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06/19/10
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Iowa Corn 250 Saturday Notebook  This is the fourth IZOD IndyCar Series event at Iowa Speedway. Dario Franchitti won the race in 2009. Scott Dixon holds the single-lap qualifying record with a lap of 17.6486 seconds, 182.360 mph set in June 2007. Past winners Dario Franchitti  (2007 and 2009), and Dan Wheldon are entered in the event.

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Medical update from Dr. Geoffrey Billows, IRL medical official: Hideki Mutoh and Alex Lloyd are cleared to compete this weekend. Mutoh crashed at a test at Iowa Speedway on June 9, Lloyd had an emergency appendectomy on June 11. More ...

06/19/10
starmazda
Daly Dominates at Iowa Speedway  In an astounding and exciting 100-lap run, Conor Daly dominated tonight's Pizza Ranch 100 at Iowa Speedway leading every lap from green to checkered, clocking in the fastest lap time of 22.095 and stealing his fourth consecutive win of the 2010 Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear.  Daly's win tonight also marks the second win in a row at Iowa Speedway for Juncos Racing who won the first annual Pizza Ranch 100 event in 2009 with driver Peter Dempsey.  To even further his impressive accomplishments, Daly now leads the driver's championship by an overwhelming 45 points to Andersen Racing's Anders Krohn. More ...
06/19/10
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Saavedra wins follow-the-leader IndyLights parade  Sebastian Saavedra, who started from the pole in the No. 29 William Rast/Bryan Herta Autosport car, held off Martin Plowman by 0.4820 of a second to win the AvoidTheStork.com 100 under the lights at Iowa Speedway on June 19.  There were no lead changes in this snoozefest.

It was the third career Firestone Indy Lights victory and first of the season for Saavedra, who gave Bryan Herta Autosport its second Firestone Indy Lights victory. Championship points leader J.K. Vernay of Sam Schmidt Motorsports finished 1.36 seconds back and Adrian Campos Jr. posted a career-best fourth in the No. 22 TMR-Xtreme Coil Drilling car.

Results

1.  (1) Sebastian Saavedra,  115, Running
2.  (2) Martin Plowman,  115, Running
3.  (3) J.K. Vernay,  115, Running
4.  (5) Adrian Campos Jr,  115, Running
5.  (9) James Hinchcliffe,  115, Running
6.  (7) Philip Major,  115, Running
7.  (4) Stefan Wilson,  115, Running
8.  (8) Pippa Mann,  115, Running
9.  (12) Dan Clarke,  114, Running
10.  (11) Rodrigo Barbosa,  112, Running
11.  (6) Gustavo Yacaman,  88, Contact                                       
12.  (10) Brandon Wagner,  47, Mechanical
13.  (13) Charlie Kimball,  0, Contact                                         

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 00:46:10.0471
Winners average speed:  133.614
Margin of victory: .4820 of a second
Cautions: 2 for 15 laps
Lead changes: None
Lap Leaders: Saavedra 1 - 115
Point Standings: Vernay 192, Kimball 169, Hinchcliffe 164, Saavedra 160, Plowman 160, Wilson 128, Major 118, Yacaman 106, Campos 98, Mann 98.

Quotes

SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA (No. 29 William Rast/Bryan Herta Autosport, Winner of AvoidtheStork.com 100): "The No. 29 car was amazing. I'm very glad everything worked out this way. You couldn't imagine how good this car was. Those last 10 laps were crazy. I wanted to make the right decisions and not risk crashing. I saw these guys were coming fast, but we pulled through and I'm very happy. This victory tastes even sweeter after those last 10 laps.

MARTIN PLOWMAN (No. 27 Automatic Fire Sprinklers/KEP Printing, finished second): "It was one of the most intense races I have had in my life. I had a really good start and then J.K. Vernay got a jump on me in Turn 1. I was able to then hold him off and get back to second. For the first 30 or 40 laps it was just between me and Sebastian, we were pulling away from the field. Then the yellow flag came out and that was a very unfortunate time because that was when I was going to start putting the pressure on him to get the lead. Toward the end, Vernay was putting a lot of pressure on me and Sebastian was creeping away. Vernay was on my tail for the last restart, but I had a good one and got a decent lead on him. Sebastian got in traffic and I thought it may be my day, but at the end I just couldn't catch him. It was a great day for us and great for the points."

J.K. VERNAY (No. 7 Lucas Oil/ CJ/Sam Schmidt Motorsports, finished third): I started P2 and I was able to stay in my position until the yellow flag. My restart was pretty good, but didn't keep me there. I have a lot to learn, but I feel it was a really good performance. Another podium is good for the championship. It was a good weekend, the car was great and the team did a wonderful job. I have to be focused moving into the next race. A track like Watkins Glen can be difficult especially since I don't know the track. We won at St. Pete and Barber and I am confident we could do it again.

ADRIAN CAMPOS JR. (No. 22 TMR - Xtreme Coil Drilling, finished fourth): "The car was awesome. I was flat until the last corner. I'm learning so much here on ovals. For my second race, finishing fourth isn't bad. We're improving and getting closer to the front every race. I'm happy. I did a good job on the restart and overtook two guys. I'm just so happy and grateful to the team."

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 2 TMR - Xtreme Coil Drilling, finished fifth): "We had a really fast car, we proved that in qualifying by having the fast first lap but then we had a little bit of a fuel issue that left us starting ninth. I knew it was going to be a tough race trying to get up there. Our car was really good on the bottom. We could run low all day long. Some of these guys could only run half a car length off the line. We probably passed more cars than anyone else in that race. They guys in the front sort of held station. We were on the move there and then spent so many laps stuck behind Stefan Wilson. I knew we had a faster car but credit to him, he didn't make a mistake."

06/19/10
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IndyCar’s New Hope - Push a Button, Then Pull Away  The Indy Racing League’s new “push to pass” button was designed to give drivers an extra boost at critical points in a race.

At the short-oval Iowa Speedway, one little push will last more than half a lap, and that could make for some very interesting racing Sunday at the Iowa 250.

The button, introduced by the I.R.L. last August, will be used on a short oval for the first time at the 0.875-of-a-mile Iowa Speedway, the only track that small left on the circuit.

“I definitely think it’s going to be interesting,” the Andretti Autosport driver Tony Kanaan said. “We don’t realize how big of a difference it makes until we get in and press that thing.” More ...

06/19/10
starmazda
Daly wins Star Mazda pole  American Conor Daly has taken his third pole of the season with a new track record lap of 21.933 sec. and will start his (#22 Juncos Racing / INDECK / The College Network / Merchant Services Ltd. Mazda from the inside row in this evening's second annual 100-lap Star Mazda Championship Pizza Ranch 100.  The official record of 20.200 sec. was set in 2009 by fellow Juncos driver Peter Dempsey, who went on to win from the pole.

Daly, winner of three races so far this season and currently leading the championship battle with 172 points, led a 5-car assault on the lap record set by Dempsey last year.  Qualifying second and starting alongside Daly on the front row tonight was Brazilian driver Joao Victor Horto, driving the #18 Team Apex / Wabash Capital Investments Mazda.  Horto, who scored a podium finish on Memorial Weekend in the Night Before the 500 at O'Reilly Raceway Park, and is is currently fourth in the championship turned a lap of 22.084 sec.  Starting third, on the inside of the second row, will be Quebec driver Mikael Grenier with a lap of 22.094 sec in his #17 Andersen Racing / Slow Cow / April Super Flow / NAPA Auto Parts / HS Telecom / Desharnais Mazda. More ...

06/19/10
motogp
Lorenzo rockets to Silverstone pole  Jorge Lorenzo secured his first pole position of the 2010 campaign for the AirAsia British Grand Prix after an exciting qualifying practice at Silverstone. The World Championship leader battled with Randy de Puniet through the latter stages of the session, finally edging the Frenchman out with a best time of 2’03.308.

De Puniet had stunned the rest of the field with 15 minutes to go when he stripped half a second off Lorenzo’s top time, and the LCR Honda man looked on course for his first ever premier class pole when he again improved on that. However, his 2’03.434 was eventually the second fastest time as Lorenzo took pole back, and the Frenchman was left to be satisfied with his first front row start since Assen 2007. De Puniet also experienced a fall right at the end of the session as he pushed hard, one which he escaped uninjured. More ...

06/19/10
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Briscoe tops 2nd IndyCar practice in Iowa  
Pos Driver Team No. Time Speed Diff. Gap
1 Ryan Briscoe Team Penske 6 00:17.7791 181.022 --.---- --.----
2 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport 26 00:17.7806 181.006 0.0015 0.0015
3 Will Power Team Penske 12 00:17.7919 180.891 0.0128 0.0113
4 Dario Franchitti Target Chip Ganassi Racing 10 00:17.8012 180.797 0.0221 0.0093
5 Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi Racing 9 00:17.8096 180.712 0.0305 0.0084
6 Vitor Meira A.J. Foyt Enterprises 14 00:17.8101 180.706 0.0310 0.0005
7 Dan Wheldon Panther Racing 4 00:17.8266 180.539 0.0475 0.0165
8 Justin Wilson Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 22 00:17.8390 180.414 0.0599 0.0124
9 Tony Kanaan Andretti Autosport 11 00:17.8775 180.025 0.0984 0.0385
10 Helio Castroneves Team Penske 3 00:17.8821 179.979 0.1030 0.0046
11 Mario Moraes KV Racing Technology 32 00:17.9019 179.780 0.1228 0.0198
12 Takuma Sato KV Racing Technology 5 00:17.9095 179.704 0.1304 0.0076
13 Alex Lloyd Dale Coyne Racing 19 00:17.9225 179.573 0.1434 0.0130
14 Alex Tagliani FAZZT Race Team 77 00:17.9310 179.488 0.1519 0.0085
15 E.J. Viso KV Racing Technology 8 00:17.9527 179.271 0.1736 0.0217
16 Milka Duno Dale Coyne Racing 18 00:17.9801 178.998 0.2010 0.0274
17 Graham Rahal Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 24 00:17.9883 178.916 0.2092 0.0082
18 Raphael Matos de Ferran Dragon Racing 2 00:17.9986 178.814 0.2195 0.0103
19 Bertrand Baguette Conquest Racing 36 00:18.0228 178.574 0.2437 0.0242
20 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 37 00:18.0258 178.544 0.2467 0.0030
21 Simona De Silvestro Team Stargate Worlds/HVM 78 00:18.0262 178.540 0.2471 0.0004
22 Danica Patrick Andretti Autosport 7 00:18.0887 177.923 0.3096 0.0625
23 Sarah Fisher Sarah Fisher Racing 67 00:18.1684 177.143 0.3893 0.0797
24 Mario Romancini Conquest Racing 34 00:18.2472 176.378 0.4681 0.0788
25 Hideki Mutoh Newman/Haas Racing 06 00:18.5436 173.559 0.7645 0.2964
06/19/10
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Kanaan tops opening IndyCar practice in Iowa  
Pos Driver/Team No. Time Speed Diff Gap Laps
1 Tony Kanaan Andretti Autosport 11 00:17.7485 181.334 --.---- --.---- 60
2 Will Power Team Penske 12 00:17.7626 181.190 0.0141 0.0141 76
3 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport 26 00:17.7673 181.142 0.0188 0.0047 29
4 Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi Racing 9 00:17.8554 180.248 0.1069 0.0881 57
5 Dario Franchitti Target Chip Ganassi Racing 10 00:17.8973 179.826 0.1488 0.0419 53
6 Dan Wheldon Panther Racing 4 00:17.8983 179.816 0.1498 0.0010 37
7 Ryan Briscoe Team Penske 6 00:17.9316 179.482 0.1831 0.0333 66
8 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 37 00:17.9576 179.222 0.2091 0.0260 62
9 Helio Castroneves Team Penske 3 00:17.9578 179.220 0.2093 0.0002 54
10 Alex Tagliani FAZZT Race Team 77 00:18.0188 178.613 0.2703 0.0610 59
11 Justin Wilson Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 22 00:18.0204 178.598 0.2719 0.0016 50
12 Alex Lloyd Dale Coyne Racing 19 00:18.0519 178.286 0.3034 0.0315 59
13 Takuma Sato KV Racing Technology 5 00:18.0736 178.072 0.3251 0.0217 64
14 Graham Rahal Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 24 00:18.1328 177.491 0.3843 0.0592 40
15 Danica Patrick Andretti Autosport 7 00:18.1513 177.310 0.4028 0.0185 38
16 Vitor Meira A.J. Foyt Enterprises 14 00:18.1609 177.216 0.4124 0.0096 66
17 Raphael Matos de Ferran Dragon Racing 2 00:18.2194 176.647 0.4709 0.0585 47
18 Mario Moraes KV Racing Technology 32 00:18.2396 176.451 0.4911 0.0202 18
19 E.J. Viso KV Racing Technology 8 00:18.2545 176.307 0.5060 0.0149 57
20 Milka Duno Dale Coyne Racing 18 00:18.2708 176.150 0.5223 0.0163 55
21 Simona De Silvestro Team Stargate Worlds/HVM 78 00:18.4767 174.187 0.7282 0.2059 48
22 Bertrand Baguette Conquest Racing 36 00:18.5698 173.314 0.8213 0.0931 59
23 Hideki Mutoh Newman/Haas Racing 06 00:18.6596 172.480 0.9111 0.0898 36
24 Sarah Fisher Sarah Fisher Racing 67 00:19.0669 168.795 1.3184 0.4073 24
25 Mario Romancini Conquest Racing 34 00:19.1079 168.433 1.3594 0.0410 42
06/19/10
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Sorenson in the #83 car for 3 races  Reed Sorenson is scheduled to drive three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races for Red Bull Racing, but the organization may make more driver changes with it's #83 team as the season progresses. Sorenson will take over the driving duties when the series travels to New Hampshire next week, as will be in the car for races at Daytona and Chicago. "I would venture to say the next three is certainly possible, because you have a natural break with the off weekend [after Chicago]," Red Bull Racing General Manager Jay Frye said Friday at Infineon Raceway.

"We understand it's not fair to throw somebody in the car for a week, necessarily; we try to do a little program with them." Swedish driver Mattias Ekstrom, a former DTM champion in Germany, is competing for the team in this weekend's Toyota Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway. [Url:SceneDaily]http://www.scenedaily.com/news/articles/sprintcupseries/Reed_Sorenson_to_compete_in_at_least_three_races_with_Red_Bull_Racing__.html][url]
06/19/10
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Stoneman wins first F2 race at Zolder  
Dean Stoneman took a polished victory in the opening race at Zolder, converting his second pole position of the year into his second win - closing the gap to championship leader Jolyon Palmer in the process. The Briton looked assured throughout, leading from the start and negotiating a safety car period in the middle of the race to eventually win by more than seven seconds - even setting the fastest lap of the race on his final tour to underline his dominance. "The car felt really good,"

Stoneman said. "I knew I was consistent in the race and I was able to keep my last six boosts for the final two laps, and I was able to set my fastest time on the very last lap. Hopefully I can carry on getting to the top of the podium but you never know what will happen in the next race."

Jolyon Palmer ensured he maintained the championship lead courtesy of a strong drive to second, having started the race from fifth. The 19-year-old made a stellar start, grabbing fourth off the line from Armaan Ebrahim before taking a further two positions in quick succession on the opening lap - claiming third from Kazim Vasiliauskas on the exit of the Kleine Chicane and then second with a pass on Benjamin Bailly on the run down to Butte. More ...
06/19/10
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Hamlin continues on NASCAR's 'fake' cautions  Denny Hamlin maintained his belief that NASCAR throws debris cautions when it wants at times, echoing similar statements after last weekend's win at Michigan. Hamlin was asked on Friday at Infineon Raceway about any feedback he had heard from his comments last week about how he expected a debris caution late in that race (as he held a 10-second lead) and how he understood it was best for the fans to have the field closer.

Here's what Hamlin said Friday: "At no point was I the one to get pissed off about that caution because I knew it was going to happen,'' Hamlin said.

"Legitimate or not, the odds are that we were going to have some non-wreck caution in the last half of the race. Pocono it was the same way (the last of 3 debris cautions in the race came 25 laps from the end), we had a long green flag spell and I knew it was going to be a matter of time before we see a caution for one reason or another. I think there's always debris around the track. Without a doubt you can call anything debris. I can look out right now and I can see debris pretty close to the race track (as he looked out the window to the track). You can say that's a legitimate safety hazard. I think it's the timing there. It is right there. Let's pick it up to tighten things up. Let's regroup. For the sake of show, it's OK but the sake of competition it's not always the right thing. I think if we weren't talking about that last week, if NASCAR would have let it go, then people were going to be talking about a boring race. That's something that we don't need right now.'' Virginian Pilot

[Editor's Note:  Is NASCAR a racing series or a 3-ring circus.  Artificial cautions make NASCAR look like a farce - totally unprofessional.  No wonder TV ratings and attendance are sinking like a lead anchor.  Even the NASCAR Bubbas are starting to see NASCAR for what is has become, a show, not a sport.]

06/19/10
f1
Trulli to get new chassis  Jarno Trulli will be given a new chassis ahead of the European Grand Prix in Valencia – but only after seeking assurances that team-mate Heikki Kovalainen would not feel that the Italian was being favored.

Lotus had scheduled to give the upgrade to Heikki Kovalainen in Valencia. However, after struggling with balance issues, it was thought that Trulli was the more appropriate candidate.

“Jarno has been pretty unhappy with the balance of his car and has been struggling,” Technical chief Mike Gascoyne told Autosport. “We have a new chassis scheduled to come for Valencia, and that was due to go to Heikki. More ...

06/19/10
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Bridgestone: No Canada repeat in Valencia  Bridgestone does not expect its tires to suffer the same degradation in Valencia as in Canada.  Although the Japanese manufacturer is bringing the same Super-Soft and Medium compounds to the Spanish circuit, the harder track surface, combined with the higher track temperatures are expected to keep the rubber in a better condition.

“The layout and track surface is more aggressive to the tires than in Montreal so we do not expect the same challenge for teams to get maximum performance from the medium and super soft compounds as in Canada.” Bridgestone’s director of motorsport tire development Hirohide Hamashima is quoted as saying by Autosport. More ...

06/19/10
nascan
Canadian Tire announces new racing sponsorships  Canadian Tire automotive revved into high gear today by announcing an exciting lineup of auto racing sponsorships and sponsored drivers for the country's biggest races of the year. Currently in its fourth year as the title sponsor of the NASCAR Canadian Tire series, which runs 13 races from Antigonish, NS, to Vernon, BC, Canadian Tire added the Honda Indy in Edmonton, the Honda Indy Toronto and the NASCAR Nationwide at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal to its significant racing presence. Canadian Tire today also announced a sponsorship arrangement with Canadian racing legend Ron Fellows, who will join their current drivers, Scott Steckly and Mark Dilley. More ...
06/19/10
automotive
Union trying to unionize Toyota plant  Auto dealers who sell foreign brands are criticizing a plan by the United Auto Workers union to protest at Toyota Motor Corp. dealerships.

On Thursday, newly-elected UAW President Bob King said the union was redoubling its efforts to organize Toyota workers and will protest at the Japanese automaker's dealerships.

"Attacking small businesses won't help Mr. King build back UAW membership," Cody Lusk, president of the American International Automobile Dealers Association, said Friday.

"If he wants to pressure the 28,000 workers at Toyota's U.S. manufacturing plants to unionize, he should consider some other method than hindering business at a randomly chosen Toyota dealership." More ...

06/19/10
starmazda
Daly fastest in Iowa practice  Dodging thunderstorms and tornado watches throughout the day at Iowa Speedway, the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear managed to complete all their practice sessions for Saturday's second annual Pizza Ranch 100. Topping the time sheets with a lap under the existing track record was Juncos Racing's Conor Daly, who posted a time of 22.156 in the #22 INDECK/College Network Mazda.

Daly will attempt to capture his fourth race win in a row and his third pole position of the season. Daly currently leads the Formula Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear after three consecutive wins.  "This is an awesome place - very fast - and the car really needs to be finely balanced, but on the edge the whole time" said Daly.
06/19/10
f1
Schumacher expects performance gain in Spain  After a pointless weekend in Canada Michael Schumacher is keen on scoring points again at next week's European Grand Prix weekend. The Grand Prix weekend, held in Valencia, should see the German closer to his main rivals again as Mercedes will introduce a number of improvements in Spain.

Looking ahead of the upcoming Grand Prix weekend Schumacher said: "Valencia is a track which I have never raced on before so it will be another new experience for me but one which I am very much looking forward to. I always have been quite good in adapting quickly to new situations and I strongly expect that to be the case in Valencia. I like going into new experiences like this and having detailed discussions with my engineers about the challenge.

"We will bring further updates for our car which should help to improve the performance. We have already seen that the car has improved steadily over the last few races and in Canada, the pace was better even if unfortunately that did not show in the results. That's why I look forward to travelling to Spain a great deal."

06/19/10
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Gutiérrez ends Valencia test on top  ART Grand Prix’s Esteban Gutiérrez continued his good form and took the top spot again in the final session of the mid-season GP3 test at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia. The Mexican driver and Status GP’s Robert Wickens have both proved to be hard to beat around the Spanish circuit and today’s session was no different. Gutierrez posted the quickest time of the afternoon 1:28.057, just 4 thousandths of a second ahead of Canadian Wickens.   

Except for a couple of red flags the session ran smoothly, and all ten teams were able to use the track time to continue fine tuning their cars and test new settings before the season continues next week at the Valencia Street Circuit.  Carlin’s Dean Smith posted the third fastest time of the afternoon with a time of 1:28.147 just ahead of Jenzer Motorsport’s Nico Muller. Atech CRS GP had their best test result to date with both Oliver Oakes and Roberto Mehri in the top ten. Oakes finished fifth and new man Merhi improved on his morning session to finish sixth with a time of 1:28.329. Jenzer’s Simon Trummer joined his teammate in the top ten finishing in seventh followed by ART’s Alexander Rossi in eighth. Pablo Sanchez Lopez had a good afternoon session in his Addax car ending up in ninth spot, and Doru Sechelariu ended Tech 1 Racing’s impressive running taking the final top ten spot. More ...
06/19/10
motogp
Pedrosa powers through second session  Dani Pedrosa set a fresh marker on the new Silverstone circuit on Saturday morning as he broke the 2’05” barrier in the second practice session, setting a fastest lap of 2’04.944. The Repsol Honda rider improved his time from the first practice by 2.642 as his diligent study of the new layout paid off with the top time.

Randy de Puniet also made notable progress as he lapped at fractionally under three-tenths off Pedrosa with a best time of 2’05.241, giving the LCR Honda man the second best time of the session after his glowing report of the track the previous day. More ...

06/19/10
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Q&A with driver Graham Rahal  The motorhome went pitch black and Graham Rahal tried to wind down and sleep.

The time: He’s not sure — probably after 10:30 Thursday night.

The 21-year-old driver’s planned going-to-bed routine? Upset by a scary storm that hit Newton and Iowa Speedway about a half-hour later.

“I’m laying there and the bus starts shaking,” said Rahal, who will drive for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in Sunday’s Iowa Corn 250 as part of a one-race deal — for now. “And I’m convinced someone, like one of the other drivers, is outside shaking (it)....So I looked outside and, of course, you can’t see the wind, but the lightning was going off and everything. And it was strong enough to rattle it pretty good. Then I wake up (Friday) morning to find out all the tornadoes that were in North Dakota and Iowa.” More ...
06/19/10
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No weepers seen this week in Iowa  Iowa Speedway vice president Craig Armstrong said Friday that, despite heavy rain and sultry conditions, he has seen no evidence of “weepers” — areas on the track where moisture oozes out through small cracks in the pavement.

Last season, weepers — an odd, weather-related phenomenon — posed a problem, wiping out qualifying at the Iowa Corn 250.

“It’s groundwater that’s underneath the asphalt and the asphalt heats up quicker than the outside air,” Armstrong said. “So it’s absorbing more sun rays, and if you look at the track temperature, it’s always going to be much higher than the ambient air temperature...

"You’re going to have more heat and it creates hot water underneath the surface. Of course, hot water expands, and finds a way to relieve the pressure.” More ...

06/19/10
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Villeneuve posts top speed in Nationwide final practice  Former Formula One champion Jacques Villeneuve led the final Nationwide Series practice Friday at Road America. Villeneuve, driving the No. 32 for Braun Racing, turned a lap of 106.773 mph on the 4.048-mile course, which will host the Bucyrus 200 on Saturday afternoon.

Second on the speed chart was another road-course ace – TriStar Motorsports’ Tony Ave, who is replacing Jason Keller this weekend.

Penske Racing’s Justin Allgaier was third, with D’Hondt Humphrey Motorsports’ Patrick Long and JR Motorsports’ Ron Fellows rounding out the top five. More ...

06/18/10
f1
Massa: Schu cut me off  Felipe Massa. making a move on the Mercedes GP driver late in the Canadian GP, saw Michael Schumacher firmly shut the door, resulting in Massa's front wing being broken.

"It was a bad weekend, especially when you consider I had a very good car for the race and was expecting to pick up a significant number of points," Massa told Ferrari's website.

"But then I was caught up in the accident at the first corner, sandwiched between Button and Liuzzi, which removed any chance of a clean race and a strong finish.

"I had a good start and was making up places on the way to the first corner, but then I had to pit for a new nose and that was it.

"Even after that setback, I was heading for the points in the closing stages: I was tenth, but Michael who was ahead of me was much slower, maybe three seconds and Buemi in front of him was also slow, so I was in with a chance of finishing eighth.

"But then came the problem with Michael. He closed the door on me too much. He braked on the right and moved across to the left where I was. There was nothing I could do, as I was already on the limit of my braking and when he moved across even more, he broke my front wing." More ...

06/18/10
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Indy 500 Chief Mechanic dies  Wayne Leary has died.  Wayne was the former crew chief for Dan Gurney and Bobby Unser from the mid 1960s to the late 1970s, and had a fantastic track record behind him, including a win at the 1975 Indy 500.

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Wayne had contracted cancer after returning to California from Indianapolis where he lived during the 1990s, and had a recent operation that he did not survive.
06/18/10
tv news
Wind Tunnel Sunday  
Featured Interview  Don Hawk (VP of Business Affairs, Speedway Motorsports Inc.)

Don Hawk, Vice President of Business Affairs for Speedway Motorsports Inc., will be a featured interview on Wind Tunnel this Sunday June 20th. As a veteran of the motorsports industry, Hawk served as general manager of Alan Kulwicki Racing in 1992, the year the underdog team won the CUP title. He then moved on to become president of Dale Earnhardt Incorporated where he helped position DEI as a championship contender in both the Nationwide and Sprint CUP Series.

And after a stint as NASCAR’s Director of Regional Racing Development, Don went to work for Bruton Smith’s Speedway Motorsports where he currently oversees, among other things, U.S. Legend Cars International. In just a few weeks, Hawk and his group will be hosting the Legends Million at Charlotte Motor Speedway which will see $250,000 go to the A-Main winner. More ...

06/18/10
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Fisher's engineer gets feel for racing  IZOD IndyCar Series team owner/driver Sarah Fisher gave Tom Brown, engineer of her No. 67 Dollar General car, a taste of racing on a short oval at Iowa Speedway.

Fisher was the driver and Brown the passenger in an Indy Racing Experience two-seater.

"From my point of view, you put them through it but at times you don't realize what you put them through," Brown said. "We look at data all the time and to actually feel what you're looking at is good. It was a blast."

06/18/10
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Road to Indy ladder on display together  The Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer race weekend will mark the final time in 2010 that the Road to Indy developmental ladder series will run together.

The system provides a natural career progression from the Cooper Tires presents the USF2000 National Championship powered by Mazda to the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear to Firestone Indy Lights and finally the IZOD IndyCar Series.

Iowa Speedway's start/finish line provided a backdrop for a photo opportunity that included Dario Franchitti's Indianapolis 500-winning car, the two cars that won races at the "Night Before the 500" and Charlie Kimball's Firestone Indy Lights car. More ...

06/18/10
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Danica expected to boost floundering NASCAR  Jerry Gappens sees the return of Danica Patrick to NASCAR next week as a marketing bonanza. So, in grand summer tradition, why not treat it like a Hollywood blockbuster?

Welcome to what Gappens bills as "D-Day," his track’s slogan for Patrick as she resumes her part-time NASCAR schedule June 26 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the Nationwide Series. Gappens is general manager at the speedway. More ...
06/18/10
lmes
Drayson Racing - Green Impressions from LeMans  
Paul Drayson
There may be no greater champion of green racing than Paul Drayson. A former Minister for Science and Innovation in the UK, Drayson is combining the passions of sports car racing and environmental efficiency. At this year’s running of the Le Mans 24 Hours – where his Drayson Racing team fielded a Lola B09/60-Judd prototype coupe, Drayson made a few keen observations on the future of alternative energies in the world’s most demanding form of motorsport.

Now I know I may be accused of looking at things through “green spectacles” but I really detected a subtle but important shift this year at Le Mans on the green front.

Of course the backdrop of the terrible events in the Gulf of Mexico have heightened everyone’s awareness of the importance of reducing our reliance on carbon fuels. But I was struck by how often during race week something happened which highlighted the fact that racing is going green. More ...

06/18/10
gp3
Gutiérrez tops GP3 testing  ART Grand Prix’s Esteban Gutiérrez continued his good form and took the top spot again in the final session of the mid-season GP3 test at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia. The Mexican driver and Status GP’s Robert Wickens have both proved to be hard to beat around the Spanish circuit and today’s session was no different. Gutierrez posted the quickest time of the afternoon 1:28.057, just 4 thousandths of a second ahead of Canadian Wickens.

Except for a couple of red flags the session ran smoothly, and all ten teams were able to use the track time to continue fine tuning their cars and test new settings before the season continues next week at the Valencia Street Circuit.  Carlin’s Dean Smith posted the third fastest time of the afternoon with a time of 1:28.147 just ahead of Jenzer Motorsport’s Nico Muller. Atech CRS GP had their best test result to date with both Oliver Oakes and Roberto Mehri in the top ten. Oakes finished fifth and new man Merhi improved on his morning session to finish sixth with a time of 1:28.329. Jenzer’s Simon Trummer joined his teammate in the top ten finishing in seventh followed by ART’s Alexander Rossi in eighth. Pablo Sanchez Lopez had a good afternoon session in his Addax car ending up in ninth spot, and Doru Sechelariu ended Tech 1 Racing’s impressive running taking the final top ten spot. More ...
06/18/10
F2
Stoneman storms to F2 Pole  
Dean Stoneman stormed to his second pole of the season in the first qualifying session at Zolder, the Briton topping the timesheets for almost the entire session as he forced home his dominance on the rest of the field.

Several drivers came close to Stoneman's benchmark in the final minutes of a frantic first session, with Kazim Vasiliauskas eventually finishing second fastest, little over two tenths behind. Benjamin Bailly will start third on the grid for tomorrow's opening race, as the Belgian driver continues to impress at his home circuit. More ...

06/18/10
f1
F1 comes home to Goodwood  One week before the British GP, top F1 drivers and teams return to the Goodwood Festival of Speed

World Championship-leading current F1 drivers and six F1 teams due to appear at Goodwood
Jenson Button’s first public appearance in action on UK soil as the reigning F1 World Champion
60 years of the F1 World Championship celebrated with many of the most significant cars from each decade of racing

In just under two weeks, the calm tranquility of the picturesque Goodwood Park will be shattered as the 2010 Festival of Speed gets underway.  From 2-4 July more than 90 stars drivers and riders, and over 350 significant competition vehicles, will be in action at the world’s greatest celebration of motoring culture.  A key attraction will be the contemporary Formula 1 teams and drivers, as well as a mouth-watering display of the greatest F1 cars from the past 60 years of the F1 World Championship. More ...
06/18/10
f1
European GP preview  This is a little bit different take on a press release and race preview. We thought it was a funny and refreshing read, though not typically our style. Enjoy...

Most continents appear to have a clear identity, however, trying to describe what constitutes being European seems to be the cause of much confusion. Therefore pinpointing what the European GP stands for, apart from a handy way of squeezing two races into Spain, is a difficult if not impossible task. Intensive psychological research concludes that humor is the best way to evaluate the differences that go to make Europe the most mixed up continent on the planet…

A cruise ship with English, French, German and Italian passengers starts to sink in the Mediterranean (off the coast of Valencia.) As the Captain tries to bring the ship nearer to land, he sends his first officer to tell the passengers they must jump off the ship to be rescued. The first officer returns saying all the passengers refused to do what he said. So the Captain goes to sort it out and after a while, all the passengers have jumped in the sea and are rescued. “How did you do that?” asks the first officer. “It’s simple,” replies the Captain: “I told the British it was traditional, the French that it was fashionable, I told the Germans it was an order and the Italians that it was forbidden to jump off the ship.” More ...

06/18/10
motogp
Lorenzo tops opening MotoGP practice  The first practice of the AirAsia British Grand Prix was led by the Championship leader, who was the only rider under 2’06” on the new circuit. Casey Stoner and Andrea Dovizioso followed.

Jorge Lorenzo (Fiat Yamaha) was the fastest rider as the AirAsia British Grand Prix weekend got underway at Silverstone, taking in the new circuit layout in a best time of 2’05.991 in the first practice. The Spaniard set his best lap with just over 11 minutes to go, and the end of the session was marked by spots of rain under a cloudy sky.

One of only two riders in the MotoGP class to have ridden the track before its redevelopment Casey Stoner (Ducati Marlboro) was second on the timesheet. The Australian completed 18 laps on his Desmosedici GP10, the final of which registered his best time at 0.142s off Lorenzo. More ...

06/18/10
f1
F1 Montreal TV Rating  UPDATE The final TV rating for the Canadian GP from Montreal last Sunday on FOX was a 0.7.

06/14/10 The USA overnight TV rating of the Canadian Grand Prix F1 race Sunday on FOX was a 0.9.
06/18/10
f1
Schumacher demands improvement in his performance  After a pointless weekend in Canada Michael Schumacher is keen on scoring points again at next week's European Grand Prix weekend. The Grand Prix weekend, held in Valencia, should see the German closer to his main rivals again as Mercedes will introduce a number of improvements in Spain.

Looking ahead of the upcoming Grand Prix weekend Schumacher said: "Valencia is a track which I have never raced on before so it will be another new experience for me but one which I am very much looking forward to. I always have been quite good in adapting quickly to new situations and I strongly expect that to be the case in Valencia. I like going into new experiences like this and having detailed discussions with my engineers about the challenge.

"We will bring further updates for our car which should help to improve the performance. We have already seen that the car has improved steadily over the last few races and in Canada, the pace was better even if unfortunately that did not show in the results. That's why I look forward to travelling to Spain a great deal." GPUpdate.net

06/18/10
alms
Risi Compeizione warns against escalating costs  
Ferrari, BMW battle at the front for GT2 title
Risi Competizione and other teams have been boosted by the increased level of competition and manufacturer presence in the ALMS GT2 class, but esclatating costs born out of the manufacturer's desire to win could be achilles heel of the series if not managed properly.

Le Mans organizers the ACO recently announced that GT1 class is being eliminatedd, and GT2 will now be the only GT category at LeMans. The GT2 technical group now says they will move to allow cars with carbon fiber chassis, clearing the path for high-end exotic manufacturers such as McLaren to enter the series as well.

Chevrolet and BMW having already joined GT2 for this season, Giuseppe Risi is happy the profile of the class is elevating, but warns of escalating costs.

"If I were the American Le Mans Series or ACO I would think it was very important to get the manufacturers here...But we've got to be careful it doesn't get extremely expensive. More ...

06/18/10
f1
Red Bull to use 'important' F-duct in Valencia - Vettel  (GMM)  Red Bull is bidding to return to dominance on the streets of Valencia next weekend by using an F-duct system.

With Red Bull earlier looking set to walk the 2010 title, McLaren crept onto the pace in Turkey and then leapt to the top of the championships with one-two victory in Canada last weekend.

Red Bull used its initial version of McLaren's downforce-stalling F-duct concept in practice for the Turkish grand prix, but then decided to develop it further rather than take it to Canada.

Valencia, like the long straights and slow corners of Montreal, is another circuit that is expected to play into the hands of McLaren and the British team's original F-duct. More ...

06/18/10
gp3
Gutiérrez takes morning top spot in Valencia  The GP3 Series test at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia continued today and it was yesterday afternoon’s leading men who led the way again. ART Grand Prix’s Esteban Gutiérrez took the honors for best in class, and was the first driver to break the 1:26 barrier after posting a lap time of 1:26.773. Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne continued his great performance putting his Tech 1 Racing car in second spot with a time of 1:26.985, and was closely followed by yesterday’s quickest man Status GP’s Robert Wickens who posted a time of 1:27.011.

Yet again the conditions were dry and bright, and all ten teams took to the track as soon as the pit lane opened for business. With temperatures rapidly rising during the session the track began to slow and for most drivers it was the early laps that counted. Eight different cars filled the top ten spots with Jenzer Motorsport’s Nico Muller taking fourth with a lap time of 1:27.056. Gutierrez’s ART teammate Alexander Rossi was up in fifth spot followed by Muller’s teammate Simon Trummer in sixth. More ...

06/18/10
f1
Lewis Hamilton feeling good right now  Lewis Hamilton claimed his second win of the season at last week's Canadian Grand Prix weekend. The Briton even took the lead in the championship standings with his victory in Montreal. Time to catch up with Formula One's new championship leader. Your second win of the year lifts you to the top of the drivers' championship - you must be feeling on top of the world.

"It's great to be leading the world championship, but, I have to be honest, Formula 1 is so tough and so competitive at the moment that you can't take anything for granted - and, while I might be on top right now, I know that I'll need to fight for every lap of the next 11 races to remain up there.

"And, I think I'm like the fifth leader of the championship so far this year, so it's pretty clear that it's not so easy staying on top. More ...
06/18/10
track news
Daytona 500 Tickets Go On Sale today  The race to purchase coveted tickets for the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20 is about to begin. Tickets for the 2011 edition of "The Great American Race" - NASCAR's biggest, richest and most prestigious race - will go on sale this Friday at 9:00pm/et. Prior to Friday, June 18, only renewals for seat assignments for the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race were taken by the ticket office at Daytona International Speedway. For the third straight year, tickets for the 2011 Daytona 500 - which will be the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on the new asphalt at Daytona International Speedway - will start at $55. Immediately following the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola on Monday, July 5, Daytona International Speedway's entire 2.5-mile tri-oval will be repaved as well as the skid pads, apron and pit road. The repaving project will be completed in time for Speedweeks 2011 and the 2011 Daytona 500. For information and to buy tickets, go to daytonainternationalspeedway.com.
06/18/10
irl
Kum & Go Opens E-85 Pumps With Indy Car Drivers  
Iowa Corn Indy 250 Kum & Go
Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay
It’s time for another Iowa Corn Indy 250 and that means that drivers are in promotion mode.

Thursday Ryan Hunter-Reay (right) and Marco Andretti were on hand for the grand opening of E-85 pumps at a Des Moines Kum & Go where you could buy the fuel for 85 cents/gallon!

Ryan will be driving the Ethanol USA Team Izod Indy Car in the race. He and Marco are both glad to be racing with an American made renewable fuel. They’ve proven the performance capability of ethanol and expressed their appreciation for the support of Iowa corn growers.

06/18/10
f1
Cosworth F1 engine tidbits  
Cosworth F1 engines
British engine specialists at Cosworth have revealed some stunning information about their CA2010 V-8 engine that powers the Williams, Lotus, Virgin and Hispania F1 cars this season.

Valves - as fast as a hummingbird wing beat
The speed and precision of the engine valve movements (which allow air and fuel to enter and exhaust gases to exit the cylinder) are crucial to the power and performance of the Cosworth CA2010 engine. A pneumatic spring system is employed to enable the frequency to be achieved while maintaining absolute control over valve position. At maximum engine speed, each valve opens and closes 150 times per second - that’s as fast as the fastest hummingbird wing speed; the ruby-throated hummingbird. More ...

06/18/10
lmes
Audi to celebrate win with employees  
Audi employees and fans savor LeMans win last weekend
Audi will celebrate its record victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours, which saw the highest speed in the history of the endurance classic that has been held since 1923, with its employees at the Neckarsulm and Ingolstadt locations.

On Monday (June 21) the victorious Le Mans squad will visit the Neckarsulm plant where the more than 440-kW V10 TDI engine of the LMP1 sports car is being built. Mike Rockenfeller, at the age of 26 the youngest Audi driver who celebrated a victory at Le Mans, will pilot the Audi R15 TDI designated as car number "9" across the plant’s premises. Afterwards, from 2 to 3 p.m., Rockenfeller and his driver colleagues Timo Bernhard, Dindo Capello, Romain Dumas, Marcel Fässler, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish will sign autographs in public in front of the Audi Forum in Neckarsulm for one hour. More ...
06/18/10
f1
Red Bull has led 67% of laps in 2011  
Mistakes have hurt the fast Red Bull team
(GMM)  Red Bull's Mark Webber has led more laps this season than any of his competitors.

In total, drivers on the 2010 grid have led 491 laps in total at the eight grand prix venues.

Australian Webber has led 210 of them, a full 93 more than his highly rated teammate Sebastian Vettel.

It means the Adrian Newey-penned RB6 has only failed to lead 33.4 per cent of all the racing laps so far. More ...

06/18/10
f1
Lauda seeks new sponsor for famous red cap  
Nike Lauda and his goofy hat
(GMM)  Niki Lauda is on the lookout for a new sponsor for his famous red cap.

Ever since a near-fatal shunt in 1976 left him with head and facial scars, the iconic Austrian racer, businessman and TV commentator has sold the commercial rights to the front of his ever-present baseball cap.

For more than two decades, 'Parmalat' paid for the privilege, and in 2002 the German heating company 'Viessmann' took over the deal.

In 2007, the name and logo of the Swiss machinery maker 'Oerlikon' began adorning 60-year-old Lauda's head, with speculation suggesting an annual six-figure sum. More ...

06/18/10
f1
Ferrari Chairman pans backmarker teams  UPDATE
Luca de Montezemolo loves to hear himself talk
(GMM)  Luca di Montezemolo has continued his sustained attack on formula one's new teams.

The Ferrari president thinks the grid should be filled by the bigger teams fielding three cars, rather than by opening the doors to newcomers including Lotus, Virgin and HRT.

Next year, another small team is likely to make its debut.

Spain's El Mundo newspaper this week claims that the budget of the new Spanish outfit HRT is ten times smaller than Ferrari's. More ...

06/17/10
nassprint
Allmendinger Wins in Modified Debut  After waiting a day for the weather to clear, AJ Allmendinger wasted no time showing he can win in whatever he drives as he made a winning impression in his debut Modified race on Wednesday night at Berlin Raceway.

Driving for MRN’s Jeff Striegle, AJ was once again in charity mode this week as he carried the colors of the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in his first run on the Michigan track. After claiming the pole, and then getting warmed up with a win in the main, AJ just kept getting faster.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup racer then capped off the night by winning the Modified Main event after taking the lead from Mike Brooks and then holding on to the point for 20 laps to the finish. More ...

06/17/10
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TNT's Michigan TV Ratings drop, NASCAR continues downward spiral  NASCAR TV ratings are on their 4th consecutive year of moving downward.  TNT's portion of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup for Sunday's race from Michigan averaged a 2.9/7 (4.3 mill), down -12% from last year's 3.3/9 (5.1 mill) on households and down -50% on M18-34 (0.6 vs. 1.2). Season-to-date, NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing on TNT is averaging a 3.1/7 (4.9 million viewers). That's down -9% from last year's 3.4/9 (5.4 mill) on households, down -33% on M18-34 (0.8 vs. 1.2)
06/17/10
automotive
Detroit 3 top new car quality survey for first time  American automakers have beaten their foreign rivals for the first time ever in J.D. Power and Associates' influential survey of initial vehicle quality released today.

Ford edged out Japan's Honda to claim first place among non-luxury brands, and Toyota fell to the middle of the pack after a series of recalls undermined its once-stellar rating.

However, for the first time in years, the average number of problems per 100 vehicles in the first 90 days edged up slightly for the industry as a whole, from 108 in 2009 to 109 this year. Domestic brands bucked that trend: their average decreased by four to 108, putting them ahead of the imports, which averaged 109.  More ...

06/17/10
lmes
Facts on Audi’s record victory at Le Mans  In the fastest race in Le Mans history Audi achieved its ninth triumph. Key facts on the historic Le Mans exploit of the brand with the four rings.

With its ninth victory Audi has equalized Ferrari in the roll of honor of the endurance classic which has been held since 1923. Only Porsche with 16 wins (in 60 events) is even more successful. In total, 24 different marques are on the list of winners.

Audi’s track record at the Le Mans 24 Hours is impressive: the brand achieved its nine exploits in just twelve events (rate of wins: 75 percent). Audi clinched 23 out of 36 possible podium places (64.9 percent). More ...
06/17/10
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Luke Bryan to perform at Brickyard 400  Capitol Records Nashville  singer-songwriter Luke Bryan will perform Saturday, July 24 on Qualifying  Day for the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Miller Lite Cars and Guitars concert starts at noon (ET) on the Plaza  Stage in the Pagoda Plaza. It's free to all ticket holders that day at IMS.

Bryan is enjoying the tremendous success of his Capitol Records Nashville  album, "Doin' My Thing." The album landed at No. 2 on the Billboard Country  Albums chart and No. 6 on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 album chart  selling more than 57,000 albums in its first week of release, more than  doubling the first week sales of his debut album, "I'll Stay Me," in 2007.

Georgia native Bryan recently celebrated two wins at the 45th Annual ACM  Awards as Top New Solo Vocalist and Top New Artist. Bryan's latest single,  "Rain Is A Good Thing," is his fastest rising release to date and follows  the #1 hit "Do I," co-written with Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and Dave  Haywood.

The video for "Do I" was named Breakthrough Video of the Year this month at  the 2010 CMT Music Awards.

In addition to headlining shows, Bryan also has toured with country  superstars Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley and Trace Adkins.

Bryan honed his traditional country sound while playing on the college  circuit. A popular spring break concert at Daytona Beach, Fla., sparked the  idea for Bryan to record a special EP to students on spring break. Bryan has  since cut two "Spring Break" EP's, with the latest one, "Spring Break 2 .  Hangover Edition," released March 2 exclusively at iTunes. He recently  completed his "Spring Break 2010" tour in Florida.

06/17/10
F1
No manager yet for Hamilton  
Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton says he is not currently thinking about appointing a new manager even though he has been inundated with offers.

The McLaren driver announced a professional split with father Anthony, who had also served as his long-term advisor, at the beginning of the season.

It is thought that the 25-year-old is keen to promote his image and as a result he has been linked with management companies such as IMG.

And Hamilton admits that he has been approached several times by many different people, although he has not entered into formal talks with anyone. More ...

06/17/10
nassprint
Win drought for Ford  A Ford powered stock car has not won a race in the Sprint Cup Series after this year, the longest drought for Ford at the start of a season since 1983 when Ford didn't win a race until the 16th race of the season when Buddy Baker won at Daytona on July 4, 1983. The last season Ford did not win a race was in 1977, but Mercury, a Ford product did win 2 races with David Pearson driving.
06/17/10
irl
Q&A With Sarah Fisher  
Sarah Fisher
Sarah Fisher, who will compete in the Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer this weekend at Iowa Speedway, participated in a Q&A session to discuss her career and status as the only female owner/driver in the IZOD IndyCar Series. Below are select quotes.   

Q.  When you started racing in the IZOD IndyCar Series 11 years ago, did you think you'd be here racing as an owner/driver?

SARAH FISHER: There have been a lot of ups and downs in my career, and I definitely didn't see myself here. I've had to rebound to where I am, which is fantastic. To own my own team, own my own cars and work with my own people is something I'm most proud of now. More ...

06/17/10
star mazda
Star Mazda race to be streamed live  The second annual Star Mazda Pizza Ranch 100 at Iowa Speedway, scheduled to take the green flag at 7:15 pm  CT (8:15 pm ET) Saturday, June 19, can be viewed via live streaming video on www.IndyCar.com, www.StarMazda.com and www.USF2000.com.  Other Road to Indy races, including Indy Lights (8:45 pm / 9:45 ET Saturday) and USF2000 (3:50 pm / 4:50 ET) Saturday, will also be streamed live. 
06/17/10
track news
NJMP announces teen driving courses  
New Jersey Motorsports Park just announced insurance industry accredited advanced teen driving courses.

Courses will be taught be professional driving instructors and will be held four times throughout the summer at a price of $425
06/17/10
irl
IRL calls "our bad" on De Silvestro fire response  Ed Note: We applaud the IRL for not sugar-coating this, stating that they failed to live up to standards, and what they will do to see it never happens again.

From Jack Arute's You Don't Know Jack blogsite:

Unlike the honchos at BP, the Indy Racing League has come clean regarding Simona De Silvestro’s terrifying fiery crash at Texas Motor Speedway.

Now the question is where do they go from here?

In an effort to be transparent, I have reprinted in its entirety the official release from the IZOD IndyCar Series:

INDY RACING LEAGUE RELEASES RESULTS OF INQUIRY
INTO ITS SAFETY TEAM RESPONSE AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY More ...

06/17/10
gp3
Wickens tops GP3 testing  
Robert Wickens
Status GP’s Robert Wickens improved on his performance this morning by posting the fastest lap time during this afternoon’s test session at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia. The session was dry and bright providing ideal conditions for the thirty young drivers. Wickens led the pack posting a time of 1:27.881, the Canadian snatching the top spot in the dying minutes of the session on fresh rubber. The Status driver was quickly followed by Tech 1 Racing’s Jean Eric Vergne, the Frenchman making a triumphant return to the Series finishing in second. In third spot was ART Grand Prix’s Esteban Gutierrez, the Mexican posting a time of 1:28.163. Fourth was RSC Mucke Motorsport’s Nigel Melker followed by Manor’s James Jakes. Jenzer Motorsport’s Simon Trummer finished the session in sixth spot and an impressive performance by Tech 1 Racing’s Doru Sechelariu saw the young Romanian take seventh spot. Eighth was Carlin’s Dean Smith, ninth Addax Team’s Felipe Guimaraes, and rounding out the top ten was Jenzer Motorsport’s Nico Muller. More ...
06/17/10
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Daytona cuts ticket prices  Daytona International Speedway is throwing a variety of deals and packages at race fans to boost ticket sales for the July 3 Coke Zero 400 and ancillary events.

Daytona president Robin Braig said the "phones are ringing and the computer lines are humming."

"That's the good news," he said. "The difficult part of that is in past years they would have been ringing and humming right after the Daytona 500."

Today's cash-strapped sports consumer is waiting later and later to make his or her ticket purchase rather than reserve seats months in advance.

Ticket sales are trending much like last summer's race when Daytona had a "full house." More ...

06/17/10
automotive
4,400 Chevrolet Volt Owners to be Eligible for Free Home Charging Stations  
The first buyers of the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended-range capability will be eligible for one of 4,400 free home charging stations. The program will provide Volt owners with a 240-volt charge station from either ECOtality, Inc. or Coulomb Technologies. In many cases, it will include the cost of home installation. The projects are made possible with a grant of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds from the Transportation Electrification Initiative administered by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

“Many owners will plug their Volt into a normal 120-volt electrical outlet, charge overnight and drive to work in the morning using only battery power,” said Tony DiSalle, Product and Marketing Director for the Chevrolet Volt. “For Volt owners who want to install a faster 240-volt charge station, we expect the Department of Energy project to save $1,000 and $2,000.” More ...

06/17/10
f1
Berger says Pirelli F1 bid criticism 'nonsense'  (GMM)  Gerhard Berger has dismissed claims that Pirelli is a questionable choice as formula one's new tire supplier.

Although the news is not yet official, it is now expected that the Italian company will succeed the departing Bridgestone -- with confirmation coming possibly at next week's meeting of the World Motor Sport Council.

The other serious contender has been Michelin, Bridgestone's most recent tire competitor between 2001 and 2006 with 43 grand prix wins in this period, and utterly dominant in 2005. More ...

06/17/10
f1
Washed up Coulthard thinks Schu is washed up too  David Coulthard says time is running out for Michael Schumacher to prove to everyone that he still has what it takes to compete at the top in Formula One.

The seven-times World Champion endured a shocking Canadian Grand Prix. He was involved with separate clashes with Robert Kubica, Felipe Massa and Tonio Liuzzi and he hardly managed to put up a fight when he was overtaken by Toro Rosso's Sebastian Buemi and both Force Indias.

BBC commentator Martin Brundle slammed Schumacher after the race saying he drove "appallingly today" and described his performance as his "worst weekend since he came back".  More ...

06/17/10
f1
Branson hopes for F1 top-10 bonus  With his worldwide Virgin brand having joined the Formula 1 grid as a team in its own right this season, Sir Richard Branson admits that he has thus far been relaxed over whether the Sheffield-based squad finishes ahead of fellow newcomers Lotus and Hispania or not. However, the entrepreneur's interest has now increased significantly.

Even without scoring World Championship points, the tenth best team this season - judged by race finishing results - will be handed a £17m payout by F1 commercial rights holder Formula One Management (FOM).  The scheme hands the premium to the team with the highest finishing positions in races but also takes into account the number of times the position has been achieved. More ...

06/17/10
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Mears returns to TBR  After being released from Red Bull Racing this week, Casey Mears will return to Tommy Baldwin Racing's #36 Toyota for the Sprint Cup Series race on June 27 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Team owner Tommy Baldwin said the decision was finalized Wednesday afternoon. "Casey is going to come back and we are excited. We hope to rebuild on some of the momentum created before he left." This weekend at Sonoma, road course specialist Brian Simo will pilot the #36 at Infineon Raceway. Steve Park will slide behind the wheel on July 3 at Daytona and drive the Richie Evans tribute car for TBR. Baldwin said Mears and TBR parted on good terms after Darlington, which left the door open for Mears to return. "We knew there was a possibility of something like that happening; he put us in a bind, but we understood it was something he needed to do," Baldwin said. "But now we are glad to have him back and turn this into a positive." NASCAR.com
06/17/10
track news
Goodyear Tire Test at Atlanta Motor Speedway Ends  During day two of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company tire testing at Atlanta Motor Speedway, #39-Ryan Newman and #1-Jamie McMurray conveyed to the media that the test provides a competitive advantage approaching the track's Labor Day NASCAR night racing weekend as the drivers vie for vital points entering the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Newman and McMurray each believes the test provides an advantage. "You're really fortunate when you get to do the tire test and that's why teams fight to get to come here and do this, because you get an hour or two each day to do what you want to do and try and make your car faster," said McMurray. Newman, tied for the track's pole record with seven, knows Atlanta's race date two-events prior to the cutoff for the 12-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup makes the event critical to secure a position in the Chase. "Where we are at in points and where this race lies in the schedule, it is definitely advantageous for us to be here," said Newman. "We're trying to make the best of this Goodyear tire test to get the US Army Chevrolet in that Chase." In addition to the commenting on the personal benefits of the test while meeting with media members, each driver also praised Goodyear for the quality of the tires under evaluation. Speeds have been impressive during the test, with McMurray approaching qualifying-lap speeds during tire testing. The biggest Labor Day party in the USA is at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Labor Day weekend, as the NASCAR Sprint Cup stars head to the high banks for night racing on Sept. 4 and 5. For more information or to purchase tickets for the Labor Day weekend races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, call (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX, or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.
06/17/10
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Said returns to the #26 for Infineon  Vermont's Latitude 43 Motorsports will have its best chance yet at NASCAR Sprint Cup Series success this weekend as road course specialist Boris Said returns to the seat of the Air National Guard/GlobeTrack Wireless #26 Ford at Infineon Raceway in California. Said is a former winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring road races, and is a former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner at the 1.949-mile, 12-turn Infineon track. He earned four of his seven career Sprint Cup top-ten finishes at Infineon, as well as his first career Sprint Cup pole position in 2003. "I've been itching to get back behind the wheel, especially at Infineon," Said told Vermont Motorsports Magazine on Tuesday. "I'm like a little kid at Christmas when we go there." Said drove in the season's first four Sprint Cup Series events for the first-year Latitude 43 Motorsports team, finishing 25th on the lead lap at the Daytona 500. David Stremme took over driving duties at Bristol in March, and the team has shown marked improvement nearly every week since its debut in February. Said said that although he is excited to get back on track, he is mindful of the team's position; Latitude 43 currently ranks 37th in owner points, and is therefore outside the top-35 and not guaranteed a starting spot at Infineon. "It could be our best chance at finishing well, but we need to stay realistic," Said cautioned. "We're not locked in the field, so we can't take too many risks. The first goal is to get through qualifying Friday and not make any mistakes. We'll have to stay conservative and get in the race, rather than put a wild setup in the car and try for the pole. We can't take a chance on spinning out or dropping a wheel off the track. Once we get in the race we can reevaluate our goals." Said is particularly excited about returning to work with Latitude 43 crew chief Frank Stoddard. "I've worked with Frankie for the last six years, and he's one of the best in the business," Said said. "Hopefully he can get the car capable of running in the top-ten, that's my goal. If we can get into the top-ten, then we can readjust and figure out what it would take to have a shot at winning." Vermont Motorsports Magazine
06/17/10

Danica Patrick returning to NASCAR  You’d better enjoy the nice, quiet, normal Nationwide Series coverage this weekend on ESPN, because it will be the calm before the storm.  Danica returns to the JR Motorsports #7 on June 26th at New Hampshire.

Through the first three Nationwide Series races of the season, you may not have even realized there were 42 other drivers in the field.  Or really, you may have thought Danica was the only NASCAR driver there was.  Danica Mania hit NASCAR hard, with constant coverage of her during the races, and plenty of stories about her to read about online.  Since her last race at Las Vegas in February however, the hype has died down.

The hype is about to get shocked back to life. More ...

06/17/10
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DIS hoping for 100K for 400-miler  Daytona International Speedway is throwing a variety of deals and packages at race fans to boost ticket sales for the July 3 Coke Zero 400 and ancillary events.

Daytona president Robin Braig said the "phones are ringing and the computer lines are humming."

"That's the good news," he said. "The difficult part of that is in past years they would have been ringing and humming right after the Daytona 500."

Today's cash-strapped sports consumer is waiting later and later to make his or her ticket purchase rather than reserve seats months in advance. More ...

06/17/10
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Superleague announces limited TV availability  Ahead of Superleague Formula by Sonangol’s fourth round of the season at Jarama this weekend, the championship is pleased to announce that its potential worldwide audience continues to grow thanks to the addition of new broadcasters.

Now in its third season, Superleague Formula has already received the support of more race promoters, teams and established drivers to participate in a series that has increased from six to 12 rounds in 2010, each of which includes the highly competitive and unique three-race format. More ...
06/17/10
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Many British race fans headed to Singapore for F1  British race fans are taking the lead in long-haul ticket sales for the 2010 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX, which takes place on the Marina Bay street circuit between 24 and 26th September. Britons currently head those from Australia and Germany in the number of advance bookings for the Formula One™ World Championship’s only night race.

In the three months since tickets went on sale in March, the number of British fans booking tickets for the race is more than 30 percent higher than last year and they make up more than 28 percent of international sales. Second in the long-haul league table are Australian race fans with around 12 percent of the total, while the number of German race fans is also showing a significant increase over 2009 figures and make up around 7 percent. More ...

06/17/10
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Q&A: Cosworth's Gallagher reviews Canada  Formula One's widely anticipated return to North America certainly delivered the goods with one of the most action-packed races of recent times. The four teams powered by Cosworth CA2010 engines all demonstrated improved overall levels of performance during the Canadian Grand Prix weekend with the three new teams all tackling Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for the first time.

The excellent reliability of the CA2010 combined with the overall performance from the engine contributed to heightened competitiveness for Cosworth's teams, even if championship points proved elusive on Sunday afternoon. More ...

06/17/10
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Meet Milka at Grand View University Friday  The Iowa Department of Human Rights is proud to present an opportunity for students to meet with IZOD IndyCar driver Milka Duno at Grand View University (Viking Theater) in Des Moines on Friday, June 18th at 10am. Duno will speak with students, participate in a Q & A and then be available for autographs and pictures.

Milka is in Iowa to compete in the Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Iowa Speedway on Sunday, June 20. More ...

06/17/10
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USF1 auction raises $1.4m for creditors  (GMM)  The auction of the abortive formula one team USF1's assets has raised $1.4 million.

With a queue of creditors to pay off, the entire contents of the American outfit's Charlotte headquarters went under the hammer.

Among the 427 lots - including bins, computers, tools, a vacuum cleaner, a forklift, a barbeque, a wheel and a bottle of champagne - was a carbon fiber mock-up of the unraced chassis, which sold for $7,850.

06/17/10
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2010 title fight to become a duel - Webber  
Look for the Red Bulls and McLarens to go at it the rest of the season
(GMM)  Recent championship leaders Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton disagree about the likely direction of the 2010 season.

After winning the Turkish and Canadian grands prix in the wake of Red Bull's earlier dominance, McLaren driver Hamilton said the fight for the title is "tight".

The statistics so far appear to support his argument, given the five different race winners and the fact they are all separated by just 19 points.

"So it's the ultimate challenge I've experienced in formula one, perhaps in formula one history," the Briton added.

Australian Webber, however, predicts that the current five-driver championship fight will ultimately become a more regular head-to-head as the season winds down. More ...

06/17/10
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F1 bosses welcome 2011 driver market stability  (GMM)  Formula one team bosses have backed the apparent stability in the 2011 driver market.

Usually at about the mid-point of each season, rumors about driver switches within the top five teams are becoming rampant.

But Red Bull and Ferrari have already locked in their current drivers for next year, while McLaren, Mercedes and Williams will almost certainly also field unchanged lineups.

And Renault's Robert Kubica looks set to stay put. More ...

06/17/10
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Hopeful teams facing August delay for 2011 decision  (GMM)  Hopeful teams are facing a delay in the FIA's decision about the final place on the 2011 formula one grid.

That is the claim of Joan Villadelprat, whose Spanish outfit Epsilon Euskadi as well as Nicolas Todt's ART are considered the two favorites for the 13th team entry.

The FIA's expression of interest process ended in April, with teams then lodging full applications and a fee by the end of June followed by "due diligence leading to a decision in July".

But Villadelprat has now indicated that a delay is likely. More ...

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