Weather puts a damper on testing at Milwaukee Mile for IndyCar race Wednesday, June 11th was "Washout Wednesday" at the Milwaukee Mile! So what did the race teams do?
About a dozen IndyCar race teams were scheduled to test at the Milwaukee Mile on Wednesday for the August race - but Mother Nature had other plans.
"Lots of YouTube videos right now. Watching some French hill climbing of all things," IndyCar driver Justin Wilson said.
Drivers like Justin Wilson were finding ways to wipe away the time while technical folks like Blair Perchbacher still had to get something done. After all, his race team had about 40 people on hand Wednesday, plus their cars and equipment. All those people and stuff must be in Iowa Friday for more testing.
Huge Crash at Le Mans (4th Update)UPDATE #4 Doctors will not allow Loic Duval to race this weekend after his terrifying accident earlier today. It was reported that he only suffered scratches on his legs and arms, but he's not being cleared to race. It's unfortunate news for Duval who was hoping to defend his Le Mans title with teammates Tom Kristensen and Lucas Di Grassi.
Here is a video of the wreck aftermath with a still photo of the impact.
Mallya's stake in Kingfisher Airlines drops below 10%
• 7.31% Value of Kingfisher Airlines' shares invoked and transferred by IDBI Trusteeship to lenders depository account
• 8.55% Fall in Vijay Mallya's stake, which was at 15.86% by March-end
• 30.14% Mallya's share in the beginning of 2014
On Wednesday, IDBI Trusteeship invoked and transferred pledged equity shares worth 7.31 per cent in Kingfisher Airlines to the depository account of lenders. As a result, UB Group chief Mallya’s holding in the now defunct airline has fallen to 8.55 per cent from 15.86 per cent in March.
At the beginning of this year, his stake in the airline stood at 30.14 per cent.
Following IDBI Trusteeship’s move on Wednesday, lenders to the airline have invoked all its pledged shares. About a week ago, Kolkata-based United Bank of India (UBI) had issued a willful defaulter’s notice on Mallya, after the consortium of lenders to the airline failed to make headway in recovering dues.
Mayfield adamant he didn't use drugs, won't kiss NASCAR's posterior
Jeremy Mayfield won't bow to NASCAR's dictatorship
Jeremy Mayfield has learned never to say never but it appears that any chance of him returning to NASCAR racing is slim as he remains adamant that he did not use methamphetamine and does not need to go through NASCAR's Road to Recovery program.
In an hour-long interview Wednesday with Sporting News, Mayfield covered a wide range of topics that stemmed from his 2009 drug test that NASCAR says was positive for methamphetamines.
"I don't use drugs, for sure," Mayfield said. "I don't drink. I might have a couple of beers a year, maybe. … I don't steal. I haven't broke into any buildings and stole race parts and stuff."
Taylor, Long open strong in first 24 Hours of Le Mans practice Jordan Taylor’s regular ride is his father’s Corvette Daytona Prototype in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, but he got right up to speed in the very different Chevrolet Corvette C7.R GT car during Wednesday’s opening four-hour practice session for the 82nd 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Taylor posted a best time of 3 minutes, 58.136 seconds around the 8.469-mile Circuit de la Sarthe, placing him third on the GTE Pro class time sheet. The practice session was interrupted by three red-flag stoppages, including one for a frightening crash by French driver Loic Duval that destroyed the No. 1 Audi prototype. Duval was conscious and was transported to an area hospital for further evaluation.
Taylor, the 2013 GRAND-AM Rolex Series Daytona Prototype champion, is sharing the No. 73 Corvette with 2013 American Le Mans Series GT champions Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia.
Newey And Franchitti Added To Growing Line Up For Silverstone's 50th Grand Prix Three-times Indianapolis 500 winner and four-times IndyCar Champion Dario Franchitti, and Red Bull Racing Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey are the latest high-profile drivers confirmed to drive in the 50th Grand Prix commemorative parades taking place on all three days of this year’s FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX (04-06 July).
The two legends of British motor sport join Sir Jackie Stewart, David Brabham and a host of other famous names taking part in the ‘Silverstone50’ parades, which will feature cars and drivers that have provided unforgettable moments in Silverstone’s illustrious British Grand Prix history.
IMSA Co-Founder John Bishop Passes Away At Age Of 87 (Update)UPDATE
The legacies of John Bishop in motorsports are firm and far-reaching, and they include the International Motor Racing Research Center, of which he was one of the founders.
Bishop, who has been described as the most respected leader in the history of road racing in America, died June 5 in San Rafael, Calif., at the age of 87.
On its opening in June 1999, the Racing Research Center was dedicated to Bishop in recognition of his important role in its formation. The Center was created to be a pre-eminent repository of all materials related to motorsports in all series and at all tracks, worldwide.
Zytek Announces New LMP2 Coupe for 2016 Zytek announced today at Le Mans the launch of its new LMP2 Zytek Coupe project for 2016.
The British manufacturer released renders of its new Le Mans Prototype, which is set to replace the successful Zytek Z11SN.
"The level of interest in the Zytek chassis has been tremendous of late, due to its continued on track success, its drivability and renowned safety record,” Zytek Chairman Bill Gibson said. “The chassis business brings the Zytek brand to the fore and showcases our engines and electronics perfectly."
Video: Sir Jack Brabham Funeral Speedcafe.com joined mourners at the funeral service for Sir Jack Brabham on the Gold Coast. The service was attended by his family and friends plus a number of dignitaries who together reflected on the life of Australia's greatest motor racer.
Haas seeks tech alliance with F1 team Gene Haas now wants a technical partnership with a current Formula 1 manufacturer to get his new team on the 2016 grid, having decided against plans to use Dallara chassis according to Autosport.
'Customer car' rules will be relaxed from 2015 to allow teams to buy more parts from other outfits - a new opportunity Haas intends to make the most of.
Rather than the original idea of using racing car constructor Dallara to build his first F1 challenger, Haas wants to buy engines and as much of a car as his team can from another squad.
Walker talks about possible return to old IndyCar venues On Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway, IndyCar Series operations and competition chief Derrick Walker spent some time with select media members openly discussing several racing and logistical issues concerning the tour.
On returning Surfers Paradise:
"Not that it's a bad idea but what you're doing is focusing on race tracks as neat places to go to. The biggest hurdle is that we can think of all these great places that we want to go race but for us and other racing series, some of these places have to think it's a good business venture and be willing to pay the fee to get us to come.
"With Australia, it's not a bottomless pit of money pit of money for a bunch of Indy cars to go race. With the business model of Surfers Paradise, there was a government sponsor that wanted tourism and an American product — an international product — coming to their shores highlighted by what they were trying to advertise.
Video: Vettel And Ricciardo Preview The Red Bull Ring Next Stop: the Red Bull Ring. After 11 years the Austrian GP is back.
A new CGI film featuring four times World Champion Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Young Gun Daniel Ricciardo racing round the Red Bull Ring is now available.
Driving RB10s, Daniel and Sebastian explain the track's unique characteristics as they dual around the 4.3km circuit. As the Red Bull racers contend with changing weather conditions, they explain the circuit's elevation changes, the four best overtaking opportunities, the track's nine corners and the four high-speed stretches.
Ride Along With the Corvette C7.R For 24 Hours This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans is the most anticipated one for Corvette Racing since the team’s debut there in 2000. It’s the first time at the Circuit de la Sarthe for the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, and American fans can ride along with the team for the entirety of the race.
Three dedicated cameras will stream live video on FOXsports.com, helping to highlight Corvette Racing’s massive undertaking in this year’s race. Each of the two Corvettes – the No. 73 and No. 74 Corvette C7.R – will sport in-car cameras from green flag to checkered flag. In addition, a fixed camera in the Corvette Racing garage will stream to the Web for the full 24 hours.
New Superspeedway owner won't rule out NASCAR, IndyCar bids
IndyCar attendance 2006 - night race massive Firestone ticket giveaway
IndyCar attendance 2007 - day race no massive Firestone ticket giveaway. The concrete racing surface was too bumpy for the fast IndyCars. Very dangerous.
Robb Sexton, new owner of Nashville Superspeedway, won't rule out attempting to bring back NASCAR and IndyCar racing at some point in the future.
"Never say never," Sexton said Tuesday during an interview about his vision for the sprawling Gladeville track on which racing was suspended three years ago.
During its 11 years of operation, the track ran NASCAR Nationwide and truck races, and was on the IndyCar schedule for eight seasons. The lower-tier NASCAR races failed to draw, the IndyCar Series departed, and the big dreams for the track died.
Sexton, undeterred by past disappointments, is determined to revive the dream.
"It's a great facility and we're going to put it to use," he said.
In addition to utilizing the 1.3-mile main racetrack, Sexton also expressed interest in developing the drag strip, dirt track and short track that were included in the original blueprints.
"We plan to develop the entire facility," Sexton said. "We have a comprehensive business plan that involves using the track 52 weeks a year, with a primary emphasis on the motorsports community. Our focus is on a motorsports identity."
The F1 thrill is gone, TV viewership plummeting (Update)UPDATE [Editor's Note: Make no mistake about it, the F1 scream is gone, and with it the thrill. Can't say we didn't tell you so. Couple that with the lack of interest from youth around the world and make no mistake about it, racing is in trouble and F1 is no exception. IndyCar, NASCAR, F1, Sportscars, everything is at risk until the racing leadership addresses the real problem.]
F1's television ratings in key markets are strikingly down in 2014.
Writing in the Spanish sports daily Marca, correspondent Miguel Sanz said the most worrying figures are coming out of Latin America, where the ratings decline has been a staggering 50 per cent.
"In Italy," he added, "depending on the successes of Ferrari, the drop is 20 per cent based on data from the first five races of 2014."
A closer look at Italy is even more worrying. Considering only the Canadian grand prix, the combined losses by broadcasters Rai and Sky in just a single year was almost 3.5 million viewers.
"Spain, always with an eye on Fernando Alonso, is at a 15 per cent decline", said Sanz.
(GMM) Famous British sailor Sir Ben Ainslie has admitted Adrian Newey could play a key role in his America's Cup yachting project.
Newey, the highest paid and most highly regarded engineer in formula one, is already making headlines after it emerged he is stepping back at Red Bull in order to get involved in other technology projects.
Increasingly frustrated with F1's ever-tightening regulations, he has admitted his interest in top yacht design in the past, and has often been linked with Ainslie.
On Tuesday, Ainslie's $130 million British challenge for the 2017 America's Cup was launched.
2015 Rolex 24 tickets on sale Tickets for the 53rd running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona are now on sale through Daytona International Speedway. Sports car fans can also pre-purchase infield car parking packages and hospitality packages.
Fans have three different ways to purchase tickets:
• Visiting the Daytona International Speedway ticket office
Next year's Rolex 24 will take place on Jan. 24-25, 2015. The 2014 running of the event kicked off a new era for sports car racing with the debut event for the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
Junie Donlavey dies (Update)UPDATEStatement from Glen Wood on Passing of Junie Donlavey "The only thing you really need to know about Junie Donlavey is that he was probably the most well-liked person ever in the sport of NASCAR. He was a good friend of the Wood Brothers … one of our very best friends in the sport. I can tell you I would call him on the phone, and even before I could get a word or two out, he knew who it was that was calling.
"The thing I will always remember about Junie is that he was never mad or upset. He took everything in stride. He just enjoyed being around the sport and being around people. You’d see him in the garage, and he’d always be talking with someone, and I used to love seeing him doubled-up laughing over some story.
United Fiber & Data has thrown its support behind the Washington, D.C. Global Rallycross event.
United Fiber & Data has been named an official partner of Volkswagen Rallycross DC-the third round of the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Series, to be held on the RFK Festival Grounds June 21-22.
"The synergy between GRC and United Fiber & Data is perfect," said Bill Hynes-Founder & Director, United Fiber & Data. "We are both shaking up our industries in exciting new ways, but at the core of what we do, it's still about speed, technology, and ingenuity.
"UFD is thrilled to be part of the Volkswagen Rallycross DC race-this race in particular is home for us. Being involved with bringing the next generation of racing and driving talent to the back yard of UFD's next generation, best-in-class fiber network-is incredible."
"We're very excited to be a part of introducing United Fiber & Data to Red Bull Global Rallycross," said Tim Mayer-General Manager, Volkswagen Rallycross DC. "The partnership is a natural fit, and I'm certain that we'll feed off the energy that UFD brings to everything that they do. Volkswagen Rallycross DC represents a new chapter in the evolution of motorsports events, and we're thrilled to work with partners like UFD who push the boundaries of innovation in their own industries!"
Officials from Volkswagen Rallycross DC have unveiled a thrilling new track layout for the third round of the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Series, to take place at the RFK Festival Grounds June 21-22. The exciting 0.5-mile, combination tarmac and dirt course features ten turns of varying radius and speed, and the famous Red Bull Global Rallycross jump.
"The exhilarating new track we're building on the RFK Festival Grounds will provide excellent racing for all the fans at Volkswagen Rallycross DC," said Tim Mayer-General Manager, Volkswagen Rallycross DC. "The quick run down to the hairpin Turn 3 will be the site of many side-by-side passing attempts, and the tight, technical portion of the course after the jump will test drivers' patience and the set-ups of these 600-horsepower Supercars."
Rookie Carlos Munoz will drive an IndyCar at Pocono for the first time next Thursday. Munoz is amongst 12 drivers who will test The Tricky Triangle ahead of next month's Pocono IndyCar 500.
Six Verizon IndyCar Series teams and twelve drivers are scheduled to test next week at Pocono Raceway. Teams will test either Tuesday June 17 or Thursday June 19. Pocono Raceway is waiting on team confirmation to determine whether the test will be open to the public or not.
Below is the tentative testing schedule
Tuesday, June 17
o Team Penske (Helio Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power)
o Dale Coyne Racing (Justin Wilson)
Thursday, June 19
o Andretti Autosport (Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Carlos Munoz)
o Ed Carpenter Racing (Ed Carpenter)
o KV Racing Technology (Sebastien Bourdais and Sebastian Saavedra)
Ed Carpenter and the Fuzzy's Vodka team will be busy testing over the next ten days.
Firestone 600 winner Ed Carpenter will be back at the wheel of the #20 Fuzzy's Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet today at Iowa Speedway in advance of the Iowa Corn 300 Presented by DeKalb. This year's race will once again be a Saturday evening affair, after being run Sunday afternoon in 2013. Carpenter, who was credited with the fastest race lap, started and finished fourth at the 7/8-mile banked oval in Newton, IA a year ago.
The Fuzzy's Vodka team will also test at the famed Milwaukee Mile this Thursday. The Verizon IndyCar series races at Milwaukee on August 17th in the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250.
Next Thursday, the team will test at Pocono Raceway on July 19th in advance of the Pocono IndyCar 500 on July 6th. The Pocono race will be the next time we see Carpenter in race action. Mike Conway, who won the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach earlier this season will be in the car for the upcoming Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader weekend at the end of the month.
Stands open for Milwaukee IndyFest testing Wednesday Grandstands will be open Wednesday and food will be available for purchase at lunchtime during IndyCar testing at the Milwaukee Mile.
Teams planning to participate were: Andretti Autosport, Team Penske, KVSH, Schmidt Peterson, and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. The rule of thumb for sessions such as this is you can't tell for certain who'll be there till it starts.
Audi Sport Team Joest received an enthusiastic welcome by thousands of sports car fans in downtown Le Mans on Monday.
The traditional Scrutineering at Place de la Republique marked the beginning of the 'final countdown' to the 82nd running of the Le Mans 24 Hours that will be started by Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso at 3 p.m. local time on Saturday. A large number of fans and photographers - some of them for hours - had been eagerly waiting for the three Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars to be unloaded. The nine Audi drivers and Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich fulfilled innumerable requests for autographs.
"It was a great start to this year’s Le Mans week," said Dr. Ullrich. "You can simply feel the enthusiasm of the people for this special race."
Video appears to show Massa to blame for accident with Perez in Montreal (Update)UPDATE We found an overhead video that show they both moved - Massa right and Perez left. Perez did not move that much, but the combination of the two moving caused the accident.
06/09/14 As can be seen from this video starting at the 27 second mark, it is clear that Felipe Massa misjudged and ran right into the left rear of Sergio Perez on the last lap of the Canadian GP. You can see Perez is holding his line on the outside and Massa just drove straight into him.
Sunday's Canadian F1 Grand Prix Attracts More Than 4 Million Viewers On RTL German free-to-air TV channel RTL "recorded top ratings for its broadcast of the Canadian F1 Grand Prix on Sunday evening," according to Sidney Schering of QUOTENMETER. An average of 4.39 million viewers tuned in starting at 8pm. The number translated into a market share of 17.9%. In the target demographic 14-49, the first victory of Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo attracted 1.38 million viewers and had a 16.6% market share.
Following the conclusion of the race, RTL recorded 3.76 million viewers, including 1.11 million in the target demographic, for its race recap and analysis starting at 9:45pm. The market shares were 15.1% and 12.2%, respectively.
Right after the race highlights, RTL aired a documentary about former F1 champion Michael Schumacher, who has been in a coma since his skiing accident on Dec. 29. The documentary called "Michael Schumacher - His toughest fight" obtained a market share of 13.9% in the target demographic as 1.2 million viewers tuned in. Overall, the documentary attracted 3.24 million viewers and had a 14.1% share. Quotenmeter
Daytona 500 Tickets Going On Sale Tickets to NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race, the Daytona 500 on Feb. 22, 2014, go on sale Tuesday at 9 a.m. Tickets for the 500, won earlier this year by Dale Earnhardt Jr. for his second career victory in "The Great American Race," start at $65.
"The Daytona 500 is the pinnacle of racing excitement, creating our sport’s most memorable moments while crowning the legends of NASCAR each and every year," said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III.
"In 2015, fans can enjoy all the pageantry and thrill of "The Great American Race" in person, and preview some of the new amenities as a portion of Daytona Rising will open including 40,000 new seats near Turn 1. All of Daytona Rising debuts in 2016 and the best way for fans to guarantee their spot for the grand opening is to be here next year and get on the renewal list early."
NASCAR reporter breaks his ankle while interviewing Dale Earnhardt Jr. MRN reporter Dustin Long was interviewing Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Pocono Friday when a terrible accident temporarily derailed his weekend. Long fell off one of the scales that NASCAR uses to weigh cars and broke his ankle. Long posted a gruesome photo of the injury on his Twitter account.
Earnhardt took the blame for the accident, saying he led Long through the scales as a shortcut.
Ever hear the saying "break a leg" for good luck? Well Earnhardt went on to win Sunday.
After Texas win no slowing down Ed Carpenter Racing
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There wasn’t a big celebration Saturday night for Ed Carpenter Racing after Ed Carpenter captured the Firestone 600K at Texas Motor Speedway.
Maybe there was just a little beer consumed on the plane back to Indianapolis for the crew as they landed on the early hours of Sunday morning for the 15-man crew. There wasn’t time to enjoy their sponsor’s product, Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka.
Truck drivers Matt Giese and Jeff Hughes had already hit the road with the winning No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet and headed to Iowa for the Tuesday test day at the Iowa Speedway small oval.
2014 Le Mans 24 Hours Good to go! The 55 cars entered for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2014 have all passed successfully through the scrutineering process. A second day of technical inspection unfolded in a festival atmosphere.
This Monday the 9th of June, 33 cars were submitted to technical and administrative examination. A process that had several highlights.
The impressive armada of Ferrari 458 Italia entered by the AF Corse team did not gone unnoticed during the course of the morning before the first LM P1 cars entered the enclosure, in the shape of the two Rebellion R-One. Followed the compact group of four works Aston Martin ahead of the Porsche of IMSA Performance Matmut. The latter team, victorious in LM GTE Am last year, this time includes David Hallyday, also highly anticipated by fans of Le Mans.
Kurt Busch '36' TV Rating The overnight TV rating for the NBC network special called Kurt Busch '36' that followed NASCAR driver Kurt Busch as he prepared for the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 that aired Sunday was a 0.6.
Canadian GP USA TV Rating The overnight TV rating for the Canadian GP F1 race from Montreal on NBC (not to be confused with NBC Sports network) was a 1.1 with about 1.4 million viewers. The post-race, also on NBC, came in with a 0.7 rating.
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