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07/18/12
track news
Circuit of Americas to hire 700 part time workers  Circuit of the Americas, located outside of Austin, Texas, has begun the hiring process to fill as many as 700 part-time positions at the track. Applicants must apply online at the Circuit of the America's Web site.

Below is a list of frequently asked questions from the circuit's Web site:

How do I apply for work at Circuit of the America's?

A: In order to be considered for work at COTA (Circuit of the Americas), you must apply online by registering in our short online form. Once you have registered you will be contacted for a phone interview by a Stadium People Recruiting Concierge. If you are selected for a position at COTA, you will be contacted regularly by your Stadium People Concierge with updates, timelines, and your responsibilities prior to your start date in November. More ...

07/18/12
f1
High F1 sanction fees bankrupt another track  The Nurburgring has been declared bankrupt by the Minister-President of Rhineland-Palatinate Kurt Beck, who explained the situation during a press conference in Mainz on Wednesday. The Eifel circuit is currently unable to repay its debts and has seen a request for financial assistance rejected by the European Union.

The venue, which is ninety percent owned by the Rhineland-Palatinate, faces a debt of 300 million euros (235.8 million pounds) after a substantial renovation in 2009. The German state was hoping to avoid bankruptcy by filing for an emergency loan of 13 million euros (15.9 million pounds), but saw its bid for financial support turned down. More ...

07/18/12
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Bourdais Rejoins Starworks Lineup for NAEC Finale at Indy  Starworks Motorsport is beefing up its lineup in a bid to capture the inaugural North American Endurance Championship presented by VISITFLORIDA.com. Open-wheel champion and Formula One veteran Sebastien Bourdais will rejoin the team in the Brickyard Grand Prix, the final race of GRAND-AM’s new competition that features the three longest races on the Rolex Sports Car Series schedule.

Bourdais drove the final stint with Starworks in Round 2 of the NAEC, finishing third in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen with Ryan Dalziel and Enzo Potolicchio in the No. 8 Duncan Ford/Riley. Bourdais and Alex Popow will share the team’s No. 2 Soloson Ford/Riley at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, while Dalziel and Potolicchio return in the No. 8 Duncan Ford/Riley. More ...

07/18/12
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Firestone Edmonton Preview  
Firestone rain tire
Race Distance: 166.8 miles/268.425 kilometers (75 laps on the 2.22-mile/3.58-km temporary airport circuit).

Television/Radio Broadcast: Live – Sunday, July 22, at 2:45 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, the IMS Radio Network and Sirius XM Radio 94.

Firestone Firehawk Race Tires Supplied:

·    Primary (black-sidewall) dry-condition slicks: 692, each entry receives five sets (20 total tires);

·    Alternate (red-sidewall) dry-condition slicks: 366, each entry receives three sets (12 total tires);

·    Wet-condition (rain) tires with grooved tread pattern: 468, each entry has five sets of Firestone’s new rain tire available this weekend. More ...

07/18/12
automotive
How to get your car stolen  If you’ve ever worried about getting your car stolen, you’re certainly not alone. In the US, a car gets stolen about once every 42 seconds, and no matter how comprehensive your auto insurance plan is, a stolen car can be a huge headache.

Chances are you take all the usual precautions to keep your car from being driven away, but you’d be surprised how many people aren’t quite as careful with their vehicles. From leaving doors unlocked to keys in the ignition, plenty of forgetful behaviors can contribute to making car theft that much easier.

The following infographic offers a twist on the subject: You know how not to get your car stolen, but have you ever considered all the different behaviors that can make getting your car stolen a reality? More ...

07/18/12
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Grand-Am fills two key leadership positions  Grand-Am Road Racing on Wednesday announced that it has filled two leadership positions within the sanctioning body's competition department, a move the organization called “a reflection of increasing professional specializations and synergies with both NASCAR and the international sports-car community.”

Richard Buck, a five-time Indianapolis 500-winning crew chief, was named managing director of competition. Buck also will remain NASCAR's director of touring series, a position he has held since 2006, overseeing NASCAR's eight touring series in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. More ...

07/18/12
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One In Five Fortune 500 Companies Invest In NASCAR  More Fortune 500 companies are involved in NASCAR than in 2008, according to a recent review of brands currently using the sport to drive business. The analysis looked at companies that either sponsor NASCAR teams, tracks, the sanctioning body, or are media partners. The number of current Fortune 500 companies invested in NASCAR (114) remains higher than any other sport. In 2012 alone, more than 24 brands entered the sport, including a handful of Fortune 500 companies.

Although being a Fortune 500 company is the gold standard of success for publicly-traded companies in the United States, there are several global corporations currently involved in NASCAR that were not included in the review because they do not meet Fortune's domestic criteria. To be eligible for the Fortune 500, a company must be based in the U.S. and be publicly traded. The companies in consideration actively utilize NASCAR as marketing vehicle through a team, track or NASCAR official sponsorship, licensing agreement and/or a media partnership. NASCAR PR
07/18/12
IRL
Will Power says margin of error near zero as IndyCar comes to Edmonton  With five races to go, Will Power says he can still beat Ryan Hunter-Reay and win the IndyCar championship — but the margin for error is near zero.

“I feel I’m a contender, I really do,” said Power Tuesday in a conference call.

“I feel like if we get everything right in the next five races we have a legitimate chance of winning the championship.

“We’re one of the quickest out there, and when things go right on a weekend, we’re always on the podium or we win the race.” More ...
07/18/12
f1
Ferrari and McLaren drop on annual Forbes list  Ferrari and McLaren have both dropped places on the most recent Forbes list, falling from 13th and 36th to 15th and 40th respectively. Compiled on an annual basis, the rankings produce an estimation of the world's richest sports teams.

Ferrari, owned by the FIAT group, saw a 3% increase in overall value to 1.1 billion dollars (703.3 million pounds), but fell slightly in relation to its closest sporting rivals. Extended agreements with Marlboro and Santander have helped the team's cause, with the latter bringing in a predicted total of 52 million dollars (33.2 million pounds) per year.

McLaren, dropping four places in the order, is now worth an estimated 800 million dollars (511.5 million pounds). This marks a 2% drop in the outfit's total value, despite large and continuing sponsorship deals with Vodafone and Santander.
07/18/12
racing news
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New book release: “The L&M Porsche - Can Am Champion”  
Porsche 917
Television host Bill Stephens called the L&M Porsche “perhaps the most recognizable racecar in the world” on a recent episode of “Mecum Muscle Cars and More.”

The legendary 1972 Can Am champion L&M Porsche 917 driven by George Follmer and Mark Donohue will go up on the auction block at Mecum Monterey, August 16-18.

To celebrate this historic offering, Stephen Cox of Sopwith Motorsports Television Productions was commissioned to write a new book about the racecar that changed motorsports history. More ...

07/18/12
automotive
Cadillac ATS Challenges the World in New Film Series  Cadillac will introduce the all-new 2013 ATS via a series of dynamic films in which the new luxury sport sedan confronts some of the world’s extreme roads and treacherous driving conditions.

“Cadillac ATS vs. the World,” debuts online this week and includes 60- and 30-second television spots airing during the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games on July 27.

The cinematic adventure takes the ATS from the deserts of Morocco, to the streets of Monaco, to the Guoliang Tunnels in China and windswept Patagonia, Chile. Each challenge showcases aspects of the car’s agility, driving performance and efficient design. More ...

07/18/12
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Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday  
  • Marussia team has decisions to make
    Marussia undecided over engine for future
  • Marussia undecided over second driver for 2013
  • Hamilton admits guarding emotions in 2012
  • New boss says 2014 Russian GP plans on track
  • Nurburgring set for F1 race demise
  • Ecclestone 'interested' in F1 Olympic stadium plans
  • Vettel insists Webber not Red Bull favorite
  • Man faces jail after Ecclestone blackmail
  • Ecclestone's rules plan could hit legal roadblock
  • Haug plays down Vettel-to-Mercedes likelihood
  • De Villota family not commenting on Marussia statement More ...
07/17/12
racing news
HVM Racing Expands Lola Restoration Operations  HVM Racing owner, Keith Wiggins, today confirmed plans to expand the team's restoration operations for existing Lola car owners. 

Wiggins helped get Lola back on its feet in 1998 and served as President of Lola Cars International Inc. in the US and director of marketing at Lola in the UK, as well as being a customer of the marque for many years in Europe and the US. The team already holds a large stock of Lola inventory and plans to use their connections to increase the available services the team offers to owners of Lola cars, past and present. More ...

07/17/12
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Turner Sports' Coverage of NASCAR Summer Series Averages 3.1 U.S. HH Rating  Turner Sports’ coverage of the NASCAR Summer Series averaged a 3.1 U.S. HH rating over the six-race schedule, an increase of three percent when compared with last year’s 2.9 U.S. HH rating. The corresponding average of 5.1 million total viewers is even with last year.  For six consecutive weeks, TNT’s NASCAR coverage delivered the highest-rated and most-viewed program of the day on ad-supported cable. 

Additional highlights:

TNT’s signature Wide Open coverage of the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Powered by Coca-Cola, combined with the first-ever simulcast on truTV, generated a 3.8 U.S. HH rating and 6.2 million total viewers to become the highest-rated and most-viewed Daytona 400 since 2008 (3.8 U.S. HH rating and 6.4 million total viewers).  More ...

07/17/12
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Hinchcliffe featured in latest episode of INDYCAR 36  
James Hinchcliffe
James Hinchcliffe, driver of the No. 27 GoDaddy.com car for Andretti Autosport, will be the focus of this week's "INDYCAR 36" on NBC Sports Network (noon ET, July 22) preceding its coverage of the Firestone Indy Lights race and the IZOD IndyCar Series Edmonton Indy from City Centre Airport.

The series goes behind the scenes with IZOD IndyCar Series drivers, detailing what transpires on race weekends on and off the track. Hinchcliffe, a native of Toronto, was the face of the Honda Indy Toronto on July 6-8 through widespread Go Daddy advertising, media coverage of the championship contender and other promotions. More ...

07/17/12
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NASCAR New Hampshire Nationwide TV Rating  ESPN’s live telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., on Saturday, July 14, earned a 1.5 household coverage rating, averaging 1,912,000 viewers, according to the Nielsen Company.  The rating was down from last year’s race, which earned a 1.6 household coverage rating.
07/17/12
f1
Pirelli debuts new hard compound tire in Germany  With rain at Silverstone scuppering plans to introduce the tire at the British GP, two sets of Pirelli's new hard compound tire will be made available to F1 teams on Friday at Hockenheim, on top of their usual quota of 11 sets for the weekend. The race selection, however, remains the medium and soft compound Pirellis.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli's motorsport director, explained: "The new hard tire is not too big an evolution but it has a slightly wider working range, which should make it easier for the teams to get the tires up to temperature and maintain them in the correct operating window. More ...

07/17/12
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NASCAR New Hampshire Sprint Cup TV Rating  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing on TNT averaged 2.9/7 for the Lexon Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon. That’s flat with last year’s performance and ranked as the top-rated sports event of the weekend.
07/17/12
IRL
IndyCar news tidbits  Former IZOD IndyCar Series team principal and 2003 Indianapolis 500 winner Gil de Ferran (left) will be featured on "Car Crazy" at 11 p.m. (ET) July 22 on SPEED. … INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard will be a keynote speaker during the third National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition July 31-Aug. 2 in New Orleans. … A.J. Foyt is a great-grandfather again. A.J. Foyt IV and his wife, Casey, welcomed Lockey James into the world July 16 in Indianapolis. He has a big brother, A.J. V. ... Hurco will be the primary sponsor on the No. 22 Panther/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing car driven by Oriol Servia in the Edmonton Indy.
07/17/12
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Lotus bringing more updates next two races  After Toronto’s engine failure during the race two weeks ago, De Silvestro’s engine was sent to the UK for analysis and repairs. Motorsport Engine Manager for Lotus, Vincent Pereme commented:

“The Edmonton Lotus engine will be an updated spec from the Toronto engine. The new bits in it will be adding another noticeable step in performance and will bring us definitely closer to the competitors. We will still be behind but getting closer at every race. We already have another improvement planned for Mid-Ohio as the parts were not made available in time to be brought to Edmonton unfortunately. This modification will bring a further step up in our fluid dynamics efficiency. As you can see, the authorization to upgrade the engine that we received on June 18th from IndyCar is used as much as possible, and clear steps are being made at every race.” More ...
07/17/12
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Ryan Newman a father  For the second time in nine days, a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver celebrated the birth of a child.

Ryan Newman’s wife, Krissie, gave birth to their daughter, Ashlyn Olivia, on Monday afternoon.

“Mom and baby are doing well,” Newman tweeted after the birth of the couple’s second child.

Newman was the second driver this month whose wife gave birth the day after a Cup race. Kevin and DeLana Harvick celebrated the birth of their son, Keelan Paul, on July 8.
07/17/12
f1
Hockenheim DRS zone to come before hairpin  DRS will be placed on the run up to Hockenheim’s hairpin as Formula 1 returns to the German venue this weekend. As the country’s Grand Prix is now alternating with the Nürburgring, the sport is yet to visit the former since 2010.

The detection point, measuring whether or not a car is within one second of that in front, will be placed on the exit of Turn 4, with activation coming 260 metres later to allow for use though the long Parabolika which leads the field to the hairpin of Turn 6.

Not only has DRS not yet been used at Hockenheim, but fellow 2011 newcomer Pirelli is also visiting the Heidelberg venue for the first time. KERS will make a debut at the track too, as the teams had a pact in place not to use the system two years ago.
07/17/12
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B Sample Test Set for Allmendinger  Statement from Tara Ragan, Vice President, Walldinger Racing Inc.

“We now have a confirmed date for the testing of AJ’s “B” (split specimen) Sample. The test will take place on Tuesday, July 24 at 8 a.m. CDT and be conducted at the Aegis Analytical Laboratories in Nashville. Pursuant to the 2012 NASCAR Rulebook and in line with the procedures, we have elected to have a designated independent toxicologist present on AJ’s behalf. Along with everyone else, we are looking forward to hearing the results as quickly as possible. AJ and all of us at Walldinger Racing have truly appreciated the outpouring of support from our fans, partners, and colleagues. It has meant a lot to us during this difficult time. We are also grateful to Mr. Penske and his management team for their patience and respect of the process we are going through.” -Tara Ragan, Vice President, Walldinger Racing Inc.
07/17/12
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Ryan Blaney to race Penske No. 22 in Nationwide  Penske Racing announced today that third-generation race car driver Ryan Blaney has joined the organization and he will compete in the No. 22 Dodge in selected NASCAR Nationwide Series events over the balance of the 2012 season.

Blaney, the 18-year-old son of current Sprint Cup Series driver Dave Blaney, will make his Penske Racing debut in the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger in the Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway on Saturday, August 4th. Blaney will also drive for the team in at least two other races this season. He will race the No. 22 Snap-on Dodge at Richmond International Raceway and he’ll drive the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge at Kentucky Speedway. More ...

07/17/12
f1
Mansell thinks Schumacher could stay in 2013  
Nigel Mansell (C) and his sons
(GMM)  Nigel Mansell, who was still a grand prix winner at 41, thinks Michael Schumacher could keep racing beyond his 44th birthday.

Whether the seven time world champion signs a new contract with Mercedes is regarded as probably the key to the 2013 driver market.

1992 world champion Mansell said of the great German: "He seems to still be having fun driving, he's been on pole, he was third in Valencia -- he still has the speed.

"If he continues to want it then he could still be around for some time," the Briton said on Austrian Servus TV. More ...

07/17/12
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Chad Norris Named Crew Chief of No. 99 Fastenal Ford  Bob Osborne is transitioning away from his role as crew chief of the No. 99 Fastenal Sprint Cup team at Roush Fenway Racing, team owner Jack Roush announced today. Roush Fenway veteran Chad Norris will be the crew chief for the No. 99 effective immediately. Osborne will remain with the organization as a senior member of the organization’s management team and steering committee.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Carl Edwards for the past nine years and, during that time, my focus has been building a championship-caliber program,” Osborne said. “I’m proud of the 18 wins we’ve had together in Sprint Cup Series competition and our two second-place points finishes.” More ...

07/17/12
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NASCAR, IndyCar, others ask Speaker to intervene on bill  NASCAR has joined with other major sports leagues in sending an open letter to the Speaker of the House in an attempt to table an amendment that would restrict branches of the military from using sports sponsorships as a recruitment tool. In a letter sent Monday to Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), NASCAR, the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball and the IndyCar Series urged the Speaker show "continued opposition" to the Kingston-McCollum amendment to the $608 billion 2013 Dept. of Defense appropriations bill currently before Congress. More ...
07/17/12
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Villeneuve signs up for second V8 Supercars event  Jacques Villeneuve, F1 Champion of 1997, has confirmed that he will soon compete in a second V8 Supercars race. The French-Canadian has already taken part in the series formerly known as the Australian Touring Car Championship earlier this year.

Having failed to finish one race in Townsville before crossing the line 24th in the second, Villeneuve will now pilot the Pepsi Max Car in Ipswich and Sydney. He is substituting for Greg Murphy, who is continuing to recover from major back surgery. More ...
07/17/12
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday  
  • Caterham taking over former Super Aguri factory in Leafield
    Caterham moves into former Super Aguri factory
  • Karthikeyan happy to stay at HRT
  • Duo eyes milestone, Vettel eyes first July win
  • Massa insists 'no reason' to leave Ferrari
  • F1 in 2012 better than Schumacher days - Ecclestone
  • Grosjean, Maldonado the crash-kings of 2012 - report
  • Ferrari only 15th most valuable sports team More ...
07/16/12
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RCR Minority Partner Considering Selling Equity Position  Richard Childress Racing has advised its employees, drivers and key sponsors that Chartwell Investments is considering exiting its minority equity position in RCR. "Since 2003, I have had a minority partner at RCR in Chartwell Investments," said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing.

"Like any private equity business, Chartwell has a duty to its investors to return capital and maximize profits in a reasonable timeframe. With my support, they have determined that now is an appropriate time to exit their investment in RCR. Chartwell has been a great partner and I will always be appreciative of our partnership. We will remain good friends. We have informed the key people and sponsors of RCR about Chartwell's decision and assured them this will have no impact on the current affairs at RCR or our continued vision for strong performance on and off the track. More ...
07/16/12
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Hamlin quotes about pit stop mis-communication  Toyota Camry driver #11-Denny Hamlin (second) was the top-finishing Toyota driver in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Hamlin led the field five times for a race-high 150 laps (of 301) -- after starting third. Comments from Hamlin after the race:

How hard were you driving during the closing laps?
"That's all I had. That's as hard as I can drive and just came up about five car lengths too short. Trust me, if I could have got to him (Kasey Kahne), I would have made it real interesting. I just didn't have enough there at the end and it's all we could do. We made our bed by taking those four tires. Darian (Grubb, crew chief) wanted to take two (tires) -- I told him I just needed tires and that was it. He took it that I needed four tires. It was just a little miscommunication that turned into a second-place finish. You never know what could have happened on that last restart if we were taking two (tires). The 5 (Kahne) still may have been better, you never know. We obviously had a great car there at the end and made it interesting at least for the fans." More ...
07/16/12
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Baltimore GP announces sponsors  UPDATE Sunoco was today named the Official Fuel of the Grand Prix of Baltimore. The most coveted real estate of the Grand Prix weekend - victory lane - will be known as the Sunoco Victory Lane, while pit lane will be known as Sunoco Pit Lane. Sunoco will also have a significant signage presence during the event, providing a visual backdrop for the race action between turns seven and eight, and the pedestrian bridge that will cross the track between turns eight and nine of the 2-mile, 12-turn race circuit through downtown Baltimore and the Inner Harbor area.

The Grand Prix of Baltimore sponsorship is the latest endeavor in a more than 40-year history of motorsports involvement for Sunoco. The company is the Official Fuel Partner of INDYCAR, and has been the Official Fuel of NASCAR since 2004. Sunoco Race Fuels can be found at more than 500 racetracks in the United States. More ...

07/16/12
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NASCAR Loudon TV Ratings  Overnight Nielsen ratings for sports telecasts over the weekend were led by the TNT’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Lenox Industrial Tools 301 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which was the net’s final Sprint Cup telecast this season. The 3.9 overnight is flat with the same race last season.

ESPN earned a 1.3 overnight for the Nationwide Series F.W. Webb 200 from NHMS on Saturday, also flat compared to last year.
07/16/12
track news
Portland pays $1M to settle raceway entry suit  Insurers for the city of Portland have paid a Ridgefield, Wash., couple $1 million to settle a lawsuit filed after the man was pinned between a trailer and a toll booth at Portland International Raceway.

Ron Anderson had recently retired and was pursuing his passion for drag racing.

On Aug. 27, 2010, he went to the raceway entrance to pay for a card that would allow him to compete the next day. The 63-year-old man was crushed between the toll booth and the trailer of a pickup truck driving through. More ...

07/16/12
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Single-Day Reserved Seats Now on Sale for the Grand Prix of Baltimore  Single-day reserved tickets are now on sale for the 2012 Grand Prix of Baltimore, which will rumble through the streets of downtown Baltimore's Inner Harbor on Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31 - Sept. 2, 2012. Adult reserved seating for Saturday, Sept. 1 begins at $85 and Sunday, Sept. 2 reserved tickets begins at $95. The Grand Prix of Baltimore features a number of auto racing categories, with Saturday's schedule headlined by the stars and cars of the American Le Mans Series while Sunday's roster features the stars of the Indy 500 and the IZOD IndyCar Series.  More ...
07/16/12
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No easy feat: Constructing the Grand Prix of Baltimore  Building a major league sports facility is an immense undertaking, but what if that facility covered a massive urban area, and construction was limited to 32 days? And what if the construction could only happen at night? That's the daunting task facing Andretti Sports Marketing and Tony Cotman of NZR Consulting, the company in charge of constructing the race circuit for the Grand Prix of Baltimore, August 31 - September 2, 2012.

Cotman, a native of New Zealand, founded NZR in 2008 to design and implement race circuits, as well as provide safety and event management consulting. Cotman has designed and built tracks across North and South America. More ...

07/16/12
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Andretti's success gives hope to Grand Prix of Baltimore  
Michael Andretti, successful race car driver turned successful racing businessman
Ten months ago, IZOD IndyCar Series owner and promoter Michael Andretti and his chief marketing officer John Lopes stood beside the then-Baltimore Grand Prix course and marveled at the crowd and the energy filling the space around them.

"This would be a great event to be part of one day," Andretti said to Lopes.

Now, Andretti and his sports management company, Andretti Sports Marketing, are less than eight weeks from opening the gates on the new Grand Prix of Baltimore with Race On LLC, headed by partners J.P. Grant and Greg O'Neill.

Lopes, recalling the moment with Andretti this week, pointed to it as a key reason why Andretti has been successful on many different ventures throughout his life. More ...

07/16/12
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AFS and Andretti to field Saavedra at Sonoma  AFS Racing and Andretti Autosport announced today that they will again join forces as co-entrants of the No. 17 IZOD IndyCar Series entry to be driven by Sebastian Saavedra at the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. As the official test driver for Andretti Autosport, the Colombian-born driver will test the AFS Racing Chevrolet at the Sonoma Raceway August 17 alongside teammates Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Saavedra, 22, also drove the No. 17 AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport INDYCAR entry at this year's Indianapolis 500. He recorded the fastest practice lap of the day on May 13, and went on to a 26th place-finish after experiencing mechanical problems. More ...

07/16/12
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Tommy Kendall signs to drive for new SRT Viper  The Viper GTS-R driver lineup now includes Tommy Kendall, Dominik Farnbacher, Marc Goossens, Kuno Wittmer and Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Sports-car racing veteran and automotive television personality Tommy Kendall is the latest addition to the new SRT Viper GTS-R team that will compete in the American Le Mans Series. The team's first on-track appearance, as reported last week, will be at the ALMS' Aug. 4 race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Kendall, 45, first made the announcement Sunday night on the Speed network's Wind Tunnel program. More ...

07/16/12
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Hamilton looks to sort future in August break  (GMM)  A long period of speculation about Lewis Hamilton's future could end soon.

With the 2008 world champion's contract expiring, he told the Russian news agency Ria Novosti on a weekend visit to Russia that he is gearing up to talk with McLaren about 2013 and beyond.

"We haven't sat down and discussed anything yet but I'm sure over the summer break, when we have the summer break it would be nice to get something in place," said the Briton.

There have been rumours about Hamilton's alternatives beyond 2012, but he indicated that a new deal with McLaren is likely.

"These people have supported me; these are the people that got me into formula one," he said. More ...

07/16/12
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Kapirulin: Russia will have a top-class track  Mikhail Kapirulin, the head of the company that is building the Formula One race track in Sochi, is confident that once completed it will be a "top-class" venue.

Russia is expected to join the Formula One calendar in 2014 when the under-construction Olympic Park Circuit in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi plays host to the event.

The 5.9-kilometre track, designed by Hermann Tilke, is being built around the Sochi Olympic Park, which will host the 2014 Winter Games. More ...

07/16/12
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Harvick rips female driver, calls her an ‘it’, it rips back  
Keselowski leads Harvick
Fatherhood obviously hasn't softened Kevin Harvick, who blasted driver Amber Cope, referring to her as an "it" after the Nationwide Series race Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

And as any young driver would do, Cope took to Twitter to defend herself, calling Harvick arrogant. Leading with 22 laps left in the race, Harvick had to slow after getting caught behind Cope, who had spent more than 20 minutes behind the wall and was more than 30 laps down at the time. Because Harvick lost momentum, it allowed Brad Keselowski to pass him for the lead and roll to the victory. More ...
07/16/12
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De Villota crash determined to be driver error  14 days after Maria De Villota’s accident at Duxford Airfield, the Marussia F1 Team has now completed its own detailed investigation into the cause of the crash.

The accident occurred on 3 July during a straight-line test, at which Maria was making her testing debut for the Team and driving an F1 car for the fourth time in her career.

The Marussia F1 Team conducted an initial analysis immediately after the crash. This aimed to identify the causes and contributory factors behind the accident and also served to determine if there were any car-related implications for the impending British Grand Prix. Having carefully examined all the data and supplementary information available at that time, the Team were satisfied that there were no such car-related issues and cleared its chassis for race weekend participation. More ...

07/16/12
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Latest F1 news in brief - Monday  
  • Moscow enjoys F1 spotlight on spare weekend
  • FIA clarifies defensive driving rules
  • McLaren must bounce back 'immediately' - Prost
  • Rene Arnoux tips first F1 wins for Grosjean
  • Stepney autobiography set for 2012 release
  • Williams denies Hill to be team boss
  • Ecclestone confirms Monza GP going ahead
  • Research shows world's biggest companies involved in F1
  • Fewer tire pitstops in 2012 - analysis
  • Success 'not automatic' after F1 breakthrough - Rosberg
  • No 'time pressure' for 2013 driver decision - Sauber More ...
07/15/12
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Notes from TNT NASCAR Summer Series - New Hampshire 301  
Countdown to Green
Adam Alexander (host), Larry McReynolds (analyst) and Kyle Petty (analyst)

Petty on the parity of the NASCAR racers, the difference in the races and styles of tracks during TNT’s Summer Series: “It’s hard for a guy, in this day and time, to put two to three races back-to-back especially on these diverse courses.”

McReynolds on the difficulty of being a consistent winner at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway: “If you look at the last 12 races here, we’ve had 11 different winners and in the last eight races, we’ve had eight different winners.” More ...
07/15/12
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Danica spins again  Danica Patrick was on the way to her first top-10 finish on a track shorter than 1.5 miles in length before she lost control and spun again.

Patrick tried to pass underneath the lapped car of Jason Bowles, only to wiggle and run up into him before spinning out with 50 laps left in the Nationwide Series race Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

While Patrick spun, she didn’t hit anything and was able to remain in 13th. She settled for a 14th-place finish in the F.W. Webb 200, a decent day but another one where she couldn’t complete a full race without incident. More ...

07/15/12
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FIA Clarifies Rules On 'Dangerous Racing Moves'  F1's ruling body has "clarified the rules on dangerous racing moves" by drivers defending a position in the heat of a race -- and "giving the benefit of the doubt to the man who is leading."  The ruling comes after several controversial incidents this year in which drivers have "vigorously defended their positions and in some cases forced challenging rivals off the circuit." Int'l Motoring Federation Race Dir Charlie Whiting said, "Any driver defending his position on a straight, and before any braking area, may use the full width of the track during his first move provided no significant portion of the car attempting to pass is alongside his. Whilst defending in this way, the driver may not leave the track without justifiable reason"
07/15/12
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Penske Supports Allmendinger But Has 'Options'  While saying he remains committed to embattled driver AJ Allmendinger, team owner Roger Penske also said Sunday [on SPEED's Raceday] he has "lots of options" if a vacancy appears in his #22 Sprint Cup cars. Penske said Sunday morning that he hopes Allmendinger passes a second NASCAR drug test and that the team can move on. "My goal is if this thing goes in AJ's corner and he can be back in the car and this is a speed bump," Penske said.

"I'm more concerned with him as an individual than I am the circumstance. We'll deal with the circumstance in a business way and support him one way or another. This could give us a chance potentially to look at drivers that might be wanting a ride in the 22. With that, we have lots of options." More ...
07/15/12
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Prost: Dull Moscow Track is a Shame  
A large crowd was on hand for the World Series by Renault races this weekend
Four-time Formula One world champion Alain Prost added his voice to those criticizing Russia’s new international-standard circuit for its lack of overtaking potential, calling the track "a shame" in a recent interview with R-Sport.

The Moscow Raceway opened Saturday with a round of the Renault World Series, but competitors and Russia's F1 driver Vitaly Petrov said it lacked places to pass.

“The infield part is very similar and very difficult to overtake. I was a bit surprised that at the end of the straight, it was not also that easy to overtake,” Prost said Saturday after a few laps in a Renault Megane trophy racing car. More ...

07/15/12
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Q&A with Boullier and Allison  Lotus team boss Eric Boullier and tech boss James Allison review the British GP and look ahead to the German race at Hockenheim...

Eric Boullier:
Q: Eric, what's your assessment of the British Grand Prix?
EB: Our cars set the two best laps of the race, both our drivers scored points and we kept third position in the Constructors' Championship... but we were expecting more. Apart from the difficult weather conditions, which were the same for everybody, part of the problem was once again our starting positions. We've got the pace to win a race, but the wrong slot on the grid! More ...

07/15/12
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Hamilton Wants F1 Moscow Night Race  
Lewis Hamilton
Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton wants a Singapore-style night race on the streets of Moscow, the 2008 world champion said in the Russian capital Sunday.

Russia is due to host its first Grand Prix in 2014 in the southern coastal resort of Sochi, but clamor has been growing to build a street circuit around the Kremlin.

“I think Moscow has an opportunity, I hope, in the future to put on a street race,” Hamilton said. More ...

07/15/12
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Carl Edwards proposing driver-financed drug testing  Carl Edwards wants drivers to pay for a drug testing system to help avoid mistakes that he said could occur under the program operated by NASCAR that led to the suspension of AJ Allmendinger.

"It's an imperfect world. People are imperfect. Tests are imperfect," last year's Sprint Cup runner-up said Friday before qualifying for Sunday's race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

"We need to have our own group that is paid by us, that works for us, to be here in tandem with the NASCAR drug testers and have them test us at the same time.

"I don't think it would be a contentious thing. I think that would remove almost all doubt in any situation of a positive test." More ...

07/15/12
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Lorenzo extends championship lead with convincing win at Mugello  
Jorge Lorenzo
Repsol Honda Team’s Pedrosa led into turn one, however Jorge Lorenzo got past into the lead within a few bends, as the grid diced for positions in the early stages. Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso also pushed past Pedrosa, as Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden and LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl fought for fourth. Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner, the only rider to use the special construction rear hard tire, did not have a great start, and had to fight his way past Pramac Racing Team’s Héctor Barberá to make up positions. Meanwhile San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Michele Pirro was black flagged due to a cutting the track as he was heading back into pit lane with a technical issue. More ...
07/15/12
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Pic wins Moscow Race 2  
Arthur Pic
France’s Arthur Pic brought his and Dams’ long wait for a maiden Formula Renault 3.5 Series success to an end on Sunday, the day after Bastille Day. Completing a surprise podium that featured none of the championship leaders were Walter Grubmuller (P1 Motorsport) and Kevin Korjus (Tech 1 Racing).

Two flawless qualifying laps gave Jules Bianchi (Tech 1 Racing) his second Formula Renault 3.5 Series pole ahead of Marco Sorensen (Lotus), Pic and Sam Bird (ISR). Following the official opening of the track, with the great Alain Prost and Moscow Raceway architect Hermann Tilke in attendance, the 26-strong field took up position on the grid, watched by a large crowd. More ...

07/15/12
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Another Energy Drink sponsor enters NASCAR  In light of comments made by one NASCAR driver, New Jersey's, Maximum Human Performance (MHP), has decided to sponsor David Ragan's #34 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry in Sunday's race at New Hampshire. Ragan, will roll of the starting grid 19th in the 8-Hour Alert/MHP Ford. MHP offers a full line of supplements and their X-Fit line of products is used regularly by Front Row's #34 and #38 pit crews. More ...
07/15/12
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Bianchi claims Moscow Formula Renault 3.5 race two pole  


Jules Bianchi
The second Formula Renault 3.5 Series qualifying session, again run in brilliant sunshine, kicked off day two on the Moscow Raceway.

The drivers started the session on used rubber and Marco Sorensen and Nico Müller were the first to set target times. They were soon joined by Jules Bianchi and Robin Frijns. Just before everybody pitted to put on new tires Sorensen led the dance in 1m 24.666s followed by Bianchi, Müller, Frijns and Sam Bird.

Sorensen was the first to improve with a lap in 1m 23.803s. However, the quickest times were set right at the end of the session with Bianchi topping the time sheets in 1m 23.388s. It was the young Frenchman’s second pole of the season and in second and third places came Sorensen and Arthur Pic. Twelve drivers were covered by one second this morning. More ...

07/15/12
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Flying Frijns first to win in Russia  Saturday 14 July 2012 is a day that will live long in the memory of Robin Frijns (Fortec Motorsports). After completing his maiden F1 drive in the Red Bull-Renault RB6, the Dutchman became the first driver to win an international race at a Russian track. Leading from start to finish, Frijns took the checkered flag ahead of Jules Bianchi (Tech 1 Racing) and Sam Bird (ISR) to move out in front in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series standings.

In a keenly contested qualifying session, Frijns secured his second pole position of the season ahead of Marco Sorensen (Lotus) and Bianchi. On a busy day for the 2011 Eurocup Formula Renault champion, he then became the first driver to take to the wheel of an F1 car at the Moscow Raceway, in front of some well-populated stands, before hopping back into his FR 3.5 at the head of the grid, ready for a race with a DRS time allocation of 400 seconds. More ...

07/15/12
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Danica Patrick shakes off bruise from steering wheel  Danica Patrick had a bruise on her arm from the steering wheel jerking upward in her hard crash into the Daytona International Speedway wall last Friday night. Patrick’s violent wreck was eerily similar to that of Eric McClure, who suffered a concussion and internal bruising in a crash in May at Talladega Superspeedway.  In both accidents, the steering column jerked upward.

Patrick’s in-car camera caught the violent nature of the movement of the steering column and it appeared to come very close to her head as her body moved forward.

“I’ve got a (small) bruise on my arm,” Patrick said. “I feel like a wimp holding it up. … It’s there. That’s from when the steering wheel flew up.” More ...

07/15/12
tv news
Wind Tunnel Sunday  Ryan Hunter-Reay has won the past three IndyCar Series races and has taken the championship lead for the first time in his career. He is the first American to win three consecutive series races since AJ Allmendinger in 2006. And with just five races remaining on the 2012 schedule, he’s hoping to win his first IndyCar championship.

Erica Enders recently became the first female winner in NHRA Pro Stock history when she beat 4-time series champion, Greg Anderson, in Chicago. She is quietly positioning herself to make a run at her first series title as she sits comfortably inside the Countdown to the Championship cut-off. More ...

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