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05/18/11
automotive

Japanese electric car goes 180-miles on single charge
This 4-passenger electric car gets a reported 180-miles on a single charge
Japanese developers have unveiled an electric car they said can travel more than 180-miless before its battery runs flat.

Electric vehicle specialist SIM-Drive, which hopes to take the car to market by 2013 but gave no projected cost, said its four-seater "SIM-LEI" had motors inside each wheel and a super-light frame, allowing for 199.8-miles of motoring on one charge in a test.

Its designers say they hope the prototype, a joint project among 34 organizations including Mitsubishi Motors and engineering firm IHI, will be sold to car manufacturers for mass production.

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05/18/11
nastruck

Raikkonen truck paint scheme revealed
Raikkonen's Perky Jerky paint scheme
Perky Jerky (perkyjerky.com), the ultra-premium jerky flavored with a hint of guarana that’s quickly gaining fame around the world, unveiled today the paint scheme set to adorn Kimi Räikkönen truck for his NASCAR debut in the Camping World Truck Series race this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This race will mark the first time the 2007 Formula One world champion will compete in a NASCAR event.

Räikkönen’s self-owned operation, known as ICE1RACING, which also fields his World Rally Championship and motocross teams, has partnered with Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) to assist in the move to NASCAR. KBM will field the No. 15 Toyota Tundra for Räikkönen to pilot Friday night.

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05/18/11
f1

Brawn denies Schumacher speculation
Can Schumacher silence his critics?
Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn believes Michael Schumacher has no intention of throwing in the towel just yet.

Following the Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul 10 days ago, the 42-year-old admitted for the first time since returning to Formula One at the start of last year that he was no longer enjoying the sport.

"The big joy has gone right now," was Schumacher's pointed remark in the wake of a miserable race in which he finished 12th and was often bullied out of positions.

After a few days to take stock, the seven-times world champion then revealed last week his motivation had been "pushed and re-boosted" after witnessing "clear signs of improvements as a team".

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05/18/11
gp3

Daly Heads to Spain for GP3 Series
MAZDASPEED  driver Conor Daly, second-generation formula car racer, will take on the challenging Circuit de Catalunya this weekend, May 20–22 . The international GP3 Series will head to Barcelona to run in support of the Formula One weekend being held at the 2.9 mile (4.6 km) circuit. This marks the second weekend of double-header racing action for the elite single seater series. This is not Daly’s first trip to the famed Barcelona track as the team completed three days of testing on April 12-14, between Daly’s Indy Lights weekends at Barber Motorsports Park and the Long Beach Grand Prix. The GP3 Series features 30 drivers from 16 different nationalities in the 285 bhp 2.0 liter Renault turbo powered open wheel cars.

“I have really enjoyed learning the new circuits. Make no mistake about it, I found Turkey to be very challenging,” comments the GP3 rookie driver. “Tire management is a lot more complex than I anticipated as is the driving style needed. I really didn’t think it would take this long to understand it fully. The team at Carlin has been fantastic.”

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05/18/11
nhra

Anderson Aims to Get Back on Topeka’s Winning Side
Summit Racing Pro Stock driver Greg Anderson is in the midst of another solid season.  Six races into the 2011 Full Throttle Drag Racing season, he is second in the championship standings, with a win in Charlotte and three final round appearances to his credit, which by any measure would be considered a good start to defending his 2010 Pro Stock title. 

Ironically, the only person to have defeated him in a final round this season, and the competitor he trails in the points is one quite familiar to him, his KB Racing teammate Jason Line, who pilots an identical Summit Racing Pontiac.  Although naturally pleased with his partner’s performance, the four-time champion nevertheless would like to turn the tables at this weekend’s NHRA Summer Nationals in Topeka, KS.

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05/18/11
f1

Barcelona news tidbits
The weather forecast for this weekend's Spanish GP could not be any better - 73 degrees, sunny and 0% chance of rain all three days.

The FIA has made several small changes to the Circuit de Catalunya ahead of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, with one of the modifications being the size of stones in gravel traps.

The stones, which can no longer measure more than 15 millimeters in diameter, have been checked to avoid cars sustaining more damage than necessary when leaving the track.

Other changes for this year include new ‘sleeping policeman’ speed ramps on the inside of the chicane’s second run-off area and an extended barrier on the inside exiting Campsa corner.

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05/18/11
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irl

Tracy seeks NASCAR ride for Montreal race
Paul Tracy
While Paul Tracy may be concentrating 100% on making the Indianapolis 500 this month, the Canadian racing icon also is in talks to compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series NAPA 200 at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Aug. 20.

Tracy has signed on with TopSpeed Management to pursue getting the 2003 Champ Car World Series champion a ride in the Nationwide Series’ lone Canadian stop this season.

It is believed Tracy is negotiating with Penske Racing — the NNS championship Dodge team from 2010 — for a ride in Montreal.

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05/18/11
f1

Eric Boullier: "I believe in Ho-Pin Tung"
Now that Tung has moved to IndyCar is F1 trying to get him back to help their failing Chinese GP?
After difficult year in GP2 and an injury to his back, Ho-Pin Tung joined the United States to try to re-launch its career. For Eric Boullier, the young driver has a lot of talent and deserves a second chance.

Ho-Pin Tung who is a member of drivers accompanied by Gravity Management, the company managed by Eric Boullier, gets at present ready to compete for Indy 500. This American stage is a new start for the Chinese driver of the LRGP Academy.

"Ho-Pin had no happy year in GP2 and his back injury contributed to that. But we believe in him. His nationality is certainly interesting, but it is not the only thing. He has the talent. We try at present to restore his career. His participation in the Indy 500 seems to be a good stage for him," explained Eric Boullier to the site FormuleMagazine1.nl.

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05/18/11
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Track News

Rossi Jets In For Silverstone Wing Opening

Today saw the opening of the brand new Silverstone Wing complex at the Northampton circuit, with a whole host of Formula One legends and many big names from the Motorcycle racing fraternity, including multiple champion Valentino Rossi.

The Silverstone Wing is the name of the circuit’s enormous new facility which comprises of new spacious garages, media center, offices, and an auditorium, and it will be the venue for the seventh round of the MotoGP world championship on June 12th.

Rossi missed out the 2010 round, as he was out due to his broken leg, so he used the opportunity to see what the new track layout has in store for June. After a 1198 superbike had to be rested due to an electronics problem, Valentino took to the track on a 1198 road bike, with number plate and mirrors in tow.

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05/18/11
nassprint

#36 team not running the Shootout
The Tommy Baldwin Racing team and driver Dave Blaney will not compete in the All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in order to take that time and money to focus on working on the fleet of cars needed to run the rest of the NSCS schedule. Blaney will return to the track in the #36 Golden Corral Chevy for the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, May 29th at Charlotte Motor Speedway. TBR

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05/18/11
nassprint

#18 Over-the-Wall Team Voted First Quarter Most Valuable Pit Crew
The pit crew of the #18 M&M's Toyota for Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing has earned first-quarter honors in the 2011 Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award competition, taking home the $5,000 quarterly prize. The Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award, which is determined by a vote of each team's crew chief, is given quarterly to the top-performing pit crew in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The four quarterly winners are eligible for the year-end Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award presented during Champion's Week in Las Vegas - and the $100,000 grand prize. "I think that our M&M's/Interstate Batteries team is the best week in and week out on pit road. It's great to see them get the credit they deserve," said Kyle Busch. "I say it every week - those guys win me a lot of races and get me a lot of good finishes. A big thanks to Mechanix Wear for honoring all of their hard work." So far, Busch and the #18 team have two wins, five top-fives and six top-10s. As Busch continues to perform well on the track, Dave Rogers, crew chief on the #18 Toyota, continues to maintain that same level of performance by keeping the pit crew at the top of its game. Members of the #18 M&M's pit crew include: Nick Odell (Front Tire Changer), Brad Donaghy (Front Tire Carrier), Jake Seminara (Rear Tire Changer), Kenny Barber (Rear Tire Carrier), Jeff Fender (Jackman), and Dan Bajek (Fueler). The team's pit crew coach is Dave Rogers. Mechanix Wear/VMG PR

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05/18/11
irl

Rain washes out Indy practice again
Rain washed out practice for the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 again Wednesday.

Rain fell steadily on the Speedway throughout the day, and IZOD IndyCar Series officials canceled the day's track activities shortly after 4 p.m. (ET).

The last time two entire days of Indianapolis 500 practice were washed out in one week was May 12-13, 2006.

Since veteran practice opened Saturday, May 14, 17 hours and 58 minutes of the scheduled 30 hours of track time have been lost due to rain.

DAY 5 NOTEBOOK:

Recent Butler University graduate and basketball standout Matt Howard visited the track today. Howard, from Connersville, Ind., helped the Bulldogs reach the NCAA men's basketball final each of the last two seasons.

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05/18/11
irl

Simona de Silvestro press conference transcript
MODERATOR: Welcome to the Economaki Press Center. Simona lacks poise as you all probably know. (Laughter)

You come back to a place where you had a really great month a year ago, obviously capped by Rookie of the Year performance, and you began this year with a couple of great races, particularly at St. Petersburg. Congratulations on a solid start to the year. Welcome back.

SIMONA DE SILVESTRO: Thanks for coming. Yeah, we had a really great start of the season at St. Pete and even Barber, you know, I think we had a strong beginning of the season. Then Long Beach and Brazil didn't go our way quite well. But, you know, it happens. It's racing. I'm happy to go on the ovals right now, and starting with the Indy 500 is a really special feeling. You know, I really like this place. It's a little bit intimidating every time you go out there. But it's a lot of fun, and I can't wait to go out there on Pole Day because that's really when it starts counting.

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05/18/11
f1

"Open House Day" at the Grand Prix du Canada on June 9
Octane Racing Group is pleased to announce the return of the popular Grand Prix du Canada "Open House Day" at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve on June 9, from 9 am to noon. Montréal fans and visitors to our fair city will be able to access the track by the Montréal subway system exiting at Metro Station Jean-Drapeau. They will be allowed to stroll down the pit lane in front of the Formula 1 World Championship team garages. According to tradition, the teams will open wide their garage doors to enable everyone to watch the crews busy readying the open-wheel cars of Vettel, Hamilton, Alonso, Rosberg and the "other gods of racing".

"Last year, during the return of the Grand Prix du Canada ''Open House Day'', the Formula 1 teams, drivers and crews were very cooperative with visitors," said François Dumontier, President of Grand Prix du Canada and of Octane Racing Group, promoter of the event. "That was our first contact with fans following a 24-month absence. The events that followed, notably the great success of the Grand Evening Gala, and the impressive crowd that jammed the stands for the three days of the Grand Prix, really pleased the teams. I am convinced they remember it all and that they will be quite generous with the fans in 2011."

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05/18/11
motogp

Pedrosa undergoes surgery on his right collarbone
After contemplating his options for a few days and talking further with his doctors, Pedrosa has decided to undergo surgery to repair his broken right collarbone, the result of the crash he suffered in the Grand Prix of France.

Dani has put his trust again in surgeons Dr. Joaquim Casañas and Dr. César García-Madrid, the same medical team at Teknon Medical Centre in Barcelona, who performed the operation on 6 April. At that time, they removed the plate from the left collarbone to decompress the subclavian artery.

In today's operation performed at midday, a titanium plate was inserted to fix the fracture in the right collarbone. Following medical checks, the Repsol Honda rider will be discharged from hospital and in the next week he is expected to begin passive rehabilitation. Dani's participation in the Grand Prix of Catalunya remains uncertain.

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05/18/11
automotive

Bill Ford says company's fleet will be 25 percent electrified by 2020
Ford Motor Co. chairman Bill Ford urges the government to support development of lithium-ion batteries for electric cars.

By JOSEPH LICHTERMAN, AUTOMOTIVE NEWS on 5/17/2011

About 25 percent of Ford Motor Co.'s fleet will be electrified by 2020, Chairman Bill Ford wrote in an article for Fortune magazine, published online on Tuesday.

With global oil prices rising and more congestion on the roads, Ford wrote that it is critical for the automakers to build smarter and cleaner-running cars that people will want to drive.

"For the first time in more than a century, some of the most fundamental and enduring elements of the automobile are being radically transformed," Ford wrote.

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05/18/11
irl

Sato takes With you Japan program to Indianapolis school
Takuma Sato
In the run up to the Indy 500, Japanese racer Takuma Sato is collaborating with local students in a project to support the With you Japan charity program.

A total of 137 students from the Towne Meadow Elementary School are taking part in an arts project.  They will assemble themselves at ground level to recreate the Japanese flag when photographed from above. The local fire department has also gotten involved by providing a fire truck rescue bucket to serve as the elevated platform for the photograph.

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05/18/11
track news

Take a lap and tour around MIS! Track Laps return in 2011
Back by popular demand, Michigan International Speedway is excited to announce the return of its Track Laps, as well as an added feature for 2011, a behind the scenes tour on select Tuesdays following laps around the track.

On select dates during the months of May through August, race fans can make their dreams come true and take a few laps on the high-banked two-mile oval of MIS.

For just $25, fans can create lasting memories of their own on the historic Irish Hills track. This special event allows participants the opportunity to take three laps around the track at a maximum speed of 70 mph. Laps will take place during the 12-1 p.m. lunch hour and will be paced by the MIS Ford Mustang pacecar.

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05/18/11
motogp

Stoner on track again with Honda 2012 prototype
After a positive first day test, HRC decided to continue testing the 2012 prototype today with Casey Stoner. The original plan was to have a one day test with Stoner and one with Pedrosa, however, due to the outcome of events from last weekend in Le Mans with Dani's injury, HRC decided to complete one more day with Casey and test rider Ito Shinichi in order to finish the planned testing program.

With windy conditions and temperatures a little cooler than yesterday, Stoner ran 25 laps in the morning without any issues and Shinichi took over in the afternoon. HRC engineers were happy with the data acquired.

Footage from the test can be found here: http://t.co/cJEcClx

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05/18/11
nhra

Coughlin makes drag racing history
Five-time world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. made NHRA drag racing history Monday at Auto Club Dragway by becoming the first driver in the 60 years of the sport's existence to win in six different categories.

In the sixth and final round of Super Comp, Coughlin beat Tom McBride by 13 feet to take the title of the rain-delayed JEGS Pacific SPORTSnationals, running a 9.034-second pass at 160.46 mph ahead of McBride's 9.052 at 167.07 mph. Coughlin has now claimed trophies in Pro Stock, Competition Eliminator, Top Dragster, Super Gas, Super Stock, and Super Comp.

Four other racers -- Scotty Richardson, David Rampy, Greg Stanfield, and Peter Biondo  -- have won in five different classes, but Coughlin now stands alone with six.

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05/18/11
nassprint

This Week in Ford Racing with Roush Yates Engine Builder, Doug Yates
Ford Racing is coming off a weekend at Dover that saw Carl Edwards win the NASCAR Nationwide Series race and Matt Kenseth capture the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event.  That gives the Blue Oval four wins in 2011, which equals its total from all of last season.  Doug Yates, co-owner and head engine builder at Roush Yates Engines, spoke to Ford Racing on Monday about last weekend’s success and where his program stands in regards to fuel injection.

DOUG YATES, Co-Owner, Roush Yates EnginesWHAT’S IT LIKE TO COME INTO WORK ON MONDAY AFTER SWEEPING A WEEKEND LIKE DOVER? “Everybody puts their heart and soul into making the best engines that they can and to see the results like we had this weekend at Dover makes for a great way to start the week, and it’s gratifying to everybody here because they live for Saturday and Sunday so this weekend was really special.”

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05/18/11
f1

McLaren denies prompting blown exhaust clampdown
(GMM)  McLaren's engineering director on Wednesday seemed to steer away from any suggestion the British team triggered the FIA's clampdown on exhaust blown diffusers.

With news emerging this week that the aggressive blowing of exhaust gases when the driver is off the throttle will soon be effectively banned, many interpreted it as a move against Red Bull's dominance.

"It is inevitable and the unfortunate consequence of success," rued team boss Christian Horner.

Suspicions about McLaren's possible involvement in the FIA's decision were prompted by a recent comment by Phil Prew, the Woking based team's principal race engineer.

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05/18/11
f1

Blundell to make F1 steward debut
(GMM)  Mark Blundell will make his debut as the driver representative in the FIA stewards' room this weekend in Spain.

The 45-year-old Briton stood on the podium three times as he contested 61 grands prix, most recently with McLaren in 1995.

He also won three Champ Car races and the fabled Le Mans race, and for years was a television pundit for ITV's British coverage of F1.

He now races occasionally in sports cars and heads the 2MB sports management company, which handles McLaren test driver Gary Paffett.

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05/18/11
Track News

Condon Skelly and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Celebrate 100 Years
Condon Skelly witnessed the marriage of Classic Elegance and Indy Nostalgia this past weekend as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway presented the Celebration of Automobiles to kick off the 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500.

More than 250 collectible cars were in attendance for the event, representing each of the 24 manufacturers who produced the cars that roared in the Brickyard in the first Indy 500 in 1911. As a testament to the significance of the Celebration of Automobiles, many owners had traveled well over 1,000 miles to participate in the 100th Anniversary of the 500. 

The gathering was the first of its kind for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but its novelty and success left guests clamoring for more. At the Gala Dinner which concluded the Celebration of Automobiles Saturday night, event-sponsor Condon Skelly's Director, Jim Kruse, asked the crowd of collector car owners whether or not they would like to see the event become an annual tradition; they unanimously erupted into a roar of applause.

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05/18/11
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Absent Ecclestone aims jibe at Silverstone delay
  • Force India backs Sutil for Barcelona race only
  • Barcelona could change layout if race unexciting
  • FIA agrees 'grace period' for blown exhaust limits
  • Chandhok still not confirming India GP race seat
  • Teams to debut new hard tire in Spain - Pirelli
  • Bahrain 'ready' as campaigns seek F1 return

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05/18/11
Racing News

Video: Crashes from early days of racing
Some Walked Away, Some Did Not

Killed Myself When I Was Young from The Jalopy Journal on Vimeo.

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05/18/11
nhra

Brown wants to keep winning ways at this weekend's NHRA Summer Nationals
Antron Brown winning last weekend
Coming off his second win of the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season, Antron Brown plans to drive the Matco Tools Top Fuel dragster the same as he does for any race when competition begins for the 23rd annual NHRA Southern Nationals here this weekend at Heartland Park Topeka.

The Don Schumacher Racing driver said his driving routine - doing it the same each time - was the result of the lesson he learned in last year's quarterfinals at this race.

"I red lit against Larry Dixon in the second round because I was concerned about getting off the starting line quickly," the 35-year-old New Jersey native explained. "I had a fast car all weekend, but was worried about him and it messed up my concentration."

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05/17/11
nhra

Hagan carries positive attitude into weekend's Topeka Summer Nationals
Matt Hagan foresees a turnaround in the fortunes of the DieHard Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car, which he hopes begins this weekend by going deep into the 23rd annual NHRA Summer Nationals here at Heartland Park Topeka.

According to the 28-year-old Don Schumacher Racing driver, the Tommy DeLago-led team has reverted to previous setups to capture the magic which propelled the then-sophomore racer into the runner-up spot for the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car championship.

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05/17/11
alms

Ben Brown to head ALMS broadcast production
Television veteran Ben Brown has been named Director of Broadcast Production Services for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n. Brown was initially hired by the Series to manage television operations for this year’s new television and digital package with ABC/ESPN, but was elevated into the role of Director with the departure of former Senior Vice President of Broadcast Production Services John Evenson, who will remain as a consultant to the Series.

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05/17/11
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Carpentier lands ride for Montreal
Pastrana-Waltrip Racing and NAPA announced today that Canadian driver Patrick Carpentier will race the No. 99 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota in the NAPA AUTO PARTS 200 presented by Dodge, NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal on Aug. 20.

''We are extremely proud to see someone like Patrick, a great friend of our event being confirmed for our August race. Our spectators cheering for him will be numerous. We surely wish him another pole position and finally, a first Nationwide Series win in front of his home crowd," said François Dumontier, President of Octane Management Inc. and Delegated Promoter of the event.

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05/17/11
tv news

ESPN to use split screen for NASCAR commercials
ESPN will use a split screen that will allow viewers to see race coverage and commercials simultaneously during the second half of each of the 10 Chase For The Sprint Cup race telecasts.

Dubbed “NASCAR NonStop,” the commercials will be shown on the left side of the screen while the right side will display race coverage and the sponsor logo.

The scoring ticker across the top of the screen, which displays the current running order, will continue to be seen during the commercials as well.

The split screens will take effect at or near the halfway point of the race, with the first half of the race presented in the traditional commercial break format. The only exception might come during the Charlotte race on ABC, where some local advertising might remain full screen.

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05/17/11
motogp

Stoner tests the 2012 Honda prototype in Jerez
Casey Stoner on new Honda
With a two week break before the Grand Prix of Catalunya, Honda Racing Corporation today returned to the track in Jerez with French GP winner Casey Stoner aboard the 2012 Honda prototype.

HRC test riders Kosuke Akiyoshi and Shinichi Ito have been testing this machine in April at Suzuka, Japan and it was planned for Repsol Honda Team riders Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner to both test in Jerez this week. However, after Pedrosa's accident in Le Mans it was not possible for him to take part and only Stoner has been involved.

Shinichi performed the shake down of the new machine early this morning at the Jerez track, before Casey began his testing schedule at 11am local time in perfect sunny conditions. He completed a total of 50 laps (221km) using the standard 800cc Bridgestone tires of this season and also the new prototype tires for 2012.

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05/17/11
nhra

Capps likes visiting the Heartland for NHRA Summer Nationals
Ron Capps always looks forward to driving the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car into America’s “heartland,” where he hopes to repeat his past success at this weekend’s 23rd annual NHRA Southern Nationals here.

According to Capps, who has won this race three times (1998, 2006, 2009) and was a runner up in another race (2000), the very challenging nature offered by Heartland Park Topeka’s drag strip means success is that much sweeter.

“These are the kinds of races which, if you win, you feel so much better, so gratified,” said the Southern California Don Schumacher Racing driver. “I’ve won races here at 2 a.m. after, obviously, long, difficult delays, and also on a 145-degree track.

“I have a lot of great memories from this track, this race.”

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05/17/11
nhra

Allen Johnson Closing in on First Win of 2011
Mopar® Dodge Avenger NHRA Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson is on the verge of scoring his first win of the 2011 NHRA Pro Stock season. The native of Greeneville, Tenn. advanced to the semifinals for the first time this year last weekend at Atlanta and returns to action this weekend at Heartland Park Topeka in Kan., for the 23rd Annual NHRA Summer Nationals, May 20–22. Johnson won at Heartland Park in 2009 and has been the No. 2 qualifier in each of his last two visits to the track.

Johnson has found himself in the finals two years in a row at Heartland Park Topeka, facing veteran Mike Edwards in each of those final round appearances. Johnson scored the win over Edwards in 2009 and had a faster elapsed time and speed last season, falling to Edwards on a holeshot off the starting line.

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05/17/11
automotive

Honda Turns Macy's Store Window Into New-Model Showroom
The fashion-forward 2012 Honda Civic Coupe, wearing the official livery of an IZOD IndyCar pace car, has taken up residence in the windows of the Herald Square and Roosevelt Macy's stores to promote the Civic Racing Style sweepstakes heralding the arrival of the all-new, ninth generation Honda Civic.

Visitors to the Herald Square and Roosevelt Field Macy's stores, or to any of 53 participating New York-area Honda dealerships, are eligible to join the Honda contest.  Eleven (11) top-prize winners in the Civic Racing Style sweepstakes will win a 2012 Honda Civic LX Coupe and a $2,500 IZOD shopping spree.  Twenty (20) runners up will win a "second chance" trip for two to the IZOD IndyCar World Championship race in Las Vegas, Nevada, which includes one more opportunity to win a 2012 Civic before the start of the season-ending race.

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05/17/11
Racing News

Video: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 flips
A massive crash occurred at the start of the ADAC GT Masters race in eastern Germany. Robert Renauer got hit from behind, made contact with Philip Geipel in the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560 and went for a ride in the first corner.



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05/17/11
irl

Barnhart: Double file restarts will be used at Indy
Drivers aren't in favor of double-file restarts, but chief steward Brian Barnhart reiterated Monday that they'll be used for the first time in 500 history in the May 29 race.

Still to be determined, Barnhart said, is the speed at which the field will come to the green flag. In past years, the leader came off the fourth turn at about 190 mph, but that doesn't fit with IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard's goal of slower approaches for the purpose of better alignment.

Barnhart said the restart speed could be in the 120-140 mph range, although he'll have a better idea once he meets with driver representatives, a meeting expected next week.

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05/17/11
irl

Barnes: Indy only race that means anything
John Barnes
Three straight runner-up finishes in the Indy 500 could be viewed as the ultimate in consistent excellence or the ultimate in frustration. Panther Racing primary owner John Barnes prefers the former.

"It's not frustrating to me at all," said Barnes, whose team finished second with Dan Wheldon each of the past two years and with Vitor Meira in 2008. "To finish second here three years in a row, I don't think that's ever been done before."

Still, it pales in comparison to what one win would mean.

"It's just such an incredible honor to race at this facility," Barnes said. "We run 17 races a year, but this is the only one that means anything to me." Indy Star

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05/17/11
motogp

Yamaha Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Grand Prix Racing in Red and White
2011 marks a very special moment in two wheeled motorsport as the 50th Anniversary of World Championship Grand Prix racing for Yamaha. As part of a series of ongoing activities to celebrate this landmark Yamaha Factory Racing will run a special livery, the ‘YZR-M1 WGP50th Anniversary Edition’ for the Assen TT and Laguna Seca races.

Reigning MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo and 2010 Rookie of the Year Ben Spies will unveil the livery at a special event on Wednesday 22nd June close to the Assen circuit.

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05/17/11
f1

Newey: Puncture likely cause of Senna crash
Red Bull designer Adrian Newey believes that a puncture was the most likely cause of the crash that killed Aryton Senna and that it nearly made him leave F1.

Newey was the man responsible for the design of the FW16 that Senna was driving on the fateful day at Imola when the Brazilian legend was killed in a single-car accident.

The Briton admits that the incident has a tremendous impact on him, so much so that he still is unable to watch footage of the accident.

"The little hair I had all fell out in the aftermath," Newey told The Guardian.

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05/17/11
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Ross brawn may have new tricks up his sleeve for Mercedes
    Gov't rules out move for Albert Park GP
  • 2011 formula should end Barcelona bore
  • Ferrari making changes after early 2011 struggle
  • Haug not confirming radical upgrade reports
  • Montezemolo says he's 'married to Ferrari'
  • Virgin to announce reserve role for Wickens
  • Newey hopes Webber stays at Red Bull
  • A1-Ring not rebuilt for F1 tilt - Berger
  • Force India's Smith finally starts work at Team Lotus

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05/17/11
track news

Watkins Glen construction update
Construction continues to surge forward at Watkins Glen International as the $3 million capital improvement project moves closer and closer to completion.  Crews have worked diligently to battle through constant rain and cooler than normal temperatures over the last month to ensure that the entire project remains on-schedule.  All of the capital improvements announced in December 2010 are on-target to be completed in time for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen August 11-14.

Turn 10/11 grandstands
The Green, Turn 10, and Turn 11 Grandstands are all at least 90-percent complete.  Crews from E&D Specialty Stands Incorporated, out of North Collins NY, have completed most of the framework, seating, and the “flatwork” under each of the three new grandstands. The “flatwork” includes removing the topsoil and any gravel that was disturbed during the construction and replacing fabric, gravel and some of the paved walkways. The steel frame and seat planks are in place for the Silver grandstand, making it approximately 65-percent complete.

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