Dover spring race moving back to June in 2012 The spring race at Dover International Speedway will return to its traditional post-Coca-Cola 600 slot on the Sprint Cup schedule in 2012. This season's event was held May 15, a week prior to the All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Next year's spring race festivities at Dover will be held June 1-3, 2012.
The spring weekend will feature the Truck Series, Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series.
The fall race weekend will be held on Sept. 28-30, 2012, and will again be part of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. It will feature the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series.
"Fans have been asking for a return to our June date, and we appreciate NASCAR’s help to meet their requests," said Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Motorsports, Inc.
INDYCAR Partners with GreenFuel Technologies Furthering its leadership in eco-friendly racing, INDYCAR has formed a partnership with GreenFuel Technologies, LLC, an alternative energy company focused on developing unique and innovative energy solutions utilizing environmentally sound methods.
INDYCAR, the governing body of the IZOD IndyCar Series, Firestone Indy Lights and Mazda Road to Indy, and GreenFuel will operate a program designed to reduce energy consumption at each IZOD IndyCar Series event and help define the series’ green initiatives into the future.
“Switching to 100 percent fuel grade ethanol in 2006 was the first step in INDYCAR’s commitment to leadership in eco-friendly racing,” said Terry Angstadt, president of INDYCAR’s commercial division. “Our partnership with GreenFuel gives us the chance to strengthen that commitment as well as strongly encourage our teams and corporate partners to join the cause. Through our green efforts we hope to inspire fans to make smart choices in their purchases and practices and to consider how their actions impact our planet’s energy resources.”
Honda Indy Toronto announces actor Dan Aykroyd as Grand Marshal Honda Indy Toronto is pleased to announce that Canadian actor Dan Aykroyd will serve as Grand Marshal to its 2011 event, celebrating 25 years of racing on the streets of Toronto.
The multi-talented Aykroyd is a comedian, actor, screenwriter, musician and winemaker. He has had an extensive career that includes his role as an original cast member on Saturday Night Live, creator of The Blues Brothers and Ghostbusters. An Ottawa native, Aykroyd was made a member of the Order of Canada and has been inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame, honoring him for his contributions to the entertainment industry.
“I’m delighted to be a part of an event with so much history,” said Aykroyd. “I’m a long-time race fan and very proud to be Canadian. It’ll be nice to come home and take in a spectacular day of racing.”
F1 Commission agrees V6 engine rules for 2014 (GMM) Formula one has taken another step towards overturning the scheduled 2013 engine rules.
We reported on Sunday that Bernie Ecclestone summoned a meeting of the F1 Commission to take place at Heathrow airport on Wednesday.
On the agenda was the formal scuttling of Jean Todt's four-cylinder regulations, because F1 chief executive Ecclestone as well as engine makers Ferrari, Mercedes and Cosworth were opposed.
Ecclestone is arguing that Todt improperly introduced the four-cylinder rules without first going to the F1 Commission, and the whisper on Wednesday is that the body has now "unanimously" rubber-stamped an alternative.
Vettel doubts clampdown to dent Red Bull dominance
Sebastian Vettel says not to worry
(GMM) Sebastian Vettel has warned those expecting Red Bull's dominance to be seriously dented by the blown exhaust ban to instead expect a "surprise".
At Valencia this weekend, teams will no longer be able to run different off-throttle engine maps in qualifying, and two weeks later at Silverstone the practice of 'hot blowing' will be effectively banned altogether.
"I am very interested to see how the situation will evolve with the redefined regulations," Renault driver Nick Heidfeld told Luxembourg newspaper Tageblatt.
"It's though at the moment that Red Bull is getting the most from their system," he added. "We will have to see whether after the regulations change that is still the case."
IndyCar cannot keep beating a dead horse And the IZOD IndyCar Series’ return to Milwaukee may turn out to have been a one-off. CEO Randy Bernard is quoted by Speed TV reporter Robin Miller as saying he was pretty disappointed with the crowd (13,000 in a 40,000-seat facility) and won’t confirm that there will be a race there next year.
Status quo is great when times are good and things are humming. That was in the 1990s when Milwaukee and Elkhart Lake and Michigan International were all on the schedule and all jam-packed.
But status quo is not so good when something’s gummed up the works, which is the situation now. To explain the sorry attendance at Milwaukee, people are suggesting the promoters were new and didn’t do a proper job and the race was at 3:30 because of TV and it rained in the morning and yada yada yada.
Russia Superleague race delayed a year Superleague Formula´s plans to race at the newly built Smolensk Ring in Russia in September this year have been put on hold until 2012 after the circuit directors decided that the venue won´t be ready to host an international event before 2012.
Superleague Formula was due to be the first major international championship to visit the venue on September 3-4 but a communiqué from senior management at the venue states that, “we had a meeting yesterday and have decided not to have the race this year. We have decided to put all our forces into circuit and infrastructure preparation, in order that we can have the race in 2012.”
Repsol Honda confirm Pedrosa to be replaced by Aoyama in Assen Honda Racing Corporation have confirmed that Spanish rider, Dani Pedrosa will not race this weekend in Assen. He will be replaced in the Repsol Honda team by Hiroshi Aoyama from San Carlo Honda Gresini Team.
HRC test rider, Kousuke Akiyoshi will step in to replace Aoyama and ride alongside Marco Simoncelli in the San Carlo Honda Gresini Team.
HRC are pleased to give this opportunity to Aoyama to race on the Factory RC212V and thanks Gresini Racing Team for their cooperation.
Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya has extended its MotoGP deal up to and including 2016. The new contract is a five-year deal, beginning next season, following meetings between track officials and MotoGP commercial rights holder Dorna Sports.
“I am pleased that the Circuit de Catalunya remains part of the history and the future of MotoGP, providing a modern facility that has for 20 years had a presence in the highest discipline of motorcycle racing,” says Carmelo Ezpeleta, Dorna CEO.
Parente joins Carlin for Valencia Portugal’s Álvaro Parente will be competing in Carlin colors as GP2 springs back into action on the Valencia street circuit this weekend. The 26-year-old from Porto, who has already been in action this season with Racing Engineering, now returns to the English squad with which he won the 2005 British Formula 3 title.
“I’m excited to be back with Carlin,” Parente comments. “I spent three great years with Trevor and the team from 2004 to 2006 and it’s nice to back, so thanks to the team for giving me this opportunity. I’m also really happy to be racing in GP2; it’s the category closest to F1 and it’s a big challenge for the drivers.
THE final remnants of Craig Gore's multimillion-dollar business empire -- two old racing cars -- went under the hammer for a little more than $52,000 yesterday.
The sell-off, which took place in a dusty industrial shed at Carrara, punctuated the dramatic reversal of fortunes for the colorful Gold Coast businessman, who last year averted bankruptcy despite debts of $495 million.
The cars were among three collectables owned by Mr. Gore who was one of Indy's high-profile team owners and worth more than $210 million before his property business hit the skids in 2009.
Will Power's 2007 Indy car created the biggest buzz among the bidders who gathered at Lloyd Auctions at Carrara yesterday.
Rockenfeller out of DTM ride after LeMans crash Audi Motorsport on Thursday said that eight-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen will fill in for Mike Rockenfeller during the DTM series event at the Lausitzring in Germany on June 19.
Rockenfeller, who competes in the German touring-car series full-time, was behind the wheel of the No. 1 Audi R18 TDI for a night stint at the Le Mans race on June 11-12 when he was unintentionally spun by a GTE-class Ferrari in one of the two flat-out kinks between the Mulsanne and Indianapolis corners. The car disintegrated on what is believed to have been several impacts with the barriers on both sides of the course.
Mazda to recall 400,000 vehicles globally More than 400,000 Mazda3 and MazdaSpeed3 vehicles worldwide could be subject to recall by Mazda Motor Corp. after drivers reported defective windshield wiper motors.
In documents posted Monday on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Web site, Mazda said it’s recalling 103,300 vehicles in the United States manufactured between Jan. 7, 2008, and Nov. 28, 2008.
The ground terminal of the wiper motor may have been accidentally bent as the cars were assembled, Mazda said in the documents. The flaw may cause the wipers to stop working, which could prove dangerous in inclement weather.
Stock Car Racing becomes North Carolina's Official State Sport With the stroke of a pen today at Charlotte Motor Speedway, North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue signed Senate Bill 322 into law, making stock car racing the official state sport and adding to the legacy of fabulous firsts at the historic 1.5-mile superspeedway.
Perdue was joined by a host of special guests on hand to watch the bill signing ceremony, including Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway; NASCAR Hall of Famers Ned Jarrett and Bobby Allison; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver David Ragan; and a group of fourth and fifth grade students from Lake Norman Elementary School and Mt. Mourne IB School in Iredell County, who originated the bill. In addition, 12 grassroots Legend Car and Bandolero drivers, industry leaders and dignitaries who are members of the North Carolina Motorsports Advisory Council and Charlotte Motor Speedway fans were in attendance.
200 MPH on A1A? IndyCar Series Lobbying for Fort Lauderdale Grand Prix The last time the public heard of someone going over 100 mph on a Fort Lauderdale stretch of the A1A, it included douchebag Ryan LeVin drunkenly driving his Porsche and killing a pair of Britons.
Now the IZOD IndyCar Series wants to hold the Fort Lauderdale Grand Prix on the same stretch of road, pushing 200 mph -- and probably won't involve killing people.
The Sun-Sentinel reports race promoters are trying to bring the IndyCar Series to Fort Lauderdale by 2013, after South Florida's tentatively brief hiatus from the race circuit.
Dickinson leaves ALMS to join TRG The Racers Group, one of the most successful and unique motorsports programs in the world, has named veteran sports executive Bob Dickinson to its newly created position of Chief Operating Officer for TRG and Adobe Road Winery. As COO, Dickinson will oversee and manage business development, marketing, communications, special events and customer relations for TRG’s race teams as well as its successful and burgeoning, Northern California based, Adobe Road Winery. The companies operate race teams across multiple motorsports series – the American Le Mans Series, Grand-Am and NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series.
“This is an exciting time for us and adding Bob to the team only drives it further forward,” stated CEO, Kevin Buckler. “Bob and I have been friends for a long time and I have respected what he has accomplished and especially his work ethic. We just came out of several years of a tough economy and we really put our heads down and prepared for this growth phase. We are back in a big way and running in 4 different series and always looking for good people and opportunities. His skills and diverse motorsports background as well as his understanding of our boutique winery operation are perfect for where we are headed and I am really proud to have him on board.”
NASCAR Michigan Overnight TV Ratings Not much out there about TNT's NASCAR TV Ratings yet. Pocono looked flat, all that could be found so far was that viewer ship was at 5,175 million down from 5,344 million in 2010. For Michigan, no viewer ship yet, but the overnight ratings were 2.7 with a 7 share, down just a notch from last year’s 2.8 cable rating with a 7 share. Last year viewership for the Michigan race was 4.3 million, so expect it to be similar this year. The race was held a week later this year. Jayski.com
JGR Oil Pan penalties announced NASCAR announced today that the #11, No. 18 and No. 20 teams that compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series have been penalized for rules violations discovered during opening day inspection June 17 at Michigan International Speedway. All three of the Joe Gibbs Racing cars were found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-J (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in an event does not conform to NASCAR rules detailed in Section 20 of the NASCAR rule book, or has not been approved by NASCAR prior to the event); and 20-5.5.4A (oil pan, failure to submit component) of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rule Book. As a result, the three crew chiefs - Mike Ford (#11 car), Dave Rogers (#18 car) and Greg Zipadelli (#20 car) have been fined $50,000 each and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. In addition, all three car chiefs - Chris Gillin (#11 car), Wesley Sherrill (#18 car) and Jason Shapiro (#20 car) along with Senior Vice President of Racing Operations Jimmy Makar have been placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.
New INDYCAR Pavilion Added To International Motorsports Industry Show With booth space, attendee registrations and reserved hotel room nights already on record pace, officials from the growing International Motorsports Industry Show (IMIS) announced today that the 2011 event will feature a new INDYCAR Pavilion when its doors open in December.
IMIS is a three-day trade show featuring seminars, conferences – including the third annual Safety and Technical Conference – and more than 650 exhibitors showcasing the latest and greatest in racing parts and technology. The third annual IMIS event is scheduled for Dec. 8-10, 2011 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.
New in 2011 will be the INDYCAR Pavilion, which will be a focal area for all things related to the IZOD IndyCar Series, the Firestone Indy Lights Series and the Mazda Road to Indy programs. Attractions and features confirmed to date for the INDYCAR Pavilion include:
NASCAR comes to HDTheater this summer..... with the heart-pounding special, DAYTONA 500: THE INSIDE STORY. The one-hour documentary, produced by award-winning NASCAR Media Group, will offer viewers an exclusive look back at the unforgettable 53rd installment of motorsports' most iconic race. This year's running was one of the most emotionally-charged in NASCAR history, as it marked the tenth anniversary of the legendary Dale Earnhardt's death on the track's final turn at the 2001 Daytona 500. While race fans reflected upon this tragic event, the upset victory of an unlikely rookie emerged as the serendipitous backstory to this tale of the track. DAYTONA 500: THE INSIDE STORY premieres June 30 at 9:00 PM (ET/PT).
BMW to present concept DTM car BMW is going to present a concept DTM car during the Munich Olympic Stadium event on the 15th of July.
"Although we will not be competing in 2011, we want to use this opportunity to give DTM fans and BMW Motorsport followers a taste of what they can look forward to next season. For this reason, this event is the logical venue to unveil a BMW M3 DTM Concept Car," said Jens Marquardt, head of BMW Motorsport from July the 1st this year.
BMW started development of the new car in October last year after the announcement of the German manufacturer's return to DTM in 2012.
BMW is going to run three teams in the DTM next year, including Schnitzer, RBM and RMG. The teams are expected to start testing the new car shortly.
So far the driver line-up has not yet been revealed.
Pirelli to debut new medium tires Pirelli's new medium tire compound will make its racing debut in this weekend's European GP following a successful test in Canada.
The rubber, which was tested during practice in Montreal, will be the 'prime' tire in Valencia, with the soft to be used as 'option'.
The PZero White medium tire is not quite as durable as the hards, but "it is quicker while still representing a significant step in range over the option tire," according to Pirelli.
"We've seen some fantastic street races so far this season, with the last grand prix in Canada being one of the highlights of the year, so we hope that Valencia will continue this pattern although it's notoriously difficult to overtake there," said Pirelli's Paul Hembery.
FIA clamps down tighter on 'hot' exhaust blowing (GMM) The FIA has moved further to clamp down immediately against aggressive exhaust blowing.
It was already known that so-called "hot blowing", involving the aggressive blowing of engine exhaust through rear diffusers when the driver is not on the throttle, will be effectively banned as of Silverstone next month.
But Germany's Auto Motor und Sport reported on Tuesday that another element of exhaust blowing will be banned immediately.
From Valencia this weekend, teams will no longer be able to use extremely aggressive hot-blowing in qualifying, and then switch to a more engine-friendly setting for the grand prix.
Small Crowd Leaves Uncertain Future For IndyCar's Milwaukee 225UPDATE #2 As we wrote below, IndyCar should black out the TV broadcast in the local market to boost ticket sales at the track - an old NASCAR trick when the series was growing. The Milwaukee 225, the IndyCar auto race Sunday at the Milwaukee Mile, attracted a crowd of no more than 15,000 spectators, putting its return to the Mile in doubt.
It did attract more television households in the Milwaukee market on Father’s Day.
The Milwaukee 225 on WISN-TV (Channel 12) had a local rating of 2.9 or 26,131 households. The overnight rating for the race nationally was 0.9 or about 1.04 million households.
So if even half of those 26,131 (or more because 1 household equals about 1.3 viewers) people who sat home in Milwaukee instead came to the race track, the IndyCar race would have had attendance of almost 30,000 and everyone would have called it a success. Mark C.
06/20/11 A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, You are correct that NASCAR owns the ovals, but their attendance at Michigan Sunday was down 40% from its good years. When you plaster a market with free ticket giveaways for years you kill it. Why should fans buy a ticket when a freebie may be just around the corner. And when NASCAR was growing they always blacked the race out in the local market to help ticket sales. Why doesn't IndyCar do that? Dave East
Dear Dave, Yes IndyCar should consider blacking out the local market to boost ticket sales at the track. Why buy a ticket when you can watch it on TV for free? Mark C.
06/20/11 IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard said that next year's Milwaukee 225 "is a 50-50 proposition after a crowd of no more than 15,000 came out to the Milwaukee Mile on Sunday." AB Promotions' Chris McGrath said that his group, which revived the race after a one-year hiatus, "would go over the financial data from the weekend and then meet with Bernard." The race's fate "could be decided as early as this week." It is possible the race could go back to Chicagoland Speedway "at the request of title sponsor Izod." Bernard: "I'm hopeful there's a chance we could have both races" MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL.
A crowd of about 86,000 attended the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 on a "near-perfect day for racing" yesterday at Michigan Int'l Speedway DETROIT FREE PRESS.
Congresswoman renews effort to end military sponsorship Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) is readying her next move in a months-long effort to slash Pentagon spending for NASCAR and other sports sponsorships. McCollum questions whether the U.S. military should be spending hundreds of millions of dollars on sponsorship deals for sports including stock car racing, professional fishing and pro wrestling at a time when the nation is running large deficits. Military officials and congressional supporters say the sponsorships help with recruitment. McCollum has failed twice to advance proposals that would have changed the way the military awards contracts and doles out funds for those events, as well as for ultimate-fighting sponsorships.
The 24th Race Of Champions will not be held at Frankfurt’s Commerzbank-Arena on December 3-4 as previously announced
ROC 2011 will still take place in December at another German venue but a late fixture clash with Germany’s football Bundesliga has forced this change
Fans who have bought tickets for Frankfurt will have a choice of being reimbursed in full or a special offer when the new venue is confirmed
Frankfurt’s Commerzbank-Arena is to be replaced as the host of the 2011 Race Of Champions as a result of a late clash of dates with the Bundesliga football season, which is announcing its latest schedule today (June 21).
Milwaukee: Does Randy Bernard get it yet?UPDATE #2 “It was a great race, exactly what everyone told me it would be,” said INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard after watching his first race at the nation’s oldest track. “Obviously, the crowd was pretty disappointing and I don’t want to give up on it yet but I’m also not willing to say we’re going to bring it back. We made some mistakes and learned some lessons and now we need to do some evaluating.” SPEEDTV.com
06/19/11 Another reader writes, Dear AR1.com, I agree with Mr. Rosen. IndyCar is barking up the wrong tree if it thinks it is going to grow any sort of oval track attendance. What I did get excited about was the Ft. Lauderdale rumor. This could be a race that really puts the series on the map. Tie in the air show and the celebrity race and you will have a winner. Fans would have the option of going to South Beach, West Palm, or even the Hard Rock Casino for gambling in the evenings. There are miles of pristine beach with warm water for people that want to swim. There are 14 water taxis that run 24/7 that could bring people directly to the race site from everywhere in Ft Lauderdale, Miami, and Pompano. The whole Intercoastal Waterway would open up a whole new dimension. When you start to look at the possibilities it is very exciting.
And as for Danica's comment that the series needs more ovals because she likes them more, well she's going to NASCAR so who gives a hoot what she thinks. What did Danica think about that Milwaukee crowd today? Abraham Rabinowitz, Miami
06/19/11 A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, The crowd here at Milwaukee is horrible. I have to laugh when people advise Randy Bernard to add more ovals to the schedule like New Hampshire, Phoenix, Michigan, Chicagoland, etc. Some people have their heads buried in the sand if they really think race fans give a hoot about watching IndyCars on an oval. So many have failed and as AR1 says - you could shoot a cannon into the grandstands at Milwaukee today and you might hit someone. Except for the Indy 500, NASCAR owns the ovals in the USA and if anyone says anything different to you, they have their head buried in the sand or living a dream of the past before the split when Tony George destroyed a very good thing CART had going. Mordichai Rosen, Los Angeles
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Franchitti humbled to be in 'strange company' Paul Tracy and Sebastien Bourdais - tied with 31 victories on the all-time Indy car racing list -- are the next marks for Dario Franchitti, though the Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver doesn't necessarily contemplate such laurels.
It's select company - surpassing Tommy Milton, Bobby Rahal, Ralph DePalma, Gordon Johncock, Rodger Ward and Johnny Rutherford over the past 55 weeks - and the reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion can't fathom himself in the room. On June 19 in the Milwaukee 225, Franchitti tied four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears for ninth on the leaderboard with 29 wins.
If IndyCar returns de Silvestro wants more Safer Barrier
Simona de Silvestro
Simona De Silvestro made a plea Sunday for energy-absorbing barriers on the inside walls of race tracks after banging into one a day earlier at the Milwaukee Mile. De Silvestro was shook up -- a bruised back, banged up knees -- when her HVM Racing car rolled rear-first into an unprotected wall during Saturday's qualifying session.
Not helping De Silvestro's cause was the damage already done to the back end of the car. She tore that up with the initial slide into the outside wall in turn four.
"We've tried to tell the league to make sure all the tracks, especially the ovals, have SAFER barriers on the inside of the track because there are crashes there," she said prior to the Milwaukee 225. "The one I had last year at Kentucky (Speedway) was pretty painful."
Dale Jr. unhappy with teammate Martin Dale Earnhardt Jr. was not thrilled with teammate Mark Martin for an incident late in the race when Martin passed but came up on Dale Jr and forced him into the wall. Here’s what both drivers said about the incident:
On the incident: “He knew I was up there. He was just running hard. If the tables were turned I’d been smarter and given him plenty of room than he gave me. He’s older than me and been racing forever and knows a lot more (stuff) … and he’s forgot more stuff than I’ll ever know. Still I take better care of people than that.
Asked if he was surprised to see that type of racing from Martin, Dale Jr. said: “I don’t know. I just do a better job. I take better care of people than that. Now that I know what to expect in a situation like that, I’ll still drive on the outside of him and hopefully he won’t run me into the wall.’’
Childress working with Bowyer, General Mills on contracts Another free agent out there is #33-Clint Bowyer. Here's what car owner Richard Childress said about the Bowyer situation: "We're working really hard right now on sponsorship for him," Childress said. "We're all wanting to stay together but we're just looking for sponsorship. We've got some really good things going on but we've got to get them finalized." So what about the status of General Mills as a sponsor? "I think you'll see General Mills back next year,'' he said. Virginian-Pilot
Heidfeld taking ‘one race at a time’ Nick Heidfeld insists that Renault will be walking before it runs, with the Enstone team having encountered a number of frustrations since enjoying podium finishes at the opening two races of the season. In Canada, the German’s Grand Prix ended in the Turn 3 escape road after making contact with Kamui Kobayashi’s Sauber.
“It was important for the team to come away from Canada understanding some of the problems we encountered in Monaco and I think we have clear proof that we did exactly that,” Heidfeld begins to explain.
Cosworth wants clarity over 2013 engine regs Formula One engine manufacturer Cosworth has called for clarity over the 2013 engine regulations ahead of a meeting of the F1 Commission to discuss the issue on Wednesday.
Last December the FIA's World Motor Sport Council ratified plans to swap the current 2.4 liter V8 engines for 'greener' 1.6 liter four-cylinder turbo engines in 2013. F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and Ferrari voiced their concerns at the time and the manufacturers now appear to be split on when, or indeed whether, the new rules should come into force.
FIA president Jean Todt has revealed that Ferrari and Mercedes have voiced concerns over the cost of developing the engines and have asked for the introduction to be postponed, while Renault has threatened to quit if the switch from V8s is delayed.
(GMM) Paul Pietsch today becomes the only living former formula one driver with a three-digit age.
The German, born on 20 June 1911, drove Alfa Romeos and Maseratis in the modern world championship's earliest years, failing to win a race or even score a point.
But he is also remembered for founding the authoritative magazine Auto Motor und Sport, and in his more recent years for refusing to use a walking stick or a hearing aid because they are "for old people".
Ironically as a 100-year-old now, Pietsch's nickname was 'Rennbaby' (baby racer), due to his spending much of his earlier career as the youngest in the field.
(GMM) Sebastian Vettel insists he is not overly worried about the FIA's controversial clampdown on blown exhaust solutions.
The reigning world champion has run into a clear lead in 2011, with his Red Bull said to benefit the most from the so-called 'hot blowing' of engine gases through rear diffusers.
But that practice will be severely limited as of Silverstone next month, and team advisor Helmut Marko obviously feels Red Bull's dominance has been targeted as he noted the mid-season timing of the ban as "pretty strange."
Sage Karam, driving the #88 Andretti Autosport / MAZDASPEED / Comfort Revolution Mazda, led 93 of 98 laps around the Milwaukee Mile to score his first victory of the season in Round 4 of the 2011 Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear. His previous best finish was 3rd in Round 3 in the Night Before the 500 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis on May 28.
Karam, the 2010 USF2000 champion who moved up to compete in the 2011 Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear via a scholarship from the Mazda Road to Indy, started from the inside of the second row, but took the lead on Lap 5 and stretched it to a 13.430 – second margin of victory over Martin Scuncio, of Santiago, Chile, in the #60 Juncos Racing / Bia Comunicaciones / Cable Del Pacifico Mazda. He also turned the fastest lap of the race in the process, 27.763 (131.614 mph). Pole-winner Nick Andries, of St Petersburg, Florida, claimed the final podium spot in his #81 Team Pelfrey / Lithionics Battery / GS610 Brake Fluid / Trademark Garage Floors Mazda.
Second season DTM win and points’ lead for Martin Tomczyk
Martin Tomczyk (Audi) has won the fourth DTM season round at Lausitzring. Having started from fourth place, the German crossed the finish line as the winner after 52 laps at the 3.478 kilometers long track.
With his second season win after his earlier success at Spielberg in Austria a fortnight ago, the 29-year old is taking over the lead in the points’ standings with 30 points.
In second place, Timo Scheider completed the 1-2 for Audi. Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz) completed the podium at Lausitz.
In the drivers’ standings after four rounds, the French-Canadian is now second, one point behind Tomczyk.
Korjus finds the winning formula again in Renault Series race Kevin Korjus (Tech 1 Racing) has recorded his third Formula Renault 3.5 Series victory of the season thanks to a bold attacking strategy. Korjus started all the way back in 13th, and the 18-year-old rookie showed experience beyond his years to work through the field and win the race. Carlin’s Robert Wickens finished second to ensure that he remains top of the championship at the season’s mid-point. The Canadian’s reward is a place behind the wheel of Lotus Renault GP’s R30 in a Formula One demonstration in Budapest.
It was a wet start to the day in qualifying this morning, but the rain did not dampen Robert Wickens’ spirits as he scored his fourth pole of the year. In the last lap of qualifying, Brendon Hartley (Gravity-Charouz) removed Carlin’s Jean-Eric Vergne from the front row of the grid. French driver Vergne, as a result, started the race on the second row alongside Epic Racing’s Albert Costa.
Wickens Scores Win and Second Place in Germany Robert Wickens regained the lead of the 2011 Formula Renault 3.5 Series following a stellar weekend at Germany’s Nürburgring Circuit with the Canadian racer dominating the double-header proceedings with two pole positions, a victory on Saturday and second place in Sunday’s race.
Robert, an official Formula One reserve driver for Marussia Virgin Racing, signaled his intent early in the weekend quickly setting the pace throughout Friday’s fifth round free practice sessions at the 4.55km track. The 22-year-old then translated his pace into points, recapturing the lead of the Driver Standings with Wickens now heading the 2011 title chase on 132 points.
As a result of taking control of the points at the half-way stage of the season, Wickens will be rewarded by the ‘World Series by Renault’ with the opportunity to drive a Renault F1 car in a demonstration run at the next round of the championship in Hungary in July.
Simona de Silvestro was initially in tears when she had to step out of the car
Only a few laps into Sunday afternoon's Milwaukee 225 race, Simona de Silvestro decided that she wasn't in the right condition to drive after the crash she was involved in during Saturday's qualifying session.
On Saturday, de Silvestro's car made contact with the SAFER barrier on the exit of turn four, in addition to the inside wall of the track.
De Silvestro was sent to Froedert hospital, where she was later released, and then met with medical staff on Sunday morning. She was cleared to drive and told her team she felt fine up until race time.
"Throughout the day, I thought I was ready to get out there, but it only took a lap or two to realize that I wasn't," said de Silvestro. "It's tough because the Nuclear Clean Air Energy team worked so hard last night to repair the car. I'm proud of them and thankful that they were willing to put in the hard work it took to be ready when the green flag dropped. Now I'm just going to focus on getting ready for the next race."
Next weekend, the IZOD IndyCar Series heads to Iowa Speedway for the Iowa Corn Indy 250, airing on VERSUS at 8 p.m. ET.
Rome never wanted to replace F1's Monza - mayor (GMM) Historic Monza is more important to formula one than Rome, the Italian capital's mayor Gianni Alemanno has admitted.
Rome came close to joining the sport's annual calendar until Bernie Ecclestone ruled that each country should host only a single formula one race per year.
That scuppered the chances of a street event in the EUR district, and Alemanno confirmed to Italian LA7 news that he only wanted to bring F1 to Rome if it could have complemented the historic Italian grand prix at Monza.
Ecclestone summons F1 Commission for 2013 engine vote (GMM) Bernie Ecclestone has organized a meeting of the F1 Commission in an attempt to formally scuttle the proposed engine rules for 2013.
That is the claim of the German magazine Auto Motor und Sport, revealing that the meeting will take place on Wednesday.
The report said F1 chief executive Ecclestone, a staunch critic of the proposed rules, believes FIA president Jean Todt improperly introduced the four-cylinder turbos by bypassing the official bodies including the F1 Commission.
JGR teams face penalties for oil pansUPDATE #2 Joe Gibbs Racing officials believed NASCAR would approve new oil pans on the team’s cars at the track rather than having to submit them through a more formal approval process, team president J.D. Gibbs said Sunday.
“Our guys thought they would bring it to the race track and [NASCAR would say], ‘Hey, no issues and go ahead and run it,’” Gibbs said. “Clearly, it should have been a whole, separate issue. It was our responsibility and we messed it up.
“It wasn’t an illegal part you’re trying to sneak through. It’s a new part and we should have done it differently. … There’s a lot of parts and pieces that you’ll bring and run it through and they’ll look at it and [say], ‘Yeah, you’re good, go on in.’”
Esteban Guerrieri wins Indy Lights race, teams cry foul Esteban Guerrieri lead from the start to take the David Hobbs 100 in the Indy Lights series. Sam Schmidt Motorsports team mate Josef Newgarden finished second, and Team Moore Racing’s Gustavo Yacaman finished third.
The win is highly controversial since the first two places were won by cars that were initially sent to the back of the field following post-qualification inspection by IndyCar officials. That decision was quickly reversed, much to the dismay of team owners who believe – and have believed -- that Sam Schmidt’s cars are being allowed the benefit of an uneven interpretation of the rules.
Sunday weather update from Milwaukee -Rains came to the Milwaukee Mile this morning, but the sun and dryers are doing their thing. No further rain is predicted. Indy Lights go off at 12:30 PM Central Time and the IndyCars at 3:00 PM Central Time.
- Simona de Silvestro was cleared to drive in today’s Milwaukee 225. Her car, “Porkchop”, is back together after a late-night (early morning, actually) thrash by the team. There is no scheduled morning warmup to test the car.
- Target Chip Ganassi cars are still running their rear wings much flatter than the competition. They have obviously found something that most of the rest of the field hasn’t found, and will be the odds-on favorite for today’s race.
- Yesterday, the two front-row cars belonging to Sam Schmidt Motorsports, had their qualification times disallowed, then re-allowed, by Indycar Indy Lights officials. This highly irregular reversal is, according to some Indy Lights owners, all too regular in their series. There are some who claim that Sam Schmidt Motorsports is getting the benefit from Sam’s status as the most recognizable quadriplegic in the world, and his general popularity among Indy fans.
Renault hopes to challenge F1 Big 3 Renault is aiming to get among Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari on the grid at next weekend's European Grand Prix with the help of an updated rear wing and Drag Reduction System (DRS).
Renault has broken the top six in qualifying on a handful of occasions this year, but at the last two races its best grid position has been ninth. However, team boss Eric Boullier is confident the R31s will be quicker over one lap at the Valencia street circuit.
"The track will suit us well," he said, "and we expect to be fighting for places on the front three rows come Sunday's starting grid."
Luca Filippi has a very special feeling with the Brno circuit. The Italian driver, who last year won the Auto GP debut race on the Czech track, did the same today clinching an amazing win in a race that saw a really eventful first lap. At the start Rio Haryanto got off well and Filippi followed him, but in the back of the field Giovanni Venturini and Marco Barba made contact, involving also Francesco Dracone.
The rest of the field thundered towards Turn 2, but there something else happened: Bruno Mendez got on the dirt side of the track and lost the car, climbing upon Fabio Onidi and collecting also Adrien Tambay. With 6 cars out, the Safety-Car was called in to allow the track to be cleared, and on Lap 4 the drivers started to pit. Everybody made the most of the Safety-Car period changing tires, apart from Sergei Afanasiev, Samuele Buttarelli and Rio Haryanto: this cost the Indonesian driver the win, as changing tires after the restart meant dropping to P6 for him.
It was in the opposite order last time, but for the second oval in a row, Team Pelfrey made it an all-yellow front row for the start of tomorrow's Round 4 of the 2011 Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear. In today's qualifying, Florida racer Nick Andries -- who finished 2nd in Round 3 at the Night Before the 500 and turned the quickest time in practice yesterday -- put his #81 Team Pelfrey / Lithionics Battery / GS610 Brake Fluid / Trademark Garage Floors Mazda on the pole with a 27.269 (133.998 mph), just 2/100ths of a second off the official Star Mazda track record at Milwaukee, a 27.249 set by Adrian Carrio in 2006.
Milwaukee Mile trying to rebuild its lost fan base The pressure is on today at the Milwaukee Mile, and it weighs on more than just the Izod IndyCar Series drivers. Except for Indianapolis Motor Speedway, oval-track racing in this series is running at half speed. Only seven such venues are on the current schedule -- there are 10 events on road courses and street circuits -- and attendance concerns abound.
Texas Motor Speedway had one of its smaller IndyCar crowds last weekend, and officials here at Wisconsin State Fair Park face a tall task of rebuilding this event after all racing activities stopped last year.
The Indianapolis-based promoters of this event -- Avocado Motorsports Marketing and BMG Event Productions -- tried to boost interest in recent days by offering two-for-one tickets to some grandstand sections. Seating capacity is nearly 40,000.
Raikkonen not driving for Gordon at Infineon Robby Gordon won't have open-wheel star Kimi Raikkonen driving one of his cars next week at Infineon Raceway, just another twist in what has been a strange season for his race team. Gordon will race this weekend at Michigan and again next week at Infineon but might not be back behind the wheel of his own Sprint Cup car until the Brickyard 400 in late July.
The driver/owner had hoped to field two cars at the road course at Infineon - one for him and another for Raikkonen, the 2007 Formula One champion. Raikkonen wrecked Gordon's main road-course car at a test last month. Gordon just finished getting that car repaired and he and Raikkonen couldn't work out a deal for the Finnish driver to make his Cup debut for Robby Gordon Motorsports. Gordon, who has had to start and park his car at times this year due to lack of sponsorship, will attempt to run the entire race at Michigan and Infineon.
His next race likely will be Indianapolis in late July. He also has planned to run the Nationwide race at Montreal in August. He said he might run two cars in some weeks for additional testing. Gordon is now buying engines and using his own shop to rebuild and maintain them. He was leasing engines from Penske Motorsports. Scene Daily
Hagen continues 2011 success with Milwaukee victory Darren Hagen of Riverside, Calif. claimed another major USAC Mopar National Midget feature victory Saturday at the Milwaukee Mile at the Wisconsin State Fair Park. Hagen trailed Caleb Armstrong for the first 21 laps, then took over and led the final four circuits in his Liberty Cillage/McGladrey & Pullen Spike/Esslinger Ford. Armstrong finished second ahead of Khyle Hamilton, Bobby Santos III and Adam Kramer. Series point leader Bryan Clauson finished 16th and pole starter Dillon Welch was sixth.
East takes Milwaukee Silver Crown race win Bobby East of Brownsburg, Ind. left fans with a memorable performance Saturday after coming from the back of the field on a restart at lap 35 to mow down the field in the Milwaukee 100 and claim the victory in his Joe Gibbs Racing Oil Beast/Ford. East led the first 20 laps but was moved back two positions for jumping the original start. Shortly thereafter he was moved to the rear of the field for another infraction and then the fireworks started in the form of his charge to the front. Tanner Swanson led the restart at lap 21 but East climbed to the “top-10” by lap 38. He was ninth on lap 39, eighth on lap 41, seventh on lap 43 and sixth on lap 46.
Milwaukee Post Qualifying News TidbitsUPDATE This is revised after IndyCar reversed its decision to disallow Sam Schmidt's Indy Lights team qualifying times. But also see rumors page.
06/18/11 - Down, but not out, take 1 – Ed Carpenter declared that Sarah Fisher Racing was not out of it yet as he walked back to his hauler after qualification. The team has been at or near the bottom of the speed chart since they unloaded, and qualified dead last of those who finished qualification.
Simona's Pork Chop car is examined by crew
- Simona de Silvestro hit the Turn 4 wall during qualification, and was taken to a local hospital for evaluation. Simona’s condition is unknown at this time. Her car, “Porkchop”, was badly injured as well, but the team was seen putting it back together in the paddock. AR1 was told by team officials that the team does indeed have a second car, but it is unclear whether the car is in Milwaukee this weekend, or if it was in condition to run. Her team had a brand new car at Indy, but was destroyed in a spectacular crash that left Simona with burns that are still healing.
Milwaukee Indy Lights grid Qualifying Saturday for the David Hobbs 100 Firestone Indy Lights Series event on the 1.015-mile Milwaukee Mile, with starting position, car number in parentheses, driver, and speed:
1 (7) Esteban Guerrieri, 149.005 2. (11) Josef Newgarden, 148.175 3. (77) Bryan Clauson, 147.258 4. (2) Gustavo Yacaman, 147.169 5. (9) Anders Krohn, 145.897 6. (16) David Ostella, 144.583 7. (4) Jorge Goncalvez, 144.419 8. (36) Peter Dempsey, 144.187 9. (5) Stefan Wilson, 143.085 10. (3) Victor Carbone, 142.990 11. (22) Victor Garcia, 142.719 12. (32) Brandon Wagner, 141.118 13. (28) Duarte Ferreira, 137.739
Simona clouts the wallUPDATE IndyCar driver Simona De Silvestro was taken to a hospital after she crashed during qualifying at the Milwaukee Mile. A series spokesperson says De Silvestro is awake and alert, but is being transported by ground to Froedtert Hospital for further evaluation. She spun and slammed the wall hard during her qualifying run, then went skidding backward into the inside wall.
06/18/11 Simona de Silvestro just hit the wall in qualifying for the Milwaukee 225 IndyCar race. The car she calls Pork chop is done, and she has no backup car.?
Veach Claims Pole at the Milwaukee Mile Milwaukee, Wis. – Zach Veach will start on pole position for tomorrow’s sixth round of the Cooper Tires Presents the USF2000 National Championship Powered by Mazda at the famed Milwaukee Mile.
Veach, 16, from Stockdale, Ohio, was fastest in each of the two practice sessions prior to qualifying with the #7 Zakosi Data Backup/Andretti Autosport Van Diemen-Mazda DP08. The youngster, who currently lies third in the championship standings, continued his dominant form this afternoon by posting two laps in a total of 58.114 seconds, a record average speed of 125.753 mph.
Former British Formula Ford Champion Wayne Boyd will start alongside on the front row in the #4 Belardi Auto Racing entry. Boyd, 20, from Belfast, Northern Ireland, produced his best qualifying run of the season thus far with a two-lap run of 58.295 seconds – just 0.181 slower than Veach.
Spengler and Green claim front row of the starting grid at Lausitzring Mercedes-Benz drivers lock out the front row on the starting grid for the fourth round of the DTM season at the Lausitzring: with a lap time of 1:19.119 minutes in qualifying for the race on Sunday, Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz) claimed the best starting grid position. His team-mate Jamie Green (Mercedes-Benz) will be lining up alongside him on the front row of the grid. The Brit came 0.405 seconds short of Spengler’s fastest time.
With Mattias Ekström and Martin Tomczyk, two Audi drivers are on the second row. Swedish driver Ekström was classified third in qualifying. Tomczyk, who won the race at Spielberg in Austria a fortnight ago, claimed fourth place on the grid.
Wickens beats Ricciardo in World Series by Renault Robert Wickens remained calm under pressure to claim victory in the first race of the weekend at the Nurburgring, resisting two brief rain showers on slick tires to ultimately cross the line six tenths ahead of Daniel Ricciardo. Kevin Korjus completed the podium, but he finished a substantial margin behind the top two.
The race began on a damp track surface and, with no predicted rain, the field decided to start on slick tires. Wickens initially struggled to get off the line, but he did enough to hold onto his lead into the first corner. Despite a small mistake from Wickens on a wetter part of the circuit, Ricciardo could only pull up alongside his Canadian rival, just failing to make a move stick.
News update from Milwaukee Saturday Dario Franchitti continues to be the man to beat at Milwaukee, followed by team mate Scott Dixon. A careful examination of their rear wing showed that it was tilted back more than wings on competitor’s cars, perhaps to the Indycar mandated limit of 41 degrees. The rest of the field seemed to be running at “full tilt”.
- AJ Foyt’ team continues to thrash on Vitor Meira’s backup car. Vitor crashed his primary ride after the team made changes in an attempt to find speed, and the backup car isn’t any better. Worse yet, it developed a mysterious oil leak during morning practice, taking away valuable testing time. Vitor’s speed is 24th fastest on the combined practice sheets after 2 practices, leading only Saavedra and Carpenter.
- You gotta give the promoters of this year’s Milwaukee event credit for working hard. Word has it that they are short-staffed, tight-funded and not exactly welcome by the neighbors. From all accounts, the locals are at best ambivalent to any racing at this historic track. Tickets for tomorrow’s race are being offered at 2 for 1 prices on the 3 least costly packages.
Boullier: We need to be higher up on the grid After a memorable race in Montreal, Renault F1 team principal Eric Boullier looks to the European Grand Prix in Valencia – the third consecutive street circuit on the F1 calendar. Nick Heidfeld in the Renault garage
It was an unpredictable race in Montreal – F1 is proving quite an exciting spectacle at the moment… Eric Boullier: It was completely unusual to have such a deluge but, as we thought it would be, the race was very exciting and a fantastic spectacle until the very last lap. There’s no doubt we could have had a better result and seeing Nick collide with Kamui was not pleasant. I am obviously happy for Vitaly who had another strong weekend.
Mario: Indy not the ultimate measure of driver skill In America there is an open-wheel series called IndyCar. It races on a combination of road courses and oval tracks. It has some of Motor sports biggest names attached to it like A. J. Foyt, Al Unser, Johnny Rutherford, Rick Mears, Danny Sullivan, Gordon Johncock, Parnelli Jones, Arie Luyendyk, Helio Castroneves, Dario Franchitti, Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon. It also has a seriously big race each May called the Indy 500.
The Indy 500 is arguably one of the biggest races in the world. Some would say that it may be the most known race in the world but not necessarily the biggest. That title belongs to the 24 Hours of Le Mans and you can include me in that camp. Regardless, the Indy 500 in Indianapolis Indiana is a major motor sport event that celebrated its 100th anniversary this year.
The circuit is legendary and impressive in size and scope. The speeds achieved at the Indy 500 are dangerously impressive as well but according to Indy 500 winner Mario Andretti, the hype and impact of this race is way overplayed—the race itself is not that great.
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