>


Advertisement
Hot News
for your iPhone
for your iPad
Go to our forums to discuss this news
DATE News (chronologically)
03/20/11
motogp
Great race and win for Repsol Honda Team in Qatar  
Casey Stoner speeds to victory
The Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda RC212V) continued the excellence he'd shown all weekend by leading a Honda onslaught in his first race as a member of the Honda family in the season-opening Grand Prix of Qatar under the desert lights of the Losail International Circuit. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) interrupted the Honda parade by finishing a distant second, with Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC212V) finishing third, Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda RC212V) fourth, and Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini RC212V) a fighting fifth.

Stoner had showcased his abilities on the Honda RC212V throughout pre-season testing, as well as in the run-up to the race. On the first race weekend of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship, Stoner was fastest in all three practice sessions before taking the 27th pole position of his career with a blistering lap of the 5.380k circuit outside the capital of Doha. More ...

03/20/11
tv news
Wind Tunnel Sunday  UPDATE  Featured Interview Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport)

We’ll talk to Dr. Ullrich about yesterday’s race in Sebring, the future of their racing program in the U.S., and get some insight into their latest prototype, the R18, which the team will test in Sebring on Monday.

03/19/11 Guest Co-Host Bob Varsha (Host, Formula 1 on SPEED)

Featured Interview TBA

Expert Analyst Sam Mitani (International Editor, Road & Track Magazine)

Road & Track’s Sam Mitani will give us an update on the disaster in Japan and tell us how it will impact the auto manufacturer’s and their racing programs. More ...

03/20/11
gp2a
Romain Grosjean: “I am not the same man”  

A happy Romain Grosjean
2011 GP2 Asia Series Champion Romain Grosjean reflects on his new title:
Romain, GP2 Asia Series Champion for the second time. How does that sound?
Romain Grosjean: It sounds pretty good. We came to Asia to get some mileage and some data about the new car and the new tires which were a big question mark for everybody. In the first day of testing in Abu Dhabi, things went very well, we were P1, but on the last day, we were P23. Everyone thought that we were hiding something and our real pace, but not at all. We were completely lost. I was a bit worried about the pace. And then, in the first qualifying session of the season we were on pole by four tenths. We made a great job and I think we kept improving through all the Series. Today again was a good experience because it is my first sprint race of the season after someone crashed into me in Abu Dhabi’s sprint race on the first lap. I think we can still improve some more and now I know it is up to us to analyze the data and what we want to do during the four days of testing next month and how we can improve the team. I am very proud to be part of Dams and help to bring them back to the top. The Asia Series’ level this year was really high because only Christian Vietoris was missing for now. It was a good benchmark for everyone. More ...
03/20/11
gp2a
Post-race penalties for Grosjean and Cecotto  
Romain Grosjean
Romain Grosjean and Johnny Cecotto have both been handed 20 second time penalties by the race stewards following this afternoon’s Sprint Race in Imola. The GP2 Asia Champion will now drop to seventh and lose the three points he had earned, while Cecotto remains in 19th place.

During a late battle with Esteban Gutiérrez, Grosjean was deemed to have cut the circuit at Tamburello in order to retain his position. The stewards’ decision promotes Gutiérrez to fourth place while the Frenchman’s DAMS team-mate Pal Varhaug moves up to sixth and claims the final point of the day.

Cecotto’s penalty was issued for an incident at Turn 1, with Sam Bird suffering as a result of the Venezuelan’s eagerness to get past. Despite the penalty, the Super Nova Racing driver did not lose any places and will keep his position just ahead of Mikhail Aleshin who was the final man to finish.

03/20/11
gp2a
Dani Clos wins sprint race, Romain Grosjean takes title  
Dani Clos
In the final race of the 2011 GP2 Asia Series in Imola, Dani Clos recovered from a poor qualifying on Friday by winning today’s event in Imola, while Romain Grosjean sealed a second title with a fourth place finish.

Clos took the lead of the race from P2 straight from the start while polesitter Fairuz Fauzy failed to pull away properly. The Super Nova driver dropped several places and locked up going into the first corner hitting title contender Jules Bianchi who then could not avoid hitting Stefano Coletti’s car.

Bianchi’s early retirement meant that Grosjean was under no threat to pocket a second crown, but the Champion would still fight for another podium finish. Fourth after the first lap, the Dams driver started chasing Barwa Addax’s Giedo Van der Garde while Clos kept Rapax’s Fabio Leimer at bay. More ...
03/20/11
f1
Vettel can leave Red Bull before contract ends - owner  (GMM)  Sebastian Vettel can leave Red Bull before 2015 if he wants to, according to team owner Dietrich Mateschitz.

The new world champion has signed a new long-term deal with the pacesetting team but he also recently coveted moves to Ferrari or Mercedes.

Austrian billionaire Mateschitz said an exit-clause is a "formality, but it is hardly necessary".

"If we cannot give Sebastian Vettel what he needs and he asks us - despite his contract - to let him go, I can not imagine that we would not agree," he told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeiting on Sunday. More ...

03/20/11
f1
Hamilton must consider McLaren move - press  (GMM)  Lewis Hamilton might have to leave McLaren if he is to achieve his ambitions in formula one, according to British press reports on Sunday.

A report in the Sunday Observer newspaper said the 2008 world champion "won't achieve" his target of becoming a multiple world champion with the Woking based team.

The outfit's MP4-26 car has been unreliable and uncompetitive in pre-season testing and McLaren now faces "a desperate struggle" to keep 26-year-old Hamilton on-board, the report said. More ...

03/20/11
ama
More problems for NASCAR owned AMA  The AMA Pro Racing sanctioning body dispatched an unusual explanation release that acknowledged the Daytona 200 produced "outright failures and confusion and dismay among fans and participants."Saying it wants complete transparency for its road-racing programs, the release goes step-by-step through the tire disaster, which led to a shorter race and enabled Jason DiSalvo to win even after an engine failure.

The front tire that Dunlop provided Daytona 200 competitions had heat issues and the scheduled 57-lap race over Daytona International Speedway's 3.51-mile road course was stopped so all bikes could get new tires. More ...
03/20/11
automotive
Parts shortage to delay Honda orders  Honda Motor Co. has asked its U.S. dealers to postpone orders for Honda and Acura models built in Japan after extending a halt in domestic vehicle production until at least Wednesday.

After checking on its 110 suppliers in the northeastern Japanese region hit hardest by last week's massive earthquake, Honda said around a third of those parts manufacturers would not be able to resume operations for more than a week. More ...
03/20/11
alms
Michelin wins 13th consecutive 12 Hours of Sebring  One of the great names in international sports car racing, Oreca, helped provide Michelin a memorable 13th consecutive victory in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, the opening race of the 2011 American Le Mans Series and Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.

“Michelin dedicates this win to the sports car fans who turned out in record numbers here at Sebring, our technical partner teams who play a key role in our continued success and to our Michelin research centers that create our race tires and then take what we learn and turn it into exciting new tires like the Michelin Pilot Super Sport,” said Silvia Mammone, manager motorsports, Michelin North America. More ...

03/20/11
nnw
Danica Patrick wrecked in Bristol debut  Danica Patrick received the full Bristol experience on Saturday.

Patrick qualified 29th for the Scotts EZ Seed 300 Nationwide Series race and ran in top 15 before she was hit with a speeding penalty on Lap 203. On Lap 247, Patrick was running 17th, two laps off the pace, when she lost control of her car in Turn 1 after running in close quarters with Ryan Truex, who was also making his debut at the track.

After some heated comments over her team radio, Patrick got out of her car and threw her arms up in Truex's direction.

“I was just running down the straight and it felt like he came into my right front," Patrick said. "I don’t know exactly what happened but I don’t think I did anything. More ...

03/20/11
nassprint
New tire working good at Bristol  Reaction to the new right-side tires Goodyear introduced to Sprint Cup teams Saturday was mixed, but everyone agreed the biggest concern that forced the change has been fixed. "It lasts," said Mark Martin, who was fastest in the final practice. "There's not as much grip, and handling is not as good, but it will last. That's what we had to have." Goodyear made the decision to change early Friday because the new, softer compound brought to the half-mile track was severely chording, to the point the tires were wearing out in 25 to 30 laps -- far less than the 135 laps needed for a full fuel run. The right-side combination also was not rubbering up the track properly. "The track obviously is taking on more rubber," Goodyear's Rick Heinrich said after practice. "The tire wear projects to a full fuel run." Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vice president for competition, was happy with the new tires that produced speeds of about half a second slower. "It's fine," he said. "It's a little bit different, but the important thing is we're in a position now to react faster than ever before." Heinrich said each team will have one set of tires made in February 2010 and eight sets made in September 2010. Most teams didn't practice with the new tires until late in Saturday's second practice. ESPN
03/20/11
nascar
Year-Old Nascar Museum Wants a Restart  The $200 million Nascar Hall of Fame, a four-level museum filled with exhibits, displays and simulators that approximate real stock-car racing, opened last May in Charlotte, N.C., with no lack of fanfare. Richard Petty and Junior Johnson, two of the first inductees, even rumbled up to the opening ceremonies in replicas of their old cars.

“We needed a unique destination attraction here that would set Charlotte apart,” Tim Newman, the chief executive of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, which operates the museum, said recently. “We still had a lot of people who didn’t think of Charlotte as a destination.”

Even though Charlotte has been the de facto capital of stock-car racing since Bill France founded Nascar in 1947, the 150,000-square-foot museum with the gleaming round steel facade, built by the city on Martin Luther King Boulevard, has proved to be a harder sell than it was supposed to be. More ...

03/20/11
irl
Honda's Sweepstakes Gives You 6 Chances to Win VIP Trips to IndyCar Races  How would you like the chance to not only see an exciting IndyCar race first-hand, but also to ride in one of the race cars, driven by an IndyCar star? You'll get six chances to win a trip just like that, if you enter Honda's The Fastest Seat in Sports Sweepstakes.

One winner for each of six entry periods will receive a trip for two to an IndyCar race in Birmingham, AL, Long Beach, CA, Fort Worth, TX, Lexington, OH, Sonoma, CA, or Baltimore, MD. The trips include VIP access like the chance to ride in the IZOD IndyCar prior to the race, plus other nice bonuses like $1,000 IZOD shopping sprees and spending cash of $1,500. Each trip is worth $6,350.

Entry into Honda's The Fastest Seat in Sports Sweepstakes is open to US residents above the age of 18. Enter daily through August 4, 2011.

03/20/11
alms
BMW claims one-two in Sebring GT class  
BMW finished 1-2 on Saturday
Perfect start to the season for BMW Team RLL in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS): The no. 56 BMW M3 GT, driven by Dirk Müller (DE), Joey Hand (US) and Andy Priaulx (GB) claimed GT victory in the 12-hour race in Sebring (US) after 312 laps. Dirk Werner (DE), Bill Auberlen (US) and Augusto Farfus (BR) came second with the no. 55 BMW M3 GT, making it a clean sweep for BMW Motorsport in this classic endurance race.

With this strong result, the BMW drivers scored valuable points for two championships. The race at the .Sebring International Raceway. not only counts towards the American Le Mans Series, but also the 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup. More ...

03/19/11
alms
Sebring: Hour 10 Standings  A year old Matmut team Peugeot Diesel  now leads the 12 Hour of Sebring race over the Highcroft HPD Acura.  The new Peugeot 908 lies third a further lap back with Franck Montagny at the wheel.

In GT class the Risi Ferrari 458 ran into alternator problems leaving the two Rahal BMWs up front  with the Corvette and last year's Ferrari 430 teams on the same lap. More ...

03/19/11
nassprint
RCR's statement regarding Mike Dillon  The following is a statement from Richard Childress Racing, in response to numerous media inquiries on the health of vice president of competition Mike Dillon - 'Richard Childress Racing vice president of competition Mike Dillon was admitted to the hospital late last week after doctors discovered a blood clot in his lung. Dillon, 46, underwent a series of tests and is awaiting results but was released from the hospital earlier this afternoon.'
03/19/11
alms
Sebring: Hour 8 standings  
BMW leads GT class, barely
At the 8-hour mark with just 4-hours to go, the Acura HPD No. 01 team, currently with David Brabham at the wheel is keeping the two leading Peugeots honest up front.  However, if it comes down to a sprint race in the final hour one gets the sense the Peugeots have the strength to pull out the overall win.

In the hard fought GT class it is still a barn burning all-out battle between the Ferrari 458 and the two Rahal BMWs.  The BMW is leading but the Ferrari is right up its exhaust pipes.  And Corvette and Porsche are right there as well. More ...

03/19/11
motogp
Stoner and Pedrosa complete Repsol Honda 1-2 in Qualifying  The first qualifying session of the 2011 Championship took place in Qatar this evening with Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa occupying the top two positions on the grid.

The Repsol Honda riders spent much of the early part of the session exchanging fastest laps and were the only two riders to break into the low 1'54s. Stoner's pole time of 1'54.137 was almost a second quicker than his own Pole Position set here in 2010. Pedrosa took second place with a time of 1'54.342 and Jorge Lorenzo completed the front row of the grid for tomorrow's race. Andrea Dovizioso qualified in 7th position after finding some traffic on track during his flying laps. However, he is confident he can fight for a podium in tomorrow night's race. More ...

03/19/11
nassprint
Brian Keselowski to have surgery  UPDATE Brian Keselowski is "very sore" but "feels better than before" after emergency surgery Thursday night to remove his gall bladder, his K-Automotive Motorsports team said Saturday. Keselowski was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday with severe abdominal pain, and it was determined he would need to have his gall bladder removed. Dennis Setzer is driving in Keselowski's place at Bristol, and Keselowski isn't expected to return until Talladega. That means he would also miss Fontana, Martinsville and Texas. The team said Keselowski will get his stitches removed on Thursday. "I don't like to be sitting at home," Keselowski said in a statement. "I'd rather be at the track." SB Nation

03/17/11 Brian Keselowski is expected to undergo gallbladder surgery as early as Thursday evening after the driver was rushed to the hospital Tuesday with what was described as "severe abdominal pain," his K-Automotive Motorsports team said. Keselowski was "diagnosed with a severe case of gallstones," according to the team, and medication to relieve the pain is not helping. The surgery would put Keselowski - vying for Sprint Cup rookie of the year honors - out of his car for two or three weeks, the team said. Dennis Setzer will attempt to qualify the #92 car at Bristol. Keselowski was described by the team as bending over in pain and begging doctors to remove his gallbladder, saying "Get this thing out of me. I just want this thing out of me so I can get back in my car and race." The surgery would be done as an outpatient procedure. The team said well-wishes can be sent to Keselowski at K-Automotive Motorsports: 2668 Peachtree Rd., Statesville, NC, 28625. SB Nation
03/19/11
alms
Sebring: Hour 5 standings  Almost Halfway into the 12-hour endurance race at Sebring raceway in Florida, the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup is turning into a four-way battle. Not only are the favorite Audi and Peugeot works cars fighting for the lead, but also the Oreca Matmut Peugeot and the Highcroft Honda had their moment to lead this classic race. The first round of the ILMC series has already had its share of drama in all classes. The large crowd not only saw close battles in the LMP1 class, but also in the popular GT class. In that category too there were many lead changes in the first half of the race. More ...
03/19/11
alms
Sebring: Hour 4 Standings  At a hot a very windy Sebring circuit Peugeot continues to lead after four hours of the 12 Hours of Sebring.  However, the No. 2 Audi of Alan McNish and Dindo Capello is right there and pushing them all the way as is the HPD, currently being driven by Simon Pagenaud.

The Ferrari 458 of Jamie Melo and Mika Salo still lead the GT class, but the two Rahal BMWs are right there. More ...

03/19/11
gp2a
Grosjean dominates Imola GP2 race  
Romain Grosjean dominates
Romain Grosjean dominated today’s feature race at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari. A strong start from pole position and a flawless drive made the Dams driver cross the finish line with a 14.3s gap to closest rival Giedo van der Garde.

At the start, Grosjean held on to his lead, keeping van der Garde at bay. The Barwa Addax racer who had a great start from fifth on the grid charged to P2 passing Jules Bianchi, Michael Herck and Sam Bird along the way. The Brit’s poor getaway saw him fall from second to eighth position. His race then went from bad to worse: as he was fighting his way back, he got into a heated battle between his teammate Marcus Ericsson, Bianchi and both Arden cars. In the midst of the fight, Ericsson edged onto the grass and collided with Bird on his way back onto the track, sending the Brit to an early retirement. More ...
03/19/11
alms
Sebring: Hour 1 Standings  Peugeot ran 1-2 at the end of the first hour of the 12 Hours of Sebring.  As expected Audi was giving the French squad their toughest battle and were running right behind the two Peugeots when Mike Rockenfeller suffered a cut left rear tire and damaged bodywork, resulting in a an unplanned pitstop.  He then suffered a 2nd puncture a short time later and they pulled the car into the garage to find out what is cutting the tire.

The Oreca Nissan was leading the LMP2 class and Jamie Melo had the new Ferrari 458 out front in the hard fought GT class. More ...

03/19/11
motogp
Bridgestone extends MotoGP tire deal until 2014  Bridgestone has announced that it will remain as the sole tire supplier of MotoGP until at least 2014, with the Japanese corporation signing a three-year extension to its current contract on Friday morning. Following Michelin’s departure at the end of 2008, Bridgestone has been supplying rubber to the full grid of riders.

"I am proud that we are able to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to MotoGP by extending our participation as Official Tire Supplier to the premier class with a new three-year deal," said Mikio Masunaga, Bridgestone’s Vice President and Senior Officer Member of the Board Responsible for Motorsport. More ...

03/19/11
motogp
Bautista suffers broken femur in crash  MotoGP rider Alvaro Bautista suffered a break to his left thigh bone (femur) during a fall in the closing stages of Friday’s final practice session at the Losail Circuit in Qatar. The Spaniard fell off his bike entering Turn 15 at high speed, and has since undergone an operation.

"Bautista crashed during yesterday’s final practice session and was immediately taken to the hospital after preliminary tests at the track showed that he had fractured his thigh bone," the Rizla Suzuki team confirmed in a statement. "He spent a fairly comfortable – but painful - night in the hospital, before going for surgery this morning to re-align and pin the bone.

"He will be returning to Madrid as soon as his condition is stable enough to allow him to travel and will be immediately visiting renowned surgeon Dr. Angel Villamor to set about the first steps of his recuperation."

03/19/11
f1
Webber keen to extend F1 career beyond 2011  
34-year old Mark Webber considered old by F1 standards
(GMM)  Mark Webber on Saturday sounded reluctant to call time on his formula one career any time soon. After Sebastian Vettel, Adrian Newey and 50 other staff were re-signed by Red Bull through 2014, team boss Christian Horner said he needs to gauge 34-year-old Webber's motivation and pace at a later date if he is to be retained beyond 2011.

The driver, already in Australia ahead of next weekend's season opener, said on Saturday that he is feeling "sensational" about his future.

"I thought: 'I could see myself doing this a bit longer'," Webber told the Sun-Herald.  "I was really hungry for it again.  It's not like I'd been struggling for motivation, don't get me wrong, but it was a long year last year," he added.

Asked if he was already planning for 2012, Webber answered: "If I can be hungry and have the desire, still want to compete, and turn up and take these guys on week in, week out -- yeah."

Hot News Archives
2000 2001 2002 2003
2004200520062007
2008200920102011
2012201320142015

Search Hot News
Search Help