Carlos Munoz finished second in the Indianapolis 500 as a rookie but is already focused on returning to Indy Lights where he is the current championship leader, hoping to graduate full-time to the IndyCar Series by next season.
However, he hopes that team owner Michael Andretti was impressed with his efforts and would entertain the notion of having him compete in a few more IndyCar races for Andretti Autosport.
Wind Tunnel Sunday Wind Tunnel will be LIVE tonight at 11pm ET, following the Coca-Cola 600 and the Victory Lane show.
With three of the biggest races being run on this day (Monaco Grand Prix, Indy 500, and Coca-Cola 600), we’ll have in-depth coverage of each. We’ll talk to today’s Indy 500 winner, Robin Miller, Bob Varsha, and Tommy Kendall.
Video: Grosjean and Ricciardo Monaco crash (Updated - Penalty)UPDATE Romain Grosjean's clash with Daniel Ricciardo in the Monaco Grand Prix has earned the Frenchman a 10-place grid penalty for the next Formula 1 race in Canada.
The Lotus driver ran into the back of Ricciardo's Toro Rosso on the approach to the chicane on lap 62 while trying to take 13th place. Both cars had to retire as a result of the tangle, which caused a safety car due to the amount of debris spread over the circuit.
The incident came after Grosjean had crashed in both Thursday and Saturday practice.
The road to a Formula 1 Grand Prix race on New Jersey’s Hudson River waterfront has had as many twists and turns as the famous street circuit of the Grand Prix de Monaco, which is being televised live this morning on NBC.
NBC Sports paid handsomely for the exclusive right to broadcast F1 races to North American audiences — outbidding F1’s former North American network, Fox, for the privilege — and has devoted much of its talent and attention to expanding F1’s audience in America, including plans to broadcast the sophomore running of the United States Grand Prix, which had its successful debut in Austin last November, as the first U.S. F1 race since 2007.
Mercedes given 3-race distance tire test to gain advantage
Brawn says the FIA was well aware of their secret tire test
Mercedes F1 team principal Ross Brawn has made no secret of the fact that his car and drivers were involved in a three-day tire test with Pirelli after the Spanish Grand Prix, but insists that, in his opinion, there was nothing to hide.
Red Bull rival Christian Horner has already confirmed that a protest has been lodged 'in the interests of clarity', while Ferrari is also expected to follow suit, but Brawn says that the test had been approved by the sport's governing body and did not provide Mercedes with any performance advantage, despite Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton qualifying on the front row in Monaco.
Q and A with Jean-Michel Jalinier, President of Renault Sport F1 What are the advantages of supplying Scuderia Toro Rosso for Renault?
While it is logical we would discuss a partnership with Toro Rosso based on our partnership with Infiniti Red Bull Racing, it was not a foregone conclusion and we have carefully considered what is best for all parties. It is clear that Toro Rosso is a well-run, established team, with impressive technical personnel and the means and potential to be a regular points contender. Renault remains involved in F1 to win and demonstrate the excellence of its products and to achieve our aims we need to have teams functioning at the highest level, which is why we are delighted to sign with Toro Rosso. Off track it will also enable us to further grow the association with the Red Bull brand to our customers worldwide. We look forward to creating a long and multi-level relationship with Toro Rosso, just as we have with Red Bull Racing.
Lying through his teeth? Pirelli's Paul Hembrey can't hind from the fact that they gave Mercedes a distinct advantage
News that Mercedes conducted a 1000kms test for Pirelli at Barcelona after the Spanish GP has inflamed passions in the paddock and infuriated rival teams.
The heart of the matter is that Pirelli has a contract with the FIA which apparently allows it to call on a team to test during the season when it has some urgent work to do, primarily if there is a safety issue.
Pirelli told the teams about this last year and according to motor sport boss Paul Hembery some agreed to help, and others didn’t reply.
Alberico Holds Off Charging Grist in "Night Before the 500" Thriller
Winner Neil Alberico (Center)
Neil Alberico bounced back from a disappointing pair of Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda races in St. Petersburg to score a flag-to-flag victory this evening for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing in the traditional Visit Hendricks County “Night Before the 500” at Lucas Oil Raceway.
Alberico, 20, from Los Gatos, Calif., got the jump on teammate and championship leader Scott Hargrove at the start and held a comfortable margin of over two seconds to his nearest challenger in the 23-car field by the halfway stage in the 75-lap race, which, against the odds, was run entirely under green-flag conditions. It wasn’t to last.
For much of the evening it looked as though the weather might be the big winner in Round 5 of the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires at Lucas Oil Raceway. Fortunately, the clouds eventually parted and Matthew Brabham took full advantage, romping clear in the delayed and shortened 52-lap race to win the Visit Hendricks County “Night Before the 500” – his fourth victory in succession for Andretti Autosport.
The race began on schedule, but only under yellow flags due to a steady drizzle which soon increased in intensity and brought out the red flags with 11 laps in the books. After over a two-hour delay, the race was restarted at a little after 11:00 pm. Brabham lost no time in stamping his authority on the proceedings at the resumption. He also swept the bonus points for pole, leading most laps and posting the fastest race lap to extend his championship lead to 31 points over Venezuelan Diego Ferreira, who finished sixth for Juncos Racing.
2015 NASCAR TV Negotiations NASCAR chairman Brian France said during a Saturday state-of-union address that negotiations for a new television contract that would go into effect in 2015 are "getting down to the last bit of it.'' France said his hope is to renew with the incumbents. Fox already has renewed from 2015-2022 for a reported $300 million a year. ESPN and TNT are the other current partners. NBC also is a player for a major portion of the 36-race schedule. "My hope is to remain where we are,'' France said. "But that's why you have negotiations and discussions. We'll have to see how that plays out.''ESPN
France says group not talking to IndyCar NASCAR chairman Brian France says the organization is not talking with IndyCar about making it easier for drivers who want to try racing in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day.
France spoke Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway and was asked if NASCAR had considered working with IndyCar to open a time window that might let drivers run both events.
France said it wasn't on NASCAR's front burner and that driver's schedules in each discipline make it hard to try the double.
Saturday notebook from Indy - It’s not exactly calm here at Indy, but there certainly is a rainstorm brewing. 68 degrees and showers forecast for tomorrow’s race. Last year featured record temps.
- The 2013 Jigger Sirois Award was given by the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association to (who else?) Michel Jourdain. The award is nothing to aspire to, as it commemorates Jigger's dubious distinction of waving off a Pole-winning run on the first day of qualifications in 1969, only to fail to qualify for the race due to a series of woes that followed. One winner described the award as "whipped cream on a turd." Jourdain not only failed to qualify the car -- which was deemed "evil" and "undriveable" -- but also managed to be fined $1000 for bodywork violations in the process. Rahal officials were not present to pick up the award, and so far have refrained from comment.
Austin Dillon Wins Charlotte Nationwide Pole Austin Dillon will lead the field to the green flag in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series History 300 after topping Saturdays qualifying session at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Dillon turned in a lap of 183.949mph in the no. 3 Chevrolet Camaro to score his first Coors Light Pole Award of the year. It is the fourth pole of his Nationwide Series career.
Kyle Busch qualified second, followed by Brian Vickers, Brian Scott and Parker Kligerman.
Miles headed for crash with penny-pinching IndyCar team owners
Mark Miles will soon learn that unless IndyCar pays out more money so the team owners can afford change, they are going to resist change at every turn. And how do you fix that? You start by moving 100% of the races to network TV. And the Indy 500 TV ratings would double if the race were run as a Saturday night race under the lights. Yes, double - 100% guarantee.
When Mark Miles talks, people listen. Even people in IndyCar, and that’s not easy to do. But some of Miles’ recent talk sounds a lot like Randy Bernard—with a dose of Tony George thrown in for good measure. That might make some IndyCar faithful cringe. But it’s the truth.
Miles this month has professed the need for speed. He has given his new lieutenant, Derrick Walker, his marching orders: Make IndyCars faster. Ratchet up the excitement at Indianapolis. Make the cars faster than they were when speed records were last set by open-wheel cars at the fabled Brickyard in 1996.
It sounds a lot like what Bernard told me last May while sitting in an IMS garage. That was five months before he was fired.
Bernard was criticized for trying to ratchet up on-track excitement without enough regard for safety. Some even contend that Bernard’s pursuit of thrills got Dan Wheldon killed at Las Vegas.
Briscoe escapes penalty The crew for #8 Ryan Briscoe did change to a fresh engine following final practice. As the entry is a Indy 500 entry only, it will not have to serve a penalty at Detroit. (Rule 184.108.40.206).
Coletti reigns in Monaco Stefano Coletti achieved a life’s ambition by winning today’s sprint race in Monaco, looking untouchable on his home circuit as he handled the changing conditions better than his rivals while controlling his pace to easily lead home Adrian Quaife-Hobbs and Mitch Evans.
With spots of rain falling as the cars came to the grid all eyes were on Ste Devote as the lights went out, as the teams were hoping to avoid a repeat of yesterday’s first start: poleman Quaife-Hobbs made a solid getaway, fellow front row starter Rene Binder didn’t, and Coletti stormed past with James Calado and Evans on his tail.
Zipadelli says Cars to Blame Greg Zipadelli, the competition director at Stewart-Haas Racing and longtime confidante of Tony Stewart, said the team has fallen behind on technology relative to the top NASCAR Sprint Cup teams. Zipadelli said the combination of adding a third car for Danica Patrick, converting to the new Generation-6 cars and shuffling personnel internally has left SHR well behind top teams like Joe Gibbs Racing and Hendrick Motorsports so far this season. Coming into Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, #39-Ryan Newman is 17th in points, #14-Stewart 21st and #10-Patrick 28th. Thursday night, Newman qualified 10th for the Coca-Cola 600, with Patrick 24th and Stewart 25th. More at SPEED
Security heightened at IMS for Indy 500 State Police want to remind race fans of the heightened security at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
This year officers have already had to deal with a number of unattended items.
"We've had our explosive ordinance disposal teams out here along with the K-9's and we had calls last week during the qualifications of unattended packages, unauthorized packages left somewhere. When we go take care of those and clear them we are going to remove them from the scene and they will be gone," said Sgt. Rich Myers with Indiana State Police.
SUJA Juice Announces Partnership with Ed Carpenter Racing SUJA Juice and Ed Carpenter Racing have announced a partnership for the remainder of the 2013 IZOD IndyCar season. Suja Juice will have a brand presence on the No. 20 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka Chevy and will be investing in a hospitality platform at various race events throughout the remainder of the season.
The announcement comes on the heels of a race weekend at which Ed Carpenter and his Ed Carpenter Racing team achieved pole position for the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500. Carpenter’s pole speed for a four-lap average was a spectacular 228.762 miles per hour.
Dreamworks Animation and IndyCar team up for "Turbo" film
One of the major victories of the IndyCar marketing department from over the past few years under Randy Bernard was conceiving the feature film "Turbo" with Dreamworks Animation.
Before the film's theatrical release on July 17th, "Turbo" is taking center stage this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The movie will be screened on Friday night at the Speedway as well ride shotgun with driver Townsend Bell in his seventh-career Indianapolis 500 start.
Video: Dempsey wins sensational Freedom 100 (2nd Update)UPDATE #2 Watch this video of the finish. Unreal!
05/24/13 Added photo of the 4-wide finish.
Dempsey wins in a photo finish
05/24/13 Peter Dempsey came from fourth place on the final corner of the final lap to overtake Gabby Chaves, Sage Karam and Carlos Munoz and win a thrilling Firestone Freedom 100.
Exiting Turn 4 Munoz, Karam and Chaves were racing side by side to the start-finish of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Suddenly, Dempsey found a seam close to the outside wall on the 50-foot-wide frontstretch.
The 27-year-old native of Ashbourne, Ireland, immediately knew he had won the marquee race of the Firestone Indy Lights season, raising his left hand off the steering wheel, though it was a photo finish. The margin of victory was 0.0026 of a second -- the closest on an oval in the 100-plus-year history of the Speedway.
Appeals Panel Denies RCR Penalty Appeal On Friday the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel heard and considered the appeal of the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series team. The penalties concern Section 12-1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing. Involved in an altercation with another competitor after the race had concluded.
The penalties stemmed from a post-race incident following the April 26 race at Richmond Int’l Raceway.
The original penalties assessed to the No. 2 team were:
Castroneves speeds away to win the pit stop competition
Team Penske and Helio Castroneves continued their mastery of the Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge, winning the annual competition to determine the fastest Indianapolis 500 pit crew Friday, May 24 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Castroneves and Team Penske beat Dario Franchitti and Target Chip Ganassi Racing, 14.475 seconds to 14.854 seconds, in the final round. This is the 14th victory for Team Penske and sixth victory for Castroneves in the Pit Stop Challenge, both event records for a team and driver.
Team Penske earned $50,000. Target Chip Ganassi Racing earned $15,000 for its runner-up finish.
Carb Day Notebook Simon Pagenaud hopes Coors Light Carb Day is a good indication of Indianapolis 500 Race Day.
Pagenaud, who will start the 97th Indianapolis 500 from the outside of the seventh row, topped the speed chart for the final practice session, the final opportunity for teams to fine-tune their cars before Race Day.
Pagenaud, driving the No. 77 Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports Honda, topped the speed chart with a quick lap of 225.827 mph with Andretti Autosport E.J Viso (225.304 mph) and Ryan Hunter-Reay (225.053) right behind.
IndyCar's dumbed down spec cars just are not exciting enough (Update)UPDATE Another reader writes, Many thanks for publishing the articles I have written and the comments I have made for AR1 since 2010. After reading "IndyCar's dumbed down spec cars just are not exciting enough,"...I wonder, is this a sign that more people are getting the message? I've been pounding the keys on this for some time and AR1 has been publishing these ideas for three years.
Hopefully, Indy Car's new management will get the message and focus their attention on the areas that need the most help. The television crisis will be diminished when the more pressing problems are addressed. I believe Indy Car needs more fans to get more TV viewers, not more TV viewers to get more fans.
Allmendinger ready to become full-time IndyCar driver
AJ Allmendinger prepared to give up racing taxi cabs
AJ Allmendinger says he would stay in IndyCar if team owner Roger Penske offered him a full-time seat. Allmendinger also drove for Penske in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
AJ Allmendinger says he initially left Indy car racing for NASCAR because of the uncertainty surrounding the open-wheel split and not because of the money, as had been reported.
At the time of his move, the Champ Car World Series was losing out to the Indy Racing League and Gerald Forsythe, his CCWS car owner, wasn't interested in making the jump to the IRL. Allmendinger says that his move to NASCAR was purely out of job security and that he would love to stay in IndyCar (or any other series) if Roger Penske was willing to give him a seat.
John Menard buys his son a ride - signs multi-year deal with RCR Richard Childress Racing (RCR) announced today that Menards, the third-largest home improvement store in the United States, has signed a multi-year partnership renewal of the No. 27 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) entry driven by Paul Menard.
Menards first partnered with RCR in 2011 and enjoyed a top-10 finish in the Daytona 500. Later that year, Menard scored his first NSCS victory by claiming the prestigious Brickyard 400 checkered flag at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Cecotto suspended after Monaco crash Johnny Cecotto Jr. has been barred from the rest of the Monaco GP2 weekend as a punishment for triggering the first-corner crash in Friday morning's feature race.
After making a poor start from pole, the Arden driver braked too late while trying to fend off teammate Mitch Evans into Sainte Devote and skated into the barriers, taking title contender Fabio Leimer with him. Chain reaction incidents behind ended up collecting 14 cars and causing a red flag. Nine of those involved were unable to take the restart.
Zanardi visits Indy Target Chip Ganassi Racing owner Chip Ganassi presented the Reynard 96I/Honda that Alex Zanardi drove to victory in the CART race at Mazda Raceway in Laguna Seca in September 1996 to Zanardi during a special ceremony this morning on the Yard of Bricks. Zanardi passed Bryan Herta in the famed “Corkscrew” turn on the last lap for a famous victory in the car.
Zanardi won CART championships for Ganassi’s team in 1997 and 1998. He suffered severe injuries in a racing crash in September 2001 at Lausitz, Germany, that resulted in the amputation of both legs above the knee. Zanardi inspired millions around the world by resuming his full-time racing career in 2014 in touring cars and also won a gold medal in the handcycling men’s road time trial in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
Pagenaud fastest on Carb Day at Indy The fastest car in final practice, the No. 77 Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports Dallara driven by Simon Pagenaud, was powered by a Honda engine. Chevrolet engines power the first 11 cars in the starting lineup Sunday.
IndyCar introduces program to hook team personnel Applying lessons from the classroom and taking them to the racetrack will be the focus of "The Future of Fast," an INDYCAR-themed STEM education program beginning in 2013.
INDYCAR hopes to interest future engineers, mechanics and race fans by igniting their passion for math and science through the educational aspects of the sport. INDYCAR has formed a partnership for this initiative with Project Lead The Way, the nation's leading provider of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum, and Jostens, a top provider of products, programs and services for schools.
Prost says 2014 rules will put Formula 1 drivers to the test Formula 1 drivers are going to face as tough a challenge as the teams next year in adapting to the new technical regulations, reckons former champion Alain Prost.
"It is a big technical challenge - and the way it is done is going to be a challenge for the engineers making the engine for performance, reliability and everything; a big challenge for people working on the track, for the strategy; and a big, big challenge for the drivers too," said Prost, in an interview with AUTOSPORT.
"It is not going to be like the old days where you had to slow down for the fuel consumption. It will be a bit different.
"The way you are going to use the engine, relative to the quantity of the fuel, and relative to the extra energy you get from the electrical side, will be a great challenge for the drivers and engineers.
‘Turbo’ actor Michael Pena to serves as Indy 500 honorary starter
Michael Pena, one of the stars of “Turbo,” will be the honorary Indy 500 race starter. Above is a photo of Pena’s character in the film (Tito)
Film and television star Michael Pena, who has a leading role in the upcoming 3D animated motion picture event “Turbo,” will serve as the honorary starter of the 97th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 26.
Pena will wave the green flag to start the field of 33 drivers in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” The 97th Indianapolis 500 starts at noon (ET) and will be televised live on ABC.
In “Turbo,” Pena portrays Tito, an entrepreneur who enters a super-fast snail in the Indy 500. The film races into theaters everywhere July 17th. From DreamWorks Animation, and released by 20th Century Fox, the film’s titular hero is an ordinary garden snail whose dream to race in the Indianapolis 500 comes true.
Chevrolet Revs up DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Turbo’ Chevrolet will help power a little snail named Turbo in the upcoming DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. feature film bearing his name.
The collaboration between Chevrolet and DreamWorks Animation will engage fans in the U.S. and select international markets and serve to enhance the film’s authentic racing environment.
As part of this alliance, Chevrolet has created a special real-life replica of a custom Camaro featured in Turbo. The comprehensive campaign also includes television, print, and online advertising, a social media push and dealership activations in key markets.
NASCAR tornado relief efforts Michael Waltrip Racing's three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 "will carry decals of Feed The Children, an Oklahoma City-based group that is providing food and resources" to tornado victims. Also, NASCAR driver David Ragan and Front Row Motorsports are "encouraging fans to join team partner, Oklahoma City-based Love’s Travel Stops, in donating to help tornado victims." The company announced a $3M donation. Ragan’s No. 34 car will carry special decals.AP,
NASCAR Slot Machine Making Las Vegas Debut At Boyd Casinos Bally Technology's new NASCAR slot machine today "will make its Las Vegas debut at several Boyd Gaming properties," making Boyd the "first casino operator in Southern Nevada to premier" the machine. The NASCAR slot lets players choose among five drivers: Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson. The game "uses video-game technology and surround sound to immerse players." Boyd sponsors Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Nationwide Series race. LAS VEGAS SUN
Video: 1995 Indianapolis 500 Finish (Updated)UPDATE A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, I saw you posted the video for the last 10 laps of the 95 race. While I don't want to sound like a drama queen, I honestly couldn't watch it, and turned it off after about 4-5 laps. The crowd, competition between tires, engine and chassis, the sound of the cars, the heartbreak of Honda, who had been laughed out of Gasoline Alley the year before, the emergence of Jacques Villeneuve, and that was just the few minutes I watched. And heck that doesn't even talk about Penske not qualifying that year.
Of course, like a Greek tragedy we all know what happens next. The Idiot Grandson hates Brazilian drivers, Honda, Penske, and road courses, believing his "grass roots wet dream," which I believe Bobby Unser called it, would be better. He commences his Reign of Error, and brings our beloved sport is brought to its knees.
Bird is the word in Monaco Sam Bird presented a masterclass of controlled aggression and verve to bring home a crushing race victory in this morning’s feature race in Monaco, with the Briton controlling the pace to come home easily ahead of Kevin Ceccon and Mitch Evans.
But the Briton had to work hard for the victory, no more so than at the start: poleman Johnny Cecotto had a slow start while teammate Evans made a great getaway to lead the field into Ste Devote, but the Venezuelan went too deep and hit the barriers, taking Fabio Leimer with him as cars piled up behind them.
Thursday driver quotes from Monaco No practice and qualifying today in Monaco as the racing stops to allow everyone to get into the small principality. The action picks up tomorrow. Here are the driver quotes from Thursday's practice sessions. Mercedes Nico Rosberg, P1 - 1:16.195, 1st; P2 - 1:14.759, 1st “A very productive day for us. We completed a lot of laps and I feel comfortable in the car. It seems that we are quick again on one lap but we have been working hard again to make improvements to our race pace. It will be interesting to see where we are compared to the others over the weekend as it's not really representative today. It feels great to be back here driving around the streets of my home city here again and I'm very much looking forward to the weekend.”
Lewis Hamilton, P1 - 1:16.469, 5th; P2 - 1:15.077, 2nd “It's been a positive start for us today and I'm pleased with what we have achieved here in Monaco. We did some good long run work this afternoon and the supersoft tires seem to be performing well. I need to improve my one lap pace however, partly with the balance of the car and partly from me. The car is almost there and the pace looks good so we'll look at the data tonight and work on those areas which can still be improved before the weekend.”
Honda 'ups' its IndyCar game Honda has introduced a new simulator in Brownsburg that will give IndyCar and American LeMans Series drivers a virtual look at the tracks on which they race.
But it’s for Honda drivers only.
The simulator sits on six shocks that lunge 6 feet in any direction to provide the right G-force loads on road courses and oval tracks. Everything from tire degradation to engine performance is measured.
The steering wheel is from Ganassi Racing’s lot.
There will be two high-tech simulators in this market by next year’s 500. Dallara is scheduled to have one at its Main Street facility in Speedway by next March. Indy Star
Ecclestone's Bribery Case Seen As Disruptive To CVC's Plan To Sell F1 CVC Capital Partners Ltd.’s plan to hold an initial public offering of F1 "may be hurt by a bribery investigation" involving F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone, according to Alex Duff of BLOOMBERG. Ecclestone "is negotiating an accord" known as the “Concorde Agreement” through '20 with teams, which will race this weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix. Former team Owner Paul Stoddart said Ecclestone has not appointed a deputy, and it could take years for a replacement to “get up to speed.”
Stoddart: “CVC is between a rock and a hard place. If Bernie Ecclestone was forced to stand down, the Concorde Agreement would be thrown into complete turmoil.” CVC "is scaling back its interest" in F1, selling stakes worth $1.6B to BlackRock Inc., Waddell & Reed Financial Inc. and Norges Bank Investment Management last year. Ecclestone’s biographer, Tom Bower, said that it "would be difficult for CVC to hold an IPO without Formula One’s chief executive officer."
Bower: “It’s not a simple matter like a normal company where you can hand over the management.” Ecclestone “holds all the strings in Formula One. If he is forced out, it would be a major earthquake.” BLOOMBERG
Ford To Retire Falcon, V8 Supercars Future Uncertain Falcon's presence on the V8 Supercars grid "appear to be numbered following the carmaker's decision to end local manufacturing" in '16, according to Peter Kogoy of The Australian. The company "stunned the sport" Thursday when it confirmed it would close down its Broadmeadows assembly plant in Melbourne and become an imports-only operation. There are currently just six Falcons in the 28-car championship, "with their numbers having been in steady decline in recent seasons." Of the six, four race under the Ford Performance Racing factory banner, "while the other two are campaigned by the iconic Dick Johnson." The Australian.
Wood Brothers To Make 1400th Cup Start in Coke 600 The sunshine in turn three at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday hampered Trevor Bayne on his qualifying lap, but a sunny day was just what Bayne and the crew of his No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion needed to qualify for the Wood Brothers’ 1,400th Sprint Cup start.
Should the rain have made its way to the track just 2 hours sooner, most likely qualifying would’ve been cancelled. The Woods, with their limited schedule, would have missed the race, as they had the fewest attempts to qualify at this point in the season, of the teams entered in the Coca-Cola 600.
ESPN counting on story lines to sell Indy 500 Helio Castroneves and Dario Franchitti will be trying to become four-time Indianapolis 500 champions, four women will roll off the starting grid, a local boy is on the pole and a group of dynamic rookies that includes A.J. Allmendinger is there to add intrigue.
Indeed, there is no shortage of compelling story lines accompanying Sunday's race, leaving television executives feeling confident about another bump in viewership this year.
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