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07/19/13
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James Jakes Acorn Stairlifts Ad (Update)  UPDATE

Was reading an article online about baseball and was pleased to see a Honda banner ad pop up.

We know it's just a Google ad, but it is nice to see an IndyCar sponsor pushing the sport elsewhere.  The Jakes ad and now Honda doing more.  Good to see.

07/19/13 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s James Jakes has been much improved this year in this, his third season in the IZOD IndyCar Series. So much so, in fact, I called him the “Most Improved First-Half Driver” in MotorSportsTalk’s IndyCar midseason review. More ...

07/19/13
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Marquez fastest and Pedrosa returns on track in Laguna Seca  
Marc Marquez
Repsol Honda rookie, Marc Marquez, was the fastest rider today on the first day of free practice for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix.

With track conditions improving from this morning, Marc was almost a second faster in FP2 with a time of 1'22.040 set on lap 14 of 24. Teammate Dani Pedrosa took to the track in the afternoon session for the first time since his dramatic high side crash in Sachsenring a week ago. Still hindered by his injury, Dani was 11th fastest for the day with a time of 1'23.129 set on his final lap of 23. More ...
07/19/13
automotive
Zetsche uses windfall gain to buy Daimler stock  Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche has purchased roughly $1.51 million (1.15 million euros) worth of company stock using the proceeds from share options granted nearly 10 years ago.

Zetsche, whose contract was extended in February by just three years instead of the expected five, bought 22,000 shares at a price of 52.08 euros each on Wednesday, according to Daimler's Web site. More ...

07/19/13
automotive
GM fires Cadillac U.S. sales chief for policy violation  Cadillac’s U.S. sales chief, Chase Hawkins, has been fired for violating company policy, General Motors said today.

“He has left effective immediately due to violation of policy,” GM spokesman David Caldwell told Automotive News, declining to provide specifics. A replacement would be named “fairly soon,” the spokesman said. More ...

07/19/13
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NASCAR bans broadcast networks from using cable-held aerial cameras  ESPN will not use the overhead cable-supported camera it has used in past broadcasts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as NASCAR will continue a moratorium on their use after a cable snapped and injured fans in May at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

During the May 26 race, a rope that worked on a pulley system that allowed a remote camera to slide on the cables above the track snapped. As the cables dangled with at least one was in the grandstands, cars hit them and in return, that yanked the cable in the grandstands and injured 10 fans. The camera did not fall. The cable was made of Dyneema, an ultra-strong synthetic rope that has the same approximate strength of a steel wire. More ...

07/19/13
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Conway Sets Fastest Time Subbing For Briscoe at Mosport  
IndyCar driver Mike Conway
The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n turned its first laps north of the border Friday with 30 entries taking part in a Promoter Test Day at the newly renovated Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Mike Conway set the fastest overall time with a lap of 1:10.656 in the No. 552 Siemens/Alpina Watches/Ohiya Casino Resort HPD ARX-03b for Level 5 Motorsports. Conway is subbing for Ryan Briscoe who fractured his right wrist in an IndyCar event in Toronto last week. More ...

07/19/13
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8Star Signs Valiante for Balance of DP Season  Michael Valiante has signed with 8Star Motorsports to drive the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette DP with Stephane Sarrazin and team owner Enzo Potolicchio for the balance of the 2013 Rolex GRAND-AM Series Daytona Prototype season.

Valiante, 33, helped 8Star during its May 21 test at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway before subbing for Sarrazin in the June 15 race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. A masterful drive by the Canadian resulted in 34 laps led and a second-place finish, 8Star’s first podium in just the sixth race of its existence. Two weeks later, in the six-hour endurance race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, his efforts with Sarrazin and Potolicchio earned a second consecutive runner-up finish and moved the team within 17 points of the lead in the team championship point standings. More ...
07/19/13
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IndyCar TV Ratings for Toronto (The noose tightens)  UPDATE For more on the television difficulties facing IndyCar, recall AR1 Columnist Brian Carroccio's article outlining the uphill battle facing the series.

07/19/13 The noose around IndyCar's neck called NBC Sports Network, continues to tighten.  NBC Sports Network had its first Izod IndyCar Series doubleheader of the season last weekend, with the Honda Indy Toronto averaging just 273,000 viewers for Saturday’s race and even less at 258,000 viewers for Sunday’s telecast. Last year, the one-day race averaged 1.1 million viewers on ABC on a Sunday afternoon. Meanwhile, Rogers Sports net, which took over IndyCar rights in Canada from TSN this season, “saw an already small niche audience” drop 35% this year, with Saturday’s telecast getting 145,000 viewers and Sunday getting 151,000 viewers. The Canadian audience for the Toronto race has been “slipping for several years after peaking near 550,000 on TSN two years ago.”
07/19/13
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NASCAR New Hampshire and Iowa TV Rating (Update)  UPDATE The final TV rating for the New Hampshire Nationwide race was a 1.4 with 2.087million viewers tuned in on ABC. 

The final TV rating for the New Hampshire Sprint Cup race last Sunday on TNT was a 3.2 with 4.097 million viewers tuned in. 

The final TV rating for the NASCAR Truck race in Iowa on Speed was a 0.4 with 560K tuned in.

07/15/13 The overnight TV rating for the NASCAR Nationwide Series from New Hampshire on ABC Saturday was a 1.5.
07/19/13
irl
IndyCar Enters Into Multiyear Partnership With Soap Box Derby  IndyCar is "entering a formal, multi-year marketing partnership" with the Akron-based FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby, according to a front-page piece by Jim Mackinnon of the AKRON BEACON JOURNAL. The agreement will "place the IndyCar logo on Derby cars this year in Akron and spread from there in 2014."

IndyCar also will "promote and display the Derby logo." Soap Box Derby President & CEO Joe Mazur said that the cross-promotion agreement "does not bring in money to the Derby but will give the nonprofit program significant brand exposure." More ...

07/19/13
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Wilson to return to Grand-Am  Justin Wilson will return to GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series action as he joins Michael Shank Racing for the final four rounds of the 2013 championship to team with Gustavo Yacaman in the No. 6 Ford-Riley Daytona Prototype.

Justin first raced for the Ohio-based sports car team in 2006 when he and AJ Allmendinger, Ozz Negri and Mark Patterson combined for a runner-up result in the prestigious Rolex 24 At Daytona. He has since raced in six more GRAND-AM events for Mike Shank – highlighted by a breakthrough victory in the 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 At Daytona in 2012 and a podium finish in this year’s Rolex 24 event. More ...

07/19/13
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Class Specifications For 2014 United SportsCar Racing Debut Taking Shape  Class specifications continue to crystallize in preparation for next year’s inaugural United SportsCar Racing season, as officials strive for balanced performance and a close competitive environment that follows the “best of both worlds” mantra that is driving the merger of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) presented by Tequila Patr¢n, GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA).

When the first United SportsCar Racing season opens in January with the 52nd running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, fans will be greeted by some high-speed familiarities at Daytona International Speedway, perhaps most noticeably in the production-based GT categories. More ...

07/19/13
f1
Vettel tops Day 3 of Young driver test at Silverstone  Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s final day at the Silverstone Young Driver Test again saw the team split its running, with GP3 and Renault 3.5 Series driver Carlos Sainz Jr at the wheel in the morning and F1 championship leader Sebastian Vettel on tire-testing duty in the afternoon.

After driving for Scuderia Toro Rosso yesterday, Sainz Jr moved across to our garage today and in a busy schedule the young Spaniard worked his way through 35 laps of Silverstone.

Sebastian Vettel then got his first taste of the new compound Pirelli tires and afterwards said the new rubber had performed well. He ended up fastest for the week. More ...
07/19/13
f1
New Formula One Rules Concern Daly  
A Recent GP3 winner Conor Daly is a spectator at the Formula One young driver test taking place this week in Silverstone, England. Whilst working towards the possibility of actually testing a Formula One car sometime in the future, his thoughts are also directed with some concern towards the recent decisions by the Formula One World Council. Apparently it has been decided that for free practice on Friday morning (FP1) an extra set of tires will be allocated and during the season there will now be four two day test sessions. The concern is that current Friday morning practice sessions that some teams like Force India, Williams and Caterham have used to develop their test and reserve drivers, will now have an additional 'performance' set of tires and the regular drivers will not want to miss the session.

"It is becoming increasingly more and more difficult to break into Formula One and the Friday morning FP1 sessions have been good for people like DiResta, Hulkenberg, Bianchi and Bottas, etc. With the new tire rule I think that opportunity to run test and reserve drivers may no longer exist and that’s a big concern," commented Daly from his West London base. "With a second set of tires there will be a performance advantage to be gained by the regular drivers as opposed to having just the one set that was more of a track cleaning set for the past years." More ...

07/19/13
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‘Turbo’ Could Be an IndyCar Marketing Engine  As with other sports, auto racing is looking to the movies to help strengthen its marketing. “Turbo,” a 3-D animated film about a snail named Turbo, a motorsports fan who has Indianapolis 500 aspirations, was chosen by Izod IndyCar Series racing to widen its exposure to a younger and more family-oriented audience.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway layout and the voices of a number of real IndyCar drivers are featured in the film, securing its connection with the real world of racing. Also, several of IndyCar’s commercial partners got on board with the film, including Firestone, Sunoco, Chevrolet and Verizon. Even AAA will have a Turbo-theme safe driving campaign (snails are apparently very safe drivers). More ...

07/19/13
f1
Rush - Trailer No. 3  
07/19/13
nassprint
Sprint Cup: TNT Ends “Summer Series” With Slight Increase  For the second straight year, ratings and viewership inched up for NASCAR’s summer race at New Hampshire.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Camping World RV Sales 301 from New Hampshire earned a 3.2 U.S. rating and 4.9 million viewers on TNT Sunday afternoon, up 3% in ratings and viewership from last year (3.1, 4.8M), and up 10% and 8%, respectively, from 2011 (2.9, 4.6M).

The 3.2 rating is the highest for the race since 2009 (3.5). More ...

07/19/13
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Stewart causes large wreck in sprint car race (Update)  UPDATE Alysha Ruggles, the 19-year-old who suffered a compression fracture in her back during a sprint-car race Tuesday in a race with Tony Stewart, is home from the hospital.

Stewart was among the cars that were three-wide and had the initial contact that triggered the multicar accident during the feature event at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park. Ruggles, whose mother took her to the hospital after she began complaining of back pain following the accident, suffered a compression fracture in her back, according to the (Rochester) Democrat and Chronicle. More ...

07/19/13
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Snake & Mongoose Movie Trailer  Snake & Mongoose, hitting theaters Sept. 6 depicts one of the greatest rivalries in NHRA history, and the groundbreaking accomplishments of Don 'the Snake' Prudhomme (Jesse Williams) and Tom 'the Mongoose' McEwen (Richard Blake) in all of drag racing, sports marketing, and sponsorships such as Hot Wheels.

07/19/13
tv news
Armless NASCAR Team Engineer to be Featured on Sunday ESPN "SportsCenter"  
Richie Parker
Hendrick Motorsports is one of the most successful racing teams in NASCAR, fielding cars for former NASCAR Sprint Cup champions Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon as well as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne.

A part of the team’s continued success is engineer Richie Parker, who works behind-the-scenes at the team’s North Carolina headquarters. But as ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi reports for SportsCenter Featured, Parker is a remarkable story of success in his own right: born without arms, his determination and talent have led him to the top of NASCAR. More ...

07/19/13
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Bourdais to Drive 8Star's No. 4 for Balance of Grand-Am Season (Update)  UPDATE Sebastien Bourdais has become the sixth Indianapolis 500 veteran to join the field for the Brickyard Grand Prix sports car race Friday, July 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Bourdais will team with Emilio DiGuida in the No. 4 Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype fielded by 8Star Motorsports on the 13-turn, 2.534-mile IMS Grand Prix road circuit. The three-hour GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race starts at 5:30 p.m. (ET).

Four-time Champ Car World Series champion Bourdais won the inaugural Brickyard Grand Prix last year teamed with Alex Popow in a Starworks entry. He joins fellow Indianapolis 500 starters Tony Kanaan, AJ Allmendinger, Max Papis, Christian Fittipaldi and Scott Pruett in this year's field. More ...

07/19/13
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Friday  
  • Ecclestone troubles 'not good for F1' - Kaltenborn
  • Caterham - no regrets over 2014 driver choice
  • Ricciardo 'ready' for Red Bull despite audition mishap
  • Maldonado plays down Lotus switch rumors
  • Mercedes backs Wolff amid Kolles comments saga More ...
07/19/13
f1
F1 Owners Decide Not To Force Resignation Of CEO Bernie Ecclestone  F1 owners have stepped back from forcing the resignation of CEO Bernie Ecclestone after he "was indicted by prosecutors in Germany on a bribery charge," according to Kevin Eason of the London Times.

After what "appeared to be several tortured hours of deliberation," CVC Capital Partners published a statement on its website late on Wednesday night. But the content "was little more than a statement of intent to do nothing and wait and see what happens to Formula One's controversial" CEO. xxxx

The notoriously secretive CVC has drawn up a list of potential replacements for Ecclestone, but has "so far refused to groom a potential successor" for F1's £1B ($1.5B) business. Even without the legal actions piling up on the doorstep of his office in London, "Ecclestone is 82 and many inside and outside of F1 are surprised that CVC have shown no desire to put in place arrangements for the future." In the prospectus for the cancelled £6B flotation of F1 on the Singapore Stock Exchange last year, "Ecclestone is listed as a key asset for his unparalled negotiating skills and a bulging contacts book that ranges from circuit owners to presidents, such as Russia's Vladimir Putin."

Ecclestone also faces the prospect of another $1B worth of claims from BayernLB and Bluewaters, a private equity group in the U.S., "who are making claims based around the sale of F1 to CVC." All of this casts a long shadow over F1, "even for a sport with such a long history of shocking off-stage politics." London Times

The BBC's Andrew Benson wrote Ecclestone "has ruled Formula 1 for nearly 40 years with a combination of astuteness, cunning, sharp practice and sheer intellectual power arguably unmatched across business and sporting worlds." Can "he survive?" In the normal business world, the answer would be "no." Any CEO who is the subject of such serious criminal charges "cannot hope to hold on to his position." But this is not the normal business world, "and Ecclestone is most certainly not a normal businessman." Why? Probably "because of his remarkable achievements, his all-pervading influence in F1 and, since the sport began trading as a commodity, his success in making money for his bosses." That last attribute may yet keep him in a job, "as long as he can survive the bribery case in Munich." BBC

07/18/13
MotoGP
Hayden's MotoGP about over  Nicky Hayden will lose his Ducati MotoGP seat at the end of 2013. Reports of a change in the rider line-up surfaced earlier this week, and Hayden acknowledged at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Thursday that he would not be retained.

"I'm not coming back to Ducati in MotoGP. They've chosen to go a different way," he said. "Unfortunately, these results the last few years haven't been what we hoped. Nobody likes to get sacked, but that's what happens." More ...
07/18/13
f1
Horner: Vergne no longer a consideration for Red Bull  
Jean Eric Vergne
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has said that the race to replace Mark Webber at the team next season is between Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo, ending Jean-Eric Vergne’s hopes of joining the team in 2014.

Horner had publicly confirmed that the three drivers made up Red Bull’s shortlist, with the Toro Rosso pair under consideration as the team is seen as a ‘feeder’ to Red Bull. However, it would appear that Vergne is not set to follow the example of Sebastian Vettel and make the jump next season.

When asked by Sky Sports if Red Bull were choosing between Raikkonen and Ricciardo, Horner said: “Essentially, probably.” More ...

07/18/13
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Ricciardo and Toro Rosso top Day 2 of young driver test at Silverstone  The English heat wave continued for the second day of testing as Scuderia Toro Rosso accommodated two drivers in the cockpit of the STR8. In the morning, Daniel Ricciardo was at the wheel, which meant that the Pirelli tires, the Hard and Medium compounds were the focus of the team’s attention, running to a program prescribed by the tire supplier. The team worked methodically through all the planned tests.  At lunchtime, having set what would be the fastest time of the day, Daniel had a quick change into Infiniti Red Bull Racing overalls for a run in the RBR 9.

For Carlos Sainz, this will be a day to remember, as the 18 year old Spaniard got his first taste of driving a Formula 1 car, when he took to the track in our car for the afternoon session. Because of his status as a “young driver” there were no restrictions relating to testing and the engineers were able to continue with the development program initiated yesterday when Johnny Cecotto was driving. Sainz delivered a solid performance, completing a good number of laps, without making any mistakes, delivering plenty of useful data and producing respectable lap times. More ...
07/18/13
irl
Bad News for Baltimore Grand Prix  The Grand Prix of Baltimore will be run without a title sponsor for the third year in a row, leaving organizer Race On LLC without a seven-figure payout it had hoped would help cover operating costs."
07/18/13
IRL
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Kanaan trying to double up at Indy  Reigning Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan will try to become the first driver to win two major events in the 104-year history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway when he drives a Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Daytona Prototype on Friday, July 26 in the Brickyard Grand Prix.

Kanaan will team with Joey Hand to drive the No. 02 NTT DATA BMW in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series event on the 13-turn, 2.534-mile IMS Grand Prix road circuit. The three-hour race starts at 5:30 p.m. (ET). More ...
07/18/13
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Ex-NASCAR driver pleads not guilty in high-speed pursuit, drug case  A professional racing driver who allegedly led officers on a high-speed highway pursuit and his female passenger entered not guilty pleas on drug and evading police charges Tuesday in 5th District Court.

Timothy Tyler Andrew Walker, 33, and Raelle Hann McDonald, 30, who both list the same Hermosa Beach, Calif., address with the court, waived an evidentiary hearing in the case and asked the court to accept the pleas through their attorney, Douglas Terry.

Walker and McDonald didn’t appear with Terry in court. Terry informed Judge Eric Ludlow that his clients are free on bail and asked the court to set a review hearing in the case. More ...
07/18/13
f1
Can talent still beat money in F1?  James Calado is confident talent can still secure a place in Formula One over money as he takes part in a series of tests with Force India this week. Calado set the fastest time on Wednesday morning at the Young Driver Test and is testing again on Thursday and Friday morning. It is the GP2 driver's first taste of Formula One, aside from straight-line testing, and he is confident that achieving his dream of being a race driver is possible without large amounts of money to contribute to a team.

"Formula One has the best cars you can drive and the best drivers in the world, so of course it's going to be very difficult," he said. "Over the years it's got tougher with money being a big factor, but I'm a believer in talent showing and getting you through and all I can do is do as good a job as I can in the GP2 car and when I'm doing days like this. I'm not really thinking of the future, although I do realise it's hard, but I can only do the best I can." More ...
07/18/13
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Race Of Champions returns to Bangkok  The 2013 Race Of Champions will be held at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium on December 14-15. The news comes after Thailand, which hosted last year’s ROC, again beat off a wide range of contenders from all round the world to stage the prestigious event.

The end-of-season competition, held every year since 1988, brings together the world’s greatest drivers from motor sport’s main disciplines – including Formula 1, world rally, touring cars, Le Mans, MotoGP, IndyCar and the X-Games – and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical machinery. More ...
07/18/13
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday  
  • Is Bernie indispensible?
    Ecclestone bosses to 'monitor' bribery case
  • Banned Mercedes to receive Silverstone test data
  • Webber's seat the main act in 2014 'silly season'
  • Pirelli boss sentenced for espionage
  • Van der Garde 'busy enough' without Kovalainen rumors
  • Whiting inspects Sochi track
  • Raikkonen drops out of Silverstone test More ...
07/18/13
automotive
Penske boosts dividend ahead of Q2 earnings  Penske Automotive Group Inc. raised its quarterly dividend 7 percent for the second straight quarter this year, to 16 cents per share from 15 cents, the company said today.

The dividend is payable on Sept. 3 to shareholders of record on Aug. 12.

"Based upon the strength in our financial performance, cash-flow generation and the strong automotive retail environment in our U.S. and U.K. markets, we remain confident in our ability to continue growing our business," Robert Kurnick Jr., Penske's president, said in a statement. More ...

07/17/13
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'Turbo': The Reviews Are In!  DreamWorks Animation hopes to re-create the surprise success they had with the prehistoric family adventure "The Croods" by giving kids "Turbo," the tale of a bored snail (Ryan Reynolds) who dreams of becoming a big-time racer. A mollusk-heavy supporting cast rallies around Turbo to make his dream come true, with Paul Giamatti, Snoop Dogg, Maya Rudolph, Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Schwartz all playing snails. Michael Pena, Michelle Rodriguez, Luis Guzman and Bill Hader round out the human cast.

While critics seem to be on the same page regarding the film's outstanding visuals and score, the fact that Turbo only succeeds following a freak dosage of nitrous oxide — which gives him the power boost normally given to drag racers — has some worried about a message that might seem to support performance-enhancing drugs. But despite some iffy plot points, the film's tried-and-true "if you can dream it, you can be it" theme should please parents. Even more pleasing is the ethnically diverse cast, which hopefully marks a trend towards an all-inclusive future for animation. More ...

07/17/13
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Should IndyCar adopt Power Steering? (Update)  UPDATE A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, Since the last Dallara had power steering, seems like it would be a no-brainer for the IRL bring it forward to the current version.  This bunch never learns.  Bob from FL

07/17/13 A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, After watching the past few events and seeing the Drivers receive broken fingers, hands, wrists, I have come to the conclusion that the series needs to take a serious look at Power Steering.

Formula 1 has and allows Power Steering and I have always had power steering in all the cars I drove except the Indy cars.

I would be willing to bet that with Power Steering the damage to the hands would become either a thing of the past or at least minimal. As you are aware, Power Steering absorbs the impact and doesn't  transfer it to the wheel with nearly as much force. More ...
07/17/13
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NTT DATA Expands Partnership with Ganassi on Second Daytona Prototype  Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) and NTT DATA announced today an addition to their  partnership by fielding a second Daytona Prototype (DP) in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series’ Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) on Friday, July 26 (7:30 p.m. ET, SPEED-Tape Delay).

The No.02 NTT DATA Dinan-Prepared BMW will return to action for the first time since January’s Rolex 24 At Daytona but will now include drivers Tony Kanaan, the reigning Indianapolis 500 Winner, and Joey Hand.  The second DP entry will run alongside the season-long effort (No.01 Telcel/TELMEX Dinan-Prepared BMW) driven by reigning Series Champions and Rolex 24 At Daytona Winners Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas, who hold the distinction of being the most successful driving duo in series history with 27 race wins.

07/17/13
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Brabham Aims for All-Time Series Win Record This Weekend in Canada  PALMETTO, Fla. – After two races in support of the IZOD IndyCar Series last weekend on the streets of Toronto, Ont., Canada, competitors in the 16-round Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires will travel just an hour or so to the east this weekend for another pair of races – in support of the American Le Mans Series’ Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix – at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park situated a few miles north of Bowmanville, Ont.

To say that 19-year-old Matthew Brabham is on a roll might be something of an understatement. The grandson of three-time Formula 1 World Champion Sir Jack Brabham and son of Le Mans 24 Hours winner and two-time IMSA champion Geoff Brabham swept the races in Toronto, taking his active winning streak to seven, just one shy of the season-high record established by last year’s champion Jack Hawksworth.  More ...

07/17/13
track news
COTA Will Host 2014 X Games  ESPN, the leading action sports content provider and creator of the X Games, has chosen Austin, Texas, as the next North American host city for the X Games.

The Texas capital will host an X Games summer event for four years beginning in May 2014 at the new 1,500-acre Circuit of The Americas sports and entertainment complex in southeast Austin.

The selection follows a highly competitive eight-month long process in which Austin ultimately edged out Chicago, Detroit and Charlotte, N.C. More ...

07/17/13
track news
Whiting visits Sochi  Charlie Whiting visited Sochi to inspect the circuit for Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix at the Olympic Park.

He toured the racing track with the officials from RAF (FIA ASN in Russia), representatives of OJSC "Center "Omega" in charge of construction of the circuit and "Formula Sochi" team responsible for organization of Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix, headed by Oleg Zabara, and offered his thoughts of the venue and the upcoming Russian Grand Prix in the interview:  More ...

07/17/13
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Newman to drive truck at Eldora  Ryan Newman will pilot the No. 34 Oral-B/Aggressive Hydraulics/WIX Filter Silverado for Turner Scott Motorsports in the Mudsummer Classic NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway July 24.

“I can’t thank everyone at Oral-B, Aggressive Hydraulics, WIX Filter and Turner Scott Motorsports enough for this unique opportunity,” said Ryan Newman. “This race is going to be something really special in NASCAR’s history. I’ve always enjoyed racing in the Truck Series and to be able to get back and race on dirt with a truck, I think everyone will be in for a special treat. We were able to test at 311 and I thought everything went as planned and I know Chris [Carrier] and the rest of the Oral-B team will have a great truck prepared for the race at Eldora.”

07/17/13
irl
IndyCar works to maximize boost from movie Turbo  
The Indianapolis 500 Mile Race and IZOD IndyCar Series provide the vehicle for Theo, the main character in the DreamWorks Animation 3D film "Turbo," to fulfill his dream, and the adventure movie provides a marketing vehicle for the racing properties.

"Turbo," featuring the voice talents of Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Snoop Dogg, Samuel L. Jackson and Maya Rudolph among others, is the story about a common garden snail in Los Angeles who has big dreams. Through a series of adventures, he winds up at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to compete in the biggest auto race in the world.

The "four-quadrant movie," a movie industry term for films that reach the broadest possible audience, opened in theaters July 17. Film.com projects "Turbo" to rake in $400 million at the box office this summer. More ...

07/17/13
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Kanaan & Hand To Share Second Ganassi DP  Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and NTT DATA announced an addition to their partnership by fielding a second Daytona Prototype in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series’ Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway July 26.

The No.02 NTT DATA Dinan-Prepared BMW will return to action for the first time since January’s Rolex 24 At Daytona but will now include drivers Tony Kanaan, the reigning Indianapolis 500 Winner, and Joey Hand.

The second DP entry will run alongside the season-long effort (No.01 Telcel/TELMEX Dinan-Prepared BMW) driven by reigning series champions Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas, who hold the distinction of being the most successful driving duo in series history with 27 race wins.

07/17/13
f1
Magnussen tops day 1 of Young Driver test  Kevin Magnussen and McLaren topped the first day of Formula 1's Silverstone young driver test. The Dane had not been a factor at the head of the timesheets until the final 20 minutes, when he bolted on medium tires and set a 1m33.602s that would prove unmatched for the remainder of the session.

Meanwhile, American Alexander Rossi continued to have his potential F1 career ruined when his Caterham bucket of bolts failed him before he could bolt on softer rubber.

“After the installation lap we were straight into the program, running through a number of test items in both the morning and afternoon sessions that will help the team in the coming races. We didn’t have any reliability issues until late in the day when we had a hydraulics problem and that unfortunately meant I didn’t have a chance to put in a really quick lap, but we were still able to complete most of the day’s plan and that’s good, for the team and for me as it means we have both got pretty much everything we could from day one of the test.” More ...

07/17/13
f1
No trial decision for Ecclestone until September  
Will Bernie be wearing a pinstripe suit of a different flavor?
(GMM)  The Munich court will wait until mid-September to decide if the Bernie Ecclestone bribery case will be brought to trial.

The court decided in May to prosecute F1's chief executive for paying a $44 million bribe amid the sale of the sport to CVC some years ago.

The charges were finally received in English by Ecclestone and his lawyers on Wednesday. More ...

07/17/13
f1
Horner admits Ricciardo test linked to 2014 seat  (GMM)  Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has hinted Daniel Ricciardo's test this week is a 2014 audition as the world champions look to replace the departing Mark Webber.

The news is a blow for Australian Ricciardo's similarly 23-year-old Toro Rosso teammate Jean-Eric Vergne, who earlier was also considered in the running for the top seat alongside Sebastian Vettel.

Unlike Ricciardo, Frenchman Vergne has not been called up to test the championship-leading RB9 at the Silverstone test. More ...

07/17/13
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Andretti Autosport becomes first US Formula E team  Renowned IndyCar team Andretti Autosport, led by racing legend Michael Andretti, has today become the third of 10 teams to sign up to the FIA Formula E Championship - the world's first fully-electric global racing series, beginning in 2014.

The launch, held at the team's headquarters in Indianapolis, was attended by Alejandro Agag, CEO of Championship promoters Formula E Holdings and President, Chairman and CEO of Andretti Autosport Michael Andretti. More ...
07/17/13
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Richard Petty Motorsports may get new landlord  Boris Said is selling his race shop in Concord, NC. Normally, that wouldn't be a big deal. But in this case, it's currently the home of Richard Petty Motorsports. "We're looking at our options right now," said RPM director of operations Sammy Johns. "It's nothing that's a surprise. We're working through it.' Johns is optimistic that RPM, which has leased the property since 2010, will continue a similar relationship with the new owner. Fox Sports
07/17/13
tv news
Fox asking for increased fees for Fox Sports 1  Sports Business Daily reported yesterday that FOX Networks will ask cable and satellite providers to pay 80 cents per month per subscriber for the newly rebranded Fox Sports 1, with carriage fees climbing to $1.50 monthly over the life of multi-year contracts. Affiliates currently pay approximately 23 cents per month for SPEED. FOX has already inked a new deal with Comcast Cable, but major carriers Time Warner Cable, DirecTV and Dish Network have reportedly balked at the price increase. Fox Sports 1 - formerly known as SPEED - will televise college football and basketball, NASCAR racing, UFC mixed martial arts events and sports news programs. Godfather Motorsports
07/17/13
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday (Bernie indicted)  UPDATE Updates shown in red below

07/17/13
  • Sergey Sirotkin
    'Stupid' to turn down F1 due to young age - Sirotkin
  • 'Not a cent' in Sauber's pockets yet - report
  • Rookie disappointed Alonso sitting out Silverstone
  • Senna hints next move could be to America
  • Caterham focusing on 2014 season - van der Garde
  • Mercedes will receive Pirelli test data New
  • Ecclestone Indicted New
  • Young Driver Test Day 1 lineup New
  • Webber no longer taking part in test New More ...
07/17/13
racing news
Nismo global driver exchange  Nissan and Nismo today announced a wide-ranging new initiative: The Nismo Global Driver Exchange, which will open race car doors all over the world for the company’s roster of racing drivers.

The first Nismo Athlete to take advantage of the new initiative is Lucas Ordonez (Spain). Most racing drivers would be thrilled to take part in a SUPER GT race but for a gamer-turned-racer like Lucas this would be a dream come true after ‘racing’ SUPER GT cars in the virtual world for so long. Now, through the Nismo Global Driver Exchange, Lucas is going to race a SUPER GT-class Nissan GT-R in the real world. More ...
07/17/13
f1
Formula E unveils brand new Championship website  Championship promoter Formula E Holdings has today launched the first phase of its official new website – www.fiaformulae.com – for the FIA Formula E Championship.

The new platform contains all the latest news, images and information on the series which begins in 2014 and will see fully-electric Formula cars competing in 10 city-centre circuits all over the world. Details of the stunning new Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E car are also available, including an interactive 3D model, gallery, full specification and an audio preview of how it will sound. More ...

07/17/13
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Charity wins big on Fan Friday in Toronto  More than $57,000 (Canadian) was raised for Make-A-Wish Canada during the Honda Indy Toronto race weekend.

The event included Fan Friday in which admission to watch IZOD IndyCar Series practice and qualifications for Race 1, Mazda Road to Indy series (Firestone Indy Lights, Pro Mazda and USF2000) practice and participate in interactive displays was free through the backing of the Ontario Honda Dealers Association. Spectators made donations to the charity.

In four years of the fund-raising efforts during the race weekend, more than $308,000 has been generated. More ...

07/16/13
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Hand Returns to Co-drive with Muller  The opening four rounds of the 2013 American Le Mans Series have seen the new BMW Z4 GTE race to the GT class victory at both Long Beach and Lime Rock Park. Round Five will be held at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, on July 21 with BMW Team RLL focusing on increasing Dirk Muller’s lead in Driver points and moving to the top of the Manufacturer and Team points.

BMW stands three points behind Chevrolet in Manufacturer points and is tied with Corvette Racing in Team points. Dirk Muller now leads the Driver standings by a 16-point margin. To date, Muller has scored a seventh at Sebring co-driving with Joey Hand and John Edwards, a second with Hand at Long Beach, a third with Edwards at Laguna Seca and the most recent win with Edwards at Lime Rock Park. Joey Hand, returning stateside from his DTM duties, will co-drive the No. 56 machine at Mosport. More ...

07/16/13
racing news
New Version of Auto Racing Performance App Released  Shift RPM, the first mobile app for iOS that calculates the ideal shift point for any vehicle, has just been updated to support metric units for torque and power. The latest version now allows for speed in kilometers per hour (kph) and miles per hour (mph).

By supporting metric units, the app will appeal to a wider range of engineers, drivers and teams in motorsports across the world. More ...

07/16/13
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Crew Member Reinstated by NASCAR  NASCAR has reinstated former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew member Jackson L. Dodson II upon his successful completion of NASCAR's Substance Abuse Policy Road to Recovery Program. Dodson had been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR on May 9, 2013 for violating the sanctioning body's substance abuse policy. NASCAR
07/16/13
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Mike Conway to replace Briscoe for Mosport  
Mike Conway
MB Partners have secured Mike Conway a drive in the Grand Prix of Mosport in Ontario, Canada this weekend with Level 5 Motorsport.

Conway, who drives full time in the World Endurance Championship, will be replacing Ryan Briscoe who fractured his wrist last weekend during an IndyCar race. No stranger to the LMP2 category, Conway currently races with Delta-ADR and recently participated in his first 24 hours of Le Mans securing a podium finish in that class. More ...
07/16/13
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IZOD IndyCar Series stars hit big screen in animated feature "Turbo"  Four-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti wasn't the inspiration for the character Guy Gagne in DreamWorks Animation’s feature film "Turbo," but director David Soren said 'he could be, there are similarities."

Franchitti was technical consultant on the 3D film about a common garden snail who dreams of competing in the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race against his idol Gagne. When a freak accident and multiple circumstances collide, Theo finds himself at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Franchitti, Team Penske's Will Power and Indy car legend Mario Andretti have cameo voices in the movie. Andretti is the voice of a member of the Speedway Safety Patrol. Franchitti and Power are journalists. More ...

07/16/13
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Honda Indy can thank Randy Bernard for its success  The people who run the Honda Indy Toronto – the Savoree-Green racing organization and Honda Canada – have one person to thank for this weekend’s huge success: Randy Bernard.

Bernard was the IndyCar CEO who made the decision to take the series’ Canadian TV contract to Rogers Sportsnet and it was a brilliant move.

TSN has held the contracts for big league international motorsport, going back years. Formula One, NASCAR and IndyCar were TSN staples. But TSN rarely promoted racing. In fact, if anything, it sometimes de-emphasized it. More ...

07/16/13
f1
Marussia adds GP3 drivers to test  Further to the recent announcement regarding revised conditions for the Young Driver Test at Silverstone this week (17-18-19 July), the Marussia F1 Team can confirm that race drivers Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton will join the planned line-up of GP3 Series leader Tio Ellinas and Reserve Driver Rodolfo Gonzalez.

On Day One (17 July), Tio Ellinas, part of the Marussia Manor Racing GP3 squad that is part of the Marussia F1 Team Young Driver Program, will run for the morning session and in the afternoon Max Chilton will take over the car. Max will then head to Russia for the Moscow City Racing event. More ...

07/16/13
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Tryson out at BK Racing  Crew chief Pat Tryson has parted ways with BK Racing. Tryson, a 17-year veteran of the Sprint Cup Series, most recently worked with David Reutimann and the #83 Toyota at BKR. The team is 32nd in the points standings.

"Pat's a great resource in the sport," said BKR co-owner Ron Devine. "We asked Pat to come in at a time when we were trying to get up to speed, and, for now, we've just decided to go in a slightly different direction. We're comfortable where these teams are progressing. We're still a very young team - only about 16 months old. But I feel good about where we're going. We wish Pat all the best. He has a lot of talent."

Tryson has been replaced by Doug Richert. Richert worked as Landon Cassill's crew chief at BKR last season. However, his career as a Sprint Cup crew chief began in 1980 with the late Dale Earnhardt. Fox Sports

07/16/13
f1
Rossi and Stevens to test for Caterham  
Rossi with the 2013 Caterham
Caterham F1 Team Reserve Driver Alexander Rossi and his fellow Caterham Racing Academy driver Will Stevens will be behind the wheel of CT03 for days one and two respectively of the forthcoming Silverstone Young Driver Test. Race drivers Giedo van der Garde and Charles Pic are then planned to take over driving duties on day three to take advantage of the chance to run on the Pirelli tires due to be tested at Silverstone.

The Silverstone Young Driver Test is a chance for Alexander Rossi to continue to build his 2013 F1 experience after the successful FP1 session he ran in Canada in early June and will be the first time Will Stevens, currently fourth in the Formula Renault 3.5 championship standings, will drive an F1 car. More ...

07/16/13
f1
Ferrari to run Rigon, Massa at Silverstone  Ferrari has confirmed that it will run Davide Rigon and race driver Felipe Massa during this week's three-day Young Driver Test, taking place at the Silverstone circuit.

Rigon, who joined Ferrari's ranks in 2011, will drive on all three days of the July 17-19 gathering, handing over the cockpit to Massa of the F138 only on Friday morning.

Technical development will be the responsibility of two-time Superleague Champion Rigon, while Massa is to focus on the evaluation of Pirelli's new tires.

07/16/13
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Highlights from Race 1 of the 2013 Honda Indy Toronto  
07/16/13
automotive
Video: The future of car construction is here now  If founder Elon Musk is right, Tesla Motors just might reinvent the American auto industry—with specialized robots building slick electric cars in a factory straight from the future. That's where the battery-powered Model S is born.

07/16/13
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Highlights from Race 2 of the 2013 Honda Indy Toronto  
07/16/13
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Rossi questions whether Sachsenring safe enough for MotoGP  
Rossi at Sachsenring
Valentino Rossi has questioned the safety of the Sachsenring layout following a spate of heavy crashes during the MotoGP weekend.

Championship protagonists Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa were both forced to sit out Sunday's race as a result of injuries sustained in heavy highsides during practice.

Andrea Dovizioso, Nicky Hayden, Cal Crutchlow, Andrea Iannone and Bryan Staring were among a list of other riders to fall, with the sixth-gear right-hander of Turn 11 the chief area for incidents. More ...

07/16/13
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday (Update)  UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

07/16/13
  • Lowe: Too many cooks in the kitchen at Mercedes
    Ferrari to supply engines to Marussia F1 Team
  • Marussia duo 'half a second' slower than Alonso - Symonds
  • Williams 'committed' to Maldonado amid turmoil
  • Honda denies plans for 2014 Honda test car
  • Brawn expecting many engine failures in 2014
  • 'Too many cooks' working for Mercedes - Lowe
  • Alonso not complaining amid Pirelli tire shakeup
  • Lotus could keep both drivers in 2014 - Lopez
  • New teammate identity 'does not matter' - Vettel
  • McLaren race drivers sit out Silverstone test
  • A flurry of F1 announcements on Tuesday morning New
  • Red Bull Driver lineup at Silverstone test New
  • Scuderia Toro Rosso confirms Silverstone driver line-up New
  • Force India: Calado, Di Resta and Sutil confirmed for Silverstone test New
  • Williams appoints Pat Symonds New More ...
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