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06/17/11
f1
No love lost between Red Bull teammates  
No love lost between Red Bull teammates Webber(L) and Vettel (C)
Mark Webber has once again a peek at the poor relationship between himself and his Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel.

Despite claiming to bury the hatchet after last season's troubles to focus on this year's campaign, it seems very little has changed at Red Bull Racing.

Although they have yet to clash out on track this season, one has to wonder if it's only a matter of time as the relationship between Webber and Vettel is far from amicable.

"No. Why? There is no reason for it," Webber told Bild when asked if he ever spoke privately with his teammate. More ...

06/17/11
arca
Ty Dillon wins ARCA race at Michigan  Ty Dillon continued his winning ways in the ARCA Racing Series, taking the checkered flag Friday in the RainEater Wiper Blades 200 at Michigan International Speedway.

In a caution-filled race, Dillon notched his fourth victory of the season. He is the grandson of NASCAR legend and current team owner Richard Childress.

The 19-year-old from Lewisville, N.C., started second and stayed around the top five for a majority of the race before race leader Cale Gale blew a tire with just five laps to go. More ...

06/17/11
irl
Transitions Optical Joins IndyCar Sponsor Lineup  Transitions Optical, Inc. announced its new sponsorship of Penske Racing’s Ryan Briscoe in the IZOD IndyCar Series. Team Penske’s No. 6 car was shown in its new livery for the first time at the start of today’s practice for the June 19th Milwaukee Mile 225.

“Our adaptive lens technology is a perfect match for the changing light conditions that drivers – and fans – experience during an IndyCar race,” said Brian Hauser, general manager, U.S. and Canada, Transitions Optical. “With margins of victory in the tenths of a second, sharp, clear vision can be the difference between a win and second place.” More ...

06/17/11
nassprint
France Family chooses the king of raunchy radio  UPDATE A reader writes, Dear Ar1.com, He's successful in many Florida markets, including Tampa & Jacksonville.  He recently purchased the Ocala Speedway and seems to be putting up healthy pots for the grassroots racing community.  His son is pretty successful in quarter midgets, and he funds a second car for another youngster (or at least he used to).  Is he the right person to be driving the pace car?  I don't know, but to be fair, he's more than Tony Stewart's friend.  He's more entrenched in the Florida racing scene than any celebrity driver.  Will McCarty

06/17/11 For the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona the Frances could have picked a lot of people to drive the pace car for their "Family Friendly" big event. So who did they choose? The king of raunchy radio "Bubba the Love sponge".  Not sure what their motivation is for that one. We do hear he is a close friend of Tony Stewart.
06/17/11
irl
Bernard takes no BS from Eddie Gossage  
You have to admire Randy Bernard for his honesty and integrity.  You can't say that about many people in racing
TMS President Eddie Gossage, who is never one to miss a microphone, says that if IndyCar decides to race in Houston they won't be invited back to Texas Motor Speedway.  IndyCar President Randy Bernard's response, in our words, "Go Pound Sand Eddie."

Kevin Lee: I just read something here in the last few days about Houston is a possibility for next year or in the near future. We asked Eddie Gossage about Austin last week on this show and then he moved on his own to Houston and essentially said "If they want to go to Houston, good luck because they won't be racing here anymore."

Randy Bernard: I can't make Eddie's decision for him, but Eddie won't make our decision for us. I think that we will stand firm on the decisions that we make and if that's the call Eddie makes, then that's his call. Eddie is the President of Texas Motor Speedway and Bruton Smith lets him make those decisions and as long as I'm here and I look at the opportunities that we have to take to take our sport to the next level, you can't say that Houston isn't one of the largest markets in the United States. It's the fourth largest market in the United States and it's an important one. More ...

06/17/11
irl
Milwaukee Friday News Tidbits  
Alex Tagliani's car on the hook
Tim Wohlford/AR1.com
- We can't say that the Milwaukee people aren't trying to see out the Sunday race.  Announced today is that the lowest 3 ticket tiers are "Buy one get one free."  Tickets for all of Saturday's races are only $25, and given the schedule, should give people a lot of racing for the money.  With NASCAR in Michigan (a seven hour drive), The June Sprints in Elkhart Lake (a hour and a half up the road),  Grand-Am and NASCAR Nationwide at Elkhart Lake next weekend and another IndyCar race in Iowa (no more than 7 hours away) in 7 days that's a lot of racing trying for the same dollars. Could the date have been worse?

- Milwaukee's car count is 254.  That's right, 254 race cars for this weekend.  126 are USAC quarter midgets, but 26 are Izod IndyCar entrants.  -

What's left of Meira's Dallara Honda
Tim Wohlford/AR1.com

-  Two cars had incidents during Friday's practice.  Alex Tagliani simply scrubbed the wall, and damage appeared to be limited to his front wing.  He returned to the track later in practice.  Not so lucky was Vitor Meira, who collected the wall hard and will be forced into a backup car. 

- Ilmor Engineering appears to be on target for a first run of its new "Chevrolet" IndyCar engine in October.  It is a tradition for new engine startups to be "broadcast" worldwide to all Ilmor office, with campaign following the joyful noises of a screaming motor. More ...

06/17/11
tv news
Wind Tunnel Sunday  
Featured Interview        Colin Edwards (MotoGP Rider, Tech 3 Yamaha)
Featured Interview        Carroll Shelby (Automotive and Racing Legend)
Expert Analyst              Randy Pemberton (SPEED NASCAR Reporter)

This Week’s Races:
·        CUP, Nationwide, and ARCA in Michigan
·        IndyCar in Milwaukee
·        NHRA in Bristol
·        World Superbike at Motorland Aragon in Spain
·        AMA SuperBike in Alabama
·        AMA Motocross at Budds Creek in MD

06/17/11
f1
Bahar rules out Renault F1 name change before 201  Renault plan to retain their black and gold livery next year and any renaming of the Formula One team as Lotus is out of the question until at least 2013, Group Lotus CEO Dany Bahar said on Friday.  Malaysian-owned sportscar maker Lotus last year agreed a title sponsorship deal with the team until the end of the 2017 season with the aim of becoming co-owners along with Genii Capital.

Although the team is entered as Renault F1, the French car maker sold their remaining stake in the team to Genii last year.

"We enjoy a very good relationship with our partners Genii, we are very much involved in their business, we are happy with how it's run and as things are run properly and (are) well managed there is no reason for us to do any move," Bahar told reporters at a lunch in central London.

"We are absolutely fine as it is. More ...

06/17/11
f1
HRT switching development to 2012 car  Hispania Racing’s Colin Kolles has revealed that the Spanish team will soon be moving all attention to its 2012 car. The switch will come as the new-for-2010 outfit, attempting to finish tenth in this year’s Constructors’ Championship, begins work in the Mercedes wind tunnel next month.

Hispania’s year began poorly, with the outfit missing all four pre-season tests before duly failing to qualify for the opening round in Australia. In Canada last Sunday, the team enjoying what was statistically its best ever result, with Vitantonio Liuzzi finishing 13th and ahead of both Virgin cars plus the Lotus of Jarno Trulli.

“The team in itself is a strong team with a lot of dedicated people who give 100 percent and work very hard,” Team Principal Kolles says on the Hispania website. More ...

06/17/11
track news
MIS to be repaved in 2012  Michigan International Speedway will be repaved for the fourth time in its history, track officials announced today.

Work to resurface the 43-year-old racetrack will begin immediately following this weekend’s Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 with the repave of pit road.

Repaving the rest of the track’s two-mile oval racing surface will begin immediately following the August 19 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The track was built in 1968. The track was repaved in 1977, 1986 and 1995.

“The racing surface is the heart of our business, and after careful inspection, we’ve decided it’s time to repave,” speedway President Roger Curtis said. “It’s important to note the repave will maintain the existing geometry of the racetrack; nothing will change but the surface. When finished, it will be the same racetrack the drivers love to race on, only smoother.” More ...

06/17/11
SCCA
SCCA Enterprises creates rookie of the year award for both classes  
New Logo
SCCA Enterprises Inc., which designed and produces the Spec Race Ford and Formula Enterprises cars, on Thursday unveiled the creation of the SCCA Enterprises rookie of the year award for both ranks.

The SRF is an enclosed-wheel, open-cockpit race car powered by a 1.9-liter Ford engine. The FE car is a open-wheel car with a 2.3-liter Mazda engine. The company has supplied more than 1,000 cars over the past 20 years, and its SRF and FE classes have launched the careers of numerous racers, according to SCCA Enterprises.

With that in mind, the company will present its new rookie of the year award to one driver in each class starting in 2011. More ...

06/17/11
nassprint
Family reflects on Glenn Wood's induction into NASCAR Hall  Eddie and Len Wood of Wood Brothers Racing have had an incredible year going. They won the Daytona 500 with a driver in the seat of their No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion that became immediately beloved by fans.

And on the cusp of getting fresh-faced, enthusiastic Trevor Bayne back in the driver’s seat again at their sponsor’s hometown race, the unexpected happened: For the Woods, 2011 got even better.

Glen Wood, Len and Eddie’s father and founder of the family’s dynasty, wrote down the names of the people he thought would make the 2012 Class in the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. His was not among them. But Glen, Eddie and Len went to the ceremony anyway, prepared to be happy for the inductees – all men they see as family. More ...

06/17/11
f1
Alonso ranked third richest  Fernando Alonso has been labeled the world’s third-richest international athlete, on an estimated salary of 45 million dollars (£28m). That is according to the annually published list by Sports Illustrated, which sees Grand Slam tennis star Roger Federer remain on the top spot.

With Switzerland’s Federer leading the way from Philippines boxing Champion Manny Pacquiano, Alonso is the highest-placed motorsport representative as football’s Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo round out the top five.

Other motorsport personalities to feature are Valentino Rossi (8th), Lewis Hamilton (joint 13th) and Michael Schumacher (20th).

06/17/11
irl
No Indy 500 winner at Milwaukee either  
Even the Indy 500 winner must buy a ride if he wants to race
Without a car to drive or a television commentary gig to keep him busy, Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon plans to skip the Milwaukee race weekend entirely. He continues to work toward putting together a full-season deal for 2012.

Wheldon's absence doesn't appear to be as big a promotional problem as one might have thought. McGrath said he wasn't aware of any negative feedback, and the same was the case at Texas Motor Speedway, which followed Indy on the schedule.

"Certainly you want to have the winner there if you can. You want to try to capitalize and ride the wave off the biggest sporting event in the world," said Eddie Gossage, track president at Texas.

"I'm sure it hurts attendance, but how much you can't gauge. You don't get the bump, 'The Indy 500 champ is coming to Milwaukee,' but it's not like the team or IndyCar is deliberately snubbing Texas or Milwaukee. I think people get that." JSOnline

06/17/11
irl
Milwaukee giving away tickets to fill seats  Getting a seat for the Milwaukee 225 Sunday won't be a problem.

Now getting two has become easier. The promoters added a limited buy-one-get-one-free deal to their ticket options Thursday afternoon.

Most people saw talk of a sellout as wildly optimistic when the IZOD IndyCar Series announced in September that it would return to the Milwaukee Mile. It was an understandable if unreachable goal.

But this? On first glance, at least, it smacks of desperation. More ...

06/17/11
automotive
Senate votes overwhelmingly to kill ethanol subsidy  In a stunning defeat for the ethanol industry, the Senate voted 73-27 to kill the subsidy the biofuel has had for three decades. The defeat was bipartisan. Thirty-three Republicans joined 38 Democrats and two independents in voting to terminate the 45-cent-per-gallon tax credit on July 1 along with the 54-cent tariff on imported ethanol. Most of the subsidy’s support came from Midwest senators.

The vote was largely symbolic in that the House is expected to reject the provision because tax measures are supposed to originate in the House, not in the Senate. But the sweeping defeat was a powerful indication of how the industry’s once legendary political clout on Capitol Hill has all but disappeared because of  the federal deficit and concerns about the impact of the biofuel on food prices and the environment. The subsidy and tariff are due to expire at the end of the year and the industry is trying to continue some kind of subsidy after that  to go with the annual usage mandates that require refiners  to add ethanol to gasoline. The mandate rises each year until 2015 before leveling off at 15 billion gallons. More ...

06/17/11
alms
Green GT to race hydrogen-powered LMPH2 to Le Mans 2012  
As part of the "Le Mans vers le Futur" (Le Mans Towards the Future) vehicle demonstration, the Green GT 300 kW racer and a number of other avant-garde cars were displayed during the 2011 edition of 24 Hours of Le Mans and did some laps around the famed French course. Next year, Green GT will circle the course for real with a new experimental prototype, the hydrogen-powered LMPH2.

The Swiss outfit has been invited by the ACO (Automobile Club de l'Ouest) to race as an experimental car in the 2012 Le Mans and will opt for hydrogen to store the needed energy in lieu of batteries only. The first version is expected to be completed this Fall and will have 100 kW (134 horse power) on tap while the final 300 kW (402 hp) machine should be completed in time for the event. More ...

06/17/11
nassprint
Ford working on 2013 Sprint Cup Mustang  The redesigned NASCAR Cup chassis is still 18 months away from making its on-track debut, but team owner Jack Roush said fans may soon get a sneak peek at the 2013 Ford Mustang. Speaking Wednesday during a manufacturer teleconference, Roush said NASCAR has required each of the four manufacturers to meet a series of "hard points," places where the sanctioning body wants the chassis to be similar across each make, without significant aerodynamic advantages. The key, according to Roush, is to add manufacturer-specific styling touches without affecting the competitive balance currently seen in the sport. That worked well with the new Nationwide Series car that was unveiled last season and NASCAR fully expects the 2013 rollout to go as smoothly. "I don't think it is a big challenge and it should be easily accomplished. The roof is defined. The deck lid is defined. The front fascia profile and silhouette is basically defined." That process has been under way for some time, Roush said, and the first prototypes of Ford's 2013 entry should be rolling out of the body shop soon. NASCAR.com
06/17/11
nascar
NASCAR Team Properties Named Top Sports Licensing Program  NASCAR Team Properties was named Best Sports Program of the Year by the International Licensing Industry and Merchandisers' Association (LIMA) on Tuesday night at the annual International Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, Nev. Just one year into its formation, NASCAR Team Properties was recognized by its peers in the licensing industry worldwide as having put together a landmark program which continues to transform the business. NASCAR Team Properties manages the intellectual property rights for NASCAR and participating teams in the key licensing categories of apparel, die-cast collectables, toys and trackside retail. Since its launch last year, NASCAR Team Properties has signed on renowned companies such as Lionel Electric Trains, Motorsports Authentics, Spin Master Toys and Walmart with a signature retail program. NASCAR
06/17/11
nassprint
Indiana license plate to aid Stewart's foundation  Indiana motorists will have the opportunity next year to purchase specialty license plates benefiting the charity of NASCAR driver Tony Stewart and soccer programs, among other causes. The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles approved 10 new plates Tuesday for 2012, bringing to 99 the number offered by the state. The plates cost $40, with $25 going to the plate's cause. The Indianapolis-based Tony Stewart Foundation's plate will fund grants to Indiana nonprofit groups. Other sports-themed plates are sponsored by Ducks Unlimited for wetland conservation and Indiana Soccer. Indianapolis Star
06/17/11
f1
F1 pumps $85 million into economy  
Ecclestone's hot and very rich daughters Petra (L) and Tamara (R)
It looks as if Formula One has already injected $85 million into the local economy — of Los Angeles.

The boss of Formula One is 80-year-old billionaire Bernie Ecclestone. The outspoken Ecclestone tends to make a lot of news on his own, but recently his 22-year-old daughter, Petra, has been stealing the headlines.

It has been reported that Petra bought the house built by late TV producer Aaron Spelling. The mansion, which carried a $150 million price tag, has been called the most expensive house in America.

Petra, showing the family knack for getting a bargain, reportedly paid $85 million for the 57,000 sq. foot chateau. The mansion has around 100 rooms, parking for 100 cars, a staircase like something out of “Gone with the Wind,” and a bowling alley. As if Petra is going to break a nail trying to pick up a dime store (5-10) split. More ...

06/17/11
irl
Engineers swap  This weekend in Milwaukee Alex Tagliani will again have Wheldon's Indy-winning engineer, Todd Malloy, on his car, but he'll have a new engineer for the Iowa race. That will be Nick Snyder, who won the Long Beach race with Mike Conway. It's a switch as Conway has Tagliani's Indy engineer, Allen McDonald.
06/17/11
f1
F1 news in brief - Friday  
  • Esteban Gutierrez (L) and Peter Sauber
    Exhaust clampdown going ahead after London meeting
  • Renault issues warning over 2013 engine rules dithering
  • Substitute drive too soon for Gutierrez - Sauber
  • Funding fears ease over 2012 US grand prix
  • Red Bull aims to solve KERS issues soon
  • Di Grassi begins Pirelli test at Jerez

Exhaust clampdown going ahead after London meeting
(GMM)  The FIA is pressing ahead with its clampdown on blown exhaust technology following a meeting in London.

The technical working group met with Charlie Whiting on Thursday where, despite some controversy, the FIA delegate told teams they will have to severely limit their off-throttle diffuser exhaust blowing from next month's British grand prix. More ...

06/16/11
f1
Schumacher rated greatest German sports figure  
Michael Schumacher
Germans have rated seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher their greatest sporting figure of all time, despite his so-far lackluster comeback. The Bild daily said Thursday it gave readers a choice of 50 candidates after Dirk Nowitzki last weekend became the first German to win the NBA basketball title.

It says more than 56,000 readers responded, and more than 28 percent of them chose Schumacher. In second place was football great Franz Beckenbauer, with just under 13 percent — followed by Nowitzki, with 12.4 percent.

Formula One's reigning German champion, Sebastian Vettel, was 10th with 1.8 percent of the votes.

06/16/11
gp3
Sims leads the way in Valencia  Status Grand Prix’s Alexander Sims was the fastest man on track at a scorching hot Circuit de la Comunitat Valencia-Ricardo Tormo today, after setting the best time of 1:27.394 during the morning session of Day 1 of the final two-day mid-season test.

Today marked the start of the final GP3 Series mid-season test, and with the experts predicting that temperatures could rise above thirty degrees in Valencia today, all the drivers were quick to feed out onto the track for their initial installation laps when the lights turned green. Addax Team’s Gabby Chaves was the first driver to set a benchmark time of 1:27.913, with Adrian Quaife-Hobbs second quickest for Marussia Manor. More ...
06/16/11
starmazda
Sage Karam Quickest in Thursday Star Mazda test  Sage Karam, the 2010 USF2000 champion and Mazda Road to Indy scholarship driver now competing in the 2011 Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear, made his first foray to the top of the time sheet this season, setting the fastest time in Thursday testing at the Milwaukee Mile. 

His lap – in clear and dry conditions - of 27.250 (132.110 mph) in the #88 Andretti Autosport / MAZDASPEED / Comfort Revolution Mazda was just 1/1,000th of a second shy of the official Star Mazda lap record at the Milwaukee Mile, a 27.249 set by Adrian Carrio in 2006.  However, Star Mazda recognizes lap records only when set during qualifying or the race, not practice. More ...

06/16/11
irl
IndyCar TV ratings up, helped by extra ABC race  The Izod IndyCar Series is averaging 2.3 million viewers through five races across ABC and Versus, up 28% from 1.8 million viewers through the same point last year (six races - much of the increase is attributable to one more race on ABC and one less on Versus). The series saw its signature Indianapolis 500 telecast average 6.5 million viewers this year, up 12% from last year's record-low 5.8 million viewers. Last Saturday's Firestone Twin 275s from Texas Motor Speedway averaged 525,000 viewers on Versus, making it the net's most-viewed IndyCar telecast since it began airing IndyCar races prior to the '09 season. During the '08 season, the last year that ESPN/ESPN2 aired IndyCar races, only one telecast finished with fewer than 525,000 viewers, an 11:00am ET replay of the Indy Japan 300 that had already aired live the night before. More ...
06/16/11
irl
IndyCar Thursday Notes  Sam Schmidt Motorsports, which has three pole starts and one victory in Firestone Indy Lights at Milwaukee (with Alex Lloyd in 2007), will make its first IZOD IndyCar start at the Mile. Lloyd will drive the No. 19 Boys Scouts of America car for Dale Coyne Racing this weekend. … The race will be Alex Tagliani's 165th start in a major open-wheel racing. … Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Dario Franchitti will drive the No. 10 Downy, the fabric softener from Proctor & Gamble, car. ... Drivers will have 20 uses of the Honda overtake assist, each lasting 11 seconds, over the 225 laps at Milwaukee.
06/16/11
irl
Foyt car carries tribute to fathers  Mike Jacobi of Milwaukee, whose father Kenny was an avid fan of A.J. Foyt, approached Foyt's ABC Supply team with a personal sponsorship proposal for the Milwaukee 225 that will be contested on Father's Day (June 19).

The team normally doesn't accept such offers, but because of the special circumstances team principals decided to act upon it. When Jacobi's check arrived at the team's Texas race shop, Foyt chose to return it.

"I appreciate the work my marketing team does and they don't do anything without my approval, but the more I thought about it I couldn't take money under the circumstances," said Foyt, who was a seven-time winner at the Mile. "I never do this kind of thing because it can get complicated, but this time I made an exception. I'm glad I did." More ...

06/16/11
fil
Clauson contests racing trifecta at Milwaukee  The busiest driver at the Milwaukee Mile this weekend may just be Firestone Indy Lights competitor Bryan Clauson.

The Noblesville, Ind., driver, who celebrated his 22nd birthday on June 15, will return to the wheel of Sam Schmidt Motorsports/CURB Agajanian's No. 77 Mazda Road to Indy/CURB Records car for the David Hobbs 100.

But the second of seven oval events in Clauson's 2011 Firestone Indy Lights campaign is far from the only racing he will do.

Clauson is slated to drive his Tony Stewart Racing car in the 100-mile USAC Traxxas Silver Crown race at Milwaukee on June 18 and his Corey Tucker Racing/BCI/Curb-Agajanian Midget in the 25-mile USAC Mopar National Midget feature that same day. More ...

06/16/11
irl
Viso looks forward after twin top 10s in Texas  Everyone, including E.J. Viso, took notice of his drive through the field in the first race of the Firestone Twin 275s at Texas Motor Speedway when he advanced 12 positions to finish seventh.

It was Viso's initial top 10 of the season. Then, after drawing the 29th (of 30) spot for Race 2 on the 1.5-mile oval, Viso repeated the charge by finishing 10th in the No. 59 PDVSA KV Racing Technology-Lotus car.

Fans noticed, and Viso will be rewarded in the Milwaukee 225 pre-race show with a $10k check after receiving the most votes on the Firestone Tire-ific Move of the Race (in this case races) poll on www.indycar.com. More ...

06/16/11
f1
Team Lotus to use KERS in 2012 - Fernandes  (GMM) Team Lotus' latest sponsor deal will mean the outfit runs KERS technology in 2012.

Team owner and boss Tony Fernandes announced this week the green T128 cars will begin running General Electric branding from Silverstone in July.

Asked by CNN if the wide-ranging agreement will lead to Team Lotus running energy-recovery technology in F1 next year, he said: "Without a doubt. Definitely, next year, we will have KERS ... so it's a big plus, not only financially, but technologically".

In 2011, Team Lotus is one of only a few teams not already using KERS technology.

06/16/11
f1
De la Rosa eyes another race if Perez unfit  
Pedro de la Rosa
(GMM)  If Sergio Perez has to sit out a third consecutive race, Pedro de la Rosa will occupy his Sauber seat.

Mexican Perez, 21, withdrew ill from his seat after initial Friday practice in Canada, two weeks after suffering concussion in a Monaco qualifying crash.

Sauber's managing director Monisha Kaltenborn on Thursday said the rookie is currently training in his native country.

"He is doing very well.  We see no reason why he shouldn't drive in Valencia," she told Germany's motorsport-total.com, referring to next weekend's European grand prix. More ...

06/16/11
motogp
MotoGP offers places to six new teams  Six new outfits have been offered places on the MotoGP grid for 2012. With governing body the FIM having received more applications than it anticipated, the teams in question all currently compete in either the 125cc or Moto2 classes.

‘Applications from new teams for this class exceeded the likely number of places available,’ reads an official statement. ‘Following the selection procedure it has been decided to offer additional contracts of participation with IRTA to each of the following teams, all of whom currently participate in other classes of the FIM MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix.’ More ...

06/16/11
motogp
Pedrosa receives further surgery to collarbone injury  This afternoon in Barcelona, Dani Pedrosa will receive new surgery to the right collarbone that was broken in the GP of France.

During the rehabilitation process in the past weeks a very small fragment of bone moved, therefore to aid faster healing, doctors will proceed to fix this fragment.

More details to follow after the surgery later today.

06/16/11
irl
Iowa Speedway goes green for Corn Indy 250  Iowa Speedway is going green – literally – for the IZOD IndyCar Series race on Saturday, June 25. Inspired by the environmentally-friendly “green movement”, track officials are encouraging fans to wear green apparel to the Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer. Cars will run on 100 percent corn ethanol – which has cleaner emissions and burns more efficiently than other fuel sources – during this race.

This is the first time a “color out” is being held at Iowa Speedway. More ...

06/16/11
irl
Albany start-up MoveThatBlock.com sponsoring IndyCar race  MoveThatBlock.com is not a household name, but the owners of the fast-growing, online classifieds company in Albany, New York, are raising the website’s profile by sponsoring an IndyCar race.

The MoveThatBlock.com INDY 225 will be held Aug. 14 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire.

Todd Drowlette, co-founder and chairman of MoveThatBlock.com, said the race will be broadcast on ABC and draw an estimated 1.5 million viewers.

Dario Franchitti, winner of last year’s Indy 500, Danica Patrick and Helio Castroneves are among the drivers expected to compete. More ...

06/16/11
DTM
Kristensen to replace recovering Rockenfeller  
Tom Kristensen
Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen (43) will make a comeback in the DTM this coming weekend at the Lausitzring. The Dane replaces third in the standings Mike Rockenfeller (27) at the wheel of the E-POSTBRIEF Audi A4 DTM for Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline.

Mike Rockenfeller is recovering quickly but Audi wants to be completely sure that he has sufficient time to fully regenerate following his heavy accident at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. "Knowing well that Mike is fighting for the DTM title this year his full recovery has absolute priority," says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. "After prior consultation with our team doctor I have decided to rest him this coming weekend and also for the 24 hour race at the Nürburgring for this reason." More ...
06/16/11
motogp
Ducati completes Mugello test with 2012 bike  Valentino Rossi took to the track on Wednesday as Ducati brought its latest test to a close with the new GP12. On what was the third day of the test at Mugello, the Italian rode between 11am and 6:30pm and racked up a total of 80 laps.

“It was another positive test,” said Rossi, who had taken over from Nicky Hayden.

“We had a number of things to try, including a new step with the frame that I liked. The general feeling was good. I was already happy with the engine the first time I tried it and now we’re also making progress with the rest of it. More ...

06/16/11
track news
Charlotte track re-files lawsuit against governments  Charlotte Motor Speedway owner Bruton Smith and his company, Speedway Motorsports, have refiled a lawsuit against the City of Concord and Cabarrus County in the ongoing battle over how much money the city owes Smith, and when it's due. At issue is $80 million in upgrades and incentives promised to Smith in October 2007 to persuade him not to move the track from Concord.

Smith had threatened to move CMS when city leaders balked about his development of zMax Dragway. After weeks of tense negotiation, and against a backdrop of threats to leave town by Smith, Concord and Cabarrus County leaders came up with an $80 million incentive plan that involved road improvements and upgrades to services in and near the speedway complex.

No formal agreement with a timeline for payment was established. Smith believed most of the money, $60 million, would be paid would be reimbursed within three years and the remaining $20 million within six years, but city and county leaders said that the there was no such timetable and that the money could be paid back over a period of up to forty years. Negotiations continue to take place between Smith and the civic leaders to reach a settlement in the issue. WBTV

06/16/11
irl
Andretti teammates swapping sponsors for Milwaukee  
Hunter-Reay normally carries the DHL/Sun Drop colors
The cars of Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay and Mike Conway will swap sponsors for this weekend's Milwaukee 225 IndyCar race. Conway's No. 27 entry will carry the colors of Team DHL/Sun Drop citrus soda, while Hunter-Reay, whose car is normally backed by those companies, will be driving a Team GoDaddy.com entry at the Milwaukee Mile. GoDaddy has sponsored Conway previously, as well as teammate Danica Patrick.

"We had a good test at Milwaukee a couple weeks back, so I'm looking forward to getting back out on track there with the DHL/Sun Drop car," said Conway. "We need a strong result and some good points if we want to get back into the top 10 in the championship. Hopefully, the whole Andretti team will have a good showing this weekend." More ...
06/16/11
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The Future of Motorsport Q&A Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich  Audi have long been exponents of the optimization of internal combustion engines and lightweight construction, feeling that this is more efficient than hybrid or electric propulsion. Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, Wolfgang Egger, Head of Design of Audi and Michael Splett, Strategic Corporate Planning, discussed just how the future of motorsport could look.

Dr. Ullrich, will there be alternatives to petrol and diesel engines in the future in motorsport? Could you imagine races with electric vehicles?
Dr. Ullrich: There are already races for electric vehicles. This will become increasingly pertinent in the future. I am, however, convinced that the combustion engine will at least be present at the pinnacle of motorsport in forthcoming years – probably in association with intelligent recovery systems. For example, in the form of reusing stored braking energy. In motorsport everybody is developing such systems at the moment. More ...
06/16/11
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McLaren hoping to benefit from blown exhaust ban  (GMM)  McLaren is hoping the blown exhaust crackdown gives the MP4-26 a big performance boost in qualifying.

With their race pace now close, McLaren believes a big reason for its qualifying deficit is due to Red Bull's perfection of the blown exhaust strategy on Saturday.

"It's quite possible we will close up in qualifying by half a second (if there is a ban)," McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh is quoted by Auto Motor und Sport.

Jenson Button told Blick: "They (Red Bull) use the exhaust gases into the diffuser non-stop on a qualifying lap, but not in the race." More ...

06/16/11
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Schumacher to discuss future 'at right time'  
Even at age 42 Schumacher still gives the young lads a run for their money
(GMM)  Not long after some were calling time on Michael Schumacher's poor comeback, the seven time world champion raced almost to the podium in the chaotic Canadian grand prix.

"That's sport; the situation changes quickly," said Mercedes' motor racing vice-president Norbert Haug.

"It showed he can still do a good job if we can give him the right car," the German is quoted by Italy's Tuttosport.

Haug told L'Equipe: "It's like what happened with his brother Ralf in DTM.  He had a lot of criticism but is now doing good results." More ...

06/16/11
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Ecclestone and others defend aggressive Hamilton  
Lewis Hamilton muscles his way around people
(GMM)  Bernie Ecclestone has leapt to Lewis Hamilton's defense amid criticism of the 2008 world champion's recent driving tactics.

Commentators including Niki Lauda have harshly criticized the 26-year-old for his recent aggressive driving, including crashes and controversy at the most recent grands prix in Monaco and Canada.

But F1 chief executive Ecclestone insisted: "People have been wrong to rubbish Lewis.

"What we want is people racing, and all the people who watch it want that," he told the Independent. More ...

06/16/11
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FIA confirm no Bahrain GP  UPDATE (GMM)  The 2011 Bahrain grand prix saga came to a conclusion on Wednesday when the FIA confirmed Sakhir will not host a race later this season.

Without actually mentioning the troubled island Kingdom, the governing body said a fax vote of the World Motor Sport Council had ratified the calendar that was "originally proposed" for the 2011 world championship.

The FIA said the vote was "unanimous", even though the same word was used for the recent reinstatement of the Bahrain race for 30 October.

However, India will now host its inaugural grand prix on its original 30 October weekend, with the season ending a month later rather than in mid December. More ...

06/15/11
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Dyson Racing to Enter Second Lola for Remainder of the ALMS Season  Dyson Racing will enter a second LMP1 car in the remaining seven races of the American Le Mans Series starting with the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park on July 9th.  The #20 Oryx Dyson Racing Lola Mazda will be driven by Humaid Al Masaood and Steven Kane.

"I am delighted to have put this program together," said Chris Dyson, Vice President and Sporting Director of Dyson Racing. "It's a great compliment to our championship efforts in the ALMS and we are thrilled to bring back the 20 car. I have been so impressed with Humaid, Steven and all the guys from Oryx Racing. Humaid has the passion, the focus and the drive that is necessary to succeed in top-line motorsport.  He has surrounded himself with really capable people.  Their vision and their priorities mirror ours, and this will truly enhance our effort. Steven is a great combination of speed and positive energy, and his technical feedback is superb.  We welcome them to the team and we look forward to a great future of working together with Oryx Racing in the longer term." More ...

06/15/11
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Q and A with IndyCar driver Will Power  IZOD IndyCar Series driver Will Power participated in a teleconference today to preview this weekend's Milwaukee 225.  Selected quotes are below.

Q. As I mentioned, Will leads the points standings by 21 points over Dario Franchitti heading into this weekend's Milwaukee 225.

Will, you got that first win on an oval last weekend at Texas. How much confidence does that give you heading into Milwaukee, a place you say you love?

WILL POWER: Yeah, it's always a boost when you win a race. I'm just enjoying ovals a lot this year. I know the result at Indy wasn't really what we wanted, but still I really, really had fun in the race, felt great in the car. Obviously the same with Texas.

But, yeah, I'd have to say I was very, very excited to get my first win. It was like the first time I ever won a race is what it felt like. It was a very good feeling and it was basically like a home race to me because my wife is from there, all her family were there at the track. Yeah, just a very good day. More ...

06/15/11
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Upcoming IndyCar test days  Pippa Mann, whose first IZOD IndyCar Series race was the Indianapolis 500 on May 29, will drive a Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing car in a private test July 5 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

On June 14, the team announced that Mann will compete at New Hampshire, Kentucky and Las Vegas.

Series points leader Will Power, driving the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car, also will test on the 1.058-mile oval that day. The series returns the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Aug. 14.

Other test dates upcoming include Sarah Fisher Racing's Ed Carpenter at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on June 29, Team Penske's Helio Castroneves, Ryan Briscoe and Power at Mid-Ohio on June 29, and Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti at Sebring International Raceway on June 30.

06/15/11
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Dale Coyne Racing rolls strike  More than 70 million people a year bowl, according to Bart Burger, vice president of business development for the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America. Wisconsin has more than 300 bowling centers. The IZOD IndyCar Series and its Mazda Road to Indy ladder series competes in Milwaukee this weekend.

Hey, how about a cross-promotion?

"It makes great sense to be represented in one of the greatest venues," Burger said about the associate sponsorship program between GoBowling.com and Dale Coyne Racing for the Milwaukee 225 at the Milwaukee Mile (3:30 p.m. ET on ABC).

GoBowling.com branding will be on the No. 19's engine cover. GoBowling.com serves as the consumer connection to bowling promotions, endorsements and league information at more than 4,000 bowling centers nationwide. More ...

06/15/11
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Q&A with Sam Michael  Williams technical director Sam Michael looks back at an exciting Canadian GP in which Rubens Barrichello scored two points for the team.

Q. Rubens scored more points for AT&T Williams in the Canadian Grand Prix. How would you sum up the performance of the FW33 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve?
SM: "We made some good progress in the right direction this weekend, in particular with the development of our exhaust blown diffuser."

Q. How did the car's aerodynamic updates perform?
SM: "We raced a new diffuser, brake ducts and barge boards in Canada. We also had a development to the front wing, although we didn't race that due to the characteristics not suiting the Montréal circuit." More ...

06/15/11
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Paffett extends Mercedes DTM contract  McLaren reserve driver Gary Paffett has extended his Mercedes DTM contract, confirming his long-term commitment to the German touring car championship. The Englishman, who clinched the title in 2005, is the first driver to be signed by the silver arrows prior to the introduction of the series’ new technical regulations next year.

“I am delighted to continue my relationship with Mercedes-Benz for the long-term,” comments the 30-year-old from Bromley. “We have worked together for a long time, enjoyed a lot of success and I feel a big part of this successful racing family. More ...

06/15/11
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NASCAR joins with Spin Master for merchandising program  NASCAR Team Properties and Spin Master Ltd. have joined forces to connect with, and help build, a new generation of fans for the sport. In a strategic effort to build its merchandising program and to further its reach with the youth demographic, NASCAR has chosen Spin Master to inject excitement, innovation, and fun into its toys and merchandise. As the primary toy licensee, Spin Master's line of products will begin hitting store shelves in 2012.

The multi-year agreement provides Spin Master with exclusive licensing rights for NASCAR branded toy categories including replica vehicles, play sets, action figures, remote control items and much more. Not only will these Spin Master NASCAR items be sold at mass market retailers, but also at online e-commerce sites and specialty retailers nationwide.

Spin Master's Air Hogs, the largest radio-controlled toy brand in the world, is a sponsoring partner with Jr. Motorsports, and will be the primary sponsor of driver Josh Wise and the #7 Chevy car at the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Michigan this Saturday, June 18. NASCAR

06/15/11
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Button denies wanting long-term McLaren deal  (GMM)  Jenson Button has eased speculation he is set to sign a long-term contract with McLaren.

The 2009 world champion, who joined the Woking based team last year as the reigning title winner, said earlier this year he might stay "for three years, five years ... I don't know".

Team boss Martin Whitmarsh added: "If Jenson says he is totally committed and wants to do 'x' more years, then I suspect that we could quickly come to an agreement."

But after Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso recently signed new long-term contracts, Button on Wednesday denied he is poised to do the same. More ...

06/15/11
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Staying put makes 'more sense' than Ferrari switch - Webber  (GMM)  Moving to Ferrari would be interesting but staying at Red Bull makes more sense, according to Mark Webber.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said in Montreal that it is likely the 34-year-old Australian will extend his contract to stay with the dominant team in 2012.

But, after challenging for last year's title, he has had a difficult start to his 2011 campaign while teammate Sebastian Vettel dominated.

And the pair, separated in age by more than a decade, are clearly not best friends.

Asked by Germany's Sport Bild if he speaks a lot with his German teammate behind the scenes, Webber answered: "No.  Why?  There's no reason for it." More ...

06/15/11
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M&Ms Makes Race Day More Fun With New 5 Characters, 5 Cars Promotion  M&Ms fans, start your engines! Mars Chocolate North America announced today that it is revving up race day excitement among all consumers with the launch of the 5 Characters, 5 Cars...Pick the Car You Want! promotion. Consumers will purchase participating M&Ms items from specially marked displays in stores and enter a UPC code online for their chance to win one of five Toyota models from the sweepstakes drawing.

Each car is aligned with a different fun-loving M&Ms Character: Red with the Toyota Tundra, Yellow with the FJ Cruiser, Green with the Camry, Orange with the Prius and Blue with the 4Runner – as consumers enter the sweepstakes, they will choose which of the five cars they would like to be eligible to win. With each sweepstakes entry, consumers also have a chance to instantly win additional prizes including NASCAR® merchandise, gas cards and cash. More ...

06/15/11
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Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday  UPDATE Update show in Red below.

06/15/11
  • Is Red Bull's blown exhaust the secret to their dominance?
    Red Bull rivals to eye Silverstone exhaust clampdown
  • Alguersuari 'ready for better team' - Gene
  • Heidfeld eyes Renault seat beyond Kubica comeback
  • Haug: That was vintage Schumacher
  • Kubica undergoes successful operation
  • Mercedes too weak technically to compete in 2011 - Brawn New

Red Bull rivals to eye Silverstone exhaust clampdown
(GMM)  It is no coincidence that Ferrari has earmarked Silverstone as a key indicator for its approach to the remainder of 2011.

With Red Bull apparently running away with the title, Ferrari has not ruled out switching its focus to next season after July's British race.

It is at Silverstone that the FIA's controversial clampdown on blown exhaust technology, to be confirmed after a technical meeting in London this week, is expected to take effect. More ...

06/15/11
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Video: Tony Stewart drives Lewis Hamilton's F1 car  
06/15/11
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Grand-Am banquet in Cleveland  GRAND-AM Road Racing has announced that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, will host the 2011 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Awards Celebration presented by SunTrust.  The year-end event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 18, the day after the season-ending race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

"This is a unique setting and a unique punctuation for an outstanding season," said GRAND-AM President Tom Bledsoe. "It will be a great night for recognizing our champions and looking back at the many accomplishments from a very competitive year." More ...

06/15/11
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Interview with Force India’s Adrian Sutil  
Adrian Sutil
Despite an effective strategy in Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix, Adrian Sutil was unable to make the most of a race which featured a collision under Safety Car conditions and a drive-through penalty. The German Force India drivers shares his version of events.

Adrian, how did things go at the original start?
After the start I had quite a big problem with the Wet tires. The pressures went up too high and I had no chance. So then I decided to go in the pits and take an Intermediate set, and it was quite good at that time, but just for a few laps. Then the rain became really heavy and I was lucky that they stopped the race, otherwise I would have had to come in for another pit-stop.

What was it like to have to wait for two hours?
I was sitting in my garage, so it was okay. I was hoping to start the race and I was wondering how long we could actually wait and what was the deadline. So it was nice that we could restart it again and also go the full race distance. More ...

06/15/11
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Who should be cast in Slingshot, the Bill Caswell movie?  
Jeremy Renner as Bill Caswell
Hurt Locker star Jeremy Renner will produce and star in "Slingshot," based on Bill Caswell's BMW rally-underdog story.

The film will tell the true story of Bill Caswell, an unemployed racing freak who famously bought a $500 BMW jalopy off Craigslist and used it to beat $400,000-plus rally cars in the Mexican leg of the World Rally Championships.

Caswell went up against pro teams in the Mexican event in a 1991 BMW 318i. Formerly a finance banker, Caswell left his job in 2009 to focus on rally racing in cars that he built, modified and fabricated himself -- and gained recognition by placing third in the Rally America class of Rally Mexico. More ...

06/15/11
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Video: Lewis Hamilton & Tony Stewart swap rides  Lewis Hamilton & Tony Stewart swap rides at Watkins Glen on June 14, 2011

06/15/11
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Hamilton gives Stewart a driving lesson  Watch as Lewis Hamilton takes Tony Stewart's Sprint Cup car around Watkins Glen International Raceway Tuesday and executes perfect 4-wheel drift slides on the damp track

06/15/11
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Beckman anxious to get to Bristol  Noise is a staple of drag racing regardless of the venue, but for Jack Beckman, driver of the Aaron’s Dream Machine/Valvoline Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car, the reverberation of the nitro machines here this weekend at Bristol Dragway is unique.

“When a nitro car, either a Funny Car or Top Fuel dragster, starts up in the pits here at Bristol Dragway, you hear the sound in the valley four times,” said the Don Schumacher Racing driver. “No other place on the circuit has the acoustics of Thunder Valley, which just adds another dimension to the spectacle that is NHRA Full Throttle drag racing.

“For the Aaron’s/Valvoline Funny Car team we want to do a startup four times during Sunday’s eliminations (for the 11th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals) which means we’ve made it back to a final round. The last race (in Englishtown, N.J.) was the first early departure (pre-semifinals as he lost in the quarterfinals) for us in a while and we want to show everyone that was just a fluke.” More ...

06/15/11
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Massey hunts for third-consecutive win this weekend  Spencer Massey, winner of the last two NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series events, wants to emulate his “hometown” Dallas Mavericks by continuing his winning ways this weekend here at the Thunder Valley Nationals on the road to a NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel championship.

The Fort Worth native and resident, who lost his ride following a rookie-of-the-year 2009 season when his team lost its sponsorship – like his basketball compatriots – is living a dream in 2011 driving the FRAM/Prestone Top Fuel dragster for Don Schumacher Racing.

“It’s unbelievable,” said the 28-year-old who comes into this weekend’s race holding second place in the Top Fuel standings. “Driving a dragster is what I always dreamed of doing and driving for this organization, with this great FRAM team, is beyond even my wildest expectations. More ...

06/15/11
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Bernard, Franchitti agree: review format  INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard and reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti huddled in the cramped hallway of the Bull and Finch Pub (the “Cheers” bar) prior to introducing MoveThatBlock.com as the title sponsor of the August race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to discuss the blind draw that set the grid for the second of the Firestone Twin 275s less than 48 hours earlier at Texas Motor Speedway.

Franchitti, who as the winner of Race 1 in the No. 10 Huggies car for Target Chip Ganassi Racing selected last in the 30-driver field, was vocal in questioning the credibility of the format following the second race won by Team Penske’s Will Power.

It’s not that he started 28th mind you; he weaved through the caution-free and fast (206 mph-plus average speed) to finish seventh. He believes the race would have been more entertaining for spectators, TV viewers and drivers if the Race 1 order of finish would have been inverted for Race 2. That was the case of the 17 Indy car doubleheaders from 1967-81. More ...

06/15/11
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Q and A with Trevor Bayne  
Trevor Bayne
Trevor Bayne, driver of the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion, has had a season of extremes - from winning the Daytona 500 to sitting out with an unknown illness. Now he's back on track with a third-place finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series already under his belt. This week he'll pull double-duty with his Nationwide car and return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at his sponsor's hometown race.

ADDITIONAL QUOTES: Two weeks remain to vote in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Paint Scheme Contest. The Wood Bros.' No. 21 will sport the winning paint scheme, designed by a child with Type 1 diabetes, when the Sprint Cup Series returns to Michigan in the fall. More ...

06/15/11
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New infield scoreboard among latest upgrades at Michigan Speedway  It’s been another busy offseason of makeovers at Michigan International Speedway.

Fans attending the ARCA, NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Sprint Cup series events at MIS this weekend will notice plenty of changes, including a new tower scoreboard in the infield, an expansion of the pedestrian tunnel under the race track at the start/finish line and the removal of three grandstands between turns 3 and 4.

The latest improvements are part of nearly $60 million in upgrades at MIS during the past five years. More ...
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