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05/04/13
wec

With WEC victory at Spa, Audi remains unbeaten
Spa Winners Treluyer and Fassler with Dr. Ullrich
Audi had a flawless second race weekend in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). At Spa, the brand started from the three best positions with the R18 e-tron quattro and after the six hours of racing mounted the podium with all three driver teams. Audi won the Belgian WEC round a year ago as well.

With positions one, two and three in qualifying and the race, the three Audi hybrid sports cars achieved the best possible result. In the competition of the hybrid vehicles, Audi celebrated a victory against Toyota for the second time in succession this year. In the season opener at Silverstone, the race cars from Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm managed a one-two win three weeks ago.

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05/04/13
f1

Video: Trying out Fernando Alonso's Ferrari F1 simulator
Richard Westcott has been given access to a state-of-the-art Formula One car simulator developed by Ferrari and Shell.



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05/04/13
nassprint

Rain washes out Talladega Quals
Qualifying for Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway has been canceled due to persistent inclement weather.

The starting grid has been set per the provisions in the NASCAR rulebook. Starting positions are based on the times from the first practice session held on Friday.

A total of 44 cars were entered for Sunday’s race, and the qualifying rainout determined that Elliott Sadler (Toyota) is the only driver who will miss the race.

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05/04/13
dtm

Pole position for Timo Scheider and Audi RS 5
Timo Scheider
Audi is tackling the new DTM season at the Hockenheimring from position one on the grid. In the first qualifying session of the year, Timo Scheider in the AUTO TEST Audi RS 5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline secured the pole position in extremely difficult track conditions.

Pouring rain in the morning, a track that became increasingly drier in the afternoon: In the battle for the best grid positions, the teams were confronted with continually changing conditions in the DTM opening round at Hockenheim – a case right up the alley of the most successful Audi DTM team and the two-time DTM Champion. In the third qualifying section (Q3), Timo Scheider switched from rain tires to un-treaded rubber at the right moment and on the crucial lap in Q4 was a tenth of a second quicker than BMW driver Augusto Farfus.

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05/04/13
irl

Sao Paolo: Power tops Hunter-Reay in Practice 2
Will Power again led the field in second practice with a time of 1 minute, 20.9264 seconds. The track record, set in Qualifying 2 by Power in 2012, is 1:21.2781.

Reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay was second (1:21.0022) in the No. 1 DHL Chevy, while Andretti Autosport teammate E.J. Viso (1:21.2222) was third.

Scott Dixon was fourth in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi car and native Brazilian Helio Castroneves was fifth for Team Penske.

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05/04/13
f1

Gonzalez to replace Chilton in Barcelona FP1
Rodolfo Gonzalez will make his second practice appearance with the Marussia F1 team at the Spanish Grand Prix next week.

Gonzalez is set to run in FP1 at 'several' races this season and he made his debut in Bahrain last month, although gearbox problems limited him to just seven laps.

The Venezuelan will take over Max Chilton's MR02 this time, before the Englishman returns to the cockpit for FP2. Jules Bianchi sat out FP1 at the BIC.

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05/04/13
nhra

NHRA Southern Nationals Postponed
Persistent rain showers at Atlanta Dragway and a forecast for more heavy rain throughout the remainder of the weekend forced NHRA officials to postpone the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals until next weekend, May 10–11.

Two sessions of qualifying for the seventh of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will take place Friday, May 10th at 2 and 4 p.m. Eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11.

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05/04/13
MotoGP

Lorenzo wins home pole
MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo took a home pole position, on his 26th birthday, during an incident-packed qualifying at Jerez in Spain.

Lorenzo made his intentions clear by setting the fastest time of the weekend on his opening lap of the short 15-minute session - while pole rivals Cal Crutchlow, Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa went on to suffer fast spills.

By the time the dust had cleared, Yamaha's Lorenzo had further improved his time to take pole by 0.247s from Pedrosa, whose rookie Repsol Honda team-mate Marc Marquez completed an all-Spanish front row.

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05/04/13
irl

Sao Paolo: Power tops Practice 1
Will Power continued his domination on the streets of Sao Paolo, Brazil by turning the fastest lap in opening practice for tomorrow's Grand Prix of Sao Paolo IndyCar race.  Power has won this event the past three years but perhaps domination is not the best word today because his time of 1m21.8157s just beat Josef Newgarden by 0.0459sec.  Sebastian Bourdais, who has struggled this season, finally showed the form we all know he is capable of with a time just 0.1978 sec. behind Power.

Dario Franchitti was 4th and JR Hildebrand rounded out the top-5.

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05/04/13
wec

Audi to start 1-2-3 at Spa
From left, Fassler, Lotterer and Treluyer
Audi prevailed in qualifying for round 2 of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Spa.  The three Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars secured the three front grid positions and thus have good prerequisites for the race that starts at 14:30 on Saturday.

In qualifying at Spa-Francorchamps, Audi managed the maximum – last year’s World Champion is at the front of the grid with all three hybrid sports cars. Marcel Fassler (CH) and Andre Lotterer (D) on their four best laps achieved an average of 1m 59.961s. In the number 1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro they are competing together with Benoit Treluyer (F) and were the only driver squad to break the two-minute mark.

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05/04/13
nhra

Rain washed out Friday NHRA qualifying
Persistent rain showers forced the NHRA to cancel Friday’s qualifying sessions for the 33rd annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals. Saturday’s two qualifying sessions are still scheduled to be contested at Atlanta Dragway. Mello Yello Drag Racing  Series professional Nitro qualifying will be run at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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05/04/13
irl

97th Indy 500 Schedule
(All times local, subject to change)

Saturday, May 11: OPENING DAY/CELEBRATION OF AUTOMOBILES - $10 admission, 12 and under free
10 a.m.-6 p.m., Public Gates Open, Social Media Garage Open
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Celebration of Automobiles
11 a.m., Corvette Pin Distribution, Pagoda Plaza
Noon-6 p.m., Practice/Rookie Orientation Program
1:30 p.m., Q&A with Mario Andretti, Pagoda Plaza Stage

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05/04/13
nassprint

Hamlin discusses injury, plans for Sunday
Denny Hamlin
Denny Hamlin, cleared Thursday to race at Talladega, talked to the media on Friday at Talladega Superspeedway after practicing 16 laps in the #11 FedEx Toyota. A few comments from Hamlin about his back injury and return to the track:

Q) How did it feel to be back in the car in practice today?

Hamlin: "Obviously it's really good to get back and run some speed and get somewhat adrenaline pumping again. I'm thankful for everything Brian (Vickers) has done over these last four weeks and what he's going to do this weekend. We appreciate that and FedEx for sticking through it with us and obviously showing us a lot of support. So, it's definitely good to be back in a car and really just starting with hopefully what will be a good run in these next 17 weeks."

Q) Is it physically painful to be in the car on the race track?

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05/04/13
nassprint

Edwards leads Cup practice at Talladega as rain threatens qualifying
Sprint Cup practice turned into a glorified qualifying session Friday at Talladega Superspeedway.

With a threat of rain at the track Saturday, drivers worked ferociously to post the top speeds in their first practice Friday. If qualifying is rained out Saturday, the starting order for the race Sunday would be set by practice speeds from the first session. That had drivers looking for the best draft possible, with Carl Edwards (199.675 mph) and Martin Truex Jr. (199.650) posting the two top speeds.  Marcos Ambrose, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman were third through fifth, followed by Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne.

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05/04/13
nnw

Pastrana Earns First Nationwide Pole
Travis Pastrana has done a lot of things during his career, but on Friday he did something he has never done before.

Pastrana, wheeling the No. 60 Ford out of the Roush Fenway Racing stable, earned his first NASCAR Nationwide Series pole during qualifying for the Aaron’s 312 at Talladega Superspeedway. He circled Talladega’s massive 2.66-mile oval in 54.255 seconds at 176.500 mph.

"It feels awesome," Pastrana said after qualifying. “I worked a lot in practice with the 6 (Trevor Bayne) and the 43 (Reed Sorenson) so I think we’ve got a great team. We push really well with this car. This is the first time really getting into drafting, so drafting on pole is awesome."

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05/04/13
f1

Button clears air with teammate Perez
McLaren teammates Button (left) and Perez
Jenson Button made clear this week that he has cleared the air with his McLaren team-mate Sergio Perez and will not have any concerns about racing against him again in next week's Spanish Grand Prix.

The 2009 world champion said also that he was surprised at how exaggerated the tension between the two McLaren drivers was made to look -- and reiterated that he had not intended to broadcast his immediate emotions of their clashes during last month's Bahrain Grand Prix.

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05/04/13
f1

Eric Boullier on the Spanish Grand Prix
Eric Boullier
Coming to Europe with second position in both the Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championship shows that Lotus F1 Team is performing well, but it’s no time for complacency says Team Principal Eric Boullier

The team currently holds P2 in both championships; what’s the secret to sustaining that challenge?

Achieving a one-off result is one thing, but keeping momentum is a far bigger challenge

The secret?

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