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07/16/11
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Win Puts Busch In Tie Atop All-Time NASCAR Nationwide Series Wins List  
Samantha Sarcinella and Kyle Busch (R) in 2009.  Busch is clearly the best NASCAR driver of this era
In winning the New England 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch became the third driver with 100 NASCAR national series victories.

Busch also tied Mark Martin atop the all-time NASCAR Nationwide Series wins list, at 49.

The Las Vegas, Nev. native has won 22 times in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, 49 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and 29 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Busch’s first win came in the 2004 NASCAR Nationwide Series event Richmond International Raceway, 12 days after his 19th birthday. He nabbed his 100th at the age of 26. More ...

07/16/11
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The War of the NASCAR Track Owners  UPDATE
Bruton Smith calls MIS President Roger Curtis a jackass
In New Hampshire Friday Bruton Smith responded to the Roger Curtis letter in a way only he can.

"We had some response from someone, I don't know who the heck he is, I don't care to know," Smith said. "It would be like if one of my people responded to Daytona [International Speedway] in a nasty way when the track broke up and they had to stop the race for two hours [during the 2010 Daytona 500]. I don't know what I would have done if one of my people had all of the sudden responded and bad mouthed Daytona because they had a problem. That is not what we're about."

"It reminded me of something. I was born and raised on a farm and we had a jackass that got away from us. He was young, frisky, my dad, I remember saying 'That's the sorriest jackass I ever had.'  But he got away and we never did recover him. But I understand that he has popped up now up in Michigan somewhere (referring to Roger Curtis as the jackass at Michigan Speedway)."

07/11/11 Roger Curtis (pictured right), the president of Michigan International Speedway, is a 20-year veteran of motorsports administration. Before his time at MIS, Curtis was at Auto Club Speedway in California, Richmond International Raceway and Watkins Glen International in New York.  Today he wrote this public letter criticizing Kentucky Speedway and the traffic problems it encountered for their inaugural event.  It an unprofessional and damaging letter, when in fact it is like calling the kettle black after so many years of traffic nightmares at MIS.  See full letter

07/16/11
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Edmonton Councilors hopeful IndyCar event can pay off debt  
EDMONTON — City councilors are cautiously hopeful the Edmonton Indy’s new promoter will steer the event back on track so taxpayers finally see their investment pay off.

Montreal’s Octane Motorsport Events signed a deal with the city to run the race here until 2013, and councilors said Friday the money-losing event might finally be turning a corner.

“The business community does seem to have really stepped up their game in terms of getting involved, and maybe it’s because they were concerned they were about to lose the Indy,” said Coun. Kim Krushell, whose ward encompasses the City Centre Airport, where the Indy will run next weekend. “We’ve seen more connectivity in terms of marketing and in terms of having race week and all these activities. I’m really hopeful the marketing is going to pay off.” More ...

07/16/11
motogp
Repsol Honda 1-2 in Germany Qualifying  Repsol Honda riders Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa will start the Grand Prix of Germany from first and second on the grid with team mate Andrea Dovizioso in sixth.

Casey has been playing catch up since his accident yesterday in FP1 and tested several configurations on both his RC212V's before finding a set up he was comfortable with. Once he found it, the Australian recorded some impressive lap times and was the first rider to drop below 1'22 and on a hard used tire. His pole position lap of 1'21.682 was two tenths faster than Dani Pedrosa's Circuit Record Lap set in 2010.

Dani took advantage of the Sachsenring circuit with its many left hand corners, which are easier on his shoulder than circuits dominated with right hand corners. The Repsol Honda rider who returned to racing in Mugello two weeks ago, after missing the three previous races, will be hoping he can put his injury fatigue to one side and score a strong result at a circuit he's always enjoyed. More ...

07/16/11
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BMW unveils new DTM entry  

Left Augusto Farfus Right Andy Priaulx

Willem J. Staat

BMW finally took the wraps off their highly anticipated M3 DTM racer. The car that will join Mercedes and Audi in Germany’s Touring car championship next year.

This of course is the BMW M3 DTM in concept form, and that’s why it looks so cool and mean. Those smoked lights for example won’t be allowed for the real racing car! But it will 90 percent look like this, and you have to say at least in terms of styling, BMW is already ahead of the competition.

BMW M3 Concept was revealed on Friday evening in the Double Cone building at Munich’s BMW Welt. As part of the DTM event in the Olympic Stadium, the BMW M3 DTM Concept Car will be on show to motorsport fans and visitors to BMW Welt at the weekend. It is powered by a 480 hp V8 engine and because it’s very light it makes 100 km/h in about three seconds and boasts a top speed of approx. 300 km/h.

DTM has become quite boring this last couple of years with Audi and Mercedes the only cars on the grid. This BMW M3 will definitely spice things up a bit.

BMW also revealed driver lineup for the M3 DTM team, with Andy Priaulx (GB) and Augusto Farfus (BR).

07/16/11
British F3
Magnussen storms to pole in Paul Ricard  Carlin’s Kevin Magnussen stormed to two pole positions in qualifying at Paul Ricard today, ahead of rounds 16, 17 and 18 of the 2011 Cooper Tires British F3 International Series.  Brazilian team mate Felipe Nasr will join Magnussen on the front row for both race one and race three. All Carlin cars qualified in the top nine, completing a strong morning for the championship winning team.

Following yesterday’s practice sessions it was Nasr and Magnussen who were the pace setters in the morning and afternoon practice sessions respectively.  It was Nasr that stole the early lead in this morning’s qualifying session taking provisional pole early on, with team mates close Jack Harvey, Carlos Huertas and Rupert Svendsen-Cook close behind. More ...
07/16/11
f1
Whitmarsh believes F1 can win back some manufacturers  
Martin Whitmarsh
McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh believes "The sport has to be sustainable, as Ferrari and ourselves can't just race each other - we need all these other teams so sustainability is an important issue," he told Formula One's official website. "We had the tobacco era, then the automotive era, who were natural investors, and now we don't have enough of them.

"We have Renault half in, we've got Mercedes and Ferrari, but actually we need to create an environment of governance, of regulations, of stability and entertainment which convinces the Hondas, Toyotas and BMWs that it was wrong to pull out and I believe that in time we will get them back and probably can add the Volkswagen/Audis, the Hyundais, whatever. We need to create an environment that pulls them in. More ...

07/16/11
f1
Renault expects gains from wind tunnel upgrade  Renault has upgraded its wind tunnel in the hope of seeing some significant performance gains on track in the coming weeks.

Renault's form has dropped off since the start of the season when it secured two podiums at the first two races and at the British Grand Prix it lost fourth place in the constructors' championship to Mercedes. The team recently lost out on 12 days of development time as it upgraded its wind tunnel at Enstone to accommodate a bigger model, but technical director James Allison believes it will start reaping the rewards soon. More ...

07/16/11
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DTM 2012: Audi banks on A5  
Audi A5 DTM car for 2012
From 2012 on, Audi will bank on the A5 in the most popular international touring car racing series. The coupe, which is internally named "R17," will replace the four-door A4 DTM with which Audi has won the prestigious DTM title four times since 2004.

The technically and visually upgraded A5 that is will be arriving at dealerships shortly provides the basis for the new DTM car. "In 2012 new Technical Regulations will come into effect in the DTM," says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. "We’ve got exactly the right model for that in the A5. We’re convinced that we’ll be able to continue Audi’s success story with it in the DTM." More ...
07/16/11
Racing News
McMullen named General Manager at TRG Motorsports  While this past weekend served as the Sprint Cup Series’ first visit to Kentucky Speedway, it also marked the first weekend in which the #71 team was under the direction of new General Manager, Harry McMullen.

McMullen’s had previously spent over thirty years with the organization now known as Roush Fenway Racing. He was serving as General Manager for the team’s Sprint Cup operation when he parted ways with the organization. More ...

07/15/11
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Bruton Smith talks about traffic woes at Kentucky  UPDATE According to sources who went, the choke point was the entrance to the track. They also said that the KY state cops did nothing to help. Also, tailgaters  took 3 or 4 parking spots, and that added to the mess.

07/15/11 Burton Smith, the head of the company which owns Kentucky Speedway, and NASAR president Mike Helton talked about the traffic problems which boiled over at the track last weekend during separate meetings with the media Friday. Both said the problems will be fixed, but the tones of the two executives were markedly different in tone.

Smith was defiant and combative with in his press conference. Smith did apologize but said no cash refunds will be made to disgruntled fans by the track would participate in a ticket exchange.

"We had a traffic problem," Smith, founder of Speedway Motorsports Inc., said, "we didn't have a seat problem. Other than that, I think everything was fantastic." Smith said the problem rested not solely with Kentucky Speedway. He said Interstate 71, the main highway to the track, was to blame. He also that the company he hired to park cars did "a lousy job". Racin' Today
07/15/11
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NFL receiver takes shot at NASCAR champion Johnson, calls fans ‘rednecks'  Jimmie Johnson has a pair of titles he’s especially proud to have linked to his name. NASCAR champion. AP Male Athlete of the Year.

Yes, that’s right. The five-time champion driver is an athlete, too.

Johnson was swept into a brief Twitter feud this week because of his inclusion as a nominee for male athlete of the year at the ESPY Awards. Seattle Seahawks receiver Golden Tate posted on his account, (at)ShowtimeTate, “Jimmy Johnson up for best athlete???? Um nooo .. Driving a car does not show athleticism.” More ...

07/15/11
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Tiger Woods ex wife dating former Champ Car owner Jamie Dingman  
Elin Nordegren
So all of you who had money on Elin Nordegren landing a rich boyfriend before Tiger Woods won another major, please step up and collect your winnings. She’s back, baby.

Long-suffering Elin, rumored to have battered Tiger Woods’ Escalade with a golf club on that emotionally stormy Thanksgiving night in 2009, has been single again since August. And now TMZ and the New York Post are saying that she’s got a new man. And he’s a billionaire.

Her new love is “wealthy American investor” Jamie Dingman, according to the Post. Dingman once dated Bridget Moynahan, the mother of Tom Brady’s son. More ...

07/15/11
NHRA
Mike Neff talks about getting Ford's 200th NHRA win  
Mike Neff at Rt 66 Raceway
Rhonda McCole/AR1.com
With the NHRA Full Throttle Series off this weekend, we’re taking a look back at the moment Ford earned its 200th Funny Car win – the 173rd event win for the Mustang in Funny Car. Superb tuner/driver Mike Neff, driver of the Castrol GTX Mustang for John Force Racing, brought home the historical Wally trophy for Ford. Neff is shaping up to be one of the most prolific driver/crew chief combinations in NHRA history, as evidenced by his lead in the Series point standings and win at Route 66 Raceway near Chicago. This win was perfectly timed for the ‘One Ford’ Funny Car team – Ford Racing celebrates its 110th anniversary this year. More ...
07/15/11
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Video: Upset Drivers After Toronto  The caution flag was thrown eight times during the incident-heavy Honda Indy Toronto. Several drivers were none too pleased with other drivers after the race, among them, Tony Kanaan, Will Power, and Oriol Servia.

07/15/11
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Video: Dallara and the Indy Racing Experience  Scott Jasek, Co-Owner of the Indy Racing Experience, gives us an update from the new building being constructed on Main Street in Speedway, Indiana.

07/15/11
track news
Permits grant permission to start building Formula 1 race track in Austin  
A sub-grade fill for the F1 grandstand is being laid in south Austin. The tract’s designer, Circuit of the Americas, acquired permits from Travis County on Wednesday to start the construction
Rebecca Rocha, Red Wing Aerial Photography
Circuit of the Americas received permits from Travis County on Wednesday to start construction on buildings for its race track. In 2012, the track is scheduled to host the first Formula 1 race in the U.S. since 2007.

Anna Bowlin, division director of development services for Travis County, met with Circuit of the Americas, the namesake and designer of the track.

“With a project this large and this complex, it’s good to stay coordinated,” Bowlin said.

The permits the county issued give permission for construction to start on four buildings and five retaining walls, Bowlin said. Construction will begin on the pit area, the media center, the medical building and the crew building. More ...

07/15/11
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Good Sam Camping to sponsor No. 33 Bowyer car  Good Sam, a Camping World Company and the world's largest organization of RV owners, announced today that they will join RCR as the primary sponsor on No. 33 Good Sam Chevrolet driven by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Clint Bowyer, this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

"We are excited to partner with RCR and sponsor Clint in the No. 33 Good Sam Chevrolet," said Marcus Lemonis, Chairman and CEO of Camping World & Good Sam. "Clint is an avid outdoorsman who understands our business and our customers. Clint's parents have been members of the Good Sam & Camping World President's Club for many years."

07/15/11
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IndyCar Upholds Penalty, Denies Protest for Mark Olson, O2 Racing Technology  UPDATE The INDYCAR Race Director Tony Cotman today upheld the penalty and suspension of O2 Racing Technology and team owner, Mark Olson. In the penalty (authored and assessed by Roger Bailey, Executive Director of Firestone Indy Lights), INDYCAR claimed, “… you encouraged team owners to boycott the [Milwaukee] event …”.  This allegation against Olson was simply false, leading to an appeal by O2 Racing Technology and Olson of the penalty and a hearing held by INDYCAR on July 14, 2011.

At the hearing, INDYCAR admitted that it had conducted an investigation that failed to find a single person who claimed to have been encouraged to boycott the Milwaukee event by Olson.  However, INDYCAR maintained that the burden rested on Olson to prove a negative, i.e., that Olson did not encourage a boycott.  Despite Olson’s testimony to his innocence and personal team owner letters supporting Olson’s position, INDYCAR denied the appeal and ruled that there was insufficient evidence to reverse the penalty and suspension. More ...

07/15/11
motogp
Marco Simoncelli stays fastest  Marco Simoncelli maintained his authority over the rest of the MotoGP field at the Sachsenring this afternoon, topping the timesheets with an improved effort of 1:22.225. The Gresini rider led reigning Champion Jorge Lorenzo by just under one tenth of a second, while Dani Pedrosa recovered well from his fall this morning to claim third.

After an eventful first session, fans witnessed much less drama this time out. Repsol Honda rider Casey Stoner, who in the morning crashed heavily, set the fourth fastest time, just ahead of team-mate Andrea Dovizioso. Nicky Hayden showed promise for Ducati once again, edging ahead of fellow countryman Ben Spies.

Randy de Puniet grabbed ninth ahead of Spain's Álvaro Bautista, while Karel Abraham completed the top ten. Technical problems confined Valentino Rossi to 12th, two places in front of Tech 3 Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow who fell at Turn 11. More ...

07/15/11
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Hinchcliffe on NBC's Today Show on Sunday  Sprott driver James Hinchcliffe will be on NBC's Today Show -- Weekend Edition on Sunday morning.  The Today Show is America's number one rated morning show and will air nationally on Sunday from 8-9 AM ET.
07/15/11
nhra
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Will Lucas Speedway sue NASCAR or IMS?  Hoosiers understand it and appreciate it more so than anybody else. But the cozy five-eighths-mile oval at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis -- home of drag racing's storied U.S. Nationals -- is a NASCAR fan and driver favorite for its close-to-the-action, grassroots feel and reasonable ticket prices.

Now NASCAR has yanked away its Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series events from NHRA-owned Lucas Oil Raceway in Clermont, saying its participation in the annual Kroger SpeedFest lineup July 28-30 will be its last there.

NASCAR announced July 6 that starting in 2012, the NASCAR Nationwide Series event will move down the road to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. That will consolidate its Brickyard 400 Spring Cup Series program. A new location for the Camping World Truck Series event has yet to be determined.

Wes Collier, general manager of Lucas Oil Raceway, said NASCAR "was under pressure to inject some excitement into that event."

Collier said the decision left the NHRA and its interests "on the outside looking in." And it left the drag racing sanctioning body and its Midwest marquee facility with another major problem. More ...

07/15/11
autogp
Pole debut for Carroll in Donington  
With the AutoGP cars being the old A1 Grand Prix cars Adam Carroll felt right at home and put it on pole
It was a staggering Auto GP debut for Adam Carroll. The brit, that until this morning had never driven the car prepared by Campos Racing, managed to keep all his rivals at bay in Qualifying clinching pole position with a 1'16"891 that left the closest of them all, Luca Filippi, 3 tenths adrift. The Italian driver of SuperNova had posted a 1'17"196 that was worth the lead with 5 minutes to go, but just some seconds later a spin by Cipriani forced Race Direction to suspend the session with a Red Flag.

This turned the last 4 minutes of the session in a mini-qualifying that seemed an ideal situation for Carroll: in the only quick lap that he had available, Adam improved his time by 4 tenths, while Filippi and SuperNova were forced in the pits by a fuel pick-up issue. More ...
07/15/11
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NASCAR working on Kentucky traffic issues  NASCAR president Mike Helton says the traffic gridlock at the inaugural Sprint Cup Series at Kentucky is a "very serious issue" that must be corrected. Speaking Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Helton says NASCAR is working with Kentucky Speedway officials to find out why fans were stuck in traffic for hours as they tried to get into Saturday night's race at the track in Sparta, Ky. Helton says NASCAR "won't rest" until it figures out what went wrong and how to correct the problems. Many fans say once they got to the gate, they were turned away by police because the track had run out of parking spaces. Associated Press/ESPN.com
07/15/11
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Marco Simoncelli stays fastest  Marco Simoncelli maintained his authority over the rest of the MotoGP field at the Sachsenring this afternoon, topping the timesheets with an improved effort of 1:22.225. The Gresini rider led reigning Champion Jorge Lorenzo by just under one tenth of a second, while Dani Pedrosa recovered well from his fall this morning to claim third.

After an eventful first session, fans witnessed much less drama this time out. Repsol Honda rider Casey Stoner, who in the morning crashed heavily, set the fourth fastest time, just ahead of team-mate Andrea Dovizioso. Nicky Hayden showed promise for Ducati once again, edging ahead of fellow countryman Ben Spies.

Randy de Puniet grabbed ninth ahead of Spain's Álvaro Bautista, while Karel Abraham completed the top ten. Technical problems confined Valentino Rossi to 12th, two places in front of Tech 3 Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow who fell at Turn 11. More ...

07/15/11
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Setzer in for Brian Keselowski at Loudon  Tough times call for tough decision making for Brian Keselowski, as he makes the decision to step out of his #92 Sprint Cup Series race car and allow the very talented Dennis Setzer to sit behind the wheel for this weekend's race in New Hampshire.

"It was a tough decision to make, because all I really want to do is race, but I have to put the good of the company before my own, so I can keep things going, and keep trying to get to where we need to be. I can't focus on driving this weekend when there is work to be done on the car and want to keep our sponsor, Melling Engine Parts happy, so I have a lot to take care of on the business side of things right now. I have to keep my family's company and namesake in business and that comes first. Dennis is a great friend and I trust him 100% . We worked together numerous times in the past and I feel that if I can't be in the car, Dennis is the one who I want taking my place" said Keselowski. Melling Engine Parts has agreed to be a major associate sponsor for this weekend's race at New Hampshire and Pocono. Melling Engine Parts has also agreed they will be a major sponsor for the upcoming race in Michigan. Sponsorship from Melling Engine parts for other races will be announced at a later time. Press Release
07/15/11
f1
Whitmarsh tips News Corp to survive scandal  (GMM)  Martin Whitmarsh on Friday tipped News Corporation to survive its current turmoil.

As the phone hacking scandal worsened, media magnate Rupert Murdoch pulled the plug on News' UK tabloid News of the World and then dropped plans to buy the rest of BskyB.

And the implications continue to unfold, with News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks resigning and the billionaire Murdoch facing official investigations in the UK and potentially also the US and Australia.

Before the scandal erupted, News was linked with a potential buyout of F1's commercial rights, with leading teams including McLaren reportedly meeting to discuss becoming involved in the bid. More ...

07/15/11
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Five 'outside' drivers to chase $5 million IndyCar prize  The five drivers selected to race for a $5 million prize in the Oct. 16 IndyCar race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be announced next month and then practice on the 1.5-mile oval in September.

IndyCar chief executive Randy Bernard offered the bounty for professional racers who do not compete in IndyCar. He expects to announce the first participant by Aug. 1.

Among several drivers rumored to be interested in the challenge is NASCAR star Kasey Kahne. Bernard would not comment on any of the possibilities.

The drivers will take their first laps at either Kentucky or Chicagoland speedway, with a second session at Las Vegas, Bernard said Thursday. More ...

07/15/11
f1
Cosworth more upbeat about F1 future  
Kevin Kalkhoven's (and Gerald Forsythe's) Cosworth has a more secure future in F1 now
Cosworth believes its future in Formula 1 is more secure now than it has been for several months, despite Williams opting to switch to Renault engines for next year.

The Northampton-based engine builder says the current deals it has in place for next year, further opportunities for new customers in 2013 and a Resource Restriction Agreement (RRA) on engine development for 2014 have left it very optimistic about its future in the sport.

"At Monaco time there was a lot of uncertainty over the inline-four, and we needed a powerful lobby to push for it to be delayed or cancelled," Cosworth's general manager Mark Gallagher told AUTOSPORT. More ...

07/15/11
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Pirelli to reward best GP3 graduates racing in 2011 GP2 Final  As announced by the Series organizers on Tuesday, after the 2011 GP2 Series™ current season concludes in Monza on September 10-11, Yas Marina Circuit will host a single event on November 12-13, called the 2011 GP2 Final which will take place alongside the penultimate Formula One™ Grand Prix of the season. All thirteen GP2 Series teams will take part of this unique race weekend event. On this occasion, the Series sole tire supplier Pirelli will reward the two highest finishing GP3 Series graduates that decide to compete in Abu Dhabi at the wheel of a GP2/11 car for this stand alone event.

In order to qualify for this prize money offered by the Italian manufacturer, GP3 graduates will have to finish in the points in the feature race and/or sprint race. Out of twenty-six racers, only the top eight drivers get points in the feature race while just the top six are granted points in the sprint race. The best of the GP3 points finishing drivers will be rewarded 15,000 Euros whilst the second highest will receive 10,000 Euros. More ...
07/15/11
autogp
Donington, FP1: Crestani tops the sheets  
Fabrizio Crestani
Fabrizio Crestani and Lazarus started the Donington weekend in the best possible way. The Italian driver posted the fastest time in the first Free Practice, being the only one to break the 1'18 mark with 1'17"841. The team managed by Tancredi Pagiaro crowned a very good performance with a third place by Fabio Onidi, less than 3 tenths adrift from his team mate. In between them was Kevin Ceccon, at his first experience in Donington but already at ease with the Ombra Racing car.

Luca Filippi was fourth quickest, with a 1'18"192 that allowed him to stay ahead of his team mate Jon Lancaster: the brit lost nearly half of the session due to a radiator leak that was promptly fixed by SuperNova, but despite this he was very quick and took 5th place ahead of Samuele Buttarelli. The TP Formula driver seem to have kept momentum from his staggering Race 2 win in Brno, and finished the session ahead of Bruno Mendez and Adam Carroll: debuting on the Auto GP car, the brit of Campos Racing opted for a cautious approach, focusing on getting acquainted with the car on a track that was still a bit dirt and slippery. More ...

07/15/11
irl
Toronto race draws highest rating on VERSUS  UPDATE IndyCar earned a 0.5 'final' cable television rating for last weekend's race in Toronto, the second-highest rated series race in three years on Versus (last month's event at Texas Motor Speedway was the highest, drawing a 0.55).

IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard said he is particularly excited about how well IndyCar fared on Canada's ESPN equivalent, TSN. That bodes well, he said, for next weekend's race in Edmonton.

07/11/11 Overnight ratings for VERSUS' broadcast of the Honda Indy Toronto on July 10 were the highest ever for an IZOD IndyCar Series race on the network in the 56 metered markets.

The 85-lap race on the 1.755-mile, 11-turn Exhibition Place street circuit won by Dario Franchitti registered a 0.41 rating. Through six races, VERSUS has seen a 21 percent ratings increase over its 2010 season average.

07/15/11
irl
Edmonton's Own NHL Star Johnny Boychuk Named Edmonton Indy Grand Marshal  
Johnny Boychuk
François Dumontier, President of Octane Motorsports Events, promoter of the Edmonton Indy, is proud to announce that defenseman Johnny Boychuk of the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins has been named Grand Marshall of the event scheduled for July 22-24 at City Centre Airport. A native of Edmonton, the 27-year-old player will be in his hometown for the most spectacular weekend of the summer, not only fulfilling official duties, but also meeting hockey fans at the Allstate All-Canadians booth on site.

"In the past, the Edmonton Indy has selected local personalities who succeeded on the sport scene, elsewhere in North America or in the world. We are glad to maintain this tradition especially a few weeks after two Edmonton natives including Johnny Boychuk won the coveted Stanley Cup," stated today François Dumontier. "We are extremely happy that Johnny has accepted our invitation and will attend the race with his family. We invite all Edmontonians, those who have known him since he was in minor hockey and those who have not yet met our Grand Marshall, to congratulate him for now having another Edmonton name engraved on the famed Cup." More ...

07/15/11
tv news
Wind Tunnel Sunday  This will be Dave Despain’s final show before his 5-week vacation where he will be riding his motorcycle from Charlotte, NC to Deadhorse, AK near Prudhoe Bay.

Featured Interview  Chris Carr (7-Time AMA Flat Track Motorcycle Champion)
Featured Interview  Mike Neff (NHRA Funny Car Points Leader, John Force Racing)

This Week’s Races:
·        CUP and Nationwide in Loudon, NH
·        Camping World Trucks and ARCA in Iowa
·        WoO Sprints at Eldora for the 28th Annual Kings Royal
·        MotoGP in Germany
·        AMA Motocross in Millville, MN

07/15/11
f1
Mercedes team looking forward to 'home' race  
Nurburgring
The 2011 Formula One season reaches its midway point this weekend with Round 10, the German Grand Prix, hosted at the historic Nürburgring circuit in the Eifel Mountains on Sunday 24 July. After the British Grand Prix on 10 July, the weekend will be the second home race in a row for the MERCEDES GP PETRONAS team.

· The run from the start to the first corner at the Nürburgring is 500m, the furthest of all circuits used in 2011.

· In the last ten years, only one Grand Prix at the Nürburgring has featured rain - the 2007 European Grand Prix.

· The difference in elevation between the circuit's highest (627m) and lowest (565m) points is 62m - on the old Nordschleife, the figure was 300m! More ...
07/15/11
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Friday  
  • No canopies for F1
    Rivals guarantee two F1 customers for Cosworth
  • F1 rejects canopy, 'screen' proposals for F1 cockpits
  • John Howett lined up as potential FOTA figure
  • 'Difficult' to imagine Red Bull defeat - Mansell
  • Virgin denies d'Ambrosio set to switch teams More ...
07/14/11
irl
IndyCar won't be back to Watkins Glen in 2012  
Michael Printup
When I asked Watkins Glen International president Michael Printup if there was a chance the IndyCar Series would return to the famed Finger Lakes track in 2012, he said: "I highly doubt for next year."

And the more he talked, it seemed the level of doubt got higher and higher.

"We haven't been able to meet anything and their schedule is already full for next year," said Printup, a native of Hamburg who just completed his second full year as president at WGI.

Watkins Glen was left of this year's IndyCar schedule after a six-year run at the track. That run featured various date changes and mixed reviews on attendance but often very entertaining racing. More ...

07/14/11
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Green Becomes CEO of IMS Productions  Mobile television industry executive Robby Greene has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of IMS Productions, the rapidly growing, Indianapolis-based mobile television production/post-production company which counts ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, VERSUS and CBC among its large, diverse client base.

"We are very pleased with the contributions that Robby has made to the business growth of IMS Productions over the last three years and are even happier that he has accepted the role of president and COO," said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president and chief executive officer. "Robby's understanding of the industry and commitment to growth through providing clients the highest-quality products and services will continue to position IMS Productions as a top live broadcast facilities provider and post-production company in the country." More ...

07/14/11
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Bizarre hauler accident damages Mike Bliss car in Nationwide garage  A bizarre accident occurred in the New Hampshire Motor Speedway garage Thursday when the lift gate of the TriStar Motorsports hauler collapsed, damaging the car driven by Mike Bliss.

No one was seriously injured.

A generator and water cooler broke the fall of the lift gate and car, and Bliss said Thursday that he hopes to still be able to race this weekend. The Nationwide race is scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

Cars are stored in the top of team haulers and are raised and lowered by the lift gate. More ...

07/14/11
nascar
NASCAR HOF attendance falls again  Attendance at the NASCAR Hall of Fame fell nearly 40 percent in June compared with the same month a year ago, a development that could bring more cost-cutting to the city-owned hall.

Unofficial numbers released Wednesday showed 17,604 people visited the hall in June, compared with 28,678 people in June 2011.

Second-year attendance declines for attractions such as the hall aren't unusual, as initial excitement wears off.

But the hall's budget for fiscal year 2012 calls for admissions from ticket revenue to increase by nearly 20 percent. More ...

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VIR tells AMA to take a hike  UPDATE An interesting article on How Greed and Sloth killed the AMA race at VIR

07/13/11 Virginia International Raceway surprised everyone yesterday when it announced it is pulling the plug on the AMA Pro Racing round scheduled for the track on Aug. 12-14. While circumstances surrounding the decision are still unclear, VIR issued this statement to clarify its position.

"VIR has received a number of inquiries and expressions of disappointment regarding the lack of a 2011 AMA Pro Racing event at VIR. As with any disagreement, there are two sides to every story. We want to make it clear that the decision was not one-sided, as *David Atlas' remarks have implied, and that VIR made numerous proposals to AMA Pro Racing to keep this event on schedule. Due to our 10 year history with this premiere event, we are as disappointed by this outcome as most of those we have heard from. More ...

07/14/11
Track news
Baltimore Racing Development helping neighborhoods  Baltimore Racing Development recently delivered the first of three checks to be used by a neighborhood adjacent to the circuit as part of a Community Impact Mitigation Fund it created.

"We wanted to find a unique way to thank these communities for their support of the Baltimore Grand Prix, and since they serve as the gateway to the circuit area we felt it would be beneficial for all to create a community fund that could be used to enhance and beautify the adjacent areas," Baltimore Grand Prix president and CEO Jay Davidson said.

The Community Impact Mitigation Fund will present a total of $100,000 over the course of June, July and August to select communities. Most neighborhoods are planning beautification projects that will enhance the streetscape in their area.

07/14/11
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Wilson tackles the mountains  On July 16, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's Justin Wilson will be among the 800 competitors in the Leadville Silver Rush 50 Mile Mountain Bike Race in Colorado.

Cyclists start at 10,000 feet and will climb almost 7,500 feet on the course.

"I look at Leadville as a fun, unique opportunity to test myself," said Wilson, who has been training on his road bike during the season. "Just to finish the event in an honor. There is a cutoff time of eight hours and I think I can do it in around six.

"The terrain is crazy. To start the event you go straight up the side of a mountain carrying your bike. It is definitely not only a physical but mental challenge. But that is what makes it fun for me -- this isn't my work.

"If the 50-mile bike race isn't enough, some people will come back and run the same 50 miles the next day. Not for me; I'll stick to biking, which is more than enough work for an 'off' weekend with no IndyCar racing."

07/14/11
irl
Hildebrand shocked by dream car gift  
J.R. Hildebrand
JR Hildebrand thought he was being called to the Panther Racing headquarters for a meeting.

He ended up leaving with the car of his dreams.

Team principal John Barnes surprised the IZOD IndyCar Series rookie with the keys to a 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS as a thank you gift for his performance in the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 and how he handled himself in the days following his heartbreaking crash while leading on the final lap.

"Good things happen to good people," said Barnes, who along with his friend and former team co-owner Gary Pedigo launched the search for the perfect car shortly after the 500. "He showed so much character after the Indy 500. I was interviewed down in Dallas about JR and I said he has so much to learn as driver, but as far as being an adult we have a lot to learn from him in handling adversity and controversy. More ...

07/14/11
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2012 IndyCar took root one year ago  Multi-colored lights crisscrossed the stage and a crescendo of music appropriately heightened the scene for the overflow crowd at the Indianapolis Museum of Art as INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard unveiled the next generation IZOD IndyCar Series car via a hologram.

That was one year ago - July 14 - when the 2012 car project that was born from the seven-member ICONIC Advisory Committee's recommendations took root.

Now, the multi-armed project is in full swing. The IndyCar Safety Cell manufactured by Dallara Automobili next week will be mated with a Honda V6 engine for the first time and test fired. The chassis will be delivered to Dallara's temporary Speedway, Ind., base in late July and the first round of on-track testing commences in early August. More ...

07/14/11
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Wonderful Pistachios sponsors Nascar race  Wonderful Pistachios has become the title sponsor of the Nascar Sprint Cup Series race held at Richmond International Raceway.

The 10th September race will now be known as the Wonderful Pistachios 400 and the multi-year deal will see Wonderful Pistachios sold at most International Speedway Corporation tracks. All but one of the Sprint Cup races now have title sponsors. More ...

07/14/11
f1
Blown exhaust saga over for 2011 - FIA  (GMM)  The blown exhaust saga is over for now, the FIA confirmed on Thursday.

After a weekend-long saga of seemingly constantly-changing regulations, the F1 world departed Silverstone believing the teams had finally agreed to revert to the Valencia rules.

In a media Q and A distributed by the governing body, the FIA said the matter has indeed been settled.

"Yes, and all cars will run under Valencia conditions for the remainder of the season," said the document, referring to unrestricted off-throttle blowing but 'parc ferme' conditions for engine map changes between qualifying and the race. More ...

07/14/11
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Webber 'positive' about staying in 2012  (GMM)  Mark Webber on Thursday said he is "positive" of his chances of staying with Red Bull in 2012.

Although team boss Christian Horner was reportedly furious when the Australian ignored team orders at Silverstone, owner Dietrich Mateschitz this week suggested the 34-year-old will almost certainly be staying on board.

Webber confirmed to BBC Sport: "The team and I are talking about whether I continue with Red Bull in 2012 and it's positive.

"What happened on Sunday does not turn my world upside down."

But despite the potentially serious implications of his actions, Webber insists he has no regrets about refusing to back off the tail of his teammate Sebastian Vettel.

"It was obviously a difficult situation, but I still feel comfortable about what I did," he said.

"Christian and I had a chat about the situation after the race.  We both put our cases forward and I think we came away seeing it from both perspectives," added Webber.

07/14/11
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Tracy wants to race fulltime in 2012 and then retire  
Paul Tracy
IZOD IndyCar Series driver and 2003 Champ Car World Series champion Paul Tracy says that 2012 will be his last season racing in IndyCar--if he secures a full-season ride next year.

Tracy is a part-time IndyCar competitor again this season. He has not contested anything close to a full-schedule since he ran 12 of 14 races during Champ Car's final season, in 2007.

"If I can put together a full-season deal, next year will probably be my last," Tracy told AutoWeek. "If I only run Indy and a couple of other races, I'll decide what I'm doing after that.

"I could do Indy as [a one-off] for a long time. I could be Davey Hamilton."

Tracy turns 43 in December. Hamilton competed in this year's Indianapolis 500 a few weeks before his 49th birthday.

07/14/11
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Edmonton's Rzadzinski to start in the Edmonton Indy Lights races  UPDATE The only hitch is that one of Rzadzinski's sponsors has pulled out and he is $15,000 shy of being able to run in both of the races.  Edmonton is hosting a doubleheader for Indy Lights July 23 and 24.

Stefan Rzadzinski
07/13/11 Following two days of evaluation on Indiana's Putnam Park road course, Edmonton's Stefan Rzadzinski has been given the go ahead to enter at the upcoming Edmonton Indy® Firestone Indy Lights® double header, July 22-24 at City Centre Airport. In front of his relatives, friends and home crowd, the 18-year-old driver will be racing Davey Hamilton's car number 32 on the new exciting 2.256-mile, 13-turn circuit.

"We are extremely proud of Stefan and very happy to have him now officially on track at our event next week," said promoter François Dumontier, President of Octane Motorsports Events. "When Octane Motorsports Events agreed to take over the promotion of the Edmonton Indy, we made it clear that we wanted to be engaged in the community and of course, on the local racing scene encouraging local talent. When the opportunity was offered to us to sponsor this fantastic young man mentored by Paul Tracy, we immediately agreed to help him secure a ride," added Dumontier. More ...

07/14/11
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ALMS adds internet provider to list of sponsors  The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n continues adding to its list of corporate partners. The world’s leading sports car racing championship today announced NameSilo as its Official Domain Registrar. The Phoenix-based firm is renowned for providing its domain purchasers the best prices on the Web plus easy, simple tools and support for managing online properties.

NameSilo will be a featured advertiser in ALMS broadcasts on ESPN3.com as it targets a key audience. Plus it is part of an engaging partnership involving itself, the ALMS and Autocon Motorsports. More ...
07/14/11
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday  
  • Sergio Perez
    Perez lined up for Ferrari test
  • HP getting best value as F1 sponsor - report
  • Door closed for Chandhok, Karthikeyan at Force India
  • Boss says Renault to stay in F1 if 'conditions' met
  • Kubica vows to be ready for 2012 return
  • Head admits Williams role set to change
  • Defeat for Red Bull no longer a 'miracle' - de la Rosa
  • Team Lotus strike deal to use Red Bull KERS
  • Virgin not confirming Silverstone HQ reports
  • Q and A with Williams boss Adam Parr More ...
07/13/11
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Tickets on sale for IndyCar finals  It's exciting family fun and guaranteed to rev up Las Vegas economy: tickets are now on sale for the IZOD IndyCar World Championships at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on October 16.

The Las Vegas final will crown the 2011 champion and this year brings something new: $5 million dollars for any driver from another series who can win the final.

The finals will feature the fastest cars on oval track, with drivers reaching speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour. More ...

07/13/11
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Armor Al Gold Coast 600 lands 2 more drivers  A relationship forged almost 30 years ago has led to the latest international signing for this year’s Armor All Gold Coast 600, October 21-23.

Fujitsu Racing/GRM owner, Garry Rogers, raced a BMW with Bob Jane in Australia in the mid 1980s and during the relationship the pair visited Schnitzer BMW in Germany where they attended a few endurance events, including the Spa 24-hour with team Principal, Charlie Lamm.

It was Lamm who Rogers contacted about some “talent” for this year’s Gold Coast event and the German offered up his Brazilian hot shot Augusto Farfus, who currently drives for him in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup. More ...
07/13/11
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Button to drive in Moscow this weekend  Jenson Button will be driving a 2008 McLaren through the streets of Russian capital city Moscow this weekend. The demonstration run will coincide with a similar event in Sochi, home of the country’s inaugural Grand Prix from 2014.

The outing for the 2009 World Champion will mark the 450th anniversary of St. Basil’s Cathedral, with the car in question being that which took Lewis Hamilton to the title.

Further South in Sochi, which will also be home to the 2014 Winter Olympics, the aforementioned festival will be attended by Red Bull, Ferrari, Renault and Virgin.

07/13/11
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Quaife-Hobbs completes second Virgin test  GP3 driver Adrian Quaife-Hobbs was back behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car on Wednesday as Virgin Racing conducted their latest straight line-line aerodynamics run. The test was held at RAF Cottesmore in Rutland, England.

The Marussia Manor pilot, who won his maiden GP3 race in Valencia at the end of last month, first tested for Virgin as the Sheffield squad headed to Spain’s IDIADA facility in Catalonia two months ago.

Although circuit testing is strictly forbidden for F1 teams during the season, each outfit is permitted several straight-line runs for aerodynamic purposes. Quaife-Hobbs is also a member of the team’s Driver Development Program.

07/13/11
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Former NASCAR Sprint Cup owner charged with fraud  Jeffrey Stec, owner of a Sprint Cup team that competed in 2005 and 2006, was charged Monday with commercial loan fraud and a money laundering conspiracy. Stec was owner of Peak Performance Motorsports, which competed in 37 Cup events, mostly with Hermie Sadler and Kevin Lepage as the drivers. The charges were filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Charlotte. The owner of Peak Performance Training and Fitness Management Group, Stec allegedly engaged in a commercial loan fraud scheme to fund the purchase of a $915,000 luxury beach condo. According to the charges filed, Stec got loans of $4.39 million in 2007 and 2008 to buy property and construct three new health clubs by claiming he was owner of Fitness Management Group, which he wasn't at the time. The money was not used to build the health clubs, according to the charges, and Stec did not have sufficient liquid assets at the time to obtain the loans partly because of the "substantial funds" he had spent on the race team. Scene Daily
07/13/11
f1
Williams co-founder Patrick Head 'not retiring'  Williams co-founder Patrick Head has spoken out for the first time this year about his future, making it clear he is not retiring.

The team's chairman Adam Parr said in May that Head would be stepping down "at some point this year".

But Head, 65, told BBC Sport: "All I know is I'm not retiring.

"I probably won't be involved with Williams Formula 1 in the same way from the end of the year but I'll still be involved in some Williams activities."

Head, who founded the team with owner Sir Frank Williams in 1976, is currently the team's director of engineering. More ...

07/13/11
automotive
All-new Porsche 928 planned  A two-door, front-engined Porsche GT coupé is being planned as part of the second-generation Porsche Panamera family, highly placed sources have told Autocar.

The model is penciled in for launch after the replacement for the Panamera four-door, scheduled for 2014/15.

Porsche is planning the new two-door GT on a short-chassis version of the next Panamera’s underpinnings. It will attempt to capture the magic of the 928 coupé from the late 1970s.

A new Porsche 928 — possibly badged 929 — would give Porsche entry to a sector that has grown to over 10,000 sales a year, thanks to models like the Aston Martin DB9, Bentley Continental and Ferrari California. More ...

07/13/11
f1
Perez to test for Ferrari in September  Sauber’s Sergio Perez will be testing for Ferrari in September, it has been confirmed by the Maranello team. The 21-year-old Mexican, who made his F1 debut at the start of this season, will join GP2’s Jules Bianchi for a run in the F60 chassis of 2009.

At present, circuit testing is strictly forbidden mid-season, with each team only permitted a select few straight-line aerodynamic runs. However, Ferrari will be able to carry out the circuit test as it will not be using its current car.

“We will be back on-track in September, at Mugello or Fiorano,” explains Luca Baldisserri, head of the Ferrari Driver Academy of which Perez is a member.

“It will be a very interesting test because we will be putting Jules Bianchi and Sergio Perez up against one another. I think they will both be very motivated and for us it will be the perfect opportunity to assess both drivers.”

07/13/11
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Drag racer Bob Chipper dies  Veteran East Coast racer Bob Chipper died July 10 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 73.

Chipper got his start at Pocono Drag Lodge near Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pa., racing his ’55 Chevy, ’40 Willys, ’33 Willys, and ’70 Hemi 'Cuda. He was a formidable opponent on the Gassers circuit throughout the United States and Canada. More ...

07/13/11
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Target reaffirms its commitment to IndyCar  The U.S. retailer Target, which sponsors Chip Ganassi’s racing team with Franchitti and Dixon driving, flew in all its top U.S. executives and introduced its Canadian management team to the media before the race on Sunday and emphasized its commitment to the IZOD IndyCar Series and the Toronto Indy.

And they’re not even opening for business in Canada till 2013!  The much-loved ``cheap-chic'' discount chain, Target Corp., referred to by fans as "Tar-Jay," says it has Canada in its sights as part of a future international expansion plan.

Like many U.S. retailers, Target is mulling a move outside its home market after sales and profits took a nosedive in the past year.

The announcement comes years after Target was rumored to be eyeing an entry into Canada through the purchase of Hudson's Bay Co.-owned discounter, Zellers. Hudson's Bay was publicly traded and widely held at the time.

07/13/11
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Lola and Drayson Racing announce electric race car collaboration  Lola Cars International Ltd and Drayson Racing Technologies LLP today announce the formation of an official partnership that will initially deliver an all-electric prototype race car, the Lola-Drayson B12/69EV. Lola Cars will have responsibility for developing the racing car chassis and Drayson Racing will have responsibility for developing the electric drivetrain.

The new project aims to fast-track the development of a range of new and next generation technologies including an all-electric drivetrain and sustainably sourced composite parts for the B12/69EV. These technologies will present a number of key opportunities to drive commercially viable innovation into many industries looking to improve energy efficiency and performance, such as aerospace, automotive, defense, renewables and of course motorsport. More ...

07/13/11
irl
Edmonton could be most exciting race of year  Having wheeled around the old track in a Champ Car, a NASCAR, and an Indy car, Alex Tagliani knew the layout as well as anyone.

And he certainly won't miss it now that he's seen the redesigned course at Edmonton's City Centre Airport.

"This could be the most exciting race of the year for the series," he proclaimed after sneaking a peek at the course that will play host to the Edmonton Indy July 22-24. More ...

07/13/11
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More IndyCar fallout because of Brian Barnhart officiating  Paul Tracy denies making a Twitter comment challenging the integrity of the Izod IndyCar Series' officiating in last weekend's race in Toronto.

Tracy said Tuesday his account was hacked.

The post accused IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard of asking race officials to rescind a penalty on Dario Franchitti for contact with Will Power because he was sitting with executives of Target, Franchitti's Ganassi Racing sponsor. [Editor's Note: Randy Bernard wasn’t sitting with the Target execs and didn’t override any call, as has been suggested. He spent most of the race at the head of pit lane with the exec from MGM Grand that he’s known for years.]

Bernard denied both allegations and said there was never a penalty issued to the eventual race winner. Bernard threatened Tracy with a hefty fine. More ...

07/13/11
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday  
  • Michael Schumacher
    IndyCar pours water on F1 circuits' threat
  • Work on 2012 US GP buildings set to begin
  • Red Bull to decide Webber future in late August
  • Mercedes to discuss 2012 contract with Schumacher
  • Exhaust saga F1's 'biggest farce' - Lauda
  • F1 won't use temporary Interlagos chicane
  • Young driver test to take place before season finale More ...
07/12/11
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NASCAR Kentucky TV Ratings  The NASCAR Sprint Cup Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway earned a 3.0 U.S. rating and 4.968 million viewers on TNT Saturday night, down 17% in ratings and 19% in viewership from the fifth TNT race of last season (Daytona: 3.6, 6.127M), but up 7% and 8%, respectively, from the race on the comparable night last year (Chicago: 2.8, 4.608M). Viewership among adults 18-34 and men 18-34 increased by 24% and 31%, respectively, compared to last year's Chicago race. The Kentucky race ranks as the second-lowest rated and second-least viewed Sprint Cup telecast of the season, ahead of only the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 from Michigan on TNT (2.9, 4.890M). sportsmediawatch.com

TNT's NASCAR Summer Series coverage continued strong, with Sunday's race coverage from Kentucky averaging 5 million viewers to rank as basic cable's top sports telecast for the week. The race grew 8% in total viewers over the corresponding race last year, while households were up 11% to 3.5 million and household rating was up 7% to 3.0. The race saw particularly strong growth among adults 18-34 (455,000; +24%) and men 18-34 (293,000; +31%). Through its first five races, TNT's NASCAR Summer Series is averaging a 3.2 U.S. household rating, up 7% over last year's performance. TV by the numbers

07/12/11
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Marcus Smith Discusses Kentucky Fallout  Marcus Smith, COO and President of Speedway Motorsports, parent company of Kentucky Speedway, joined Steve Byrnes Monday night on NASCAR Race Hub on SPEED to discuss the fallout from Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at the track that included a massive traffic backup.  Following is a transcript from the interview:

Byrnes: You guys are experts at SMI.  The fan response (with the sellout) was great but do you know what happened in Kentucky?

Smith: “Like you said, the fan response was great.  We had such overwhelming support leading into the weekend and really all year since we announced we were going to bring Kentucky’s first Sprint Cup date to Kentucky Speedway.  So, to have all that wonderful support, all the great fans come in and want to watch the race with us, it was really encouraging and we were really very grateful and thankful, but then to have the traffic backup the way it did really was disappointing for us.  I know it was way more than disappointing for the fans out there.  They had vacations and plans and had really their whole weekends planned out and Saturday night we had just such a huge backup of traffic in spite of planning.  Like you said, we’ve done this before.  We’ve conducted a lot of races with even more fans coming in than what we had at Kentucky Speedway.  It’s really tough to say what happened or what could have been different.  But in hindsight, we can see where we need to make adjustments.  It’s hard to put one finger on it but I can tell you we’ve been hard at work at it since Saturday and we’re going to make a big difference next year.”

Byrnes: Your dad, Bruton Smith, estimated as many as 20,000 fans were turned away.  As a dad, I worry about the guy who was bringing his son or daughter in for their first race and didn’t get in.  Short term, what do you say to those fans? What’s the response from SMI?

Smith: “What we’ve done is put together a program where any fan who will call us or contact Kentucky Speedway and let us know they couldn’t get to the race on Saturday night, we’re going to give them a free ticket to any one of our races left this season in 2011.  We’ve got Atlanta coming up with Labor Day weekend.  We’ve got Charlotte, Texas, New Hampshire this weekend and the Bristol race in August.  We’ve got a lot of races yet to come.  We’ve got races that are really great and in demand yet to come. We’re also going to make the 2012 Kentucky race available for fans that couldn’t get into the race on Saturday night.  I don’t think that’s ever been done in racing before. I know we’ve never done it and I’ve never heard of it being done.” More ...
07/12/11
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Brickyard 400 fans can enjoy Hauler Parade, Festival July 28th  NASCAR fans can get an up-close view of Sprint Cup Series "haulers" - the large, colorful trucks carrying the stock cars competing July 29-31 in the Brickyard 400 presented by Big Machine Records.com at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - at the third annual Hauler Parade and Festival on Thursday, July 28 on Speedway's Main Street.

The event will take place from 5-10 p.m. Admission is free.

Great live music is included, with R&B dance band The Toy Factory and country rock band KJ and the Jester Kings. More ...

07/12/11
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Germany to suit Pedrosa  Dani Pedrosa is pleased that he is likely to be in less pain during this weekend’s German Grand Prix. The Honda rider, who was injured in his accident with Marco Simoncelli at Le Mans, has continued to recover at home in Barcelona.

“The last race in Mugello was good because after a long time without racing, I saw that I haven't lost the ability to go fast,” he said ahead of the upcoming encounter at the Sachsenring. “I have to regain fitness and this week I have worked hard.

“I've always had very good races at the Sachsenring and it's good to get to a track where you know you can do well. Contrary to Mugello, Germany is all almost left-hand corners and this must help me.

“Last year, we had a great race there and hopefully we can do a good job again during practices, hope nothing goes wrong and come out with a good chance for the race.”

07/12/11
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Yeley to drive No. 38  J.J. Yeley will bring his strong record at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to Front Row Motorsports this weekend when he pilots the No. 38 Long John Silver's Ford. Travis Kvapil, the car's usual driver, will be racing in the Camping World Truck Series in Iowa. Sunday's Lenox Industrial Tools 301 will be Yeley's first time driving for Front Row Motorsports.

The 34-year-old Phoenix, Ariz., native has a strong resume at the flat track, with one top-five and three top-10 finishes in his Sprint Cup Series career. His best finish at the 1.058-mile oval is a third-place run in 2008.

The No. 38 Ford moved up one position in owners' points (37th) after Kvapil's 29th-place run at Kentucky Speedway last weekend. The team is still 16 points outside the top 35, so Yeley will need to qualify for the race on speed. More ...
07/12/11
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Roger Penske quotes on Wind Tunnel  
Roger Penske
NASCAR and IndyCar Series owner Roger Penske joined Dave Despain Sunday night on Wind Tunnel on SPEED to discuss his organization’s progress this year and plans for the future. Following are excerpts from the interview:

Despain: ...on the status of your teams?
Penske: “We’ve got eight races to go, so I’d say the team really has been producing. Each has a win. We had a couple of wins at the beginning of the season. We led the championship for a while. I think we’re resurging here and, to me, I feel very good about where we’re going with the Dodge product. They’re giving us a lot of support. I think we’ve got our cars better. The engines are running well and I know we’ve got two great drivers. To me, I take my hat off to the whole team. It was a great weekend and Parker Kligerman, on the other hand, who is our development driver, finished second in the Trucks.” More ...
07/12/11
f1
Track boss says 2012 return for Bahrain 'not our call'  (GMM)  Bahrain's circuit chief has described the formula one teams as "temperamental" as he admitted the island Kingdom's future on the calendar is still uncertain.

Chairman Zayed Alzayani visited the British grand prix last weekend and had little positive to say about the teams, outspoken driver Mark Webber and widespread criticisms about Bahrain's human rights record being tarnished.

The FIA came close to reinstating the grand prix this year but Alzayani admitted it was the teams' stance that was the most problematic.

"They have been very temperamental," he told the Evening Standard. More ...

07/12/11
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday  UPDATE Added Video below of Vettel breaking Top Gear record.

07/12/11
  • Mark Webber
    Webber should 'respect' team orders - Briatore
  • Lauda, Coulthard, defend Red Bull over team orders
  • Ferrari surge 'nothing to do' with exhausts - Gene
  • F1 director buys stake in sponsorship agency
  • Vettel breaks '62-year-old' Barrichello's Top Gear record
  • Clouds still lingering above US GP project
  • McLaren gives Hamilton break to avoid 'burnout'

Webber should 'respect' team orders - Briatore
(GMM)  Mark Webber's manager has refused to back the Australian's stance against Red Bull's imposition of team orders at Silverstone last weekend. More ...

07/12/11
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GP2 and GP2 Asia Series to be merged  GP2 organizers have announced today the merger of the GP2 Series™ and GP2 Asia Series™ starting from 2012. Launched respectively in 2005 and 2008, both Series have since then successfully become two strong and highly competitive categories, and the place to be when one ambitions to join the Formula One™ grid.

2011 saw for the first time since the inception of the GP2 Asia Series™ the same thirteen teams entered in both categories. The introduction of the third generation car, the GP2/11, also meant that for the first time the same car was used in the two categories, and therefore the two grids were almost identical since most drivers chose to take part in both Series. It was thus logical to decide to merge the two categories starting from 2012, giving the GP2 Series™ an even stronger and longer season with rounds in Europe and overseas.

GP2 Series™ CEO Bruno Michel commented: “In 2011, almost eighty-five percent of the drivers who did the Asia Series this season are taking part of the European Series as we are using the GP2/11 car in both categories. This year also marked the fact that for the first time the same thirteen teams entered both Series. We talked to them and we decided that it was logical to have one single Series from 2012. The merger will definitely help drivers gain even more experience on Formula One™ circuits throughout the world and will make the Series even more attractive and competitive. We will announce the 2012 calendar and the number of rounds at a later date.” More ...
07/12/11
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Superleague Formula set for Grand Prix of Belgium  The second event of the 2011 Superleague Formula season comes from the Circuit Terlaeman in Zolder on July 16 /17. The ten-turn, undulating, 4.1km circuit was built in 1963 and hosted the Belgian F1 Grand Prix on ten occasions. The circuit is a mixture of fast straights, sweeping corners mixed with slower technical sections. It’s a circuit that the drivers to man all seem to like.

The season opener at Assen last month saw Craig Dolby, driving the England car, maintain his superb Superleague Formula form as he took the Super Final victory ahead of Antonio Pizzonia (Brazil) and Yelmer Buurman (Netherlands – PSV Eindhoven). Dolby´s win put him at the top of the money list and the England team into third spot, behind the joint championship leaders Japan and Australia who respectively managed 7th and 6th place finishes in Race 1 and followed up with 1st and 2nd positions in Race 2. More ...
07/12/11
track news
Racing movie being filmed at Iowa Speedway  -Zac Efron and Emmy-nominated actor Dennis Quaid will be at Iowa Speedway in Newton on July 16 taping scenes for an untitled racing movie. Fans are invited to be part of the movie magic. Tickets for the 4:15 p.m. Prairie Meadows 200 ARCA Series race and the 7 p.m. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Coca-Cola 200 race are on sale for $25 online. Fans purchasing tickets at iowaspeedway.com will be entered into a drawing, and 100 winners will have the chance to participate in the prerace festivities - and could appear in the crowd scenes in the movie. The film is an untitled, Iowa-based movie starring Efron as a rural teen aspiring to become a professional race car driver. Quaid plays Efron's father. Producers will shoot Efron walking across the pre-race stage, Quaid cheering from the stands and racing footage during the Prairie Meadows 200. Film director Ramin Bahrani was called the "director of the decade" in 2010 by film critic Roger Ebert. "I hope fans will take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see A-list celebrities and be part of a movie," Iowa Speedway president Jerry Jauron said. Des Moines Register
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