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Foreign drivers increase under Anton George's reign  Recall the lie that Tony George and the IRL told all of us - that one reason he needed to created the IRL in 1996 and destroy the sport CART built was because the sport needed more American drivers and CART was not giving enough American drivers a chance.

AR1.com calls a spade and spade and points out the number of foreign drivers in the Indy 500 has steadily increased over the past 15 years under the IRL and now IndyCar. Here is a look at the trend:


Americans Foreigners Country with most entrants
1998 26 7 Brazil (2)
1999 24 9 Brazil (2)
2000 27 6 Brazil (2)
2001 23 10 Brazil (5)
2002 18 15 Brazil (7)
2003 20 13 Brazil (6)
2004 18 15 Brazil (5)
2005 15 18 Brazil (5)
2006 19 14 Brazil (6)
2007 20 13 Brazil (4)
2008 13 20 Brazil (7)
2009 11 22 Brazil and U.K. (5)
2010 9 24 Brazil (8)
2011 11 22 U.K. (6)
2012 9 24 U.K. (5)
Don't you just hate it when you're lied to?

Celebrities To Walk Red Carpet Sunday Morning At 96th Indianapolis 500  A spectrum of celebrities from the world of sports and entertainment will walk the red carpet for media availability before the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 27. Grammy Award-winning artist Gladys Knight, "America's Got Talent" judge Howie Mandel and Food Network star Guy Fieri are just a few on the list of stars who will visit Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend to experience "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." More ...
Tony Ave Grabs Trans Am Pole  Tony Ave topped the Trans Am qualifying charts today driving his No. 4 Lamers Motor Racing Corvette at historic Lime Rock Park. Ave ripped off a wicked 50.845 while his teammate, Doug Peterson was hustling his No. 87 3Dimensional.com Corvette around the park at an equally impressive 50.862. Simon Gregg qualified the No. 59 Gregg Motorsports car in third with a 51.346 while Amy Ruman put the No. 23 McNichols Co. Corvette fourth on the grid.

In TA2, last week's winner of the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Trans Am, Pete Halsmer, continued his blazingly fast return to Trans Am by putting his No. 12 CTEK Charge Camaro on the pole. Pete was consistent throughout the day and sealed the deal with a 54.823 in qualifying. He'll be joined on the front row by Bob Stretch in the No. 98 Fix Rim Camaro. Stretch qualified second with a 55.222. More ...

Thailand to host Race of Champions and eyes F1  Bangkok will host this year's Race of Champions, an annual event in December featuring winners from various motorsport series, and has plans for Formula One as well.

Organizers said on Friday the Rajamangala Stadium, home of Thailand's national soccer team, will follow Beijing's 'Bird's Nest' Olympic Stadium as the second venue outside of Europe to put on the event.

The event, which has featured champions like Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel, has been held in Dusseldorf, Germany, for the last two years. More ...

Indy 500 Carb Day Notebook  Firestone Indy Lights announced today its intentions to debut a new race car for the 2014 season.

A request for proposal was distributed to potential manufacturers and development firms earlier this month for both engine and chassis, and series officials will begin reviewing and evaluating the submitted applications after the due date of June 30.

The desired attributes of the 2014 Firestone Indy Lights car include:

•New chassis is to reflect current contemporary race car design with a forward-thinking, sophisticated and exciting formula. Chassis must be adaptable to compete on road, street and oval circuits with a minimum of facility-specific parts.

•New chassis to surpass all current FIA static and impact regulations while having the flexibility to accommodate a broad spectrum of drivers and seating positions.

•Improved aerodynamic performance that must also allow for enhanced sponsor placement opportunities on the car.

•Improved technological package to include but not limited to: paddle shifting, data systems and sensors.

•Potential to integrate an alternative fuel source. More ...

Dixon's crew wins pitstop competition  Scott Dixon hopes that winning the IZOD Indy 500 Pit Stop Competition could be a good omen for him.

Dixon, driving the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, defeated Oriol Servia of Panther/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in the championship round. His pit crew received the $50,000 first prize for its speed and accuracy.

The winner of the competition has gone on to win the Indianapolis 500 six times, most recently with Team Penske's Helio Castroneves in 2009. It was the first-ever win for Target Chip Ganassi Racing in the pit stop contest. More ...

Lotus boss Dany Bahar suspended  Dany Bahar, the CEO who brought Lotus Cars back to F1 as a sponsor of the Lotus F1 team and IndyCar engine manufacturer, has been suspended by the new owner of the parent company DRB-Hicom, it was confirmed today.

The suspension relates to Bahar’s “conduct” but no further details have been forthcoming at this stage.

Bahar came to prominence as Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz’s right hand man, with responsibility for the racing program and marketing. He then went to Ferrari as head of brand, before joining Lotus just after they had struck a license deal with Tony Fernandes for the 1 Malaysia team to be called Lotus. This led to a battle which was only resolved last year, with Fernandes ceding the Lotus name and Bahar bringing it to F1 first as sponsor of the team and then in 2012 as the chassis name. However the relationship between Lotus Cars and the F1 team has been downscaled recently. More ...

IndyCar wants Milwaukee success before returning to Road America  IndyCar’s interest in racing at Road America remains, but the urgency to get to the Wisconsin road course isn’t what it once was.

“I get a lot of questions of, ‘When are you going back to Elkhart Lake?’ ” Randy Bernard, the sanctioning body’s CEO, said Friday. “I think we owe it to Michael Andretti, who is laying out a lot of money to make that event (at the Milwaukee Mile) successful, and he’s asked us, he’s said, ‘Hey, let’s not try to rush Road America right now. Let me try to succeed here.’

“He’s all for it. He loves Road America, but I think we have a responsibility to try to help Milwaukee every way we can. And we are. We’ve put a lot of money into this too. Because I think it’s very important to keep the Milwaukee Mile on our schedule.” More ...

Chevy drivers talk about Indy 500  
Ryan Briscoe
RYAN BRISCOE, NO. 2 IZOD TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET: HOW DO YOU FEEL STARTING FROM THE POLE AT THE INDY 500 FOR THE FIRST TIME? “I feel good. I feel prepared for it. I’ll pick Helio’s (Castroneves) brain a little bit. He’s done it from the pole very often. He will probably just tell me to accelerate in turn four, but I’ll pick his brain. I think it will be fine.”

WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS YOUR GREATEST RESPONSIBILITY AS THE POLE SITTER AND LEADING THE FIELD? ”I think not to do anything too fancy. Just do a nice, clean start and get the start out of the way and get the race going.”


“It’s been fun. It’s amazing the recognition you get here for getting the pole. I’ve been close before, I think second before and I got lots of congratulations but nothing like getting the pole. It really is amazing. I think it’s just awesome. People appreciate the effort that goes into Pole Day here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It’s nothing like qualifying for any other race. We practice for two days straight, preparing a car for four good laps. So, I think it’s nice to be able to sit on that for a week after winning the pole and talk about it. As far as going into the race in concerned, it doesn’t make a difference. It’s a long race and you can win it from anywhere. It’s nice though to be congratulated like you do for getting the pole here.” More ...

Ndamukong Suh Named Grand Marshal of Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix  One of the most popular and talented athletes in Detroit has been named Grand Marshal of the June 1-3 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will serve as the event’s Grand Marshall throughout race weekend. As part of his official duties, Suh will give the famous racing command, “Drivers, start your engines” before the green flag waves to start the IZOD IndyCar Series race – the Chevrolet Indy Grand Prix presented by shopautoweek.com – on Sunday, June 3. Suh, a devoted race fan, will also get the opportunity to ride in an official Chevrolet pace car – a Camaro SS convertible. More ...

Injured IndyCar Crewman wants series to do more for safety  Dan Wheldon's death last October focused intense scrutiny on improved driver safety going into Sunday's 96th Indianapolis 500.

But a pit-crew member from Lake Havasu who suffered permanent leg injuries when hit by an IndyCar two weeks before Wheldon perished hopes his story will compel officials to fix what he considers safety, medical and insurance issues for those who risk their lives on pit road.

Eric Scheumann said he's so concerned -- the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's two-lane pit road is a narrow 39 feet, 2 inches wide -- that he's OK with being called a whistleblower. More ...

Brabeck installed as F1 chair  Formula One motor racing has installed Nestle's Peter Brabeck as its chairman following a board meeting at the Monaco Grand Prix on Friday, Brabeck told Reuters.

The motor racing series has been cleared to float on the stock market in Singapore but Brabeck, who chairs Swiss food group Nestle, said no final decision had been taken on whether to proceed with a listing that could value the business at some $10 billion.

"It was the first time that the board had a report on the preparation, there was pre-valuation of the whole process. I think we made a step forwards but no decision has been taken." More ...

IndyCar settles lawsuit over Izod sponsorship  IndyCar has reached a confidential settlement with a Florida-based sports marketing firm that claimed it was owed millions of dollars in commissions for landing Izod as the league’s title sponsor.

Details of the agreement, reached May 18, were not provided in court documents.

Boca Raton-based CV Sports Marketing Inc. filed the lawsuit in Marion Superior Court in January 2011, claiming breach of contract, unjust enrichment and defamation, in addition to other charges.

CV Sports Marketing's attorney, Robert MacGill of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, said terms of the settlement prevent him from commenting on the case. More ...

Q and A with Randy Bernard  IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard met with the IndyCar media this morning here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and covered a lot of ground from Marco Andretti and James Hinchcliffe, to Chevy, Honda and Lotus, to returning to Road America, Phoenix, Australia and MIS, to the return of Milwaukee, Baltimore and Detroit, to the silence on China.  It's a must read interview for any IndyCar fan - see our Home Page Articles for the full interview.
With Danica Patrick gone attendance booms at Indy  What is all this talk of IndyCar's biggest star going to NASCAR and the series being in trouble because of it?  Attendance has been up at every race since she left and today's Carb Day saw a big increase in attendance over anytime Danica Patrick raced at Indy.

So we are happy to report that race fans come to see the most talented race drivers race, and although Danica was nice eye candy, her departure has been a positive for IndyCar.

At the end of the day, sports fans come to see the best athletes compete.

IndyCar Officials Attempting To Restore Series' Stature With Recent Changes  UPDATE The AP’s Paul Newberry wrote for IndyCar to “regain anything resembling the gravitas it had during that glorious era when icons such as A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti reigned over the Brickyard, there must be some serious changes.”

Newberry suggested several changes that include an emphasis on speed, allowing more of the drivers' personalities to enter the sport, standardizing race start times and expanding the series. IndyCar also would be “well served to give its drivers a little more leeway with their lips.”

There are “some intriguing personalities in the garage," including the "social media-savvy” James Hinchcliffe and Helio Castroneves. In addition, there is “absolutely no consistency to the start times on this year's schedule.” There are “eight different start times for the 16 races, which makes it tough for those at home to keep up." More ...
Esteban Guerrieri wins Freedom 100 Indy Lights race  
Esteban Guerrieri
Starting way back in 18th, Esteban Guerrieri from Argentina knew the only way to win the biggest Indy Lights race of the year, the Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, was to run the car loose (with the tail out) because everyone in racing knows that the fastest way around a race track is loose, and if you cannot drive a race car loose than you will never be a great race car driver.  Period.

Guerrieri and his race engineer set the car up loose and Guerrieri took the car to the front from back in 18th to win over Carlos Munoz and Tristan Vautier in what some are calling one of the best Freedom 100 races. More ...
Ecclestone: 'I'll run F1 until I die'  
Ecclestone - no signs of slowing down
After more than half a century involved in motorsport, and three decades at the helm of Formula One, Bernie Ecclestone has no plans to quit just yet.  In fact, the 81-year-old has told CNN that he will be in charge for as long as he lives.

"It'll probably depend a lot (on) when I die," Ecclestone said ahead of this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix when asked about his retirement plans. More ...

Penske on Rusty Wallace NASCAR Hall of Fame selection  The No. 2 Miller-sponsored car has visited Victory Lane 50 times in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition, with 37 of those wins coming with Rusty Wallace behind the wheel. Wallace drove Penske Racing’s No. 2 from 1991-2005. His most-successful season came in 1993 when he picked up a series-leading 10 wins.

Below are comments from Roger Penske and MillerCoors on the heels of Wallace’s selection as a member of the 2013 class to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. More ...

Racing legend Frank Arciero dies  Frank Arciero, who employed some of the biggest names in U.S. motorsports, died on Wednesday night.

Arciero got involved in the sport in 1943 and fielded teams in several series, including CART and the Champ Car World series, through the early part of the 2000s. His drivers won a pair of rookie-of-the-year honors in the Indianapolis 500—Randy Lanier in 1986, Fabrizio Barbazza in 1987—and Barbazza was CART's top rookie that year.

Arciero had cars in SCCA, Can-Am, Super Vee, Indy Lights, Atlantics and Indy cars over the years. His list of drivers included Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, Jim Clark, Bobby Unser, Roger Penske, Phil Hill, Geoff Brabham, Michael Andretti, Scott Pruett, Max Papis and Dan Wheldon.

In the 1990s, Arciero partnered with Cal Wells to field a CART team.

The son of Italian winemakers, Arciero had business interests in a California winery and a real estate development company based in Irvine, Calif.  Services will be at 10 a.m., May 30 at Our Lady Queen of Angels Church, 2046 Mar Vista in Newport Beach, Calif. AutoWeek

Indy Lights to debut new car in 2014  Firestone Indy Lights announced today its intentions to debut a new race car for the 2014 season.

A request for proposal was distributed to potential manufacturers and development firms earlier this month for both engine and chassis, and series officials will begin reviewing and evaluating the submitted applications after the due date of June 30. 

"As we look to the future for Firestone Indy Lights, we believe it's important that we do everything we can to attract new drivers, teams, partners and manufacturers to our series to continue to improve our formal system of driver development," said Tony George Jr., director, Firestone Indy Lights. "The debut of the new car in 2014 will be a key step in this process while allowing our teams to operate as a true business through improved value proposition." More ...
Vainio flies to maiden GP3 victory in Monaco  After securing pole yesterday, Finnish ace Aaro Vainio went one step better by winning the prestigious Monaco race, the first in the history of the GP3 Series. It was a debut career win in the Series for the Lotus GP driver to make a perfect start to the weekend.

With so much anticipation before the race, 26 eager drivers got their first wheel to wheel action around the famous street circuit as the race got underway in hot and sunny conditions. Vainio made the start and defended P1 but it was Atech CRS GP’s Tamas Pal Kiss who got the better of Ocean Racing Technology’s Kevin Ceccon and snuck into P2 before the first corner. More ...
Cecotto powers to Monaco victory  
Marcus Ericsson (iSport International), Johnny Cecotto (Barwa Addax Team), Giedo van der garde (Caterham Racing)
Johnny Cecotto dominated his rivals with a seasoned performance to lead from lights to flag and claim a historic victory in this morning's feature race in Monaco, looking untroubled by Marcus Ericsson and Giedo van der Garde as he claimed his first ever GP2 podium finish on the top step in the fabled principality.

The victory was set up when the lights went out: the Venezuelan made a strong start while fellow front row starter Max Chilton was slow off the line, handing Cecotto an easy run to Ste Devote. Ericsson squeezed by the Englishman for P2, while van der Garde had an open line around the outside to follow the Swede up the hill ahead of Chilton, Luiz Razia, Jolyon Palmer, Davide Valsecchi and Esteban Gutierrez. More ...
Recipe to make IndyCar relevant again  
Anton George, the man most blame for destroying IndyCar Racing, looks like a dork wearing his infamous I am Indy hat.  Is that not the most ridiculous marketing  slogan ever devised?  'I am Indy.'  Did he change his name from Anton to Indy, or did he think he was bigger than Indy?  People used to laugh their arse off when they would see those hats and shirts.
James Hinchcliffe can't understand it.

In this sports-crazed nation, there are skilled athletes who willingly get behind the wheel of exotic-looking race cars and risk their lives at more than 200 mph, yet the interest level in what they're doing 364 days out of the year can be measured on a scale that starts at Zero, goes up to Negligible and roughly peaks out at Where's Danica.

"IndyCar is the best-kept secret in sports," Hinchcliffe moaned Thursday from the infield at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "It's infuriating."

For a few hours Sunday, he and 32 other drivers will get a sense of what it's like to be part of an actual, big-time sport. The stands will be (mostly) filled with real, live people, hundreds of thousands of them, in fact. The television ratings will be measured in whole numbers instead of fractions. And the one who crosses the line first at the Indy 500 will get a bit of the Kardashian treatment — or at least hear his or her name uttered on SportsCenter. More ...

3D scanning technology addresses multiple applications  Alex Tagliani had to be set straight, so to speak, and Murray Roddis’ metrological measuring service provided the solution.

“Sam Schmidt Motorsports had a couple of wings and one was like the ‘golden wing’ and the other they said no matter what they did they couldn’t get it to run right,” Roddis says. “They narrowed it down to the rear mainplane and we scanned them both and compared them to the nominal. One was within one-thousandth of an inch across the surface the same as the nominal and the other was six-thousandths of an inch high on one side and three-thousandths of an inch low on the other side, which is the thickness of three pieces of paper.

“ ‘Tag’ figured that because it was twisted like that he had to lift off the throttle because he was getting an unusual lift on one side going into corners. He felt it gave him a 1 mph loss in speed.” More ...

Vainio claims Monaco pole in style  Aaro Vainio is a happy man, the Finn will start the first ever Monaco GP3 Race from pole position after a stunning lap in a qualifying session that was divided into two groups. Kevin Ceccon was fastest in Group A and will line up second on the grid ahead of Tamas Pal Kiss (Atech CRS GP) in 3rd.

The Lotus GP ace’s fastest lap of 1:28.008 which was set in Group B in the second qualifying group, was almost a second faster than Ocean Racing Technology’s Ceccon. The first session saw MW Arden’s Mitch Evans and Ceccon and swapping fastest lap times with the pace between the two, too close to predict who would come out on top. More ...
Latest F1 news in brief - Friday  
  • Mallya defends F1 spending amid airline crisis
  • Police detonate suspected bomb in F1 paddock
  • Mercedes moves towards Concorde deal
  • Schumacher must convince Mercedes to 'want him'
  • Button says Lotus car to beat in Monaco
  • Nurburgring hopes for new ten-year F1 deal
  • Mansell in a sling after cycling smash
  • Raikkonen wears James Hunt helmet in Monaco
  • Force India wants to keep di Resta in 2013
  • Ferrari signs new aero boss Bigois - report
  • Lotus says no to Raikkonen's rally request More ...
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