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05/08/12
f1
Top Gear on Ayrton Senna (Full Segment)  Very interesting video - Martin Blundell tells why Senna was the best and what made him so.

05/08/12
tv news
SPEED2 Added by DIRECTV, Verizon; Tops 35 Million  
SPEED2 Homepage
SPEED2, the authenticated broadband network complementing the SPEED linear network, is now available to DIRECTV and Verizon FiOS TV customers. The move expands overall distribution to more than 35 million customers through multiple service providers. Differentiating itself from other broadband offerings, SPEED2 does not require a subscription to any specific Internet service.

Created to deliver an expanded variety of racing, featuring popular international events that enhance the dynamic programming SPEED already delivers, SPEED2 -- launched in the summer of 2010 -- now is available through DIRECTV, Verizon FiOS TV, DISH Network, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision and Bright House Networks. More ...

05/08/12
motogp
Colin Edwards breaks collarbone  UPDATE Colin Edwards underwent successful surgery on his broken left collarbone in Barcelona's Insitituto Universitario DEXEUS hospital on Monday afternoon following his crash in qualifying for the Portuguese Grand Prix.    The American had a plate and screws fitted by regular MotoGP surgeon Dr Javier Mir, who also operated on Edwards when he broke his other collarbone in a crash at Catalunya last June.

"Doctor Mir and his team have done a great job," said Edwards. "They were the ones that took care of me the last time. The surgery was really quick. I'm feeling great, still a little dizzy from the anesthesia but feeling all right. They put a block on the side of my neck so it's feeling a little numb.

"I'm here watching TV and tweeting. Just want to let everyone know I'm OK!" More ...

05/08/12
wec
alms
WEC, ALMS In Talks For Possible Sebring Return (but no Petit LeMans)  The 60th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring saw one of the largest and most competitive fields in North American sports car history, thanks to the traditional season-opener for the American Le Mans Series also doubling as the first round of the new FIA World Endurance Championship.

Fans could be treated to more of the same for next year, as discussions for the 2013 race has begun, according to FIA WEC CEO Gerard Neveu and ALMS President Scott Atherton, who both spoke with SPEED.com about the latest developments, and challenges, that a combined race brings to both championships.

“We are still working with IMSA and the people from the ALMS about next year,” Neveu said in an exclusive interview during last weekend’s Six Hours of Spa. “We have some meetings in May and June, just before Le Mans, to discuss what we can do together next year. Sebring maybe, but we have different options, so we have to discuss that.” More ...

05/08/12
cc
Walker, Others win lawsuit against Craig Gore  According to this court document obtained by AR1.com, former Champ Car team owner Craig Gore owes creditors over $282 million.  He filed for bankruptcy so the creditors, including team owner Derrick Walker, only received a fraction of what was owed them.  How a person racks up this much debt without any hope of repaying it is beyond us.
05/08/12
f1
F1 1979 Rene Arnoux Vs Gilles Villeneuve  Remembering Gilles Villeneuve: 1979 Rene Arnoux (Williams-Renault) Vs Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari)- Dijon 1979- Best duel in F1 History.

05/08/12
tv news
Race Central TV to air Exclusive Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix Celebrity Highlights  Race Central TV this week will air exclusive programming, shot and produced by Race Central TV and Hosted by Kurt Hansen from the 36th Annual Long Beach Grand Prix Celebrity Race. Catch interviews with big name stars from the Pre and Post Race Celebrity Compound. The next two week's shows will highlight all the Stars and Interviews granted Race Central TV from the Toyota Grand Prix Celebrity Race, one of the key and star attractions of every Long Beach Grand Prix.

The show will air on Monday, May 7 and Monday May 14th at 8:30 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. and Thursdays, May 10th and May 17th at 8:00 P.M. and 1:00 A.M (all times EST) on MavTV on Dish Network (Ch 361) and on dozens of Cable Providers around the Country (check mavtv.com for Providers and times in your Markets) and will re-air on Race Centrals Streaming Web Site www.racecentral.tv the for our on-line viewers in coming weeks. More ...

05/08/12
irl
'INDY Live' returns to Brickyard Crossing  "INDY Live" will be on the air May 15, 17, 22 and 24 with Mike King as host. The radio show, starting at 7 p.m. each day, originates from the Brickyard Crossing Restaurant and is open to the public.

Autograph sessions will be held during commercial breaks for attendees. The lineup for the first two shows:

May 15

(7-7:30) -- Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti, Marco Andretti

(7:30-8) -- James Hinchcliffe, Ana Beatriz, Ryan Hunter-Reay

May 17

(7-7:30) -- Helio Castroneves, Ryan Briscoe, Will Power

(7:30-8) -- Mike Conway, Wade Cunningham, JR Hildebrand

05/08/12
irl
Turbogate fuels Indy car unrest  
2001 Honda CART turbo producing over 900 HP.  Real power, real racing
Indy car racing fans tend to get all wistful about the sport's glory days.

But right now, a seemingly minor technical squabble between Chevrolet and Honda that is unfolding behind the scenes should remind the participants and the powers-that-be of a somewhat similar saga from the recent past that was hugely detrimental to the sport.

It all went down in 2001. Engine manufacturer participation in the CART-sanctioned FedEx Championship Series for Indy cars was near its peak. Mercedes-Benz had just dropped out, but Honda and Toyota were engaged in all-out warfare, and Ford-Cosworth was giving the Japanese giants a good run for their money despite spending considerably less. More ...

05/08/12
irl
Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Announces Partnership with IUPUI  Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing (SFHR) has renewed its partnership with the Motorsports Engineering program at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)—a relationship that is bettering both groups and developing a stronger talent pipeline for the motorsports industry.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the Motorsports Engineering Program at IUPUI again this year,” said Sarah Fisher, co-owner of SFHR. “Our programs have not only paralleled each other in terms of growth over the past few years, but we’ve also had the opportunity to intersect in some very unique ways to promote education and the depth of the talented workforce in the motorsports industry together.” More ...

05/08/12
alms
Antonio Pizzonia joins Conquest Racing  
Antonio Pizzonia
Conquest Endurance announced today that ex-Formula One Brazilian driver, Antonio Pizzonia, will join the team as a third driver for this weekend’s American Le Mans Monterey Presented by Patron at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. 

The 31-year-old driver has extensive racing experience and has competed in some of the top racing series in the world including Formula One, IndyCar, GP2, Superleague, Formula 3000, British Formula 3, British Formula Renault, among others.  Most recently he has participated in the popular Brazilian Stock Car Series.  While he is not behind the wheel of a racecar, the Brazilian driver is also an amateur triathlete and Ironman.  This weekend’s six hour ALMS event will mark the first time that he competes in an endurance event. More ...

05/08/12
irl
Rahal hosts charity golf tournament  
Graham Rahal
IZOD IndyCar Series driver Graham Rahal and the Graham Rahal Foundation will be hosting the inaugural "Drivers Tournament" benefiting Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer and SeriousFun Children's Network during the week of the 2012 Indianapolis 500 on Wednesday, May 23 at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course located within the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The event is presented by Service Central, the automotive service offered exclusively at Big O Tires, Merchant's Tire and Auto, National Tire and Battery, and Tire Kingdom. More ...

05/08/12
irl
Indy 500 Rookie class to lean on Luyendyk's Indy experience  One particular tip about the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during Arie Luyendyk's first year attempting to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 has remained cogent for 27 years.

"We had only a little bit of insight from some guys," Luyendyk says. "Mario (Andretti) said don't rush into anything because the track will bite you before you know it. It says a lot in a few words. You have to have a methodical approach about the place."

On May 10, the two-time Indy 500 winner will relay that information and ample amounts more during the Rookie Orientation Program at the Speedway. The 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. session, which also will include a refresher course for competitors, is free and open to the public to watch from the South Terrace Grandstands adjacent to Gate 2. Opening Day for all-cars practice is May 12. More ...

05/08/12
f1
Jacques Villeneuve drives father Gilles' 1979 Formula 1 Ferrari 312 T4  30 years ago today, on May 8, 1982, Gilles Villeneuve died in a crash during qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder. He was 32.  Today his son drove his car at Fiorano, courtesy of Ferrari.

05/08/12
wec
Audi R18 E-tron Quattro With Williams Hybrid Power Technology Makes Strong Start  The Audi R18 e-tron quattro, powered by Williams Hybrid Power’s innovative electric flywheel hybrid system, impressed on its first competitive outing in round two of the F.I.A World Endurance Championship.

The second race in the 2012 calendar saw teams head to Belgium for the WEC 6 hours of Spa-Francorchamps. The Audi R18 e-tron Quattro #2 set the fastest time in Friday’s qualifying and its sister car finished in second place around the famous circuit after dominating the early stages in difficult wet conditions. The race at Spa-Francorchamps can be seen as a ‘’dress rehearsal’’ for the Le Mans 24 Hours next month. By proving its capability on one of the world’s most challenging circuits, the signs are positive for the R18 e-tron quattro’s chances of success at the 80th running of the world’s most famous endurance event. More ...

05/08/12
f1
Schumi: Pirellis like 'raw eggs'  Michael Schumacher has continued his criticism of Pirelli's tires, this time likening them to driving on "raw eggs".

The seven-time World Champion slammed the Italian manufacturer after last month's Bahrain Grand Prix, with Schumacher saying the current rate of tire degradation was such that drivers could not test either their own or their cars' limits.

Pirelli then hit back at the German, saying: "Formula 1 has always been a meritocracy; in the end the best engineers and drivers will always succeed".

Schumacher, though, is refusing to let the issue die down. Speaking ahead of this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix, he told CNN: "I just think that they're playing a much too big effect because they are so peaky and so special that they don't put our cars or ourselves to the limit. More ...

05/08/12
f1
Clos will take part in the first free practice session  Spanish driver Dani Clos will step into the F112 for the first time on Friday to take part in the first free practice session of the Spanish Grand Prix which will take place at the Circuit de Catalunya. 23 year-old Clos will substitute teammate Narain Karthikeyan for that session and will join Pedro de la Rosa for the first 90 minutes of practice in Montmelo.

It will be history in the making for HRT Formula 1 Team at the Circuit de Catalunya since this will be the first time that two Spanish drivers hit the track forming a part of a Spanish team at the Spanish Grand Prix. It will be a moment to remember for Spanish motorsport and a great opportunity for Clos to prove his worth in front of his home crowd. More ...

05/08/12
TV News
NASCAR Talladega TV Ratings  UPDATE ABC’s live telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on Saturday, May 5, drew the network’s third-largest audience ever for a Nationwide Series race. An average of 3,501,477 people watched the race, earning a 2.3 rating, according to the Nielsen Company. The only audiences larger for a Nationwide Series race on ABC were the 2008 Talladega race (4,061,007 average) and 2007 at Las Vegas (3,650,562). Last year’s race aired on ESPN2 with a 1.8 U.S. rating, averaging 2,938,308 viewers. The last time the race aired on ABC was in 2009, with that telecast earning a 1.9 rating and averaging 2,675,244 viewers. Across ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC, NASCAR Nationwide Series races are averaging a 1.7 U.S. rating this season, up six percent from a 1.6 at this time last year.

05/07/12 The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series telecast from Talladega Superspeedway, the Aaron’s 499 yesterday, earned a 4.7 overnight, up slightly from a 4.6 rating for the same race last year, which aired in mid-April.

Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series Aaron's 312 from Talladega earned a 2.0 overnight rating on ABC.

05/08/12
irl
2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 To Pace 96th Indianapolis 500  
The Corvette pace car makes more HP than the IndyCars it will pace in May
A 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 will lead the starting field of the 96th Indianapolis 500 to the green flag Sunday, May 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With 638 horsepower, the Corvette ZR1 is the most powerful production car ever to serve as the Pace Car during the Indianapolis 500.

This will be the 23rd time a Chevrolet has paced "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" and the 11th time a Corvette is serving as the Pace Car, both event records. The 2013 model year will be historic for Corvette, marking its 60th anniversary and the final year of production for the current generation.

"Corvette embodies pure performance, so the ZR1 is a perfect car to pace the most prestigious auto race in the world," said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president and chief executive officer. "Chevrolet is a great partner of the Speedway, and we share in the excitement of the upcoming 60th anniversary of the iconic Corvette brand. It's even more meaningful to see a Chevrolet pacing the field at Indy since Chevy has returned as an engine supplier for the IZOD IndyCar Series for the first time since 2005." More ...

05/08/12
f1
Williams F1 Team Announces New Partnership  The Williams F1 Team (Ticker: WGF1) is pleased to announce a new sponsorship agreement with Wihuri, one of Finland’s most respected business enterprises.

The Wihuri logos will feature on the belt and helmet of the team’s Official Reserve Driver Valtteri Bottas, and the rear wing endplate of each Williams Renault FW34. Wihuri have supported Valtteri since 2006, and this agreement further extends their commitment to helping talented young Finnish drivers reach the pinnacle of motorsport. More ...

05/08/12
irl
Marcus Hotels & Resorts Announces Milwaukee IndyFest Festivities and VIP Package  Marcus(R) Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation today announced festivities and hotel packages for Milwaukee IndyFest taking place June 14 -- 16, 2012 at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center and Wisconsin State Fair Park. Andretti Sports Marketing, led by IndyCar team owner Michael Andretti, is bringing back the IZOD IndyCar Series to Milwaukee, in addition to a concert and other exciting entertainment throughout the weekend. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is recognized as a Champion of the Community Partner and the official hotel and catering partner of this summer's IndyFest event.

Milwaukee IndyFest Street Party Event at the Hilton Milwaukee

The festivities will kick off Thursday, June 14 with a block party featuring live music by The Toys. The block party is free to the public and will take place across from the Hilton Milwaukee in the parking lot on 5th and Wisconsin. The Milwaukee IndyFest Street Party will feature a car show, House of Harley-Davidson parade, Indy race car driver appearances, food trucks, beer stations and more. More ...

05/08/12
nnw
Danica 'mans up' and apologizes to Hornish  UPDATE
At Talladega posing for a Photo Op, reader criticizes Danica Patrick
A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, The episode between Sam Hornish and Danica (Why Won't You Let Me Win) Patrick was fun to watch live and even more interesting once the interview with Hornish came out on Speed Center.  Even if Hornish's right front wasn't going down and he was racing Patrick for position coming to the line, what did she think Hornish was going to do, just let her by?  She wasn't even parallel with him as they were coming to the line.  Hornish has every right to defend his position the same as other NASCAR drivers have in the past.  What this shows is Patrick's continuing primadonna attitude where she thinks that she's entitled to everything simply because her ego was blown up by IndyCar’s insistence on promoting her regardless of her actual talent. 

Her approach to Hornish this past Saturday was nothing but her throwing a little temper tantrum after she *thought* Hornish stuffed her into the wall.  Hell, she probably only apologized because NASCAR told her to behind the scenes just to protect their media darling investment.  This is standard practice for Danica, when she doesn't get her way, when someone doesn't just let her by, she has a little tantrum and stomps off and pouts. Just let her pull that stunt on one of the established stars in NASCAR... Mika Malehorn More ...
05/08/12
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday  UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

05/08/12
  • Barrichello gets some oval coaching from teammate Tony Kanaan
    LAT USA for IndyCar
    Oval driving 'very different' to F1 - Barrichello
  • Schumacher world's second-richest sportsman
  • Red Bull 'happy' with Webber and Vettel - boss
  • Setup key to pace in new Pirelli era - Brawn
  • Alonso suffered injury at start of 2011
  • Mercedes team picks up a new sponsor
  • Carbonell enters Formula 1 at the hand of HRT Formula 1 Team
  • F1's best will prevail in 2012 - Brawn New More ...
05/08/12
track news
Politicians accuse each other over Austin track  Austin's mayoral race went from testy to nasty Monday, with both major candidates accusing the other of some form of dishonesty about the Formula One racetrack being built just east of the city.

Brigid Shea accused Mayor Lee Leffingwell of hiding at least 24 campaign contributions, totaling at least $8,300. Shea said the donations had been "bundled" by local backers of the controversial track but not listed as such, as she contends city rules require. Shea has made both the racetrack and Leffingwell's contributions a centerpiece of her campaign.

Leffingwell's campaign denied the allegation of subverting the campaign-finance laws, then accused Shea, an environmental activist, of vehemently opposing the track only after failing to land a job with race organizers as a paid consultant.

That claim, which she denies, was supported by Richard Suttle, an Austin lawyer working for the local promoters; by Ian Davis, an environmental activist; and by a spokeswoman for Steve Sexton, president of the Circuit of the Americas, the track operator. More ...

05/08/12
nassprint
Stewart won't be penalized for Talladega post race comments  
Tony Stewart rips NASCAR
Sarcasm, when used correctly, can be a clever tool for making a point. It also can be harmful when overused. #14-Tony Stewart's news conference following Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway was full of both. It bordered from brilliant to a violation of Section 12-4-A of the NASCAR rulebook, which covers everything "detrimental to the sport."

In one of the most bizarre postrace transcripts you'll ever read, the three-time Cup champion made a mockery of one of the sport's biggest races. He did it in such a sarcastic way that you may want to read twice just to catch the surgeon-like precision in which he ripped the race and governing body apart. The note accompanying the transcript says the interview was "tongue-and-cheek." (see video) More ...

05/08/12
wec
Hiroaki Ishiura withdraws from LeMans  TOYOTA Racing regrets to announce that Hiroaki Ishiura is unable to take his place in the driver line-up of the #8 TS030 HYBRID at the Le Mans 24 Hours due to a back complaint.

During the first tests of the TS030 HYBRID, Hiroaki experienced discomfort in his back due to the higher g-forces experienced in an LMP1 car.

After taking medical advice, Hiroaki informed TOYOTA Racing of his decision to withdraw from the team for this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours and concentrate on regaining full fitness ahead of the 2013 season. More ...
05/08/12
automotive
Video: Siemens Announces 'eHighway Of The Future' Concept  
Click image to watch video (iPhone and iPad users can see video by switching to video menu
Siemens today announced its 'eHighway of the Future' concept at the 26th Annual Electric Vehicle Symposium in Los Angeles. The eHighway concept is the electrification of trucks and select highway lanes via overhead electrified wires similar to how modern day trolleys or streetcars are powered on many city streets. The eHighway solution is an environmentally friendly, sustainable and efficient solution for today's truck transport. It will use less fossil fuels, substantially reduce CO2 emissions, reduce pollutant load in residential and agricultural areas, and, most importantly, will be very easy to integrate into existing highways and infrastructures. More ...
05/07/12
tv news
Motorsports This Week on ESPN  
NASCAR Nationwide Series at Darlington on ESPN2   
The NASCAR Nationwide Series races Friday night, May 11, at one of NASCAR’s most storied tracks, Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, and the race airs live on ESPN2. NASCAR Countdown airs at 6:30 p.m. ET with the race telecast at 7 p.m. Also from Darlington, ESPN2 airs NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying on Friday at 3:30 p.m. All NASCAR programming on ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets with the WatchESPN app and WatchESPN.com.

NASCAR Now Schedule
The one-hour weekend edition of ESPN2’s daily NASCAR news and information program NASCAR Now will air on Saturday, May 12, at noon ET with a preview of that night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. Mike Massaro will host, joined from the track by analyst Andy Petree and reporters Nicole Briscoe and Ryan McGee. NASCAR Now will review the Darlington race at 3 p.m. on Monday, May 14. More ...

05/07/12
nassprint
Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week Returns To Las Vegas for next 3 years  NASCAR announced that the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards - and all of Champion's Week - will return to Las Vegas, Nev., and remain there for the next three years. For the fourth-consecutive season, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards will take place at Wynn Las Vegas on Friday, Nov. 30, a culmination of a week-long celebration for the series champion - and NASCAR fans. As in past years, fans can expect the traditionally exciting and interactive week of activities.

"Experience tells us that Las Vegas creates the perfect backdrop for our sport and our fans to join us in celebrating a NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship," said Steve Phelps, chief marketing officer for NASCAR. "Returning Champion's Week and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards to Vegas for the next three years will help our loyal fans crystallize their plans to join us in putting the finishing touches on the season that was with a series of intriguing events across the city." More ...
05/07/12
dtm
Spengler: I had to give 100% every lap  
Bruno Spengler
Bruno Spengler (CA) and BMW Team Schnitzer made history with the victory at the Lausitzring (DE), and claimed BMW’s 50th win in the DTM. In an interview, Spengler describes his feelings after the thrilling race and the tenth triumph of his DTM career.

Bruno, how does it feel to have achieved the first BMW victory of the new DTM era?

Bruno Spengler: “When I crossed the finishing line, this fact came straight to my mind. It is unbelievable: I am the first driver to stand on the top of the podium since BMW’s return to the series after 20 years away. Lifting the trophy was a very special moment for me, particularly as my parents and girlfriend were at the podium ceremony to see what was a historic moment for BMW and me. It still sends a shiver down my spine thinking about it.” More ...

05/07/12
tv news
Wind Tunnel Sunday  Dave Despain will be back in the Wind Tunnel studio this Sunday after a two-week absence.

Sunday’s Talladega CUP winner, Brad Keselowski, will join Dave LIVE in the studio for the entire hour as our Co-Host. Brad has been on the program several times before but this will be his first time in the Co-Host role.

Co-Host Brad Keselowski (Sprint CUP Driver, Penske Racing)

Featured Interview TBA More ...

05/07/12
irl
Kimball tops afternoon test session at TMS  
Charlie Kimball
Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing's Charlie Kimball gave the Ganassi organization and Honda a session sweep of the fastest laps during Monday's IZOD IndyCar Series open test at Texas Motor Speedway.

Kimball ran a lap of 211.330 miles per hour in the No. 83 Novo Nordisk Honda to take the top honors in the afternoon session and second overall to Target Chip Ganassi's Scott Dixon. Dixon (No. 9 Target Honda), who was second to Kimball in the afternoon at 211.330 mph , was the only driver on the day to surpass 212 mph with his morning-session lap of 212.371 mph. More ...

05/07/12
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Dempsey joins Younessi Racing  Younessi Racing is expanding its presence in Firestone Indy Lights adding Ireland's Peter Dempsey to the team beginning with the Freedom 100.

Dempsey will drive the team's lone entry at Indianapolis, but will be joined by team owner/driver Rodin Younessi in a two-car effort at Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on June 2.

Younessi has also hired veteran engineer Dave McMillan to re-unite with Dempsey, who previously worked with Dempsey at O2 Racing Technology in 2011. Competing in four events together, they earned two podium finishes at St. Petersburg and Barber, led 9 laps at Long Beach and captured a top-10 finish at the Freedom 100. More ...

05/07/12
irl
Dixon tops opening test session at TMS for IndyCars  
Scott Dixon
Scott Dixon didn't know what to expect upon arriving at Texas Motor Speedway for the first IZOD IndyCar Series Open Test on a 1.5-mile oval with the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series chassis powered by the 2.2-liter, turbocharged engine supplied by Chevrolet, Honda and Lotus.

The 6½ hours of available track time, following Rubens Barrichello's IZOD IndyCar Series oval rookie test, provided the 2008 Texas race winner with gigabytes of information to take into the June 8-9 Firestone 550. It also calmed concerns about the car's safety on the high-banked racetrack, which is similar to Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

"For the first time coming here you're open-minded as you try to figure out what the car's going to be like, and until you get through the first couple of runs you're not sure what to expect," said Dixon, who's fourth in the series' championship standings after four road/street course races. More ...

05/07/12
irl
Baltimore Grand Prix trees finally getting planted in city  It's said good things come to those who wait. But somebody still has to pay for them.

On Friday, a contractor commissioned by the city began planting 150 trees around downtown, fulfilling a pledge made – and broken – by the now-defunct organization behind last summer's Grand Prix auto race.

Baltimore Racing Development had agreed to plant a total of 198 trees downtown by last fall, after a public furor erupted over trees the city had permitted the group to cut down or move in the Inner Harbor to make way for the three-day event. More ...

05/07/12
irl
'It's awesome,' Barrichello says after test phase 1  
Rubens Barrichello climbed the 24-degree banking between Turns 1 and 2 at Texas Motor Speedway and exclaimed (well, fill in your own expletive).

It's a new chapter in the career of the 19-year Formula One veteran and four-race veteran of the IZOD IndyCar Series.

Barrichello hit the 1.5-mile track at 8:52 a.m. (local) for his IZOD IndyCar Series oval rookie test after KV Racing Technology teammate Tony Kanaan shook down the No. 8 Chevrolet-powered car. Fifty-five minutes later and after maintaining a steady 205-206 mph pace through three stints, Barrichello's facial features eased.

"It's different from anything I've tried," said Barrichello, who has top-10 finishes in his past three road/street course races and is 11th in the championship standings. "On my second run, after I broke the 200s, I was very rude on the radio because I was so excited. I said it was truly awesome, but not in a good manner. More ...

05/07/12
irl
Dreyer & Reinbold forms alliance with Panther to get Chevy engines  As Dreyer & Reinbold Racing heads into the month of May, they will be embarking on a new chapter for the duration of the year. The Indianapolis-based squad has united with two-time IndyCar Series champion Panther Racing to form a strategic alliance on Oriol Servia's entry for the remainder of the 2012 season. The No. 22 Panther/DRR team will utilize Panther's second Chevrolet engine lease and work in conjunction with the No. 4 National Guard team and driver JR Hildebrand beginning with this month's 96th Running of the Indianapolis 500.

It was announced two weeks ago that Lotus and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing reached an amicable resolution to end their agreement. The two entities had entered into a contract back in November for Lotus to be the team's engine supplier in the IZOD IndyCar Series. Given the circumstances of the regulatory requirement to supply multiple teams, the late timing of the Lotus' entry and the unanticipated difficulties caused by the change of ownership, Lotus made the decision to reduce the number of cars it runs. As a result, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing ran the Lotus for the last time in Brazil. More ...

05/07/12
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Monday  UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

05/07/12
  • Red Bull teams still plan to test in Abu Dhabi
    Only Red Bull teams stick with Abu Dhabi test plans
  • Bahrain could get director on F1 board - report
  • Sainz jr on track for Toro Rosso future
  • Video: Sauber Barcelona track introduction
  • Cristalbox, new sponsor of HRT Formula 1 Team
  • Boullier :Young driver test at Silverstone 'nonsense' New
  • McLaren tested higher nose at Mugello New
  • Webber hits back at Petrov's Mugello jibe New More ...
05/07/12
motogp
Estoril Test Cancelled  Due to heavy rain and adverse weather conditions, the MotoGP test scheduled for today at the Estoril circuit has been cancelled. It is not yet confirmed when the test will be held later in the season.
05/07/12
nnw
McClure awake and alert  Eric McClure, driver of the No. 14 Hefty/Reynolds Wrap Toyota, is stable and alert following a late-race incident yesterday during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway.

He is undergoing tests and remains under observation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham hospital.

McClure and his family would like to express their thanks to the NASCAR community for their thoughts, support and concern. The team will release any updates as they occur.

05/06/12
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Sunday  
  • Lotus E20
    Lotus will be even quicker says Boullier
  • New boss says F1 must consider future after Ecclestone
  • Brother tips Schumacher to keep racing
  • Barrichello still clinging to F1 dream
  • Lotus trade straight line testing for wind tunnel test in USA

Lotus will be even quicker says Boullier
Lotus team principal Eric Boullier  is certain that the E20 will be quicker in Barcelona than it was in Bahrain following the mid-season Mugello test and a wind tunnel session. More ...

05/06/12
wsr
Frijns dominates Aragon Formula Renault 3.5 race two  UPDATE Added podium photo below.

Sam Bird (2nd), Robin Frijns (winner) and Arthur Pic (3rd) (Arthur is the younger brother of Charles (Marussia F1))
05/06/12 Robin Frijns (Fortec Motorsports) confirmed Motorland Aragon’s reputation as a happy hunting ground for rookies by winning Sunday’s race ahead of Sam Bird (ISR) and Arthur Pic (Dams). The 2011 Eurocup Formula Renault champion will also go into the next round at the Formula One meeting at Monaco atop the overall standings, having overtaken Saturday’s winner Nick Yelloly.

Pic began the day in fine fettle, taking his second pole in two days ahead of Marco Sorensen (Lotus). Occupying row two were Frijns and Bird, ahead of a race in which drivers were required to make a compulsory tire-change stop between laps five and 15. More ...

05/06/12
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Victory for Stoner  
Casey Stoner wins again
Today at the Grand Prix of Portugal, Casey Stoner took his second successive victory of the season with team mate Dani Pedrosa again joining him on the podium with a third position, in another strong race for the Repsol Honda Team which is sure to be remembered.

Today Casey today took his 42nd win in all classes in Grand Prix racing equaling the record of Max Biaggi and Tony Mang. After his win in Estoril today, Casey has now won at every circuit on the current GP calendar.

This podium has also been very special for Dani because with this third place finish, he joins an elite club of riders with 100 career podiums to their name. Only six competitors have achieved the milestone before Pedrosa: Valentino Rossi (175 podiums), Giacomo Agostini (159), Ángel Nieto (139), Phil Read (121), Mike Hailwood (112) and Max Biaggi (111). In addition, at just 26 years of age he is the second youngest, after Rossi to reach this milestone. More ...
05/06/12
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Nick Yelloly denies Jules Bianchi victory in Race 1  Nick Yelloly (Comtec Racing) scored his first ever Formula Renault 3.5 Series win as the 2012 season got under way in Spain. The British driver dug deep in the closing stages to hold off the charging Jules Bianchi (Tech 1 Racing), while Kevin Magnussen (Carlin) slipped into third when Carlos Huertas (Fortec Motorsports) suffered a technical problem in the final laps.

A hugely competitive qualifying session ended with 19 drivers posting times within a second of each other and Arthur Pic (Dams) becoming the first driver to claim pole in the new Formula Renault 3.5. Second on the grid was Yelloly, with Kevin Korjus (Tech 1 Racing) and Richie Stanaway (Lotus) third and fourth. The maximum time allocation for the use of DRS in the season’s opening race was 15 minutes. More ...

05/06/12
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Spengler claims first DTM season win for  BMW at Lausitz  
Spengler hugs his winning BMW
BMW didn’t have to wait long for its maiden win after the brand’s return to the DTM: Having started from pole position, Canadian Bruno Spengler won the 52 laps long second round of the 2012 DTM season at Lausitzring with his BMW M3 DTM. Gary Paffett (Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) claimed second place behind Spengler.

Top-3 celebrate
At the finish line, Paffett was 1.019 seconds down on the race winner. With Augusto Farfus in third place, another BMW driver rounded out the podium. Behind fourth-placed Jamie Green (Mercedes-Benz), Mattias Ekström crossed the finish line as the best-placed Audi driver in fifth. Timo Scheider (Audi), Martin Tomczyk (BMW), Edoardo Mortara (Audi), Filipe Albuquerque (Audi) and Ralf Schumacher (Mercedes-Benz) also scored points in sixth to tenth place. More ...
05/06/12
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Budapest, Quaife-Hobbs dominates Race 1  
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs clinched a dominant win in the first race of the Hungaroring Auto GP weekend: the championship leader took the checkered flag with a 29" advantage on second placed Victor Guerin, who gave SuperNova a much welcome one-two finish.

Quaife-Hobbs win came in dominant fashion, but the start of his race wasn't an easy one: from the front row Adrian and team-mate Guerin got too much wheelspin and where passed by both Pal Varhaug and Sergey Sirotkin: the Russian made a rocket getaway to lead into Turn 1 but arriving at the corner slightly too quick he ran wide and forced Quaife-Hobbs slightly off-line in the process. More ...

05/06/12
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Good Sam/Camping World to Sponsor Bayne in Four Races  NASCAR’s longest continuously operating race team and one of the sport’s highest profile sponsors are going racing together in the Sprint Cup Series.

The Wood Brothers’ No. 21 Ford Fusion and their driver Trevor Bayne will carry the colors of Good Sam and Camping World for four races this season, beginning with the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 19.  The No. 21 Ford Fusion will also represent Good Sam/Camping World in Sprint Cup races at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sept. 2, Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 16 and Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 13.

The pairing isn’t the first for the two companies. Bayne drove the Good Sam/Camping World No. 21 Ford Fusion in last year’s Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. More ...

05/06/12
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Logano slingshots past Kyle Busch for Nationwide win at Talladega  
Joey Logano, driver of the No. 18 GameStop Toyota, celebrates in victory lane
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With a slingshot move past Sprint Cup teammate Kyle Busch five laps into overtime, Joey Logano won Saturday afternoon's Aaron's 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.

In a race that saw Eric McClure injured and Danica Patrick using her Chevrolet for payback, Logano beat Busch to the finish line by .034 seconds to win his second NNS race of the season and the 11th of his career.

Defending series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ran third and took over the points lead from Elliott Sadler. Cole Whitt came home fourth, followed by his JR Motorsports teammate and boss Dale Earnhardt Jr. More ...

05/06/12
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Pirelli returns Jaime Alguersuari to F1  By the time Jaime Alguersuari got the unattended news that he was not going to be a driver in the 2012 FIA Formula One Championship it was almost impossible to imagine that he was going to be behind the wheel of a F1 car in the current Season.

Six months later , Pirelli returns Jaime to the Wheel of the 2010  Renault R30. Robert Kubica finished 8th overall in the F1 World Championship.

Pirelli’s confidence in the 22 young Spaniard Pirelli will allow Alguersuari to start his development task in F1 for 2012 and 2013, which first step will be the next test in Jerez, from the 7th to the 9th of May, driving a Formula One car in a exhaustive way. More ...

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