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Simon Pagenaud IndyCar St Pete Visor Cam 2014 .  The RACER Channel and Verizon IndyCar Series driver Simon Pagenaud bring you our latest visor Cam, this time from the first day of practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Ride along with the Frenchman as he manhandles his Honda-powered Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Indy car around the 1.8-mile street circuit, and as usual, look for plenty of snap oversteer. More ...

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NASCAR Martinsville Qualifying TV Ratings on Fox Sports1  From last weekend:

RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME Rating Viewers(000s)
2 NCWTS RACING - RAIN DELAY Sat 2:30PM- 2:51PM 0.4 683
3 NASCAR RACEDAY (live) Sun 11:30AM-12:30PM 0.4 661
4 NASCAR SPRINT CUP QUALIFYING (live) Fri 4:30PM- 6:00PM 0.4 619
5 NCWTS RACING (live) Sun 5:30PM- 7:37PM 0.3 532
6 NCWTS RACING - RAIN DELAY Sat 4:43PM- 5:00PM 0.4 513
7 NASCAR SPRINT CUP PRACTICE (live) Fri 12:00PM- 1:30PM 0.2 503
8 NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE (live) Fri 3:00PM- 4:30PM 0.2 457
9 NASCAR RACE HUB SPECIAL Fri 1:30PM- 2:30PM 0.2 440
10 NASCAR RACE HUB SPECIAL Sat 5:00PM- 6:00PM 0.3 394
13 NCWTS QUALIFYING RAIN Sat 11:30AM-11:42AM 0.2 331
14 NASCAR SPRINT CUP PRACTICE Sat 11:42AM- 1:00PM 0.2 327
17 NASCAR RACE HUB SPECIAL Sat 10:15AM-11:30AM 0.2 265
19 NASCAR SPRINT PRACTICE RAIN Sat 10:00AM-10:15AM 0.2 232
25 NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES Fri 11:00AM-12:00PM 0.0 137
26 NASCAR RACE HUB (live) Wed 4:00PM- 5:00PM 0.1 130
28 NASCAR RACE HUB (live) Thu 4:00PM- 5:00PM 0.1 127
30 NASCAR RACE HUB (live) Mon 4:00PM- 5:00PM 0.1 122
31 NASCAR RACE HUB (live) Tue 4:00PM- 5:00PM 0.1 116
40 MOTOGP WORLD CHAMP Tue 7:00PM- 8:00PM 0.0 65
Malaysian GP TV Rating  The Malaysian GP F1 race last Sunday on NBC Sports Network received the following USA ratings:

Event Day Time Rating Viewers (000s)
Malaysian GP (live) Sat 3:30AM- 5:54AM 0.2 248
F1 EXTRA Sun 6:00AM- 6:30AM 0.1 167
F1 EXTRA Sat 5:54AM- 6:00AM 0.1 160
F1 EXTRA Sun 5:07PM- 5:30PM 0.1 136
F1 QUALIFYING Fri 4:00AM- 6:00AM 0.1 135
Malaysian GP (replay) Sun 2:30PM- 5:07PM 0.1 121
F1 QUALIFYING Sat 2:00AM- 3:30AM 0.1 80
Bahrain Grand Prix to remain a night race  
Bahrain at sunset
The Bahrain Grand Prix will remain a night Formula 1 race in future seasons, it has been confirmed.

The Sakhir circuit, which joined the calendar in 2004, is this year staging its first night F1 event as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations, with qualifying and the race beginning under floodlights on Saturday and Sunday.

But with the artificial lighting system – first used for last year's World Endurance Championship event – proving to be a success, and ticket sales showing improved signs, the venue has chosen to hold on to its night status.

"We have invested in the lighting project and it's a permanent structure – so going forward all our Grands Prix will be held at the same time from now on," Zayed Al Zayani, Chairman of the Bahrain circuit, told Autosport.

Zayani added: "It would not have been wise to just do the night race as a one-off."

Rain could be an issue on Sunday in Texas  The Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, with a green flag scheduled for 3:16pm/et, could be affected by rain. The National Weather Service forecast for the Fort Worth, TX area on Sunday, April 6th is a chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 8am. High near 57. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

On Sunday night, Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then a slight chance of showers between 8pm and 2am. Low around 45. North wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Newey mocks new F1 engines  
Newey mocks new F1 engines
Red Bull master designer Adrian Newey has mocked Formula One's new engine rules, claiming they have produced slower cars without achieving the intended green goals.

"The cost has gone up hugely to create this," Newey said. "If you put that cost into weight saving, you might be better off in many cases, so to automatically say that this is some huge benefit for mankind is taking a bit of a big leap.

"There is a relationship between cost, weight, aerodynamics . all sorts of factors, if you're going to go into road relevance. How you weigh that, how you proportion it, is impossible for an open-wheeled single-seater. It's a very different beast." More ...

Vandoorne dominates in Bahrain GP2 feature  
From left, Julian Leal (Carlin), Stoffel Vandoorne (ART Grand Prix), Jolyon Palmer (DAMS)
McLaren protege Stoffel Vandoorne made a stellar GP2 debut today at Bahrain International Circuit: he led the majority of his first race from lights to flag in a display of mature and calm driving. He crossed the finish line 1.5s ahead of Julian Leal who disposed of poleman Jolyon Palmer in the closing stages of the race.

When the first feature race of the 2014 season kicked off, Vandoorne made a perfect getaway from P2 to get into the lead going into Turn 1. Behind the Belgian driver, Stephane Richelmi and Stefano Coletti found a way past Palmer and Daniel Abt who both had a poor start from pole and P3 respectively. Vandoorne was on a mission and tried to build as much of a gap as possible before having to change from Soft to Hard tires.

Drama hit the back of the field on the second lap after Kimiya Sato collided with Axcil Jefferies, sending the Zimbabwean driver into the barrier. The safety car came in ruining Vandoorne’s efforts. When the action resumed, the pitstop window opened and Richelmi, Coletti and Rio Haryanto (then running in fourth) all dived into the pitlane to switch to the Pirelli Hard compound. More ...
Bahrain GP: Mercedes unbeatable  
Sebastian Vettel obviously disgusted with the Red Bull lemon
Lewis Hamilton continued Mercedes' domination as he set the fastest time in final practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Hamilton, who was fastest in both Friday sessions at the Sakhir circuit, beat his teammate Nico Rosberg by 0.115 seconds.

Sergio Perez was third half a second behind of Hamilton's best lap, but clearly both Mercedes cars are sandbagging and have much more to show.

Valtteri Bottas was fourth fastest in his Williams ahead of his teammate Felipe Massa. More ...

Felipe Nasr handed a grid penalty  Following last night's GP2 qualifying session in Sakhir, the stewards have handed Carlin's Felipe Nasr a grid penalty after it was found that he had made an abnormal change of direction alongside another driver whilst negotiating Turn 4.

As a consequence, the Brazilian has been handed a 3 place grid penalty in tomorrow's feature race. Thus he will start from P11. Lineup

Latest on tires at Texas  Tires remained the hot topic at Texas Motor Speedway, where NASCAR and Goodyear took the unprecedented step of discussing the compound selected for Sunday's race before a single lap had been turned. Goodyear's multi-zone tread tire is making its season debut at Texas, where speeds inched toward 200 mph in Friday's opening practice session.

There was one major incident, 100 minutes into practice, when #41-Kurt Busch wrecked hard into the outside wall. Busch, winner of last week's race at Martinsville, appeared to blow a left rear tire before losing control of his Chevrolet and crashing. His car caught fire, and as his Stewart-Haas Racing team pulled out the backup, Busch said the left rear tire started to separate on the backstretch. The left side tires being used at Texas are the same ones Goodyear has used at the last two races here. The multi-zone tread tire combines two distinct rubber compounds on right-side tire, with the outside 10 inches of tread designed for traction, and the compound on the inside two inches is designed for durability. Associated Press

Latest F1 news in brief - Saturday  
  • Rosberg upon hearing of the reprimand, 'are they kidding me'?
    Silverstone likes the sound of 'new' F1
  • Doctors 'cautious' after Schumacher awakening news
  • Webber tips Red Bull to win Monaco
  • Rosberg nursing injured toe in Bahrain
  • F1 must accent positives of new era, says Symonds
  • USGP Generates $376.1 Million In Exposure
  • Kimi Raikkonen still not happy with car
  • Pirelli questions 2015 tire warmer ban
  • Nico Rosberg gets FIA reprimand after F1 practice  More ...
Mothers Polishes to Sponsor Exotic Car Paddock at Toyota GP of LB  
The 2013 Mothers Exotic Car Paddock
Tom Loeser/Grand Prix Association of Long Beach
Mothers Polishes-Waxes-Cleaners will return as the “Official Car Polish” sponsor of the 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 11-13, and will also sponsor the popular Mothers Exotic Car Paddock on Sunday of race weekend.

The Huntington Beach-based firm, known worldwide for its premium-grade polishes, waxes, cleaners and car care products, will have its colorful Mothers big rig, featuring car displays and product demonstrations, in the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center Lifestyle Expo during race weekend.

And, on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., fans can take an enjoyable stroll through more than 100 of some of the world’s most outrageous supercars in the Mothers Exotic Car Paddock, located across the Firestone Bridge in Turns 9-11.  Admission to the Paddock is free with race ticket. More ...

Video: David Letterman's intern at St. Petersburg GP  Todd the Intern and Dave attend the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Palmer flies to Bahrain pole  
Jolyon Palmer
Jolyon Palmer has started his 2014 GP2 Series campaign in the best possible way: the Briton snatched this season’s first pole position in a blazing 1:38.865 in a tricky session that saw a red flag period. Behind him, rookie Stoffel Vandoorne did not fail to impress the rest of the field: the Belgian ace clocked in a laptime just three hundredths slower than Palmer, but one tenth quicker than Daniel Abt in third place. More ...
IndyCar St. Petersburg TV rating (3rd Update)  UPDATE #3 Note the noose around IndyCar's neck numbers vs. the ABC numbers for recent opening IndyCar race numbers.  This year's race went head-to-head with both the NASCAR Sprint Cup race and NCAA Elite 8 telecasts.

'14 ABC 3:00pm Sun. Streets of St. Petersburg 0.6 866
'13 NBCSN 12:30pm Sun. Streets of St. Petersburg 0.3 388
'12 ABC 12:30pm Sun. Streets of St. Petersburg 0.9 1,279
'11 ABC 12:30pm Sun. Streets of St. Petersburg 1.2 1,840
'10 NBCSN 12:00pm Sun. Streets of São Paulo 0.2 411

04/04/14 The final TV number indicates that 123% more viewers watched the IndyCar season opener this year than last, when it was on NBC Sports Network (the noose around IndyCar's neck).  That is a great increase, however, the fact that the number of viewers this year on ABC are down 28% since two years ago when the race was on ABC indicates that the number of IndyCar fans continue to decrease at an alarming rate because there is no compelling human interest reason to watch. More ...
NASCAR Martinsville TV rating down (Update)  UPDATE The final rating for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 from Martinsville Speedway Sunday was a 4.2 with 6.7M viewers, down from a 4.4 with 6.9M viewers.

04/01/14 Fox drew a 3.8 overnight rating for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 from Martinsville Speedway Sunday. Fox last year earned a 4.0 overnight, while the race in ’12 earned a 3.9 overnight.
Bahrain GP: Mercedes team continues to make others look silly in 2nd practice  Mercedes continued to make their opponents look silly in Formula 1 as Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets at the end of the second practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Hamilton was 0.365 seconds faster than his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.

Third quickest was Fernando Alonso in his Ferrari, a tad more than a second slower than Hamilton, pointing to the continued superiority of the Mercedes team. More ...

Hamilton tops opening practice in Bahrain  Lewis Hamilton continued the Mercedes team's dominance of the 2014 Formula 1 season by topping first practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix in his superior Mercedes.  So dominant are the Mercedes car, Hamilton and teammate Nico Rosberg are just playing with the opposition.

The Malaysian GP winner was fastest during the opening half-hour of the 90-minute session. Fernando Alonso ended the session third fastest, four-and-a-half tenths slower than Hamilton and 0.169s ahead of Nico Hulkenberg. More ...

Evans tops opening GP2 practice  
Mitch Evans
The tenth season of the GP2 Series opened today at Bahrain International Circuit in windy conditions on a dirty track. It was Mitch Evans who ended the forty-five minute free practice session on top with a laptime of 1:42.062, a mere 0.06s quicker than rookie Stoffel Vandoorne.

As the pitlane opened, the DAMS duo was the first one to take to the track. With all twenty-six drivers having tested for three days on this track a few days ago, the opening minutes of the session were relatively quiet seeing mainly installation laps on Pirelli Hard tires. More ...
Holdsworth puts aside shocking home invasion for second at Winton  Lee Holdsworth admits a shocking home invasion occupies his mind as he attempts to put his Erebus Motorsport V8 Mercedes-Benz on the podium for the first time.

Holdsworth and his young family were confronted by an intruder in their home on Wednesday night, the day before he travelled to this weekend's Winton 400.

The intruder was discovered by Holdsworth's wife in the bedroom of their new home at around 10.30pm. Holdsworth was in the shower and when hearing her screams raced out naked to confront the would-be burglar. More ...

Mercedes-Benz posts best-selling month ever  Mercedes-Benz posted the best-selling month in the company’s history in March and has handed over 158,523 vehicles to customers (+13.3%). With sales of 374,276 cars since the beginning of the year, the company has also posted the strongest first quarter to date (+15.2%).

“We are continuing the success story of the record year 2013 with additional new products and have posted the best-ever first-quarter sales in the company’s history”, said Ola Kelleners, Member of the Divisional Board Mercedes-Benz Cars responsible for Marketing & Sales. “We have been posting double-digit growth rates for sales in every month since the beginning of the year. We expect added impetus from the new C-Class and the compact SUV GLA, which have been taking over the roads of Europe in the last few weeks.”

The company sold 76,587 vehicles in Europe in March (+7.6%). The main growth driver was the UK (+19.8%). On the German domestic market Mercedes-Benz was again the most registered premium brand in Germany with sales of 25,544 units (+1.0%). More ...

Todd Joins Kalitta For Rest Of Season  Kalitta Motorsports has officially named six-time NHRA Top Fuel event winner J.R. Todd as the full-time driver of the Optima Batteries Top Fuel dragster, replacing David Grubnic.

Team owner, crew chief and drag racing icon Connie Kalitta made the decision to change direction with his dragster by tapping Todd to drive his Top Fueler during the previous event, the 15th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Todd, a 32 year-old resident of Lawrenceburg, Ind., has accumulated six wins in eight final round appearances in NHRA Top Fuel competition. He began his straight-line racing career in the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League, where he competed from 1993 until 1998. After serving as a crew member on a Nitro Funny Car team from 2003 until 2005, Todd got his chance to drive at NHRA’s highest level, Top Fuel, in 2006. He earned his first career Top Fuel trophy in 2006 in Denver to become the first African-American to win an NHRA Top Fuel race. His most recent victory in NHRA Top Fuel was in Dallas in 2008. More ...

Twelve Cup Team lose practice time at Texas  Twelve NASCAR Sprint Cup teams will be penalized 15 minutes of practice time Friday at Texas Motor Speedway. The penalties are for being late to qualifying inspection line last weekend at Martinsville Speedway. The teams penalized are: #20-Matt Kenseth, #99-Carl Edwards, #42-Kyle Larson, #15-Clint Bowyer, #31-Ryan Newman, #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., #40-Landon Cassill, #26-Cole Whitt, #7-Michael Annett, #78-Martin Truex Jr., #36-Reed Sorenson and #30-Parker Kligerman. Cup teams have 1 hour, 50 minutes of practice Friday, beginning at 6:00pm/et (FS1). The clock on these 15-minute penalties begin when the cars are ready for practice. The penalty for each team doesn't begin until the car is ready for practice. MRN
Latest F1 news in brief - Friday  
  • Hulkenberg thinks Adrian Newey has once again designed the fastest car (Red Bull) in the F1 paddock, but its Renault engine makes nowhere near as much power as the Mercedes powered cars
    Ferrari, Ecclestone want quick F1 rule changes
  • Caterham staff hospitalized after fire
  • Williams apologizes after Massa team order
  • Vettel rebuked by Todt in personal letter
  • Red Bull has best car in 2014 - Hulkenberg
  • Marko relieved to have 'fair' Australian at Red Bull
  • FIA clamps down on fuel sensor modification
  • F1 heading for EUR 150m budget cap - Todt
  • Hamilton 'unbeatable when focused' - Lauda
  • Drivers tackling 2014 races without a drink
  • Alonso says 2014 Formula 1 cars are too slow More ...
Red Bull's $1.2 billion Bet On Formula One  
Red Bull has spent $1.2B to dominate F1
Energy drinks giant Red Bull has spent more than $1.2 billion on its flagship Formula One auto racing team over the past decade according to new research.

However, its investment could be in jeopardy over a row about new engine regulations which is engulfing the race series.

Red Bull has been involved with F1 for nearly 20 years. Initially it was a sponsor and part-owner of the Sauber team and then became a sponsor of its struggling rival Jaguar. Red Bull’s connection with F1 began to accelerate in November 2004 when it bought the UK-based Jaguar outfit from Ford for $1. At the time there were concerns that it was doing this to promote its products and not to win races. It couldn’t have been much further from the truth. More ...

IndyCar to be featured on the LATE SHOW tonight  
David Letterman in St. Pete last weekend
The segment of the LATE SHOW with David Letterman filmed in St. Pete will air TONIGHT on CBS. Various IndyCar drivers and former drivers were interviewed by the show.

You may have heard that Dave announced his retirement from the show during today's taping.  Letterman, the longest-running host in the history of late-night television, announced that he will retire from his CBS show next year, the latest shakeup in a rapidly changing late night talk-show lineup.

Mr. Letterman, who has always used his show as the outlet for discussing developments in both his life and his career, revealed his decision during a taping Thursday afternoon in Manhattan. More ...

New Audi RS 5 DTM quick out of the box  
Jamie Green in the orange Audi RS 5
The new Audi RS 5 DTM made a strong impression during the first official pre-season DTM tests. Five of the eight possible fastest lap times at the Hungaroring, Hungary went to the Audi drivers who spooled off a total of 7,154 test kilometers (1,633 laps).

“It was a positive and productive test for us,” explained Dieter Gass, Head of DTM at Audi Sport. “We covered many kilometers over the four days and were able to complete the majority of our test program. All the drivers seem satisfied, which speaks for the new RS 5 DTM and our intensive preparation over the winter. I think we are step further ahead at this moment than we were at the same time last year. Nevertheless, we have plenty of work to do before the season opener on May 4 at Hockenheim – and only then will we really know exactly where we stand compared to the competition.” More ...
Sutil to race without water bottle to cut weight  
Bigger drivers in F1 like Sutil are at a severe disadvantage to the midget drivers
Adrian Sutil says he will be racing without a drinks bottle at this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix, as the Sauber driver battles to make his car as light as possible amid Formula 1's controversial weight limit.

Weight has become a massive talking point in 2014, with the sport's heavier power units meaning that drivers have been struggling to hit the minimum weight target with their cars, despite an increase from last year.

As one of the sport's heavier drivers, Sutil says he is losing out massively as a result of the current rules.

"We [heavier drivers] have to lose so much weight," he explained. "There is not much we can lose anyway, so we can't even train because we have to lose the smaller muscles. It is a difficult situation and I don't think it's fair. More ...

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State Sales Tax Rebate For Iowa Speedway Signed Into Law  Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad yesterday signed Senate File 2341, the "sales tax rebate bill for Iowa Speedway." Officials on hand for the bill signing included Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds. Small said, "NASCAR is excited to have this bill signed. It will give us a chance to bring more racing to Newton and to plan for the next 10 to 13 years." The Jasper County event was tied to Branstad's "Iowa is Working" tour. Newton Daily News
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Volusia County Council To Consider Funding For One Daytona  A proposal for Volusia County (Fla.) to contribute $20M to the startup costs for the One Daytona project today will go back to the County Council. ISC and developers Jacoby Group "have continued to make last-minute tweaks to give the county more assurances the deal will prove worth" a combined $44.5M public investment. Council members have said that "ISC, the France family and other local members of the ISC board hope for a unanimous vote." Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL
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Sandy Grossman dies  FOX Sports President & COO Eric Shanks on the passing of legendary sports television director Sandy Grossman: "Sandy was part of the original heart and soul of FOX Sports. He was a brilliant director and a thoughtful colleague. He mentored many of us here and throughout the sports TV industry, and we learned more from him than he could imagine. On behalf of everyone at FOX Sports, we extend our deepest condolences to Sandy's family who are in our thoughts and prayers. He'll be greatly missed." FoxSports
Race highlights from the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg  
Nissan ZEOD RC testing in full swing  
Nissan ZEOD RC testing at Paul Ricard
As the countdown to the race debut for the Nissan ZEOD RC at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours draws closer, the testing schedule for the revolutionary electric prototype has switched into high gear.

The Nissan ZEOD RC recently completed a multi-day test at Snetterton in the UK and will soon conduct its first European test at the Paul Ricard circuit in the South of France this month.

Nissan GT Academy winner Wolfgang Reip was behind the wheel at the recent Snetterton test and he will be joined by fellow Academy alumni Lucas Ordonez at Paul Ricard. More ...

IMSA Announces Changes to Race Control, Caution Procedures  IMSA Wednesday announced modifications to some of its competition procedures and an investment in new technology to assist officials in race control beginning with the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach, Calif. on April 12.

"The first two events of the new IMSA and the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship have generated many positives and successes," said IMSA President and Chief Operating Officer Scott Atherton. "Full fields of world-class cars, teams and drivers, incredible competition in all four classes, impressive digital, social media and other business metrics, and, most importantly, record-breaking crowds of sports car racing fans at both the Daytona and Sebring events.

"In addition, Scot Elkins and his technical staff should take a bow for achieving remarkable performance balance within all classes, especially with the P2 and DP cars." More ...

Derrick Walker warned Will Power about restarts  
Will Power did nothing wrong on the first restart that saw Hawksworth take out Andretti.  It was the backmarkers that screwed up and caused their own demise.
Minutes after Sunday's Verizon IndyCar Series season opener at St. Petersburg, Fla., IndyCar's president of competition and operations Derrick Walker arrived at Team Penske's transporter and requested computer readouts of data from Will Power's car.

What he found showed that Power didn't slow down or touch the brake pedal during a controversial restart on Lap 82, exonerating Power and saving him from a possible penalty that could have cost him victory in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

That didn't mean he was in the clear, though. Walker warned Power about the ensuing restart, which occurred on Lap 87, in which Walker and his crew of three stewards deemed Power accelerated early but not early enough to warrant a penalty. More ...

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday  
  • The ugly Caterham is once again a backmarker in F1
    Lotus 'faster than Williams and McLaren' - Permane
  • Caterham not just after 'quick money' - Frijns
  • Ecclestone says Haas set for F1 in 2015
  • Raikkonen yearns for 'more exciting' F1
  • Next revolution afoot as Montezemolo meets Ecclestone
  • Smedley joins Williams team in Bahrain
  • F1 must wait to bid for Long Beach race More ...
Herta To Field GRC Car For Dyne  The Barracuda Networks has partnered with Bryan Herta Autosport to field an entry for Austin Dyne in the Red Bull Global Rallycross.

Dyne will compete in the No. 14 Barracuda Racing Ford Fiesta SuperCar.

"I am really excited to be expanding into GRC, and to do it with friends and partners like Barracuda and Austin Dyne is ideal,” Herta said. “The car looks fantastic and the schedule and TV platform for the series is extremely compelling." More ...

Long Beach votes to stay with IndyCar  After considering a proposal from Chris Pook and Bernie Ecclestone to have Long Beach switch back to hosting an F1 race, AR1 has learned that in a closed session of the Long Beach City Council tonight approval was given to amend the current Grand Prix agreement to provide for a 3-year extension through 2018 for IndyCar. The Grand Prix Association still needs to approve that amendment and then it will go before the City Council in open session for final approval. AR1.com has learned that simultaneous with the granting of the extension that the Council has instructed City management to enter into the RFP (Request for Proposal) process to determine whether to continue with the Grand Prix Association running IndyCars or to switch to F1 after 2018.

We contacted Long Beach IndyCar boss Jim Michaelian for confirmation.  He told AR1.com, "We think this is a wise decision by the City Council. It affords the Grand Prix the opportunity to continue to conduct the #1 street race in America while allowing the City to explore another alternative. In the end we are confident that the City will conclude that the partnership it has had with the Grand Prix Association is the most beneficial from every perspective and we will continue to conduct the event in Long Beach for many more years to come." More ...

Ryan and Beccy Hunter-Reay to host Yellow Party in Long Beach  
Ryan Hunter-Reay and wife Beccy to host The Yellow Party in Long Beach April 11
Tickets are available to The Yellow Party in Long Beach: Ryan and Beccy Hunter-Reay will host The Yellow Party on April 11 as part of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach race weekend.

The Yellow Party is the biggest fund-raising event for Racing For Cancer, which Hunter-Reay founded following the passing of his mother from cancer. Activities at the Federal Bar in downtown Long Beach with paid admission include live music, silent and live auctions, food and beverages. To purchase tickets, visit The Yellow Party website.

Racing For Cancer focuses on helping the cancer community and raising awareness of the importance of early detection.

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France says 'significant' engine changes coming  NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France said Tuesday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that modifications to the engines -- which would likely bring a reduction in horsepower -- are the next step in further enhancing the sport's on-track product, although he was unsure if such changes would be in place for next season. "We're going to make that happen, and that's part of the overall rules packages that we design that hopefully control costs, hopefully make the racing better," France said.

"The engine is an integral part of that. We also have to be in step as much as possible with the car manufacturers and where they're going with technology and different things. It all has to come together, and that's the next significant part of the rules package. ... The engine will get a significant change. I'm not going to say (for) '15, but we are certainly sizing that up. It's very important for us to get that right." More ...

Rahal readies for standing start at Long Beach  The surroundings have changed over the years, but Graham Rahal remembers adventures as a youngster when his father was racing in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

He’d visit with friends who lived nearby, take in some golf and go to the beach.

“I’ve always enjoyed it here; it’s a fun place for us to come," said Rahal, who took part in a media day at the circuit with participants in the Toyota Pro/Celebrity race (in photo below with actors Cole Hauser, Brett Davern and Max Thieriot). "Since I finished second last year, I can’t wait. This is one of my favorite races every year and it’s one of the ones I enjoy the most. It’s always been a difficult place for me – for whatever reason – I’ve always been fast and run up front but something has always gone wrong. More ...

Goodyear to run multi-zone tread right-side at Texas  One of the technical highlights of the 2013 NASCAR season was Goodyear's introduction of its multi-zone tread tire. After running the concept that combines two distinct rubber compounds on the same right-side tire at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway last year, this week the tire maker adds Texas Motor Speedway to its roster of tracks at which this technology will be used. Goodyear's multi-zone tread tire combines one compound that is run on the outside 10 inches of the tread that is designed for traction with another compound on the inside two inches that is designed for durability. The inside compound is toughened up because that is the part of the tire that sees the most heat and takes the most abuse. More ...
Volkswagen and Andretti Sports Marketing Bring Red Bull Global Rallycross to Washington, D.C.  Volkswagen of America, Inc., Andretti Sports Marketing, and Events DC announced today that they have joined forces in bringing professional motorsports back to Washington, D.C. in extreme fashion with Volkswagen Rallycross DC -the third round of the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Series to be held June 21-22 and televised LIVE on NBC June 22nd. The two-day event, which will take place on the RFK Festival Grounds, promises to be one of this summer's most exciting events in the greater Washington, D.C. area.

In addition to the Red Bull Global Rallycross action that has become a fast favorite of extreme sports fans, the festival, styled Volkswagen Rallycross DC,  will feature live music, food, entertainment, a VIP club, and extreme sports legends such as Tanner Foust, Scott Speed, Ken Block, and Bucky Lasek. "Volkswagen is excited to bring professional motorsports back to the Washington, D.C. metro area, and to be involved in such a fast-growing, action-oriented sport," said Clark Campbell, General Manager of Experiential Marketing, Volkswagen of America, Inc. "Volkswagen Rallycross DC is the perfect event to showcase the innovative performance of the Volkswagen brand and connect with our core enthusiasts." More ...

IndyCar Series, Speedway projecting big revenue increases  IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials are projecting 20-percent to 25-percent increases in ticket and sponsorship sales this year over last.

Expanded activities during May at the IMS will be a major driver for much of the growth, Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles said.

For the first time, May at the Brickyard will start with an IndyCar road race. It will also include a new qualifying format which Miles and IMS President Doug Boles hope will draw more people than years past. A concert featuring country star Jason Aldean on May 24—the night before the Indianapolis 500—also is expected to boost ticket revenue. More ...

Sauber 'pretty confident' issues identified  Sauber Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn has said the Swiss squad is 'pretty confident' it has identified the issues that have been holding them back and that they now know how to improve the C33.

Sauber 'pretty confident' issues identified in – the first time the team has failed to get at least one car to the checkered flag since Monza in 2011. It also marked the first time the squad has failed to score in at least one of the opening two races since 2010.

Sauber struggled at the start of 2013 too, and while things did improve, it wasn’t until the second half of the season that they really turned it around. More ...

Night Before The 500 Tickets On Sale  Tickets are on sale for the 69th annual Visit Hendricks County Night Before the 500 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

The long-standing event showcases USAC midget, Pro Mazda and USF2000 racing May 24 at the .686-mile paved oval.

This event has long been a focal point of the open wheel community dating back to the early 1960’s when racing legends such as A. J. Foyt would take part in the midget race prior to racing in the Indianapolis 500 the following day. More ...

F1 can't fix its horrible sounding engines  The noise produced by the new-for-2014 1.6-litre turbo engines has become a hot topic during the first two races, with fans complaining the cars sound too quiet and F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel labeling the new cars "s**t" compared to the sound of the old V8 engines.

Renault's head of track operations, Remi Taffin, told AUTOSPORT that F1 would be stuck with the sound it has unless the regulations changed.

"There's two big items that drive this," he said. More ...

Smedley starts new role at Williams for Bahrain Grand Prix  
Rob Smedley is to start work at Williams for this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix.

Smedley worked as Felipe Massa's race engineer at Ferrari from 2006-2013 but from the 2014 season, he will be head of vehicle performance at Williams. The 40 year-old is travelling to the third round of this year's championship, in Bahrain, and will officially start on Monday.

He will be running the pitwall on race weekends and will be the senior engineer at the track working under chief technical officer Pat Symonds. Whilst Smedley has been away, that role has been filled in by chief test and support engineer Rod Nelson. More ...

Fantastic Run for Hawksworth Cut Short  
Rookie Jack Hawksworth had an impressive debut at St. Pete. 
St. Petersburg, FL - March 30, 2014 - After earning a great starting spot and running 80 solid laps in the Verizon IndyCar Series season opener, Jack Hawksworth got collected in an incident that ended his race early on Sunday afternoon.

Hawksworth started his rookie season with a couple of solid practices, finishing in 10th place for two of the three sessions. The 23-year-old Yorkshire native earned a P4 spot in the first qualifying group on Saturday, only 0.1483 seconds off the leader with a best lap time of 1:12.1556, and advanced to the second round. He was then narrowly edged out of the Firestone Fast Six during the final seconds of the second round, but was pleased with the performance of the car.

Hawksworth started in eighth and stayed there for the first 22 laps of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg until the first pit stop. The team lost a few spots while pitting but the rookie driver pushed hard and advanced to P14 over the next 40 laps.

On lap 82 of the 110-lap competition on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, the IndyCar field approached the start/finish line after the first caution of the race. When the green flag dropped, the leaders didn't accelerate as expected, causing an accordion effect that collected Hawksworth. More ...

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday  
  • New rule has slowed F1 pitstops
    Frentzen has fix for 'processional' F1
  • Security plans in place for Bahrain GP
  • New rule has slowed F1 pitstops - report
  • Red Bull issues ultimatum to struggling Renault
  • Ferrari sponsor eyes 'ten more years' with Alonso
  • F1 legend Moss backs Massa over team order
  • Doctor says return home 'safe' for Schumacher
  • Sauber working on lightweight chassis
  • No 'magical change' for Bahrain-Alonso
  • Ferrari boss calls for swift improvement - [Solution: Boss needs to be fired] More ...
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