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Fiery IndyCar Crash's Muffed Response Blamed on "Human Error"  Upon review of the on-track fire during the June 5 race at Texas Motor Speedway, the Indy Racing League discovered a procedural error in the packing of a fire hose on one of its trucks that caused it to malfunction as well as a breakdown in Safety Team protocol in its response to the incident.

"First and foremost, the Safety Team puts the highest priority on driver safety," said Mike Yates, track safety manager for the Indy Racing League. "Prior to every race, the Safety Team tests all hoses to ensure they're working. At Texas, there was an error in the re-packing of the hose after the test, which caused it to malfunction. We are modifying hoses on all the trucks beginning this weekend in Iowa to prevent this from happening again. More ...

Reed Sorenson to Red Bull #83  Reed Sorenson will drive the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota beginning with the June 27 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Red Bull Racing Team announced Wednesday. Sorenson will replace Casey Mears. “Our unique situation has afforded us the opportunity to try some different things, and we’re continuing to do that with Reed,” said Jay Frye, RBRT’s vice president and general manager. “We appreciate Casey’s work and everything he’s done the past five weeks.” Sorenson, 24, made his Sprint Cup debut in October 2005 at Atlanta. He’s made 148 Cup starts — three this season — with five top-five and 14 top-10 finishes. His best season came in 2007 when he earned three top fives and six top 10s, including his first pole at Indianapolis. In May at Dover, Mears began filling in for No. 83 driver Brian Vickers, who will miss the remainder of the season while he continues to recover from blood clots.
Brundle pans Schumacher - "worst GP ever"  UPDATE The BBC's Martin Brundle said: "I think Schumacher has driven appallingly today," adding: "You have to treat the back of Schumacher's car like the back of a donkey. This is Schumacher's worst weekend since he came back." The usually partisan German daily newspaper Bild agreed, describing Canada 2010 as "Schumi's blackest lap".

But talking to the Guardian, Fry was quick to jump to the defence of his driver.

"I'm surprised people have reached those conclusions," he said. "He was in a good position until the puncture, but when something like that happens, you get out of sequence. We also put him on the option tyre slightly earlier than we maybe should have done, otherwise he would have been able to defend better than he did. But certainly from inside the team we see things in a totally different perspective. More ...

American cars dirtier than Europe or Japan  JATO Dynamics, the world’s leading provider of automotive data and intelligence today reports that the US car market is still significantly behind Europe and Japan in terms of reducing vehicle CO2output.

JATO’s study of the US light vehicle market in the first quarter of 2010 reveals that the market’s average CO2is 268.5 g/km. In order to reflect like-for-like comparison with car markets in other global regions, excluding pick-up trucks, full size vans and small commercial vehicles the figure falls to 255.6 g/km. This figure compares very unfavourably to Japan (130.8 g/km) and Europe’s five biggest markets, which average 140.3 g/km. All markets have improved marginally when compared to the full-year average in 2009; Japan is down 0.4 g/km, the USA is down 1.0 g/km and Europe has improved most significantly with a 4.3 g/km reduction year-to-date. More ...

AutoGP "pefectly balanced" series say drivers  
Federico Leo
He was one of the Imola's event new entries, but despite this Federico Leo managed to clinch some valuable points. The Italian driver did found the feeling with the Auto GP Lola very quickly indeed, and despite having to face some unprevented odds was able to finish fifth in Race 2, just 1 second adrift from podium. For this reason, Federico is now searching the needed support to be on the Auto GP grid until the end of the season with Trident Racing.

So Federico, how do you feel after your first Auto GP experience?
"First of all I have to say that I enjoyed it a lot, and I definitely loved the car. If you take a look at the single-seater you can drive in these days, starting from F3, the chassis and aerodynamics are always oversized in respect to the engine power. The result is that they are maybe quick, but not much fun to drive. Auto GP, instead, is perfectly balanced and with 550 bhp is very demanding but at the same time very entertaining. More ...
Nationwide TV rating on ESPN  ESPN’s live telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race from Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night earned a final national household coverage rating of 1.4, an increase of 16 percent over the 1.2 rating for last year’s race that aired on ESPN2.

The telecast averaged 1,680,722 viewers.
NASCAR Dads to Receive Fatherhood Awards  National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) will honor NASCAR drivers Jeff Burton, Juan Pablo Montoya, and Michael Waltrip with Fatherhood Awards™ at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at the Infineon Raceway on Father’s Day, June 20.

Burton, Montoya, and Waltrip will be awarded for their dedication to their children and families and their ability to balance their busy careers with their family lives. Their stories were highlighted in a recent USA Weekend cover story illustrating NASCAR’s family-friendly culture. More ...

Latest F1 news in brief - 2  
  • Webber backs gearbox change over conspiracy theories
  • Brawn denies blocking Red Bull from Mercedes power
  • Kubica not supportive of 'proximity wing' proposal
  • Sauber will not use BMW KERS system in 2011
  • Bigger Lotus salaries led to Force India exodus

Webber backs gearbox change over conspiracy theories
(GMM)  Mark Webber is not promoting any of the conspiracy theories after losing his championship lead in Canada last week.

After their infamous Turkey crash, the Australian qualified ahead of his Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel in Montreal.

But he had to move back five grid places after a precautionary gearbox change.

Some pundits joked that Dr Helmut Marko, who allegedly favors Vettel, must have taken a crowbar to Webber's transmission.

"I would also have changed the gearbox," the 33-year-old is quoted as saying by Germany's Auto Motor und Sport.

"It's better to lose a few places but still get to the finish line.  In my situation, I need every point," said Webber.

Webber's problem was not the only one for Red Bull on Sunday; Vettel was also asked to slow down with what team boss Christian Horner confirms was a "gearbox-related issue".

At least the Istanbul saga seems now to be in the past.  On Wednesday evening in Canada, Webber and Vettel jointly shouted the entire race team to dinner.

"I ordered the most expensive meal on the menu, because I know how hard it is to separate drivers from their money," laughed Horner. More ...

Q&A with Tonio Liuzzi  Tonio Liuzzi looks back at a satisfactory weekend for the Force India team in Canada.

Q: What happened at the first corner with Felipe Massa?
TL: "Basically Felipe kept closing the door, and I couldn't disappear. I guess he was himself closed by Jenson. I was basically a passenger, I couldn't move because I was on the inside. I went until the grass and still there wasn't enough space, so we had contact. When he started spinning he went against my car again two or three times. Fortunately the car didn't get too much damage, but we lost all the positions and of course I had to return to the pits for a new nose. Luckily the rear of the car was OK and I could continue. It was a shame, because we had a really nice race pace and I enjoyed it a lot, all the overtaking, all the maneuvers, all the chaos. I always love to race in Montreal because of that!"

Q: How do you feel when you start fifth and something like that happens?
TL: "I was upset, definitely! In a way you believe you have lost everything, because it's not always easy to catch up to the points. But it was not my fault, it was just an accident where I was a passenger, and I couldn't do much. On the plus side, I was able to get rid of the option tires at that stop and in a way that, for sure, was a good thing. I was hoping for a safety car in the first two or three laps, as usually happens in Montreal, but it didn't happen. So that was a big shame!" More ...

Merc 'not holding back' on 2010 car  Mercedes GP insist they haven't written off the 2010 season and will continue to develop the MGP W01.

After winning the double last year, the Brackley-based team were again expected to challenge for both titles. However, they have failed to live up to those expectations and are already a long way off the pace after eight races.

There have been suggestions that the team are ready to halt upgrades to this year's car in order to speed up development on their 2011 challenger. More ...

NASCAR now in show business, manufactures finishes  UPDATE Debris, or not debris? That is the question NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin has been asking after a late-race caution for debris possibly cost him a victory in Sunday's race at Michigan International Speedway.

Hamlin put on one of the most dominating performances of his Sprint Cup Series career at Michigan. Leading a race-high 123 laps, Hamlin held a near 10-second advantage before NASCAR displayed the yellow flag for what appeared to be rubber-like debris on the track with 18 laps remaining.

Unlike last week's race at Pocono, Michigan featured no major drama, at least until that time. Two of the four cautions were for debris. Perhaps the only theatrical moments at Michigan were actors Adam Sandler and Kevin James providing a rather entertaining command to start engines and Red Bull Racing teammates Casey Mears and Scott Speed making contact and crashing one-quarter of the way into the 400-mile race.

So why not throw in a little bit of drama towards the end of a somewhat boring race?  "I understand this is show business," Hamlin said. "I didn't see any debris...We typically get them every single week. I'm not going to say it's accepted, but what can you do?" More ...

Latest F1 news in brief  
  • Political tension no threat to Korea GP - organizers
  • Sauber hope for better car for 2011
  • Sauber's Ferrari engine problems 'strange' - Marc Gene
  • Tester Bottas must win races for Williams future
  • No concrete talks for 2011 return yet - Villeneuve

Political tension no threat to Korea GP - organizers
(GMM)  Organizers of the inaugural Korean grand prix, scheduled to be held in October, have played down renewed fears the event might be called off.

F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone recently checked on construction progress of the Yeongam circuit and dismissed rumors it will not be finished on time.

But political tensions between South Korea and the rogue North have since ramped up, after the South blamed the North for the sinking of a naval vessel and the North retaliated by threatening all-out war.

"If there is (war), we won't be there obviously," Ecclestone told reporters in Turkey.

The latest development on Wednesday was a news conference given by the North Korean ambassador to the UN, threatening military action if the UN condemns the sinking.

"Our people and army will smash our aggressors with merciless counter reaction if they dare to provoke us despite our repeated demands and warnings," said ambassador Sin Son Ho.

Sources recently indicated that the tension is slowing down construction of the 5.62 kilometer track, while teams are currently reluctant to charter equipment to Korea or book airline seats or hotel rooms. xxxx

But in a media statement, the race promoter Korea Auto Valley Operation (KAVO) dismissed the speculation.

"We are extremely pleased with the progress of the circuit, facilities, and preparations for the grand prix," said chief executive Yung Cho Chung.

"Construction is on schedule for completion this summer, and we have encountered no obstacles whatsoever, either logistical or political," he added.

Sauber hope for better car for 2011
(GMM)  Sauber must now turn its attention to designing a much better car for next season.

That was the assessment of team owner and boss Peter Sauber in the wake of last weekend's Canadian grand prix.

After an uncompetitive and unreliable start to the post-BMW period this year, there had been signs of a recovery until Montreal, where the C29 was faster only than the three new teams.

"We are only able to tinker with this car," Sauber, 66, is quoted as saying by the veteran Blick correspondent Roger Benoit.

"It was an unpleasant parting gift from BMW and Willy Rampf," he added.  "All our hopes rest now with the C30 for next year."

Pedro de la Rosa has already confirmed he is on the market for a job for 2011, while the Japanese rookie Kamui Kobayashi has also been unconvincing.

Germany's Auto Motor und Sport gave the 23-year-old a "1 out of 10" for the Canada weekend, after almost being outqualified by a Lotus and then crashing on the first lap.

"Kamui came into my office and apologized immediately," Sauber revealed.  "Okay, that is the price one pays if one goes to the line with a rookie."

Sauber's Ferrari engine problems 'strange' - Marc Gene
(GMM)  After a dismal Montreal weekend for the Swiss team, boss Peter Sauber admitted the C29 car is not a good one.

But the 66-year-old has also been quoted indicating that he is not happy with the ongoing poor reliability of the customer Ferrari engine.

"Five problems with the Ferrari engine in eight races is unacceptable.  At this rate we will need more than eight engines per driver for the season.

"We need better reliability," he is quoted by the Swiss newspaper Blick.

In Canada, Pedro de la Rosa's race ended with an unspecified engine failure.

Earlier in 2010, both Sauber and the works team were struggling with poor reliability, but Maranello based Ferrari were given FIA clearance to implement a fix.

"Ferrari has solved its problems with the engines but Sauber has again had a failure," Ferrari test driver Marc Gene wrote in his post-Canada column for the Spanish newspaper El Mundo.

"It is an issue that will be analyzed thoroughly by the team," he added.

"Two months ago there was a basic reason, but now ... it is very strange," wrote Gene.  "They will need to work to analyze it with Ferrari."

The Spaniard seemed to indicate that Sauber's ongoing engine problems are probably related to the C29 car.

"It is surprising that (Ferrari powered) Toro Rosso have never had a problem," said Gene.

Tester Bottas must win races for Williams future
(GMM)  Williams' new test driver must start winning races if he is to progress further in formula one.

That is the admission of the Grove based team's technical director Sam Michael, referring to Williams' 2010 test and reserve driver Valtteri Bottas.

The 20-year-old Finn is also contesting this year's F3 Euroseries, and he drove in the same series last year as well as British F3, but has won no races so far.

Earlier this month, however, Bottas did win the F3 Masters event at Zandvoort, as he also did in 2009.

"Of course, it was a brilliant performance," Michael is quoted by the Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat.

"Valtteri is the first person to have won the event twice and the Masters has always meant a lot to Williams.

"But he knows what he needs to do.  We all expect him to win the Euroseries and hopefully he will do it soon," added Sam Michael.

"Valterri is a clever guy and he knows that he has to start winning races in F3, and only then will we look together at the next stage."

No concrete talks for 2011 return yet - Villeneuve
(GMM)  Jacques Villeneuve has admitted he is not yet in talks with any teams about making a return to formula one.

The French Canadian, who came close to driving for the hopeful Serbian outfit Stefan GP this season, said last weekend he will make a final effort to find a seat for 2011.

"I am working on it more than ever, and for that reason I have postponed a participation in the NASCAR circuit," 1997 world champion Villeneuve, who turns 40 early next year, said in an interview with Austria's Salzburger Nachrichten.

Stefan GP, however, seems unlikely to be on the grid any time soon, and Renault team boss Eric Boullier said recently that he is not interested in signing Villeneuve.

Asked if there are already "concrete negotiations" with any teams, he answered: "No, nothing concrete, because it's too early in the season.

"There are some positive contacts.  If the Stefan project had worked out, I would be driving in F1 already this year."

Villeneuve acknowledged that a place with a top team is not initially likely.

"I have a longer term plan," he said.  "The most important thing is to get inside, and then you can look around and find the right place."

Montreal attracts big foreign crowd  This year's Canadian Grand Prix drew in a larger number of spectators from overseas than ever before, delighting new race promoter Francois Dumontier. With several new grandstands in position, last weekend's event at the Circuit de Gilles Although rain had been feared to affect proceedings and did cause a soaking pit lane walkabout for fans on Thursday, showers held off as the on-track action began, with Sunday in particular bringing plentiful amounts of sunshine as more foreign visitors entered the track than any other year since Montreal made its Formula 1 debut in 1978. More ...
Potential promoters peek under Indy's hood  
It is sad that a race that draws so many fans can't even break even
The promoters of Canada's only Formula One auto race are kicking Edmonton's Indy tires.

"Yes, it's true, we have expressed a level of interest," said Normand Prieur, an official with Octane Management Inc. of Montreal. "As you know, we are specialized in organizing motorsport events with the Canadian Grand Prix F1 race in Montreal and the Nationwide ( NASCAR) race on the same track. It's true. We have expressed a level of interest, but as we are speaking now, nothing is firmed up."

But it still might be seen as progress since private promotion is part of a new and sustainable financial model for the Honda Indy Edmonton. The Indy Racing League sanctioning deal with Northlands expires after this year's race and city council has wisely reached out to private promoters in an effort to take the financial burden of the event -- $9.2 million in losses over two years and a smaller deficit to come this summer -- off the taxpayers. More ...

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Alex Zanardi newsletter 2010-06-15  
Alex Zanardi
Hi Friends,

I just came back from Spain where the first and only race of the Paracycling World Cup was held this year.

Bad weather was with us throughout the weekend and a bit of sun was present only on Sunday for the time attack race.

I am back with mixed feelings that I still have to decipher fully, but the more I think about this, the more reasons to be satisfied I find.

I went to Spain with very few certainties, I knew I already had challenged and beaten very strong athletes but always singularly and racing against only "blood stocks" would have been different, rhythms would have objectively been different and I did not know if I would have managed to stay with them until the moment that counts. More ...

The next level of oval education for Star Mazda drivers  Iowa Speedway / Newton, Iowa – The rising open-wheel stars of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear head for Round 5 of the 13-race 2010 season at the 7/8ths-mile Iowa Speedway tri-oval this weekend.  This is the second of two oval races during the season, and represents a graduation to the next level of oval education for this strong field of top young racers from around the world. 

Having distinguished themselves with a clean, exciting 115-lap race during the 'Night Before the 500' at the 0.626-mile O'Reilly Raceway Park on May 29, during the course of which they were turning laps in the 120 mph range, drivers will now be averaging 145 mph in 100-laps of wheel-to-wheel competition in the second annual Star Mazda Pizza Ranch 100 on Saturday, June 19.  IndyCar drivers who graduated from the Star Mazda Championship include Marco Andretti, Graham Rahal and Raphael Matos. More ...

Karting dealership opportunity  Looking to make major headway on the western United States karting program, California-based Position One Motorsports continues to add to their early season success as they roll into the second half of 2010. Competing at series such as Pro Kart Challenge North and South, Superkarts! USA (SKUSA) Pro Tour, Gatorz Challenge of the Americas and select International Karting Federation (IKF) Region 7 events, Position One Motorsports has been seen at the front of the pack everywhere they go.

“We have had great success in our 2010 program,” expressed Position One Motorsports’ Luis Martinez. “We had a goal to do start making a larger name for ourselves in the western half of the United States and I think we are well on our way to doing that. With some top notch drivers and superb organization and preparation, our driver’s jobs and on track performance has been very well and is improving all the time. I am excited for the upcoming months of racing and am looking forward to add to our wins and podium totals.” More ...

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Dads get in Free Saturday night in Irwindale  Dear old Dad will be the honored guest at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale this Saturday night.  "We're making it easy for families to give Dad what he really wants for his day, loud ties, silver business card holders, and bottles of fancy aftershave are out.  Everyone know that a night of live NASCAR excitement is what he really wants,"  said Bob De Fazio track GM.  "You get Dad here, we'll take care of his ticket and we'll give him a great show!" he promised.

And the price sure is right . FREE.  Yes dad is in free on Saturday at night at the Speedway and there's tons of on track racing action scheduled for directly after the opening ceremonies conclude at 7PM.  More ...

Sawyer parts ways with Red Bull Racing  Elton Sawyer will part ways with Red Bull Racing, effective Monday. Sawyer, 50, who was hired as the competition director for the start-up company more than four years ago, was told of his fate last Thursday. Sawyer says that on Monday both parties agreed that this would be his last week. Sawyer is uncertain of his next career move. He was testing with Red Bull development driver Cole Whitt on Tuesday at Rockingham and will accompany Mattias Ekstrom to Sonoma this weekend as the Swede acquaints himself on the 1.99-mile road course in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race prior to making his Sprint Cup debut in the 83 Red Bull Toyota on Sunday. Sawyer competed in the Busch Series (now the Nationwide Series) from 1983 until 2002. The Chesapeake, Va., native won races at Myrtle Beach and New Hampshire while driving Fords for Akin-Sutton and finished a career-best fifth in the points standings in three different seasons. Sawyer also ran 29 Cup races between 1995 and 1996. His best finish came at Talladega, where he finished 14th driving a Junior Johnson Ford. FoxSports
ALMS GT-E Pro-Am classes for next year?  One of the big pieces of news last week from Le Mans was the elimination of the GT1 class from ACO-sanctioned endurance racing starting in 2011. Instead, the governing body of the Le Mans 24 Hours will focus on a single GT. It’s much the same structure currently in place in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n.

“It’s another example of the ACO frankly following our lead,” Series President and CEO Scott Atherton told SPEED at Le Mans. “We made that decision about a year that we were just going to recognize GT2.”

Through three rounds, it’s shown to be a wise move. GT fields are regularly well into double-digits with six manufacturers and eight full-season entrants. Nine cars have led races in GT through three rounds. More ...

24 P2P hits for Iowa race  IZOD IndyCar Series drivers will have 24 uses of the Honda overtake assist at their disposal for the 250-lap race at the .875-mile Iowa Speedway.

Each press of the button will activate the system for 10 seconds of added horsepower. There will be an eight-second reset period between uses. It will be the first time the Honda overtake assist has been used on a short track since it was introduced last August.

Iowa Ag Secretary takes IndyCar 2-seater to work  Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey joined representatives from Iowa Speedway and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board for breakfast in Des Moines and a quick trip to his statehouse office June 15 in the Indy Racing Experience street-legal two-seater.

"It was a fun ride," Northey said. "I definitely got some looks this morning. It's a fun chance to tell folks a little about the Iowa Corn Indy 250."

The IZOD IndyCar Series race at Iowa Speedway on June 20 is sponsored for the fourth consecutive year by the Iowa Corn Growers Association and Iowa Corn Promotion Board. The IZOD IndyCar Series is the only form of motorsports to use a renewable and environmentally-friendly form of fuel (100 percent fuel-grade ethanol) to power its Honda Indy V-8 engines.

"It certainly does send a message, especially when you're running 100 percent ethanol like these IndyCars do," said Dick Gallagher, who was among a group of corn growers who joined the secretary for breakfast. "It's very common to have E10 in your regular gasoline. But we're trying to increase the ethanol blends that we are using, and showing that IndyCars run on 100 percent ethanol sends a very clear message."

Iowa produced a record 10.75 billion gallons of biofuel last year, reducing demand for imported oil by 364 million barrels.

Northey enjoyed his morning commute to the Wallace State Office Building, but said he won't be trading in his flex-fuel vehicle.

"Probably my pick-up is a bit more practical for me," Northey said.

Allmendinger would love to win on 'home' track  When the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads west to Infineon Raceway this weekend, it will be a coming home opportunity in more way than one for Ford driver AJ Allmendinger. A native of Los Gatos, California, Allmendinger not only returns to his home state, but returns to his racing roots at the first road course test of the season.  Allmendinger took time with Ford Racing to discuss going home, road courses and how special it would be to get into Victory Lane at Sonoma. More ...
Eng tops F2 test sheets  
Phillip Enge
Philipp Eng topped the timesheets in an encouraging pre-event test at Zolder, as the Austrian bids to get his F2 championship challenge back on track at the Belgian venue this weekend (18-20 June).

The Silverstone and Marrakech race winner suffered a disappointing round at Monza in May but he wiped the slate clean today by setting the overall pace in the last ten minutes of running. After a relatively low key start to proceedings, Eng gradually improved his pace throughout the afternoon before securing the benchmark time late on.

Only Kazim Vasiliauskas could get near Eng during the final overboost-enabled session as the Lithuanian's 1:23.845s lap time was just over a tenth of a second off the ultimate pace.

Belgium’s Benjamin Bailly was third in the final session but his time was unable to match that of Nicola De Marco and Ricardo Teixeira from earlier in the day. Even Bailly himself went quicker during the morning running as the final half hour was interrupted by a number of red flag periods, and he ended the day fifth fastest overall.

Russian racer Sergey Afanasiev completed the top six ahead of the impressive Benjamin Lariche. The Frenchman was quick but also endured a number of moments during the day, including a spin that triggered one of the stoppages in the final session.

Dean Stoneman, Will Bratt and Armaan Ebrahim rounded out the top ten, ahead of Mihai Marinescu and championship leader Jolyon Palmer. The final session ended a few minutes prematurely when Parthiva Sureshwaren and Paul Rees suffered separate spins at the final turn and both cars were left stranded in dangerous positions.

Philipp Eng said: "I felt very comfortable straight away and it ended up being quite an easy day! I think we were a little bit lucky to be so far ahead of the others because of the red flags but I am feeling good - I like the circuit and I am really looking forward to the weekend."

Kasey Kahne on Sonoma difficulties  Kasey Kahne, fresh off a second-place finish at Michigan last weekend, heads to Sonoma where he surprised many with his first Cup road course win last year.  Kahne talked with Ford Racing about the confidence he gained from his 2009 victory and what he believes is the hardest part about road course racing at Sonoma. More ...
Kurt Busch crew takes Michigan Tissot Pit award  Kurt Busch’s crew won the Tissot Pit Road Precision Award in Sunday’s (June 13) Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.

The Tissot weekly competition, which is designed to recognize and award crew members in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, has had 12 different winners in the first 15 races of the 2010 season.

Busch’s No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge spent the least amount of time on pit road – 210.809 seconds – during the 200-lap, 400 mile race. Coming in second was Jeff Gordon’s DuPont crew (215.143) followed by Denny Hamlin’s FedEx crew (215.430). More ...
Gambling odds against Schumacher success  
Schuey and Brawn
After what was probably Michael Schumacher's worst drive in his long career, Hills are now 7/1 that he pulls out of F1 before the end of the season. Hills have also opened a book on how many cars he will take out in the remainder of the season offering 20/1 for five or more.

"Schumacher is not looking the man of old and he seems to want to take a few down with him as he goes," said Hill's spokesman Rupert Adams.

William Hill How Many Cars Will Schumacher take out/cause to retire before end of 2010 Season: 2/1 None, 2/1 One, 7/2 Two, 9/2 Three, 10/1 Four, 20/1 Five or more

When Will Schumacher Leave F1: 7/1 Before End 2010 Series, 11/4 Between End Of 2010 Season & Start Of 2011 Season, 9/2 During Season 2011.  William Hill

McLaren confirms MP4-12C dealers  McLaren has announced the three UK retailers for its new MP4-12C supercar.

Rybrook in Birmingham, Jardine Motors Group in London, and Sytner in Manchester will sell the MP4 from spring 2011 under the names McLaren Birmingham, McLaren London and McLaren Manchester.

See pics of the McLaren MP4-12C More ...

Korean F1 track to be completed next month  KAVO, organizers behind this season's inaugural Korean Grand Prix, have said that their venue will be finished by next month. The race at the Yeongam track will stage the 17th round of this year's 19-race World Championship in late October.

Hosting the only new race on the calendar this season, South Korea will become a fixture on the F1 schedule and becomes the fifth anti-clockwise race. KAVO (Korea Auto Valley Operation) has now confirmed that construction work is '80 percent complete' ahead of a July deadline for track surfacing. More ...

Hunter-Reay gets at least one more race  
Ryan Hunter-Reay
"Reunited and it feels so good." Those may be the lyrics to a classic song by Peaches and Herb, but one may suspect they're whistling the tune in Ryan Hunter-Reay's Ethanol USA-Team IZOD® pit at the Iowa Corn Indy 250. 

At the annual Fuel Ethanol Workshop in St. Louis Monday, ICM, Inc. and Green Plains Renewable Energy, both industry leaders in the development and production of biofuels in the U.S., announced they are teaming up to sponsor the #37 Ethanol USA-Team IZOD car from Andretti Autosport driven by Hunter-Reay.   

Hunter-Reay was sponsored by the U.S. ethanol industry in the 2007 and 2008 seasons. The IZOD IndyCar® Series is the only motorsports circuit using 100 percent fuel-grade ethanol. More ...

Brickyard 400 drops ticket prices...  General admission tickets will be available for Brickyard 400 Race Day - at a value price of just $40 each - for the first time at this year's event, Sunday, July 25 at the Indianapolis
Motor Speedway.

Children 12 and under also will be admitted to the grounds free on any day of the event, July 23-25, if accompanied by an adult holding a general admission ticket for that day.

Fans are encouraged to buy Race Day general admission tickets in advance. General admission tickets can be purchased during Brickyard 400 race weekend, including Race Day, at the IMS ticket office and at satellite ticket offices, located outside of Gates 3, 6, 9 and 10. Race Day general admission tickets will not be sold at the gate at any time during race weekend.

Advance general admission tickets can be ordered online at www.imstix.com, by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area or by visiting the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street. Online orders can be made at any time. Hours for phone orders and the ticket office are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday, with extended hours and days during race weekend. More ...

Williams working on major upgrade for Silverstone  Williams will be debuting its next major car update for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, which will be held on the second weekend of July. Sam Michael has also confirmed that the Grove squad's f-duct device will be tested once again on the streets of Valencia next time out.

It was a poor Canadian Grand Prix by Williams' standards, with both Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hülkenberg having run into trouble with fellow competitors; the latter was also handed a drive-through penalty for pit lane speeding as the duo made their ways to finishing positions of 13th and 14th.

However, Technical Director Michael hopes to see an improvement from Silverstone onwards as the car runs recently-developed and tested components for the first time.

"We ran a couple of programmes in the wind tunnel to get the most efficient iteration of the rear wing," he said, with a new rear wing which first made an appearance in Montreal set to stay on the cars for Valencia.

"To be honest, the rear wing is the main difference for low-drag tracks now, with the top bodywork being so clean due to the rules.

"Our next major upgrade is planned for release at the British Grand Prix after Europe. For Valencia, we will be taking the blown rear wing (f-duct) with us to test again." GPUpdate.net

"Praying for Karson" Toyota to run at Infineon  "Praying for Karson" Toyota to run at Infineon: PRISM Motorsports will welcome Michael Waltrip back behind the wheel of the #55 for the fourth time this season at Infineon Raceway on Sunday, June 20. Racing for a special cause, the PRISM Motorsports machine Waltrip will pilot has a unique paint scheme thanks to the Toyota Racing "Sponsafy Your Ride Contest" and the grand prize winner, Fay Knape of Danbury, Texas. The contest focused on fans creating their own special paint schemes, with the winner's design to be featured on the PRISM Motorsports NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Camry. Over 77,500 fans submitted designs in the contest, and fans cast more than one million votes for their favorite. From the top nine popular votes, the top five finalists were chosen by a panel of Toyota executives and NASCAR personalities. The winning artwork honors Knape's one-year-old grandson, Karson, who was born with Neuroendocrine Cell Hyperplasia in Infancy (NEHI), a rare lung disease. "Praying for Karson", Knape's design, features highlights of the outdoors where she hopes her grandson can one day play without his oxygen tank that he is required to wear for his condition. Waltrip previously raced for PRISM at Bristol Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway, where he led two different times for four laps before his day was cut short as a result of crash damage from a lap 84 incident on the front stretch. For the running of the Aaron's 499 at Talladega, Waltrip ran with a special paint scheme in celebration of Aaron's 55th year in business.
Steve Nielsen interview: Renault still after Mercedes  
Steve Nielsen
Steve Nielsen remains confident that Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov can help Renault overhaul Mercedes for fourth place in this year's Constructors' Championship. The diamond marque's Sporting Director shared his post-Canadian Grand Prix feelings as he now looks forward to Valencia.

Steve, the team left Turkey frustrated by a P6 finish, and now leaves Canada very disappointed with P7. Is that a measure of your growing expectations?
In Canada, we re-learned the same lessons about going racing in 2010: it's all about where you qualify, making a good start and the pit-stops. We didn't get the best out of the car in qualifying and that makes the hill you have to climb even steeper than it would otherwise have been.

Robert was one of just three drivers in the top ten to qualify on the Prime (harder compound) tire, in the hope that this would provide an advantage in race conditions. But it didn't turn out that way… More ...

Pundits round on Schu after 'blackest lap' in Canada  (GMM)  British F1 pundits have rounded on Michael Schumacher after the eighth race of the seven time world champion's comeback.

The 41-year-old German had already had difficult moments in 2010, but in Montreal - an event he has won a record seven times - he qualified 13th and on Sunday had a calamitous and pointless race.

"I think Schumacher has driven appallingly today," said Martin Brundle, one of Schumacher's former Benetton teammates, who now commentates for the BBC.

The Briton was referring to Schumacher being overtaken by Sebastien Buemi, both Force Indias on the last lap, and separate clashes with Robert Kubica and Felipe Massa that Brundle referred to as "naughty". More ...

Roush Fenway names new crew chief  Roush Fenway Racing has named Rick Viers as the crew chief of its No. 16 Nationwide team. Viers assumes the duty immediately and will lead the team this weekend at Road America (Wis.).

"I'm thrilled with the opportunity I have to come over and lead the No. 16 team here at Roush Fenway Racing," Viers said.  "Just being here for a very short period of time, I can see there are a ton of resources at my disposal and it's a highly engineer-driven shop which I really enjoy.  I feel like Road America is a really good place for me to start having Colin (Braun) in the car and I'm excited to work with him and the rest of this team." More ...
Superleague headed to Jarama  Superleague Formula by Sonangol is ready to host a festival of motorsport, football and music as the series celebrates the World Cup in style at round 4 of the 2010 season at Jarama, Spain this weekend.

The football-themed motorsport series returns to action at the Madrid venue with more wheel-to-wheel racing on-track between some of the world’s most revered football clubs and some fantastic entertainment off it, including concerts by 80’s legends Simple Minds and Spanish rockers Pignoise.

Tottenham Hotspur head to Jarama leading the Superleague Formula table by 54 points from AC Milan, with Belgian giants RSC Anderlecht in third. Each clubs’ driver, Craig Dolby, Yelmer Buurman and Davide Rigon respectively, is expected to be a front runner again this weekend. More ...

F1 still 'option no.1' for Grosjean  (GMM)  Even in the wake of his impressive performance at Le Mans, Romain Grosjean insists he is still focused on returning to formula one.

The French-Swiss driver's Ford GT dominated the GT1 class in the famous 24 hour race last weekend until it retired with engine failure.

But 24-year-old Grosjean, who raced in ousted Nelson Piquet's place last year until Renault replaced him for 2010 with Vitaly Petrov, said returning to Le Mans in 2011 is not 'option number 1'.

"For the moment, formula one remains option number 1," he is quoted by France's Auto Hebdo.

Promoter happy with repaired Montreal surface  
The Montreal surface did not come apart this time
(GMM)  After the problems seen at Montreal's most recent F1 races, the surface of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve did not break up during the running of the 2010 edition.

Before Canada fell off the calendar last year, the track's crumbling asphalt came in for scathing criticism.

Ahead of the race's return last weekend, the troublesome sections were resurfaced with Shell Bitumen, whose same product is in use at other grand prix tracks.

"I've said that part of the problem was the (grooved) tire," new race promoter Francois Dumontier is quoted by the Montreal Gazette. More ...

Belief and support pays off for Liuzzi - boss  
Vitantonio Liuzzi
(GMM)  Vitantonio Liuzzi proved in Canada he still deserves a place on the formula one grid, his team boss Vijay Mallya insists.  Heading into the Montreal round, speculation was rife that Force India was considering replacing the underperforming Italian with the team's rookie reserve driver Paul di Resta.

But Liuzzi, 28, travelled to Canada with a new VJM03 chassis and not only outqualified his teammate Adrian Sutil but put in the team's best qualifying performance of the season.

Starting from fifth on the grid, however, he was hit several times by Felipe Massa and needed to pit for repairs, but still finished in the points. More ...

Horner pushes for 'attractive' Pirelli deal  (GMM)  If Christian Horner was in charge of selecting F1's new tire supplier for 2011, he would sign up Pirelli.

It is believed the Italian company is on the verge of a deal to replace the departing Bridgestone, but some powerful elements are pushing to keep Michelin's rival proposal on the table.

Pirelli is understood to have inked contracts with F1's commercial rights holder some days ago, and the company's competition director Paul Hembery was in Montreal last weekend for meetings with the teams association FOTA.

The final hurdle could be the consent of the FIA, as Red Bull team boss Horner is quoted as saying: "Hopefully it can be a collective consensus of opinion. More ...

Sauber's de la Rosa 'available' for rival F1 teams  
Pedro de la Rosa
(GMM)  Pedro de la Rosa has revealed he is "available" for employment by formula one teams. After a long stint away from the grid as McLaren's test and reserve driver, the 39-year-old Spaniard this year returned to racing with Sauber.

But his season has been difficult at the wheel of the usually uncompetitive and unreliable C29 car, while also dogged by constant suggestions that he is set to be ousted.

More bad luck followed de la Rosa to Canada last weekend, where after qualifying just 17th he was punted out at the first corner by Vitaly Petrov before his Ferrari engine failed.

"No matter how bad it's been, it's better than testing," he later smiled during an interview with the BBC. More ...

4 lucky fans could see both Canadian races  Northlands, promoter of the Honda Indy Edmonton on July 23-25, unveiled a ticket promotion that includes a drawing for four people to head to the Honda Indy Toronto on July 18.

“Anyone who purchases a three-day grandstand ticket to the Honda Indy Edmonton through to July 4th, or for anyone who’s already purchased a three-day grandstand ticket, those race fans are automatically entered into a draw for two winners and one guest each to become pit crew members for both Alex (Tagliani) and Paul (Tracy) at the Honda Indy Toronto,” announced Ken Knowles, president of Northlands. More ...

Honda Canada to sponsor Tracy's Edmonton entry  Paul Tracy’s No. 15 KV Racing Technology car for the Honda Indy Edmonton on July 25 will be sponsored by Honda Canada and will support Make-A-Wish Canada.

“Honda is a company built on the dreams of its founder and all of its associates, which is why Honda’s corporate slogan is The Power of Dreams," said Steve Hui, assistant general manager of the Honda Prairie Zone. "It's the power of dreams that has led us to innovations and new technologies over the years. We're very pleased to be associated with Make-A-Wish Canada, which is helping to turn the wishes and dreams of Canadian children with life-threatening medical conditions into a reality.” More ...

SPEED hits 76M homes  SPEED is now available in 75,972,000 U.S. homes, up nearly 2.8 million homes from the same date last year, according to Nielsen Media Research. The network has added more than 12 million homes since 2005. In addition, SPEED now is available in more than five million homes in Canada.
GM sticks foot in mouth  A reader writes, Dear AutoRacing1.com, Regarding the article titled ”What?  I can't say Chevy anymore?”  Someone within greater Chevrolet must not have gotten the memo as I received the following e-mail just today: Doug Swenson

Your Premier Chevy Dealers of Central Iowa and Team Chevy would like to offer you an opportunity to become a member of the Premier Chevy Club. As a member of the Club you will receive an exclusive introductory Chevy Racing Kit. This kit includes A Team Chevy hat, Chevy ear plugs, Chevy can koozie, and Premier Chevy lanyard and ticket holder. More ...

Alabama F1 backup plan if Austin fails?  According to Gordon Kirby " Ecclestone has been guaranteed US$25 million per year for ten years by the state of Texas. But with governor Rick Perry facing a tough re-election campaign and the state contending with a $20 million budget shortfall there are questions about the financial viability of building an F1-style track in Texas. It's said, by the way, that the Barber Motorsports Park circuit outside Birmingham, Alabama is Ecclestone's back-up venue should the Austin dream fail to materialize."
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Dan Gurney Statement on the late Les Richter  To us old-timers "All Pro Line Backer" Les Richter will forever be the face of Riverside Raceway.  Les was a motorsports pioneer who brought NASCAR stock car racing and Indy road racing to the West Coast, he organized the Los Angeles Times Grand Prix for Sports and Can-Am racing cars, each event often drawing more than 100,000 spectators to the desert.  He greatly contributed to the flourishing car culture of Southern California in the 1960s and 1970s and all of us who raced through the Esses and Turn 9 in those spectacular racing days owe him a silver trophy full of gratitude.

So long "Daddy Warbucks"

God's speed "48"!

Dan Gurney and All American Racers

AJ Racing for Charity on Tuesday  Less than a week after taking to the dirt at Eldora Speedway for the Prelude to the Dream and raising money for Riley Hospital for Children, NASCAR Sprint Cup driver AJ Allmendinger will once again be hitting the short track this week to raise money for the  Helen Devos Children's Hospital Foundation.

The racer, who started in karts before moving up through formula cars and then switching to NASCAR, has continued to grow his range of experience every chance that he gets. AJ started the year off with another run at the front of the pack in the Rolex Sports Cars, and he’ll now be adding the high-powered Modifieds to his resume.

Driving in his first-ever IMKA modified race on pavement, AJ will drive the No. 97 RacingAwarenes.com A Cause For Kids machine at Berlin City Raceway on Tuesday night. The outing will raise money and awareness on what the Raceway calls the biggest race of the year as AJ will be joined by a handful of fellow NASCAR Sprint Cup pilots. More ...

SPEED adds drifting coverage  SPEED™ and D1 Worldwide Entertainment, (www.d1gp.com), the official organizers of automotive entertainment’s premier drifting events in the United States announced today the 2010 USA D1 Grand Prix event line-up and that each event, plus the D1 Grand Prix Japan events will be covered by one-hour television broadcasts to be carried on SPEED™ throughout the entire drifting season.

The first SPEED broadcast is scheduled for September 4 at 6 p.m. ET from Tokyo, with the second event premiering September 12th at 6 p.m. ET from Oita, Japan.

“Bringing USA D1 Grand Prix drifting events to SPEED is a cool new addition to the network,” said SPEED President Hunter Nickell. “Combining the young, cutting-edge atmosphere of drifting with the history and familiarity of host venues like Atlanta, Texas, Homestead-Miami, and Irwindale will be a unique experience for our viewers.” More ...

Childress statement on passing of Les Richter  The following is a statement from Richard Childress regarding the passing of long-time NASCAR executive Les Richter:

"The first time I met Les Richter was in the early 1970s when he ran Riverside International Raceway in California. We hit it off from the very beginning. He knew I was a struggling independent racer and he gave me a lot of encouragement about the sport and about life. He played a major role in the growth of NASCAR beginning in the 1980s. He was a big and intimidating man who was strong yet fair in how he handled things. When he was away from the race track, though, he was one of the most fun people in the world to be with. I was fortunate to have him as a friend for many years and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family."
Motorsports This Week on ESPN  The NASCAR Nationwide Series holds its first-ever race at one of America’s most famous racing circuits this weekend and ESPN2 will have live coverage of the Bucyrus 200 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. The 4-mile road course is hosting its first NASCAR race on Saturday, June 19. NASCAR Countdown airs at 3 p.m. ET, while the race telecast starts at 3:30 p.m. with the green flag at 3:51 p.m. ESPN2 is the home of the series all season, with selected races airing on ESPN and ABC.

Allen Bestwick will be the lap-by-lap announcer for the race and also will host NASCAR Countdown. Analysts will be 1989 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Rusty Wallace and two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion crew chief Andy Petree. Pit reporters will be Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Mike Massaro. Reports from two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion crew chief Tim Brewer will air from the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage. More ...

18 year old to make Nationwide debut  Kennedy, 18 years of age, will be making his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut in the No. 23 HelpTruckers.com Chevrolet this weekend at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The team had a successful test session at Carolina Motorsports Park last week which showed he was ready to race.

The recent graduate of Aztec (N.M.) High School has been working towards this moment for quite awhile. He recently won the 2009 Road Course World Finals in the Pro Legends Division at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He finished 10th in the K&N East Series last year with one top-five and three top-10s to his credit. More ...
Lewis Hamilton's qualifying stoppage leads to rule clarification  
Lewis Hamilton
F1's governing body has issued a rule clarification after Lewis Hamilton was penalized and reprimanded for running out of fuel at the end of qualifying in Montreal.

The McLaren driver took pole but was fined $10,000 after driving too slowly on his Q3 in-lap and then stopping on the circuit. His team ordered him to do so to ensure enough fuel was left in the tank for a sample to be tested by the FIA.

After the session Ross Brawn said it could set a dangerous precedent if teams start sending their drivers out without enough fuel to get back to the pits. More ...

Horner: Red Bull will bounce back  
Christian Horner
Horner was philosophical after watching the balance of power swing towards McLaren in Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix following a second successive one-two for their rivals.

Up until the moment of madness on lap 40 of the race in Turkey 15 days ago, when Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber collided, Red Bull had been the dominant force - albeit failing to make the most of their opportunities, as was underlined in Istanbul. More ...

It’s hard to keep the tires happy, says Webber  
Mark Webber
Mark Webber lost his World Championship lead in Canada, but fifth place represented handy points and some damage limitation at a track which was never going to play to the strengths of the Red Bull.

Webber also had to recover from a gearbox penalty that dumped him from second to seventh on the grid, and had he started from his rightful place, he might have come away with more.

The Aussie ran two stints on prime tires and by staying out before his final stop on options, he led the race for a while. However he was caught by Lewis Hamilton even before he visited the pits, and fell back to fifth. His race was compromised by an earlier than planned first stop, after the tires went away. More ...

NASCAR says TV strategy, marketing to core fans is working  NASCAR’s desire to strengthen its hold on the sport’s most avid fans showed progress in certain Southern markets, but the numbers from Fox’s broadcasts from February through May showed sharp declines in the younger audience.

Overall, NASCAR’s viewership on Fox dropped 7.1 percent from 2009 and the numbers are down 16.5 percent from 2008 for the races that were not affected by weather. Turner broadcasts six races, while ESPN has the final 17 of the season.

NASCAR’s Sprint Cup races still averaged 7.897 million viewers for 11 races that weren’t affected by weather, but the male 18- to 34-year-old demographic showed a 29 percent decline. That’s in addition to a 21 percent decline in that demo for all 36 Sprint Cup races on network and cable last year. More ...

1970-2010: TAG Heuer and Le Mans, 40 years of Mastering Speed  The Audi #9 driven by Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas and Mike Rockenfeller crossed the finish line at 3.00pm ahead of the Audi #8 (Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Treluyer) and the Audi #7 (Dindo Capello, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish), offering to Audi Sport its 9th victory in 12 participations and the first ever triple for TAG Heuer.

The nine Drivers & Dr Ullrich, head of Audi Sport, proudly celebrate their domination on the podium wearing their TAG Heuer chronographs and colours.

TAG Heuer has a long history with the 24 Hours of Le Mans, started 40 years ago. The 1970 movie “Le Mans” starred Steve McQueen in a Gulf-sponsored Porsche 917K, and made the TAG Heuer Monaco watch famous worldwide. In 1973, Heuer was official timekeeper and partner of Scuderia Ferrari with the famous Ferrari 312 PB sport prototypes. More ...

Video Highlights of Watkins Glen Grand-Am event  
Dixon Wins All-Toyota Top Fuel Final At Englishtown  Larry Dixon defeated Antron Brown in an all-Toyota Top Fuel final on Monday at the NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., while Dixon’s Al-Anabi Racing teammate, Del Worsham, lost in the final to Bob Tasca.

For Dixon, the win continues a dominating stretch that has featured five victories in the last seven races and also made him the first driver to clinch a spot in the NHRA Countdown playoffs.  Over the seven-race stretch, Dixon has accumulated a remarkable 24-2 record in elimination races.  He has now reached the semi-final round or beyond in each of the last seven events. More ...

Bridgestone blows cover on Virgin's F1 recycling spin  (GMM)  A Bridgestone spokesman on Monday blew Virgin's cover about a F1 tire recycling scheme.  Team sponsor Sir Richard Branson said during his visit to the Canadian grand prix that a new scheme demonstrates Virgin's "commitment to focusing upon the environmental impact of formula one".

He said a deal struck with Canadian-based company Carbon Green to recycle tires "is the first truly green and highly relevant deal in the history of the sport".

Elaborating, the British billionaire explained: "Old tires used by Timo Glock, Lucas di Grassi and co will be recycled into useful products." More ...

Renault seat not likely for Villeneuve return  (GMM)  Jacques Villeneuve is unlikely to find a seat for his formula one return with the Renault team.

The boss of the Enstone based outfit, Eric Boullier, says he respects the 1997 world champion but thinks he will struggle to be accommodated with a top team.

French Canadian Villeneuve, 39, came close to returning to F1 this year with Stefan GP, and has announced he will try again to find a seat in 2011.

He is reportedly close to Renault's team owner Gerard Lopez and shareholder Eric Lux, and the related Gravity Sport Management. More ...

German rivals unhappy with 'superstar' Vettel  
German rivals think Vettel's head is too big for his shoulders
(GMM)  It would be fair to say Sebastian Vettel is not on the Christmas card list of two of his countrymen and F1 rivals.

Veteran journalist Roger Benoit, long-time correspondent for the Swiss newspaper Blick, travelled to Montreal on the same Zurich flight as Vettel and Mercedes' Nico Rosberg.

He said the pair were seated not a car's length apart, but neither greeted one another nor exchanged a single word.

Benoit said the reason for the freeze was "clear": a few days earlier, Rosberg had said Vettel was definitely to blame for his crash with Red Bull teammate Mark Webber in Turkey. More ...

Michelin 'pessimistic' about 2011 F1 tire deal  (GMM)  Pirelli has edged yet closer to becoming F1's new official tire supplier.  The Milan based company's only competition for the deal, Michelin, is close to falling out of the running.

"The development time for 2011 seems very compromised now," managing partner Didier Miraton said at Le Mans, according to L'Equipe.

Spotted in Montreal on Sunday was Paul Hembery, Pirelli's competition director, for talks with the teams association FOTA. More ...

Whitmarsh: A lot of people doubted our strategy  
Martin Whitmarsh
Martin Whitmarsh was naturally over the moon with McLaren's second consecutive 1-2 result in Canada, as Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button shoot to the top of the Drivers' Championship as well as extended the team's stranglehold for constructors' honors.

With Red Bull and Robert Kubica's Renault setting off on the harder, Medium compound tires, the likes of McLaren began with the softer, Super Soft type. However, fears over McLaren's tactics were highlighted when Whitmarsh commented on Saturday that a Safety Car would be a huge help.

As it happened, no Safety Car was deployed in Montreal although both McLaren drivers topped the podium, having been assisted by problems for Fernando Alonso. More ...

Bridgestone post-race F1 report  Vodafone McLaren Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton won a thrilling and highly strategic Canadian Grand Prix with a Bridgestone super soft-medium-medium tire strategy in Montreal.  Hamilton led teammate Jenson Button across the line in a consecutive one-two. Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver Fernando Alonso finished third.

Hiroshi Yasukawa - Director of Bridgestone Motorsport, says

"Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton and Vodafone McLaren Mercedes for their win. We saw a fantastic race where tire strategy was central to the excitement. Bridgestone Canada and Bridgestone USA used this race as a great promotional and marketing platform. They had several well received PR initiatives and also invited many important guests for the weekend itself. Montreal saw a sell-out crowd illustrating how popular F1 can be in North America. I am very pleased that Formula 1 has returned to this wonderful location especially when we get a race as exciting as today's."  More ...

Ferrari to use KERS throughout 2011 season  (GMM)  Ferrari will run a KERS-equipped car in every race of next year's world championship, team boss Stefano Domenicali has revealed.

The confirmation was made after the F1 teams met in Canada to discuss technical matters relating to the 2011 season.

Adjustable rear wings are also set to debut in order to boost overtaking, and FOTA's ban on using energy-recovering KERS systems is to lapse.

Some teams including Ferrari had pushed hard to make the KERS systems much more powerful in 2011, but agreement has instead been made to lift the minimum weight of the car-plus-driver. More ...

Rain Postpones 41st Annual NHRA SuperNationals Finals to Monday  Once the semi-final rounds were complete this afternoon in Englishtown, rain halted on-track activity.  NHRA officials postponed racing until Monday morning at 10am.
FIA clarifies rule for qualifying fuel stoppages  (GMM)  F1's governing body has issued a rule clarification after Lewis Hamilton was penalized and reprimanded for an incident at the end of qualifying in Montreal.  The McLaren pole sitter was fined $10,000 after driving too slowly on his Q3 in-lap and then stopping on the circuit, so that enough fuel was left in the tank for a sample to be tested by the FIA.

Not everyone was happy with the British team's actions.

"I don't know all the details so it's hard to comment," Mercedes team boss and FOTA technical chairman Ross Brawn is quoted as saying in Canada. More ...

No action taken on Massa/Schumacher incident  FIA race stewards have elected to take no action over the incident involving Michael Schumacher's Mercedes and Felipe Massa's Ferrari in the closing stages of the Canadian Grand Prix.

With Massa having been recovering from early-race problems as Schumacher suffered from heavily worn rear tires, the Brazilian was seemingly forced onto the grass by his former team-mate on the run to the final chicane.

With Massa having saved his car from spinning on Lap 56, the Paulista was forced to endure a slow lap before pitting for repairs.  More ...

Massa penalized 20 seconds, Kubica and Alguersuari warned  Following a miserable Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday, which saw him fight his way into the points prior to a collision with Michael Schumacher's Mercedes, Felipe Massa has been handed a 20 second time penalty for pit lane speeding.

After starting sixth, Brazilian Massa made contact with Tonio Liuzzi's Force India at Turns 1 and 2, resulting in an additional pit-stop.

Having fought his way back through the field - which included a superb pass on Adrian Sutil - the Ferrari driver's charge came to an end following a controversial block by Schumacher on Lap 63. More ...

A second gearbox problem for Red Bull on Sunday  (GMM)  Red Bull suffered two gearbox problems in Canada on Sunday.  With McLaren now leading both the drivers' and constructors' championships with victory at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, it has emerged that Sebastian Vettel struggled to the checkered flag with a gearbox problem.

His Red Bull teammate Mark Webber, who finished behind Vettel in fifth place, earlier lost his front row starting place due to an unscheduled gearbox change penalty.

In the wake of recent suggestions the Milton Keynes-based team will walk the 2010 season with a superior car, the Canadian result - featuring a McLaren one-two - could be a turning point. More ...

F1 must wait until 2012 for HD broadcasts  (GMM)  Formula one fans are facing a long wait for the sport to be broadcast on television in High Definition.

The newly-published results of the recent FOTA-commissioned fan survey showed that 70 per cent want the track action televised in HD.

On Saturday night in Montreal, members of the media were given a demonstration of both HD as well as new 3D technology -- after a Lotus car carried a 3D camera in practice sessions at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. More ...

Five-place gearbox grid penalty for Webber  (GMM)  Mark Webber has fallen off the front row of the grid for Sunday's Canadian grand prix.

It has emerged from the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve that the Australian, who qualified behind pole sitter Lewis Hamilton but ahead of his Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel, has had to have a last-minute gearbox change.

The unscheduled change results in a grid demotion of five places.

Webber, 33, will now start the Montreal race from seventh.

LeMans: Audi in 1-2-3 sweep  See our feature article on the race report of Audi's 1-2-3 sweep of the 24 Hours of LeMans.  For all you iPhone users out there reading this on our AR1 iPhone app, you can find the results under the ALMS section.
Rosberg denies Mercedes stopping 2010 car focus  
Nico Rosberg
(GMM)  Nico Rosberg has denied speculation that Mercedes has now stopped developing its 2010 car.  The German was about a second off the pace in Montreal qualifying, while in the sister W01 his teammate Michael Schumacher will line up on the grid a disappointing 13th.

It was reported recently that if the Brackley based team does not make rapid development progress, the entire focus would switch to next year's car.

But Rosberg told Welt am Sonntag newspaper: "That's not true. More ...

Branson wants second US GP in Las Vegas  (GMM)  Sir Richard Branson would like to see a United States grand prix held in Las Vegas.

The British billionaire, sponsor of Virgin Racing, said he welcomes the news that an American race has been scheduled for Texas in 2012.

"The US market is extremely important," the Virgin mogul told La Presse newspaper at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. More ...

Haug says Mercedes supplying fourth team 'difficult'  (GMM)  Norbert Haug has played down reports that Mercedes could be looking to add a fourth team to its F1 engine program for 2011.

It emerged in recent days that the German marque's board of directors met and discussed whether it should supply the powerful 2.4 liter V8 to another team.

Mercedes already powers its own Brackley based team as well as McLaren and Force India, but it is known that Red Bull is open to moving from the Renault stable.

But Mercedes GP team principal Ross Brawn was quoted earlier this week as suggesting a fourth engine customer might be too much. More ...

Dry Canadian GP likely on Sunday  (GMM)  Forecast rain in Montreal on Sunday is expected to stay away until after the Canadian grand prix.

Very early in the morning in the Canadian city, the skies are cloudy but so far not dropping any rain on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

In fact, Sunday's should be the warmest afternoon seen for several days in Montreal, which is good news for the performance of the Bridgestone tires.

The race, beginning at 12pm local time, will be staged over 70 laps.

LeMans: 22 Hour Standings Audi poised for 1-2-3 sweep  With just 2 hours to go in the French classic 24 Hours of LeMans the Peugeot team is defeated.  The Oreca Peugeot was trying to run down the 3rd place Audi and was just seconds behind when the engine blew up like 3 of the other 4 Peugeots.  And so German Audi team will finish 1-2-3 while the French go home in shame. More ...
Mercedes team out to lunch in Canada  Michael Schumacher was at a loss to explain the handling problems that saw him miss out on Q3 and qualify 13th at the Canadian Grand Prix.

He struggled for grip throughout the session and then when he came under pressure to clock a fast lap, he made a mistake at the final chicane and had to skip the corner altogether.

"I am obviously disappointed after today's qualifying," he said. "We simply did not have the balance or grip and overall we had a lot of problems with braking and handling. The car was just not performing as we expected. We had similar issues yesterday afternoon and we made some changes after second practice. This morning, the changes seemed to have made sense as our position was reasonable but this afternoon, I was facing similar issues again. It's difficult to understand the reasons at the moment but we will look deeply into it now and find a good strategy for the race tomorrow." More ...

NASCAR to tweak front splitter  The Sprint Cup car is about to lose its braces. Beginning with the 2011 season, NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said a new front valance and splitter combination should eliminate the need for the braces that hold the splitter in place under the current design.

"It will be less utilitarian-looking," Pemberton said. "It'll have a little more style in it, and I think people will like that. As we work forward, that's not the last change. We're looking on some stuff that actually has to coincide with the manufacturers and their introduction of new cars to sell." More ...
LeMans: 21 Hour Standings Audi poised to defeat Peugeot  
The leading No. 9 Audi
With just 3 hours to go in the French classic 24 Hours of LeMans numerous spins and breakdowns increased for the weary teams.

The leading No. 9 Audi R15 maintained the gap to the chasing sister Audi and the No. 1 Peugeot 908.

The Acura of N.Leventis, D.Watts, J.Kane leads the LMP2 class, while the Saleen of R.Berville, J.Canal, G.Gardel leads GT1 and the Porsche of M.Lieb, R.Lietz, W.Hentzler leads GT2, More ...

Unhappy Whitmarsh accepts Hamilton in-lap penalty  (GMM)  Martin Whitmarsh on Saturday appeared to disagree with the stewards' decision to fine and reprimand Lewis Hamilton.

After the McLaren driver secured pole position in Montreal, he was instructed by the team to park his MP4-25 on the track because otherwise there would not have been enough fuel in the tank for an FIA test sample.

25-year-old Hamilton did not appear to recognize the rules breach when speaking initially to reporters.

"It was actually great," he said when asked about his attempt to push the car to parc ferme.  "It was quite a unique experience and I'm sure I won't forget it." More ...

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