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Danica Patrick among top vote-getters for Sprint All-Star Race  
Will the greatest driver in the history of NASCAR (based on the length of her autograph line) again be the top vote getter this year?
Based on the length of her autograph line, Danica Patrick is the biggest hero in the history of NASCAR.  A true superstar and racing legend.

NASCAR fans get to vote in one driver for the Sprint All-Star Race, and the driver who won the fan vote last year is among the top-10 vote-getters with just four days of voting remaining.

That driver would be a she. Sprint announced Monday the 10 drivers who have received the most votes in the fan voting, which runs until 7 p.m. ET Friday. The winner will be announced Friday night after the Sprint Showdown, where the top two finishers qualify for the all-star race.

The driver with the most fan votes will get the final spot in the 22-car field as long as they finish on the lead lap in the Showdown and has a car that can race the following night in the Sprint All-Star Race. 

The top 10 drivers in the fan vote, in alphabetical order, are: AJ Allmendinger, Aric Almirola, Marcos Ambrose, Clint Bowyer, Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson, Casey Mears, Patrick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Josh Wise.

Scott Dixon mentoring Sage Karam  
Karam needs a mentor like Dixon
Racers are never obligated to like, help or even speak to their teammates. But during a recent day off, Scott Dixon took time to help a teammate — who someday could become a rival — prepare for the Indianapolis 500.

Dixon, the 2008 Indy 500 champion, stopped by Indianapolis Motor Speedway to help 19-year-old rookie Sage Karam prepare for his rookie orientation, the first step toward competing in the race. The car malfunctioned, forcing Karam to postpone completion of the rookie test until Sunday, but Dixon's gesture ingratiated him to Karam and the rest of his Chip Ganassi Racing teammates.

"Being 19 and having a guy of Scott's stature to help is amazing," Karam told USA TODAY Sports. "Scott wants to help out off the track. He wants to help me prepare mentally. He doesn't have to do that, but he wants to, so I'm going to be a giant sponge this whole month. It's almost like going back to school for me." More ...

Andretti Autosport Flexes Its Muscles On Busy Day at Indianapolis  
Hunter-Reay first to break 225 mph
Verizon IndyCar Series drivers made use of every minute at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the second day of practice for the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, recording more than three times as many laps as Opening Day.

Five of the 30 drivers who participated topped 100 laps on the 2.5-mile oval -- half the race distance -- including Ryan Hunter-Reay, who also posted the fastest lap of 225.025 mph (39.996 seconds) in the No. 28 DHL car for Andretti Autosport.

Of the 33 entries, the cars for Sebastian Saavedra (involved in crash at start of Grand Prix of Indianapolis), James Davison and Buddy Lazier are the only ones who have not been on the racetrack yet. More ...

Foyt on the passing of AJ Watson (Update)  UPDATE Robin Miller also wrote this story on AJ Watson.

05/12/14 Master mechanic and race car designer and builder extraordinaire A.J. Watson passed away today at age 90. Foyt drove and won with Watson-designed and built  roadsters in the 60s. Eleven of his 67 victories came in either Watson or Watson-Trevis roadsters, including his first two Indy 500s (1961 and 1964). Foyt drove Watson’s sprint car in 1960 winning the USAC Eastern Division title that year. Foyt continued to drive Watson’s sprint car off and on through 1968, winning his final race for Watson at Ascot in Gardena, Calif. in 1967. More ...
Richard Petty Comments on Passing of Patricia Petty  Patricia Petty, wife of Maurice Petty and sister-in-law to Richard Petty, passed away Sunday, May 11.

Richard Petty offered the following statement:

"We all love Patricia. She was another cornerstone in the Petty family and was always there for Maurice and allowed us to do what we loved to do. She was just another special part of the family. We'll miss her and give our love and support to Maurice and his family at this time."

Video: Raikkonen has a lot to say after Spanish GP  Kimi Raikkonen was talking up a storm during his post race interview with Sky's Rachel Brookes after the Spanish GP where he got lapped by the Mercedes team and beaten by his teammate Alonso in the closing laps.

Indy 500 practices underway for Kurt Busch  
Kurt Busch
The runs Kurt Busch had made up to Sunday in the #26 Suretone Honda for Andretti Autosport were solely single-car runs, where he had a chance to acclimate simply to the nature and handling of the lighter, less powerful IndyCar compared to the heavier, more brutal and higher horsepower NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car. Sunday marked Busch's first chance to run in traffic, in dirty air, in a moment he appreciated. He banked 31 laps on the day, with his fastest on lap 29 of 220.352 mph good for P12 on the time sheets. More ...
Latest F1 news in brief - Monday (Update)  UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

  • Newey not ruling out Ferrari switch
    Haas 'not looking at Lotus' - source
  • Spotlight on Mercedes as rivals give up hope
  • Newey not ruling out Ferrari switch
  • Mateschitz renews attack on 'new' F1
  • 'Stressful' time for careworn Ecclestone - Horner
  • Massa says Williams can hold off McLaren
  • Angry Raikkonen had 'long' Ferrari talks after Spain
  • Hamilton not ruling out season-long winning streak
  • McLaren misery continues in Spain
  • Mercedes advantage artificial, says Horner New More ...
Carpenter and Power talk about getting ready for Indy 500  AN INTERVIEW WITH:

THE MODERATOR: Well, this is an audition for Riverdance and right now I'm not quite sure how you're doing it    good lap, 223 and change, last time I looked up there.  You generally know how strong you went, but the real litmus test is how you felt about it.
WILL POWER:  Yeah, apart from the speed, it's great, to be at the top of the speed charts, but the car felt really good, too, today and we got to do quite a few laps, try to get the mileage up.  You know, just anticipating that it might be wet the next couple of days.  Yeah, you can't    it's only practice, first day, always handy to be at the top.

THE MODERATOR:  You're a professional, obviously, and do this for a living, but was it weird at all when you first got out after having competed yesterday?
WILL POWER:  It was just weird waking up the day after a race and having to get straight back into the car and on a different style of track.  But you know, as soon as I finished up today, like as soon as I got into it today, I just felt normal again, back to back, focus on the 500 and get the most out of the car.  Can't believe we actually raced yesterday, had totally forgotten about it. More ...

Hinchcliffe visits speedway  
Viso at wheel of Hinchcliffe's car
Following an on-track incident in Saturday's Grand Prix of Indianapolis, Andretti Autosport driver James Hinchcliffe was checked and released that evening from Indianapolis Methodist hospital with symptoms of a concussion.

While Hinchcliffe did make an appearance at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for today's opening day, the Canadian kept the visit brief, joking around with his crew and having lunch with family. No medical evaluation was performed today and the three-time race winner returned to his Indianapolis home to rest and recuperate. Hinchcliffe could return to the speedway for re-evaluation as early as Tuesday, however a date for his next medical visit has not yet been set. In the meantime, the Canadian is not cleared to drive in Indy 500 practice sessions. More ...

Ecclestone Casts Doubt Over Future Of British Grand Prix  F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone has "cast doubt over the future of the British Grand Prix due to uncertainty about the ownership of Silverstone, the historic race track in England which hosts the race," according to Christian Sylt for FORBES. Silverstone is owned by the British Racing Drivers' Club, a group of 850 "senior motor racing figures which took over the lease of the track from Britain's Royal Automobile Club" in '52.

Ecclestone: "God only knows what is going on at Silverstone, it’s quite incredible. This is the BRDC. That’s the problem. ... Who knows whether the race is at risk. We have come to an arrangement with them. I’m happy with that."

Although Silverstone hosts "more than 50 motor races every year, the reason that the track loses money is largely due to the single F1 Grand Prix." Race organizers "generally do not get any revenue from F1's television broadcasts or its corporate hospitality and advertising hoardings during a Grand Prix." Forbes
Team Penske sweeps first day of 500 practice  Team Penske swept the top three spots on the speed chart as practice for the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race opened at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Twenty-four car/driver combinations ran a total of 731 laps without incident during the six-hour session.

Verizon IndyCar Series championship points leader Will Power was fastest with a lap of 223.057 mph (40.3485 seconds) in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car. He totaled 82 laps.

Juan Pablo Montoya, returning to compete in the Indianapolis 500 for the first time since winning in 2000, was second (222.502 mph) in the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske car, and three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves was third (222.373 mph) in the No. 3 Pennzoil Ultra Platinum Team Penske car. More ...

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IMS announces celebration of automobile award winners  
A 1932 Packard Roadster Convertible
Mark Cipolloni/AR1.com
The 2014 Celebration of Automobiles featured many of the world's finest classic/vintage automobiles on display Saturday, May 10 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with a 1937 Cord winning the "Best of Show - American" award, and a 1927 Isotta honored as "Best of Show - Foreign."

Now in its fourth year after a highly successful debut in 2011 held in conjunction with the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500, the Celebration of Automobiles pays tribute to the rich heritage of automotive development at the track for more than a century.

The 1937 Cord 812 S/C Phaeton that won the "Best of Show - American" award is owned by Larry Hurn of Olney, Ill. The 1927 Isotta voted as "Best of Show - Foreign," was entered by Joseph and Margie Cassini of West Orange, N.J. More ...

Rosberg: One more lap might have been enough  Nico Rosberg believes that he might have been able to pass Lewis Hamilton and win the Spanish Grand Prix had the race been one lap longer, after finishing just 0.6 seconds behind the Briton in second place today.

Hamilton won the race from pole position, but he came under significant pressure from Rosberg in the dying stages of the race as the German driver caught up on quicker tires. Despite getting within DRS range, he was never close enough to try and make a pass, but he believes that a 67th lap could have provided this. More ...

Tom Blomqvist takes F3 victory from rookie driver Esteban Ocon  
Tom Blomqvist holds off Ocon
Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) claimed victory in the eighth season round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the 2.76 kilometers long street circuit of Pau in the south of France. On a wet track at the foot of the Pyrenees, he ended up ahead of rookie driver Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam), who was slowed down by a bent suspension. After a thrilling finale, Jake Dennis (Carlin) finished third as the second-best rookie driver in the field. With his seventh podium finish of the season, Lotus F1 junior driver Ocon extended his FIA Formula 3 European Championship points’ lead (146 points), followed by Tom Blomqvist with 92 points. More ...
Ironically IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe talks about helmet safety  James Hinchcliffe, who is an IndyCar driver for Andretti Autosport, sat down to talk about helmet safety with Autoweek before he was hit in the head in yesterday's race.

Alonso realizes no one has a chance against Mercedes - season over  Not for the first time this season Fernando Alonso was urged Ferrari to up their game after coming within three seconds of being lapped in Spain.

A year ago, the double World Champion came from fifth on the Barcelona grid to win the grand prix. That, though, was his last F1 race win.

Such has been Ferrari's fall from grace in the last year that this time around he could only manage a distant sixth place. More ...

CVC's free Formula One hospitality  Formula One has handed thousands of free hospitality passes, worth an equivalent of $5.4m, to the private equity fund which controls the sport according to an article in the Sunday Telegraph by Christian Sylt.

It is known as Fund IV and it is managed by CVC Capital which bought F1 in a leveraged buyout in 2005. It used $965.6m from Fund IV and $1.1bn of debt from the Royal Bank of Scotland. In March the following year F1 paid an estimated $400m for Swiss company Allsport which operates the corporate hospitality at all but three of the 19 races.

F1's hospitality area is a tented structure which is known as The Paddock Club and is adorned with fresh flowers and turf flown in from England. It attracts some of the world's wealthiest high rollers with previous guests including Michael Douglas, Brad Pitt, film-maker George Lucas and Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim. More ...

Allmendinger says NASCAR fans have to be 'tired of voting for Danica'  
Allmendinger knows he can outdrive Danica Patrick and thinks fans should vote for him
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway on Saturday night is the last chance for drivers to qualify for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 17 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. After Kansas, any driver still looking to get into that All-Star Race and hoping for a shot at the $1 million first-place payday could use a little help from their fans: a fan vote will put one non-qualified driver into that field.

Drivers' earn their way into the All-Star Race in several different ways: Drivers who have won races in the current and preceding year, drivers who are past Sprint Cup champions in the last 10 years, drivers who have won The All-Star Race in the past 10 years, the winning driver of the Sprint Showdown, the driver who finishes second in the Sprint Showdown, and the driver voted in by the fans. Voting opened March 16 and closes on May 16. More ...

Sunday update from Indy (Update)  UPDATE The rain has stopped, at least for now, so we should see some practice today.

05/11/14 It was raining this morning at the Speedway and rain is forecast for the next several days, especially Tuesday when it is forecast to be torrential.

This is good and bad. Good for the crews scrambling to fix cars damaged in yesterday's accidents, and scrambling to switch the cars from road course setup to low downforce oval. If it rains a lot, crews will have plenty of time to work on the cars. More ...
Stoneman holds off Tuscher to win GP3 Barcelona Race 2  British driver Dean Stoneman delivered the goods in tricky conditions in Sunday’s GP3 Race 2 in Spain. Rain fell before the start of the race and it was the Marussia Manor Racing driver who made a stunning overtake on Jenzer Motorsport’s Matheo Tuscher on lap two and held off the charge from the Swiss rookie until the line. Dino Zamparelli for ART Grand Prix enjoyed his maiden rostrum finish in the category.

After rain fell overnight and around an hour prior to the race starting, the Circuit de Catalunya track was damp with threatening clouds looming overhead. Tuscher started from reverse pole and all 27 drivers started on the slick Pirelli tire. More ...
Nasr wins first GP2 race on 50th start  
Felipe Nasr
Felipe Nasr has finally taken a monkey off his back by claiming his maiden GP2 victory in Barcelona on Sunday, on what was his 50th start in the series.

He setup the win with a strong start before eking out a gap from Jolyon Palmer and Tom Dillmann.

Poleman Dillmann made a decent start, but fellow front row starter Tio Ellinas struggled to get off the line, opening a gap for fast charging Rio Haryanto and Nasr, who slotted in behind the Frenchman into turn one, with the Brazilian picking up another position at the next corner. Unfortunately for the Indonesian he ran off a few corners later, promoting Palmer and Arthur Pic in the process, as the race started to take shape. More ...
Talladega TV Ratings lowest since 1997 (2nd Update)  UPDATE #2 Television ratings for NASCAR's spring race at Talladega were the lowest since at least 1997. Last Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Aaron's 499 earned a 4.4 final rating and 6.9 million viewers on FOX, down 4% in ratings and 5% in viewership from last year (4.6, 7.3M), and down 14% and 17%, respectively, from 2012 (5.1, 8.3M).

The 4.4 rating is the lowest for the spring Talladega race since it returned to broadcast television in 1998, tying rainout coverage in 2006. The previous low was set last year. Prior to last year, the spring race had never dipped below 5.0. Excluding the two rainouts, all eight NASCAR Sprint Cup telecasts this season have had declines in ratings compared to last year, and seven of the eight have had declines in viewership. Despite the lower numbers, the race was the #2 sporting event of the weekend on any network, trailing only the Kentucky Derby (9.4, 15.3M). More ...
Latest F1 news in brief - Sunday  
  • The inexpensive GP2 cars are faster than many of the very expensive F1 cars in Spain.  The mental midgets F1 rules makers have ruined the sport
    Button hopes for fast car before career end
  • Wolff not interested in 'one night stand' Alonso
  • Newey poaching attempts 'permanent' - Marko
  • GP2 field faster than F1 backmarkers in Spain
  • Ferrari backs Mattiacci's low-profile start
  • Hamilton did a better job, Rosberg concedes More ...
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