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07/05/13
nnw

Kenseth wins Nationwide race at Daytona
With two laps remaining in Friday night's Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway, Matt Kenseth had a choice to make.

He could go with the lane he preferred -- the outside -- or the driver who had pushed him for the previous 20 laps, James Buescher.

Kenseth chose Buescher, and the decision paid off with the 27th NASCAR Nationwide Series victory of his career.

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07/05/13
irl

Mears provides ace in the hole for Team Penske
Rick Mears
Penske Racing's Mark Donohue won the first Indy car race at Pocono Raceway (1971) and Danny Sullivan the last (1989). In between, three other drivers totaled five victories on the 2.5-mile tri-oval for the team.

Rick Mears won in 1982, '85 and '87. He added two runner-up finishes and a third place, and started from the pole four times.

"He was the master of this place," said Team Penske's Helio Castroneves, who enters the Pocono INDYCAR 400 Fueled by Sunoco on July 7 with the championship points lead through 10 of 19 races.

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07/05/13
fil

Munoz leads Open Lights Test at Pocono
Carlos Munoz took to Pocono Raceway as he does nearly every other track in Firestone Indy Lights -- quickly.

The Colombian, driving the No. 26 Dialy-Ser car for Andretti Autosport, was the fastest in the Open Test (187.688 mph; 47.9518 seconds) on the 2.5-mile tri-oval in which eight drivers logged 795 laps in preparation for the July 6 Pocono 100.

Points leader Sage Karam led much of the afternoon session and was second fastest at 187.548 mph, while his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with Curb-Agajanian teammate Gabby Chaves (186.187 mph) was third fast. Zach Veach, who recorded a field-high 140 laps, was fourth (186.150 mph) in the No. 12 K12 Andretti Autosport car.

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07/05/13
nassprint

Busch wins pole at Daytona
Four cars powered by Toyota Racing Development engines suffered problems the last time NASCAR’s premier series competed at Daytona International Speedway. When the circuit races here again Saturday night, cars powered by TRD engines will occupy four of the first five starting positions.

Toyota drivers take that as a positive sign that TRD is continuing to get a handle on the issues that have loomed over the manufacturer’s entries on NASCAR’s top level. Toyotas dominated Friday’s qualifying session for the track’s annual July race, with Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth leading a stable that claimed four of the first five positions.

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07/05/13
alms

Lucas Luhr qualifying at Lime RockGraf and Luhr win ALMS pole at Lime Rock
Lakeville, CT - Muscle Milk Pickett Racing returned to action today at Lime Rock Park in grand fashion as Lucas Luhr scored the pole position for Saturday's American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix.

After leading both practice sessions earlier on in the day, the team continued its run atop the charts by scoring their first pole position of the season with a lap time of 44.369 seconds around the 1.474-mile, seven-turn road course.

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07/05/13
irl

Sato: You need to get Turns 1 and 3 right
Takuma Sato and the ABC Supply/AJ Foyt Racing team are in their first season together. Sato is making his first start at Pocono Raceway. At Iowa Speedway, Sato did not finish the race after qualifying 7th (he started 17th due to unscheduled engine change). Sato is now eighth in the IZOD IndyCar Series standings.

Takuma Sato On:

Pocono Raceway: “I enjoyed coming to Pocono for the first time and driving this very unique oval. All corners have a different characteristic and are very challenging. We’re traveling similar speeds to Indianapolis so the front straight is very fast but you don’t feel the speed because it is so wide; all you can see are beautiful mountains and trees—it’s a very open, airy view. But you do realize how fast you are traveling when you reach Turn 1 which is very tight [laughs].

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07/05/13
nnw

Hertz and Penske Racing Introduce Special Edition Ford Mustang GT
Hertz Penske GT
The Hertz Corporation, the world’s largest general use airport car rental brand, and Penske Racing, today introduced the special edition “Hertz Penske GT.” The Penske-inspired Ford Mustang GT, with a 5.0 liter V8 engine, joins other American muscle cars in the Hertz Adrenaline Collection and features performance upgrades to give consumers an exhilarating driving experience. The exclusive, limited edition vehicle is available at select U.S. airport locations and was introduced on Friday, July 5, at Subway Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway. 

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07/05/13
f1

German GP: Friday Quotes


Red Bull-Renault

Sebastian Vettel (1st, 1:30.416): "I wasn't so happy with the car this morning and Mercedes were quick, but in the afternoon we were in better shape. We'll see, but so far I am happy. To be clear about yesterday and the GPDA meeting: the general agreement was that we're happy Pirelli bought a new specification of tire for this event and want to thank them for their flexibility and reaction times, "they were able to find a solution in only a couple of days. The circumstances that we raced under in Silverstone were not what we can accept, but I don't think we will see those issues again."

Mark Webber (3rd, 1:30.683): "It was okay today and we had dry weather, which was good, "it meant we could get our runs done on both compounds and the new tires seem okay. Pirelli have done what they can and gone back to tires they know work here. It's impossible to tell how they will affect the performance of the car, "but it feels comfortable so far."

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07/05/13
alms

American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix - Practice 1 Times
Pos CL P Class No Drivers Time Speed Diff Laps Make
1 1 P1 6 Graf/Luhr 45.824 115.800 -.--- 27 HPD ARX-03a
2 1 P2 551 Tucker/Briscoe 47.539 111.622 1.715 24 HPD ARX-03b
3 2 P2 01 Sharp/Cosmo 47.926 110.721 2.102 28 HPD ARX-03b
4 3 P2 02 Brown/van Overbeek 48.053 110.428 2.229 33 HPD ARX-03b
5 1 PC 05 Bennett/Braun 49.040 108.206 3.216 34 ORECA FLM09
6 2 PC 9 Junqueira/Ende 49.040 108.206 3.216 13 ORECA FLM09
7 4 P2 552 Tucker/Franchitti 49.519 107.159 3.695 23 HPD ARX-03b
8 3 PC 8 Marcelli/Cumming 49.551 107.090 3.727 26 ORECA FLM09
9 2 P1 0 Meyrick/Legge 49.944 106.247 4.120 26 DeltaWing LM12
10 4 PC 18 Nunez/Booth 50.032 106.060 4.208 33 ORECA FLM09
11 5 PC 81 Schultis/van der Zande 50.717 104.628 4.893 27 ORECA FLM09
12 6 PC 7 Drissi/Mitchell 50.829 104.397 5.005 29 ORECA FLM09
13 7 PC 52 Guasch/Cheng 51.016 104.014 5.192 30 ORECA FLM09
14 1 GT 56 Müller/Edwards 52.119 101.813 6.295 32 BMW Z4 GTE
15 2 GT 55 Auberlen/Martin 52.122 101.807 6.298 26 BMW Z4 GTE
16 3 GT 3 Magnussen/Garcia 52.244 101.570 6.420 26 Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1
17 4 GT 4 Gavin/Milner 52.273 101.513 6.449 24 Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1
18 5 GT 06 Long/Kimber-Smith 52.360 101.345 6.536 25 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
19 6 GT 48 Miller/Holzer 52.402 101.263 6.578 27 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
20 7 GT 23 Sweedler/Bell 52.568 100.944 6.744 26 Ferrari F458 Italia
21 8 GT 17 Henzler/Sellers 52.641 100.804 6.817 24 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
22 9 GT 93 Bomarito/Wittmer 52.789 100.521 6.965 26 SRT Viper GTS-R
23 10 GT 62 Beretta/Malucelli 52.871 100.365 7.047 26 Ferrari F458 Italia
24 11 GT 91 Farnbacher/Goossens 53.111 99.912 7.287 21 SRT Viper GTS-R
25 1 GTC 45 Canache, Jr./Pumpelly 55.922 94.889 10.098 27 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
26 2 GTC 22 MacNeil/Bleekemolen 56.069 94.641 10.245 27 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
27 3 GTC 27 Dempsey/Lally 56.262 94.316 10.438 27 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
28 4 GTC 66 Keating/Faulkner 56.428 94.038 10.604 24 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
29 5 GTC 11 Hedlund/Heylen 56.434 94.028 10.610 25 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
30 6 GTC 44 Neiman/von Moltke 56.467 93.973 10.643 27 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
31 7 GTC 30 Cisneros/Armindo 56.542 93.849 10.718 27 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
32 8 GTC 68 Ostella/Stanton 56.731 93.536 10.907 22 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup


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07/05/13
gp3

Sims on top in Nurburgring Free Practice
British driver Alexander Sims (Status Grand Prix) topped the opening session of Round 4 of the GP3 Series on his return to GP3. Carlin’s Eric Lichtenstein and Marussia Manor Racing’s Dino Zamparelli were second and third.

The 27 drivers fed onto the Nurburgring circuit with warm temperatures and a dry track. Many of the drivers list Nurburgring as one of their favorite tracks to drive with a selection of them making their first appearance at this track and using the 45 minute session wisely to learn the challenges of the German circuit.

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07/05/13
gp2

Maiden pole position for Stephane Richelmi
Stephane Richelmi
Stephane Richelmi is a happy man: following his first 2013 GP2 podium finish in Silverstone, the Monegasque driver grabbed a maiden pole position at the Nurburgring today out-qualifying teammate Marcus Ericsson by two tenths of a second. Rookie Robin Frijns completed the top three.

The qualifying session opened in similar conditions as this morning’s free practice’s. All twenty-six drivers opted for Super Soft Pirelli tires. Eager to get back to the top, Series leader Stefano Coletti set the early pace in a 1:39.274 although he hit traffic in his final sector. Richelmi was quick to improve on his countryman’s lap time until Ericsson clocked in a time of 1:38.763, a shy six hundredths quicker than Frijns in P2 and with Felipe Nasr third.

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07/05/13
f1

GPDA directors back-pedal on boycott threat
(GMM)  GPDA director and German Sebastian Vettel back-pedaled on Friday, after the drivers' union earlier threatened to boycott his home race this weekend.

Pirelli and the FIA's reaction since the Silverstone chaos, allied with the vastly different characteristics of the Nurburgring, meant that Friday was a smooth day of practice, hosting no noteworthy tire problems.

Pedro de la Rosa, the Grand Prix Drivers' Association president, began the day in Germany insisting the word 'boycott' should not be used.

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07/05/13
f1

Raikkonen unfazed by Lauda's 'wimp' jibe
Kimi Raikkonen
(GMM)  Kimi Raikkonen declined to hit back at Niki Lauda on Friday, despite the F1 legend calling him a "wimp".

Told that triple world champion and Mercedes chairman Lauda has been talking about him, Raikkonen said at the Nurburgring: "Huh?  To me?  He (Lauda) hasn't spoken to me."

The 2007 world champion was then told by the interviewer for Tagesspiegel newspaper that Lauda had said ignoring Red Bull's offer of a 2014 seat would make him a "wimp".

"I don't care what he says," said the Finn.  "He likes to talk a lot and that doesn't concern me.

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07/05/13
f1

German GP: Vettel tops Practice 2
Vettel is focused
Sebastian Vettel was fastest in second practice at the Nurburgring with a time of 1m30.416s, ahead of the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Red Bull teammate Mark Webber.

Romain Grosjean was fourth for Lotus, 0.427s back. His teammate Kimi Raikkonen was fifth, with Fernando Alonso sixth and Felipe Massa seventh.

Lewis Hamilton did full tank runs and finished in eighth spot, with Jenson Button ninth and Paul di Resta rounding out the top 10 for Force India.

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07/05/13
f1

Pirelli not taking all the blame - Hembery
Paul Hembery
(GMM)  Paul Hembery on Friday insisted Pirelli can not take all the blame for the tire-exploding chaos of last weekend's British grand prix.

Some teams had hit back at their Italian supplier, after Pirelli pointed the finger at those running extreme tire pressures, wheel cambers and swapping rear tires left to right.

"Just to be clear," McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh told Britain's Sky on Friday, "we always ran within the correct pressures and the correct cambers and everything we did was agreed with Pirelli."

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07/05/13
f1

Drivers to 'think' before F1 boycott - de la Rosa
Pedro de la Rosa
(GMM)  Pedro de la Rosa on Friday clarified that formula one drivers will not necessarily leap into boycotting this weekend's German grand prix.

With the tire-exploding Silverstone race still fresh in memories, practice at the Nurburgring took place early on Friday without incident.

Earlier, the drivers' union GPDA had warned that more tire blow-ups would trigger a strike.

But on Friday morning, when pressed for detail as to how the drivers will actually decide to hang up their helmets, GPDA president and Ferrari tester de la Rosa said: "We will see.

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07/05/13
f1

Martin Whitmarsh Q and A
Sky Sports' Martin Brundle caught up with Martin Whitmarsh in the Nurburgring paddock and the McLaren Team Principal said he will support his drivers if they wish to boycott the race. The 55-year-old also admitted the team now regret some of the design decisions they took with the MP4-28.

Martin Brundle: No issues with tyres in that session then - they seem to be hanging on pretty well on that Mercedes...

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07/05/13
gp2

Robin Frijns sets the pace in opening GP2 practice
Robin Frijns
Hilmer Motorsport resumed their display of speed in this morning’s free practice at the Nurburgring: rookie and Barcelona race winner Robin Frijns topped the session with a lap time of 1:39.838, one tenth quicker than Sam Bird. Rookie Mitch Evans completed the top three.

The session opened  under grey skies but on a dry track. The twenty-six cars fed to the track on Medium Pirelli tires as soon as the lights turned green. The times tumbled quickly until Series leader Stefano Coletti set the early pace in a 1:40.340, six tenths of a second quicker than closest rival James Calado. But Frijns was on a mission this morning and topped the timesheet after he found some extra pace to better the Monegasque’s lap time by nine hundredths. Tom Dillmann moved up to third, but his teammate Bird was the first man to break under the 1m40s barrier. The Brit set the first two sectors in purple and improved in the third sector to claim the top spot with a lap time of 1:39.962.

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07/05/13
irl

No Hard Feelings: IndyCar Finally Returns to Pocono
Mario Andretti at Pocono Thursday gives a Thumbs Up
Indy cars return to race at Pocono Raceway for the first time in 24 years this weekend, and the guy for whom Andretti Road here was named says he can't wait.

Mario Andretti, 73, has called the track weekly, looking for updates, even offering his help. He lives nearby, about 35 miles away. "He's like a little kid," said Brandon Igdalsky, the racetrack's 37-year-old president and chief executive officer. "He's so excited the race is back in his backyard."

The Izod IndyCar Series—the open-wheel racers that run in the Indianapolis 500—is holding a 400-mile race Sunday at Pocono, which is 100 miles from New York.

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07/05/13
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday (Update) UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

07/05/13
  • Audi and Porsche again say no to F1
    Tire crisis deepens as drivers threaten boycott
  • Red Bull asks fans to help decide 2014 driver
  • Audi questions 'sense' of F1 for carmakers
  • Mika Salo expects 2013 race return for Kovalainen
  • FIA moves further to end tire-exploding chaos
  • FIA confirms tire operating restrictions New
  • Tires behave in first practice New
  • Alonso: We have to trust it won't be dangerous New

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07/05/13
wc

O'Connell and Lee Take World Challenge Poles at Lime Rock Park
Lakeville, CT -  Johnny O'Connell, of Flowery Branch, GA, and Andy Lee, of Colorado Springs, CO posted the fastest laps in GT and GTS respectively during Thursday's qualifying session for the Round 8 Race of the Cadillac Grand Prix of Lime Rock Park. GT and GTS cars will take to the grid for the Round 8 race Friday at 12:10pm.

O'Connell, in the No. 3 Cadillac Racing/Cadillac CTS-V.R claimed his fourth pole of the 2013 season after posting a time of 51.271 at 103.497 mph. His lap also eclipsed the previous Pirelli World Challenge qualifying lap record at Lime Rock Park that was set by Lou Gigliotti in 2005.

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07/05/13
f1

Mercedes duo continue their dominance in Germany
Mercedes who cheated by testing Pirelli tires secretly, and even going so far as making their drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg wear black helmets so anyone photographing the cars would not know their regular drivers were behind the wheel, continue to use that advantage gained by dominating F1 in every session of every race since then. And the other teams, instead of refusing to race, appear happy to let the Mercedes team beat them. In other words, they have 'bent over and took one for the gipper.'

Lewis Hamilton beat teammate Nico Rosberg Friday morning in the first German Grand Prix practice session.

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07/05/13
racing news

Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series makes North American debut
70hp Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo
Guests and spectators at the American Le Mans North East Grand Prix witnessed a sample of the all-wheel, 570hp Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series in action with two successful practice sessions completed. Appearing for the first time on US soil, the focus now turns to the weekend action as the inaugural North American Super Trofeo race gets under way.

Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Series Coordinator, Tristan Herbert said, "Not only did the cars look great and they ran smoothly in both sessions. The anticipation and excitement of the series is building with the drivers and teams but also with the fans and spectators here at Lime Rock. We are looking forward to the qualifying session and first race tomorrow."

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07/05/13
nassprint

Allmendinger tops Thursday practice at Daytona
In the opening session, AJ Allmendinger was one of just two drivers to break the 200 mph barrier. Allmendinger, who recently earned his first NASCAR national series victory at the Nationwide Series race at Road America, ran his fourth lap in 44.951 seconds, averaging a best speed of 200.218 mph. Clint Bowyer was right behind him, running the 2.5 mile tri-oval in 44.952 seconds.

Carl Edwards (199.831, 45.038), Juan Pablo Montoya (199.707, 45.066) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (199.344, 45.148) rounded out the top-five. Danica Patrick, who earned the pole earlier this season for the Daytona 500, was seventh on the leaderboard.

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07/05/13
IRL

Rahal seeking second victory for family at Pocono
Graham Rahal was seven months old when his father, Bobby, won the Quaker State 500 at Pocono Raceway on Aug. 21, 1988, providing Truesports its final Indy car victory.

This weekend, the second-generation IndyCar driver seeks to claim the family's second victory at Pocono in the No. 15 Midas/Big O Tires car for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

Bob Rahal made eight starts on the 2.5-mile tri-oval from 1982-89 - the final Indy car race at Pocono until this weekend. His best start was second in 1984 and he qualified in the first two rows in six of his eight events.

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