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05/14/10
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Almirola wins first truck race  Aric Almirola earned his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) victory in Friday’s 204-lap race at Delaware’s Dover International Speedway.

  It marks the third straight year a Tundra driver has earned their first career NCWTS victory at the one-mile oval (Scott Speed in 2008 and Brian Scott in 2009)  

Rookie Justin Lofton (third), Todd Bodine (fifth), David Starr (sixth), Mike Skinner (eighth) and Johnny Benson (10th) also earned top-10 finishes for Toyota.   Kyle Busch led a race-high 172 laps, but retired following 202 laps after running out of fuel, and finished 16th.
05/14/10
f1
Horner: Vettel's brake disc split in half  Christian Horner has revealed that a brake disc splitting in half was the cause of Sebastian Vettel's problems in Spain.

Vettel was forced to back off last Sunday when, 15 laps from the end of the Spanish Grand Prix, he suffered severe brake problems, afterward confirming that his left front brake had gone completely. The team launched an investigation into the incident as this was the second time already this season that Vettel experienced brake problems. And although the team has yet to identify the cause of the problem, team boss Christian Horner has revealed that the front left brake disc on Vettel's Red Bull split in half, not something that happens every day of the week. More ...
05/14/10
irl
New paint scheme for No. 4 Panther car  
New No. 4 paint scheme
It's not often when work stops in an IZOD IndyCar Series race shop, but as Thursday starting to slip to nighttime, Panther's latest camo version of the No. 4 National Guard entry finally was put completely together - and everybody at the shop had to stop and take a look.

Just a year ago, Panther showcased a full ACU camo livery - the first of its kind at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - and driver Dan Wheldon was able to nearly win the race but instead settled on a second-place result. This year the National Guard decided to add black and red to the livery, and the results are stunning. More ...

05/14/10
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IndyCar team changes name  On the eve of becoming a two-car operation at the 94th Indianapolis 500, Steve Luczo, Jay Penske and Gil de Ferran have announced the renaming of their IZOD IndyCar team to de Ferran Dragon Racing.

"We changed the name because Luczo Dragon Racing/de Ferran Motorsports was too long,” co-owner Steve Luczo said. “The placement of Gil’s name first represents his vast accomplishments in the sport and his full time involvement as President of our race team. The Dragon represents Jay and me. Just ask Baron Davis who only refers to me as ‘Dragooon.’”  More ...

05/14/10
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Vickers hospitalized with unknown illness  UPDATE Brian Vickers will not race at Dover International Speedway this weekend because of blood clots in his veins, Red Bull Racing General Manager Jay Frye said Friday.

Casey Mears will drive Vickers’ No. 83 Toyota this weekend at Dover. A timetable for Vickers’ return has not been determined, Frye said during a news conference at the track.

Brian Vickers
According to Frye, doctors told Vickers that he can’t race this weekend. Vickers is unsure, Frye said, whether the blood thinners he’s taking make it too dangerous for him to run even a lap in his race car or if they would put him in jeopardy of the tolerances established in NASCAR’s substance-abuse policy. NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said NASCAR has not prohibited Vickers from racing.

“We haven’t spoken to the doctors, we’ve just talked with Brian,” Frye said. “It became clear yesterday morning that this weekend was not going to be an option. I’m not exactly sure all why.

“But obviously his health and safety are our main concern. … We want to make sure he gets right, gets better and go from there.” More ...

05/14/10
tv news
Daly to CBS WISH TV8 for 22nd year  Former Indy car and Formula One driver, Derek Daly, will return to CBS  WISH TV8, Indianapolis, as their motorsports analyst for the 22nd  consecutive year. Daly will cover all action at the Indianapolis Motor  Speedway, including, the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400 and the  Red Bull Moto GP event, in addition to significant motorsports stories  throughout the year.

“Over all these years Derek has contributed immensely to WISH TV8’s  coverage of motor sports. He provides an unusual depth to our coverage  and we are glad to continue the successful relationship” said Jeff  White, WISH TV8, General Manager.  More ...

05/14/10
f1
Briatore 'free' to be in Monaco paddock - Todt  (GMM) In a sport and a paddock from which he is supposed to be banned, Flavio Briatore is making his presence solidly felt this weekend in Monaco.

With the crashgate scandal still fresh in the memories of F1 regulars, Briatore's huge yacht Force Blue was spotted earlier this week in the Monte Carlo harbor. More ...
05/14/10
racing news
TW Steel Announce David Coulthard as Brand Ambassador  TW Steel, the international watch brand specializing in oversized watches, is pleased to announce that 13-time Formula One Grand Prix winner, David Coulthard, has joined its roster of Global Brand Ambassadors.

Coulthard, who enjoyed a stellar Formula One career from 1994 to 2008 racing for Williams F1, McLaren-Mercedes and Red Bull Racing, will sport TW Steel branding on his race helmet as he embarks on his latest on-track venture – competing in the German-based DTM Series for Mücke Motorsport.

In addition to returning to the international motorsport arena, the 39-year-old Scot remains a high profile and popular figure in the Formula One paddock in his role as an analyst for the BBC’s F1 television coverage – giving his unique insight into the driver mindset at each Grand Prix throughout the season.

“To have someone of David’s stature represent the brand and join our team of global ambassadors is a fantastic endorsement for TW Steel,” stated TW Steel Head of Global Sponsorship, Harry Gibbings. 

“We’re delighted to be partnering with him as he steps back behind the wheel in the DTM Series.  TW Steel enjoys tremendous representation in Germany and having David onboard will only serve to strengthen the appeal of the brand there and ultimately beyond.  He’s noted for being a professional both on and off-track and we’re looking forward to growing our relationship with him moving forward.” More ...
05/14/10
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F1 drivers turn catwalk models on Friday night  (GMM)  At the end of the traditional 'rest day' in Monaco, formula one drivers on Friday are limbering up for a night on the catwalk.

They are heading to the exclusive and highly expensive VIP 'Amber Lounge' event, hosted by former grand prix winner Eddie Irvine's sister Sonia.

It is a fashion show, with drivers donating their time to model designer Missoni, Elizabeth Hurley Beach and Jimmy Choo fashion to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

On Friday night, world champions Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton and Mika Hakkinen will all be on the poolside catwalk, in addition to Nico Rosberg, Adrian Sutil, Vitantonio Liuzzi, Lucas di Grassi, Jaime Alguersuari, Heikki Kovalainen and Timo Glock.

05/14/10
automotive
Nissan gets 13,000 orders for Leaf  Nissan chief executive says the automaker has received over 13,000 orders in the U.S. and Japan for its new electric car, the Leaf, exceeding production capacity.

Carlos Ghosn said today the company is seeking to boost capacity to meet the demand. Currently it can produce fewer than 12,000 of the cars by next March.

The first models of the zero-emissions Leaf will be delivered to customers in December. More ...

05/14/10
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Perez powers to victory in Monaco  Sergio Perez has written himself into the history books at the fabled Monaco circuit by claiming victory in this morning’s feature race, defying strong pressure from behind as well as the threat of a race changing safety car period to stand on the top step of the podium between Pastor Maldonado and Dani Clos.

The Mexican’s win was set up at the start when a slow get away for pole man Clos allowed Perez to lead the pack from the front row, running through Ste Devote just ahead of Maldonado, Clos and Alberto Valerio, while behind them chaos reigned as Fabio Leimer stalled, causing a bottleneck which saw Max Chilton fly dramatically over the side of Davide Valsecchi’s slowed car as the back of the field tried to shake itself out as best it could. More ...

05/14/10
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Video: Monaco Preview  
05/14/10
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Pirelli afraid of competition  (GMM)  Pirelli has clarified that it is not interested in competing in formula one with other tire suppliers.  It was confirmed officially last week that the Italian marque has submitted an application to replace Bridgestone as the sport's sole supplier.  Michelin also wants to come back to formula one next year, and it has been rumored in recent days that Pirelli might be willing to satisfy the French company's desire to race against other tire brands.

"At the moment we are having discussions about a single supplier situation, not about an open market," Pirelli's racing manager Mario Isola is quoted by Auto Hebdo.

The latest edition of the French magazine also said Bridgestone, Avon, Kumho and Hankook are the other candidates to supply F1 teams next year.  The teams are pushing hard for clarity about 2011 tire supply, but it is now rumored that a resolution is unlikely by the end of the Monaco race weekend.

"The good news is there appears to be several companies interested in supplying tires to formula one," said FOTA chairman Martin Whitmarsh.

05/14/10
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Trulli pushes for perfect Monaco record  (GMM)  Jarno Trulli is this weekend bidding to maintain a perfect qualifying record on the streets of Monaco.  Since his first visit to the Principality as a formula one driver in 1997, the 35-year-old Italian has never been outqualified by the occupant of the sister car.

His conquests include Ukyo Katayama, Olivier Panis, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso, Ralf Schumacher and Timo Glock.  His Lotus teammate in 2010 is Heikki Kovalainen, who has so far outqualified 2004 Monaco winner Trulli on two occasions.

Finn Kovalainen told Turun Sanomat: "I will just concentrate on my own performance."

05/14/10
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New teams deserve places on F1 grid - Trulli  (GMM)  Jarno Trulli has defended F1's three new teams.  At Monaco, the less competitive pace of the new Lotus, Virgin and HRT teams has been the main topic of conversation, with frontrunners worried about being held up on the short and twisty layout.

F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has admitted that HRT is struggling for survival, while David Coulthard insists that the sport needs "quality, not quantity".

"If teams are not competitive they will not stay on the grid for long anyway as sponsorship is driven by results on track," the Scottish veteran wrote in his Telegraph column.

But fellow veteran Trulli, who now drives a Lotus despite previously working with big teams including Renault and Toyota, insists that the new teams have a place on the grid.

"Without us, it would have seemed that F1 had just a handful of teams," he is quoted by Finland's Turun Sanomat newspaper.

"I would be more cautious in asserting that we are not worthy of our place in F1," the Italian added.

05/14/10
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MIS prez says he would like IndyCar back  Michigan International Speedway president Roger Curtis said he would love to have IndyCar back at the 2-mile superspeedway.  Unfortunately, don't expect to see the likes of Helio Castroneves, Dario Franchitti and Danica Patrick tearing around MIS anytime soon.

"Honestly, I think it might be awhile before we get open wheel back here," Curtis said. "That is sad, because that was always my favorite race as a kid.  Their financial model right now makes it a little difficult for a track promoter. I think (IndyCar CEO) Randy Bernard and his team down there are going to do a great job and keep things moving in the right direction. I know they have struggled the last couple of years, but hopefully, with the right leadership down there, they will do a nice job and their financial model will be such that it makes it a little more attractive for us to move forward."

"I honestly don't see that in the next year or two," Curtis said. "But I have friends down there and I love IRL racing, and with this sport, we all have short memories and you never say never and you see what happens. I hope it works out."

05/14/10
f1
Hamilton wants better legacy than Schumacher  (GMM)  'Liegate' master Lewis Hamilton himself has revealed that he intends to leave formula one with a better legacy than Michael Schumacher's.

Despite showing a reluctance to wade into the rekindled 'Rascasse scandal' of 2006, the McLaren driver admitted in Monaco that Schumacher's reputation as a cheat is not one he wants to emulate.

"When I think about history, it is not just about me, it is about how my family raised me, where we came from," British newspapers quote the 25-year-old as saying in Monaco. More ...

05/14/10
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Alonso, Button, keep eyes on Red Bulls  (GMM)  Fernando Alonso has warned that he is not necessarily the favorite to take pole position for the Monaco grand prix.  As the paddock and media centre fill up despite Friday being a 'rest day', the world of formula one is contemplating Alonso's dominance of the initial 180-minutes of free practice.

But Ferrari's Alonso told the Spanish news agency EFE: "Pole position is still far away.

"There has only been Thursday practice and we have seen many sessions this year dominated by McLaren and we were also high up, and then Red Bull surprised everyone in qualifying.

"So we have our feet on the ground, knowing only that we have started the weekend well," he insisted, also predicting that McLaren will be "very strong" in Monaco.

McLaren's Jenson Button added: "The Ferrari looks very quick, and I'm pretty sure Red Bull are hiding their pace."

05/14/10
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Keke Rosberg insists no problem with Schumacher  (GMM)  Keke Rosberg has shied away from rekindling his earlier attack on Michael Schumacher.

At Monaco earlier this week, elements of the media stirred up the old controversy sparked by the seven time world champion parking his Ferrari at Rascasse to prevent Fernando Alonso from securing pole position.

In 2006, 1982 world champion Rosberg said Schumacher should "retire in shame" for dragging "our sport into the dirt", and advised the German's wife to cut off his supply of "food and sex". More ...

05/14/10
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HRT fighting for 2010 survival - Ecclestone  (GMM)  HRT "have got problems" and will struggle to make it through the 2010 season.

That is the admission of F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone, who told the Daily Telegraph he is working to help the new Spanish team.

"HRT have got problems.  I will sort it out.  I'd like to see 12 teams finish the season because they have made the commitment to come in.

"We might lose one of them.  But I'm doing my bit to make sure it doesn't happen," said the 79-year-old Briton.

In the same interview, Ecclestone also spoke about Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton, Jean Todt, Max Mosley and Flavio Briatore.

On Schumacher, despite his teammate Nico Rosberg outpacing him in practice on Thursday, Bernie said the seven time world champion looks in "good shape".

"People were too quick to write him off.  Why pick on him?  His return has been brilliant for formula one." More ...

05/13/10
tv news
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NASCAR Darlington TV Rating  UPDATE NASCAR on Fox posted a 4.2/8 (7.0 million viewers) on Saturday night for racing from Darlington Raceway. Saturday night's telecast was up +5% over last year's 4.0/8 (6.7 mill) for the same race and managed to handily beat ABC's NBA Playoff game, which featured the LA Lakers, by +14% (vs. 3.7/7 - 5.8 mill). Season-to-date, NASCAR on FOX is averaging a 5.0/11 (8.3 million viewers), down -5% from last year's 5.2/11 (8.7 million viewers).

05/10/10 The NASCAR Sprint Cup Showtime Southern 500 earned a 3.9 overnight rating on Fox Saturday night, up 8.3% from a 3.6 overnight for the race last year.
05/13/10
tv news
Wind Tunnel Upcoming Guests in May  
Sunday 5/16/2010
Featured Interview      Al Unser Jr. (2-time Indy 500 Winner and CART Champion)
Featured Interview      Brad Keselowski (NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Competitor)

Sunday 5/23/2010 ***NOTE*** show airs LIVE at 10pm ET this night only
Featured Interview      Jeff Gordon (4-time Sprint CUP Champion)
Expert Analyst            Robin Miller (SPEED Open Wheel Racing Reporter)

Sunday 5/30/2010
Featured Interview      2010 Indy 500 Winner

05/13/10
irl
Patrick among most marketable  Andretti Autosport's Danica Patrick is among the top 30 most marketable athletes in the world (one of 17 Americans), according to the SportsPro trade publication. Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers is ranked first. … Also, Dad's Root Beer, with headquarters in Jasper, Ind., will be the primary sponsor on the No. 24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing car driven by Mike Conway in the Indianapolis 500.
05/13/10
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Firestone Indy Lights drivers go to class before Open Test  J.K. Vernay had a typical reaction to seeing the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time.

"It's huge," said the rookie driver from France, who leads the Firestone Indy Lights point standings. "It's very impressive. I've never seen speedway with such long straights. I'm sure it will look much different in my race car."

Vernay - along with rookies Dan Clarke, Adrian Campos Jr., Stefan Wilson and Philip Major and veteran James  Hinchcliffe, Brandon Wagner and Pippa Mann spent the afternoon of May 13 learning the intricacies of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from Indianapolis 500 winners Johnny Rutherford and Al Unser Jr., and Indianapolis 500 veterans Davey Hamilton and Vitor Meira. More ...

05/13/10
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$20 Million prize for winning both Indy 500 and Coke 600?  On Thursday night’s edition of NASCAR Race Hub, reporter Wendy Venturini scores an exclusive sit-down interview with Speedway Motorsports Inc., chairman Bruton Smith. As part of the interview, Smith talks of ongoing discussions with his counterparts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway about the possibility of linking the famed Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 … with the possibility that a driver who wins both on the same day earning a $20 million bonus … for the full interview, please tune into SPEED tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET for NASCAR Race Hub. More ...
05/13/10
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Williams drivers pleased with new rear wing  
Rubens Barrichello
Rubens Barrichello arrived in Monaco after equaling the points total of hero Ayrton Senna in Spain last weekend, with both Brazilians now lying on 614 in the all-time statistics. Having experimented with new components in the first two Monaco practice sessions, the most experienced man in Formula 1 history is positive.

Williams trialed a new rear wing configuration for Barrichello in Practice 1 whilst team-mate Nico Hülkenberg made use of the front wing which the Brazilian used last time out in Barcelona. More ...

05/13/10
f1
Monaco Thursday Press Conference transcript  
Christian Horner
Virgin's John Booth, Lotus's Tony Fernandes, Red Bull's Christian Horner and McLaren's Martin Whitmarsh attended Thursday's FIA press conference in Monaco.

Q: A question to all. Basically looking back at last weekend and looking forward to this weekend. Tony, if I can start with you.

Tony FERNANDES: Well, for us it was a good step forward. I am very, very happy with the upgrade package. Unfortunately a slight mistake with Heikki's (Kovalainen) car. Continuing with Monaco today it has been two good practice sessions and looking forward to the race. More ...

05/13/10
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Virgin not planning to run F-duct in 2010  (GMM)  Like fellow new team Lotus, Virgin is also not planning to develop a so-called F-duct system in 2010.

Confirming the news, Lotus' Heikki Kovalainen said in Barcelona last weekend that he hopes the team soon shifts its full focus to next year's car.

F-ducts, the downforce-spoiling innovation pioneered this year by McLaren and subsequently emulated by Ferrari, Sauber and Williams, have been banned for 2011.

German driver Timo Glock told Auto Motor und Sport on Thursday that it would therefore be "nonsense" if Virgin "invested time" on an F-duct rather than on more fundamental areas. More ...

05/13/10
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Tagliani in hospital  
Alex Tagliani
UPDATE
FAZZT Race Team driver Alex Tagliani, who was admitted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and held overnight to receive treatment to combat chest congestion and a persistent cough, was released late Wednesday afternoon. The French-Canadian is expected to be ready to go when practice for the 94th Indianapolis 500 begins on Saturday.

"Even when I was laid up, they were there putting in the hours to get it all done," Tagliani said of his FAZZT squad, which is headquartered in Indianapolis.

Tagliani, who relocated to Indianapolis earlier this month, is scheduled to be on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with other IZOD IndyCar Series veterans on opening day May 15 in the No. 77 entry. Bruno Junqueira will drive the second FAZZT entry at Indy. More ...

05/13/10
f1
McLaren chief engineer Fry leaves team  (GMM)  One of McLaren's two chief engineers has left the Woking based team.

Pat Fry, who joined the team from Benetton in 1993, alternated the role with Tim Goss.  Last year, 46-year-old Briton Fry developed the MP4-24, and in 2010 he was in charge of the 2011 car.

It emerged during Thursday's press conference at Monaco that Fry's destination is currently unknown.

"I think it was probably good for him, the right decision for him to take a bit of a break, take a breather," team boss Martin Whitmarsh told reporters.

He added that "someone younger" and "maybe hungrier" will likely replace Fry.

05/13/10
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McLaren men complete herculean task  
This hardly resembles anything we would call a "motor home"
It has taken a feat of Herculean proportions over a period of 72 hours, involving more than 500 individual components, 25 men and a distance of just over 400 miles.

They are some of the unsung heroes of McLaren's team, the ones you do not see or hear about, but who play a vital role in the smooth running of the team over a European grand prix weekend.

What those men do is also a thankless task, but the dismantling and re-erecting this week of the leviathan of a building that is the McLaren brand centre - otherwise known as the paddock motor home - has been no mean feat. More ...

05/13/10
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Button fined for speeding  
Jenson Button
World Champion Jenson Button was handed with a fine after breaking the agreed speed limit in the Monaco Grand Prix pit lane on Thursday morning.

Reported by Formula 1 governing body the FIA nine minutes after the first free practice session had come to a close, McLaren driver Button was recorded travelling at a speed of 63.7km/h (40mph) in the pits 13 minutes before the checkered flag flew.

With the limit being 60km/h (37.3mph), Button was fined a total of €800 (£690). GPUpdate.net

05/13/10
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Clos clinches Monaco pole  
A happy Dani Clos
Dani Clos overcame his rivals and the treacherous conditions in today’s qualifying session in Monaco to claim pole for tomorrow’s feature race in a last minute shoot out, ahead of Sergio Perez and this morning’s fastest man Pastor Maldonado.

In a session which went from wet to extremely wet and back to merely wet again, the Spaniard kept his nerve as everything hinged on the very last lap: with everyone improving their times on the drying circuit Clos claimed a best lap of 1:37.572 to take pole by just 0.033 of a second.

When conditions worsening just at the start of the session it was clear that we were in for a dramatic session, and with many of their rivals struggling to stay on track the fight for the top spot was a three way shoot out between Maldonado, Perez and Clos, with all three claiming provisional pole at various times only to be denied by one of the others. More ...

05/13/10
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Red Bull not set to dominate Monaco  (GMM)  Red Bull dominated the Spanish grand prix less than four days ago, but 600 kilometers down the road, the situation looks different in Monaco.

The average laptime gap between the RB6 and its rivals looked insurmountable at the Circuit de Catalunya.

But between the walls of the fabled Monte Carlo street layout, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was quickest in both of Thursday's 90 minute practice sessions.

Red Bull is, however, within shouting distance of the pace, indicating that the Milton Keynes based team has made progress on tighter circuits since 2009. More ...

05/13/10
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Rain in Monaco after F1 practice  (GMM)  It rained shortly after the second practice session in Monaco.  As the GP2 cars qualified at the Principality, moderately heavy rain was falling, following a few drops during F1's final 90 minutes of Thursday practice.

But Mercedes reserve driver Nick Heidfeld told Germany's Sky television: "A low probability of rain is predicted for Saturday and Sunday."

Friday is always a rest day in Monaco.

05/13/10
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NASCAR to open branded chain of car washes  Ed note: They are filling the seats, so they are going to wash cars if they have to...

Win on Sunday; get your car washed on Monday. NASCAR has signed a licensing agreement with a Utah based company for upwards of 40 car washes across the United States. The locations have yet to be announced, but the timetable calls for the facilities to be open within the next four to five years. More ...
05/13/10
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Monaco GP: Alonso also tops Practice 2  
Fernando Alonso
After being fastest in this mornings practice session, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was quickest again in the second practice session for this weekend's Monaco GP F1 race.

The Ferrari driver beat Mercedes' Nico Rosberg by 0.109 seconds, with Sebastian Vettel third for Red Bull.

Light rain prevented anyone making improvements in the second half of the session. More ...

05/13/10
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Briatore's yacht moored in Monaco  (GMM)  Although banned from working in formula one or even stepping into the paddock, Flavio Briatore is making his presence felt in Monte Carlo.  With a prominent mooring alongside Vijay Mallya's Indian Empress and two other Force India-branded yachts, Briatore's huge 63-metre boat 'Force Blue' is this weekend taking pride of place alongside the grand prix circuit.

Just days ago, the sacked Renault boss refused to rule out launching a return to the sport when his renegotiated FIA ban runs out at the end of 2012.

"When I stopped in 1998, I said I would never go back.  I went back in 2000.  Life is never say never," he told Arabian Business while launching one of his 'Billionaire' fashion shops in Dubai last weekend.  More ...

05/13/10
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Slow Senna's chassis still damaged in Monaco  (GMM)  Bruno Senna's earlier fears have come true in Monaco. After qualifying in Barcelona less than a week ago, we reported that the Brazilian rookie believed his HRT chassis was carrying an inherent problem.

He was the slowest qualifier in Spain, and he remarked that "there is something wrong at the back" of his F110.

Senna retired into the gravel on the opening lap, and then confirmed to France's Auto Hebdo that the new Spanish team had not identified the car's problem in the three-day gap before Thursday's practice running in Monaco. More ...

05/13/10
f1
Renault gains investor  Renault F1 has announced that Saudi Arabia's Tarek E. Obaid, co-founder and CEO of private oil and gas company PetroSaudi International, has because a new business partner of the team.

With French manufacturer Renault having withdrawn most of its support at the end of 2009, Luxembourg-based businessman Gerard Lopez's Genii Capital purchased the majority shareholding in the Enstone-based squad; however, he is pleased to announce that Obaid, who has offices in London and Geneva, is now also part of the management. More ...

05/13/10
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ALMS Laguna race to stream live on web  Keeping to its edict of being a championship “For the Fans”, the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n will stream the full six-hour round of the 2010 season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. A worldwide audience can catch flag-to-flag action during the American Le Mans Series Monterey presented by Patr¢n, set for 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT on Saturday, May 22.

The race marks the first time that a full American Le Mans Series round will air around the globe online. The Series will partner with TodoCast.tv, one of the country’s leading open access online video platforms for live and archived video content. The sights from Mazda Raceway will sync with John Hindhaugh’s play-by-call on American Le Mans Radio presented by Porsche, a production of Radio Show Ltd. More ...

05/13/10
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Laziers seeking continued presence at Indy 500  Buddy Lazier, the Vail native who won the Indianapolis 500 in 1995, is scrambling to line up another chance to win at the Brickyard.

“At this point we're kind of half and half,” Lazier said. “We're close with about three different programs with the 500. I'll be there, but don't have anything signed just yet.”

Lazier, 42, will travel to Indianapolis on Thursday to work with teams and sponsors to try to gain a spot in the May 30 race. At the same time, the lifelong Vail resident is hoping to secure a deal that will put him in position to succeed on the full Indy circuit over the next four or five years.

“Right now I'm focusing on getting back into a car that can win,” Lazier said. More ...

05/13/10
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Roberto Guerrero to mentor Sebastian Saavedra  Promising Colombian talent Sebastian Saavedra will have the support of one of his country’s most famous auto racing stars, Roberto Guerrero, when he attempts to make his debut in this month’s 94th Indianapolis 500-Mile race aboard the #29 William Rast/Bryan Herta Autosport Dallara-Honda.

Guerrero attained legendary status in his homeland after achieving success firstly in Europe and then North America during a career that was highlighted by a pair of CART Indy Car race wins and two runner-up finishes in the Indianapolis 500 in 1984 and 1987. He was the first driver from the South American nation to compete in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, and later became the first Colombian ever to contest the Indy 500, finishing second and claiming co-Rookie of the Year honors (with Michael Andretti) in 1984. More ...

05/13/10
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Video: Delta Wing car at Texas Motor Speedway  
05/13/10
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Maldonado tops Monaco free practice  Pastor Maldonado has reiterated the form which has given him the nickname The Monaco Maestro by topping the timesheets in this morning’s free practice session at the Principality, easily finishing ahead of Sergio Perez and Christian Vietoris.

The Venezuelan set fastest lap after fastest lap on his way to a best time of 1:20.476, four tenths quicker than his nearest rival and nearly a second faster than the equivalent time in last year’s free practice session.

Maldonado set the running right from the start, sitting on top of the timesheets apart from brief spells on the top spot by Dani Clos and Perez, with no one else able to run him close: the Mexican driver was clearly determined to make up for a disappointing weekend in Barcelona but, with qualifying just hours away, his eagerness was tempered by the knowledge that even a tiny mistake would have a huge cost. More ...

05/13/10
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Q and A with Robert Kubica  
Robert Kubica
Renault driver Robert Kubica thoroughly enjoys racing on street circuits and the Polish racer has always gone well around the tight and twisty streets of Monaco. Looking at his form already this season, the Renault racer should bode well here this weekend and to ensure this happens he knows the need to qualify well on Saturday....

Robert, you scored points last weekend in Spain, but you ended the race a bit disappointed…
It was a bit frustrating because I had a difficult first lap and lost three places, which affected the rest of my race. I also made contact with Kobayashi, which damaged my car and gave me a lot of understeer. Even with the damage, I was surprised that my pace was not too bad and I was able to follow Sutil closely after my pit stop. But it’s so difficult to overtake in Barcelona and there was no chance to get by him. Although it was encouraging to see our pace during the weekend, especially compared to Mercedes, I felt that we should have come away with more points. More ...

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Kurt Busch tests at road course  
Kurt Busch
Kurt Busch tested at Virginia International Raceway on Wednesday, May 12th in preparation for next month's trip out to the Infineon Raceway road course. The team took their "PRS-617" Miller Lite Dodge Charger up to the Alton, Va., road course facility that offers six track configurations. This is the car the team debuted at Infineon last June and also raced at Watkins Glen International last August. TRPR
05/13/10
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ART GP submits F1 Application  The French GP2 outfit ART Grand Prix is bidding to become the thirteenth team on the 2011 formula one grid.

"Yes, we have applied to join the world championship in 2011," Frederic Vasseur, co-founder, confirmed to France's Auto Hebdo.

The team is also headed by Nicolas Todt, son of FIA president Jean Todt and manager of the Ferrari driver Felipe Massa.

ART also races in F3 Euroseries and GP3. More ...

05/13/10
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Da Matta racing trucks in Brazil  Ever wonder what happened to Cristiano da Matta?  After a near-fatal freak accident with a deer at Road America in 2006, da Matta made an amazing comeback to drive sports cars in '08.

With boundless determination, a compelling, feel-good story and proven results, da Matta seemed well-positioned to get back on track full-time. But as quickly as he resurfaced, da Matta was gone again.

He is racing again. Not in the United States, where he enjoyed his greatest success. And not in a sleek, low-slung, open-wheel car like those he drove to the 2002 Champ Car title or in his two seasons in Formula One. More ...

05/13/10
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Sato relishes crack at Indy 500  
Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato has already stepped one place where most drivers have never achieved at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Sato, 33, has visited the famed victory podium at the world’s most famous racing facility.  On the 2.6-mile road circuit, the Japanese racer finished third in the United State Grand Prix in 2004 and climbed to the Brickyard podium.

It is every racer’s dream, to stand in the Indy winner’s circle.

That podium trip is Sato’s goal again this year when he comes to the Indianapolis 500 as a rookie in the 33-driver field set to compete on Sunday, May 30. More ...

05/13/10
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Monaco GP: Alonso tops Practice 1  
Fernando Alonso talks to the media in the Ferrari garage
Rookies Karun Chandhok and Kamui Kobayashi fell afoul the notorious Monaco walls as the Principality came alive on Thursday morning.

Under sunny skies in the Principality, Sauber driver Kobayashi's was the biggest incident, occurring at the end of the 90-minute session.

The Japanese lost control in the famous Swimming Pool section, hitting the raised curbs and then the barrier on the exit, but he managed to nurse the C29 back to the pits minus a front wing. More ...

05/13/10
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Teams accused of wanting Monaco 'chaos' and 'controversy'  (GMM)  Michael Schumacher and Martin Whitmarsh have accused some team bosses of wanting "chaos" and "controversy" to reign on the streets of Monaco this weekend.

At a meeting last week in Barcelona, the bosses voted on a drivers' proposal that 'Q1' qualifying be split into two parts for this weekend's fabled street event.

With a busy grid in 2010 and six cars that are not up to speed, drivers fear not only that the traffic will impede their ability to set proper lap times, but that the situation could be dangerous.

But Lotus team boss Tony Fernandes admits to having vetoed the vote, arguing that he wants F1 "to be exciting ... to be unpredictable".

McLaren's Whitmarsh expects the unpredictability to be in the form of a litany of stewards enquiries about blocking. More ...

05/13/10
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Blue skies and sunshine for Monaco practice  
A perfect day in Monaco.  The Ferrari Motorhome setup alongside the marina
(GMM)  In the hours before Thursday practice, there is no sign of rain that is still forecast to fall this weekend in Monaco.

Sunshine has been bouncing off the buildings all morning in the Principality, underneath clear blue skies, amid reports that grey cloud-cover could be set to move overhead in the afternoon.

But some teams on Thursday morning are saying that, despite rain earlier this week and continuing reports of bad weather this weekend, round six of the world championship will in fact be a dry one.

05/13/10
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Schu, rivals, play down old 'Rascasse' scandal  (GMM)  Four years after the 'Rascasse scandal', the British media on Wednesday demanded an apology as Michael Schumacher returned to the fabled Monaco circuit.

During the seven time world champion's last visit to the Principality as a race driver in 2006, he was famously accused of 'parking' his Ferrari in the Rascasse corner during qualifying in order to prevent his title rival Fernando Alonso from beating him to pole position.

The stewards agreed with the charge and penalized Schumacher, but he has never owned up to having cheated.

"They say that sorry is the hardest word.  Is there any reason you are not able to say sorry for four years ago?" one British tabloid reporter asked the 41-year-old following several questions in the Mercedes driver's media round on Wednesday. More ...

05/13/10
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Kubica worried about Renault aero package  (GMM)  Robert Kubica has admitted he is worried about whether Renault is fully prepared to perform on the streets of Monaco this weekend.

The Pole, who switched to the Enstone based team following three and a half years at BMW, said he has always enjoyed a specific bodywork package for the unique street layout.

"Unfortunately we don't have a specific downforce level for here," he revealed to reporters on Wednesday.

"Normally from the past I was used to having some different wings with more downforce.

"Drag and efficiency is not so important here in Monaco, but we will be using practically the same wings as all year, so we will have to see if our downforce level is good for here," he added.

The 25-year-old is currently eighth in the drivers' championship, having finished four of the five races so far in the points.

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