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04/13/12
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Danica turns 30  Danica Patrick hasn’t had a great start to her first full season in NASCAR, but if you think she spent the past two off-weeks brooding about it, think again.

She has had some big things going on since her 35th-place finish March 24 at Auto Club Speedway in California. Patrick turned 30 the next day.

“I’m OK with 30, I really am,” the former IndyCar star/celebrity said Thursday at Texas Motor Speedway. “Most of the people around me are older, so I’ll always be the youngest. So I feel pretty good about that.”

04/13/12
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Fisher team signs another associate sponsor  Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing (SFHR) will make 16 stops at race tracks in three different continents during the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season, and the team now has an industry leader in travel and event planning to help with its layers of logistics throughout the season.

Indianapolis-based cmcglobal, a company that specializes in meeting, convention, trade show, special event and destination management needs, has signed a season-long sponsorship with SFHR beginning with this weekend’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. More ...

04/13/12
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Rain washes out 2nd IndyCar practice  Except for Target Chip Ganassi drivers Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon putting in a few slow demonstration laps in horrible conditions, no one else ventured out and the practice was for all intents and purposes rained out. Dixon probably wishes he never did as he aquaplaned right into the first turn wall. Tomorrow should be dry and times will be about eight seconds a lap faster.
04/13/12
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Sunday on Wind Tunnel  Sprint CUP team owner, James Finch, will return to Wind Tunnel this Sunday to talk about his team’s 2012 season and the choice he made to hire Kurt Busch after the 2004 series champ departed Penske Racing in the off-season.

More guests will be added to our line-up as the weekend progresses. More ...

04/13/12
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24th Motorsports HOF inductees announced  Racing legends Derek Bell, Neil Bonnett, Pop Dreyer, Vic Edelbrock, Sr., Ricky Johnson, Ed Pink and Danny Sullivan will be this year’s inductees into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America at the organization’s 24th Annual Induction Ceremony that will be held on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at the Fillmore Theater in Detroit.
   
The Class of 2012 announcement was made in a press conference on the opening day of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach where Hall President Ron Watson was joined by Sullivan and Pink, who represented the accomplished motorsports legends that make up this year’s illustrious group of inductees.  Among the Hall members in attendance at the press conference were Don "The Snake" Prudhomme and 1963 Indianapolis 500 winner Parnelli Jones. More ...
04/13/12
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Rain hits Long Beach  UPDATE It's been raining so hard in Long Beach early this afternoon that all racing activities have been halted for right now.  The rain was coming down sideways for awhile.

04/13/12 The Friday morning ALMS practice session started just as the rains started to fall in Long Beach, California.  The track is soaked and a steady rain is falling.  All cars are shod with full wet tires and the cars are aquaplaning in some areas where the water is not draining well.

The forecast is for rain right through the day, but this is southern, California, and the rain could move out earlier. The forecast for Saturday and Sunday is sunny.

ALMS practice two hours from 7:15 AM to 9:15AM local time.  The first IndyCar practice is slated to start at 10:00 AM.  With tomorrow looking to be dry, today's times set in the wet will be meaningless, so do not look for a lot of IndyCar drivers to spend much time on the track today.  However, ALMS qualifies today and there is a good chance it will be wet, so the drivers have no choice but to get as many laps in as they can in the rain.

04/13/12
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Tristan Vautier tops opening Indy Lights practice in Long Beach  

POST-PRACTICE QUOTES:

TRISTAN VAUTIER (No. 77 Mazda Road to Indy/Sam Schmidt Motorsports): "There were two corners that were wet, one corner, Turn 10 was wet, but the rest was all dry. Then we started to get the rain drops and we were like, 'Oh, is the track getting wet or not?' It was quite hard to know or judge how the track was going to be. We were getting to the corners because it was raining more and more, and we didn't if it was really getting the track that wet, so it was pretty interesting." (About conditions): "It was really slippery, we're really far from the times from last year. But of course, we only ran for 15 minutes, so I think it's always the same in these kind of situations."

OLIVER WEBB (No. 7 Lucas Oil/Sam Schmidt Motorsports): "When we first went out it wasn't that bad, it was pretty dry, the wind was quite heavy and we thought it was coming, but I think we both managed to do quite a few laps before the rain came in. It's a bit inconsistent when you're getting rain drops on your visor, but at the speed you're doing it's hitting our visor obviously more than it's hitting the track, so you have to judge that point when it starts affecting the track and when you have to start backing it off a bit and not go as close to the walls. It wasn't too bad, I think both of our main priority was to learn the track because none of us have been here before and Star Mazda doesn't do this track, so it's good to for us to get some laps in before the rain really came down." (About the conditions) "I think if anything it's good that we went out on a green track because it's still raining and still heavy, our original thought was, "Great, the IZOD IndyCar guys are going to go out before us and rubber the track in for us and we'll know what it's like to go on the track tomorrow," but I think we went out on a green track, it's rained again, it's now green again. By the time we go out tomorrow morning with it being early, 8'oclock in the morning for practice, it'll probably be just as similar and we'll be quite far off the time anyway unless magically the sun comes out really early tomorrow it's going to be a bit slippery, I think." More ...

04/13/12
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Patrick has no backup plan for Darlington qualifying  How concerned is #10-Danica Patrick about the possibility of having to qualify on speed at Darlington? Not enough to have considered a backup plan if the #10 Chevy she shares with David Reutimann remains outside the top 35 in owner points. Patrick is scheduled to run 10 Cup races this season. Her first was the Daytona 500, where she fell victim to a crash on Lap 2. Her second scheduled race is the May 12 Southern 500 at Darlington.

When Patrick drives the Cup car, Stewart-Haas Racing prepares it. When Reutimann drives the #10 Chevy, the car is fielded by Tommy Baldwin Racing, the idea being that Reutimann will keep the car in the top 35 in owner points and thereby exempt from qualifying on speed. On April 1 at Martinsville, however, the car fell one position outside the top 35 despite Reutimann's controversial efforts to nurse a wounded car to the finish -- controversial because the car lost power, stopped on the frontstretch and caused a caution that changed the complexion of the race. More ...

04/13/12
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Lucas Luhr tops opening ALMS practice  Lucas Luhr ended a damp practice Friday morning with the fastest time in a two-hour session for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n. The two-time ALMS winner at Long Beach set a time of 1:33.121 (76.082 mph) in Muscle Milk Pickett Racing’s Honda Performance Development ARX-03a. He and Klaus Graf are the defending overall race winners and can become the first pair to win in consecutive years at the Tequila Patr¢n American Le Mans Series at Long Beach.

Luhr was 0.527 seconds clear of Kyle Marcelli in Merchant Services Racing’s ORECA FLM09. The young Canadian was the fastest Prototype Challenge entry at 1:33.648 (75.654 mph). The speeds were well below times from previous years due to heavy rain that pelted Long Beach just as the session began. More ...

04/13/12
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Andretti tops opening IndyCar practice in Long Beach  Marco Andretti, intent on restoring the Andretti name at the top of the Long Beach record book, turned the fastest lap in opening practice for the IndyCars on the 1.97-mile street circuit. On a track that started damp but slowly dried, Andretti's lap of 1m17.2298s was nearly 3/4 of a second up on Takuma Sato in second.

Mike Conway was third for AJ Foyt Racing.  Tony Kanaan and J.R. Hildebrand rounded out the top-5.

The times are way off from the record here at Long Beach but the lap times will drop quickly tomorrow on a dry track and sunny weather. More ...
04/13/12
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Weather update from Long Beach  20 minutes before first IndyCar practice is to begin and there is a gap in the rain. Currently it is cool and overcast and the IndyCars are making their way to the pits. The track is still wet so rain tires will be required to start.
04/13/12
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All-Time Indy Car Records dominated by Mario Andretti  
Mario Andretti
Except for overall wins, where Mario Andretti ranks second to AJ Foyt, Mario Andretti leads every other meaningful IndyCar record.  And he would have topped the most wins category as well if 1) He did not take time away to win an F1 World Driving title, 2) AJ Foyt did not artificially pad his win total by racing with USAC when all the best teams were in CART.  Foyt had no competition during those years and ran up the total wins. 

So if anyone argues that Mario Andretti isn't the greatest American driver in history, just show them the facts that follow (do not include his F1 records, Daytona 500 win, IROC win, sports car wins and dirt track wins). More ...
04/13/12
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Latest F1 news in brief - Friday  UPDATE Updates shown in red below.  See also the Friday Press Conference on our Home Page (Feature Articles).

04/13/12
  • FIA President Jean Todt says Bahrain race is on
    FIA says F1 to press ahead with Bahrain GP
  • 'Small' chance Hamilton to swerve grid penalty
  • Sauber runs 'teaser' for big sponsor - report
  • Double-DRS protest 'the normal game' - Schumacher
  • Kovalainen to stay at Caterham for rest of 2012
  • 'Nothing wrong' with 'nervous' Red Bull - Vettel
  • Hulkenberg happy without manager Weber
  • Sponsors nervous as F1 ploughs on with Bahrain
  • Karthikeyan sick of 'cucumber-gate'
  • Glock incident 'not mechanical' New
  • Fry blames Ferrari methods New More ...
04/13/12
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NASCAR creates new C-post template  NASCAR will add a new template to its inspection process when teams go through tech May 4 at Talladega Superspeedway.

It’s a template inspired by Hendrick Motorsports and five-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson’s team.

Starting May 4-6 at Talladega, NASCAR will begin using an additional template for the C-post, the area of the car from the roof to the top of the rear quarter panel. More ...

04/13/12
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Sam Hornish Jr. to run Cup races at Kansas, Talladega  
Sam Hornish Jr.
Sam Hornish Jr. will get a chance to redeem himself at NASCAR’s highest level when he runs Sprint Cup races at Kansas Speedway next week and Talladega next month for Penske Racing.

The three-time IndyCar Series champion is running the full Nationwide Series for Penske after struggling during his initial foray into NASCAR.

Hornish ran the full Cup schedule for Penske from 2008-10 but scored just two top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 109 starts and finished 28th or worse in points all three seasons. More ...

04/13/12
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Creating the Nissan DeltaWing. Video 1 - Wind tunnel testing  Nissan launched its innovative, experimental Le Mans project last month - the Nissan DeltaWing. This is the first in a series of 'behind-the-scenes' films that charts the development of the car and the ground-breaking technology with which Nissan aims to revolutionize motorsport. Part 1 -- proving it works in the wind tunnel.

04/13/12
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Marinescu goes quickest in opening F2 free practice  Mihai Marinescu made the perfect start to his 2012 FIA Formula Two season by toping the timesheets during today's (Friday) opening free practice session at Silverstone.

The 23-year-old, who finished fifth last year after collecting his maiden win, went quickest early on and was untroubled throughout the 45-minute session, ending with a best time of 1:47.631s - a full two seconds quicker than the pole time from this time last year (Miki Monras, 1:49.934s).

Reigning European F3 Open champion Alex Fontana finished just behind in second with Markus Pommer, who went fastest here during pre-season testing, in third. More ...

04/13/12
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Protesters burn Ecclestone flags in Bahrain  (GMM)  Bahrain protesters have stepped up their anti-grand prix campaign, with formula one vowing to push ahead with a race in the troubled island Kingdom next week.

After the FIA declared that the race is definitely going ahead, Bernie Ecclestone on Friday met with team bosses in the Shanghai paddock.

"There's nothing (bad) happening.  I know people who live there and it's all very quiet and peaceful," the F1 chief executive insisted.

Media reports, however, suggest otherwise.

Photos have emerged of protesters burning flags depicting Ecclestone's face, whilst others marched in F1 overalls and helmets, carrying machine guns. More ...

04/13/12
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Chinese GP: Schumacher tops dry practice 2  
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Michael Schumacher turned the fastest lap in his Mercedes to lead the second practice session for the Chinese GP F1 race at Shanghai with a lap of 1m35.973s.  He was the only driver to break into the 1m35s bracket.

Lewis Hamilton was 2nd for McLaren and Sebastian Vettel 3rd for Red Bull.  Mark Webber was fourth in the second Red Bull Renault, with Nico Rosberg fifth, Jenson Button sixth and Komai Kobayashi in seventh for Sauber. More ...

04/13/12
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Chinese GP: Hamilton tops wet practice 1  Lewis Hamilton topped the first session of free practice for Sunday's Chinese GP with a lap more than a second and a half quicker than the corresponding session at last year's race.

Most of the quick times came in the last 10 minutes of the session as a dry line emerged after cold weather and drizzle greeted drivers as the session got underway.  More ...

04/13/12
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Austin Ticket Update  
The 2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX, NOVEMBER 16th-18th in Austin is only 7 months away! We’ve just updated our tickets page with exciting new graphics and details on the incredible Premium Seating locations at Circuit of The Americas! Now, you can learn more about each grandstand’s impeccable views and features that take season ticket ownership to a whole new level.

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04/12/12
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Q and A with Jan Magnussen  
Jan Magnussen
It’s always good to hear from Jan Magnussen one of the most well-versed drivers in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n. After a runner-up GT finish in last year’s Tequila Patr¢n American Le Mans Series at Long Beach, Corvette Racing’s Danish star thinks this is the year Corvette takes a step back up to the top of the podium at America’s most famous street race.

Q: Sebring was the your best start to the year since Corvette switched classes to compete head-to-head against Porsche, Ferrari and BMW. Tell us how this finish will help you focus on a run for the championship?
Jan Magnussen:
“Sebring was good for us and for sure, it’s the best start we had. We did have some issues there but we did the best with what we had. I think everybody on the team is very proud of what we did and it was a great way to start the season.

“We were really strong last year at Long Beach - I think in the race we had the strongest car. But the way the pit stops happened we ended up coming second. This year we are heading to Long Beach with one clear goal and that’s to win the race.

“It will be Antonio’s [Garcia, No. 3 Corvette co-driver] first time at Long Beach so he’s got a steep learning curve, but we’re all going to get there really early, walk the track and make sure that everything is right. He’s a super-fast learner and I have faith that he will be very good.” More ...

04/12/12
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Chevy to replace all IndyCar engines, all 11 cars get 10 race grid penalty  Most Chevrolet personnel skipped lunch in the IZOD IndyCar Series paddock April 12 as they were busy trading out all 11 V-6 engines in cars entered in the 38th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

The decision was made following the tear down and inspection of the engine in the No. 27 GoDaddy.com car of Andretti Autosport that experienced an issue during a team test April 9 at Infineon Raceway.

Per the IZOD IndyCar Series rulebook, each of the 11 entries will be levied a 10-grid position penalty to start the 85-lap race April 15 on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit because of an unapproved engine change. Rules 15.3.1 and 15.6.1.1 outline the penalty for a change-out if the engine has not reached its minimum mileage threshold of 1,850 miles. More ...

04/12/12
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Daly well satisfied after Silverstone GP3 testing  American Conor Daly posted the second fastest time of the morning session in Silverstone, England, today which put him third fastest overall on the final day of pre-season testing. Today was the sixth and last day of pre-season work that has taken place in three different countries since March; two days in Spain, two in Portugal and two in England. The first race of the 2012 season kicks off in Barcelona, Spain, May 12th-13th.

"These two days were very satisfying because we got to do a lot of work on fine tuning the set up of the car and I got to experience both wet and dry conditions. The car was stable and really fast in the high speed corners. I can't wait for the season to start", said Daly. More ...
04/12/12
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Rahal to be featured in INDYCAR 36  Just about everywhere Graham Rahal ventured during the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama weekend at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., an IMS Productions camera was rolling for "INDYCAR 36."

The second episode, which provides a behind-the-scenes look at IZOD IndyCar Series drivers on race weekends, airs at 3 p.m. (ET) April 15 on NBC Sports Network as the lead-in to coverage of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

"They followed me quite a lot and sometimes it was 'OK, can I just please go here on my own,' but it was an interesting experience," Rahal said. "I was glad I got picked to do it and hope everybody enjoys it." More ...
04/12/12
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Busy Week for Bobby Rahal  The 38th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach week is busy for Bobby Rahal. As president of the Road Racing Drivers Club, he'll preside over the fourth annual West Coast banquet honoring race car driver and Indy car innovator Jim Hall on April 12.

He'll also spend much of the weekend on pit lane, overseeing the efforts of Takuma Sato in the No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing car and the BMW Team RLL in the American Le Mans Series race on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street course. More ...
04/12/12
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IndyCar news tidbits  
04/12/12
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DRR Lotus to be sponsored by Motegi Racing at LB  As Lotus DRR heads into this weekend for the third round of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season, they are proud to announce that Oriol Servia will campaign the Motegi Racing primary livery for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

"We are really excited to be working with Motegi Racing again, as well as the entire Wheel Pros family. The Motegi Racing brand certainly resonates with the IZOD IndyCar Series community and we look forward to having them back with us this weekend. Hopefully we can bring home a good result for them," commented Lotus DRR Co-Owner, Robbie More ...
04/12/12
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Evans fastest again at final pre-season test  The final pre-season test concluded in Silverstone today before the GP3 Series heads to Barcelona next month to kick start the 2012 season. The session got underway under dark clouds on a chilly morning at a slippery circuit which was declared wet at the start of the test. Maxim Zimin stepped into the Jenzer Motorsport and was fastest for the first hour until Tio Ellinas in his Marussia Manor Racing car took control of the timesheets. The morning test was eventful: five red flags occurred with several drivers getting caught out in the tricky conditions.

Antonio Felix Da Costa went top as the times continued to improve on a drying track as the drivers switched from wet tires to slicks. Aaro Vainio then shot to P1 as the session was red flagged when Kotaro Sakurai spun off into the gravel. Ocean Racing Technology’s Robert Cregan suffered a technical issue when he was forced to stop on the circuit, giving a premature end to his morning test.  More ...
04/12/12
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New nominees for NASCAR Hall of Fame  Former Cup champion Rusty Wallace and trailblazing driver Wendell Scott are among the five new nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame along with Bill France Sr.’s wife Anne B. France, former engine builder and team owner Ray Fox and former R.J. Reynolds executive Ralph Seagraves.

The fourth five-member class of the NACAR Hall of Fame will be inducted in January 2013 and will be determined by a voting panel that will choose from 25 nominees May 23.

The five new nominees joined a group of 20 men who did not make the cut for the 2012 induction class. More ...

04/12/12
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Video: Brembo 3D video about the functioning of braking system in F1  
Felipe Massa at the Brembo press conference in Shanghai
China already today represents a very important market for Brembo, but above all it is an area with a very high development potential. As evidence of what was said, the Italian company will celebrate at the end of April the opening of the new center located at Nanjing for the production of brake calipers and discs uniquely for the local market.

In this context of growth and attention towards Eastern Asia, Brembo has decided to present at Shanghai a 3D video to better understand the functioning of the braking system in a Formula One single-seater. The images, of great impact and full of details, highlight the highest technology reached by the engineers of the Italian factory. In the virtual tour, in fact, Brembo accompanies the viewer inside and ‘through’ every single component, highlighting the behavior and the critical role of a braking system during the race. More ...

04/12/12
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Auto GP to introduce a new car in 2013  With the championship already entering its third event, scheduled for the coming weekend on the Marrakech street track, for Auto GP it's already time to start planning for 2013. As the series is going from strength to strength both in terms of awareness and grid quality, the Organizer is ready for a major step, as he's going to introduce a new car for the coming season.

"We're happy with the performance of our car - says Series boss Enzo Coloni - but at the same time we feel that after three seasons with the current design, something needs to be done in order to bring our championship even closer to the standards boasted by the top step of the motorsport ladder. In order to do that, you have to go for a major change, and that' what we'll do. It's too early to go into the details, but you can expect an official announcement pretty soon".

The new car won't change the core features of the championship, based on high performances matched with affordable costs: "We don't want the budgets to start rocketing, we have a strong identity as the only economically viable high-performance intercontinental championship, and we absolutely want to retain it".

04/12/12
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Green Savoree Racing Promotions launches new subsidiary and hires Terry Angstadt  
Terry Angstadt
Kim Green and Kevin Savoree, owners of Green Savoree Racing Promotions, announce today important changes to their business operations that are intended to maximize the organization’s growth in the North American auto racing sector. Effective May 1, Terry Angstadt, previously president of INDYCAR’s commercial division, will assume the role of executive vice president and general manager of Green Savoree Racing Promotions and will be given the day-to-day reigns of Green Savoree Sports and Entertainment, a newly created subsidiary devoted to managing the sales and marketing activities of Green Savoree properties along with the evaluation and acquisition of new opportunities.

"Terry is an extremely competent and experienced motorsports professional who has excelled in his previous executive roles," said Kevin Savoree. “His track record is awesome and we believe he has the professionalism and interpersonal skills to help us drive our company toward its growth targets. We are delighted that he has accepted to join our existing leadership team.” More ...

04/12/12
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McCombs, Hellmund square off over F1 track shares  San Antonio billionaire Red McCombs might have less than a week to decide whether he's willing to be bought out of the Circuit of the Americas racetrack or instead will purchase the shares of Full Throttle, the company of Tavo Hellmund, once the driving force behind the project.

That's the claim made in a letter sent Wednesday from Hellmund's lawyers to McCombs. The letter contends that, in accordance with a company agreement, a buy-sell procedure began on Jan. 11, and the 90-day period for a relevant response expired Wednesday. The letter also claims McCombs now has until next Wednesday to say he will purchase Full Throttle's shares or McCombs' shares will be considered sold, with the closing on May 25.

Buy-sell, or push-pull, agreements are meant to resolve extreme differences in companies. One party makes an offer to buy out the other with the knowledge that it also then opens up the possibility of a reverse buyout. More ...

04/12/12
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Kroger To Sponsor Super Weekend At The Brickyard  Kroger will sponsor the Super Weekend at the Brickyard as part of an expanded partnership with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Kroger and IMS officials announced April 12.

The July 26-29 event will be known as Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard and culminate with the 19th annual Crown Royal Presents the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard.

The new pact, which also will benefit the Riley Children’s Foundation, also includes the IMS Kids Club being renamed the Kroger Kids Club and Kroger becoming the Official Florist and the Official Box Lunch Provider for IMS. More ...

04/12/12
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FIA rejects Lotus 'double-DRS' protest against Mercedes  UPDATE Lotus has elected not to appeal against the FIA stewards' decision that the Mercedes DRS system is legal, after its protest about the design was rejected on Thursday night.

04/12/12 (GMM)  The FIA has thrown out Lotus' official protest against Mercedes' so-called 'double-DRS' innovation.

Despite the governing body having consistently declared the system legal in Australia and Malaysia, Lotus lodged the appeal in China on Thursday.

The parties, including the stewards, met for a hearing just after 5pm local.

"Having examined the evidence presented, the stewards decide unanimously that the protest is dismissed," the FIA ruling read.

The statement said: "Further, and distinct from the grounds above, the protest is dismissed on the grounds that the FIA confirmed the assertion of the Mercedes team that it had, in accordance with Article 2.4 and/or 2.5 of the F1 Technical Regulations, sought clarification from the FIA Formula One Technical Department concerning this matter and the FIA confirmed that the Mercedes design had been deemed permissible."

04/12/12
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Austrians gaining power at Williams  (GMM)  There are changes afoot at the top of the Williams team.

Chairman Adam Parr, recently seen by founder and principal Sir Frank Williams as his natural successor, stepped down late last month.

The shock move followed Bernie Ecclestone having said in February: "I think people like Toto Wolff should get more control (at Williams)."

Wolff, a young Austrian businessman and former racer who has a 15 per cent team shareholding, appears indeed to be having a greater influence at the famous British team in 2012. More ...

04/12/12
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Katherine Legge of TrueCar Racing returns to Long Beach  
Katherine Legge
British race car driver Katherine Legge made history in 2005 when she became the first woman to win a major open-wheel race in North America.  It was at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, where she drove a Toyota Atlantic Championship race car to a first-place finish despite daunting circumstances.

“That weekend didn’t start off well as I’d wanted it to, as I recall” said Legge.  “I crashed in qualifying and started the race off towards the back of the field.  It wasn’t a race where I depended on strategy, though.  It was just one of those memorable races – I was the underdog; I had to come from behind to win.  It was a pretty special moment, especially since it was my first race in North America.” More ...

04/12/12
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Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday  UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

Valtteri Bottas to drive on Friday in place of Senna
04/12/12
  • 'Everybody or nobody' to race in Bahrain
  • Red Bull to run split setup strategy in China
  • Hamilton must resist 'VIP' pitfalls - Lauda
  • Bottas to practice even in Shanghai rain
  • Proton has rights to buy into Lotus team
  • Ferrari still 'one step below' leaders - Alguersuari
  • "Visit Mexico" brings color into play
  • New clashes mar lead up to Bahrain Grand Prix
  • 'No reason' to axe Bahrain - FIA
  • No pole for Hamilton after gearbox change
  • Ali Mushaim: Bahrain will not be safe for F1 New
  • Vettel admits to car troubles New
  • 'I want to race in Bahrain' - Webber New More ...
04/12/12
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Canada deserves more big-time races  The official start of the 2012 motorsports season in Canada is just over a month away with the Victoria Day Speedfest at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.mSo maybe it’s time to start lobbying the major sanctioning bodies for more events up here in the Great White North.

Canada has already proven over time that it can support big-time racing.

The Canadian Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is of the most anticipated races in the Formula One world championship and the NASCAR Nationwide NAPA 200 at the same track is also a winner among race fans. More ...
04/12/12
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Roush Fenway Racing forced to suspend Bayne's program  
You know things are bad in NASCAR too when a Daytona 500 cannot even get a ride in the lowly Nationwide Series, which would not exist if Cup drivers did not prop it up
A lack of sponsorship forced Roush Fenway Racing to sideline Trevor Bayne for this week's race at Texas Motor Speedway, even though he's ranked fourth in the Nationwide Series standings.

Bayne went into the season knowing the organization could sit the No. 60 team at any time. Roush President Steve Newmark said Wednesday the organization had hoped to lure a sponsor by running Bayne in the first five races of the season.

"We started the year with the idea we were going to run him and spur some additional interest. But at some point we knew it wasn't tenable to continue that program this year," Newmark said. "But it is not a reflection of our commitment to Trevor, and we fully expect him to be a mainstay at the (Sprint) Cup level for years to come." More ...
04/12/12
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Lotus makes it official, protests Mercedes F-Duct  
Lotus protests its nearest rival Mercedes
After weeks of threats but no action, a protest has finally been launched against Mercedes' W-duct wing and it has come courtesy of Lotus F1.

Lotus is the team most likely to be fighting with Mercedes for World Championship points as the duo line-up behind Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari in the pecking order.

Therefore it should come as no surprise that the Enstone-based outfit has become the first to formally lodge a protest against the controversial W-duct wing.

"Lotus F1 Team Team, by means of this document, formally files a protest concerning the Scrutineers of the Meeting's decision regarding Cars No: 7 and 8 on 12th April 2012, relating to their conformation to article 3.15 of the 2012 Technical Regulations," the team said in a statement. More ...
04/12/12
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F1 short news: Lost in China, protest, Red Bull and McLaren  (GMM)  There was a face missing in the vast Shanghai paddock on Thursday -- Kimi Raikkonen's.

"We have lost him somewhere in China," a spokesman for the Lotus team grinned to SID news agency, adding that the 2007 world champion was stuck in heavy traffic and therefore could not appear for a press conference.

PROTEST TO APPEAL

Actually, Lotus was frying bigger fish, as rumors were confirmed that the Enstone based team has lodged an official protest against Mercedes' 'double-DRS' system.

"That's spiced up the weekend before we even get going," British commentator Martin Brundle wrote on Twitter. More ...

04/12/12
EuroF3
Carlin’s F3 team expands into Europe  Reigning British Formula Three Champions Carlin are set to compete in the new FIA European Formula 3 Championship with Northern Irishman William Buller and Red Bull Junior driver Carlos Sainz Jr. The 10 round championship also incorporates the F3 Euro Series. Both Buller and Sainz Jr have experience in British Formula 3; Buller a previous racer winner in 2011, and Sainz Jr an early front runner in this year’s British championship. Having claimed three consecutive F3 titles with Volkswagen in Britain, Carlin will be racing with Volkswagen power in Europe this season. More ...
04/12/12
gp3
Buller completes Carlin’s GP3 squad  
William Buller
William Buller will join British race team Carlin for this year’s GP3 Series, completing the team’s three car line-up. Northern Irishman Buller will race alongside already confirmed drivers Alex Brundle and Antonio Felix da Costa in the support series at European Formula 1 events this season.

19 year-old Buller has completed several successful GP3 tests with Carlin, finishing yesterday’s official test at Silverstone fifth quickest overall. The young Brit has an impressive record in junior motorsport having previously competed in the British F3 International Series. More ...
04/12/12
automotive
BMW's March car sales break all monthly records  BMW said first-quarter new-car sales were the highest ever on the back of March sales that broke all previous records as its three largest markets posted double-digit growth.

China overtook the United States as the group's largest single market in the first quarter, cementing its place as the biggest driver of growth for the premium car industry.

Group sales, including the Mini and Rolls-Royce brands, increased by 12 percent last month to 185,728, bringing the cumulative tally so far this year to 425,528 for an overall gain of 11.2 percent. More ...

04/12/12
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irl
More rain expected in China and Long Beach  UPDATE The weather forecast for Long Beach now calls for rain 90% likely with a few thunderstorms and high 57F Friday.  However, Saturday and Sunday should be sunny.

04/10/12 The F1 teams have once again been greeted by heavy rain as they arrived in China ahead of this weekend's Grand Prix.

Whilst the rain is expected to ease as the week progresses, there could still be showers around come qualifying on Saturday, although they are not expected to be as intense as they have been during the early part of the week.

The temperature will also nose dive when Practice begins on Friday - which could have a huge influence on tire wear. More ...

04/12/12
f1
Lotus preparing F-duct protest in China  (GMM)  Two publications are reporting strong rumors that Lotus is preparing an official protest against Mercedes' controversial F-duct system.

Germany's specialist Auto Motor und Sport said the Enstone based team could file the protest in Shanghai on Thursday, following stalemate meetings last week between technical directors and the FIA's Charlie Whiting.

The report said Red Bull has gone "surprisingly quiet" on the F-duct issue, "probably because they have been working on their own system". More ...

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