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Is Barrichello lying?  UPDATE (GMM)  One of the three stewards on duty in Monaco last weekend has revealed the officials were too busy to consider giving Rubens Barrichello a penalty.

Ruben Barrichello
After Michael Schumacher was demoted six places for illegally overtaking Fernando Alonso on the last lap, it was suggested that Brazilian Barrichello should also have received a penalty.

Television footage during the race showed the Williams driver throwing his steering wheel onto the racing line after crashing, only for it to be collected by HRT's Karun Chandhok.

The steering wheel was then dislodged in the tunnel, only for it to be run over by the other Hispania car. More ...

Viso Released From Methodist Hospital  
EJ Viso escaped serious injury in this crash Tuesday
KV Racing Technology driver E. J Viso was released from Methodist Hospital late Tuesday evening after X-Ray and MRI tests were negative following a practice crash at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Tuesday afternoon.

Viso, 25, from Venezuela, made contact with the turn one wall in the No. 8 PDVSA – KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone entry near the end of practice. Viso’s car slid down the short shoot between turns one and two on the famed 2.5-mile oval.  Viso was removed from his car and taken to the track infield medical center listed as awake and alert. More ...

Major AutoRacing1.com iPhone announcement  UPDATE Here is an abbreviated User Manual for the AutoRacing1 App.

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Mayfield's suit vs. NASCAR dismissed  A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed Jeremy Mayfield's lawsuit against NASCAR, a ruling that presumably ends the yearlong saga surrounding the first Sprint Cup driver suspended for failing a random drug test. U.S. District Judge Graham Mullen in Charlotte, N.C., ruled that Mayfield had twice waived his rights to pursue any claims against NASCAR when he signed documents both as a driver and as an owner to participate in the stock car series. "Plaintiffs thereby waived their right to pursue their claims for defamation, unfair and deceptive trade practices, breach of contract, and negligence," Mullen wrote in his decision. "Plaintiffs' claims are hereby dismissed." More ...
Indy Day 4 Notebook  Andersen Racing has signed Arie Luyendyk Jr. to be Carmen Jorda's teammate in the Firestone Freedom 100 Firestone Indy Lights race Friday, May 28 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Luyendyk, 28,is the son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk. He has 62 career Firestone Indy Lights starts, with one victory. He started the 2006 Indianapolis 500.

His best finish in the Firestone Freedom 100 is third in 2004.

ARIE LUYENDYK JR.: "I am thrilled to be back in a race car, especially at Indianapolis. I have known Dan and John Andersen of Andersen Racing since my days in USF2000. I have always had a great relationship with them over the years, and now I'll finally have an opportunity to drive one of their cars. Indianapolis means more to me than I can express. I've come back to win, and I'm confident that Andersen Racing will give me a car that can make that a reality." More ...

Rains hold off and Dixon tops Wednesday Brickyard practice  
EJ Viso wads up his Dallara Honda.  He may have broken his back as he is complaining of pain
After losing a day of practice to rain, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway re-opened for business on May 18, and teams/drivers quickly got down to business of turning laps around the famed 2.5-mile oval.

Dialing in race setups was the objective for most teams on a chilly day not conducive to big speed, with the focus turning to qualification simulations the next few days in preparation for the two-stage run May 22 for the PEAK Performance Pole Award presented by AutoZone. With the almost five hours available for the session, a few things began to come into focus -- primarily that the competition is exceptionally close. More ...

P.T.'s multimedia Indy site  
Paul Tracy
Paul Tracy and Racer magazine are collaborating on a multimedia site for Paul's Indy 500 effort this year.

Click here to make the jump!

Kenseth's crew wins Dover Tissot Pit Crew round  Matt Kenseth’s crew claimed the Tissot Pit Road Precision Award in Sunday’s (May 16) Autism Speaks 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway.

It was the second Tissot win of the season for the No. 17 crew, which also won in Phoenix on April 10. The only other team to score two Tissot wins after 12 Cup races is Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 56 crew.

Kenseth’s Ford Fusion spent the least amount of time on pit road – 255.005    seconds – during the 400-lap, 400-mile race at Dover’s Monster Mile. The quick work by the No. 17 crew helped Kenseth to a third-place finish. More ...

Williams reveals cause of Monaco crashes  Technical director Sam Michael had initially stated that cause of the crashes would not be discovered immediately as the team looked to investigate at their Grove-based factory, but Michael has now revealed that the team have identified the problems.

Nico Hulkenberg crashed in the tunnel on the first lap of the race, which Michael says was caused by a problem with his front wing that had been damaged in the first corner.

"Nico had a clutch paddle sensor failure on the grid. He then touched the back of the HRT car in Turn 1 and this damaged the front wing mounting pillars," explained the technical director.

"When he entered the tunnel, the front wing eventually failed and he understeered off into the wall." More ...

Porsche joins Grand-Am as official partner  Porsche, one of the most successful manufacturers in GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 history - and in all of sports car racing - has become the newest "Official Promotional Partner" of GRAND-AM, joining the growing list of manufacturers participating in the program.

Porsche now has the right to use GRAND-AM marks, logos, images and videos throughout the 2010 season. The program allows all Porsche drivers in the Rolex Series GT class to be eligible for the prestigious Porsche Cup, which has been awarded by the manufacturer to the top privateer Porsche driver on an annual basis since 1970. More ...

Vickers released from hospital  UPDATE Red Bull Racing Team announced today that No. 83 driver Brian Vickers’ treatment for blood clots has been progressing well in Charlotte, N.C, under the care of specialists and his physician, Dr. Jerry Petty. He is still undergoing evaluation for his condition.  Vickers remains in good spirits and is appreciative of all support and concern that has been expressed from the team, Red Bull, fans, media, fellow drivers and members of the NASCAR family. Vickers and Jay Frye, RBRT General Manager and Vice President, will be available Friday, May 21 at 11:15 AM ET in the Charlotte Motor Speedway media center to address the media. 

05/15/10 Brian Vickers was released Friday night from the Washington, D.C.-area hospital where he had been hospitalized since Wednesday night after the discovery of blood clots in his leg and near his lungs, according to a Red Bull Racing release.

Vickers, 26, was cleared to fly to Charlotte, where he will meet with a group of specialists to review his condition.

His timetable to return to the No. 83 Toyota, which is being manned by Casey Mears at Dover this weekend, is uncertain. More ...

Mercedes not proceeding with Monaco appeal  UPDATE (GMM)  Mercedes has decided not to appeal the Monaco stewards' decision to penalize Michael Schumacher.

As per FIA rules, the German team lodged notification of its intention to appeal within an hour of the publication of the decision.

Michael Schumacher gets service in Monaco from his Mercedes team
The actual appeal application then had to be filed within 48 hours.

In a media statement issued on Tuesday, the Brackley based team said it "cannot be happy with the outcome" but has decided not to appeal "in the best interests of the sport".

Mercedes explained that the governing body recognizes "the reasons" for informing Schumacher and Nico Rosberg to race in the final corner of the race, adding that many teams have the same opinion.

The team said its interpretation of the rule will be discussed at the next meeting of the Sporting Working Group, with the FIA also agreeing to listen to Mercedes' view that the 20-second time penalty was "disproportionate".  More ...

Alonso's car is totaled  
RIP Chassis #283
With Fernando Alonso having written off his original race chassis courtesy of his Monaco crash in Saturday practice, Ferrari has now confirmed that the damage is completely unrepairable.

Current rules state that chassis cannot be changed within sessions, meaning Alonso was forced to skip qualifying on Saturday as his team prepared a brand-new chassis ahead of Sunday's race, in which he rose to an eventual sixth place after starting from the pit lane.
However, following further inspections at the team's base in Maranello, the Scuderia has now revealed that the damaged chassis - which was cracked by the impact at Massenet corner - is now permanently out of action.

'It was revealed that the chassis - number 283 -damaged during the accident on Saturday can no longer be used,' a statement reads.

'At the moment it remains to be seen as to which chassis will be made available for Felipe (Massa) and Fernando for the next Grand Prix.' GPUpdate.net

Indy 500 pole qualifiers will get extra tires  
Rain on Monday kept the cars off the track.  More of the same is forecast for today
The chance for higher speeds received more traction Monday when Indianapolis 500 officials confirmed drivers going for the pole can use extra sets of tires in the new qualifying format.

The fastest nine drivers in Saturday's early session will advance to a special group at 4:30 p.m. Their times will be wiped away as they run for the No. 1 starting position for the May 30 race.

Each of those drivers will be allowed two more qualifying attempts before the 6 p.m. gun, and each four-lap run will be on fresh Firestones. The benefit of new tread is 1.5 mph, Helio Castroneves said Monday.

"If you want to go for the pole on (used) tires, you won't make it," said Castroneves, a three-time race and pole winner who won both last year. "You won't hold the front end (of the car). I wouldn't even try it in practice." More ...

Wheldon's crashed car fixed  
Dan Wheldon
Panther Racing owner John Barnes said Monday that the car Dan Wheldon wrecked in practice Sunday has been repaired, and both car and driver will be ready when the weather allows them to get back on the track.

Barnes blamed the solo spin that sent Wheldon into the wall on tire wear.

"I think we ran a set of tires too long," he said. "They finally failed because we ran 'em down to the cords. A tire went down before he hit the wall." More ...

Hill gets hate mail  
Damon Hill claims he received email after incorrectly penalizing Michael Schumacher in Monaco
Damon Hill says he has received hate mail in the wake of penalizing Michael Schumacher for not making the Monaco GP a complete bore-fest by passing Fernando Alonso on the last lap Sunday.

Hill was the driver representative on the panel of stewards at Monte Carlo and was thus part of the quartet of judges who meted out punishment against Schumacher.  Such has been the abuse he has suffered since that Hill has even begun to question whether former drivers should be included in the process.

"It was a fascinating experience but I wonder whether it is right that drivers are put in the position of interpreting the regulations," Hill has told The Times. "I imagined I would be there as a consultant providing driver insight to the stewards, who would then make the decisions. My expertise is as a driver rather than a lawmaker or interpreter of regulations.

"Partly, of course, my discomfort was because I was called to make a ruling on an incident involving Michael. I acted entirely properly but I have already received some stinging e-mails accusing me of prejudice."

Latest F1 news in brief  
  • Teams to discuss spare car revival - Domenicali
  • Ferrari to make F-duct easier for drivers
  • Bernie helping HRT with 2011 plans - Kolles
  • Media, pundits divided over Schumacher penalty
  • Hill not sure drivers should be full F1 stewards
  • No contract talks with Webber yet - Horner

Teams to discuss spare car revival - Domenicali
(GMM)  Stefano Domenicali has raised the possibility that the ban on spare cars may be overturned.

Fernando Alonso had to sit out qualifying for last weekend's Monaco grand prix because his chassis was written off in a practice crash.

It meant he started the race from last place in the pitlane.

The availability of complete spare cars was banned a few years ago as a cost-saving measure.

Now, teams may transport spare monocoques to races and build up a new car in the event that one is damaged.  But in Alonso's situation, there simply was not enough time.

Ferrari team boss Domenicali said he agrees with cutting costs, but argues that in the case of banning spare cars, "you lose value in other ways".

"You cannot leave the spectators without the possibility of enjoying one of the biggest stars in qualifying," he is quoted by Spain's Diario AS newspaper.

"We will discuss it with the other teams to see if we can change it (the rule)," said the Italian

Quoted by Italy's Tuttosport, Domenicali added: "Nothing has been decided, but I hope it happens soon." More ...

Indy 500 TV coverage  ABC and VERSUS will provide comprehensive live coverage of the 2010 Indianapolis 500, with ABC broadcasting "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" for the 46th consecutive year and exclusive cable partner VERSUS offering nearly 20 hours of practice and qualifying action.

ABC, which has televised the Indianapolis 500 annually since 1965, will start its coverage with a pre-race show at noon (ET) Sunday, May 30. Live race coverage starts at 1 p.m.

Brent Musburger will serve as host of the ABC telecast. Marty Reid will be the lead announcer, with 1998 Indianapolis 500 winner Eddie Cheever Jr. and "500" veteran Scott Goodyear as analysts. Dr. Jerry Punch, Rick DeBruhl, Jamie Little and Vince Welch will work as pit reporters. More ...
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Wind Tunnel Sunday  

Wind Tunnel will air an hour later than normal this Sunday...we will be on at 10pm ET for this week only.

Guest Co-Host  Jeff Gordon (4-Time Sprint CUP Champion)

4-time Sprint CUP champion, Jeff Gordon, will join Dave Despain in the studio as our guest Co-Host this Sunday May 23rd. We’ll talk to Jeff about a wide range of topics including Saturday’s All-Star race, his quest for a 5th CUP title, his run-ins with teammate Jimmie Johnson, and we’ll get his thoughts on IndyCar’s new idea...paying a $20 million bonus to any driver who can win the Indy 500 and Coke 600 on the same weekend. More ...

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American Lewis scores podiums in FBMW Asia  
Michael Lewis
Young American Michael Lewis had a stellar performance this past weekend at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, by appearing on the podium for all four rounds of the Formula BMW Pacific series event.

Right after crossing the finish line at the Barcelona Formula BMW Europe race last Sunday, Michael boarded a flight to Malaysia to make a guest appearance at the Asian Festival of Speed races at the famed Formula 1 venue for Rounds 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the Formula BMW Pacific series at the Sepang International Circuit. Michael along with his two Eurointernational teammates Carlos Sainz Jr. and Daniil Kvyat immediately went to work upon arrival in Sepang with two full days of practice on Thursday and Friday. More ...

TRG will start and park...  TRG Motorsports had no sponsor for the Autism Speaks 400 on Sunday at Dover International Speedway and 2000 Sprint Cup champion Bobby Labonte parked after 65 laps. The team needs sponsorship for several future races this season as well, team executive vice president Tortey Galida said before the race. Sponsor TaxSlayer.com was a 12-race primary deal and most of its races were early in the year to coincide with tax season. Team owner Kevin Buckler's Adobe Road Winery is another sponsor. "We're still looking for partners," Galida said prior to the Autism Speaks 400. "TaxSlayer has been a great partner for us this year but they're not on for the full season. We're getting to the point where we've got to be strategic with how we use our resources and continue to run as well as we can and attract more sponsorship. We've had tons of leads, lots of great meetings but just haven't been able to close [with] anybody. We think we're close on a couple of things. We're at a point now where we've got to start [getting sponsors] pretty quickly." TRG has alliances with several organizations. It uses a pit crew provided by Stewart-Haas Racing. It has a strategic alliance with Richard Childress Racing as it uses RCR cars and chassis. The team plans to show up for every race, Galida said, and not do a program such as the Wood Brothers, which comes to select races as a fully funded car. Labonte, who has a spot in the Sprint All-Star Race, will run the full event next week with sponsorship from TaxSlayer.com. SceneDaily
Wheaties Fuel gets into racing  
Wheaties Fuel, Clint Bowyer and the #33 Richard Childress Racing team are hoping that new colors will help fuel them to a win in Indianapolis this summer. Today, the team announced that a black and orange Wheaties Fuel-themed #33 Chevrolet will be the primary colors for driver Clint Bowyer during the annual Brickyard 400 on Sunday, July 25. This is the first time that Wheaties Fuel will be a primary sponsor in the Cup Series. "Wheaties FUEL was engineered to deliver long-lasting energy," said David Clark, vice president for Wheaties. "It's a perfect match to bring the Wheaties Fuel colors to Indianapolis this summer to help Bowyer and the #33 team compete in one of the most prestigious races of the season." Wheaties Fuel, which was developed with the help of Peyton Manning, triathlete Hunter Kemper, Kevin Garnett, gold medal-winning decathlete Bryan Clay, Albert Pujols and sports nutritionist Dr. John Ivy, was designed to help meet the nutritional needs of today's champion athletes. "RCR was honored to run a Wheaties paint scheme on the #3 car in 1997, and we're equally honored to have Clint Bowyer run the Wheaties Fuel scheme on the #33 this year," said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. "It's great to be connected with such an iconic brand, creating a new identity with a new generation."

"Indianapolis is one of the most historic venues in all of motorsports, where only the best of the best have earned victories," said RCR driver Clint Bowyer. "Everyone in the garage wants to win this race. The #33 team, fueled by Wheaties Fuel, is prepared to give it their all so we can be the ones kissing the bricks after the checkered flag waves."
Lyenudyk Jr. to run Freedom 100  Andersen Racing is pleased to announce that it has signed the most popular driver in Firestone Indy Lights history, Arie Luyendyk Jr., to be Carmen Jorda's teammate in the Firestone Freedom 100  Firestone Indy Lights race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 12:30 p.m. on  Miller Lite Carb Day, Friday, May 28.

Information on the companies that are making Luyendyk's appearance at IMS in 2010 a reality will be announced at a press conference in the Economaki Press Conference Room on the first floor of the track's media center at  2:30 p.m. on American Family Insurance 500 Festival Community Day, Wednesday,  May 26. More ...

Renault 3/4 second quicker now  
Renault R30
Renault F1 Technical Director James Allison has explained that the team's R30 has already improved by three quarters of a second per lap since the start of the 2010 season in Bahrain. After six races, the Enstone squad is a firmly and surprisingly fifth in the Constructors' Championship. Last year marked Renault's worst as a works team since returning to Formula 1 in 2002, with a poor season on-track only blighted by the highly controversial 'Crashgate' race-fixing scandal which resulted in two of the outfit's leading figures making a quick exit.

However, following a buy-out and reshuffles on both a managerial and driver front, the Genii Capital-owned team has impressed many.

"With the latest developments we brought to the car for the Monaco weekend, by around three quarters of a second per lap," Allison said when asked to explain how much the cars of Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov have improved hitherto, adding that the team will be able to keep up with the rate of development.

The short answer is 'yes'," he continued. "We have brought a sizeable update to every race, including Monaco even though it was a back-to-back, and we expect to do the same at every event this year." GPUpdate.net

Indy practice rained out  Rain washed out practice for the 2010 Indianapolis 500, the first Indianapolis 500 practice day to be completely rained out since Thursday, May 8, 2008.

Rain fell steadily on the Speedway throughout this morning, and IZOD IndyCar Series officials canceled the day's track activities at 2:30 p.m. (ET).


Veteran race strategist and team manager John Anderson will call the race for Andretti Autosport driver John Andretti in the #43 Team Window World car. Anderson has a history with his driver and significant success with the Andretti team as the race strategist for drivers Paul Tracy, 2005 Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon, and 2007 winner and Indy Racing League Champion Dario Franchitti. More ...

Mercedes to appeal Schumacher penalty decision  UPDATE (GMM)  Mercedes has not decided whether to proceed with its appeal against the Monaco stewards' decision to penalize Michael Schumacher.

With the German team believing Schumacher was free to pass Fernando Alonso on Sunday, it immediately lodged notification of its intention to appeal the decision to demote him out of the points at the FIA's Court of Appeal.

The penalty itself, a 20-second time penalty in lieu of a drive-through, is not appealable, but the decision is.

Following the notification, Mercedes has 48 hours to formalize the application to appeal.

"No decision has been taken as yet," a spokeswoman for the Brackley based team said on Monday. More ...

Hamilton: Red Bulls were "just "cruising"  
Red Bull is clearly the top car right now
Lewis Hamilton put forth a full effort this weekend at Monaco, and seemed to flirt with the Red Bull's lap times from time to time, only to have Webber lay down another blistering and seemingly effortless lap.

Still, the best the former World Champion could muster was a 5th place result.

"They are still really far ahead," Hamilton told Reuters. "They have been so quick. They didn't even push in this race, they weren't even pushing. It's not scary; it just takes the mickey a little bit. More ...
Swift - Indycars and more  
The Swift  Concept 1
Gordon Kirby, in his continuing series profiling all of the companies vying for the new Indycar  This week he focuses on Swift Engineering. We have been a big supporter of Swift, as they have a long standing commitment and presence in American racing, and are an American company. If the IRL takes a pass on the jump that the Delta Wing presents, we think Swift is a great choice. Here is what Gordon Kirby has to say about it.
Empty seats in NASCAR  UPDATE NASCAR, one of North America's biggest professional spectator sports, is experiencing a prolonged slump in ticket sales due to the still weak economy.

The auto racing league, which often pours more than 100,000 fans into the stands and infields at several tracks, has seen attendance drop at nine out of its first 10 races this season, according to USA Today. Some races are even logging non-sellouts for the first time in years.

Overall, attendance for 2010 is down about 10 percent compared to the same period in 2009, NASCAR says. More ...

GM posts another decent profit  GM posts $865M first quarter profit, its first in 3 years | detnews.com | The Detroit News
General Motors Co. made $865 million during the first quarter -- its first quarterly profit in almost three years -- in a show of progress made possible by a rebound in sales and the company's bankruptcy filing, which helped GM shed billions in liabilities and lower its break-even point.

Operating income was $1.2 billion from January through March, during which time GM posted revenue of $31.5 billion, a 40 percent increase. GM also generated $1 billion in free cash flow during the quarter. More ...

Dale Jr. excuses are growing stale  
Dale Jr.
It was just about a year ago that the optimism that comes with major change seemed to be brimming with the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team. It was a new day dawning for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his Hendrick team when they arrived at Dover International Speedway in late May 2009.

Coming off a 40th place finish the week before in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and a pair of 27th place finishes in the two events prior to that, team owner Rick Hendrick had pulled the trigger on what had seemed inevitable for weeks. Gone was crew chief Tony Eury Jr., replaced - on a team that then sat 19th in the standings - by Lance McGrew. More ...

Tung and Chandhok named to TAG Heuer Team  
Tung and Chandhok
Known as the first watch brand ever to sponsor a racing driver with Jo Siffert in 1969, TAG Heuer has a unique and legitimate tradition to support drivers.

Since that time, famous F1 racing legends like Juan-Manuel Fangio, Jacky Ickx, Clay Regazzoni, Niki Lauda, Gilles Villeneuve, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, Mika Häkkinen, Jacques Villeneuve, David Coulthard, Kimi Räikkönen, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button have been on TAG Heuer’s stupendous roster of F1 racing ambassadors. They have celebrated together 25 F1 World Championship titles wearing TAG Heuer chronographs on their wrist and TAG Heuer colors on their racing suits or helmets.

In 2010, with Jenson Button joining Lewis Hamilton at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, the Swiss Brand has become the only watch brand in Formula 1 to have the two last World Champions as brand ambassadors on the starting grid. This repeats their feat of 20 years ago – more precisely in 1988 and 1989, when Prost and Senna were World Champions for McLaren and TAG Heuer. More ...

The last lap pass rules breakdown  The Monaco Grand Prix featured the first real controversy of 2010 after what has been a generally civilized start to the campaign. However, the FIA International Court of Appeal (ICA) is now required for the first time this year after Michael Schumacher was handed a 20-second penalty for his last-lap pass on Fernando Alonso. 

Lap 75/78: Trulli and Chandhok collide as leader Webber laps both cars
The incident in question would never have happened had Jarno Trulli and Karun Chandhok not collided at Rascasse on Lap 75 of 78, with leader Mark Webber having had to avoid the crash as his Red Bull was directly behind, due to lap the Lotus and Hispania. More ...
NASCAR Hall of Fame quotes  
Richard Petty
Kyle Petty, on his father Richard Petty"
“When competitors saw The King coming in their rearview mirror, the thing they feared the most was the same thing they now fear about Jimmie Johnson – they know they didn’t beat themselves.  They knew when the 43 passed them, they were going to have to go up there and pass the 43 back.  The 43 wasn’t going to break.  The 43 wasn’t going to wreck.  Richard Petty wasn’t going to put himself in a stupid position.  So, if he was running competitively enough to win the race, I think what they feared the most was, ‘If he gets around me, I’m never going to get back around him.’ I think that’s what a lot of the competitors today fear about Jimmie. Richard Petty didn’t beat himself. More ...
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Conor Daly graduates from high school  
Conor Daly
Conor Daly is no longer a high school student. He had to slow down recently long enough to take part in his high school graduation ceremony at Heritage Christian school, Indianapolis, Friday May 14th. Daly's recent schedule had him testing his Formula Star Mazda at O'Reilly Raceway Park, Indianapolis, May 5th - 6th, where he set the fastest time. He graduated May 14th and attended opening day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, May 15th. On Tuesday May 18th he travels to the Monterey, California for the 3rd round of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, after which he immediately returns to Indianapolis for the Road to Indy "Night before the 500" event at O'Reilly Raceway Park, round four of the Formula Star Mazda championship. More ...
Barrichello plays down steering wheel toss  
Rubens Barrichello
(GMM)  Rubens Barrichello has denied claims he recklessly endangered his F1 rivals after crashing out of Sunday's Monaco grand prix.

The Brazilian veteran threw his steering wheel onto the racing line after shunting due to a technical problem whilst climbing Beau Rivage at high speed.

The impacts dented the Armco barriers on both sides of the Monaco layout, and in apparent frustration Barrichello, who turns 38 this Sunday, threw his $50,000 steering wheel onto the track.

It was promptly run over by Karun Chandhok, who dragged the expensive debris all the way to the tunnel before it came loose and was run over again by Bruno Senna. More ...

Cosworth backs HRT, 'working hard' for Williams  (GMM)  Cosworth's business manager has scolded reports that HRT will struggle financially to make it through the 2010 season.

The speculation was triggered by Bernie Ecclestone, when the F1 chief executive was quoted as suggesting the new Spanish team is in difficulties.

But Cosworth's Mark Gallagher said the general attitude about the sport's new teams is wrong.

"There has been something of a tendency to find fault or criticism with the new teams wherever possible and I think this criticism is quite unjust," he said on Monday.

Cosworth powers all of the three new teams in 2010, as well as Williams. More ...

Webber blames mirrors for lost Sepang victory  
(GMM)  Mark Webber is sure Monaco could have been his third win of 2010.

Actually, the Australian pulled into the lead of the world championship with his second win of the season in Monaco.

But he had also been on pole in Malaysia, where his teammate Sebastian Vettel passed him at the start and drove to victory.

Sepang was just one race before a new rule requiring the distant outboard rearview mirrors to be attached to the cockpit sides in the interest of visibility.

After Red Bull's motor home pool party and Webber's leap into the Monaco harbor on Sunday night, the 33-year-old told Martin Brundle that he was still ruing Vettel's Sepang pass.

BBC commentator Brundle quoted Webber as saying "in the early hours of Monday morning": "Mate, if I had had these mirrors in Malaysia I would have dominated that race too."

Dover attendance lowest in decade  Official attendance for yesterday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Autism Speaks 400 was 88,000, the "smallest crowd in over a decade" for a Cup race at Dover Int'l Speedway. Actual attendance at the 140,000-seat track "probably was 10,000 fewer than that figure." Several sections of the grandstand at the end of Turn 2 were "covered with enormous advertising banners" PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS
Chandhok talks about Monaco crash  Karun Chandhok insists his Monaco GP accident with Jarno Trulli was not as bad as it looked - and it did look really bad.

Three laps from the end of the grand prix, Trulli tried to overtake the Hispania Racing driver through the Rascasse corner. But instead of pushing ahead of him, he landed on top of him in a rather frightening accident.

Chandhok escaped unharmed as Trulli's wheels luckily did not hit his helmet. More ...

F-ducts back on teams' agendas for Turkey  (GMM) Sauber removed the F-duct from its C29 for Monaco for safety reasons, the Swiss team's boss has revealed.

Ferrari also decided not to run the downforce-spoiling concept in the Principality, but the Italian team argued that the device simply was not effective on the twisty streets. More ...
Williams admits losing Webber 'a mistake'  (GMM) Sir Frank Williams admits that letting Mark Webber switch to Red Bull at the end of 2006 was a "mistake".

After two disappointing seasons with the British team in 2005 and 2006, the Australian moved to Red Bull, where in the past week he has won two grands prix from pole position.

"You could say we made a mistake," Williams is quoted by Austrian newspaper Kleine Zeitung. More ...
Latest on the Ford FR9 engine  Ford's FR9 engine, run sparingly since its debut last season, will likely be in use by all Roush Fenway Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports teams by midsummer, according to Roush Fenway Racing team co-owner Jack Roush. "We're going to run the engines in all the cars at Charlotte for the All-Star weekend," Roush said Saturday at Dover International Speedway. "By Michigan, I don't know that we will have the engine in all the Ford cars from that point forward, but we will at least have half a dozen engines in the 10 or so Fords that we build engines for. From that point on, depending on the durability and depending on the confidence, depending on the supply of parts, we'll have that available to us." Teams began phasing in the new engine late last season as a replacement for the 452 model. An abundance of the existing engines and lack of new pieces for the FR9, as well as durability questions, kept Ford teams from making the switch en masse. "It's been Doug Yates' determination, and my determination and all the people that are under his management, that we didn't want to introduce the engine as long as there was a known problem and until there were enough parts to make a satisfactory representation," Roush said. Yates heads up Roush Yates Engines, which supplies the Ford power. SceneDaily
Bridgestone happy with tire performance  Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing) has proved peerless with a superb performance to win the Monaco Grand Prix with a super soft – medium Bridgestone Potenza tire strategy on the streets of Monte Carlo.

Webber finished just ahead of team-mate Sebastian Vettel after the end of the fourth safety car period. Renault F1 Team driver Robert Kubica finished in third.

The top three drivers were all on the same tire strategy. More ...

Shorter schedule favors big teams  In the estimation of Ganassi Racing managing director Mike Hull, an unintended consequence of the condensed Indianapolis 500 practice schedule this year is that it gives powerhouse teams like his an even greater advantage.

The bigger teams like Ganassi and Team Penske have limited room for improvement, he said Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. So with two weeks of preparation instead of one, the smaller teams had more time to close the gap.

"When I first started coming here, what Indianapolis afforded all of us to see was some team on race day taking advantage of its opportunity to do something special," Hull said. "When you reduce the track time, the difference between the haves and have-nots becomes greater." More ...

Webber fined €2,200 for pit lane speeding  Monaco Grand Prix winner Mark Webber has received a fine of €2,200 (£1,900) for speeding in the Monte-Carlo pit lane before the start of the race on Sunday.

Although Webber stormed to Formula 1 career victory number four later in the afternoon, FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting informed stewards of the pre-race incident, with the Australian having broken the pit lane speed limit shortly after 1:30pm - upon leaving the pits in order to begin his reconnaissance lap prior to forming up on the grid.

With the pit lane speed limit being 60km/h (37.2mph), the figure of €2,200 is generated as Webber's Red Bull was clocked at 70.9km/h (4.9mph) and each kilometer over the limit equates to €200.

McLaren mechanic keeps job after Button failure  (GMM)  The McLaren mechanic who cost Jenson Button his championship lead has kept his job but is "devastated", according to team boss Martin Whitmarsh.  On the Monaco grid, the mechanic forgot to remove a cooling bung from the sidepod of Briton Button's MP4-25 and the engine overheated.

"When you are trying to do your best and you make a mistake it is devastating," said Whitmarsh.

Button, 30, was initially angry but he later acknowledged that mistakes happen.

"I'm sure the guy who did not pull it out is gutted.  I feel sorry for the guy.  We all make mistakes," he said.

It also emerged that, on Saturday, Button had to throw a remote control for his garage monitor out of the cockpit at the Rascasse chicane.  "This one (the cooling bung) was a race stopper," said Button, who is now fourth in the championship and 8 points behind the new leader Mark Webber.

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