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05/07/13
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Daytona renovation plans suffer a 'setback'
The Florida Legislature has ended its 2013 session, passing the largest budget in state history. But the legislature did not deliver tax subsidies that would have benefited Daytona International Speedway ambitious development plans.

Indeed, Speedway President Joie Chitwood said that the failure to pass the legislation is sending the flagship track for the International Speedway Corporation back to the drawing board to decide the feasibility of the track's plans.

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05/07/13
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Pippa Mann sponsors for Indy 500 UPDATE
Pippa Mann
Cyclops Gear, a boutique line of recording eyewear will back British driver Pippa Mann's efforts in the upcoming Indianapolis 500. Cyclops Gear will be the title sponsor on Mann's Dale Coyne Racing entry.

"I had hoped to bring Pippa into a NASCAR program that we were looking to run earlier this year, but she was truly passionate about staying involved with the Indy 500, so I'm delighted that we've been able to put this together for the month of May," said company co-founder Alain Lord Mounir. "Cyclops Gear is a relatively new brand and I'm excited to be able to showcase our product at the Indianapolis 500. At Cyclops Gear we are driven by the need for adventure and working at the sharp end of technology, so I cannot think of a better fit than being part of the 'Greatest Spectacle in Racing.'"

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05/07/13
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Tony Stewart jealous of Kurt Busch
Tony Stewart has the itch but is too fat
Consider Tony Stewart officially jealous that fellow NASCAR driver Kurt Busch gets to test an Indy car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway later this week.

The five-time Indianapolis 500 starter said today that he plans to call Busch “to see if there’s anything I can do to help him.”

Busch, like Stewart a former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, will test Thursday with Andretti Autosport. Stewart believes Busch is more than capable of showing well.

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05/07/13
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Penske Racing loses appeal, penalties upheld (Again) UPDATE On May 7, 2013 the Chief Appellate Officer heard and considered the appeal of the penalties from the #2 and #22 Penske Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams. These penalties stemmed from pre-race inspection for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway April 13. The penalties concern Sections 12-1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing; 12-4J: Any determination by NASCAR Officials that race equipment used in the event does not conform to the NASCAR rules detailed in Section 20 of the NASCAR rule book, or has not been approved by NASCAR prior to the event; and 20-12: All suspension systems and components must be approved by NASCAR. Prior to being used in competition, all suspension systems and components must be submitted in a completed form/assembly to the office of the NASCAR competition administrator for consideration of approval and approved by NASCAR. Each such part may thereafter be used until NASCAR determines that such part is no longer eligible. All suspension fasteners and mounting hardware must be made of solid magnetic steel. All front end and rear end suspension mounts with mounting hardware assembled must have single round mounting holes that are the correct size for the fastener being used. All front end and rear end suspension mounts and mounting hardware must not allow movement or realignment of any suspension component beyond component normal rotation or suspension travel.

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05/07/13
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33 entered for 2013 Indy 500
Three past winners and four IZOD IndyCar Series champions are among the drivers named to the 33 entries filed for the 2013 Indianapolis 500, scheduled for Sunday, May 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon of Target Chip Ganassi Racing and Helio Castroneves of Team Penske are the past winners assigned to cars.

Franchitti and Castroneves are three-time winners of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing," with Franchitti triumphing in 2007, 2010 and 2012 and Castroneves in 2001, 2002 and 2009.

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05/07/13
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Newgarden's charge from back nets career-best finish
Prospects of a strong result in the Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestle for the No. 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing car and driver Josef Newgarden appeared bleak after starting 25th because of an engine change between practice and qualifications.

But the 22-year-old sophomore IZOD IndyCar Series driver advanced 20 positions through some deft racing and attrition. Other big movers in the 75-lap race May 5 on the temporary street circuit were Simon Pagenaud (23rd to ninth), Takuma Sato (12th to second) and Oriol Servia (13th to season-best fourth).

"I thought we had a really strong race and a top five is really good going into Indy," said Newgarden, who recorded his best IZOD IndyCar Series result. "Given where we started, that's exactly what we wanted to do, score solid points and get some momentum going into the 500. I think we've absolutely done that."

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05/07/13
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Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday (Updated) UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

05/07/13
  • Just What the doctor ordered - Lotta Hintsa
    Hamilton - I could handle Vettel, Alonso as teammate
  • F1 doctor's daughter wins Miss Finland
  • Former winner Maldonado hopes Williams can recover
  • De Villota to return to F1 paddock this weekend
  • Alguersuari unsure over F1 race seat future
  • Double KERS on Barcelona Main Straight
  • Barcelona: three corners in detail
  • Ferrari 'not quite where they want to be' New
  • Ferrari organizational changes reaping rewards New

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05/07/13
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Andretti brings on John "TZ" Tzouanakis for Indy
Andretti Autosport is pleased to announce John "TZ" Tzouanakis will be joining the Indianapolis-based team for the 2013 Indianapolis 500. Tzouanakis will serve as the Pit Strategist for Andretti Autosport's fifth Indy 500 entry, the No. 26 Unistraw Chevrolet piloted by Indianapolis rookie Carlos Munoz.

"After spending my career working my way up the ranks with Newman/Haas, I'm looking forward to again working with Michael (Andretti) and taking my career to new levels," said Tzouanakis. "The Mazda Road to Indy program features drivers with great potential, and the opportunity to work with one of those drivers for his first Indy 500 will be a great new chapter to my career."

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05/07/13
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Mercedes to do car-test comparison at Nordschleife
As part of the program for the 24-hour race on 19th May 2013, Mercedes-Benz will put on a special event highlight for fans at the Nurburgring:

As part of a high-performance demonstration, four Mercedes-AMG vehicles will go up against Michael Schumacher in a Formula 1 Silver Arrow. The vehicles will start at different times in front of the Mercedes-Benz grandstand but will cross the finish line simultaneously. The Mercedes-AMGs will be driven by: Formula 1 star Nico Rosberg, DTM record-breaking champion Bernd Schneider, ex-Formula 1 and DTM driver Karl Wendlinger and by the official driver of the Formula 1 Safety Car Bernd Maylander.

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05/07/13
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George brings European car care product to U.S., IndyCar (Update) UPDATE INDYCAR announced today that SONAX, a leading manufacturer of premium car care products worldwide, has been named its Official Automobile Detail Partner.

SONAX is expanding its motorsports involvement with its INDYCAR partnership. It currently serves as an official team supplier of Red Bull Racing, the championship Formula One organization.             

Under the new partnership, SONAX will sponsor the SONAX Perfect Finish Award during the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series.  The SONAX Perfect Finish Award is a contingency prize tied to the series’ three doubleheader event weekends this year at Detroit’s Raceway at Belle Isle Park, Toronto’s Exhibition Place and Houston’s Reliant Park.  The SONAX Award will coincide with launch of SONAX’s new Perfect Finish polish.

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05/07/13
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Phoenix Racing to exit NASCAR
Unable to find a long-term sponsor for his #51 Sprint Cup team, James Finch is eyeballing an exit from racing all together. "I'm contemplating finishing up this year, and I don't know if I want a sponsor," Finch said Monday. "Sunday was my 776th start in NASCAR between the Nationwide and Sprint Cup. That's a lot of weekends. I'm considering pulling the plug later in the summer." Finch, 62, said Phoenix Racing will not enter any races after the Brickyard 400 scheduled for July 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He said he intends to wrap up team operations before the Chase for the Cup begins in September.

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05/07/13
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Video Highlights of Sao Paolo IndyCar race
Watch highlights from the 2013 Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300.



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05/06/13
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Despite Numerous Lawsuits, Bernie Ecclestone Continues On With F1 Sale
Bernie Ecclestone - 'The Don' of F1
Prosecutors are still pursuing the investigation into the bribery case involving F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone as the entrepreneur "prepares the sport to be sold off yet again," according to Kevin Eason of the London Times.

Plans to find global investors to buy F1 "are going ahead under a huge cloud of lawsuits" facing the sport's CEO. Many in F1 "believed that inquiries had been dropped" after the jailing last year of German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky. But the office of Munich Chief Public Prosecutor Thomas Steinkraus-Koch said that "the investigation continues almost a year after Gribkowsky was convicted." A statement said, "The investigation against Mr. Ecclestone is not yet completed."

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05/06/13
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Brickyard Crossing open for play in May
Despite a busy schedule of on-track activity for the 97th Indianapolis 500, Brickyard Crossing Golf Course remains open for play most days during the Month of May.

With four holes located inside the famous IMS oval, the Pete Dye-designed, 18-hole championship course offers golfers the unique attraction of playing golf while IZOD IndyCar Series cars roar past at 225 mph.

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05/06/13
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Foyt back on top entering Indy
The tough Texan is smiling again
Takuma Sato of A.J. Foyt Racing climbed to the top of the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings after finishing second in the Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 on May 5.

Sato's strong run continued a remarkable transformation for A.J. Foyt Racing, led by four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt and his son and team director, Larry Foyt.

This is the first time a driver for Foyt's team has led the series entering the Indianapolis 500 since A.J. Foyt topped the USAC standings entering the 1979 race. The last Foyt driver to lead the championship at any point was Kenny Brack en route to capturing the 1998 series title.

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05/06/13
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Festival on Main coming to downtown Speedway
Main Street in Speedway, Ind., will turn into a charity kickoff for the 2013 Indianapolis 500 when the Indy Family Foundation presents the first Festival on Main spectacular from 6-10 p.m. Friday, May 10.

The Festival on Main, free to the public, will include a zip line, custom car and motorcycle show, live music, celebrity dunk tank, local brew pubs, the popular Food Truck Alliance of Indy and a special KidZone. Zip line rides down Main Street will cost $10 per ride.

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05/06/13
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Iowa Corn 250 weekend schedule announced
June 23, 2013
Single Event Tickets
$20 - $60
Weekend Tickets
$30 - $70


*schedule subject to change
Friday, June 21st
12:00 PM Campgrounds Open

Saturday, June 22nd
9:00 AM Parking Lots Open
9:30 AM Spectator Gate Open
9:30 AM Firestone Indy Lights Practice
10:45 AM IndyCar Practice
12:15 PM Firestone Indy Lights Practice
3:00 PM IndyCar Qualifying
4:00 PM Firestone Indy Lights Qualifying
5:45 PM IndyCar Heat Races
7:15 PM Pre Race
7:50 PM Sukkup 100 (115 Laps) 

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05/06/13
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2nd race at Indy - Could not agree more (3rd Update) UPDATE #3 Another reader writes, Dear AR1.com, This makes so much sense, as your ideas would excite me as a fan.  What do you do with the Houston race and Fontana race that is scheduled later in the year because of the heat? Cary Leimbach

Dear Cary, Remember the I wrote article about the schedule in January or February.  We suggested Fontana run the weekend before the Super Bowl.  That would give the track about six weeks between the IndyCar and NASCAR race.  Not ideal, but the Fontana event is always going to be tough sell.  And the focus there should be more about pulling a TV number than a large crowd.  The Shell Houston Open will return to its usual pre-Masters spot on the schedule in 2014, i.e. early April, so a spring race in Houston (also sponsored by Shell) would have to work around that.  Early March makes a lot of sense.  Brian C.

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05/06/13
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You Need To Start Watching IndyCar Racing And You Need To Do It Now
People complain about the lack of passing in Formula One. People complain about how NASCAR drivers only turn left. So what if there was a race series that had a ton of passing and turned left and right? Well, there is. It's called IndyCar, and you need to start watching now.

Yesterday was the Sao Paulo Indy 300, the only race the series runs in South America. Not only did it play to a packed house, but the last 10 laps were probably some of the most exciting racing you'll ever see.

IndyCar has been around for ages, and at one time it was the most popular race series in the country, with the Indy 500 being the most prestigious race in the world. It reached a global peak in 1993, when reigning Formula One champion Nigel Mansell took his talents to America and ran IndyCar.

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05/06/13
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Renault: No backing off for V6 switch
Renault has promised its leading title contenders Red Bull and Lotus that it will push on as hard as it can with the current engines until the end of the season, despite the huge challenge of switching over to new V6 turbos next year.

Formula 1's engine manufacturers face an increased workload this year because of the new 2014 regulations, but Renault has made it clear that it will now allow the switchover to compromise its efforts to deliver more world championship titles this year.

Renault's deputy managing director Rob White said that his company is adamant that it will treat 2013 as it has any other season in ensuring it gives it best right until the end of the campaign.

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05/06/13
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Kurt Busch, Trevor Bayne to test at MIS on May 14-15
NASCAR’s new Gen-6 Car has drawn rave reviews from drivers and fans alike after the first 10 races in 2013.

On May 14-15, the car will make its debut at Michigan International Speedway when two teams conduct a test. And fans are invited to watch free of charge.

Speedway officials will open the Turn One grandstands from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 14 and May 15 to watch testing. So far, Kurt Busch and Trevor Bayne are the only drivers schedule to test those days.

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05/06/13
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Servia shines in Sao Paulo
If anyone wants to hold claim to having "the momentum" heading into the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, it's difficult to argue that the owner isn't Oriol Servia.

The 38-year-old Spaniard made a commanding march through the field in the Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestle to finish fourth in the No. 22 Panther DRR Chevrolet, his best result of the season.

Servia started 13th in the race after just missing out on the second round of knock-out qualifying. After flying through the field in the early laps of the race, he had worked his way up to fourth for the restart on Lap 40.

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05/06/13
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Sato, Andretti carry momentum into Indianapolis
The first quarter of the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season has seen three winners in four races, 15 drivers record at least one top-five finish and the emergence of Takuma Sato and Marco Andretti as legitimate championship contenders.

The veteran drivers find themselves 1-2 in the series point standings after four races following podium finishes in the Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestle.

Sato, driving the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda for A.J. Foyt Racing, backed up his first IZOD IndyCar Series victory at Long Beach on April 21 with a runner-up finish to James Hinchcliffe in the May 5 race. Andretti recorded his second third-place finish of the season and fourth top-seven finish in as many races in the No. 25 RC Cola Chevrolet for Andretti Autosport.

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05/06/13
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Latest F1 news in brief - Monday (Updated) UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

The German's would love to get their hands on F1's fastest driver
05/06/13

  • Mercedes 'trying to get Vettel' - Marko
  • Qualifying 'much less important' now - Webber
  • 2013 title 'difficult' for McLaren now - Coulthard
  • Red Bull 'the team to beat' - Barrichello
  • Lotus 'surprised' no soft tire for Spain
  • Sauber not considering Gutierrez axe
  • Watson: Red Bull has shown weakness New
  • Drivers to get 'prototype' tire for Friday action New
  • Extra tires for rookies idea is shelved New

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05/06/13
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Sparse Crowd Turns Out For Soggy NASCAR Race At Talladega
The crowd for Sunday's rain-delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway was not released, but the Charlotte Observer''s Rick Bonnell writes, "It's shocking how few people showed up for Sunday's race in Talladega. ... Sunday demonstrated fans' preference to stay home and watch on the HD flat screen" THATSRACIN.com

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05/06/13
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Air Titan track-drying system passes first major test
Air Titan in action at Talladega
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NASCAR's new Air Titan track-drying system got its first major test of the season and had a substantial impact on the racing schedule at Talladega. Thanks to faster drying through the use of compressed air--and augmented by traditional jet dryers--Air Titan lengthened a hole between rain and darkness that allowed 110 of 117 scheduled laps to be completed in the Aaron's 312 Nationwide Series race on Saturday. When Sunday's Sprint Cup race was interrupted by rain, Air Titan went to work after two separate showers and dramatically cut the time need to dry the 2.66-mile superspeedway, NASCAR's longest closed course, and the race went the distance. NASCAR Wire Service

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05/05/13
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Lawyers to blame for lack of Concorde Agreement
Bernie Ecclestone says legal issues are to blame as Formula One heads into race five of the season without a Concorde Agreement.

Although Ecclestone has already signed separate commercial deals with 10 of the 11 teams - Marussia not included - the actual Concorde Agreement, the deal that governs the running of F1, has yet to be signed off.

However, it's not the teams or even Ecclestone holding up proceedings, rather the 82-year-old says it's the lawyers and their failure to see eye-to-eye.

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05/05/13
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Kyle Busch causes big crash early at Talladega
Crash caused by Kyle Busch hitting Kasey Kahne, turning them both sideways
It took just 42 laps for the Big One to erupt, and it took out some big names at Talladega Superspeedway.

Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne were battling for second when Busch tapped Kahne’s car from behind, turning them both into the outside wall and setting off a chain-reaction crash that collected 16 cars and left a huge mess of wrecked cars in Turn 2.

“I’m alright, but I caused it,” Busch told him team immediately after the crash.

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05/05/13
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Pedrosa soars to victory as Repsol Honda complete second successive 1-2
The Honda riders celebrate their 1-2 finish
Today in the Grand Prix of Spain in front of 111,259 spectators, Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa completed a perfect race to take his first victory of the 2013 season. Teammate Marc Marquez enjoyed a fantastic battle with Jorge Lorenzo, passing him in the final corner to take a thrilling second place.

After tracing Lorenzo, who led from pole, in the early laps, Dani made his move on lap six and never looked back, opening up a 2.4 second lead by the end of the race. With this victory, Dani continues his incredible run here in Jerez, finishing on the podium in all eight starts in the MotoGP class. Jerez continues to be the most successful circuit for Spanish riders for premier-class victories, with a total of nine; Alberto Puig in 1995, Alex Criville in 1997, ‘98, ‘99, Sete Gibernau in 2004, Jorge Lorenzo in 2010 & 2011 and Dani in 2008 and 2013.

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05/05/13
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Alan Jones tells Webber to treat Vettel as an enemy
1980 world champion Alan Jones has told fellow Australian Mark Webber to treat Sebastian Vettel as an enemy for the rest of the season.

Following the multi 21 fiasco at the Malaysian Grand Prix, the relationship between Webber and Vettel appears to be at an all-time low, but Jones has encouraged his compatriot not to simply roll over and accept his number two status.

“Seb has proved he can’t be trusted,” Jones told The Guardian. “From now on Mark must view him as just another enemy.

“If Seb didn’t like what was going on he shouldn’t have signed his agreement with Red Bull in the first place.”

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05/05/13
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Rahal tops morning warm-up in Brazil
Rank Car Driver Engine Time Speed Diff Gap Laps
1 15 Rahal,Graham Honda 01:21.2494 112.365 0.000 0.000 18
2 5 Viso,EJ Chevy 01:21.2920 112.306 0.0426 0.0426 15
3 9 Dixon,Scott Honda 01:21.3284 112.256 0.0790 0.0364 18
4 4 Hildebrand,JR Chevy 01:21.3911 112.170 0.1417 0.0627 17
5 67 Newgarden,Josef Honda 01:21.4902 112.033 0.2408 0.0991 17
6 12 Power,Will Chevy 01:21.6526 111.810 0.4032 0.1624 21
7 78 deSilvestro,Simona Chevy 01:21.7303 111.704 0.4809 0.0777 20
8 7 Bourdais,Sebastien Chevy 01:21.7398 111.691 0.4904 0.0095 17
9 25 Andretti,Marco Chevy 01:21.7811 111.635 0.5317 0.0413 16
10 18 Beatriz,Ana Honda 01:21.8113 111.593 0.5619 0.0302 19
11 10 Franchitti,Dario Honda 01:21.8472 111.544 0.5978 0.0359 16
12 55 Vautier,Tristan(R) Honda 01:21.9055 111.465 0.6561 0.0583 16
13 11 Kanaan,Tony Chevy 01:21.9332 111.427 0.6838 0.0277 20
14 19 Wilson,Justin Honda 01:22.0254 111.302 0.7760 0.0922 17
15 22 Servia,Oriol Chevy 01:22.0831 111.224 0.8337 0.0577 19
16 27 Hinchcliffe,James Chevy 01:22.0929 111.211 0.8435 0.0098 18
17 3 Castroneves,Helio Chevy 01:22.0988 111.203 0.8494 0.0059 19
18 14 Sato,Takuma Honda 01:22.1000 111.201 0.8506 0.0012 18
19 16 Jakes,James Honda 01:22.1138 111.182 0.8644 0.0138 16
20 77 Pagenaud,Simon Honda 01:22.2230 111.035 0.9736 0.1092 14
21 98 Tagliani,Alex Honda 01:22.2385 111.014 0.9891 0.0155 13
22 1 Hunter-Reay,Ryan Chevy 01:22.4492 110.730 1.1998 0.2107 17
23 83 Kimball,Charlie Honda 01:22.4896 110.676 1.2402 0.0404 16
24 6 Saavedra,Sebastian Chevy 01:22.6199 110.501 1.3705 0.1303 16
25 20 Carpenter,Ed Chevy 01:23.2833 109.621 2.0339 0.6634 17


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05/05/13
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"The Big One" 2013 NNS Talladega Aaron's 312
NASCAR, where wrecking is racing. Restrictor plate pack racing this is the result in Saturday's Nationwide race.



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05/05/13
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Video: Close finish at Talladega 2013!
Talladega has a reputation for excitement, and the Aaron's 312 was no exception! Ending on a caution, this race couldn't have been any closer. Check out the final laps!



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05/05/13
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Talladega track on high alert after Daytona crash, Boston Marathon bombings
The crossover gate at Talladega Superspeedway has new cables and appears stronger than the last time NASCAR raced at the high-speed track.

Campers have been parked, with security personnel holding mirrors underneath vehicles looking for anything unusual. Fans are being questioned about whether they have weapons, which aren’t allowed in the Talladega infield. The race teams have been told to make sure they have their identification badges with them at all times and to be vigilant if they see something in their pits or in the garage that looks suspicious or doesn’t belong there.

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05/05/13
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Waltrip comments on 2014 plans for #55 and Vickers
Michael Waltrip, team owners and part-time driver, discussed many things with the media on Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway, one thing was the future of the #55 team:

Q) When will you announce the driver of the No. 55 Camry for next season?

Waltrip: "Well, we're -- obviously I said we've raced with Aaron's for 14 years and we hope that we can sign something that will put that deal together for the near foreseeable future to come -- three years or so. And, we're working hard with Aaron's. We've targeted Brian Vickers as the guy that we want to drive our car. We think that Brian is a future champion of the Cup Series so we want Brian to drive it and we want Aaron's to sponsor it. That's the news and that's where it's at. I think both Aaron's and Brian are very into making that happen. It would just be a matter of getting the details worked out in order to be able to announce it soon. So, when it happens it won't be a surprise because that's what we're after. I think Aaron's growth in the business world, the amount of stores that they had when we started together and the amount they have now -- I used to kid people all of the time, I said I don't believe they think I had anything to do with that, but just in case I've been there the whole time and let's just keep him around. That was sort of the way that it started with Aaron's and now with the 'Aaron's Dream Weekend' and everything that they do in NASCAR, they've committed to this sport and hopefully that commitment will continue with Michael Waltrip Racing into the future." Toyota Racing transcript

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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