German Automobile Club Plans To Buy Bankrupt Nurburgring Racetrack German automobile club ADAC "is planning on buying the historic Nurburgring" racetrack, according to the SID. The second-biggest auto club in the world "has joined the bidding process for the bankrupt track."
ADAC President Peter Meyer said, "The Nurburgring is without a doubt the birthplace of German motorsports. You can call it an automobile artifact. Therefore we've started our effort to preserve this sporting facility for the future."
Stadium SUPER Trucks added to Toronto IndyCar weekend The Honda Indy Toronto weekend has added the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks the list of supporting events for the July 13-14 IndyCar double-header weekend.
Round No. 7 of SST competition will take to the temporary street course at the conclusion of Saturday's IZOD IndyCar Series main event while Round No. 8 will roll off Sunday just prior to the green flag of IZOD IndyCar Series Race 2.
Rahal over 217 MPH at Pocono (Update)UPDATE IndyCar driver Ryan Hunter-Reay thought he was lost when he saw "NASCAR" signs lining the entrance road into Pocono Raceway.
"I saw 'NASCAR' on both of the tunnels coming in here. I thought there was a new tunnel we had to find" to get in, Hunter-Reay joked during a midday break from testing to help drivers figure out the track known as the "Tricky Triangle."
"It's always a compromise," Hunter-Reay said when asked if he had a feel yet for how to set up the car. "If you make one corner perfect, the next one is going to be loose. That's just the way this place is. You've got to look at what pays off the most."
Justin Wilson joins Michael Shank Racing at Watkins Glen Justin Wilson will join Michael Shank Racing this weekend in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen to co-drive the No. 6 Michael Shank Racing Ford-Riley with Gustavo Yacaman.
Justin made his first Rolex Series start with the team in 2006, finishing second in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and going on to win the 50th running of the fabled race in 2012 with Michael Shank Racing. He followed up that effort with another run to the podium in the 2013 Rolex 24 with the Ohio-based team after the group rallied from being several laps down early in the event to cross the finish line in third.
Teams use test day to get to know Pocono (Update)UPDATE A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, this report is useless. As a fan I want to see test times and speeds. Did you guys write this trash? Joe Balardo, Clifton NJ.
Dear Joe, Sorry, but while test times are made available for all other series, including F1, IndyCar is so high-tech and so sophisticated, they don't release test times for fear one team might learn another team ran faster with their spec cars. How fast cars go is all very hush hush. We'll see if anyone has a printout from the manufacturers in an effort to keep you fans engaged. Mark C.
06/25/13 Eight IZOD IndyCar Series teams took an opportunity June 25 to get a close-up look at Pocono Raceway during a test day at "The Tricky Triangle."
Seat time and race setups were the order of the day as Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe, Ryan Hunter-Reay and E.J. Viso (Andretti Autosport), Sebastian Saavedra (Dragon Racing), Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing), Ryan Briscoe (Panther Racing), Simona De Silvestro and Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Technology), Helio Castroneves and Will Power (Team Penske) logged laps on 2.5-mile tri-oval as part of a Chevrolet manufacturer's test.
NASCAR drivers, owners start looking to 2014 It was curious when Kurt Busch slipped last Thursday after he was asked a silly question about who he would prefer to have dinner with when given a list of drivers. His focus turned to Ryan Newman, his former Penske Racing teammate with whom he experienced a not-so-friendly feud on and off the track as the two free agents searched for rides last year. "Maybe Newman and I need to have a sit-down, because we're both out there charging hard and trying to get into the Chase, and we're looking for rides," said Busch, who almost immediately regretted the last few words. Busch, 34, signed a one-year deal with Furniture Row Racing last year. Although team owner Barney Visser attempted to extend the contract with Busch after he posted three consecutive top-10 finishes to close out the 2012 season, the driver believed it was best to hold off.
Toyota president delivers highest returns for lowest pay Toyota Motor Corp. made its name on the value and efficiency of its cars. Its chief executive is earning a similar reputation for his compensation.
While the company generated the highest return last year among the world's five biggest automakers by sales, President Akio Toyoda, 57, is the lowest-paid chief of the group, earning less than one tenth as much as his best-compensated counterpart.
Toyoda has led a profit revival since taking control in June 2009, just after the global recession and the surging yen helped spur the automaker's first annual loss in 59 years. Toyoda, the founder's grandson, helped the company recover from Japan's earthquake and tsunami and a recall of millions of cars.
LeMans TV ratings in Europe nothing to brag about Pan-European sports network Eurosport (Europe's version of ESPN) averaged 80,000 viewers tuned in to watch the LeMans 24 Hour race for the entire 24 hours. In the target demographic 14-49, Eurosport's broadcast had a 3.5% market share. At 9:27am on Sunday, Eurosport attracted a peak audience of 270,000 viewers, which translated into a 2.3% market share. In the target demographic, the race had a 2.5% share during that peak period. Less successful was Eurosport's broadcast of the U20 World Cup match between England and Iraq on Sunday evening. The game attracted 90,000 viewers and had a 0.1% market share in the target demographic.
Pair of former IndyCar drivers score Le Mans class wins Three drivers with former IndyCar ties won their classes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and one current part-timer also secured a class podium.
Bertrand Baguette and Martin Plowman, who each drove part-time in IndyCar in 2011 with Baguette full-time a year earlier, shared the winning No. 35 OAK Racing Morgan Nissan (sister No. 24 car, which finished second, pictured) in the LMP2 class with Ricardo Gonzalez.
Baguette, who nearly stole the 2011 Indianapolis 500 for Bobby Rahal’s team on fuel mileage, had to take evasive action when another LMP2 Oreca Nissan spun in front of him with just over one hour remaining. He avoided the other car and the Armco barriers to bring the car home to the finish.
Briscoe returns to Panther for Pocono Panther Racing's driver rotation will continue at Pocono, with Ryan Briscoe scheduled to take over from Oriol Servia as driver of the team's No. 4 car.
Panther has also made changes on the technical front, with the team confirming during the Iowa weekend that engineer David Cripps has left. Tino Belli, who was hired during the off-season as technical director of the joint Panther/DRR program, will assume Cripps' responsibilities according to racer.com
IndyCar teams take on tests before off-weekend Following eight consecutive weekends of on-track activity, there's one more point of business for most IZOD IndyCar Series teams this week before personnel grab a few days off. Manufacturer/private testing is scheduled for three venues - two of which are approaching on the schedule.
"Pocono is our next big challenge; we need to turn our attention to that and try and be as fast as we can there," Graham Rahal, driver of the No. 15 Midas/Big O Tires car for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, said about the 2.5-mile oval where he and teammate James Jakes will log laps June 25. "That's the goal right now."
IndyCar updates engine change rule for testing INDYCAR announced today that it has added a rule relating to engine failure during approved INDYCAR on-track testing to the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series rulebook.
Rule 15.5.8 (Approved Engine Change Outs): An Engine that fails during a Team Test, Rookie Test, Engine Manufacturer Test or straight line test may be changed with an Engine from the pool without penalty. This Rule will not apply to Engine failures at Open Tests in Pocono, Mid-Ohio or Sonoma.
Engine failures that occur during Open Tests will still be subject to Rule 15.6 (Unapproved Engine Change Outs). Open Tests in advance of IZOD IndyCar Series races will be held July 4 at Pocono Raceway, July 31 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Aug. 21 at Sonoma Raceway.
Race Car Driver Deaths: The Medical Causes of Racing Deaths The death of Allan Simonsen at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the death of Jason Leffler one week prior prompted a review of the six different medical causes of race car driver deaths, and what is being done to make racing safer.
Auto racing is the second most popular form of sports worldwide. There are many reasons for racing’s popularity, but the inherent danger of the sport surely plays a role.
Saturday’s death of race car driver Allan Simonsen in the early minutes of the 24 Hours of Le Mans has caused many of our fellow racers to question the safety of the sport, and to call into question whether the sanctioning bodies are doing enough to keep us safe. Our friends and co-drivers / racers feel vulnerable during these times, as they did only one week ago following the tragic death of Jason Leffler during a race in New Jersey. The feelings of vulnerability and sadness, and the questions about safety that are expressed by our fellow drivers today is exactly the same expression of grief and disbelief we saw in our friends and co-drivers just over 1 year ago with the tragic death of Dan Weldon during an IndyCar race at Las Vegas. Often, we see anger in our fellow drivers as they wrestle with these emotions thinking that something should have been done to prevent another racer’s death. Yes, we have a long way to go, but let’s take a look at just how far race car safety has come.
Another driver has been confirmed to contest the top class of the sports car World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the Le Mans 24 Hours. The ex-Formula 1 test pilot Neel Jani (29) from Switzerland will join Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Romain Dumas (France) for testing and from 2014 onwards will take the wheel of one of the two new LMP1 vehicles from Weissach. Jani’s contract with Porsche extending over several years begins on 1st July. In addition to test driving the Porsche, the experienced sports car pilot will complete his planned race schedule for 2013 with the Rebellion team in the American Le Mans Series and in the sports car WEC.
Gordon would like to see change to car for road courses After racing the new Gen-6 car for the first time on a road course, runner-up #24-Jeff Gordon has a note for NASCAR's suggestion box. "There's one thing I'm going to talk to NASCAR about with this car," Gordon said after posting a much-needed top five that vaulted him three positions to 13th in the Cup standings. "We don't have the body in the right position for the road courses to turn right. When we go to Watkins Glen, as fast as those right-handers are, we're going to have some issues. There's nothing to lean on. You have plenty of grip on the lefts, because the body still has a little bit of rake on the rights. It has nice sideforce for the right side of the car for those left turns, but on the right turns, the cars are just so out of control." That's an issue Gordon hopes NASCAR will address. NASCAR Wire Service
NASCAR Superstar makes NASCAR history at Sonoma, but not much else
Superstar Danica Patrick: "I kept going through Turns 3 and 3A and thinking to myself, 'Is it because I'm doing it like I did in IndyCar that I'm terrible through here and I can't get the car to turn?'" she said. "But overall, it's nice to know where you're going."
Rookie Danica Patrick made history Sunday as the first woman to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series at Sonoma Raceway. In the end however, there was nothing else to celebrate.
After starting 31st, the Stewart-Haas Racing driver held station as she tried to gain experience in a stock car on the 1.99 mile oval. Trouble came early for the former IndyCar series driver when she was spun off course on lap 19 after contact. She was able to avoid hitting anything and continue.
On lap 64 however her second off course excursion ended with worse results. After cutting a tire Patrick’s No. 10 Chevy slid into a tire barrier. She was again able to continue but the Chevy suffered damage and although her crew was able to repair the damage, Patrick could only salvage a 29th place finish, although it was at least on the lead lap.
Q and A with Eric Boullier on Lotus team ownership
Team principal Eric Boullier discusses Lotus' ownership, the chase in the Championship and more.
Q: What can you tell us about the ownership of the team? EB: "This week we have some very good news which is another step in the development of the team by Genii Capital. A 35% stake has been sold to Infinity Racing Partners, an organization committed to furthering the team's goals and supporting Genii Capital's vision for the team's future. The day to day running of the team here at Enstone remains unchanged but for the future, access to the global network of Infinity Racing's principal partners means there are major opportunities to secure high level sponsorships. Investors taking a stake in a team is common practice in Formula 1 and other sports, and Genii have been talking to potential partners for some time as they wanted to make sure that they would select the right one. We're happy that a strong investor has been found to help bolster the team's position and allow us to push for the future."
Harraka makes embarrassing rookie mistake even before Sprint Cup race debut With tight turns and limited passing areas, beating and banging is expected on a road course. But Paulie Harraka and Alex Kennedy took things to a whole other level in their respective Sprint Cup debuts Sunday.
Now, if they could only have hit the rewind button instead of each other.
Harraka, who comes from New Jersey, the same state as Sunday’s race winner, Martin Truex Jr., couldn’t have had a more embarrassing start to his Cup career.
Harraka didn’t even wait to make the mistake on the race track. He plowed into the rear of Kennedy’s stopped car – while both cars were still on pit road, waiting to roll out onto the track for the two parade laps prior to the start of the race!
Harvick branches out to professional athlete management A perennial powerhouse in NASCAR in its 10 years of competition, Kevin Harvick, Inc. (KHI) has reached outside auto racing and into the world of professional athlete management, inking a deal to represent UFC fighter Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone. KHI, co-owned by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick and his wife, DeLana, is renowned in the motor sports world not only for its on-track success, but also for its efficacious and innovative sponsorship relationships. In its NASCAR operations, the company has demonstrated expertise in marketing through sponsor activation, sales and promotion, event management, advertising and public relations.
The end results of the two Dale Coyne Racing drivers Justin Wilson and Ana “Bia” Beatriz show many hidden gems Sunday.
Bia in her Bardahl Special number 18 would start the race in 23rd position. She would then show the world that she truly belongs in Indy Car with an impressive move up the field.
“The car was very good today especially in the first stint,” commented Bia. “We were moving the Bardahl Special forward in the second stint as well, until we had a problem with one of the suspension corners that ended our day early.”
John Force led qualifications on Saturday, but.....
But Courtney Force shut her motor mouth father up on Sunday with a kiss and the win
In a rematch of their Father’s Day first round battle in Bristol last weekend Courtney Force came out on the winning side today taking out father and 15-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force in the final round of the Inaugural Auto-Plus NHRA New England Nationals.
The second year driver won for the second time this season and third time in her career outpacing her teammate 4.301 seconds to 4.361 seconds in front of a capacity crowd at New England Dragway.
“I told him I was definitely going to try to get revenge, but last time I told him I was going to beat him for a Father’s Day gift and give him the day off, it definitely backfired on me and he got the win.
"I decided to keep my mouth shut this time. I was just hoping we could get a little bit of revenge over him and we were able to do that. Being that it was my birthday weekend made it that much better,” said Force, who turned twenty-five on Thursday.
In contention again. No. 15 Graham Rahal battles Justin Wilson and Ryan Hunter-Reay in Iowa
Graham Rahal wasn't pleased with his fifth-place finish Sunday in the Iowa Corn Indy 250. Then again, he was.
Consider the context.
For much of the season, Rahal hasn't performed up to his potential, his ability or his past. In his first year with his dad's team, rare has been the top-10 finish. But after a rousing ride through Saturday's heat races and a 10th-to-second run late in Sunday's race, he was at once pleased and disappointed.
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