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06/24/08
racing news
Driver dies at Mosport  UPDATE #2 Durham Regional Police are still probing an accident at Mosport International Raceway that killed a 60-year-old amateur sports car racer on Sunday.

The man, who eye witnesses identified as Dino Crescentini, of Rochester Hills, Mich., was driving a 1977 Wolf Dallara Can Am -- a car once driven by Canada's legendary Gilles Villeneuve -- at Mosport's 29th International Vintage Racing Festival.

It marks the second death in as many weeks in vintage auto racing, the first being Ove Andersson, the founder of Toyota's Formula One program, who was killed in South Africa last week when his vintage rally car struck a transport.

Crescentini's death is the first at Mosport's world-class four-kilometer road course since 2002, when 46-year-old Julio Haig was killed during a British Empire Motor Club race.

One witness to Sunday's accident, who did not want to be identified, said the front wing of the Wolf Dallara broke loose on the exit of Turn 6 causing the car to lose front-end downforce.

Subsequently the car became airborne and barrel rolled, end over end, down the track before crashing into a concrete barrier.

"From our viewpoint, you could see parts of the car in the air, as it was apparently barrel rolling towards the corner," the witness told GarageBlog.com. "The car settled just out of view, in a cloud of dust and smoke. Sad to see a great guy, a great car, a great event, and great day end like this." More ...

06/24/08
tv news
Motorsports This Week on ESPN and ABC  
Jarrett Returns to Booth as NASCAR Nationwide Series Live from New Hampshire on ABC

Dale Jarrett returns to the TV booth Saturday, June 28, as ESPN on ABC presents live coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Camping World RV Sales 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H.  The telecast begins at 2:30 p.m. ET with NASCAR Countdown and the green flag flies at 3:15 p.m. The telecast from the 1.058-mile track also airs in high definition on ABC HD.

Jarrett, the 1999 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion and one of the founding drivers of the NASCAR Nationwide Series, retired from driving earlier this year and will be the lead analyst for ESPN’s coverage of 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup races starting in late July. He also has been working telecasts of selected NASCAR Nationwide Series races this season. Jarrett and lead announcer Dr. Jerry Punch will be joined in the booth for analysis by three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion crew chief Ray Evernham. Dave Burns, Jamie Little and Shannon Spake will report from the pits, while reports from two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion crew chief Tim Brewer will originate from the ESPN DISH Tech Center.

Allen Bestwick will host NASCAR Countdown with analysis by Jarrett and Brad Daugherty, a former winning team owner in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, in the ESPN pit studio. 

NASCAR Now Expands Monday for Roundtable Discussion of NASCAR Weekend

The Monday, June 30, edition of NASCAR Now will expand to an hour and will include host Allen Bestwick leading a roundtable discussion with ESPN analysts and reporters of the weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The program airs at 6 p.m. ET.

Half-hour episodes of NASCAR Now air at Tuesday through Friday of this week at 6 p.m. The one-hour weekend edition airs Sunday at 10 a.m. with a preview of that day’s NASCAR Sprint Cup event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

NASCAR Now is hosted by Ryan Burr, Nicole Manske and Bestwick and originates from ESPN’s high definition studios in Bristol, Conn. Contributors include NASCAR Insiders Marty Smith and Angelique Chengelis, analysts Ray Evernham, Tim Brewer, Brad Daugherty, Boris Said and Tim Cowlishaw, ESPN.com reporters Terry Blount and David Newton and D.J. Copp, a member of Bobby Labonte’s NASCAR team.

NASCAR Now viewers also benefit from frequent contributions by the NASCAR on ESPN team including Rusty Wallace, Dale Jarrett, Dr. Jerry Punch, Andy Petree, Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro and Shannon Spake. More ...

06/24/08
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Carpentier to skip Pocono to concentrate on Montreal  Gillett Evernham Motorsports officials announced Tuesday that Sprint Cup driver Patrick Carpentier will skip the Aug. 3 race at Pocono Raceway to concentrate on the Nationwide Series event the same weekend in Montreal.

The team also announced that Subway restaurants will sponsor Carpentier’s No. 9 Dodge in Montreal.

“We know how amazing Patrick is at Montreal and want him to concentrate on winning that race like he almost did last year,” GEM CEO Tom Reddin said in a news release. “Montreal is Patrick’s hometown, and Subway restaurants will be a major presence throughout practice, qualifying and the race weekend. It will be good for Subway, our team, Patrick, NASCAR and our other partners.”

Reddin also said the team plans to announce a substitute driver for Carpentier at Pocono in the coming weeks.

06/24/08
f1
Silverstone Test Day 1: Massa sets the pace  Ferrari’s Felipe Massa was the quickest driver on Tuesday, as this week’s three-day test got underway at Silverstone. Massa clocked a best lap of 1m 20.188s around the British circuit, to finish just under three-tenths of a second quicker than McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen.

Sebastian Vettel's day was cut short by mechanical problems so he finished dead last.

More to follow.

Unofficial Tuesday times from Silverstone:
1. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:20.188
2. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren, 1:20.477
3. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber, 1:20.995
4. Kamui Kobayashi, Toyota, 1:21.335
5. Nico Rosberg, Williams, 1:21.410
6. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 1:21.565
7. Nelson Piquet, Renault, 1:21.797
8. Jenson Button, Honda, 1:22.081
9. Vitantonio Liuzzi, Force India, 1:22.250
10. Sebastian Vettel, Toro Rosso, 1:23.853

06/24/08
atlantic
Atlantic Racing Series, LLC Moves Into New Headquarters  Atlantic Racing Series, LLC, which owns and operates the Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda, moved into its new headquarters in the Indianapolis suburb of Brownsburg on Monday.

The series headquarters were previously located in the former Champ Car World Series, LLC home on the Northwest side of Indianapolis. The new address for Atlantic Racing Series, LLC is 1531 East Northfield Drive, Suite 300; Brownsburg, Indiana 46112, and the new telephone number is (317) 858-0400. A full-time staff of five employees, including President Vicki O’Connor, will work from the new location, which will also house the series’ transporter and other equipment.

“While we’re not going to have much time to settle in with a race this weekend in Canada, we’re excited to move into our new home in Brownsburg,” O’Connor said. “This will be a good location for us as we look to our bright future as a racing series. We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us, but this is definitely a good first step.”

Joining O’Connor at the series headquarters are Technical and Competition Director Steve Sewell, Operations Director Eric Haverson, Logistics Director Brian Hughes and Office Manager Mandi Kern. Communications and Promotions Director Anne Roy and Communications Director Nate Siebens will continue to work remotely from their bases in Montreal and Florida, respectively.

06/24/08
f1
Q and A with Toyota's Jarno Trulli  
Jarno Trulli
Q. Congratulations on third place; how did it feel to be back on the podium?

Jarno Trulli: "It was just a fantastic feeling and it was a great reward for everyone in the team because we had a perfect weekend. I know everyone back in Cologne is working really hard to improve the car and at Magny-Cours my engineers, my mechanics and everyone performed to the maximum.

"It was great to share that moment with them on the podium and to see the satisfaction in the garage afterwards. This gives us a big boost for the second half of the season."

Q. Did you expect to be fighting for the podium?

JT: "At the beginning of the weekend I wasn't expecting to be challenging for third place, that's for sure. However, we had some new aero bits on the car which we expected to bring an improvement and as the weekend went on I felt we were looking quite strong.

"Qualifying fourth was a great result and after that I thought I had a very good chance to finish in the top six and maybe push for the podium if everything went well. I was really fired up for the race because I thought there was the possibility for a fantastic result and I'm so happy it all worked out."

Q. Was it a tough race for you?

JT: "I was pushing to the maximum all race and fighting really hard, as always. It wasn't easy but after I passed Fernando at the start I knew we had a chance so I never gave up and really pushed every lap. I had to be strong to stay ahead because we were fighting with cars which were a little bit quicker than us.

"It was tough but I was determined to get a great result, especially at this race because of what happened to Ove Andersson. We wanted to pay tribute to him because he did so much for this team. It was a shame he couldn't see such a great result but it was fantastic to dedicate my third place to him." More ...

06/24/08
automotive
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Rising corn, construction prices force Idaho ethanol project into bankruptcy  Rising corn prices from flooding, and rising construction prices, have caused the construction halt at the Wahoo, NE ethanol project and a bankruptcy filing by US companies controlled by Renova Energy.  Renova had not yet completed construction of a 20 Mgy corn ethanol plant in Heyburn, Idaho, but the company said that it had secured additional financing, would restructure its financing, and move forward with the business. The company’s construction costs increased from an initial projection of $45 million to more than $60 million.

Meanwhile, as many as 4 million acres of corn production have been lost as a result of Midwestern floods, putting further pressure on the 2008 corn crop, which was projected at 11.7 billion bushels by the USDA prior to flooding. July corn futures stood at $7.34 per bushel.

06/24/08
irl
Faster Firestone tires for Richmond  Firestone Racing engineers selected a tire specification for Richmond based on results from a tire test there in March with drivers Scott Dixon and Ryan Briscoe. The Richmond tires feature the same left-side compounds and constructions as used at Milwaukee, paired with new right-side tires designed to add grip. Tire stagger (producing the right-rear tire with a slightly larger diameter than the left rear to help cars turn more smoothly on ovals) also will play an important role this weekend, since the cars are almost constantly turning on the shortest track on the IndyCar Series schedule. Firestone tire stagger for Richmond will be approximately 0.60 of an inch, the largest stagger for any oval this season.
06/24/08
f1
British GP completely sold out  (GMM)  Next weekend's British grand prix is the first formula one event staged at Silverstone to completely sell out.

It had already emerged that all tickets for Sunday's race day had been snapped up, but it is now clear that Friday practice and qualifying will also be watched by a full house.

90,000 spectators will throng the Northamptonshire venue on Sunday, after capacity crowds of 65,000 and 85,000 watch local drivers Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and David Coulthard on Friday and Saturday respectively.

"The demand for tickets has been incredible," said circuit chief Richard Phillips.

"The atmosphere is going to be amazing."

06/24/08
f1
Experts advise Hamilton to focus on driving  (GMM)  As widespread opinion converges that Lewis Hamilton is losing his composure, a plethora of experts have stepped out to offer their opinion and advice.

Ross Brawn, team principal of the Honda team, advises the 23-year-old Briton to ignore the press and other influences and concentrate simply on racing.

"The driving is the thing that will carry him through whatever else happens," Brawn, who also worked with Michael Schumacher in his early days, told BBC Sport.

Former championship leader Hamilton has fallen ten points behind in the 2008 drivers' chase following notable mistakes in the last two races.

He recently spoke about the high pressure of life at the top of the grid, and at Magny-Cours last weekend made a point of criticizing the coverage of him by British newspapers.

"We all tend to forget how young he is, and how this is all lots of new experiences for him," Brawn continued.

Triple world champion Niki Lauda advises Hamilton to ignore what the press writes.

He added: "He needs urgently to realize that he has to keep his emotions under control under every circumstance in order to retain his focus and perspective.

"But Lewis must not make any more mistakes.  OK, so mistakes don't cost lives (in F1) any more but they can cost championships," the great Austrian told The Guardian.

Former F1 driver and TV pundit Mark Blundell wrote in the Daily Telegraph: "He has let the media side of things get to him.  The key word for Lewis right now is control; controlling the environment inside the cockpit and his feelings and emotions outside it. More ...

06/24/08
Racing news
Toyota's Aust Announces Retirement Plans  
Jim Aust
UPDATE
Jim Aust is retiring June 30 as vice president of motorsports for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., and president and chief executive officer of Toyota Racing Development, U.S.A. Aust joined Toyota in 1987 and held assorted management positions before moving to motorsports in 1998. He guided Toyota into NASCAR in 2004 when it entered the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and helped lead Toyota in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series in 2007. Toyota's U.S. racing boss was on hand Sunday at Infineon Raceway to attend the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup race.

03/04/08 Jim Aust, who has been responsible for Toyota's motorsports activities in the U.S. for the past 10 years, has announced his retirement. Aust will step down as Vice President, Motorsports for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., and President and Executive Officer of TRD, U.S.A. (Toyota Racing Development), on June 30. Toyota's racing programs in the U.S. flourished under Aust's leadership and included a victory in the Indianapolis 500, multiple series championships and the expansion of the company's racing activities into NASCAR.  Beginning in 2004, Toyota began competing in the Craftsman Truck Series with the Tundra and last year Toyota entered the Camry in the Sprint Cup Series, the premiere race series in the U.S. Jim has played an integral role in the growth of Toyota's racing activities in the U.S., said Dave Illingworth, TMS Senior Vice President, Chief Planning and Administrative Officer.

From the high banks of NASCAR to short track midget racing, drag racing, sports cars and off-road trucks, Toyotas are now racing and winning at tracks across the country.  Aust joined Toyota in 1987 and held various management positions in the Toyota Motor Credit Corporation/Toyota Motor Insurance Services (TMCC/TMIS) division before moving to motorsports in 1998.

There are a lot of great memories, made possible by the hard work of the people at TRD and the great teams and drivers running with Toyota power, Aust said. There was Toyota's first CART win by Juan Pablo Montoya, Gil de Ferran's Indy 500 win, a CART championship for Cristiano da Matta and an IRL championship for Scott Dixon, Johnny Greaves' multiple championships in CORR, Todd Bodine's championship in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, and the three-peat by Ganassi Racing in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Seeing a Camry compete in the Daytona 500 last year for the first time was very special and I expect to see Toyota's first Sprint Cup victory before I retire in June. Aust's replacements at TMS and TRD will be announced closer to his retirement date.
06/24/08
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With Jr. Gone, Things are Looking Bleak at DEI  
DEI made a stupid mistake when they let Dale Jr go
This has not been a good month for Dale Earnhardt Inc., and it appears to be getting worse by the minute.

Sirius NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway first reported last week that the U.S. Army is examining its options for 2009 and beyond, and could leave DEI for another team. Lead driver Martin Truex, Jr., still has not agreed to the provisions of a 2009 contract extension, and now, published reports have Mark Martin leaving DEI to drive for Hendrick Motorsports next season.

Martin has split time with Aric Almirola in each of the last two seasons at DEI, but has reportedly been enticed to return to full-time competition in 2009, replacing Casey Mears in the #5 Chevrolet. DEI Vice President of Motorsports Operations John Story declined to comment on the reports yesterday, but did confirm that Almirola will run a full, 36-race championship schedule next season.

"Aric is ready for a full-time ride," he said. “We're talking to Mark about what his objectives for the future are, and trying to marry that with our own, to make sure Aric has an opportunity to run full time next year… and that Mark is in a good situation." More ...

06/24/08
f1
All teams at Silverstone test  Silverstone hosts a three day Formula One test this week, beginning today and running through until Thursday.

The Northamptonshire circuit – venue for the British Grand Prix in two weeks time – sees all ten teams in attendance, with Force India in particular testing some radical alterations to their car.

The Silverstone based team – F1’s minnows – have a major aerodynamic upgrade for the test, including a Red Bull and Renault style ‘shark fin’, and a new style damper that they hope will find them several tenths of a second.

Driving today are the following – Mark Webber for Red Bull and Heikki Kovalainen for McLaren, Felipe Massa for Ferrari and Robert Kubica for BMW, Nelson Piquet for Renault and Kamui Kobayashi for Toyota, Nico Rosberg for Williams and Jenson Button for Honda, and Sebastian Vettel for STR and Tonio Liuzzi for Force India.

06/24/08
nhra
Police, NHRA will study weekend accident  The New Jersey State Police and the National Hot Rod Association will conduct separate investigations into the accident that killed Funny Car driver Scott Kalitta at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park over the weekend.

Kalitta, 46, died from multiple injuries after his car went out of control in the fourth round of qualifying Saturday.

"We don't have an update," NHRA spokesman Jerry Archambeault said Monday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "We are going through the process of seeing what occurred and what happened to determine what we can do to make the sport safer, like we have always done in the past."

Archambeault said an outside agency will lead the NHRA's investigation, aided by association officials and team members. More ...

06/24/08
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Kalitta Motorsports will participate in Norwalk event  After the tragic death of their teammate and family member, NHRA Funny Car driver Scott Kalitta, last Saturday, the remaining Kalitta Motorsports drivers, Doug Kalitta, Dave Grubnic, and Hillary Will, and their teams will compete this weekend, June 26-29, at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

"We're a race team, and that's what we do," said Jim Oberhofer, Kalitta Motorsports general manager. "Scott was a drag racer to the core, and he would want us to compete in Norwalk, so we're going to go racing this weekend. Our thoughts will of course be with his wife Kathy and his sons Corey and Colin and Connie, but we feel it's the right thing to do.”

Kalitta, a two-time former NHRA Top Fuel champion and one of just 14 drivers to have won in both of NHRA's nitro categories, died June 21, 2008, as the result of multiple injuries suffered in a qualifying accident at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., during the running of the Lucas Oil NHRA SuperNationals. He was 46.

Kalitta was the son of legendary Top Fuel and Funny Car racer and Kalitta Motorsports team owner Connie Kalitta. Scott is survived by his wife, Kathy; sons Corey, 14, and Colin, 8; and his father, Connie.

06/24/08
f1
Ecclestone denies exposing Max Mosley sex scandal  Bernie Ecclestone has taken the unprecedented step of issuing a denial that he or anyone associated with him was involved in the exposure of Max Mosley’s predilection for sado-masochistic sex with prostitutes.

In an interview with The Times, Ecclestone, the billionaire Formula One commercial rights holder, said he had no interest in “destroying” the embattled FIA president. The men have been close friends and business associates for more than 40 years, but their friendship is under severe strain after Mosley’s refusal to resign as result of the scandal.

“It is nothing in the world to do with me in any shape or form,” Ecclestone said at his London office. “Secondly, this sort of thing is not my style - not the sort of way I would operate. Thirdly, there is no way in the world that I would want to destroy Max. To suggest I would want to do that is such a lot of b****cks, quite frankly - it’s not true.”

Ecclestone said that the revelations about Mosley that appeared in the News of the World in late March, which included details of a five-hour bondage session with five prostitutes on video, may have been the work of “someone or somebody or ten bodies”. But Ecclestone denied any involvement and said that he had no idea who was behind it. “It’s nothing to do with me at all,” he said. “You must be joking.”  More ...

06/24/08
f1
French GP debrief with Martin Whitmarsh  It was a difficult French Grand Prix weekend for the McLaren Mercedes team. Lewis Hamilton received no less than 2 penalties while team mate Heikki Kovalainen received a grid penalty as well for impending Webber during the qualifying session. Martin Whitmarsh debriefs the French weekend:

Did the aero modifications you made for this weekend bring you the improvement in laptime you had anticipated?
“It's always difficult to verify precisely the benefits that have been made because you rarely run a back-to-back test at the racetrack to quantify the gains you make. However, looking at our performance during the race when we were running in clear air and with heavy fuel-loads, I'd say our pace was reasonably promising. That would suggest we were competitive over the French Grand Prix weekend and had managed to improve the car.”

Are there further mechanical and aerodynamic improvements coming ahead of the Santander British Grand Prix?
“As a team, we are committed to bringing 0.15s of laptime improvement to each race. We have a three-day test at Silverstone this week and are planning to introduce a range of upgrades that we feel will deliver that performance improvement.

"We introduced quite a lot of aerodynamic components in France, including a new front wing assembly, top wing, winglets and front hub system, which were worth around 0.26s per lap. Over the summer, we are not only looking at making further aero and mechanical upgrades but also fuel and lubricants improvements as we seek to boost overall performance in every area.” More ...

06/24/08
f1
Still a lot of work waiting for us - Theissen  Following the French Grand Prix, BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen analyses the difficult race held at the "Circuit de Nevers". Nick Heidfeld only finished in 13th position while team mate Robert Kubica finished in 5th position, collecting 4 championship points. The team still has a lot of work to do according to Mario Theissen:

"Two weeks ago, having secured our one-two in Canada, the entire team was over the moon. Following this weekend's race, however, the mood was subdued. At the French Grand Prix, Robert finished fifth while Nick had to settle for 13th place. Quite obviously, we had expected to do better at Magny-Cours. But both the qualifying and the race turned out to be difficult for us.

"Throughout the weekend, our package failed to work perfectly. As early as the practice sessions both our drivers said that the car wasn't handling as well as it usually does. We experimented with the set-up and also changed from the harder to the softer tire compound and vice versa. But whatever we tried - the progress was limited. More ...

06/24/08
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Audi driver Markus Winkelhock about the Norisring  Norisring can not be compared with any other race circuit. The apparently simple circuit layout holds a number of dangers typically associated with street circuits – and, thanks to the number of lap, 74 times in a race. The fifth round of the 2008 DTM season is broadcast live on "Das Erste" from 1:45 p.m. on Sunday.

Winkelhock in his F1 days
What is so special about the Norisring?

"It is the only street circuit on the calendar and a very special one at that: The Norisring is quite simply regarded as the Monaco of Germany because of its flair and the hordes of spectators."

What does it mean to drive on a street circuit?
"Street circuits have always suited my up till now. It’s great fun driving so close to the barriers. The reverse side of the coin is that the track surface is untypical for a race circuit. It’s very bumpy in some places and unfortunately exactly there where we are doing travelling at an incredible 260 km/h."

How does this affect the car set-up?
"The car must brake extremely well on and over the bumps. Out of the tight corners perfect traction is again order of the day. At the same time the car must be trimmed aerodynamically so that we reach a good top-speed."

Do you have to nurse your car over the race distance?
"The Norisring does actually belong to the few circuits on which a DTM car is brutally stressed and should therefore be spared over the distance. For example, we brake from 260 to 50 km/h at the Grundig hairpin, and this more than 70 times. It is probably the hardest race for the car. For a driver the temperatures typical experienced in June are also a stress, but which I personally don’t have a problem with."
06/24/08
f1
Higher driver fees, now FIA wants more from teams  The FIA World Council will consider a proposal to make teams pay for various "services and equipment at every F1 race" and intends to add the cost to the entry fee.

The costs include the marshalling and positioning System (F1MS), which provides race control with accurate real time information about each car's position on the track and enables light signals to be sent to the cars from race control. The annual cost per team is reckoned to be $160,000. In addition there are fees for "light flags", light panels around the track which will supplement flag signals which give race control an accurate record of what signals are shown and when. This will cost each team $190,000. The accident data recorders on the cars are being charged at $20,000 per year, with the costs of a pitlane and garage communication network to replace paper messages and the need for runners is being charged at $110,000 per team and weather forecasting services at $75,000, in addition to $110,000 for the pitwall intercom systems.

All this will hike the entry fee from $466,000 to $1.1m, more than double the cost last year.  Grandprix.com

06/24/08
f1
Bernie warns Max against F1 meddling  (GMM)  Bernie Ecclestone has warned Max Mosley to keep his nose out of F1's commercial affairs.

It emerged at the weekend that, amid the threat of a 'breakaway' series, the FIA president is planning a counter-offensive for the World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris on Wednesday.

It is expected he will only sign a new Concorde Agreement if F1's owners, run by chief executive Ecclestone, agree to release more income for the competing teams.

But in an interview with The Times newspaper, Ecclestone reminds his former ally that the FIA is not allowed to meddle in the sport's commercial affairs.

"I'm sure if that happened, the European Commission would move in," the 77-year-old said.

"Under the agreement with the European Commission, the FIA are the regulators of the sport - like the police - and Formula One Management are the commercial rights holders.

"The money doesn't belong to Max, it doesn't belong to him to touch," Ecclestone added.

He laughed at suggestions he is unlikely to win a war with Mosley because he is lacking the trained barrister's "world-class political brain".

For example, while Mosley may win the teams' support over the issue of more commercial income, at Wednesday's WMSC the FIA will simultaneously call on the teams to pay higher championship entry fees.

"I'd hardly say what Max has been doing lately is world class or political.  In any case, most of the time it's the other way round.  He calls me for advice," Ecclestone said.

But as all-out war with Mosley now seems inevitable, Ecclestone vehemently denies that he is the furtive figure behind the devastating expose about Mosley's sex life.

"You must be joking.

"It is nothing in the world to do with me in any shape or form," he said from his London office.

"Secondly, this sort of thing is not my style -- not the sort of way I would operate.  Thirdly, there is no way in the world that I would want to destroy Max.

"To suggest I would want to do that is such a lot of bollocks, quite frankly -- it's not true."

06/23/08
AMA
AMA Superbike Teams Test in Preparation for Red Bull U.S. GP  A large, enthusiastic crowd turned out to watch the top teams and riders in the AMA Superbike Championship testing Monday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in preparation for next month’s Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix (July 18-20).

More than 1,000 fans ventured to the Monterey Peninsula to enjoy the day’s activities that included a fan parade lap, Supermoto USA demonstration and a Q&A session with motorcycle racing legend Wayne Rainey, in addition to the full day of testing.

Ten riders were on track, with six testing 1000cc Superbikes and four others aboard 600cc Supersport-class bikes.  Both series are competing at next month’s Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, featuring round 11 of the MotoGP World Championship. More ...

06/23/08
nhra
Arrangements for Scott Kalitta  A public memorial service to celebrate the life of Scott Kalitta will be held this Thursday, June 26th at 7:00 p.m. at:

Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center
350 Shady Lane Drive
Norwalk, OH 44857

The Kalitta family appreciates your desire to send flowers to express your sympathy and asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to these charities close to Scott's heart:

The school his sons attend-

Saint Stephen's Episcopal School
Attn: Development Office
315 41st Street West
Bradenton, FL 34209  More ...

06/23/08
automotive
GM to raise prices on 2009 models, cut production  General Motors Corp. plans to raise prices on 2009 models by an average of 3.5 percent despite a tough market that is forcing the automaker to cut production and discount its 2008 models.

Company officials said in conference calls Monday to dealers that the increases will allow GM to recover only part of the rising cost of steel and other commodities and the cost of safety and other features on the new models. The increases will amount to about $1,000 per vehicle.

GM also said Monday it will run a sale from June 24 to 30 to help clear out high inventories of 2008 pickups, sport utility vehicles and larger cars. The sale includes zero percent financing for up to 72 months.

The nation's biggest automaker already had increased the prices of its 2008 model year vehicles twice because of rising commodity costs, GM spokesman John McDonald said.

The moves come a little more than a week after Chrysler LLC announced a 2 percent increase in the price of its remaining 2008 vehicles. Seattle Times

06/23/08
automotive
Ford begins to dismiss salaried workers  Ford Motor Co. has begun dismissing salaried workers as part of an effort to shed 15% of its salaried-related costs by Aug. 1 in the face of a toughening U.S. economy.

The struggling market has resulted in an 11.2% sales decline for the automaker, with a disproportionate amount of the decline, 14%, hitting the company’s profitable truck lineup.

As the Free Press reported last week, the company started the dismissals earlier this month, when it eliminated more than 200 contract employees. Another round of contract-employee cuts is expected on Thursday.

Ford spokesman Mark Truby today confirmed that the dismissals have now spread to Ford’s regular white-collar workforce.

06/23/08
f1
It was a very long race - Domenicali  
Stefano Domenicali
Kimi Raikkonen and his Ferrari engine may have survived to finish Sunday's French Grand Prix, completing a Ferrari one-two behind Felipe Massa, but it could result in an unscheduled engine change, says team principal Stefano Domenicali.

Raikkonen suffered an exhaust failure around half distance in the 70 lap race which caused fluctuating performance thereafter. Raikkonen was lucky to finish behind teammate Massa, even though he matched his teammate's time for a while before the engine worsened at the end.

This year, however, the team is lucky that it is allowed one unscheduled engine change without penalty. "I would say it is quite likely that we will have to replace the engine," said Domenicali after the race. "For sure, after such a heavy race from the middle to the end, it's very likely that we have to change it so we need to play the joker that allows us to do it."

However, the team won't know for sure until later in the week. "We will do the analysis later on and tomorrow but there's no rush to do anything more than eventually change it when we go to Silverstone." More ...

06/23/08
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Star Mazda Points Leader to Indy Lights  
Charles Hall
Andersen Racing's Charles Hall, the current Star Mazda point leader, will make his Firestone Indy Lights debut as Andrew Prendeville and J.R. Hildebrand's teammates on the RLR/Andersen Racing team in the doubleheader at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y. on July 5.

Hall, of Sheffield, England, will drive a white Dallara leased by RLR/Andersen Racing from another team, SWE Racing.  Its livery will include Andersen Racing's primary sponsor, Allied Interior Products, and Hall's sponsors: Blimpie, Pardoes Solicitors and AccentBanking.com. It will be No. 77, which is the same number Hall uses in the Star Mazda series.

Hall will drive the Indy Lights car for the first time at a test on Wednesday at the historic upstate New York road course.

In the three Star Mazda races held so far this year, Hall has two seconds and one victory. The victory came June 7 in the first Star Mazda race ever held at Watkins Glen, where Hall led every lap.
06/23/08
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Battistini takes over Firestone Indy Lights points lead  For a driver who had never competed on an oval racetrack before February, Dillon Battistini is adapting quite nicely.

The driver of the No. 15 AlexP car for Panther Racing won for the third time in his inaugural Firestone Indy Lights season June 21 in the Jeld-Wen 100 on the Iowa Speedway tri-oval. In fact, all of his victories have been on ovals – the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway, 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the 0.875-mile Iowa Speedway.

"I have to admit, when I first started driving at Homestead, it felt really quick," said Battistini, who took over the championship points lead by 27 over Richard Antinucci with a racing doubleheader July 5 on the 3.4-mile Watkins Glen International road course up next. "It felt quite dangerous running so close to other cars.

"Once you get into race mode, it kind of goes out the window. You just put your head down and drive. Because you want to go faster, you actually feel slower after awhile. It's just come to me naturally I guess. It helps when the car's great. The Panther team has given me a fantastic car at each of the oval circuits that we've been to."

Battistini started second and hung close behind pole sitter Arie Luyendyk Jr. for 100 of the 115 laps until an opportunity of lapped traffic presented itself. The 20-year-old native of Ewell, England, didn't hesitate.

"I knew that I had to make the most of the situations when we were coming to pass the lapped cars," he said. "I knew that it was my best chance to get past. I tried staying right on his gearbox when we were catching traffic. Even if I could get a slight run, it was difficult to find space to get past. So I tried just hanging back slightly. My hope was that he'd have to back off and I would be able to stay flat. That's, luckily for me, how it worked out."

Luck, skill, patience all play a part in racing and have been a part of Battistini's season with the Panther team.

"The Panther team has given me a fantastic car at each of the oval circuits that we've been to," he said. "We got a bit unlucky at Milwaukee. I was flying in the test there. Unfortunately, it didn't work out in the race (advanced six positions to finish 14th). Aside from that, I've had a car capable of winning every time out. I'm just really pleased with how it's gone."
06/23/08
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Dixon adds to points lead, Wheldon closes on second  With six podium finishes in the season’s first seven races, Scott Dixon is no stranger to Victory Lane. His visit following the Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer was strictly in a congratulatory role, however. For the first time since April, when he finished 22nd at St. Petersburg, Dixon finished outside the top three.  

Dixon finished fourth at Iowa Speedway and visited Victory Lane merely to congratulate Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Dan Wheldon, who won the Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer by .1430 of a second over Hideki Mutoh.  

Dixon was only ninth-fastest in practice on the .875-mile oval, but started from the pole after qualifying was canceled due to rain. Dixon failed to lead a lap, however, as Helio Castroneves passed him after the green flag.  

“Early on, the car was definitely not working the way I wanted,” Dixon said. “It was very loose, especially on the low line. I started using the high line and it came together better. The high line was definitely the choice of the day. When you had three or four guys in front of you trying to do the same thing, it was difficult to pass.”  

Despite his absence from the podium, Dixon increased his lead in the point standings to 48 over Castroneves, who finished a season-low 14th. More ...
06/23/08
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Charlie Daniels Band to perform at Allstate 400  Country music legends The Charlie Daniels Band will perform Sunday, July 27 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway before the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.

Popular Sony BMG Nashville recording artist Craig Morgan will serve as opening act for the pre-race entertainment, which will take place on the infield stage located behind the Hall of Fame Museum at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Morgan is scheduled to take the stage at 10 a.m. (ET), while The Charlie Daniels Band will appear at noon. The entertainment is free for all Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Race Day ticket holders.
06/23/08
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imsa
IMSA to sanction ex-Champ Car Atlantic Series  A key component of the 35th anniversary season for the Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda has finally fallen into place as Atlantic Championship President Vicki O’Connor and officials from the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) announced today that IMSA has agreed to sanction Atlantic Championship events for the 2008 season.

“After a lengthy period of negotiations, we are delighted to announce that IMSA will now be the sanctioning body for the Atlantic Championship,” O’Connor said. “As a road racing championship in North America, it certainly makes sense to align Atlantic with North America’s premier road racing sanctioning organization. Atlantic has some previous history with IMSA and—in our 35th anniversary season—we are excited to begin a new chapter with IMSA.”

IMSA previously sanctioned Formula Atlantic in the United States in 1976. The U.S. championship was contested in addition to the Canadian Automobile Sport Clubs (CASC)-sanctioned Player’s Challenge Series north of the border, and both championships were won by Canadian racing legend Gilles Villeneuve. Ironically, the 1976 season also featured an event at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga., where IMSA is now based. Road Atlanta will also play host to the 2008 Atlantic season finale on the same weekend as the prestigious Petit Le Mans for the American Le Mans Series. More ...

06/23/08
f1
McLaren plays down talk of FIA witch-hunt  (GMM) McLaren chief executive Martin Whitmarsh has played down speculation the British team believes it is being targeted for unfair treatment by F1's governing body.

The Mercedes-powered outfit, handed a record $100m penalty by the FIA and kicked out of the constructors' standings last year for spying, has also been on the receiving end of a bevy of recent penalties.

Most recently, Lewis Hamilton was penalised for incidents during the Canadian and French grands prix, and Heikki Kovalainen moved back five places on the Magny-Cours grid for blocking in qualifying.

The Daily Express newspaper points out that while stewards were quick to penalise Hamilton for cutting a chicane, "they did look leniently on Raikkonen's Ferrari as it sped round Magny-Cours with a piece of exhaust trailing which could have been deemed dangerous".

Staunch Max Mosley opponent Sir Jackie Stewart added on Monday: "You can ask questions about the consistency with which penalties are applied. A lot of people - and not McLaren personnel - are saying that the FIA are more interested in finding faults at McLaren than at other teams."

When asked if he thought McLaren is being singled out due to its difficult relationship with Mosley, Hamilton said on Sunday: "I'm not going to answer that."

Team boss Ron Dennis, meanwhile, invited reporters to "draw your own conclusions" about anti-McLaren conspiracy theories.

"I'm sure Ron didn't indicate that really," said his deputy, Whitmarsh.

"He had the frustrations that happen immediately after the race. We had three penalties this weekend, we have got to accept it and move on."
06/23/08
f1
Lewis Hamilton called prima donna  (GMM) Despite Lewis Hamilton's griping about recent media "negativity", the British press stepped up the pressure after the McLaren driver on Sunday failed for a second consecutive race to score a point.

Fleet Street analysts of the Magny-Cours race criticised the 23-year-old not only for his run to tenth place due to "impetuousity" that netted him a drive-through penalty, but also for his apparent loss of composure in the French circuit's paddock.

"Lewis Hamilton turned into Le Sulk ... as he sparked a witch-hunt controversy," the Daily Mail wrote, after the Briton initially refused to speak to the media but then blasted F1 officials for penalising him for his illegal passing move on Sebastian Vettel.

The Times called France his "lowest of the low points", as Hamilton succumbed to yet more errors but then hit out at the "crap" being written about him by the very reporters he was addressing. More ...
06/23/08
f1
Renault not ready for podium - Alonso  (GMM) Fernando Alonso said Magny-Cours delivered a dose of reality on Sunday, after earlier hoping for his first podium of the season from his high grid position.

The Spaniard ultimately finished the race just eighth, lamenting that his Renault did not deliver good enough race pace.

"On Saturday and before the race we were optimistic, but we need to be realistic," he told Telecinco.

"We are really only fighting in the middle of the grid."

Some analysts surmised that the 26-year-old former double world champion's race strategy simply failed.

But Alonso explained: "If you are slow and you can't get into a rhythm, your strategy doesn't matter."

His countryman Marc Gene, a test driver for Ferrari, agreed that Alonso's unfulfilled potential was the "negative surprise" of the French grand prix.

"We expected much more from him," Gene wrote in the Spanish newspaper El Mundo. "Even at Ferrari we thought he was going to be our competitor."

The German newspaper FAZ reports that Alonso is growing impatient with Renault, and that the feeling may also be mutual by many inside the French squad's pits.

One engineer is quoted as saying: "Fernando thinks only about Fernando. (In Canada) he wasn't even at the after-race briefing."

Engineering chief Pat Symonds, however, insists that Alonso is wanted. "The bottom line is that we are the best choice for him.

"If he would drive with us out of this crisis, he would be a hero," the Briton added.
06/23/08
f1
Whitmarsh denies that the FIA is picking on McLaren  The McLaren Mercedes Team was hit with penalties this weekend. First Hamilton received a ten-place grid penalty after the pitlane incident at Montreal, then teammate Kovalainen was put back on the grid as he impended Webber during qualifying, and Lewis got a drive-through penalty after passing Vettel by cutting the corner.

Hamilton said: "My drive-through penalty was an extremely close call: I felt I'd got past Vettel fairly and was ahead going into the corner. But I was on the outside and couldn't turn-in in case we both crashed, then I lost the back-end and drove over the curb."

Despite being penalized 3 times, Martin Whitmarsh denied that the team believes the FIA is picking on them although this was insinuated by Ron Dennis after the French race. Whitmarsh said: "I'm sure Ron didn't indicate that really. He has the frustrations that happen immediately after the race. We had three penalties this weekend, we have got to accept it and move on."

06/23/08
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After tragedy, Schumacher win SuperNationals  Five-time POWERade Series world champion Tony Schumacher raced to his first win at Englishtown in 12 years of competition at the Lucas Oil NHRA SuperNationals.

The event was overshadowed by the loss of Funny Car driver Scott Kalitta, who died from multiple injuries suffered after his car went out of control in the fourth round of qualifying Saturday.

Tim Wilkerson, Greg Anderson, and Chip Ellis also won in their respective categories in the 11th of 24 events on the POWERade Series schedule.

Schumacher drove his U.S. Army dragster to a 4.589-second run at 325.06 to defeat runner-up Brandon Bernstein by half a car length to pick up his 46th win and pull within six of Joe Amato (52) for most Top Fuel wins all-time. More ...

06/23/08
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Roush Fenway hopes to have drivers locked in soon  Roush Fenway Racing hopes to soon solidify its current driver lineup in the same positions for 2009, team president Geoff Smith said Sunday at Infineon Raceway. The first item would be locking in #16-Greg Biffle, who said Friday he expects to complete the deal this week. As far as #6-David Ragan, Smith also was optimistic. “We’re working through a final contract now with a sponsor, and unless Tony Stewart puts a wheel under us, it should be over very shortly,” Smith said. The team’s other three drivers – #99-Carl Edwards, #26-Jamie McMurray and #17-Matt Kenseth – are already signed for next season. Roush Fenway Racing can have five teams in 2009 but will have to cut down to four for the 2010 season. SceneDaily.com
06/23/08
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Scott Pruett Double-Duty Diary - Sunday  
Scott Pruett
Scott Pruett currently leads the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series with four wins in the season’s first six races in his #01 Telmex Lexus.  He’ll be racing in this weekend’s EMCO Gears Classic Rolex Series race at Mid-Ohio, as well as the Toyota/SaveMart 300 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma, Calif. in the #41 Target car for Chip Ganassi Racing.  Each day, he’ll provide a diary of his attempt to run two races across three time zones.

Sunday, June 22

Immediately after the Mid-Ohio race, it was time to head back to the airport and we arrived into NAPA between 11:30 and midnight Saturday night.  I was able to get to bed before 1 a.m. and get some needed rest.

The night went quickly, though, and it was back out to the track at about 7 a.m. this morning.  First up were some media commitments and then it was off to meet with the team.  We made the decision to leave the car with what we had on Friday.  We just weren’t confident enough to make any changes in the setup without any practice time.

After that, I had a bit of time to catch up with some friends, including TRD vice president Lee White, who I go all the way back to Roush Racing with during our IMSA days.  From there, it was straight into driver’s meetings and pre-race festivities – and with NASCAR, there are a LOT of festivities and it must work because they looked to have a full house today.

We mapped out a strategy of solid and steady for the race.  For the most part, the race went as planned and the car was alright.  We had hoped to gain some spots in the pits and steadily work our way toward the front.  Unfortunately, it turned out to be just the opposite.  It wasn’t any mistake by the crew, it just seemed like the yellows seemed to fall at the worst times for us.  Where we had hoped to gain a few spots on each stop, we’d pit, the yellow would come out and we’d end up losing two or three spots per stop.

Yet, in the end, our strategy looked to be paying off.  We were running in the top-15 with three laps to go when we just got run over by Tony Stewart, which ended our race immediately.  We came into the race with the goal of scoring as many points as possible and that was all lost when we got hit from behind and the team lost some needed points. 

In looking back over the past four days, all in all, the weekend went reasonably well, but it ended up being a weekend of what could-have-beens.

At Mid-Ohio, we had a very fast car.  In Saturday morning’s practice, we were P3 on old tires.  We were very happy with the performance of the Lexus engine heading into the race and the team did a great job on the chassis.  We were really happy with the car.  Unfortunately, the weather didn’t want to cooperate and in the end, we decided to take the conservative route and we ended up leaving Mid-Ohio with our car in one piece and a 37-point championship lead.

Really, the only major downside of the weekend was getting run over at the end.  If we would have finished in the top-15, it would have been a successful weekend.
 
Now it’s back to normality and on to Daytona to begin the second half of the Grand-Am season.

Thanks for coming along for the ride.
06/23/08
track news
Save Mart Supermarkets Signs Multi-Year Extension with Infineon  Save Mart Supermarkets has signed a multi-year agreement to continue as co-title sponsor of the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Infineon Raceway, track officials announced today.

The partnership continues the raceway’s long-standing relationship with Save Mart Supermarkets, a Modesto-based grocery chain. Save Mart has been either title sponsor or co-title sponsor of the NASCAR Sprint Cup event at Infineon Raceway since 1992.

"Our affiliation with Save Mart Supermarkets represents the strongest, most effective sponsor relationship I’ve been involved with in nearly 30 years in this industry," said Steve Page, president and general manager of Infineon Raceway. "They are terrific promoters, wonderful partners and I’m delighted to know that partnership will continue." More ...

06/23/08
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Scott Pruett Double-Duty Diary - Saturday  
Scott Pruett
Scott Pruett currently leads the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series with four wins in the season’s first six races in his #01 Telmex Lexus.  He’ll be racing in this weekend’s EMCO Gears Classic Rolex Series race at Mid-Ohio, as well as the Toyota/SaveMart 300 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma, Calif. in the #41 Target car for Chip Ganassi Racing.  Each day, he’ll provide a diary of his attempt to run two races across three time zones.

Saturday, June 21

Saturday started awfully early as we landed in Ohio late Friday/early Saturday morning and I ended up arriving at the hotel right around 1:30 a.m., which was actually earlier than we anticipated.

After a few hours sleep, I met the team in the lobby at 7 a.m. to head to the race track.  We talked about a few things we wanted to try and prepared for the first session at 9:30.  Our #01 Telmex Lexus was actually very good, although, we never really had many clear laps for it to show up in our times.  In fact, the car was good enough that we incorporated some of the things from that session into our race setup.

As race time drew near, we were confident that we had a good car, but the radar reports weren’t nearly as good.  There was a storm that was coming through and projections had it hitting the track right around the starting time for the race – and did it ever.

It wasn’t more than a handful of laps into the race when it started to pour.  I have to admit, I hate racing in the rain.  It’s miserable for the drivers and it’s miserable for our fans who have to sit outside in it.  The one bright side is it really does result in some exciting racing.  If you watched some of the racing in the early going today and didn’t enjoy it, you’re not a race fan.

My teammate, Memo Rojas, really did a great job in some awful conditions.  He took the lead early and led for much of the first half of the race.  But when it was all said and done, most of it came down to how the strategy broke and deciding just how much risk you wanted to take.  In our case, we had a pretty sizeable lead in the points race and it just didn’t make any sense to take a lot of chances.  Cars were spinning off everywhere and the one thing we couldn’t afford was to end up in the gravel trap.

With the way the cautions fell, I got into the car with a little under an hour left, coming out in 13th after our driver change.  We made it up to eighth as the race ended under the eighth full-course yellow of the day.  Not exactly what we hoped for, but by staying out of trouble, we actually extended our points lead to 37 points as we finished up the first half of the season.

Now it’s time to head back to the airport and go back to California.  We’re expecting to get in around midnight or 12:30 a.m. local time.  I’ll head back to the hotel and get some rest and then head out to the track early tomorrow.  At that point, we’ll make the final decisions on which direction to head for the race.  After hearing that my teammate, Juan Montoya, ran well this afternoon, we’re optimistic for tomorrow.  The key is to score as many points as we can to make sure the #41 Target car stays comfortably in the top-35 in points.

One down and one to go!
06/23/08
f1
'I got Mosley 41 votes' - Arab chief  (GMM)  The highest ranking motor racing official in the United Arab Emirates has admitted that his influence got embattled FIA president Max Mosley over the line in the recent confidence vote.

F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone recently poured scorn on Mosley's Paris victory by suggesting that a plethora of the votes in his favor came from the various influences in Africa.

But it now emerges that Mohammad Bin Sulayem, chief of motor sports in the UAE, controlled no less than 41 of the 169 total votes cast.

"Yes, you are right.  I had got him so many votes," Sulayem, also a successful rally driver, said in an interview with Gulf News.

"Yes, I made the difference.  I don't deny it," he added.

Sulayem is unashamedly a staunch Mosley supporter, and has referred to the sex scandal as a "terrorist attack on his personal life".

"If anyone can convince me that he has done wrong to motor sport or during his tenure his decisions have hurt formula one or rallying then we have a case.  But not over his personal and private affairs," he said.

06/23/08
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A1GP goes High Def  London, Great Britain - A1GP World Cup of Motorsport enters a new era as the 2008/09 season approaches, moving to the forefront of technology by becoming one of the first international racing series to offer its World Feed TV Broadcast in High Definition (HD).

A1GP is carried by more than 45 broadcast licensees worldwide, reaching nearly 180 countries and territories around the globe. They will all now be given the option to receive A1GPs host broadcast in HD, while broadcasters without HD channels will still be able to receive the Standard Definition feed.

The World Feed is generated in a state of the art HD Outside Broadcast facility that is transported around the globe to each race event to ensure the series continues to provide top quality television, regardless of its location. From there, pictures from 60 cameras situated around the track, in the pits and on the A1GP cars can be selected for broadcast. More ...

06/23/08
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Still no new deal for 2011 Aus GP - premier  (GMM)  Despite recent speculation about a new contract for the Australian grand prix, the promoting state government insists that a deal is still not in place.

The race just south of the Victorian capital Melbourne has become controversial in recent times due to rising costs.

The government has also ruled out Bernie Ecclestone's demands for a night race in the future, with the current contract set to expire in 2010.

But despite reports that a new deal through 2015 is now all but sealed, Victorian premier John Brumby on Monday said negotiations have not finished yet.

"I'd hope that we can resolve this in the not too distant future," he said, according to the local news agency AAP.

"Our aim in relation to these negotiations was to get them concluded before the end of the year.  We're making progress.  I think that timetable has shifted forward," he added.

Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) chairman Ron Walker last week met with Ecclestone in London.

Brumby said: "It's no secret we have been having discussions.  We haven't concluded those discussions, we'd like to get an agreement going forward but it's got to be the right deal for our state, it's got to provide value for money."

06/22/08
racing news
Quotes Of The Week  
“We unloaded here this weekend and we were absolutely horrible.  We were so bad we didn’t know what was going on.  These guys worked their tails off and never gave up.  We worked on it and worked on it -- made changes to everything -- and finally figured it out.  It’s a new year -- I guess it’s a new me.  It’s a new team here being with the 18 team here.  To put it in victory lane five times this year, that’s something that is pretty special.  Thanks to Steve Addington (crew chief) and all these guys.  Thank you to my fans and of course all the other fans that are out there, too.  This has been a phenomenal year here.  It’s been special.” Kyle Busch, NASCAR Sprint Cup driver, Joe Gibbs Racing, winner of race at Infineon Raceway 

"One thing I like about Tony [George] is he really welcomes competition among manufacturers. In that way he's unlike Kevin Kalkhoven who thinks the manufacturers are the devil. I'm sorry to say that mentality reduces you to strictly club racing. In my opinion, motor sport at any level needs manufacturers and without manufacturers the top level of the sport is nothing. Like I say, racing is all about the manufacturers and without Honda, the IRL would literally have nothing. But Honda would welcome competition. They want competition. But you don't go out there and invite manufacturers. The scenario you want is to have manufacturers come to you and ask if they can participate. But all of this is going to take time to develop." Mario Andretti, Legendary F1, IndyCar, Sports Car and NASCAR champion.

"A great race, a fantastic result. The win came my way because Kimi had a problem with his car and at the pace he was running, it would have been hard for me to beat him on the track. I would have been happy with second place but of course, the win makes me even happier. I want to thank the whole team and our partners, especially Shell. I am leading the championship and that's a nice feeling, but I am well aware it means nothing because I am aiming for the title and to do that, there is still a long way to go. In the first part of the race I was struggling a bit to stay in touch with Kimi, then when his exhaust broke, I managed to get by. In the second part, I thought of managing the situation, making sure I made no mistakes, especially when there were a few drops of rain. We have to continue working this way, race after race, right to the end of the championship." Felipe Massa, F1 driver, Ferrari, winner of French Grand Prix More ...

06/22/08
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Iowa Sunday Notebook - 2  
-  Dan Wheldon turned 30 today, making this a very nice birthday present. Wheldon at one point said he felt 21 again after winning.

-  Attention USAC officials!  EJ Viso was very disappointed that he wasn't able to attend the USAC Midget National event at Knoxville.  If someone at USAC is awake and reading AutoRacing1.com - and we know you are - then you'll find a way to get EJ into a car for an event.  The man is a racer, he likes to bang wheels, and he needs to see what life is like growing up in America.  Come to think of it - shouldn't all of the IndyCar racers experience a sprint or midget car once in a while?  Davey Hamilton, don't you have a nice little dirt track in Terre Haute where they could run a few laps?!?!?

-  The Iowa Speedway will make a man out of you if your car isn't set up right... even if you don't start out that way.  Milka retired on lap 26, running over 9 mph slower than the leader, due to what a team member called (with eyes rolling) "handling issues."  Darren Manning, who had a fast car this weekend, incurred AJ's wrath when he dropped out, allegedly due to arm fatigue on lap 94.  Marco mentioned in his press conference that his crew had removed some caster in order for his car to steer more easily, but the steering got heavier as rubber built up during the race.

-  For next year's race, some IRL teams would love to see much of the downforce taken out of the cars. Some crew members remarked that their chief aerodynamic task is to take downforce out of the car, as the cars (it is claimed) generate up to 3,000 pounds.

-  TV viewers might have wondered why the Andretti Green Racing team was wearing "A-P Falcons" hats in their pits.  This is in tribute to the Aplington-Parkersburg High School (near Cedar Falls, IA), which was devastated by an F-5 tornado on May 25.  Eight people died in the storm, and the town has become one of many communities in Iowa that is rising to heroic heights recovering from natural disasters.  This high school has sent 4 of its graduates to play in the NFL.

-  Iowa Speedway officials announced a paid attendance of 39,271.  The traffic and parking situations were much improved over last year, partially due to weather, but partially due to experience in having a big race.  The speedway broke ground on the project exactly 3 years ago yesterday, and it is an amazing facility. Tim Wohlford reporting from Iowa

06/22/08
f1
Vettel backs Hamilton's drive-through penalty  (GMM)  Sebastian Vettel on Sunday indicated that he backs the decision to give Lewis Hamilton a controversial drive-through penalty during the French grand prix.

The Toro Rosso driver was passed by Hamilton, who races for McLaren, at the Magny-Cours circuit, moments before Hamilton cut a chicane and triggered a stewards' investigation.

McLaren figures suggested that the penalty was not deserved, including Mercedes' Norbert Haug, who said: "I don't believe Sebastian Vettel will have complained.

"He will probably come to me ... 'that was no disadvantage'," Haug added.

Vettel told reporters afterwards: "He had a better exit than me from the Adelaide hairpin.

"I was inside, to defend my position, and had the better line for curves six and seven.  Lewis arrived with more speed; I went from the gas and braked and he kept going.

"For me it was clear that he was going to cut the chicane."

The 20-year-old German said Hamilton would not have been penalized had he immediately let him take back the position.

"He cut the chicane completely.  I had a similar situation at the Monaco chicane, when I was too late on the brakes.  I overtook two cars but I let them go again and so the issue was settled.

"If someone stays out in front, there is a penalty.  I think he should have let me past again because he had a better car and could have passed me again."

06/22/08
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Angry Hamilton blasts penalty, detractors  (GMM)  An angry Lewis Hamilton after the French grand prix blasted his drive-through penalty and warned his detractors he will not succumb to the rising pressure of life on the grid.

Having already hit out at those pedaling negative messages about him in the media, the McLaren driver started the Magny-Cours race with a ten-place demotion following his Montreal pitlane crash.

After cutting a chicane in an overtaking move on Sebastian Vettel, stewards then ruled that the 23-year-old Briton should serve a drive-through penalty.

France is therefore the second consecutive race at which Hamilton has failed to score a single points, and he drops ten points behind Felipe Massa's championship lead.

Immediately after emerging from his Mercedes-powered car on Sunday afternoon, he dismissively refused to talk to the media, but later denied that he is struggling through a phase of frustration in his young career.

"I feel cool.  It's all good.  I'm still here, there's nothing you can do to get me out of it," he told reporters.

In an apparent message to F1's decision-makers, Hamilton also insisted he has not been fazed by the recent spate of decisions that have gone against him.

"There's nothing you can do that can distract me.  You can keep on giving me penalties and whatever you want to do and I'll keep battling and try and come back with a result," he added.

Hamilton thinks he did nothing to deserve the drive-through penalty, which followed another controversial decision involving a McLaren driver this weekend, when Heikki Kovalainen was moved back five places for blocking during qualifying.

"I stayed out of trouble and drove what I thought was a fair race," Hamilton said.

Referring to the Vettel pass, he explained: "I was ahead but I lost the back, corrected it and went over the curb, which I don't particularly see as cheating, but rules are rules."

06/22/08
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Iowa Sunday Notebook - 1  
- If a Japanese driver gets his first win in Iowa, does this balance off the universe since Danica got her first win in Japan?  Hideki Mutoh was the fastest driver in pre-race practice, narrowly edging out Ryan Briscoe.  Behind them are the usual fast subjects starting with Wheldon, Andretti, Meira, Kanaan and Helio.  Graham Rahal is the fastest of the former CCWS drivers with the 11th fastest practice time, unless you count Ryan Hunter-Reay (10th quickest) who is still listed as a rookie for this race. 

- Far off of the pace this weekend was Milka Duno, who was some 2.3 mph slower than Marty Roth, 9 mph slower than Hideki.  Milka's people have not made her available for interviews this weekend. 

- If you've got a HDTV, make sure you look at the back of the car for speed secrets.  Most teams are finding speed by tacking on bits - i.e., wickerbills and flaps — on the back edge of the undertray.  Also look at the front wings, as teams experiment with bumps, humps, flaps, weather vanes and moose antlers to pick up an advantage.  Perhaps the most overrated tweaks have to do with the mirrors -- there is some speculation that Chip Ganassi Racing is just playing a joke on the rest of the field when he flipped the base of the mirrors upside down for Indy. 

- Once again, the challenges of time, talent and money are hindering many "transition" teams.  Bruno Junqueira's team, for instance, tore down his wrecked car and sent the tub back to Indy last night for repairs, then started working on a road course chassis this morning since all of the crew members were at Iowa.  Conquest Racing was also working on their spare car, and PCM took the weekend off to try to catch their breath.  Compounding the difficulty is that the Dallara takes a lot more man-hours to prepare and repair than the DP01 — some teams claim twice as much time and work.  Granted, rebuilding a car that has hit a wall at Indy takes much more time than rebuilding one that nosed into a barrier on a street circuit, and the diversity of race tracks makes massive changes necessary.  However, the consensus is that the Panoz was brilliant in its simplicity to maintain and repair, leaving the crew members free to enjoy the sights and flavors of Long Beach.  More ...
06/22/08
motogp
British GP - Stoner takes the win!  
(L to R) Rossi (2nd), Stoner 91st) and Pedrosa(3rd)
MotoGP
Casey Stoner proved uncatchable for his MotoGP rivals as he cruised to a second Donington Park victory in as many years. The 2007 World Champion was the fastest off the line from pole position, taking the kind of runaway win typical of his title winning year at the bwin.com British Grand Prix.

With his second triumph of the season, Stoner moved his way up to third in the overall classification. The two riders ahead of him in the standings, Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa, were involved in an entertaining battle some seven seconds back, trading places repeatedly at the midway point of the race. Riding in his 200th Grand Prix, Fiat Yamaha rider Rossi eventually won out, continuing a seven race run of podium finishes in 2008.

Repsol Honda’s Pedrosa also has seven rostrum appearances to his name this year, and came in third at the scene of his 2006 victory. His consistency keeps up the pressure on series leader Rossi, who he trails by just eleven points.

Colin Edwards was the highest placing satellite rider, finishing fourth onboard the Tech 3 Yamaha M1. Whilst his was a positive result, teammate and home rider James Toseland had a miserable time of things in the race, crashing on the first corner and finishing last after picking the bike back up.

Last year’s 250cc race winner, Andrea Dovizioso had another creditable showing on his first MotoGP appearance at Donington Park. The JiR Team Scot rookie was fearless even when surrounded by experienced campaigners, concluding the race in fifth ahead of fellow debutant and long-time rival Jorge Lorenzo. More ...

06/22/08
f1
Hamilton drive-through penalty wrong - Dennis, Haug  UPDATE (GMM)  Norbert Haug, motor sport boss for McLaren's engine partner Mercedes-Benz, on Sunday also declared himself unhappy with the drive-through penalty imposed on Lewis Hamilton during the French grand prix.

Team boss Ron Dennis initially questioned the stewards' decision at Magny-Cours, imposed when Hamilton cut a chicane following his passing move on Sebastian Vettel on Sunday.

Hamilton had already served a ten-position grid demotion for his Montreal pitlane crash, while teammate Heikki Kovalainen was punished at Magny-Cours after he was ruled to have held up Mark Webber in qualifying.

Referring to Hamilton's drive-through penalty, Haug told German television: "I don't completely understand the reasons.

"I don't believe Sebastian Vettel will have complained.  He will probably come to me, as Mark Webber did yesterday, and say, 'that was no disadvantage'," Haug added.

To British broadcaster ITV, however, team boss Dennis did not want to speculate about the spate of penalties dished out to McLaren in recent times.

"Draw your own conclusion from that," he said.

06/22/08 (GMM)  McLaren boss Ron Dennis on Sunday said he did not agree with stewards who ordered Lewis Hamilton to serve a drive-through penalty during the French grand prix.

Hamilton, 23, was already struggling at the Magny-Cours circuit following his ten-position grid demotion for the Montreal pitlane crash two weeks ago.

Stewards ruled that the Briton should be punished further in France when he cut a corner after passing Toro Rosso's Sebastian Vettel.

"I don't think he gained a position by being off the road," Dennis said.

"It is our opinion he was past before he got squeezed off the circuit.  No position was gained.  There's nothing to be gained from saying anything else."

Hamilton finished tenth on Sunday, and now lags race winner Felipe Massa's championship lead by ten points.

06/22/08
GP2
Buemi wins chaotic race two  
Sebastien Buemi (SUI, Trust Team Arden) celebrates his victory on the podium with Yelmer Buurman (NED, Trust Team Arden) and Luca Filippi (ITA, ART Grand Prix)
Alastair Staley/GP2
Sébastien Buemi has taken a dramatic win in damp conditions at the Circuit Magny-Cours: after starting 21st on slick tires he ignored the chaos all around to him to record a memorable victory ahead of teammate Yelmer Buurman and Luca Filippi.

Rain fell steadily on the French circuit overnight but stopped just prior to the start, handing engineers all along the pitlane a nightmarish decision to make: do you play it safe and run wets, or throw the dice and gamble on slicks? The eventual podium provided an answer, albeit too late for the rest of the grid: the gamble paid off handsomely for all three drivers by the end of the race.

Polesitter Mike Conway led the grid away when the lights went out, with Jerome D'Ambrosio and Vitaly Petrov making strong starts to slot in behind him as the slick shod drivers just tried to hold on in the greasy conditions. The Belgian lost his advantage shortly after when he ran wide and came together with front row starter Karun Chandhok, and a stream of cars flowed by the pair and off after the leaders.

There were battles all around the circuit as the drivers pushed the limits of adhesion to make up places, but further back it was becoming clear that a drier line was emerging and a change of tires was on the cards for most of the field: Buurman was the best placed of the slick shod drivers, and as his rivals dribbled into the pits he steadily rose up the timesheets until he was in P1. More ...

06/22/08
f1
Imola receives '1T' FIA rating  
Imola
(GMM)  Imola, the former venue of the San Marino grand prix, has achieved a '1T' rating by formula one's governing body, the FIA.

The Italian venue has been missing from the F1 calendar for a couple of years.

'1T' status means that F1 testing can take place, but a prestigious '1' homologation is required for grands prix.

Ferrari test driver Andrea Bertolini recently tried the modified layout when he was testing
A1GP's new Ferrari-designed single seater.

"The entrance to the pit lane is too dangerous," he is quoted as saying by Motorsport Aktuell.

A couple of gravel traps were also singled out for necessary improvements.

06/22/08
f1
Hamilton hits back at negative media image  (GMM)  Lewis Hamilton has dismissed suggestions that he is the latest example of a formula one driver seduced by the sport's glamorous temptations.

The McLaren driver's comments at the Magny-Cours circuit were prompted by incorrect reports that he blew $400,000 on a personalized number-plate.

Amid other reports of glitzy film premieres, awards nights and dating pop stars, 23-year-old Hamilton insists that the media has got it wrong.

"There's not really a lot I can do about it," he said.

"I'm just not into that sort of thing.  I really want to enjoy it but I don't have to be walking down a red carpet.  I've never wanted that sort of treatment," Hamilton is quoted as saying by British newspapers.

"I have experienced it in some places but I'm not looking for events to go to so I can be seen.  I just enjoy being sat in the back like any other member of the audience.  I like to meet people but then people start making stories out of it."

He also seems miffed by the intense criticism that followed his embarrassing crash in the Montreal pitlane two weeks ago.

"I can take constructive criticism, but I don't read any of it.  You hear about (the media reports), but what difference should that make to me, because I am doing my job and I am enjoying myself?"

Hamilton insists that negative press reportage doesn't bother him.

He told reporters in France: "It does not affect my life in any way, shape or form.  Sure, the opinion you end up giving people does affect you because at the end of the day I am not a mean guy and I am out there doing the best job that I can.

"Small mistakes happen.  I am sure that everyone makes similar mistakes to those I do, but you're not in the spotlight like me.

"People try and make me something that I'm not, but the majority of the time, 99.9 per cent of the time, it's only my dad's opinion that matters."

06/22/08
nassprint
Waltrip and Allmendinger to back of grid  Michael Waltrip and AJ Allmendinger will have to go to the rear of the field for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 on Sunday as their crews spent Saturday afternoon making engine changes at Infineon Raceway.

Car owner/driver Waltrip was set to start 35th while Red Bull Racing’s Allmendinger would have started 36th, so they don't lose too many positions.  They will join Michael Waltrip Racing's David Reutimann in the rear of the field for the race. Reutimann was set to start 42nd and will have to go to a backup car after crashing in practice Saturday.  He too hardly lost any positions.  When you are a backmarker as these drivers are, where you are at the back doesn't really matter much.

At least they are better than IndyCar hero and 2007 Indy 500 champion Dario Franchitti.  He wasn't even fast enough to qualify and his specialty is road racing.  He went from hero in the IRL to zero in NASCAR.  Ouch.
06/22/08
nhra
NHRA's Scott Kalitta killed in Englishtown  UPDATE #2 The NHRA issued the following release regarding Scott Kalitta's fatal accident during the NHRA Supernationals in Englishtown, N.J. 

On behalf of everyone at NHRA, we are deeply saddened and want to pass along our sincere condolences to the entire Kalitta family.

Scott shared the same passion for drag racing as his legendary father, Connie.  He also shared the same desire to win, becoming a two-time series world champion.  He left the sport for a period of time, to devote more time to his family, only to be driven to return to the drag strip to regain his championship form. 

Scott was a terrific driver and perhaps more importantly a better person and a great father to his two kids.  He will be truly missed by the entire NHRA community.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Kathy, sons Corey and Colin, his cousin Doug and his father Connie.

06/22/08 Below is the video of the accident.



06/21/08
Scott Kalitta
Scott Kalitta was fatally injured in a high-speed crash during the NHRA Lucas Oil SuperNationals in Englishtown, N.J. The former Top Fuel world champion was competing in the Funny Car division when his Toyota Solara exploded an engine, resulting in a parachute malfunction.

The remnants of the race car then sped towards the sand trap and cleared the catch net.

Kalitta, 46, of Palmetto, Fla., was transported to Old Bridge Township Hospital where he was pronounced dead from multiple injuries.

Kalitta’s first professional start came ironically in 1982 at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. His best finish at the track came in 1995 when he finished runner-up.

Ironically Kalitta was in the opposite lane when Top Fuel drivers Blaine Johnson [1995] and Darrell Russell [2004] encountered fatal accidents.

Kalitta is survived by wife Kathy, sons Cory (14) and Colin (9). He was the son of drag racing legend Connie Kalitta and cousin to current Top Fuel racer Doug Kalitta.

His death represents the second Funny Car fatality in as many years. Eric Medlen died in April 2007, the result of injuries sustained in a testing accident. Competition Plus

06/22/08
irl
nassprint
Open Wheel drivers just wankers in NASCAR  If there ever was an indication that going to a track one has raced at before, even if not in a stock car, is a big help, that myth was busted this weekend at Infineon Raceway.

The IndyCar Series visits Infineon Raceway, so it could have been theorized that guys such as Sam Hornish Jr. and Dario Franchitti should do OK at the track. Franchitti placed third in the IRL race here least year while Hornish was fifth.

But obviously that hasn’t been the case so far this weekend. Franchitti failed to make the field. Hornish found himself turned around twice during practice Saturday and ranking 36th overall.

These cars are just too different, especially the braking, for drivers to be able to use their past open-wheel experiences here to help.

Hornish just might as well forget everything he knows about this place from the past and just focus on what he’s learning this weekend. Franchitti has to forget about his past, starting with not even qualifying for this race. Scenedaily.com

[Editor's Note: The only open wheel driver that has a top ride in NASCAR is Tony Stewart and he wins on a fairly regular basis and has been Cup Champion.  The rest of the open wheel drivers are in shitbox cars and just make themselves look like wankers.  Heroes to zeros we call them.]

06/22/08
irl
IRL memorabilia shop ripped off, vandalized  UPDATE Sinden Racing Service, the company that manages the IndyCar Series' Indy Fan Zone, is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the return of several IndyCar Series driver helmets that were stolen from the Indy Fan Zone in the early morning of June 16.

The helmets belonging to Danica Patrick, Helio Castroneves, Dan Wheldon, Sarah Fisher, Ed Carpenter and Ryan Hunter-Reay were a few of the many items that thieves were able to get away with.

"The damages can and will be repaired and we're working hard to get the Fan Zone repaired quickly to support as many races as we can the remainder of the season," said John Lewis, vice president of marketing and league development for the Indy Racing League, the sanctioning body for the IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights. "Our biggest concern is that these helmets have some incredible sentimental value to our drivers, and we want to make all efforts to get them returned."

If individuals have any information about this crime or the whereabouts of these items, they are asked to call the local Indianapolis Crimestoppers at 317-262-TIPS.

06/18/08 INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - It appears that some local thieves might not be fans of open wheel racing. Sinden Racing Service was broken into Monday night and vandals got away with a carload of race car related goods.

Six racing helmets belonging to drivers like Danica Patrick and Helio Castroneves were taken. Dan Wheldon's helmet that he wore in last year's win at Homestead is also gone.

Also on the list of stolen goods are four IBM laptop computers, two DVD players, two Xbox systems and some high-end watches.

"They somehow got into our trailer, which was locked, possibly pried the door open and apparently they knew what was inside," said Chase Eaton of the Indy Racing League.

All the items were in the Indy Fan Zone trailer, which was at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and holds the Indy Racing League Championship Cup. The trophy was left intact with no damage.

"I don't know if it is because they were smart and realized there wasn't much they could do with it or they just couldn't figure out how to get it out. But that trophy, luckily, was one of the few things of extreme value that was left intact," said Eaton.

The crimes extended beyond theft.  More ...

06/22/08
f1
French GP can only be at Magny-Cours in 2009  UPDATE Magny-Cours looks sure to host the French Grand Prix again in 2009 and possibly for longer, Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone said on Sunday.  "We've got a contract here for another couple of years," he told Reuters before the race at the rural French circuit near Nevers.

"Although the FFSA (French federation) who are the promoters agreed two years ago that 2008 would be the last race, now they are saying 2009 will be the last race but I'm sure its not."

Asked whether he expected the race to be back at Magny-Cours in 2009, he replied: "I'm sure. Book here."

Ecclestone admitted that he is still keen to see the French grand prix in Paris in the future.

"I think so but we'll have to see.  We have a contract so we are here.  When that contract stops, we'll have to see what we can do.

"I think (Paris) would be good.  They've got hotels and the trains go there," he added.

06/21/08 (GMM)  French motor federation chief Nicolas Deschaux has played down reports that the country's formula one race could be held at a venue other than Magny-Cours in 2009.

"Today, clearly, the federation is linked until 2009 to organize a grand prix at Magny-Cours," he said, according to L'Equipe.

Deschaux suggests that if F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone does not sanction a deal for a Magny-Cours race next year, there will not be a 2009 French grand prix anywhere else.

L'Equipe also said the French federation FFSA has a contract to organize the French grand prix until 2011.

The FFSA will meet to discuss the situation on June 26.

"On this basis the committee will decide upon the organization of a French grand prix in 2009," Deschaux said.

06/22/08
nhra
Pouring of concrete strip to begin Monday  After months of grading and preparation, crews on Monday evening will begin pouring the 3,000 cubic yards of concrete for the four-lane, quarter-mile dragstrip at zMax Dragway @ Concord.  The "Bellagio of dragstrips" will be only the third track in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series to feature a concrete quarter-mile racing surface and the only four-lane track on the national circuit.

During a recent visit, NHRA competitors, including 14-time NHRA Funny Car world champion John Force, raved about plans to construct zMax Dragway's quarter-mile entirely of concrete.

"It's a huge expense, but if you're going to do it, do it right, and that's what Bruton Smith is all about," said Force. "When you got all concrete, the transition never comes into play. We all know exactly what we've got. It's 'gorilla,' and you throw everything you got at it. National records will be set here in Concord at zMax Dragway."

Most dragstrips have concrete for the first 660 feet or less, and the transition from concrete to asphalt can upset the traction of the rear wheels.

"Anytime you eliminate transitions on a track, you are lessening the chances for your race car to become unsettled," said five-time NHRA Top Fuel world champion Tony "the Sarge" Schumacher. "With any kind of luck, the weather will be nice and cool in September, and we can fly down the track and give the fans an exciting show. We're counting down the days until we arrive in our new market." More ...

06/22/08
tv news
Scott Speed, Tommy Kendall guests on Wind Tunnel  UPDATE A reminder that Scott Speed and Tommy Kendall will be featured guests on Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain on Sunday, June 22.  Please note that Wind Tunnel will air at a slightly later time this Sunday at 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm ET live on SPEED.

06/21/08 Scott Speed, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver of the Red Bull Toyota Tundra, will be a guest on Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain on Sunday night, June 22.  Former Open Wheel driver Scott Speed has found success in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, earning his first win three weeks ago in Dover.  Tommy Kendall, 4-time Trans-Am Series Champion and host of SPEED Channel’s shows, Test Drive and Set Up, will also be a guest on Wind Tunnel this Sunday. Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain airs at 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm ET live on SPEED.
06/22/08
tv news
Weekend USA TV Reminders  UPDATE #2 The final TV reminders for Sunday have been added to the schedule below.
Courtesy of TVRacer.com
Sunday
NHRA Qualifying Englishtown, NJ 
Saturday - 11:30pm-1:30am (R) ESPN2
Tradin' Paint Sonoma 
12:00am-12:30am SPEED
Nationwide Replay Camping World RV Rental 250 Milwaukee 
1:30am-4:00am (R) ESPN2
Star Mazda  Tooele, UT 
3:00am-4:00am (R) SPEED
GP2 Series France
6:00am-7:30am SPEED
NASCAR Now 
10:00am-11:00am ESPN2
NHRA Raceday Englishtown, NJ
11:00am-11:30am ESPN2
NASCAR in a Hurry Sonoma
1:00pm-1:30pm SPEED
IndyCar Iowa Corn Indy 250
1:00pm-1:30pm (L) -Pre-race
1:30pm-3:30pm (L) -Race ABC
Formula 1 French Grand Prix
1:00pm-3:00pm (SD) FOX Sports
NASCAR Raceday Sonoma
1:30pm-3:30pm SPEED
NASCAR Sprint Cup Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sonoma
3:30pm-5:00pm (L) -Pre-race
5:00pm-8:30pm (L) -Race TNT
MotoGP World Championship British Grand Prix Donington Park 
4:00pm-5:00pm (SD) SPEED
Championship Off Road Racing Pomona 
5:00pm-7:00pm (06/2008) SPEED
SPEED Report 
7:00pm-8:30pm SPEED
NHRA Lucas Oil NHRA SuperNationals Englishtown, NJ
8:00pm-11:00pm (SD) ESPN2
NASCAR Victory Lane Sonoma 
8:30pm-9:30pm SPEED
Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain
Scott Speed (ARCA RE/MAX, Craftsman Truck)
Tommy Kendall (4-time Trans-Am Champ, SPEED Host) 
9:30pm-10:30pm (L) SPEED
Monday (Partial)
IndyCar Replay Iowa Corn Indy 250 
9:00am-11:00am (R) ESPN Classic
NHRA Replay Lucas Oil NHRA SuperNationals Englishtown, NJ 
11:00am-1:00pm (R) ESPN Classic
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Replay Camping World RV Sales 200 Milwaukee 
12:00pm-2:30pm (R) SPEED
All times listed are ET. For a complete listing of TV Programs, see TVRacer.com
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