Taylor Brothers Sweep Mid-Ohio Front Row Wayne Taylor got an early Father’s Day present Friday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, when his sons Jordan and Ricky took the top two positions in qualifying for Saturday’s GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Diamond Cellar Classic.
Jordan Taylor captured his second consecutive TOTAL Pole Award in the Daytona Prototype class with a lap of 105.642 mph/1:16.947 seconds in the Wayne Taylor Racing No. 10 Velocity Worldwide/Toshiba Corvette DP. Taylor and co-driver Max Angelelli went on to win the most recent Rolex Series race – the Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200 at Detroit Belle Isle two weeks ago – taking the lead in the Daytona Prototype championship.
Andretti and Hunter-Reay top both Milwaukee practice sessions Marco Andretti, who is 22 points behind front-runner Helio Castroneves in the championship standings, had a good start to the weekend by pacing both practice sessions preceding qualifications in the No. 25 Chevrolet-powered RC Cola car. He posted a best lap of 166.684 mph (21.9217 seconds) in the morning and 168.534 mph (21.6811 seconds in the afternoon).
Teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay, the defending race winner, was second in both sessions in the No. 1 DHL car. He was 0.0183 of a second back in the morning and 0.0501 of a second behind in the afternoon on the flat oval.
Two-lap average speed qualifications are scheduled for 5:15 p.m. (ET).
Rossi tops 2nd MotoGP practice Round six of the 2013 Championship began today with the first two free practice sessions in preparation for Sunday's race in Montmelo, Catalunya, in very hot conditions.
In the morning session, the track temperature was 33§C and air temperature of 25§C, at the 4.727km Spanish circuit. In the afternoon, temperatures rose to 49§C on the track with an ambient temperature of 28§C.
Valentino Rossi topped the second MotoGP practice session at Barcelona, edging out Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo.
Lorenzo, led the way in the first session in the morning. Dani Pedrosa was third.
Ganassi No. 01 picks up new sponsor (Update)UPDATE Added photo of rebranded car.
Ganassi No. 01 Telcel car
Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) and co-drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas will adopt a new livery incorporating Telcel on the traditional No.01 TELMEX Daytona Prototype entry beginning with this weekend’s Diamond Cellar Classic (Saturday, 4:30pm on SPEED) – Round 6 of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.
The No. 01 Telcel/TELMEX Dinan-Prepared BMW/Riley enters the weekend fourth in the series points race with 128 markers (-20 to the leaders).
Team Penske renews with Carlisle Companies Penske Racing announced today that it has extended its partnership with Carlisle Companies Incorporated (NYSE: CSL) through the 2016 season.
In addition to Carlisle’s continued support of the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion driven by 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski, the new agreement will also include associate branding for the company on a Team Penske IZOD IndyCar Series car beginning in 2014.
“Carlisle Companies is truly an integrated partner of Penske Racing,” said Roger Penske. “They have been a great business partner while providing us with high-quality components for our race cars that have been an important part of our success. We are proud to continue that partnership with our NASCAR program, while also growing the relationship to include our IZOD IndyCar Series entries starting next season.”
Video: Rush - A Look Inside RUSH portrays the exhilarating true story of two of the greatest rivals the world has ever witnessed—handsome English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl). Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, Rush follows the two drivers as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error.
Two drivers to run the 'triple' at Kentucky Kentucky Speedway's only two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race winners, #18-Kyle Busch (2011) and #2-Brad Keselowski (2012), will race head-to-head three times during the track's June 27-29 tripleheader weekend as they compete for the checkered flags in the NSCS Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts, NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Feed The Children 300 and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) UNOH 225. Both drivers will race a full Kentucky NASCAR tripleheader for the second time in their career. Busch completed the feat in 2011 and Keselowski in 2012.
Busch's sterling record at the track features four victories in four different series. He nailed down the track's inaugural NSCS Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts crown along with a NCWTS UNOH 225 victory in 2011. He reeled in a 300-mile NNS victory in 2004 and made his track debut with a 206-mile ARCA Racing Series victory in 2003 as an emerging 18-year-old talent. Overall, the 28-year-old has collected a combined six top-five and nine top-10 finishes while leading 762 of the 2,086 Kentucky Speedway laps he's raced through 11 career starts in four series.
Keselowski says rivals stole Ford employees, information
Brad Keselowski met with Ford Motor Co. employees in Dearborn on Thursday and signed autographs and answered questions.
The defending NASCAR Sprint Cup champion also found time to chat with reporters and take a sharp jab at Chevrolet-backed Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing, which runs Toyotas.
Keselowski, known for his no-nonsense approach and saying what is on his mind, criticized Hendrick and Gibbs for "stealing away" employees and information from Ford Cup teams, including his own Penske Racing outfit and Roush Fenway Racing.
Pikes Peak, in Colorado, USA, underwent something of a French invasion recently as Peugeot Sport and Sebastien Loeb set up camp on the famous mountain for the first official practice sessions ahead of the 2013 Pikes Peak Hill Climb. The result of the team’s first attempts at the course was particularly encouraging.
During the morning briefs ahead of the first official practice runs, the Race Director invited the drivers to take extra care, since water from melting roadside snow had frozen overnight. Indeed, Pikes Peak’s craggy profile culminates at an altitude of 4,301 meters, and this part of Colorado is genuine mountain country. As any experienced climber will tell you, big mountains are places where Man is not always in charge. They call for humility, patience and hard work before making a strike for the summit and – why not? – taking the top prize on 30th June; it is therefore vital not to rush things, and anyone who fails to take the challenge one step at a time runs the risk of suffering a bad bout of altitude sickness.
Lime Rock announces expansion Connecticut's classic Lime Rock Park circuit is set to undergo a significant transformation as major paddock and pit lane updates were revealed by track president Skip Barber.
PIT LANE: The existing Lime Rock Park pit lane will be lengthened significantly. The new pit-in will begin under the Bailey Bridge (at the top of the Downhill); the new pit lane will accommodate 45 pit boxes.
PADDOCKS: Both the primary A Paddock and the secondary B Paddock will be enlarged and paved. In addition, the paddocks will be designed to enhance racecar- and pedestrian-traffic control. A landscape architect will be brought in to make the paddocks aesthetically and functionally welcoming, including the addition of a pedestrian walkway along the entire length of the start-finish complex. All told, the paddocks will handily accommodate 130 (64 in A, 66 in B) full-size racing transporters with awnings. The pit lane and paddock work is scheduled to coincide with the 2014 race season.
Hunter-Reay hopes for another springboard performance at Milwaukee Every IZOD IndyCar Series champion has a key moment - a race result that served as a springboard to their season-long accomplishment. Reigning series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay singles out the 2012 Milwaukee IndyFest.
The victory and bonus point for leading the most laps in the eighth race of the season vaulted the Andretti Autosport driver from seventh in the standings following the Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway to fourth.
Andretti drivers top Open Test - only 8 cars Andretti Autosport drivers Carlos Munoz and Zach Veach were fastest in two Open Test sessions as Firestone Indy Lights drivers tuned up for the Milwaukee 100 on June 15 at The Milwaukee Mile. A pathetic 8 cars participated.
Munoz, the series championship points leader heading into the fifth race of the season, was fastest in the morning on the one-mile oval with a lap of 145.707 mph (25.077 seconds) in the No. 26 Dialy-Ser car. Veach topped the speed chart in the afternoon at 145.619 mph (25.0929 seconds) in the No. 12 K12 entry.
Beatriz returns to Coyne for Milwaukee Ana Beatriz, who competed in the first five IZOD IndyCar Series events for Dale Coyne Racing, will drive the team's No. 18 car with support from her longtime sponsor Ipiranga.
Beatriz recorded a season-best finish of 14th at Long Beach in the No. 18 Honda and finished 15th in her last start at Indianapolis. She will be making her second start at Milwaukee where she qualified 11th and finished 17th in 2011.
Pirelli confirms tire compounds for next three races Pirelli has announced the tire compounds that will be taken to the next three races in Britain, Germany and Hungary. The tyre construction will remain unchanged, contrary to Pirelli’s initial plans.
“This decision is due to the fact that the new tires, which were brought to the Friday free practice sessions in Canada, could not be tested sufficiently due to rain - and that the teams failed to agree unanimously about introducing the changes,” Pirelli stated.
Daytona Uses Fishing Event To Drum Up Interest For July NASCAR Weekend Daytona Int'l Speedway officials hope to use a fishing outing with NASCAR driver Tony Stewart and pro angler Jimmy Houston and “other promotional events to put the Coke Zero 400 at the front of fans' minds" well before the Sprint Cup Series race on July 6, according to Jeffrey Cassady of the Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL. The track's annual summer race has become “more of a regional affair.” DIS VP/Marketing Sean Belgrade said that 60% of those attending the July 4th weekend event “typically come from within Florida.”
DIS officials, tourism professionals and hoteliers said that the race, which last year “drew an estimated 115,000 people, is too large and too dependent on late bookings and drive-distance visitors to not promote heavily in the final few weeks before the race.”
Standing start at Milwaukee this weekend The International Federation of Rickshaw Racing, sanctioning body of the International Rickshaw Racing Association, announced today that standing starts will be utilized for this weekend's World Championship of Rickshaw Racing at the Milwaukee Mile. The event, part of the two-day Milwaukee IndyFest lineup, will be the only race at the historic one-mile oval this Father's Day weekend to abandon the traditional running start utilized by the IZOD IndyCar Series and Mazda Road to Indy series also racing in West Allis, Wis. this weekend.
Seventeen rickshaws will take to The Mile this weekend for two heat races on Friday followed by the final one-lap showdown going green at 11:35 a.m. on Saturday. This unique racing event, deemed the World Championship of Rickshaw Racing, will feature some of the finest cyclists and man-powered taxi drivers the state of Wisconsin has to offer.
Michael Andretti: Milwaukee Mile is important for Indy car racing
Andretti's top driver, Ryan Hunter-Reay, won last year's race at Milwaukee
Michael Andretti has had a lot of success at the Milwaukee Mile, winning five races at the track as a driver and countless more as an owner. He also revived the IndyCar race at the track after the 2010 event was canceled.
When the annual Indy car race at the Milwaukee Mile was canceled after 2009, its missing presence was immediately felt throughout the sport.
It is the oldest operating motor speedway in the world, hosting at least one race in every season since 1903 and everyone in the sport agreed that the IndyCar Series could not afford to stay away for long.
Pook Says New Jersey Grand Prix Is "Absolutely" Still On For '14 (Update)UPDATE The promoter of the Grand Prix of America has confirmed a new long-term deal is now in place to hold a round of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship. The agreement will see F1 go to New Jersey until at least 2029, starting from next year.
As street circuits go, the New Jersey layout is one of the best we have seen
F1 Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial, N.J. Special Assistant Chris Pook yesterday said that despite "considerable skepticism, the race 'absolutely' will happen next year and will be a boon to the United States Grand Prix rather than a drain" on the Austin event, according to John Maher of the Austin American Statesman.
Pook recently was "rumored to be part of an attempt to bring Formula One back to Long Beach, which now hosts an annual IndyCar race." But he said that he is "focused on New Jersey and was contacted by race organizers about two months ago."
Jason Leffler killed in Sprint Car race (Update)UPDATE
Jason Leffler (2009 Photo)
A statement from Indianapolis Motor Speedway Chief Operating Officer J. Douglas Boles about the death of driver Jason Leffler from injuries suffered in a sprint-car race June 12 at Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, N.J.:
"We are very saddened at the passing of Jason Leffler. He was one of the most versatile race drivers in America, showing his talent by competing in the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during his career. He also displayed the skills that would help him reach the top levels of the sport by winning four USAC national series titles while winning on tracks throughout the Midwest. Jason was a terrific guy who always had time for everyone. Our deepest sympathies are extended to his entire family, team and fans."
NASCAR Penalizes BKR Truck Team Brad Keselowski Racing has been penalized by NASCAR because of violations found in the No. 29 Camping World Truck Series entry following the June 7 race at Texas Motor Speedway. Crew chief Doug Randolph has been fined $5,000. Driver Ryan Blaney and team owner Brad Keselowski have each been docked six championship points because the No. 29 Ford’s roof failed to meet the minimum height requirement during post-race inspection.
Bennett To Lead USCR Management Team The senior leadership team and overall organizational structure for International Motor Sports Association, LLC and the new United SportsCar Racing series has been announced, continuing the spirit of cooperation that has marked the merger of Grand-Am Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron.
The inaugural USCR season will begin next January with the season-opening 52nd running of the Rolex 24 under IMSA sanctioning.
Speed coverage of the 24 Hours of LeMans FOX Sports’ SPEED and SPEED.com are set for 25 hours of live and continuous multi-platform coverage from this year’s 81st running of the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Pre-race activities start Saturday, June 22 at 8:30 a.m. ET/5:30 a.m. PT, with the green flag waving at 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT.
Le Mans celebrates its 90th anniversary – first contested in 1923 – with 22.5 hours on SPEED and two-and-a-half hours online. In addition to its fully produced coverage, SPEED.com is offering two Corvette Racing onboard cameras, as well as a live view from General Motors pit lane. This exclusive two-screen experience can be seen at http://speedtv.com/corvette.
Dwindling Texas attendance signs of a bigger problem for IndyCar (Update)UPDATE No official crowd count but I thought it was the worst ever – maybe 30,000. If the front-stretch grandstand holds 100,000, there had to be a butt in every third seat to get to 30,000 and it was close. Robin Miller/Speedtv.com
IndyCar bosses Mark Miles and Jeff Belskus talk to Dale Coyne, just before the start of Saturday night's IndyCar race. Instead of smiling for the camera they should be crying given the state of those empty grandstands behind them
A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, I noticed that attendance was down significantly for Saturday night's boring IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway. I remember when the IRL was formed this was one of their biggest events with around 100,000 in attendance. IndyCar appears stuck in a downward death spiral from which it cannot recover. Jules Beam, New York
Dear Jules, Indeed, the heroes of American motorsport are in NASCAR today. They rule the American motorsports scene. In addition to having no heroes, IndyCar has lost its connection with American youth. There is a way to save the sport, but it would take the foresight laid out in our April Fools article that was meant, in a subtle way, to show the series the way forward.
The motorsports industry in this country needs to get in front of the NCAA and convince them to make go-kart racing a sport for high schools and something at a higher level (Indy Lights) in colleges. The entire automotive industry needs to back that effort. Many kids today have found they simply don't want a car and may never need one.
GP Sports Management signs Karam GP Sports Management, known worldwide for managing some of today’s greatest race car drivers, announced today that they have signed 18-year-old Sage Karam to a driver representation agreement. Karam is currently a rookie driver in the Firestone Indy Lights Series for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, where after four races he sits firmly in fourth place in the driver’s points standings, just two points out of second. Sage will be racing this weekend at The Milwaukee Mile.
Franchitti to pilot 'diaper' car Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) has joined forces with Kimberly-Clark North America as the primary sponsor of CGRT drivers in back-to-back race weekends in Wisconsin, home of Kimberly-Clark’s North American brands that include Huggies, Cottonelle and many more. On June 15, Kimberly-Clark’s Huggies brand will adorn the Indy car and firesuit of four-time IZOD IndyCar Series Champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 Winner Dario Franchitti’s No. 10 Honda for the race at The Milwaukee Mile. One week later, the Cottonelle brand will be the primary sponsor of young driving sensation Kyle Larson’s No. 32 Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Road America.
K-C was founded in Neenah, Wis., which is just 100 miles from West Allis, Wis., home to one of the oldest racetracks in the world, The Milwaukee Mile. Elkhart Lake, Wis., home of what is considered one of the most picturesque road courses in North America, Road America, is just 60 miles from the campus of Kimberly-Clark North America in Neenah, home base for more than 3,000 K-C employees in Wisconsin.
IndyCar gets a new video game Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios announced today that the speed and excitement of the IZOD IndyCar Series will be included in the simulation racing game “Forza Motorsport 5,” which will be available on the Xbox One console.
Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan, two-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon and 2011 Firestone Indy Lights champion and current IZOD IndyCar Series driver Josef Newgarden were present for the announcement during the "Forza Motorsport 5" Showcase in Los Angeles as part of E3 2013, an event celebrating the upcoming release of the game.
NASCAR Pocono TV Ratings Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Party in the Poconos 400 earned a final 2.8 U.S. rating and 4.4 million viewers on TNT, down 13% in ratings and 17% in viewership from last year (3.2, 5.3M), and down 10% and 19%, respectively, from 2011 (3.1, 5.2M).
The 2.8 rating is the lowest for the season's first Pocono race since at least 2000. The previous low was a 3.0 for the 2007 race. The race also ranks as the second-lowest rated and second-least viewed Sprint Cup telecast of the season, ahead of only the Sprint Cup All-Star Race on Speed Channel in May (2.3, 3.7M). Despite the lower numbers, Sunday's race ranked as the fifth-most viewed television program of the week on cable
Toyota Provides More Power For Michigan Drivers for Joe Gibbs Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing should have a little more horsepower this weekend at Michigan International Speedway after suffering no issues with their toned-down engines at Pocono, a Toyota Racing Development official told Motor Racing Network on Tuesday. TRD reduced horsepower in its engines at Pocono Raceway after suffering three failures the previous two races. While all those engines made it to the end Sunday, Pocono marked the first time this season that a TRD engine did not place in the top five. Kyle Busch was the top finisher, in sixth place.
Milwaukee Driver Appearances this week For those interested or around Milwaukee here's the list of appearances for drivers:
Wednesday 5-7 p.m. – Ed Carpenter, James Hinchcliffe and Takuma Sato, bartending at the Miller Time Pub & Grill, 509 W. Wisconsin Ave, downtown Milwaukee Thursday 3:30-4:30 p.m. – Michael Andretti, Piggly Wiggly, 10282 W. National Ave, West Allis, WI. 4-5 p.m. – Marco Andretti, Sendik’s Grocery Store, 7901 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield, WI. 4-6 p.m. – James Jakes and Justin Wilson, David Hobbs Honda, 6100 N. Green Bay Ave., Glendale, WI. 4:30-5:30 p.m. – Ryan Hunter-Reay, Woodman’s Grocery, 8131 S. Howell Ave., Oak Creek, WI.
Labonte Joins Phoenix Racing For Michigan Bobby Labonte confirmed today that he will drive the No. 51 Chevrolet this weekend at Michigan Int’l Speedway for Phoenix Racing. “James Finch has always been one of the first to reach out to offer help in a situation like this,” said Labonte. “I enjoy racing with Nick Harrison, Steve Barkdoll and the entire group of guys. I’m looking forward to this weekend."
Cheaters prosper in IndyCar too, Penske team denies advantageUPDATE Team Penske released the following statement following today’s announced penalty by INDYCAR on the No. 3 Team Penske car following Saturday night’s race at Texas Motor Speedway
“Obviously we are very disappointed that the No. 3 car did not pass post-race inspection after Saturday’s race at Texas. The rule in question (188.8.131.52) states that the diffuser exit must measure 7.600.” After the race, ours was 7.575” because we neglected to tighten the braces that position the rear of the diffuser following pre-race inspection. The way Helio’s car raced did not provide any advantage as a lower diffuser height actually adds drag and reduces downforce. To ensure this is the case, we ran this configuration in the wind tunnel on Monday morning and found that the No. 3 car actually raced with three pounds less downforce and one pound more drag than what it would have had if we tightened the underwing braces properly.”
Panther goes with Briscoe for Milwaukee Ryan Briscoe will return to Panther Racing's No. 4 National Guard Chevrolet for the Milwaukee IndyFest at the Milwaukee Mile, team officials announced June 11.
Briscoe made two starts this year with Panther during the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit, and also started in the Indianapolis 500 last month with Chip Ganassi Racing.
"We're excited to have Ryan Briscoe back this weekend," Panther managing partner John Barnes said. "It was great to work with him a few weeks ago in Detroit and he obviously knows his way around the Milwaukee Mile, so we feel like we'll be able to have a good weekend in the National Guard Chevrolet. We're working on getting him signed for several other races this season, so hopefully we'll have that finalized in the short term future."
2013 Le Mans 24 Hours Practice continues! Today, two 30-minute practice sessions were held for the entrants for the Le Mans 24 Hours. Four teams took advantage of them to fine-tune their preparation.
A fine rain was falling on the Bugatti layout – a permanent circuit inside the Le Mans 24 Hours track – when the lights went green this morning at 09h00. This failed to dissuade six cars from taking to the track immediately in view of the race on 22-23 June. They were: the three Audi R18 e-tron quattros driven by Benoît Treluyer, Loïc Duval and Lucas di Grassi, the no. 36 Alpine-Nissan with Pierre Ragues at the wheel, the no. 33 Honda Performance Development entered by Level 5 Motorsports with Ryan Briscoe and the no. 76 IMSA Matmut Performance Porsche 911 GT3 RSR with none other than Jacques Laffite in the cockpit!
Red Bull extends Vettel's contract through 2015 Infiniti Red Bull Racing is happy to confirm that World Champion Sebastian Vettel has extended his multi-year contract with the team until the end of 2015.
A previous member of the Red Bull Junior squad, Sebastian first drove for Red Bull Racing in 2009. During his Formula One career, the 25-year-old has achieved 29 wins, 51 podiums and 39 pole positions. He is the current Formula One World Champion and also a triple World Champion, having retained the title since he first won it in 2010.
Miles wants more May events at Indy Motor Speedway
Mark Miles - What's next for the Speedway? Perhaps Swamp Buggy Racing - anything to dilute the IndyCar product further. Sprint Cup, Nationwide, Grand-Am, and MotoGP, so why not swamp buggy racing?
If Mark Miles has an issue with anything that happened last month at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it's that not enough happened.
Oh, pole day was interesting, he said. Carb Day was terrific and the rest of the Indianapolis 500 weekend was certainly memorable.
But the rest of the month was lacking, he said, and his opinion counts the most these days.
Miles is the first-year CEO of Hulman & Co., which owns IMS, IndyCar and other Indiana-based holdings. Most of last month's 500-related action unfolded right outside his corner office overlooking the Turn 1 grandstand, and he longed for more.
Stefano Domenicali Q and A Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali gives his thoughts on the Canadian GP where Fernando Alonso finished second and Felipe Massa eighth.
Were you pleased to not give away too many points to Vettel given the pace of the Red Bull in Canada? Stefano Domenicali: "We have seen that the performance in the race is very, very good and of course Sebastian did a fantastic race and was out in the lead and able to dictate the pace, kissing the walls in the right places and pull away at the front.
"But when you have such a strong qualifying, then you can have this situation. Of course this was not the case for us because when you are stuck behind you cannot attack and second was really all we could do."
Williams F1 signs partnership with Formula E series The Williams Formula One team has signed an estimated $15.5 million partnership to help build the cars for the Formula E electric racing championship which will have US races in Los Angeles and Miami.
Williams will test, source and supply the cutting-edge lithium-ion batteries which power Formula E's 150 mph electric cars. Every race will require 40 batteries as although there will only be 10 teams, and each will have two drivers, they will have to change cars half way through due to power capacity limitations.
Danica tops celebrities in generating social media buzz Danica Patrick finished about four times higher than any other celebrity endorser in brand-related social-media buzz in the Synthesio social-media research report. Moisand says it's in part, because Patrick frequently mentions GoDaddy in tweets from her personal handle. Also, he says, "she appears reachable."
"The best social media isn't scripted," says Barb Rechterman, chief marketing officer at GoDaddy. "Danica's the real deal." USA Today
Formula One Triple World Champion Sebastian Vettel today continued his role as Infiniti's Director of Performance, going behind the scenes at the company's North American Technical Center.
Just a day after his dominant victory in the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix, Vettel arrived equipped with his tailor-made Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB9 race seat and steering wheel for use in ergonomics discussions with Infiniti road car development engineers.
Immediately following last month's Monaco Grand Prix, Vettel spent a day at Circuit Paul Ricard in France evaluating the latest Infiniti road cars and their competitors, accompanied by experts from Infiniti's European Dynamic Performance Team. Today's visit to Farmington Hills builds on that experience by giving him an insight into how the company's North American Technical Center develops Infiniti vehicles specifically for the American markets.
Does kicking NASCAR out of Indy make financial sense? (Update)UPDATE Well, it appears one fan took this article seriously and created a Facebook page for the campaign. Will the France Family ever let IndyCar race at the stock car shrine - Daytona? We already know the answer to that. Not until they own IndyCar.
06/10/13 Does kicking IndyCar's arch enemy NASCAR out of Indianapolis and replacing it with a 2nd IndyCar race, a 400-miler on the oval, make financial sense? Let's evaluate:
NASCAR Brickyard Weekend
Indy 400 Weekend
Ticket Sales 80K @$85
Ticket Sales 150K@$85
Sprint Cup Sanction Fee
400-miler prize money
Nationwide Sanction Fee
Grand-Am Sanction Fee
*Excludes suites, souvenir and concession sales, plus additional sponsorship revenue. Assume equal for both races
Too little downforce turned the Firestone 550 into a strung-out snoozefest in front of a national audience
Sometimes when the drivers cry wolf its legit and Saturday night’s IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway had them howling for good reason: the series laid an egg on their biggest national television stage (besides the Indianapolis 500) in years.
Running during prime time on ABC, the usually-exciting 1.5-mile oval was turned into a ho-hum show in terms of close racing, passing at the front and a dramatic finish. If you liked watching a driver call on his skills to keep from crashing, it was good theater.
Gift to Servia from soldier Oriol Servia didn't achieve the result in the Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway that he sought in his first race in the No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing car.
Following the 228-lap race, Servia was debriefing with race engineer David Cripps when a wave of perspective tapped him on the shoulder.
SPC Rodsun Rodrigo, Panther's "Hometown Hero" for the Firestone 550, approached the Spanish driver to say thanks for the weekend. They had met earlier in the day when Rodrigo sat next to Servia during the IZOD IndyCar Series driver autograph session.
Texas winner Castroneves turns attention to championship Helio Castroneves enthusiastically celebrated after winning the Firestone 550 on June 8 but quickly turned his attention to the rest of 2013, which begins this weekend with the Milwaukee IndyFest at the Milwaukee Mile.
"We can't stop right now, because the championship is still wide open," said Castroneves, who opened a 22-point lead over Marco Andretti in the standings.
Indeed, there's no security in being the front-runner through eight races - seven which have produced different winners. Eleven races remain on the diverse schedule, including two street circuit doubleheader weekends that carry full points for each race and sets of two short oval and two superspeedway events.
Herta Claims Second Victory while Fierberg Extends Win Streak to Five For the second time this weekend, Colton Herta and Ira Fierberg claimed victories in their respective classes as the Pacific Formula F1600/F2000 Championship held its second of three races this weekend on Auto Club Speedway’s 2.880 mile infield road course on Sunday morning in Fontana, California.
Grid positions for the morning race are to be the result of taking the aggregate of Saturdays round three qualifying and Saturdays round three fastest race lap and determining an average one lap time. The Formula F1600 group was led by Colton Herta, #98, PR1 Motorsports w/BHA Curb-Agajanian entry sponsored by DVSshoeCompany, CurbRecords, Mygale N.America, OMP, BellHelmets, PenskeShocks, Mygale/Honda who took pole ahead of PR1 Motorsports teammate Joey Bickers, #34, PR1 Motorsports Mygale/Honda. The second row of the grid was all Lynx Racing with teammates Alex Keyes, #32 and Andrew Evans, #19 side by side in their Spectrum/Hondas. They will be followed by Dave Zurlinden, #31, Fast Forward, Pro Pack Systems, Piper/Honda, Alex Kirby, #81, Fast Forward Components, Piper DF5/Honda, Mike Miserendino, #89, Mygale SJ04/Honda newcomer Roy Steele, #17 Piper/Honda.
Herta Nips Bickers at Line for Victory, Fierberg Cruises to Fourth Straight
Bickers and Herta battle in F1600
The Pacific Formula F1600/F2000 Championship began its second triple race weekend much the way it ended the previous event with Joey Bickers and Colton Herta staging another epic nose-to-tail battle ending with Herta taking the victory while Ira Fierberg cruised to his fourth consecutive victory at the 2.880 mile infield road course at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday afternoon.
Qualifying began early at 8:00am under clearing skies as the cars rolled off the grid. It was a while before tires came up to temperature and as is now becoming the custom Colton Herta, #98, PR1 Motorsports w/BHA Curb-Agajanian entry sponsored by DVSshoeCompany, CurbRecords, Mygale N.America, OMP, BellHelmets, PenskeShocks, Mygale/Honda set the pace in the Formula F1600 group with a lap of 1m 44.216s over half a second ahead of PR1 Motorsports teammate Joey Bickers, #34, PR1 Motorsports Mygale/Honda. Alex Keyes, #32, Lynx Racing Spectrum/Honda qualified third and was followed by Dave Zurlinden, #31, Fast Forward, Pro Pack Systems, Piper/Honda, Andrew Evans, #19, Lynx Racing Spectrum/Honda, Alex Kirby, #81, Fast Forward Components, Piper DF5/Honda, Mike Miserendino, #89, MBI, Swiss Motorsports Mygale SJ04/Honda and newcomer Roy Steele, #17 Piper/Honda.
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