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04/19/13
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Brother of HMS Machinist killed in Cambridge  Hendrick Motorsports Statement: The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Hendrick Motorsports are with Andrew Collier and his family. Andrew, a machinist in the Hendrick Motorsports engine department, tragically lost his brother, Officer Sean Collier, last night in Cambridge, Mass. We ask that the family's privacy be considered during this difficult time. Andrew, 25, joined Hendrick Motorsports in September 2008. HMS
04/19/13
irl
Overheard at Long Beach - Friday  A perfect day for racing in Long Beach Friday and everyone was delighted to be back. Let's start by taking you through a lap around Long Beach. 

One of the most historic street circuits in the world. Long Beach is a good test of the driver’s ability to control the Brembo brake pedal application to get maximum speed out of the car. Driving down Shoreline Drive, the main straight, the IndyCars will go over 170 mph. From this point the drivers will slow to 70 mph in less than two seconds for the best passing opportunity on the circuit.

Turns 2 through 5 are really about the driver balancing the car with the brake pedal. Having a brake pedal that can be modulated well is crucial to get the car positioned on the right line. Braking for T9, the second-best place to pass on the track, is tricky because of surface roughness. Man hole covers, bumps, curbs and pavement changes litter this braking zone putting emphasis on drivers getting peak braking ability early in the brake zone then reducing pressure to prevent lock-ups.

The famous T11 hairpin is the last corner on the circuit, where drivers do some prolonged trail braking down to 35 mph. In 2012, IndyCar opened up the entry to the hairpin allowing enough room for cars to drive double file through the hairpin providing a late braking passing zone if drivers are brave enough. More ...

04/19/13
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Grand-Am qualifying rained out  Rolex Sports Car Series point leaders Memo Rojas and Scott Pruett will start from the pole for Saturday’s Visual Studio Ultimate Grand Prix of Atlanta.

Friday’s scheduled qualifying session was cancelled due to steady rain, and since the GRAND-AM rulebook mandates that the starting lineup is set by team point standings when qualifying is cancelled, their Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates entry earns the top starting spot with the No. 01 TELMEX BMW/Riley. More ...
04/19/13
racing news
Rutledge Wood takes pole position for 2013 Toyota Pro/Celeb Race  Rutledge Wood was awarded the celebrity pole position after turning the quickest lap during qualifying for the 37th annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race. Wood, co-host of the History channel series "Top Gear USA" and Fox Sports/SPEED racing commentator, drove his 210- horsepower Scion FR-S around the 1.97-mile street course in downtown Long Beach with a lap time of 1:46.505.

"Rutledge proved he's a racer at heart," said Les Unger, national motorsports manager with Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. "He returned to the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race this year to improve his performance -- and he succeeded. All the drivers did a great job today and will be ready to put on an impressive show in Saturday's race." More ...

04/19/13
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Hunter-Reay tops 2nd practice session at Long Beach  
Hunter-Reay
Andretti Autosport defending series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay turned the fastest lap in the 2nd practice session for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.  Hunter-Reay's lap of 1m09.4224s on the famous 1.97-mile beachfront street circuit was enough to beat Mike Conway running a one-off race for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and Penske's Will Power.

Rookie sensation Tristan Vautier was 4th and Helio Castroneves 5th.

Other notables were James Jakes in 6th while AJ Allmendinger and Graham Rahal struggled in 19th and 27th respectively, but Rahal had bad luck and only completed 5 laps and they were all in and out laps every time the red flag flew. More ...

04/19/13
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Rain washes NHRA at zMax Friday  Afternoon rain showers and the possibility of tornados in the area forced NHRA officials to cancel the Friday qualifying sessions mid-way through the Pro Stock category.  Shane Gray, Denver, Colorado has a leg up on his first career No. 1 qualifier behind the wheel of the Gray Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro as the provisional Pro Stock No. 1 with a time of 6.601 seconds at 210.67 mph. Only three quartets of Pro Stock cars completed qualifying efforts before the rains deluged zMax Dragway. More ...
04/19/13
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Munoz continues hot streak, tops opening practice  Carlos Munoz extended his streak of pacing the field in practice, qualifying and the race during the initial session for the Long Beach 100.

Munoz, driving the No. 26 Dialy-Ser car for Andretti Autosport, moved to the top of the time sheet with about a minute left in the session on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit with a lap of 1 minute, 15.1004 seconds.

Munoz won the Legacy Indy Lights 100 at Barber Motorsports Park on April 7, leading all 40 laps after earning his second Sunoco Pole Award in as many races this season. More ...
04/19/13
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2013 Virtual Lap of Long Beach  
04/19/13
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Special Paint Schemes On Sprint Cup Cars Sunday In Kansas  The Stewart-Haas Racing No. 39 Chevy driven by Ryan Newman will have a unique paint scheme in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 400 at Kansas Speedway. Jill Engle, a patient at the Aspen Dental practice in Quakertown, Pa., will have her face shown on the hood of the car after winning a social media contest via a Facebook post. Aspen Dental last season began featuring patients' photos on Newman's car, which counts Code 3 Associates as its primary sponsor.

Also driving with a special paint scheme in Sunday's race will be Kasey Kahne in Hendrick Motorsports' No. 5 Chevy. Farmers Insurance is the car's primary sponsor and is rolling out a paint scheme that pays tribute to the '25 Cadillac Phaeton, which was the first automobile insured by Farmers.
04/19/13
f1
Webber has pushed the limit 200 times  This weekend's Grand Prix in Bahrain will be Mark's 200th Formula One race. He talks us through some of his highlights and we also hear reflections from key figures in Formula One including Adrian Newey, Christian Horner, David Coulthard, Sir Frank Williams and Paul Stoddart on the racing spirit that his enabled him to achieve this milestone.

04/19/13
racing news
RRDC Evening with Brian Redman Draws Racing Elite in Long Beach  
From left: Bobby Rahal, Patty Queen (who had presented Redman his 1975 Long Beach-winning trophy), Marion Redman, Brian Redman, artist Randy Owens and Jack Queen (an original investor in the Long Beach Grand Prix)
Dennis Ashlock
LONG BEACH, Calif. - A crowd of 350 people representing all forms of motorsports, from NHRA to INDYCAR and sports-car racing, turned out for the RRDC Evening with Brian Redman presented by Firestone on Thursday to honor the racing legend. This was the Road Racing Drivers Club's fifth consecutive annual banquet held prior to the running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

The proceeds of the dinner help support the RRDC's young driver initiatives, including its groundbreaking SAFEisFAST.com program and the Team USA Scholarship, which the RRDC has backed since 1997.

RRDC president Bobby Rahal conducted a spirited interrogation of Redman, in the style of the Late Show with David Letterman, which educed a number of previously-unheard accounts from Redman's storied four-decade career as a sports-car, Formula 1 and F5000 racer. More ...

04/19/13
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Jimmie Johnson says Hendrick teams didn’t rat out Brad Keselowski  JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S/KOBALT TOOLS CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media at Kansas Speedway and discussed the Boston Marathon tragedy’s effect on himself, Hendrick Motorsports and NASCAR as well as racing this weekend at Kansas Speedway, the impact of team member suspensions on performance and other topics.  Full Transcript:

OBVIOUSLY THIS IS A SAD TIME FOR EVERYONE IN THE COUNTRY RIGHT NOW BUT HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS AS WELL.  I UNDERSTAND YOU HAVE A FEW WORDS YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH US TODAY:
“I would assume everybody has seen the press release, but last night the shooting that took place unfortunately has some attachment to Hendrick Motorsports.  Someone in our engine shop it was his brother, Andrew Collier’s brother, Sean was tragically killed last night.  Still a lot of questions going on obviously if anybody has had a chance to watch the news today there still is a lot of chaos taking place in Boston.  Trying to gather all that is going on, but a very sad time.  My thoughts and prayers are with the Collier family.  I certainly know that it is the same thing for all of Hendrick Motorsports.  We are one big family and it’s sad and unfortunate to see a fellow teammate and his family going through such a tough time.” More ...

04/19/13
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Zak Brown's marketing firm for sale, offered IndyCar CEO job  UPDATE Spire Capital Partners has put its 50-percent stake in Zionsville-based Just Marketing International on the market, as the company's founder, Zak Brown, reportedly mulls accepting an offer to be CEO of the IndyCar racing series.

“With any transaction, you have to have an open mind,” said Brown, who may sell his 20-percent share of the motorsports-marketing firm as well. “I’m going to wait and see what happens.”

Sources close to Hulman & Co. told IBJ that its CEO, Mark Miles, recently offered Brown the job of IndyCar boss and is awaiting a decision. More ...
04/19/13
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Hinchcliffe tops opening IndyCar practice in Long Beach  James Hinchliffe turned the fastest lap in opening practice for the 39th running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.  Hinchcliffe had a best lap of 1 minute, 09.8157 seconds on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn course. Mike Conway, who won the race in 2011 with Andretti Autosport, was second in the No. 17 blu eCigs car for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (1:09.8290) and Takuma Sato was third (1:10.0180) in the No. 14 ABC Supply car for A.J. Foyt Racing.

Simona de Silvestro was fourth and reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion and 2010 Long Beach race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay was fifth. More ...
04/19/13
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NASCAR Texas TV Rating  UPDATE NASCAR Sprint Cup series racing posted a 3.8/7 with 6.3 million viewers on Saturday night for the NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. While that was down -5% from last year's 4.0/7 (6.8 million) for the same race, Saturday night's telecast powered FOX to a first place finish in primetime(8-11p) among all broadcast ad cable networks on average audience (6.2 million). Season-to-date, NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing on FOX is averaging a 5.4/12 with 8.9 million viewers. That's up +2% over last year's 5.3/11 (8.8 million viewers) and currently ranks as the highest-rated and most-watched sport in season.

04/15/13 Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup NRA 500 from Texas Motor Speedway earned a 3.5 overnight rating on FOX, down a tick from last year (3.6), and down 5% from 2011 (3.7). Excluding rainouts, the 3.5 overnight is the lowest ever for the spring Texas race (dates back to 1997). As recently as 2007, when the race was still run on a Sunday afternoon, coverage earned a 5.4 overnight. The 3.5 also ranks as the lowest overnight of the season for any NASCAR Sprint Cup race. The previous low was a 4.0 for the Martinsville race one week earlier. Overall, the NRA 500 ranks as one of the lowest rated NASCAR telecasts ever on FOX in the metered markets; the all-time NASCAR on FOX record-low is a 3.3 overnight. The race still ranked as the top non-golf sporting event of the weekend on broadcast television. Sports Media Watch / Sports Business Daily
04/19/13
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2013 Asian Le Mans Series Update Sporting Regulations  Asian Le Mans Series organizers, along with the ACO have released the new sporting regulations for the 2013 Asian Le Mans Series. The main purpose of the changes is to significantly reduce the financial costs for teams for the season, not only in terms of registration fee but also specific team operating costs. This along with the extended entry deadline – 30th June 2013 - will allow teams to plan more clear and efficient operating budgets, and thus open up entry to even more teams for this year’s series. More ...
04/19/13
f1
Bahrain Grand Prix: FIA / FOM joint statement  The Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) and Formula One Management (FOM) wish to jointly confirm their belief that the Bahrain GP should go ahead this weekend.

The FIA and FOM also strongly believe that sport can often be a force for good and that the staging of the Grand Prix in Bahrain will come some way in helping soothe some of the issues which have been raised in the media.

Jean Todt and Bernie Ecclestone are united in expressing their support for the Bahrain GP and the national organizer, and wish that all concerned respect the desire of the teams, drivers and all those involved in the staging of the event to do the best job possible over the weekend.

The local promoter and the national authorities have assured both the FIA and FOM that security, their responsibility, will be guaranteed for all participants to the Bahrain GP.
04/19/13
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Long Beach Grand Prix Weekend Gets Under Way Friday With Racing Under The Lights  
More than 170,000 patrons are expected for this weekend's Long Beach Grand Prix
The Izod IndyCar Series Long Beach Grand Prix each year "adds something to its menu of speed and entertainment to make the biggest event in town a little bigger and better," and this year's additions include "night racing, with Drifting events" set for Friday and Saturday, according to Bob Keisser of the Long Beach PRESS-TELEGRAM. LBGP President & CEO Jim Michaelian said,

"We should get 170,000 for the weekend. If the weather is good, maybe 70,000 to 75,000 on Sunday. Saturday has become our strongest day with the concert and Drifting. We added another event to Saturday's lineup, so we'll see how things play out." More ...
04/19/13
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Marquez leads the way in Practice 1 in Austin  Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez set the fastest time of 2'08.756 in this morning's first free practice session for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas.

The times are around five seconds slower than those set during the test a month ago, where Marc set the fastest time of 2'03.281. Riders spoke about lack of grip due to the track conditions, which will gradually improve as more rubber gets laid down.

Marc Marquez 1st 2'08.756
"It feels like the first day when we were here for testing, the track has very little grip, so this morning I was just finding my rhythm and learning the lines again! There's not much more to say! The times were slow but I think this afternoon's free practice will be better" More ...

04/19/13
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IndyCar announces change to rulebook  INDYCAR has updated Section 14.14 (Tires) of the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series rulebook, effective with the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach this weekend. Under the updated rule:

·        Changing tires on the pre-race grid is not permitted without INDYCAR approval (14.14.1.1).

·        Entrants completing five (5) or more laps during Practice Session 1 (Group B) will earn an additional set of primary tires. These laps may consist of any combination of "in" and/or "out" laps. (14.14.6.7.2).  More ...

04/19/13
gp2
Leimer blazes to Sakhir pole position  
Fabio Leimer stuns rest of field
Fabio Leimer has once again proclaimed himself as the man to beat this weekend as he dominated today’s qualifying session at Bahrain International Circuit. The Swiss driver set an impressive lap time of 1:39.427, nine tenths clear of Marcus Ericsson. Felipe Nasr finished third.

All the drivers had opted for soft Pirelli tires for this session. Simon Trummer was the first man to top the timesheet on his second lap, but his lap time was soon improved by Stefano Coletti, Alexander Rossi and Ericsson successively. It was then time for Leimer to remind the rest of the field of his presence. On his third lap he clocked in a time of 1:40.044 good enough to beat Ericsson by three tenths. Behind the pair, Nasr moved up to third. More ...
04/19/13
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Friday (UPDATED)  UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

04/19/13
  • Controversial 'Dinner with Friends' photo scoffed
    Webber, Alonso, Vettel scoff at 'dinner photo' news
  • Ecclestone shakes up F1 paddock
  • F1 should not be singling out Bahrain controversy - Alonso
  • Raikkonen 'very happy' with 2014 contract talks - Boullier
  • Hamilton backs Brawn amid Lowe rumors
  • McLaren threw Hamilton out of team garage
  • Perez admits early McLaren criticism 'amazing'
  • Kovalainen denies stalking Caterham race seat
  • Bahrain seeking season-opening slot, Ecclestone open to the idea New
  • Raikkonen happy with 2014 contract talks New
  • Pirelli to make only minor tire changes after Bahrain New More ...
04/19/13
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Keselowski bearing a grudge over NASCAR’s Texas crackdown  
Brad Keselowski
Defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski has calmed down since his post-race rant at Texas, but he’s still not very happy.  Keselowski made an appearance at an Olathe Wal-Mart on Thursday, a day after NASCAR heavily penalized the Penske Racing team for rules violations regarding rear end housings that did not pass pre-race inspection Saturday night.

Keselowski was all smiles as he autographed photos and other items, but it was clear the penalties provided extra motivation going into Sunday’s STP 400 at Kansas Speedway.

“Our team operates with a continuous chip on our shoulder, so maybe it’s a little bit bigger,” Keselowski said. More ...

04/19/13
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Bahrain GP: Raikkonen tops Webber in practice 2  Kimi Raikkonen just beat the Red Bulls for the fastest time in second Friday practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix at Sakhir.

Raikkonen's pacesetting lap of 1m34.154s in his Lotus came just after the halfway point.

Sebastian Vettel completed the top three in the second Red Bull, a tenth behind his teammate. More ...

04/19/13
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Bahrain GP: Massa leads practice 1  
Pos Driver Team Time Behind Laps
1. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m34.487s +0.000s 11
2. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m34.564s +0.077s 19
3. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m34.621s +0.134s 22
4. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m34.790s +0.303s 20
5. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m34.949s +0.462s 17
6. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m35.069s +0.582s 22
7. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m35.101s +0.614s 19
8. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m35.119s +0.632s 19
9. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m35.345s +0.858s 17
10. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m35.611s +1.124s 14
11. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1m35.640s +1.153s 23
12. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m35.783s +1.296s 16
13. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m35.792s +1.305s 16
14. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m36.014s +1.527s 19
15. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m36.485s +1.998s 20
16. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m36.498s +2.011s 17
17. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1m36.755s +2.268s 20
18. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m37.214s +2.727s 21
19. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1m37.850s +3.363s 20
20. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m38.401s +3.914s 20
21. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1m39.445s +4.958s 12
22. Rodolfo Gonzalez Marussia-Cosworth 1m40.215s +5.728s 7
04/19/13
IRL
IndyCar boss agrees with AR1.com - Indy Road Course on Labor Day weekend  UPDATE It appears Hulman and Company could have saved a few hundred thousand and done without that Boston Consulting Group internal review. 

Yes, if reports coming out of IMS are accurate, Mark Miles seems to be reading AR1.  Heck, we only charge 30 bucks a year, and rumors suggest Miles wants to.....

1. Start and end the season earlier (great idea, which AR1 has long suggested years ago)

2. Save teams money and take back the Indy market by ending the season on the IMS road course (yes, it’s not Spa, but it is an FIA standard facility that the series owns).  More ...

04/19/13
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Leimer leads Sakhir free GP2 practice  
Fabio Leimer
Fabio Leimer means business: the Swiss driver lost no time impressing the rest of the field after he set the pace in this morning’s free practice at Bahrain International Circuit in a lap time of 1:41.361, one second quicker than his closest rival Sam Bird.

The second round of the 2013 GP2 Series season opened in Sakhir today under grey skies with light spots of rain falling on the track. But the scorching temperatures meant the wet weather tires remained safely tucked away in the garages. The twenty six drivers took to the track on the Hard compound and Leimer was quick to top the timesheets: on his second lap, he set the pace in 1:42.369. Series leader Stefano Coletti caught up with the Swiss but was two tenths slower. More ...
04/19/13
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Q and A with Chinese GP winner Fernando Alonso  
Fernando Alonso
After his dramatic early exit in Malaysia, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso fought back with a convincing win in China last weekend, and now lies third in the standings, nine points shy of leader Sebastian Vettel. So what has the former champion made of 2013’s opening rounds, are what are his and the Scuderia’s prospects for the Bahrain weekend and beyond? Alonso discussed these and other issues - including his friendship with Mark Webber - with the media in Sakhir on Thursday… More ...
04/19/13
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Sergio Perez feeling the pressure  Mexican Sergio Perez is not afraid to admit he is feeling the pressure at McLaren.

The 23-year-old, who took over from Lewis Hamilton after the 2008 Formula One world champion left for Mercedes at the end of last season, assured reporters at the Bahrain Grand Prix that he could handle it, however.

"I have definitely felt the pressure. At McLaren everyone is watching your performance - in every single practice session, every single race," he said. More ...
04/19/13
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Q and A with Mark Webber on 2014 plans  
Mark Webber
Red Bull’s Mark Webber was very much in the spotlight in China last weekend, though not for the reasons he would have liked. A pit-lane start after a refuelling error in qualifying was followed by a collision with Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne and an unlikely retirement when a wheel came off his RB9. And all the time the rumors swirled about what he may or may not be doing next season, in light of his recent ‘disagreement’ with teammate Sebastian Vettel. Surely the only way is up in Bahrain this weekend… More ...
04/18/13
irl
Conway ready for return at Long Beach  
Conway
Mike Conway said that a day in a Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing car during the IZOD IndyCar Series Open Test at Barber Motorsports Park was a good start of preparation for the 39th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

The race, which Conway won in 2011 with Andretti Autosport, will be his first in the IZOD IndyCar Series this season. Conway, 29, will drive the Honda-powered No. 17 Blue eCigs car as a teammate to Graham Rahal and James Jakes.

"There will obviously be people who are race ready having competed in the first two events, but I have been thinking about Long Beach since the start of the year," said Conway, who competed last weekend in a World Endurance Championship race at Silverstone. "I don't feel like I am rusty. I felt at home straight away in the car (at Barber) and that was the main thing. I felt comfortable. More ...

04/18/13
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Grenier joins Team Moore Racing at Long Beach  Mikael Grenier will race the No. 22 car for Team Moore Racing at the Long Beach 100, team co-owner Mark Moore announced.

Grenier's effort will be backed by Xtreme Drilling & Coil and NAPA.

"Mikael Grenier has done the bulk work of all the winter testing with the team," Moore said. "He is the best person to put us in a position for an excellent result in Long Beach. He has worked with his engineer and crew and is ready to go. So, at this time, we would like to give Mikael the opportunity to get back out there. He is a very deserving young man. More ...

04/18/13
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Tracy, Fernandez honored on Walk of Fame  Paul Tracy's induction into the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame didn't sink in until the Canadian driver took a walk along the street course where he made many of his Indy car memories.

"My first race in an Indy car was (at Long Beach) in 1991 with Dale Coyne and my first win was here," Tracy said. "I was walking across the bridge and said to myself, 'Man, where did all the time go?' I still feel as young as ever. I want to thank all the great teams I've driven for, all the teammates, all the competitors that have spurred me on and the conflict that has spurred me on.

"I'm honored to be in this group in the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame." More ...

04/18/13
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61 cars for LeMans test day  Sixty one cars will take part in the 2013 Le Mans 24-Hours test day on 9th June. This day is a dress rehearsal for the race itself as it gives the entrants the opportunity to run on the big Le Mans circuit less than two weeks before the start of the event on 22-23 June.

This free test day is open to all the teams entered for the Le Mans 24 Hours and to works cars after their entry has been accepted provided they comply with the eligible categories (LM P1, LM P2, LM GTE Pro and LM GTE Am, LM PC and the 56th garage).

Nine LM P1s will test, one more than in the Le Mans 24 Hours, as Audi is bringing along a fourth Audi R18 e-tron quattro for Italian Marco Bonanomi.

In LM P2, Level 5 Motorsports and Signatech Motorsport will also enter a second car on 9th June, while one car from each team will start the race on 22nd June. The Gulf Racing squad will have a singleton entry, the no. 29 Lola B12/80-Nissan coupe.

In the LM GTE categories, all the cars entered for the race will be present – 12 GTE Pro and thirteen GTE Am cars – the same number (25) as will be on the grid on 22nd June.

Two cars have been entered in the LM PC category although the drivers have not yet been nominated. These cars are not eligible to race in the Le Mans 24 Hours: exceptionally they can run during the test day to discover the finer points of the big Le Mans circuit.
04/18/13
track news
Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend of 15 Cents Per Share  Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI) (NYSE:TRK) on April 16, 2013 declared a quarterly cash dividend of 15 cents per share of common stock. The quarterly dividend will be payable on June 7, 2013, to shareholders of record at the close of business on May 17, 2013.
04/18/13
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NHRA trounces NASCAR for 19-5 softball win  
A squad of highly competitive and terrifically talented NHRA drivers trounced a team of NASCAR stars 19-5 at Wednesday night's softball game in Kannapolis, N.C., in front of a boisterous crowd at CMC-NorthEast Stadium, the home of the Kannapolis Intimidators of the South Atlantic League.

Morgan Lucas went the distance on the mound for NHRA, scattering eight hits in seven complete innings while only giving up one earned run. NHRA pounded out 27 hits in the game, with every batter in the lineup collecting at least one hit. More ...

04/18/13
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Summerfest and Milwaukee IndyFest 'Rev Up the Summer' Ticket Package  Summerfest and Milwaukee IndyFest are offering festival-fans and race fans significant savings to enjoy two of Milwaukee's hottest summer events when they purchase the 2-For-$33 Rev Up the Summer Ticket Package. For the low cost of $33, fans get one Summerfest General Admission ticket, good anytime during Summerfest 2013 and one Milwaukee IndyFest General Admission ticket, good for the day of their choice, Friday, June 14 or Saturday, June 15.

"Music and motorsports go hand-in-hand and this value package gives fans in Milwaukee the best of both worlds for only $33," said John Boler, Chief Marketing Officer of Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. More ...

04/18/13
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday (UPDATED)  UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

04/18/13
  • Bahrain race still on
    Peace in Bahrain as divisive race goes ahead
  • Domenicali can imagine Bianchi with 'other teams'
  • Kovalainen did not burn Caterham bridge - Salo
  • Marko denies Mateschitz threatened F1 exit
  • De la Rosa could have signed 2013 Mercedes deal
  • F1 teams will be 'vigilant' in Bahrain
  • Strict curfew for Ferrari team in Bahrain New
  • Lotus has active suspension working best - Mercedes New
  • Drink champagne on Bernie and raise money for a good cause New
  • Bahrain Grand Prix 2013: violent protestors at Formula One race are 'terrorists' New
  • Rain forecast for Bahrain New More ...
04/18/13
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Dion von Moltke joins Flying Lizard  
Rolex 24 at Daytona and Sebring 12 Hour class winner Dion von Moltke has secured a season long drive with the California-based Flying Lizard Motorsports squad for the remainder of the 2013 American Le Mans Series.

The PR Newswire-backed driver will drive the No.44 Porsche in the GTC class starting this weekend at the famous Long Beach Grand Prix alongside Brian Wong.

Flying Lizard Motorsports has been one of the most prolific teams in GT racing in the US over the past 10 years - winning three driver's and two teams championships aboard Porsche machinery.

For the 2013 season, Flying Lizard is contesting the wildly competitive GTC class of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron. More ...

04/18/13
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Russian GP circuit work on schedule  Russian Grand Prix organizers say construction work at the Sochi track is firmly on target, ahead of Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel's visit to the track next week.

Vettel and David Coulthard will sample a portion of the circuit at an Infiniti event on April 22.

Oleg Zabara, operations director of the Sochi promoter, said work on the track was taking place 24 hours a day.

"I would like to assure everyone that we are completely in line with our schedule," he said. "And we don't see any reason for delay at the moment. Our plan is to finish all works by September 2014." More ...

04/18/13
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Fittipaldi returns to Detroit  Christian Fittipaldi returned to Detroit to promote June's race at Belle Isle - where he finished second in a CART race in 1996.

In a whirlwind day of media activities, Action Express Racing driver Christian Fittipaldi was back in Detroit on Tuesday as part of the promotional run-up to the Chevrolet GRAND-AM Detroit 200 and round five of the 2013 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series season on June 2.

Fittipaldi, who will look to add to the strong record of success with Action Express, which took a 1-2 finish in the 2012 GRAND-AM debut on the streets of Belle Isle, knows his way around the 2.3-mile circuit. More ...

04/18/13
f1
Bahrain tire switch not a knee-jerk reaction  Pirelli's decision to switch its compound choice for the Bahrain Grand Prix was made several weeks ago and was not a reaction to what happened in China. Formula 1's tire supplier has brought the medium and hard compound to this weekend's race at Sakhir, having originally intended to use the soft and hard compound for round four of the 2013 Formula 1 world championship.

However, having seen how its new more aggressive compounds reacted in the opening two grands prix, the Italian company elected to change its plans in the days after the Malaysian race. More ...
04/18/13
nassprint
Proposed Victory Junction Midwest camp officially at standstill  The planned Victory Junction Midwest camp for chronically ill children in Wyandotte County (KS) is on hold. Former NASCAR driver Kyle Petty, who along with his wife, Pattie, founded the original camp in North Carolina, said the economy has not rebounded sufficiently to pursue donations to build and operate a second camp, which is free of charge for children and their families.

"We decided at our last board meeting in North Carolina to suspend the operations in Kansas City," Petty said. "We have just beat our head against the wall with the economy right now. We don't see in the near future we're going to be able to raise $30, $40, $50 million, whatever it costs. Obviously, the price keeps going up on it. We're going to step back. We have not abandoned the idea by any stretch, but instead of just keep dragging it on, we're going to suspend, regroup and focus on when will be the right time and look at it again." More ...
04/18/13
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Hornish Jr. to make 2013 Cup debut at Kansas  Sam Hornish Jr. has 129 NSCS starts with five of those coming at Kansas, but this will mark his first start in the Gen 6 Ford Fusion. Crew chief Greg Erwin likes Kansas Speedway and he has two NSCS victories at the venue (2007 & 2010). This weekend is the first of two NSCS events that Hornish and the #12 SKF Ford are scheduled to compete in this year (fall Talladega race) Due to members of the #12 NNS Penske pit crew having other NSCS roles this weekend, the pit crew of the #22 NNS Penske Ford will pit the #12 SKF Ford with the lone exception being Fueler Kellen Mills, who is a team regular. Penske Racing
04/18/13
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NASCAR makes example of Penske Racing  When Judgment Day came Wednesday, Penske Racing found out NASCAR has no mercy. NASCAR has sent a couple of messages this season for every team to hear:

Do not criticize the new Gen-6, and more importantly, do no tamper with it. Hell hath no fury like a NASCAR judge.

It's no wonder NASCAR didn't fine Brad Keselowski for his angry comments after the Texas race. That would have been equivalent to kicking a dead horse, considering the punishment that was coming.

Other than parking a team for a race, it doesn't get worse than this: More ...
04/18/13
irl
Audi's entrance into IndyCar could cut both ways  Look out Chevrolet and Honda. Audi might soon become the new kid on the block—and the neighborhood bully.

While the addition of a new engine manufacturer has the potential to significantly muscle-up the IndyCar Series’ global marketing efforts, it also has some team owners and series suppliers worried the move could trigger an engine arms race and price some suppliers, teams and drivers right out of the paddock.

This week, honchos for Audi said they’re seriously looking at joining the series as an engine supplier. Lotus dropped out after a pathetic showing last season, leaving Chevy and Honda as the only suppliers for the open-wheel series. More ...

04/18/13
f1
Ecclestone's daughter does spread for Playboy Magazine  
Tamara Ecclestone
Coming soon to a newsstand near you…Playboy's May cover girl Tamara Ecclestone, dashing daughter of F1 racing Boss Bernie Ecclestone.
04/18/13
irl
No standing start for Long Beach  It was rumored that Long Beach was under consideration for a standing start.  Won't happen.  Will Phillips told sped.com about the progress being made by the series and engine manufacturers with standing starts just a few months away from happening at Toronto.

Inquiries had been made by the series to the Long Beach organizers about kicking off standing starts this weekend, but the focus has been shifted back to its introduction on the Canadian street course.

"We're obviously looking at the lighting system that we're going to use, and keeping the manufacturers and the teams aware of that process," he said. "With respect to manufacturers trying various software, the ability that they have is somewhat limited to prepare in that respect because we're not alternating the starts. We're not having clutches taken control of by ECUs or anything like that. More ...

04/18/13
dtm
Dieter Gass new head of DTM at Audi  
Dieter Gass
Audi tackles the 2013 DTM season with an optimized organizational structure. Dieter Gass is responsible with immediate effect as ‘Head of DTM’ for the commitment of the eight Audi RS 5 DTM cars in the popular touring car race series. Christopher Reinke assumes the corresponding role for the Le Mans Prototypes (LMP). Both report directly to Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich.

"With the new structure at Audi Sport, we react to the growing demands and the increasingly tough competition in the DTM and in the FIA World Endurance Championship," explains Wolfgang Dürheimer, Board Member for Technical Development at AUDI AG. "Both programs are of great importance for our company and this forward-looking arrangement will be the base for future motorsport projects." More ...
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