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05/08/14
track news

Boles lays out future plans for Indy Speedway
Doug Boles
Doug Boles has been president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for less than a year, yet has overseen some of the biggest changes in the iconic track's history.

Saturday will see the first IndyCar race not named the Indianapolis 500 at the track when the Grand Prix of Indianapolis runs a 14-turn road course in the infield.

Boles took time from his busy schedule to talk to The News-Sentinel about many topics:

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05/08/14
f1

Complete NBC Sports Group TV listings for Formula One Spanish Grand Prix
NBC Sports Group - Formula One Spanish Grand Prix listings

Date Program Time (ET) Network

Friday, May 9
Spanish Grand Prix – Practice 1, 4 a.m., NBC Sports Live Extra
Spanish Grand Prix – Practice 2, 8 a.m., NBCSN

Saturday, May 10
Spanish Grand Prix – Practice 3, 5 a.m., NBC Sports Live Extra
Spanish Grand Prix – Qualifying, 8 a.m., NBCSN

Sunday, May 11
Spanish Grand Prix – Qualifying (Encore), 6 a.m., NBCSN
Spanish Grand Prix – 7:30 a.m., NBCSN

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05/08/14
v8

V8 Supercars CEO James Warburton Predicts Ford Will Stay In The Race
V8 Supercars CEO James Warburton "is hopeful one of Australia’s greatest sporting rivalries will continue," according to James Phelps of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. Warburton is "confident Ford will keep its war with Holden raging by recommitting to the sport." Holden "ended speculation over its future" in Australian motorsport earlier this week by re-signing with Red Bull Racing.

He has "now shifted the focus on to Ford." Warburton revealed V8 Supercars "were helping FPR to negotiate a new deal with Ford and discussions were ongoing." Warburton said, “A decision on the future is premature at this stage but we see little reason why they would not continue to support their fans." Daily Telegraph

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05/08/14
f1

Valencian Government Faces Investigation Over Purchase Of F1 Organizer Valmor
Valencia's District Attorney "began a criminal investigation on suspicion of embezzlement of public money" in the Valencian Government's purchase of Valencia F1 race organizer Valmor, according to EL CONFIDENCIAL. Valencia's District Attorney is "reviewing charges presented" by socialist group Las Cortes Valencianas on April 25. The group claimed that "it is not clear what the general interest was for this use of public money." EL CONFIDENCIAL

The EP reported the Valencian Government bought Valmor in '01 to "be able to continue hosting an F1 Grand Prix in Valencia." To the socialists, "the Valencian Government could have committed embezzlement of public funds by using money from Valencians to buy an organization" that was known to have a debt of more than $50M. EP

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05/08/14
irl

Fans told to 'know your zones' when it comes to races at Indy in May
Fans looking for the most efficient ways to avoid heavy traffic en route to the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on Saturday, May 10, and the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 25, are encouraged to follow the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's KNOW YOUR ZONE driving routes and parking program.

Fans should plan their routes ahead of time for an easier, more efficient drive to the track. Now in its second year, the KNOW YOUR ZONE program is designed to help Speedway guests identify the best driving routes to parking lots located near their respective seating locations.

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05/08/14
irl

Dixon tops 2nd GP of Indy practice (Update) UPDATE
Scott Dixon
Dixon, driving the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car, recorded a best lap of 1 minute, 10.4654 seconds on the course that was revised from the one used in the past by Formula One, MotoGP and sports cars.

Five different teams were represented in the top five of the 45-minute session, and the top 24 cars were separated by less than a second under a canopy of blue sky and summer-like temperature.

Each of the three Verizon IndyCar Series races this season has had a different pole sitter and winner.

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05/08/14
promazda

Pigot tops Friday morning Pro Mazda practice
Results
Rank Car Driver Name C/E/T Time Speed Diff Gap Best Lap Total Laps

1 7 Pigot, Spencer M/C 01:23.5212 105.128 --.---- --.---- 6 14
2 3 Hargrove, Scott (R) M/C 01:23.5335 105.112 0.0123 0.0123 11 15
3 2 Alberico, Neil (R) M/C 01:23.6313 104.989 0.1101 0.0978 20 20
4 5 Gutierrez, Jose M/C 01:23.6683 104.943 0.1471 0.0370 14 14
5 28 Blackstock, Shelby M/C 01:23.6920 104.913 0.1708 0.0237 20 22
6 18 Kaiser, Kyle M/C 01:23.8265 104.745 0.3053 0.1345 11 15
7 27 Grist, Garett (R) M/C 01:23.8900 104.666 0.3688 0.0635 8 21
8 6 Ballario, Julia M/C 01:24.2055 104.273 0.6843 0.3155 12 16
9 99 Costa, Nicolas M/C 01:24.3998 104.033 0.8786 0.1943 16 19
10 91 Connery, Kyle (R) M/C 01:24.5581 103.839 1.0369 0.1583 20 23
11 19 Booth, Ryan (R) M/C 01:24.6446 103.733 1.1234 0.0865 16 20
12 54 Johnson, Michael (R) M/C 01:24.7039 103.660 1.1827 0.0593 10 19
13 81 Derani, Pipo (R) M/C 01:24.8362 103.498 1.3150 0.1323 15 15
14 80 Kellett, Dalton (R) M/C 01:24.8562 103.474 1.3350 0.0200 20 25
15 16 Bumgarner, Michele M/C 01:24.8940 103.428 1.3728 0.0378 22 22
16 82 Newey, Brandon (R) M/C 01:25.0898 103.190 1.5686 0.1958 19 21
17 37 Horak(E), Jay M/C 01:25.8603 102.264 2.3391 0.7705 12 24
18 13 Eberle(E), Bobby M/C 01:25.9232 102.189 2.4020 0.0629 22 26
19 29 Rabe(E), Jason M/C 01:26.9962 100.929 3.4750 1.0730 14 22

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05/08/14
il

Chaves tops Friday morning Lights practice
Results
Rank Car Driver Name C/E/T Time Speed Diff Gap Best Lap Total Laps

1 5 Chaves, Gabby D/ /C 01:19.1740 110.900 --.---- --.---- 16 16
2 7 Razia, Luiz (R) D/ /C 01:19.2174 110.839 0.0434 0.0434 16 16
3 77 Piedrahita, Juan (R) D/ /C 01:19.5066 110.436 0.3326 0.2892 21 22
4 4 Baron, Alex (R) D/ /C 01:19.5819 110.332 0.4079 0.0753 17 18
5 2 Meyer, Zack (R) D/ /C 01:19.7457 110.105 0.5717 0.1638 17 21
6 42 Harvey, Jack (R) D/ /C 01:19.8389 109.976 0.6649 0.0932 12 19
7 24 Anderson, Scott (R) D/ /C 01:20.1087 109.606 0.9347 0.2698 10 20
8 83 Brabham, Matthew (R) D/ /C 01:20.1387 109.565 0.9647 0.0300 17 19
9 26 Veach, Zach D/ /C 01:20.1515 109.548 0.9775 0.0128 14 17
10 10 Garcia, Juan Pablo D/ /C 01:20.3675 109.253 1.1935 0.2160 21 23
11 28 Read, Lloyd (R) D/ /C 01:20.7258 108.768 1.5518 0.3583 18 22

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05/08/14
irl

Robert Talbott joins sponsor list for Rahal
Robert Talbott announced today that it will sponsor the Rahal Letterman Lanigan (RLL) Racing team, of which IndyCar driver Graham Rahal is a member, during the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season, beginning with the Grand Prix of Indianapolis on Saturday, May 10.  Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

As sponsor, Robert Talbott will provide RLL with co-branded sportswear for the team during the 2014 season.  Additionally, the Monterey clothier will provide Graham Rahal and select members of the RLL executive management team with a more complete wardrobe – including sport shirts, sweaters and jackets.  This sponsorship comes on the heels of last year’s launch of Robert Talbott Motorsports®, which was created to support American motorsports and young drivers.

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05/08/14
irl

Yellow Pennzoil car back for Indy 500
The yellow Pennzoil car of Johnny Rutherford in 1980
At a press conference earlier today, Pennzoil announced the return of an iconic look for its brand in the Verizon IndyCar Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Helio Castroneves will carry the “Yellow Submarine” scheme to celebrate the launch of Pennzoil Platinum and Pennzoil Ultra Platinum Full Synthetic motor oils with PurePlus Technology.

RUSTY BARRON (Vice President North America of Lubricants Marketing):” Pennzoil has a long and storied history with the IndyCar Series. Together, these three gentlemen represent 10 Indy 500 victories, and that’s just a snapshot of the history Pennzoil has in open wheel racing. Let me share a little bit of history with you. Pennzoil first appeared at this track as a sponsor of the successful car driven by Russell Snowberger in the 1930s. His success over a five year period attracted 27 other race teams and drivers to voluntarily select Pennzoil as a race engine.

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05/08/14
irl

Bourdais leads opening Indy road course practice

Newgarden off
KVSH Racing's Sebastien Bourdais led Thursday morning's opening practice session for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Practice session 2 will begin at 2 p.m. ET. 

The ambient temperature was 70 degrees with a relative humidity of 76 percent and winds from the north at 7 mph. Skies were sunny. The track temperature was 94 degrees, according to Firestone engineers.

#67 Newgarden went off course in Turn 4.

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05/08/14
uscc

Level 5 team owner Scott Tucker subpoenaed in U.S. criminal probe
Race team owner Scott Tucker
(Reuters) - A U.S. grand jury has subpoenaed a company that a federal regulator has said is at the center of a deceptive payday lending scheme, a source familiar with the matter said.

AMG Services Inc was subpoenaed as part of a criminal probe conducted by the office of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. The grand jury is looking at possible violations of statutes covering wire fraud, money laundering and racketeering, the source said.

The criminal investigation comes as regulators, including the Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, put payday lenders under increasing scrutiny. The industry posted $9.3 billion in revenues in 2012, according to investment advisory firm Stephens Inc.

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05/08/14
IRL

LeAnn Rimes to sing National Anthem at Indy 500
Multiple Grammy Award-winning country music superstar LeAnn Rimes will sing the national anthem during pre-race ceremonies at the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 25, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

One of the world's most successful country music entertainers with a career spanning more than 20 years, Rimes was the youngest person to ever win a Grammy Award and was the first country artist to win the Grammy for Best New Artist.

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05/08/14
SCCA

Honda to supply Formula Lites engines
Formula Lites is pleased to announce HondaPerformance Development as the official engine supplier to the Formula Lites series. Honda's production 2.4 liter, four-cylinder Honda K24 engine is set to power the Formula Lites Crawford FL15 chassis.

"We are pleased to partner with Honda Performance Development as the official engine supplier to the Formula Lites series. The Honda 2.4 liter production motor will be fitted to the Formula Lites Crawford FL15 chassis providing a high power, cost efficient, reliable package for our competitors," said Dennis McCormack.

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05/08/14
f1

'Dangerous' witness Gribkowsky to testify on Friday
(GMM)  Bernie Ecclestone's bribery trial will step up a gear on Friday.

SID news agency reports that Gerhard Gribkowsky, the jailed former banker who the F1 supremo is alleged to have bribed to the tune of $44 million, will make his first appearance at Ecclestone's Munich trial as the star witness.

It is on the conflicting accounts of Gribkowsky and 83-year-old Ecclestone that the whole corruption scandal turns.

Gribkowsky, already serving an eight and a half year jail sentence for receiving Ecclestone's money, is expected to confirm prosecutors' claims that he was paid in order to influence the sale of F1's commercial rights and keep Ecclestone in power.

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05/08/14
uscc

IMSA Open to Selective Split Races in Future
IMSA has not ruled out hosting additional split race events on a selective basis, following a successful trial run last weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Sunday’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship doubleheader featured separate Prototype/GT Le Mans and Prototype Challenge/GT Daytona races, each two hours in length, a format that was initiated due to lack of pit lane space.

“It was an experiment going into it. But it was implemented by necessity, simply because with 56 entries and a pit lane that can in no way accommodate that kind of content, we had no choice but to split them,” IMSA President and COO Scott Atherton told Sportscar365.

“There was a little trepidation going into it for obvious reasons. I think coming out of that weekend, it’s the rare exception that you’d find someone that wasn’t very happy with it in general.

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05/08/14
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday (Update) UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

05/08/14
  • No one is going to beat Mercedes
    Azerbaijan replacing axed Korea - Ecclestone
  • Mercedes rules out 'taxi driving' in Barcelona
  • Mercedes to test 'megaphone' exhaust in practice
  • Red Bull plays down Vettel's chassis change
  • Button: No F1 teams have a chance against Mercedes
  • Jacques Villeneuve, brother of late F1 legend Gilles Villeneuve, is battling cancer
  • Bianchi gets new race engineer for Spain New
  • Video: Pirelli's guide to the 2014 F1 Spanish GP New
  • Video: Ferrari readies for Barcelona New

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05/08/14
irl

Detroit bringing in double-decker suites imported from the London Olympics
2014 Detroit GP track map and grandstands
Roger Penske and crew are preparing Belle Isle for another Grand Prix, but with a twist of someone else’s making:

The weekend of IndyCar racing, showcasing the Motor City with seven hours of national TV coverage and double-decker suites imported from the London Olympics, is set to run May 30-June 1 in the shadow of the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history.

That could be bad news for a city given up for dead so many times it’s lost count. But it’s an opportunity the impresario and the city need, a chance to show how racing and corporate sponsors, the city and the state, are coalescing despite the burden of Chapter 9 and what it portends.

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05/07/14
nassprint

Yates talks about horsepower reduction
Doug Yates from Roush Yates Racing Engines talks about what's coming in regards to reduced horsepower for Cup teams:

Yates: So where we are today is reducing RPM, talking about taking 500 RPM away. Effectively, that reduces speed on the racetrack and goes along with making the parts last longer. Talking about roller cams. The Cup series is the only series that has a flat tappet cam. It is a really hard application and it is probably the only series in the world that has a flat tappet cam. It gets it more like Nationwide and Truck so the parts could be passed down and they would last longer. If we need to reduce power more, we'd do it through a reduced throttle body size, reducing the air flow through the throttle body. Those are the mechanisms that will be utilized to reduce power.

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05/07/14
usf2000

Colton Herta leads U.S. F2000 P2
Results
Colton Herta
Rank Car Driver Name C/E/T Time Speed Diff Gap Best Lap Total Laps

1 98 Herta, Colton V/M/C 01:26.5941 101.397 --.---- --.---- 23 29
2 10 Latorre, Florian V/M/C 01:26.7370 101.230 0.1429 0.1429 28 30
3 5 Telitz, Aaron (R) V/M/C 01:26.7939 101.164 0.1998 0.0569 27 30
4 96 Furuseth, Henrik V/M/C 01:26.8318 101.120 0.2377 0.0379 23 31
5 2 Eidson, Jake V/M/C 01:27.0422 100.875 0.4481 0.2104 29 30
6 7 Enerson, RC V/M/C 01:27.1171 100.788 0.5230 0.0749 23 28
7 77 Cindric, Austin V/M/C 01:27.1265 100.778 0.5324 0.0094 31 31
8 24 Portante, Peter V/M/C 01:27.3401 100.531 0.7460 0.2136 21 23
9 91 Starrantino, Adrian (R) V/M/C 01:27.3887 100.475 0.7946 0.0486 10 29
10 97 Toppe, Clark V/M/C 01:27.4858 100.364 0.8917 0.0971 28 31
11 23 Owen, Will (R) V/M/C 01:27.4979 100.350 0.9038 0.0121 30 31
12 41 Jamin, Nico (R) V/M/C 01:27.6139 100.217 1.0198 0.1160 30 31
13 44 Slaghekke, Jeroen V/M/C 01:27.6832 100.138 1.0891 0.0693 4 12
14 17 Franzoni, Victor (R) V/M/C 01:27.7209 100.095 1.1268 0.0377 17 21
15 4 Burkett, Daniel V/M/C 01:27.7213 100.094 1.1272 0.0004 27 29
16 33 Blok, Nathan V/M/C 01:28.0085 99.768 1.4144 0.2872 26 27
17 3 Andres Soori, Keyvan (R) V/M/C 01:28.1129 99.649 1.5188 0.1044 29 30
18 15 Myasava, Gustavo (R) V/M/C 01:28.2584 99.485 1.6643 0.1455 19 22
19 12 Hollowell, Tim (R) V/M/C 01:28.2948 99.444 1.7007 0.0364 27 28
20 79 Lozano, Santiago (R) V/M/C 01:28.9123 98.753 2.3182 0.6175 28 30
21 13 Maldonado, Juan (R) V/M/C 01:29.6572 97.933 3.0631 0.7449 8 32
22 61 List, Andrew (R) V/M/C 01:30.2941 97.242 3.7000 0.6369 25 28

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05/07/14
promazda

Hargrove leads Pro Mazda P2
Results
Rank Car Driver Name C/E/T Time Speed Diff Gap Best Lap Total Laps

1 3 Hargrove, Scott (R) M/C 01:23.5286 105.118 --.---- --.---- 15 16
2 5 Gutierrez, Jose M/C 01:23.6101 105.016 0.0815 0.0815 33 34
3 7 Pigot, Spencer M/C 01:23.6829 104.925 0.1543 0.0728 27 31
4 99 Costa, Nicolas M/C 01:23.7747 104.810 0.2461 0.0918 19 30
5 27 Grist, Garett (R) M/C 01:23.8155 104.759 0.2869 0.0408 31 31
6 18 Kaiser, Kyle M/C 01:23.8381 104.730 0.3095 0.0226 28 30
7 28 Blackstock, Shelby M/C 01:23.8426 104.725 0.3140 0.0045 26 26
8 2 Alberico, Neil (R) M/C 01:23.8573 104.706 0.3287 0.0147 25 27
9 81 Derani, Pipo (R) M/C 01:24.1586 104.332 0.6300 0.3013 25 25
10 6 Ballario, Julia M/C 01:24.1729 104.314 0.6443 0.0143 24 33
11 54 Johnson, Michael (R) M/C 01:24.7179 103.643 1.1893 0.5450 30 30
12 19 Booth, Ryan (R) M/C 01:24.7500 103.604 1.2214 0.0321 24 26
13 80 Kellett, Dalton (R) M/C 01:24.7510 103.602 1.2224 0.0010 29 29
14 82 Newey, Brandon (R) M/C 01:24.8406 103.493 1.3120 0.0896 26 27
15 16 Bumgarner, Michele M/C 01:25.2544 102.991 1.7258 0.4138 17 27
16 91 Connery, Kyle (R) M/C 01:25.4294 102.780 1.9008 0.1750 11 21
17 14 Anderson, Scott (R) M/C 01:25.5657 102.616 2.0371 0.1363 25 25
18 37 Horak(E), Jay M/C 01:25.7784 102.361 2.2498 0.2127 28 28
19 13 Eberle(E), Bobby M/C 01:26.1362 101.936 2.6076 0.3578 31 32
20 29 Rabe(E), Jason M/C 01:26.7663 101.196 3.2377 0.6301 6 30

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05/07/14
il

Indy Lights GP of Indy Practice 2 Times
Results
Rank Car Driver Name C/E/T Time Speed Diff Gap Best Lap Total Laps
1 7 Razia, Luiz (R) D/ /C 01:18.9607 111.200 --.---- --.---- 16 23
2 5 Chaves, Gabby D/ /C 01:19.3413 110.666 0.3806 0.3806 20 24
3 26 Veach, Zach D/ /C 01:19.5636 110.357 0.6029 0.2223 25 25
4 42 Harvey, Jack (R) D/ /C 01:19.6111 110.291 0.6504 0.0475 11 26
5 83 Brabham, Matthew (R) D/ /C 01:19.6698 110.210 0.7091 0.0587 21 25
6 4 Baron, Alex (R) D/ /C 01:19.7439 110.107 0.7832 0.0741 19 22
7 2 Meyer, Zack (R) D/ /C 01:19.8097 110.017 0.8490 0.0658 20 30
8 10 Garcia, Juan Pablo D/ /C 01:19.9057 109.885 0.9450 0.0960 20 28
9 77 Piedrahita, Juan (R) D/ /C 01:20.0484 109.689 1.0877 0.1427 25 29
10 24 Anderson, Scott (R) D/ /C 01:20.7237 108.771 1.7630 0.6753 12 12
11 28 Read, Lloyd (R) D/ /C 01:20.9704 108.440 2.0097 0.2467 27 28

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05/07/14
automotive

Tesla posts Q1 net loss of $49.8 million
Despite record production of 7,535 Model S electric vehicles, Tesla Motors Inc. said today it posted a $49.8 million net loss in the first quarter while revenue rose to $620 million.

The automaker posted net income of $11.3 million, or 10 cents a share, on revenue of $555 million during the same quarter last year.

The company sold 6,457 vehicles during the first quarter of 2014. Tesla reported a gross profit of $155 million, but a $44 million operating loss when accounting for r&d and sales and administrative expenses.

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05/07/14
automotive

Fiat stock tumbles as investors question Marchionne's plan
Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has an ambitious five-year plan to more than double profit and increase annual deliveries 61 percent. So far, investors aren’t buying it.

Fiat shares fell 12 percent, the most in 2 1/2 years, on skepticism that the CEO will be able to meet the 2018 targets he laid out during an investor presentation Tuesday.

The automaker’s weaker-than-estimated first-quarter results also cast doubt over the 55 billion euro ($77 billion) plan to expand Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Jeep into nameplates that can attract customers from Beijing to Berlin to Boston. In doing so, Marchionne is seeking to forge an automaker that’s big enough to challenge General Motors Co. and Volkswagen AG.

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05/07/14
track news

Efforts To Sell Silverstone Circuit Abandoned Following Failed Negotiations
Efforts to find a "multi-million pound investor to take over Silverstone have been abandoned after negotiations failed," according to Kevin Eason of the LONDON TIMES. The British Racing Drivers' Club, which owns the historic circuit, has already "secured the future" with a £32M ($54M) deal to lease the "industrial land surrounding Silverstone but was looking for an operator to develop the circuit to compete with the glittering tracks springing up in foreign capitals." The BRDC has now decided to "hold on to the circuit and carry out its own planning for the future, while MEPC, which owns the industrial and technology park, is also investing." BRDC Chair John Gran "gave an assurance that Silverstone and the British Grand Prix -- on July 6 this year -- are safe." London Times

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05/07/14
irl

ECR signs new sponsor for Indy races
Ed Carpenter Racing, the 2013 Indy 500 pole winning team, announced today that cmcglobal and DMCIndy, consulting and logistical project management companies, have signed as associate sponsors for the team’s race cars in the Inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race.

cmcglobal and DMCIndy, Indianapolis-based firms, will carry its company’s logos on the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet driven by ECR team owner/driver Ed Carpenter in the Indy 500. Mike Conway, winner of the 2014 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, will pilot the No.20 in the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 10 at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

We hope to take them to victory lane with us on May 25.”

cmcglobal, founded in 1997, is the “One Resource” for all meeting, convention, trade show and special event needs. The firm’s highly-skilled professional’s work with a variety of corporations, non-for-profits, and associations to provide a wide range of services related to accommodation, transportation, special event production, group and team-building activities.

In addition, the No. 20 car also will spot the DMCIndy logo at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the Indy 500. DMCIndy is “The source for everything in Indianapolis”! Their hospitality professionals possess extensive knowledge and expertise in the design implementation of events and logistics. They are highly committed to providing exceptional quality destination management services.

“cmcglobal and DMCIndy are very excited to expand our current partnership with Ed Carpenter Racing,” said Jeff Cummings, president of cmcglobal and DMCIndy.  “Ed and his team are proven winners on and off the track and we hope to be a part of another winning celebration with ECR on May 25 at the fame Brickyard.”

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05/07/14
usf2000

Colton Herta leads U.S. F2000 P1
Rank Car Driver Name C/E/T Time Speed Diff Gap Best Lap Total Laps
1 98 Herta, Colton V/M/C 01:26.6759 101.302 --.---- --.---- 19 26
2 10 Latorre, Florian V/M/C 01:26.9218 101.015 0.2459 0.2459 22 30
3 5 Telitz, Aaron (R) V/M/C 01:27.1324 100.771 0.4565 0.2106 20 29
4 96 Furuseth, Henrik V/M/C 01:27.1736 100.723 0.4977 0.0412 16 26
5 2 Eidson, Jake V/M/C 01:27.2031 100.689 0.5272 0.0295 25 29
6 77 Cindric, Austin V/M/C 01:27.2389 100.648 0.5630 0.0358 20 30
7 24 Portante, Peter V/M/C 01:27.2503 100.635 0.5744 0.0114 20 27
8 41 Jamin, Nico (R) V/M/C 01:27.3076 100.569 0.6317 0.0573 18 23
9 7 Enerson, RC V/M/C 01:27.3372 100.534 0.6613 0.0296 24 27
10 17 Franzoni, Victor (R) V/M/C 01:27.5839 100.251 0.9080 0.2467 17 24
11 44 Slaghekke, Jeroen V/M/C 01:27.6338 100.194 0.9579 0.0499 17 24
12 91 Starrantino, Adrian (R) V/M/C 01:27.7592 100.051 1.0833 0.1254 9 16
13 4 Burkett, Daniel V/M/C 01:27.7727 100.036 1.0968 0.0135 17 24
14 97 Toppe, Clark V/M/C 01:28.0136 99.762 1.3377 0.2409 28 28
15 23 Owen, Will (R) V/M/C 01:28.2034 99.547 1.5275 0.1898 26 30
16 3 Andres Soori, Keyvan (R) V/M/C 01:28.4842 99.231 1.8083 0.2808 30 31
17 33 Blok, Nathan V/M/C 01:28.9598 98.701 2.2839 0.4756 17 18
18 15 Myasava, Gustavo (R) V/M/C 01:28.9741 98.685 2.2982 0.0143 17 20
19 79 Lozano, Santiago (R) V/M/C 01:29.0438 98.608 2.3679 0.0697 18 25
20 12 Hollowell, Tim (R) V/M/C 01:29.2070 98.427 2.5311 0.1632 17 19
21 13 Maldonado, Juan (R) V/M/C 01:29.6303 97.962 2.9544 0.4233 23 28
22 61 List, Andrew (R) V/M/C 01:30.0677 97.487 3.3918 0.4374 19 26

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05/07/14
promazda

Pigot leads Pro Mazda P1
Spencer Pigot tops time sheets in opening practice for GP of Indy.
Rank Car Driver Name C/E/T Time Speed Diff Gap Best Lap Total Laps
1 7 Pigot, Spencer M/C 01:23.6964 104.908 --.---- --.---- 22 27
2 3 Hargrove, Scott (R) M/C 01:24.2968 104.161 0.6004 0.6004 20 24
3 5 Gutierrez, Jose M/C 01:24.3851 104.052 0.6887 0.0883 24 30
4 18 Kaiser, Kyle M/C 01:24.4022 104.030 0.7058 0.0171 24 26
5 27 Grist, Garett (R) M/C 01:24.4414 103.982 0.7450 0.0392 17 23
6 28 Blackstock, Shelby M/C 01:24.4768 103.939 0.7804 0.0354 20 24
7 99 Costa, Nicolas M/C 01:24.5170 103.889 0.8206 0.0402 22 25
8 6 Ballario, Julia M/C 01:24.5597 103.837 0.8633 0.0427 27 29
9 81 Derani, Pipo (R) M/C 01:24.5610 103.835 0.8646 0.0013 23 29
10 2 Alberico, Neil (R) M/C 01:24.7218 103.638 1.0254 0.1608 23 26
11 19 Booth, Ryan (R) M/C 01:24.9308 103.383 1.2344 0.2090 20 26
12 80 Kellett, Dalton (R) M/C 01:24.9845 103.318 1.2881 0.0537 23 26
13 91 Connery, Kyle (R) M/C 01:24.9937 103.306 1.2973 0.0092 27 28
14 54 Johnson, Michael (R) M/C 01:24.9949 103.305 1.2985 0.0012 26 26
15 16 Bumgarner, Michele M/C 01:25.3141 102.919 1.6177 0.3192 23 29
16 14 Harrison(E), Jeff M/C 01:25.5076 102.686 1.8112 0.1935 19 19
17 82 Newey, Brandon (R) M/C 01:25.7896 102.348 2.0932 0.2820 15 24
18 37 Horak(E), Jay M/C 01:26.6888 101.286 2.9924 0.8992 24 25
19 29 Rabe(E), Jason M/C 01:27.2012 100.691 3.5048 0.5124 14 17
20 13 Eberle(E), Bobby M/C 01:28.5215 99.189 4.8251 1.3203 10 12

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05/07/14
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Indy Lights GP of Indy Practice 1 Times
Gabby Chaves at Barber Motorsports Park
Rank Car Driver Name C/E/T Time Speed Diff Gap Best Lap Total Laps
1 7 Razia, Luiz (R) D/ /C 01:19.6513 110.235 --.---- --.---- 19 26
2 5 Chaves, Gabby D/ /C 01:19.7201 110.140 0.0688 0.0688 20 23
3 26 Veach, Zach D/ /C 01:19.8647 109.941 0.2134 0.1446 28 29
4 42 Harvey, Jack (R) D/ /C 01:19.9451 109.830 0.2938 0.0804 17 26
5 4 Baron, Alex (R) D/ /C 01:20.2124 109.464 0.5611 0.2673 12 20
6 83 Brabham, Matthew (R) D/ /C 01:20.2537 109.408 0.6024 0.0413 29 29
7 77 Piedrahita, Juan (R) D/ /C 01:20.3903 109.222 0.7390 0.1366 27 28
8 2 Meyer, Zack (R) D/ /C 01:20.5110 109.058 0.8597 0.1207 23 28
9 24 Anderson, Scott (R) D/ /C 01:20.9891 108.415 1.3378 0.4781 17 22
10 10 Garcia, Juan Pablo D/ /C 01:21.1949 108.140 1.5436 0.2058 29 29
11 28 Read, Lloyd (R) D/ /C 01:23.0130 105.771 3.3617 1.8181 16 19

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05/07/14
irl

Hippino named official travel partner of KV Racing Technology
Hippino back with KVSH Racing.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - May 7, 2014 - KV Racing Technology announced today that Hippino will be the team's official travel partner during the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

The new agreement expands Hippino's relationship with the team. In 2013, Hippino was a sponsor of the No. 11 KV Racing Technology with SH Racing car driven by Tony Kanaan. They began the 2014 season as a sponsor of the No. 11 KVSH Racing entry driven by Sebastien Bourdais.

"We are extremely pleased to have Hippino expand its relationship with KV Racing Technology," said KVRT co-owner Jimmy Vasser. "Hippino is an exciting company and we are pleased to partner with them and their founder and CEO EJ Falk who I have gotten to know well during the past year."

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05/07/14
irl

Butterball to sponsor Ryan Hunter-Reay
Butterball to appear on the #28 during the month of May.
INDIANAPOLIS (May 7, 2014) - The No. 28 Honda Indy car, piloted by 2012 Verizon IndyCar Series Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, will now feature the Butterball brand for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis as well as the Indy 500.

"I couldn't be happier to welcome Butterball to the Andretti Autosport family as we participate in the great American tradition of racing in Indianapolis during the Month of May," said Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport president, chairman and CEO. "We're proud to partner with such a storied and beloved brand during this special time of year and hope to be celebrating a victory feast this Memorial Day with Butterball on our table."

Butterball's sponsorship will run throughout the month of May with four-time IndyCar Series champions Andretti Autosport. Butterball, which accounts for approximately 20 percent of total turkey production in the country, will debut its branding on the No. 28 machine this week as practice for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis begins on the revamped road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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05/07/14
nhra

Sunoco, NHRA Announce Partnership
Sunoco, one of America’s largest fuel companies, will have a larger presence in motorsports when the 2015 racing season begins.

The company will become an official sponsor of the Nat’l Hot Rod Ass’n (NHRA) next year, after a Monday announcement confirmed the move.

The deal includes a comprehensive package of television spots, digital presence, on-site visibility and NHRA-themed consumer and retail promotions designed to increase attendance and television viewership.

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05/07/14
nassprint

Kahne’s Crew Chief Francis Penalized
Kenny Francis, the crew chief for the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS team that competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, has been penalized for rules violations committed during qualifying May 3 at Talladega Superspeedway.

The infraction is a P3 level penalty and violates Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 12-4.3(A)1-c (unapproved added weight and/or weight affixed improperly) of the 2014 rule book.

As a result, Francis has been fined $25,000. The infraction was discovered in post-qualifying inspection.

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05/07/14
f1

Red Bull F1 team announces new sponsor
Infiniti Red Bull Racing is delighted to announce a partnership with SCOTT Sports, leading manufacturer of high-end cycling, running, moto and wintersports products. As official team supplier for Infiniti Red Bull Racing, SCOTT will supply various accessories to the pit crew such as the super-lightweight SCOTT Picton full face helmet and SCOTT LCG goggles.

"Racing is in our blood, no matter if moto or muscle power,” says SCOTT Sports vice president Pascal Ducrot. “We share the same passion, that's why we are super excited to team up with Infiniti Red Bull Racing and are proud to supply the most innovative F1 team with our products."

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05/07/14
nastruck

NASCAR and Camping World announce 7-year extension
NASCAR announced Monday it has reached a seven-year agreement with Camping World to remain the entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series through 2022. The new deal ensures that Camping World will own exclusive rights as title sponsor for a total of 14-consecutive years, equaling the longest entitlement sponsorship in the history of the national series, which is celebrating its 20th season.   

The renewed partnership aligns two brands in the midst of significant growth. Since originally becoming series entitlement sponsor in 2009, Camping World has expanded its number of stores by 35 percent, resulting in the company eclipsing $3 billion in annual revenue.

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05/07/14
f1

Russia says GP still on
Sochi, site of the Russian GP
The Russian GP put out the following press release this morning after reports the race would be cancelled this year because of the situation in Eastern Europe (Ukraine, etc.) and the sanctions placed on Russia by the West.

"The 2014 FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX will go ahead as planned.

"Preparations are very much on schedule and the Venue will be ready this October to welcome all F1 Teams and fans to the Sochi circuit, that runs in between the Olympic stadiums, against a unique mountain backdrop.

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05/07/14
r2I

All Three Mazda Road to Indy Development Series Head to Indianapolis
The reconfigured Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course drew rave reviews last week when the Verizon IndyCar Series teams tested for the first time on the challenging new 2.439-mile, 14-turn layout in preparation for the upcoming inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis. The next generation of IndyCar Series stars will have their own opportunity to join in the fun this week as competitors on all three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy - the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires - will be on hand for two races of their own on May 9/10.

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05/07/14
irl
uscc

Detroit GP and PNC Renew Partnership with Detroit Public Schools
Continuing their partnership with Detroit Public Schools (DPS) by educating students through motorsports, the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix and PNC today proudly announced plans for the 2014 Grow Up Great and Fifth Gear programs.

Building on the programs that have grown and developed with the Grand Prix since 2012, both the Grow Up Great and Fifth Gear programs combine a mathematics and science curriculum through real-world applications in motorsports to spark interest in DPS students for careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The programs are funded by a grant from the PNC Foundation under the stewardship of the Detroit Public Schools Foundation.

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05/07/14
usf2000

Daniel Burkett's Quest for Sponsorship: Episode #1
Road to Indy driver, Daniel Burkett, knows that the biggest obstacle to getting sponsorship is doing nothing and that is why he will stop at no length to get one, achieve his goal, and get what he wants! In this episode Daniel learns why perseverance, never giving up, and reading all the fine print are essential to landing a sponsor.



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05/07/14
irl

Reinbold, Hamilton take first step of future
Dennis Reinbold
The last of Davey Hamilton's 11 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race starts came in 2011 with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.

This month, Hamilton and Kingdom Racing has partnered with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing principal Dennis Reinbold – through an alliance with Chip Ganassi Racing Teams -- on an Indianapolis 500 entry with 2013 Indy Lights champion Sage Karam driving the Chevrolet-powered No. 22 car. Last week, the Ganassi organization announced an agreement with Karam on a multi-year deal as a development driver.

Karam, 19, of Nazareth, Pa., participated May 5 in the Rookie Orientation Program. The 2.5-mile oval opens for full-scale practice May 11, with qualifications May 17-18. The 98th running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” is May 25. Jeff Britton is Karam’s race engineer.

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05/07/14
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Maldonado doubts Ferrari can win in 2014
    Brawn insists Ferrari visit part of holiday
  • 2014 wins 'not easy' for Ferrari - Maldonado
  • Only one Sauber under minimum F1 weight in Spain - report
  • Teams must agree to cost-cutting rules - Todt
  • Mercedes confirms F1 psychologist reports
  • Barcelona wants to drop 'Spain' from GP name
  • Stewart, Prost moved from front of Senna's coffin
  • Cavallino Becomes Official Clothing Supplier to Williams Martini Racing

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