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06/23/10
racing news

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Formula Juniors going thru turn 1 in 1963.  Chuck Parsons won the race in a Lotus 22.  Note the press tent at the top of the picture…..we've come a long way.
More than 500 entrants with over 600 significant race and sports cars from 13 countries will be arriving in the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca paddock in August for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.

“What I enjoy most is walking the paddock during the set-up to see the participants from all walks of life here for the same reason: to race these beautifully restored and historically-significant race cars,” explained Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “The father-daughter racers are alongside captains of industries, shop teachers, ex-Formula 1 drivers, and art and antique experts.”

In addition to their passion for vintage race cars, the participants in the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion have a diverse professional background – from coffee importers to Inn Keepers and auctions houses – but their common denominator is strapping into a race car and driving the cars as they were originally intended. To illustrate their diverse personalities, here is a look into their outside-of- the-race-track lives:

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06/23/10
irl

IndyCar teams will test at Mid-Ohio
On the way to South Central New York for the Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen (only another 312 miles), five IZOD IndyCar Series teams will stop off June 30 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for a road course refresher.

The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by Westfield Insurance on Aug. 8 at the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio course is the fourth in a five-race road/street/airport circuit stretch that commences July 4 at Watkins Glen International. Teams are coming off four consecutive oval events.

"For us, it's a good opportunity," said Vitor Meira, who recorded a seventh-place finish June 20 at Iowa Speedway in the No. 14 ABC Supply car for A.J. Foyt Racing. "We don't get to test very much and in a season you have to pick your fights. It's hard to focus on one; there are so many - road courses, street courses, ovals big and small -- there's always room to improve.

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06/23/10
grandam

Boris Said to run with Brumos in GrandAm
Popular veteran Boris Said has entered the Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway, co-driving Marsh Racing's No. 31 Whelen Engineering Corvette with Eric Curran.

The team competes in the production-based GT class of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16. The race takes the green flag on Saturday, July 3 at 11 a.m. ET. (SPEED, live).

"It's a new car, and they're developing it at the race track," Said explained. "They're getting better and better with each race - they qualified fifth in the most recent race at Mid-Ohio. I talk with Eric a lot, and I feel they're overcoming the problems from earlier this year."

Marsh Racing, a veteran of NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East competition, first raced in the Rolex Series at Barber Motorsports Park in April. The team ran the next five races, with a best finish of 10th at Watkins Glen's six-hour event, with Curran co-driving with Brandon Davis.

Team owner Ted Marsh said he hopes to have Said in the car for the remainder of the Rolex Series season, as Curran's co-driver.

The Brumos Porsche 250 will also be the 100th race for the Rolex Series' headlining class, Daytona Prototypes. Said drove to a third-place finish in the 2003 Rolex 24 At Daytona, the debuting race for the DPs.

"I was in the first one and I really believed in the idea and the concept and it's become one of the most competitive series in the world," Said recalled. "You look at other series and you know which prototype is going to win because it has a competitive advantage. But not with GRAND-AM, where it's all about the driver, team and manufacturer. It isn't about just having the best car."

Daytona will be Said's second Rolex Series event this season. He raced with Turner Motorsport in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona, finishing eighth. He ran in one full Rolex Series season, losing a tiebreaker for the GT championship to teammate Bill Auberlen in 2004. He scored five of his seven career Rolex Series class victories that year. Said also has one overall victory, winning at Watkins Glen in 2006 as a replacement for Krohn Racing.

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06/23/10
nassprint

Jeff Gordon releases his own wine label
On Sunday, Jeff Gordon released the first of four 2007 varietals of his wine to bear the name of his daughter, Ella Sofia. The debut of Jeff Gordon Collection 2007 Ella Sofia Carneros Chardonnay coincided with her third birthday and Father’s Day, making the release extra special to the four-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion.

“This wine is dedicated to my daughter, born in 2007—the only vintage of the Jeff Gordon Collection that will carry her name as it commemorates the happiness she has brought to Ingrid and me,” said Gordon.

“I’m very excited about the release, especially since it occurred on her birthday and Father’s Day.”

The 2007 vintage is the fourth release of this most popular varietal. The grapes for this selection come from a 35 year old, Wente Clone Vineyard, planted on the Sonoma County side of Carneros, just south of the town of Sonoma. This wine is pale yellow, straw in color. Aromas of tropical fruit, pineapple & mango mingle with hints of ripe melon, green apple and toasty oak. This wine is well balanced with a full body and moderate oak. Flavors of passion fruit, caramel, and zesty citrus show through in the long finish. The release follows a big week for Jeff Gordon Collection wine. On Wednesday, there was a private tasting party on the grounds of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach with Gordon and winemaker Joe Briggs, followed by a visit to August Briggs Winery and rounded out with the launch of a new direct-to-consumer website.

The next Ella Sofia varietal to be released will be the 2007 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, along with a 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, on July 1.

To order the new 2007 Ella Sofia Carneros Chardonnay and other available varietals of Jeff Gordon Collection wine, please visit www.JeffGordonWines.com.

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06/23/10
pf2000

Fierberg teams up with Pinnacle Performance
Dave Freitas Racing driver and Pacific Formula 2000 driver standout Ira Fierberg are pleased to announce a partnership with leading sports performance psychologist Dr. Michael Gervais, of Pinnacle Performance in Beverly Hills, CA.  Fierberg's DFR Van Diemen will feature PINNACLE PERFORMANCE branding for this weekend's upcoming Pacific Formula 2000 Championship rounds 7 and 8 at World Famous Infineon Raceway, in Sonoma, CA.

"I am so honored to be able to work with someone as talented as Dr. Gervais", commented Fierberg.  "Although we have only been working together for a very short time, and are just scratching the surface of our mindset work, I have learned many invaluable things that have allowed me to up my game significantly.  It is really mind-blowing to think of all the world class athletes that Dr. Gervais has worked with, and I am humbled to be under the Pinnacle Performance umbrella".  Fierberg has already produced 2 pole positions, and three podium finishes in the 2010 Championship.

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06/23/10
Automotive

Electric cars driving new innovations
Prodrive is leading a consortium of companies to develop a new technology for electric and electric hybrid vehicles that will reduce the weight and space taken by the electrical power system.  The 3 year project to develop a flexible DC-DC converter is supported by investment from the government-backed Technology Strategy Board. Prodrive is joined by the University of Manchester, Raytheon Systems Ltd, SciSys, International Transformers and Tata Motors European Technical centre. The first year of the project will be devoted to fundamental research, followed by two years of application and development, leading to a drivable demonstration car by the end of year three; market introduction is said to be 5-7 years away.

Current practice is to integrate DC-DC converters into the power management system to step down or step up the battery voltage to meet the needs of different devices such as traction motors, cabin electrical systems, fuel cell stacks or supercapacitors.  In complex architectures this requires several converters.  A single, flexible converter will save cost, weight and package space, enabling vehicle manufacturers to move more easily to the next generation of sophisticated plug-in and range-extended hybrids.

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06/23/10
automotive

Mercedes AMG engine voted best
The AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine took away two top accolades as part of the coveted "International Engine of the Year Awards 2010": the high-revving naturally aspirated engine developing up to 386 kW/525 hp comfortably took top spot in the "Best Performance Engine" and "Above 4 liters" categories. This is the second year running that the eight-cylinder engine from AMG has beaten off the competition.

Bearing the internal designation M 156, the AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine with its displacement of 6208 cubic centimeters produces between 457 hp and 525 hp, develops up to 630 Nm of torque and features in various AMG models, including the C 63 AMG, the E 63 AMG and the SL 63 AMG. The basis for the agile power delivery is the consistent technology transfer from motorsport, which has been an inseparable part of the company philosophy at Mercedes-AMG for over four decades. The verdict of juror Jason Cammisa from Automobile Magazine (USA): "The absolute epitome of a German hot rod V8 engine!" Carl Cunanan, editor of C! Magazine (USA): For its fantastic engine sound alone it deserved first place!"

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06/23/10
miscellaneous

Donohue book honored at IAMA awards
David Bull Publishing is proud to announce that Michael Argetsinger’s Mark Donohue: Technical Excellence at Speed swept the awards in the 2009 International Automotive Media Competition (IAMC). Argetsinger’s book received a gold medal as best biography and was also cited as the year’s Best Book. Then, at the end of the ceremony, it was announced that it had won over all other entries from the automotive media—including books, magazines, newspapers, Internet, radio, and television—to be named “Best of 2009.” The awards were held on Monday, June 21, 2010 at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan.

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06/23/10
irl

IndyCar drivers talk about world cup
Matos:
Do you like or follow soccer? Did you play soccer at some point in your life?
RM: Yes, I do follow Brazil, especially in the big matches and tournaments like the World Cup. I played soccer when I was eight and until I was 11.
Do you have any special memory about soccer?
RM: When they put me in as the goalkeeper, I was really bad.
What teams will play the final match of the 2010 World Soccer Cup?
RM: Brazil and France.
Which one will win?
RM: Brazil.
Score for the final match?
RM: 3-1.

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06/23/10
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Phoenix Racing and Bobby Labonte Team Up for Pair of Races
Phoenix Racing and team owner James Finch announced today that 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Bobby Labonte will drive the team's No. 09 Chevrolet in a two-race agreement. 

Labonte will race the No. 09 Chevrolet in the Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway on July 3rd.  He is also slated to drive the LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 10th for the team.  The team will compete for wins in both events.

"It's good to know that we'll have a past champion in our car for these two races," said team owner James Finch.  "I've known Bobby for a while and he always works hard behind the wheel.  This is a good opportunity for us to race for a win."

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06/23/10
automotive

GM Announces South America Region
GM South America will be headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil and will be led by Jaime Ardila, currently president and general manager GM Mercosur. Ardila becomes president, GM South America and will report to GM Chairman and CEO Ed Whitacre. As a member of the Executive Committee and regional president, Ardila becomes the highest ranking Hispanic in the company. GM South America includes GM's existing sales and manufacturing operations in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela as well as sales activities in those countries and Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. GM South America currently has 29,000 employees.

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06/23/10
Racing News

Quote of the Week
"Of course, I use the yacht, because if you are going to own a business, it may as well be one you can enjoy -- otherwise, I would have bought a funeral home." Flavio Briatore on regaining possession of his seized yacht

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06/23/10
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Bobby Labonte to Drive for Robby Gordon
Robby Gordon Motorsports will put 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Bobby Labonte behind the wheel of the No. 7 Toyota at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 this weekend in a current one-race deal.

"When we found out that Bobby was available to drive for us, we jumped at it," said team owner Robby Gordon.  "To have a past champion driving your car is a good opportunity.  I think we can learn from him this weekend and it will help our program moving forward."

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06/23/10
f1

Terror threats as F1 world descends on Valencia UPDATE (GMM)  A terrorist threat eased as evening fell on Wednesday in Valencia, the Spanish host of this weekend's European grand prix.  We reported earlier that as the F1 world winged its way to the country's third largest city, the armed separatist group ETA was threatening to blow up roads and railways.  But police found no bombs after an intense search and soon afterwards lifted controls on the port city, according to agency reports.

06/23/10 (GMM)  As the F1 world makes its way to Valencia on Wednesday, there are reports of terror threats around the Spanish port city.

Authorities said the armed separatist group ETA had threatened to blow up highways, but reports that at least one bomb had exploded have not yet been confirmed.

El Publico newspaper said railways may also have been targeted.

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06/23/10
alms

Q&A with Highcroft Racing owner Duncan Dayton
Duncan Dayton
Highcroft Racing has returned from its first assault on the world famous 24 Hours of Le Mans and have now set their sights on defending its points lead in the American Le Mans Series.

While the team recorded a race finish at Le Mans, a cooling issue sidelined the car for much of the final four hours in what was a tough introduction to French endurance classic.

After two consecutive ALMS race victories, team boss Duncan Dayton and the Patr¢n Highcroft Racing team will head for Salt Lake City's Miller Motorsports Park for round four of the 2010 title chase on July 11.

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06/23/10
f1

Did Ferrari gain competitive advantage on a media track-day?
The grainy footage posted on YouTube of a Ferrari F10 flying around Fiorano last Friday has provided a bit of a talking point going into this weekend’s European Grand Prix in Valencia.. I have heard some grumbling about ‘loopholes’ being exploited, although no team I have spoken to would say as much on the record, either because they don’t want to stick their heads above the parapet or because they don’t believe it to be an issue.



But what have they got to complain about? The rules, after all, are the same for everyone. In-season testing is banned these days (for cost-saving purposes) with a few notable exceptions, one of which is “…promotional or demonstration events carried out using tyres provided specifically for this purpose by the appointed supplier.”

Ferrari’s day was a ‘media’ day. Alonso was running the F10 – complete with a new low exhaust configuration – as part of a day of filming at Ferrari’s exclusive test track. Obviously the Italian team are at a slight advantage in having Fiorano in the first place but this was all perfectly legitimate stuff. As they argue, how else are they to get rights-free footage for use on their website (they tell me that there will be footage on the official site tomorrow of Fernando commentating as he drives around the track with a helmet-cam)?

The grumbling becomes more understandable if they are able to derive any competitive advantage from the exercise. And this week, as has been noted elsewhere, happens to be one in which when they are introducing a revamped rear end as part of an “aggressive push” to get back on level terms with Red Bull and McLaren.

Coincidental? Or would Alonso have been able to glean anything from his brief sortie? Watch the video. He is hardly driving at 30mph behind a camera truck. Even with demo tyres he would presumably be able to give some feedback to his engineers as to how the new aero design is working, or even just check its reliability?? As Ferrari themselves said in the last line of their press release about the day: “You have to make the most of any opportunity in this era of the testing ban!”

So was this ’shakedown’ against the spirit of the regulations? Is this a grey area that certain teams are exploiting? Should the regulations be tightened up? Or were the regs never intended to prevent testing so much as to save costs? Is this a fuss over nothing? Any which way, I am informed the issue will “be discussed by engineers in small huddles” in Valencia as they plan how and when to deploy similar ‘media’ days… UK Telegraph

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06/23/10
nassprint

Bobby Labonte quits team
Bobby Labonte
Bobby Labonte, the 1991 NASCAR Nationwide and the 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, has terminated his contract with TRG Motorsports effective immediately.

Labonte, a 21-time winner in the Sprint Cup Series, is currently exploring opportunities for the remainder of this season in the Sprint Cup Series as well as the NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series. 

"I want to be in a position to win races and be competitive," said Labonte.  "I have worked as hard as possible to give my best at the track so far this season.    I'm now looking to move on and get back into a position to win races."

Labonte is the only driver to have won championships in two of NASCAR's highest levels.

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06/23/10
f1

FIA statement on 2011 rule changes
The World Motor Sport Council met in Geneva on 23 June 2010. The following decisions were taken:

Tires
Pirelli has been selected as the single tire supplier for the FIA Formula One World Championship for a period of three years, commencing in 2011. The sole supplier will undertake to strictly respect the sporting and technical regulations implemented by the FIA.

"Competitor's staff" FIA License
A proposal relating to specific licenses for members of staff of competitors entered in the FIA World Championships has been submitted to the Formula One Commission. This is under consideration for implementation in the FIA Formula One World Championship from the start of 2011, with a view to inclusion in other FIA World Championships in the future.

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06/23/10
f1

Green light for Pirelli as World Council decisions announced
(GMM)  Pirelli is F1's new tire supplier for 2011-2013, it was announced on Wednesday.  A raft of other decisions were also announced after a meeting in Geneva of the World Motor Sport Council.

As a response to the spygate and crashgate scandals, it is "under consideration" that staff of F1 teams must hold "specific licenses" from 2011 that can be revoked by the FIA.

And in the wake of the controversy involving Michael Schumacher in Monaco, the FIA has ruled that there will be no overtaking even when the safety car pulls in on the last lap of a race.

Lewis Hamilton's fine and reprimand after qualifying in Canada has resulted in a new rule requiring drivers to stay below a "maximum time" set by the FIA on in-laps.

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06/23/10
f1

McLaren confirms new exhaust to debut in Britain
(GMM)  McLaren on Wednesday confirmed reports a Red Bull-style exhaust layout will debut on the MP4-25 at Silverstone.

Several teams are embarking upon a similar approach, with designers working to install low-mounted exhausts that allow air to flow more efficiently into the double diffuser.

The benefit, with also the fast-moving exhaust fumes channeled through the diffuser, is believed to be up to half a second per lap.

"We'll be doing trials at an aerodynamic test before Silverstone and hope to have it working on the practice sessions and race it on the Sunday," engineering director Paddy Lowe told reporters during a teleconference.

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06/23/10
f1

Sauber Motorsport - Burger King on board again
Peter Sauber's team are delighted to welcome Burger King® Spain back on board for this coming weekend's European Grand Prix in Valencia. The quick service restaurant chain's logo is displayed on the sides and, most strikingly, on the top of the monocoque of both C29 racers.

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06/23/10
f1

Cosworth preparing for KERS
With KERS making a comeback for 2011, Cosworth will provide their customer teams with engines that are fully capable of being mated to the energy recovery systems. Although so far Williams is the only Cosworth-powered team which has announced it's intent to use KERS.

"Our plans for 2011 are flat out. We want to make sure that we are well prepared for the return of KERS," Cosworth's Mark Gallagher shared with our colleagues over at 'Autosport'.

"Getting that done is a great deal more complicated than just letting the teams simply attach the systems. We need to reconfigure the engine, plus change the ancillaries – but that is what we are ready to do to ensure our teams can run KERS if they wish."

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06/23/10
roc

Tom Kristensen to compete at 2010 Race of Champions
Motor sport great Tom Kristensen has signed up for the 2010 Race of Champions, to be held at Düsseldorf's ESPRIT arena on November 27-28.

- The Dane has won the Le Mans 24-Hour race more than any man in history, with a total of eight victories to his name so far

- The news means the 2010 Race of Champions will feature the greatest drivers of all time from Formula 1 (Michael Schumacher), World Rally Championship (Sébastien Loeb) and the Le Mans 24-Hour race (Tom Kristensen)

The annual end-of-season competition brings together the world’s greatest drivers from motor sport's most prestigious disciplines and pits them head-to-head in identical machinery. Now Kristensen has joined a driver roll call that already includes seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher, four-time F1 world champion Alain Prost, six-time world rally champion Sébastien Loeb and 2010 F1 title contender Sebastian Vettel.

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06/23/10
f1

Latest F1 news in brief
  • Red Bull to stay with Renault, eyes 2011 KERS deal
  • Briatore takes back possession of seized yacht
  • Alguersuari happy with 'best' team Toro Rosso
  • Race date change boosts Valencia ticket sales
  • Horner not ruling out gearbox change for Vettel
  • FIA to respond to Hamilton fuel incident with new rule

Renault RS27 engine
Red Bull to stay with Renault, eyes 2011 KERS deal
(GMM)  Red Bull will "probably" remain with Renault engine power into the 2011 season, team consultant Helmut Marko has revealed.

Team principal Christian Horner said earlier this month that while "happy" with the French supplier, "the engine has maybe 20 or 30 horse power less" than the leading Mercedes unit.

But Mercedes figures including Norbert Haug and Ross Brawn said subsequently that the German marque should not expand beyond supplying Mercedes GP, McLaren and Force India next year.

"As according to statements we apparently cannot have the Mercedes engine, we will probably stay with Renault," Austrian Marko is quoted by the German magazine Sport Bild.

And with the return in 2011 of energy recovery technology KERS, it is even possible that the relationship between Red Bull and Renault will expand.

"We will either use Renault's system, or we will buy it from their supplier Magneti Marelli and adapt it ourselves," said Marko.

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06/23/10
f1

Also Williams to debut Red Bull-like exhausts
(GMM)  The next formula one team working hard on a Red Bull-style exhaust system for its 2010 car is Williams. Ferrari will debut low-mounted exhausts, with gases directed through the double diffuser as seen on the impressive RB6, this weekend at Valencia.  McLaren, Mercedes and Renault will soon follow suit, and now it emerges that Williams is to adopt a similar layout for its Cosworth-powered FW32.

Germany's Auto Motor und Sport said the new exhaust system will appear no later than the British grand prix in mid July. The report said the package will include new wings and a bigger double diffuser.

"We are expecting a big step," said Williams' long-time engineering boss and co-owner Patrick Head.

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06/22/10
nassprint

Ambrose still smarting over lost win in Sonoma
Ambrose leads eventual race winner Jimmie Johnson last Sunday
Marcos Ambrose is working on moving past the toughest day of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career after missing a golden opportunity to seize his first career victory at Infineon Raceway.  Cutting his motor off to conserve fuel and it not starting again derailed a win for the Australian in Sonoma (Calif.) on Sunday.

Today, Ambrose candidly talked about the mishap on Showtime’s Inside NASCAR set with Brad Daugherty, Chris Myers, Randy Pemberton and Michael Waltrip.

“It stinks that we gave away our first victory,” said Ambrose, who is piloting the No. 47 Lance Toyota at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. “Leading the race, I turned the motor off under caution and couldn’t get it cranked back up. I gave away a golden opportunity with an unforced error - - my error. We were conserving fuel from the start because our fuel mileage numbers were not where they needed to be. We were good to go to the end, except for a green-white-checker finish. The only way we thought we would lose the race was fuel mileage. I’m not blaming NASCAR. I put myself in a bad situation. It was their judgment call and it is their house and their rules.”

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06/22/10
scca

June Sprints return to Road America
Over 400 sports car drivers will compete at Road America during the WeatherTech® Chicago Region SCCA June Sprints® Presented by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 24-27, 2010. The June Sprints, which first ran in 1956, is Road America's longest, consecutively run race. Generations of racers and their families have participated over the years and carry that tradition today. Augie Pabst, this year's Grand Marshal, is being recognized for the 50th Anniversary of his 1960 June Sprints win, driving the Meister-Brauser Scarab.

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06/22/10
nnw

Nationwide Road American TV Ratings
ESPN2's live coverage of the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., earned a final national household coverage rating of 1.1, averaging 1,293,910 viewers. The Bucyrus 200 was run on Saturday, June 19.  ESPN PR

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06/22/10
nassprint

LaJoie suspended by NASCAR UPDATE Randy LaJoie, a crew member for the #18 team in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body's substance abuse policy. On June 11, LaJoie was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (violation of the NASCAR substance abuse policy) of the 2010 NASCAR Rule Book. NASCAR PR

06/22/10 Two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Randy LaJoie told Sirius NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody that he is guilty of violating NASCAR's substance abuse policy. LaJoie won the then-NASCAR Busch Series championship in both 1996 and 1997, and has recently worked as an analyst for both ESPN and Sirius NASCAR Radio, in addition to manufacturing racing seats for his company, The Joie Of Seating. He said he expects an announcement from NASCAR within the hour, confirming his suspension, but wanted to "get out in front of it" by speaking out now. "I screwed up," said LaJoie in an exclusive Sirius Speedway interview. "NASCAR tested me Day when I wanted go spot for someone at Nashville. I already have two NASCAR licenses, but they said I needed a spotter's license, and that included taking a drug test. I took the test, and got a call a few days later saying I had tested positive for marijuana." LaJoie called the incident "a one-time, isolated situation," saying he smoked marijuana just once, immediately following the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "I volunteer my time driving a golf cart taking people back and forth," he said. "I dropped one group off in the campground after the race, and there was a pretty good party going on. I did something I shouldn't have done, and while I sure wish I had picked up a different bunch, I don't blame any of them. I blame myself. You can't fix stupid." LaJoie said he will do whatever NASCAR requires in order to be reinstated. "I have already spoken to my own drug abuse counselor, and I am waiting for a call back from NASCAR's doctor," he said. "I'll go wherever they tell me to go, and I'll do what they tell me to do."

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06/22/10
usf2000

JDC Motorsports scores double podium
JDC MotorSports once again showed why it is regarded as one of the premier junior formula car squads in North America on Saturday (June 19), placing two drivers on the podium in Round Four of the Cooper Tires presents the USF2000 National Championship powered by Mazda at the Iowa Speedway. Raphael Abbate and Mikhail Goikhberg showed great speed and skill in only their second-ever oval races, recovering from early race drama to finish an impressive second and third respectively.

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06/22/10
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Said’s Crew Pockets Tissot Pit Road Award in Sonoma
Boris Said’s crew won the Tissot Pit Road Precision Award in Sunday’s (June 20) Sprint Cup road race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

Said’s No. 26 crew, which will collect $5,000 and a Tissot V8 Quartz Chronograph watch for the win, is the 13th different team in the first 16 races to take top honors in the weekly pit road competition.

A combination of quick work on pit road and a savvy race strategy resulted in Said’s No. 26 California Air National Guard Ford Fusion spending the least amount of time on pit road – 116.717 seconds. The pit road effort also helped the colorful Said to an impressive eighth-place finish in the Toyota/Save Mart 350k race.

“It was a super effort by everyone on the No. 26 team and we’re all thrilled to win the Tissot Pit Road Precision Award,” said No. 26 crew chief Frank Stoddard. “We don’t have the budget like most of the Sprint Cup teams, but we have a lot of heart and determination. That’s why it’s so exciting to see our guys get rewarded and recognized because they have done a great job all season.”

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06/22/10
irl

Search for Edmonton promoter gets some play
The search for a new Edmonton Indy promoter has finally got out of first gear.

Two sources have confirmed that the City of Edmonton recently released Indy financial details to prospective promoters who have expressed an interest in taking over the much-maligned motorsports event from Northlands in 2011.

Octane Management of Montreal confirmed its interest in the Edmonton race to the Journal through spokesperson Normand Prieur last week and a source said Octane principal Francois Dumontier recently conducted a site visit in Edmonton. Several sources have confirmed that Green Savoree Promotions of Indianapolis and Toronto is also in the hunt for the Edmonton Indy. Green Savoree co-owner Kevin Savoree has not responded to several messages left by the Journal.

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06/22/10
irl

Kanaan-Danica feud could ruin IndyCar
There’s no love loss between Andretti Autosport teammates Tony Kanaan and Danica Patrick.

That much has been obvious for much of the last year.

But the brewing disdain bubbled to the surface anew last weekend in Iowa.

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06/22/10
irl

IndyCar heads to road courses
On the way to South-Central New York for the Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen, five IZOD IndyCar Series teams will stop off June 30 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for a road course refresher.

The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by Westfield Insurance on Aug. 8 at the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio course is the fourth in a five-race road/street/airport circuit stretch that commences July 4 at Watkins Glen International. Teams are coming off four consecutive oval events.

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06/22/10
f1

Sutil: Valencia "Not that challenging"
Adrian Sutil
Adrian Sutil admits the Valencia street circuit doesn't rate very highly on his list of favorite tracks as there are no challenging corners.

The Spanish port city will host its third European Grand Prix this weekend and the two previous editions have drawn plenty of criticism for not being conducive to exciting races.

Force India's Sutil says you "don't get the thrill" you have on other street circuits.

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06/22/10
f1

Chandhock "I'm in for rest of the year"
Recent media reports in the Indian driver's home country suggested that the 26-year-old could be dropped by the team because of problems with his sponsorship.

Team boss Colin Kolles was reportedly in the process of lining up a replacement, with names such as Christijan Albers and Pastor Maldonado in the frame.

But Chandhok insists that the rumours are baseless and says he is concentrating on the upcoming European Grand Prix in Valencia.

"There is so much speculation and I don't know if it is being started by other drivers who are trying to get in or whatever," he told Reuters.

"Three weeks ago team mate Bruno (Senna) was the one. All over the internet it was: 'Bruno's out and so and so is coming in with money' and this week it seems to be my turn.

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06/22/10
nassprint

Impact Racing retains right to sell in NASCAR
Impact Racing, the Indianapolis racing safety product company owned by motorsports safety pioneer Bill Simpson, has obtained a court injunction to keep its certification from the SFI Foundation to sell race gear for the time being.

U.S. District Court Judge Larry McKinney in Indianapolis issued the injunction Monday.

The injunction prohibits the SFI Foundation – a group of which NASCAR is a member and which sets standards for the safety of uniforms, head-and-neck restraints, seat belts and other products – from terminating its contract with Impact to certify Impact products. If the contracts had been terminated, NASCAR teams would no longer have been able to buy several Impact products because NASCAR requires many safety products to meet certain SFI standards.

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06/22/10
autogp

Grosjean on the Auto GP grid with DAMS
Romain Grosjean
Another former F.1 driver joins the Auto GP grid. Romain Grosjean, Renault F1 driver in 2009, will race in Spa-Francorchamps driving a car prepared by DAMS. The Frenchman, who was Renault's test driver in 2008 and stepped up as full-time driver the following year, had a very successful career in single-seaters. He put himself under the spotlights with great results in GP2, winning eight races and clinching the 2008 GP2 Asia title, and in F3, dominating the 2007 Euro Series with 6 race wins and 12 podium finishes. In 2010 Romain is racing in the Fia GT1 World Championship with a Matech Ford GT. He is currently leading the series thanks to two race wins, in Abu Dhabi and Brno.
This new commitment in Auto GP is the perfect chance for Grosjean to get back in a single-seater, as he explains: "I am really excited with this new challenge and I would like first of all to thank the DAMS team for this opportunity. I am really looking forward to be back in a single-seater car. It is a great experience I will live with the DAMS team and I am sure that it will be very productive for both of us. Spa-Francorchamps is a beautiful circuit and it is always something special racing there with a powerful and competitive car".
Grosjean is the second Auto GP driver to have raced in F.1, together with Giorgio Pantano. Besides this, to confirm the high standard of the series' starting grid, other three drivers had a chance to test a Formula One car. Luca Filippi was Honda F1's test driver for the 2008 season, Jan Charouz is currently a reserve and test driver for Renault F1, while Edoardo Piscopo tested the Ferrari F2008 in Fiorano two years ago, as a prize for finishing runner-up in the Italian F3 Championship.

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06/22/10
f1

F1 figures frustrated with Bridgestone's 2010 tire
(GMM)  Formula one drivers remain unimpressed with the design of Bridgestone's 2010 tire. Up and down pitlane, 'getting these tires to work' is the enigmatic and universal question, which for some teams and drivers is more of a problem than elsewhere.

Ferrari's Felipe Massa, for example, needs warm weather, a soft tire compound and an abrasive track surface to be as quick as his teammate Fernando Alonso.

"It has little to do with racing when you are so dependent on the tires," the Brazilian is quoted by Germany's Auto Motor und Sport.

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06/22/10
f1

No gearbox flaw with Red Bull car - Horner
(GMM)  Christian Horner has played down fears Red Bull might be suffering a fundamental problem with its RB6 car.

Mark Webber lost his front row starting place in Canada due to an unscheduled gearbox change penalty, and his teammate Sebastian Vettel finished the Montreal race with a gearbox problem.

German Vettel, 22, left the American continent insisting there is "no reason to panic" about the latest apparent reliability flaw, but he will drive on the streets of Valencia this weekend with the same gearbox.

Like Webber in Canada, an unscheduled change will cost him five grid places.

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06/22/10
track news

New circuit opens in Northern Spain
The 2.4-mile Navarra circuit
15,000 were on hand Saturday
The Circuito de Navarra opened its doors to spectators on Saturday 19th June before more than 15,000 visitors.  The Circuito de Navarra is located two kilometers from the town of Los Arcos, on the road to Sesma.

It is the first and only circuit in the northwestern quarter of Spain, to balance the ones in Barcelona, Valencia, Jerez and Jarama – the regional Government has backed the €45 million investment in Circuito de Navarra.

The track will soon become an F1 Test grade track, a Grade 2 FIA race track and an FIM superbike and MotoGP test track; it’s already fully booked for national level races and the Superleague Formula cars right up to this year’s end; and it is set to be packed with car club track days, bike clubs from all over Europe (it’s just one hour from the French border) and manufacturer testing – Volkswagen have a major plant in the nearest city, Pamplona.

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06/22/10
f1

Liuzzi to stay at Force India, eyes McLaren future
Vitantonio Liuzzi
(GMM)  Vitantonio Liuzzi has admitted his "dream" is to secure a race seat with McLaren.

The 28-year-old Italian, whose first formula one test was with Williams in 2002, told Autosprint magazine he remains under contract to Force India for one more race season.

But Liuzzi, known in the paddock as Tonio, thinks the best period of his career is yet to come, citing the example of 2010 championship contender Mark Webber.

"Who would have said last year that he (Webber) would now be going for the title?" said Liuzzi, whose seat was recently linked to the team's promising reserve driver Paul di Resta.

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06/22/10
f1

Williams to test improved F-duct at Valencia
(GMM)  Williams will try a developed version of its F-duct system at the Valencia street circuit this weekend. The British team's interpretation of the McLaren-like concept first appeared in China, but technical boss Sam Michael said then that he expected it to take "a couple of months" to perfect.

Very little about Williams' F-duct - called the 'blown rear wing' by the Grove based team - has been heard since.

But on Monday, the team announced that the innovation will feature on the FW32 alongside some other new parts at the European grand prix.

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06/22/10
track news

Bring Your Coolers, Cans, and Snacks But NO Vuvuzelas
Race fans coming for this week's Lenox Industrial Tools 301 events can bring their favorite Coca-Cola products, beer, and tailgating food and snacks; but leave the vuvuzelas at home! If you've watched even five minutes of World Cup soccer, you've no doubt heard the droning sound of horns coming from the stands. The vuvuzela, a South African tradition is the long horn fans use throughout the matches. Good for soccer, not so good for "The Magic Mile." New Hampshire Motor Speedway executive vice president and general manager Jerry Gappens announced today that the track is banning those annoying noisemakers in the grandstand seating areas. In fact, Gappens will conduct a ceremonial destruction of vuvuzelas during pre-race ceremonies Sunday. "We love our fans and want everyone to have a great time here during their visit, but I think it is best to leave the vuvuzelas in South Africa at the World Cup," said Gappens. "Forget engine noise; these pseudo-instruments are truly painful to the ears!" A long standing NASCAR tradition allows fans to bring their own food and drink into the speedway. There are a few other items that are not allowed, such as glass containers and umbrellas. Just a little reminder, only coolers or items 14" and under are permitted into the grandstand area and for your safety all persons, coolers, bags and backpacks are subject to searches. Purchase tickets to the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday, June 27 and the SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday, September 19 by visiting online at www.nhms.com or by calling our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931. NHMS PR

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06/22/10
irl

IndyCar chassis announcement coming UPDATE "I think DeltaWing has done an unbelievable amount of buzz to the sport," IRL CEO Randy Bernard said. "It has created a lot of creative thinking and that shouldn't be taken lightly. Chip Ganassi is an innovator and wants to see this series moving forward."

Randy Bernard
Bernard would like to see cost containment with the new design, but does not want that to take away from other key areas for the car. He doesn't want to put a "cheaply made" product on the race course.

"It's our job to make sure that we minimize costs as much as we can without cheapening the sport," Bernard said. "This is the pinnacle of open-wheel racing and we have to keep it at that level. We have to keep safety as an important element of it and keep the competition and speed there. If we can do that while saving money that is a benefit to everybody. But if you can't, you cannot allow the sport to not be the pinnacle of open-wheel racing in North America."

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06/21/10
irl

IRL parks Milka Duno UPDATE
Comical Ali surfaces again.  Ok....so we had to have a little fun with this
Handling issues forced an early end to IndyCar driver Milka Duno's competition in Sunday's Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Iowa Speedway. By lap 31 of the 250-lap race it was obvious that the car was just not performing as well as it had in the practice sessions leading up to the race.

In the first practice session for the race Duno was 20th quickest and she picked up four more positions in the second practice session by finishing 16th. In her warm-up qualifying lap Duno was delivering the same pace as the ultimate pole winner when the bump in turn 2 spun the car and sent Duno hard into the wall.

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06/21/10
automotive

Cadillac To Provide new Maintenance Program
Cadillac announced today it will provide owners of all 2011 models with frequently required maintenance services for the first four years or 50,000 miles as it seeks to build the best customer service experience in the luxury segment.

The program, called Cadillac Premium Care Maintenance, covers scheduled oil changes, tire rotations, replacement of engine and cabin air filters and a multi-point vehicle inspection. 

“Cadillac is adding Premium Care Maintenance as a way to extend customer service beyond the sale,” said Kurt McNeil, vice president of Cadillac sales and service. “The program is designed to raise satisfaction for owners by ensuring access to expert service. It should lead to higher loyalty rates for dealers by establishing them as a valued resource for our customers.”

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06/21/10
nassprint

Dale Jr. featured on SportsCenter's "My Wish"
For the fifth straight year, ESPN will present its critically acclaimed SportsCenter’s “My Wish” series, which chronicles sports-themed wishes granted to children with life-threatening medical conditions in collaboration with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Stephanie Druley, senior coordinating producer, ESPN, and David Williams, Make-A-Wish Foundation of America president & chief executive officer, announced today that the series will air Sunday, July 18, through Thursday, July 22.

This year’s series will bring the total of original SportsCenter “My Wish” episodes to 30 since 2006. This season, ESPN will help the Make-A-Wish Foundation, one of the world’s leading children’s charities, grant to five children wishes involving leading sports figures. Each wish will be the subject of one SportsCenter feature segment.

Similar to previous years, the SportsCenter segment will feature the story behind the wish, interviews with the youngsters and their families and a behind-the-scenes look at the wish fulfilled, including the interaction between each child and his or her favorite athlete. Emmy Award-winning reporter Chris Connelly will again host. This year’s participating wish-granters are Dale Earnhardt Jr., Albert Pujols, LaDainian Tomlinson, the Oakland Raiders and one other to be announced. (Editor’s note: additional details of the participating athletes and wish kids will be announced closer to air date.)

“Sports have a way of connecting people, the athletes, fans and viewers at home, and the ‘My Wish’ series is a great way to share unique and heartfelt experiences with some of the world’s top athletes and teams,” Druley said. “The response we have received from participants and viewers these last four years has been incredibly positive, and we look forward to sharing the stories of the kids and athletes this season as we celebrate 30 wishes.”

“Wherever I go across the country, the ‘My Wish’ series continues to be one of the most popular topics of conversation with people I meet,” Williams said. “The features really engage viewers in our mission thanks to ESPN’s wonderful storytelling, and of course our courageous wish kids and the athletes who generously give time to grant their unique wishes. We truly appreciate the ongoing support of ESPN and its staff, who put so much dedication and care into bringing the kids’ stories to viewers each year.”

ESPN.com will offer additional and complementary content related to the five wish-granting experiences.

“My Wish” has offered an unprecedented, behind-the-scenes look at the wish-granting experience and featured the wish children participating in sports-related activities with their favorite athletes or teams, including: Kobe Bryant, Michelle Kwan, Drew Brees, Tony Hawk, Chris Paul, David Wright and many more. To access and download images from the 2009 SportsCenter “My Wish” series, please click here. Visit www.espnmediazone.com for ESPN's latest releases, schedules and other news, plus photos, video and audio clips and more.

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06/21/10
irl

Miller says short ovals are IRL's future
Robbin Miller's latest:

There’s always a lot of grumbling in the IndyCar paddock about coming to corn country: it’s in middle of nowhere, no fancy restaurants and no 4-star hotels are among the annual complaints.

But there are two reasons that Iowa Speedway should always be a fixture on the schedule.

It’s real racy and it draws real fans.

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06/21/10
nassprint

Turner Sports to offer 3-D feed of Daytona race
Turner Sports will be the first network to offer a NASCAR Sprint Cup race live in 3-D as it will use 3-D cameras for the July 3 Coke Zero 400 from Daytona International Speedway.

The 3-D telecast on television will be available on DirecTV. It also will be available on NASCAR.com, which is operated by Turner.

In order watch the event in 3D, viewers will need a 3-D television or personal computer display with matching 3D glasses.

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06/21/10
irl
f1

Kirby on F1 vs IndyCar in USA
Gordon Kirby had some really interesting things to say about the huge crowd in Montreal and the lack of one in Iowa, as well as some interesting points on the concept of a GRE engine.

Check our the article here

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06/21/10
nascar

Ray Parks dies UPDATE NASCAR Hall of Fame inaugural nominee Raymond Parks passed away Sunday, June 20 at the age of 96. Parks was the last living member of the pivotal 1947 Streamline Hotel meeting in Daytona Beach, Fla., that led to the formation of NASCAR. Parks’ car, driven by Red Byron, won the sport’s first race and championship, both in 1948. A year later, he further solidified his place in history as the first championship car owner of what is now known as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Parks is honored in the following prominent exhibits in the NASCAR Hall of Fame:

A life-size statute as one of the founding fathers of NASCAR – located in Heritage Speedway
A replica of the shop Red Vogt used to prepare the immaculate machines that Parks fielded for Red Byron in the beginning years of the sport – located in Heritage Speedway.  The actual car Parks owned that Byron drove to the inaugural championship in 1948 – located on Glory Road.

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06/21/10
f1

European Grand Prix from an Engine’s Perspective
“Valencia was the scene of Cosworth’s first laps of 2010 in a preseason test session with the AT&T Williams team at the Ricardo Tormo circuit back in February, marking its return to Formula One as an engine supplier after three years. Although the European Grand Prix will be its second trip to Valencia this year, it will be Cosworth’s first visit to the city’s temporary street circuit, which has hosted the European Grand Prix since 2008.

Valencia’s positioning as a street circuit incorrectly conjures up comparisons with Monaco or Singapore, but in reality its characteristics couldn’t be more different. A combination of 25 corners with average speeds around 200kmh and regular top speeds in the region of 300kmh makes Valencia a faster track than the more typical street circuits. The stop-start nature of the track requires good corner exit speed and engine torque particularly when exiting the lower speed turns like 2, 10 and 17, as well as the final left-hander heading back onto the main straight.

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06/21/10
television

Racing this week on ESPN
The NASCAR Nationwide Series races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., this weekend and ESPN will have live a live telecast of the 200-mile event on Saturday, June 26. NASCAR Countdown airs at 2:30 p.m. ET, while the race telecast starts at 3:30 p.m. with the green flag at 3:51 p.m. ESPN2 is the home of the series all season, with selected races airing on ESPN and ABC. The race will mark the return of IZOD IndyCar Series star Danica Patrick to NASCAR as she runs a limited schedule in stock cars this season.

Marty Reid will be the lap-by-lap announcer, joined in the booth for analysis by 1999 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Dale Jarrett and two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion crew chief Andy Petree. Pit reporters will be Dave Burns, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch while two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion crew chief Tim Brewer will report from the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage.

Allen Bestwick will host NASCAR Countdown from the ESPN pit studio, with analysis by Jarrett and Brad Daugherty, a team owner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Evernham, Craven, Smith on NASCAR Now Roundtable
NASCAR on ESPN analysts Ray Evernham and Ricky Craven and NASCAR Now lead reporter Marty Smith will be panelists on NASCAR Now’s weekly roundtable discussion program airing Monday, June 28, at 6 p.m. ET. Allen Bestwick will host the edition of ESPN2’s daily NASCAR news and information program.

Mike Massaro hosts half-hour episodes of NASCAR Now airing late-night this week due to ESPN’s coverage of FIFA World Cup soccer, Wimbledon tennis and the College World Series. Programs air Wednesday, June 23, at midnight (late Tuesday night), Thursday, June 24, at midnight (late Wednesday night) and Saturday, June 26, at midnight (late Friday night). There will be no show on Thursday. 

Massaro also hosts the weekend edition of NASCAR Now airing Sunday, June 27, at 8:30 a.m. with a preview of that day’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Smith and Angelique Chengelis will report from the speedway, joined by analyst Dale Jarrett.

NASCAR Now is hosted by Massaro, Nicole Briscoe, Bestwick and Shannon Spake and originates from ESPN’s high definition studios in Bristol, Conn. Contributors include reporters Marty Smith and Angelique Chengelis, analysts Ray Evernham, Tim Brewer, Brad Daugherty, Ricky Craven and Randy LaJoie, and ESPN.com reporters Ed Hinton, Terry Blount and David Newton. The NASCAR on ESPN team event coverage team of Rusty Wallace, Dale Jarrett, Marty Reid, Dr. Jerry Punch, Andy Petree, Dave Burns, Jamie Little, and Vince Welch also make frequent contributions to NASCAR Now. 

NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series in Ohio
The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series races this weekend in the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, and ESPN2 will air highlights of qualifying and eliminations. Qualifying action airs Saturday, June 26, at 7 p.m. ET, and coverage of eliminations airs Sunday at 7 p.m. 

The series will make its fourth appearance at Summit Motorsports Park, which four years ago underwent a $4 million improvement project. The event begins the second half of the season and is the final one on the tour before teams head west for the grueling Western Swing. The event also is the site of the eight-car Pro Stock bonus event, the K&N Horsepower Challenge, the winner of which receives $50,000.

Paul Page anchors ESPN2’s coverage with analysis by 22-time NHRA winner Mike Dunn. Gary Gerould and Dave Rieff report from the pits. Rieff and Dunn host NHRA RaceDay presented by Lucas Oil on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. to set the stage for that day’s eliminations action.

Also this weekend, ESPN2 airs highlights of the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Modified Series event held recently at Bristol Dragway in Tennessee. The 30-minute program airs Sunday, June 27, at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.

Visit www.espnmediazone.com for ESPN's latest releases, schedules and other news, plus photos, video and audio clips and more.

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06/21/10
nassprint

NASCAR going 3D for Daytona
NASCAR Media Group, a media, marketing and entertainment company, and Turner Sports, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., announced today that NASCAR’s first foray into 3D programming will take place on July 3, 2010 with a special presentation of the Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola (TNT, 7:30 p.m. ET). The 3D production, NASCAR’s first ever, will be made available through TNT RaceBuddy on NASCAR.COM

(NASCAR.COM/RaceBuddy3D) as well as through DIRECTV, and will complement a special television presentation on TNT, highlighted by the network’s groundbreaking signature Wide Open format.

NASCAR.COM will feature 3D feeds for the Daytona race in addition to the mosaic of HD-quality complementary unique camera angles available on TNT RaceBuddy on NASCAR.COM (NASCAR.COM/RaceBuddy) throughout the six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races televised on TNT. Turner, which manages NASCAR.COM, will also make the Sprint Cup Series race from Daytona International Speedway available in 3D through DIRECTV. In order to experience the event in 3D, viewers will need a 3D TV or PC display with matching 3D glasses. Fans can go to www.nascar.com/racebuddy3D to get more information about the hardware and software used to view the 3D production online.

“One of our goals here at NASCAR is to continuously explore ways to improve the viewing experience for our fans,” said Jay Abraham, chief operating officer of NASCAR Media Group. “Offering the Coke Zero 400 in 3D on NASCAR.COM and select television distributors is a great example of that consistent exploration. Our fans have been asking us about 3D for several months so we’re excited to deliver that to them for the first time ever in what will likely change how NASCAR is consumed moving forward.”

The 3D production on NASCAR.COM and DIRECTV will feature two custom racing feeds produced specifically for 3D. The first will provide a unique look at the racing action from strategically placed cameras around the track designed to maximize the effect of 3D. The second stream will bring the mayhem of pit row into the third dimension creating a one-of-a-kind visual experience.

“At Turner Sports we pride ourselves on innovation through testing, learning and exploring new products and technologies that can better serve our audiences on a multitude of platforms,” said Lenny Daniels, Turner Sports EVP and COO. “We see this as an opportunity to showcase our marquee primetime race in Daytona through our signature Wide Open format on TNT, as well as to learn more about 3D through this unique presentation online at NASCAR.COM and through DIRECTV.”

TNT’s televised coverage of the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona on July 3 begins at 6:30 p.m. ET with Countdown to Green, and continues with live race coverage in its groundbreaking signature Wide Open format beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET. This format is a television presentation in which the network provides continuous race coverage free of national commercial breaks and features more unobstructed race action than that of a standard telecast by using a letterbox widescreen format. Along with title sponsor Coke Zero, featured sponsors-to-date are Burger King, Coors Light, Dimension Films’ Piranha 3D, Goodyear, Sprint, Subway and Toyota.

NASCAR Media Group is the exclusive rights holder of NASCAR event footage, race data and content and its credits include Dale and The Ride of Their Lives, NASCAR-themed movies for Viacom distributed on TV and via DVD.

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06/21/10
f1

Trulli committed to Lotus for next two years
(GMM)  Jarno Trulli insists he remains committed to Lotus.

The Italian, who switched to the new Malaysian backed team after several years with the big-budget Toyota, admitted recently that 2010 had so far not met his expectations.

He told the Italian press in late April that he will judge Lotus' debut season "at the end of the year".

Some interpreted that comment to mean he would consider his options for 2011, but the 35-year-old revealed at the weekend that he is already signed up through 2012.

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06/21/10
f1

Q&A with Alan Permane
Renault's chief race engineer Alan Permane shares his thoughts on the team's Canadian GP and looks ahead to Valencia...

Q: Alan, looking back to Canada, the team came away with six points for Robert, but was left feeling rather frustrated...
AP: We did come away disappointed and feeling that we probably didn't get the most from the weekend - and it's the first race this season where we've felt that. Obviously a large part of our frustration was down to our tire management because we suffered with such high degradation rates, which held us back and meant we couldn't meet our expectations.

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06/21/10
irl

IndyCar penalizes two drivers
Simona De Silvestro was penalized for hitting one of her crew members, Brett Snyder, who suffered a sprained ankle. Ryan Hunter-Reay was initially livid for being penalized for striking Tony Kanaan's tire on pit road, but team officials later told him it was warranted.

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06/21/10
irl

And the IRL wants to add more ovals?
The Iowa Corn Indy 250 drew the smallest crowd of its four-year run at Iowa Speedway on Sunday, largely because 5,000 ticket-holders didn’t show up.  When you give tickets away for free to people who do not care about racing, many don't bother to even show up, especially if there is a forecast of rain.

And the IRL wants to add oval track races that failed miserably in New Hampshire, Michigan and Las Vegas believing that miraculously the fans in these places care at all about IndyCar racing.  They don't, and they voted with their feet last time and so they will do so again.  Unless they give away all the seats for free, the IRL will embarrass themselves once again, racing before near empty grandstand, which just makes them look like a bunch of losers.

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06/21/10
f1

Bridgestone reveals large tire difference for Germany
(GMM)  Bridgestone is taking a radical approach to next month's German grand prix.

After extreme degradation and graining was credited for spicing up the recent Canadian grand prix, many paddock regulars suggested that it is the sport's approach to tires that that should be targeted for producing more exciting races.

F1's sole tire supplier announced on Monday that for the Hockenheim round late next month, the compounds on offer will be vastly different.

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06/21/10
automotive

Alfa Romeo Celebrates 100 Years of Wins and World Records
Alfa Romeo will be celebrating its 100th anniversary on June 24, 2010. Very few other auto marker's have reached such a prestigious goal, and the circle is even smaller considering the marketing successes and the racing wins that Alfa Romeo has achieved worldwide. Alfa Romeo was officially established in Milan on June 24, 1910.

That year, a group of entrepreneurs and businessmen acquired Società Italiana Automobili Darracq, the Italian branch of the French car maker, and its Portello workshops on the city outskirts, and established A.L.F.A. (Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili – "Lombard Automobile Factory, Public Company"). The emblem underlined the new company's ties to the city of Milan: a red cross from the city's banner and the Visconti family "grass snake" ("Biscione" in Italian).

The first car to sport it was the "24 HP", a model that stood out from the very beginning for its mechanics and performance.

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06/21/10
superleague

Olympiacos wins Super Final as van der Drift continues to impress
Superleague Formula by Sonangol rookie Chris van der Drift scored his first ever Super Final victory as the New Zealander's continued impressive form netted Greek club Olympiacos a €100,000 prize fund in round 4 of the season at Magny-Cours.

After third and 12th place finishes in the weekend's two 45-minute races, van der Drift sneaked into the six-car, five lap Super Final as the last qualifier, but avoided the first corner chaos at the start to take the lead and control the whole race.

The shenanigans at turn 1 were sparked by pole sitter Craig Dolby of league leaders Tottenham Hotspur when the British driver out braked himself and forced off the fast-starting Max Wissel of FC Basel and AS Roma's Julien Jousse.  As cars scattered in avoidance, van der Drift had a clear path into the lead and led home John Martin of Beijing Guoan by 4.6 seconds at the checkered flag.

Yelmer Buurman was third for AC Milan, and while Dolby's first corner mishap saw him spin into the gravel and retire, Wissel survived to grab a distant fourth and Jousse made it home in fifth.

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06/21/10
nassprint

Mattias Ekström leaves strong impression
Mattias Ekström learned that if you are a foreigner and taking the NASCAR regulars to school they will just crash you out
Bob Heathcote/AR1.com
Mattias Ekström left a strong impression in his first race of the NASCAR series at Sonoma (U.S. state of California). After a problem in qualifying the Audi "factory" driver in the race pushed forward into the group of front runners from grid position 38 with fast lap times and a good strategy of the Red Bull Racing USA team.

The Swede even led the race some of the time. With a place among the top ten in sight, Ekström was turned around by a rival just before the end of the race (which happens to all foreigners unless you are Danica Patrick where the orders come down from on high to treat her with kid gloves), though. A recovery on the last laps enabled him to move forward again from 34th to 21st place.

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06/21/10
f1

Mansell to be F1 steward at Silverstone
Nigel Mansell (C) with his sons Greg and Leo
(GMM)  Nigel Mansell has confirmed he will be the FIA steward on duty at next month's British grand prix.

We revealed in April that the 1992 world champion would sit alongside the three standard formula one stewards at Silverstone, as FIA president Jean Todt's new initiative continues.

So far this season, famous former drivers including Mansell's fellow champions Emerson Fittipaldi, Damon Hill and Alain Prost have been full fourth stewards at grands prix.

Briton Mansell, 56, confirmed in an interview with the Daily Mail newspaper that the reports about his Silverstone duties were true.

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06/21/10
f1

Button sued Brawn to receive 2009 F1 car prize
Button in last year's Brawn in which he won the World title with
(GMM)  Jenson Button had to file legal action before his former team handed over his prize for winning the 2009 world championship.

When the 30-year-old agreed to lower his salary amid the Honda/Brawn management takeover, a clause was added to his contract.

It read: "In the event that the driver wins the championship at any time during the term, the company shall transfer ... ownership of one chassis of the type driven by the driver during that winning season."

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06/20/10
irl

Iowa Corn 250 Notebook - Sunday
It was a special weekend for John O'Gara. He was with extended family at the racetrack, race day also happened to be Father's Day and on June 19 he celebrated his 28th wedding anniversary with his bride, Jean.

O'Gara, the race strategist among other things for the No. 67 Dollar General car driven by team owner Sarah Fisher, has the opportunity to work side by side with son Andy and daughter Colleen.

"It's incredible to be able to follow him like I did growing up and to come to all the racetracks and root him on and to now be here on the other end," said Andy, who happens to be married to the owner/driver.

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06/20/10
f1

Chandhok admits he ruined Alonso's race
Karun Chandhok is eager to have a talk with Fernando Alonso after perhaps costing the Ferrari driver a chance at victory in Canada.

Alonso, who was fighting the McLarens for the race win, put in a blistering lap in free air before coming up behind Chandhok and losing a massive two seconds that lap alone.

Ferrari later argued that the lost time behind the Hispania Racing backmarker cost Alonso the Canadian GP victory, prompting Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo to launch yet another scathing attack on F1's newcomers.

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06/20/10
motogp

Lorenzo wins at Silverstone
Spain’s Jorge Lorenzo stretched his lead at the top of the Championship standings to 37 points after winning Sunday’s British MotoGP at Silverstone.

The Fiat Yamaha rider led from start to finish, having begun the race on pole.

Last year’s winner Andrea Dovizioso came in second while American Ben Spies grabbed his first podium spot in third.

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06/20/10
f2

F2 parade continues - no one passes for lead
Benjamin Bailly scored a triumphant victory on home soil in the second race at Zolder, the Belgian leading from the start to eventually take the chequered flag by just over three seconds from Jolyon Palmer.

While Bailly's victory gave the home fans plenty to cheer, the action behind him proved equally consuming as Jolyon Palmer, Jack Clarke, Dean Stoneman and Will Bratt enjoyed a four-way tussle for second place for almost the entire duration of the race.

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06/20/10
f1

F1 boss Ecclestone vows never to retire
Bernie vows to never retire
(GMM) He turns 80 later this year, but Bernie Ecclestone has vowed never to retire.

"I cannot stop," the sport's British chief executive told the German Sunday newspaper Bild am Sonntag.

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06/20/10
f1
motogp

F1 faces at MotoGP, while Lotus and Ferrari test
(GMM) With formula one between grands prix, many familiar faces spent their weekends in a slightly different racing environment.

Sports lover Mark Webber was F1's most recognizable face in the paddock of premier motorcycle racing MotoGP's Silverstone round.

But also at the British circuit was Mercedes' Nick Fry, HRT driver Karun Chandhok, commentator Martin Brundle and occasional steward Johnny Herbert.

"I like to watch bike racing on TV," Australian Webber told sport1. "I don't live far away, I have seen many friends here, and there are also many Australians working in MotoGP."

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06/20/10
nnw

NASCAR crowd big at Road America
By all accounts, NASCAR's first trip to Road America in 55 years was a success Saturday.

"It was a great event," George Bruggenthies, track president and general manager, said after the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series Bucyrus 200. "Look at all the people it attracted. I think we attracted a lot of new people.

"I want to do it again."

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06/20/10
irl

Iowa track surface could cause more crashes
Calling the undulation at the exit of turn one at Iowa Speedway a bump seems inaccurate. It's more than that.  The hazardous zone figures to be the turning point for today's Izod IndyCar Series race.

"It's bad," Helio Castroneves said.

"It's where you don't know what's going to happen," Tony Kanaan said.

"A moving target," Scott Dixon said.

But those are the drivers talking.

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06/20/10
irl

IndyCar safety crew aims to avoid looking like rank amateurs again
The IndyCar safety crew meeting was held Saturday at Iowa Speedway as it is at every track on the IndyCar schedule. IndyCar officials said attentiveness was at a season high in the aftermath of the sloppy rescue of Simona De Silvestro two weeks ago at Texas.

De Silvestro and two safety crew members suffered minor burns in the incident as rescuers did not follow protocol.

"It got us back in our classroom," said Mike Yates, IndyCar's safety manager who leads the group and their meetings. "I think sometimes you do something so much that when something happens (like De Silvestro's fire) it probably catches you out."

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06/20/10
f2

Brilliant Bailly scores maiden pole on home soil
Bailly, Clarke and Palmer will start on the front two rows for this afternoon’s race
Benjamin Bailly captured his maiden Formula Two pole position in Zolder, Belgium, in what was the closest qualifying session of the season so far - the top six drivers being separated by just over two tenths of a second.

Times dropped as the session approached its climax and there were five changes at the top in a frantic sixty second period, with Bailly eventually emerging on pole - just 0.041s ahead of Jack Clarke in second.

Bailly joins Jolyon Palmer as one of only two drivers to score a pole position on home soil this season, and the young Belgian was clearly delighted: "I feel really, really great," he enthused. "Yesterday I was fast and I wished I could have got the pole position then! I worked a lot with my engineer however, and also the guy from the RACB who was with me for the set-up of the car, and we found something. Now I have a really great feeling at home, thanks to everybody and I'm very happy!"

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06/20/10
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06/20/10
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Beijing Guoan on pole as Aussie Martin stars in qualifying
Australia may have made a bad start to the World Cup after a first game drubbing by Germany, while China haven't even qualified for the tournament in South Africa, but both nations are celebrating this evening as Aussie John Martin put Chinese club Beijing Guoan on pole position by winning the qualifying knock out at round 4 of Superleague Formula by Sonangol in Jarama. Martin was fast in every session and was the only driver to dip below the 1 minute 21 second barrier in qualifying as he dominated a difficult Group A. He went on to beat championship leader Craig Dolby (Tottenham Hotspur) in the quarter final, fourth placed Max Wissel (FC Basel) in the semis and second place Yelmer Buurman (AC Milan) in the final to secure his first ever Superleague Formula pole position. His battle with the in-form Buurman in the final was a dramatic affair as the Milan star led in the first sector, before Martin turned it around in sector 2 and crossed the finish line 0.254 seconds clear. Buurman will start alongside Martin on the front row for tomorrow's first race, while the impressive Chris van der Drift (Olympiacos) will share the second row with Wissel, despite the fact that his car missed time in the morning's free practice session with an oil leak.

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