Quaife-Hobbs to test Virgin F1 car The Marussia Virgin Racing Formula 1 team has announced that Britain’s Adrian Quaife-Hobbs will be conducting a straight-line test in Spain on Sunday. The run will be held at the Idiada oval test facility, just over an hour’s drive from Barcelona.
In 2011, 20-year-old Quaife-Hobbs is competing in feeder series GP3 for Marussia Manor Racing and is part of the Marussia Virgin Young Driver Development program. On Sunday, the Pembury driver will be evaluating the bodywork of the car raced by Timo Glock and Jérôme d’Ambrosio, racking up approximately 300 kilometers (just over 185 miles) in the process.
Two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart sat down with host Steve Byrnes on Wednesday’s NASCAR Race Hub (Monday through Thursday at 7 p.m. ET) to discuss his upcoming Prelude to the Dream, as well as the recent controversies in NASCAR.
Byrnes: What is your view of “boys have at it?”
Tony Stewart: “ I‘m kinda confused by it now. I guess I am waiting for a definition of what is it. It’s like ‘Boys, have at it … from what to what? Where do they want us to go with it? Where is the line in the sand? Nobody really has defined what the line in the sand is yet, so none of us really know what we are supposed to do, or what we are allowed to do, what are we not allowed to do, where are we allowed to do it … what’s acceptable and not acceptable?
Rookies carry confidence into Indy testing James Hinchcliffe and JR Hildebrand have soaked up advice about taming the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from driver coaches Rick Mears and Al Unser Jr. They've competed on the 2.5-mile ribbon of asphalt with the tricky corners in the Firestone Freedom 100.
Still, it will be a significantly new experience for both during the Rookie Orientation Program on May 12 and their initial go-round of the four-lap qualification process a week later.
Also scheduled to participate are James Jakes (Dale Coyne Racing), Charlie Kimball (Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing), Ho-Pin Tung (Schmidt Dragon Racing), Pippa Mann (Conquest Racing; the 2010 Firestone Freedom 100 pole sitter) and Scott Speed (Dragon Racing).
Roush Fenway Racing will hold Trevor Bayne out of this week’s Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway. Fellow Tennessee native Kevin Swindell will fill in for Bayne in the No. 16 Roush Fenway Mustang this weekend in the Nationwide Series race.
“Trevor’s symptoms have subsided and we are very encouraged by his progress,” said Roush Fenway president Steve Newmark. “Still, we are going to exercise an element of caution with his return to the track and keep him out of competition for at least another week.
Colt Teams Up with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing announces today that it has partnered with Colt, the leading manufacturer and designer of reliable, high quality firearms, to become an associate sponsor during the 2011 Indianapolis 500 on the No. 38 Indy car driven by Graham Rahal in the IZOD IndyCar Series. This partnership comes during the 100th anniversary of the Colt 1911 and Indianapolis 500 and becomes a celebration for these two uniquely American icons.
Johnson named America's most influential athlete Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series champion every year since 2006, isn't particularly charismatic. But he's great at what he does. He's also appealing to many fans because he seems to be just like them--the guy next door who just happens to double as the best driver on the NASCAR circuit. That's among the reasons why Johnson rates as America's most influential athlete this year.
After a prolonged slump, "NASCAR has had a bit of resurgence, people are becoming more aware of the drivers this year," says Gerry Philpott, CEO of Encino, Calf.-based E-Poll Market Research, which co-conducted the poll of influential athletes our list is based on. While the sport is still lagging behind the glory days of the early 2000s, television ratings are up 6% this year, according to NASCAR Chief Marketing Officer Steve Phelps, who credits competitive early races this season with drawing interest. "It helps drive story lines," says Phelps. The first nine races of the 2011 season have produced seven different winners. #24-Jeff Gordon, a longtime fan favorite, got a nice boost from making it into the winner's circle in Phoenix in February, his first victory in two years.
Coyote Red back at Indy Longtime Indianapolis 500 spectators/fans might do a double take when they see the No. 41 ABC Supply car on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 14 (Opening Day for the 100th anniversary Indianapolis 500).
Bruno Junqueira will be driving the A.J. Foyt Racing entry, whose paint scheme hearkens back to Foyt's 1967 and 1977 Indy 500-winning cars with the distinctive Coyote Red color and the car numbers set on a white circle. On the '77 car's nose, the number 14 was centered in the upper half of the small letter 'g' -- the logo of Foyt's longtime sponsor Jim Gilmore. A depiction of the car's paint scheme is above.
Superstars to perform national anthem at 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 Global music superstars and Grammy Award winners David Foster, Seal and Kelly Clarkson will perform the national anthem during pre-race ceremonies for the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 29 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Seal and Clarkson will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" as a duet, accompanied by Foster on piano. Members of the U.S. Armed Forces will stand at attention beside Foster's grand piano during the performance.
It's the first duet of the anthem accompanied by a piano in the 100-year history of the race.
"We're thrilled to welcome David Foster, Seal and Kelly Clarkson to perform the national anthem before such a historic occasion as the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500," said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president and chief executive officer. "This will be a special performance that will pay tribute to our great nation and its military, a moment our fans will cherish for a long time."
Miki Monras tops F2 Magny-Cours test session Miki Monras headed the timesheets at the FIA Formula Two Championship test at Magny-Cours today, putting him in good stead for rounds three and four of the series this weekend.
The Spanish GP3 graduate set the overall fastest time of 1:30.841s in the first of four sessions at the former French Grand Prix circuit, with Swiss F2 newcomer Christopher Zanella second quickest and Frenchman Benjamin Lariche finishing third fastest on his home circuit.
19-year-old Monras took full advantage of the cooler track temperatures during the morning session at the 4.411km circuit – home to Formula One until 2008 – to secure the overall honors and be on course to continue his good form from last month’s season opener at Silverstone where he claimed his maiden F2 victory.
Texas Taxpayers Finance Formula One Auto Races as Schools Dismiss Teachers [Editor's Note: See quotes from AR1.com's President in this Bloomberg article]
Texas, which may balance its budget by firing thousands of teachers, plans to commit $25 million in state funds to Formula One auto racing each year for a decade.
Four years after motorsports’ most popular series left the U.S., Texas investors including Clear Channel Communications Inc. co-founder B.J. “Red” McCombs are building a 3.4-mile (5.5-kilometer) track to bring the event to Austin. Comptroller Susan Combs has agreed to pay $25 million for races through 2022, a subsidy questioned by critics and lawmakers as the state cuts costs to close an estimated $15 billion two-year deficit.
“I don’t understand why 25 people in Austin could not put up $1 million each if they thought this was a good opportunity instead of the state making a $25 million commitment,” said Senator Dan Patrick, a Houston Republican. “The developers should find the money through private sources.”
2011 Indy 500 Pit Assignments Click here for a layout of pit assignments for the 2011 Indy 500 practice and qualifying days. Depending on who makes the race, there can be some adjustments in pit locations.
Cosworth's Engineering Debrief: Turkey Setting the Scene Cosworth’s Circuit Tracker for the Turkish Grand Prix highlighted Istanbul Park as one of the biggest all-round tests on engines for the entire season, putting the unit through a complete workout with a varied mix of high, medium and low-speed sections.
While the multi-apex turn 8 remains the greatest challenge for drivers, the range of corner types around Istanbul Park, coupled with the back straight, turn 11 and inclusion of KERS and DRS solutions, places a great emphasis on correct gear ratio selection.
Tracy thinks it will be harder to find sponsorship for new IndyCar The IZOD IndyCar Series unveiled its proposed new chassis for the 2012 season on Tuesday and right on cue Paul Tracy said it should have stayed under wraps.
Tracy, who through 20 years of open wheel racing in North America has been a thorn in the side of team owners from Roger Penske to Jimmy Vasser, sided with his car-owning bosses — this time in criticizing IndyCar’s decision to introduce a new car for next season.
The reason both Tracy and team owners oppose the introduction of a new chassis is simply money.
He said that this season he has battled as hard off the track as he ever did on it attempting to secure enough sponsorship dollars to run just a part-time schedule that includes this month’s Indianapolis 500, the Honda Indy race in Toronto and the Edmonton Indy.
Tracy hunts for sponsors for full-time 2012 farewell tour
When it comes to pitching drivers to possible sponsors, there's no such thing as an easy sell.
Brian Marks should know. Marks, the agent for Canadian IndyCar driver Paul Tracy, says he learned working with NASCAR star Kyle Busch just how difficult it is to find sponsors willing to fund a driver.
"You would think Kyle would be an easy sell, and I thought the same with Paul, but it's been a difficult market out there," said Marks.
Six months into his partnership with Tracy, Marks, the president and CEO of Top Speed Management, is doing his best to sell a driver in the twilight of his career. Tracy, who was promoting his support for Make A Wish Canada and the Honda Indy Toronto on Tuesday, is competing in just six races this season.
Kyle Petty hammers NASCAR on Busch/Harvick Penalties
SPEED analyst Kyle Petty took a minute out of this week’s Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America Tuesday to call into NASCAR Race Hub on SPEED (Monday through Thursday at 7 p.m. ET) to share his thoughts on the $25,000 fine and four-race probation NASCAR handed down to Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick earlier in the day.
On whether he is comfortable with the fine and penalty:
Petty: “I think they (NASCAR) should give Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch four weeks in the Bahamas and they should pay them $25,000. Here’s what I didn’t like about it … when Regan (Smith) won the race and they came around, those guys missed pit road for whatever reason, and they sat on the race track. FOX followed them and watched them do their circles. Then FOX watched them come down pit road.
Matt Hagan looks to regain winning ways A combination of new things – a new body, a new sponsor and a new approach – being rolled out this weekend for the 31st annual NHRA Southern Nationals here at Atlanta Dragway provides Matt Hagan with optimism for both the race and the remainder of the season.
Hagan will drive a unique black-and-orange Autolite/DieHard Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car for the Atlanta race. In addition, DirtRoadNation.com, one of the largest Oakley distributors/retailers in the South, comes on board as an associate sponsor for the remainder of the season.
Formula Drift signs on for Texas IndyCar weekend Extreme racing will precede high-speed action at Texas Motor Speedway during the historic Firestone Twin 275s on Saturday, June 11, as Formula DRIFT drivers will display their skills prior to the IZOD IndyCar Series race with Ultimate Drifting presented by Scion and Motegi Racing.
Texas Motor Speedway’s pit lane and frontstretch will transform into a winding course for eight Formula DRIFT drivers as they race in a non-points competition spectacle free to Firestone Twin 275s ticket holders. Fredric Aasbo, the 2010 Pro Championship Rookie of the Year, will be joined by Michael Essa, Kyle Mohan, Joon Maeng, Tony Brakohiapa, Ken Gushi, Chris Forsberg and a final driver to be named for a competition in the traditional bracket elimination format. The competition will begin at 6 p.m. CT.
Samsung Mobile, which has served as the title sponsor of April’s Samsung Mobile 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway for 10 years, will expand its sponsorship portfolio at the venue by serving as the title sponsor for qualifying during the June 9-11 Firestone Twin 275s IZOD IndyCar Series/NASCAR Camping World Truck Series doubleheader weekend.
To celebrate the launch of its new Galaxy Tab 10.1, Texas Motor Speedway’s longest-running title sponsor will serve as the sponsor of “Samsung Galaxy Tab Qualifying Days” for both the Camping World Truck Series on Thursday, June 9, and IndyCar Series on Friday, June 10. “Samsung Galaxy Tab Qualifying Days” kick off an exciting weekend of racing that culminates Saturday, June 11, with the Firestone Twin 275s, the first twin races in the history of the IndyCar Series.
Divergent 2012 IndyCar concepts match schedule It's sleek, has a familiar front end and even has a fin that reminds some of the 1956 Novi. The 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series oval concept car and its companion road/street course model were unveiled May 10 for the public to digest what it might see soon on the series' diverse set of racetracks.
The mockups, exactly what 2012 car project manager Tony Cotman wanted to display, will be in the Pagoda Plaza at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway through the 100th anniversary Indianapolis 500 on May 29.
A rolling chassis - dubbed the IndyCar Safety Cell - will be the universal feature of the next generation car, with bodywork open to development and sale by any approved manufacturer. Three engine companies - Honda, Chevrolet and Lotus -- committed for 2012 will augment the IndyCar Safety Cell and aero kit programs, creating its own buzz.
Team E signs Mitchell for Freedom 100 Rusty Mitchell will return to Team E for the Firestone Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Texan will make his second career series start with Team E seeking to build on a solid debut outing on the streets of Long Beach, where he finished 11th.
"I'm very excited and thankful for the opportunity to be able to run at Indy," said Mitchell. "It has always been a huge goal and dream of mine since I started racing karts as a kid. I know Team E has been very quick on ovals in the past, and I have no doubt we will continue that tradition. Once again I can't thank Motorola and Petro Communications enough they have been partners and sponsors of mine for a long time, and without them I wouldn't be able to have this great opportunity. I also want to thank Team E for their tireless effort and support of me throughout this season."
Beckman happy to return to Atlanta for this weekend's race Past success combined with recent strong performances leads Jack Beckman, driver of the Aaron’s Dream Machine/Valvoline Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car, to believe good things can happen at this weekend’s 31st annual NHRA Southern Nationals here at Atlanta Dragway.
The 44-year-old Southern Californian believes the solid results of late, which have resulted in his moving up to third place in the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car championship standings, can be indicative of good things to come.
In addition, a win in the 2009 race, topping Ashley Force-Hood in the final round, adds to his feeling of southern comfort.
First look at next generation IndyCar concepts The selection process of the next generation of IZOD IndyCar Series car began in earnest last May, and details regarding engine specifications and the rolling chassis followed in early summer.
On May 10, two tangible show cars representing road/street course and superspeedway bodywork concepts by Dallara Automobili for 2012 will be unveiled on IndyCar Open Wheel Weekly on VERSUS (4 p.m. ET, with a re-broadcast at 11 p.m. Pacific).
ACO to balance car performance ahead of Le Mans Following the Spa 1,000km the ACO issued an official statement revealing that it is considering adjusting the regulations to balance performance. It states that:
“The second round of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup has just finished, and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest has noted the performances of each of the cars entered. In view of the Le Mans 24 Hours (11 & 12 June 2011), the ACO technical staff having already foreseen the possibility of balancing the performances between the cars in each category after two races, are going to study this possibility in compliance with the technical and sporting regulations.
The aim of the ACO is not to introduce a permanent system of equalizing performances but to adjust, if necessary, the new regulations introduced this year after analyzing the results. Only the race results and not those in practice (free or qualifying) will be taken into account. These adjustments will be introduced as soon as possible in view of the 2011 Le Mans 24 Hours”
Are composite engines the Engine of the Future? Carbon-fiber composites have infiltrated practically every nook and cranny of today’s supercar. We’ve got carbon monocoque structural cores, carbon-ceramic brake rotors, and carbon-fiber-reinforced body panels. Taking this approach to the radical extreme, Formula 1 constructors have long used molded carbon-fiber suspension, wing, and transmission-housing components. Contemporary F1 steering wheels are even made of this light, stiff material to save a few ounces.
Ironically, the single heaviest part of practically every car—the engine block—is one of the last items awaiting conversion from metal to molded carbon fiber. Enter Florida engineer Matti Holtzberg. For the past four decades, he’s worked to create an ultralight plastic engine with sufficient stamina to replace engine blocks made from cast iron or aluminum. With strategic use of inserts to handle the heat and concentrated loads, he has engineered a composite engine block that may be ready to send cast metal the way of the buggy whip.
After years experimenting with various resins reinforced with glass fibers, Holtzberg recently expanded his focus to include more expensive carbon-fiber materials. Realizing that the hard-core racing community is always eager to gain a competitive weight-saving edge, he knew there was a market for a composite cylinder block capable of trimming a few pounds. Indulging his best entrepreneurial instincts, he purchased tooling and configured his West Palm Beach lab to cast the first dozen carbon-fiber-reinforced engine blocks patterned after Ford’s 2.0-liter Duratec engine.
Top families in the Indy 500 Auto racing has long been something of a family sport - it's common to see two or three generations competing in NASCAR, IndyCar, or the NHRA, among other series. When it comes to the history of the Indianapolis 500, many last names look familiar throughout the years - it's the first names that change over time. Here are a few of the most common names in the history of the Indy 500.
Andretti - the name Andretti has become synonymous with Indy - or, at least, back luck at Indy. Patriarch Mario won the big race only once, in 1969; since then, he and his family have been somewhat curse at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Four other Andrettis have competed in the race - sons Michael and Jeff, nephew John, and grandson Marco - and three of them (Michael, Jeff and Marco) have followed Mario as Indy 500 Rookie of the year. None of them, however, have been able to join Mario on the Borg-Warner Trophy as winner of the Indy 500.
Sarah Fisher Appointed to National Women’s Business Council Sarah Fisher, Founder and Team Owner of Indianapolis-based Sarah Fisher Racing, was appointed today to serve a three-year term on the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC), a nonpartisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners.
“To be appointed to the National Women’s Business Council is an honor and privilege”
“Sarah Fisher is a credible and knowledgeable voice for small business owners,” said Donna A. James, Chair of the NWBC, appointed by President Obama in October 2010. “She understands first-hand the unique challenges women business owners face in their journey from the start-up phase to success and significance. I look forward to working with Sarah and the other women leaders of the National Women’s Business Council on the economic issues that matter most to women business owners.”
Haug: Schumi will have fun in Barcelona Michael Schumacher might feel it's all doom and gloom at the moment, but Mercedes-Benz motorsport boss Norbert Haug is convinced the German will soon have "fun" again.
Speculation is rife that the seven-time World Champion could quit the sport before his three-year deal runs out with Mercedes at the end of 2012 after he admitted the "big joy is not there right now".
Schumacher's comments came after a disappointing display at the Turkish Grand Prix which saw him involved in several scraps with other drivers en route to his 12th-place finish.
Haug, though, says it's only a matter of time before Schumacher gets better results.
"When success is missing, then criticism is a fact of life," he told Autosport.
Brown sees continued progress Antron Brown drives the Matco Tools Top Fuel dragster into this weekend’s 31st annual NHRA Southern Nationals here at Atlanta Dragway looking to improve on the solid results already accomplished in the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season.
Arriving in Georgia holding third place in the Top Fuel championship standings, trailing Del Worsham and Larry Dixon and just ahead of Don Schumacher Racing teammate Tony Schumacher and Spencer Massey, the New Jersey native talked about building for the long term, but still shooting for individual race wins.
“Everything has been good so far this year,” said the 35-year-old former Pro Stock Motorcycle driver. “But we want to be consistent, like we were in Vegas; consistent like that and fast like that.”
Toyota Atlanta NHRA Preview WORSHAM LOOKS TO CONTINUE MAGICAL SEASON – After spending the last 15 years in the cockpit of a Funny Car, Del Worsham stepped out of his Toyota Camry FC and back into a Top Fuel car. He believed that it would take time to become comfortable and that success wouldn’t come immediately. Well, maybe not.
Worsham not only has proven to be very fast, but consistent as well. He won his first-ever Top Fuel event in just the second race of the season at Gainesville and it was the start of what has been a Cinderella season to date. The Southern California native has now won three of the season’s first five races and has advanced to the semi-finals or beyond at each event. Roughly a third of the way through the regular season, Worsham has amassed a 95-point lead – basically the equivalent of one entire event – over second-place and a 142-point lead over third-place.
Indy 500 Fans can print tickets at home Indianapolis 500 fans can enjoy even more convenience by ordering their tickets online for Miller Lite Carb Day or Race Day and immediately printing them, the first time print-at-home tickets have been offered in the event's history.
The print-at-home feature can be used for general admission tickets for Miller Lite Carb Day on Friday, May 27 and for reserved and general admission tickets for Race Day on Sunday, May 29. All tickets must be ordered online at www.imstix.com.
Fans using print-at-home tickets must enter IMS at Gates 1, 2, 3, 6, 9 or 10.
Gray upbeat heading into this weekend's Southern Nationals Johnny Gray, who ended a five-year hiatus from the Funny Car category this year, hopes his return to Atlanta Dragway here this weekend for the 31st annual NHRA Southern Nationals will see a repeat of his 2003 trip into the final round.
The 58-year-old driver of the Service Central Racing Dodge Charger R/T also got to the finals of the 2003 Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, but his next Funny Car final round came last month in Las Vegas when he finished within an eyelash of defeating Robert Hight, the highlight of his return to floppers.
Kyle Busch penalized NASCAR has penalized NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick as a result of rules infractions committed at last weekend's event at Darlington Raceway. Busch, driver of the #18 car, and Harvick, driver of the #29 car, have each been fined $25,000 and placed on NASCAR probation for the next four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship points events until June 15 for violating Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing involved in an altercation on pit road after the conclusion of the race). "These penalties are a result of what occurred on pit road after the race was over," said Kerry Tharp, senior director for communications, competition. "They are about maintaining a safe environment on pit road." NASCAR
Interview with Williams’ Sam Michael Williams’ disappointing start the 2011 season continued in Istanbul, with Rubens Barrichello and Pastor Maldonado still unable to score points. Team Technical Director Sam Michael digests the Turkish race before looking on to Spain.
How would you sum up the performance of the FW33 at Istanbul Park?
I think our performance in Istanbul was better than at previous races, particularly in qualifying. However, we are in that area of the midfield where a couple of tenths can make a big difference to finishing position, so we need to keep pushing to improve even further.
There were several new parts on the car. What were they and what impact did they have on performance?
Although we had some new parts, we only raced the new front wing and rear brake ducts. We had some separation issues with the new rear wing, so we decided not to race it. We are investigating that now and plan to test it again in Barcelona.
Kubica now in second phase of recovery Robert Kubica is continuing to make a good recovery from his horrific rally accident ahead of the start of the season and was visited by Renault team boss Eric Boullier in the days following the Turkish Grand Prix.
Kubica underwent a small, routine operation on Tuesday to remove the unavoidable adhesions that are affecting the functionality of his forearm and elbow muscles. Renault said everything had gone to plan and that the Polish driver was now in the second phase of his recovery, which would involve "heavy rehabilitation aimed to restore functionality".
Fernando Alonso urges Ferrari to take 'risks' with its car design Fernando Alonso is behind Ferrari's decision to take a more radical and innovative approach with the design of its 2011 car over the coming races. In the build up to the Turkish Grand Prix head designer Nikolas Tomabazis admitted: "We realized that, for various reasons, we were neither reactive nor aggressive enough in the development stages." He added: "Now we are reacting and we want to rediscover the spirit of innovation which maybe we have lost a bit over the past two years."
Alonso, who took the team's first podium of the year with an upgraded car at Istanbul Park last weekend, said he was fully behind taking a gamble to improve the car.
"I think Ferrari has to try to change a little bit the way we work, risking more and being more innovative," he said. "From now on we have to start inventing."
Barrichello unhappy about Monaco decision Williams driver Rubens Barrichello believes the FIA has erred in agreeing to allow teams to use the Drag Reduction System at the Monaco Grand Prix.
DRS has proved to be very successful and has played a major role in the big increase in the number of overtaking moves so far this season. However, several drives raised concern about using the device in Monte Carlo later this month.
The FIA though decided there were no grounds to ban the use of DRS on the street circuit. Barrichello, who acts as chairman of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association, feels the powers that be made the "wrong" call. "I just think it is wrong," Barrichello told Autosport.
Harvick fined, no word on Busch Kevin Harvick tweeted: "4 weeks probation and $25,000 fine....I understand because of the car on pit road.." The penalty by NASCAR is for an incident on pit road at Darlington with #18-Kyle Busch after the race. No word on any penalties for Busch.
Mosley loses battle in Court of Rights Former FIA President Max Mosley has lost a case against newspapers publishing articles on private lives before informing the subject. The European Court of Human Rights has dismissed the matter, which follows Mosley’s infamous scandal of 2008.
Son of British fascist Oswald Mosley, the then FIA President had been secretly filmed before details of his sex life were published by The News Of The World, with parts of the story being true whereas others – notably that activities taking place had been of a Nazi theme – were not.
If today's case was successful, newspapers would have been forced by law to inform the subjects of such stories before publishing articles.
Three rookies get oval laps in It took Scott Speed a minute to get acclimated to the steering wheel of the Dragon Racing IZOD IndyCar Series car during a rookie test at Chicagoland Speedway.
"It was very cool to get back into the groove of a high-downforce car that has more buttons on the steering wheel than one," said Speed, whose most recent motorsports competition came in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. "There is nothing like running around at over a 210 mph average."
Speed has partnered with Dragon Racing in an attempt to qualify for the 100th anniversary Indianapolis 500. He got in about 50 laps on the 1.5-mile, high-banked oval in preparation for the Indy 500 Rookie Orientation Program, during which he'll join six other first-year competitors on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 12.
Ontario Honda Dealers Association Announces 'Free Friday' To help racing fans and those new to the sport enjoy the speed, sound and excitement of IndyCar racing, the Ontario Honda Dealers Association (OHDA) will underwrite the cost of admission for everyone to the opening day of racing at the 2011 Honda Indy Toronto, Friday, July 8 . This is the second year that OHDA has offered this promotion, which includes an important fundraising component to benefit Make-A-Wish® Canada.
Visitors who attend the Honda Indy Toronto on Free Friday are asked to give a donation to Make-A-Wish® Canada volunteers upon entering in lieu of admission, which Honda Canada will match dollar-for-dollar. Last year, more than $112,000 was raised over the two-weeks of IndyCar racing in Canada (Toronto and Edmonton) to help make wishes come true for Canadian children living with life-threatening medical conditions.
NASCAR Gets It; IndyCar Still Needs TutoringUPDATE A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, Regarding Kent Sterling’s article “NASCAR Gets It; IndyCar Still Needs Tutoring”, as AR1 has stated repeatedly no doubt IndyCar really needs work when it comes to promoting their drivers, strengthening the numbers of American drivers, and I really think Bronco gets it. But what the article ultimately surmises is IndyCar needs to go after the high school drama queen mentality. That mentality is a strong demographic for NASCAR b/c in part they think those stock cars are like the cars they drive, and not even “pit clearing” brawls would bring them to IndyCar. It works for NASCAR, but it won’t work for IndyCar as far as helping expand the popularity of the sport. The question becomes what would work for IndyCar? Hypothetically, even if IndyCar were to steal let’s say Dale Jr, unless IndyCar can re-create the perception that the platform IndyCar drivers were performing on made them like jet pilots while NASCAR provided a platform that made their drivers nothing more than crop dusters, not even Jr could turn this around. It is what disgusted me most about Tony George’s IRL, he lowered the platform to the point that NASCAR could rightfully claim their drivers faced a greater challenge to win races and a championship. Champ Car didn’t lower itself like that, but it also didn’t have the Indy 500. Yes, car isn’t everything, but it certainly is something when it comes to creating a platform from which to make the claim, and market it aggressively, our series has fighter jet pilots, those others are just crop dusters. Andy Fogiel, Lansing, MI
05/09/11 Ashley works in my wife’s office, and she was excited today when I popped in to say hello. ”Did you see the NASCAR fight?” she asked. I have – a bunch of times on ESPN and online. It was impossible to miss because sports fans like drama.
Multiply that by 1,000,000 this morning, and the reason for NASCAR being popular enough for major networks to fight over the rights to show the races is clear, while IndyCar is stuck on the purgatory of the Versus Network.
Last week, Ryan Newman and Juan Pablo Montoya got a little sideways with one another – literally. After Montoya spun Newman, NASCAR put the two drivers in a hauler for a private meeting. What happened in there is anyone’s guess, but afterward Montoya was quoted as saying, “Newman hits like a girl.”
Photo from 2005: Scott Speed back to Indy, but this time for real!
Former Formula 1 racer Scott Speed has completed his first IndyCar test at Chicagoland Speedway ahead of his debut in the championship at this month’s Indianapolis 500. The Dragon Racing driver was joined on-track by Renault reserve driver Ho-Pin Tung and Wade Cunningham.
“It was very cool to get back into the groove of a high-downforce car that has more buttons on the steering wheel than one,” said Speed, referring to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. “There is nothing like running around at over a 210 mile per hour average.
“I'm super-excited to go to Indy. The more I'm getting into this now that I've done some laps, I'm starting to realize what a steep learning curve is ahead of me and that's what is exciting. We were smooth, the guys were great and all went well.”
Herbert predicts Schumacher's retirement Johnny Herbert predicts former teammate Michael Schumacher will hang up his helmet at the end of this season, ending his Mercedes contract one year early. Following Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix, the seven-time World Champion admitted that his ‘joy’ of racing is lost at the moment.
Since returning to Formula 1 at the beginning of 2010 after a three-year sabbatical, Schumacher has failed to either qualifying on a front row or finish on the podium. So far, his best Mercedes results have come as a trio of fourth places in Spain, Turkey and Korea last year.
“I would not be surprised if my old team-mate Michael Schumacher retires for good at the end of the season,” Herbert, who raced alongside the German at Benetton in 1995, wrote in a column for Abu Dhabi’s The National newspaper.
“Schumacher did not return to Formula 1 just to make up the numbers. He came back to win races and add titles to his already impressive career statistics. It has not happened and the simple fact is that he is no longer the best driver on the track.
Speedway rounds a new lap with redevelopment Drive on Main Street in Speedway, Indiana now, and you might do a double take -- between 10th and 16th streets, you'll see ornate light poles, welcome banners, fancy benches and landscaping, and an 8-foot-wide bike path.
To Speedway officials, the just-finished infrastructure upgrade and impending construction of Italian racing-car chassis builder Dallara's U.S. headquarters signal an acceleration of the neighborhood's planned resurgence, which is pinned on a mix of retail, business and entertainment offerings.
And the Speed Zone makeover is picking up speed right on time -- as the metro area gears up for this year's 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 and the larger economy begins to recover.
Williams team announces 2010 financial results Williams Grand Prix Holdings PLC (“Williams” or the “Group,” Ticker: WGF1) today announced Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited’s results for the year ended 31 December 2010. Group subsidiary Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited designs and manufactures Formula One race cars, running AT&T Williams’ entries in the FIA Formula One World Championship.
• EBITDA on a like for like basis up 25% to £12 million (2009: £9.6m) • Reported EBITDA up 5% to £10.1 million (2009: £9,6m) • Profit before tax on a like for like basis up 33% to £7.7million (2009: £4.5m) • Reported profit before tax up 28% to £5.8 million (2009: £4.5m) after investment of £1.9million in Williams Hybrid Power and Williams Technology Centre Qatar • No tax charge for the year. Estimated carry-forward losses for taxation purposes of approximately £88 million • Turnover of £91 million (2009: £108.3m) • Cash at hand more than doubled to £27.2 million (2009: £13.2m) • Cash generation strong, debt reduced to £2.4 million (2009: £9.3m, 2007: £24.8m) • Williams Hybrid Power’s flywheel contributes to Porsche’s race success with its 911 GT3R Hybrid • Williams Technology Centre Qatar partners with Sainsbury’s to leverage F1-developed vehicle simulator technology for the UK supermarket’s drivers to enhance energy efficiency and safety
It’s All at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in May The May special event schedule at the NASCAR Hall of Fame begins this week and runs through Memorial Day, giving fans more reasons than ever to visit the 150,000 square-foot entertainment attraction in Uptown Charlotte, N.C.
In addition to four floors of exhibits and interactive games, the venue also will offer multiple days of guest appearances, special exhibits, Induction activities and extended hours for the thousands of race fans in town for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“May is a signature month for us,” said Winston Kelley, executive director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. “Induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame is a life-changing moment for the legends of our sport and that includes multiple days of special events to get everyone excited for the ceremony. The Inductee Fan Day will be particularly special. Everyone at the Hall on May 22 will get to visit with Richard Petty, Junior Johnson, David Pearson, Bud Moore, Bobby Allison and Ned Jarrett. When I was a child, that would have been a dream come true, and I still pinch myself today having the opportunity to work with these NASCAR legends and sports icons.”
Something to enjoy for everyone crazy about cars this month at IMS The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the place to be this month for anyone crazy about cars of all shapes, sizes and eras.
IMS will play host to an unprecedented series of unique, one-of-a-kind events providing fans an extraordinary opportunity to learn about and cherish great automobiles as the Indianapolis 500 celebrates its 100th anniversary. Nearly 1,000 vehicles will be featured throughout this month at these events.
All of these events are included in the price of admission for their respective display days except for the special exhibit of Indianapolis 500-winning cars in the IMS Hall of Fame Museum.
The Montoya/Newman feud could be just what NASCAR needs Although NASCAR got its start from the early days of running moonshine, it wasn't the moonshiners who made NASCAR into what it is today. It was the feuds between drivers that launched NASCAR into the mainstream.
From the Hatfield and McCoy feud to the Lincoln County War, feuding is something that is deeply embedded in the America psyche. Whether right or wrong, a feud marks its participants as someone that fans can identify with because it displays so many emotions.
There have been quite a few famous feuds throughout the history of NASCAR, several of which were integral into building the sport.
The biggest rivalry between two drivers was the one between Richard Petty and David Pearson. It was probably one of the longest running feuds as well because they finished first and second to each other 62 times.
IZOD presents 100 years of Indy 500 fashion In the city that doesn't sleep, teams of workers converged on Broadway and West 34th Street in the wee hours of May 9 to begin transformation of the display windows of Macy's flagship store into a celebration of the 100th anniversary Indianapolis 500.
Iconic cars and other items of the '500' were moved into position in the display windows and inside the mammoth store at Herald Square in New York for "IZOD presents 100 years of Indianapolis 500 fashion."
The display officially kicks off May 11 with a 6 p.m. (ET) driver meet and greet at the store. At the store will be:
Inaugural Mazda Road to Indy Oval Clinic is success With the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a backdrop, the future stars of the IZOD IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500 got advice on racing on ovals from drivers whose history they'd like to emulate one day.
Indianapolis 500 winners Al Unser Jr. and Dan Wheldon, 1998 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Steve Knapp and five-time Indy 500 starter Johnny Unser helped the young drivers broaden their experience at the inaugural Mazda Road to Indy Oval Clinic.
"I couldn't be more pleased with our first Oval Clinic," said Dan Andersen, owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions, the promoter of the Cooper Tires presents the USF2000 National Championship powered by Mazda. "Our drivers were presented with an unparalleled wealth of information, and I can't thank our instructors enough for not only taking the time to share their knowledge but for their enthusiasm for this program. I was equally pleased to see drivers like Stefan Wilson and Tristan Vautier attend, drivers who have previous oval experience and want to hone their skills. For our USF2000 field, this was a great segue into our oval test as many of our drivers prepare for their oval racing debuts this month."
ALMS names Taylor Carson as its Manager of Public Relations/Media Services The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n has named Sebring, Fla., native Taylor Carson as its Manager of Public Relations/Media Services. Carson comes to the ALMS from a familiar place: home of America’s greatest sports car race - and the home of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida.
Carson previously worked for the Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Foundation where she served as development coordinator. Her responsibilities there included communications, promotions, community relations, event management and philanthropic development. She has also interned for the ALMS PR/Media Services department at previous Sebring events.
She comes to the ALMS with a diverse communications background having previously worked in the travel, non-profit, post-secondary education and drag racing industries. Carson graduated from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications with degrees in public relations, business administration and event management.
Green Smoke to Sponsor T.J. Bell Green Smoke, one of the nation's leading electronic cigarette brands, is proud to announce that it will sponsor T.J. Bell in the 52nd running of the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, May 29th at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Bell, who is known to NASCAR fans in the Camping World Truck and Nationwide Series, will pilot the No. 50 Green Smoke® Toyota Camry in his first attempt to qualify for NASCAR's longest race on the sport's largest stage - the Sprint Cup Series.
Green Smoke's sponsorship of Bell will mark its first NASCAR endeavor, as well as the first NASCAR sponsorship by any organization within the electronic cigarette industry.
"One of the world's signature televised sporting events, NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 is the ideal global platform to showcase the partnership of Green Smoke® and T.J. Bell, a talented NASCAR driver who is making the move to NASCAR's premiere division, the Sprint Cup Series," states Steven Arnold, VP of Marketing & Customer Satisfaction for Green Smoke®, an industry leader in providing an authentic, alternative smoking experience.
Direct Supply joins sponsor lineup for Milwaukee 225 Milwaukee-based Direct Supply has joined the sponsor lineup of the Milwaukee 225 on June 19 at the Milwaukee Mile.
Direct Supply, founded by Bob Hillis in 1985, is the nation’s leading supplier of equipment and ecommerce solutions to Long Term Healthcare and Senior Living communities.
“Direct supply is proud to be part of the revitalization of the IZOD IndyCar Series to the storied venue in Milwaukee,” said Hillis, CEO of Direct Supply, “The Milwaukee 225 is a great opportunity for fans and businesses to connect, and for the state of Wisconsin to showcase itself. We are pleased to assist AB Promotions in bringing the great open-wheel action back to the Milwaukee Mile."
2012 Supercross Schedule Announced Feld Motor Sports announced today the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross schedule, featuring the tour’s newest stop on April 14 at Louisiana’s Superdome in New Orleans.
Fresh off the heels of the greatest season ever, the 2012 Monster Energy Supercross schedule is the foundation for next season’s highly touted racing championship. Once again the championship will begin at supercross’ home plate, Angel Stadium, on January 7 and conclude at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on May 5, where the champion will be crowned.
Cross Club members will have the exclusive opportunity to purchase tickets on May 9-10. Following the Cross Club opportunity an Online-only offer will be available on May 11-12. Tickets will be on-sale nationally May 13. Due to the renovations at the Louisiana Superdome, tickets will not be available until July 18. Joining the Cross Club is free.
Pippa Mann's new race-suit for the Indy 500, with her new sponsor 'nov.us' identification on it!
04/19/11 Conquest Racing has announced that Pippa Mann will drive for the team in this year’s Indianapolis 500.
The British driver joins Sebastian Saavedra to complete Conquest Racing’s line-up for the 100th anniversary of the Indy 500, where Mann will make her debut in the IZOD IndyCar Series driving the #36 car.
The team will be looking to secure two of the 33 available grid slots, in a year where 42 entries have so far been confirmed for the race.
Interview with Force India’s Adrian Sutil Adrian Sutil is confident that a three-stop strategy was the correct choice in Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix, despite managing to finish no higher up than in 13th position. The German digests events of Istanbul before looking ahead to Barcelona, where he stresses that Force India’s raw pace must improve.
How would you sum up the Istanbul weekend?
We tried a new front wing on Friday that we will hopefully introduce in Barcelona and we got some important data. But we put the car back to normal for Saturday because it was still a better solution for Istanbul. In the end we knew that it was going to be another difficult one to score points in. Qualifying went well and 12th position was not too bad.
Before the race we knew we had to hope for a lucky race - maybe some retirements in front of us - and then we could score points. In the race there were no problems or mistakes from the team or myself and we did the optimum strategy, but the pace was not there. That’s why I actually lost one place and finished 13th after Kobayashi came all the way from the back!
The Michael Andretti Foundation, in conjunction with Dr Pepper Snapple Group, announced today that racing legend Mario Andretti will be an honored guest at the Racing Round Up Gala, scheduled for June 9 in at Gilley's Dallas in Dallas, Texas.
With Michael and Marco Andretti already scheduled to attend, this will bring three generations of the renowned racing family together for the June event. Also schedule to attend are IZOD IndyCar drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay, Mike Conway and Danica Patrick.
Often referred to as the greatest race car driver of all time, Mario won just about everything in his legendary career, including the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500, the Formula One World Championship and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. He won the Indy car National Championship four times and was a three-time winner at Sebring. He won races in sports cars, sprint cars and stock cars - on ovals, road courses, drag strips, on dirt and on pavement. He won at virtually every level of racing since he arrived in America from his native Italy at age 15.
Paul Di Resta's grief over suspected suicide of stepfather F1 driver Paul Di Resta battled through the grief of his stepdad's death to race yesterday. Dougie McCracken, 46, a former professional footballer, was found dead on Thursday evening at the home he shared with Paul's mum Marie in Lanark.
It's understood the former Ayr United central defender, from Kilwinning, Ayrshire, had taken his own life. Police said there were no suspicious circumstances.
Last night, a family friend said: "Everyone is heartbroken and struggling to take in what has happened."
We headed to the airport about an hour after the race ended. I watched our van driver miss--by inches--a couple on a moped that crossed in front of us to exit the highway. How he missed them, I don’t know. More memorable was the traffic jam caused by a police roadblock a few miles later.
Our interpreter rolled down her window and said something to the policeman (I have no idea what). He then jerked open the big passenger door and I was staring at an Uzi! Yeah, a submachine gun! I didn’t know what to think but I positioned myself to be ready to get one kick in if this guy did anything funny (yep, pretty sure it would have been my last kick). He looked around at everyone, slammed the door shut and waved us on. Our interpreter said it happens about once a month but that was a first for me! I like Brazil but I was glad when we got back on the jet and headed home.
Italian driver suffers leg fractures in crashUPDATE Although the accident itself looks reasonably harmless, the impact still caused multiple fractures as a piece of suspension went through the chassis, causing the injury to his left leg.
05/08/11 Davide Rigon has suffered multiple fractures of the tibia and fibula as a result of a heavy impact with the barriers on the front straight after being hit from behind by Julian Leal, with the Italian scheduled for surgery in Istanbul tomorrow morning.
The Italian driver was seen to get out of the car unassisted but continued to sit on top of the chassis until the medical crew arrived, and initial investigations in the medical centre confirmed the damage.
Giedo van der Garde (2nd), Stefano Coletti (1st) and Sam Bird (3rd)
Stefano Coletti brought joy to the hearts of the Trident team by putting them back on the top step of the podium for the first time since Monaco 2008 with a stirring and mature drive, controlling his rivals through a late safety car period to claim the win ahead of Giedo van der Garde and Sam Bird.
The victory was set up when the lights went out, when Coletti making a storming start to push up two places to second behind poleman Dani Clos, with van der Garde following in his wake to slice by Charles Pic and Luiz Razia by the end of the first lap, while behind them Jules Bianchi was tapped into a spin by Romain Grosjean at the final corner to allow Bird up to sixth place.
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