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04/03/13
irl
Miles hits throttle on IndyCar overhaul  
Mark Miles
Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles is revving up an ambitious plan to overhaul the IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway management team. He wants to develop a revenue-sharing plan that assures the series and the tracks that host its races are motivated to roll in the same direction.

Miles said his first order of business is finding someone to replace Randy Bernard as IndyCar Series CEO. Bernard was fired following last season—before Miles took his post in December.

Instead of merely naming a replacement, Miles intends to create a new position, CEO of Hulman Racing, to oversee both the series and IMS. The new position could be occupied by two people, Miles said.

“We could have one overseeing competition and one overseeing the commercial side,” he said. More ...

04/03/13
nassprint
Hamlin Talks Recovery, Relationship & Past with Logano  Denny Hamlin, recovering from a back injury sustained in an accident involving Joey Logano at Auto Club Speedway, spoke with SPEED reporter Kaitlyn Vincie on Wednesday at the Joe Gibbs Racing race shop.  Following is the transcript from the interview that aired on NASCAR Race Hub:

Q:  How is your recovery coming along?

Hamlin:  “I feel not completely back to normal but I at least can walk around and be a little bit more mobile.  I’m past the physical hurdles that this injury has given me.  It’s just now the mental of not being able to get in the race car for the next six weeks.” More ...

04/03/13
f1
BSkyB To Promote F1 Broadcasts On Chiswick Towers LED Screens  BSkyB "has become the first advertiser on Clear Channel Outdoor's new Chiswick Towers site, as part of a wider campaign to promote the broadcaster's coverage of Formula 1," according to Maisie McCabe of MEDIA WEEK. The towers "are positioned either side of the M4 motorway between Heathrow airport and central London." They will have a monthly reach of 2.3 million people. The Sky F1 activity "uses the double LED screens on both towers." The Chiswick Towers "are made from weathering steel, so they can rust while staying stable." They are "designed to complement the natural and man-made environment around them through their structure, lighting and landscaping." Media Week

04/03/13
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Hamlin: Logano has a target on his back  Denny Hamlin doesn’t blame Joey Logano for his injury but is still upset with his former teammate for the wreck that left Hamlin with a fracture in his lower back, forcing him to miss an estimated five races.

Hamlin suffered the injury when his car hit the inside wall at Auto Club Speedway after Hamlin and Logano, who were teammates last year at Joe Gibbs Racing, wrecked while battling for the lead on the final lap of the March 24 race.

“(I do not blame him) for the particular injury; I do for the wreck,” Hamlin told a group of reporters on Wednesday. “I think the injury was circumstantial. For what happened, I think it’s just a product of wrecking on a 2-mile speedway, you risk getting hurt.” More ...

04/03/13
irl
IndyCar In-Car Theater: IndyCar Qualifying And Race Footage From St. Pete  Take a 1600-pound Indy car, insert a driver with unparalleled skill, attach Firestone's stickiest tires, pile on aerodynamic downforce that's about equal to the weight of a Chevy Cruze and pull the pin on a wild lap of qualifying within the narrow, concrete-lined walls of downtown St. Petersburg, FL.

Ride on-board with Chevy-powered Team Penske driver Will Power for a lap of IndyCar qualifying at St. Petersburg last weekend as the Aussie does a masterful job of living on the limit around the 14-turn, 1.8-mile circuit.

In typical Power fashion, this lap includes a few corrections with the steering wheel, including a catch as he exits Turn 10 and the wall on the right--which juts out and loves to rips wheels clean off--draws ever closer. His lightning fast hands perform those corrections in a few tenths of s second. More ...
04/03/13
irl
High schoolers learn about the future of "greener" cars with IZOD IndyCar drivers, experts  Dozens of high schoolers from Birmingham city schools will converge at Barber Motorsports Park tomorrow for the third annual "Alabama Power: Automobiles for a Cleaner Tomorrow" education event to be hosted at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

The Thursday event brings together high school juniors and seniors from Birmingham schools who are interested in math, science and engineering with experts from Alabama Power's Electric Transportation group, the IZOD IndyCar Series and Honda Motor Manufacturing of Alabama. More ...
04/03/13
irl
Two updates announced to the IndyCar rulebook  INDYCAR officials have updated two sections of the IZOD IndyCar Series rulebook:

• In the event of a restart with 10 laps or less remaining, all lapped cars will be moved to the rear of the field. (7.6.1.2)

• In Session 1 of qualifications, Group 2 shall begin 5 minutes after the conclusion of Group 1 or as determined by INDYCAR. (8.4.2.1)
04/03/13
irl
Track record could fall at Barber  Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver James Jakes doesn't know what lap time will secure the Verizon P1 Award for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on April 6, but the Englishman knows "it will be competitive."

The track record could be shattered this weekend if the mid-March Open Test on the 2.38-mile, 17-turn Barber Motorsports Park road course is any indictation.

Will Power topped the time chart in the Chevrolet-powered No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car with a best lap of 1 minute, 7.1329 seconds. That was more than 3 seconds quicker than the 2012 pole-winning time of teammate Helio Castroneves and 2.7 seconds quicker than Power's track record in Round 1 of qualifying. More ...
04/03/13
FIAGT
McLaren wins Opening race  McLaren GT kicked off the 2013 European GT season in style, with French rally-ace Sebastien Loeb claiming victory in the opening round of the FIA GT Series at Nogaro. The nine-time WRC world champion, racing one of two 12C GT3s being campaigned by the French-based team, has chosen to share driving duties with the young Portuguese driver Alvaro Parente, who is part of the McLaren GT factory driver program.

The weekend got off to a strong start with the team qualifying on the front and second rows for the FIA GT Series Qualifying Race. From here, Loeb and Parente went on to claim a hard-fought victory, recording a win for the 2013-specification 12C GT3 on its European debut, and its third in as many outings. More ...
04/03/13
automotive
Tesla and Wells Fargo offer great Model S financing  Tesla Motors announced today that, in partnership with Wells Fargo and US Bank, it has created a revolutionary automotive financing product that provides the best elements of ownership and leasing to Model S customers.

Most people throughout the world prefer to own their belongings, rather than rent what is essentially someone else’s property via a lease. However, leases do provide some key benefits, particularly a low initial payment, tax deductions, lower risk on resale value and the convenience of returning a car without the hassle of reselling it personally. More ...
04/03/13
gp3
Ellinas quickest at Silverstone pre-season test  Tio Ellinas recorded the fastest time in the afternoon session on day one of the official pre-season test at the Northamptonshire circuit. The Cypriot’s quickest time of 1:46.211 was 3.9 seconds quicker than the previous GP3 record set by Mitch Evans here in 2012 with the first generation car. Carlos Sainz Jnr set the best time in the morning session.

Very chilly temperatures greeted the GP3 paddock for the final two-day pre-season test. The sun may have been shining but with ground temperatures below zero as the test begun, the full grid of 27 drivers set their installation laps and returned to the pits and waited for the winds to die down and for the track to warm up. More ...
04/03/13
irl
Four drivers to test Pocono Raceway  In preparation for the first IndyCar race since the 1980s, Marco Andretti, #25 Andretti Motorsports, Dario Franchitti, #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing, Simon Pagenaud, #77  Sam Schmidt Motorsports, and Will Power, #12 Verizon Team Penske, will participate in a Firestone Tire test next Wednesday April 10th at Pocono Raceway.
04/03/13
f1
Webber lucky to escape penalty - rival  
Webber should have been penalized after Sepang
(GMM)  Mark Webber may have been the victim of the 'Multi-21' affair at Sepang, but the Australian's behavior also raised a few eyebrows.

As his teammate Sebastian Vettel ignored team orders and launched an overtaking attack, Webber pushed the sister Red Bull almost into the pitwall at 300kph.

He then showed his middle finger to his German cohort, and after the checkered flag was flown, he swerved into Vettel at high speed in one final act of frustration and anger.

The FIA, however, remained silent, and not a single stewards' investigation was launched.

"Other drivers have been punished for much less," an unnamed boss of a rival team is quoted by respected Auto Motor und Sport correspondent Michael Schmidt.

04/03/13
f1
McLaren happy with newcomer Perez  
Sergio Perez
(GMM)  McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh says he is happy with team newcomer Sergio Perez.

Mexican Perez has had a difficult and low-profile start to his career with the famous British team, arriving to replace Lewis Hamilton but struggling with the uncompetitive 2013 car.

Nonetheless, Whitmarsh said the 23-year-old has done "a solid job".

"It's easy to get rattled in coming to a team like McLaren and not having a quick enough car," he is quoted by sportinglife.com.

"But he's an intelligent guy, who might be incredibly young but to my mind he has not put a foot wrong."

04/03/13
f1
Three teams beat old McLaren pitstop record  
Red Bull has their pitstops down to 2.05 seconds
(GMM)  Red Bull claims it beat McLaren's all-time record for the fastest ever tire pitstop during the recent Malaysian grand prix.

The reigning champions claim that, before the 'Multi-21' affair kicked off, Sebastian Vettel's first pitstop took the Red Bull mechanics just 2.13 seconds.

The previous record, McLaren's 2.31 seconds, has stood since Germany last year. More ...

04/03/13
automotive
Volt owners going 7,000 miles between fill-ups  
Paul Friday of San Jose, Calif. is one of many Volt owners showing the benefits of driving electric. He gets approximately 7,000 miles between fill ups.
Chevrolet Volt owners are consistently achieving the published EPA-estimated mileage of 98 MPGe gasoline-free miles, and many are even exceeding it.  Their experience contributes to an out worldly total of 150 million electric-powered Volt driving miles – roughly the distance from Earth to Mars.

The typical Volt owner who regularly charges the vehicle is going 900 miles between fill-ups of the gasoline engine that powers the Volt’s on-board generator. That avoids about $1,300 a year at the pump. 

MPGe is a measure of the average distance traveled per unit of energy consumed. The EPA uses it to compare the consumption of alternative fuel vehicles, plug-in electric vehicles and other advanced technology vehicles with the fuel economy of conventional internal combustion vehicles expressed as miles per U.S. gallon of gasoline. More ...
04/03/13
motogp
MotoGP teams ready for season opener  
Qatar at night
The long winter wait is over as the MotoGP teams prepare this week for the first race of the 2013 MotoGP season, The Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar under the floodlights of the Losail International Circuit. The unique night-time race schedule will mean that the first practice session of the weekend will happen in just one day's time, on Thursday 04th April.

After an intense winter testing period, including visits to Malaysia, U.S.A and Spain, the teams are finally en-route to Doha. More ...

04/03/13
track news
Inaugural Pocono Raceway Day at Pocono Medical Center  To usher in the racing season, Pocono Medical Center (PMC) is hosting their first annual Pocono Raceway Day and children’s safety fair at PMC!

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 in the Dale & Frances Hughes Cancer Center parking lot, there will be booths promoting child safety from PMC departments and from numerous Monroe County Emergency Medical Services (EMS), including local police and fire departments, the Monroe County Office of Emergency Management, in addition to various children’s organizations. The event is free and open to the public. In the event of inclement weather, the rain date for this event is Sunday, April 14 and will be posted on the PMC website. For updates and more information visit, PoconoMedicalCenter.org.

PMC presents Pocono Raceway Day in honor of Dr. Joseph “Doc” Mattioli, beloved Pocono Raceway Founder and long-time safety advocate, who passed away last year. More ...

04/03/13
nassprint
NASCAR launches additional environmental initiatives  UPDATE As racing season shifts gears into April, NASCAR is launching two programs further bolstering the sustainability efforts the sanctioning body, industry, and a wide range of partners have in place to help reduce the sport's carbon footprint. Headlining the month-long NASCAR Green initiative leading up to Earth Day and Arbor Day are two signature programs designed to help drive more sustainable behavior within the sport. NASCAR Race to Green will galvanize teams, tracks, drivers, Official NASCAR Partners, and most importantly fans, around the theme of protecting and preserving our environment. The NASCAR Green Clean Air Tree Planting Program Delivered by UPS will plant trees to absorb carbon emissions equivalent to all of the racing in NASCAR's three national series for the entire season. One mature tree over the course of its lifetime absorbs about one metric ton of carbon dioxide, the same amount of carbon dioxide emitted by a NASCAR Sprint Cup car driving 500 miles. More ...
04/03/13
nassprint
RK Motors sponsoring the #15 at Martinsville  Clint Bowyer knows a thing or two about RK Motors Charlotte - his sponsor for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway. RK Motors Charlotte is the country's leading retailer of investment-grade classic and collector cars. Bowyer worked with RK Motors Charlotte on two of his custom car builds - a 2011 Toyota Tundra barn find truck with a red patina paint scheme and a 2012 Tekked Out Toyota Prius. RK Motors Charlotte is the country's leading retailer of investment-grade classic and collector cars. Founded in 2010 by Robert Kauffman, co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, and Joseph M. Carroll, founder of Best of Show Automotive, RK Motors Charlotte's 80,000 sq./ft. facility features a 200-vehicle, state-of-the-art showroom complete with digital media studio, full restoration / customization shop and a full service area. MWR
04/03/13
irl
Larry King wants to interview Zak Veach  
Zak Veach
Legendary television and radio host Larry King is looking for his next big interview. Forget Matthew McConaughey, Betty White, or even Tim Allen, King and his producers are looking for something different. Perhaps they have found it in 18-year-old Andretti Autosport Firestone Indy Lights driver Zach Veach. Veach was named a finalist this week by King's producers to be interviewed on King's talk show, Larry King Now. The 12 finalists are gathering votes for their entries on King's website with voting open until April 19, 2013.

"Larry King is such a big name in the world of interviewers and I can't image the opportunity to site across the desk from him and talk about my racing career and efforts against distracted driving and bullying prevention," said Veach, returning from his first race of the 2013 season on the Streets of St. Petersburg amidst the news. "I always enjoy talking to journalists and sharing my story and encouraging others to pursue their dreams too." More ...
04/03/13
f1
Snubbed di Resta happy to be beating McLaren  
Paul di Resta
(GMM)  Having missed out on a race seat with the famous team in 2013, Paul di Resta now hopes to beat McLaren -- at the wheel of a Force India.

With Lewis Hamilton leaving for Mercedes, Scot di Resta was a top candidate to replace him, before McLaren decided to sign the well-heeled Mexican Sergio Perez.

Boss Martin Whitmarsh admits that signing Perez over di Resta was, in the end, a "very close decision".

However, McLaren then launched the radical new MP4-28, and so far the 2013 Force India has looked genuinely more competitive. More ...

04/03/13
f1
Battle brewing as Massa gets upper hand at Ferrari  
Felipe Massa
(GMM)  The fiery F1 pairing on everybody's lips at present is Sebastian Vettel versus Mark Webber.

But another fascinating battle is brewing at Ferrari.

The sport's journalists are poring over statistics, wondering if there was ever another time when Fernando Alonso - Ferrari's undisputed and imperious number 1 - had been out-qualified by his teammate so many times on the trot.

Some referred to Jarno Trulli at Renault in 2004, others to Lewis Hamilton at McLaren in 2007, but - actually - the five-times-in-a-row defeat in China next weekend would be historic.

In short, after a long slump punctuated by a near-fatal 2009 crash, Felipe Massa is back in the sort of form that almost saw him win the title in 2008. More ...

04/02/13
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Quotes from Joey Logano on ESPN SportsCenter  In his first on-camera interview since the controversial ending to the March 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Fontana, Calif., driver Joey Logano appeared on the 6 p.m. ET edition of ESPN SportsCenter in an exclusive interview with ESPN lead NASCAR reporter Marty Smith. Some quotes from the interview:

MARTY SMITH -- How did what happened at Bristol impact your relationship with Denny Hamlin? More ...

04/02/13
irl
RLL: Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Pre-Race Notes  The 2013 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama will mark the second IndyCar Series race for the team at Barber Motorsports Park (BMP).  Last year the team prepared an entry for Takuma Sato here. He set the third fastest lap time in Friday’s first practice at BMP and was fastest in the wet second session but traffic limited his qualifying performance on Saturday to 16th.  In the race he passed Newgarden, Barrichello, Hunter-Reay and Andretti for 12th place on red alternate tires but struggled on primary tires and ultimately retired in 24th place due to mechanical failure after 52/90 laps.  For 2013, RLLR has entered the No. 15 Midas / Big O Tires car for Graham Rahal and the No. 16 Acorn Stairlifts car for James Jakes to bring the team’s total to three entries for this event and will attempt to break the stronghold Team Penske has on this event.  In the three IndyCar events held here since 2010, Team Penske drivers have won pole and the race each year. More ...
04/02/13
irl
Hinchcliffe Put Next Generation Of IndyCar Into St. Petersburg Spotlight  
James Hinchcliffe
One race into the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season, it’s obvious that the "New Generation" is ready to shine.

Consider this:

1. James Hinchcliffe is not only an outstanding new talent, but he is also one of the great personalities in the IZOD IndyCar Series. By scoring his first career IndyCar win, he has firmly taken identity of the GoDaddy.com ride in the series while showing that he is a championship contender and also a major factor for victory in the Indianapolis 500. More ...
04/02/13
racing news
"Ask A Pro" to Feature Chip Ganassi Racing Managing Director Mike Hull  In the space of one year, the Road Racing Drivers Club’s www.SAFEisFAST.com website has earned a worldwide reputation as the go-to place for anyone seeking to make a career in auto racing. The free online resource, made possible by a grant from the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety and Sustainability, comprises a selection of instructional video tutorials as well as a wealth of information through its popular “Ask A Pro” Question & Answer feature which includes advice from an array of industry experts covering topics such as safety, fitness, mental skills, race craft, career development, engineering, sponsorship and marketing.

Target Chip Ganassi Racing Managing Director Mike Hull is the latest luminary to lend his time and expertise to the SAFEisFAST initiative which has attracted more than 330,000 viewers representing more than 135 countries. More ...

04/02/13
ustcc
Gary Trudeau Appointed Race Director for Nitto Tires USTCC  Series officials today announced that Gary Trudeau has been appointed the Race Director for the Nitto Tires United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC) series.  Mr. Trudeau’s job will include items such as coordinating the events, being the liaison with the host, carrying out event activities, overseeing the tech staff, and general rules enforcement.

Trudeau brings more than 20 years of experience in management and 10 years of experience racing in club racing.  He started racing in 1994 and won the NASA Endurance Championship in 1999.  In 2005, Trudeau’s team won the 25 Hours of Thunderhill with an overall win.  His work background is diverse with years of computers and automotive experience.  “We are very excited to have Gary on board with us.  He brings a wealth of experience to USTCC that will help grow the series,” said Ali Arsham, USTCC Coordinator. More ...

04/02/13
irl
Dallara to mark 200th Indy car win  Dallara will present a commemorative trophy to the winner of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama to mark its 200th IZOD IndyCar Series victory on April 7 at Barber Motorsports Park.

Since 1997, Dallara has designed and built chassis for teams competing in the IZOD IndyCar Series and has been the sole chassis supplier to the series since 2006.

"When Dallara and INDYCAR met in 1997, we began a relationship that has lasted many years,"
said Stefano De Ponti, head of Dallara operations in the United States. "We went through these battles against other important manufacturers (G Force and Riley & Scott) and here we are.We celebrate our 200th More ...

04/02/13
irl
Servia to sport Charter colors at Barber  Oriol Servia's Panther DRR Chevrolet will feature the colors of Charter Communications during the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.

Servia, whose best finish at Barber is fifth in 2011, carried Charter's colors to a fourth-place finish at Milwaukee in 2012.

"We had a very good test at Barber a couple of weeks ago and we are coming from the first race of the season where we led and showed great pace, so we couldn't be more excited to start the weekend," said Servia, who led 16 laps in the season-opening race on the streets of St. Petersburg on March 24. "I will be driving the green and blue car for Charter, another one of our great sponsors and supporters and I truly feel we can give them a great weekend." More ...

04/02/13
gp3
GP3 Series adds Valencia to the 2013 calendar  GP3 Series organizers are pleased to announce Round 2 of the 2013 season will be held in Valencia at the Circuit de Ricardo Tormo on 15-16 June. This will be a standalone event for GP3 in a season which features eight rounds in total, seven of which will run alongside Formula 1, with the season finale in Abu Dhabi.
ppp The schedule for Valencia race weekend will see the practice session run on Saturday with qualifying later on the same day, whilst the two races will be run on Sunday. More ...
04/02/13
nassprint
Dissecting the Stewart/Logano Feud Heading into Sunday's Race at Martinsville  Will he or won’t he?

That probably is the most-pondered question heading into Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway (LIVE on FOX at 12:30 p.m. ET). The last time most people saw Joey Logano and Tony Stewart, the latter was delivering one of the most memorable post-race interviews in quite some time, one heavily reliant on the “bleep,” and fueled by his anger at Logano following a series of on-track incidents at Auto Club Speedway.

So, will Stewart carry through on his promise to pay Logano back or does time heal all wounds? More ...

04/02/13
wec
Ram Racing withdraws 2013 Le Mans entry  British GT team, Ram Racing, has withdrawn its entry to the 2013 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and therefore taken itself off the reserve list for the event due to be run in France on 22nd/23rd June.

About to make its debut in the 2013 European Le Mans Series with two Ferrari 458 Italias, the team informed the Automobile Club de l’Ouest of its decision at the end of last week.

Team Principal Dan Shufflebottom explains Ram Racing’s reasoning:  “When we set up the team it was with a philosophy of “if you’re going to do it, do it well” and so far we’ve managed to achieve that in every area. More ...

04/02/13
irl
Conor Daly To Drive in Indianapolis 500 for A.J. Foyt  As the son of a race driver, Conor Daly spent most of his life watching the Indianapolis 500 from the grandstands. This year the 21-year-old rising star will be seeing the race from the cockpit of an Indy car.

Daly has been hired to drive A.J. Foyt’s No. 41 ABC Supply Honda in this year’s Indianapolis 500, joining  Takuma Sato who pilots the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda in the IZOD IndyCar Series. Daly, who grew up in nearby Noblesville, Indiana, will be making his formal IndyCar debut in the 500 on May 26th although he did test the ABC Supply Indy car in December.

“I almost can't describe what it means to have the opportunity to race in the Indianapolis 500,” Daly said. “I have been to the 500 every year of my existence except for last year when I raced in Monaco. It is truly my home race since I was born and raised in the Indianapolis area.  I am so thankful that A.J. and Larry [Foyt] have given me my first shot at the greatest race in the world.  I know this will sound cheesy but I've never been happier in my life; this race means so much to me.” More ...

04/02/13
irl
Fans have chance to meet IndyCar champ Helio Castroneves at AAA Alabama  
Helio Castroneves
Three-time IndyCar champ Helio Castroneves will stop by AAA Alabama's office Thursday to sign autographs and take photos with fans.

Castroneves is scheduled to be at the office -- at 2400 Acton Road -- between noon and 12:45 p.m. on Thursday.

The first 100 fans to arrive at headquarters for the event will be given tickets and guaranteed an autograph.

Tickets will be given out on a first come, first served basis with a preference given to AAA members, spokesman Clay Ingram said. Tickets will not be available until Thursday morning, Ingram said. More ...

04/02/13
USCR
GM hints at future sportscar direction  
Corvette
According to GM Racing boss Mark Kent, it appears the USCR series could have an abundance of Corvettes during its inaugural season.

"Well, we're looking at where we go in 2014," Kent told SPEED.com. "But we are of the strong opinion that the Daytona Prototype class and the GT class offer us different opportunities to showcase different aspects of our portfolio. The DP class, it's an opportunity to demonstrate the small block V8, an opportunity to race for the overall win, which is always appealing to manufacturers. More ...

04/02/13
lmesa
Encouraging number of entries for Asia LeMans Series in 2013  The initial team entry deadline for the 2013 Asia Le Mans Series closed on 20th March 2013 and organizers have been very encouraged with the number of entries in both the Prototype and GT categories. However, after consultation with all stakeholders including teams and partners, the organizers of the Asian Le Mans Series, with the full support of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), feel that due the current economic climate there is a strong demand from all parties to streamline the 2013 Series in terms of both overall cost and number of races.

The later start to the season will enable teams to finalize more efficient operating budgets thus opening up entry to even more teams to take part in this year’s Series. More ...
04/02/13
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday  
  • Red Bull bosses Dietrich Mateschitz (R) and Dr. Helmut Marko
    Raikkonen 'a candidate' for Red Bull seat - Mateschitz
  • Rivals expect to push Red Bull in 2013
  • Pirelli to 'review' tires after Bahrain
  • FIA tells top teams to change 'splitters' - reports
  • Alonso, Hamilton would also ignore orders - Horner
  • Vergne: China should give clearer picture

Raikkonen 'a candidate' for Red Bull seat - Mateschitz
(GMM)  Kimi Raikkonen is "a candidate" to replace Mark Webber at Red Bull, team owner Dietrich Mateschitz has admitted.

In the wake of the 'Multi-21' team orders affair, Red Bull denied speculation Webber's role as teammate to world champion Sebastian Vettel is now untenable. More ...

04/01/13
irl
Mixed reaction to IndyCar university tie-in (UPDATE)  UPDATE #3 Another reader writes, Dear AR1.com, I cannot believe that they left out my alma mater, Purdue University in the program that they will be rolling out.  I mean come on, the IMS is in INDIANA and Purdue is THE INDIANA university when it comes to engineering.  Seems like quite an oversight, given the fact that the university has their annual Spring Grand Prix race that has over the years been fortunate enough to have quite a number of open wheel drivers and even Pat Vidan back in the 70's as the flagman.  Seems like the black and gold would also be a nice color combination for a car similar to the John Player days of Formula 1. Keep up the good work with the website. Regards, Dan N. Chicago

Another writes, Dear AR1.com, you have got to be kidding me?  That article was an April Fool's joke?  It was the best idea I have ever heard about how to turn the series around.  Universities involved in Indy Lights and with the IndyCar teams designing the body kits is brilliant.  You guys had me completely fooled, but now I am saddened to learn the best idea ever won't happen.  Doug Bowlen

04/01/13 To set the record straight, the article was indeed an April Fool's joke, as were a few Hot News items (F1 at Lime Rock, Vettel to Toro Rosso and the DeLorean V8 Supercar) posted today.  It seems we fooled a lot of people, all in good fun.  With that said - the idea of IndyCar making a connection with universities was well received by a lot of readers.  Remember, the universities did not have to be just in the USA.  The trick would be for each team to find a university with a strong aeronautics department and nothing precludes a team from also hooking up with an outside design firm and make the body kit designs a collaborative effort between the team, their university and an outside design firm.  We also received a lot of good feedback on the look of the IndyCar just by replacing the existing hideous sidepods.  Not a single reader said they liked the look of the existing car.  What does that tell you?  Mark C. More ...
04/01/13
f1
Vettel had more power than Webber  Red Bull maintain they never favored Sebastian Vettel in Sepang despite confirming that the German had more horsepower than his team-mate in the closing stages.

The Red Bull saga has dominated headlines for the past week ever since Vettel disobeyed orders to hold station behind Mark Webber in last Sunday's Malaysian GP.

But instead of doing just that, the German stormed by with ten laps remaining, stealing the grand prix victory from the Australian. More ...

04/01/13
track news
Homestead founder Ralph Sanchez dies  
Ralph Sanchez announcing the Speedway in 1993
Longtime South Florida businessman and Homestead-Miami Speedway founder Rafael “Ralph” Sanchez died Monday morning. Sanchez, who was born in 1948, had been in declining health for much of the past year. He is survived by wife Lourdes, daughter Patricia and son Ralph Jr.

"I am saddened to learn of Ralph's passing and offer my condolences to Lourdes, Patricia and Ralph Jr,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer. “Whether it's the championship races that receive worldwide attention, the economic impact, or the countless memories made by fans that attend track events, it's directly attributable to Ralph and his foresight. The team at Homestead-Miami Speedway and racing fans in this region are indebted to Ralph. South Florida has lost a true visionary." More ...

04/01/13
tv news
Motorsports This Week on ESPN  
NHRA Las Vegas Action on ESPN2, ESPN3
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series returns to action this weekend in the Summitracing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Drag racing fans can watch qualifying and eliminations action on ESPN2 and ESPN3. All NHRA programming on ESPN is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets through WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app. The schedule:

Date Time Event Network
Friday, April 5 8 p.m. Qualifying (live) ESPN3, WatchESPN
Saturday, April 6 8 p.m. Qualifying ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sunday, April 7 2 p.m. Eliminations (live) ESPN3, WatchESPN
Sunday, April 7 11 p.m. Eliminations ESPN2, WatchESPN

More ...
04/01/13
f1
Ecclestone Greenlight’s F1 Race at Lime Rock  
In a surprise announcement, F1 major domo Bernie Ecclestone told reporters that he’s made a deal with Lime Rock Park owner Skip Barber to bring the Formula 1 circus to Connecticut’s 1.5-mile, 9-turn road course, starting in 2017. A date has not been set, and the F.I.A. World Council must still approve the expanded schedule, “But that’s simply a formality,” Ecclestone said.
“I met Skip in Monaco back in the mid-70s, when I was running Brabham and Max [Mosley] was trying to stick Skip into that crap-can March,” Ecclestone said. “When I heard from one of my many minions that America’s New England region didn’t have an F1 race, well, I was shocked. So I rang up Skip.” More ...
04/01/13
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Domenicali: Still not sure where we stand  
Stefano Domenicali
Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali says he is still unsure where his team lines up in the 2013 pecking order.

With the rapidly degrading Pirelli tires having an effect on racing and both race weekends having been hit by wet weather, getting a clear indication of each team's relative pace has been difficult. Domenicali admits even he is unsure how Ferrari stacks up compared to the rest of the field other than that Red Bull has the quickest car.

"I don't know exactly where, but for sure within the leaders," Domenicali said. "There are tracks where our car will perform better; there are certain tracks where some others will perform better than ours. For sure Red Bull in my view is still the strongest at the moment, but we'll see. More ...

04/01/13
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Roush Fenway adds marketing resources for partners  Roush Fenway Racing has increased the marketing resources available to the team's partners through the addition of six new hires and the creation of a new department focused on delivering incremental value to team sponsors. The new personnel bring to Roush Fenway areas of expertise including brand marketing, event marketing, television production, digital engagement, NFL player representation and retail activation. Included in RFR's new hires is marketing and industry veteran Mike Mooney, as vice president of partnership development. In addition, the business development department has brought in Garrett Hess as an account executive. Hess moves to RFR from K Sports & Entertainment in Boston where his was Sponsorship Sales Manager and an athlete liaison. In addition to the new personnel is the creation of a strategic marketing department focused on delivering incremental value to team partners through ideation and execution of activation, digital and public relations channels. This team is led by industry veterans Kevin Thomas, Amber Darnell and Kevin Woods, who represent nearly 40 years of NASCAR marketing experience. As one of its first moves, the strategic marketing department added Yasin Id-Deen as Social and Digital Marketing Manager. The team also bolstered its talent and diversity, bringing on television production veteran Rob DiFranco and former Octagon coordinator Amanda Weis as account/pr managers in its sponsor operations department. Roush Fenway
04/01/13
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Alan Kulwicki exhibit to open April 5th  The Milwaukee County Historical Society will open Alan Kulwicki: A Champion's Story, on April 5, 2013. The exhibit will remain on display until December 31, 2013. Alan Kulwicki: A Champion's Story highlights the life and racing career of Greenfield, Wisconsin's Alan Kulwicki, the 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion. Growing up in a racing family, Alan began racing go-karts in the early 1970s, before moving to stock cars and running on dirt and pavement a few years later. He won races and championships throughout Southeast Wisconsin, including Slinger Speedway and the now-defunct Hales Corners and Cedarburg Speedways. In the early 1980s, Alan began to travel with the American Speed Association (ASA) circuit, winning five races and learning to race against the best drivers in the Midwest. More ...
04/01/13
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A123 now B456  Last year, lithium-ion battery manufacturer A123 filed for bankruptcy after receiving $133 million of a $249 million taxpayer-funded Obama administration free gift. Further cementing its rock-solid reputation, it was then purchased by Wanxiang, a Chinese auto parts manufacturer. The powers that be at A123 had to find a way to win back the public’s trust, but how? Why, a name change, of course!

As The Washington Free Beacon reports, A123 will henceforth be known as … B456.
04/01/13
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Red Bull punish Vettel  
F1's best driver, Sebastian Vettel, won the Italian GP in a lowly Toro Rosso in 2008.  Can he do it again in China this year?
Red Bull has decided that their 3-time world champion Sebastian Vettel will be ‘punished’ for his disobedience in Malaysia and demoted to the Toro Rosso team for the Chinese Grand Prix.

The world champions have confirmed that Toro Rosso driver Daniel Ricciardo will be promoted to Vettel’s Red Bull RB9 seat for the race in Shanghai.

Ricciardo will join fellow Australian Mark Webber in the team’s line-up, an all Aussie affair for the Chinese Grand Prix.

The Red Bull statement, which will be released later today, said: “Red Bull Racing have decided that Sebastian Vettel will be demoted to our junior Toro Rosso team for the Chinese Grand Prix weekend – Round 3 of the 2013 Formula 1 world championship – with Daniel Ricciardo promoted to the champion’s RB9 for the race in Shanghai." More ...

04/01/13
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Lotus F1 Team Confirm Launch Of 2013 World Simulator GP Championship  
The building where the championship will be managed
Lotus F1 team launches a new sporting concept, WSC, where teams will compete against each other in a virtual world championship in order to aid development of their real world cars and race strategies. The overall winning driver will be granted a race seat in 2014.

Lotus F1 Team is proud to launch an epoch-making development in the history of Formula 1 with the inauguration of the World Simulator Grand Prix Championship.

Scheduled to take place on the Saturday morning of every real world Grand Prix weekend from this year’s Spanish Grand Prix onwards, teams will pitch themselves against each other in virtual world races. More ...

04/01/13
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Dick Johnson Racing announces new V8 Supercar manufacturer  On April 1 2013 Australian motor racing legend Dick Johnson has set tongues wagging by announcing a new car for his famed V8 Supercar operation.

Australian motor racing legend Dick Johnson has announced a new era for his Queensland-based operation with the unveiling of a new manufacturer for the 2014 V8 Supercar Championship Series.

Johnson, and his racer son Steve, announced in Brisbane today they have been granted significant support from a new manufacturer to the sport starting next year. More ...

03/31/13
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Lightweight Porsche 911 RSR starts journey to LeMans  
Porsche 911 RSR
Porsche has developed a new GT race car for the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the Le Mans 24 Hours. The car was shown this week in full livery for the first time.  Also, this week, the company is peeking around the corner to its Le Mans Prototype entry in 2014 with the unveiling of its “Mission 2014” web site.

Porsche has announced that its “Mission 2014. Our Return” to Le Mans has officially started. While the introduction of the 2013 Porsche 911 RSR (type 991) signals the first factory team to return to Le Mans since 1998, this web site celebrates the first factory team to compete for an overall win there since. More ...

03/31/13
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NASCAR is back in the business of feuding, and business is good  Barely a month into a new season, NASCAR is doing what it has always done best. Getting its personalities out of the car.

And into each other’s faces.

Tony Stewart tried to go for Joey Logano’s throat last week, mad because Logano blocked him on a restart.

The week before, it was Logano who was mad — but with another driver. He squeezed through the window to try to chew at Denny Hamlin after the Bristol race, continuing a fight that started on Twitter at Daytona. More ...

03/31/13
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Bahrain villagers protest against the controversial Formula 1 race  
The money makes Bernie deaf to the protests
Tensions in Bahrain are beginning to run high again with the controversial Grand Prix circus soon to return to the country.

After the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 14, the multi-million pound race will descend upon Bahrain again on April 21.

Foreign laborers in the village of Barbar, west of the capital Manama, were collecting equipment against a wall sprayed with graffiti in protest at the upcoming race. More ...

03/31/13
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Rebellion Racing tops FIA WEC official test days  
Giancarlo Fisichella in the No.71 AF Corse was quickest of LMGTE cars
The second and final day of pre-season testing for the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) drew to a close this afternoon at Le Castellet amid bright sunshine and in front of thousands of spectators.

Although the morning started damp after overnight rain, there was plenty of opportunity for teams to fully familiarize drivers with their cars and fine-tune set up during the morning and afternoon sessions.  The quickest times of all five sessions were set this afternoon in three of the four classes. The only incidents of note concerned the No.76 IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche which stopped with an engine problem an hour before the end of the final session, and the No.25 Delta-ADR which went off track – suspension damage preventing further action. More ...

03/31/13
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Wind Tunnel Sunday  With no racing going on during this Easter weekend, Wind Tunnel will focus discussion on the big stories that have presented themselves in the first months of the racing season as well as take a look forward to the coming weeks of competition.

Co-Host James Hinchcliffe (IndyCar Series Points Leader)
Expert Analyst Ray Dunlap (SPEED NASCAR Commentator)
Expert Analyst Bob Varsha (SPEED F1 and MotoGP Analyst)
Expert Analyst Robin Miller (SPEED Open Wheel Racing Reporter)

03/31/13
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Art Malone dies  Art Malone, a legendary figure in drag racing and other motorsports, died March 29. He suffered severe injuries in an airboat crash a few years ago and never fully recovered.

Few automotive racers have enjoyed a more varied and exciting career than Malone, who not only was a successful dragstrip owner and Top Fuel campaigner, but also gained fame as a driver at the legendary Indy 500. More ...
03/31/13
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IndyCar looks better with useless baby bumper  It is time for IndyCar to loose their baby buggy bumpers behind the rear wheels.  JR Hildebrand went over the top of Will Power at the slowest possible speed in St. Petersburg last weekend.  This is not the first time this has happened and prove the baby buggy bumpers are a useless appendix.  And note how much better Will Power's car looked after it was knocked off.  And while they are at it, it's time to loose that useless hump in front of the rear wheels that make an IndyCar look like a pregnant Walrus.

03/30/13
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Silverstone intent on avoiding mud pit repeat  
Silverstone bosses are determined to avoid a repeat of last year's chaos, which saw fans told to stay away on Saturday as the rain turned the venue into mud.

Last season Silverstone organizers faced the embarrassment of having to ask spectators with tickets for Saturday's qualifying not to attend.

This decision was made as torrential rain caused havoc and the organized hoped to salvage the car parks for Sunday's race.

This season, though, the organizers insist they have learnt their lessons and are putting more money towards shuttle services, improving drainage and the camping and parking areas. More ...

03/30/13
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Video: Sebastian Vettel On Disobeying Team Orders  
03/30/13
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Video: Webber On Vettel Disobeying Teams Orders  
03/30/13
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Lotus LMP2 teams up with Praga and Jan Charouz  Lotus teams up with Czech manufacturing company Praga and becomes Lotus Praga LMP2 in the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship.

The team will enter the series with two Lotus Praga T128 LMP2, powered by Praga engines. The whole project was developed jointly by Kodewa, Lotus, Gravity Charouz Racing and Praga, where the legendary Czech company Praga has a big appetite for success in other motorsport discipline. In recent years they have become the leading producer of go karts and besides excellent results in many national and international championships, they clearly demonstrated their position by winning the world champion title in the KZ1 class. More ...

03/30/13
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Vettel vs. Webber: Horner Interview with Ted Kravitz - Part 1  
03/30/13
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Vettel vs. Webber: Horner Interview with Ted Kravitz - Part 2  
03/30/13
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Horner: Webber would have done the same  Mark Webber would have acted in the same manner as Sebastian Vettel if the situation was reversed during the closing stages of last weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix. This is according to Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, who has reiterated that on-track controversy is not unique to the triple World Champion.

Vettel was hit with a wall of criticism following the Sepang race, having chosen to ignore team orders and overtake teammate Webber for the victory. However, Horner says the German's actions would have been mirrored by 'any competitive driver'. More ...

03/30/13
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Mark Martin to replace injured Hamlin, then Vickers  UPDATE #2 Joe Gibbs Racing announces that Brian Vickers will take over behind the wheel of the #11 FedEx Toyota Camry in the Sprint Cup Series for the injured Denny Hamlin starting on April 13 at Texas Motor Speedway. It was previously released that Mark Martin would handle the duties behind the wheel for the #11 Joe Gibbs Racing team while Denny Hamlin recovered from injury. Martin will drive the car in Martinsville, but Vickers will now take over the duties beginning in Texas.

"Obviously having to find someone to fill in for Denny is not an ideal situation to have to be in and when you start a process like this you obviously begin to look at the drivers that are not only available but also able to drive for your race team and manufacturer. We were a bit premature in determining Mark's status past Martinsville however," said J.D. Gibbs, president of Joe Gibbs Racing. "We're real happy to have the opportunity to get Brian in our Cup cars and with him driving Nationwide for us we think we have some continuity there that is beneficial. JGR More ...
03/29/13
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Valiante Subbing For Negri In Shank No. 60  Michael Shank Racing announced on Friday that Ozz Negri’s recovery from the leg injury that he experienced in off-season training has suffered a setback, and the 2012 Rolex 24 At Daytona Champion will not race in the next two rounds of Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series competition.

Sharing the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ford-Riley with John Pew will be Michael Valiante, who raced with the team in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona. More ...
03/29/13
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Marussia hopes to sign engine deal in April  UPDATE Marussia is edging closer to a decision over the identity of its engine partner for the 2014 Formula 1 campaign, with chief executive Andy Webb explaining that he hopes a deal to switch from outgoing suppliers Cosworth can be signed next month.

With the outfit's current supplier leaving the sport ahead of the new turbocharged V6 era next year, Webb has outlined Ferrari and Mercedes as the main power unit options, although Renault remains open to supplying an extra team on the grid. More ...

03/29/13
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How about you Roger Penske?  
Roger Penske has the strong business acumen, motorsports connections and automobile manufacturer connections  to lead IndyCar out of its rut.
Roger Penske, who runs leading teams in both IndyCar and NASCAR, believes that the former could learn a lot from the no-compromise approach taken by NASCAR chairman Brian France.

"We've never had a strong enough leader as they do in NASCAR," Penske said. "They say, 'Hey, guys, here's the rules, here's how we're going to race. Guess what? If you don't like it you can park your car outside and sit in the stands.'

"And that's what we need. We need some leadership. And I think that we can develop that as we go forward over the next 12 months."  As we here at AR1.com wrote - you are the leader IndyCar has needed all along Roger.

03/29/13
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J.D. Gibbs addresses Hamlin-Logano  The president of Joe Gibbs Racing does not believe Joey Logano's motive was to keep Denny Hamlin from winning when the two wrecked on the last lap of Sunday's Sprint Cup race at California's Auto Club Speedway.

J.D. Gibbs also doesn't believe Logano knew Hamlin was injured -- as Logano has confirmed -- when he said his former JGR teammate got what he deserved in the wreck.

Hamlin crashed into a concrete retaining wall and suffered a compression fracture in his lower back that is expected to sideline him for at least the next five races, beginning with the April 7 event at Martinsville.

Since then, speculation on what happened between the two drivers who feuded a week earlier at Bristol has escalated.  More ...

03/29/13
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Martin Whitmarsh 'relaxed' about leadership criticism  
Whitmarsh ignores criticism
Martin Whitmarsh says he is "relaxed" about the criticism he has received following McLaren's poor start to the new season.

The team opted for a revolutionary approach to its new car for 2013 and started the year well off the pace around the bumpy Albert Park circuit. The smooth track surface at Sepang allied to a better understanding of the car saw McLaren deliver a more competitive performance and with Whitmarsh having been vindicated somewhat he said criticism of his leadership in the press doesn't concern him. More ...

03/29/13
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Ma Qing Hua and Alexander Rossi secure Friday drives  
American Alexander Rossi is talented, but stuck with back of the grid Caterham
Caterham reserve drivers Ma Qing  and Alexander Rossi will take part in a Friday morning practice session each over the next two races.

Ma will be in the car at his home grand prix in China, taking to the cockpit of the Caterham CT03 for the first time. Ma drove in four Friday practice sessions for HRT last year and was signed as a Caterham reserve driver this year as well racing in GP2 for junior team Caterham Racing.

Rossi will drive the car during first practice in Bahrain, which will be his second Friday outing for the team after driving during FP1 in Spain last year. In his ESPN column, Rossi said he is hoping to impress the team with a few quick lap times. More ...

03/29/13
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Jack Roush to be inducted in Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame  
Jack Roush
Jack Roush's success at Texas Motor Speedway has become a part of the speedway's growing history. It was Roush who became the first team owner to sweep both events at "The Great American Speedway!" during the inaugural season in 1997. His success has not stopped there as he has since gone on to win 18 races as a car owner across NASCAR's top three national series at Texas Motor Speedway, including a record nine in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition. His dominance at Texas Motor Speedway has earned him the honor of becoming the 15th member inducted into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame. Roush will be honored Thursday, April 11, during the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame Gala benefitting Speedway Children's Charities that will be held in The Speedway Club's Grand Ballroom. More ...
03/29/13
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Can Hamlin still make the Chase?  
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Yes. And it might not be as difficult as it appears. Hamlin is expected to miss the next five races recovering from a compression fracture in his lower back. He had 180 points during that span a year ago, which is a ton for one of only two drivers --#48- Jimmie Johnson is the other -- to have never missed NASCAR's 10-race playoff. It basically ends any chance he has of automatically qualifying in the top 10.

But earning one of the two wild-card berths, given to the drivers with the most wins inside the top 20, isn't a reach at all. A year ago, Jamie McMurray was 20th in the standings with 640 points when the Chase was set after 26 races. Hamlin, now 10th in the standings, has 145 points. Hamlin would need approximately 495 points -- and one or two wins -- over the 16 races before the September Richmond race to be in position for the top 20 under 2012 standards. More ...
03/29/13
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Marussia to use Ferrari or Mercedes power in 2014  
Jules Bianchi's connections with Ferrari make the Italian marque the favorite for the deal
(GMM)  Marussia chief executive Andy Webb has admitted the team will be powered either by Ferrari or Mercedes engines in 2014.

Cosworth, whose only customer in F1 this year is the Banbury-based team, is expected to leave the sport before the start of the new turbo V6 era.

So with Renault saying recently it is in talks with Toro Rosso but does not want any more customers, Marussia's choice appears to be between Ferrari and Mercedes. More ...

03/29/13
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Villeneuve compares 'Multi-21' affair with death of father  
His son Jacques compares Vettel passing Webber for the win at Sepang to Didier Pironi passing his father Gilles (above) in 1982.  Some say Gilles was so mad he took one chance too many and killed himself in practice on May 8, 1982 at Zolder
(GMM)  1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve is not sure Sebastian Vettel's apologies should be so readily accepted.

Vettel repeatedly said sorry to Mark Webber after Sunday's Malaysian grand prix, where he passed the Australian for victory against Red Bull's orders.

And he apologized to the Milton-Keynes based team's entire staff on Thursday, team boss Christian Horner revealed.

"He recognizes the team is vitally important and being part of the team is a crucial aspect to being able to challenge for the championships," said Horner.

But outspoken Villeneuve, now a television pundit, told Germany's Auto Bild: "It's easy to make excuses. More ...

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