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05/30/14
f1
Hamilton 'still friends' with Rosberg  (GMM)  Lewis Hamilton says he is "still friends" with his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.

Since the Monaco grand prix, the 2008 world champion has been roundly criticized for his behavior, with Mika Hakkinen for instance suggesting he should even apologize.

Hamilton's mood erupted in qualifying, when he suspected Rosberg made a deliberate mistake under braking for the Mirabeau to spoil his run at pole.

Afterwards, the 29-year-old said he is "not friends" with the German, and after Rosberg won the race, Hamilton refused even to make eye-contact. More ...

05/30/14
irl
uscc
Free Prix day draws big crowd on Belle Isle  Braylin Mackey loved the "sweet cars" at Belle Isle today.

The 7-year-old and his brother, 6-year-old Branson, were on the island along with scores of other race fans and curious onlookers for the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix’s Free Prix day. The duo even sported matching black Pirelli tire hats.

Their mother, Karmen Mackey, 31, of Detroit loves coming to the races, but this was the first trip for her boys. 

"It’s a family event," she said, noting the games and vendors in addition to the race cars running qualifying laps nearby. "Of course, it’s free so that’s a plus."  More ...
05/30/14
irl
Pagenaud fastest on Day 1 at Detroit  
Simon Pagenaud blisters Detroit
Last year's two Detroit GP winners, Simon Pagenaud and Mike Conway, were 1-2 in the 45-minute practice session that precedes the three rounds of qualifications, including the Firestone Fast Six to determine the Verizon P1 Award winner, for Race 1 at 8:30 a.m. (ET) May 31. ABC will televise both 70-lap races (3:30 p.m. ET May 31 and June 1).

Pagenaud and Conway were 1-2 in the 45-minute afternoon practice session to top the day's two sessions. The three rounds of qualifications, including the Firestone Fast Six to determine the Verizon P1 Award winner, for Race 1 take place at 8:30 a.m. (ET), May 31. ABC will televise both 70-lap races (3:30 p.m. ET, May 31 and June 1). More ...

05/30/14
irl
Hunter-Reay leads opening practice at Detroit  
Ryan Hunter-Reay picks up in Detroit where he left off in Indy.
Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay led opening practice today for this weekend's Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit Presented by Quicken Loans. The driver of the #28 DHL Honda turned in a lap time of 1:18.8595, two-two-hundredths of a second quicker than Dale Coyne Racing's Justin Wilson, as Honda-powered cars posted the two fastest times.

Indy 500 runner-up Helio Castroneves of Team Penske was third.  2013 Dual 2 winner Simon Pagenaud was fourth, with 2007 Detroit winner Tony Kanaan rounding out the top-5.

Full Results:





Pos No Name Time Diff Gap FL Laps Speed Engine
1 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1:18.859 0.000 0.000 10 12 107.279 Honda
2 19 Justin Wilson 1:18.882 0.0221 0.0221 15 16 107.249 Honda
3 3 Helio Castroneves 1:18.898 0.0382 0.0161 17 17 107.227 Chevy
4 77 Simon Pagenaud 1:19.165 0.3057 0.2675 14 14 106.865 Honda
5 10 Tony Kanaan 1:19.208 0.3488 0.0431 18 18 106.807 Chevy
6 20 Mike Conway 1:19.245 0.3858 0.0370 13 19 106.757 Chevy
7 8 Ryan Briscoe 1:19.303 0.4434 0.0576 18 18 106.680 Chevy
8 27 James Hinchcliffe 1:19.332 0.4730 0.0296 12 12 106.640 Honda
9 15 Graham Rahal 1:19.493 0.6338 0.1608 12 16 106.424 Honda
10 83 Charlie Kimball 1:19.704 0.8440 0.2102 15 16 106.143 Chevy
11 25 Marco Andretti 1:19.730 0.8704 0.0264 12 12 106.108 Honda
12 17 Sebastian Saavedra 1:19.793 0.9336 0.0632 17 17 106.024 Chevy
13 98 Jack Hawksworth 1:19.842 0.9826 0.0490 18 18 105.959 Honda
14 9 Scott Dixon 1:19.881 1.0212 0.0386 14 15 105.908 Chevy
15 34 Carlos Munoz 1:20.060 1.2007 0.1795 16 16 105.670 Honda
16 14 Takuma Sato 1:20.115 1.2550 0.0543 16 16 105.599 Honda
17 12 Will Power 1:20.119 1.2595 0.0045 15 15 105.593 Chevy
18 7 Mikhail Aleshin 1:20.181 1.3216 0.0621 18 20 105.511 Honda
19 67 Josef Newgarden 1:20.262 1.4026 0.0810 17 17 105.405 Honda
20 11 Sebastien Bourdais 1:20.437 1.5773 0.1747 17 18 105.176 Chevy
21 18 Carlos Huertas 1:20.762 1.9026 0.3253 19 19 104.752 Honda
22 2 Juan Pablo Montoya 1:20.953 2.0932 0.1906 11 13 104.505 Chevy

05/30/14
nassprint
Winged Warriors the Movie to Launch Kickstarter Campaign  
Los Angeles, CA – RPM Productions reveals plans for the film Winged Warriors, the untold true story of the NASCAR record-breaking 1969 Dodge Daytona. The first of two 30-day Kickstarter campaigns launches on June 1, 2014 with a pledge goal of $462,500.

The first campaign’s goal is to cover pre-production costs, including script fees, development and car acquisition. “If we fund our goal, we will use the bulk of the pledges to purchase and build the cars,” said the film’s Producer and Co-Director Marc Irvin.

“This is probably the most exciting part for NASCAR fans. They aren’t just helping us build this movie. They’re helping us build these phenomenal cars. We also have a great roundup of rewards to give out, like autographed nosecones, custom racing jackets and roles in the film. We want our backers to know we’re in this together.” More ...

05/30/14
irl
f1
Mario Andretti the thrill seeker: Skydiving, racing and flying at 74  
On pole in Japan (Fuji) 1976
Sat with his feet dangling out of a plane, 12,500 feet up in the air, a 74-year-old man phones his wife and says: "Hey. I'm going to jump; do a skydive."

"Why are you doing that?" she replies. "I don't know," comes the response. "Well, just call me when you reach Earth."

A few minutes later, the feet of motor racing legend Mario Andretti are on solid ground, another challenge ticked off a list already crammed with an array of remarkable achievements. More ...

05/30/14
uscc
TUDOR Championship inaugural season rolls into ‘Motor City’  The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship is making its debut in the American auto industry’s backyard.

The championship’s Prototype (P) and GT Daytona (GTD) classes will be on the 2.36-mile street circuit for the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic on Saturday, the inaugural season’s fifth race and part of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix weekend. With the “Detroit 3” and myriad suppliers headquartered here, there will be plenty of eyes on the track as action gets underway Friday morning with practice followed by afternoon qualifying. Saturday’s race will be a one-hour, 40-minute sprint. More ...
05/30/14
f1
UBI action against Kingfisher and Force India boss  City-based United Bank of India (UBI) has filed a winding up petition against Force India F1 boss Mr. Vijay Mallya's promoted Kingfisher Airlines for failing to retire loans amounting to Rs 336 crore, an official of the bank said.

“We have filed winding up petition against three Mumbai-based companies, out of which Kingfisher Airlines is one,” the bank official said. The other two companies were Spanco Limited (Rs 37 crore) and Arch Pharma (Rs 56 crore).

All the three petitions have been filed in Bombay High Court recently, the official said, adding the bank has identified Mr. Vijay Mallya as a willful defaulter, along with Mr. Bipin Vohra of SPS Group.

05/30/14
automotive
Ford to recall nearly 1.4 million vehicles  Ford Motor Co. said today it is recalling nearly 1.39 million SUVs and sedans in North America, most for the possible loss of power steering.

Ford said it will recall 195,527 Explorer SUVs in North America from the 2011 to 2013 model years and 915,216 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner SUVs from model years 2008 to 2011 on power steering issues.

Also, Ford said it will recall nearly 200,000 Taurus sedans in North America from the 2010 to 2014 model years on a corrosion issue. More ...

05/30/14
nastruck
Rain Cancels Truck Practice & Qualifying at Dover Thursday  Persistent rain showers all day at Dover Int’l Speedway forced NASCAR officials to cut short NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice and qualifying, handing the pole for Friday’s Lucas Oil 200 to Kyle Busch.

NASCAR managed to get the track dry for a brief practice session late in the afternoon, with Busch setting the fastest time. His 23.005-second lap at 156.488 mph was easily the fastest lap of the session, besting German Quiroga’s 23.238-second lap at 154.919 mph.

Not long after practice started it began to rain again, forcing NASCAR to call it a day and cancel the remainder of practice as well as qualifying. Busch will be joined on the front row for Friday’s race by defending series champion Matt Crafton. Timothy Peters, Quiroga and Tyler Reddick fill the remainder of the top five starting positions.

05/30/14
f1
Pirelli president responds to F1 'criticism'  
Pirelli F1 tires
(GMM)  It took twenty years for Pirelli to make the financial decision to re-enter formula one.

That is the admission of the Italian tire maker's president Marco Tronchetti Provera, as he discussed Pirelli's return to F1 in 2011 as sole supplier.

"We were absent from formula one for some 20 years due to the costs," he reportedly said this week, according to Speed Week.

"Bernie Ecclestone repeatedly asked us, but each time I answered 'If we are paid, then we come'.

"But to be honest, not until mid-2010 did it become clear that the role of the sole supplier is actually paid.  So we tried and we were awarded the contract," said Provera. More ...

05/30/14
f1
Alonso still working on top cycling team  
Fernando Alonso
(GMM)  Fernando Alonso spent the day with Italy's major cycling race, the Giro d'Italia.

Having worked earlier this week in Ferrari's F1 simulator, the Spaniard headed further north on Thursday to drive the 171 kilometer mountain stage of the famous bike race in a VIP car.

He then presented the race leader with the iconic pink jersey.

Alonso, however, was not just having a break from the rigors of F1's 19-race season. More ...

05/29/14
irl
IndyCar is right for Juan Pablo Montoya  
Juan Montoya leads eventual winner Helio Castroneves in June 2000 at Detroit
AR1.com File Photo
Team Penske's Juan Pablo Montoya will be a man on a mission at Belle Isle this weekend.

The racetrack owes him, Montoya said, and he wants to collect.

The ex-Formula One star and CART champ started on pole at Belle Isle in 1999 and 2000, finishing 17th after crashing in his first appearance in the Grand Prix and 18th the following year when his car suffered a CV joint failure.

Montoya really should have won both races — leading 58 of 68 laps he ran in '99 and 59 of 61 completed in 2000. More ...

05/29/14
irl
uscc
Water Main breaks under Detroit GP track  The ducks may have liked the foul weather this week on Belle Isle, but it raised an alarm with The Captain.

When the Raceway on Belle Isle sprung a leak Tuesday, it was all hands on deck at the orders of Roger Penske, the man behind the revival of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.

The heavy rains Tuesday and into Wednesday caused a water main to burst under the race track, which is scheduled to go green on Friday morning as cars practice, qualify and race in this year’s “Chevy Indy Dual in Detroit” Verizon IndyCar Series event and the associated support races.

Workers under the direction of Penske and Grand Prix chairman Bud Denker toiled through the night Tuesday and into Wednesday to fix the problem. More ...

05/29/14
track news
NeXovation To Buy Nashville Superspeedway From Dover Motorsports  NeXovation today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Nashville Superspeedway from Dover Motorsports. The company will acquire the track and related assets for $27M from Dover and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Nashville Speedway USA. Closing is expected to take place in Q3 '14. The track first opened in '01 and is situated on roughly 1,400 acres of land. It last hosted a race in one of NASCAR's top three series in '11. The Daily
05/29/14
fe
Montagny to be Andretti Formula E driver  
Franck Montagny
Andretti Formula E, the FIA Formula E division of race team Andretti Autosport, will welcome French-native Franck Montagny to the team's stable of full-time drivers. With a diverse and extensive racing resume, Montagny becomes the first driver announced for Michael Andretti's two-car Formula E effort.

Although both new to Formula E for its debut season, the relationship between Andretti and Montagny dates back to 2008 when Montagny competed in the ALMS series with Andretti Autosport, he then returned to the team in 2009 with the IndyCar Series and again for the 2014 Grand Prix of Indianapolis. More ...

05/29/14
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday (Update)  UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

Ecclestone listens as Gribkowsky discredits himself
05/29/14
  • Haas delays F1 debut until 2016 - report
  • Massa 'glad' Ferrari axe led to Williams
  • Raikkonen admits 2014 title chance 'over'
  • Good week in court for Ecclestone
  • Hamilton should learn how to lose - Hakkinen
  • Coulthard calls for twin pit boxes New
  • Is Lewis Hamilton his own worst nightmare? New
  • Mattiacci establishes Ferrari action plan New More ...
05/29/14
irl
nassprint
Taxicab driver Busch blown away by IndyCars  
After driving taxicabs all his life, Kurt Busch now knows what it is like to drive a real race car
After his whirlwind month, Kurt Busch earned a one-day trip to Virginia International Raceway for a day of road course testing with Stewart-Haas Racing.

His first day off finally came Wednesday, when Busch finally got to reflect on becoming the fourth driver to run both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day. Although he came up short in his bid to complete all 1,100 miles, he earned widespread praise for his strong showing in his first career IndyCar race.

An engine failure cut short his run in the NASCAR race, but Busch was sixth in the Indy 500 and earned the rookie of the year honors at the post-race awards banquet. Busch fought back tears as he accepted his award and thanked team owner Michael Andretti for the opportunity. More ...

05/29/14
nassprint
Phoenix race tickets on sale Friday  Phoenix International Raceway announced that tickets for the final race of its 50th Anniversary season, the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 NASCAR race weekend will go on-sale May 30. Tickets for NASCAR's semifinal race weekend start at just $25 and can be purchased by visiting PhoenixRaceway.com or by calling 866-408-RACE (7223). The popular fall weekend at PIR historically sells out and features a full weekend of NASCAR action, including from the semifinal races in each of NASCAR's top three series, headlined by the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Nov. 9. The event weekend also features the NASCAR Nationwide Series 200 race on Saturday, Nov. 8 and the Lucas Oil 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, Nov. 7. The weekend of racing kicks off with the Casino Arizona 100 - the championship race in the K&N Pro Series-West - on Thursday, Nov. 6.
05/29/14
irl
1 person fatally shot near Coke Lot at Indy (3rd Update)  UPDATE #3 Authorities have dropped a preliminary murder charge against a man arrested in a deadly shooting near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway because there was not enough conclusive evidence to charge him with murder.

A Marion County Jail spokesman says Avory Johnson was released Tuesday afternoon.

05/25/14 Another shooting was reported inside the Coke Lot near Indianapolis Motor Speedway, just one day after a man was shot and killed during tailgating, police said.

The second shooting happened about 2:30 a.m. near the Stratford Apartments when two people who were camping out were reportedly robbed.  Police said one of the victims was beaten by several people before the robbery. When the victim's friend went to chase away the suspects, one of the suspects shot him.

The man who was shot was taken to Eskenazi Health Hospital in critical condition along with his friend who was listed in fair condition. More ...

05/29/14
irl
Indy 500 TV Ratings up (4th update)  UPDATE #4 The IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 earned a 'final' 3.8 rating and 5.9 million viewers on ABC, according to Nielsen fast-nationals - up a tick in ratings and up 4% in viewership from last year (3.7, 5.7M), but down 12% and 13%, respectively, from 2012 (4.3, 6.8M).

The race earned the third-lowest rating and viewership for the Indy 500 since live start-to-finish coverage began in 1986, ahead of only last year and 2010 (3.6, 5.8M). The race has now dipped below a 4.0 rating in three of the past five years.

As is usually the case, the Indy 500 finished behind NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 (4.1, 7.0M). Since moving to FOX in 2001, the Coca-Cola 600 has earned a larger audience than the Indianapolis 500 every single year — excluding 2009, when the race was postponed to Monday. More ...

05/28/14
irl
IndyCar penalizes Honda (And Chevy)  UPDATE INDYCAR announced today that Chevrolet and Honda both have been penalized 10 Engine Manufacturer Championship points per Verizon IndyCar Series rules for violation of Rule 16.5.1 (engine change under mileage).

The engines were changed in the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing car and the No. 25 Andretti Autosport car.

Members may contest the imposition of the penalty pursuant to the procedures and timelines detailed in the review and appeal procedures of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook. More ...

05/28/14
irl
IMS offer returning Indy 500 fans a discount  As a thank you to the greatest race fans in the world, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is offering special pricing for selected days for the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on Sunday, May 24, 2015.

All ticket reorders for the 2015 Indianapolis 500 must be received no later than Monday, June 9. Fans who reorder their Indianapolis 500 tickets will be eligible for special pricing until Monday, June 9 for next year's Coors Light Carb Day, Qualification Days, Practice Days and Firestone Legends Day: More ...

05/28/14
nassprint
Coca-Cola 600 TV rating down 5%  Saturday (5/24) night's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway posted a 4.1/9 household rating/share and 7.0 million viewers on FOX according to national figures released by Nielsen, down 5% from the 4.3 rating in 2013. It was the most-watched sports telecast of the weekend, out-distancing such high-profile events as Pacers-Heat on ESPN (6.8 million) and the Indianapolis 500 on ABC (5.9 million, according to Nielsen fast nationals). The Coca-Cola 600 led FOX to be the No. 1 network in rating and audience in prime time among all broadcast and cable competition. The audience for the Coca-Cola 600 peaked at 9.3 million viewers at 10:30 pm/et.(FOX).
05/28/14
irl
INDYCAR issues penalties for unapproved engine changes at Indy  
Jacques Villeneuve's Honda was one of the many deemed to have violated IndyCar's engine-change rules.
INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, May 28, 2014) - INDYCAR announced today that Honda has been penalized a total of 50 Engine Manufacturer Championship points per Verizon IndyCar Series rules for violation of Rule 16.5.1 (engine change under mileage).

Honda engines were changed out in the Nos. 14, 15, 19, 27 and 34 entries. Each occurrence is a 10-point penalty incurred by the manufacturer.

Also, engine changes in the No. 5 (Jacques Villeneuve/Schmidt Peterson Motorsports), No. 16 (Oriol Servia/Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing), No. 41 (Martin Plowman/A.J. Foyt Racing) and No. 68 (Alex Tagliani/Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing) cars violated Rule 16.5.1 (entrant initiated engine change under mileage). Each entrant and driver has been assessed a 10-point penalty, according to Verizon IndyCar Series rules.

Members may contest the imposition of the penalty pursuant to the procedures and timelines detailed in the review and appeal procedures of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook.

05/28/14
uscc
Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Looking for Redemption in Detroit  
John Pew at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Detroit, MI. (28 May 2014) – After a promising and record-breaking off-season, the start to the 2014 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season has not gone the way that Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian had been hoping with four frustrating rounds now in the books.

But with 10 years of experience under their belts, the team is well-prepared for anything and looks to use their hard work and preparation to change the team fortunes this weekend for round five at the Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle.

Ozz Negri and John Pew will again share driving duties in the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Ford EcoBoost/Riley entry in the birthplace of the Ford Motor Company as the duo looks to showcase the strength of their Ford EcoBoost engine.

With both drivers having raced at the track since it joined the IMSA calendar in 2012, Pew and Negri are familiar with the tricky, tight street circuit and will look to improve on their best result to date at the track when the two scored a fifth place finish in 2012.  The Shank crew heads into the weekend with added determination carrying memories from a disappointing result in last year’s race on the tight 2.35-mile street circuit of Belle Isle, and they look to make better memories this weekend. More ...

05/28/14
irl
TMS IndyCar race moved to NBCSN  
Helio Castroneves celebrating his win last year at TMS.
Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage just sent the following Tweet:

"Just talked to @markmiles. Good news! @TXMotorSpeedway @IndyCar race moved to @NBCSN. Was scheduled to run on CNBC. Good move for our sport!"

Of course, the TMS race on Saturday June 7th was originally scheduled to air on CNBC. While IndyCar's struggles on NBCSN have been outlined in detail by AR1, let the record show the rating on CNBC would have been disastrous, even by IndyCar standards.

Also, for those dumb enough to think NASCAR being on NBCSN will help IndyCar improve their television reach, this should be a cautionary tale. Because any conflicts with NASCAR next year are going to mean CNBC for IndyCar, just as Premier League conflicts have resulted in F1 races and qualifying moving to CNBC.

In the meantime, good work by Gossage and Miles to keep the TMS race on NBCSN.

05/28/14
f1
Monaco GP steward Derek Warwick tells Lewis Hamilton to 'man up'  
Hamilton told to 'man up'
Derek Warwick, the British steward who helped clear Nico Rosberg of any wrongdoing after qualifying at the Monaco GP, has told Lewis Hamilton to "man up" and move on from the decision.

Hamilton was left fuming on Saturday after Rosberg's trip down a Mirabeau escape road compromised his last flying lap in Q3, leaving him second on the grid at a track where pole position is vital. The incident divided the paddock, with some making comparisons to Michael Schumacher parking his car at Rascasse in 2006 to prevent Fernando Alonso from gaining pole, for which the German was moved to the back of the grid. More ...

05/28/14
f1
Massa not surprised Raikkonen struggling  
Felipe Massa knows how good Alonso is
(GMM)  Felipe Massa says he is not surprised Kimi Raikkonen has struggled so much in 2014.

The Brazilian is well placed to comment, having partnered both Finn Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso at different times at Ferrari.

Massa's first Ferrari teammate, however, was his friend Michael Schumacher, who the now Williams driver said was "amazing".

"Fernando and Michael are on the same level," he told Germany's Auto Bild.  "In the race maybe even Fernando sees things more clearly." More ...

05/28/14
irl
Old rivals will face off again at Detroit Grand Prix  
Castroneves and Kanaan share a good laugh
Ever since they climbed into their first go-karts in Brazil, Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves have been rivals.

And that rivalry will take center stage again this weekend during the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix this weekend, which includes am IndyCar doubleheader Saturday and Sunday.

"We've raced together since we were 8 years old, so we've developed this rivalry between us that was quite intense over the years, and I have to say we've loved and hated each other forever," said Kanaan, who like Castroneves, has won the ultimate prize — the Indianapolis 500 (Kanaan has won once, in 2013; Castroneves has three titles, in 2001, 2002 and 2009).

"We both live in Florida and I think a couple of years ago, maybe three, he has a daughter and I have a son, and I said, ‘Can you imagine if my son dates your daughter … I don't want you as part of my family since I didn't like you for so long.' We started to laugh. We realize that the rivalry made us so much better." More ...

05/28/14
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday  
  • Caterham seeking investment, not sale - Fernandes
  • Hamilton behavior 'sub-standard' - Hakkinen
  • Whiting moves to stop Monaco-style qualifying sagas
  • Vettel denies throwing post-Monaco tantrum
  • Pirelli undecided about F1 future beyond 2016
  • Alesi tells Sauber to ignore Jordan's quit call More ...
05/28/14
irl
Customers Experience the Power of the Network at the Indy500  
Drivers at the 98thIndianapolis 500 weren't the only ones cranking up the power on Sunday, May 25. Verizon Wireless was also at work, ensuring a powerful wireless experience for customers attending the race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). With approximately 250,000 attending the race, Verizon Wireless customers maximized their experience by sending pictures, texting, tweeting, talking and accessing the INDYCAR 14 app. That activity generated unprecedented volumes over the Verizon Wireless network during the Indy500 weekend.

During the race, Verizon Wireless handled a record demand of more than double the data connections over the busiest hour at last year's race. Total customer data usage at the Speedway was nearly 1.5 terabytes, also a Verizon IndyCar Series record. More ...

05/27/14
f1
Rosberg involved in Mercedes promo event crash  Nico Rosberg and Mercedes DTM star Pascal Wehrlein have been involved in a car accident during a promotional video shoot with Germany’s soccer World Cup squad which left two people in hospital.

The duo were driving in separate cars on a closed circuit in northern Italy with two members of the Germany’s national team alongside them, when Wehrlein’s vehicle hit two people who had walked out onto the circuit.

It is understood the injured were treated on the scene before being transported to a nearby hospital. More ...

05/27/14
fe
Formula E Forecasts TV Audience Of More Than 200 Million After CCTV Deal  Formula E is forecasting a global TV audience of more than 200 million people for its inaugural season after signing a free-to-air broadcast agreement with CCTV-5 -- the main sports channel in China and part of the China Central Television network.

The deal will see the station broadcast all 10 Formula E races in full together with a regular highlights package and live coverage of the Beijing ePrix. The announcement was made as members of the Chinese Government together with city officials and local dignitaries gathered in Beijing on Tuesday for a ceremony to welcome the new all-electric FIA Formula E Championship, and to launch the Beijing ePrix set for Sept. 13 (Formula E).

FORBES' Christian Sylt reported Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag said he is “aiming to get a cumulative live audience of 205,894,000 which is not huge but is not bad. So an average of 20 million per race." More ...

05/27/14
uscc
Full Week Of 'Motor City Madness' On Tap For IMSA  On-track activities get underway on Friday with practice and qualifying sessions. However, it will be a week-long celebration of speed in the “Motor City,” with TUDOR Championship and IMSA-related personalities getting plenty of opportunities in the spotlight.

Here are the highlights:

- On Tuesday, TUDOR Championship driver Scott Pruett visited Ford Motor Company world headquarters in Dearborn, Mich. The winningest driver in North American endurance sports car racing history visited Ford Motor Company and Ford Racing engineers who work together with Roush Yates and Chip Ganassi Racing on the Ford EcoBoost engine program. He answered questions and signed Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida victory posters for the engineers. The No. 01 Telcel Ford EcoBoost/Riley DP also was on display alongside the team transporter in front of the Ford Powertrain buildings. The event is not open to the public. More ...

05/27/14
irl
Briscoe accuses Power of dangerous driving  Ryan Briscoe, who started 30th in the Indy 500, worked his way up the grid and into the top 10 with just seven laps remaining. However, the Aussie finished 18th after he and fellow Australian Will Power came together.

“I’m just really upset with the finish,” Briscoe said after the race. “I got a run on Power, and he just completely drove me to the grass and chopped me and broke my front wing."

Power ended up finishing eighth.

“It was dangerous driving and I just can’t believe he didn’t get a penalty or anything,” Briscoe said.

05/27/14
irl
ABC gets thumbs up and thumbs down for Indy broadcast  In Tampa, Tom Jones wrote ABC's production and direction of the race "were outstanding with coverage whipping around at a dizzying pace." The "intense coverage left no moments of silence or boredom," and pit reporter Jamie Little "was the MVP of the broadcast." Meanwhile, the "best moment of the broadcast came when driver Ed Carpenter talked about the crash with 25 laps to go that took him out of the race and possibly cost him a victory." He said the wreck was the result of an "amateur move" by James Hinchcliffe. Tampa Bay Times

However, SI.com's Richard Deitsch noted viewers "crushed ABC for its decision to go to a split screen in the final, tight laps" of the race to show Hunter-Reay's wife and Castroneves' girlfriend. SI.com

In New York, Ken Schott wrote by showcasing the drivers' significant others, ABC "took the emphasis off the race." Schott: "The reactions became a distraction. Race fans, both devout and casual, want to see the exciting finish and not the wife and girlfriend." While ABC "went to full screen during the final lap," the "magic was lost." DailyGazette.com

05/27/14
irl
Kurt Busch named Sunoco Indy 500 ROY  
Kurt Busch
Andretti Autosport driver Kurt Busch has been named the winner of the prestigious 2014 Sunoco Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Award for his performance during the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on Sunday, May 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

In the first Verizon IndyCar Series race of his career, Busch, in his No. 26 Andretti Autosport Suretone Honda, was the fastest qualifier (12th) and highest finisher (6th) among the seven rookies in this year's Indianapolis 500.

In addition to the prestige of being named Sunoco Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, Busch also earned a $25,000 bonus from Sunoco as part of his total race winnings of $423,889. Busch was presented with his award last night at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Indianapolis 500 Victory Awards Celebration presented by Ice Miller Legal Counsel, Contour Hardening, Inc. and Allied Solutions. More ...

05/27/14
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Strakka Racing withdraws from Le Mans  Damage sustained at final pre Le Mans test leads team regretfully to withdraw from Le Mans race

Following a testing ‘off’ at Spa this week, Strakka Racing has made the very difficult decision to withdraw from this year’s Le Mans race. After an assessment of the damage and factoring the short timeframe ahead of the Le Mans Test Day, the team together with chassis manufacturer DOME has today confirmed it will unfortunately have to pull its entry. More ...

05/27/14
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Formula E signs free-to-air deal with CCTV in China  
Members of the Chinese Government together with city officials and local dignitaries gathered in Beijing today for a special ceremony to officially welcome the new all-electric FIA Formula E Championship, and to launch the Beijing ePrix set for September 13 2014.

The prestigious event was attended by more than 200 distinguished guests and was held at the seven star Pangu Hotel - which overlooks the city’s National Aquatics Centre and Olympic ‘Bird’s Nest’ Stadium, both of which provide landmarks for the temporary street circuit that will be used. More ...

05/27/14
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Honda engine unsung hero of 2014 Indianapolis 500  
AR1.com' s Mark Cipolloni predicted before the season started that Honda would be the engine to have in 2014.  He has not changed his opinion.
Honda Performance Development has been in the racing game since 1993. With Andretti Autosport dropping Chevrolet for Honda in 2013, we note a paradigm shift in the Racing Universe.

Nothing is bigger in racing on this side of the pond than the Indianapolis Torque News-Honda was very fortunate to have our associate writer Keith Griffin at the Brickyard.

By the writing of this article, the whole world knows that 32 year old, Fort Lauderdale, Fl. native, Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport took the flag as this year’s Indianapolis 500 winner. Ryan and Honda powered Team Andretti dominated the 500, with 5 of the top 10 positions taken by a Honda powered Andretti prepped and meticulously maintained Dallara IndyCar. More ...

05/27/14
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NOLA government money coming from disabled people  A nearly $25 billion state operating budget proposed for next year was rewritten Sunday by state senators who stripped many of the cuts and changes the House made to the governor's initial spending recommendations.

The Senate Finance Committee used an improved revenue forecast to reverse across-the-board cuts the House had planned for contracts, overtime pay and vacant positions in the 2014-15 spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

"We used everything that was available," said Sen. Jack Donahue, R-Mandeville, committee chairman. More ...

05/27/14
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Stewart drives a sprint car for first time since August  Tony Stewart drove a sprint car Monday for the first time since badly breaking his leg in an August crash, according to Stewart's Twitter account. Stewart, who co-owns Stewart-Haas Racing and also drives the team's #14 car in the Sprint Cup Series, tweeted six pictures of his sprint car and added, "Guess who got back in a sprint car for the first time today :) #smokewillrise. This was a huge day for me," Stewart tweeted to his 240,000 followers. "9 1/2 months since I've been in one." Stewart likes to race sprint cars as a hobby, as do many NASCAR drivers who came up through the dirt ranks.

But Stewart snapped his right leg in two places after crashing during an Aug. 5 sprint car race in Iowa, which forced him to miss the rest of the 2013 NASCAR season. Three surgeries later, Stewart is still feeling the effects of his injury despite returning to the track. He has a rod in the leg, walks with a limp and said he will not be 100% for months as physical therapy continues. But it should be taken as a good sign that he's feeling well enough to get back in a sprint car again. It's unclear when he might race one, though -- Monday's session at an unspecified location was "only a private test," according a tweet from Eddie Jarvis, Stewart's business manager. Jarvis tweeted the driver "has been waiting for several months to get back in a sprint car." USA Today
05/27/14
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Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday  
  • Is Rosberg playing with Hamilton's head?
    Monaco mind games 'good for Rosberg' - Massa
  • Jordan tells friend Sauber to sell F1 team
  • Mercedes' Lauda also made Newey offer - Marko
  • Verstappen says F1 world 'talking about' son Max
  • Webber-like luck 'can't go on' - Vettel
  • Haas Formula is leaning towards Ferrari More ...
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