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03/19/12
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American Racing Custom Wheels to partner with KVRT  
E.J. Viso gets American Racing Custom Wheel backing
KV Racing Technology announced today that American Racing Custom Wheels will join the team for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season.

American Racing has a long and respected history with roots in aftermarket performance wheels dating back to the golden era of hot rodding in the mid 1950’s.  The American Racing brand is an essential part of American automotive culture.  American Racing Custom Wheels will be a sponsor of E. J. Viso’s No. 8 CITGO | PDVSA – KV Racing Technology Chevrolet/Firestone entry and will be represented on the hat and helmet of KVRT teammate Tony Kanaan. More ...

03/19/12
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More excuses for NASCAR's drop in attendance  UPDATE
Bristol crowd
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Bristol Motor Speedway owner Bruton Smith is considering about $1 million worth of changes to return his Tennessee track to the way it was before a 2007 reconfiguration.

"We are going to take a very hard look at it this week," Smith told The Associated Press on Monday. "We have everything in our computers that shows us what the track used to be and what it is now, and we started working on that last night. I'll have an answer for you next week on if we'll alter the track."

But Smith insisted it was the rain, not fan apathy over the current style of racing at Bristol, that contributed to Sunday's poor crowd. More ...

03/19/12
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Drivers talk about the Mazda Road to Indy  James Hinchcliffe, JR Hildebrand, Charlie Kimball and Josef Newgarden talk about the Mazda Road to Indy, the ladder system for the IZOD IndyCar Series.

03/19/12
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Poor Dallara build quality bites IndyCar again  UPDATE #3 To set the record straight, The issues Dallara is having is not at all the same as the issue Champ Car had with their new car. The Champ Car cell was manufactured by ATL not Premier and the issue they had was with the buckeye area not sealing. Elan tried to make their own inlet out of a plastic material and when it did not work Champ Car went with the Aluminum Dan Jones system. It had nothing to do with the cell itself.  And the Champ Car ran on Methanol not Ethanol.

03/19/12 The problem with the fuel cell is the material selection and the supplier according to more information we received. Champ Car struggled with this as the Ethanol composition is new to all and required a very specific material.  The material is lightweight and looks like Kevlar.

The same problem happened to Champ Car, who choose this same supplier and it was a complete mess, they did not fit, leaked and would not fill.

Had they gone to Dan Jones for design instead of doing it on the cheap it would have fixed the issue, that is what Champ Car finally did. More ...

03/19/12
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De Phillippi crushes track record in first day of Barber test  With the 2012 season-opener at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg  just six days away, the teams and drivers of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear are engaged in a bit of 'Spring Training' today and tomorrow at Barber Motorsports Park.

And they're keeping the top of the time sheets pretty much 'all in the family.'  With three sessions now in the books, Star Mazda veteran Connor De Phillippi, driving the #2 Modspace Racing Mazda this year for Juncos Racing, not only set the quick time of the day on the 20th lap of Session 1 - 1:20.607 (102.721 mph) - but he also broke, by a lot, the Star Mazda track record at Barber -- 1:21.166 (102.013 mph) -- set last year in qualifying for Round 2 of the 2011 season by eventual champion Tristan Vautier.  De Phillippi, who finished 2nd in the Star Mazda Championship battle last year, was the 2009 Skip Barber Pro Series champion and moved up to Star Mazda in 2010 with scholarship funding from the Mazda Road to Indy. More ...

03/19/12
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Vickers Gives Honest Insights on SPEED's NASCAR Race Hub  
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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Brian Vickers, who’s piloting the No. 55 Toyota for MWR Racing in place of Mark Martin at selected races this season, showcased his talents at Bristol Motor Speedway with an improbable fifth-place finish.

But yesterday’s feel-good story may, for Vickers, represent a light at the end of the tunnel as well. The past couple of seasons have been filled with turmoil and frustration for the 28-year-old hot shoe, including the shuttering of Red Bull Racing and a contentious back-and-forth with driver Matt Kenseth at Martinsville (Va.) last year.

He spoke with NASCAR Race Hub host Steve Byrnes, and here are highlights from that interview: More ...

03/19/12
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George Jr. replaces Bailey  IndyCar continues to overhaul.  Tony George Jr. has been named to replace 25-year vet Roger Bailey as Indy Lights Director.  Tony Cotman will head Indy Lights race control.
03/19/12
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BHA to field car for American Castaneda at St. Pete  Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian is excited to announce that 22-year-old Troy Castaneda will drive the #28 entry in Firestone Indy Lights for the season opener on the streets of St. Petersburg.

"I'm very much looking forward to getting back into racing action," Castaneda said. "It's been a long off-season and I'm extremely excited for this opportunity. I want to thank Bryan (Herta) and Steve (Newey), the sponsors and everyone else involved in making this possible. I can't wait to get out there and show what we can do." More ...

03/19/12
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Munoz joins Andretti Autosport  A third Colombian driver will be on the Firestone Indy Lights in 2012.

Andretti Autosport announced it has signed Carlos Munoz and will pair 20-year-old Colombian with AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport's Sebastian Saavedra.

"We compete in the Mazda Road to Indy ladder to help develop young and talented people, and Carlos is the latest member of this development team," said Andretti Autosport owner Michael Andretti. "Having two entries in Firestone Indy Lights allows us to be a stronger contender for the championship and we are looking forward to having Carlos join our effort." More ...

03/19/12
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Horto ready to step up  Since Firestone Indy Lights was established in 1986, four Brazilians have won the series title and gone on to race at the top level of Indy car racing.

Joao Victor Horto to follow the path blazed by of his countrymen Tony Kanaan, Cristiano da Matta, Thiago Medeiros and Raphael Matos in 2012

"I chose to race here because of the Mazda Road to Indy program," the 21-year-old Brazilian said. "I think it's a great program for any driver who wants to be an (IZOD) IndyCar (Series) driver. That's why I chose to be here." More ...

03/19/12
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INDYCAR announces new leadership structure for Firestone Indy Lights  INDYCAR announced a leadership restructuring of Firestone Indy Lights, the top rung of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder that serves as an essential step for drivers and teams seeking to compete in the IZOD IndyCar Series.

Tony George Jr., who has served as the series' manager of business development, will take over as director of Firestone Indy Lights from Roger Bailey, who retired after more than 25 years in a leadership role with Indy Lights.

Jason Penix, INDYCAR's manager of grassroots marketing since 2010, will expand his duties as director of grassroots initiatives. More ...

03/19/12
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Bank cuts back sponsorship at NASCAR tracks  Longtime NASCAR sponsor Bank of America Corp. has cut back on some of its track sponsorships. The Charlotte bank decided last year not to renew agreements with nine speedways around the country – including four venues owned by Concord-based Speedway Motorsports Inc. - after the contracts expired in late 2011.

The bank has severed ties with SMI's Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway near San Francisco and Atlanta Motor Speedway. It also ended all five of its International Speedway Corp. track sponsorships.

Bank of America continues to sponsor Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Bank of America 500 race, a title sponsorship it has held since 2006. Bank spokesman Nicole Nastacie said it agreed last year to a multiyear extension with SMI.

"Motorsports remains an important part of our sponsorship marketing program and has deep roots in Charlotte," she said. "That said, we continuously evaluate our sponsorship portfolio to ensure we have the right assets to achieve our business objectives.

03/19/12
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Domenicali: Lessons were learnt  
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While on the surface Australia was not good for Ferrari, Stefano Domenicali says it at least gave them the chance to understand the issues with their F2012.

Ferrari faltered in Saturday's first qualifying of the season as, pushing too hard, Fernando Alonso beached his car in the gravel while Felipe Massa sorely lacked pace. The duo qualified P12 and P16 respectively.

Sunday's 58-lap grand prix, though, was better for the Italian stable with Alonso finishing in fifth place. A crash late in the grand prix put Massa into retirement.

And although ten points is not a great start to the season for a team wanting to fight for the titles, Domenicali says Ferrari at least have a better understanding of where their problems lie.

"I think we learned for sure a couple of things," said the team boss. More ...

03/19/12
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Brawn admits tire degradation issues  
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Despite attempting to downplay their tire degradation rate during pre-season testing, Ross Brawn admits it was a problem in the Australian GP.

Mercedes went into Sunday's season-opener full of confidence after a solid qualifying session in which Michael Schumacher claimed fourth place and Nico Rosberg P7.

However, on race day things did not go according to plan.

Schumacher retired with a gearbox problem when running in third place while Rosberg was booted out of the points on the final lap when he clashed with Sergio Perez.

Mercedes therefore left Australia without a single point, however, of more concern to their team boss was the rate of degradation they suffered with their Pirelli tires. More ...

03/19/12
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Andretti firm to pay $25,000 to lease Milwaukee Mile  A company led by Indy race car owner Michael Andretti will pay $25,000 to lease the Milwaukee Mile Milwaukee Mile Latest from The Business Journals Follow this company for an IndyCar race in June.

Andretti Sports Marketing Wisconsin, led by IndyCar team owner Michael Andretti, announced several weeks ago that it would promote the race and festival at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis June 15-16. The event will be headlined Saturday afternoon by an internationally televised IZOD IndyCar race and also will include many other events at the Wisconsin State Fair Grounds, including a post-race concert.

According to documents released to The Business Journal in response to an open records request, Andretti Sports Marketing must pay Wisconsin State Fair Park, which owns the race track, $12,500 by April 1 and $12,500 by June 13. More ...

03/19/12
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F1 teams want spending restrictions  Formula One teams have written to the sport's governing body asking for spending restrictions to cap spiraling costs.

Red Bull and sister team Toro Rosso were reportedly the only teams not to sign the letter.

"The teams asked the FIA to continue the process of looking at cost control," Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn said. "It's something which the FIA are very keen to do as well, so it was a letter of support to the FIA to say that we want to continue the process of reducing costs and look at fair ways of introducing the regulations or procedures to keep the costs under control and further reduce the costs." More ...

03/19/12
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Weekly Dale Jr. excuse: Dale Jr. takes responsibility for wreck with Jeff Gordon  Dale Earnhardt Jr. talks about his incident with teammate #24-Jeff Gordon at Bristol Motor Speedway, from a Chevy Racing post race transcript in part:
Q: YOU SAID ON YOUR RADIO THAT YOU FELT RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT HAPPENED WITH JEFF GORDON BLOWING A TIRE. HE SAID IT WAS ONE OF THOSE RACING THINGS:
Earnhardt Jr.: "I absolutely feel responsible. I got into his door a little bit. We were racing and having a good time, to be honest with you. I put the pipes up against the left rear tire of his car, and knocked the side wall out of it. I hate...I feel bad about that. I'm going to have to do some damage control this week. I know Jeff understands what was going on out there, but his boys work real hard on their car, and they had a good run going. They had a potential win, or good finish going too; and they deserve it. I hate what happened to Jeff (Gordon). We were racing really hard. It was fun. If there is a track where you can lean on each other a little bit then this ought to be the place. We just barely rubbed down the back straight-a-way." More ...
03/19/12
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NASCAR says Kenseth legally beat Keselowski to line on Bristol restart  Generally, there are two cardinal rules when it comes to NASCAR's double-file restarts: don't change lanes before you cross the start/finish line and if you're in second, don't beat the leader to the start/finish line. With 154 laps to go in Sunday's Food City 500, #17-Matt Kenseth restarted second. The leader, #2-Brad Keselowski, was next to him on the inside line. It was the first time the leader had taken the inside line all day. Kenseth clearly beat Keselowski to the start/finish line as you can see in the video above, and the two entered turn one side-by-side before Kenseth prevailed and cleared Keselowski a few laps later. Kenseth never conceded the position to Keselowski, nor was he black-flagged by NASCAR. Why? Because according to NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp, race officials deemed that Keselowski hadn't mashed the gas in the designated restart zone before the start/finish line, allowing the second-place driver -- Kenseth -- the right of way to accelerate on his own. Yahoo Sports
03/19/12
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Latest F1 news in brief - Monday  UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

03/19/12
  • Uproar over special deals for top F1 teams
    Anger as F1 does 'special deals' for top teams
  • Malaysia to immediately test McLaren dominance
  • Liuzzi to contest Italian touring car series
  • F-duct debate to speed from Australia to Malaysia
  • Pundits agree Williams made 'huge leap'
  • Ferrari glass 'half full' but no improvement yet
  • HRT looking to recover in Malaysia
  • Kovalainen receives five-place drop for Malaysia New
  • Button sends warning signal against Vettel's trademark salute New More ...
03/18/12
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Piquet gets first NASCAR win  
The first appearance in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East action proved to be more than productive as Nelson Piquet Jr. won the inaugural Widow Wax 125 presented by SealWrap Repair Tape from the pole Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Piquet held off a hard-charging Ryan Blaney for the victory in the season-opener for the series. Ryan Gifford finished third.

This was the first NASCAR victory for Piquet, a regular in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and first win for a Brazilian in K&N Pro Series East history. More ...

03/18/12
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Video: Lexus & Sports Illustrated: "Tori 500″  Girls and cars go together very well and this video by Lexus puts an interesting twist on this age old law. In "Tori 500″ they take hot Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Tori Praver and make a race track from her silhouette.  See the video exclusively on our iPad and iPhone app with Scott Pruett, Greg Tracy (Stunt driver) and Tori Praver (Model).
03/18/12
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Latest F1 news in brief - Sunday  UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

03/18/12
  • Lucas di Grassi
    Di Grassi in Pirelli test talks
  • 2012 start 'couldn't be worse' - Italian press
  • End of an era as McLaren puts 'normal nose' in front
  • 2013 France GP comeback weeks from collapse
  • Brawn scolds rivals as protest threat lingers on
  • Hulkenberg denies Mallya crisis to sink Force India
  • Ecclestone admits Bahrain concerns
  • Korea to pay less for F1 race New 
  • Massa blames Ferrari's balance for 'poor' weekend New More ...
03/18/12
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2011 a record year for Porsche  Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, concluded the 2011 financial year with a new record in sales, revenue and operating profit. The sports car manufacturer is continuing its growth trajectory with the youngest and most efficient model range of all time and is focusing systematically on the goals set under “Strategy 2018”.

In sales terms, Porsche grew by 21 per cent to 116,978 units worldwide in the past fiscal year. Revenue was 10.9 billion euro, or an increase of 18 per cent compared with the same period the year before, the calendar year 2010. Operating profit reached 2.05 billion euro on the back of 1.67 billion euro in 2010. That represents an increase of 22 per cent compared with the previous year’s performance and an operating return on sales of 18.7 per cent. Compared with the same period last year, the sports car manufacturer succeeded in boosting cash flow by 17 per cent to 2.4 billion euro. More ...

03/18/12
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Pastrana forced to cut schedule  Travis Pastrana had planned to run NASCAR’s entire K&N Series schedule this year, but said Saturday that won’t happen because of conflicts in the Global Rallycross events. He now will miss three K&N races.

“That was very disappointing, but at the same time I think we’ll be able to, hopefully, use those races because they’re at the NASCAR tracks,” said Pastrana, who made his NASCAR debut at Bristol in the K&N East Series opener. “Hopefully, you’ll be able to acquire more sponsorship, more fans and, hopefully, build both programs as much as we can.”

It was announced last week at Las Vegas Motor Speedway that Speedway Motorsports Inc. had formed a relationship with Global Rallycross. The partnership will bring Rallycross events to NASCAR Sprint Cup and IZOD IndyCar race weekends at select venues throughout the 2012 season. The event at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Coca-Cola 600 weekend.

03/18/12
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Changes made in BMS pit road timing-lines  NASCAR has added two pit road timing lines on each side of the track at Bristol to lessen the advantage of certain pit stalls. #2-Brad Keselowski raised eyebrows during his victory at the .533-mile track last August by accelerating rapidly from his pit stall and slowing suddenly as he approached the next time line. Since pit road speed is measured across areas separated by the timing lines, certain stalls located just beyond timing lines have been particularly advantageous.

Consequently, a driver can go as fast as possible in the segment in which his or her pit stop occurs without fear of a speeding penalty, effectively circumventing for a short burst Bristol's 30 mph pit-road speed limit. The timing lines added to the frontstretch and backstretch pits effectively cut the timing segments from the length of 11 pit stalls to six. NASCAR Wire Services
03/17/12
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Sadler parlays strategic call into Nationwide win at Bristol  
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Elliott Sadler wasn't sure about the decisive call in Saturday's Ford EcoBoost 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway -- until crew chief Luke Lambert gave him a history lesson.

Lambert's astute call to keep Sadler on the racetrack under the final caution gave Elliott Sadler the boost he needed to win his second Nationwide Series race of the season, two weeks after he broke a 14-year drought in the series at Phoenix.

The Nationwide points leader drove away from Kasey Kahne and Brad Keselowski after a restart on Lap 273 of 300 and beat Kahne to the finish line by 1.159 seconds. The victory was Sadler's second at Bristol, the seventh of his career, and it came at the .533-mile track that gave him the first of his three Sprint Cup victories in 2001. More ...

03/17/12
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What happened to Robby Gordon Friday at Bristol?  
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Robby Gordon failed to make the 500 field after his engine failed to fire for practice. That would normally not be a major story here; however the situation surrounding Gordon's problems made it one. "Robby was out there on the line ready for practice, and then the car just wouldn't fire," crewman Randy Rodriguez said. "Four McLaren engineers came running over there to help, and they spent 1-1/2 hours with it, but couldn't figure it out. So we have to go home. No practice, you can't qualify." NASCAR officials, asked about the situation, referred reporters to McLaren engineers, who could not be found. Dodge execs, likewise, could not be found for comment. Gordon, one of only three NASCAR drivers this year running Dodges (along with Penske men #22-AJ Allmendinger and #2-Brad Keselowski), says he has called Dodge boss Ralph Gilles since Penske announced two weeks ago that he would be moving to Ford.

But Gordon says Gilles has not yet returned his inquiries. Gordon had engine problems at Daytona and tried to get an engine from Penske, the only other team owner building Dodge engines. But Gordon said Penske's price (which he wouldn't specify) was too high. Dodge itself apparently doesn't build NASCAR engines or have any other engine building source. MikeMulhern.net
03/17/12
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Sebring Hour 8: No. 2 Audi still leads  8 Hour Standings

Pos Class No. Current driver Car Tire Laps Behind Gap
1 P1 2 Allan McNish Audi R18 M 214 - - -
2 P1 3 Romain Dumas Audi R18 M 214 7.58s 7.58s
3 P1 6 Klaus Graf HPD ARX-03a M 213 1 laps 1 laps
4 P1 22 Peter Dumbreck HPD ARX 03a M 213 1 laps 112.51s
5 P1 12 Neel Jani Lola B12/60 Coupé M 212 2 laps 1 laps
6 P1 15 Guillaume Moreau Oak Pescarolo D 209 5 laps 3 laps
7 P2 55 Christophe Bouchut HPD ARX-03b D 209 5 laps 7.11s
8 P1 16 Emmanuel Collard Pescarolo M 209 5 laps 4.24s
9 P2 24 Jacques Nicolet Morgan D 209 5 laps 6.86s
10 P2 49 Luis Perez Companc Oreca 03 D 209 5 laps 34.31s
11 P2 44 Ryan Dalziel HPD ARX 03b D 209 5 laps 13.94s
12 P1 16 Guy Smith Lola B12/60 D 208 6 laps 1 laps
13 P2 41 Christian Zugel Zytek Z11SN D 208 6 laps 25.68s
14 P1 21 Danny Watts HPD ARX 03a M 208 6 laps 20.56s
15 P2 25 Tor Graves Oreca 03 D 207 7 laps 1 laps
16 PC 6 Alex Popow Oreca FLM09 M 205 9 laps 2 laps
17 PC 7 Chapman Ducote Oreca FLM09 M 205 9 laps 33.42s
18 PC 52 Butch Leitzinger Oreca FLM09 M 204 10 laps 1 laps
19 P2 31 Mirco Shultis Lola B12/80 Coupé D 204 10 laps 57.17s
20 PC 5 Eric Lux Oreca FLM09 M 203 11 laps 1 laps
21 GT 4 Richard Westbrook Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 M 202 12 laps 1 laps
22 GT 3 Jan Magnussen Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 M 202 12 laps 0.84s
23 GT 155 Uwe Alzen BMW E92 M3 D 202 12 laps 1.78s
24 GT 77 Richard Lietz Porsche 911 RSR M 202 12 laps 1.31s
25 GT 56 Dirk Mueller BMW E92 M3 D 202 12 laps 1.71s
26 GT 71 Marco Cioci Ferrari F458 Italia M 202 12 laps 9.41s
27 GT 48 Rob Bell Porsche 911 GT3 RSR D 200 14 laps 2 laps
28 GT 2 Jeff Segal Ferrari F458 Italia M 199 15 laps 1 laps
29 GTE-AM 50 Pedro Lamy Chevrolet Corvette C6-ZR1 M 198 16 laps 1 laps
30 GT 44 Andy Lally Porsche 911 GT3 RSR M 198 16 laps 32.22s
31 GTE-AM 88 Paolo Ruberti Porsche 911 RSR M 198 16 laps 2.25s
32 P1 1 Marcel Fassler Audi R18 M 197 17 laps 1 laps
33 P2 28 Maxime Jousse Lola B12/80 Coupé D 197 17 laps 22.62s
34 GTE-AM 70 Christophe Bourret Chevrolet Corvette C6-ZR1 M 196 18 laps 1 laps
35 GT 97 Adrian Fernandez Aston Martin Vantage M 195 19 laps 1 laps
36 P2 54 Jon Fogarty Lola B11/80 D 194 20 laps 1 laps
37 GTC 30 Henrique Cisneros Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Y 193 21 laps 1 laps
38 GTC 23 Townsend Bell Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Y 193 21 laps 1.04s
39 GTC 11 Chris Cumming Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Y 193 21 laps 37.99s
40 GTC 31 Angel Rafael Benitez Sr. Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Y 192 22 laps 1 laps
41 GTC 22 Cooper MacNeil Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Y 191 23 laps 1 laps
42 GTC 34 Sebastiaan Bleekemolen Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Y 190 24 laps 1 laps
43 GTC 66 Spencer Pumpelly Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Y 188 26 laps 2 laps
44 GTC 24 Michael Avenatti Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Y 187 27 laps 1 laps
45 GT 17 Martin Ragginger Porsche 911 GT3 RSR F 186 28 laps 1 laps
46 GTE-AM 61 Michael Waltrip Ferrari F458 Italia M 184 30 laps 2 laps
47 P1 13 Jeroen Bleekemolen Lola B12/60 Coupé M 183 31 laps 1 laps
48 GTE-AM 57 Tracy Krohn Ferrari F458 Italia D 182 32 laps 1 laps
49 GTC 32 Rene Villeneuve Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Y 179 35 laps 3 laps
50 PC 18 Ricardo Vera Oreca FLM09 M 177 37 laps 2 laps
51 P2 37 Martin Plowman Morgan D 176 38 laps 1 laps
52 PC 5 Mike Guasch Oreca FLM09 M 176 38 laps 4.63s
53 PC 9 Bruno Junqueira Oreca FLM09 M 175 39 laps 1 laps
54 GT 1 Scott Sharp Ferrari F458 Italia M 174 40 laps 1 laps
55 PC 25 Henri Richard Oreca FLM09 M 172 42 laps 2 laps
56 GT 45 Patrick Long Porsche 911 GT3 RSR M 166 48 laps 6 laps
57 GTE-AM 55 Joel Camathias Porsche 911 RSR P 154 60 laps 12 laps
58 GT 51 Toni Vilander Ferrari F458 Italia M 111 103 laps 43 laps
59 P2 95 Ryan Hunter-Reay HPD ARX-03b D 85 129 laps 26 laps
60 P2 23 Olivier Lombard Oreca 03 D 85 129 laps 35.81s
61 GT 59 Jaime Melo Ferrari F458 Italia M 83 131 laps 2 laps
62 PC 8 Dean Stirling Oreca FLM09 M 38 176 laps 45 laps
63 GTE-AM 58 Dominik Farnbacher Ferrari F458 Italia M 214 laps 38 laps
64 P2 29 Jean-Denis Deletraz Lola B12/80 Coupé D 214 laps - - -

03/17/12
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Sebring: Kristensen Audi still leads at 4.5 Hour Mark  
Pos Class Car Current driver Car type Tire Laps Behind Gap
1 P1 2 Tom Kristensen Audi R18 M 123 0.00s 0.00s
2 P1 3 Loic Duval Audi R18 M 123 3.47s 3.47s
3 P1 1 Benoit Treluyer Audi R18 M 122 1 laps 1 laps
4 P1 12 Nick Heidfeld Lola B12/60 Coupé M 122 1 laps 22.80s
5 P1 15 Dominik Kraihamer Oak Pescarolo D 121 2 laps 1 laps
6 P1 6 Simon Pagenaud HPD ARX-03a M 121 2 laps 209.19s
7 P1 22 Peter Dumbreck HPD ARX 03a M 121 2 laps - - -
8 P1 16 Steven Kane Lola B12/60 D 120 3 laps 1 laps
9 P1 16 Jean-Christophe Boullion Pescarolo M 120 3 laps 131.85s
10 P1 21 Nick Leventis HPD ARX 03a M 120 3 laps 7.60s
11 P2 49 Soheil Ayari Oreca 03 D 120 3 laps 7.76s
12 P2 55 Christophe Bouchut HPD ARX-03b D 120 3 laps 4.50s
13 P2 44 Stephane Sarrazin HPD ARX 03b D 120 3 laps 2.01s
14 P2 24 Matthieu Lahaye Morgan D 119 4 laps 1 laps
15 P2 41 Ricardo Gonzalez Zytek Z11SN D 118 5 laps 1 laps
16 P2 31 Luca Moro Lola B12/80 Coupé D 118 5 laps 150.60s
17 PC 6 E.J. Viso Oreca FLM09 M 118 5 laps 11.50s
18 PC 9 Tomy Drissi Oreca FLM09 M 117 6 laps 1 laps
19 PC 7 Chapman Ducote Oreca FLM09 M 117 6 laps 0.63s
20 P2 25 Robbie Kerr Oreca 03 D 117 6 laps 0.84s
21 PC 5 Colin Braun Oreca FLM09 M 117 6 laps 148.62s
22 PC 5 Memo Gidley Oreca FLM09 M 117 6 laps 1.61s
23 PC 18 Anthony Nicolosi Oreca FLM09 M 116 7 laps 1 laps
24 PC 52 Rudy Junco Oreca FLM09 M 116 7 laps 317.67s
25 GT 3 Jan Magnussen Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 M 116 7 laps 145.82s
26 GT 77 Richard Lietz Porsche 911 RSR M 116 7 laps 0.65s
27 GT 4 Oliver Gavin Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 M 115 8 laps 1 laps
28 GT 71 Olivier Beretta Ferrari F458 Italia M 115 8 laps 1.59s
29 GT 155 Uwe Alzen BMW E92 M3 D 115 8 laps 0.46s
30 GT 97 Adrian Fernandez Aston Martin Vantage M 115 8 laps 3.28s
31 GT 56 Jonathan Summerton BMW E92 M3 D 115 8 laps 0.60s
32 GT 2 Anthony Lazzaro Ferrari F458 Italia M 114 9 laps 1 laps
33 GT 48 Sascha Maassen Porsche 911 GT3 RSR D 114 9 laps 4.07s
34 GTE-AM 50 Julien Canal Chevrolet Corvette C6-ZR1 M 113 10 laps 1 laps
35 GTE-AM 57 Michele Rugolo Ferrari F458 Italia D 113 10 laps 0.68s
36 GT 44 Seth Neiman Porsche 911 GT3 RSR M 113 10 laps 3.68s
37 P2 37 Jan Heylen Morgan D 113 10 laps 152.78s
38 GTE-AM 88 Paolo Ruberti Porsche 911 RSR M 112 11 laps 1 laps
39 GTE-AM 70 Christophe Bourret Chevrolet Corvette C6-ZR1 M 112 11 laps 9.25s
40 P2 54 Bret Curtis Lola B11/80 D 111 12 laps 1 laps
41 P2 28 Fabien Giroix Lola B12/80 Coupé D 111 12 laps 20.56s
42 GTC 30 Henrique Cisneros Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Y 110 13 laps 1 laps
43 GTC 23 Bill Sweedler Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Y 110 13 laps 3.19s
44 GTC 11 Mark Bullitt Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Y 110 13 laps 0.71s
45 GTC 34 LeSaffre/Faulkner/Bleekemolen Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Y 110 13 laps 152.67s
46 PC 25 Duncan Ende Oreca FLM09 M 109 14 laps 1 laps
47 GTC 66 Marc Bunting Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Y 109 14 laps 2,310.21s
48 GTC 31 Angel Rafael Benitez Sr. Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Y 109 14 laps 20.15s
49 GTC 24 Michael Avenatti Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Y 108 15 laps 1 laps
50 GTC 22 LP Dumoulin Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Y 107 16 laps 1 laps
51 GT 1 Johannes van Overbeek Ferrari F458 Italia M 106 17 laps 1 laps
52 GTE-AM 61 Michael Waltrip Ferrari F458 Italia M 101 22 laps 5 laps
53 GT 17 Wolf Henzler Porsche 911 GT3 RSR F 99 24 laps 2 laps
54 GTC 32 Rene Villeneuve Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Y 95 28 laps 4 laps
55 P1 13 Harold Primat Lola B12/60 Coupé M 94 29 laps 1 laps
56 GT 45 Marco Holzer Porsche 911 GT3 RSR M 91 32 laps 3 laps
57 P2 95 Ryan Hunter-Reay HPD ARX-03b D 85 38 laps 6 laps
58 P2 23 Olivier Lombard Oreca 03 D 85 38 laps 35.81s
59 GT 59 Jaime Melo Ferrari F458 Italia M 83 40 laps 2 laps
60 GTE-AM 55 Markus Palttala Porsche 911 RSR P 72 51 laps 11 laps
61 GT 51 Giancarlo Fisichella Ferrari F458 Italia M 59 64 laps 13 laps
62 PC 8 Dean Stirling Oreca FLM09 M 38 85 laps 21 laps
63 GTE-AM 58 Dominik Farnbacher Ferrari F458 Italia M 123 laps 38 laps
64 P2 29 Jean-Denis Deletraz Lola B12/80 Coupé D 123 laps - - -
03/17/12
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NASCAR still a few weeks away from releasing EFI data  Sprint Cup Series director John Darby said on Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway that officials remain a few weeks from releasing EFI data and determining exactly what data will be released. But Darby was skeptical that the information, regardless of what is released, will help one driver improve on restarts. "It's not about what a guy is doing with his throttle on a restart," Darby said. "It's more about how the fuel maps and the original run tables that were set up for the race. The purpose of it is to help educate the entire garage on what's good for fuel strategies and what's not. It's not about pinpointing every time someone stepped on the brake. Or when somebody had their foot to the floor. They can get that off the TV telemetry now." Darby said the data collection should be completed in a few weeks, giving teams a sample of a restrictor plate race, two short tracks and a couple of mile-and-a-half tracks. "Once we get the tables like we want them, we'd be able to send every race,'' Darby said. "Typically, we download everything sitting on pit road after the race."

Darby acknowledged there have been minor issues with EFI through the first three races, but nothing to set off alarms. He said Brad Keselowski's issue at Las Vegas was a failed fuel pump. "We've got out of the habit of blanketing fuel injection, because it's almost as bad as saying did he have a problem with his race car," Darby said. "He had a fuel pump fail. Well, we had fuel pumps today and fuel pumps with carburetors. I'm a little defensive probably because everything wants to fall in the lap of fuel injection, where 99 percent of the problems that we've had up to this point in the year have nothing to do with fuel injection." ESPN
03/17/12
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Sebring Hour 2: Audi dominating  
The leading Audi
Tom Kristensen led an Audi one-two-three by just over 1 second at the two-hour mark of the Sebring 12 Hours, the opening round of the new FIA World Endurance Championship.

Allan McNish, who is sharing the #2 Audi R18 TDI with Kristensen and Rinaldo Capello, led the early going before pitting during the first safety-car period. The other two Audis waited and pitted on schedule under green-flag conditions late during the first hour, which gave the #2 a clear advantage at the top of the leaderboard, but that was later erased when it had to pit under green.

Polesitter Andre Lotterer filled second position in the #1 R18 with Romain Dumas 30-seconds behind in third.

Ferrari led the GTE class with the two Chevrolet Corvettes in third and fourth positions. More ...

03/17/12
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Video: Australian Grand Prix V8 Supercar Race 3 - big pile up  TEAM VODAFONE Team Principal Roland Dane has blasted James Courtney following the Race 3 pile-up at the MSS Security V8 Supercars Challenge at Albert Park this afternoon.

Dane's driver Jamie Whincup was tagged by Courtney at turn 3 on the opening lap of today's race, leaving the reigning V8 Supercars Champion stranded sideways on the track.

It then trigged a pile-up involving Karl Reindler, David Wall, Taz Douglas and Russell Ingall with Alex Premat’s Commodore also damaged.

Dane didn’t mince words when describing Courtney’s actions on the track. More ...

03/17/12
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Concern over EFi at Bristol  A bullring with banking that evokes a need for high-rise elevators, Bristol Motor Speedway isn't a track that keeps engine builders awake at night worried about horsepower and durabil
The tight confines of the first short track of the Sprint Cup season could cause plenty of concern in Sunday's Food City 500. With each fender banged and each lap turned on the bone-chattering concrete, the impacts and vibrations could take their toll on the new electronic fuel-injection (EFI) system.

"We're worried about the life of the sensors," said Doug Yates, co-owner of Roush Yates Engines, which builds the Ford powerplants for Roush Fenway Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports. "We know how bumpy and demanding that place is. We feel like we're as prepared as we can, and it's another track we haven't been to with EFI. It'll be another box to check."  More ...

03/17/12
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Latest F1 news in brief - Saturday  UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

03/17/12
  • Ross Brawn
    Brawn plays down 'new F-duct' hype
  • 2012 'tea-leaf reading' to race on for now
  • Red Bull isolated as rivals push for cost-cut rules
  • Protest threat hangs over Melbourne qualifying
  • Red Bull creator dies at 89
  • Frank Williams hands over team leadership to daughter
  • Alonso: There’s no point getting angry New
  • HRT applies for dispensation to race New
  • Perez penalized for changing gearbox New
  • No season opener for HRT, Marussia qualifies New More ...
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