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06/27/09
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Edwards, Schrader, Windsor guests on Wind Tunnel  Colin Edwards, MotoGP Rider, Monster Yamaha Tech 3, will be a featured interview on Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain on Sunday night, June 28.  After racing in Assen on Saturday, Edwards will join Wind Tunnel from his home in Texas as he looks ahead to next week’s Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Ken Schrader, SPEED NASCAR Analyst, will join Dave Despain in the studio to talk about Sunday’s CUP race in Loudon as well as look ahead to this week’s news from the NASCAR Hall of Fame when 25 nominees for the first class will be announced.

Peter Windsor, SPEED Formula One Reporter, will report this week's Formula One news as the teams prepare for 2010 after the FOTA breakaway series was apparently avoided.  Windsor will bring F1 fans up to date on the constantly changing headlines regarding Max Mosley's position of FIA President. 

Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain airs Sunday night, June 28, 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm ET live on SPEED.

06/27/09
f1
Mosley: They danced on my grave too early  
Mosley returns to job as head of FIA.  Will he find a way to disgrace Ferrari and di Montezemolo before he leaves office in October?
On Wednesday evening, Max Mosley poured himself a glass of wine at his home in Monaco and sat back with a profound sense of relief.

The breakaway which had threatened the existence of Formula One motor racing had been averted, the rebel teams led by Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo had stood down and the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button would remain stars on the grand prix circuit for years to come. But with the arrival of a new day came a rude awakening. And, for Mosley, whose 18 years on the front line of F1 politics have been anything but dull, it was as though the peace deal hammered out between the warring factions had never happened.

For Mosley woke to read his own obituary in English, Italian and French as commentators across Europe declared that the president of motor sport's governing body, the FIA, had been swept from power by forces allied to di Montezemolo. More ...
06/27/09
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FOTA denies breakaway back on track  (GMM)  Max Mosley on Friday suggested F1's new peace may a short-lived, with FOTA to possibly resurrect plans for a breakaway series.

The teams alliance, however, did not agree, insisting subtly that the agreement with the FIA is on track notwithstanding the fury of the Paris federation's president.

FOTA held a press conference in Bologna on Thursday, but the transcript was distributed only on Friday, at the same time as Mosley predicted more "short-term problems" for the sport, and after he wrote a furious letter to FOTA chairman Luca di Montezemolo.

John Howett spoke of a "victory for formula one", Flavio Briatore said the deal is "positive for the FIA, positive for F1", Mario Theissen hailed the Paris "breakthrough", and Christian Horner spoke of a "great day for formula one". More ...

06/27/09
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Hegewald secures commanding maiden victory  Tobias Hegewald took a commanding maiden win at Spa-Francorchamps this afternoon (Saturday), ahead of Andy Soucek and Miloš Pavlović.

The race got off to a dramatic start when Robert Wickens failed to get away from the line. It looked as though the whole pack would be able to avoid him but Jason Moore collected him at speed, spreading the track with debris and bringing the safety car out for two laps.

At the restart, Soucek tried desperately to get past Hegewald but ended up running off the circuit at Les Combes. The Spaniard held on to his second place, but baulked Julien Jousse as he returned to circuit. Pavlović managed to overtake Jousse in the process and the two went on to enjoy a race-long battle.

Philipp Eng and Alex Brundle both retired after coming together in an incident that also involved Jolyon Palmer, whilst the trio fought for sixth place. Palmer suffered wing damage and eventually dropped down the order. More ...

06/27/09
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New Ford engine should be ready by August  Ford team owner/engine-builder Doug Yates expects Ford’s new FR9 engine to be ready by August, just in time for the season-ending, 10-race Chase for the Championship playoff. Yates, David Simon and Mose Nowland have been working on it all year, and Yates sees light at the end of the tunnel. Once it’s ready, though, which members of Team Ford Racing will get it? It likely won’t go to Roush Fenway stars Carl Edwards (fifth in points), Greg Biffle (eighth) and Matt Kenseth (10th) because they’ll almost certainly make the 12-driver championship playoff. With so much on the line, there’s some reluctance to run an engine that hasn’t been tested in competition.

Edwards has already said he’d rather wait. “I told them I don’t want it right off the bat,” he said recently. “We’ll see who’s not in the Chase and maybe start testing it that way.” Kenseth takes a “whatever” approach. “I’m under the understanding we probably won’t have it full-time this year,” he said. “I’m not sure, but it doesn’t matter to me. I have a ton of confidence in Doug Yates and the engine guys, and whatever they think is best, I’m good with that.” More ...

06/27/09
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Back procedure should help Gordon  UPDATE Latest on Gordon's back: #24-Jeff Gordon met with members of the media at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and discussed many things, among them, how his back is doing, transcript in part:

HAS YOUR BACK PLAYED ANY ROLE IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS?

Gordon: "No, no. The thing with my back is it's almost a blessing in disguise because I've always been fairly fit without having to do much. And I think that because of that, my core had gotten a little bit weak and I think over the last few years, especially with some wrecks, it's contributed to my back problems. And now, I'm getting much stronger so I'm actually in better physical shape than I've been in a long time and still have a ways to go. But I think it's actually going to help me be more prepared for the end of the year and the Chase than anything else. So far, I think Bristol, maybe Richmond, those tracks have been the toughest on me. And they're not in the Chase. So we'll be in good shape."  GM Racing

05/19/09 For the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, it is back to points racing this Sunday night at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. For Jeff Gordon, the 600- miler provides a test for his back after a recent procedure to ease pain. Gordon, who has experienced progressively worse back pain over the past few years, had treatment on Monday. The driver of the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet hopes the procedure will alleviate much – if not all – of the pain.

“I had a facet block procedure done on my back on Monday and it went well,” said Gordon. “I was a little sore after the procedure, but I’ll definitely take that brief bit of soreness if it stops the recurring back pain I’ve had. “I hope that will end the back issues I’ve been having, but it’s too early to tell if that fixed the problem.” Never mind 600 miles on Sunday, Gordon may have a better understanding of the results of the procedure by midweek. He is scheduled to participate in “Ultimate Speed” on Wednesday – a karting event that will raise money for the Jeff Gordon Foundation and the Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital in Concord. More ...

06/27/09
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Gordon drops appeal of penalty  Driver/owner Robby Gordon says he has opted not to appeal the 50-point penalty levied against his Robby Gordon Motorsports team May 27 for having exceeded the maximum specified toe of plus or minus 1 degree during the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Gordon was penalized 50 owner and 50 driver points, while crew chief Kirk Almquist was fined $50,000 and placed on probation until Dec. 31. The driver/owner said he was going to appeal but has changed his mind and opted not to go through the NASCAR appeals process. “I’m not going to appeal,” Gordon said Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway when asked whether he had had his appeal prior to getting in his car for practice. SceneDaily
06/27/09
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Hegewald takes clean sweep in Spa qualifying two  Tobias Hegewald has taken pole for tomorrow's race at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, with a time of 2:08.233s - the fastest lap of the weekend. The German has dominated the event so far and has finished at the top of the timesheets in all four sessions.

Canadian Robert Wickens was second, with Andy Soucek in third. Young Briton Alex Brundle took a superb fourth position, with Frenchman Julien Jousse in fifth.

With the session commencing in slightly damp conditions, many drivers started with old tires, before setting their quickest laps on fresh rubber in the closing stages. Hegewald was the first to set a benchmark time in the final ten minutes, and it was enough to secure his second F2 pole. More ...

06/27/09
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Danica will struggle says Montoya  
Danica could struggle in NASCAR
If Danica Patrick chooses to make the jump to NASCAR, she's going to have her work cut out for her, according to another former open-wheel star who made a similar move.

"Danica, I think she's got the talent and everything, but I don't think she knows what she's getting into," said Juan Montoya, the former Indianapolis 500 and Formula One race winner who switched to stock cars in 2006. The Colombian-born driver is enjoying his best season in NASCAR, with an average finish of 15.2 and a realistic chance of qualifying for the season-ending championship Chase.

But it's taken him three sometimes uneven years to get to that point, proof that the move from open-wheel to stock cars can be difficult for even the best of drivers. The stock car is worlds removed from the grip-heavy beasts Montoya drove in F1, or the IndyCars that Patrick is piloting now. More ...

06/27/09
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NASCAR Milwaukee TV ratings  Last week's Nationwide Series race from Milwaukee, on ESPN2, received a 1.2 national rating, down 20 percent from the 1.5 the event received one year ago.

The rain-delayed Truck series race at Milwaukee last weekend, on Speed, received the same 0.7 national rating it received a year ago.

06/27/09
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Singapore GP: Early Bird Tickets Selling Fast  Building upon the recent unveiling of the first wave of circuit park entertainment, race promoter Singapore GP Pte Ltd (SGP) is bringing in alternative rock band Travis. They join Chaka Khan, Ozomatli, Backstreet Boys and Youssou N’Dour alongside large-scale theatre acts and top DJs to further enhance the overall spectator experience at the 2009 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX.

Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, Travis consists of Fran Healy (lead vocals), Dougie Payne (bass guitar), Andy Dunlop (lead guitar) and Neil Primrose (drums). The band have been  awarded Best British album and Best British Group at the annual BRIT Awards, and  have also been credited for paving the way for bands such as Coldplay, Keane and Snow Patrol. Travis will be performing their hits which include “Closer”, “Sing”, “Why Does It Always Rain on Me” and songs from their latest album, Ode to J. Smith. More ...

06/26/09
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ALMS notebook for Lime Rock  
Guy Smith says, "The challenge of sports car racing - the different circuits, the different classes - (is) what makes it fun."
Le Mans and Lime Rock Park, site of the American Le Mans Series’ second half, really are worlds apart. For starters, the two circuits are more than 3,600 miles apart. Plus Le Mans is more than eight miles long compared to 1.5 miles at Lime Rock, which will play host to the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix on July 17-18.

The differences though are part of the charm of endurance racing, at least to Dyson Racing’s Guy Smith. He was one of 42 Series drivers who competed two weeks ago in the French 24-hour classic and will drive one of Dyson’s Mazda-powered Lola coupes in LMP2. In fact many of the same cars that competed at Le Mans will also take part in the Series’ sixth visit to the picturesque Lime Rock venue.

That includes the GT2-class winning Ferrari F430 of Risi Competizione and drivers Jaime Melo and Pierre Kaffer.

“Obviously you’ve got Le Mans and eight-and-a-half miles, and you go to Lime Rock and it couldn’t be more different,” said Dyson Racing’s Guy Smith. “But that’s the challenge of sports car racing - the different circuits, the different classes - and that’s what makes it fun.” More ...
06/26/09
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Tony Stewart forced to backup car  Stewart-Haas Racing's Tony Stewart crashed during opening NASCAR Sprint Cup practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Friday.

Stewart lost control and crashed and went to a backup car during the session.

"I just got loose going into the corner," Stewart said of the crash. "Goodyear came down and was worried, but it wasn't a tire problem. I just got loose, and once I got out of the groove, I just ran out of [room] - I was staying right with it, I just needed another 50 feet to finish getting gathered up and sliding up. I just ran out of race track."

06/26/09
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Mosley on warpath, FOTA breakaway back on menu  UPDATE #3 There was confidence that if the FIA president continues to try to go back on what was agreed, he will be brought under control from within the FIA. If he tries to stand again later this year, the teams say they have “security” against that eventuality that can be brought into play. In the meantime there is no rush to intervene. “We will just let him wave around at the moment - it's basically someone screaming from the grave,” was how one source put it.

06/26/09 (GMM)  Far from peace in our time, furious Max Mosley on Friday suggested FOTA's plans for a breakaway series may be back on.

On Wednesday in Paris, FOTA chairman Luca di Montezemolo sat with the FIA president as well as Bernie Ecclestone as they announced an agreement had been reached to move on after weeks and months of bitter feuding.

But Mosley interpreted the subsequent media coverage of the agreement as manipulated by Montezemolo and the eight rebel teams, keen to portray the deal as a successful coup that had resulted in victory as well as his head.

The 69-year-old wrote a letter to Ferrari's Montezemolo demanding a retraction and apology, but on Thursday the Italian instead issued a backhanded compliment by thanking Mosley "for his decision to leave the FIA in October".

Mosley, now openly rethinking his retirement, is reportedly also furious at FOTA vice-chairman John Howett's appeal to the World Motor Sport Council that it elect an "independent" president to succeed the incumbent.

He has now written another letter to the FIA member clubs, in which Mosley alludes to Howett's comments that "concern me greatly" and to Montezemolo who "did not keep his part of the bargain".  More ...

06/26/09
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Franchitti paces opening Richmond practice  
Pos Driver Team Time Behind
1. Dario Franchitti Ganassi 16.2518s +0.0000s
2. Raphael Matos Luczo Dragon 16.2831s +0.0313s
3. Scott Dixon Ganassi 16.3570s +0.1052s
4. Helio Castroneves Penske 16.3618s +0.1100s
5. Tomas Scheckter Dreyer & Reinbold 16.3695s +0.1177s
6. EJ Viso HVM 16.3716s +0.1198s
7. Dan Wheldon Panther 16.4355s +0.1837s
8. Hideki Mutoh Andretti Green 16.4515s +0.1997s
9. Ryan Briscoe Penske 16.5035s +0.2517s
10. Marco Andretti Andretti Green 16.5134s +0.2616s
11. Danica Patrick Andretti Green 16.5388s +0.2870s
12. Graham Rahal Newman/Haas/Lanigan 16.6002s +0.3484s
13. Justin Wilson Coyne 16.6295s +0.3777s
14. Mike Conway Dreyer & Reinbold 16.6315s +0.3797s
15. Tony Kanaan Andretti Green 16.6526s +0.4008s
16. Robert Doornbos Newman/Haas/Lanigan 16.6637s +0.4119s
17. Mario Moraes KV 16.7620s +0.5102s
18. Ryan Hunter-Reay Foyt 16.8310s +0.5792s
19. Ed Carpenter Vision 17.0220s +0.7702s
20. Jaques Lazier 3G 17.6426s +1.3908s
06/26/09
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Rain washes out qualifying at New Hampshire  A mid-afternoon downpour has washed away NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying.  The lineup for Sunday's Lenox Industrial Tools 301 will be set by owner points, with series leader Tony Stewart starting from the pole despite crashing and having to move to a backup car in Friday's opening practice. It's the third time this season that Cup qualifying has been rained out.
06/26/09
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Iowa IndyCar TV rating  UPDATE The final rating came in at 0.8/2 Share.

06/22/09 The overnight TV rating for the Iowa Corn 250 IndyCar race on ABC Sunday was a 0.8......far better than ratings we have seen when on Versus.  The ABC races also get a far greater international distribution as mentioned in a previous news post.
06/26/09
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Hegewald takes stunning pole for Race One at Spa  Tobias Hegewald has continued his superb run of form today at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, by taking a stunning maiden pole for tomorrow's first F2 race.

The German, who has topped every session so far in Spa, set his best time of 2:08.890s shortly after a red flag period to recover Sebastian Hohenthal's stricken car from the top of Eau Rouge.

Spaniard Andy Soucek, who has an excellent record at Spa, was second, with Canadian Robert Wickens in third - both drivers also setting their time in the final half of the session.

Julien Jousse held provisional pole prior to the red flag, but the Frenchman failed to improve in the latter stages and had to settle for fourth. Kazim Vasiliauskas took fifth, with Henry Surtees sealing an impressive day by securing sixth on the grid. More ...

06/26/09
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Renewed F1 war would be 'disaster' - Horner  (GMM)  Prior to the declaration of peace this week, the eight FOTA-affiliated teams were ploughing unapologetically towards a 'breakaway' series.

Some of the bodies' leading figures, like vice-chairman John Howett, said at Silverstone that he felt "very happy" about their alternate plans.

That happiness, however, was replaced with happiness about the FIA accord, where agreement with the existing official series' ruling bodies was found to race ahead at least through 2012.

But Friday was a new day: furious FIA president Max Mosley is demanding FOTA apologize for misrepresenting the outcome to the media, and wrote in a letter to his colleagues that he fears the rogue teams will now kick-start their breakaway plans.

Williams and Force India aside, unity was the strength of the FOTA position throughout, and it is this that is believed to have ultimately resolved Mosley to sit down and concede ground on multiple points.

Red Bull's Christian Horner, however, believes re-opening the scab on Wednesday's wounds and sparking a new war with the FIA would be a "disaster for formula one". [Wrong, it would be a Free PR masterpiece.]

"To enter into more confusion and controversy would be a disaster for formula one," the Briton is quoted as saying by the German news agency SID.

Horner said he appreciates the ground conceded by the FIA on Wednesday, praises Mosley for his "fantastic work in the area of car and circuit safety", and hopes the pact does not now fall apart.

06/26/09
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Rossi outguns rivals for pole  Valentino Rossi will start his quest for a 100th Grand Prix victory from pole position at the Assen circuit on Saturday afternoon, taking the top spot for the Alice TT Assen with a 1’36.025 lap.

Although it is Rossi’s second pole position of 2009, it is also the first time that he has topped a qualifying session this season. His previous pole came courtesy of combined practice times when the grid-deciding session in Japan was cancelled due to rainfall.

The Fiat Yamaha rider was trailed by Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, who was less than a tenth of a second slower than the Italian’s hot lap. Pedrosa returns to the front row after two races away.

Jorge Lorenzo continued his 100% record of front line starts with a time three-tenths down on teammate Rossi’s marker, and the Spaniard made a final push for pole in the closing stages of the session. He is now the only rider to have qualified on the front row for every race of the 2009 season to date, having relegated the only other candidate –Casey Stoner- to fourth place. More ...

06/26/09
track news
Donington clears another hurdle  UPDATE (GMM)  Work on Donington Park's necessary formula one upgrade has resumed, following a delay while the local North West Leicestershire District Council reconsidered permission for the project.

The reconstruction had halted at the circuit, scheduled to host the next 17 British grands prix, due to doubts about the financing plans and also legal action - now resolved - with the landowner.

But CEO Simon Gillett on Friday signed the council paperwork, namely a Section 106 agreement, green-lighting work to resume immediately.

"It's great to have cleared another hurdle and to see the hard work of the entire team at the circuit paying off," he confirmed in a statement.

"There's no denying that we still have a lot of hard work ahead but we'll continue to remain positive and do everything that we can to deliver against the promises that we have made," Gillett added. More ...

06/26/09
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automotive
Toyota expects losses for 2 more years  Akio Toyoda, the newly-appointed president of Toyota Motor Corp, expects it will take be at least another two years before the company turns a profit.

Speaking at his first press conference since taking over the role, Toyoda said: “We want to do everything possible to avoid a third consecutive year of losses.”

The company posted a loss of ¥461bn (£2.91bn/$4.8bn) for the last financial year and forecasts a further loss of ¥850bn for this year. Its worldwide vehicle production fell by 38% last month, to 501,685.

Toyoda, who is the grandson of the company’s founder, plans to weather the storm of the global recession without cutting full-time jobs. Hopefully that will also include those at its F1 team in Cologne, Germany.

Toyoda has not indicated any potential consequences for the company’s Formula 1 team, which has competed since 2002 without winning a race.

Team principal John Howett has played a major role in the Formula 1 Teams’ Association, and has rejected rumors Toyota may pull its team if certain performance objectives (believed to include winning a race and finishing in the top three in the constructors’ championship) are not met.

06/26/09
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Mayfield denies taking drugs  
Jeremy Mayfield
Suspended NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield denies ever taking methamphetamines and says he doesn't know how he failed a random drug test. Mayfield's denial is found in an affidavit that is among several hundred pages of documents filed Thursday by his attorneys in U.S. District Court. The driver was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR on May 9 for failing a random drug test conducted eight days earlier at Richmond International Raceway. He is suing NASCAR for immediate reinstatement, and his next court date is July 1. NASCAR is countersuing and alleges Mayfield breached his contract and defrauded NASCAR and its competitors of earnings. Associated Press
06/26/09
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Ricciardo looks to reverse recent fortunes  Championship leader Daniel Ricciardo will be bidding to get back on to the top step of the Cooper Tires British F3 podium next weekend (4/5 July) at Snetterton in the hope of reversing a recent run of bad luck.

The Australian, who turns 20 a few days before the Norfolk meeting, won three of the first four races in his Carlin Motorsport Dallara-Volkswagen, but the Red Bull-backed racer has not since managed a top-three finish. "In the last four races I haven't even got on to the podium," said Daniel, "so the first goal is to get back up there. But I think that we will really have the pace at Snetterton to get back on to the top step: that's definitely my aim for the weekend." More ...

06/26/09
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Whitmarsh regrets 'waste' on KERS  Martin Whitmarsh is one of many team bosses who feels that the untimely introduction of the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) to Formula One this season has proven to be nothing more than a waste of money. With many in agreement, teams have already agreed not to use the innovative system next year.

"The concept of KERS was probably the right thing to do for F1, but two years ago at Silverstone it seemed it was getting out of control in terms of the technical openness of it and every team bar Williams agreed to abandon it," said the McLaren team principal, who took over the role from Ron Dennis for 2009.

"At the end of last year it was every team bar BMW and we've always taken a flexible view on it. On those two occasions, we were prepared to get rid of it." Ironically, BMW has since fully abandoned its KERS project in favor for aerodynamic enhancements on its F1.09. "The regulations are incredibly wide and they are challenging in that, to develop a KERS system within the weight and packaging constraints of F1 with the power and energy limitations and still have performance, is difficult," Whitmarsh continued. More ...

06/26/09
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Briatore to make 'a better show' of Formula One  
Flavio Briatore
Renault team boss, Flavio Briatore, is continuing to raise his political profile in Formula One after being put in charge of spicing up the sport. A new commercial deal to make races more entertaining should soon be in place and Briatore is set to play a key role.

"Flavio will be busy working with the commercial rights holder [Bernie Ecclestone] to improve the show of the sport, we hope we can find agreement with CVC [Ecclestone's organization] in the coming days," Ferrari's president and FOTA [The Formula One Teams Association] head, Luca di Montezemolo, said.

FOTA has already begun flexing its muscles after largely achieving its aims at Wednesday's FIA world motor sports council meeting in Paris, where the budget cap was dropped and Max Mosley, the FIA president, said he would retire in October. FOTA has called for a neutral successor to Mosley after months of discord and promised today to make additional savings after reaching an accord with the sport's ruling body.

"We would like to see someone independent, perhaps independent from any of us, either currently or historically," the FOTA vice-president, John Howett, said. "It would mean a much better balance."

06/26/09
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How FOTA deal will affect F1's other teams  (GMM)  With an uneasy peace now declared between the FIA and the eight FOTA teams, attention is turning to the five formula one outfits that sat on the outside of the dispute.

Williams and Force India were expelled from the teams alliance for breaking ranks, while new teams US F1, Manor and Campos also agreed to Max Mosley's proposed budget cap for 2010.

The detail of the alternative cost-cutting arrangements, as well as the manufacturers' offers of assistance, are unclear, even after the FOTA meeting and subsequent press conference on Thursday at Bologna airport.

Williams' Adam Parr told the Telegraph that he wants a "legally enforceable" contract to enshrine FOTA's commitments, and even though the issue was well known in Bologna, the British team and Force India were not re-admitted to the alliance. More ...

06/26/09
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Scrap 'empty' Turkey GP, Briatore says  (GMM)  F1's FOTA teams would rather not race in Turkey if the circuit cannot fill its grandstands, Flavio Briatore said on Thursday.

After a meeting of the alliance in Bologna, it was revealed that Renault chief Briatore had been appointed to liaise with Bernie Ecclestone about proposals to improve the sport's spectacle.

"Flavio will be busy working with the commercial rights holder to improve the show of the sport, we hope we can find agreement with CVC in the coming days," said FOTA chairman Luca di Montezemolo, also referring to the need to finalize the commercial deal with F1's owners.

Briatore told reporters that, if working with high-paying promoters like those in Istanbul means moving away from more well-attended traditional races, FOTA would prefer to side-step the money. More ...

06/26/09
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German clubs settle GP naming issue  (GMM)  For the first time, the Nurburgring is able to use the official name 'Grosser Preis von Deutschland' (German Grand Prix) for its 2009 formula one race.

Previously, despite the circuit's agreement to alternate the hosting rights each year with Hockenheim, the official title was owned and controlled by the AvD (Automobilclub von Deutschland).

In recent years the Nurburgring has been known as the European grand prix, because the AvD did not allow rival club ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club) to use the German GP title.

The resolution of the situation, however, is the formation of a German formula one Commission under the authority of the country's motor racing governing body, the DMSB (Deutscher Motor Sport Bund).

It means the AvD and ADAC are now bundled under the same authority, resulting in both Hockenheim and the Nurburgring being able to use the official German GP title.

06/25/09
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Two new videos  Two new videos are posted on the bottom right of our Home Page.  The first, with Nico Rosberg, takes a close look at Silverstone while the 2nd is on the preproduction version of the Chevy Volt, the first test vehicle with the real interior and near-final drivetrain.
06/25/09
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Lucky fan will win helmet signed by Allstate 400 drivers  A lucky fan will win a prized piece of motorsports memorabilia - a helmet signed by the starting field of the 16th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard - in a contest open now at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Web sites.

Fans can enter the contest for free by clicking the links on the home page at either www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com or www.allstate400atthebrickyard.com. Entrants must be age 18 or older and a United States resident. Other rules and frequently asked questions can be found on the online entry page.

The winner will be announced the first week of August, shortly after the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on Sunday, July 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The helmet will feature driver signatures and Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and IMS Centennial Era logos. Driver signatures are subject to change.

This continues a series of online contests this year to celebrate the IMS Centennial Era. The Race for Cash contest awarded a $50,000 grand prize to a fan after the 2009 Indianapolis 500 in May, and a helmet with signatures from the riders of the Red Bull Indianapolis GP MotoGP race Aug. 28-30 at IMS also will be awarded.

06/25/09
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As predicted, FOTA threat just free PR  UPDATE #3 With a lull in the F1 action, Bernie and Max must have decided F1 needed more free PR so now Max Mosley is saying he is back in charge unless FOTA apologizes.  This should make more great theater.

06/25/09 With Mosley retiring this year anyway as he said he would last year, and with the FOTA split quickly coming to an end so Mosley could retire a few months early and enjoy the summer vacation season and mourn the loss of his son, many think that indeed the entire FOTA split threat was concocted to get F1 some great free PR.  If so, it was great theater and mission accomplished.  What will be next year's concocted dramatic controversy?

06/20/09 It looks like the free PR for F1 will extend to early next year as Max Mosley is quoted as saying, "It will all stop some time between the beginning of 2010 and March 2010, the first race. All this will stop, it will all settle down and everyone will go racing.  I am completely confident because, in the end, people do whatever is in their interests."  By then Max and Bernie will have finished using the F1 media for their annual free media PR stint.  It's brilliant.

06/17/09 As AR1.com has predicted all along, F1's rebel FOTA teams have moved to end the standoff with the FIA by devising a final offer of compromise, it emerged on Wednesday.  This issue will miraculously all go away now that F1 has received a lot of free PR from the gullible F1 media who fall for this sort of 'controversy' every year.

With Friday looming as yet another crunch deadline, the association - comprised of every current team except Williams and Force India - wrote to Max Mosley with a proposal to resolve the dispute over the budget cap rules.

"The time has come when, in the interests of the sport, we must all seek to compromise and bring an urgent conclusion to the protracted debate regarding the 2010 world championship," the letter read, according to Reuters.

"We hope that you will consider that this letter represents significant movement by the teams, all of whom have clearly stated a willingness to commit to the sport until the end of 2012," it added.

In the letter, FOTA proposes that the budget cap - now called "resource restriction" - be policed by a group of independent accountants of their choosing, with annual results submitted to the FIA.

"We can see no reason why such a system based on objective verification of compliance would not be acceptable to all parties," the letter read.

FIA president Max Mosley has already agreed to soften the 2010 cap to 100m euros, before it reduces to 45m in 2011.

FOTA is also seeking that Friday's deadline for finalizing the 2010 entry list be extended for nearly another two weeks, to July 1, so that a new Concorde agreement can be negotiated and signed.

06/25/09
irl
Lexus nixes Danica  More than 10 million people tuned in to NBC to watch the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black Golf Course last weekend. And none of them saw images of Danica Patrick.

Lexus, one of the primary sponsors of the telecast demanded that NBC yank GoDaddy commercials featuring the Indy Racing League driver. But not because of the commercials racy content or anything controversial about the pin-up Patrick.

Believe it or not, Lexus had its tailpipes in a tizzy because Patrick was driving a vintage Ford Mustang in the commercial. As the exclusive sponsor of the NBC broadcast, Lexus declared no other automakers can be shown in commercials airing during the U.S. Open.

It’s difficult to imagine the Japanese automaker Toyota’s luxury brand would feel much threat from the American-made muscle car, let alone a vintage Mustang. Who knows, maybe Toyota plans to get in the muscle market.

GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons was especially honked off because Toyota let Honda’s Acura air an ad during the same U.S. Open broadcast. That move seems odd, given the Acura ad is about selling cars and the GoDaddy spot is about selling Web domain names. IBJ.com

06/25/09
alms
Drivers make big adjustment from LeMans to Lime Rock  Le Mans and Lime Rock Park, site of the American Le Mans Series’ second half, really are worlds apart. For starters, the two circuits are more than 3,600 miles apart. Plus Le Mans is more than eight miles long compared to 1.5 miles at Lime Rock, which will play host to the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix on July 17-18.

The differences though are part of the charm of endurance racing, at least to Dyson Racing’s Guy Smith. He was one of 42 Series drivers who competed two weeks ago in the French 24-hour classic and will drive one of Dyson’s Mazda-powered Lola coupes in LMP2. In fact many of the same cars that competed at Le Mans will also take part in the Series’ sixth visit to the picturesque Lime Rock venue.

That includes the GT2-class winning Ferrari F430 of Risi Competizione and drivers Jaime Melo and Pierre Kaffer.

“Obviously you’ve got Le Mans and eight-and-a-half miles, and you go to Lime Rock and it couldn’t be more different,” said Dyson Racing’s Guy Smith. “But that’s the challenge of sports car racing - the different circuits, the different classes - and that’s what makes it fun.”

06/25/09
ga
Grand-Am series continues to grow  The Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 drew another strong crowd in Saturday's EMCO Gears Classic at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, in addition to having record merchandise sales and television ratings.

The live SPEED broadcast of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series EMCO Gears Classic had a ratings increase of 57 percent and 113 percent increase in viewership, boosting the 2009 overall average ratings increase to 24 percent over 2008.

The Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge is also enjoying a greater television audience this season, with a year to date increase of 122 percent. This does not include the telecast of the Mid-Ohio Grand Sport race, which will be aired on June 28 at 12:30pm. More ...

06/25/09
motogp
Randy de Puniet tops opening MotoGP practice  LCR Honda rider Randy de Puniet sprang a surprise in the first MotoGP practice session for the Alice TT Assen, occupying the top spot on the timesheet with a 1’37.842 lap that came from out of nowhere late in the session.

For the majority of the hour-long run, Fiat Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo had resumed their inter-team tussle by trading fastest laps, but eventually the duo were usurped by flying Frenchman De Puniet and then Lorenzo by Ducati Marlboro’s Casey Stoner –the rider with whom the leaders are tied on 106 points in the overall classification.

Just five-thousandths of a second divided De Puniet and Rossi, with Stoner a further three-hundredths down and Lorenzo only just unable to breach the 1’38 barrier. Trailing the early pacesetters were Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso & Dani Pedrosa and Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Colin Edwards, all under half-a-second down on De Puniet.

Adjusting to the track in the first practice run, many riders took a trip into the run-off areas in their quest to find the limit of their 800cc machinery. However, only one rider came off his bike, namely Scot Racing’s Yuki Takahashi. The Japanese rider suffered a highside that left him shaken but apparently uninjured. More ...

06/25/09
irl
nassprint
Jimmie Johnson, Helio Castroneves Among Nominees for The 2009 ESPYs  NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves are among the world-class athletes nominated for The 2009 ESPYs. The ESPYs gather top celebrities from sports and entertainment to commemorate the past year in sports by recognizing major sports achievements, reliving unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances.

Fans will determine the winner in 37 categories (excluding special awards) by voting online at www.espys.tv or via mobile phone at www.espn.mobi. Voting begins today and runs through 11:59 p.m. ET on July 11, and The 2009 ESPYs, hosted by Samuel L. Jackson and co-presented by Under Armour and Land Rover, will be televised Sunday, July 19, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN HD. A one-hour nomination show will be televised Friday, June 26, at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.

Johnson, who tied a NASCAR record by winning his third consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup championship in 2008, is nominated in the “Best Male Athlete” category along with Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps and NBA stars Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

Castroneves’ win in the 2009 Indianapolis 500, which came when he returned to the IndyCar Series after being found innocent of tax-evasion charges, is nominated in the “Best Moment” category. Also nominated are the thrilling victory by the U.S. swim team in the Olympic relay and University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow’s emotional speech in a press conference following the team’s only loss during the 2008 season. More ...

06/25/09
f1
FOTA wants 'independent' new FIA president  (GMM)  FOTA on Thursday seemed to object to speculation that Jean Todt, the former Ferrari team boss, is first in line to succeed Max Mosley as FIA president.

With the rebel teams having dispensed with the controversial 69-year-old Briton, rumors indicate that Frenchman Todt, a divisive figure who was as unpopular as he was successful in the Michael Schumacher era, will receive Mosley's personal endorsement to assume the role late this year.

But at a meeting of the teams association in Bologna, FOTA vice-chairman and Toyota president John Howett said: "We would like to see someone independent, perhaps independent from any of us, either currently or historically.

"It would mean a much better balance." More ...

06/25/09
irl
Reader questions IRL's integrity  UPDATE Another reader adds, Dear AR1, It is encouraging to see readers writing in once again expressing their opinions regarding the state of open wheel racing. During the split , everybody had an opinion regarding who was right and who was in the tank.

Your most recent email regarding the state of open wheel racing was absolutely spot on! I began my career with CART in 1996, the year of the split.

CART was incredible and I clearly remember my first race at Homestead on the brand new 1.5 mile oval. I was overwhelmed walking through the paddock and seeing many of my open wheel heroes and legends. The paddock was packed with teams and transporters. The hospitality area was unrivaled by any other form of racing with the exception of F1.

The crowds were packing the tracks and the whole atmosphere was electric.  We had incredible sponsors and teams. The racing was the absolute best in the world. We ran on ovals, roads, and streets on 5 different continents. NASCAR was envious. More ...

06/25/09
nastruck
Injured Benson hopes to return soon  
Johnny Benson
Johnny Benson, injured June 13 in a Super Modified race in Michigan, hopes to be back racing in about three weeks - if he can find a ride.  The reigning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion lost his full-time ride a few days before his accident when Red Horse Racing couldn't find sponsorship for him.

"Right now I don't have a ride, so it doesn't really matter when I can get back in or not,'' he told guest host Mike Joy on last Sunday night's Wind Tunnel show on Speed TV. "If I talk to the right people and maybe get some great opportunities, which I think will come along here in the very near future, hopefully I'll be ready for it when it happens. More ...

06/25/09
nnw
Nationwide New Hampshire preview  For the first time in three weeks NASCAR's Nationwide Series will again join their Sprint Cup colleagues and be a major part of the upcoming weekend at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The Nationwide Series has been enjoying a trio of stand-alone events this month that was virtually free of the Sprint Cup visitors they often race against.

This Saturday, June 27th, the Nationwide Series will be running the Camping World RV Sales 200 presented by Turtle Wax. The race is 200 laps around the basic flat track known as "the Magic Mile." More ...

06/25/09
superleague
Superleague kicks off season at Magny Cours  The final countdown has begun: there are now just days before the spectacular 2009 ‘Superleague Formula by Sonangol’ race series kicks off this weekend (27/28 France) at Magny-Cours in France.

The former home of the French Grand Prix not only will witness the start of what promises to be an even more dramatic second season for the ground breaking Superleague Formula series – that combines the gusto and exhilaration of premier league motor sport with the passion and obsession of football – but also will witness several significant evolutions for the dynamic championship.

Major new developments for 2009 include the arrival of three new soccer clubs, a thrilling new race format, the introduction of upgraded and more powerful V12 engines, the addition of three famous new venues, even more top class drivers as well as the advent of a new title sponsor following confirmation that Angolan-based multinational oil giant Sonangol has entered into an important two-year partnership with Superleague Formula. 

As well as the three Superleague Formula headline races (see Super Final below), this weekend’s busy track schedule includes rounds of both the Euroseries 3000 and popular MitJets championships. More ...

06/25/09
nascar
Toyota the savior of NASCAR  It was just two and half years ago that the mere mention of Toyota being part of NASCAR prompted derisive snickering.

Superior American cars would wipe the garage floor with those Camrys and they’d be heading back to Tokyo with their tails between their legs. Or so the bravado went.

And remember those predictions about how Joe Gibbs was going to wreck his team by switching to Toyota?

So who’s laughing now?

Toyota -- the evil invaders crashing our all-American sport -- are suddenly the saviors of NASCAR, the white knights, the cavalry charging over the hill. More ...

06/25/09
ga
Buddy Rice lands Grand-Am seat  Holly Hill-based Spirit of Daytona will put Buddy Rice and Antonio Garcia in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Porsche-Cayenne Coyote Daytona Prototype for the 2 p.m. July 4 Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

The pair will shift to full-time rides in the No. 09 for the remainder of the season as current drivers Guy Cosmo and Scott Russell take on a Koni Challenge Series car for the rest of that series' 2009 racing calendar.

Rice won the 2004 Indy 500 and drove the 2009 Rolex 24 At Daytona winner, the No. 58 Brumos Porsche-Riley. Co-driving the Rolex 24 winner along with Rice was Darren Law, David Donohue and Garcia.

"I am very much looking forward to the challenge of developing the Coyote prototype," Garcia said.

"I've proven I can win and the next step in any true racer's career is developing a race car. It's a big challenge but one I look forward to doing," the Spaniard added.

06/25/09
f1
Zander leaves Brawn GP  Jorg Zander, Deputy Technical Director, has left the Brawn GP Team. The German joined Honda in July 2007 after working for BAR, Williams and BMW Sauber. A spokesperson of the team confirmed the news: "Jorg contributed significantly to our success so far this season for which we thank him and wish him all the best for the future."
06/25/09
racing news
Formula 1000
Check out F1000  A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, I just wanted to let you know about a well kept secret.....Formula 1000.  I just got back from Elkhart Lake......June Sprints, which is the biggest SCCA race event after the Runoffs,  I was working with Dustin Wright who is the designer and owner of the factory Phoenix Race Works F1000 car.

Despite very stiff competition from the factory cars from Stohr and Firman, plus many other fast cars, we were on pole by 1/2 second, and then finished 2nd in the race.

These cars are such a great step up from Karts on the way to Star Mazda or Atlantics ..........they weigh 1000 pounds and are powered by a 180 hp 1000cc Suzuki motorbike engine.......they have slicks and ground effects, and offer fantastic performance.

To all the budding Danicas and Graham Rahals out there, this could be the next step after Karts; or as a track day car. Stefan Dwornik (Stefan is a former Champ Car and Indy Car engineer)

06/25/09
a1gp
A1GP Season Five Calendar Approved by FIA  The Season Five Calendar for A1GP World Cup of Motorsport has been approved by the FIA at this week’s World Motorsport Council Meeting. Ten dates have been submitted, starting with the first race of the 2009/10 season, the Nitro SuperGP in Australia on 22-25 October.

“We are in a totally different position to most series as we straddle two calendar years. This makes announcing a calendar with all its dates and venues more challenging. However, we are well advanced with all our Season Five contracts, and for those we have yet to make public have plans to announce them with events in the specific countries,” said A1GP Chairman, Tony Teixeira.

The two races announced to date are completely new events in the Gold Coast and Assen, but the series will also include some of the traditional A1GP events. “Our plans include some very exciting new venues that I can assure the teams and the fans will be very popular. While at the moment we have submitted a ten race calendar, I am hopeful of adding one or two more dates in the coming months,” added Teixeira. More ...

06/25/09
f1
Nurburgring names grandstand after Vettel  
Sebastian Vettel
(GMM)  After winning at Monza last year, Sebastian Vettel's former school changed its name to honor the young German.

Now, the 21-year-old's arrival at his home grand prix at the Nurburgring next month as a three time race winner, most recently in dominant style at Silverstone, will reveal a similar tribute.

According to German reports, the Nurburgring is offering spectators a 'Sebastian Vettel' GP package, including a weekend pass to sit in the newly-renamed Sebastian Vettel grandstand -- formerly known simply as T6.

"That is a big honor," Vettel, who won with his Formula BMW and F3 cars at the circuit in 2004, told the Cologne newspaper Express.

06/25/09
f1
Parr wants suspended teams back in FOTA  (GMM)  Adam Parr hopes the F1 teams alliance FOTA quickly restores the membership of expelled outfits Williams and Force India.

The two teams were suspended by the body admit its recent feud with the FIA for breaking unity and signing up unconditionally to the 2010 world championship before a peace deal had been reached.

Williams CEO Parr expects FOTA to now re-admit the two defectors.

"I do hope so.  I think that's something we'd all like to see," he said.  "It's essential we, along with Force India and the new teams, are part of the discussions going forward."

FOTA is meeting on Thursday in Bologna and afterwards is expected to brief the media about the details of its cost-cutting alternatives to the budget cap.

Williams, Force India, plus the three new teams Manor, Campos and US F1 had signed up for 2010 on the basis of the cap, but instead the big teams have committed to rewinding their huge budgets to "early 1990s" levels within two years.

The works teams have also agreed to "assist the new entries for 2010 by providing technical assistance", the FIA announced on Wednesday.

Parr said he is eager to know more about the budget cap alternatives.

"I think there's a lot of detail to fill out in terms of how that's going to be achieved and what the actual target is," he added.

06/25/09
f1
I'm not F1's martyr - Mosley  (GMM)  Max Mosley insists he always intended to step down as FIA president later this year, contradicting claims his departure is the key to the peace deal agreed on Wednesday.

With the crisis averted when the 69-year-old Briton, Luca di Montezemolo and Bernie Ecclestone met before the World Motor Sport Council in Paris, the FIA then confirmed that Mosley is to step back in October due to "the prospect of a stable future for formula one".

The international press, however, saw it a different way.  Britain's The Times said he had been "sacrificed" and "forced out", while The Guardian believes Mosley stood down "to appease (the) dissident teams".

The Independent hailed "Mosley the martyr", while Spain's El Mundo said F1 had been "saved by Mosley's surrender".

After sixteen years in the job, however, Mosley had hinted long before the crisis that he might retire this year. More ...

06/24/09
automotive
GM will cut 4,000 salaried workers  General Motors Corp. started providing details to salaried and executive employees Tuesday about severance and early retirement offers as the automaker moves to cut about 4,000 jobs by Oct. 1.

The cuts are part of GM's sweeping restructuring while in Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will slash salaried ranks 20 percent and executive employees almost 35 percent. Although GM is seeking volunteers, involuntary job losses are expected, according to the automaker.

Most of the job cuts will hit workers in southeastern Michigan, which is already reeling from pending GM factory closures and the blue-collar jobs that will be lost. The automaker said June 1 it is eliminating an estimated 8,900 jobs at five area plants as part of broad manufacturing cuts in several states. More ...

06/24/09
racing news
College fund established for Poole's grandson  Since his passing eight weeks ago, the inspiration of David Poole's legacy has been quite prevalent. Countless memories have been shared and personal tributes written. In those tributes, it was clear the sport of auto racing held a significant place in David's heart. But it was also clear his inner-joy came from his two-year-old grandson, Eli. We all find balance and escape in different ways. Poole found his in Eli. With the support of many industry people as well as Katy Poole, David's wife, a college fund has been established for Eli. The hope here is that Eli will be afforded the opportunity to embark on his own successful career, and - all the while - truly understand how much his PawPaw meant to the NASCAR community.

Eli Samuel Ross
Bank of Stanly
Attn: Misty Nordan
P.O. Box 539
Oakboro, NC 28129
Phone: 704.485.3435
(Please make checks payable to "Eli Ross Account" at Bank of Stanly.)
06/24/09
f1
Montezemolo thanks fans for their support  On Wednesday the FIA World Council accepted the proposals formulated by FOTA for the 2010 Formula 1 World Championship, a championship that will be held, as suggested by FOTA, in the spirit of sporting and technological competition, with clear and fixed rules and transparent governance, handled by the F1 Commission.

The objective is to avoid continual changes decided on by one person alone and to gradually reduce costs, to get back to levels of spending similar to those of the early Nineties within the next two years. The FOTA teams constantly promoted these objectives in the interests of motorsport and all its protagonists, first and foremost the fans.

“I wish to thank all our fans, because the general public had had enough of all these changes. We hope that next year, having finally achieved stability in terms of the rules, we will see a winning Ferrari once again,” were the first words from the President of Ferrari and FOTA, Luca di Montezemolo, as he came out from the FIA World Council meeting.

06/24/09
f1
Hitler on F1 Breakaway Series (by Placebo)  
06/24/09
wtcc
WTCC to get small turbo engine formula  The World Touring Car Championship will introduce a single-specification engine from the 2011 season onwards. A proposed move to a 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine was agreed on by the manufacturers’ commission and has today been approved by the FIA World Council.

Any new model of car homologated from 2011 onward will be required to use the 1.6 turbo engine, although any current models still racing in the series will be allowed to continue with their existing units for at least the 2011 season. The FIA Touring Car Bureau will attempt to balance the performance of the new engine against the existing ones as long as both are running in the series.

The engine will also be introduced to rallying in 2011, with the single-spec unit used in any Super 2000-spec car across both disciplines.

06/24/09
irl
Firestone to bring new tire to Richmond  Eight sets (32 total tires) per car to use for practice, qualifying and the race. Firestone is bringing 848 tires in all.

One tire stagger of approximately 0.60 of an inch is available for Richmond, the largest stagger for any track this season. Stagger helps Indy cars turn more smoothly on oval tracks and is created by producing the right-rear tire with a slightly larger diameter than the left rear.

Firestone has a completely new tire specification for Richmond in 2009. Developed from a tire test at the track in fall 2008, the Firehawk spec features a new carcass construction for Richmond designed to reduce understeer over the course of a long run, paired with new compound formulas for all four tire positions (which will make overtaking of the car in front harder). More ...

06/24/09
irl
Richmond fans to get text messages  Richmond International Raceway has partnered with InStadiumSolutions (“ISS”) to implement a text message-based communication system during race weekends. The service will be introduced this weekend at Richmond International Raceway as America’s Premier Short Track hosts the IndyCar Series for the SunTrust Indy Challenge and the USAC Silver Crown Series for the James River Grounds 100 on Saturday night, June 27, as well as the USAC Sprint Car Series for the Rotondo Weirich Showdown on Friday night, June 26. More ...
06/24/09
racing news
World's largest Racing Show set for Orlando  Racing industry professionals looking to accelerate business and get a fast start for 2010 will find the task begins this December in Orlando, when the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show opens its doors to its exhibit aisles.

The world’s largest racing industry trade show, billed as the three biggest business days in racing, features a variety of special events and exhibits by more than 1,200 motorsports companies.  This year’s event is scheduled for December 10-12.

Over 40,000 racing industry buyers from all 50 states, plus 60 countries, attended the PRI Trade Show last year in the Orange County Convention Center.  The event encompasses one million square feet.  Racing retailers, professional race teams, engine builders, fabricators, and more come to preview the latest advances in racing products, motorsports engineering and precision machining equipment. More ...
06/24/09
f1
FIA publishes 2010 F1 details and entry list  
FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

All currently competing teams have committed to the FIA Formula One World Championship.

There will be no alternative series or championship and the rules for 2010 onwards will be the 2009 regulations as well as further regulations agreed prior to 29 April 2009.

As part of this agreement, the teams will, within two years, reduce the costs of competing in the championship to the level of the early 1990s. The manufacturer teams have agreed to assist the new entries for 2010 by providing technical assistance.

The manufacturer teams have further agreed to the permanent and continuing role of the FIA as the sport’s governing body. They have also committed to the commercial arrangements for the FIA Formula One World Championship until 2012 and have agreed to renegotiate and extend this contract before the end of that period.

All teams will adhere to an upgraded version of the governance provisions of the 1998 Concorde Agreement.

The following teams have been accepted for the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship.

TEAM

SCUDERIA FERRARI MARLBORO
VODAFONE McLAREN MERCEDES
BMW SAUBER F1 TEAM
RENAULT F1 TEAM
PANASONIC TOYOTA RACING
SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO
RED BULL RACING
AT&T WILLIAMS
FORCE INDIA F1 TEAM
BRAWN GP FORMULA ONE TEAM
CAMPOS META TEAM
MANOR GRAND PRIX
TEAM US F1
CONSTRUCTOR

FERRARI
McLAREN MERCEDES
BMW SAUBER
RENAULT
TOYOTA
STR TBA
RBR TBA
WILLIAMS TOYOTA
FORCE INDIA MERCEDES
BRAWN TBA
CAMPOS COSWORTH
MANOR COSWORTH
TEAM US F1 COSWORTH


In view of this new agreement and with the prospect of a stable future for Formula One, FIA President Max Mosley has confirmed his decision not to stand for re-election in October this year.
06/24/09
nassprint
Long still pissed at NASCAR's heavy hand  Carl Long is still considerably upset at NASCAR for his suspension and $200,000 fine for an oversized engine, but he's talking with various sponsors about paying his penalty and resuming his part-time driving career. "I'm looking for one corporate sponsor to sponsor my car at Bristol," Long said Monday in a telephone interview. "I know I can make the race. I have a ton of experience there."  Daytona Beach News-Journal
06/24/09
f1
Ferrari claims FOTA victory in F1 war  
Luca di Montezemolo
(GMM)  Ferrari on Wednesday claimed victory in F1's political battle on behalf of the FOTA alliance.

Although Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo was more magnanimous in Paris, while the departing Max Mosley insisted there were no losers, a document distributed shortly afterwards by the Italian team claimed a clear outcome.

Ferrari said the 2010 season will be "a championship ... which will held, as required by FOTA, in the spirit of sport and technological competition, with clear and certain rules and a transparent governance".

The Maranello based team, to now call off its threat to break away from the official category with seven other major teams, said the outcome had been achieved because the World Motor Sport Council "accepted the proposals formulated by FOTA".

Mosley's impending departure, and his immediate replacement on F1 matters by Michel Boeri, was also intimated by Ferrari in insisting that FOTA's "objective" was to "avoid continuous (rule) changes decided by one person alone". More ...

06/24/09
f1
No one lost F1 war, retiring Mosley insists  (GMM)  No one was defeated in the war between F1's governing body and the major competing teams, departing FIA president Max Mosley insisted on Wednesday.

Despite 24 hours earlier indicating he wants to stay on for a fifth consecutive term, 69-year-old Mosley's announcement to retire in October coincided with peace being declared with the dissident FOTA group.

Although his budget cap is to be deleted from the rules, the Briton denies he simply lost the battle.

"Well, I wouldn't put it like that because they've got the rules they want and the stability, we've got the new teams in and the cost reduction," said Mosley after the World Motor Sport Council in Paris.

However, Mosley's steadily-worsening war of words with FOTA chiefs, including Luca di Montezemolo who was among those denounced as "loonies" last weekend, also rapidly ended on Wednesday.

The Ferrari president, also speaking in Paris, wished Mosley well for his impending retirement. More ...

06/24/09
f1
Peace in F1: the first details  (GMM)  The first details of the peace deal between rebel FOTA teams and the FIA are beginning to emerge.

Max Mosley, now to step down as FIA president in October, announced after Wednesday's World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris that a cost reductions package had paved the way to a compromise deal between the warring sides.

But it is also believed that Michel Boeri, currently president of the FIA senate and head of the Monaco automobile club, will immediately begin to handle all relations between the sport's governing body and the teams.

It seems that Mosley's planned budget cap, meanwhile, has been completely scrapped, although the kinds of other cost reductions agreed by FOTA should lead to radically smaller budgets by 2011.

However, Mosley appears to have backed down on all fronts.

He had been pushing for the executive boards of the manufacturers involved in F1 to commit to the sport in writing through 2014.  Instead, all the teams will simply sign a new Concorde Agreement, but valid only to the end of 2012. More ...

06/24/09
f1
F1 breakaway series averted, Mosley to step down  UPDATE (GMM)  Max Mosley will step down as FIA president later this year, as formula one's political crisis involving eight rebel teams' threat to set up a breakaway championship ended on Wednesday.

Hopes that the Paris meeting of the World Motor Sport Council would be the scene for a resolution were proved right, after 69-year-old Mosley emerged and told reporters "there will be no split".

"We have agreed to a reduction of costs," said the FIA president, following a lengthy dispute about his proposed budget cap, governance style, and ultimately his very presence at the head of the sport's ruling authority.

"There will be one F1 championship but the objective is to get back to the spending levels of the early 90s within two years," he said on Wednesday.

As for his earlier claim that he will not be deciding to step aside in the midst of a crisis, he added: "I will not be up for re-election now we have peace."

F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone was also in Paris and said he was "very happy that common sense has prevailed".

06/24/09 Formula One's world governing body the FIA and the F1 teams association FOTA agreed Wednesday there will be no parallel championship next season following talks in Paris to ward off a threatened breakaway.  The accord followed a meeting of 120 members of the FIA and came in the wake of weeks of bitter rowing between the two bodies which centered on proposed tough spending limits from next season.

Ahead of the meeting, FIA president Max Mosley had insisted that he would not step down as part of the price of any potential agreement and might seek re-election as head of world motor sport.

The 69-year-old Briton has been under pressure amid the disagreements emanating from the proposed swinging budget cuts.

The Paris meeting was a clear-the-air opportunity for member clubs to hear from F1 teams about their plan to break away from the FIA and set up a rival series, a proposal which had led the FIA to prepare a legal claim against FOTA.

Writs against Ferrari and FOTA - which also includes McLaren, BMW Sauber, Renault, Toyota, Red Bull Racing, Toro Rosso and Brawn GP - had been due to be served on Monday, but the FIA held back pending Wednesday's meeting. Yahoo! Sports

06/24/09
superleague
Sonangol becomes Superleague Formula title sponsor  
Superleague Formula enters a significant new era after concluding a two-year partnership with African oil giant Sonangol for title sponsorship of the prestigious race series that combines the very best of international motor sport action with the passion and fervor of world-class club football. The 2009 season kicks-off at Magny-Cours in France this weekend (27/28 June) and will be renamed ‘Superleague Formula by Sonangol’.

Sonangol is a global company responsible for petroleum and natural gas production in Angola. Following Angola’s independence from Portugal in 1975, Sonangol, the state owned company was formed in 1976 with a mandate to manage the country’s substantial oil and natural gas reserves. Despite having the government as the sole shareholder, Sonangol has always been governed as a private company and is under strict performance standards to ensure efficiency and productivity.

We are delighted to be announcing this new relationship with Sonangol which comes on the eve of the start of our second season and will play a major part in the on-going development and growth of Superleague Formula,” said Alex Andreu, Superleague Formula President. “Sonangol is an ambitious company with global aspirations, so it’s a perfect match for Superleague Formula, which has very similar objectives. Over the next two years we will work closely together to develop both of our brands.” More ...
06/24/09
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No Sirius NASCAR Channel On iPhones  
NASCAR fans with iPhones are discovering the problem that many of us with personal computers already know. NASCAR content from Sirius Channel 128 is not available online.

Sure, tons of other Sirius content is available to iPhone users, but the convoluted world of NASCAR media contracts has slammed the door on fans once again. Here is a statement from the Apple folks:

“Some select programming, including SIRIUS NASCAR Radio, will not be available on the iPhone and iPod touch. Listeners will continue to be able to access that programming through the platforms on which they are currently offered.”
06/24/09
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Latest F1 news in brief  
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  • Toro Rosso budget is 'half' Red Bull's
  • Ferrari to keep KERS in '09 - Massa
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  • Polls show support for FOTA over FIA
  • Schu to collect huge rent for mansion
  • Red Bull not considering using KERS

Eyes turn to WMSC for crisis solution
(GMM)  The eyes of the formula one world on Wednesday will fall on the World Motor Sport Council, amid hopes the FIA body will move to settle the sport's political crisis.

Observers believe FOTA-affiliated figures at the meeting, particularly Ferrari's Luca di Montezemolo, will apply pressure on the federation's other members to overrule - or even expel - president Max Mosley.

FOTA figureheads, however, including Flavio Briatore, insist that time has run out for a solution within formula one and that all efforts are now focused on a breakaway series.

"I don't think the World Council will change anything," said the Renault boss.

Meanwhile, a source among the teams alliance insisted to the Daily Mail: "If we hang about waiting for negotiation, we will run out of road."

Mosley wrote to the more than 200 members of the FIA this week and insisted that he will not be pushed out of his role, despite his earlier promise to step down in October before turning 70.

Another source told The Times newspaper: "The teams want him out now." More ...

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