FIA tells teams DRS will be legal in Monaco The FIA has told teams that DRS will be used in Monaco, this blog can exclusively reveal.
Some teams and drivers had asked that it be disabled for the weekend on safety grounds, and there was a discussion on the matter in the drivers’ briefing in Turkey. Mark Webber was the most vocal opponent, citing safety concerns.
Teams who wanted to keep DRS pointed out that they would be forced to hurriedly develop ‘normal’ Monaco wings if DRS was banned.
Electric IndyCar Built by High School Students Displayed at IMS Many different cars were on display at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Emerging Tech Day including one car that was built by a group of inner-city high school students from Kansas City.
Steve Rees, Instructor at the MINDDRIVE program, says the kids were picked from an alternative school to work on the project.
"Started out as a class in creativity. Kids did a couple of styling exercises on automotive bodies and they kept saying 'why can't we do a real car?' and I kept saying 'we can't do that' and they kept asking and finally I realized I was in the box and they were thinking outside of the box," Reese says.
Wind Tunnel SundayUPDATE Bob Gates previously scheduled interview on female racer, Helle Nice, has been moved to upcoming Wind Tunnel episode. The updated guest list for tonight is as follows:
Guest Co-Host Robin Miller (SPEED Open Wheel Racing Reporter) Featured Interview Regan Smith (Winner – Showtime Southern 500) Featured Interview Del Worsham (NHRA Top Fuel Points Leader)
05/08/11 Guest Co-Host Robin Miller (SPEED Open Wheel Racing Reporter) Featured Interview Regan Smith (Winner – Showtime Southern 500) Featured Interview Del Worsham (NHRA Top Fuel Points Leader) Featured Interview Bob Gates (Veteran Motorsports Journalist)
Heidfeld blames Petrov Nick Heidfeld has criticized Renault teammate Vitaly Petrov after the duo came into contact during Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix. Although the German eventually finished ahead of the Russian in seventh and eight places, the touch came as the latter made a mid-race pass on the inside of Turn 13.
“That's not nice and it shouldn't happen,” Heidfeld told BBC Sport. “He just pushed me wide, we made contact and that’s not a safe thing to do.”
“I'm happy with the pace, which was good, but I was in traffic for most of the time,” he continued. “I could easily have got a better result in more free space but at least we have the race pace.”
Schumacher takes blame for clash with Petrov Michael Schumacher has accepted responsibility for his collision with Renault's Vitaly Petrov in the Turkish Grand Prix. The contact, which caused an unwanted early pit visit for the seven-time World Champion, occurred as the Russian attacked on the inside of Turn 12 at the end of the second lap.
“A lot of fighting and action today and that was probably the positive part of my race,” German Schumacher said later in the afternoon. “Obviously I am not very happy with my weekend, but I'm responsible myself for the result.
Horner delighted with win in Turkey Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner was delighted with the performance of his drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber during this afternoon’s Turkish Grand Prix, with the pair securing a controlled 1-2 victory ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso. The squad is now 43 points ahead of McLaren in the constructor’s battle, while Vettel moves 34 points clear at the top of the drivers’ championship.
"It’s a very sweet victory today and brilliantly executed by both drivers, fantastic pit work, a good strategy and a great race," Horner told BBC Sport after the race.
"It was good racing with Mark, he needed to pass Alonso and he made it stick. He had a new set of Primes that we kept until the end of the race there and it really worked out well for him."
NASCAR testing held at Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayUPDATE After two days of testing earlier this week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Goodyear has decided to use the same tread compound at this year's Brickyard 400 that drivers raced on in 2010, Stu Grant, Goodyear's general manager of worldwide racing, told Sporting News. Grant said the tire maker was opting for a known quantity in the tread compound, one that produced a problem-free race won by Jamie McMurray last year. In keeping with what Goodyear has done at many tracks this season, there will be a slight construction change to the tires supplied at Indy. The right-side tires will be slightly smaller, with an eye toward improved handling. The left sides will feature a mold shape change to preserve the stagger. Sporting News
05/04/11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars Juan Pablo Montoya, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle, Paul Menard and Martin Truex Jr. got a head start on preparations for the 2011 Brickyard 400 by participating in a Goodyear tire test May 3-4 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The 18th annual Brickyard 400 is scheduled for Sunday, July 31.
Richard Childress Racing driver Menard said drivers and teams still gained plenty of important data and experience despite a high temperature of only 60, at least 20 degrees cooler than the probable Race Day temperature in July.
"It was good," Menard said. "Goodyear is trying a bunch of different things, and we hit on a couple things that will hopefully make a great race even better come July.
NASCAR says teams can use fuel injection at some tests NASCAR told Sprint Cup teams Saturday that they can use fuel injection at NASCAR-sanctioned tests this season. The Cup series will switch from carburetors, used since the series' inception in 1949, to fuel injection next year. NASCAR told teams that they'll be allowed to test fuel injection at Kentucky in July - where teams will be given an extra day of practice since this will be the first Cup race there - at Goodyear tire tests, and at a test later this year on Phoenix's repaved surface. John Darby, Sprint Cup series director, also said that he would like to have additional fuel injection tests for all teams at a restrictor-plate track and a 1.5-mile track. A possibility is for teams to test at Talladega the day after the Cup race there in October and to a test at Charlotte Motor Speedway, since most teams are located near that 1.5-mile track, sometime this fall. Another option would be for teams to test in Daytona in January. Two years ago, teams did not test at Daytona, as part of NASCAR's testing ban. Last year, teams tested at Daytona because it had a new track surface. Fuel injection could allow Cup teams to test at Daytona in January for the second year in a row. Virginian-Pilot
Tarso Marques was suspended for two years because of doping
Bodybuilder Tarso Marques admits to steroid use
The Brazilian Confederation of Motorsport (CBA) confirmed on Thursday (5) that driver Tarso Marques Parana, who raced in Formula 1 and ChampCar, was suspended for two years because of doping when he was found in the last race of the 2009 season of Stock Car Brazil.
Tarsus anabolic use in the last race of the Stock Car Brasil in 2009 and it is forbidden in the Brazilian and world motorsport. The CBA made drug test and tested positive.
"The decision was taken after the process initiated and directed by STJD term testing positive," said the statement from the CBA.
Status Grand Prix’s Alexander Sims won a lights-to-flag victory from pole position at Istanbul Park today.
In what was an action packed race full of overtaking maneuvers, Alexander Sims made the perfect getaway and kept a cool head to build up a comfortable lead during the 16-lap race. Sims’ teammate Antonio Felix Da Costa stormed off the line from fourth and made up two spots to take second from RSC Mucke Motorsport’s Michael Christensen. MW Arden’s Mitch Evans slotted into fourth ahead of Lotus ART’s Valtteri Bottas.
With Sims putting in fastest laps at the front, the rest of the field were left to battle for the remaining two podium spots. Yesterday’s race winner Nigel Melker was the man on the move – the Dutchman made up one spot at the start and was quickly fighting his way through the field. A battle with Tech 1 Racing’s Andrea Caldarelli ensued for sixth, and Melker then set his sights on a struggling Valteri Bottas in fifth. The Finn from Lotus ART lost three places in quick succession as Caldarelli and Dean Smith also found their way past.
Busch describes fight between him and Harvick after Darlington
Kyle Busch claims innocence
Can you talk us through what happened between yourself and Kevin Harvick?
"It was tight racing after the restart there. (Kevin) Harvick is up there on the top a little bit loose and I had a run and I gave him room -- he kind of came up off the wall. That's kind of a bad angle, obviously (watching the replay). He lifted early to let me go into turn three and I thought it was all good. Then he drives into the back of me there. He made my car loose all the way through the exit and just made a run for those two guys to get back on my inside. Then obviously Clint (Bowyer) wrecked bouncing off of Harvick. Just uncalled for and just unacceptable racing. It's in the last couple laps, but I gave him room off of two and I didn't get the room. Just real unfortunate. We tore up a few good cars there. Our Doublemint Camry was so good today that we should have ran up front and we should have finished up front, but we kind of got marred back in traffic there. Tried to fight our way back forward. It was a really, good clean night and I probably passed the most cars tonight, but there was one I couldn't pass."
(GMM) Jarno Trulli's losing streak in qualifying is the first time he has been outpaced four times on the trot.
The Italian is a veteran of approaching 250 races and until very recently was hailed as arguably the best driver in formula one over a single flying lap.
But in 2011 at Team Lotus, Heikki Kovalainen has outqualified him in every qualifying session so far -- a feat not even managed by Trulli's former Renault teammate Fernando Alonso.
Faced with the ignominious "first" by Finland's Turun Sanomat newspaper, the 36-year-old hit back: "But this is also the first time in my career I have had a succession of technical problems in qualifying."
(GMM) Stefano Domenicali has laid out the stall as formula one teams prepare to get tough in negotiations about the sport's future.
Politics have returned to the F1 paddock in the form of a powerful consortium expressing interest in buying F1's commercial rights from CVC, amid the backdrop of the expiring Concorde Agreement.
The term 'breakaway' is not being thrown about as it was amid the last political battle two years ago, but Eric Boullier - now a major player in the F1 teams association FOTA - made the body's warning clear in Turkey.
Referring to the 2012 agreement between the teams and the current F1 owners, the Renault boss said: "After that, there is nothing binding the teams to FOM (Formula One Management)."
A faultless driver form Nigel Melker earned him his first GP3 Series victory at Istanbul Park today.
Poleman Tom Dillmann got bogged down at the start of the race leaving Tech 1 Racing’s Andrea Caldarelli and RSC Mücke Motorsport’s Melker to pass off the line. The Frenchman managed to hang on to third despite Lotus ART’s Valtteri Bottas’s best efforts to spoil Dillmann’s start even further. It was at the end of lap 1 that Melker then made his move to take the lead, and seal his first GP3 Series victory.
Dillmann tried to grab back a spot from Caldarelli, but was unable to find a way past the Italian, and before long the Carlin driver found himself defending from a charging Bottas. After an earlier spin off the track MW Arden’s Lewis Williamson found himself down the field battling with Leonardo Cordeiro midway through the race: the two drivers were locked in a wheel-to-wheel battle, during which pair touched wheels, and both cars spun off the track resulting in a roll from Williamson when his car hit the gravel trap. The safety car was deployed.
At the end of a thrilling race, Peugeot scored a double with victory going to the Wurz-Gené-Davidson driver line-up. The works Audis had to be content with third, fourth and fifth places. In LM GTE, Ferrari dominated and scored a double.
The Peugeot 908s were poorly placed on the grid on the sixth, ninth and twenty-fourth rows. Nobody gave the works French cars much of a chance as they were up against the Audis, which had made a big impression in practice. Driving a flat-out first stint Alexander Wurz took the lead from Lotterer’s Audi. His teammates were inspired by his example and they all drove sterling races. At one stage the three Peugeots filled the first three places! They maintained the gap over their German rivals and were obviously more fuel efficient. Only no. 7 (Bourdais-Pagenaud-Lamy) fell back after a few incidents.“
Romain Grosjean fended off a fierce challenge from Sam Bird in the closing stages to win the GP2 season opener at Istanbul Park. DAMS driver Grosjean was never headed during the race, but he would not have expected such a tense finish after he emerged from the pit stops with a lead of more than five seconds over iSport's Bird. But the Briton, who had regained second place from Dani Clos (Racing Engineering) with a brave move at Turn 12 on lap five, chipped away at Grosjean's lead for the remaining 14 laps, and spent the last four laps within a second of him.
Ecclestone scoffs at threats to F1 status quo (GMM) Bernie Ecclestone scoffed in Turkey when faced with the apparent challenges to the status quo in formula one.
Not only is it suggested News Corp is preparing a bid to buy the commercial rights, a company linked with Ferrari is also part of the consortium and other major teams are also considering entering the fray for ownership of the sport.
At the same time, the binding Concorde agreement is set to expire next year and there has been early rumblings of a new 'breakaway' threat.
With the IRS constantly after him, at some point Castroneves may become too much of a burden for Roger Penske
Indy 500 champ Helio Castroneves beat the government in a criminal tax-evasion case two years ago, and paid $5 million in income taxes after the Miami trial was over.
But apparently that wasn’t enough for the Internal Revenue Service, which again says he owes millions more in back taxes.
In U.S. Tax Court, the IRS asserts the Brazilian race car star still owes more than $6 million in additional taxes and fraud penalties on the very same licensing income he earned from Penske Racing Team from 2000-04.
Castroneves, who sold his Coral Gables mansion last year and is renting a Fort Lauderdale waterfront apartment with his wife, Adriana Henao, and toddler daughter, is fighting the IRS’ civil case against him.
NASCAR Richmond TV RatingsUPDATE #2 The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series telecast from Richmond Int'l Raceway on Fox April 30 averaged 6.1 million viewers, down slightly from 6.2 million viewers last year. The rating for the race was flat at a 3.1. Through nine races, the series is averaging a 5.3 rating and 9.2 million viewers on Fox, up 3.9% and 9.7%, respectively, from seven races at the same point last season (excludes two rainouts in '10).
05/03/11 SPEED coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series from Richmond scored a final Nielsen Household Rating of 1.08 (848,000 households), up 6 percent from last year’s 1.02. Race coverage ratings peaked at 1.37 (1,080,000 households) and led SPEED to its strongest Friday night prime time performance since February.
05/02/11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing posted a 3.4/7 in Primetime for the race from Richmond. Saturday night's race was flat with last year's Richmond telecast, and easily powered FOX to a first place finish for the night beating NBC (2.7/5), CBS (2.5/5), and ABC (2.1/4).
Because last year's Richmond race was run a week later, that 2010 rating is not yet included in the year-ago average, instead a higher Talladega rating is. Through 9 races, NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing on FOX is averaging a 4.7/10, down one-tenth from last year's 4.8/10 which included two less races in the average.
Scanners reveal NASCAR unprofessionalism At some point during Saturday night's Sprint Cup race at Darlington Raceway, offensive language will be used by drivers on their in-car radios that will be available to anyone within scanner range.
That includes everyone from a 10-year-old kid to a 90-year-old grandmother.
It could get ugly on NASCAR's toughest track, as it did a week ago at Richmond where Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr. went on profanity-laced tirades, Busch saying the "f------ Penske cars are a f------ joke" and Truex telling his crew "You're all f------ fired, every f------ one of you."
Scanner conversations aren't meant for the faint of heart. They're R-rated at best.
ICS tracks to donate unused foods Jeff Gordon, International Speedway Corporation's Chief Executive Officer Lesa France Kennedy and Darlington Raceway President Chris Browning announced that, on behalf of Drive to End Hunger, Americrown, ISC's food and beverage concessions operator, will donate all extra food items from the Sprint Cup Series races it services to the local food bank that serves the race track area. Drive to End Hunger is AARP and AARP Foundation's national effort to end hunger for older Americans.
Donations are expected to include breads, produce and other food items and will be prepared for delivery by Americrown on Mondays following ISC's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. The announcement follows ISC's donations at Daytona International Speedway of more than 7,000 pounds of excess food to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida following the 2011 Daytona 500; Talladega Superspeedway, which donated the extra food from its Aaron's Dream Weekend to the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama; and Richmond International Raceway Central which donated to the Central Virginia Food Bank. ISC PR
Rookie Tom Dillman looks impressive with a pole already
Rookie Tom Dillmann took a last gasp pole position for Carlin at Istanbul Park by just 0.029 seconds.
The first qualifying session of the season got underway in Istanbul in bright and sunny conditions, and after yesterday’s second practice session it was impossible to tell who would come out on top. All thirty cars hit the track as soon as the lights turned green, with Valtteri Bottas, Antonio Felix Da Costa and Alexander Sims swapping best times.
After setting the second quickest time in the first half of the session, yesterday’s quickest man Nigel Melker was one of the first to stop for new tires with just ten minutes left on the session. The Dutchman went top with a 1:45.541 lap time, with Bottas hot on his tail – the Finn was visibly pushing hard all session.
Sebastian Vettel topped the final session of free practice for the Turkish Grand Prix with a time of 1:26.037 despite failing to do any dry weather running on Friday due to his accident exiting Istanbul Park's Turn 8.
Mercedes continues to look a bigger threat with Michael Schumacher setting the second quickest time of 1:26.038. Both Red Bulls are now in similar specification after a revised exhaust system, of which there was only one, fell victim to Vettel's Friday accident, with Webber (1:26.404) ending up third quickest.
In what has been a very difficult week for the already troubled Williams team, Rubens Barrichello has said some of the difficulties are as a result of key staff being overworked, and he also hit out at the lack of clarity within the outfit.
On Tuesday the team announced technical director Sam Michael and chief aerodynamicist Jon Tomlinson would be standing down at the end of the season. It also revealed former McLaren chief engineer Mike Coughlan, who was banned from the sport for two years for his involvement in the Spygate scandal, would be joining it in June, and that co-founder Patrick Head would be retiring.
Barrichello said he was saddened at Michael's departure, claiming he had been asked to do far too much work for one man.
"I was sorry to see the announcement," he told reporters in Turkey. "I've been working with him since the Jordan days and was happy to reunite with him in Williams. I think Williams need changes, obviously.
Germans seize Gribkowsky’s money A Munich court has ordered that Gerhard Gribkowsky’s assets should be frozen. The German banker is in jail pending an investigation how he came to have € 31.4 million in bank accounts in Austria. The decision was based on the belief that the money is the result of an allegedly fictitious consulting contract, relating to the sale of the Formula One group. The court appears to have accepted the claim that the money is directly related to the sale of shares that BayernLB held in Formula 1. It is anticipated that a trial will now follow.
The Munich investigators are continuing their interviews with involved parties with the most recent people being grilled believed to including Bernie Ecclestone’s associates Sacha Woodward Hill and Stephen Mullins and CVC Capital Partners Donald Mackenzie. There is no suggestion that any of them has done anything untoward but the Bavarian want to know their sides of the story.
Legend Foyt to drive 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 Pace Car
A.J. Foyt, the first four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, will drive the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Pace Car at the 100th Anniversary race Sunday, May 29 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Foyt's first Indianapolis victory, in 1961. Foyt also won as a driver in 1964, 1967 and 1977 and as a team owner in 1999 with Kenny Brack driving.
Houston native Foyt also will mark his 54th consecutive Indianapolis 500 as a driver or team owner this year, an unprecedented span. He made a record 35 consecutive starts as a driver from 1958-92 and led a record 13 races. He also completed 12,272.5 career miles in the race, another record.
ALMS drivers Ponder Their Odds if Mom was on the Team During Winner’s Circle interviews, many drivers will thank their mom. The gratitude is generally for the support and encouragement received throughout a racing career. But what if that thanks meant "Thank you for that great pit stop and second stint that put us in the lead?" In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked several drivers from the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n what their odds at the next race, Lime Rock Park, would be if Mom was a co-driver.
Chris Dyson, Dyson Racing No. 16 Lola B09/86-Mazda (LMP1) "If my mom was my co-driver at Lime Rock, the team would operate in its most efficient manner possible. She is an excellent driver and may be the quickest and smartest one in the family. While my sister, father and I have received countless speeding tickets, Mom never gets caught but gets from Point A to Point B faster than all of us. That’s intelligence. She’d never hit anyone in traffic due to impatience. Her debriefs would be crisp, decisive and the engineering staff would be right on point the whole weekend. As her co-driver, all I would have to do is not make a mistake, and we’d win the event by a lap. Then afterward she’d host the most incredible dinner at the farm as if nothing had happened that afternoon. That’s how cool my mom is!"
Potential Oklahoma City race in 2013 the tip of the iceberg, hints Atherton On the heels of OKC Motorsports` announcement of its plans to host an American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n race in Oklahoma City, Series President and CEO Scott Atherton confirmed that the street race is just a part of the Series` ongoing efforts to expand its schedule.
Targeted for 2013, a race in Oklahoma City’s Adventure District would likely take place the third week in May, falling between Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. The mid-May date also would give teams competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans ample time to transport their cars to the French classic. OKC Motorsports President and CEO Mike McAuliffe, who has been instrumental in bringing drag boat racing to Oklahoma City’s downtown riverfront, has indicated that next steps for the proposed race include a site inspection with ALMS officials, confirmation of the track layout and solidifying local business and political support. The Series` agreement provides for an exclusive planning period for the event with OKC Motorsports.
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