Charlie Kimball believes IndyCar should consider going green on its finishes. The second-year driver expressed his concern after finishing second behind Ryan Hunter-Reay under a caution flag at the Honda Indy Toronto on Sunday. And the caution came as a result of several pileups that occurred after a restart on the 82nd lap of the 85-lap race.
''I think race control and the driver's association need to discuss with five laps to go trying to finish under green,'' Kimball said. ''Maybe we go for a single-file restart instead of sweeping two-wide, because that way we can have a race.''
Lotus F1 Owners Looking To Make Move Into Soccer Business Lotus F1 racing team owners are "branching into the hazardous financial world of football by setting up an investment vehicle" to spend as much as €500M ($614.4M) on "the beautiful game," according to Roger Blitz of the FINANCIAL TIMES.
The Genii Group co-founders Gerard Lopez and Eric Lux, whose private equity fund Genii Capital acquired the old Renault F1 team in '09, have their eyes set on "about five second-tier European clubs, as well as a dozen football-related businesses" such as player agencies, academies and media rights management companies. The vehicle will be managed by Genii’s sister company Mangrove Capital Partners, an early investor in Skype. It has recruited Ferran Soriano and Marc Ingla, both of whom were senior executives at FC Barcelona "during its triumphant run over recent years."
Penske comments on Allmendinger suspension Following the news NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver AJ Allmendinger had been temporarily suspended from the sport after failing a random drug test, SPEED reporter Robin Miller talked with team owner Roger Penske in Toronto at the IndyCar race. Penske’s comments on the situation aired on Sunday’s edition of SPEED Center at 7 p.m. ET:
Miller: RP, you flew in from Europe last night and got some unfortunate news …
Penske: “Well, yes it’s unfortunate, obviously, when you come back … and we’re having such a good season … to have a disappointment like that with AJ. You know, there’s still some time. He’s got another test they have to look at this next week and then we’ll make a decision. Obviously, we support the NASCAR program of drug-free drivers, mechanics and crew members and we need to abide by that. To me, it’s a big speed bump for us, but at the end of the day, we’ve had situations before that we’ve had to deal with and we’re going to be professional, we are going to support the sport and we don’t want to let our sponsors down. At this point, we’ll just wait and see.”
Bourdais disappointed to miss podium Whether at home in St. Petersburg, Fla., with his two daughters or in his profession, rarely does the four-time CART champion have extended time to kick back.
Take his IZOD IndyCar Series month break - June oval races at Texas, Milwaukee and Iowa during which Katherine Legge drove the TrueCar car for Dragon Racing. Following the June 3 race at Belle Isle, Bourdais competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series' Six Hours of the Glen (third place).
Returning for the Honda Indy Toronto, Bourdais qualified a season-high fourth and was in line for a podium finish until sliding into the Turn 1 tire barrier because of slight contact with the car driven by Charlie Kimball on a restart with three laps left. His seventh race of the season didn't end as he would have liked, but it showed progress for the team.
Harvicks Welcome Baby Boy Kevin and DeLana Harvick welcomed son Keelan Paul Harvick (pronounced Keylan) Sunday, July 8th, 2012.
Keelan weighed in at 6.8 lbs. and 19.5 INCHES. Throughout the pregnancy, the Harvicks had jokingly referred to their son as "Baby Otis" on Twitter and in public.
"Waiting on Keelan was the longest nine months of my entire life," Kevin Harvick said. "But time literally stood still when I held our baby for the first time. I've accomplished a lot in my life that I'm proud of, but those moments don't hold a candle to becoming a father and seeing that little face looking up at you. DeLana and I are just amazed by how special and rewarding this is."
Like 'Baghdad Bob', Brian France in denial as his business spirals downward
The green flag dropped on Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 NASCAR race with all 57,000 seats in Daytona International Speedway’s backstretch grandstands empty. With decreased demand, NASCAR’s most famous track never offered those seats for sale, in stark contrast to the days when sellouts were routine at Daytona and most other tracks on racing’s premier Sprint Cup series.
NASCAR, which has a big footprint in the Charlotte area and was once viewed as the country’s fastest-growing pro sport, continues to grapple with perhaps its most troubling ongoing challenge: declining ticket sales.
Actual NASCAR attendance figures are difficult to come by, but according to securities filings, ticket sales revenue fell by 38 percent over the past five years at its three publicly traded companies, which host 35 of the 38 race weekends – 36 points races and two special events.
“Things aren’t perfect and easy, no,” NASCAR Chairman Brian France said Friday. “But a lot of people would like to have our problems.”
Schumacher can stay on grid 'forever' - Ecclestone (GMM) Bernie Ecclestone has backed Michael Schumacher to extend his formula one comeback.
The seven time world champion's existing three year contract, following his ultra-successful first career that spanned a record-smashing 91 race wins, ends this season.
43-year-old Schumacher has faced criticism since returning from retirement in 2010, but at Monaco this year he was back on pole position, and at Valencia last time out he finished on the podium.
And on Sunday, when the great German started the British grand prix from third place, F1 chief executive Ecclestone said: "He's doing a good job; he's third on the grid here -- you can't ask for much more.
"Why shouldn't he stay another ten years?" wondered the diminutive Briton, who thinks the presence on the grid of an F1 living legend is a good thing for his sport.
"If it was up to me, he would stay forever," Ecclestone is quoted by the German news agency SID.
Dani Pedrosa took his maiden victory of the 2012 season at the Grand Prix of Germany in a dramatic race which saw team mate Casey Stoner crash out just two turns from the checkered flag whilst running in second position.
The Repsol Honda riders set an incredible pace from the beginning that no one else could match and they arrived at the final lap neck and neck, almost fifteen seconds ahead of Lorenzo in third position.
Riding on the limit, Dani and Casey were matching times in a fantastic battle and on this occasion Dani emerged victorious, celebrating his third victory in a row (fourth in MotoGP and fifth in all classes) at Sachsenring.
De Villota awake and 'talking to family' - boss (GMM) Marussia team boss John Booth on Sunday had some good news about Maria de Villota's improving condition.
Although upgraded from a "critical" to "serious" condition in the wake of her latest head and facial surgery, the last word about the 32-year-old Spaniard was that she was in an artificial coma.
No more. Booth said just ahead of the British grand prix that the team's test driver, who lost her right eye after an horror testing crash at Duxford airfield on Tuesday, is now awake and "talking with her family".
Jakes engine change results in 10-grid penalty James Jakes has made an unapproved engine change and will have a ten-spot grid penalty for today’s race. So far Jakes, Tagliani, Hinchcliffe and De Silvestro have 10-spot grid penalties. We will issue an updated starting line-up reflective of the engine changes after this morning’s warm up.
TV quotes from NASCAR Coke Zero 400 McReynolds on racing at Daytona: “It’s amazing, we’re going to run 160 laps and 400 miles and probably we’re not going to know who’s going to win this thing until they come off turn four and come back to that checkered flag.”
Dallenbach on racing at Daytona: “If you’re in this race with one lap to go – no matter where you are – you really have a shot to win this race.”
(TNT’s Countdown the Green crew interviewed No.14 Tony Stewart) Stewart on racing at Daytona and the importance of driver positioning at the start of the race (Stewart started in 42nd position]: “It really doesn’t matter [where you start].”
Buller storms to first win in chaotic Silverstone race
William Buller - winner (Carlin) Daly (Lotus GP) Niederhauser (Jenzer)
Carlin’s William Buller claimed his maiden victory in GP3 today in a race that was full of drama and excitement until the very end! It concluded a fantastic weekend for Carlin after achieving their first win in the Series on Saturday with Antonio Felix Da Costa and then sealing a double victory at home in front of a massive crowd.
With light rain starting to fall as the drivers were on the grid preparing, strategic calls came into play and it was Carlin and Buller who made the brave decision to start on slick tires as the rain fell. Pole man Kevin Ceccon made a good start but it was Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas who got the jump on front row man Alex Brundle (the latter starting on slicks). Also on the move was Series leader Mitch Evans who surged through from seventh to third. The battle was on as Felix Da Costa and the New Zealander fought over third place with the Portuguese star on a mission and finding a way through.
Ben Kennedy makes history in first oval NASCAR race in Europe
TOURS, France – Europe’s first NASCAR race staged on an oval produced an historic debut victory for Ben Kennedy who used all of his experience to win the Michelin 100 at Tours Speedway amid – what will go down as another first – wet conditions. For the EURO-RACECAR NASCAR Touring Series it could not have been a better occasion with the joy of spectators and wider community combining to make this event a triumph.
Historical, exceptional, grand and enjoyable; superlatives that cannot fail to define this unique event organized under the auspices of the FFSA. The crowd, who afforded the drivers a standing ovation at the finish, knew they had seen something special. An hour of racing was also enough to silence the doubters and confirm that this was indeed a genuine NASCAR event.
Hawksworth Wins Star Mazda Race 1 at Toronto Team Pelfrey driver Jack Hawksworth re-asserted his position in the 2012 Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear with his third victory from the pole in Race 1 of the Star Mazda double-header at this weekend's Toronto Indy. Controlling the race from flag to flag - despite a standing start that left two cars stalled on the grid and several race incidents resulting in full-course yellows - Hawksworth brought his #82 Team Pelfrey / TORGOEN Swiss Watches / EXA Networks Mazda home 0.295 second ahead of Zach Veach, who started 3rd in the #77 Andretti Autosport / K12 / Zakosi Data Backup Mazda, and 1.156 seconds ahead of Gabby Chaves, who started 7th in the #19 JDC Motorsports / CLARO / Marca Colombia / Tecpro Mazda. Chaves now has three podium finishes this season and moves up to third in the points; Veach has two podiums, with today's result his best so far.
Austin Dillon on Standby for RCR Teammate Kevin Harvick at Daytona NASCAR Nationwide Series regular Austin Dillon has returned to Daytona Beach, Fla., where he will remain on standby to drive the No. 29 Budweiser Folds of Honor Chevrolet in tonight's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway should Richard Childress Racing teammate Kevin Harvick need to return home for the birth of the couple's first child. Harvick's wife DeLana has returned to North Carolina where she is resting comfortably.
Toronto: Gustavo Yacaman wins Indy Lights Gustavo Yacaman prevailed over his childhood rival Sebastian Saavedra in the Toronto 100, winning by 2.2874 seconds.
Pole sitter Victor Carbone finished third, Peter Dempsey (in his first race with Belardi Auto Racing) posted a season best of fourth and Oliver Webb finished fifth.
It was the second victory of the season for Yacaman, driving the No. 2 TMR-Tuvacol-Xtreme Coil Drilling car, and his third in the past two seasons. Yacaman overtook Carbone in Turn 3 of the 1.75-mile, 11-turn circuit on Lap 13 of 50.
Memorial Services set for Long-time IMS staff member Calling hours and a memorial service celebrating the life of longtime motorsports public relations representative and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Media Staff member Lynda Havens are scheduled for Tuesday evening, July 10 at Brickyard Crossing Pavilion at IMS.
Havens, a lifelong resident of Indianapolis, died suddenly at home July 3. She was 60.
Calling hours begin at 5 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 7:30 p.m.
Gronholm hospitalized after accidentUPDATE #2 Marcus Gronholm will be discharged this morning from the California Hospital Medical Center on South Grand Avenue in LA, having completed his acute recovery to doctors’ satisfaction following his accident last Saturday when contesting the X Games GRC event.
Marcus will remain in California for the weekend, resting with his family before making plans to return home to Finland; his recuperation requires that he does not compete in round four of the GRC scheduled to take place at the New Hampshire Speedway next weekend, aside from which his car requires significant attention before being competition-ready again.
For the moment, doctors are advising a period of good rest, after which Marcus will focus on returning to full physical fitness with appropriate training at home in Finland.
Esteban Gutierrez has taken his second feature race victory in a row with a strong display in changeable conditions this afternoon in Silverstone. The Mexican's win was aided when race leader Fabio Leimer failed to pit during a safety car period, and he held on to the flag ahead of Johnny Cecotto and Julian Palmer.
With torrential rain flooding the circuit just ahead of the start, the race director had little choice but to start the race behind the safety car, with Felipe Nasr, Davide Valsecchi and Stefano Coletti taking advantage of the delay to make their pitstop on lap six, one ahead of the race running live at last.
The Sachsenring circuit today played host to a very exciting and tricky qualifying session, where once again the Repsol Honda Team have finished at the top.
In a full wet session that saw four different pole men within the last 15 seconds, Casey Stoner took the best lap time with 1'31.796 to claim his fourth pole of the season and Dani Pedrosa finishing third with 1'32.081, securing a very important front row spot for tomorrow's race.
Video highlights of NASCAR Nationwide race Highlights of last night's NASCAR Nationwide race from Daytona. If they ain't wreck'n they ain't race'n. Watch Danica Patrick lose control in the bump draft, and many other wreck'n highlights.
Carbone wins Indy Lights pole Qualifying Saturday for the Toronto 100 Firestone Indy Lights event on the 1.755-mile Streets of Toronto, with starting position, car number in parentheses, driver, time and speed in parentheses: 1. (3) Victor Carbone, 01:20.2282 (78.750) 2. (11) Esteban Guerrieri, 01:20.3348 (78.646) 3. (2) Gustavo Yacaman, 01:20.7836 (78.209) 4. (77) Tristan Vautier, 01:20.9764 (78.023) 5. (7) Oliver Webb, 01:21.5316 (77.491) 6. (9) Peter Dempsey, 01:21.8467 (77.193) 7. (22) David Ostella, 01:22.0133 (77.036) 8. (27) Sebastian Saavedra, 01:22.3808 (76.693) 9. (4) Jorge Goncalvez, 01:23.4711 (75.691) 10. (76) Juan Pablo Garcia, 01:24.4420 (74.821) 11. (26) Carlos Munoz, no time (no speed) Note: Goncalvez, Garcia lost fastest lap for causing red flag during session. Munoz lost all of his laps for causing two red flags.
Relentless rain halts qualifying in SilverstoneUPDATE
Qualifying will we resume shortly. 6m19s remain on the Q2 clock.
07/07/12 Heavy in Silverstone England has brought the final F1 qualifying session for the British GP to a halt with just over 10 min to go. The track itself is submerged in massive puddles that will take a while to drain even if the rain does stop.
Perez is fastest so far with a time of 1m59.092s, with Hamilton second, Rosberg third, Vergne fourth, Hulkenberg fifth, Kobayashi in sixth, Raikkonen seventh, ahead of Webber eighth, Ricciardo ninth and Vettel rounding out the top 10.
Carbone wins Toronto Indy Lights pole in the wet Victor Carbone was able to keep the No. 3 Mav TV/Nevoni/Sam Schmidt Motorsports with Curb-Agajanian car pointed in the right direction for the most part during qualifying on the wet 1.75-mile, 11-turn Exhibition Place street circuit, which was prominently responsible for him claiming the pole for the Toronto 100.
The scheduled 45-minute session was reduced by eight minutes at the start because of a rain cell that passed over Exhibition Place 30 minutes earlier and 1:30 toward the back end because of a red flag for a car that spun and stalled because of the slick surface.
Alex Tagliani admits he misses his old sparring partner Paul Tracy at the Honda Indy Toronto.
Not the part, however, where the two resorted to fisticuffs to settle their differences — a piece of North American open wheel lore racing that lives on in highlight reels — at the San Jose Grand Prix in 2006 after Tracy wrecked Tagliani’s race car.
That ended up being the infamous “French helmet” controversy where Tracy accused Tagliani of acting like a “French Canadian” hockey player who wouldn’t take off his helmet during a fight.
Nemechek selling estate by auction Joe Nemechek has taken home trophies at dozens of NASCAR events over the past three decades, but selling his multi-million dollar Mooresville estate before the real estate market crashed was one race he couldn't win. Nemechek, the 1992 Busch series champion and owner of NEMCO Motorsports, is auctioning the 139-acre equestrian estate, Finncastle, after years of depressed real estate conditions made a traditional sale difficult. The five-week auction period began last week, said Sarena Irwin, project manager for Concierge Auctions. The entire property has been on the market since 2009. It was originally listed at $10.995 million, then reduced to $8.4 million. Nemechek decided to hold an auction because of the certainty of the property selling. "It's definitely time to move on to the next chapter of my life - the next project," he said, adding that this was his largest - and last - real estate project. Nemechek and his wife, Andrea, bought part of the estate, including a 8,900-square-foot home, from retired NASCAR driver Ernie Irvan about six years ago. The live auction will be Aug. 2 at the Mooresville estate, located off N.C. 152. The property will go to the highest bidder. There is a $100,000 fee to participate in the auction, but it is refundable. Charlotte Observer
International Motorsports Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2013 The International Motorsports Hall of Fame announces its inductees for 2013: Dale Inman, Rusty Wallace, Rick Hendrick and Don Schumacher.
Dale Inman Dale Inman retired in 1998 as a NASCAR Grand National/Winston Cup crew chief. He is best known for being the crew chief of Richard Petty for three decades. Together they won 193 races, 129 poles and seven championships in 1964, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, and 1979. Inman was also crew chief for Terry Labonte when they won the 1984 championship.
Stewart caught cheating by NASCAR Roush-powered cars and Hendrick-powered cars dominated Friday afternoon qualifying at Daytona International Speedway, with Sprint Cup tour leader Matt Kenseth taking dead aim at a Daytona sweep with a pole-winning run at 192.386 mph...just a tick quicker than Tony Stewart.
But after qualifying NASCAR busted Stewart for an aerodynamic violation and disallowed his time, ordering him to the rear of the field for the 7:30 p.m. start. Ironically that put Stewart's teammate Ryan Newman on the front row next to Kenseth.
In the first dry running of the weekend at the Northamptonshire circuit, Mitch Evans claimed his second pole of the season at Silverstone ahead of this afternoon’s race with a laptime of: 1:51.892 which was 0.324s faster than Lotus GP’s Aaro Vainio.
After the torrential downpour for Friday’s Free Practice, GP3 were greeted to cool but dry conditions for qualifying as the 27 drivers made their way onto the circuit to set their installation laps. There was a large puddle which did catch a number of drivers out as they battled to keep control of their cars from sliding off.
NASCAR CEO Brian France met the media Friday at Daytona International Speedway to assess the sport as the season hits the halfway mark. Among the topics France addressed during his session were the current state of competition, the technical direction of the sport, upcoming television negotiations and the potential of shorter Sprint Cup races in the future.
While NASCAR continues to develop the new 2013 Sprint Cup car there are other technical initiatives on the drawing board that France believes will help better connect the sport to manufacturers as well as fans. One particular project has almost a space age feel to it but is one France is excited about developing. "We're working on a glass dashboard that is in the early stages, which is not inconsistent because the car manufacturers and some already there are coming with their own version of glass cockpits in passenger cars," he said. "So we'll be very careful how we get there, but we'll be looking at such things as that and many other things."
Gurney-Fogarty Car Fastest At IndyUPDATE Even though a legendary last name sat atop the speed chart on Friday, this sure wasn’t your grandfather’s Brickyard.
This was an Indianapolis Motor Speedway undergoing a sports car makeover courtesy of the Rolex Sports Car Series and the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, featuring a total of 105 cars for the first of two test days serving as preparation for GRAND-AM’s July 27 IMS debut.
The drivers of those 105 cars dealt with ambient temperatures slightly over 100 and track temperatures close to 150 during six practice sessions – three per series. They collectively attacked a 2.534-mile road course that utilizes a portion of the speedway’s famed 2.5-mile oval but is more distinguished by its 13 turns.
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