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08/02/13
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Rain Postpones NHRA Qualifying  KENT, Wash. — Persistent rain showers forced NHRA officials to cancel qualifying on Friday for the 26th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Pacific Raceways.

Qualifying will resume on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Rain showers moved into the area Friday afternoon before Pro Stock, Funny Car and Top Fuel qualifying sessions began. Gates will open at 8 a.m. Qualifying rounds are set for Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. for Sunday’s final eliminations at 11 a.m.

08/02/13
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New Cars Approved For 2014 World Challenge  WC Vision announced today the approval of FIA GT3 cars running FIA approved aero packages for competition in the Pirelli World Challenge Championship Series starting in 2014.
Prior to the start of the 2013 season, the series approved three FIA GT3 platforms – the Audi R8 LMS, Mercedes SLS, and BMW Z4 – for competition in the Pirelli World Challenge GT class.

“Following two years of extensive research including a full season of competition we are pleased to announce the approval of GT3 cars with their FIA approved aero packages to race in our series,” said Pirelli World Challenge Director of Competition Geoff Carter. “With the prior inclusion of ABS and traction control our approval allows manufacturers from around the world a stable platform for customer-focused racing.” More ...

08/02/13
f1
Ferrari orders investigation into why car is a dog  
In Canada Alonso beat Rosberg's Mercedes, but now no chance.
Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has ordered a detailed investigation by his technical chiefs in to why his team's race pace disappeared at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The team has usually been stronger in the races than in qualifying, and believed the key to delivering the championship was simply to secure better grid spots.

In Hungary however the team struggled for the first time this year with its long-run form, leaving Fernando Alonso a frustrated fifth at the checkered flag. More ...

08/02/13
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Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Announces Launch of New Team Website  Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that the team has launched an all-new website ( www.rahal.com ) designed to provide fans increased access to the team’s IZOD IndyCar Series and American Le Mans Series programs while enhancing the RLL brand in the process.

“We were due for a redesign and this new site enables the fan to tap into a variety of information and social media platforms from one location,” said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.  “We believe this new site allows the fans more insight into the team and to follow us more closely as the season progresses.”

The site, designed by Niche Productions of Dayton, Ohio, provides information on the team, its drivers and sponsors in a robust, social media-friendly manner with links to the team’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. Information, including photo and video galleries can be accessed in a user-friendly way via computer or smart phone. More ...

08/02/13
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Axcil Jefferies to drive for BHA at Mid-Ohio (Update)  UPDATE Added photo of Jefferies below.

08/01/13
Axcil Jefferies
Bryan Herta Autosport announced today that the team will continue its partnership with Starting Grid, Inc. as it fields Axcil Jefferies this weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the ninth round of the Firestone Indy Lights.

Jefferies, a native of Zimbabwe, starting racing karts at six years old and was winning championships in Zimbabwe by age nine. In 2009, he earned one of three coveted Formula BMW scholarships and stepped up to Formula Cars. He finished third that year in the Formula BMW Pacific Championship. More ...

08/02/13
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IndyCar updates 2013 rulebook  INDYCAR announced today it has updated three rules in its 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series Rulebook, effective beginning this weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Race Restart - In the event of a restart with 15 laps or less remaining in the race, all lapped cars will be moved to the rear of the field. (7.6.1.2).

Race Procedure Penalties - If circumstances do not permit for a penalty to be served during a race, the Race Director shall declare the race results provisional and officials will review the penalty.  This review is independent of technical inspection. (9.2.2).

Tires - If a car receives tire damage due to contact during a race, the two-lap requirement for that type of tire will be considered fulfilled (14.14.6.6.5).

08/02/13
IRL
Mid-Ohio Friday wrap  Will Power was fastest in Friday’s second round of practice, narrowly edging out Scott Dixon and Ryan Hunter-Reay, who was third fastest. Rounding out the top 5 was Dario Franchitti and first-race rookie Luca Filippi.

Practice was halted for a few minutes after Tony Kanaan had a brief excursion into the turn 10 tire wall, breaking a front wing. It’s at least the second off of the week for Kanaan, who wound up 11th in the late practice.

All 24 teams took their turn on practice. Andretti Racing took 3 of the top 8 spots. More ...
08/02/13
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Munoz tops opening Indy Lights practice at M-O  
08/02/13
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Afternoon Update No. 2 from Mid-Ohio  Qualifying for Race #1 of the USF 2000 Mid Ohio Grand Prix concluded just over an hour ago with Neil Alberico putting the #2 Cape Motorsports with WTR car on the pole. Alberico was followed by Garrett Grist of Andretti Autosport and Cooper Tires US F 2000 Championship Powered by Mazda championship leader Scott Hargrove of Cape Motorsports with WTR.

Alberico, a native of Los Gatos, CA has won 3 races this season (Sebring Race 2, Lucas Oil Raceway, and Toronto Race 2). More ...
08/02/13
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Afternoon Update from Mid-Ohio  It’s an unseasonably cool, overcast summer day here in the central Ohio. The Indy cars just wrapped up their opening practice sessions with Scott Dixon posting the fastest time ahead of teammate Dario Franchitti. Dixon, of course, has won the last three IndyCar races, and four of the last six races here at Mid-Ohio. You have to Dixon will be quite tough to beat come Sunday.

Two drivers, Luca Fillipi and James Davison, are making their Izod IndyCar series debut this weekend. We caught up with Fillipi, who has replaced Alex Tagliani in the #98 Barracuda Networks Honda. He said that overall the car was pretty much what he expected, and he was happy to have the opportunity. We then started talking about the big ovals of Texas and California -- and Fillipi quickly replied, "Uh, let's try one thing at a time, okay?" Filippi was 19th fastest in morning practice. Davison is in the #18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda with Sonny's BBQ sponsorship on the side pods, and Sonax on the front wings. More ...
08/02/13
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Dixon and Franchitti 1-2 in opening IndyCar practice  Target Chip Ganassi teammate Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti (Hondas) ran 1-2 in opening practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Friday morning.

Ryan Hunter-Reay broke up the Honda dominance with the third best time in his Andretti Chevy followed by the Honda of Simon Pagenaud and the Chevy of James Hinchcliffe. More ...

08/02/13
IRL
Filippi to Drive for Barracuda Racing at Mid-Ohio  Following a successful Open Test on Wednesday, Barracuda Racing has decided to continue with Luca Filippi as the driver of the No. 98 car for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on Sunday.

The Barracuda Racing team was pleased with the performance and feedback that 27-year-old Filippi provided during the IZOD IndyCar Series test day. The Italian driver was able to get up to speed quickly and gained confidence as he adapted throughout the day.

"Luca did a really good job during the test on Wednesday. We were very impressed with his quick adaptation to both a car and circuit that were completely new to him," noted team co-owner Bryan Herta. "We are all very excited to see how he does under race conditions." More ...

08/02/13
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Todd Bodine returns to Truck Series this weekend  
Todd Bodine
Todd Bodine has become a free agent for hire since leaving his regular NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ride in June.

The Chemung, NY native, 49, will return to the Truck Series in a one-off deal with Turner Scott Motorsports to drive the No. 30 Chevy Silverado in Saturday’s Pocono Mountains 125.

However, a plan by Frank Cicci Jr. of Horseheads that would have put Bodine in a NASCAR Nationwide car for the Aug. 10 Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International failed to materialize.

“We were working on a deal for Todd for the Glen,” said Cicci, who runs Quick Stop Beverage on College Avenue in Elmira. “We have somebody that is going to do something, but we didn’t get it done in time. More ...

08/02/13
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Friday  
  • Russia to claim 'force majeure' for late FIA application
  • Vergne 'very happy' to stay at Toro Rosso
  • Sauber 'never close to bankruptcy' - Kaltenborn
  • Hamilton happy to have changed Lauda's opinion
  • Mercedes reveals sound of its F1 V6 More ...
08/01/13
f1
Video: Evolution of F1 Steering Wheels since 1993  

Our brand new Tech Bite: Evolution of F1 Steering Wheels since 1993. Plus: high-res PDF downloads of our steering wheel infographic (see links below)! More ...

08/01/13
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The New BMW 4.5L Daytona Prototype Engine  BMW went to Indianapolis for last weekend's Brickyard Grand Prix thinking small. Engine-wise, that is. They came with an all-new 4.5-liter Dinan-built M3-based powerplant. Half of the six BMW-powered DPs raced with new engines, compared with the 5.0-liter engines that were previously the only BMW engine option in the Rolex Series. Engine builder Steve Dinan was not concerned about going with a smaller engine.

"GRAND-AM does a good job of balancing things out. We weren't really worried about power. The reason it's 4.5 liters is that the block is shorter, and there's not enough room to stroke it to five liters – the parts wouldn't physically fit inside the engine. We might have made it 4.7, but GRAND-AM gives you a sixth speed if you're 4.5, and we decided the 200 extra CCs might not be as much as the extra gear." More ...

08/01/13
f1
Mercedes has a few tricks up its sleeve  
Ross Brawn with Simon Cole
Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn says his team has a few tricks up its sleeve for the second half of the season after closing out the first half with three wins from the last five races.

Mercedes has shown potential all year but has struggled to convert over half of its seven pole positions into victories. The main issue has been rear tire degradation, but on the new Pirellis in Hungary the team appeared to make a significant step forward, with Lewis Hamilton winning in intensely hot conditions. 

Brawn praised his team's performance at recent races but said there are developments being worked on at the factory that could up its game once more. More ...

08/01/13
f1
Is Bernie's empire about to fall?  
How much longer can Bernie Ecclestone continue on
"Ecclestone was in my hotel. Breakfast was over and I was on my way to pick up my bags to head to the Hungaroring when I spied Formula One’s ringmaster sitting quietly in a corner with Fabiana, his lovely wife."

There was "a certain weariness in the handshake although his greeting was as cheery as usual." Perhaps "I exaggerate but when I saw him the other day, in that hotel with a wife half his age and a diary bulging to bursting point, with a retinue of lawyers to talk to and disaffected team owners banging on the door of his daunting blue motorhome, I wondered about Bernie and where it is all going to end."

At 82, "Bernie has done so much, achieved so much, made so many people rich and created so many jobs in the motor racing business, yet these suffocating summer days have the whiff of the fall of empire about them" Kevin Eason, London Times
08/01/13
f1
F1 Venues Fight To Stay On Racing Series Calendar For 2014 Season  F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone "has already dumped India from next season’s calendar amid claims that government bureaucracy and tax regime threaten to strangle the newest race to join the sport’s roster," according to Kevin Eason of the London Times. India’s first F1 driver Narain Karthikeyan "has appealed to his government to step in to save the race from failure." The Indian venue "is not the only one in question, though."

Officials in Sochi, the Russian venue joining next year, "have been forced to issue reassurances that they will be ready for their projected date, thought to be next autumn, while there are continuing doubts over the viability of the grand prix scheduled for New Jersey." More ...
08/01/13
irl
IndyCar issues fresh engine update prior to Mid-Ohio  INDYCAR issued a fresh engine update on Tuesday, prior to this weekend’s Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Grid penalties will be enforced for teams that surpass the five engine limit, and as you can see below, some are coming dangerously close to that mark. Grid penalties are also enforced for teams that change out their engines before hitting the enforced mileage limit of 2,000 miles.

Here is the status of all 24 cars, as issued by INDYCAR, below. Note the No. 98 is an official TBD, but earmarked for Italian rookie Luca Filippi to make his series debut at Mid-Ohio this weekend after testing on Wednesday. More ...

08/01/13
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Fox Sports, NASCAR Finalize Rights Deal Through '24 Worth $3.8B  Fox Sports and NASCAR closed a new $3.8B TV rights agreement that adds three Sprint Cup races, 14 Nationwide series races and two years to the deal the broadcaster cut with NASCAR last fall according to Tripp Mickle & John Ourand of the SportsBusiness Journal. The $3.8B price tag is $1.4B higher than Fox had agreed to pay through '22. The deal pushes NASCAR's total TV rights haul to more than $820M a year, a roughly 46% increase from the $560M it currently receives annually from Fox, Turner Sports and ESPN. Fox and NBC combined will pay $8.2B for NASCAR TV rights. NASCAR and Fox declined to comment on terms of the agreement. More ...
08/01/13
IRL
Stefan Wilson to drive for Dale Coyne in Baltimore  
Stefan Wilson
Dale Coyne Racing has confirmed that Stefan Wilson will drive the No. 18 Nirvana Tea entry in this year’s Baltimore Grand Prix on Sunday, September 1.

Speaking about the announcement, Wilson said: "I've known for the past week that I would be racing in Baltimore, and its been so hard to keep it bottled up inside, I've been that excited about the opportunity that Dale Coyne Racing and Nirvana Tea’s have given me."

The 23 year-old is also looking forward to teaming up with his older brother Justin Wilson, driver of the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America for Dale Coyne Racing, in first outing in the IZOD IndyCar Series. This will also mark the first time the brothers will be competing in the same race. More ...
08/01/13
IRL
Hunter-Reay tops Mid-Ohio test (Update)  UPDATE Mid-Ohio open test times

1. #1 Ryan Hunter-Reay (C) 123.847mph 1:05.6358s (49 laps)
2. #77 Simon Pagenaud (H) 123.545mph 1:05.7965s + 0.1607s (62 laps)
3. #12 Will Power (C) 123.499mph 1:05.8206s + 0.1848s (52 laps)
4. #7 Sebastien Bourdais (C) 123.228mph 1:05.9654s + 0.3296s (61 laps)
5. #3 Helio Castroneves (C) 123.218mph 1:05.9710s + 0.3352s (50 laps)
6. #9 Scott Dixon (H) 122.973mph 1:06.1025s + 0.4667s (50 laps)
7. #27 James Hinchcliffe (C) 122.959mph 1:06.1100s + 0.4742s (37 laps)
8. #19 Justin Wilson (H) 122.877mph 1:06.1541s + 0.5183s (32 laps)
9. #25 Marco Andretti (C) 122.844mph 1:06.1716s + 0.5358s (37 laps)
10. #83 Charlie Kimball (H) 122.725mph 1:06.2360s + 0.6002s (71 laps)
11. #16 James Jakes (H) 122.651mph 1:06.2761s + 0.6403s (47 laps)
12. #4 Oriol Servia (C) 122.470mph 1:06.3740s + 0.7382s (61 laps)
13. #11 Tony Kanaan (C) 122.408mph 1:06.4072s + 0.7714s (57 laps)
14. #14 Takuma Sato (H) 122.285mph 1:06.4743s + 0.8385s (52 laps)
15. #5 EJ Viso (C) 122.145mph 1:06.5502s + 0.9144s (48 laps)
16. #78 Simona De Silvestro (C) 121.918mph 1:06.6743s + 1.0385s (48 laps)
17. #6 Sebastian Saavedra (C) 121.791mph 1:06.7436s + 1.1078s (40 laps)
18. #98 Luca Filippi (H) 121.765mph 1:06.7579s + 1.1221s (56 laps)
19. #55 Tristan Vautier (H) 121.674mph 1:06.8079s + 1.1721s (54 laps)
20. #67 Josef Newgarden (H) 121.613mph 1:06.8416s + 1.2058s (32 laps)
21. #18 James Davison (H) 121.277mph 1:07.0270s + 1.3912s (39 laps)
22. #10 Dario Franchitti (H) 121.089mph 1:07.1307s + 1.4949s (16 laps)
23. #20 Ed Carpenter (C) 120.356mph 1:07.5398s + 1.9040s (60 laps)
24. #15 Graham Rahal (H) 103.412mph 1:18.6062s + 2.9704s (3 laps)

Total Laps: 1114 More ...

08/01/13
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usf2000
NBCSN show times for Pro Mazda, USF2000 announced  Andersen Promotions, promoters of the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, has contracted the services of IMS Productions to produce four hour-long highlight shows – two on each series – which will air on the NBC Sports Network.

The first show will feature the seven rounds of USF2000 competition held to date (Sebring International Raceway, Streets of St. Petersburg, Lucas Oil Raceway, Streets of Toronto) and will air August 6 at 2:00 am ET. The second show will air August 11 at 1:00 am ET and will highlight eight rounds of Pro Mazda action (Circuit of The Americas, Streets of St. Petersburg, Lucas Oil Raceway, The Milwaukee Mile, Streets of Toronto). More ...

08/01/13
irl
Analyst predicts major loss for DreamWorks on 'Turbo' (Update)  UPDATE A summertime glut of animated family films and a tough release date are the culprits behind the underwhelming domestic box-office showing of “Turbo,” according to DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.

But in a conference call earlier this week with analysts to discuss DreamWorks’ second-quarter earnings, Katzenberg also said he believed that the film, which cost $135 million to make and heavily features IndyCar and the Indianapolis 500, would still be profitable for his company.

Variety reports that “Turbo” has already crossed the $40 million mark internationally with several major markets still awaiting release. That’s in comparison to the $60 million that the film has brought in Stateside since hitting theatres on July 17.

“It’s a hit everywhere in the world, except for one territory [the U.S.],” said Katzenberg (maybe because IndyCar is invisible to the majority of Americans.  Do they even know what the Indy500 is anymore?  Sad, a legacy of Tony George's 'vision.'). More ...

08/01/13
irl
Baltimore GP to admit students for $5  Organizers of the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT today announced that active students who present a valid student ID can attend the event on Friday, Aug. 30 for a special one-day price of just $5. The discounted passes will be available at ticket booths located at all of the track’s admission gates.

Students who take advantage of this special admission policy will enjoy general admission access to IZOD IndyCar Series practice sessions, qualifying for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n, multiple musical performances on the main stage and activities in the Esskay Family Fun Zone; those 21 and older also can attend the Budweiser Party Zone, where 98 Rock (WIYY-FM) will be broadcasting live throughout the day, beginning at 6 a.m. with “Bud and Bacon.”  More ...

08/01/13
irl
Castroneves' aim is keep championship lead  Helio Castroneves is the only IZOD IndyCar Series driver to complete all 1,753 race laps this season.

That statistic is a statement of consistency that has led to and kept the veteran atop the series championship standings entering round 14 of 19 and a testament to the No. 3 Team Penske car's crew. Castroneves, who has finished in the top 10 the past nine races, enjoys a 29-point advantage over Scott Dixon heading into the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio this weekend.

"Our approach is the same. That's what got us here," said Castroneves. "Hopefully with that same kind of consistency, mentality, when we have a car to go for it we go for it. I think with that kind of thinking, it's going to take us there, as well." More ...

08/01/13
f1
Ferrari sponsor cancels 'Wrooom' event  (GMM)  Ferrari's annual pre-season event on the slopes of Italian ski resort Madonna di Campiglio will take place no more.

Corriere dello Sport newspaper reports that the main sponsor of F1 and MotoGP teams Ferrari and Ducati, Philip Morris, has cancelled the 2014 edition of 'Wrooom' for financial reasons.

The newspaper said the media event has been running every January for 23 years.

"The costs of the event are no longer sustainable," said Philip Morris vice president Maurizio Arrivabene.

08/01/13
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Fellows To Drive For JR Motorsports at Mid-Ohio  Ron Fellows, the accomplished sports car and road racer, will drive for JR Motorsports in the Aug. 17 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.  General manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller made the announcement today.

Fellows will drive the No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro SS and carry primary branding from AER Manufacturing, a world leader in engine remanufacturing for the past 60 years.  AER has sponsored Fellows in previous NASCAR ventures – including last year at Road America – and has backed Fellows in the Trans Am Series and American Le Mans Series since 1990. More ...
08/01/13
f1
Berger: Alonso has to try for Red Bull drive  Former Ferrari driver Gerhard Berger believes that Fernando Alonso should ‘try everything’ in his pursuit of a race seat with Red Bull next year, stating that the Spaniard’s wait for a third world title will only increase while chief designer Adrian Newey remains at the Milton Keynes-based squad.

Berger, who previously owned a 50 percent stake in Toro Rosso alongside Red Bull chief Dietrich Mateschitz, noted that Alonso has already endured a fruitless three years at Ferrari, despite hauling an inferior car to a one-time 40 point championship lead last season. With a radically different rule set due to be introduced in 2014, Berger also alluded to Newey’s record of consistently producing front-running cars following a reset of the regulations. More ...

08/01/13
f1
No test debut for Sirotkin until 2014  
Sergey Sirotkin
(GMM)  Sergey Sirotkin has admitted he will not begin his quest for a formula one seat until early next year.

As a 2014 race seat for the 17-year-old is part of Sauber's new deal with Russian partners, it had been suggested Sirotkin might appear on some Friday mornings later this year to gather experience.

But team boss Monisha Kaltenborn said: "That is not going to be an option, because he doesn't have the super license.

"We have to see what kind of possibilities we have," she added. More ...

08/01/13
f1
Problem for Russian GP as application deadline passes (2nd Update)  UPDATE #2 (GMM)  A key figure of next year's inaugural Russian grand prix has played down suggestions the Sochi race might never take place.

The latest reports suggest a dispute between the Russian automobile federation and race organizers Omega has delayed the official application to the FIA beyond its July deadline.

But Oleg Zabara, Omega's deputy general director, told Russia's Championat: "I cannot understand why there would be doubt. More ...

08/01/13
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday  
  • Schumacher retired one year too soon
    Schumacher surprised by top Mercedes form
  • Lotus ready to wait for Raikkonen's call - Boullier
  • FIA to keep control of F1's print media
  • Ferrari to decide on 2015 Le Mans prototype
  • Niki Lauda  "Another 10 seconds in there and I would have been dead." More ...
08/01/13
automotive
Electric car chargepoints being installed throughout the UK  
While the Obama administration is doing nothing in the USA to fund installation of electric car chargepoints at major commercial establishments, the UK government is doing just that.  The future is the electric car and the UK gets it.
Hospitals, stations and streets across the UK will see a wave of new chargepoints for electric cars, thanks to government funding.

In February the government announced an extra £37 million to offset the cost of installing infrastructure for recharging electric vehicles.

Business Minister Michael Fallon and Transport Minister Norman Baker announced the winning bids for the first round of this funding.

Money will be made available to dozens of local authorities, NHS trusts and train operators to provide charging points on their property and town and city streets. More ...

07/31/13
irl
New steering arms for IndyCar?  Ryan Briscoe's wrist injury has prompted possible change in IndyCar to prevent these type injuries from happening in the future. NBC Sports Network IndyCar analyst, pit reporter and insider Jon Beekhuis tweeted Wednesday that IndyCar is exploring running new aluminum steering arms as a first step to reduce arm and hand injuries. A full report will be part of a future “Professor B” segment on the Sunday NBCSN IndyCar broadcast.
07/31/13
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Briscoe in booth  
Ryan Briscoe
Ryan Briscoe won’t be racing in this weekend’s IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, but he’ll be on site anyway in a different role.

Briscoe will join the broadcast booth for the weekend, alongside lead commentator Leigh Diffey and analyst Townsend Bell (Sun., 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN). Diffey tweeted the news on Tuesday; the full release of this weekend’s motorsports coverage on NBC and NBCSN is linked here, via the NBC Sports Group Press Box. More ...

07/31/13
automotive
Penske Q2 profits surge   Penske Automotive Group Inc. said its second-quarter net income and revenue rose at a double-digit clip, driven by strong new- and used-car sales, gains in service and parts revenue and continued cost controls.

The second quarter was the first to include Penske’s deals with Hertz Corp. making Penske the exclusive operator of some Hertz rental locations in Memphis, Tenn., and parts of Indiana. The deal added $15 million to Penske’s revenue in the latest quarter and gave the dealership group access to a steady flow of used vehicles for its stores. More ...

07/31/13
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IMSA Tire Strategy Finalized For 2014 United SportsCar Racing  The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and Continental Tire have reached a multi-year partnership agreement that will make Continental Tire the exclusive tire supplier in three classes during next year’s inaugural United SportsCar Racing season.

Starting with next January’s Rolex 24 At Daytona – the season-opening United SportsCar Racing event – Continental’s exclusivity will extend to the new series’ Prototype (P), Prototype Challenge (PC) and GT Daytona (GTD) classes. The GT Le Mans (GTLM) category will be open to multiple tire manufacturers. More ...

07/31/13
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irl
NASCAR can't touch the Indy 500 (So why are they racing at the Brickyard?)  
Fans are never coming back to Indy to watch NASCAR's taxicabs put on a parade.  NASCAR fans hate parades.
Watching the Brickyard 400 reminds me of just how good the Indy 500 is.

A few years ago open wheel fans feared that the Brickyard could outrank the Indy 500 in spectacle and attendance. Watching the race today it shows me NASCAR could never replace the Indy 500.

While the crowd at this year’s 500 wasn’t capacity it seems to be at least twice as large, maybe three times bigger, than NASCAR show. Not only that, the race was better in May. More ...

07/31/13
Racing News
UAE Auto Touring Club President Ben Sulayem Plots New Route For FIA, Motorsport  The future of global motorsport "is in the hands'' of UAE Automobile and Touring Club President Mohammed ben Sulayem after he was appointed by FIA to "oversee a task force charged with plotting a 10-year plan for the sport's worldwide development," according to Gary Meenaghan of The National.

The road map he is being trusted to create "will be the first of its kind in the 109-year history of the Paris-based organization and is targeting strategic, sustainable growth." More ...
07/31/13
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Kaltenborn Insists Team Was Never On Brink Of Folding  Sauber Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn insists that "the team was not on the brink of going under before its deal with a trio of Russian companies," according to Noble & Tremayne of AUTOSPORT. While Sauber said that "the major partnership helped secure its long-term future," Kaltenborn denied the team had come close to folding.

Kaltenborn: "Because of the extent and scope of this deal, we knew it would take a while, so we didn't really get too depressed or disturbed by what was being written. We focused on getting our deal done. We've been working with these partners for a while." Kaltenborn said that the deal also "reflected Sauber's long-term focus, ensuring the team will be able to progress rather than simply helping to guarantee its presence on the grid." Kaltenborn said, "We had other options, clearly, but we felt that this was the best for the team." Autosport
07/31/13
IRL
Quotes from IndyCar Mid-Ohio test  HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet, IZOD IndyCar Series points leader): Racing at Mid-Ohio is a tradition. I've been racing here a long time, but before me, they were racing here since the early 1970's. It shows the tradition of Indy car and it's a great track. The design of the track from back then is still in fashion today. It's a challenging place. Over the years, the asphalt has changed and the track gets faster, every time you go on it. The first two laps you do today, it's very different from where you finish. Every time you go out there, you learn something. Even with the experience that I have, there's always something new. The fans are so great and are a big part of why I like coming here. More ...
07/31/13
irl
Sport1 US on Sky Deutschland  Sky Deutschland customers are now able to watch the best of US sport leagues in HD through the new Sport1 US channel – which offers extensive live coverage of the NFL, NBA, NCAA football, NCAA basketball and the IndyCar Series.

Sport1 US is available in Germany via satellite exclusively with Sky for all HD subscribers who have booked the Football Bundesliga or the Sport package plus HD. The channel will be distributed in Germany and Austria.

As a special service for all fans of US sports, Sky has also secured exclusive multifeed rights to SPORT1 US HD, which will allow Sky customers to choose between simultaneously scheduled NFL games or overlapping events in different sports.

Live broadcasts of the IndyCar Series - the famed US motorsport series – will see 19 races of the ongoing season. Among the highlights is the legendary Indianapolis 500.
07/31/13
track news
Q2 Revenue Decline For SMI  Rain during NASCAR weekends in Sonoma and Charlotte combined with the weak economy triggered a decrease in ticket sales and a decline in Q2 revenue at Speedway Motorsports Inc. Revenue fell to $176.8M, a 2.3% decrease from the same period last year. Most of the decrease stemmed from diminishing ticket revenue, which fell to $34.2M in the second quarter of this year from $39M a year ago. For the first six months of the year, SMI revenue is down 1.8% to $261M. Ticket sales revenue for the first half of the year is down 9.1% to $55.9M and event-related revenue from sponsorship sales, concessions and other areas is down 4% to $77.3M.

SMI President & COO Marcus Smith in a statement said that the company’s performance to date was in line with expectations. He added, “We believe attendance and other event-related revenues will eventually improve as the economy recovers. In the meantime, SMI is intensifying efforts to provide our fans and customers with unmatched race entertainment and to win over the next generation of race fans, particularly targeting families, kids and first-time fans.” Sportsbusinessdaily.com

07/31/13
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Andersen Promotions Begins Staff Expansion  Andersen Promotions has started the process of creating new and expanded roles within its management team in preparation for the licensing and operation of the Indy Lights Series from 2014. The growing company increased its personnel to accommodate the launch of its Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires earlier this year and, alongside operation of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, will now oversee all three rungs on the Mazda Road to Indy – the defined, scholarship-supported ladder for drivers to reach the IZOD IndyCar Series. More ...
07/31/13
nascar
NASCAR announces some personnel moves  NASCAR announced several moves aimed at continuing to strengthen its touring & weekly series and broaden the level of experience within the competition department.

Former crew chief Chris Wright has been named the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Director, while Kip Childress transitions to become the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Director. In addition, veteran team manager and Daytona 500 winning crew chief Tony Glover has been appointed as the NASCAR Touring Series Technical Director. Les Westerfield, who has served as the interim NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Director during the first half of the season, will resume his role as NASCAR Touring Series Technical Coordinator and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Race Director. More ...
07/31/13
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GoDaddy sponsoring Stewart at Pocono  Tired of running at the back, walking through the garage this weekend at Pocono Raceway, Danica Patrick will spot another driver in a GoDaddy firesuit. And it won't be because GoDaddy IZOD IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe took a wrong turn on his way to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington. It's because Patrick's boss and Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Tony Stewart has joined the GoDaddy team for Sunday's GoBowling.com 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono and will drive the #14 GoDaddy Chevy. While Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy Chevy for SHR, will be behind the wheel of her iconic green car at Pocono, Stewart's will be painted primarily black. Stewart-Haas Racing
07/31/13
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NASCAR Brickyard 400 TV rating (Update)  UPDATE ESPN's live telecast of the Brickyard 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 28, earned a 3.6 final U.S. household rating, averaging 5,460,351 viewers, according to the Nielsen Company. The rating and viewership were up 9% from last year's race, which earned a 3.3 rating and 5,054,849 viewers. Indianapolis led all markets with a 13.7 rating, up 26% from last year's 10.9 rating. The rest of the top five markets were Greensboro, N.C., (10.1), Greenville, S.C., (9.4), Charlotte, N.C., (9.1) and Norfolk, Va., (8.3). Rounding out the top 10 were Jacksonville, Fla., (8.2), Nashville, Tenn., (8.1), Birmingham, Ala., (7.8), Richmond, Va., (7.7) and Knoxville, Tenn., (7.2) (ESPN)

07/29/13 ESPN earned a 3.4 overnight rating for its coverage of Brickyard 400 yesterday, which was its first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series telecast of the '13 season. That figure is up 13% from last year's race, which aired against the opening weekend of the London Olympics. The same race in '11 earned a 3.7 overnight, while the '10 race got a 3.5 overnight.

ESPN earned a 1.3 overnight for the second-ever Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, flat with the first race last year.

07/31/13
irl
v8
IndyCar's Briscoe secured for V8s enduros  Australian IndyCar driver Ryan Briscoe will return home from the US to partner veteran Russell Ingall in this year's three V8 Supercars endurance races.

Supercheap Auto Racing on Wednesday confirmed Briscoe as Ingall's co-driver for the Sandown 500, Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600 - the series of three races to be contested for the inaugural Enduro Cup.

A winner of eight IndyCar races, Briscoe is no stranger to V8s or to the team, having made his debut with HRT at the Sandown 500 in 2006 when he scored provisional pole. More ...

07/31/13
irl
Video: A virtual lap of Mid-Ohio  A pair of highly technical road courses await the IZOD IndyCar Series this August. First up this weekend is Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, a 13-turn, 2.26-mile circuit that keeps drivers busy with a wide variety of challenges – flowing corners, elevation changes, and a narrow track width among them.

Don’t expect oodles of passing at Mid-Ohio. Qualifying up front and having clean, quick pit stops on Race Day will be very important to keeping (or gaining) position here.

However, M-O does have at least one spot where ground can be made up on the track in its right-hand hairpin at Turn 2, a.k.a. “The Keyhole.” A decent amount of action should take place here during the event, which has been stretched to 90 laps (up five from last year’s running) in an attempt to keep fuel saving from impacting the outcome. More ...

07/31/13
irl
IndyCar mandates twin turbos in 2014 (2nd Update)  UPDATE #2
Honda IndyCar engine
Chevy IndyCar engine
INDYCAR has announced that all engines for the IZOD IndyCar Series from 2014 forward will be equipped with twin Borg-Warner turbochargers. IndyCar engines represent remarkable feats of engineering and experience. These 2.2 liter (135.25 cu in) turbocharged V6 engines weighing a mere 114 kg (250 lbs) pump out 650 to 750 horsepower at up to 12,000 rpm. A combination of direct and indirect fuel injection allows these tiny engines to swallow the enormous amount of fuel needed to achieve such power.

Normal turbo boost is 21.75 psi for these mini-brutes, with a passing option allowing a temporary (15 to 20 seconds, depending on the track) increase to 23.2 psi. Ten such boosts are allowed during a race, after which the capability is self-terminated. More ...
07/31/13
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday  
  • Ferrari begins 3-day test
    Ecclestone still wants F1 future for India - Chandhok
  • Marussia wants to keep both drivers for 2014
  • Sainz Jr not ready for F1 - Tost
  • Tost wants one more Toro Rosso season for Ricciardo
  • Ferrari begins three-day test in France
  • Ferrari 'not pleased' with latest Pirelli shakeup
  • Investment key to Raikkonen staying at Lotus More ...
07/31/13
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F1's Formula For Financial Success  Christian Sylt is the co-author of "Formula Money," an annual report examining all aspects of F1's finances, with "detailed data on teams, drivers, sponsors and races," according to Knight & Torre of CNN. Here, he "answers key questions about F1's financial model."

Q: How well is F1 doing financially?
Christian Sylt: F1 is incredible really. I've never seen a company like F1 in terms of revenue-generating potential. Over the past five years we've had one/two recessions and its revenues and profits have gone up. The revenues last year were $1.6 billion, 2011 was definitely $1.5 billion.

Q: What's the secret of its economic success?
Sylt: The key driver of the growth is the fees that come from the circuits ($500 million). Most of these contracts include clauses that increase the rate by up to 10% annually. It's a clever strategy because if you look at the secrets to F1's success you can identify several key points. The move to Asia is one. More ...
07/31/13
f1
Concerns ahead of Indian GP  The TIMES OF INDIA's Devadyuti Das reported "the issue of custom duty on import of F1 cars and equipment made the teams wary ahead of the race last year," and JPSI had to deposit close to Rs 600 crore "as duty for the equipment to pass through customs." Sources said, "The tax issues were a major concern for all the teams and these were communicated to Bernie. We are trying to approach the sports ministry through FMSCI President [Vicki] Chandhok to find a long-term solution." Times of India
07/31/13
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Will TV Deal Help NASCAR Branding?  
Last week, NASCAR made a huge announcement concerning their TV deals. NBC outbid ESPN and TNT, gaining a 10 year deal for a large amount of NASCAR TV rights starting in 2015. Things are starting to look very similar to what NASCAR had in 2001-2006. Coverage was split between two different networks, NBC and FOX. With this deal, it looks like the full NASCAR schedule will be split up between the same two networks, and distributed through three channels: NBC, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), and Fox Sports 1 (FS1).

All of FS1’s broadcasting rights will start this August. In 2015, the TV schedule should look like this: More ...

07/31/13
irl
Pagenaud on Honda, IMS lights and opening up the rule-book  
Simon Pagenaud took his first IndyCar win in Detroit back in June
Simon Pagenaud has really come into his own this season, his second in the IZOD IndyCar Series and with Schmidt Peterson Hamilton HP Motorsports. He's also scored his first win this season, in the second Dual in Detroit, and has catapulted to fifth in the championship standings.

While he believes a championship isn't realistic until he can start winning on a consistent basis, the 29-year-old believes he can make the championship podium and build momentum for the future. More ...

07/31/13
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Audi wins again at the Norisring (Caught Cheating, lose appeal)  UPDATE #2 The appeal court of the German Motor Racing Association, DMSB, confirmed the disqualification of Audi driver Mattias Ekstrom after the DTM race held on 14th July at the Norisring. In addition, the court decided that the fifth round of the season won't have a winner. On Tuesday in Frankfurt/Main, the court dismissed the appeal of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline against the decision of the stewards but also decided that no other driver will move up in the rankings. So, Canadian Robert Wickens (Mercedes-Benz) in second position will be the best-placed driver of the Norisring race. The reason for letting no other driver move up: Ekstrom didn't enjoy an advantage in the race as his car met the regulations and he secured his race win in sports-wise impeccable conditions. This was announced by DMSB on Tuesday evening. More ...
07/31/13
f1
Sochi circuit nearing completion  Organizers of the inaugural Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix say that work on the Sochi circuit is nearing completion, with almost two-thirds of the track already laid out.  Pit buildings and team facilities have also been constructed, with work now progressing onto the infrastructure needed to host F1.

The track, being created within the complex that will be used for the 2014 Winter Olympics, has been penciled in for an October 19 race date next season.

"We're on schedule - not ahead, but not behind," Dmitry Erofeyev, head of promoter 'Formula Sochi' told AUTOSPORT. More ...

07/31/13
v8
PIRTEK teams with V8 Supercars to create Enduro Cup  Leading international fluid systems company, PIRTEK has reinforced its commitment to V8 Supercars with the naming rights sponsorship of the V8 Supercars Enduro Cup for the next four years.

The PIRTEK Enduro Cup will be awarded to the V8 Supercar driver and co-driver combination with the most points accumulated from three iconic Australian events - the Sandown 500 in September and the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 and Armor All Gold Coast 600 in October. More ...

07/30/13
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Duchardt named General Manager of Hendrick Motorsports  Doug Duchardt, who joined Hendrick Motorsports as an executive in 2005, has been elevated to the newly created position of executive vice president and general manager, effective immediately. He will report to team owner Rick Hendrick and company president Marshall Carlson. In his expanded role, Duchardt, 49, will direct all racing operations for Hendrick Motorsports, which fields four cars in the elite NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He also will manage technical relationships -- encompassing engine leases and chassis purchases -- while serving as primary liaison between Hendrick Motorsports and NASCAR's competition group. More ...
07/30/13
tv news
Sport1 acquires German ESPN rights  German sports channel Sport1 is launching a new channel, Sport1 US, bringing NBA, NFL and IndyCar Series and other sports acquired from ESPN America.

The new channel will launch as a pay channel on August 1 in both SD and HD versions for viewers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Distribution contracts were secured with Kabel Deutschland, Sky Deutschland and Unitymedia/Kabel BW.

The launch of the new channels follows the day after ESPN America will cease its transmissions. More ...
07/30/13
f1
Japan’s new way to watch F1  As of the Hungarian Grand Prix, there is a new way to watch Formula One in Japan. A new app, developed by British-based firm Zume and distributed by Japan's TV Bank Corp, a subsidiary of Softbank, has been launched, allowing Japanese fans to follow drivers around the track in real-time, with multiple camera angles and simultaneous live video feeds also available. The creators believe it is the next step in broadcast interactivity.

"This is a true industry first and we’re hugely excited to be giving people the opportunity to experience the thrill of Formula One racing in a far more personal and immersive way than has ever been possible before," was how Tomotaka Nakagawa, TV Bank Corp's chief executive, put it.

"We know there is a huge appetite for rich second-screen content and we’re confident Japanese consumers will love the experience we’ve created with our partners at Zume." All Japan needs now is a Formula One driver. Blackbook.biz

07/30/13
f1
Next stop: Dubai  Next year's calendar is still far from finalized but the plan for pre-season testing has become clearer following a meeting between Ecclestone and team principals on Friday in Hungary. Testing is likely to start with a test at the Spanish circuit of Jerez but the two subsequent tests are thought likely to be held at a new venue for Formula One, the Dubai Autodrome.

Not only does the venue, which was built in 2004 and has staged a number of international races, virtually guarantee warm weather for teams, it would also offer Emirates an additional way to activate its multi-million dollar sponsorship of Formula One, which began this year. The financial muscle of Dubai's national carrier, on home ground, could be the catalyst for the proper made-for-television pre-season launch Formula One is crying out for. Blackbook.biz

07/30/13
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More calls for NASCAR to leave Indy  [Editor's Note: On the heels of AR1.com making a strong case for kicking NASCAR out of the Indy Speedway comes more and more articles essentially saying that NASCAR's wallowing taxicabs put on a true snoozefest at the flat Indy Speedway.]

It was good to see Indiana boys Ryan Newman and car owner Tony Stewart celebrate their big win yesterday in The Brickyard 400, but the race itself was a snoozefest and another glaring indication to me that NASCAR's run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway needs to be brought to a close. I've read a lot of the comments floating around the major media outlets today that are brimming with suggestions to improve the NASCAR show at Indy, including going to a night race, messing with the track to generate more passing, etc., etc., etc. But the fact of the matter remains that the novelty of having stock cars race at The Speedway has long since exceeded its "sell by" date. More ...

07/30/13
dakar
Ford to enter 2014 Dakar  Ford will be represented in the 2014 running of the Dakar Rally after Team Ford Racing confirmed it would field two South African-build Ford Rangers in the event next year.

The new machines are being prepared by Pietermaritzburg-based Neil Woolridge Motorsport, with assistance from Ford Motor Company's Global Product Development group. Logistics will be handled by German-based South Racing. More ...

07/30/13
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ESPN and Turner ditched NASCAR  According to a Sports Business Journal report, ESPN and Turner ditched NASCAR - not the other way around.

ESPN and Turner Sports each informed NASCAR in early July that they did not intend to bid on the available television rights packages, Sports Business Journal reported Monday. The rationale was similar for both organizations — declining television ratings made NASCAR a less attractive property.

Turner, according to the report, “ultimately decided that more NASCAR races weren’t worth the investment.” ESPN, meanwhile, “had soured on the sport because of declining TV ratings, an aging fan base and a tough ad sales market.” More ...

07/30/13
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Speedway Police arrest 23 during Brickyard weekend (Update)  UPDATE A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, Now I know that the Brickyard 400 has lost it luster. Only 23 NASCAR bubba's  arrested for the brickyard indicates it is going down hill. My cousin sent me an email and he said the crowd was estimated at 75,000. They must have counted everybody that was in the place including the people who left early and were walking outside the track to their car. Maybe next year the Speedway and NASCAR should pass out No-Dose to the fans as they come in to keep them awake during 400 miles of sheer boredom. I bet the fans who were at the race passed more cars on their way home than passes that were made for the lead during the race. Mike Martin, Ohio More ...
07/30/13
automotive
Japanese car makers to flood Japan with electric charging stations  Is the end near for fossil fuel burning internal combustion engine cars? Toyota Motor Corporation, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Honda Motor Co., Ltd., and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation jointly announced their agreement to work together to promote the installation of chargers for electric powered vehicles (PHVs, PHEVs, EVs*) and build a charging network service that offers more convenience to drivers in Japan.

The move is in recognition of the critical need to swiftly develop charging infrastructure facilities to promote the use of electric-powered vehicles. Assisted by subsidies provided by the Japanese government, the four automakers will bear part of the cost to install the charging facilities. They will also work together to build a convenient and accessible charging network in collaboration with companies that are already providing charging services in which each of the four automakers
already have a financial stake. More ...

07/30/13
f1
Domenicali: Alonso will not leave Ferrari  
Every Ferrari has been slow since Domenicali took over.  Maybe he is the one who needs to leave.
Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali says he is certain Fernando Alonso will remain with the outfit next season, shunning rumors of a possible move to rivals Red Bull.

The speculation arose over the course of the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend, during which Alonso's manager, Luis Garcia Abad, held conversations with Christian Horner, whose Red Bull team is pondering a replacement for the outgoing Mark Webber.


Asked if he is afraid of losing Alonso, Domenicali replied: "No. First of all we have a contract with him." More ...

07/30/13
f1
Ferrari issues rebuke as Alonso loses patience  
Alonso losing patience with slow Ferrari
(GMM)  Amid rumors Fernando Alonso is flirting with a shock move to Red Bull, Ferrari has issued an ultra-rare public rebuke of its number 1 driver.

The reprimand follows reports Alonso's manager met with Red Bull team boss Christian Horner in Hungary, and the Spanish driver's uncharacteristically critical comments after qualifying and finishing fifth at the weekend.

After the race, when asked by reporters at the Hungaroring what he wants for his 32nd birthday on Monday, he answered: "Someone else's car."

And asked what he will be doing over the August break, Alonso added: "I will pray." More ...

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