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The hard cold facts on the IRL's decimation of the Indy 500  UPDATE Updated to show how big the TV ratings were in the 70s and early 80s when the race was tape delayed to Sunday night.  On Memorial Day weekend no one is in the house watching TV on a Sunday afternoon.  If IndyCar would take another one of our suggestions and move the race to Saturday night under the lights (Sunday night rain date) the Indy 500 TV ratings would likely double immediately.

04/22/13 TV ratings by year for the Indy 500.  Note what happens the first year Tony George and the IRL take over.

Year Rating % of HHs Cars From Comment
1973 16.5 30 Share USAC Tape Delayed to 8 PM ET
1974 16.4 31 Share USAC Tape Delayed to 9 PM ET
1975 14.9 30 Share USAC Tape Delayed to 9 PM ET
1976 17.9 34 Share USAC Tape Delayed to 9 PM ET
1977 15.6 32 Share USAC Tape Delayed to 9 PM ET
1978 13.4 26 Share USAC Tape Delayed to 9 PM ET
1979 13.5 24 Share CART CART Takes over the sport
1980 13.8 27 Share CART Tape Delayed to 9 PM ET
1981 12.8 24 Share CART Tape Delayed to 9 PM ET
1982 12.3 25 Share CART Tape Delayed to 9 PM ET
1983 14.1 27 Share CART Tape Delayed to 9 PM ET
1984 12.9 25 Share CART Tape Delayed to 9 PM ET
1985 9.7 18 Share CART Tape Delayed to 9 PM ET
1986 8.8 31 Share CART Rain, Race broadcast live for first time following Saturday
1987 11.0 36 Share CART Live Broadcast
1988 8.5 29 Share CART Live Broadcast
1989 7.8 28 Share CART Live Broadcast
1990 7.8 26 Share CART Live Broadcast
1991 8.0 27 Share CART Live Broadcast
1992 9.8 31 Share CART Live Broadcast
1993 9.3 31 Share CART Live Broadcast
1994 9.1 31 Share CART Live Broadcast
1995 9.4 26 Share CART Live Broadcast
1996 4.3 13 Share IRL The IRL takes over and ratings plummet to 4.3 and never recover
1997 5.0 18 Share IRL Rain, Live Broadcast on Monday
1998 6.0 19 Share IRL Live Broadcast
1999 5.5 18 Share IRL Live Broadcast
2000 5.5 15 Share IRL Live Broadcast
2001 5.8 17 Share IRL Live Broadcast
2002 4.8 15 Share IRL Live Broadcast
2003 4.6 14 Share IRL Live Broadcast
2004 4.7 11 Share IRL Live Broadcast
2005 6.5 18 Share IRL Live Broadcast
2006 5.0 14 Share IRL Live Broadcast
2007 4.3 12 Share IRL Live Broadcast
2008 4.6 13 Share IndyCar Champ Car and IRL merge, but too late, the damage is done
2009 4.2 10 Share IndyCar Live Broadcast
2010 3.6 5 Share IndyCar Record Low
2011 4.3 7 Share IndyCar Live Broadcast
2012 4.3 8 Share IndyCar Live Broadcast - Compare to 1973 - Tony George had a better idea
Ecclestone Seeks Five-Year Extension On Bahrain F1 Grand Prix  F1 left Bahrain on Monday with CEO Bernie Ecclestone "talking of a five-year extension to the race contract and the possibility of switching it to the start of the season next year," according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS.

Ecclestone: "I feel they do a super job and we're more than happy to give them a new contract for five years. I don't see any problems." Bahrain Int'l Circuit Chair Zayed Alzayani added, "We're committed to motorsports, and F1 especially. We were the first race in the Middle East and we call ourselves the home of motorsport in the Middle East." Bahrain has twice before hosted the opening round and officials "have made no secret of their desire to return to the coveted slot." Ecclestone "has been supportive of the idea." Alzayani said of the date change, "It's on the table." Reuters
Electric Racing Series Formula E Headed To L.A. In '14  UPDATE
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa tries the Formula E car on for size
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa officially welcomed the FIA Formula E Championship to Los Angeles today, Earth Day, becoming one of 10 global cities to host the world's first fully-electric Formula E race, commencing in 2014.

Formula E is a new FIA championship that brings electric vehicle racing to the people, as city centers around the world play host to an electric energy World Championship designed to promote interest and investment in electric vehicles and sustainable motoring. More ...

Max Chilton's future safe  Max Chilton has been assured his Formula One future is safe after Lloyds Bank sold 25 per cent of Marussia’s shares. Russian sports car company Marussia insist the withdrawal of Lloyds Development Capital, after the team made a £48.3million loss in 2011, was always planned at this stage. The bank will continue with a £38m loan to the grand prix backmarkers, who have shown promising signs this season with British rookie Chilton and the Frenchman Jules Bianchi in the drivers’ seats.

“In terms of stability, the team is now in its strongest position since it was founded in 2009,” said chief executive Andy Webb.

Victorious Sato targets Indy 500 race win  
Takuma Sato
Former Formula One driver Takuma Sato is putting himself under pressure to reach new heights after becoming the first Japanese to win an IndyCar race, buoyed by an expectant home media.

“The big task awaiting him is to win the time-honored Indy 500 which narrowly eluded him last year,” Kyodo News said in a commentary after his triumph at the Long Beach Grand Prix on Sunday, the third leg of the 19-round IndyCar series.

Jiji Press said that 36-year-old Sato’s “remaining big goal in IndyCar will be the annual championship or the Indy 500 title.” More ...

Toyota Will Share Long Beach Pro/Celebrity Race Next Year  This year, Toyota remains the title sponsor of the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, the headline event Saturday at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Next year, Toyota will remain the title sponsor of the overall event, and it will continue to be called the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, as has been the case since 1980. But the Pro/Celebrity Race is looking for a new title sponsor beginning in 2014. More ...

New NASCAR Sprint Cup Road-Course Qualifying Procedure Announced  NASCAR announced that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will implement the group-based road course qualifying procedure used in NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Touring Series competition during its road-course events at Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International. Under the new procedure, cars will qualify in groups instead of the traditional single-car qualifying runs held on oval race tracks.

"The change will add an exciting element to road-course qualifying," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "Fans will be treated to new strategy and increased competition with several cars on track at once." More ...
Audi confirms it wants to build a Daytona Prototype  Audi Sport wants to build a Daytona Prototype to race in the 2014 United Sportscar Racing series according to Wolfgang Ullrich. However the program is far from confirmed as the marque does not have a suitable engine. "The rules say the engine should be based on a production unit with a maximum of eight cylinders and a maximum capacity of five liters" explains Ullrich.

"This is a little bit of a problem we have a 5 liter V10 and a four liter V8. This is what we are discussing, trying to find a solution. We have to race in the USA. Running just with customers is not right, it is not pushing the brand of Audi to run some cars in the lowest category, this only works well if you have some activity in the top category and that's what we need to do."

Audi is thought to be pushing for its five liter V10 to be allowed in the Prototype class next year, if it is then it is almost certain that Audi Sport will develop a DPG3 body to suit the current chassis.

Andretti delivers another top-10 finish  
Marco Andretti
Three drivers have placed in the top 10 of all three IZOD IndyCar Series races this season. Marco Andretti is one.

Andretti, driving the No. 25 RC Cola car, recovered from a qualifying penalty that sent him to the 25th starting position in the 80-lap Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach to finish seventh. He previously finished third and seventh this season.

"Going into this, I knew that this would be about the best we would finish," said Andretti, who last posted three straight top 10 finishes at Richmond, Watkins Glen and Toronto in 2009. "I am definitely pleased with how we climbed our way through the field and how we stayed consistent throughout the day. We knew that if we just stayed in the race and didn't make any mistakes, we would be good." More ...

NASCAR Kansas TV Ratings  On a very busy sports weekend, NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing on FOX led the network to a 3.9/9 Sunday afternoon for the STP 400 from Kansas City, KS. That's up +5% over last year's 3.7/9 for the same race. While yesterday's race ranked as the second highest-rated event of the weekend behind ABC's Lakers-Spurs NBA Playoff game (4.6/10) among the metered markets, the STP 400 on FOX may very well surpass the NBA telecast once the national ratings are released on Thursday. Through eight races, NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing on FOX is averaging a 5.0/11 among the metered markets, up +11% over last year's 4.5/9.
Possibility Of IndyCar Holding Season Finale On IMS' Road Course Drawing Mixed Reaction  Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles’ focus for IndyCar is “on adding oomph to an under-appreciated series, with a late-summer race at the Brickyard as a possible helper,” but there is “debate on both sides” about moving the season finale to IMS' road course, according to Curt Cavin of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR.

IMS President & CEO and interim IndyCar CEO Jeff Belskus said that IndyCar’s drivers are “largely against it, believing the series should have only one race a year at IMS.” But he noted that team owners are “mostly behind the idea,” in part because “ending the season in Indianapolis puts the sport in its most well-known facility.” More ...
track news
Florida Bill Could Bring Millions In Funding For DIS Overhaul  If a bill to help Daytona Int'l Speedway collect more than $70M in sales tax rebates over the next three decades is passed by Florida state legislators “during the session that has two weeks remaining, starting in July the measure could funnel millions of dollars annually in sales tax revenues from the city, county and state to the Speedway,” according to Eileen Zaffiro-Kean of the Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL.

City Commissioner Rob Gilliland said, "We're a very lean municipality and we simply can't afford to give up our existing sales tax revenue." City and county leaders “have praised the Speedway plan overall as a ‘game-changer’ for the area's economy, and Speedway officials point out that in future years the city and county would enjoy a wealth of new tax revenues many times greater than anything it might lose to the rebates.” Gilliland also is “quick to say he mostly supports the measure.” But he said that he “just wants to see wording added to the bill to protect the city.” More ...
tv news
Motorsports This Week on ESPN  
NASCAR Nationwide Series in Prime Time from Richmond
The NASCAR Nationwide Series competes under the lights on the action-packed Richmond International Raceway on Friday night, April 26, and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards will be a guest analyst in the ESPN booth during the telecast of the 250-lap race. NASCAR Countdown airs at 7 p.m. ET and the race’s green flag is at 7:44 p.m., with the telecast airing on ESPNEWS and WatchESPN. Also from Richmond on Friday, ESPN2 will televise qualifying at 4 p.m.

Booth: Lap-by-Lap announcer Allen Bestwick; analysts Carl Edwards, Andy Petree.
Pit reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Vince Welch.
NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe (host) More ...
Latest F1 news in brief - Monday (Updated)  UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

  • Ross Brawn (L)
    British bank sells Marussia team stake
  • Prost wrong about 'emotional' diagnosis - Grosjean
  • Rosberg questions Brawn departure reports
  • Allergy almost sidelined Raikkonen in Bahrain
  • Alonso would have challenged Vettel - Barrichello
  • McLaren tells Perez to keep 'spark' firing
  • Failing tires 'too much' says Massa
  • Mercedes to look for W04 cure after wilting in searing Bahrain GP heat New
  • McLaren will make Jenson Button and Sergio Perez talk New
  • Bahrain looks long term with Formula One race New
  • Red Bull teams still unhappy with Pirelli New More ...
Success by Foyt, Rahal in Long Beach Grand Prix harkens back to the glory days  
Sato takes the win
They ran the 39th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday along Shoreline Drive under blue skies, a warm sun, a capacity crowd and a strong scent of nostalgia.

It just as easily could have been the 14th Grand Prix, which was held in 1988, a quarter-century ago. In 1988, the legendary A.J. Foyt drove the race for the first time and a young driver named Bobby Rahal finished second.

On Sunday, A.J. Foyt's race team, now being run by A.J.'s son Larry, won its first Long Beach Grand Prix, and a young driver named Graham Rahal, the son of Bobby, finished second. More ...

Chevy humbled in Long Beach  Chevy won the first two IndyCar races of the year – both sponsored by Honda – but the locally-based Honda Performance Development group turned up the wick at Long Beach, locking out the podium en route to a 1-2-3-4 finish. Just as HPD's Roger Griffiths answered the call from RACER after losses at St. Petersburg and Barber, Chevy program manager Chris Berube was gracious enough to speak on the Bowtie's first loss of 2013 and what, if anything, can be done to overtake Honda in Brazil. More ...
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach 2013 IndyCar Press Conference  
Race Day Sights & Sounds 2013 Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach  
Honda sweeps Long Beach weekend  Takuma Sato made IZOD IndyCar Series history Sunday at the Grand Prix of Long Beach, leading a 1-2-3-4 sweep of the top finishing positions by Honda drivers and becoming the first Japanese driver in history to win in IndyCar competition.  The victory capped an incredible weekend of racing for Honda Racing and Honda Performance Development, as the manufacturer also claimed the LMP1 and overall victory in Saturday's American Le Mans Series race, and also won the LMP2 category in the same event.
Danica Patrick told to ‘shut up and race’  Danica Patrick had one of her best finishes on an intermediate track this year Sunday, but she left Kansas Speedway quite frustrated.

She was frustrated with some bad luck and frustrated with the way she was raced, including a tough battle with David Gilliland, who later said Patrick should “shut up and race.”  Patrick finished a lap down in 25th in the STP 400 for her third-best finish of the eight-race season. But that was little consolation as she thought she had a better car. She had to pit under green because of trash on the grille of her car, and then made contact late in the race with Marcos Ambrose, which left her angry at Ambrose as well as with Gilliland. More ...
No Incidents At Bahrain F1 Grand Prix Despite Protests Prior To Sunday's Race  UPDATE The Bangkok Post reported witnesses said that "masked youths set alight tires on roads in Shiite villages just outside Manama, but access remained open to the Sakhir circuit." Queues at the circuit "confirmed a heavy security presence as every vehicle slowed to pass through a single file inspection by gun-carrying security guards." Bangkok Post

04/21/13 Protesters "blocked several roads and police fired teargas at a school in Bahrain on Sunday" as the Gulf state staged an F1 race "promoted by the government as pure sport but seen by the opposition as a public relations stunt," according to Alexander Dziadosz of REUTERS. Scores of police cars and a couple of armored vehicles "stood along the highway from the capital Manama to the race circuit," where the grand prix, won by F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel, took place without incident. More ...
ITV News Crew Detained By Police, Forced To Leave Bahrain Ahead Of Grand Prix  Members of an ITV News team were "forced to leave Bahrain" ahead of last weekend's "controversial Formula One race following a dispute with the authorities," according to Mark Sweney of the London GUARDIAN. Former BBC foreign correspondent and ITV journalist Rageh Omaar, an ITV News cameraman and producer, "left the country on Friday morning after being detained by the police." More ...
Austin draws 131,082 fans for Red Bull MotoGP  
Marquez wins in Austin
Circuit of The Americas introduced a new tradition at its world-class sports and entertainment venue this weekend, as a robust crowd of 131,082 fans witnessed the debut of World Championship motorcycle racing during the three-day Red Bull MotoGP of The Americas, April 19-21.  Spectators were treated to a history-making performance, as rookie Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez became the youngest rider in MotoGP history to win a Grand Prix. His teammate Dani Pedrosa finished second while 2012 World Champion Jorge Lorenzo of the Yamaha Factory Racing Team rounded out the podium with a third-place finish. Repsol Honda claimed the constructor’s trophy. More ...
Massa scratches his head over tire woes  
Massa suffers with junk Pirelli tires
Felipe Massa was left downcast following a poor result in this afternoon’s Bahrain Grand Prix. The Ferrari driver finished well down the order in 15th-place after experiencing a catalogue of problems during the race, including a first-lap collision with the Force India of Adrian Sutil, and two suspected tire delaminations that forced him onto a four-stop strategy.

Massa was the only driver in the top ten to start on the hard compound tires following a successful strategy gamble in qualifying, and had looked set to be a dark-horse in the battle for the win. But the Brazilian failed to capitalize on his supposedly longer-lasting rubber, coming in early for mediums on lap ten, and was at a loss to explain the Ferrari's greater-than-expected tire wear throughout the race. More ...

Colombians 1-2 in Indy Lights race at Long Beach  Starting from the pole position, Carlos Munoz has won today's Firestone Indy Lights race in Long Beach, driving the No. 26 Dialy-Ser machine. Gabby Chavez, another Colombian, was 2nd followed by Zach Veach.

This is the fourth career Firestone Indy Lights victory (in 15 starts) for the 21-year-old native of Colombia. His most recent win came last week at the Legacy 100 in Birmingham, Ala.

Munoz previously raced in the Formula 3 Euroseries from 2010-2011 and competed in the Formula Renault Eurocup from 2007-2009. More ...

Kurt Busch to trade in taxicabs for a 'real' race car - V8 Supercar  Two American national sporting heroes, one of them a home grown Aussie, will be the first guests to drive a V8 Supercar on American soil when they team up with V8 Supercar championship contenders James Courtney and Fabian Coulthard at the Circuit of the Americas on Tuesday.

Former NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Kurt Busch and Australia’s most decorated Supercross rider Chad Reed will next Tuesday cut laps in the VF Commodore V8 Supercar at the stunning Austin circuit where V8 Supercars makes its debut on May 17-19.

"I'm flattered for the invite from V8 Supercars,” Busch said. “Not only driving one of their style of cars was high on my list but to do it at COTA makes this a dream opportunity." More ...
Sato tops Long Beach morning warm-up  

Pos. Car Name Time
1. 14 Takuma Sato 1:08.5388
2. 67 Josef Newgarden 1:08.5409
3. 5 E.J. Viso 1:08.5475
4. 1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1:08.5691
5. 15 Graham Rahal 1:08.7616
Clean sweep of Bahrain Grand Prix podium for Renault engines  Renault-engined drivers locked out the podium in today’s Bahrain Grand Prix, with Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel taking a commanding win over Lotus F1 Team’s Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean.

It is the second year in a row that the Renault RS27 V8 engine has made a clean sweep of the Bahrain podium, and the first time since that race that an engine manufacturer has monopolized the top three. The result is the 154th win for a Renault engine in F1 and the 36th for the Red Bull Racing Renault partnership. More ...

Webber given reprimand by stewards  
Mark Webber
Mark Webber has been reprimanded by the stewards following this afternoon’s Bahrain Grand Prix. The Australian, taking part in his 200th race, was deemed guilty of causing a collision with pole-sitter Nico Rosberg at the second corner on Lap 38.

Webber, who finished seventh, rejoined the track just ahead of Rosberg following his third stop, holding the inside line at the first corner. The Red Bull driver then moved towards the apex at Turn 2, but he left little room for his rival and the pair collided.

The stewarding panel, joined this weekend by ex-Formula 1 driver Mika Salo, chose to hit Webber with a fine instead of applying a grid penalty for the next race in Spain.

Vautier set back 10 places  The following car will have 10 spot grid penalties for today’s IZOD IndyCar Series race:

#55 Vautier (unapproved engine change).

Brumos team quits Grand-Am  When GRAND-AM introduced its new Daytona Prototype class back in 2003, Brumos Racing was there. One of the first teams to support the concept with a firm commitment, Brumos campaigned a pair of Porsche-powered FABCARs in the inaugural race. Since then, Brumos has competed in every race held by the GRAND-AM Rolex Series – a claim no other team can make.

Now, as GRAND-AM and the American LeMans Series prepare to merge into the newly formed United Sports Car Racing group, Brumos has made the difficult decision to end their 2013 season early, following their upcoming race at Road Atlanta. After over ten years of competition without any break, Brumos will take some much-needed time off the road to focus on the future and the new era of sports car racing that lies ahead. More ...

Next teammate feud erupts in Bahrain  (GMM) Just as the 'Multi-21' affair began to simmer, the next teammate feud broke out in formula one.

This time, the animosity was taking place a bit further down the field, as McLaren pushes to improve its 2013 car, and Sergio Perez also feels the pressure to up his game.

Team boss Martin Whitmarsh had complained recently that the British team's new Mexican recruit was being "too polite" this year, and urged him to use his "elbows".

The 23-year-old obliged on Sunday in Bahrain, but the subject of his aggression was Jenson Button, in the sister MP4-28. More ...
Teams to get harder set of tires from Spain  (GMM) F1 teams will get an extra set of tires in Barcelona and beyond to spice up the early practice action on Fridays.

The original idea, designed to spice up the often quiet running at the start of a race weekend, was to allow the teams to get the harder and therefore more durable tires only if they pledged to run a rookie or reserve driver.

The top teams, however, did not agree. More ...
Patrick has only one gift victory to show for in entire career  She is the biggest star in American motorsports yet she has only one somewhat lucky victory in her entire career, such is the sad state of racing as a sport in the USA.

Danica Patrick’s first reaction to hearing that this weekend marks the fifth anniversary of her lone IndyCar victory was, “Oh, geez, is it really five years?” Patrick said Friday at Kansas Speedway.

“That makes me feel kind of bad. … Five years ago? Meh. It’s time to do it again.”

With the help of some fuel-mileage strategy, Patrick won on the Twin Ring Motegi oval in a race few in the United States watched as it ended in the wee hours of the morning April 20, 2008. More ...
Penske: team was working in the gray area  Roger Penske maintained Saturday his team was working in a gray area of the rule book when NASCAR confiscated parts from the cars of defending Sprint Cup champion #2-Brad Keselowski and teammate #22-Joey Logano. "I certainly don't think it's cheating," Penske told The Associated Press on Saturday at the IndyCar race in Long Beach. "You are looking at the rules and you are working in a gray area. We all work in the gray areas. We're trying to be as competitive as we can be, we've got very creative minds and it takes a lot of creative minds to be competitive. There are many different areas we are all working on. We just looked at a particular rule that maybe NASCAR has a different view of. Now we'll get a chance to have an unbiased panel look at it." More at the Associated Press
Latest F1 news in brief - Sunday  
  • Vettel not in F1 to make friends, but to beat them
    Visiting Berger backs F1 in Bahrain
  • Rosberg on pole but not favorite in Bahrain
  • Wind tunnel tires to blame for team struggles - report
  • Vettel does not need friends in F1 - Marko
  • Andretti doubts F1 heading back to Long Beach
  • Brawn wants gearbox rules rethink after Hamilton penalty
  • Bahrain race to go ahead amid tensions, protests  More ...
Bird bags Sakhir GP2 nail-biter  It’s happy time for RUSSIAN TIME at Bahrain International Circuit: Sam Bird took a lights-to-flag maiden win for the newcomers holding off a charging Felipe Nasr. The Brit crossed the finish line 0.08s ahead of the Brazilian. In third, Stefano Coletti pockets a fourth podium in four races and maintains the lead in the drivers’ standings.

Tom Dillmann started from reverse pole today. When the lights went off, the Frenchman was busy holding off Adrian Quaife-Hobbs whilst Stefano Coletti charged from P7 on the grid around the outside of Turn 1 to move up to P3. Bird recovered from a slow start from third on the grid, finding a way past Quaife-Hobbs and Coletti on the inside. He immediately put pressure on his teammate for the lead. Further down the pack, contact between Nasr and Alexander Rossi sent the American back to the pits to fix a damaged car. There was more drama with another collision involving Marcus Ericsson and Rio Haryanto. More ...
Pruett and Rojas win Road Atlanta Grand-Am race  Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas combined to score a dominant victory in Saturday’s Visual Studio Ultimate Grand Prix of Atlanta, the first Rolex Series race at Road Atlanta.

Pruett beat Ryan Dalziel to the checkered flag by 17.781 seconds for his 40th career Daytona Prototype victory and 27th for Rojas. The pair opened the season by winning the Rolex 24 At Daytona, and extended their points lead in their quest for a fourth consecutive DP title in the No. 01 Telmex BMW/Riley. More ...

tv news
Wind Tunnel Sunday  Rick Allen will host Sunday’s Wind Tunnel as Dave Despain is out of the office this week. Despain will return next Sunday.

Kyle Petty will check in after the Sprint CUP race in Kansas; Robin Miller will check in after IndyCar’s Long Beach Grand Prix.

In addition, NASCAR Nationwide Series rookie and last Sunday’s Camping World Truck Series winner, Kyle Larson, will join us in the studio to talk about his expectations for the remainder of the year. More ...

Ecclestone: Bahrain stupid to put this race on!  F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has said Bahrain is a bit 'stupid' to have hosted the F1 grand prix, as it only serves to highlight the political protests taking place in the Gulf state.

Ecclestone made the remarks on Saturday while speaking to BBC Sport's Dan Roan before qualifying.

“We believe the government were in a way really stupid to put this race on because it's a platform for people to use for protesting,” he replied, when asked if the race had been politicized. More ...

Gil de Ferran Named Technical Consultant to HPD  
Gil de Ferran
Gil de Ferran, a two-time IndyCar Series champion and winner of the 2003 Indianapolis 500, will join Honda Performance Development, the racing arm of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. as a technical consultant and advisor, de Ferran and HPD officials announced Saturday at the Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Associated with HPD and the Honda Racing program since 1996, de Ferran won his first Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) Indy car race for Honda at the 1996 Cleveland Grand Prix.  He went on to score another six wins and 16 poles with Honda power, and claimed the 2000 and 2001 CART IndyCar World Series championships. More ...

Racing News
Rutledge Wood wins the 2013 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race  History Channel series "Top Gear USA" and Fox Sports/SPEED racing commentator Rutledge Wood won the 2013 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, triumphing over a field of film, television, music and sports stars in the annual charity racing event. The roaring crowd witnessed the stunning performance by Wood who started the race from the pole position in his Scion FR-S race car. Last year's race winner and comedian Adam Carolla finished first in the Pro category.

Wood, who took the top starting spot for the race in Saturday's qualifying, gave up the lead early on to Hallmark channel host of "Home & Family" Mark Steines before the four-time participant finished fifth in the 10-lap event. MTV's "Awkward" star Brett Davern made a late run for the trophy as he closed in on the lead but ran out of track time before the checkered flag waved. More ...

Schwantz: MotoGP CEO served with subpoena  Motorcycling legend Kevin Schwantz said there is a new development in his lawsuit against Circuit of the Americas over the promotional rights to the MotoGP race that is in town this weekend.

In an email to the Statesman on Friday morning, Schwantz said, "I just received word from my attorney, Austin Tighe: I want to let you know that earlier this morning, over what I am told was a delicious Four Seasons’ breakfast, Carmelo Ezpeleta was served with a subpoena to appear for deposition in Austin on May 8 at 9:00 a.m." More ...

Munoz wins Indy Lights pole in Long Beach  Carlos Munoz earned his third consecutive Sunoco Pole Award with a last-lap, track-record lap of 1:12.9374 for the Long Beach 100 on April 21. It supplanted Jack Hawksworth, who seconds before jumped to P1 with a lap of 1:13.3324.

The front-row starters are the same for the third race in a row in the young season, and each driver has a victory. Getting to the front was a victory of sorts for Hawksworth, the Firestone Indy Lights points leader who crashed in practice less than 24 hours earlier.

The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports crew worked for more than seven hours into the evening to convert a backup car, which is the same car that Esteban Guerrieri used to win last year's Long Beach 100, into the primary car. It, however, was in oval configuration in preparation for a test at Auto Club Speedway with driver Kyle O'Gara next week. More ...

Marquez and Pedrosa dominate front row in Austin  
Marc Marquez
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez will start from pole position for tomorrow's Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas after setting the fastest time on two wheels around the 5.5km Texas racetrack with a lap time of 2'03.021. Teammate Dani Pedrosa, was just two tenths off Marc, setting a time of 2'03.275 and will start alongside him in second place for the 21 lap race.

Track conditions improved again today and the riders dropped their times steadily throughout the practice sessions. However, in this morning's FP3 session Marc had a big highside crash in T19 on his outlap but fortunately escaped without serious injury. The team were left with a mammoth task to rebuild the heavily damaged bike, but managed to achieve it and give Marc the best chance for qualifying. More ...
Car Body Lands In Spectator Area at zMax  Several spectators were injured after a fiberglass car body from a Funny Car flew off and landed in a spectator area during Saturday's qualifying session for Sunday's Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway.

During the session, the body from Robert Hight's Ford Mustang flew off after the car suffered an engine failure. The fiberglass body - which weighs about a hundred pounds - broke into several pieces and landed in a spectator area.

Initial reports from track officials are that at least two fans were treated for minor injuries at the scene and released. Qualifying resumed after a 20-minute delay to clean up the debris. Pete McCole reporting from zMax
Pagenaud tops final IndyCar practice in Long Beach  

Rank Car Driver Engine Time Speed Diff Gap Laps
1 77 Pagenaud, Simon Honda 01:08.0960 104.041 0.0000s 0.0000s 21
2 12 Power, Will Chevy 01:08.1036 104.030 0.0076s 0.0076s 20
3 17 Conway, Mike Honda 01:08.1112 104.018 0.0152s 0.0076s 23
4 1 Hunter-Reay, Ryan Chevy 01:08.1790 103.915 0.0830s 0.0678s 20
5 15 Rahal, Graham Honda 01:08.1803 103.913 0.0843s 0.0013s 23
6 10 Franchitti, Dario Honda 01:08.2051 103.875 0.1091s 0.0248s 21
7 83 Kimball, Charlie Honda 01:08.2715 103.774 0.1755s 0.0664s 20
8 2 Allmendinger, AJ Chevy 01:08.2781 103.764 0.1821s 0.0066s 19
9 78 deSilvestro, Simona Chevy 01:08.3420 103.667 0.2460s 0.0639s 18
10 3 Castroneves, Helio Chevy 01:08.3593 103.641 0.2633s 0.0173s 21
11 11 Kanaan, Tony Chevy 01:08.3615 103.637 0.2655s 0.0022s 19
12 4 Hildebrand, JR Chevy 01:08.4587 103.490 0.3627s 0.0972s 21
13 25 Andretti, Marco Chevy 01:08.4967 103.433 0.4007s 0.0380s 21
14 55 Vautier, Tristan(R) Honda 01:08.5013 103.426 0.4053s 0.0046s 18
15 7 Bourdais, Sebastien Chevy 01:08.5238 103.392 0.4278s 0.0225s 17
16 22 Servia, Oriol Chevy 01:08.5285 103.385 0.4325s 0.0047s 20
17 14 Sato, Takuma Honda 01:08.5539 103.346 0.4579s 0.0254s 21
18 16 Jakes, James Honda 01:08.5922 103.289 0.4962s 0.0383s 19
19 27 Hinchcliffe, James Chevy 01:08.6139 103.256 0.5179s 0.0217s 19
20 67 Newgarden, Josef Honda 01:08.6347 103.225 0.5387s 0.0208s 20
21 98 Tagliani, Alex Honda 01:08.6781 103.160 0.5821s 0.0434s 17
22 9 Dixon, Scott Honda 01:08.8232 102.942 0.7272s 0.1451s 22
23 5 Viso, EJ Chevy 01:08.8762 102.863 0.7802s 0.0530s 18
24 19 Wilson, Justin Honda 01:09.0592 102.590 0.9632s 0.1830s 16
25 6 Saavedra, Sebastian Chevy 01:09.3640 102.139 1.2680s 0.3048s 19
26 20 Carpenter, Ed Chevy 01:09.4512 102.011 1.3552s 0.0872s 24
27 18 Beatriz, Ana Honda 01:09.6140 101.773 1.5180s 0.1628s 22
Leimer wins GP race, Rossi 3rd (UPDATED)  
Alexander Rossi got a podium with third in his GP2 debut
Polesitter Fabio Leimer continued to impress at the Bahrain International Circuit: in today’s feature race, the Swiss ace took the win from pole position thanks to a strong drive and a good strategy. Series rival Stefano Coletti finished second ahead of rookie Alexander Rossi.

Drama happened on the formation lap when Marcus Ericsson stalled on the pre-grid from P2. This meant that Coletti, in P4, had a clear track ahead of him. When the lights went out, the Monegasque driver took advantage of the situation to pass Felipe Nasr who was then second. Coletti immediately put pressure on Leimer, but the Swiss fended off Coletti’s attacks and remained ahead of the chasing pack. Further down the field, Sam Bird made a blazing start from P9 to challenge Nasr for third place into Turn 1. Behind the fighting pair, Rossi and Jolyon Palmer (from P12 on the grid) battled for fifth place. More ...
Latest F1 news in brief - Saturday (UPDATED)  UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

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    Grosjean hopes new chassis ends 2013 struggle
  • Ferrari seat possible for Bianchi - Domenicali
  • No Webber decisions until summer - Marko
  • Pirelli denies 2014 deal 'all done'
  • McLaren denies 'throwing' Hamilton out of pits
  • Lauda urges Red Bull to sign Raikkonen
  • Hamilton to get five-place grid penalty New
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Bahrain GP: Rosberg fastest in Q2  
Brad Keselowski says confiscated parts were approved  
Brad Keselowski, What you believe me or do you believe NASCAR?
Reigning Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski says the parts that NASCAR confiscated from his car and Penske Racing teammate Joey Logano's last week at Texas Motor Speedway were approved.

NASCAR says the parts from the rear end housing were not approved.

That will be at issue when the National Stock Car Racing Commission hears Penske Racing's appeal to the fines, suspensions and point deductions issued on Tuesday.

"Obviously, we're in an agree-to-disagree stage between Penske Racing and NASCAR," Keselowski said on Friday at Kansas Speedway. "And, thankfully, there's a third group to settle those disagreements." More ...

Bahrain GP: Alonso and Vettel fastest in Q1  Drivers listed by car number, must look at times.
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