Robin Frijns secures Moscow Formula Renault 3.5 pole
Robin Frijns takes pole
The drivers in the Formula Renault 3.5 series were first out on the Moscow Raceway this morning in blazing sunshine.
The session got off to a flying start as Sam Bird, Nico Muller and Jules Bianchi swapped first place, and then Robin Frijns and Carlos Huertas upped the pace just before the red flag was hung out. At that moment Frijns was quickest with a time of 1m 25.661s in front of Huertas, Bird, Arthur Pic and Antonio Felix da Costa.
When the session restarted Frijns went even faster with a lap in 1m 25.103s, and led Marco Sorensen and Pic when the drivers came in to put on fresh rubber.
Bacheta secures home pole in thrilling wet/dry session
Luciano Bacheta on his way to pole
Luciano Bacheta secured his third Formula Two pole during today's (Saturday) enthralling wet/dry qualifying session at Brands Hatch.
The 22-year-old Italian who holds British citizenship posted a best time of 1:22.806s, in the last few seconds on the damp but drying track to just edge out Max Snegirev with the Russian claiming his best ever qualifying result. Polish racer Kevin Mirocha ended in third with Dino Zamparelli, one of a handful of drivers to opt for slicks, in fourth and Swiss teenager Matheo Tuscher completing the top five for this afternoon's opening race.
ORECA launches a new entry-level prototype for customers
Looking to fill a void among customer cars for various sportscar series around the world, ORECA today announced that it would be building a new entry-level prototype with hopes to have it ready for 2013.
The new ORECA prototype is designed to be entered in sportscars competition, such as the VdeV series, Speed Euro Series, international and national prototype championships, as well as hill climbing events.
“Our goal is to offer a package that is competitive and attractive, while respecting the spirit of the particular discipline,” said ORECA founder Hugues de Chaunac. “In addition, we are particularly attentive to the needs of our customer teams, which is why a customer support program will be put in place to accompany them in their adventure.”
2013 SRT Viper GTS-R debuts at Mid-Ohio The 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R will make its first on-track race appearance Aug. 4 at the Mid-Ohio (Lexington, Ohio) Sports Car Course, SRT Motorsports officials announced today.
“We’re thrilled to return to the world-class competition in the American Le Mans Series with our flagship American supercar,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO – SRT Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC. “The new SRT Viper GTS-R represents a rebirth for us on the race track. It epitomizes the best of what our new SRT performance brand represents and showcases the Viper’s natural affinity for road courses. Now the time has finally come to go head-to-head with the best sports car teams from around the world.”
IndyCar adding 20 sec. of P2P for Edmonton After implementing its new turbocharged version of Push-to-Pass at Toronto, INDYCAR has added 20 more seconds of boost for next weekend's race at Edmonton, and more changes are on the way.
The series opted for a somewhat modest re-introduction of P-t-P at Toronto, offering a 1.5 psi spike in turbo boost. A total of 100 seconds of P-t-P was available for Toronto, and with that figure set to be tailored for every track, the series evaluated the upcoming race at the twisty but not-so-easy-to-pass 13-turn, 2.2-mile airport circuit and decided an extra 20 seconds of P-t-P time would benefit the show.
Turning up the boost, however, isn't in the immediate plans.
Brad Keselowski sees gloom and doom for AJ Allmendinger The B sample – when a driver urinates, the specimen is split into two cups – won’t be tested at least until next week as Allmendinger arranges to have a toxicologist monitoring the lab work being done. But no matter what it says, Keselowski believes his Penske Racing teammate will forever be stained.
Allmendinger already has said he didn’t knowingly take a banned substance. “It’s going to be a long road,” Keselowski said Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “Whether it comes back positive or negative, it doesn’t make a difference – it’s still a death sentence.
“Within this sport, we rely on sponsors and reputation.”
Junior Johnson’s home, farm, race shop being sold at public auction NASCAR Hall of Famer Junior Johnson is auctioning off his 150-acre home and cattle farm in Yadkin County, N.C., including the famous race shop that helped make Johnson a NASCAR legend.
Johnson, who was inducted into the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010, won 50 Cup races as a NASCAR driver and his Junior Johnson & Associates teams won 132 races and six Cup championships with drivers such as Hall of Famers Cale Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip. Johnson’s teams operated out of the Yadkin County, N.C. shop being auctioned.
Junior Johnson is auctioning his custom-built home in order to downsize. (SN Photo) The property is being auctioned because Johnson and his wife, Lisa, are downsizing and have bought a new home in Charlotte, N.C.
Allmendinger bringing experts to testUPDATE Tara Ragan, business manager for suspended driver AJ Allmendinger, debunked published reports that Walldinger Racing plans to bring an attorney to the testing of Allmendinger's "B" sample, the next step in the procedure under NASCAR's substance abuse program.
As set forth in NASCAR's rule book, Allmendinger may attend the "B" sample test at Aegis Sciences Corporation in Nashville, Tenn., or send a qualified toxicologist to represent him.
Ragan's statement also included the assertion that Allmendinger had never knowingly taken a prohibited substance and indicated he was requesting a test of the "B" sample, which was collected at the same time as the "A" sample.
NASCAR Announces Launch Of NASCAR Classics Throwback Brand NASCAR on Friday announced the launch of NASCAR Classics, a new brand within the sanctioning body's licensing division that will license high-end T-shirts, hats and original die casts. The current product line includes items produced by Delta Apparel, featuring imagery and fonts from the '40s, '50s, '60s and '70s. Lionel NASCAR Collectibles will produce the line of die-casts, which includes classic cars driven by Dale Earnhardt, Junior Johnson, Richard Petty, Tim Flock and Ned Jarrett. NASCAR PR
Bottas fastest as Young Driver test concludes Valtteri Bottas topped the timesheets for the second day of a row at Silverstone, posting a fastest time of 48.963 seconds on the International Circuit. Marussia's Max Chilton and Rio Haryanto completed the top three, while HRT's Ma Qing Hua refrained from any laps after the team finished its program on Wednesday.
With Hua out of the running, an already small field was trimmed further to just three cars, with Bottas comfortably quicker in his Williams machine. The Finn will be back in action in the near future, as he resumes his large practice allocation for the squad.
Hunter-Reay confirms Petit LeMans drive One of four announced drivers for the new SRT Viper American Le Mans Series program, IndyCar points leader Ryan Hunter-Reay confirmed Wednesday his participation in this year's Petit Le Mans with the team.
“The Petit Le Mans is where I'd be driving the car in Atlanta, and it's after the (IndyCar) season,” he said Wednesday.
Announced at the manufacturer's launch, Hunter-Reay joined Kuno Wittmer, Dominik Farnbacher and Marc Goossens as confirmed drivers.
Andretti Thinks More IndyCar Team Owners Should Participate In Ladder Systems
Michael Andretti is spot on. Chip? Roger? Are you listening?
Andretti Autosport Owner Michael Andretti believes the "lack of proper development has slowed American drivers," and he indicated that he is “disappointed that more IndyCar team owners don't participate" in the circuit's ladder systems, according to Jenna Fryer of the AP. Andretti said, "The farm system, frankly, hasn't been great. We haven't had a real good one for a long time, and now we are finally starting to see more Americans coming along and see the fruits of that labor."
He added, "It's really important for the future, and we need more people from the series to support it from an ownership standpoint. It's a bit of a headache, it's not easy to do, and we're not getting rich off of it. And I'm disappointed that we do our part, and then our drivers, like Charlie [Kimball] and [J.R.] Hildebrand, they get plucked away by other team owners at the next level."
Grosjean hit with 5-place grid penalty Romain Grosjean will drop five places on the grid for next weekend's German Grand Prix, with his Lotus squad forced to make a gearbox change. The Frenchman was hit with the technical gremlin on the final lap of last Sunday's race at Silverstone, but he was able to cross the line directly behind team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in sixth place.
"It was a gearbox problem and we are very fortunate that Romain didn’t have the problem earlier in the race," said Lotus Technical Director James Allison.
"Unfortunately for Romain it means he’ll take a five place grid penalty at Hockenheim, but he certainly showed at Silverstone that dropping down the order won’t stop him challenging at the sharp end."
IndyCar Toronto TV ratingUPDATE #3 Responding to the reader who criticized the broadcast, we did some research. As it turns out ABC are not allowed to go side-by-side during local commercial breaks. Local TV stations control those and ABC is not allowed to intrude. ABC is obligated to give one local break per half hour. The broadcast last weekend had four local breaks and those were the only times they didn't go side-by-side. NBC Sports Network operates in a cable world and their rules may be different. The bottom line is that a broadcast is always going to have the same number of commercial breaks. The only question is how they get them spaced out. They prefer to make sure that they don't get backlogged so that they can get the last 10-15 minutes of the race on live. Sometimes that means when the race action is a little slow, and they know that there will be pit stops coming up, they'll make it a short segment. Of course the nature of racing is that they can never guarantee when it will be slow so there's always the chance they can miss something (which is why ESPN/ABC started side-by-side). The Toronto race had its share of flaws, but we don't think that the structure of the commercial breaks was one of them. Mark C. AR1.com
07/12/12 The final TV rating for last Sunday's Toronto IndyCar race was 0.8 with an average of 1,129,334 viewers.
07/09/12 A reader writes, Dear AutoRacing1, As a lifelong IndyCar fan, I must say that Sunday's ABC telecast of the Toronto Indy was one of the worst I've seen on network television. A commercial every 3 minutes, half of the commercial breaks were not side-by-side, and several of the side-by-side commercial breaks were under yellow caution laps. Is ABC even trying at this point to produce a quality broadcast? Does the IndyCar management even care about the quality of their broadcasts?
I'm a die hard IndyCar fan. That means I will torture myself every race weekend watching mediocre IndyCar broadcasts. But what about the casual fan or prospecting new viewers? How can you keep casual fans or new fans interested if a network like ABC is cutting away from the action every 3 minutes to bring you commercials? A casual fan or new viewer will click away to another channel! I guess the IndyCar management is happy with 0.9 TV ratings? Tony Ciarfella, New Jersey
07/09/12 The overnight TV rating for the Izod IndyCar Series Honda Indy Toronto on ABC Sunday was a 0.9, which represents about 1.2 million viewers.
National Guard indicates plans to stay as a sponsor The National Guard Association of the United States today released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr., the association president: "There is an effort underway in Congress to prohibit the U.S. military from sponsoring professional motorsports as part of military recruiting. On the surface, this may seem like a good idea in the face of current fiscal challenges. But a closer look reveals that such a ban would provide no real savings and only serve to hinder Defense Department efforts to reach the most qualified potential recruits. Recruiting for our all-volunteer force isn't what it used to be. Only one in every four young people is even eligible to join. And television advertising no longer carries the payoff it once did.
In 2013, the Le Mans 24 Hours will be 90 years young! This very important anniversary will be celebrated in the style it deserves during the event on 15-16 June. The test day will be held on Sunday 2nd June 2013.
The first Le Mans 24-Hours race, which was created at the 1922 Salon de l’Automobile in the Grand Palais in Paris by Georges Durand, ACO general secretary and some of the most important members of the club, and Emile Coquille, the French representative of the Rudge-Whitworth detachable wheels company, was held on 26-27 May 1923.
Johnson worried that energy type drinks and allergy medicines could trigger a positive result
A.J. Allmendinger's recent failure of a drug test has the attention of five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson.
Johnson acknowledges that while he knows a lot about what enters his body, he can't know everything.
Dietary supplements can include illegal stimulants, experts say.
"I'm nervous because I have seasonal allergies," Johnson said Thursday during a visit to Indianapolis Motor Speedway to promote the Brickyard 400, which he has won three times. "I would hate for something in that department to trigger something.
Schumacher would like nothing better than to win in Germany
Michael Schumacher is fully focused on achieving a strong home result as the Formula 1 fraternity travels to Hockenheim next week, with the seven-time World Champion hoping to give 'everybody a reason to celebrate' at Mercedes.
The 43-year-old, who celebrated the first podium finish of his return to the sport in Valencia two races ago, hopes to fully exploit the performance of a front-running car.
"People often ask me whether there is any such thing as a home advantage in such an international sport as ours and my answer is: perhaps not a home advantage, but certainly a home-race feeling," said the German, who has won four races at Hockenheim.
Ma Qing Hua becomes first Chinese born driver to test F1
Ma Qing Hua - Bernie Ecclestone realizes that to stem falling attendance in China he will need a Chinese driver. What was IndyCar thinking trying to go to Qingdao with no Chinese driver?
Ma Qing Hua joined HRT Formula 1 Team’s young driver program just three months ago and in this time he has been preparing with the team for the challenge of Formula 1. He finally had the opportunity to drive the F112 yesterday at the Young Driver Test which took place in Silverstone. He passed the test with flying colors and it wasn’t only a great day for the team but also for Formula 1 in general as he became the first driver born in China to drive a Formula 1 car at an official event.
Yesterday you stepped into a Formula 1 car for the first time, what was that first contact like? It was a fantastic experience and it’s really hard to put into words everything I felt when I got into the Formula 1 car. It was very special but also productive; a great day. Everything went perfect; the weather was on our side, it didn’t rain and we were able to carry out the established program without any trouble. It was intense because we practically didn’t stop but that enabled us to cover a lot of miles and finish with a good time. My family and some friends were present and it was very special. The team also supported me a lot and I want to thank them for their work.
Abu Dhabi to host F1 in Schools eighth World Finals F1 in Schools eighth World Finals will be held in Abu Dhabi from 29th October to 31st October, with this prestigious event being held to coincide with the 2012 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX.
Over 250 students from around the world will have secured a place at the F1 in Schools World Finals after winning the National Finals in their home country.
Tony Stewart Wins 2012 'Best Driver' ESPY Award Former IndyCar champion Tony Stewart, three-time and reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champ, last night took home the 2012 ESPY for "Best Driver" at the 20th annual ESPY Awards on ESPN, beating out four-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti, F1 champion Sebastian Vettel and NHRA champion Del Worsham.
Stewart put together an epic Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in what proved to be one of the most exciting seasons in NASCAR history last year. Stewart won five of the 10 races in the Chase, narrowly edging out Carl Edwards in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway to take home the title.
Codemasters F1 2012 Circuit of the Americas HD EXCLUSIVE http://www.insidesimracing.tv presents 2 laps of in car footage from the Circuit of the Americas track in F1 2012 by Codemasters. This is a picture in picture version of this video. You see both the in game driving view as well as the actual driver. Chief Game Designer Stephen Hood is at the wheel of the McLaren F1 car from the game. Stephen is driving on an Xbox 360 with a Fanatec CSR Wheel and Clubsport pedals and driving at the Inside Sim Racing Studios. Despite its rather stunning appearance the game is still a work in progress and due out in September of 2012. Key features to watch our for: Front wheel lockup including tire smoke, operation of KERS and DRS, on the fly adjustment of brake bias. Special thanks to the guys at Codemasters for coming by and allowing such great footage.
Allmendinger may have to accept suspension AJ Allmendinger needs to get back in a racecar. And soon. To do that, he might have to decide between fighting his recent NASCAR drug suspension and accepting whatever penalties and rehabilitation plan NASCAR hands down. The Penske Racing driver, who was suspended last week for failing a random drug test, awaits the results of his B sample after his A sample tested positive for what Allmendinger said was a stimulant.
NASCAR officials haven’t disclosed the drug Allmendinger tested positive for, and they haven’t issued any statement except for announcing that Allmendinger was suspended temporarily. The suspension is a statement in and of itself.
Organizations benefit from Toronto fund-raising efforts More than $485,000 was raised for charitable organizations during the Honda Indy Toronto race weekend. The total included more than $35,000 for Make-A-Wish Canada by fans, Honda Canada and the Ontario Honda Dealers Association, more than $400,000 for Sunnybrook's Women & Babies Program and the Bay Street Grand Prix through go-kart racing and dinner, and more than $50,000 for the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign through the YMCA Relay for Strong Kids on the Exhibition Place circuit.
Construction begins at new SFHR Facility Sarah Fisher and Wink Hartman drove shovels into the frozen earth Dec. 15, 2011, in the ceremonial groundbreaking of the team's standalone race shop. On July 12, heavy equipment moved onto the lot on Main Street in Speedway, Ind., to really get the project moving.
The IZOD IndyCar Series team co-owners back in December unveiled plans to construct a two-story, 37,000-square-foot race shop adjacent to Dallara Automobili's new U.S. headquarters that will include a visitor area and training facility. Earlier in the day, Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing took delivery of their new Dallara chassis for driver Josef
Edmonton mayor named grand marshal Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel will be the grand marshal for the Edmonton Indy on July 22 at City Centre Airport.
"As a proud Edmontonian and true believer in the potential of his city as host of major international sport events, Mayor Mandel never missed the opportunity to acknowledge the value of the Edmonton Indy in this area," said François Dumontier, CEO and president of event promoter Octane Motorsports Events.
IndyCar COO resigns INDYCAR announced today that Marc Koretzky has resigned as Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately.
"We wish Marc the best of luck as he moves on to the next chapter in his career," said Randy Bernard, CEO, INDYCAR.
Koretzky joined INDYCAR in May 2011 as Director of Business Development. He led the management of commercial activities and non-racing events around the 2011 IZOD INDYCAR World Championships, including the parade of 34 cars down the Las Vegas strip in primetime. In December 2011, Koretzky was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the day-to-day organizational operations of INDYCAR, as well as fostering communication and synergies across the company's commercial and operations units.
The responsibilities of Chief Operating Officer will be split among current INDYCAR staff members for the interim as the organization evaluates long-term staffing plans.
More evidence NASCAR audiences are 'dying' Linda Chase of Jackson, Mich., is a big NASCAR fan, but she hates watching races alone. Hates it so much that she has been watching races with longtime friend Charles Zigler — who died 18 months ago.
The mummified body of Charles Zigler was found at this home in Jackson, Michigan. Police in Jackson found Zigler’s body after a 911 call last week. According to Yahoo! and the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Jackson officials believe Zigler died around Christmas of 2010 and estimate he was 67 or 68 years old.
Chase and Zigler had lived together for about 10 years, and Chase told the Jackson paper that Zigler “just fell asleep.” She said she kept him in his chair after he died, keeping him dressed and cleaned, and that his body did not stink. She said she talked to him and watched NASCAR races on television with him.
Baltimore GP Organizers Are Prepared To Lose Money On Second Iteration Of Labor Day Race Last year's Grand Prix drew 160,000 spectators and organizers sold 110,000 tix Baltimore Grand Prix organizer Race On LLC said Tuesday that it is "prepared to lose money on the Labor Day weekend event, but pledged that no vendor or taxpayer would go unpaid," according to Luke Broadwater of the Baltimore SUN.
Grant Capital Management President & CEO J.P. Grant, who is heading Race On, said that he "hopes the group will turn a profit running a second race in 2013, but realizes that's unlikely this year." Grant said, "This is the first year of running a new business." Grant and Baltimore GP GM Timothy Mayer, of Andretti Sports Marketing, said that the group "plans to launch a marketing campaign" on Sunday.
Austin Officials Attend British Grand Prix, Call Trip "Worthwhile And Valuable" Austin city officials Tuesday called their recent trip to the British Grand Prix, “criticized by some as a junket, worthwhile and valuable."
Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell said that it “would have been irresponsible for officials not to take the chance to see a Formula One race before Austin hosts its inaugural U.S. Grand Prix" on Nov. 16-18. Officials “seemed impressed by the F1 race.”
The flights and hotels for Leffingwell and City Manager Marc Ott “were paid for by Circuit of the Americas, while the city paid $5,600 for the others.”
Carpentier to drive at Montreal NASCAR race Veteran Canadian driver Patrick Carpentier will race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve once again.
Carpentier has secured a ride with RAB Racing at the upcoming NAPA Auto Parts 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Aug. 18 in Montreal.
The Joliette, Que., native won the pole for this race in 2007 and posted second-place finishes in 2007 and 2008. The last three Montreal races saw Carpentier as one of the fastest on the track before mechanical issues or an accident ended his races early.
Wynonna Judd: I Wanna Foreclose On Ashley's Dad Another sign of turmoil in the Judd family -- country singer Wynonna Judd is declaring war on her ex-stepdad, Ashley Judd's (Ashley Judd is the wife of IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti) father ... and has now taken steps to foreclose on the guy's house.
Wynonna filed the lawsuit against Michael Ciminella in Kentucky, claiming she loaned him $200,000 back in 1994 ... a loan he secured against his house ... and he still hasn't repaid the debt.
Now, Wynonna claims the loan has swelled to $242,317 with interest and late fees -- so she's asking a judge to let her foreclose on Ciminella's house in order to get her money.
Honda Racing Corporation is pleased to officially announce Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez as the two factory Honda riders for 2013 and 2014 (Casey Stoner announced his retirement in this article).
Pedrosa, who currently lies 2nd in the World Championship as the season reaches the halfway point, will extend his contract with Honda with whom he has raced with his debut in the World Championship in 2001. Dani is a three time World Champion (2003 in 125cc, 2004 and 2005 in 250cc) and made his debut in MotoGP in 2006, claiming the Rookie of the Year title and fifth position in the Championship.
An Update on Maria De Villota's Recovery It is now eight days since Maria De Villota’s accident at Duxford Airfield whilst testing for the Marussia F1 Team.
Despite severe injuries, Maria’s recovery during that time has been remarkable.
Following two successful surgical procedures in the days following the accident, last Saturday the medical team at Addenbrooke’s Hospital began to gradually reduce the level of Maria’s sedation. By Sunday morning, Maria was awake and able to speak to her family, which provided a very important - albeit early - indication that there were positive signs for Maria’s recovery.
Mayfield predicts Allmendinger 'B' sample will be positive too
If Allmendinger's 'B' sample tests positive, he's got a long road ahead says Mayfield
There is only one person who truly understands what suspended NASCAR driver AJ Allmendinger is going through. Jeremy Mayfield. Mayfield is the only other Sprint Cup driver to be suspended after failing a drug test under NASCAR’s current substance-abuse policy.
Mayfield was suspended in 2009 for testing positive for methamphetamine. He filed a lawsuit against NASCAR and became entangled in a three-year legal battle that ended recently when he declined to file a final appeal.
Allmendinger was suspended temporarily on Saturday after failing a random drug test and awaits the results of a test on his B sample before NASCAR decides whether to suspend him indefinitely.
Waiting for the Allmendinger bomb to drop The media watch is on as AJ Allmendinger's "B" sample is analyzed by the Aegis Lab. The items of interest that have been reported include the fact that Allmendinger had an opportunity to meet with the NASCAR Medical Review Officer (MRO) to explain the "A" sample results prior to NASCAR officials being notified.
That would suggest that Allmendinger was either unable to offer a suitable explanation, was unclear as to the nature of the violation or believed that an error had been made. Now that a second test has been requested, the motorsports and mainstream media is waiting for the potential bomb to drop.
Two McLaren F1 Champs Featured In Company's New Animation Series McLaren Group, best known for its F1 racing team, has launched a new venture called McLaren Animation. McLaren Animation’s first production, “Tooned,” is a CGI-animated series featuring McLaren’s two F1 world champions, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, who "voiced their own characters," as well as British actor and comedian Alexander Armstrong. “Tooned” will be broadcast "as a series of three-minute episodes" coinciding with each F1 Grand Prix, and will air in the U.K. on the Sky Sports F1 channel before each race. McLaren Animation is a joint venture launched in partnership with the visual effects and animation studio Framestore and "is structured under the corporate canopy" of the McLaren Group, alongside McLaren Marketing. LICENSE MAGAZINE
President Obama (seen here reading/planning the Post American World) saw his race tickets sell for less than face value
When President Barack Obama turned down free tickets to this weekend’s Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the track hoped to auction off the “presidential” tickets to raise big money for charity.
Instead, the tickets went for less than face value.
The four tickets, which are emblazoned with Obama’s name and the White House address, were sold for $300 ($75 each). Bidding began at $100 and the tickets, which are for some of the best seats at the track, are valued at $110 each.
“Though it didn’t create the frantic, high-paced competitive bidding that we had hoped, it did raise $300 for Speedway Children’s Charities,” NHMS president Jerry Gappens said in a release from the track.
IndyCar issue bulletin for Fontana Via INDYCAR bulletin to teams, no rear wicker or U'wing strakes may be used in the 250-lap race at Auto Club Speedway on Sept. 15. Other aerodynamic specs for the season finale include the mandatory use of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway rear-wheel guards, the Speedway rear-wing mainplane and the Speedway rear-wing mainplane endcaps. Optional are U'wing sidewalls, rear-wheel infils, sidepod top deck and radiator inset shutters.
Sebastian Saavedra, who's third in the Firestone Indy Lights championship standings heading into the Edmonton Indy race weekend, will test an IZOD IndyCar Series car for Andretti Autosport on Aug. 17 at Sonoma Raceway.
Ten IZOD IndyCar Series drivers are scheduled to participate in the test on the demanding road course, including series points leader Ryan Hunter-Reay and second place Will Power, in advance of the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma on Aug. 24-26.
Also scheduled to attend are Team Penske's Ryan Briscoe and Helio Castroneves, Dragon Racing's Sebastien Bourdais (who's also testing at Sonoma on July 12), Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing's Takuma Sato, Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports' Simon Pagenaud, Andretti Autosport's Marco Andretti and James Hinchcliffe, and team owner/driver Ed Carpenter.
Twenty-one drivers at Mid-Ohio IndyCar test Twenty-one IZOD IndyCar Series drivers are scheduled to test July 26 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in advance of the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on Aug. 3-5. The facility will be open to spectators for free.
Mid-Ohio has special daily and weekend admission tickets on sale at www.midohio.com/zoo, with $5 of each Zoo Donation ticket sold going to the Graham Rahal Foundation. The first 1,000 of these tickets sold will come with a voucher for free admission to the Columbus Zoo in 2012 and a Graham Rahal autographed hero card.
Everyone who purchases the Zoo Donation tickets will be entered to win a VIP experience at the Columbus Zoo and a meet and greet with Rahal during the race weekend.
IndyCar's race director said on Tuesday that he considered giving Justin Wilson a penalty for hitting Dragon Racing crew members during last week's practice session in Toronto.
A penalty would have come, IndyCar's Beaux Barfield said, if the incident would have occurred during a race.
“Certainly in the race it would be [a penalty],” Barfield said. “I kicked it around and thought about it, but there were more reasons to not penalize him than there were reasons to penalize him, which is probably the easiest way to put it.”
Statement from AJ Allmendinger on NASCAR suspensionUPDATE “In an effort to help our colleagues in the media report on this in a timely and accurate manner, we wanted to provide some additional details regarding AJ’s sample “A” test results. AJ tested positive for a stimulant. He has no idea why the first test was positive, and he has never knowingly taken any prohibited substance. AJ is collecting his medicines and supplements for testing to determine whether an over the counter product caused his positive test. AJ and all of us at Walldinger Racing respect NASCAR's testing program, and he has requested that his "B" sample be tested as part of the process of getting to the bottom of this. We will have the opportunity to review all of the scientific data surrounding the test following the "B" sample test, but our understanding is that AJ's test was slightly above the threshold. As of this morning, we have not been given notice of when the testing of the “B” sample will take place. Thanks again for all of the support of our fans, team, and sponsors as we continue working through the process.” -Tara Ragan, Vice President, Walldinger Racing Inc.
07/10/12 “I have informed NASCAR that I have requested that the "B" sample be tested, following the steps according to NASCAR’s 2012 rule book regarding this situation. I fully respect NASCAR's drug usage policy and the reasons they have it. I am hoping this can get resolved as quickly as possible so that I can get back to driving the No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge. I am sorry that this has caused such a distraction for my Penske Racing team, our sponsors and fans. Obviously I would never do anything to jeopardize my opportunity here at Penske Racing or to my fellow drivers. I am very conscious about my training and health and would never knowingly take a prohibited drug.”
Singapore insists no new GP deal yet (GMM) The Singapore contract saga continued on Wednesday, with organisers insisting a deal is not yet done.
On Tuesday, it emerged that the Asian city-state's government had told the street circuit's promoter Singapore GP (SGP) that it will only extend the contract beyond 2012 if the terms are "economically viable".
Bernie Ecclestone then said on Wednesday that things previously "in the way" of a new five-year deal have been "cleared".
But SGP has slammed on the brakes, insisting in a statement that what the F1 chief executive has offered is "insufficient" for a "full five-year extension".
"We remain hopeful at reaching an outcome that is mutually beneficial to all parties," added the organizers of F1's first floodlit race.
Scam Detector app for iPhone and now Android Scam Detector app for iPhone and Android (July 4) exposes 500 of the most popular scams in the world. Learn how they work and protect yourself. Today Wednesday, July 11, marks the official launch of a new Android application (been on iPhone for over a year) that has already impacted the lives of millions of people around the globe, especially here in North America. The app exposes the world's most fraudulent activities in the Auto industry (and more) and educates consumers about how to avoid being victimized. The app is free and is called Scam Detector.
Williams F1 Team Confirms Young Driver Test Line-Up
The Williams F1 Team today confirmed that it will run Valtteri Bottas during the Young Driver Test at Silverstone Circuit, UK on 12 and 13 July 2012.
Valtteri was promoted to Official Reserve Driver at the start of the 2012 season, and has so far taken part in six Friday practice sessions, impressing the team. As the reigning GP3 champion, Valtteri has focused his attentions on working with the Williams engineers this year, attending every race and taking part in most first practice session’s this season as well as a number of straight-line aero tests.
Former Champ Car driver Tiago Monteiro (L) visits Sonoma Raceway
Tiago Monteiro took a week out of his schedule to promote the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) in the United States, where the championship will be heading for the first time in its history, from September 21-23 on California's Sonoma Circuit.
The United States hold a digest of excellent memories for the Portuguese FIA WTCC driver since it was on a mythic circuit in Indianapolis that he conquered a podium in Formula 1, in 2005. It was also in the United States that Tiago had a career in the US equivalent of F1, Champ Car. The Americans' culture and love of motorsports are two factors in favor of the success of the FIA WTCC across the Atlantic.
Edmonton Economic Development Corporation Gains IndyCar Momentum
Takuma Sato leading last year's race
Put yourself into the driver's seat as the 2012 edition of the Edmonton Indy rolls into town.
North America's premier open-wheel racing series returns to Alberta's capital city July 20 to 22, with Indy drivers jockeying for top position on one of the circuit's most intriguing tracks.
"The Edmonton track runs counter clockwise, which is very rare in not only the IndyCar series but in major top-flight racing around the world. Traditionally, only ovals are run counter clockwise," says Edmonton Indy General Manager Ike Janacek, adding that the Edmonton Indy, "is the only race in western Canada and basically the northwest USA as well."
Danica Takes Couric For Fun Ride At IMS Danica Patrick turned laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a race car Tuesday, July 10 for the first time in more than a year, but this time she had a special passenger.
Patrick drove around the famous 2.5-mile oval in a two-seater version of her No. 7 GoDaddy.com/NASCAR Unites "An American Salute" Chevrolet, with iconic television personality Katie Couric in the passenger seat. She also gave Couric a tour of IMS.
The laps also served as a fun warm-up for Patrick's official return to the Brickyard when she makes her IMS stock-car debut in the Indiana 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday, July 28 during the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard.
NASCAR Daytona Nationwide TV Rating ESPN’s live telecast of the Subway Jalapeno 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night, July 6, earned a 1.6 household coverage rating, averaging 2,046,043 viewers, according to the Nielsen Company.
The rating was the same for last year’s race telecast.
US Army drops NASCAR sponsorship, says waste of moneyUPDATE The U.S. Army remains committed to sports sponsorships, but it opted to sever ties with Stewart-Haas Racing after this season because it was not seeing enough of a return on its investment. John Myers, chief marketing support element for the Army Marketing and Research Group, which does recruiting advertising for the Army, said the Army will continue to sponsor the NHRA and entitle the annual high school football game known as the U.S. Army All-American Bowl because both of those sponsorships provided a good ROI, which for the Army is based in part on recruiting leads.
Myers said that the Stewart-Haas Racing sponsorship, which cost the Army $7.4M for 15 races last year, was "an expensive investment" and ending it was "quite simply a return-on-investment decision." He added, "It has nothing to do with Stewart-Haas Racing, per se, which has been a very, very strong partner the past four years. We'll repurpose those dollars against other programs that our metrics show yield better results."
De Tomaso files for bankruptcy More than a year since a new concept was unveiled at the Geneva motor show, the De Tomaso car company has once again filed for bankruptcy, after former Fiat executive Gian Mario Rossignolo rescued the failed manufacturer in 2009.
Rossignolo bought the rights to the company, and produced his vision of a De Tomaso for the 21st century - unlike De Tomaso sports cars of old, the Deauville (or SLC) was a high-performance compact SUV, focusing on luxury, not performance.
Following the unveiling of the Deauville concept in 2011, Rossignolo struggled to find financial backing for the company, and although talks were ongoing with Chinese investment group Hotyork, nothing ever came of the deal - leaving De Tomaso in debt with suppliers and unable to pay staff.
The company has now filed for bankruptcy, and the remaining assets will be stripped and sold by a court-appointed administrator, unless a buyer can be found.
Latest F1 news in brief - TuesdayUPDATE Updates shown in red below.
British GP winner Webber back with Red Bull for '13
Still no new Singapore GP deal
Webber expects equal status for 2012 battle
Hamilton 'ready' for Lotus amid McLaren crisis
De Villota could return to Spain this week
Red Bull to decide driver lineup 'in August' - Marko
Red Bull Racing Confirms Webber for 2013 New
Q&A with Mark Webber New
Aussie F1 legend backs Webber to claim title New
Still no new Singapore GP deal (GMM) Singapore is yet to ink a contract to continue hosting formula one beyond 2012.
We reported earlier this year that, despite Bernie Ecclestone hand-picking the city-state as the location of the sport's public floatation, Singapore officials are no longer willing to pay "top dollar" for the race.
Hornish Shares Saturday's Journey from SPEED Penske Racing driver and SPEED Center analyst Sam Hornish, Jr. was on-air live for SPEED Saturday evening when his phone began ringing with the news he immediately was needed in the No. 22 Dodge at Daytona to fill in for AJ Allmendinger, who, unbeknownst to Hornish, had been temporarily suspended by NASCAR for failing a drug test.
At the time, Penske officials didn’t share with Hornish the reason Allmendinger was out of the evening’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Hornish, who again will fill in for Allmendinger Sunday at Loudon, finished up his SPEED duties in Charlotte, N.C., and headed for the airport. He shared his night with host Leigh Diffey on Sunday’s SPEED Center edition. Following are excerpts from the interview:
VIDEO: Ken Block's Gymkhana 5 DC and Ken Block present Gymkhana FIVE: Ultimate Urban Playground; San Francisco. Shot on the actual streets of San Francisco, California, GYM5 features a focus on fast, raw and precise driving action. Filmed over four days, director Ben Conrad and his team are back to work on their second Gymkhana production and delivered the entire city of San Francisco as Ken Block's personal gymkhana playground. DC Shoes also provided fellow DC athlete and longtime Ken Block friend, Travis Pastrana, to make a cameo appearance on his dirtbike, and S.F. resident Jake Phelps of Thrasher Magazine fame also makes a cameo as Block hoons S.F. in his most incredible Gymkhana yet.
Montoya, McMurray Gear Up For Brickyard Grand Prix With Test 2000 Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya and 2010 Brickyard 400 winner Jamie McMurray will discover different interpretations of what it means to be a teammate during the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard on July 26-29 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Montoya and McMurray are NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teammates for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, with Montoya driving the No. 42 Target Chevrolet and McMurray driving the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/McDonald's Chevrolet in the 19th Crown Royal Presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard on Sunday, July 29 on the IMS oval.
Andretti hopes Hunter-Reay stays the course in title chase Andretti Autosport principal Michael Andretti has sound advice for Ryan Hunter-Reay with five IZOD IndyCar Series races left.
"Don't do anything different," he said after joining Hunter-Reay in Victory Circle for the third consecutive race.
So maybe it's not necessarily deep or inspiring, but it's wise in its own right for the new championship leader. Hunter-Reay's victory in the Honda Indy Toronto on July 8, combined with Will Power's 15th place, vaulted the driver of the No. 28 Team DHL/Sun Drop Citrus Soda car into the front-runner's spot by 34 points. It's another 12 points back to Helio Castroneves in third.
Play to win 'Smoke Your Tires' App The trick to winning this exciting competition is to earn the most points by performing donuts and other crazy maneuvers while Smoking Your Tires without crashing your car on the new Competition Level Track at Daytona International Speedway. The SMOKE YOUR TIRES app, is now available at iTunes for $0.99.
The highest score on Game Center (log into the Game Center app on your device) wins the competition. First and second prize winners will each receive two tickets to the DAYTONA 500® 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Daytona International Speedway, the "World Center of Racing."
Hornish to replace Allmendinger at New Hampshire this weekend "Penske Racing is continuing to work with NASCAR to follow its process and procedures related to the positive drug test that AJ Allmendinger was notified of this past weekend. While this process continues, Sam Hornish Jr. will drive the No. 22 car in this week's Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway." Penske Racing PR
Where was Target? A year ago, after it was announced that the U.S. department store would be coming to Canada in late 2012 and 2013, they used the Honda Indy to market their company and their involvement in racing.
They threw a wonderful reception last year on Sunday morning in advance of the race, brought in their American executive team and introduced their Canadian executives. Target drivers Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon entertained the assembled media and even Chip Ganassi showed up.
Out on the grounds, there were signs with the Target logo everywhere and young men and women were dressed in Target-branded clothing and were handing out flyers and small merchandise.
This year, nothing.
Yes, the Chip Ganassi team is still Target Chip Ganassi but there were no signs around the site nor were there any representatives of the store wandering around publicizing it.
Allmendinger suspended from NASCAR for failing drug testUPDATE #2
AJ Allmendinger not smiling right now (See feature article on Home Page for more)
A.J. Allmendinger was silent Sunday, a day after NASCAR suspended him for failing a random drug test. Penske Racing, which gave Allmendinger the biggest break of his career this season, is withholding judgment until NASCAR's system has been completed. Where that leaves the 30-year-old driver remains to be seen. There is no second test coming for Allmendinger, who was randomly summoned June 29 in Kentucky to provide a urine sample to NASCAR. Per NASCAR guidelines, the specimen was split in two for an "A'' and a "B'' samples. NASCAR announced 90 minutes before Saturday night's race at Daytona that Allmendinger's "A'' sample had failed the test.
NASCAR didn't reveal what Allmendinger tested positive for, and Allmendinger hasn't commented publicly since the announcement. According to Allmendinger's Twitter feed, he was making appearances on behalf of sponsor Shell/Pennzoil less than two hours before the suspension was announced at 6 p.m. But NASCAR clarified the timelines Sunday, and said its medical review officer first alerted Allmendinger of his positive test approximately six hours earlier. NASCAR was informed by the MRO about 2:30 p.m., and met with Allmendinger and a senior Penske official shortly after. The team owner indicated Sunday that Hornish is available to drive Allmendinger's car, but that the organization had yet to think beyond Daytona.
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