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07/23/10
motogp

Laguna Seca 2010 - MotoGP - FP1 - highlightsStoner fastest in USGP practice

Casey Stoner found an immediately fast pace at Laguna Seca as he took top spot on the timesheet from Jorge Lorenzo just before the midway point of the first practice, and he did not relinquish it as he lapped consistently fast for the rest of the session having switched bikes early on following some dissatisfaction with his front-end feeling.

Inside the final five minutes the Australian posted his best effort of 1’21.699, just 0.021s off Lorenzo’s pole time from last year, and that left the Ducati Team rider 0.233s clear at the top of the timesheet. Fiat Yamaha rider and Championship leader Lorenzo was the only other rider under the 1’22” mark, as he also made a fast start to his weekend with a best of 1’21.932.

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07/23/10
fil

Plowman tops Indy Lights practice
Martin Plowman topped the time chart in Firestone Indy Lights practice for the Edmonton 100.

Plowman, driving the No. 27 Automatic Fire Sprinklers/KEP Printing car for AFS Racing Andretti Autosport, jumped to the top of the chart with two minutes remaining in the hour-long session with a lap of 1 minute, 7.1508 seconds (105.774 mph).

James Hinchcliffe, who has started on the front row of all three street circuits this season, transferring the pole start at Long Beach into his first Firestone Indy Lights victory, was second quick (1:07.3366; 105.482 mph) in the No. 2 TMR-Xtreme Coil Drilling car.

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07/23/10
irl

Edmonton: Friday Notebook
The IZOD IndyCar Series will compete in the Honda Indy Edmonton, a 95-lap race at 4 p.m. (MT) Sunday (live on VERSUS). The Firestone Indy Lights series will compete in the Edmonton 100, a 50-lap race at 1 p.m. Sunday.

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Live timing and scoring reports from the Honda Indy Edmonton and Edmonton 100 are available on the Internet at www.indycar.com. The live timing and scoring module provides statistical information, including track segment speeds, lap information and much more.

Feature stories, reports, driver quotes and notes, and photos will be posted on the site each day. More detailed information, including media advisories and VNF coordinates, is available at media.indycar.com.

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07/23/10
irl

Milka Duno a moving chicane
Milka Duno, the IRL's 2nd most popular driver has been deemed unfit by her peers
On the first few laps of the first practice, with fresh tires and almost no other drivers around her, IndyCar racer Milka Duno lost control of her car, smashed into the tire barrier and shredded her rear wing on Friday in Edmonton.

It was fresh fodder for fellow drivers who renewed calls to expel the Venezuelan racer for a driving style that has morphed from punchline to menace.

"She's obviously not up to speed," said Danica Patrick, prior to Duno's crash during the first practice session for Sunday's Honda Indy Edmonton.

Patrick said the problem is not so much Duno's speed as the fact she doesn't follow accepted practice and move over when she's a lap down to let faster drivers get by.

"I'm not against having some different speeds up there, but she's not as gracious about her position as maybe somebody else might be," said Patrick.

Duno, the 38-year-old driver for Dale Coyne Racing, has been pulled by track officials from two races this year, including last week in Toronto, for driving so slowly she was deemed a hazard.

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07/23/10
irl

Edmonton: Penskes 1-2-3 in practice 2
Will Power
The drivers who have earned the six PEAK Performance Pole Awards on street/road courses this season gave a preview of what's to come in the first round of IZOD IndyCar Series qualifications July 24 for the Honda Indy Edmonton. Of the top 12 on the combined practice time sheet July 23, eight are in that first group.

"It will be the toughest qualifying session of the year," said Will Power, the defending race winner who topped the field with a quick lap of 1 minute, 1.6689 seconds (115.176 mph) in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car over the two hours of practice on the 1.973-mile, 14-turn City Centre Airport circuit.

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07/23/10
irl

Edmonton: Franchitti tops opening IndyCar practice
Dario Franchitti and his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon were 1-2 in opening practice for Sunday's Edmonton IndyCar race on the runways and taxiways of the downtown airport.

Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves were 2nd and 3rd with Justin Wilson rounding out the top-5 for Dreyer & Reinbold.

Mika Duno continued to make herself and the series look foolish as she was 12.2 seconds off the pace.

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07/23/10
nnw

Edwards, Roush Fenway Will Not Appeal NASCAR Penalty
Carl Edwards announced during a media session at Indianapolis Motor Speedway today that he does not intend to appeal NASCAR’s imposed penalties against himself and Brad Keselowski. Team owner Jack Roush said the team supports Edward’s decision and will similarly not appeal the owner’s penalty.

“We have been and remain supportive of Carl and his reaction to what happened between him and Brad on the final lap at Gateway,” said Roush. “Carl felt he did what was appropriate at the time, but upon reflection he understands why NASCAR felt they needed to step in and temper the situation with he and Brad. 

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07/23/10
irl

IndyCar Toronto TV Rating UPDATE The final TV rating for the Toronto IndyCar race was a 0.9.  1.348 million viewers tuned in.

07/19/10 The overnight TV Rating for the Izod IndyCar Series: Honda Indy Toronto on ABC Sunday was a 1.0.  A 1.0 national ratings point represents 1,149,000 households for 2010, or almost 1.4 million people.  This dwarfs anything Versus can deliver for the IRL and underscores why more IndyCar races should be on ABC.

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07/23/10
f1

Ferrari, Red Bull, look stronger than McLaren in Germany
(GMM)  Fernando Alonso was cautious after topping the drier second practice session at Hockenheim on Friday.

The Spaniard was marginally quicker than Sebastian Vettel, while teammate Felipe Massa split the occupant of the sister Red Bull by going third quickest.

"Ferrari looks extremely competitive," said Vettel.

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07/23/10
irl

Odds to win the Edmonton Honda Indy
Driver Odds
Alex Tagliani 35/1   
Dan Wheldon 30/1   
Danica Patrick 50/1   
Dario Franchitti 4/1   
Helio Castroneves 11/2   
Justin Wilson 8/1   
Marco Andretti 20/1   
Paul Tracy 30/1   
Ryan Briscoe 6/1   
Ryan Hunter-Reay 10/1   
Scott Dixon 6/1   
Tony Kanaan 20/1   
Will Power 7/4   
Field (Any Other Driver) 15/1


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07/23/10
gp2

Pic powers to Pole
Charles Pic won the lottery in a dramatic wet qualifying session this afternoon at the Hockenheimring, coming out on top in a last minute shoot out ahead of Series leader Pastor Maldonado and Oliver Turvey.

The Frenchman's best lap of 1:41.638 in what was effectively a one lap dash after a late session red flag put him on pole by just two tenths in a tense session which saw plenty of thrills and spills as the field tried to tame the treacherous conditions.

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07/23/10
f1

German GP: Alonso tops Vettel in practice 2
Fernando Alonso before the track dried
Ferrari showed they may indeed be back in the hunt by finishing 1st and 3rd in the second free practice session for the German Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso was fastest but his Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa was not far behind.

Splitting them in second was Sebastian Vettel, who recovered from a wild ride that saw him run through the gravel at the entry to the stadium.

The German then had several attempts at Alonso's 1m16.265s, but simply couldn't quite beat him - just 0.029s shy.

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07/23/10
gp2

Dani Clos on top in wet Practice Session
Dani Clos took control of the session early despite the wet conditions and kept the lead only briefly before taking it back in the last minutes. In spite of their efforts, ART racers Jules Bianchi and Sam Bird could not deprive Clos of his top spot. His Racing Engineering teammate Christian Vietoris even slipping to P3 at the checkered flag.

Although Bianchi was quick in action as the session started, it was GP2 returnee Romain Grosjean who showed the strongest pace in the early minutes, but Clos was soon faster than anyone else. While the two Frenchmen battled hard to try and better the Spaniard’s best lap time, the rest of the field were busy managing the tricky and slippery track, many of them going wide in Turn 1.

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07/23/10
alms

Lime Rock trivia
To get everyone in the racing spirit this weekend, here are a few fun facts you can use to show off to your friends!

1. Founded in 1957, Lime Rock Park’s history is awash in sports car racing. The American Le Mans Series first raced at Lime Rock in 2004. But top-level sports car championships such as Can-Am, IMSA GT and Trans-Am have left their marks in Lime Rock’s history books as well. Among the more “seasoned” veterans entered this year include Muscle Milk Team CytoSport’s Greg Pickett (1981 Trans-Am winner) and Robertson Racing’s David Murry (1985 Sports Renault winner) and Andy Wallace.

2. Eleven drivers entered for this year’s race have won previous Series events at Lime Rock. Jörg Bergmeister is unquestionably the most successful of the bunch with four consecutive GT2 wins – all coming for Porsche. He won with Patrick Long in 2006 (with Petersen/White Lightning) and in 2009 with Flying Lizard Motorsports. He teamed with Johannes van Overbeek (2007) and Wolf Henzler (2008) to win in Lizard Porsches as well.

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07/23/10
irl

Edmonton Indy deal too rich for some councilors’ blood
If the Edmonton Indy was going to be a million-dollar baby as City Councilors had been expecting, they would have wholeheartedly embraced it, according to Coun. Bryan Anderson.

Instead, the three-year ask from Octane Racing Group of Montreal exceeded an annual average of $1 million, the number that councilors repeatedly heard for the last several months when all signs pointed to a new deal with a private promoter, rather than a contract extension with Northlands.

That financial curveball led to a 7-5 split in favor of authorizing acting chief financial officer Lorna Rosen to enter into negotiations with Octane on a three-year deal to run the Indy Racing League-sanctioned event at City Centre Airport.

“It was a little rich for five councilors,” said Anderson. “Had that ($1 million per year) dollar value been floated it would have been unanimous. It was more. The ask in the first year will come in at about $1.5 million.”

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07/23/10
nastruck

NASCAR to qualify multiple trucks at once
NASCAR will put multiple trucks on the track at one time for Camping World Truck Series qualifying at 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway next month.

The order in which trucks will qualify Saturday, July 31 will be based on their practice speeds from the final practice on Friday. The order will be inverted, putting the slowest truck in practice as the first to qualify and the fastest truck going out last.

Trucks will be released from pit road in approximately 25-second increments.

Two laps of qualifying will be allowed with the fastest lap counting. Once a truck comes onto pit road, its respective qualifying lap is complete. No drafting will be permitted.

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07/23/10
automotive

Ford posts another quarterly profit as sales climb
Ford Motor Co. says it posted net income of $2.6 billion in the second quarter as it continued to grab sales from rivals in a slowly recovering U.S. market. Ford says its U.S. sales rose 28 percent in the first six months of this year. That's almost double the pace of the industry.  It was Ford's fifth straight quarterly profit.

The 61 cents per-share net income compares with profit of $2.3 billion, or 69 cents per share, in the same quarter a year ago. The year-ago results were mainly driven by debt repayments.

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07/23/10
automotive

Couple accused of stealing GM hybrid info
A Troy couple was arraigned in federal court today on charges of conspiring to steal GM’s hybrid vehicle secrets to sell to a Chinese car company.

Yu Qin, 49, and his wife, Shanshan Du, 51, stood mute in U.S. District Court to a six-count indictment charging them with unauthorized possession of trade secrets, wire fraud, and obstruction of justice.

Magistrate Mark Randon entered not guilty pleas on their behalf and released them on $10,000 unsecured bonds.

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07/23/10
irl

Did IRL squander chance?
A reader writes, I have waited to write on my thoughts and disappointment on what the IRL introduced as the next generation of IndyCar, both chassis and engine.  The failure in the engine selection is obvious, the IRL just limited itself to one engine manufacturer for the foreseeable future and opened the door for any existing or new startup series to take advantage of the no-brainer direction the IndyCar engine program should have gone (GRE).  But what gets me is how Barnhart's hands are all over this, and I have long said IndyCar would have no chance of regaining any of the ground it lost until the IRL gets rid of everything that is associated with what destroyed the sport; All ovals (gone), Tony George (gone), current car (soon to be gone), and Brian Barnhart.  The latter was retained, and the latter may very well have spelled the doom of this series when IMS acts on their 2013 deadline and folds the series because the IRL brain trust will have failed to give it the spark it needed to actually make it a profitable sport like the days of pre-split CART.

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07/23/10
f1

Latest F1 news in brief
  • All F1 radio traffic now eligible for broadcast
  • Senna not confirming Hispania/Toyota reports
  • F1 rivals say Alonso best current driver
  • No Renault F-duct in Germany or Hungary
  • Grosjean lauds Renault's progress since 2009
  • New team manager for Williams, new sponsor for Red Bull

All F1 radio traffic now eligible for broadcast
(GMM)  Formula one teams have lost the ability to censor pit radio messages during official track sessions.

Recently, the sport's broadcasting officials gained access to the radio feeds, but the pitwall retained the ability to press a button to censor certain messages.

Germany's Auto Motor und Sport reports that, as of this weekend's Hockenheim event, all radio broadcasts will be eligible to for the worldwide television feed.

A short delay will mean that radio messages containing swearing can be edited.

Australia's Mark Webber said at Hockenheim that if he had doused his "not bad for a number two" comment with colorful language at Silverstone, "maybe it would never have got run".

Also joking, Red Bull boss Christian Horner said Webber's comments had been the biggest lesson of the British grand prix.

"Turn the radio off after the race!" he said.

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07/23/10
f1

Sutil tops wet opening practice in Germany
Force India's Adrian Sutil turned the fastest lap Friday morning in a wet opening practice for Sunday's German Grand Prix in Hockenheim.  After a very wet start the track dried steadily and by the end of the session a complete dry line developed.  Sutil eventually worked down to a best of 1m25.701s at the very end.

There were numerous spins, the most notable being Lewis Hamilton who wadded up his McLaren in Turn 3, damaging 3 of the 4 corners and his new blown diffuser.

Felipe Massa won the overall prize as he spun 5 times, but still ended up 2nd quick.

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07/23/10
f1

'Heavy' damage after Hamilton crash on wet track
(GMM)  Lewis Hamilton crashed his McLaren towards the end of the morning practice session at wet Hockenheim on Friday.

In tricky conditions that also caused many of his rivals to spin or run off the German track, the McLaren driver lost control on the exit of turn three and made sideways contact with the barrier.

"The car is damaged -- heavily," he sheepishly told his team by radio before angrily emerging from the MP4-25, featuring a revised blown exhaust update that McLaren is testing at Hockenheim.

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07/23/10
f1

It's raining at Hockenheim on Friday morning
(GMM)  It is raining hard at Hockenheim early on Friday morning.

With less than two hours until the first practice session, the German circuit is completely wet, with more rain forecast throughout the day.

Showers are also expected on Saturday, but the race could be dry on a nonetheless cloudy Sunday afternoon.

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton admitted the weather might affect McLaren's plans to keep the blown exhaust on the MP4-25 throughout the Hockenheim weekend.

"If it stays wet all weekend, we might have to do our testing at the next race," he said.

The British team has already abandoned plans to conduct back-to-back tests with the old floor, with Hamilton and Jenson Button's cars to both be fitted with the latest specification throughout the initial sessions.

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07/22/10
f1

Q and A with Vijay Mallya
Force India has had a strong run in recent races with Adrian Sutil scoring points in the last six events. Chairman and team Principal of the Indian squad, Dr Vijay Mallya, is confident that the upcoming round in Germany and Hungary will see more of the same....

At Silverstone Adrian scored his sixth consecutive points scoring position and brought the team's top ten finishing record to nine out of ten races. You must have been happy with that result?
I think Adrian did an outstanding job and also Tonio as well, given the circumstances. Adrian drove superbly, and to keep Vettel at bay for 10 laps when he was so much quicker, was a great achievement. Unfortunately Vettel squeezed past right at the end and we were knocked down a position, but to be racing the pace-setting car is very encouraging and a sign of how mature both Adrian and the engineering team have become. Similarly, Tonio started 20th and drove brilliantly as well, particularly after his change to the soft tires. Even Alonso, who is a pretty aggressive driver, couldn't get past him. I think if he had not got held up in the early stages, we could have had a double points finish. We started 11th and 20th on the grid, so to finish up eighth and 11th is a pretty credible achievement and one that sets us up for this next double header of Germany and Hungary.

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07/22/10
tv news

NASCAR Gateway TV Ratings
The television rating for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Gateway International Raceway Saturday was a 1.3, an increase of 18 percent over the 1.1 last year, ESPN announced.

Both races were shown live on ESPN2. The telecast Saturday averaged 1,832,107 viewers, the network reported.

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07/22/10
nassprint

Jimmie Johnson Tops NASCAR Driver TV Exposure With $48M In '10
During the first half of the ’10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season Jimmie Johnson was mentioned more by TV announcers, interviewed more frequently and  delivered more TV exposure than any other driver, according to data from sponsorship measurement firm Joyce Julius. Johnson’s name was mentioned more than 2,800 times during the first 18 live event telecasts (and replays) of the current season. Johnson’s brands were mentioned by Johnson, his crew or TV announcers on 95 occasions, leading to $48M of in-broadcast exposure value. Jeff Gordon finished second in the mid-season rankings, totaling $33.1M in exposure value. Listed below are the top 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers ranked in terms of mid-year TV exposure value as computed by Joyce Julius.

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07/22/10
f1

News briefs from Hockenheim: Thursday
(GMM)  Sebastian Vettel was slightly limping in the puddle-strewn Hockenheim paddock on Thursday.

On Wednesday night, the Red Bull driver sat out the traditional pre-German grand prix football game -- which the F1 drivers' team nonetheless won.

It emerges the Red Bull driver fell whilst jogging last week.

"It is a little bit of a strain of the muscle," he confirmed, "but I can drive, no problem."

Vettel was reserved when questioned about the Silverstone front wing furor, but acknowledged that the affair will not be hurting his employer's bottom line.

"As far as I know, we are selling enough cans!" he grinned.

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07/22/10
tv news
nassprint

Edwards to do post-race TV spot
Roush Fenway driver Carl Edwards will join ESPN’s NASCAR post-race coverage on its flagship program SportsCenter, starting this weekend after the Brickyard 400 at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Edwards be will a standing guest each week in the ESPN pit studio with host Allen Bestwick and analysts Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty after each of the 14 ESPN Sprint Cup races, offering an active driver’s perspective of the event. 

“To be able to get out of the race car and immediately give the fans a driver’s perspective will be something new and different, and I’m looking forward to being a part of the ESPN team,” said Edwards who has won 16 Sprint Cup races.

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07/22/10
f1

Hockenheim welcomes F1 with heavy rain
(GMM)  After a two-year break from the calendar, Hockenheim welcomed formula one back on Thursday with a torrential downpour of rain.

Renault's Robert Kubica reckoned the wet weather, preceded by a warm but cloudy day at the venue, would hang around at the German circuit all weekend.

He said drivers would perhaps only get their first sample of Bridgestone's extreme tire allocation on Sunday.

Lotus' Mike Gascoyne was more optimistic, predicting a wet Friday but better weather on both Saturday and for the race.

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07/22/10
automotive

Ford drops hybrid markup
Ford Motor Co. is throwing down a competitive gauntlet by becoming the first automaker to offer a hybrid, its new Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, for the same price as the gasoline version.

The midsize sedan goes on sale this fall.

Other hybrids charge buyers a premium over the gas version.

Ford's move comes as automakers race to expand their lineups with cleaner and greener vehicles, frugal consumers pay more attention to fuel costs, and the federal government imposes stricter fuel economy standards.

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07/22/10
automotive

GM to Acquire AmeriCredit
To meet customer demand for leasing and non-prime financing for GM vehicles, General Motors and AmeriCredit Corp. (NYSE: ACF) today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement for GM to acquire AmeriCredit, one of the nation's leading independent auto finance companies, in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $3.5 billion.

“This acquisition supports our efforts to design, build and sell the world’s best vehicles by expanding the financing options we can offer to consumers who want to buy GM vehicles," said GM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ed Whitacre. “Adding AmeriCredit to our team will improve our competitiveness in auto financing offerings, and I am very pleased to have them on board."

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07/22/10
f1

Hockenheim weather update
Although the word ‘rain’ has been mentioned prior to many race weekends this season, chances appear to be high ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

With the Formula 1 fraternity arriving at the circuit on Thursday afternoon, team personnel and media have been greeted by a cloudy day although conditions remain dry.

However, according to local and international forecasts, a chance of heavy showers is possible between today and Saturday, although race day is expected to remain dry.

The last rain-affected German Grand Prix saw Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello win for the first time ten years ago, although the new-for-2002 Hockenheim track is yet to witness a wet race.

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07/22/10
f1

Glock calls for ‘mega step forward’
Timo Glock believes that Virgin Racing requires significant increases in performance, if it is to stay in touch with fellow new team Lotus for the remainder of this season. The John Booth-run outfit enjoyed a positive weekend at Silverstone, with major updates on-board the cars of both the German and Brazilian team-mate Lucas di Grassi.

Although Lotus has held the edge at the tail end of the field so far this season, Virgin experienced large gains in performance over the British Grand Prix weekend – something Timo hopes to see more of before the circus arrives in Abu Dhabi.

“It’s difficult to say after all the difficulties we had in the beginning, with all the technical problems,” he told GPUpdate.net when reviewing the first half to his season.

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07/22/10
automotive

OnStar Expands Mobile App Technology Availability
Owners of most new 2011 Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC vehicles will soon be able to control key vehicle functions from their smart phones, thanks to the power of OnStar.

Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC are leveraging OnStar technology to develop the most robust mobile applications on the market for new vehicle owners. Each of the brand-specific apps will allow owners to activate all of the functions available on a traditional vehicle key fob – remote start, horn and lights and door lock/unlock – securely from their smartphones. This means drivers will no longer have to be within a requisite distance, or even have their keys with them, to control these functions on their vehicles.

"Giving our customers control of their vehicles with smart phone application technology is a key advantage of OnStar's in-vehicle connectivity," said Chris Preuss, OnStar president. “This technology empowers drivers to make decisions about their travels well before they enter the vehicle, meaning their full attention can stay where it needs to be – on the road ahead.”

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07/22/10
automotive

Volvo sales up 31%
During the second quarter, the Volvo Group's sales continued to increase as a result of the gradual recovery in demand in most of the Group's markets. Adjusted for exchange-rate fluctuations, the Group's sales rose 31% to SEK 68.8 billion (approx. $9.3 billion) compared with the second quarter of 2009. Operating income reached SEK 4.8 billion (approx. $650 million) in the second quarter with an operating margin of 6.9%. Operating cash flow in the Industrial Operations was strong and amounted to SEK 8.5 billion (approx. $1.15 billion).

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07/22/10
f1

Singapore: Chippendales add testosterone to the adrenaline!
As part of the S$5 million dollar circuit park entertainment line-up, Singapore GP is offering an added incentive for women to attend the only FORMULA ONE night race.  Chippendales, the world’s most recognized brand in ladies’ entertainment, will be staging the “Ultimate Girls Night Out” routine from their sell-out world tour at the 2010 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX from 24 to 26 September. The professional male revue is renowned for their perfectly sculpted torsos and highly polished routines. The diverse cast come from a multitude of backgrounds including medicine, construction, teaching and finance, and have performed to sell-out theatres across North America, Europe and Asia.

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07/22/10
f1

Fans able to watch Hungary in Renault factory
Renault has announced that it is opening its factory doors at Enstone in order to allow fans the unique opportunity of watching the Hungarian Grand Prix from the heart of where two of the cars within have been built.

The Hungarian race will be staged next weekend, just a week after Germany, on Sunday 1 August. As well as watching the Grand Prix itself amongst what has been described as ‘a 5-star hospitality experience’, those in attendance will also be able to witness the design and build process of the luminous R30s driven by Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov.

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07/22/10
f1

Whiting Completes First Inspection of Korea Circuit
Korea Circuit
With construction of the Korea International Circuit (KIC) on schedule for its August completion, the Korea Auto Valley Operation (KAVO) welcomed FIA Formula One Race Director and Safety Delegate Charlie Whiting for a site inspection on July 15, 2010.  Whiting’s visit comes ahead of the inaugural 2010 FORMULA 1 KOREAN GRAND PRIX from October 22-24, 2010.

Korea Automobile Racing Association (KARA) Chairman, FIA Formula One Commission member and KAVO Chairman, Yung Cho Chung hosted Whiting for the scheduled visit during which he examined the facilities and the track, including the completed race control tower, the main grand stand, the pit garages, and the 5.615km track.

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07/22/10
f1

Latest F1 news in brief
  • Tester di Resta to sit out Hockenheim practice
  • Schumacher still committed to F1 through 2012
  • Vettel urges German crowd to 'respect' Webber
  • Car improvements for Mercedes and Ferrari
  • Smaller teams opposed to easing F1 test ban

Tester di Resta to sit out Hockenheim practice
(GMM)  Paul di Resta will not be driving the Force India during Friday morning practice at Hockenheim.

The team announced that the decision to sit out its reserve driver in Germany is due to the extreme allocation of Bridgestone's hardest and softest tire compounds.

"It's a shame but I completely understand the decision," said the rookie Scot.

"It's a decision that's been taken relatively late but it's better to err on the side of caution at such a crucial stage in the season," added di Resta, 24.

Force India is currently sixth in the constructors' world championship, 42 points behind Renault and just 16 points ahead of the improving Williams team.

"I'll be back in the car in Hungary, replacing Tonio for free practice 1," di Resta revealed.

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07/21/10
nnw

Reaction to NASCAR's Edwards' Penalty
Heading into arguably the second most important weekend of the year, NASCAR on Wednesday handed down one of the most anticipated penalties in quite some time when it docked Carl Edwards 60 points and $25,000 for his part in Saturday night’s run-in with Brad Keselowski. 

SPEED on-air personalities’ reaction to the ruling follows:

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07/21/10
nnw

NASCAR hands down penalties from Gateway incident
NASCAR has penalized the No. 60 team and the No. 22 driver for rule violations committed during last Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Gateway.

The penalties come as a result of violating Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing/aggressive driving) of the 2010 NASCAR Rule Book.

Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 60, has been penalized with the loss of 60 Nationwide Series championship drivers' points, fined $25,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. Car owner Jack Roush has been penalized with the loss of 60 series championship owners' points.

Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 22, has been placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.

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07/21/10
nnw

Roush Fenway Racing Response to NASCAR Sanctions
“We have received notification of NASCAR’s penalties against Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski and Roush Fenway Racing related to Saturday night’s race at Gateway International Raceway,” said Roush Fenway president Geoff Smith.

“As with all NASCAR actions of this nature, we will internally evaluate the penalties, and the underlying explanations, prior to making any decision about next steps. We look forward to watching Carl and Brad as they continue to compete on a weekly basis for the championship in the Nationwide Series.”

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07/21/10
nnw

Brad Keselowski Response to Gateway Penalty
“The incident at the end of Saturday night’s race at Gateway was unfortunate not just for Penske Racing and the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge team, but for all of the teams that were caught up in the aftermath. There was unnecessary damage done to a lot of race cars as a result of the incident, including one of our best cars. We support NASCAR’s decision and we look forward to putting this behind us. Our focus continues to be working hard to get Discount Tire, Ruby Tuesday, Dodge, Mr. Penske and Penske Racing a Championship this season.”    Brad Keselowski

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07/21/10
irl

Scheckter back in No. 24 MonaVie car for Edmonton
Tomas Scheckter, who competed in the Honda Indy Toronto for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, will drive the No. 24 MonaVie entry this weekend in the Honda Indy Edmonton.

He'll team up with Justin Wilson, who earned the PEAK Performance Pole Award in Toronto in the No. 22 Z-Line Designs car.

Of note: "The Early Show" segment with anchor/reporter Erica Hill getting a ride in an Indy Racing Experience two-seater and driving an Indy car on the Honda Indy Toronto street circuit will air July 28 on CBS…Andretti Autosport driver Danica Patrick is among the three top female sports stars in the nation, according to an annual Harris Interactive poll. Tennis siblings Venus and Serena Williams are Nos. 1 and 2. Patrick was also selected as one of 30 women who are "Utterly Inspiring Role Models" by Forbes.com. Also included on the list were Melinda Gates, Michele Obama and Oprah Winfrey. ... Olympic curling gold medalist and Edmonton resident Kevin Martin will be the grand marshal of the Honda Indy Edmonton. … KV Racing Technology driver Paul Tracy said the impetus for his weight loss was seeing himself in early shots of his SPEED Channel series "Battle of the Supercars." The show, which co-stars rally and drifting standout Tanner Foust, debuts July 22 at 10 p.m. (ET) ... USF2000 driver Zach Veach is featured in the latest issue of Amazing Kids.



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07/21/10
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Barber recognized for environmental excellence
Barber Motorsports Park, which played host to its first IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights race weekend in April, has received certification in Environmental Planning from the Audobon Cooperative Sanctuary Program - the only motorsports park in the world to hold such certification.

The program is designed to help landowners preserve and enhance the environmental quality of their property.

"We welcome Barber Motorsports Park's commitment to managing their property in an environmentally-sensitive manner," Audubon International staff ecologist Jim Sluiter said.



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07/21/10
irl

Conway gets in some laps -- on simulator
IZOD IndyCar Series driver Mike Conway, recovering in the United Kingdom from injuries suffered in a crash in the Indianapolis 500 on May 30, last week began driving in a racing simulator as part of his workout regimen.

"It is great to be back in the cockpit after the accident seven weeks ago," said Conway, who the same day had the cast from his left leg removed. "It's the first time I put weight on (the foot) so I was surprised how well I could hit the brakes. I am pleased to say that I have feeling in my foot and it felt good."

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07/21/10
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Menard family reunion in Montreal
In NASCAR racing, drivers with family names of French descent are so unusual that the promoters of the NAPA Auto Parts 200, presented by Dodge have decided to highlight the participation of one of them at the August 28-29 Nationwide Series race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. On Saturday August 28, all spectators with the family name "Ménard" or "Menard" will be invited to a private family reunion with Paul Menard, driver of the #98 Roush Fenway Racing entry. A group photo with the driver from Wisconsin and all the Ménard or Menard's from Québec, Eastern Canada, or anywhere in America, will immortalize this special moment. If among those present, there is one or more person with the name Paul Ménard, there will be an additional photo taken with their famed namesake. The whole group will also be invited to sign a giant "good luck" card for Paul Menard.

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07/21/10
f1

Ferrari World unveils its attractions
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi unveils today its exciting attractions, designed to tell the Ferrari story, passion, excellence, performance and technical innovation to families and fans of all ages. More than 20 rides will offer thrills and amusement for a complete Ferrari experience.

Rides and attractions:

  • Formula Rossa – The world’s fastest roller coaster, reaching speeds of 240 km/h.
  • Speed of Magic – A fantasy 4-D journey following the adventures of a young boy as he travels through a kaleidoscopic dreamscape of natural and phenomenal environments, where no Ferrari has gone before.
  • Made in Maranello – A virtual trip behind the walls of the famous Ferrari factory in Maranello, taking guests through the process of making a Ferrari.

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07/21/10
automotive

Germany's best quality car is a.......Hyundai
When the Germans think of a quality car, there’s only one brand that now springs to mind – Hyundai. Leading German motoring magazine AutoBild, has awarded Hyundai the honor of first-place in its annual AutoBild Quality Report for 2010.

Hyundai eclipsed its rival Toyota and edged out local manufacturers BMW and Audi to take the prestigious award based on a comprehensive analysis of reliability, long-term quality and customer satisfaction.

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07/21/10
irl

Video: History of Lotus in IndyCar
A video looking at the history and future of Lotus in the IZOD IndyCar Series.


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07/21/10
f1

Danny Sullivan to act as Hockenheim steward
Formula 1 governing body the FIA has confirmed that Danny Sullivan, former Tyrrell pilot and winner of the 1985 Indianapolis 500, will be the racing driver in Race Control for the German Grand Prix this weekend.

With Nigel Mansell having taken up the position for his home race two weekends ago, Sullivan now becomes the first American driver to moderate a race in 2010.

Born in Louisville in 1950, Sullivan attended the Kentucky Military Institute before signing up for the Jim Russell Racing School. However, prior to his move into racing, Danny was also a New York taxi driver and even a lumberjack.

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07/21/10
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NASCAR race attendance continues downward spiral
The following table compiled by The Daily reflects NASCAR Sprint Cup race attendance.  One would expect race attendance to drop when a lot of people are out of work, but the fact that TV viewership also continues a downward spiral indicates a more serious problem for NASCAR - broad lack of interest in the sport.

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07/21/10
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Brickyard 400 reminder: Plan ahead to avoid road construction
NASCAR fans are encouraged to arrive early in the Indianapolis area during the Brickyard 400 on July 23-25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway due to a major Interstate highway construction project west of the racetrack.

The southbound Interstate 465 exit to Crawfordsville Road (southbound Exit 16A) is closed for the remainder of 2010 as part of a major reconstruction of I-465 on Indianapolis' west side. This traditionally has been a popular exit for fans heading to the Speedway from points north and northwest of IMS.

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07/21/10
f1

FOTA teams on 'collision course' - Ecclestone
Bernie Ecclestone
(GMM)  The teams association FOTA is on "a collision course" with itself, Bernie Ecclestone said on Wednesday.

A row between the F1 chief executive and the separate union of the sport's competing teams has been heating up at recent races.

First, through the sponsorship arm Allsport, the teams were warned about putting sponsor logos on the garage walls, and then the teams' tractor units were ordered out of the Silverstone paddock.

"There is no space for FOTA," the 79-year-old Briton said two weeks ago.

It is believed his disdain dates back to 2009, when the then powerful FOTA muscularly threatened to split from formula one over rules and revenue.

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07/21/10
racing news

International Motorsports Industry Show Finds Permanent Home in Indy
After substantial growth following the inaugural International Motorsports Industry Show (IMIS) last year in Indianapolis, officials from IMIS and the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association (ICVA) have announced an unprecedented agreement to keep the show in Indianapolis indefinitely. 

After an original two-year contract for 2009-2010, officials from IMIS and the ICVA announced a contract extension through 2015 during the event’s welcome reception last December. Today’s updated agreement will keep IMIS in Indianapolis through the life of its convention. IMIS generates more than $15.9 million in direct visitor spending annually for the City of Indianapolis.

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07/21/10
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tv news

Transcript of NASCAR on ESPN Media Conference Call
Yesterday, ESPN held a media conference call to kick off its coverage of the final 17 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. On the call were lap-by-lap announcer Marty Reid, analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree and ESPN vice president, programming and acquisitions, Julie Sobieski. A transcript of the call follows:.

THE MODERATOR: Marty Reid, after 28 years with the company, calling a lot of Nationwide races, open wheel, drag racing, you’re going to be calling a Sprint Cup race for the first time. What are your thoughts? 

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07/21/10
racing news

O'Connor to represent woman on FIA commission
Former CART/Champ Car Atlantic Series boss, Vicki O'Connor, is now working with ACCUS as an independent director on the FIA Women in Motorsports commission and will be representing the USA. First meeting is in September in Switzerland.

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07/21/10
f1

Latest F1 news in brief
  • Alguersuari 'skeptical' after 2011 Toro Rosso renewal
  • Mercedes not looking for Schumacher replacement - Haug
  • German GP ticket sales 'flattened' after Schumacher hype
  • Hamilton thinks small title lead 'strange'
  • Grosjean returns to GP2 grid at Hockenheim
  • Monaco axe threat just Ecclestone 'negotiations' - Tambay

Alguersuari 'skeptical' after 2011 Toro Rosso renewal
(GMM)  Jaime Alguersuari has cautiously welcomed news that he will be staying with Toro Rosso in 2011.

Last week, team boss Franz Tost said the Spanish 20-year-old as well as current teammate Sebastien Buemi are "both confirmed" for next season.

Swiss 21-year-old Buemi initially reacted by denying he has signed a new contract, before clarifying that he will indeed be staying with the Faenza based team in 2011.

Now, in an interview with AS newspaper, Alguersuari said: "I'm happy with the extension and the fact that Tost trusts me for 2011, but next season is still far away.

"It is not going to influence at all what I do on the track because I am very focused on the present.

"In F1, things change very quickly, so that the situation now can be different in a few months.

"I just want to have a better second half of the year and return to the points," he added.

Alguersuari was asked by the Spanish newspaper if, like Buemi, he is "skeptical" about Tost's confirmation about the 2011 lineup.

"He (Buemi) believes more or less what I do.  At this point you can never know for certain what will happen to you for next season.

"I could go to another team, or stay with Toro Rosso, where I am very happy to continue, but you never know.

"We are skeptical until the end of the season and can't really say anything else," he said.

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07/21/10
f1

F1 Grand Prix - Inside the engineers’ truck
Weighing in at 35 and a half tones, the Renault F1 Team’s engineering truck is an impressive piece of kit. It’s a home away from home for the engineers; a mobile office with working space for 30 people. It’s where some of the key decisions are made during the race weekend, a sanctuary for the drivers to debrief and a quiet place where the engineers can pore over the data.

“The truck is the hub from the point of view of engineering the car,” explains Vitaly’s race engineer, Mark Slade. “In the lead up to the race, it’s where all the information comes in, and where everything gets decided, especially during the practice sessions when we’re concentrating on setting up the car.”

So who’s in there calling the shots? Well, each driver has a team of engineers monitoring his every move on the racetrack. While the race engineer spends the sessions on the pit wall and in the garage, the back-up team consists of a performance engineer, a control systems engineer and two engine engineers. To do their jobs they have a vast array of computer screens and monitors to follow the action, as Robert’s performance engineer, Jon Marshall, explains:

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