Magnussen reigns in Spain Kevin Magnussen (DAMS) backed up his impressive start to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series season with a fine win in Saturday’s race at Motorland Aragon, the Dane taking maximum points ahead of Will Stevens (P1 by Strakka Racing) and Arthur Pic (AV Formula) to move to the top of the championship standings.
In a morning qualifying session held on a wet track, Kevin Magnussen recorded the fastest time to take pole for race one from Sergey Sirotkin (ISR) and Antonio Felix da Costa (Arden Caterham). The Portuguese driver was later demoted to the back of the grid after running out of fuel at end of the session.
Fields set for Sunday finale after rain washes out final qualifying The final day of qualifying for the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals presented by Super Start Batteries was mostly lost to rain, setting the fields for Sunday’s final eliminations. Doug Kalitta, Cruz Pedregon, Jeg Coughlin Jr., and Hector Arana Jr. remained the low qualifiers.
Richmond Post-race altercation leads to police holding two crew members in custodyUPDATE Two NASCAR crew members were taken into custody and charged with assault after what Henrico County police described as a “physical altercation” in the infield area of Richmond International Raceway near the driver-owner lot following last night’s hard-fought ToyotaCare 250.
Michael A. Scearce, 50, of Mount Ulla, N.C., was charged with two misdemeanor counts of assault, Henrico Police Lt. Linda Toney said in a news release. Thomas F. Costello, 35, of Kannapolis, N.C., was charged with one misdemeanor count of assault. The two were charged and released early today.
"One of the two adult male victims has a shoulder injury," Toney said.
Video: Nelson Piquet Jr. kicks Brian Scott in groin
A crew member for Brian Scott confronts Nelson Piquet Jr., on pit road
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Nelson Piquet Jr. kicked Brian Scott as the two argued following the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Friday at Richmond International Raceway. Scott went over to Piquet following the race and only shouted a few words before Piquet shoved him away. When Scott came back toward Piquet, Piquet then kicked him back and hit him in the groin area.
"I went to talk to him," Scott said. "I was a little heated, and then he kicks me right below the belt, which I think is a below-the-belt type shot. … That just shows his character."
IMS gets government backing The Indiana General Assembly approved a bill as the clocked approached midnight Friday, April 26 that will strengthen the state's position as a global leader in the motorsports industry and create benefits for economic development in tourism, hospitality and motorsports, including upgrades and improvements at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
House Bill 1544 passed the House and Senate is on its way to the desk of Gov. Mike Pence. The legislation creates an Indiana Motorsports Investment District that will capture growth in sales and income taxes at the commercial property that includes IMS for future investment in the Speedway. In addition, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) will oversee a fund for motorsports businesses statewide to apply for loans to assist with economic development projects and facility improvements.
NASCAR defends ridiculous penalties against Matt Kenseth
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THE MODERATOR: We thought it would be a good opportunity for everyone to hear from our Vice President of Competition, Robin Pemberton. Robin will make a few general comments and then we'll open it up for questions. Robin, go ahead.
ROBIN PEMBERTON: Thanks to everybody for being here and for having me. Over the last two or three weeks as everybody knows, we've had some significant penalties and they're in all areas of the rule book. We're here to not judge these penalties, whether they are performance enhancing, but we're really here just to regulate the rule book.
NASCAR names Innovation and Racing Development VP NASCAR announced today that Eugene (Gene) Stefanyshyn has been named Vice President, Innovation and Racing Development to drive continual improvements in racing performance. He will be based at NASCAR’s Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C.
In this role, Stefanyshyn will lead and shape NASCAR’s future approach to Competition by utilizing and developing innovations that advance the racing product and fan experience. Additionally, he will work in close collaboration with other NASCAR departments and industry stakeholders to develop a leading edge culture for NASCAR surrounding engineering and technology.
Latest F1 news in brief - Friday (Updated)UPDATE Updates shown in red below.
Hamilton hopes he doesn't get demoralized by Vettel a 4th straight year
Ferrari 'calm' despite troubled start - Gene
FIA sticks with telemetry supplier despite continued issues
Hamilton: Vettel won’t run away with it
Testing resumes at Duxford after de Villota crash New
Why Porsche’s recent comments are a major warning for F1 New
Ferrari 'calm' despite troubled start - Gene (GMM) Despite a mixed start to the 2013 campaign for Ferrari, test driver Marc Gene insists the mood at Maranello is "calm".
Spaniard Alonso won in China earlier this month, but before that he retired after a crash in Malaysia, whilst last weekend in Bahrain his victory hopes collapsed due to an ultra-rare DRS rear wing failure.
Gulf Middle East Lola Withdraws From LeMans With only one of its entries appearing on the entry list for next weekend's Six Hours of Spa as well as the official test day, Gulf Racing Middle East has withdrawn its No. 29 Lola B12/80 Nissan from the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The news was confirmed Friday by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, which has awarded DKR Engineering an entry to the twice-around-the-clock endurance classic on June 22-23.
DKR's Lola B11/40-Judd, which debuted at European Le Mans Series season-opener at Silverstone earlier this month, has the nominated driver of Olivier Porta.
blu eCigs & RLL Racing Expand Partnership After a successful partnership in the first three rounds of the IZOD IndyCar Series season, including primary sponsorship for Mike Conway’s entry in Long Beach, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) and blu eCigs are expanding their involvement together.
blu eCigs, the electronic cigarette brand widely known for superior style and quality, will become primary sponsor of the No. 15 entry for Graham Rahal in the Sao Paulo Indy 300 in Brazil and will increase its involvement in the 97th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race to major associate sponsor with enhanced branding on the race car.
Hamlin discusses decision to set out Richmond, possible surgery Denny Hamlin met with the media Thursday at Richmond:
What did the doctors see that is keeping you out of this race? "They were -- during our call yesterday they were speaking as much Chinese as I could understand. I saw the scan and saw the healing that they were talking about. However, some kind of in-plate is not healing the way that they wanted it and that's what they wanted in order to clear me. Really, that was their determining factor and, obviously, my injury is very, very hard because there is no exact science to the risk. They don't -- no one knows what the risk will be if I race this week or if I race two weeks from now. Bone healing is completely subjective. It takes bone healing a year most times to be 100 percent, so how do you quantify how much more risk is there this week versus two weeks down the road or three weeks down the road or two months down the road, so that's the tough part of it -- everyone is erring on the cautious side because no one ultimately wants to be responsible and have their name on the line of clearing a driver and then he goes out and gets hurt."
Audi RS 5 DTM ready to race at Hockenheim With a seasoned driver squad whose combined tally reflects a total of 478 races, 34 victories and four titles plus an Audi RS 5 DTM that has been optimized in many details, Audi is entering the 2013 DTM season on May 5. Technical innovations such as the use of option tires and a rear wing that can be adjusted by the driver on track make for an additional thrill this year.
The DTM has rarely ever before entered a new season with so many unknown quantities. Accordingly, there is a high level of suspense in the Audi Sport squad and Audi Sport Teams Abt Sportsline, Phoenix and Rosberg. After a winter of intensive work and positive track tests in the past few weeks, the mechanics, engineers and drivers are all looking forward to the first real comparison of strengths with BMW and Mercedes-Benz this year.
DKR Engineering team to race in the Following the withdrawal of the Gulf Racing Middle East no. 29 from the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours, it will be replaced on the grid by the team from Luxembourg, DKR Engineering.
The Gulf Racing Middle East team had entered two cars for the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours in the LM P2 category. After the withdrawal of no. 29 only no. 28 driven by Frenchman Fabien Giroix remains in the running.
On to Mazda Raceway for ALMS A group of North America’s top sports car talent heads to one of North America’s premier road courses for the next round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n. The four-hour American Le Mans Monterey features 35 ALMS prototype and GT cars racing into twilight at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and through the iconic Corkscrew turn.
All five teams that won in class last year race are among the entrants for next month’s race: Muscle Milk Pickett Racing (P1), Level 5 Motorsports (P2), Corvette Racing (GT), CORE autosport (PC) and TRG (GTC). Of those, three have the same driver pairings as a year ago – Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr for Muscle Milk Pickett Racing, Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner for Corvette Racing, and CORE autosport’s Jon Bennett and Colin Braun.
With Danica Patrick as his squeeze and new sponsorship from Nationwide, Ricky Stenhouse is one happy fella.
Nationwide Insurance has signed a two-year contract with Roush Fenway Racing to sponsor the No. 17 Ford Fusion driven by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in select NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events.
Nationwide Insurance will be the primary sponsor for three races in 2013, four races in 2014 and will serve as associate sponsor for all other Sprint Cup events.
"We’ve had a 15-year presence in NASCAR and this is the first time we’ve sponsored a car in any NASCAR series," said Matt Jauchius, chief marketing officer for Nationwide Insurance. "We built a solid relationship with Roush Fenway and two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion and Nationwide Insurance member, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and we’re eager to carry that momentum forward and enhance our existing integrated NASCAR marketing platform."
The No. 17 Nationwide Insurance Ford Fusion will debut in on Aug. 24 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Nationwide will also sponsor Stenhouse on Sept. 7 at Richmond (Va.) Int’l Raceway and Oct. 20 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. The race dates in 2014 are yet to be determined.
Kenseth calls penalties unfair Matt Kenseth talked to the media Thursday morning at Richmond: What was your reaction to the penalties NASCAR announced yesterday? Do you think they were severe? "I think the penalties are grossly unfair. I think it's borderline shameful. There's no argument the part was wrong. They weighed it and it was wrong. However, there is an argument that there certainly was no performance advantage. If you can find any unbiased, reputable, knowledgeable engine-builder and if they saw the facts, what all the rods weighed. The average weight of all the rods was well above the minimum -- 2.5 (grams) above the minimum at least. There was one in there that was way heavy. There was no performance advantage, there was no intent, it was a mistake.
IndyCar teams face quick turnaround for Brazil trip Paul "Ziggy" Harcus and Kyle Moyer huddle over a stack of packing manifests as a whirl of activity surrounds them as the team packs all the equipment needed to field the team's four-car lineup in the Itaipava São Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestle on May 5.
More than 400,000 total pounds will be swallowed by two 747-400F cargo airplanes for the 5,000-plus-mile trip between Indianapolis and São Paulo, Brazil, in the first logistical leg overseen by SOS Global.
The behemoth planes will take off for Viracopos-Campinas International Airport in the state of São Paulo, where INDYCAR and entrants' cargo will be off-loaded and trucked to the venue. Firestone Firehawk tires, fuel and Dallara parts and equipment, which was shipped via ocean cargo vessel, will catch up with the air freight April 29.
Danica Patrick in 2005 when she first was married to Paul
Danica Patrick, the highest-finishing female driver in the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500, is now a single woman.
Now dating fellow Sprint Cup rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Patrick is legally single as her divorce to Paul Hospenthal was finalized April 17th in the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County. Stewart-Haas Racing spokesmen said Patrick would have no comment on the finalizing of her divorce.
Dover Motorsports Posts First-Quarter Net Loss Of $2.28M Dover Motorsports today reported its Q1 results, admitting in a statement that revenues were "minimal" during the period ending March 31, in which the company promoted no major events. Net loss for the period was $2.28M, compared with a loss of $2.62M in Q1 '12. Operating and marketing expenses decreased slightly from the year-ago period to $1.054M, down from $1.1M. The company owns and operates Dover Int'l Speedway and Nashville Superspeedway. Dover Motorsports Inc
VIZIO and Hulu join Ganassi teams Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) announced today new sponsorships with VIZIO and Hulu which will see the brands carried on two of racings’ biggest stages on Memorial Day Weekend at the Indianapolis 500 and Coca Cola 600. The programs include major associate level branding on both Ryan Briscoe’s No. 8 NTT DATA Honda in the IZOD IndyCar Series for the 97th Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and on Jamie McMurray’s No. 1 McDonald’s/Cessna Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) for the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26.
The sponsors will also see primary branding on CGRT development driver Kyle Larson’s No. 32 Chevrolet Camaro for the NASCAR Nationwide (NNS) History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway May 25, giving VIZIO and Hulu Plus 1,400 miles of great racing during one of the most watched racing weekends of the year.
Audi is pursuing ambitious aims at round 2 of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) on May 4 at Spa. The version of the Audi R18 e-tron quattro that was victorious at the season opener is to extend Championship leader Audi’s points advantage. At the same time, a new long-tail variant of the hybrid sports car will be tested in Belgium. Audi Sport Team Joest thus wants to optimally prepare for the Le Mans 24 Hours, the pinnacle of the season for the sports prototypes held on June 22 and 23.
Comparison in racing conditions: Two versions of the Audi R18 e-tron quattro that, also visually, can be clearly distinguished from each other will be running at Spa. The winners of the opening round, Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish (F/DK/GB), and the current World Endurance Champions Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoit Treluyer (CH/D/F), will be starting with the aerodynamic variant that was victorious at Silverstone. It generates optimal downforce for track types such as the 7.004-kilometre circuit at Spa.
Time for IndyCar Series to prove it can promote drivers Help is on the way. That’s an old and tired refrain in sports, but it just might be true this May for the IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500.
Speedway and IndyCar Series officials appear to have two drivers—both fresh faces in their own right—to hype next month. Whether those two are the saviors of IndyCar is up for debate but series officials need to at least try to use them to bolster the open-wheel series.
First is Takuma Sato, who won the Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday. No, Sato hasn’t been on ESPN or any other prime time national show all that much since becoming the first Japanese driver to win an IndyCar race. But he is getting lots of attention in his native land, and he provides series officials an opportunity to raise the series profile overseas.
Lazier Brothers Aiming For Indy 500 Return If it’s up to Buddy and Jaques Lazier, next month’s Indianapolis 500 will have a full field and maybe even a bump or two.
The Lazier brothers are working on a couple of last-minute deals to compete in a race they’ve contested 24 times combined.
With the help of some investors, Bob Lazier and Buddy have purchased the Dallara that ran Indy last year with Jean Alesi and it’s currently being fitted for a Chevrolet at the Dallara factory in Speedway.
Conor Daly signs with ART Grand Prix for "Finally!" - was the only word Conor Daly could say when he signed his GP3 contract this week. Although Daly has had the busiest ever off season, it has taken longer than expected to pull all of the pieces together to confirm his full European program. Daly will drive the #1 ART Grand Prix entry for the season in the Formula One support series, GP3.
Both ART GP and Daly are pleased with the confirmation of his sophomore season in their partnership. Last year, in his first year with the team, Conor established himself as a force to be reckoned with while scoring a victory at Barcelona and five podium finishes. During winter testing in the new car, Conor posted the 3rd and 4th best times at the Barcelona and Silverstone circuits. Even beyond the race results though, it was Daly's display of speed, raw talent and overall performance that greatly impressed the French team.
Pirelli tweaks only 'hard' compound tire (GMM) Pirelli has announced it has made a minor tweak to its formula one tire compounds for the forthcoming Spanish grand prix and beyond.
Despite loud criticism from some quarters of the paddock, notably the Red Bull camp, it was expected that F1's official supplier would merely tweak the compounds of its 'soft' and 'hard' compounds for Barcelona.
But Pirelli announced on Thursday that, in fact, only the hard tire will change.
Long Beach Grand Prix Offers Unique Racing Perspective Downtown Long Beach is a pretty, calm and quiet city happily hidden away in the dark, dirty shadow of Los Angeles. It's where thousands of Southern California residents go to live the sunny seaside life without the crowds and traffic of LA's concrete empire to the north.
Every spring the racing teams from multiple levels of competition convene on Long Beach's downtown streets to do battle on a specially laid out course forged from the same commuter and pedestrian byways used by the locals on any other day. The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is an annual highlight for SoCal racing fans and surefire sign that spring arrived along the coast.
IndyCar Long Beach TV Rating The NBC Sports Network noose tightens around IndyCar's neck. The IndyCar Long Beach GP on NBCSN on Sunday saw 375K viewers tuned in, down 20% from 2012. The rating was 0.4, down from 0.46 last year.
The 2nd biggest race on the IndyCar schedule and only 375,000 fans watched it. If IndyCar does not go back to ABC and NBC and negotiate a revision to the current TV contract that dictates only ABC can show IndyCar races on network TV, then it has no business running the sport and should sell it. Some of the NBC Sport Network races need to be moved to NBC, at least two for this year, more for next.
Daytona, Talladega to reinforce crossover gates Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway will install steel cables in the crossover gate area and add additional tethering between the gate frame and posts after an investigation of the Feb. 23 crash that injured more than 30 fans at Daytona.
The crossover gate is a removable area of fencing used so fans and officials can go from the grandstands to the track infield before and after an event. When Kyle Larson’s car hit the Daytona catch fence on the final lap of the Nationwide Series race, the crossover gate buckled and an entire wheel with tire and suspension attached went through the fencing. Daytona employed the engineering firm of HNTB to recommend changes for the fencing and has now added Walter P Moore to do a peer review.
Hamlin will not be back this weekend Hamlin tweeted Wednesday evening, "Unfortunately I won't be racing this weekend at Richmond. It kills me to not be in the car for my team and sponsors but after long discussions with the doctors we have decided to wait on my return back to racing. Thanks to all of my fans who have sent encouraging messages over the last month. I'll be back in no time."
Toyota’s reputation takes a hit with Joe Gibbs Racing penalties
Kenseth also will lose his crew chief Jason Ratcliff (left) for 7 races
The merger between the engine operations of Toyota Racing Development and Joe Gibbs Racing appeared to be a good move a couple of years ago.
JGR was having trouble with reliability and NASCAR was making a move to electronic fuel injection in the Sprint Cup Series. Without much experience in fuel injection systems, it seemed like a reasonable time for JGR to take the plunge and benefit from TRD’s knowledge and resources.
JGR has won several races with TRD power under the hood of its cars. It also has had several headaches.
Cheever expanding role to all 6 ABC IndyCar races Former Indianapolis 500 winner Eddie Cheever will expand his role as analyst for all six of ABC's IndyCar races this season.
Cheever has been an ESPN analyst since 2008 but primarily worked only the Indianapolis 500. He'll join lap-by-lap announcer Marty Reid and analyst Scott Goodyear for all six IndyCar Series races on ABC.
Also, ESPN SportsCenter anchor Lindsay Czarniak has been selected host for Indianapolis 500 telecast. ABC is televising the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" for the 49th consecutive year, and Czarniak will be the first woman to host the telecast.
ESPN's IndyCar crew also includes pit reporters Rick DeBruhl, Jamie Little and Vince Welch. Dr. Jerry Punch is a fourth pit reporter during the Indianapolis 500. Miami Herald/AP
Pirro to stand in for Spies at Jerez Ben Spies will not contest next week’s Gran Premio bwin de España at the Circuito de Jerez, it has been confirmed by his Ignite Pramac Racing team.
Still injured from his shoulder-damaging crash of last year’s Malaysian Grand Prix, Spies believed he was well on the road to recovery upon his arrival in Texas for last weekend’s race. He then experienced severe pain - which it has now been revealed is directly connected to his shoulder problem - during the pre-race Warm-Up session.
Fuel cell on Sauter's truck confiscated by NASCAR Inspectors confiscated the fuel cell from Truck Series points leader Johnny Sauter this weekend at Kansas Speedway and will review it the first part of next week.
NASCAR did not say what issue was found with the fuel cell, which was taken Thursday during the opening day inspection. Any potential penalties would also be handed down next week.
Former Ferrari team manager Gozzi dies Franco Gozzi, who acted as the team manager of Ferrari in the late 1990s, passed away in hospital in the city of Modena on Tuesday. The Italian was 81-years-old.
"We have lost a key figure in the history of Ferrari," explained current President Luca di Montezemolo, who was a long-time friend of Gozzi. "My most abiding memory is of all the hours we spent together, talking about drivers and cars and I am grateful for the fact he was close to me when I was a young Sporting Director at the Scuderia."
For around thirty years, Gozzi worked side by side with founder Enzo Ferrari.
Video: V8 Supercars/NASCAR Driver Swap Former NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Kurt Busch and ex-Australian V8 Supercar Champion James Courtney took part in a unique driver swap at the Circuit of The Americas today – the former title winners swapping cars at the Austin, Texas venue.
The Circuit of The Americas will host the V8 Supercar Championship on May 17-19 with Australia’s finest teams and drivers doing battle on US soil for the first time.
In a prelude to the first ever event in North America, Busch (the 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion) and Courtney (the 2010 Australian V8 Supercar Champion) today drove each other’s cars around the Texas venue.
AMA & CBS Announce Television Pact CBS Sports Network and AMA Pro Racing, in conjunction with Chet Burks Productions, announced today a television agreement to showcase GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing as part of the Network’s CBS Sports Spectacular series.
CBS Sports Network will air flag-to-flag race coverage of the premier National Guard SuperBike and GoPro Daytona SportBike classes through the 2014 season. Programming begins June 1 with a 30-minute preview show before live coverage of the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. (3 p.m. ET).
City of Windsor to partner with Belle Isle IndyCar race The mayor of Windsor, Canada hooked up with the mayor of the fictional Hinchtown, but this meeting of the minds did not garner James Hinchliffe any tips on how to run his town from Windsor mayor Eddie Francis.
It did, however, offer up a great deal for Windsor fans of the IZOD IndyCar series.
"I think he’s a little more legitimate than me," IndyCar driver Hinchcliffe of Oakville, Ont. said of Francis. "He was elected. I was self-appointed."
Majority Of F1 Teams Asked Pirelli To Leave Tires As They Are Pirelli Motorsport Dir Paul Hembery said that Red Bull has "an agenda" in complaining about this year's tires and the "'vast majority' of Formula One teams have urged Pirelli not to change them," according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS. Pirelli has been in the headlines more than ever after introducing new compounds to encourage overtaking, mix up strategy and create more pitstops.
Much of the criticism has come from champions Red Bull, which wants the tires "to be longer-lasting and blamed excessive wear" for its controversial use of "team orders" in Malaysia last month. Hembery said he felt like "piggy in the middle" and the situation was all "a bit weird really."
Bahraini Authorities Arrest Two 'Girls' Allegedly Planning F1 Terror Plot Last Weekend Bahraini authorities "have arrested two girls for allegedly planning to attack the Sakhir race circuit" during the controversial F1 Grand Prix last weekend, according to Gianluca Mezzofiore of International Business Times. AFP identified the girls as Nafisa al-Asfur and Rihanna al-Musawi (ages unknown), and "claims they will be detained for 60 days on charges of trying to 'bomb the Sakhir circuit' in the run-up to the race." State news agency BNA quoted police as saying they arrested "two girls who were trying to carry out a terrorist act at Bahrain's international circuit in the south, as the kingdom was hosting the Formula One race." IB Times
Middle East Online reported the pair "were arrested on Saturday, the second day of practice sessions, at one of the entrances to the Sakhir circuit, south of Manama." Public Security Chief General Tariq Hassan "did not give the age of the girls but said one of them had concealed a pillow under her clothes and explained that this was a dry run 'to test security measures.'" He said that police had seized 1,000 petrol bombs, 137 tires protesters were "planning to set ablaze" as well as 72 fire extinguishers which "were to be used as bombs." Middle East Online
Qatar in contention for 2014 F1 test With teams beginning to hold discussions about how best to prepare for the big change in 2014 regulations, there is a growing consensus about the benefit of holding at least one test in the warmer conditions of the Middle East.
The build-up to this campaign was marred by the cold weather in Spain, which meant it was difficult to evaluate cars properly as Pirelli's new tires were not operating in the right temperature window.
Although no decision has been taken about where the 2014 pre-season tests will be, high-level sources have revealed that one option on the table is for a run at the Losail circuit in Qatar.
Penske Racing appeal for violations set for May 1 A three-member appeals board appointed by NASCAR has set May 1 as the date for the Penske Racing appeal of points penalties, fines and suspensions for violations uncovered April 13 at Texas Motor Speedway.
NASCAR penalized both Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano 25 points in the driver and owner standings, fined crew chiefs Paul Wolfe and Todd Gordon $100,000 and suspended Wolfe, Gordon, car chiefs Jerry Kelley and Raymond Fox, engineers Brian Wilson and Samuel Stanley and Penske competition director Travis Geisler for six points races. All seven of those suspended were put on probation through Dec. 31. NASCAR has deferred the suspensions pending the outcome of the appeal.
Honda Announces 2013 Pikes Peak Plans As a further extension of its growing commitment to grassroots racing in North America, Honda announced today that it is making a major commitment to the 2013 running of the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, as both a sponsor and race participant, with plans to field products in nine race classes, a first for any OEM in a single Pikes Peak event.
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. will serve as the Partnering Sponsor for the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the first time the company has participated as a corporate sponsor of the legendary race event. The 91st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is scheduled for June 30, 2013 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Comerica Bank Free Prix to be Featured Friday at Chevrolet Detroit GP The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix and Comerica Bank today announced the return of a Grand Prix tradition in Detroit – Free Prix Day.
"We would like to thank Comerica Bank for giving us the opportunity to continue the tradition of Free Prix Day," said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. "It’s fitting that one of Detroit's most notable and well-respected businesses has joined in hosting such an exciting and memorable event."
KV Racing's Tony Kanaan has posted on Twitter that he injured his hand in a late-race accident at Long Beach on Sunday, but he still hopes to be fit and able to compete in the next race, his home event in Sao Paulo.
Kanaan was involved in a late clash with Oriol Servia on the penultimate lap of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday, which sent him into the tire wall. The force of the impact transmitted through the steering wheel hurt his right hand when he was unable to let go in time.
Roughly one month after he faces the Indianapolis 500, IZOD IndyCar Series rookie of the year Simon Pagenaud will take on another historic racing event: The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Pagenaud, who drives the No. 77 Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports Honda in IndyCar, will be one of the manufacturer's drivers at the June 30th climb in Colorado Springs, Colorado. His vehicle entry and racing class will be revealed at a later date, but the Frenchman will be part of a major effort for Honda that will see them run 10 products in nine different classes — products that range from Honda and Acura vehicles to Honda motorcycles and ATVs. It's the most ever run by a single participant in the climb.
Sato's win makes headlines in Japan Takuma Sato's victory in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach was big news internationally, especially in his homeland to start the work week.
NHK, Japan's largest TV Network, devoted a long segment early in its national news broadcast to the first Japanese winner of an Indy car race. He was the main story on Yahoo Japan and on the front page of all the major Tokyo newspapers (a first for IndyCar racing since Danica Patrick won at Twin Ring Motegi in 2008). "Likes" and Facebook comments on the main indycar.com story showed a ten-fold increase.
"We all did banzai (traditional Japanese exclamation meaning long life) when 'Taku' received (the) checker(ed) flag," relayed GAORA Sports TV director Keiichi Inamine, whose network broadcast the early-morning (in Japan) race. "We took photo with all members in our studio."
A.J. Foyt Undergoes Successful Back SurgeryUPDATE #2
One tough Texan
Motorsports legend A.J. Foyt underwent successful back surgery today in a Houston hospital. Foyt, 78, will be kept overnight as a precaution. Neurosurgeon Dr. David Cech performed the laminectomy procedure in the lumbar region of Foyt’s spine to relieve the sciatic nerve pain he had been experiencing recently. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Although the surgery was originally scheduled to be Wednesday, Foyt asked for the earlier surgery to hasten his recovery period. He is planning to be at Indianapolis next month as his ABC Supply IndyCar team works to continue the momentum gained from Takuma Sato’s victory in Sunday’s Grand Prix of Long Beach. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway opens for practice on Saturday, May 11th. Foyt will field two Honda-powered cars for the Indianapolis 500 on May 26th with Sato piloting the No. 14 and rookie Conor Daly making his debut in the ABC Supply No. 41.
Organizers of the Grand Prix of Long Beach are pleased with the weekend
175,000 for the weekend
It was all sunshine for the 39th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, and race and business officials alike reported a solid boost in attendance, booked conventions and overall increased business.
Race officials, in early reports, are predicting an increase in attendance from last year's 172,000 turnout, putting this year's three-day attendance figure close to 175,000 people.
"For us it was a very successful weekend, very successful," said Jim Michaelian, president of and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. "Obviously, the weather was perfect, the sun was shining and anybody who saw the TV broadcast images not only nationally but internationally saw how tremendous the city looked. It really was an amazing portrait of how beautiful the city of Long Beach is, and not just downtown but the Port (of Long Beach), the marina and all of the shoreline."
Dish Network to make bid for Sprint NextelUPDATE Sprint Nextel has formed a committee of independent directors to review a $25.5 billion buyout offer from Dish Network. The committee has retained Bank of America Merrill Lynch to act as its financial adviser and will provide an assessment to the full board, the company said Monday. Dish said Monday that it's pleased with the news. Dish Network Corp., the third-largest U.S. pay TV provider, made an unsolicited offer for Sprint Nextel Corp. earlier this month. Dish is attempting to block the sale of 70 percent of Sprint to Softbank Corp. of Japan, a deal which Sprint agreed to in October. Sprint, based in Overland Park, Kan., is the third-largest U.S. cell phone company. AP/ABC
04/15/13 Dish Network Corp, the No. 2 U.S. satellite television provider, offered to buy NASCAR sponsor Sprint Nextel Corp for $25.5 billion in cash and stock, a move that could thwart the proposed acquisition of Sprint by Japan's SoftBank Corp. Sprint shares soared 16.2 percent to their highest level since September 2008, leaving them well above the value of the Dish offer on Monday.
In the fall of 2006, Larry Foyt was named team director of A.J. Foyt Racing. It was a position that carried duties the three-time Indianapolis 500 starter acknowledged he did not initially fully grasp.
"I always felt comfortable around Indy car racing because I grew up with it, but I had to get back into the Indy car mentality," said Foyt, the son of racing legend and team owner A.J. Foyt. "They do some things differently from NASCAR and the (Indy) cars are more technologically advanced. I spent the first couple of years learning, watching a lot and listening, too.
Long Beach Grand Prix: Fun, sun, IndyCar racing - Makings of a perfect dayUPDATE A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, Interesting. This article says it best:
"One of those food-truck visitors was first-time Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach attendee Sarah-Beth Johnson, who said her race weekend experience has been "surreal."
'This has been an absolute blast,' she said. 'I've met race-car drivers, driven a Go-Kart, visited the Lifestyle Expo and dined at some of the best food trucks ever. This has been the best weekend in Long Beach that I have ever had.....This will definitely be a tradition for me,' she said. 'I can't wait to invite family and friends to this event. I just can't wait until next year.' "
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