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05/25/05
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Bank of Scotland sponsors Panoz team Bank of Scotland sponsors Panoz teamStill riding high from its inaugural victory at the Sportsbook.com Grand Prix of Atlanta last month and a near-podium finish at last weekend's Mid-Ohio race, the Panoz Esperante factory racing team today announced an agreement with Bank of Scotland Corporate to sponsor its pair of Esperante GTLM race cars in this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans and onward throughout the 2005 American Le Mans Series (ALMS).

Appropriately enough, the new arrangement involves Scottish drivers in both the team's Panoz Esperantes. Edinburgh-born Robin Liddell will race at Le Mans with Californian Bill Auberlen. Scott Maxwell of Toronto will complete the driving trio of the first Panoz entry.

After making his initial appearance with the team at last year's Petit Le Mans and the season-ending race at Laguna Seca, Scotland's Marino Franchitti returned to the Panoz squad as a "reserve" driver just last weekend. At Le Mans, he will co-drive with America's Bryan Sellers and Le Mans native Patrick Bourdais.

Bank of Scotland's head of Corporate Banking, Gary Gerrard, made the announcement on behalf of the bank, saying, "We have developed an excellent relationship with Don Panoz as financiers of his flagship resorts in the UK and USA over the past six years. We are delighted to have the opportunity to extend this relationship to the Panoz Esperante team at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The worldwide attention given to this classic contest provides an excellent platform to promote our support of the Panoz team. We wish them every success."

"Along with Marino, we also wish to welcome 'Monsieur' Patrick Bourdais to the Le Mans team," added Panoz Motor Sports General Manager Ed Triolo. "With his considerable Le Mans experience, he'll be an extremely valuable coach to Bryan and Marino." Bourdais is well known as the father of Newman/Haas Racing star Sebastien Bourdais.

"I know we have a fast and well-seasoned lineup with our pair of Esperantes," said Triolo. "Scott Maxwell is a Le Mans 2000 winner in the Multimatic LMP 675 Lola, so I know he will have thousands of fans there cheering him on for a new win." ALMS

05/25/05
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IRL names Todd Crawford IRL names Todd CrawfordIn its continuing effort to broaden its marketing reach, the Indy Racing League announced Todd Crawford, a member of the ESPN and ABC Sports management team, will join the League in a newly created position of vice president, broadcast relations.

In his new position, Crawford, who starts on June 6, will open the Indianapolis-based sanctioning first office in New York, where he will extend the IRL's presence in the country's largest media market. Crawford will be responsible for working with ESPN and ABC Sports on marketing, sales and promotional issues related to the League's race broadcasts, as well as developing synergy opportunities throughout the properties of the Walt Disney Company.

Crawford will work closely with Buddy McAtee, vice president and executive producer of IMS Productions, the IRL's television production arm. IMS Productions is a full-service video production company and serves as the League's liaison on all television production issues.

"Todd's diverse experience and extensive contacts throughout the Walt Disney Company, including ESPN and ABC Sports, will be invaluable to the League as we build the presence of the IndyCar® Series and Menards Infiniti Pro Series on television," said Ken Ungar, Indy Racing League senior vice president, business affairs. "He brings wide experience in television, sales and marketing, knowledge of sporting events and experience with major corporations throughout the United States."

Crawford has been with the Walt Disney Company for 15 years. He joined Disney in 1990 as a talent recruiter for Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. He was selected as a key task force member to develop worldwide press events in 1993 and became a permanent member of the Walt Disney World marketing division in 1994.

He played a key role in the launch of Disney's Animal Kingdom in 1998 and became Associate Brand Manager for Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex later that year. Among his responsibilities at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex was the marketing of the Indy 200 IndyCar Series event at Walt Disney World Speedway. In 2000, Crawford relocated to New York to become director of sales with ESPN and ABC Sports.

"I am thrilled to become a part of the Indy Racing League family and to be charged with the responsibility of establishing league operations in a key market like New York City," Crawford said. "I remember watching the Indy 500 growing up in Michigan and look forward to joining what I believe is one of the finest organizations in the world of sports."

Crawford, a native of Frankenmuth, Mich., is a 1990 graduate of Northwood University located in Midland, Mich. He and his wife Lisa, along with their two boys Davis and Evan, live in Stamford, Conn.

"An office in New York City has been one of the league's objectives, and Todd's vast experience will serve us well in building a presence in the world's media capital," said Brian Barnhart, president & chief operating officer for the Indy Racing League. "His background is perfect for his role in working with ABC Sports, ESPN and the entire Disney family in developing synergistic opportunities with the league." IRL

05/25/05
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US gets two A1 GP dates US gets two A1 GP datesIn its first racing season A1 Grand Prix, the World Cup of Motorsport, will visit some of the world's most glamorous locations hosting 24 adrenaline-fuelled races over 12 weekends.  Subject to formal approval by the FIA's World Council, the provisional race calendar for the inaugural season of the World Cup of Motorsport can now be revealed. Taking in a mix of established world-famous venues, exciting new state- of-the-art facilities and tight twisty street circuits, A1 Grand Prix promises to deliver high-speed action at every turn.  Pitting driver against driver and country against country for the first time in motorsport history, A1 Grand Prix will bring together 25 national teams, representing 80 per cent of the world's population to actively compete on a level playing field.

Announcing the first season's calendar, A1 Grand Prix Founder, President and Chairman Sheikh Maktoum said: 'With the formal submission of the A1 Grand Prix provisional race calendar to the FIA World Council, my vision of an exciting worldwide racing series is moving closer to fruition. A1 Grand Prix will see 25 nations vying for the prestigious World Cup of Motorsport, taking high-profile international racing to new territories. To have 25 cars, each proudly presenting their national sponsors, competing at circuits in both developed and developing markets, will be a remarkable spectacle. It's now only a few short months before millions of viewers world-wide will hear the roar of 25 A1 Grand Prix race cars rev up for the first time.'

With every team racing for the pride of their nation, A1 Grand Prix will ignite the patriotism instilled in every person on the planet attracting support beyond racing's traditional audience. Presenting a rare opportunity for fans to interact with the teams and drivers and follow their national teams live on television.  Following the summer sun around the globe, A1 Grand Prix will deliver 12 weekends of exciting racing action outside of the traditional motorsport season, kicking-off at Brands Hatch in the UK on 25 September 2005.

The following calendar has been submitted to the FIA for World Council approval.  Confirmation of the final A1GP race calendar will be published by 31 July 2005.
        Date                          Circuit                       Location
25 September 2005       Brands Hatch                         UK
9 October 2005          Eurospeedway GP                      Germany
23 October 2005         Estoril                              Portugal
6 November 2005         Eastern Creek                        Australia
20 November 2005        Sepang International Circuit         Malaysia
11 December 2005        Dubai Autodrome                      UAE
15 January 2006         TBC                        Indonesia/Singapore1
29 January 2006         Durban (Street race)/ Cape Town2     South Africa
12 February 2006        Parque Fundidora Monterrey           Mexico
26 February 2006        San Antonio, Texas (Street race)     USA
12 March 2006           Laguna Seca, California              USA
26 March 2006           Beijing Goldenport3 TBC              China

1.  Both Indonesia and Singapore are competing to host the seventh race in A1GP's first season.
2.  At present, either a Durban Street Race is or the Killarney Circuit in Cape Town will host the eighth race on the calendar.
3.  Subject to FIA Grade 2 approval or alternative circuit as directed by the Chinese government.

05/25/05
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FIA drop BAR investigation FIA drop BAR investigationThe FIA has closed the book on the saga that followed BAR-Honda's San Marino Grand Prix exclusion and subsequent two-race ban and has welcomed the team back into the Formula 1 World Championship. BAR was punished by the FIA International Court of Appeal after being found guilty of illegally using fuel as ballast at the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola in April. It now makes its return to the paddock at the Nurburgring this weekend.

The FIA said it was investigating claims that the team had brought the sport into disrepute after statements attributed to the BAR management during and after the Spanish Grand Prix. With a six month suspended ban already hanging over the team, BAR moved to calm the situation by releasing a statement accepting it had misinterpreted the rules. The FIA has now released a statement indicating that it regards the matter closed.

The statement read: "Following the BAR Honda press release of May 11, the FIA regards the San Marino Grand Prix incident as closed. "BAR Honda are no longer under investigation and the FIA wish them every success in the remaining 13 rounds of the FIA Formula One World Championship." ITV-F1

05/25/05
World Series by Renault
Driver suspended from Monaco for life Driver suspended from Monaco for lifeThe Venezuelan driver and RDD member was suspended for nine races of the World Series by Renault championship and was banned from racing in Monaco for life after a serious incident in free practice.

During practice last Thursday in Monaco, a car crashed and was left stranded on the circuit. The marshals were rapidly on the scene to clear the track. 19 year old Pastor Maldonado did not see the yellow flags, and arrived on the scene at high speed. Taken by surprise, he was unable to avoid one of the marshals and ran into him. Following that accident, Pastor was suspended for 9 races, including Monaco.

What happened Pastor?
"We had been running for about half an hour and I was feeling confident in the car's handling. That was when Pilet crashed and the marshals came on to the track. The yellow flags were out, but I only saw them very late and could not avoid one of the marshals..."

You have been penalized for driving dangerously. How do you respond?
"I feel very bad. Gilles, the marshal I hit, could have been even more injured through my mistake. I went to see him the next day in hospital firstly to apologize, and also to show him my support. We talked about things calmly, then shook hands. I hope very much that he will recover quickly and will be able to marshal again. The job the marshals do is fantastic - they put themselves at risk to keep us safe. They are real motorsport fans and as drivers, we really need them."

You have been suspended for the next four meetings...
"Yes, I'm going through very difficult times, but a penalty under such circumstances is justified. I will be training hard to stay in shape and will be back in competition at Donington having learned the lesson of what happened in Monaco. Being a responsible driver is part of what I am learning." Renault

05/25/05
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Miller named honorary starter for 500 Miller named honorary starter for 500Recently retired National Basketball Association legend Reggie Miller, who played for the Indiana Pacers during his entire 18-year career, will serve as the honorary starter for the 89th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 29.  Miller, a certain future member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, will wave the green flag to start the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" at 1 p.m. (EDT).  "I've been to the Indianapolis 500 and watched the start of the race in awe," Miller said. "I can't begin to comprehend what it will be like to wave the green flag to start the race with 33 cars coming down the straightaway.  "This is something I will remember for the rest of my life."

Miller, 39, scored 25,279 points during his career, No. 12 on the all-time NBA list. He averaged 18.6 points per regular-season game during his career and was known as one of the most clutch playoff performers in NBA history, increasing his average to 20.6 points per game in the postseason.

05/25/05
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SPEED Channel Weekly Top 20 Driver Ranking SPEED Channel Weekly Top 20 Driver RankingSPEED Channel Weekly Top 20 Driver Ranking
Updated 5-25-05
Pos. (LW) Driver (Series)                               Pts
1. (1) Fernando Alonso (F1)         10.026
2. (3) Dan Wheldon (IRL)             8.912
3. (4) Bruno Junqueira (CCWS)        8.863
4. (2) Sebastien Bourdais (CCWS)     8.299
5. (6) Kimi Raikkonen (F1)           8.190
6. (5) Greg Biffle (NASCAR)          7.511
7. (7) Tony Stewart (NASCAR)         7.173
8. (8) Kasey Kahne (NASCAR)          7.069
9. (9) Kevin Harvick (NASCAR)        7.061
10. (10) Ryan Newman (NASCAR)        7.034
11. (11) Elliott Sadler (NASCAR)     6.895
12. (12) Jamie McMurray (NASCAR)     6.884   
13. (15) Michael Waltrip (NASCAR)    6.646
14. (16) Tony Kanaan (IRL)           6.629
15. (17) Kurt Busch (NASCAR)         6.594
16. (18) Dale Earnhardt Jr. (NASCAR) 6.508
17. (19) Jeremy Mayfield (NASCAR)    6.251
18. (20) Mark Martin (NASCAR)        6.215
19. (21) Jeff Burton (NASCAR)        6.169
20. (25) Justin Wilson (CCWS)        6.140
Last week's ranking in parenthesis
05/25/05
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Smith proposes NASCAR monorail in NC Smith proposes NASCAR monorail in NCRace track mogul Bruton Smith suggested on Tuesday that a monorail be built to connect a proposed NASCAR Hall of Fame to Lowe's Motor Speedway, and pledged $50 million of his personal funds to jump-start the effort.  Smith, owner of several NASCAR tracks, envisions the monorail running along current state-owned roads beginning at the downtown Charlotte site that's been proposed for the Hall of Fame. The train would travel into Concord with stops near UNC-Charlotte, University Hospital, the Speedway and Concord Mills shopping center.

In pledging his own money, Smith said he was proving his commitment.  "I am not interested in looking down the road to 2010 or something stupid like that," said Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc. "I want to get this done now."
 
But when pressed, Smith admitted he had no idea how much the project would cost, what land would be used, and said he had yet to discuss the monorail with Gov. Mike Easley. Smith said the project would need local and state funds to be completed.  By proposing the monorail, Smith was more likely trying to strengthen Charlotte's bid for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The bidding deadline is May 31, and NASCAR is expected to get strong proposals from Atlanta, Charlotte and Kansas City. More at AP article

05/25/05
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Major development planned across from Daytona Speedway Major development planned across from Daytona SpeedwayIn what would be the largest commercial project of its kind in Volusia County, locally based International Speedway Corp. and Casto Lifestyle Properties LP of Sarasota plan to break ground in 2006 on an estimated 500,000-sf, 50-acre, $75-million shopping center that would include office, entertainment and residential components besides retail.

Cobb Theaters of Birmingham, AL plans to build an 18-screen megaplex theater in the center, says Lesa France Kennedy, president of International Speedway Corp. “Driven by the continued growth of Daytona Beach and surrounding areas, we view this development as an opportunity to reinvest in the local community and unlock the full value of this prime acreage, located across the street from the world-famous Daytona International Speedway,” Kennedy says.

Casto, with 70 years experience in the commercial real estate industry, will lease and manage the property. The concept for the Daytona Beach project is based on the successful 524,000-sf Winter Park Village Casto developed and opened in 2001 in suburban Orlando.

“Loft apartments above street-front stores, offices, specialty and convenience retail, and restaurant and entertainment venues are effectively combined to create an urban village environment attractive to both local residents and tourists,” says Casto president and CEO Brett Hutchens.

Casto has been looking at various sites in the Daytona market for the last several years, “but to have the chance to develop a regional mixed-use project at such a dynamic location represents an exceptional opportunity” for the developer, Hutchens says. “The incremental effect of tourism in the area and the multiple event weeks at the Daytona International Speedway make this a site and project with tremendous potential.”

The 50 acres on US 92 currently house office buildings with corporate tenants and certain related operations of ISC and NASCAR.  More at GlobeST.com

05/25/05
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German trio at Nurburgring German trio at NurburgringMichael. Ralf. Nick. They all grew up within earshot of the historic Nurburgring (Germany) circuit. The Schumacher brothers were born and raised in nearby Kerpen.

''Some people always say I am under more pressure in Germany,'' world champion Michael Schumacher said this week, ''but that's just not true. ''It's a nice feeling. Everyone talks about the Nordschleife but I like the currently used track as well.''

Little brother Ralf used to practice his driving skills on the famous, twenty three kilometer north loop, discontinued for F1 after Niki Lauda's face scarring shunt ('76). ''I sometimes find it hard to believe that F1 cars ever raced there,'' said the German, 29.

Finally, Williams' Nick Heidfeld - the youngest of the German F1 trio - remembers, as a toddler, learning to ride a bike in the Nurburg village. Like Heinz-Harald Frentzen, he grew up in Moenchengladbach. ''In the winter, I would go sledging on the Nordschleife,'' he grinned, ''and I started karting there when I was 8. I have a special relationship with the circuit.'' GMMf1.net

05/25/05
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C16 Magazine is Acquired by Overamerica Media Group C16 Magazine is Acquired by Overamerica Media Group[Editor's Note:  Why is this significant for Champ Car? Rodney Wills is friend of the entire Champ Car family and we feel his new position as publisher of C16 Magazine will only serve to further the goal(s) of exposing the series and mainstream motorsports to new, young enthusiasts.]  It was announced today that Los Angeles based Overamerica Media Group, publisher of leading tastemaker titles, BPM Magazine, and Vapors Magazine, has acquired C16 Magazine from Fort Lauderdale based Speedlife, Inc., producer and creator of the Speedlife Show and other industry related projects.  C16 Magazine made an impact upon its launch with its fresh approach to format, design and perspective, and quickly became a highly respected title in the enormously popular sport compact youth automotive lifestyle market.  The acquisition further broadens Overamerica¹s reach into various complimentary but separate youth trend areas. BPM Magazine covers metropolitan nightlife, music and style. Vapors Magazine is a trendsetting title covering skateboarding, music, street art and fashion. In addition, Overamerica owns and operates BPM¹s online partner, djmixed.com, one of America¹s most highly trafficked electronic music websites, and is set to launch Vapors¹ online entity in the next month.

Respected industry veteran Rodney Wills, formerly Associate Publisher of Haymarket¹s Racer Magazine, Editor of Primedia¹s Car Audio & Electronics, and founder of groundbreaking tuner magazine, TMRm¹zine. will be the new Associate Publisher of C16 Magazine. Overamerica Media Group President, Steve Levy will act as Publisher. C16¹s existing editorial team headed by Andy Williamson will continue their creative involvement in the magazine.

Overamerica Media brings to the table the resources necessary to continue C16¹s ongoing growth and plans to immediately increase the circulation and readership of C16 Magazine via new national distribution by Rider Circulation Services (RCS). The expansion of C16 online is also an immediate priority for Overamerica.

“C16¹s reputation within the automotive youth genre is as a “cool” future forward reporter of leading edge trends in its market and is similar to BPM and Vapors in their respective arenas,” Overamerica¹s Steve Levy stated, “It is a perfect fit for our company and our mission to deliver that difficult to reach tastemaker audience to our advertising clients. C16 expands our reach into an exciting, important demographic and market not covered by our current titles and is more than relevant to existing and future clients.”

Allison Lopez, founder of C16 and President of Speedlife, Inc. stated, “The purpose of C16 magazine is to deliver the true message of what the Automotive Youth Culture is really about and to act as a tool in helping grow our market. Every aspect of the book was designed with this in mind and we believe that Overamerica has the understanding and background to continue this objective.”

“C16 has successfully forged a clear and different approach to the automotive youth magazine market,” added Rodney Wills, “As a part of the Overamerica group I am looking forward to growing and expanding its trendsetting creative presence, perspective and vision.”

05/25/05
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Latest F1 News in Brief Latest F1 News in Brief
Schu pleased with Sunday axe
Schu duel won't be eye-to-eye
Wurz again in 'Friday' seat
Nurburgring's no fun
Fisi's confidence thumped
Red Bull tire swap 'logical'
'Home race' for Toyota
Sauber keep JV meeting quiet
New quali to 'hurt' BAR
Prost on F1
Irv's yacht
Popular Shanghai track
Renault suffer in Q revamp
05/25/05
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Long Beach sale gets standing ovation Long Beach sale gets standing ovationAlthough a vote by the city of Long Beach to transfer the Dover race contract to its new owners (Champ Car) will not happen until early June, at last night's City Council meeting a general service announcement was made that the race had been sold to Champ Car. This resulted in an immediate standing ovation from the Long Beach Fire Department in attendance.
05/25/05
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Fairfield, N.J. Contractor Helps Build Indy Car Drivers Fairfield, N.J. Contractor Helps Build Indy Car DriversAll professional athletes, including Indy 500 race car drivers, owe their success in part to the people who groomed them in the minor leagues.  That's not surprising.  What is surprising is that several of today's IndyCar stars are grateful for the help they received years ago from the owner of a construction company based in Fairfield, N.J.

Whether working as the administrator of a formula-car support series similar to baseball's AAA leagues or guiding his own formula-car racing team, Dan Andersen has helped hone the skills of many drivers now competing in Indy cars and endurance sports cars.  He has worked with four drivers entered in Sunday's Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and at least 13 additional drivers who have also reached the IndyCar ranks in recent years. More...

05/24/05
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NASCAR race fan died of alcohol poisoning NASCAR race fan died of alcohol poisoningThis ThatsRacin article says, A Charlotte man died after a race at Lowe's Motor Speedway this weekend. Friends said Chris Keistler passed out after Saturday's All-Star race and never woke up. Keistler, 46, liked NASCAR and loved to party. "There were some times he probably drank a little too much, but you know I can't be a hypocrite. I've probably done the same thing," said friend Jeremy Karle. Karle worked with Keistler and talked him into coming along for a Saturday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The pair joined a group of friends who watched the race and drank some beer and bourbon. It is not clear how much Keistler had to drink. He passed out in the passenger seat on the way back to Karle's west Charlotte home. "We did what any friend or buddy would do. We picked him up. We laid him down on his stomach, he was snoring. You just don't think that that will be the last time you see him, you know," Karle said. Karle believes his buddy died from alcohol poisoning. David Hampton heads Cabarrus County's paramedic teams and said rescue crews rarely see cases of alcohol poisoning among race fans. "I can't remember the last one that we actually dealt with," he said. The most common alcohol-related call comes when the weather is warm and fans drink too much beer and not enough water. But Hampton said race fans having fun do not always see trouble before it's too late. "It sure makes you think about the alcohol," Hampton said. "It should make a lot of people think about it." The Medical Examiner is waiting for a toxicology report to determine Keistler's exact cause of death. Friends said he was single and did not have any known health problems.
05/24/05
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More on George's attempt to steal LB from Champ Car More on George's attempt to steal LB from Champ CarDuring the past few months Tony George reportedly assured some prominent Indy Racing League teams, sponsors and partners that they would all be in Long Beach next year. And that's still a possibility according to Kevin Kalkhoven. "I believe tickets for our race go on sale next month," he said Tuesday morning.

Despite heading for the Mayo Clinic to have his badly injured shoulder examined, Kalkhoven was feeling frisky after officially announcing he and Gerald Forsythe had purchased the Long Beach Grand Prix from Dover Motorsports.

Following months of speculation about losing their most important race to the IRL and some competitive bidding, the co-owners of Champ Car bought all the assets of the Grand Prix Association to retain the cornerstone of street racing in this country.

I think the turning point was the success of Long Beach this year and the support of the Long Beach city council," said Kalkhoven, who earlier this year flew members of the Long Beach City Council to his home in San Jose for dinner with Paul Newman. "Obviously, it's a good day for Champ Car and its fans and I'm happy we can continue this great tradition."
Added Forsythe: "We're just doing what we've got to do to build up this series. Whatever it takes, we're going to do it."

According to the press release from Dover Motorsports, it took $15 million to secure this Southern California rite of spring that began in 1975 with F5000, then Formula One the next year before CART took over in 1984.

Pat Bagley, vice president of finance for Dover Motorsports, refused to divulge how many bids were made or what parties made them. "We had two close bids and we did what was best for our shareholders," said Bagley.

Fred Nation, IRL executive vice president of communications, made the following claim: "When Dover decided to sell we decided not to bid. It's the Indy Racing League policy to deal with professional race promoters, not to own and promote our own events."

Of course, Nation must have forgotten about previous IRL-promoted events at Orlando and Atlanta -- not to mention Sunday's Indianapolis 500.

It's been rumored that Barry Green, who promoted last month's initial IRL street show at St. Petersburg, Fla., was the other bidder -- acting as proxy for George.

Asked if that were true, Green responded: "I've got to be careful because Long Beach is a pretty sensitive subject and I've got a partner in this one."

Forsythe said he and Kalkhoven were negotiating with Dover about a contract extension earlier this year. "We were negotiating in good faith when this missile comes flying through the air. It was an unsolicited offer to buy Long Beach so Dover had to get an investment banker and start the process."

Kalkhoven, who made his fortune in Silicon Valley with corporate turnarounds, agreed with Nation's assertion. Sort of. "He's (Nation) telling the truth. The IRL didn't officially make a bid, but neither did Champ Car," he chuckled. "It was made by Gerry and myself and our new company (Aquarium Asset Management)." More at SPEEDTV.com

05/24/05
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Huge blocks of Indy 500 tickets unsold Huge blocks of Indy 500 tickets unsoldHow bad are Indy 500 ticket sales since the IRL took over?  You can buy blocks of up to 110 seats together, perhaps more, as we did not try!   Look at the Speedway's site and try your luck to get 40-50-60 together in certain stands -H, J, North vista etc. just days before the race. 
https://imstix.brickyard.com/inettix/OnlineTicketing.aspx

As an example, below are the best available tickets according to our search criteria.
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Description:   RACE - SOUTH VISTA (10 OVER 10 OVER 10 OVER 10 OVER 10 OVER 10 OVER 10 OVER 10 OVER 10 OVER 10 OVER 10)
Sec / Box Row Tickets Qty Price   Sub Total 
S21 M 7-16 10 $80   $800
S21 L 7-16 10 $80   $800
S21 K 7-16 10 $80   $800
S21 J 7-16 10 $80   $800
S21 H 7-16 10 $80   $800
S21 G 7-16 10 $80   $800
S21 F 7-16 10 $80   $800
S21 E 7-16 10 $80   $800
S21 D 7-16 10 $80   $800
S21 C 7-16 10 $80   $800
S21 B 7-16 10 $80   $800
             
Reserved Seat Ticket Total: $8800.  To purchase these tickets, please proceed.  Please note these tickets will be released after 20 minutes of inactivity.  To release these tickets and search for a different location, click "Search Again" and modify your criteria.

05/24/05
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Tony George agrees a merger of IRL/Champ Car needed Tony George agrees a merger of IRL/Champ Car neededUPDATE Obviously TG is really getting squeezed. With all three engine manufacturers leaving or threatening to leave, TG knows he's gonna lose all of that free money and will have to spend more of his own. I say let him get squeezed till he pops! If TG is calling for a merger after rejecting all attempts in the past, then obviously the IRL is in big trouble. If you step back and look at it what does the IRL have? The 500. That’s it. They have no fans, no ratings and soon no free money and no engines. Now they are at the mercy of the engine manufactures. If the IRL goes back to stock blocks or production based engines, they'll be dumbed down even more. Now let's look at what CHAMP CAR has. For one, Kalkhoven and Co. Then Cosworth. They will never again be at the mercy of the engine manufacturers. Next, Long Beach. Then very loyal and plentiful fans. But low ratings that will get better with more exciting events and more races on network TV. Every true Champ Car fan absolutely hates TG for what he did. Kalkhoven and Co. deserves a big thank you from us fans. There's no need to let TG save face by merging. I know we're spending Kalkhoven and Co's. money when we say, Let the last man standing win. If there is a merger that has TG in any ownership role, I'll never have anything to do with the new series. TG screwed up, when he ended up with what he hated most, let him live with it! Kelly O'Connor, Altoona, Iowa Dear Kelly, There are too many heated opinions over a possible merger and what Tony George has done to the sport. However, in this time of possibly reconciliation, cooler heads must prevail. Mark C. 05/24/05 Under a lot of pressure now from the entire industry, including his engine manufacturers, IRL president Tony George has, for the first time, admitted that a merger of Champ Car and the IRL is needed.  This Indy Star article says, After 10 years of strife, the leaders of U.S. open-wheel racing's two major series might finally be working toward a resolution of their differences.  Indications are that serious negotiations are under way that could bring the Indy Racing League and Champ Car World Series back together for the first time since Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO Tony George formed the IRL in 1995 and launched it at Orlando, Fla., the following January.  Fearing the news leaks that have undermined previous talks, the principals are revealing few details. But George, after saying Sunday at the Speedway that to even confirm the discussions "wouldn't be constructive," agreed the time has come for a reconciliation.  "I think with each day that passes, it becomes more and more obvious it would be the right thing to do," he said. More....
05/24/05
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Cosmo and Bach take breakthrough Mazda win at Mid-Ohio Cosmo and Bach take breakthrough Mazda win at Mid-Ohio2002 Star Mazda Pro Series Champion Guy Cosmo drove to victory in the American Le Mans race at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend in a Mazda-powered Courage, scoring Mazda’s first P2 win in just their second race in the category.  Cosmo shared the driving duties with 2002 Formula Mazda National Champion Jamie Bach, taking the helm during the second half of the race and coping with variable weather conditions to out-distance the field and take their first American Le Mans Series win.
 
The Mazda-powered Courage C65 LM P2  only made its American Le Mans debut in April, impressing the paddock with a second place finish in the Sportsbook.com Grand Prix of Atlanta, and impressing Cosmo with the power and speed of the combination.
 
“B-K Motorsports has put a ton of effort into the car since Atlanta, and it was fast right off the truck here at Mid-Ohio,” said Cosmo. “We managed to improve by several seconds over the course of the weekend, and I am pretty excited about how much potential this combination has.”
 
The win was Mazda’s first American Le Mans Series win and the first for Mazda in top-level endurance racing since taking the overall victory in the 1991 Le Mans 24 hour in the famed 787B.
05/24/05
A1 Grand Prix
A1 GP introduces Volkswagen A3 series A1 GP introduces Volkswagen A3 seriesFuture motorsport stars wanting to represent their nation in the World Cup of Motorsport now have an exciting new feeder series in which to sharpen their skills as A1 Grand Prix and Volkswagen South Africa joined forces to launch the first Volkswagen A3 Racing Series in South Africa today.

A stepping-stone to the international A1 Grand Prix series, the Volkswagen A3 Racing Series will give young drivers the chance to develop the physical and mental skills needed to compete on a global level. Training will cover everything from race strategy, data acquisition and analysis and driver skills through to driver nutrition, physical fitness and sports psychology.

Launching the Volkswagen A3 Racing Series, A1 Grand Prix Founder, President and Chairman Sheikh Maktoum said, 'I'm delighted to launch A3 as a feeder series to develop future A1 drivers for the inaugural World Cup of Motorsport and I'm proud to have the first series in South Africa. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the South African government for their support in building the A3 Racing Series which will develop national African talent alongside international drivers.

'The stars of tomorrow, who will carry the pride of their nation when competing in their A1 team will learn the skills needed to race competitively on a national and international stage. By providing a platform for driver development, A3 will reduce any disparities that may exist when teams from emerging motorsport countries compete against traditional racing nations, guaranteeing exciting high-level races for A1 Grand Prix.

'A1 Grand Prix's deal with Volkswagen and partnership with Macdonald Motorsport will see the first carbon-fiber single-seat race car manufacturing facility set up in South Africa, developing motorsport manufacturing engineers, technicians and mechanics. All future A3 Racing cars will be manufactured in South Africa, a country which already enjoys a vast and successful automotive manufacturing industry. The Volkswagen A3 Racing Series not only shows A1's commitment to develop drivers from all nations but also shows our commitment to invest in South Africa'.

Volkswagen A3 Racing Series' Operations Director Alan Macdonald explained the structure of the training program. 'We'll run driver training and testing during the week and follow up with races at various circuits around South Africa at the weekend. Drivers will participate in three separate 10-day training sessions, including two A3 race weekends run to the A1 Grand Prix format. Mid-week, drivers will get the chance to experience more powerful racing cars, bridging the gap between A3 and A1. A controlled unified environment will allow us to assess the individual driver's skill level which in turn gives us the opportunity to assess when they are ready to step up into the higher powered cars.'

Mike Glendinning from Volkswagen South Africa, co-title sponsors of the A3 Racing Series added, 'We are excited about this South African initiative and Volkswagen's involvement in this program. We are proud to be a part of a program that will develop drivers and technicians in South Africa that will go on to compete and hopefully excel in A1 Grand Prix and global motorsport. Word of mouth suggests that all who have heard about the Series are very positive. The controlling body of motorsport in South Africa, the MSA, have welcomed the Volkswagen A3 Racing Series with open arms, as have the other series that will operate as 'feeder formulas' to the series.' A1 Grand Prix

05/24/05
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Sparse NY crowd greets IRL in Times Square Sparse NY crowd greets IRL in Times SquareThis ESPN.com article says, Fly in the entire field of 33 drivers. Dress them in their fire suits. Line them up in order of their starting positions. Put them in Times Square. Add the Borg-Warner Trophy and a touch of Colin Powell.  Retired General Colin Powell and the 33 qualified drivers of the 2005 Indianapolis 500 hang around in Times Square. Eh, just another day in New York.   That was the recipe the Indianapolis 500 used to try to drum up some attention for this weekend's race. The specifics of the event were novel. The tactic of using the New York stage has been perfected by NASCAR for years.

This is what it has come to for the Indianapolis 500. It used to be the biggest race of them all. However, not only has the Daytona 500 received double the television audience of the Indy 500 over the past five years but the Coca-Cola 600 – which starts later Sunday afternoon – also likely will outrate the Indy 500 for the fourth straight year.  As the Indy 500 approaches again, it's clear the wounds of the IRL-CART split still have not healed. It is why the race is starting an hour later this year in an attempt to get more eyeballs.

It is why, despite the attempt at a spectacle, 45 minutes before the drivers were scheduled to arrive in Times Square, the only three people pushing the metal barricades were Formula One fans from Ireland and Northern Ireland whose curiosities were piqued by pole-sitter Tony Kanaan's car sitting on a concrete island.

"If [Formula One driver] Michael Schumacher came to our city, there would be thousands of people waiting to see him," Gerry Olden of Belfast said.  When the drivers arrived, the crowd filled to about 200 people, half of them from the media.   "I think some people thought it had something to do with Star Wars," driver Ed Carpenter said.  But there were a select few who heard about the event and made it their business to be there.

Dennis Katsoulis, a New York real estate broker who is a racing fan, said he was not surprised the turnout was so sparse.  "They haven't really marketed this type of racing in the Northeast," he said.  Peter Bicknell, a 49-year-old IRL fan who has been to the last 26 Indy 500s, drove 45 minutes from New Jersey to see the event.

"It's sad, but this is what it takes for the Indy 500 to get a blurb in all the papers here," Bicknell said. "At least they are making an effort." More....

05/24/05
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Alain Prost gives his opinion on Sauber Alain Prost gives his opinion on SauberFour-time World Champion Alain Prost is still watching Formula One with interest and doesn't hide his admiration for Sauber Petronas, a private squad that manages to compete against the big works teams despite having a smaller budget.

However, the Frenchman doesn't believe that Sauber have a realistic chance of getting podium results on a regular basis unless they can start a partnership with a major car manufacturer in the future.

In Formula One nowadays, three private teams battle it out with seven big works teams. Do you think this is an unequal contest?
Alain Prost: "Yes, I do. Today, the best a small team can hope to accomplish is to develop a competitive car over the season. But there's no chance anymore of competing at the front over several seasons. The mighty works teams have a clear advantage there: They can adapt to rules changes much more quickly because they've got special teams set up to deal with just those types of issues. Today it's no longer possible to get right to the top in Formula One with sponsorship money alone."

Today, the big teams have budgets of about 500 million francs. How can the exploding costs be stopped?
"First and foremost, all the parties responsible have to be interested in reducing costs. This is where the main problem lies."

Let's assume that everyone agreed. What specifically would have to happen?
"In order to really change anything, the number of tests would have to be reduced drastically. In doing so, you have to bear in mind that a lot of jobs would be lost. Some teams currently have between 800 and 1,000 employees. The only way to drive down costs is by laying people off."

What do you think about standardized tires?
"I don't think it's a good idea. If you introduce standardized tires, why not standardized motors? From there it's just a small step to standardized cars. Formula One has always been a parallel competition between drivers and technologies. I wouldn't challenge this basic premise."

How do you rate the chances for Sauber Petronas in a Formula One dominated by the works teams?
"In my view, there are basically three categories of teams in Formula One: the big works teams, the private teams, and somewhere in the middle there's Sauber. Peter Sauber has truly done a superb job in the last few years. At the beginning of last season he even had McLaren in check, and finished ahead of Toyota and Jaguar in the Constructors Championship."

So, is Sauber the exception that confirms the rule?
"Probably. Peter Sauber's greatest advantage is that he could line up two big sponsors, Petronas and Credit Suisse, for long-term deals. They give him the stability required to be successful. However, I doubt whether Sauber can ever make it all the way to the top on its own. That would require a deal with an automobile manufacturer."

In the meantime the team appears attractive enough for former world champion Jacques Villeneuve to agree to terms. What do you think he's capable of ?
"Jacques is an excellent driver, with a lot of charisma. He was the last driver to challenge Michael Schumacher. But I never really understood his move to BAR. A driver of his caliber should have always driven for a team with which he could have competed for the world championship. He certainly won't be granted that chance with Sauber either. But he could well have a successful season with a few podium finishes."

Villeneuve's comeback brings back memories of the 1993 season when you, too, returned from a year off to sit in the cockpit again and went on to win your fourth and last world championship title. How tough is it to find the racing rhythm after a break?
"An interruption is always a risk. You lose your stride quickly, both physically and mentally, and you lose touch somewhat with technological developments. Fortunately, in my case the break lasted only nine months, and I switched to the best team of the day, Williams-Renault." Credit Suisse

05/24/05
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Button chomping at bit to return Button chomping at bit to returnRegarding this weekend's race at Nurburgring, Jenson Button said, "It goes without saying how much we racing drivers look forward to our next Grand Prix, but it's been five weeks since I last raced at Imola and I'm very excited about getting back in the car this weekend. The whole team is incredibly upbeat and determined. I've been so impressed with the way they've handled this situation and I can't wait to see what we can achieve at the Nürburgring.

"The most frustrating thing about the past few weeks has been knowing that we have a strong car with some very impressive new developments just sitting in the factory when we could have been out there challenging for podiums, if not wins. That's behind us now though. What matters is going forward and demonstrating why we belong at the top.

"I finished on the podium here last year in 3rd position and I know we can be stronger than that this time. I enjoy racing here at the best of times and the track has some great high-speed corners and interesting undulations. The car will be strong here, no question. I'm just counting down the hours now until free practice on Friday!"

05/24/05
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New Crew Chief for Earnhardt New Crew Chief for EarnhardtEffective immediately, Steve Hmiel will serve as interim crew chief on the No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet driven by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, replacing Pete Rondeau.  Richie Gilmore, Vice President of Motorsports at Dale Earnhardt Inc. stated, “We are capable of consistently winning and are focused on that as a company. We are going to concentrate our efforts on improved results with the number 8 car.”  Steve Hmiel, Technical Director at Dale Earnhardt Inc., will replace Rondeau commencing with this weekend’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte.

“Pete is a valuable asset and has brought a number of innovations to our organization. He will continue to do that in a different capacity and we’re happy that Pete is so strongly dedicated to Dale Earnhardt Incorporated and its success,” Gilmore said.   He concluded, “We have high expectations of how our teams are to perform and we will utilize every resource we have to win races. Our primary objective is to get the 8 and the 15 solidly into the Chase for the Championship and as a company, we’re focusing everything we have at that goal.”

05/24/05
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Penske received Louis Meyer Award Penske received Louis Meyer AwardLast Friday night, Roger Penske was presented with the 2005 Louis Meyer Award at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame/Old Timer's dinner at the Downtown Marriott in Indianapolis. The Award, named for the first three-time winner of the Indy 500, is given to those individuals who have significantly contributed to the success of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. First presented in 1991, the Award is permanently housed in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.
05/24/05
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Indy 500 Pit Stop competition Indy 500 Pit Stop competitionThe 12 Teams invited to this year’s Pitstop competition earned their place through one of three ways:
  • • Ten entrants qualified for the Challenge through their performance at previous IndyCar Series Races. Teams selected through this method include: Marlboro Team Penske (Helio Castroneves and Sam Hornish Jr.), Panther Racing (Tomas Scheckter), Andretti Green Racing (Bryan Herta, Tony Kanaan and Dan Wheldon), Chip Ganassi Racing (Scott Dixon), Rahal Letterman Racing (Buddy Rice and Vitor Meira) and Cheever Racing (Alex Barron).
  • • One entrant, Fernandez Racing (Scott Sharp), qualified for the Challenge based on its position in the IndyCar Series Entrant Points Standings entering the Indianapolis 500® Mile Race.
  • • One entrant, Andretti Green Racing (Dario Franchitti) qualified for the Challenge based on its participation in the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race Pit Stop Time Trials held on Wednesday, May 18th.

The competition will begin with eight pairs of teams squaring off against each another (determined by blind draw), while the other four receive a first-round bye. Each team will change the two right side tires with a maximum of three over-the-wall crew members. The fastest team in each pairing will advance to the next round, until the top two teams meet in the final round, with the winning team taking home a $30,000 bonus.

05/24/05
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Quote of the week Quote of the weekUPDATE A reader writes, Dear AutoRacing1.com, I think this is the quote of all quotes! On David Letterman last night: Dave asked Paul Newman if he was going to attend the Indy 500.
Dave:  "Your team is also this year racing at the Indianapolis 500.  Will you be present?"
Paul:    (Pause)  "At the race?  Probably not.  I have a problem with the management."
Dave:  (Laughter)  "Everybody has a problem with the management, Paul, but we're still going to take his money!" Jim Watson, Carlsbad CA 05/24/05 When learning that the IRL had met with defeat in its quest for the Long Beach GP at the hands of Champ Car, the IRL had this to say - "It's the Indy Racing League policy to deal with professional race promoters, not to own and promote our own events,"
said Fred Nation, the IRL's executive vice president of communications.  What about the Indianapolis 500, which is owned by Tony George's family, who also own the IRL?  And what about the Chicagoland race, part owned by Tony George?

Fact of the matter is that the France family owns NASCAR and many of its key races too. Mark C.

05/24/05
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Busch series truck driver’s wife murdered Busch series truck driver’s wife murderedBrenda Coley, 48, the wife of Toby Dale Coley, the truck driver, mechanic and spotter at Frank Cicci Racing with Jim Kelly and the Dollar General Race Team of driver Randy LaJoie in the NASCAR Busch Series, will be buried on Thursday morning according to information released by the Hartsell Funeral Home in Albemarle, North Carolina where the Coleys resided.
 
A viewing will be held on Wednesday night from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hartsell Funeral Home located at 522 N. 2nd Street. Thursday's funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m.
 
Mrs. Coley was found dead in her driveway early Sunday morning by a passerby who contacted police. It is suspected that Mrs. Coley, who had just recently opened a small crafts store in Albemarle and had been working late at night for several days, closed her shop at around 11 p.m. on Saturday night. She was apparently followed home by someone who robbed her, struck her and left her to die in the driveway. Mrs. Coley's handbag and wallet were missing according to an account printed in Monday morning's Charlotte Observer.
 
An autopsy was to be performed in Charlotte on Tuesday, but the authorities have yet to release the findings and actual cause of Mrs. Coley's death. Police are continuing their investigation.
05/24/05
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Truck Series TV rating from Lowe's Truck Series TV rating from Lowe'sThe NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race from Charlotte was the second-highest rated Truck race of the season with a Nielsen rating of 1.18 (750,000 Households) on SPEED Channel. Falling in behind only Daytona's record-setting 2.10 (1,330,000 Households), the Charlotte event lifts this year's average Nielsen rating to 1.07 (680,000 Households), up 30 percent over last year's 0.82 average after the same number of events.
05/24/05
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SPEED Channel announces online book deal SPEED Channel announces online book dealMBI Publishing Company and SPEED Channel formally announced today the kickoff of a new Internet bookstore partnership, in which Motorbooks.com, MBI's automotive enthusiast-driven consumer site, provides product, merchandising, customer service and fulfillment for SPEED's online bookstore, Speedtvbooks.com.

The site, which is part of Speedtv.com, went live May 9 and offers more than 2,600 MBI titles in seven gearhead-oriented categories, including cars, racing, motorcycles, repair & restoration, trucks, nostalgia and calendars. From entering the bookstore, through purchase and delivery, the Speedtvbooks.com customer has one seamless experience.

"SPEED Channel is the epitome of automotive enthusiast media, and we're excited to work with an organization that covers such a broad range of content that so closely matches our own," said Brian Wright, MBI's vice president of direct-to-enthusiast sales and marketing. "From hot rods and how-tos, to the wide spectrum of auto racing, this is a great fit for both companies."

"Over the past several months, SPEED Channel has aggressively searched for initiatives that both strengthen the network's brand and establish SPEEDTV.com as a one-stop shop for motor sports fans and automotive and motorcycle enthusiasts," said SPEED Channel spokesman Erik Arneson. "Allowing SPEED viewers to tap into the extensive MBI library through the network Web site is just another way we have found to fuel the passion of our audience. MBI's depth and breadth of topics matching SPEED Channel programming is a perfect match for that audience."

This agreement is part of MBI's new Web partnership program that provides companies with the products and interface to sell books on their e-commerce sites. "This opportunity provides other automotive enthusiast-related sites - both commerce- and content-driven - and their customers access to our incredibly wide selection of enthusiast products," Wright explained.

MBI has a similar Web bookstore relationship with magazine publisher Primedia Automotive Group, supplying approximately 90 percent of that company's online bookstore collection.

05/24/05
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Champ Car to benefit from 2008 Beijing Olympics Champ Car to benefit from 2008 Beijing OlympicsBeijing will invest more than 320 billion Yuan ($36billion) over the next four years to beautify the city in time for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, up from an original investment of 230 billion announced in 2003. The money will be invested in more than 860 infrastructure construction projects to build “a more beautiful more developed and more prosperous new Beijing”, reports the Xinhua news agency’s website. Ding Xiangyang, director of the Beijing Municipal Commission of Development and Reform, said the city will continue to focus on resolving energy supply problems and easing transportation chaos that citizens have complained about, reports the Beijing Youth Daily.

Champ Car of course starts to race in Beijing in September or October of 2006, at which time they will begin to reap the benefits of the city beautification. By 2008, the year of the Olympics, China will have made Beijing into a marvel to behold and Champ Car might someday have themselves a spectacular event if they play their cards right.

05/24/05
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Latest F1 News in Brief Latest F1 News in Brief
Webber's 'anti climax'
Kimi not most famous Finn
Ralf upholds sibling attack
Nurburgring thunder
BMW in F1 'decision' mode
05/24/05
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Senate approves tax hike to benefit NASCAR Senate approves tax hike to benefit NASCARThe state Senate gave its final approval Monday to a 2 percent increase in the Charlotte hotel room tax -- money that would help fund a NASCAR hall of fame. Charlotte, Atlanta and Kansas City are among the cities that want to host the hall, which could bring 400,000 to 500,000 visitors to the state annually. All must make their proposals to NASCAR by May 31.

The bill, approved 42-4 and now headed to the House for consideration, would give Charlotte the authority to raise the local occupancy tax from 6 percent to 8 percent. The revenues would help finance the museum and a new ballroom for the Charlotte convention center, next to the proposed site.

The tax increase wouldn't be permitted unless NASCAR chose Charlotte. An earlier version of the bill would have allowed the city to raise the tax by 1 percent even if NASCAR went elsewhere.
The bill allows the higher hotel tax to be in place as long as the city carries debt incurred by museum construction. But the city could refinance the debt for no more than 30 years. News 14

05/24/05
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Dover statement on LB sale to Champ Car Dover statement on LB sale to Champ CarDover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: DVD - News) announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, Inc. ("Grand Prix"), has entered into an asset purchase agreement to sell its Grand Prix of Long Beach event for $15 million in cash to Aquarium Asset Management, LLC, an affiliate of Champ Car World Series, LLC. The agreement provides for the sale or assignment of certain assets and agreements integral to the event and certain real estate owned by Grand Prix in Long Beach, California. The agreement requires that the purchaser offer employment to all current full-time employees of Grand Prix with salary and benefits comparable to those currently enjoyed. The only material condition to closing under the agreement is a required consent from the City of Long Beach.
 
Denis McGlynn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dover Motorsports, said, "As we were negotiating with Champ Car and others for sanctioning rights to the 2006 and future years' events, we realized that this event has greater value to third parties. In addition, we concluded that our organization would focus its attention exclusively on our fixed facility events. The new owners made a successful bid for our event and agreed to provide certain assurances to our Grand Prix employees. We fully expect that they and the City of Long Beach will have continued success with the event in the years to come and we wish them well."
05/24/05
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Long Beach Press Telegram on LB sale Long Beach Press Telegram on LB saleThis Long Beach Press Telegram article says, Jim Michaelian expects L.B. race will stay the course with new owner. company affiliated with the Champ Car World Series finalized an agreement Monday to purchase the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, a move that ends the long-waged battle for the future of the Toyota Grand Prix. afternoon. He said the GPALB's parent company, Delaware-based Dover Motorsports, will make the official announcement today. "We're delighted that the cloud of uncertainty has been lifted," said Michaelian, who declined to give details of the transaction. "Now our team can move forward along with Champ Car to plan for the 2006 event along with the future of the Grand Prix Association. We're looking forward to it." The Long Beach City Council will have to approve the sale, although little opposition is expected when it comes up for a vote as early as June 7.

As first reported two weeks ago in the Press-Telegram, Champ Car's most influential owner, Australian billionaire Kevin Kalkhoven, was in talks to purchase the race from Dover. Many racing observers saw the move as the only way Champ Cars the headliner at the LBGP since 1984 would ever roll through the streets of Long Beach again. Backed by the Indy 500 along with more recognizable drivers, sponsors and teams, the Indy Racing League was seen as a front — runner for the LBGP contract, which expired following last month's race. But now that Champ Car has purchased the Grand Prix Association, the battle for the contract becomes moot. "The Indy Racing League is the premier American open-wheel series. Any promoter who looks at which series brings the most to the table would have to pick the Indy Racing League," said Fred Nation, the IRL's executive vice president of communications. "When Dover decided to sell we decided not to bid. It's the Indy Racing League policy to deal with professional race promoters, not to own and promote our own events."

Messages left for Kalkhoven were not immediately returned. Dover purchased the GPALB , then led by founder Chris Pook, in 1998 for $91.35 million in cash and stock. The deal included the two second-tier permanent tracks the GPALB owned the Memphis Motorsports Park and Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis. Dover was asking for about $20 million for the Grand Prix Association, according to one source. That discounted price is likely attributable to the decline of attendance and sponsorship at the LBGP since 2000. Even though it is considered the top North American open-wheel race outside of Indy, the LBGP has still been damaged by the split a decade ago between Champ Car and the IRL. Still, there's a rabid Champ Car fan base that has made its presence known through a petition and other pleas to the Grand Prix Association in the weeks following the 31st running of the race on April 10. But it's Champ Car's biggest fan who has had the most impact. Kalkhoven, who just four years ago wasn't involved in any form of racing, has spent millions along with his partners and fellow Champ Car team owners Gerald Forsythe and Paul Gentilozzi to keep the series viable.

The three were awarded the assets of its forerunner, CART, in bankruptcy court in January 2004. Kalkhoven even flew three Long Beach City Councilwomen to San Jose last December on his private jet for a dinner with Champ Car stalwart and acting legend Paul Newman. One of those who made the trip to the Bay Area reacted favorably to news of the sale. "That's outstanding," said City Councilwoman Rae Gabelich "I've got a big grin on my face." Gabelich added that Kalkhoven said he was moving forward with plans to relocate Cosworth the race engine manufacturer he owns from Torrance to Long Beach.

 "Basically, I think that Long Beach is a tremendous asset," said City Manager Jerry Miller. "Champ Car and Mr. Kalkhoven realize that. As far as Champ Car and what they'll do, I think they'll be a good partner." The future of the Grand Prix Association's other major partnership still remains hazy. Toyota's contract as the title sponsor expired following this year's race and officials for the Japanese carmaker were waiting to see which series would race in Long Beach. "Toyota has been a part of the Long Beach Grand Prix since its inception and we are looking forward to that continuing," said Toyota spokesman John Procida. "As far as this deal goes, there's not a whole lot we can say until we see all the details." There were also no details on how the Grand Prix Association will be structured. The GPALB, which currently has 20 full-time employees, was left mostly autonomous when Dover took over and Michaelian expects that to be the case with Champ Car in control. "We are operating under the assumption that we are going to conduct business as usual," Michaelian said.

05/24/05
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Statement on sale of Long Beach race Statement on sale of Long Beach raceAQUARIUM ASSET MANAGEMENT, LLC, an affiliate of CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES, LLC, is pleased to announce the successful acquisition of the assets of The Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. This purchase guarantees the return of Champ Car to the streets of Long Beach.

AQUARIUM ASSET MANAGEMENT, LLC, partners and Champ Car World Series co-owners Kevin Kalkhoven and Gerry Forsythe are "thrilled that Champ Car's future will continue in Long Beach." Kalkhoven stressed his gratitude to the principals and board of Dover Motorsports Inc. for the professional way in which they handled this transaction.

The only material condition to Closing under the agreement is a required consent from the City of Long Beach.

Jim Michaelian, President and CEO, Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, expressed his congratulations to the new owners, saying, "My team and I look forward to working with the new owners and Champ Car in the continued growth and success of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach."
05/24/05
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Champ Car statement on Long Beach acquisition Champ Car statement on Long Beach acquisitionWhat follows is a statement from the Champ Car World Series concerning today's announcement that Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dover Motorsports, Inc., has agreed to sell the rights to the Grand Prix of Long Beach to Aquarium Asset Management, LLC. The statement is attributed to Champ Car President Dick Eidswick.

"Champ Car is very pleased that the future of the Grand Prix of Long Beach has been solidified by today's announcement. Dover Motorsports did a tremendous job in building the race into one of the top motorsports events in the world and the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach has played a large role in the revitalization of the community." "The Champ Car World Series has played a major role in the growth of this event and we look forward to continue building the tradition that has served the community and the series so well, for so many years."
05/24/05
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Rubens calms down Rubens calms downBirthday boy Rubens Barrichello said he won't let his anger at teammate Michael Schumacher affect 'harmony' at Ferrari. The Brazilian, who turned thirty three on Monday, called the bust up after the last lap at Monaco a 'small problem.' ''Let's not make a big thing out of it,'' he urged the media. Many expressed surprise at Barrichello's outburst, considering that - for example after Austria 2002 - he usually upholds the team line. Jean Todt, though, called Barrichello's 'disappointment' understandable. Rubinho, on the other hand, insisted that - perhaps unlike in the past - he has now earned 'the right' to a voice. ''Two years ago I would have kept my mouth shut,'' he said, ''but I have fought hard to get in this position.'' GMMF1.net
05/24/05
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Haug schtum on Ferrari plot Haug schtum on Ferrari plotMercedes' Norbert Haug has interestingly turned down a chance to criticize Ferrari's cold shoulder of the gentlemen's testing agreement. The German marque's competition director responded to news that Ferrari, unlike any other team, intend to test in the days prior to the Nurburgring. ''I don't want to always be critical,'' said Haug, allied to Ron Dennis' McLaren outfit. The comments come at a time when the 'group of nine' coalition, reportedly unwilling to accept Ferrari's all-out approach for much longer, may be on the verge of collapse. Haug told RTL television: ''Whether (Ferrari) join us, whether they do not, it is up to them. ''We certainly invite them to once again consider the agreement.'' GMMF1.net
05/24/05
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Renault blame Michelin Renault blame MichelinMichelin's Pierre Dupasquier says Renault was to blame for their severe tire wear in Monaco. The French marque's motorsport director hit out at engineers' 'tire management.' ''They didn't do a very good (job),'' he claimed. ''But we are also responsible because we made the choice together.'' Title leader Fernando Alonso and teammate Giancarlo Fisichella, though - according to the Gallic 67-year-old - also were to blame. Dupasquier said: ''Better management ... in the first part of the race would have ... helped them.'' Renault's Pat Symonds, meanwhile, conceded responsibility, saying the team was simply 'caught out' on the distinctive street circuit. ''It must be something in the way our car is using its tires,'' the Englishman admitted. GMMF1.net
05/24/05
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Quali axe may help Ferrari Quali axe may help FerrariAxing 'aggregate' qualifying could boost Ferrari's sluggish single lap pace, Jean Todt says. Asked about the newly confirmed single Saturday session, to be run with race fuel from the Nurburgring on, the French principal said: ''I am sure it will not disturb us. ''I think it will probably be better.'' Ferrari's main problem, Jean Todt admitted, is that Bridgestone is not supplying 'good enough' tyres to qualify with. ''That's our weak point,'' he added. ''We are working on it.'' Todt, though, refused to admit that the drivers' and constructors' championships are now all but lost to rivals. ''Of course we have hope,'' he said. ''Whether we can do enough or not remains to be seen. The others are quite well ahead but it is not impossible that we will win soon.'' GMMF1.net
05/24/05
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Villeneuve summoned Villeneuve summonedJacques Villeneuve has been summoned to Sauber HQ in Switzerland after binning his and teammate Felipe Massa's points scoring chance at Monaco. The livid Peter Sauber refused to broach the topic at a drivers' briefing on Sunday. ''I told them I don't want to discuss this with them (in Monaco) because there are too many emotions at the surface.'' Villeneuve, 34, and Massa, will reportedly gather at Hinwil on Tuesday, prior to heading off for Germany to prepare for the Nurburgring race. Declining to say much more, Sauber - apparently considering a 'punishment' for JV - did admit that the incident at turn one was 'very serious.' GMMF1.net
05/24/05
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McLaren HQ paying off McLaren HQ paying offRon Dennis has offered a metaphorical finger to those critics of his multi-hundred million dollar factory at Woking. FIA president Max Mosley is the latest foe, advising the McLaren principal that dollars might be more wisely spent on a Ferrari-like test track. After back-to-back - and dominant - victories in Spain and Monaco, the team chairman said the grandiose 'McLaren Technology Centre' is now delivering. ''There were lots of people who were very critical,'' Dennis agreed. ''(The factory) allows the engineers the ability to explore every opportunity to improve the car,'' Ron said, ''and attracts the best people. The results are coming now.'' Meanwhile, he played down any comparison between McLaren protégé Kimi Raikkonen and the Finn's championship opponent, Spaniard Fernando Alonso. ''It is difficult to distinguish between them in terms of who has the most ability,'' Dennis continued, ''as they're in different cars.''. GMMF1.net
05/24/05
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Klien facing longer wait Klien facing longer waitChristian Klien will have to wait until next month's Canadian grand prix to get back at Red Bull's racing wheel. The Austrian has been told that Italian rookie Vitantonio Liuzzi, although completing an initial three race stint at Monaco, will stay in the seat this weekend. Moreover, beyond Montreal, it is not clear whether Klien, 22, is slated to compete at Indianapolis' successive round, or beyond. ''After having evaluated both drivers' performance during their three race stints,'' team chief Christian Horner explained, ''(we) have decided that Tonio will continue as race driver at ... Germany.'' A disappointed Klien, though - to the Austrian media - vowed to continue to 'do my best' in the Nurburgring third car. Asked if he thought he had done a better job than Vitantonio Liuzzi in the first three grands prix, he continued: ''It's not for me to judge. ''All I can say is that I gave my best efforts and I was happy with how I performed.'' GMMF1.net
05/24/05
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Giants cash in on sports in China Giants cash in on sports in ChinaThis China Daily article is an interesting read on the blossoming sports market in China. It will help you understand why F1 is already racing in Shanghai and why Champ Car is headed to Beijing in 2006. Because of the Olympics in Beijing, strategically, Champ Car is better positioned for long-term success in China. The Olympics will put the world focus on Beijing and we expect that the Champ Car race will eventually make use of those facilities and move the race downtown, though no one has said that yet. It just makes logical sense and Champ Car has left no doubt that it wants to be a "downtown" racing series.
05/24/05
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Daytona Road Course getting repaved Daytona Road Course getting repavedThe repaving of the historic 3.56-mile infield sports car road course at Daytona International Speedway is underway at "The World Center of Racing."  The repaving project on the infield sports car road course, which began earlier this week, will be completed in time for the next sports car race - the Brumos Porsche 250 Rolex Sports Car Series event on Thursday, June 30 during the Pepsi 400 Weekend.  Five-time Rolex 24 At Daytona champion Hurley Haywood, who co-drives the No. 59 Brumos Racing Porsche FABCAR with JC France in the Rolex Sports Car Series, says the repaving project will take the competition in the upcoming Brumos Porsche 250 to a new level.  "I'm thrilled," Haywood said. "It was like racing on a polished marble top in the past. It was difficult to get the cars set up. The bottom line is it's going to be a lot more competitive and the lap times will be quicker."
05/24/05
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Feedback on Kalkhoven defeats George again article Feedback on Kalkhoven defeats George again articleRegarding the breaking news article from AutoRacing1.com, A reader writes, Dear AutoRacing1.com, I have said it before and will say it again. Kevin Kalkhoven has done more good for Champ Car in one single year than Tony George has done for the IRL in ten years. The purchase of the Grand Prix of Long Beach by Champ Car only solidifies this further. Now all of a sudden Honda wants to play good guy and be a driving force in a Champ Car/IRL merger. Please tell me where Honda has been for the past ten years. They dropped CART/Champ Car like a hot potato when they followed Toyota to the IRL a few years back. They wanted nothing to do with a merger then, they simply fled the scene and went to Tony's aid. Now that Chevy is dropping the dead end IRL at the conclusion of this season and heavy rumors of Toyota heading to NASCAR after '06, the so called full of pride and dignity Japanese owned Honda simply can't swallow that pride and ask to rejoin Champ Car. NO! That makes too much sense. It would also mean that Honda were admitting that they made a truly horrible mistake in joining the IRL in the first place. So this leads us to Honda now wanting one unified series, for the good of the sport we are led to believe. I say screw 'em! The way Kevin Kalkhoven and Champ Car are now doing business it is truly only a matter of time before many other manufacturers out there take a real interest in what is happening. Champ Car is absolutely on the way up and to unify or to run with similar equipment for joint races with the IRL will only tell Tony George that he has won. It will tell him we are tired of you riding our coattails, we are tired of you stealing everything from us, we are tired of being the ones who find new drivers, new sponsors, new teams, new venues. It will tell him, here, you have done everything in your power to destroy us and our sport, but please take half of all the great things we have worked so hard for. Forget Tony George! Forget the IRL! Forget Honda! Forget an open-wheel reunion! Deke McTeer, Twin Lake, MI 

Another writes, OUTSTANDING!!  Great news!  This made my day!  The fans, the business owners and the city council can finally celebrate knowing that they'll have a race to attend/profit from next year in Long Beach.  Better yet, this is another telling blow to, to use the vernacular of the day, the "dark side".   In addition, one can only hope that the rumors of Honda and Toyota leaving the IRL are true.  Without their money, the grandson will be forced to try to support his fatally flawed "vision" totally with "his" own money.  I write "his" because a) it is actually his family's money and b) because he never earned or created anything that wasn't based on ego and spite.  After that, perhaps we (the fans and teams) can begin the rebuilding process. Regardless though, I for one, will always have a special loathing for TG because of what he has done to "my" sport. Tony Traugott, Santa Monica, CA

Yet another writes, AWESOME and OUTSTANDING news.  Just made the racing year.  And on the eve of Anthony's Indy (vacancy in the seats) 500.  A double whammy.  This is great news and the first key step to ending and winning the Tony George war on open wheel racing.  Now, get the race shifted as soon as possible (move the convention conflict) off the Master's weekend.  Congratulations to all involved and to we race fans that like left and right racing with cars that require the use of pedals. John Costello, Long Beach, CA

05/24/05
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Grand Prix to stand pat Grand Prix to stand pat[Editor's Note:  This story backs up the one written by AutoRacing1.com on Monday evening.  The hold up on the official press release is the fact that SEC requirements are that Dover Motorsports must issue it and that will happen early morning on May 24th.]  The Long Beach Grand Prix, the most successful street race in America, will remain a Champ Car World Series event in 2006 and beyond with the purchase of the assets of the Grand Prix from Dover Motorsports by two of the owners of Champ Car.  An announcement will be made today that the race has been bought by Kevin Kalkhoven and Gerald Forsythe.

The sale ended speculation as to whether Champ Car or Tony George's Indy Racing League would conduct the race. The IRL ran its first street race last month in St. Petersburg, Fla., amid speculation that it would become the sanctioning body for the Long Beach race. Champ Car, or its predecessor, Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART), has sanctioned the race since it switched from Formula One in 1984.  The purchase is contingent on approval by the Long Beach City Council, which has five years left on its contract with the Grand Prix Assn. There is little likelihood that there will be problems with city officials.

The Grand Prix Assn.'s contract with Toyota as title sponsor ended with last month's race, but officials close to the GPLB say they believe that the Japanese car manufacturer will remain. Its Toyota Pro-Celebrity race has become one of the event's feature attractions.  Jim Michaelian, chief executive of the Grand Prix Assn., will remain, as will his staff.

"Now that we know who we'll be working for, it's time to roll up our sleeves and start planning for next year's race," Michaelian said. "It's a relief to know that the feeling of uncertainty about the future of the race is over."  Said Kalkhoven, "My experience with the management of the Long Beach Grand Prix is, they've done a first-class job and certainly we would like to work with them." LA Times

05/24/05
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F1 paddock whispers F1 paddock whispersEven monarchs have feelings, so it is fair to assume that King Juan Carlos of Spain would have preferred to talk to his loyal subject, Fernando Alonso, on the top step of the Barcelona podium rather than the second. Nevertheless, he had kind words of congratulation for winner Kimi Raikkonen. "It was very nice," commented Kimi in the post-race conference. "He's a nice King."

The current qualifying format has not proved popular, with teams, spectators and especially with the TV companies and, during a Friday press conference in Barcelona, FIA President, Max Mosley admitted it was "a mistake." He also confirmed that the idea was Bernie Ecclestone's. However, it seems unlikely that there will be any change to the Saturday afternoon-Sunday morning schedule during this season.

Naturally, everyone at West McLaren Mercedes was delighted with the Spanish win and Ron Dennis admitted that, back home, his family would be very happy too. The team principal revealed that his children accuse him of being "grumpy" on a Monday after a race if the team has not done well.

For the first time since the Circuit de Catalunya first hosted a grand prix in 1991, the race was played out in front of a sell-out crowd. Alonso-mania has gripped Spain and to protect the championship leader from the weight of national expectation on his shoulders, Renault arranged for the 23 year old to travel everywhere by helicopter and the team motorhome was out of bounds to just about everyone except the King of Spain!

Alonso now receives the sort of adulation at home that used to be directed at retired rally ace, Carlos Sainz. In fact, the two men were spotted having an audience with Bernie Ecclestone in the F1 supremo's new motorhome. Also at the track was former West Honda Pons MotoGP star, Alexandre Barros and retired F1 men, Gerhard Berger and Eddie Irvine. The Irishman's presence in Spain prompted the oddest rumor of the weekend, namely that he was considering buying the Minardi team.

You would think things could not get much worse for the BAR-Honda team, after they were banned from the Spanish and Monaco Grands Prix, but they did. When the catering staff turned up at the Circuit de Catalunya early on Sunday to prepare food for the team guests, they discovered that all that day's desserts had been stolen from fridges at the back of the motorhome.

In an obvious connection between his team's name and Spain's love of bullfighting, Red Bull's Tonio Liuzzi was spotted in the pit lane on Saturday wearing a Matador's hat and holding a red cape. Observers reckoned the hat was a big improvement on what must be the strangest driver haircut in the paddock. West McLaren

05/24/05
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Behind the scenes at the Monaco GP Behind the scenes at the Monaco GPThe party grand prix of the year is over now and all the F1 workers have breathed a big sigh of relief that the toughest, longest race weekend of the season has come to an end.

Even before it was over, mechanics not directly involved in the race had begun packing everything away before tackling a different kind of race of their own, driving the trucks and motorhomes all the way from Monaco to the Nurburgring, for next Sunday’s European Grand Prix.

It’s a bit less of a rush for the crew of the Red Bull Energy Station, as it won’t be making the trip to the 'Ring', because there is not enough time to erect it. With its floating location in the Monaco harbor, the other motorhomes nicknamed it the Floaterhome.

On the subject of nicknames, the Star Wars connection obviously made it into the F1 psyche as the reigning world champion and his little brother are now referred to as Michael and Ralf Chewbacca!

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has always had a hands-on approach to running the sport and on Sunday, his hands were reaching for the drivers’ caps, as many of them forgot to take them off during the one minute silence in memory of the late Prince Rainier. Bernie rushed round, removing the caps and handing them to their owners.

Race winner Kimi Raikkonen and his McLaren team-mate, Juan Pablo Montoya wore specially designed crash helmets, encrusted with diamonds this weekend. It was a tie-up with a diamond company. As part of the promotion, a group of journalists was invited to a Friday lunch on a yacht. After the event, the press did not know whether to laugh or be insulted as they were handed a "goody" bag containing a pot of anti-ageing cream. Not quite the diamond they had expected, but at least they all looked fresh-faced on Saturday morning. Red Bull Racing

05/23/05
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ASA cars approved for Trans-Am ASA cars approved for Trans-AmThe Trans-Am Series announced today new rules allowing former American Speed Association cars to compete in its GT America Class (GTA). ASA-spec cars, with some minor modifications, will be eligible for Trans-Am competition beginning with the June 18 race at Portland International Raceway.

“We are pleased to welcome ASA teams to the Trans-Am Series,” said Trans-Am Executive Director John Clagett. “These rules are designed to allow former ASA teams the ability to go beyond running just oval tracks and to experience the excitement and grandeur of North America’s premiere road racing series. They will now have the opportunity to race with some of the best of the best in road racing at many of the top venues in motorsports.

“Our new GTA Class has been a phenomenal success thus far,” added Clagett. “We had nine GTA cars at our season opener in Long Beach and we are expecting upwards of 15 at Portland, making this class the fastest-growing segment of Trans-Am competition. We think this announcement will result in even more growth of the already competitive and enthusiastic GTA Class.”

Former ASA competitors will be allowed to run a true ASA car, utilizing sealed LS-1 engines with the addition of larger 22-gallon fuel cells. ASA-spec cars must also meet all safety, technical and licensing requirements spelled out in the Trans-Am Series Rulebook.

Other optional technical changes include: Computer re-flash to bring rpm limit to 6,800, the addition of a 90-millimeter throttle body, the use of an LS-2 intake manifold to fit the larger throttle body and increase air flow, new valve springs, and new rod bolts. All ASA engine-modification work will be performed by Schwanke Engines. Schwanke will make the necessary upgrades, run the engine on its dyno and re-seal the engine. All former ASA engines must remained sealed as in the past.

“Our goal is to make ASA-specification cars competitive with current GTA cars,” said GT America President Ron Cortez. “The engine modifications should allow for approximately 490 horsepower, and we think that an ASA-spec car at current GTA weight will definitely be equal with current GTA equipment.”

The Trans-Am Series’ GTA Class features V-8-powered, tube-framed sedans. The Class will be recognized this year with its own championship, as well as recognition of its class winner at each race this season. The addition of the GT America cars makes Trans-Am into a three-class series, which also includes the featured Trans-Am cars, as well as the GT-1 Driver Development Class. Trans-Am

05/23/05
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PitFit Training names the 3 scholarship winners! PitFit Training names the 3 scholarship winners!PitFit Training and world-class motorsports sends congratulations to James Hinchcliffe, Thomas Belli and Gilles Fortier for receiving the 2005 PitFit Rennavator Scholarships. The remaining two scholarships are reserved for the 2005 Snap-on Stars of Karting Champions.  This program is named in the memory of Tony Renna, a close friend and client of PitFit Training CEO Jim Leo.

The winners were evaluated upon their on the following criteria:
*On and-off track performance,
*Self-presentation
*Devotion to racing career
*Attitude towards fitness

Each driver will receive a 6-month PitFit training program.  The program includes a comprehensive fitness evaluation at PitFit headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana. PitFit Training is highly recognized in the professional motor sports industry for their premier driver conditioning.  Some of their clients include IRL drivers Sam Hornish, Scott Dixon, and Tomas Scheckter in addition to Formula One driver Anthony Davidson and race teams Chip Ganassi Racing and Team Penske. Each scholarship program will be geared specifically for the driver’s particular racing series with full access to the PitFit on-line Training Site.  The winners will receive training products from Theraband and sports nutrition from Cytomax. PitFit will also include the DVD “Auto Racing Fitness: The Fundamentals”

In addition to the fitness programs, each winner will experience a tour of seat-making company Bald Spot Motor Sports.  Baldspot’s seat expert Glenn McDonald will explain and demonstrate how a seat is made. McDonald makes seats for top drivers in Formula One, Champ Car, Indy Car, and NASCAR.

PitFit Training will be accepting applications for the five 2006 Scholarships after August 1st, 2005.   Stay tuned for details or visit www.pitfittraining.com

05/23/05
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A new approach for Champ Car in Portland A new approach for Champ Car in PortlandA determined promoter, a cadre of business leaders and a handful of companies willing to take a chance are involved in a marketing strategy to turn Portland's June 19 Champ Car World Series open-wheel auto race into a vehicle for economic development opportunity.  But Portland Mayor Tom Potter and Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski might need more convincing.

Local promoter Mike Nealy has borrowed a page from the successful Long Beach Grand Prix playbook -- and added a few pages. Long Beach uses its season-opening race as a catalyst to recruit potential companies. Nealy is selling Portland's open-wheel race as a way to lure business to Oregon, and he wants the city and the state to get involved.

If Nealy succeeds, the CBS telecast of the race could become a 21/2-hour pitch to companies, urging them to consider relocating to Oregon. The audience, potentially, is huge: Champ Car claims its telecasts reach 320 million people worldwide.

The plan has merit, but it is expensive. It will cost $500,000 for what Nealy calls "the full enchilada."   Part of that would go to CBS to purchase the "TV entitlement" of the race. Part of it would secure title sponsorship for the city and state.

"I think the idea of making it a statewide race, of branding it that way, is very good," said Joe D'Alessandro, president and chief executive officer of the Portland Oregon Visitors Association. "It's an investment."

Portland and Champ Car, with a relationship that goes back 22 years, reached agreement on a new three-year contract in August 2004. The contract calls for Champ Car races at PIR in 2006 and 2007, but the series and the city both have an "out" clause.

Nealy's plan has the approval of the Champ Car Business Coalition, which includes the visitors association, the Oregon Sports Authority, the Portland Business Alliance, the Oregon Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Portland Ambassadors.

"There are some exciting things happening around this race," Nealy said last week.  Much more at the Oregonian

05/23/05
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F1 drivers beware, hit-squads out to get you F1 drivers beware, hit-squads out to get youDrug testing hit-squads are to be used in Formula One for the first time. The sport's governing body, the FIA, is to step up testing of drivers and anyone breaking the rules could face an automatic two-year ban, suspension and disqualification.
Experts from the World Anti-Doping Agency have been called in to carry out testing and drivers face checks for a wide range of performance-enhancing cocktails and recreational drugs.

Drivers will be under greater scrutiny than ever before. They can be asked to give their whereabouts at all times and have to inform the authorities if they move residence. Until now, tests have only been carried out at races but now doping control officers can demand specimens of urine and blood while drivers are at home, training or testing their cars.

FIA has agreed to adopt the WADA code already used in soccer and athletics. "We have called in WADA because they are the experts," F1 medical delegate Dr Gary Hartstein said. "With so much at stake it's the kind of thing that has to be done properly and they have a very complex testing, checking and monitoring procedure. It has to be that way because every step has to stand up to scrutiny in case the results are contested. There is no suggestion that anyone is using drugs but it makes sense, in everyone's interests, to have a more sophisticated and better monitored process." Herald Sun

05/23/05
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Penske ALMS effort to be run our of NASCAR shop Penske ALMS effort to be run our of NASCAR shopDuring the ALMS race broadcast it was said that Roger Penske's new Porsche P2 ALMS effort would be housed in the same building in North Carolina where his NASCAR teams are.
05/23/05
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Ranger making his mark already Ranger making his mark alreadyDid you know that young Canadian Andrew Ranger is the first rookie driver ever to claim a spot on the Champ Car podium in Monterrey? He is the first driver since Nigel Mansell in 1993 to score a podium in one of his first two starts.
05/23/05
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Schmidt to appear on CNN Schmidt to appear on CNNSchmidt to appear on CNN: Sam Schmidt, paralyzed in an IRL accident at Disney World, and owner of Sam Schmidt Motorsports and founder of the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation, is scheduled to appear on CNN at approximately 1:30 p.m. (EDT) on May 24. Schmidt, who will field a car for Richie Hearn in the Indianapolis 500 and four cars in the Futaba Freedom 100 for Jaime Camara, Chris Festa Travis Gregg and Tom Wood will be on Live From., which runs 1-3 p.m. (EDT) on the cable television news network. IRL
05/23/05
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Star Wars is talk of Gasoline Alley Star Wars is talk of Gasoline AlleyLike most of the country, the final installment of the Star Wars series of movies has been a topic of conversation in Gasoline Alley.  "I think anyone who has grown up in our generation knows Star Wars," said 1996 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Lazier. "It's always been pretty cool. I've heard this one is a pretty good one. I remember being a kid and everyone said that was the end of the story. There would be no more, and then there was more. I'm hopeful that it continues and is sort of a lifetime series of movies."

Richie Hearn, driver of the No. 70 Meijer Coca-Cola Racing Special Panoz/Chevrolet/Firestone, was one of the first people in the garage area to see the movie. He saw the Star Wars, Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith on May 19 when practice for the Indianapolis 500 was rained out.

"I thought it was a good movie, but I'm kind of a Star Wars geek," said Hearn,. "I have all the movies and I was happy with the way it all tied in. The special effects were pretty incredible. I'm definitely going to see it again."

Jimmy Kite, driver of the No. 91 Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing Dallara/Toyota/Firestone said he hadn't seen the movie, but had plans to see it soon.  "I've been waiting on this one since the last one ended," Kite said. "You know it always comes out in May, and I've had the date circled. My PR guy and I have been counting down the days. As soon as he gets up here, we're going right to the movie theater to watch it." IRL

05/23/05
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Indy 500 starters in Times Square Indy 500 starters in Times SquareThe 33 drivers who will comprise the starting field for the 89th Indianapolis 500 lined up in traditional 11-row order - wearing their colorful fire suits and with helmets tucked under their right arms - in Times Square for an unprecedented media photo opportunity behind a "yard of bricks" graphic. The Borg-Warner Trophy and a Team 7-Eleven show car of MBNA Pole winner Tony Kanaan flanked the field.

The drivers were joined by former U.S. Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell, who will drive the Pace Car in the May 29 classic. The Borg-Warner Trophy made its first public appearance in New York City since its unveiling at the Roosevelt Hotel in 1936.

"It's going to be a fun day," said two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves, who occupied the space reserved on Military Island for the middle starter in Row 2. It was a full day of activity for the drivers. Kanaan, the reigning IndyCar Series champion, and Danica Patrick appeared on ESPN2's "Cold Pizza" and on Fox News Channel. Patrick will be the fourth woman to start the 500-Mile Race.

In the afternoon, Patrick was a guest on the syndicated "Jim Rome Show," taped a segment for "CNN NewsNight with Aaron Brown" and was a guest on the "Late Show with David Letterman." Letterman, an Indianapolis native and co-owner of Rahal Letterman Racing, will cheer on Patrick and teammates Kenny Brack, the 1999 race winner, and Vitor Meira on Race Day. After the photo opportunity, the drivers returned to the Marriott Marquis for a luncheon and interviews with national and international print, video and online media outlets.

 
Photos by Ron McQueeney/IRL

05/23/05
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PacifiCare expands PacifiCare expandsNewman/Haas sponsor PacifiCare just purchased Pacific Life's division of Health Insurance, which means they went from a company licensed to operate in 6 or 7 states and Asia to 43 states and Asia.  It is thought this will get the PacifiCare name out more, and that will hopefully help Champ Car, Which is of course in great need of more name recognition.
05/23/05
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New quali confirmed New quali confirmedSunday or 'aggregate' qualifying was staged for the last time at Monte Carlo.  With rare team unanimity and a fax vote of the F1 Commission, the World Motor Sport Council confirmed that a different format will debut at the Nurburgring.  An FIA statement said a single, race-fuel Saturday qualifying session - with the winner of the last race running last - will kick off at 1pm.
05/23/05
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Liuzzi gets one more race before Klien returns Liuzzi gets one more race before Klien returnsRed  Bull  Racing  confirms  that  Tonio  Liuzzi  will  partner  David  Coulthard  for  the  fourth successive race at Nürburgring next weekend.  Following the European Grand Prix, Christian Klien will resume race driver duties from
the Canadian Grand Prix onwards.

CHRISTIAN HORNER, Sporting Director: "After having evaluated both drivers performance during their three race stints, the team have  decided  that  Tonio  will  continue  as  race  driver  at  the  next  GP  in  Germany.  Christian  will  then  be  back  in  the  race  car  from  Montreal  having  made  a  valuable contribution to the team in the last 3 races as third driver."

05/23/05
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American Kimball makes podium at Knockhill American Kimball makes podium at KnockhillCharlie Kimball stepped onto the podium for the first time this season with a third place finish in the British Formula 3 International Championship at the Scottish Knockhill circuit. After a Race 1 incident sidelined Kimball, he recovered in Race 2 coming from fifth on the grid to a solid third place finish. The valuable championship points Kimball accrued in the second race promotes the young American into the top 10 in the Championship table.

The young Californian again showed his adaptability by qualifying sixth for Race 1 on a dry track and fifth for Race 2 on a rain-soaked circuit. In both sessions, Kimball's times were within half a second of the pole time. The wet second qualifying session posed more challenges than a typical wet session because of visibility-reducing spray from the large number of F3 cars on the short Knockhill circuit.

Kimball spoke about qualifying, "The two sessions could not have been more different. I made the best of the chances I had and am very happy to be on the third row for both races."

The Californian's first race was over almost before it began. On a torrentially wet circuit, Kimball made a good start and was challenging for fifth place when into the first corner, Marko Asmer hit Kimball's right rear corner sending the American into an uncontrollable spin. As he tried to recover, Dan Clarke crashed into the spinning Yank ending both driver's races on the spot.

Kimball was fuming mad afterwards, "I don't know how I am supposed to avoid being run into from behind! Marko claims Dan started a chain reaction but Dan is trying to claim he was the innocent bystander. I can't wait to see the TV footage so I can understand whom to avoid next time."

The result of Race 1 left Kimball wondering when his luck was going to change but he didn't have to wait long. Race 2 began on a dry track and the Carlin Motorsport driver made a good start to hold his fifth position into the first corner. Coming into the hairpin for the first time, Kimball relinquished one position to an ambitious Mike Conway but was soon promoted back to fifth when Tim Bridgeman went into to wall on lap 2. Kimball was promoted again when Ryan Lewis spun after an incident with Asmer and finally took the crucial third when Mike Conway's engine expired on lap 23.

Kimball was ecstatic with the result, "When Mike make the aggressive passing move on the first lap, I let him go because I needed to concentrate on finishing and scoring points. From then on it was a case of missing the carnage in front of me and running consistently fast lap times. It has been a long time since an American was on the podium in British F3 and I am looking forward to more."

Kimball carries the momentum from this weekend into his preparations for the races at the fast and flowing Thruxton circuit this coming weekend, May 28th and 29th.

05/23/05
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Something smells at Indy Something smells at IndyThis Speed TV article talks about the attempt by the IRL to arrange bumping on Bump Day, the first time in years.
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IRL to lose both voices of The 500 IRL to lose both voices of The 500Not only is the infamous Indy Speedway track announcer Tom Carnegie about to retire, the Indy 500 has lost its TV and radio voices too, Bob Jenkins and Paul Page. Rather than recognize that the creation of the IRL and the split of the sport is the cause for the IRL's massive TV ratings plunge, they blame it on the announcers and replace them. The IRL is oblivious to what they have done to the sport and how to fix it.

This Indy Star article says, You wouldn't start the Indianapolis 500 without singing "Back Home Again in Indiana." And you wouldn't finish it without a cold bottle of milk. But when tradition butts heads with network television -- hot in pursuit of 18- to 34-year-old viewers at a time of declining overall ratings -- tradition can take a back seat. For the second time in his 28-year broadcasting career as the "Voice of the 500," Paul Page -- one of the most recognized motorsports media figures on the national racing scene -- has been booted by ABC Sports. "I was terribly disappointed," said Page, who lives in Indianapolis. "I love doing the Indy 500. . . . It's all I ever really wanted to do." Page, 59, has been replaced by Todd Harris, described by ABC as one of the "most respected young talents" in broadcasting. But Harris has never called an Indy 500 race. Harris, 39, worked his way up by announcing supercross and motorcross racing events. At ABC, he has worked as a sideline reporter on college football games and was a pit reporter during last year's 500. Network officials hope to boost ratings for the race, which have been steadily declining since the glory days of A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti and Rick Mears.

Page, who will continue to work for ABC and ESPN on college football and other events, said he believes the move is misguided. "They said they needed to make a change because the ratings were in trouble. But ratings in sports doesn't have anything to do with the broadcasters. We're on camera for 15 seconds if we're lucky," Page said last week, while sipping coffee at a Northside Starbucks not far from his home. "People don't tune into sports because Al Michaels or Dick Enberg is doing the broadcast. They watch it for the sports. They say they want to reach the 18-35 demographic. Well, that might have worked in the '70s and '80s but not today. I want open-wheel racing to succeed, but I have never understood why they think the broadcast team affects that.
05/23/05
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NASCAR says no penalties NASCAR says no penaltiesThis ThatsRacin article says, The name-calling and pushing and shoving that followed the nine-car wreck on Lap 35 will not result in any penalties. Nextel Cup Series director John Darby said everyone will be on a "clean slate" for the Coca-Cola 600. Ryan Pemberton, the crew chief on Joe Nemchek's No. 01 Chevrolet that was in the middle of all that, was still fairly upset afterward. "You know, all the hype," he said. "One guy got a little bit aggressive and hit another guy and it destroyed, basically, the field. "...That's what they want. The format is for the excitement and this is what you get. It's really frustrating."
05/23/05
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Sauber now more unhappy with Villeneuve Sauber now more unhappy with VilleneuveAlready unhappy with Jacques Villeneuve's performance, this Sky Sports article says, Peter Sauber has hailed Jacques Villeneuve's ill-fated attempt to pass teammate Felipe Massa as leading to 'the most depressing thing a team can experience' - the loss of certain points. After a strong qualifying result saw them mixing with the Ferraris on the grid, good race strategy had both Villeneuve and Massa in the hunt for points as the final stages of the 78-lap event brought a great snake of cars together to battle over fifth position. Unfortunately, Villeneuve thought he could get a run on his teammate at Ste Devote, but only succeeded in hitting the barrier and forcing his teammate to take avoiding action that dropped him down the order. "We had a perfect strategy for the race today, and some very good work by the pit crew brought us up to a very strong position after the incident that brought out the safety car," Sauber said. "However, the incident caused by Jacques cost us five valuable championship points that would have enabled us to close the gap on our direct competitor, Red Bull.

"What happened today is the most depressing thing that a team can experience." Villeneuve claimed that he felt his car was better than Massa's entering the closing stages, and did not want to get left behind in the battle for position if he got slowed up behind his teammate. "Towards the end I caught up with Felipe, and could see that his rear tires were finished," he insisted. "My car felt pretty much as good as it had been all through the race, and I was told to reduce the gap to the guys in front of me because a lot of us were closing up in the fight for points. Then I tried something that, unfortunately, didn't work...."

Massa recovered from his trip down the first corner escape road - the scene of his accident earlier in the weekend - to finish ninth, missing even one point by a single place. Even though obviously frustrated, however, the Brazilian refused to get caught up in a war of words with his team-mate. "I think it was wrong from his side, but I am just focusing on the next race," he insisted.
05/23/05
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The IRL has turned into race for big money The IRL has turned into race for big moneyThis AP article says, the IRL has turned into race for big money.  Tony George's attempt at budget open-wheel racing isn't working as planned. More...
05/23/05
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Kalkhoven to seek expert advice on constant pain Kalkhoven to seek expert advice on constant painChamp Car co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven figures to have a busy week ahead of him. After his planned meeting with Honda’s Robert Clarke tomorrow, he is slated to head to Minnesota for a visit to the Mayo Clinic to check out the progress -- or lack thereof -- on the broken right shoulder he suffered in a skiing accident in late March.

“After eight weeks the pain is as bad as ever,” he says. “Which means I either have to take drugs, which I hate doing and which causes you to lose your focus, or I cope with lack of sleep . . . which I don’t much like either and which also makes it difficult to focus very long. So we’re going to have the experts take a look at it.”  SPEEDTV.com

05/23/05
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Alonso not worried about Monaco result Alonso not worried about Monaco resultAlonso not worried by his Monaco result
Fernando Alonso finished fourth in a difficult car this afternoon, but Raikkonen’s second consecutive victory is not preoccupying him.

The Renault driver was a relieved man after the Monaco Grand Prix. He may not have finished on the podium, and missed out on the champagne he had developed a taste for this year, but the Renault F1 Team is looking on the bright side – after all, he is still top of the drivers’ championship with a healthy lead.

“To finish fourth today and score five points is a great performance,” explained Fernando. “I am pretty happy with it to be honest. At one point, I thought I would be able to finish on the podium, then I was worried about just keeping the car off the barriers – and even thought I might not score points. I passed Giancarlo’s car at one point and was worried that I might have the same problems as him. To finish the race in the points is a pretty good result.”

The Renault F1 Team will analyze the data collected today in order to understand why rear tire wear proved such a problem in Monaco. However, although the performance on the day might have disappointing, Fernando is staying positive: “Kimi has been very quick in Spain and Monaco, but he is still more than 20 points behind in the championship. I am not worried. We need to work hard on our performance so we can finish ahead of him a few times as well,” he concluded. “Whatever else, this result doesn’t pile the pressure on us. We are still calm.” Renault F1 Team

05/23/05
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Monaco fast laps Monaco fast lapsMonaco - fastest race laps:
1. Michael Schumacher - Ferrari - 1'15.842 - lap 40
2. Kimi Raikkonen - McLaren Mercedes - 1'15.921 - lap 41
3. Fernando Alonso - Renault - 1'16.600 - lap 19
4. Giancarlo Fisichella - Renault - 1'16.776 - lap 20
5. Jarno Trulli - Toyota - 1'16.812 - lap 38
6. Rubens Barrichello - Ferrari - 1'16.916 - lap 51
7. Mark Webber - Williams BMW - 1'16.971 - lap 77
8. Ralf Schumacher - Toyota - 1'17.070 - lap 11
9. Nick Heidfeld - Williams BMW - 1'17.159 - lap 15
10. Juan Pablo Montoya - McLaren Mercedes - 1'17.403 - lap 50
11. Jacques Villeneuve - Sauber Petronas - 1'17.482 - lap 17
12. David Coulthard - Red Bull Cosworth - 1'17.693 - lap 15
13. Felipe Massa - Sauber Petronas - 1'17.799 - lap 16
14. Vitantonio Liuzzi - Red Bull Cosworth - 1'18.030 - lap 43
15. Patrick Friesacher - Minardi Cosworth - 1'19.037 - lap 19
16. Christijan Albers - Minardi Cosworth - 1'20.237 - lap 22
17. Tiago Monteiro - Jordan Toyota - 1'20.747 - lap 12
18. Narain Karthikeyan - Jordan Toyota - 1'22.019 - lap 14
05/23/05
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Good crowd at Mid-Ohio Good crowd at Mid-OhioA reader writes, Caught the ALMS/IMSA GT race from Mid-Ohio on CBS TV Sunday. They had a very good crowd there (for a refreshing change!) Good race too (and one of Dyson's little MG's FINALLY won - not at all the usual, boring Audi domination!). The telecast reminded us of the days of Mid-Ohio from 1978 through 1983! Bill King, Arizona
05/23/05
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FIA to survey fans FIA to survey fansUPDATE Here is the link to the survey. 05/17/05 The FIA is going to conduct a survey of F1 fans.  It's website says,  "At the beginning of 2005 the FIA launched a consultation on the future of Formula One with all of the sport's stakeholders. We felt that including Formula One fans in this process was essential.  To help shape the future of the sport we want as many fans as possible to visit our website and complete the online survey."  This survey, which can be accessed later this week on the FIA's own website, aims to get feedback from fans on what their opinions are on the sport - and what differences they would like to see made.
05/23/05
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Tony George to talk about Long Beach tonight Tony George to talk about Long Beach tonightUPDATE There was only a couple of minutes discussion about the Long Beach race on the SpeedFreaks show Saturday night.  This is what was said.

Kenny Sargent (SpeedFreaks host):  Let me ask you this about all the hoopla about the Long Beach Grand Prix.   Who is going to be running on that next year?  Do we have any idea who is going to be running at the Long Beach Grand Prix? 
Tony George:  I don't think so at this point, no. 
Kenny Sargent:  Really? 
Statt Mann Caruthers (SpeedFreaks):  Well, that was fairly straight forward. 
Tony George:  You're asking the wrong guy.  You need to have some different guys on the show if you want an answer to that question.  As I sit here today, I certainly don't know. 
Kenny Sargent:  Really. 
Statt Mann Caruthers:  We'll see you in Long Beach. 
Al Unser Sr. :  Make sure it happens, will you? 
(Laughter from the SpeedFreaks panel) 
Statt Mann Caruthers:  OK. 
Kenny Sargent:  Look at Al! 
(Laughter) 
Al Unser Sr.:  Now if you say, "Well see you there," then you go out there and get it arranged. 
Tony George:  This [program] will air on the 20-something [of May].  Someone may have an answer to your question by then.  I don't know. 
Kenny Sargent:  Whoa!  There you go.  Right there.  That's what I like to hear.  I like that. 05/21/05 The SpeedFreaks program on Saturday night, May 21 (9:30 p.m. PT, 12:30 a.m. ET) SPEED Channel, will feature guests Tony George, Al Unser Sr., Sam Schmidt, Elliott Sadler and 'Chewbacca'.  The show took place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and among the subjects discussed was the future of the Long Beach race.
05/23/05
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Seen in Monaco Seen in MonacoIn the end, Bernie Ecclestone failed to woo celebrity couple Victoria and David Beckham to Monaco.  But a star studded cast converged on the F1 race, anyway.

Paris Hilton jetted in from Cannes, football legend Maradona made an appearance, and Roman Abramovich - although present - kept a low profile but his boat was spotted.

Tom Cruise was reportedly also bobbing about on a harbor yacht, while Star Wars' Darth Vader-of-the-future - actor Hayden Christensen - giggled when he saw Red Bull's mechanics done up like Imperial Storm Troopers. 

05/23/05
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Latest F1 News in Brief Latest F1 News in Brief
Monaco unsafe - Ralf
Schu 'crazy' racer - brother
Winning email
Podium doesn't thrill Webber
'Still calm'
The 'Red Bulletin'
Alonso dodged Monaco penalty
Massa not 'angry'
F1 to step up drug testing
I can win at 'Ring - Schu
Stoddart in another race
Kimi eyes German win
Ferrari to test
05/23/05
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Final Indy 500 starting lineup Final Indy 500 starting lineupStarting lineup for the 89th Indianapolis 500 IRL IndyCar Series event on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with starting position, car number in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine and speed:

1. (11) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Honda, 227.566
2. (6) Sam Hornish Jr., Dallara-Toyota, 227.273
3. (8) Scott Sharp, Panoz-Honda, 227.126
4. (16) Danica Patrick, Panoz-Honda, 227.004
5. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Toyota, 226.927
6. (27) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 226.873
7. (17) Vitor Meira, Panoz-Honda, 226.848
8. (55) Kosuke Matsuura, Panoz-Honda, 226.397
9. (95) Buddy Lazier, Dallara-Chevrolet, 226.353
10. (2) Tomas Enge, Dallara-Chevrolet, 226.107
11. (4) Tomas Scheckter, Dallara-Chevrolet, 226.031
12. (36) Bruno Junqueira, Panoz-Honda, 225.704
13. (9T) Scott Dixon, Panoz-Toyota, 225.215
14. (5) Adrian Fernandez, Panoz-Honda, 225.120
15. (37) Sebastien Bourdais, Panoz-Honda, 224.955
16. (26) Dan Wheldon, Dallara-Honda, 224.308
17. (24) Roger Yasukawa, Dallara-Honda, 224.131
18. (7) Bryan Herta, Dallara-Honda, 223.972
19. (10) Darren Manning, Panoz-Toyota, 223.943
20. (70) Richie Hearn, Panoz-Chevrolet, 222.707
21. (44) Jeff Bucknum, Dallara-Honda, 221.521
22. (51) Alex Barron, Dallara-Toyota, 221.053
23. (15) Kenny Brack, Panoz-Honda, 227.598
24. (33T) Ryan Briscoe, Panoz-Toyota, 224.080
25. (83) Patrick Carpentier, Dallara-Toyota, 222.803
26. (20) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Toyota, 221.439
27. (21) Jaques Lazier, Panoz-Toyota, 221.228
28. (14) A.J. Foyt IV, Dallara-Toyota, 220.442
29. (25) Marty Roth, Dallara-Chevrolet, 219.497
30. (41) Larry Foyt, Dallara-Toyota, 219.396
31. (22) Jeff Ward, Dallara-Toyota, 218.714
32. (91) Jimmy Kite, Dallara-Toyota, 218.565
33. (48) Felipe Giaffone, Panoz-Toyota, 217.645

05/23/05
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More on Honda unification efforts More on Honda unification effortsThese are the comments Robin Miller made on Speed News last night regarding Honda's effort to unify Champ Car and the IRL. 

Connie LeGrand:  Robin, you're reporting on speedtv.com that Honda is taking on the role of mediator to try to resolve the 10 year split between the IRL and Champ Car.  What's new with that today?
 
Robin Miller:  Well, you talk to some people, Connie, some drivers, and they all say the same thing. "Yeah, we need to be one."  You talk to some owners and they say, "We need to be one."  I talked to Firestone's Al Speyer, and he said that's what we need - is to have one series.  The key is that everybody seems to agree, but nobody can seem to agree as to who is going to run it and what the parameter is going to be.  When you've got a giant like Honda, they wheel a lot of leverage.  They supply half the cars.  They spend a hundred million dollars a year on this series and they don't want to be the only engine manufacturer in 2007.  But you hear guys like Patrick Carpentier, who have been on both sides of the fence, say, "You know what?  The sooner the better."
 
(Speed News showed a video clip of Carpentier being interviewed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.)
 
Patrick Carpentier:  "I'm hoping so, you know, because we could then cover all three hemispheres.  Now I think the IRL is stronger in the U.S., and Champ Car is in Canada.  And then we could bring these together and have strong races everywhere.  The Indy 500 is an extremely strong race and they exist in a few places.  And I think it would be a good thing, you know.  It's an important thing, I think.  It's always a question that's very difficult to answer because if you answer one way, then you get half the guys pissed off.  If you answer the other way, then you get the other guys pissed off.  And everybody thinks the same thing.  Everybody knows the same thing.  But it's hard for us to answer because then you get half the crowd pissed off at you.  So we'll see what happens, but I think it would be a good thing if we get together."

05/23/05
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Ralf and Rubens fume over Schu Ralf and Rubens fume over SchuAfter the Monaco race both Rubens Barrichello and Ralf Schumacher had a few choice words to say to the reigning world champion Michael Schumacher and were in agreement in their assessment that his moves in the race were ‘crazy’.

"Michael's crazy! He should have switched on his brain before he tried that move,” Ralf fumed. “One more millimeter and one of us could have been dead. Sometimes Michael is just not right in the head."

While Ralf vented his anger to reporters, Barrichello actually went right to his boss, Jean Todt, as well as speaking to his Ferrari teammate. However, in a move we haven’t seen since Austria 2002, the Brazilian then let loose with the press...

"He overtook me in a place where he shouldn't have. He took a gamble for an extra point. But, if I hadn't moved out of the way, we would have crashed and lost the points we earned,” he explained. “I don't want to destabilize the team, but I have spoken to Michael and Jean Todt. A few years ago I wouldn't have said anything, and I don't suppose this will now change anything."

05/23/05
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Kahne vs. Ford in court Kahne vs. Ford in courtA case in U.S. District Court in Michigan provides an inside look at NASCAR contracts between teams and drivers. Ford has sued Kasey Kahne for breach of contract for leaving a Ford-backed team to drive Dodges for Evernham Motorsports in 2004. Kahne had a five-year contract with car owner Robert Yates and a supplemental contract with Ford before joining Evernham. Kahne's lawyers argue that Ford could not provide a suitable ride for him, allowing him to seek a ride elsewhere. Kahne's contract with Yates was submitted May 12 by Kahne's attorneys, who seek a summary judgment. The case is scheduled to go to trial in August. Kahne's contract with Yates shows it was signed Feb. 4, 2002, and was for the 2002-04 seasons. Yates' team had the option to extend the contract through 2006. According to the contract, Kahne was to be paid a $100,000 salary in 2002 while in the Busch series. His salary was to increase to $150,000 the next year and go to $225,000 in 2004. The contract states if Yates moved Kahne to Cup in 2004, Kahne's salary would be $700,000 for his rookie season. The salary was scheduled to increase to $850,000 the following year and go to $1 million in his third year in Cup. The contract stated Kahne would receive 35 percent of the race purse minus bonuses designated for the team. He would receive 50 percent of the race purse for a top-three finish. He would receive 35 percent of the season-ending money based on his placement in the driver standings. If he finished in the top three, he would receive 50 percent of the money. The final clause in the contract dealt with confidentiality. "All parties hereto acknowledge that the terms and contents of this agreement are confidential in nature and that neither will divulge any of the terms herein to anyone, except as may be required by law or for tax accounting or other reporting obligations." News and Record
05/23/05
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Quote of the day Quote of the dayFrom the Champ Car post race press conference in Monterrey Mexico, where 18-year-old Canadian Driver Andrew Ranger scored his first podium (2nd place) in only his second race in the series...

Q.  How do the drivers prepare for the extreme heat [it was about 38 Celsius], which is the concentration on this race, i.e., dehydration?  How did all of you prepare for it?

ANDREW RANGER:  Last night I watched Meet the Fockers on TV. That was my mental preparation.

05/23/05
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News tidbits from Monterrey News tidbits from MonterreyNews tidbits from Monterrey
  • Today’s attendance of 111,518 boosted the three-day event attendance to 190,319, an increase of more than 7,000 from last year’s Monterrey race.
     
  • Bruno Junqueira scored his eighth consecutive podium finish dating back to last season with his win today. This marks just the eighth time in the history of Champ Car racing that a driver has earned eight consecutive podiums. Rick Mears was the most recent driver to build an eight-race streak, turning the trick in 1981. 
  • Junqueira’s win also gives him victories in each of his first five seasons as a Champ Car driver. The Newman/Haas Racing drive is the first driver since Bobby Rahal (1983-88) to earn wins in each of his first five years in the series.
     
  • Andrew Ranger is the youngest driver to claim a Champ Car podium, eclipsing the former record established by Scott Dixon.
     
  • Paul Tracy led nine laps in today’s race, boosting his career laps led total to 3,704.  
  • Jimmy Vasser made his 199th consecutive start today and is expected to reach the 200-race milestone in Milwaukee in two weeks. 
  • The Nation’s Cup standings are as close as they have ever been in the 10-year history of the award. Brazil leads with 56 points with Canada and France coming in at one point behind. Champ Car
05/23/05
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TV Azteca finally engages TV Azteca finally engagesPretty much ignoring Champ Car so far this year, it is interesting to note that TV Azteca finally put up a link to the Monterrey GP race on their website.
05/23/05
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Giaffone bumps way into Indy 500 Giaffone bumps way into Indy 500IRL IndyCar® Series veteran Felipe Giaffone bumped his way into the 89th Indianapolis 500 only a few hours after signing to drive for four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt on Bump Day.

Giaffone, the 2001 IndyCar Series Bombardier Rookie of the Year, recorded a four-lap average qualifying speed of 217.645 mph in the No. 48 A.J. Foyt Racing Panoz/Toyota/Firestone to bump rookie Arie Luyendyk Jr. from the 33-car field.

"I was trying to change my line because the wind was blowing a little bit toward Turn 2, and once I got a little bit of push coming in and then the steering got a little loose coming out, so it's just working with my line because usually I have so much time, so I was just trying to forget the lap time for that one and just work with my line to pick the best one for qualifying," he said. "What I knew should be OK for qualifying and finally, for qualifying was the first time I was flat all the way around."

Giaffone had little time to prepare. He was shopping for clothes for his infant son when the call came.

"I can tell you that I didn't know that this really could happen," he said. "I've never been in this situation before, I'm either out or I'm in. After last night I thought that was it. 'I'm out, there's no chance,' even when there was a few guys that said we could do it and that was Friday and I was like: 'How are we going to do it? It's tomorrow.' Even though I was pushing for it to happen, I was pushing but just because that's my job. To push to try to get a run, but it's really weird. But this is Indianapolis, and these things happen. In a certain way, it's not the best setting because I was really nervous getting to the car, just wondering how things were going to go and at the same time, it feels very good because you're in the car. It's going to be a day that I'll remember forever."

Luyendyk, who completed the Rookie Orientation Program on May 21, became the 33rd qualifier with an average speed of 215.039 mph in the Beck Motorsports-prepared No. 98 Fat Wallet.com/CURB Records Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone. His attempt to bump Giaffone was unsuccessful.

"I'm just really disappointed, obviously," said Luyendyk, the son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk. "After feeling like you are in the field, and then being bumped out, it's probably the hardest way to go. I am happy with what I did. I tried to give it everything that I got, and that's only going to walk away with this feeling because I tried as hard as I could." IRL

05/23/05
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Bourdais blames Tracy Bourdais blames TracySebastien Bourdais has blamed Paul Tracy for their accident Sunday in Monterrey. "We lost another race thanks to Tracy. He was goofing around pit in and pit out. A pit official reported it to Champ Car the first time but nothing came of it. He doesn’t give you any room when you are trying to pass him and things like that but that’s usual PT. As much as I like him because he’s a nice guy he’s just not on the race track. It’s got to stop, somehow it has got to stop. He's a big guy and he knows what he’s doing." Jose Arrambide
05/22/05
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Monterrey surpasses 1 million mark Monterrey surpasses 1 million markMonterrey has surpassed the one million attendance figure as released today by the track.
2001 315,000
2002 221,303
2003 215,771
2004 183,311
2005 190,319
Total 1,125,704

Numbers for 2005
 
Friday 28,785
Saturday 50,016
Sunday 111,518
 
As we see, the 2005 attendance is better than 2004. This probably will help to achieve an extension of the contract. The organizers are happy with this news, but in our opinion, the Tecate Telmex Grand Prix needs a change of date to a cooler time of year. Hector Serrano

05/22/05
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Luyendyk becomes 33rd qualifier, but wait a minute ... Luyendyk becomes 33rd qualifier, but wait a minute ...Arie Luyendyk Jr. is hoping that forecast showers slide across the Indianapolis Motor Speedway soon.  Luyendyk, who completed the Rookie Orientation Program on May 21, became the 33rd qualifier for the 89th Indianapolis 500 with a four-lap average speed of 215.039 mph in the Beck Motorsports-prepared No. 98 CURB Records Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone.  But there could be some bumping on Bump Day (live on ESPN2) yet to come. Veteran IndyCar Series driver Felipe Giaffone, who signed to drive the No. 48 Foyt Enterprises Panoz/Toyota/Firestone, recorded a high of 216.164 mph on 24 laps. Could there be a qualifying attempt?  Each car is allowed three qualifying attempts per day. So there could be some challenges if the weather holds out. Rain is in the forecast for later this afternoon.  "It has been a stressful day," Luyendyk said. "It is nice to have a qualifying run Indy Car
05/22/05
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Zwolsman wins in Monterrey Zwolsman wins in MonterreyVictory certainly didn’t come easily for Dutchman Charles Zwolsman (#11 Condor Motorsports) Sunday in Round 2 of the Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama, but the 25-year-old racer fought off numerous challenges, led all 32 laps (67.328 miles) and captured the checkered flag for his first series victory in only his second Atlantic start.

The rookie Zwolsman led the 13-car field to a clean green-flag start at the challenging 2.104-mile Fundidora Park road circuit and he faced pressure from Tonis Kasemets (#6 Flexovit Abrasives/MK Ind./TMI/Redline Oil), who started second, from the outset. Kasemets, the only Atlantic non-rookie competing in Monterrey this weekend, tried several times to overtake the speedy Zwolsman only to be turned away. Even late in the race, when both Zwolsman and Kasemets had to fight through lapped traffic, the determined Dutch racer was able to find the speed to shut the door. He held on for a 1.232-second win over Kasemets, earning his maiden series victory in the Tecate/Telmex Grand Prix of Monterrey Presented by Roshfrans Atlantic event (tape-delayed broadcast on SPEED Channel - Saturday, May 28 at 2 p.m. ET).

Kasemets, competing for Dan Cobb Racing/Team Tonis, earned his top series finish and first podium result in his eighth career start in the 90-degree heat in Monterrey. The Estonian-born racer, who currently resides in Mundelein, Illinois, led Friday’s qualifying session and made the most of his starting position and a fast race car.

While Zwolsman’s victory was certainly impressive, perhaps the most dramatic story of the race belonged to local Mexican racer David Martinez (#7 Roshfrans/Todito Card/Roca Acero/Madisa/Koviva/Aviacsa). After joining the US RaceTronics team just a couple of weeks ago, the 23-year-old Monterrey native saw his car roll of the truck in good shape as he immediately proved to be one of the quickest entries in the field. Martinez finished second in provisional qualifying on Friday, but he began to suffer the effects of a stomach virus and dehydration on Saturday. He still managed to qualify fifth and he had a tremendous race, moving up to fourth by the second lap and eventually finishing third for his first Atlantic podium finish. The talented, young driver had to be transported to the Champ Car Medical Center right after the race to get treatment for his illness, but the result certainly helped his spirits as he recovered Sunday evening.

MONTERREY FINAL RACE RESULTS

1. (11) Charles Zwolsman, Toyota/Swift/Yokohama
2. (6) Tonis Kasemets, Toyota/Swift/Yokohama
3. (7) David Martinez, Toyota/Swift/Yokohama
4. (3) Antoine Bessette, Toyota/Swift/Yokohama
5. (12) Katherine Legge, Toyota/Swift/Yokohama
6. (24) Kyle Kelley, Toyota/Swift/Yokohama
7. (10) Memo Rojas, Toyota/Swift/Yokohama
8. (8) Andreas Wirth, Toyota/Swift/Yokohama
9. (23) Tom Nastasi, (C2)Toyota/Swift/Yokohama
10. (9) Dan Cobb, (C2)Toyota/Swift/Yokohama
11. (71) Mark Ishikawa, (C2)Toyota/Swift/Yokohama
12. (96) Ben Johnston, Toyota/Swift/Yokohama
13. (2) Adam Pecorari, Toyota/Swift/Yokohama

Quotes
CHARLES ZWOLSMAN (Condor Motorsports): “It was a great battle. Tonis pushed me all the way through and it was a tough race. It was a lot of pressure to have him behind me. I had to try and anticipate every move he could make. Throughout the weekend the track was very slippery and we managed to make some small changes to get more grip. We had an excellent car.”

TONIS KASEMETS (Flexovit Abrasive Prods/MK/TMI/Red Line Oil – Dan Cobb Racing/Team Tonis): “We had a clean start since we had decided before the race to leave each other room. Charles ran an excellent race. The whole race we had an unbelievable battle, but unfortunately I could not make any move on him. I could have taken a chance when Charles had to slow down because of lapped cars but my goal today was to score points and not to take too much risk.”

DAVID MARTINEZ (Roshfrans/Todito Card/Roca Acero/Madisa/Koviva/Aviacsa – US RaceTronics): “I’m pretty happy that everything turned out the way it did. In the end, they had to put me in an ambulance after the race (for treatment of stomach virus and dehydration) but I think the effort was well worth the result. The team worked so hard, I worked pretty hard too. We put the effort together and made it happen. I think this is what we needed for the people to see that we have the potential to fight for the championship. Now, we have to get ready for Portland. The front guys are strong, but I think we can be up front fighting with them.”

MEMO ROJAS (Telmex - Brooks Associates Racing): "I'm very happy because of this opportunity of being here this weekend. Unfortunately, on lap 3 I had a contact and my front suspension was bent. From then on, I was about one second slower per lap and with a race that long, I lost so much ground. However, I feel delighted with all what I've learned this weekend, driving for the first time a car with a ground effect."  Toyota Atlantic

05/22/05
Formula BMW
Philippe wins his 2nd Formula BMW race Philippe wins his 2nd Formula BMW race15 year-old BMW Junior and Rookie driver Richard Philippe (Team Autotecnica) took his second win of the 2005 Formula BMW USA Championship season in Round 4 today at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The polesitter in every race to-date finished 4.468 seconds ahead of Edoardo Piscopo (EuroInternational), leading flag to flag in the 15-lap contest.  Piscopo, making his second Formula BMW USA start, raced from his seventh starting spot to finish as runner-up. Justin Moon (Gelles Racing) took the final podium position for his best result of the year.  Fourth-place finisher, Robert Wickens, was credited with the fastest lap of the race (1:26.942), in his run to his second top-five finish of the year. 

The top-finishing Rookies were Philippe (P1), Piscopo (P2) and Moon (P3).  Quebec's Kevin Lacroix had his worst finish of the season today (14th) after an incident on the opening lap, but kept the Overall Championship points lead heading to his "home" races, Rounds 5 and 6, in support of the Canadian Grand Prix.  "We have been fast since we came to Mid-Ohio," said Philippe. "Unfortunately we were not able to put it together yesterday, but today it is a win. Kevin didn't finish in the points. This will help us because we must fight back. We need to get poles and victories to win the Championship

1 Richard Philippe Team Autotecnica 21:54.882
2 Edoardo Piscopo EuroInternational 21:59.350
3 Justin Moon Gelles Racing 22:01.200
4 Robert Wickens Team Apex Racing USA 22:01.639
5 Maxime Soulet Gelles Racing 22:02.174
6 Race Johnson HBR Motorsport Team USA 22:03.020
7 James Davison HBR Motorsport Team USA 22:04.200
8 John Zartarian Jensen MotorSport 22:04.632
9 Doug Boyer Jensen MotorSport 22:07.476
10 Adrien Herberts Atlantic Racing Team 22:09.130
11 Rob Bunker AIM Autosport 22:09.640
12 Daniel Herrington Jensen MotorSport 22:10.834
13 Tom Sutherland HBR Motorsport Team USA 22:19.935
14 Kevin Lacroix AIM Autosport 22:21.808
15 Nathan DePagter DRE Autosport 22:23.002
16 Matthew Lee Twintooth/BRM Motorsport 22:29.233
17 Darin Marcus Gelles Racing 22:47.138
18 Ryan Campbell Gelles Racing 22:49.847
19 Jules Duc Jensen MotorSport 23:02.407
20 Derek Burseth Burseth Racing 19:47.567
21 Reed Stevens HBR Motorsport Team USA 11:52.034

Championship points after 4 of 14 races:
1. Kevin Lacroix (AIM Autosport, 52), 2. Maxime Soulet (Gelles Racing, 47), 3. Richard Philippe (Team Autotecnica, 41), 4. James Davison (HBR Motorsport Team USA, 35), 5. Robert Wickens (Team Apex Racing USA, 30), 6. Reed Stevens (HBR Motorsport Team USA, 24), 7. John Zartarian (Jensen MotorSport, 23), 8. Justin Moon (Gelles Racing, 18), 9. Edoardo Piscopo (EuroInternational, 15), 10. Rob Bunker (AIM Autosport, 10), 11. Daniel Herrington (Jensen MotorSport, 8), 12. Race Johnson (HBR Motorsport Team USA, 8), 13. Matthew Lee (Twintooth/BRM Motorsport, 5), 14. Tom Sutherland (HBR Motorsport Team

05/22/05
Renault Series
Monterrey full of spectacular crashes Monterrey full of spectacular crashesIt seems that this weekend at the Fundidora Park is going to be full of spectacular accidents. At the first corner of lap 1 of the Renault Series race there was another spectacular accident. Two of the cars touched wheels. Car number 2 driven by David Mendez went airborne and then flipped twice after hitting the ground, miraculously the driver walked away from the wreck unhurt. Jose Arrambide
05/22/05
atlantic
Local hero fastest Local hero fastestLocal Hero David Martinez was fastest at today’s warm-up for the Toyota Atlantic Series, making fans wonder if he can get onto the podium in his first Toyota Atlantic race ever. Jose Arrambide
05/22/05
cc
Asian delegation in Mexico Asian delegation in MexicoA delegation of more than two dozen government officials and journalists from South Korea is attending the Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix on a fact finding/get acquainted mission in preparation for the Champ Car World Grand Prix of Ansan, slated for the weekend of October 14-16, 2005. Missions such as this are becoming fairly routine at Champ Car events, as two groups of more than sixty VIPs representing the Ansan race as well as the Champ Car World Series race slated for Beijing in 2006 were on hand at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Champ Car
05/22/05
irl
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Feedback on Reunification article Feedback on Reunification articleA reader writes, Dear AutoRacing1.com, Just read the SpeedTV article on Honda trying to foster a IRL/Champ Car merger. I have to say that Dick Eidswick's comment that Honda has "no interest" in returning to Champ Car, is very disturbing. All the talk lately of a merger seems to insinuate that Champ Car merge with the IRL? What gives? The open wheel fan base has spoken for 10 years now - we support Champ Car. The same article says that Honda spend $100 mil a year, gets no return on their investment, races before empty grandstands and has no IRL fans to sell to, so where has Honda been for the last 10 years? Something very strange is going on. The fact of the matter is that in the "real" world of business the IRL would have been out of business if not for the Tony George "subsidy" plan business model. Brian Kellione, Colorado Springs, CO Dear Brian, There is indeed more to this story than meets the eye. Honda and everyone else are beginning to realize that Tony George would rather run the sport into oblivion rather than merge. Everyone says merge except him. He does not want a democracy run sport, he wants to be dictator in a one-man dictatorship. We stand by our proposal for common equipment under one organization with two leagues and 5 playoff races. The rivalry will be good for the sport. We wish Honda much success. Mark C.
05/22/05
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cc
Honda to try and unify IRL and Champ Car Honda to try and unify IRL and Champ CarThis SPEEDTV.com article says, During the past decade, Honda has won championships in CART and IRL, plus last year's Indianapolis 500, and, despite the natural attraction of following Toyota into NASCAR, it wants to continue in American open wheel racing.  But not in its current configuration.

SPEEDTV.com has learned that the Japanese manufacturer, through Honda Performance Development president Robert Clarke, is taking the initiative and trying to end the 10-year civil war between IRL and Champ Car. Clarke has met with IRL competition director Brian Barnhart, Champ Car president Dick Eidswick, Champ Car executive VP Joe Chrnelich and is scheduled to meet Kevin Kalkhoven, co-owner of Champ Car, on Monday in Los Angeles.

"I had a meeting after Motegi with my bosses about what Honda could do, from our point of view, to see what we could do about putting open wheel racing back together," said Clarke. "I was asked personally to get involved so I've been meeting with people.

"For whatever reason, the fan base for open wheel racing is very small and there are not enough people to sustain two separate series. They must come together.  Honda feels that the very existence of open wheel racing in this country is at risk. And if things continue as they are, both will ultimately fail."

During the past decade, Bobby Rahal, Barry Green, Derrick Walker, Roger Penske, Gerald Forsythe, Mario Andretti and Kalkhoven have tried, and failed, to convince IRL founder Tony George that unification is the only salvation for open wheel racing in this country.  But this approach is different because one of the IRL's major manufacturers is interceding.......With General Motors ending its IRL association at the end of this year and Toyota likely bailing after 2006, there's one thing Clarke doesn't want to see.  "I'm afraid we'll be the only engine manufacturer involved in this thing by 2007," said Clarke. "And that's not what Honda wants. We want competition." More...

05/22/05
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Champ Car gets some bad press in Monterrey Champ Car gets some bad press in MonterreyUPDATE After hearing a lot of tickets were sold, today local newspaper "El Norte" is changing their tune. In an article today they are reporting that although the temperature yesterday got to a 100 degrees F a lot of fans decided to go to the track, and that today a lot more will be cheering the drivers. Now they are saying a lot fans want the race to stay. Nothing like a having to eat their words for breakfast. 05/21/05 Remember that last year Autoracing1 reported that local newspaper "El Norte" was bashing the series?  They are doing it again - in an article called "They asked for continuity of Champ Car" El Norte says that one fan (yes only one fan) is asking for more races, it also says "this fan one of the few in the stands is asking for continuity" (i.e. Champ Car to remain).  The article also says that it is very difficult for a new contract for more races because the attendance was very bad after the first year.  If we remember correctly, last year's event was sold out, and it looks like this year another sold out is expected. Yes local paper "El Norte" appears to have an agenda? Jose Arrambide
05/22/05
cc
Too hot in May for Monterrey Too hot in May for MonterreyAlthough the grandstands were nearly empty yesterday because of the uncomfortable heat in May (whose brilliant idea was it to have this race in May?  This race should be in March or April.) a lot of fans were on the grounds and stayed yesterday for the different concerts.  It was a real party with lots of happy fans during the late afternoon activities. Jose Arrambide
05/22/05
Series Lotto T4
Serious crash in Monterrey Serious crash in MonterreyUPDATE Jonathan Briseño, the driver who had to be taken to the hospital yesterday after a serious accident in the Series Lotto T4 is doing fine. He had minor injury in the vertebrae area, and another one in his right knee. Doctors said there’s nothing to worry about. 05/21/05 A terrible accident has just happened in the Series Lotto T4 support race for the Monterrey GP Champ Car race. There was a big collision involving 3 of the stock cars, one of the cars flipped after contact, and after its roof hit the ground, it then crashed hard against the wall. We still don’t know how bad the driver is injured. Jose Arrambide
05/22/05
f1
Sold Out in Monaco Sold Out in MonacoProminently displayed on all the ticket booths this morning in Monaco - "Sold Out," including the Roucher (General Admission) standing room only section. Which of course goes to show you how out of touch one old-time American reporter is who writes for a weekly national racing paper that panders to the oval track cartel. He recently reported that F1 tickets were a hard sell. The last race in Spain was sold out too. He made no mention of all the unsold Indy 500 tickets because that would have painted the cartel in a bad light. Mark C. reporting from Monaco
05/22/05
f1
Latest F1 News in Brief - II Latest F1 News in Brief - II
Jordan sale denied - Alex Shnaider has brushed aside rumors that Eddie Irvine and a Russian are shaping up to buy Jordan. The billionaire, a naturalized Canadian who - incidentally - was also born in Russia, said the Monaco gossip is 'absolutely not true.' ''At the end of the day we are an investment company so obviously things could be sold if the right amount is offered. ''But nobody offered me anything.'' Although it is also rumored that Shnaider regrets buying Eddie Jordan's squad and may offload it for a mere $20-25m, he said the plan to rename the team 'Midland' and field a Dallara car in 2006 remains. So why, Alex, has hardly a gold dollar been spent so far? ''I don't see anything we could put money in this year that we would get a good return on,'' Shnaider explained.

Button to commentate - Watching TV in his Monaco apartment? Mountain biking high in the Monte Carlo hills? There are plenty of stories about, but what will banned BAR driver Jenson Button really be doing when the five lights extinguish on Sunday afternoon? Former F1 racer Martin Brundle, now a fixture of the British TV commentary for ITV, revealed that the 25-year-old will join their team. ''At least that is good news for us,'' Brundle told a column in England's Times newspaper. Button finished second in Monaco last year. Meanwhile, 45-year-old Brundle - who drove 158 grands prix in the eighties and nineties - has his own eye on a new job. Referring to the F1 supremo's FIA offer, he told the newspaper: ''I'm going to dust off my CV. I really fancy Bernie's old job -- and perks.''

'It could rain' - Schu - Michael Schumacher has ruled out winning today's Monaco grand prix. The seven time champion is buried in the midfield after another uncompetitive qualifying performance for Ferrari. ''Our race pace is much better,'' he told reporters in Monaco on Saturday afternoon, ''but I would say still not right on the leaders.'' Asked if he might pull off a famous through-the-pack win, Michael answered: 'I think no.' Indeed, the 36-year-old - and teammate Rubens Barrichello - flopped, in qualifying, to a new low of trailing the Michelin clad pace by an enormous two and half seconds. ''I think fifth in the finishing order is possible,'' Schumacher answered when asked what the goal for grand prix Sunday might be. And what about that rapidly abating drivers' world championship? ''It could rain (on Sunday),'' said Schumacher, squeezing out a smile, ''you never know.'' For the record, a cloudy top of 22 - with a twenty per cent chance of rain - is forecast.

Webber praise for Quali fix - Williams' Mark Webber can't wait for the axe to fall on Sunday 'aggregate' qualifying. The Australian, although nicely poised for Monte Carlo's definitive morning run, praised F1 bosses' moves to revert to a single session. ''It will be good when we don't have to wait until Sunday to know the grid,'' 28-year-old Mark Webber remarked. He also indicated the benefits for the press, who - on Saturday night - would again compile definitive media reports for the grand prix fan. Drivers' title leader Fernando Alonso, on the other hand, isn't bothered about the change, but lamented the continuing problem of using previous race results to determine the qualifying order. The Spaniard added: ''At least we'll know on Saturday where on the grid we will be.''

Schu still in it - Ferrari's Michael Schumacher is not yet out of the chase for his eighth drivers' crown. That's the claim of optimist and F1 supremo, Bernie Ecclestone, who said there are still 140 points up for grabs. ''He can do it,'' the little Briton told Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, whilst rejecting Flavio Briatore's claim that Schumacher is becoming 'too old' for F1. ''Obviously I do not think (that),'' said Bernie, 74. Ferrari represents a quandary for the pinnacle of motor sport. On the one hand, if it wins all the time, general motor racing fans are turned off. Conversely, though, the scarlet lull in 2005 - for example - is already affecting TV viewership and attendance in Italy and Germany. Said Mr. E: ''The important thing is for them to be competitive, at least winning a few races.''
05/22/05
f1
Latest F1 News in Brief Latest F1 News in Brief
Webber injury healed
Montoya penalty 'too hard'
Ralf had headache
BMW on way to Sauber
Kimi's 'best' car
Team Irv 'good for F1'
FIA court slams F1 carmakers
'I wasn't happy' - DC
Montoya 'could've killed me'
05/22/05
irl
32 of 33-car Indy 500 lineup 32 of 33-car Indy 500 lineupLineup for the 89th Indianapolis 500 IRL IndyCar Series event on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway after qualifying Saturday, with starting position, car number in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine and speed. Qualifying ends Sunday:

1. (11) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Honda, 227.566
2. (6) Sam Hornish Jr., Dallara-Toyota, 227.273
3. (8) Scott Sharp, Panoz-Honda, 227.126
4. (16) Danica Patrick, Panoz-Honda, 227.004
5. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Toyota, 226.927
6. (27) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 226.873
7. (17) Vitor Meira, Panoz-Honda, 226.848
8. (55) Kosuke Matsuura, Panoz-Honda, 226.397
9. (95) Buddy Lazier, Dallara-Chevrolet, 226.353
10. (2) Tomas Enge, Dallara-Chevrolet, 226.107
11. (4) Tomas Scheckter, Dallara-Chevrolet, 226.031
12. (36) Bruno Junqueira, Panoz-Honda, 225.704
13. (9T) Scott Dixon, Panoz-Toyota, 225.215
14. (5) Adrian Fernandez, Panoz-Honda, 225.120
15. (37) Sebastien Bourdais, Panoz-Honda, 224.955
16. (26) Dan Wheldon, Dallara-Honda, 224.308
17. (24) Roger Yasukawa, Dallara-Honda, 224.131
18. (7) Bryan Herta, Dallara-Honda, 223.972
19. (10) Darren Manning, Panoz-Toyota, 223.943
20. (70) Richie Hearn, Panoz-Chevrolet, 222.707
21. (44) Jeff Bucknum, Dallara-Honda, 221.521
22. (51) Alex Barron, Dallara-Toyota, 221.053
23. (15) Kenny Brack, Panoz-Honda, 227.598
24. (33T) Ryan Briscoe, Panoz-Toyota, 224.080
25. (83) Patrick Carpentier, Dallara-Toyota, 222.803
26. (20) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Toyota, 221.439
27. (21) Jaques Lazier, Panoz-Toyota, 221.228
28. (14) A.J. Foyt IV, Dallara-Toyota, 220.442
29. (25) Marty Roth, Dallara-Chevrolet, 219.497
30. (41) Larry Foyt, Dallara-Toyota, 219.396
31. (22) Jeff Ward, Dallara-Toyota, 218.714
32. (91) Jimmy Kite, Dallara-Toyota, 218.565

05/22/05
starmazda
Matos makes it three in a row with victory at Mid Ohio Matos makes it three in a row with victory at Mid OhioOn the weekend Mazda and the Star Mazda Championship announced a new “Shark” award for the top driver at each race, Raphael Matos, continued his feeding frenzy, earning his third victory of the season in Round Three of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear this afternoon at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Matos, from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, led every lap in his Ocean Tomo Racing Mazda for the second time this season enroute to his third consecutive victory.
Joining Matos on the podium were two Andersen Walko Racing drivers, Pablo Donoso, from Santiago, Chile would earn his first podium of the season in his Crystal sponsored Mazda while Robbie Pecorari, from Aston, Pennsylvania, would bring his SAI Hydraulics Mazda home in the final podium position.

Despite missing his engineer and a key crew member, Matos didn’t miss a step, topping the charts in every dry session during the weekend. “The Ocean Tomo Racing team continues to give me an excellent car. At the start of the race we were a little loose and as the race progressed it began to push but I was able to make a few adjustments and open a gap to Pablo. I have to dedicate this victory to a couple of people,” an excited Matos said on the podium. “At the start of this weekend, David McCollough, one of our crew members who broke both of his arms in an accident while setting up our awning, and our engineer, Rick Cameron, who’s father passed away last week and couldn’t be with us this weekend.”

Donoso also had an exceptional weekend, the series rookie qualifying in the second spot and looking for any opportunity to knock Matos of the top spot, but couldn’t find a way past. “We keep getting closer to the front every weekend but we have a little bit more to go,” Donoso explained. “I looked inside of Raphael once early in the race but he was able to hold me off and his car was working perfectly today. I’m looking for that first win though.”

In rounding out the podium, Pecorari, another series rookie, was pleased to score his first podium but hungry for more. “We still have some work today but each weekend we’re closing in on the front,” Pecorari explained. “Everyone at Andersen Walko racing does an excellent job and I’m able to work some good teammates that all want to get to the front. At the start of the race I was able to move up a few spots on the inside and then I worked with my teammate Graham Rahal to try to keep moving up. When Graham spun I was able to move into third behind Donoso.”

Finishing just off of the podium for his best finish of the season was MJ Motorsports driver Marco Andretti in his Vonage sponsored Mazda. Marco, who qualified sixth was able to move up two positions but frustrated in his efforts to score his first podium. “The car fell off early and never really came back in which can be frustrating,” Andretti commented. “I fell out of the lead draft and at that point you have to keep an eye in the mirror.”

05/22/05
Formula BMW
Lacroix Wins Round 3 Lacroix Wins Round 316 year-old BMW Junior and Rookie driver Kevin Lacroix (AIM Autosport) took his second win of the 2005 Formula BMW USA Championship season in Round 3 today at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Taking the lead on the second lap he finished 1.988 seconds ahead of James Davison (HBR Motorsport Team USA) in the 15-lap contest to extend his points lead in both the Overall and Rookie Championship standings. Davison came from the seventh starting position for his best finish of the year. Maxime Soulet (Gelles Racing), continuing his podium-finishing streak, took third.

Polesitter Philippe and second place starter Edoardo Piscopo both jumped the start and were forced to serve stop and go penalties. Philippe charged back to tenth place setting fast lap of the race. Reed Stevens and Rob Bunker also had great drives today, moving from 13th to sixth and 14th to eighth respectively.

The top-finishing Rookies were Lacroix (P1), Davison (P2) and John Zartarian (P4). "I started at four and got the third place at the start", said Lacroix. "I tried to get the second place, but Piscopo was blocking me a bit. I got second and after I saw that Philippe had come in the pits. I had some problems with my radio so I didn't know anything. I was really confused, I braked, I didn't know what to do and everybody behind me was almost crashing. But then I saw that everybody was running at the track and I won the race after that."  Davison said, "I made a very good start, passed one in turn one and passed another one in turn two and I was up to the fifth position. Then the safety car came out for three laps and the race stopped. And then there was a bit confusion because of the black flag so I was able to go from fifth to second. And then I was concentrated on not overdriving like I had in qualifying and it really rewarded me. Kevin drove away, but I thought maybe I could put a bit pressure on him but I was not really close enough. With Maxime not right behind me, I had a bit breathing space, I could relax a little bit."  Soulet added, "I am satisfied. I had a bad start and lost one position already at the start. I had a different setup than I had in the qualifying and it worked out okay, but we still have to do some modifications for tomorrow. I think I probably will win tomorrow."   The Round 4 race is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Round 3 - Results (15 laps)

1 Kevin Lacroix AIM Autosport 24:32.414
2 James Davison HBR Motorsport Team USA 24:34.402
3 Maxime Soulet Gelles Racing 24:35.275
4 John Zartarian Jensen MotorSport 24:35.385
5 Daniel Herrington Jensen MotorSport 24:38.219
6 Reed Stevens HBR Motorsport Team USA 24:39.495
7 Robert Wickens Team Apex Racing USA 24:41.490
8 Tom Sutherland HBR Motorsport Team USA 24:45.364
9 Rob Bunker AIM Autosport 24:45.859
10 Richard Philippe Team Autotecnica 24:47.542
11 Race Johnson HBR Motorsport Team USA 24:48.276
12 Matthew Lee Twintooth/BRM Motorsport 24:48.663
13 Adrien Herberts Atlantic Racing Team 24:48.865
14 Justin Moon Gelles Racing 24:49.139
15 Doug Boyer Jensen MotorSport 24:49.976
16 Edoardo Piscopo EuroInternational 25:02.041
17 Ryan Campbell Gelles Racing 25:05.391
18 Darin Marcus Gelles Racing 25:13.566
19 Derek Burseth Burseth Racing 25:19.651
20 Jules Duc Jensen MotorSport 25:49.923
21 Scott Harnell SHD3 with Cinema Concepts Mechanical
22 Nathan DePagter DRE Autosport Accident

05/22/05
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Wallace, Duno and Lammers Win Wallace, Duno and Lammers WinIn a six-hour Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series race that featured a little bit of everything, Andy Wallace charged from third to first in the span of two turns with slightly more than 10 minutes remaining to take the victory in the 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant for himself and co-drivers Milka Duno and Jan Lammers.

On Lap 180 of what would be a 188-lap affair, Wallace—driving the No. 2 CITGO Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac Crawford—battled past defending race winner and Daytona Prototype co-champion Scott Pruett in the No. 01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley to take over second place in Turn 14 after stalking him for several laps. Little did Wallace know, however, that leader Max Angelelli was losing first, second and third gears in his No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley at the same time he was making his way past Pruett.

In the next turn, Wallace and Pruett came upon Angelelli’s hobbled car and shot past, giving Wallace the lead and Pruett second position. Shortly thereafter, Pruett was forced to conserve fuel to make it to the finish—eventually giving second place to Ganassi teammate Stefan Johansson in the No. 02 New Century Mortgage Lexus Riley—allowing Wallace to cruise to a 3.843-second victory over Johansson.

“It was a wild one,” Wallace said. “It was great race even though the conditions were very difficult at the start. Milka did a great job keeping the car on the track. They did a great job in the car and the team kept working and working on the car during the race. The last stretch was very exciting and some great racing. We’ve had a tough start to the year and this makes it all worth while.”

The triumph was the first of the season for the Howard-Boss Motorsports team. It was the first win for Wallace and Duno since the Miami 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway last September, and was Lammers’ first-ever victory in Rolex Series competition.

“This was so exciting to be a part of this win with Andy and Milka,” Lammers said. “She did a great job under those terrible conditions early in the race. Thanks to the team for all their hard work and the opportunity to be involved with this win. I’m extremely happy for Max and Jan Crawford and everyone who worked so hard for this victory.” Grand-Am

05/22/05
irl
Brack blitzes Indy Brack blitzes IndyThird Day Qualifying was a homecoming for the 1999 Indianapolis 500 winner Kenny Brack - and a shot across the bow of the 32 other drivers in the May 29 classic.

Nineteen months removed from a racing accident that left him with several serious injuries, Brack answered team co-owner Bobby Rahal's call and returned to the Speedway May 18 as the substitute driver for injured reigning race champion Buddy Rice.

Three days and 13 hours of available practice time later, Brack had the fastest qualifying speed in the 33-car field. Brack recorded a four-lap average speed of 227.598 mph, which was faster than the pole-winning speed of Tony Kanaan (227.566) recorded May 15. But Brack, because of the qualifying procedure, will start 23rd.

In all, 10 spots were filled for the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing." Arie Luyendyk Jr. will make a qualifying attempt May 22 to complete the 33-car field. The last time a second-day qualifier ran faster than the pole speed was in 1996 (Arie Luyendyk). 

"I am just relieved that we are in the field," said Brack, the 1998 IndyCar Series champion. "I am also glad for the team obviously. They have had a real tough month. I guess they had faith in that I could do the job. And I am just thanking them for doing all of these things because it was a lot of fun to put the car in the eighth row."

In his five previous Indianapolis 500 starts, Brack's highest starting spot was third (1998). He was in the middle of Row 3 when he won the 500-Mile Race in 1999.

"I am confident in the car," he said. "Although I have to say the car has changed a lot since I've been gone. You see less out of them at the sides. And that is something that I have to get more used to in traffic situations. On my own, I guess I am pretty confident."

Other qualifiers on May 22 were IndyCar Series rookie Ryan Briscoe, who averaged 224.080 mph in the No. 33T Target Chip Ganassi Racing Panoz/Toyota/Firestone and will complete Row 8. His speed would have placed him 18th on the grid if posted on May 15.

Others currently in the field include (in order) Patrick Carpentier (222.803), Ed Carpenter (221.439), Jaques Lazier (221.228), A.J. Foyt IV (220.442), Marty Roth (219.497), Larry Foyt (219.396), Jeff Ward (218.714) and Jimmy Kite (218.565).

Luyendyk completed the Rookie Orientation Program and is eligible to put his Beck Motorsports-prepared No. 98 CURB Records Panoz/Chevrolet/Firestone in the qualifying line. Plans of making a qualifying attempt were squashed late in the day when the car brushed the SAFER Barrier in Turn 4 during practice.

05/21/05
nascar
Truex Voted Into All Star Challenge Truex Voted Into All Star ChallengeMartin Truex, Jr. was voted into the 22nd and final spot in Saturday night's NASCAR Nextel Challenge at Lowe's Motor Speedway after topping the fan balloting among drivers competing in the Nextel Open.
05/21/05
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Vickers Spins Bliss to Advance to All Star Challenge Vickers Spins Bliss to Advance to All Star ChallengeBrian Vickers topped Saturday night's Nextel Open to advance to the 21st running of the NASCAR Nextel All Star Challenge at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Vickers and pole sitter Mike Bliss came into turn four nose-to-tail on the white flag lap when Vickers tapped Bliss' NetZero Chevrolet, sending Bliss spinning through the infield grass.

Vickers cut back to the outside to avoid Bliss' spinning car and managed to beat Bliss to the start/finish line by a car length to advance to take the 21st spot in the All Star Challenge as well as a check for $40,000.

"It wasn't intentional," Vickers said of the contact with Bliss. "He was blocking and I was doing my job. I hate he wrecked but there's nothing else I could have done. I'm not going to say that if I was in his position, I wouldn't fell the same way."

Bliss came sideways across the line in second, followed by Travis Kvapil, Kyle Busch and Bobby Hamilton, Jr.

Bliss started from the pole for the 30-lap event traded the lead with Kvapil three times before Kvapil took over the top spot and held in until the end of the first 20-lap segment.

When racing resumed for the final 10-lap segment, Bliss passed Kvapil on the backstretch on the opening lap to re-take the lead.

For Bliss, leading 16 laps and not advancing to the all star race was a bitter pill to swallow.

"I was getting extremely tight and I lost some ground," Bliss said. "(Vickers) got a good run and I didn't expect to get wrecked. I expected him to maybe do a crossover move.

"We got wrecked and we're out of the game and he's in. So, that's the name of the game, I guess."

Scott Riggs spun on the opening lap to bring out the first of two caution flag. Morgan Shepherd tagged he wall on lap six for the second yellow flag.
05/21/05
atlantic
Zwolsman wins first career Atlantic pole Zwolsman wins first career Atlantic pole
05/21/05
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Monterrey tidbits Monterrey tidbitsSebastien Bourdais becomes the first driver since Bryan Herta to win three consecutive poles at the same track. Bourdais has taken pole every time he has visited Monterrey, Mexico. Herta turned the trick at Laguna Seca from 1997-99.

Bourdais earned the 14th pole of his young career, tying him for 15th on the all-time Champ Car pole list. He is tied with Tony Bettenhausen, Don Branson, Tom Sneva and Juan Montoya on the list.

The fourth-place grid spot attained by Alex Tagliani today marks the highest that a team from the Derrick Walker/Team Australia stable has qualified since 2001. Tora Takagi qualified third in Michigan after times were set via practice times due to a qualifying rainout.

Oriol Servia will start seventh on Sunday, and has never started worse than 11th in his five trips to Monterrey.

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Allmendinger loses fastest lap Allmendinger loses fastest lapAJ Allmendinger lost his best lap today in Monterrey GP qualifying because he was on the track 16 laps, one more lap than the maximum allowed by the rules.  The penalty removed his 1:14.500 effort from the books – a lap that would have placed him fifth on the grid. He will start 11th.  We don't blame AJ as much as his team.  This was a rookie mistake from a team that are not rookies anymore.  Allmendinger pictured right in his Beijing, China car, courtesy of Champ Car.
05/21/05
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Brack to start 23rd after beating Kanaan Brack to start 23rd after beating KanaanKenny Brack, who is the substitute driver for injured defending champion Buddy Rice, qualified 23rd in the 33-car field -- the highest he could have started under the qualifying procedure -- with a four-lap average of 227.598 mph (2 minutes, 44.0866 seconds) over the 2.5-mile oval. Brack's average speed in the No. 15 Argent/Pioneer Panoz/Honda/Firestone was higher than pole sitter Tony Kanaan (227.566 mph) accomplished on May 15. The last time a second-day qualifier ran faster than the pole speed was in 1996 (Arie Luyendyk).

"It was a good run", the 1999 Indianapolis 500 winner. "I thank God that he allowed me to come back here, and I thank Team Rahal Letterman for giving me the opportunity. While I feel sorry for Buddy, he'll be able to come back."

Said Rice, who won the 2004 race from the pole: "It's great for Kenny. He's put the fastest car in the field and that's what we needed to do. To come in on short notice to hop in and do this is awesome. It will be a great boost to the team. Obviously, I can't drive but I couldn't be happier with who's in the car. This is great for him to be able to come in and do this." Indy Racing League

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Adam Carroll wins GP2 race in Monaco Adam Carroll wins GP2 race in MonacoAdam Carroll has won this weekend’s first GP2 series race in Monaco over Gianmaria Bruni and Nico Rosberg. The Super Nova International driver took the checkered flag just 0.6 seconds ahead of Coloni Motorsport’s Gimmi Bruni, with Nico Rosberg just 0.5 seconds behind the Italian in his ART Grand Prix car.

Scott Speed came home fourth, with Heikki Kovalainen fifth, Mathias Lauda sixth, Can Artam seventh and Sergio Hernandez eighth. Kovalainen also bagged two extra points for fastest lap, an astounding 1:23.864, over half a second faster than his pole position lap. Kovalainen maintains his lead at the top of the championship table on 28 points. Bruni is in hot pursuit on 26, with Speed on 25 and Carroll on 23.
1. A. CARROLL GBR Super Nova International 44 laps 1:04:41.326
2. G. BRUNI ITA Coloni Motorsport 44 laps +0.657
3. N. ROSBERG GER ART Grand Prix 44 laps +1.101
4. S. SPEED USA iSport International 44 laps +18.452
5. H. KOVALAINEN FIN Arden International 44 laps +53.398
6. M. LAUDA AUT Coloni Motorsport 43 laps +1 LAP
7. C. ARTAM TUR iSport International 43 laps +1 LAP
8. S. HERNANDEZ ESP Campos Racing 42 laps +2 LAPS
9. O. PLA FRA DPR 41 laps +3 LAPS
10. B. GARCIA ESP Racing Engineering 40 laps DNF
11. N. PIQUET Jr. BRA Hitech Piquet Sports 40 laps DNF
12. A. NEGRAO BRA Hitech Piquet Sports 40 laps DNF

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N. LAPIERRE FRA Arden International 33 laps DNF
A. PREMAT FRA ART Grand Prix 23 laps DNF
C. PICCIONE MON Durango 11 laps DNF
N. JANI SUI Racing Engineering 10 laps DNF
J. LOPEZ FRA DAMS 10 laps DNF
R. SHARP GBR DPR 8 laps DNF
F. FAUZY GBR DAMS 6 laps DNF
G. PANTANO ITA Super Nova International 0 laps DNF
J. ALVAREZ ESP Campos Racing 0 laps DNF
F. MONFARDINI ITA Durango 0 laps DNF

E. VISO VEN BCN Competicion DSQ
H. YOSHIMOTO JPN BCN Competicion DNS

FASTEST LAP

H. KOVALAINEN FIN Arden International 1:23.864 on lap 44

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Can anyone stop Bourdais? Can anyone stop Bourdais?The crowd went wild as Sebastien Bourdais captured the pole position in the final qualifying session for tomorrow's Monterrey GP, Paul Newman was celebrating, Carl Haas was celebrating, and even Ronald McDonald was celebrating, Can anyone really stop Bourdais this weekend? Jose Arrambide
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Zytek team beats Audi for pole Zytek team beats Audi for poleAll four class qualifying records fell as a new face in the American Le Mans Series grabbed the overall pole Saturday for the American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio, Round 3 of the ALMS. Hayanari Shimoda won his first series pole in a thrilling session that saw him put the No. 15 Zytek factory LMP1 on the inside of the front row with a 1:11.333 on his next-to-last lap in Saturday's 20-minute qualifying session Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Shimoda will start next to the driver whose record he broke, James Weaver in the No. 16 Dyson Racing Lola. Weaver held the top spot for most of the latter half of the session, but Shimoda posted his lap on his next-to-last pass around the 2.25-mile, 13-turn circuit.

"During the qualifying, I had one mistake and we lost a lot of time," said Shimoda, who will team with Tom Chilton in Sunday's race. "We had two laps left and then the dashboard didn't work and couldn't see what time I was. Even now, I can't imagine what I did. So it was good. I'm very comfortable with this circuit. It's my favorite now."

Added Chilton, "I realistically thought the car had an 1:11.8. Hayanari drove hard. The car is very nimble through the tight corners."

In P2, Jon Field broke his 2002 class record by almost two seconds in the No. 37 Telesis Intersport Racing Lola B05/40. Field, who teamed with son Clint to win in class at the Sportsbook.com Grand Prix of Atlanta in Round 2 of the ALMS, will start sixth overall on the grid.

"The car was really fast. I'm really proud of my guys on the Telesis Intersport team," Clint Field said. "I'm really confident with our AER engine and it definitely can go the distance tomorrow for the win"

Oliver Gavin earned his 10th pole with a 1:18.033 to take the GT1 pole in the No. 4 Corvette Racing C6-R. Gavin, who will share driving duties with Olivier Beretta, broke his own mark set last year by more than 0.6 seconds. Gavin was a fraction of a second quicker than teammate Johnny O'Connell in the No. 3 Corvette Racing C6-R.  The two Corvettes and the No. 35 Maserati MC12 were under Gavin's old record, a testament to how fast the Mid-Ohio layout was Saturday.

"The track, when we first got here was quite greasy, and we were struggling everywhere," Gavin said. "The track has gotten better as the classes have run and has rubbered up. In the qualifying session, the track and the car married well together and it produced the grip for us to break the record. It's always a track where if you discipline yourself, you get something out of it."
Pos Car Driver Best Lap Gap Car Make/Model Team
1 15 Hayanari Shimoda 1:11.333 0.000 Zytek 04S Zytek Engineering
2 16 James Weaver 1:12.431 1.098 Lola EX257 AER Dyson Racing Team
3 1 JJ Lehto 1:12.925 1.592 Audi R8 ADT/Champion Racing
4 2 Emanuele Pirro 1:13.184 1.851 Audi R8 ADT/Champion Racing
5 20 Chris Dyson 1:13.272 1.939 Lola EX257 AER Dyson Racing Team
6 37 Jon Field 1:14.699 3.366 Lola B05/40 AER Telessis Intersport Racing
7 10 Jeff Bucknum 1:16.540 5.207 Courage C-65 AER Miracle Motorsports Inc
8 4 Oliver Gavin 1:18.033 6.700 Chevrolet Corvette C6-R Corvette Racing
9 3 Johnny O`Connell 1:18.131 6.798 Chevrolet Corvette C6-R Corvette Racing
10 8 Guy Cosmo 1:18.321 6.988 Courage C65 Mazda B-K Motorsports
11 35 Fabrizio De Simone 1:18.379 7.046 Maserati MC12 Maserati Corse
12 63 Johnny Mowlem 1:19.055 7.722 Saleen S7R ACEMCO Motorsports LLC
13 5 Ryan Dalziel 1:20.377 9.044 Chevrolet Corvette C5-R Pacific Coast Motorsports
14 71 Michele Rugolo 1:20.566 9.233 Dodge Viper Carsport America
15 23 Timo Bernhard 1:22.663 11.330 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Alex Job Racing
16 31 Patrick Long 1:22.761 11.428 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Petersen Motorsports/White Lig
17 51 Bryan Sellers 1:22.878 11.545 Panoz GTLM Panoz Motor Sports
18 50 Robin Liddell 1:23.316 11.983 Panoz GTLM Panoz Motor Sports
19 24 Randy Pobst 1:23.512 12.179 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Alex Job Racing
20 44 Lonnie Pechnik 1:23.616 12.283 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Flying Lizard Motorsports
21 45 Johannes van Overbeek 1:23.849 12.516 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Flying Lizard Motorsports
22 79 Tim Sugden 1:24.186 12.853 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR J3 Racing

05/21/05
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Philippe takes 4th straight pole Philippe takes 4th straight poleProving himself the fastest qualifier in the 2005 Formula BMW USA Championship for the fourth time in a row, 15-year old BMW Junior and Rookie driver Richard Philippe (Team Autotecnica) took the pole for Round 4. Improving over his Round 3 pole time by almost one-half second, he broke his own qualifying record with a lap of 1:25.789 minutes around the 2.258- mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. 

Kevin Lacroix (AIM Autosport) improved from his fourth starting position in yesterday's Round 3 qualifying session and will start next to Philippe on the front row. It was the best qualifying effort to-date for the Overall and Rookie Championship points leader. Reed Stevens (HBR Motorsport Team USA) set the third fastest time (1:26.253) to make the first all-BMW Junior, and all-Rookie top- three qualifying of the season. 

Highlighting the level of competition in 2005, the top 14 cars are separated by less than 1.2 seconds. The quickest Rookies in today's qualifying session were Philippe (P1), Lacroix (P2), Stevens (P3), Justin Moon (P4) and Race Johnson (P6). 

"The qualifying went very well", said a confident Philippe. "It was not easy to get a clear lap early in the session. We came in and out of the pits a few times just to get a gap and put a good lap in. It worked out - four poles! That was what we were expecting, to be on pole every time and to win every race. We need to win - we need the points and we need the victories." 

Lacroix said, "It was not too bad, a lot better than yesterday. We have a few things to improve to go faster in the race. I had the pole for a few minutes, but I knew that  I was not fast enough to keep the pole for the session. I am sure that we will get a better setup for the race."  Stevens added, "We worked on the car and made some changes for today because we want to be back to where we want to be - always in the top-three. The car was quite a bit better than for yesterday's qualifying. By the end of the session it was pretty close to where I would like to have it, but there is still a little more work to do for the race." 

The Round 3 race is scheduled to start at 3:35 p.m. today. Sunday's Round 4 race is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. 

Qualifying: Round 4

1 Richard Philippe (R) Team Autotecnica 1:25.789 (94.753 mph)
2 Kevin Lacroix (R) AIM Autosport 1:26.057
3 Reed Stevens (R) HBR Motorsport Team USA 1:26.253
4 Justin Moon (R) Gelles Racing 1:26.474
5 Maxime Soulet Gelles Racing 1:26.522
6 Race Johnson (R) HBR Motorsport Team USA 1:26.577
7 Edoardo Piscopo (R) EuroInternational 1:26.639
8 James Davison (R) HBR Motorsport Team USA 1:26.649
9 John Zartarian (R) Jensen Motorsport 1:26.707
10 Robert Wickens (R) Team Apex Racing USA 1:26.727
11 Doug Boyer (R) Jensen Motorsport 1:26.834
12 Daniel Herrington Jensen Motorsport 1:26.856
13 Tom Sutherland HBR Motorsport Team USA 1:26.866
14 Darin Marcus (R) Gelles Racing 1:26.916
15 Matthew Lee (R) Twintooth/BRM Motorsport 1:27.310
16 Adrien Herberts (R) Atlantic Racing Team 1:27.333
17 Rob Bunker (R) AIM Autosport 1:27.415
18 Nathan DePagter (R) DRE Autosport 1:27.776
19 Ryan Campbell (R) Gelles Racing 1:28.149
20 Jules Duc (R) Jensen Motorsport 1:28.472
21 Derek Burseth Burseth Racing 1:29.315
22 Scott Harnell SDH3 w/ Camera Concepts

05/21/05
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Monterrey a hotbed of music Monterrey a hotbed of musicLast year the Monterrey Grand Prix had one of the hottest Latinamerican rock bands as their main musical event. This year they decide to go Tex-Mex, and it seems they made a great decision as lots of fans are talking about the concert with Bobby Pulido and Alicia Villarreal. Monterrey is considered to be the Tex-Mex musical capital, and although last year's concert would be considered by almost everyone in Mexico a better show, Monterrey is not like the rest of the country. It seems most fans here are very pleased with this year's musical main event. Jose Arrambide reporting from Monterrey
05/21/05
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Champ Car Attendance Higher Champ Car Attendance Higher
According to OCESA, more tickets had been sold at this years Champ Car race in Monterrey than last year at this same time, they are expecting to have a full house tomorrow.
05/21/05
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A3 series announced to feed A1 GP A3 series announced to feed A1 GPAspiring racing drivers were given a new route into the  exclusive world of international motorsport today with the announcement that the A3  Racing Series will kick-off in South Africa this July.  Standing alongside President Thabo Mbeki at the annual Friends of the President's  Golf Day, A1 Grand Prix Founder, President and Chairman Sheikh Maktoum  announced the introduction of the A3 Racing Series.  'I'm delighted to announce A3 racing series, a new feeder formula which will develop  future A1 drivers from developing nations in preparation for the inaugural season of  the first World Cup of Motorsport this September. A3 will provide a platform where  drivers can develop their physical and mental skills, learning to race against each  other on a global level. The A3 Racing Series shows A1 Grand Prix's commitment to  develop drivers from all nations and I hope to see A3 established in all nations  competing in the World Cup of Motorsport.'  The A3 Racing Series launch will be on Tuesday 24 May, with partners. [Editor's Note: We hear they took the Formula Renault V6 cars from Europe for the A3 series.]
05/21/05
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Bourdais and Junqueira again fastest in Monterrey Bourdais and Junqueira again fastest in MonterreyThe track is getting faster but the order hasn't changed.  Sebastien Bourdais again led Saturday morning practice for tomorrow's Monterrey GP with a lap of 1:15.075 min.  His Newman/Haas teammate Bruno Junqueira was second and Justin Wilson third, just ahead of his RuSPORT teammate AJ Allmendinger.  Next up is final qualifying.
05/21/05
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Montoya sent to back of grid Montoya sent to back of gridJuan Pablo Montoya has been sent to the back of the Monaco grid for causing a four-car pile up during Saturday practice. Stewards ruled that the 29-year-old Colombian deliberately braked early in front of former Williams teammate Ralf Schumacher after he was held up on a quick lap. The clash led to Jacques Villeneuve and David Coulthard also coming into contact. ''What Montoya did in reaction to (Ralf) is ridiculous,'' Coulthard slammed. ''He slowed right down beside Ralf, went in front and brake-tested him. There's no question that sort of behavior should be penalized.'' McLaren can not appeal.
05/21/05
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PENALTY - Coulthard says Montoya caused accident PENALTY - Coulthard says Montoya caused accidentUPDATE Juan Pablo Montoya will have to start at the back of the grid for the Monaco Grand Prix for having caused an avoidable accident in the morning session. Montoya had been on a fast lap when he came up behind David Coulthard and Ralf Schumacher, who had just emerged from the pits. Montoya's lap was thus disrupted and he slowed down dramatically. This resulted in a traffic jam and Jacques Villeneuve running into the back of Coulthard who was spun into Schumacher. Grandprix.com 05/21/05 David Coulthard has accused Juan Pablo Montoya of causing the accident that brought Saturday’s final practice session to a premature halt. Coulthard claimed Montoya brake-tested Ralf Schumacher and triggered the chain reaction that resulted in his Red Bull Racing car being hit from behind by Jacques Villeneuve’s Sauber. “I was following Ralf out of the pits and he was already a little bit up the straight when he got his blue flag,” Coulthard told ITV-F1 pit reporter Ted Kravitz. “He moved over but it’s very difficult to be flat and overtake a car going up the hill, so naturally Juan Pablo had to back off. “It’s a feature of Monaco, but what Montoya did in reaction to that is ridiculous – he slowed right down beside Ralf, went in front and brake-tested him. “Then there was a concertina effect and Jacques coming up the hill unsighted because you’re kind of peering over the top of the cockpit and he goes straight into the back of me. “There’s no question that that sort of behaviour should be penalized.” All four drivers involved in the incident were summoned to the stewards to give their accounts of the incident but it is not yet clear whether any penalties will be issued. ITV-F1
05/21/05
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Seen in Monterrey - II Seen in Monterrey - IIAs in every race, big companies give away courtesy tickets. This year scalpers are making money with them. Fans have been buying these courtesy tickets. Even some of them were offered to me, a guy tried to sell me courtesy tickets from Tecate at half price of the non-courtesy tickets. This is a usual practice in Mexico because big companies don’t have good control of their courtesy tickets, and there’s always someone willing to make a buck or two with this kind of ticket. Trouble is, this is hurting the race, real fans that were going to buy tickets are buying courtesy tickets, organizers are then selling less tickets.. Jose Arrambide reporting from Monterrey
05/21/05
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Monterrey track proves slippery Monterrey track proves slipperyAs usual, the Monterrey track is proving to be a very slippery. This track is used just only once a year and yesterday you could see lots of drivers having troubles at specific parts of the track. There is just not enough grip. Ask Paul Tracy, Oriol Servia, AJ Allmendinger, ask any driver. Of Course things will improve today as the track gets cleaner and more rubber is laid down. Jose Arrambide reporting from Monterrey
05/21/05
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Temperature rising in Monterrey Temperature rising in MonterreyIt's Saturday morning in Monterrey and the Champ Car teams are getting ready for the first practice of the day. The local temperatures is 73F/23C with haze conditions. It may be the hottest day of the weekend since it is not cloudy like the last days, and the humidity is high 83%. The. Toyota Atlantic practice 2 has just finished and Zwolsman is P1 with a time of 1:27.619, P2 Martinez, P3 Kasemets and P4 Legge. Hector Serrano reporting from Monterrey
05/21/05
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Martinez gives local fans something to cheer about Martinez gives local fans something to cheer aboutDavid Martinez had a great day in Toyota Atlantics qualifying on Friday. This is the first time their local hero races in an Atlantic car, and he had the second best time and in fact he lost the provisional pole only at the last second of qualifying. Remember that this kid won 2 years ago here in the Barber Dodge Barber race held at this track. It was the first time he drove in the Barber Dodge Series, so fans are hoping for a Cinderella Story for this young driver. Mexican fans love to cheer their drivers on and they love to have heroes. Mexican fans are already thinking this kid could replace Mario Dominguez in Champ Car if he moves to F1. Jose Arrambide reporting from Monterrey
05/21/05
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Seen in Monterrey Seen in MonterreyEven tough he is not driving this weekend Roberto Gonzalez "Gonzo" is here, and still has hopes of getting some kind of deal for the rest of the season. He knows that he needs to get a good sponsor in order to get something done. Rumor has it that his grandfather, which by the way is one of the wealthiest men in Mexico, is sabotaging his efforts to get a sponsorship because he feels his grandson should not risk his life running. Jose Arrambide reporting from Monterrey
05/21/05
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Villeneuve fastest of four Ferraris Villeneuve fastest of four FerrarisWe are quick to point out when he is slower than his teammate Felipe Massa, but today in Monaco Jacques Villeneuve made up for lost time by posting the quickest time of the four in provisional pole qualifying for the Monaco GP.
9. Jacques Villeneuve Canada Sauber-Petronas 1:15.921
10. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Ferrari 1:16.142
11. Michael Schumacher Germany Ferrari 1:16.166
12. Felipe Massa Brazil Sauber-Petronas 1:16.218
05/21/05
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Raikkonen tops Alonso for provisional pole Raikkonen tops Alonso for provisional poleAfter completely dominating the last F1 race in Spain, Kimi Raikkonen let it be known that he is definitely out to knock championship leader Fernando Alonso off his perch by easily beating him by almost 1/2 second to take provisional pole for Sunday's Monaco GP. Mark Webber was third fastest in his Williams.

Ralf Schumacher escaped unhurt but totally destroyed his Toyota in a big accident in the turn preceding the famous Swimming Pool chicane along the harbor. Schumacher appeared to miss his apex and hit the inside guiderail with his left side tires which sent him hard into the outside barrier. It was his 2nd accident in two hours time, having been involved in the multi-car morning wreck. More later.....
05/21/05
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Crash brings early end to Monaco practice Crash brings early end to Monaco practiceDavid Coulthard, Ralf Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve were all caught up in an accident in morning practice in Monaco this morning, which was triggered when David Coulthard tried to pass Ralf Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve tried to pass Coulthard. Instead, the Sauber driver hit the back of Coulthard's Red Bull, which sent the Scot crashing into Ralf's Toyota. The session was red flagged and the Monte Carlo race stewards declared it over early.
05/21/05
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Foyt predicts Kanaan will win Foyt predicts Kanaan will winAJ Foyt was quoted in this Indy Star article AJ Foyt was impressed with Kanaan's consistency during practice Friday. . "If he doesn't wreck or blow up, they'll never catch him," the four-time Indy winner said. "He's going to be long gone."
05/21/05
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F1 News in Brief - III F1 News in Brief - III
'Sunday' quali ditched F1 bosses have unanimously agreed to ditch Sunday morning 'aggregate' qualifying as of next weekend. The matter will now be fast tracked with an immediate fax vote of the F1 Commission, FIA president Max Mosley said. He also revealed that another different format, to be put in place next year and run at least to the end of 2007, is likely. ''My personal view is that we shouldn't keep changing,'' said Mosley, ''but it is probably important to have the grid sorted out on Saturday.'' The Nurburgring format is a compromise after some teams complained they would be disadvantaged in reverting to the old 12-lap, one hour system. ''I think we would love to go back to the original (pre-2003) format,'' Sir Frank Williams told TV broadcaster ITV. The fax vote should be completed by Wednesday.

Red Bull has dark side Darth Vader, Chewbacca, C3PO, R2D2 and Storm Troopers wandered Monaco's grand prix paddock on 'day off' Friday. Chewbacca looked curiously at the Red Bull car's fiddly steering wheel, and Star Wars filmmaker George Lucas wandered around the F1 garage. In the promotional sponsorship, Red Bull found a shady sense of humor with the logo 'powered by the dark side' written on the garage wall. Also ensuring another giggle is David Coulthard's pledge to drop his pants if he finishes on the podium on Sunday. Red Bull chief Christian Horner grinned: ''I suppose the podium would be the best place to do it. ''As long as he has 'Red Bull' tattooed on his buttocks. ''We need to maximize the opportunity of BAR not being here.''

'I could do it' - Irvine Eddie Irvine has claimed he could slide into the role of F1 boss. The outspoken former driver, at Monaco for talks with the progressively indifferent Jordan team owner Alex Shnaider, is backed by another Russian businessman, vodka and banking tycoon Roustam Tariko. Ireland's Irvine told BBC radio: ''I've seen the best in Jean Todt, and the worst in Ford. ''Ford showed me how to make mistakes.'' Shnaider insisted the story is 'only a rumor', but - funnily enough - so too did 39-year-old millionaire Irvine. ''Formula One is a bit exciting this year isn't it?'' he laughed coyly. ''A lot of rumors going around.'' Irvine said: ''Formula One needs color, like Eddie Jordan, but it got a bit sad, a bit like the old film star still ... going to the parties.''

On your bike, Button When the five lights go out on Sunday afternoon, Jenson Button will faintly hear the roar of 900hp Formula One engines. The Briton - 'massively' disappointed on a Friday visit to the Paddock - has vowed to be high in the nearby hills, bicycle training. ''None of us are going to be here,'' said Nick Fry, principal of the BAR team that is banned from racing after found guilty of cheating but allowed in the paddock to host corporate guests. Button, and Japanese teammate Takuma Sato, will be back in action at the Nurburgring next Friday. Fry told Reuters that the '007' car, found underweight when drained of fuel after Imola, will carry extra ballast at the European grand prix. He added: ''The fuel system fundamentally stays the same.''

Trulli no 'superstar' Want to find a F1 'superstar'? Keep looking, Jarno Trulli cautioned. The quiet Italian, although getting the better of new Toyota teammate Ralf Schumacher despite enjoying half the annual salary, said he would 'never be a superstar.' ''To be a superstar,'' he told The Guardian newspaper in Monte Carlo, ''you have to be extremely proud of what you've done and what you are doing. ''And you have to give that impression every day.'' 30-year-old Trulli, though - who won his first grand prix in the Principality a year ago - is pretty super around Monaco, and is not so modest as to rule out the biggest prize. ''Ultimately,'' he agreed with the newspaper reporter, ''(the championship) is the thing.''

Ferrari 'to be lapped' If as defeat isn't enough, Brazil's Rubens Barrichello predicted that an extra indignity awaits Ferrari at Monte Carlo. He said his Bridgestone shod F2005 is likely to be lapped. ''What are we lacking?'' the 32-year-old asked rhetorically in the Paddock. ''Everything.'' Barrichello told the La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper: ''We are not fast or consistent. ''I have problems with oversteer and grip. If Renault and McLaren maintain the rhythm of practice on Sunday ... we will be lapped.'' He also hinted that pole, or indeed the 'top six', is not really a sensible goal for qualifying, ''but I don't think we should even look at others. ''We need to try to find a solution by reflecting on ourselves.''

Monaco silence The Monaco grand prix will mark the recent death of Prince Rainier with a minute's silence on the formation grid. The 81-year-old Monarch of the little Monaco Principality died in hospital in April.

05/21/05
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Kimi's on a title charge Kimi's on a title chargeMake no mistake: Kimi Raikkonen only has eyes for F1's ultimate honour. Although he's nine points behind second placed Jarno Trulli, let alone the titanic 27 point deficit to title leader Fernando Alonso, McLaren's cool Finn is sure he can do it. ''I believe in myself and in my strengths,'' 25-year-old Raikkonen told the German Bild newspaper. ''Not only that,'' the 2003 championship challenger went on, ''finally I am again sitting in a very strong motor car.'' But, Kimi, although you beat him in Barcelona, what about that vacuous gap to the Renault? ''That is the situation,'' Raikkonen acknowledged, ''but I know just how easily a situation can be turned around.'' What about Michael Schumacher? Does the Ferrari-driving German - even further back in the drivers' title scrap - still have a chance? ''I hope not,'' Kimi answered. ''It doesn't look like it.''
05/21/05
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Indy tradition left when IRL arrived Indy tradition left when IRL arrivedThis Las Vegas Sun article says, Our family went to Indy for 30 years (1965-95), and when I moved to California I always flew back to be part of it all. That tradition stopped with the birth of the IRL. I haven't bothered to watch Indy on TV since then, as everything about it has slid backward. Where CART and Indy provided a great synergy because CART was successfully marketing a series, giving visibility to the "guys who race at Indy," the IRL has taken us back to the pre-CART days when Indy more or less marketed itself, and the series was invisible. The return of a lot of old CART teams also seems to be about huge sums of money from Toyota or Honda, rather than the aesthetic of preferring all-oval racing, or finding galvanizing and visionary leadership under Tony George. Sterling Smith, Los Angeles
05/21/05
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F1 News in Brief - II F1 News in Brief - II
Renault vow no team orders Flavio Briatore has repeated his promise that team orders will play no part at Renault this year. The Italian principal insisted that, even with Fernando Alonso's title lead and the hard charging McLarens, Giancarlo Fisichella will not be stopped from winning at Monaco. ''We must respect our drivers,'' Briatore told Premiere. ''Even if the situation cropped up in the last race, we would not (do it), because it is forbidden.'' 'Flav' also considers imposing prohibited team orders, like those of Ferrari in Austria back in 2002, 'fraud' against the spectator. ''The worst thing we can do as a sport is treat Formula One followers as if they are stupid,'' the garish chief said.

Ferrari 'downfall' doubted Don't be too sure about Ferrari's apparent 'downfall', a couple of rival Formula One technical directors have warned. Toyota whiz Mike Gascoyne reckons it's 'fairly early' to be concluding the chapter chronicling Maranello's recent dominance of the sport. ''They've not won for the last six races,'' said the English technical director. ''I think quite a lot of teams would like to have that record.'' Undoubtedly, Ferrari is suffering on a presently uncompetitive Bridgestone tire, but Gascoyne doesn't see their 'crisis' as too deep. He added: ''I have no doubt Ferrari will win races fairly soon. But you have to say that (the current situation) is good for Formula One overall.'' Williams' Sam Michael agrees that it is too soon to write off Michael Schumacher's team, but refuses to put it all down to an errant tire supplier. The Australian said: ''You can't turn around and say it's all Bridgestone. They are working on the whole package.''

EJ hopes for 'Team Irv' Eddie Jordan hopes fellow Irishman Eddie Irvine buys his old F1 team. EJ, who rock'n'rolled out of the Paddock turnstile last season, said the sport 'needs' another character like the outspoken former Jordan, Ferrari and Jaguar driver. ''Eddie is exactly the kind of guy who can deliver,'' he told the BBC '5 Live' radio show. Jordan said: ''I think F1 has lost some of its pizzazz -- the excitement and euphoria that is often associated with it.''

05/21/05
nascar
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More on Andretti/Gordon driving school More on Andretti/Gordon driving schoolFour-time NASCAR Champion Jeff Gordon today announced he is opening a driving school designed to provide the most exciting and entertaining experience in the motorsports world. “The NASCAR experience has always been exhilarating for me,” said Gordon, driver of the #24 Dupont Chevrolet. “It has been the most exciting part of my life and I want the fans to be able to experience the thrill of speed the same way I do.”

The school will begin operations in August at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte , North Carolina and will expand to multiple NASCAR speedways in 2006. The racing school cars will be authentic cars actually raced by top NASCAR drivers. Many of the cars have been raced to Victory Lane by drivers such as Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and others at the wheel.

Mario Andretti, who opened his Indy-style racing school in 2004, was at Lowe's Motor Speedway for the Jeff Gordon Racing School announcement. “In 2006, fans will be able to drive Indy-style race cars and NASCAR race cars on the same day,” said Andretti.
05/21/05
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Kahne returns to Sprint Car Kahne returns to Sprint CarJust five days after winning his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race, Kasey Kahne returned to Richmond International Raceway for an impromptu test session. Kahne, who owns a USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Championship Series team joined his driver, Erin Crocker for a few extra laps around the ¾-mile facility on Thursday, May 19. Kahne had planned to have Kraig Kinser, son of World of Outlaws star Steve Kinser, behind the wheel of his second car, however due to the young Kinser's aggressive World of Outlaws schedule and his position in the points standings [second], Kinser will not be in the car for next month's Richmond Times-Dispatch 100. So, Kahne returned to his roots and joined his USAC team to help them get a feel for the track and gather notes for when they return Saturday, June 25. Although Kahne will not be at the June race weekend and doesn't know yet who he will have running the second Silver Crown car, he hopes to have a second trophy from Richmond International Raceway to display on his mantel after one of his cars wins the Richmond Times-Dispatch 100 USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Championship Series race. --RIR--
05/21/05
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Haberfeld remains spectator for now Haberfeld remains spectator for nowMario Haberfeld was more than just a casual observer in the Rocketsports pits today. The amiable Brazilian was on hand just in case Timo Glock was unable to drive the team’s Deutsche Post Ford-Lola seeing as how he is still suffering the after-effects of his mammoth shunt in testing at Milwaukee earlier this month. 
Those effects include a broken collarbone. However, the fracture was so “clean” that Glock has been able to function relatively pain free away from the racetrack. Still, it was unclear what the effects would be of subjecting that tender collar bone to the rigors of driving a Champ Car, even though the Rocketsports crew repositioned Glock’s steering wheel to give him more leverage when turning. Thus was Haberfeld called in just in case.

However, Glock got through the day with no particular physical problems.  “It’s not too bad,” he said after posting the eight best time of qualifying. “Other than my shoulder I feel pretty good, but it hurts a bit when I go over the curbs. But from what I hear, you can damage your car pretty badly on the curbs here, so may be that’s not such a bad thing.  “Still, the race is going to be tough, but we’ll just have to see what happens. I’ll be OK.” SPEEDTV.com

05/21/05
nascar
Kasey Kahne New Face For Avon Kasey Kahne New Face For AvonOfficials from Avon announced Friday that NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver Kasey Kahne is a spokesperson for the Avon Pro Sport line of products and will be featured on the cover of this quarter's Avon men's catalog.
"I'm a very active person, so this is nice to be a part of," said Kahne. "It's great to be with Avon and the Pro Active wear line and to be a spokesperson for them."
Kahne will also be making several appearances of behalf of Avon.
05/21/05
Nascar
Pole Meister Ryan Newman does it again Pole Meister Ryan Newman does it againRyan Newman will start Saturday night’s NASCAR Nextel All Star Challenge at Lowe’s Motor Speedway from a familiar spot – the pole position.  Newman put up a fast time of 122.443 seconds in Friday night’s qualifying session to best his Penske Racing teammate Rusty Wallace to win the pole for the 21st running of NASCAR’s annual all-star event.  Mark Martin bumped Wallace to take the outside pole. Wallace will start third, followed by Elliott Sadler and Kasey Kahne.

The unique qualifying setup required each driver to take two laps and make a four-tire pit stop. Penalties are issued for infractions such as speeding coming onto pit road or loose lug nuts.   Newman’s crew ripped off a stop of 13.0 seconds and Newman did the rest, earning his first all-star event pole.

“My lap was OK, but the guys did a god job in the pits getting a good, clean stop. You’ve got to thank them,” said Newman. “They’ve done a great job the past couple of weeks and they shined tonight.

“We look forward to the race from a track standpoint. I really like the racetrack from an event standpoint. I really like the idea of running as hard as you can as long as you can for one night.”

Although the pole for Saturday night is unofficial, Newman already has 30 career poles, including three this season.   Newman won the 2002 edition of the all-star race, starting dead last after winning a 16-lap last-chance qualifier event to advance to the all-star field. He joined Michael Waltrip as the only drivers to win the all-race after racing their way into the field.  Newman is winless so far this season.

Wallace’s pit crew posted the fastest time – 12.9 seconds – but it was Wallace’s time on the track the made the difference.  “Right now, I’m just excited we got a good qualifying run,” said Wallace, an all-star winner in 1989. “My guys are really pumped up. They had the fastest pit stop. I did a good job there getting on pit road, but I left too much on the racetrack the first lap. I got too loose in turn one, and it really hurt my lap. That’s what probably cost us the pole.”

Martin and Wallace are sentimental favorites to win the all-star race, both are making their final appearance in the all star race.

“This is probably as strong a team that I’ve ever had in my career,” said Martin, the 1998 winning of the event. “It’s really great to go out like that, and we’re going to fight and scratch for everything we can get.”

Six drivers were penalized during Friday’s qualifying session. Three – Kevin Harvick, dale Jarrett and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. were penalized 20 second for too fast entering pit road. They will bring up the rear of the field for Saturday night’s race.

Another three drivers – Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon and Jeremy Mayfield – were penalized five seconds for loose lug nuts. Biffle’s time of 121.725 seconds would have been fast enough for the pole prior to his penalty.

Tony Stewart spun entering pit road, but was not penalized. He will start 17th. Michael Waltrip bottomed out on his qualifying run and will start 17th.   The final two spots in the 22-car field will be filled Saturday by the winner of the Nextel Open and the driver voted into the field by fan balloting. Pete McCole

05/21/05
Nascar
Bliss Takes Pole For Nextel Open Bliss Takes Pole For Nextel OpenMike Bliss posted the fastest time to take the pole position in Friday’s qualifying for Saturday night’s NASCAR Nextel Open at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, topping 28 drivers all vying for the chance to advance to the Nextel All Star Challenge.

Bliss’ time of 28.540 (189.208 mph) broke the existing track record of 28.590 (188.877 mph) set in October of 2004 by Ryan Newman.

Rookie Kyle Busch was second fastest with a time of 28.617 (188.699 mph). Casey Mears, Travis Kvapil and Brian Vickers rounded out the top five qualifiers.

The 30-lap Nextel Open will be run prior to the 21st running of the Nextel All Star Challenge on Saturday night. The winner of the Nextel Open will advance to the 21st position in the all-star field. The 22nd and final position will be filled by a driver voted into the field via fan balloting.

Scott Riggs and Jason Leffler both hit the wall during their qualifying attempts. They will start 27th and 28th, respectively.

05/21/05
F1
Ralf rues Michelin blunder Ralf rues Michelin blunderRalf Schumacher has described his half-second qualifying penalty for running a wrong tire at Monaco 'very painful.'

''Any chance of a good result,'' Toyota's German driver told his website, ''have basically disappeared.'

To give meaning to the punishment, while Schumacher Junior went ninth quickest in Thursday free practice, a half-second further back would've put him just fourteenth.

''It is so difficult, I would say impossible, to pass at Monaco,'' Ralf continued to gripe.

Michelin took the blame for the 'human error' blunder, apologizing both to Ralf and Toyota. ''We should have done better,'' said motor sport director Pierre Dupasquier.
Ralf Schumacher has described his half-second qualifying penalty for running a wrong tire at Monaco 'very painful.'

''Any chance of a good result,'' Toyota's German driver told his website, ''have basically disappeared.'

To give meaning to the punishment, while Schumacher Junior went ninth quickest in Thursday free practice, a half-second further back would've put him just fourteenth.

''It is so difficult, I would say impossible, to pass at Monaco,'' Ralf continued to gripe.

Michelin took the blame for the 'human error' blunder, apologizing both to Ralf and Toyota. ''We should have done better,'' said motor sport director Pierre Dupasquier.

05/21/05
Formula BMW
Philippe is again fastest man in Formula BMW Philippe is again fastest man in Formula BMW15-year old, BMW Junior and Rookie driver, Richard Philippe (Team Autotecnica) extended his pole winning streak to three today as he scored the first starting position for Round 3 of the 2005 Formula BMW USA Championship. Philippe who also won race 2, lapped the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in 1:26.238 minutes to take the pole over the other 21 eager competitors in Friday's 30-minute session.  Making his first Formula BMW USA start, Edoardo Piscopo (EuroInternational) took the second starting position with a 1:26.303 minute lap. Maxime Soulet (Gelles Racing) will start third (1:26.469). Representative of the very close Formula BMW competition, the top-three are separated by only .231 seconds; the top-nine within one second of the pole.

Qualifying: Round 3 from Mid-Ohio

1 Richard Philippe (R) Team Autotecnica 1:26.238 (94.260 mph)
2 Edoardo Piscopo (R) EuroInternational 1:26.303
3 Maxime Soulet Gelles Racing 1:26.469
4 Kevin LaCroix (R) AIM Autosport 1:26.676
5 Daniel Herrington Jensen Motorsport 1:27.075
6 John Zartarian (R) Jensen Motorsport 1:27.168
7 James Davison (R) HBR Motorsport Team USA 1:27.175
8 Matthew Lee (R) Twintooth/BRM Motorsport 1:27.177
9 Robert Wickens (R) Team Apex Racing USA 1:27.183
10 Tom Sutherland HBR Motorsport Team USA 1:27.290
11 Justin Moon (R) Gelles Racing 1:27.296
12 Darin Marcus (R) Gelles Racing 1:27.518
13 Reed Stevens (R) HBR Motorsport Team USA 1:27.720
14 Rob Bunker (R) AIM Autosport 1:27.842
15 Race Johnson (R) HBR Motorsport Team USA 1:28.053
16 Doug Boyer (R) Jensen Motorsport 1:28.064
17 Adrien Herberts (R) Atlantic Racing Team 1:28.228
18 Ryan Campbell (R) Gelles Racing 1:29.739
19 Nathan DePagter (R) DRE Autosport 1:29.779
20 Jules Duc (R) Jensen Motorsport 1:29.839
21 Derek Burseth Burseth Racing 1:31.157
22 Scott Harnell SDH3 w/Camera Concepts 1:34.217

05/21/05
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More on fast man Tonis Kasemets More on fast man Tonis KasemetsTonis Kasemets’ first laps of his North American career, on the 2.104 permanent road course in Monterrey “went exceptionally well” he says. The #6 Flexovit Abrasives/MK Ind./TMI/Redline Oil Swift .014a of Dan Cobb Racing/Team Tonis, remains on top of the speed charts in practice and qualifying; “where we left off at Long Beach” Kasemets comments. “Except this time, I don’t plan on a bad outing in second qualifying. No more starting sixth.”

This mornings first practice session was delayed due to oil on the course, left over from the previous practice session of Clio Cup. Kasemets had no difficulties; instead of fretting, he finds this track “pretty cool!” Adding: “You have to hit your marks. Be patient. Get the most out of your car. I’d like to add a personal thanks to Sebastien Bourdais for giving me tips about how to get around this track. Those were very helpful.”

“The ‘Legend’ Stuart Moore is in this weekend working with the team. In addition to Stuart, I have so many to thank; First and foremost our sponsors Flexovit Abrasives, MK Industries, TMI and Redline Oil. Thanks to Dan Cobb and the team, and to Augie Pabst III, they are all great. And a big thanks to the ‘secret people’ who have helped me also.”

When asked about how it feels to be fastest again in both sessions, which is so far, a repeat of Round One at Long Beach, Kasemets replies: “It’s just gelling. Nice and smooth out there. The car is very good so far. We’re doing a little fine tuning, that’s all. Looking forward to tomorrows practice and final qualifying.” Barring anything severe, Tonis will start on the front row, no lower than 2nd with today’s consistent fast times; combined with another “fast session, hopefully” tomorrow at 1:15pm CDT. His Provisional Pole position was secured with a .531 advantage, in his 16th and final lap today. Kasemets gets the customary trip to the Media Center for the post qualifying press conference again this weekend: “It really feels good to take that trip to the Media Center podium right after climbing out of the car. That was one of my missions here, to be first in qualifying and on the front row.”

Monterrey, Mexico is quite warm this weekend; High’s in the low 90’s and mostly sunny is the forecast for the entire weekend. First practice at 9:30am CDT was greeted by 83% humidity, cloudy skies and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. First qualifying at 1:15pm CDT, the temperature had climbed to 82 degrees Fahrenheit, with the heat index, it felt like 86 degrees with humidity at 66%. When quizzed about whether or not the heat affects him, Kasemets replies: “It’s Mexico. I believe it’s supposed to be hot here? Nothing that drinking a lot of water won’t take care of.” And on that note, he runs off in his fire suit to a 5:00pm Atlantic driver autograph session.

05/21/05
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Zytek car fastest Friday at Mid-Ohio Zytek car fastest Friday at Mid-OhioThis may be its first American Le Mans Series race, but the No. 15 Zytek factory prototype certainly looked at home during testing Friday for the American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio. Hayanari Shimoda posted the best lap during a nearly two-hour session Friday, a 1:12.191 on only his eighth lap around Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Shimoda, who helped pilot the car to a victory in a 1,000-kilometer race at Belgium's famed Spa circuit in April, was less than .07 seconds behind the LMP1 qualifying record held by James Weaver, who set the mark last June. The 20-year-old Japanese driver is sharing driving duties with the U.K.'s Tom Chilton, himself a 20-year-old.

"This circuit is very good for us. I'm very happy to run here," Shimoda said. "The track seems very special. It has a lot of hills and seems like it has so many corners. It makes us very comfortable because our car performs well on this circuit. We're very positive about winning this race." .   JJ Lehto in the No. 1 Champion Racing Audi R8 was about 0.7 seconds behind Shimoda. Weaver, in the No. 16 Dyson Racing Lola EX257, was another 0.4 seconds back in third.

In P2, the No. 37 Telesis Intersport Racing Lola B05/40 of Jon Field was fastest by nearly 3.5 seconds over the No. 10 Miracle Motorsports Courage C65 of Chris McMurry. Field's lap of 1:15.453 was more than a second faster than his Mid-Ohio class qualifying record of 1:16.559. Field and his son, Clint, are coming off a class victory at the Sportsbook.com Grand Prix of Atlanta, the most recent ALMS race.

In GT1, the No. 4 Corvette Racing C6-R of Oliver Gavin, who is teaming with Olivier Beretta, was fastest in class with a 1:19.153. That was about 0.35 seconds ahead of the No. 3 sister car, piloted by Ron Fellows and Johnny O'Connell. In GT2, the No. 23 Alex Job Racing Porsche of Timo Bernhard posted a lap of 1:23.182, about 0.2 seconds off his qualifying record set last June. He is sharing the car with Romain Dumas. ALMS classes are scheduled to practice from 9:35 to 10:35 a.m. Saturday, with another session from 1:20 to 2:20 p.m. GT1 and GT2 cars then will qualify from 2:30 to 2:50, followed by the prototypes from 2:55 to 3:15 p.m. ALMS

05/21/05
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Shimoda and Chilton interview Shimoda and Chilton interviewHayanari Shimoda and Tom Chilton are driving the No. 15 Zytek factory LMP1 this weekend at the American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio. Although this is the first American Le Mans Series race for Chilton and only the second for Shimoda, the two 20-year-olds raised some eyebrows when Shimoda posted the fastest time during Friday's test session: 1:12.191.

Chilton and Shimoda answered a few questions following their first test session at Mid-Ohio. Here's what they had to say:

Tom Chilton
Q: What are your impressions of Mid-Ohio and the ALMS?

A: This is my first time racing in America, and I'm loving it. We both went out with a Mid-Ohio instructor and a school car on Wednesday to come to grips with the circuit. I've always done really well on circuits like this in Europe. You don't get a chance to race except on the backstretch. There are still a few bits and pieces to work on, that's as much as I can say. I'm obviously keeping my eyes open. Since this is my first time having raced a prototype, I need more time in the car, another practice session. The team has done a great job of getting the car set up, and the Zytek chassis is great. The team did a good job at Spa a couple of weeks ago (Shimoda was one of the drivers to win at the Spa 1,000-kilometer race), so the team and manufacturer are working together well.

Q: Are you finding the track tricky, especially having not driven a prototype before?

A: It's tough. As you brake going down the hill, it's a question of almost braking early. As you turn in, you're going to have a bit of understeer. The touring car is so heavy that it wants to keep going but these are so much lighter.

Q: Will the team compete at other ALMS races later in the year?

A: We will race here at Mid-Ohio. We haven't discussed what we will do the rest of the year and decided what our future plans are. We'll meet and discuss what we want to do. But I'd love to. Q: How does this track compare to some of the others in Europe?

A: There is some runoff here, but not very much. You have lots of concrete patches. People are telling me, ‘Brake when you hit the concrete, but it's tough to see when you're going this fast and sitting this low. This is like Brands Hatch in the U.K.

Q: Are you more comfortable following your first test in the Zytek at Magny Cours?

A; Magny Cours was the first time for me in the car. I was getting used to the brakes, it was the first time I had driven with carbon brakes, and how hard to press the gas. I'm used to having to press it half as hard. But I ended up .07 off Hayanari on old rubber after about two hours. I've got about half an hour running here, so I still have a bit more to come on new rubber. As a driver, I don't feel the G forces from the throttle. We have a bigger restrictor, and I'm waiting on the shift light to come on. So it feels like we're going slower, but we're actually going quite a bit faster (than with the 2005 rules package).

Hayanari Shimoda
Q: Champion Audi has won the first two rounds of the ALMS this year, but you come off the truck and are faster in the first session. What are your thoughts?

A: Two years ago, I raced with Audis (in a P2 Zytek at Sebring in 2003). We couldn't beat them a couple of years ago because they were so much faster than we were. But this circuit is very good for us. I'm very happy to run here. The track seems very special. It has a lot of hills and seems like it has so many corners. It makes us very comfortable because our car performs well on this circuit. We're very positive about winning this race.

Q: How does Mid-Ohio compare with other tracks in Europe?

A: In Europe, there are no circuits like this. It makes me a little more uncomfortable with the elevation changes. But I am growing more comfortable.

Q: You raced at Spa with the 2005 rules package and now here under 2003 rules. Can you feel the difference?

A: Yes, I can feel it. The restrictor is a size bigger here. It's almost 1,000 RPMs more than before. I have more power.

The American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio is set for noon EDT May 22 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. CBS Sports will broadcast the event from 1 to 3 p.m. EDT, and live coverage will be available on American Le Mans Series Radio at www.americanlemans.com. Qualifying is set for 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. Saturday.

05/21/05
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Patrick on Wind Tunnel Patrick on Wind TunnelIndy 500 rookie competitor Danica Patrick, who has been at the center of considerable attention during the month of May at the Speedway (click here for story) will be one of our guests on Wind Tunnel this Sunday May 22.

In her first year in the Indy Racing League, Danica has been impressive. At Twin Ring Motegi in Japan, she qualified 2nd and led 32 laps en route to a solid fourth-place finish in only her fourth series start. She has carried that momentum into Indianapolis where she has had one of the fastest cars since opening day. Last Sunday, she had a great shot at being the first female driver ever to earn the pole position for the Indy 500. But with a slight bobble going into turn one on the first lap, she lost some speed and lost her shot at the pole. She did, however, rebound nicely on her remaining three laps of qualifying to post the fourth-fastest time, making her the highest starting female in the history of the Indy 500.

Sunday's Wind Tunnel guest line-up:

Guest Co-Host Tony Stewart (2002 Nextel Cup Champion)
Featured Interview Paul Kruger (Chairman & CEO, DIRT Motorsports)
Featured Interview Danica Patrick (Indy 500 Rookie Competitor)
Expert Analysts Robin Miller, reporting from Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Steve Matchett, in-studio analysis of Monaco Grand Prix

05/21/05
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Hunter-Reay and Dominguez caught for speeding Hunter-Reay and Dominguez caught for speedingRyan Hunter-Reay and Mario Dominguez both “lost” their fastest laps of today’s qualifying session. RHR was penalized for exceeding the pit lane speed limit and Dominguez caused a red flag when he ran out of fuel out on the circuit with about five minutes remaining in the session.
05/21/05
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Kanaan fastest on Friday at Indy Kanaan fastest on Friday at IndyThirty-two driver-car combinations totaled a month-high 2,828 laps (7,070 miles -- one of the busiest practice days in the past five years) without incident as qualified drivers tinkered with their race set-ups and tested how cars responded to various fuel loads. Teams with unqualified cars were seeking that extra measure of speed.  MBNA Pole Award winner Tony Kanaan, driving the No. 11 team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone, led the speed parade at 226.490 mph (39.7368 seconds) on the 2.5-mile oval. He recorded the fast lap late in the six-hour session under a cloudy sky and temperature in the mid-60s. Kanaan added to his prize fund for the month by accepting the $5,000 Argent Mortgage Fastest Lap award.

IndyCar Series points leader Dan Wheldon was atop the speed chart (226.399 mph; 39.7528 seconds) until Kanaan's late quick lap. Dario Franchitti, driving the No. 27 ArcaEx Dallara/Honda/Firestone, made it an Andretti Green Racing top-three sweep with a quick lap of 226.065 mph.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. will be looking for consistency - quickly -- May 21 as he attempts to complete the Rookie Orientation Program that is mandated by the sanctioning Indy Racing League before a driver can practice for the 500-Mile Race and then make his four-lap qualifying run. He'll be on the recently repaved track at 10:15 a.m. (EDT).

There's a one-hour practice window scheduled May 21 preceding qualifying (1-7 p.m. EDT; live Timing and Scoring on indycar.com) to fill the final 11 spots in the 33-car field. ESPN and ESPN2 will broadcast the action live (check local listings) as will the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network (1-2 and 6-7 p.m. EDT).

FASTEST DRIVERS OF THE DAY
Pos. Car Name C/E/T Speed
1 11 Tony Kanaan D/H/F 226.490 mph
2 26 Dan Wheldon D/H/F 226.399 mph
3 27 Dario Franchitti D/H/F 226.065 mph
4 8T Scott Sharp P/H/F 225.786 mph
5 15T Danica Patrick P/H/F 225.459 mph

FASTEST NON-QUALIFIED DRIVERS OF THE DAY
Pos. Car Name C/E/T Speed
1 15 Kenny Brack P/H/F 224.829 mph
2 33T Ryan Briscoe P/T/F 223.204 mph
3 83 Patrick Carpentier D/T/F 221.382 mph
4 25 Marty Roth D/C/F 220.850 mph
5 14 A.J. Foyt IV D/T/F 219.823 mph
6 48T Larry Foyt P/T/F 218.946 mph
7 21 Jaques Lazier P/T/F 218.813 mph
8 20 Ed Carpenter D/T/F 218.534 mph
9 91 Jimmy Kite D/T/F 217.809 mph
10 22 Jeff Ward D/T/F 215.855 mph
11 98 Arie Luyendyk Jr. D/C/F 198.604 mph

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