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07/24/12
motogp
Ben Spies announces he’s a free agent  [Editor's Note: Seems Ben Spies was told by Yamaha yesterday they decided to put someone else on the factory bike alongside Jorge Lorenzo for 2013 and so Ben decided to come out and tell the world he is a free agent. Yamaha preferred to wait until after the two upcoming races in the USA to make the announcement. Speculation is either Valentino Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso or Cal Crutchlow will be Lorenzo's teammate in 2013.]

American Ben Spies said this morning that he won't be riding for Yamaha in MotoGP next season, that he has made the decision to leave the factory Yamaha team at the end of the 2012 season.

Spies said via email this morning: More ...

07/24/12
motogp
American reserve rider snubbed for home races  The Pramac Ducati team had a chance to make a bold, interesting choice to replace the injured Hector Barbera for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix this Sunday at Laguna Seca and instead opted for the safe, good-old-boys' network.

Pramac picked MotoGP and Moto2 castoff Toni Elias to ride its satellite GP12 after Barbera suffered a broken left fibula and tibia last weekend in a motocross training accident. Barbera is expected to miss four to six weeks, which puts his participation in the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Aug. 19 at Indianapolis also in doubt. More ...

07/24/12
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Bourdais to compete at the Super Weekend  Dragon Racing's Sebastien Bourdais will co-drive a Starworks Motorsport car with Alex Popow in the Daytona Prototype category of the three-hour GRAND-Am Brickyard Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27.

Bourdais drove the final stint with Starworks in Round 2 of the North American Endurance Championship event, finishing third in the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen with Ryan Dalziel and Enzo Potolicchio earlier this month.

07/24/12
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Rahal to compete at Surfers event  Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing driver Graham Rahal confirmed that he will co-drive a V8 Supercar in the Gold Coast 600 in October. Rahal will drive alongside Rick Kelly in a Kelly Racing Team entry.

"I was thrilled to get the call to participate in the event," said Rahal. "It's definitely a big thanks to the Kelly group for the opportunity. The Gold Coast has become one of the marquee motorsports events for racing drivers from all disciplines and to compete with one of the premier teams in the series in my first go at it is a real honor."

Andretti Autosport driver Marco Andretti (Todd Kelly/Kelly Racing) and Dragon Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais have also said they will be part of the international lineup to be paired with a regular driver. Bourdais claimed the Dan Wheldon Trophy as top international driver at the Gold Coast 600 in 2011.

07/24/12
irl
Mid-Ohio test expected to draw most of IZOD IndyCar field  The 2012 Dallara chassis prototype made its testing debut on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course last August, and this week 21 IZOD IndyCar Series drivers will test the refined road/street course package of the new car in advance of the Aug. 3-5 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.

The July 26 event at the facility in Lexington, Ohio, will be open to spectators from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. They're welcome to bring food and/or coolers to watch the activity from the Keyhole or infield of the 2.258-mile, 13-turn course. Enter through Gate 3. Tickets for the race weekend will be available for purchase at Gate 2. More ...

07/24/12
f1
Ferrari not sitting on laurels  Yesterday, twenty four hours after the win in Hockenheim, there was certainly no sense of euphoria in the Scuderia Ferrari offices and today, everyone is concentrating totally on the forthcoming race on 29th July at the Hungaroring, on the outskirts of Budapest.

“It’s nice to see our fans are happy with that last result, but no one at Maranello is under any sort of illusion,” said Stefano Domenicali to www.ferrari.com. “The fact we are leading the Drivers’ championship with Fernando does not lull us into thinking that everything is fine and we’re cruising along with the wind in our sails; quite the contrary in fact. Red Bull has always been very strong in Budapest these past few years and McLaren showed in Germany that it was back in front running form, after a slight dip at its home race. Then there is also Mercedes, as well as Lotus and other teams, such as Williams and Sauber, who have shown they can, in some circumstances, also be in the fight for the podium. Clearly, the opposition is as numerous as its strong.” More ...

07/24/12
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NASCAR Chicagoland Truck TV Rating  The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Chicago enjoyed a Household Ratings increase of 4% when compared to the equivalent race date from last season (.59 vs. .57), while NCWTS qualifying was up 76% (0.37 vs. 0.21) and the popular pre-race show, NCWTS Setup with Krista Voda was up 22% (0.33 vs. 0.27) according to Nielsen Media Research.

During the time period of the Trucks race, SPEED was the highest-rated sports network in basic cable with HHs (0.59) and M35-54 (0.61), and was the 7th highest-rated network overall among M35-54 (0.61).  It was also the highest-rated Trucks race on SPEED with HHs in three months (since the 0.73 from Charlotte on 5/18/12).

The next race is scheduled for Aug. 4 from Pocono Raceway with NCWTS Setup at 12:30 p.m. ET and green-flag racing at 1 p.m. ET.

07/24/12
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NASCAR Chicagoland Nationwide TV Rating  ESPN’s live telecast of the STP 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, July 22, earned ESPN’s second-highest cable rating this season and saw a 57 percent ratings increase from last year’s event.

The telecast earned a 2.2 household coverage rating (1.9 U.S. rating), averaging 2,818,857 viewers, according to the Nielsen Company. Last year’s race, which was run on a Saturday night, earned a 1.4 household coverage rating. More ...

07/24/12
track news
Martinsville Speedway president survives plane crash  According to WDBJ7.com--a network television affiliate in Roanoke, Va.--Clay Campbell, president of NASCAR track Martinsville Speedway, was on-board a plane that crashed at Blue Ridge Regional Airport early Sunday morning.

The Web site says that seven people, including the pilot, were on the plane as it returned from a race in Ohio, only to discover a problem with its landing gear upon its descent to the runway. More ...

07/24/12
automotive
Never judge a book by its cover  UPDATE It appears we were misled.  The real creator of these cars is here.

07/24/12 He used to go to all the public functions...especially the picture theaters.  And always carried a Sugar Bag to collect empty bottles and cans.

His name was... Albert (Tapper) Torney.  Everyone thought he was a bit eccentric and kids would tease and hassle him.  But it was discovered he was very talented and only sold the empty bottles and some of the cans.

After he died in 1998 (aged 86) His large collection of Model Cars he made from the Aluminum Cans was discovered. More ...

07/24/12
irl
Political interests being put before good of sport  Randy Bernard, the man who I happen to think has done a superb job running IndyCar against at times impossible odds, is in the midst of a political quagmire when it comes to the series' 2013 schedule. Drivers, most team owners and a large - and vocal - group of IndyCar fans want the series to return to Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Now some would argue that America's finest road racing facility doesn't necessarily have a historical connection to IndyCar, but the fact of the matter is that "America's National Park of Speed" was a pivotal venue for the once-great F5000 series. And the road racing component of IndyCar racing has a direct link to that fabulous era of American road racing history. More ...
07/24/12
motogp
Repsol Honda Team to receive new engine and chassis for Laguna Seca  The Repsol Honda Team crosses the Atlantic Ocean this week and heads to California to participate in the first race of the season in America. The Red Bull US Grand Prix in Laguna Seca will be the tenth round of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship, the fourth race in five weeks and the last race for the teams and riders before the summer break.

HRC have been very productive since Mugello and have prepared the new parts that both Dani and Casey tested on the Monday test. In Laguna, Dani Pedrosa will have a new engine and chassis as he requested, and Casey will have the new engine in the standard chassis which he feels more comfortable with. More ...

07/24/12
tv news
Hill leaving Fox Sports  News Corporation announced a restructuring of the senior leadership team that oversees the Company's media and entertainment properties. Peter Rice, who has served as Chairman of Entertainment for Fox Networks Group (FNG) since 2010, has been elevated to Chairman and CEO of FNG. David Hill, who has served as Chairman and CEO of Fox Sports since 1999, has been elevated to Senior Executive Vice President, News Corporation. In this new role Mr. Hill will focus on programming, digital initiatives and other opportunities spanning the breadth of the Company's operating units across Latin America, Asia, Australia, Europe and the U.S. Mr. Hill will be based in Los Angeles. David Hill has been Chairman and CEO of Fox Sports since 1999. Previously, Mr. Hill served as Chairman and CEO of Fox Broadcasting Company from 1997 to 1999. News Corp
07/24/12
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Dillon will run full Nationwide season in 2013  Richard Childress is in no rush to push grandson #3-Austin Dillon into full-time Sprint Cup competition. "I've seen too many young guys come along and get moved up too quick," Childress said Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway, where Dillon finished sixth in the STP 300. "We don't want to do that." So Dillon, battling teammate Elliott Sadler atop this year's points standings, can expect to run another full Nationwide schedule in 2013, at the same time, getting a bit more exposure in Cup. Ideally, Childress said he can expect seven Sprint Cup races.

"We're going to run him next year in Nationwide for a full season and we'll run him in a few more Cup races and look at how we progress there," Childress said. "That's always been the plan -- kind of the plan we laid out when they were 13, 15 years old. You get two years in the Truck, two years in Nationwide. That's sort of the game plan for his brother Ty as well. We'll run him two years in Truck, then move him up. Of course, they've got to prove themselves every week." NASCAR.com
07/24/12
f1
New film footage shows an F1 racing car sliced into two!  UPDATE Today Sauber released high-resolution photos of the cutaway racing car
Information Cutaway Front
Driver's Seat Fuel Cell Wall Mount


05/31/12 And now for something completely different: for the last two years the Sauber F1 Team mechanics have been using their downtime to slice a Formula One racing car lengthwise down the middle with the precision of true craftsmen. A new film is now set to give this cutaway model its first public viewing.

“Formula One is all about cutting-edge technology,” says Chief Designer Matt Morris at the start of the five minute film. “We’ve all seen countless pictures of racing cars, but wouldn’t it be great to really explore inside it – as if peering into the core of an apple?” More ...
07/24/12
LMESA
LeMans Series adds race in Indonesia  The 2013 Asian Le Mans Series is taking shape. A round of this championship presented on 14th June 2012 at Le Mans will take place in Indonesia.

An agreement has been signed between the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, the companies S2M and TS Motorsport (promoter and organizer of the Asian Le Mans Series) and the Indonesian Authorities. More ...
07/24/12
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday  
  • In Alonso Ferrari has the best
    Millionaire Alonso 'a bargain' for Ferrari
  • F1 awaits Red Bull rule clarification for Hungary
  • Marko accuses FIA of passing rule 'double standard'
  • 'Realistic' Sauber targets F1 giant Mercedes
  • Nurburgring 'not annoyed' by Ecclestone snub
  • Toto Wolff Becomes an Executive Director of Williams Grand Prix
  • Whitmarsh hoping F1 cuts ‘inner frictions’
  • Brawn: We’ll work hard to improve Mercedes  More ...
07/23/12
f1
40.9% of Germans viewers watch F1 race Sunday  Sunday's German F1 Grand Prix attained "outstanding" ratings, even without a victory from a German driver, according to the SID. Cologne-based TV channel RTL recorded an average of 5.9 million viewers during its live-broadcast of the race. That is an "excellent" market share of 40.9%. RTL's coverage of Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso's victory at the Hockenheimring peaked at 6.5 million viewers.  SID
07/23/12
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Capello retires  
Dindo Capello hangs up his gloves
Audi managed to make a brilliant start into the new World Endurance Championship. After three victories at the three rounds held so far, at Sebring (USA), Spa (B) and Le Mans (F), Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich’s team is now focused on defending its lead in the standings. As announced at the time of submitting the entries in February the line-up after Le Mans will be reduced to two vehicles.

The Audi R18 e-tron quattro - car number "1" - will be shared by Marcel Fässler (CH), André Lotterer (D) and Benoît Treluyer (F), the trio with whom Audi achieved its eleventh victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours in June. "Our three drivers have found a perfect rhythm and celebrated their second consecutive Le Mans victory, so it’s a good idea to continue letting them run as a threesome," says Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. The Swiss, the German and the Frenchman are currently sharing second place in the standings with a 6.5-point gap. More ...

07/23/12
irl
Sato's strong showing results in career-best day  
Takuma Sato
When Takuma Sato got around the car driven by Alex Tagliani in Turn 5 of Lap 55, there were 20 laps remaining and one driver standing in the way of him and the top step in Victory Circle.

He wound up .8367 of a second short - to Team Penske's Helio Castroneves - over the 2.224-mile, 13-turn City Centre Airport circuit

"It's OK. We'll take a second place, especially after the Indy 500," said Sato of the May 27 race in which he was in contention for a stunning victory until Turn 1 of the final lap when an attempted pass of race leader Dario Franchitti ended with the No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing car in the SAFER Barrier. More ...

07/23/12
irl
Caution-free race tightens up IZOD IndyCar Series championship  Proponents of green-white-checkered IZOD IndyCar Series events got just that July 22 in the Edmonton Indy - in the form of a caution-free race. On a temporary street circuit no less.

The previous full-course caution-free Indy car road/street race was at Portland in 2007 under Champ Car sanction. The last caution-free oval race was in June 2011 at Texas Motor Speedway.

"It's strange. With all of the marbles we have out there, you'd expect someone to go off or spin or something," said IZOD IndyCar Series championship points leader Ryan Hunter-Reay, who advanced four positions to finish seventh in the 75-lap battle on the 2.24-mile, 13-turn City Centre Airport course. "I was praying for a caution and it didn't come." More ...

07/23/12
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Goodyear expects 28 teams at tire test on July 30  Michigan International Speedway will host 28 teams on Monday, July 30 when Goodyear holds a one-day tire test for all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams.

The best drivers in NASCAR will once again descend on the Irish Hills to continue their preparations for the Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday, August 19. The star-studded list includes 28 drivers and teams who will take advantage of the added practice time. More ...

07/23/12
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Monday  UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

07/23/12
  • Sebastian Vettel
    Red Bull saga - track spat or high-stakes politics?
  • Vettel: The move showed respect for Button 
  • Hamilton hopes Kovalainen gets fast car for 2013
  • Ecclestone's motor home in Germany, Ecclestone not
  • Domenicali hails ‘perfect’ Alonso driving
  • Mercedes admits that car is too slow
  • Whiting admits Vettel penalty 'very hard' New
  • Technical bosses meet to discuss Red Bull rules saga New
  • McLaren sets new pit-stop record New More ...
07/23/12
irl
IndyCar CEO hopes race returns to Edmonton  IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard said he will sit down next week with the promoter of the Edmonton Indy, but says as far as he's concerned the series is racing in the Alberta capital next year.
Bernard said the contract between IndyCar, the city, and promoter Octane Motorsport Events, runs through 2013.

"From our standpoint we have a three-year contract (through to 2013)," said Bernard.

He said any financial concerns over the event itself have to be worked out between Octane and the city. More ...

07/23/12
irl
IndyCar CEO thinks series will benefit if American wins  
Randy Bernard
IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard believes the series has shown this season it has some of the best drivers in the world, and an American winning the championship would be an added bonus.

"I think that it's very important that IndyCar has the best drivers in the world," Bernard said Sunday. "That's what we want to make sure we focus on. Whether the champion is from Brazil or Australia or the U.S., as long as there is a great battle down to the last race, that will be very exciting."

Ryan Hunter-Reay entered Sunday's race at Edmonton as the first American to lead the series standings since Sam Hornish Jr. in 2006. Bernard acknowledged Sunday an American champion gives the series more marketing possibilities. More ...

07/23/12
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Video: Edmonton Indy Highlights and Finish  
07/23/12
irl
Ryan Hunter-Reay Launches RyanRacing.com Website  
Ryan Hunter-Reay's new website
Ryan Hunter-Reay is a driver on a hot streak, winning three consecutive IZOD IndyCar Series races and launching into the championship points lead. Hunter-Reay proudly flies the American flag after each victory, and he's the first American-born racer to lead the championship since Sam Hornish Jr. in 2006. This weekend at the Edmonton Indy, Ryan will attempt to do what no driver has done in six years: win four straight IndyCar races.

Can he do it? More ...

07/23/12
f1
Video: Vettel pass on Button for 2nd in German GP  Sebastian Vettel passes Jenson Button at turn six on the penultimate lap at Hockenheim to re-take second place at the German Grand Prix. The overtake was investigated by the FIA as Vettel was off the track at the time he passed Button and the double world champion was later handed a 20-second penalty meaning he was demoted to fifth place instead of just demoting him behind Button, which would have been the fair thing to do.  Vettel was clearly faster than Button.

Martin Whitmarsh Comments on the pass: More ...

07/22/12
f1
Vettel loses podium after Button pass  (GMM)  Stewards demoted Sebastian Vettel from second to fifth after ruling his late-race pass on Jenson Button at Hockenheim was illegal.

Hot on the heels of Sunday's other controversy about the Red Bull's engine software, the team broke the post-race drive-through penalty news with a statement entitled 'Never a dull moment".

McLaren's Button, who is promoted from third to second, called the stewards' decision "straightforward".

"The rules state that you can't go off the track to gain an advantage," he said. More ...

07/22/12
f1
Controversy haunts Red Bull as Alonso strolls away  Before and then after Sunday's German grand prix, controversy haunted Red Bull.

But it was Ferrari's Fernando Alonso who continued to stroll away at the head of the world championship, the Spaniard serenely extending his lead with a commanding win at Hockenheim.

All the excited talk, however, was about Red Bull.

The FIA kicked it all off, very publicly questioning the legality of the RB8 just hours before the red lights were due to extinguish. More ...

07/22/12
f1
Austin F1 organizers reapply for state funds  A group affiliated with Circuit of the Americas has reapplied to state Comptroller Susan Combs' office to tap an economic development fund for a Formula One race scheduled for November.

The application, filed by the Circuit Events Local Organizing Committee on July 13, asks Combs to create a trust fund containing $30.6 million. It contains a revised economic impact study, letters from City of Austin officials and Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone, and other documents. More ...

07/22/12
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Penske to get Allmendinger's drug test results by Thursday  A.J. Allmendinger's test results on his "B Sample" will be known within 24-48 hours after Tuesday's test, according to Bud Denker, Senior Vice President of Penske Corporation. Denker is in Edmonton for Sunday's IZOD IndyCar Series Edmonton Indy and confirmed that the second test for the suspended NASCAR Sprint Cup driver of the #22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge will be known prior to next Saturday's first practice session for the Crown Royal at the Brickyard at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Denker, who said neither NASCAR nor Allmendinger have notified the team of what substance was found in Allmendinger's initial test, expects to have the results of Allmendinger's B Sample either late Wednesday or on Thursday. Team owner Roger Penske and Team Penske President Tim Cindric have both said if Allmendinger passes the B Sample test he will immediately be reinstated to the #22 Dodge. If Allmendinger's second drug test comes back positive, then he will be suspended indefinitely by NASCAR. Motorsport.com

07/22/12
gp2
Calado dominates for sprint victory  
James Calado
James Calado put on a crushing display of speed and race craft to lead from lights to flag for a dominant victory in this morning's sprint race in Hockenheim, easing away lap after lap to roll home eight seconds ahead of Giedo van der Garde and Felipe Nasr.

The win was set up when the lights went out, as Calado stormed off the line as Nigel Melker stuttered behind him, bunching up much of the field. When front row starter Luiz Razia went wide at turn one Nasr slid past van der Garde at the next corner, with Leimer joining the pair to run 3 wide at the hairpin, leaving Razia nowhere to go but into a spin. More ...
07/22/12
gp3
Evans wins in Germany amongst safety car chaos  
Mitch Evans
Sunday morning and the Hockenheim paddock was greeted to glorious sunshine and warm temperatures, very unlike Saturday’s changeable and tricky weather conditions. Reverse pole went to Mitch Evans with local fans favorite Daniel Abt starting in P2, eager to win his home race.

As the lights went out for the start of Race 2, it was the German driver who made one his trademark lightning getaways to snatch the lead with Evans having to defend from Tamas Pal Kiss. Further back, there was a dramatic accident involving four drivers, both the Status GP cars of Lewis Williamson and Alice Powell, Carlin’s William Buller and Trident Racing’s Vicky Piria. It was a nasty shunt with Piria’s car being sent skywards and leaving a lot of debris around the circuit. The safety car was deployed to clear away the material, whilst title challenger Antonio Felix Da Costa also had a premature end to his race after stopping at turn one. More ...
07/22/12
irl
Franchitti wants IndyCar test engine rule tweak  
Dario Franchitti in Edmonton
IndyCar/LAT USA
Reigning IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti has called for drivers to be allocated a separate test engine so that teams can test without fear of suffering an engine failure that would translate into a grid penalty for the following race.

Current series rules require drivers to serve a 10-place grid penalty if they make an unauthorized engine change. The rule was introduced to help control costs, but despite the high count of penalties so far this season - including that issued to this weekend's Edmonton polesitter Ryan Hunter-Reay - Franchitti believes that an exception should only be made for testing. More ...

07/22/12
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Sunday  
  • Smooth nose may be McLaren's downfall
    De Villota thanks fans in hand-written note
  • Hembery defends Pirelli after latest criticism
  • Vettel plays down anger after Webber incident
  • No German arrest as Ecclestone skips Hockenheim
  • Domenicali plays down 'normal' Webber talks
  • Now Button doubts McLaren's smooth-nose approach
  • F1 'undoubtedly better' than my era - Hakkinen
  • Grosjean's father explains why Swiss-born son is French More ...
07/21/12
gp2
Cecotto storms to feature race victory  Johnny Cecotto's gamble to start on slicks when all of his rivals (other than Stéphane Richelmi) started on wet tires paid off in spades with a dominant victory in this afternoon's feature race in Hockenheim, allowing the Venezuelan to pick his strategy rather than have it dictated to him to roll out an easy winner ahead of Fabio Leimer and Richelmi.

With a heavy shower ahead of the race Cecotto and Richelmi were the only drivers willing to throw the dice (from P17 and P22 respectively), hanging on as best they could when the lights went out and the spray went up. At the front poleman Giedo van der Garde had a decent start to lead out his rivals, with Nigel Melker mugging Leimer for P2 at turn 4: the pair soon gobbled up the Caterham driver as Fabio Onidi sliced his way past Felipe Nasr to cross the line behind them. More ...
07/21/12
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Klaus Graf wins Mosport pole  

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario (July 21, 2012) – Forget the candles, the cake and the gifts. Klaus Graf threw himself a party Saturday with the best present of all – pole position for Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport. On his 43rd birthday, Graf won his third straight pole position at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with a blistering lap of 1:06.486 (133.147 mph) around the 2.459-mile, 10-turn circuit.

Graf and Lucas Luhr – who celebrates his 33rd birthday Sunday – are going for a fourth straight victory in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n. They lead the P1 championship with their No. 6 Honda Performance Development ARX-03a prototype.

A victory in Sunday’s noon ET race would be Graf and Muscle Milk’s third in a row at CTMP. Graf won in 2010 in a Porsche RS Spyder. He and Luhr drove an Aston Martin-powered Lola coupe last year.

“Lucas and I have been here many, many times,” Graf said. “We’ve won here repeatedly (five times between them). It doesn't take us long to get up to speed. We kind of know the baseline of the car now, and we have really good engineering staff and simulation programs. The car wasn't really good right away. We have good Michelin tires we weren't concerned with, but the guys worked really hard between sessions to improve the car.”

Mission accomplished. Graf was 2.151 seconds clear of Dyson Racing’s Chris Dyson in the No. 16 Lola-Mazda he drives with Guy Smith. Eric Lux qualified third at 1:08.746 (128.770 mph) in Dyson Racing’s No. 20 Lola-Mazda.

The Muscle Milk HPD was quickest in each of Saturday’s practice sessions after sitting out Friday’s test session.

“People think it looks really, really easy, but it's not,” Graf said. “We really worked hard between each session to make things better. The best lap here means being brave. You really have to go for it. In this P1 car, you only brake twice, maybe three times on a lap. Each corner is almost flat out. It is really impressive and fast. It takes a lot of confidence, you have to have that in your car or you might struggle just a bit. If you don't feel very comfortable in the car, you just can't do it.”

A day after posting the fastest overall time during the ALMS test day, Martin Plowman earned his first pole position – and first for Conquest Endurance – in the Series with a lap of 1:08.853 (128.570 mph). The No. 37 Morgan-Nissan he drives with David Heinemeier-Hansson was the fastest P2 car in qualifying by 0.567 seconds over Level 5 Motorsports’ Christophe Bouchut.

“This is very nice to get the first pole. It was even better in the manner we did it,” Plowman said. “We rolled the car off the truck and it was already on the mark. We did a few things in practice to try and improve the car. We made the right improvements. I went out during qualifying with my goals; all I had to do was hit my marks. I got it right on the sweet spot.”

Plowman and Heinemeier-Hansson have been the near-equal of the Bouchut/Scott Tucker pairing in all four races this season. The Conquest entry finished second the No. 055 Level 5 HPD ARX-03b in the last three races.

“We've bonded really well,” Plowman said of the Conquest team. “Racing is a people sport, and we've got some great people. I'd say the way this car handles, it's not too alien for me – very similar to an open-wheel car. It's a great car to drive, very drivable. The hardest part has been learning how to deal with the traffic, especially being in a middle class where the P1s are going faster and there are others going slower.”

After winning last year’s GT race, Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen took the class’ pole position in the No. 3 Corvette C6 ZR1 he shares with Antonio Garcia. The Dane posted a record-breaking lap of 1:15.478 (117.285 mph) to beat teammate Oliver Gavin in the No. 4 Corvette by 0.304 seconds.

Magnussen (at left with track co-owner Ron Fellows) seeks his sixth career victory at CTMP, but Saturday’s pole position was only his second there in his ALMS career. He was the overall fastest qualifier for the 1999 race in a factory Panoz prototype.

“I love this place,” said Magnussen, who made his 100tth ALMS start two weeks ago at Lime Rock Park. “This is one of my favorite racetracks, probably because it is really fast. It has great flow and is a great challenge. I am super happy to be starting the race from the front row.”

Corvettes running 1-2 at CTMP is nothing new. It was a common sight when the velocity yellow racers were in GT1 and the team has a total of nine victories at the circuit – seven in GT1 and two in GT. Magnussen and Garcia are second in the driver’s championship behind Gavin and Tommy Milner. Corvette Racing leads the team championship.

“In the past the Corvette has always been strong here,” Magnussen said. “Since we built the GT car, this year’s version has been the best. It isn't the fastest because we have less horsepower, but it certainly is the best. We have a front-row start and will be racing for the championship, so we'll need to play nice for the start.”

BMW Team RLL’s Bill Auberlen qualified third in GT with a lap of 1:16.011 (116.462 mph). He will drive the No. 55 BMW M3 GT with Jörg Müller.

CORE autosport’s Colin Braun captured his first ALMS pole position with a Prototype Challenge-record 1:10.698 (125.214 mph) in the team’s No. 05 ORECA FLM09. The young Texan and teammate Jon Bennett are on a two-race winning streak, and CORE hasn’t lost a race this season.

“To have a pole here is nice,” Braun said. “It doesn't matter much for the race but it's certainly nice for the stats. Hats off to our team as we've had a fast car all season, but not as much luck during qualifying. Jon did a great job getting our car on point during practices, and then I got to take it out during qualifying and bring home the result.”

Ryan Dalziel qualified the No. 06 CORE entry second at 1:10.935 (124.796 mph). He drives with class championship leader Alex Popow. The pairing were class winners at Long Beach in April. Merchant Services Racing’s Kyle Marcelli qualified third at 1:11.043 (124.606 mph). Last year’s pole-winner drives this weekend with Matt Downs.

“This double-car team is good,” Braun admitted. “We have twice the amount of data to go over and make changes with. It's nice to beat a competitor like Kyle Marcelli, who is a hometown favorite. It makes this a little more special.”

Damien Faulkner may want to consider the Toronto area for a second home. The Irishman won his second straight GT Challenge pole with a lap of 1:21.615 (108.465 mph) in Green Hornet Racing’s No. 34 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. His time bested Bryce Miller’s qualifying time from 2010 to set a class record at the circuit.

“I have fond memories of this place having been here before,” said Faulkner, runner-up at the circuit last season. “I tried to carry the momentum in today. All weekend, we've been fast. I was shooting for a 21.7 and ended up getting a 21.6 and knew that would be enough for the lap.”

Faulkner teams with Peter LeSaffre this weekend but drove for Black Swan Racing last year. Saturday, Faulkner was 0.320 seconds clear of Spencer Pumpelly, last year’s winner in class who partners with Emilio Di Guida in the No. 66 TRG Porsche this weekend..

Leh Ken in Alex Job Racing’s championship-leading No. 22 Porsche qualified third-quickest at 1:22.520 (107.276 mph). Teammate Cooper MacNeil leads the drivers championship after the pairing won at Lime Rock Park.

“We went over the car with a fine tooth comb last night,” Faulkner said. “I think the crew was here till 2:30 this morning which is normal because the Green Hornet Racing crew is the hardest working crew in the paddock. We want to win tomorrow. We'll be trying hard tomorrow.”

Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport, the fifth round of the ALMS championship, is scheduled for noon ET on Sunday. ESPN2’s broadcast featuring live coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET. Full, live coverage is available starting at 11:45 a.m. ET on ESPN3.

The Series’ website offers additional content such as live in-car cameras, and timing and scoring for all users around the world. Viewers outside the U.S. can watch the CTMP round and all ALMS races live on ALMS.com.

Visit ALMS.com for current and future event information including tickets and area accommodations. Follow the Series on Twitter (#ALMS, #GPMosport), Facebook and YouTube.

Results

1. Lucas Luhr, Germany (GER); Klaus Graf, Germany (GER); HPD ARX-03a Honda (P1), 1:06.486, 133.147
2. Chris Dyson, Pleasant Valley, NY (USA); Guy Smith, Beverley, UK (ENG); Lola B12/60 Mazda (P1), 1:08.637, 128.974
3. Tony Burgess, Canada (CAN); Eric Lux, Jacksonville, FL (US); Lola B11/66 Mazda (P1), 1:08.746, 128.770
4. David Heinemeier Hansson (USA); Martin Plowman, Indianapolis, IN (USA); Morgan/Nissan (P2), 1:08.853, 128.570
5. Scott Tucker (US); Christophe Bouchut, France (FRA); HPD ARX-03b Honda (P2), 1:09.420, 127.519
6. Jon Bennett (USA); Colin Braun, Ovalo, TX (USA); Oreca FLM09 (PC), 1:10.698, 125.214
7. Alex Popow (VEN); Ryan Dalziel, Scotland (SCO); Oreca FLM09 (PC), 1:11.043, 124.606
8. Matt Downs, Minneapolis, MN (USA); Kyle Marcelli (CAN); Oreca FLM09 (PC), 1:10.863, 124.923
9. Tomy Drissi, Hollywood, CA (USA); Bruno Junqueira (BRA); Oreca FLM09 (PC), 1:11.122, 124.468
10. Henri Richard (FRA); Duncan Ende, Los Angeles (USA); Oreca FLM09 (PC), 1:11.810, 123.275
11. Ken Dobson, Carmel Valley, CA (US); Marino Franchitti, Scotland (SCO); Oreca FLM09 (PC), 1:12.094, 122.790
12. Antonio Garcia (ESP); Jan Magnussen (DEN); Corvette C6-ZR1 (GT), 1:15.478, 117.285
13. Tom Milner, Leesburg, VA (USA); Oliver Gavin (GBR); Corvette C6-ZR1 (GT), 1:15.782, 116.814
14. Bill Auberlen, Hermosa Beach, CA (USA); Jörg Müller, Germany (DUE); BMW E92 M3 (GT), 1:16.011, 116.462
15. Johannes van Overbeek, San Francisco, CA (USA); Scott Sharp, Jupiter, FL (USA); Ferrari F458 Italia (GT), 1:16.189, 116.190
16. Patrick Long, Oak Park, CA (USA); Jörg Bergmeister (DEU); Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT), 1:16.212, 116.155
17. Joey Hand, Sacramento, CA (USA); Dirk Müller (DEU); BMW E92 M3 (GT), 1:16.398, 115.872
18. Bryce Miller, Hoboken, NJ (USA); Sascha Maassen (DEU); Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT), 1:16.963, 115.022
19. Bryan Sellers, Centerville, OH (USA); Wolf Henzler (DEU); Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT), 1:17.060, 114.877
20. Bill Sweedler, Westport, CT (USA); Townsend Bell, Santa Monica, CA (USA); Lotus Evora/Cosworth (GT), 1:18.650, 112.554
21. Guy Cosmo, Long Island, NY; Ed Brown, Las Vegas, NV (USA); Ferrari F458 Italia (GT), 1:20.601, 109.830
22. Andy Lally, New York, NY (USA); Seth Neiman, Burlingame, CA (USA); Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT), 1:20.610, 109.818
23. Peter LeSaffre, Rye, NH (USA); Damien Faulkner (IRE); Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (GTC), 1:21.615, 108.465
24. Emilio Di Guida, Venezuela (VE); Spencer Pumpelly, Mason Neck, VA (USA); Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (GTC), 1:21.935, 108.042
25. Cooper MacNeil (USA); Leh Keen, Dublin, GA (USA); Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (GTC), 1:22.520, 107.276
26. Michael Valiante, Vancouver, BC (CAN); Chris Cumming, Vancouver, BC (CAN); Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (GTC), 1:22.741, 106.989.

07/21/12
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Wind Tunnel Sunday  We’ll talk to 2006 MotoGP World Champion, Nicky Hayden, about next week’s U.S. round at Laguna Seca, his time spent helping Ducati develop a competitive bike, and his relationship with teammate, 7-time MotoGP World Champion, Valentino Rossi.

Robin Miller will check in from the IndyCar race in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada while Ralph Sheheen and Bob Varsha will join Dave Despain in the studio to discuss all the big racing stories of the weekend. More ...

07/21/12
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Carlos Munoz wins Edmonton 100  
Carlos Munoz
IndyCar/LAT USA
Polesitter Carlos Munoz regained the lead on Lap 17 of 40 following a Lap 14 pit stop to have rain tires replaced with slicks and went on to victory in the Edmonton 100.

It was the first Firestone Indy Lights win for the 20-year-old Colombian in the No. 26 Team Dialy-Ser car for Andretti Autosport.

"It was a crazy race with rain," said Munoz, wrapped in the Colombian flag in Victory Circle. "Once it was dry, the car was unbelievable." More ...

07/21/12
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Servia and Power to take grid penalty  UPDATE Post qualifying Penske Racing Car 12’s team (Will Power) chose to change their engine despite it not having reached its engine change-out mileage thus falling afoul of rule 15.5.1.  They will serve a 10 grid-spot penalty for tomorrow’s race in accordance with rule 15.6.1.

07/21/12 The #22 entry of Panther/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing driven by Oriol Servia has made an unapproved engine change and been issued a 10-spot grid penalty for tomorrow’s race in Edmonton (Rule 15.5.1).
07/21/12
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Vettel annoyed to be slowed by Webber  Sebastian Vettel was not able to repeat his 2010 Hockenheim pole on Saturday, qualifying second to Fernando Alonso. The German was frustrated to have been unintentionally baulked by team-mate Mark Webber when on his quickest lap in Q3.

Vettel was seen shaking a hand in Webber’s direction, but later understood that the Australian would have been unable to see in his mirrors because of the spray. More ...

07/21/12
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Edmonton: Franchitti tops Practice 3  
Dario Franchitti
Dario Franchitti has started from the pole in the past three IZOD IndyCar Series races. Rain has impacted each race weekend. Ryan Hunter-Reay has won all three races.

The first two elements were lining up for the Edmonton Indy. Franchitti topped the time sheet in the morning practice session on the City Centre Airport circuit and rain is forecast to hit during the three rounds of qualifications (3 p.m. ET). More ...

07/21/12
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Failing European Le Mans Series to end season at Road Atlanta  UPDATE “The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n welcomes the decision of the European Le Mans Series and the ACO to invite teams from that championship to compete in our season finale – Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda at Road Atlanta, Oct. 17-20. The combination of a marquee field of full-season ALMS entries and a considerable number of international competitors adds to the spectacle that is Petit Le Mans – an extraordinarily world-class endurance race that will now showcase the best of two championships.

“The ALMS and IMSA have confirmed plans with ACO leadership and ELMS organizers to integrate their series participants into our championship finale. It will be an honor for us to welcome our colleagues from Europe, creating an even more remarkable experience for fans that have Petit Le Mans circled on their calendars.” Scott Atherton, ALMS

07/21/12 The European Le Mans Series will cross the Atlantic and close out its season with the Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta in October, rather than complete its own schedule.

The U.S. event on Oct. 20, which is the last round of the American Le Mans Series, replaces the final two rounds of the European championship. The events set for Brno in the Czech Republic and the Portuguese Algarve circuit, in September and November, have been canceled. More ...

07/21/12
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German GP: Alonso tops final practice  
A happy Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso turned the quickest lap at Hockenheim in his Ferrari before late rains came, ending final practice with a best lap of 1m16.014s, ahead of McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and Sauber's Sergio Perez.

Kimi Raikkonen is fourth for Lotus, followed by the Red Bulls of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, then Pastor Maldonado, Felipe Massa and Kamui Kobayashi.

Bruno Senna rounded out the top 10. More ...

07/21/12
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Abt flies to first pole on home ground in Hockenheim  
(L to R) Evans, Abt, and Daly
Qualifying for Round 5 of the GP3 Series in Hockenheim was a closely fought contest but it was home favorite, Daniel Abt who came out on top and achieved his first pole of his rookie season!

After rain had fallen on Friday, conditions for qualifying were dry and warm with dark clouds hovering over the circuit threatening to spoil the party. Germany’s Abt was first onto track as the field set their installation laps. After ten minutes, it was Series leader Mitch Evans heading the timings over Antonio Felix Da Costa and Giovanni Venturini. More ...
07/21/12
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Four NASCAR drivers in top 50 sports money earners  For the first time since SI.com began publishing the Fortunate 50 in 2004, Tiger Woods is not No. 1. He's not even No. 2. That honor goes once again to Phil Mickelson. The new No. 1 (for now) is Floyd Mayweather, who was unranked a year ago but scored two huge pay-per-view paydays to earn $85 million without a single endorsement. [SI's] findings consisted solely of salary, winnings, bonuses, endorsements and appearance fees. NASCAR has 4 drivers on the list. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., with a total of $28,164,690 in salary/winnings and endorsements, ranks 8th, Jeff Gordon is 18th, Tony Stewart is 29th, and Jimmie Johnson is 33rd. Sports Illustrated
07/21/12
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Latest F1 news in brief - Saturday  
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  • Schu 'benefitted most' from last tire war - Hembery
  • Ecclestone sets deadline for Nurburgring rescue
  • Sauber's Perez stokes up feud with Maldonado
  • Webber receives grid penalty at Hockenheim
  • Maria De Villota goes home

Stewart, Coulthard, advise Hamilton to stay
(GMM)  F1 legends Sir Jackie Stewart and David Coulthard have advised Lewis Hamilton to stay with McLaren beyond 2012.

But 1996 world champion Damon Hill thinks it could be time for him to move on. More ...

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