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05/31/10
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Hamilton will not race in Texas
Indy Racing League veteran Davey Hamilton will not compete in the Izod IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, as planned originally.

The 47-year-old, who failed to complete the opening lap in the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday after clashing with Tomas Scheckter, was to drive one more time this year for de Ferran Dragon Racing. However, because the small team left Indy with two torn-up cars, officials said they can’t get two ready for Texas. They did not have a backup at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, so they will work to get their primary driver, Raphael Matos, ready to go.

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05/31/10
f1

Helmut Marko: “Mark knew that he was slower…”
Red Bull’s Helmut Marko says that Mark Webber knew he was slower than the pursuing Sebastian Vettel in Istanbul, and should have let his team mate through.

Intriguingly Christian Horner told this blog today that just before the accident Webber had radioed the team and asked that Vettel should back off a little.

That would tend to support Marko’s contention that Vettel had more speed and, with Hamilton right on his tail, couldn’t really reduce the pressure on the leader.

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05/31/10
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Franchitti earns $2.75 million for 2010 Indianapolis 500 victory
Dario Franchitti earned $2,752,055 from an overall purse of $13,592,815 for his victory May 30 in the 2010 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.

Franchitti and the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing team put together a near-perfect 500 miles at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Franchitti shared several emotional moments in Victory Lane with his team, family and friends after he took his second career victory in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" in his Target-sponsored Dallara/Honda/Firestone.

Franchitti, a Scottish-born resident of Nashville, Tenn., led six times for 155 laps in a command performance, but victory was far from guaranteed as the 200-lap event drew to a conclusion.

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05/31/10
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Hamilton will not run Texas
Indy Racing League veteran Davey Hamilton will not compete in the Izod IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, as originally planned.

Hamilton tangled with Tomas Scheckter on the opening lap in the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. He was scheduled to drive one more race for de Ferran Dragon Racing at Texas. However, because the small team left Indy with two wrecked Dallaras, they simply cannot repair and prepare two cars Texas.

Matos, who also crashed out of the 500, missed Monday night’s victory banquet at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, having received treatment for a sore neck.

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05/31/10
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New Ford engine to hit the track
Robbie Reiser, general manager at Roush Fenway Racing, said that some cars in the organization and at Richard Petty Motorsports will use the new Ford engine next week at Pocono before all the teams for both organizations use it the following week at Michigan.
The engine debuted last season but has been used sparingly this season with plans for all the Ford teams to be running the engine this summer. Only the Wood Brothers, who are running a limited schedule, have used the new engine throughout this season.

Scheduled to run the new Ford engine at Pocono next weekend are AJ Allmendinger, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards. Roush and RPM will use the new engine in all the remaining races, Reiser said, except next month at New Hampshire and Infineon Raceway and at Watkins Glen and Bristol in August.

Reiser also said that Roush will begin using new cars at Indianapolis in July. The team has been mainly updating cars that have previously run so far. New cars are often lighter -- allowing teams to put weight elsewhere in the car -- faster and better.

Among the drivers who drove new cars Sunday were Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Juan Pablo Montoya and Tony Stewart.

"Is that going to make us better, I don't know,'' Reiser said before Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "There's a lot of things that we've done up to this point that we thought would make us better and really haven't. In a lot of cases when you look at what we're all doing, maybe we're doing too much. I don't know.

"We sure haven't been able to put the combination together. We've tried a lot of different things, we just haven't put the combination together to get better working equipment.''

Entering Sunday's race, Roush Fenway Racing was winless this season and had not won a Cup race since Jamie McMurray's victory at Talladega in November. Car owner Jack Roush also has said that he believes the organization is behind, compared to other teams, with its computer simulation program.

"We have had a combination of events that haven't gone our way,'' Reiser said. "Everybody is still searching for that direction.'' Roanoke.com

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05/31/10
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Revised version of the Delta Wing IndyCar Concept UPDATE #2 A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, Those pictures from the Historic Winton are amusing, but reinventing the wheel?  Well that's like saying anything round is a basketball.  The only valid reason I have seen discussed as to why IndyCar should not consider the Delta Wing is the fact one hasn't turned a lap yet.  But when you look what F1 car designers are successfully putting on the track after nothing but theoretical computerized design, I have no doubts whatsoever the Delta Wing car would work.  If it works they way the design was developed to do, and that is to make close racing possible, open up chassis and engine competition without the extreme costs, it becomes a no brainer IndyCar needs to go with the Delta Wing.

The are so many reasons IndyCar must go with the Delta Wing when you consider the complex challenge facing IndyCar as far as recovering from the legacy of Tony George.  Obviously driver identification with the public is a must, but IndyCar also needs to return to its roots as the place for innovation and automotive progression because right now I find little justification for IndyCar's existence, as I do with NASCAR.  Only the Delta Wing offers such a return, the other designs are nothing but a refined version of an archaic car design that basically belongs in sentimental historic classes and events.  That, and every person I have shown the different proposed IndyCar concepts and who do not follow IndyCar picked the Delta Wing concept hands down.  So I would contend IndyCar fans are not seeing the forest from the trees as far as what the future of IndyCar should look like, especially if it is to have more than the current base of fans.  It should be a no brainer all these proposed concepts that look remotely like the last 30-40 years of IndyCar cars will do nothing, absolutely nothing to offer intrigue to those who walked away from the sport, or have never even checked this sport out.  Maybe the Delta Wing designers just need to dress up a Delta Wing in sponsorship instead of presenting the public with very sterile looking models to win over the IndyCar faithful that amazingly seem content with going with the past instead of embracing the future of automotive look and technology.  Andy Fogiel Lansing, MI

05/31/10 A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, I have been reading a lot about the revolutionary Delta Wing concept IndyCar.  I couldn't help but have a chuckle when I saw these pictures from the Historic Winton (Australia’s largest Historic event) l instantly thought of the Delta Wing and wondered if its just trying to reinvent the wheel all over again.  I hope you enjoy the pictures.  Matthew Ronke

04/14/10 Notice the similarities:
http://www.autoblog.com/2010/04/14/mail-jeep-chevy-small-block-metal-work-colonial-viper-car/

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05/31/10
Miscellaneous

Some history on America's Memorial Day
As we celebrate Memorial Day here in the USA, this is an actual film made of the surrender ceremony of the Japanese to McArthur in Tokyo Bay in September 1945.  Actual voice of the General.

Historical Footage: Japanese Surrender Signing Aboard Battleship Missouri Sunday Sept. 2, 1945.
An important piece of history.



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05/31/10
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Latest F1 news in brief
  • Hamilton unhappy after save fuel 'instructions'
  • Joy becomes crisis as Red Bull implodes in Turkey
  • Ferrari struggle shows Lotus not 'rubbish' - Fernandes
  • Sauber told de la Rosa not to attack teammate
  • Sauber confirms Hinwil visit for Nicolas Todt

Hamilton unhappy after save fuel 'instructions'
(GMM)  Lewis Hamilton on Sunday was visibly not jubilant as he accepted the winner's trophy for the twelfth time in his career.

It emerges that the 2008 was unhappy not with teammate Jenson Button's feisty racing from behind while the pair were running first and second at Istanbul, but the prior "communication" from the McLaren pitwall.

"The communication wasn't clear for me," said the Briton, who fought back and re-passed Button after they had been told to save fuel.

"When they suggested 'save this much fuel' it was not easy unless I went ridiculously slowly.

"I tried to reach that target and in doing so Jenson all of a sudden appeared from nowhere."

Button confirmed that his attempt to take the lead from the sister MP4-25 came after he was also asked to save fuel.

"After that (incident) it was back to full save mode for me," said the reigning world champion.

The Daily Star newspaper interpreted the save fuel instructions from McLaren as a veiled order for the pair to "Cut it out!"

But Hamilton insisted: "We don't have instructions."

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner saw the behavior of Hamilton and Button as a lesson to his own drivers.

"When drivers are in the same team it is important they give each other a bit more respect and concede if one has got a run on the other," he said.

Hamilton said he had a front-row seat to Sebastian Vettel's crash with Mark Webber, and sided strongly with those who put the blame at the young German's door.

"He did the exact same thing to me as he did to Mark.  It was dangerous.  He was so quick, so aggressive as he tried to turn into me, fortunately I had enough space," said the Briton.

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05/30/10
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Video: Conway injured in horrific crash at end of 500 UPDATE Mike Conway has been found to have sustained a broken left leg in his horrific crash.

05/30/10 IndyCar driver Mike Conway from England is being flown to an Indianapolis hospital for evaluation following a horrific crash at the end of the Indy 500.

Conway was battling Andretti Autosport driver Ryan Hunter-Reay for position between turns three and four when the two collided. The 26-year-old Englishman's No. 24 car flew up into the catch fence then fell back toward the track, nearly taking out defending champion Helio Castroneves.  The entire rear of the car was ripped off and he landed upside down.

Conway complained of an injury in his right leg following the wreck. He was immediately taken to Methodist Hospital for evaluation. He was flown because of the heavy post-race traffic.

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05/30/10
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Marco Andretti awarded third place in 500
Marco Andretti
Marco Andretti will be awarded third place and Danica Patrick sixth due to passes under yellow.  Marco Andretti initially was listed sixth and Patrick fifth.  The order was changed because of where the cars were when yellow came out on the final lap. Michael Andretti was going to protest, but said chief steward Brian Barnhart had already noticed.

“Marco just slowed down with the wreck,” Michael Andretti said. “He was still doing pace-car speed, and the other guys were doing like 100 miles per hour and they passed him right at the end, which you can’t do. I didn’t have to protest because Brian took care of it.”

Mario Andretti said he was listening to his grandson on the radio and there was no question third place was what he deserved.

“You don’t pass under yellow,” Mario Andretti said. “He’s talking on the radio, in sixth gear, 2,200 rpm on the telemetry. There’s no question you don’t pass under yellow.  Forty years in the business, and that’s the rule. I don’t think they changed it today.”

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05/30/10
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Charlotte wins dispute with NASCAR Hall of Fame parking deck
The city of Charlotte stands to collect $5.2 million after an arbitrator ruled in its favor on construction costs and overruns at the NASCAR Hall of Fame parking deck. The dispute began when costs for the parking deck exceeded the original budget, causing the city and Corporate Plaza Partners to disagree over which party was responsible for paying the difference. The city filed and then withdrew default claims in June 2009 against Corporate Plaza Partners, a limited liability company formed by Lauth Property Group, developer of a 20-story, $90 million office tower that is also part of the hall of fame complex. Originally estimated to cost $22 million, the parking deck was finished at a price of $26 million. The city's contribution to the deck was capped at $10.8 million. Binding arbitration led to the ruling this month in favor of the city. It encompasses $5 million owed for parts of the parking-deck and loading-dock work, as well as $156,147 in interest accrued at an 8% rate. The arbitrator denied city claims of interest after June 4, 2009, citing the withdrawn default claim and a partial settlement that allowed work to continue on the project. Last week the city sent a request to Corporate Plaza Partners' banks, Wells Fargo and Regions Bank, to claim $2.2 million from accounts established for debt related to the project. The remaining $2.8 million, plus the interest, would be paid by Corporate Plaza Partners. Charlotte Business Journal

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05/30/10
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Seen at Indy - Race Day
Race day dawned beautiful, but it turned out to be warmer today than it has been since the teams arrived. However, there was no wind to speak of, which helps the drivers immensely here........The usual pre-race festivities were great and Jim Nabors singing Back Home in Indiana still sends chills up your spine.  The tradition is so thick you can cut it with a knife........Heat or no heat, the Ganassi and Penske cars still had the measure of everyone else on Sunday............Attendance appeared to be down from last year's with a lot of empty seats in the north chute between turns 3 and 4,  the start of pitlane on the inside, and in the lower seats along both sides of the main straight.  Last year's seated attendance was estimated at 180,000 but we think this year's attendance was a bit smaller despite the larger infield crowd.......Fan interest in the Delta Wing car that was on display was very mixed, if not on the side of negative.  Some called it a piece of Sh%$ but others thought it looked cool.  Word in the garage area is that they cannot hit the weight numbers they quoted - 1,030 lbs with driver - less than a Formula Ford (1,091 pounds with the driver) - and that will be the downfall of the car because as the weight goes up, you need more HP, hence a heavier engine, stronger and heavy uprights, etc.  it just snowballs from there.............John Andretti was driving like an idiot all race blocking everyone in sight.  Eventually the IRL black flagged him for blocking and later he lost the car and hit the outside turn 4 wall.  Justice had been served.  There is a reason other NASCAR drivers would put him in the wall all the time......Graham Rahal was also black flagged for blocking Dan Wheldon and served his penalty on lap 82.......Raphael Matos lost a wheel exiting his pit during the Andretti caution and spun and hit the pit lane wall.  Soon thereafter he crashed and a broken right rear upright was suspect.  Too bad because he was running as high as third......Through the first half of the race Dario Franchitti appeared to have the measure of everyone, having taken the lead right from the start from polesitter Helio Castroneves.  He was still ahead at lap 100 - the halfway point and at the 3/4 mark.  The only driver who appeared capable of running with him was Will Power who managed to push past him at one point, only to see Franchitti pass him back soon thereafter.  With that said we think the Penske cars were holding a little extra in reserve at that point, which they always do.........Bernice Haas, Carl's wife, is running the show at Newman/Haas these days, because Carl is getting pretty feeble and is generally out of it.  The team is in dire need of additional sponsorship.........The IZOD promotion at the track was phenomenal.  Too bad they didn't come along 10 years ago..........Oriol Servia and other ex-Indy 500 drivers were spotted on Sunday roaming the pits and paddock.......Marco Andretti, quiet all month, ran fairly strong in the race, as did his teammate Tony Kanaan, both of whom worked their way up into the top 3 by the 3/4 mark........Just past the halfway mark Tomas Scheckter led a few laps because of pit strategy (until Dario smoked him) but held his own in 2nd and 3rd despite not driving IndyCars much these days.......Ryan Briscoe crashed on lap 147 in Turn 4 right after his pitstop.  It appeared something broke or cold tires just caught him out.........Mike Conway's accident at the end of the race was frightening.  Thankfully the car didn't clear the catch fence and end up in the grandstands, and only two fans were hit by shrapnel as it happened in front of a grandstand with few fans in it.  Conway did break his leg, but it could have been a lot worse.  Mark Cipolloni reporting from Indy

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05/30/10
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Indy 500 IZOD Red Carpet celebrity quotes
Quotes from selected celebrities from the IZOD Red Carpet before the start of the 2010 Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (in alphabetical order):

RUPERT BONEHAM (Reality TV personality, Indianapolis resident): "Walking up the red carpet has been an amazing event. I've been the guy who stood outside of the fence (of IMS), then finally got inside back in 1977. Now I'm a celebrity on the red carpet, and I can come inside and play around. It's been a great adventure for a little Hoosier boy."

LAURA BELL BUNDY (Country music singer): "This is my first time at the '500.' I did the parade yesterday, and, all those people, my arms are tired from waving. It's very exciting to be involved in all the festivities and to get this amazing treatment. I'm really excited. People are telling me the start of the '500' is the most incredible event you'll ever experience. Being from Kentucky, I'm big into the Derby. Everybody is excited about everything leading up to the Derby. Here we will see more horsepower. I'm rooting for Dario (Franchitti) because he is Ashley Judd's husband, and she is from Kentucky. So I have to keep it all Big Blue now."

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05/30/10
f1

Webber and Vettel speak on crash
While racing in 1st and 2nd positions of Turkish GP 2010, Sebastian Vettel crashed with Mark Webber
Mark Webber has blamed his teammate Sebastian Vettel for turning into him during the Turkish GP.  On lap 41 of Sunday's grand prix, Vettel decided to have a go at his teammate for the lead as, at that point of the race, he was quicker than Webber.

However, the two Red Bulls made contact, forcing Vettel into retirement and Webber into the pits for repairs. He dropped from the lead down into third place.

"Seb had good a top speed advantage and he went down the inside. We were side by side and then looks like he turned pretty quickly to the right and we made contact," said Webber.

"It definitely happened fast. It's a shame for the team, but not an ideal day. The McLarens were solid today. It was good race between all four of us up until then."

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05/30/10
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Armandolive.com joins Conquest Racing for Indy 500
Conquest Racing is welcoming a new partner for this year’s Indianapolis 500 with the addition of Armandolive.com, a website for real estate investing expert and Flip This House star Armando Montelongo’s live events, as a title sponsor for the #34 car driven by Mario Romancini.

Armando Montelongo is the CEO of Armando Montelongo Companies, a real estate investing company that is featured on A&E’s hit TV show Flip This House. The man who is known as the most sought after real estate expert in the world also holds Armando Live events throughout the country in which he shares life-changing ways to eliminate debt and make a profit by investing in the real estate business.

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05/30/10
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Quote of the Week
"We've gone a long way to get back to where it all started," Rahal said referring to the CART years 1979 thru 1995. "But all in all, I think the series is right where it needs to be. So much money spent, so much pain, to end up right back where we all were. I don't want to say it was a wasted decade, but it certainly was a poor one for open-wheel racing."  Bobby Rahal commenting on how open wheel racing was set back over 10 years while the IRL set out to destroy CART, only to come back to exactly everything CART was - turbocharged car (coming), ovals, road and street circuits, a lot of good foreign drivers, races in the USA, Canada and overseas.  However, what is now lost are the 4 engine manufacturers CART had, and more sponsor money than even NASCAR had.  One step forward and two steps back.

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05/30/10
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RCR: no plans to swap sponsors
Team owner Richard Childress says his organization doesn't plan on moving sponsorships around among his three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams as it attempts to find a replacement for Shell/Pennzoil. "We've done that in the past," Childress said Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "We don't have any plans to do that." Shell's departure at season's end to join Penske Racing leaves Childress searching for funding for the group's #29 Chevrolet, driven by Kevin Harvick. General Mills currently sponsors teammate Clint Bowyer, through its Cheerios brand, while Caterpillar provides backing for the #31 of driver Jeff Burton. At least one potential scenario mentioned following the Shell announcement dealt with moving Cheerios to Harvick and attempting to obtain a sponsor, such as Budweiser, for Bowyer. In addition to Cheerios, Bowyer has additional sponsorship from BB&T and The Hartford. Budweiser currently sponsors Richard Petty Motorsports driver Kasey Kahne, but with Kahne departing for Hendrick Motorsports, it's not known whether Budweiser will remain at RPM or go elsewhere. "I think General Mills is happy with Clint," Childress said. "Clint is happy driving the Cheerios car. There are a lot of different rumors swirling around. We're working with a lot of different companies right now, some new companies that aren't in the sport. We've been getting a lot of positive response about the future with Kevin and RCR." SceneDaily

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05/30/10
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Another Motorcycler heads to NASCAR Brian Deegan, the pioneering innovator of Freestyle Motocross and the most decorated Freestyle Motocross rider in X Games history, is going to bring his brand of over-the-edge racing to the world of NASCAR stock car racing. In doing so, Brian brings an entirely new audience to NASCAR -- millions of young, insanely loyal Deegan fans who idolize this hard-driving iconic figure. Deegan announced at Charlotte Motor Speedway that he will be joining the NTS Motorsports driver development program with the objective of moving through the ranks of NASCAR to Sprint Cup as quickly as possible. Deegan will become part of a two-car program that NTS fields, along with current driver Brennan Newberry. PR at ESPN

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05/30/10
f1

No tire decision after Michelin meeting
(GMM)  The F1 circus will leave Turkey without a decision about the sport's tire supplier for 2011.

The sport arrived in Istanbul earlier this week amid speculation Pirelli had been selected and would be unveiled as Bridgestone's replacement before the event was out.

But it then emerged that Michelin's Nick Shorrock had arrived in the city, and the French marque's competition boss met for 90 minutes with team bosses on Sunday.

The meeting broke with team figures saying only that a decision has not been made and is not due for a few more days.

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05/30/10
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Penske lures yet another sponsor using his B-To-B connections
Roger Penske
No one ever said race team owners had scruples or ethics.  Because of the need for money, lots of money, many team owners would eat their offspring to survive.  As he has done time and time again to lure a sponsor from another smaller race teams, the additional business that Roger Penske’s companies could provide helped lure Shell/Pennzoil to move its sponsorship after four years with Richard Childress Racing to Penske Racing beginning in 2011, a company executive said Saturday.

In announcing the change last month, Shell/Pennzoil moved from current points leader Kevin Harvick to 2004 Cup champion Kurt Busch. It also moved into being part of the Penske empire, where it will have several business-to-business opportunities with Penske’s car dealerships and truck-leasing companies.  Being a smaller team, RCR, probably needs the sponsor money even more than Penske, but the big boys in racing always find a way to step on the small guys.

“The B-to-B play was really what pushed it over the edge,” said Heidi Massey-Bong, Shell’s senior business adviser for NASCAR sponsorships. “Roger is involved in many different endeavors. For us, as lubricants and fuel, it opens up many doors for us and there’s huge possibilities.

“That definitely highly swayed the decision. It was very bittersweet for us. We think the world of Richard and his organization. But doing what’s best for our brands in the future, we’ll have to make that leap over to Penske. We’re excited about the opportunities it will bring.”

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05/30/10
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Indy 500 race countdown begins with public drivers' meeting
Drivers participating in the 2010 Indianapolis 500 received final instructions and awards May 29 in the Public Drivers' Meeting at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. (ET) Sunday, May 30. The race will be broadcast live on ABC and the IMS Radio Network beginning at noon.

2009 Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves and Team Penske owner Roger Penske accepted a "Baby Borg" trophy from Roger Wood, executive vice president of BorgWarner. Castroneves also was presented with a $130,000 check from BorgWarner for his victory last year.

The Baby Borg is a miniature replica of the famed Borg-Warner Trophy, which bears the bas-relief likeness, name and average speed of every Indianapolis 500 winner.

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05/30/10
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Clos crushing victory in sprint race
Dani Clos pulled out a crushing display of speed and determination to dominate this morning's sprint race in Istanbul, running away for a simple win ahead of Luiz Razia and Giedo van der Garde.

The victory was set up when the lights went out with a smart getaway from the grid ahead of teammate and fellow front row starter Christian Vietoris, who had no choice but to slip in behind and provide cover from hard charging attacks by Razia and van der Garde: the pair had easily dispatched Michael Herck and were already looking for more, with Davide Valsecchi also dispatching the Romanian on the open lap.

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05/30/10
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Conor Daly Wins Third Star Mazda Race In A Row at ORP
Starting from the outside of the front row on the .626-mile O'Reilly Raceway Park oval, Conor Daly jumped into the lead on Lap 1 and led the entire race by a substantial margin to score his third Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear victory in a row driving the #22 Juncos Racing / INDECK / The College Network / Merchant Services Ltd. / Tom Lange Co. Mazda.  His race was a picture-perfect demonstration of a rising open-wheel star hitting his stride, never putting a wheel wrong, and bringing the crowd charging into Victory Lane as he completed his final lap.  Finishing second was pole-sitter Mikael Grenier of Quebec City in the #17 Andersen Racing / Slow Cow / April Super Flow / NAPA Auto Parts / HS Telecom / Desharnais Mazda, followed by Brazilian racer Joao Victor Horto in his #18 Team Apex / Wabash Capital Investments Mazda.  Texan Rusty Mitchell, driving the #66 Mitchell Motorsports / Motorola / Petro Comm Mazda, qualified 5th and finished 4th after a mistake-free race.

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05/30/10
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Haryanto sprints to Istanbul Race 2 win
Rio Haryanto
Manor Racing's Rio Haryanto kept his cool in the scorching heat of Istanbul to win his first GP3 Series race.

The 17-year-old Indonesian didn’t let the pressure of starting on reverse-grid pole get to him, and made the perfect start holding onto the lead into turn 1. Haryanto then drove the perfect race to take victory at Istanbul Park 2.2 seconds ahead of his nearest rival Miki Monras. After setting the pace on Friday, the win will make up for a difficult qualifying session for the young driver yesterday. Haryanto has now shot up to 7th in the standings from 16th with 7 points.

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05/30/10
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30 percent chance of rain for Indy 500
The National Weather Service is forecasting a 30 percent chance of rain for the Indianapolis 500.  The agency says there's a possibility of scattered showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. Sunday, with a high near 88.

The most recent of 14 rain delays or postponements was in 2007, when the race was halted after 415 miles. In 2004, the race was delayed two hours by rain, stopped after 27 laps, restarted after another delay of almost two hours and stopped for good after 450 miles.

There was a record 3.8 inches of rain on race day in 2004.  The hottest Indy 500 was 92 degrees in 1937; the coldest was a high of 58 in 1992.

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05/30/10
f1

Latest F1 news in brief
  • Alonso bristles when asked about latest 'mistake'
  • Red Bull confirms broken 'stabilization' for Vettel
  • Michelin boss arrives in Turkey for F1 meeting
  • Ferrari car 'has not developed' - Alonso
  • Ferrari wants to keep Massa - manager Todt
  • Barrichello, di Grassi, unhappy with Cosworth engines
  • No rain in Istanbul on sunny race day
  • Track chiefs slam two-day GP weekend proposal

Alonso bristles when asked about latest 'mistake'
(GMM)  Fernando Alonso bristled on Saturday when it was suggested his brake lock-up was the latest in a string of "mistakes" so far in 2010.

The Italian media had already hit out at Ferrari's Spanish driver after Monaco, when he crashed into the barriers and could not qualify his broken chassis.

Also under scrutiny have been Alonso's spin in Melbourne, the qualifying strategy disaster of Malaysia and the jump-start in China.

Corriere dello Sport's headline had rued "Alonso, the disaster", and there was more ammunition in Turkey when the 28-year-old locked his brakes during Q2 and failed to make the final segment of qualifying.

"Mistakes?  I braked late to try to recover and the rear brake locked.  If this is a mistake ..." he is quoted as irritably telling La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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05/29/10
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Video: Mark Webber Frustrated with marshalls!
After stopping on track due to engine failure mark Webber’s car rolls back into an area where he attempts to get out of his car... After realizing it is on too much of a slope and the car keeps rolling back once he lets off the brake pedal he asks one of the marshalls to put a fire extinguisher under the front wheel to prevent the car rolling back. Mark gets frustrated as they have trouble hearing and understanding him.



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05/29/10
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NSSN Interview with Randy Bernard UPDATE #2 This is part 4 of the interview in National Speed Sport News with Randy Bernard.
NSSN: Have you talked to Tony George?

BERNARD: “I have. I’ve talked to him several times and talk to him on the phone. I want to keep in good relationship with Tony. I think Tony did some great things. I’ve read the negativity and I don’t like to dwell on negativity but if I were to look at his legacy what he has done for safety and for drivers has been huge. What he has done for the state of Indiana and the city of Indianapolis bringing Formula One and Moto GP and NASCAR to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that was huge money he has brought to the city and state. I’d rather look at what he has done positive than anything he has done negative.”

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05/29/10
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Red Bull Racing forms new partnership
Red Bull Racing Team has formed a new technical partnership with MobileDemand, a leading Rugged Tablet PC provider. RBRT will use the MobileDemand xTablet T7000 Rugged Mini Tablet PC to monitor tires, compute fuel consumption, and track timing and scoring. The tablets will give the team a competitive edge by allowing information to be communicated faster and more efficiently throughout each race weekend. The ultra mobile computers will be predominately used by tire specialists, spotters, and gasmen to record and compute data. Integrated bar code scanners will assist tire specialists in organizing race tires. Timing and scoring will provide spotters with real-time information to assist the driver and crew during on-track activities. The Tablet PC will also allow gasmen to provide fuel data to the race engineer in a timelier manner. The MobileDemand xTablet T7000 rugged Ultra Mobile PC is ideal for harsh environments. It is small and light enough to carry all day yet military-rugged to withstand rain, dust, shocks and multiple drops to concrete. It has a full XSVGA 7- inch all-light readable touch display for easy viewing even in sunlight. It also has a bar code and RFID reader, a built-in numeric keypad and optional QWERTY keyboard, a color camera and wireless radio. The xTablet T7000 also runs on and Intel Atom processor and full Windows 7 OS so it can run specialized applications as well as standard Microsoft applications.

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05/29/10
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Stories of the most loyal Indianapolis 500 fans
Feature stories about some of the most loyal, longtime Indianapolis 500 ticket customers who were featured May 29 when the Indianapolis 500 Fan Rewards Program was unveiled at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

RICHARD BENNETT, Pittsburgh

Richard Bennett, from Pittsburgh, has been attending the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race every year since 1946, but he said he started coming to the race since he was born in 1938. His parents never got a baby sitter on Race Day, so young Richard came to the race with his family.

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05/29/10
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Geico sponsorship moves over to Moraes car
KV Racing Technology announced today the No. 32 KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone entry driven by Mario Moraes in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 Race Mile will be sponsored by GEICO Insurance.

The car also will carry Curb Records as an associate sponsor.  The official entry for the No. 32 machine is now the GEICO – Curb Records – KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone.

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05/29/10
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New Indy 500 rewards program gives fans VIP benefits
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is honoring its most important VIP’s – loyal fans – through the Indy 500 Fan Rewards Program, which recognizes and rewards the passionate ticket customers of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

Starting in 2010, IMS is providing exciting, unique benefits and privileges to all ticket holders who reorder tickets for the 2011 Indianapolis 500, the 100th anniversary of the world’s most prestigious auto race.

The most loyal ticket customers will reap even more benefits for continuing to attend the Indianapolis 500 year after year.

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05/29/10
alms

Fisichella/Vilander to join Risi Competizione at Salt Lake City
Risi Competizione is pleased to announce the entry of a second Ferrari F430 GTC for the fourth round of the American Le Mans Series in Utah on July 11.

Racing alongside ALMS regulars and GT champions, Jaime Melo and Gianmaria Bruni, will be Ferrari F1 reserve driver and Le Mans Series competitor, Giancarlo Fisichella, and two-time FIA GT Championship GT2 class champion, Toni Vilander.

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05/29/10
GP2

Maldonado blazes to victory
Pastor Maldonado
Pastor Maldonado has pulled out a crushing, lights to flag domination of his rivals to record an easy victory in today's feature race in Istanbul, leading home Davide Valsecchi and Sam Bird by almost 20 seconds to put himself in the driver's seat in this year's championship.

The Venezuelan didn't put a wheel wrong all race, pushing across on slow starting poleman Valsecchi when the lights went out to claim the inside line for turn one and then pulling out a string of fastest laps as he disappeared from view. Behind the pair a charging Oliver Turvey was held up by them, giving Sergio Perez and Bird an easy line through as they climbed the hill away from the pits.

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05/29/10
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The muting of Danica Mania
Danica Patrick
It was media day for the Indianapolis 500, and the room had more woman drivers than a PTA car pool.

Over in one corner was the rookie from Brazil, Ana Beatriz Caselato Gomes de Figueiredo. It takes about half a lap to get out her given name.

Down the way was Simona de Silvestro, a 21-year-old from Switzerland. Not far from her, Sarah Fisher; the veteran who not only drives her car but owns it, too.

And finally, here came Ms. Grouchy, star of the show — at least for now.

"I can't say I've had a lot of fun this year,' Danica Patrick was saying. "It's only fun when you're doing well."

In a moment, she can tell us what it was like getting booed, as if she were a quarterback in Philadelphia who had just thrown one too many interceptions.

But first, the big picture about this Indianapolis 500.

The guy who'll start first is chasing history. Helio Castroneves has won this thing three times. A fourth would admit him to the racing pantheon of A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears and Al Unser Sr.

The guy who'll start last is pursuing justice. Tony Kanaan is the only man to ever lead in seven straight Indianapolis 500s, but won none of them. Hard luck or a hard wall keeps getting in the way.

He crashed twice last weekend, then barely qualified, and had to change the chassis, meaning he was pushed back to 33rd.

"I think the racing gods have an amazing sense of humor," former winner and ESPN analyst Eddie Cheever said.

The running joke this week is how many cars Kanaan will pass in the first lap. As is his charming custom, he looks at any travails with bemusement.

"I have no pressure because I'm dead last anyway,' he said. "If I have a bad start, nobody can say anything."

Compelling stories, if either Castroneves joined the legends or Kanaan finally got a break.

But also notable is the record of four women in the same race. That starts, of course, with Patrick, whose issue is trying to maintain her glamorous relevance.

She has been a supernova, partly from coming close here. But she has had a tough early season, while spreading herself thinner, dabbling in NASCAR. Last week, agitated after a shaky qualifying run that put her on the eighth row, she was not quite ready for the quickie interview. She came off as heaping blame upon her car and crew.

Bad form, the audience decided, and down from the grandstands poured Patrick hostility, something as rare in Indianapolis in May as snow flurries.

All this would seem to put Patrick at something of a crossroads. A PR blunder, some poor finishes, a complicated strategy of competing in two series. And now, a wave of women sharing the starting grid.

Can her aura stay so dominant, without something very good happening soon on the track? Any danger Danicamania could go the way of the hula hoop? Pertinent questions. And what would be a better time to answer than Sunday?

"Winning," she said, "will solve everything for me."

She has come to terms with last weekend's dust-up, accepting responsibility while noting that any driver might be a little touchy in a similar situation.

Anyone remember Foyt's famous crustiness? Nobody booed him. But then, as Patrick herself pointed out, he won four times.

"I'd be lying if I didn't tell you I want fans to like me. Everybody wants that, she said. "I unfortunately said the wrong thing.. .. That's my cross to bear.

"I'd just done 225 miles an hour on the very ragged edge, and got a microphone in front of me. My hands were still shaking. It all happens so quickly, and it got the best of me.

"All of a sudden, an eruption of boos. I just kept looking down and thinking, 'oh shoot.'

"I think when it's such a majority that feels a certain way, obviously I didn't say the right thing."

She sought out a wise teammate for advice — Kanaan, who has become a folk hero for his grace through adversity. He counseled her to start having fun again, and also reminded her that her support crew has helped make her racing's glamour queen. You don't dump mud on them in public.

"It was like talking to a friend," he said. "I think I said what I needed to say. Some people get it and some people don't. When they don't, they get booed, and then they understand."

Patrick said she gets it. She will try to dial down her frustration, though feistiness is part of her charm. But she needs a big Indy 500, badly. The marquee is hers Sunday, as always. If she can do something to get there. USAToday.com

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05/29/10
f1

Hamilton slams Mansell after negative comments
(GMM) Lewis Hamilton on Saturday hit back at Nigel Mansell, after his fellow British world champion dismissed him as a "manufactured" driver.

1992 title winner Mansell is quoted as criticizing the fact that some drivers like Hamilton are backed as karters from a young age, disadvantaging those who cannot secure such lucrative support.

"How many people from seven years of age have been given 2.5 million pounds to go karting?" he said.

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05/29/10
f1

McLaren has taken step closer to Red Bull - Button
(GMM) Jenson Button on Saturday said he thinks McLaren has taken a step closer to the dominant Red Bull team.

The reigning world champion qualified half a second behind pole sitter Mark Webber, but his teammate Lewis Hamilton was only a tenth from the leading RB6.

And the McLarens managed to split the Red Bull pair, although Sebastian Vettel led both Q1 and Q2 and would have been comfortably on pole had he managed to replicate his earlier pace before a brake problem.

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05/29/10
f1

Sauber denies ART to buy Swiss team
Peter Sauber has turned down rumors linking his Hinwil based team with Nicolas Todt.

Spanish reports on Friday said Frenchman Todt, the 32-year-old son of FIA president Jean Todt, could merge his GP2 team ART with Sauber rather than go it alone in F1 next year.

El Mundo Deportivo said Peter Sauber's ambition for his struggling former BMW-owned team is to "find a strong and stable partner and again retreat into the background".

It is also rumored that Todt recently visited the Swiss team's headquarters.

But Sauber told the Swiss newspaper Blick: "I am not selling my team!"

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05/29/10
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Car problem prevented Vettel pole in Turkey
(GMM)  A car defect has prevented Sebastian Vettel from scoring pole position for the Turkish grand prix.  Instead, his on-form Red Bull teammate Mark Webber netted his third consecutive qualifying triumph, and on Sunday could complete a hat-trick of wins from pole.

But Vettel, with his new 'Randy Mandy' chassis at Istanbul Park, was actually quicker in Q1 and Q2, and on course for a much faster lap when his front wheel began locking under braking.

"The chassis change has paid off, if only they had changed this braking part too," Niki Lauda said wryly to Motorsport-Magazin.com after qualifying.

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05/29/10
automotive

McLaren orders carbon monocoques
McLaren MP4-12C will use a carbon monocoque
McLaren Automotive has ordered what is claimed to be the world’s largest purchase of series-production carbon monocoques from Carbo Tech. The monocoques will be introduced on a range of McLaren’s high-performance sports cars from 2011.

The order, which amounts to €150m (£127m), will result in investment in a new production facility at the company’s Salzburg site. Up to 100 new jobs will be generated in construction of the new facility and in manufacturing the carbon-fiber-based monocoque.

Carbo Tech will manufacture the McLaren-designed carbon chassis (the Monocell) for series-production models of a new generation of McLaren Automotive road cars over the next eight years, making this the world’s largest carbon-fiber order for series-production cars.

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05/29/10
f1

Mansell: Hamilton is 'manufactured'
Former World Champion Nigel Mansell has described McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton as being "manufactured".  Mansell, who won his sole World title with Williams in 1992, is worried by the current trend within the sport of teams signing up promising youngsters on long-term contracts to guide them on the staircase to Formula One.

During his career Mansell was forced to sell most of his personal belongings as he struggled to find the money to support his racing, and he admits to feeling uneasy at the way Hamilton was backed by McLaren from his karting career through to his 2008 World title triumph and beyond.

Speaking at the Hay Festival, Mansell said: "I think sometimes it all becomes too easy. People have said to me 'what do I think of Lewis Hamilton?' and I've said 'Well it's fantastic what he's achieved but he's been manufactured'.

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05/29/10
f1

Alonso eliminated in Q2 Turkey qualifying
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso simply wasn't fast enough when he needed to be and was eliminated in Q2 qualifying in Turkey.  The ten drivers that have made it through to the final battle for the top places on the grid are:

Sebastian Vettel
Mark Webber
Lewis Hamilton
Nico Rosberg
Felipe Massa
Michael Schumacher
Robert Kubica
Vitaly Petrov
Kamui Kobayashi
Jenson Button

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05/29/10
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Vettel fastest in final practice in Turkey
Sebastian Vettel turned the fastest time in his Red Bull-Renault in final practice in Istanbul for Sunday's Turkish GP.

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton was poised to be on top despite a wild mid-session spin, but after exploring the Turn 8 run-off Vettel regrouped and set a 1m27.086s - putting him nearly 0.3 seconds clear of the field.

Nico Rosberg jumped to second for Mercedes moments later, leaving Hamilton third.

Results

Pos Driver Team Time Behind Laps
1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:27.086 +0.000 18
2. Rosberg Mercedes 1:27.359 +0.273 16
3. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.396 +0.310 14
4. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:27.553 +0.467 15
5. Kubica Renault 1:27.784 +0.698 20
6. Alonso Ferrari 1:27.861 +0.775 18
7. Schumacher Mercedes 1:27.879 +0.793 16
8. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.963 +0.877 17
9. Massa Ferrari 1:27.969 +0.883 20
10. Petrov Renault 1:28.344 +1.258 18
11. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:28.610 +1.524 22
12. de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1:28.652 +1.566 20
13. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:28.734 +1.648 21
14. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:29.036 +1.950 20
15. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:29.044 +1.958 18
16. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:29.211 +2.125 15
17. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:29.305 +2.219 14
18. Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:30.618 +3.532 19
19. Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:30.884 +3.798 22
20. Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:31.341 +4.255 21
21. di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:32.180 +5.094 16
22. Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:32.230 +5.144 21
23. Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1:32.762 +5.676 19
24. Sutil Force India-Mercedes No time No Time 1

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05/29/10
f1

Latest F1 news in brief
  • Rain spots in Turkey but dry action forecast
  • Red Bull abandons F-duct for Turkey GP
  • Newey unlikely to ever make F1 team switch
  • Mercedes hopes to keep same drivers in 2011
  • Ferrari wanted to fix F1 appeal outcome - Mosley
  • Another reliability scare for favorite Webber

Rain spots in Turkey but dry action forecast
(GMM)  There were a few spots of rain on windscreens on the journey to Istanbul Park on Saturday morning.

After a very warm Friday, Saturday has dawned cooler in the Turkish city.

Shortly before morning practice, light rain spots have also been falling in the paddock.

The skies are mainly overcast, but as occasional rays of sunlight begin to warm the crisp air, the teams are expecting dry weather for the F1 action at 11am.

Qualifying at 2pm local should also be dry, ahead of another mainly fine race day.

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05/29/10
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Carroll revving up for IndyCar debut in New York
Adam Carroll
Adam Carroll will make his American racing debut at Watkins Glen on July 4.  The A1GP champion from Portadown recently signed with the Andretti Autosport team to compete in a number of races in the second half of the US IndyCar season. Earlier this week he flew to America for talks with the team and to see this weekend’s Indianapolis 500.

It was there that Andretti Autosport announced Carroll would make his first appearance for the team in round nine at the former US Grand Prix circuit in New York state.

The 27-year-old had already anticipated his debut would be on a road course rather than one of the high-speed oval tracks which feature in the IndyCar series.

“It's a great way to start my career in America,” said Carroll, who will test at Watkins Glen before the race. “It couldn't be any better. I've waited a long time, and I'm eventually here, so it's all happening.”

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