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05/20/14
f1

Red Bull ready to outbid Ferrari for Newey's services
It looks like Adrian Newey is in for a big salary increase
Red Bull team chief Christian Horner has made clear he is ready to rebuff any bids by Ferrari to lure design genius and technical director Adrian Newey to join the Italian team.

Horner, who has guided Sebastian Vettel and the team to four successive world titles with Newey-designed and developed cars, has been briefing reporters to see any Ferrari interest as purely "speculative".

But after over-seeing a change of team leadership at Maranello and announcing his disappointment at Ferrari's current form, president Luca di Montezemolo appears to be more keen than ever to recruit F1's most successful designer of all.

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05/20/14
f1

FIA retains single DRS zone for Monaco GP
The Monaco Grand Prix will again feature a single DRS zone this season, the FIA has confirmed.

As has recently been the case in the principality, the detection point will be situated between Turns 16 and 17, while the activation marker is to be placed on the exit of the final corner (Turn 19) for the run to St. Devote.

Monte-Carlo's sole zone breaks a trend, with 2014's opening five races featuring two DRS zones.

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05/20/14
irl

Video: Indy 500 Qualifying Day 2 Kurt Busch
The RACER Channel's Robin Miller interviews NASCAR champion Kurt Busch after he qualified 12th for his first Indy 500 on Sunday. Very candid responses….Busch speaks as a professional and for NASCAR drivers…makes IndyCar sound badass again.



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05/20/14
nastruck

Red Horse Shuts Down No. 7 Truck
Red Horse Racing announced Tuesday that the team would will suspend operations of the unfunded No. 7 entry driven by Brian Ickler in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Timothy Peters and German Quiroga currently rank second and third, respectively, in the series championship standings. Quiroga is the only driver in the series to have finished in the top 10 in every event of the 2014 season.

"We have been a competitive fixture for nine years in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and in order to remain so, sometimes requires difficult decisions to be made,” said team owner Tom DeLoach. "Brian Ickler is a very talented driver and an upstanding young man, and we will continue to search for sponsorship opportunities for him. He did a great job for us at Red Horse Racing. Unfortunately, the funding for that team was only through the race at Charlotte (Motor Speedway).

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05/20/14
irl

Chevrolet Extends Partnership with Detroit GP through 2016
Today, Chevrolet announced an extension to continue as the title sponsor of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, one of the most popular annual summertime events in Michigan.

After returning to Verizon IndyCar Series competition as an engine manufacturer in 2012, Chevrolet raced the extra mile, becoming title sponsor of its hometown event as the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix made its return to the Motor City for the first time in four years. With capacity crowds and exciting racing on the physical street circuit, the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix has continued to grow over the last two years. The event is poised for its best weekend yet as the Raceway at Belle Isle Park will host seven races and three days of non-stop entertainment, May 30-June 1.

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05/20/14
irl

Kurt Busch  will drive Marco Andretti’s backup car
Andretti Autosport has confirmed that Kurt Busch will drive Marco Andretti’s backup car in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 after his heavy crash in practice this afternoon.

Busch’s No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda can be fixed after its run-in with the Turn 2 wall, but the repairs will not be completed in time for Race Day.

However, Busch will be able to retain his starting position of 12th under Indy 500 rule Number 8.4.3.9 (as conveniently tweeted out by INDYCAR director of communications Mike Kitchel)

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05/20/14
f1

Ecclestone illness halts bribery trial
(GMM)  The brakes were applied to Bernie Ecclestone's corruption trial on Tuesday.

The F1 chief executive is appearing once or twice per week in Munich for the court proceedings, in which he is charged with bribing the jailed banker Gerhard Gribkowsky.

But as the trial resumed on Tuesday, the 83-year-old Briton's lawyers asked the judge for an adjournment, as Ecclestone is suffering from a bad cold.

German publications like Bild and Handelsblatt - adding that Ecclestone's voice was also hoarse - published photos of the unwell-looking F1 supremo repeatedly coughing in court.

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05/20/14
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Special website follows Kurt Busch's attempt at 'the double'
Join Kurt Busch as he becomes the 4th NASCAR driver ever to attempt the "Double" - racing in both the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend. By pledging a small amount for every lap Kurt completes, you can ride alongside the Outlaw as he helps to provide assistance to our brave men and women of the Armed Forces when they need it most.

Kurt Busch isn't the only one doing the double this Memorial Day weekend. Country music star Brantley Gilbert will be attending the Indianapolis 500 on May 25 as part of the sponsorship of Indy rookie, Sage Karam, and then fly to Charlotte to perform a pre-race concert for the Coca-Cola 600.

Basis will be with Kurt Busch every step of the way - literally - as he prepares for 1,100 miles of grueling, intense racing. Fans will be able to see his progress as he focuses on getting in tip-top shape, ensuring the right amount of rest for recovery and keeping things under control with his frequent heart rate checks. Basis is a revolutionary wrist-based device that tracks physiological data like heart rate, sweat level, skin temperature and movement 24/7. Basis is the world's most advanced health tracker and will be tracking Busch's progress, including his races and workouts, leading up to this epic racing challenging. You can check out Basis, info on donating by laps to Armed Forces Foundation and follow Busch at kurtbuschdouble.com

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05/20/14
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Maldonado will be next victim of open wheel racing's cancer
    Toro Rosso to work more closely with Red Bull in 2015
  • Tost flags Toro Rosso future for Sainz Jr
  • Haas building 200-strong F1 workforce - report
  • Maldonado's Venezuelan backing could end
  • Magny Cours on pole for 2015 F1 return
  • Race chief says 'no risk' of Russia GP axe
  • Sauber F1 Team and Chelsea FC prize competition
  • Monaco: On Board with Lewis Hamilton in the F1 Simulator!

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05/19/14
f1
irl

Ecclestone not giving up on Long Beach
F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone said that F1 could still race at Long Beach "despite event organizers and the city agreeing last month to extend its IndyCar Grand Prix" until at least '18, according to Christian Sylt for FORBES. Along with the extension, Long Beach City Council "also gave an approval to solicit proposals from alternative race organizers to decide whether to continue with IndyCar after its deal expires."

In February "it came to light" that Ecclestone had written to Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster to say "Formula One is interested in returning to your city" and it seems that "he isn’t deterred by the IndyCar extension." Ecclestone: “I could have a race at Long Beach this afternoon if I wanted.” FORBES

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05/19/14
f1

Dan Gurney pays tribute to Sir Jack Brabham
Teammates Brabham and Gurney at Zandvoort in 1964
It is with great sadness that I received the news that my former Formula boss and team mate, the 3 time F 1 World Champion Sir Jack Brabham, passed away in Australia over the weekend. A motor racing giant has left our planet whose combined achievements of F 1 World Championship driver and car constructor in all likelihood will never be equaled.  Dark haired "Black Jack" was a fierce competitor, an outstanding engineer, a tiger of a driver, an excellent politician and a hands-on creator and visionary, he opened the rear-engine door at Indianapolis and raced there, he was a doer, a true Aussie pioneer!

Jack and I go far back in history together. We raced "against each other on the F 1 circuit since 1959 driving Coopers, Ferraris, BRMs and Porsches. In 1963 he hired me as his team mate for his newly established Brabham F I team and during the next three years we really got to know each other. We discovered we shared similar traits. We were not only interested in driving racing cars but in building them, improving them, searching for every tiny bit of technical advantage we could find. I see both of us sitting in garages all over the world bent over engines, talking to each other and to our team: Ron Tauranac, Phil Kerr, Roy Billington, Tim Wall, Nick Gooze and Denis Hulme.

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05/19/14
GRC

Ken Block races Lewis Hamilton
The Red Bull Global Rallycross season kicked off this past weekend in Barbados at the Top Gear Festival. 

While in Barbados, Ken Block had quite an interesting weekend that included track time with Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton, two heat race wins, and an unusual wreck.

Check out this installment of 43 seconds with Ken Block to see all the action!



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05/19/14
irl

Hildebrand fastest at Indy teams turn to race setups
After two days of entertaining but hectic qualifications, the 33 starters for the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race turned their attention to Race Day car set-up during a five-hour session on the 2.5-mile oval.

"I feel good about where our cars are in race trim, (but) you can always use one more solid day of practice just to tune on things, get a little better, make sure both myself and (teammate) JR (Hildebrand) are happy," said Verizon P1 Award winner Ed Carpenter, who logged 49 laps with a fastest of 224.492 mph in the No. 20 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka car.

All 33 starters turned a cumulative total of 2,329. Josef Newgarden, who qualified eighth in the No. 67 Hartman Oil/Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing car, was fastest with a lap of 227.105 mph (39.6292 seconds). Juan Pablo Montoya, who qualified 10th, was second (226.532 mph) in the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske car. Drivers will have a 60-minute race tune-up May 23.

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05/19/14
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Kurt Busch takes blame for Indy crash (Update) UPDATE Photos of Kurt Busch's wadded up Dallara Honda.



05/19/14
Kurt Busch before he wadded up his race car
Photo by IndyCar
KURT BUSCH (No. 26 Suretone Honda): "I was starting to feel comfortable. That’s when I made the mistake of just letting my guard down or settling into that long run type mentality whereas with an Indy car you have to be on edge. You have to keep track of where you are at all times and the adjustments in the car. Maybe I just didn’t keep up with keeping the car underneath me. Trying to get into that rhythm and feel other things around you and I got behind on my adjustments in the car."

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05/19/14
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Video: Kurt Busch Crashes in Indy 500 Practice
Kurt Busch has had his first crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during practice for Sunday's Indianapolis 500 and he's OK.

Busch, driving a fifth car for Andretti Autosport, seemed to lose control of it going into Turn 2 and smacked the wall hard, sending flames out from behind his No. 26.

He had turned 56 laps in Monday's practice session for the 33-driver field.

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05/19/14
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Mark Cuban named honorary Indy 500 starter
Indianapolis Motor Speedway has named Dallas Mavericks Owner and star of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” Mark Cuban as the honorary starter of the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 25.

Cuban will wave the green flag to start the field of 33 drivers in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” which begins at noon (E.T.) and will be televised live on ABC.

"Whether it’s winning an NBA championship or the honor of waving the green flag to start the Indianapolis 500, there are certain sporting events that are monumental for any true sports fan," said Cuban. "I am excited to come back to Indiana, not just to attend, but actually participate in this historic race."

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05/19/14
tv news

Motorsports This Week on ESPN and ABC
Indianapolis 500 on ABC for 50th Year
The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the Indianapolis 500, will air on ABC for the 50th consecutive year when the field of 33 Verizon IndyCar Series drivers races at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 98th time on Sunday, May 25. Pre-race airs at 11 a.m. ET and the green flag will wave at 12:12 p.m. The telecast also will air on Watch ABC. Viewers will have the option of a second screen experience with live feeds of onboard cameras from many of the cars available on ESPN3, ESPN’s live, multi-screen sports network. ESPN3 is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku.

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05/19/14
GRC

Scott Speed Wins 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Season Opener
BARBADOS – (May 19, 2014) Scott Speed overcame a mechanical failure to win this weekend's Red Bull Global Rallycross event at Top Gear Festival Barbados, the first event of the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross season. It was the third career victory in the series for Speed, who transferred to the final via heat victory in the debut of the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross program.

"It was an awesome weekend," said Speed. "We had the speed right away, but with a big mechanical in the heat race, we had to come from behind from that point on. The guys did a great job twice, getting the car ready to make qualifying and to make the last heat.

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05/19/14
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Kurt Busch loving his double life in Indy 500, Coke 600
Kurt Busch has taken to IndyCars very well after driving taxicabs all those years
Reclining in a Cessna Citation X 750 cruising at 606 mph — faster than the combined speed of the dual supersonic rockets he drove Saturday — Kurt Busch was happy.

Between excitedly checking his smartphone for the status of his Indianapolis 500 qualifying lap, cracking jokes about retracted tweets and offering a detailed analysis of where the Mason-Dixon line begins, the sometimes-mercurial former NASCAR champion was unfettered by the pressure of constantly commuting about 400 miles between the country's two biggest motor sports circuits.

"This is fun," said girlfriend Patricia Driscoll, the linchpin who has organized the logistics — planes, karate and carb-loading — in Busch's attempt at becoming the fourth driver to race the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 in the same day. "Normally, he's not this fun after qualifying. At all."

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05/19/14
irl

Will 2014 be a repeat of Ganassi's 2012 1-2 finish?
Chip Ganassi Racing showed up a day late and a few spots down the grid in Indianapolis 500 qualifying.

Not that defending champion Tony Kanaan and 2008 winner Scott Dixon seemed too worried, perhaps because their shiny, silver 25th-anniversary cars found some speed Sunday. Both drivers assured they will be ready come race day.

"Look, a week from now nobody is going to remember where we started when we win the race," said Kanaan, whose Chevrolet-powered No. 10 car qualified 16th, the inside of row six.

Dixon's No. 9 turned the second-fastest, four-lap qualifying run of non-shootout cars at 230.928 mph. That slotted him 11th, the middle of row four.

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05/19/14
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • Lewis Hamilton plays mind games on teammates
    Brabham dies at 88
  • Hamilton tries 'mind games' on teammates - Button
  • Tracks 'agreed' to push for louder F1 - Walker
  • Montezemolo hints at F1 team budget boost
  • Fuel playing big role in new V6 era - report
  • Wolff trying to lure Brawn back to Mercedes
  • Ricciardo to stay at Red Bull in 2015
  • Vijay Mallya looks back on Spain and sets his sights on more points in Monaco

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05/19/14
irl

IndyCar: The series that sold its soul
Dear AR1.com, Regarding Stephen Cox's article, IndyCar: The Series that sold its soul, very well said!  As a UK import who lived in Indy for 7 years while engineering CART cars and ultimately IRL cars, and grew to revere everything that was the Indy 500 ( I can't say I loved it, because it was a love/hate relationship), I watched this weekend's qualifying with sadness.

The question for me is, "are the clueless at 16th and Georgetown going to convince themselves that this is what success looks like (maybe 5,000 people in the grandstands)?"

'Spin' means something quite different today, but I remember when it meant lots of smoke, a Big Bang, and an all nighter!

I can't look back to the "run what you brung" days of Smokey Yunick, but I well remember real competition, real innovation, and really, really good racing!, Ian Ashdown, SoCal

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05/19/14
f1

Sir Jack Brabham Passes Away Peacefully, Aged 88 (Update) UPDATE A statement from Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles about the death of Sir Jack Brabham, who was a four-time Indianapolis 500 starter and patriarch of a racing dynasty that includes 10-time Indianapolis 500 starter, Geoff Brabham and rising open-wheel star Matthew Brabham.

"Every time an Indy car runs at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, you can find roots that trace back to Jack Brabham's rear-engined Cooper Climax T54 that he drove to 9th place in the 1961 Indianapolis 500," said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. "In addition to starting the rear-engine revolution at IMS, Brabham competed in four Indianapolis 500 Mile Races and designed race cars that competed in the 500. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Brabham family, especially with his son and former Indianapolis 500 competitor Geoff Brabham and his grandson and current Indy Lights competitor Matthew Brabham."

05/18/14
Jack Brabham in 1966
Sir Jack Brabham AO, OBE, triple Formula 1 World Champion, has died at the age of 88. Sir Jack passed away peacefully at his Gold Coast, Australia, home on Monday morning.

Formula 1 World Champion in 1959, 1960 and 1966 and double Constructors’ Champion (1966 and 1967), Sir Jack was one of the most accomplished drivers and team owners in the history of the sport. The first driver to be knighted for services to motorsport, ‘Black Jack’ rose from racing midgets on dirt ovals in Australia to dominate global motorsport.

His first two titles in the Cooper Climax marked the end for front-engined Formula 1 cars. The third made him the only driver in history to win a World Championship in a car of his own manufacture, the Brabham BT19 – a feat unlikely to ever be repeated.

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05/18/14
nhra

NHRA Southern Nationals Postponed
Officials with the NHRA have postponed the Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway until Monday due to poor track conditions brought on by persistent rains showers that have plagued the event since Saturday.

NHRA officials attempted to resume racing Sunday evening after an eight-hour rain delay, but following four pairings in Top Fuel including a nearly disastrous run by Bob Vandergriff, all track activity was halted.

"Track conditions were challenging after the day-long rain in the area," said Graham Light, NHRA senior vice-president of racing operations. "The NHRA Safety Safari worked hard to bring racing conditions around, but we decided to postpone until tomorrow. We will scrape the starting line overnight like we do prior to the event and prepare it for racing on Monday."

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05/18/14
nhra

NHRA postpones Southern Nationals until Monday
After an eight hour rain delay the 34th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals started at Atlanta Dragway.

Seventy-five minutes and five pairs of Top Fuel dragsters later NHRA officials to postpone the event until Monday due to worsening track conditions as a result of rapidly falling temperatures.

The event will resume at 9 a.m. with Lucas Oil Sportsman eliminations followed at 10 a.m. with the conclusion of the first round of Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle.

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05/18/14
f1

Business As Usual At F1 As Ecclestone Faces Trial For Bribery
Bernie Ecclestone
For a man "at risk of being rudely unseated from his position as one of the world’s most powerful sports moguls," F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone" seems improbably relaxed as the defendant in a criminal trial accusing him of bribery in the deal that ensured his continued control of grand prix motor racing," according to John F. Burns of the N.Y. Times.

Ecclestone's "affable demeanor" during the trial has "suggested that he wants the watching Formula One world to view the trial more as a passing inconvenience than as a threat to his life’s work."

The trial itself "has many of the markings of the opulent lifestyle" of F1. There are the "executive jet flights from London, the Swiss Alpine resort of Gstaad and other points in Europe, and the convenience, rare for any criminal defendant, of proceedings on a midweek schedule to accommodate Ecclestone’s commitments in Formula One:" Bahrain one week, then Spain, Monaco and other destinations on the circuit’s annual schedule of 19 races across the globe.

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05/18/14
f1

F1 Team Sauber To Produce Bobsleighs
F1 team Sauber "is producing bobsleighs for a new int'l youth series," according to Stefan Meier of Blick. The team "beat out six other companies and will produce sleds on behalf of Swiss Bob." The Switzerland-based team "will deliver so-called 'monobobs' for a new Int'l Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (FIBT)-sanctioned youth series." Sauber CEO Monisha Kaltenborn said, "F1 and bobsleigh have several things in common. For example, aerodynamics as well as the physical basics of chassis development." Blick

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05/18/14
dtm

Perfect strategy helps Christian Vietoris to score sensational win
Christian Vietoris celebrating his maiden DTM win
Rain, tire gambles and risky overtaking maneuvers – the second DTM round of the year in the etropolis Motorsport Arena Oschersleben had plenty of action. After a strategic and driving masterpiece, Christian Vietoris emerged as the surprising winner with his DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé. With a margin of 0.6 seconds from defending champion Mike Rockenfeller (Audi) after 44 laps, the 25-year-old Mercedes-Benz driver crossed the finish line as the winner of the race for the first time in his DTM career. “As we currently aren’t among the front runners in normal conditions, I obviously hoped for rain. Perfect that it turned out that way. We wanted to use these chances and so we did. We had an ideal strategy. I am overjoyed. What a race,” said Vietoris, who already changed to rain tires after the formation lap, then chased the field from the pit lane and eventually made it through as the only driver with just one pit stop.

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05/18/14
motogp

Marquez continues record-breaking run at LeMans
Repsol Honda teammates Marquez and Pedrosa do battle
The Monster Energy Grand Prix de France saw Marc Marquez extend his championship lead as he defends his MotoGP World title and continues to dominate the 2014 season.

Repsol Honda sensation Marquez enjoyed a perfect weekend in Le Mans taking pole position (with a new record), setting a new fastest race lap (1’33.548 on lap 8) and crowning it with the victory (in a record time) in front of 88,222 spectators.

He also became the youngest ever rider (21 years and 90 days) to win five successive races in the premier class, taking the record from Mike Hailwood (22 years and 160 days old).

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05/18/14
irl

Video: 2014 Indy 500 Qualifying: Day 1
Highlights from the first day of qualifying for the 2014 Indianapolis 500. Hear from fastest qualifier, Ed Carpenter, who led 10 entries that surpassed 230 mph. J.R. Hildebrand, James Hinchcliffe, Helio Castroneves, Marco Andretti, Josef Newgarden, and Ryan Hunter-Reay also discuss the first day of qualifying, and what to expect in the second.



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05/18/14
IRL

Indy 500 Pole Qualification Report
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05/18/14
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Indy 500 Group 1 Qualification Report UPDATE Montoya’s qualifying effort is the fastest qualifying attempt of the month, so far and his fastest lap (231.540 mph) is the fastest qualifying lap of the month and he will start 10th. Kurt Busch is not far behind at 230.5 mph and as such, is the fastest rookie

05/18/14 Near-ideal weather lead to fast speeds in Group 1 (spots 10-33) qualification today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Row 4 will consist of Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Dixon and Kurt Busch. All three easily bested the fastest speed set in yesterday’s qualification attempts.

Row 5 will consist of Jack Hawsworth, Justin Wilson and Mikhail Aleshian. Row 11 will consist of Sage Karem, Sebastian Savaadra and Buddy Lazier.

There were no incidents in the attempts, meaning we still have only 1 wall contact incident for the entire month. Ganassi found a bunch of speed for both Dixon and Kanaan (6th row).

-- Tim Wohlford, reporting from Indy

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05/18/14
IRL

Indy Day 2 Pre-Qualification Report
Here’s what we think we know... We only have 33 cars who are taking a qualification run, so there will be no bumping. We have 9 cars that will compete for the Pole Award in a made-for-TV event. Each car will only get one attempt, so the day will move quickly. And skepticism abounds with yet-another qualification format for the Indy 500.

Mikhail Aleshian lead the field with a 232.9 in morning practice. The air was clean, crisp and still, so the speeds were high, and speeds posted were probably all augmented by tows, so speeds for qualifications will no doubt look like yesterday’s numbers. Josef Newgarden was second fastest, the first of the Top 9 group. Kurt Busch, 10th fastest yesterday, posted the third-fastest speed.
ppp, An while Chip Ganassi was in victory lane last night in NASCAR, his Indy teams continue to struggle. A team spokesman said that the team is more focused on race day setup now, with lots of conversations about how to find speed over the last 24 hours. Briscoe was 5th fastest in morning practice, Dixon was 16th, Charlie Kimball was 18th, and Tony Kanaan was 23rd.

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05/18/14
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IndyCar needs more focus on standing starts (Update) UPDATE RACER Magazine spoke with IndyCar President of Competition Derrick Walker to get answers for some of the most pressing questions that AR1.com posed below (as well as in this AR1.com rumor about a glitch in the anti-stall system) the day after the GP of Indy race, starting with Saavedra's starting line incident, which the young Colombian attributed to a failure of the anti-stall system when he attempted to launch from the grid.

After reviewing the data from Saavedra's car, Walker and his technical staff found multiple root causes to the No. 17's stall.

"We looked at all the data because we wanted to know," he said. "There's no doubt the system that we have is not perfect, is not consistent enough to do what we need it to do. Could Sebastian have done something different to make it work? Yeah, I think his actions contributed to that. But to put it all on his shoulders is unfair, because I think all of us would recognize that the manufacturers and the system itself needs to be a lot better.

"It has to be foolproof, it has to be idiot-proof so even someone like me could use it successfully, and that would be the system that you would want because the consequences of these systems, being as inconsistent as they can be, is catastrophic, as we saw."

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05/18/14
nnw

Earnhardt Jr. not in a rush to push Elliott to Cup
Dale Earnhardt Jr met with media on Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway and was asked about Chase Elliott who drives for JR Motorsports in the Nationwide Series:

Q) REGARDING CHASE ELLIOTT, DO YOU FEEL YOU NEED TO SPEED UP HIS PREP BASED ON WHAT HE HAS BEEN DOING, OR DO YOU FEEL YOU NEED TO SLOW DOWN HIS PREP?
Earnhardt Jr.: "I don't think you do either one. I think you just set a plan from the start, and you stick with it. We have like a two-year plan I suppose, that he runs in the Nationwide Series and I think you just stick with the plan regardless of the success he is having. You have the commitments in line with sponsors and what have you, so I think it will suit him well to relax and not have to worry about that and just follow the plan that he has had in front of him from the start. He is really young too, so he has a lot of time on his hands and time to get to Cup level to realize that potential, one day. But yes, I think he can just sit there and relax knowing what we tried to set out to do from the start and not really adjust."

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05/18/14
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Busch: "Going down into Turn 1 at 230 mph is indescribable"
Kurt Busch
Former NASCAR champion Kurt Busch wanted a second chance to make a first Indianapolis 500 impression after botching his initial qualifying attempt Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"I wasn't as focused as I needed to be," he said after a run shortly after noon. "The moment of Indy can overtake you."
Busch called it a conservative run, so much so that he asked Andretti Autosport for another try. That came at 2:03 p.m., about 40 minutes before his self-imposed departure deadline to make it to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Sprint Cup Series' Saturday night all-star race.

It was a good run, too, with a 230.388 mph lap that briefly had him at the top of the speed chart. He climbed out of the car third at 229.960 mph, and was still fourth when he lifted off in a helicopter at 2:37 p.m. He landed in North Carolina at 3:50 p.m.

A rain delay here delayed the inevitable news he got there. James Hinchcliffe pushed him to seventh, Carlos Munoz made him eighth, Helio Castroneves relegated him to ninth and, at 5:07 p.m., Juan Pablo Montoya knocked Busch out of contention for the Fast Nine.

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05/18/14
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Indy management ecstatic with Grand Prix race (Update) UPDATE Last weekend's inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis was a success in the eyes of Mark Miles, the CEO of IndyCar and IMS. The projection was to get a crowd of at least 40,000; that was exceeded. "We did better than 50,000," Miles told the Indy Star. "So, we were really pleased with the number of people who came out and the vibe (they produced). "They seemed to be having a great time."

05/11/14
It was a great crowd for an inaugural race with big infield crowd.  No official numbers were released.  AR1.com estimated that it may have been as high as 75,000.
A beautiful, sun-drenched afternoon provided the perfect backdrop Saturday for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the reconfigured road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Fans enjoyed a day of great racing featuring the Verizon IndyCar Series and the Mazda Road to Indy developmental racing series, placing a singular spotlight on all levels of North American open-wheel racing at the Racing Capital of the World.

Designed to elevate the Month of May leading into the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on Sunday, May 25, the Grand Prix of Indianapolis brought exciting Verizon IndyCar Series road course action to the Racing Capital of the World in a package that is fun, affordable and family-friendly.

The Grand Prix of Indianapolis, seen live nationwide on ABC, marked the first time that the Verizon IndyCar Series has competed on the IMS road course, which underwent a $5 million reconfiguration that created more passing zones, an improved surface and better racing.

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05/18/14
nhra

Kalitta, DeJoria, Enders-Stevens, Krawiec lead in Atlanta
Alexis DeJoria (Funny Car) and Erica Enders-Stevens (Pro Stock) again proved they are two of the strongest competitors in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, and both are ready to win the 100th race by a female driver after each qualifying No. 1 at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway on Saturday.

Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel) and (Eddie Krawiec) also will lead their categories into eliminations as No. 1 qualifiers at Atlanta Dragway.

DeJoria’s  E.T. track record 4.012 second pass at 313.95 on Friday was good enough to secure her first career No. 1 qualifying effort. With two wins on the season, DeJoria and her Patron XO Cafe Toyota Camry are looking for a third, one which would place her name in the NHRA record books.

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05/18/14
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Edsel Ford: "You'll have to bury me before we go IndyCar racing" (Update) UPDATE Ford should take another look at possibly competing in the IndyCar series, says Mark Crawford, IndyCar project leader for Honda Performance Development (HPD).

Crawford was reacting to a question about recent remarks reportedly made by Edsel Ford II at a private event last week.
“No, no, no,” said Ford, who is member of the company's board of directors, when asked about a return to IndyCar. “I'll be six feet under. No way. Not a chance.”

IndyCar and its current engine suppliers, Honda and General Motors, have been openly campaigning to add a third manufacturer in the sport and Ford was a primary target.

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