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07/04/11
f1
Austin track construction update  A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, I went to check out the Austin F1 track Sunday with my daughter. It was very impressive! Lots and lots of dirt has been moved. We managed to get all the way around it, but there aren't many places where you can get a clear view without getting on private property.

The photos below show the end of the main straight leading into Turn 1 in the red circle in the first photo. A close up of it is photo 2. Look at that elevation change. I really feel this is going to be a terrific track. Kerry Vincent

07/04/11
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Martin Denies Rumors of Ownership Interest  
Mark Martin
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Mark Martin joined Dave Despain Sunday on Wind Tunnel and debunked rumors he is interested in becoming a NASCAR team owner upon his departure from Hendrick Motorsports at the end of the season.  Following are excerpts from the interview:

Despain: Do you want to be an owner in NASCAR?

Martin: “No, Dave, I don’t.  I am very interested and would love to commit to Jay Frye (Red Bull Racing vice president and general manager) and that organization to help Jay move forward and rebuild that organization in all forms.  There‘s a lot of things I want to do in the sport still, including driving race cars, and outside of driving race cars. But as an equity owner, I can’t see it happening anywhere.  I’m not interested in doing that.” More ...

07/04/11
motogp
Stoner breaks Mugello circuit record  The Repsol Honda Team were back at the Mugello circuit this morning for the last test of the season with the 800cc RC212V.

All three riders tested a new swing arm and then followed their own testing schedules.

Casey Stoner was the first Repsol Honda rider to exit the garage, 15 minutes after the track was opened. The Australian rider who had a small crash in the morning session, completed forty-seven laps and set a new circuit record of 1'47.326 on his penultimate lap, seven tenths faster than his pole position time set here on Saturday. In addition to the swing arm, Casey tested a new Bridgestone front tire as well as some other smaller set up issues on his RC212V. More ...

07/04/11
f1
F1's Marussia Virgin Racing partners with McLaren  UPDATE
With the loss of Williams to Renault, the Marussia Virgin team becomes one of Cosworth's top teams
Cosworth Group would like to extend its congratulations to Marussia Virgin Racing following this morning’s announcement of its long-term Technical Partnership with McLaren Applied Technologies and acquisition of the Formula One business of WRT.

As a result of this tie-in, Cosworth is looking forward to working with Marussia Virgin Racing and McLaren Applied Technologies to optimize the benefits of this new partnership and help the Anglo-Russian team achieve its goals in Formula One. Cosworth has worked with Marussia Motors on its road car program since September 2009, and was instrumental in introducing the company into its initial partnership with Virgin Racing.

Cosworth is therefore pleased to be part of this exciting new phase of the Marussia Virgin Racing program, announced ahead of the ‘home’ Grand Prix at Silverstone this weekend for both Cosworth and the team. More ...
07/04/11
f1
Q and A with Adam Parr on Williams switch to Renault  
Q. Williams F1 have confirmed a return to Renault engines. How many years is the initial partnership for and what can you tell us about the terms of the agreement?
AP: This partnership is for the long-term. It will see Renault provide Williams with its championship-winning RS27 V8 engines for 2012 and 2013. Meanwhile we are already working on an extension for the new engine formula which arrives in 2014.

Q. Why did Williams F1 choose Renault?
AP: Renault is serious about success and so are we. They compete in Formula One because it’s at the cutting edge of developing technologies and because it is the pinnacle of motorsport. This is also why we compete in the sport and together we believe we can return AT&T Williams to our former competitiveness. More ...
07/04/11
f1
Williams switches to Renault power for 2012  
(GMM)  Williams will become Renault's fourth formula one engine customer in 2012, the British team and the French marque announced on Monday.

Both sides said the deal covers the 2012 and 2013 seasons and possibly also 2014 and beyond when the sport switches to turbo V6s.

"We are already working on an extension for the new engine formula," confirmed Williams chief executive Adam Parr.

Williams, struggling this season with Cosworth power, won its last title with works Renault power in 1997.

"Williams has recently taken several important steps, both commercially and technically, to update its operations and we feel that this partnership is another important step in its rigorous plan," said Renault Sport F1 president Bernard Rey.

07/04/11
f1
Abu Dhabi delays F1 layout tweak until 2012  (GMM)  Organizers of the Abu Dhabi grand prix have decided against immediately tweaking the layout of its formula one circuit.

Changes were considered after last year's processional season finale as Yas Marina, but postponed when the Pirelli tires and 'DRS' system contributed to more exciting races so far in 2011.

"We (have) decided, rather than spend a whole lot of money making these changes, we'll wait and see how 2011 goes first," chief executive Richard Cregan told The National.

He said plans to amend the circuit can be easily rolled out in the future as they have been finalized and approved by designer Hermann Tilke.

"The plans are effectively postponed until we see how things go at this year's race," confirmed Cregan.

07/04/11
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Monday  UPDATE Updates shown in Red below.

07/04/11
  • Adrian Sutil
    Button fit for Silverstone despite knee injury
  • Pollock pushing ahead despite F1 engine u-turn
  • 'Hard to say' if di Resta faster - Sutil
  • No regrets after saying no to Red Bull seat - Alonso
  • Barrichello demands 'big' progress for 2012
  • Alonso also working towards pilot's license
  • Webber struggle surprises rivals Button, Heidfeld
  • Williams to evaluate two diffusers at Silverstone New
  • New engines will be ‘cool’, says Brawn New
  • Disney, Pixar’s ‘Cars 2’ Movie Teams Up with Marussia Virgin Racing New More ...
07/04/11
lmes
Doubles for Ferrari and Peugeot  UPDATE Following the disqualification of Porsche No. 63 (Proton Competition, led by Long and Roda) for an excessive period of steering of one the pilots, the rankings of the six hours from Imola as well as the Manufacturers categories LM GTE and LM GTE Am Teams, have been changed.

Revised Results

07/03/11 Taking revenge for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the French team achieved a double victory at the finish of the 6 hours of Imola with Bourdais and Davidson in first place. The two R18 taking third and fourth places, Audi are losing ground in the ILMC standings. In GTE this time another double victory but this time two Ferraris after a fierce dual with BMW.
 
At noon in sweltering heat (over 30 degrees in the shade) the grid took the start of the fourth round of ILMC 2011. Sebastien Bourdais (Peugeot), who started from the pole position was chased by Marcel Fässler (Audi), but despite heavy traffic, he managed to contain the onslaught of the winner of 24 Hours of Le Mans. More ...
07/04/11
tv news
Wind Tunnel - July  A few more guests to the July line-up for Wind Tunnel. Notice on 7/17, Don Garlits and Darrell Gwynn will both in the Wind Tunnel studio with Dave Despain that night to talk about their recent match-races. Chris Carr will also be in the Wind Tunnel studio that night but for a separate interview.

Sunday 7/10/2011

Featured Interview Roger Penske (Owner, Penske Racing)
Featured Interview Zak Brown (Founder & CEO, Just Marketing International)

Sunday 7/17/2011

Featured Interview Chris Carr (7-time AMA Grand National Flat Track Champion)
Featured Interview Don Garlits & Darrell Gwynn (NHRA Drag Racing Champions)

Sunday 7/24/2011

Guest Host Randy Pemberton (SPEED NASCAR Reporter)
Featured Interview TBA

Sunday 7/31/2011

Guest Host Robin Miller (SPEED Open Wheel Racing Reporter)
Guest Co-Host Dario Franchitti (3-time IndyCar Series Champion)
Featured Interview TBA

07/03/11
irl
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50,000 tickets already sold for Baltimore Grand Prix  Two months from Baltimore's race weekend, Castroneves said he is hearing a lot of positive chatter about the race from drivers and sponsors. And race promoter Jay Davidson said the event is on course in terms of track preparation, ticket sales and corporate hospitality and sponsorships.

The track roadwork that has snarled downtown traffic this summer is likely to continue right up to race weekend as the paving gives way to track setup late next month. But the course, the paving and design have been given a thumbs-up by IndyCar Series inspectors, who have visited the city twice over the past two months to make sure the course meets track requirements.

"They're right on schedule, and I don't foresee any problems," said Tony Cotman, president of NZR Consulting, which works with the IndyCar Series on new track designs. "In about two to three weeks, they'll begin to build the track. They'll start placing temporary barriers and begin outlining the course on the outside, and people will begin to see it take shape. The disruptions won't be as bad as the paving has been. But there will be a lot of night work and lane closures. Morning commutes will be disrupted. But it leads to what makes street racing unique, and it is absolutely worth it in the long term for the city and the economic impact of the future. More ...

07/03/11
f1
Renault helping Bruno Senna develop as a driver  
Bruno Senna
Bruno Senna says he hopes to have a 2012 race seat lined up by the end of the current season.  Senna is currently the Renault test driver having moved to the team following a year racing with HRT in 2010. Having already raced on the Formula One grid last season Senna admitted that he had to have a degree of patience, but said he was planning to get his future confirmed by the end of the year.

"I want to be racing for as long as I can be racing for," Senna told ESPNF1 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. "But in Formula One hopefully I'll be sorted out by the end of the year, that's the plan. And then we'll see; that's the hope." More ...

07/03/11
f1
Ecclestone to sue if F1 loses distinctive sound  
Bernie Ecclestone - you mess with my F1 sound and I'll mess with you
(GMM)  Bernie Ecclestone has threatened to step up his concerns about F1's future engine configuration by suing the governing FIA.

Although the teams and engine makers, concerned about the original four-cylinder regulations for 2013, have agreed a compromise in the form of a V6 specification for 2014, F1's chief executive and many key circuits remain unhappy.

Fearing the V6s will not sound as good as the current V8s, the circuit promoters last week threatened to boycott F1 in favor of hosting IndyCar events.

And according to The Independent, Ecclestone is now threatening to sue the Jean Todt-led FIA. More ...

07/03/11
motogp
Mugello extends MotoGP deal  
mugello extends motogp deal
Mugello
Dorna Sports S.L and the Mugello circuit have reached agreement on a new five-year deal, meaning the Italian Grand Prix will continue to be held at the Tuscan circuit until at least 2016.

The circuit, which first featured on the World Championship calendar in 1976 and has held a Grand Prix event continually since 1991, has become one of the landmark features on the MotoGP schedule and welcomed the 2011 Gran Premio d’Italia with a brand new grandstand and resurfaced track.

Having hosted a GP event every year since the introduction of the four-stroke MotoGP formula in 2002, Mugello will also play host to the new 1000cc capacity prototypes which will make up the MotoGP grid in 2012. More ...

07/03/11
motogp
Lorenzo rides to second victory of 2011 at Mugello  A fantastic race saw Jorge Lorenzo stalk down Casey Stoner to clinch his second win of the season at the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM, while Andrea Dovizioso passed his team mate on the last lap to finish second. Stoner started from pole position to break from the field early and looked set to have victory in the bag, until with 9 laps remaining, Lorenzo began to chip away at the Australian’s more than 2 second lead, finally catching and taking over the lead with six laps to go. The Spaniard’s win closes the World Championship standing lead of Casey Stoner to 19 points. More ...
07/03/11
dtm
Spengler and Green secure 1-2 for Mercedes-Benz at wet Norisring  
Bruno Spengler
Mercedes-Benz scored a 1-2 in the fifth DTM season round at Norisring. At the only street circuit on the DTM calendar, Canadian Bruno Spengler won from his fellow Mercedes-Benz driver Jamie Green (GB). With his second victory of the season, Spengler also claimed back the lead in the points’ standings. German Martin Tomczyk (Audi) completed the podium, having moved up from tenth on the grid to finish third. Behind Timo Scheider (D) and Italian Edoardo Mortara (both Audi), Ralf Schumacher (Mercedes-Benz) ended up sixth. The race at the 2.3 kilometers long street circuit was stopped after 65 laps due to continuing heavy rain. More ...
07/03/11
wsr
Jean-Eric Vergne wins again, takes point lead  
Jean-Eric Vergne
Jean-Eric Vergne recorded his second victory of the weekend at the Hungaroring on Sunday afternoon, moving four points ahead of pre-event championship leader Robert Wickens. The Frenchman made a strong start and immediately grabbed the lead, controlling the race from the offset. Post-race penalties promoted Albert Costa to second, while Adam Carroll scored his first podium finish in the category.

Sergio Canamasas got away cleanly his pole position grid slot, but failed hold Vergne back into Turn 1. Drama quickly ensued in the midfield, with André Negrão running into the back of Sten Pentus soon after the lights went out, sending both men out of the race. The Safety Car was quickly deployed as a result, with marshals clearing up debris that was scattered over the circuit during the incident. More ...

07/03/11
irl
Tuning 2012 IndyCar engine regulations  Trevor Knowles is elbows-deep in compressors and injectors. Not literally, mind you. But with three manufacturers developing their own V6 engines for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series car, the director of engine development for INDYCAR is immersed in working with Honda, Chevrolet and Lotus on the time-sensitive project.

Knowles also will develop the rules and performance standards.

“With three engine manufacturers coming on board for 2012, the task of managing the introduction of three new engines – and they all are brand new bespoke engines – homologation requirements, new regulations and the subsequent management of those requirements is going to require not just a single person but a dedicated team that’s engine-focused," INDYCAR vice president of technology Will Phillips said. More ...

07/03/11
nassprint
Speed gets lien against Red Bull team  Former Red Bull Racing driver Scott Speed has obtained an order of attachment against the team, placing a lien on its real property in North Carolina until Speed's lawsuit against the team is resolved. The order, covering the Red Bull shop in Mooresville, N.C., and the property on which it sits, was served Tuesday.

The property was purchased for approximately $3.3 million. Such orders can be issued only in very limited circumstances in North Carolina. After Red Bull fired Speed, he sued the organization in December, claiming breach of contract and seeking damages of at least $6.5 million. In March, an N.C. judge denied Red Bull's request to dismiss the suit. A discovery motion in Speed's case is scheduled to be heard on July 11 in Iredell County Superior Court in Statesville, N.C. William Bray, Speed's attorney in the case, said his client sought the order because of Red Bull's recent announcement that it was looking to end its ownership role in NASCAR at the end of the 2011 season.

Red Bull can contest the order, but as of Friday had not done so. Through a spokesperson, the team declined to comment. Charlotte Observer

07/03/11
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Kenseth surprised Crown Royal is leaving  From a Ford Racing press conference transcript, #17-Matt Kenseth is asked about sponsor Crown Royal leaving his team after 2011:

Q) DID THE DECISION BY CROWN ROYAL CATCH YOU BY SURPRISE AND HOW DOES THAT AFFECT YOUR FUTURE?

Kenseth: "I guess it caught me a little bit by surprise because we've been having a great season on-track and I figured they would be cutting back like most people are somewhat, but it caught me a little bit by surprise that they're totally leaving everything, except for that Richmond race. What that does to us, I'm not really sure. I drive the car and I kind of leave that to the marketing people and the sales team to figure that out. I feel like it's a great opportunity for a company to come into the sport. I think right now the on-track performance of the organization has been really good. It seems like everything is on the upswing in the sport as far as the on-track product and the TV ratings, and attendance is coming up a little bit, so I feel like it's a great opportunity. I've been there for a long time at Roush Fenway Racing. I think I've been there about 14 years doing miscellaneous things here or there. We had our sponsor before Crown Royal, we had DeWalt for over a decade, so I think it's a good, stable, competitive program and hopefully they can get something wrapped up there for the future." More ...
07/03/11
f2
Bortolotti completes the perfect weekend with race two victory  
Mirko Bortolotti
Mirko Bortolotti completed a clean sweep in the FIA Formula Two Championship at the Nürburgring today (Sunday), following up this morning's pole position with another well-judged victory and fastest lap. The Austro-Italian's domination of the Eifel circuit gives him a handy lead over Christopher Zanella in the championship at the halfway point.

Bortolotti's Swiss championship rival drove another canny race to finish third behind Will Bratt, who kept the pressure on the leader for much of the distance.

21-year-old Bortolotti held his lead into the first corner, with Bratt following him out of the stadium section in second. Meanwhile the German pairing of Tobias Hegewald and Johannes Theobald lay in third and fourth positions as Zanella, Mikkel Mac and Alex Brundle followed closely behind. More ...

07/03/11
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Slugger factory makes NASCAR bats  NASCAR drivers coming to Kentucky next week will be hit with a Louisville tradition. Friday morning, more than 300 special-edition NASCAR Louisville Slugger bats were rolled out of the Slugger factory. They feature the logo for the inaugural Sprint Cup race at the Kentucky Speedway, which takes place July 9. The bats have the names of the drivers they'll be given to engraved on the side. "The Sprint Cup series is really like the big league of auto racing," said Anne Jewell, executive director of the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.

"What better gift for the folks associated with this race than the official bat of the major leagues, and it's such an important event coming to Kentucky as well."

Along with drivers, official team members and executives will be given the special bats. They will not be sold to the public. Fox 41
07/03/11
f1
Newey happy at Red Bull  
Adrian Newey
Adrian Newey says he is still enjoying his time at Red Bull Racing, revealing that he has no plans to leave the Milton Keynes-based squad in the near future. Currently holding the role of Chief Technical Officer, Newey has been extremely influential in helping the team secure 21 victories since it entered the sport in 2006, nine of which came from the double title-winning RB6 chassis last year.

"I think as far as my Formula 1 career goes then I'm very happy at Red Bull and I really can't see myself moving anywhere else," Newey told ESPNF1.

"What I'll do at some point in the future I've got no idea at the moment. I can't see myself doing anything else within motorsport particularly, I think if I was going to do something different it would be something very different."
07/03/11
f2
Bartolotti wins 2nd pole  Mirko Bortolotti has taken his second pole position of the weekend at the Nurburgring today (Sunday), with a lap four tenths faster than his pole lap from yesterday. The Austro-Italian will line up alongside local driver Tobias Hegewald for today's race, the second of the meeting.

The drivers traded times in the early part of the session, with Thiemo Storz posting the fastest lap early on, ahead of Christopher Zanella, Bortolotti, Will Bratt and Jack Clarke. This initial action lasted until ten minutes into the session when, with no further improvements coming, the drivers all pitted. More ...
07/02/11
track news
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07/02/11
nhra
New crew chief for DSR's Service Central Funny Car  Rob Wendland, involved in drag racing since the age of eight, has been promoted to crew chief on the Service Central Racing Team Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car driven by Johnny Gray out of Don Schumacher Racing.

Wendland, 45, who had been the assistant crew chief on the team since its late 2010 formation, takes the tuning reigns beginning with next weekend’s Joliet (Ill.) race from veteran Lee Beard, who will remain with DSR in an engineering-consulting role for the seven-team organization.

According to Don Schumacher, “It was time to make a change on the Service Central car. The team was not performing with the consistency we believed it should at this point in the season. We think Rob’s overall knowledge and work with this team can provide just what is needed to get it to the next level.” More ...

07/02/11
lmes
First blood to Peugeot and BMW at Imola  Anthony Davidson in the no. 7 Peugeot 908 was quickest in qualifying. The Englishman and his team-mate, Sébastien Bourdais, will start the Imola 6 Hours from pole. In GTE Pro BMW scored a double putting its two BMW M3s in the first two places.
 
Since the start of the first practice session, the Peugeot 908s have been very much at home on the Imola circuit. Only this morning did Marcel Fässler break the French domination by topping the third session. It was a flash in the pan as Davidson set the quickest time in the qualifying session with a lap in 1m 31.736s in his no.7 Peugeot ahead of Fässler in the no. 1 Audi R18 in 1m 32.354s. Peugeot-Audi, Peugeot-Audi will be the line-up on the first two rows of the grid for the Imola 6 Hours, the fourth round of the 2011 ILMC. More ...
07/02/11
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Childress Racing Taps Torrey Galida as New COO  Richard Childress Racing has named Torrey Galida to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer for the 12-time NASCAR championship-winning organization.

In other RCR key management moves, long-time RCR executive Ben Schlosser has been named Chief Marketing Officer and Scott Frye has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer. More ...

07/02/11
dtm
Bruno Spengler on pole position at Norisring  For the fourth time this season, Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz) will be starting from pole position into a DTM race: in qualifying for the fifth season round at the Norisring, the Canadian set the fastest lap time in the fourth heart: 48.222 seconds.

Teammate Gary Paffett was 0.196 seconds down, only just missing out on first place, but will be lining up second on the front row alongside Spengler. Jamie Green (Mercedes-Benz) and Mattias Ekström (Audi) qualified on the second row of the starting grid. Points’ leader Martin Tomczyk (Audi), will be starting from tenth place into the race at the only street circuit on the DTM calendar. More ...

07/02/11
motogp
Stoner tops MotoGP grid at Mugello  With uncertain weather conditions threatening, the MotoGP grid hurried to put down as many laps as possible and the Australian on the Repsol Honda set a new circuit record of 1’48.034 in the first half of the session, to qualify him almost half a second faster than Ben Spies. The American managed to qualify second on the grid with a time of 1’48.479 at only his second visit to the Tuscan circuit.

Spies edged out Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team) by just 0.006s, who was unable to respond with a faster attempt as rain began in earnest in the last 25 minutes of the hour long qualifying. More ...

07/02/11
nnw
Video: Danica involved in Nationwide crash at finish  Watch as Danica Patrick is involved in a crash coming down for the checkered flag of the Daytona Nationwide race last night resulting in 7 or 8 cars crashing out.
07/02/11
wsr
Jean-Eric Vergne wins race 1 over Rossi  
(L to R) Rossi (2nd), Vergne (1st) and Canamasas (3rd)
Leading from start to finish, Jean-Eric Vergne (Carlin) did exactly what was required of him to revive his championship aspirations. His second win of the season takes the Frenchman to within 15 points of Robert Wickens (Carlin), who finished fifth today. Alexander Rossi (Fortec Motorsports) was back in the points with a second-place finish, while Sergio Canamasas (BVM Target) is celebrating his first podium in Formula Renault 3.5 Series.

As in the two collective testing sessions, Jean-Eric Vergne went quickest in qualifying to earn his second pole position of the season. Sergio Canamasas was second fastest, but was relegated four places on the grid for a penalty he received at the Nürburgring, so Vergne was joined by Daniil Move (P1 Motorsport) on the front row. More ...

07/02/11
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Stewart vows to keep wrecking drivers who block  Tony Stewart vowed Friday to wreck any driver who blocks him on the track, even if that policing costs him a spot in NASCAR's championship race.

Stewart intentionally spun Brian Vickers last week at Sonoma because he felt Vickers was blocking him during the race. Vickers retaliated later by wrecking Stewart, who had a car capable of contending for the win but wound up 39th. It dropped him to 12th in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship standings.

"I am drawing a line in the sand and the next guy that blocks me, he is going to also suffer the same fate," Stewart said at Daytona International Speedway. He also upped the ante, stating in a calm manner that he'd wreck the next driver enough to ensure he won't be able to come back and retaliate against Stewart. More ...
07/02/11
f1
Renault wary of downforce loss  Renault technical director James Allison says he is wary of losing more downforce than other teams when the off-throttle diffuser ban is brought in to force at the British Grand Prix.

The FIA has clarified a regulation which now means teams are not allowed to use an engine map that would blow exhaust gases through the diffuser even when the driver is off-throttle. During the FOTA Fans' Forum Allison said that the impact of the change has been estimated at around 0.4s per lap on average, and speaking to ESPNF1 he said Renault had already done tested the new engine map during practice for the European Grand Prix. More ...
07/02/11
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Go Daddy sold in a deal valued at $2.25 billion  Go Daddy Group Inc. has been sold to a group of private equity firms in a deal valued at $2.25 billion.
The purchase, which includes assumption of the company's debt, was announced Friday afternoon by Go Daddy and the group of firms, made up of KKR & Co., Silver Lake Partners and Technology Crossover Ventures.

"What these guys see is a company with a lot more potential internationally and more potential to make partnerships and acquisitions," Bob Parsons, the company's chief executive and founder, said. "They'll help us finance and they'll help us recruit talent." More ...

07/02/11
wsr
Jean-Eric Vergne takes Hungary Formula Renault 3.5 pole  Carlin's Jean-Eric Vergne claimed pole position for race 1 of the Formula Renault 3.5 race at the Hungaroring.

"That didn't go to plan," said team boss Trevor Carlin. "To be honest we sent Jean-Eric out at the wrong time, and he came out in massive traffic. That ruined his routine and he locked up and got a flat spot. Then he just drove the hell out of it on the last lap. He wasn't expecting [pole]."

BVM Target's Sergio Canamasas ended the session in 2nd. However, a four-place grid penalty incurred for an incident at the last round at the Nurburgring will send him back to 6th. More ...

07/02/11
wsr
f1
Wickens tests F1 car  
‘Canada’s Robert Wickens samples the Lotus Renault GP R30’
Paulo Pellegrini
As Canada Day gifts go, Robert Wickens undoubtedly received one of the best as the 22-year-old Toronto racer sampled a Lotus Renault GP R30 Formula One car at the Hungaroring in Hungary on Friday – his prize from the ‘World Series by Renault’ for leading the 2011 Formula Renault 3.5 Series at the half-way stage of the season.

Wickens, who was last month unveiled as an official F1 reserve driver for the Marussia Virgin Racing team, sampled several laps behind the wheel of the R30 at the 4.38km Hungaroring circuit – home of the ‘Hungarian Grand Prix’ during the scheduled thirty-minute session.  While Robert has driven a Formula One car previously in street demonstrations, Friday’s outing marked the first time the Marussia Motors-backed driver has been unleashed on an actual racing circuit in an F1 car.

Having enjoyed Friday’s F1 test session, Robert, in addition to competing in the weekend’s sixth round of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series for Carlin, will be back in action with the Lotus Renault GP on Saturday for another public demonstration run. More ...

07/02/11
alms
Is this finally the year for BMW at Lime Rock?  BMW Team RLL is on a two-race winning streak in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n. A third straight GT triumph couldn’t come at a better place than Lime Rock Park – the home venue for BMW North America and site of next week’s American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix. Bill Auberlen would like nothing more than to help make that happen.

The chances are pretty good. Auberlen has 10 career professional victories at Lime Rock and has been on the podium the last two years with BMW Team RLL. He’ll drive next week with Dirk Werner, his full-season partner in the ALMS. More ...

07/02/11
motogp
Lorenzo leads FP3 with new lap record  Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing) set a late lap time of 1’48.080 in practice Saturday morning, making him the fastest rider of Gran Premio d’Italia TIM weekend as well as the fastest motorcycle around the circuit in history thus far. Despite Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team) bettering his previous day’s time by over half a second with a time of 1’48.411, the significant improvement was not enough to catch the Mallorcan.

Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda) went 0.293s faster than his best time on Friday to put him third quickest of the weekend, also making him the last rider under the 1’49 mark. Lorenzo's team mate Ben Spies moved into fourth fastest position with a time of 1’49.072 followed by Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), who posted a fifth fastest lap time just 0.006s behind his fellow Texan, in spite riding with pain that his rib injuries continue to give him. More ...

07/02/11
f2
Bortolotti takes pole for race one at the Nürburgring  
Mirko Bortolotti
Mirko Bortolotti has taken pole position for race one of the FIA Formula Two Championship at the Nurburgring today (Saturday) with his best time a third of a second clear of the chasing pack.

The Austro-Italian traded times with Friday’s early pace-setter Mikkel Mac, with the Dane looking to have the measure of the championship leader in the early stages. However, halfway through the session everyone pitted for final adjustments and Bortolotti clearly found the extra changes necessary, whilst Mac found himself standing still, ending up in 10th place.

Whilst Bortolotti continued to record increasingly impressive times, Mihai Marinescu hauled himself into contention with a lap good enough for the front row. The pair then pitted in the final three minutes of the session, confident that their times were good enough. More ...

07/02/11
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TBR hires new crew chief; seven crew members  Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) recently hired seven key crewmembers for both the #35 and #36 teams. With the addition of the second-team, owner Tommy Baldwin hired crew chief Philippe Lopez for the #36 Chevy (for driver Dave Blaney). The new hires allowed for shifting to create two solid teams. All teams will work their first races together in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway this weekend.

"We have recently hired seven more people and put them in the areas they need to be to make our program better," explained Baldwin. "Philippe is a well-respected crew chief, and someone I can trust to do a good job for TBR. I'm excited that now this allows me to dedicate more time toward the future of TBR from both the competition and business sides." More ...

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