Ganassi and NASCAR deliver win for new sponsorUPDATE A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, Everything happens for a reason in NASCAR. New sponsors always get awarded a pole in NASCAR and sometimes, when they show great potential to become a bigger sponsor, they get awarded a race win as a thank you and enticement to do more. It's so transparent, so obvious. Mordechai Rosen, Los Angeles, CA
05/26/14 The recently signed partnership between Chip Ganassi Racing and Japanese motor oil brand ENEOS kicked off with a win in the NASCAR Nationwide Series History 300 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Driver Kyle Larson put his No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro in victory lane on Saturday. The race was the first of two this season that will see ENEOS as the primary sponsor of Larson’s car -- the other one will be the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 22. “We are excited because they are a Japanese company and Kyle is Japanese-American, and they are the first ones where we are able to try to use the relationship to promote that, and him, here and in Japan,” said Steve Lauletta, president of Chip Ganassi Racing Teams.
Mercedes now forced to treat Hamilton and Rosberg like babies
Hamilton and Rosberg are misbehaving children so Mercedes will now control everything from the pits
The feud between the Mercedes teammates, which exploded publicly in Monaco, had been brewing since Lewis Hamilton used an unauthorized engine mode to hold off Nico Rosberg in the Spanish Grand Prix, it has emerged.
It is understood that the pair - locked in a private duel for this year's world championship - are not on speaking terms. They barely offered one another a glance on the podium in Monaco, declined to shake hands and did not congratulate each other.
But the row predates the falling out in Monaco. Protecting a narrow lead in the closing stages of the Spanish Grand Prix, Hamilton turned up his engine performance to maximum without the permission of bosses on the pit wall. The 29-year-old was forced to apologize to his Mercedes team. While Rosberg felt aggrieved, Hamilton said on Monday that the same thing happened in Bahrain but in reverse.
98th Indianapolis 500 Final Results with prize payout Results Sunday of the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any) and money earned:
Jonathan Byrd's Racing With KVSH Racing for Bryan Clauson 2015 Indy 500 Entry KVSH Racing confirmed today that it will partner with Jonathan Byrd’s Racing to enter a car in the 2015 Indianapolis 500 for Bryan Clauson.
Clauson, 24, has numerous USAC titles on his resume including being a two-time USAC National Midget Series Champion (2010, 2011), three-time USAC National Drivers Champion (2010, 2011 and 2012) and two-time USAC National Sprint Car Series Champion (2012, 2013). He will pilot the KVSH/Jonathan Byrd’s Racing machine in the 2015 Indy 500 which will be his second IndyCar start and second Indy 500 having previously contested the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” in 2012 (started 31st and finished 30th).
Video: Miller's Indy 500 report The RACER Channel's Robin Miller recaps an amazing Indy 500, won by Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay in a thrilling last-lap pass to capture his first victory at the Brickyard.
Busch: I'd do the double again All eyes were on former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch on Sunday, as he did to do 'the double' by competing in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 in the same day.
By any standards, his showing in his very first Indy 500 was a resounding success, as he brought home the Andretti Autosport #26 car in an impressive sixth place after a completely error-free run in his maiden open wheel race in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
"What an unbelievable experience," Busch said after the race. "It is a dream come true to have an Andretti Autosport car to drive at Indy. I'm sure the car was a top five car.
Police arrests up at Indy 500 Indiana State Excise Police arrested 211 people on 250 charges during the Indianapolis 500 weekend this year. Police said most of the charges were alcohol and drug-related.
Officers patrolled the area inside and near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway throughout the weekend. Police said most of the arrests made were on Saturday night during the Jason Aldean concert and on the streets near the IMS, particularly along Georgetown Road.
“Public safety is a priority for the State Excise Police. Alcohol consumption is expected at events like the Indianapolis 500; however, irresponsible consumption often causes problems that can lessen the enjoyment by many race fans,” Superintendent Matt Strittmatter said.
Motorsports This Week on ESPN and ABC NASCAR Nationwide Series at Dover Live on ESPN The NASCAR Nationwide Series races on the 1-mile Dover (Del.) International Speedway on Saturday, May 31, and ESPN will have a live telecast. NASCAR Countdown airs at 1:30 p.m. ET with the green flag at 2:45 p.m. Also from Dover, ESPN2 will televise qualifying at 10:30 a.m. on race day. All NASCAR programming on ESPN networks is available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription from an affiliate provider. The race telecast also will air live in Canada on TSN2 and will air in Spanish on ESPN Deportes on June 1 at 4 a.m.
Announcers: Booth: Lap-by-Lap announcer Dave Burns; analysts Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree. Pit reporters: Mike Massaro, Shannon Spake, Vince Welch. NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe (host); Rusty Wallace, Brad Daugherty (analysts).
The French get excited over real racing (Update)UPDATE A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, How come IndyCar does not race in Europe? Europeans love their racing and by now they must be tired of watching those F1 parades. Marco Barella
Dear Marco, Bernie Ecclestone protects his territory and will do anything in his power to keep out a product that might embarrass F1. Here is a story we bet you did not know about. A number of years ago, 2003 if I recall, Chris Pook (then CART president), Dale Coyne and Joel Camathias flew to Lugano, Switzerland to see about a possible IndyCar race along the waterfront. No sooner than they arrive and Pook gets a call from Bernie saying what the hell are you doing in Switzerland? Nothing happens in Europe without Bernie's blessing. He protects his territory. Mark C.
05/26/14 After having to endure the parades that F1 puts on now that Mercedes has a huge advantage, listen to the excitement in the French announcers voices as they commentate the finish of the 2014 Indy 500. They can't believe what they are watching - real racing, and real passing.
Mahindra Racing has today announced that Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna will join the team for the inaugural season of the FIA Formula E Championship.
The duo will represent Mahindra when they line-up on the grid at the start of the world’s first fully-electric racing series in Beijing on September 13 2014. Neither Chandhok nor Senna are strangers to the international racing scene, having both competed in Formula One. Representing the only Indian team in Formula E, Chennai-born Chandhok and Brazilian Senna bring with them a strong working relationship, having already raced as team-mates previously in their careers.
Fans want a 2nd IndyCar race on Indy oval A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, It does not get any better than that. The new IndyCars race really well at the Brickyard and yesterday's finish even topped last years. It's the best racing anywhere and I have to agree with your article about rethinking the month of May. Sure the GP of Indianapolis was a decent race, but there needs to be two IndyCar races on the Brickyard oval. Finishing the season to a full house at Indy sure beats looking at a mile of empty aluminum bleachers at Fontana as the season finale. Joe Clover
Another reader writes, Dear AutoRacing1.com, It was great to see an American win the Indy 500 for once. Wasn't the finish exciting? I agree with your recent article, IndyCar needs to do it more. The racing is so great on the Indy oval. I don't mean the NASCAR taxicabs, they are so boring at Indy I won't waste my money, but it they run two oval IndyCar races each year at Indy I'll be there. Margaret Stewart
Another reader writes, Do you think Michael Andretti could rent the Indy track from the Hulman George family and run an IndyCar race to end the IndyCar season? As you wrote, Michael Andretti gets it. So if the Hulman George family is not smart enough to see that IndyCar should end their season at Indy with great racing like we saw yesterday, then maybe another race promoter with more common sense could do it for them. I like the idea of a Labor Day weekend 400-miler on ABC to end the season. Dani Brooks
Fans come from 48 states, 16 countries for Indianapolis 500 Fans traveled from as far as Australia and Japan to see the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" this weekend – and they didn't leave disappointed.
Organizers said 48 states and 16 different countries were represented among the tens of thousands of fans who showed up for the event.
"It is the biggest motorsports event in the world, and I've been to a few," said Philip Lewis. "Everything else pales in significance."
Busch arrived in Charlotte in time for the 600 but his race was short-lived
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Kurt Busch’s dream of being only the second driver to ever complete both the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 in the same day came to an abrupt end 274 laps into the 600 on Sunday evening.
Busch completed 906 miles of racing before the motor on his Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet let go on the backstretch.
“The motor blew,” Busch told Fox Sports’ Jeff Hammond. “It acted like it swallowed three cylinders all at once, so it was real slow. It’s kind of a shame. It almost symbolizes how tough it’s been on the Haas Automation team. We gave it our all and were clawing our way back up.
"To feel the stock car right after driving an Indy car was a day I’ll never forget. And I can’t let the mood here with the car dampen with what happened up in Indy today. It was very special."
Rookie Sage Karam, 31st to 9th, in sensational debut On Friday, 19-year-old Sage Karam dazzled the Indianapolis Motor Speedway crowd over a few feet on pit lane during the Carb Day Pit Stop Competition.
On Sunday, he did so in a dynamic charge through the field over 200 laps, 500 miles and 800 left-hand turns.
Karam, the 2013 Indy Lights champion of Nazareth, Pa., made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut in the series’ biggest race – the 98th Indianapolis 500 – from the final row of the field, in 31st place on the grid and ended ninth when all was said and done.
Turbo failure halted Vettel's Renault lemon While his teammate Daniel Ricciardo has had excellent reliability, Sebastian Vettel's Renault breaks down every race weekend. Why is that? Did someone decide he was winning too much and he had to be stopped because it was bad for TV ratings?
The reigning Formula 1 world champion had hoped to challenge Mercedes on the streets of Monte Carlo, with the tight confines supposedly better suited to his Renault-powered car.
But his hopes were dashed early on when, while running third, his turbo failed during the first safety car period that was brought out for Sergio Perez's opening lap crash. That's right, the lemon broke down after one lap.
Today was the last time Jim Nabors sang Back Home Again in Indiana and it was an emotional goodbye for one of the best traditions of the great race.
JIM NABORS: "There’s a time in life when you have to move on. I’ll be 84 this year and I just figured it was time. It’s kind of hard to travel and there’s just a bunch of reasons. This is really the highlight of my year (is to come here). It’s very sad for me but there’s something inside me that tells me when to go.”
(About his run singing at Indianapolis): "It’s been a good one, man. I’ve really had a good time. When it started, I would have never dreamed I’d still be doing this 42 years later. I didn’t even know I’d do it the first time. As you all have probably heard, I thought I was going to sing ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’ Whenever I got over there to meet the conductor, I said, ‘What key are you guys doing this in?’ He looked at me and said, 'We only have one key.'
The 98th Indianapolis 500 will be underway shortly
With a few minutes from the command to the start engines, here are a few last minute updates from IMS.
With the temperatures around 80 degrees, today will be the hottest day all month teams have run
We heard from some teams that they still didn't quite have an accurate handle on fuel mileage, as many did not do as many "full tank" runs as they would have liked.
We still are estimating the pit window to be about 30 green flag laps.
The drivers are in their cars. We should get the command to start engines shortly.
For live in-race updates, I will be on the AR1 Twitter feed @AutoRacing1.
Brian C. reporting from IMS.
Lovely morning here at IMS.
It's about 6 a.m. here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. There is a beautiful sunrise to our east looking out towards turn 3 from the Pagoda. It's a somewhat humid morning with temperatures currently in the high 50s, and expected to be in the high 70s around race time. There is currently zero chance of rain forecast.
When we arrived about 45 minutes ago, it was smooth sailing coming in through the Turn 3-4 Tunnel. However, many of the lots inside the Speedway were already full, there was the smell of campfires in the air, and the media center is already pretty active.
Yesterday, we did a little reconnaissance on a few items for the race. Teams were pretty coy about the pit-stop window, and it seems a few of them aren't entirely sure what themselves what the window will be. However, from talking to the teams and some AR1 math, we're expecting the window to be around 30 laps with Honda teams having a small fuel mileage advantage over Chevrolet.
Therefore, if the final stint is caution free a la 2011, expect fuel mileage to be a factor, and Honda to have an advantage. If the last 20-25 laps are interrupted by caution, expect Chevrolet's small advantage in terms of top speed to play a factor in the outcome.
Rookie Sage Karam has an open pit box in front of his stall today.
Below, are the pit assignments for today's Indy 500. Sage Karam, Graham Rahal, Juan Pablo Montoya, Justin Wilson, Marco Andretti, and Simon Pagenaud, each have the luxury of open pit entering or leaving their pit box. Pole sitter Ed Carpenter has no one in front of him at pit out.
Assignments below are listed from pit-in to pit out:
68-Alex Tagliani 41Martin Plowman 16-Oriol Servia 33-James Davison 63-Pippa Mann 18-Carlos Huertas 5-Jacques Villeneuve 22-Sage Karam Open Pit
Michael Andretti gets it Out of all the IndyCar team owners Michael Andretti demonstrates that he gets it. He is doing more for IndyCar racing than anyone in the paddock. He runs race teams at all levels of the IndyCar ladder, promotes racing events, runs a top IndyCar team and as this video shows, knows how to put on a proper party equal to the best any F1 team can put on. This series needs more Michael Andrettis.
Dominant First Wins for Telitz at Lucas Oil Raceway
Brownsburg, Ind. - Rookie Aaron Telitz scored an impressive first-ever career victory in this evening's Allied Building Products Oval Challenge, Round 7 of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda at Lucas Oil Raceway in the 69th Annual Visit Hendricks County Night Before the 500. It was also the first win for Wisconsin-based ArmsUp Motorsports.
Austin Cindric, son of Penske Racing President Tim Cindric, finished second for Pabst Racing, while Brazilian Victor Franzoni took third for Afterburner Autosport.
Telitz, from Birchwood, Wis., winner of last year's Skip Barber Championship Shootout, was the man to beat, posting fastest times in practice with the #5 MAZDASPEED/Rice Lake Special Van Diemen-Mazda, but he struggled a little in qualifying and could manage only sixth in the closely matched field.
For the second time in two weeks in the Indianapolis area, a young Canadian scored his first victory in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. This time it was Garett Grist, driving for Andretti Autosport, who led from flag to flag in Saturday evening's Allied Building Products Oval Challenge at the 0.686-mile Lucas Oil Raceway oval as part of the 69th Annual Visit Hendricks County Night Before the 500.
Fellow countryman Scott Hargrove, who turned the trick for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing two weeks ago on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, finished second, ousting front row starter and championship leader Spencer Pigot (Juncos Racing) with six laps remaining in the fast-paced 90-lap race.
John Force with his wife and daughters Brittany (L) and Courtney (R)
Brittany and Courtney Force raced to No. 1 qualifying positions Saturday at the NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka, the first time sisters have shared the top qualifying stage at an NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event.
Brittany posted a career-best performance of 3.746 seconds with a track record speed of 329.75 mph in her 10,000-horsepower Castrol Edge dragster to claim her first career No. 1 in Top Fuel.
Courtney set both ends of the Funny Car track record with a 4.009 at 322.96 in her Traxxas Ford Mustang to earn her second No. 1 of the season and fifth of her career.
Ohio State students fix up aging IndyCar racer It would be weeks before the race car was ready to hurtle down the track in a glossy, white-and-black blur. But even as the car sat unmoving, unfinished under the warehouse lights, its racing team circled around to marvel.
The team, eight students from Ohio State University, had just assembled the car for the first time with its new engine. Axles, cockpit and a jumble of parts had come together into a sleek IndyCar racer, painted with a black No. 9.
“Do you guys realize that everything you designed is fitting perfectly?” Casey Putsch told the students. “That never happens."
Indy 500 Qualifying TV Ratings (2nd Update)UPDATE #2 We forgot to mention, the qualifying rating on ABC this year was six times better (based on number of viewers tuned in) than the 0.2 rating it received a year ago on NBC Sports Network. NBC Sports Network, you know that noose around IndyCar's neck we have spoken about for years.
05/23/14 Final ratings for the Indy 500 qualifying coverage on ABC: Saturday -- 0.7 Rating and 1,053,000 Viewers Sunday -- 1.0 Rating and 1,480,000 Viewers
05/19/14 The overnight TV rating for Indianapolis 500 qualifying on Saturday on ABC from 4-6pm was a 0.8. The overnight TV rating for Indianapolis 500 qualifying on Sunday on ABC from 1-3pm was a 1.2.
Kyle Busch Wrecks In Practice Session Kyle Busch led Saturday's final practice session for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but will end up starting the race at the rear of the field after hitting the wall with his primary car.
Busch set the fastest lap in the session, going 188.640 mph early in the session, then moments later slid up into the wall coming off turn four.
The team initially looked to repair the car, but ultimately pulled out the backup car. Busch will have to start from the rear of the field for the Coca Cola 600, giving up the seventh starting spot. Pete McCole
Stewards clear Rosberg of 'deliberate' mistake issue (2nd Update)UPDATE #2 Nico Rosberg will keep his Monaco Grand Prix pole position after the stewards ruled that he did nothing wrong in his incident at the end of qualifying.
05/24/14 Nico Rosberg insists he did not deliberately cause an incident in Monaco Grand Prix qualifying to deny Lewis Hamilton pole.
The German slid down the Mirabeau escape road after locking up on his final flying lap in Q3.
Rosberg held provisional pole at the time, and Hamilton abandoned his own lap after coming across the yellows for his teammate, ensuring that Rosberg stayed ahead.
The stewards are now investigating the incident.
"I tried to make it, but turned out as I was going to hit the tire wall," said Rosberg.
Q and A with Indy 500 Pace Car driver Dario Franchitti
MODERATOR: The Camaro Z28 is quick. Just a couple of factoids: It will be the 25th time that a Chevrolet has paced the field beginning with Wilbur Shaw in 1948. Many of you that may not be steeped in the lore of this Speedway, Wilbur Shaw was instrumental in saving the Speedway by convincing Mr. Hulman to purchase the track. He was a three-time winner of the race, like Dario Franchitti, and he was the president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
This is the eighth time a Camaro, in this case the Camaro Z28, has paced the field here at Indianapolis. So we have a couple of icons with us. We have obviously Chevrolet, a brand that's known for performance, and so deeply a part of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and this gentleman who is a three-time winner of the event.
Richelmi powers to home victory in GP2 Stephane Richelmi has claimed his maiden win in the best way possible, fighting all the way to the end in this afternoon’s sprint race for a lights to flag win in Monte Carlo ahead of Sergio Canamasas and Rio Haryanto.
The victory was set up at the start, when the local man made a strong start from pole to hold position: Haryanto had an equally good start to ride side by side with Richelmi to Ste Devote, but two into one won’t go and the Indonesian driver had to give way, allowing Canamasas to take advantage of his storming start to slide inside and into P2.
Trevor Bayne To Run Full Cup Season in 2015 Roush-Fenway Racing announced today the iconic no. 6 Ford Fusion will return full-time to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2015 with driver Trevor Bayne behind the wheel and sponsorship from AdvoCare.
Bayne, the 2011 Daytona 500 winner, has been running in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for the last four seasons as well as a partial Sprint Cup schedule including four Cup starts this year.
The 2015 season will mark the first full-time run for the no. 6 car since 2011. The no. 6 was the first car team owner Jack Roush fielded when he started in the Cup series back in 1988 with driver Mark Martin, who went on to win 35 races over a 20-year stint with the team.
History Channel Leveraging Nationwide Series Race History -- the cable net formerly branded as The History Channel -- is continuously striving to be TV’s "Premiere Destination for Men," but History VP/Marketing Chris Epple noted there remains a key challenge in attracting a male demographic: the net's lack of sports programming. That is why the net’s partnership with Charlotte Motor Speedway to sponsor its annual spring NASCAR Nationwide Series race has become a key component of History’s promotional efforts.
This weekend marks the fourth year History has held entitlement rights to the race (the original in ‘11 was called the "Top Gear" 300 to promote the racing series of the same name). The activation around the race remains the net's flagship sports play, despite recent activations around Super Bowl XLVIII and UFC 169.
Epple called this year’s activation a “full 360” for its multi-faceted approach, which will include promotional efforts on the ground, in the air and -- for the first time -- on the History channel itself. Alex Silverman, SportsBusinessDaily
NASCAR All-Star Race TV Ratings (Update)UPDATE FS1's broadcast of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday averaged 3.5 million viewers from 8:40-11:21pm ET. In previous years, Speed carried the All-Star Race and the Sprint Showdown on the same night; this year FS1 split the two, carrying the All-Star Race on Saturday and the Sprint Showdown on Friday. In past years, Speed produced the All-Star Race and Showdown as one 4-hour program. The All Star Race is the second most-watched telecast in FS1's 9-month history.
05/20/14 Overnight ratings dropped by double-digits for the first NASCAR All-Star Race since Speed Channel became Fox Sports 1. The NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star Race earned a 1.7 overnight rating on Fox Sports 1 Saturday night, according to ShowBuzz Daily, down 15% from last year on Speed Channel (2.0). Speed Channel, of course, became Fox Sports 1 last August. Keep in mind Speed Channel was in 86.0 million viewers at the time of last year's race, just shy of the most recent available tally for Fox Sports 1 (86.7M in March). Saturday's 1.7 overnight is just shy of FS1's first NASCAR telecast of the season, the Sprint Unlimited on February 15 (1.8). That race aired opposite the Winter Olympics. Despite the lower numbers, NASCAR was still a much bigger draw for FS1 than its other programming. The network earned a mere 0.3 overnight for the Pirates/Yankees Major League Baseball game earlier in the day but racing in the USA will continue its march into oblivion until go-kart racing becomes a sport in every high school and college in the USA. Until that happens, today's youth has very little interest in racing. Most are not exposed to it and the average age of the race fan is getting dangerously high.
Lauda realizes he is not even qualified to shine Bernie's shoes
(GMM) Niki Lauda on Saturday ruled out replacing Bernie Ecclestone as F1 supremo.
Embroiled in a bribery scandal, the sport's current chief executive on Friday actually named Lauda, the great triple world champion and Mercedes team chairman, as a potential successor who could potentially be named "tomorrow".
Lauda doesn't think so.
"No, I will not be boss of formula one!" the F1 legend told German newspaper Bild.
"I have a job at Mercedes with a contract that goes up to and including 2017. Anyway, I do not think about things that will not happen," said Lauda.
BHA Crew Chief Mark Shambarger Honored with Mark Shambarger, Crew Chief of the No. 98 Integrity Energee Drink car for BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian, was presented with the Clint Brawner Mechanical Excellence Award today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The award, which is presented annually during the traditional Carb Day festivities by the Clint Brawner Foundation and supported by Firestone Racing, recognizes an Indy 500 chief mechanic who "exemplifies the mechanical and scientific creativity, ingenuity, perseverance, dedication, enthusiasm and expertise" of its legendary namesake.
Todd, Force, Nobile lead opening-day in Topeka John Force raced to a track record performance to move into the Funny Car qualifying lead Friday in a rain-shortened day of racing at the NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.
J.R. Todd (Top Fuel) and Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) also were qualifying leaders at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event. Teams were only able to get one of two scheduled qualifying sessions in before evening rain showers moved into the area.
Force, the 16-time and defending Funny Car world champion, powered his Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang to a 4.021-second run at 318.84 mph, setting both ends of the track record. If the time holds through Saturday’s two sessions (1:30 and 4 p.m.), it will be his third No. 1 of the season and 149th of his career.
When the Super Soft tires went on the times came tumbling down. First Daniel Ricciardo went fastest getting down into the 1m16s bracket, but that did not last long as Lewis Hamilton then put the Mercedes on top by five hundreds of a second.
Nico Rosberg ended up third quick, the only other driver to get down into the 1m16s bracket. Sebastian Vettel had been ahead of Ricciardo on the soft tires but when he put on the Super Softs he hit traffic on the tight street circuit so we do not know if he could have beat Hamilton or not. He was 4th overall.
Kubica wrong to do rallying, says Massa Felipe Massa has said he thinks former F1 driver Robert Kubica is making a mistake by competing in the World Rally Championship and that the Pole is 'risking himself' by being there.
Kubica was tipped as a future F1 World Champion until his accident prior to the start of the 2011 Formula 1 World Championship, which came close to costing him his right hand and also possibly his life. Since then Kubica has forged a new career in rallying and took the WRC2 title last season in a specially-adapted Citroen DS3. This year he has stepped up to a full-blown WRC car, but while he has shown good speed, he has had a number of crashes, although most recently he was sixth on Rally Argentina after taking a new approach.
Karam adds backing from Ivy Tech Community College Ivy Tech Community College is partnering with Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) and their rookie Indianapolis 500 driver, Sage Karam. Karam will be driving the No. 22 Brantley Gilbert/Comfort Revolution Chevrolet of Dreyer & Reinbold Kingdom Racing that will carry Ivy Tech branding for the 98th running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, on Sunday, May 25, 2014.
"We’re excited about this new opportunity to bring Ivy Tech to the Indianapolis 500," said Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder. "In addition to making his Indy 500 debut, Sage is also a high school student, making him the perfect driver to represent Indiana’s top college choice for high school graduates. The Indy 500 is the largest single-day sporting event, and as the largest college in Indiana, we’re thrilled to be a part of the greatest spectacle in racing."
Ferrari says engine boost coming Although power units are homologated, Ferrari believes that performance gains can be made by running its engines with more aggressive settings now that it is more comfortable with reliability.
Ferrari technical director James Allison said: "On the engine side, the only changes that you are allowed to make to hardware are for reliability so there is no opportunity for performance there.
"But there is a lot of opportunity to get more horsepower out of the same hardware as you increase your confidence in how hard you can push it.
Dixon and the Target boys win the 2014 Pit Stop Challenge.
Target Chip Ganassi Racing hopes a successful Coors Light Carb Day will indicate a good Indianapolis 500 Race Day.
Reigning Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan, who will start the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race from the inside of the sixth row, topped the speed chart for the final practice session, the final opportunity for teams to fine-tune their cars before Race Day.
Kanaan, driving the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, topped the speed chart with a quick lap of 227.838 mph with teammate Scott Dixon (227.773 mph) and KV Racing Technology's Townsend Bell (227.221) right behind.
Mario Andretti to get first ever Firestone Legends of Indy 500 award
Firestone is pleased to announce the Firestone Legends of the Indianapolis 500 Award and the inaugural recipient, Mario Andretti. The award celebrates the proud heritage of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and those individuals who have helped define and contribute to the legacy of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing."
Andretti’s win at the 1969 Indianapolis 500 was one for the record books. He completed the entire 500-mile race with the same right-rear Firestone tire on his car. The right-rear wheel was stuck, so Andretti and his crew decided to leave it on the car rather than risk losing valuable time. The decision proved to be the right one, and speaks to both his incredible competitive spirit and ability as a driver as well as Firestone’s unrivaled performance at the Speedway.
IndyCar race should provide economic boost for St. Charles, LA An IndyCar race that will be held at Avondale’s NOLA Motorsports Park sometime next year is expected to draw 80,000 spectators and provide an economic boost for nearby St. Charles Parish.
The event would combine a three-day festival featuring Louisiana’s culture with the Verizon IndyCar Series event.
The race would ideally take place on a Sunday with practice sessions and time trials held on Friday and Saturday. The festival will include music, entertainment and food.
The exact date for the race, which will be known as the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana, will be announced later this year. The event will be televised around the world.
New Dallara Indy Lights car looks sensational (Update)UPDATE More photos:
New Dallara Indy Lights car
The distinctive and innovative Dallara IL-15 chassis, which will form the backbone of the rejuvenated Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, was unveiled today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions which oversees all aspects of the highly acclaimed Mazda Road to Indy, was joined for the special ceremony in front of the distinctive IMS Pagoda by Hulman & Company CEO Mark Miles, Dallara Automobili President Gian Paolo Dallara, Dallara CEO and General Manager Andrea Pontremoli and NZR Consulting President/Founder and former Vice-President of Competition at INDYCAR Tony Cotman, who has been responsible for the entire bid and design process of the technologically advanced car which will now undergo a rigorous test and development program in preparation for the 2015 season.
Miles: IndyCar in early stages of growth With the Indianapolis 500 just days away, the company that runs the race said things are looking good.
"Attendance this May so far is up 30 percent. The television audience so far is up fivefold over last year and we haven't gotten to the big race yet," said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., which owns IndyCar.
The company recently made several changes in an effort to increase its visibility and its bottom line, including adding the IndyCar Grand Prix before the Indy 500. IndyCar has also changed its qualifying format, its series calendar and has added Verizon as a sponsor.
Series leader Jolyon Palmer is again a happy man today: he recovered from a slow start from pole position, and then survived three safety car periods and a red flag to take a second win this season ahead of Mitch Evans and Felipe Nasr.
When the lights went out, Evans had a better start from P2 than Palmer and took the lead of the race into Turn 1. Behind him, the poleman was busy keeping his teammate Stephane Richelmi at bay. At the front, the Kiwi was on a mission on super soft Pirelli tires and quickly tried to build a gap from Palmer, but his efforts were reduced to nothing after Facu Regalia stopped his car alongside the harbor and the safety car was deployed. At the re-start, Evans kept the lead and started to push hard again. However, it was not enough: Palmer’s blazing pace picked up again and the Briton closed in on Evans to eventually overtake him at Ste Devote.
Ambrose expects to race in USA next season Marcos Ambrose talked to the media at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday and a few questions were asked about his 2015 plans, the Q&A:
Q) DO YOU ANTICIPATE RACING IN THE U.S. NEXT YEAR? Ambrose "Yeah, I do. I do anticipate racing in the U.S. There are a lot of changes in the midst at RPM and I'm part of that. I have to renew my contract with them, but I'm gonna do whatever I can to get Richard Petty where he wants to go and his whole company."
Four GP2 drivers given grid penalties in Monaco Following today’s qualifying session in Monte Carlo, four drivers were given a three grid place penalty after it was found that they had impeded a competitor on the track.
Rio Haryanto will lose the front row start: the Indonesian driver impeded Stéphane Richelmi at Turn 18 during Group B’s session. He will thus start from P5 on tomorrow’s starting grid.
Both Hilmer Motorsport drivers were also found guilty: Daniel Abt impeded Johnny Cecotto at Turn 10 in Group A whilst Facu Regalia impeded Sergio Canamasas at Turn 15 in Group B. They will start tomorrow from P10 and P23 respectively.
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