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08/14/12
automotive

Fisker replaces CEO LaSorda with former Volt boss Posawatz
Fisker Automotive has replaced CEO Tom LaSorda with former Chevrolet Volt boss Tony Posawatz.

LaSorda, 58, a former chief executive of Chrysler, will step down effective immediately, though he will continue to be available to the maker of plug-in hybrids as an adviser, company executives said today in a conference call. LaSorda was named CEO on Feb. 28 after joining as vice chairman in December 2011.

Posawatz, 52, left General Motors last month. He had been vehicle line director for the Volt since 2006 and was the public face of Chevy's plug-in hybrid.

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08/14/12
f1

Nurburgring bosses face legal action
Bosses of the Nurburgring are facing legal action for embezzlement. Walter Kafitz, former Managing Director of Nürburgring GmbH, ex board member Ingolf Duebel and two other members will go before a judge on 16 October.

According to Motorsport Total, new details on the legal proceedings have been published by the courts. All involved are accused of being unfaithful with the court in relation to ‘irregularities’ in the private financing of the track between 2007 and 2009.

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08/14/12
irl

Sonoma Test could be Legge up for Dragon Racing driver
Katherine Legge wants to keep it simple in her first extended time behind the wheel of the No. 6 TrueCar Dragon Racing car since late June.

So the morning session of an Aug. 17 test at Sonoma will be routine: Learn the reconfigured layout, develop a baseline car set-up, get comfortable and gradually build up speed.

Then enjoy. Time, for once, is an ally.

Legge is scheduled to join 19 other drivers from 11 teams on the road course in preparation for the Aug. 24-26 GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma that will feature a 27-car lineup. Spectators are invited to the free session from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., which includes an open paddock and the opportunity to attend driver news conferences.

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08/14/12
automotive

Mercedes-Benz will cease production on Maybach 201
Mercedes-Benz will cease production on Maybach models in 2013. Sales of the uber-luxury car model have been lackluster in recent years. The end comes a few years after Maybach celebrated its centennial. The company was founded in 1909 by William Maybach, and is currently owned by Daimler AG.

The news was reported by AutoWeek. “Despite the plan to dump Maybach, both the existing 57 and 62 will be produced through to early 2013, at which point the fifth-generation S-class is due to be introduced. “There is no sense producing beyond this date, as there will no longer be any production synergies,” said an Autoweek source familiar with Mercedes-Benz’s plans.”

Mercedes-Benz revived the nameplate in 2002 and produced Maybach 57 and 62, but sales have been outpaced by Rolls-Royce and Bentley for super luxury sedans.

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08/14/12
woo

Goodyear, Outlaws Ending Tire Agreement
Tires were the talk of the town during the recent Knoxville Nationals and it was apparent Goodyear’s departure from the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series — and perhaps all of winged sprint car racing — was imminent.

Tuesday the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and the World Racing Group announced Goodyear will not continue as the official tire supplier of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series beyond the 2012 season, ending a three-year relationship.

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08/14/12
f1

Too many junior series, says Berger
Gerhard Berger
Motorsport currently has too many junior formulae which are masking the abilities of the best drivers. That is the opinion of former F1 driver Gerhard Berger, now President of the FIA Single Seater Commission.

“People are complaining that the best drivers are now all spread out,” Berger says in the latest edition of the FIA’s InMotion magazine. “You can’t look at the British Formula 3 Championship, for example, and say, ‘He is certain to get to Formula 1.’

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08/14/12
Track News

Circuit of Americas Aerial flyover


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08/14/12
f1

Williams would be better with me - Barrichello
Barrichello in his Williams days
(GMM)  With the longest ever grand prix career now behind him, and half a season into his new foray, Rubens Barrichello is still not willing to say he is done with formula one.

"I think there is still a way back," he said in an interview with Germany's Auto Motor und Sport.

Just shy of two consecutive decades on the grid, the 40-year-old Brazilian lost his Williams race drive and for 2012 had to cross the Atlantic to join his non-blood 'brother' Tony Kanaan in IndyCar.

He still studies F1 from afar.

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08/14/12
automotive

Fisker studies latest fire in Karma plug-in hybrid
parking lot in Woodside, Calif., on Friday.

So far, the evidence suggests the fire was not caused by problems with the vehicle's lithium-ion battery pack, new technology components or exhaust routing, Fisker said today.

This is the second Fisker investigation of a Karma car fire in four months. In early May, a Karma was destroyed in a garage fire in Sugar Land, Texas. That car was not plugged in at the time, and the cause of that fire is still unknown, Fisker says.

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08/14/12
IRL

IndyCar and team owners at odds again
A dispute between Izod IndyCar Series team owners and manufacturers about the cost of parts has become the centerpiece of a rift between owners and series officials, who promise to have the parts issue resolved within the next five weeks.

While one owner warns that the dispute is something "you don't want to see get nasty," series officials downplay its significance and say owners are using the parts issue to gain leverage in an ongoing dispute with top series officials.

"There are some very rational owners who have discussed issues with me and have discussed them in a practical way," IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard told USA TODAY Sports on Monday.

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08/13/12
Automotive

U.S. to lose $25 billion on auto bailout
The Treasury Department says in a new report the government expects to lose more than $25 billion on the $85 billion auto bailout. That's 15 percent higher than its previous forecast.

In a monthly report sent to Congress on Friday, the Obama administration boosted its forecast of expected losses by more than $3.3 billion to almost $25.1 billion, up from $21.7 billion in the last quarterly update.

The report may still underestimate the losses. The report covers predicted losses through May 31, when GM's stock price was $22.20 a share.

On Monday, GM stock was trading down 6 cents, or 0.2 percent, to $20.49. At that price, the government would lose another $850 million on its GM bailout.

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08/13/12
f1

Petrov: I expect to keep Caterham seat
Vitaly Petrov believes he has done enough to justify a Caterham race seat for the 2013 Formula 1 season. The Russian, who picked up a maiden podium finish with Renault last year, joined Heikki Kovalainen at the start of the current campaign.

“Of course, you always want to do better, although in the first half of the season I have often been ahead of my team-mate in qualifying,” Petrov tells the Russian media.

“I am happy with everything in general, satisfied with 70 or 80 percent of my work. I’m showing good speed in the races and haven’t made many mistakes, so I think I’ve become a better driver despite the fact I had to move team.”

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08/13/12
f1

Rush to hit cinemas in September 2013
Rush, the firm re-enacting the 1976 world title fight between James Hunt and Niki Lauda, will hit the big screens in September next year. Directed by Ron Howard and produced by Universal, the work will portray incidents including the Austrian’s near-death experience as well as Hunt claiming the crown.

Hunt is played by Australian Chris Hemsworth of Thor and The Avengers. Lauda will be represented by Daniel Bruhl, who starred with Brad Pitt in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds. The film was shot in locations across England, Germany and Austria.

1976 is remembered by many as one of the most tantalizing Formula 1 seasons, with Hunt claiming the title for McLaren when Lauda decided to pull out of the Japanese Grand Prix at a saturated Fuji.

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08/13/12
USAC

Jerry Grant passes away
Jerry Grant, a 10-time competitor in the Indianapolis 500 and the first person to turn an official lap faster than 200 mph in an Indy car, died Sunday, Aug. 12. He was 77.

Grant, a prominent American road racer, turned his historic 201.414-mph lap in 1972 at Ontario, Calif. But he is probably best remembered for nearly winning the 1972 Indianapolis 500.

Driving the purple Mystery Eagle as teammate to Bobby Unser on Dan Gurney's All-American Racers team, Grant led at the 188-lap mark when he had to pit to replace a tire which was losing air. Instead of pitting in his stall, he went to the adjoining one of Unser, who had retired much earlier in the day. Whether or not Grant actually took on any fuel from Unser's refueling tank is up for discussion, but the hoses were momentarily hooked up, and it became known that the tank in his own pit was apparently empty, the maximum allotment of 275 gallons having been exhausted.

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08/13/12
irl

IndyCar news bits
Sebastien Bourdais co-drove a Starworks Motorsports Daytona Prototype to second overall in the GRAND-AM race at Watkins Glen International. Bourdais, who drives for Dragon Racing in the IZOD IndyCar Series, shared time behind the wheel with Alex Popow. Two weeks earlier, they won the race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. … Beccy Gordon, wife of Andretti Autosport driver Ryan Hunter-Reay, competed in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb over the weekend in an electric car (sixth in category; 126th overall). … Jimmy Vasser Chevrolet, located in Napa, Calif., announced it will enter a Chevrolet COPO Camaro in the NHRA Factory Stock Showdown at the 2012 Mac Tools U. S. Nationals presented by Auto-Plus at Lucas Oil Raceway (Aug. 29-Sept. 3).

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08/13/12
irl

ACS winners to celebrate in Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka 19th Hole Victory Lane
The IZOD IndyCar Series race winner at Auto Club Speedway on Sept. 15 will celebrate in Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka 19th Hole Victory Lane.

"We're looking forward to teeing it up one last time this year with the IZOD IndyCar Series at Auto Club Speedway. It's been a great year and now we're ready to finish the round and head for the 19th Hole," said Fuzzy Zoeller, creator of Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka, the Official Vodka of the IZOD IndyCar Series and primary sponsor on the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing car.

"It's going to be an outstanding race and Fuzzy's is looking forward to celebrating with the winner, preferably the No. 20 of Ed Carpenter, in the Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka 19th Hole Victory Lane."

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08/13/12
irl

With rookie title in view, Pagenaud focusing on 2013 title run
Simon Pagenaud
Simon Pagenaud sported a unique look at Mid-Ohio wearing one red driving shoe and one green driving shoe in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.

"I thought I had to be a bit original for once. I thought I was being too classic," deadpanned Simon Pagenaud.

The genesis, actually, was his participation in the July 27 Key to Safe Driving Program at Dublin (Ohio) High School, which included instruction for teens in the physics and dynamics of driving, defensive driving and responsible behavior, wet-braking, emergency lane changes and collision-avoidance, slalom and weight-transfer maneuvers, and adverse weather conditions.

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08/13/12
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nastruck

Kligerman to help Hornish Jr. at MIS
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Parker Kligerman will have a full schedule behind the wheel ahead of him at Michigan International Speedway this weekend as he makes his first start for Red Horse Racing in the Truck Series. Aside from his inaugural run in the #7 Tundra for the NCWTS event, Kligerman will also fill in during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice and qualifying in the #22 Pennzoil/Shell Penske Racing Dodge. Kligerman, who was scheduled for this fill in position prior to signing with Red Horse this week, knows that he will have less time on his hands, but is confident he will have no issues balancing both schedules. "I've done a lot of testing in the cup car before so it should be a seamless transition. Aside from having little time between practice sessions, there should be no issues with the schedule. I'm a professional race car driver and my job at the end of the day is just worry about driving as fast as possible, so that's what I'm going to do," said Kligerman. Red Horse Racing

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08/13/12
Racing News

Video: Jeremy Foley Crash - Pikes Peak 2012 UPDATE Jeremy is severely bruised, but otherwise uninjured. His co-driver suffered a separated shoulder.  Both were released from the hospital Sunday night.

08/13/12 Jeremy Foley and his co-driver go off at Devils Playground at exactly the same spot Bobby Regester did last year. They weren't quite as lucky. Both were taken to the hospital but all we heard was that one of them had serious but not life-threatening injuries. We certainly hope it wasn't too serious.



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08/13/12
Racing News

Toyota breaks Pikes Peak electric record
Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) has made another step forward for electric vehicles by setting a new electric record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, United States.

Using the TMG EV P002 race car, powered by a high-performance TMG electric powertrain, driver Fumio Nutahara set a time of 10 minutes 15.380 seconds  to set a new record for electric vehicles on the 19.99km track.

After setting a new electric lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in August 2011, TMG’s electric powertrains have now set new standards on two of the toughest venues in motorsport.

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08/13/12
f1

Maldonado makes a fool of himself UPDATE


08/12/12 A planned 'hero's homecoming' Formula 1 street demo for Williams driver Pastor Maldonado in the Venezuelan capital Caracas was cut short when he spun and damaged the car on only his second lap.

Maldonado, visiting his home country for the first time since becoming Venezuela's first grand prix winner, was due to complete a 12-lap run on the Fuerte Tiunas military parade ground in front of 20,000 fans and numerous political and military VIPs, with team owner Sir Frank Williams and shareholder Toto Wolff also present.

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08/13/12
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Ford gives Petty the cold shoulder
Richard Petty said Sunday after his driver, #9-Marcos Ambrose, won at Watkins Glen that his company would have to renegotiate with Ford after the season after trying to switch to Dodge. "I seen some of the Ford people there today. I told them, `Me and Marcos won the race.' I had the contract in my pocket. I was going to let them sign it right there. I don't think it went over too good." Associated Press

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08/13/12
Racing News

Toyota returns to rally with Yaris R1A
Yaris R1A
Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) will return to rallying with the entry-level TMG Yaris R1A car, which will be showcased in public for the first time at the ADAC Rallye Deutschland (24-26 August).

TMG has developed the TMG Yaris R1A specifically to provide an affordable, exciting entry into rallying for competitors young and old. TMG is taking orders immediately, with donor car and upgrade kit (excluding tax and installation) priced at approximately €22,500.

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08/13/12
irl

Katherine Legge Looking to Salvage Rookie Season
Katherine Legge hates when she is not driving
Following the Indianapolis 500, the IZOD IndyCar Series' Dragon Racing was forced to reduce their two-car team to one car, leaving rookie Katherine Legge and her teammate Sebastien Bourdais to split the rest of the season. In a recent IndyCar teleconference, Legge said she's looking forward to getting back on track and working on things for next season.

"It was really disappointing when Sebastien and myself couldn't do all of the races each, if you like, like it was planned to run two cars for the full season," said Legge. "Yeah, I'm just really, really looking forward to getting back in the car. It's been difficult. We're so grateful to Chevrolet because without them we'd be in a really bad place right now. They've been the knights in shining armor, if you want. They came to our rescue. We're building, improving, and hopefully we can do the same at Sonoma and look forward to next year almost now. That's what we're working on already."

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08/13/12
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • Circuit of The Americas (COTA) has first layer of asphalt complete, final layer started.
    Racing surface going down at 2012 US GP track
  • Ecclestone still in talks with Nurburgring officials
  • 6,000 fans left without tickets for Spa race
  • 'Too early' to decide 2013 drivers - Wolff
  • Magny Cours still in running for 2013 French GP
  • 2012 car 'good basis' for next Mercedes - Brawn
  • Gastronomic forays for F1's Button, Grosjean
  • Petrov not 'nervous' about 2013 Caterham seat
  • 2014 suppliers now running real V6 engines - report

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08/12/12
f1

First official photos of Rush Movie released
Chris Hemsworth (James Hunt) on the set of the new Universal film Rush
© Universal Studios
The first official pictures from the set of the new $65 million Ron Howard Formula One film Rush have been released.

The movie centers on the 1970s rivalry and contrasts between James Hunt and Niki Lauda and stars Chris Hemsworth as Hunt and Daniel Bruhl as Lauda.

The official synopsis says it is "set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing … and portrays the exhilarating true story of two of the greatest rivals the world has ever witnessed--handsome English playboy Hunt and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Lauda.

"Taking us into their personal lives on and off the track, Rush follows the two drivers as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error. If you make one mistake, you die."

Shot on location in the UK, Germany and Austria, the film is set for release in September 2013. The race scenes were staged at Cadwell Park and Donington Park.

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08/12/12
track news
f1

Silverstone seeking $250m injection
Silverstone has until the end of this year to find $250M or the BRDC may look to renting or even selling parts of the land.

Formula One is an expensive business, not only with paying the hosting the fee but also keeping the track's standards to the highest level.  It has bankrupted many a track.

Last year, the British Racing Drivers' Club, who own the Silverstone circuit, spent £27m on a new pit and paddock complex.

However, more work still needs to be done on the Northamptonshire track especially after rain caused havoc at this year's British Grand Prix.

"By the end of the year at the latest we will have either done a comprehensive deal for all of Silverstone or we will maybe be talking to entities about renting or buying a long lease on parts of the non-circuit land," Stuart Rolt, chairman of the BRDC told the Daily Telegraph.

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08/12/12
f1

McLaren against 'two tier' engines
Martin Whitmarsh
Martin Whitmarsh is against a proposal for F1 to run two different engines, calling it "unattractive".

With Formula One set to switch to 1.6-litre V6 turbo engines concerns have been raised about both the cost of the new engines and a shortage in number.

This has resulted in a 'tentative' proposal for Formula One to run two specs of engines in 2014; the V6s and the existing the 2.4-litre V8s.

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08/12/12
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Romney's fundraiser to be chaired by NASCAR CEO
Republican Mitt Romney's Wednesday fundraiser in Charlotte will have a distinct NASCAR flavor. The event at the Duke Mansion is chaired by NASCAR CEO Brian France and his wife Amy. Co-chairs include NASCAR President Mike Helton and team owners Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick and Felix Sabates as well as driver Jamie McMurray. The fundraiser will be Romney's second appearance of the week in North Carolina. On Sunday he takes a bus tour with stops in Mooresville, High Point and Wake County. Charlotte Observer / USA Today

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08/12/12
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Penske hopes to name #22 2013 driver by Chicago
Roger Penske hopes to name a driver for his #22 NASCAR Sprint Cup entry will be Ford for the 2013 season before the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins at Chicago on Sept. 16. "I've got five or six people that have contacted us," Penske said prior to the Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen on Sunday. "We're going to see how Sam Hornish Jr. does. We have a certain amount of loyalty to him. We're trying to assess where we're at." Penske says he's pleased with Hornish's progress in the #22 Dodge. Hornish replaced AJ Allmendinger on July 7 after Allmendinger tested positive for amphetamine. Hornish has posted two top-20 finishes in the Cup car. His best result was 16th at Indianapolis. Several free agents have been mentioned as candidates for the ride, including Joey Logano and Ryan Newman, who drove for Penske prior to joining Stewart-Haas Racing in 2009. As far Logano, who has been mentioned as a top candidate for the seat, Penske mentioned that the 22-year-old remains under contract to Joe Gibbs Racing. FoxSports

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08/12/12
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Kenseth still not talking about 2013
Matt Kenseth isn't exactly a man without a race team, but he still hasn't announced his deal for next year. It's a poorly kept secret that Kenseth will be driving for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2013, but sources have told the NASCAR Wire Service that Kenseth is embargoed contractually from announcing his new ride until a later date, perhaps before the end of August. Asked about the possible timing of the announcement, Kenseth was typically circumspect. "I would if I knew, but I don't know," Kenseth said. But is the deal for next year still in place? "I hope so," Kenseth said with a laugh. NASCAR Wire Service

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08/12/12
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Roush wants more road races, even a 2nd one at The Glen
Jack Roush’s teams have won at Watkins Glen International in everything, except NASCAR’s Nationwide Series. Carl Edwards changed that Saturday, making a late pass for his victory in the Zippo 200 at The Glen.

It’s the first time a Roush-owned car has won at The Glen since Greg Biffle’s Camping World Truck victory in 2000, and one of several in series like IMSA, Trans-Am and, of course, the Sprint Cup Series. While celebrating, he was reminded of the latest feat.

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08/12/12
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Johnson accused of desecrating Indy Motor Speedway
Long after the NASCAR haulers have left Speedway late Sunday night and Monday morning, a group of racing fans are still fuming over the way Brickyard 400 champ Jimmie Johnson celebrated his record-tying fourth Brickyard 400 victory.

Some—mainly open-wheel aficionados—are charging Johnson and his crew with “desecrating” the famed yard of bricks.

The exuberant Johnson did the customary NASCAR burnout after Sunday’s race. But as part of the celebration, Johnson put the nose of his car into the pit wall at the start/finish line and burned smelly, stinky rubber all over and right on top of the historic three-feet wide yard of bricks.

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08/12/12
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Video: Truex and Patrick wreck at The Glen
Ryan Truex struggles getting through Turn 1 and ends up collecting Danica Patrick, who is sent to the garage with damage & radiator in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Watkins Glen International.  She finished in last position.



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08/12/12
f1

Video: Darren the Cabbie (Raise Your Game)
Guess who London taxi driver Darren Eden had in his cab the other week? Yep, a certain Mr. Lewis Hamilton.



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08/12/12
ga

Team Sahlen Going Daytona Prototype Racing
Longtime Grand-Am competitor Team Sahlen has announced plans to enter two BMW-Riley entries in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype division in 2013.

Team Sahlen’s No. 42 Daytona Prototype will be driven by Wayne Nonnamaker and Dane Cameron while the No. 43 will be driven by the trio of Joe Sahlen, Jon Nonnamaker and Will Nonnamaker.

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08/11/12
tv news

Wind Tunnel Sunday
Head of the Dodge and SRT motorsports program, Ralph Gilles, will talk about the company’s plan to leave NASCAR at the end of the 2012 season as well as the future for SRT’s racing efforts. Ralph was last on Wind Tunnel in March when he had just launched the 2013 Dodge Charger Sprint CUP car.

Leading into next week’s MotoGP race in Indianapolis, the always-entertaining Colin Edwards will talk to Dave about next week’s race in addition to sharing his thoughts about Valentino Rossi’s decision to return to Yamaha in 2013. Colin and Valentino are former teammates and remain close friends.

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08/11/12
ta

Petersen Automotive Museum to Salute George Follmer
International road racing legend George Follmer, 78, is the distinguished guest of honor for 2012’s Petersen Automotive Museum Annual Tribute Night, November 8th, beginning with cocktails at 6:00 PM. Celebrating Follmer’s long, diverse career in automobile racing, the evening gala will include an exhibit of some of the famous cars Follmer drove in period, and attendance by iconic fellow competitors such as Tony “A2Z” Adamowicz, Jim Hall of Chaparral fame, and past Tribute Night honorees Dan Gurney and Parnelli Jones , Scooter Patrick, John Morton, Bruce Burness ,Trever Harris, Andy Granatelli, Many others are now confirming to attend sharing the dinner program’s stage with Follmer to recall experiences of drama and comedy from his decades of driving a full gamut of racing cars.

Among Follmer’s many drives were those in Lotus 23 ,Lola T 70, Porsche 935,934,956  and 917, Trans-Am Ford Mustang and AMC Javelin, NASCAR Chevrolet and Ford, as well as F5000, Indy 500, IROC, FIA Makes, and Formula 1. Follmer’s crowning championship titles were won in SCCA USRRC, Trans-Am (twice) and Can-Am. A recurrently winning racer’s racer, nicknamed “George-Am” earned the pop button slogan “Let George Do It”. In his retirement he went vintage racing, often in cars he drove in anger decades earlier. Tickets for attending this “Tribute to George Follmer” are priced at $125 for Petersen Automotive Museum members, and $150 for non-members.

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08/11/12
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Edwards wins in his first 2012 Nationwide start
Carl Edwards celebrates
Adriano Manocchia
Carl Edwards is batting 1.000.

Grabbing the lead from Brad Keselowski after a restart with 10 laps left in Saturday's Zippo 200 at The Glen, Edwards held on to win his first Nationwide Series start of the season.

Edwards took the top spot from Keselowski on lap 73 of 82, completing a pass to the outside as the cars approached the esses at the 2.45-mile road course. Keselowski regained the lead momentarily on Lap 76 but lost it again to Edwards' crossover move as the cars approached Turn 1 to start Lap 77.

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08/11/12
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McMurray confirms contract extension with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
Jamie McMurray confirmed Saturday that he has signed a contract extension with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing for 2013.

McMurray, 36, enters the weekend 19th in the Sprint Cup standings. He said he is eager for what will be his 11th full-time Cup season.  “I’m set for here,” McMurray said after qualifying at Watkins Glen International. “It’s done. I haven’t really made a big deal about it. Drivers take different approaches to that.

“Some like all the publicity taking about. I don’t. … But everything is set for next year and I’m excited to be back here.”

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08/11/12
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Say What?  Hornish wins road course pole UPDATE A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, In IndyCar Sam Hornish was a backmarker on road courses, and he has been the same in NASCAR as well.  So how then did he win the pole for the Nationwide at Watkins Glen Saturday over Carl Edwards.  Was it to solidify PPG as a NASCAR sponsor?  Was it that he's back in Cup so he has to be made to look good against the Nationwide drivers?  Was it a NASCAR Timing and Scoring Computer glitch (feature).....similar to Danica Patrick winning the pole at Daytona in her first race as a fulltime NASCAR driver as a reward for coming over?

We'll never know but strange things have happened in NASCAR, things which no one can explain.  When the green flag drops and the real racing starts, look for Hornish to get run out of the lead early.  Mordichai Rosen, Los Angeles

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08/11/12
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No more Cup races for Dillon in 2012, plans 7 in 2013
Austin Dillon
Whether or not Austin Dillon runs the #3 in the Cup Series, he does have a clear path to arrive there full-time in 2014. "What we're looking for next year is running the full Nationwide Series again and having about seven Cup races is what we're hoping to get done. If we can put it all together, it's gonna be a great year," Dillon said during an appearance with Ty on behalf of Atlanta Motor Speedway Tuesday. "This year has been awesome - we had one Cup race and the radio blew up. Hopefully we'll finish this year out with a championship, so next year is just a lot of fun." Dillon made his Sprint Cup debut in the #98 Chevy last year at Kansas Speedway, finishing 24th, but says he has no more planned races this season, but, "It might change day-to-day. My grandfather comes up with things."

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08/11/12
f1

Austin's largest hotel operator still has rooms on F1 weekend
While Central Texas hotels as far away as San Antonio and Waco are booked solid for Austin's inaugural Formula One race, the region's largest hotel operator says it still has plenty of rooms up for grabs.
It'll cost you, though.

At least 21 of White Lodging's properties in Austin and Round Rock have openings Nov. 11-18, a spokeswoman said Thursday. Rates start at $349, and there's a minimum stay of four nights.

"They are higher-than-average rates for Austin, but they are comparable with other major sporting events that attract an international crowd," said Natalie Hart, the company's regional director of sales and marketing.

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08/11/12
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Rain alters weekend schedule at Watkins Glen
Rain early in the day Friday canceled a scheduled Sprint Cup practice at Watkins Glen International, forcing NASCAR officials to add a final practice for Saturday morning.

The additional practice is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 9:25 a.m. ET at the 2.45-mile road course. It will be followed at 9:35 a.m. ET by qualifying for the Zippo 200 At The Glen -- the Nationwide Series race that will be run later in the day at 2:15 p.m. ET.

Qualifying for Sunday's Cup race, the Finger Lakes 355, is scheduled to begin at 11:40 a.m. ET Saturday.

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Could NASCAR, Pocono Raceway face lawsuits over fatal lightning storm?
Whether Pocono Raceway or NASCAR will face legal challenges after one fan was killed and nine others injured following last week’s Pennsylvania 400 remains to be seen. It’s certainly possible, although the chance of a victim winning a lawsuit based on negligence is uncertain.

“You can’t sue God, (and) it’s an act of God,” said Philadelphia-based personal injury attorney Jeffrey Reiff. “The issues raised are if they knew or should have known of severe weather or thunderstorms in the area, whether they had a duty to warn spectators or put them in a safer facility.

“The people that are at that track are classified as business invitees and it could be argued that they’re owed the highest duty of care. Owners or people that own land and invite the public to their premises to watch a game or for business can be liable if they breached a duty to those people.”

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08/11/12
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6,000 F1 fans get bilked out of Spa race tickets
6,000 race fans in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg can forget about the Belgian GP. The agency which sold the tickets cannot be reached any longer and police fraud departments in the Netherlands and Belgium have already started an investigation into the I-Concept company at Rotterdam.

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08/11/12
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Sonoma tabs Sacramento mayor as grand marshal
Kevin Johnson has proven his ball-handling skills on both the college and NBA hardwood. He's also shown he wields a mean gavel as mayor of Sacramento.

When the IZOD IndyCar Series visits Sonoma in a few week, Mayor Johnson will show whether he has what it takes to fire up a full field of Indy cars.

Johnson, who gained national prominence for his exploits on the basketball court, as a four-year starter at the University of California and then during a stellar 12-year NBA career with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns, will be the grand marshal of the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. 

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08/10/12
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Jimmy Vasser Chevrolet to enter COPO Camaro in NHRA U. S. Nationals
Jimmy Vasser Chevrolet, located in Napa, California, announced today that the dealership will enter a Chevrolet COPO Camaro in the NHRA Factory Stock Showdown at the 2012 Mac Tools U. S. Nationals presented by Auto-Plus at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, August 29 – September 3. 

Vasser, the 1996 IndyCar World Series champion and co-owner of KV Racing Technology, which competes in the IZOD IndyCar Series with Chevrolet power, along with his father, Jim Vasser Sr., a long time drag racing aficionado former racer and General Manager of Jimmy Vasser Chevrolet, will operate the team.  The car, The Jimmy Vasser Chevrolet King Kong COPO Camaro, will be driven by Bay Area drag racing star, Eric Reyes.

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08/10/12
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Dodge departure leaves teams searching for manufacturer support
Sprint Cup teams flirting with a move to Dodge will try to land other manufacturer deals for next season now that Dodge has decided to leave the sport after this season.

Richard Petty Motorsports, a Ford team, and Furniture Row Racing, a Chevrolet team, both had contemplated moves to Dodge before the announcement Tuesday that the manufacturer will not field a Sprint Cup car next year.  RPM fields cars for Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola while Furniture Row fields a car for Regan Smith.

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08/10/12
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Rain washes out NASCAR Cup Practice at The Glen
The first practice was rained out, and Clint Bowyer and the rest of the Cup Series drivers are finally getting their first look at the Watkins Glen course. Happy Hour is under way.

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08/10/12
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Circuit of The Americas begins final paving process for racetrack
Circuit of The Americas has begun an intensive paving process that is required to prepare the racing circuit and entire facility for the inaugural 2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX, scheduled for Nov. 16-18.

The massive paving project will involve final paving of the 3.4-mile racing surface, venue access and service roads, and walkways around the property. A paving project this large and complex requires acute attention to detail to ensure the finished surface can accommodate varying weather conditions, as well as high performance vehicles racing at extremely high speeds throughout the year.

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08/10/12
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IndyCar news bits
Sebastien Bourdais has teamed with Alex Popow this weekend to co-drive a Starworks Motorsports car in the GRAND-AM race at Watkins Glen International. They recently won the Brickyard Grand Prix, which helped seal the inaugural North American Endurance Championship for the team. … ESPN motorsports reporter Jamie Little and her husband, Cody, welcomed their first child, a boy (Carter Wayne Sellman) on Aug. 9.

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08/10/12
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NASCAR Pocono and Iowa TV Ratings UPDATE #2 The final ratings for the Iowa NASCAR Nationwide Series U.S. Cellular 250 on ESPN2 was a 0.7 with 1.079 million viewers tuned in.

08/07/12 ESPN’s live telecast of the rain-delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono (PA) Raceway on Sunday, Aug. 5, earned a 3.3 final household coverage rating (2.9 final U.S. rating), averaging 4,448,849 viewers, according to the Nielsen Company. Last year’s Pocono race, which was also rain-delayed but did not air against the Olympics, earned a 3.9 household coverage rating.

ESPN2’s live telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night, Aug. 4, earned a 0.9 household coverage rating (0.8 U.S. rating), averaging 1,079,432 viewers. Last year’s race earned a 1.2 household coverage rating.

08/06/12 ESPN coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pennsylvania 500 led all non-Olympic sports telecasts over the weekend with a 2.6 overnight Nielsen rating yesterday. The race featured a rain delay from 1:00-3:00pm ET, with racing resuming from 3:00-5:15pm before rain forced the cancellation of the rest of the race.

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08/10/12
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ALMS Mid-Ohio TV Rating UPDATE The final TV rating for the Mid-Ohio ALMS race was an even more dismal 0.3.

08/06/12 The overnight TV rating of the American Le Mans Series Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge Saturday on ABC up against the Olympics was an absolutely horrible 0.4.

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08/10/12
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Andretti To Test Zach Veach In Indy Lights UPDATE Andretti Autosport announced today they will test Star Mazda Championship driver Zach Veach in one of the team's Firestone Indy Lights cars on Aug., 13 at Putnam Park Raceway.

"We're always impressed with Zach and how he handles himself both on and off the track," said Michael Andretti, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Andretti Autosport. "We've been working with him for a couple years now and he has shown great promise. I think he will adapt well to the (Firestone) Indy Lights car; this test is the next step for him as he works his way up the Mazda Road to Indy ladder and the team and I look forward to being a part of his development."

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08/10/12
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Decorated War Hero named Grand Marshal of the Grand Prix of Baltimore
BALTIMORE - Col. Gregory Gadson has been named Grand Marshal of the Grand Prix of Baltimore for Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012. Col. Gadson has served in every major American conflict of the last two decades, and has received the Legion of Merit, three Bronze Star medals and a Purple Heart.  During his service in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007, Gadson was severely injured, losing both legs above the knee and severe damage to his right arm. Gadson continues to inspire, remaining on active duty in various leadership positions, and he also played a featured role in the recently released film, Battleship.

"Greg Gadson is an American hero.  We are proud for his affiliation with the Grand Prix of Baltimore," said John Lopes, President of Andretti Sports Marketing and a former U.S. Army Captain.

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08/10/12
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Roger Penske's son's arrested UPDATE #3 Adding insult to injury for INDYCAR, TMZ calls Jay "the son of NASCAR legend Roger Penske" in its coverage........but since this is not good PR for IndyCar, associating the incident with NASCAR has to make the IndyCar brass smile.

08/09/12 Added cartoon depicting Jay Penske turning and pissing on the woman's shoes.  That is hilarious.  Would have loved to been there.

Jay Penske turned full circle and pissed on the woman's shoes
08/09/12 And you wonder why Roger Penske is so gray?  Besides this incident he has had to deal with off-the-track problems with two of his NASCAR drivers in the past nine months. Kurt Busch was fired after last season for a series of tirades and emotional outbursts, including verbally abusing an ESPN reporter during the 2011 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Penske recently fired AJ Allmendinger, Busch’s replacement, after he failed a NASCAR drug test and was suspended indefinitely. What's a clean cut guy like Roger to do?

08/09/12 Two sons of auto racing mogul Roger Penske were arrested early Thursday morning by island police for an alleged break-in at the Nantucket Yacht Club after two women claimed they had been assaulted in the club's parking lot.

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08/10/12
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Lightning kills fan at Pocono Raceway UPDATE #3 A total of 10 race fans were struck by lightning in the Pocono Raceway parking lot after the conclusion of Sunday's Pennsylvania 400. All were transported to local hospitals with various degrees of injuries. Nine have been released. The tenth victim, Brian Zimmerman, was fatally injured during the storm. Private funeral services will be held on Saturday. Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Friday from 5:00PM - 8:00PM at the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home, Inc., 517 North Main Street, Old Forge, PA. Pocono Raceway

08/05/12 One fan died and nine others were injured after a series of lightning strikes at Sunday's Pennsylvania 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., multiple media outlets reported.

Pocono spokesman Bob Pleban told USA Today that an unidentified fan was declared dead upon arriving at Pocono Medical Center. Nine other fans were injured, one in critical condition, and were taken to the hospital as a result of the storm that caused the race to be halted after 98 laps.

"Our heartfelt thoughts and best wishes to those who were injured. And our condolences to the loved ones of the person who was deceased," Pleban said.

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08/10/12
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IndyCar finale gets a title sponsor
MAVTV 500
The final race of the exciting 2012 IZOD IndyCar Championship season has a brand new name: The "MAVTV 500".

MAVTV President, Bob Patison, announced today that MAVTV, the "American Real" national cable network, has signed an exclusive deal with International Speedway Corporation (ISC) to be the title sponsor for the final race of the 2012 IndyCar Championship Season.

The MAVTV 500-mile event will be run on the super-fast banks of Auto Club Speedway at Fontana in Southern California, September 15 where average lap speeds top 200 mph.

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08/10/12
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Rossi back with Yamaha for 2 years
Rossi back with Yamaha
It is with great pleasure that Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd confirms the signing of Valentino Rossi to ride for the Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Team for 2013 and 2014.

Valentino Rossi first joined Yamaha in 2004 and achieved four MotoGP World Champion titles with the Yamaha YZR-M1 in 2004 and 2005 and again in 2008 and 2009. He won 46 Grand Prix races with Yamaha over a 7 year period before leaving at the end of the 2010 MotoGP season.

Rossi, who is presently 8th in the Championship standings, will partner Jorge Lorenzo who currently leads the 2012 MotoGP World Championship by 23 points, having taken five victories from the first ten completed races of the 18 race series.

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08/10/12
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Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Cosworth needed a major manufacturer to badge their engine and infuse cash into R&D but they never could do a deal
    Whitmarsh expects three engine suppliers in 2014
  • Buemi rules out HRT, Marussia for 2013
  • Red Bull to take over world rally series - report
  • A horse called Damon Hill, a medalist at McLaren
  • Button’s restaurant goes belly-up
  • HRT: Car at 50 percent of true potential

Whitmarsh expects three engine suppliers in 2014
(GMM)  Martin Whitmarsh has revealed he is not surprised to hear about 2014 engine supplier Pure's problems.

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08/09/12
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Dodge's demise in NASCAR was years in the making
Brad Keselowski won for Dodge in both Nationwide and Sprint Cup this year
Ask NASCAR fans what single image over the years best represents the sport and a lot of them would say the Superbird.

That's the modified 1970 Plymouth Road Runner with the ridiculously high rear wing that was built specifically for NASCAR and to lure Richard Petty back to Chrysler/Dodge.

It's one of the coolest muscle cars ever made and it's such an iconic image that it was used in the Disney movie "Cars."

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08/09/12
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NASCAR news bits
Brian Vickers returns to No. 55 at the Glen: This weekend, Brian Vickers makes his fifth start in the No. 55 Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing. He owns two top-five finishes and has completed every lap in the four races he’s run in 2012 for the team.

Vickers is driving the No. 55 in eight races this season, sharing driving duties with Michael Waltrip and Mark Martin.

“After our fourth-place finish at Sonoma I am really happy to get back in the car at a road course,” Vickers said. “With Watkins Glen’s high speeds, big breaking zones and good places to pass – I’m fairly confident it will be a good showing for us.”

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08/09/12
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Paul Tracy Joins Action Express Racing’s Driver Lineup For Montreal
Paul Tracy
Action Express Racing continues to explore all options in its quest to assemble the best driver line-up in GRAND-AM. The AXR team will partner 2003 Champ Car World Champion Paul Tracy with veteran driver David Donohue in the No. 5 Action Express Corvette DP at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec on August 17-18.

"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to join Action Express Racing in Montreal later this month. When I got the call from Bob Johnson asking me if I'd be interested in joining the team for the race I was very excited about the chance to drive the new Corvette Daytona Prototype. I've known David for a number of years and think that our styles fit well together, and will be very competitive at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Of course, this track holds some fond memories for me, having raced there from 2002 – 2006 in the CART/Champ Car days…finishing 2nd in '06. Racing in front of the Canadian fans always holds a special place for me and I can't wait to get back to Montreal!" commented Paul Tracy.

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08/09/12
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Twitter reactions to Jay and Mark Penske arrest
Two full-bladdered men from Nantucket Found themselves lacking a bucket. In lieu of a loo Said 'That high heel will do,'..

Tony ‏@PopOffValve BREAKING: Penske brothers claim they were helping a victim of a jellyfish sting. #notreally

NASCAR Wonka ‏@NASCAR_Wonka And to think that Daytona had so much trouble putting out the jet dryer fire - They should've just found the Penske boys. #NASCAR

nascarcasm ‏@nascarcasm Jay Penske statement: "I ask you not pass judgment until you've walked a mile in

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08/09/12
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Ryan Blaney to drive for Keselowski team
Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) announced today that third-generation race car driver Ryan Blaney will pilot the BKR Cooper Standard / Draw-Tite / Reese Towpower entry in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for select races in 2012.  Blaney's first race with BKR will be at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22nd and he will compete in other select races during the duration of the 2012 Truck Series schedule as the BKR team pursues the Owners Championship.  As previously announced, Brad Keselowski will drive the No. 29 BKR Cooper Standard RAM in the VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway on August 18th.

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08/09/12
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STP Becomes World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Title Sponsor
STP and the World of Outlaws, two of the most storied brands in motorsports history, are excited to announce a multi-year title sponsorship agreement. Beginning in 2013, the series title will be the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series.

STP brings more than 40 years of racing history to 34 years of the World of Outlaws barnstorming dirt tracks across the country, making this sponsorship a perfect fit to showcase STP to the dedicated fans that follow the premier sprint car series in the world.

“We’ve worked with the World of Outlaws for the past three seasons and have been extremely pleased with our ability to engage fans and tell the STP story,” said Jamie Kistner, Senior Brand Manager of STP. “We are excited to leverage STP’s racing heritage with such a strong community as the World of Outlaws and to continue to grow our racing portfolio.”

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08/09/12
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DHL Named Official Express and Logistics Provider of the Grand Prix of Baltimore
The world's largest logistics company, DHL has been named the Official Express and Logistics Provider for the 2012 Grand Prix of Baltimore, Labor Day weekend, August 31 - September 2.

As part of the DHL sponsorship, the improved Grand Prix track layout will include the "DHL Turn" - also known as Turn 1 - at the corner of Pratt and Light Streets. DHL will deliver the Grand Prix trophies to the victory podium located in Sunoco Victory Lane, and DHL branding will be seen in the three "DHL Speed Zones" which will offer a variety of activities for race fans around the sprawling Grand Prix of Baltimore course. Look for the distinct red and yellow logo on trackside billboards, and during pre-race ceremonies for the IZOD IndyCar Series and American Le Mans Series events.

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08/09/12
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IndyCar Mid-Ohio TV Rating UPDATE The Final TV Rating for the Mid-Ohio IndyCar race on ABC was a 0.5, with an average number of viewers = 626,472.

08/06/12 The overnight TV rating of the Izod IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 Sunday on ABC up against the Olympics and NASCAR was a dismal 0.6.

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08/09/12
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Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday UPDATE
At by far the oldest driver in F1, of course Schumacher is not as fast as he once was
Updates shown in red below.

08/09/12
  • Schumacher not 'the reference' at Mercedes - Vettel
  • Glock counts himself out of 2013 'silly season'
  • Austin announces race weekend concert
  • Q&A with Luis Perez - Sala
  • Mercedes engines wearing out Pirelli tires New
  • Whitmarsh to step down as FOTA president New

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08/09/12
Announcement

New AR1.com iPhone app released
Version 2.0 of our AR1 for iPhone app has been released and is available to download from the Apple App Store.  It's faster and has a number of new features, including the ability to share articles/news/rumors via Facebook and Twitter, as well as email to a friend.  Airprint printing is now also supported.  And the new feature we like best is the ability to view by series.  So now, you can see Hot News, Rumors, and Articles for your favorite series on one screen.  Just select the series from the menu using the More... icon.  You can also drag and drop that series down onto your main menu.  While in 'More', instead of selecting the series, press 'edit' and drag and drop your favorite series icon onto the main menu at the bottom.

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08/09/12
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Former NASCAR Cup driver killed in North Dakota shooting
Gerald Schild
A former NASCAR driver who finished eighth in the 1974 Southern 500 was shot to death at a worker camp in western North Dakota over the weekend.

Gerald Schild, 57, of Katy, Texas was allegedly shot by co-worker Victor Lamont of Lufkin, Texas. Lamont, 24, has been charged with murder, attempted murder and terrorizing. Travis Lomax, 38, of Fort Smith, Ark., also was injured in the shooting.

Authorities said the shooting happened late Saturday at the crew camp near Tioga, N.D., the Associated Press reported.

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08/09/12
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Former endurance star Romain Dumas quickly up to speed at Pikes Peak
Official practice for the 90th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb began in earnest on Wednesday with Romain Dumas making his first runs on the famed mountain course. The Frenchman quickly came to grips with the road with the quickest time in the Pikes Peak Open class. At the wheel of his Porsche 911 GT3 R, Romain was able to outpace "Monster" Tajima. He continues his discovery of Pikes Peak on Thursday and Friday, with the race running on August 12.

Each day, the competitors in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb uncover one of three portions of the course that make up the famed "race to the clouds".

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08/09/12
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Keselowski cuts ties with Parker Kligerman, heads to Red Horse UPDATE Red Horse Racing announced Thursday morning the addition of  Parker Kligerman to the organization's driver lineup. Kligerman will make his first appearance in the No. 7 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra next Saturday at Michigan International Speedway for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series VFW 200.

"When you look at truck series teams right now, there's no doubt Red Horse Racing is definitely one of the top organizations. I'm really excited to make the move here with the support of Tom DeLoach and everyone at this team to see how we can help the team and be successful. It sounds so cliché to say I'm excited, but it's the only word to say because it perfectly describes what I'm looking forward to doing, and that's winning in these trucks," Kligerman explained.

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08/09/12
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Bernard: 'Baltimore was a big success for us'
Can IndyCar fill the grandstands again in Baltimore?  Randy Bernard hopes so.
IZOD IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard held an impromptu question-and-answer session with the media Sunday before the Honda 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and was asked about his expectations for the Grand Prix of Baltimore.

Bernard did not answer with specifics.

"It's an interesting question," he said. "I think we always push for the limits. We always want bigger and better, but we also have to have clear expectations based on reality. I know [promoter Michael] Andretti will shoot for the stars, too, and we'll see what happens."

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08/09/12
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Petty says Allmendinger should have known
After Allmendinger broke his weeks-long silence yesterday, NASCAR on SPEED analyst and former racer Kyle Petty reacted to some of the racer’s first comments on the story:

Q:  Allmendinger has said Adderall was the substance found in his drug test.  Are you surprised a driver would take a substance from a friend without knowing what it is or what ingredients it contained?

Petty:  “If you had asked me this question two months ago, I’d have said ‘Yes, I can understand how anyone could make that mistake.’  How many times have any of us been to dinner with someone and said, ‘I’ve got a headache,’ and they say, ‘I’ve got something for that,’ and they reach into their purse and hand you a pill and you assume it’s a Tylenol or Advil and take it without asking questions.  So, two months ago, the answer to that question would have been ‘yes.’ Now after talking to Mike Helton and Robin Pemberton and all the NASCAR executives and understanding their policy and the extent to which Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and those top guys go before they take any supplement period, almost before they even eat dinner, just to check in and make sure what they ingest is okay, then I probably don’t understand how AJ would take something without knowing what it is first.  I’m baffled anyone would put themselves in that position nowadays.”

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