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06/12/10
nassprint
No plans for a third SHR team in 2011  Bobby Hutchens, competition director for Stewart-Haas Racing, said that he had a personal deadline of June 1 for expanding to three teams for next season. "I think anything past June 1, trying to put something together, unfortunately, could distract these two teams and I don't want that to happen,'' Hutchens said. "If we're doing something, we need to be moving pretty fast.'' Hutchens said there's been "pretty much zero'' conversations about adding a third team for next season within the last month. Hutchens did say that if a decision was made much later to add a third team, it still could be done. Roanoke Times
06/12/10
lmes
LeMans: Peugeot still leads at 12 Hour Mark  Halfway through its first race at the Le Mans 24 Hours in GT2, Corvette Racing showed the same dominance it exhibited in GT1. The two-car Corvette factory squad sat 1-2 in class through 12 hours of the world’s most famous auto race. Emmanuel Collard in the No. 64 Corvette C6.R led teammate Antonio Garcia in a frantic GT2 battle.

The Corvettes have been dominant so far with only the Risi Competizione Ferrari F430 GT challenging the yellow machines. The red Risi Ferrari retired in the 10th hour with a gear selector problem.

Richard Lietz in a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR was the best non-Corvette in GT2.

In LMP2, Highcroft Racing HPD ARX-01c was running second in class with Marco Werner two laps behind the leading Strakka Racing HPD. Marino Franchitti lost two laps with a tire puncture –one of many in the field so far. This is the first race at Le Mans for Duncan Dayton’s American team.

Out front, the Peugeot 908 HDi of Stephane Sarrazin, Franck Montagny and Nic Minassian was leading by a lap over the first of three Audi R15 TDIs. The lead Peugeot was the only of four 908s in the race to run unscathed through the first 12 hours. Andre Lotterer and Romain. More ...

06/12/10
lmes
LeMans: Hour 9 Standings  Franck Montagny in his Peugeot leads at the ninth hour of Le Mans with an advantage of nearly two minutes over Nicolas Lapierre in the ORECA-run 908 HDi FAP.

Audi's Timo Bernhard was third, a lap behind the leader and 56s ahead of the sister R15 TDI Plus driven by Marcel Faessler. More ...

06/12/10
f1
Fine and reprimand for Hamilton after Canada pole  UPDATE
Lewis Hamilton looks surprised when he learns of his penalty
(GMM)  Lewis Hamilton has kept his pole position after a post-qualifying stewards investigation in Montreal. The officials looked into whether the McLaren driver should be penalized after he drove slowly on his in-lap at the end of Q3.

The British driver was asked by his engineer to pull to the side of the circuit so that enough fuel was left in his tank for a fuel sample to be taken.

It has emerged that Hamilton was fined $10,000 and officially reprimanded, but the grid order for Sunday's Canadian grand prix will stand. More ...

06/12/10
racing news
Penske statement on passing of Les Richter  "Les Richter was a tremendous competitor, a great man and a good friend. On the football field, he was a terrific athlete and leader, and after his playing career he became an innovative motorsports executive. Les played a key role in the development of NASCAR and he was the driving force behind the success of Riverside Raceway and California Speedway. The Coach will be missed and we are thankful for the significant contributions he made to our sport." Roger Penske
06/12/10
lmes
LeMans: Hour 7 Standings  
Positions 1 thru 10
Pos # Class Drivers Team Car Laps Behind Stops
1. 1 LMP1 A.Wurz, M.Gene, A.Davidson Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP 112 0.000 8
2. 2 LMP1 N.Minassian, S.Sarrazin, F.Montagny Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP 112 +1:18.040 8
3. 4 LMP1 O.Panis, N.Lapierre, L.Duval Team ORECA-Matmut Peugeot 908 HDi FAP 111 -1 lap 8
4. 8 LMP1 A.Lotterer, M.Fassler, B.Treluyer Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R15 TDI 111 +1:57.577 8
5. 9 LMP1 M.Rockenfeller, T.Bernhard, R.Dumas Audi Sport North America Audi R15 TDI 111 +1:59.117 8
6. 007 LMP1 H.Primat, S.Mucke, A.Fernandez Aston Martin Racing Lola B09/60 Aston Martin 109 -3 laps 8
7. 7 LMP1 T.Kristensen, R.Capello, A.McNish Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R15 TDI 109 +58.409 9
8. 009 LMP1 D.Turner, J.Barazi, S.Hancock Aston Martin Racing Lola B09/60 Aston Martin 107 -5 laps 9
9. 15 LMP1 C.Bakkerud, O.Jarvis, C.Albers Team Kolles Audi R10 TDI 107 +2:42.018 8
10. 6 LMP1 S.Ayari, D.Andre, A.Meyrick AIM Team ORECA-Matmut Oreca 01-AIM 106 -6 laps 9
More ...
06/12/10
track news
NASCAR may force Pocono to add more fencing  While applauding Pocono Raceway for its planned SAFER barrier project for its inside guard rails between the turns of the 2.5-mile track, NASCAR officials will evaluate Kasey Kahne’s accident from last Sunday and determine if any other changes are needed to the fencing.

Kahne, forced low onto the grass on the final lap of the race, swerved back up on the track where he was hit and launched in the air. His car’s wheels were on the top of the outside wall before settling back down on the track.

There is no catch fence through that portion of the track between turns 1 and 2 because there are no grandstands in that section. More ...

06/12/10
lmes
LeMans: Hour 4 Standings  Four hours into the race the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP No2 (Minassian/Montagny/Sarrazin) trails car No1 (Davidson/Gene/Wurz) while car No3 of Bourdais, Lamy and Pagenaud has retired following a broken front right suspension fix point which damaged the carbon fiber monocoque. In third place now is the Peugeot 908 of Team Oreca.

Positions 1 thru 10

Pos

# Class Drivers Team Car Laps Behind Stops
1. 1 LMP1 A.Wurz, M.Gene, A.Davidson Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP 64 64 laps 5
2. 2 LMP1 N.Minassian, S.Sarrazin, F.Montagny Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP 64 +54.025 5
3. 4 LMP1 O.Panis, N.Lapierre, L.Duval Team ORECA-Matmut Peugeot 908 HDi FAP 64 +1:35.538 5
4. 7 LMP1 T.Kristensen, R.Capello, A.McNish Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R15 TDI 63 -1 lap 5
5. 9 LMP1 M.Rockenfeller, T.Bernhard, R.Dumas Audi Sport North America Audi R15 TDI 63 +9.542 5
6. 8 LMP1 A.Lotterer, M.Fassler, B.Treluyer Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R15 TDI 63 +52.739 5
7. 007 LMP1 H.Primat, S.Mucke, A.Fernandez Aston Martin Racing Lola B09/60 Aston Martin 62 -2 laps 5
8. 009 LMP1 D.Turner, J.Barazi, S.Hancock Aston Martin Racing Lola B09/60 Aston Martin 62 +55.502 5
9. 13 LMP1 A.Belicchi, J-C.Boullion, G.Smith Rebellion Racing Lola B10/60 Rebellion 61 -3 laps 5
10. 15 LMP1 C.Bakkerud, O.Jarvis, C.Albers Team Kolles Audi R10 TDI 61 +15.907 5
More ...
06/12/10
f1
Montreal: Lewis Hamilton and Massa scrape walls in final practice  
(GMM)  Both Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa narrowly avoided damaging their cars during the final practice session in Montreal prior to qualifying.

On Saturday morning at an overcast and grey Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, where damp patches meant the beginning of the hour-long session was very quiet, the pair both scraped the layout's famous concrete walls in separate incidents.

Ultimately just twelfth quickest, Ferrari's Massa returned to the pits at one point informing the Italian team that he had hit a wall.

Replays showed sparks rising from the left of his F10 at the point of impact, but he was able to return to the track with no serious damage incurred. More ...

06/12/10
lmes
LeMans: Hour 1 Standings  
Positions 1 thru 10
Pos # Class Drivers Team Car Laps Behind Stops
1. 2 LMP1 N.Minassian, S.Sarrazin, F.Montagny Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP 29 29 L 2
2. 3 LMP1 S.Bourdais, P.Lamy, S.Pagenaud Peugeot Sport Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP 29 +4.321 2
3. 1 LMP1 A.Wurz, M.Gene, A.Davidson Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP 29 +9.032 2
4. 4 LMP1 O.Panis, N.Lapierre, L.Duval Team ORECA-Matmut Peugeot 908 HDi FAP 29 +26.404 2
5. 7 LMP1 T.Kristensen, R.Capello, A.McNish Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R15 TDI 29 +1'23.131 2
6. 9 LMP1 M.Rockenfeller, T.Bernhard, R.Dumas Audi Sport North America Audi R15 TDI 29 +1'33.107 2
7. 8 LMP1 A.Lotterer, M.Fassler, B.Treluyer Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R15 TDI 29 +1'52.882 2
8. 007 LMP1 H.Primat, S.Mucke, A.Fernandez Aston Martin Racing Lola B09/60 Aston Martin 28 + 1 L 2
9. 009 LMP1 D.Turner, J.Barazi, S.Hancock Aston Martin Racing Lola B09/60 Aston Martin 28 +4.679 2
10. 15 LMP1 C.Bakkerud, O.Jarvis, C.Albers Team Kolles Audi R10 TDI 28 +1'04.410 2
More ...
06/12/10
f1
F1 bosses happy with team order ban  (GMM)  Leading bosses have rejected David Coulthard's suggestion that formula one overturn its ban on team orders.

In the wake of the Turkish grand prix two weeks ago, it was reported that the controversies may have been triggered by Red Bull and McLaren trying to circumvent the prohibition of race-altering team instructions.

In Red Bull's case, Mark Webber's engine had been turned down ostensibly to save fuel, amid continuing rumors that the chasing sister car driven by Sebastian Vettel was temporarily running higher revs in the moments before their crash. More ...

06/12/10
nassprint
Front Row Motorsports to appeal penalties  The Front Row Motorsports #38 team. Crew chief Steve Lane was fined $100,000 and suspended for 12 weeks, along with car chief Richard Bourgeois and tire specialist Michael Harrold. Driver Travis Kvapil and car owner Doug Yates were docked 150 points each after the infractions were discovered at Pocono.

Team co-owner Bob Jenkins took responsibility for the "unintentional" mistake and plans to appeal the penalty. The violation was found following a rain delay in last Sunday's race. Kvapil's rear tires were almost flat, and NASCAR discovered that the valve stem caps on the tires had been altered to allow air to gradually leak out -- an act that would help the car with its speed during a long run. Though Jenkins recognizes the need to discipline the team, he believes the penalties were "excessive."  More ...

06/12/10
nassprint
Harvick says Tom Logano doesn't have a place in NASCAR  Kevin Harvick can deal with Joey Logano's aggressive driving. He can tolerate the weekly battles on the Nationwide and Sprint Cup circuits as the veteran and the youngster test each other's patience.

Harvick can even put up with NASCAR's youngest Cup driver taking a shot at his manhood by saying Harvick's wife DeLana "wears the firesuit in the family."

That's all fine, to a point. Harvick's bigger concern these days isn't who's in charge of his decision making, it's who's in charge of Logano's. More ...

06/12/10
f1
It's raining in Montreal on Saturday morning  (GMM) The formula one world has awoken to a wet morning in Montreal. With two and a half hours until the third and final practice session, the rain so far at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has been light and drizzly.

The weather, which has surprised many experts who expected a mostly fine day, should now remain the same and cool throughout Saturday.

It is bad news for those who on Friday struggled the most with tire graining and degradation on the overly 'green' track surface. More ...
06/12/10
f1
Glock fined for speeding is slow Virgin  Virgin Racing driver Timo Glock was fined €1,000 for speeding in the pitlane at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Friday afternoon. Pitlane speeds during free practice are limited to 60 km/h in Montreal, but the German was caught at 65.0 km/h.

Friday's free practice session wasn't the best in terms of speed for the Virgin drivers. Timo Glock and team-mate Lucas di Grassi ended 23rd and 24th respectively.

06/12/10
lmes
Audi fastest in damp warm-up at LeMans  Audi Sport Team Joest has completed its preparations for the 78th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours with a fastest time in the warm-up session. On a wet track Allan McNish recorded the quickest time of all 56 participants in the number 7 Audi R15 TDI.

With 3m 51.401s the Scotsman was over a second faster than the best Peugeot. The two other Audi R15 TDI prototypes were also quick in the difficult conditions in positions four and five. All nine Audi drivers have been driving in the warm-up session, all of them being happy with the handling of their cars despite the slippery track. "The race can come, we are well prepared," said Allan McNish. More ...
06/12/10
f1
Stewart admits disappointment with Alonso in 2010  (GMM)  Sir Jackie Stewart has admitted he has been disappointed with Fernando Alonso and Ferrari so far in 2010.

The famous Scot, who celebrated his 71st birthday at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Friday, admitted he openly wanted to see the Spanish double world champion move to Maranello based Ferrari this year.

"He is a very clever driver and he has the necessary qualities to do the job that Schumacher once did.  He is a leader," former three-time F1 title winner Stewart told Spain's AS newspaper.

But after Alonso won his first race with the famous Italian team in Bahrain, the results have not flowed.

"It is taking more time than I had expected," Stewart explained.

"He has made more mistakes than is usual, and the car is also falling short," he added. More ...

06/12/10
f1
Domenicali denies he's 'too nice' to lead Ferrari  (GMM)  Stefano Domenicali has dismissed claims he is 'too nice' to lead Ferrari back to world championship success. Taking over from the resolute Jean Todt at the beginning of 2008, Domenicali came close to leading Ferrari to that title before the Italian team slumped last year.

This season, the F10 began the season looking a championship contender, but in Turkey two weeks ago it was good enough only to populate the midfield.

The arrival as team boss of Italian Domenicali, 45, came in the same era as Ferrari lost Frenchman Todt, German Michael Schumacher, Britons Ross Brawn and John Iley and South African designer Rory Byrne.

Max Mosley said recently that an increasingly Italianised Ferrari is now "reverting to type", while Domenicali is often regarded as too nice to succeed with an eminent position. More ...

06/12/10
f1
F1 'shouldn't have left' sell-out Montreal - Ecclestone  (GMM)  This weekend's Canadian grand prix is now officially a sell-out.

The popular event dropped off the calendar last year due to a squabble between F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone and then promoter Normand Legault.

"We felt sorry (to leave), but at the end of the day, as an organizer, you have to pay the price," said Mercedes' Norbert Haug at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Friday.

But a new deal with new promoter Francois Dumontier means Canada is now back in F1, and Ecclestone on Friday admitted he is happy.

"It is wonderful to be back in Montreal, and to be honest, we shouldn't have left in the first place!" he said. More ...

06/12/10
lmes
Damp warm-up at LeMans  At 14.22pm local time, a modern version of the classic Le Mans start will be re-created where drivers are set to run to their cars to form the dummy grid. At 15.00 the race will begin with 55 cars of 4 different classes battling it out on the famous and challenging 8.72-mile circuit.

Conditions for the race are expected to be dry this afternoon. However, this morning the warm up session was held in damp conditions and many cars suffered excursions due to the treacherous track surface.

06/12/10
f1
Buemi must earn 2011 seat at Toro Rosso - Marko  
Sebastien Buemi
(GMM)  Sebastien Buemi must up his game if he wants to secure his place in Red Bull's formula one plans.

That was the warning issued in Canada by Dr Helmut Marko, the energy drinks company's consultant and right-hand man of owner Dietrich Mateschitz.

Swiss youngster Buemi, 21, impressed the F1 world throughout his formula one debut with Red Bull's junior team Toro Rosso in 2009.

He saw off the challenges of his teammates Sebastien Bourdais and Jaime Alguersuari, but in 2010 the Spanish rookie Alguersuari has shown much better alongside Buemi.

"I must admit that, this year, it has not gone as well as I would have liked (for Buemi)," Marko told the French language Swiss daily Le Matin. More ...

06/12/10
f1
Minimum of 2 stops in Montreal Sunday  UPDATE (GMM)  Even if the forecast rain does not materialize, the Canadian grand prix looks set to be an interesting one. So far in 2010 with the refuelling ban, the tendency has been for teams to adopt similar one-stop strategies for all the cars.

Montreal track hard on tires
But after a two-year absence from F1, the low-grip and cool Montreal surface on Friday was chewing up the tires as drivers practiced.

"According to the current data, I think two stops will be the minimum," Bridgestone's head of tire development Hirohide Hamashima admitted.

Some drivers were complaining that the soft tires were lasting just a few laps on Friday, and even the 'prime' is quickly degrading and graining.

When asked if some drivers might buck the apparent necessity for multiple stops on Sunday, Renault's Robert Kubica told Turun Sanomat: "Actually I think two stops will barely be enough." More ...

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