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08/02/11
MotoGP
Japanese Grand Prix confirmed for October  The FIM and Dorna Sports have now received the official detailed and final report provided by ARPA, recognized body to investigate the current situation in Motegi and its environs. Based on this report, the FIM and Dorna Sports confirmed today that, subject to there being no further serious incidents, MotoGP's Grand Prix of Japan will take place on 2 October as planned.

As already indicated in the previous press release, ARPA has measured levels of radiation from all sources including the air, environment and food. The final conclusion is that "based on the estimate dose it can be said with no doubt that the radiation risk during the race event is negligible".

08/02/11
irl
IndyCar places 3 drivers on probation  INDYCAR officials have placed drivers Mike Conway, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alex Tagliani on probation through Dec. 31, 2011 for multiple instances of initiating avoidable contact during IZOD IndyCar Series events this season.

"We are disappointed in these actions, which have exhibited a pattern of driving that endangers on-track safety and adversely affects competition," said Brian Barnhart, president of competition and operations, INDYCAR.

Conway, of Andretti Autosport, was penalized for avoidable contact with Ryan Briscoe at Toronto and Oriol Servia at Edmonton.  Teammate Hunter-Reay was cited for the same violation after contact with Briscoe at Barber and Takuma Sato at Edmonton.  Sam Schmidt Motorsports' Alex Tagliani was deemed in violation of the rule after contact with Will Power at Toronto and Graham Rahal at Edmonton. More ...

08/02/11
automotive
Video: Tesla Model S Sneak Peek  Tesla have released a sneak peek of the upcoming Tesla Model S Alpha undergoing on-track drive testing.

08/02/11
tv news
nassprint
TV Ratings for Brickyard 400 higher then 2010  ESPN's live telecast of the Brickyard 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 31, earned a 4.6 household coverage rating, averaging 6,377,000 viewers, according to the Nielsen Company. The rating rose from a 4.2 for last year's event. Continuing a trend that has been seen across NASCAR telecasts this season, the Male 18-34 demographic was up 20% from last year's race. The final 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races of the 2011 season will air on ESPN networks, with 13 on ESPN and three Saturday night races on ABC. ESPN
08/02/11
irl
Snowball Express uses Plowman, INDYCAR to Strengthen Mission  IZOD IndyCar Series driver Martin Plowman is teaming up with Snowball Express for his three IZOD IndyCar series races in 2011 and will carry the Snowball Express logo on his #17 AFS/Sam Schmidt Motorsport car in the IZOD IndyCar Series events at Mid-Ohio, Infineon, and Baltimore.

Snowball Express is a 501(c)3 organization created in 2006, whose mission is to provide hope and new memories for the children of our fallen military men and women since 9/11. Anchored by the main Snowball Express event in Dallas each holiday season, Snowball Express provides each child with an unforgettable all-expenses paid trip to the Dallas-Fort Worth area filled with laughter, celebrity, and healing. Past trips have included concerts, memorial activities, rodeos, a full day at Six Flags, and a special party with the Dallas Cowboys players and cheerleaders at the new stadium. More ...

08/02/11
track news
Hungaroring seeking funds to resurface track  Hungarian Grand Prix chiefs are hoping to get the funding in place to resurface the Hungaroring track for next year, following complaints from drivers last weekend.

With the circuit having a firm contract in place until 2016, race organizers are willing to spend money upgrading the facilities and circuit - although it will still need some kind of government support if it is going to happen.

Zsolt Gyulay, the president of the Hungaroring, told AUTOSPORT about the resurfacing effort: "I am fighting for this. We have a plan, but it is impossible to do it, so we need some kind of state support. But the resurfacing is the minimum we would like to achieve. There are plans for some big improvements in the next two years that will show people how important motorsport is in Hungary."

08/02/11
f1
Turkey invites Ecclestone for 2012 race talks  (GMM)  Turkey has vowed to fight for its place on the formula one calendar.

The Istanbul round was provisionally included in the original 2012 calendar, but an amended version circulated in the Hungaroring paddock showed Turkey as missing.

Earlier, it was suggested F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone had foreshadowed the axe by doubling the race's sanctioning fee for next year.

But Turkish automobile sports federation (TOSFED) chairman Mumtaz Tahincioglu on Tuesday said he has been in meetings about rescuing the event.

"We are seeking a way to keep F1 in Turkey and Mr. Minister is ready to do everything for this goal," he is quoted by the Anadolu state news agency.

"We will invite Mr. Ecclestone to Turkey.  We want to conclude our negotiations," added Tahincioglu.

08/02/11
track news
US Grand Prix circuit construction is ‘on schedule’  Visitors to Formula 1's newest race track, the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, will experience a “unique American treasure”, according to its executive vice president.
Last week saw the one-year anniversary of the announcement of the new $300m purpose-built F1 circuit in Austin – the Circuit of the Americas (COTA).

And with under a year to go until the provisional date set for the inaugural race, Bruce Knox, the circuit’s executive vice president, is convinced the new track will be ready on time.

“Since the launch of the project, our objective is to have the circuit ready for a June 2012 race date,” Knox told The Sport Review. “We remain on schedule to achieve this goal and have met each of our construction and development milestones.

“The track contours are visible and major infrastructure features such as tunnels, drainage and retention facilities are in place. Preparation is under way for vertical construction including the grandstands, and pit and paddock buildings.” More ...

08/02/11
fil
Conor Daly returns to Indy Lights  
Conor Daly
MAZDASPEED driver Conor Daly will head back state side this week after another solid performance at the recent GP3 Series round, held this past weekend during the Hungarian Grand Prix. Daly flew directly from Budapest, Hungary on Sunday night to Belgium where he took part in a track day, driving a Caterham Seven at the famed Spa Francorchamps Circuit as part of his prerace preparations for the upcoming GP3 Belgium Grand Prix taking place on August 26th -28th. Following the track day, Daly then headed back to North America to return to Indianapolis, Indiana where he is making final preparations to rejoin Indy Lights action with Sam Schmidt Motorsports. The team will compete in the upcoming Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres taking place this weekend.

"I have been following the Indy Lights series very closely since I headed to Europe for GP3 back in April,” comments Daly. “I am very eager to get back with my engineer, Chris Finch and get caught up on everything and very much looking forward to the challenge.” More ...

08/02/11
f1
Webber to meet with Mateschitz this week  
Mark Webber
(GMM)  Mark Webber's plans for 2012 could be decided this week, but it might not be public knowledge for "months", the Australian driver suggested on Tuesday.

Dr Helmut Marko stirred the pot in Hungary by suggesting that the 34-year-old will "probably" retire after racing one more season with Red Bull in 2012.

Team boss Christian Horner played down the Austrian's comments by suggesting Webber might decide to stay in F1 for a few more years, agreeing that a new deal for 2012 is likely.

"I am having fun," Webber said on Austrian television Servus TV on Tuesday, "and on Thursday will have a good conversation with Dietrich Mateschitz. More ...

08/02/11
f1
Q and A with Force India’s Paul di Resta  
Paul di Resta
After an eight-race drought, Paul di Resta was back in the points at the Hungaroring, finishing seventh to score six for Force India just a week after team-mate Adrian Sutil managed sixth place in Germany. The Scot digests his race.

Paul, you've had some frustrating races recently - how relieved are you to finally have a great result?
I think it was important. After several races where things were out of my control, it feels great to score some good points. It's nice to have a race where everything goes well. We're chasing people in the Constructors' Championship and, given the result in Hungary and the result the previous weekend for Adrian (Sutil, team-mate), it's been a massive couple of weeks for us. The team are pushing hard and it's nice to get two good results going into the August break. We will recharge our batteries and come back fighting. More ...

08/02/11
racing news
Quaife thrilled with McLaren MP4-12C GT3 debut  
Phil Quaife
Phil Quaife produced an impressive performance to just miss out on a top-ten class finish at the Total 24 Hours of Spa last weekend where McLaren’s all-new MP4-12C was making its twice-around-the-clock race debut.

The 25-year-old Kent racer, who shared the #60 VonRyan Racing-run GT3-spec McLaren race car with regular Le Mans Series team-mate Adam Christodoulou as well as Glynn Geddie and Roger Wills, overcame changeable conditions throughout the Belgian event to finish 11th in the Pro-Am class and 25th overall. More ...

08/02/11
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday  
  • Mark Webber
    Horner plays down Webber retirement reports
  • Red Bull 'intention' to promote Ricciardo - Marko
  • Kovalainen happy Trulli up to speed at Lotus
  • Sullen Vettel can enjoy summer 'in peace' - analysis
  • F1 rivals copy Red Bull 'rake' - report
  • Ecclestone slams call for 2012 calendar rethink
  • F1 should become less technical - Briatore
  • Ferrari works to meet vacation deadline More ...
08/01/11
f1
F1 2011 Hungary - BBC vs McLaren Pitstop Challenge  
08/01/11
f1
Interview with Williams’ Sam Michael  After the 2010 Hungarian Grand Prix ended with sixth and tenth places for Nico Hülkenberg and Rubens Barrichello, Sunday’s 2011 race brought no points for Williams, with Barrichello and Pastor Maldonado struggling to 13th and 16th. Technical Director Sam Michael reviews the Grove squad's Budapest performance.

How would you sum up the performance of the FW33 at the Hungaroring?
We have improved since the Nürburgring with some changes we made to the car. That was evident from our dry lap times but we just didn’t pull it together to get points in the race.

How was the car's tire wear on the Soft and Super Soft rubber?
Our wear rate on the Super Soft Options was high but on the Soft Primes was good. More ...

08/01/11
f1
Video: Heidfeld's Renault catches fire in Hungary  UPDATE Initial investigations at Renault indicate that a long pit-stop was the cause of the fire which took Nick Heidfeld out of Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix. After retiring on the exit of the pit lane, the German’s car then gave out a small explosion, expected to have been trigged as cold extinguisher foam contacted with a hot gas canister.

Although Technical Director James Allison is yet to publish a full report into the incident, it is highly expected that the issue began when one of the wheel nuts forced a lengthy stop - with normal procedure requiring the driver to maintain 18,000rpm as full throttle is applied with the pit lane speed limiter active.

As mechanics attended to the wheel problem, the car remained stationary for around 10 to 12 seconds as opposed to the usual three or four; this caused the forward-pointing exhausts to overheat and in-turn the bodywork caught fire.

The subsequent explosion of the left sidepod occurred as the cold fire extinguisher form came into to contact with the aforementioned small gas canister, which all cars carry in order to feed the pneumatic valve system of the engine.

It has been confirmed by the Hungaroring that a marshal – hit by flying debris as the sidepod exploded – suffered no more than bruising to the leg. More ...

08/01/11
automotive
Honda Civic fails to earn Consumer Reports recommendation  The influential Consumer Reports magazine isn't recommending Honda Motor Co.'s all-new Civic LX compact, which scored poorly in its road tests.

The magazine's critical pan deals a fresh blow to the redesigned Civic, whose launch was disrupted by the massive quake that struck Japan in March.

Compared with its predecessor, the new Civic LX's score slid 17 points to 61, Consumer Reports said Monday. More ...

08/01/11
automotive
Ford to recall 1.1 million pickup trucks for gas tank problem  Ford Motor Co. says it is recalling 1.1 million pickup trucks because the gas tanks can fall off and cause a fire.

The company is recalling certain Ford F-150, F-250 and Lincoln Blackwood pickups. The recall affects certain models from the 1997 model year through the 2004 model year. They were sold in cold-weather states where salt is used to clear roads. That salt can corrode straps holding the tanks in place.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said today on its Web site that the straps holding up the tanks can rust, causing them to fall to the ground. The tanks can rupture and cause a fire.

Ford reported eight incidents of the tanks falling, resulting in three injuries.

08/01/11
irl
Patrick is third-highest-paid female athlete  Danica Patrick is the third highest-paid female athlete at $12 million, according to earnings estimates by Forbes.com.

Patrick, who's competing in her seventh IZOD IndyCar Series season, has one victory and 60 top-10 finishes in 109 races. Her ninth-place finish in the Edmonton Indy on July 24, in which she advanced from the 22nd starting position, was voted the Firestone Tire-ific Move of the Race via the poll on www.indycar.com.

Patrick will be among the 27 competitors in the Honda Indy 200 this weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in the No. 7 Team GoDaddy car for Andretti Autosport. More ...

08/01/11
WSB
Yamaha To Pull Out Of World Superbikes At End Of 2011  Yamaha has announced that it has decided to withdraw its factory team from the World Superbike Championship at the end of 2011. The withdrawal comes as a result of a review of Yamaha Motor Europe's marketing activities throughout Europe forced by the rapidly declining motorcycle market throughout the region. The move leaves both Eugene Laverty and Marco Melandri without a ride for next season, although in light of the strong performance by both riders in their debut WSBK seasons, finding a new seat should not be difficult.

The announcement came completely out of the blue, with no prior signs that Yamaha was contemplating such a move. Marco Melandri let it slip less than a week ago that he was close to extending his current contract to stay with the team in 2012, suggesting that the news is as much a surprise to the team as it is to the outside world. More ...

08/01/11
TV News
Q and A with Jackie Stewart on Wind Tunnel  Three-time World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart joined guest co-hosts Robin Miller and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti during the July 31 edition of popular SPEED television show, Wind Tunnel.

Stewart, who abruptly retired after winning his third championship in 1973, also twice competed in the Indianapolis 500, leading with nine laps to go in 1966 before mechanical woes dropped him to sixth. He was also an outspoken critic of the inferior safety and medical standards that had existed in Formula One at the time. Here are some of Stewart’s quotes.

On losing out at Indianapolis late in the race…
Stewart
: "I was obviously disappointed. I wasn't so much disappointed on the day because I had thought I had done reasonably well. But by the next morning, the Scottish economy had dropped greatly from me not winning the Indianapolis 500 - that's when I began to get disappointed."

On driving an oval for the first time…
Stewart
: "Yeah, I had never done anything like that before. We did have an advantage because we knew about rear-engine cars before the Americans really got into them." More ...

08/01/11
irl
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Donates Indy Car to University  For three years, one of the former race-winning Indy cars from the Rahal Letterman Lanigan stable had been in use at Columbus’ popular Center of Science and Industry (COSI) children’s museum where little hands learned what made race cars go.

Now that same car will be worked over by much more talented and capable hands that will study not only what makes it go - but what makes it go faster, longer and safer.

RLL today donated one of its former Indy cars to the University of Northwestern Ohio’s (UNOH) highly-successful High Performance Motorsports program, which is taught at the University’s Lima campus. The program began in 1992 and in 2006 became the largest of its kind in the nation, with a seven-acre, 70,000 sq. ft. complex dedicated to helping students earn degrees in high-performance technology. In addition to its large on-campus facility, UNOH also owns and operates Limaland Motorsports Park, which is a 1/4-mile,high-banked dirt oval that hosts weekly events for stock, modifieds and sprint cars and hosts the World of Outlaws Brad Doty Classic each July. More ...

08/01/11
wrc
Loeb storms to Finnish win  Sebastien Loeb drove to a magnificent Rally Finland victory - the second of his career and significantly against expectation to extend his WRC points advantage after he overcame Ford's Jari-Matti Latvala and his Citroen team-mate Sebastien Ogier as he broke away from a tight battle between the trio on the final morning Saturday.

All three did their utmost ensure they would not run first on the road on Saturday, but Loeb drew the short straw and led the way. He however had little problem in opening his lead to 10 seconds and then went about defending that advantage despite the expected disadvantage of running first on the road. Loeb is the first non-Scandinavian ever to win the Rally Finland twice. More ...
08/01/11
nassprint
Brickyard 400 building momentum?  An Indianapolis Motor Speedway official said Sunday that efforts to build the Brickyard 400 from within are off to a good start.

Attendance for Saturday's activities, including the Hinder concert, was an improvement from previous years.

"(The crowd was) lively, the band was good and we established something that will grow," said Mark Dill, vice president of marketing and public relations. More ...

08/01/11
racing news
Video: Circuit Spa - Accident Lamborghini Gallardo  Very weird accident of the # 25 Lamborghini Gallardo GT3, driven by Nikolaus Mayr-Melnhof, during the first hour of the 24H race at Spa/Francorchamps Saturday afternoon, right at the pit-entry lane. The marshals were very, very lucky to escape injuries.

08/01/11
f1
Q and A with Cosworth's Mark Gallagher  As Formula One heads into its traditional summer break, Cosworth's F1 General Manager Mark Gallagher reflects on Cosworth's 2011 season so far, while looking ahead to the company’s bright future in F1.

Q+A with Mark Gallagher  - Cosworth General Manager F1 Business Unit

How would you assess the performance of the CA2011 so far this season?
“The CA2011 is a competitive unit, more than the results have suggested so far this year. We have a powerful unit and have also continued to demonstrate Cosworth’s proven reliability, which is vital for our teams to have confidence in the product. We have seen a couple of issues, much as one would expect given how hard the engines are pushed, but we have had a good season on the reliability side of things – probably among the best in the sport – as shown again by all six Cosworth-powered cars finishing yesterday’s Hungarian Grand Prix.” More ...
08/01/11
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Monday  
  • McLaren teammates Button (L) and Hamilton (R) passed and re-passed each other
    Marshal limps away but Heidfeld not hurt
  • Red Bull to test new diffuser at Spa
  • Webber to 'probably' retire in 2012 - Marko
  • No team orders as McLaren drivers diced in Hungary
  • Vettel tells Red Bull time to 'think again'
  • Red Bull to test new diffuser at Spa

Marshal limps away but Heidfeld not hurt
(GMM)  The sidepod of Nick Heidfeld's Renault exploded as the German retired from the Hungarian grand prix.

A fan's video posted on Youtube showed a marshal being struck by the debris and limping away, and Swiss newspaper Blick said it is "unclear whether the man was injured" badly. More ...

08/01/11
irl
nassprint
NASCAR eroding Indy's greatness  
Those weren't fans disguised as empty seats at the Brickyard 400 on Sunday, they were just empty seats. And there seems to be more of them for this race every year. NASCAR has never belonged here, and it never will.
Toyota
I wish this had been the last Brickyard 400. I wish the crass erosion of this hallowed ground would cease, and the damage could be limited to the horrid gullies already washed into the traditions of Indianapolis Motor Speedway by NASCAR.

But no, hell, no, the strip-mining of this place's dignity goes on and on, like the garish droning of the cars that stumbled round and round again on Sunday, in the 18th running of motor racing's answer to a herd of buffalo stampeding down the hardwood hallways of a palace, slipping and sliding.

This sluggish event, won by Paul Menard in a gas-mileage crapshoot, ended Indy's centennial era, 100 years since the first Indianapolis 500 in 1911. More ...

08/01/11
dtm
tv news
DTM broadcast to 120 million households in China  Europe’s most popular touring car race series is also growing in international importance: with immediate effect the second half of the DTM season will be broadcast on television in China.

Breakthrough in an important market: with immediate effect the DTM can now also be viewed live on television in China. The Shanghai Media Group, the second largest free-to-air television channel in China, broadcasts the five remaining DTM races. Up to 120 million TV households in the People’s Republic of China including Macau and Hong Kong and also Taiwan can follow the races.

07/31/11
f1
Horner not disappointed with Button victory  
Christian Horner can't help but smile
(GMM)  Christian Horner could not hide his smile despite a Red Bull not winning Sunday's Hungarian grand prix.

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel finished the Budapest race second, but because the fifth-placed Jenson Button won, the German's vast gap grew from 77 points to 85 over teammate Mark Webber.

And Vettel's gap to the closest non-Red Bull runner - Lewis Hamilton - is now a whopping 88 points with just 8 races to run.

"Excluding the Red Bull drivers, Jenson was the one we wanted as the winner," Red Bull team boss Horner is quoted as saying by German media. More ...

07/31/11
f1
Abu Dhabi confirms 2011 young driver test  (GMM)  Race organizers have confirmed that Abu Dhabi will once again host a young drivers' test at Yas Marina. After the 2010 season finale, the spectacular venue played host to a test where inexperienced youngsters are entrusted with the F1 teams' grand prix cars. But this year, it is Brazil that is hosting the season finale.

However, we reported this month that Abu Dhabi will nonetheless continue to host the young drivers' session two weeks before the 2011 season concludes.

"We are delighted to be hosting the young driver testing," the circuit's operations director Mark Hughes is quoted by The National.  "We have been working very closely with FOTA to ensure they get the dates they want."

07/31/11
nhra
Friday's NHRA leaders remain atop final Sonoma qualifying fields  
John Force
John Force became NHRA’s all-time leader in No. 1 qualifying positions when he raced to the top spot in  Funny Car Saturday at the FRAM/Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway.

Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock), and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also will lead their categories into Sunday’s 11 a.m. eliminations at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.

Force claimed his fifth No. 1 of the season and 139th of his career, which broke a tie with Pro Stock legend Warren Johnson for the most top qualifying positions in the history of the sport. Force took the top spot with a performance of 4.060 seconds at 311.99 mph in his Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang. More ...

07/31/11
gp2
Stefano Coletti sprints to Budapest GP2 win  
Stefano Coletti
Stefano Coletti overcame a difficult start of a Hungarian weekend by stunning the rest of the field from P21 on the grid to victory in changing track conditions and two safety car periods. The Monegasque driver finished 7.2s ahead of Esteban Gutierrez and Romain Grosjean.

The teams once again had a difficult choice to make this morning for the Sprint race in Budapest: in mixed track conditions, it was all about deciding to start either on wet tires or slicks. Only seven drivers bravely opted for the second option, including Luca Filippi, Coletti and Gutierrez, the young Mexican starting from P24.

As the lights went out, the early stages were all about poleman Christian Vietoris. The German had a perfect start and kept the lead. Behind him, Addax duo Giedo van der Garde and Charles Pic both opted to duck down the inside of Turn 1 to pass Jules Bianchi. Filippi’s tire gamble proved difficult as he ran wide at Turn 1 and dropped to the back of the field. More ...
07/31/11
gp3
Rio Haryanto storms to Race 2 GP3 victory  
Rio Haryanto celebrates
Rio Haryanto took his second GP3 victory of the 2011 season in a rain affected race at Hungaroring today. The Marussia Manor Racing driver finished just ahead of the charging Lotus ART pair of Valtteri Bottas and James Calado.

RSC Mücke Motorsport’s Nigel Melker started from pole in the wet Race 2 conditions and held onto the lead when the lights went out ahead of Addax Team’s Tom Dillmann. MW Arden’s Lewis Williamson and Jenzer Motorsport’s Nico Müller were locked in battle for third, with Tech 1 Racing’s Aaro Vainio and Haryanto slotting in behind. Meanwhile at the back Calado made his way up from twenty-fifth to eleventh in the first lap.       

Lap 2 saw Williamson spin out the race, and it also saw the first of two safety cars when Jenzer Motorsport’s Vittorio Ghirelli crashed out. Haryanto took Müller for third on the re-start, with Bottas now in seventh and Calado behind Maxim Zimin in ninth. More ...
07/31/11
f1
Massa finally beats Alonso in qualifying  
Felipe Massa
(GMM)  Felipe Massa on Saturday outqualified his Ferrari teammate Fernando Alonso for the first time in 2011.

Spaniard Alonso was quicker than the Brazilian's sister car in Q1 and Q2, but a hundredth slower than Massa in the grid-decisive Q3 session.

"My teammate drove a nice lap," Alonso, who will start the race in fifth place immediately behind Massa, said.

Ironically, Alonso may get a better start than Massa, due to fifth place being on the much cleaner side of the dusty Hungaroring venue. More ...

07/31/11
f1
Hackers say Button injured in road car smash  
Jenson Button
(GMM)  Jenson Button was not involved in a road car accident after qualifying third in Hungary, his management and the McLaren team have clarified.

Hackers gained access to the 31-year-old Briton's personal website late on Saturday and posted a photo of a heavily damaged red car and information that Button is in a "critical condition" in Budapest's AEK hospital.

But a subsequent message said the news was "completely false".

"Suffice to say Jenson is safe, well and tucked up in bed looking forward to tomorrow's race", the website reads. "We can only apologize for any alarm this may have caused."

McLaren confirmed that Button's website was "hacked", and a spokesman for the driver told the BBC the story was a "distasteful hoax."

07/31/11
f1
F1 teams to ask for 2012 calendar 'rethink'  (GMM)  Formula one teams are concerned about the latest version of the provisional calendar for 2012.

With Turkey scrapped and Bahrain shuffled to the end of the schedule, Bernie Ecclestone circulated a revised version of next year's calendar in the paddock of the Hungaroring.

A wire report by Sapa-AFP said the teams will ask the F1 chief executive to reconsider the latter part of the proposed calendar, due to the scheduling of seven races - including Japan/Korea, Abu Dhabi/Bahrain and US/Brazil back-to-backs - within a ten week period. More ...

07/30/11
nassprint
Brickyard 400 post-qualifying quotes  
DAVID RAGAN (No. 6 UPS/Hall of Fame/Ned Jarrett Ford, pole): "It sounds good. Brickyard winner would sound even better. This is the first step to winning the race tomorrow. Our UPS Ford has been fast. It's been fast in qualifying trim. We still need to work on it a little bit for race trim. We're just a little off, but I have a lot of confidence in our team that we can make the right decisions tomorrow and be up front." (On winning at a historical track like Daytona and now having the chance to win at another historical track): "I feel like we gave up a good one in February to win, but we were able to win it in July. Our Fords have been running really well. This part of the season is very important for us trying to make that Chase. We're working as hard as we ever have, and I think it's finally just showing what a lot of hard work does." (Does this pole surprise you?): "No, I thought we had a shot at a top-five run here. I would have been disappointed if we were anything less than fifth or sixth. We were really fast when we unloaded the first practice. We were off a little bit in race practice. We made a lot of changes. We made a lot of improvements. But qualifying here is just so line-sensitive, you have to be perfect almost. And sometimes I am my toughest critic. I didn't know I could go out and get that perfect of a lap. But my car did what it needed to do. When you have a good car, it makes it a lot easier." More ...
07/30/11
gp3
SPEED TV special on Conor Daly  American Conor Daly’s efforts are being recognized by many and SPEED TV will run a feature about his exploits during the GP2 race from Hungary, starting at 6:00AM EDT, Sunday, July 31st.  (Set your DVR)
07/30/11
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ga
2012 Super Weekend at the Brickyard tickets on sale Monday  The 2012 Crown Royal "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard will feature a return to 2010 ticket prices in Penthouse and Deck seating areas as the inaugural Super Weekend at the Brickyard makes racing history next July at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Aug. 1 for the Super Weekend at the Brickyard, scheduled for July 26-29, 2012, at www.imstix.com or in person at the IMS Ticket Office.

The Super Weekend at the Brickyard will feature the NASCAR Nationwide and GRAND-AM Road Racing series for the first time at IMS as they join the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for an unforgettable four days of on-track activity featuring four races in three days. More ...

07/30/11
gp2
Romain Grosjean wins again in Budapest  
Romain Grosjean
Dams driver Romain Grosjean has claimed a fifth victory this season in today’s feature race at Hungaroring. The Frenchman took the lead after race-long leader Marcus Ericsson was handed a drive through penalty in the closing stages. Charles Pic and Luiz Razia complete the podium.

As the lights went out, Ericsson made a perfect start and passed poleman Razia before turn 1. Behind the pair, Luca Filippi third on the grid made a poor gateway dropping down to P7 and allowing Pic and Grosjean to get past. The two Frenchmen battled for P3 in turn 1 and it was the Dams driver who managed to get ahead of the Addax man, his teammate Giedo van der Garde in tow. More ...
07/30/11
f1
Pollock: Simon switch absolutely transparent  Craig Pollock has responded to criticism from Renault Sport F1, claiming that Gilles Simon will not carry any intellectual property to his PURE engine company. On Thursday it was confirmed that the Frenchman has joined the Switzerland-based outfit as Technical Director, having previously been Formula 1 governing body the FIA’s Technical and Powertrain Director.

Prior to the confirmation that F1 will switch to 1.6-litre, V6 turbocharged engines from 2014, Simon worked closely with all engine manufacturers through his role with the FIA. With this in mind, rival companies – Renault in particular – claim that his switch to PURE could hand Pollock’s firm an unfair advantage.

“Well, you know, I think everybody is entitled to have a reaction,” PURE Chief Executive Pollock exclusively told GPUpdate.net on Saturday afternoon. “On the other hand, any manufacturer like us could have signed Gilles Simon. They are all there, they all look for the best people they can possibly get and that’s all we’ve done. All we have done is to try and hire the best people to make sure that the engine is going to be competitive.

“So okay, fair enough; I understand their position but Gilles Simon has been working with all of the manufacturers to build up new engine regulations and everything has been absolutely transparent. So I don’t see he is coming with any extra knowledge other than what has been discussed by everybody around a table.”

When asked about PURE’s general progress, Pollock explained:

“Things are going very well at the moment. I am meeting Bernie (Ecclestone, head of commercial rights holder FOM) just after qualifying but there’s nothing more I can do at the moment. Technical presentations will soon be made by Gilles.” More ...

07/30/11
track news
Dover Motorsports, Inc. Reports Results for the Second Quarter  Dover Motorsports, Inc. /quotes/zigman/300875/quotes/nls/dvd DVD +1.09% today reported results for the three months ended June 30, 2011.

As previously reported, the assets, liabilities and operating results of the Company's Gateway facility have been reclassified in the accompanying consolidated financial statements to report Gateway separately as a discontinued operation.

The Company promoted five major events during the second quarter of 2011 compared to six major events during the second quarter of 2010. A NASCAR Nationwide Series event promoted at Nashville Superspeedway in the second quarter of 2010 was held in the third quarter of 2011. More ...

07/30/11
British F3
Merhi & Buller star in Spa curtain-closer  The majestic Spa-Francorchamps circuit provided another superb showcase for international Formula 3 racing today as the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 and the FIA International Formula 3 protagonists went head to head in a gripping finale to a great weekend of motorsport in Belgium.

Prema Powerteam's Roberto Merhi repeated his superb form of yesterday to lead the 40-minute epic from pole position to checkered flag, but the undoubted star of the show was Ulsterman Will Buller, who battled up the order to third place overall behind Merhi and Marco Wittmann to claim top British F3 honors. More ...

07/30/11
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U.S. women's soccer star Solo to drive Brickyard 400 Pace Car  United States women's national soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo will drive the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Pace Car at the 2011 Brickyard 400, leading the starting field to the green flag Sunday, July 31 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Solo became a worldwide sensation earlier this month as one of the leaders of the U.S. national team that advanced to the Women's World Cup final in Germany, losing to Japan on penalty kicks. She was named the top goalkeeper of the tournament and was named to the 2011 World Cup all-tournament team.

"We're thrilled to welcome Hope Solo as the Pace Car driver for the Brickyard 400," said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president and chief executive officer. "Hope and her teammates captivated all of America with their fighting spirit during the Women's World Cup, and her presence as Pace Car driver adds to the prestige and excitement of this great event." More ...

07/30/11
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Engine supplier sues defunct team  A dispute over engines for two entries in NASCAR’s Truck series has moved to federal court.

In a suit filed in U.S. District Court, engine supplier Triad Racing Technologies alleges Vision Airlines Racing defaulted on contracts originally valued at more than $1.4 million. The contracts, for leasing and service of race engines, outlined installment payments to begin in January.

The Vision team, formed with many of the assets purchased from Billy Ballew Motorsports in late 2010, paid $392,000, Triad’s suit alleges. In the spring, the Toyota team cut back, then laid off personnel and ceased operations. Payments have since stopped altogether, the engine supplier claims.

Triad asks the court to award it more than $700,000, plus interest, attorney fees and court costs.

07/30/11
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Price cuts can't lure fans to Brickyard 400  The drivers call it the second biggest race of the season. It's right up there with the Daytona 500, they say. Kissing the bricks is something every driver dreams about, the NASCAR spin on the traditional Indy 500 winner chugging milk.

With all of that going for it, it would seem as though the Brickyard 400 is a must-see event at historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Yet, racing fans' interest has been dwindling the past few years.

Last year, the fewest number of fans in its history - almost half of the inaugural crowd in 1994 - attended the race. This year, the track lowered ticket prices to try to entice more fans to come out, but it hasn't seemed to help. More ...

07/30/11
f1
Hungarian GP: Vettel tops final practice  
Sebastian Vettel
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel took over at the top of the list in final practice for the Hungarian GP with a lap of 1m21.168s.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso clocked a 1m21.469s to place 2nd. Jenson Button meanwhile was third with a 1m21.639s in his McLaren.

Australian Mark Webber was 4th with a 1m21.645s in his Red Bull Renault.

Lewis Hamilton, who topped both practice sessions on Friday could only manage 7th this morning as times were significantly faster than Friday when the track was still green. More ...

07/30/11
gp3
GP3: Valtteri Bottas takes maiden pole  
Bottas on pole
Valtteri Bottas took his first GP3 pole position for Lotus ART after leading the rest of the field for most of the thirty minutes session at Hungaroring today, and confirming he is on fine form following his success last week at Nurburgring. The Series race winner was 0.330 seconds ahead of his teammate James Calado to lock out the front row of the grid for the French team.

The field hit the track on Pirelli’s P Zero slick tires in warm and sunny conditions for the early morning session. Marussia Manor Racing’s Adrian Quaife-Hobbs was the first driver to break the 1 min 39s barrier to go top of the timesheet in a frantic first few minutes of qualifying as the thirty strong grid battled to find clean air. MW Arden’s Mitch Evans took his turn at the top as did Nico Müller, Antonio Felix Da Costa and Michael Christensen as the times tumbled. More ...
07/30/11
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Saturday  
  • Alonso and Webber
    Renault concerned with FIA official's Pure move
  • Teams cautiously welcome split British TV deal
  • Both Spanish venues stay on new 2012 calendar
  • Vettel should not fear losing title - Alonso
  • Race delay is big help for 2012 US GP
  • Ecclestone: Sky will grow F1 audience More ...
07/30/11
irl
IndyCar's Brian Barnhart dismisses claims of inconsistent officiating  IndyCar president of competition Brian Barnhart has rubbished suggestions that the series sporting regulations have not been correctly applied during races this season according to Autosport.

"We never really know how far we can take it," said Penske driver Ryan Briscoe recently. "Some guys know they can break the rules and get away with it. It would be nice to see it more strict like it is in Formula 1. If there's a white line and you're not supposed to cross it and you do, then you get a penalty. Here, we're never sure." More ...

07/30/11
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Earnhardt trying to find Danica fulltime sponsor  Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway that while he was unsure of Danica Patrick's future plans, but that he's looking to keep her at JR Motorsports and hopefully expand it to a full-time stock car role.

"I don't know. I haven't heard anything," Earnhardt said. "I feel confident that she's content where she is and happy with what we're doing. I think things are looking positive for us to put something together."

Patrick, currently full-time with Andretti Autosport in the IZOD IndyCar Series, has yet to reveal what her plans are for 2012 — and whether they involve open-wheel or stock cars, or a combination of the two. More ...

07/30/11
f1
Williams experience another KERS issue  Williams experience another KERS issue -  Both Williams F1 drivers were again very busy trying out new parts on their cars but again the tam experienced a KERS failure. The team will however equip both cars with KERS for the remainder of the weekend after having left out KERS from Rubens Barrichello's car at the German GP.

Sam Michael, Technical Director:
"We tested different diffusers and a new rear wing with Rubens today and new bodywork and a revised suspension system on Pastor’s car. Although we had a KERS issue in P1, both cars will have KERS for qualifying and we will have the new rear wing for Pastor’s car in time for tomorrow’s last practice session."

Rubens Barrichello, FW33‐04 CA420:
FP1: 1:25.836 (14th) 24 laps
FP2: 1:23.679 (13th) 34 laps
"We tested a lot of things today. We had to run without KERS in the morning session because of a small problem but we reinstated it for the afternoon and it was fine. The car has improved a little bit, but P13 isn’t where we want to be and it’s going to be tough to break into Q3 tomorrow. Our goal today was to focus on set-up for the race as I think points are achievable here."

07/30/11
alms
Fernandez, Primat in Lola-Aston Martin coupe for Monterey, Atlanta  Aston Martin Racing will return to the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n by entering the final two events of the 2011 season. The UK-based factory team will enter an Aston Martin-powered Lola coupe for ModSpace American Le Mans Series Monterey presented by Patr¢n and the 14th annual Petit Le Mans powered by MAZDA – the penultimate round of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.

Adrian Fernandez and Harold Primat will drive the works Lola-Aston Martin – complete with its screaming V12 engine – as the new factory AMR-One prototype continues undergoing development for the 2012 season. Last year, Fernandez and Primat drove a Lola-Aston Martin to a third-place finish at Sebring (with Stefan Mücke) and runner-up result at Long Beach. More ...

07/30/11
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alms
Baltimore Grand Prix signs seven new sponsors  
With just over a month remaining until the Baltimore Grand Prix speeds through the Inner Harbor Sept. 2-4, organizers are racing to meet their sponsorship goals.

The Grand Prix said Friday it has reached deals with Dr. Pepper to be the race’s official soft drink and Royal Farms to be its official coffee.

Organizers also announced they signed Baltimore’s Merritt Properties, New York’s Constellation Wines and Mr. Tire.

Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

“The momentum and support for the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix has just been amazing,” Baltimore Grand Prix CEO Jay Davidson said in a statement. More ...

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