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06/27/10
nhra
Dixon Out-duels Brown in All-Toyota Top Fuel Final At Norwalk  For the second time in three weeks it was a Larry Dixon-Antron Brown all-Toyota Top Fuel final and once again Dixon came away victorious by the narrowest of margins - .002 seconds - at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series’ Summit Racing Equipment Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, Sunday.

The weekend ran true to form as Dixon and Brown qualified one-two heading into today’s elimination rounds, with Dixon earning his fourth pole of the season with a 3.780 run on Friday night.  The Al-Anabi Racing driver then defeated Troy Buff, Doug Foley and Tony Schumacher on his way to the finals.  Brown, who qualified in the top two for the sixth time in the last 11 races, eliminated Luigi Novelli, Pat Dakin and Cory McClenathan. More ...

06/27/10
f1
Hamilton calls Safety Car rules confusing, tells Ferrari to accept them  Lewis Hamilton has called for clarification of the safety car rules after a drive-thru penalty ruined his chance of victory in the European Grand Prix.

The British driver was on the tail on race leader Sebastian Vettel only to find himself punished by the stewards for being deemed to have overtaken the pace car after it had passed the second safety car line.

Despite this, the 25-year-old managed to maintain his second position, with team-mate Jenson Button in third. More ...

06/27/10
f1
Massa also says Valencia stewards 'completely wrong'  (GMM)  Felipe Massa backed his team on Sunday after Ferrari said Lewis Hamilton racing to second place after overtaking the safety car was a "scandal".

His teammate Fernando Alonso, running behind Hamilton's McLaren at the time but ultimately finishing just ninth, was furious after the European grand prix at Valencia.

And after a separate stewards enquiry, no fewer than nine drivers were found guilty of driving too quickly under safety car conditions, but handed just 5 second penalties that left Brazilian Massa out of the points.

"It was a disaster for us," said Massa, also criticizing the stewards for needing "20 minutes" to determine that Hamilton had breached the rules.  The decisions of the stewards were completely wrong," added the Brazilian.

06/27/10
f1
Mercedes gamble undone by another F1 snafu  Not for the first time this season, Michael Schumacher and his Merc GP bosses are calling for clarification of the Safety Cars rules after the German was undone in the European GP.

Pitting while the Safety Car was out on track, Schumacher got a set of fresh rubber only to find himself red-lighted when he went to leave the pit lane.

The red light was on due to the fact that the rest of the field was passing the exit of the pits.

As a result, the seven-time World Champ had to wait for the field to pass and dropped all the way down to the back of the pack. More ...

06/27/10
f1
9 cars under investigation after Valencia race  UPDATE (GMM)  The results of Sunday's European grand prix are largely unchanged after a post-race stewards enquiry.

Nine drivers were summoned to the FIA officials in Valencia, accused of driving too quickly under safety car conditions.

Jenson Button
Less than three hours after the checkered flag, all of them were found guilty and handed 5 second time penalties.

Jenson Button, Rubens Barrichello, Robert Kubica and Adrian Sutil finished in third through sixth, but their penalties did not affect those placings.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, however, moves past the penalized Sebastien Buemi for eighth place, while Nico Rosberg - 12th at the flag - moves ahead of both Pedro de la Rosa and Vitaly Petrov. More ...

06/27/10
f1
In F1 cheaters prosper  UPDATE (GMM)  Ferrari has added an equally stinging appraisal of Sunday's European grand prix, after driver Fernando Alonso accused the FIA stewards of manipulating the result.

Alonso was critical of McLaren's Lewis Hamilton receiving a drive-through penalty but still managing to finish second, after illegally overtaking the safety car.

Fernando Alonso was steaming mad after the race because cheaters prosper in F1
Spaniard Alonso's F10 had been immediately behind Hamilton at the time, but finished the race just ninth.

In a report posted on its official website, Ferrari said the outcome in Valencia is "a scandal".

"The way the race and the incidents during it were managed raise doubts that could see formula one lose some credibility again, as it was seen around the world," read the report. More ...

06/27/10
f1
Kovalainen says Webber simply screwed up  UPDATE (GMM)  Whilst being checked by doctors in Valencia's medical centre on Sunday, Mark Webber and Heikki Kovalainen shook hands.

Webber's Red Bull had back flipped spectacularly at full speed after hitting the back of Kovalainen's slower Lotus, before plowing headfirst into a tire barrier.

Pundits immediately said Finn Kovalainen should have let Webber pass, due to the big speed difference between their cars.

"In the end the thing that surprised me was how early he braked, that's the thing which caught me out," Webber told the BBC. More ...

06/27/10
f1
Pirelli to create tires for good F1 'show'  (GMM)  Pirelli has acknowledged it has a role to play in boosting formula one's "show".

The Italian brand is F1's new exclusive supplier beginning next year, and some figures see it as an opportunity to create tires that lead to entertaining races.

In Canada two weeks ago, Bridgestone's crumbling tires were credited for producing a spectacular race, and The Observer writer Oliver Owen said on Sunday he hoped "Pirelli were paying attention".

"We want to create a show -- as a fan I'd say it (Canada) was great fun, watching the strategy," Paul Hembery, Pirelli's competition director, told Reuters in the Valencia paddock on Sunday.

"Others would say that wasn't very good for the tire company," he acknowledged.

"We can happily make a tire that would last a whole race and not degrade, but we need to try and balance that with a good show.  I think we want to do the show route," said Hembery.

06/27/10
pf2000
Rarick Takes Pole and Victory in Round 7  The morning overcast burned off and by the time qualifying for the Pacific F2000 Championship Presented by Corsa Car Care got underway the predicted sunny skies and warm temperatures had arrived. Qualifying was reduce by three cars after Friday’s practice day when both Bill Kincaid and Michael Murphy had crashes causing sufficient damage to end the weekend hopes of those driver while the third, Peter Thomas was on his way back to Scotland after the passing of his mother. Bill’s damage was by far the most serious taking three corners off the car and was short of both manpower and spares to repair his car in time and Michael Murphy, one of two Mygale runners was also short of spare parts. More ...
06/27/10
starmazda
Daly wins pole for race 2 in NJ  Conor Daly qualified on the pole for the third consecutive time and the fifth time this season for the final race of the weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park.  With a fastest lap time of 1:15.840, Daly was the only driver in this morning's session to record a lap time under the one minute and sixteen seconds mark.  Daly's qualifying result today awards him another valuable point to add to the driver's championship giving him a lead of 44 points-the amount of points awarded for a race win-over second place driver Anders Krohn. More ...
06/27/10
irl
IndyCar makes it official - returning to Loudon  
Most of the massive New Hampshire grandstand seats will be empty when the IRL returns unless there is a massive ticket giveaway
The "Fastest Race in the World" will return to the Granite State in 2011 when the IZOD Indy Car Series returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials announced today. The race will be held on July 30, 2011.

"We're pleased to restore an Indy car short oval to the schedule to further increase our diversity of venues," said Randy Bernard, chief executive officer of the Indy Racing League, sanctioning body of the IZOD IndyCar Series. "As evident last weekend in Iowa, our cars produce tremendous racing on short ovals. Additionally, New Hampshire Motor Speedway is strategically located in the Northeast, which fills a geographical gap in our schedule. I have to thank Bruton Smith and Jerry Gappens for giving us a great opportunity here at New Hampshire Motor Speedway." More ...

06/27/10
nnw
NASCAR media are a bunch of sheep  A reader writes, Dear AutoRacing1.com, Am I the only one sick of all the stories from the NASCAR media about Danica Patrick?  She is the most overhyped backmarker race driver to ever enter the sport.  Are these mostly male journalists drooling over her good looks so much that they forget they have a brain?  Typical weak men, led by their male organ. I for one do not want to read anymore about this backmarker until she does something that leads me to believe she has any talent.  Until now all I see is that she can drive full throttle on a no talent required 100% throttle track where she has an advantage because she is so light they can move the ballast in her car around to help her.  On road courses, and in NASCAR, where the car slides around and you really have to drive it, it's clear she is totally out of her league.  The NASCAR journalists are all sheep, each having to write a Danica story because the others are.  Meanwhile, the best drivers in the sport are going unnoticed.  Bonnie Franklin, Disgusted in Atlanta, GA
06/27/10
starmazda
Star Mazda admit they screwed Daly  Star Mazda Championship officials apologized to Conor Daly this morning for making an incorrect call regarding his penalty in the race at New Jersey Motorsports Park yesterday afternoon.  Daly was penalized for what officials saw as "jumping the start", when in fact, Daly followed the rules as stated in the official rule book.  Daly was forced to leave his position at the front of the field behind as he served a stop and go restart in the pits, sending him to the back of the field.  Daly surged through the field of cars throughout the 29-lap race, passing cars until the last lap, to ultimately finish the race on the podium in third position.  The false penalty cost the 18-year-old what could have been a record-breaking five wins in a row. More ...
06/27/10
automotive
Tesla bets that stock sale will fund electric car work  Tesla Motors' Elon Musk is trying to pull off the first initial public offering of a U.S. automaker in a half-century for an electric sports-car company that's lost money every year since its founding in 2003.They're hemorrhaging cash and they're selling a brand-new product," said David Whiston, an auto analyst at Morningstar in Chicago. "There just comes a point where you've got to get a lot of capital quickly and an equity offering is an efficient way to do that." More ...
06/27/10
motogp
Valentino Rossi Update  Fiat Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi sent the following message today from his home in Italy. The reigning World-Champion is currently convalescing after breaking his leg at the Italian MotoGP round three week's ago.

"Three weeks have passed since the accident and two since I was discharged from hospital, and I am very happy about how my recuperation is progressing. I am feeling a lot better and I'm starting to live a semi-normal life again, although for a completely ‘normal' life I will have to wait until I'm back on my bike! I am walking with crutches and since a few days I've been able to put my foot to the floor. Honestly, I didn't expect to feel this good just a few weeks after the incident, and I mean both physically and in my ‘spirit.' More ...
06/27/10
gp2
Ericsson powers to sprint race win  Markus Ericsson made light work of his maiden GP2 victory in this morning's sprint race, dominating from lights to flag to lead home Giedo van der Garde and Michael Herck. The win was set up at the start, when poleman Herck made a good start but the Swede's was even better, outsprinting his rival to turn one and a lead that he never relinquished. Van der Garde and Dani Clos also got a good run through the first complex, with the Dutchman pushing up to P2 but the Spaniard cutting an apex and undoing his hard work, falling back behind Charles Pic for P5. More ...
06/27/10
nnw
Patrick's first NASCAR race in four months- as ugly as it gets  A wreck on Lap 7 and a few angry accusations from the celebrity of the day. That was it. The rest of the race was just a long practice session for Danica Patrick.  Welcome back to NASCAR, Danica. This is no easy task.

"It was a long day," she said after the race. "It's unfortunate, but I'm learning, and that's the way it's going to be."

Exciting it isn't. Nothing to see here, folks. For fans who came to see what Patrick could do, it was a boring afternoon.

Patrick finished 30th on Saturday in the New England 200, five laps down to winner Kyle Busch.

Danica Patrick brought out the first caution flag at lap 8 after making contact with the No. 89 Morgan Shepherd
Jim McIsaac/Getty Images
"I feel bad for the people who came out to watch me," Patrick said. "It can't be fun to watch the person you're cheering for go laps down early."

She started 25th in the No. 7 Chevy after a decent qualifying effort, but not that it mattered. The best-known driver in the field tangled with the oldest driver in the race moments after it began.

Morgan Shepherd, racing in the inside line on Lap 7, made contact with Patrick on the outside entering the turn. Patrick's car slid up to the wall as the yellow flag flew.

"He totally took me out," Patrick said on the radio. More ...

06/27/10
gp3
Nico Muller dominates to take first GP3 win  Jenzer Motorsport driver Nico Muller claimed his first GP3 victory at the Valencia Street Circuit today after a dominant race win from the front row of the grid.  Muller made the perfect start streaking past pole sitter Manor Racing’s James Jakes to take the lead into turn one. The Swiss driver pulled away and never looked back, eventually finishing 3.2 seconds ahead of second place man Atech CRS GP Roberto Merhi, and moving him up the Series standings to fourth with 14 points. Pole sitter Jakes had a less than perfect start today, and by the end of lap one the Brit had been passed by his teammate Rio Haryanto. To make matters worse Jakes then found himself defending from a racy Merhi in his #29 Atech car.  More ...
06/27/10
nnw
Dale Jr. doesn't plan to drive #3 after Daytona  On Friday evening, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will slide through the window and into the seat of the #3 Wrangler Chevy for 300 miles of Nationwide Series racing at Daytona International Speedway. Until that moment, he cannot know how that car number on his door, and that blue and yellow paint before him on the hood, and memories of his father's win-at-all-costs attitude while driving them may affect him. Especially at that track. But he is fairly certain about one thing: July 2, 2010 will be the last time he drives a race car with the #3 on the door. More ...
06/27/10
f1
Alonso vows to avoid Hamilton as teammate  
Fernando Alonso
(GMM)  Fernando Alonso has admitted he will try to avoid sharing a formula one team with Lewis Hamilton in the future. The pair famously clashed when, as the reigning double world champion, Spaniard Alonso moved to McLaren in 2007 and was paired with then rookie Hamilton. But Alonso, 28, has always said it was the team's management that he really clashed with, and the pair are now occasionally seen chatting in the paddock.

"I would have no problems being Fernando's teammate again," said Briton Hamilton.

"I don't have any issues with him.  I think he is a great champion and a great driver."

But according to Britain's News of the World, Ferrari driver Alonso has a different view.

When asked if he would like to be Hamilton's teammate again, he answered: "No.  Not if it was my choice after what happened with us."

06/27/10
f1
Ecclestone happy with F1 'home' in Valencia  
There are some yachts lined up along the waterfront
McLaren
(GMM)  The Valencia street circuit is now a "home" for formula one, according to F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone.

Ahead of its debut race in 2008, it is believed a seven-year contract was signed.

But the venue has met with criticism, including a 5.4 kilometer layout that has hosted processional races, and a lack of atmosphere due to the absence of many boats in the marina.

There were, however, a healthy 50,000 spectators for Saturday's qualifying session, and Ecclestone is quoted by the local news agency EFE: "I'm very proud and pleased with Valencia." More ...

06/27/10
f1
2011 'proximity' wing design is safe - Brawn  
Ross Brawn
McLaren
(GMM)  The 'proximity wing' for 2011 has been designed with safety in mind, FOTA technical chairman Ross Brawn insists.

Drivers next year will be allowed to press a button on the steering wheel that spoils downforce in the rear wing and thus boosts the possibility for overtaking.

But driver veteran Jarno Trulli this weekend expressed fears that tinkering with the rear wings is a dangerous move.

Mercedes team boss Brawn, however, insists that the adjustable wing design includes a failsafe. More ...

06/27/10
f1
Hulkenberg beats Barrichello without F-duct  
Nico Hulkenberg
Williams F1
(GMM)  Only one Williams is running the F-duct in Sunday's European grand prix.

Both Nico Hulkenberg and Rubens Barrichello tried the British team's improved system in Valencia practice, but Hulkenberg apparently had trouble finding the hole in the cockpit with his knee.

So the rookie German elected to remove the system from his FW32 in qualifying, but still managed to out-qualify Barrichello, whose car is fitted with the F-duct.

"No one expected me to be ahead of Rubens today because he's been quicker than me all weekend," said Hulkenberg, eighth ahead of Barrichello's ninth.

06/27/10
f1
Warm morning greets paddock in Valencia  (GMM)  A warm morning has dawned in Valencia ahead of Sunday's European grand prix.

Shortly after 9am, less than five hours before the starting lights go out, the temperature is already 24 degrees, with the Spanish port city heading for a top of 29.

Many German and British paddock occupants are hoping for a straightforward race, as the countries limber up for kick-off in South Africa.

Their knockout round of the World Cup is scheduled to begin around the time of F1's checkered flag.

"It's always exciting playing Germany -- I'm looking forward to it," said Jenson Button.

06/26/10
racing news
British motor racing boss dominated to death  British motor racing boss has died after romping with a woman who claims to be "Europe's most perverted dominatrix".

Robert Mortimer, 58, collapsed in the shower after an "intense session" with Mistress Lucrezia and her assistant, Mistress Juno, at their Belgian villa near Brecht.

The two women, whose website says they specialize in administering "extreme pain", called an ambulance after Mr. Mortimer keeled over on Tuesday afternoon. More ...

06/26/10
nhra
Dixon, Brown 1-2 In Norwalk Qualifying  Larry Dixon led Antron Brown as the Toyota-sponsored drivers swept the top-two spots in Top Fuel qualifying in preparation for Sunday’s NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

Dixon’s blistering 3.780-second run came late Friday evening and marked the fourth time this season that he’s been the number one qualifier, matching Brown’s total as the series leaders.  His other pole positions have come at Houston, Atlanta and Chicago.  It was also the third time this season that Dixon and Brown have run one-two in qualifying. More ...

06/26/10
starmazda
Daly Victory Train De-Railed, Brazilian Lara Scores first win  
NJ Race 1 podium Krohn (L), Lara (C) and Daly (R)
The Gods of Racing have had their laugh.  The more you talk about a record waiting to be broken, somehow the less likely it becomes.  Starting from the pole for the fourth time this season, Conor Daly – starting from the pole for the fourth time this season -- was reasonably expecting to break the all-time Star Mazda Championship win record of four in a row.  Until the green light signaling the traditional Star Mazda standing start, that is.  What the officials saw on TV was both Daly and Vautier, starting side-by-side on the front row, accelerating before the green… which resulted in a drive-through penalty for both drivers that dropped them to the back of the field. More ...
06/26/10
nassprint
Allmendinger hopes to decide on future soon  A.J. Allmendinger told Sirius NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody on Friday that he hopes to make a decision on where he will race next season within the next 30 days. "I've had some great talks with the people at Richard Petty Motorsports, and I've had some great talks with other teams, too. I can't tell you right now how it's going to turn out, but I hope to have this all wrapped up by the middle or the end of July." Allmendinger and teammates #19-Elliott Sadler and #98-Paul Menard are in the final year of their respective contracts, and #9-Kasey Kahne has already announced plans to go elsewhere in 2011. Sirius Speedway
06/26/10
gp3
Gutiérrez storms to victory in Valencia  
A happy Esteban Gutierrez
ART Grand Prix’s Esteban Gutierrez sailed to victory around the streets of Valencia. The Mexican dominated the race from the start and increased his Series lead to 16 points.

It was the perfect getaway for Gutiérrez and Status GP’s Robert Wickens, with both drivers managing to avoid the start line chaos that ensued behind them. After his previous disappointing race starts RSC Mucke Motorsport’s Nigel Melker held onto his fourth spot and was up the inside of third place man Jean-Eric Vergne at Tech 1, but sadly his change of fortune was short lived and the Dutchman was involved in an incident with Addax Teams’ Felipe Guimaraes. Further incidents on the opening lap saw five more race casualties including ART Grand Prix Series frontrunner Alexander Rossi. Michael Christensen had a good start making the most of the incidents in front of him and putting pressure on Jean-Eric Vergne for third. However, by lap 4 the yellow flags were waving after the Dane pushed a bit too hard and hit barrier all on his own prematurely ending his race. More ...

06/26/10
f1
F1 to clarify test ban amid Ferrari criticism  (GMM)  The testing regulations will be clarified amid concerns Ferrari breached the "spirit" of the in-season ban.

Red Bull's Christian Horner this weekend accused a "naughty" Ferrari of breaching the "spirit" of the agreement by testing its new exhaust layout at Fiorano last week.

Ferrari argues that the run was allowed because "filming and promotional" activities were taking place, and FOTA chairman Martin Whitmarsh on Saturday said the teams association will react.

"I didn't think they (the rules) needed clarification, but for some they clearly do," he said. More ...

06/26/10
f1
Brawn denies Kubica talks, Schu laughs at gullible media  
Schumacher cracks up after hearing media reports he is being replaced
(GMM)  Michael Schumacher has rejected rumors he might make room at Mercedes next year for Robert Kubica. It is has been suggested that team figures want Pole Kubica, 25, to race alongside Nico Rosberg in 2011, despite Schumacher having a three year contract.

But although Schumacher slumped to just 15th on the Valencia grid, he said on Saturday he can "handle the pain" of his current situation.

"I'm not here with a short-term view, that I just look from race to race and I have to have a single result.

"From my point of view we have a three year program." More ...

06/26/10
nnw
Keselowski on pole, Danica mired back in 25th  With a lap of 129.657 mph, Brad Keselowski put his No. 22 Penske Dodge in the pole position for Saturday's New England 200 Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Keselowski, the current points leader, won his third pole of the season and will look to continue his streak of top-15 finishes. Keselowski hasn't finished outside the top 15 all year with three wins, 12 top-fives and 14 top-10s in 15 starts.

Carl Edwards held the P1 position briefly and will start on the front row for the sixth time this season. Edwards maintained his streak of 16 consecutive races with a starting position inside the top 10. More ...

06/26/10
starmazda
Daly on pole in NJ, makes it look easy  By a margin of more than half a second, Conor Daly, the current championship leader and winner of the last four races in a row, has put his #22 Juncos Racing / INDECK / The College Network / Merchant Services Ltd. Mazda on the pole for this afternoon's Race #1/Round 6 of the 2010 Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear.  His lap of 1:15.317 (103.722 mph) around the 14-turn, 2.25-mile 'Thunderbolt' track at New Jersey Motorsports Park, while just a tick slower than his best time in yesterday's practice, was sufficient to give Daly, the son of racing legend and noted motorsports broadcaster Derek Daly, his fourth pole of the season. More ...
06/26/10
motogp
Lorenzo wins again at Assen  The 80th anniversary of the Dutch TT was marked with a Jorge Lorenzo victory on Saturday afternoon as the Fiat Yamaha rider won from pole position. The Spaniard’s fourth win of the 2010 campaign stretched his lead at the top of the World Championship to 47 points, as Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) and Casey Stoner (Ducati Team) followed him onto the podium at the TIM TT Assen.

Major benefits were gained from good starts by Ben Spies (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Pedrosa as both rose four places from their grid positions to slot into second and third place, as Lorenzo led the field into Turn 1 from pole position. More ...

06/26/10
gp2
Maldonado sails to victory in Valencia  Pastor Maldonado overcame a strong start by pole sitter Sergio Perez and a surprise challenge at the restart to easily dominate the rest of the field and take his second victory of the year in today's feature race in Valencia, ahead of ART pair Jules Bianchi and Sam Bird. The Venezuelan was unable to match the storming start from his Mexican rival when the lights went out and slotted in behind for second place, and when two accidents on the opening lap removed nine drivers further down the grid a safety car period was inevitable. More ...
06/26/10
f1
Out to lunch Mercedes team should kiss 2010 goodbye  (GMM)  The time is nearing for Mercedes to write off the 2010 season.

That is the opinion of triple world champion and famous German-language pundit Niki Lauda, after watching both W01s fail to qualify in the top ten at Valencia.

The Brackley based team had taken a substantial upgrade package to the Spanish port city, but now look unlikely to score good points while Nico Rosberg trails the championship lead by 35 points.

"At some point, maybe in two or three races, one should say 'stop, let's get on and build a car for next year," Lauda said on German television Sky on Saturday. More ...

06/26/10
f1
Mercedes 'not going forwards' says gutted Rosberg  (GMM)  Nico Rosberg's face was thunder in Valencia on Saturday after qualifying just twelfth.

Although quicker than his famous teammate Michael Schumacher, the young German had been hopeful that a big package of upgrades for the W01 car - including a Red Bull-style exhaust layout - would pull Mercedes to the front.

"This is just as bad as Montreal," Rosberg told German television Sky.

"It's a huge disappointment, because it was said that our season is just beginning here.  Our aero package did not function in the way it should have. More ...

06/26/10
f1
Brawn admits 'disappointment' with Schumacher  (GMM)  As F1's top men battled for pole position at Valencia, the spotlight was once again on an underperforming Michael Schumacher.

His Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg was also sitting out the decisive Q3 qualifying segment, but Schumacher was six tenths off the young German's pace and a dismal 15th on the grid.

Criticism of the 41-year-old's F1 return has already been intensifying, amid new rumors Mercedes might want to replace him for 2011 with Robert Kubica.

"If it was any other driver, other than the great Michael Schumacher, we'd be looking for his head, or most of the press would be looking for his head, because clearly this performance in the past couple of races has been very poor," said BBC pundit Eddie Jordan on Saturday. More ...

06/26/10
irl
IndyCar to miss chassis deadline  The decision on the next-generation IndyCar chassis is progressing, but will not meet the original deadline of June 30.

Series CEO Randy Bernard appointed a seven-man committee to advise on the future direction of IndyCar, but he is not expecting a final decision to be made as early as next week, as was originally planned.

"I don't think we will have a completed decision, but we are making great progress," said Bernard. "We'll be close – no more than a month from now, we will be done." Racer.com

06/26/10
nnw
Nationwide Series has one foot in the grave despite Danica  She’s back.

The biggest name in IndyCar racing, the anointed savior of the Nationwide Series, Ms. Danica Patrick will make her fourth start in NASCAR’s AAA division this coming weekend, with no need to worry about qualifying (a big pat on the back for Scott Wimmer, Josh Wise, Landon Cassill, Steve Arpin and all those who made it possible for her majesty to have no fears of…shudder…failing to qualify for a race.)

And just like in Daytona four months ago, where the racing world went into her first race convinced they would see something spectacular after her sixth place finish driving a de facto Hendrick Motorsports machine in an ARCA race, all eyes will be turned to the open-wheeler and her bright green race car when the green flag drops in Loudon. It’s harder to blame the centric media focus this time, as Cup regulars Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards have already turned this season’s title chase into a snoozefest. More ...

06/26/10
nnw
Danica helps ticket sales in Loudon  Danica Patrick has become a NASCAR phenomenon without portfolio. Patrick is an IndyCar veteran who will make her fourth foray into the NASCAR Nationwide Series when she competes in the New England 200 tomorrow at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

NHMS general manager Jerry Gappens is thrilled having a wild card like Patrick in the warm-up act for Sunday’s Lenox Industrial Tools 301.

“I certainly think it’s one of the major story lines and we are calling it D-Day, that’s how we are promoting it,” said Gappens. “Coming into (Thursday) our ticket reports showed we are up 30 percent in advanced ticket sales for (tomorrow’s) race and the only difference from a year ago is that Danica is in the race.

“You have to give her credit for that drawing power and the curiosity. Since she announced she is going to race we’ve gotten calls from ticket buyers who had never been here before.” More ...

06/26/10
gp3
Ten GP3 drivers penalized  Ten driver penalties have been issued after Friday’s practice session at Valencia Street Circuit.

Addax Team’s #17, Felipe Guimaraes has been penalized for crossing the line at the pit exit during Friday practice. The Brazilian has a drop of 3 grid positions in the first race this afternoon.

Also penalized for ignoring waved yellow flags during Friday practice are ART Grand Prix’s #2 Alexander Rossi, Status GP’s # 6 Daniel Morad, Manor Racing’s #7 James Jakes, Carlin’s #15 Dean Smith, Carlin’s #16 Lucas Foresti, Addax Team’s #18 Pablo Sanchez Lopez, MW Arden’s #20 Michael Christensen, Tech 1 Racing’s #27 Stefano Coletti and Atech CRS GP’s #29 Roberto Merhi.

All nine drivers will receive a drop of 3 grid penalties in the first race this afternoon. The penalties will be applied in the order that the offenses were committed. The amended grid will be issued prior to the start of the race.

06/26/10
gp3
Esteban Gutiérrez takes GP3 pole  
Esteban Gutiérrez
ART Grand Prix’s Esteban Gutiérrez claimed the top spot in qualifying at the Valencia Street Circuit today taking his first pole position in GP3 and ending Nigel Melker’s run at the top.

ART Grand Prix’s Esteban Gutiérrez claimed the top spot in qualifying at the Valencia Street Circuit today taking his first pole position in GP3 and ending Nigel Melker’s run at the top.

The Mexican driver followed up on his stellar performance of yesterday with a lap time of 1:58. 653, just 5 hundredths of a second ahead of second place man Atech CRS GP’s Roberto Merhi – the Spanish driver giving the British team its best qualifying result of the season so far in what is his first GP3 Series qualifying. More ...

06/26/10
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Vettel tops final practice for European GP  
Sebastian Vettel in the pits
Red Bull still had the F-duct fitted to its RB6 on Saturday morning in Valencia. According to the BBC, the Milton Keynes based team has confirmed the downforce-stalling device will also remain on the Renault-powered car for qualifying and the race.

Sebastian Vettel topped the final 60 minutes of practice at the sunny street circuit, with his teammate Mark Webber third, split by Renault's Robert Kubica.

The two Force Indias were fourth and seventh, with the team having ironed out the problems with its F-duct version. More ...

06/26/10
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Coulthard backs Trulli over rear wing safety concerns  (GMM)  David Coulthard agrees with Jarno Trulli that the 'proximity rear wings' due to debut next year are potentially a risk to safety.

Some have criticized the fact that allowing cars to alter the angle of their rear wings whilst chasing rivals next year sounds more like 'Playstation' than the pinnacle of motor sport.

Trulli, however, is more worried about safety.

"We have to make sure they're safe.

"The FIA should design the same rear wing for everybody otherwise, if we start developing new rear wings individually, they will become lighter and in the end one will fail," said the Italian veteran. More ...

06/26/10
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Coulthard not critical of Ferrari's Fiorano test  (GMM)  David Coulthard does not back Christian Horner's view that Ferrari were "naughty" for testing at Fiorano last week.

Red Bull boss Horner has accused the Italian team of breaching the "spirit" of the in-season ban by trying a new exhaust layout at Fiorano under the guise of a filming and promotional run.

"I say fair play to them," said former Red Bull driver and now team consultant Coulthard.  "The rules are the same for everyone," he wrote in a column for the Telegraph.

Also running similar low exhaust layouts to good effect in Valencia this weekend are Renault and Mercedes -- even though some of Renault's new parts were delayed when a van en route from Enstone hit a deer. More ...

06/26/10
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Red Bull leans towards keeping F-duct in Valencia  (GMM)  Red Bull is leaning towards keeping the F-duct on its car for qualifying and the race in Valencia.

The team tried the developed concept during practice on the Spanish street circuit on Friday, but afterwards said a decision about its use for the remainder of the weekend has not been made.

"As we all know it's not without its challenges getting that thing working," Australian driver Mark Webber said.

Teammate Sebastian Vettel, however, had said that after a difficult morning, the concept was working "better" during the second ninety minute session. More ...

06/26/10
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Pirelli eyes old BMW F1 car for tire tests  (GMM)  A few-year-old BMW formula one car could be used for initial Pirelli tire testing.

While admitting using Toyota's unraced TF110 car is one possibility, the Italian brand has revealed that the first track tests for 2011 will be done with a current GP2 car.

With Pirelli replacing F1's long-time supplier Bridgestone next year, it has also emerged that teams will try development 2011 tires at an end-of-season test after November's Abu Dhabi season finale. More ...

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