Did IndyCar borrow an ECU from NASCAR? A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, Doesn't it seem odd that outside of practice 1, carpenter was literally nowhere the whole week. But today he suddenly found "something" that turned his car into a rocketship on pole day? And isn't the new competition chief Derek walker, who assumes his new job the day after Indy, still the team manager at ECR? Come on, I'm all for this feel good story but this seems total NASCAR. Did they give Carpenter a 'special' NASCAR ECU for pole day? Mordichai Rosen, Los Angeles, CA
Jamie McMurray Wins Sprint Showdown; Stenhouse, Patrick Advance
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Jamie McMurray advanced into the field for the 29th running of the Sprint All Star race with a victory in the Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night.
McMurray led wire to wire in the 40-lap event, taking advantage of a two-tire pit stop to stay out front and beating out rookie Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. to advance to his seventh all star appearance.
Stenhouse also advanced to make his first start in the non-points event featuring this season and last season's race winners. Danica Patrick, who finished ninth, won the fan vote to take the 22nd and final spot in the all star field.
Indy Pole Day Fast 9 Schedule Qualification attempts continue at IMS. Qualifications will continue until 6:00 pm, with Fast 9 starting at 6:30. Each car will make one attempt at the Pole in the Fast 9 event, unless of course weather permitting. Beyond anything else, Hoosiers will be in front of their TV’s at 8:00, watching the Pacers play, so we know action at the track will be done by then.
All drivers are through their first attempts on the track, and here’s how the top nine stand at this point:
Row 1: Will Power (228.844 mph), Ryan Hunter-Reay (228.282), Carlos Munoz (228.171)
Row 2: Helio Castroneves (227.975), Ed Carpenter (227.952), Marco Andretti (227.893)
Row 3: A.J. Allmendinger (227.761), E.J. Viso (227.612), James Hinchcliffe (227.493)
05/18/13 Everyone who wants to make a first time attempt has done so. And it’s a complete walk for Chevy power, claiming (so far) all of the Fast 9 spots. All 5 Andretti Autosport cars are in, as are the three Penske cars. Ed Carpenter is the lone interloper, 6th provisionally.
Two Aussie V8 team personnel arrested Two personnel for Australian V8 Supercars teams competing this weekend at Circuit of the Americas were arrested in downtown Austin this week, according to police and media reports.
Adam Fisher was arrested about 2:20 a.m. Wednesday in the 400 block of East Sixth Street on charges of public intoxication and resisting arrest, according to police. Fisher, who the Daily Telegraph said works for the Lockwood Racing team, was released from the Travis County Jail late Wednesday and reported to duty at the circuit Thursday, the newspaper said.
Schmidt trying to get 2 cars in before adding a third (2nd Update)UPDATE #2 Katherine Legge, who will drive the Honda-powered No. 81 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-prepared car, is the 34th driver entered. She's expected to participate in the morning practice session May 19 and make a qualifying attempt later in the day. Bump Day qualifications begin, weather permitting, at noon (ET).
"I'm psyched to get back in the car, especially at Indy because this is such a special place," Legge said. "I owe a huge thank you to Honda, Firestone, the IZOD IndyCar Series and especially Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for pulling this together in the last minute to get the car on track.
Track's Drying at Indy The track is drying at Indy. So far, no word on the legendary "weepers" that usually hold things up. Officials are whispering a possible start time to qualifications of 1:30 to 2:00. The current weather pattern has rain cells popping up and disappearing without going to many places in the process.
There is a rumor that Katherine Legge showed up with a bit of money and is looking to put together a ride for the Indy 500. Sam Schmidt hasn’t exactly kept the extra car hidden during the week, and several drivers have been rumored to be working to get that ride. This would mean that we'd have a meaningful Bump Day, instead of the set of parade laps we're gonna get if there is no bumping. And of course, it would be complete, uh, justice? if she bumped out one of the Dragon cars.
Gloomy Weather and Hot Speeds at Indy This is Indy, the place where every race fan becomes a meteorologist for a few days. National weather forecasts called for partly sunny skies with scattered thunderstorms during the day, but currently it's drizzling. It takes 2-3 hours to dry the track, so we're done until afternoon, at least.
What that means, of course, is nearly perfect weather for Pole Day. No driver broke the 230 mph mark in practice, but Will Power came close at 229.808. Teammate AJ Allmendinger was a tenth of a second slower.
Marc Marquez has collected a second MotoGP pole position for this weekend’s Monster Energy Grand Prix de France. The championship leader beat current title holder Jorge Lorenzo by just three hundredths of a second as Andrea Dovizioso celebrated his first front row for Ducati Team. Jerez winner Dani Pedrosa will start sixth after crashing.
The majority of those in the paddock expected rainfall for qualifying, but this was not to be the case as a steady breeze graced the historic Le Mans venue. Delivering an impressive lap time of 1’33.187, Marquez looked to have convincingly sealed his second pole after Texas but was challenged hard by Lorenzo. With Dovizioso taking his first front row since Malaysia 2012, today’s result also marks the first time that the Honda, Yamaha and Ducati factory outfits have shared Row 1 since Spain 2012.
Andretti team has dominated the speed charts at Indy so far
Andretti teammates Viso and Hunter-Reay
Everything seems to be lining up for Michael Andretti this May.
His five drivers have taken turns atop the practice speed charts all week and, when series officials gave the engines a boost Friday, E.J. Viso and Marco Andretti were still on top.
The team owner has the defending series champ, the only two-time IndyCar winner this season, a hot-shot rookie who has been among the fastest drivers all week and his son, Marco, who is bursting with confidence now that he's back on his favorite tracks, the ovals.
Marquez stuns in practice 3 Marc Marquez posted the quickest lap time of the Le Mans weekend so far as third practice was staged on Saturday morning. The championship leader moved in front of Jorge Lorenzo and Friday pace-setter Dani Pedrosa as the first ten Q2 participants were revealed. Several riders crashed at Turn 3.
Becoming the only rider to beat Pedrosa’s quickest time of Friday, Marquez registered 1’33.600 which was half a second quicker than Yamaha Factory Racing’s Lorenzo, with Pedrosa a further 83 thousandths adrift with the second Repsol Honda Team Bike. Nicky Hayden was fourth quickest for Ducati Team from Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow, who ran with a new aluminum duct in a bid to cool his brakes after suffering from overheating on Friday.
Indy only needs to be a week [Editor's Note: Before the split CART proposed that the Indy 500 be reduced from a month long event to a week. Do you recall all the crying that came from the IRL camp about how ludicrous that idea was. Well with empty grandstands all month long until race weekend, it doesn't sound like such a bad idea anymore.]
With all the talk about putting up lights, club seats, staging a road course race and spending that $100 million state loan on upgrades to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it’s time to get smart about the month of May.
It pains me to say it and I hope it doesn’t ruin my friendship with Donald Davidson but the Indianapolis 500 needs to be downsized again.
Team Cadillac driver O'Connell on Pole at COTA Team Cadillac driver Johnny O'Connell drove his No. 3 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe to pole position for tomorrow's first of a double race weekend at the Pirelli World Challenge Series Cadillac Sports Car Challenge at the Circuit of the America's (COTA). Teammate Andy Pilgrim will start fourth.
O'Connell (Flowery Branch, Ga.) posted a final practice time on Thursday of 1:34.816 placing him third on the GT time sheet. Taking to the new COTA circuit in 90-degree temperatures this afternoon, he managed to post a pole position time of 1:33.539. Pilgrim (Boca Raton, Fla.) had limited running on Thursday's promoter test day with car issues, missing the final practice session. Despite the limited running, the Floridian put in a lap of 1:34.092 that will have him start fourth.
Lowndes fastest in V8 Supercar USA debut Australia's V8 Supercar stars have had their first on-track experience at the spectacular Circuit of The Americas with fan favorite Craig Lowndes setting the pace for Red Bull Racing Australia.
The Holden Commodore driver stopped the clocks at 1 minute, 32.904 seconds in the final session of the day to become the first driver to get down into the "32s" for the Circuit of The Americas short course.
Ford's Will Davison was second fastest ahead of Holden Racing Team's Garth Tander. Techno Autosport driver Jonathan Webb bounced back from an spectacular engine failure earlier in the day to set the fourth fastest time in the final session of the day.
Indy ticket prices set to rise An Indianapolis 500 ticket will cost more in 2014.
In a copy of the pricing structure obtained today by The Star, two-thirds of the tickets will increase by about 15 percent. The rest will remain the same.
The largest increase is in tickets that cost $150 this year; they will cost $175 next year. The only grandstands not impacted by the increase are most of the North, South and Northeast Vistas along with the G and H Stands plus wheelchair accessible seating.
More ferries lined up to get fans to Detroit Grand Prix
Race fans can cruise in comfort this year to the twinbill Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix May 31-June 2 from downtown by bus or boat.
Race organizers Wednesday announced a more streamlined transportation plan from the heart of the city to the Raceway at Belle Isle Park for the IZOD IndyCar Series weekend.
Ferries will operate on half-hour intervals back and forth to the island from the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority building at 120 Atwater near the Renaissance Center on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Dick Trickle - Wisconsin Speedway Plans Black-Flag Tribute The Wisconsin racetrack where Dick Trickle forged his legacy winning TONS of races en route to becoming a NASCAR star is honoring the driver with a special pre-race ceremony when stock car season kicks off later this month, TMZ has learned.
It's all happening at the Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna, WI (just south of Green Bay) where Trickle won so many races during his pre-NASCAR career, track officials named a building in Turn 2 the "Dick Trickle Pavilion."
We've learned officials at the W.I.R. have greenlit plans to commemorate their local hero with a memorial lap in Dick's honor on May 30 with the pace car carrying a black flag.
A rep for the company says Trickle was "a true champion, good friend and will be missed by all."
Martin Truex, Jr. on Sprint Showdown Pole Martin Truex, Jr. won the pole for Saturday night's Sprint Showdown, looking to put himself into Victory Lane and into the field for the 29th annual NASCAR Sprint All Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Truex came out as the last of 23 qualifiers and posted a fast lap of 193.424 mph - nearly a tenth of a second faster than the next quickest qualifier - knocking Jamie McMurray off the pole to score his career-best start in the event.
"It was a good day," said Truex. "The guys did a good job, made good adjustments for qualifying there and looking forward to tomorrow night."
McMurray ran a lap of 192.699 mph to take second, followed by Juan Pablo Montoya (192.342), Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (192.280) and Casey Mears (190.880).
The 40-lap Sprint showdown will precede Saturday night's of running of the NASCAR Sprint All Star race, with the top two finishers transferring into the field for the Sprint All Star race along with the winner of the Fan Vote, who will take the last position in the field 22-car field.
Truex won the fan vote in 2005 and twice won the Showdown to advance to the all star field. He has four starts in the All Star race, with a best finish of second in 2010.
"Unfortunately I do have a lot of experience in this race," said Truex. "We do understand a little bit about how the race works, how it's probably gonna play out. We made a mistake last year by not pitting on the 20-lap caution and got beat by it, so I think this year we'll be ready for anything."Pete McCole
Indy 500 qualifying order QP Car Driver 1 40 TBA 2 9 Scott Dixon (W) 3 14 Takuma Sato 4 15 Graham Rahal 5 14T Takuma Sato 6 2 AJ Allmendinger (R) 7 6T Sebastian Saavedra 8 91 Buddy Lazier (W) 9 8T Ryan Briscoe 10 78 Simona de Silvestro
Indianapolis 500 Flyover Showcases Six World War II-Era Aircraft Six iconic military airplanes that played a vital role in the United States and its allies winning World War II will soar above the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the traditional pre-race flyover before the start of the 97th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 26.
A North American B-25 Mitchell twin-engine medium bomber will be joined in formation by five North American T-6 Texan trainer aircraft in the flyover that will appear above the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at the conclusion of the national anthem.
Jeb Burton on Pole for Charlotte Truck Series Race NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie Jeb Burton scored his third pole position in his last four truck series starts on Friday, posting the quickest time in qualifying for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Burton ran a lap of 181.372 mph in the two-lap qualifying session for his third career pole in just his tenth series start. Ty Dillon was second with lap of 180.294, followed by Timothy Peters (180.294), Kyle Busch (180.240) and Miguel Paludo (180.216).
Dan Wheldon's widow selling St. Petersburg home Susie Wheldon, the widow of champion IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon, is selling the family's Snell Isle home for $2.1 million.
The three-story home on Coffee Pot Bayou features an outdoor kitchen, a large pool, boat lifts and a three-car garage, a listing by Re/Max agent Bonnie Strickland shows.
Dan Wheldon, a two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, bought the new 4,400-square-foot home in 2005 for $1.9 million.
Born in England, Wheldon's move here cemented the racer as one of the city's favorite sons. Wheldon, 33, was killed in a crash two years ago while racing in Las Vegas. The couple had two sons, Sebastian, now 4, and Oliver, now 2.
Q and A with Team Penske MODERATOR: OK. Good morning, everyone. I'm Bob Jenkins, and it's my pleasure to host this news conference, which I have done in the past but haven't in the last few years. But glad I can do it again. We have the members of Team Penske up here. From on the far end of the line is, of course, the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves. Tim Cindric, president of Penske Performance. Will Power. AJ Allmendinger. And the four-time Indianapolis 500 winner, Rick Mears.
Tim, I know you have something to say regarding Roger (Penske), who is unable to be here with us today.
TIM CINDRIC: I just wanted to on behalf of Roger send his regards. He's a bit conflicted this week for sure, as he had promised Mille Miglia. At the Mille Miglia in Italy this week. When he made that promise, he wasn't quite sure how it all conflicted with pole weekend. So anyway, it's in the midst of it next they'll or four days competing in the Mille Miglia with Mario Illien. So he started that process last night, actually ran in to a bit of a mudslide, so he called me actually at 10 o'clock here. So he'd just gotten to the hotel for the first round of that. So he's having fun. It's good to see the boss do something a little different than work. But he certainly misses being here at this place, but obviously he'll be here next weekend.
Trickle in severe pain before he killed himself Dick Trickle may have shot himself because of constant chest pain, Trickle's brother told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Dick Trickle was found dead in a Boger City, N.C., cemetery Thursday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said. The former NASCAR star and Midwestern short-track racing legend was 71.
Chuck Trickle, a former racer who lives in Las Vegas, told the paper that his brother went to doctors twice a day for chest pain but that the cause of the problem was never determined.
"It's a shock to me," Chuck Trickle said. "It's real hard to think about. He was my brother, my friend and my hero, in that order." According to authorities, Trickle's body was found in the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boger City, about 40 miles from Charlotte and near his Iron Station, N.C. home.
Q and A with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing MODERATOR: Good morning, folks. We'll have a quick conference with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for those of you that will come forward with questions. Including 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal. Jay O'Connell, the technical director of Rahal Letterman Racing.
As always, it's a difficult month. Jay, talk about the preparation and how it's gone this far.
JAY O'CONNELL: We're having a lot of fun here at Indy. Especially today with the increased turbo boost, we're looking for another 2 to 4 miles an hour on our cars, and hopefully not competition, but I'm sure we're all going to go faster, and we're looking forward to going faster because that's what it's all about here.
MODERATOR: Yes. It's going to be an interesting thing.
Storms End Friday Practice at Indy, Viso over 229 MPH (Update)UPDATE Added Friday results below.
05/17/13 Thunderstorms caught up with IMS around 3:00 today, and a few minutes ago IMS called it a day for on-track activities. Thirty-two cars took the track today, with only Conor Daly – who crashed his car heavily yesterday – absent. Andretti Motorsport had the top 3 spots (Viso, Andretti, Munoz). Will Power, JR Hildebrand, Oriol Servia, AJ Allmendinger Townsend Bell, Dario Franchitti and Takuma Sato rounded out the rest of the top 10. Garage pundits estimate Daly's damages to be $200,000.
Viso's Andretti Autosport teammates, Marco Andretti (228.754 mph) and rookie Carlos Munoz (228.520), were next in line on the speed chart. Will Power in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car was fourth (228.401) and JR Hildebrand (227.529) was fifth in the No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing car. Munoz, driving the No. 26 Unistraw car, is among the pole contenders despite his first-year status. The last rookie to earn the pole for the 500 Mile Race was Teo Fabi in 1983.
Storms Threaten Indy, Speeds Rising Strong thunderstorms threaten practice at Indy Motor Speedway. Weather indicates a strong line that should be here before 3:00 EDT. Then again, this **is** Indy....
Ryan Hunter-Reay has not begun to be tires of hearing "Congratulations on your championship." I caught up with him earlier today, and asked him if we'd gone from the days of the "Big 3", to the "Big 2", then the "Big 1". AS of 2:30, Andretti Autosports held the top 3 positions on the speed chart (Viso, Andretti and Munoz), and all 5 cars were in the top 10. EJ's fast lap was at 229.537, and while there might've a tow on that one, others have done 228's with a clean track.
Dick Trickle commits suicide at North Carolina cemetery (3rd Update)UPDATE #3 Dick Trickle NASCAR driver called 911 to report his suicide. He told the 911 operator 'There's Gonna Be a Dead Body..suicide."
When the dispatcher asked Trickle if he was calling about someone else, Trickle replied, "No, I'm the one."
The operator begged Trickle to wait for help ... but her pleas went unanswered. His body was found at Forest Lawn Cemetery in North Carolina exactly where he said they would find him.
SMI Chair & CEO Bruton Smith Weighs In On HOF Voting, Ticket Sales SMI Chair & CEO Bruton Smith as Charlotte Motor Speedway Founder “remains a primary force behind Speedway Motorsports,” and is a finalist for the ’14 NASCAR HOF class to be “voted upon and announced Wednesday,” according to Scott Fowler of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. Smith this week in a 30-minute phone conversation discussed various topics, including ticket sales and the NASCAR HOF's induction process. Below is an excerpt of the Q&A:
Q: The NASCAR Hall of Fame will vote in its fifth class on Wednesday. This is the first time you have made it onto the list of finalists. What do you think your chances are? Smith: I don’t have the time to even worry with it. If I’m voted in, I am. If not, I’m not. I’m not really that concerned. I do wish that voting panel was very, very independent. That’s where it should have started out. Very independent, with no people or entities that control the voting. … They should have found people who are not connected with anybody but who want to do the right thing. I just hope people vote their conscience.
Q and A with Ganassi IndyCar team MODERATOR: Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, for a traditional stop by for Target Chip Ganassi Racing and Chip Ganassi and Mike Hull and a talented group of drivers who not only know how to win here; they know how to win championships. And as I've take a look at things over the years, Chip, I think one of the things that makes an organization strong is consistency. I thought to myself how long some of the key players have been with you, and all of them know a little bit about winning. You have to feel good about your chances again.
CHIP GANASSI: Certainly. Yeah, I mean, that consistency starts with the guy to my right, with Mike, you know, and the group of people he puts together. And, yeah, I mean when you look at how long Dixon has been around now, it's quite a long time. And Dario, of course, and Charlie. And obviously bringing back Ryan.
Pedrosa Leads The Way In France Fresh off his victory in the Spanish Grand Prix, Dani Pedrosa topped both Friday practice sessions on the Bugatti Circuit within Circuit de la Sarthe. Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez, set the bar today on the first day of free practice for the GP of France, taking the top two places on the time sheet.
The weather in Le Mans has been kind to the team on the first day, with rain threatening but fortunately both sessions remained dry. In this morning's FP1, the air temperature was just 12§C with the track only 14§C, and Dani and Marc took no chances - both opting for the soft compound front and rear Bridgestone tires. Then in the afternoon's FP2 session, temperatures rose to 19§C and 35§C on the track, which gave them the opportunity to test the hard front tire and a new soft rear.
Q and A with Kimi Raikkonen After five races and four podiums, Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen heads to Monaco a tantalizing four points off the drivers’ championship lead. As the ‘Iceman’ explains, the challenge of Monte Carlo is quite different from that of the circuits seen so far this season, but as one of six current drivers to have won there, he is better qualified than most to conquer it…
Q: You must be feeling pretty good with your championship position and the performance of the car this season? Kimi Raikkonen: Well, we’re not in first place so we can’t be too happy. For sure it’s not a nightmare, but we’ve still got a lot of races yet to come and anything can happen in Formula One. Monaco’s a different challenge, so we’ll have to see what happens there this year.
Indy Fast Friday Preview ”Power. Mostly Power.” I caught up with Bobby Rahal and asked him why this year’s speeds are 4-5 mph faster than last year (or at least they will be with full boost). “You’re pretty limited” said Bobby concerning the aerodynamics, which comes as no surprise since most of the body bits must be purchased from the manufacturer. Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing are running Honda motors, and as such were pretty much shut of the top speed race yesterday.
If I recall correctly, this puts Honda teams in precisely the same situation as last year, when Chevy started race day ready to uncork the bubbly, and ended up stunned at the Honda domination. In the meanwhile, Team Penske said that it expects a 230 mph run, at least for one lap on Pole Day.
Stewart-Haas Racing Signs Associate Sponsorship Deal Stewart-Haas Racing signed State Water Heaters to an associate sponsorship deal. The agreement gives the commercial and residential water heater company branding on the No. 14 Chevy driven by Tony Stewart and the No. 39 Chevy driven by Ryan Newman. State Water Heaters also becomes the primary sponsor of the No. 39 team at Martinsville Speedway this October. Stewart-Haas Racing still has six races to sell on the No. 39 car and six races to sell on the No. 14 car.
KV Racing Technology’s new lineup of Tony Kanaan and Simona de Silvestro is one of the most popular in the IndyCar paddock. That said, there’s still a feeling of disappointment that Kanaan’s longtime best friend and last year, teammate, Rubens Barrichello isn’t around this year.
Barrichello raised enough money between Brazilian companies and some out of pocket to race in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series after a 19-year career in Formula One.
Although Barrichello has started the most races in F1 history, more than 300, continuing out of pocket in IndyCar for a second season wasn’t realistic. He wanted to come back, according to Kanaan.
Conor Daly (L) tries to explain to his father Derek (R) what happened
Conor Daly could not explain what led to him crashing in today’s Indianapolis 500 practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The rear of the A.J. Foyt Racing No. 41 got loose in Turn 1. Daly tried to keep the car under control, and quick hands kept it from spinning, but he still hit the outside wall against the SAFER barrier and nearly rolled.
“You’re obviously just trying to make some changes, get a better feel and see what’s happening,” Daly told The Star. “I mean, for me, I had never once felt uncomfortable in the car. Like even this morning we were picking up speed and it was feeling nice, a good feeling, never once had oversteer.
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Opener To Air On CTV This Sunday The first race in NASCAR's Canadian Tire Series will be broadcast live on CTV for the first time this Sunday. The race, which is being held at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, will be one of two races in the series that will be shown live. A race in September will air live on TSN. The other 10 races will be condensed into one-hour, tape-delayed broadcasts that will air on TSN. NASCAR's Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series are shown live on TSN or TSN2.
Lotus Praga LMP2 Driver Line-Up for Le Mans Lotus Praga LMP2 is pleased to announce its driver line-up for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The legendary race at the Sarthe will celebrate its 90th anniversary this year and is the highlight on the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship calendar.
After its first participation last year, Lotus is fielding two of the new Lotus Praga T128 LMP2 cars. Kevin Weeda, James Rossiter and Christophe Bouchut will be at the wheel of #31. For Weeda it will be the first time to race at the endurance classic. Rossiter was already contesting in 2011, whereas Bouchut counts among the endurance experts and will celebrate his 20th participation at Le Mans this year. The Frenchman even won the 24 Hours race in 1993.
IndyCar drivers meet with officials over blocking A contentious meeting of unhappy IndyCar drivers was held Thursday before practice. Not surprisingly, the subject of the clear-the-air meeting was Takuma Sato’s aggressive driving late in the May 5 race in Brazil.
Sato appeared to block both Josef Newgarden and eventual winner James Hinchcliffe in the closing laps of that race. Sato was not penalized.
Nationwide & Truck Banquet Dates Released NASCAR announced the postseason awards dates for the annual NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series — Nov. 18 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in Miami Beach, Fla.
For the fifth consecutive season, the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will share the awards stage, honoring the series driver and owner champions as well as the top-five drivers in each series.
NASCAR slips in money race It’s race month in Charlotte, but yet another indication of NASCAR’s diminished fortunes can be seen in a new ranking of the highest-paid American athletes. Just one driver from stock-car racing — Dale Earnhardt Jr. — ranks among the top 50 and he just made the list at No. 49.
Sports Illustrated compiles the list each year, known as The Fortunate 50. Boxer Floyd Mayweather ranked first among U.S. athletes, earning $90 million. NBA players LeBron James ($56.5 million) and Kobe Bryant ($46.9 million) ranked second and fourth, respectively, while NFL quarterback Drew Brees ($47.8 million, third on the list) and golfer Tiger Woods ($40.8 million) round out the top five.
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