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Ride-Buyers keep F1 running  
Sale of Phoenix Racing (3rd Update)  UPDATE #3 Fox Sports has reported that Springfield-based Brandt Consolidated, which sponsors Riverton native and NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Justin Allgaier, is part of a partnership to purchase NASCAR team Phoenix Racing.

Brandt Chief Marketing Officer Karl Barnhart denied on Tuesday that Brandt is purchasing or has purchased Phoenix Racing. He said Brandt has no plans to make a formal announcement in relation to NASCAR in the coming days.

“We are incredibly happy with our NASCAR Nationwide program,” he said. “We are concentrating on winning a championship this year.”

Fox Sports reported Brandt, a crop, fertilizer and agricultural services company, and Harry Scott, co-owner of Turner Scott Motorsports, would partner to buy Phoenix Racing from James Finch. Allgaier currently drives for Turner Scott. More ...

Bourdais seeks second Brickyard Grand Prix win  Sebastien Bourdais already has a winner's trophy from the Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He's hoping to bring that same success to 8Star Motorsports.

The 34-year-old Frenchman, who won last year's inaugural GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race at the Brickyard, will co-drive the No. 4 Daytona Prototype with Emilio Di Guida in 8Star's second entry.

"There's a lot of very good and talented people at 8Star and I'm happy to be involved," Bourdais said. "I'm very much looking forward to racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, obviously, having won last year's inaugural Grand-Am race there. Indy is a pretty cool event and a cool track." More ...

Austria GP detractors not 'sensible' - Lauda  
Niki Lauda
(GMM)  Niki Lauda has hit out at the detractors, following reports Austria's return to the calendar next year might stumble at hurdles.

It is claimed current rules prohibit more than 40,000 spectators from attending the Red Bull Ring at any one event, and that the circuit in Spielberg must also overcome obstacles relating to noise and environmental concerns.

It has also been reported owner Red Bull did not seek the right permission in building a raised spectator area.

Those reports angered triple world champion, Mercedes chairman and proud Austrian Lauda. More ...

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday (Update)  UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

If he goes to jail, Monisha Kaltenborn could replace Bernie
  • Red Bull must clear hurdles for Austria GP return
  • No more Friday appearances for Kovalainen
  • Ecclestone hints woman could succeed him
  • Mercedes using infrared camera to monitor tires
  • F1 pays just £1m tax in UK New
  • Jean Todt set to face re-election opposition New More ...
Ordonez and Krumm to test Nissan V8 Supercars  
In a week that saw the launch of the Nismo Global Driver Exchange and subsequently Lucas Ordonez’ first test in a Super GT car, Nissan today announced that he (Ordonez) along with Michael Krumm will test the Nissan Altima V8 Supercars at Winton Motor Raceway in Australia on 12 August.

Krumm and Ordonez will fly to Australia for their debut V8 Supercar test, then head straight to Japan for the Suzuka 1000kms on 17-18 August, Round Five of the 2013 SUPER GT Championship, where Krumm will drive his regular #24 Nissan GT-R (see photo below) in the GT500 class for the factory Nismo squad, and Ordonez for the NDDP outfit in the GT300 class. More ...

IndyCar's worse nightmare: NBC Sports Inks 10-Year NASCAR deal (3rd Update)  UPDATE #3 Another reader writes, Dear AR1.com, I agree with the reader D. Hughes.  But let's look at the bright side.  Now is the perfect time for IndyCar to break its contract with NBC Sports Network and move 100% to ABC and ESPN.  i.e. they should get as far away from NASCAR as they possibly can.  On NBC Sports Network their ratings are horrible and as you have written, it is the noose around IndyCar's neck that is preventing the teams and series from landing big sponsorship deals. 

"For the die-hard sports fan, ESPN is the first place we turn," said Virginia Commonwealth University professor Jon Ackley, who has researched and taught classes on NASCAR's business model for several years. "If ESPN marginalizes NASCAR as they did in the early to mid-2000s, the sport won't be in the forefront, and that has to be detrimental."  NASCAR's loss can be IndyCar's gain.

It's time for IndyCar to stop being pennywise and pound foolish. Run to ABC/ESPN now.  Run, don't walk. Mordichai Rosen, Los Angeles, CA More ...
NASCAR Bolting ESPN could be a risky business  A new 10-year deal announced Tuesday with NBC supplanting ESPN and Turner Sports essentially will reset the broadcast landscape to where it was a decade ago.   

NASCAR races will disappear from ESPN in 2015.

Will stock-car racing also vanish from the 24-hour sports network that's become one of the primary arbiters for determining whose star athletes, marquee events and powerhouse teams matter to fans? More ...

Lazarus: NBC’s NASCAR deal should not affect IndyCar, F1, but it will  Concerns after the earlier announcement Tuesday that NASCAR’s return to NBC might have adverse effects on the other two major forms of motorsport NBC Sports Group carries, Formula One and IndyCar, were dismissed by NBC Sports Group Chairman Mark Lazarus [Editor's Note: but of course he would say that.  History has shown that is NEVER the case.  Since the series inception, IndyCar Series events have been broadcast on several networks, including
ABC - NASCAR followed,
CBS - NASCAR was there too
ESPN - NASCAR followed
Fox, FSN - Yup, NASCAR followed
ESPN2 - NASCAR followed
ESPN Classic - NASCAR followed
TNN - Yup NASCAR too
Versus (now the NBC Sports Network) - Here comes NASCAR.  And to think all the naive journalists who think this will somehow be good for IndyCar.].

In a conference call with reporters, Lazarus explained how the IndyCar on NBCSN contract is currently structured. IndyCar’s original contract with the former Versus network was a 10-year contract signed prior to 2009, with NBCSN the channel’s new name beginning in 2012. More ...

Barrichello to race at Indy again (Update)  UPDATE Rubens Barrichello, the most experienced driver in Formula One history, will compete in the Brickyard Grand Prix on Friday, July 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a GRAND-AM Daytona Prototype fielded by Doran Racing.

Barrichello will share the No. 77 3Dimensional.com Ford/Dallara with Doug Peterson on the 13-turn, 2.534-mile Grand Prix road course at IMS. The three-hour Rolex Sports Car Series race starts at 5:30 p.m. (ET).

Brazilian Barrichello made 322 career starts in Formula One from 1993-2011, including a stint from 2000-05 for iconic Ferrari. He won 11 Grands Prix during his career. More ...

IndyCar's worse nightmare: Another take  Lynn Hunting writes in pressdog.com, News came out today that NBC has bought the rights to televise the final 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races and the final 19 Nationwide Series in 2015. (Note that’s 18 months from now). (Story here.)

Thirteen of those NBC races will be on NBC Sports Network, the same network that now carries the majority of IndyCar races. IndyCar’s contract with NBC Sports Network expires in 2018.

So, barring some kind of contract buyout, IndyCar will share a network with NASCAR for four seasons (2015, 2016 and 2017 and 2018).

The question is … is that good or bad for IndyCar? More ...

Vautier to tune-up for Mid-Ohio  
Tristan Vautier
Mark Scheuern/AR1.com
Seat time is Tristan Vautier's goal as the IZOD IndyCar Series rookie competes in the F1600 Formula F Championship Series at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on July 27-28.

The 23-year-old Frenchman, who will drive the No. 55 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on Aug. 4, will gain additional experience on the road course in a Quantum Racing Services Van Diemen Honda. He'll also participate July 31 in an IZOD IndyCar Series Open Test at the venue. More ...

Tagliani to ride tricycle around State Fair in beaver costume  Despite raising nearly $6,000 for charity, Alex Tagliani will have to don a beaver costume and ride around the Indiana State Fair on a tricycle.

The stunt is the payoff of a bet with 2008 Indianapolis 500 champion Scott Dixon, who raised $1,130 more than Tagliani during their Power of 2 Challenge. The pair raised nearly $13,000 for their charities through the Power of 2, a fundraising initiative that uses celebrity power for social causes. More ...

Kanaan aiming to make more history at IMS  The last time Tony Kanaan was at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he was celebrating an Indianapolis 500 victory. Kanaan hopes his next trip will be just as productive.

Kanaan will have the chance to accomplish something no driver has ever done at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway when he competes in the Rolex Series Brickyard Grand Prix - win two major events at IMS.

"Obviously it would mean a lot," said Kanaan, who will drive a Daytona Prototype for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. "When I got the phone call from Chip (Ganassi) to do this, I was extremely excited. I've been watching obviously Scott (Pruett) and Memo (Rojas) for a long time. But, to be honest, I've never driven one of those cars. I'm going to have to learn a lot in the first day. I will do anything I can do to help the team. If we're in a position to do that, for sure we'll take it. More ...

Video: Kobayashi crashes Ferrari but hopes for F1 comeback (Update)  UPDATE Watch the onboard video of Kobayashi's crash.  Much to his credit, the conditions were indeed horrible.

07/22/13 Kobayashi, Japan's most successful and most recent F1 driver, is competing for a Ferrari team in the world endurance championship after being dropped by Sauber at the end of last season and then launching a fund-raising campaign to try to secure a seat elsewhere. More ...
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) makes personnel changes  Race engineer Gerry Hughes, who joined the team March 2011 as race engineer, has been named Head of Development for the IZOD IndyCar Series program.  Neil Fife, who was the race engineer for the team’s most recent win at Watkins Glen in 2008 by Ryan Hunter-Reay, will become Graham Rahal’s engineer for the remainder of the season and Mitch Davis has joined the team as crew chief, responsible for preparation of both Rahal and James Jakes’ entries.

“I’m really pleased about these additions of personnel and roles,” said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of RLL with David Letterman and Mike Lanigan.  “I want to thank Gerry for his hard work and efforts over the past year and a half as race engineer and I’m grateful that he has taken on the new role as head of development to ensure our success in the future. The last Indy car race we won in 2008 with Ryan Hunter-Reay was with Neil at the helm as race engineer so it’s great to have him back.  I’m confident that he and Graham will work well together and we can have a successful last third of the season. Finally, having Mitch join the team is the result of a courtship of many, many years. Scott Roembke was always a big believer in Mitch, as I was, but we were never quite able to put it all together to bring him onboard before but thankfully we were able to do that now. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge with him and will ensure that the cars are put on the race track according to specification. These changes will be a big plus for us going forward.” More ...

Lauda: Race return priceless for Austria  Three-time Formula 1 World Champion Niki Lauda has described the return of the Austrian Grand Prix as "priceless" for his home nation, with a deal being struck to bring the sport back to Spielberg, location of the refurbished Red Bull Ring.

Although efforts to revive the event failed last year, in the wake of New Jersey's debut race being postponed, Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz and Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone have since penned an agreement for it to be restored in 2014.

This will end an 11-year absence from the calendar for the country, which first hosted a Grand Prix at Zeltweg Airfield in 1964, before moving to the Osterreichring in 1970. More ...

Double DRS zone for Hungaroring  Formula 1 drivers will have an extra DRS overtaking opportunity in Hungary this weekend with the FIA electing to try out a double zone.

The tight and twisty nature of the Hungaroring makes it very difficult for drivers to pass each other, even when able to make use of DRS on the start-finish straight over the past few seasons.

For this year, the FIA is introducing a second DRS zone just after Turn 1. More ...

Prototype Camaro racecar to be auctioned in Monterey  
A pre-production, 2010 prototype Camaro, built in-house by GM's performance groups in 2008 as the factory homologation submission car for Grand-Am racing, will be headed for the Mecum auction in Monterey, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 16.

Few manufacturers' "factory racecars" are actually engineered and built completely in house. Fewer make it into private ownership. This Camaro is one of those rare vehicles, a survivor pushed out the door just before the 2009 GM bankruptcy proceedings, which might have threatened its survival. More ...

Scuderia Corsa Adds Second Car For Indy Grand-Am race  Scuderia Corsa has announced that it will enter a second Ferrari 458 in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Brickyard Grand Prix, to be held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26.

The No. 64, being run in association with Randall Motorsports/TFR Racing, will join the No. 63 of Alessandro Balzan and two-time Rolex Grand-Am champion Leh Keen. Piloting the No. 64 Ferrari will be Dr. Rod Randall and his co-driver Ken Wilden. More ...

No more ALMS races for Rebellion team  REBELLION Racing announced in June earlier this year that the team will design and build a new LMP1 car in partnership with ORECA for the 2014 season.  That project requires a commitment from the resources available to the team which has meant that the Team’s racing schedule for the rest of 2013 has had to be revised.

REBELLION Racing will maintain their focus for the remainder of 2013 in competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). More ...
IndyCar still playing fast and loose with the rule book  While the crowd was larger than last year at Toronto’s recent IndyCar stop, it was clear that despite good racing, the series still has a long way to go to become healthy and successful.

The biggest reason to be positive about IndyCar is that the on-track product continues to be compelling. Toronto’s doubleheader weekend with races on Saturday and Sunday featured lots of good action, although Target Chip Ganassi driver Scott Dixon made things a bit predictable at the front with his two wins in two days.

The move to Sportsnet from TSN also served to help boost the number of fans in the stands, as the series’ new Canadian television partner promoted the stop in Toronto much more than the old one. The result was about 35,000 at the Exhibition Place for Sunday’s race, which was easily more than double the number who showed up in 2012. More ...

Magnussen back in championship lead after Red Bull Ring  Spielberg, AUSTRIA:  Danish Formula Renault 3.5 star Kevin Magnussen is back in the championship lead after a strong weekend at the Red Bull Ring in Austria last weekend.

Magnussen scored a pair of podium finishes in the first visit to the former home of the Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix by  the World Series by Renault championship.

He finished third on Saturday and actually crossed the line second in Sunday’s race. However, a post race penalty pushed the McLaren Young Driver Development Program member back to third spot in the second race. More ...

Green Light for Bentley SUV  Bentley Motors today confirms that it will proceed with the development of the Bentley SUV, the company's fourth model line. The SUV will be made in Crewe and will go on sale in 2016. It will create over 1000 jobs in the UK. Over the next three years Bentley will invest more than £800 million in its headquarters at Crewe and the development of new models.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who was present together with Dr Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Volkswagen Group for the announcement at Bentley headquarters in Crewe, said: "This £800 million investment and a thousand new jobs from Bentley is fantastic news for both Crewe and for the UK as a whole. It is another important milestone in strengthening our economy. More ...

Childress has partial funding for a fourth team  
Richard Childress
Team owner Richard Childress was asked about plans for next year during a media teleconference Monday:

Q: At New Hampshire when we talked to you about the lineup and sponsorship, you said definitely Menard and Burton, question mark, possibly a fourth driver. A couple weeks down the road, after the Budweiser announcement, do you have an idea when you would like to nail things down and have an announcement ready for 2014 on the driver and sponsorship lineup?

Childress: That's a good question. Right now we're finalizing some final things. We have sponsorship on a third and we actually have some sponsorship on a fourth. But having it all finalized and put together, it could be a couple of months down the road before we have everything ready to do some announcing on any of that. NASCAR
Casey Stoner to test for HRC  
Casey Stoner is back!  Well almost.
Casey Stoner will climb back on a Honda RC213V, for the first time since Valencia 2012, as a test rider for Honda Racing Corporation. The two-time World Champion left the sport at the end of last year and has been linked with rumors of a wild card appearance this season but this is now out of the question. The Australian rider will do four tests in Motegi in the next few months with Honda Racing's R&D team, working on the evolution of the RC213V and also on the new production racer bike that Honda Racing will sell to selected team next year to race in MotoGP. More ...
Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday  
  • Vergne wants teammate to replace Webber
    Ricciardo should get seat over Raikkonen - Vergne
  • Pay-driver label 'completely wrong' - Sirotkin
  • Petrov, Kobayashi say money halting F1 returns
  • Criticism 'a deterrent' for Pirelli successors - Surer
  • Ferrari reserve de la Rosa recovering from flu
  • Ecclestone's successor will be from outside F1, CVC reveals
  • Extreme heat expected for Hungarian GP More ...
Hildebrand robbed in Seattle  
JR Hildebrand (Left) talks to Oriol Servia
IndyCar driver J.R. Hildebrand said Sunday he had thousands of dollars in racing equipment, computers and cameras stolen from a car parked in downtown Seattle.  The crime is now being investigated by Seattle police.
Hildebrand, who lost his permanent drive in IndyCar racing earlier this year, was attending a Formula Drift event at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe.

"Between the laptops and all of our stuff -- a lot, like anyone -- it’s all we own," Hildebrand said Sunday night. "All our personal stuff." More ...
You gotta love them Grandmas  The doctor had been seeing an 80 year old race driver's grandmother for most of her life. The doctor finally retired.

At her next checkup, the new doctor told her to bring a list of all her medications that had been prescribed for her.

As the young doctor was looking through these, his eyes grew wide as he realized she had a prescription for birth control pills. More ...

Starworks Motorsport Returns to BMW Power  Beginning with the Brickyard Grand Prix this weekend, Starworks Motorsport will move to BMW Power in their two Daytona Prototype racing cars to increase the brace of BMW Rileys in GRAND-AM’s top field to six.

Based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Starworks Motorsport raced with BMW Power in 2008 through 2010. The team was the winner of the inaugural Brickyard Grand Prix last season, capturing the 2012 North American Endurance Championship – a three-race championship-within-a-championship awarding $100K to the top finisher at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen and the Brickyard Grand Prix. The #2 Starworks Motorsport Riley is currently co-leading the Rolex Series team championship on 194 points and is fifth in the North American Endurance Championship (DP class). More ...

Schrader Talks Dirt Newcomers, Regulars and Ringers for Eldora  Veteran NASCAR and dirt racer Ken Schrader joined Dave Despain Sunday night on WIND TUNNEL to discuss Wednesday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway.  Following is a transcript of the interview.

FOX Sports’ SPEED offers comprehensive coverage of NASCAR’s return to dirt racing for the first time in more than four decades, beginning Tuesday with live coverage of Truck Series practice at 7 p.m. ET, followed by qualifying on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET.  SPEED sets the stage for the race Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET with NCWTS SETUP with Krista Voda, following by live coverage of the race at 9:30 p.m. ET. More ...

IMS to implement entry plan to appease pissed off fans  An extensive study that included consultation with some of the world's leading experts in the field has produced a new gate entry plan that will allow fans attending events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to enter the facility with greater ease and efficiency after this year's Indy 500 saw long lines due to tighter security.

The plan, which will include more points of entry, more personnel working the gates and greater supervision of all procedures, will be implemented for the first time during the 2013 Kroger Super Weekend, July 25-28, that will climax with the 20th Running of the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com on Sunday, July 28. More ...

Bernie profiled in Financial Times  
Bernie Ecclestone - dealmaker extraordinaire
For 40 years, F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone "has been a model for how to monetize a sport," according to Simon Kuper, writing in the Financial Times weekly Person in the News feature. F1’s operating profits in '11 were $451M, on revenues of $1.5B. Moreover, Ecclestone "has captured much of the sport’s value for himself." Forbes estimates his family’s wealth at $3.8B.

Biographer Tom Bower calls Ecclestone “the most successful British tycoon ever,” and yet “basically a completely uneducated south London second-hand car dealer.” However, Ecclestone’s "downfall may have arrived." Ecclestone "would not have stood out much in money-driven industries such as investment banking or commodities trading." More ...

IndyCar 2013 TV ratings to-date  And to think, the remainder of the IndyCar season will be on NBC Sports Network where the average rating is under 0.3.
Race Type Rating Network
St. Pete Street 0.38 NBC Sports Network
Barber Road Course 0.26 NBC Sports Network
Long Beach Street 0.40 NBC Sports Network
Brazil Street 0.22 NBC Sports Network
Indy Oval 3.68 ABC
Detroit 1 Street 0.61 ABC
Detroit 2 Street 0.67 ABC
Texas Oval 0.96 ABC
Milwaukee Oval 0.22 NBC Sports Network
Iowa Oval 0.68 ABC
Pocono Oval 0.90 ABC
Toronto 1 Street 0.27 NBC Sports Network
Toronto 2 Street 0.26 NBC Sports Network
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Racer arrested for drunk driving … while racing  Leslie Charles Hunter, 64, of San Jose, Calif. was arrested Friday night on suspicion of driving under the influence at the Watsonville (Calif.) Ocean Speedway. The suspicion came because he was, in the interpretation of the other drivers, racing like a fool. Other drivers had complained that Hunter was recklessly forcing them to the side of the track, and Santa Cruz County police stepped in to investigate.

They found Hunter in the pits, and arrested him on suspicion of DUI and driving with a blood alcohol level higher than 0.08 percent.

Fortunately, there were no injuries. And we don't normally joke about drunk driving, but boy, you've got to be monumentally stupid to race drunk, right?

Pocono IndyCar TV rating (2nd Update)  UPDATE #2 The final TV rating for the July 7th IndyCar Pocono 400 on ABC was a 0.9, down from the 1.1 overnight.

07/08/13 The July 7 telecast tied the June 8 primetime race from Texas Motor Speedway as the network's highest-rated race outside of the Indianapolis 500 this season.

Indianapolis led all markets with a 4.6 rating, followed by Richmond, Va. (2.6), Nashville, Tenn. (2.5) Atlanta (2.3) and Tulsa, Okla. (2.1).

07/08/13 ABC earned a 1.1 overnight TV rating for the Izod IndyCar Series’ first race at Pocono Raceway in 24 years on Sunday afternoon.  That equates to about 1.25 million households.
Empty Seats at the Nationwide Race in Chicago Look Bad for the Sport  
Nationwide crowd looked bad in Chicago Sunday.  This is what IndyCar does all the time to its image when it races in front of massive grandstands that are near empty, i.e. they make themselves look like a loser.  You only get one chance to make a good first impression.
CIA Stock Photo
No matter how good or bad the racing in Sunday’s STP 300 Nationwide Series event at the Chicagoland Speedway might have been(and it was pretty good overall), the overpowering image left in the minds of many is that of vastly empty grandstands shown by ESPN’s television cameras. This “stand alone” race on a track that also hosts a Sprint Cup event and is not located within NASCAR’s traditional market place provides a setup for an embarrassingly low turnout, and that’s exactly what the race provided.

On many occasions, I have used this website to profess my belief that the Nationwide Series should indeed have more stand alone events. However, this type of situation is not what I mean at all. More ...

'Turbo' Opens With Only $21.5M U.S. Box Office, But Better Abroad (Update)  UPDATE Cowen & Co. analyst Doug Creutz said, "At this level, we would expect a substantial write-down on the film." Dreamworks CMO Anne Globe: "'Turbo' still has a lot of play time left, particularly in the international territories, where we had strong openings." She added that the film has an "A-plus score in children's exit polls" N.Y. Times

07/21/13 DreamWorks Animation SKG's "Turbo" saw one of the studio's "lowest domestic openings," grossing $21.5M over the weekend to rank third at the U.S. box office, and $31.2M since its Wednesday opening. The animated movie "lost the weekend" to "Despicable Me 2." But "Turbo" is "off to a strong start overseas," grossing $22.6M from 28 int'l territories representing 25% of the marketplace. HollywoodReporter.com
BMW i3 Pricing Announced  
i3 prototype
BMW today announced pricing for the ground-breaking BMW i3 electric vehicle. The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (without Destination & Handling) in the US will be $41,350, before any federal or state incentives.  The Destination & Handling fee in the US is currently $925.

"The BMW i3 heralds the dawn of a new era for individual mobility and for the BMW Group. True to a genuine BMW, the BMW i3 has strong emotional appeal, outstanding product substance and a guarantee of sheer driving pleasure," said Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management, Sales and Marketing BMW. "With this leading-edge vehicle and attractive price, we will provide customers with a compelling offer for electromobility." More ...

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday  
  • Ralf Schumacher thinks Raikkonen should jump at Red Bull
    Jordan, Schumacher disagree over Raikkonen's next move
  • F1 'definitely too soon' for teen Sirotkin - boss
  • Magnussen hopes for 2014 F1 debut
  • Schumacher impressed with F1 driver quartet
  • Marussia not upset by Sauber's Russian deal
  • Pirelli criticism not justified, says Hembery

Jordan, Schumacher disagree over Raikkonen's next move
(GMM)  Eddie Jordan has tipped Red Bull to pick Daniel Ricciardo as Sebastian Vettel's new teammate for 2014. More ...

Logano wins STP 300 at Chicagoland  
Joey Logano
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Some drivers take a vacation on an off week from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, go to the beach, play golf or just take it easy.

Not Joey Logano. Instead of relaxing on the final off-weekend for the Sprint Cup Series, he decided to race in Sunday's NASCAR Nationwide Series STP 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.

It was a wise move on Logano's part, as he took the lead on the final restart and led the final 15 laps to win his second NNS race of the season. His other win was June 1 at Dover International Speedway. More ...

Button backs Sochi GP  
Former world champion Jenson Button has given his backing to next year's Sochi Formula One Grand Prix.

Speaking at the annual Moscow City Racing event on Sunday, the British 2009 Formula One champion expressed his support for discovering new venues at which to stage F1 races.

"As a driver I'm really excited and looking forward to race at the new Grand Prix and in a new country as well," the 33-year-old said. More ...

Sadly, Earnhardt has become a consistent 8th-to-14th place driver  
Earnhardt Jr. rode his father's coattails to be the sport's top star.  He battles with NASCAR superstar Danica Patrick as the top 'star' in NASCAR
The most popular driver in NASCAR has become, well, kind of boring lately. Nobody in the sport pushes the attention needle quite like Dale Earnhardt Jr., except Danica Patrick. He has the famous name and the fanatical following. He easily draws the biggest cheers each week during driver introductions, as well as on those (increasingly rare) occasions when he takes the lead in a race. He remains, in many ways, the face of the sport.

What he is not, most weeks, is a significant on-track story. Earnhardt nearly always runs in the top 20 and often in the lower half of the top 10, but he rarely runs up front anymore. Never mind that Earnhardt has only two victories over his past 259 starts and one win in the past 182 races. He has led a grand total of 92 laps this season (out of a possible 5,549), and 47 of those came in the second race of the season at Phoenix. Since then, he has led for one lap at Kansas, 34 at Michigan and 10 at Kentucky. That's it. More ...

Massa: New tires are safer  
Felipe Massa
Felipe Massa believes the revised Pirelli tires have proven to be safer than their predecessors after a three-day test at Silverstone.

Ten of the 11 Formula One teams were in action at the British track this past week where they spent three days putting the revised Pirelli tires through their paces.

The new tires feature this year's compounds but last year's construction with none of the drivers suffering any tire delaminations. More ...

Wolff eyeing 2014 FP1 drives with Williams  
Wolff is looking for some Friday morning track cleaning gigs in 2014
Susie Wolff says she is hoping to get some Friday practice drives for Williams next season following her Young Driver Test appearance.

Having delivered a solid performance at Silverstone, Wolff received praise from the Williams team but both she and chief race engineer Xevi Pujolar ruled out FP1 drives this season. Though yet to gain her superlicense, Wolff said she now wants to sit down with the team and work out the next stage of her development. More ...

Pigot Claims First Victory of the Season for Team Pelfrey  
Spencer Pigot, who also was part of the AR1.com winning go-kart team in St. Petersburg, Florida
After winning both the driver and team championships in 2012, Team Pelfrey has endured a disappointing first half of the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires season, highlighted by a pair of second-place finishes for Spencer Pigot. The 19-year-old Pro Mazda rookie then suffered what he described as one of the worst weekends of his career just one week ago on the streets of Toronto but bounced back in fine style today by scoring his first victory in Round Nine at the fast and challenging Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Pigot, who qualified second Saturday morning, fought his way past polesitter Shelby Blackstock at Turn Eight on Lap Two and managed to edge out a slight margin over the two battling Andretti Autosport entries of Blackstock and runaway series points leader Matthew Brabham. More ...

Newman, Busch revert to 2nd grade name calling after New Hampshire  Ahh, nothing like a little 2nd grade name calling to spice up the week in NASCAR. Kyle Busch called Ryan Newman an "ogre." Newman threatened to rearrange Busch's face and "fix it."

All that's missing is the principal to come break things up.

Busch and Newman are the latest drivers to feud following an accident at New Hampshire. Newman was involved in a pair of incidents with the Busch brothers that triggered the verbal sparring immediately after the race.

Newman was part of an accident that took out race leader Kurt Busch. Later in the race, he made contact with Kyle. More ...

Bradl's first MotoGP pole at Laguna Seca  
Stefan Bradl
Germany's Stefan Bradl has achieved a first ever MotoGP pole position for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix. The LCR Honda MotoGP rider will start alongside Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez and GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista. Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa have qualified sixth and seventh, respectively.

Courtesy of a 1'21.176 lap time, Bradl becomes the first ever German to clinch pole in the premier class of the World Championship. Not only is he the second rider to clinch a maiden pole this season, but he has also become the first ever rider to achieve the qualifying top spot at Laguna Seca aboard a satellite machine.

Row 2 is headed up by Yamaha Factory Racing's Valentino Rossi, ahead of Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow who appeared late in Q2 on his second bike, having crashed his first at Turn 3 during final practice.

Rossi's teammate Lorenzo, still suffering from a broken and very painful left collarbone and who missed last weekend’s German Grand Prix, will set off from sixth place and the back of the second row. Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa was also absent from the Sachsenring race as well as Free Practices 1 and 3 here; he - similarly suffering with his left collarbone - will head up Row 3, having moved into the shootout from Q1 for the first time, ahead of Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso who jumped ahead of Tech 3's Bradley Smith late in Q2.

Americans Nicky Hayden and Colin Edwards will start tenth and 15th for their respective Ducati Team and NGM Mobile Forward Racing outfits, but compatriot and wildcard entrant Blake Young has withdrawn from the event after damaging his sole Attack Performance Racing APR frame in a crash on Friday. There was also a crash for Randy de Puniet, as the Frenchman - who had reached Q2 for the third time this year - went down at Turn 3. He will start 12th, ahead of teammate Aleix Espargaro who led the CRTs for the ninth time in as many races this season.

In 14th spot will be Ignite Pramac Racing’s Alex de Angelis, making a one-off return to the top class from Moto2™ as a substitute for Ben Spies, who is set to make a comeback at Indianapolis following the summer break. Energy T.I. Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone, who would have been alongside de Angelis in the garage, has not travelled to the USA after dislocating his right shoulder last time out in Germany. Another faller in qualifying was Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing, 19th on grid), who went down and slid across the Turn 10 gravel trap in Q1.

Sunday’s Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix starts at 2pm local time (GMT -7). The checkered flag will mark the halfway point in the 2013 MotoGPseason.


Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1'21.176 0.000 / 0.000
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'21.193 0.017 / 0.017
3 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 1'21.373 0.197 / 0.180
4 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1'21.418 0.242 / 0.045
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'21.420 0.244 / 0.002
6 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1'21.453 0.277 / 0.033
7 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'21.728 0.552 / 0.275
8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'22.026 0.850 / 0.298
9 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'22.075 0.899 / 0.049
10 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 1'22.090 0.914 / 0.015
11 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 1'22.099 0.923 / 0.009
14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART - -

Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix - Practice 2 Times  
Pos Class No Drivers Time Speed Diff Laps Make
1 P1 6 Graf/Luhr 1:07.328 131.482 -.--- 31 HPD ARX-03a
2 P1 16 Burgess/McMurry 1:10.486 125.591 3.158 32 Lola B12/60
3 P2 551 Tucker/Franchitti 1:10.624 125.345 3.296 33 HPD ARX-03b
4 P2 552 Tucker/Conway 1:10.829 124.983 3.501 37 HPD ARX-03b
5 P2 02 Brown/van Overbeek 1:11.122 124.468 3.794 35 HPD ARX-03b
6 PC 05 Bennett/Braun 1:11.429 123.933 4.101 23 ORECA FLM09
7 PC 9 Junqueira/Ende 1:11.440 123.914 4.112 38 ORECA FLM09
8 PC 81 Schultis/van der Zande 1:11.708 123.451 4.380 38 ORECA FLM09
9 PC 18 Nunez/Shears 1:12.168 122.664 4.840 41 ORECA FLM09
10 P2 01 Sharp/Cosmo 1:12.647 121.855 5.319 23 HPD ARX-03b
11 PC 8 Marcelli/Cumming 1:13.026 121.223 5.698 29 ORECA FLM09
12 PC 7 Drissi/Mitchell 1:13.559 120.344 6.231 31 ORECA FLM09
13 PC 52 Guasch/Cheng/Cameron 1:13.678 120.150 6.350 42 ORECA FLM09
14 GT 55 Auberlen/Martin 1:15.877 116.668 8.549 34 BMW Z4 GTE
15 GT 91 Farnbacher/Goossens 1:16.053 116.398 8.725 37 SRT Viper GTS-R
16 GT 56 Müller/Hand 1:16.112 116.308 8.784 36 BMW Z4 GTE
17 GT 3 Magnussen/Garcia 1:16.153 116.245 8.825 36 Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1
18 GT 4 Gavin/Milner 1:16.365 115.922 9.037 33 Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1
19 GT 93 Bomarito/Wittmer 1:16.383 115.895 9.055 34 SRT Viper GTS-R
20 GT 06 Long/Kimber-Smith 1:16.958 115.029 9.630 33 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
21 GT 23 Keen/Bell 1:17.273 114.560 9.945 31 Ferrari F458 Italia
22 GT 48 Miller/Holzer 1:17.776 113.819 10.448 28 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
23 GT 17 Henzler/Sellers 1:18.322 113.026 10.994 21 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
24 GTC 30 Cisneros/Edwards 1:21.740 108.299 14.412 37 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
25 GTC 22 MacNeil/Bleekemolen 1:21.903 108.084 14.575 37 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
26 GTC 45 Canache, Jr./Pumpelly 1:21.994 107.964 14.666 33 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
27 GTC 27 Dempsey/Lally 1:22.254 107.623 14.926 38 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
28 GTC 66 Keating/Faulkner 1:22.541 107.249 15.213 31 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
29 GTC 68 Popow/Dalziel 1:22.558 107.226 15.230 34 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
30 GTC 11 Hedlund/Heylen 1:22.674 107.076 15.346 31 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
31 GTC 44 Neiman/von Moltke 1:22.710 107.029 15.382 36 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
32 P1 0 Meyrick/Legge - --- - - DeltaWing LM12
Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix - Practice 1 Times  
Pos Cl Pos Class No Drivers Time Speed Diff Laps Make
1 1 P1 6 Graf/Luhr 1:07.124 131.881 -.--- 28 HPD ARX-03a
2 2 P1 0 Meyrick/Legge 1:10.268 125.981 3.144 38 DeltaWing LM12
3 1 P2 552 Tucker/Conway 1:11.272 124.206 4.148 33 HPD ARX-03b
4 1 PC 8 Marcelli/Cumming 1:11.742 123.392 4.618 32 ORECA FLM09
5 3 P1 16 Burgess/McMurry 1:11.745 123.387 4.621 34 Lola B12/60
6 2 PC 81 Schultis/van der Zande 1:11.759 123.363 4.635 38 ORECA FLM09
7 2 P2 01 Sharp/Cosmo 1:11.803 123.287 4.679 27 HPD ARX-03b
8 3 P2 551 Tucker/Franchitti 1:11.807 123.280 4.683 33 HPD ARX-03b
9 3 PC 9 Junqueira/Ende 1:12.368 122.325 5.244 37 ORECA FLM09
10 4 PC 7 Drissi/Mitchell 1:13.225 120.893 6.101 34 ORECA FLM09
11 5 PC 18 Nunez/Shears 1:13.456 120.513 6.332 39 ORECA FLM09
12 6 PC 05 Bennett/Braun 1:14.037 119.567 6.913 20 ORECA FLM09
13 7 PC 52 Guasch/Cheng/Cameron 1:14.181 119.335 7.057 41 ORECA FLM09
14 4 P2 02 Brown/van Overbeek 1:14.867 118.242 7.743 36 HPD ARX-03b
15 1 GT 3 Magnussen/Garcia 1:16.227 116.132 9.103 32 Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1
16 2 GT 56 Müller/Hand 1:16.272 116.064 9.148 34 BMW Z4 GTE
17 3 GT 4 Gavin/Milner 1:16.286 116.042 9.162 35 Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1
18 4 GT 91 Farnbacher/Goossens 1:16.506 115.709 9.382 34 SRT Viper GTS-R
19 5 GT 93 Bomarito/Wittmer 1:16.551 115.641 9.427 30 SRT Viper GTS-R
20 6 GT 55 Auberlen/Martin 1:16.621 115.535 9.497 38 BMW Z4 GTE
21 7 GT 06 Long/Kimber-Smith 1:17.374 114.411 10.250 34 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
22 8 GT 23 Keen/Bell 1:17.384 114.396 10.260 35 Ferrari F458 Italia
23 9 GT 17 Henzler/Sellers 1:17.402 114.369 10.278 33 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
24 10 GT 48 Miller/Holzer 1:17.622 114.045 10.498 34 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
25 1 GTC 22 MacNeil/Bleekemolen 1:21.804 108.215 14.680 34 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
26 2 GTC 30 Cisneros/Edwards 1:21.815 108.200 14.691 36 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
27 3 GTC 45 Canache, Jr./Pumpelly 1:21.952 108.019 14.828 31 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
28 4 GTC 66 Keating/Faulkner 1:22.053 107.886 14.929 34 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
29 5 GTC 44 Neiman/von Moltke 1:22.476 107.333 15.352 35 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
30 6 GTC 68 Popow/Dalziel 1:22.633 107.129 15.509 31 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
31 7 GTC 27 Dempsey/Lally 1:22.672 107.079 15.548 35 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
32 8 GTC 11 Hedlund/Heylen 1:22.782 106.936 15.658 30 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
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