Chevrolet to increase Volt production by 50% General Motors today said that thanks to strong public interest in the Chevrolet Volt, the 340-mile extended range electric vehicle, it will increase U.S. production capacity of the groundbreaking new car by 50 percent, from 30,000 units to 45,000 units, in 2012.
MIS adds track lap days Do to overwhelming demand and popularity, Michigan International Speedway officials have added dates to the program that allows race fans to take laps around MIS in their cars.
MIS has added several dates for fans to take a few laps on the track, which has provided many great racing memories in its 43-year existence. Opportunities have been expanded to include dates throughout the end of August and most of September.
The speedway’s track laps program begins Monday and includes fans from all over Michigan and parts of Canada. Some fans have even purchased multiple lap opportunities across multiple days.
Another USA F1 team bites the dust The Cypher Group has officially withdrawn its candidature to become the 13th team in the 2011 FIA Formula One World Championship.
"We remain completely committed to developing a credible and viable Formula One team and were able to raise a considerable amount of sponsorship and interest in recent months. However after much deliberation we have decided that the budget we have is not sufficient to allow us to pursue the project in a manner befitting the series. It was not an easy decision, but one made out of respect for the FIA Formula One World Championship and our loyal supporters.’
The Cypher Group is reviewing projects and opportunities that will allow it to achieve the ultimate goal of entering Formula One in the near future.
We would like to thank our fans for all their support and understanding.
Force India remove blown diffuser after Hungary test (GMM) Force India has decided against running its new blown diffuser in qualifying and the race in Hungary.
The Silverstone based team tested the concept in Friday practice on Adrian Sutil's car, which was faster in both sessions than the non-blown diffuser sister car shared by Paul di Resta and Tonio Liuzzi.
"We didn't have any real problems with it," said Sutil, "also the temperatures look under control so we can be quite confident."
But the team's chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer said late on Friday that the diffuser will almost certainly not re-appear on the car this weekend.
Daytona Asphalt project on schedule The massive repaving of Daytona International Speedway's 2.5-mile tri-oval is on schedule and moving forward, according to project manager Bill Braniff. Lane Construction, which is contracted to demolish the Speedway's 52-year-old asphalt and repave the historic race course, has put down two layers of asphalt on one half (Turn 2 to Turn 3) of the 3,200-foot backstretch. The company is at the same point with Daytona's two short chutes, or the straight-aways connecting the tri-oval to Turns 4 and 1 on the front-stretch.
The Lane Construction crew is in the tricky process of grading the lime-rock base in the 31-degree banking in Turn 3.
On Thursday, a grader held by a bulldozer on the Speedway's rim road began compacting the base in Turn 3 -- yet another milestone in this job that started July 5 and officially concludes Jan. 1, 2011.
Bird Flies to Budapest Pole Sam Bird has claimed his first GP2 pole in a frantic qualifying session this afternoon at the Hungaroring, taking the top spot with just moments remaining ahead of iSport teammates Davide Valsecchi and Oliver Turvey, with the top three drivers split by just one tenth.
Bird's best lap time of 1:27.864 came right at the end of the session to push his countryman off pole, with Turvey's teammate twisting the knife by also squeezing past as the checkered flag dropped on one of this year's most dramatic sessions.
The entire grid came out on track immediately to make best use of the warm conditions, with Charles Pic and Christian Vietoris setting the initial pace before Valsecchi laid down a marker on his second flying lap: with so many of his rivals close on pace the usual Hungaroring traffic meant that everyone was tripping over everyone else as they pushed for pole.
Red Bull 'excellent' at twisty Hungaroring - Klien (GMM) Red Bull's RB6 "looks excellent" on the twisty curves of the Hungaroring, according to Christian Klien.
After the dark blue cars were a full second per lap clear of the field in the morning session, Sebastian Vettel maintained his lead in the afternoon but the gap was reduced by five tenths to Hockenheim winner Fernando Alonso's Ferrari.
"It's a track on which you need maximum downforce," Austrian Klien, who attends races as one of HRT's four contracted drivers, told German Sky television.
"The Red Bull has a lot of downforce and also very good traction, which are the things you need here," he added.
Pocono Raceway today will dedicate a solar farm in one of the track's former parking lots that will "generate enough electricity to power the NASCAR facility as well as about 1,000 homes" in the area. The 40,000 photovoltaic panels will make Pocono the "largest solar-powered sports stadium in the world." The solar farm, built at a reported cost of $15M, is "expected to pay for itself in four to five years." It will serve as the "centerpiece of NASCAR's green initiative" NASCAR.com
Almost 20 years and Team USA still producing winners Almost 20 years have elapsed since the Team USA Scholarship was founded with the intention of assisting talented, young American race car drivers in the early stages of their careers.
Jimmy Vasser was selected as the first scholarship recipient in the late summer of 1990. Then a promising youngster who had enjoyed some success in Formula Atlantic but had taken a step backward into F2000 in order to move his career forward, Vasser carried Team USA’s patriotic red, white and blue colors in the prestigious end-of-season Formula Ford Festival & World Cup at Brands Hatch in England. The results were nothing to write home about but Vasser created an excellent impression and, above all, returned to California with a fresh outlook on the sport.
Jolyon Palmer masters wet first session Jolyon Palmer provided a wet-weather masterclass in a treacherous opening practice session in Brno, the Briton setting a string of fastest laps to top the timesheets for almost the entire 30 minutes.
With the rain abating as the session began, the championship leader looked in good touch from the outset and was fastest after his first flying effort. As the track dried, Palmer was able to take advantage and he set about establishing a clear gap between himself and the rest of the field over the first half of the session.
"I was quick straightaway and it felt quite clam," Jolyon explained - "I just kept plugging away on the laps and I had no traffic really so it was the perfect session. Brands was my worst weekend of the year by a country mile but I'm not going to take any mad risks here - I like the track and it suits my style so hopefully it will be a good weekend."
Van der Garde on top in free practice Giedo van der Garde has come out on top in this morning's free practice session at the Hungaroring, pipping teammate Sergio Perez, Sam Bird and Jerome d'Ambrosio for the top spot by just one tenth of a second. The Dutchman's best lap of 1:28.188 was set midway through the session, crossing the line just behind his teammate to steal the top spot Perez briefly held by just 0.053 as the Addax team showed their hand ahead of this afternoon's qualifying session.
The session opened to overcast conditions and dropping temperatures, but the promised rain held off to give the teams a clean session to get through their programs: with the drivers running within themselves to avoid handing their mechanics any last minute dramas, the field gradually slicing away at the timesheets as the clock ticked away.
Behind the top four were Davide Valsecchi, Michael Herck, Maldonado, Christian Vietoris, Marcus Ericsson and Jules Bianchi, while the top 14 drivers were all within a second of the top time.
With more performance available throughout the grid, and the promise of rain to come, this afternoon's qualifying session should be enthralling.
Driver Team Time Laps 1. Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 1:28.188 15 2. Sergio Perez Barwa Addax Team 1:28.241 16 3. Sam Bird ART Grand Prix 1:28.296 16 4. Jerome d’Ambrosio Dams 1:28.303 17 5. Davide Valsecchi iSport International 1:28.609 15 6. Michael Herck DPR 1:28.618 15 7. Pastor Maldonado Rapax 1:28.750 16 8. Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 1:28.801 15 9. Marcus Ericsson Super Nova Racing 1:29.047 16 10. Jules Bianchi ART Grand Prix 1:29.053 17 11. Giacomo Ricci DPR 1:29.062 15 12. Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1:29.067 15 13. Alberto Valerio Scuderia Coloni 1:29.106 15 14. Oliver Turvey iSport International 1:29.175 13 15. Luca Filippi Super Nova Racing 1:29.234 15 16. Luiz Razia Rapax 1:29.353 15 17. Fabio Leimer Ocean Racing Technology 1:29.434 15 18. Charles Pic Arden International 1:29.436 15 19. Adrian Zaugg Trident Racing 1:29.475 14 20. Johnny Cecotto Trident Racing 1:29.593 17 21. Ho-Pin Tung Dams 1:29.627 16 22. Vladimir Arabadzhiev Scuderia Coloni 1:30.106 16 23. Rodolfo Gonzalez Arden International 1:30.306 16 24. Max Chilton Ocean Racing Technology 1:30.551 16
Force India fined again Just five days after Force India received an official FIA reprimand for fitting the wrong tires to its cars in the German Grand Prix, the Silverstone-based outfit has been fined 5,000 euros (just under 4,200 pounds) for a similar mistake in Hungary on Friday morning.
The moment in question came in the first free practice session at the Hungaroring, when the car of reserve driver Paul di Resta (in Vitantonio Liuzzi’s cockpit for one session) used a set of harder (Medium) compound tires.
However, the Primes in question have been strictly allocated for use on Saturday and Sunday only - meaning final practice, qualifying and the race.
Horner stresses: Our wings are legal Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner has reiterated that the cars of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber do abide with the current technical regulations, despite word in Hungary on flexing front wings.
Moveable car parts are strictly forbidden in Formula 1 although Horner has emphasized that his cars do continue to pass official FIA tests.
“Photos are very dangerous, you don’t know things such as how much fuel the car is running, but the wing has passed the FIA tests,” he told BBC Sport.
“The front wing is behaving in a way which the guys have been able to design and it complies with the regulations. But it’s not just one thing - all of these things work in tandem and we’re a bit surprised about the talk.”
Possible rain in HungaryUPDATE (GMM) There have been a few spots of rain so far, but the Hungaroring looks set to be dry for Friday morning practice. The skies above the twisty Budapest venue are very overcast, and the longer range radars are showing showers to the south of the city. Local forecasters are predicting definite rain at the circuit at some point on Friday. Scattered rain is also likely on Saturday, ahead of a drier outlook for Sunday's race.
07/29/10 Rain is likely to hit the Hungaroring at some point over the weekend and local forecasts dictate that downpours could particularly affect proceedings for qualifying day in Budapest.
Hungary is yet to experience a rain-affected event since its unique 2006 race, when Jenson Button clinched his maiden Grand Prix victory for Honda.
For 2010, conditions are likely to remain dry for both practice sessions on Friday although the evening could see some sprinkles of rain arriving.
Heavy rain is then forecast for both the day and night of Saturday, with more light showers also possible for Sunday before the skies clear as night sets in post-race.
DIS race dates won't change Daytona International Speedway president Robin Braig told The News-Journal on Wednesday there is no truth to the speculation the track will have different race dates for either the 2011 Daytona 500 or Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
A report in the Charlotte Observer said Daytona's 400, traditionally staged on Fourth of July weekend, would be moved to the end of the season and become part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase playoff.
Braig refuted that report.
"We do not have any plans of moving the Coke Zero 400 weekend off of the Independence Day holiday weekend in 2011," Braig said.
Weekly NASCAR cheating reportUPDATE NASCAR handed down penalties to the No. 88 Nationwide Series team due to failing the post-race inspection last week at O'Reilly Raceway Park. Officials found an unapproved left front shock absorber. Crew chief Tony Eury Sr. was fined $10,000, owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. was docked 25 owner points and driver Aric Almirola was penalized 25 driver points.
07/26/10 NASCAR Nationwide Series officials confiscated the left front shock of the third-place JR Motorsports No. 88 car driven by Aric Almirola following the Kroger 200 on Saturday night at O’Reilly Raceway Park.
The left front shock, which failed to rebound, will be evaluated at the NASCAR research and development center in North Carolina, a NASCAR spokesman said.
Any penalties, if forthcoming, would be likely handed out Tuesday or Wednesday.
Chip Ganassi, who is leading his racing teams through one of the most successful motorsports seasons in the history of the sport this year, has agreed to serve as the Honorary Chairman of the 22nd Annual Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Induction Ceremony, Wednesday, August 25, in downtown Detroit.
Ganassi’s most recent triumph came just this past weekend in the Brickyard 400 where Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jamie McMurray gave his team owner a sweep of both major auto races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) this year. The victory made Ganassi the first owner to capture in a single season what is widely now considered auto racing’s modern-day triple-crown – the Daytona 500, Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400. McMurray also gave Ganassi his first Daytona 500 victory in February while Dario Franchitti won the Indianapolis 500 in May, Target Chip Ganassi Racing's third victory in the Memorial Day Weekend classic.
Toyota recalls more cars Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday it was recalling more than 400,000 older-model vehicles sold in the United States, citing potential steering-related problems in both.
The Japanese automaker said the recall would affect 373,000 Toyota Avalons manufactured between 2000 to 2004. The company said the vehicle's steering lock bar could break under certain conditions, increasing the risk of a crash.
Schmidt moves Lights team to new shop in Indianapolis After two races in Canada on consecutive weekends, the members of Sam Schmidt Motorsports have packed their bags for their return trip home, and more importantly, a new race shop from which they'll work.
Beginning on August 1st, the team will officially be at their new address: 6803 Coffman Road in Indy's northwest side of town.
"As an organization, we're always seeking ways to grow on and off the track, and we felt the time was right to move into a bigger facility and give the team the ability to expand our racing capabilities," team owner, Sam Schmidt said.
IndyCar teams test at Mid-Ohio to prepare for race Seventeen driver/car combinations were on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course July 29 to prepare for the Aug. 6-8 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by Westfield Insurance.
All four Andretti Autosport drivers (Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Tony Kanaan and Danica Patrick) were joined by reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti of Target Chip Ganassi Racing; KV Racing's Mario Moraes, Takuma Sato and E.J. Viso; Simona de Silvestro of Team Stargate Worlds/HVM Racing; Dan Wheldon of Panther Racing; Raphael Matos of de Ferran Dragon Racing; Bertrand Baguette of Conquest Racing; Milka Duno of Dale Coyne Racing; and Justin Wilson and J.R. Hildebrand from Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.
Rahal To Carry National Tire and Battery Colors A company with a long history of getting cars started and keeping them rolling has stepped up to keep the 2010 IndyCar Series season of Graham Rahal moving forward, as National Tire and Battery® (NTB) will serve as the Ohio driver’s sponsor at the August 6-8 IndyCar race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
“We are excited to add a second car to the Mid-Ohio race,” stated Bob Crostarosa, SVP Marketing/Advertising, TBC Retail Group. “Presenting the NTB® brand on the track, and associating ourselves with a proven performer in this key market compliments our regional marketing efforts and adds additional value to our motorsports program. We are looking forward to watching the NTB® and Service Central Indy Cars compete at Mid-Ohio.”
Villeneuve to race at Watkins Glen Braun Racing is pleased to announce that former Formula One World Champion Jacques Villeneuve will drive the No. 32 Dollar General Toyota in the upcoming Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International, rounding out the 2010 Nationwide Series road course event trifecta. The August race at The Glen will be the road course phenomenon’s debut at the 2.45-mile track.
“I was very disappointed with our end result at Road America,” he said. “We had such a great car and a fantastic team and to not get the win was frustrating. It was difficult to think we’d have to wait until our return to Montreal to try again. I am very much looking forward to the opportunity to race at Watkins Glen for my first time with this talented group. I think it will be a lot of fun and I hope to end this race in victory lane.”
Ohio State to host ALMS The world’s leading sports car championship – American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n – comes to the Ohio State University campus Tuesday, August 3 with an emphasis on its position as the Global Leader in Green Racing.
Partnering with Ohio State’s U.S. Department of Energy-supported EcoCAR program and College of Engineering, the Series will deliver a program at Knowlton Hall from 5:30-7 p.m. that emphasizes advancements in technology and alternative fuels being pioneered by its manufacturers and teams.
Jack Roush plane crash updateUPDATE #2 Jack Roush, co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing and chairman of ROUSH Enterprises, was transferred to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Wednesday evening. Following surgery Tuesday night related to the facial damage sustained in the accident, he remains in serious, but stable condition. Roush was injured in a plane accident at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisc., on Tuesday. He will continue to be treated at Mayo Clinic for his facial injuries. The Roush organization would like to thank the physicians and staff at Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah, Wisc., for the care and treatment provided during his stay. Roush Fenway Racing would also like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and well wishes. Those wishing to make a charitable donation in the name of Jack Roush are encouraged to contribute to Speedway Children's Charities at www.speedwaycharities.org. Please identify your contribution as "Jack Roush" in the notes section Roush Fenway Racing
07/28/10 This website shows Jack Roush losing control of his plane.
07/28/10 Jack Roush, co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing and chairman of ROUSH® Enterprises, remains hospitalized in serious, but stable condition following a plane accident at Wittman Air Field in Oshkosh, Wisc., yesterday. He is currently under observation for facial injuries sustained in the accident. His passenger, Brenda Stricklin, was treated and released from a Wisconsin hospital this afternoon. The entire Roush organization would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and well wishes. Those wishing to make a charitable donation in the name of Jack Roush are encouraged to contribute to Speedway Children’s Charities at www.speedwaycharities.org. Please identify your contribution as “Jack Roush” in the notes section.
IRL penalties for Castroneves to be announced next week IZOD IndyCar Series officials will meet with driver Helio Castroneves next week to further review his actions following the July 25 race in Edmonton. Any penalties will be announced after that meeting.
De la Rosa urges F1 to 'turn page' on team orders scandal (GMM) Pedro de la Rosa on Thursday urged formula one to "turn the page" after the team orders scandal.
Cameramen and media hounded both Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso in the Hungaroring paddock, mere days after they swapped positions for victory in Germany.
With a World Motor Sport Council inquiry now pending, the saga is still F1's hottest topic, but de la Rosa - who drives for Ferrari-powered Sauber and is a Spaniard like Alonso - described it as "nonsense".
Tim Richmond Documentary to Air on ESPN in October Former NASCAR driver Tim Richmond will be the subject of a new film airing on ESPN on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. ET. ESPN Films has announced the fall schedule for its critically acclaimed film series 30 for 30 Presented by Cadillac. The series’ remaining films will begin airing Tuesday, Aug. 24, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN HD, and will air Tuesday nights throughout the fall.
Tim Richmond: To the Limit (Rory Karpf) Natural. Rock star. Outsider. In the 1980s, race car driver Tim Richmond lived his life the way he raced cars – wide open. Born into a wealthy family, Richmond was the antithesis of the Southern, blue-collar racers who dominated NASCAR. He also was a flamboyant showman who basked in the attention of the media and fans – especially the attention of female admirers. Nevertheless, it was Richmond’s on-track performances that ended up drawing comparisons to racing legends. And in 1986, when he won seven NASCAR races and finished third in the Winston Cup series points race, some believed he was on the verge of stardom. But soon his freewheeling lifestyle caught up to him. He unexpectedly withdrew from the NASCAR racing circuit, reportedly suffering from double pneumonia.
Hungarian GP Past Winners McLaren have won four of the last five Hungarian Grands Prix although the task promises to be more difficult for the Woking boys this weekend. Of the 24 twisty races on the outskirts of Budapest so far, 11 have been won from pole position. Can they do it again in 2010?
Hungarian Grand Prix winners:
2009 Lewis Hamilton – McLaren-Mercedes 2008 Heikki Kovalainen – McLaren-Mercedes 2007 Lewis Hamilton – McLaren-Mercedes * 2006 Jenson Button – Honda 2005 Kimi Räikkönen – McLaren-Mercedes 2004 Michael Schumacher – Ferrari * 2003 Fernando Alonso – Renault * 2002 Rubens Barrichello – Ferrari * 2001 Michael Schumacher – Ferrari * 2000 Mika Häkkinen – McLaren-Mercedes 1999 Mika Häkkinen – McLaren-Mercedes * 1998 Michael Schumacher – Ferrari 1997 Jacques Villeneuve – Williams-Renault 1996 Jacques Villeneuve – Williams-Renault 1995 Damon Hill – Williams-Renault * 1994 Michael Schumacher – Benetton-Ford * 1993 Damon Hill – Williams-Renault 1992 Ayrton Senna – McLaren-Honda 1991 Ayrton Senna – McLaren-Honda * 1990 Thierry Boutsen – Williams-Renault * 1989 Nigel Mansell – Ferrari 1988 Ayrton Senna – McLaren-Honda * 1987 Nelson Piquet – Williams-Honda 1986 Nelson Piquet – Williams-Honda
NASCAR team owners meet to discuss cutting costs The top team owners in NASCAR set their individual agendas aside for a unified brainstorming session on how to cut costs and help revive the auto racing industry. "We're all stakeholders in this thing, and we all want to know 'What can we do to make this better? How can we save some money and help the show?' " team owner Rick Hendrick told The Associated Press on Wednesday, the day after representatives from about 10 race teams gathered at Hendrick Motorsports to discuss ideas.
The meeting was an offshoot of the "town hall" style sessions NASCAR has been holding with competitors since early last season to give drivers and teams an opportunity to discuss the issues facing America's No. 1 racing series. Unable to shake the slide in both attendance and TV ratings, NASCAR and its participants have been working together to re-energize the sport. "I really like the new attitude in NASCAR," Hendrick said. "I really like the way we're all just kicking around something, talking it out and coming to agreements on how to move this sport forward."
Porsche nearing 900 orders for its 918 Spyder hybrid conceptUPDATE Porsche's 918 Spyder concept revealed at the Geneva motor show, has been green-lighted for production, the company said on Wednesday. Porsche's supervisory board approved the mid-engine, plug-in supercar as a result of “overwhelming response” from the public. See our feature article on the car.
Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid
04/28/10 When Porsche AG showed the 918 Spyder at the Geneva show in March, we said it was a car to “make anyone a believer in hybrid supercar tech.”
Well, maybe not anyone, but Porsche now says it has almost 900 potential buyers for the two-seater hybrid prototype as the German automaker gets closer to approving production.
Porsche development chief Wolfgang Duerheimer said he is confident the company will soon reach the threshold of 1,000 orders, which is how many the company needs to “make a sound business case.”
The 918 has 680 hp and, according to Porsche, will get 78 mpg and run from 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds. AutoWeek
The 2011 spec Lola LMP2 Long Wheel Base Coupe was announced today by Lola Cars International Ltd.
Lola engineers have released images of the design that is now being offered to interested parties for next seasons ALMS, LMS and Le Mans 24 Hours.
The B11/80 long wheel base configuration has been implemented to house the range of 2011 spec production GT engines that can include; BMW, Ford, HPD, Jaguar, Judd, Nissan and Toyota units. Some GT engines are longer than the current race engines which has necessitated the increase in the overall length.
Mid-year Q&A with Rob White, Engine Technical Director The 2010 season has just passed its halfway point. What would be the half-term report for Renault's F1 engines?
We are not fully satisfied, but we are still very proud of what we have achieved. Renault powered cars have taken ten pole positions in 11 races; set six fastest laps; and scored 12 podium finishes, including five race wins. What's more, in Monaco, we scored our first one-two-three finish since 1997. It is rewarding for all the team at Viry who work constantly behind the scenes to achieve both performance and reliability.
Our commitment to total equality in engine supply is reinforced by these great results. Of course, we enjoy a close relationship with Enstone for historical reasons, but we provide exactly the same engine specification and level of support to both our teams: Renault F1 Team and Red Bull Racing.
There has been speculation that the Renault engine suffers from a power deficit relative to its rivals. What is your view on the matter?
I believe the maximum power of the Renault engine within the useful RPM range is not as good as the best of its competitors. Analysis of observed car performance supports this conclusion but it is impossible to accurately quantify differences in engine power except by comparison of power measured on the dynamometer.
Gateway track sends NASCAR packing Dover Motorsports, Inc. announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Gateway International Raceway has notified NASCAR that it will not seek 2011 sanctions for its two Nationwide Series and one Camping World Truck Series races. Vice President and General Manager of Gateway, Terry Harmeson stated, “This was a difficult decision in light of the many years of earnest and continued efforts on everyone’s part to develop a viable market for these events in one of our nation’s greatest cities. We remain committed to fulfill the balance of our 2010 schedule including our October 23rd NASCAR Nationwide race which will provide our fans the opportunity to see Danica Patrick compete here for the first time. We also plan to explore various ways to change the economics at Gateway both from the revenue and expense side.”
New ticket pricing for Brickyard 400 A new, two-tiered ticket pricing program is creating even more value and a wider variety of options for fans attending the 2011 Brickyard 400.
Prices have been cut in selected rows of specific grandstands at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series mid-summer classic. Race Day general admission ticket prices also have been reduced.
Wet weekend expected for Hungarian GP (GMM) A wet weekend of weather is forecast for the 2010 Hungarian grand prix. After rain intervened on many occasions during last weekend's Hockenheim event, forecasters now expect the same sort of weather to feature at the Hungaroring, the twisty venue near Budapest that is set to stage its 25th consecutive formula one race.
An official report by Ferrari on Wednesday indicated that rain is forecast for Friday, thunderstorms on Saturday and perhaps a drier day for the race.
Another weather report backed the Italian team's forecast, predicting a 50-50 probability of a dry race.
Cool video blog for TRX training for drivers The sport of auto racing, particularly open wheel IndyCars, is extremely physically and mentally demanding. On a standard road circuit, the driver will shift hundreds of times per lap, steer the 1500 pound car through high speed corners and stay focused on the other drivers while driving over 100 mph for two hours. On an oval, the driver encounters speeds up to 230 mph and must make lightning fast decisions in races that last up to three hours. During these races, the driver will experience a heart rate ranging from 150 to 185 bpm and high body temperatures, all while wearing a full fire suit.
Training the shoulders and core are two primary areas to focus on with these athletes. PitFit has been using the TRX to do this since 1997 when the company’s founder Jim Leo first discovered the TRX. The TRX exercises Leo creates specifically for drivers are always greeted with nervous excitement when they show up at PitFit Training headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana, and J.R. Hildebrand was no exception.
Jenson Button - can't handle a loose car. The fastest drivers in the world drive can control an oversteering car - it's hard to do, and only the best can do it, but it is the fastest way around a race track.
(GMM) Jenson Button has accepted a portion of the responsibility for Michael Schumacher's lackluster return to formula one this season.
The reigning world champion said Brawn GP, now Mercedes GP, developed the Brackley based team's 2010 car according to his preference for understeer.
But at the last minute, Button switched to McLaren, while Mercedes made plans to host Schumacher's comeback at the wheel of the W01 -- a car whose basic characteristics the seven time world champion dislikes.
"Michael likes a very pointy car," the 30-year-old Briton is quoted by Germany's Sport Bild.
Force India to try blown diffuser in Hungary Force India have confirmed that, for the first time this year, they will be running a blown diffuser on their car on Friday in Hungary. Pioneered by Red Bull, such a component allows hot exhaust gases to exit the car lower down and therefore contribute to higher levels of rear downforce.
With McLaren having first raced the rear wing-stalling f-duct and Red Bull the exhaust-blown diffuser, all other teams have been striving to develop similar systems for their own cars.
“We can be confident that we have enough strength in current performance and the new developments coming,” Team Principal and Chairman Vijay Mallya said on Wednesday.
“On Friday we will test the blown diffuser, which we believe will give us a big step forward. We will analyze the findings and any data will be fed back into the program for the second half of the year. Similarly, we have some new developments on the front of the floor.
“This year we have a much more balanced car over all types of tracks and, while we would look forward to Spa and Monza as high-speed tracks that should suit us better, I think we will hold our own in Hungary.”
IRL rule was copied from Champ Car Izod IndyCar Series participants agreed Tuesday: Helio Castroneves violated a rule unique to this form of racing.
Just what to do about the rule is open for debate.
As it stands, drivers positioned ahead of another must keep a consistent driving line. In this case, Castroneves didn't weave his car in front of Will Power, which is illegal in all forms of the sport, but he took a defensive path toward turn one, limiting Power's options.
That's not allowed in IndyCar, and it's reiterated regularly.
"What's said in the drivers' meetings is what (was enforced) Sunday," driver Justin Wilson said. "The inside half of the track is for overtaking; if you're (in that lane) as the leader, you're either off line, defending or blocking.
"Whatever you want to call it, you're not allowed to do it."
No worries, hardly anyone watched the controversial IndyCar finish In one way, the IZOD IndyCar Series bosses got really lucky with one of the stupidest calls ever made in elite level racing when they black-flagged Helio Castroneves at the Honda Indy Edmonton.
To fill in those folks who were among the tens of millions of sports fans who didn’t watch the TSN/Versus telecast of Sunday’s event, Castroneves was leading the race on the final lap holding his line going in to Turn 1 of the Edmonton City Centre Airport temporary street course when Penske Racing teammate Will Power attempted a pass on the outside line that failed sending the No. 12 Verizon-sponsored Dallara way wide and allowing Scott Dixon to move into second place.
Tight title battle continues at Brands The second half of Superleague Formula by Sonangol 2010 kicks off at Brands Hatch this weekend (July 31/August 1) with the title race as finely poised as it has been all season-long.
Craig Dolby and local London club Tottenham Hotspur had been untouchable at the top of the standings throughout the first five rounds. But an accident at Zolder coupled with another strong weekend for Yelmer Buurman last time out has helped AC Milan establish an eight point championship lead.
You might assume that Brands Hatch would suit Dolby and fellow British drivers Duncan Tappy (Flamengo) and James Walker (Liverpool), who should have raced at the Kent venue during their domestic junior formula careers. But for two of them at least, the seldom-used high-speed 2.613 mile, nine-turn Grand Prix circuit is a venture into the unknown.
Renault 'fine' after cash flow 'crisis' - Ecclestone
Lauda thinks FIA should punish Ferrari
Ferrari staying focused as controversy still rages
FIA still considering Ferrari hearing date
Alonso didn't demand to be McLaren no.1 - manager
Barrichello says he's close to new Williams deal
Keeping current drivers over Ricciardo 'logical' - Tost
Chandhok hoping to return to HRT seat in Belgium
Release of US GP details eases some skepticism
Renault 'fine' after cash flow 'crisis' - Ecclestone (GMM) Renault's health is "fine" despite Bernie Ecclestone confirming the Enstone based team requested the early payment of its 2010 commercial revenues.
Team boss Eric Boullier revealed at Hockenheim that even though he asked the F1 chief executive for the loan, the other teams did not agree to the release of the monies.
"All that was was the fact that one of the (Renault) shareholders didn't want to take money from another one of his companies because that would have meant convening a board meeting," Ecclestone said in an interview with the Telegraph.
"But I never gave them the money. And they got over the crisis so everything is fine," added the 79-year-old Briton.
Change you can believe in - GM to give secrets away to China
As part of the completion of its corporate campus, General Motors broke ground this morning for the GM China Advanced Technical Center. The GM China Advanced Technical Center will include 62 test labs and nine research labs. It will be home to four key research and design organizations." As an integral element of our global product development strategy, the GM China Advanced Technical Center will create advanced technologies and lead GM's global research in targeted areas," said Kevin Wale, President and Managing Director of the GM China Group. "We expect it to become one of GM's most important and comprehensive technical and design facilities worldwide."
Foreign companies do not do business in China unless it is a joint venture with a Chinese company so they learn all the secrets and then later produce the goods themselves with their cheap 'slave'-like' labor. The Obama Administration controls GM and they are endorsing this hypocrisy? Once the western world gives away all their secrets and all goods are made in Asia just what is it that the western world, including the USA will have left? Change we can believe in indeed!
The sorry history of F1 in the USA The last time a Formula One race was held in Texas, Keke Rosberg got the win, but Nigel Mansell provided the defining moment.
When Mansell's Lotus-Renault ran out of gas at the 1984 Dallas Grand Prix, he hopped out of his car and tried to push it across the finish line. In the 100-degree heat, he quickly passed out, bonking his head on the right front tire as he slumped to the pavement at Fair Park.
Over the years, F1 racing hasn't fared much better in the U.S. than Mansell did in Dallas. Usually because of financial problems, F1 has fizzled out at a number of stops, none of which turned out to be permanent.
That could be a cautionary tale for Austin, which in 2012 is scheduled to host the first U.S. Grand Prix since 2007, when Indianapolis staged its last F1 race.
"I think we've been in the wrong places, to be honest with you," F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone said in a telephone interview with the American-Statesman. "We've been looking for a good home for quite some time (but) in other cities and countries, we don't have the problems we seem to have when we do things in America."
Bernard makes pitch to the Milwaukee Mile Indy Racing League CEO Randy Bernard believes he and two partners can turn about $400,000 from the State of Wisconsin into a tourist attraction that would provide a return on the investment for years to come.
Bernard, who took over as head of the IndyCar Series sanctioning body last winter, was in Milwaukee last week to pitch his ideas for his series to come back to the Milwaukee Mile.
The track fell off the IRL and NASCAR schedules after promoter Wisconsin Motorsports defaulted last year on millions of dollars in payments due to both of them as well as landlord State Fair Park and other creditors.
Bernard met with Fair officials Thursday to share his ideas.
Red Bull crew chief fined Red Bull Racing crew chief Jimmy Elledge was fined $25,000 for a piece of weight that fell off the No. 83 car of Reed Sorenson during practice Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, NASCAR announced Tuesday.
Reorder Brickyard 400 tickets now for chance to win Brickyard 400® ticket customers can register to win a VIP trip to the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas by reordering or applying for tickets online at www.imstix.com between July 26 and Monday, Aug. 9.
The winner of the Brickyard 400 Race to Vegas Sweepstakes will receive two tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 3 at the Wynn Las Vegas. The ceremony features the top 10 drivers in the final series standings and will be the finale of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week in Las Vegas.
Mario Andretti Headlines IZOD Legends of IndyCar at Infineon
Race fans will have access to arguably the biggest name in the history of open-wheel racing at the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma on Sunday, Aug. 22.
Mario Andretti will headline the IZOD Legends of IndyCar ticket package at Infineon Raceway, but it doesn’t stop there. Andretti will be joined by Al Unser Jr., Rick Mears and Johnny Rutherford in this star-studded package.
Combined, these four drivers have won the Indianapolis 500 10 times, and they will be available at the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma in August. Andretti headlines the quartet; he is the only driver in history to win the Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500 and Formula One world championship. In fact, no American has won a Formula One race since Andretti’s victory in the 1978 Dutch Grand Prix.
After his outrageous behavior on Sunday, Helio Castroneves is now begging like a puppy dog for the IRL to not hammer him hard with a large fine or make him sit out a race or two.
A subdued Helio Castroneves asked for forgiveness Monday in the aftermath of his emotional outburst following the Izod IndyCar Series race the previous day in Edmonton, Alberta.
Castroneves worked himself into a tirade after being called for blocking and stripped of a victory late in the Honda Indy Edmonton. The Brazilian charged, grabbed and shook two IndyCar Series officials.
Punishment of some kind is expected following a review of the incident by IndyCar officials. Castroneves asked for leniency.
"We were among friends and certainly everybody knows each other," he said. "I hope (series officials) understand the situation as I disagreed with the call.
DuPont Refinish joins Lotus Racing DuPont Refinish has become an Official Technical Supplier to the Lotus Racing Formula One™ team with immediate effect. The agreement, signed at the German Grand Prix in Hockenheim on Sunday 25 July 2010, sees the paint manufacturer provide full technical support to Lotus Racing
Over 600 million global TV viewers will see the DuPont Refinish liquid logo on the team’s T127 race cars during each Grand Prix for the rest of the season, as well as on the team transporter trucks, the team motorhome and in the Lotus Racing garage at race-tracks around the world.
NJ could have had F1 race instead of Austin Austin was not Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone's first choice to stage the 2012 U.S. Grand Prix. Ecclestone touted New Jersey in a March interview with Gazzetta dello Sport.
"It would be in front of Manhattan in New Jersey, with the skyscrapers in the background," Ecclestone told the Italian sports tabloid. "Fifteen minutes from the center of New York to the circuit would be marvelous."
Marvelous it may have been, but shortly after Jersey City's proposal to land a Grand Prix event was made public last month, it was quickly scuttled by public opinion and the mayor.
"I think everyone realized this was wrongheaded, ill-conceived and destructive," said Sam Pesin, president of Friends of Liberty State Park and a former Austin resident.
Brickyard 400 TV RatingUPDATE The final ratings for the Brickyard 400 dropped Sprint Cup race from Indianapolis Motor Speedway drew a 3.6 rating (5,709,103 viewers), which was 13% lower than the 4.8 rating that ESPN garnered last year for the live telecast.
The Nationwide race, telecast on ESPN2 from O’Reilly Raceway Park, improved from a 1.4 in 2009 to a 1.7 in 2010.
07/26/10 Yesterday’s Brickyard 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race earned a 3.6 overnight rating on ESPN, the same as last year.
07/27/10 Organizers of the proposed Austin Formula One auto race plan to build the track on about 900 acres near Elroy in southeastern Travis County, according to one of the major land owners involved.
Austin F1 site revealed
The organizers have called a news conference for 10 a.m. today to announce the site, a key financial backer and other details . The press event will include Tavo Hellmund, who has been working for more than two years to bring the high-profile race to Austin.
Most of the land was previously planned for a residential subdivision called Wandering Creek. It is land with rolling hills and a small lake, north of FM 812, south and west of Elroy Road and east of Texas 130.
"I'm elated and hope this all comes to fruition," Bobby Epstein, an investor in Wandering Creek, said Monday. "I'm highly optimistic that all the moving parts will come together" in time for the inaugural Austin race in 2012.
Austin F1 track investor revealed Tavo Hellmund, Managing Partner of Full Throttle Productions LP, revealed Red McCombs as the primary investor for the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ racing project. McCombs, a business and sports legend, is committing financial resources, experience and the business relationships of McCombs Partners to complement Hellmund and his extensive motorsports' background. Hellmund and McCombs Partners have been working on potential site development as well as event and facility infrastructure. The end result will present one of the world's most prestigious sporting events and the first ever purpose-built F1 facility in the United States.
Hellmund, an Austin native, event promoter and former racecar driver, has had a lifetime affinity for Formula 1 racing and has spent the last three years working to deliver the return of Formula 1 racing to the U.S. with his hometown of Austin as the event's backdrop. “This project has been a tremendous undertaking,” stated Hellmund. “But for at least the next decade, Texas will host a global sporting event on an annual basis in a new world-class multipurpose facility. Knowing that our hard work is being rewarded and that my dream is becoming a reality is extremely gratifying. It is a great honor to have Red McCombs and McCombs Partners as our primary investor and partner. Red's success in business and the professional sports arena is legendary. Working together as a team and under Red's direction, we will ensure that this project will make all Texans very proud and will benefit our great State.”
HRT confirms Yamamoto, Senna, for Hungary (GMM) HRT on Tuesday confirmed that Sakon Yamamoto has retained his race seat for the weekend's Hungarian grand prix.
The Japanese, reportedly with $5 million in sponsorship to pay to the struggling Spanish team in 2010, raced initially in Bruno Senna's cockpit at the recent British grand prix.
He then replaced Karun Chandhok in Germany, but the Indian rookie - whose new sponsor Japyee was on the Cosworth-powered F110 at Hockenheim - said it is possible he will be back in the car this weekend in Hungary.
Volt pricing to be very competitive General Motors Co. will offer a competitive lease price on its Chevrolet Volt that could soothe consumers hinky about buying a vehicle that relies on pricey battery technology.
The lease price will be unveiled today, along with the Volt's retail price tag of slightly less than $40,000, minus a $7,500 federal tax credit. The pricing is one of the last secrets surrounding a car that GM hopes will turn around its perception as the maker of gas-guzzling SUVs.
The Detroit News has learned that GM plans to set a lease price that will be far lower than monthly payments to buy the extended-range electric car, and competitive with Nissan's Leaf, whose monthly lease price starts at $349.
The Leaf will retail for $32,780 before the federal credit.
Q & A with Williams' Sam Michael Williams technical director Sam Michael looks back at the team's performance at the German Grand Prix.
Q. How did the inclement weather on Friday and Saturday morning affect your preparations for a dry race? SM: "It did have some bearing in that we had some new parts that we wanted to test but couldn't due to the bad weather. We will now run them in Budapest. Everything else, including work on set-up, tires and cooling, was covered off in Friday afternoon's session."
Pirelli 'very happy' with first F1 test Pirelli ran their first test with their prototype F1 tires at Paul Ricard last week with motorsport director Paul Hembery declaring he was "very happy" with the initial results.
Pirelli will take over from Bridgestone next season as Formula One's official tire supplier and already a great deal of work has gone into designing next year's rubber.
The prototype tires have even already undergone their first track test with Pirelli putting the rubber through its paces at Paul Ricard last week, using a GP2 car.
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Ferrari hits back at team order criticism 'hypocrisy' (GMM) As the Hockenheim team orders furor continues, Ferrari team president Luca di Montezemolo has cried "enough of this hypocrisy".
Leading figures of the top rival McLaren, Red Bull and Mercedes teams have lashed out at the famous Italian marque after Felipe Massa was ordered aside for Fernando Alonso for victory at Sunday's German grand prix.
"We all have to obey the rules," said Mercedes GP chief executive Nick Fry.
Red Bull's Christian Horner added: "It's a great shame that the race was manipulated to give one driver a victory over the other."
And McLaren's Martin Whitmarsh, also chairman of the F1 teams union FOTA, said: "We do desperately want to win but it's about how you win."
The Briton also said he would speak "privately" about the issue to Ferrari.
While hitting back at what he describes as "polemics", Montezemolo at least seemed to steer away from the team's earlier denial that Massa was given a team order.
"These things have happened since the days of Nuvolari and I experienced it myself when I was sporting director, in the days of Niki Lauda and not just then," said Montezemolo.
"The polemics are of no interest to me," added the Italian.
"Enough of this hypocrisy, even if I can well believe that some people might have liked to see our two drivers eliminate one another, but that is definitely not the case for me or indeed for our fans," he said.
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