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07/24/11
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Rahal fuming over collision  
Rahal had plenty to say about Tagliani's driving
You could see on the face of team owner Chip Ganassi that, if he was going to say anything, his description would have to be censored. But his driver Graham Rahal spoke surprisingly calmly — without a censor button.

“If you look at the replay, it's an absolute bonehead move,” Rahal said on pit row after his No. 38 was in the middle of the Lap 1 calamity that ended his and Paul Tracy's race day, but began with an Alex Tagliani dive.

“I don't know. You hope that these guys (are going to race better). I guess that's what I expect from Tagliani. That's what he's done his entire career.

“Look at the replay — he was six cars behind me and he hits me,” Rahal said of getting tagged by Tag. “What makes you think you're going to do that. Not using his head, clearly.” More ...

07/24/11
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Edmonton Indy promoters get a '9'  The new promoters of Edmonton Indy get a “9” from IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard.

In a pre-race interview, the boss of the series gave the Octane Motorsport Events group the mark, saying the only thing he can suggest they do for next year “is add more grandstands.

"And that's a compliment,” he said.

Bernard kept the Edmonton date on the schedule clear during the winter, even though the event was cancelled by city council over a $3 million paving bill to move it from one corner of the City Centre Airport to the other. He said it was worth taking the chance that the city would get the race back on track. More ...

07/24/11
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Stoner beats Lorenzo at Laguna Seca  
Casey Stoner gets air exiting corner
In front of a crowd of over 52,000 passionate fans, the MotoGP field lined under the California sunshine for the start of the Red Bull US Grand Prix. Yamaha Factory rider Lorenzo had a great launch from pole position leading into turn one with the three Repsol Hondas tracking close behind, with Dani Pedrosa heading the trio. Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini) had a strong start and followed a tight fifth behind the Hondas until he crashed exiting turn 5 on lap seven, ending the race for the Italian.

While Lorenzo led the race, behind him Stoner was picking up steam, first passing his teammate Pedrosa on lap 18 of the 32 lap race, then ticking off fast laps to reel in the race leader. The Australian caught up to the Spaniard and proceeded to pressure him for several laps, finally making his move around the outside of Lorenzo, driving out of the last corner to take the lead with six laps to go. Stoner immediately put down the hammer and pulled away, crossing the finish with a five and a half second lead to take his fifth win of the 2011 season. More ...

07/24/11
f1
We need to improve, insists Webber  
Mark Webber says "we need to improve"
Mark Webber says Red Bull must improve if it is to fight at the front for the remainder of the season, admitting that his team ‘weren’t quick enough’ at the Nürburgring on Sunday. The Australian recovered from a poor start to regain the lead on Lap 17, but later slipped behind Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton at the final pit-stop phase.

"We weren’t quick enough today," Webber explained after the 60-lap race. "I did everything I could, I was happy with how I drive but these guys just had that little extra margin when they needed to do it. More ...

07/24/11
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Video: Nick Heidfeld Sebastian Buemi crash Germany GP  
07/24/11
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Pineiro storms to maiden F2 win at Brands Hatch  Spanish newcomer Ramon Pineiro secured his maiden FIA Formula Two win after dominating today's (Sunday) thrilling race at the legendary Brands Hatch GP circuit. 

The 19-year-old, racing in his first year in F2, made a superb start to beat pole-sitter Mirko Bortolotti off the line and lead the packed field into the first corner where he remained until the end of the race.

As Pineiro led the way off the line, Bortolotti had to fend off the attentions of race one winner Jack Clarke, who again made a rapid start from third place on the grid and tried a move up the inside of Paddock Hill Bend but was forced out by the Italian. More ...

07/24/11
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Senna to replace Heidfeld for FP1 in Hungary  Bruno Senna will make his return to Formula 1 at the Hungarian Grand Prix next weekend, replacing Nick Heidfeld during first free practice.

Senna, who made his debut in 2010 with Hispania, lost his drive at the end of the season and joined Renault as third driver.

He had been expected to replace Robert Kubica who was sidelined after a rally accident left him unable to drive. However, the team chose a more experienced Heidfeld in order to help develop the car. More ...

07/24/11
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FIA confirms no penalty for Webber or Alonso  
Alonso hitches a ride with Webber
Red Bull
The FIA has confirmed that neither Fernando Alonso or Mark Webber will face sanctions for breaking the regulations after the Red Bull driver stopped to give the Spaniard a lift to the pits.

Alonso was told by the team to pull over and stop the engine after it became apparent that he may not have enough fuel for the mandatory checks after the race - one liter must be available for inspection.

Webber then chose to stop and give the 29-year-old a lift back to the pits, as both drivers made it onto the podium having finished 2nd [Alonso] and 3rd [Webber].

The governing body also confirmed that they were able to extract the minimum amount of fuel required, therefore the two-time champion won't face any penalties, despite the regulations stipulating cars must proceed directly to parc ferme after the race.

07/24/11
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New winner in Star Mazda  João Victor Horto, a Brazilian racer in his second season of competition in the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear, scored his first win today in Round 6 of the 2011 season at Mosport International Raceway. The victory also marks a first for the Juncos Racing team which won the championship in 2010 with a dominant performance by Conor Daly, but has been shut out of victory lane so far this season.

Horto, who qualified 5th, drove his #18 Juncos Racing / Programa Leilões Mazda to a 2.69-second margin of victory over 2nd-place finisher Californian Connor De Phillippi in the Team Pelfrey / Justice Brothers Products / Trademark Garage Floors Mazda. Horto made his move into the lead in the closing stages of the race as De Phillippi and pole-sitter Sage Karam braked side-by-side into the Turn 5a/5b complex and both went wide. More ...
07/24/11
f1
Horner expects better race for Red Bull in Hungary  
Christian Horner
(GMM) Christian Horner on Sunday said he thinks Red Bull will be better next weekend in Hungary.

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel ended his 15-race run of front row berths at the Nurburgring, while pole sitter Mark Webber was the team's best finisher with third.

"Yes, it's been interesting," said team boss Horner, referring to Fernando Alonso's win at Silverstone two weeks ago, and Lewis Hamilton's in Germany.

"It's been Ferrari one race, the next McLaren -- and the constant factor is Red Bull. Hopefully now we'll get a few tracks that should be good for us," he told German Sky television. More ...
07/24/11
f1
Bad day for Vettel shrinks lead by just 3 points  
Sebastian Vettel
(GMM) Despite making mistakes, being slightly off the pace and beaten by three of his championship leaders, Sebastian Vettel's huge championship lead diminished by just 3 points at the Nurburgring.

The German finished a distant fourth in his home grand prix, but because his closest challenger, teammate and pole sitter Mark Webber was just third at the flag, the massive 80-point gap shrinks to just 77 after the tenth round of the season.

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, fourth in the championship prior to the Nurburgring and now third, brilliantly won the German race, mere seconds ahead of his old nemesis Fernando Alonso's Ferrari. More ...
07/24/11
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Newgarden wins Edmonton Lights race 2  
Newgarden shows some love to his trophy
Josef Newgarden earned his fourth victory of the season by a comfortable margin over Andretti Autosport's Stefan Wilson in the second Edmonton Twin 100.

Ironically, Newgarden's good fortune came when he was passed by teammate Esteban Guerrieri, who overtook pole sitter Newgarden in Turn 5 on the 2.224-mile, 13-turn course. In the process, the front wing assembly was damaged. Guerrieri continued until Lap 22, when the endplate of the wing began cutting into the right-front tire. More ...

07/24/11
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Kahne uninjured after sprint car wreck  UPDATE Here is a video of Kasey Kahne almost killing himself in the Sprint car flip.



07/23/11
Kasey Kahne spent his off weekend racing a sprint car at Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania and flipped out of the track during a heat race. He was uninjured. Kahne, who owns sprint car teams, was racing World of Outlaws driver Craig Dollansky when they made contact during the second heat in the opening night of the Summer Nationals. Kahne's car somersaulted twice before flying over the fence and going down an embankment. A story in the York (Pa.) Daily Record reported that Kahne's car came to rest about 30 feet outside the track. The paper reported that Kahne got out and jogged back to the track to the cheer of the crowd. Kahne later wrote on Twitter: "got wiped out in my heat race tonight. haven't flipped like that in a long time!''  Virginian-Pilot
07/24/11
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New Hampshire TV Ratings  UPDATE The final NASCAR Sprint Cup Lenox Industrial Tools 301 last Sunday on TNT was a 2.9 with 4.562 million viewers.  This is down 3.4% from last year's 3.0 final rating, and down from 4.1 and 4.0 from 2009 and 2008 respectively.

07/18/11 Overnight ratings increased by double-digits for the final race of Turner Sports' six-race NASCAR schedule. Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Lenox Industrial Tools 301 from Loudon, NH, earned a 2.9 overnight rating on TNT, up 12% from last year's Loudon race, which aired in late June (2.6). The telecast was also up 7% from last week's Quaker State 400 from Kentucky (2.7). Turner Sports/Sports Media Watch
07/24/11
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F2: Mirko Bortolotti secures pole for race two  Mirko Bortolotti will start today's (Sunday) second FIA Formula Two race at Brands Hatch on pole position after an impressive performance during a closely fought qualifying session.

The Italian was the first of the major front-runners to use his overboost and set a quick time 10 minutes into the session which blitzed the rest of the field by 0.7 seconds. He followed that up with his next lap, going 1.4 seconds clear of the next quickest man with a time that was to go unbeaten.

As the session entered the final 10 minutes, the times began to fall with Max Snegirev moving into second albeit 1.3 seconds off Bortolotti's time. More ...

07/24/11
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GP2: Grosjean wins dramatic wet sprint race  
Romain Grosjean
Romain Grosjean improved on yesterday's podium with a thrilling battle for victory in changing weather conditions in this morning's sprint race at the Nurburgring, keeping calm and taking advantage of other people's misfortunes to win from Jules Bianchi and Luca Filippi.

With heavy rain ahead of the race there was no choice but to set up for the wet and hope for the best: when the lights went out Giedo van der Garde made a storming start to split the front row pair of Sam Bird and Dani Clos, but the Dutchman was soon in the gravel, along with his Spanish rival, as the pair retired at turn 3. When Bird spun a lap later the stage was set with Bianchi leading Grosjean ahead of Charles Pic, Esteban Gutierrez and Filippi. More ...
07/24/11
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Tensions still high in Edmonton  Graham Rahal didn't come all this way to make a friend. It's probably just as well, because Scott Dixon isn't calling to make amends.

The two Izod IndyCar Series drivers employed by Ganassi Racing were part of the unfriendly sideshow at the recent race in Toronto, and while they have talked to their bosses about the incident, they haven't talked to one another.

No surprise there. Rahal said "I probably haven't spoke 50 words to those two" all season. Rahal also is at odds with Dario Franchitti, who has sided with Dixon in this battle of stressed teammates. Rahal said Franchitti also has "thrown me under the bus" at times this season. More ...

07/24/11
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GP3: Valtteri Bottas storms to Victory at the Ring  
Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas took his maiden GP3 Series win at Nürburgring today after a strong start from sixth put him into the lead by the end of Lap 1. The Lotus ART man finished 1.473 seconds ahead of Status Grand Prix’s Alexander Sims and RSC Mücke Motorsport’s Nigel Melker who claimed a home race podium for his German team. 

When the lights went out for the start of a wet Race 2, Tech 1 Racing’s Tamas Pal Kiss and Aaro Vainio held onto the top two spots, with the Lotus ART duo of Bottas and James Calado making headway into third and fourth – despite pulling away well from third Conor Daly ran wide at Turn 1, and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs was beaten off the line. More ...
07/24/11
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Sunday  
  • Police visit Sutil's Force India team in Germany
  • Financial worries for Swiss team Sauber
  • Suzuka, Ecclestone, say no nuclear risk for Japan GP
  • Cold and wet on Nurburgring race day
  • Mercedes has 'good relationship' with Vettel - Zetsche
  • Glock hopes to 'stand out' at Virgin in 2012
  • Soucek hints at F1 team 'negotiations'
  • Webber can fight for Nurburgring win - Horner
  • Renault to test new exhaust again in Hungary
  • Williams leave KERS off Barrichello's car
  • Glock signs new three-year Virgin contract More ...
07/23/11
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Johnson, Worsham, Pedregon, Arana top qualifiers in Denver  Allen Johnson continued his success at Bandimere Speedway by racing to the No. 1 qualifying position in Pro Stock Saturday at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at the scenic track near Denver.

Del Worsham (Top Fuel), Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car), and Hector Arana Sr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) will lead their categories into Sunday’s 11 a.m. eliminations at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.

Johnson will go for his third consecutive victory and fourth in the last five seasons at Thunder Mountain from the No. 1 qualifying position. He powered his Team Mopar/J&J Racing Dodge Avenger to a 6.978-second run at 197.65 mph to earn his second No. 1 of the season, 17th of his career, and third at this event. More ...

07/23/11
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Edmonton IndyCar Saturday Notebook  The IZOD IndyCar Series will compete in the Edmonton Indy, a 90-lap race at 2 p.m. (EDT) (Noon, local) Sunday. Firestone Indy Lights will compete in two 40-lap races this weekend. Race #1 is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. (EDT) (3:45 local) today. Race #2 is slated for 2:15 p.m. (ET) (12:15 local) Sunday.

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This is the fourth IZOD IndyCar Series event at Edmonton City Centre Airport. Scott Dixon is the defending race winner at the track. Will Power won the PEAK Performance Pole Award here in 2009 and 2010. Scott Dixon won the inaugural race in 2008 en route to the IZOD IndyCar Series title, while Will Power claimed his first IZOD IndyCar Series win at the track in 2009. The Champ Car World Series held three Indy car races in Edmonton from 2005-2007. Sebastien Bourdais won in 2005 and 2007, while Justin Wilson won the race in 2006. Dixon, Power, Bourdais and Wilson are all entered in this year's race. More ...

07/23/11
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Daly in the points in Germany  American Conor Daly took his first points paying finish in the GP3 Series today, following a thrilling rain affected race at the Nürburgring in Germany. The 19 year-old American made up ten places having started from 16th place. Teammate Leonardo Cordeiro finished 17th, while GP3 rookie Callum McLeod finished at the back of the field following a tire gamble early on in the race.

Following a lightning start, Daly was already in the points when the rain that had been threatening to fall for the duration of the race finally made an appearance. With just three laps remaining, conditions began to deteriorate quickly, with several drivers struggling to stay on track.

Daly and his Carlin team made the decision to stay out on slicks and in the final stages track conditions were treacherous. The young American did well though and held onto sixth place to take his first GP3 points. Daly’s sixth place also earns him a third placed grid slot in tomorrow’s reverse grid race. More ...
07/23/11
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Danica Patrick ponders IndyCar future  IndyCar racer Danica Patrick says while she hasn't decided if she'll bolt to NASCAR full-time next season, it will be a racing decision and not simply a move to boost her stratospheric Q-rating.

“If it was only about that and about the amount of people watching and that stuff, I probably would have left a long time ago,” Patrick told a news conference Friday prior to practice for Sunday's Edmonton Indy.

“But I didn't, and that's because I follow my gut and I follow my heart, and I think about where I'm going to have the most fun, and where I feel like I'm going to have the best chance to win.”

If that's the case, then Patrick could be as good as gone. More ...

07/23/11
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Wind Tunnel Sunday  This is Dave Despain’s first of five weeks on vacation…or as they call it, “Dave Despain’s Arctic Adventure.” We will air Leg 1 of his journey this Sunday. That will take Dave from North Carolina to Missouri and will remind him of childhood days and his former motorcycle ‘racing’ career. We’ll also talk F1 with Bob Varsha, MotoGP with Ralph Sheheen, and we’ll check in with defending Truck Series champ Todd Bodine who changed teams 2 races ago and has had instant success.

Guest Host Randy Pemberton (SPEED NASCAR Reporter)
Featured Interview Todd Bodine (2-time Camping World Truck Series Champion)
Expert Analyst Bob Varsha (Host, Formula 1 on SPEED)
Expert Analyst Ralph Sheheen (Anchor, MotoGP’s Red Bull USGP at Laguna Seca)
PLUS: Leg 1 of Dave Despain’s Arctic Adventure  More ...

07/23/11
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Lorenzo tops Stoner for Laguna Seca pole  Yamaha Factory rider Lorenzo set out into the afternoon qualifying session apparently unfazed following an enormous highside at the end of the morning practice. The reigning World Champion forgot to hit a switch that overrides the launch control system and engages the traction control during a practice start, thus launching himself into the air and across the gravel when he put the throttle at full stick. He appeared unaffected however, by setting a fast lap just 15 minutes into the qualifying meet that remained the top lap for nearly the entire session. His 35th and final lap of 1'21.202, which was over half a second faster than his FP3 time, sealed his place at the head of the starting grid. More ...
07/23/11
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Guerrieri beats Newgarden in 1st Edmonton Lights race  Esteban Guerrieri earned his second Firestone Indy Lights victory of the season, holding off Sam Schmidt Motorsports teammate Josef Newgarden in the first of a doubleheader weekend at the City Centre Airport circuit.

Guerrieri, driving the No. 7 Lucas Oil car, completed 36 of the scheduled 40 laps (race was on a 60-minute limit) because of three caution periods that totaled 25 minutes. Newgarden, the pole sitter and Firestone Indy Lights championship points leader by 26 over Guerrieri, finished 0.6524 of a second behind for his fifth top five of the season.

Guerrieri overtook Newgarden in Turn 5 of the first lap on the 2.24-mile, 13-turn circuit and was in command through the three restarts. More ...

07/23/11
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Newgarden wins pole for Race 2 as well  Qualifying Saturday for the Edmonton Twin 100s - Race 2 Firestone Indy Lights event on the 2.224-mile Edmonton Airport Circuit, with starting position, car number in parentheses, driver, time and speed in parentheses:

1. (11) Josef Newgarden,  01:22.9337 (96.540)
2. (7) Esteban Guerrieri,  01:23.0158 (96.444)
3. (5) Stefan Wilson,  01:23.6032 (95.767)
4. (9) Anders Krohn,  01:23.7319 (95.619)
5. (12) Oliver Webb,  01:24.0635 (95.242)
6. (26) Peter Dempsey,  01:24.0832 (95.220)
7. (2) Gustavo Yacaman,  01:24.1025 (95.198)
8. (3) Victor Carbone,  01:24.2007 (95.087)
9. (29) Bruno Andrade,  01:24.4833 (94.769)
10. (4) Jorge Goncalvez,  01:24.5323 (94.714)
11. (77) Daniel Herrington,  01:24.5911 (94.648)
12. (28) Duarte Ferreira,  01:24.8687 (94.339)
13. (32) Stefan Rzadzinski,  01:26.9240 (92.108)
14. (16) David Ostella,  no time (no speed)
15. (22) Daniel Morad,  no time (no speed)
16. (44) Tyler Dueck,  no time (no speed)

07/23/11
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New Daytona Prototype Process Quickening  GRAND-AM is moving forward with the new generation of Daytona Prototypes scheduled to debut next season, starting with the 50th anniversary running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 28-29, 2012.

Cars built to the new regulations will be called "DPG3" - a reference to what will be the third generation for the DPs, which debuted in 2003 as GRAND-AM's premier Rolex Series class. DPG3s will be distinguished by an all-new body with a smaller greenhouse for better proportion, with new regulations also offering more potential for brand character and design innovation throughout the rest of the bodywork.

GRAND-AM has instituted a design approval process for current licensed constructors. The process has multiple phases, similar to past processes. Earlier this month, GRAND-AM received submissions including detailed CAD models from all three current and active constructors: Coyote, Dallara and Riley. More ...

07/23/11
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Sato fastest if Round 1 knockout qualifying  The top 6 advance to round 2
Rank Car Driver BL Diff. Gap TL
1 5 Takuma Sato 1:18.1544 0.0000 0.0000 6
2 10 Dario Franchitti 1:18.3894 0.2350 0.2350 7
3 9 Scott Dixon 1:18.4007 0.2463 0.0113 7
4 59 EJ Viso 1:18.5848 0.4304 0.1841 9
5 3 Helio Castroneves 1:18.8263 0.6719 0.2415 6
6 19 Sebastien Bourdais 1:18.9165 0.7621 0.0902 7
7 14 Vitor Meira 1:18.9781 0.8237 0.0616 6
8 78 Simona de Silvestro 1:19.2084 1.0540 0.2303 9
9 18 James Jakes 1:19.3533 1.1989 0.1449 9
10 27 Mike Conway 1:19.4007 1.2463 0.0474 6
11 7 Danica Patrick 1:19.4713 1.3169 0.0706 8
12 4 JR Hildebrand 1:19.5237 1.3693 0.0524 9
13 34 Sebastian Saavedra 1:19.7200 1.5656 0.1963 8
07/23/11
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Sato tops combined Edmonton practice times  
Rank Car Driver Name Session Time Speed Total Laps
1 5 Sato, Takuma Practice 2 01:18.9772 101.376 39
2 10 Franchitti, Dario Practice 2 01:18.9857 101.365 44
3 59 Viso, EJ Practice 2 01:19.0469 101.287 37
4 9 Dixon, Scott Practice 2 01:19.0753 101.250 38
5 12 Power, Will Practice 2 01:19.1105 101.205 42
6 77 Tagliani, Alex Practice 2 01:19.1300 101.180 38
7 2 Servia, Oriol Practice 2 01:19.2053 101.084 36
8 3 Castroneves, Helio Practice 2 01:19.2505 101.026 40
9 28 Hunter-Reay, Ryan Practice 2 01:19.3842 100.856 38
10 22 Wilson, Justin Practice 2 01:19.4417 100.783 40
11 06 Hinchcliffe, James (R) Practice 2 01:19.4527 100.769 40
12 6 Briscoe, Ryan Practice 2 01:19.4792 100.736 44
13 38 Rahal, Graham Practice 2 01:19.5204 100.684 40
14 14 Meira, Vitor Practice 2 01:19.5405 100.658 47
15 27 Conway, Mike Practice 2 01:19.6339 100.540 33
16 7 Patrick, Danica Practice 2 01:19.6502 100.520 36
17 34 Saavedra, Sebastian (R) Practice 2 01:19.7319 100.417 40
18 82 Kanaan, Tony Practice 2 01:19.7347 100.413 35
19 19 Bourdais, Sebastien Practice 2 01:19.8646 100.250 36
20 4 Hildebrand, JR (R) Practice 2 01:19.9340 100.163 38
21 26 Andretti, Marco Practice 2 01:20.0125 100.064 43
22 83 Kimball, Charlie (R) Practice 2 01:20.0331 100.039 39
23 24 Beatriz, Ana (R) Practice 2 01:20.0631 100.001 42
24 8 Tracy, Paul Practice 2 01:20.4515 99.518 30
25 18 Jakes, James (R) Practice 2 01:20.5708 99.371 43
26 78 de Silvestro, Simona Practice 2 01:20.7232 99.183 30
07/23/11
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Luhr tops opening Mosport practice  Lucas Luhr set the quickest time Saturday in the first official practice for Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport for Muscle Milk Aston Martin Racing, but the team will need to repair the Lola-Aston Martin after a late-session crash brought an early end to the session.

Klaus Graf looped the prototype at Turn 9 of the 10-turn circuit and went into the inside tire wall. Graf was reported to be fine but the crew was repairing right-side components including the suspension and rear-wing mount in the paddock. The team expected to return for the second practice and qualifying sessions. More ...

07/23/11
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Buemi sent to back of German GP grid  Sebastien Buemi will now start the German Grand Prix from 24th place on the grid, after he qualified in 16th place. At the end of today’s qualifying session a fuel sample taken from his car was found not to conform to the FIA 2011 Technical Regulations, being in breach of Article 19.8.3.

The reasons for this are as follows.

During Friday’s FP1, Buemi’s car had a fuel pressure problem, which then got worse at the start of FP2 which is why he did not do a timed lap in that session. After FP2 the entire fuel system on his car was changed. When the fuel sample was taken from his car after qualifying, it did not match the one provided to the FIA prior to the start of the season. The team believes that some part of the new fuel system contained a chemical that contaminated the fuel and caused the non-conformity.

07/23/11
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Indy Lights point leader Newgarden wins pole for Race 1  Qualifying Saturday for the Edmonton Twin 100 #1 Firestone Indy Lights Series event on the 2.224-mile Edmonton Airport Circuit, with starting position, car number in parentheses, driver, time and speed in parentheses:

1.  (11) Josef Newgarden,  01:22.7721 (96.728)
2.  (7) Esteban Guerrieri,  01:22.8082 (96.686)
3.  (26) Peter Dempsey,  01:23.2456 (96.178)
4.  (2) Gustavo Yacaman,  01:23.2990 (96.116)
5.  (3) Victor Carbone,  01:23.4096 (95.989)
6.  (9) Anders Krohn,  01:23.8790 (95.452)
7.  (16) David Ostella,  01:23.9184 (95.407)
8.  (22) Daniel Morad,  01:24.0400 (95.269)
9.  (77) Daniel Herrington,  01:24.1400 (95.156)
10.  (29) Bruno Andrade,  01:24.1781 (95.113)
11.  (12) Oliver Webb,  01:24.3196 (94.953)
12.  (28) Duarte Ferreira,  01:24.4297 (94.829)
13.  (5) Stefan Wilson,  01:24.6533 (94.579)
14.  (44) Tyler Dueck,  01:25.0940 (94.089)
15.  (4) Jorge Goncalvez,  01:25.1151 (94.066)
16.  (32) Stefan Rzadzinski,  01:27.2872 (91.725)

07/23/11
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Rio Haryanto wins frenzied wet race  
Rio Haryanto
Rio Haryanto took his first GP3 Series victory of the season today in a wet and wild race at Nürburgring. The Marussia Manor Racing driver finished ahead of MW Arden’s Lewis Williamson and Lotus ART’s Valtteri Bottas after an epic battle to the line which saw the lead change constantly during the final few laps with the top 3 fighting on slick tires on a wet track.       

Drama ensued when light rain started to fall as the young drivers lined up on the starting grid. At the front of the field poleman Mitch Evans and Antonio Felix Da Costa both took a gamble and switched to wet tires before the start of the race, as did fourth place man Addax Team’s Tom Dillmann. More ...
07/23/11
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Filippi wins GP2 race to be lord of the Ring  
A happy Luca Filippi
Luca Filippi gave a perfect display of strength and experience to take victory in this afternoon's feature race at the Nurburgring, taking advantage of a sharp pitstop from his Coloni team before pulling away for a strong win ahead of Charles Pic and Romain Grosjean.

The Italian put himself in a solid position for the result when the lights went out with a fast getaway, sliding into P2 on the rear wing of poleman Pic, with Jules Bianchi taking advantage of a good start to put himself ahead of Grosjean. Behind them the field was shaking out, but a coming together between Pal Varhaug and Kevin Mirocha put the pair out on the spot, prompting a safety car period to remove their stricken cars. More ...
07/23/11
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Schumacher unhappy with qualifying performance  Mercedes GP drivers Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher qualified in sixth and tenth places for the German Grand Prix in today's qualifying session at the Nürburgring. Michael Schumacher especially though was not satisfied at all by his performance and struggled all the way with his car.

- Nico used the following tires: Q1: New Prime, New Option; Q2: Used Option, New Option; Q3: New Option
- Michael followed the same tire usage strategy for the three qualifying sessions
- Michael suffered a KERS failure during third practice, which was resolved in time for qualifying More ...

07/23/11
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Barrichello not running KERS in Germany  Williams opted not to run the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) on Rubens Barrichello's car in order to compare the benefit of the system against Pastor Maldonado, who did run the system.

The loss of KERS, which provides an 80bhp boost for 6.6 seconds at the drivers discretion, might explain the gap of four-tenths between Maldonado and Barrichello, the former qualified in 13th whilst the Brazilian settled for 14th.

"We knew we might struggle on my car as we weren't able to use KERS here," said Barrichello after qualifying. "We didn’t have an ideal balance on the car, particularly compared to the morning, and it wasn't possible to get on top of that during the session. More ...

07/23/11
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Hinchcliffe leads opening IndyCar practice  Canadian James Hinchcliffe gave the locals and sponsor Sprott something to cheer about Saturday morning in Edmonton by turning the fastest lap in practice 1 for the IndyCars on the revamped Edmonton airport circuit.

The track was a bit damp to start but quickly dried out.  One thing that is clear is that the new layout is significantly slower than the old layout. More ...

07/23/11
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Latest F1 news in brief - Saturday  UPDATE Updates show in red below.

07/23/11
  • Jarno Trulli
    Trulli should consider leaving F1 - Coulthard
  • Ecclestone might 'back off' F1 amid scandal - Mosley
  • F1 still discussing silent pit lanes for 2014
  • McLaren trailing victory battle in Germany - Coulthard
  • F1 drivers can't ignore team orders - Heidfeld
  • F1 considers three Friday sessions for 2012
  • Ecclestone vows to 'try' to keep Nurburgring in F1 New
  • Hamilton: F1 crown 'holds less value' than it used to New More ...
07/23/11
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Good Sam sponsors Pocono Nascar races  Good Sam, the world’s largest RV owners community, has become title sponsor of the Nascar Sprint Cup Series and Nascar Camping World Series races at Pocono Raceway. The races will now be known as the Good Sam RV Insurance 500 and the Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service 125 respectively.

Though financial terms of the agreement were not released, typically track naming rights for a Sprint Cup Series race sell for US$1.5 million to US$3 million, while Good Sam’s sponsorship of the Camping World Truck Series race is estimated to be worth a low six-figure sum. More ...

07/23/11
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Interest in Brickyard 400 continues to plummet  UPDATE A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, I hope the Brickyard 400 does not go away.  I love watching the NASCAR winner and his team stoop down and kiss the dirty yard of bricks, recognizing that as a NASCAR driver on hallowed IndyCar ground, it's proper that they prostrate themselves on the open wheelers home turf. Jay Metzger

07/23/11 There have been rumors that ticket sales for next week's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway were again off-pace from last season, but an internal NASCAR memo obtained by ThatsRacin.com and The Observer seems to confirm the problem. In the memo, which was distributed by email on Friday, team public relations representatives were thanked ahead of time for their drivers' participation in a Sprint Cup Series autograph session at the track.

The memo said, "ticket sales are significantly behind from previous years" at IMS. Since sales have been dramatically down since the 2008 tire problems at the track, another significant decline would appear ominous. The memo goes on to say, the track believed there would be a large walk-up crowd for the July 31 race and hoped the autograph session would be well received by race fans. Charlotte Observer

[Editor's Note: The flat Indy track makes for a borefest of a race for fans.  NASCAR puts on their best races on the high banked tracks and the single-file Indy race is not to their liking. 

Last year’s listed attendance of 140,000 – emphasis on the word “listed” – was only slightly more than half what had been “listed” (270,000) three years earlier. In 2003, the listed attendance was 300,000.

Attendance has declined at most tracks, but not to that extent. The warnings from Indy are dire. Apparently the track is bracing for further decline.

As the IMS bosses survey the multitude of empty seats during the MotoGP and Brickyard 400 weekends, perhaps they will someday understand what we have recommended for years - that Indy stay and IndyCar town and instead of holding all the unsuccessful non-IndyCar races, they should give IndyCar fans what they would really like - a 2nd IndyCar race at Indy every year on the road course instead of the oval.  We predict it would be hugely successful.]

07/23/11
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Roush Yates Performance Products open house  Roush Yates will be opening the doors to their new 40,000 sqft facility in Mooresville Saturday, July 23. The new building houses thousands of used parts from NASCAR's top teams for re-sale to the public. Show cars from all areas of racing will be on display including Greg Biffle's 3M car, Johnny Bridge's Sprint Car, Drag Racing cars, and ARCA cars.

The event will be from 11am - 3pm with free hot dogs, snow cones, and Krispy Kreme donuts for everyone, lots of kids activities, giveaways, and an all-makes car show with over 100 entries. Roush Yates will also be opening up their new state-of-the-art chassis dynos for the public. Visit their website for location and all the details. Roush Yates PR

07/23/11
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Lewis Hamilton fined  McLaren were handed a fine of 1,200 euros (£1,500) on Friday at the Nürburgring due to pit lane speeding in practice. The driver in question was Lewis Hamilton, who was adjusted to have broken the speed limit which applies to all cars for safety reasons.

A number of drivers could be seen locking up their tires, frantically attempting to slow down at the latest possible moment before the pit lane entry line. Hamilton’s fine, issued by F1 governing body the FIA, was given after the two 90-minute sessions.

There was also an investigation involving Sauber's Sergio Pérez, who left the pit lane for second practice before the green light had illuminated. Stewards - including multiple Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen - eventually made the decision to take no further action.

07/23/11
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Liuzzi slapped with 5-grid place penalty  Vitantonio Liuzzi has been handed a five-place grid penalty for the German Grand Prix after his HRT team changed the gearbox on his car.

The Italian completed the last race at Silverstone and so was supposed to use the same gearbox for this weekend's race at the Nurburgring.

However, ahead of final free practice, HRT decided to make a change. And, with the Italian having already had his free gearbox change earlier this year, the switch means that he will be given a five-place penalty. Autosport

07/23/11
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ALMS feels new TV and digital package delivering results  “We established very clearly the goals for our television and digital platforms when we announced our partnership with ESPN and ABC,” said Scott Atherton, President and CEO of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n. “Chief among them were attracting more viewers to our broadcasts, exposing the ALMS to more mainstream audiences and providing our fans with many options for viewing our television content. These numbers confirm – through just three events – that we are off to a good start.”

For the first time, the Series is including a mix of traditional television broadcasts on ABC and ESPN2 alongside full event coverage on ESPN3.com. – both live and on-demand.

ABC and the ESPN family of networks provides a multi-faceted platform that brings the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n a significantly larger audience than previous years. ABC has 100 percent coverage in 115.9 million U.S. households, including more than 230 local affiliates, while ESPN2 is available to more than 100 million homes and is one of the most widely distributed cable broadcast outlets in the United States. More ...

07/23/11
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Racing Legend Mario Andretti to be honored  
1978 World Champion
The Michael Andretti Foundation announced today that racing legend Mario Andretti will be an honored guest at the Grand Prix Salute, scheduled for August 26 at the Andretti Winery in Napa, California.

With Michael and Marco Andretti already scheduled to attend, this will bring three generations of the renowned racing family together for the charitable event. Also scheduled to attend are IZOD IndyCar Series drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay, Mike Conway and Danica Patrick.

Often referred to as the greatest race car driver of all time, Mario won just about everything in his legendary career, including the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500, the Formula One World Championship and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. He won the Indy car National Championship four times and was a three-time winner at Sebring. He won races in sports cars, sprint cars and stock cars - on ovals, road courses, drag strips, on dirt and on pavement. He won at virtually every level of racing since he arrived in America from his native Italy at age 15. More ...

07/23/11
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Classic NASCAR cars on display during Brickyard 400  Some of the most iconic cars in NASCAR history and a fabulous collection of rods, customs and muscle cars will be on display July 29-31 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Brickyard 400 presented by Big Machine Records.com.

The Brickyard 400 Vintage and Stock Car Show will give fans the rare opportunity to take pictures and interact with the vehicle owners and restorers of a fabulous collection of Superbirds, Ford Talladegas and other cars from NASCAR's past.

One of the NASCAR classic cars that will be on display will be the No. 7 1970 Plymouth Superbird driven by Ramo Stott to top-10 finishes in the 1970 Daytona 500 and Talladega 500. Stott also won the 1970 ARCA 300 at Daytona and Vulcan 500 at Talladega in this car. Powered by a 426 Hemi engine with everything original on the car except for the exterior paint, this is the only remaining Superbird in original, as-raced configuration. More ...

07/23/11
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German GP: Vettel, Webber top practice 3  
Sebastian Vettel shows off his new helmet design
Red Bull took charge of final F1 practice at the Nurburgring Saturday morning. Sebastian Vettel topped the session with 1m30.916s, just ahead of teammate Mark Webber.

Fernando Alonso was third, just 0.222s down on Vettel's time in his Ferrari.

Lewis Hamilton was fourth and McLaren teammate Button fifth.

Nico Rosberg was sixth for Mercedes with Felipe Massa, Adrian Sutil, Michael Schumacher and Maldonado rounding out the top 10 positions. More ...

07/23/11
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IMS hosting beer and go-go party for drunk NASCAR fans  
Former Playboy Bunny AJ Alexander
Fans looking to stay cool during the hot action of the Brickyard 400 presented by Big Machine Records on Sunday, July 31 can enjoy the fun and excitement of the Second Annual Brickyard Beach Bash in Turn 3 of the IMS infield.

Besides watching some of racing's biggest stars compete for one of NASCAR's most important victories, all Brickyard 400 Race Day ticket holders can enjoy the Beach Bash, which is quickly becoming one of the biggest and best parties in Indy.

Hosting the festivities at the Beach Bash will be May 2008 Playboy Playmate of the Month AJ Alexander, and headlining the event will be multi-platinum R&B, hip hop and reggae fusion recording artist Iyaz, who will perform his hit singles "Replay" and "Pretty Girls." More ...

07/23/11
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Barnhart admits IndyCar swept cheating under the rug  Modeled after NASCAR when it was first created, the Indy Racing League was an all-oval series racing on many NASCAR high-banked ovals, complete with 'pack' racing, crashed machinery and cheating.  Yes, cheating, NASCAR-style. 

Apparently cheating was rampant until the ex-CART/Champ Car teams came in and would not tolerate it.

A Firestone Indy Lights team owner was shocked last month when IndyCar told competitors of the number of rules infractions in that series in the past three seasons: 57. More ...

07/23/11
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Annett pleads guilty to DWI, loses license for one year  NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Michael Annett pleaded guilty to driving while impaired Friday in North Carolina District Court.

Annett, who registered a blood alcohol content of 0.32 following a Feb. 6 traffic accident, was given a suspended jail sentence of 120 days and was sentenced to two years unsupervised probation, 48 hours of community service and a $200 fine. He must give up his driver's license for one year but can get limited driving privileges in 45 days.

Sentenced by North Carolina District Court Judge H. Thomas Church, Annett will serve no jail time as long as he successfully completes his probation.

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