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08/16/13
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Repsol Honda duo top time sheets on day one at Red Bull Indianapolis GP  
Marc Marquez
With conditions improving from FP1 - track temperature increasing from 26§C to 39§C and air temperature from 18C to 23C, Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have set the fastest times on day one in Indianapolis, significantly improving on their times set this morning.

Marc completed 21 laps and set the fastest time of 1'39.502 on lap 19, 1.2s faster than this morning. Dani was 2nd with 1'39.582 recorded on lap 9 of 19, just 0.08s off Marc, and a full 2 seconds faster than his best time in FP1. More ...
08/16/13
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NASCAR After The Lap Postseason Event Returning To Las Vegas  NASCAR on Friday announced that its After The Lap event sponsored by Ford and Coca-Cola will return to Las Vegas for the fifth consecutive year. This year’s event will be held at the Pearl Palms Concert Theater on Thursday, Dec. 5. Friday and ending Nov. 17, NASCAR fans can enter a sweepstakes at the event's dedicated website. Tickets will go on sale Sept. 16 and are priced at $20 apiece, with all ticket proceeds to benefit The NASCAR Foundation. NASCAR
08/16/13
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Update on Tony Stewart  Greg Zipadelli, Competition Director at Stewart-Haas Racing , met with members of the media at Michigan International Speedway and updated news on Tony Stewart and much more. The transcript in part:

Q) WOULD IT BE EASIER TO HAVE ONE DRIVER FOR ALL THE RACES TONY STEWART WILL MISS RATHER THAN CHANGING DRIVERS EACH WEEKEND?
ZIPADELLI: Theres pros and cons to it. Were certainly looking at trying probably in the next three to four days, before we get to Bristol everything will be ironed out for the rest of the year. Weve had hurdles that weve had to get through so we are looking at that and were working on that. It will be two drivers probably the rest of the year just to do exactly what you said and just try to get them guys to try to build some chemistry and get the best finishes we can. Were still 11th in owners points, thats a big deal and we can look at that and thats kind of what were focused on right now. We are working on that, its just too early to talk about. More ...
08/16/13
IRL
IndyCar will test at Indianapolis road course in Sept.  At least one Indy car is coming to Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course next month. The car from a yet-to-be-determined team will complete laps in various configurations as a possible precursor to an IndyCar race to be held next May.

The dates being considered for the feasibility test are Sept. 4 and Sept. 6. Firestone has an oval-track test set for Sept. 10-11.

IMS president Doug Boles said the car — and maybe a second car — will travel in the same counter-clockwise configuration being used this weekend by MotoGP and also try the clockwise direction used by Formula One from 2000-2007. More ...
08/16/13
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Marquez on top as MotoGP returns to action  Marc Marquez set the pace in opening free practice for the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, marking the first MotoGP™ action after the mid-season break. The championship leader and Repsol Honda Team rider led Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Cal Crutchlow and Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo.

Light rain fell for the preceding Moto3 session, but the showers had blown over by the time MotoGP™ took to the track. Spaniard Marquez – winner of the last two Grands Prix and never beaten in America so far this season – registered the leading lap time of 1’40.781, leading Englishman Crutchlow by three tenths of a second. More ...
08/16/13
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Friday (Update)  UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

08/16/13
  • Sirotkin to begin Sauber program on Tuesday
  • 'Very high' stakes as Ricciardo eyes Red Bull - Tost
  • Williams expects Symonds impact to be 'immediate'
  • Cooling to pose biggest challenge in 2014 New
  • Marko tips Merc to favor Hamilton for title New
  • Alonso would spell 'trouble' for Red Bull - Lauda New  More ...
08/16/13
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NASCAR like watching paint dry at Mid-Ohio  The first public times for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course road course were revealed after the two practice sessions held Thursday for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 and it wasn't pretty.  Even the slowest open wheel cars from various development series (including USF2000 just above go-karts), easily smoke the taxicabs at Mid-Ohio.

Three of the top five in Practice 2, where the fastest nine lap times of the day were set, have a substantial amount of road course experience and are victory contenders for the weekend. Road America winner AJ Allmendinger clocked in fastest at 95.550 mph (1:25.074) in the No. 22 Discount Tires Ford for Penske Racing, with Owen Kelly third in the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports and Michael McDowell (pictured), who led Practice 1, in fourth in the No. 18 K-Love Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing. More ...

08/16/13
IRL
Mike Conway turning 30  
Mike Conway
Mike Conway will celebrate his 30th birthday on Monday with a sense of satisfaction. It wasn’t an easy decision at the end of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season to pull out of the oval race finale, but since then he hasn’t looked back.

This year has seen him find the podium no matter what he’s driving! Conway currently races full time in Europe in the World Endurance Championship for Delta-ADR in the LMP2 class. Experiencing the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the first time this year, Conway and his teammates were able to qualify on the front row and then finish the race on podium in their class. More ...
08/16/13
f1
Perez stops short of calling McLaren MP4-28 junk  
Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez's goal for the remainder of this season is to beat Jenson Button in his "complicated, difficult and inconsistent" MP4-28.

The former Sauber driver is in the midst of a trying first season with McLaren, which has at times seen the team woefully off the pace.

Steps forwards have been counteracted with steps back as the Woking outfit has struggled to understand their 2013 car and get the most out of its Pirelli tires.

"It's been a difficult year. The car is complicated, difficult and inconsistent," Perez told Diario de Mexico.  More ...
08/16/13
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Sprint car safety in question  Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart reignited the debate about the danger of open-wheel winged sprint cars when he broke his leg last week in rural Iowa. It was the third crash in a month for Stewart. It came after former NASCAR driver Jason Leffler died racing sprint cars in June, and longtime driver Kramer Williamson died after a crash earlier this month.

Sprint car racing has always been inherently dangerous — that's a big part of its appeal — but the spate of high-profile wrecks has some questioning whether the cars are as safe as they should be. More ...
08/15/13
irl
Andretti: Baltimore Grand Prix course a 'character-builder'  
Marco Andretti
Driver Marco Andretti, a member of IndyCar’s most famous family, called the Grand Prix of Baltimore course a “character-builder” during a media visit Thursday.

Andretti was in town to meet the media and share his thoughts about the downtown street course where he and other drivers will race next month in the Grand Prix of Baltimore.

The 2-mile track. which weaves its way through downtown, presents plenty of challenges to keep drivers on their toes, said Andretti. More ...

08/15/13
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Dixon focused on road ahead  
Dixon racing hard to catch Castroneves who is trying to stroke it to the title with consistent finishes
Scott Dixon won his first two IZOD IndyCar Series titles five years apart.

It's been five years since he won the title in 2008, but the Target Chip Ganassi driver is focused on the final five races of 2013, not history.

Leaving Mid-Ohio with a seventh-place finish, Dixon trails Helio Castroneves by 31 points in the championship. There are five races left, starting with the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma on Aug. 25 - plenty of opportunities to overtake the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner. More ...

08/15/13
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Castroneves motivated to maintain momentum  
Castroneves, stroking it to title
With 20 drivers still mathematically eligible for the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series title, Helio Castroneves knows there is still a lot of racing left in the season and a lot of points on the table.

The Team Penske driver holds a 31-point lead over Scott Dixon and has a 65-point cushion over Ryan Hunter-Reay, the reigning series champion, entering the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma on Aug. 25.

Castroneves says his mindset heading into the final five races is the same one he's had since the start of the season: Take what you can get. More ...

08/15/13
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Kahne frustrated by wrecks with Joe Gibbs drivers  
Kasey Kahne
Kasey Kahne, who was involved in a wreck caused by JGR’s Matt Kenseth with eight laps to go Sunday, also has been unintentionally wrecked by JGR’s Kyle Busch in three races this year — at Daytona in February and at Talladega and Darlington in May. Kenseth took the blame for Sunday’s wreck and texted Kahne several times to explain what happened, Kahne said. Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was also involved, said it looked as if Kenseth was trying to retaliate against Marcos Ambrose at the time, although Kenseth said he just made a mistake. 

"I don’t know what happened, I just know he missed the corner and wiped me out," Kahne said Wednesday during a teleconference with reporters. “I gave those guys plenty of room. It was frustrating to get crashed at that point in the race for something like that. More ...

08/15/13
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IMS working hard to hasten IndyCar's demise (Update)  UPDATE A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, I'm glad to hear Brian France is wanting to work with IndyCar by bringing his series to the once hallowed grounds of IndyCar in May. I think a deal could be worked out that would allow Indycars to compete at Daytona during Speed Weeks to help them kick that off also. Maybe even let the Indycars practice a little on the oval to show the taxicabs what speed really looks like, then they could run the road course before the Rolex. I'm sure Mr. France would be all for that (not). I would rather pay double for my Indy 500 ticket and kick their ass out of the Brickyard and get the speedway back to what it was. Surely they cannot be considering this. Unbelievable. Regards, Jerry M. Topeka, KS

08/14/13 IMS will do anything possible to dilute the IndyCar product it seems.  They brought in NASCAR Sprint Cup, F1, Nationwide, Grand-Am and MotoGP to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the holy grail of IndyCar racing.  They may as well bring in swamp buggy racing as well. All have served to ensure the Indy 500 is never again the big race it once was.  And to top it off, all the other series IMS have brought in have essentially failed.  The track stinks for anything other than IndyCars.

Now comes word that IMS may bring the #1 enemy, the France Family, into IndyCar's month of May with the new USCR sports car series. This instead of, say, kicking off the month with an IndyCar All-Star race, running an IndyCar qualifying race on what is now Carb Day and close out the season with a 400-miler under the lights.  In other words, make IMS into an IndyCar Mecca - a special place that is exclusive to IndyCar. More ...

08/15/13
tv news
FOX Sports1 to launch with healthy dose of NASCAR programming (Update)  UPDATE Fox’s new national sports network, FOX Sports 1, will debut on Saturday, August 17th, with every major distributor on board, making this the biggest sports cable network launch in history, and one of the largest network launches ever.  The announcement was made by Mike Hopkins, President, Distribution, Fox Networks.

“We are thrilled that virtually all pay-television customers across America will have access to FOX Sports 1,” said Mr. Hopkins.  “This network launch is a major milestone for Fox and will alter the sports television landscape.  We are grateful to our distribution partners for making this all possible.” More ...

08/15/13
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Near record crowd for The Glen  Another thrilling finish and perfect race day weather kept a near-record crowd of NASCAR Sprint Cup fans entertained this weekend at Watkins Glen International.

Kyle Busch held off a charging Brad Keselowski in the final turn of the 90-lap Cheez-It 355 at The Glen before a crowd that WGI president Michael Printup said was about 94,000, an increase of 3,000 over last year and one of the largest crowds in the 28-year modern history of the Sprint Cup event at Watkins Glen.

“We beat the heck out of that number last year,” Printup said. “The weekend was fantastic. The fans were happy and the drivers were happy.” More ...

08/15/13
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DeltaWing Racing Cars Offers a Customer Version of the Revolutionary Coupe  DeltaWing Racing Cars announced today that the coupe version of the radically innovative DeltaWing is available now for advance customer purchase.

A total of three coupes will be built by Elan Motorsports Technologies for sale to teams planning to compete with United SportsCar Racing in 2014. The DeltaWing coupe is designed to meet the FIA mandate that all prototypes will have closed cockpits beginning next season. More ...

08/15/13
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Maserati Series added to IndyCar weekend  
In addition to the high-speed action of the IZOD IndyCar Series at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, Sonoma Raceway has built a jam-packed weekend of high-intensity racing, Aug. 23-25.

New for 2013, the Maserati Trofeo World Series has been added to the lineup, and will be joined by the return of the World Challenge Series and Formula Car Challenge Series. 

The Maserati Trofeo World Series pairs with the INDYCAR race weekend for the first time and will host the fourth round of the series. So far this season, an average of 24 Maserati Gran Turismo MC Trofeos have competed on circuits around Europe, but now the action returns to the United States. More ...

08/15/13
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f1
Schedule gaps kill momentum for IndyCar and F1  
Local newspapers almost never run IndyCar stories because there is not a steady stream of news so editors just ignore it.
It’s a Wednesday afternoon, and we’re smack dab in the middle of two several-week long breaks in the Formula One and IndyCar calendars.

It feels like there’s been longer periods of inactivity this year because, well, there have been. F1 is in the midst of its annual August summer break, four weeks from Hungary on July 28 to Belgium on August 25. But there have been three-week gaps four times already: from Malaysia (March 24) to China (April 14), Bahrain (April 21) to Spain (May 12), Canada (June 9) to Britain (June 30) and Germany (July 7) to Hungary (July 28). But for the remaining nine Grands Prix of 2013, there are no gaps of that length, and the last six F1 races of the year are three sets of back-to-back weekends, which will push the crews to the max. More ...

08/15/13
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Schedule gaps kills momentum and ratings  It’s a Wednesday afternoon, and we’re smack dab in the middle of two several-week long breaks in the Formula One and IndyCar calendars.

It feels like there’s been longer periods of inactivity this year because, well, there have been. F1 is in the midst of its annual August summer break, four weeks from Hungary on July 28 to Belgium on August 25. But there have been three-week gaps four times already: from Malaysia (March 24) to China (April 14), Bahrain (April 21) to Spain (May 12), Canada (June 9) to Britain (June 30) and Germany (July 7) to Hungary (July 28). But for the remaining nine Grands Prix of 2013, there are no gaps of that length, and the last six F1 races of the year are three sets of back-to-back weekends, which will push the crews to the max. More ...

08/15/13
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday  
  • Hamilton the fastest driver on 2013 grid - analysis
  • Perez admits McLaren has made progress in 2013
  • Hulkenberg urges Red Bull to sign Ricciardo More ...
08/14/13
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Sylt Says F1 Teams’ Struggles Sign Of Global Economic Uncertainty  
Max Moseley was right, F1 would eventually die if costs were not cut.
The financial struggles of a majority of F1 teams are a sign of the global "economic uncertainty" and the teams’ "potentially outdated" business models, according to Formula Money co-author Christian Sylt. During the first half of the 2013 F1 season, the racing series’ off-track headlines have been dominated by the financial problems of teams such as Lotus and Sauber. McLaren Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh raised concerns about the financial state of F1 teams ahead of the ’13 season when he said that "seven out of 11 F1 teams are struggling." More ...
08/14/13
CART
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Rossi remembers CART as “even better than F1  
Rossi remembers when the CART IndyCar series was the best racing in the world.  Then Anton George came along and destroyed it all.
Alexander Rossi counts himself among the motor racing fans who regrets the demise of the CART series.

“For me in the late nineties growing up I watched Champ Car [CART] and for me that was the best championship that there was, for me it was even better than F1,” he told F1 Fanatic in an interview.

“But when they split it ruined it (take a bow Anton) and they lost a lot of fans and people got confused and then it just kind of slid.”

CART attracted F1 champions such as Emerson Fittipaldi and Nigel Mansell to compete alongside top American drivers Mario Andretti, Bobby Rahal and others in the late eighties and early nineties. More ...

08/14/13
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Luhr learns in first IZOD IndyCar Series test (Update)  UPDATE Sports car champion Lucas Luhr turned his first laps in an Indy car ahead of his IndyCar Series debut a Sonoma Raceway, and gives RACER insights on the experience, about debriefing with the Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing engineers and where he'll look to improve on the 2.5-mile track when he returns next week.

More ...
08/14/13
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Castroneves hurt more than first thought (3rd Update)  UPDATE #3


08/14/13 IZOD IndyCar Series championship leader Helio Castroneves is likely a bit worse for wear right now after sustaining cuts to his legs and a neck sprain in an Aug. 9 practice accident at Ribeirao Preto, Brazil.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 champ was preparing for a Stock Car Brasil street-course race when brake failure caused him to hit a concrete barrier and then go hard into a tire barrier.

He was able to get out of the car under his own power, but doctors ultimately kept him from racing in the main event last weekend at Ribeirao Preto. More ...
08/14/13
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Hunter-Reay fastest in Sonoma IndyCar test  
Pos. Driver Time
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 78.8
2 James Hinchcliffe 79.3
3 Ryan Briscoe 79.6
4 Marco Andretti 79.6
5 EJ Viso 79.7
6 Sebastien Bourdais 79.7
7 Sebastian Saavedra 79.7
8 Takuma Sato 79.8
9 Justin Wilson 80.0
10 James Jakes 80.1
11 Graham Rahal 80.3
12 Josef Newgarden 80.4
13 Ryo Hirakawa 80.8
14 Ed Carpenter 81.1
15 Lucas Luhr 83.6
08/14/13
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IndyCar news bits  Twelve winning bidders will ride around Sonoma Raceway with their favorite IZOD IndyCar Series driver before the start of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma through a live auction at the track on race daythat benefits Speedway Children's Charities. Other items available include an A.J. Foyt autographed piston, a Dario Franchitti signed helmet, a Nolan Ryan autographed baseball and a GoPro camera. The auction begins at 10:15 a.m. (local) in the INDYCAR Fan Village...

Indianapolis 500 competitor Conor Daly will see the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course from a different perspective this weekend as he gets a ride on the Ducati two-seater as part of the Red Bull Indianapolis GP... More ...
08/14/13
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ISC's Lesa France Kennedy Discusses Daytona Rising  ISC Vice Chair & CEO Lesa France Kennedy yesterday discussed the company’s $400M Daytona Rising project, which includes the renovation of Daytona Int’l Speedway, and said there is a need to take the speedway complex “to a new level with modern amenities.”

The mixed-use One Daytona development will include retail and dining spaces, and will be anchored by retailers including Bass Pro Shops.

France Kennedy said, “It will give our fans more to do while they're in Daytona, it will extend their stay and it will also provide some year-round business and economic impact." More ...
08/14/13
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Aaron's Signs Two-Year Deal With MWR (Update)  UPDATE SPORTING NEWS' Bob Pockrass wrote yesterday's announcement that Brian Vickers will drive the '14 and '15 Sprint Cup seasons with full-season backing from Aaron's "was nowhere near a foregone conclusion, and far from a rubber stamp." Aaron’s "has a CEO who is 18 months on the job, and a chief marketing officer who joined the company in January." Vickers "got off to a good-but-not-great start to the season," and Hendrick Motorsports is "courting Aaron's to pour more money into 17-year-old Chase Elliott’s career."

Vickers said, "Educating them on who I was, educating themselves on the sport and MWR was a long process with a lot of unknowns." Pockrass noted Vickers "had to work off the track -- he attended the Aaron's national sales meeting, where he got to know the Aaron's brass." SPORTINGNEWS.com

08/13/13 Michael Waltrip Racing today announced that Aaron's has signed a two-year deal to sponsor the No. 55 Toyota driven by Brian Vickers for all 36 Sprint Cup races in '14-15, making Vickers "one of the rare drivers in NASCAR's premier series with a full-time sponsor," according to Nate Ryan of USA TODAY.

Aaron's, which has "partnered with Michael Waltrip Racing for the past 14 years, will be increasing its commitment from 30 races this season." Aaron's CEO Ron Allen said, "This really solidifies our relationship because it's certainly more recognition for our brand if we can get in the Chase. This gives us a better chance by sponsoring a full 36 races." Ryan reports Aaron's "re-examined its NASCAR sponsorship while overhauling its executive team over the past 18 months." More ...
08/14/13
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Montoya to leave Ganassi team (Update)  UPDATE FOXSPORTS.com's Lee Spencer wrote EGR's future still "remains bright." Ganassi last year signed 21-year-old driver Kyle Larson to an eight-year contract, and Larson is "currently competing for Turner Scott Motorsports in the Nationwide Series." While Montoya had "a solid relationship with Target, Larson is a sponsor's dream" because he is "young, attractive, well-spoken and capable of winning." FOXSPORTS.com

08/13/13
Montoya is extremely talented but the Ganassi team was never able to give him the equipment to win on a consistent basis.
Juan Pablo Montoya will not return to the No. 42 Sprint Cup car of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing in 2014, multiple sources told ESPN.com.

Sources said that Montoya's team was told of the decision on Tuesday. Montoya is expected to drive the car for the rest of this season. The organization will begin a search for a replacement immediately, sources said.

Among those expected to be considered are EGR developmental driver Kyle Larson, who drives in the Nationwide Series, Kurt Busch, AJ Allmendinger and Ryan Newman.

Montoya was in the final year of his contract with EGR. He'd been with the organization since 2007. More ...

08/14/13
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Testing continues by many NASCAR teams  Many NASCAR Sprint Cup teams saved some or all four of their allotted tests at Cup tracks to prepare for the Chase. Both Hendrick Motorsports and Michael Waltrip Racing kept their four tests for this point of the season. Penske Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing each have three tests remaining. Those teams all will use some tests before the Chase begins next month at Chicagoland Speedway. Hendrick Motorsports tests Tuesday and Wednesday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which hosts the second race in the Chase. Johnson qualified second there in July before his car failed inspection and he started at the rear. He rallied to finish sixth, but none of his teammates placed better than 10th.
Heres a look at upcoming tests Cup teams have confirmed with tracks:
Richmond International Raceway
Aug. 19-20: Penske Racing, Germain Racing
Aug. 20-21: Hendrick Motorsports, Michael Waltrip Racing
Oct. 15-16: Goodyear Tire test for 2014 (teams to be determined) More ...
08/14/13
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Neel Jani to leave Rebellion team after Petit Le Mans  Neel Jani is set to bid farewell to the Rebellion Racing LMP1 squad at the Petit Le Mans enduro at Road Atlanta in October as he prepares for his new role with Porsche.

Jani, who will share the team's Lola-Toyota B12/60 at Road Atlanta with Nick Heidfeld and Nicolas Prost, said: "It is a good way to go out because we are sure to have a good fight with the Muscle Milk [Pickett Racing] HPD.

Jani, who will test the new Porsche LMP1 hybrid for the first time next week at the German manufacturer's Weissach development facility. More ...

08/14/13
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Ultra-competitive IndyCar season closing in on winners mark  Of the nine drivers to win races in the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season, four have been first-time winners (James Hinchcliffe, Takuma Sato, Simon Pagenaud, and most recently, Charlie Kimball).
Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon are also among the nine winners this season. Castroneves, who leads Dixon by 31 points entering the Aug. 25 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, was also a winner in 2000 and 2001, in which there were a record 11 different winners, while Dixon was a race winner as a 20-year-old rookie during the 2001 CART season.

"It was a shock," said Dixon, who at 20 years, 9 months, 14 days was then the youngest winner in Indy car history (a record which was eclipsed by 19-year-old Marco Andretti at Sonoma in 2006 and later broken by Graham Rahal in 2008). "We had set goals of maybe winning a race later on in the season." More ...

08/14/13
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Matthew Brabham moving up to Indy Lights in 2014 with AFS?  
Geoff Brabham (L) and Matthew Brabham at Trois Rivieres
Pro Mazda Championship racer Matthew Brabham wheeled the No. 83 machine to a record-setting wins in Trois-Rivieres this last weekend. Recording his 10th and 11th victories of the season, the 19-year-old set a new series record for most wins, as well as most podium finishes (13) in one season and clinched the 2013 Pro Mazda Championship title.

The American's Mazda-powered Andretti Autosport car hit the 1.53-mile Canadian circuit featuring the branding of longtime Mazda Road to Indy supporter and Andretti Autosport partner AFS Racing. AFS Racing officially came on board before the Aug. 4 race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and will see Brabham through the 2013 season and possibly beyond. More ...

08/14/13
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Humpy Wheeler: We got too fancy and messed up NASCAR  
Humpy Wheeler
One of the most recognizable names in NASCAR says the sport is all messed up and in the need of changes and a serious boost. In a video posted on YouTube on Sunday, "Humpy" Wheeler says racing has gotten "too fancy" and left its fans behind. Wheeler is the former President and General Manager of the Lowes Motor Speedway, in Concord, and is known as one of the foremost promoters in NASCAR history. He now runs The Wheeler Company, a consulting management firm focusing on general business, professional sports, and motorsports.

He says he's thought long and hard about what is wrong with NASCAR these days. "I think we've messed it up a little, folks. I think we got too fancy," he said in the video. "I think as it soared back in the 90's a lot of people wanted to change it. They didn't like the way it was, they thought it was too country or too unsophisticated or whatever. And those people were dead wrong." More ...
08/14/13
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MotoGP returns from 3-week break  
The start in 2012
After a three week break, the MotoGP World Championship restarts this weekend at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix and the top two teams in the series, Yamaha and Repsol Honda, are ready.

Repsol Honda riders, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are currently first and second respectively in the Championship standings and arrive in America refreshed and ready to resume the fight. For Dani in particular, this Summer break has been gratefully received. Dani suffered a big crash in Germany in mid-July and the doctors would not allow him to race. However, he rode to a courageous 5th place in the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix in Laguna Seca just before the break. Having had three weeks to rest and recuperate, Dani is now almost back to 100% and will be hoping to return to the podium at a circuit where he's won twice in MotoGP class (2012 and 2010). More ...

08/14/13
f1
'Good chance' of race future at Williams - Juncadella  
Daniel Juncadella
(GMM)  Daniel Juncadella has confirmed he is in the running for a future with the Williams team.

The Spaniard was signed up by the Grove team's 2014 engine supplier, Mercedes, to race in the German touring car series DTM this year.

Another link that could pay off for Juncadella is his sponsor deal with the Kazakhstan investment company TAK Group, to promote the capital Astana. More ...

08/14/13
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Tost names da Costa as likely Ricciardo successor  

Antonio Felix da Costa
(GMM)  Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost has named Antonio Felix da Costa as the likely candidate should the team have a vacancy for 2014.

With Daniel Ricciardo in the running to replace Red Bull's Le Mans-bound Mark Webber, the energy drink company's junior team Toro Rosso has said it wants to keep Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne next year.

As for Australian Ricciardo's likely successor, Tost told Brazil's Totalrace: "Antonio Felix da Costa is one of the candidates, but let's wait for Red Bull's decision. More ...

08/13/13
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Mario Andretti to be honored in Napa, CA  
Mario Andretti at the Andretti Winery
The Michael Andretti Foundation announced today that racing legend Mario Andretti will be an honored guest at the Grand Prix Salute, scheduled for August 23 at the Andretti Winery in Napa, California.

With Michael and Marco Andretti already scheduled to attend, this will bring three generations of the renowned racing family together for the charitable event. Also schedule to attend is IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay along with James Hinchcliffe and E.J. Viso. More ...

08/13/13
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Briscoe returns to wheel at Sonoma test  Ryan Briscoe, who suffered a fractured wrist in Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto in mid-July, returned to the No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing car Aug. 13 during a manufacturer/team test at Sonoma Raceway in preparation for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma on Aug. 25.

Eight teams tested at the 12-turn, 2.385-mile road course, including Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing with full-season driver Josef Newgarden and Lucas Luhr getting his initial seat time in an IZOD IndyCar Series car. Luhr, a five-time American Le Mans Series champion, has been confirmed to race in Sonoma in the No. 97 Honda-powered car. More ...

08/13/13
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IndyCar Fast Facts, 8/13 (Update)  UPDATE Earlier we stated that Franchitti has finished on the podium in four consecutive races. That information was inaccurate as Franchitti finished third at Pocono, Toronto Race 1, and Mid-Ohio. He finished fourth at Toronto Race #2.

08/13/13 Below, we have a few facts pertaining to the 2013 Izod IndyCar Series courtesy of AutoRacing1's Brian Carroccio. Enjoy.

****We've been keeping an eye on the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing intra-team battle this season here at AutoRacing1.com. While Graham Rahal holds a one point lead over James Jakes in the series standings, Jakes has out qualified Rahal in nine of 14 races. The two drivers are even at 7-7 when it comes to race finishes.

****If you want to know why Team Penske's Helio Castroneves is leading the series points standings try this: The Brazilian has ten consecutive finishes of eighth or better. More ...
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NASCAR Watkins Glen TV Ratings  ESPN’s live telecast of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International on Sunday, Aug. 11, earned a 2.7 U.S. household rating, averaging 4,171,328 viewers, according to the Nielsen Company.

The rating and viewership were slightly down from last year’s race, which earned a 2.8 U.S. rating and averaged 4,472,687 viewers.

Greensboro, N.C., led all markets with an 8.1 rating, followed by Greenville, S.C., at 7.5 and Knoxville, Tenn., at 7.1. Birmingham, Ala., was fourth with 6.9 with Charlotte, N.C., and Richmond, Va., tied for fifth at 6.7. More ...

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Bobby Dale Earnhardt -- Race Car Driver Arrested for DUI  Dale Earnhardt's grandson -- an aspiring race car driver in his own right -- was arrested in West Virginia last night after cops say the 25-year-old was tooling around Charleston while hammered.

Bobby Dale Earnhardt -- a driver in the ARCA Truck series -- was pulled over by Charleston police just before midnight after cops say he was driving erratically.

During the stop, cops say, BDE admitted he had been boozing at a bar earlier in the evening. He also bombed a field sobriety test.

Earnhardt was eventually arrested for DUI and hauled to a nearby station -- where he was booked
Bobby Dale is scheduled to face a judge later this morning. TMZ

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Barracuda IndyCar team announces Hildebrand and Filippi  
Barracuda Racing announced today that JR Hildebrand and Luca Filippi will fill the seat of the No. 98 car to complete the 2013 season.

Twenty-five-year-old California native JR Hildebrand will make his return to the IZOD IndyCar Series, piloting the Barracuda Racing entry for the upcoming GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.

"I'm really excited to join Barracuda Racing this year, and have to give a big thank you to Bryan and the team for the opportunity," said Hildebrand. "Sonoma is where I got my racing start, so it'll be great to have another new experience there with a new team, and one that I've heard nothing but great things about. More ...

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NASCAR adapts to the new normal  Two years ago, the abandoned $10 million Statesville headquarters of Richard Petty Motorsports stood as a beacon of how far, and how fast, NASCAR’s fortunes had fallen. Race teams have cut hundreds of jobs while major corporate backers left the sport entirely (Red Bull, Jack Daniel’s, Office Depot) or reduced spending (The Home Depot, Budweiser, UPS).

One of the major automakers, Dodge, dumped stock-car racing after an 11-year run that included partnerships with the former Evernham Motorsports and Penske Racing. More ...

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Vettel names MP4-8 as favorite F1 car  

Reigning triple World Champion Sebastian Vettel has listed his ten favorite cars in the history of Formula 1. Speaking to Germany's Sport Bild, the Red Bull driver placed the MP4-8, which yielded Ayrton Senna's final victory in 1993, at the top of his list.

Senna Donington 1993 in the MP4-8
1. McLaren MP4-8, 1993

"My absolute favorite car," said Vettel. "This was my first scale model. McLaren didn't have the best car that year, but Senna still managed to win five races." The late Brazilian won at Interlagos, Donington, Monte-Carlo, Suzuka and Adelaide, but finished second in the title race to Williams rival Alain Prost. More ...

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Stewart No. 14: Q and A with Zipadelli and Dillon  JAYME AVRIT:  Thank you.  Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome to today's NASCAR Teleconference.  Our guests today are Greg Zipadelli, competition director for Stewart‑Haas Racing, and Austin Dillon, interim driver of the No. 14, Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS at Michigan International Speedway for Stewart‑Haas Racing.  Dillon, the current NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader, has two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Michigan including last June when he finished a career best 11th. More ...
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Hembery Calls Contract Negotiations Bizarre, Says F1 Could Quit Deal  F1 tire supplier Pirelli Motorsport Dir Paul Hembery "has described the Formula 1 tire contract situation as 'bizarre,'" according to Noble & Elizalde of AUTOSPORT.

Pirelli has "been eager to finalize a new F1 supply deal for next year as its current contract runs out at the end of 2013."

Hembery went "as far as saying Pirelli could quit F1 if no deal was agreed quickly." Although Pirelli is "understood to have agreed a commercial deal with most teams," there has been no news from motorsports governing body FIA. Hembery: "It is the most bizarre situation. We have agreements in place with the vast majority of people involved, but there is not a clearly defined process." Autosport
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Wolff urges Merc to 'consolidate'  Toto Wolff believes Mercedes need to "consolidate" the success rather than chase a World title in the second half of this season.

Although Mercedes headed into this campaign with just one victory in three seasons, the team has emerged as a title contender.

With three race wins in the last five races, the team is second in the Constructors' Championship, 69 points behind Red Bull Racing. More ...

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NASCAR Race Hub Explores 'The Gray Area' and the history of cheating in NASCAR  It’s known as ‘The Gray Area,’ the mysterious places where NASCAR’s rule book can be ‘interpreted’ according to its race teams. Hall of Famer Junior Johnson liked to think of it as innovation, while others call it cheating.

Whatever the terminology, every sport seems to struggle from time to time with participants who try to gain an edge on the competition. NASCAR Race Hub explores ‘The Gray Area’ in a three-part feature beginning tomorrow on FOX Sports’ SPEED at 6 p.m. ET. More ...

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Pamela Anderson to head GT team with eye toward NASCAR  
Pamela Anderson.  If she moves her team to NASCAR, Danica is going to have trouble competing with those headlights
"Baywatch" star Pamela Anderson is the team principal of a revived operation that will contest the remainder of the FIA GT Series with Vitantonio Liuzzi among its drivers, and is also pondering a NASCAR future.

The Canadian actress and model has joined forces with the Racealliance team, which ran Aston Martins in the FIA GT Championship in 2006-'08, to form Racealliance by Pamela Anderson. The new organization has moved its headquarters from Austria to Germany, and will field a solo Ferrari 458 Italia in the final three FIA GT rounds, starting at the Slovakia Ring this weekend.

Ex-Formula 1 driver Liuzzi will share car with Mathias Lauda, who raced in the last year's FIA GT1 World Championship with the Vita4One BMW squad. More ...

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Luhr eager to test IndyCar  
Greg Pickett wants to move his ALMS team to IndyCar along with his driver Lucas Luhr
American Le Mans Series champion Lucas Luhr  begins his IndyCar Series pursuit Tuesday at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway, testing a car for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing. He’ll race it at the same track Aug. 25.

Not only is Luhr interested in moving to IndyCar next season, his sports car team owner is, too.

Greg Pickett, the Muscle Milk founder and former Trans-Am racer who once was Scott Sharp’s father-in-law, said he’s eager to see what leading an IndyCar team is all about. He will be actively involved in Luhr’s debut next weekend, assisting with race strategy from the pit stand. More ...

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Regan Smith or Austin Dillon would be open to replace Stewart (3rd Update)  UPDATE #2
The anointed one
Austin Dillon, in the heat of the Nationwide Series championship battle, will welcome a bit of a distraction this weekend.

Dillon will drive the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing car in place of the injured Tony Stewart in the Sprint Cup race Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, the team announced Monday.  Dillon, who leads Sam Hornish Jr. by three points and Regan Smith by five, has run well at Michigan — he drove a Richard Childress Racing car for Circle Sport Racing to an 11th-place finish at MIS in June.

The 23-year-old grandson (the anointed one being molded to drive the Earnhardt #3 even wears a black hat to play the part) of Richard Childress also has had a long relationship with Bass Pro Shops, one of Stewart’s primary sponsors. More ...

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IMS officials haven't a clue  [Editor's Note: Indy fans do not like sports car racing and they especially do not like it on the IMS road course.  So this idea to run a standalone USCR race at IMS in place of MotoGP or instead of a 2nd IndyCar race is unbelievable.  They will do anything to try and dilute the IndyCar product at the speedway.  Why not bring in Swamp Buggy racing too?]

The upcoming MotoGP motorcycle race could be the last at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as NASCAR officials lobby instead for a stand-alone race for a newly merged sports-car series.

NASCAR executive Jim France this summer approached Speedway officials about holding its sports-car event currently staged the same weekend as the Brickyard 400 as a stand-alone event, motorsports sources said.

Losing the MotoGP would be a big blow to the local economy, said Chris Gahl, spokesman for Visit Indy, the city’s tourism arm.

“That event brings in an international and white-collar crowd,” Gahl said, a crowd that spends easily in excess of $10 million. More ...

08/12/13
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Fox Unveils New Speed Schedule  Just five days before the launch of FS1, Fox Sports still has yet to cut deals with at least three of the four biggest distributors: DirecTV, Dish Network and Time Warner Cable.

The three distributors said they are still in discussions with Fox to carry the channel, which launches Saturday. Distributors that do not cut a deal for FS1 by Saturday will continue to carry Speed, though it will be a stripped down version of the motorsports channel. More ...

08/12/13
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New GoDaddy CEO reviewing Hinchcliffe and Danica backing (Update)  UPDATE IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe will be "free to negotiate with teams for a 2014 ride by the middle of August, but in reality there are only two real possibilities" for him according to Jeff Pappone in a special to the GLOBE & MAIL. Hinchcliffe's contract with GoDaddy "expires at the end of the season but talking to its newish chief executive Blake Irving, it sounds like an offer to continue with the company is in the cards for Hinchcliffe."

Irving said the company is “incredibly happy” with Hinchcliffe and its relationship with Hinchcliffe’s team, Andretti Autosport. Hinchcliffe’s timing "has been pretty good for Go Daddy, too, with his May win in Brazil coming as the Internet services company was in the midst of preparing for a move into Latin and South America later this year and early in 2014." He also is a "big part of the company’s plans to expand into Canada, although Irving sees him as someone who can market Go Daddy just about everywhere." More ...
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Gil de Ferran named Formula E ambassador  
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Gil de Ferran, a two-time IndyCar National Champion and Indianapolis 500 race winner, has today joined the FIA Formula E Championship as an Official Ambassador. Debuting in September 2014, Formula E is the world’s first fully-electric racing Championship competing in city-centre circuits worldwide.

The 45-year-old Brazilian, who boasts more than two decades of top-level motorsport experience gained both on and off the track in Formula 1, IndyCar and the American Le Mans Series, will act as an advisor to the new Championship focusing on further enhancing the race format. In addition, de Ferran will also be an official spokesman for Formula E, particularly in North America, where interest in the series remains high following the recent announcement that leading IndyCar outfit Andretti Autosport will field a two-car team. More ...

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NASCAR fans starting to prefer road racing?  The grandstands at Watkins Glen International were almost completely filled with fans during the Sprint Cup race on Sunday afternoon. Track officials even went so far as to boast that there would be near record numbers of people for the Sprint Cup race days ahead of the event. That stands in stark contrast to the empty seats seen at oval track races like Indianapolis, Michigan and other locales where NASCAR has held races this season. So why the difference?

NASCAR officials as well as those who insist on spouting the company line for the sanctioning body insist that factors such as the economy, weather and start times have kept people away from their races. So the economy is better in upstate New York than it is in other areas? Watkins Glen is the only track that has had good weather this year? More ...

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ALMS/Grand Am double header attracts big crowds at Road America  
The Acura powered Muscle Milk Lola takes the win
One of the biggest crowds in nearly 20 years at Road America was treated to a little history Sunday, strange-looking as it might have been.

The DeltaWing — the chrome-finished, narrow-nosed car with a shape unlike anything but maybe a Batmobile — led a race for the first time.

And although its chances at a victory in the Orion Energy Systems 245 were slim at best, the car and the feat were still something to behold.

Nobody was going to beat Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf and Pickett Racing on pure speed, but with a little strategy Brits Katherine Legge and Andy Meyrick were going to have a lot of fun trying. More ...

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Brad Keselowski resists temptation to wreck Kyle Busch for win  
Busch leads Keselowski late in the going
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Brad Keselowski loves the spotlight. He loves that as the Sprint Cup champion, people want to hear his opinion and that his ideas carry weight.

He loves to race and have great battles to the finish.  But he doesn’t love the spotlight so much that he would wreck Kyle Busch to win the Cup race at Watkins Glen International.

There are plenty of opportunities for a driver to wreck another driver on a road course but Keselowski didn’t get to Busch’s bumper on the final lap and Busch ended up in victory lane. More ...

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Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth disagree over wreck at Watkins Glen  
Earnhardt Jr.'s wrecked Chevy
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. thought Matt Kenseth was trying to retaliate against Marcos Ambrose when he triggered a violent accident with eight laps remaining in the Sprint Cup race Sunday at Watkins Glen International.

But Kenseth said no retaliation was meant, he just lost control of his car since he’s a “weak link” when it comes to road-course racing. Whatever the reason, Earnhardt slammed into Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne after Kahne got spun by Kenseth, ending the day for Kahne and sending Earnhardt to the garage for five laps. More ...
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Latest F1 news in brief - Monday  
  • Domenicali thinks his job is safe. Di Montezemolo is running out of patience
    Pirelli waiting for Sauber tire bill - report
  • Vergne claims he 'thrashed' teammate Ricciardo
  • F1 drivers have doped - expert
  • Ferrari boss running out of patience
  • No pressure on Domenicali despite indifferent form

Pirelli waiting for Sauber tire bill - report
(GMM)  Reports of a continuing financial crisis at Sauber are continuing to emerge. More ...

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NASCAR Teams compromising on test sessions  If anything fosters cooperation between race teams in a single organization, it's the testing policy NASCAR instituted this season. With four tests available at tracks that host NASCAR events, drivers and crew chiefs must agree on which four tracks are optimum for testing, and that involves no small degree of give and take. With two drivers solidly in the Chase field--#48-Jimmie Johnson and #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.--and two on the bubble--#5-Kasey Kahne and #24-Jeff Gordon--Hendrick Motorsports has opted to use one of its tests at a track the Sprint Cup will visit before the Chase (Richmond) and three that are Chase tracks (New Hampshire, Texas and Homestead).

According to Gordon, the choice of tracks was a collaborative decision. "We discuss it in our Tuesday meetings, and I think all the crew chiefs get together in Monday meetings, and they come up with the race tracks they would like to go to," Gordon said. More ...
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Tony Stewart out of hospital  Tony Stewart was released from a North Carolina hospital Sunday night, six days after he broke his right leg in a sprint-car racing crash at Southern Iowa Speedway.

Stewart had surgery Tuesday morning to clean and stabilize the Grade 2 fracture, which included breaks of his tibia and fibula. He had another surgery Thursday in which a metal rod was inserted to put his tibia into position.

Stewart, a three-time Cup champion, is out for an indefinite amount of time. However, his Stewart-Haas Racing team said it would be at least three weeks and could be several more. More ...

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