Katherine Legge Q&A DeltaWing Racing Cars will have British racing driver Katherine Legge testing the DeltaWing powered by Élan next week at Road Atlanta. The two-day test is scheduled for April 21 and 24. Legge will be on hand to determine future racing opportunities with the DeltaWing program.
Legge’s racing resume is as diverse as it is successful. She was the first female driver to win races in Formula Atlantic, with three wins in 2005, and has competed in IndyCar, Champ Car and DTM in Europe.
Q: What excites you about driving the DeltaWing?
KATHERINE LEGGE: Everything, really! I’ve driven many different cars coming up through the ranks – I’ve driven Open Wheel, Champ Car, IndyCar, DTM, an F1 car, A1GP car, Sports Cars, DP Car... Now to drive this, it is completely different to anything else out there and definitely different to anything I’ve ever driven.
Jeff Hammond & Joey Logano React to Penalties on NASCAR Race Hub NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano and former crew chief, Jeff Hammond, a NASCAR on FOX/SPEED analyst, reacted to the penalties and fines handed out by NASCAR on today’s edition of NASCAR Race Hub on FOX Sports’ SPEED.
Most of the activity was focused on the Penske Racing Fords of Brad Keselowski (No. 2) and Logano (No. 22).
Paul Wolfe, crew chief for the No. 2 Penske Racing Ford of Brad Keselowski, and Todd Gordon, crew chief of Logano’s No. 22, were each fined $100,000, suspended for six races and placed on probation until Dec. 31. In addition, both teams’ car chiefs; Jerry Kelly (No. 2) and Raymond Fox (No. 22), the team’s engineers Brian Wilson (No. 2) and Samuel Stanley (No. 22), along with team manager Travis Geisler, have also been suspended for six races and placed on probation until Dec. 31.
Rahal team signs speaker manufacturer Klipsch Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Klipsch, a leading global speaker manufacturer, has entered into a multi-year strategic partnership with the IndyCar Series team. Klipsch will serve as the "Official Audio & Headphone Partner" of RLL and become an associate sponsor of the No. 15 Indy car driven by Graham Rahal in the IZOD IndyCar Series.
"I'm really thrilled to welcome Klipsch to our team," said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan. "Klipsch is a name I first became familiar with many years ago when I was in college and they were clearly the crème de la crème in the industry. For them to join with us now is particularly satisfying for me. We like to associate ourselves with winners and Klipsch is certainly that."
Ray Dunlap Weighs In on Hornaday Penalties Ray Dunlap, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series reporter for FOX Sports’ SPEED, reacted to the penalties handed out to driver Ron Hornaday, Jr. from an on-track incident with Darrell Wallace, Jr. this past weekend.
Hornaday was docked 25 championship driver points, fined $25,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until June 12.
Dunlap joined co-Host Steve Byrnes on NASCAR Race Hub to talk about the penalties.
Courtney first Aussie to drive a V8 in Austin Holden Racing Team’s James Courtney will this weekend become the first V8 Supercar driver to tackle the stunning Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas, and just the second internationally acclaimed Australian after Mark Webber.
Courtney (pictured right) flies to Texas this week on the back of HRTs form resurgence in Tasmania and New Zealand in the past two weeks and will be joined by Lockwood Racing’s Fabian Coulthard. V8 Supercars makes its debut at the Circuit of The Americas on May 17-19 for the Austin 400.
The ex-Formula One test driver, World Karting Champion and British Formula Ford Champion Courtney will pilot the V8 Supercar "Car of the Future" Holden Commodore for exhibition laps during the MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin this weekend.
Indy Star also supports Indy 500 night race On the heels of AR1.com saying on numerous occasions that the Indy 500 needs to be run as a night race if they want a big increase in TV ratings, comes this from the Indy Star:
Question: I’m so glad you agree that if there is going to be night race let it be IndyCar rather than NASCAR. To me that would be a real slap in the face to the 500 and all of the loyal IndyCar supporters over the years. (Rob, Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Answer: My thought is, the first night race would be extremely special, and it’s going to give that race a big ratings bump. Thus, it needs to be IndyCar if it happens at all. Curt Cavin Indy Star
Pirelli denies tire advantage for Lotus, Ferrari (GMM) Paul Hembery has rubbished suggestions Lotus and Ferrari are getting an unfair advantage in 2013.
One theory doing the rounds is that Lotus' E21 is kind to the otherwise heavily-degrading tires this year because Pirelli's test car is the 2010-spec R30 -- which was designed by Enstone based Lotus' former incarnation, Renault.
"We have certainly done everything to avoid any team getting any advantage from our test data," Pirelli's Paul Hembery is quoted by German magazine Sport Bild.
He confirmed reports that rival teams rejected a proposal to share the burden of providing Pirelli with a test car.
IndyCar announces new Indy 500 Rookie Orientation dates INDYCAR officials announced today that the Indianapolis 500 Rookie Orientation Program is re-scheduled for Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12, on Opening Weekend of the 97th Indianapolis 500.
"With some teams having to load equipment for Brazil following the Long Beach event next week, and long-standing community activities scheduled at Indianapolis Motor Speedway prior to Opening Day, moving ROP to Opening Weekend was the only option we had to give the ROP participants adequate track time and a chance to complete the program," said Brian Barnhart, president of operations and strategy, INDYCAR.
Competition to get tougher in IZOD IndyCar Series What do Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves have in common aside from at least one Indianapolis 500 victory?
They're the only drivers this season to finish in the top five in both of the series' first two races. Naturally, they're 1-2 in the championship standings heading into the 39th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
The six other drivers with top-five finishes at either St. Petersburg or Barber Motorsports Park shows the competitiveness of the series in Year 2 of the fourth-generation IZOD IndyCar Series chassis and turbocharged V-6 engine packages from Chevrolet and Honda.
Penske to appeal penalties "Penske Racing received communication today from NASCAR regarding penalties they have issued against the #2 and #22 teams. Penske Racing will appeal utilizing the appropriate NASCAR process. We have no further comment at this time." (Penske Racing Facebook)
Statement by MWR regarding penalty: The following statement is in response to Wednesday's penalty issued by NASCAR to Michael Waltrip Racing. "Michael Waltrip Racing is sensitive to working within the guidelines of NASCAR policy. This infraction clearly occurred as a result of a malfunction caused by race conditions. Therefore, we will not appeal. We thank NASCAR for providing a fair and equitable platform for all of its competitors and respect its decisions." (MWR)
NASCAR Penalties announced for three teams Penalties have been handed down to three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams following last Saturday's race at Texas Motor Speedway. The #56 car was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4J (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20-12.8.1B (the car failed to meet the minimum front car heights during post-race inspection) of the 2013 rule book.
As a result of this violation, crew chief Chad Johnston has been fined $25,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until June 5. The team has also been docked six championship driver (Martin Truex Jr.) and six championship owner (Michael Waltrip) points.
Indy Motor Speedway officials meet to preparedness The Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s emergency readiness team didn’t prepare specifically for a Boston Marathon-like attack on Tuesday because the nature of the bombings wasn’t yet clear when it met at Brickyard Crossing.
But about 40 people representing IMS and all local, state and federal emergency teams still worked on a plan to address situations like the blasts in Boston and the crash at Daytona International Speedway in February when fans were injured by debris when Kyle Larson’s car hit the catch fence.
The IMS team also examined procedures related to weather incidents, such as the one in 2011 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds when high winds toppled stage scaffolding on fans at a Sugarland concert.
Texas TV ratings show night time not necessarily the right time for NASCAR After years of flat to falling television ratings, NASCAR had looked like it finally stabilized its viewership numbers – until Saturday.
The overnight TV ratings from the NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway earned a 3.5 rating. That was the by far the lowest rating for a race this season, and it was also the lowest ever for a spring race at Texas.
The lowest overnight rating of the season before Texas was 4.0, which happened the previous week at Martinsville. For Texas, specifically, Saturday’s overnight ratings were down from 3.6 last year, and they were a 5-percent drop from the 3.7 rating the spring Texas race got in 2011.
Long Beach city, police officials say Grand Prix will be safe As authorities across the country stepped up safety measures after the bombings in Boston, Long Beach leaders gathered Wednesday to assure the public that the city's signature event, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, will be safe.
An estimated 175,000 spectators are expected downtown during the three-day event this weekend, and security will be heightened, Mayor Bob Foster and Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell said.
Foster said the public can be assured that "the city of Long Beach and the Grand Prix Association will take all appropriate measures to protect public security. Some of these measures will be visible, some will not. "
IndyCar Aero Kit Discussions Continue At Long Beach
Any new body kit has to be better looking than the hideous current one
Perhaps fueled by our aero-kit article on April Fool's Day that received a lot of attention, Support for the twice-delayed aero kits has continued to gradually build since team owners informed the IndyCar Series they had no intention of paying for the manufacturer-specific bodywork last year.
The IndyCar Series has yet to gain universal support from its entrants, but with Chevy and Honda continuing to back the introduction of aero kits, and Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles acknowledging the need for more brand differentiation within the series, it's possible a consensus on adopting aero kits for 2014 could be close.
Double duty for Rahal, Walker, Bell in Long Beach It’s a different kind of double duty for three different individuals in the IndyCar paddock this weekend in Long Beach.
As was the case last year, Bobby Rahal, Derrick Walker and Townsend Bell will spent their weekends bouncing between IndyCar duties and commitments in the supporting American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n.
With a combined five cars, Rahal will be busiest. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing IndyCar team expands to three cars with Mike Conway joining Graham Rahal (right, with Ed Carpenter at St. Petersburg) and James Jakes. Meanwhile Rahal’s BMW ALMS team has its two new BMW Z4s in action in the GT class.
Kansas officials: Expect longer waits Fans attending NASCAR events at Kansas Speedway this weekend should expect slightly longer waits for security checks as a part of heightened security due to Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon. "We've had several meetings with our local contact with the Kansas police department which interfaces with Homeland Security and the FBI," track president Pat Warren said on Tuesday.
"We don't discuss publicly the things we do because we don't want somebody who might do something bad to know what our plans, policies and procedures are. What I would say is that we treat every event seriously, and we treat the safety and security of our fans seriously. Probably it's a good idea for people to plan on a little more time getting through the gates, having their backpacks checked, their coolers checked, those kind of things."
Takuma Sato on why the Long Beach Grand Prix is so popular: "I think it's because it's a gorgeous venue. It has such a great atmosphere with an energetic city and of course it's got the long racing history."
Sato on key factors for success at Long Beach: "You need pretty much everything basically. A fast car, of course, but putting more weight on mechanical grip rather than aero, plus a strong fuel consumption, which was key last year, and a fast driver as always, and the right call on strategy."
Sometimes NASCAR's sense of justice is a little complicated A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, Great feature article titled "Sometimes NASCAR's sense of justice is a little complicated." Brad Keselowski apparently hasn’t had big Jim France showing up at his home in long black trench coat with a hand on his shoulder recommending you shut the F up. Darrell Waltrip, Roger Penske, Hendrix, Childress, Tony Stewart all know about these special visits but try getting them to talk about it. One guy who will talk about it is Dr. Steve Olby. The late David Poole knew about these special visits that are deemed “re-calibration” talks. Chances are, Brad will be on that radar for a Jim France visit and you will know it has happened when he starts acting like a puppet. Russell in Texas
Di Leo to make Firestone Indy Lights debut at Long Beach Canadian racer Matthew Di Leo will take the next step of his motorsports career as he steps up to Firestone Indy Lights beginning with the Long Beach 100 on the streets of Long Beach, Calif.
The teenager, who serves as owner/driver of MDL Racing, will make his series debut ready to build on the success he has earned in the USF2000 Championship as he tries to fulfill his dream to race and win in the IZOD IndyCar Series.
"I'm looking forward to being so close to (the IZOD IndyCar Series), so close to my ultimate goal," Di Leo said. "I feel like there is a lot of great competition in the series, like there has been in all the series on the Mazda Road to Indy program. My goals for the weekend at Long Beach is to get a top-three finish, and bring the car back in one piece."
Franchitti to mark milestone start at Long Beach Dario Franchitti has already overtaken Bobby Rahal and Gordon Johncock on the all-time Indy car victory list. Before the end of the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season, he will pass them for most career starts, too.
The April 21 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will mark Franchitti's 250th Indy car start - a fact that the 39-year-old driver found somewhat humbling and "amazing."
Franchitti has amassed 31 victories (including three Indianapolis 500 wins), 29 runner-up finishes, 112 top-five finishes and 29 pole starts - all amongst the top 10 on all-time lists - in an Indy car career that began on March 2, 1997, in a CART race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He started 13th and finished 25th in a Hogan Racing car.
After win in China, Domenicali not getting carried away
Following Ferrari's first victory of the season in Shanghai, Team Principal Stefano Domenicali is keeping his feet firmly planted on the ground ahead of this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix, with the Italian acknowledging that the higher temperatures and abrasive surface of the Sakhir circuit may lead to more issues with tire degradation.
Although Fernando Alonso claimed a commanding victory in Sunday’s race, teammate Felipe Massa struggled in the middle-phase of the race with tire graining, and Domenicali is wary that a poor qualifying will adversely affect race strategy.
"It was a great weekend for us, the team did extremely well," said Domenicali, "Fernando drove an extraordinary race and I am just sorry for Felipe who was robbed of the chance to finish nearer the front, because of an issue with tire graining."
Tire management, not driver skill, now defines F1 as a sport F1 has become a tire charade, 100% about tire management, 0% about driver skill. Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg is expecting the struggle with Pirelli's new-for-2013 tyre compounds to continue at this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix, after the majority of the field endured extreme degradation on the Soft rubber at the Shanghai circuit.
The German, who ultimately retired in China due to an anti-roll bar issue, is eager to bounce back in the Gulf State and is hopeful of achieving a large points haul.
"I'll be really happy to get back in the car again on Friday after a tough weekend in Shanghai," said Rosberg. "The first three races haven't quite worked out as we had hoped on my side but the positive is that we have a car that we can really work with.
"It's going to be very tough on the rear tyres and our biggest challenge will be to make the most out of the situation. We're better prepared than we were last year and we have shown that the car is much stronger so I really hope that we can achieve a great result in Bahrain."
A.J. Allmendinger happy to be back in IndyCar (Until he can get back in NASCAR)
It will be yet another blow to IndyCar's popularity when Allmendinger heads back to NASCAR fulltime, which he will do first chance he gets
Seven years ago, A.J. Allmendinger was an oddity in the deteriorating world of U.S. open-wheel racing.
He was an American.
Way back in 2006, when the series that plays in Long Beach each April was known as Champ Car, the aggressive driver from Las Gatos was one of two Americans in the series and the Long Beach Grand Prix. The other, Jimmy Vasser, was driving his last race before becoming a team owner. There were just 18 cars in the '06 race, one of the low points in series history.
Allmendinger's day in Long Beach was a low point personally, too. Paul Tracy took the first turn on the first lap like he was driving a bulldozer and took out four cars, including his own and A.J.'s.
Cheng Takes Victory as Negron Completes Weekend Sweep
Cheng leads Herta (Bryan's son), Keyes and Bickers through turn 10 at Thunderhill Raceway
David Cheng seized victory in the Formula F1600 group while Bob Negron completed a sweep of the honors on Sunday at round 2 of the Pacific F2000/F1600 Championship at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows California. Cheng a former winner in Formula F2000 was making his first start this weekend in Formula F1600 driving for PR1 Motorsports. The scenic 3.0 mile, 15 turn course was kind to Negron enabling him to again take maximum points with a pole, victory and fastest race lap.
Sunday morning qualifying had near perfect conditions, clear and sunny with temperatures in high sixties and a slight breeze. The Formula F1600 group was highly competitive with the top four drivers finishing within one second of each other and many having improved their times over Saturday. PR1 Motorsports again prevailed but this time it was David Cheng, #23, PR1 Motorsports, Iskin, Mygale/ Honda leading the way with a 1m50.634s, having accomplished that time on his final lap. Lynx Racing’s Alex Keyes, #32, Lynx Racing, Spectrum/Honda with a time just 0.483s behind Cheng.
Long Beach will rumble to life next week as some 175,000 spectators converge on downtown to catch a glimpse of celebrity racers and cheer their favorite IndyCar drivers.
The city's biggest event of the year, the 39th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, will transform downtown into party central. The race will run Friday through Sunday, however the festivities get underway today with the Grand Prix Foundation Charity Golf Tournament at the El Dorado Park Golf Club in Long Beach.
Ecclestone refuses to cancel Bahrain GP Bernie Ecclestone has offered to speak with protesters in Bahrain this week as Formula One prepares for the most controversial race of the year.
But as the sport's chief executive and commercial-rights holder spoke, the February 14 Coalition, an underground youth protest movement, was announcing a week-long campaign of "volcanic flames" and the country was bracing itself for even more violence than last year.
Barber IndyCar TV RatingUPDATE The NBC Sports Network broadcast of the IndyCar race from Barber Motorsports Park Sunday earned a 'final' 0.18 U.S. household rating. 0.18 represents a 18% decrease from last year's 0.25 final TV rating. Final ratings were 0.40 in 2010, 0.34 in 2011 and 0.25 in 2012, i.e. they have been on a downward spiral and below infomercial ratings. The noose shown below that IndyCar is hanging from still applies. 0.18 = about 250,000 viewers
NBC Sports Network - the noose around IndyCar's neck
04/09/13 IndyCar at Barber Motorsports Park Sunday got a 0.27 overnight TV rating on NBC Sports Network. That compares to a 0.25 final TV rating last year.
We'll see what the final TV rating comes in at and whether it is up or down from last year.
Final ratings were 0.40 in 2010, 0.34 in 2011 and 0.25 in 2012, i.e. they have been on a downward spiral and below infomercial ratings.
1 rating point = 1% of the USA households with a TV, currently 114 million. so a 0.27 = about 300,000 households. NASCAR gets 4 to 5 million per race and note the MotoGP numbers in this news item. Of course MotoGP is a true global series and is growing, while IndyCar is inward focused domestically and, therefore, shrinking.
How do teams sell sponsorship for their cars with numbers like that?
Keselowski says NASCAR punishing his team Brad Keselowski will not be fined for the profanity-laced comments he made criticizing NASCAR following Saturday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway, NASCAR Chairman Brian France said Monday.
After parts of his car were confiscated in prerace inspection, the defending Sprint Cup champion said his Penske Racing team was being unfairly targeted by NASCAR and NASCAR officials.
The team still could face penalties for possible technical infractions found prior to the event.
Keselowski, Logano, Penske teams face potential penaltiesUPDATE #2 Keselowski was able to keep his 16th-place starting spot. But both teams might be in for penalties due to parts that Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vice president for competition, told reporters were "not in the spirit of the rule."
"In pre-race inspection they felt like there was something that was a questionable item that they wanted replaced," said Travis Geisler, Penske's director of competition. "We replaced all the parts in question. They have them all. We're working through the process here as it goes to get through inspection. Unfortunately a little tighter timeline here than we'd like to be on, but I certainly understand their position and don't disagree with where they are."
The Penske vehicles were the last two vehicles in the garage area, and Keselowski's car successfully cleared the laser inspection platform as driver introductions wound down. Crewmen continued to scramble under the rear of the #22 car, which needed three passes to get though the laser platform, and passed the final stages of inspection just as the command to start engines was given. "That's what these guys do for a living, so it's not really a crisis," Geisler said of the 11th-hour changeover.
Fan dies after altercation during NRA 500UPDATE A medical examiner says a man who died in the infield during Saturday's NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway shot himself in the head. The Tarrant County medical examiner's office on Sunday said the death of 42-year-old Kirk Franklin of Saginaw, Texas, was a suicide.
Fort Worth police have said a man who was camping in the infield died of a "self-inflicted injury" after getting into an argument with other campers. The incident happened late in the Sprint Cup race.
Police representative Cpl. Tracey Knight has said alcohol may have been a factor. Knight said several people witnessed the incident, but none of them was in danger. There was no immediate word on Franklin's connection to people in the argument.
Trucks champ Ron Hornaday faces sanctions in Rockingham wreck Four-time Camping World Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday faces sanctions that could range from a fine to suspension for intentionally wrecking Darrell Wallace Jr. under caution Sunday at Rockingham Speedway. Hornaday, 54, said he meant to tap Wallace, 19, to show his displeasure but not wreck him with seven laps remaining in the race. Wallace was done for the day and finished 27th. Hornaday was sent to the tail end of the lead lap for aggressive driving. He improved one position over the final two laps to finish 15th.
Gutierrez: penalty does not change anything Esteban Gutierrez says he will not change his approach to the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend after picking up a five-place grid penalty for the event, with the Sauber driver fully focused on bouncing back as his rookie season nears its quarter mark.
Gutierrez, who ran into the back of Adrian Sutil's Force India at the final hairpin in the early stages of last Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix, believes there are still a variety of positives to take from Shanghai and is hopeful of making strides in the Gulf State.
"To end the Grand Prix like that was disappointing," he said. "The mistake I made not only ended my race, but I also received a five-place grid penalty. Of course, this will not make the race in Bahrain any easier, but it doesn’t change my approach or my motivation. I will fight and make the best out of the situation.
GM and Ford to Jointly Develop Advanced Automatic Transmissions
For the third time in the past decade, General Motors and Ford are collaborating on transmissions. GM's 6T70 6-speed automatic, front-wheel-drive transmission shown above was developed out of one such collaboration.
Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. have signed an agreement under which both companies will jointly develop an all-new generation of advanced technology 9- and 10-speed automatic transmissions for cars, crossovers, SUVs and trucks.
The new transmissions, to be built in both front- and rear-wheel drive variants, will improve vehicle performance and increase fuel economy.
The collaboration enables both automakers to design, develop, engineer, test, validate and deliver these new transmissions for their vehicles faster and at lower cost than if each company worked independently.
Automobile Club Of Germany Will Organize German F1 Grand Prix At Nurburgring The Automobile Club of Germany (AvD) "will be the organizer of the F1 race at the Nurburgring," according to Dietmar Bruck of the Rhein Zeitung. The decision means the race on July 7 will be called Grand Prix of Germany. For a long time, it was unclear which automobile club, ADAC or AvD, would "be the race organizer."
There were temporary discussions "to include both automobile clubs." The AvD owns the rights to the Grand Prix of Germany name and "originally wanted a high amount for it should the race at the Nürburgring take place using this name."
Ecclestone Wants Sky To Give Out Free Set-Top Boxes To Boost Ratings
F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone and pay-TV network Sky have "discussed distributing free set-top boxes," which are required for picking up the sport, in order to increase viewing figures, according to Sylt & Reid of the London Express.
F1's U.K. viewing figures fell by 3.8 million to 28.6 million in '12 "despite Sky launching a dedicated F1 channel." Last year, "Sky snatched the exclusive rights to F1 away from the BBC." The move "caused uproar from fans" due to the £318 ($487.88) minimum annual cost of the Sky package showing F1.
In response to criticism from fans, Ecclestone said, “I said [to Sky] you can guarantee that when you put a Sky box in the house, although it is only for F1, people are going to say ‘why can’t I watch the rest’ and they will sign up.” Sky declined to comment. Express
Sponsors To Keep Low Profile, Focus On Regional Partners At Bahrain F1 Race The Bahrain Grand Prix may be going ahead this weekend, but "will not do so with everyone involved seemingly as happy about it" as F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone, according to Crash.net. While motorsports governing body FIA "has refused to confirm its stance" on the political situation within the Gulf state, and the teams admitting that "they will go wherever the sport's ringmaster leads them," the multinationals that bankroll F1 do not "appear so comfortable going with the flow."
Following "the awkward situation" 12 months ago, sponsors are "scaling back their financial involvement for this one race." Several notable sponsors "have already confirmed that their presence will be significantly reduced, or even invisible, in Bahrain," even to the extent of removing branding from teams, cars and drivers. Others, including McLaren title sponsor Vodafone, "are opting for regional brands instead of their own." Crash.net
Audi 1-2 at Silverstone A nail biting end to the 6 Hours of Silverstone saw the No. 2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Allan McNish sweep past the No. 1 Audi of world champion Benoit Treluyer with just five minutes of the race remaining to win the opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship and also add the names of Audi, McNish, Duval and Kristensen to the 108 year Tourist Trophy roll of honor.
The LMP2 victory went to Silverstone based team Delta-ADR as Antonio Pizzonia took the checkered flag with nearly a one lap advantage over the No. 24 OAK Racing Morgan Nissan.
Eric Thompson: first member of the Le Mans Drivers HoF
From L to R: Allan McNish (Audi), Alex Brundle (Morgan-Nissan), Eric Thompson and President Pierre Fillon
On Saturday evening a moving ceremony was held at Silverstone. Eric Thompson, the doyen of the British drivers having raced in the Le Mans 24 Hours, became the first member of the Le Mans Drivers Hall of Fame, a very select club founded in the context of the ceremonies of the 90th anniversary of the Le Mans 24 Hours.
The first induction of a driver into the very private circle of the 90th anniversary Hall of Fame took place in the prestigious British Racing Drivers Club with which the ACO associated itself for the occasion.
FIA clarifies rules on use of physios Physiotherapists will still not count as part of Formula 1 team's 60-staff limit as long as they are not involved in the operation of the car.
Following a meeting with the race stewards, which also included representatives from Red Bull, Ferrari and Lotus, it was decided that as long as physios are not working on car operation then they did not need to be included.
Dubai police get Lamborghinis The city that boasts the world's tallest building is equipping its police with $400,000 Lamborghini sports cars that Dubai's deputy police chief says are in keeping with the Gulf capital's image.
They also go fast, since according to the website of Lamborghini, an affiliate of the Volkswagen Group, all the Italian company's cars reach 100 kph (60 mph) in well under six seconds.
Major General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina said that a fleet of Lamborghinis, each estimated to cost around $400,000, had been obtained by the Dubai police for use at main tourist sites.
Wind Tunnel Sunday Sprint CUP title contender, Greg Biffle, will join us LIVE in the Wind Tunnel studio tonight to talk about last night’s CUP race in Texas as well as his start to the 2013 season. Biffle finished 4th in the race and has moved up to 4th in the championship standings.
Bob Varsha will join us from Atlanta to discuss this morning’s F1 race in China among other F1 topics.
Featured Interview Greg Biffle (Sprint CUP Title Contender) Expert Analyst Bob Varsha (SPEED F1 Analyst)
Cheaters prosper - NASCAR allows cheater car to keep 2nd placeUPDATE Martin Truex Jr. faces a possible six-point penalty for the front of his car being too low following his second-place finish in the NRA 500 Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway. Crew chief Chad Johnston said the shocks on Truex's car would not rebound after the race. "We tried to pull the shaft out of the body, and it's just (stuck)," he said. "There's something going on, whether it's debris (inside) or parts and pieces of the shock." NASCAR will announce any penalties in the next few days. Being too low in tech cost Kyle Busch six points in 2011 and a $25,000 fine for his crew chief. Sporting News
04/14/13 NASCAR determined that second place finisher #56-Martin Truex, Jr's car was "too low in the front" in post race inspection. NASCAR will examine it further and address any possible penalties early in the week. In NASCAR you can cheat like hell, win the race and still keep your win by paying the fine. Why every team does not cheat to win the biggest race, the Daytona 500, is beyond us. Heck, Danica Patrick can have her name as the winner of the next 10 Daytona 500s by doing that. She may lose all her prize money to fines, but she'll be the biggest hero in the history of the sport with 10 straight Daytona 500 wins.
Massa mystified why his teammate smoked him in Shanghai
Massa could not keep pace with his faster teammate on race day
Felipe Massa has been left confused by his lack of pace in the Chinese Grand Prix, with the Ferrari driver enduring a frustrating run to sixth position, eventually finishing over forty seconds behind race-winner and teammate Fernando Alonso.
Having topped the timesheets in Friday’s second practice session, Massa had looked on course to continue his recent upturn in form, but after a promising start to the weekend he was out-qualified by Alonso for the first time in five races.
Video: Bass Pro Rendezvous - The IndyCar French Connection Simon Pagenaud and Tristan Vautier meet up at the Bass Pro outside Barber Motor Sports Park in Alabama. See what happens when the French invade the great outdoors. Pretty funny.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner slammed Formula One Mark Webber fanboy conspiracy theorists on Sunday after Webber's Chinese Grand Prix ended with a wheel coming off his car and a penalty for causing a collision.
The Australian, barely on speaking terms with world champion teammate Sebastian Vettel after a 'team orders' row at the previous race in Malaysia, had started from the pitlane after Red Bull failed to put enough fuel in his car for qualifying.
"It's complete rubbish, forget conspiracy," Horner angrily told a reporter who alluded to some of the wilder speculation that there might be something more sinister behind the Australian's problems.
The reigning Sprint Cup champion said NASCAR has targeted his No. 2 team in an "absolutely shameful" way. An angry Brad Keselowski accused NASCAR of unfairly targeting his Penske Racing team on Saturday night following a flunked pre-race inspection for both of the organization's cars.
NASCAR confiscated the rear-end housing on both Keselowski's and Joey Logano's cars and said the parts were "not in the spirit of the rule." Penalties, possibly including steep fines, points deductions and suspensions, are expected early this week. Despite the failed inspections, both Keselowski and Logano managed top-10 finishes. Keselowski finished ninth, while Logano rallied to a fifth-place run after starting in the rear of the field.
Jota Sport secure season-opening ELMS victory on home soil Jota Sport made the perfect start to their European Le Mans Series title assault at Silverstone yesterday (13 April) by clinching pole position and overall victory at the British Grand Prix venue.
The team's pairing of Simon Dolan and new recruit Oliver Turvey were at the sharp end throughout the weekend with their Nissan-powered Zytek LMP2 proving quick in Friday's initial practice sessions. Vodafone McLaren-Mercedes Formula 1 Test Driver Turvey then made the perfect start to his Jota career by securing pole position for Saturday’s race with a lap of 1m48.032s, beating the team’s closest challengers by 0.8s.
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