Toyota locks up front row at Silverstone Toyota Racing has secured the front row of the grid for tomorrow’s 6 Hours of Silverstone. Alex Wurz and Nicolas Lapierre will start from pole position for the opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship in the Toyota TS030 Hybrid with an average time from the four fastest laps of 1m48.021, +1.974 seconds ahead of their teammates Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi in the No. 8 Toyota.
The No. 2 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron will head the second row. The nr 12 Rebellion Racing Lola-Toyota finished in 4th place, pushing world champions Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler onto row three.
(GMM) With the 'Multi-21' affair still in recent memory, Mark Webber's woes went from bad to the back of the grid in China.
While teammate Sebastian Vettel's mid-grid qualifying effort is a deliberate strategy based on Pirelli's disintegrating soft tires, Australian Webber was sent to the back of the field by the stewards for the Chinese grand prix.
Last year in Abu Dhabi, Red Bull tried to use the 'force majeure' argument when German Vettel's fuel tank similarly ran dry in qualifying.
USA Rush movie trailer Universal Pictures has released the U.S. version of the trailer for the movie "Rush" and confirmed that the movie's release date in the U.S. will be Sept. 20 -- one week after its European debut. The USA version is about 1 minute longer.
Indiana city to be associate sponsor for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing car The City of New Castle (Ind.) will be an associate sponsor of the No. 21 Century 21 car for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing in the Indianapolis 500. The city raised funds for its sponsorship of SFHR through private investors.
"This will allow us to promote New Castle on the largest advertising stage in the world," Mayor Greg York said. "Our community looks at the big picture. We want to compete with worldwide companies, which is why we wanted to be involved with Sarah Fisher and the Indianapolis 500."
Hildebrand to compete in drifting events National Guard Panther Racing driver JR Hildebrand will participate in Formula Drift series events in Seattle (July 19-20) and Los Angeles (Oct. 11-12) for Tyler McQuarrie Racing.
"Since as early as 2004 I've thought drifting was an awesome and unique area of motorsport, so I'm very excited to finally get involved myself," Hildebrand said.
McQuarrie and Hildebrand developed a friendship through their mutual association with personal sponsor GoPro.
NASCAR may ban future NRA sponsorship With Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series NRA 500 "drawing attention just for the name of the race," NASCAR on Thursday said that it will "take a closer look at race sponsorships in the future," according to Bob Pockrass of SPORTING NEWS. The tracks "negotiate their own naming rights deals," and NASCAR "approved the sponsorship." Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage on Thursday said that there has been "no public outcry over the sponsorship." He said that he was "not concerned over the timing of the race coinciding with the gun control debate and voting in Congress." But NASCAR Managing Dir of Integrated Marketing Communications David Higdon released a statement that "indicated the timing of a sponsorship and the perception of NASCAR will be used to determine whether to approve race sponsorships in the future." While there "could be a perception that NASCAR is endorsing the NRA’s political platform," NASCAR said that that is "not the case." SPORTINGNEWS.com.
Chip Ganassi Racing Teams Sign Ryan Briscoe for Indianapolis 500
Four-time and reigning Indianapolis 500 Winners Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) announced today an agreement with former Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver Ryan Briscoe to pilot a fourth Honda entry with sponsorship from NTT DATA, a leading global IT services provider, for the 97th Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) on May 26 (11AM, ABC).
Briscoe will return to CGRT in the No. 8 NTT DATA Honda alongside three-time and reigning Indianapolis 500 Winner Dario Franchitti (No. 10 Target Honda), 2008 Indianapolis 500 Winner Scott Dixon (No. 9 Target Honda) and Charlie Kimball (No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Honda) who is coming off a solid weekend in Round 2 of the IZOD IndyCar Series at Barber Motorsports Park.
NASCAR not planning any changes to Gen-6 cars Thursday at Texas Motor Speedway Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vice president of competition, was asked if NASCAR is planning any rules changes for the new Gen-6 cars;
PEMBERTON: I don't think so. I think we're in a fairly good spot. The teams -- one of the things we've learned over the years is if you keep moving the targets, people have a tendency to -- it's harder for them to keep chasing that. We feel like the playing field is fairly level. It looks like everybody has an equal opportunity to compete, and we don't feel like that the teams are -- they're done developing their own packages for this car. And as long as the input is -- it's still pretty rock solid as far as being positive, they've got plenty to work with, we feel like there's no reason to move the target on them right now. NASCAR
Chinese GP: Mercedes fastest just like last year After winning the pole and race last year, Nico Rosberg led teammate Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes one-two in opening practice for the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai.
The Red Bull duo Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel were a second off the Mercedes' pace in 3rd and 4th.
Mercedes was not only faster on lighter-fuel runs going into the final half-hour of the session, but also had more pace on full fuel load.
Indy Family Foundation Hosts Huge Party A Few Blocks from IMS The city of Speedway’s Main Street will transform into a celebration of the 2013 Indianapolis 500-Mile Race when the Indy Family Foundation presents the inaugural "Festival on Main" set for Friday, May 10, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The "Festival on Main" street fair will be a fun experience for the entire family and will include live music, unique food and beer presentations, a custom car and motorcycle show, a special "KidZone" as well as other family-oriented activities. The event will take place "rain or shine" on May 10 and general admission will be free.
RBC partnership increases Russian support for the Marussia F1 Team The Marussia F1 Team is pleased to announce its latest Russian partner, RBC, one of the largest and most dynamic media companies in Russia, ahead of this weekend's Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, China.
RBC, who become ‘Official Russian Media Partner', will be represented on the MR02 car with effect from this weekend, and on the racing apparel of the Team's drivers, Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton, and other elements of the Team's trackside environment from next month's Spanish Grand Prix.
Clueless in IndyUPDATE Another reader writes, Great article on Ryan and the lack of promotion of him. Reading your article a couple of things come to mind about the promotion of Championship drivers. While it is a big part of any racing series' objectives to promote their most recent champions, its overall effect is limited in the media. I would say that it should fall on the sponsors' to promote the fact that THEIR driver won the Championship.
Sponsors typically pay a premium to be on a championship caliber team, so in theory, they should be maximizing their investment through heavy promotion of the championship victory. Have you seen a Commemorative RHR Championship Sun Drop Can? Have you seen Retail displays of Sun Drop with RHR's Championship at the Stores? Have you seen any RHR Sun Drop print or TV advertisements?
Ma Qing Hua is a reserve driver for the backmarker Caterham team. That won't build a Chinese fan base
The Chinese Grand Prix "was supposed to give Formula One a path to a vibrant new market," however, "it hasn't worked out that way," according to Michael Casey of the AP. The race, which takes place this weekend in Shanghai, "has struggled to fill the stands," and F1 found that "Chinese viewership fell steeply last year."
Sponsors "also have been slow to sign on to the sport with only a handful of Chinese companies currently endorsing any of the 11 teams."
Toro Rosso addresses exhaust burning Toro Rosso will introduce a modified exhaust at the Chinese Grand Prix to prevent a repeat of the overheating problems that forced Daniel Ricciardo to retire from the opening two races of the season.
Ricciardo stopped in both Australia and Malaysia because the exhaust was burning parts of the car, a problem that also afflicted team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne's machine to a lesser degree.
The Australian believes that the three-week gap since Malaysia has given the team enough time to solve its problem.
Japanese automakers recall 3.4 million vehicles with faulty airbag Japanese automakers including Toyota, Nissan and Honda are recalling about 3.4 million vehicles worldwide due to defective airbags supplied by Takata Corp.
Toyota is recalling about 1.73 million vehicles produced between November 2000 and March 2004, including 580,000 vehicles in North America and 490,000 vehicles in Europe. Honda is recalling about 1.14 million vehicles, while Nissan said it may call back 480,000 vehicles. Mazda said it recalled 45,463 units.
Toyota spokeswoman Shino Yamada said that five incidents of malfunctions have been reported, though there were no accidents or injuries. The vehicles affected were built between November 2000 and March 2004, she said.
Nominees For NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Fifth Class AnnouncedUPDATE The following is a statement from Sonoma Raceway President & General Manager Steve Page regarding Wednesday's announcement that Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board O. Bruton Smith is among the 25 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2014.
Sonoma Raceway is one of eight raceways owned and operated by Smith under the Speedway Motorsports, Inc. banner.
“In order to move into the major leagues of professional sports, NASCAR needed to offer its fans a major league event experience and no one has done more to elevate the quality of that experience than Bruton Smith. He has never been afraid to invest, innovate or improve, and all of us in the sport have benefited from that commitment. Bruton Smith deserves to be in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.”
Mercedes announces long-term deal with Schumacher Mercedes-Benz and Michael Schumacher today announced a long-term partnership which will extend far beyond motorsport and Formula 1. Michael Schumacher will mainly be involved with topics relating to the future, in particular the further development of the Mercedes-Benz safety and comfort systems "Intelligent Drive", and represent them as an ambassador. For many years now the seven-times Formula 1 World Champion has been working on road safety; as a partner he will from now on be supporting Mercedes-Benz's involvement in this field.
As a racing driver Schumacher's motto was "If you don't go forwards, you go backwards". Again and again he motivated himself and his team throughout his incomparable career to achieve new developments and top performances. Now he is actively placing his expertise at the service of road users by searching for the best solutions for safety on the roads together with Mercedes-Benz.
Spectacular new TV ad for Austin 400 Thanks to a new TV ad launched today, US fans will get the chance to see what lies in store at Circuit of The Americas in May when the Australian V8 Supercar championship comes to town.
The action-packed 60 second spot was revealed today by Circuit of The Americas and features some of the spectacular action from this year's opening two rounds of the championship plus key highlights from recent years.
The most recent round of the championship, at Symmons Plains Raceway in Tasmania, did not disappoint. Stars of the TV ad include Ford driver David Reynolds who was pushed wide and rode the fence coming out of the track's notoriously tight hairpin.
Teams get additional track time at Texas With Saturday's race being the first night race of the season, speeds are expected to be much higher than the Gen-6 cars raced at in Las Vegas. Therefore, NASCAR has added additional on-track sessions for Cup teams. Tests are scheduled for 2:00-4:00pm/et and 4:30-6:00pm/et Thursday. There will be no TV coverage of the tests. Fans can watch the sessions for $10, with gates opening at 12:30pm/ct. A Nationwide Series practice session follows the Cup tests.
Bell Helicopters sponsoring McMurray Bell Helicopter will be featured as the primary sponsor on the #1 Chevy SS this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Founded in 1935 as Bell Aircraft Corporation, Bell Helicopter sets the pace for the industry and expands the scope of vertical lift. An industry leader with unmatched name recognition, Bell Helicopter was the first to obtain certification for a commercial helicopter. Over its rich history, Bell Helicopter has delivered more than 35,000 aircraft to customers around the world. Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, Bell Helicopter has additional plants in Amarillo, Texas and Mirabel, Canada, with key logistics supply and service centers in Europe, Canada, and Singapore as well as in the United States. Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
At just 27 years of age, it's difficult to believe Kyle Busch is considered by many to be a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran. But as the Sprint Cup competitors head to Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth this Saturday night for the NRA 500, the driver of the # 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing is showing veteran-like numbers to prove it, especially since the Texas start will be his 300th in NASCAR's top series. Along with his number of starts, the number in the career wins column also serves to belie Busch's age.
His 25th Sprint Cup win three weekends ago at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. - ties him with JGR teammate Matt Kenseth, along with Jim Paschal and Joe Weatherly, for 24th in all-time Sprint Cup victories.
Johnson and wife expecting 2nd child Five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and this year's Daytona 500 winner announced Tuesday he and wife Chandra are expecting their second child in September. The announcement came two days after he picked up his eighth career victory at Martinsville Speedway. Johnson's daughter Evie will be 3 in July.
NRA sponsorship of Texas race causes stir If the National Rifle Association’s sponsorship of this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race sparks a bit of controversy, at least the race will be run in an area where the NRA enjoys great support.
The NRA 500 is set for Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway. It marks the first time that the organization, which is at the heart of the polarizing gun-control debate, has sponsored a Cup event.
The NRA sponsored a Nationwide Series race last year at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but that event didn’t have the notoriety of a Cup event and the NRA wasn’t in the spotlight as much prior to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December.
WWE star Shawn Michaels to drive pace car for NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway Shawn Michaels won’t be using his “Sweet Chin Music” move Saturday night.
Instead, he’ll be on his best behavior as the WWE Hall of Famer will drive the pace car prior to the start of the NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. A three-time WWE champion and three-time Intercontinental champ, Michaels also captured a World Heavyweight Championship, European Championship and World Tag Team Championship during a 26-year career. He still appears occasionally at WWE events.
No. 42 Sahlen's Riley-BMW Fined, Penalized GRAND-AM Road Racing has issued a fine and point penalties to the No. 42 BMW/Riley Daytona Prototype team that competes in the Rolex Sports Car Series, as a result of a rule infraction discovered following the April 6 event at Barber Motorsports Park.
The No. 42 was found in violation of Section DP-GCR 8-1.2 (“overall width must be between 77-79 inches”) of the GRAND-AM Rule Book. The No. 42’s front dive planes were found to be in excess of the maximum width by approximately three-eighths inch.
Conor Daly: Indy 500 and European Plans Noblesville, IN - American Conor Daly created an unusually high level of excitement around this year's Indy 500 when it was announced that he would drive for A.J. Foyt. Although his primary program in Europe has yet to be confirmed, he has had one of his busiest off seasons ever and actually started his 2013 race season two weeks ago in Malaysia in a GP2 car. His performance in Malaysia made a lot of people sit up and take notice. He finished 13th in race one and 7th in race two while setting second fastest race lap - all having missed most of the off season testing.
Conor testing for AJ Foyt Racing in Sebring, Florida, March 2013
Celebrities seek advice from Servia at Long Beach Oriol Servia was a popular figure during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach's annual Pro-Celebrity Race Media Day.
The Panther/DRR driver wasn't in high-demand for his celebrity, though. He was wanted for his expert advice.
"It's always exciting to promote Long Beach," Servia said. " It's been such a big race forever and such a big part of my career. I started here in Indy Lights in 1998 and every year the event gets better. I'm always happy to be part of it and especially on a day like today when you have all the celebrities here."
IndyCar drivers above track record at Pocono It seemed appropriate that Marco Andretti was the first IZOD IndyCar Series driver to turn a lap at Pocono Raceway during an April 10 Firestone tire test.
Andretti's grandfather, father and cousin competed in the Quaker State 500 on Aug. 20, 1989 - the last time an Indy car turned a lap on the 2.5-mile tri-oval. Marco, who makes his home in Nazareth, Pa., was 2½ years old.
"We've been waiting for this moment and we belong here. This place was built for Indy cars. The facility is fabulous and was my favorite superspeedway to drive on," said Mario Andretti, who won the 1986 race and started from the pole in '87. "This track is different from any other superspeedway we run because of the very different radius of every corner and also different banking. It's what I really enjoyed about this place."
IndyCar drivers talk about Pocono Tire Test An interview with: WILL POWER DARIO FRANCHITTI MARCO ANDRETTI SIMON PAGENAUD
THE MODERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, we welcome you back to Pocono USA, the return of IndyCars to this great Speedway. We'd like to open and welcome two of our guest drivers here today. Please welcome 2012 Sonoco Rookie of the Year, Simon Pagenaud, and Will Power from Team Penske.
Vettel doesn't apologize for destroying his competitors
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel says he does not apologize for winning after last month's controversial Malaysian Grand Prix, a race during which the German overtook teammate Mark Webber despite repeated instructions to hold position.
The triple World Champion, who made his move for the lead on the 46th of 56 laps, reiterated his post-race regret for placing his own interests above the team's, but has explained that he was simply doing his job by fighting Webber for the victory.
"I apologized for putting myself above the team which I didn’t mean to do, but there’s not much more to say, really," Vettel stated during an interview with Red Bull title sponsor Infiniti. "I don’t apologize for winning, I think that’s why people employed me in the first place and why I’m here. I love racing, so that’s what I did.
NASCAR annual Pit Crew Challenge cancelled due to no sponsor NASCAR will not conduct its All-Star Pit Crew Challenge this year as it was unable to land sponsorship for the event. The event, a staple of NASCAR's all-star week since 2005, featured pit crews competing in an arena setting where they would jack cars, change tires and push cars across the arena floor. The results of the pit crew challenge had been used to determine the order that teams selected pit stalls for the all-star race.
NASCAR will use qualifying results - just as it does for all regular-season events - to determine pit-stall selection order for the all-star race, which is scheduled for May 18 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Craftsman and then Sprint had sponsored the pit crew challenge throughout the years, but Sprint reallocated its money to sponsor the season-opening exhibition Sprint Unlimited race at Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR officials have said since January that they were looking for a sponsor to continue the event. Sporting News
Tire test at Daytona Goodyear will conduct a tire test at Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 16 & 17. Drivers scheduled to participate include: Jamie McMurray, Kasey Kahne/Regan Smith, Danica Patrick, Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., a driver from Joe Gibbs Racing, Trevor Bayne, Austin Dillon, and Carl Edwards. The track will be closed to fans. DIS
Infiniti Red Bull 2-sec pit stops: Always keep pushing Watching pitstops on TV or from the back of the garage gives you an overview of an ensemble in action. When stops go smoothly - and they went very smoothly in Malaysia - the choreography is a beautiful thing to behold: as intricate as a beautifully made watch and just as well put together.
To see that, however, you have to be watching from a distance. Crouched over a wheel-gun or a tire the field of vision is somewhat narrower, coalesced into that instant of activity that gets the car moving again with the minimum of delay.
Cyclone: 'Nothing compared to that car' A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, regarding your article on Mercury Cyclones, I had a 1970 with a 4 speed Hurst shifter, but my engine a Boss 429. I don't know how I ended up with it in the car, but we dynoed it at over 500hp. That's as high as the dyno would go. We bought it new off of the lot in 74, the car had 2200 miles on it, and we got it for a steal.
The car had serious get up and go. 0 to 60 in less than 5 seconds and yet I could break the rear end loose at 60 mph by just stepping on it if I wanted to pass somebody.
As a college kid I got a lot of tickets. I've had a lot of cars since then, and I've driven a lots of great cars but nothing has compared to that car as far as the feeling of power. Carl Forshage
Video: Alonso drives the LaFerrari at Fiorano Fernando Alonso on the Fiorano track, testing the new LaFerrari. The Spanish driver, who should go slowly for some checks, can't resist and takes the car to the limit. On board with him: GT driver Andrea Bertolini.
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