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06/11/12
Miscellaneous
Video: largest model railway / railroad of the world  The official video about Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg, the largest model railway in the world, and one of the most successful tourist attractions in Germany. On the 1.300 m² large layout, far more than a thousand trains, aircrafts, cars and ships move about. A wonder of the world in miniature.

06/11/12
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Ford makes changes to 2013 Sprint Cup car  After unveiling the 2013 NASCAR Fusion at Charlotte Motor Speedway in January and highlighting the first version of its new car in a team paint scheme on Memorial Day weekend, Ford Racing is using the upcoming race weekend in Michigan to unveil updates to the design of the Cup car which shows even more brand identity through enhanced design cues, including new grille work and hood lines. Gone is the stickered front grille from the January reveal and in its place are actual grille bars which will adorn the 2013 Cup Fusion, in addition to several other key tweaks to the front end of the car.

"We had an opportunity to add more personality and detail to the race car," said Garen Nicoghosian, Ford design manager in charge of the NASCAR project. We took advantage of this opportunity and sculpted a more aggressive front end and we added grille bars that are identical in design to the production car. We also added more detail to the fog light housings, and created a more detailed headlight area as well. In addition, we also sculpted a more aggressive hood, and were able to achieve a closer look to the production car. Our race car is even closer in design to the production car now, and we are very pleased with the results." Ford Racing
06/11/12
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Kentucky Speedway traffic issues sorted out  The 100,000 race fans expected at the end of the month at Kentucky Speedway won’t get stuck in traffic this year, Gov. Steve Beshear said Monday. The $3.7 million worth of road improvements invested by the state and a $8 million to $10 million private investment from the speedway’s owner, Speedway Motorsports, Inc., will prevent a repeat of the traffic backup during last year’s inaugural Quaker State 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race.

In 2011, 13,000 fans missed the race as traffic backed up onto Interstate 71.

Beshear toured the improvements the track Monday morning as state and track officials urged fans to come back to to the second annual Quaker State 400 on June 30. More ...
06/11/12
f1
Domenicali admits strategy error  Stefano Domenicali concedes that with hindsight the decision not to pit Fernando Alonso for a second time in Canada was the "wrong thing to do."

Alonso had been leading the Montreal race when his Pirelli tires suddenly dropped off. The lack of pace meant the Spaniard was a sitting duck as the two-stopping Lewis Hamilton came flying by to take the victory. More ...
06/11/12
f1
Analysis - 2012 'lottery' set to end now?  (GMM)  Seven so far, so why not eight?

The world of formula one on Monday was contemplating the likelihood that a once-predictable sport has now become a race-by-race quest for all new and different winners.

So far in 2012, there have been an unprecedented seven different winners from the opening seven races, including all-new victors like Nico Rosberg, and the return of once-great names including Mercedes and Williams.

"Let's see for how long it goes on," former Force India driver Adrian Sutil said on German television Sky.

"I would guess there are one or two more (different winners to come).  Kimi Raikkonen is on the list and also I think the Sauber is a very fast car." More ...

06/11/12
irl
IndyCar has finally put days of 100% throttle racing behind it  [Editor's Note: As our subscribers know, we have been critical of the IRL's 100% throttle no talent required oval racing since the day the IRL was formed.  We are happy to report that the IRL, now called IndyCar, has copied CART almost 100% in just about everything, and the new car puts the driver back into the equation on ovals, which is how it should be, and how it was in CART.  IndyCar racing is a sport again, before, under Anton George and Brian Barnhart, it was just a 100% throttle no talent required entertainment circus, and a very dangerous one (pack racing with open wheel cars) at that.  See our feature article on this topic]

If you’re a fan of driving a race car, then you had to appreciate what took place Saturday night.

Because for almost two hours on the high banks of Texas Motor Speedway we watched the drivers of the IZOD IndyCar Series in what should always be their natural habitat: on the edge.

They were slipping and sliding, pushing hard and hanging on, adjusting sway bars every few laps, changing their lines, rolling in and out of the throttle, trying to keep their tires and cars underneath them at 200 mph. More ...

06/11/12
tv news
Motorsports This Week on ESPN and ABC  
NASCAR, IndyCar Doubleheader Saturday on ABC

NASCAR Nationwide Series at Michigan on ABC         
The NASCAR Nationwide Series races this weekend at the 2-mile Michigan International Speedway and the race airs live on ABC on Saturday, June 16. NASCAR Countdown airs at 3:30 p.m. ET with the race’s green flag at 4:01 p.m.  Also from Michigan, ESPN2 airs NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Announcers:
Booth: Lap-by-Lap announcer Allen Bestwick; analysts Rusty Wallace, Andy Petree.
Pit reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Dr. Jerry Punch, Shannon Spake.

IndyCar Series at Milwaukee Live on ABC
The IZOD IndyCar Series returns to one of America’s oldest tracks, the Milwaukee Mile, for an event on Saturday, June 16. ABC will have a live telecast with pre-race at 1 p.m. and the green flag at 1:30 p.m. More ...

06/11/12
pf2000
Fierberg dominant in Auto Club Speedway sweep  
Ira Fierberg untouchable
Fierberg Returns to Claim Victory and Ford Fortunate in Round 7
Fontana, Calif. – The Pacific F2000/Formula F Super Series Championship Presented by Corsa Car Care returned to the 2.880 mile infield road course at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. The event was run as part of the Cal Club Region of the SCCA Double Rational weekend, a weekend that was to pay tribute to longtime SCCA, Cal Club member and series supporter Andy Porterfield who had passed away earlier this year at the age of 81. More ...
06/11/12
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Speeding penalties confound Cup drivers  A plethora of new scoring loops in the Pocono Raceway pits threw many Sprint Cup stars for a loop Sunday.
There were 22 speeding penalties in the Pocono 400 as drivers struggled to match their tachometers correctly to 60 mph (the limit was 55 mph with a 5 mph buffer) in the 10 zones on the repaved track's new concrete pit road. NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said a sector was added this season, and many were shortened for consistency.

Many of the penalties for breaking the 60 mph speed limit (plus a 5 mph buffer) occurred in the final sector, which Pemberton said was the shortest at 83 feet. Most zones are about 200 feet. More ...

06/11/12
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NASCAR confident in pit road timing system  When it came to pit road, all Sunday's Pocono 400 presented by #NASCAR lacked was a fleet of cop cars with flashing lights and sirens. All told, NASCAR handed out 22 pit road speeding penalties, with most offenders clocked too fast at the exit from pit road. That easily eclipsed the Sprint Cup Series record of 14 speeding penalties at Kansas in 2006. #48-Jimmie Johnson was convinced there was something wrong with the final segment (or timing loop) on pit road. Nothing wrong, says NASCAR, just different. NASCAR measures pit road speed from the yellow line at the entrance to pit road to the yellow line at the exit. The full distance is divided into segments, and drivers must average the speed limit (plus a tolerance of 4.99 mph) through each segment. More ...
06/11/12
ta
Back-To-Back Trans Am Winners At Mid-Ohio  
Simon Gregg
Mid-Ohio fans were treated to a special treat today as they witnessed Simon Gregg of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, drive his No. 59 Gregg Motorsports Corvette to win his 100th start in Trans Am. It was Simon's second win in the Series, his other just two weeks ago at Lime Rock Park.

"This is fantastic," said Simon. "It's just an amazing feeling… I'm so happy for our team and the crew. Those guys deserve all the credit… they work so hard." More ...

06/11/12
roc
F1 world champion Vettel returns to ROC in Bangkok  Reigning Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel has become the first driver to sign up as the Race Of Champions celebrates its 25th year of competition in 2012. ROC organizers can now also confirm that Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium will host the prestigious event on the weekend of December 15-16.

Held every year since 1988, the end-of-season contest brings together the world’s greatest drivers from motor sport’s major disciplines – including Formula 1, world rally, touring cars, Le Mans and the X-Games – and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical machinery. Drivers pair up for the ROC Nations Cup, this year scheduled for Saturday 15 December, before the individual Race Of Champions takes place on Sunday 16 December. More ...
06/11/12
British F3
Tincknell & Harvey make it three in a row for Carlin  Wins for Harry Tincknell and Jack Harvey today at Rockingham set the seal on an excellent weekend for the Carlin team in the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series. Tincknell took the honors in the morning’s reverse-grid race to score his maiden win of the season, while Harvey dominated the afternoon feature race to claim his second victory of 2012 and re-establish his championship hopes.

Carlin’s Saturday winner, Jazeman Jaafar, leads the championship table by a 13-point margin from Harvey as the series swings toward Kent and the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit in a fortnight’s time. More ...

06/11/12
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Monday  
  • Michael Schumacher - nothing but bad luck
    Schumacher's bad run mere 'fate' - Brawn
  • Alonso hails Ferrari's unprecedented progress
  • Button 'very lost' as title hopes lose grip in 2012
  • Montreal promoter 'relieved' after stressful event
  • Villadelprat slams Red Bull cheating 'witch hunt'
  • Brawn no longer strategy 'super brain'
  • Surprise podium for Perez More ...
06/10/12
irl
IndyCar drivers endorse a return to Texas Motor Speedway  THE MODERATOR: We're now joined by tonight's third place finisher of the Firestone 550, Ryan Briscoe, driver of the No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevy. This is the fifth top three finish for Ryan at Texas Motor Speedway. Ryan, talk about your evening.

RYAN BRISCOE: Thanks. Yeah, tough night. Certainly reiterate what Will (Power) was saying there about good racing. It was tough out there tonight, and it was exactly what we asked for, so no complaints. Frustrating. I mean, any other year with the track position I was given at the end, we would have won this thing, and unfortunately I just didn't have enough car in that final stint to hold off Graham (Rahal) and (Justin) Wilson. They did a great job. More ...

06/10/12
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NASCAR Dover TV Rating  UPDATE The season finale of NASCAR on FOX suffered a double-digit drop in ratings. Last Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup FedEx 400 from Dover drew a 3.7 final rating on FOX, down 16% from last year (4.4), but even with 2010 (3.7). The 3.7 rating is tied as the lowest for the FedEx 400 since the 2004 race on FX (3.4). The 16% decline for last week’s race is the second-largest of the season for NASCAR on FOX, behind only the 17% decline for the rain-affected Auto Club 400 from Fontana. The race only had a 5% decline in the overnights. For the season, ten of thirteen NASCAR telecasts on FOX suffered declines in ratings compared to last year. Seven of those ten telecasts were down by less than ten percent — including four telecasts that were off by just a tenth of a ratings point. Only two races were up from last year — the Food City 500 from Bristol (+2%) and the STP 400 from Kansas (+10%). The latter race moved from June to April Sports Media Watch

06/04/12 The overnight TV rating of the NASCAR Sprint Cup: FedEx 400 from Dover on Fox Sunday was a 3.6
06/10/12
f1
Tickets for US GP at Austin selling quickly  Circuit of The Americas announced that tickets are selling quickly for the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™, set for Nov. 16-18, 2012, at the soon-to-be-completed center for premium sports and entertainment in Austin, Texas. Three-day reserved grandstand seats and general admission tickets went on sale today at 10 a.m. EDT and can be purchased online at www.cotausgp.com or by calling the Ticketmaster hotline at 800.745.3000.

Three-day general admission tickets are priced at an affordable $159 per person and let fans picks their views of the action on the track and around the Circuit—and change them throughout each event. General admission tickets allow spectators to roam among the numerous grassy berms and public areas surrounding the 375-acre Circuit designed by Tilke GmbH, the German architectural firm whose work on the world’s newest F1™ circuits has gained it worldwide acclaim. More ...
06/10/12
f1
Tambay predicts 'huge fight' for Canada win  (GMM)  Sunday's Canadian grand prix will be a fast and furious dash for victory.

That is the prediction of former grand prix winner Patrick Tambay.

"The three teams that really stand out now are Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari," the ex McLaren and Ferrari driver told French broadcaster RMC Sport.

In the top three grid positions in Montreal are Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso. More ...

06/10/12
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Video: Scott Dixon crash in Firestone 550  Scott Dixon crashes in Turn 3 after dominating most of the race.

06/10/12
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Video: Kimball crashes in Firestone 550  Charlie Kimball causes the first caution of the day as he crashes in Turn 4.

06/10/12
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Video: Dramatic IndyCar finish  Another IndyCar race, another late race drama. Graham Rahal is on his way to just his second IndyCar win as he makes contact with the wall in Turn 4, and Justin Wilson was right there to take the spot - and the win.

06/10/12
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Teams will have to pit more often at Pocono  Higher speeds at Pocono will increase fuel consumption in Sunday's race and shorten the pit intervals for most teams. So don't be surprised to see the first stop come much earlier than usual (probably well before the 30-lap mark), given that crew chiefs will be inclined to play it safe. "The track is fast, incredibly fast, approaching 12 miles per hour faster than it was last year," said Howard Comstock of SRT Motorsports Engineering, which supports the Penske Racing Dodge teams of Brad Keselowski and AJ Allmendinger. More ...
06/10/12
wec
2012 Le Mans 24 Hours - Matra’s return!  Forty years ago Matra scored the first of its three victories in the Sarthe. These successes have become part of the Le Mans legend and they will be celebrated in the manner they deserve at the 80th event on 16-17 June.

This hat trick in 1972, 1973 and 1974 was the culmination of an incredible love story between the French manufacturer and motor racing. Matra’s first appearance in the Sarthe was in 1966 on the initiative of its go-getting boss, Jean-Luc Lagardère, but not until six years later did the Marseillaise finally ring out from the podium thanks to the blue cars. More ...
06/10/12
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Sunday  
  • Euro 2012 fever grips F1 paddock in Montreal
  • Pic duo could be next brothers on F1 grid
  • Analysis shows Schu could be leading title chase
  • Bad news chasing Lotus team at present
  • End of legal action 'bodes well' for US GP
  • Massa 'back to normality' after struggle - Alonso More ...
06/10/12
irl
When in doubt, follow the money......Texas  
Eddie Gossage (L) and race winner Justin Wilson
IndyCar/LAT USA
IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard said Saturday he’s made a point of not discussing 2013 with Texas until after Saturday night’s race, but said, “We definitely want to come back if it’s financially worthwhile.”  The crowd was way off Saturday night from previous years and the Houston race is not on the schedule this year, so Gossage cannot use that as an excuse can he?

Fact is the Gossage has already given up on IndyCar.

Bernard added that drivers — concerned about the compatibility of Indy cars on high-banked ovals following Dan Wheldon’s death at Las Vegas in October — won’t influence whether or not the series returns to Texas. More ...

06/09/12
irl
IndyCar aero kit decision on the horizon  INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard said a decision about introducing aerodynamic kits for the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series would be made by the end of the month.

INDYCAR has received deposits from three prospective manufacturers/suppliers and two others have requested an extension of the deadline to commit to the program for 2013 and 2014. INDYCAR released final regulations to interested companies May 14.

The aero kit concept was announced along with the introduction of the 2012 Dallara chassis in July 2010 to allow visible bodywork diversity. More ...

06/09/12
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Bryan Clauson makes a return to Indy Lights  Fan Force United is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with USAC standout and newly minted Indy 500 veteran, Bryan Clauson, to pilot its #24 Fan Force United machine in the upcoming Firestone Indy Lights race that is part of the Milwaukee IndyFest weekend (Friday evening, June 15th), as well as the Sukup 100 Firestone Indy Lights race at the Iowa Speedway (Saturday evening, June 23rd). More ...
06/09/12
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irl
Q&A with Mario Andretti on Austin, Formula One, IndyCar and more  It’s hard to think of a bigger name in American motorsports than Mario Andretti. It seems everybody knows his name, including people who aren’t race fans.

It helps that he’s had such a storied career: Four-time IndyCar champion, 1978 Formula One world champion, victories at the Indy 500 and Daytona 500, plus in endurance racing and more. Not to mention records in laps lead, race starts, pole positions — the list of accolades goes on and on.

Andretti, 72, who continues to be involved with motorsports long after his days as a racer, was today announced as official ambassador for Circuit of the Americas, a racetrack under construction in southeastern Travis County. More ...

06/09/12
f1
Mercedes disappointed with Montreal qualifying  
Michael Schumacher
Mercedes had been viewed as major contenders in Canada, not least because their Super DRS was expected to deliver the goods with the long back straight in Montreal. Instead, Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher qualified just fifth and ninth on Saturday. Furthermore, a miscalculation meant the latter missed out on a final lap in Q3.

“Well, this certainly was not how we had planned our qualifying to be today,” began the seven-time World Champion, who last won in Canada in 2004. “Our calculation for Q3 was to go for two laps and attack on the second one, after we had seen at the beginning of Q3 that one lap did not work properly. More ...

06/09/12
f1
Massa not happy with 6th place  
Felipe Massa
Felipe Massa says he is ‘very disappointed’ in Montreal on Saturday. This is despite picking up a season-best grid position of sixth ahead of Sunday’s race.

“I’m very disappointed because I had the potential to do better than this sixth place,” says the Brazilian, who starts three places behind team-mate Fernando Alonso but is pleased with his team’s general progress, which includes new exhausts this weekend.

“All things considered, I remain confident because the whole team is moving forward which is very important for the rest of the season. Tomorrow, we will have to pay great attention when it comes to defining our strategy. I think the choice is restricted to just a one or a two-stop, but a lot depends on tire behavior.”

"I hope to make up ‘a few places’ in the race."

06/09/12
IRL
IndyCar "Double" Engine Penalties  Know that, in IndyCar, your sin doth follow you.

As most know, if you have an engine change before an engine "times out" (hasn't gone the minimum number of 1850 miles), you get a 10-spot penalty in the next race.

There are, however, some twists and turns. For starters, there are rules for Indy. One of those rules says (basically) that you can change a motor that you used for practice and qualification before the Indy 500, even if you haven't timed out. However, if the motor hasn't "timed out" then you need to put that motor back into the car when the Indy 500 practice motor "times out" or blows up.

Are you with me so far? Dang, we need a Viso diagram here I think. More ...
06/09/12
f1
Austin's Grand Prix lawsuit settled: Race day drama averted  This day was clearly going to come. There was simply no way an $18 million dollar lawsuit could ever get in the way of a $300 million dollar racing circuit.

Sure, drama is good for newspaper stories and Tavo Hellmund's lawsuit delivered on that, but in the end no one wanted to go to court Monday and start testifying. That would be ugly and messy, and wealthy people prefer to simply pay their lawyers ungodly sums to make stuff like this go away. Ta-da!

Both sides have been talking for a week about settling the case. Finally an agreement was reached on Friday afternoon and signed last night. More ...

06/09/12
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Tony Ave Shatters Mid-Ohio Track Record in Trans Am Qualifying  Tony Ave led the way in qualifying this morning as he muscled the No. 4 Lamars Motor Racing Corvette around the 2.258-mile, 13 turn Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in 1:21.645 at 99.562 mph. He was followed by teammate Doug Peterson in the No. 87 3Dimensional.com Corvette and Amy Ruman driving the No. 23 McNichols Corvette. Peterson also broke the previous track record at 1:22.080, as did Ruman at 1:22.89.466.

This was Ave's third consecutive pole of 2012. Unfortunately, Ave has not been able to convert his qualifying positions into a win this year. More ...

06/09/12
IRL
Texas Saturday afternoon report  Nothing like getting thrown to the wolves. I caught up with Katherine Legge, who is running the Texas Motor Speedway for the first time.

And I do mean, "The first time." Because of the Lotus follies of the early season, the team didn't do any testing. "I've been thrown in the deep end!" she explained to me. Katherine easily passed her rookie test, and is set to start 22nd tonight.

Testing would've no doubt made her comfortable. On the other hand, a drivers meeting in Detroit yielded a request by the drivers to take down force away, to make the cars more difficult to drive, in an effort to avoid "pack racing." Most of the drivers will be feeling a bit uncomfortable today. Adding more to the excitement is that IndyCar officials -- again, due to feedback from the drivers -- has change the aero rules for this weekend 3 times.

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Add Firestone to the list of those interested in how this race is gonna go. As I mentioned, the IndyCar people have been playing with the aero package -- wickerbills and stuff like that. The hope is that the tires wear out during a run, perhaps dropping lap speed by 5 mph or more between pit stops. Obviously, firestone can cope with this, but
they simply wish they would've been a bit more, uh, informed before they left their shops.

They know that tire wear will be a story here, but they hope everyone realizes that this is the way IndyCar wants it.

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-- Tim Wohlford, reporting from TEXAS!!
06/09/12
f1
FIA to inspect Austin track next week  (GMM) F1's governing body will inspect the new formula one track in Austin, Texas, next week.

The Circuit of the Americas, scheduled to host its inaugural US grand prix in November, is still under construction.

So next week's FIA inspection, as revealed by the local Austin American Statesman newspaper, is not the final one that will give the circuit its mandatory homologation.

"It could, however, alert circuit officials if the FIA sees any potential problems," read the report.

The newspaper said the news of the inspection came from an official of circuit constructor Hermann Tilke's German company.

It was confirmed by American FIA official Nick Craw.

Charlie Whiting, currently officiating in Montreal, is expected to be among the Austin delegation.

06/09/12
IRL
Texas Saturday Morning report  All might not be well at Honda after all. At the end of practice yesterday, Takuma Sato's Honda expired, spewing liquids ("Yeah, it's oil") all over the track and requiring the "diaper" while towed back. Sarah Fisher Hartman's Honda-propelled car, diving by Josef Newgarden, never made it to the grid for qualifications. Likewise, AJ Fort's Mike Conway will go to the back of the pack after they changed out their Honda motor to a slightly older version, used last week in Detroit.

Also changing an engine was the Lotus of Simona de Silvestro. Her motor didn't expire, but rather the Lotus team has lots of motors now, and Simona's already at the back of the pack -- soooo, why not use a fresh motor? The good news is that the current Lotus (okay, "Judd") motor seems to be gaining some horsepower, and will probably avoid the dreaded "105% rule" black flag. More ...
06/09/12
IRL
Traffic Jam -- bigger in Texas  Everything is bigger in Texas -- including traffic jams.

As I, and no doubt dozens of IndyCar people, found out last night, the direct link between Texas Motor Speedway and DFW airport (highway 114) is under construction. More to the point, it was all-but-closed in return route to the airport. It took me 2 1/2 hours to go 25 miles last night as we crawled over surface streets, through stop lights, etc.

The locals have given me several routes to take as an alternative but this is the one I will try tonight: Interstate 35 South to exit 57A Interstate 820 East to exit 22B Highway 183 to the airport. 183 goes into the south side of the airport; highway 114 goes the north side of the airport.

DISCLAIMER -- I sometimes get things wrong. If you miss your flight, yeah, you can feed me some garbage about it, but feel free to use your GPS!!

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-- Tim Wohlford, reporting from TEXAS!!
06/09/12
wec
Video: Racing Drivers talk about the Toyota TS030 Hybrid  The Toyota racing drivers talk about the Toyota TS030 Hybrid which will participate in the 2012 Le Mans race and the FIA WEC.
06/09/12
f1
Canadian GP: Vettel tops final practice ahead of qualifying  
Sebastian Vettel
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel claimed the fastest time in final practice for the Canadian Grand Prix, with a 1m14.442s lap.  Fernando Alonso was second for Ferrari, just 0.006s off Vettel's fast lap.

Lewis Hamilton was third for McLaren, while Mark Webber was fourth in the second Red Bull.

Pastor Maldonado was an excellent fifth for Williams. More ...

06/09/12
automotive
Fisker, Penske team up to open Arizona dealership  UPDATE
Penske will see how many Fisker Karmas they sell before opening up more joint dealerships
Luxury plug-in hybrid maker Fisker Automotive Inc. has opened a new dealership with Penske Automotive Group in Scottsdale, Ariz., but consumers will dictate whether the companies open more stores together.

Tony Pordon, Penske executive vice president of investor relations and corporate development, said the company is taking a wait-and-see approach with the dealership, which sold its first Karma on Monday.

Penske will evaluate public acceptance of Fisker products and use that evaluation to decide whether to open more dealerships with Fisker, he said. More ...

06/09/12
irl
IndyCar drivers breath sigh of relief after wing change  
Like Indy, the rear wing is laid flat at TMS
IndyCar/LAT USA
A rule change had the Izod IndyCar Series drivers excited about the handling of the cars Friday. But they compromised a little after qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway.

The series had approved, at the drivers' urging, a limit of minus-5 degrees to the wings, which would give the cars less downforce, or grip to the track. The drivers said that gave them more control, which they want for a race on a high-banked oval where pack racing can be dangerous.

But after qualifying, the drivers and series officials approved the use of a 1/8-inch "wicker" to add back about 125 pounds of downforce. More ...

06/09/12
f1
County OKs needed permit for Austin F1  
The Texas track has quite a bit of elevation change
Amid persistent complaints from residents near the future site of the U.S. Grand Prix Formula One race, organizers secured a necessary permit from Travis County on Tuesday. County staffers also announced an additional $1.1 million in county-funded road work for race infrastructure.

Several residents near Circuit of the Americas expressed concern during a public hearing about both noise and traffic issues. Donald A. Haywood said the weekend event will force regular customers away from his plant nursery and make it difficult to get home. "I've been trying to visualize in my mind how I am going to get in and out on race days," he said. More ...

06/09/12
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Danica's merchandise hauler rear-ended  
Danica's Trailer gets rear-ended
This hasn't been a very good NASCAR season for #10-Danica Patrick, and now even one of the trailers carrying her branded merchandise has found some trouble. Patrick's souvenir hauler was rear-ended by another truck on Thursday while en route from Eldora Speedway in Ohio to Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.

According to a picture circulating Twitter, the cab of the other truck went all the way into the rear end of Patrick's hauler (the driver's condition is unknown). Merchandise company Motorsports Authentics is the owner and operator of the hauler, not JR Motorsports or Stewart-Haas Racing.

A request for comment from a Motorsports Authentics executive was not immediately returned. Josh Williams, who spots for Scott Speed in the Sprint Cup Series, tweeted that his cousin works on Patrick's souvenir rig and was uninjured. SB Nation
06/09/12
track news
Mario Andretti Joins Circuit of The Americas as Official Ambassador  
Mario tours Texas facility
Circuit of The Americas is proud to announce motorsports legend, Mario Andretti, as an official Circuit ambassador. The racing superstar, with more than 100 major wins in virtually every racing series—including Formula 1, IndyCar, NASCAR, sprint cars, sports cars, dirt track cars and drag racing— is considered one of the most accomplished and reputable racing experts in the world.  Andretti will work with Circuit officials to promote awareness of Formula 1 and the Circuit’s debut this fall as a premier sports and entertainment complex.

“Circuit of The Americas is honored to introduce Mario Andretti as our official ambassador to the motorsports world,” said Circuit Executive Vice President Bruce Knox.  “Mr. Andretti is a racing icon and is globally recognized as one of the most successful drivers in the history of motorsports.  His record speaks for itself, as he is the only driver in history to win the Formula One World Championship, Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500.  Circuit of The Americas will benefit from Mr. Andretti’s valuable input and representation as we prepare for the inaugural Formula 1 United States Grand Prix.” More ...
06/09/12
irl
Dixon tops final IndyCar practice  
Scott Dixon
Tim Wohlford/AR1.com
Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon ran the fastest lap during Friday evening’s final IZOD IndyCar Series practice for the Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Dixon (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda), who qualified fourth earlier in the day, posted a top lap of 215.795 mph during the final 30-minute practice session in preparation for Saturday night’s Firestone 550. Mike Conway (No. 14 ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt Racing Honda), who qualified eighth, made the jump to second fastest in the session at 215.349 mph.

Firestone 550 polesitter Alex Tagliani ran just 12 laps – second least run among the 25-driver field – but still posted the third-fastest lap at 215.795 mph. Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda), who qualified 10th, gave Honda the four fastest laps as he checked in at 214.531 mph. More ...

06/09/12
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Saturday  
  • Red Bull must change brake ducts
    FIA tells Red Bull to change brake cooling design
  • Many favorites for Canada victory
  • HRT mechanic not seriously hurt in pitlane
  • Gary Anderson slams McLaren for Button repairs
  • Weather fury in Montreal waits for Friday practice
  • Wolff defends Senna after bad day in Canada
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06/09/12
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Video: Bruno Senna crash Canada Friday  
06/09/12
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Q and A with Rubens Barrichello  
Rubens Barrichello
ON HIS FIRST RACE AT TEXAS: “Apart from the little running I had in May, I’ve been watching videos and watching all the data, and everything to see how—to see what the racing’s like. The drivers are all very, VERY concerned not to have any pack racing for our safety, and I’m just learning from everything that is quite new, and I hope that we have a safe and very good race. I think that everyone likes being here.”

ON EVER SEEING ANYTHING LIKE TMS BEFORE IN HIS CAREER: “The only thing I’ve seen in my life was when we were in traffic getting out of the Monza Circuit (Italy). We were diverted to the old banking. (SMILES) I don’t know how many degrees was that. When I got here, and TK (Tony Kanaan) took me around in a normal car; we took a picture of the track off of turn one. It is amazing. It’s amazing. Take a picture from the top, and you can hardly see you. It’s really neat. Honestly, I don’t know anything about the racing.” More ...

06/09/12
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Sauter finds redemption in Truck win at Texas  One year removed from a black-flag penalty that cost him a Camping World Truck Series win at Texas Motor Speedway, Johnny Sauter belatedly pulled into Victory Lane on Friday night.

Sauter passed ThorSport Racing teammate Matt Crafton on Lap 145 of 167 and rolled to victory by a margin of 2.101 seconds in the WinStar World Casino 400. Sauter, who hadn't led a race since the season opener at Daytona International Speedway in February in his No. 13 Toyota Tundra, decisively snapped a string of three consecutive finishes of 24th or worse. Sauter scored his fifth career victory in his 93rd start. More ...

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