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05/20/10
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Team Oh Canada to help promote Edmonton GP
The Honda Indy Edmonton has entered into promotional relationships with Alex Tagliani and FAZZT Race Team and with Paul Tracy and KV Racing Technology to form “Team Oh Canada” for the Indianapolis 500.

The promotion includes prominent Honda Indy Edmonton logo placement on both cars for the 500 Mile Race. Tagliani’s No. 77 FAZZT Race Team car also will display the logo for the IZOD IndyCar Series races in Texas, Watkins Glen, Toronto and Edmonton.

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05/20/10
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ACO announces 24 Hours of LeMans driver lineup
The 55 entrants invited to take part in the 78th le Mans 24 Hours have officially announced their driver line-ups. 165 drivers of 23 different nationalities, including 4 women drivers, will present themselves and their cars for scrutineering and admin checks on the Place des Jacobins in the town of Le Mans.

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05/20/10
irl

Delta Wing to appear at Indy this weekend
We are pleased to announce that the DeltaWing car has been invited to be on display at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway beginning tomorrow, Friday, May 21st through Sunday, May 23rd. We invite all of you to stop by and see the car in person. The DeltaWing car will be located in the public plaza in front of the Pagoda. The DeltaWing car was most recently in Washington, DC at the Indiana Society's annual "500" event at the Capital Hill Club and was very well received by both race fans and the general public. Delta Wing PR

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05/20/10
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Indy Day 6 Notebook
PGA Tour legend Fuzzy Zoeller visited the Speedway on Thursday as a guest of Panther Racing. Zoeller's vodka brand, Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka, is serving as a sponsor of the No. 20 Panther/Vision/Fuzzy's Vodka entry driven this month by veteran Ed Carpenter.

Zoeller, a native of New Albany, Ind., has won 10 PGA Tour events, including The Masters as a rookie in 1979 and the U.S. Open in 1984. He plays now on the Champions Tour.

FUZZY ZOELLER: (Have you been to the Speedway before?): "Yes, I was here last year, and I have been here for time trials. I'm blessed: I was born and raised in Indiana, so I have had the opportunity to come up here, and it is something to see. It's like the Kentucky Derby of thoroughbred racing; it's the Derby of sports cars." (About wearing a team headset and looking at car telemetry): "I didn't know what the hell I was looking at, but they were explaining it to me, you know what I mean. But at least I could hear, which was great. It's amazing the technology today that goes behind auto racing. I never knew all this stuff was going on. I thought these guys were just gas pumpers, tire changers. But the littlest twitch of a nut here or there can mean that much of a difference." (That's like golf?): "Well, it is. Eddie (Carpenter) was telling them he was fine through Turn 3, and Turn 2 he felt a push. I mean, that's major stuff. To me, if I got a push, oh, man, I would be excited. But for these guys, that's not good. They're trying to fine-tune it. That's what they are trying to do."

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The Indiana Section of SAE International will announce the winner of the 44th annual Louis Schwitzer Award sponsored by BorgWarner at a press conference at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the Economaki Press Conference Room.

The Louis Schwitzer Award, presented by engineers to engineers, recognizes individuals with the courage and conviction to explore and develop new concepts in motorsports technology for use in the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. The award has been presented annually since 1967 by the Indiana Section of SAE International in honor of early racing pioneer and past Indiana Section Chairman Louis Schwitzer.

Award sponsor BorgWarner provides a $10,000 cash prize to the winner. SAE International also provides a $1,000 scholarship to the engineering school of the winner's choice and doubles the scholarship amount if the winner was a past Formula SAE participant. In addition, the winner's name is added to the permanent trophy on display in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.

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The 33-driver starting field for the Indianapolis 500 will spend Monday, May 24, on the ESPN campus in Bristol, Conn., as the drivers will appear on multiple ESPN platforms and programs both domestic and international.

ESPN's production of the Indianapolis 500 airs on ABC on Sunday, May 30, beginning at noon (ET). The race is on ABC for the 46th consecutive year, one of five IZOD IndyCar Series events on ABC this season.

On American television, drivers will appear on ESPN "SportsCenter" as well as ESPN2's "First Take," "Mike and Mike in the Morning" (simulcast on ESPN Radio) and "SportsNation." ESPNEWS, ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, ESPN Mobile, SportsCenter.com, ESPN Deportes Radio and ESPNDeportes.com are other U.S. platforms that drivers will appear on, including "RPM Semanal" (in Spanish) on ESPNDeportes.com.

Drivers also will appear on various ESPN International platforms, including segments on "SportsCenter" Australia version, on "Limite," ESPN Brasil's autosports news and information program, and on ESPN360.com, ESPN's localized broadband platforms in Brazil, Chile and Mexico.

International drivers also will appear in their native languages on the ESPN networks in Australia, the UK, Africa, and Latin America and on regional networks ESPN Dos (Mexico) and ESPN Mas (Southern Cone South America).

ESPN International's networks and syndication of the Indianapolis 500 will reach more than 252 million households. In addition, U.S. troops serving overseas and on Navy vessels around the world will watch via a broadcast agreement between ESPN and the American Forces Network, bringing the total to 213 countries and territories.

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The Honda Indy Edmonton has entered into promotional relationships with Alex Tagliani and FAZZT Race Team and with Paul Tracy and KV Racing Technology to form "Team Oh Canada" for the Indianapolis 500.

The promotion includes prominent Honda Indy Edmonton logo placement on both cars for the 500 Mile Race. Tagliani's No. 77 FAZZT Race Team car also will display the logo for the IZOD IndyCar Series races in Texas, Watkins Glen, Toronto and Edmonton.

The Honda Indy Edmonton will carry out promotional opportunities with Team Oh Canada in other markets, including event promotions at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

KEN KNOWLES (President, Northlands, promoter of Honda Indy Edmonton): "Northlands and the Honda Indy Edmonton are absolutely delighted to partner with Canada's two best IZOD IndyCar Series drivers. Our promotional support for Alex and Paul provides us with an incredible opportunity to place our event, and the city of Edmonton, in the international spotlight while reaching a huge international audience."

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Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation (NYSE: PVH) announced today that the Indianapolis 500, the flagship race of the IZOD IndyCar Series, will take center stage at Macy's this month via "In Pursuit of Fast," a series of exhibits sponsored by its IZOD brand in partnership with Macy's and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, to celebrate the 2010 Indianapolis 500.

The focus of the exhibits -- speed, stars and cars, and iconic design fashioned throughout a century of American racing -- will be showcased at Macy's stores in New York, Indianapolis and Chicago. Complementing the exhibit is a collection of limited-edition IZOD IndyCar Series apparel available exclusively at Macy's stores nationwide.

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05/20/10
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Kanaan tops Day 6 at Indy
Tony Kanaan topped the speed chart as rain cut short preparations for the 2010 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Kanaan recorded a lap of 39.6870 seconds (226.775 mph) in the No. 11 Team 7-Eleven car for Andretti Autosport while Paul Tracy, driving the No. 15 GEICO-KV Racing Technology car, bolted to second quick (226.322 mph). Hideki Mutoh was third (226.230), his second consecutive appearance in the top five in the No. 06 Formula Dream/Panasonic car for Newman/Haas Racing.

Marco Andretti (226.108) and 2005 race winner Dan Wheldon (226.106) also were in the top five, fourth and fifth, respectively. Helio Castroneves (226.080), the 2009 pole sitter, was followed by Team Penske teammate Will Power (226.836), Alex Tagliani (225.609), Graham Rahal (225.559) and Davey Hamilton (225.431).

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05/20/10
f1

FIA moves for clarity on safety car rule
On the heels of Michael Schumacher’s last lap pass at Monte Carlo, the FIA today admitted to a lack of clarity in the safety car rule and said the Formula 1 Commission will submit a change to eliminate any ambiguity in the regulations.

"The problems identified during the final lap of the Monaco Grand Prix...showed a lack of clarity in the application of the rule prohibiting overtaking behind the Safety Car...Adjustments to the regulations are necessary to clarify the procedure that cars must meet when the last lap is controlled by the Safety Car whilst also ensuring that the signaling for teams and drivers is made more clear. These adjustments will help to avoid the problem which occurred during the Monaco Grand Prix from happening in the future. The Formula 1 Commission, upon a proposal of the F1 Sporting Working Group will submit an amendment to the Sporting Regulations to address this issue. These amendments will be considered by the World Motor Sport Council at its next meeting in Geneva on June 23."

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05/20/10
starmazda

California Home Soil Beckons for De Phillippi
American up-and-comer Connor De Phillippi will get the chance to showcase his skills behind the wheel in front of friends and family this weekend (May 22-23), when the Star Mazda Championship Presented by Goodyear travels to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for Round Three in Northern California. The MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver enters the lone race in his home state, having impressed in his inaugural two series outings with defending champions JDC MotorSports.

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05/20/10
f1

Montezemolo admits he misses Schu 'at times'
(GMM)  Luca di Montezemolo on Thursday revealed he resisted the urge to invite Michael Schumacher to play at a football game.

The seven time world champion is Ferrari's most successful ever driver, winning five world championships during his 1996-2006 tenure.

But after retiring four years ago, the 41-year-old returned to the grid this year with Mercedes, and the tension between the German and his former camp has been obvious.

"We had beautiful years together and I gave him back his desire to race," said Ferrari president Montezemolo, referring to the offer of a temporary seat last year to replace the injured Massa, which subsequently became a full return with a rival team.

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05/20/10
f1

Lotus already working on 2011 car
According to Lotus Racing Chief Technical Officer Mike Gascoyne the team is 'very much concentrating on 2011' already. The Briton said an upgrade of the current chassis is expected for the British Grand Prix but the team's main focus is on next year's car. "We still have stuff coming through and there will probably be a package for Silverstone, but now we are very much concentrating on 2011. The 2011 model is going in the wind tunnel soon" Mike Gascoyne told Autosport about Lotus' focus behind the scenes.

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05/20/10
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Damage found in Vettel's Barcelona/Monaco chassis
(GMM)  Red Bull may have identified the reason for Sebastian Vettel's recent struggle to keep up with his on-form teammate Mark Webber.

33-year-old Australian Webber has commandingly won the last two grands prix from pole at the wheel of the dominant RB6.

But according to Germany's Auto Bild Motorsport, after returning to Milton Keynes from the Barcelona/Monaco double header, the Austrian team has identified damage to Vettel's chassis.

"We have found a defect in Sebastian's chassis," Red Bull Racing principal Christian Horner confirmed, referring to the car superstitiously nicknamed 'Lucious Liz' by the highly rated 2009 championship runner-up. 

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05/20/10
f1

No Indian driver ready for top seat - Mallya, Ecclestone
Karun Chandhok does not cut the mustard
(GMM)  Vijay Mallya and Bernie Ecclestone on Thursday indicated they do not believe Karun Chandhok is a first-class formula one driver.

In a joint interview published by F1's official website, the pair admitted the desire to see a top Indian driver on the grid.

Mallya, the Indian billionaire owner and boss of the Force India team, currently fields a German-Italian driver combination, with Scot Paul di Resta as the Friday test driver.

Asked if it is important to eventually have an Indian at the wheel, he answered: "It is very important.  I would love it.  I'm not a fool and can see the enormous publicity potential which would come from it.

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05/20/10
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FIA to change safety car rules UPDATE (GMM)  F1's governing body on Thursday admitted a "lack of clarity" in the rules led to the last-lap Monaco controversy.

When the safety car returned to the pits on the final lap of Sunday's famous street race, Michael Schumacher passed Fernando Alonso and was subsequently handed a 20-second penalty by the stewards.

Mercedes vowed to appeal the decision but ultimately decided not to proceed, with the FIA now admitting the incident "showed a lack of clarity in the application of the rule prohibiting overtaking behind the safety car".

"Adjustments to the regulations are necessary", the Paris body explained in a statement.

The problem of the flashing green lights and waving of green flags is also to be addressed, with the FIA vowing to ensure "that the signaling for teams and drivers is made more clear".

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05/20/10
f1

Hamilton: More upgrades coming
Lewis Hamilton had a somewhat disappointing Monaco Grand Prix, finishing in the exact same position as he started, fifth, the 2010 king of overtaking proving just hard it is for any driver to get around another car of similar pace on the tight and twisty streets of Monte Carlo.

Speaking to his official website after the race, the 2008 champion explained the problems he encountered, what he is hoping for, and a brief glimpse into new improvements coming their way....

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05/20/10
f1

Q&A with Jenson Button
Jenson Button’s maiden Monaco Grand Prix for the McLaren formula one team ended before it had a chance to begin when on lap two, while the field was under safety car, the Brit’s MP4-25 started to overheat and he was forced to turn the engine off and retire.

It was soon discovered that the problem his car encountered was of human error after one of the team’s mechanics left a bung in the sidepod that stopped the flow of air to the engine.

Speaking to his official website after the race, Jenson explained what went wrong, what he feels about it and the fact that he lost the lead of the championship as a result....

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05/20/10
f1

Alonso: We must roll up our sleeves
Fernando Alonso at Monaco
Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso had a bittersweet race around the streets of Monte Carlo last Sunday when after an accident in Saturday morning practice forced him to sit the all important qualifying session out, he was left to start Sunday’s race from pitlane.

In Monaco, this is normally a disaster as overtaking there is virtually impossible. However, the Spaniard fought back and pulled off some brilliant moves to eventually cross the line in sixth place. Here he speaks about his weekend...

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05/20/10
f1

Cosworth continues to look bad in backmarker cars
After a positive start to Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix which saw Williams driver Rubens Barrichello running in the top six and some feisty opening laps from the new teams, it was an ultimately tough Monaco Grand Prix for Cosworth.

Despite the fact that there were no issues with regard to CA2010 engine performance, not a one of the eight drivers using their powerplants were able to complete the 78 lap race as a result of incidents or other car-related mechanical problems.

The tight and twisty street course is always a stern test of a driver and team’s mettle and so it proved on Sunday with no fewer than four safety car periods and a total of 12 retirements from the 24 car field.

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05/20/10
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Tagliani team to pay back favor to Junqueira
Bruno Junqueira is keeping the faith that enough sponsorship will arrive to make an attempt to qualify for the Indy 500.

"I think at the end of the day, the funding will happen. I'm going to make it one way or another," he said. "It'll probably get done Saturday night. Knowing my experience here, I think it will be something like that.

"I won't have the preparation, but I will start the race. And I know how to go fast here."

His experience includes a crash in 2005 that injured his back and ended his Champ Car season. Then came last year, when he qualified a Conquest Racing car only to be replaced by Tagliani, the team's regular driver who had been bumped.

Tagliani, now with a team of his own, wants to repay the favor.

"We're trying to give him a free ride. There's not a lot teams out here giving those away," Tagliani said. "We're still trying our butts off to make it happen, but nobody is going to go bankrupt or jeopardize our team to do it."

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05/20/10
f1

Chandhok 'not worried' about HRT rumors
(GMM)  Karun Chandhok has tersely insisted he is "not worried" about the future of the struggling HRT team.

Recent reports quoted Bernie Ecclestone as suggesting the new Spanish outfit was in financial trouble, amid reports it will run out of spare parts by next month's Canadian grand prix.

In fact, team officials insist the F1 chief executive is simply helping Hispania with its technical plans for 2011, including the use of a wind tunnel and facilities to design its own car.

Asked about the negative rumors by the Times of India, Chandhok said this week: "That's a matter between Bernie, Colin (Kolles) and (Jose Ramon) Carabantes.

"It has nothing to do with me," added the 26-year-old Indian rookie.  "I know what the truth is and I am not worried."

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05/20/10
f1

Red Bull only fears Alonso and Hamilton - Marko
Helmut Marko
(GMM)  In one fell swoop, Dr Helmut Marko has dismissed the title threat posed by figures including reigning champion Jenson Button, the 2008 runner-up Felipe Massa, Mercedes' works team, and seven time world champion Michael Schumacher.

Red Bull's motor racing adviser told APA news agency that the energy drink owned team only fears the challenges of Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton.

"There are two people that we fear for this world title," said Marko.  "They are Fernando Alonso, because he is at his absolute peak, and Lewis Hamilton.

"What the others are doing bothers us not so much," revealed the Austrian.

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05/20/10
f1

Lauda apologized after Kubica 'Polack' slur
Niki Lauda stuck his foot in his mouth yet again
(GMM)  Niki Lauda apologized personally to Robert Kubica in Monaco last weekend.

Former triple world champion Lauda, whose straight-talking assessments are still heard at every grand prix, referred to the Renault driver live on German television as "der Polack" (the Polack).

Polack is a derogatory reference to a Polish person, and even more offensive within Germany given the 1939 Nazi invasion that marked the start of World War II.

Germany's Auto Motor und Sport said officials of the German TV station RTL demanded that Lauda, 60, apologize.

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05/20/10
f1

Red Bull told to modify diffuser in Monaco
Even the rules makers cannot slow Red Bull
(GMM)  Red Bull had to modify an element of its rear diffuser during the recent Monaco grand prix weekend.

Germany's Auto Motor und Sport reports that McLaren identified an element of the dominant RB6's design that did not conform with the regulations.

The rear of the Adrian Newey-penned car has recently been under intense scrutiny by Red Bull's competitors, resulting in numerous team mechanics crowding around the gearbox while it sits on the grid.

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05/20/10
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No. 11 team wins pit crew competition
The No. 11 FedEx Toyota captured the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge presented by Craftsman team champion title by defeating the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet pit crew - also the 2009 team champions - with a time of 23.132 seconds. Nate Bolling, jack man for the No. 11 FedEx pit crew, also captured an individual title with a time of 5.573 seconds.

The No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet pit crew finished second with a time of 23.574 seconds but retained the event record of 22.115 seconds.

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05/19/10
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tv news

NBC to air Tess Gape special
Tess Gape
NBC’s Today Show will throw the spotlight on Risi Competizione’s Tess Gape when the network airs a series on women who work traditional male jobs. The feature that highlights Gape will air Sunday (May 23), one day after the American Le Mans Series Monterey presented by Patr¢n at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

NBC caught up with Gape – a mechanic on Risi’s No. 62 Ferrari F430 GT – last month during the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n’s race in Long Beach. Weekend anchor Jenna Wolfe spent time with Gape to get a feel for Gape’s routine on race weekends. The Toronto native is the team’s Number Two mechanic and also serves as fireman on pit stops.

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05/19/10
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Bowyer put on probation after incident
NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer has been placed on probation until June 16 for aggressive driving.

The penalty stems from a late-race incident between Bowyer and Denny Hamlin in last weekend's Nationwide race at Dover. Bowyer and Hamlin were battling for position during a late restart when Hamlin clipped Bowyer, forcing him to pit.

Hamlin called the bump "unintentional," but Bowyer raced out of the pits and slammed into Hamlin. Bowyer's No. 21 car was parked immediately by NASCAR officials and he finished 24th. Hamlin wound up 12th.

The probation covers all three of NASCAR's major series. Bowyer is a regular on the Sprint Cup Series and drives occasionally on the Nationwide circuit.

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05/19/10
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Indy Day 5 Notebook
DAY 5 NOTEBOOK:

Medical report from Dr. Geoffrey Billows, Indianapolis Motor Speedway director of medical services: #8 E.J. Viso was released Tuesday night from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis after X-rays were negative. Viso has not been cleared to drive and will be re-evaluated today at the Clarian Emergency Medical Center.

Viso crashed in Turn 1 at 5:50 p.m. (ET) Tuesday.

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E.J. Viso will be available for interviews at 1:30 p.m. (ET) today at the KV Racing Technology garage, B-30 in Gasoline Alley.

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2005 Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon will sign copies of his new book, "Lionheart," from 10:30-10:50 a.m. Sunday, May 23 at the Shop 13 Pagoda Plaza Retail Shop at IMS.

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05/19/10
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Indy Day 5: Dixon again fastest
Nobody can or will beat the Penske and Ganassi cars at Indy
Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon topped the speed chart for the second consecutive day as preparations for the 2010 Indianapolis 500 continued at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Dixon recorded a lap at 39.6526 seconds (226.971 mph), slightly faster than Team Penske's Ryan Briscoe (39.7118 seconds; 226.633 mph). Twenty-five drivers were within .5968 of a second of the pacesetter, and seven different teams and seven different countries were represented in the top 10.

Alex Tagliani recorded the third-quickest lap on the 2.5-mile oval (226.002) in the No. 77 FAZZT Race Team car as 35 drivers posted 2,282 laps (Tony Kanaan led the way with 134) in a full six-hour session without incident. E.J. Viso, whose No. 8 PDVSA KV Racing Technology car made contact with the Turn 1 SAFER Barrier on May 18, was cleared to drive but he didn't make it onto the track in his backup car.

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05/19/10
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Two NASCAR crewman suspended
Two Team Gill Racing crewmen from the Camping World Truck Series have been suspended for violating the NASCAR substance-abuse policy.

Clint Carter, who works with the No. 46 truck, and Jeremy Wilbert, who works with the No. 95 truck, have been suspended, according to a NASCAR news release. The trucks were driven by Johnny Chapman and Tim Andrews last week at Dover International Speedway.

Eighteen crewmen and one driver have been suspended since the implementation of random drug testing in 2009.

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05/19/10
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NASCAR fans scooping up merchandise commemorating Dale Earnhardt Jr #3
Combine one of NASCAR’s biggest names with one of its most recognizable paint schemes from the past and you’ve got licensing gold.

Merchandise commemorating Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s retro No. 3 Wrangler car is flying off the virtual shelves. The Wrangler machine honoring Earnhardt’s late father won’t appear on the track until the July 2 Nationwide Series race at Daytona, but the die-cast cars, T-shirts, hats and trinkets have been selling since the April 29 announcement.

Gear from the No. 3 Wrangler car, which will run once this season as a special paint scheme, likely will wind up as one of the biggest sellers of the year. In the first five days on the market after the April announcement, Wrangler No. 3 goods were responsible for 52 percent of all licensed sales.

Some of the products offered, which include nearly 30 different items, feature the image of Earnhardt Sr. along with his son.

Since the announcement, Wrangler No. 3 merchandise has accounted for eight of the top 10 best-selling items at NASCAR’s most prominent online merchandise store and has led all other driver categories in sales. Within 36 hours of the announcement, the store sold out of its second-highest-priced item, a special die-cast car that came in a limited edition of 333, priced at $89.99.

Initial projections from the licensees forecast close to $5 million in retail sales in a very tight program centered on the NASCAR Hall of Fame inductions on Sunday and Father’s Day.

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05/19/10
f1

McLaren mechanic devastated by error
McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh says the mechanic responsible for Jenson Button's early exit from the Monaco Grand Prix is "devastated" by his mistake.

Button's defence of his Monaco GP crown lasted barely two laps after the unnamed mechanic left a transport cap over his left radiator inlet at the start of the race and caused his engine to overheat.

"I think it's disappointing for everyone in the team, and devastating for the person responsible," Whitmarsh told Speedtv.com. "I know these things happen, but it's just hard to accept when it happens.

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05/19/10
autogp

Auto GP hails Formula Medicine partnership
There's a new important partnership for Auto GP: the championship, that will hold its second round this weekend in Imola, found an agreement with Formula Medicine, one of the leading companies in the field of driver's medical, athletic and mental training. Thanks to this brand new partnership, all the drivers interested in the Formula Medicine supporting programmes will have the chance to join them at very special conditions, finding an easier way to enjoy the use of both the track assistance programmes and the more in-depth checks that can be done at the Formula Medicine headquarters in Viareggio, Italy. For Auto GP it's an undoubtedly prestigious partner: Formula Medicine, founded by Dr. Riccardo Ceccarelli, is worldwide known thanks to its research work with F.1 drivers, a programme that is going on from 1989. Among the drivers assisted by Formula Medicine there are names as Felipe Massa, Robert Kubica and Jarno Trulli, and the staff often assisted whole F1 teams, like Ferrari, Renault, Toro Rosso and Toyota. A top clients list that, from now, will also include the Auto GP drivers.

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05/19/10
irl

Bernard gains confidence in Versus
It’s May in Indianapolis.

So where’s new IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard?

New York, of course. Well, that’s where he’s been the last two days.

And what took him to New York when you think he’d be soaking up the atmosphere at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway?

Discussions with TV executives at Versus, and a quick meet-and-greet with ESPN folks.

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05/19/10
alms

From Monterey to Le Mans: Corvette Racing's Motorsports Odyssey
Corvette C6.R
Two tracks loom large in Corvette racing history: Le Mans and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Although separated by a vast ocean and great differences in language and culture, these two classic circuits have played key roles in establishing Corvette's standing as a force in international sports car competition.

Saturday's American Le Mans Series Monterey marks the start of the 50th anniversary celebration of Corvette's first appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Fans will be able to give the series' most successful team a spirited send-off before the Compuware Corvette C6.R race cars begin their transatlantic journey to France, where they will compete in the world's most prestigious sports car race on June 12-13.

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05/19/10
f1

Stirling Moss backs Shu's last lap move
Sir Stirling Moss has revealed that, having watched the incident between Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso in Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix, he would have reacted in the same way had he been in the German's position. The 7-time World Champion was handed a 20-second penalty for overtaking under Safety Car conditions although the Englishman feels that the regulations must be amended. As the Safety Car returned to the pit lane on the final lap in Monte-Carlo, green flags and lights were displayed around the circuit - meaning, under normal circumstances, that the field had returned to full racing conditions.

However, with the sporting rules stating that no more passing is permitted if the Safety Car has been in use on the last lap, former driver Moss is sure that the guideline must be revised before the next race.

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05/19/10
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alms

Toyota should take another look at IndyCar or ALMS
Toyota withdrew from F1 at the end of the 2009 season after eight years and billions of dollars invested in the sport. Former Team Principle Tadashi Yamashina recently stated it is unlikely that Toyota will return to the sport.

"There is a big gap between Formula 1 and Toyota's actual car users," he told Automotive News. "F1 remains the pinnacle of auto racing, but its image grew too elitist.

"At races such as Nurburgring [24 Hours], fans can get right into [the] pitlane, mingle with the teams and touch the cars. They can soak up the atmosphere and feel part of the event. By contrast, average fans have no hope of strolling the paddock at an F1 race. For the fortunate few who can afford to do that, it's fine.

"I think the best kind of races are those in which people can get in close to the race."

In light of these comments, we have to wonder why Toyota ever left CART (IndyCar) and prototype racing (GTP/IMSA now ALMS)

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05/19/10
nassprint

87-year-old dies in Texas Speedway crash
An 87-year-old World War II veteran who eagerly anticipated a fast ride around Texas Motor Speedway died after the car he was in blew a tire and crashed into a wall at the Fort Worth track, officials said Tuesday.

Fred Donald Krusemark of Dallas died of blunt force trauma to the head and neck early Monday, two days after the accident, said Troy Taylor of the Denton County Medical Examiner’s Office.

There was no indication whether Krusemark was wearing a seat belt when the blowout caused the driver to lose control of the car, Taylor said.

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05/19/10
irl

Success and talent don't really count for much
Townsend Bell raced once last year. He finished fourth in the Indianapolis 500, shared $465,305 with his temporary KV Racing Technology team, then went home to Southern California. Graham Rahal didn't miss an Indy Car Series start in 17 races last season. He finished seventh in points, split $401,305 total earnings with his Newman/Haas team, then returned home to Ohio.

This May, despite the extreme difference in their 2009 level of participation, they are in the same situation for the Indianapolis 500.

At least for now, this race is it in terms of a contract.

They're not alone. The list of experienced drivers with uncertain futures beyond Indy includes Ed Carpenter, Tomas Scheckter, Paul Tracy and Ryan Hunter-Reay.

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05/19/10
roc

ROC announces event - Prost, Vettel, Schuey
Alain Prost
Alain Prost, one of motor racing’s all-time greats, has joined the line-up for the 2010 Race of Champions, to be held at Düsseldorf’s ESPRIT arena on November 27-28.

The annual end-of-season competition brings together the world’s greatest drivers from motor sport’s most prestigious disciplines and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical machinery.

Now Prost will make his debut at this year’s Race of Champions, joining a driver line-up that already includes seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher – the only man in history to have won more grands prix than the Frenchman – and 2010 F1 title contender Sebastian Vettel.

“I’m very happy to be able to participate in The Race of Champions at last,” said Prost. “In the past the date has always clashed with other commitments like the Andros Trophy ice racing championship, but this year it finally works.

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05/19/10
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Epsilon has better chance with 'new' FIA - Gracia
(GMM)  Epsilon Euskadi has a better chance of winning a spot on the formula one grid now that Max Mosley has departed.

That is the suggestion of Carlos Gracia, the head of Spain's motor racing federation.

He told the Marca sports newspaper that the Spanish outfit has the "best facilities" of the other hopefuls but still missed out on a 2010 debut to HRT, Virgin and Lotus.

"When the old FIA granted the licenses to be in formula one it was done with haste and with not accurately assessing the infrastructure.

"I think and I hope that now it will be different," added Gracia, referring to the appointment of Jean Todt as the new FIA president.

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05/19/10
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Lotus now eyeing established teams - Kovalainen
Heikki Kovalainen
(GMM)  Lotus is almost ready to begin fighting with F1's established teams, according to Heikki Kovalainen.

The Malaysian backed outfit has been the most impressive of the sport's three new entrants this year, particularly in the wake of a recent upgrade for the T127 car.

And despite Kovalainen retiring in Monaco with a steering problem, the Finn thinks Lotus is getting ready to make its next step.

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05/19/10
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Vettel eyes Ferrari seat 'in a few years' UPDATE (GMM)  Dr Helmut Marko doubts Sebastian Vettel would consider switching to Ferrari any time soon.

Sebastian Vettel
Vettel, 22, has said recently he sees the famous Maranello based team as a possible future employer.

The German is believed to be under contract to Red Bull until the end of 2011, but the energy drink company's motor racing advisor Marko is not sure a move to Ferrari soon would be a good idea.

"Ferrari is something very special for each driver," the Austrian said in an interview with APA news agency.

"But you only have to look at the situation.  Why should he go there to be with Alonso when he's doing more than well with us?"

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05/19/10
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Renault confident Kubica will stay in 2011
Robert Kubica
(GMM)  Renault boss Eric Boullier is confident Robert Kubica will not switch to a rival team at the end of 2010.

Amid rumors linking the Pole with a move for 2011 to Ferrari, and his standout performance in Monaco, Renault team owner Gerard Lopez said last weekend that the 25-year-old has an opportunity to have "a team built around him".

And the Enstone based team's principal Boullier is quoted by Auto Hebdo: "The ambitions we have and the changes we are making to the car should convince him to stay with us."

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