MAVTV joins Direct TV lineup MAVTV, America's fastest-growing independent cable network, announced today that it will join the DIRECTV line-up starting June 10 on Channel 219 between the Golf Channel (218) and NBC Sports (220). Since taking control of the Network in September of 2011, owner Lucas Oil Products, Inc has added 22 million American households to its original four million for a total of 26 million. MAVTV American Real expects to top 30 million households by the end of 2013.
With a full schedule of more than 40 programs, ranging from the best in motorsports to original programming and classic films, MAVTV focuses on American families who have an appetite for action and adventure.
Sunoco sponsors Kanaan for four races KV Racing Technology is proud to announce Sunoco as the primary sponsor of the 2013 Indianapolis 500 Champion Tony Kanaan's No. 11 car for this weekend's Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway. Sunoco will also be the primary sponsor on Kanaan's car at three other races this season: the Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Iowa Speedway on June 23, the Pocono INDYCAR 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 30, and the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Aug. 4.
"I am very proud and happy that Sunoco will be my primary sponsor for four upcoming races- Texas, Iowa, Pocono and Mid-Ohio," Kanaan said. "Sunoco has a long heritage in Indy car racing beginning in the late 1960's and is a proven winner. I look forward to my association with them and will hopefully get them to victory circle starting in Texas. Along with Sunoco, "Turbo" will be riding along with me in those events. My son Leo will be excited to see that, and I am very proud to be associated with what is sure to be a very special movie."
NHRA Fines Crew Member $7,500 NHRA has fined Dan Gonzalez $7,500 as a result of an incident in the pits at the just completed Toyota NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J.
Gonzalez was involved in an altercation with Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Matt Smith in Hector Arana Jr.’s pit area, which involved both profanity and physical abuse. Such action is inappropriate behavior and in violation of participant conduct as outlined in Section 1, page 3, section 1.3.1, of the 2013 NHRA Rulebook.
Servia Joins Panther Panther Racing announced today that IndyCar Series veteran Oriol Servia will drive the team’s No. 4 National Guard Chevrolet this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway and during the June 23rd event at Iowa Speedway. Servia, who has worked directly with Panther through the team’s technical alliance with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing for the past year, was available after Dreyer & Reinbold Racing elected to not continue its No. 22 car effort after last month’s Indianapolis 500.
“Oriol has been part of our extended family for over a year now, so this will be a seamless transition for the National Guard team,” Panther Managing Partner John Barnes said. “We know what Oriol is capable of, and our team is always happy to add a driver that can contend at any circuit on the IndyCar schedule. We’re also excited to get him more integrated with the National Guard, as he’s a perfect fit for their recruitment efforts in lots of diverse markets across the country.”
GP Of Baltimore Seeing Uptick In Sponsorships, Ticket Sales Izod IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Baltimore organizers are "bullish on sponsorships for the Labor Day weekend event and on tickets, which have been for sale since before Christmas, though they won't release exact numbers," according to Luke Broadwater of the Baltimore SUN. Race GM Tim Mayer said, "We're literally four months ahead of last year."
Organizers said that in another change this year they are "making a concerted push to attract parents with children to a more family-friendly event." Children 12 and under will be let in "for free, if accompanied by an adult, compared to the $35 price for all attendees last year."
TRD focuses on durability of parts Toyota Racing Development will introduce upgraded engine parts and make adjustments in power for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway to ensure durability moving forward. TRD had engine failures in the cars of contending drivers Matt Kenseth and Martin Truex Jr. last weekend at Dover International Speedway.
That brought their total for the season to six, two more than the Ford engines and four more than the Chevrolet engines. TRD senior vice president David Wilson told ESPN.com on Tuesday that four of the failures -- including both at Dover and one the previous week at Charlotte -- were related to the valve train.
"We probably pushed a little too hard and we need to put margin back into our engines," Wilson said by phone from TRD headquarters in Costa Mesa, Calif. "What we're doing and focusing on is durability. I have the entire group at TRD putting performance stuff on the backburner and focusing on nothing but durability." More at ESPN.com
Fellows Completes One-Day NASCAR Test at Sonoma Accomplished road-course driver Ron Fellows completed a one-day test at Sonoma Raceway on Tuesday, in advance of the 25th Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend, June 21-23. Fellows, who will pilot the #33 Circle Sport Chevy, will compete in both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series road-course events at Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International (Aug. 11). Fellows completed approximately 80 laps on the 10-turn, 1.99 mile road course during the test. "It's been a couple years since I've driven a Cup car," said Fellows, who has competed in eight NASCAR Cup races in Sonoma, posting a best finish of third in 2003. "These things have so much more horsepower (than the Nationwide cars) and are tricky to drive. The ride's a little harsher than I remember, but I'm also a little older." For more information on the 25th Toyota/Save Mart 350, call 800-870-RACE (7223) or visit racesonoma.com/nascar. Sonoma Raceway
F1 should have done more to reduce 2014 engine costs – Whitmarsh
McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh says Formula One should have gone further when defining the specification of the 2014 engines to ensure costs did not spiral out of control.
F1′s smallest teams have warned that engine costs could soar to $30 million for a single season from next year due to the introduction of new V6 engines featuring sophisticated energy recovery systems.
Whitmarsh told Autosport that “the overall thrust” of the regulations had been correct. “Downsizing, direct injection, turbocharging, those are road relevant technologies and are good. Energy recovery is good.”
Fellows will race road courses for Circle Sport Racing Sports-car veteran Ron Fellows will drive in the two Sprint Cup Series road course events this year for Circle Sport Racing.
The team has mostly used Landon Cassill as its driver but has tapped the road-course ace to fill the seat for the June 23 race at Sonoma and the Aug. 11 race at Watkins Glen. Fellows has four Nationwide Series wins (three at Watkins Glen, one at Montreal) and two truck wins (both at Watkins Glen) to go along with 23 career Cup starts in his NASCAR career.
Toyota's Lee White to retire, steps back now (Update)UPDATE Darrell Waltrip comments:
On White’s legacy in motor sports: “From the first day I started with Toyota with my Truck Series team years ago, Lee White was in charge of the Toyota engine development program. When Toyota decided to get into Cup racing, they didn’t have anything to start with -- no engine, no vehicle, no nothing. Toyota didn’t have a V8 pushrod, normally aspirated engine in its inventory at the time, so that engine had to be built from scratch from a blank sheet of paper. Lee oversaw every bit of that. Before that, he was a fierce competitor with Jack Roush in IMSA, and has been with TRD every step of the way, even in Indy car racing. He has been a major player in engine development for more than 20 years and has contributed more to auto racing than most people realize.”
Keselowski fails post-race inspectionUPDATE #2 Penalties have been handed down to the #2 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team following last Sunday's race at Dover International Speedway. The #2 car was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4J (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20-12.8.1B (the car failed to meet the minimum front car heights during post-race inspection) of the 2013 rule book. As a result of this violation, crew chief Paul Wolfe has been fined $25,000 and will remain on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. The team has also been docked six championship driver (Brad Keselowski) and six championship car owner (Roger Penske) points.
Dale Coyne Racing announced Tuesday that Pippa Mann will drive the No. 18 entry at Texas Motor Speedway this coming weekend.
The 29 year-old will rejoin Dale Coyne Racing after driving for the team at the Indianapolis 500 two weeks ago.
Speaking about the announcement, Mann said: “I am very excited to be back with Dale Coyne Racing for the Firestone 550k at Texas Motor Speedway. We had a great car at the Indianapolis 500 and I am looking forward to bringing the team a good finish there Saturday night under the lights. It’s exciting to be in the No. 18 car that finished 15th in the Indianapolis 500 and finished first & third this past weekend in Detroit.”
NASCAR Driver Could Win $1 Million At Indiana 250 The Indiana 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday, July 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be the final event in the Dash 4 Cash, a popular, returning program that could award $1 million to a driver and will award $100,000 to a fan.
This year, the Nationwide Series race June 28 at Kentucky Speedway will be the qualifier for the "Dash 4 Cash," the beginning of the popular NASCAR Nationwide Series program that could result in a $1 million payout to one talented driver. The Kentucky race will determine the four eligible drivers that could win one of the four $100,000 payouts that make up the program beginning July 5 at Daytona International Speedway.
Kanaan on Letterman tonight (Update)UPDATE Indy 500 champion Tony Kanaan appeared on CBS' "Late Show" last night. Host David Letterman noted people were cheering when Kanaan took the late lead in the race and asked, "Why are you such a popular winner? Is it because you've raced there for 12 years and were so close so many times or is it you're just a popular guy?" Kanaan: "I think people related to that. I mean, it took me 12 years to win that race. You beat me a couple times, actually. So now I have the pleasure to sit here and finally beat you." Letterman: "I like the way you tell that."
At the conclusion of the interview, the Borg-Warner Trophy was brought on-stage, with Kanaan noting the large trophy costs $3.5M to create. Letterman said, "They will put your face on there, Tony, is that right?" Kanaan replied, "Yeah and it's going to be the biggest nose on the trophy. It's going to have an extra handle"
06/03/13 Tony Kanaan will stop by and chat with Dave Letterman (Late Show 11:35 PM Eastern) about TK's winning the Indianapolis 500. The question is whether his hair will still be blonde.
More money, changes coming to Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix As crews disassembled stages, grandstands and entertainment chalets Monday, Belle Isle Grand Prix Chairman Bud Denker was making measurements for physical improvements to next year’s event.
“I reported to the boss (Roger Penske) today (Monday) and he is over the moon with how the weekend went,” said Denker. “My crew was disappointed with the grandstand crowd Saturday, but selling tickets is a small part of this equation. We are in this long term.”
The event has one more year in its agreement with the city of Detroit, plus several option years. Both sides indicate the deal is likely to get a long-term extension soon.
Festival feel would add to the Detroit Grand Prix The woman was jumping up and down, screaming about the Bret Michaels concert a night earlier. She was a concession worker and stayed for the entire event, went home to get some sleep and returned the next day for her final shift.
“I am still tired,” she said. “Oh, I had a great time. It was great here.”
She didn’t mention the racing that went on at Belle Isle — back-to-back days of 70-lap IndyCar events.
DTM Attracts 44,000 People To Race Weekend At Red Bull Ring In Austria The German Touring Car Championship (DTM) race weekend at the RedBull Ring in Spielberg, Austria "attracted 44,000 people over the course of three days despite rainy weather and low temperatures." Kurier
F1 Owner CVC Capital Plans $2B-Plus Takeover Bid For IMG Worldwide The part-owner of F1 is plotting a $2B-plus "takeover bid for IMG Worldwide," according to Mark Kleinman of SKY NEWS. CVC Capital Partners, the London-based private equity group, "is working on a blockbuster bid for IMG, which has been put up for sale in recent weeks."
A person familiar with the plans said, "CVC is taking this incredibly seriously. They have done a huge amount of work on this and see themselves as a natural owner of a business like IMG." CVC "would be a logical buyer of IMG."
Marc Marquez undergoes medical examination at Hospital Universitario Quiron Dexeus
Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez, who suffered a huge crash last Friday in preparation for the Italian GP, has returned home to Barcelona and visited Doctor Xavier Mir who confirmed the initial diagnosis which took place in Mugello and verified that there are no other injuries.
Directly upon arrival in Barcelona, Marc headed to the Hospital Universitario Quiron Dexeus, where he underwent a medical this afternoon. Doctor Xavier Mir, Director of the Microsurgery and Surgery Department, studied in more detail the injury which was first examined on Friday – in his role as part of the First Contact medical team that attends each Grand Prix, and was able to confirm the good condition of the Repsol Honda rider.
Detroit doubleheader shows IndyCar competition is wide open Mike Conway and Simon Pagenaud added to the IZOD IndyCar Series' season of surprises over the weekend in the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans.
Their victories in the 70-lap races of the inaugural IZOD IndyCar Series doubleheader didn't necessarily take anyone by surprise, but underscored the competitiveness through the field.
"It's really unique," said James Jakes, who recorded a series-best runner-up finish to Pagenaud in the second race. "There are 25 guys who can win a race, and I don't think there is any other championship where you can say that.
Stewart says Addington is not being replaced Tony Stewart's win in the FedEx 400 gave him an opportunity to squelch rumors of crew chief Steve Addington possibly being replaced. "I was ticked," he said after the race Sunday. "I don't need that crap. I've got enough stuff to worry about, keeping three cars competitive and trying to get them in that state and having to deal with a bunch of bullcrap that's inaccurate and speculation." You might want to talk to the guys that write the checks, the guys that work there, and find out the facts before you guys go throwing darts on the dartboard," he told the media.
Johnson disapproves of penalty call With seven wins at the track, Jimmie Johnson is used to being out in front at Dover. This time it cost him. Johnson's drive for a record eighth win on the mile concrete track ended when NASCAR penalized him Sunday for jumping leader #42-Juan Pablo Montoya off the restart with 19 laps left. Johnson finished 17th in a race won by Tony Stewart. Montoya finished second. "There's always a judgment call in pro sports," Johnson said. "Our sport doesn't have many opportunities for that. Today, it did, and the call didn't go my way."
It was quite a twin bill on Belle Isle A year ago, Belle Isle Grand Prix chairman Bud Denker stood at the main exit and apologized to fans for a calamitous afternoon of long delays and endless road repair.
Sunday, Denker thanked everyone for coming.
And the fans thanked him back. It was a great show,” Denker said, admittedly breathing a sigh of relief. “The mood is 180 degrees different than what it was at this same time a year ago. The drivers loved the new layout. There was plenty of action, especially on the new straightaway. The aerial television views of Detroit were spectacular.”
Changes planned for next year's Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix The races are over and plans already have begun to take shape for the Belle Isle Grad Prix's return next year and beyond.
"I have to have a good sit-down with Roger Penske to talk about the future of this event and how much it does for our city," Detroit Mayor Dave Bing said.
"This event shows us to the world in such a different light than all the negative news we have faced," Bing said. "Look at this beautiful park. Look at all of these volunteers making this happen. It's the Detroit we want the world to see."
NASCAR’s Pemberton: Restart penalty for Johnson was “cut and dry” Despite Jimmie Johnson‘s insistence that race leader Juan Pablo Montoya wasn’t going fast enough on the final restart of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway, NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said the decision to penalize Johnson for jumping Montoya was a clear one.
“He left early and he didn’t give [the lead] back like we tell them all the time when that type of thing comes up,” Pemberton told the Associated Press following the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks. “It’s pretty cut and dry. You can look at the films and the restart zone and where the start was.”
FIA also probing secret Ferrari tire test (Update)UPDATE Ferrari insist the only matter up for discussion in the Pirelli testing saga is what car was used - "everything else is irrelevant detail".
Both Ferrari and Mercedes are facing a FIA disciplinary inquiry after taking part in private tests with Pirelli earlier this season.
Ferrari ran in the wake of the Bahrain Grand Prix while Mercedes were in action in the days following the Barcelona race.
"The FIA has asked Team Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 and Scuderia Ferrari Team which have taken part in tire tests in the 2013 season to reply to a disciplinary inquiry in pursuance of the FIA Judicial and Disciplinary Rules," said an FIA statement earlier in the week.
"This follows the Stewards' Report from the Monaco Grand Prix and represents supplementary information required by the FIA in the light of the replies received from Pirelli, who were asked for clarifications on Tuesday May 28th."
Video: Saavedra flips Andretti a double bird Marco Andretti and Sebastian Saavedra bounced off each other at a corner sending Saavedra to the wall. Saavedra gave Andretti the double middle finger. Also has a replay of Dario Franchitti knocking a tire on to the track. Interview from Saavedra .
Pre-Race update from Detroit Pretty slow day here on Belle Isle. The IndyCar race does not start for another 1:25 minutes, and there is no scheduled running between now and them. Remember, with this weekend's doubleheader, the only support races events were the Rolex Grand-Am Series and Pirelli World Challenge. Grand-Am ran their race yesterday afternoon, while Pirelli ran a race yesterday and one earlier today. I suppose one issue with doubleheaders is they leave little room for other categories/support series to run.
I just spent about a half hour walking the grounds here at Belle Isle. The crowd already looks much bigger than yesterday. And while there was some disappointment yesterday regarding the attendance, the locals working the ground I spoke with didn't see it feel that way. One lady said something to the effect of she believed a lot of people didn't grasp the Saturday race concept, but believed they would in future years. Another gentleman simply noted that anything Roger Penske touches turns to gold.
Lorenzo completes hat-trick of Mugello wins Jorge Lorenzo has won the Gran Premio d’Italia for the third successive year, leading home MotoGP championship leader Dani Pedrosa and Britain’s Cal Crutchlow. There were crashes for both local hero Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez, ending the Spanish rookie’s run of consecutive podium finishes.
On Saturday, Repsol Honda Team’s Pedrosa – winner of the last two Grands Prix in Spain and France – had claimed his first pole position of the campaign, heading up the front row from Yamaha Factory Racing’s Lorenzo and Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso. Sunday afternoon would prove to be completely dry as the race was held in bright conditions, marking the fifth round of 18 in 2013.
Rival manufactures would welcome Ford to IndyCar racing
Ford Cosworth XF IndyCar engine
When the checkered flag fell on Saturday's IndyCar race on Belle Isle, representatives of Honda proudly stood beside winning driver Mike Conway on the victor's podium.
Glory and the engineering credibility that helps sell cars come with the victory champagne.
But it isn't like Honda and Chevrolet, the other engine builder in the high speed, open-cockpit racing series, have tried to keep this to themselves. Mark Reuss, president of General Motors North America, said last week, after Chevrolet driver Tony Kanaan won the 97th Indianapolis 500, that he'd like to see cross-town rival Ford back in the series.
Co-founder of HANS calls for better safety at lower levels of sport The co-founder of HANS performance products has called on sanctioning bodies in all levels of racing to become more educated in proper use of safety equipment.
While NASCAR and IndyCar have both made significant safety advancements over the last decade, Jim Downing said he's concerned about drivers in all forms of auto racing.
A sprint car driver in Bloomington, Ind. and two Dwarf car drivers competing near Reno, Nevada were killed by accidents during the Memorial Day weekend and a 12-year-old girl suffered critical head and neck injuries in a quarter midget racing accident in Graham, Wash.
Sir Stirling Moss and Lewis Hamilton attend Formula 1 event at Silverstone
Moss explains the W196 to Hamilton
Racing legend Sir Stirling Moss and MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS driver Lewis Hamilton accepted an invitation to visit Silverstone on Friday 31st May. The two British Grand Prix winners were accompanied by a MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One car and a stunning Mercedes-Benz W 196.
It is the very car that won Grands Prix in Germany and Switzerland at the hands of five-time World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio in 1954, and the same model raced by Sir Stirling Moss at the British Grand Prix in 1955 - his first ever F1 World Championship victory.
O'Connell Wins Cadillac V-Series Challenge in Detroit Team Cadillac driver Johnny O'Connell won today's running of the Pirelli World Challenge Cadillac V-Series Challenge GT race on Detroit's Belle Isle. Teammate Andy Pilgrim filled the third position on the podium.
O'Connell (Flowery Branch, Ga.) came to the rolling start of the 50-minute race from the pole position. Getting a strong jump he managed to the lead entire 25-lap race fending off his pursuers through three restarts. For O'Connell, the victory was his second on the season and third for Cadillac on Belle Isle.
Saturday Morning at Belle Isle (Delayed post) It's just before 8 a.m. here on Belle Isle. The Pirelli World Challenge cars are practicing on a wet track. Grand-AM will have a brief practice afterwards, followed by IndyCar Series qualifying at 9:15 a.m.
To reiterate, this morning's qualifying session will set the grid for tomorrow's race. And because of the doubleheader, the format will be as follows:
Allmendinger to run Road America NASCAR race Penske Racing announced today that AJ Allmendinger will pilot the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang in two upcoming NASCAR Nationwide Series road course events at Road America and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
The move will allow Allmendinger a chance to return to Penske Racing’s NASCAR program. This season, Allmendinger has been competing in a part-time schedule with the Team Penske IndyCar program. In three races behind the wheel of the No. 2 Team Penske IndyCar, Allmendinger has a best finish of seventh, which came in the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 over Memorial Day weekend. Allmendinger, making his first start in the historic race, led 23 laps as a rookie at the speedway.
Championship leader Dani Pedrosa stole a last-minute pole position to cap off a dramatic qualifying session for the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM. The Repsol Honda Team rider will share the front row with Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo and Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso, who overcame a neck injury for a front row slot.
Until Free Practice 4 Pedrosa had not been quickest so far this weekend at Mugello but, shortly after Lorenzo had beaten his pole position record of 2012, overcame his compatriot with a best effort of 1’47.157. This left less than a tenth of a second between the top two, with Dovizioso cementing a front row position for the second consecutive race; this was notwithstanding the fact that the leading Italian was on painkillers after crashing on Friday. The top eight riders all enjoyed a short time on the provisional front row, but a flurry of changes made for an action-packed Q2.
Saturday IndyCar Qualifying Update The first session of IndyCar's Saturday qualifying has just finished with the second group just now taking to the track. Continuing what has been by far the best weekend of his IndyCar career, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing's James Jakes set fast time. If no one in the second group betters Jakes' time, it will be the first career pole for the young Englishman.
Following Jakes were Ryan Hunter-Reay, Simon Pagenaud, Justin Wilson, James Hinchcliffe, A.J. Allmendinger, Marco Andretti, Dario Franchitti, Tristan Vautier, Charlie Kimball, Sebastian Bourdais, Josef Newgarden, and Alex Tagliani.
We will another update when Group 2 is finished. Brian C. reporting from Belle Isle
Gordon wants more SAFER barriers Jeff Gordon talked about the lack of SAFER barriers in many areas around track: Q: On your tweet comment after the Charlotte race about hitting the wall, not being a SAFER barrier there. Have you talked to Anybody in relation to that? Gordon: "I found the one off of (Turn) 2 here (Dover) and they haven't fixed that one. I saw somebody in the Truck Series found it, too, and they haven't done that. So, I'm not anticipating any change. I understand their theory is they go through their testing and see where multiple impacts have happened and highest impacts and those things. But, I've got to tell you, that was one of the hardest hits I've had in a race car. And the type of impact it was, I got hit from the left so it shifted everything to the left, and then I hit the wall on the right so I went from left to right. I had a rough week. I didn't quite understand the pain that I was feeling that night until I went back and watched the video and realized the angle that I hit as well as the fact that there was no Safer barrier. I had no idea there was no Safer barrier at that dogleg on the front stretch. That blew my mind that there wasn't one. I mean, there's one at the start/finish line and it stops and then there's one at Turn 1. It goes around to Turn 2. That kind of shocked me. So, I certainly said something and when I get the opportunity, I'll talk to others as well about it. As I've learned in the past, they're going to look at those circumstances and make their calls based on that. Me sitting down and having a conversation with them isn't necessarily going to change that, but it doesn't mean it's going to stop me from doing it." Chevy PR
GreenGT pulls out of 2013 Le Mans The GreenGT hydrogen-electric prototype entry for this year's Le Mans 24 Hours has withdrawn from the event.
The GreenGT H2 is powered by an emissions-free hydrogen fuel cell and had run on track for the first time in April, but will not follow through with its Le Mans entry . Managing director Jean-Francois Weber believes the 2013 event would come too soon for the car to be run properly.
"The GreenGT H2 is already showing great potential and has great scope for improvement," said Weber. "However, the complexity and cost of this unique model requires the use of extremely rigorous methods and very time-consuming new procedures.
"We are only at the beginning of this adventure, and it is essential for us not to cut corners and continue the development of the GreenGT H2."
Drivers praise Bell Isle changes The Penske-led Detroit Grand Prix organization spent approximately $2 million after last year's embarrassing, the-track-is-hurling-concrete-at-the-drivers race experience that forced a prolonged red flag for repairs, and with 12 months to rectify the situation, and to make a few alterations to the configuration to improve the flow, drivers had nothing but praise to offer on Friday.
“It's fun to drive,” said Rahal Letterman Lanigan's James Jakes after qualifying fourth for Race 1. “It slows a lot better than the old one used to do. When you go down into three, four, five, six, it's fun. The asphalt and concrete, you get a balance shift mid entry to the corner. A big thank-you to the Penske organization for doing such a great job here, making it so fun to drive.”
Tesla expands electric-car charger network Tesla 20-minute “superchargers” will blanket the U.S. and Canada within two years, CEO Elon Musk said Thursday. Musk announced plans to greatly upgrade and expand the number of its superchargers in and between population centers of the United States and Southern Canada to link major cities via free electricity.
Musk said Tesla will start by tripling the number of charging stations from the current eight -- six in California and two on the East Coast -- by the end of next month, adding stations in California as well as Vancouver; Seattle; Portland, Ore.; Austin, Texas; Dallas; Illinois; Colorado; and four more spots on the Eastern Seaboard.
Indy 500 TV Rating (2nd Updated)UPDATE #2 Do we need more evidence why the Indy 500 can no longer be run on a Sunday afternoon? Final ratings for the Indianapolis 500 narrowly avoided setting an all-time record low.
The 2013 Indianapolis 500 drew a 3.7 rating and 5.7 million viewers, according to Nielsen fast-nationals — down 14% in ratings and 16% in viewership from last year (4.3, 6.8M), and down 8% and 15%, respectively, from 2011 (4.0, 6.7M).
The race ranks as the second-lowest rated Indianapolis 500 since the race began airing live from start-to-finish in 1986, ahead of only 2010 (3.6). Prior to 2010, the Indianapolis 500 had never dipped below a 4.0 final rating. Viewership for the race was the lowest since ’86, falling below the previous mark set in 2010 (5.8M).
IndyCar drivers don't value what little sponsorship they have
Indianapolis 500-winning driver Tony Kanaan in his post-race interview last Sunday "babbled on about everything BUT his sponsors," which is notable because those in motorsports typically "realize how critical corporate sponsors are to the sport," according to Anthony Schoettle of the INDIANAPOLIS BUSINESS JOURNAL.
Anyone who has "been around motorsports for any length of time, especially the drivers themselves," know one cardinal rule -- "no sponsors, no racing. It’s that simple." Schoettle: "I couldn’t believe what I was hearing at the conclusion of Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 ... I was astounded how few times I heard the drivers who were standing in front of a TV audience of nearly 5 million people say almost nothing about their sponsors."
Bernstein To Miss NHRA Two Races Brandon Bernstein will undergo a procedure to repair a herniated disc in his back following this weekend’s Toyota NHRA Summernationals and will miss the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events in Bristol, Tenn., and Epping, N.H.
Bernstein, who will race in Englishtown, will be replaced in the ProtectTheHarvest.com/MAVTV dragster by six-time national event winner J.R. Todd.
“It’s a real bummer to have Brandon sit out for a couple of races,” Morgan Lucas Racing team owner Morgan Lucas said. “But first and foremost is his health, and his long-term health is the biggest priority to us as a team. We see everyone on our team as family, and Brandon is a key element to the family. We want to preserve his health and make sure he is capable of staying healthy for himself and his family.”
Penske crew chiefs return After serving their two-race penalties for a rules violation at Texas in April, crew chiefs Paul Wolfe and Todd Gordon are back this weekend, ready to help Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano stop backsliding in Sprint Cup points. They originally were suspended six races and fined $200,000 for cheating, but their suspensions were reduced to only Darlington on May 11 and Charlotte last weekend.
Wolfe, last year's championship-winning crew chief with Keselowski and the No. 2 Ford team, said being gone was tougher than he expected. “I'm a hands-on kind of guy and for me to be able to watch the car in practice and see how it runs around other cars is important,” he said Friday at Dover International Speedway, scene of this weekend's 400-lap, 400-mile Sprint Cup race on Sunday afternoon. “It's important to see all that and make decisions on what changes to make. Everyone who stepped up and helped out did a great job and did all that we could ask, but obviously, it's just not the same.
Alfa Romeo gears up for two-year Monza sponsorship Italian carmaker Alfa Romeo has agreed a two-year sponsorship deal with the owners of the Monza racetrack in Italy.
Alfa Romeo’s Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde model will be the track’s official safety, courtesy and medical car. The Turin-based carmaker will also receive advertising exposure at ‘scheduled sports competitions’ and organize special events at the track. The agreement, which was officially unveiled at the 2013 FIM Superbike World Championship at Monza on 12th May, will run until the end of 2014.
Monza, which was built in 1922, will host the 2013 Italian Grand Prix from 6th to 8th September.
Dover Motorsports' Denis McGlynn Discusses Camera Cable Incident Dover Motorsports President & CEO Denis McGlynn on Friday discussed last week's camera cable incident at Charlotte Motor Speedway and looked forward to Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 at Dover Int'l Speedway. McGlynn: "The first thing I thought was, 'Do we have cables that might impact the race here at Dover?' Thankfully, the answer was no." McGlynn added the "overall benefit of having that camera there overrides the negatives that can happen, and whatever they need to do to fix it to make sure it will never happen again, they'll do."
McGlynn said tickets sales for Sunday's race are "about level with last year." McGlynn: "We didn't expect much more given what we know about the economy and where our people come from and what their demographic is. To the extent that the crowd is the same, that's the new up. We'll take it for this year, but we really would like to see some growth, and I think it's just going to take some time." NASCAR Now," ESPN2
Super Nova International racer Narain Karthikeyan scored his maiden Auto GP pole in round 4 of the 2013 season at Silverstone. The Indian racer logged the fastest lap of the day in 1'46"286 as he topped by just 59 thousands of a second rookie Kevin Giovesi, who put up a solid performance in his maiden run in the series for Ghinzani Motorsport. While the young Italian, driving for the first time at Silverstone, put his GP2 Series experience to fruition, Karthikeyan finally made it to the pole - the fact of having such an experienced former F1 driver on the pole only at his fourth attempt is another way to confirm the toughness of Auto GP as a proving ground in international motorsports.
O’Connell, Wilkins Win Poles for Saturday’s Pirelli World Challenge race at Belle Isle
Johnny O’Connell, of Flowery Branch, Ga., and Mark Wilkins, of Toronto, will lead their respective classes to green Saturday, after scoring the Motul Pole Awards for Round Six of the Pirelli World Challenge in the Cadillac V-Series Challenge, part of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.
O’Connell, the winner of both Belle Isle races last year, captured his second pole this season in the No. 3 Cadillac Racing Cadillac CTS-V.R, with a time of 1:33.592 (90.392 mph) around the 2.35-mile street course.
“My qualifying run was really good,” O’Connell said. “Based on the few laps we did this morning, my engineer and I made a few changes on the No. 3 CTS-V.R and we went in the right direction. I had a lot of confidence in the car and was able put it on the pole. With just a couple of laps in practice I had to rely on my laps around this track from the past. Some history paid off today.”
Some controversy emerges over red flag timing during IndyCar qualifying Qualifying for an IndyCar road or street course race will always leave some drivers unhappy and feeling as though they “got screwed.” Friday’s mixed wet-dry qualifying for the first race in the Chevrolet Indy Dual at Detroit was no different.
At the end of the wet Q1, Charlie Kimball crashed on the exit of Turn 2, and slid down to Turn 3. He pulled off course, and the session remained green for full course but with a local yellow in Turn 3.
All drivers bar Sebastien Bourdais (pictured) – who’s making his 100th open-wheel start this weekend – didn’t slow down, and the Dragon Racing driver felt slighted as he tumbled down the timesheets to eighth in his group.
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