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07/12/13
motogp
TW Steel clocks Yamaha MotoGP deal  Dutch watchmaker TW Steel has become a new global sponsor of the Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP team.

The brand and the Italian-based outfit have signed a multi-year deal, which began at last weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, a race won by Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo (pictured).

“Our association with Yamaha Factory Racing simply showcases once again TW Steel’s ambition as a global brand,” said TW Steel’s chief executive and co-owner Jordy Cobelens.  “The platform the team offers us is immense, not only in terms of Yamaha’s worldwide reach but also thanks to the following enjoyed by the team competing in MotoGP.” More ...

07/12/13
motogp
Yamaha checks in with new hotel deal  The factory Yamaha MotoGP team has announced a new partnership with the NH Hoteles chain.

The hotel group will become a premium supplier of the team, which fields Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi in MotoGP, for the remainder of the 2013 season.

“NH Hoteles has an excellent reputation for quality, for style and providing excellent services for an affordable price," said Yamaha Motor Racing managing director Lin Jarvis  Jos Maria Basterrechea, the chief executive of NH Italia, the Italian division of the company, added: “Motivation, excellence and teamwork are three of the values that define our business spirit and are in common with the world of sport. More ...

07/12/13
f1
Red Bull not ruling out Mercedes-like Pirelli test  (GMM)  Red Bull is not ruling out following Mercedes' lead and conducting a private test with F1 tire supplier Pirelli.

Mercedes and Pirelli were reprimanded by the FIA recently, after news of their 'secret' 1000km test at Barcelona with a 2013 car took the paddock by surprise.

But F1's governing body did not ban that sort of tire testing altogether, albeit insisting that strict guidelines be followed in future.

Ferrari, albeit with a two-year-old car, has also tested with Pirelli in 2013, and so Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said the reigning world champions could be next in line. More ...

07/12/13
nhra
Dixon Parts Ways with Rapisarda Autosport International  Three-time NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel drag racing series champion Larry Dixon announced today that he plans to concentrate on securing the necessary funding for his 2014 Top Fuel program and has left the part-time effort of Rapisarda Autosport International.

Dixon, 46, is the second winningest Top Fuel driver in National Hot Rod Association history with 62 national event victories as well as the 2002, 2003 and 2010 Top Fuel series champion.  Among Dixon’s wins in NHRA competition include four U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis titles and six Summernationals crowns. The California native also recorded the No. 1 qualifying position on 51 occasions. More ...

07/12/13
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Hawksworth tops both Lights practices in Toronto (Update)  UPDATE Jack Hawksworth topped the time chart in both Firestone Indy Lights practice session for the Toronto 100 on the 1.7-mile, 11-turn street circuit with a best lap of 1 minute, 4.7627 seconds (97.556 mph) in the No. 77 Schmidt Peterson with Curb-Agajanian car.

Peter Dempsey was second-quickest (1:05.0500) in the No. 5 Belardi Auto Racing car and Juan Pablo Garcia (1:05.1741) was third in the No. 2 TMR-International-Euclid Chemical car. Points leader Carlos Munoz was seventh (1:05.6551) in the No. 26 Dialy-Ser car for Andretti Autosport. More ...

07/12/13
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Allmendinger to drive Indy Grand-Am race  AJ Allmendinger will add a third race to his Indianapolis Motor Speedway resume later this month, as he will drive for Michael Shank Racing in the Brickyard Grand Prix GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race Friday, July 26 during the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard.

Allmendinger will share driving duties in the No. 6 Michael Shank Racing Ford-Riley with Firestone Indy Lights veteran Gustavo Yacaman in the three-hour sports car race on the 13-turn, 2.534-mile Grand Prix road course at IMS. More ...

07/12/13
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Near-Sellout Crowd Expected For New Hampshire Sprint Cup Race  New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday hosts the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 300, and track Exec VP & GM Jerry Gappens said that while he "isn't sure what to expect for attendance," the track "will be pushing capacity, which is about 105,000." Gappens said, "We're going to be pretty good. ... It's going to be comparable to last July." Last year's crowd was "about 3,000 less than a sellout." New Hampshire UNION LEADER
07/12/13
alms
Risi Ferrari to miss next ALMS race  It is with regret that Risi Competizione has had to inform IMSA that it will not be in a position to participate in the 5th round of the American Le Mans Series at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, 19-21 July.  Risi claims Force Majeure to miss a round of the series, due to accident damage.

The Houston-based team ended the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park with a severely damaged Ferrari 458 Italia, and the extent of the repairs necessary to return the GT car to a full race-ready condition is too great for the time available.  Instead of traveling direct from Connecticut to Canada, the team has returned to its base where the car has been stripped down and is now awaiting parts from Michelotto in Italy. More ...

07/12/13
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Q and A with Dan Anderson and Derrick Walker on new Lights ownership  
Walker and Anderson answer questions from the media
Mark Cipolloni/AR1.com
Dan Andersen, owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions, which operates the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda as well as the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, and Derrick Walker, president of operations and competition for IndyCar, the sanctioning body of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system, met with the media in Toronto to discuss the details of the agreement for Andersen Promotions to license and operate Firestone Indy Lights beginning in 2014.

Q: Derrick, if you could tell us about this new collaboration, what this means for IndyCar.

DERRICK WALKER: Absolutely. Pleased to be here to be part of this announcement. More ...
07/12/13
motogp
Sachsenring MotoGP Practice results  
Pos Rider Bike Nat Time
1 Stefan Bradl Honda GER 1'22.030
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha ESP 1'22.047
3 Daniel Pedrosa Honda ESP 1'22.221
4 Valentino Rossi Yamaha ITA 1'22.241
5 Marc Marquez Honda ESP 1'22.251
6 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha GBR 1'22.469
7 Nicky Hayden Ducati USA 1'22.572
8 Aleix Espargaro ART ESP 1'22.641
9 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati ITA 1'22.850
10 Alvaro Bautista Honda ESP 1'22.882
11 Andrea Iannone Ducati ITA 1'23.008
12 Bradley Smith Yamaha GBR 1'23.040
13 Randy De Puniet ART FRA 1'23.131
14 Michele Pirro Ducati ITA 1'23.491
15 Yonny Hernandez ART COL 1'23.524
07/12/13
irl
Gruning leaves IndyCar  IndyCar Exec VP/Corporate Business Development GREG GRUNING has left the series and taken a position with a technology company. He is now the Chief Revenue Officer at Segmint, which collects data from financial institutions on consumer purchasing behavior and shares that info with interested businesses.

Gruning said, “This was a great opportunity for me and my family. I say this as an outsider now, but the base of sponsorship for IndyCar is solid. Our renewal rate was phenomenal. We extended our core (sponsors). 'Turbo' is kicking in now. I still remain as positive as I have been about IndyCar."

He believes the opportunity still exists "to leverage Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar together better than has ever been done in the past to truly put Hulman & Company out there," and he notes Hulman & Co. CEO MARK MILES "is on this.” Tripp Mickle SportsBusiness Daily
07/12/13
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NASCAR Daytona TV Rating  The final TV rating for the Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Daytona on TNT was a 3.5 with 5.662 million viewers tuned in.
07/12/13
track news
Homestead-Miami Speedway Founder Ralph Sanchez Honored Friday  
Pictured from left to right: Miami-Dade County Commissioner Lynda Bell, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, Ralph Sanchez daughter Patricia Sanchez-Abril, Ralph Sanchez’ wife Lourdes Sanchez, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Javier D. Souto, and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz.
In ceremonies earlier today at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Miami-Dade County officials co-designated the roadway that runs in front of the track as “Ralph Sanchez Speedway Boulevard.”   

A nearly six mile stretch of SW 137 Avenue/Speedway Boulevard from Palm Drive to U.S. 1 in Homestead has been co-designated “Ralph Sanchez Speedway Boulevard,” in recognition of Sanchez, the founder of the track, who passed away April 1st of this year.

A map outlining the portion of the road affected is shown.

07/12/13
USCR
Driver Ratings, Pit/Paddock Regulations And Procedures Announced For 2014 United SportsCar Racing Season  (NOTE: This is the first in a series of announcements providing details about the rules and regulations for the inaugural United SportsCar Racing season in 2014.)

Indicative of the emergence of important details regarding the inaugural United SportsCar Racing season in 2014, International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) officials today announced a driver rating system, as well as pit and paddock regulations and various procedures to be implemented.

Driver Ratings
All drivers participating in the 2014 series resulting from the merger between the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n (ALMS) and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series will receive a driver rating from IMSA, with four driver classifications: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. More ...

07/12/13
f1
Alonso 'fighting Vettel', not just Newey in 2013  (GMM)  A year ago, Fernando Alonso said he was not fighting Sebastian Vettel -- he was fighting Red Bull designer Adrian Newey.

The comments were interpreted as a jibe at F1's reigning world champion, but a year on, the Ferrari driver says he has changed his tune.

"Right now we are fighting against Sebastian," he is quoted by Germany's Auto Bild.

"I said in the second half of the year (2012) that I was not any more fighting against Sebastian or Mark (Webber), but against an airplane -- so strong was the Red Bull. More ...

07/12/13
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Harvick, Budweiser joining Stewart-Haas in 2014  
Harvick winning a Budweiser Duel in Daytona driving the Budweiser car
For more than 30 years Budweiser has sponsored some of NASCAR's top race car drivers. The King of Beers will continue its rich tradition in the sport by joining Kevin Harvick as he moves to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014 to drive the #4 Chevy SS in the Sprint Cup Series.

"Over the last three years, Kevin has been an amazing ambassador for Budweiser, both on and off the track," said Blaise D'Sylva, vice president of media, sports and entertainment marketing, Anheuser-Busch. "We value that level of commitment, and we're proud to join him at Stewart-Haas Racing next season." More ...

07/12/13
irl
Hunter-Reay tops opening IndyCar practice in Toronto  
Ryan Hunter-Reay
Defending series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay turned the fastest lap to lead opening practice for the Honda Indy Toronto Friday morning in his Chevy.  His lap of 1m00.6082s was enough to beat a late charge by Josef Newgarden by 0.07 seconds.  James Jakes was second most of the session but did not put on new tires at the end of the session and fell to 8th.  Ryan Briscoe was third for Panther Racing. 

The session was interrupted by several off-track excursions, two by Dario Franchitti who ended up clipping the wall and breaking his right front wheel that resulted in a lengthy red flag.  Will Power also nosed it gently into the tires at the end of the long backstraight but did no damage. More ...

07/12/13
f1
Sauber announces drivers for Silverstone test  The Sauber F1 Team will test with Robin Frijns (day 1 and morning day 2), Nico Hulkenberg (afternoon day 2) and Kimiya Sato (day 3) at the Young Driver Training Test in Silverstone, which takes place from 17th to 19th July.

During the three days the Sauber F1 Team will test the latest Pirelli tires, as well as the upgrade package the C32 will have for the upcoming Hungarian GP.

Robin Frijns became test and reserve driver for the Sauber F1 Team earlier this year, and it will be the second Young Driver Training Test for the 22-year-old Dutchman with the team. The 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 World Series champion is competing in the 2013 GP2 Series, where he is currently lying ninth. He will be on track on Wednesday for the whole day, as well as on Thursday morning, while Nico Hulkenberg will get behind the wheel on Thursday afternoon. More ...

07/12/13
f1
Grosjean absent from Silverstone Young Driver Test line-up  Romain Grosjean is absent from the Lotus F1 Team’s line-up for the up-coming Young Driver Test at Silverstone. Despite previously being only open to young drivers, the FIA changed this rule to include race drivers too with the testing of the new range of Pirelli tires.

Lotus will run their two reserve drivers, Nicolas Prost and Davide Valsecchi, alongside Kimi Raikkonen. Grosjean had originally hinted that he could be “busy” at the young driver test but the race-winning team have chosen to give their more experienced race driver the time in the car to evaluate the new Pirelli rubber.
07/12/13
irl
SONAX "Perfect Finish" Award Could Be Worth $100,000 to Indycar Driver at Toronto  SONAX, a leading manufacturer of premium car care products worldwide, could pay out an extra $100,000 this weekend at the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader races with the “SONAX Perfect Finish Award.”

SONAX, INDYCAR’s Official Automobile Detail Partner, established the 2013 “SONAX Perfect Finish Award” to be presented to an IZOD IndyCar Series driver who captures both races on a doubleheader weekend at the Detroit, Toronto or Houston events.

Under the new partnership, the SONAX Award coincides with launch of SONAX’s new Perfect Finish polish. More ...
07/12/13
f1
Lotus announces Young Driver test lineup  Nicolas Prost, Davide Valsecchi and Kimi Raikkonen will drive for Lotus F1 Team during next week’s adapted ‘Young Driver Test’ at Silverstone on July 17 -19.

The test – originally intended solely for young drivers, but adapted to allow race drivers to test Pirelli’s new tires – will see Development Driver Nicolas Prost drive on Wednesday, followed by Third Driver Davide Valsecchi on Thursday, with Kimi Raikkonen bringing the test to a conclusion on Friday.

Both Nicolas and Davide have previously driven the team’s 2012 Formula 1 car – the E20 – at last year’s Young Driver Test, whilst Davide has also taken the wheel of the current model – the E21 – for half a day’s running during 2013 pre-season testing. More ...
07/12/13
f1
Boullier: We have 'Plan B' if Kimi leaves  Lotus team principal Eric Boullier has revealed the Enstone-based outfit does have contingency plans in place should number one driver Kimi Raikkonen opt to join Red Bull Racing in 2014.

Earlier this week, Boullier revealed that he expects the Finn to make a decision by August and while he would ‘prefer continuity’ on the driver front, he added that he is weighing up other options too.

“I always have a plan B, and we are in a favorable position in that after some big names we are the most desired team. A lot of drivers are talking to us, so should the white sheet situation occur and we need new drivers I have a plan B but I will not share that now!” he told the official F1 site. More ...
07/12/13
irl
Firestone tires for Toronto Doubleheader  Race Distances: 149.175 miles/240.074 km (85 laps on the 1.755-mile/2.824-km temporary street circuit).

Broadcast: Live – Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14, at 3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, IMS Radio Network, Sirius/XM Channel 211 and inydcar.com.

Firestone Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: The same street-course tire specifications used this season at St. Petersburg, Long Beach and Detroit will be in use again this weekend. More ...

07/12/13
irl
Honda Indy Toronto fans get a taste of indie beer  For an event that began life as the Molson Indy, you might figure there’d be plenty of suds from the big brewers at this weekend’s Honda Indy Toronto.

You’d be wrong. Instead, visitors to the Craft Brew House and the other concession stands on site will be quenching their thirst with a variety of craft brews from Amsterdam Brewery and Muskoka Brewery.

It’s the second year in a row that only craft beer has been available at the Indy, which in addition to having Molson as its founding sponsor, was also subsequently supported by Steelback Brewery and Labatt. More ...

07/12/13
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Friday  
  • Alonso gives Ferrari '8 out of 10' for 2013
  • Unpaid suppliers file claims against ailing Sauber
  • Agag tips top F1 teams to race in Formula E
  • Pollock launches company to help drivers More ...
07/11/13
alms
Dyson changes driver lineup  With an eye toward 2014 and beyond, Dyson Racing will feature different driver combinations in upcoming events.

Chris McMurry and Tony Burgess will rejoin the team for four of the remaining six rounds of the American Le Mans Series starting at the upcoming race at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on July 21, while Johnny Mowlem will return to the team at Virginia Int’l Raceway. More ...
07/11/13
track news
Circuit Of Wales Gets Green Light To Develop $417M Racetrack (4th Update)  UPDATE #4 Michael Carrick, chief executive of developers the Heads of the Valleys Development Company, pledged to "deliver a truly innovative and sustainable business, helping to deliver long term economic and social benefits for the region".

He said: "It is a hugely important development, not just for the regeneration of Blaenau Gwent but also for the UK economy, and will enable significant private capital to be mobilized.

"This is a showcase for a new type of investment model, a partnership between private investment and government to deliver a transformational business to the region."

A £2m loan from the Welsh government has been made and the developers are trying to secure more public money. More ...

07/11/13
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f1
Formula E Hopes Series Will Attract Big-Name F1 Teams  Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag "is hoping that big-name F1 teams will soon join the newly founded racing series," according to the SID. Agag: "I'm certain that teams such as Ferrari or Red Bull will someday also field Formula E teams. We are already in talks with McLaren."

However, fans can look forward "to illustrious names known in Germany and around the world." Agag: "We will have former F1 drivers and drivers who had been active in GP2." Formula E, which will debut in '14, "will be the first worldwide championship using electric cars." SID

07/11/13
f1
Honda to base F1 operations in UK  (GMM) Honda on Thursday announced it will base its formula one operations in the UK.

After a six-year absence from the paddock, the Japanese carmaker is returning to the sport in 2015 as a supplier of works V6 power to McLaren.

Honda will develop and manufacture the engines in Japan, but the trackside operations will be based at a site in Milton Keynes, where the engines and energy recovery systems will also be maintained.

"With the confirmation of a new F1 operation base in the UK, our preparation to join F1 has become more specific and concrete," said motor sport chief Yasuhisa Arai.

Reigning world champions Red Bull are also based in Milton Keynes, a town in Buckinghamshire, England.
07/11/13
irl
IndyCar race at Pocono deemed a success  
Mario Andretti gives a thumbs up to IndyCar's return to Pocono
Two prominent racing people involved in the return of open-wheel racing to Pocono Raceway last Sunday give the event rave reviews.

Brandon Igdalsky, the track president and CEO, rated the weekend "an overwhelming success." "Professor" Mario Andretti penciled in an "A-plus" for the event.

"The reaction from fans, the drivers and IndyCar was an overwhelming success," Igdalsky said Tuesday. "We were really happy with the crowd." More ...

07/11/13
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NASCAR owner Jack Roush easing off the throttle  
Jack Roush is nearing retirement
Each crack of the bat in pregame warm-ups at Fenway Park brought a smile to Jack Roush's face.

Clad in his trademark straw hat, wire-rim glasses and a beige sport coat, he leaned against a wall behind home plate and soaked in the ambiance of a pleasant summer night on the ball field. It was a familiar scene for a front-and-center racing icon who has spent Tuesday nights this year watching his NASCAR team play intrasquad softball on a new diamond he built.

Having achieved nearly everything he'd wanted in his racing career, the 71-year-old captain of industry prefers to revel in others' success in the dusk of his NASCAR career. More ...

07/11/13
BritishF3
Q and A with Jordan King  
Jordan King.  Like most European drivers he is bankrolled by his wealthy father, J Sainsbury Chief Executive Justin King
Fresh from his appearance at the Masters of Formula Three at Zandvoort we caught up with Jordan King to find out how his season is progressing. This year sees the British racer competing in both the FIA Formula Three European Championship, in which he is currently the highest placed rookie, and British F3 Series, while also finding time to compete in a couple of triathlons along the way…

How did you find your first Masters F3 experience?

There was definitely a lot to take on board; different tires and jumping back in the car having not driven it for a while. Overall I think that the weekend went well and we had really good speed throughout. Qualifying however was a little disappointing which put us a little bit further down the order than we should have been for the start of the race but I think it was a great weekend and I’m pleased with our performance. More ...
07/11/13
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday  
  • Montezemolo not ready for 2014 Massa talks
  • Interlagos moves to secure F1 future through 2020
  • Pirelli drops 'conservative' Hungary compound choice
  • Raikkonen to Red Bull 'cool' - Hamilton
  • F1 extends media pitlane ban to all sessions
  • Sauber F1 Team Has To Find ride-buyers To Avoid Extinction
  • Ricciardo: Red Bull not biggest spur More ...
07/11/13
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Busch moonlights in Milwaukee  NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kyle Busch did a little racing moonlighting last Tuesday night, July 9th, at the famed Milwaukee Mile in West Allis-Wisconsin, and completely dominated the Swiss Colony Howie Lettow Memorial 150, a special race for super late model stock cars.

Busch's latest moonlight racing win really didn't surprise anyone at the track. He completely dominated the top of the speed charts during all of the practice sessions and easily set the fast time in qualifying. The only problem Kyle Busch had at the Milwaukee Mile was the pre race invert ceremony which moved him from the pole position to 14th. It took him all the way to lap 11 to take the lead for good. Because this race track doesn't have permanent lighting, the event had to be called, on lap 115, due to impending darkness. More ...

07/10/13
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Allmendinger rejoins Michael Shank Racing for Brickyard Grand-Am  
Allmendinger drove with Ambrose for Shank at the Rolex 24
AJ Allmendinger will rejoin Michael Shank Racing for the Grand-Am Rolex Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26. Allmendinger will share the driving duties in the No. 6 Michael Shank Racing Ford-Riley with Gustavo Yacaman.

Allmendinger has experience with MSR that stretches back to 2006, when he joined the squad for a run to the Rolex 24 At Daytona podium with a runner-up result along with Ozz Negri and Mark Patterson. Yacaman, the promising young Colombian who moved to Grand-Am full time in 2013 after establishing a winning record of success in Indy Lights competition, partnered with Antonio Pizzonia in the opening rounds of the season as the duo netted a best finish of fourth at the Circuit of The Americas. Sponsorship challenges then led the team to revise the driver lineup, with Justin Wilson co-driving with Yacaman at Watkins Glen on the way to a sixth-place result. More ...

07/10/13
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‘Turbo’ Review: DreamWorks’ Latest Toon Lets a Snail Race the Indy 500  In DreamWorks Animation’s winsome toon “Turbo,” a junior speed maven dreams of competing in the Indianapolis 500. There’s just one small problem: He’s a snail. Closer in spirit to Pixar’s “Ratatouille” than anything the folks at DWA have yet made, this endearing underdog story finds the publicly traded computer-animation studio taking a welcome risk and betting on a farfetched story idea, rather than a clearly spinoff-ready property (that said, Netflix has already booked the “Turbo F.A.S.T.” series for December).

The result is plenty appealing, especially for younger auds, though it will be a stretch for this snail tale to snare the crowd it needs to recoup its nine-figure budget.  Sheer expense aside, “Turbo” adheres to an otherwise safe formula, combining cute cartoon characters with the standard all-American “dream big” message: If a rat can thrive in a French restaurant, then why can’t a snail become an Indy speedster? More ...

07/10/13
track news
FanVision Will Bring NASCAR Fans Even Closer To Action At IMS  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series fans can get live, in-depth information, audio and video of the action on track by renting FanVision during the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard on July 26-28 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

FanVision's handheld, video-streaming device gives fans a world-class, in-venue viewing experience. Featuring built-in digital radio scanners, fans can listen directly to driver-team communications, review real-time stats, watch live race broadcasts, view eight different in-car cameras and have access to other live-action features during practice, qualifying and the race Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28 for the Indiana 250 and the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 Powered by BigMachineRecords.com. More ...

07/10/13
track news
New IMS president asked to 'save our track'  Shortly after news broke Tuesday that Doug Boles was promoted from chief operating officer to president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, one commenter on IBJ.com pleaded: “Good luck Doug. Save our track!”

Wow! Does the Indianapolis Motor Speedway really need saving? Perhaps.

One thing is certain. The famed Brickyard is at a critical crossroads.

It may still host the Greatest Spectacle in Racing—the Indianapolis 500—but many race fans have told me it’s no longer a venue worthy of such an event. They say it’s not anywhere close. And now it’s up to Boles, and his boss Mark Miles, to do something about it. More ...

07/10/13
f1
Without American drivers F1 will fail in the USA  
Instead of driving for backmarker Caterham, Bernie Ecclestone must insure F1's future in the USA by putting Alexander Rossi (above) in Felipe Massa's Ferrari seat next year.  The USA is Ferrari's biggest market and Rossi is an Italian name.  A perfect fit.
As Formula One expands its reach into the United States, there's still a missing ingredient that could keep some fans away from the stands — an American driver on the grid.

There hasn't been an American in Formula One since 2007 when Scott Speed drove for Toro Rosso. But the pressure is building for an American to make the jump now that the United States successfully hosted the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, last year and is set to hold second grand prix in New Jersey as soon as 2014.

"It would be tremendous boost for Formula One to have an American driver," Mario Andretti, the Formula One champion in 1978, told The Associated Press. "It would not only be good for America but also Formula One. No question about it. The U.S. is a very powerful nation from the standpoint of the financial situation. Every company in Formula One now does business in the Unites States." More ...

07/10/13
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NASCAR confiscates roof flaps from 16 teams (2nd Update)  UPDATE #3 Following a thorough review, NASCAR announced Wednesday that it will not assess penalties to the teams that had to change out the spacers that support the hinge bar of the car's roof flaps last week at Daytona International Speedway. There were 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams and 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series teams that were involved. "We examined this from every aspect we possibly could and determined that there would be no penalties involved," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "Based upon our inspection and subsequent review, it was our determination that the functionality and safety aspects of the roof flaps were not compromised and the on track competition would not be impacted. Moving forward we will work with the roof flap manufacturer and the race teams to evaluate and optimize the associated installation hardware, review the process in its totality and communicate in a timely manner to the garage area any revisions that we determine need to be made." NASCAR More ...
07/10/13
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday (Update)  UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

07/10/13
  • On track for 4th straight title
    Mandatory pitlane helmets 'crazy' - Lauda
  • FIA test rules a blow for Mercedes, Ferrari
  • Teams at loggerheads over next tire change
  • Vettel 'clearly' on track for fourth title - Lauda
  • Ecclestone says no to Sauber bailout
  • Lotus admits Grosjean's 2014 seat not secure
  • Damon Hill's son quits motor racing
  • Zylon visor saved Chilton in Germany - report
  • Organizer sure Ecclestone to honor Monza contract
  • Allison move 'brilliant' for Ferrari - Anderson
  • McLaren: We've learned from our mistake
  • Lotus confirms 'plenty' of new parts on way New
  • Alonso not tiring of life at Ferrari New
  • BBC issues apology after Hamilton spoiler New More ...
07/10/13
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Ambrose Enters Mid-Ohio NASCAR Nationwide Series Event  Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) announced today it will enter Marcos Ambrose in the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Saturday, August 17, at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The announcement was made today while Ambrose joined NASCAR officials at a visit to the Ohio State Capitol in Columbus. Ambrose will drive the No. 9 Stanley Ford and be a teammate to Michael Annett in the No. 43 Pilot Travel Centers Ford.

Ambrose, who will also be competing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Michigan the same weekend, will be making his 76th career NASCAR Nationwide Series start. He is a four-time winner in the series, all on road course circuits. Ambrose has also collected four poles, 16 top-10 and eight top-five finishes. This will be his first race at the Mid-Ohio track. More ...

07/10/13
irl
2013 Virtual Lap of Toronto  
07/10/13
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CNBC Program To Sponsor Eldora Speedway's NASCAR Race  Eldora Speedway has signed a title sponsorship with CNBC’s “The Profit” for its inaugural Camping World Truck Series race. The race, which takes place July 24, will be called the CarCash Mudsummer Classic presented by CNBC Prime’s “The Profit.”

The show debuts July 30 at 10:00pm ET and features Camping World Chair & CEO Marcus Lemonis offering to invest in businesses in exchange for equity and a share of the profit. The first company featured on the show is 1-800-CarCash, a used car buyer. As of two weeks ago, Eldora GM Roger Slack expressed concern the speedway would not be able to find a title sponsor for its inaugural truck race. The race is sold out and has received considerable publicity as the first NASCAR race on dirt in more than 40 years. It landed the deal with “The Profit” and Lemonis this week. Lemonis cut the deal directly with Slack. Sportsbusiness Daily
07/10/13
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Grand Marshals Announced for 2013 Honda Indy Toronto  Organizers of the 2013 Honda Indy Toronto are pleased to announce that newly acquired Toronto Maple Leafs players Dave Bolland and David Clarkson will serve as the Grand Marshals for 2inTO, the two INDYCAR races taking place during the event weekend, July 12-14.

The local natives of Mimico will perform the standard Grand Marshal duties that include giving the famous “drivers, start your engines” command to start the afternoon races: Bolland on Saturday, July 13 and Clarkson on Sunday, July 14. They will also meet the INDYCAR drivers, tour the INDYCAR paddocks and will participate in the Drivers Parades for each respective race. More ...

07/10/13
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ISC to continue cutting track seats to save embarrassment  International Speedway Corporation already has decreased the capacity of its tracks by 17 percent from 2007-2012, cutting capacity from 1.1 million to 909,000. And it pledges more cuts. Daytona International Speedway, which once had 168,000 grandstand seats and currently seats 147,000, will seat a mere 101,000 (not including suites) by 2016. ISC, whose stock is primarily controlled by the NASCAR-owning France family, told financial analysts last week that it plans to decrease capacity at several more racetracks. Other tracks cutting capacity points to at least a 25 percent reduction from 2007. Company officials said seats without views of pit road don't deliver as good of an experience. Or seats too far from many of the midway areas or the prerace activities don't allow fans to take advantage of those amenities. More ...
07/10/13
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Gordon in favor of mid-week races  
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NASCAR will run its first race on dirt since 1970 in two weeks at Eldora Speedway, so is it time for series officials to consider another change some might call radical? A former series champion thinks so. Jeff Gordon says he's for running mid-week races.

"I would love to see that,'' Gordon said. "I think when "Monday Night Football' ends, we should start "Monday Night Racing.' But that is just me. Of course I came from "Thursday Night Thunder,' and ... (it) was ridiculously successful back in the day. I am not saying we need to do it every week, but if we could find the right week in the schedule and mix it up, make it special, and make it make sense for the fans at home as well as the ones that could attend, then I think it would be awesome.'' More ...

07/10/13
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NKK Switches teams with Tony Kanaan on new IndyCar technology  NKK Switches, a Scottsdale designer and manufacturer of electromechanical switches, has teamed with Mouser Electronics to sponsor the NKK SmartSwitch IndyCar Challenge.

The contest looks to the public to find new, innovative solutions to use programmable NKK SmartSwitches in a Driver Information Center for Brazilian race car driver Tony Kanaan and his KV Racing Technology’s No. 11 IndyCar.

The Driver Information Center is the information display of the odometer, fuel gauge, tire pressure, etc.

NKK’s SmartSwitches are programmable OLED (organic light-emitting diode) and LCD (liquid crystal display) devices that combine a push button or rocker switch into one interface. More ...

07/10/13
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Miles announces Hulman Org changes (Update)  UPDATE The organization chart that Mark Miles created is added below:

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07/10/13
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Turbo movie well received by IndyCar and IMS staff (Update)  UPDATE A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, It disgusts me to see the current IndyCar brass fawning all over the Turbo movie.  It will probably be the best thing that has ever happened to IndyCar.  And what did they do to the man (Randy Bernard) who put the deal together and made it happen?  They fired him!  Not one of them even mentions his name and gives him some of the credit.  I'm done with IndyCar. Diane, Disgusted in Ohio

07/10/13 Turbo has started its engine.

That’s the snail and the movie, a tandem that stands to give IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway a significant boost in visibility.

DreamWorks’ animated production officially premiers tonight in New York, with Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan and reigning IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay expected to join actors Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Pena at the unveiling.  More ...

07/10/13
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Toyota Signs Multiyear Deal To Title Sponsor Fall NHRA Event In Las Vegas  The NHRA signed Toyota to a multiyear title sponsorship of its fall event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The event, which will be called the Toyota Nationals, will be held Oct. 24-27. Toyota receives on-site visibility and commercial inventory in ESPN2's coverage of the event. It will take place a week prior to SEMA, one of the largest automotive trade events.

Toyota National Manager of Motorsports & Engagement Marketing Keith Dahl in a statement said, “With the combination of the key round in the Countdown, the lead-in to SEMA the following week and the overall excitement of Las Vegas, the NHRA Toyota Nationals is a guaranteed winner.” Toyota has been involved with the NHRA since '02. It currently sponsors three Top Fuel teams and four Funny Car teams. Tripp Mickle SportsbusinessDaily.com

07/10/13
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Toronto Race Notes  
The Honda Indy Toronto 2 in T.O. doubleheader will be the fifth and sixth IZOD IndyCar Series races on the streets of Exhibition Place. Ryan Hunter-Reay was 2012 race winner.

Dario Franchitti and Hunter-Reay are the only drivers to win IZOD IndyCar Series race on the streets of Toronto and the championship in the same season. Franchitti won the inaugural IZOD IndyCar Series race in 2009 and again in 2011. Hunter-Reay won in 2012. Seven other drivers have claimed the Indy car championship in the same season they won at Toronto. They are: Bobby Rahal (1986), Al Unser Jr. (1990), Michael Andretti (1991), Alex Zanardi (1998), Cristiano da Matta (2002), Paul Tracy (2003) and Sebastien Bourdais (2004). More ...

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