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07/02/10
nassprint

New Ford NASCAR engine a lemon
When Chevy introduces a new engine in NASCAR it is immediately on the pace.  Ford has been trying to make their FB9 engine competitive for a year now and the results still are not there.

The Ford FR9 engine that blew at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last Sunday likely was the result of Roush Yates Engines taking too big a risk with the valve train, said engine builder/co-owner Doug Yates.  Kasey Kahne led 110 laps but went down a cylinder and finally blew up with 65 laps remaining in the 301-lap race. It was the first blown FR9 engine during the major roll out of the engine in the last month.

“The good news is we were really competitive and looked like we had a car and an engine package that could win the race,” Yates said Friday at Daytona International Speedway. “That’s really encouraging.

“I think we’re guilty of maybe trying a little bit hard with some things that we were pushing the limits. We feel like we understand the failure mode. … It’s not a widespread epidemic. It’s something that we understand and can control going forward.”

Kahne was one of only two cars with the FR9 engine at New Hampshire - only two because the engine just does not have it.  Ford should hire Chevy to design their engines.

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07/02/10
f1

Red Bull give Newey a F1 car
Red Bull have given technical head Adrian Newey a race-winning Formula One car of his own as a thank you present for turning them into a title-chasing team.

The team said last year's RB5 car, handed over at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on Friday for the Briton to drive up the hill, was in appreciation of Newey's achievements since Formula One's top designer joined them in 2006.

"It's a really significant car for us, as it's the first model type that won six races for Red Bull Racing last year," said team boss Christian Horner.

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07/02/10
irl

Brazilian drivers dismayed by soccer loss
When Brazil was eliminated Friday by Netherlands at the World Cup, it made for an unhappy day in the hospitality tent at Watkins Glen International where all six Brazilian IndyCar drivers reacted to Wesley Sneijder's decisive goal with dismay.

"It's sad to be away from my home country, but at least we have a little bit of Brazil here at the racetrack," said Helio Castroneves, who was second-fastest behind Penske teammate Ryan Briscoe in Friday's lone practice session at The Glen. "And we're all together."

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07/02/10
nassprint

Daytona Cup qualifying rained out
Sprint Cup points leader Kevin Harvick will start from the pole for Saturday's race at Daytona International Speedway after Friday's qualifying was rained out.

Only 12 cars completed qualifying laps before showers washed out the session. Sam Hornish Jr. turned the fastest lap, but he will start 29th based on points.

Four-time defending series champion Jimmie Johnson will start on the outside of the first row. Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch rounded out the first three rows.

Michael McDowell and Todd Bodine failed to qualify. Rain also washed out qualifying at Daytona last July.

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07/02/10
motogp

MotoGP Catalunya - Free Practice
Fresh from consecutive wins at the last two races, Jorge Lorenzo continued his blistering run of form today by topping the time sheets on day one at Montmelo�, his home track. Wataru Yoshikawa joined him on the other side of the garage, the Japanese filling in for the injured Valentino Rossi.

In keeping with his recent trend, Lorenzo went to the top of the standings early on in the session and remained there throughout, completing 27 laps despite punishing temperatures in excess of 35 degrees. Despite the impressive lap times the Mallorcan, who lives just down the road in Barcelona, found he was lacking some rear grip on his M1 and he and his crew will concentrate on improving this tomorrow. He finished the day 0.153 seconds ahead of Casey Stoner.

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07/02/10
nnw

Penske Dodge Challengers 1-2 in Nationwide qualifying
Brad Keselowski won the first pole with the new NASCAR Nationwide car for tonight's Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

"Man, what a fast car," he said. "I'm really proud of everyone who helps put this Nationwide Discount Tire Dodge Challenger together. It's an awesome race car. Our car is really fast and it's a total team effort."

Keselowski ran a fast lap of 183.031 mph in his Penske Racing Dodge Challenger and will be joined on the front row by teammate Parker Kligerman. It's the fourth pole for Keselowski this season and seventh of his career.

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07/02/10
irl

Watkins Glen: Briscoe tops Friday practice
Penske Racing's Ryan Briscoe and Helio Castroneves were 1-2 in Friday practice for this weekend's Indy Car race at Watkins Glen.  While the times are still some 3.5 seconds off of last year's pole, the times should be faster tomorrow when more rubber is laid down.

This is the first time Briscoe topped the charts on a road course this year.  "This is my favorite track, I hope it stays on the schedule," said Briscoe.

Scott Dixon, Dan Wheldon and Justin Wilson rounded out the top-5.

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07/02/10
f2

Benjamin Bailly doubles up
Zolder race winner Benjamin Bailly continued his run of excellent form by topping both free practice sessions on the opening day of Formula Two’s fifth event of the season at Portimão.

The Belgian dominated the first session to finish more than eight tenths clear of the field, and continued his good run to top session two in the early stages before improving his time even further in the latter stages.

A flurry of late flying laps in the second session saw Jack Clarke come closest to matching Bailly. Like Bailly, Clarke has also been in good form after equaling his best ever result with fourth place in Belgium last time out. The 22-year-old put in a number of consistent laps during the second session - eventually finishing just 0.034s short of Bailly's benchmark.

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07/02/10
automotive

GM's Auto Sales in China Top US for First Time
General Motors' first-half sales in China, the world's biggest auto market, exceeded sales in its home U.S. market for the first time, according to data released on Friday.

GM's China auto sales jumped 48.5 percent to 1.21 million units in January through June, compared with the 1.08 million light vehicles it delivered in the U.S. over the same period, company data showed.

China overtook the U.S. as the world's top auto market in 2009, helped by government incentives and a 4 trillion yuan ($590 billion) economic stimulus package.

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07/02/10
track news

Workers repair Daytona track patch UPDATE According to Daytona officials, "During an inspection by Daytona engineers after Thursday track activity an area of approx 1' x 4.5' in Turn 2 was repaired as a precautionary measure. Our track inspections will continue throughout the weekend and we will make any other repairs deemed necessary. The event schedule was not impacted and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series cars were on track this morning at 8 a.m. as scheduled."

07/02/10 On Thursday night track workers were diligently attempting to repair the patch between turns one and two, which was formed during February's debacle that halted action twice for a total of 2 hours and 25 minutes as asphalt crumbled from the surface. According to fans camped near the patch, workers appeared prior to the first Nationwide Series practice Thursday morning. Johnny Grainger, 57, of Deltona said representatives from Daytona International Speedway explained the workers were covering the patch with concrete and then grinding the surface around a square area where the cars were bottoming out throughout the practice sessions. Grainger added that the workers returned shortly after Happy Hour ended around 8 p.m. By 10 p.m., 11 vehicles along with a trailer surrounded the area as workers continued to address it. Although track officials denied there was any problem with the surface and NASCAR representatives were unaware of any issues, from the infield fence there was clearly visible a three- to four-foot hole in the patched area. Additional calls to Daytona and International Speedway Corp. were not returned Thursday night. Fox Sports

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07/02/10
track news

SAFER Barrier added at Watkins Glen
Several safety improvements were made to the Watkins Glen International circuit in the off-season.

Paved runoff areas designed to give drivers a better chance to recover from an off-course excursion were added to the Inner Loop and Turn 10 areas. They replaced the gravel traps that tended to snare the cars, bringing out caution periods to remove them.

Steel and Foam Energy Recovery (SAFER) barriers have also replaced the previous tire walls in the Inner Loop and Turn 11.

The Turn 11 SAFER barrier could be put to the test this weekend on more than one occasion. It was installed several feet closer to the track than the existing guardrail, effectively reducing the runoff area at the exit of the corner. The drivers may have to adapt their exit lines with the barrier's proximity to the track edge.

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07/02/10
f1

Adrian Newey on Silverstone and Valencia
Last year at Silverstone when Red Bull racing’s Sebastian Vettel won and teammate Mark Webber joined him on the podium, collecting the Constructors trophy for Red Bull Racing was their chief technical officer Adrian Newey.

The team’s official website spoke with him ahead of the British Grand Prix and asked him about Silverstone and the win and crash in Valencia …

“We are really looking forward to our home race at Silverstone. Red Bull Racing is just 30 minutes down the road and naturally a lot of our staff get the chance to see the race. It is difficult to forecast how we will perform; there are so many variables such as track temperatures, so many swings in team performances,” Adrian said. 

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07/02/10
f1

Whitmarsh backs Todt's non-reaction to Alonso outburst
(GMM)  Martin Whitmarsh has backed the FIA's decision to take no action against Fernando Alonso.

In the immediate aftermath of last Sunday's European grand prix, the enraged Ferrari driver accused the governing body of "manipulation" in issuing a drive-through penalty that still allowed McLaren's Lewis Hamilton to finish second.

In the past, during Max Mosley's long reign, the comments would have almost certainly attracted a disrepute charge, but new president Jean Todt let the incident pass with nothing more than a partial retraction by the Spaniard.

And while, in the past, the comments would also have triggered hostilities between long-time rivals McLaren and Ferrari, the British team's boss Whitmarsh said Alonso's outburst "doesn't worry me".

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07/02/10
automotive

Mazda Sales Soar in June
Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported a sizzling 32.8 percent sales increase for June 2010, with 18,238 vehicles sold. Through the first half of the year, MNAO has sold 115,719 vehicles and is outpacing last year's sales at this time by 15.3 percent, up 16.0 percent on a DSR basis (151 selling days thus far in 2010, compared to 152 in 2009).

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07/02/10
f1

Glock keeps 'eyes open' amid season at the back
(GMM)  Timo Glock has admitted he is keeping his "eyes open" as the 2011 driver market unfolds.

The German revealed earlier this year that he opted to switch to Virgin even though Renault and Sauber were also options.

Glock, 27, said that at the time he made his choice, the futures of the aforementioned teams looked much dicier than Virgin's, the struggling new British team.

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07/02/10
f1

Webber admits F1 'hunger' might not last
(GMM)  Mark Webber has admitted he might not be "hungry enough" to extend his career beyond 2011.

The Australian has signed on with Red Bull for another season, with some suggesting the short contract extension is a sign of slight tension between him and the Austrian-owned team.

But Webber, 33, insists he only wanted to commit for one more year.

"I am taking each year as it comes now," he is quoted by Auto Bild Motorsport.

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07/02/10
f1

Rosberg 'angry' about Mercedes' 'backwards' progress UPDATE (GMM)  A Mercedes spokesman on Friday said quotes attributed to Nico Rosberg by a German tabloid newspaper were taken out of context.

25-year-old Mercedes GP driver Rosberg reportedly said the 2010 car was a "disaster", while he is "angry" about the "backwards" development of the W01.

Nico Rosberg
But the spokesman, revealing that he has spoken to Rosberg who is upset about the newspaper's sensationalism, insisted that the German has "nothing but admiration" for both Mercedes and team boss Ross Brawn.

Rosberg, currently seventh in the drivers' world championship, is also "completely happy with the Silver Arrows team", the Mercedes-Benz Motorsport spokesman added.

07/02/10 (GMM)  Nico Rosberg has described the W01 as a "disaster", as Mercedes moves closer to abandoning development of its 2010 car.  The 25-year-old German again outqualified his famous teammate Michael Schumacher at Valencia, but his prize was a mere twelfth on the grid.

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07/02/10
motogp

Rossi plan return to MotoGP
A compound fracture of his lower right leg apparently won't keep Valentino Rossi out of next month's MotoGP race at IMS.

The seven-time world champion recently said he hopes to return to competition in time for the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic on Aug. 15. The Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix is Aug. 27-29.

His injury came in a vicious, high-side crash June 5 during the Italian Grand Prix.

"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," he said in comments distributed by IMS officials.

Rossi's Fiat Yamaha teammate, Jorge Lorenzo, has won two of the three races during Rossi's absence and leads the season standings. The Spaniard, who won in Indy last year, will be the crowd favorite for Sunday's race in Catalunya, Spain (8 a.m., Speed). Indianapolis Star

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07/02/10
irl

Earlier start possible for Indy 500 to accommodate $20 million bonus
An earlier starting time for the Indianapolis 500 to accommodate drivers wishing to compete in it and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 on the same day is likely to happen, Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO Jeff Belskus said this week.

"We're inclined to change our starting time," Belskus said. "We do want to try to make it happen."

Belskus said ABC, which owns television rights to the 500, has been consulted and hasn't indicated it would oppose a switch to 11 a.m. from the current 1 p.m.

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07/02/10
nnw

New Ford may cause crashfest in Daytona
A major league crash-fest appears to be shaping up for Friday night's Nationwide 250, drivers and crew chiefs worry, after first rounds of practice.

The new Nationwide cars have very little downforce, they complain.

"This is a very tough place to bring out a new race car," Greg Biffle says. "I love driving Nationwide races, but I'm glad I'm sitting this one out.

"This track is really slick and hot in July, and even the Cup cars are a stinking handful. I've raced some Nationwide races here in the summer, and this is by far the toughest track for that. Remember when Dale Earnhardt Jr. even ran away from the field? We never seen that in plate races..."

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07/02/10
nassprint

Day two crashin and bangin at Daytona
How fast is too fast?

Well, they don't run 210 mph like they used to here, but drivers are fast, on a hot, slick track, as they warm up for Saturday night's Coke 400 at soon-to-be-repaved Daytona International Speedway.

This will be the first race here in several years with the old flat-blade spoiler, and NASCAR is giving teams a very large restrictor plate, to make up for the extra drag with extra horsepower.

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07/02/10
nassprint

NASCAR announces 2011 HOF nominees
NASCAR announced the list of 25 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame's second induction class. From that list, five inductees will be chosen. The 2011 inductee class will be announced in October and honored next year at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. This year's inaugural induction class consisted of Dale Earnhardt, Junior Johnson, Bill France Jr., Bill France Sr. and Richard Petty. The second round of nominees, which again includes many of the sport's legendary names, were selected by a 21-person nominating committee consisting of representatives from NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and track owners from both major facilities and historic short tracks. The committee's votes were tabulated by accounting firm Ernst & Young. Joining the 21-person committee this year is Jody Deery, owner of acclaimed quarter-mile short track Rockford (Ill.) Speedway. She replaces Tom Blackwell, former owner of Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway, who passed away in April. The HOF's inductees will be determined by the Voting Panel, which has 53 members - the entire Nominating Committee, media members, manufacturer representatives, retired competitors (drivers, owners, crew chiefs) and recognized industry leaders. In addition, the fan vote will result in the Voting Panel's 53rd and final ballot. Four new members will join the Voting Panel this year: Richard Petty, Kyle Petty of TNT, legendary media member Chris Economaki, and Jim Campbell of Chevrolet. Following are the 25 nominees:

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07/02/10
f1

Webber proves fitness with Central London pitstop
As Big Ben struck 6am, Mark Webber showed he’s made a full recovery after last Sunday’s crash in Valencia by roaring up to the gates of the Houses of Parliament in London in his Red Bull RacingF1 car, where the Red Bull pit crew were waiting to practice a full Formula One pit stop

With a week to go until the British Grand Prix rolls into Silverstone, Webber and the full Red Bull pit team stunned onlookers and commuters on Parliament Square as they warmed up for next week’s championship showdown with a 3.2 second pit stop

Webber, who last weekend in Valencia walked away unscathed from one of the most horrific crashes in recent years, thanks to the strength of his Red Bull Racing F1 car, jumped at the chance to show off his driving skills to the unsuspecting British public

This year has once again thrown up some interesting rule changes so any practice the team can get is going to make a difference, no matter where it is.” Jonathan Wheatley, Red Bull Racing Team Manager added: “As a team, we practice and perform pit stops in all sorts of conditions around the world but this has been a really unique experience, one I imagine won’t be repeated. We’ve only got a week to go before Silverstone so what better way to practice under pressure than outside the Houses of Parliament.”

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07/02/10
f1

Michelin 'disappointed' with F1's proposal snub
(GMM)  Michelin is "disappointed" with F1's decision to snub its proposal to return to formula one in 2011.

Although an official application was not lodged, the French marque did engage in detailed talks with teams, FOM and the FIA about replacing the departing Bridgestone.

But Michelin was asking for key rule changes, including the scrapping of the single tire supplier policy, and - as revealed by racing boss Nick Shorrock - measures to demonstrate "respect for the environment".

F1 has instead opted for Pirelli tires, with no changes to the rules.

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