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05/06/11
nassprint
Montoya, Newman fued continues at Darlington  
05/06/11
f1
Hamilton and Stewart to swap rides at The Glen  2008 Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton and two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart take part in the Mobil 1 Car Swap at Watkins Glen International circuit on June 14th.

Hamilton will be behind the wheel of the No. 14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet Impala NASCAR stock car, while Stewart will try out the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-23 Formula 1 car (McLaren's 2010 model).

“I spend a lot of time in race cars, but this will be the first time I've been at the wheel of a NASCAR stock car, in the No. 14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet,” said Formula 1™ World Champion driver Lewis Hamilton. “Tony and I will have some fun with the swap and make sure we put on a good show. American race fans are massively enthusiastic about motorsports, so I hope to see a lot of them down at The Glen to see it firsthand. It’s a racers circuit and will give us both the chance to understand the differences between the two styles of racing at this legendary track. Watkins Glen also has a particular connection to the team, as it is where McLaren won our first Drivers’ and Constructors’ world championship in 1974 with Emerson Fittipaldi; I’m looking forward to getting back there with the latest generation of McLaren’s machines!”  More ...

05/06/11
f1
D'Ambrosio slapped with grid penalty  Virgin Racing's Jerome d'Ambrosio has been slapped with a five-place grid penalty for Sunday's Turkish Grand Prix.  The 25-year-old was hit with the penalty after he ignored yellow flags during second practice at Istanbul Park on Friday afternoon.  The stewards, after studying video evidence, found that the Belgian failed to slow down when Williams driver Pastor Maldonado spun his car at Turn 8.  As the d'Ambrosio failed to make it out of Q1 in his first three F1 races this year, it means he will probably start the race from the back of the grid.
05/06/11
nassprint
Cope withdraws from Darlington  Derrike Cope posted on his Facebook page, "I had entered the 75 Sprint Cup car for Darlington this weekend...but after running the car on the engine dyno we found that the horsepower was not where it need to be to really have a chance at qualifying for the race. So, we will address the issue of trying to look at an alternative engine source and hopefully be at the Showdown at Charlotte on All-Star weekend to shake the car down and look at future races later in the year."
05/06/11
nassprint
Darlington: Busch crashes, Ryan Newman fastest  Kurt Busch cut and tire and crashed during the first Sprint Cup practice session Friday at Darlington Raceway.

Busch, who hit the Turn 1 wall, was third on the speed chart in his Penske Racing Dodge at the time of the crash. He will go to a backup car for Saturday night’s Showtime Southern 500.

“Bummer deal,” Busch said. “I was just radioing to [the team] that we needed to free it up a little bit. I think we only had 12 or 15 laps on them. When bad karma hits you, it just hits you.” More ...

05/06/11
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Audi buries Peugeot in Spa qualifying  The R18 made a stunning debut with the 3 works cars in the first three places on the grid, pole position going to Timo Bernhard. In GTE Pro, Jaime Melo set the quickest time in his Ferrari. The second round of the ILMC will take place on Saturday 7th May starting at 14h05.
 
The qualifying session for the Spa 1000 kms was interrupted - with a little over five minutes to go to the checkered flag, the red flag was hung out around the circuit following Mathieu Lahaie’s big shunt. He was involved in a collision with the no. 93 FLM (which was not damaged), and the French driver’s OAK Racing Pescarolo slammed into the guardrail at high speed. He was very shocked and was immediately transported to the hospital in Verviers. “He’s conscious,” explained Sylvie Nicolet, the team’s spokesperson. “He now has to undergo a battery of tests.” More ...
05/06/11
gp2
Grosjean powers to Istanbul pole  
Romain Grosjean
Romain Grosjean has picked up where he left off in the GP2 Asia Series by claiming the first pole position for this year's main Series, ahead of Sam Bird and Luca Filippi, this afternoon at the Istanbul Park circuit.

The Frenchman's best lap of 1:34.398 was the target for the final 20 minutes of the session, and although Filippi went close and then Bird closer still to be within a tenth of pole, three red flag periods broke the session up sufficiently for Grosjean to hold on for the first points of the season.

Qualifying opened under dry but still cold conditions, with Fabio Leimer, Dani Clos, Grosjean and Jules Bianchi swapping best times, and Bird close but held up by traffic. Grosjean put himself on the top of the timesheets just prior to Davide Valsecchi stopping on the circuit and then rolling backwards, forcing a red flag stop for the field. More ...
05/06/11
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alms
Ticket Sales Revving Up for Inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix  The Baltimore Grand Prix announced today that ticket sales for the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix are continuing to pick up speed and that tickets for the Sunday-Only Reserved seating and the VIP Light Street Terrace areas have already sold out.

“I would love to say I’m shocked by the news that two of our seating areas have already sold out,” said

Baltimore Grand Prix President and CEO, Jay Davidson, “but we have felt since the inception of this event that the City of Baltimore was ready to welcome the Grand Prix and I would say that our pace in ticket sales is proving us to be correct.”  More ...

05/06/11
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Melker leads the pack  The GP3 Series drivers took to the 5.338 km Turkish track for the second practice session of the weekend, ahead of tomorrow’s qualifying session. Contrary to this morning’s conditions, the field had a dry but cold session on slick Pirelli tires, and for the session it was a returnee who set the pace.

Melker dominated from the off, ahead of Status Grand Prix’s rookie Alexander Sims and Tech 1 Racing’s Aaro Vainio. Andrea Caldarelli was quick to compete for the top spot, with his efforts placing him second, but the Italian just pushed too hard and spun. MW Arden’s Lewis Williamson briefly took the top spot, until just before the halfway point when Melker set his unbeaten laptime of 1:46.515, leaving Marussia Manor Racing’s Rio Haryanto, Williamson and Caldarelli to battle it out for second. More ...
05/06/11
f1
Williams eyes 'Olympic' F1 sale talks  (GMM)  Sir Frank Williams on Friday said he would pay to be a fly on the wall as negotiations to sell formula one heat up.

News Corporation and the Ferrari-linked Exor company are interested in buying the sport from CVC but Williams predicted the talks will be "Olympic sized" in the coming weeks.

The negotiations would also involve the teams, Bernie Ecclestone and the FIA, and another consideration is the expiring Concorde Agreement.

"It would be an Olympic-sized negotiation," Williams told Bloomberg in London.  "I would pay a lot of money just to listen," he added.

05/06/11
nassprint
Gordon's Richmond crash registers 40 G's  Members of Jeff Gordon’s team were informed that Gordon’s crash last week at Richmond registered a G-force spike of about 40, which would be high enough for NASCAR to recommend that a SAFER barrier be added along at least part of the inside backstretch wall at Richmond.

Gordon was uninjured when his car slammed driver side into the inside wall at Richmond. He was outspoken after the crash, questioning why there wasn’t a SAFER barrier on the inside backstretch wall at Richmond in particular and elsewhere at other tracks.

NASCAR officials would not reveal the g-force spike in Gordon’s crash but said it was among the hardest hits in Cup this season. More ...

05/06/11
f1
Teams want to own F1 says FOTA chairman Whitmarsh  (GMM) F1 teams are interested in owning the sport they compete in, FOTA chairman Martin Whitmarsh announced in Turkey on Friday.

Amid news that 'big four' teams McLaren, Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes are meeting with representatives of potential commercial rights bidders News Corp next weekend, McLaren boss Whitmarsh said F1's teams are also interested. More ...
05/06/11
f1
Turkish GP: Thursday Press Conference  DRIVERS
Timo GLOCK (Virgin)
Lewis HAMILTON (McLaren)
Heikki KOVALAINEN (Lotus)
Felipe MASSA (Ferrari)
Vitaly PETROV (Renault)
Adrian SUTIL (Force India)

PRESS CONFERENCE

Q. Timo, I think a little bit of a frustrating start to the season for you judging from your comments recently?

Timo GLOCK: Not a perfect start to the year for us, but we just have to get on with it and make the best out of it. More ...

05/06/11
f1
Turkish GP: Button tops 2nd practice  Jenson Button put his McLaren at the top of the time sheet in a dry second practice session at Istanbul Park, ahead of Nico Rosberg.

Lewis Hamilton was 3rd and Michael Schumacher 4th, make it a McLaren and Mercedes show.

Mark Webber rounded out the top-5 in his Red Bull while his teammate, Sebastian Vettel sat out the entire session while his car was repaired from a morning crash in the wet. ....

Results

Pos Driver Team Time Behind Laps
1. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m26.456s +0.000s 26
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m26.521s +0.065 29
3. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m27.033s +0.577 31
4. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m27.063s +0.607 21
5. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m27.149s +0.693 31
6. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m27.340s +0.884 37
7. Vitaly Petrov Renault 1m27.517s +1.061 37
8. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m27.725s +1.269 37
9. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m27.844s +1.388 32
10. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m28.052s +1.596 37
11. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m28.069s +1.613 27
12. Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m28.153s +1.697 36
13. Nick Heidfeld Renault 1m28.475s +2.019 35
14. Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m28.765s +2.309 32
15. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1m28.828s +2.372 19
16. Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1m28.946s +2.490 20
17. Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1m29.409s +2.953 39
18. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m29.637s +3.181 27
19. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1m30.281s +3.825 37
20. Jerome D'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1m31.035s +4.579 28
21. Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1m31.221s +4.765 22
22. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m31.320s +4.864 29
23. Tonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1m31.989s +5.533 30

05/06/11
f1
Vettel misses second session after morning crash  (GMM)  Sebastian Vettel lost the entire day of running after crashing in the rain in Turkey on Friday morning.

The championship leader's Red Bull sustained serious damage when he hit the wall after losing control at Istanbul's famous Turn 8.

German Vettel, 23, then watched the entire season session - ran entirely in the dry - from the pits.

"The car is badly damaged and from a safety point of view we need to check everything," team boss Christian Horner told German broadcaster Sky. More ...

05/06/11
gp2
Vietoris reigns in wet free practice  
Christian Vietoris
Christian Vietoris laid down a marker in the first session of the 2011 season, claiming the top spot in the last minute of a wet free practice at Istanbul Park ahead of Romain Grosjean and Giedo van der Garde.

The German's best lap time of 1:43.399 was two tenths faster than his nearest rival, who had also improved his lap just before the close of a fairly dramatic session in gloomy conditions. The session opened with rain drizzling all over the circuit, and it never quite stopped across the next half hour.

Vietoris, Grosjean and Stefano Coletti set the early pace, although they were soon back in the pits courtesy of a red flag period brought about by Esteban Gutierrez's wild ride through turn nine: the Mexican rode the outside curb and was thrown onto the inside wall, stopping in the middle of the track and handing his mechanics a tough job ahead of this afternoon's qualifying session. More ...
05/06/11
Automotive
Jaguar and Williams F1 to Build C-X75 Hybrid Supercar  
Jaguar C-X75
Jaguar can today confirm that it will launch the remarkable C-X75 concept car as an exclusive hybrid supercar.

Jaguar C-X75 will become the British marque’s most advanced model to date. It will offer performance on a par with the fastest production cars on the market, while adopting cutting-edge technology that offers remarkably economical running. Jaguar expects this hybrid supercar to deliver incredibly low CO2 emissions of less than 99g/km while being able to achieve in excess of 200mph.

“People expect Jaguar to be innovators - that is when Jaguar is at its best,” said Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar Brand Director. “The C-X75 received an incredible reception as a concept car. We’ve been building on that momentum and there is a clear business case for this exclusive halo model. No other vehicle will better signify Jaguar’s renewed confidence and excellence in technological innovation than this.” More ...

05/06/11
gp3
Valtteri Bottas leads the way in wet Turkey  
Valtteri Bottas
Lotus ART’s Valtteri Bottas put his early stamp on the GP3 Series by setting the pace in first practice this morning in Istanbul with a lap of 1:52.295.

The second GP3 Series season officially kicked off in Turkey today with an additional early first free practice session. The teams were greeted with wet and windy conditions at Istanbul Park, making for a challenging start for the thirty young drivers. As they got to grips with the tricky conditions, it was Marussia Manor Racing’s sophomore Rio Haryanto who led the way. The 18-year-old from Indonesia headed the pack followed by fellow GP3 returnees Dean Smith for Addax Team and Simon Trummer for MW Arden. Newcomers Lewis Williamson, Gabby Chaves, Bottas and Antonio Felix Da Costa were also quick to find their pace on Pirelli wet weather tires. More ...
05/06/11
f1
Turkish GP: Alonso fastest as Vettel crashes  
Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso turned the fastest lap in a wet first practice session for the Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul.

The entire session was held in the wet and Fernando Alonso posted the fastest time of 1.38.670 in the Ferrari, ahead of the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg (1.40.072) and Michael Schumacher (1.40.132.)

The Renault's of Nick Heidfeld and Vitaly Petrov rounded out the top-5.

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel crashed heavily at Istanbul's daunting Turn 8 corner. More ...

05/06/11
wrc
VW confirms WRC with Polo from 2013  Volkswagen has confirmed it will join World Rally Championship with the Polo from 2013.

"In the past, we celebrated our sporting success in the desert," VW's Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg confirmed at the Sardinia launch Thursday evening where the first WRC Volkswagen was shown prior tot he start of the WRC round that sees Mini making its debut. 

"Now we will enter the World Rally Championship in 2013 where the new Polo WRC will compete against WRC competitors Citroen, Mini and Ford. "There is almost 20 months between now and our first rally and we will find the drivers but now we must prepare for the task ahead - there is much to be done..." More ...
05/06/11
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Friday  
  • Ferrari moving closer to flexible wing debut
  • Kovalainen not working with Schumacher guru Singh
  • Paddock 'nervous' as F1 politics returns - Boullier
  • Ferrari slams F1 'rubbish' in English press
  • Red Bull breaching staff number limits - Schumacher
  • Vettel unsure of Webber's future in red
  • Webber still concerned about Red Bull's KERS
  • Alguersuari happy at Toro Rosso despite rumors
  • Vettel aims for pole despite strategy 'panic'
  • New Virgin nose 'like Mercedes' - Glock
  • Heidfeld surprised by Petrov's strength
  • Drivers hint 2011 return for Kubica unlikely More ...
05/06/11
f1
Morning crash for Vettel in Turkish rain  (GMM)  Championship leader Sebastian Vettel crashed heavily at Istanbul's daunting Turn 8 corner during a wet opening practice session on Friday.

The impact caused significant damage to his RB7 bearing the number 1, and he told his engineers by radio there was "some water on the exit.  There was nothing I could do".

The incident caused the 90-minute session to be red-flagged with just over 17 minutes to run.

05/05/11
automotive
Mercedes Previews SLS Roadster  Mercedes-Benz has released the first pictures and details of the SLS AMG Roadster, four months ahead of the official launch at the International Automobil Ausstellung in Frankfurt, Germany.

The convertible SLS is powered by the same 571-horsepower V8 built by AMG, the performance division of Mercedes-Benz.
Like its gullwing-coupe counterpart, the open version of the top-of -the-line Mercedes is powered by a 571-horsepower V8 engine built by AMG. The roof can be lowered at speeds of up to 30 mph.

The German engineers have moved mountains to maintain chassis rigidity without adding too much weight. They succeeded remarkably well: the roadster chassis weighs 540 pounds compared with the coupe chassis at 536 pounds.

Another focus point during the development has been the reduction of noise, vibration and harshness.

The car is pictured during some of its many pre-production tests, and the prototypes will be subjected to many more before the official launch in September.
05/05/11
ta
Carlos de Quesada Makes Move to Trans-Am Series Racing  While Carlos de Quesada, of Miami, is considered a SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series rookie, this veteran racer is no rookie to sports car racing. This season, de Quesada made the move from the Grand-Am Series to the Trans-Am Series – a move that will likely land this veteran rookie on the podium very soon.
“Last year, I sat out [of racing],” de Quesada said. “This year, I wanted to something that was fun where I was doing a lot more driving myself, rather than having other pros driving. I’ve found it [the Trans-Am Series] to be absolutely amazing. I’m really enjoying these Trans-Am cars.”
De Quesada owns Alegra Motorsports and has had some success in other series. In fact, in 2007 he won the Rolex 24 At Daytona GT class in a Porsche GT3 Cup along with co-drivers Jean-Francois Dumoulin, Scooter Gabel and Porsche factory driver Marc Basseng. More ...
05/05/11
f1
Q&A with Pirelli's Hembrey  Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembrey shares his thoughts on the Italian tire manufacturer's start to the Championship.

Q: Paul, how do you think Pirelli has done so far after the first three races?
PH: "The most important thing is that we've fulfilled our brief, which was to help promote overtaking and proper racing through the use of deliberate tire degradation and an increased number of pit stops. We've had three absolutely thrilling races so far, where the outcome often wasn't decided until the very closing laps.

"We've also seen wheel to wheel racing, which has given some of the sport's most talented drivers the opportunity to really showcase their talents. What's interesting too is that we've had all these very spectacular races without seeing any rain during the races.

"In the past, we've heard some people hoping for rain, but now I think that we've seen we don't need rain to have a captivating race." More ...

05/05/11
automotive
Camaro sales ahead of Mustang for 2011  
Chevy Camaro Convertible
The sales race between pony cars, the Chevrolet Camaro is beginning to leave the Ford Mustang in the dust.

The Camaro has steadily outpaced the Ford Mustang for the first four months this year--the Camaro beat the Mustang by 2,672 sales in April alone.

For the year to date, Chevrolet has sold 30,824 Camaros, compared with Ford's 23,599 Mustangs. Camaro sales were up 18.6 percent in April from a year ago with 10,852 units sold; Ford sold 8,180 Mustangs last month, up 59 percent. More ...

05/05/11
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Wilson honored by Waterloo, Ind  As part of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's 'Back Home Again in Indiana' contest, Firestone Indy Lights driver Stefan Wilson spent a day in Waterloo, Ind., with students at Waterloo Elementary School.

He attended the celebration to help hand out pole day tickets to winning students and teachers, but to Wilson's surprise, the town of Waterloo declared April 29, 2011 as 'Stefan Wilson Day.'

Wilson received a plaque of an official town resolution, signed by Waterloo town council members. More ...

05/05/11
irl
Sarah Fisher Racing, Carpenter add Milwaukee  
Ed Carpenter
Sarah Fisher Racing has added the Milwaukee 225 to Ed Carpenter's IZOD IndyCar Series schedule thanks to a partnership with Milwaukee-based Direct Supply.

Direct Supply, the nation's leading supplier of equipment and ecommerce solutions to Long Term Healthcare and Senior Living communities, will serve as primary sponsor of the No. 67 car during the June 19 race at the Milwaukee Mile.

"The Direct Supply Partners have been thrilled with our long association with Sarah and her team. As the first woman car owner she has shown tremendous spirit and accomplishment," said Bob Hillis, CEO and founder of Direct Supply. "Now that she has added our good friend Ed Carpenter as driver of the Dollar General car, we were excited to get the opportunity to bring the team to Milwaukee as part of our family." More ...

05/05/11
irl
Rookie Orientation Program is first step to qualifying for '500'  At least seven drivers with aspirations of competing in the 100th anniversary Indianapolis 500 begin their journey May 12 with the mandatory Rookie Orientation Program at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (ET) session is open to spectators free of charge in the South Terrace Grandstands. Spectators should enter through Gate 2 on 16th Street. Opening Day is May 14, with all-car practice from noon-6 p.m. (ET).

Scheduled to participate are IZOD IndyCar Series regulars JR Hildebrand (National Guard Panther Racing), James Hinchcliffe (Newman/Haas Racing), James Jakes (Dale Coyne Racing) and Charlie Kimball (Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing), plus Ho-Pin Tung (Schmidt Dragon Racing), Pippa Mann (Conquest Racing) and Jay Howard (Service Central Schmidt-Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing). More ...

05/05/11
irl
Lloyd joins Coyne for Indy 500, other ovals  
Alex Lloyd
Alex Lloyd, who finished fourth in the Indianapolis 500 last May for Dale Coyne Racing, will return to the team to drive the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America car in the 100th anniversary race on May 29 and the other seven oval races on the IZOD IndyCar Series schedule.

Sebastien Bourdais will continue to drive the No. 19 car in the five remaining street and road course events. Lloyd will be a teammate to rookie James Jakes (No. 18 Acorn Stairlifts), who will not be only attempting his first Indy 500, but the first oval race of his IndyCar career.

"I'm pumped to be back with the Dale Coyne Racing team, and running not only at Indy, but at the remaining oval track events in 2011," said Lloyd, the 2007 Firestone Indy Lights champion. "I think the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America team has a legitimate chance to win. I'm very excited to have this chance." More ...

05/05/11
gp3
Callcap and SAS International to sponsor Conor Daly in GP3  Two companies, Callcap and SAS International, today confirmed their support for Conor Daly’s 2011 GP3 campaign that kicks off this weekend in Turkey. Callcap will return for a second year of support and SAS International will become involved as a GP3 sponsor for the first time and will also continue their involvement in the Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain championship. SAS International will be carried on Daly’s race suit and on both sides of the Dallara GP3 car.

“We became aware of Conor two years ago at the British Grand Prix and we feel that his talents deserve some additional international support” said Eddie McElhenny, Founder, SAS International. More ...

05/05/11
lmes
Audi dominates  UPDATE The Peugeot 908 that was damaged during Friday practice for the Spa 1000km is repairable and will run again this weekend, according to the team. Despite appearing to be extensively damaged in the shunt, Peugeot insists that the car that was being driven by Pedro Lamy at the time of his collision with Mike Newton’s RML HPD, will be repaired in time to take part in Saturday’s practice session.

“The engine, chassis and all the important bits are fine,” said a team spokesperson. “The mechanics will have to work late tonight, but it will be finished.”

05/05/11 Audi dominated both free practice sessions today on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. The second one was stopped before the end following a collision between one of the Peugeots and a Honda. The second round of the 2011 ILMC will take place on Saturday starting at 14h05.

The Intercontinental Le Mans Cup has been lucky on its first appearance on the magnificent circuit in the Ardennes. The weather is very good and no rain is forecast until the end of the race on Saturday evening. This is a boon for the drivers who are delighted to be in Belgium, as Sébastien Bourdais emphasized in the press conference: “I won here last year and it’s a circuit I love racing on even if Le Mans is more specific.” More ...
05/05/11
f1
Pirelli plans 'super hard' tires for Spain  Pirelli is planning to race a new 'super hard' tire compound at the Spanish Grand Prix in two weeks time as long as it can test it properly during Friday practice at this weekend's Turkish Grand Prix.

The 'super hard' tire has been in the pipeline for some time and was tested during practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix and during Pirelli's private tests. Motorsport director Paul Hembery said it would be used again during Friday practice at Istanbul Park, where the drivers will be given a set to use on top of their usual allocation.

"The new compound is a new hard compound," Hembery said in a Pirelli YouTube video. "The idea is to add three or four laps to the life of the current hard compound with less degradation. We want to introduce that if we can at Barcelona. But it might be the case that we have rain on Friday at Turkey so we won't have the opportunity to test it, so it might be that we have to go to Barcelona again with these same tires and try to test there. But we will certainly see it at Silverstone, if we can test on Friday at Istanbul then we'll see it at Barcelona." More ...

05/05/11
automotive
GM exceeds expectations by posting $3.2B net profit  General Motors made $3.2 billion in the first three months of 2011, for its fifth-straight quarterly profit, including $1.5 billion from one-time charges that included the sale of GM’s stake in Delphi and preferred stock in former in-house lender Ally Financial.

The net profit exceeded the $1.6-billion estimate compiled by Thomson One Analytics’ survey of 16 analysts.

Excluding special items, GM made $2 billion before interest and taxes, which compares with earnings of $1.7 billion a year earlier. The 18% improvement adds to a string of quarterly profits that’s the automaker’s longest since an eight-quarter stretch from 2002 to 2004. More ...

05/05/11
nnw
Only in NASCAR......  Only in NASCAR can a man this old race professionally.  James Hylton will attempt to break his own record as the oldest driver to compete in a NASCAR Nationwide Series race as the 76-year-old will attempt to qualify for the Royal Purple 200 Friday at Darlington Raceway.

Hylton will drive the No. 0 for the JD Motorsports team owned by Johnny Davis with sponsorship from G&K Services. As of Thursday morning, there were only 41 entries for the event, so Hylton should make the 43-car field. If more than 43 cars show up, then he would have to make the race on speed. More ...

05/05/11
f1
Kubica working hard to get back to F1  Renault may have to wait until mid-June for a clearer picture of Robert Kubica's Formula One prospects, even if their Polish driver is putting in the hours to come back from injury.

Kubica spent two months in hospital in Italy after suffering arm, leg and hand injuries in a life-threatening rally accident in early February.

The Pole, a hugely popular race winner considered a potential future champion, returned to his home in Monaco late last month.

"I spent an hour on the phone this week with him and he's obviously very relieved to be back home, relieved to get back to a normal life even if he has to work every day on the rehabilitation," Renault team boss Eric Boullier told reporters at the Turkish Grand Prix. More ...

05/05/11
f1
Interbrand Become Official Partner of AT&T Williams  Williams F1 today announced that Interbrand, the world’s leading brand consultancy, has become an Official Partner of AT&T Williams. The association will see Interbrand engage its expertise to enhance the Williams brand and use the team’s profile to broaden its scope within merchandising and licensing. Interbrand will also work with the team on other marketing projects and conduct a research program into the power of sponsorship and its link to brand value creation.

Established in 1974, Interbrand is headquartered in New York and is a subsidiary of the Omnicom Group, the world’s largest advertising conglomerate. The company offers the complete spectrum of brand management services; from strategy conceptualization through to implementation and analysis. The leader in its field, Interbrand is credited with changing the world’s view of branding through its ability to create and manage brands into valuable business assets. More ...

05/05/11
nnw
Bayne doubtful for Darlington Nationwide race  UPDATE #2 Roush Fenway Racing driver Trevor Bayne will be released from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota today and return to his home in North Carolina but is not expected to race this weekend at Darlington Raceway.

Hospitalized after suffering fatigue, nausea and blurred vision, the 20-year-old Daytona 500 winner posted a note on Twitter about his pending release from the hospital after a nine-day stay.

“I know I'm right where God wants me to be! finally going back to NC today! Waiting patiently to get better! Thanks everyone!” Bayne said in the tweet.

Buescher made his Nationwide debut at Richmond last week in place of Bayne, who was hospitalized April 28th from symptoms thought to be related to an insect or spider bite that caused severe swelling and numbness in Bayne’s left elbow a few weeks earlier. More ...

05/05/11
irl
Trump backs down from driving Indy 500 Pace Car  Donald J. Trump today informed the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that he may be announcing shortly his intention to run for the office of President of the United States, and therefore he thought it would be inappropriate to drive the Pace Car for the 100th anniversary running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 29.

"I very much appreciate the honor, but time and business constraints make my appearance there, especially with the necessary practice sessions, impossible to fulfill," Trump said. "I look forward to watching the race from New York." More ...

05/05/11
f1
Ferrari wants CVC to start investing in F1  Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has said Formula One's commercial rights holders CVC needs to start investing money in the sport in order to guarantee the marque's long-term interest.

Domenicali was speaking in a week which has seen more speculation surrounding the ownership of F1, with News Corporation and investment giant EXOR declaring an interest in potentially launching a takeover. More ...
05/05/11
irl
Easy solution to IndyCar owners revolt over body kits  UPDATE #2 Another reader writes, Dear AutoRacing1.com, , I was reading some of the comments regarding the body kits for the new Indy car. I agree with your solution, Dallara should cut the chassis price, and let the teams source their own body kits. It should be the team’s option to decide if they want to buy Dallara’s aero kit.  As you said, the solution is quite simple.  This seems to be a case of IndyCar and the team owners,  “making a mountain, out of a molehill”.  John Swope, Hollidaysburg, Pa.

05/05/11 A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, Mark Cipolloni is 100% correct.  Take the Dallara body kit off of the Dallara rolling chassis and reduce the price by $70K and this problem is solved.  The IndyCar owners can then elect to buy the Dallara body kit or another one.  By including the body kit as standard IndyCar has forced every team owner to buy a Dallara kit and then if they want another one they can go spend more money an buy it.  Wasn't that a sweetheart deal for Dallara? The owners are 100% correct in not wanting to pay twice for body kits.  I have read quotes from people like Eddie "The Mouth" Gossage who is blaming the team owners when if they took their foot out of their mouth long enough they would realize the problem arose the day IndyCar decided to give Dallara a body kit sale for every rolling chassis they sell.  Mordichai Rosen, LA, California

05/04/11
There is an easy solution the IndyCar team owners revolt says AR1.com founder Mark Cipolloni
A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, With the IndyCar team owners voting to not buy new body kits for the 2012 Dallara rolling chassis, is there anything that can be done to avoid the cars all looking 'spec' again?  Marie Johnson

Dear Marie, Absolutely.  In fact I was shocked when I heard the new Dallara would come with a standard body kit. That decision has now come back to bite IndyCar in the posterior. It should come with no body kit and the price of the rolling chassis reduced by $70K.  That savings by the team owners can then be used to buy the body kit from someone else.  Problem solved.  Randy Bernard should be on the phone to Dallara today.  The conversation should go something like this:

"Dear Mr. Dallara, We gave you exclusive building rights for our existing cars and now with the new cars.  Your company has benefitted immensely from this.  We now need a favor in return.  Please stop working on all bodywork development.  Build the cars with no body kits and pass the $70K savings over to the team owners who can then use that savings to buy other body kits and give us the variety we are looking for with no increase in cost to them." Mark C. More ...

05/05/11
track news
$7 Million Speedway Project Wraps Up  The completion of a nearly $7 million project in Speedway will be celebrated this morning. The Speedway Redevelopment Commission will cut the ribbon on a massive overhaul of Main Street, which it hopes will bring new tourism and new business into town.

The project is one part of a $500 million plan that Speedway leaders hope will revitalize the town. Speedway Redevelopment Commission President Scott Harris believes the overall investment will have an economic impact of $5.2 billion over its first 10 years. Harris says the improvements will also lead to a safer experience for the hundreds of thousands of people coming into town for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. More ...

05/05/11
f1
Cosworth: Real world facts and figures  The secret to the stunning performance of a Formula 1 engine is its speed - operating at 18,000rpm it spins at over three times that of a standard road car engine. However it can be difficult to grasp the amazing speeds and the forces endured by the various components within the Cosworth CA2011.

The following real world facts and figures aim to give some useful comparisons to appreciate the extraordinary machine that is the Cosworth CA2011.

Valves - as fast as a hummingbird wing beat
The speed and precision of the engine valve movements which allow air and fuel to enter and exhaust gases to exit the cylinder are crucial to the power and performance of the CA2011. A pneumatic spring system is employed to enable the frequency to be achieved while maintaining absolute control over valve position. At maximum engine speed, each valve opens and closes 150 times per second. That’s the same as a hummingbird’s wing speed, specifically the ruby-throated hummingbird. More ...

05/05/11
f1
F1 writers find wet weather in Turkey  (GMM)  F1's travelling correspondents have found wet weather in Turkey.

"First off the plane in Istanbul," wrote the Daily Mirror's Byron Young on Twitter.  "It's raining!"

Agreed The Times' Kevin Eason: "Arrived Istanbul.  Looks like a wet weekend in Rotherham (UK).  Soaking."

And Reuters writer Alan Baldwin wrote: "Car wipers all the way to hotel." More ...

05/05/11
ga
GRAND-AM Posts $25,000 'Bounty' To Stop Borefest  
Grand-Am has to pay competitors extra money to beat the Ganassi team
Chip Ganassi Racing, with drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas, are "wanted men" in the GRAND-AM paddock.

Responding to a six-race winning streak dating back to late last season, GRAND-AM has posted a $25,000 bounty which will be awarded to the first team stopping the "Ganassi Gang" by scoring an overall victory in the Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16.

"I think it's a great idea and a great promotion, and it points out how serious people are about trying to beat us," Ganassi said. "I just hope they don't get to pay it out for awhile."

Competitors will have their first opportunity to snag the bounty in the Bosch Engineering 250 on Saturday, May 14 at Virginia International Raceway. More ...

05/05/11
FIAGT
STP returns to racing roots with Ferrari 458  
Ferrari 458 with STP livery
International motorsport is once again the focus for the engine care experts through an alliance with the benchmark Italian AF Corse team, and the young British driver duo of Daniel Brown and Glynn Geddie.

40 years since STP last officially competed in Europe, when Ronnie Petersen piloted the STP March 711 to second place in the 1971 Formula 1 World Championship, the fuel additive giant is returning to the tracks in the FIA GT3 European Championship.

As part of STP’s first official involvement in a European-based series, the unmistakable STP oval will appear on the AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia GT3 driven by the all-British line-up and the Championship’s youngest driver duo of Daniel Brown (19) and Glynn Geddie (20). More ...

05/05/11
nassprint
NASCAR meets with manufacturers  NASCAR held a "town hall" style meeting with its manufacturers - Chevy, Dodge, Ford and Toyota - in Detroit on Tuesday. The five-hour summit, which was described by both sides as "very productive" with "an open exchange," is expected to be the first of many where marketing and competition ideas are shared between the sanctioning body and its automotive partners. NASCAR Vice President of Racing Operations Steve O'Donnell and Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton offered a brief update on the 2013 Sprint Cup car models and the decision behind restructuring points. In addition, computer-aided design photos of one of the 2013 cars were compared to the 2012 street car for the same manufacturer, highlighting an effort to return to the showroom influence. But the focus was geared more toward the current state of the sport and building NASCAR through its new integrated marketing and communications department. Fox Sports
05/05/11
irl
Tracy gives Edmonton  track passing grade  
Paul Tracy
Paul Tracy stood at the end of what will be the straightaway for the new Edmonton Indy and tried to imagine it July 22-24.

“I can tell you one thing right now. This straightaway may be twice as long as at the Indianapolis 500,” he said.

Standing on the closed runway at the opposite corner of the City Centre Airport from where the event had been held in the past, Tracy said he could offer a couple other observations as well.

“Nobody is going to complain about there being no opportunity to pass here. If you can’t pass on this track … I don’t know where you’re going to find a better one. More ...

05/05/11
irl
Tracy lends expertise to Canada’s future racers  
Paul Tracy
At 42, there are those who suggest Paul Tracy — a.k.a. the Thrill from West Hill and Bad Boy of Racing — is closer to over the hill, and the veteran open-wheel racer does admit his days are numbered in the ultra competitive Izod IndyCar Series.

But, while still competing in a handful of races this season, the Ontario native is more than set in his plans to move on to the next stage of his brilliant career, which will include further blazing of the asphalt trail for the younger generation of Canadian drivers.

In town to promote the Edmonton Indy, set for July 22-24 at the City Centre Airport, Tracy announced his intention of working with local 18-year-old racer Stefan Rzadzinski, who is coming off his first win in the Skip Barber Racing Summer Series this past weekend at the Virginia International Raceway. More ...

05/05/11
irl
Gossage thinks IndyCar owners decision wrong  
Eddie Gossage loves to see his name in print
With the IndyCar Series moving to its version of the Car of Tomorrow in 2012, one of the allures of the new car was the aero kit possibilities that would allow the cars to have manufacturer specific features and designs.

In Brazil over the weekend, the IndyCar team owners voted to not introduce the aero kits until 2013, a year after the new car's introduction.

Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage isn't happy.

Only thing is, two problems exist: More ...

05/05/11
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday  
  • Big teams schedule meeting on F1 future
  • Di Grassi completes Barcelona tire test for Pirelli
  • F1 team boss slams KERS
  • Qualifying 'only half the battle' now - Wurz
  • Vettel not worried about KERS or Turkey crash
  • Haug laughs off Rosberg-to-Ferrari reports
  • Pollock heads 2013 F1 engine supplier Pure
  • Derek Warwick to be steward in Turkey
  • No Friday driver for Team Lotus in Turkey
  • Lauda thinks Renault missing Kubica More ...
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