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07/22/14
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Juan Pablo Montoya Lists Miami Penthouse for $14 Million
NASCAR, CART, Indy Racing League and Formula One racing sensation Juan Pablo Montoya is selling his posh Brickell six-bedroom, 6.5-bath Miami penthouse—which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay—for $14 million.

The extraordinary home, which comes with more cache than an American Express Centurion card, is 6,500-square feet and is perched atop one of Miami’s most exclusive addresses. Photos

There are resplendent marble floors—the perfect complement to the searing Florida heat—and floor-to-ceiling windows that encompass the whole of the first floor. Every corner of this luxurious home captures views of the crystalline water below—and includes every possible artisan touch.

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07/22/14
irl

Kanaan knocking on door of first win with Ganassi
Tony Kanaan has been getting faster.  A win is just around the corner
Tony Kanaan has celebrated podium finishes for the last three Verizon IndyCar Series races, and the 2004 series champion sees that momentum as a conduit to being the focus of the celebration in the near future.

The first-year Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver earned third- and second-place finishes in the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on July 19-20, which followed a strong performance at Iowa Speedway a week earlier that netted third place.

The streak, after an uneven start to the 18-race season, has contributed to Kanaan moving from 11th in the championship standings to eighth entering the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. He's seven points behind teammate and three-time Mid-Ohio race winner Scott Dixon for sixth.

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07/22/14
track news

Indy unveils new scoring pylon
New Pylon
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway introduced the new and improved IMS scoring pylon to the media earlier today on the main straightaway of the iconic 2.5-mile oval.
 
The new scoring pylon, located just south of the entrance to Gasoline Alley, features full LED panels on all four sides providing improved messaging capabilities to fans that will include animation and video.

Made by Panasonic, the new pylon has 1,320 panels on each side and 5,280 combined on all four sides. It stands 92 feet, 2 inches tall.

The second-generation scoring pylon stood 90 feet, 4 inches tall, and was erected in 1994. It was removed on June 30, 2014. That pylon replaced the original IMS scoring pylon built in the spring of 1959, then a one-of-a-kind model which featured a lap counter, average speed indicator and positions for 33 cars.

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07/22/14
f1

Renault eyes Mercedes 'trick' turbo
The French car manufacturer fired up the first version of its 2015 power unit on its dyno facilities at Viry-Chatillon last week amid its push to make up for a difficult current F1 campaign.

While the architecture of its internal combustion engine is unlikely to have a radical overhaul - although improvements have been made - Renault has confirmed it will evaluate the split turbo idea pioneered by Mercedes.

One of the factors that is believed to have boosted Mercedes' form this year is a design in which its air compressor and turbine are on separate ends of the engine.

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07/22/14
nassprint

France calls the newly formed RTA unnecessary, says listening to consensus voice a "bad idea."
Brain France not about to relent on dictatorship than runs NASCAR
NASCAR chairman Brian France says listening to the consensus voice of the newly formed Race Team Alliance would be a "bad idea." France, in his first extensive interview on the RTA since the organization of major team owners was announced two weeks ago, told Sirius/XM's Sirius Speedway show on Monday that NASCAR "didn't think (the RTA) was necessary."

The nine most powerful race teams in NASCAR announced July 7 they had formed an alliance with the stated purpose of cutting costs and pooling resources. But France said he had no intentions of dealing with the individual race teams as one organization.

"That would probably be the worst thing we could ever do -- to listen to one voice, even if it were a consensus voice," he said. "Every decision we've ever made that's important, the more input, the more people we heard from, the better the result. That will never change in the business model of NASCAR, because good ideas come from all over the place."

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07/22/14
nassprint

How much does it cost to operate a Sprint Cup race team each week?
Less than 24 hours after Stewart-Haas Racing's haulers returned from Sonoma, they are on their way to the Saturday race in Sparta, Ky. It's all part of the weekly routine at Stewart-Haas Racing, or any other NASCAR team, for that matter. Most people know that NASCAR is a traveling circus, a weekly carnival built on rubber and exhaust. But outside of motorsports, few can appreciate everything that goes into creating that big top each week. During a season, the sport travels 38 weekends across 23 markets, and that doesn't include test sessions. Teams truck race cars and parts, fly dozens of people and set up temporary homes at all of them. The NASCAR schedule makes the logistics and costs of operating a race team unique in professional sports.

While stick-and-ball teams have front-office staff, players and administrators, NASCAR teams have pilots, flight attendants, long-haul truckers, engineers, mechanics, even chefs. Outside of racing, few - if any - face such a challenge of coordinating freight trucking and airline travel across so many weeks. Doing so is an enormous undertaking that takes months of planning.

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07/22/14
uscc

IndyCar rookie Hawksworth to make sports car debut in Brickyard GP
The start of last year's Brickyard GP
Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Jack Hawksworth will join Paul Gentilozzi’s RSR Racing and co-drive the No. 08 ORECA FLM09 with Chris Cumming in Prototype Challenge in Friday’s Brickyard Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

Cumming’s normal co-driver, Alex Tagliani, is serving a one-race suspension from IMSA after his involvement in a practice crash during last month’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship weekend at Watkins Glen.

Hawksworth starred on the “new” circuit during IndyCar’s Grand Prix of Indianapolis back in May (led 31 laps, finished seventh), and Gentilozzi hopes Hawksworth’s experience will help the team.

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07/22/14
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Max Verstappen
    'Fric' storm exits F1 with a whimper
  • Vettel blamed for turning off Hockenheim crowd
  • Verstappen says son Max 'hot' topic in F1 paddock
  • Ferrari 'needs' Raikkonen for 2015 - boss
  • Hamilton heads for therapy after Hockenheim
  • Red Bull-Renault partnership now in better health
  • Alonso hails Vettel's 'amazing' teammate
  • Ecclestone: No doubts over Russian GP
  • Horner thinks Mercedes cheated
  • Vettel out to keep up the momentum in Hungary


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07/21/14
fe

Formula E unveils track for Buenos Aires ePrix
The circuit layout and location for the 2015 Buenos Aires ePrix, host for round four of the new all-electric FIA Formula E Championship, has been revealed today.

Taking place on January 10 2015, the 2.44km anti-clockwise track lies in the popular and modern Puerto Madero district to the east of the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires. It has been designed by Santiago Garcia Remohi and features 12 turns including a mix of high-speed corners, chicanes and hairpins. The ePrix has been warmly welcomed by Mayor Mauricio Macri, along with the City Government, local authorities and the ASN. The race is one of two in South America along with Punta del Este in Uruguay (Round three) on December 13 2014.

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07/21/14
irl

Knight: Toronto GP postscript
The weekend was one of those where it was impossible not to think about the past. And, in some cases, compare it with the present. One of those things was the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 first moon landing. That was a reminder of when America --and its citizens -- could do great things because it/we had the will to do great things.

Regarding IndyCar at Toronto on Saturday, the non-starter of a weekend doubleheader; yes, safety is paramount, so I don't want to hear any lectures about that. But I vividly remember how CART drivers raced in a steady and heavy rain -- in front of absolutely full grandstands -- at Toronto in 1990. I remember this because, as the storm intensified, race control asked teams to ask their drivers if the race should be ended. I was working with Newman/Haas at the time and quickly calculated that Michael Andretti would only lose a few points to Al Unser Jr. in the PPG Cup standings if it was red/checkered.

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07/21/14
uscc
nassprint

IMS announces concert schedule for this weekend
Great NASCAR racing and many of country music's most highly acclaimed artists will take center stage during the third annual Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

An award-winning list of Big Machine Label Group country music artists, including headliners Brantley Gilbert, The Band Perry and Justin Moore, will perform at the Brickfest Music Festival on Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27 at IMS. All performances will take place on the Brickfest Music Festival Stage on the north end of the IMS infield and are free with admission to the track for each day.

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07/21/14
f1

Lauda says F1 needs to change
Someone tell Niki Lauda (L) that the problem with F1 is the boring sound of the cars his company pushed for.  The thrill of F1 is gone.  Period.
In London, Byron Young reported triple world champion Niki Lauda "warned Formula 1 is at 'five to 12' and must change fast or risk extinction." Lauda "issued the starkest warning yet after disappointing turn-outs for a second successive day at the German Grand Prix."

And he "slammed modern racers as unrecognizable and lacking in charisma." He was speaking "as vast swathes of the Hockenheim grandstands were empty for qualifying and as little as a half-capacity 50,000 expected for the 10th round raceday."

He said, "Formula One is seeing a serious cultural change. It is logical that the young people of today have other priorities. Everything in the world is changing, but only Formula One is staying where it was.”

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07/21/14
f1

Empty Seats Overshadow German Grand Prix
Nurburgring officials "are confident about the track's F1 future despite the alarmingly low attendance number at Sunday's German Grand Prix in Hockenheim," according to the SID. Capricorn Nurburgring Managing Dir Carsten Schumacher said, "Last year, we were satisfied with a total of 110,500 spectators at the Nürburgring over the F1 weekend. I'm confident that the Nürburgring will keep its attractiveness. Therefore I wouldn't talk of a 'German' problem." Schumacher called the small crowd in Hockenheim -- the official number for Sunday was 52,000 -- "unfortunate." However, he did not want to evaluate if Hockenheim's low attendance "would increase his track's negotiating position." Schumacher: "Please understand that we do not interfere in the affairs between [F1 CEO Bernie] Ecclestone and the Hockenheimring." SID

REUTERS' Alan Baldwin asked, "Where have all the German Formula One fans gone?" The "glamour sport was asking itself that question after tens of thousands stayed away from a home grand prix that should have been box office gold in the land of Mercedes but instead left plenty of empty seats on Sunday." Some "pointed the finger at the country's reigning quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel, struggling for form at a below-par Red Bull this season and unhappy with the new rules and engine format." Others "blamed World Cup fatigue, Germany's strict tax rules on corporate hospitality or the absence of Michael Schumacher." Whatever the reason, "the facts on Sunday were stark."

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07/21/14
f1

Close To 5 Million Viewers Tune In To Watch German F1 Grand Prix On RTL
German free-to-air TV channel RTL "recorded half-a-million fewer viewers to its broadcast of the German F1 Grand Prix on Sunday than in '13," according to Alexander Krei of DWDL. A total of 4.83 million viewers tuned in to watch the race starting at 2pm. The number translated into a market share of 32.3%. In the target demographic 14-49, the race, which was won by Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg, attracted 1.43 million viewers and had a 25.7% share. In comparison, last year's race obtained a market share of close to 35%. RTL's post-race coverage was watched by 2.72 million viewers and received a 15.7% market share DWDL

DWDL's Krei reported in a separate piece German pay-TV channel Sky Deutschland, which also aired the grand prix, attracted 420,000 to its broadcast. That was 40,000 more than '13. In the target demographic, Sky obtained a 3.9% market share, which was also slightly above last year's number. In the morning, 60,000 viewers tuned in to Sky's coverage of the GP2 race. The GP2 race obtained a 1.3% share in the target demographic. DWDL

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07/21/14
nnw

NASCAR Chicagoland TV Ratings
The Nationwide Series had the weekend to itself among NASCAR's top series, as both the Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series had breaks in their respective schedules. Saturday night’s EnjoyIllinois.com 300 drew a 1.0 overnight rating on ESPN2, down from a 1.6 overnight on ESPN for a Sunday afternoon telecast in both ’13 and ’12. ESPN yesterday afternoon aired coverage of the NHRA Mello Yello Series, earning a 0.7 overnight

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07/21/14
tv news

Motorsports This Week on ESPN
ESPN Begins NASCAR Sprint Cup Coverage at Indianapolis
ESPN begins its telecasts of the final 17 races of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season with the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 27. NASCAR Countdown airs at noon ET with the race’s green flag at 1:19 p.m. The race telecast is presented by Golden Corral. Also from Indianapolis, NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying on Saturday, July 26, airs on ESPN at 2 p.m. and ESPN2 will air Sprint Cup practice Saturday at 9 a.m. The race also airs live in Canada on TSN and will air in Spanish on ESPN Deportes on July 28 at 5 a.m.

ESPN also will have a live telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis on Saturday. NASCAR Countdown airs at 4 p.m. with the green flag at 4:49 p.m. The race also airs live in Canada on TSN and will air in Spanish on ESPN Deportes on July 27 at 4 a.m. All NASCAR programming on ESPN networks is available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription from an affiliate provider. The Indianapolis schedule:

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07/21/14
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Video: Toronto GP - Aleshin plows under Montoya (Update) UPDATE We are happy report that IndyCar dodged another bullet Sunday in Toronto.  As shown in the video below, luckily Mikhail Aleshin's head was not crushed by the underside of Montoya's car leaving IndyCar with another fatality.  Recall our article on this topic. Of course years ago IndyCar drivers would be killed all the time, and things are much safer today.  However, the driver's head is still exposed and it does not take much of an impact to the head to leave a driver dead or like a vegetable the rest of their life - think Michael Schumacher.

07/21/14 Rain causes chaos in race 2 as Montoya and others hit the wall. Mikhail Aleshin got the worst of it and ends up with a car on his head.



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07/21/14
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2014 Honda Indy Toronto Race 1 Highlights


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07/21/14
grc

Tanner Foust wins Global Rallycross in New York
Rockstar Energy Drink driver Tanner Foust scored his first Global Rallycross win of the season on Sunday at Volkswagen Rallycross New York.

It was all about the starts for the two-time champion, who blazed off the line to use the sub- two-second 0-60 launches of the Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Polo to maximum effect.

"The starts were the critical factor for me here," said Foust. "It can be very difficult to make a pass on a tight rallycross course and getting out front early and staying out of trouble is key to winning."

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07/21/14
irl

Toronto doesn't turn out to be much fun for James Hinchcliffe
Hinchcliffe's bad luck continues in Toronto
James Hinchcliffe said he could feel his chances of finally winning his hometown Verizon IndyCar Series race slip away as the rain began to fall on the Exhibition Place circuit in the second of two Honda Indy Toronto races on Sunday.

He had finished eighth in the first race that morning.

As he turned his No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda into Turn 8 of the second race just 12 laps into the scheduled 65-lap event, he could see Juan Pablo Montoya hit the tire barrier and then Mikhail Aleshin ran into, and was underneath, Montoya's Team Penske Chevrolet.

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07/21/14
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • F1 drivers getting tired of Hamilton's 'dirty' driving
    Hamilton sensed a safety car conspiracy
  • Lauda uses expletive to describe McLaren, Ferrari cars
  • Massa has 'no fear' of rising star Bottas
  • Rivals considered protesting Hamilton brake switch
  • Vettel admits new fuel gave no boost in Germany
  • F1 left to muse reasons for small Hockenheim crowd
  • Alonso urges Raikkonen to 'improve'
  • Button critical of Hamilton's 'dirty driving' after clash


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07/20/14
wc

SRT Motorsports and Wittmer Victorious in Toronto
SRT (Street and Racing Technology) Motorsports and Canadian driver Kuno Wittmer climbed to the top spot on the podium with their victory in race two of the SCCA Pirelli World Challenge on the streets of Toronto, Ont., Canada's Exhibition Place on Sunday.

The No. 92 Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R, prepared by Riley Technologies, started from the second position on the grid and quickly took the lead when Wittmer made a clever pass on the first lap's third turn on the 1.755-mile, 11-turn downtown street circuit.

Wittmer's victory in the event marked the first win for the Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R in the World Challenge's GT class and the native of Montreal's first in the World Challenge since he last competed in the series in 2010. The victory was Wittmer's seventh in the series and his third World Challenge win in a Viper in six seasons in the series (2006-10, 2014).

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07/20/14
IRL

IMS statement on death of James Garner
A statement from Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles about the death of James Garner:

"All of us at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are saddened by the passing of James Garner. He was a true friend of the Indianapolis 500 and his passion for the event, for the sport, and its fans made his many appearances at the race something to look forward to each year.

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07/20/14
irl

Win shows Bourdais still has it
It's been quite a journey, but that's the career of a race car driver," said Sebastien Bourdais following his victory in Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto.

It was his 32nd career Indy car win – and the first since Nov. 11, 2007, at Mexico City – breaking a tie with Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy for eighth all time. The four-time Champ Car champion’s first victory came at Brands Hatch on May 5, 2003.

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07/20/14
IRL

Sunday morning update from Toronto (3rd Update) UPDATE #3 So far so good here in Toronto.  The skies are a bit brighter now and the Pirelli World Challenge race just concluded in the dry.  We should have a dry start for the first race starting in 20 minutes.

07/20/14 A little less than 2 hours to go for the first IndyCar race today in Toronto. The track is drying and the Indy Lights race is underway where Alex Baron is leading Belardi teammate Gabby Chaves.  The skies are still threatening, but a bit brighter so that is encouraging.  So far no fans have showed up.  Hopefully some will show up before race time.

07/20/14 It is almost 8:00 AM here in Toronto and the rain has stopped, but the skies are threatening.  There is a better chance of getting the first race in today than the 2nd.  USF2000 is on track.  It is wet but they race in the rain.  Their skinny tires do not throw up as much spray.  Mark C. reporting from Toronto.

07/20/14 Sunday morning has dawned wet with a light rain, a low ceiling and poor visibility here in Toronto. Perhaps worse than yesterday's conditions. The forecast is for a 30% chance of rain between now and the start of the 2nd race at 4:15 PM when it increases to 40% chance. Given the conditions, and if it stays this way, most fans will just stay home today knowing IndyCar does not race in the rain at Toronto.

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07/20/14
Racing news

Jacques Villeneuve & James Garner - "Grand Prix" Movie Tribute
Formula 1 "Grand Prix" movie tribute by Jacques Villeneuve and James Garner.



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07/20/14
Miscellaneous

Ball girl shows up the men ballplayers
It's not racing, but it deserves watching.  See this ball girl make what might be the most sensational catch in the history of baseball.  The macho left-fielder and catcher stand there looking like dorks as the crowd goes wild.  This is what happens when someone not wearing Depends show up the athletes that are.



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07/20/14
IL

Baron holds off Chaves in Toronto
Belardi teammates Alex baron and Gabby Chaves put on a good show for a handful of fans and finished 1-2 in the Toronto Indy Lights race.  Matthew Brabham finished third followed by Zach Veach and Matt Di Leo.



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07/20/14
irl

From the too funny department
Watch as former IRL star Arie Luyendyk loses control of the Honda pace car yesterday in Toronto during a light rain.  Luckily he didn't hurt himself.



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07/20/14
Racing News

James Garner of Grand Prix dead at 86
James Garner in 1966 movie Grand Prix
Actor James Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western Maverick led to a stellar career in TV and films such as The Rockford Files and his Oscar-nominated Murphy's Romance, has died, police said. He was 86.

He was found dead of natural causes at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles Saturday evening, Los Angeles police officer Alonzo Iniquez said early Sunday.

Garner is best known as the star of the 1970s television show "The Rockford Files," although he acted in many movies including "The Notebook" and "Grand Prix."

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07/20/14
f1

Revised starting grid for German GP
1. Nico Rosberg
2. Valtteri Bottas
3. Felipe Massa
4. Kevin Magnussen
5. Daniel Ricciardo
6. Sebastian Vettel
7. Fernando Alonso
8. Daniil Kvyat
9. Nico Hulkenberg
10. Sergio Perez

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07/20/14
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Coletti gambles for sprint victory
Italian Stefano Coletti (C) celebrates
Stefano Coletti rolled the dice when a brief but fierce downpour just before this morning’s sprint race threw everyone's race plans out the window: with the track still wet, the conservative choice was to start on wet tires, but the Monegasque driver and the Williams tester Felipe Nasr were among the few drivers to take a gamble on slicks, one which paid well when the pair finished 1-2 ahead of McLaren test driver Stoffel Vandoorne.

At the start the advantage was heavily towards the conservative choice: poleman Nathanael Berthon easily took the start with the rest of the top 4, including Nasr, struggling to get off the line: Coletti had a comparatively good start but was still swamped as Jolyon Palmer, Mitch Evans and Marco Sorensen stormed past, with Palmer slightly wide at turn one and dropping behind the pair as Johnny Cecotto and Stephane Richelmi came together: the latter’s car caught fire, prompting a safety car period.

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07/20/14
irl

Transcript of Derrick Walker’s Toronto media availability on race cancellation
INDYCAR President of Competition and Operations Derrick Walker spoke to the media after the postponement of race one in Toronto on Saturday. A transcript of that interview is below:

Derrick Walker: We’re talking with promoter, TV, teams in that order. Might be somewhere around 10:30.

Q: Will it be two full races?

DW: It will be two complete races. We’re looking at the lengths now because we’ve moved the schedule around. Now we’re jamming the schedule around.

Q: There seemed to be some indecision on the part of INDYCAR to get the cars out and bring them in. What was the thinking?

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07/20/14
irl

Dixon: Toronto pit out wall move possible
Scott Dixon
Defending Toronto doubleheader race winner Scott Dixon will have the first pit stall on pit lane for this weekend's Honda Indy 2 in Toronto as a result of scoring pole position last race at Iowa.

What he doesn’t have, at the moment, is much room to work with as a several-lane wide pit lane (pit boxes and both an acceleration and fast lane) to merge down to a narrow, single-file funnel at pit exit.

Dixon said INDYCAR will examine the possibility of moving the outside pit wall back (the one nearest to the grandstands), and INDYCAR confirmed that possibility, following discussion at this morning’s driver meeting.

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07/20/14
motogp

Crutchlow confirmed at Ducati for 2015
Cal Crutchlow has confirmed that he will stay with Ducati for the 2015 MotoGP campaign.

The Briton, fresh from double arm surgery, ended speculation over his future at the World Ducati Week 2014 event at Misano. He will continue alongside Italy's Andrea Dovizioso, onboard for at least two more seasons.

"Andrea is having a great season but we need to keep working hard in the second half of the year," explained Crutchlow, who sits 14th in the standings after the opening nine races, 10 places behind Dovizioso.

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07/20/14
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Sunday
  • Lauda slams Williams for blotched Susie Wolff PR stunt
    Maldonado stays, Grosjean admits future 'open'
  • Alonso talks down Ferrari's 'big hope' for better 2015
  • F1 world nervous about Russian GP
  • Ecclestone plays down F1 buy-back reports
  • Mercedes 'already negotiating' with Hamilton
  • Mercedes slams 'unacceptable' Brembo failure
  • Heidfeld is dating Frentzen
  • Lauda slams Williams for fudging Susie Wolff 'PR move'
  • F1 teams eye Jos Verstappen's son - report
  • Grid drop for Hamilton after gearbox change
  • Vettel says Renault upgrades too little too late
  • FIA decides that Hamilton won’t have to start from pitlane


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07/20/14
irl

They should have raced...
We could not agree more and we tweeted as much during today's rain delay - they should have raced. IndyCar embarrassed themselves big time on Saturday in Toronto over the lightest of rains. And they went so far as declaring the start a rolling start instead of a standing start even though the problem was the spray on the backstraight not where the cars were starting.  Would F1 switch to a rolling start just because it is raining? Bernie Ecclestone must still be laughing. One of our tweets during the delay suggested IndyCar seek sponsorship from 'Depends,' the adult diaper brand.

In this racer.com article Robin Miller rips IndyCar apart for what happened Saturday in Toronto. A must read. And to make matters worse, the Sunday forecast is not any better, so unless an act of God clears out the clouds and rain, they're going to need the Depends again on Sunday.

Perhaps one fan put it best. "I'm a fan and I'm not going to be a fan anymore after this," said Nino Calapa. "You ripped me off $300. I don't mind for safety reasons, but give me my money back." IndyCar needs every fan it can get.  It didn't make any new ones on Saturday.  Mark C. reporting from Toronto

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07/20/14
irl

Honda Indy not a complete washout for Toronto fans
More drip than zip.

The first of two weekend Honda Indy races was rained out Saturday after organizers dropped the red-flag twice before finally announcing the cancellation about three hours later.

And yet, the constant rain didn't dampen spirits of fans – many of whom prepared for the active weather by bringing ponchos and umbrellas.

"It looked like the weather was maybe going to clear," said David Martin, 44, who came to the race with his wife Rhonda. "Like all Toronto fans, I think we were cheering for James Hinchcliffe, but just to enjoy good quality racing, no matter who the winner is. It's hard to second guess (race controllers). I'm sure they were trying to do their best for drivers and were waiting as long as possible to try to get the race to the fans."

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07/19/14
f1

Ayrton Senna's Famous interview with Jackie Stewart


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07/19/14
irl

IndyCar Saturday race in Toronto called off, doubleheader set for Sunday (3rd update) UPDATE #3
Bourdais leads the IndyCar parade on Saturday in Toronto
IndyCar has reduced both races Sunday from 75-laps originally announced to now two 65-lap races -- a two-wide rolling start for Race 1 at 10:30 a.m. (ET) and a standing start for the 4:15 p.m. Race 2 -- will be contested.

Sebastien Bourdais, driving the No. 11 Hydroxycut KVSH Racing Chevrolet, earned the Verizon P1 Award for Race 1. It was his first pole since Sept. 2, 2007, at Assen, Netherlands. The Race 2 starting lineup will be determined by entrant points heading into the event weekend, which gives the Verizon P1 Award to Helio Castroneves. The driver of the No. 3 PPG Team Penske car takes a nine-point lead (he does not receive the bonus point for the pole) over teammate Will Power into Round 13 of the 18-race season.

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07/19/14
f1

Maldonado's check clears for 2015
Lotus has announced Pastor Maldonado will remain with the team for the 2015 season.

Lotus has endured a testing 2014, with Maldonado still yet to score a point in his debut year with the team. There has been speculation about both driver line-up and engine supplier for Lotus next year but team boss Gerard Lopez confirmed Maldonado will stay on, though he gave nothing away about the future of team-mate Romain Grosjean.

"I don't want to give too much away, but as it's half way through the season I can confirm 50% of our driver line-up for 2015 as Pastor is with us for next year," Lopez told the team's official website. "Despite the difficulties we've had so far this season, he recognizes our true potential as a team and we recognize his true potential as a driver. We will achieve great things together."

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07/19/14
nassprint

Tony Stewart wins in first sprint-car race since injury
Tony Stewart won in his first sprint-car race nearly a year after he had broken his leg in two places competing in the same type of car.

Stewart won the race for 360 winged sprint cars (cars with 360-cubic-inch engines) Friday night at Tri-City Motor Speedway, a 0.354-mile dirt track in Auburn, Mich.

The three-time Cup champion, who missed the last 15 Cup races in 2013 after the accident Aug. 5 at Southern Iowa Speedway, tweeted about the accomplishment.

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07/19/14
f1

Video: German GP Qualifying Q1 - Lewis Hamilton Crash
Lewis Hamilton crashed in Q1 today in Hockenheim.  Hamilton blamed his Brembo brakes saying his rotor exploded.  Watch the video and you decide if the brake rotor exploded or if it was driver error and Hamilton just missed the braking point and crashed.



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07/19/14
il

Baron wins Indy Lights pole
Alex Baron
Rookie Alex Baron missed the most recent Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires race on the high-speed Pocono Raceway oval, but bounced back in style today on the streets around Exhibition Place to claim the pole position for tomorrow's Grand Prix of Toronto. The 19-year-old from Narbonne, France, who carries dual French and British citizenship, turned the fastest time in this morning's second Indy Lights practice session, then repeated the trick this afternoon in Belardi Auto Racing's #4 Liberty Engineering/13th Avenue Dallara to secure his first-ever pole with a lap of 1:06.182.

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07/19/14
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Toronto IndyCar Starting lineup
1. (11) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, 58.9479 (107.179)
2. (12) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 59.1025 (106.899)
3. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, 59.1499 (106.813)
4. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 59.2672 (106.602)
5. (77) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 59.3972 (106.369)
6. (10) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 59.9987 (105.302)
7. (16) Luca Filippi, Dallara-Honda, 59.2753 (106.587)
8. (19) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 59.3406 (106.470)
9. (27) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Honda, 59.3526 (106.449)
10. (8) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Chevy, 59.5319 (106.128)

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07/19/14
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Evans hangs on to win dramatic 200th GP2 Race
From left Vandoorne, Evans and Palmer
Mitch Evans has claimed his second feature race victory in successive races with a spectacular drive in furnace-like conditions, putting in an amazing stint on soft tires and holding on from intense pressure in the closing stages to win from McLaren tester Stoffel Vandoorne and Series leader Jolyon Palmer.

Track temperatures of 57 degrees at the start threw tire strategies into disarray, with the top ten opting for the conservative strategy of starting on primes, but with Evans starting in P15 he could afford to roll the dice and start on softs. When the lights went out Vandoorne had a brilliant start from second, easily dispatching poleman Palmer before turn one, and with Tom Dillmann stalling from P4 the rest of the field was held up, with Stefano Coletti and Felipe Nasr following the leaders through, ahead of Arthur Pic and Johnny Cecotto.

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07/19/14
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Castroneves tops Q2 in Toronto
Pos No Name Time Diff Gap FL Laps Speed Engine
1 3 Helio Castroneves 58.942 0.0000s 0.0000s 5 6 107.190 Chevy
2 11 Sebastien Bourdais 59.048 0.1060 0.1060 8 8 106.998 Chevy
3 12 Will Power 59.209 0.2672 0.1612 6 8 106.707 Chevy
4 10 Tony Kanaan 59.244 0.3025 0.0353 7 8 106.643 Chevy
5 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 59.250 0.3083 0.0058 6 8 106.633 Honda
6 77 Simon Pagenaud 59.258 0.3162 0.0079 6 8 106.619 Honda
7 16 Luca Filippi 59.275 0.3335 0.0173 7 7 106.587 Honda
8 19 Justin Wilson 59.341 0.3988 0.0653 8 8 106.470 Honda
9 27 James Hinchcliffe 59.353 0.4108 0.0120 6 8 106.449 Honda
10 8 Ryan Briscoe 59.532 0.5901 0.1793 7 8 106.128 Chevy
11 2 Juan Pablo Montoya 59.820 0.8783 0.2882 7 7 105.617 Chevy
12 9 Scott Dixon 1:00.219 1.2775 0.3992 3 6 104.917 Chevy


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Mercedes blames Brembo for Hamilton's crash
Lewis Hamilton will be looking at a further 5-place grid position penalty if his gearbox is damaged
Jul.19 (GMM)  Just when it had got back on track, Lewis Hamilton's championship campaign spun off the road once again.

The Briton pulled the gap to Nico Rosberg from 29 right back to 4 points with a win at Silverstone, and he had a spring in his step right up until qualifying at Hockenheim.

Then he speared into the barrier.

"I'm a little shaken, but I'm ok," he is quoted by Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, having initially sounded winded on the radio as he reported a brake failure.

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07/19/14
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Castroneves tops Q1 Group 2 in Toronto
Pos No Name Time Diff Gap FL Laps Speed Engine
1 3 Helio Castroneves 59.0428 0.0000 0.0000 6 6 107.007 Chevy
2 12 Will Power 59.4142 0.3714 0.3714 7 8 106.338 Chevy
3 19 Justin Wilson 59.4620 0.4192 0.0478 8 8 106.253 Honda
4 2 Juan Pablo Montoya 59.5032 0.4604 0.0412 8 8 106.179 Chevy
5 11 Sebastien Bourdais 59.7482 0.7054 0.0055 7 7 105.744 Chevy
6 8 Ryan Briscoe 59.8699 0.8271 0.1217 8 8 105.529 Chevy
7 15 Graham Rahal 59.9495 0.9067 0.0796 8 8 105.389 Honda
8 20 Mike Conway 59.9904 0.9476 0.0409 8 8 105.317 Chevy
9 98 Jack Hawksworth 60.1856 1.1428 0.1952 7 8 104.975 Honda
10 83 Charlie Kimball 60.2304 1.1876 0.0448 8 8 104.897 Chevy
11 7 Mikhail Aleshin 60.23379 1.1951 0.0075 8 8 104.884 Honda


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07/19/14
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Dixon tops tight Q1 Group 1 in Toronto
Pos No Name Time Diff Gap FL Laps Speed Engine
1 9 Scott Dixon 59.247 0.000 0.000 8 8 106.638 Chevy
2 77 Simon Pagenaud 59.293 0.0461 0.0461 7 9 106.555 Honda
3 27 James Hinchcliffe 59.310 0.0630 0.0169 7 8 106.524 Honda
4 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 59.399 0.1514 0.0884 7 8 106.366 Honda
5 10 Tony Kanaan 59.409 0.1616 0.0102 8 9 106.348 Chevy
6 16 Luca Filippi 59.425 0.1782 0.0166 8 8 106.318 Honda
7 67 Josef Newgarden 59.446 0.1982 0.0200 7 7 106.282 Honda
8 14 Takuma Sato 59.537 0.2894 0.0912 7 8 106.119 Honda
9 34 Carlos Munoz 59.571 0.3235 0.0341 8 8 106.059 Honda
10 17 Sebastian Saavedra 59.681 0.4333 0.1098 7 7 105.864 Chevy
11 18 Carlos Huertas 59.724 0.4771 0.0438 7 8 105.786 Honda
12 25 Marco Andretti 59.982 0.7343 0.2572 7 8 105.332 Honda


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07/19/14
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Rosberg takes pole for German GP
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07/19/14
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IndyCar Iowa TV Ratings plummet 56% (2nd Update) UPDATE #3 The race ranks as the most-watched IndyCar telecast on NBCSN since Long Beach in 2012 (468K). The previous high was 424,000 viewers for the Firestone 600 in June. So far this season, NBCSN has averaged 391,000 viewers for IndyCar coverage — up 37% from the comparable number of races on the network last year (285K).  Still horrible when compared to ABC, but at least the numbers are up.

07/18/14 The final ratings are in and it didn't get any better. NBCSN averaged 444,000 viewers for the Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn Indy 300 on Saturday night, which had its start time moved up 30 minutes to avoid storms. However, showers still forced the series into its first rain-induced red flag since ’11. Last year’s Iowa race aired on ABC on Sunday afternoon in late June, averaging 928,000 viewers. The race aired on NBCSN in ’12, averaging 254,000 viewers in late June on a Saturday night. Austin Karp, Assistant Managing Editor SportsBusiness Journal

07/15/14 Last year the Iowa 250 on ABC drew 1 million viewers, so the 444K number on NBCSN represents a 55.6% drop.  When is IndyCar going to put 100% of its races on ABC so they can have TV ratings they can build from?  Sponsors willing to pay a hefty sum to put their name on a car or on a bridge over the track won't look at a team unless you're pulling at least a million viewers per race.

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07/19/14
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Boss of international racing team tried to smuggle 50lb of cocaine and heroin
The boss of an international racing team with links to Aston Martin has been jailed for trying to smuggle 50lb of cocaine and heroin worth $7 million into the UK.

Giuseppe Sperlinga, 62, who lives in Belgium, is the boss of GPR Racing - a BRCC Belgian company whose team last year took part in races in Monza, Italy and Barcelona in Spain.

The 62-year-old was jailed for 15 years at Canterbury Crown Court yesterday after admitting two charges of drug smuggling.

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07/19/14
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Morning update from Toronto - Saturday
Hawk sponsorship means new livery this weekend for Juan Montoya
It is a bit overcast today in Toronto, and beginning at 1:00 PM there is a 30% chance of showers, increasing to 40% at 3:00 PM race time for the first leg of the Honda GP of Toronto doubleheader.  It should be dry for qualifying at 10:00 AM this morning. It is currently a very cool and comfortable 64 degrees F with low humidity so times should be fast for qualifying.

Check out Juan Montoya's new paint scheme for this weekend - see photo right.

Showers are forecast for tomorrow at race time as well, so things can get interesting if the track gets wet.  Many of the turns have concrete patches and as Tagliani alluded to yesterday, the concrete has very little traction.

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07/19/14
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Stewart back in sprint car
Tony Stewart was back in a sprint car on Friday night, the same series he raced in when he broke two bones in his right leg. It was unknown if this is Stewart's first sprint car race this season because he didn't announce when he'd compete.

Stewart is available because the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is off this weekend. Stewart's runs were posted on Facebook and Twitter. Dirt track star Dustin Daggett tweeted a photo of Stewart's #14 car at Tri-City Motor Speedway in Auburn, Michigan. Daggett also tweeted, "Raced hard in heat against Tony Stewart! But we got him, now for the Feature!"

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Doubleheaders proving to be rigorous but popular on IndyCar series
Drivers exit the Toronto pits.  The exit has been temporarily modified due to the construction of the hotel with the entire pit lane shifted down and around the last turn.
The Verizon IndyCar Series goes two-for-one in Ontario this weekend, with 85-lap races Saturday and Sunday.

Honda Indy Toronto officials love having a doubleheader, just as their counterparts in Detroit and Houston did last month. They likely will ask for another two-race card in 2015.

IndyCar figures to oblige. The participants will, too, although they call it the most physically challenging weekends of the season.

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07/19/14
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Rosberg-Hamilton 1-2 in final German GP practice
Nico Rosberg
It was boring yesterday and it is still boring today! Nico Rosberg went fastest for the superior Mercedes team in final practice for the 2014 Formula 1 German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

Rosberg had his way with his teammate Lewis Hamilton who finished 2nd a whopping 6/10ths of a second back.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was third, again and the only non-Mercedes engine car anywhere near the front. He was just 0.004s behind Hamilton.

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07/19/14
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Latest F1 news in brief - Saturday
  • Hamilton always trying to play mind games on Rosberg
    Mind games 'important' in Mercedes title battle
  • Mercedes 'still fast' even without Fric
  • Button: Car no different without FRIC
  • Russia GP plays down plane crash doubts
  • Empty track leaves F1 at 'five minutes to 12' - Lauda
  • 2015 Williams seat 'not realistic' - Wolff
  • Rosberg admits 'difficult day' for Mercedes
  • Ricciardo: Tires and weather to define race
  • Massa wary of race day rain threat


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