Andretti tops 220 mph (Update)UPDATE Quotes added after the results.
07/04/13 After turning the fastest lap in the morning session, Marco Andretti backed it up with lap at almost 221 mph to too the afternoon practice session at Pocono Raceway. No other driver broke the 220 mph barrier. Almost every driver went faster in the afternoon session.
Tomorrow is an off day and action resumes Saturday with practice and qualifying.
Zoeller to serve as Grand Marshal Golfing great Fuzzy Zoeller will serve as the grand marshal for the Pocono INDYCAR 400 Fueled by Sunoco at Pocono Raceway on July 7.
Zoeller, a 10-time winner on the PGA Tour, became the third golfer in history to win the Masters in his first attempt in 1979. He also won the 1984 U.S. Open. While competing on the Championship Tour, he created his own-branded vodka company in 2009. Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka currently sponsors the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet and the Triple Crown award in the IZOD IndyCar Series. Additionally, Fuzzy's was announced as "Official Vodka of Pocono Raceway" this year.
Combined Pocono 400 practice results On Independence Day, IZOD IndyCar Series drivers and teams provided plenty of fireworks at Pocono Raceway with a glimpse of what's in store for the Pocono INDYCAR 400 Fueled by Sunoco on July 7.
All 24 cars that participated in the one-day Open Test posted lap times better than the track record of 42.510 seconds (211.715 mph) set by Emerson Fittipaldi on Aug. 19, 1989. Marco Andretti of nearby Nazareth, Pa., topped the speed chart with a lap of 220.963 mph (40.7308 seconds) in the No. 25 RC Cola car for Andretti Autosport.
"I think this just became my favorite racetrack," said Andretti, who recorded his best lap on a qualifying simulation. "I have to give credit to INDYCAR. They did a great job with the aero (package) and also Firestone with the tire choice. I think it will produce good racing because it's going to put guys on the opposite ends of the downforce level, which is the risk you run."
Tony Kanaan, who can continue on the path to a $1 million bonus by winning the second of the three legs of the Fuzzy's Triple Crown, was second (219.802 mph; 40.9460 seconds) in the No. 11 Sunoco "Turbo" car for KV Racing Technology-SH Racing.
IZOD IndyCar Series championship points leader Helio Castroneves (219.123 mph) was third in the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske car, and Ed Carpenter was fourth (218.788 mph) in the No. 20 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka car. Reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport was fifth (218.293 mph) in the No. 1 DHL car.
Top to bottom, the field was separated by 1.1 seconds.
James Hinchcliffe could be one to watch If you're looking for a potential favorite to win Sunday's Pocono IndyCar 400 fueled by Sunoco, you may want to bypass some of the bigger names and settle on relative newcomer James Hinchliffe.
After all, no one has won more races on the IndyCar circuit this season than the 26-year-old native of Oakville, Ontario, Canada, who is in just his third season on the circuit.
He began the season with a win at St. Petersburg, came back three races later for another victory in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and won on the last stop before Long Pond — the June 23 race in Iowa.
Al Unser, The Only IndyCar Triple Crown Winner, Explains
Kanaan tasted the milk, now he wants to feel the $1 million
Al Unser, the only driver to win the IndyCar “Triple Crown,” believes Indy 500 champion Tony Kanaan has a chance to capture the coveted $1 million “Fuzzy’s Triple Crown,” the three-race series that includes the Indy 500, Pocono Indy 400 and the MAVTV 500 at Fontana.
Kanaan, the popular Brickyard winner, comes to the fast Pocono International Raceway this Sunday in hopes of recording another victory in his quest for the $1 million prize established by Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka. And Unser, the four-time Indy 500 winner, thinks Kanaan will be very competitive this Sunday in the Pocono Indy 400 fueled by Sunoco.
Historic Silver Arrows on the Nurburgring Nordschleife
On Thursday 4th July, the team warmed up for its home race in Germany by sending its two drivers out on a lap of the Nordschleife at the Nurburgring in two historic Silver Arrows - Nico in a Type W 196 and Lewis in a Type W 154. Juan Manuel Fangio (1954) and Richard Seaman (1938) respectively drove the same models to victory at the Nürburgring.
The legendary Nordschleife has frequently played a major role in the history of the Silver Arrows, from the debut victory for Manfred von Brauchitsch driving a W 25 in 1934 to the win for Juan Manuel Fangio in 1954 at the wheel of the W 196.
Solar-Powered Pocono Raceway Set to Host the Pocono INDYCAR 400 for the First Time in 24 Years The top racers will line up this Sunday, July 7, as IndyCar makes its return to the solar-powered Pocono Raceway.
The 400-mile event at the renewable energy raceway will be the first open-wheel event at the 2.5-mile, triangular-shaped track since 1989.
"In 2010, Pocono Raceway became host to the first sporting event completely powered by renewable energy," Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary C. Alan Walker said.
Pippa Mann will make her Pocono debut this weekend, returning to the IZOD IndyCar Series to drive the No.18 Dale Coyne Racing car in the Pocono IndyCar 400 Fueled by Sunoco.
Speaking about the announcement, Mann said: "The deal happening this weekend to put me back in an IndyCar really does come down to Dale Coyne. Since the schedule was first announced, I’d wanted to run here if possible, especially with the open test which would hopefully give me the opportunity to learn the track. The goal was to find a way for me to get in the car, and Dale worked tirelessly with us to make this race weekend happen. I'm incredibly grateful to him for the opportunity to get back in the No.18 car, and I'm looking forward to carrying the Cyclops Gear colors again for the Pocono IndyCar 400.”
ISC cutting seating capacity to avoid embarrassment Too many fans have given up on NASCAR, so International Speedway Corp. plans to continue its trend of decreasing seating capacity at its racetracks to avoid the embarrassment of thousands of empty seats.
The plan was announced by ISC officials Wednesday when discussing its recent financial results. “It’s the age-old supply-and-demand concept,” ISC President John Saunders said during a conference call with financial analysts. “It’s what we built this company on.
“We’ll be talking on future calls about some capacity reductions with the idea of bringing a tremendous amount of sense of urgency back into the ticket-selling model so if you do get a negative weather forecast or rain for that matter, you’ve really hedged the risk.” At Talladega Superspeedway in May, the track’s ticket sales were down 23 percent entering the week of the race, Saunders said. With an unfavorable weather forecast, the track didn’t meet its ticket sales from a year ago.
IndyCar touches down IndyCar officials arrived at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport on Wednesday for this Sunday’s Pocono IndyCar 400 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond.
Pocono Raceway CEO Brandon Igdalsky offered remarks welcoming IndyCar back to the region as airport board chair Tim McGinley, Luzerne County Manager Robert Lawson, Lackawanna County Commissioner Jim Wansacz, and Gov. Corbett's field representative Bill Goldsworthy looked on during a ceremony at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International airport.
Pirelli Clarifies Comments Pirelli Motorsport Dir Paul Hembery "has been forced to clarify his company's position after initially appearing to criticize the Formula One teams for Sunday's British Grand Prix chaos," according to Ian Parkes of the London INDEPENDENT. Hembery and Pirelli were "adamant the current range of tires are safe." Pirelli "has cited four reasons:" incorrect reverse mounting of the rear tires, too-low pressures, extreme camber settings and aggressive curbing. Hembery said, "I'd like to re-emphasize the fact the 2013 range of tires, used in the correct way, is completely safe."
It immediately led to suggestions Pirelli was shifting "responsibility on to the teams." Just more than 90 minutes later, however, Hembery and Pirelli "issued a further response, suggesting no attempt was being made to criticize." Hembery said, "In no way are we intending to create arguments or attack anybody. We have taken our responsibilities upon ourselves ... but not having full control over all the elements that impact on the use of the tires, we need everybody's contribution." Independent
Juan Montoya, who went from hero in open wheel cars to zero in NASCAR, tests at Indy
NASCAR teams always look for a competitive edge, and that's what brought Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Jamie McMurray to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 1-2 for a private test.
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Montoya, the 2000 Indianapolis 500 winner, and McMurray, the 2010 Brickyard 400 winner, took full advantage of their opportunity to test the NASCAR Generation 6 car that made its debut at the season-opening Daytona 500 in February.
Before the June 25 manufacturer test session at Pocono Raceway, Marco Andretti hosted Andretti Autosport teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay, James Hinchcliffe and E.J. Viso plus Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan at his home in Nazareth, Pa.
It was a lighthearted time following eight consecutive weeks of on-track activity to close the first half of the IZOD IndyCar Series season.
"They are never serious at any point and time," Andretti said of his house guests. "We're smiling, joking and laughing all the time. That's what life is about."
Brian France Talks Sponsorship, TV Ratings On CNBC's "Mad Money" NASCAR Chair & CEO Brian France appeared on CNBC's "Mad Money" Tuesday night and said the sanctioning body's partners are "more cautious now" because of uncertainty in the economy, but "they're making bets and we're very happy that they're making bets with us." France added TV ratings are "going to go up and down," and sponsors "know that ratings are going to be ratings, but the value is always there because they get to brand right into the playing field." France also said driver Danica Patrick has "certainly been a big help" in increasing female viewership and participation. France: "We're the most gender-neutral of all sports."
Cramer asked about NASCAR's next round of TV contracts: "Will you be able to ask for a little bit more money?" France: "Well, we're going to try. That's what we do. No, those discussions are going on now and we feel good about those" "Mad Money," CNBC
ISC Expects Significant Revenue Boost From Daytona Renovations ISC expects its $400M renovation of Daytona Int’l Speedway to boost annual revenue at the track by $20M. The project, which is set to begin next week, will improve the track’s hospitality offerings, concessions and corporate sponsorship inventory enough to boost EBITDA by $15M. ISC projects annual mid-single-digit growth after the renovation’s completion. During an earnings call Wednesday, ISC CFO Dan Houser described those projections as conservative and added, “This doesn’t include the long term benefits to our sport.”
Execs declined to detail how ticket prices would increase after the renovation. ISC CEO John Saunders said the track would continue to offer Daytona 500 tickets for less than $100, but said that final pricing would be shared with fans in the future before it is shared with investors. Saunders reassured investors that the two-year renovation would not disrupt any events at DIS. He added, “We’re very confident when you look at the entire portfolio of events across the ISC facilities, we’re not going to see any loss of events through this construction period.” More from Tripp Mickle, SportsBusiness Daily
3-wide start for Pocono INDYCAR announced today that it will implement three-wide starts for the IZOD IndyCar Series races at Pocono Raceway and Auto Club Speedway, reinstating a "Triple Crown" tradition.
"After having the opportunity to test at Pocono and a successful event at Auto Club Speedway last season, we were able to analyze track data and compare to our current start procedure for the Indianapolis 500," said Beaux Barfield, race director, INDYCAR. "Given the speeds of our starts, the location of accelerations zones, the spacing between rows and the length of the front straights at each track, we have decided to move forward with a three-wide lineup for the initial starts."
Three-wide starts have been utilized annually for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race since 1921, and were implemented at Pocono Raceway and Ontario (Calif.) Speedway during the 1970s and '80s for the tracks' Triple Crown legs.
Study: Women get higher quotes from repair shops When it comes to auto repairs, women are likely to get quoted a higher price than men, but women are better at negotiating a discounted price, according to a study conducted by the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
The study, "Repairing the Damage: The Effect of Price Expectations on Auto-Repair Price Quotes," looked at how gender and knowledge of prices affect the quote that an auto repair shop gives a customer.
The study was conducted in collaboration with AutoMD, an online automotive repair information site.
Nurburgring Circuit: three corners in detail Nurburgring Circuit: three corners in detail Castrol-S After the long run from the start finish line to the first corner, the Castrol-S, drivers brake hard and shift into second gear for the hairpin. The hairpin sees the revs drop very low here: just 9,500rpm, the lowest revs seen on this circuit, before going straight into the Mercedes-Arena; a second to third gear complex taken with an average speed of around 100kph. Through this section the engine needs to have good braking control on the entry to corners and good traction on the exit.
NASCAR Kentucky TV rating The NASCAR Sprint Cup Quaker State 400 from Kentucky earned a final 2.6 U.S. rating and nearly 4.0 million viewers on TNT Sunday afternoon, up a tick in ratings and 3% in viewership from last year (2.5, 3.9M), but down 13% and 20%, respectively, from 2011 (3.0, 5.0M). Though up from last year, Sunday's race ranks as the lowest rated and least-viewed regular Sprint Cup points race on any network this season.
GM, Honda to Collaborate on Next-Generation Fuel Cell Technologies
General Motors Vice Chairman Steve Girsky (left) and Honda North America President Tetsuo Iwamura announce a long-term, definitive master agreement to co-develop next-generation fuel cell system and hydrogen storage technologies, aiming for the 2020 time frame Tuesday, July 2, 2013 in New York, New York. GM and Honda are acknowledged leaders in fuel cell technology and rank No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in total fuel cell patents filed between 2002 and 2012, with more than 1,200 between them.
General Motors and Honda announced yesterday a long-term, definitive master agreement to co-develop next-generation fuel cell system and hydrogen storage technologies, aiming for the 2020 time frame. The collaboration expects to succeed by sharing expertise, economies of scale and common sourcing strategies.
GM and Honda plan to work together with stakeholders to further advance refueling infrastructure, which is critical for the long-term viability and consumer acceptance of fuel cell vehicles.
GM and Honda are acknowledged leaders in fuel cell technology. According to the Clean Energy Patent Growth Index, GM and Honda rank No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in total fuel cell patents filed between 2002 and 2012, with more than 1,200 between them.
“This collaboration builds upon Honda and GM’s strengths as leaders in hydrogen fuel cell technology,” said Dan Akerson, GM chairman and CEO. “We are convinced this is the best way to develop this important technology, which has the potential to help reduce the dependence on petroleum and establish sustainable mobility.”
Pirelli ducks tire blow-outs responsibility Pirelli is to strengthen its tires for the German Grand Prix after a series of dangerous blow-outs at Silverstone led to calls for urgent action, the Italian manufacturer announced on Tuesday; but at the same time denied direct responsibility over the matter.
Safety concerns were expressed after Sunday's British Grand Prix when Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes, Jean-Eric Vergne of Toro Rosso and Sergio Perez of McLaren all suffered blow-outs.
In response, Pirelli said they would make the rear tires' internal belt with the high-strength synthetic fiber Kevlar instead of the usual steel to reduce temperatures and the risk of punctures.
ALMS and Grand-Am cars on the streets of NY City Things you don’t see every day: the No. 0 DeltaWing racecar from the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n sitting wheel-to-wheel with a New York City taxi; or the No. 31 Chevrolet Corvette from the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series parked alongside a cobblestone street in New York’s trendy SoHo neighborhood, directly in front of a Dyson Racing Porsche 962 from the classic days of IMSA.
But that was the scene on Tuesday night in front of the Seize sur Vingt men’s boutique on Greene St. in New York City. Cars and drivers from the ALMS, GRAND-AM Road Racing and the new IMSA-sanctioned Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series turned out in full force to promote upcoming events at Lime Rock Park, situated slightly more than 100 miles to the north in Lakeville, Conn.
COTA to offer more camping options Circuit of The Americas is offering multi-night, on-site camping options to fans during the 2013 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX, set for Nov. 15-17. Race fans can purchase dry camping spaces that include four (4) general admission tickets to the three-day sports and entertainment event. There are more than 100 spaces available for $998 per campsite (including tickets), and fans can buy additional three-day general admission tickets for $169 per person. Interested parties can purchase their dry camping ticket package now by calling 512.301.6600, Ext. 1 or visiting www.circuitoftheamericas.com.
Hungarian Grand Prix Organizers Extend Deal With F1 Despite economic and political unrest in Hungary, organizers of the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix "have reached a contract extension with F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone," according to Christian Nimmervoll of Motorsport Total. The new agreement, which secures an annual F1 Grand Prix at the Hungaroring near Budapest until '21, "has reportedly been signed by Ecclestone and organizer Peter Gerstl on June 28."
The current contract of the Hungarian race "was set to expire in '16." The contract extension "is tied to some circuit updates, such as a new asphalt for the track after this year's race, new fences along the start-finish straight and a new air conditioning system as well as modern windows for the track's medical center." In addition, the race's contract with current title sponsor Italian gas and oil company Eni is about to expire. Motorsport Total
Andrea Mame killed at Paul Ricard, Another injured (2nd Update)UPDATE #2 Automobili Lamborghini today confirmed that Autocarrozzeria Imperiale driver Andrea Solime, who was injured in a racing incident at the Paul Ricard circuit in France on Sunday, will be discharged from hospital this evening to travel home.
06/30/13 Following his accident in this morning's Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo race at the Paul Ricard circuit, Autocarrozzeria Imperiale driver Andrea Solime was airlifted to the Sainte Musse Hospital in Toulon to be attended by doctors for a number of injuries. Andrea is conscious and according to the doctors treating him, his overall condition is satisfactory and he will remain under observation for the time being.
06/30/13Le Castellet - It is with great sadness that Automobili Lamborghini confirmed that a fatal accident occurred to driver Andrea Mame in the first Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo race at Paul Ricard this morning.
Immediately following the start of the first race at 0920hrs this morning, a serious first lap accident involving five competitors caused the race to be red-flagged.
Medical and safety teams were immediately on the scene to attend to the cars involved.
New international posters released for Rush Universal Pictures has released two new int'l posters for Ron Howard's upcoming movie "Rush," which opens on Sept. 20. Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, Rush portrays the exhilarating true story of two of the greatest rivals the world has ever witnessed—handsome English playboy Hunt and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Lauda. Taking us into their personal lives on and off the track, Rush follows the two drivers as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error. If you make one mistake, you die.
Hunter-Reay nominated for 'Best Driver' ESPY Reigning IZOD IndyCar Series Champion and Andretti Autosport driver of the No. 1 DHL Chevrolet, Ryan Hunter-Reay, is nominated for an ESPY award in the Best Driver category. The 32-year-old is nominated against Formula One's Sebastian Vettel, NASCAR's Brad Keselowski and fellow IZOD IndyCar Series driver Tony Kanaan.
In 2012, Hunter-Reay became the first American to win a unified IndyCar series title since 1994 when the IZOD IndyCar Series veteran garnered a league-leading four wins and seven top-five finishes during the 15 races, clinching the title just three points over second place. The Fort Lauderdale, FL resident is the only American to visit victory lane so far in 2013 when he won at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL and at the Milwaukee IndyFest in West Allis, WI; this allowed Hunter-Reay to top off his career wins with a grand total of eleven.
Chevy To Become Title Sponsor Of NHRA's Regular-Season Finale The NHRA today announced that Chevrolet will become the title sponsor of the U.S. Nationals race at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. The Labor Day weekend event is one of the NHRA’s signature races and serves as the final event in the 18-race NHRA regular season. The NHRA receives 11 hours of coverage on ESPN2 for the event, and Chevrolet will get commercial inventory during the broadcast as well as onsite signage and display space at the venue. Mac Tools sponsored the race last year.
Legends Andretti and Sullivan Discuss Returning to Pocono
Start of the CART Pocono 500 in 1985 with Danny Sullivan in the middle of row 1
Open-wheel racing makes an historic return, after a 24-year absence, to Pocono Raceway for the Pocono INDYCAR 400 Fueled by Sunoco on Sunday, July 7. Two racing legends, and former Pocono race winners, Mario Andretti and Danny Sullivan, shared their thoughts on Pocono and what it means to have “The Tricky Triangle” back on the IZOD IndyCar Series schedule.
“Pocono Raceway holds a special place in my heart for so many reasons,” said Andretti. “In addition to being close to my home, it’s very challenging for drivers and engineers to figure out. It’s called ‘The Tricky Triangle’ for a reason. I fell in love with Pocono long before I won there in 1986. From the very beginning, 45 years ago, this was a superspeedway in my own backyard. A gem of a playground! I became friends with the Mattioli family early on and we have maintained our friendship.”
Pocono Raceway president and CEO Brandon Igdalsky expects good crowd for IndyCar race Q: How excited is Pennsylvania to host that second leg of the Fuzzy's Triple Crown.
BRANDON IGDALSKY: The fans are really excited. A lot of people around here remember Pocono before INDYCAR and we are seeing that with a lot of fans that are buying tickets and what they are telling us when they call. They are saying my dad took me and now I'm bringing my dad and my kids.
There's definitely excitement and a lot of people that grew up here in the Poconos and Northeast Pennsylvania; that's what they remember about Pocono Raceway starting off when they were kids. The staff here, some have been here for over 24 years so they remember what it's like and we have a lot of new people that have no idea. It's going to be an exciting weekend for the fans and the staff and everybody in between.
Foyt recovering from hip replacement surgery IZOD IndyCar Series team owner A.J. Foyt, who has not been to a race since the Ft. Worth event on June 8, underwent successful hip replacement surgery on his left hip July 1 in a Houston hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
Foyt had been battling pain in his left leg for most of the year. In April, he underwent a laminectomy in the lumbar region of his spine to relieve sciatic nerve pain. He had missed two races (Alabama and Long Beach, Calif.) prior to that surgery as well as the one in Sao Paulo, Brazil immediately after it.
NMPA Announces Nominees For 2014 Hall of Fame The National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) announced that there are five new candidates for its Hall of Fame. Those elected by the membership will be inducted in ceremonies in January 2014 in Charlotte, NC.
The nominees for 2104 are:
L.D. Ottinger - Two-time Sportsman champion ('74 & '75), perennial top 10 points finisher in Sportsman/Nationwide Series.
Ray Evernham - Three-time Sprint Cup Series champion crew chief for Jeff Gordon, helped bring Dodge back to NASCAR competition as a team owner in 2001, often described as greatest crew chief of all time.
Firestone changes tire spec for Pocono Race Distance: 400 miles/643.74 kilometers (160 laps on the 2.5-mile/4.023-kilometer triangular speedway oval).
Broadcast: Live – Sunday, July 7, at noon ET on ABC, IMS Radio Network, Sirius/XM Channel 211 and inydcar.com.
Firestone Firehawk Race Tires Supplied:
· The Pocono tire specification features the same left-side tire specification used at Indianapolis in May, combined with the same right-side tire spec run at Texas in June. This is a change in specification from what was run at the June 25 manufacturer/team test at Pocono. Following analysis of data from the testing, it was decided a more durable right-side tire specification is necessary for the race weekend. A total of 1,828 tires are available.
· Each entry receives three sets (12 total tires) for the July 4 open test.
· Each entry receives 13 sets (52 total tires) for the race weekend. Rookie drivers and those outside the top 10 in points receive an additional set for the first practice session only.
· Tire stagger: A single stagger of approximately 0.33 of an inch is available for all teams. Stagger is created by molding the right rear tire with a larger diameter than the left rear and helps racecars turn more naturally and smoothly on oval tracks.
From Dale Harrigle, Chief Engineer, Firestone Racing: “I am proud of the way everyone at Firestone Racing reacted so quickly to make this change of tire specification. The decision was made to provide our best tires possible to adapt to the track and conditions expected on race weekend. The Pocono open test this week will give teams an opportunity to try out the race set-up, so that they are familiar with its performance characteristics before the official event weekend commences.”
Firestone Racing/Pocono Raceway Fact: While IndyCars have raced at Pocono as recently as 1989, Firestone Racing has not competed there in nearly four decades. Firestone raced at the first four Pocono events under U.S. Auto Club sanctioning from 1971-1974, with Joe Leonard driving his Vel’s/Parnelli Jones “Super Team” car to victory on Firestone tires in 1972. Firestone PR
IndyCar heads back to Pocono this weekend after a more than two decade absence The Pocono INDYCAR 400 Fueled by Sunoco will mark the first open-wheel race at Pocono Raceway since 1989. The 2.5-mile oval hosted Indy car races from 1971 to 1989 with drivers such as A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears, Al Unser, Mario Andretti and Johnny Rutherford capturing wins.
Other past winners include Mark Donohue (1971), Joe Leonard (1972), A.J. Foyt (1973, 1975, 1979 and 1981), Johnny Rutherford (1974), Al Unser (1976 and 1978), Tom Sneva (1977), Bobby Unser (1980), Rick Mears (1982, 1985, 1987), Teo Fabi (1983), Danny Sullivan (1984 and 1989), Mario Andretti (1986) and Bobby Rahal (1988).
Vodafone, EE In Dispute Over Ads Displayed On McLaren Car During British F1 GP Vodafone and EE "became embroiled in a war of words at the British Grand Prix over the weekend, after fellow mobile operator EE demanded Vodafone remove what it claims was an ad promoting 'Ultrafast 4G' from the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes cars," according to Alex Brownsell of MARKETING MAGAZINE. A Vodafone spokesperson said that the company was contacted on Friday by EE Chief of Brand & Communications Steven Day, who demanded that the company "garage" McLaren’s F1 drivers Jenson Button and Sergio Perez and remove the "Ultrafast 4G" branding. The spokesperson said, "This is sponsorship, not advertising. We’re using the car to build further awareness of our forthcoming Ultrafast 4G service. It’s a ‘static promotion,' albeit on a car that can travel at over 200mph." Marketing Magazine
Alexander Rossi is driving in GP2 this year with backmarker Caterham
As Formula One’s interest in America continues to grow and thrive thanks to the return of the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas, the one piece missing from the jigsaw is a driver from the US. Currently, Alexander Rossi is the only American driver with an FIA superlicense required to race in Formula One, taking part in tests and practice sessions for Caterham F1 Team as their reserve driver, making him well-placed to secure a full-time drive in the future. At the British GP, Alexander sat down with NBC Sports to give his view on F1 in the USA, the new track at New Jersey and his aspirations for 2014.
Pirelli switch to Kevlar belts in tires after drivers' threat to boycott German Under-fire manufacturer Pirelli will almost certainly use its Kevlar-belt tires in Germany this weekend as it seeks to address the safety issues arising out of Sunday’s British Grand Prix, Telegraph Sport understands.
Drivers had threatened to boycott the race at the Nürburgring unless modifications were made to the tires after five cars suffered tire blow-outs at Silverstone, some of them while travelling at speeds approaching 200mph. Red Bull’s Mark Webber likened the racing to Russian roulette, with nobody sure who was going to be next to suffer a potentially catastrophic failure.
Right down the middle, Alex Tagliani reports, is where the ceremonial first pitch that he delivered before the Toronto Blue Jays hosted the Detroit Tigers at Rogers Centre on July 1 traveled.
The IZOD IndyCar Series driver, who will compete in the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader at Exhibition Place on July 13-14, joined the Blue Jays in celebrating Canada Day by donning special red jerseys for the country's 146th birthday.
"My goal was to not bounce it before the plate," the driver of the No. 98 Barracuda Racing car said. "Trust me, I have seen all the worst first pitches that made it on YouTube and I didn't want to get there. It was absolutely a thrilling feeling on Canada Day to throw the first pitch to (Blue Jays left-handed pitcher) Mark Buehrle, a race fan. He signed the ball for me and he would have been invited to our pit for the Toronto races if the Blue Jays were in town.
Briscoe to balance races at Pocono, Lime Rock on Holiday weekend: The Fourth of July weekend will be eventful for National Guard Panther Racing driver Ryan Briscoe, who will sandwich an ALMS race at Lime Rock Park in between testing and competing in the Pocono INDYCAR 400 Fueled by Sunoco on July 7.
Briscoe, who tested the team's No. 4 Chevrolet at Pocono on June 25 will miss on-track activity on July 6 and not make a qualification attempt.
Fuzzy's Triple Crown bonus solely in Kanaan's hands: There are a million reasons why Tony Kanaan needs to win the Pocono INDYCAR 400 Fueled by Sunoco on July 7
As the Indianapolis 500 winner Kanaan can earn a $1 million bonus if he can sweep the superspeedway races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Pocono Raceway and Auto Club Speedway on Oct. 19 and complete the Fuzzy's Triple Crown. A potential consolation for Kanaan and others is a $250,000 bonus for winning two of the three.
FIA to allow race drivers at Silverstone test Governing body the FIA has confirmed changes to the format of this month's Young Driver Test at Silverstone, with race drivers being cleared to take part. The decision follows a spate of tire failures suffered at the British Grand Prix.
Multiple left-rear blow-outs were experienced during Sunday's race, while cuts were discovered on a number of tires, including those of ultimate winner Nico Rosberg. This led to safety concerns being raised, with the FIA vowing to find a quick solution.
Silverstone opens doors to public for test The upcoming Young Driver Test (YDT) at Silverstone will now be open to the public, following successful talks with the Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA).
The event, which had originally been due to take place behind closed doors, will run from July 17-19, with three-day and single-day tickets available to purchase.
Mercedes has been banned from the YDT following its private post-Spanish Grand Prix test with Pirelli, while certain team bosses are currently lobbying for regular drivers to be permitted to further aid the Italian manufacturer with its problems.
Silverstone has also confirmed an attendance of 120,000 for Sunday's Grand Prix, approximately seven thousand lower than its record-breaking figure set in 2012.
IndyCar updates Pocono aero specification INDYCAR announced today that it has updated the aerodynamic specifications for the July 7 IZOD IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway.
After seeking feedback from drivers, engineers and teams on various configurations during testing, INDYCAR officials updated Rule 18.104.22.168 as listed in the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series rulebook, adding the underwing strake to the list of optional parts for the Pocono aerodynamic specification to create more downforce.
Two teams to test at Indy Earnhardt Ganassi Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing are scheduled to test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for the Crown Royal presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard on Monday and Tuesday (July 1st and 2nd). The IMS Facebook page says testing is open to the public.
Hamlin says back is fine, plans to run full season When Denny Hamlin clobbered the Turn 4 wall at Kentucky Speedway on Sunday, the first thought of most who watched had to be, "Oh, no, not the back." Fortunately, there was no basis for concern for the driver who had missed four races earlier this season because of a compression fracture of his first lumbar vertebra. The impact on Lap 147 of the Quaker State 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was severe, and Hamlin was shaken up, but his back was fine. Team owner Joe Gibbs visited Hamlin in the infield care center after the wreck. Hamlin was released shortly thereafter. "I think our cars are so safe, and to show you, in 22 years, we've only had one person miss a race, and that was Denny, when he had the problem earlier this year," Gibbs told the NASCAR Wire Service. "So to be quite truthful, I didn't see it, so I was just going back, and I didn't realize he hit that hard. And so when I got back there (to the garage), he said, 'Man, I've got a headache, like you wouldn't believe.' And he banged his knee on the inside (of the car). Then we went to the care center, and right away, he said, "I started feeling better and better and better." On Monday, Hamlin plans to go ahead with a scheduled test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "They called the doctor over there, he's going to take a look at him before he gets in the car, but I think we are in good shape there," Gibbs said. NASCAR Wire Service
Sebastien Loeb and the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak set new record
Loeb finishes at the top in record time
After months of anticipation, Sebastien Loeb has shattered the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb record with a breath-taking time of 8m13.878s in the 208 T16 Pikes Peak. The Frenchman negotiated the 20 kilometers and 156 corners of the mountain at an average speed of 145kph.
Loeb’s time blitzed the previous best of 9m46.164s, set by Rhys Millen last year, with the top three finishers all beating the 2012 record. “For me, this was the race of the year, ” said Loeb at the finish, 4300 meters high in the Rocky Mountains. “At the beginning of my run there was a bit of pressure for sure because I knew there was so much work and investment from Peugeot and all the partners. Now, after all the practice, it was just down to me and I had to perform.”
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