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05/14/11
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Grand-Am outlines changes to Daytona Prototypes
The Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series on Friday issued a new Constructor's Manual outlining significant changes to its Daytona Prototype class that will take effect in 2012.

The DP class debuted in 2003. The new version will debut in next year's opening event, the 50th-anniversary running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Jan. 28-29 at Daytona International Speedway.

"There will be new cars to cheer for at the 2012 Rolex 24--new dramatic shapes with more variety to feast the eyes on," Grand-Am vice president of competition Dave Spitzer said.

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05/14/11
nnw

Scary wreck at Dover
See our feature article on today's NASCAR Nationwide race that finished with a pretty spectacular accident that started with Joey Logano.  Article includes photo and video.

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05/14/11
nassprint

Dover Sprint Cup Qualifying Rained Out
Jimmie Johnson and AJ Allmendinger will start up front for Sunday's FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway.

NASCAR's new rainout qualifying procedure was put to use for the first time ever on Saturday, after persistent rains washed out the Sprint Cup Series qualifying session. The lineup was set based on practice speeds from Friday's two sessions (in the past, rained-out qualifying meant a field set by points).

Jimmie Johnson will start from the No. 1 spot – although it doesn't count as an "official" pole in the record books – and AJ Allmendinger, who has been strong at Dover but never won a NASCAR race, is the No. 2 starter.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne and Joey Logano round out the top five.

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05/14/11
irl

Indy 500 Day 1 Notebook
Firestone Firehawk race tire facts for the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500:

•Firestone Racing returns to Indianapolis in 2011 with the same tire specification as 2010.

•A full-month entry receives 33 sets (132 tires), and a partial-month entry receives 26 sets (108 tires) for all of practice, qualifying and the race.ookie Orientation Program participants receive an additional four sets (16 tires) for that session only; veteran refreshers receive two additional sets More than 5,000 tires in all are available.

Tire stagger: A single stagger of approximately .30 of an inch is available. Stagger, created by molding the right rear tire with a larger diameter than the left rear, helps race cars turn more naturally and smoothly on oval tracks.

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05/14/11
wsr

Korjus is main man at Monza
The fast track at Monza is often conducive to epic racing and the first race of the weekend in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series was no exception. Despite a big scare with a poorly executed braking maneuver, Kevin Korjus (Tech 1 Racing) showed great maturity for his 18 years to go on to pick up his second win in the discipline. After starting 11th on the grid, Jean-Eric Vergne (Carlin) made a heroic charge to get back up to second place and take the championship lead, while Daniil Move (P1 Motorsport) took the 3rd place on the podium.

After a crazy qualifying session, with seventeen cars in the same second, Cesar Ramos (Fortec Motorsport) claimed his second pole position of the season, clocking an average speed of over 216 kph on his fastest lap. Already twice pole-sitter at the Monza circuit, once in Italian Formula Renault 2.0 in 2009 and again in Italian F3 in 2010, the Fortec Motorsport Brazilian driver, and reigning Italian Formula 3 champion, once again proved that this circuit suits him down to the ground! Daniel Ricciardo (ISR), initially second in qualifying, saw all of his lap times deleted due to a non-conformity with the fitting of the under-floor skirts on his car. The Australian driver had to line up at the back of the grid.

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05/14/11
Motogp

Stoner storms to pole
Pole sitter Casey Stoner waves to crowd
Four factory Honda riders will start of the Grand Prix of France in the first four positions of the grid, with Repsol Honda riders Casey Stoner, Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa 1st, 3rd and 4th respectively.

After dominating the timing sheets throughout the free practice sessions and securing a new Circuit Record Lap yesterday, Stoner shaved a further six tenths off that time with a 1'33.153, securing his 29th career pole position and third of the season.

Teammate Andrea Dovizioso scored his first front row of the season, capping a positive weekend so far. Session after session he improved his feeling with the front and has the race pace to fight for the podium. Dani Pedrosa starts from fourth position after finding it difficult to get maximum grip from his RC212V.

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05/14/11
irl

Great variety of live music during May at IMS
Hard rock superstars Staind and Papa Roach lead an impressive lineup of national, regional and local music acts performing during the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 this month at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Staind with special guests Papa Roach will provide a powerful bill at the Miller Lite Carb Day concert on Friday, May 27 at IMS.

The concert, free with Miller Lite Carb Day admission of $20, will start at 3:30 p.m. (ET) on the Miller Lite Stage in the IMS infield. Miller Lite Carb Day tickets are available now at www.IndianapolisMotorSpeedway.com/carbday.

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05/14/11
British F3

First British Formula 3 win for champ’s son Magnussen
Kevin Magnussen, son of 1994 Champion Jan, claimed a brilliant maiden victory in the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series this afternoon (Saturday) at Snetterton, christening the new circuit in the best possible style.

The Danish Carlin driver recovered from an average start which saw him drop to third place behind Riki Christodoulou in the opening laps to pass not only Christo but also early leader Felipe Nasr - both around the outside into turn one, Riches - to steal the win.

Both maneuvers were as brave as they were exciting to watch. The first came at the start of the lap three as Magnussen fought to overcome his tardy grid getaway; he lined up Christodoulou’s Hitech Racing car perfectly and, much to the Midlander’s surprise, drove all the way around him, the long way.

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05/14/11
irl

Window World unveils The Stinger
The Stinger
Window World just unveiled "The Stinger," a tribute to the 1911 Marmon Wasp.

All living Indy 500 starters will be invited to sign the show car and donations will be made to St. Jude's on behalf of Window World!

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05/14/11
dtm

Bruno Spengler on pole at Zandvoort
Canadian Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz) will be starting from pole position for the second DTM race of the season. In qualifying for the race at Zandvoort in The Netherlands, Spengler secured himself the best position on the starting grid.

The 27-year old had already been fastest in qualifying for the season opener at Hockenheim. His fellow Mercedes-Benz driver Jamie Green will be lining up next to him on the front row of the grid. Green came 0.135 seconds short of Spengler’s fastest time. With Mike Rockenfeller in third and Martin Tomczyk in fourth place, there are two Audi drivers on the second row of the grid. Mattias Ekström (Audi) will start Sunday’s race from a position that is rather unusual for him: the Swede was out after the first heat as he ended up only 16th.

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05/14/11
f2

Zanella wins opening Magny-Cours race
Christopher Zanella
Christopher Zanella has won the third round of the FIA Formula Two Championship with a mature drive in changeable conditions. The Swiss driver chased down Miki Monras and Alex Brundle after losing out to Ramon Pineiro in the opening laps.

Brundle made a superb start to lead into the first corner and was pulling clear of the field early in the race as Monras held second. Zanella lost out to Pineiro and spent several laps attempting to take the place back, leaving the leading pair the chance to open up a gap.

Midway through the race it started to rain and this lasted for the duration, if anything intensifying as the field struggled to keep the 500bhp cars on the track. There were several spinners early on, in particular Jack Clarke and James Cole losing out on a chance to impress after their top ten grid slots and Mihai Marinescu lasted half a lap before retiring.

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05/14/11
autogp

Monza, Race 1: Venturini takes maiden win
Venturini out front
Giovanni Venturini aims for a perfect weekend: after being the quickest in the First Practice and grabbing pole position yesterday, the Griffitz Durango driver took a dominating win Race 1, managing the race like an experienced driver despite being a rookie in the Championship.

The first lap was very exciting, mainly thanks to a great move from Adrien Tambay; the Frenchman was very quick off the line and got besides Venturini trying to pass him on the outside at the First Chicane.

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05/14/11
f1

Senator: Texas cannot afford F1
The group behind bringing F1 back to America are facing fresh criticism from skeptics who say the cash-strapped Texas state can't afford the ambitious scheme.

With a budget deficit estimated to reach $27 billion over the next two years, some state lawmakers are wondering where the $250 million is going to come from to build a new race facility in Austin, Texas.

The plan is to initially pump $25 million into the facility then use the revenue generated to reinvest $25 million each year for 10 years.

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05/14/11
f2

Brundle clinches pole in Magny-Cours
Alex Brundle
Alex Brundle secured pole for round three of the 2011 FIA Formula Two Championship today (Saturday) during a thrilling qualifying session in Magny-Cours.

The 20-year-old posted a best time of 1:30.754s on the damp but drying 4.411km French circuit to claim a front-row start for today's race. The day's earlier shower had left the former Formula One circuit slippery but with no further rain during the 30-minute session, drivers were able to post quicker and quicker lap times with the Brit just sneaking in his best lap before the checkered flag went out.

The session started with times nearly half a minute off the pace but as the track dried with every lap the times tumbled. A brief red flag interruption to clear debris from the track gave everyone a chance to take a breather, as the action was non-stop from the moment the green flag came out.

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05/14/11
f1

Hamilton not sure DRS can make Spain a thriller
Lewis Hamilton is not sure whether even the DRS wing system will be sufficient to add more overtaking into the traditionally follow-the-leader Spanish Grand Prix next weekend.

The wing device - which allows drivers closely following rivals at specified parts of the track to trigger a drag-reducing wing flap to get a crucial straight-line speed boost for overtaking - but the Catalunya event was always seen as a key test for the 2011 rules package as the circuit has been notorious in the past for a lack of wheel to wheel action.

And Hamilton suspects that even the DRS won't totally resolve this, as he sees the configuration of the track's first corner as the main issue.

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05/14/11
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NASCAR schedules Phoenix open test for October
NASCAR has scheduled an open test Oct. 4-5 at Phoenix International Raceway to allow Sprint Cup Series teams to get a feel for the new surface and configuration of the track.

The test will also serve as a confirmation test for the tire Goodyear will provide for the season’s 35th Cup race.

The 1-mile oval is being repaved and Turn 2 slightly kicked out (altered) in an effort to promote more side-by-side racing.

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05/14/11
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Johnson tops opening practice at Dover
Jimmie Johnson circles The Monster Mile in Dover Friday
Jim Garrahan/AR1.com
Jimmie Johnson, who won at Dover International Speedway last fall on the way to his fifth consecutive Sprint Cup title, paced the first of two Cup practices Friday on the 1-mile concrete oval.

The Hendrick Motorsports driver turned a lap of 158.604 mph and one of five drivers to crack 158 mph. Richard Petty Motorsports’ AJ Allmendinger, Hendrick Motorsports’ Dale Earnhardt Jr., Red Bull Racing’s Kasey Kahne and Joe Gibbs Racing’s Joey Logano also topped the 158 mph mark during the session.

Qualifying is set for today. Sunday’s FexEx 400 is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.

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05/14/11
f1

Interview with McLaren's Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton in Turkey
Lewis Hamilton missed out on a podium finish by more than half a minute at the Turkish Grand Prix last Sunday, with the former Champion claiming fourth at the venue where he scored his first victory of the 2010 season. The McLaren driver analyses his weekend in detail and looks ahead to the next round in Spain, where he plans to bounce back in style.

Fourth place in Turkey was a pretty satisfying result at the end of a somewhat unsatisfying weekend, wasn’t it?

Yeah, I think it was a realistic result. I think that, if everything had come together, then we might have been able to get onto the podium - I think we had the pace - but things didn’t really come together in the race. I had a bit of a scrappy start and then lost ground to the leaders, so fourth was pretty satisfactory. It could’ve been worse. And I think Sunday showed how close it is among the top teams: we saw at the weekend how strong Mercedes GP and Ferrari can be when they have a clear run at a weekend. 

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05/14/11
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Ave tops speed charts in Trans-Am Series practice at VIR
Tony Ave, of Maiden, N.C., set the pace in today’s Round Three SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series practice at VIRginia International Raceway. RJ Lopez, of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and Carlos de Quesada, Coral Gaples, Fla., were second and third, respectively.
Ave, the current Trans-Am Series Championship point leader, wasted little time heading straight to the top of the speed chart with a 1:48.814 (108.184 mph). Driving the No. 4 Lamers Racing/McMahon Group/Optech/PME Engines Chevrolet Corvette, Ave only turned five laps during the 25-minute practice session due to less than ideal track conditions.

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05/14/11
f1

Indian GP landowner bilked
Worth $400-million (approximately Rs 1700 crore), the Buddha International Formula One Circuit not only promises to herald a new era in Indian motorsport history, the venue for the Indian Grand Prix is also expected to serve as a major source of employment. But, prosperity is the last thing on the mind of Vijender Singh. Hailing from Gunpura village, the small-time farmer's land was acquired over six months back, but he is still awaiting compensation.

When land acquisition for the 5.5 km track began, Vijender's 6.5 bighas (approximately 1.3 acres) were acquired as it fell within the radar of the track. He was assured of Rs 6.75 lakh per bigha.

Survival an issue

With his land gone, and compensation a distant dream, survival has become an issue for the family of five.

“It's a difficult time for my family. My sons are doing odd jobs (his eldest son, Kamal, drives a tractor on a daily basis) and I spend much of my time chasing officials for the compensation,” Vijender told Hindustan Times on Friday.

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05/14/11
British F3

Carlin at the front in British F3 testing
Carlin’s Felipe Nasr set the pace in both free practice tests at Snetterton Friday, ahead of rounds seven, eight and nine of the Cooper Tires British F3 Series. Teammate Rupert Svendsen-Cook was also a consistent front runner and was second quickest in both sessions. All of the Carlin drivers made good progress today, with Kevin Magnussen third quickest in this morning’s session and Carlos Huertas also in the top seven this morning. Jack Harvey continued his learning curve in his rookie season, whilst Jazeman Jaafar lost out on track time due to a technical problem.

Both practice sessions were dry at the newly configured Snetterton 300 circuit Friday, with the Carlin drivers on the pace from the outset. The 2.99 mile circuit attracted positive comments, with a combination of slow, mid speed and fast corners creating a new challenge for the British Formula 3 drivers.

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