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Saturday Canadian Tire Motorsport Park IMSA Notebook
Mired in heavy traffic and with Billy Johnson breathing down his neck, Andy Lally held on to win Saturday’s IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in the No. 9 Stevenson Automotive Group Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R. 

Lally co-drove to the victory with Matt Bell, who started third and drove the opening stint of the race.

"The track was the greasiest it was all week,” said Bell of his stint. “It was tempting to light them up, but I had to save the car for Andy (Lally)."

Bell managed to save the car so much that after the switch, the Stevenson team opted for a two-tire stop for Lally as opposed to taking on four like most of his opponents. In the final laps, however, Johnson’s No. 158 Ford Mustang was closing in quickly, especially with the traffic.

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Afternoon Notes From Iowa Speedway (Update 1) UPDATE
It looks like we'll see racing tonight at Iowa Speedway after all.
For a day of no racing, it’s been quite a busy one at Iowa Speedway. I spent some time roaming the paddock earlier, and will have a news and notes probably tomorrow.

For now, it looks as though the rain may hold off after all. The staff at the AR1 Central Iowa Weather Bureau say there is rain to the north and south of Newton. However, Newton itself should be spared.

We expect the green flag in about 45 minutes.

Brian C. reporting from Iowa Speedway

Brian C. could go for a champagne bath today at a very hot Iowa Speedway.
I arrived at Iowa Speedway about a half hour ago. My first reaction after getting out of the car was: WOW IT'S HOT!!!! Really hot, really humid, really hazy!

Luckily, I am currently in the nice air conditioned media center here at Iowa Speedway. The Verizon IndyCar Series teams are currently in the garage area preparing for tonight's race.

Speaking of tonight's race, the green flag has been bumped up a half hour to 7:30 p.m. Central Time.

Now, will there be a race? Yes, the big talk right now here is the weather.

We reported earlier that the weather forecast for this evening was not particularly good, as we expected rain to begin early this afternoon. Well, it has not begun to rain and our latest check of the weather shows there will likely be no rain until at least 4:45 p.m. here in Newton. Having been in Iowa the last few days I've learned the weather forecast here tends to consistently be something of a fluid situation, so stay tuned. However, the forecast is better now than a few hours ago.

Brian C. reporting from Iowa


Marquez beats teammate for pole in Germany
Marquez wins pole as teammate Pedrosa crashes trying to catch him
Marc Marquez notched a new best pole lap in the MotoGP Q2 session at the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, with Dani Pedrosa and Stefan Bradl also on row one – Pedrosa setting a fast lap before a crash.

A 1'20.937 effort from Marquez gave him pole by just under 0.3s from Repsol Honda colleague Pedrosa who went down at turn 1 with three minutes remaining. The rapid lap time for Marquez broke Casey Stoner’s six year old best pole lap record of 1’21.067 from 2008.
The home fans were delighted with Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) registering a 1’21.340 lap, as the German qualified third having initially been on provisional pole five minutes into the session.

The second row, meanwhile features a strong Yamaha presence with Open-equipped Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) placing his Forward-Yamaha machine ahead of the factory Movistar Yamaha MotoGP machines of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi on the grid.

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Tudor Sportscar practice 3 results from Mosport
Pos CP No Class Drivers Time Speed Lap Diff Laps Make
1 1 1 P Sharp/Dalziel 1:09.996 126.470 24 --- 34 HPD ARX-03b
2 2 90 P Westbrook/Valiante 1:10.224 126.059 27 0.228 34 Corvette DP
3 3 5 P Barbosa/Fittipaldi 1:10.835 124.972 25 0.839 33 Corvette DP
4 4 2 P Brown/van Overbeek 1:10.889 124.877 25 0.893 34 HPD ARX-03b
5 5 10 P R.Taylor/J.Taylor 1:10.997 124.687 14 1.001 29 Corvette DP
6 6 60 P Pew/Negri Jr. 1:11.064 124.569 11 1.068 35 Ford EcoBoost/Riley
7 7 01 P Pruett/Rojas 1:11.603 123.632 16 1.607 23 Ford EcoBoost/Riley
8 8 42 P Yacaman/Pla 1:11.674 123.509 31 1.678 34 Nissan Morgan
9 9 07 P Joel.Miller/Nunez 1:13.247 120.857 29 3.251 37 Mazda Prototype
10 10 70 P Tremblay/T.Long 1:14.917 118.163 11 4.921 31 Mazda Prototype
11 1 56 GTLM Müller/J.Edwards 1:15.270 117.609 5 5.274 31 BMW Z4 GTE
12 2 3 GTLM Magnussen/Garcia 1:15.308 117.549 14 5.312 32 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
13 3 91 GTLM D.Farnbacher/Goossens 1:15.524 117.213 15 5.528 33 Dodge Viper SRT
14 4 4 GTLM Gavin/Milner 1:15.539 117.190 18 5.543 32 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
15 5 17 GTLM Henzler/Sellers 1:15.712 116.922 33 5.716 38 Porsche 911 RSR
16 6 93 GTLM Bomarito/Wittmer 1:15.792 116.799 7 5.796 25 Dodge Viper SRT
17 7 55 GTLM Auberlen/Priaulx 1:15.998 116.482 13 6.002 34 BMW Z4 GTE
18 8 912 GTLM P.Long/Christensen 1:16.084 116.350 25 6.088 36 Porsche 911 RSR
19 9 911 GTLM Tandy/Lietz 1:16.132 116.277 18 6.136 33 Porsche 911 RSR
20 10 62 GTLM Fisichella/Kaffer 1:16.650 115.491 16 6.654 41 Ferrari F458 Italia
21 1 73 GTD Lindsey/Estre 1:19.033 112.009 11 9.037 17 Porsche 911 GT America
22 2 22 GTD MacNeil/Keen 1:19.123 111.882 29 9.127 34 Porsche 911 GT America
23 3 007 GTD Carter/Davison 1:19.368 111.536 2 9.372 21 Aston Martin V12 Vantage
24 4 48 GTD Haase/B.Miller 1:19.406 111.483 28 9.410 36 Audi R8 LMS
25 5 45 GTD Canache Jr./Pumpelly/von Moltke 1:19.498 111.354 15 9.502 36 Audi R8 LMS
26 6 81 GTD Barker/Faulkner 1:19.507 111.341 25 9.511 35 Porsche 911 GT America
27 7 63 GTD Balzan/Westphal 1:19.534 111.303 10 9.538 37 Ferrari 458 Italia
28 8 58 GTD Snow/Heylen 1:19.547 111.285 23 9.551 29 Porsche 911 GT America
29 9 555 GTD Sweedler/To.Bell 1:19.601 111.210 10 9.605 33 Ferrari 458 Italia
30 10 33 GTD J.Bleekemolen/Keating 1:19.640 111.155 9 9.644 28 Dodge Viper SRT
31 11 94 GTD Cameron/Palttala 1:19.659 111.129 5 9.663 32 BMW Z4
32 12 44 GTD Potter/Lally 1:19.717 111.048 9 9.721 31 Porsche 911 GT America
33 13 23 GTD James/M.Farnbacher 1:19.895 110.800 31 9.899 31 Porsche 911 GT America
34 14 27 GTD Dempsey/A.Davis 1:20.027 110.618 16 10.031 33 Porsche 911 GT America
35 15 35 GTD Neiman/von Moltke/Pumpelly 1:20.185 110.400 26 10.189 31 Audi R8 LMS
36 16 46 GTD Espenlaub/Putman 1:20.822 109.530 12 10.826 36 Audi R8 LMS
37 17 18 GTD Thomas/Green 1:20.906 109.416 23 10.910 32 Porsche 911 GT America
38 11 0 P Meyrick/Legge -.--- --- 0 0 DeltaWing DWC13


Johnson would like to see a shorter season
Jimmie Johnson, met with media at New Hampshire and discussed many things including the upcoming off-weekend and the newly-formed RTA, the transcript in part:

Johnson: "I'm happy to see it. I think we could use six or seven more of them. I think everybody in the room would agree. Get down to a 25-race schedule or something with more weekends off would be awesome. I'm excited. Even if we were winning and didn't want it to stop from that momentum stand point, I can't wait to chill out with family and relax."

Johnson: "As little as possible."


DeltaWing withdraws from Mosport
The DeltaWing Racing Cars team has withdrawn from the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, after an incident during Friday afternoon’s second TUDOR United SportsCar Championship practice session damaged the coupe beyond the team’s ability to repair in time for Sunday’s race.

Andy Meyrick was behind the wheel of the DeltaWing coupe toward the end of the practice session, when a fuel line rupture triggered a fire that caused delamination too expensive to repair outside of the team’s shop in Braselton, Georgia.

"It's disappointing, because we were so quick here," said team manager Tim Keene. "But we've got a new chassis back at the shop so we’ll get back on track as quickly as possible."


A Lap Around Mosport With Ryan Dalziel


Esteban Ocon wins first FIA Formula 3 European Championship race in Moscow
Esteban Ocon
With his sixth victory of the season, Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) made his comeback on the FIA Formula 3 European Championship winner’s podium. The 17-year-old Lotus Formula 1 junior driver won the first-ever FIA Formula 3 European Championship race at the 3.931 kilometers long Moscow Raceway from Jordan King (Carlin) and Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing). With his race win, the Frenchman extended his lead in the drivers’ standings; he is now 84 points clear of 16-year-old Dutchman Max Verstappen.

Esteban Ocon benefited from his pole position and remained in the lead after the start. He gradually built up a lead of up to two seconds from his main rival in the race, Jordan King. After 24 laps, Ocon took the checkered flag as the winner of the race. Jordan King crossed the finish line in second place, confirming his good form that he already showed recently with his pair of podium finishes at the Norisring in Nuremberg.

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Said Escapes Serious Injury Following Accident at Mosport
Boris Said has escaped serious injuries following a heavy accident in TUDOR United SportsCar Championship practice for Sunday’s Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

The Marsh Racing driver was transported to an area hospital and has been diagnosed with a broken rib. He was released late Friday.

Said’s No. 31 Marsh Racing Corvette DP slammed into the Turn 1 barriers and reportedly sustained significant chassis damage in the high-speed impact.

The car has been withdrawn from the race. IMSA could take the car back to NASCAR’s Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C., where it could undergo further diagnosis.

Eric Curran was due to share the Whelen-sponsored machine with Said on Sunday.


DeltaWing will not race this weekend
Andy Meyrick's accident means the DeltaWing will not race this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada. (July 12, 2014) – The DeltaWing Racing Cars team has withdrawn from the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, after an incident during Friday afternoon’s second TUDOR United SportsCar Championship practice session damaged the coupe beyond the team’s ability to repair in time for Sunday’s race.

Andy Meyrick was behind the wheel of the DeltaWing coupe toward the end of the practice session, when a fuel line rupture triggered a fire that caused delamination too extensive to repair outside of the team’s shop in Braselton, Georgia.
“It’s disappointing, because we were so quick here,” said team manager Tim Keene. “But we've got a new chassis back at the shop so we’ll get back on track as quickly as possible.”

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Good Morning from Iowa
The two-time Indy 500 pole winner, three-time IndyCar race winner, team owner, and  father of four, has now added newspaper columnist to his very busy schedule. Rumor has it however, Ed Carpenter does in fact occasionally find time to sleep. 
It's about 10 a.m. local time here north of Des Moines on a sunny, somewhat hazy Iowa morning. After a bit of a long day yesterday and with the Verizon IndyCar Series not running until tonight, I took the rare opportunity to sleep in on a race weekend, and just returned from breakfast. Allow me to briefly repeat, something I have noticed ever since arriving in Iowa late Thursday morning: people here are as nice and friendly as anywhere I've been.

On my way to breakfast I picked up a copy of this morning's Des Moines Register. There are two very good articles on page C3 of the sports section about the event. One, compares the Camping World Truck Series event with the IndyCar race speaking with NCWTS driver Jason Peters and Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay. As the article states, Peters and Hunter-Reay grew up together racing each other in go-karts.

The second article was written by none other than owner/driver Ed Carpenter. It was not a long article (probably a few hundred words) but it was the kind of article that builds interest in the event. Carpenter was presented as the pole of the past two Indianapolis 500s and winner of the recent Texas race. In the article, Carpenter spoke about the unique challenges the 7/8-mile Iowa track presents, and what the challenges were for the teams yesterday with the weather and competing on the same track after the Camping World Truck Series cars would lay down a different compound of rubber.

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Andretti: IndyCar needs to tout itself
Mario Andretti
The Verizon IndyCar Series is as good as it's ever been. But there's a whole new generation of racing fans who need to know about it. That's how Mario Andretti sees it.

Andretti, 74, was in Beaver Creek Thursday morning to sign autographs and help celebrate the 20th anniversary of business for Murphy's Autocare, located on 3815 Dayton Xenia Road. Complete with police escort, Andretti drove into the Murphy's lot on a motorized go-kart amid cheers from a host of area fans and dignitaries gathered for the occasion.

He spent a good portion of last weekend moving a little bit faster. Andretti was busy propelling race fans around the Pocono Raceway at almost 200 mph in a two-seater IndyCar racer. He truly enjoys scaring the beejeebers out of his passengers.

"We've had a few people who just lose it. (He laughs) I've had a half dozen or so of those over the years. You know, which makes it a special day. A bit embarrassing for them, but fun for me," he said with a wry grin. "There's a panic button for the passenger to hit, which shows a red light on my steering wheel to tell me that they're worried … and I ignore it. (Laughs). Once you're in the cockpit, you've gotta go with me. Sometimes people get a little nervous, which is good. I like that actually. That's the whole idea."

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Andersen Promotions teams with Australian Formula Ford
The Mazda Road to Indy continues to expand its outreach to the grassroots levels of the sport with today's announcement that Andersen Promotions has formed an alliance with the Australia Formula Ford Association Inc. (FFA) with immediate effect which will see the representative body for Formula Ford racing in that country become an Official Partner of the ladder series through 2016. The first level of the Mazda Road to Indy – the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda – will be promoted as an endorsed progression path for Australian drivers pursuing international careers in motorsports.

Established in 1969, the FFA currently manages the prestigious National Formula Ford series – the highest level of racing for junior drivers. The champion of the six-round series, which culminates on Nov. 29-30 at the Phillip Island circuit, will be awarded a two-day test in USF2000 as well as a financial incentive to contest the full series calendar in 2015.

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Ryan Phinny Back on Indy Lights Track with Bryan Herta Autosport
Ryan Phinny
With a focus on getting himself re-acclimated to the lightning-fast machinery of the Verizon IndyCar Series, American race car driver Ryan Phinny has announced that he will be joining Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) for the upcoming Honda Toronto Indy on the July 18-20 weekend in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, running one of the team’s potent Indy Lights entries. The Indy Lights series is the final development step for drivers moving into the world-class IndyCar program, and the 24-year-old Hollywood-based racing driver will knock the dust of his racing boots in Toronto, in preparations for an off-season IndyCar testing program. George Clooney's Casamigos Tequila brand has aligned with Phinny as the title sponsor of the #28 BHA/JMM with Curb-Agajanian entry.  The program with BHA will consist of three events to allow Ryan to dial things in before heading into winter testing.  Following the race on the streets of Toronto, he will also run at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Ohio (Aug. 1-3) and at Sonoma Raceway in Napa Valley (Aug. 22-24).  This entire program is focused on preparing Ryan for a full IndyCar program in 2015.

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NASCAR's response to RTA: Business as usual
Mike Helton
Four days after the announced formation of a team alliance among the sport's top organizations, NASCAR President Mike Helton said Friday that NASCAR will continue to do business as usual: It will make decisions with input from the stakeholders of the sport.

Speaking briefly prior to Sprint Cup practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Helton said any perception of animosity between the sanctioning body and the team owners "is incorrect and very unfortunate." 
"They made clear their intentions are to grow the sport and make the sport stronger through their ownerships," Helton said. "We have respect for what they do to their business models."

Helton said NASCAR would continue to listen to car owners, drivers, team members and other stakeholders in the sport and continue to make decisions to benefit the whole sport.

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Time For Ferrari To Cut Their Kimi Losses
Raikkonen has not sown any sign of brilliance
There appears to be a sense of deja vu for Ferrari and their fans since the return of Kimi Raikkonen, and with the Finn already looking like he has one foot out of the door, perhaps it's once again time for the team to cut their losses early.

One of the best drivers in F1? Check. Unable to match his teammate? Check. Appearing to be losing interest? Check. All but certain to be moving on? Check.

The 2007 World Champion is once again displaying the signs of someone who would rather not be in F1.

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Espargaro fastest Friday at Sachsenring
NGM Forward Racing's Aleix Espargaro was a dominant force with his outright pace on Friday at Sachsenring, while still managing to test the Forward chassis on the opening day of the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland.

After achieving a career-best premier class result of fourth in Assen, Espargaro came into the weekend full of confidence. He enjoyed strong results in Germany in the past on his Aprilia CRT machine, the tight and twisty track relying less on top speed.

FP1 saw the Open Yamaha rider top the session with a 1'22.170s, ahead of Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) who suffered a heavy crash. The first session was spent on the Yamaha chassis. Espargaro's fast time came in the closing minutes as he took advantage of the soft tire available to Open class riders.

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Q and A with Juan Montoya
Juan Montoya
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 2 PPG TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, met with members of the media at Iowa Speedway and discussed his thoughts on Iowa Speedway so far, winning last weekend at Pocono, his current position of fourth in the point standings and many other topics.  Full Transcript:

"We tested here and it's weird because it's very different this morning.  I don't know if it is because of the NASCAR rubber, but it was a handful this morning.  Like when we tested it was nice, predictable, fun to drive and this morning it was like ‘oh really' how many more?  We don't want to be that unstable.  It looks like we will be okay for practice.  We will see whatever it brings."

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Friday Wrap from Iowa
James Hinchcliffe was disappointed with his qualifying effort.
It's about 9:30 p.m. Iowa time. It's been a pretty long day, so I'm going to ask that you forgive the lack of a creative intro, as I conclude Friday at Iowa Speedway by hitting on a few noteworthy subjects.

The Mayor:

Andretti Autosport's James Hinchcliffe was clearly frustrated after qualifying. Hinch had been quick in both practice sessions, but was only able to post the 14th fastest qualifying time.

Of course, I reported earlier that Hinchcliffe had a car that was visibly handling well in both the high and low grooves. For qualifying the team went in the wrong direction set-up wise or as Hinch put it, "we screwed the pooch."

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Jones wins Iowa truck race
In a thrilling race that saw two of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series young stars battle on the track, it was Erik Jones who emerged victorious to win the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway.

Jones, who started on the front row with his Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate, Darrell Wallace Jr., led a race-high 131 laps en route to his second career victory in the Truck Series.

The 18-year old scored his second win in just nine Truck Series starts, with his first win coming last November at Phoenix.

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Video: Mario Andretti - What it takes to be a champion
In this candid interview, Mario shares some of his inside secrets - and doesn't pull any punches when it comes to explaining what's required.


A Bowtie Butt Whuppin'
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Good afternoon from Iowa (Update 3) UPDATE #4 It's been a real slow day here at Iowa Speedway. The weather has resulted in something of a fragmented, stop-start day.

Currently, the Camping World Truck Series is on track qualifying for tonight's 6th Annual American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen. The Verizon IndyCar Series takes to the track at 6 p.m. for single car qualifying.

My expert reading on the weather says that it will likely remain very overcast. However, both the IndyCar Series and Truck Series should be able to get in their qualifying and race respectively.

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Montoya leads final IndyCar practice in Iowa
With a lap of 184.619 mph Pocono winner Juan Pablo Montoya led final practice for the Iowa Corn Indy 300 presented by DEKALB. The #2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet was 0.0033 seconds quicker than teammate Will Power. Andretti Autosport's James Hinchcliffe was the fastest Honda in third.

Takuma Sato, who won pole for the 2011 race at Iowa was fourth quick, with 2013 Verizon IndyCar Series Champion Scott Dixon 5th. Qualifying will begin at 6 p.m. C.T.

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Tudor Series Mosport Practice 1 results
Pos CP CarNo Class Drivers Time Speed Diff Laps Make Model
1 1 42 P Yacaman/Pla 1:10.928 124.808 -.--- 36 Nissan Morgan
2 2 1 P Sharp/Dalziel 1:11.277 124.197 0.349 32 HPD ARX-03b
3 3 2 P Brown/van Overbeek 1:11.308 124.143 0.380 35 HPD ARX-03b
4 4 5 P Barbosa/Fittipaldi 1:11.322 124.119 0.394 39 Corvette DP
5 5 90 P Westbrook/Valiante 1:11.536 123.747 0.608 33 Corvette DP
6 6 0 P Meyrick/Legge 1:11.561 123.704 0.633 31 DeltaWing DWC13
7 7 01 P Pruett/Rojas 1:11.666 123.523 0.738 28 Ford EcoBoost/Riley
8 8 10 P R.Taylor/J.Taylor 1:11.849 123.208 0.921 27 Corvette DP
9 9 60 P Pew/Negri Jr. 1:12.431 122.218 1.503 31 Ford EcoBoost/Riley
10 10 31 P Curran/Said 1:14.021 119.593 3.093 19 Corvette DP
11 11 07 P Joel.Miller/Nunez 1:15.295 117.570 4.367 33 Mazda Prototype
12 1 56 GTLM Muller/J.Edwards 1:16.019 116.450 5.091 34 BMW Z4
13 2 91 GTLM D.Farnbacher/Goossens 1:16.039 116.419 5.111 30 Dodge Viper
14 3 3 GTLM Magnussen/Garcia 1:16.064 116.381 5.136 35 Chevrolet Corvette
15 4 55 GTLM Auberlen/Priaulx 1:16.223 116.138 5.295 37 BMW Z4
16 5 93 GTLM Bomarito/Wittmer 1:16.243 116.108 5.315 26 Dodge Viper
17 6 17 GTLM Henzler/Sellers 1:16.278 116.054 5.350 29 Porsche 911
18 7 4 GTLM Gavin/Milner 1:16.318 115.994 5.390 32 Chevrolet Corvette
19 8 911 GTLM Tandy/Lietz 1:16.498 115.721 5.570 31 Porsche 911
20 12 70 P Tremblay/T.Long 1:16.630 115.521 5.702 33 Mazda Prototype
21 9 62 GTLM Fisichella/Kaffer 1:16.820 115.236 5.892 37 Ferrari F458
22 10 912 GTLM P.Long/Christensen 1:16.93 115.068 6.004 32 Porsche 911
23 1 35 GTD Neiman/von Moltke/Pumpelly 1:19.679 111.101 8.751 33 Audi R8
24 2 48 GTD Haase/B.Miller 1:19.776 110.966 8.848 35 Audi R8
25 3 45 GTD Moltke - - 110.864 9 8.921 33
26 4 73 GTD Lindsey/Estre 1:19.945 110.731 9.017 30 Porsche 911
27 5 33 GTD J.Bleekemolen/Keating 1:20.043 110.596 9.115 21 Dodge Viper
28 6 22 GTD MacNeil/Keen 1:20.054 110.580 9.126 25 Porsche 911
29 7 94 GTD Cameron/Palttala 1:20.079 110.546 9.151 32 BMW Z4
30 8 81 GTD Barker/Faulkner 1:20.161 110.433 9.233 32 Porsche 911
31 9 44 GTD Potter/Lally 1:20.280 110.269 9.352 31 Porsche 911
32 10 555 GTD Sweedler/To.Bell 1:20.353 110.169 9.425 35 Ferrari 458
33 11 58 GTD Snow/Heylen 1:20.432 110.061 9.504 29 Porsche 911
34 12 007 GTD Carter/Davison 1:20.458 110.025 9.530 30 Aston Martin
35 13 27 GTD Dempsey/A.Davis 1:20.500 109.968 9.572 33 Porsche 911
36 14 63 GTD Balzan/Westphal 1:21.126 109.119 10.198 35 Ferrari 458
37 15 23 GTD James/M.Farnbacher 1:21.233 108.975 10.305 26 Porsche 911
38 16 18 GTD Thomas/Green 1:21.708 108.342 10.780 34 Porsche 911
39 17 46 GTD Espenlaub/Putman 1:25.594 103.423 14.666 4 Audi R8


Friday Morning from Iowa (Update 2) UPDATE #2 The Verizon IndyCar Series will have final practice from 1:45-3:15 p.m. today. They will then qualify this evening for the Iown Corn Indy 300 presented by DEKALB at 6 p.m., the slot originally scheduled for final practice.

07/11/14 Verizon IndyCar Series practice at Iowa Speedway has been cancelled. It has stopeed raining here in Newton, however no word yet as to how today's schedule will be adjusted. We will pass along any information when we receive it. .

Brian C. reporting from Iowa

07/11/14 A light drizzle hit Iowa Speedway about 15 minutes into Verizon IndyCar Series practice this morning. Officially, the session is under a yellow flag. However, the teams have taken the cars back to the garage area and we suspect the practice session is over for now.

Andretti Autosport’s James Hinchcliffe currently leads the session, with Tony Kanaan second and Carlos Munoz third. Graham Rahal turned the most laps of any driver with 28.

My expert reading of the weather map says that the current shower will likely wipe out the session but should pass in a reasonable amount of time to allow for running this afternoon.

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Iowa IndyCar practice 1 times
Pos Driver Car No. Time Speed Laps Difference Gap
1 James Hinchcliffe 27 00:17.5249 183.647 13 --.---- --.----
2 Tony Kanaan 10 00:17.5330 183.562 21 0.0081 0.0081
3 Carlos Munoz 34 00:17.5768 183.105 13 0.0519 0.0438
4 Charlie Kimball 83 00:17.6316 182.536 21 0.1067 0.0548
5 Marco Andretti 25 00:17.6588 182.255 11 0.1339 0.0272
6 Ryan Briscoe 8 00:17.6788 182.049 10 0.1539 0.0200
7 Will Power 12 00:17.6801 182.035 20 0.1552 0.0013
8 Juan Pablo Montoya 2 00:17.6859 181.975 14 0.1610 0.0058
9 Scott Dixon 9 00:17.6889 181.945 14 0.1640 0.0030
10 Ryan Hunter-Reay 28 00:17.6929 181.903 14 0.1680 0.0040
11 Josef Newgarden 67 00:17.7560 181.257 22 0.2311 0.0631
12 Simon Pagenaud 77 00:17.8557 180.245 14 0.3308 0.0997
13 Graham Rahal 15 00:17.8647 180.154 28 0.3398 0.0090
14 Mikhail Aleshin 7 00:17.8684 180.117 21 0.3435 0.0037
15 Justin Wilson 19 00:17.8836 179.964 20 0.3587 0.0152
16 Ed Carpenter 20 00:17.9033 179.766 23 0.3784 0.0197
17 Helio Castroneves 3 00:17.9077 179.722 10 0.3828 0.0044
18 Sebastien Bourdais 11 00:17.9290 179.508 22 0.4041 0.0213
19 Takuma Sato 14 00:17.9465 179.333 9 0.4216 0.0175
20 Carlos Huertas 18 00:18.1068 177.745 18 0.5819 0.1603
21 Sebastian Saavedra 17 00:18.1606 177.219 17 0.6357 0.0538
22 Jack Hawksworth 98 00:18.5715 173.298 15 1.0466 0.4109


IndyCar Qualifying Order
Below is the order for today's Iowa Cotn Indy 300 presented by DEKALB. The session is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT, weather permitting:

1. #12 Will Power
2. #27 James Hinchcliffe
3. #77 Simon Pagenaud
4. #10 Tony Kanaan
5. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay
6. #25 Marco Andretti
7. #15 Graham Rahal
8. #34 Carlos Munoz
9. #8 Ryan Briscoe
10. #14 Takuma Sato
11. #19 Justin Wilson
12. #7 Mikhail Aleshin
12a. #67 Josef Newgarden
14. #9 Scott Dixon

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IndyCar schedule arguments go around in circles
Who wants Road America on the IndyCar schedule?

"Everybody," right?

IndyCar fans. Road America fans. And drivers, definitely drivers.

Interest from both sides has crested and crashed in waves because of financial realities and other scheduling options. At the moment, Road America is the more eager party and places such as New Orleans rank higher on IndyCar's list.

So, yeah, frustration is a reasonable emotion.

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TV Ratings for Nationwide at Daytona Down For 4th-Straight Year
Friday’s rain-delayed NASCAR Nationwide Series race from Daytona earned 1.8 million viewers on ESPN2, down 9% from last year (1.9M), down 14% from 2012 (2.0M), and the fourth straight edition of the race to decline from the previous year. Keep in mind the start of the race was delayed more than an hour due to rain. But as AR1.com has told you, racing is losing the youth of this country and the powers to be have their heads in the sand.


NASCAR Daytona Coke Zero 400 TV Ratings plummet
A rain-drenched weekend at Daytona resulted in unsurprisingly low numbers for NASCAR on TNT. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Coke Zero 400 from Daytona earned a 2.4 U.S. rating and 4.0 million viewers on TNT Sunday, down 31% in ratings and 30% in viewership from last year (3.5, 5.7M) and down 37% and 36%, respectively, from coverage on TNT and TruTV in 2012 (3.8, 6.2M).

Those races were run as scheduled on a Saturday night. This year's race was plagued by rain, first postponed from Saturday night to Sunday morning and then shortened from 160 to 112 laps. Sunday's race even outdrew coverage from Kentucky a week earlier (2.3, 3.6M) Sports Media Watch / Bloomberg  / Media Life Magazine


Kroger Super Weekend Pit Lane Passes on sale now
For the first time in the history of the event, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is offering Pre-Race Pit Lane Passes for sale to the general public for the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard July 24-27 at IMS.
A Pre-Race Pit Lane Pass for Friday-Sunday of the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard is available for $195 and includes gate admission [general admission] on Friday and Saturday. The pass allows pit lane access on Friday until 1 p.m., and Saturday access until 4 p.m.

A Sunday-only Pre-Race Pit Lane Pass is also on sale for $75, which is not valid for gate admission. Pit lane access on Sunday for all pass-holders will be available until noon.

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What is really behind NASCAR's new Race Team Alliance?
When talking to people about the new Race Team Alliance, only two things appear clear about the organization formed by nine Sprint Cup teams to pursue common goals: There is more to it than just travel discounts and getting a good rate on rental cars.

How much more is unclear.

Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Rob Kauffman, chairman of the group, vowed Monday that the alliance was not formed to fight NASCAR but instead primarily to use the combined purchasing power of the teams to get better deals on travel, insurance and parts. When asked if he was ready to stage a sit-in at the NASCAR offices in Daytona for a bigger cut of the new 10-year, $8.2 billion television deal, he emphatically said no.

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Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Pirelli campaigns for larger wheels in F1
    Ungar joins Caterham, Marmorini exits Ferrari
  • Fric removal 'will not change much' - Lauda
  • Honda to work with Mercedes-linked company for F1 turbo
  • Maldonado eyes major power boost for Germany
  • Pirelli ready to supply 18-inch tires by 2016
  • Leal qualifies for Formula 1 Super License
  • Vettel unsure of Red Bull challenge in 2015

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Andretti Formula E, Test Report
Andretti Autosport's Franck Montagny races with Oriol Servia at recent Donington Park test.
Andretti Formula E concluded its third FIA Formula E test at Donington Park in the UK today. The all-electric racing series' public open tests for 9 and 10 July saw confirmed driver Franck Montagny in the No. 27 Spark-Renault SRT 01E with Andretti Rallycross' Scott Speed once again taking up driving duties in the No. 28 machine on the 2.498-mile (4.020-km) circuit.

Scott Speed, No. 28 Spark-Renault SRT_01 E

    Finished the day fourth on the time charts
    Best time of 1:31.810 over 48 laps

"I think that the test went pretty well. Franck (Montagny) and I obviously have a lot of experience between us, and I think that we work and communicate well together. All these Formula E cars are brand new and the teams are still trying to figure them out, but I feel that Andretti is definitely ahead of the average, maybe not the best out there yet, but it's an exciting time. This series is development in its purest form, and I feel really good about how the whole team's working together."

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Greetings from Newton (Update 1) UPDATE
AR1's Brian Carroccio is at Iowa Speedway this weekend.
It’s about 9 p.m. local time here just outside Des Moines, Iowa. I’m back at the Ritz-Carlton Des Moines (well, not exactly) after a very nice dinner downtown, getting prepared for what will be a long day tomorrow. The Verizon IndyCar Series will have a 1 hour 15 minute practice session tomorrow, followed by single car qualifying. The teams will then have a brief half hour practice session tomorrow from 6-6:30 p.m. before the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.

I mentioned earlier that I spent some time wandering the paddock at Iowa Speedway this afternoon. Of course, the IndyCar Series is the midst of a grueling stretch of 6 races in a 22-day period. The teams are currently just over 100 hours removed from a 500-mile race, and have had to convert the cars from road course to speedway trim, and back again in the last two weeks. 

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Memo Gidley updates his progress
Sorry it has taken me a while to send an update, but as much as I wish I could have gotten it out sooner, my world, the last three months, has not been easy.

My last update was about two months from my accident and things were starting to get positive.  Just two weeks prior, my doctor (at the time), looked at x-rays of all my broken bones (12), and removed my braces and splints and gave me the go-ahead to start physical rehab.  He also informed me that in another month I would be able to remove my back brace.  I was thinking, "yes!"  I was also living in an assisted-living apartment which was helpful because I could not do much on my own and needed help getting around 24/7.  And then a week later, I took my first unassisted steps – another "yes!!"

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Williams' Martini sponsorship worth less than smaller McLaren deal
Williams' title sponsorship deal with Martini is worth less than McLaren’s tie up with Johnnie Walker.

According to figures published in this year's Formula One Black Book, Williams receive $15m per year for the Martini deal, which has seen their cars completely rebranded in the drinks company's colors. The team have also altered their name to reflect the Martini association.

But McLaren receive $20m per year for the Johnnie Walker deal. This sees the Woking-based squad commit a comparatively minor amount of space on their cars and race clothing to the firm's logos.

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Mercedes to remove 'Fric' for Hockenheim
(GMM)  Mercedes will remove the complex 'Fric' system from its dominant F1 car ahead of next weekend's German grand prix.

The FIA surprised the entire world of F1 this week by informing teams that it now regards the innovation, which mimicks outlawed active suspension, as potentially illegal.

The technical directive issued by Charlie Whiting opened the door for some teams to lodge protests in Hockenheim and beyond that could foreseeable be upheld by the stewards.

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Reaction to NASCAR RTA
What do you make of the news that nine top NASCAR teams have formed the Race Team Alliance to have a united voice on issues owners face in the sport?

Ed Hinton, ESPN.com: The France family's worst nightmare, dating to 1947, is now reality. The monarchy is still in place, but is no longer absolute, and will no longer be able to take all it wants for itself. Championship Auto Racing Teams and the Formula One Constructors Association weren't "unions" per se, either -- they were consolidations of power that seized control of, and enormously changed, their realms.

Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Rob Kauffman, who was elected the alliance’s chairman, spoke in mild, diplomatic language -- but all that means is that the giant has been born sleeping. NASCAR dare not awaken it. Just the idea of those nine teams' haulers pulling out of a garage area on a Friday or Saturday amounts to a nuclear deterrent. Enormous power may be wielded beyond public view. It's a matter of time until the RTA gets a much larger share of TV money, gathers veto power over technical rules changes, exerts pressure on scheduling -- pretty much anything it wants. Bill France Jr.'s old iron mantra of "we can do without you" has just been gutted.

This thing came very close to happening in the mid-1990s. The rumblings were palpable in the garages. But France managed to defuse it. Since then, NASCAR's greed has resumed. The RTA was born of that saying: "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." These powerful teams, and this titanic alliance, will not be fooled again. Fans needn't worry. They won't be hurt by this. If anything, they'll be helped.

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HPD Announces Collegiate SAE Program
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) collegiate-level programs will now be able to join the Honda Racing Line, giving them access to products and services offered by Honda Performance Development.

Universities operating SAE-affiliated programs, such as Formula SAE and Baja SAE can now apply for membership in the Honda Racing Line, gaining direct access to HPD-developed racing products, original equipment replacement parts and support specifically tailored to the motorsports competitor.

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Race Central TV - Hunter Reay Yellow Party Announcement
Race Central Television, the premiere home for all Motor Sports Television for over a decade on MavTV is honored to air the Yellow Party from the 2014 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, with its National Award Winning Host, Kurt Hansen and 2014 Indy 500 Winner Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Once again, and for almost four decades Race Central's Host and former Long Beach Grand Prix Competitor Kurt Hansen will be on hand covering the TGPLB. But this year's event has a very special twist, Race Central TV was asked to Host a special edition of Race Central and be on hand to interview some of the hottest celebrities from racing and television today. From the legend Michael Andretti, Ed Carpenter and Marco Andretti just to mention a few, to the lovely Joanna Krupa of Housewives of Miami and Gretchen and Slade from Housewives of Orange County on hand, but underneath all the glamour is a very special cause. The 2014 Indy 500 winner, Ryan Hunter Reay, founded Racing for Cancer Foundation after the untimely passing of his mother in 2008. Hunter-Reay has called on the racing Community and the elite of Hollywood and well beyond to promote this cause, and Race Central TV and its Award winning Host Kurt Hansen were requested to be on hand to capture all of the action off the track!

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German GP Preview with Lewis Hamilton
"Hockenheim is one of the home Grands Prix for the team. It’s important to Mercedes-Benz and it’s important to me" says MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS driver Lewis Hamilton about the upcoming German Grand Prix. Join Lewis on a virtual lap of the Hockenheim circuit in the team’s state-of-the-art simulator.


Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Vettel knows he has no chance -  his Renault is down 130 HP to Mercedes
    CVC's Mackenzie backs Ecclestone in court
  • Vettel not sure Red Bull can catch Mercedes for 2015
  • Ramirez slams Perez for wrong 'attitude'
  • Ferrari seat 'not the plan for 2015' - Bianchi
  • Dominant Mercedes to lose 'extreme' Fric advantage
  • Mercedes has 'duty' to let drivers race - Head
  • Hockenheim ticket discount offer backfires

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