Raikkonen puts the blame on Lotus Kimi Raikkonen has accused his Lotus team of making "absolutely the wrong call" after plummeting from second to fifth over the final laps of Sunday's British GP.
Unlike the Mercedes team of race victor Nico Rosberg, Lotus opted not to call the Finn in for a pit-stop after the second Safety Car deployment of the afternoon with ten laps still remaining.
That decision - which left Raikkonen to finish the race on tires 23 laps old - backfired spectacularly during a gripping finale as first Mark Webber, then Fernando Alonso and finally Lewis Hamilton hurtled past his E21.
'I almost red-flagged race' – Whiting Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting has revealed that the British Grand Prix was close to being red-flagged, with four drivers suffering left-rear tire failures.
Whiting, who deployed the Safety Car following the third tire-related incident involving Jean-Eric Vergne, argued that alongside the danger to drivers, marshals were being put under increasing risk as they attempted to clear away the mass of debris.
"It was quite close to being red-flagged; it did occur to me to do that," said Whiting. "To clear up all the debris was putting marshals at risk, and it is not satisfactory. We haven't seen a failure like this before – and that is what has been addressed. So we need to analyze it very carefully to see if we are able to establish the cause."
Horner: Return to 2012 tires Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner said that F1 "should revert to last year's tires for safety reasons" to prevent any repeat of Sunday's blowouts.
Horner: "This is a Pirelli issue. They need to find a solution, they need to address it. Whether they go back to last year's tire or a different tire, they need a solution."
Red Bull Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey said the situation at Silverstone was the result of ''short-sighted'' behavior by some rivals who had blocked Pirelli's plans to change the tires for Canada earlier in the month. Newey: "It's a sad state of affairs, but such is the nature of Formula One really." Reuters
Action Express Racing and Stevenson Motorsports Repeat as Winners Action Express Racing driver Joao Barbosa battled his way to Victory Lane at Watkins Glen International last year in the difficult and prestigious GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Six Hours of The Glen. Today, behind the wheel of the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype (DP) with his new co-driver, Christian Fittipaldi, Barbosa made a return trip to the Winner’s Circle to occupy the top step on the podium and once again collect the winner’s trophy for the overall win.
The pair combined to lead 30 of the 171 laps completed in the six-hour race that saw bright sunny conditions quickly replaced with heavy rain that was just as quickly replaced with blue skies and warmer temperatures. Fittipaldi held off all challengers in the final stint of the race to bring the Corvette DP to the checkered flag first.
Pirelli: New bonding process not to blame for tire failures Formula One racing’s official tire suppliers Pirelli say that it is too early to pinpoint the cause of the tire blow-outs that affected several drivers in Sunday’s 2013 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix.
However, they have ruled out the new bonding process used on tires ahead of the race at Silverstone as being at fault.
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne and McLaren’s Sergio Perez all suffered tire failures, prompting Pirelli to launch a thorough investigation ahead of next weekend’s German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.
Rosberg reprimanded by race stewards Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has been reprimanded by the Silverstone stewards for failing to slow sufficiently under yellow flags during this afternoon's British Grand Prix.
The German, whose win is not affected, had been called up by the stewarding panel after it was alleged that he had not adhered to yellow flags at The Loop, moments after Sauber driver Nico Hülkenberg and Force India's Paul di Resta collided.
Having studied the relevant information, the stewards opted to hand out no more than a reprimand, thus fully confirming Rosberg's second triumph of the 2013 campaign.
Rosberg claimed a narrow victory over Mark Webber, whose Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel was forced to retire from the lead on Lap 42 amid gearbox troubles.
Exploding Pirelli tires make F1 look like a farce in England (Update)UPDATE The recurring Pirelli tire failures that have now once again posed an obvious safety hazard for drivers at Silverstone has led to many drivers outing their public concern, stressing that something needs to be done about it.
The BBC confirmed that after the British Grand Prix a meeting was taking place between Jean Todt, Charlie Whiting and Paul Hembery to discuss the current tire situation.
Heat on Pirelli after tire-exploding British GP, but teams are to blame (GMM) F1's intense heat on Pirelli only got hotter on Sunday, as the British grand prix took place amid shards of exploding tire rubber.
Lewis Hamilton, just one of four drivers who had spectacular rear failures during the Silverstone race, was comfortably leading when he had his problem.
Afterwards, the furious Briton told reporters he was trying to hold his tongue.
"Big time," he relented when asked if he is worried about safety.
"They need to do something," Hamilton told British broadcaster Sky.
Ryan Newman's needs are simple."I just want to race some place where I'm wanted," Newman said. "Where people are happy I'm there." Newman received a one-year reprieve on his contract with Stewart-Haas Racing, where he is currently 18th in the standings. For most of the season, Newman has been outrunning his bossman Tony Stewart. But Danica Patrick brings the big sponsorship money to Tony Stewart's team and Ryan Newman now feels like a lost stepchild.
While Newman's resume isn't as extensive as Stewart's, it's respectable with 16 Sprint Cup victories and six finishes of 10th or better in the standings. The 35-year-old South Bend, Ind., native ranks third among active drivers in pole positions with 49.
Milka Duno to race ARCA event at Winchester East Central Indiana racing fans will get a chance to see one of the generation’s most successful female drivers this weekend when Milka Duno comes to Winchester Speedway as part of the Automobile Racing Club of America’s season circuit.
As a former Indianapolis 500 participant, Duno enters Herr’s Chase the Taste 200 race at 2 p.m. Sunday seventh in the ARCA points standings.
It is Duno’s first appearance at the half-mile track.
“I don’t know Winchester, but it doesn’t matter,” Duno said. “I want to keep my points up and finish better at every race track. I just have to race as fast as I can.”
Lancaster wins GP2 Sprint race as Rossi storms from the back
From left, Rio Haryanto (Barwa Addax Team), Jon Lancaster (Hilmer Motorsport), James Calado (ART Grand Prix)
Jon Lancaster dominated this morning’s sprint race in Silverstone, repeating countryman Sam Bird’s victory yesterday with a crushing display of pace and guile to claim his first win in the series by 6.5 seconds from Rio Haryanto and James Calado.
The win was set up by an amazing start when the lights went out: front row starters Julian Leal and Haryanto were slow to get off the line, with Lancaster pushing right and through before the first turn, while Calado was even quicker away from P8 to line up behind Haryanto as the rest looked for a way by the Stéphane Richelmi / Jolyon Palmer collision at the second corner.
It was a race of firsts: Giovanni Venturini and his Trident team both celebrated their debut wins’ in the category as the Italian National anthem played out over the Silverstone circuit. The Italian driver took a commanding victory after starting from reverse pole and handled immense pressure from Carlin’s Nick Yelloly. The Brit finished P2 in his home race with Jenzer Motorsport’s Alex Fontana in third.
On another dry, warm day at the Northamptonshire circuit, Venturini made a good start but it was local favorite Yelloly who made an even better getaway, passing Fontana in the first few meters. The Carlin driver was quick to set his sights on the lead and got alongside the Italian, sneaking in front for a few seconds, but ran wide over the curb losing time, allowing Venturini reclaim his lead.
Long and winding IndyCar road leads back to Pocono
Start of the 1985 CART Pocono race
Open wheel racing, which returns to 'Indy of the East' next weekend, has endured several trials and tribulations.
"If no one's there to watch a great race, who will pass the word?"
I wrote that line at the end of a column almost 15 years ago following a weekend on which the Indy Racing League and Championship Auto Racing Teams staged competing races at Charlotte and Michigan.
The IRL guys ran under the lights and I described the race as "at once scary and exhilarating." The CART race featured 62 lead changes. Both were great shows for television, but you couldn't have gotten one decent attendance figure by combining the two crowds.
Kentucky Sprint Cup race may get washed out (Update)UPDATE The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway has been postponed due to inclement weather, and rescheduled for tomorrow (Sunday, June 30, 2013) at Noon Eastern.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 88 National Guard Youth Foundation Chevrolet SS will lead the field to green from the pole.
The 267-lap race will be broadcast live in its entirety on TNT TV, PRN Radio and Sirius NASCAR Radio Channel 90.
Di Resta car fails inspection, will start last Paul di Resta has been sent to the back of British Grand Prix grid, with stewards deciding to exclude the Scot from qualifying after his car was found to be underweight.
Having qualified a career-best fifth, di Resta's car weighed in at 641.5kg during initial checks, precisely 0.5kg below the minimum weight. The Force India machine was then drained of its fluids, dropping the weight to 640kg, 2kg below the regulation limit.
On the outside looking in? A cynical Brit on IndyCar IndyCar has had quite an effect on me over the last year and a half. Aside from the brilliantly devious method of attracting Rubens Barrichello in order to allow myself to take it seriously, I will give it credit where credit is due in how it has been continually entertaining over my short time watching. As a Brit, Formula 1 has always felt like a 'European' formula, despite its obvious worldwide nature, whereas IndyCar has always been the one 'over there', very much an American sport. That's why I find it quite interesting that, as someone who has always looked at IndyCar as someone looking out onto an alien world, that IndyCar is actually a rather welcoming and endearing sport to watch.
Back when ol' Rubinho was wetting his feet in everything IndyCar last season, I would be lying if I said my main attraction for watching wasn't primarily to keep up with everyone's favorite number two. Yet if the last year and a half has taught me anything about IndyCar it's that once you actually sit down and give it the attention it, admittedly, deserves it provides a rather less serious and downright entertaining sport to watch. I say less serious as if that's some kind of downgrading review of the sport but in some ways this is a better thing than a sport that takes itself absurdly serious, of which F1 is horribly guilty.
Rain sets DP field for Six Hours at the Glen The No. 10 Velocity Worldwide Corvette Daytona Prototype (DP) of Wayne Taylor Racing (WTR) and the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP will occupy the front row of Sunday’s GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen after qualifying Saturday at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International was cancelled due to rain and the grid was set per driver’s point standings as set forth in the GRAND-AM rulebook.
The Doctor Delivers 80th Premier Class Win at Assen Valentino Rossi delivered a faultless performance today to win the Grand Prix of The Netherlands, his 80th Premier class victory and his first win since 2010. Having shown race winning pace all weekend in all conditions ‘The Doctor’ was faultless in today’s TT race.
The nine-time World Champion held his fourth position from the grid into the first turn then started looking for a way past Stefan Bradl for third. By the second lap he was past and with just 22 laps to go he moved past Marc Marquez into the first corner for second, beginning the hunt for Dani Pedrosa and victory.
NASCARitis hits Europe A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, Has NASCARitis spread to Europe? A brit wins the GP3 race, the GP2 race and the pole for the British GP. Are they fixing it to make the British fans happy so they buy more tickets for Sunday? I smell a rat. Mordichai Rosen, Los Angeles, CA.
Home hero Harvey victorious in Silverstone GP3 Race 1
From left, Harvey, Korjus, and Regalia
Happy Harvey! After narrowly missing out on pole position to Kevin Korjus, Jack Harvey (ART Grand Prix) made a brilliant start to claim his debut win in the category, topping it off by taking the honors at his home race in front of a large, enthusiastic Silverstone crowd, as well as pocketing points for fastest lap. Korjus (Koiranen GP) was second with ART Grand Prix’s Facu Regalia third.
Clear skies and a temperature of 20 degrees awaited the 27 GP3 drivers as they lined up on the grid. Korjus had pole but it was Harvey from P3 who made a great getaway to move into the lead and demote Korjus and Regalia. His ART Grand Prix teammate Conor Daly was also another man on the move, unfortunately the American made a jump start from P9 into P2 by the first corner.
From left, Stephane Richelmi (DAMS), Sam Bird (RUSSIAN TIME), Tom Dillmann (RUSSIAN TIME)
Sam Bird brought more cheer to the already ecstatic home fans with a dominant run to victory in this afternoon’s feature race in Silverstone. The Englishman looked unstoppable as he eased away from his rivals to take an emotional win from Stephane Richelmi and teammate Thom Dillman.
The one moment which didn’t go to plan for Bird was the start, when he was slow off the line and could only watch as Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr tore away as the lights went out. But it was only a few corners before the pair tripped over each other, which cleared the way for Bird to lead Stefano Coletti past the pair, with Richelmi, Mitch Evans and James Calado following behind them.
Ericsson was all over the back of Coletti as the latter headed into the pits on lap 6, along with Nasr and Calado, forcing the Swede and Bird to come in next time by to cover: the Briton was easily out ahead, while Ericsson saw Coletti blast by upon his return to the circuit on his way to the fastest lap of the race so far, 1 second faster than Bird and closing fast.
Indy 500 ticket sales up despite increase Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials say they’ve seen no adverse sales impact from a risky move to raise ticket prices for the 2014 Indianapolis 500 by about 15 percent—the first price increase in almost a decade.
Alonso blames team after qualifying disaster The 31-year-old Spaniard, twice a world champion with Renault in 2005 and 2006, revealed his frustration with the Italian team's lack of progress immediately after a thrilling session topped by the speed of outstanding Briton Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes.
Alonso said: "We were not competitive all weekend and it's not normal to see Ferrari out of Q3. We need to recover now and it was a bad Saturday.
"We didn't improve the car enough in the last four to five races and we ordered some new parts, but they didn't do what we expected. We need to keep on working..."
Superior Mercedes sweep British GP pole Using his superior Mercedes car that has dominated F1 qualifying all year, Lewis Hamilton stormed to pole position for the British GP, his first at Silverstone since 2007.
Hamilton won the battle with his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.
Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber are in the second row just 0.009s apart.
Paul di Resta added to the home crowd's excitement with fifth on the grid for Force India.
Superior Mercedes cars top final British GP practice
Rosberg fast in the wet and dry
Amid much improved weather conditions, the field quickly set about making up for lost track time as the green light illuminated at the end of the Silverstone pit lane, with the early focus on hard tire runs. Home favorite Hamilton was the man in charge at this point, consistently lowering his benchmark time.
But Nico Rosberg again beat Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in the final seconds of British Grand Prix practice three at Silverstone proving once again that Mercedes has the fastest car in F1 today. They are so superior they are fastest in the wet or dry.
Sebastian Vettel secured third with his last lap, just ahead of Red Bull teammate Mark Webber but ½ second behind the superior Mercedes’.
Rookie Kevin Korjus was all smiles as he came out on top in a tough battle for the coveted pole position today. It looked like home hero Jack Harvey was set to pocket his debut pole in front of the large army of British fans but the Estonian denied the Brit’ in the dying seconds of the session to continue his impressive rookie form. ART Grand Prix’s Harvey and Facu Regalia qualified in second and third.
The 30 minute qualifying session got underway with the Koiranen GP duo of Korjus and Aaro Vainio first to feed onto the Northamptonshire circuit as the 27 drivers enjoyed dry conditions on a chilly Silverstone morning. MW Arden’s Robert Visoiu was first to lap in the 1m47’s while the ART GP boys waited in the pits.
Video: Brands Hatch 200 Race Day 2 Euro-Racecar NASCAR One race and NASCAR already draws a big crowd at Brands Hatch. The France family does it right. And of course they have engines that make the ground shake, not anemic V6 turbo motors that sound like a rice burner.
Stepped noses banned from F1 in 2014. Stepped noses on Formula 1 cars will no longer be permitted next year, after the FIA approved a change to the 2014 technical regulations.
The World Motor Sport Council of the Federation Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA) has approved a number of changes to the 2014 Formula One World Championship sporting regulations.
The most interesting of those changes is the introduction of a penalty point system for drivers. If a driver accumulates more than 12 points during a 12-month period, he will be suspended for the next race.
Points will stay on the driver’s license for 12 months. The amount of points a driver may be given for infringements will vary from one to three depending upon the severity of the offense.
Pocono test on July 4th free to fans Pocono Raceway announced today the July 4 IZOD IndyCar Series test session, in preparation for the July 6-7 Pocono INDYCAR 400 Fueled by Sunoco race weekend, will be open for fans to attend for free. Additionally, the Raceway will host a Fireworks Spectacular, which benefits the Tunkhannock Township (PA) Volunteer Fire Department, on Saturday, July 6.
The IndyCar Series test, featuring all cars entered in Sunday’s 400-mile race, is scheduled for 9 am – 5 pm on Thursday, July 4. Gates will open at 8 am and fans will have access to select Grandstand seats. Fans may enter through Gate 7, located off of Route 115, or Gate 5, located off of Long Pond Road. Once on track property, parking attendants will direct fans on where to place their vehicles. Select concessions will also be available. Coolers are permitted (must be 12 x 12 or smaller), but glass is strictly prohibited. All cooler, bags and individuals are subject to search.
Danica Patrick: 'She's Not a Race Car Driver,' Says Kyle Petty (Update)UPDATE DANICA'S REACTION TO KYLE PETTY’S COMMENTS:
“Read it yes. I just think that it’s funny how he said that I could qualify, but I can’t race because those of you that actually watch what I do would know that I can’t qualify for crap. In the race things go much better. It’s a little bit funny, but the most important thing to me is that I can keep my team happy, we’re moving in the right direction, that Go Daddy is happy and that when you walk out of the garage or walk around the track and meet a little girl that wants to grow up to be like you then you’re doing something right -- those are the things that feel right.”
DOES IT MATTER WHAT ANYONE SAYS ABOUT YOU AND DOES IT MOTIVATE YOU IF PEOPLE TALK NEGATIVE ABOUT YOU?
“Thanks Kyle (Petty) thanks for motivating me. I really don’t care, I don’t, it’s true that there are plenty of people who say really bad things about me, I hear about them or I read about them or read them on Twitter. People want me to die. At the end of the day, you just get over that kind of stuff and all you can do is trust that you’re doing a good job and that’s all that matters and the people around you believe in you.”
Finch has prospective buyer for Phoenix RacingUPDATE A source close to the situation told ESPN.com the potential buyer is Harry Scott Jr., the co-owner of Turner Scott Motorsports, which competes in the Nationwide and Truck Series. Finch, 63, said he should know if the deal will go through by July 15. If not, he said the organization will shut down after the July 28 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway due to a lack of funding. "My last race is going to be the Brickyard  that I'm going to fund," Finch said Friday. "I've been trying to make this sale happen to keep my employees. I've got some of them jobs with different teams if I shut down. If the guy buys the team, they will be able to stay and go forward racing." Finch has 18 employees in his Spartanburg shop located just over an hour from the NASCAR hub in Charlotte ESPN.
06/28/13 James Finch said Thursday that he expects to announce the sale of #51 Phoenix Racing on July 15. He said the prospective owner passed muster in terms of the most necessary qualification for owning a team that competes in Sprint Cup and Nationwide racing. "He's somebody who's got money," Finch said. Unable to find a long-term sponsor for his racing team the past three years, Finch has been saddled with the exorbitant costs required to drive on a weekly basis. Unwilling to shoulder that burden any longer, he said previously that he intended to race through the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 28 before ceasing operations.
Now he believes he has found a buyer who will take over and keep the team running through the rest of the year and beyond. Finch wouldn't reveal who the potential buyer is, but he did say the prospective owner has not owned a racing team before.
Rick Crawford to drive in NASCAR races in France Mobilian Rick Crawford is returning to NASCAR racing in a place where an American has never been NASCAR racing. Crawford has been tabbed to be part of America's Team, which will race on July 6 and 7 in the NASCAR Euro-Racecar events at the new Tours Speedway.
The Euro-Racecar Series uses NASCAR-style cars on European circuits. It started in 2009 and raced mainly in France. After being sanctioned by the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile, it expanded in 2011, and last year it reached an agreement to be sanctioned as a NASCAR circuit.
Crutchlow first Brit to win MotoGP pole since 2002 Britain’s Cal Crutchlow will start from his first ever pole position for Saturday’s Iveco TT Assen. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider will share the front row with Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez and LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl. World Champion Jorge Lorenzo missed qualifying following his crash on Thursday.
A truly dramatic qualifying session for the 65th World Championship Dutch TT concluded with several riders grabbing provisional pole position, only to be demoted by their rivals just moments later. Rain had fallen earlier in the day but would not disrupt the grid-deciding period.
NASCAR Sonoma and Milwaukee TV Ratings (Final)UPDATE The final TV rating for the Sonoma Sprint Cup race was a 3.0 with 4.66 million viewers tuned in via TNT. The final TV rating for the Milwaukee Nationwide race on ESPN was a 1.2 with 1.708 million viewers tuned in.
06/24/13 TNT aired the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 yesterday from Sonoma Raceway, earning a 3.0 overnight. That figure is flat compared to last year.
Iowa IndyCar TV RatingUPDATE The final TV rating for the Iowa Corn 250 on ABC was a 0.7, unchanged from the overnight.
06/24/13 The overnight TV rating for the Iowa Corn 250 on ABC Sunday afternoon was a 0.7. The idea of gaining momentum on ABC did not work because the rating has dropped from one race to the next.
As outlined by AR1.com, motorsports, and especially IndyCar Racing, is becoming irrelevant to the general population because the younger generation does not have the same love affair with cars that prior generations had. We offered up what we felt was the best solution to the problem and this is one area where IndyCar, NASCAR, NHRA, ALMS, Grand-Am, GM, Ford and Chrysler should collectively (stress collectively) meet with the NCAA and convince them to make go-kart racing a sanctioned sport at the high school level and perhaps USF2000 at the college level. Motorsports has to be recognized as a sport of skill, athletic conditioning and mental toughness by the youth of this country or motorsports will someday cease to exist. Bank on it.
Marcus Ericsson quickest in rain-hit qualifying session Marcus Ericsson took pole position in today’s rain-hit qualifying session, setting the quickest lap time in a 1:40.716. With rain expected to start midway through the session, it was a matter of putting together a quick lap time as early as possible which the DAMS driver did. Sam Bird and Felipe Nasr finished second and third respectively.
The message on the screens flashed before the opening of the pitlane: rain expected at 16.10 hence putting pressure on the drivers to set their best time within the first half of the qualifying session. Enjoying a dry track for the first time today and having opted for Option tires (Medium) like the majority of the rest of the field, Robin Frijns was quick to set the early pace, but his lap time was later bettered first by Rio Haryanto and then by Bird.
Honda Indy Toronto announces new sponsors The Honda Indy Toronto officially welcomes four new partners, WIND Mobile/Samsung Galaxy 4, RUSH, Porter Airlines and Hyatt Regency Toronto, to the roster of sponsors for its 2013 event, taking place July 12-14.
“We are committed to providing a first-class experience for our fans and securing a role for top-tier sponsors is an important part of that goal,” said Charlie Johnstone, President of the Honda Indy Toronto. “We are thrilled to welcome these four partners and are confident that they will contribute to the hospitality and festival atmosphere of the event.”
Fabio Leimer tops wet free practice in Silverstone The fifth round of the 2013 GP2 Series season opened this morning in cool and wet conditions and saw Fabio Leimer top the session in a lap time of 1:57.996, four tenths ahead of rookie Robin Frijns and local hero James Calado.
The morning rain meant that the track was damp as the pitlane opened for the thirty minute free practice. The constant drizzle did not help the matter and the drivers opted for wet weather tires which they kept until the checkered flag. Calado looked comfortable and in control: he topped the timing sheet on his third attempt, but Frijns found some extra pace to better the Brit’s lap time until Daniel De Jong moved up to P1. As the drivers came to grips with the tricky conditions, Marcus Ericsson went second quickest ahead of the trio of Leimer, Calado and Frijns.
Rain hits first British GP practice Weather conditions are far from ideal at the former WWII airfield this morning, home of Silverstone. Persistent rain fell for much of yesterday afternoon and evening and further bands of rain have crossed Northamptonshire this morning.
Wet rubber is the choice for first practice as once again the weather disrupts the best-laid plans of teams looking to evaluate this weekend's selection of the medium and hard Pirelli slicks.
2013 Le Mans 24 Hours - Car no.26 excluded [Editor's Note: This is the way it should be. In NASCAR you can cheat to win and they will never take your result away after the race - just your money and a points deduction.] In compliance with the decision of the Stewards of the Meeting car no.26 has been excluded from the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours as the capacity of its petrol tank has been found to be illegal. The no. 42 Zytek-Nissan is promoted to third place in LM P2.
Driven by Roman Rusinov, John Martin and Mike Conway the Oreca-Nissan entered by the G-Drive Racing by Delta ADR team finished ninth overall in the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours and third in the LM P2 category.
A Tribute Die-Cast to Benefit the Charlie Dean Leffler Trust Fund When tragedy strikes, NASCAR unites and for a brief moment nothing else matters except for an unbreakable bond in the community. It doesn't matter what team you are on, what manufacturer you drive for or who finishes first at the track - what does matter is the moment that everyone gathers together to remember a great race car driver, wonderful friend and an amazing father.
On June 16 at Michigan International Speedway, the NASCAR community did just that, and in a special tribute to former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jason Leffler, Joe Gibbs Racing and Denny Hamlin ran a replica paint scheme of Leffler's 2005 #11 FedEx car.
LeMans: Audi was not only faster it was more fuel efficient Less fuel consumption combined with higher speed – that’s how Audi won the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours with the R18 e-tron quattro and its drivers Loic Duval (F), Tom Kristensen (DK) and Allan McNish (GB). Key facts after the 81st running of the race.
Faster and more efficient: The victorious Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Loic Duval/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish (F/DK/GB) designated as car number ‘2’ made 34 pit stops at Le Mans and required 47 minutes and 14.799 seconds for them. A permitted fuel tank capacity of 58 liters theoretically made a maximum of 1,972 liters of diesel fuel available at the stops. The number ‘8’ Toyota in second place of the race required 43 minutes and 20.111 seconds for 30 stops but, due to a fuel tank capacity of 76 liters, was able to refuel up to 2,280 liters of gasoline. Audi was not only faster but the entire race car including its TDI powertrain was more efficient as well.
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