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07/07/10
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As always, NASCAR appeal denied  [Editor's Note: Is anyone stupid enough to ever think they will win a NASCAR appeal?] The National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel has denied the Braun Racing appeal of $25,000 fines for crew chiefs Stewart Cooper and Trip Bruce over the unapproved swapping of tires last month at Nashville.

NASCAR penalized the drivers (Jason Leffler and Tayler Malsam) and teams 25 points apiece and suspended the crew chiefs and tire specialists for two weeks in addition to the fines. However, Braun Racing only appealed the fines.

Each team’s case was heard by a separate panel.

“The team freely admitted that the infractions had occurred, but asked for leniency in regards to the fine,” the panels said in their statements on the appeals. “The Appeals Panel found the penalty to be correct for the infraction.”

The panel that decided appeal of the No. 10 team of Malsam was Martinsville Speedway President, Clay Campbell, Greenville Pickens (S.C.) Speedway owner Kevin Whitaker and former crew chief Waddell Wilson. The panel that decided the No. 38 team (Leffler) appeal was Richmond International Raceway president Doug Fritz, former team owner Bud Moore and Bowman Gray (N.C.) Stadium operator Dale Pinilis.

Braun Racing can appeal to the chief appellate officer, retired General Motors executive John Middlebrook. Scenedaily.com

07/07/10
FIA-GT
Cheever spotted  Guess who was driving at Spa today? Eddie Cheever with an Audi R8 together with Zak Brown, Mark Blundell and Stefan Johansson. The 24 Hrs. is only open for GT2 and GT3 cars. The BMW's were the quickest in the morning and the afternoon. Overall the GT1 Chevrolet Corvette from Hennerici/Fássler had been the quickest around the track followed by the SUMO Nissans. GT1 is the support event for this year's 24 Hrs.

Cheever's Audi Cheever climbs out SUMO Nissan

07/07/10
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Marketing magnet Tony Stewart even having tough times  Tony Stewart has been a marketing magnet during his NASCAR career, and five years ago, sponsors would have been lining up to replace Old Spice, which announced in May that it was leaving Stewart-Haas Racing. But times are different now and Stewart has virtually ruled out adding a third Sprint Cup team next year.

"I would say there's probably a zero percent chance," he said in a national teleconference Tuesday. "We're still trying to fill the void when Old Spice changes (after) this year."

If a two-time Cup champion and 37-race winner is scrambling to find funding for his car, that's solid evidence that times are hard for everyone. The Sprint Cup series has survived the economic downturn of the past couple of years, but Stewart's situation says recovery may be several years away. More ...

07/07/10
track news
Sunoco signs sponsor deal with Pocono  Sunoco has signed a deal to again title sponsor the Aug. 1 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway "as part of a fund-raising effort for the American Red Cross." The race will be called the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500.
07/07/10
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Pirro to sub for Drayson at Miller  A non-motorsport related injury to driver/owner Paul Drayson has compelled Drayson Racing to make a last-minute alteration to its planned driver lineup for this weekend's Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix. Former race-winner Emanuele Pirro will drive the No.8 Drayson Racing Lola Coupé with Judd Power with Jonny Cocker.

The five-time Le Mans winner won the inaugural race for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n at Miller Motorsports Park. Pirro, who was victorious with Frank Biela for Audi in 2006, has made three starts at Utah and all in LMP1. He also had the fastest race lap in the 2006 race. The Miller Motorsports Park event is the fourth round of the American Le Mans Series championship.

Drayson sustained an injury to his right foot last Saturday. It is responding well to treatment, and he expects to be fit to race within two weeks. He will attend the Utah event in his role as owner. Every indication is Drayson will be back for the Northeast Grand Prix on July 21 at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut.

Cocker and Pirro are testing today at the 3.048-mile ‘outer loop’ of the Salt Lake City-area facility. The test is the first time the Lola-Judd has turned a wheel since taking the checkered flag at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 13. Six races remain in the American Le Mans Series season with five events coming within the next eight weeks. The arduous schedule puts a premium on preparation of both man and machine - a leading factor in the Paul Drayson's decision to step out of the car this weekend.

The Dale White-managed organization currently stands fourth in the LMP class Team Championship. Drayson and Cocker are tied for seventh in the drivers’ championship, Pirro eighth.

Quotes
Paul Drayson, Owner/Driver: “I am very disappointed to be sitting this one out. I know that Emanuele and the team will do an outstanding job and I'm looking forward to cheering them on from the pit lane.”

Dale White, Team Manager: “We will certainly have a new set of challenges without Paul in the car this weekend at Miller Motorsports Park. It will force us to adapt quickly but we have assembled a group here that can react to just this sort of thing in an instant; I think we proved that at Le Mans. We’re all incredibly disappointed that Paul won’t be able to race with Jonny this weekend but, fortunately, we were able to get Emanuele on very short notice. He has had to step out of a ride at the Le Mans Classic to do this but we can go into this race with the smallest amount of unknown variables and that is a huge advantage in a very disappointing scenario. We are looking forward to showing Paul what kind of team he has put together and do him proud this weekend with great anticipation of him being back in the car at Lime Rock.”

Drayson Racing and the rest of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n will kick off the summer stint with the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix at Miller Motorsports Park. The two-hour, 45-minute race will begin at 2:35 p.m. MT on Sunday, July 11, with coverage beginning on SPEED at 4:30 p.m. ET. Live radio coverage will be available on American Le Mans Radio presented by Porsche – a production of Radio Show Limited – as well as Sirius Channel 127 and XM Channel 242. Visit the Series’ schedule page for ticket and accommodation information. Live Timing and Scoring, track schedule, entry list and much, much more will be available on Racehub at americanlemans.com.

07/07/10
f1
Senna: "Chopping maneuvers must stop!"  Bruno Senna has demanded that those drivers who return to the racing line too soon after committing to a pass must be more vigilant, not least following an incident between himself and Virgin Racing’s Timo Glock in the European Grand Prix.

With the pair having been dicing whilst leaders came through to lap them, German Glock eventually dived up the inside of Senna at the Turn 17 hairpin before cutting back across the Hispania driver’s nose cone, resulting in a rear puncture for himself plus a broken front wing for the Brazilian. More ...

07/07/10
automotive
New McLaren supercar lives up to the hype  
Mclaren MP4-12C
The innovative new McLaren MP4-12C was given its public world debut at the 2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed, held from 01-04 July.  Current Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button and 2008 Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton delighted the crowds by driving a McLaren Orange Validation Prototype (VP) 12C up the famous Goodwood Hill on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

With McLaren Automotive Managing Director, Antony Sheriff at the wheel, the MP4-12C was the first car to be driven up Goodwood Hill on Friday 02 July, effectively opening the show.  The 12C was subsequently granted pole position in every Supercar Run over the course of the weekend, a fitting gesture to two Formula 1 World Champions that are accustomed to leading from the front! More ...

07/07/10
f1
Red Bull brings Thailand to Silverstone  Red Bull Racing is pleased to announce it has agreed a one race deal with ‘Amazing Thailand’, which will become a partner for the British Grand Prix.
The deal will see the ‘Amazing Thailand’ logo feature on the sides of the RB6 cockpits throughout the race weekend. The Royal Thai Embassy and the Thai Tourism Office in London will be celebrating the occasion on Friday by utilizing Red Bull Racing’s Energy Station in the F1 paddock to host a special Thai-themed evening (1800hrs – 2100hrs), where exclusive prizes will be available. Christian Horner said: “This one race partnership with Thailand is quite unique at our local grand prix. Thailand is one of the most stunning locations in the world and after their recent political issues it’s a great opportunity to remind everyone what a fantastic country it is to visit."
07/07/10
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Miller Motorsports Park trivia  
Miller Motorsports Park
Planning to keep up with the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix next week? GREAT! To get you ready for the fourth round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n, here are some fun facts you can use to impress your friends!

1. Eleven drivers entered for this year’s race have competed in all four prior Utah GP rounds: Jörg Bergmeister, David Brabham, Chris Dyson, Clint Field, Wolf Henzler, Butch Leitzinger, Jaime Melo, Tom Milner, Seth Neiman, Guy Smith and Johannes van Overbeek. More ...

07/07/10
Track News
New promoters at historic Terre Haute Action Track  The legendary ½ mile Terre Haute Action Track will receive a new lease on life with a new promotional team taking the reins over on the historic half mile effective immediately. The O'Connor family and Track Enterprises have teamed up to promote events for the balance of the 2010 race schedule. The USAC Indiana Sprint week event on Wednesday night July 14th will be the first event on their promotional calendar. 

The USAC Sprint points lead is a very tight one with Damien Gardner leading the pack of experienced drivers.  Damion (The Demon) Gardner of Concord, Calif. Sits atop both the 2010 USAC Amsoil National and CRA Sprint Car point standings at this time.  Don’t miss the chance to see some of the nation’s best compete on the famous Action Track.  Dave Darland, Levi Jones, Tracy Hines, Shane Cottle and Bud Kaeding should all be in attendance to battle for the checkered flag.  Defending AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Champion Levi Jones of Olney, IL has won 5 races so far this year with point’s leader Damion Gardner close behind taking home 4 first place finishes.

The O'Connor family owns and promotes the Kokomo Speedway located in Kokomo, Indiana and has a long history in operating race tracks in Illinois and Indiana. The September 11th First Financial Bank Jim Hurtubise Classic will also be promoted by the Illinois based duo. The USAC Silver Crown Event held on Wednesday Night July 21st will be held under the banner of another promotional team, but the O'Connor family and Track Enterprises will be on the grounds to aid in prepping the track and in other areas as well.  Track Enterprises, Inc. owned by Midwest Promoter Bob Sargent runs several USAC events throughout the year including the Hoosier Hundred which was held on May 28 of this year.  Track Enterprises will also hold two more mile events for the USAC Silver Crown Cars, one at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on August 21 and the other on September 5 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, both 1 mile dirt ovals.

The July 14th event which is part of the 23rd Annual Indiana Sprint Week is featuring the USAC Sprint cars, ticket prices are as follows: adult grandstand tickets for $25; adult bleachers for $20; adult infield for $15.  Youth (13-15) tickets will be $10 for all sections with children 12 & under admitted for free.  Pit passes will be available for $35 ($30 USAC members with card).

Make sure to visit the tracks website www.theactiontrack.com for upcoming information and additional events that will take place on the historic race track. You can visit www.KokomoSpeedway.net and www.trackenterprises.com or call Kokomo Speedway at 765-459-3877 or Track Enterprises at 217-764-3200 to learn more about the new speedway management team and or information on this or any other events.
07/07/10
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NASCAR Daytona Coke 400 TV Rating  TNT drove to victory with double-digit ratings, total viewers and household increases for its coverage of the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona powered by Coca-Cola on Saturday, July 3. The network, airing the race in its signature Wide Open coverage which resulted in zero missed laps of green flag racing for the second the consecutive year, earned a 3.6 U.S. household rating, up 16% over last year.  In addition, total viewers and households were up 16% each with total viewers at 6,127,000 (5,277,000 in 2009) and households at 4,152,000 (3,567,000 in 2009).

The Coke Zero 400 at Daytona powered by Coca-Cola was the number one program of the night on television with households, total viewers, and key adult and male demos, as well as the number one program of the week across cable with households, total viewers and men 25-54. More ...

07/07/10
irl
Watkins Glen IndyCar TV Rating  The overnight TV rating for the Izod IndyCar Series Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen July 4th on ABC was a 0.8, or 1.1 million viewers
07/07/10
f1
Chris Pook involved in New Jersey F1 race bid  (GMM)  Chris Pook has confirmed he is involved with plans for a second formula one race in the United States.

Pook is a British businessman who championed the famous Long Beach street event for F1 before heading the Champ Car series.

It has been reported this week that, alongside Austin's inaugural United States grand prix in 2012, Bernie Ecclestone is in talks for another race amid the New York skyline. More ...

07/07/10
f1
Mansell to be F1 steward at Silverstone  (GMM)  1992 world champion Nigel Mansell will be the driver-representative in the FIA stewards' room this weekend at Silverstone.

Before retiring in 1995, the 1992 world champion won the British grand prix four times (1986-7 and 1991-2).

In 2008, countryman Lewis Hamilton won at Silverstone on the way to his own sole title.

"Nigel Mansell used to say he'd gain half a second a lap at Silverstone just down to the support of the crowd," said the McLaren driver. More ...

07/07/10
f1
GP2 team ART withdraws bid for 2011 F1 debut  (GMM) The French GP2 outfit ART Grand Prix has withdrawn its application to complete the formula one grid in 2011.

In a statement, the team said it worked on the project for "several months" and had "forged strong bonds with several technical and financial partners".

"But with unfavorable economic conditions (the team) could not gather the necessary guarantees to ensure the stability of the project in the long term," said ART.

The team said it has postponed the project to "a later date" and "remains completely focused and dedicated" on its other activities. More ...

07/07/10
f1
McLaren urges against safety car rule changes  (GMM)  McLaren has urged formula one against making a knee-jerk reaction to the safety car rules.

Although Ferrari cried foul after Lewis Hamilton's drive-through penalty in Valencia - where multiple drivers were also penalized for transgressions - Mark Webber said this week that Red Bull saw the events of the race as "normal".

And although the Sporting Working Group is looking at the rules as a response to the Ferrari-powered controversy, McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale said on Wednesday: "I would be wary of knee-jerking. More ...

07/07/10
f1
Kubica commits to Renault for two more years  
Robert Kubica
(GMM)  Renault on Wednesday said Robert Kubica has extended his contract to include the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

The 25-year-old Pole moved to the team this year from BMW, and after an impressive start had been linked with a move either next year or in 2012.

But in a media statement, he said committing to Genii Capital-owned Renault for two more seasons was a "straightforward decision".

"What's important for me is to be in the right atmosphere, with a good group of people, where everybody is pulling in the same direction," said Kubica.

The statement said Renault wants to challenge for the title "over the coming seasons", and had "convinced Robert" that the team "can match his own high ambitions".

"To do so (win the title), we need a driver of Robert's caliber; somebody who is fast, totally committed and doesn't make mistakes," said team boss Eric Boullier.

07/07/10
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Jr complains about Daytona track surface  After getting a piece of a 19-car pileup, Mark Martin had a message for everyone now that Daytona is going to be repaved, which will make the cars handle better and possibly bunch up the field even more. Still, the track, which developed a pothole during the Daytona 500 in February, needs to be repaved. As Dale Earnhardt Jr. told his team during the race: "This [expletive] piece of [crap] race track. It's so damn rough around the top of [turns] 1 and 2, you can't even see. I bet it feels good up front, though, in clean air." FanNation
07/07/10
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TransAm is a dead horse  Detroit. Two weeks ago in "The Line" I had this to say about the current state of the Sports Car Club of America's Trans-Am Series:

"Is there anything more pathetic than the current iteration of the once historically significant and highly-regarded Trans-Am Series? The SCCA's obsession with keeping this series going just so they can blather on about having the 'longest running road racing series' (or whatever they call it) isn't doing any favors for anybody - not for the competitors, the fans or the glorious memories of when the series was great - which was a long, long time ago. There is just too much competition, especially with the ALMS GT2 class being as hot as it is right now. Memo to the SCCA: Mothball the Trans-Am. It's best to put it to sleep so as not to sully the memory of one of the greatest road racing series this country has ever seen. And unless you can convince at least four - count em', at least four - manufacturers to make a three-year commitment to resurrect the series, then let it rest in peace." More ...

07/07/10
f1
BBC enhances graphic coverage for F1  
GPS Driver Mapping
The BBC is going a step deeper in its live online coverage of F1 with a new animation called a Driver Tracker, to supplement what is available on TV.

This weekend at the British Grand Prix, they are trialing the animation, which will be selectable in the video section at the top of the F1 live page.

It is similar in concept to the 3D track graphic on the Soft Pauer Iphone app, which came out last year. It is supplied by FOM from real timing data at the circuit. More ...

07/07/10
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Jeff Gordon planning for 600th start  He was not king that day - more of an afterthought. But #24-Jeff Gordon has impressed since his NASCAR Sprint Cup career began 599 consecutive starts ago. In the season finale at Atlanta Motor Speedway in November of 1992, "The King" Richard Petty drove his last competitive laps in NASCAR's premier division. That day also was highlighted by a close championship battle between Bill Elliott, Alan Kulwicki and Davey Allison. Although Elliott won the battle (the race), Kulwicki won the war (the championship) by a scant 10 points. Gordon's run that day was cut short after contact with the wall, and he is credited with a 31st-place finish - one position better than (current teammate) Mark Martin. Despite a rough beginning, Gordon's career has been one to remember heading into his 600th start. He is sixth on the all-time win list with 82 victories and fourth in all- time poles with 68. Gordon has collected 272 top-fives and 371 top-10's. To put that in perspective, the driver of the #24 DuPont Chevy has 68 more top-fives than Kyle Busch has starts (272 - 204) and 62 more top-10's than Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson has starts (371 - 309). Performance PR
07/07/10
f1
Gascoyne: Lotus switching focus to 2011 car  Mike Gascoyne has confirmed that this weekend’s Silverstone upgrade for Lotus is the team’s final significant step forward before the Hingham outfit focuses its attentions on 2011.

Still aiming to finish 2010 as Formula 1’s best new team, Lotus experienced a mix race last time out in Valencia in which Heikki Kovalainen was hit by Mark Webber and Jarno Trulli encountered problems before enjoying the last handful of laps with a happy-handling T127.  However, this weekend’s push forward will mark a vital moment in the 1Malaysia squad’s year. More ...

07/07/10
irl
Carroll a hit in US IndyCar  Adam Carroll will make his second appearance in the US IndyCar championship at Mid Ohio next month.

Following the Ulsterman’s debut at Watkins Glen at the weekend, Andretti Autosport have confirmed he will drive in the 12th round of the IZOD series, the Honda 200, at the road course near Lexington on August 8.

Although Carroll finished 16th at Watkins Glen, he impressed the entire Andretti organization — so much so that team boss Michael Andretti flew him back from New York to Indianapolis on board his private jet for two days of talks. More ...

07/07/10
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Danica admits in NASCAR you need talent  Danica Patrick says she's increasingly comfortable with her car and crew, and pleased with the reception she has received from NASCAR fans.

But as she prepares to visit Joliet this weekend for just the fifth NASCAR race of her career, the 28-year-old northwest Illinois native says the stock car learning curve remains steep.

"It is really challenging and hard," said Patrick, who races in the Nationwide 300-mile race 7 p.m. Friday at Chicagoland Speedway. "For me, I'm comfortable in the car, it's just that everything is so new that I don't know how to deal with every situation (yet)." More ...

07/07/10
f1
Latest F1 news in brief  
  • Todt describes Texas GP as 'just a project'
  • Senna eyes keeping HRT seat in 2011
  • Frenchman Vergne eyes Abu Dhabi young driver test
  • Court moves to freeze assets of HRT owner Carabante
  • Force India to use KERS in 2011 - report
  • Construction of Korea F1 track 'delayed' - official

Todt describes Texas GP as 'just a project'
(GMM)  Jean Todt does not sound confident about formula one's return to America.

A ten-year contract for a race at a purpose-built circuit in Austin, Texas, was signed recently with F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone.

But some experts are skeptical the organizers can succeed where the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the last US GP venue, failed.

Ecclestone said last week the promoter risks penalties if the debut race is not delivered in 2012, and he is now being quoted as revealing he is in talks about a separate event in New York.

And while a guest of NASCAR at Daytona last weekend, FIA president Todt sounded less than optimistic about F1's chances in America.

When specifically asked about Austin, the Frenchman told a Fox Sports reporter: "At the moment, it's just a project.  I don't think something will happen next year."

Todt said part of the reason for his US visit was to learn about NASCAR's success in the US versus formula one.

"Of course, there are reasons why NASCAR is so big in America and why formula one has never really been able so far to do something out here while doing a lot in other countries around the world," he added. More ...

07/06/10
f1
British GP: Renault technical preview  
With a new track layout awaiting the drivers at Silverstone this weekend, there's been plenty of homework for the Renault F1 Team to do. The circuit is now 745 meters longer and lap times will be around the 90-second mark, some 10 seconds slower than last year. Over the past few months, the team's engineers have carried out hundreds of simulations to get to grips with the challenge ahead.

In fact, simulation work has become an essential tool for any F1 team, even when preparing for circuits we've been racing on for years. Using complex computer models, it allows the engineers to evaluate set-up options before arriving at the circuit in order to maximize the track time available during free practice. More ...

07/06/10
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Danica entered for Chicagoland  There are 48 drivers entered for the Dollar General 300 on Friday at Chicagoland Speedway.

Among the 48 are 14 Cup regulars: Phoenix Racing’s Ryan Newman, Braun Racing’s David Reutimann, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch, JGR’s Joey Logano, Richard Childress Racing’s Clint Bowyer, points leader Brad Keselowski of Penske Racing, Braun Racing’s Reed Sorenson, Kevin Harvick Inc.’s Kevin Harvick, Roush Fenway Racing’s Carl Edwards, MacDonald Motorsports’ Michael McDowell, Nemco Motorsports’ Joe Nemechek, JR Motorsports’ Jamie McMurray, D’Hondt Humphrey Motorsports' David Gilliland, and Roush Fenway’s Paul Menard. More ...

07/06/10
f1
Williams to run blown exhausts on Friday  (GMM)  Williams will decide whether to race a Red Bull-like blown rear exhaust layout at Silverstone this weekend after Friday's practice sessions.

With official confirmation on Tuesday, the British team will become the third team to emulate on track Red Bull's low-exhaust concept, with engine gases diverted through the double diffuser to boost downforce.

"We'll evaluate the exhaust during the practice sessions on Friday and will make a final decision as to whether we race it that night," said technical director Sam Michael.

In the hands of Finnish test driver Valtteri Bottas, the new package made its debut on the runway at England's Kemble airport on Tuesday.

07/06/10
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Daytona paving begins  And so it begins.

The mammoth task of yanking out all the old asphalt then putting down 50,000 tons of new blacktop started Monday at Daytona International Speedway.

Three crews worked between Turns 3 and 4. One group was removing the catch fence. Another was taking down the SAFER barriers. The third was pulling light poles located outside the fence. More ...

07/06/10
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Gordon's Rainbow Warriors capture another Tissot Pit Crew Award  Jeff Gordon’s crew claimed the Tissot Pit Road Precision Award in Saturday night’s (July 3) Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway.

It was the second straight win and fourth overall for the No. 24 crew, which has a two-race lead in the Tissot standings at the halfway point of the season. The pit crews for Martin Truex Jr. and Matt Kenseth are tied for second with two wins each.

Gordon’s No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet spent the least amount of time on pit road – 217.313 seconds – during the Coke Zero 400. The pit road effort helped Gordon to a third-place finish. More ...
07/06/10
alms
Largest ALMS grid yet...  
ALMS at Lime Rock
The largest grid for an American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n race at Lime Rock Park will take to the track later this month for the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix. Thirty-three entries made up of the world's premier drivers, teams and manufacturers will take to the 1.51-mile, 10-turn circuit on Saturday, July 24.

Ten auto and chassis manufacturers along with four tire manufacturers dot the entry for the Series’ seventh consecutive trip to Lime Rock, nestled in northwestern Connecticut. Among the entries include local teams Dyson Racing (last year’s LMP2 winner) from Poughkeepsie, NY; and Patr¢n Highcroft Racing (2008 overall winner) from nearby Danbury. Flying Lizard Motorsports also has two entries in GT, the team having won in class every year since 2007. Lizard pilot Jörg Bergmeister hasn’t lost a race at Lime Rock since 2005. More ...

07/06/10
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ICONIC Report  No need for concern, the delay of the IRL  chassis strategy won't make much difference. The ICONIC decision will be announced on July 14.

We might see a narrow set of specifications that awards the contract to a single supplier. That has been the financial model for all of the race car constructors' proposals.

We might see a more general formula that encourages participation from several chassis suppliers. That doesn't get the orders placed, or the prototypes built. Unless specific production agreements are already in place, that just extends an open invitation to potential builders. More ...

07/06/10
f1
Jordan on Virgin: No point being a bankrupt hero  Formula 1 team boss turned BBC television pundit Eddie Jordan emphasizes that Virgin Racing must place survival atop their list of priorities before focusing on key sponsors ahead of 2011. However, the Irishman admits a level of concern for the Sheffield-based outfit originally known as Manor GP.

With Team Principal John Booth, a long-time friend of Jordan, having entered his team before Sir Richard Branson’s worldwide corporation came on-board, Jordan stresses that just staying in the sport will now be a far greater challenge. More ...

07/06/10
f1
New Silverstone not faster than Monza  (GMM)  According to simulations done by Sauber, Silverstone is not set to become the fastest circuit on the formula one calendar.

When the British track's new Arena layout was launched, organizers indicated that Monza could lose its mantle as the F1 venue with the highest average speed.

While actually adding more slow bends to the layout, the new half-mile Arena section is indeed due to make Silverstone faster on average. More ...

07/06/10
f1
McLaren duo baulk at Hill's 'tortoise and hare' analogy  (GMM)  McLaren's British drivers on Tuesday responded to a claim their battle for team supremacy can be likened to an Aesop's Fable.

Recently, Lewis Hamilton's use of the Fable "sour grapes" was misinterpreted by the Spanish press as his accusation that Fernando Alonso is jealous of the 2008 world champion.

And on Monday, 1996 world champion Damon Hill used another of Aesop's Fables to describe Hamilton and his teammate Jenson Button -- 'The Tortoise and the Hare'.

Although Button takes the role of the tortoise in Hill's eyes, it was interpreted as a compliment.  "He (Button) is not at his maximum the whole time," Hill said. More ...

07/06/10
f1
Silverstone hotel burns down  (GMM)  A hotel popular with formula one teams, spectators and media personnel has burned down just days before the British grand prix.

A stone's throw from Silverstone, the double storey Premier Inn hotel - based at the popular Green Man pub - caught fire on Monday night and was attended by more than 50 firefighters.

One woman was hospitalized and two men have been arrested.

"There have been no similar fires reported in the area and there is no suggestion that there is any link to the British grand prix," said Northamptonshire West CID inspector Andy Glenn.

07/06/10
f1
Hamilton to receive Lorenzo Bandini trophy  (GMM)  Lewis Hamilton will receive the prestigious Lorenzo Bandini trophy next weekend.

The Trofeo Lorenzo Bandini is an ongoing tribute to the leading Italian driver of his period, who was burned to death in an accident at Monaco in 1967.

Last year's recipient was Sebastian Vettel, when he drove the 12 kilometers from Faenza to Bandini's nearby hometown of Brisighella at the wheel of a Toro Rosso.

A year earlier, winner Robert Kubica turned up at the ceremony in a BMW-Sauber, but in 2010 Hamilton's mount will be a more sedate Mercedes road car. More ...

07/06/10
f1
Schumacher can't be written off - Hill  
Lewis Hamilton
(GMM)  Michael Schumacher is not about to give up on his new quest to return to winning ways in formula one.

That is the opinion of the German's 90s nemesis Damon Hill, amid suggestions the seven time world champion has lost his edge and could return to retirement before his three-year commitment to Mercedes is fulfilled.

"Just never write the guy off.  I made that mistake.  You cannot count him out.  He is never out.

"He has always somehow pulled something out of the hat somewhere," said Briton Hill, now president of the Silverstone-owning BRDC. More ...

07/06/10
f1
Rivals 'overestimate' blown diffuser concept - Horner  
Christian Horner
(GMM)  Christian Horner has warned Red Bull's rivals that the exhaust system of the RB6 car is not a silver bullet.

At Valencia nearly two weeks ago, Ferrari, Mercedes and Renault got so-called 'blown rear diffusers' up and running on their cars.

And this weekend at Silverstone, the concept is part of McLaren's latest upgrade, with some estimating the lap time benefit at half a second or more.

But Red Bull team boss Horner has moved to play down those predictions.

"Our rivals overestimate the benefits of the blown diffuser," he is quoted as saying by Germany's Auto Motor und Sport. More ...

07/06/10
f1
Webber disagrees with Ferrari about 'normal' Valencia  (GMM)  Red Bull does not share Ferrari's view about the outcome of the recent European grand prix.

Ferrari is still on the warpath about the Valencia stewards' reaction to the safety car period, when Lewis Hamilton passed the AMG Mercedes but received only a drive-through penalty many laps later.

Enraged that the Briton still finished second, the Italian team's website has now drawn attention to a short comment made on RAI radio by Pirelli president Marco Tronchetti Provera.

The Italian reportedly said it was "a chaotic situation which did incredible damage to Ferrari". More ...

07/06/10
f1
Summerton 'in talks' with American hopefuls Cypher  (GMM)  An American driver says he is in talks with an American outfit hoping to make its debut in formula one next year.

Despite the demise of the stillborn USF1 effort, it emerged in May that the separate Cypher Group is bidding to put together a US-based team with the support of "experienced F1 engineers, designers and businessmen".

Now, via Twitter, 22-year-old Indy Lights driver Jonathan Summerton has revealed he is "working hard with Cypher towards being the American F1 team with an American driver".

"They (Cypher) have applied and (I'm) pretty sure things are looking good," he added. More ...

07/05/10
fiagt
Calloway Corvette scores double-win weekend  
Corvette leads Audi
The fourth round of the FIA GT3 European Championship at the circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet/France ended with a perfect result for Callaway Competition. Championship leader Christian Hohenadel and Daniel Keilwitz scored a double victory in their Corvette Z06.R, developed and built by Callaway Competition in Germany. The two championship leaders extended their lead in the drivers championship with the great result in France, as did Callaway Competition in the team championship. Mike Parisy and Joakim Lambotte completed the Callaway-Corvette success at the former French Formula One track with two second places in a Corvette of Callaways latest customer team Graff Racing. Also Marius Ritskes and Bernard van Oranje in the second Callway-Corvette had something to cheer about in France. The two Dutchmen drove two strong races and scored a championship point for he first time this season. More ...
07/05/10
irl
Kirby talks about new IRL engine package  Ed Note: Gordon Kirby talks about the new engine package. It should be noted of course, that Honda already has a proven V6 Turbo engine, and was the top engine in the CART days. So they will be way ahead of any new manufacturer that comes in at this point. We don’t expect to see any new engine manufacturers jump in when the current one has such a big head-start.

The Way It Is/ Honda’s turbo V6 begins to take shape.

As reported in this space in April over the past two years Honda has been developing a new 2.4 liter twin turbo V6 engine for IndyCar and ALMS racing. Honda’s new V6 will form the basis of IndyCar’s 2012 formula and will also race as a customer engine in the ALMS’s P2 category. Honda settled on pursuing a turbo V6 for both Indy car and sports car racing two years ago but serious design and simulation work didn’t start until last year. More ...
07/05/10
television
Racing this week on ESPN  Motorsports This Week on ESPN

NASCAR Nationwide Series Live from Chicagoland in Prime Time

The NASCAR Nationwide Series races in prime time at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., on Friday night, July 9, and ESPN will have a live telecast of the 300-mile race. NASCAR Countdown airs at 7:30 p.m. ET, while the race telecast starts at 8 p.m. with the green flag at 8:16 p.m. ESPN2 is the home of the series all season, with selected races airing on ESPN and ABC. More ...

07/05/10
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Englishman has new take on Cup team  An English investor hopes to start a Sprint Cup team where fans can purchase "partnerships" in the program.

The team, called "America's Race Team," would have corporate sponsors on the side panels but a team logo on the hood representing the fans who invest in the program, team officials announced Friday at a news conference at Daytona International Speedway.

Former racer and Red Bull Racing competition director Elton Sawyer will manage the competition side while Michael Wright, a former IMG executive who worked with Jeff Gordon, will guide the business side. More ...
07/05/10
f1
Q&A with Robert Kubica  
Robert Kubica
Q: Robert, Silverstone is one of the classic circuits in the F1 season. How much fun is it for the drivers?

Robert Kubica: It’s an exciting circuit, a very challenging track, especially the first six or seven corners which are just amazing with current F1 cars. Most of them are nearly flat out, or perhaps even flat – it depends on the wind direction – and as soon as you exit one, you’re into the next one straight away: it’s just amazing how much speed you can carry through them. Of course, there is the new section this year, as well, which I’ve seen on the internet and on TV when MotoGP raced there: it looks quite bumpy, and different to the previous version of the circuit, but I think overall that Silverstone is a place where all the drivers are happy to drive, because it really shows 100 per cent of the potential of an F1 car in the high-speed corners. More ...

07/05/10
f1
Another four Fridays for Fauzy  Lotus Racing has confirmed that Fairuz Fauzy will be driving in Friday Practice for the team at four more races in 2010, adding to the mileage he already has under his belt from the pre-season tests at Jerez and Barcelona, and the excellent contribution he made in FP1 at the Malaysian Grand Prix in April.

He will be taking part in FP1 at Silverstone, Hungary, Singapore and the season-closing Abu Dhabi races, taking over Jarno Trulli’s T127-04, and Heikki Kovalainen’s T127-01 chassis at two races each.

Fairuz is understandably excited about the challenge ahead, starting with the team’s second home race at Silverstone this weekend... More ...

07/05/10
f1
Latest F1 news in brief  
  • Comfortable Kovalainen to stay at Lotus
  • Rear wing idea 'highly dangerous' - Glock
  • Mateschitz confident about winning 2010 titles
  • Hamilton invites father to British GP
  • Alonso's Renault return was a mistake - team boss
  • Team must solve car pace riddle - Sauber
  • F1 to have mandatory weight ratio in 2011
  • Williams making own battery KERS for 2011
  • Lotus eyes 15 more staff for F1 team

Comfortable Kovalainen to stay at Lotus
(GMM)  Heikki Kovalainen has admitted he feels more comfortable at Lotus than he did in the last two seasons with McLaren.

The Finn took a big backwards step down the grid with the new Malaysian backed team in 2010, but he told Holland's formule1.nl magazine that he is not complaining.

"Here at Lotus everything feels better," said the 28-year-old, who in 2008 and 2009 was Lewis Hamilton's teammate.

Kovalainen left McLaren late last year declaring that he was not always treated equally by the famous British team.

"I have much more of a feeling that I have things under control now compared to when I was at McLaren," he explained.

"At virtually every race I am 100 per cent sure what setup I need, and the engineers understand me and believe in me," added Kovalainen.

He would not go into detail about his misgivings with McLaren.

"I don't like to complain, but if I knew then what I know now, I would have done a number of things differently," said the winner of the 2008 Hungarian GP.

It is clear that Lotus will field an unchanged driver lineup next year, with Kovalainen again alongside fellow grand prix winner Jarno Trulli.

Technical boss Mike Gascoyne said Lotus decided to pay for two experienced drivers in the quest to unlock the commercial benefits of finishing the 2010 championship in tenth place.

"If there is a crazy race with a big start crash with rain or something," he said, "then Heikki and Jarno are more likely to score than inexperienced, young drivers," he said. More ...

07/04/10
irl
Watkins Glen Sunday Notebook  Andretti Autosport announced today that Team IZOD driver Ryan Hunter-Reay will run the rest of the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season after a group of team sponsors stepped up to fund the effort.

The team also unveiled a new charitable initiative connected to Hunter-Reay's No. 37 entry called "Racing For Cancer." The program, which was developed by Tom Vossman, chief executive officer of team sponsor Inland Industrial Services Group, will raise money for cancer research and other charitable causes in honor of Hunter-Reay's mother, Lydia, who lost her battle with colon cancer in November 2009. More ...

07/04/10
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NASCAR.com delivers record setting traffic  NASCAR.COM, official site of NASCAR, set a new single-day record for total video views (live and on demand) with 986,000 (up 544% vs. last year) for its coverage of last night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing from Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR.COM also experienced over 20% growth in page views (+27% to 5.7 million) and daily uniques (+22% to 876K), with total streams on TNT RaceBuddy up 71%. The NASCAR webcast page delivered 365,000 page views (+168% vs. last year), 145K daily uniques (+131% vs. last year), and 186K visits (+130% vs. last year).  Source: Omniture
07/04/10
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Vernay outduels Hinchcliffe in Indy Lights race  
(L to R) James Hinchcliffe (2nd), JK Vernay (1st) and Sebastian Saavedra (3rd)
Gail Miller/AR1.com
Sam Schmidt motorsports rookie driver JK Vernay from France outdueled James Hinchliffe to win Sunday's Firestone Indy Lights Corning 100 race at Watkins Glen.  Vernay passed Hinchcliffe by slipstreaming him down the backstraight and slipped under him going into the bus stop turn on lap 19.  From there it was a great duel between the two drivers as Vernay won his 3rd race of the year by just 0.21s.  Sebastian Saavedra was 3rd for Andretti Autosport. 

Hinchcliffe admitted his mistake in Turn 1 opened the door for Vernay to get a run on him down the backstraight.  "If I had not made the mistake I do not think anyone would have been able to beat us today.  But he was running less wing so once he got in front of me I was not able to get a run back on him because he had a bit more speed down the straight.  He did not make any major mistakes to give me a chance to get back by him." More ...

07/04/10
irl
Hunter-Reay thinks IndyCar should park Duno  UPDATE #2 A reader writes, Dear Autoracing1, Thank you for publishing the video of Milk Duno talking about taking Ryan Hunter-Reay out of contention in yesterdays IndyCar qualifying.  After watching the video it is clear that Milka is as clueless off the track as she is on it.  Beginning, middle and end of the video was Milka pointing out the fact that RHR caused the yellow the resulted in Ryan having to put in three laps better than every other drivers single best lap due to the penalty he received for bringing out the yellow, which was losing his two fastest qualifying laps.

Hunter-Reay paid his penalty (forfeiting times that would have been good for 3rd and 4th place in the order) and there was time remaining for a single lap which RHR was on and it was faster than his previous two easily ensuring he would move on to the next qualifying competition amongst the final twelve.  Problem was that he came upon Milka Duno on that final lap, more than NINE seconds off the pace, but more critically totally unaware of a car fully along side of her and turned in on Hunter-Reay mid-corner forcing him to lock up the brakes to avoid a massive accident. More ...

07/04/10
automotive
McLaren Automotive Inc. announces Six Retailer Candidates in USA  McLaren Automotive, based in Woking, England, is pleased to announce the launch of McLaren Automotive Inc. The company headquarters will be located in New York City with operations including sales, marketing, after sales and retailer development for North America.

In addition, the first six of ten initial retailer candidates have been identified in preparation for the launch of the 2012 McLaren MP4-12C which goes on sale in U.S. and Canada beginning summer 2011:
·        McLaren Beverly Hills: The Auto Gallery
·        McLaren Chicago: Lake Forest Sportscars   
·        McLaren Dallas: Park Place
·        McLaren Greenwich: Miller Motorcars 
·        McLaren San Francisco: Price Family Dealerships
·        McLaren Tampa Bay: Dew Luxury Motor Cars More ...
07/04/10
irl
Hunter-Reay gets ride for rest of year  
(L to R) John Lopes, Tom Vossman, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Michal Fux and Starke Taylor pose after the announcement
Gail Miller/AR1.com
Andretti Autosport announced today that Team IZOD driver Ryan Hunter-Reay is set to run the remainder of the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season after a group of team sponsors stepped up collectively to fund the effort. 

In addition to confirming Hunter-Reay's full-season participation, the team also unveiled a new charitable initiative connected to the #37 entry called "Racing For Cancer." The program, which was developed by Tom Vossman - chief executive officer of team sponsor Inland Industrial Services Group - will raise money for cancer research and other charitable causes in honor of Hunter-Reay's mother, Lydia, who lost her battle with colon cancer in November 2009. More ...

07/04/10
motogp
Jorge Lorenzo wins again for Yamaha Grand Prix of Catalunya  Jorge Lorenzo took an emphatic home win in front of a passionate Catalan crowd at Montmelo this afternoon, his fifth victory of the season and third in a row. This means that Yamaha now has more wins than any other manufacturer in the four-stroke MotoGP era, with 57. Wataru Yoshikawa, standing in for the injured Valentino Rossi, put in a brave performance to finish 15th in extremely hot conditions, taking a championship point in the process.

Starting from pole, also for the third consecutive race, Lorenzo lost ground to Dani Pedrosa into turn one but his fellow Spaniard then ran wide, leaving the Fiat Yamaha man in the lead. The next few laps saw Lorenzo at the head of a tight trio, as Andrea Dovizioso and Casey Stoner pushed hard to stay with him. Early on lap four the Italian Dovizioso briefly got his nose in front but Lorenzo soon got back by him to lead once again the next time around. On lap six the trio became a twosome when Stoner ran off track, but it looked like Lorenzo might have a battle on his hands as Dovizioso showed no signs of letting him get away. With ten laps to go however Dovizioso crashed out, leaving Lorenzo nearly six seconds clear of Pedrosa in second. From then on it was just a case of keeping his head as the tires started to slide more and more in the extreme heat, but the 23-year-old is a cool customer these days and he eventually flew over the line 4.754 seconds ahead of Pedrosa, with Stoner third. Lorenzo has taken a hat-trick of wins once before in his career, in his 250cc days, and is the first Yamaha rider to take three wins from three poles since Eddie Lawson in 1986. More ...

07/04/10
f2
Relentless Stoneman claims victory in race two  
Stoneman is joined by Jolyon Palmer and Nicola De Marco on the podium
F2
Dean Stoneman took a commanding victory in the second race in Portugal, the Briton jumping Jolyon Palmer from the start and setting a relentless pace to eventually clinch his third win of the year by just over four seconds.

Palmer limited the damage done to his championship lead by finishing second, although the Briton came under intense pressure from Nicola De Marco and Benjamin Bailly as the race drew to a close.

De Marco crossed the finish line less than half a second behind Palmer, clinging on to third after running wide at turn 13 on the final lap to give Benjamin Bailly a sniff of his third podium in a row. Bailly had trailed De Marco by less than one second for almost the entire race, but wasn't quite close enough and had to settle for fourth. More ...

07/04/10
irl
Briscoe tops morning warm-up  Penske Racing's Ryan Briscoe topped Sunday morning IndyCar warm-uos at Watkins Glen. He was followed closely by Helio Castroneves, Dario Franchitti, Ryan Hunter-Reay and pole sitter Will Power. Bringing up the rear was Milka Duno.
07/04/10
ga
ECR Engines, GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing  Announce Engine Program  Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines and GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing have reached a multi-year agreement for the Welcome, North Carolina, based engine company to supply engines to the championship-winning GRAND-AM Rolex Series Daytona Prototype race team.

Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty co-drive the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Chevrolet-powered Riley. The GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing team earned the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Team and Driver Championships in 2007 and again in 2009. The team is currently fifth in the GRAND-AM Rolex Series Daytona Prototype team point standings after seven of 12 races in 2010. More ...
07/04/10
f1
Hamilton excuses passionate Alonso's outburst  (GMM)  Lewis Hamilton has moved to end a new war of words with his former sparring partner Fernando Alonso.

In the wake of Alonso's post-Valencia outburst, suggesting "even a child" knows the safety car cannot be overtaken, Hamilton hit back by reportedly accusing the Spaniard of "sour grapes".

But at a paintballing session with his McLaren teammate Jenson Button and the British media, the 25-year-old insisted he is not concerned about Alonso's claim that stewards "manipulated" his European GP victory. More ...

07/04/10
IRL
New poll up  We have a new poll up on our home page asking - that given Milka Duno's lack of pace what should the IndyCar series do with her?  Results of our last poll:

Which concept IndyCar do you think is best?

Honda Concept (1566) 25%
Dallara Concept (566) 9%
DeltaWing Concept (889) 14%
Lola Concept (1909) 31%
Swift Concept (1231) 20%

Total Votes: 6161
07/04/10
f1
Whitmarsh: 20 races are enough  
Martin Whitmarsh
McLaren
McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh reckons the Formula One calendar should not go beyond 20 grands prix.  Already this season there are 19 races on the calendar as the Canadian Grand Prix made its return while Korea will host its inaugural event later in the season.

Next year there could be as many as 20 races with India scheduled to join the F1 circus while the following season should see the return of the United States GP with Texas having been named as the new hosts.

"I think 20 races is a lot in my opinion," Whitmarsh said during a FOTA Fans' Forum earlier this week.

"I don't think we should go more than 20 races. Twenty races is three-day events at 60 days of the year and I don't think our product is one that you want greater exposure than that.

"There were a lot of people who said 18 was too many; a lot of people are now saying 20 is too many.

"I don't think we should grow certainly beyond 20."

07/04/10
f2
Perfect Palmer doubles up in Portimao  
Jolyon Palmer
F2
Championship leader Jolyon Palmer secured his fifth pole of the 2010 campaign with a commanding performance in the second qualifying session in the Algarve.

Dean Stoneman had held top spot after going out early on fresh rubber, but his provisional pole time always looked slightly fragile and so it proved as Palmer hooked up a fantastic lap to finish more than two tenths clear of his fellow Briton.

"It's great - I'm really enjoying the track," said Palmer. "I was very confident coming in to today, I had good pace in the race yesterday and obviously pole as well, I knew I could do a good job so I just put my head down and concentrated on making the best of the boost lap and it worked!" More ...

07/04/10
f1
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Formula One president Todt checks out NASCAR  Jean Todt was guest of NASCAR and International Speedway Corp. at Daytona International Speedway this weekend. Todt, who replaced Max Mosley as president of the FIA (Formula One's governing body) in October, received exposure to American auto racing, which included the Nationwide Series race on Friday night followed by the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the Sprint Cup race on Saturday. So what was Todt's interest in NASCAR? "You know, simply, why all those people are here," Todt said. "It's very interesting to see what the others are doing, and it's always something to learn about. Of course, there are reasons why NASCAR is so big in America and why Formula One has never really been able so far to do something out here while doing a lot in other countries around the world. It's a fascinating experience." Fox Sports
07/04/10
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Busch explains how Montoya wrecked him  
Kyle Busch, who led for 23 laps (second only to race winner Kevin Harvick with 28), brought out the fourth caution after tangling with Juan Pablo Montoya in the backstretch on lap 104
Chris Graythen/Getty Images
What happened to take you out of the race? “I don’t know -- the replay shows I turned right across the nose of the 42 (Juan Pablo Montoya) so apparently I wanted to wreck myself -- I don’t know.  Some people they don’t understand what happens in these cars.  With the old tires like that I’ve got no grip, I’m barely hanging on sliding around as it is out there.  When his air was on my quarter-panel like that it just started turning my car down the straightaway and I was going across the front of his nose and it was all air without him hitting me.  I’m sure somehow it’s my fault.”

Did you think you were clear and you ran out of room? “No, actually what happens is that nobody really understands in these things is the draft when you’re beside somebody like that they can move you -- they have control on your car.  And he (Juan Pablo Montoya) was too close to my side and it started turning me sideways down the straightaway without even touching me just like I did to Denny (Hamlin) and he started turning before I even got him or the 6 (David Ragan) in practice.” More ...

07/04/10
irl
IndyCar Start Tire Selection for Sunday  
Primary (black): #12 Power, #3 Castroneves, #6 Briscoe, #26 Andretti, #27 Carroll, #2 Matos, #77 Tagliani, #4 Wheldon, #7 Patrick, #19 Lloyd, #8 Viso.

Alternate (red): #10 Franchitti, #5 Sato, #22 Wilson, #9 Dixon, #32 Moraes, #24 Tracy, #11 Kanaan, #06 Mutoh, #78 de Silvestro, #37 Hunter-Reay, #14 Meira, #34 Romancini, #36 Baguette, #18 Duno.

IZOD IndyCar Series rules mandate the use of the alternate "red" tires for at least two green-flag laps during road/street course races.

07/04/10
irl
IndyCar Watkins Glen Saturday notebook  Anders Krohn will make his Firestone Indy Lights debut this weekend in the No. 4 Andersen Racing entry. Krohn, from Stavanger, Norway, is the first Norwegian competitor in series history.

Krohn, a 22-year-old nicknamed "The Viking," competes full time for Andersen Racing in the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear. He also has competed for the team in the Cooper Tires presents the U.S. F2000 National Championship.

Firestone Indy Lights, the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear and the Cooper Tires presents the U.S. F2000 National Championship are the three series in the Road to Indy developmental ladder system to the IZOD IndyCar Series. More ...

07/04/10
track news
Register for Sebring's COSMOpolitan Event  ALMS star Guy Cosmo hosts this two-day lapping and driver training event in conjunction with the FCRA Ferrari Club Race. Novice drivers and experienced road racers alike will enjoy this weekend, all under the guidance of professional race drivers and instructors. VIP accommodations at the Four Points by Sheraton Chateau Elan are being offered, making this an event the entire family will enjoy. Each participant will receive a 30-minute facial and your choice of either a 30-minute therapeutic massage or hydrotherapy bath. The first 15 guests who register for this event will receive an upgrade to a new suite wing room.  For more info visit www.sebringraceway.com
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