DTM introduces option tires and DRS Similar to F1 the DTM series feels the option tires from series’ partner Hankook and the Drag Reduction System (DRS) will add to the excitement in the DTM in 2013.
Both novelties are to enhance overtaking opportunities for the 22 drivers in the field and to allow for more variety in the race strategy. Further changes in the regulations: in the fourth and final qualifying heat, the use of fresh tires is now allowed. Moreover, teams have to determine and announce the tires for the start of the race after qualifying.
In the race, the time window for the two mandatory pit stops has been abandoned. Only in the first three laps and the three final laps of the race, no car is allowed to enter the pits for the mandatory tire changes
Fry: "More to come as we continue learning about the car"
Fry: "More to come as we continue learning about the car"
This year, the Chinese Grand Prix celebrates its tenth birthday, with every race having taken place at the massive and monolithic Shanghai International Circuit. As Formula 1 has expanded its horizons in recent years, it has generally headed for nations that were expanding their economy. That was definitely the case when the sport landed in the country with the second highest Gross Domestic Product.
Since then, China’s growth on the automotive front has run at the speed of a Formula 1 machine, making it the second largest market in the world for Ferrari road cars: just under 800 cars were shipped to the area known as Greater China in 2012, with no less than 500 going to China itself. Motor sport is expanding in the region and later in the year, the Shanghai circuit hosts a round of the Asia-Pacific series of the Ferrari Challenge one-make championship.
2014 MotoGP Technical and Sporting Regulations announced New technical regulations , effective from 2014, that were approved at the GPC meeting held at Valencia in November 2012 and already announced, were all confirmed. This follows the successful conclusion of negotiations between Dorna and the Manufacturers concerning the supply of additional machines and/or engines for the MotoGP class from 2014.
For reasons of safety, it was agreed that a different specification of brake disc could be authorized by Race Direction for use at specified circuits. Currently, the only circuit at which this applies is Motegi.
Ratings Throughout Europe Soar For MotoGP Season Opener In Qatar As the 2013 MotoGP World Championship kicked off Sunday in Qatar, audiences in numerous key markets reached some noteworthy numbers, according to MotoGP. Spanish TV saw its Tele5 broadcast "increase by a whopping 44.6% over last year’s audience for the race with 4.5 million viewers, with a peak of 5.2 million, taking a 25.2% of the country’s audience share."
Meanwhile, Italian TV, bolstered by the highly anticipated return of Valentino Rossi, "saw audiences go up to 5.28 million – peaking up to 6.63 million -- for the race under the floodlights with a 17.5% broadcast share."
Jimmie Johnson Talks 'Haters,' Twitter & His Big Announcement Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson opens up about his fans, his detractors and about his big announcement from earlier today on tonight’s edition of NASCAR Race Hub on FOX Sports’ SPEED.
Johnson received a lot of social media chatter after this past weekend’s race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
NASCAR analyst Bob Dillner sat down with Johnson. Here is what he had to say;
Veach among finalists for interview with Larry King 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" on ORA TV. The 12 finalists are gathering votes for their entries on King's website with voting open until April 19.
Starworks Motorsport Confirms Withdrawal from 2013 FIA WEC Starworks Motorsport is extremely disappointed to announce that it will not be taking part in the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship.
Peter Baron, team owner, explains “Quite simply, the funds for the team to participate in the prestigious series did not materialize in time. We counted on this program happening and passed on a few less attractive programs. We only want to participate in a series if we can compete for wins and the title. We had numerous partners and situations where we could get there, but in the end it was timing that let us down. Gérard Neveu and Cedric Vilatte from WEC, along with HPD, were all fantastic in their support in trying to get us to Silverstone. I am so sorry that we have had to withdraw and let everyone – the WEC and the fans - down.”
NASCAR Reveals Eldora Truck Format NASCAR announced today the qualifying and race procedures for the inaugural “Mudsummer Classic” – the highly anticipated NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway on July 24.
Unlike asphalt tracks, dirt tracks have historically used a format much different than typical races and that will be the case for this event, the first NASCAR national series race held on dirt in more than 40 years.
The race will feature a traditional two-lap qualifying session, five qualifying races, one last-chance race and a champion’s provisional to determine the 30-truck starting field. The top-20 in owners’ points entering the race event will have a guaranteed starting position.
'No reason' to write off title - McLaren (GMM) Not long ago, McLaren's 2013 campaign was in tatters, as the famous British team refused to rule out scrapping its new car and putting the 2012 machine back into action.
But after Malaysia, and the long three-week gap that preceded this weekend's Chinese grand prix, the rhetoric from the Woking based camp is now infinitely more positive.
Jenson Button is refusing even to rule out a title challenge.
The 'other' Rockingham oval has new owner Rockingham is pleased to announce Jersey-based investor Grey Rock is the new owner of the Northamptonshire circuit.
Rockingham, UK when CART ran there in 2002 and 2003. It was many ovals around the world that fail to draw large crowds
Represented by Stuart Wright, a motorsport enthusiast and former endurance racing driver, Grey Rock has purchased Rockingham Motor Speedway Ltd as part of the acquisition of the Priors Hall development from its previous owners, securing the future of both businesses.
Motorsports This Week on ESPN Carl Edwards in ESPN NASCAR Booth for Three Races NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards will return to the ESPN booth as an analyst for the next three races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series starting Friday night, April 12, at Texas Motor Speedway. Edwards, who called two races for ESPN last year, will join anchor Allen Bestwick and analyst Andy Petree for the 300-mile race in Fort Worth. NASCAR Countdown airs at 8 p.m. ET with the race’s green flag at 8:47 p.m. on ESPN2. Also from Texas on Friday, ESPN2 will televise qualifying at 5 p.m. NASCAR rookie and action sports star Travis Pastrana will be ESPN In-Race Reporter for the race.
Mark Webber is expecting tire wear to remain a prominent issue at this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix, with the debate over Pirelli's more aggressive compounds increasing after most teams opted to make a total of four pit-stops in Malaysia.
The Australian, who finished second to fellow Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel amid team order controversy last time out, believes the tire manufacturer's choice of the Soft and Medium compounds will ensure that pit-stop numbers remain high.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli Motorsport Director: We’ll be bringing our P Zero White medium and P Zero Yellow soft tires to China: the same combination as last year although of course the tires are generally all softer and faster this year. Shanghai is definitely a race where strategy can make a huge difference: in the past we’ve seen a wide variety of strategies being used, with some very close finishes. A car that uses its tires well here certainly has the capability to spring a surprise.
Carl Edwards Returning to ESPN Broadcast Booth for Three Races After a two-race initiation last year, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards will return to the ESPN broadcast booth as an analyst for the next three races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Edwards will join lap-by-lap announcer Allen Bestwick and analyst Andy Petree in the booth to call the 300-mile race at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night, April 12, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The race will be the first after a two week break in the schedule for the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
IndyCar Driver Helps Nuclear Energy Leaders Raise Industry Awareness Southern Nuclear employees received a visit on Thursday, April 4, from the Nuclear Clean Air Energy IndyCar race team, including all-star driver Simona De Silvestro. Several hundred employees attended the event and had their photographs taken next to De Silvestro, who began the racing season with a sixth place finish at St. Petersburg. De Silvestro and the race team were in town to compete in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at the Barber Motorsports Park.
In addition to chatting about her experience driving the carbon-neutral Nuclear Clean Air Energy race car, De Silvestro spoke with employees about the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education, linking STEM education to the technology behind racing and clean energy.
Tire test gives drivers first look at Pocono Marco Andretti was a toddler the last time an Indy car turned a lap in competition at Pocono Raceway.
On April 10, the third-generation racer will get the opportunity to turn a high-speed lap on the "Tricky Triangle" as one of four drivers participating in a Firestone Racing conducts a tire evaluation test in advance of the July 7 IZOD IndyCar Series race.
Four-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti of Target Chip Ganassi Racing, 2012 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Simon Pagenaud of Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports and three-time series championship runner-up Will Power of Team Penske will join Andretti of Andretti Autosport during the test, which is open to the public.
Castroneves aims to maintain consistency, points lead Helio Castroneves has been in this spot before. In fact, he occupies the same position in the standings as he did this time last year.
Podium finishes by the driver of the No. 3 Team Penske Chevrolet have delivered the IZOD IndyCar Series championship points lead. It might be only two events into the 19-race season, but such consistency will certainly keep the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner in the title hunt.
Castroneves finished third in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on April 7. Paired with a runner-up finish at St. Petersburg, he holds a nine-point lead over Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon heading into the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 21.
Richard Branson will take to the skies as an airline stewardess on a charity flight next month to finally fulfill a bet with aviation rival Tony Fernandes over the fortunes of their teams in the 2010 Formula One season.
AirAsia chief Fernandes, who once worked for Branson's music business, bet the British entrepreneur that his Lotus Racing team would do better in their debut season than Virgin Racing team with the loser dressing up as an female flight attendant.
Lotus F1 finished 10th in the constructors' championship to Virgin's 12th and so on May 12, Branson - "complete with make-up, a pair of high heels and freshly shaved legs" - will join the AirAsia X cabin crew on a flight from Perth to Kula Lumpur.
Barber has record race day attendance IndyCar attendance at Barber on Sunday was a race record 57,963. Three day total was the second highest in the four-year history of the event. 2010- 53,555 2011- 48,326 2012- 52,879 2013- 57,963
Michael Andretti looks on as Marco Andretti congratulates teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay
For Michael Andretti and the Andretti Autosport team, the weekend at Barber Motorsports Park could not have gone any batter.
"It really was a perfect weekend," said Andretti.
"We got the pole in both races and the win both races and led most of the laps, you can’t ask for much more than that. I’m really happy and proud of the whole DHL crew. They did a great job all weekend, and the whole Andretti team and it was really good."
Wind Tunnel Sunday For this week, Wind Tunnel will be LIVE at 9:00pm ET, following SPEED Center.
We’ll discuss the three big races of the day; CUP in Martinsville, IndyCar in Birmingham, and MotoGP in Qatar…among other action from the weekend. Ray Dunlap will join us to wrap up the weekend in Martinsville while former world champ Kevin Schwantz will share his thoughts on today’s MotoGP season opener.
Lorenzo motors to victory under the lights in Qatar
Jorge Lorenzo has started his MotoGP title defense in the best possible way, winning Sunday’s Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar. Valentino Rossi charged back from a mistake to second place as Marc Marquez picked up a podium on his debut.
The much-awaited start to the 2013 campaign came under lights as the Losail International Circuit celebrated its tenth MotoGP event. World Champion Lorenzo aimed to repeat his performance of last year by taking victory from pole position. Marquez’s much-awaited first race would begin from sixth on the grid.
ROP is postponed because of weather forecast INDYCAR announced that it has postponed the April 11 Rookie Orientation Program at Indianapolis Motor Speedway because of the forecast of inclement weather in Indianapolis.
“We have been monitoring the weather reports in Indianapolis to make sure the conditions would be suitable for ample on-track activity,” INDYCAR president of operations and strategy Brian Barnhart said. “With the strong chance for rain and the lower ambient temperatures, we felt it was best to postpone our Rookie Orientation Program until a later date.”
Carlos Munoz completed his domination of Barber Motorsports Park by winning the Legacy Indy Lights 100. The Andretti Autosport driver swept the weekend, topping the time chart in each practice session and earning his second consecutive pole start.
Jack Hawksworth, the St. Petersburg race winner, was 5.0684 seconds behind in the No. 77 Schmidt Peterson with Curb-Agajanian car. Teammates Gabby Chaves and Sage Karam followed. Jorge Goncalvez was fifth in the No. 4 Belardi Auto Racing car.
Just why IndyCar drivers are better Former CART IndyCar star turned NASCAR 'lazy' racer (termed coined by Niki Lauda) AJ Allmendinger admitted it was “a little scary” just how fast as IndyCar is on the soft red tires. Firestone’s red tires provide more grip than Allmendinger, a newcomer to the series, expected. “The commitment level you have to have to make the corners is insane,” he said.
The reflexes and strength required to drive an IndyCar far exceeds that of driving a stock car on so many levels.
Hendrick makes another big purchase at Barrett-Jackson
Rick Hendrick has done it again. The famed NASCAR team owner, who bought the rights to the very first 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in January, has doubled down by winning the Palm Beach bidding for the first 2014 Stingray convertible to be produced. The price tag: $1 million. Although, every penny of the charity sale goes to benefit the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.
Takuma Sato ran fast enough in the ABC Supply Honda to make it into the Firestone Fast Six – the final round of qualifying for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama only to be knocked out by an official’s decision about an on track incident. Sato’s time was disallowed and he will now start 12th.
The incident involved Justin Wilson whose qualifying lap was ruined when he came upon a slowing Sato, who was trying to create more distance between himself and the car ahead of him so he could get a clean lap. Wilson came upon Sato in turn 8 and had to check up.
Lorenzo takes pole in Qatar In a dramatic qualifying session under lights, MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo has claimed pole position for the season-opening Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar. The Yamaha Factory Racing rider will share the front row with Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow and Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa.
Saturday marked the debut of MotoGP’s new-look qualifying format, whereby the top 12 riders go head-to-head in a 15-minute shootout for the top spot. Maintaining his 100% front row record at the Losail International Circuit, Lorenzo sealed his seventh career pole at the track with a best effort of 1’54.714.
Allmendinger showed good speed in the Saturday morning practice session
Penske Racing president Tim Cindric didn't hesitate to commit another IZOD IndyCar Series race for AJ Allmendinger before the 97th Running of the Indianapolis 500 based on what he's seen of the 31-year-old in the No. 2 IZOD Team Penske car.
Allmendinger will be entered in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 19-21 -- a homecoming of sorts for the California native who has competed on the temporary street circuit three times in CART:
Make no mistake about it, Simona de Silvestro is the real deal. The fastest female driver in racing worldwide topped the third and final practice session for the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park Saturday morning in her KV Racing Chevy. Her time of 1m7.4073s was the fastest time turned all weekend so far, and fast enough to edge Simon Pagenaud who was 2nd quick in his Honda.
Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Dario Franchitti rounded out the top-5 as the top-24 drivers were within 1-second of each other - an amazing result for a road course of this nature.
Patrick hopes not to embarrass herself at Martinsville
NASCAR's biggest star, Danica Patrick, will start 32nd for her first race at Martinsville and the first for a female driver in NASCAR's top division at the venerable short track
Danica Patrick concedes that Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway could be “really challenging and probably a little overwhelming.”
That might be the understatement of the year for the struggling Patrick, who has finished 26th or worse in her last four races. Patrick admits that she doesn’t know what to expect in her first race at half-mile Martinsville Speedway, NASCAR’s shortest track and one of its toughest.
“Am I going to go out there and be just fine, or am I going to go out there and be a total disaster?” she says. “It might feel like those times when I drove a Nationwide car for the first time at tracks that I hadn’t been to and all I do is look in my mirror the whole time for what’s going on.”
When the 2013 MotoGP World Championship gets underway with the Qatar Grand Prix this weekend, BMW M will be starting its 15th season as “Official Car of MotoGP”. BMW has been involved in MotoGP since 1999 and provides the official Safety Cars.
The first of many highlights over the course of the anniversary comes at the opening round, which will be held at the “Losail International Circuit” in Qatar: the first public outing of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe. It is only a few weeks since the latest eagerly-awaited high-performance coupé from BMW M GmbH was enjoying its world premiere at the NAIAS in Detroit.
With a few days to go before they head off for Shanghai and the third round of the Formula 1 World Championship, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were in Maranello for a busy program of sports, technical and promotional activity. Fernando was there for two days and Felipe for one and the main purpose of their visit was to catch up with their own group of engineers.
They also rounded off their preparation for China with a stint in the simulator. The two drivers also had a meeting with Team Principal Stefano Domenicali, for a final overview of the race in Shanghai, before they fly off there this weekend.
Aston Martin Racing's FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) campaign begins at the Six Hours of Silverstone on 13/14 April and, following a successful outing at the 12 Hours of Sebring last month, Paul Dalla Lana (CA) and Pedro Lamy (PT) will now join the team for the 2013 season.
For the opening round at Silverstone, Darren Turner (GB) and Stefan Mucke (D) will be joined in the Gulf-liveried #97 Vantage GTE by Bruno Senna (BR), while Dalla Lana and Lamy will join French GT-ace Frédéric Makoweicki in the #99, with both cars running the GTE Pro category.
HOW WAS YOUR PRACTICE? "Not very good so far. We are just struggling to make the car do what we want it to do."
IS THE PLAN STILL TO TEACH JOEY LOGANO A LESSON OR HAVE THINGS CALMED DOWN? "That is two weeks ago. I’m on Martinsville this weekend. We are trying to figure out what we have to do to make our race cars go fast this week."
HVM Status GP withdraws from WEC The HVM Status GP squad has withdrawn its LMP2 entry for the World Endurance Championship ahead of next week's Silverstone opener.
British-based Status, which teamed up with the HVM IndyCar squad late last year for a joint WEC campaign, said, "The HVM Status Lola-Judd B12/80 LMP2 entry and team are in place and ready to compete, but the final budget raised by the combined efforts of the team and potential drivers was not sufficient to race competitively for a full season."
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