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05/31/12
f1

F1 will float IPO when time is right
Formula One is getting everything in place for a flotation this year but it will only happen when the time is right, the sport's commercial head, Bernie Ecclestone, told Reuters on Thursday, signaling that a listing in June was now unlikely.

"We're going through all the normal motions which go before...the analysts and the banks and all these people," said the 81-year-old billionaire.

"We are getting prepared so all these things are done and then whenever we want to go, we can go."

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05/31/12
irl

Video: Drivers Preview the 2012 Detroit Grand Prix
Dario Franchitti, Helio Castroneves and Justin Wilson talk about the upcoming 2012 Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle.



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05/31/12
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Starwood Hotels teams with Penske Racing
Penske Racing and Starwood Hotels and Resorts, one of the world’s largest hotel and leisure companies in the world, announced today that the organizations have created a partnership that will make the hotel company the official hotel of Penske Racing.

This new agreement will allow Penske Racing, its partners and the entire Penske Corporation to enjoy preferred rates and access to Starwood’s vast property collection including the upscale Sheraton, St. Regis, W, Westin and select-service hotels such as Aloft. Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) members will be able to bid on exclusive experiences associated with Penske Racing including VIP access to NASCAR races and behind-the-scenes trips to Penske Racing’s shop in North Carolina.

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05/31/12
irl

IndyCar Virtual Lap of Belle Isle
Watch a virtual lap of the circuit at Belle Isle.



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05/31/12
irl

Weekly IndyCar cheating report
INDYCAR announced today that it has penalized the No. 22 car of Panther/Dreyer and Reinbold Racing $10,000 and 5 entrant points for not complying with Rule 14.1.4 and 14.10.3 during post-race technical inspection at the Indianapolis 500.

Rule 14.1.4 states: All components approved by INDYCAR, Dallara or an approved supplier must be used as supplied unless otherwise stated in these Rules or in update bulletins, and Rule 14.10.3 states: Upright bearings and seals must be used as specified by Dallara.

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05/31/12
f1

Montreal F1 weather forecast
If you are heading to Montreal for the F1 race a week from now, bring an umbrella and a poncho. Still many days away, so the forecast will likely change but it seems as though there is a chance of isolated showers forecast for FP1,2,3 and Qualifying, however, race day is looking dry and warm. Cooler evening temperatures, wind and possible showers may keep the track temperatures cooler than ambient temperatures. Look for some tire degradation and marbles if the track remains green and slick.

Friday June 8, 2012 : Isolated showers, High 21 (°C) – Low 11 (°C)
Saturday June 9 2012: Isolated showers, High 23 (°C) – Low 12 (°C)
Sunday June 10 2012: Sunny, High 24 (°C) - Low 11 (°C)

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05/31/12
wec

Fillon Elected As New ACO President
Pierre Fillon
At the end of the General Assembly meeting of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest held today at 17h30, the Board of Directors met to elect the seven members of the Steering Committee. After that the Steering Committee met to elect the new president of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, Mr. Pierre Fillon.

President Fillon will succeed Jean-Claude Plassart who occupied the post of president since 13th December 2003. President Plassart has retired as he has reached the 70-year-age limit that he himself put in the statutes.

Pierre Fillon has been the ACO vice president since May 2010. He joined the club in 1995 before becoming an administrator in December 2003, and then a member of the Steering Committee in November 2006.

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05/31/12
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Chris Lock Wins the Thunderhill Round of the Nitto Tires USTCC
Chris Lock, driving the Roger Kraus Racing Honda Prelude, won round two of the Nitto Tires United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC) at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, California.  This was Lock’s first USTCC win and he won the race as a rookie.  Finishing in second position was the K-PAX/Auto Parts Warehouse Volvo C30 of Robert Thorne.  Hyundai managed to score a first ever podium finish with the help of Ali Arsham who was driving the GoGoGear.com/DelCity.net/UTI Hyundai Genesis Coupe.

The race started off in a normal fashion with Thorne starting from pole position and assuming the lead.  A fight soon began between the Volvo of Thorne and the TNI Racing Mazdaspeed 3 of Felipe Cabezas.  Cabezas was glued to the yellow Volvo and would not let Thorne get away.  The two started to pull away from everyone else and nearly collided on the first lap in Turn 6.  Things really got interesting as soon as the fuel stops started to come into play.

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05/31/12
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DuPont Unveils New 20th Anniversary No. 24 Chevrolet Paint Scheme
Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon helped DuPont unveil a new 20th Anniversary paint scheme on his No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet this morning at the headquarters of DuPont Performance Coatings during the 2012 DuPont NASCAR Day celebration.  Gordon, a NASCAR legend, will drive the new Hot Hues™ Cosmic Dust Silver Metallic No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet in the season finale at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida this November marking his famous long-standing partnership with DuPont.

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05/31/12
irl

Firestone tire specifications for the Detroit GP
FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS
IZOD IndyCar Series -Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix
Raceway at Belle Isle Park - Detroit, Mich.
June 1-3, 2012 - Round 6 of 16.  Race Distance: 186.3 miles/299.82 kilometers (90 laps on the 2.07-mile/3.33-km temporary street circuit).

Firestone Firehawk Race Tires Supplied:

- Primary (black-sidewall) dry-condition slicks: 610, each entry receives six sets (24 total tires);

- Alternate (red-sidewall) dry-condition slicks: 366, each entry receives three sets (12 total tires);

- Wet-condition (rain) tires with grooved tread pattern: 468, each entry has five sets of Firestone's new rain tire available this weekend.

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05/31/12
irl

IMS Offers Special Ticket Discounts For 2013 Indianapolis 500 Fans
As a special thank you to the greatest race fans in the world, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is offering special pricing for selected days for the 2013 Indianapolis 500 for those who reorder their Race Day tickets by June 11 for the 97th running of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" on Sunday, May 26, 2013.

The special pricing will be in effect for next year's Miller Lite Carb Day, Qualification Days, Practice Days and Legends Day:

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05/31/12
track news

Ford To Sponsor New Parking Areas Close To Kentucky Speedway
Ford will partner with dealerships in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana to sponsor 170 new acres of free parking close to Kentucky Speedway, part of the track's effort to better manage traffic for its five NASCAR events in '12. Lots in the area will bear the names of Ford models, including the Escape, which is built in Louisville. Ford Parking, combined with re-purposed land on the original track property, will accommodate an estimated 20,000 additional vehicles near the 107,000-seat venue Kentucky Speedway.

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05/31/12
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Edsel Ford II Talks New NASCAR Design & Racing's Relevance
Edsel Ford II, the great grandson of company founder Henry Ford, joined host Steve Byrnes on tonight’s edition of SPEED’s NASCAR Race Hub.

Ford, who currently sits on the Ford Motor Company Board of the Directors, spoke to NASCAR Race Hub about how they influenced NASCAR on the direction of new race car design, as well as some interesting comments about the ‘Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday’ marketing slogan that has been long-associated with any manufacturer’s involvement in the sport.

Here are excerpted quotes from the show…

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05/31/12
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Track construction starts for Honda Indy Toronto
For more than two decades, Director of Operations for the Honda Indy Toronto, Jim Tario has led the construction of the event’s race track. With this season’s race weekend fast approaching, Tario and his highly-skilled construction team began the conversion of the city’s streets surrounding Exhibition Place into the 2.84 km, 11-turn street course that continues to feature the fastest, most versatile race cars and drivers in the world. Now marking its 26th season, the Honda Indy Toronto’s race track has remained virtually unaltered over time, which serves as a testament to its timeless circuit construction. 

The continued contribution of Tario’s expertise has resulted in a race track that yields value in many areas. Not only does the track produce an exciting and challenging race for its professional drivers each year, it also holds merit in its safety and design.

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05/31/12
wsr

Renault FR 3.5 Spa Preview
Monaco podium with winner Sam Bird (C), 2nd place Jules Bianchi (L) and third place American Alexander Rossi (R)
Just a week after providing the support act for the Formula One Grand Prix in Monaco, the Formula Renault 3.5 Series drivers move on to tackle Spa-Francorchamps, another of the most iconic circuits in motorsport. ISR’s Sam Bird will be out to defend his championship lead in the Belgian Ardennes, having moved to the top of the standings in the principality. But with Bird just five points ahead of Robin Frijns (Fortec Motorsports) and fourteen in front of Nick Yelloly (Comtec Racing), the situation at the top could change in an instant.

Sam Bird’s emotion was palpable on Sunday as he climbed on to the top step of the podium in Monaco. The Mercedes AMG F1 Team driver could not have dreamed of a better location to celebrate his maiden Formula Renault 3.5 Series victory, which sent him top of the championship standings. Bird is the only driver to have finished in the points in every race so far this season, and he looks set to be a formidable contender for the 2012 title.

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05/31/12
wsr

Video Highlights Monaco FR 3.5 Series  Race
Sam Bird (ISR) denied his opponents even a sniff of success in the streets of Monaco, leading the weekend's proceedings from free practice to the checkered flag at the end of the feature race. The Mercedes AMG F1 Team driver claimed victory in the principality ahead of Jules Bianchi (Tech 1 Racing) and Alexander Rossi (Arden Caterham), and finishes the meeting top of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series championship.



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05/31/12
nassprint

Dodge says nothing finalized on 2013 teams
Three months after its NASCAR future was thrown into disarray by Penske Racing's impending departure to Ford, Dodge still seems without a firm plan for Sprint Cup in 2013. Recent reports have linked the manufacturer to an IndyCar team Andretti Autosport moving into Cup and suggested Dodge could make an announcement in two weeks at Michigan International Speedway. But a Dodge executive said in a Wednesday statement to USA Today Sports that nothing has been finalized.

Aside from not having any teams in its 2013 lineup, Dodge also hasn't settled on an engine builder. The manufacturer could cut a deal to keep receiving motors from Penske's shop or could start its own engine room. Current Cup teams without a manufacturer deal for next year include Richard Petty Motorsports, Furniture Row Racing and Front Row Motorsports.

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05/31/12
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Robby Gordon starting off-road stadium series
With his NASCAR team failing, Robby Gordon moves into new business
Wednesday night media industry, fans and supporters witnessed the first exhibition of Robby Gordon's commitment to taking off-road racing to the next level in 2013 with the introduction of Robby Gordon's Stadium Super Trucks Series. Modeled after the former infamous Mickey Thompson Off-Road Race Series, Stadium Super Trucks (SST) will astonish fans with dynamic side-by- side racing excitement that promises to leave them wanting more.

"Stadium racing helped Jimmie Johnson, Casey Mears and myself launch our careers," said Robby Gordon, President of SST. "Bringing off-road racing back to the stadium like Mickey Thompson did has been something that I have wanted to do for a long time, and I am proud to say that we have finally accomplished it. SST offers attractive racing venues, remarkable track designs, substantial purse, and opportunity for network TV a lot like NASCAR because you can visualize the whole track."

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05/31/12
f1

Interview with Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg
Nico Hulkenberg
The Monaco Grand Prix saw Nico Hulkenberg make amends for his crash of 2010 by registering a third points finish of 2012. The German’s eighth place was the best of his season so far, having achieved ninth in Malaysia and tenth in Spain. The Force India driver shares his feelings of a first full 78 racing laps of Monte Carlo in an F1 car.

Nico, you got some solid points in Monaco with eighth place, just behind Paul (di Resta, team-mate). Are you pleased with the way it worked out?
I think from a team perspective we can be happy because we picked up a few points, which is good. I would rather have finished seventh, but it was the classic example in Monaco of stopping a bit earlier and then running into traffic with Kimi (Raikkonen). Paul got just the edge there with a free track and came out in front but, all in all, it was a very strong team performance.

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05/31/12
irl

IndyCar's noose around it's neck
Bruce Martin: "The tremendous racing fans saw at last Sunday's Indy 500 is emblematic of IndyCar racing as a whole. So, why can't the momentum continue?" One of the "major problems with IndyCar is the television package." Martin noted the majority of IndyCar races are on the NBC Sports Network, and while the production and telecasts of the series on the net "have been solid, the ratings have been horrendous."

AR1.com called the 10-year Versus deal Tony George signed for IndyCar a noose around its neck the day it was announced three years ago.  It remains so today.

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05/31/12
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Indy 500 voted hands down better racing than NASCAR
Weighing in on whether the Indianapolis 500 or NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 was the better race on Sunday, ESPN.com's Terry Blount wrote, "The Indy 500 wasn't just the best race of the day. It was the best race of the year, anywhere, and easily the best Indy 500 overall in more than a decade." ESPN.com's Ed Hinton: "Any fan out there who watched both races knows it was Indy by a landslide." Hinton added with a record 35 lead changes among 10 drivers, IndyCar "should have NASCAR hearing footsteps in the competitive racing department." ESPN.com's David Newton wrote, "The finish alone made the Indy 500 better. What every spectator wants is a great finish, two cars battling for the win, driving on edge to reach the checkered flag. That's what Takuma Sato provided when he dove inside for the lead on Dario Franchitti, taking out himself and almost the race winner"  ESPN.com

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05/31/12
f1

Surprise favorites ramp up pressure on F1 drivers
(GMM)  Within memory of him delivering the beleaguered team's first victory for more than seven years, Williams has expressed disappointment in Pastor Maldonado.

After soaring from pole to victory in Barcelona, breakthrough winner Maldonado suffered an horror Monaco grand prix two weeks later.

The Venezuelan was pushed ten places down the grid for apparently colliding deliberately with Sergio Perez in practice, and at the start of the race got caught up in the first lap chaos.

"The car was good enough for a P4 or P5 qualifying position and our race pace was also good so it is disappointing not to have come away from this event with a decent haul of points," said Williams' chief engineer Mark Gillan.

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05/31/12
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Formula One teams get $180M windfall
Bernie Ecclestone, the ultimate deal maker
Formula One's teams will share a one-off $180m (£115m) windfall from agreeing to sign a commercial contract which paves the way for the $10bn flotation of the sport on the Singapore stock exchange next month.

All eyes were on F1's superstar drivers in Sunday's glamorous Monaco Grand Prix, but the deal makes their bosses the real winners as it will be the biggest single payment they have received from the sport.

The Concorde Agreement commits the teams to race until the end of 2020, and getting them to agree to the contract has been a crucial part of billionaire F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone's plans to float the business. "It's a good deal for the teams, it's great," said Ecclestone.

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05/31/12
irl

19 IndyCar Drivers Tested At Milwaukee
Nineteen IZOD IndyCar Series drivers were on hand less than 48 hours after the running of the 96th Indianapolis 500 at the Milwaukee Mile preparing for the Milwaukee IndyFest June 15-16.

Those participating were: Dale Coyne Racing’s Justin Wilson, James Jakes; Team Penske’s Ryan Briscoe, Helio Castroneves and Will Power; KV Racing Technology’s Rubens Barrichello, Tony Kanaan and E.J. Viso; Panther Racing’s JR Hildebrand; Panther/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s Oriol Servia; Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing’s Josef Newgarden; Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon; Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing’s Graham Rahal; Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing’s Charlie Kimball; Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports’ Simon Pagenaud; Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe; and A.J. Foyt Racing’s Mike Conway.

The test allowed the teams their first chance to run on the one-mile oval with the DW-12 Dallara Chassis.  Times were in the high 21s to low 24s range.  Last year's pole in the old car was 21.394s by Dario Franchitti in qualifying trim

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05/31/12
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NASCAR penalizes two Nationwide teams
NASCAR remained consistent in its penalties for the Nationwide Series this season as it announced Tuesday that it had docked points for a car that was too low in post race inspection while it opted for just a fine for a car that had an illegal front bumper cover.

The penalties were for infractions committed last week at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The Rick Ware Racing car of Timmy Hill was too low in the front in post race inspection Saturday. Hill, who finished 19th in the race, was docked six points, his team was docked six points in the owner standings and crew chief George Church was fined $10,000. It was the same penalty issued to Elliott Sadler for being too low a week earlier at Iowa.

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05/30/12
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automotive

Indy just the latest good news for Honda
As I stood in the stands watching the final moments of the Honda-powered victory on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, I couldn't help but think about how life sometimes imitates sport.

After all, many pundits had counted Honda out before the race started, just as skeptics have speculated about the strength of our auto business in the face of tough competition and some epic natural disasters. I like to think that Dario Franchitti's exciting win at Indy mirrors our own "comeback" success of late.

For example:

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05/30/12
irl

Legge and Bourdais to share car
With a single full-season engine supply deal in place from Chevrolet after the Indy 500, SPEED.com has confirmed that Dragon Racing's Sebastien Bourdais and Katherine Legge will now share one entry for the remainder of the season.

Despite swelling its engine supply ranks to 16 cars for the 500, including two engines for Dragon, Chevy will reduce its full-time supply figure to 13 cars starting this weekend at Detroit, leaving team owner Jay Penske in the position of consolidating his two-car program for the remainder of the season.

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05/30/12
wec

Hybrids get specific recovery zones
Le Mans 24 Hours organizing bodies the ACO and FIA have created specific braking zones at which Audi and Toyota’s hybrid entries will be able to make use of energy recovery systems.

In order to limit the size of the recovery systems – and therefore the budgets required to develop them – the ACO and FIA mandated that a maximum 500 kilojoules of energy could be transmitted between two braking phases.

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05/30/12
nhra

NHRA Full Throttle event set for New England in 2013
Nearly two years ago, NHRA promised its legion of fans in the New England states that it would soon bring the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series — the fastest, most exciting form of motorsports on the planet — to that region of the country.

Today, NHRA made it official by announcing that the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series will visit New England Dragway in Epping, N.H., for the inaugural NHRA New England Nationals, June 20-23, 2013. The announcement marks a process that began more than a decade ago when NHRA decided it wanted to stage an NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event in this region of the country. NHRA enjoys the most geographically diverse schedule of any of the major motorsports, and the addition of New England only reinforces that position.

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05/30/12
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Younessi Racing Debuts Two Car Team in Detroit
Indianapolis-based Younessi Racing is excited to debut their expanded two car team at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle this weekend.  Team owner / driver, Florida native Rodin Younessi, will compete in his second Firestone Indy Lights™ event this season after making his series debut at St. Petersburg in March.  Younessi will pilot the #16 Younessi Racing car, while Ireland native Peter Dempsey will make his second start in the #15 Younessi Racing machine.

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05/30/12
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Ganassi teams with Sol, Inc.
Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc. and Sol, Inc., a world leader in solar and energy efficient grid-connected LED outdoor lighting solutions, have partnered together to lead the way for increased energy conservation in the racing industry by upgrading the team’s outdoor lighting at both their Indianapolis and Concord, NC race shops to much more energy efficient solar and LED lighting.  The solar lights produce no pollution, cause no harmful environmental effects, and require no grid electricity to operate. The grid-connected lights use up to 75% less energy when replacing traditional lighting sources. 

By replacing conventional sodium vapor and metal halide light sources with Sol’s high performance 20/20™ solar and grid-tie LED lights, the Chip Ganassi facilities have lights that are much brighter, will last longer, and are providing significant energy savings while improving visibility in the parking lots for visitors and staff.

The partnership will see Sol use NASCAR, IndyCar and GRAND-AM races for client entertainment at multiple races while also using the team’s assets to market their products.

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05/30/12
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McCall Farms Signs Multi-Race Sponsorship Extension With Front Row Motorsports
Coming off of a successful foray into NASCAR team sponsorship at Darlington Raceway, McCall Farms has partnered with Front Row Motorsports (FRM) for six additional races of primary sponsorship in the 2012 season. The sponsorship will feature three McCall Farms brands: Margaret Holmes™, Peanut Patch™, and Glory Foods™.

"Darlington gave us the opportunity to try NASCAR," said McCall Farms' sales manager, Woody Swink.  "It was a natural fit for us, since the track is only miles from our headquarters. Front Row Motorsports did a great job of educating us on the various assets available through their organization and how we can use those assets to achieve our goals. NASCAR allows us to strengthen our relationships with the retailers that sell our product, raise awareness for our portfolio of brands and energize the 700+ men and women that work for our company. We are genuinely enthusiastic about our partnership with Front Row Motorsports."

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05/30/12
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NASCAR Nationwide Charlotte TV Rating
Because Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Charlotte was on ABC, the final ratings will not be available until Friday. The telecast earned a 1.6 overnight rating, up from last year’s 1.4 overnight.  Last year’s Charlotte race had a 1.6 final rating, which was up 23 percent from the previous year’s 1.3.

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05/30/12
wrc

WRC loses Nokia's backing
The World Rally Championship has lost its multi-million pound Nokia deal, it was confirmed on Wednesday.

WRC Commission president Jarmo Mahonen admitted last week's Acropolis Rally would be the final event in the association between the WRC and Nokia - a move confirmed today when the 'Powered by Nokia' branding was removed from the series' official website.

Mahonen admitted the loss of the deal, reckoned to have been a long-term commitment worth around £2.5m per season, was a significant blow to the series.

"This is quite a big loss to the championship," he said.

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05/30/12
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Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

05/30/12
  • Williams garage Fire
    Ecclestone blames KERS 'thing' for Williams fire
  • Kovalainen tips Alonso to win 2012 title
  • 'Hacktivists' threaten F1 over Montreal protests
  • Williams title sponsor moves to Red Bull
  • Sauber hits out at error-prone Grosjean
  • Alguersuari reveals Italian earthquake fear
  • Barrichello earns $330k as Indy 500 'rookie'
  • Boullier jumps to Grosjean's defense
  • Small teams worried engine price to skyrocket New
  • Pirelli to test harder tire at Silverstone New
  • Perez not ruling out 2013 team switch New
  • Webber denies 'backing up' rivals for Vettel New

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05/30/12
irl

Andretti has IndyCar gig back on track
Michael Andretti is doing his best to turn Milwaukee into a winner
After my interview Tuesday with Michael Andretti, he had a question for me.  What was the buzz around town, he wanted to know, for his reinvented IndyCar race next month at the Milwaukee Mile?

I told him what I knew, that this city, more than some, appreciates a bargain and expects to be over-served for its entertainment dollar.

That's good, he said, because he's lowered ticket prices 38% and has built a two-day, bang-for-the-buck festival around the race.

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05/30/12
irl

Rubens Barrichello is quiet superstar in IndyCar Series
Rubens Barrichello and Tony Kanaan
IndyCar/LAT USA
Upon meeting him, Rubens Barrichello does not strike one as an Old West gunslinger, the quiet, ominous stranger who strides into town with a well-earned reputation to save the day while attracting women, inspiring children, making good men feel strong and bad ones weak.

The IndyCar Series could use someone a bit like that — with the heroics on the steering wheel and throttle, of course, rather than handling a gun.

It hopes Barrichello is the man.

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05/30/12
irl

IndyCar crosses borders big crowds expected
Justin Wilson won last time IndyCar visited Belle Isle in 2008
Long before he was point man for the Belle Isle Grand Prix, Bud Denker's first experience with Canada came as a youth hockey left-winger in his native Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

"We'd travel to tournaments in Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario), Sudbury and Thessalon," Denker recalled.

Today, as chairman of the IZOD IndyCar Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix, Denker crosses the border so frequently that Windsor feels like a second home to him.

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05/29/12
irl

Mayer takes over as Grand Prix of Baltimore general manager
Hot on the heels of Andretti Autosport taking over the GP of Baltimore comes word they have named Tim Mayer, whose father, Teddy, was co-founder of McLaren Racing, as general manager of the Grand Prix of Baltimore.

Mayer's appointment coincides with the launch of ticket sales for the Aug. 31-Sept. 2 event on the streets of downtown Baltimore that features IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights races. Get tickets and event details at http://www.RaceOnBaltimore.com and all Ticketmaster outlets.

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05/29/12
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IndyCar teams test Milwaukee before heading to Detroit
Nearly 13 hours after accepting a check for $303,430 for placing seventh in the 96th Running of the Indianapolis 500, Justin Wilson was back behind the wheel of the No. 18 Sonny's BBQ car at the Milwaukee Mile on May 29.

The Indianapolis 500 commenced five consecutive weekends of IZOD IndyCar Series races, with the Milwaukee IndyFest on June 15-16. Up this weekend is the return of the series to the Belle Isle street circuit for the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. Wilson won the last race (2008) on the 2.07-mile, 14-turn course.

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05/29/12
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Indy 500 TV Rating UPDATE #3 ABC's coverage of the 96th Indianapolis 500 showed an increase  in ratings and viewership over the 100th Anniversary race in 2011.

Based on fast national numbers provided by Nielsen Media Research and ESPN, the 2012 race won by Dario Franchitti delivered a 4.34 final household rating and 6,857,100 viewers - the race's best number since 2008. The rating is an 8 percent increase among households (4.34 vs. 4.03) from last year's race.  Fast National ratings are not the absolute final rating, but they give an indication.  They are more accurate than the overnight ratings that come out first.

05/28/12 Added the TV ratings for the Indy 500 for the CART years below the IRL/IndyCar charts so everyone understands just how much damage Tony George did to the sport by creating the IRL.  He certainly destroyed a good thing.  It will be his legacy.

05/28/12 Though down only slightly from last year, the 2012 Indianapolis 500 earned one of the lowest overnights ever for the event. The IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 drew a 4.1 overnight rating on ABC Sunday afternoon, down 5% from last year (4.3), but up a tick from 2010 (4.0).

The 4.1 overnight is the second-lowest for the Indy 500 since the race began airing live in 1986. As recently as 2008, the race drew a 5.1 overnight.

Though the race itself was down from last year, the prerace portion of ABC’s coverage earned a 1.9 overnight — up 46%.

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05/29/12
Racing News

Tom Weisenbach's daughter loses battle with MPS
We are sad to report the death of Tom Weisenbach's 12-year-old daughter, Megan. She died on Friday, May 25.  Although Megan has battled MPS for many years and her death was expected, it is none the less a tremendous loss for a family. Tom is the executive director of the Indiana Motorsports Association and has been a part of motorsports in Indiana for a long, long time.

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05/29/12
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NASCAR Coca Cola 600 TV Rating
Fox' Coca-Cola 600 telecast from 6:30-10:15pm Sunday night, which saw Kasey Kahne take the victory, was up slightly to 4.1, from a 4.0 overnight last year.  The 4.1 matches the Indy 500 overnight rating.  The overnight ratings for the Indy 500 are the second lowest since the race began being aired live in 1986. Last year, the race received a 4.3 overnight rating, which fell to a 4.0 with the final numbers. By contrast, the Charlotte race had a 4.0 overnight last year, which went up to a 4.5 upon final numbers.

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05/29/12
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NASCAR Truck team folds
Red Horse Racing announced today, the team will suspend operations of the No. 7 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team driven by rookie of the year contender, John King, effective immediately.

Due to lack of sponsorship funding, the No. 7 will be cutting back its program until further notice. The organization will continue to operate the No. 17 entry driven by Timothy Peters and the No. 11 entry driven by Todd Bodine.

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05/29/12
f1

F1 fans invited to attend NYC fan forum
The Formula One Teams' Association will hold its next Fans' Forum in Manhattan, New York City in two weeks.

The event will take place on June 11th and the exact location is yet to be announced. FOTA has held Fans' Forums in London, Woking, Montreal, Milan and Barcelona so far.

Fans wanting to attend the event can register on FOTA's website.

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05/29/12
IRL

2012 Indy 500 called one of greatest races of all time UPDATE As a follow-up to our story Sunday that this year's Indy 500 was one of the best ever, comes this Speed TV article by Robin Miller.  Excerpts:

A few minutes after Sunday’s 96th Indianapolis 500, Randy Bernard received a text message from Tony Stewart. "Congratulations, that was the best Indy 500 I’ve ever seen,’’ it read.

Looks like Stew and I saw the same race.

From the five-wide flying start to the endless overtaking to the insane restarts to a record 34 lead changes, it’s never been better at 16th & Georgetown.

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05/29/12
f1

AT&T signs with Red Bull team
Tele giant AT&T has joined forces with the double world champions from 2010 and 2011, Red Bull, as one of their sponsors.

The 7th largest US company is no stranger to the world of Formula One, as they were the title sponsor for the Williams team for several years. But the link-up between the Red Bull team and AT&T already has a bit of history, as the team has been a customer at AT&T for three years already. The company will provide advanced network services, focused o a high bandwidth link between the field team and the HQ team.

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05/29/12
f1
automotive

Ferrari closes as another earthquake strikes
(GMM)  Ferrari's F1 staff were sent home on Tuesday, following the latest earthquake in the Emilia-Romagna region.

We reported earlier this month that the team's Maranello headquarters were not damaged by the recent magnitude-6.0 quake.

At Monaco last weekend, team boss Stefano Domenicali reminded that "the ground has continued to shake" ever since.

Reuters on Tuesday quoted a Ferrari spokesman as saying staff had been sent home to be with their families following a reported 5.8-magnitude quake.

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05/29/12
nassprint

TRG Motorsports Sprint Cup Team Auction of Assets
Assets: Gavel Auction has been proudly serving the motorsports industry for the last 18 years with class leading service for their clients. The Gavel Auction crew will once again take to the auction block this coming Tuesday May 29th, 2012 with the selling of the remaining assets of former Sprint Cup Team TRG Motorsports at 3415 Denver Dr. Denver, NC 28037. From rolling chassis's, to crash carts, a fully loaded NITRO Pit Box… There is something there for everyone, whether you are a Cup team or a local Saturday night racer! The auction is live with registration at 10am and the sale starting promptly at 11. Like always Gavel Auction has huge crowds of hungry buyers paying top dollar for quality parts so make sure to get there early to reserve a seat. Auction catalog and pictures can be located online. Gavel Auction is scheduled to be auctioning the remaining assets for #71 TRG Motorsports on May 29, 2012 at 11:00 am/et in Denver NC, more info at www.gavelauction.com

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05/29/12
cart
irl

Historical Indy 500 TV Rating
Year Final National TV Rating % USA Households Watching League Comment
1979

13.5

24 Share CART CART's 1st Year
1980

13.8

27 Share CART -
1981

12.8

24 Share CART -
1982

12.3

25 Share CART -
1983

14.1

27 Share CART -
1984

12.9

25 Share CART -
1985

9.7

18 Share CART -
1986

8.8

31 Share CART -
1987

11.0

36 Share CART 36% of Households - Wow!
1988

??

?? Share CART -
1989

7.8

28 Share CART -
1990

??

?? Share CART -
1991

8.0

27 Share CART -
1992

9.8

31 Share CART -
1993

9.3

31 Share CART -
1994

9.1

31 Share CART -
1995

9.4

26 Share CART T. George thinks he is King
1996

6.6

19 Share IRL T. George destruction begins
1997

5.1

14 Share IRL Rating falls below 6.0
1998

6.0

19 Share IRL -
1999

5.5

18 Share IRL -
2000

5.5

15 Share IRL -
2001

5.8

17 Share IRL -
2002

4.8

15 Share IRL Rating falls below 5.0
2003

4.6

14 Share IRL -
2004

4.7

11 Share IRL -
2005

6.5

18 Share IRL -
2006

5.0

14 Share IRL -
2007

4.3

12 Share IRL -
2008

4.5

?? Share IRL -
2009

4.0

11 Share IRL -
2010

3.6

10 Share 5.793M Viewers IRL Only 10% of Households now
2011

4.0

?? Share 6.711M Viewers IndyCar R. Bernard inherits mess
2012

*4.1

TBA IndyCar T. George legacy continues
*Overnight Rating, final likely to drop
Share = % of households watching the race

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05/29/12
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • After so much success together, would Vettel really leave Horner's Red Bull team?
    Webber, Vettel at centre of Ferrari rumors
  • Toro Rosso gambled to win Monaco - Tambay
  • Monaco 'train' no 2012 thriller - report
  • Lucrative 13 'best feeling' for Caterham chief
  • FIA to act on floor controversy before Canada
  • Monaco 'a fresh start' for struggling Massa
  • Mercedes to provide Schuey with better car

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