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05/14/13
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NASCAR catches cheaters
NASCAR announced today that NASCAR Nationwide Series crew chief Adam Stevens (No. 54 team) has been fined and placed on probation for violations during this past weekend’s event at Darlington Raceway. In addition, the team’s car chief Christopher Landis has been placed on probation for the remainder of the year.

Stevens has been fined $10,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. Landis has likewise been placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.

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05/14/13
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Crew Members Suspended For Violation Of NASCAR Substance Abuse Policy
Jackson L. (Lee) Dodson II, a crew member in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Frank W. Earnhardt, a crew member in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, have been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body's substance abuse policy. On May 9, Dodson was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (violation of the NASCAR substance abuse policy) of the 2013 NASCAR Rule Book. On May 10, Earnhardt was found to have violated Sections 12-1 and 19.(NASCAR)

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05/14/13
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Hinchcliffe tops Day 4 at Indy
The weather got warmer at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but the results at the top of the time sheets remained the same as Andretti Autosport continued to dominate preparations for the 97th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.

Andretti Autosport's James Hinchcliffe posted the top lap speed of day 4 at 224.210 mph (40.1410 seconds), but accomplished it in Marco Andretti's No. 25 RC Cola car as the Andretti Autosport teammates compared notes.

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05/14/13
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Brown Turns Down IndyCar CEO Job
Zak Brown has turned down an offer to become CEO of IndyCar Series, choosing instead to remain with the motorsports marketing company he founded.

Brown told The Associated Press on Tuesday he informed Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles of his decision not to take the top job with IndyCar. He'll instead relocate in July to England to continue the growth of his Zionsville, Ind.-based agency, Just Marketing International.

"I'm a huge fan of IndyCar, it's a great product and it certainly would have been a great opportunity and challenge," Brown said. "I have no doubt Mark Miles and the team he forms will lead the series down a path of success — and we at JMI will continue to do our part to support IndyCar.

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05/14/13
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Q and A with AJ Foyt Racing's Takuma Sato
MODERATOR: Welcome to the Economaki Press Conference Room. Another Tuesday for the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500. And today we have a gentleman who was the winner at Long Beach. He sits atop the IZOD IndyCar Series points. He brings A.J. Foyt Racing/ABC Supply right to the top, and that seems like old home for many of us. It's been a spectacular year, Takuma, and you're back to a place where you almost won a year ago.

TAKUMA SATO: First of all, good morning, everyone. Really nice to be back in Indy. As we just talked, really the '500' last year is just unforgettable day for me, and I just seconds by seconds what happening the your last six laps -- not just the last six, but the whole entire weekend and month. You could say that it was special and spectacular show. I think at the end of the day, obviously, I was disappointed with the result, but still it was just tremendous support from the team and had a great experience to experience really to leading the championship -- not championship, leading the '500' the first time. It was a special feeling and in particular after the hard, you know, had a hard fight, hard race with everyone, when he come back to the garage, hundreds of fans waited and cheered me a big time and Bobby (Rahal) really give a big hand. And it was just a special event.

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05/14/13
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F1 news in brief - Tuesday (2nd Update) UPDATE #2 Additional updates shown in red below.

05/14/13 Updates shown in red below.

Pirelli tires have turned F1 from a driver's championship to a 'tire management' championship - i.e. not what race fans buy expensive F1 tickets to watch.
05/14/13

  • F1's tire row not so simple
  • Domenicali doubts 2013 pecking order to change
  • Pirelli boss says new F1 contract coming 'soon'
  • Grosjean supports penalty points system
  • Perez radio call 'not a team order' - McLaren
  • Red Bull Driver Mark Webber Could Be Replaced By Fellow Australian Daniel Ricciardo
  • Williams Hybrid Bus
  • McLaren F1 Team Launches New Twitter Handle
  • Spanish GP draws large number of viewers in Germany
  • Pirelli: We can bring back processions if teams, fans want that
  • Horner weighs up Raikkonen, Ricciardo for 2014 seat New
  • Pirelli speeds up tire changes for Canada New
  • First Carlos Slim sponsor arrives at McLaren New

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05/14/13
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Boogity, Boogity, Boogity Waltrip tells NASCAR Bubbas how to think
I don’t know about you, but I need a break from boogity, boogity, boogity.

When Darrell Waltrip isn’t raving about NASCAR’s Gen 6 race car, he’s busy praising/defending Kyle Busch.  Or telling us how great Danica Patrick is doing.  It’s gotten to the point where it is ruining the race. 

Saturday night Waltrip spent the first couple of hundred miles of the Darlington 500 talking about what a great race it was (if you were watching, you know it wasn’t) because the new cars could run low on the track.  Fans know a good race when they see it, they don’t have to be told.  And fans are used to long green flag runs at the start of Darlington. They know the action is packed into the final 100 miles.  But it’s an insult to be repeatedly told what a great race we’re watching when clearly it isn’t.

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05/14/13
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Penske engine tuner injured in accident
Virginia State Police have identified the two bicyclists seriously injured in a hit-and-run involving a tractor-trailer Saturday as Jonathan S. Clark [who works as an engine tuner at Penske Racing], 42, of Mooresville, N.C. and Will T. Bagby, 55, of Richmond.

The men and two others were riding together on state Route 106 in Charles City County for the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation's eighth Cap2Cap Ride from Richmond to Williamsburg on Saturday morning, a relative of one of the men said. They were headed northbound when the tractor-trailer attempted to pass them, said Sgt. Thomas J. Molnar of the Virginia State Police. After the rig crossed a double solid line into the southbound lane, Molnar said, it swerved back into the north lane to avoid a head-on collision with a Ford pickup truck and hit the bicyclists. The pickup driver ran off the right side of the road to avoid colliding with the tractor-trailer, which did not stop, Molnar said.

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05/13/13
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Ferrari 458 Horror crash at Suzuka
Ferrari 458s were racing at Suzuka when one of them was involved in a simply insane accident. The driver and a corner worker were injured, but should be ok. That's unreal, because this is one of the worst accidents I've ever seen.

This occurred in late April during the Ferrari racing days at the famed Suzuka circuit. Driver Shigeru Terajima was driving his yellow 458 when something went very wrong on the front straight. The car spears right after pit out, hitting the safety barrier. The car basically disintegrated.

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05/13/13
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Andretti over 225 mph on Day 3 at Indy
Marco Andretti
Conor Daly passed the three-phase Indianapolis 500 Rookie Orientation Program. Pippa Mann passed a refresher program. Marco Andretti and Helio Castroneves surpassed 225 mph.

On the busiest day of practice yet for the 97th Running of the Indianapolis 500, 32 driver/car combinations co-mingled on the 2.5-mile oval during the six-hour session under sun and temperatures hovering in the low 60s.

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05/13/13
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Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka Celebrates Indy 500 with 'Checkered Flag' Bottle
Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka has unveiled the Checkered Flag Limited Edition bottle for its award-winning spirit to commemorate its involvement with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race and INDYCAR.

Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka, the Official Vodka of the INDYCAR, the Official Vodka of the 2013 Indianapolis 500 and primary sponsor for Ed Carpenter Racing, began the concept of the Checkered Flag Limited Edition bottle at last year's Indy 500, as the Indiana-based company looked to create a bottle that showcased its passion for the world's biggest racing event and the highly competitive open-wheel series.

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05/13/13
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Daly 'living the dream'
From the small world department: In May 1978, Conor Daly's mother, Beth, a 500 Festival Princess, was assigned to the table of '77 Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt during a luncheon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

On May 13, Daly was zipping around the 2.5-mile oval in the No. 41 ABC Supply car for A.J. Foyt Racing. His mother and Foyt watched with great interest (she considerably more animated than the four-time "500" champion) as the 21-year-old from nearby Noblesville, Ind., began the three-phase Rookie Orientation Program.

Seeing his wide smile upon returning to pit lane following the first stint allayed concerns.

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05/13/13
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Latest F1 news in brief - Monday (Updated) UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

05/13/13
  • Pirelli tires takes 100% of the driving skill out of F1
    Lotus sells team stake, Mercedes on F1 board
  • F1 reaches 'T-word' tipping point
  • McLaren could return to orange F1 livery
  • Alonso almost penalized for flag waving breach
  • Mercedes favorite to win in Monaco
  • Mateschitz: F1 is not racing anymore
  • Unfair to tweak 2013 tires - Lotus
  • Mercedes need 'out-of-the-box thinking' New
  • McLaren denies use of team orders New

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05/13/13
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Tesla sales beating Mercedes, BMW and Audi (Updated) UPDATE Ezra Dyer pits the Tesla Model S against the BMW M5 in a drag race during Automobile Magazine's 2013 Automobile of the Year testing.



05/13/13 You know the Tesla Model S, the $70,000 (and-up) electric car that "nobody can afford"? Well, evidently, more than a few people can afford it.

In fact, in the first quarter of this year, more people bought a Tesla Model S than bought any of the similarly priced gasoline-powered cars from the top three German luxury brands, according to data from LMC Automotive. About 4,750 buyers bought a Model S while just over 3,000 people bought Mercedes' top-level sedan.

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05/13/13
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Sherwin-Williams becomes official sponsor of NASCAR
NASCAR and Sherwin-Williams announced a multi-year partnership designating the nation's largest specialty retailer of paint and painting supplies as the "Official Paint of NASCAR." Sherwin-Williams, a FORTUNE 500 company, will leverage its new designation for architectural paint and the power of NASCAR's intellectual property to activate at its more than 3,500 stores nationwide and ignite the passion of its customers  many of whom are fiercely brand-loyal fans of the sport.

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05/13/13
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Q and A with Josef Newgarden
Josef Newgarden
MODERATOR: Welcome to the Economaki Press Conference Room. This is streamed upstairs, by the way. So this is always important to know this is also going out.

Josef, you come off a really good performance at Brazil. It's a different environment, but still it's always good to have a good race.

JOSEF NEWGARDEN: It is good to have a good race. Yeah, Brazil was great -- well, I don't think it was great for me. It was a great race; we had a good race personally. So that's important, I think, leading into this event. That was the big thing for us. If you're going to be coming to Indianapolis the week after, you better make sure that you come home with a car that's not been wrecked and that has a decent finish.

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05/13/13
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An Interview with Derrick Walker, Mark Miles
MODERATOR: I want to thank everyone for taking the time to join us for today's announcement. I'm Amy Konrath, vice president for public relations for INDYCAR. We are very pleased to be joined today by Mark Miles, the chief executive officer for Hulman & Company, the parent company of INDYCAR; and longtime motorsports executive Derrick Walker. Derrick Walker will join INDYCAR as its president of competition and operations beginning on May 27th. In his new role, Derrick will be responsible for all technical and competition-related elements for the sanctioning body.

            We'll start here with Mark Miles, if you can, give us some insight on the decision to bring Derrick on board to oversee the racing and competition side for INDYCAR.

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05/13/13
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IndyCar names Derrick Walker
Respected longtime motorsports executive Derrick Walker will become President, Operations & Competition of INDYCAR, effective May 27, Hulman & Company chief executive officer Mark Miles announced today.

Walker will be responsible for all technical and competition aspects of the racing operations at the open-wheel sanctioning body.

"We're pleased to welcome Derrick Walker to this vital role," said Mark Miles, chief executive officer, Hulman & Company, the parent company of INDYCAR. "We spoke with many of our constituents about an ideal person for this job, and Derrick's name emerged early and often.

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05/13/13
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Kahne upset with Kyle Busch following wreck
Kasey Kahne
It was tough to tell whether Kyle Busch had nudged Kasey Kahne in their late-race battle for the lead last night at Darlington Raceway, causing Kahne to slap the wall and end his chances for a Bojangles’ Southern 500 win.

Nonetheless, the Hendrick Motorsports driver was angry with Busch, who he also holds responsible for wrecks that ruined his races at the season-opening Daytona 500 and last weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.

Kahne was on the outside of Busch as the two raced side-by-side into Turn 1 on Lap 333, when Busch’s No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota suddenly began to slide up the track. The right-rear corner of Kahne’s No. 5 Chevrolet then brushed the wall before the whole car hit it broadside.

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05/13/13
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Briscoe happy to be back in an IndyCar
Ryan Briscoe prepares to practice at Indy Sunday
One day after helping secure a 1-2 class finish for Level 5 Motorsports at an American Le Mans Series race in California, Ryan Briscoe quickly re-embraced the feeling of driving an IndyCar at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

In a one-off effort for Chip Ganassi Racing, Briscoe is running the No. 8 NTT Data Honda this month and is expected to be at or near the front in the 97th Indianapolis 500. He took his first laps of the month this afternoon and was ranked 17th on the time charts at 217.773 miles per hour in his backup “T” car.

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