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05/06/14
uscc

SRT Absorbed into Dodge Brand; Viper Program Continues
The IMSA race-winning factory Viper GTS-R program could be poised for a branding change following a realignment of Chrysler’s manufacturer lineup.

Chrysler Group LLC announced Tuesday a consolidation of its brands, which will see SRT (Street and Racing Technology) absorbed under the Dodge nameplate.

As a result, the Detroit automaker’s signature performance car will return to being known as a Dodge Viper, effective immediately, while other former SRT vehicles will also fall under the Dodge umbrella.

Ralph Gilles, the President and CEO of the now-defunct SRT brand, continues with Chrysler as the Senior Vice President of Product Design and President and CEO of Motorsports.

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05/06/14
irl

Indy to be 2nd standing start of 2014
The second standing start of the Verizon IndyCar Series season will be conducted for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 10.

It will be staged on the frontstretch of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (race direction clockwise). From the front row to the entrance of Turn 1 (the exit of Turn 4 on the oval), there's 2,200 feet to get up to speed.

Highlights of the standing start procedure from Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook:

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05/06/14
f1

Servia Pushes For Race To Be Known As Barcelona Grand Prix
Salvador Servia
Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya Dir General Salvador Servia (father of Oriol Servia) said that he would like for the Spanish F1 Grand Prix to be called the Barcelona GP because the "commercial success of the track has a lot to do with its association with the Catalan capital," according to the EFE.

Servia: "Clearly, the Barcelona brand sells more than the Spain brand. When we say that we would like to call ourselves the Barcelona GP, it is because of our current commercial success, and if we have a crowd on Sunday it is because we sell throughout the world and the Barcelona brand facilitates this for us." Servia added that "the city's iconic aspects have been associated for years with the reputation of the event."

For this year's race weekend, which starts on Friday, 60% of the crowd will come from outside Spain.

Servia: "We have near the track some 5 million residents, but it costs money to attract people. What is important is that 100,000 people come, like last year, and generate an economic impact, which in 2013 was 135 million euro." EFE

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05/06/14
automotive

Fiat to limit Ferrari output despite huge demand
The redesigned Ferrari California
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will keep a lid on production of new Ferraris over the next five years despite huge demand in emerging markets like China, Fiat chief Sergio Marchionne said Tuesday.

Marchionne said in Detroit that Ferrari sold 7,000 of its supercars in 2013 and expects to sell the same number in 2018.

While rising wealth in China and other emerging markets could sustain expanding Ferrari production to 10,000 units annually, Ferrari's management have agreed not to expand production for now.

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05/06/14
irl

David Cripps to engineer Lazier at Indy 500
In February, engineer David Cripps was at the Sochi Olympics helping the United States earn four medals in men’s and women’s bobsled completion, but now he is back where he is most comfortable – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Lazier Partners Racing (LPR) co-owner Bob Lazier announced today that Cripps will be the lead engineer for the team’s No. 91 University of Iowa Stephen A. Wynn Institute for Vision Research Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone car in this year’s Indianapolis 500. The car will be driven by 1996 Indy 500 winner Buddy Lazier.

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05/06/14
irl

KV Racing enlists Unser Jr. as driver coach
KV Racing Technology announced today that one of the most recognized and famous names in auto racing, Al Unser Jr. will returns to the site of two of his greatest victories, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, to serve as a driver coach during the month of May.

Al Jr., 52, who retired from competitive racing in 2007, had had one of the most distinguished careers in the history of American open wheel racing. In over a quarter of a century at the highest level of competition he started 329 races earning 34 career wins (sixth on the all-time list) including victories at the Indianapolis 500 in 1992 and 1994 and national championships in 1990 and 1994. The native of Albuquerque, New Mexico was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2009.

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05/06/14
f1

On Board with Lewis Hamilton in the F1 Simulator!
Lewis Hamilton guides us through a lap of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya - home to the 2014 Spanish Grand Prix - in the Formula One simulator. The fifth episode of a brand new race preview series from PETRONAS MOTORSPORTS, watch out for more throughout the 2014 season!



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05/06/14
motogp

Pedrosa undergoes successful operation
Repsol Honda rider, Dani Pedrosa, has undergone surgery to his right forearm on Tuesday morning, in a procedure carried out by Dr. Mir at the Hospital Universitario Quiron Dexeus and is confident he will recover in time for the French GP.

After an intense weekend of action at the Spanish Grand Prix, where Dani missed out on second place by just 0.098s, followed by a positive day of testing on Monday, Dani received surgery this morning to treat compartmental syndrome, in order to fix an ailment common amongst World Championship riders.

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05/06/14
nnw

Tagliani to compete for Penske in two NASCAR Nationwide races
Accomplished road racer Alex Tagliani will drive the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang for Team Penske in two 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series road course races.

Tagliani will compete for the team in the June 21 event at Road America and again on August 16 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The No. 22 Discount Tire Ford won at both Road America and Mid-Ohio last season with AJ Allmendinger behind the wheel.

"This is a great opportunity to get back in a NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) car and to do it for one of the best teams in the series and one of the greatest owners the sport has ever seen - Roger Penske," said Tagliani.  "I've been able to run for 'The Captain' one other time in my career in a stock car and we were so close to winning the race. This gives me two great chances to get my first Nationwide Series win. And with the team winning both of these races last year, I guess you could say the pressure is on me to get the job done this season."

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05/06/14
irl

Brian C. Talks with NOLA Designer Alan Wilson
NOLA designer Alan Wilson believes the Avondale, LA racing facility can stage a successful IndyCar event similar to Barber, another Wilson design.
With news that IndyCar is pursuing a race at New Orleans Motorsports Park for 2015, AutoRacing1’s Brian Carroccio caught up with NOLA track designer Alan Wilson. Although no longer formally affiliated with NOLA, Wilson believes NOLA to be an excellent venue to stage an IndyCar race, and at the very least “it is too good a facility and market to go unrecognized by IndyCar.”

Below, are a few excerpts from Wilson’s discussion with Brian, in which the famous race track designer who counts Barber Motorsports Park and Miller Motorsports Park amongst his other designs, discusses a few of the details surrounding a potential race at NOLA.

Background:

“The design of NOLA began back in 2010 as a members-only private country club type facility,” says Wilson. “The design concept changed quite early to add rental and other, non-spectator, events to create additional revenue opportunities for the project and included the addition of a national championship spec kart track and the potential addition of a second track that could be combined with the initial layout. This second track would be intended for competition while the initial layout would be primarily for club members use and regional level motor sports.

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05/06/14
irl

IndyCar owner Sam Schmidt chosen to unveil innovative hand, foot-free Corvette
Sam Schmidt
A 1999 IndyCar sits inside Sam Schmidt’s Las Vegas-area home. One day, Schmidt, who is a quadriplegic, hopes to drive it again. The notion is not as far-fetched as it might seem.

Schmidt already has started driving a passenger car again. He will get to publicly display his prowess later this month at Indianapolis Motor Speedway when he helps unveil an innovative technological achievement.

A black 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray has been fitted with advanced electronics and a human-to-machine interface to allow people with disabilities similar to Schmidt’s to drive solo.

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05/06/14
nassprint

Marcos Ambrose Allows Fans to Pay His Fine
Marcos Ambrose took great pleasure in punching out Casey Mears.
Marcos Ambrose and his #9 Richard Petty Motorsports team are on a mission from now to the Sprint Showdown to make the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. If Ambrose does make it to All-Star night, he will pay forward the $25,000 fine he received after the event at Richmond International Raceway to Victory Junction. Ambrose and the team have committed to pay the fine forward from potential All-Star Race winnings and donate it to the camp founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty in honor of their son, Adam. Victory Junction enriches the lives of children with serious illnesses by providing life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering, at no cost to children or their families.

Ambrose first entertained the idea after so many of his fans here in the United States and his native Australia wanted to aid monetarily with his fine. The 2013 All-Star has now found a unique way for fans to not only support him, but to help children experience life-changing moments at Victory Junction and assist the camp helped built by his boss, "The King" Richard Petty.

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05/06/14
nassprint

Fans Can Attend NASCAR Drivers' Meeting in Sonoma
Race fans who've wondered exactly what transpires in the Sunday NASCAR drivers' meeting can see for themselves during the 2014 Sprint Cup Series weekend at Sonoma Raceway. For the first time ever in Sonoma, select fans will be granted access to the NASCAR drivers' meeting on Sunday morning, June 22, shortly before the green flag for the Toyota/Save Mart 350. The offer is only available to fans who purchase their Sunday race tickets prior to May 31. The drivers' meeting will take place on the road course inside the hairpin at Turn 11, and will offer fans a chance to see all 43 NASCAR drivers, crew chiefs and race dignitaries, as well as a peek into what goes on during this pre-race tradition.

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05/06/14
wec

Flying Lizard Joins Forces with JMW for Le Mans
There will be added American interest in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, with JMW Motorsport confirming Tuesday a joint effort with members of Flying Lizard Motorsports for the French endurance classic.

Flying Lizard team principal Seth Neiman and teammate Spencer Pumpelly will join Abdulaziz Alfaisal at the wheel of the British squad’s Ferrari F458 Italia, which will compete for top honors in the GTE-Am class.

Both Neiman and Pumpelly, who make their Ferrari racing debuts, return to Le Mans after a one-year absence. The California-based team previously made eight starts, all with Porsche machinery, with a best finish of third in class in 2005.

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05/06/14
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • McLaren can kiss this year goodbye.  Mercedes won't give them their latest stuff knowing it may end up at Honda.
    McLaren to pass Mercedes information to Honda - Wolff
  • Rosberg tips rivals to be closer in Spain
  • No regrets as Maldonado insists Lotus 'not lost'
  • Haug predicts 'close duel' for Mercedes duo
  • Dickie Stanford Appointed General Manager of Williams Heritage
  • Mansell: Hamilton close to perfection in 2014
  • Pirelli hoping for no more than three stops
  • Video: Sahara Force India drivers preview Spanish GP

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05/06/14
tv news

Motorsports This Week on ESPN and ABC
First IndyCar Event on IMS Road Course Live on ABC
Indianapolis Motor Speedway has hosted one IndyCar race a year for a century, but history will be made at the storied track on Saturday, May 10, with the running of the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis. The Verizon IndyCar Series will race on the Speedway’s road course for the first time to kick off the Month of May leading up to the May 25 Indianapolis 500. ABC will have a live telecast of the Grand Prix at 3:30 p.m. ET with the race’s green flag at 3:50 p.m.

Announcers:
Booth: Lap-by-Lap announcer: Allen Bestwick; analysts Scott Goodyear, Eddie Cheever.
Pit reporters: Rick DeBruhl, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch.

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05/05/14
irl

INDYCAR Explores Prospect of IndyCar race at NOLA Motorsports Park (Update) UPDATE
NOLA
As you can see from the photo to the right, the track is flat and a club racing facility at best.  It will need a lot of improvements to bring it up to IndyCar standards.  Let's start with some grandstands and a proper pitlane.

05/05/14 INDYCAR announced today it is exploring a prospective Verizon IndyCar Series race at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, La.

The announcement of the potential event, which would be known as the INDYCAR Grand Prix of Louisiana and organized by Andretti Sports Marketing, was made jointly today with Gov. Bobby Jindal and Laney Chouest, owner of NOLA Motorsports Park.

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05/05/14
nassprint

Video: Patrick swipes Keselowski in early 'Dega crash
Brad Keselowski tries to make a move on leader Danica Patrick, but brings out the caution early when she clips his left rear at Talladega Superspeedway.



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05/05/14
automotive

Video: Electric Cadillac ELR is stunning
The Cadillac ELR is hands-down the best looking electric vehicle on the road.  It is arguably the best looking 2-door coupe period.



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05/05/14
irl

5 more drivers pass Indy rookie test (Update) UPDATE
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Carlos Huertas
05/05/14 Carlos Huertas eventually agreed with team owner Dale Coyne that the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race isn't one to pass up.

"I was a bit unsure because I never did it before and because I had a late start to the season I couldn't prepare for the ovals well," said the 22-year-old Verizon IndyCar Series rookie from Colombia. "This race is different because you get a lot of practice, which helped in the decision. If I'm well-prepared, I'm ready to do it."

Huertas participated May 5 in the formal Indianapolis 500 Rookie Orientation Program at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He totaled 77 laps.

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05/05/14
irl

Turbine power is returning to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Turbine power is returning to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, that is.

A special exhibit will open Thursday, May 8 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum showcasing the memorable times of turbine power at the world's most famous race course, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Eleven cars will be on display, dating to the first turbine appearance at IMS in 1955. Fans and history buffs will be able to enjoy and remember some of the true pioneers in motorsports -- the designers, owners and drivers of these unusual race cars.  "The Turbine Era" display will feature: 

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05/05/14
f1

Video: Formula 1 Pit Stops 1950 & Today


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05/05/14
irl

Country music star Gilbert to ride along with Karam in Indy 500
Brantley Gilbert
Country music entertainer Brantley Gilbert will try his own version of a "Memorial Day Double" at Indianapolis and Charlotte.

Gilbert, the 2013 Academy of Country Music (ACM) New Male Artist, will adorn the No. 22 Dreyer & Reinbold Kingdom Racing Chevrolet of rookie Sage Karam for the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 25.

In addition, Comfort Revolution and Gilbert will also be on Jamie McMurray's No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet SS during the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on the same day.

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05/05/14
nassprint

Clint Bowyer Signs Extension With Michael Waltrip Racing, 5-hour Energy
Michael Waltrip Racing today announced that NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer has signed a multiyear extension to remain with the team and sponsor 5-hour Energy. Bowyer's No. 15 Toyota will be sponsored by 5-hour Energy for 24 of the 36 races each season of the deal, "with additional sponsorship from Peak and AAA Mid-Atlantic." USATODAY.com

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05/05/14
tv news

FOX Sports Powers Back-to-Back NASCAR Race Weekends
Leading up to the running of the famed COCA-COLA 600, NASCAR’s longest and most grueling race of the season, on Memorial Day weekend, FOX Sports unveils FOX SPORTS 1 – 10 DAYS OF THUNDER, a special multi-sport programming block anchored by two weekends of high-profile NASCAR racing, the announcement of the next five inductees to the NASCAR Hall of Fame and premieres of three new FOX Sports 1 originals.

FOX Sports 1 coverage opens Friday, May 16 (11:00 AM ET) with 12 consecutive hours from Charlotte Motor Speedway, highlighted by live coverage of the NASCAR ALL-STAR SHOWDOWN (7:00 PM ET) running on Friday night for the first time ever. At 8:00 PM ET, the network announces the winner of the SPRINT FAN VOTE, the final entrant in NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR race, before moving right in to the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES race at 8:00 PM ET.

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05/05/14
nassprint

Kyle Busch cited for speeding
Kyle Busch was issued a speeding citation on April 29 in Denver, NC on suspicion of traveling 60 mph in a 45 mph zone. According to the police report, the stop happened in front of Beach's Grocery. Busch said he thought the speed limit was 55 mph. The officer commented in the police report that Busch had a "disrespectful attitude."

He was driving a Lexus sedan when he was stopped around 7:45 pm. This is not Busch's first documented driving incident. In 2006, he was ticketed for reckless driving after he "chirped" his tires while pulling out of a Richmond, Va., gas station and into a fast-food restaurant next door. Busch was cited for careless and reckless driving and speeding in 2011 when he was stopped in Iredell County for going 128 mph in a 45 mph zone. WWOC

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05/05/14
irl

Indy Trading Post teams with Marco Andretti for Indy
The No. 25 Indy car of Marco Andretti will see the addition of Indianapolis-based Indy Trading Post for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500.

The third-generation racer is fresh off a second-place finish at Barber Motorsports Park and heads into the Grand Prix of Indianapolis weekend sixth in the championship points standings. 

Located just south of downtown Indianapolis, Indy Trading Post is the city's go-to for family shooting sports. The local business provides a safe and relaxed environment for those who wish to learn about firearm safety and responsible gun ownership by experienced professionals in a family friendly setting.

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05/05/14
f1

Marko questions whether modern F1 drivers have the fighting spirit of legends like Senna
"It would be unfair to compare today’s drivers (with Ayrton Senna), as they have a completely different socialization to back then.

"Today they grow up with their IT gadgets so they have never developed that down-to-earth race fanaticism – that fighting for every inch and sacrificing everything for it. It is a different generation."

This was the quote from Red Bull Racing director Helmut Marko, when asked by Formula 1.com for its Senna tribute section.

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05/05/14
f1

Mercedes F1 team hires 'head shrink'
Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes team have turned to the sports psychologist credited with helping the All Blacks overcome their reputation as serial World Cup chokers, in a bid to maintain their dominant start to the season.

In a move increasingly in vogue, with Liverpool’s hiring of the renowned Dr Steve Peters helping sustain their challenge for the Premier League, Telegraph Sport has learned Mercedes have enlisted the services of sports psychiatrist Dr Ceri Evans.

Evans, who not only worked with the All Blacks in the run-up to their World Cup triumph in 2011 but is a former captain of New Zealand’s All Whites football team, travelled to the last race in Shanghai to review Mercedes operations.

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05/05/14
f1

Rosberg claims 'better than Hamilton in dry'
Rosberg feels in the dry Hamilton has nothing on him
(GMM)  Nico Rosberg is sounding far from defeated ahead of the Spanish grand prix.

The German, although still leading the drivers' world championship by a few points, has seen his teammate Lewis Hamilton win the last three races on the trot.

But far from expecting to fall in line behind the Briton when the battle resumes in Barcelona, Rosberg on Monday told German television RTL his plan for Spain is "full attack".

"To know I have the fastest car to drive is so inspiring," said the 28-year-old.

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05/05/14
irl
gp2

IndyCar loses another American
Daly sees more hope for his career in Europe than the USA
With its ladder system broken, and no compelling reason for Americans to watch IndyCar because it does not have enough winning American drivers like Ryan Hunter-Reay, another bright young American driver has decided to pursue Europe rather than buy a ride in IndyCar.

American Conor Daly is pleased to announce that he has made a commitment to Venezuela GP Lazarus team for the 2014, GP2 season. Daly completed all winter testing with Lazarus in Abu Dhabi and Bahrain in March, before competing in the first two rounds of the championship in Sakhir, Bahrain. He finished 12th in race one before being sidelined with a gearbox issue in race two.

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05/05/14
irl
nascar

Target CEO Resigns
Tony Kanaan piloting the #10 Target machine at Barber.
We have no idea what, if any, implications this will have on the racing world. However, according to the Associated Press, Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel has resigned in the wake of the recent Target data breach. The retail giant, of course, sponsors cars in the Verizon IndyCar Series for Target Chip Ganassi Racing, and Sprint Cup for Kyle Larson. Target also serves as an associate sponsor for Ganassi's Sports Car teams.

Steinhafel had been with Target since 1979, and had served in his current position since 1999.

AR1 Staff

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05/05/14
gp2
irl

Daly Secures GP2 Deal
Conor Daly joins Lazarus GP2 team.
Conor Daly will contest the rest of the GP2 season with the Lazarus GP team after signing a full-time deal following last month's Bahrain season-opener.

The American raced for the team at Sakhir as a one-off, narrowly missing out on points in the feature race.

"This has been a long winter of uncertainty for me, but I am committed on my path to Formula 1," said Daly.

"GP2 is where I want to be right now, and the Lazarus team really has a great group of people.

"We have learned a lot so far this season and have more work to do, but I will give everything to the team to help achieve a great result."

Daly also contested the GP2 opener last year as a one-off, before switching his focus to a full-time GP3 attack and the Indianapolis 500. AutoSport.com

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05/05/14
uscc

Gearbox Issues for Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian
John Pew piloting the #60 Curb Records/AERO Ford.
Monterey, California (4 May 2014) The second round of Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian’s California swing produced disappointment on Sunday after the Columbus, Ohio-based team suffered a gearbox issue that kept the team from finishing the Continental Tire Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for Round 4 of the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Ozz Negri qualified the No. 60 Curb Records/AERO entry eighth on the combined Prototype and GTLM field, with John Pew taking the controls at the start of the two-hour sprint race. Pew had a steady start when the green flag dropped as the field took off for what would become a two-hour green flag run. With track position factoring along with fuel strategy for the sprint race, Pew settled into a rhythm that saw him hold position early through the stint.

As the car became a little more of a handful and the grip became scarce on the 2.238-mile circuit, Pew was able to continue to hang tough, running as high as third before turning the car over to Negri to take to the finish.

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05/05/14
nassprint

Talladega attendance news good this time
100,000+ on Sunday at Talladega
Getty Images for NASCAR
OK, so it was weird to look out from the Talladega Superspeedway press box and see nothing where the Allison Grandstand used to stand.

Then again, it was refreshing to see fans where tarp used to cover segments the main grandstand.

On a day when Sprint Cup points leader Jeff Gordon got drawn into a wreck and local favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 26th, the biggest winner in the Aaron’s 499 was a track that’s taken a beating over bad attendance news in recent years.

Weather was ideal, the economy is better and efforts to enhance the fan experience since last fall translated into a crowd of “well north of 100,000,” according to Grant Lynch, vice president of International Speedway Corporation and chairman of Talladega Superspeedway.

The crowd didn’t go unnoticed.

“This was the biggest crowd I’ve seen here in many, many years,” race winner Denny Hamlin said during an interview from Victory Lane.

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05/05/14
nassprint

Brad Keselowski faces criticism after accident
#2 Keselowski leads the pack, then wipes them out
While there’s nothing in writing, most drivers said there is a gentleman’s agreement that anyone who is several laps down should stay out of the way.

Brad Keselowski apparently didn’t believe in that understanding Sunday during the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway, and it cost him — and 11 other drivers — dearly.

Despite being five laps down, Keselowski drove the lead car in a three-wide battle up front. He lost control of his Ford, crashing in front of the field and sending 11 other cars to the pits or garage.

"I wasn’t so thrilled that a car [five] laps down crashed the field," defending series champion Jimmie Johnson said.

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05/05/14
wec

Audi R18 e-tron quattro with complex electronic architecture
Audi R18 e-tron quattro
The Audi R18 e-tron quattro is the most complex race car created in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm to date. This not only applies to the mechanics. The electronics of the most recent LMP1 race car with the four rings is more sophisticated than ever before.

The age of electronic data transmission from the race car on track began for Audi in 1989. At that time, an Audi 90 quattro in the IMSA GTO series radioed eight parameters to the garage where engine speeds and a few pressures and temperatures were plotted on printouts – a tiny step from today’s perspective, but one that provided important insights at the time.

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05/05/14
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • Vettel continues assault on 'new' F1
    Ricciardo wants 'fair fight' with Vettel
  • F1 could axe Friday morning practice to cut costs
  • Insiders tip Ecclestone to survive corruption scandal
  • Mercedes not happy with 'megaphone' noise fix - Wolff
  • Vettel renews attack on 'new' F1
  • Russian GP 'unrealistic' amid Crimean crisis
  • Smedley: No panic at Williams

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05/04/14
f1

Video: A Formula One Lap with Simona De Silvestro
At the Ferrari test track in Fiorano, Italy



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05/04/14
f3

16-year old Rookie Max Verstappen celebrates maiden victory
Verstappen leads
In the sixth race of the 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship, Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing) claimed victory and thus also scored the maiden win for his team Van Amersfoort Racing in the world’s strongest junior race series. At the 4.574 kilometers long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, the Dutchman, only 16 years old, led from lights to flag and won from Lotus F1 junior driver Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) and Antonio Fuoco (Prema Powerteam), who is backed by the Ferrari Driver Academy. In the drivers’ standings, 17-year-old rookie Esteban Ocon extended his points’ lead with his fifth podium finish from six races.

Max Verstappen used the benefit of pole position and took the lead straight away. On the first few meters, the Dutchman was able to pull clear slightly from the rest of the field, led by Esteban Ocon and Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport). Meanwhile, John Bryant-Meisner (Fortec Motorsport), Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) and Félix Serralles (Team West-Tec F3) collided in the midfield, which brought the safety car out for only one lap. After the restart, Verstappen remained in the lead from Ocon and Fuoco, who inherited third place as Swede Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) retired.

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05/04/14
dtm

Maiden DTM victory for Marco Wittmann and the BMW M4
Marco Whitmann
Marco Wittmann scored the maiden victory of his DTM career in the season opener at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg. It was also the first win for the BMW Team RMG and a perfect debut for the new BMW M4 DTM. The 24-year old German driver already took the lead soon after the start on the third of 42 laps and didn’t lose it anymore until the finish.|

“I am overjoyed. After two difficult years for the RMG team, this victory is very good for everyone. I kept an eye on the drivers behind me in the rear-view mirror all the time and I knew that the drivers with option tires would be quicker than me towards the end of the race. However, my margin was big enough,” the BMW driver commented after his first victory in the eleventh DTM race of his career. In total, 75,000 spectators attended the opening weekend of the 2014 DTM season.

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05/04/14
f3

Second F3 season victory for Lotus F1 junior driver Esteban Ocon
Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) won the fifth season round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the 4.574 kilometers long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg. The Frenchman took the lead from Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) at the start and took the checkered flag as the winner after 22 laps. Giovinazzi and Edward Jones (Carlin) finished in second and third place respectively. With his second season victory, rookie driver Ocon extended his total score in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship drivers’ standings to 85 points and is now leading with an advantage of 18 points from Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin).

The race had not even started when a disappointed Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing) had already parked his car at the side of the track. A gearshift problem left the 16-year-old rookie from The Netherlands side-lined on his way to the starting grid already; pole position remained vacant as a result. At the start, Esteban Ocon took the lead from Antonio Giovinazzi and Edward Jones. Félix Serralles (Team West-Tec F3) overtook Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) for fourth on the opening lap while Nicholas Latifi (Prema Powerteam) also overtook the Swede on the first lap of the race.

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05/04/14
wec
uscc

WeatherTech Racing to Run Le Mans 24
WeatherTech Babes
WeatherTech Racing will run the 24 Hours of Le Mans with drivers Cooper MacNeil, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Bret Curtis. The trio will drive the No. 79 WeatherTech Racing Porsche RSR LMGTAM with Prospeed Competition. The twice around the clock French classic run at the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France June 14-15.

The team has joined forces with Porsche stalwart Prospeed Competition out of Belgium. Prospeed brings a wealth of Porsche and Le Mans experience. Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.) will be running Le Mans for the second time in as many years and Bret Curtis (Lake Sherwood, Calif.) will put a second notch on his Le Mans license having run the race in 2012 with Prospeed. Jeroen Bleekemolen (Monte Carlo) will be running his ninth French 24. MacNeil and Bleekemolen combined to win the 2013 American Le Mans Series GTC title. Bret Curtis is currently competing full time in the Pirelli World Challenge GT Series and has won co-driving with Bleekemolen as well. The team is well versed with the Porsche RSR and the demands of Le Mans and are looking forward to being very competitive in the LMGTAM Class.

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05/04/14
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Marquez blitzes field for fourth consecutive win
Marquez unbeatable in 2014
A huge crowd of more than 115,000 fans saw Spaniard Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) take a fourth premier class victory in a row at the Gran Premio bwin de Espana, with Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) also on the podium at Jerez.

With victory in the south of Spain in his 100th Grand Prix Marquez becomes the first rider to win the opening four premier class races of the year since Mick Doohan in 1992. Marquez had never previously won at Jerez in the World Championship.

No-one could live with Marquez in the heat of the afternoon in Andalusia as he built up a four second lead by lap 12 and never looked back, eventually crossing the line comfortably ahead of Rossi.

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05/04/14
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Video: Bayne wipes out 3 RCR cars
Trevor Bayne gets aggressive in his Ford in Turn 3 and takes out three RCR Chevy drivers in the second multi-car crash at Talladega.  RCR driver Brian Scott said afterward, it's unfortunate when you are a victim of stupidity.



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05/04/14
DTM

Tambay to start from pole today for DTM season opener
Adrien Tambay
The first pole position of the season goes to Adrien Tambay. With a time of 1:32.272 minutes at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, the Audi driver secured the first fastest qualifying time of the year. It is also his maiden pole position in the DTM. His margin over second-placed Marco Wittmann (BMW) was 0.147 seconds.

Bruno Spengler (BMW) will be starting from third place after the time of Antonio Felix da Costa (BMW), who initially was third, had been cancelled. The clerk of the course had another look at this decision after qualifying, but eventually confirmed it.

The Portuguese ended up fourth. Gary Paffett was the fastest driver with a DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé in 15th place.

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05/04/14
f1

Interview with Lotus F1's Romain Grosjean ahead of Spanish GP
Grosjean knows he doesn't stand a chance in the inferior Renault powered Lotus
Lotus pilot Romain Grosjean previews the Spanish Grand Prix, the first European event of the 2014 Formula 1 season...


Romain, is it a case of glass 'half full' or 'half empty' after China?

The gearbox problem was obviously a big disappointment. But the overall picture for the whole weekend was 90 per cent positive. We didn't get a reward at the end, but we know we made a step in the right direction with the car. Before the problem in the race we were the second Renault team, also in front of the McLarens and fighting with Force India. That was positive.

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05/04/14
f1

Lotus F1 Team pays homage to El Greco
Lotus El Greco livery
Lotus F1 Team, on the initiative of owner Gerard Lopez, will pay homage to Spanish painter El Greco with a special livery for the Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix on May 9-11.

The team’s E22 will feature branding of the major El Greco exhibition currently taking place in Toledo which commemorates the 400 years since the death of the leading figure of the Spanish Renaissance through his work as a painter.

A commemorative helmet will be presented to the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy on the May 8 in La Moncloa, and to His Majesty King Juan Carlos I during his planned visit to the Lotus F1 Team motorhome at the Circuit de Catalunya on Sunday May 11.

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05/04/14
f1

Big upgrade to further aid Lotus progress
The Renault powered Lotus team does not stand a chance against the Mercedes teams.  Not a chance.
Lotus Technical Director Nick Chester is expecting the team to move forwards courtesy of 'big upgrades' to the E22 at next weekend's Spanish Grand Prix.

Lotus made progress at the Chinese Grand Prix, with Romain Grosjean securing their first Q3 appearance of the season before running in the top 10 until a gearbox problem caused his retirement.

"We made some good steps on engine mapping," Chester said of Lotus's progress. "The car was a lot more drivable due to a much better torque delivery, which helped the drivers make a big step. Our race performance also improved, moving us ahead of Toro Rosso and McLaren in Shanghai. We have made steady progress in terms of closing the gap to all of the leading teams since Australia."

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05/04/14
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NASCAR Richmond TV Ratings down 0.5M viewers (2nd Update) UPDATE #2 Fox Sports earned its lowest NASCAR television rating in 13 years televising the sport last week. NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from Richmond earned a 3.3 final rating and 5.6 million viewers on FOX last Saturday, down 11% in ratings and 8% in viewership from last year (3.7, 6.1M), and down 8% in both measures from 2012 (3.6, 5.9M). The 3.3 rating is the lowest ever for NASCAR Sprint Cup racing on FOX, falling below the previous mark of 3.6 set on multiple occasions. Of the sixteen lowest rated Sprint Cup races ever on FOX, fifteen have taken place since the start of the decade. Of note, ten of the sixteen lowest rated races have taken place on Saturday nights, including five from Richmond alone. Last week's 3.3 rating also ranks as the lowest for the spring Richmond race 2004 on FX (2.9). Despite the lower numbers, the race was the #2 sporting event of the weekend on broadcast or cable, trailing only ABC's Clippers/Warriors NBA playoff game (4.2, 6.5M).

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05/04/14
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r2i

Indy Month Of May Schedule
Thursday, May 8 GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS PRACTICE - Free Admission
9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Public Gates Open
10 a.m-5:30 p.m., Verizon IndyCar Series & Mazda Road to Indy Practice
10 a.m.-10:45 a.m., Verizon IndyCar Series practice
11 a.m.11:45 a.m., USF2000 Practice
Noon-12:45 p.m., Pro Mazda Practice
1 p.m.-1:45 p.m., Indy Lights Practice
2 p.m.-2:45 p.m., Verizon IndyCar Series Practice
3 p.m.-3:30 p.m., USF 2000 Practice
3:45 p.m.-4:15 p.m., Pro Mazda Practice
4:30 p.m.5:15 p.m., Indy Lights Practice
5:30 p.m., Celebration of Automobiles Track Laps Begin

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05/04/14
uscc

Extreme Speed Acquires New Honda Coupes
HPD ARX-04b Honda coupe
Honda Performance Development today announced the sale of two new HPD ARX-04b Honda coupes to Extreme Speed Motorsports for an ambitious 2015 racing program that may include the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The ARX-04b is fully compliant with the latest ACO LMP2 regulations, and exceeds the safety standards of the new enclosed-cockpit configuration. The new design is eligible for competition in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and Asian Le Mans Series.

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