>


Advertisement
Hot News
for your iPhone
for your iPad
Go to our forums to discuss this news
DATE News (chronologically)
06/02/12
scca

Cadillac eyes worldwide racing expansion
Cadillac Racing, in the middle of its second year as part of the SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge, is eying an expansion of its racing involvement in other parts of the world.

“We’d like to be able to race in China, we’d like to be able to race in Eastern Europe, and there are a number of series that allow you to do that,” James Vurpillat, global marketing manager for Cadillac, told the Free Press today at Belle Isle in Detroit.

Cadillac, which was involved in racing prior to General Motors’ bankruptcy in 2009, was forced to cease all racing activities for several years as the automaker recovered. 

Read more & Comment...
06/02/12
fil

Yacaman wins Detroit Indy Lights race
Gustavo Yacaman overtook pole sitter Oliver Webb for the lead in Turn 8 on Lap 26 and went on to record his second Firestone Indy Lights victory.

Carlos Munoz, runner-up in the Firestone Freedom 100 in the No. 26 Team Dialy-Ser car for Andretti Autosport, closed on Yacaman in the final lap to finish 0.1638 of a second behind. It was the second-closest road/street course finish in the series.

Read more & Comment...
06/02/12
irl

Afternoon report - Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix
The grid is set for the 2012 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. The rack record fell by more than a second in the process, perhaps (hopefully) silencing forever those who were moaning that this “new” DW12 car was too slow. Scott Dixon took the poll, followed Will Power, Alex Tagliani, Simon Pagenaud, EJ Viso and Ryan Hunter-Reay. While the Chevy-sponsored event was dinged by a Honda on the pole, there are 3 Chevy's in the top 6. In addition, the top 6 cars represent 6 different team owners. Oh, and we have drivers from 6 different countries in the top 6 as well.

**************

The Indy Lights cars competed in a time-limited race around the bumpy Belle Island course. Gustavo Yacaman narrowly edged out Carlos Munoz for the win.

The race was red-flagged when Peter Dempsey ran over the rear tire of the car in front of him, launching him into two huge contacts with the Detroit walls, followed by a hard contact with tires in the run-off area. Dempsey got out of the car with little assistance, and appeared to be okay. 

Read more & Comment...
06/02/12
nassprint

Ganassi NASCAR Struggles Continue
The highlight of Chip Ganassi Racing’s IndyCar season will be Dario Franchitti’s riveting last-lap victory in the Indianapolis 500.

The highlight of Ganassi’s Sprint Cup season has been Juan Pablo Montoya’s fiery encounter with a jet drier in the Daytona 500.

The Ganassi organization’s long struggle to match its success in Sprint Cup racing to its accomplishments in the long-time team owner’s other motorsports adventures continues.

Read more & Comment...
06/02/12
motogp

Stoner storms to second pole of 2012
Casey Stoner
The Repsol Honda Team put on a strong performance in Qualifying today for the Grand Prix of Catalunya, the fifth round of the MotoGP World Championship with Casey Stoner on pole position and Dani Pedrosa in fifth place.

Casey, who has won every Spanish race in the last 12 months, secured his second pole of the season and 40th of his career (36 in MotoGP) on his last exit with a time of 1'41.295 and will be aiming to repeat his win here from 2011.

Read more & Comment...
06/02/12
irl

Saturday Morning - Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix
All 25 drivers took to the track in the IndyCar morning practice, and when it was done, the usual suspects were at the top – Scott Dixon, Will Power, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Ryan Briscoe, and Justin Wilson were the top 5 on the charts.

The only incident of the morning was Oriol Servia’s off into turn 14, but his team assured me that he’ll be ready to qualify later today.

**************

So what about the so-much-rumored-that-it-is-reported-as-fact IndyCar owner’s meeting with Randy Bernard? Conspicuous by his absence today is Randy Bernard, usually a very visible figure around the paddock. Then again, it seems like many of the owners aren’t exactly walking the paddock looking for interviews either.

Read more & Comment...
06/02/12
dtm

Italian Edo Mortara secures first career DTM pole at RedBullRing
Mortara puts Audi on pole
Team Rosberg Audi's Edo Mortara took his first pole position in the DTM at the Red Bull Ring ahead of HWA Mercedes driver and championship leader Gary Paffett (GB), with former champions Mattias Ekström (S) and Martin Tomczyk (D) on row two. Mortara's time of 1:26.171 was fast enough to secure pole position in the Q4 section of qualifying, though the fastest time throughout the session came from Paffett in Q2.

Martin Tomczyk was the top placed BMW driver in fourth for BMW Team RMG, with American team-mate Joey Hand starting in fifth place and Canada's Bruno Spengler's Schnitzer BMW in fifth.

Read more & Comment...
06/02/12
f1

Perez too inexperienced for Ferrari - Montezemolo
(GMM)  Sergio Perez is not a leading candidate to replace Felipe Massa next season, Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has said.

"We never take a decision before the second half of the season," the Italian told Reuters.

Montezemolo acknowledged Brazilian Massa's surge of form in Monaco last weekend, amid speculation Sauber's Perez - already the cream of Ferrari's driver development program - might nonetheless be fast-tracked into the race seat for 2013.

"No," he said of the 22-year-old Mexican.

Read more & Comment...
06/02/12
f1

FIA says Red Bull floor 'holes' illegal
Red Bull will have to plug their holes
(GMM)  F1's governing body has declared illegal the 'holes' in the floor of Red Bull's 2012 car.

Rivals teams including Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes had raised concerns about the design at Monaco last weekend, but opted not to protest on the promise that the FIA would issue a clarification prior to Canada next weekend.

"I think the regulation is quite a grey area," Red Bull's Christian Horner acknowledged to Sky Sports, "and I think a clarification will come out before Montreal that will tidy it up through a technical directive."

Read more & Comment...
06/02/12
wsr

FR 3.5: Sorensen wins Spa Race 1 for Lotus
Marco Sorensen
Marco Sorensen won an exciting race 1 Formula Renault 3.5 event at Spa Saturday at Spa.

The Lotus driver took advantage on a battle for the lead between Kevin Magnussen (Carlin) and Sam Bird (ISR) to make the decisive move, and then controlled the race from there.

Jules Bianchi came home second and Bird had to settle for third.

More to follow.....

Read more & Comment...
06/02/12
irl

Dixon tops final practice for Detroit GP
Scott Dixon
Scott Dixon led the charge in pre-qualifying practice June 2 with a quick lap of 1 minute, 11.2845 seconds in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car on the 2.07-mile, 14-turn Belle Isle street course.

Dixon, the Indianapolis 500 runner-up on May 27, totaled 25 laps in the chilly morning session.

IZOD IndyCar Series championship points leader Will Power, who has won the past three road/street course races, was second quick (1:11.4677) in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car. Ryan Hunter-Reay (1:11.6814), driving the No. 28 Team DHL/Sun Drop Citrus Soda car for Andretti Autosport was third.

Read more & Comment...
06/02/12
nassprint
nnw

Danica Patrick can't save NASCAR
It could have been deemed a flood of support, but the plumbing ruined the metaphor. Nonetheless, the local reaction was emphatic when Janet Guthrie became the first women to start a top-series NASCAR race in the 1976 World 600.

Charlotte Motor Speedway vendors sold more tickets when Guthrie qualified for the race than it ever had in a single day. The crush of fans was so great that the facility ran out of water, prompting then-general manager H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler to hire local fire departments to bring in more just so toilets would flush. It was a grab for attention that worked perfectly, orchestrated by track president Bruton Smith to sell tickets for an event that was slumping in the shadow of the Indianapolis 500, in part because of Guthrie's attempts to qualify there.

Read more & Comment...
06/02/12
fil

Webb earns Indy Lights pole
DETROIT - Oliver Webb would be hard-pressed to name the first driver to earn a Firestone Indy Lights pole start for Sam Schmidt Motorsports. That would be Brandon Erwin in 2003.

Webb has the distinction of being the 50th Sam Schmidt Motorsports pole winner. He'll lead the field to the green flag later today in the 45-lap race on the Belle Isle street circuit, attempting to give the team its 50th race win. Thiago Medeiros was the first winner in 2004.

Webb had a quick lap of 1 minute, 17.7720 seconds on the 2.07-mile, 14-turn course that was shortened by 10 minutes because of repairs to a barrier in Turn 14. Webb, 21, of Manchester, England, had a previous best start of third at St. Petersburg and Long Beach.

Read more & Comment...
06/02/12
nastruck

Rain at Dover helps Bodine end winless drought
Let it rain!

At a race track where a casino is an integral part of the complex, Todd Bodine gambled and won big.

Despite spinning early in Friday's rain-shortened Lucas Oil 200, Bodine remained on the lead leap, and with a contrarian pit strategy, he worked his way into the lead. When rain forced NASCAR to call the race after 147 laps, Bodine was the winner, breaking a drought of 37 races dating to 2010.

Read more & Comment...
06/02/12
irl

IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard a no-show amidst talk of revolt
At some point Randy Bernard is likely to tell IndyCar and its team owners to go pound sand and walk away from the series that desperately needs him
Where is IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard? And, is there a movement by team owners to have him fired?

Bernard was nowhere to be found on The Raceway at Belle Isle Park Friday for the opening day of practice for Sunday's Detroit Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix.

Bernard is expected to be on Belle Isle on Saturday, or certainly for Sunday's IndyCar race.

A report on Speed.com Wednesday claims IndyCar founder Tony George and a few team owners are behind the move to have Bernard removed as CEO. Michael Andretti's name was among the team owners mentioned in the story.

Read more & Comment...
06/02/12
irl

Bourdais bummed about sharing 1 car
Sebastian Bourdais
Sebastien Bourdais says he knew once Dragon Racing's deal with Lotus went bad it was going to be tough to overcome. He has found out just how tough it will be.

Bourdais will be relegated to competing on street courses - such as Sunday's Detroit Grand Prix - and teammate Katherine Legge will race on ovals. Dragon Racing team owner Jay Penske dropped a $4.6 million lawsuit against Lotus last month in order to be released from a contract to make a deal to use Chevrolet engines.

Chevrolet, though, is providing the team with only one engine for the rest of this season. Bourdais, a four-time champion of the defunct Champ Car Series, says it's too bad he can't race the entire season.

Comment
06/02/12
wsr

Rookie Kevin Magnussen on Spa pole
Kevin Magnussen
The Formula Renault FR 3.5 qualifying session at Spa Saturday morning got off to a flying start. Kevin Magnussen immediately went quickest while Richie Stanaway had an off at Malmedy leading to a red flag.

After the restart the drivers came in to put on new rubber just after the halfway mark. Magnussen was quickest in 1m 58.314s in front of Marco Sorensen and Alexander Rossi.

Sam Bird, the championship leader, then upped the pace. His first flyer was in 1m 58.226s which he improved to 1m 57.492s next time round.

Read more & Comment...
06/02/12
irl

Dallara IndyCar insanely expensive
Dallara makes all the IndyCars.  Monopoly=no competition=high cost
Michael Andretti said Randy Bernard has made some mistakes and good moves, giving him a better-than-average grade for a very tough job.

Money has been the root of many of the complaints, including costs of a new chassis that are about $500,000 instead of the $350,000 expected and budgeted for by teams.

"When they tell us what things are going to cost, that's what they cost," team owner Chip Ganassi said. "They don't seem to do that. They say what they are going to cost and then when the bill comes it's 40 percent more.

Read more & Comment...
06/02/12
irl

Sato does not regret risky move at Indy
Sato practicing in Detroit Friday
IndyCar/LAT USA
Japanese driver Takuma Sato has no regrets about taking his last-lap shot at Indianapolis 500 glory -- and blowing it.

Sato sensationally dived down the inside of leader Dario Franchitti on the first corner of the very last lap of an already exciting Indy 500 last Sunday, only to lose control and crash.

Some described the famously feisty former Formula One pilot's move as rash -- or worse -- and others labeled it heroic, applauding him for laying it on the line with so much at stake.

Read more & Comment...
06/01/12
ga

Mazda Announces Engine Program For New GRAND-AM GX Class

Mazda Motorsports today announced that it will supply racing versions of its new SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engines to customer teams competing in GRAND-AM’s new GX Class for advanced/clean technologies, beginning with the 2013 season.

“This opens a new chapter in racing for us,” said Jay Amestoy, Vice President of Mazda Motorsports, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). “We’ve won with rotary technology, and now we’re looking to again put our customers in the winner’s circle with what we believe will be the most advanced and cleanest production-based powerplant the sport has ever seen.”

The engines will be stock-block Mazda SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter diesel four-cylinder, dual-stage turbocharged powerplants that, according to John Doonan, MNAO’s Director of Mazda Motorsports, “will deliver outstanding performance and fuel economy coupled with the kind of quality, durability and reliability needed to produce great street cars and win endurance races.”

Read more & Comment...
06/01/12
fil

Sebastian Saavedra tops Indy Lights practice
Sebastian Saavedra posted a quick lap of 1 minute, 20.5109 seconds (92.559 mph) in the afternoon practice in the No. 27 Team AFS car as Firestone Indy Lights teams made their debut at Belle Isle.

Tristan Vautier was second quick (1:20.9043; 92.109) in the No. 77 Mazda Road to Indy/Sam Schmidt Motorsports with Curb-Agajanian car. Gustavo Yacaman (1:21.6569), the Firestone Freedom 100 pole sitter, was third in the No. 2 TMR-Tuvacol/Xtreme Coil Drilling car. Points leader Esteban Guerrieri was fourth (1:21.8908) in the No. 11Pistas Argentinas/Sam Schmidt Motorsports with Curb-Agajanian car.

Read more & Comment...
06/01/12
irl

Friday Report from Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix
Rain was the big story in Detroit on Friday, with showers and drizzle and grey skies the rule for most of the day. While all racing classes held practice sessions, one cannot really assign too much importance to the numbers posted in the morning sessions. It also dispels the idea that Roger Penske has God Almighty on his phone's speed dial.

The track dried in the late afternoon, and all 25 cars took to the track. When it finished, Will Power posted the fastest lap, with 2008 Detroit winner Justin Wilson rebounded from an early-morning off to grab the second spot. Ryan Briscoe in was third-fastest.

Read more & Comment...
06/01/12
nnw

NASCAR Charlotte Nationwide TV Rating
ABC’s live telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 26, earned a 1.7 national rating, averaging 2,571,551 viewers, according to the Nielsen Company.

The rating was up from a 1.6 for the 2011 race and from a 1.3 for the 2010 race.

Comment
06/01/12
tv news

Wind Tunnel Sunday UPDATE They’ve added 2003 Champ Car World Series Champion, Paul Tracy, to this Sunday’s panel discussion on Wind Tunnel.

Featured Interview  Tony Stewart (3-time Sprint CUP Champion)
Guest Co-Host  Adam Alexander (Host, SPEED Center)
Guest Co-Host  Tommy Kendall (FOXSports.com NASCAR Analyst & 4-time Trans-Am Series Champion)
Guest Co-Host  Paul Tracy (2003 Champ Car World Series Champion)



05/31/12 3-time CUP Champ, Tony Stewart, will be on Wind Tunnel this Sunday following his performance in the CUP event at Dover. His interview will be recorded from the Victory Lane set following the taping of their show.

SPEED’s Adam Alexander will be co-hosting from the Wind Tunnel studio. SPEED personality and FOXSports.com NASCAR Analyst, Tommy Kendall, will be co-hosting via satellite in Los Angeles.

Read more & Comment...
06/01/12
wsr

Bird leads opening FR3.5 practice UPDATE After taking the Formula Renault 3.5 Series championship lead on the streets of Monaco, Sam Bird (ISR) picked up from where he left off by recording the fastest lap in collective testing. Bird’s effort was more than three seconds quicker than the fastest ever Formula Renault 3.5 lap time at Spa. Richie Stanaway (Lotus), who finished first in the morning session and second in the afternoon, was also on the pace. The New Zealander will no doubt draw confidence from his display after a difficult weekend in Monaco.

Barely a week after Monaco, the 26 drivers in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series were in action again at Spa-Francorchamps. Two collective testing sessions, each 75 minutes long, were scheduled for Friday. And, as the drivers had never driven the new Formula Renault 3.5 on the circuit before, they all took the opportunity to get a number of laps under their belts over the course of the two sessions.

Read more & Comment...
06/01/12
ga

Grand-Am to add a third classification of racing in 2013
Grand-Am Road Racing announced plans on Thursday to add a third class to compete in the Rolex Sports Car Series, beginning with the 2013 season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The new class, to be called GX, will join the series' headlining Daytona Prototype (DP) and the production-based Grand Touring (GT) classes. The models, and some manufacturers, will be unique to GX.

The production-based GX competition will feature cars and technologies not currently involved in the Rolex Series. Rules are being developed to allow for the exploration of a wide variety of alternative technologies and alternative fuels. This could include turbocharged engines and fuels other than gasoline, such as clean diesels and hybrid powertrains.

Read more & Comment...
06/01/12
ga

Gurney, Liddell Quick in Wet Opening Practice at Detroit
Alex Gurney set the pace Friday morning in a rainy first practice session for the Chevrolet GRAND-AM Detroit 200 at Belle Isle.

Gurney turned a fast lap of 75.41 mph (1 minute, 39.3 seconds) in a Corvette DP on the extremely wet 2.1-mile street course to lead the Daytona Prototype class. Richard Westbrook was second with Joao Barbosa third in a 1-2-3 sweep by Corvette DPs.

Robin Liddell was fastest in the Grand Touring (GT) class and eighth-fastest overall, driving a Stevenson Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro GT.R.

Drivers tiptoed through driving rain on the Belle Isle layout early in the first session, abandoning the preferred racing line at certain points to avoid puddles.

Read more & Comment...
06/01/12
irl

Sato, Honda Leads Limited Runnng In Wet Detroit P1
Less than a dozen drivers ventured out for the opening practice session at Detroit this afternoon, as most waited until the rain slowed to a drizzle in the last 30 minutes before posting a time.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan's Takuma Sato used his Honda-powered No. 15 car to turn a lap of 1:28.4 seconds around the 14-turn, 2.1-mile street circuit, leading KV Racing's Rubens Barrichello.

Barrichello followed Sato with a 1:28.8-second lap in his Chevy-powered machine, and Justin Wilson made it three former F1 drivers at the top of the charts with a lap of 1:29.5 seconds, which he set before crashing nose-first after aquaplaning.

Read more & Comment...
06/01/12
motogp

Scorching Start in Catalunya for Yamaha
Home hero Jorge Lorenzo made a scorching start to the Grand Prix of Catalunya today, dominating the second free practice session from the start. The Yamaha Factory Racing rider was the only rider under the 1’43 mark for most of the session. Lorenzo was briefly off the top spot as a flurry of fast laps came in as the session wound down, but swiftly retook it with a blistering 1’42.099, 0.207 seconds clear at the top.

Team mate Ben Spies was clearly enjoying the Catalunya circuit today. Building speed from the first session to the second, he was the first rider to threaten Lorenzo’s top spot in practice two and the second rider to break under the 1’43 mark. A fast consistent pace saw the Texan wrap up the day in seventh on the combined times, with a fastest lap of 1’42.802.

Read more & Comment...
06/01/12
alms

American Le Mans Series to Circuit of The Americas in 2013
The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n (ALMS) announced today that its 2013 season will include a race at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) – the soon-to-be-completed motorsports, entertainment and business development complex in Austin, Texas. The ALMS event will take place during the spring portion of the 2013 race schedule, which will be announced later this year.

Located less than 15 miles from the Texas state capital’s central business district, the unique 3.4-mile Circuit of The Americas will serve as a leader in sustainability through high-performance operations, design, research, education and partnerships, track developers say.

Read more & Comment...
06/01/12
IRL

Firestone Racing Introduces New Rain Tire to IZOD IndyCar Series
Firestone Racing engineers have developed an all-new rain tire for use in the IZOD IndyCar Series that is a significant departure from the type of rain tires that have been utilized for the past 15 seasons.  With rain falling on the Bell Isle circuit for this afternoon's practice session, this new wet-condition race tire is being utilized for the first time today.

The new Firestone Firehawk rain tire's tread pattern is inspired by the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 passenger tire, and it will serve as more of an "intermediate" rain tire than its "full wet" predecessor.

Read more & Comment...
06/01/12
wc

Drissi, Povoledo Lead Wet Pirelli World Challenge Practice In Detroit
Despite the rain and soaked track, the Pirelli World Challenge GT and GTS fields opened the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on Friday morning with the first practice session for Rounds Six and Seven this weekend, the Cadillac V-Series Challenge at Belle Isle.

Tomy Drissi (Weber photo) Tomy Drissi, of Hollywood, Calif., led the GT field with a flying lap at the checkered flag, while Toronto’s Aaron Povoledo topped the GTS class.

Drissi turned a lap of 1:52.571 (66.518 mph) around the 14-turn, 2.08-mile circuit located on the island in the middle of the Detroit river. Drissi’s No. 47 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Porsche 911 GT posted the best time on the final lap of the 20-minute session after learning from his team that he’d fallen to second.

Read more & Comment...
06/01/12
irl
ga

Early rain in Detroit
Rain was falling in Detroit on Belle Isle this morning, which will call for rain tires if it continues.  There is a 65% or more chance of rain all day.

Comment
06/01/12
irl

Penske: Grand Prix gives Detroit much-needed lift
Roger Penske
For Michigan billionaire Roger Penske, the Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix is more than a place for his formidable race team to collect a trophy. It's a gift that can be enjoyed by the city of Detroit.

"We want to see Detroit successful," Penske, 75, said recently as he took a tour of Belle Isle and sat down to discuss his love affair with racing, the island and Detroit. "I live in Michigan and want to see it be the best state in the U.S."

Penske has lived in the Detroit area for more than four decades. His massive company is based in Bloomfield Hills and his heart is very much entrenched in helping the city regain its pulse after the recent severe economic downturn.

Read more & Comment...
06/01/12
irl

Hinchcliffe makes dent in wake of Danica Patrick's exodus
Replacing Danica, Hinchcliffe has raised the level of the whole Andretti team
James Hinchcliffe was looking for a ride after last season when Newman-Haas officials announced they would be leaving the IndyCar series after 30 years.

It didn't take Hinchcliffe long to find a job.

Michael Andretti called in December and asked if he was interested in replacing Danica Patrick in the No. 27GoDaddy.com Chevrolet.

"Yes!" Hinchcliffe said.

He's backed up the deal with five top-10 finishes in five races, including a third at Long Beach and fourth at St. Petersburg.

Read more & Comment...
06/01/12
British F3

Rockingham races promise a close Formula 3 battle
Jack Harvey and his RSF-backed F3 car
With five different winners already this season and a championship lead which has changed hands with every race, the unpredictable and competitive Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series returns to the UK next week (9/10 June) for a triple-helping of excitement at the Rockingham Motor Speedway in Northamptonshire.

After races at Monza in Italy and Pau, France, the Rockingham rounds will be the first chance since Easter for the F3 field to race on a home track. Jack Harvey, the leading British contender, can’t wait: “We are coming back into the realms of more consistent weekends, more ‘typical’ F3 races,” said the Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver. “Rockingham is a circuit at which I have gone well in the past, and as always I will be going out with the intention of winning, of putting myself in the best possible position to win at least two out of the three races. It’s a realistic target.”

Read more & Comment...
06/01/12
wec

Marc Gene to replace Timo Bernhard at Le Mans
Timo Bernhard
After three consecutive runs for Audi at the Le Mans 24 Hours and his overall victory at the wheel of the Audi R15 TDI in the 2010 season, Timo Bernhard will not participate in the endurance classic this year. In close coordination with the physicians and with Audi Sport the Audi factory driver attaches major importance to making a complete recovery after his accident.

Following the testing accident in March in which he was not at fault Timo Bernhard started a rehabilitation program with his personal trainer and received comprehensive medical care. "I’m very pleased with the steps I’ve managed to make during this time," says Bernhard who hails from Germany’s Saar-Palatinate district. "We’ve created a tight system of medical checks, so my progress has constantly been monitored. Unfortunately, there’s not enough time before the Le Mans 24 Hours to become 100 percent fit again. Le Mans is a world-class race that doesn’t allow any compromises. I only want to compete at this event in perfect physical condition. That’s why on the advice of my doctors and in close coordination with Audi I decided not to run at Le Mans this year."

Read more & Comment...
06/01/12
irl
nassprint

NASCAR journalist: Brilliant Indy 500 underscores how boring NASCAR is
When Brian France, the NASCAR boss, was asked last weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway about boring racing on the stock car tour this spring and drivers complaining that the playoff points system had forced them to become less aggressive, France curtly dismissed the issue: "Drivers complaining? Like we've never had that before."

However Sunday's arch-rival event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – a brilliantly played out Indy 500 – has put the NASCAR Sprint Cup tour's dilemma in exceedingly sharp focus.

NASCAR racing is suddenly boring?

Ya think?

Read more & Comment...
06/01/12
irl

PREVIEW: Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix
It's the week after Indianapolis and IndyCar is back in action for the second time in a five-race-in-five-weekend stretch. Thanks to the efforts of Roger Penske and Chevrolet, the Detroit Grand Prix has been revived for the first time since 2008. It marks the fourth iteration of IndyCar in Detroit since the first race in downtown in 1989, and third at the Raceway on Belle Isle (1992-2001, 2007-'08). It's also the lone street course of the month, with three ovals to follow after this.

Read more & Comment...
06/01/12
irl
nassprint

GM President Mark Reuss Sees Racing As A Key To Success
Mark Reuss
One of the things that is most impressive about General Motors Co. President Mark Reuss is how even-keeled he is, even when facing tough questions from the press. So it is all the more striking how his demeanor changes when he starts talking about the Indianapolis 500. His business-like tone gets tinged with excitement, and for a moment, childlike exuberance breaks through the grown-up seriousness he usually exudes.

“The hair on the back of my neck still stands up, just like it did in turn one with my dad in the first Indy 500 that I went to,” Reuss says.

Annual pilgrimages with his father to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway started when he was a kid. Reuss remembers being able to tell Buick stock blocks from Ford Cosworths just by the sound the race cars made as they whizzed by.

Read more & Comment...
06/01/12
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Ecclestone confirms F1 floatation delay
  • Small teams ramp up pressure on Red Bull spending
  • 'No one knows why' small teams best - Marko
  • Curtailed 'creativity' causing championship chaos - Alonso
  • Alonso tips Massa to maintain Monaco form
  • Steering issue creating Lotus-Raikkonen rift
  • No 'race win' ultimatum at Williams - Senna
  • 'Fake Charlie Whiting' to meet real thing in Canada

    Read more & Comment...
06/01/12
fil

Firestone Indy Lights debut in Detroit puts all teams on even footing
There aren't too many venues on the 2012 Firestone Indy Lights schedule where the entire field is visiting a new circuit, but the Raceway at Belle Isle Park - site of the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix -  is one of them.

"Going to a new track is always a unique experience," Younessi Racing driver Peter Dempsey said. "I am not a big track walking person, but with new tracks I always tend to do at least two track walks. You really learn a lot more in your first two laps of driving the car."

Read more & Comment...
06/01/12
irl

Tagliani looking forward to a 'normal return'
Alex Tagliani
A hearty laugh crosses the phone line as Alex Tagliani recounts the circumstances surrounding his first IZOD IndyCar Series race.

To refresh the memory, it was 2008 at Belle Isle and Tagliani was called upon by Eric Bachelart to sub for the injured Enrique Bernoldi in the Conquest Racing entry. Tagliani, who had competed in Champ Car, was at the time driving in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.

Tagliani drove overnight to Detroit and immediately was indoctrinated in the paddock to prepare for the race weekend on the 2.07-mile, 14-turn street course.

"We tried to mold the seat but it was too late (in the day) to get it done, so I jumped into Bernoldi's seat," Tagliani said. "He was a bit bigger than me and I had to put some blankets on top of the seat to make it work.

Read more & Comment...
Hot News Archives
2000 2001 2002 2003
2004200520062007
2008200920102011
2012201320142015

Search Hot News
Search Help