2013 Indianapolis 500 - Odds to Win Scott Dixon 7/1 Marco Andretti 7/1 Helio Castroneves 8/1 Dario Franchitti 17/2 James Hinchcliffe 10/1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10/1 Ed Carpenter 10/1 Will Power 12/1 Tony Kanaan 14/1 A.J. Allmendinger 15/1 Ryan Briscoe 20/1 E.J. Viso 20/1 J.R. Hildebrand 20/1 Carlos Munoz 20/1 Oriol Servia 25/1 Takuma Sato 28/1 Graham Rahal 33/1 Alex Tagliani 40/1 Justin Wilson 40/1 Josef Newgarden 66/1 Simon Pagenaud 75/1 Sebastien Bourdais 75/1 Simona De Silvestro 100/1 Charlie Kimball 100/1 James Jakes 100/1 Townsend Bell 100/1 Sebastian Saavedra 100/1 Tristan Vautier 100/1 Ana Beatriz 250/1 Pippa Mann 250/1 Conor Daly 250/1 Buddy Lazier 250/1 Katherine Legge 250/1
Updated LeMans entry list posted The entry list for the 90th anniversary 24 Hours of Le Mans was first revealed in February, with a 56-car grid split between four classes: LMP1, LMP2, GTE Pro and GTE Am. On Tuesday, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) put out the latest update, with the driver lineups for each car all but set. It can be viewed here.
A total of eight LMP1 cars, 22 LMP2, 12 GTE Pro and 13 GTE Am, plus the experimental Green GT LMP H2 hydrogen-powered as the “Garage 56” entrant, make up the field.
Twenty-nine of the 56 are registered as full-season entrants in the FIA World Endurance Championship, although Le Mans always features a “bumper crop” of entries.
NASCAR All-Star TV Ratings According to Nielsen Media Research, SPEED enjoyed a strong week of live racing, as the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Charlotte and the ARCA Racing Series event from Toledo all enjoyed ratings increases.
Minus a red-flag stoppage for rain, the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race scored a rating of 3.29 Saturday night, up 6.5% from last year's 3.09. Including the nearly one-hour rain delay, the total rating of 3.04 was off only 2% from 2012. On the night, SPEED's Nielsen Household Rating finished second in ad-supported cable. In addition, it ranked second with Men 18-49, first with Men 35-54 and second with Men 25-54. Lastly, Saturday had the highest HH rating for any day this year on SPEED with a 0.99. Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Charlotte was up 14%, and the ARCA Racing Series race was up 29%. SPEED Total Day ratings for the entire week were up 19% versus the same week in 2012.(SPEED)
IndyCar fines three for qualifying infractions INDYCAR, the sanctioning body of the IZOD IndyCar Series, announced today penalties following qualification technical inspection May 18-19 at Indianapolis.
The No. 8 entry of Chip Ganassi Racing driven by Ryan Briscoe has been fined $5,000 for not complying with Rule 22.214.171.124.
126.96.36.199 Rear Wings: The mainplane trailing edge height, as measured from the chassis reference plane is 28.010-28.210 inches.
The No. 15 entry of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driven by Graham Rahal has been fined $10,000 for not complying with Rule 14.1.8.
Ecclestone: Williams still blocking customer cars Bernie Ecclestone says the Williams team are still blocking efforts to allow Formula One teams to use old chassis from other manufacturers.
Williams sees the introduction of so-called “customer cars” as a threat to them as they could be beaten to a larger share of the prize money by other teams using year-old chassis from teams such as Red Bull, Ferrari or McLaren.
“I believe that customer cars will be a good thing,” Ecclestone told the Daily Express. “Everybody needs to agree to that but Frank Williams is the one who is against it.”
Vettel urges F1 to rethink tire 'recipe' May 21 (GMM) World champion Sebastian Vettel has called on Pirelli to consider a fundamentally different approach to its role as F1 tire supplier.
The 'T-word' has been the buzz of the paddock throughout 2013 so far, and the controversy came to a head after Barcelona, when tempers flared over the widespread four-stop strategies.
Following rampant criticism, mainly from Red Bull and Mercedes, Pirelli announced it would make changes for next month and beyond, but Lotus and Ferrari hit back, supported by the FIA who insist any changes should be minimal.
Whitmarsh denies Honda factor in Lowe release (GMM) McLaren on Tuesday played down reports linking its new Honda engine deal with Paddy Lowe's early release to Mercedes.
British broadcaster James Allen claimed McLaren's decision to drop Mercedes as its engine supplier after 2014, paving the way for Honda, gave Mercedes "a bargaining chip" to end former technical director Lowe's 'gardening leave'.
On his F1 blog, Allen said Mercedes is "very unhappy" about the turbo V6 data that could flow to Honda next year, "so it appears they have leveraged this situation to trigger the early release of Lowe".
Interview with Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil Q: More points for you in Barcelona, and it is now time for Monaco. What do you expect from this race?
Paul di Resta: We are fairly happy with the end result in Spain: with the limited time we had in the car and the DRS problems later in the race, seventh was a good position to come away with. As for the next race, having more time to optimize the car with the upgrades should allow us to extract even more performance from it. Monaco was a rewarding race for us last year and we will try to go there and continue our run of points finishes.
Q and A with Lotus' Alan Permane ahead of the Monaco GP Alan Permane, the trackside operations manager at Lotus F1 looks ahead to Monaco. He points out once again that Lotus is happy with the tires as they are, and that the different tires have made the actual race pace in Monaco more important than a few years ago.
Are there any goodies in the Monaco upgrade bag? "Similar to Barcelona, we will be bringing a new rear wing which follows the same concept as the one we ran in Monaco last year. There will also be a new front wing and some modifications to the floor, so plenty to keep us occupied. We’re confident in the upgrade package for this race and the car has worked well at every circuit so far this season, so there’s no reason it won’t be strong here."
Will Power likes what he sees of new Belle Isle course Will Power scorched around Belle Isle on Monday as if there were a championship or trophy at stake.
The Team Penske ace was giving rides to Motor City journalists in a Chevy Camaro pace car and left plenty of sweaty palms and hearts pumping fast.
Power, who starts sixth Sunday in his No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet in the 97th Indianapolis 500, was joined on track by fellow IZOD IndyCar Series drivers Simona De Silvestro (KV Racing Technology) and Townsend Bell (Panther Racing).
1995 Indy 500 - the way it was A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, Was digging through old stuff last night. Check out the field for the final, presplit Indy 500. Huge coverage in USA Today Wednesday thru Monday. Note the plethora of sponsors on the cars. Note the 4 engine brands in the field. This was in 1995, the final year before Tony George started the IRL and destroyed the sport. It will never be the same. Curt Olson
Open House Day at the Grand Prix du Canada The Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada is pleased to announce it's highly anticipated "Open House Day", which will take place on Thursday, June 6, at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve. Starting at 9 a.m., racing fans will be welcomed on site free of charge via the Cosmos Bridge, close to the Parc Jean-Drapeau metro station. Using a shuttle bus, visitors with their camera in hand will be able to explore the pit lane until noon while witnessing Formula 1 staff at work.
"In introduction to the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada, we are once again pleased to offer Quebec fans and our countless foreign visitors the unique experience that is our traditional ''Open House Day'', said François Dumontier , President and CEO of Octane Racing Group Inc. and President of Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada. With the valuable collaboration of FIA world championship's teams, the leaders of North American participating series and Mother Nature, we are proud to be able to promote this annual encounter between drivers and supporters. This activity is intended for those who, since 1978, have made and continue to make the success and reputation of the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada. "
Bump Day lacks drama, again (Update)UPDATE A reader writes, When the backup cars don't get engines, you can't take one of them out and get it qualified by journeyman drive like you could in the old days. Thus, no drama! Burnt by another stupid rule, a rule that should not apply for Indy. Tim DeCesaro
05/20/13 The Detroit Free Press reports Bump Day "lacked the usual drama, tension and rumors," as all nine drivers who "made attempts on the second and final day of Indy qualifications made it into the 33-car field." It was "no typical second day of qualifying," as the first nine drivers "all qualified on their first attempts, assuring race organizers of a full field." No other driver "even made an attempt." Detroit Free Press
In Indianapolis, Curt Cavin reports there were no bumping attempts "for the second consecutive year -- and just the third time in modern IMS." The first nine cars qualified "in the first hour, leaving only practice for the rest of the day." That was "fun, to an extent, but the day lacked intrigue." Indianapolis Star
KV Racing Technology-SH announced today a renewed partnership with BSN, for the 2013 IndyCar season in celebration of the launch of the all new Authentic Performance and Energy Beverage "N.O.-XPLODE".
The bright red N.O.-Xplode brand will adorn the highly visible "Shark Fin" on the #11 IndyCar for the2013 Indianapolis 500 as well as five additional Midwest events throughout the 2013 IndyCar schedule including the "Dual in Detroit", the Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway, the Iowa Corn Indy 250, Pocono Indy 400 and Mid-Ohio Indy 200.
Four women will take the green flag at Indianapolis
Last place qualifier Katherine Legge is congratulated by Firestone's Al Speyer
For the first time since 2011, four female drivers will be racing at the Indianapolis 500. Today, three of them — Dale Coyne Racing’s Ana Beatriz and Pippa Mann (pictured), as well as 33rd and final qualifier Katherine Legge from Schmidt Peterson Pelfrey Motorsports — joined KV Racing Technology’s Simona de Silvestro (24th position) on the starting grid for next Sunday’s race.
Beatriz and Mann will be in the middle and outside of Row 10 respectively, joining rookie driver Tristan Vautier in that spot on the grid. Both DCR competitors posted four-lap averages in the low 224s; Beatriz at 224.184 mph in the No. 18 Ipiranga entry and Mann at 224.005 mph in her No. 63 Cyclops Gear car.
Langdon, Gray, Coughlin collect the gold in Topeka (Update)UPDATE Final article posted as a feature article.
05/19/13 Johnny Gray scored his third win of the season in Funny Car and shared the victory gold at the Silver Anniversary NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka with Shawn Langdon in Top Fuel and Jeg Coughlin Jr. in Pro Stock. The event was the eighth of the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. More to follow.....
Walker: Getting fans "re-ignited" is IndyCar’s biggest challenge
If Derrick Walker wants to get fans excited about IndyCars again, he can start by getting them to scream like an F1 car. Sound is the #1 sensory stimulation in motorsports. The new underpowered IndyCars are too quiet and uninspiring. The #2 sensory stimulation is visual. The current IndyCar is Butt Ugly. AR1.com predicted the ugly new car would drive fans away and it has. Enough said.
Five years after open-wheel racing unified in North America, the IZOD IndyCar Series continues to face a uphill climb in regards to growing its mainstream presence. The split between the series (then known as the Indy Racing League) and Champ Car that lasted from 1996 to 2008 had a disastrous impact on the sport, causing many longtime fans to abandon it and helping to accelerate NASCAR’s rise to prominence as the country’s most popular form of racing.
Not that everything is grim for IndyCar, which boasts a diverse driver grid and schedule of tracks as well as perhaps the best racing product in the whole of motorsports today. But Derrick Walker, the sport’s new head of racing competition, realizes that many challenges are still to be contended with — and getting the fans back is the biggest one of all.
“There are a number of challenges and I’m not sure if there’s any one ahead of the others, but if I had to pick one, I’d say the biggest challenge we’ve got is to get the fans re-ignited with what we’re doing,” Walker said in an interview with NBC Sports Network’s Marty Snider during this afternoon’s Bump Day proceedings.
Successful debut for V8 Supercars in Austin Circuit of The Americas gave US motorsports fans their first taste of V8 Supercar action this weekend and judging from the response - it appears the fans liked what they saw
Attendance for the three-day event, which was marked by record temperatures in the mid-90s, was 68,891. Approximately nine percent of fans who purchased tickets in advance of the race came from Australia to watch the V8 Supercar heroes compete under the red-hot Texas sun.
Whincup takes race 4, wins 3 of 4 in Austin (Update)UPDATE 68,891 USA fans over 3-days enjoyed V8 Supercars for the first time at Circuit of The Americas
05/19/13 For Holden's Jamie Whincup, it was an American dream.
For Ford's Will Davison, it was a star-spangled spanner in the works for his V8 Supercar Championship hopes.
Whincup swept to victory in three of the four races on the V8s' debut in the United States – a resounding success for the sport with more than 68,000 attending over the three-day event in Austin, Texas.
But while Davison went into the weekend Whincup's nearest Championship challenger, he left the Circuit of the Americas having lost second place.
F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone Proposes Chassis Share To Reduce Costs F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone "has proposed that Formula One teams be able to sell chassis to each other, a shake-up that would save tens of millions of pounds," according to Christian Sylt of the London Express.
The use of so-called "'customer cars' reflects the situation with F1’s engines, which are built by Cosworth, Ferrari, Mercedes and Renault and sold to nine teams."
Coulthard wins race 3 in Austin Lockwood Racing's Fabian Coulthard has won Race 15 at the Austin 400, climbing over the Red Bull racers that occupied the front row of the grid. However, the New Zealander faces investigation over a possible mid-race breach, which could mean a penalty affecting the result.
While Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup have had to settle for second and third in the race, Lowndes has moved up into second in the Championship, eclipsing Will Davison who only managed 12th in the outing. Coulthard is fourth in the points, followed by teammate Jason Bright.
Cowboy hat returned to Parnelli Jones Curt Cavin talks to 1963 Indianapolis 500 winner Parnelli Jones as he receives his cowboy hat from Skip Surface. Surface has had the hat for 50 years after he jumped the fence to retrieve it during the victory lap.
TV graphic mistake leads to fan confusion A television graphic incorrectly showed Jimmie Johnson should have entered pit road 11th instead of fourth on the mandatory four-tire stop before the final segment of Saturday night's Sprint All-Star Race. It started a social media outcry for those who didn't know the facts.
It grew louder when Johnson left pit road second. It grew even louder when the five-time Sprint Cup champion won for the second straight year and a record fourth time overall, breaking a tie with Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt and future Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon.
"People just want to hate," Johnson said with a laugh inside the media center at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "That's fine. I'm just lucky. NASCAR rigs the races and whatever they want to believe. I'm going home with a cool trophy and a big check and we all really know what happened. So whatever." ESPN
Indy 500 Bump Day Final Report Nothing shows “the agony of defeat” like being left out of the Indy 500. Strong men cry, fortunes are lost, and a place in ignoble history is gained. Today, Katherine Legge spent all day on the bubble, waiting for a run by Michel Jourdain Jr. that never came.
The morning started out predictably enough – everyone who was ready for a qualification run did so as quickly as they could, avoiding both a warming track and a day of drama. The field quickly filled up, leaving Conor Daly, Buddy Lazier and Katherine Legge on the last row. Katherine's team owner, Sam Schmidt, commented that they did the run with a good amount of downforce, and could've gone at least half a mile faster, but they simply wanted "to put a number up."
Two races, two pole positions – and now the first victory of the season plus the lead of the standings: The Audi RS 5 DTM was unbeatable at the second race of the 2013 DTM at Brands Hatch (Great Britain). Audi thus put an end to a four-race string of victories by BMW.
From the pole position, Mike Rockenfeller in the Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Phoenix celebrated a commanding victory in perfect external conditions. For 98 laps, the 2010 Le Mans winner controlled the pace and in the end crossed the finish line with a 7.641-second advantage as the clear winner. On clinching his second success at a DTM race after Zandvoort in 2011 ‘Rocky,’ with a one-point lead over title defender Bruno Spengler, took the top spot in the overall standings as well.
Bump Day MidDay Report The field is full, and the only driver on the outside looking in is Michel Jourdain Jr. On the bubble is Katherine Legge. Conor Daly and Buddy Lazier join Legge in the provisional last row. Graham Rahal said that he’d be testing the Jourdain car to see if he can help get it up to speed.
Nothing more has been seen of the Ganassi 83T car. It took one lap this morning, raising a few eyebrows, but the reality is that there are only 34 motors for competitors, and all seem to be spoken for.
From left, Crutchlow (2nd), Pedrosa (1st) and Marquez (3rd)
Dani Pedrosa has become the first rider to win two races in the 2013 MotoGP season, coming from sixth position on the grid in mixed conditions at Le Mans. He now leads the championship from Repsol Honda Team partner Marc Marquez, who fought to the podium after a poor start as Britain’s Cal Crutchlow finished second.
For the second year in succession, the field was presented with a wet track for the start of the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France. All competitors duly elected to fit the Soft compound wet weather tires for both front and rear wheels, although this resulted in an extremely difficult final handful of laps as the tarmac dried out.
Sunday Morning Coming Down, Indy Style It's not total panic for most teams, but there is a sense of nervousness for at least 10 teams that haven't qualified for this year's Indy 500. Graham Rahal was the fastest at 225.564, followed by Josef Newgarden 2/10th of a second behind.
Of interest was Charlie Kimball warming up the 83T car during morning practice. It is still possible that a 35th entry might materialize, but one wonders where the motor will come from. Among those not practicing were Ana Beatriz and Pippa Mann.
“No one here is satisfied right now,” Ganassi Racing team manager Mike Hull told RACER as he watched the Fast 9 qualifying session alone on Scott Dixon's timing stand. I had envisioned both of the red machines to at least transfer into the final time trials session.
“We did, too,” said a rather candid Hull. “Qualifying isn't the most important thing here; it helps you to have a more preferable pit space selection, which plays a factor in the race, but we felt we did enough work on our qualifying setups to be fast enough to go through – and expected the same from Honda. If you look at how the day played out, obviously we didn't.”
So far, Indianapolis 500 rookie Carlos Munoz is making this IndyCar thing look easy.
Munoz is making his big-league debut in the 97th running of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, but there’s been no sign of first-time jitters for the young Colombian. Driving a fifth car for Andretti Autosport (the team he races for in IndyCar’s top feeder series, Firestone Indy Lights), he carried over the impressive speed he had in this week’s practice sessions and shot to the inside of the front row for next week’s “500″ with an average of 228.342 miles per hour.
Marco Andretti proud of “incredible achievement” by team Andretti Autosport wasn’t able to come away with the pole position for the 97th Indianapolis 500, but still placed all five of their drivers within the first three rows for next Sunday’s race - an accomplishment that thrilled one of their own, outside front-row qualifier Marco Andretti.
"Extremely proud of my team,” said Andretti, who posted an average of 228.261 miles per hour in the No. 25 RC Cola Chevrolet and will start on the front row alongside pole winner Ed Carpenter and rookie teammate Carlos Munoz. “Five out of the top nine is just an incredible achievement. That has to be some kind of a record. I don’t think there’s been five cars on one team, let alone in the top nine."
Marussia's Max Chilton dismisses 'rich kid' snipes
Max Chilton has dismissed suggestions that he owes his place in Formula One to his father's wealth more than his own talent.
His father is a senior player at insurance multinational AON and has not been shy in using his own fortune to boost the chances of his children. Max's older brother Tom has been able to forge a presence in World Touring Cars and now Max has a prestigious F1 seat with Marussia.
"I've had that negativity all my career," Chilton told The Times. "You have to put it behind you, and not focus on it. It is complete rubbish. It's fuel to drive you on to be even better. I put it behind me a long time ago."
Whincup dominates opening races In Texas (Update)UPDATE Before the event, no one was quite sure how it would be received. The Supercars are popular in Australia, where they can draw as many as 250,000 fans on the biggest weekends.
Here, however, they have only a niche audience on Speed TV. Before the race, circuit officials said only that attendance would be somewhere between the 26,648 for the two-day Grand-Am event in March and the 131,082 for the three-day MotoGP race last month. There’s quite a big gap between those numbers.
'The Little Team That Could' Stunned Super Squads Saturday in Indy 500 Qualifying
Carpenter gets a big hug from wife Heather
David did beat the Goliaths Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway when team owner/driver Ed Carpenter shocked the super squads of Penske and Andretti to win the coveted Indy 500 pole position.
Carpenter’s upstart, single-car operation proved that solid work and dedication can take out the strongest multi-car open-wheel organizations with a spectacular four-lap qualifying run of 228.762 miles per hour in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet to win his first Indy 500 pole and his second career IZOD IndyCar Series pole.
A paltry $1M for the near impossible to win IndyCar Triple Crown (Update)UPDATE
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the NASCAR Sprint Cup #48 Lowe’s Patriotic Chevrolet SS shows his 1 Million Dollar check after his Sprint All-Star win
Harold Hinson for Chevrolet
NASCAR drivers win $1 million for a short night's work in the All-Star race. IndyCar drivers have to do the next to impossible - win all three triple crown 500-mile races - to win $1 million.
05/16/13 Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears, 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner Scott Dixon and IZOD IndyCar Series 500-mile race winner Ed Carpenter spoke to the media this morning about the Fuzzy's Triple Crown, which debuts this season.
Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka will be the major sponsor of the three IZOD IndyCar Series races during the 2013 season that constitute the Fuzzy's Triple Crown.
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