the regulations that were changed specifically banned the use of driver movement to influence the aerodynamic performance of the car – that got rid of that generation of so-called F-ducts.

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03/15/12
f1

Pirelli wanted 2011-spec test car
(GMM) Pirelli would have preferred to test with a 2011-specification car this year, Paul Hembery has admitted. After writing off the 2009 Toyota as too outdated, F1's tyre supplier struggled to find a solution with the teams as it pushed for a newer car for private tire testing. Ultimately, Pirelli acquired a 2010 Renault.

"We would have liked to have had a 2011 car," Pirelli motor sport director Hembery told Auto Motor und Sport. "So we are one step away from being happy." He said it is no mistake that the chosen 2010 car is a Renault, not a title-winning Red Bull. "We wanted a midfield car -- there probably would have been too many complaints about the world championship-winning one.

"Also, the costs played a role," added Hembery. Missing now is a driver for Pirelli's R30 Renault. "There are a lot of names on the list," revealed Hembery. "Even some that you wouldn't have thought of. "Ideally we want someone with experience from the 2011 season -- so that reduces the number of candidates a bit."

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03/15/12
f1

Don't write off Ferrari, experts warn
(GMM) One mystery to be solved this weekend is just how much trouble the Ferrari team is in. Depending on who is asked in the paddock, the famous Italian team is either in full-speed 'crisis', slightly off the pace, or bluffing after apparently struggling with its all-new F2012 car in winter testing.

Pirelli's Paul Hembery warned that writing off a great team like Ferrari is "very dangerous". "From the data I've seen," he told Auto Motor und Sport, "they seem to have some good pace. "They have made many changes and have many innovations on the car -- I find it a bit strange to write off a team like Ferrari at this stage.

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03/15/12
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Daniel Ricciardo
    Ricciardo told to push, not fear crashes
  • Angry Ecclestone dares Australia to drop F1 race
  • Glock thinks new Marussia to beat 107pc rule
  • No official reserve for Ferrari in 2012
  • Argentina close to deal for 2013 F1 return
  • Red Bull and McLaren to fight for win - rivals
  • Ferrari revolution leads to 'crisis' - Surer
  • Raikkonen would have stayed in F1 in 2010
  • Raikkonen's managers now take a back seat
  • Marussia F1 Team partners with VPS.NET
  • Marussia F1 Team teams up with 100TB

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03/14/12
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f1

Alex Zanardi confirmed for London Paralympics
Alex Zanardi
Alex Zanardi has been confirmed as a member of the Italian team for this year's London Paralympics.

The two-time CART champion and former F1 driver, who has spent the past few years competing successfully in marathons and time trials in the handbike class, will be one of 10 athletes to make up Italy's paracycling team.

He has long held an ambition to compete at London, but was uncertain whether he would be selected due to heavy competition for places.

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03/14/12
f1

Vettel to be smiling more than usual in 2012
Red Bull Racing is pleased to announce that the Japanese Premium Sake brand Joraku has become an official Team Supplier - supplying them all the Sake they can drink. While his competitors cannot stop him from winning, perhaps enough Sake in Sebastian Vettel's veins will. 

As a result of the multi-year agreement, the Joraku brand will feature in all Red Bull Racing’s Partner listing areas throughout the 2012 season and beyond, as well as being available in Red Bull Racing’s hospitality areas.

Based in Japan, Joraku is owned by Hanshin Shuhan, a large food and beverage group that operates as an alcoholic beverage wholesaler. Hanshin hopes to use Formula One and Red Bull Racing’s success as an international platform to promote its successful Japanese sake and raise global awareness of its heritage and great taste. It’s the first Japanese sake producer to become an official Team Supplier.

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03/14/12
f1

Rain a possibility for Australian GP
Mixed weather is likely to welcome the Formula 1 caravan in Melbourne this weekend, for the season opening round of the 2011 championship, the Australian Grand Prix.

According to the weather forecast for the rest of the week, some showers are expected to hit the Albert Park region on Tuesday afternoon, while likely to return later in the week for Thursday and possibly even Friday.

That means the practice sessions in Day 1 might be affected by rain, which would make Pirelli's extra set of hard tires useless in the teams' attempt to figure out a competitive set-up for the crucial qualifying on Saturday.

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03/14/12
nassprint

TBR and Blaney get 8-race sponsorship
Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) signed a deal with SealWrap and Widow Wax for eight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in the 2012 season. Blaney will debut the #36 SealWrap/Widow Wax Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. Welch & Wilson Motorsports, the parent company of SealWrap, will partner with Dave and Ryan Blaney, as well as TBR, throughout the season. SealWrap will be the primary partner for Ryan Blaney's six NNS starts, including his NNS debut at Richmond International Raceway next month. SealWrap partnered with DB Racing and Ryan Blaney last season in select NKNPS races.

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03/14/12
irl
alms

Tecate Light Miss Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pageants Begin Tomorrow
Miss Toyota GP of Long Beach in 2009 and the two runner-ups
The first of four preliminary pageants leading up to the selection of  the 2012 Tecate Light Miss Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and her court will be held from 9-10:30 p.m. Thurs., March 15 at Sharkeez, 52 Pier Ave. in Hermosa Beach.

The preliminary pageants, open to the public, will determine the finalists for the coveted title, with the finals to be held at 9 p.m. Thurs., April 12 on Pine Avenue in downtown Long Beach  during Tecate “Thursday Thunder on Pine,”  the popular annual pre-race celebration kicking off the 38th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 13-15.

The preliminary pageant schedule: Thurs., March 15 – Sharkeez, 52 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, (310) 318-0004; Thurs., March 22 – Legends, 5236 E. Second St., Long Beach, (562) 433-5743; Thurs., March 29 – Panama Joe’s, 5100 E. Second St., Long Beach, (562) 434-7417  and Fri., April 2 – Mai Tai Bar, 97 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, (562) 435-1200. Each preliminary pageant runs from 9-10:30 p.m.

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Dyson Racing to Enter Second Car for 2012 Season
Dyson Racing Lola
The 2011 American Le Mans Series championship-winning car of Dyson Racing will return to action for six races of the 2012 ALMS season. Michael Marsal and Eric Lux will be driving the No. 20 Lola B09/86-Mazda starting on the streets of Long Beach on April 14th and in the season's remaining sprint races.

"We welcome Michael and Eric to the team," said Chris Dyson, Vice President and Sporting Director of Dyson Racing. "They are quick and focused drivers. They possess the commitment needed to be successful both on and off the track.  We have been very impressed with the rate of development that Michael has shown in testing with us over the last year, first in our Lola World Junior Car program at Monticello Motor Club and last December when he stepped into the LMP1 car at Sebring. He has really stepped up and is ready for the challenge of prototype racing.

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Video: Jim Michaelian talks about the Long Beach GP


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Lola Tech Team Talk

1. What have Lola been concentrating on with regards to the B12/60 LMP1 car?

The Lola design and engineering team have been looking at overall efficiency improvements to the aerodynamic surfaces of both the LMP1 and LMP2 Lola designs. The initial CFD and wind tunnel studies took place last autumn in Lolas on-site 50% scale facility in Huntingdon, UK.

Visually the cars will look very different, particularly the front bodywork which is 100% new. The front splitter, diffuser and light cluster have benefitted from an intensive CFD and wind tunnel development and Lola have implemented additional aerodynamic elements to the front section to improve the downforce levels of the design. Other aspects of the 2012 bodywork have also been refined for this season.

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Two DRS zones for Melbourne
Formula 1 governing body the FIA has confirmed that there will be a double DRS activation zone for this weekend’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix. However, in a somewhat surprising move, there will be just a sole detection point.

The single detection zone is located before Turn 14, with the first activation point being at the top of the start/finish straight and in the same location as 2011. The added activation point is located on the exit of the second corner, allowing for more action on the run to Turn 3.

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03/14/12
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Herbert chosen as first 2012 driver steward
Three-time F1 winner Johnny Herbert will be the driver representative steward for this weekend’s curtain-raiser in Australia. The Englishman was also on-hand last year.

Herbert, who won the 1995 British and Italian Grands Prix for Benetton as well as the 1999 European race for Stewart, retired from Formula 1 at the end of 2000. Last year, he was steward for both the Melbourne event and the inaugural Indian Grand Prix.

Driver stewards have been part of the sport since the start of 2010, in an initiative for fairer arbitrating encouraged by then newly-elected FIA President Jean Todt.

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Argentinean Esteban Guerrieri back in Indy Lights for 2012
It has been announced in Argentina and soon to be announced in the USA, Argentinean Esteban Guerrieri will be back to run Indy Lights in 2012 with the realistic goal of winning the title.

Last year he was a rookie and won races.  As we predicted prior to last season, he proved he is the real deal and now he's after the Indy Lights crown.

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After rally test, Kubica drives kart
Robert Kubica
(GMM)  Robert Kubica is back on track yet again, according to the latest reports from Italy.

It emerged a few days ago that the Pole had moved his recovery from serious injury forwards by returning to the wheel of a Skoda Fabia rally car in Liguria, Italy.

La Gazzetta dello Sport now reports that the former BMW and Renault driver has tested a kart at a circuit in Montecatini-Terme, Tuscany.

Former Renault boss Flavio Briatore advises Kubica not to rush his return to F1.

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Randy Bernard hits another Home Run for IndyCar
Of all the good things that Randy Bernard has done for IndyCar, nothing ranks higher than yesterday's announced deal by Dreamworks to feature IndyCar and the Indy 500 in the film 'Turbo'.  As this article that follows that appears in this week's SportsBusiness Daily the exposure that IndyCar will get with the general public is huge and probably cannot be measured.  It is the single most important defining moment in IndyCar's recent history.  Now let's hope IndyCar takes every advantage it can to market its series in conjunction with 'Turbo.'

Randy Bernard - The best thing that happened to IndyCar in a very very long time
When Randy Bernard’s secretary said he had a call from Jeffrey Katzenberg a year and a half ago, the IndyCar Series CEO stopped working on the email he was writing and tried to compose himself. It wasn’t easy. His mind kept racing as he thought about DreamWorks’ colossal success with the movie “Shrek.”

“I don’t know how many of these calls you get, but would you fly out here to visit with me?” said Katzenberg, DreamWorks’ Los Angeles-based CEO. “We have a fantastic idea and movie we’re making, and at the core of its idea is a celebration of the great 100-year tradition of Indianapolis and dream of many racers around the world. Come let me show you the story. I think it will put a smile on your face.”

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2012 Daytona 500 Brand Exposure
Total media value for NASCAR sponsors receiving brand exposure in the rain-delayed 2012 Daytona 500 increased by over 50% vs. when compared to last year's live racing broadcast, according to Repucom International. Race winning primary sponsor Best Buy received just over $1.8 million in adjusted media value during the broadcast but crossed the finish line 13th in exposure value across all brands analyzed in the event. A number of factors contributed to the overall increase in exposure time and value, most notably a longer broadcast duration with the red flag. Average household viewership of the event decreased slightly while the cost of media saw a slight uptick vs. last year. Repucom International tracks every brand within every race of 12 motorsports series globally including all three NASCAR series, IndyCar, Grand-Am and NHRA in the United States. Repucom PR

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Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Petrov as good as Trulli says boss
    Petrov 'as good as Trulli' says Caterham boss
  • Petrov insists Alonso also a 'pay-driver'
  • Hamilton not bothered as Red Bull says no
  • Red Bull admits eye on 'shrewd' Mercedes
  • Schumacher admits test ban led to F1 comeback
  • Politician slams Ecclestone's 'bogan' daughter
  • Ferrari crisis is exaggerated - Lauda
  • Cheating 'peace' may be short-lived - Lauda
  • Force India not ready for 2012 podiums - Hulkenberg
  • Vettel names new Red Bull 'Abbey'
  • Button a favorite for Vettel's crown - Salo
  • Rosberg not allowed to speak his mind - Salo
  • Lotus gains sponsorship from Microsoft 

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New 'secret' Chevrolet Sprint Cup car to Debut for 2013 Season
The countdown to the debut of Chevrolet’s next NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racecar is underway.  Chevrolet announced today that for the 2013 season, Team Chevy will be racing a vehicle based on a new nameplate to the brand’s lineup.

Taking advantage of the new NASCAR rules, which allow manufacturers to display more of their brand identity in their racecars, the new Chevrolet racecar will closely resemble the production version.  Both cars will be unveiled in the coming year.

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