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06/21/13
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IndyCar Milwaukee TV Rating  IndyCar ratings are dropping like a lead sinker because the series is no longer relevant to the youth of this country. NBC Sports Network averaged a pathetic 196,000 viewers Saturday’s IndyCar race at Milwaukee, the lowest TV audience for an IndyCar race since 194,000 watched a race at Edmonton last July. Series officials point to slightly improved ratings for races shown on ABC – a broadcast network instead of a cable network – including a 1.4 final rating for a prime-time broadcast June 8 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Sunday’s race in Newton will be shown on ABC, and IndyCar officials will be watching the numbers closely, just as they’ll be monitoring the release of the film. Belskus says exit polling will provide important data about who watched the film and whether it might entice them to attend the Indy 500 or another IndyCar race.

06/21/13
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Bower leads 2nd practice at Sonoma  Road racing veterans Marcos Ambrose and defending race winner Clint Bowyer split leaderboard honors in a pair of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practices Friday afternoon at Sonoma Raceway.

Ambrose – who has two Sprint Cup wins to his credit, but none on the 1.99-mile Sonoma track – clocked a series-best lap of 94.049 mph with about 10 minutes left in the 1 hour, 45-minute opening session. The Australian driver for the No. 9 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford won the Coors Light Pole Award for this event last season. More ...
06/21/13
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Ambrose and Montoya lead 1st practice at Sonoma  
POS  Driver Car # Make Best Time Behind
1 Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford 76.173 Leader
2 Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet 76.302 -0.129
3 Casey Mears 13 Ford 76.592 -0.419
4 Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet 76.678 -0.505
5 Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet 76.685 -0.512
6 Greg Biffle 16 Ford 76.701 -0.528
7 Brad Keselowski 2 Ford 76.721 -0.548
8 Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota 76.724 -0.551
9 Martin Truex Jr 56 Toyota 76.860 -0.687
10 Joey Logano 22 Ford 76.957 -0.784 More ...
06/21/13
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Bardahl Returns to Indy Car  An historic name in all of racing Bardahl, returns to the Indy Car world with their sponsorship of the Dale Coyne Racing #18 for the Iowa race with driver Ana Beatriz.

“When I think of Bardahl, I think of racing and their long history in the sport,” reflected Team Owner Dale Coyne.  “From the Bardahl Special to the Miss Bardahl, here we can have a little bit of both”.

The talented Brazilian female driver Ana “Bia” Beatriz, will be driving the Bardahl Special this weekend for the Iowa Corn 250. More ...

06/21/13
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Hamilton fears for his legacy after 'wasting away best years' (Update)  UPDATE
After investing so much money and resources in Lewis Hamilton's career and giving him a World Championship and many F1 wins, Ron Dennis is pissed to hear Hamilton say he was wasting away his best years at McLaren.
McLaren chief Ron Dennis has launched thinly veiled attack on former driver Lewis Hamilton.

The Brit left the Woking squad during the winter months to join Mercedes, and has since criticized his former team for not providing him with a championship winning car on a regular basis.

Dennis has hit out at Hamilton – although he refused to directly name the racer – insisting that focus was lost:

    “Some people lost sight of what the objective is,” he said.

    “When you lost sight of what you are doing, then you lost sight of what it takes to be a world champion.” More ...

06/21/13
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Ferrari belittles Mercedes and the FIA  Ferrari has hit out at the verdict reached by the FIA's International Tribunal, which convened this week to look at the 'secret' tire test conducted by Mercedes and Pirelli after the F1 2013 Spanish Grand Prix.

Mercedes escaped with a reprimand and with a ban from the Young Driver test, while Pirelli was also given a reprimand.

However using the anonymous 'The Horse Whisperer' column on its official website, the Scuderia made clear it feelings - and in the latest one headlined: 'Crime and Punishment (but make it a light one)' – it seems those at Maranello feel Mercedes definitely got off lightly. More ...

06/21/13
automotive
Backup camera law in automobiles delayed  A rule that would require backup cameras in new cars sold in the U.S. is being delayed until 2015 as regulators consider giving incentives in their safety ratings to vehicles containing that technology.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who plans to step down once his replacement is confirmed, announced the delay today in a letter to Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.

More analysis of the rule's cost, which the agency had said would be $2.7 billion or as much as $18 million per life saved, is necessary before issuing the mandate, LaHood said in the letter. The agency had previously delayed the rule three times, most recently missing a Dec. 31 deadline. More ...

06/21/13
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Tribunal hands Mercedes and Pirelli a slap on the wrist (Update)  UPDATE  (GMM)  Mercedes on Friday said it will not appeal the international tribunal's verdict, therefore closing the 'test-gate' scandal.

The tribunal's judges revealed earlier that the Brackley based team has been reprimanded, banned from the forthcoming young drivers' test at Silverstone, and ordered to pay a share of the legal costs.

It had the right to appeal within 7 days.

But in a media statement, Mercedes described the penalties as "proportionate".

"(The tribunal) confirmed that the team acted in good faith regarding the Pirelli tests, never intended to obtain any unfair sporting advantage and had no reason to believe that approval ... had not been given," it read.

Mercedes said it will not appeal "in the best interests of the sport".  More ...

06/21/13
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Keselowski jokes around on Jimmy Kimmel Live  NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski appeared on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last night. Host Jimmy Kimmel noted Keselowski "made history when he became the first professional stock car driver ever to tweet a photo from his vehicle during a race.

Oprah would not approve." Kimmel said, "Things have gone very well for you. You won the NASCAR title, you've got done endorsement deals. I saw you once drinking a huge beer during a press conference." Keselowski: "Yes, that was me. I had a lot of fun with it. You win races, you win a championship, it's supposed to be fun." More ...
06/21/13
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Latest F1 news in brief - Friday (Update)  UPDATE Update shown in red below.

2014 Renault engine
06/21/13
  • F1 on tenterhooks as FIA delays 'test-gate' verdict
  • Hamilton says title chances 'wasted' at McLaren
  • 'Ball in my court' over Red Bull future - Webber
  • Ecclestone has 2014 contract with Pirelli
  • Renault reveals 2014 engine New More ...
06/21/13
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Headrest may have helped Leffler  Jason Leffler would have had a better chance of surviving his fatal crash in a winged sprint car in New Jersey if he'd had a full containment headrest similar to what is used in NASCAR, multiple safety experts told ESPN.com. Racing safety pioneer Bill Simpson and Randy LaJoie, a two-time Nationwide Series champion who now designs and builds race car seats, have studied the wreck. They agree that a 180-degree surround headrest might have saved Leffler's life at the 0.625-mile dirt track.

Medical examiner Dr. Fredric Hellman, who performed the autopsy, said the death resulted from a blunt-force neck injury caused by a head-whip-type motion. New Jersey State Police have not released results of their investigation, although Simpson and others who have looked into the wreck have been told by those at the track that a failed part on the front end likely caused the car to angle into the wall at a high speed. More ...
06/21/13
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Video: The final nail in the coffin of combustion engine cars?  Model S is designed to allow a fast battery swap, exchanging your battery for a fully charged battery in less than half the time it takes to refill a gas tank. This offers Model S drivers another, even faster option when recharging while driving long distances.

06/21/13
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Lotus Motorcycles to build its own and first ever motorcycle  Lotus Motorcycles was established to design and build the first motorcycle of the iconic car manufacturer. The bike will be named Lotus C-01 and will be the most impressive appearance on public roads on two wheels. It will reflect a combination of lifestyle, design and high end technology.

Lotus Motorcycles is a joint project of Kodewa, car designer Daniel Simon and the Holzer Group. The Lotus C-01 will be a hyper bike with integrated racing technology. It will be manufactured of materials like carbon, titanium and aerospace quality steel, which are also used in Formula 1. Safety, ergonomics and design are the most important factors the design team has put emphasis on. It will be a state of the art motorbike powered by an approximately 200 horsepower engine. More ...

06/21/13
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Nissan launches World's Fastest Electric Racing Car  LE MANS, France – Nissan today unveiled the groundbreaking, innovative ZEOD RC - the world’s fastest electric racing car that will reach speeds of more than 300km/h with electric technology at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The ZEOD RC (Zero Emission On Demand Racing Car) will make its race debut at next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. The global leader in electric vehicles for the road, Nissan will trial variants of new electric drive train technologies as part of its intended future return to LM P1 competition to challenge for overall victory at the world’s most prestigious endurance race.

Nissan’s invitation from the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) to compete in the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours was announced by Nissan Chairman and CEO, Carlos Ghosn in Japan in February. The car will compete under the ACO’s ‘Garage 56’ entry – an additional spot on the grid for vehicles that showcase new and innovative technology. More ...
06/20/13
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24 Hours of LeMans TV schedule  
Race begins: Saturday, June 22, at 9 a.m. ET


TV: Speed TV, beginning Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET and 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. ET.

Also, Live streaming will be shown on Speed.com on Saturday 2-4 p.m. ET and 7-7:30 p.m. ET.

06/20/13
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Foyt likely to get more surgery  A.J. Foyt will miss Sunday's Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Iowa Speedway, and it's bothering him almost as much as his painful left leg.

His team, AJ Foyt Racing, is having its best season in years, but the team's owner has to watch the race on television while waiting for doctors to decide whether he needs a hip replacement or back surgery.

"I can barely walk, so I've got to get that fixed," Foyt, 78, said Wednesday by phone while driving to a doctor's appointment. "I'm in too much pain to get to the races right now. I hate it, but hell, I'm getting old."

06/20/13
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Sunoco Becomes Presenting Sponsor of INDYCAR Race at Pocono  Pocono Raceway announced today, in partnership with Sunoco, the IZOD IndyCar Series race at “The Tricky Triangle” on July 7, is now renamed the Pocono INDYCAR 400 Fueled by Sunoco. The 400-mile event at Pocono Raceway, the second leg of the Fuzzy’s Triple Crown, will be the first open-wheel event at the 2.5-mile, triangular-shaped track since 1989.

“Sunoco has been a great partner of the Raceway for many years,” said Brandon Igdalsky, President and CEO of Pocono Raceway. “We are thrilled they came on board as the presenting sponsor for such a historic race as this one, marking the first open-wheel race at Pocono in 24 years. We cannot thank them enough for all their continued support.” More ...

06/20/13
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Lauda tried to get an out of court settlement on test-gate  Mercedes' Niki Lauda says he attempted to avoid the team having to face the International Tribunal by agreeing an out-of-court settlement with Bernie Ecclestone.

The tribunal investigating the tire test carried out by Mercedes and Pirelli took place on Thursday in Paris, with the judging panel saying it would deliver a verdict on Friday. While the FIA claimed it did not give approval for the test to take place, Mercedes argued that clearance from FIA technical delegate Charlie Whiting - clarified by the FIA's legal team -was sufficient permission.

However, Lauda admitted he did not want the issue to get as far as the tribunal and that a solution was in place for Mercedes to settle beforehand, only for the team's hierarchy to reject it. More ...

06/20/13
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FIA Tribunal: FIA says it did NOT grant test using 2013 car (Update)  UPDATE The FIA have confirmed that a ruling on the legality of Mercedes and Pirelli's so-called 'secret' tire test will be delivered on Friday after a specially-convened meeting of the International Tribunal heard both parties accused by the governing body of flouting the Sporting Regulations.

Although both parties continue to plead their innocence over their participation in the now-infamous three-day test which was held at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya in the week after May's Spanish GP, the FIA opened proceedings by charging Mercedes with "obtaining information during the test" which was "self-evidently prejudicial to the sporting competition".

06/20/13
Charlie Whiting
Proceedings get underway in Paris for the FIA tribunal into test-gate, the FIA has declared they did not grant permission for the Mercedes – Pirelli test to go ahead.

The FIA have stated any claims by Mercedes that race director Charlie Whiting gave the all clear for the test are “irrelevant”

“Whether or not Whiting consented, it is irrelevant, because testing in relation to Article 22 is a breach, unless it [a rule change] is granted by the World Motor Sport Council,” said FIA representative Mark Howard QC. More ...

06/20/13
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Rain hit LeMans qualifying keeps Audi on pole  Rain before the 2nd day of qualifying for the 24 Hours of LeMans meant that times Thursday never came close to Wednesday's qualifying times, meaning Audi appears certain to start the 24-hour classic 1-2-3 on Saturday.

Alex Wurz put Toyota fastest by 1/10th of a second over Audi on Thursday, but this was still 18 seconds slower than the best of the Wednesday dry times.

06/20/13
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Adrian Newey had the right idea  Back when the Gran Turismo racing game people asked (and this is old news, I realize), "What would the fastest racing car on Earth, free of any and all regulations, look like?" - the car envisioned was a single-seat canopied prototype wing car with covered front wheels powered by a 1500HP direct-injected Twin-Turbo V6. The projected performance was a theoretical top speed of 248.6 mph (400 kmh) and a lateral acceleration of 6G.

CART Champ Cars were running at 260 MPH back in the early 2000's.  Imagine where they would be today if Tony George did not destroy IndyCar racing.  Can you say 300 MPH, i.e. speeds to get anyone excited.
And then Red Bull Racing design guru, chief technical officer and master aerodynamicist Adrian Newey was brought on board to make the machine faster and better, and the resulting Red Bull X2010 Prototype came to virtual fruition. Utilizing the "fan car" concept first pioneered by Jim Hall and Chevrolet engineers in the infamous Chaparral 2J (the auxiliary fan sucking the car down on to the payment to produce unheard of cornering speeds), Newey also made changes to the design of the front and rear wings and rear diffuser, the entire package dramatically altering the X2010's aerodynamic capability.

The result? The Red Bull X2010 Prototype (with design assistance by Polyphony Digital). Virtual top speed? 279.8 mph. Maximum lateral acceleration? 8.75G. More ...

06/20/13
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Rivals watch on as 'test-gate' arguments rage (Update)  UPDATE Pirelli have argued that the FIA doesn't have the power to impose any form of disciplinary punishment against them in the Testgate affair during a robust defense of their position in their International Tribunal appearance.

Following a morning of fascinating submissions put forward by both the FIA and Mercedes in relation to the contentious three-day Barcelona test, F1's tire supplier took the stand in the afternoon to put across their side of the story.

All eyes had been on how Pirelli would approach the hearing and respond to their charges given they are a supplier, rather than an F1 competitor, and their lawyer Dominique Dumas immediately made clear that "we do not come under the jurisdiction or authority of the FIA". More ...

06/20/13
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Corvette Stingray: 3.8 seconds from 0 to 60 mph  
Chevrolet released official performance estimates today for the 2014 Corvette Stingray, the most capable standard Corvette ever. Equipped with the available Z51 Performance Package, the new Stingray is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, braking from 60 to 0 in 107 feet, and sustaining 1.03 g in cornering.

Cumulatively, the acceleration, cornering and braking capability of the Corvette Stingray enabled it to lap the Virginia International Raceway’s (VIR) 4.2-mile “Grand Course” in 2:51.78.

“For the new Stingray, we set out to elevate every aspect of the Corvette’s performance,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “Considered alone, the acceleration, braking and cornering performance of the Corvette Stingray is truly impressive. More significant is how well they work together, resulting in a lap time at VIR that places the new Stingray in the upper echelon of all sports cars.” More ...

06/20/13
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Carl Edwards raises a red flag on NASCAR team orders  
Carl Edwards
There are no team orders in NASCAR. At least that is what everyone says publicly.

Then what are they?

Suggestions? Bullet points? Procedures?

There has to be something, because what else possibly could lead Carl Edwards to conclude that Roush Fenway Racing teammate Greg Biffle – who was leading – was expected to drop back 20-plus car lengths with 35 of 200 laps left in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Michigan to help clean debris from the grille of Edwards’ car? More ...

06/20/13
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New NASCAR road-course qualifying debuts  
Single-car qualifying on road courses will be shelved this week at Sonoma Raceway and this summer at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. Instead, cars will be assigned to one of five or six groups based upon practice speeds.

Within those groups, cars will be separated fastest to slowest and released at intervals. Each group will have a window within which drivers can complete their qualifying – each likely receiving three laps at full speed.

A car’s fastest lap will count and the field will be set based upon overall qualifying speeds. The process has been used in the Nationwide Series.

06/20/13
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14 drivers to test at Pocono Tuesday  14 IndyCar drivers will test at Pocono Raceway Tuesday in preparation for IndyCar's return to Pocono on July 7th.  The test is NOT open to the public.

Andretti Autosport: Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe, Ryan Hunter-Reay, E.J Viso
Dragon Racing: Sebastien Bourdais, Sebastian Saavedra
Ed Carpenter Racing: Ed Carpenter
KV Racing: Simona De Silvestro, Tony Kanaan
Rahal Letterman Lanigan: James Jakes, Graham Rahal
Sarah Fisher Hartman: Josef Newgarden
Team Penske: Helio Castroneves, Will Power

06/20/13
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday  
  • After investing so much money and resources in Lewis Hamilton's career and giving him a World Championship and many F1 wins, Ron Dennis must be pissed to hear Hamilton say he was wasting away his best years at McLaren.
    F1 holds breath for 'test-gate' hearing
  • Pirelli-factor hurting F1 ticket sales - Button
  • Hulkenberg hints Force India exit not 'right decision'
  • Le Mans would welcome Mark Webber - McNish
  • Maldonado not threatened by rising rookie Bottas
  • Hamilton fears for his legacy after 'wasting away best years'

F1 holds breath for 'test-gate' hearing
(GMM)  The F1 world is holding its collective breath ahead of the 'test-gate' hearing in Paris on Thursday.

Predictably, rumors are swirling.

Germany's Auto Motor und Sport claims Mercedes boss Ross Brawn might be armed not only with an email from Charlie Whiting, but a separate document in which the highly controversial Barcelona test is green-lighted by the FIA's legal department. More ...

06/20/13
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Circuit of The Americas reaching sellout of best seats  Circuit of The Americas today announced that it is quickly selling out of the best seats in the house for the 2013 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX and that the final 500 seats available in the Circuit’s premium reserved seating areas—the Main Grandstand, Turn 1 and Turn 15—will go on sale, tomorrow, June 21, at 10 a.m. CDT. The 2013 Grand Prix is set for Nov. 15-17, and all tickets sold include tickets for three days—Friday’s practice sessions, Saturday’s practice and qualifying sessions and Sunday’s races. The Circuit’s three-day tickets allow great flexibility in that tickets can be used by one individual or divided among family, friends and business associates looking to entertain clients at the races. More ...
06/20/13
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Mike Harmon faces more charges over Jennifer Jo Cobb dispute  
Mike Harmon
Nationwide Series driver Mike Harmon and former Jennifer Jo Cobb business partner David Novak face additional charges of breaking and entering and larceny after a May 28 search found two racecars and five trucks on Harmon’s property.

The items were returned to Cobb, who is in a legal dispute with Novak over the ownership of the racing equipment.

The warrants for the arrests of Harmon and Novak were issued Sunday. Harmon turned himself in Monday after 5 p.m. and was booked and released on $10,000 bond. More ...

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