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07/29/13
dtm

DTM to return to China in 2014
The DTM will stage a race in China again in 2014. DTM rights holder and promoter, ITR e.V., and the Chinese Brilliant Culture Group have agreed upon a race for the most popular international touring car series in a Chinese metropolis next year. This round is to take place in the autumn of 2014, but, other than in 2010, will not be the final round of the season. The venue is yet to be decided. The decision whether the DTM will again be racing in Shanghai, or in Guangdong in the south of China, also known as Canton, will be taken at a later stage.

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07/29/13
irl

Power Excited To Return To Baltimore
Power at Baltimore in 2012
IndyCar driver Will Power is returning to Baltimore looking to salvage his season with a Grand Prix of Baltimore win. During his first trip to Charm City, in 2011, Power took the checkered flag. Last year, he was in the running before falling out of contention late to finish sixth. He has won the pole both years. Power has yet to record a win during the 2013 IndyCar season, and will try to get one Labor Day weekend in Charm City.

"I'd love to come here and win the race again," Power said. "The IndyCar races nowadays … qualifying first or winning poles definitely doesn't guarantee you a win. It's become so competitive. You've just got to do the normal things to win a race, and everything needs to fall your way strategy wise, and you also need a fast car. That is the plan every weekend."

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07/29/13
fil

Andersen Promotions Announces Firestone Indy Lights Chassis Plan
Andersen Promotions, the promotional arm of the first two steps on the Mazda Road to Indy which will oversee the licensing and operation of the Firestone Indy Lights Series in 2014, today announced that it has completed an analysis on chassis options for its newly acquired series. The company has reached a decision to introduce a new Firestone Indy Lights race car for 2015 and utilize an updated car for the 2014 season.

The current Firestone Indy Lights chassis will see several updates to enhance its current performance with much-needed newer technology to properly represent the platform as the gateway to the IZOD IndyCar Series. The majority of the updates will be applicable on the new 2015 race car to assist with budgets.

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07/29/13
nassprint

Wallowing taxicabs put on a snoozefest at Indy
NASCAR drivers find passing tough in boring Brickyard 400

Maybe NASCAR should steal a page from IndyCar and install a push-to-pass button.

This past weekend saw the boring Brickyard at its worst.

Juan Pablo Montoya griped over his radio that trying to pass another car cost him position on the track. Jimmie Johnson suggested the track needed a second lane with more banking to help the cause. Denny Hamlin called passing "impossible."

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07/29/13
f1

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

07/29/13
  • Lewis and former girlfriend Nicole
    Heartbroken Hamilton back in title chase
  • Pirelli would prefer winter running in Bahrain
  • Hungary extends race contract through 2021
  • No tire war unless rules change - Hembery
  • Ecclestone admits India facing F1 axe
  • Pirelli believes tire woes behind Mercedes New
  • Ferrari confirms James Allison's arrival New

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07/29/13
nassprint

Those who run NASCAR want IndyCar dead. Stone cold dead
The Brickyard 400 still feels weird to me. I know, it’s been around for 20 years now. The weirdness should have gone away by now. Yet here we are, and while I’ll watch at least part of the race, they’ll be this awkward, unsettling feeling in my stomach throughout.

Obviously as an IndyCar fan, in my world Indianapolis Motor Speedway is solely for the Indy 500. The Brickyard 400 broke that tradition. Logically, I have no problem with that, and have long since got over other series being at the Speedway. A track as special as IMS deserves to be showcased more than once a year. Financially it has been very important to IndyCar. The Speedway has needed the money it makes from the Brickyard 400 to keep the IndyCar Series afloat. It’s an unfortunate reality, but it’s the reality nonetheless. Thus for those reasons, I hope the Brickyard is a success today and remains a jewel in the NASCAR schedule for years to come.

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07/29/13
irl

Mario Andretti Rips IndyCar Track With Thrilled Rider: Me
There is a popular TV commercial airing where Mario Andretti races down the track in his two-seat Indy car with a guest in the back.

In one frame Andretti, in slow motion, scans flowers in the infield and makes eye contact with a beautiful woman in the grandstands as soothing opera music plays in the background. In the next frame the car, in real time, shrieks down the front straight with the passenger screaming, scared out of his mind.

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07/29/13
nhra

Ford Scaling Back NHRA Involvement
Ford Motor Co. plans to scale back its involvement in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series beginning in 2015.  After rumors circulated that the company was withdrawing from professional drag racing, Ford Racing issued a statement in an effort to help head off the distribution of inaccurate information.

In essence, Ford will end its sponsorship of teams competing in the series at the end of the 2014 campaign.

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07/29/13
nassprint

Brickyard 400 turns into another snoozefest
Once the Brickyard 400 starts the cars string out and it becomes a snoozefest
About 60 laps into 20th annual Brickyard 400 — that’s 60 laps without a single on-track pass for the lead — I asked my Twitter followers, “What would you do to make the Brickyard 400 a more interesting race?”

For all the talk of the venue’s wonderful and unique history, the race itself rarely fails to bore its dwindling fan base half to death. With very little banking in the corners, drivers can’t pass, and don’t, setting up something of an annual processional. Even with the new-age car in use and the lowest temperatures in the race’s history, Sunday’s Brickyard, won by Hoosier Ryan Newman, was largely a snooze-fest.

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07/28/13
f1

CVC Trims Borrowing Costs For $2.5B Formula One Loan
Private equity firm CVC has refinanced a $2.5B loan with the Royal Bank of Scotland and Goldman Sachs to reduce the borrowing costs of F1, "the motorsport series which it controls," according to Christian Sylt of the London TELEGRAPH.

F1's debt was not close to its maturity date, "but CVC refinanced it to take advantage of record low yields in the global leveraged loan markets." Since buying F1, CVC has refinanced the debt several times and has returned around $3.7B to its investors "from dividends and selling roughly half of its stake."

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07/28/13
f1

FIA Lifts Ban On TV Crews In Pit Lanes
Motorsports governing body FIA has sent a statement to the TV channels covering F1 stating that "they will be allowed to station one reporter and one camera in the pit lanes during each free practice session," according to MARCA. It signals an end to the outright ban that was instated following the accident suffered by Formula One Management cameraman Paul Allen, who was struck by a loose wheel from the vehicle of Mark Webber at the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring three weeks ago.

The blanket ban on anyone other than marshals and team personnel "is believed to have provoked widespread protests from several channels," which pointed to the provision in their contracts giving them the right to be present during practice sessions. MARCA

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07/28/13
f1

Grosjean hit with penalty
Romain Grosjean has been hit with a 20-second post-race penalty for hitting Jenson Button's McLaren while attempting to overtake him at the chicane during the Hungarian Grand Prix. 

The penalty, issued in lieu of a drive-through because it was applied after the race, does not cost Grosjean sixth place because he was 21.524s clear of Button on the road.

Lotus trackside operations director Alan Permane believes the punishment was excessive, especially as other drivers escaped investigation for what he saw as more serious incidents.

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07/28/13
f1

Vettel shrugs off heated words for Raikkonen
Sebastian Vettel says his anger at Kimi Raikkonen late in the Hungarian Grand Prix was just a heat of the moment response. Raikkonen resisted Vettel to claim second place in the race behind winner Lewis Hamilton.

After the race Vettel joked that Raikkonen had shrugged off his complaints.

"I told him - but he only laughed!" said Vettel.

"In the heat of the moment it was quite tight going into there. I nearly lost the car but that is racing."

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07/28/13
f1

Alonso and Ferrari fined after Hungarian GP
Fernando Alonso and Ferrari have been fined €15,000 for illegal DRS use during the Hungarian Grand Prix.

"The DRS enabling system was not changed by the team from the pre-race to the race setting," said a stewards' statement.

"The driver therefore incorrectly received 'DRS enabled' messages and reacted to them (when not entitled to) on three occasions.

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07/28/13
irl
nassprint

IndyCar's Walker attends NASCAR meetings
Walker center in white
Spotted IndyCar President of Operations Derrick Walker going to Race Control for NASCAR Race at Indy>

Walker also attended the Driver's Meeting as well, all supposedly to see how NASCAR runs things.

He also asked Mike Helton if he could go into NASCAR race control to watch the running of the Brickyard 400 and see how Race Control is run.

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07/28/13
irl
nassprint

Open-wheel racing thrills at Brickyard, NASCAR a snoozefest
The IndyCars pack them in at Indy, but the wallowing taxicabs of NASCAR do not
Nothing in motor sports was more exciting and terrifying than the start 30 years ago of the Indianapolis 500.

That was before the track’s racing line at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was narrowed and officials began warning drivers not to charge to the green flag and into Turn 1, preferring a safe, clean beginning to “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

I certainly pine for the days of A.J. Foyt battling the Indy 500 out with Mario Andretti, Johnny Rutherford, Al and Bobby Unser and a new kid on the block named Rick Mears. And the blinding speed later of Arie Luyendyk, who blazed to a record lap of 237.498 m.p.h. at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1996.

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07/28/13
nassprint

IMS to spend $20 million to help IndyCar's #1 enemy succeed
Indianapolis Motor Speedway is considering the installation of lights for a Brickyard 400 night race. Is it a good idea?  It would cost about $20 million to install lights at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but that's nothing compared to what Clint Bowyer estimates the electric bill would be.

"You're going to need nuclear power to light this place," he said Friday. "You're going to have to shut down downtown to have enough power to light this track. It's huge."

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07/28/13
nassprint

Brickyard's luster no longer a big draw for NASCAR fans
The Brickyard attendance continues to plummet
Is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway "The Racing Capital of the World?” NASCAR fans apparently don't think so.

There’s a giant sign above the 16th Street entrance to Indianapolis Motor Speedway which proclaims welcome to "The Racing Capital of the World.”

Fans of open-wheel racing certainly agree. Many drivers in NASCAR do as well.

NASCAR fans are a different story, however.

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07/28/13
gp2

Berthon cruises to Budapest GP2 sprint win
From left, Mitch Evans (Arden International), Nathanael Berthon (Trident Racing), Fabio Leimer (Racing Engineering)
Nathanael Berthon has claimed his maiden GP2 victory in fine style, leading his rivals from pole to flag with a mature drive to win this morning’s sprint race in Budapest by over two seconds from Mitch Evans and Fabio Leimer.

The result was set up at the start: when the lights went out Berthon made a solid start, with Evans pulling away from the other side of the front row in formation, while behind them Leimer made a great start from P6 to be third at the first corner. Marcus Ericsson renewed hostilities with Felipe Nasr from yesterday by jumping past the Brazilian, with the pair making short work of passing Simon Trummer and Stephane Richelmi as the field headed down the hill from the front straight.

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07/28/13
gp3

Visoiu blazes to victory in Budapest Race 2
From left, Sainz, Visoiu and Korjus
Lights-to-flag! Robert Visoiu made the most of his reverse pole and controlled Race 2 in Budapest, soaking up the pressure after the safety car was deployed meaning a final two lap dash. It was a great day for MW Arden with the team recording first and second with teammate Carlos Sainz in P2. Koiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus was third.

Reverse pole-man Visoiu made a good getaway whilst Korjus was slow away at the start which gave Sainz the opportunity to pounce and pass the Estonian. The Spaniard was all over Visoiu going into Turn 1, but the Romanian defended well and squeezed the MW Arden rookie to the outside allowing Korjus back into second.

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07/28/13
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Sunday
  • Adrian Sutil
    Top teams got the tires they wanted - Sutil
  • Ferrari admits 'struggling' with wind tunnel problems
  • Questions mount over Sauber's Russian saviors
  • Late Lotus payments 'not ideal' - Raikkonen
  • Boullier says Grosjean 'has F1 future'
  • Beating Button the 'only goal' - Perez

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07/27/13
nnw

Kyle Busch wins Indiana 250 at the Brickyard
Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, celebrates in victory lane
Getty Images for NASCAR
Kyle Busch captured his first victory at the Racing Capital of the World by winning the second annual Indiana 250 on Saturday, July 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Busch dominated the race in his No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota by leading 92 of 100 laps in winning his record 59th NASCAR Nationwide Series race in 259 starts. This was Busch's fifth victory from the pole this season, breaking a single-season record for wins from the pole.

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07/27/13
irl

IndyCar stands alone at Mid-Ohio
Since the Izod IndyCar Series debuted at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in 2007, it was tethered to the American Le Mans Series.

With major league open-wheel racing sharing the bill with top-level sports car racing, it made for a spectacle. But it also made the weekend suffocating.

The double main event always felt like 30 gallons of fuel were being poured into a 15-gallon tank. It was too much.

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07/27/13
gp2

Palmer scorches to Budapest victory
From Left, Marcus Ericsson (DAMS), Jolyon Palmer (Carlin), Felipe Nasr (Carlin)
If fortune favors the brave, Jolyon Palmer showed his courage with a gamble on tires which paid off handsomely: the Briton made a great start and stayed out on medium tires while those ahead of him had to stop early, before driving a clean, aggressive second half of the race to claim victory in today’s feature race in Budapest ahead of Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr.

Tom Dillmann made a terrible start from pole to hand the lead to Nasr when the lights went out, with Fabio Leimer following the Brazilian through ahead of Ericsson and teammate Stephane Richelmi, but Palmer had a better run and snuck past the DAMS pair for P3 on the road from P7 on the grid. The Swede had other ideas, however, and took advantage of a tow along the front straight to pop inside Palmer and through at turn one on lap two: the pair had a ferocious battle for the podium position for lap after lap, with Ericsson under extreme pressure until he stopped on lap 7 after struggling on his softs for long enough.

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07/27/13
gp3

Vainio holds off Daly for win in Budapest
From left, Daly, Vainio and Kvyat
The Finn started the day in style with pole position, Aaro Vainio is even happier now after achieving victory in Race 1 at the Hungaroring and pocketing further points for fastest lap. The Koiranen GP defended from ART Grand Prix’s Conor Daly in a race which saw a safety flag deployed with a final sprint finish at the end. MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat recorded his maiden rostrum in third place.

Vainio made a good start to hold the lead with Daly and Kvyat close in pursuit. Kevin Korjus (Koiranen GP) dropped three places on lap one, down to P9, whilst Facu Regalia (ART Grand Prix) moved in the opposite direction, gaining three positions. Vainio tried to build an early advantage but the gap between himself and the American remained small during the 17 lap race.

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07/27/13
f1

Ecclestone, Todt, still on road to new Concorde
(GMM)  The news swept through the Hungaroring paddock like wind -- the 2013 Concorde Agreement is signed at last!

In the long absence of a current Concorde, F1's confidential agreement binding the three corners of the sport, Bernie Ecclestone already had new 'financial' agreements with the teams in place.

The missing piece of the puzzle was a deal between the F1 chief executive, representing the sport's commercial rights holders, and the governing FIA.

"There's obviously been lots of things we've had to sort out," said Ecclestone in Hungary.

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07/27/13
f1

Hungarian GP: Grosjean tops final practice
Romain Grosjean set the pace in the final practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Lotus driver turned a best lap of 1m20.730s in the final 10 minutes.

Fernando Alonso was second for Ferrari, ahead of McLaren's Sergio Perez, who later crashed before Turn 11.

Sebastian Vettel was just fourth fastest but he spent the majority of the session working on a long run on the medium tire.

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07/27/13
gp3

GP3: Vainio scorches to pole in Budapest
It’s all smiles for the Finn Aaro Vainio, the Koiranen GP ace flew to pole position in the dying stages of the qualifying session to secure his third pole in GP3. Conor Daly will start from second for ART Grand Prix with MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat in third.

Once again the GP3 drivers had to contend with searing temperatures, 40 degrees on track as the drivers pushed to the limit in the 30 minute session. The ART Grand Prix trio of Daly, Facu Regalia and Jack Harvey were first to make their way onto the track with Kvyat the early pacesetter in the 1m34’s.

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07/27/13
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Saturday
  • Jean Eric Vergne
    Despite Red Bull snub, Vergne set to keep Toro Rosso seat
  • Raikkonen's manager says 2014 talks still ongoing
  • Silverstone ban didn't hurt Mercedes - Hembery
  • Rosberg unmoved by Schumacher jibe
  • No helmet rule for F1 pitlane media - FOM
  • Austria GP return hurdles 'nothing serious' - Marko
  • Hulkenberg admits he's on the market

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07/26/13
irl

Barracuda Racing to Test Filippi at Mid-Ohio
Luca Filippi
Barracuda Racing announced today that the team will test Luca Filippi at the Mid Ohio Sports Car Course on July 30.

Alex Tagliani will step out of the No. 98 Barracuda Racing car but will remain under contract to the team through the end of the 2013 season.  As Bryan Herta Autosport looks to expand to a two-car operation in the future, the remainder of the season will give the team a chance to consider its options.

Barracuda Racing and Tagliani have been unhappy with the results thus far this season.  This move allows the team a chance to evaluate a new driver and to gather feedback on the Barracuda Networks #98.

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07/26/13
nassprint

Hendrick Motorsports, Great Clips Announce Sponsorship Extension
Hendrick Motorsports and Great Clips on Friday announced an extension through '16 of their deal for sponsorship of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series No. 5 Chevrolet driven by Kasey Kahne. The agreement covers primary sponsorship for 10 races annually, as well as major associate sponsorship for more races. This comes as Great Clips will be the primary sponsor for this Sunday's Brickyard 400, one of three scheduled primary races in '13 Hendrick Motorsports.

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07/26/13
irl
uscr

Panther Racing eyes move into Sports Cars
Panther Racing co-owner John Barnes told RACER the former championship-winning IndyCar Series team is working on plan to expand into the United SportsCar Racing series for 2014.

“It's something we've looked at very seriously before, and with everything coming together under a single series next year, I really think it's the time to try and add a [USCR] program to complement our National Guard IndyCar program,” Barnes said in a RACER exclusive. “I had a meeting with [Grand-Am founder] Jim France at Detroit, and I really think they are taking things in a great direction and it's something that Panther Racing and our partners want to be a part of.”

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07/26/13
motogp

New regs for MotoGP in 2014
There will be significant changes to the racing bikes on the MotoGP grid next season.

In a meeting held July 13 at Germany’s Sachsenring, the Grand Prix Commission set forth new regulations for the class in an effort to bring the second level of competitors closer to the top echelon of teams competing in the world championship.

The Grand Prix Commission is made up of Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Ignacio Verneda (FIM Executive Director, Sport), Herve Poncharal (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA).

The changes are detailed below:

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07/26/13
gp2

Tom Dillmann grabs maiden GP2 pole
Tom Dillmann
Tom Dillmann is a happy boy today: the Frenchman bagged his first ever GP2 pole position in today’s qualifying session at the Hungaroring with a lap time of 1:28.219, a hair’s breadth ahead of teammate Sam Bird. Fabio Leimer took third.

It was still very hot in Hungary when the pitlane opened for today’s qualifying session. Marcus Ericsson was the man who set the early pace dipping under 1m29s with teammate Stephane Richelmi in tow, both men showing once again how quick reigning champions DAMS are. Jolyon Palmer and Johnny Cecotto also found the pace to break the 1m29s barrier.

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07/26/13
irl

More On NASCAR Television Deal with NBCSN
To be clear, Brian France's comments yesterday about NASCAR having no interest in working with IndyCar were nothing new. However, they re-emphasized the point that NASCAR is the 800-lb. gorilla in American auto racing. Remember, NASCAR, which is actually a sanctioning body, has become synonymous with racing in the American vernacular. France saying that Nationwide was superior to IndyCar from a commercial standpoint highlighted this.

Given the fact, France has no interest in collaborating with IndyCar, how can anyone say NASCAR plans to run cross-promotion for IndyCar during their programming? Even if NBCSN wants to do that, France and the NASCAR cartel will fight it, as they continue their eternal mission to bury IndyCar once and for all, and become the only top-level form of motor sport in America.

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07/26/13
f1

Boss Brawn accepts Lowe to replace him when he retires
(GMM)  Ross Brawn has admitted Paddy Lowe is shaping up to replace him at the helm of Mercedes GP.

"Yes, there's been a lot of speculation," Brawn told the German newspaper Die Welt.

He insisted, however, that no one should be surprised Mercedes made a move for Lowe, given his solid work for McLaren over the past two decades.

"However," Brawn admitted, "the plan was designed more for the future.

"The idea was that my role in the team would change with time and Paddy would then take on more responsibility.

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07/26/13
f1

Hungarian GP: Vettel again on top in 2nd Practice
Vettel
Sebastian Vettel led the second practice for the Hungarian GP with a best lap of 1m21.264s using soft tires.

Red Bull ended the day in first and second with Vettel's Red Bull teammate Mark Webber just 0.044s down on his teammate.

Romain Grosjean was third for Lotus and Fernando Alonso fourth for Ferrari.

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07/26/13
fil

Bryan Herta Autosport Tests Scott Anderson in Indy Lights Car
Scott Anderson
Scott Anderson
As one of the scholarship awards he earned by winning the Skip Barber National Championship in 2011, Pro Mazda driver Scott Anderson had the opportunity to do a one-day Indy Lights test with Bryan Herta Autosport on Wednesday at Putnam Park Road Course.

Despite winning the championship nearly two years ago, Anderson wisely decided to delay the test until he felt he could fully maximize the opportunity. His patience paid off at the 1.78-mile, 10-turn road course. The Fort Collins, Colorado native made a good impression as he quickly adapted to the increased speed and power of the Indy Lights car.

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07/26/13
usf2000

Andretti Autosport adds third seat to USF2000 program for Mid-Ohio
The only team in INDYCAR to have entries in each series, including the Mazda Road to Indy, announced today a third driver to their Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda roster in Luca Forgeois.

New York City native Forgeois began competing in go-karts at age 13 and then moved on to the USF2000 Championship in 2011 where he won the National Class Championship with six wins and 10 overall podium finishes. The 18-year-old joins Andretti Autosport's championship winning team to partner with the current duo of Garett Grist and Austin Cindric for the tripleheader weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 3 and 4; Forgeois will pilot the No. 8 Café Noir/Splashlight machine.

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07/26/13
gp2

GP2: Sam Bird leads the way in Budapest
Sam Bird
Title contender Sam Bird had the perfect start to his GP2 race weekend setting the fastest lap time of this morning’s Free Practice session at the Hungaroring with a lap time of 1:29.408. The Brit’ finished three tenths ahead of Sergio Canamasas in P2 whilst Bird’s teammate Tom Dillmann completed the top three.

The seventh round of the 2013 season opened this morning in scorching temperatures. All twenty-six drivers opted for Prime Medium Pirelli tires for the thirty minute long practice session. It was Alexander Rossi who set the early pace right before a yellow flag came out when Felipe Nasr stopped at Turn 14 following a small mistake. The Brazilian was not able to re-join and had to sit out the rest of the session.

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07/26/13
f1

Hungarian GP: Vettel tops Practice 1
Sebastian Vettel turned the fastest lap in the opening practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix. Vettel's 1m22.723s lap was good enough to secure the top spot over Red Bull teammate Mark Webber.

Webber finished 0.259s behind, with Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen in third, less than a tenth behind the Australian.

Fernando Alonso was fourth quickest in the Ferrari, while Raikkonen's teammate Romain Grosjean was 5th.

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07/26/13
automotive

NASCAR wants to return to Eldora
NASCAR officials deemed Wednesday night's inaugural Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway enough of a success to warrant strong consideration to keep the dirt track owned by Tony Stewart a part of the schedule in 2014. "Felt it over-delivered on everything they'd done,'' NASCAR vice president Steve O'Donnell said Thursday.

"Terrific turnout, really happy with how the competitors performed all night, so all in all, a great night for NASCAR and the sport. "We'll take a look at it and have conversations with Tony ... and still want to go through the garage area and meet with team owners and competitors and get their feedback as well. And want to see the ratings. So far everything we've seen, it's something we'd certainly entertain doing again for 2014."

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07/26/13
automotive
irl

NSX prototype to lap Mid-Ohio before IndyCar race (Update) UPDATE


07/25/13
Acura NSX Prototype
Acura has just tweeted its first official teaser of an NSX prototype. Just before the Honda Indy 200 IndyCar Series race in Ohio on August 4, Acura says a running NSX prototype will lap the road course. With blacked-out headlights and a covered-up power-plenum front grille, the Acura NSX prototype racer is our first look at a car that could boost the brand’s image if it’s successful on the track; the production-spec Acura NSX arrives in the 2015 calendar year.

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07/26/13
irl
nnw

Brian France not willing to do a Nationwide/IndyCar joint weekend (Update) UPDATE A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, So there you have it.  What Brian France essentially says is that it will be a cold day in hell before NASCAR cooperates or does anything to help IndyCar.  Except the IndyCar Kool-Aid drinkers, the rest of us know NASCAR wants IndyCar dead.  So now the Kool-Aid drinkers actually think the NBC NASCAR deal is going to help IndyCar?

I am willing to bet any of those Kool-Aid drinkers that NASCAR will do everything humanly possible on NBC to ensure IndyCar's failure.  I agree with you guys, IndyCar should run, not walk, to ABC and ESPN and do a deal to put all their races on ABC and ESPN.  ESPN is the go-to channel for all sports fans.  They are what 'Kleenex' is to tissues and 'Band-Aids' are to skin wound care. 

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07/26/13
automotive

Aston Martin, AMG ink technical partnership deal
Aston Martin has announced details of a technical partnership with AMG, the high-performance arm of Mercedes-Benz. As part of the proposed agreement, Aston Martin would get bespoke V8 powertrains and access to electronic/electric components in return for a five per cent share in the company.

In an official statement Aston Martin said "an essential element of the planned partnership is a supply agreement between Mercedes-AMG, Daimler AG (Mercedes-Benz's parent company) and Aston Martin."

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07/26/13
wec

Toyota Racing outlines plan for remainder of 2013
The No. 8 Toyota will continue
Toyota Racing can confirm its plans for the remainder of the FIA World Endurance Championship season.

The team will split its efforts between the ongoing 2013 WEC season and the development of its 2014 car in order to make best use of the available resources.

As a consequence, the #8 of Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi and Stephane Sarrazin, which is the lead TS030 HYBRID in the championship, will compete in Sao Paulo (1 September) and Austin (22 September).

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07/26/13
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Webber's replacement to be announced soon
    Webber's successor to be decided after Hungary
  • Bosses vote down 'minimum pitstop time' proposal
  • Massa warns Ferrari exit could end F1 career
  • Williams not planning further tests for Wolff
  • No chemotherapy for F1 legend Murray Walker
  • Austria GP return 'only a rumor' - Alonso
  • Alonso hopes for faster Ferrari 'after the summer'
  • Sutil not pledging future to Force India
  • Marussia F1 Team renews with A-Gas
  • Drivers say F1 must keep fast pitstops

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07/25/13
f1

Mateschitz Says He Will Foot The Bill For Austrian GP
Red Bull Owner Dietrich Mateschitz will be "digging in to his own pockets to fund the return of the Austrian Grand Prix," according to Kuntschik & Noble of AUTOSPORT.

Red Bull reached an agreement with F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone for a seven-year deal that will "bring F1 back to the Spielberg track for the first time" since '03.

Mateschitz said that the Austrian GP "will not generate a surplus for Red Bull, which owns the Spielberg track, but that he is happy to fund it himself because of the profits that F1 has delivered for his own team."

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Allmendinger Tops Rolex Series Final Practice At Indy
A trio of household open-wheel names fittingly topped the charts in opening Rolex Series practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Alex Gurney – son of racing legend and former Indianapolis 500 runner-up Dan Gurney – set the fastest time in the opening session for the Brickyard Grand Prix with a lap of 1:22.352 (110.77 mph) in the No. 99 GAINSCO Corvette DP. NASCAR and IndyCar veteran AJ Allmendinger was second quickest in the No. 6 Aero/Tuvacol/Curb Records Ford/Riley with a lap of 1:22.387, while Joey Hand was third in the No. 02 NTT Data BMW/Riley he will share this weekend with Indy 500 champion Tony Kanaan.

In GT, Boris Said was quickest with a lap of 1:29.519 (101.90 mph) in the No. 31 Marsh Racing Corvette. Anthony Lazzaro in the No. 69 FXDD Ferrari 458 (1:29.686) and Bill Auberlen’s No. 94 Turner Motorsport BMW M3 (1:29.727) rounded out the top three. Tom Long topped GX with a lap of 1:34.801 in the No. 70 Mazdaspeed/Castrol Mazda 6. The session was halted five times for minor on-track spins.

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07/25/13
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Dale Coyne confirms Davison for Mid-Ohio
Highly successful Indy Lights driver James Davison will make the big step up the IndyCar development ladder when he debuts in the #18 Dale Coyne Racing IndyCar at the Honda Indy 200 round #14 of the IZOD IndyCar Championship next week.

Davison, a native of Melbourne, Australia, comes to IndyCar after competing in the Indy Lights series in 2008 and 2009.  After racing in Sport Car the past few years, the 26 year old, returns to Mid-Ohio a track in which he won races before.

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07/25/13
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Lotus statement on train accident
“Following the tragic accident on Wednesday 24th July 2013 involving the passenger train in Galicia, I and all within Lotus F1 Team would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of those affected and involved.

“As a Galician, I will provide all the help and support possible to those affected by this disaster, which has taken place in an area of the country I know and love so well. As an expression of support, I would like to reach out to those involved and show my unity to the region.

“Furthermore, as a mark of respect and display of moral support, Lotus F1 Team will drive with the Galician flag on the rear wing end plates of both E21 Formula 1 cars throughout the weekend of the Hungarian Grand Prix.”

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F1 considers minimum time for pitstops
(GMM)  Formula one is considering introducing a minimum time limit for pitstops, as the clampdown on pitlane safety continues.

After a cameraman was hospitalized by Mark Webber's flying wheel at the Nurburgring following a botched pitstop, access to the pitlane for journalists and photographers has been severely limited.

And according to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, the clampdown could be set to continue.

Concerned that ever-impressive techniques and technology are pushing the speed of pitstops beyond the safety threshold, talks between the FIA's Charlie Whiting and the team bosses are set to take place at the Hungaroring on Thursday.

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07/25/13
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Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday (Update) UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

07/25/13
  • Button hopes McLaren can beat Force India.  Forget about Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull
    Button expects McLaren to beat Force India
  • Massa's future depends on slump recovery - Fittipaldi
  • F1 legend Surtees questions Hamilton's focus
  • Vettel points gap 'a bit too much' - Alonso
  • F1 pays almost no tax - report
  • Russian Grand Prix to be staged in October
  • FIA power struggle on horizon?
  • Pirelli confirms tire choices up to Singapore New
  • Minor tweaks made to Hungaroring circuit New
  • Red Bull boss impressed with Ricciardo New

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07/25/13
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Austin Dillon wins first NASCAR truck race at Eldora
Ken Schrader, driver of the #52 Federated Auto Parts Toyota, leads the field as they line up four wide
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Austin Dillon returned to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series the same night NASCAR returned to dirt.

Racing in the series for the first time since winning the 2011 championship, Dillon pulled away during a green-white-checkered-flag finish to win Wednesday night's CarCash Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway, the first dirt-track race in any of NASCAR's top three series since Richard Petty triumphed at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, N.C., on Sept. 30, 1970.

But the real winners were those who took the leap of faith to stage a mid-week race on dirt, those who came to rural Ohio to see it and those who consumed it through broadcast media.

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07/25/13
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Klien: Auto GP prepares drivers for F1
Christian Klien has been the second former Formula 1 driver to enter the 2013 Auto GP. The Austrian-based racer joined Narain Karthikeyan, although in the previous seasons, many stars from F.1 had joined the series. The first one was Romain Grosjean, who cruised to win the 2010 Auto GP title, joined during the same season by Giorgio Pantano and followed by Antonio Pizzonia in 2012.

Why did you decide to take part to Auto GP race in Mugello?
"I was approached by fellow Austrian countryman Michael Zele, who I have known for quite a while. He asked if I could be available to race for his team in AutoGP at Mugello. As I was free for that weekend I agreed to race. Racing is my passion so I jumped into the Auto GP car without any preparation or experience with the Auto GP car, with the tires, and with the famous Mugello race circuit. This is not too easy".

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07/25/13
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Naive indeed! (Update) UPDATE Another reader writes, Dear AR1.com, With so much NASCAR content on NBC and NBC Sports Network (thousands and thousands of hours of NASCAR programming) will there be any time slots left for IndyCar races to air?  D. Chandler, St. Louis

Dear D. Chandler.  Nope. IndyCar will probably have to move races to 10:00 AM on Sunday mornings or tape delay them to some other odd hour.  Why?  Because NBC has a $4.4B bill to pay and they have to maximize their NASCAR ad revenue to pay that bill.  Hence NASCAR programming will get the best time slots to maximize ratings, and hence revenue.  NASCAR will bring $millions in advertisers to NBC so when IndyCar tries to schedule a nice Sunday afternoon time slot for a race the answer will almost always be, "sorry that is already taken by NASCAR and we already sold all the ad space for it.  Let's see, we still have 2:00 AM available.  Would you like that.?"  Mark C.

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07/25/13
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2014 Corvette Stingray to Lead GRAND-AM Field at Indy
The 2014 Corvette also paced the Indy 500
Road racing fans will get a chance to see the 2014 Corvette Stingray pace a GRAND-AM race for the very first time this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. And then they'll get to see it pace another one. The 2014 Corvette Stingray—the quickest, most powerful and most fuel-efficient standard Corvette ever—will serve as the pace car for the Rolex Series and Continental Tire Challenge races on Friday, July 26.

"Pacing races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is very important to Chevrolet," said Jeff Chew, Marketing Manager for Chevy Racing. "Road racing fans will get a chance to see the 2014 Corvette Stingray pace a GRAND-AM race for the very first time. It should be a very exciting weekend for sports-car enthusiasts."

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07/25/13
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Mike Helton Talks Dirt Racing on FOX Sports' SPEED
NASCAR President Mike Helton made his way to the Hollywood Hotel prior to the inaugural running of the Mudsummer Classic from Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Tonight’s event marked the first dirt race in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history and the first premier series dirt race for NASCAR in more than 40 years.

Helton was on FOX Sports’ SPEED pre-race show, NCWTS Setup with Krista Voda, chatting about the race, and what it may mean towards the future of NASCAR. Sprint Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer was also a co-host for tonight’s show.

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