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06/11/10
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Mikey Kile wins ARCA Wildlife 200  Mikey Kile needed a late caution in the Racing for Wildlife 200 ARCA Racing Series event at Michigan International Speedway on Friday, got it, unlike last week at Pocono, and posted his first victory in 16 attempts on the circuit.

It appeared pole-sitter Craig Goess had the field covered, leading from the start, until he pitted under green with 25 laps remaining in the 100-lap event. But a caution appeared when Chase Mattioli spun out. That allowed Kile, who was running second, to pit under yellow, assume the lead and he was never threatened after that. More ...

06/11/10
nhra
Yet another driver dies at Englishtown  A drag racing driver ran through a net at the end of a track and died of head injuries in a crash during a qualifying round at the NHRA SuperNationals at a New Jersey raceway Friday, state police said.

Neal Parker, 58, of Millville, crashed at Raceway Park in Old Bridge, state police Sgt. Stephen Jones said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Parker was entered in the Top Alcohol Funny Car competition. The crash occurred shortly before noon.

"Parker ... crashed Friday at a high rate of speed in the shutdown area during qualifying," the NHRA said in a statement on its website. "On behalf of everyone at NHRA and Raceway Park, we are deeply saddened and want to pass along our sincere condolences to the entire Parker family." More ...

06/11/10
f1
Slow Virgin too optimistic with Canada package - Glock  
Timo Glock
(GMM)  Virgin on Friday took over from HRT as the slowest team in formula one.

For the first time in 2010, the new Spanish team was clearly faster than the Virgins as the field practiced for the Canadian grand prix.

Virgin, one of F1's three new outfits this year, travelled to North America with a special low-downforce bodywork package for the unique Circuit Gilles Villeneuve layout.

"We have a nice Montreal aero package which consists of new aero parts all over the car, specifically for this track," technical director Nick Wirth said earlier this week. More ...

06/11/10
f1
F1 wing trick proposal like putting lipstick on a pig  (GMM)  F1 is considering a radical innovation for 2011 in order to make overtaking much easier. Technical bosses of the twelve teams met at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Friday, where it was agreed that the adjustable front wings will be scrapped at the end of the season.

Instead, drivers will next year be able to adjust the angle - by a factor of 50mm - of the rear wings, meaning that straight-line speed can be dramatically increased when the cars are not negotiating corners.

The intriguing twist, designed exclusively to boost overtaking, is that only chasing drivers will be able to adjust their cars' wings.

A green light will shine in the cockpit when a car is close enough to the rear of his rival, thereby allowing the driver to trigger the rear wing button. More ...

06/11/10
f1
Montreal: Vettel tops Practice 2  
Sebastian Vettel was fastest on Friday
The McLarens fell off the pace in Canada on Friday afternoon, despite looking competitive in the initial practice session.

The buzzwords of the final 90-minutes of running for the day were extreme tire degradation and graining, with the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve's newly-resurfaced corners giving up precious little grip.

Many runners had to call off planned long runs on the softer 'option' tires because they lasted no more than a few laps. More ...

06/11/10
nassprint
Magnussen to run at Infineon for Phoenix Racing  
Jan Magnussen, who has more than 100 worldwide road racing victories to his credit, will attempt to qualify Phoenix Racing's #09 Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet for the June 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA. "We're extremely excited to have a road racer of this caliber available to drive for us at Sonoma," said James Finch, owner of Phoenix Racing. "Jan has tested Sprint Cup cars in the past, and his résumé speaks for itself. He will give us an opportunity to not only qualify well, but run up front and compete." 

A native of Denmark, Magnussen's experience includes starts in Formula 1, IndyCar, CART, Grand Am and the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). The 36-year-old driver has competed in some of the most prestigious events in motor sports, including wins at Le Mans, Sebring and Petit Le Mans. A General Motors factory driver, Magnussen is a three-time world karting champion, a British Formula 3 champion (1994) and earned the ALMS title with six race wins in 2008. He is a four-time Le Mans class winner for Corvette Racing. More ...

06/11/10
nassprint
Front Row Motorsports Names Burns Interim Crew Chief  Front Row Motorsports named Brian Burns interim crew chief for the #38 team for the race weekend at Michigan International Speedway. He has served as the team's engineer since the beginning of the 2009 season. Burns takes the place of Steven Lane, who is serving a NASCAR-imposed suspension for rule infractions at last weekend's Sprint Cup Series event at Pocono Raceway. Breaking Limits
06/11/10
f1
Q and A with Robert Kubica  Robert Kubica has great memories of the Gilles Villeneuve circuit, but not all are good. One year he had a very heavy shunt whilst driving for the BMW Sauber team that saw him sit out the next round, however he came back to win the event in 2008.

Now racing for Renault, Robert took part in the Thursday afternoon press conference where he spoke about the track, what it is like to win here and how he thinks he will fare here this year....

Your thoughts on coming back to this circuit, to Canada.
It is a good track as all drivers say. Very enjoyable to drive, challenging. It has a bit different characteristics to what we are used to racing this year, so we will have to see how our car will suit this track. A long straight line, so downforce level will be reduced. Heavy braking and low speed corners, so traction and braking stability I think is the key point of this track and of course top speed.

Robert, you won here two years ago and you were saying you love the circuit as well. What is it about the circuit that you particularly like?
It has a bit different characteristic as I have mentioned before than other tracks. It’s kind of a mixture between Monaco and Monza with very low speed corners but a very long straight line, so you have to reduce your downforce level but on the other hand you have to have good mechanical grip. A lot of heavy braking which I always liked and I always perform well. I think a mixture of my car and the characteristics of the track which normally suit my driving should be good. It will be the first time we will run lower downforce level wings, so we will have to see how our car will be compared to the others. More ...

06/11/10
f1
Montreal: Button and Schumacher top Practice 1  (GMM)  Mercedes engines and F-ducts on Friday led the pace during opening practice for the Canadian grand prix.

As expected at the unique Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, it was the most powerful engine allied with the downforce-stalling 'F-duct' technology that looks the ideal package.

The four Mercedes-powered McLarens and Mercedes cars monopolized the top four positions at the end of the morning 90-minute session, with Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel just fifth.

"It is a circuit that should play to the advantage of the Mercedes-powered teams and the teams with the F-duct -- and we have neither!" laughed team boss Christian Horner. More ...

06/11/10
lmes
alms
Corvettes promoted to 1-2 on the LeMans GT2 grid  Corvette Racing’s two Corvette C6.Rs will start 1-2 in the GT2 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Saturday. Oliver Gavin’s lap of 3:59.435 during Thursday’s second qualifying session edged out teammate Jan Magnussen, whose best lap of 3:59.793 put him just 0.358 seconds behind the pole-sitting Briton. The Corvettes were second and third after Thursday’s final session. The provisional pole-winning Risi Competizione Ferrari F430 GT of Gianmaria Bruni, Jaime Melo and Pierre Kaffer will start from the back of the grid after race officials found it to be out of compliance in technical inspections.
06/11/10
f1
McLaren to delay debrief to watch World Cup match  (GMM)  McLaren may have to delay its usual post-qualifying debrief so that patriotic team members can watch England kick off its FIFA World Cup campaign.

Saturday's qualifying in Montreal conveniently finishes with half an hour to spare before the Group C match against the United States takes place in South Africa.

"I don't think we'll be able to do the debrief until after the game," Lewis Hamilton is quoted by PA Sport. More ...

06/11/10
f1
Montreal rain expected to stay away for F1  (GMM)  The rain looks set to stay away as the clock ticks down to morning practice at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

After Thursday's abysmal weather, the forecast for Friday is better, as formula one's paddock residents walked across the pontoon to the paddock wearing shirt sleeves in the chilly air.

The skies above are overcast and cloudy, although F1's official weather forecaster Meteo France is not predicting any rain on Friday or Saturday.

And the only - perhaps heavy - rain on race-day Sunday is expected to hang off until after the race that begins at 12pm local.

06/11/10
f1
LG Extends Formula 1 Reach with Virgin Racing  LG Electronics (LG), a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, has extended its reach within Formula One™ to include the Virgin Racing team.

In addition to LG being a Global Partner and a Technological Partner of Formula 1™ since the start of the 2009 season, the electronics company is also supporting new entrants to the sport and is now an official supplier to Virgin Racing.

LG adds Virgin Racing to its support program through the supply of products at track and at the team’s factory. Virgin Racing entered the FIA Formula One World Championship™ this season as one of three new teams, bringing one of the world’s best known multi-service brands to the sport. More ...

06/11/10
nassprint
Johnson hopes to join idol Mears as four-time winner at IMS  Defending Brickyard 400 winner Jimmie Johnson and Indianapolis 500 legend Rick Mears visited the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Thursday, June 10 to trade stories about their respective triumphs at The Racing Capital of the World.

Johnson can join racing legends Mears, A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, Jeff Gordon and Michael Schumacher in the four-time IMS winner's club if he wins the Brickyard 400 on July 25.

"I think it would be great if he could win a fourth one," Mears said of Johnson. "It's a heck of an accomplishment to win four of anything, anywhere, anytime. The more, the merrier." More ...

06/11/10
alms
lmes
HPD To Offer New LMP2 Engine  Honda Performance Development, Inc. (HPD), the racing arm of American Honda Motor Company, Inc., will offer a new LMP2 engine to customers participating in the 2011 American Le Mans Series, European Le Mans Series, 24 Hours of Le Mans, and Intercontinental Cup competitions.

The new LMP2 engine, based on Honda's global V6 engine, is a 2.8-liter, twin-turbo variant utilizing HPD's exclusive engine-control system.  The engine is the product of a joint effort between HPD and Honda R&D Americas, Inc. (HRA). Product R&D engineers from HRA's Raymond, Ohio center worked with HPD race engineers to create a powerful racing engine at a very attractive price point.  Engine costs will meet the Automobile Club de l'Ouest's (ACO) new, lower price targets for the LMP2 class. More ...

06/11/10
motogp
Q&A - Valentino Rossi on his release from hospital  
1. Vale, first question: how are you and are you still in pain?
"The positive thing is that the worst is past and that the two operations went well, so everything is okay. Now I am expecting a difficult period, in which I have to be aware of the risk of infection and in which I must remain with the leg constantly elevated. Then there will come a second key period, when I will be able to start my rehabilitation and, with support on the leg, will be able to start to walk around with crutches."

2. Dr. Buzzi talked about a rehabilitation period of about five or six months, what do you think?
"It's to be expected that Dr. Buzzi has been very cautious in his prognosis. I want to heal the injury; that is the only thing I'm interested in. If I miss four races or six races, it doesn't make any difference. The right time to return could be Brno, but it won't necessarily be like this." More ...
06/11/10
f1
2011 to be Villeneuve's last push for F1 return  
Jacques Villeneuve
(GMM)  Jacques Villeneuve says he will make one final effort and then give up trying to return to formula one.

The 1997 world champion was reportedly high on the list for a Stefan GP seat this season, but the Serbian outfit was not granted an official entry to race the 2010-specification Toyota car.

French Canadian Villeneuve, who last raced in F1 with BMW in 2006, turns 40 early next season, and he told reporters on Thursday that 2011 will be his last-ditch effort to come back.

"I'm quite happy right now being busy raising kids," he said at a road safety event near Montreal alongside his former title nemesis Michael Schumacher. More ...

06/11/10
f1
Chandhok targets Force India seat for 2011  
Karun Chandhok
(GMM)  Karun Chandhok has set out his stall for a switch from struggling HRT to the Force India team for 2011. The Indian rookie said in Montreal that while he is happy to have proved competitive alongside Bruno Senna so far this year, it would make more sense to be on the lineup of the team headed by his countryman Vijay Mallya.

Billionaire Mallya was recently quoted as doubting an Indian is ready to drive a Force India.

But Chandhok, 26, said on Thursday: "I'd love to drive for Force India at some point in my career, whether it happens next year or not, because I think in some ways I'm an ambassador for the sport in our country."

With Delhi now set to join the F1 calendar, Chandhok insists it is the perfect time to unite an Indian driver with the Silverstone based team.

"A lot of what happens to the sport in that part of the world depends on us a little bit, and I think if you have an Indian driver in an Indian car at the Indian grand prix, it's a no-brainer in terms of ticket sales," he insisted. More ...

06/11/10
f1
Confusion reigns as F1 tire saga burns rubber  
Michelin F1 tires in 2006
(GMM)  Confusion continues to shroud the identity of F1's new tire supplier for 2011.  In the approach to the recent Turkish grand prix, and again in the days before Canada, it seemed clear that Pirelli had beaten Michelin to the deal.

"In Istanbul, we were all in agreement that it is Pirelli," confirmed Red Bull's Christian Horner.

The La Provence newspaper is the latest to carry an 'exclusive' report claiming that teams will be shod with Milan-made Pirelli tires next year and beyond, with an announcement due before Valencia. But it is rumored that some powerful figures are objecting to the situation, with Germany's authoritative Auto Motor und Sport reporting that FIA president Jean Todt is also barracking for Michelin. More ...

06/11/10
f1
Button changes story over Turkey 'target lap time'  
Jensen Button
(GMM)  Jenson Button has changed his story since controversially overtaking his teammate Lewis Hamilton during the recent Turkish grand prix. Hamilton was unhappy after the Istanbul race because while under instructions to stick to a minimum lap time whilst conserving fuel, the sister McLaren passed him for the lead.

Button, 30, clearly stated after the race that while also conserving fuel, his engineers "didn't put a lap time on it.  They just said you have got to save a bit of fuel".

After hearing those comments, Daily Telegraph correspondent Tom Cary wrote: "So is Button telling the truth or is he trying to dig himself out of a conflict with Hamilton by claiming the directions from the team were a bit vague?"

In Canada on Thursday, the Briton's story had changed.  More ...

06/11/10
f1
motogp
Webber phones Rossi after similar leg break  (GMM)  Valentino Rossi has revealed he received a phone call from F1 championship leader Mark Webber while recovering in a Florence hospital. MotoGP great Rossi badly broke his right leg in a practice crash at Mugello last Saturday.  The break, with the shin bone broken through the skin, was reportedly similar to Webber's cycling injury in the 2009 pre-season.

"He told me to be very patient and that I would have some moments of discomfort, but that in the end recovery was guaranteed," said the Italian, 31.

Rossi was moved to a hospital closer to his home on Thursday.

06/11/10
f1
Teams to be charged for pitwall services  (GMM)  F1 teams are set to receive a bill for pitwall services that were previously provided free of charge.  Italy's Autosprint reports that the affected services are the detailed live weather forecasts provided by Meteo France, as well as the GPS information about the location of cars on the circuits.
06/10/10
lmes
LeMans to drop GT1 cars next year  Note: this article supplements our previous article on ACO regulations for 2011 - GT1 cars will be dropped from next year's Le Mans 24 Hours under new plans by event organizer, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest.

A handful of the new breed of GT1 cars, also competing in the new-for-2010 FIA GT1 World Championship, are racing at Le Mans this year, but will have to be adapted to continue their participation next season. The ACO plans to create a single "GT Endurance" category for next year's event, "based on the 2009 GT2 regulations with a few modifications," according to ACO sporting director Vincent Beaumesnil.

"We are delighted to see the success of this category [GT1], but the [2011] FIA GT calendar is not compatible with our series," he said. "The GT1 cars are also sprint race cars, so they do not comply with the philosophy of endurance [racing]."

The ACO will implement the single set of regs for GT cars from 2011 to 2013, and split the category into two classes: LMGT PRO (for any car and driver lineup) and LMGT AM (for cars at least one year old, and drivers from the silver and bronze categories under the current FIA driver grading system). Racer.com
06/10/10
f1
U.S. F1 auctions rare racing items  Want a piece of American's Formula One history--or perhaps a green couch for your dorm? They're being sold as what's left of U.S. F1 is auctioned off starting Thursday.

A number of intriguing items are available, including a body shell for a Formula One car, a race-car wheel and two racing paintings.

But most of the 427 lots are simply mundane office and industrial equipment. There's handtrucks, a refrigerator, trash cans, cabinets, desktop computer equipment and laptops. More ...

06/10/10
f1
2010 Canadian Grand Prix Packs Sold-Out  Octane Racing Group, promoter of the Canadian Grand Prix, is happy to announce that this weekend's event will held in front of a sold-out crowd. At 3 p.m. today (Thursday), the box office closed operations for the most important sporting event in Canada. On Friday June 11, tickets for the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix will go on sale at the Grand Prix box office. In other good news, fans will not only be offered a great selection of available seats by ordering immediately, but tickets will be obtainable at the same 2010 price, which were the same as 2008. Organizers of the Grand Prix are extending this special offer to their customers until July 31 inclusively. Afterward, ticket prices will be adjusted. More ...
06/10/10
automotive
GM proposes to end 'Chevy' nickname  On Tuesday, General Motors sent a memo to Chevrolet employees at its headquarters, promoting the importance of "consistency" for the brand, which was the nation's best-selling line of cars and trucks for more than half a century after World War II. And one way to present a consistent brand message, the memo suggested, is to stop saying, "Chevy," though the word is one of the world's best-known, longest-lived product nicknames. If taken to its logical conclusion, Chevrolet would presumably need to ask Jeff Gordon, the four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion who currently races a Chevrolet Impala, to change the website address -- jeffgordonchevy.com -- for his dealership in Wilmington, N.C. And what about rolling back the popular culture references to Chevy? Elton John, Bob Seger, Motley Crue and the Beastie Boys have all sung about Chevy, and hip-hop artists rap about "Chevy Ridin' High" or "Ridin' in My Chevy." Worthington, the branding expert, said Chevrolet seemed unclear what the brand stood for. But ultimately, he said, consumers "will call you whatever they want to call you." But not Chevrolet staff members. A postscript to the memo says a sort of cuss jar -- a plastic "Chevy" can -- has been situated in the hallway.
06/10/10
f1
Canada: Thursday weather update  It's been wet, cold and miserable in Montreal on Thursday, as the F1 paddock gathered for the traditional media day before the action kicks off tomorrow morning. The weather forecast for the weekend has taken a turn for the worst in recent days and all signs are now pointing to a partially wet three-day event.

The driest day of the weekend is expected to be tomorrow, with just a 20% chance of rain and largely clear skies forecast for much of the day. Temperatures will hit a high of 25°C, lower than earlier forecasts, although heavy rain-bearing cloud will roll in from the South as night approaches.

That cloud will lead to higher chances of rain on Saturday, with showers currently being forecast for Montreal at a chance of 30%. The night is expected to be dry. Meanwhile, temperatures will drop to a high of 23°C. More ...

06/10/10
f1
Marko has 'learned' from blame comments - Webber  (GMM)  Mark Webber on Thursday insisted he can still work at Red Bull alongside Dr Helmut Marko.

Two weeks ago, it was the team's Austrian consultant Marko who began blaming Australian Webber for the crash with his teammate Sebastian Vettel in Turkey.

It raised the suspicion that the team's powerful German-speaking faction favors youngster Vettel over Webber, but all parties sat down for a clear-the-air meeting at Milton-Keynes last week.

"I had a good chat with Helmut at the factory.  He's fine," Webber, 33, told reporters at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. More ...

06/10/10
f1
Time running out for 2011 tire supply deal - Michelin  (GMM)  Michelin has received "no feedback" since its competition chief Nick Shorrock met with formula one teams in Turkey two weeks ago.

With the teams close to selecting Pirelli as their tire supplier for 2011, Shorrock travelled to Istanbul to make Michelin's alternative proposal clearer.

It is still believed that F1 is close to appointing Milan-based Pirelli as departing Bridgestone's successor, but Shorrock on Thursday would not rule Michelin out.

"Since the trip that I made to Istanbul two weeks ago, the objective of which was to meet with the teams to talk about the details of our offer, I've had no feedback, but I am expecting some," he is quoted by the AFP news agency. More ...

06/10/10
f1
Button say F1 needs to be more like NASCAR?  
Jensen Button
Reigning world driving champ Jenson Button thinks that Formula One can learn a lot from NASCAR — mostly on how to treat its fans.

Button — who was in Toronto on Tuesday to promote the Canadian Grand Prix and his sponsor Hugo Boss — said that F-1 has treated its fans poorly for too long.

The 30-year-old Briton said that coming back to North America and Montreal after a one-year absence should provide race bosses with the opportunity to connect with F-1’s fan base in a way that hadn’t done before.

That is where NASCAR has succeeded far beyond Bernie Ecclestone’s global series.

“In North America fans love getting involved with their drivers,” Button said. More ...

06/10/10
nassprint
Jack Roush blasts Felix Sabates' 'derogatory comments about MIS  
Jack Roush
Jack Roush is one of Michigan's biggest cheerleaders.

This week, Roush goes for his record 12th victory as a Sprint Cup owner at Michigan International Speedway. Last week, he was flying over the 2-mile oval in Brooklyn in his 1943 P51B airplane checking out the improvements to the track and the new infield suites.
How could anyone, let alone a fellow NASCAR team owner, bash Roush's beloved Michigan or even MIS?

That's exactly what Chip Ganassi team owner Felix Sabates did in January when asked about seeing two Michigan races once again on the Sprint Cup Series schedule. More ...

06/10/10
motogp
Rossi released from hospital  At 1530 CET today Valentino Rossi was released from the Centro Traumatologico Ortopedico in Florence, Italy, where he has been recovering following surgery last Saturday to mend his broken right leg.

He was taken by ambulance to a helicopter and is now being flown to a hospital in Cattolica, close to his home, where he will meet with doctors to discuss the next stage of his recovery.

06/10/10
alms
lmes
Rules guidelines issued for Le Mans 2011  Another step has been taken to clarify the long-awaited rules for the 24 Hours of Le Mans and its associated series in 2011. The focus was on regulations for hybrid entries, which will be brought into compliance with fuel-powered cars by limiting the capacity of the electric output and storage, reducing the fuel tank size to account for dual motive power and limiting the motivation to front-wheel or rear-wheel drive.  Read the full ACO Press Release (PDF)
06/10/10
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lmes
Sebring and Petit Lemans added to ACO Cup  The two premier events in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n will each be part of a new global sports car championship starting in 2011. The Automobile Club de l’Ouest – the governing body for the Le Mans 24 Hours – announced the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans as two rounds of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup for next season.

A year ago at the Le Mans 24 Hours, the ACO revealed its intention to create the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup for 2010. Thursday’s announcement completed the full 2011 schedule which includes races in the American Le Mans Series, the European-based Le Mans Series and the Asian Le Mans Series - as well as Le Mans itself as a double-points event. More ...
06/10/10
nassprint
Tony Stewart slams Joey Laganos "Soccer Dad"  
Joey (L) and his 'Soccer Dad' Tom Logano.  Joey is such a skinny runt his dad must feel he needs to protect him
The man who 20-year old Joey Logano replaced in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Home Depot Sprint Cup Series car made it clear Tuesday he's no fan of the actions of Logano's father Tom during two pit road confrontations over the last eight months at NASCAR events. During a special airing of Tony Stewart Live on Sirius NASCAR Radio Tuesday, Tony Stewart was pointedly blunt with his criticism of Tom Logano.

"When show co-host Matt Yocum asked Stewart "What do you think about Tom Logano getting involved ... ," Stewart stopped him mid-question by saying, "Soccer dad? Oh I'm sorry, did I say that?" More ...

06/10/10
f1
Schu staying put as Mercedes looks towards 2011  (GMM)  Michael Schumacher looks set to stay at Mercedes in 2011. The famous German, who initially retired in 2006, is believed to have signed a three-year contract prior to returning to formula one this season.

But after a difficult re-acclimatization, it had been widely speculated that the 41-year-old might prefer to step back out of the race cockpit at the end of 2010.

Boss Ross Brawn said in Turkey that he hopes both Schumacher and Nico Rosberg stay at the team in 2011.

Schumacher's younger brother Ralf also thinks the seven time world champion is staying put. More ...

06/10/10
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Firestone Indy Lights teams head to Mid-Ohio for testing  Ten drivers from five Firestone Indy Lights teams will prepare for the upcoming stretch of road/street course races with a one-day private test at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course a few days before heading to the oval at Iowa Speedway.

Among the drivers expected at the 2.258-mile road course are the top seven drivers in the Firestone Indy Lights standings - points leader J.K. Vernay (Sam Schmidt Motorsports), Charlie Kimball (AFS Racing Andretti Autosport), James Hinchcliffe (Team Moore Racing), Martin Plowman (AFS Racing Andretti Autosport), Sebastian Saavedra (Bryan Herta Autosport), Stefan Wilson (Bryan Herta Autosport), Philip Major (Sam Schmidt Motorsports). More ...

06/10/10
irl
Q&A with Alex Lloyd  IZOD IndyCar Series driver Alex Lloyd participated in a Q&A session to discuss the his 2010 season, so far, and next weekend's race at Iowa Speedway.

Q. Alex, you've posted back to back finishes in the last two races, including a fourth-place at the 500. You have to be very confident heading into next weekend's race at Iowa Speedway.

ALEX LLOYD: We're all -the team -very, very happy. Things started off a little rough for us and I guess we started off a little behind the eight ball in terms of preparation because everything came together last minute. We suffered the first few races, but after Kansas, everybody knuckled down and really worked hard knowing we had to step our game up. We came to Indianapolis with a good package, and we knew that straight away from our first run.

Really the momentum we have going now is fantastic. We were really competitive the whole weekend at Texas. It was nice to get out of the car and be slightly disappointed with an eighth-place finish, because under all circumstances, it was a great race for us, but there were a couple of little things that happened that kept us from a top five, and we knew we were racing with the big guys. Doing that, two races in a row, is exciting and I can't wait to get to Iowa because our oval package seems really good right now. In fact, we're at Watkins Glen right now to see if we can get our road course package to the same level of performance. Things seem be going in the right direction now with the team and hopefully we can keep this momentum going for the race of the year. More ...

06/10/10
f1
A grey and wet morning in Montreal  (GMM) A cold, grey and rainy morning has dawned in Montreal, where across the bridge to the Il Notre Dame this weekend's Canadian grand prix will be held.

After a pleasant Wednesday, a wintery and wet day is expected throughout Thursday, although some reports indicate that the first day of action on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve layout may take place under sunnier skies.

Weather forecasts say qualifying on Saturday and then Sunday's grand prix may also be wet.
06/10/10
lmes
How to be prepared at Le Mans by Tommy Erdos  “RML always go to Le Mans with the aim of winning the LMP2 class. This year is no different. We managed to do it twice in 2005 and 2006 and it’s been a while since the last one, so we are very hungry for it again. The team has a wealth of knowledge about that race and I believe that we have a very strong chance of doing very well this year.

“Physical conditioning for me is an ongoing thing from season to season. This year has been particularly tricky because I had a shoulder operation in January, so I have been training with a fitness instructor very closely since then. Just before Le Mans the training will tail off and allow my body to recover for the race week. Then it is just a case of hydrating properly. More ...

06/10/10
f1
Brawn looking at Red Bull's secret exhaust  Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn believes other teams will move closer once they've copied some of the Red Bull designs.

"In their design there are aspects different from anyone else's, so I think others will introduce them over the next races. For instance, I know that everyone is looking with interest at Red Bull's exhaust system.  What they haven't managed to get to work is the F-duct. It's what makes McLaren competitive: on a suited track it makes up for the deficiencies they have in relations to the RB6.  As for the Championship table, Red Bull is still completely reachable."

06/10/10
irl
Conway does not blame Hunter-Reay  
Mike Conway
Mike Conway said he never lost consciousness as he went flying but was still stunned when he reviewed replays of his Indy 500 crash.

"It was a pretty different view from what it actually looked like," said Conway, 26. "I was just biding my time; I was going to pass (Hunter-Reay) in the exit of turn three because he was going slow.

"The next thing I know, I was over his back wheel and a passenger. The initial hit on the wall was heavy. I think that's what did the damage to my left leg. Looking back at it now, yeah, I consider myself pretty lucky. You see crashes all the time and think, 'Wow, that was an amazing crash.' Then it's yourself and it's hard to believe." More ...

06/10/10
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IndyCar teams washed out at The Glen  Almost half of the current Izod IndyCar Series teams came to Watkins Glen International to test for the July 2-4 Camping World Grand Prix. Instead, a bunch of people in the garage were playing Bejeweled on their iPhones.

A day-long downpour kept even a series equipped to race in the rain off the track Wednesday, which may give the advantage to no one when the race weekend rolls around. The impact of missing out on even a dozen laps varied from team to team. More ...

06/10/10
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Hornaday loses sponsor  Ron Hornaday's No. 33 Longhorn Moist Snuff Chevrolet will soon be no more. Hornaday drove that truck at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night, but will not be allowed to drive it after this weekend's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event in Michigan. New rules by the Food and Drug Administration prevent cigarette and smokeless tobacco sponsorships in sporting events. That rule goes into effect June 22. Hornaday will race the Longhorn entry at a Nationwide Series race June 19.
06/10/10
f1
New wings for McLaren in Canada  
Hamilton and Button will get new wings this weekend
Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button's MP4-25s will sport new front wings and new rear wing lower elements among other things at the Canadian Grand Prix.

"We have got a new front wing again," said team principal Martin Whitmarsh. "In truth we had one as part of the package in Istanbul, it didn't work, and we think we've understood that. So we've modified it and hopefully that will work. We have new rear wing lower element and some other modifications to diffusers etc. We have a reasonable aerodynamic package which we hope will just a take us a few steps further forward."

"Well I think undoubtedly Red Bull still had an advantage on us in qualifying, but I think it was clear that in the race we had a faster race pace and I think that was very encouraging," the McLaren boss said. More ...

06/10/10
racing news
Johnson wins Prelude to the Dream  Four-time and reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson added to his already impressive racing resume by winning the Gillette Fusion ProGlide Prelude to the Dream charity dirt Late Model race at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

Johnson led all 30 laps at the half-mile dirt oval, but endured a serious challenge from Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer throughout much of the event.

“It’s been a steep learning curve, for sure, but it’s been a lot of fun to do,” said Johnson, who made his Prelude and dirt Late Model debut in 2008. “We tested a couple of times last year, and I think it screwed me up. I just came here cold turkey and tried to go off of my memory, and it worked. The team knew what they wanted to do with the car through the course of the night with the setup, and Clint (Bowyer) was working with us and it just got better and better.” More ...

06/10/10
automotive
German government rejects aid for GM's Opel  Germany today rejected General Motors’ request for aid from the federal government for its Opel unit, saying the U.S. automaker had enough funds to pull its subsidiary through.

The decision by Economy Minister Rainer Bruederle, came just days after Germany announced a plan to cut public spending and reduce the deficit, and denied GM of more than euro1.1 billion ($1.2 billion) in loan guarantees.

But Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted that “the last word on the future of Opel naturally has not been spoken.” She added that she would seek assistance from governors of states that host Opel sites in talks with them on Thursday. More ...

06/10/10
automotive
Chrysler to build ZF's 8-speed transmission in Indiana  The Chrysler Group plans to spend $300 million to build a new eight-speed automatic transmission licensed from ZF Group, a transmission maker headquartered in Friedrichshafen, Germany.  The investment will pay for installation of special tooling and equipment at Chrysler's Transmission Plant 1 and Kokomo Casting Plant in Indiana and help retain 1,200 jobs there, Chrysler said Wednesday. Production will start in 2013.
06/10/10
f1
Latest F1 news in brief  
  • Rosberg cautious about Montreal track surface fix
  • Fittipaldi to be F1 steward in Canada
  • Time short for F1's Turkey-Canada turnaround - report
  • Mercedes should not supply more F1 teams - Brawn
  • Still no Friday practice plans for Virgin's Soucek
  • Alonso welcomes news of Massa's new contract

Rosberg cautious about Montreal track surface fix
(GMM)  Nico Rosberg has admitted he is cautious about the news that Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has fixed its track surface problems.

On F1's most recent visits to Canada, in 2007 and 2008, the asphalt broke up on the racing line in several sections.

The FIA announced on Wednesday that "the track has been resurfaced in the areas affected by degradation" in 2008.

"We must be cautious," the Mercedes driver said, "because there have been improvements every year, and every year was a disaster.

"But I'm still confident, as I have spoken with FIA officials.

"The FIA has said it has paid close attention, so it should be fine," German Rosberg said in fluent French at a pre-race event in downtown Montreal, according to La Presse newspaper. More ...

06/09/10
irl
Rahal to sub for Conway  
Graham Rahal
Graham Rahal didn't stay rideless long.  The young American driver and "journeyman of the year" will be announced officially within hours as the replacement driver for Mike Conway's #24 Dallara at Dreyer and Reinbold Racing. Rahal's deal currently is for the upcoming IZOD IndyCar Series events at the Iowa Corn Indy 250 and the Camping World Grand Prix at the Glen.

Conway, injured at Indianapolis in a horrifying shunt into the catchfence after contact with Ryan Hunter-Reay on the next to last lap, is out for a minimum of three months and may miss the rest of the season. Tomas Scheckter stepped in for Conway at Texas Motor Speedway this past weekend.

06/09/10
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NASCAR Pocono TV rating down  TNT averaged a 3.1 final U.S. rating for the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 Sunday at Pocono Raceway, down 8.8 percent from the 3.4 national rating a year ago, according to Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Daily.

The race drew 3.614 million households on TNT on the same day as the NBA Finals on ABC (which drew 10.545 million households), the NHL Stanley Cup Finals on NBC (3.75 million) and the MTV Movie Awards (3.274 million), according to the SBD figures from Nielsen.

06/09/10
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NASCAR Weekly cheating report - 2  NASCAR has suspended Braun Racing crew chiefs Trip Bruce and Stewart Cooper as well as their tire specialists for two races and penalized drivers Jason Leffler and Tayler Malsam 25 points each after tires allocated to Leffler were used by Malsam during the Nationwide Series race Saturday at Nashville Superspeedway.

Bruce, crew chief of Leffler’s No. 38 car, and Cooper, crew chief of Malsam’s No. 10 car, were fined $25,000 apiece. The teams also were docked 25 points in the owner standings.

Teams in the Nationwide Series are allowed only a certain number of sets of tires for a race weekend and an organization cannot transfer tires among its teams without approval.

The teams were penalized not only for moving tires from one team to another but also for identification numbers that had been changed on previously approved tires, according to the NASCAR news release Wednesday.

The tire specialists suspended were Sean Whisenhunt (No. 10 team) and Kevin Bellicourt (No. 38 team).

The team has not yet decided whether to appeal the penalty. More ...

06/09/10
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Liberty Motorsports Ready to Challenge for F2000 Championship Top Honors at Mosport  
Liberty Motorsports
Liberty Motorsports makes its lone journey ‘North of the Border’ this weekend (June 12-13), when its talented F2000 Championship Series driver line-up takes to Mosport International Raceway in Canada for Rounds Five and Six of the 14-race title fight. Series veteran Bobby Caldwell will be joined under the Illinois-based team’s awning by team newcomer Zach Craigo and current championship runner-up Cole Morgan.

While Liberty Motorsports will be without two of its highly rated drivers – both Brian Belardi and Tim Kautz are missing the Canadian doubleheader due to business commitments – in Rounds Five and Six, the squad certainly as the talent behind the wheels to exit the high-speed Mosport road course with one or two winner’s trophies. More ...
06/09/10
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Jimmie Johnson fan chat  
Jimmie Johnson
Race fans have a unique opportunity to ask questions to two Indianapolis Motor Speedway legends - Rick Mears and Jimmie Johnson - during a live video chat Thursday, June 10 from IMS.Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Mears and three-time Brickyard 400 winner Johnson will answer fan questions together from 4:45-5:15 p.m. (ET). Fans are encouraged to submit questions in advance at the IMS Twitter feed, @IndyTalk or www.twitter.com/IndyTalk. The live video of the chat can be viewed at http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/brickyard400/eventinfo/37978/.

Johnson has cited fellow Californian Mears as one of his racing idols, as both started their auto racing careers in off-road racing before moving to asphalt. Johnson will attempt to join Mears as a four-time winner at IMS on July 25 in the Brickyard 400, which he won in 2006, 2008 and 2009.

06/09/10
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Kvapil on NASCAR Race Hub Tonight to talk about $100,000 penalty  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Travis Kvapil, driver of the No. 38 Front Row Motorsports entry, will be in-studio on tonight’s NASCAR Race Hub on SPEED at 7:30 p.m. ET to discuss his team being assessed one of the largest penalties in NASCAR history, resulting in suspensions, loss of driver and owner points and a $100,000 fine. Kvapil will join us in the garage to discuss the penalty and his team’s plans for moving forward.

http://nascar.speedtv.com/article/cup-no-38-penalized-for-infractions-at-pocono-raceway/

Former NASCAR crew chief and SPEED personality Jeff Hammond will join in the conversation to break down the penalty for ‘illegal valve stems’ – what are they, why are they used, and does the penalty fit the crime?

06/09/10
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Mutoh crashes at Iowa  Newman/Haas Racing (NHR) driver Hideki Mutoh was uninjured during a testing crash today at the 0.875-mile Iowa Speedway oval at approximately 11:45 a.m. CT.  Mutoh, who has two podium finishes in two events at this track, was testing in preparation for the Iowa Corn Indy 250 Presented by Pioneer that will take place on Sunday, June 20.

“The test was going quite good; we had good speed and we weren’t in qualifying trim yet,” said Mutoh, 27, whose best lap time was 17.94 seconds (179.39 mph) and had completed 78 laps prior to his accident.  “We were running in race trim and the speed was pretty good.  I just lost the back end of the car between Turns 1 and 2.  There are a couple of bumps there and I hit the big one and just spun.  I was a little dizzy afterward but I feel fine now.  My legs were banged up a little but physically I am fine.”

The race car sustained damage to three sides therefore the test was concluded.  The IZOD IndyCar Series will return to Iowa Speedway next week for the 250-lap Iowa Corn Indy 250 on June 20.  Mutoh finished second at Iowa Speedway in 2008 after starting seventh and finished third after starting 11th in 2009.

06/09/10
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Weekly NASCAR Cheaters Report  UPDATE This statement was released by the team today:

Front Row Motorsports supports NASCAR in its efforts to enforce competition rules and to maintain integrity throughout the sport.  Therefore, Front Row accepts that NASCAR must penalize the team for a rules infraction regarding valve stem caps on the No. 38 car at Pocono Raceway on June 6. 

"We take the rules of this sport very seriously, and we support NASCAR in its enforcement of those rules," said Bob Jenkins, team owner.  "It was not our intent to put unapproved valve stem caps on our car at Pocono, a track where such a maneuver would clearly not provide any advantage.  We are conducting our own internal investigation to determine how those parts got into our inventory and onto our car last weekend. More ...
06/09/10
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Scrutineering at LeMans from the eyes of competitors  
Dirk Mueller
Technical inspection for the Le Mans 24 Hours is unlike any other process in motorsport. It’s a very formal setting in the heart of city and draws huge crowds of spectators and journalists to see the cars roll through administrative checking. Radio Show Ltd’s John Hindhaugh – the play-by-play host of Radio Le Mans – was part of the collective on hand to interview several participants in this year race, including these from the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n.

Dirk Mueller, BMW Motorsport
BMW M3 GT2 (GT2)
(Fuel efficiency of the M3): “It’s a whole combination of things. It’s not just our beautiful engine. It’s having F1 technology back in our group, having former F1 engineers telling us how to make the fuel consumption better. We are working very hard on it. We are getting instructions on how to do it. The last time I was here in 2000 when I was with Bob Wollek, and he was a master of saving fuel. I learned a lot from him.” More ...

06/09/10
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Ferrari says F-duct development has hampered progress  Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has admitted that pursuing development of the F10's F-duct may have compromised the car's overall development.

Many teams have struggled to copy McLaren's drag-reducing F-duct system and successfully integrate it in their homologated chassis. Ferrari has turned up at the last few races with new iterations of its design but the car has steadily dropped off the pace. Domenicali has now conceded that it was pursued at the cost of other developments.

"We put a lot of energy into developing our F-duct and that may have delayed slightly other areas," he the French language Canadian newspaper La Presse. More ...

06/09/10
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Grand-Am finalizes banquet plans  GRAND-AM Road Racing has announced Las Vegas as the site of the 2010 Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Awards Banquet, the Rolex Champions Banquet Presented By SunTrust.

The banquet will be held Monday, Sept. 13, at the Aria Resort & Casino. The celebration will come two days after the Rolex Series season finale at Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City, Utah. Las Vegas was also the banquet site in 2004 and from 2006-08. More ...

06/09/10
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RPM struggles because teammates don't talk  On the final lap of the Sprint Cup race at Pocono, Richard Petty Motorsports driver A.J. Allmendinger veered down to block the advances of his teammate Kasey Kahne. The imprudent block sent Kahne into the grass. He lost control and collected a cluster of drivers, such as Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon, Elliott Sadler, Marcos Ambrose, Martin Truex Jr, and a few more.

Following the race, Kahne was frustrated, and rightfully so. However, he made a comment that irked me, and if it irks me, it has to grind the gears of Richard Petty and the Gilletts.

“I don’t talk to A.J. (Allmendinger) hardly ever. I doubt I’m going to talk to him about this,” he said. More ...

06/09/10
f1
Ferrari announces new two-year contract for Massa  
Felipe Massa
(GMM)  Ferrari on Wednesday confirmed speculation that Felipe Massa is staying alongside current teammate Fernando Alonso next year.

And the famous Italian team also said in a media statement that Brazilian Massa, 29, will still be a Ferrari race driver in 2012.

"I am happy to be given the opportunity to drive for Ferrari for a further two seasons," he said.

With Spaniard Alonso under long-term contract, the news ends rumors that Renault's Robert Kubica might switch to Ferrari in the near future.

The other driver recently linked with Massa's seat, Mark Webber, has re-signed with Red Bull Racing for 2011.

"We wanted to show proof of stability for the future, believing in the worth of a driver pairing that is without equal in terms of talent, speed and its ability to work together for the good of the team," said team boss Stefano Domenicali.

06/09/10
automotive
GM will recall 1.5M vehicles  General Motors Co. is recalling 1.5 million vehicles worldwide to fix problems with a heated windshield washer system that could cause a fire.

It's the automaker's second such recall in two years.

The recall announced Tuesday covers several crossovers, sport utility vehicles, pickups and passenger cars produced between 2006 and 2009.

GM is offering to pay vehicle owners and lessees $100 and to remove the heated windshield washer fluid system, according to a safety recall notice.

GM launched a similar recall in 2008 to add a fuse to address a potential electrical short. But there have been new reports of incidents since then. Five fires have been reported, but no injuries or crashes have resulted, GM said. More ...

06/09/10
f1
Montezemolo not happy with F1 team  Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has admitted that he is far from happy with the way the Ferrari Formula One team is going this season, the Maranello based squad only winning one of the seven races already contested this season and currently sitting third in the constructor’s standings behind Red Bull racing and McLaren.

In the recent Turkish Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso struggled to qualify in twelfth place and during the race he spent several laps dicing for position with a rookie racer from his former team, Renault. More ...

06/09/10
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Kanaan pissed Danica cut him off  Tony Kanaan has turned down the volume on his displeasure with a move by teammate Danica Patrick in the heat of the Texas race.

"Nobody is mad at anybody," Kanaan wrote on Twitter on Monday. "People just like to talk."
Kanaan attempted to pass Patrick low on the entry to Turn 3 after a restart late in the race. Patrick turned left, Kanaan had to lift, and he lost several positions. Patrick eventually finished second - her best finish since winning at Twin Ring Motegi in 2008 - while Kanaan finished sixth. No penalties were issued.

After the race, Kanaan intimated he would avenge his teammate's move, saying, "What goes around comes around." During an appearance on Speed's Wind Tunnel on Sunday night and subsequent Twitter postings, though, Kanaan softened his stance, in part because of backlash from his postrace comments.

"We can't always please everybody," Kanaan wrote on Twitter. Versus

06/09/10
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Franchitti would love to see IndyCar race in Manhattan  Fresh off his Indianapolis 500 win on May 30, Dario Franchitti took a victory lap around Central Park on Monday - in a double-decker bus.

The next time he would love to do it in a race car.

Beginning at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Franchitti boarded a double-decker sightseeing bus and spent the afternoon traveling around the park, greeting fans and answering questions.

Franchitti says he would like to bring his racing success to the people of New York in a bigger way. "An Indy Car race through Central Park would be a lot of fun for us (the drivers)," he said. "It would be a great spectator event and the people of New York would love it." More ...

06/09/10
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A lap at Le Mans with the Audi drivers  
The LeMans Circuit
The 13.629-kilometer "Circuit des 24 Heures" is considered one of the world’s most fascinating race tracks on which no testing is possible. The nine Audi drivers talk about the key sectors - in alphabetical order from B like Bernhard to T like Tréluyer.

Timo Bernhard about the Dunlop Chicane:
"It’s nice to drive past the grandstands at the start and finish. At the right, there’s the crew and the pit lane with the pit board which you’ve got to keep watching. At the left, there are the full grandstands. That’s where you can see the enthusiasm of the fans for this race. The first turn is almost flat-out. The difficult part about it is that you’ve got to start braking immediately afterwards to turn into the Dunlop Chicane. You’ve got to brake while you’re still inside the turn, that’s why the rear becomes pretty light. The chicane itself is very slow. You mustn’t take a shortcut across the curbs. Although that’s faster, you can suffer a puncture in the process or damage the front splitter." More ...
06/09/10
f1
Latest F1 news in brief  
  • KERS should be compulsory in 2011 - Williams
  • Fisi tests F10 as Button ponders 'unusual' Ferrari slump
  • Montreal to suit McLaren car - Villeneuve
  • Villeneuve on Red Bull crash - 'drivers are drivers'
  • McLaren right to run cars light on fuel - Button
  • Whitmarsh plays down chance of three-car teams
  • FIA could penalize drivers for road offenses - Todt

KERS should be compulsory in 2011 - Williams
(GMM)  KERS should only return to the F1 grid next year if every car is fitted with the energy-recovery technology.

That is the claim of Sir Frank Williams, whose Grove based team is reportedly keen to see KERS make a comeback in 2011.

Williams has its own hybrid technology company, whose unique flywheel KERS unit was fitted to the Porsche 911 GT3 R at the recent Nurburgring 24 hour race.

FIA president Jean Todt is pushing hard for the F1 teams alliance FOTA to overturn its gentleman's ban on KERS.

KERS therefore already features in the technical regulations, but - if the FOTA ban is dropped - its use is voluntary.

"I am a strong supporter of the use of KERS," Williams is quoted by the Dutch publication formule1.nl.

"The automotive industry is working on reducing CO2 emissions, and for that reason alone formula one must take the lead.

"But it should be compulsory -- either we all use it, or we all do not," added Williams.

Interestingly, the 68-year-old suggested that if Williams does use KERS in F1 next year, it would not be the flywheel system produced by Williams Hybrid Power.

"Our system works well and is being used by Porsche in long distance races," he confirmed.

"But it is bigger than the electrical systems.  As we now drive with bigger fuel tanks, it no longer fits in a formula one car.  It would make our car like a London double-decker!" More ...

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