Van der Garde stripped of Monaco pole Giedo van der Garde has been demoted to sixth place on the grid for Saturday’s Feature Race, with the Barwa Addax driver being penalized for a collision with Carlin's Oliver Turvey. The Dutchman had originally snatched pole with a time of 1:21.781, but the decision means iSport International’s Sam Bird inherits the top spot.
Romain Grosjean and Marcus Ericsson were also handed grid drops, with both men running into the back of their team-mate’s cars. The 2011 GP2 Asia Champion will start from the back, while Ericsson has been pushed down to 20th from 15th place.
Indy Thursday Notebook Sam Schmidt Motorsports has enlisted the services of former Firestone Indy Lights champions Alex Lloyd and Wade Cunningham to serve as driver coaches for its team of drivers. Lloyd, who won the Firestone Freedom 100 in 2007 and will start his fourth Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, has been coaching Victor Carbone, while Cunningham, a three-time Firestone Freedom 100 champion, has helped with Bryan Clauson, Josef Newgarden and Esteban Guerrieri.
"Now that I'm racing ovals (for Dale Coyne), I can't spend as much time with him as I'd like, but today is a good day since we have no track activity (for IZOD IndyCar Series.)" said Lloyd. "I'm here to give them tips and tricks of the trade of racing at Indianapolis, how the race goes down, how to deal with traffic, things like that. The guys all know how to drive a race car. You don't have to teach them how to drive. It's more about remembering the experiences you had and trying to relate it to the nuances they are experiencing on the track."
Video: Schumacher kisses barrier at MonacoUPDATE Did you watch that video closely? We thought it odd that he crashed where he did. That is not a particularly tricky spot.
Watch the steering wheel. It is turning and the wheels are not. We watched it several times to be sure...do you see it?
That has to be very frightening for a driver. We noticed another thing...Schuey cannot seem to put the wheel back on after he gets out of the car. One could quickly lose confidence in one's team with a failure like that..
Bryan Clauson turned only eight laps of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 26, but he was rewarded by the car he will race for the first time in the Firestone Freedom 100.
The 21-year-old resident of Noblesville, Ind., was awarded the Sunoco Pole Award and its $5,000 prize after qualifying was rained out and the field was set by entrant points. The 2010 USAC National Drivers Championship title holder earned the top starting spot thanks to Conor Daly, who leads the Firestone Indy Lights standings and served as driver No. 77 Mazda Road to Indy for the first three races of the season.
With the iconic bow-tie brand making its return to America's top open-wheel series next season, officials from General Motors updated the manufacturer’s progress with its Chevrolet engine program being developed at Ilmor Engineering in England.
The initial design of the engine is complete. Chevrolet is scheduled to run the engine in June and track testing will begin the third quarter this year.
Jim Campbell, General Motors vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports, said the new engine rule package for 2012 makes Chevrolet’s return to IndyCars "very appealing." The last time Chevrolet was in IndyCar was 2005.
"The use of technology that we use on the production side and the ability to transfer the technology is key, related to things like small displacement engines, V6s, turbo-charging, direct injection and E85 fuels," Campbell said. "Also, the IndyCar allows us to add additional fans and prospective customers. We also noticed that last year in the ratings, 40 percent increase in the 18 to 35 males on TV. All those things were very appealing, and that’s the reason we decided to come back in.
Just a short walk for Felipe Massa from his Monegasque home to the Formula 1 paddock today, where he met the media in the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Media Motorhome.
Massa was asked about news that Aldo Costa was no longer the Scuderia Technical Director. “The organizational change is the one the team feels is the way we should go and I believe in the team,” he maintained. “I believe this will help us find the right direction, but this change on its own does not mean we are now going to have a great car straight away. Part of the effect of the change will only be seen in the future. We still have the same people working within all the departments, so this change is not destabilizing for the team.”
Van der Garde storms to Monaco pole Giedo van der Garde kept calm in the pressure cooker environment of this afternoon's qualifying session in Monaco, pushing at the perfect time to take advantage of his rival's errors to claim pole position, finishing the session ahead of Sam Bird and Jules Bianchi. The Dutchman's best time of 1:21.781, set with just one minute remaining in the eventful session, took pole by less than a tenth.
The session opened to blue skies and very little breeze, with Charles Pic leading the field out onto the circuit. Local man Stefano Coletti set the first competitive lap as Romain Grosjean started a torrid day when he tapped the back of Fairuz Fauzy, forcing the Frenchman into the pits for a new front wing.
John Force Road Show to make splash at Indy 500 In January John Force announced he was going to take a page from the PT Barnum book on promotion and start spreading the gospel about the Full Throttle Drag Racing Series as well as other major forms of motorsports. This weekend Force will have his John Force Road Show on display at The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the 100th annual Indianapolis 500. The John Force Road Show will be open during normal spectator viewing times and will be positioned at the corner of 12th Avenue and Georgetown across from The Speedway Administration building.
“I have never been to the Indy 500 but I know it is unbelievable. I can’t wait to get to The Speedway and check it out,” said Force, a 15-time Full Throttle NHRA Funny Car champion. “We’ll have our John Force Road Show right beside the race track talking about all kinds of motorsports. People want and need to be entertained in these tough economic times and there isn’t anything more entertaining than two race cars racing down a drag strip or going three-wide into turn four.”
Angie's List to Sponsor Oriol Servia Again Angie’s List and Oriol Servia are together again for the Indianapolis 500 mile race. Angie’s List will be an associate sponsor for Newman/Haas Racing’s No. 2 entry in the 95th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 29.
“We are thrilled to team back up with Oriol, who was our first Indy 500 sponsorship back in 2008 when he was a rookie,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks.
Monaco: Ricciardo ahead of Wickens in Renault Series practice Red Bull funded driver Daniel Ricciardo set the pace in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series' only practice session in Monaco this morning.
The Carlin entry of Robert Wickens was second fastest today, 0.045s behind Ricciardo's 1m27.957s best. Brendon Hartley, took third for newcomer Gravity-Charouz.
"I didn't get a time in on my last lap because of traffic, but we're looking strong," said Hartley. "The times are already fast. I think that they have resurfaced parts of the track in the middle and last sectors. You need to be on the front row. Last year I did overtake quite a few people, I just need to avoid tagging a wall in qualifying like last time."
Monaco: Alonso tops Practice 2 Fernando Alonso put Ferrari on top in the second Thursday practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix. ahead of McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes' Nico Rosberg and the second McLaren of Jenson Button, while championship leader Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull could do no better than fifth.
Romain Grosjean on the streets of beautiful Monaco
Romain Grosjean got his weekend under way in fine style by claiming the fastest lap in this morning's free practice session in Monaco, leading for almost the entire session from Dani Clos and local hero Stefano Coletti.
The Frenchman improved his times throughout free practice before setting a best lap of 1:22.368, more than a second faster than his closest rivals in a session which saw a number of yellow flags, and one red flag, in the busy 30 minute period.
Luca Filippi led his rivals out on track when the lights went green, taking advantage of the clear track to set the early pace, but Grosjean claimed the top spot on the timing sheets next time round and stayed there until the end.
Chevy and Indy 500 Celebrate 100 Years of Shared History The 2011 Camaro SS Convertible will be 22nd Chevrolet to pace iconic race, and a New 2.2L turbocharged Chevrolet V-6 will compete in 2012 IZOD IndyCar series.
At McConnell Chevy Chrysler Dodge Jeep - which proudly serves the Healdsburg, California area - they are very excited that the Chevy Camaro SS Convertible will be part of the Indy 500. With 100 years of history shared between Chevrolet and the Indy 500, there is quite a bit to be excited about.
Years ago, on May 30, 1911, Arthur Chevrolet competed in the inaugural Indianapolis 500. One hundred years later, a Chevy Camaro SS Convertible will lead the 2011 Indianapolis 500. The event will also start the countdown for Chevrolet’s return to IndyCar racing in 2012, which has many people very excited.
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel edged out Fernando Alonso to set fastest time in the opening practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix. Nico Rosberg was third for Mercedes, half a second down, followed by Alonso's teammate Felipe Massa and the two McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.
Last year's winner Mark Webber had a gearbox issue on his Red Bull meant he only completed three slow installation laps and did not set a time.
Pastor Maldonado surprised the paddock with a seventh for Williams.
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