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05/05/12
wec
Audi 1-2-3-4 victory at Spa on premiere  
The winning Audi
Audi delivered a thrilling premiere of two new vehicle models: Romain Dumas/Loic Duval/Marc Gene won the Spa 6 Hours, the second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship WEC, in an open battle of the vehicle concepts.

Crossing the finish line behind the Audi R18 ultra of the trio were last year’s Le Mans winners Marcel Fassler/Andre Lotterer/Benoit Treluyer. They had dominated the race in the early phase with the Audi R18 e-tron quattro, the first diesel hybrid sports car in history. In the end, they had to admit defeat though. The other two Audi driver teams completed the perfect 1-2-3-4 victory of the brand. More ...

05/05/12
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Video: Watch Hornish and Danica stuff each other into the wall  Sam Hornish and Danica Patrick get together and they stuff each other into the wall on the final lap at Talladega SuperSpeedway in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for the Aaron's 312.

Hornish forced Patrick into the outside wall coming to the finish, and Patrick then tapped Hornish into the Turn 1 wall after the checkered flag. 

“I’m mad to get wrecked after the race,” said Hornish, who drives for Penske Racing. “We had a right front tire go down coming off of (Turn) 4 from earlier contact on that last restart. (Joe Nemechek) and I got together and it just started slowly going down. More ...

05/05/12
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McClure airlifted to hospital after Talladega crash  
Wrecking is racing in NASCAR and this wreck sent McClure to the hospital
Getty Images for NASCAR
Eric McClure was airlifted to UAB Hospital after a wreck in the closing laps of the Aaron's 312 Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday.

McClure's No. 14 Toyota was collected in a nine-car wreck -- the typical "big one" that is common at superspeedways -- before Joey Logano raced to the victory.

The wreck came during a green-white-checkered finish when it appeared the No. 43 of Michael Annett hit Kevin Harvick's No. 33 Chevrolet from behind on the backstretch. That touched off the multi-car crash. McClure was behind the leaders but caught in it as well, his No. 14 slamming hard into the SAFER barrier on the inside wall. More ...

05/05/12
tv news
Wind Tunnel Sunday  Reminder – Leigh Diffey will be hosting as Dave Despain finishes up his Grand Marshall duties in the Mexican 1000 off-road race south of the border. Dave will return next week.

As preparations are being made for this month’s Indy 500, we’ll talk to defending Indy 500 winning car owner, Bryan Herta, who is in his first season fielding a full-time entry in the IndyCar Series and is in the process of changing engine manufacturers…having left Lotus last week.

In 1992, a very young Brandon McReynolds was in victory lane with Davey Allison as his father, Larry McReynolds, helped guide Davey to victory as his crew chief. On Friday, Brandon went back to victory lane at Talladega, but this time as a driver who had just earned his first ARCA Racing Series win. He’ll join us Sunday to talk about the accomplishment. More ...

05/05/12
motogp
Stoner and Pedrosa will start 1-2 in Estoril  
Casey Stoner on pole
Casey Stoner took his first pole position of the season with Dani Pedrosa in second just 0.013 off his team mate in a dramatic qualifying practice session at the Estoril circuit.

Both Repsol Honda riders sealed their front row spots for the Grand Prix of Portugal in the dying minutes of the session, which was interrupted by a red flag with eleven minutes remaining due to a crash involving De Puniet and Edwards. More ...
05/05/12
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Bruno Spengler claims pole for returnee BMW at Lausitzring  
Spengler (center) will start on pole for BMW
In qualifying for the second DTM round of the year at Lausitzring, BMW sparked a major surprise. Canadian Bruno Spengler claimed pole position with his BMW M3 DTM. Spengler’s fellow BMW driver Augusto Farfus from Brazil completed the 1-2 for the DTM returnee from Munich in qualifying.

He was only 38 thousandths of a second slower than the Canadian. Spengler, who claimed pole for Mercedes-Benz at the very same venue last year, will be starting from first place on the grid on Sunday at 14.00 h for the twelfth time in his DTM career. “A pole position is always an absolutely great feeling. The fact that it is the first for BMW after 20 years is making it very special and exciting”, an overjoyed Spengler said. More ...

05/05/12
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ARCA Series 2012 - Talladega Big Crash  Pack racing 'bubba style' running inch's apart a recipe for disaster.  We would love to have all the money that it will cost to fix all those wrecked race cars. This is what NASCAR fans pay to see.

05/05/12
wec
Toyota tests hybrid race car ahead of LeMans  TOYOTA Racing conducted a trouble-free functionality test of its new TS030 HYBRID chassis at Magny-Cours in France.

With Alex Wurz and Nicolas Lapierre at the wheel, the new chassis which features planned updates to the aerodynamics and hybrid system intended for the car’s first race.

Between them, they completed 81 laps during the one-day functionality test yesterday, which allows the team to resume its testing programme with confidence in the coming days ahead of its first race, the Le Mans 24 Hours in which two TS030 HYBRIDs will compete.
05/05/12
track news
Wheeler calls Bruton Smith a liar  The release sent out by Charlotte Motor Speedway suggesting that the lights at the track were Bruton Smith's idea is not true. I will not stand by and see history be rewritten says Humpy Wheeler.

These are the facts: I went with then sales manager Jim Duncan to Winston Salem in 1991 to visit RJ Reynolds Sports Marketing Dept. The meeting was with RJR director of sports T. Wayne Robertson to make a presentation for the 1992 Winston All Star Race. Our contract was always for one year. We yearly made a presentation to them to get the event back.

I was really worried that year because Richmond and my friend and its promotor Paul Sawyer really wanted the event. So, we made our presentation and presented them with five promotional ideas. Wayne and his group didn't like any of them and I thought we were going to lose the race. More ...
05/04/12
tv news
Nielsen reports a slight decline in overall TV viewing  For the "first time in years, Nielsen is reporting a slight decline in overall TV viewing” in the U.S., according to Brian Stelter of the N.Y. TIMES. Nielsen data indicated that the average American in the last three months of ’11 “spent 153 hours and 19 minutes watching traditional TV each month, about 46 minutes less than they watched in the last three months” of ’10.

The data may suggest that some viewers are “opting for Web video or are spending more time playing video games and less time watching TV.” Nielsen defines traditional TV as “consumption through a television set, either live or via a digital video recorder or video-on-demand service.” The company “does not count consumption on computers, phones or tablets like the iPad.”

Nielsen said that it “believes the total number of American households with television sets is continuing to shrink.” Last year, the figure dropped to 114.7 million U.S. homes, down from 115.9 million previously. The latest estimate from Nielsen “once again shrinks the total number of homes with TV sets, this time to 114.1 million” NYTIMES.com

05/04/12
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Montagny Joins Scott Tucker and Level 5  Level 5 Motorsports and Scott Tucker head into next weekend’s third round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n with a new name amongst its driver line up.  Former Formula One and Peugeot Sport driver Franck Montagny will join the team for the six-hour race into the darkness at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

The 34-year-old Frenchman brings not only speed but also a wealth of prototype experience to Level 5 and will be listed to drive both the No. 055 and No. 95 Honda Performance Development ARX-03b P2 entries.  Left without a full-time drive after Peugeot’s shocking withdrawal from international sportscar racing just prior to the start of the season, Montagny is excited to be back competing at the highest levels once again. More ...
05/04/12
f1
Jean Todt, visits HRT Formula 1 Team’s new facilities  Today has been an important day for HRT Formula 1 Team who received the visit of Jean Todt, President of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile, to its brand new facilities at the Caja Magica in Madrid. Guided by the team’s CEO, Saul Ruiz de Marcos, and Team Principal, Luis Perez-Sala, the head figure of the FIA toured the team’s new facilities. From the management area to the workshop where the mechanics were working on the F112 for the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix, passing through the administration, operations and engineering areas.

Todt also counted with the help of other exceptional guides such as Pedro Martínez de la Rosa, Dani Clos and Ma Qing Hua, who accompanied him during the tour and, once they arrived at the workshop, explained the main upgrades for the race in Barcelona and the work carried out by the team in these brief but intense months. More ...

05/04/12
f1
Caterham to give Rossi P1 run  
Alexander Rossi
Alexander Rossi will become the first American driver to take part in a Grand Prix weekend for five years in Spain next week after Caterham confirmed the 21-year-old would drive their car in Practice One.

The 20-year-old Formula Renault 3.5 driver was made one of the team's test drivers for 2012 over the winter following an appearance behind the wheel of their 2011 car in last November's Young Driver Test and has now been handed the chance to get a first taste of a GP weekend at the Circuit de Catalunya next Friday.

Rossi will take over Heikki Kovalainen's CT01 for the opening 90-minute practice session of the weekend and is hoping to maximize the opportunity. More ...

05/04/12
nhra
Bernstein, Force, Childress Enter Hall of Fame  NHRA legends Kenny Bernstein and John Force were formally inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame Thursday evening during a black-tie gala event at the Speed Channel Dome adjacent to Talladega Motor Speedway. Bernstein and Force joined famed NASCAR team owner Richard Childress as the only members of the class.

Bernstein was not only a gifted driver, but also a pioneering businessman in the world of motorsports, headlined by his 30-year sponsor relationship with Budweiser. He remains the only race team owner to have collected wins in each of America’s three major motorsports series: NHRA, NASCAR and CART (IndyCar). More ...

05/04/12
IRL
Parnelli to celebrate 150-mph pole run by driving 'Calhoun' on Pole Day at IMS  Parnelli Jones will celebrate the 50th anniversary of breaking the 150-mph barrier in qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 by driving the No. 98 Agajanian Willard Battery Watson-Offy roadster on Pole Day, Saturday, May 19 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

1963 Indianapolis 500 winner Jones is scheduled to turn laps in the famous car, nicknamed "Calhoun," at approximately 4 p.m. Jones won the pole for the 1962 Indianapolis 500 in the car with a four-lap average speed of 150.370 mph. The IMS Hall of Fame Museum now owns the car.

It's the second consecutive year Jones will drive a historical car at IMS. Last May he drove the Marmon "Wasp," which Ray Harroun guided to victory in the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911. More ...
05/04/12
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Penske bumper covers removed  Penske Racing’s Nationwide teams spent Thursday afternoon replacing the upper front bumper covers of the cars of Brad Keselowski and Sam Hornish Jr. at Talladega Superspeedway.

Bumper covers appear to have been a point of emphasis for NASCAR officials at the last two races. Last week at Richmond, NASCAR confiscated the bumper covers of all three Richard Childress Racing cars and all three Turner Motorsports cars.

The Penske teams will be allowed to participate in all track activities—practice is scheduled for Thursday afternoon but heavy rains are putting those sessions in jeopardy. Any penalties will be announced next week.

NASCAR did not issue a points penalty nor suspensions to the RCR and Turner teams but did fine the crew chiefs $10,000 and put the crew chiefs and car chiefs on probation through the rest of the year.

NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said Tuesday that harsher penalties were not issued because Nationwide Series teams are still learning about the new car, which was introduced for select races in 2010 and used for the first full season in 2011.

But Pemberton indicated that NASCAR would ramp up Nationwide penalties for recurrences.

“There will come a time when we’re done with the schooling process and we’ll move forward like we have in the past,” he said. “It was a big undertaking for those folks over the last 18 months or so to do all of this stuff, and we still feel like it’s best for us to work with them the best that we can.” Sporting News
05/04/12
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Larrison to contest Firestone Indy Lights races with Belardi team  Mike Larrison has joined Belardi Auto Racing to race all ovals on the 2012 schedule, as well as the street course race in Baltimore.

Competing in racing since he was 4 years old, Larrison has competed in motocross, karting, USAC and Must See Racing's Xtreme Sprint Series. He is also a part of the Davey Hamilton Racing family, driving for the INDYCAR veteran's sprint car team.

"I'm really looking forward to the opportunity I've been offered by Belardi Auto Racing to drive the No. 19 TruFuel/Royal Oak Charcoal Firestone Indy Lights car in the 2012 racing season," Larrison said. "I can't thank all of my sponsors TruFuel, Calumet Specialty Lubricants, Royal Oak Charcoal and Turtle Wax enough for all the doors they have opened for me the past few years. I'm really looking forward to racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Freedom 100 on May 25. This has always been a dream of my father and I—for me to be able to race there. My father grew up just off 16th Street right outside the Speedway, and I grew up only 15 miles away in Avon, Ind." More ...
05/04/12
irl
Bell rejoins Sam Schmidt Motorsports for Indy 500  For the third consecutive year, Townsend Bell will attempt to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 in a car prepared by the team owned by Sam Schmidt. Bell will drive the Honda-powered No. 99 BraunAbility/Schmidt Pelfrey Motorsports.

Bell, from San Luis Obispo, Calif., will be a teammate to Simon Pagenaud, who drives the No. 77 Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports car full time in the IZOD IndyCar Series.

"Speed and consistency win the Indianapolis 500," said Bell, who has a best finish of fourth in 2009. "Returning to Indy with Sam and his team for the third year in a row will ensure I have both those ingredients again in 2012. For the past two years, my guys have provided me a fast race car, and I know the No 99 BraunAbility/Schmidt Pelfrey Motorsports car will give me another shot at winning." More ...
05/04/12
wec
Audi R18 e-tron quattro on pole at Spa  Audi is again making technology history in motorsport, as a diesel hybrid vehicle is on the top spot of the grid of a sports car race for the first time ever. At round two of the new FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Spa, Belgium, Audi will be starting into the race on Saturday (14:30, May 5) with four cars from the front two rows.

Even before the start of the Spa 6 Hours Audi has every reason to be pleased, as the team successfully managed a two-fold premiere. Both the new hybrid model Audi R18 e-tron quattro and its sister model, the Audi R18 ultra, that is conventionally powered by a V6 TDI engine celebrated an impeccable debut. The two vehicle models fought an open battle for the grid positions in dry conditions. Allan McNish in the hybrid car designated as number "2" set the pace straight from the beginning. He initially drove a lap around the 7.004-kilometer race track in the Ardennes in 2m 01.967s. The Scotsman then improved his own time by more than three tenths of a second to 2m 01.579s. As on the debut of a TDI diesel engine in a sports car six years ago at Sebring McNish and his team-mates Dindo Capello and Tom Kristensen again set the first benchmark on the next milestone - hybrid technology. More ...
05/04/12
f1
Force India to pay $1M in legal costs  A High Court judge has ordered Force India to pay £650,000 in legal costs following the copyright infringement case involving Aerolab and Caterham. Having gone to great lengths to pursue the case, the Silverstone-based outfit is now forced to submit the payments to the lawyers of Caterham and its technical head Mike Gascoyne.

The hearing had been arranged to determine how much Force India would have to pay in an overall scenario which dates back to 2009; that year, Italian wind tunnel supplier Aerolab switched from working with Force India to Caterham, which was then known as Lotus Racing and later Team Lotus. More ...
05/04/12
nassprint
Final Richmond TV Ratings drop  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing from Richmond International Raceway averaged a 3.6/7 (5.9 million viewers) Saturday night on FOX, down -3% from last year’s race which averaged a 3.7/7 (6.1 million). For the night in Primetime, NASCAR delivered FOX a first place finish. Through nine races, NASCAR Sprint Cup racing on FOX is averaging a 5.0/10 (8.3 million viewers)
05/04/12
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Rain cancels NASCAR Nationwide qualifying at Talladega  The only activity at Talladega Superspeedway on Thursday was the slow drizzly rain that fell off and on all day.

The wet track finally forced NASCAR to pull the plug on the only two scheduled Nationwide Series practice sessions. That meant that a practice session had to be worked into Friday's busy track schedule, which meant the Nationwide qualifying session was canceled to allow for practice. More ...
05/04/12
motogp
Stoner fastest on first day in Portugal  The Grand Prix of Portugal, third round of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship, began today at the Estoril circuit with Repsol Honda's Casey Stoner on top of the time sheets (1'38.396). Teammate Dani Pedrosa finished in fourth position (1'38.797) with the combined practice times, after another tight battle between the Honda and Yamaha riders as we've already seen in the first two races of the season.

The weather played a big part in the first MotoGP practice session and again, as was the case in Jerez last week, the Portuguese GP got underway with wet patches and cold temperatures in the morning. The Repsol Honda riders went out on track on slick tyres with only 10 minutes of the first session remaining and both Casey and Dani had to wait until the afternoon to get some proper track time on the tricky Estoril circuit with the new 1000cc machines. More ...
05/04/12
automotive
Camaro ZL1 Joins the 11-second Club  
Camaro ZL1
The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is officially in the “11-second” club, as engineers recently turned an 11.93-second/116-mph quarter-mile elapsed time run in a showroom-stock Camaro ZL1 automatic. A Camaro ZL1 manual ran an 11.96-second ET at 117 mph.

Only a few other production vehicles can run the quarter-mile as quickly as the ZL1. Fewer yet can also run 0-60 in 4 seconds, reach a top speed of 184 mph and lap the famous Nurburgring in 7:41.27 – all with the street-legal, factory-issued components and no time-consuming equipment adjustments at the racetrack.

“The ZL1 is great at everything and we’re very proud of that,” said Tony Roma, Camaro ZL1 program engineering manager. “You can take it to the drag strip and run 11-second quarter-miles all day long. You can also take it to a road course, where it’s balanced, handles well, and does exactly what you want – including lapping Virginia International Raceway’s Grand Course in under three minutes – and yet the ZL1 is sophisticated enough to use as a daily driver. It’s a supercar you can drive every day.” More ...

05/04/12
wec
Status GP withdraws from FIA WEC Spa event  Status Grand Prix has withdrawn its LMP2 car from the Spa round of the FIA World Endurance Championship following a serious accident in the second free practice session on Thursday, and will now concentrate on preparations for next month’s Le Mans 24 Hours.

The team’s Lola-Judd B12/80 Coupe crashed at the fast Raidillon corner at the top of Eau Rouge and suffered extensive damage. Status GP regular driver Alexander Sims emerged unharmed from the 6G impact with the tire barriers, and was subsequently passed fit by the FIA medical delegate.

The Status GP crew promptly set to work on the car, but having assessed the situation it was deemed that the car cannot be repaired on site in order to compete in Saturday’s six-hour endurance race. The FIA were then informed that regrettably it has been forced to withdraw from the event. More ...

05/04/12
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Friday  
  • Jamie Alguersuari
    Mixed feelings for F1 after Mugello test
  • Alguersuari axe 'incomprehensible' - father
  • Schumacher's Pirelli spat 'exaggerated' - Vettel
  • Fernandes rues lack of Malaysian support
  • Ferrari getting ready for 'double-DRS'
  • Perez treated after 'acrid' smoke incident More ...
05/04/12
track news
Silverstone to hold talks with American consortium  The British Racing Drivers' Club, which owns the circuit, agreed a period of exclusivity last autumn with a mysterious group, believed to be Qatari-backed, and a deal was expected to be concluded over the winter.

That appears to have fallen through, however, with the BRDC releasing a statement yesterday saying the period of exclusivity was over and it was keen to speak to "interested parties".

Although the BRDC claims negotiations with its preferred bidder "remain positive", it is rumored that the Qataris have walked away from the deal. More ...

05/03/12
irl
Video: Jon Beekhuis talks about IndyCar wing change  Professor B aka. Jon Beekhuis talks to us about the wing change on the IZOD INDYCAR Series car.

05/03/12
wec
Bentley preps for return to 24 Hours of Le Mans  Bentley has recruited the designer of the 1999 Le Mans 24 Hour-winning BMW as it gears up for a return to motorsports.

The British luxury-car maker has hired Graham Humphrys, who was responsible for the design of the BMW V12 LMR at Williams Motorsport, as a consultant to undertake a feasibility study into the options open to it. He joins a project that includes John Wickham, who was team director at Bentley 10 years ago.

Bentley chassis and powertrain director Brian Gush, whose responsibilities also include motorsport, said, “Graham is helping us out with the feasibility work; he has a lot of experience in both GT and prototypes.” More ...

05/03/12
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Townsend Bell confirms Indy 500 entry  Townsend Bell confirmed Thursday that he will enter the Indianapolis 500 with team owner Sam Schmidt.

Bell, who drove for Schmidt in the Indy 500 the last two seasons will attempt to qualify the No. 99 Schmidt Pelfrey Motorsports. Schmidt had filed a second entry for the May 27 race, but did not announce a driver at the time.

"Sam was the only person who offered me a job this year, which I am grateful for because it' not easy to find a job right now. There's a lot of guys out there who want to run Indy and can't get a job,'' Bell told The Associated Press. "But, it's a great fit because Sam is totally committed to winning the race.'' More ...

05/03/12
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New Jersey Neurosurgeon Teams With Paul Tracy  
Paul Tracy at Daytona earlier this year
Doran Racing and JLowe Racing have joined to solidify their driver lineup for three additional Grand-Am Series races together, bringing the popular Paul Tracy back following a successful campaign at this year’s 50th Rolex 24 at Daytona.  Dr. Jim Lowe will be savoring his third home-track advantage at New Jersey Motorsports Park for the Grand-Am Global Barter 250 on May 12-13, 2012. The World’s Fastest Neurosurgeon will again be co-piloting the #77 Doran Racing COMBOS® Ford Dallara Daytona Prototype with none other than the Paul Tracy.

“I’m really looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the DP car again, this time at a race track I’ve only heard good things about,” said Paul Tracy.  “I obviously have good history with both Kevin Doran and Jim France from the Grand-Am Series, and the experience at Daytona this year confirms for me this is a racing series that I’d really like to make a push towards for 2013,” added Tracy. More ...

05/03/12
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Eleven drivers scheduled to test on Texas oval  A two-car test in February established the aerodynamic baseline for the new Dallara car to run in competition on the 1.5-mile, high-banked Texas Motor Speedway oval in June. On May 7, a larger sampling will take to the track in preparation for the June 8-9 Firestone 550.

Eleven car/driver combinations will participate in the 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (local) Open Test that's five days before the opening of practice for the Indianapolis 500. The event is open to the public and free, with entrance through Gate 4.

"We're going to Texas to confirm that the aero spec that we laid down is correct," INDYCAR vice president of technology Will Phillips said. "We made a commitment that we would run cars at Texas in a small number and go back to run the cars in as big a group as possible prior to racing there. It will also give us an insight into Indianapolis." More ...

05/03/12
f1
Mugello F1 Day 3 test times  Romain Grosjean ended the F1 test at Mugello by going fastest on the final afternoon. His best time of 1m21.035s was the quickest any driver managed across the three days.

The Frenchman had also topped the second day of running at the Italian circuit.

Sebastian Vettel's was second for Red Bull, less than one tenth of a second ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso. More ...

05/03/12
IRL
IndyCar turbo ruling appealed  INDYCAR, the sanctioning body for the IZOD IndyCar Series, has scheduled a hearing for an appeal filed by General Motors (GM) regarding the use of a 0.74 A/R compressor cover for the single turbocharger.

INDYCAR approved use of the compressor cover on April 18, GM protested INDYCAR's decision, and a panel denied the protest in a hearing on April 28.

The appeal hearing will take place Wednesday, May 9, in Indianapolis. Honda, the only manufacturer utilizing the single turbocharger, has been invited to participate in the hearing. More ...
05/03/12
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday  UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

Expect Schumacher and Rosberg back with Mercedes in 2013
05/03/12
  • Mercedes hints no plans to change drivers
  • Lotus 'most consistent' team in 2012 - Webber
  • Only Alonso to try Ferrari upgrade at Mugello
  • Barcelona determined to host GP in 2013
  • Billionaires line up to push Sauber on
  • Experienced teammate would be better - Vergne
  • Mugello eyes place on F1 race calendar
  • Setback for Ferrari as updates are rolled out New
  • Schumacher visits Pirelli at Mugello New More ...
05/03/12
irl
Toronto IndyCar race signs three sponsors  The Honda Indy Toronto Wednesday announced that it has signed three sponsors: maintenance chain Mr. Lube, communications firm Ortsbo and luxury goods retailer William Ashley.
05/03/12
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Federated Auto Parts To Title Sponsor Richmond Sprint Cup Race  

Federated Auto Parts today announced a deal with Richmond Int'l Raceway to serve as the title sponsor for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the track on Saturday, Sept. 8. The event will be called the Federated Auto Parts 400. The Virginia-based company also becomes the venue's official auto parts supplier. Richmond Int'l Raceway

05/03/12
nhra
Force, Bernstein enjoy HOF opening reception  
(from left) Kenny Bernstein, Richard Childress and John Force pose with their respective Hall of Fame induction portraits
On the eve of their induction into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 15-time Funny Car champion John Force and six-time Top Fuel and Funny Car champion Kenny Bernstein enjoyed an evening at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. The NHRA duo were joined by NASCAR team owner and fellow inductee Richard Childress along with over 80 Hall of Fame dignitaries for a reception and dinner to recognize their lifetime of motorsports achievement.

“The last time I was in Birmingham and Talladega was 1996 when I was Driver of the Year. To come back as a Hall of Fame inductee with Kenny and Richard Childress is pretty amazing. The museum was unbelievable. They had hundreds of motorcycles on the walls, on the floor and in display cases for five stories. They also had a killer display of Lotuses,” said Force. More ...

05/02/12
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Rawlings-Blake: City won't increase spending on Grand Prix  Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blakesaid Wednesday that the city would not increase spending on the Baltimore Grand Prix to ensure the Labor Day weekend race comes to fruition.

"I'm hopeful that with Indy's involvement that it will happen," Rawlings-Blake said of the three-day racing festival.

City officials and IndyCar executives have been trying for weeks to hash out a deal to continue the race. Downforce Racing, the team city leaders picked to organize this year's race, is divided by internal strife and has not sold tickets or marketed the event. City officials chose Downforce following the financial collapse of the group that put together the inaugural race last year.

Rawlings-Blake said that "all options are on the table," when asked if she was open to signing a contract with a new racing group.  More ...

05/02/12
irl
Hamilton adjusts to new role as team owner  It was strange, Davey Hamilton acknowledges, checking the Indianapolis 500 entrant list and not spotting his name.

Hamilton, an 11-time starter in the 500 Mile Race, this year is concentrating on his role as co-owner of Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports.

"I still have that drive and desire to be in the car, knowing I can't be on road courses because of my injuries, but still be able to do something," says Hamilton, who returned to the Speedway in 2007 following the 2001 crash at Texas Motor Speedway that required more than 20 surgeries to his lower extremities.

"The only way I'll drive an IndyCar again is if it's an asset to the team -- if it's done in the right manner and funded. But if it's a hindrance to the team and a financial stress to the team I won't do it." More ...

05/02/12
nassprint
Fastenal to Sponsor Entire Roush Fenway Racing Fleet at Coca-Cola 600  Fastenal will sponsor all three Roush Fenway Racing entries in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 27.  The Fastenal paint schemes for Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth will also incorporate the “NASCAR Unites – An American Salute” red, white and blue theme.

This is not the first time Fastenal has sponsored the RFR fleet.  Last year all three RFR Nationwide Series Fords displayed the Fastenal colors at the Charlotte race in May.  The Blue Team placed first (Kenseth), second (Edwards) and fourth (Ricky Stenhouse Jr.). More ...

05/02/12
nhra
NHRA Fines DSR’s Mike Green  NHRA has fined Mike Green, crew chief for Don Schumacher Racing, $5,000 for making a derogatory comment to an NHRA official at last weekend’s O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway.

Green was fined for violation of 1.3.1 regarding participant conduct, found on page four of the 2012 NHRA Rulebook. Green must pay the fine in full prior to being allowed to participate at any future NHRA events. The fine levied by NHRA is appealable as outlined in section 1, pages 18-25 of the 2012 NHRA Rulebook.

05/02/12
IRL
INDYCAR amends Engine Manufacturer Guidelines  INDYCAR has modified the Supplemental Guidelines for Engine Manufacturers for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season.

Under the amended rule 3.8, which went into effect beginning April 30, teams can only pair with one manufacturer in any single season unless approval is granted by INDYCAR.

"The intent of the rule is to try to help build a partnership between a team and its engine manufacturer," said Trevor Knowles, INDYCAR's director of engine development. " Having a long-term commitment helps ease concerns about confidentiality of any information the manufacturer may share with a team. It also limits a manufacturer's ability to drop a team from its line-up if they are going through a bad patch. Without it, one would see a drift of all the teams with the best results to the manufacturers with the best results creating a big imbalance across the field.

"However, we have to be pragmatic and realize that there have been and will be times when a team and its manufacturer have to go their separate ways to their mutual benefit. This change allows that to happen while still maintaining control of the process."
05/02/12
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Jim Nabors will miss Indianapolis 500 after surgery  UPDATE A video crew will film Indianapolis 500 favorite Jim Nabors singing "Back Home Again in Indiana" at this year's race. The 81-year-old will undergo a heart surgery later this month and will miss the pre-race celebration where he has sang for years. An IMS Productions video crew is scheduled to fly to Hawaii next week to film Nabors singing the song, IMS spokesman Doug Boles said today.

"He offered that," Boles said of Nabors. "You've got to remember that (the 500) is as much a highlight of his year as it is for the hundreds of thousands of fans who hear him sing."

05/02/12 A famous face will not be at the Indianapolis 500 this year.

Eyewitness News sports director Dave Calabro confirmed Tuesday night that Jim Nabors will miss the Indy 500 pre-race celebration for the second time in the last six years. Nabors, whose rendition of "Back Home Again In Indiana" became a Speedway tradition in 1972, will undergo heart valve surgery later this month.

"It's a very, I don't know, to me, it's just magical," Nabors said in a 2009 interview. "To be here all of those years, it's part of my life, part of my history now. It's been great to see all the kids grow up."

Doctors expect the 81-year-old to make a complete recovery.

Nabors also missed the 2007 race for health reasons. 13 WTHR
05/02/12
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Mugello F1 test times Day 2  
Pos Driver Car Time Laps
1. Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:21.603 97
2. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1:21.603 87
3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:21.825 64
4. Mark Webber Red Bull 1:21.997 54
5. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:22.257 106
6. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:22.422 65
7. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:22.588 22
8. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:23.404 144
9. Charles Pic Marussia 1:23.982 46
10. Vitaly Petrov Caterham 1:24.312 112
11. Gary Paffett McLaren 1:24.480 59
12. Timo Glock Marussia 1:24.449 37
13. Paul Di Resta Force India 1:24.749 14
14. Bruno Senna Williams 1:24.842 100
05/02/12
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Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday  UPDATE Update shown in red below.

Mark Webber
05/02/12
  • Webber denies signing 2013 Ferrari deal
  • Ferrari must improve over next races - Alonso
  • Sauber wins update race at Mugello test opener
  • Pirelli criticism shows Schumacher frustration - Hembery
  • Rosberg could commit F1 career to Mercedes New More ...
05/02/12
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Seven Nation Army of Lolas head to Spa  
Seven Lola designed and built LMP cars head to the glorious Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium this weekend, looking to continue the fine start to the inaugural FIA World Endurance Championship.

Rebellion Racing will undertake the European debut of the 2012 look Lola B12/60 LMP1 at Spa this weekend.  The brace of Toyota V8 powered Lolas will come after a very promising test at Valencia two weeks ago.  Details of the new-look LMP1 can found below.

Looking forward to the first European round of the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship, Lola Executive Chairman, Martin Birrane said: "Spa is a very big race for Lola this weekend.  As the most represented constructor on the LMP grid we are in a great position for some very strong results.  The factory has worked incredibly hard on the 2012 development upgrades and there is a palpable sense of excitement and confidence going into the weekend." More ...

05/02/12
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Weekly NASCAR cheating report  UPDATE In the latest NASCAR penalty head-scratcher, the six Nationwide Series teams who were found to have illegally modified their front upper bumper covers at Richmond all escaped without a serious penalty on Tuesday.

NASCAR said the crew chiefs and car chiefs from the three Richard Childress Racing cars – including points leader Elliott Sadler and third-place Austin Dillon – and three Turner Motorsports cars were placed on probation until the end of the season, and the crew chiefs were each fined $10,000.

But NASCAR did not take away any points or issue any suspensions, which is surprising since its actions at Richmond seemed to indicate such penalties were coming. More ...

05/02/12
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NASCAR blames the spotter for Edwards  NASCAR's vice president for competition says there is radio communication supporting that Carl Edwards was second behind Tony Stewart when Saturday night's Sprint Cup race was restarted with 81 laps remaining. Edwards argued his spotter was told by a NASCAR official that he was the leader just before the restart when explaining why he was black-flagged for jumping the restart.

“The confusion was on their part. That's something they have to work on in their communication. ... But multiple times during that last lap it was repeated 14-99 (Stewart-Edwards) from more than one source. More ...

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