Susie Wheldon heads to Indy to honor her husband's feats Some days are better than others for Susie Wheldon, and there's rarely any warning what will trigger the emotional roller coaster she's been on since husband Dan Wheldon's fatal crash in last year's IndyCar finale.
A familiar coffee shop brings back a flood of memories; a song can make her sad. Most recently, it was a trip to the emergency room for a stomach bug 1-year-old son Oliver couldn't shake. In an instant, she was reliving the frantic efforts to save the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner following the Oct. 16 crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The Secret to Corvette’s Success That name has had magical qualities for me since the day in 1964 when my dad and brother split the cost and bought a Stingray.
It was love at first sight for me. My family kept our car keys in a jar by the door and I used to get up early – something few teenage boys really like to do – just to beat my brother out the door and be able to drive his beautiful red Stingray to school. That didn’t make him happy, but it sure gave me a boost.
FIA makes OMP an official supplier The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and OMP Racing have signed an agreement whereby the Italian company is to become the “Official Supplier of the FIA for Racing Apparel” for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
OMP Racing is a world leader in the design and creation of accessories and components for motor sports, and amongst other initiatives will be supplying technical racing clothing to FIA Officials in different FIA Championships. This will include fireproof overalls, shoes, gloves and underwear, products that were researched and developed in the manufacturing plant located in Ronco Scrivia, near Genoa (Italy).
At the same time, reaching this important result is further stimulus for OMP to continue along that path of growth and innovation, in order to offer all racing fans the greatest safety and best performance possible”.
IndyCar safety harnesses MEMS This weekend’s Indy 500 (May 27) could be one of the safest in U.S. auto racing history by combining 200-mph race cars with emerging MEMS technologies.
Along with new safety features created by IndyCar engineers, MEMS sensors like the three high-G accelerometers inside each driver’s earpiece will be used to detect concussions. The same high-G sensors may eventually be used by NASA to protect astronauts from hard splashdowns.
"We build from scratch all of the drivers earpieces, which plug into the ear canal," said IndyCar engineering director Jeff Horton. "In the event of a crash, Analog Device's accelerometers measure all the concussive forces exerted on the drivers head throughout the accident."
First-Half Surprises in the ALMS We now have three races of the 10-round American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n complete, and the GT class has lived up to expectations while the other classes have yet to disappoint. That being said, there are a few standouts and surprises. Here are some of mine:
Strength of the Corvettes It’s no secret that Pratt & Miller along with GM can build a great racecar. The Corvette is one of the most successful brands in the sport. They and Corvette Racing had it down to a science in GT1 but GT2 – now GT – threw the team for a loop at first. The competition did their homework; BMW, Ferrari and Porsche all proved how much Corvette had to learn when the C6.Rs moved to GT2. And at the end of 2011, I was not sure that anyone would be able to construct something to challenge BMW.
U.S. Military To Be Saluted At 96th Indianapolis 500
The traditional pre-race ceremonies honoring the United States military at the 96th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 27 will culminate with a special four-plane flyover recognizing the magnificent history of the United States air power.
Salutes to the military will occupy many special moments during the pomp and pageantry of pre-race ceremonies on Race Day. Military members will march in uniform down the front straightaway. "Taps" will be played, and a military rifle team will fire a volley to honor America's fallen heroes.
Toyota Prius owners trading in for Chevy Volt The Chevrolet Volt is winning new customers to the brand from the competition with the Toyota Prius topping the list of most traded-in vehicle followed by the Toyota Camry, Honda Civic and BMW 3 Series.
“I owned a Prius for six years and loved it. I was one of the first to sign-up for the plug-in (version),” said Steve Glenn of Santa Monica, Calif. “While I was waiting for it to ship, I learned that the Volt would qualify for the HOV stickers, so I did a test drive. I fell in love then. It’s faster, better appointed and gets far better gas mileage than the Prius (or the plug-in). I've driven it over 1,000 miles and I've only used five gallons of gas.”
Jeffrey Mark Motorsport Partners with Purdue University
The Purdue University logo is prominent on the wing of the Jeffrey Mark Motorsports Indy Lights car. Mark, a Purdue alumnus, and Purdue have joined in a partnership that will give students and faculty an opportunity to work with the team while the team will gain engineering and technology help.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University has reached an agreement with Firestone Indy Lights racing team Jeffrey Mark Motorsport that will provide opportunities for students and faculty to participate in motorsports while offering the team help with engineering and technology.
It follows the announcement earlier this month that Purdue has partnered with three INDYCAR racing teams, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, Bryan Herta Autosport and HVM Racing.
Firestone Indy Lights is a stepping stone for drivers and teams that want to compete in the IZOD IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500. The teams will race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway May 25 during Carburetion Day.
Infineon Raceway is no more As we previously reported, the old Sear Point Raceway will no longer be called Infineon Raceway as of Friday, June 1.
Their 10-year sponsorship with Infineon Technologies will expire and the company has decided not to renew the agreement. They are actively pursuing a new partner to take over naming rights, but nothing is imminent at this point.
For that reason, SMI will not convert to a new formal name on June 1, instead they will use the regional designation of “Sonoma.” This will enable their internal/external sales teams to continue their pursuit of a naming rights sponsor.
Michael Andretti, Vidan To Be Inducted Into Hall Of Fame Driver Michael Andretti and longtime Indianapolis 500 Chief Starter Pat Vidan are the 2012 inductees to the Auto Racing Hall of Fame.
The induction ceremony is Thursday, May 24 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.
Andretti made 16 Indianapolis 500 starts between 1984 and 2007, with a best finish of second in 1991 after a spellbinding duel with four-time "500" winner Rick Mears. Andretti recorded five top-five finishes at Indianapolis. He also led 431 laps, 10th on the all-time list.
FIA have key role for F1 future, says Mercedes boss The future face of Formula One should be decided in the next few months with the sport's governing body yet to play what could be a key hand, Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn said on Wednesday.
The immediate spotlight has been on plans for the flotation of Formula One, with an announcement this week that three investment firms have bought a 21 percent stake in the sport from private equity firm CVC Capital.
The flotation is expected to be completed in Singapore next month.
NASCAR Shrine losses mount The $200M publicly-funded NASCAR HOF “turned two this month with shrinking expectations on the horizon,” as the early returns from the facility have been "sobering,” according to Erik Spanberg of the CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL. For the first nine months of this fiscal year, “losses totaled $684,000, well above the budget estimate of $387,000.” Charlotte Deputy City Manager Ron Kimble and other backers contend that the HOF “has delivered, helping attract conventions, generating hotel and restaurant business and cementing the region as the home of the annual all-star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.”
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Could Add More Signage To Boost Revenues With Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka and Shell Oil Co. signs hung on the walls of turns three and four, Indianapolis Motor Speedway President & CEO Jeff Belskus is “predicting double-digit percentage increases in Indianapolis 500 advertising and sponsorship revenue,” according to Anthony Schoettle of the INDIANAPOLIS BUSINESS JOURNAL. Belskus is now “promising to look at all inventory at the track that could be sponsored or have corporate signage hung on it.” Belskus said, “We’re running a business. And we’re going to continue to look for creative ways to generate revenue. There’s a lot of inventory here we can brand.” Just Marketing Int'l Founder & CEO Zak Brown said, “They’re dangling a huge carrot. Now that the door is open, this is something that is certainly high on our radar screen.” Industry experts said that offering signage and sponsorships on key IMS landmarks "could generate more than" $7.5M annually. Brown: “The Speedway has left a lot of money on the table in the past in the name of keeping the facility pristine. Now I think we’re going to see the real commercial potential of this facility.”
Belskus is “already considering ads in turns one and two and signage and sponsorships for the Pagoda, media center, pit lane and the Speedway’s hall of fame museum.” Belskus said that naming-rights deals for IMS or the Indianapolis 500 are “out of the question for now." However, Belskus said a "presenting sponsor" for either is a possibility. He has not “heard any complaints from fans about the new signs or his plans to further commercialize the Brickyard.” Belskus: “As long as we don’t block anyone’s view or disturb the experience, I don’t expect many complaints” INDIANAPOLIS BUSINESS JOURNAL.
EJ Viso's team fined EJ Viso's team with KV Racing Technology was fined $25,000 by IndyCar officials for violating a rule regarding brakes during a post-qualifying inspection. Viso's team also was fined $15,000 on Sunday for additional violations involving brakes and other technical issues during a pre-qualifying inspection.
As Honda-powered teams and drivers head into the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500-mile race, they do so with the depth and experience of teams and drivers who have conquered racing's most prestigious and unpredictable event.
Four of Honda's seven teams have won the prestigious Memorial Day classic. Target Chip Ganassi Racing owns three '500' victories, in 2000, 2008 and 2010. Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing brought Honda its first Indy 500 victory in 2004. A.J. Foyt has recorded three Indianapolis 500 victories as a team owner, in 1967, '77, and '99; while Bryan Herta Autosport won the Centennial Indianapolis 500 in 2011 with the late Dan Wheldon.
Honda's stable of drivers includes Indy 500 champions Dario Franchitti (2007 and 2010) and Scott Dixon (2008), who between them have won the last five IZOD IndyCar Series drivers' championships.
Le Mans 24 Hours : Driver line-ups confirmed The teams entered for the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours have announced the names of the three drivers who will be at the wheel of their cars. Overall, it is a mouth-watering list for the 80th running of the most prestigious endurance race in the world.
This is the first year of the FIA World Endurance Championship at the end of which a drivers’ world title will be awarded, so for those taking part in the Le Mans 24 Hours, which counts for double points, the race is of capital importance.
Fans Decide Fast Four in All-Time Greatest Chip Ganassi Racing Driver Bracket
Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) announced today the Fast Four of their All-Time Greatest Chip Ganassi Racing Driver bracket after 12 days of fan voting and two rounds of competition. Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti, Juan Pablo Montoya and Alex Zanardi all progressed to the round of four after fans voted them past the first two rounds of competition on the team’s social media platforms - Twitter and Facebook.
The team launched their first-ever All-Time Greatest Chip Ganassi Racing Driver bracket during the month of May, highlighting one of the biggest weekends in motorsports as they gear-up for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 and the IZOD IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 27. The promotion aimed to engage fans by encouraging them to vote for their All-Time Greatest Chip Ganassi Racing Driver.
Brawn 'back to normal' after heart checks (GMM) Ross Brawn revealed on Wednesday he missed the recent Spanish grand prix to have checks on his heart.
After handing over to his Mercedes deputy Nick Fry in Barcelona, fellow Briton Brawn is back in action as the team boss in Monte Carlo.
Rumors hinted there was more to the story, but Brawn insisted to a German newspaper earlier on Wednesday that he was simply advised by doctors to take the weekend off after a night in hospital for checks.
Ma Qing Hua will take part in the Silverstone Young Driver Test In only a month and half’s time, Chinese driver Ma Qing Hua will enjoy his first opportunity to step into a Formula 1 car and will do so at the wheel of the F112 at the legendary Silverstone circuit. The member of the Spanish team’s new-born driver development program will thereby accomplish one of his first objectives on his road to the pinnacle of motorsport.
As opposed to previous years, this season there will be two Young Driver Tests, the traditional one celebrated in Abu Dhabi and a new one taking place earlier in the year just after the British Grand Prix. Each team could choose which one to attend and HRT Formula 1 Team has leaned towards the Young Driver Test taking place in Silverstone on the 10th, 11th and 12th of July.
The team considers him to be sufficiently prepared to take the next step and has complete faith in Ma Qing Hua’s capabilities.
The testing program for the Shanghai-born driver at the Young Driver Test in Silverstone, just like the length of these, will be specified and confirmed further ahead.
Ma Qing Hua: "I’m very happy and fortunate to have the opportunity to drive a Formula 1 car at the Young Driver Test and do it with HRT Formula 1 Team. I’ve dreamed of this all my life and am aware of the great responsibility that comes with it as I’ll be the first Chinese driver ever to take part in the Young Driver Test. I’m very grateful towards HRT Formula 1 Team for this opportunity and the faith they have shown in me and I won’t let them down. I’m going to be the first Chinese driver at the Young Driver Test but I hope not to be the last one and for many to follow in my footsteps, thanks to the team’s driver development program which is being very rewarding for me. I hope that with the backing of all my compatriots, both in China and elsewhere, the commitment and link between my nation and the pinnacle of motorsport grows stronger every day”.
Luis Perez-Sala, Team PrincipalWe’re pleased to be giving him this opportunity in Formula 1 and for the first member of our driver development program to start accomplishing his targets. Ma is a young driver who has experience in different categories but who hasn’t perhaps had the continuity which he deserves. He’s very professional, with a positive attitude, he has a feel for the car and, what’s most important, he’s quick. We’ve got faith in his quality and are confident that he will do a good job in Silverstone”.
Di Resta coy on futureUPDATE (GMM) Paul di Resta has hinted he would leap at the chance to replace Michael Schumacher at Mercedes.
The German marque's Brackley based chief executive Nick Fry this week earmarked impressive Force India driver di Resta, earlier a Mercedes protege, as an ideal successor should Schumacher not stay beyond his 2012 contract.
Asked about Fry's comments and the media speculation on Wednesday, di Resta said in Monaco: "It's always nice to have the press interest and people looking out for you, but I need to stay focused on doing the best job I possibly can."
Mansell gets Monaco stewards role Nigel Mansell will serve as the driver representative on the stewards' panel at this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix.
The 1992 World Champion, who also filled the role at the British and Belgian Grands Prix last year, will be joined by FIA vice-president Jose Abed and Paul Gutjahr, who is the president of the FIA Hill Climb Commission on the three-man team.
A first-place trophy in Monaco is one of the few things missing from Mansell's silverware cabinet as the 58-year-old's best results are two second-place finishes in 1991 and 1992 with Williams.
Besides racing for the Grove-based Williams, Mansell also had stints with Team Lotus, Ferrari and McLaren during his 16-season F1 career.
Action Express Adjusts Driver Lineup Beginning At Belle Isle Action Express Racing is making an adjustment to its driver lineup heading into the Chevrolet Grand Am 200 at Belle Isle Park near Detroit next week. Terry Borcheller will now be sharing driving duties with David Donohue in the Action Express No. 5 Corvette DP entry; Darren Law will now be teamed with Joao Barbosa in the Action Express No. 9 Corvette DP.
Donohue and Law are sixth in driver points (only 11 points out of first place), so this move will now spread their points evenly among two cars, giving Action Express the best opportunity towards a championship.
GM on record pace for China sales General Motors and its joint ventures in China set a domestic sales record for April of 227,217 vehicles. Demand was up 11.7 percent from the same month in 2011.
Its strong performance in April took GM’s sales for the first four months of the year to 972,369 units, an increase of 9.4 percent on an annual basis.
“GM and our joint ventures today sold our 1 millionth vehicle in China this year,” said Kevin Wale, president and managing director of the GM China Group. “This is the sixth time and the earliest in our history that we have reached this important milestone in China. It has put us on track to once again set a new sales mark for the year as a whole.”
Apple users first to get 'Truth in 24 II: Every Second Counts'
Just like the AR1.com apps, Apple users get first dibs at new Audi movie.
From the film’s U.S. Premiere in Los Angeles to its nationwide May 5 television debut on SPEED TV, “Truth in 24 II: Every Second Counts,” the highly anticipated sequel to “Truth in 24,” has allowed fans a glimpse into the Audi world of racing as it documented the brand’s exciting win at the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France.
Now, in response to the film’s successful television debut, “Truth in 24 II: Every Second Counts,” will be exclusively available for free download on the iTunes Store (www.iTunes.com/truthin24ii) beginning May 22 in the U.S., United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. The free download on iTunes also means fans will be able to enjoy the film on any Mac or PC, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or on your HDTV with Apple TV. The first installment of the film, "Truth in 24," is also available in stunning high-definition on iTunes at www.iTunes.com/truthin24 as a free download.
ABC Bringing Innovation, New Technology To Indianapolis 500 Telecast ABC will televise the Indianapolis 500 for the 48th consecutive year on Sunday, May 27, and is bringing innovation and new technology to its coverage of one of the world’s historic and iconic sporting events.
A one-hour preview show airs from Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 11 a.m. ET, with the race telecast, presented by GoDaddy.com, at noon. The green flag is at 12:12 p.m. “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” has aired on ABC every year since 1965.
ESPN’s production will utilize more than 80 cameras to televise the premier event of the IZOD IndyCar Series, including four onboard cameras per car in at least nine of the 33 cars competing in the race. ESPN will make use of dual-path technology for the first time in an IndyCar Series telecast, permitting views from two onboard cameras on the same car at the same time.
Tesla to deliver first Model S to customers June 22nd
2013 Tesla Model S
Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) will begin delivering Model S, the world’s first premium electric sedan, to customers on June 22nd. Several customers will receive their cars that day at an invitation-only event at the Tesla Factory in Fremont, California. In its Q1 financial results communicated earlier this month, Tesla announced Model S would begin deliveries ahead of the July timeframe originally communicated.
“In 2006 our plan was to build an electric sports car followed by an affordable electric sedan, and reduce our dependence on oil,” said Elon Musk, Tesla Motors CEO and Chief Product Architect. “Delivering Model S is a key part of that plan and represents Tesla’s transition to a mass-production automaker and the most compelling car company of the 21st century.”
Fernando Alonso will sport a gold and white helmet at this weekends Monaco Grand Prix.
Unusual helmets and 'bling' aren't uncommon in Monaco, with Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button using diamond encrusted helmets and steering wheels in 2010, whilst other teams have done something similar in the past.
Alonso's helmet, whereby gold and white will replace blue and yellow in the same design, will be auctioned off at the end of the season
Proceeds will go to the Fondazione Fernando Alonso which is mainly involved in projects aimed at developing road safety initiatives for children.
The helmet will also be used during the Singapore night race later in the season
EPA-NASCAR green deal covers everything--but NASCAR President Obama’s eco-friendly EPA inked a green partnership deal with high-octane NASCAR Monday to promote recycling and environmentally-friendly products to the sport’s millions of fans. NASCAR, you know the last major series in the world to switch away from polluting leaded gasoline.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, NASCAR will encourage fans to buy “sustainable concessions” at races, expand the use of “safer chemical products,” conserve water, reduce waste, promote recycling, push products approved by the EPA that have a small enviro footprint and encourage suppliers to get an “E3 tune-up” aimed at promoting sustainable manufacturing.
Several changes made around Monaco circuit A number of small modifications have been made on the grounds of safety ahead of this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix. The largest is the leveling out of the dramatic bump in the braking zone of the Nouvelle Chicane, scene of large accidents for both Nico Rosberg and Sergio Pérez across the 2011 race weekend.
As well as rectifying the gradient change in the braking zone, the barrier of the chicane is now further back; organizers have been able to do this by removing the crane which was situated behind the Armco, which itself is now 15 meters further back.
Toyota locks up Waltrip, Gibbs, JTG teams through at least 2014 Toyota didn’t just unveil its 2013 Sprint Cup car Tuesday, it unveiled its 2013 Cup lineup of teams.
Unlike the change in the body of the cars, the lineup has no significant changes.
Toyota Racing Development president Lee White announced Tuesday that Joe Gibbs Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing and JTG Daugherty Racing will remain Toyota organizations with new contracts that “extend beyond two more years.”
NASCAR penalizes Elliott Sadler for Iowa Nationwide Series violations
Elliott Sadler and his team were fined by NASCAR after the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet was found to be too low after last Sunday's race at Iowa Speedway.
Sadler was docked six points in the driver standings while team owner DeLana Harvick was penalized six championship owner points . Crew chief Luke Lambert has been fined $10,000.
Officially the No. 2 car was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4J (any determination by NASCAR officials that race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20A-12.8.1C (body height requirements – car failed to meet the minimum rear car heights) of the 2012 NASCAR rule book.
Rush movie shoot wraps at Donington Shooting of Ron Howard’s Hunt/Lauda movie Rush concluded at Donington Park today after an intense three-month schedule that began in London back on February 22.
Since then the Rush crew has visited Brands Hatch, Crystal Palace, Snetterton and Cadwell Park as well as spending a large chunk of time at its own specially created pit/paddock facility at Blackbushe airfield.
There was also a foray to Germany, which included a recreation of Lauda’s 1976 crash at the original site at the Nurburgring.
While the shoot is over the hard work is just starting for Howard, who will be flat out in the coming months in conjunction with his long time editor Dan Hanley. Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer is providing the score. The film is targeted for a release early next year.
Lotus HVM Racing Announces Nuclear Energy Institute Sponsorship Lotus HVM Racing and the Nuclear Clean Air Energy sponsor group are announcing today that the Nuclear Energy Institute has joined the educational campaign that utilizes IZOD IndyCar driver Simona De Silvestro effective immediately.
"The nuclear industry and IndyCar racing have much in common as they deal with highly sophisticated technologies for which safety is the highest priority. There is a natural synergy to both industries that lends itself to our partnership to promote awareness of the benefits of nuclear industry," said Scott Peterson, NEI senior vice president of communications.
NASCAR Nationwide TV rating plummets Despite new NASCAR superstar Danica Patrick being in the race, ESPN’s live telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway on Sunday, May 20, earned a 1.2 household coverage rating (1.0 U.S. rating), averaging 1,451,807 viewers, according to the Nielsen Company. That is down 37.5% from last year’s race, which marked the first time that the track had staged an event in May after receiving a second Nationwide Series date, aired on ABC and earned a 1.6 U.S. rating.
Hearing the story of his father asking for a cold glass of buttermilk following his Indianapolis 500 victory in 1933 never gets old for Louis Meyer Jr. With the simple request, the first three-time winner of the 500 Mile Race established a tradition that will be played out again May 27 in Victory Circle.
Maybe it will be Josef Newgarden or one of the seven other rookies in the 33-driver field. Meyer, who attended the 38th Fastest Rookie of the Year luncheon May 22 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, wouldn't be surprised given their accomplishments throughout the month.
Newgarden, of Hendersonville, Tenn., was recognized for his speed on the 2.5-mile oval at the luncheon sponsored by the American Dairy Association of Indiana.
IndyCar hammers would-be cheatersUPDATE #4 INDYCAR announced today that it has fined the No. 5 car of KV Racing Technology $25,000 for not complying with Rule 14.12.3. during post-qualifying technical inspection.
14.12.3. Any devices designed to push or pull back caliper pistons or pads is not permitted (Pull back brakes in any form are not permitted).
05/21/12 Some have written to ask for more information of the rules violated. Here it is (There's a new sheriff in town and his name is Beaux Barfield. Cheaters beware):
188.8.131.52 Officials may penalize any Member and/or exclude any Member or equipment from any Event if Officials deem any act or any condition to be hazardous and/or not meeting the specifications, spirit, illustrations, and intent of, the Rules. Conditions that may warrant penalty and/or exclusion include without limitation any action which an Official deems to be a threat to the integrity of INDYCAR, the IZOD IndyCar Series and/or orderly conduct of the Event, and/or which relates to the design and construction of a Car or repairs to a damaged Car. 184.108.40.206 Every Member agrees to follow the direction of Officials with respect to the enforcement of these Rules or be subjected to penalties for failure to comply with such directions. 220.127.116.11 Retracting the brake pistons into the caliper by any method is prohibited. 14.1.4 All components provided by INDYCAR, Dallara or an approved supplier must be used as supplied unless otherwise stated in these Rules or in update bulletins. 14.1.8 The following forms of cooling are permitted outside the assigned garage: a) Cooling towels applied to bodywork; b) Driver cooling fans; and c) Brake cooling fans (in assigned pit stall only) 14.3.2 INDYCAR shall determine the additional Driver Equivalency Weight required and shall notify each Entrant by bulletin. The Driver Equivalency Weight must be installed and secured in the designed location forward of the seatback. The Driver Equivalency Weight must be a hard dense metal. Violation of this Rule 14.3.2 may result in a minimum $100,000 monetary fine and/or such other penalties as INDYCAR shall deem appropriate. 14.12.2 Cars must be equipped with a dual-braking system to operate the brakes effectively on all 4 wheels. The use of computer logic to control any function of the braking system is not permitted.
IndyCar decides not to give Lotus engines extra boost level for Indianapolis 500 INDYCAR, the sanctioning body for the IZOD IndyCar Series, announced today that all engines will maintain a boost level 130 kPa for Sunday's Indianapolis 500.
"After evaluating a variety of options and speaking with all engine manufacturers, we feel it is best from a both a competition and safety standpoint to maintain the current superspeedway boost level for our Lotus-powered entrants," said Will Phillips, vice-president of technology, INDYCAR.
"At this point, there are too many unknown variables in allowing an engine to run a full-race distance at the increased boost level, so it's something we are going to need to explore further. At the beginning of the season we mandated there would be no changes to performance regulations prior to June 18, and we plan to maintain that time frame."
Beaux Barfield, president of competition for INDYCAR, added: "From a safety standpoint, we will be keeping a close eye on speeds as the race progresses to ensure that all cars are within 105 percent of the race leader's pace. We want to make sure that we are managing the speeds and car placement as the drivers navigate through traffic."
Indy 500 fans and drivers to endure scorching heat Sunday The Indianapolis 500 could set a new track record for heat during this year’s race.
If the current forecast holds, it could reach 94 degrees or higher during the race with a 100 degree heat index, which factors in humidity. That would shatter the previous race day record of 92 degrees set in 1937, and could also break a 101 year record for the day.
Krohn Lands Ride for Firestone Freedom 100 at IMS The Viking is back!
In a late-breaking agreement announced by the team just this morning, Anders Krohn will drive Bryan Herta Autosport’s blue and white No. 28 Dallara in the premier event for Firestone Indy Lights, the Firestone Freedom 100, Friday at the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
It will be Krohn’s first event in the series this year after finishing seventh in the championship last year with another team.
Krohn passed the winner of last year’s Firestone Freedom 100, Josef Newgarden, and two other drivers on lap four of last year’s race to take the lead. He led seven laps in all during last year’s race but he ended up 12th after he hit the outside wall in Turn 1 while battling for fifth place with just six laps to go. Instead of heading for the podium he visited the infield care center for treatment of abrasions to both elbows sustained in that crash. But the last words he said in his post-race interview a year ago were, “Hopefully we can come back next year and dominate this race,” and that’s just what he hopes to do on Friday.
Toyota has formally introduced the new 2013 Toyota Camry that will compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next season.
The introduction of the new 2013 Camry for NASCAR competition marked the culmination of an aggressive redesign to provide the 2013 Camry with an updated and more-unique identity.
Toyota Racing Development (TRD) worked together with Calty Design, part of Toyota’s global network design team, to create an on-track Camry that incorporates design elements which give America’s best-selling car its distinct character.
GP2 tire rules tweaked for Monaco races The GP2 Series has announced new tire regulations for this weekend's race in Monaco, the fifth round of the season.
The tire allocation has been tweaked for the Monte Carlo event, where drivers will have two sets of each tire compound. Previously, drivers had three sets of the harder compound and one set of softs for the weekend. The requirement that drivers save a set of the harder tires for the sprint race has also been dropped for this weekend.
Pirelli is hoping the new rules will generate a greater variety of strategies during the races.
K12 Inc to Sponsor Andretti Autosport Star Mazda Driver Zach Veach K12, the nation's largest provider of proprietary curriculum and online education programs for students in kindergarten through high school, announced today they have signed on to serve as the primary sponsor of Andretti Autosport Star Mazda Championship driver Zach Veach, beginning with his race at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis and continuing through the balance of the 2012 season.
"K12 is honored to partner with such a positive and accomplished young man," said Ron Packard, CEO and Founder of K12 Inc. "Zach is the perfect example of how individualized learning can make life easier for a student who is working towards a dream yet still wants to receive a full-time education."
Indy 500 Construction projects may mean race day traffic headaches There's a new twist and a few turns in store for race day traffic. State police are steering drivers away from a massive new interstate interchange near Speedway at Crawfordsville Road.
From up above in Chopper 13, the new interchange's sweeping turns and symmetry looks like a marvel of modern motoring. But down on the pavement where it counts, the confluence of two interstates, a state highway and city street is more confusing than marvelous.
Drivers, including Eyewitness Reporter Rich Van Wyk are getting a little turned around. Rich missed the Speedway exit. So did Art Stockton. The Avon man says he was just as confused on his trip through the interchange.
NASCAR Signs Memorandum Of Understanding With The EPA NASCAR (the biggest polluter in all of racing who went down kicking and screaming to switch to unleaded fuel) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that provides a framework to encourage greater environmental awareness and adoption of green products and solutions with NASCAR fans and the entire industry. The MOU is a voluntary partnership around education and awareness.
The agreement denotes some core areas NASCAR and the EPA will collaborate on moving forward including the following programs: E3: Economy, Energy and Environment; and Design for the Environment (DfE) labeled consumer and commercial products.
The MOU, which can be accessed at bit.ly/EPA-NASCAR-mou(pdf), will pave the way for other opportunities and areas of focus for EPA and NASCAR such as sourcing more sustainable concessions at NASCAR events, expanding the use of DfE-labeled chemical products, conserving water, and continuing to grow the promotion and practice of all applicable types of recycling.
Through E3, NASCAR and the EPA will work together to foster the adoption of green approaches, address sustainability challenges, and seize opportunities. A continuously greener sport - and NASCAR's supplier network - will have positive economic and environmental impacts that extend far beyond the race track in the communities that NASCAR and the EPA serve. NASCAR
USF2000 Heads to Indianapolis The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda resumes its 2012 schedule this week with the popular “Night Before the 500” on Saturday, May 26, at Lucas Oil Raceway. The only oval event on the calendar will be preceded by a series of Mazda Road to Indy Summit activities at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway leading up to the Indianapolis 500.
A field of 21 Championship Class cars, which is the only class eligible to compete in a USF2000 oval event, will take part in Round 5 of USF2000 competition at the 0.686-mile oval. The series will kick off a full evening of racing which includes the Star Mazda Championship Presented by Goodyear and USAC Midget Series.
Rivalry heating up between Andretti and Rahal families heading in to Indy 500
Marco Andretti fist-bumped Graham Rahal on his way out of an Indianapolis 500 promotional event, a much friendlier encounter than their bump on the track at Long Beach last month.
The two young drivers with the famous racing names don't want to be too civil, though. They know their rivalry is good for a sport craving attention and they are happy to talk it up.
"I've got the ultimate respect for him, and I'd say it goes both ways," Rahal said Monday. "Of course, we clashed at Long Beach, and I can guarantee it's not going to be the last time. There's always going to be two sides to the story. I still don't agree with what happened, but that's the way these things go.
Ex-Cosworth engineers await SpaceX relaunch Tonight, Tuesday, May 22nd, at 3:44 AM Eastern, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) will attempt to launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon spacecraft to orbit in an exciting start to the mission that will make SpaceX the first commercial company in history to try to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station.
Sending a spacecraft to the space station has only ever been accomplished by four entities – the United States, Russia, Japan and the European Union.
Saturday’s launch was aborted when the flight computer detected slightly high pressure in the engine 5 combustion chamber. During rigorous inspections of the engine, SpaceX engineers discovered a faulty check valve on the Merlin engine. The failed valve was replaced on Saturday and after thorough analysis the vehicle has been cleared for launch.
Dodge Viper Crash - Incredible Footage Shot for Dodge Viper Cup Show by Internal Combustion Group. Interview with David Pintaric explains how well the Dodge Viper is designed, engineered to withstand this type of crash!
NASCAR Forms Twitter Partnership NASCAR has created a partnership with Twitter that makes it the first sports organization to create an enhanced live event experience on the social media platform.
The partnership will begin before the June 10 race at Pocono. Fans will be able to use the hashtag (hash)NASCAR to find relevant tweets from drivers, teams, commentators and other celebrities.
The partnership is geared towards getting fans even more inside coverage of NASCAR during race weekends. The two groups will work together to bring the best NASCAR related tweets to fans of the sport.
“Social media and Twitter in particular are very vital to the growth of our sport,” said Steve Phelps, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for NASCAR. “It provides great access to our drivers and others who are participating in the sport. Our sport was founded on access to the drivers, and Twitter is such a great opportunity for our fans to get closer to our drivers.”
NHTSA probes fire in garage containing plug-in Fisker Karma U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating a Texas garage fire that destroyed a Fisker Automotive Inc. Karma, a $103,000 plug-in electric vehicle.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent investigators to help probe what caused the fire in Sugar Land, Texas, that Fisker learned of May 3, Claude Harris, the agency's director of vehicle safety compliance, said Friday.
"We are conducting an ongoing field inquiry for an EV incident in Texas," Harris said at a Transportation Department electric vehicle safety forum in Washington.
Doug Peterson And Pete Halsmer Grab Trans Am Season Opening Victories
Canadian racing fans got a taste of true ground pounding thunder this weekend as America's Road Racing Series, Trans Am, set the fastest times of the Victoria Day Speedfest Weekend. When the dust had settled, it was the 800HP Trans Am cars that rocked the house.
In the Trans Am class, it was three Corvettes that jumped out early. Defending Champion Tony Ave in the number 4 Lamers Racing Corvette took the lead. Teammate Don Petersen in the number 87 3Dimensional.com Corvette was second and last year's Road Atlanta winner, Amy Ruman had her new number 23 McNichols Corvette, in hot pursuit running third.
STR: Half a million for Silverstone test Toro Rosso estimate the difference between taking part in the Silverstone Young Driver test and the Abu Dhabi edition is as much as half a million.
Toro Rosso is one of three teams who have opted to run at the latter outing in Abu Dhabi, which many believed was a decision based on logistics.
However, STR's technical director Giorgio Ascanelli has explained that it is more of a financial decision as by running later in the year they can use old race engines and therefore do not have to buy additional engines for the test.
"We have budgeted our resources to support 15 days of testing and we are counting on the fact that eventually the Young Driver Test would occur at the end of the year," Ascanelli told GPWeek.
"We could sustain it with the engine mileage which was left over from the races so a second test in the middle of the season which wasn't planned, for us, half a million? We don't have it."
Texas Attorney General's office says it can't resolve F1 state funds dispute In an opinion issued today, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said his office cannot resolve a dispute between two officials over state funds going toward Formula One races planned near Austin because it involves a disagreement over facts, not interpretation of Texas law.
Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson filed a request in November for an opinion as to whether state Comptroller Susan Combs overstepped her authority in 2010 when in written communications, she appeared to commit $25 million toward the races, planned for November.
Combs and Patterson, both Republicans, have indicated that they plan to run for lieutenant governor in 2014.
Statesman seeks access to secret F1 court records The Austin American-Statesman filed a plea in state District Court in Travis County on Wednesday seeking access to information that has been sealed in a lawsuit by the former head of the Formula One racetrack project against several track investors and officers.
"We want to find out what it is about this lawsuit that has to be kept secret," said Jim George, who filed the action and represents the Statesman. "I've been doing this 20 years, and I've never seen anything like this. Secrecy from the public is never in the best interest of anybody."
A hearing on the Statesman's request is set for May 29.
Statesman Managing Editor John Bridges said keeping all proceedings open is a matter of public interest.
"Court records are open for a reason," he said. "The public's right to access the records in this case is particularly important because the F1 project relies so heavily upon taxpayer money. Taxpayers deserve to know what's happening in a civil suit that could affect that public investment."
Why GM spurned the 2013 Super Bowl Not long after announcing that it will stop advertising on Facebook, General Motors said Friday it would not be a sponsor in the Super Bowl in 2013 either. What's going on here?
Deep-pocketed marketers typically follow Theodore Roosevelt's adage of speaking softly and carrying a big stick. GM is still carrying a massive weapon -- millions of advertising dollars -- but it's talking about its marketing decisions to anyone who cares to listen.
"We understand the reach the Super Bowl provides, but with the significant increase in price, we simply can't justify the expense," said Joel Ewanick, the company's global chief marketing officer, in a prepared statement confirming remarks he made to The Wall Street Journal.
NASCAR fans ticked by All-Star race sandbagging It didn't take teams very long to figure out their best shot at winning the All-Star race would be in the first 20 laps.
What few predicted, though, was that the new format would encourage drivers to take it easy for portions of Saturday night's $1 million race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Now fans are upset winner Jimmie Johnson essentially sandbagged for 60 or so laps before turning it up for a final charge to his third All-Star race victory.
"Everybody knew if you could win that first segment, you could control the night," said Johnson, who indeed won the first of four 20-lap segments.
(About his Indianapolis 500 debut): "This is an amazing experience for me. I'm 47 years old, and I have learned more in one week here than I did in my entire Formula One career." Jean Alesi comparing qualifying at Indy at over 210 mph average vs. his entire F1 career.
[Editor's Note: Rubens Barrichello had similar comments. Each lap at Indy appears to be four simple corners, but because it is a low-downforce track, it is one of the hardest tracks to drive, and to be perfect for 500 long miles warrants extreme focus for over 3 hours.]
USAC rides for IndyCar Drivers! A few years ago, EJ Viso mentioned to AutoRacing1 that he'd love to try a USAC sprint or midget. Well, EJ, your ship has come in.
At St Pete this year, Simona mentioned that the USAC sprints and midgets were "gnarly" and perhaps she wouldn't want to try her hand at that kind of racing. Simona, should you reconsider, you can drive a car with 800 HP and absolutely no down force (and no mention of Lotus, either).
Personally, I'd pay good money to see the series Brazilians take on the Aussies in a grudge match in midget cars on a short track. Better yet, Katherine and Ana could see if they could break Sarah Fisher's old track record at Winchester. I'd pay good money to see that.
Indy 500 Bump Day report Houston, we have a problem.
It is well documented that while Dallara crash tested components of the new DW12 IndyCar, they didn't exactly crash a fully assembled into an oval wall. Well, we now have 4 crashes, with the latest being Charlie Kimball today in practice (he was uninjured), and a disturbing trend can't be ignored.
In two of those crashes -- both involving a 180 degree "half turn" spin and a long slide backwards against the wall -- the car "tipped" on the side against the wall so that the roll hoop (above the head of the driver) makes contact with the wall. In the process of tipping, not only did we have drivers head-first against the wall, but we also have parts that are flying into the fence.
In the case of the Clauson crash yesterday, the under tray of the car -- which is that huge vertical surface that starts behind the front tires and is visible until it disappears under the "Kardashian" rear side pods -- was jammed under the SAFER barrier.
Audi claims their first victory at the Nurburgring 24h race
Erratic weather, an extreme pace, tough competition, bitter setbacks and a great triumph: Audi emerged from a genuine emotional roller-coaster ride as victor of the Nürburgring 24 Hours. In the 40th running of the Eifel classic the brand recorded its first overall victory with the new Audi R8 LMS ultra. The German driver quartet Marc Basseng/Christopher Haase/Frank Stippler/Markus Winkelhock shared driving duties in the car entered by Audi Sport Team Phoenix. Christian Abt/Michael Ammermüller/Armin Hahne/Christian Mamerow from Team Mamerow Racing completed the one-two success.
For the second time this year, Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz) is crossing the finish line as the winner of a DTM race. Having started from pole position, the 31-year old scored a dominant win in the third round of the 2012 DTM season.
After 98 laps, Bruno Spengler (BMW) came home in second place. In the closing stages, the Canadian had to defend his position from Mike Rockenfeller (Audi), who rounded out the podium in third place. Martin Tomczyk (BMW) ended up fourth from Mattias Ekström (Audi) and Christian Vietoris (Mercedes-Benz).
Lorenzo delivers in the rain at LeMans Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo retook the championship lead once again at the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France as he dominated in tricky conditions, finishing ahead of Valentino Rossi, who recorded his best Ducati result ever. In by far the worst conditions seen all season, it was Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa who got off to one of his trademark starts followed by teammate Casey Stoner. Their lead was short lived, as Lorenzo charged past the pair and instantly pulled out a gap. Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow also made a good start in fourth, followed by a surging Rossi in fifth.
Josef Newgarden may be the best rookie to come around in a long time
On Pole Day for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500, rookie Josef Newgarden showed the strength of his Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing (SFHR) team and the depth of his own skill by qualifying in the seventh position.
Newgarden will start the 500-mile race from inside the third row. He was the highest qualifying rookie as well as the highest qualifier with Honda power.
It was a good run, and we’ve obviously got a quick Honda-powered race car,” Newgarden said.
Brands Hatch qualifying 1. Daniel Juncadella - Prema Powerteam - 40.887 2. Raffaelle Marciello - Prema Powerteam - 41.159 3. Will Buller - Carlin - 41.174 4. Michael Lewis - Prema Powerteam - 41.235 5. Carlos Sainz Jr - Carlin - 41.244 6. Pascal Wehrlein - Mucke Motorsport - 41.338 7. Jazeman Jaafar - Carlin - 41.352 8. Felix Rosenqvist - Mucke Motorsport - 41.369 9. Harry Tincknell - Carlin - 41.387 10. Sven Muller -Prema Powerteam - 41.392 11. Tom Blomqvist - ma-con Motorsport - 41.488 12. Fahmi Ilyas - Double R Racing - 41.745 13. Andrea Roda - Jo Zeller Racing - 41.806 14. Emil Bernstorff - ma-con Motorsport - 41.818 15. Lucas Wolf - URD Rennsport - 41.965 16. Luis Sa Silva - Angola Racing Team - 41.985 17. Geoff Uhrhane - Double R Racing - 41.996 18. Sandro Zeller - Jo Zeller Racing - 42.345
Haug: Drivers make the difference in Monaco Norbert Haug believes Mercedes stands a strong chance of a good result in Monte Carlo next weekend, not least due to Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg’s experience around the compact street circuit. The company is currently fifth in the Constructors’ Championship.
“In Monaco, more than any other circuit, the driver can really make the difference, especially on a single qualifying lap,” explains the Vice-President of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport. “Both Nico and Michael have shown a great feeling for the circuit and the ability to master it in recent seasons.
Rubens Barrichello and Tony Kanaan were both happy with their qualifying efforts
Rubens Barrichello experienced a range of emotions this past week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He summed it all up in a concise statement:
"This place is something else," he said Saturday.
The former Formula One star came to the Izod IndyCar Series this year with an eye on competing in the Indianapolis 500. He earned that chance on pole day with a four-lap average of 224.264 mph and will start next weekend's race from the No. 10 position.
In between came a series of experiences that satisfied, frustrated, confused and rewarded him.
NASCAR Joins Beyond Sport To Promote Cause-Related Impact NASCAR announced it has accepted an invitation to join Beyond Sport, a global organization that promotes, develops and supports the use of sport to create positive social change. NASCAR joins a coalition of leagues that includes Major League Baseball (MLB), Major League Soccer (MLS), the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Football League (NFL), the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) as part of Beyond Sport's wider global network. NASCAR becomes the first motorsports organization to align with Beyond Sport.
Through Beyond Sport, NASCAR joins a movement led by a network of sports leagues that allows the sanctioning body to exchange best practices on community involvement, and to promote the numerous efforts of drivers, race teams, track operators and others within the industry to improve communities and the lives of people. It also provides NASCAR the opportunity to highlight the initiatives of the NASCAR Foundation, NASCAR's Drive for Diversity and NASCAR Green while networking with leagues and their partners around the world.
Chevy will not reveal race car until later in the year While Ford unveiled the Fusion in January - and its prototype actually made laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway - and Dodge had its coming-out party for the Charger in Las Vegas, it could be awhile before the public sees the final Chevrolet reveal, said Jim Campbell, the company's US vice president, performance vehicles and motorsports. "We're determining that right now, but it will be a number of months yet before we reveal the car," Campbell said. "It will be much, much later this year." On Thursday, Chevrolet announced that its new Cup car will be branded under the Chevrolet SS nameplate and that a limited production version will be available in showrooms at the end of next year. The manufacturer also released a photo of the Cup prototype. FoxSports
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