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08/18/04
champcar
First Photos: Champ Cars at Vegas oval First Photos: Champ Cars at Vegas oval    Story.....

   
   
Photos Courtesy of Champ Car

08/18/04
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irl
At a loss over St. Pete At a loss over St. PeteA reader writes, Dear AutoRacing1.com, I am at a loss.  Can you tell me why OWRS is letting the IRL have St. Pete?  It was a great market, great track and a FANTASTIC location!  It had the potential, especially when Champ Car gets lighter cars, to be Monaco West! This is one they should have fought for. Kelly O'Connor, Altoona, Iowa  Dear Kelly, Yes, St. Pete was a nice location, but from an economic and marketing perspective it's a tertiary market.  OWRS and Champ Car have decided they have bigger fish to fry.  We recently listed 22 possible venues for Champ Car and they want to get it down to 16 or 17 races per year.  OWRS has made the decision that banging their head against the wall trying to compete against NASCAR in the USA is futile.  Take for example the IRL.  Honda and Toyota, who we thought were smart companies, are pumping millions of dollars into the IRL all-American business plan and the more they pump the faster the TV ratings plummet.   Stick a fork in the IRL, they're done.  We have preached ad nauseam about how the world is a big place and that Champ Car must focus on the global economy.  NASCAR has monopolized the USA market and even they are looking international now.  While we are not suggesting Champ Car abandon the USA entirely, they must choose their races carefully, decide which USA races they really want to fight for, and drop the deadwood and the tertiary markets, which the IRL seems to like.  The IRL's game plan is quite clear, they aim to marginalize Champ Car by morphing into Champ Car.  Street courses are Champ Car's last frontier and St. Pete is the IRL's first breakthrough.  Once they show they can street race, Long Beach will be their next target.  Of course Champ Car paints a target on their back begging to be killed by leaving themselves vulnerable to be copied, and hence marginalized.  Champ Car can stay with their heavy "American Indy Car" and die a slow painful death ( a pyrrhic victory for the IRL - A victory gained at too great a cost: like that of the Greek leader Pyrrhus over the Romans in 279BC), or elevate their product to near-F1 status by adopting a proper road and street race car much like F1, to ensure their product is marketable to a global audience. Mark C. 
08/18/04
nascar
Ben Leslie hired by Ford Ben Leslie hired by FordBen Leslie has been hired on an interim basis to replace Robin Pemberton as the manufacturer's NASCAR field manager, it was announced today by Greg Specht, Racing Operations Manager, Ford Racing Technology.  Leslie, who served as crew chief for Ricky Rudd on the No. 21 Ford Genuine Parts and Service Taurus for the past year, has a great deal of experience in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, most notably at Roush Racing as crew chief for both Mark Martin and Kurt Busch.  "I'm real excited about this opportunity because it's another aspect of the sport that you don't necessarily see on a day-to-day basis when you're a crew chief," said Leslie.  "This job will be different in the sense that I'll be working more closely with Ford and NASCAR on various issues, but it will still be the same as far as having the same goals of winning and contending for championships.  The good thing about that is I'll be helping all of the Ford teams try to achieve that instead of just one." Ford PR
08/18/04
NASCAR
Cingular Wireless and RCR announce partnership Cingular Wireless and RCR announce partnershipCingular Wireless and Richard Childress Racing today announced a partnership allowing Cingular customers access to the RCR Report. The report contains team and driver news, including Robby Gordon, who drives the No. 31 Cingular Wireless Chevy on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. Additionally, Cingular customers can now receive NASCAR.com To Go, which provides NASCAR updates, on their phones Cingular Wireless
08/18/04
champcar
Champ Car attendance exceeds 1 million already Champ Car attendance exceeds 1 million alreadyAfter 9 of 16 races the 2004 Champ Car series attendance is already over the one million people mark.  5 of 9 races have seen the attendance mark exceed 110,000.  The biggest losers?  The ovals.....yet some people think Champ Car needs to keep them.  The series has easily exceeded 2 million annual attendees in recent years, but this year's short 15-race schedule may make that difficult, though there are some big races yet to run.
08/18/04
Tuner/Drifting
Tuner scene rolls into Mid-Ohio Tuner scene rolls into Mid-OhioThe downtown auto scene, highlighted by sport compact cars and bumping stereo systems, makes its way off of the city streets and into Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend for the first-ever Unlimited Audio and Accessories presents the Triple Crown Tuner Challenge in Lexington, Ohio, August 21-22.

The Unlimited Audio and Accessories presents the Triple Crown Tuner Challenge is a two-day car show featuring the hottest custom-tuned street cars from across the Midwest.  Placed in different classes, cars like the Honda Civic Si and Acura RSX Type-S will be grouped together to compete in three separate categories - speed, style and sound - to judge the complete car. The overall winning driver will be crowned "King of the Streets." The "style" portion of the show will be sanctioned and judged by the National Custom Car Association (NCCA), with the "sound" element judged by the International Audio Sound Challenge Association (IASCA). Both organizations are considered the premier adjudicators in their respective categories.

In the quest to challenge the driver as much as the car, the "speed" portion will consist of two driving competitions on the 2.4-mile, 15-turn road course. The first will be a straight-line start-and-stop race, the second an autocross-type maneuverability course. These events will be promoted by Racers Against Street Racing (RASR), an organization comprised of automobile manufacturing and racing industry leaders who are committed to promoting a safe alternative to illegal street racing.

Motorcycle stunt shows, a drifting exhibition, and a vast manufacturer's midway highlight the weekend's activities.  Those wishing to participate may register their hot ride in the speed or style competition for just $30 on-site, including admission into the weekend's event. Those wishing to participate in the speed portion of the weekend may do so for a cost of $75, which includes participation in all three portions of Unlimited Audio and Accessories presents the Triple Crown Tuner Challenge plus two weekend admissions. Mid-Ohio PR

08/18/04
Industry News
Senior Citizen Beats the Law Senior Citizen Beats the LawA senior citizen in Florida bought a brand new Mercedes convertible. He took off down the road, flooring it to 80 mph, enjoying the wind blowing through what little hair he had left on his head.

"This is great," he thought as he roared down I-75.  He pushed the pedal to the metal even more.  Then he looked in his rear view mirror only to see a highway patrol trooper behind him, blue lights flashing and siren blaring.

"I can get away from him with no problem," he thought as he tromped it harder, flying down the road at over 100 mph; then 110, 120 mph.

Suddenly he thought, "What am I doing?  I'm too old for this kind of thing." Pulling over to the side of the road he waited for the trooper to catch up with him.

The trooper pulled in behind the Mercedes and walked up to the man. "Sir," he said, looking at his watch.  "My shift ends in 15 minutes and today is Friday.  If you can give me a reason that I've never heard before why you were driving that fast, I'll let it go."

The man looked up at the trooper and said, "Years ago my wife ran off with a Florida state trooper, and I thought you were bringing her back."

Tipping his hat the trooper replied, "Sir, have a real nice day."

08/18/04
champcar
Champ Car Drivers Nominated for Premios Fox Sports Champ Car Drivers Nominated for Premios Fox SportsWhen the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford heads south of the border, the Mexican-born drivers naturally get all the hype during the race weekend.  In December, two Champ Car pilots have the opportunity to stand out amongst all Latin American Motor Sport Drivers in the world.   The Second Annual Premios Fox Sports will be celebrated in Miami Beach, Florida on December 15, 2004.  There are twelve categories in which Latin American athletes and personalities will be honored for their achievements in their respective sports as well as their contributions to the community.  In the midst of five Latin Americans that were nominated for the category of “Outstanding Latin American Motor Sport Driver”, two of them currently drive for the Champ Car World Series. 

Michel Jourdain Jr., who has competed in the Champ Car World Series for eight years after debuting at the fond age of 19, was the first Mexican in the series to earn a podium finish on home soil.  He scored the first two wins of his Champ Car career during the 2003 season finishing a career-best third in the series.  He joined rookie team RuSPORT for the 2004 campaign handing them their first podium in only their third race competing in Champ Car by finishing third in Milwaukee.  

Mario Dominguez shares the honors with Jourdain after making a name for himself during his rookie season.  Winning his first Champ Car career race at Surfers Paradise, he was recognized as the 2002 Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year.  He led his Herdez Competition Team to their first 1-2 finish in 2003 with a victory in Miami.  This season, he set a new record for a Mexican-born driver in The Champ Car World Series by putting together eight consecutive top-ten finishes.  

Rounding out the Motor Sport Driver category is 1999 Series Champion Juan Pablo Montoya who now drives in Formula 1, José María López a pilot in the F3000 Series, and Jimmy Morales from the Grand American Racing Series.

The Premios Fox Sports is the only televised event of its kind that is celebrated through all of the Americas in order to award the best Latin-American athletes that reside both within and outside the United States.  This award ceremony will be televised in the United States through Fox Sports en Español which will reach more than 6.3 million households and through Fox Sports Latin America for the rest of the Spanish-speaking Americas which covers more than 13.8 million households.

08/18/04
champcar
Champ Car World Series Themed Soft Zones Receives Positive Response Champ Car World Series Themed Soft Zones Receives Positive ResponseLimelight Media Group, Inc of Memphis, TN presented the first themed soft zone for review to Champ Car World Series at the Centrix Financial Denver Grand Prix held on August 15 in Denver, CO.  The Themed Soft Zone is located at FlatIron Crossing Mall in Broomfield, CO.     "This first installation was a beta test for our company to determine not only proper mechanics but also evaluate the value added benefit for Champ Car and our sponsors.  The evaluation exceeded our expectations.  With a few minor adjustments, we are now preparing for our next installation in Las Vegas which will coincide with the Sept 24-25 Race Event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Our goal is to eventually install 37 mall locations with Champ Car and project completion by March 2005.  Champ Car has been a wonderful client in this endeavor and we eagerly look forward to the continuing and growing relationship," stated David V. Lott, President and CEO of Limelight Media Group.     The Champ Car Themed Soft Zone is an extension of the company's vision to expand its captive audience network into high traffic retail locations as well as provide Champ Car with the ability to reach a new audience for its sport. The Zone displays current and historical race events, Champ Car video, sponsor brand messages and other entertainment content in high definition.  As previously reported, the Champ Car Themed Soft Zones feature attractive seating and surroundings that reflect the Champ Car Theme.  The focal point of each area is a full multimedia island display with plasma screens presenting video content and advertising messages.  Each zone also contains an interactive module that enables sponsors to provide promotional information to patrons visiting the locations.  Limelight intends to schedule monthly events surrounding the Zones to further attract attention.
08/18/04
nascar
Michael "Fatback" McSwain joins Wood Bros. Michael "Fatback" McSwain joins Wood Bros.Michael "Fatback" McSwain has joined  Wood Brothers Racing to take over crew chief duties on the #21 Ford Genuine Parts and Service Ford Taurus and driver Ricky Rudd.  The announcement was made today by Wood Brothers Racing co-owner Eddie Wood.   McSwain replaces Ben Leslie, who accepted a position with Ford Racing Technology earlier today.  McSwain will assume the crew chief duties on the Ford Genuine Parts and Service Taurus at Bristol Motor Speedway for the Sharpie 500.  Rudd and McSwain have three wins and four poles together.  Michael went to work for Ricky at Rudd Performance Motorsports in May of 1999.  When Ricky sold his team and joined Robert Yates Racing (RYR) in 2000, McSwain followed.  The pairing won two poles that year - Las Vegas and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.   In 2001 they won their third pole and first race together in June at Pocono International Raceway, and a victory at Richmond followed in September.  In 2002 they won again at Infineon Raceway.  At the end of the season both parted company with RYR, with Ricky moving to Wood Brothers Racing and McSwain becoming Bobby Labonte's crew chief at Joe Gibbs Racing. 
08/18/04
f1
USGP shows the way - Not USGP shows the way - NotUPDATE A reader writes, I know there's many Canadians reading your site, and I may not be the only one pointing that out, but the Canadian Grand Prix had pit walk-thrus for the public on the Wednesday before the race long before the USGP did.  I don't know exactly when they started that, but they were doing this over 5 years ago.  In the last couple of years, it wasn't too popular because of all the shields the teams were putting in front of garage doors, which prompted the F1 officials to change the rules and get rid of those shields.  Perhaps someone else from Montreal could remember when this special day was first introduced to the public.  I have to admit I don't know for sure. I've started marshalling at the GP 8 years ago, and the first year I was there, they had that day planned on the Wednesday (not Thursday because they normally test the pace cars and do track inspections). Patrice Maltais  Another reader writes, Montreal had that for years and in 2000 (I think) Ferrari closed its garage to the public, scared of spying.  The year after we did not have the pit walk thru. It came back last year. Victor Beaudoin, Canada 08/18/04 The USGP was the first to have a "pit walk thru" for F1 race fans two years ago and now the German GP and Hungary GP had one for the first time this year.  It is about time F1 starts to provide more access for the fans.
08/18/04
Formula GP2
Formula GP2 car makes test debut Formula GP2 car makes test debutRenault Formula 1 test driver Franck Montagny has concluded a successful five-day test of the car at Paul Ricard in France last week.   “We’re not running full revs on the engine yet, so we’re probably lapping around 10 seconds off the pace of an F1 car, rather than six or seven, which is what it will be,” he said.  “The biggest difference to an F1 car is in the tires – they are just so hard compared to F1 rubber.”   Montagny will continue to be the sole development driver on the project until the car is ready for delivery to the teams, which is scheduled for October. Prospective entrants will be able  to see the car in action at Paul Ricard early next month. Test Photos
08/18/04
f1
Patrick Friesacher to make F1 debut Patrick Friesacher to make F1 debutFormula 3000 frontrunner Patrick Friesacher is set for his maiden Formula 1 test with Minardi in the near future. The Austrian won last weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix support event.
08/18/04
f1
Nothing gets done in China w/o Beijing’s approval Nothing gets done in China w/o Beijing’s approvalRecall we wrote that nothing gets done in China with Beijing's (home of the Central government) approval, and that there is a big rivalry between Shanghai (Commercial Center) and Beijing (Central Government).  In the latest example, Autosport reports that organizers of the Chinese Grand Prix suffered a setback last week when the government stepped in to prevent the media applying for visas to cover the event. Mao Xiaohan, president of the Shanghai circuit, said: “We have, together with the Shanghai Foreign Office, sent a letter to the Beijing authorities to urge them to revert to the original procedures; we are hoping for a swift answer.”
08/18/04
Industry News
GM to build Cadillacs in China GM to build Cadillacs in ChinaGeneral Motors Corp. said Monday it will start making Cadillacs in China this year, joining a race by foreign luxury car brands to sell to the country's newly rich.  The first Cadillac CTS sedans are to roll into showrooms by spring, GM said. It said Cadillac will sell imported models while it prepares to assemble cars at the company's Shanghai factory using imported components.  The announcement is a milestone in China's evolution into a luxury car market. European brands such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz already operate assembly lines in the country, while Ferrari, Bentley and others have set up nationwide sales networks. Ford Motor Co. is also aggressively ramping up production and announced plans last month to build a third factory in China.  Both imported and Chinese-made Cadillacs will sell for 518,000 yuan ($63,170) -- more than double the car's U.S. base price of $31,345, GM said.  GM didn't give a reason for the higher price, but heavier tariffs and material costs in China make most cars far more expensive then they would be elsewhere.  Cadillac recently opened its first Chinese showrooms in Beijing, Shanghai and two other cities. Seven additional outlets are due to open by the end of the year.  Cadillac's arrival comes amid an aggressive expansion by GM as it challenges Volkswagen for dominance in China, the world's fastest-growing auto market.  GM, the world's biggest automaker, announced in June it would invest $3 billion in China over the next three years in facilities that will more than double its manufacturing capacity.  The company is also moving its Asia-Pacific headquarters from Singapore to Shanghai -- a move GM said reflects China's importance to its future growth.  GM said it also plans to introduce new vehicles and an auto financing venture with its Chinese partner, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. AP Story
08/18/04
nascar
Kyle Busch fined Kyle Busch finedKyle Busch, a 19-year-old Las Vegas native and a rookie in the NASCAR Busch Series, was fined $100 by Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Tuesday for his role in a brief skirmish Saturday night after competing in the NASCAR Racing Series.   Busch, who left the Legend Cars Pro/Master feature race early with mechanical problems, waited for race winner Spencer Clark, 17, to arrive in the post-race inspection area of the Bullring.   Reports vary as to whether Busch tried to punch Clark, grab Clark by his driver's suit or was just pointing toward him as Busch leaned into the car to confront Clark, who lives in North Las Vegas with his family.   The incident was quickly stopped and Busch was escorted out of the tech area by track security.   Busch, who resides in Concord, N.C., has won four Busch Series races for Hendricks Motorsports this year and is second in the standings. A Hendricks team official would not allow Busch to comment on the incident.   According to a speedway statement, Busch was fined for "conduct and actions detrimental to the betterment of the sport."   Clark was not fined. But speedway general manager Chris Powell told Clark's father, T.J. Clark, that the family would not be permitted to compete at the speedway until it issues an apology for comments in a news release it had distributed Monday that contained what Powell called "misinformation" about the incident. Las Vegas Review Journal
08/18/04
champcar
Push-to-Pass awesome Push-to-Pass awesomeUPDATE Some excerpt quotes from Denver on push-to-pass:  On his pass of Dominguez: "I used the push to pass," Bourdais related. "He used it two seconds later, so I had kind of a jump. I was alongside him. He squeezed me in the braking zone and made the turn when I was still there. I tried the curb, but there was really nothing I could do and we had contact. I was very, very lucky to stay on the racetrack. I thought it was pretty much over because the steering wheel was turned, the front suspension was bent and the steering wheel was not straight anymore. The next two laps were difficult."   "Once I got to fourth, I saw I was coming back on Bruno quite quickly and I thought it was possible to win," Bourdais said after career victory number eight. "Push to pass, obviously helped me big-time and I think that was probably the best street race we have seen in quite a long time now."  [Editor's Note: For those of you who might be worried that push-to-pass will go away if Champ Car switches to a normally aspirated V10 for its next generation Champ Car, think again.  The company that has proposed a 3.5 L V10 (and F1-style car) as a replacement for the current Champ Car includes a push-to-pass feature that does not use turbo boost to provide the extra 50 HP.] 08/15/04 A reader writes, Dear AutoRacing1.com, I want to personally apologize to Mark Cipolloni because I really crticized him on the discussion forums 2 years ago when he first proposed the push-to-pass button for Champ Car. At the time I thought it was a gimmick. The amount of passing I have seen on the track this year compared to previous years has been nothing short of amazing. They were even passing in Denver!  Mr. Cipolloni, thank you for all you do for Champ Car. Keep up the awesome work. Peter Frye
08/18/04
champcar
Tracy loses his wheels Tracy loses his wheelsPaul Tracy can’t seem to get a break from Champ Car officials and now from the Vegas locals. Recently someone broke into his Las Vegas property (which is in a gated community) and stole the $15,000 wheels off his Hummer.
08/18/04
nascar
Is NASCAR good for Nextel? Is NASCAR good for Nextel?Is the Nextel sponsorship for NASCAR paying off?  Early signs say yes.  Nextel recently reported a 4-fold increase in second-quarter profits to $1.3 billion, and adding more than a half-million new subscribers to its wireless-phone service.  We wonder how many of them were NASCAR fans.
08/18/04
irl
Indy 500 winner to make appearance Indy 500 winner to make appearanceChicagoland Speedway officials announced today that IRL® IndyCar® Series driver and 2004 Indianapolis 500 Champion Buddy Rice will be the special guest for the first-ever Chicagoland Speedway Promotional Karting Grand Prix on Monday, August 30 at Chicago Indoor Racing in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. This event is being held to promote the upcoming Sunday, September 12 Delphi Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.

Only 40 promotional contest winners will be able take part in this exclusive tournament-style karting event on August 30. Each promotional contest winner will be racing to win the "Delphi Indy 300 Experience of a Lifetime", along with several other prizes. The first place winner of the race will receive an honorary pit crew member position with Buddy Rice during the Sunday, September 12 Delphi Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. In addition to taking part in the Chicagoland Speedway Promotional Karting Grand Prix, each contest winner (and one guest) will also be able to attend a private meet-and-greet with Rahal Letterman Racing’s driver Buddy Rice the morning of the August 30 event.

08/18/04
champcar
Denver race attendance up 25% over 2003 Denver race attendance up 25% over 2003UPDATE This Rocky Mountain News article says, Denver's fledgling Grand Prix auto race posted its best-ever finish last weekend, surging past 2003 attendance and bolstering its potential to succeed in a city not known for legions of racing fans.   Strong attendance at the event, which has struggled to grab a foothold here and almost folded last year, helps ensure it will be back again in 2005, race officials said Monday. Tickets for next year's race will go on sale in several weeks.   Race officials said an estimated 112,000 people filtered into this year's event, held Friday through Sunday outside the Pepsi Center.

That compares with 106,000 in its first year and just 68,000 in 2003, when a heavy rainstorm and competition from several other events held simultaneously in Denver kept people away.  It's the first time race officials have released attendance numbers since the event started.   Much of the attendance boost this year, officials said, came from people attracted to some of the nonracing aspects of the event.

Organizers credit the attendance surge to several changes:

• Perhaps the most beneficial one was moving the date away from Labor Day, when the race had to compete against other events including the Taste of Colorado and the college football matchup between Colorado State University and the University of Colorado just down the street at Invesco Field.

• Organizers also spent more money promoting the race and made on-track changes - such as moving the start/finish line to provide fans with better views.

"We set out with two goals in mind: improve the competitive nature of the race itself and increase fan enjoyment," Frew said. "We think we accomplished both."  The race sold out all 34 of its corporate suites. Officials also said club packages, which included private receptions inside the Pepsi Center, also sold well.

It remains to be seen whether racing will carve a niche in Denver, though.  "This is a market that has so many events going on," said Rob Johnson, president of the Pikes Peak International Raceway, which runs rival Indy Racing League races, including one this weekend. "That means you have to give people all the more reason to come to yours."   Some who follow racing doubt the ability of the Grand Prix of Denver to survive. They speculate that the Indy Racing League might merge with the series, which could lead to the cancellation of some races.   "If somebody comes in and decides which races are attractive from a sponsorship and ticket sales standpoint, the question is how does Denver stand up to other markets?" said Steve Sander, president of Sander/GBSM, a Denver sports marketing firm. "I would be hard-pressed to believe that Denver is as strong as some of the other markets."

"This by far rivals, or is better than, any of the races that we put on," driver Paul Tracy said Sunday after taking second place. "It's gotten better every year, and the fans love it."
Grand Prix of Denver attendance estimates
2004   112,000
2003   68,000
2002   106,000

08/17/04 Well before the cars and stars of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford arrived in Denver for last week’s Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver, word had gotten out that many of the world’s finest drivers were heading to town to compete on the streets of the Mile High City.  Banners, flags and promotions of all sizes touted the arrival of the Champ Car World Series and the fans responded in kind, streaming through the gates for last week’s three-day racing event. The three days of racing attracted more than 112,000 fans that came out to see the top open-wheel racing series in North America.  This year’s attendance was an increase of over 25,000 from the 2003 Denver event and was the highest in the three years since the Champ Car World Series returned to the Colorado capital.   “Everyone from Centrix, the Grand Prix of Denver staff and Champ Car really worked together to make this a first-class event,” said Champ Car President and CEO Dick Eidswick. “Everywhere you went in the city, you saw some indication that Champ Car was in town and it showed in the crowds we had all weekend.”  The Denver attendance pushed the Champ Car World Series over the one million mark in event attendance for the 2004 season after just nine races, and marked the fifth time in nine races that the series has drawn over 110,000 fans to the race track.   The series will head to Canada for its next event, traveling August 27-29 to the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve for the Molson Indy Montreal, held on the same 2.709-mile road course that hosted this year’s Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix. Qualifying will take place for the Champ Cars on Friday and Saturday with Sunday’s 69-lap race beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.
08/18/04
nascar
Bill France Jr. to be honored Bill France Jr. to be honoredThe North Carolina Motorsports Association announced Tuesday that Bill France Jr., who served for many years as NASCAR's president, will be honored in "An Evening with Bill France Jr." Oct. 21 in Charlotte.  "The NCMA has developed this event to honor a man that truly put NASCAR and stock car racing on the map," said NCMA Chairman Richard Petty. "Without Bill Jr., many of us wouldn't be doing what we are doing today."  Wachovia Corporation will serve as presenting sponsor of the gala invitation-only event, in which guests will dine and pay tribute to one of racing's most influential figures.
08/18/04
grandam
Daytona Prototype points race tightens Daytona Prototype points race tightensWith three quarters of the 2004 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series season now in the books, the chase for the Daytona Prototype drivers championship has tightened considerably following the Sahlen’s 200 at The Glen.

After failing to finish on the podium for the first time in the last six races, No. 01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley co-drivers Scott Pruett and Max Papis saw their lead shrink to 19 points (244-225) over No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley driver Wayne Taylor. While the No. 01 teammates finished fifth at The Glen, Taylor moved back into the third in the driver standings following a third place run.

CITGO Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac Crawford driver Andy Wallace fell one spot to fourth after he and teammate Tony Stewart suffered a flat tire on their No. 20 machine early in the Sahlen’s 200 and finished eighth. Wallace now leads Didier Theys by 15 points (219-204) following the Belgian’s victory alongside co-driver Jan Magnussen in the No. 27 Doran-Lista Racing Lexus Doran on Friday.

No. 2 CITGO Howard-Boss Motorsports driver Milka Duno is tied with Taylor's teammate, Max Angelelli, for sixth in the driver standings with 202 points. No. 02 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley driver Jimmy Morales is eighth with 195 points, while 2003 Daytona Prototype champion Terry Borcheller, driver of the No. 54 Kodak Bell Motorsports Pontiac Doran is ninth (194 points). Cort Wagner—who drives the No. 81 Rx.com G&W Motorsports BMW Doran—rounds out the top 10 with 190 points.

The No. 01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing team continues to lead the team standings with a 19-point advantage over the No. 10 SunTrust Racing team (244-225). The No. 2 CITGO Howard-Boss team is third with 210 points. With the win last weekend, Lexus has taken a two-point lead over Pontiac in the engine manufacturer standings (266-264), while Porsche stands third with 196 points. With a victory at Watkins Glen, Doran moved to second in the chassis standings, trailing Riley by 20 points (257-237). Crawford is third with 232 points. 

In the GT driver points race, No. 22 PTG BMW M3 driver Boris Said cut No. 21 PTG driver Bill Auberlen's lead in half with his and co-driver Joey Hand's class victory in the Sahlen's 200. Auberlen finished second and now leads Said by four points (253-249). The Racer's Group No. 66 Porsche GT3 RS co-drivers Ian James, RJ Valentine and Chris Gleason maintained their third-place position with 225 points.

Auberlen's co-driver in the No. 21 machine, Justin Marks, is sixth with 220 markers, while No. 44 Orbit Racing Porsche GT3 RS driver Mike Fitzgerald is seventh (217 points). Kevin Buckler, driver of the No. 67 The Racer's Group Porsche GT3 RS, is eighth with 206 points, and No. 33 Ferrari of Washington Maserati GT drivers Stephen Earle and Emil Assentato are tied for ninth with 193 markers.

The No. 21 PTG team continues to lead in the GT team standings with 253 points. The No. 66 The Racer's Group team ranks second with 229 points and the No. 44 Orbit Racing team is third with 217 points. In the manufacturer standings, BMW leads Porsche by eight points (259-251), while Maserati is third with 198.

Andy Lally and Marc Bunting, co-drivers of the No. 38 TPC Racing Porsche GT3 Cup, increased their Super Grand Sport driver co-points lead to 28 with their second-place finish in the Sahlen's 200. Lally and Bunting have finished on the podium in every race this year, and lead their TPC Racing teammate Michael Levitas, who drives the No. 36 Porsche, 255-227. Following his SGS class win in the Sahlen’s 200 at The Glen, John Littlechild, driver of the No. 37 TPC Racing Porsche, moved to fourth in the class point standings with 225 points. Wayne Nonnamaker, driver of the No. 42 ORISON-Planet Earth Porsche GT3 Cup, is fifth with 215 points.

Joe Nonnamaker, driver of the No. 43 ORISON-Planet Earth Motorsports machine, is sixth with 210 points, followed by No. 47 Michael Baughman Racing Porsche GT3 Cup driver Bob Ward in seventh with 191 markers. Ward’s teammate, Michael Baughman currently stands eighth with 186 points, followed by Levitas' No. 36 co-driver Randy Pobst in ninth with 174 points. Jean-Francois Dumoulin rounds out the top 10 with 170 points.

In the SGS team standings, the No. 38 TPC Racing team ranks first with 255 points with the No. 41 ORISON-Planet Earth team second with 219 markers and the No. 36 TPC Racing team in third with 195. Porsche continues to dominate in the SGS manufacturer race with a 120-point lead over Chevrolet (277-157). Ferrari is third with 42 points.

The next event on the 2004 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series calendar is the Miami 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, September 12. Tickets are currently available by calling 866-409-RACE or by visiting www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.

The Grand American Road Racing Association, which sanctions the Rolex Sports Car Series and the Grand-Am Cup Series, is one of the fastest growing motorsports organizations in the United States.  Established in 1999, Grand American’s stated goal is to bring stability to professional sports car road racing in North America. The 12-race 2004 Rolex Series schedule and the 10-race Grand-Am Cup Series calendars deliver professional sports car racing to many key markets throughout North America in addition to being televised in the United States and Canada on SPEED Channel and distributed globally through ESPN International.  With title sponsorship support from Rolex Watch USA, the Rolex Sports Car Series showcases emerging and legendary drivers from around the globe and thoroughbred racing machines from the industry’s leading constructors and the world’s top automobile manufacturers.  Learn more about Grand American at www.grandamerican.com.

08/18/04
Industry News
Indy track repaving by the numbers Indy track repaving by the numbersNumerical facts about the repaving of the 2.5-mile oval at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a project that started Aug. 9 and is scheduled to be finished Nov. 5:

0: The number of feet of the infield portion of the IMS road course that will be paved. The project only involves repaving of the 2.5-mile IMS oval and warm-up lanes. The infield portion of the road circuit was paved in 1999 and 2000 and does not need resurfacing.
2.5: The number of inches of asphalt from the IMS oval and warm-up lanes that will be milled and replaced with an identical amount of asphalt.
4: The number of days it will take for crews to mill (remove) 2.5 inches of asphalt from the entire IMS oval and warm-up lanes.
14: The width, in feet, of the swath of the asphalt milling machine working this week at IMS.
24: The number of dump truck-driver combinations running in rotation Monday, Aug. 16, the date asphalt removal began at IMS.
45: The speed, in feet per minute, of the asphalt milling machine working this week at IMS. That is a speed of about 0.5 mph.
66: The total number of people who will work on the IMS repaving project, not including dump truck drivers.
89: The number of calendar days before the IMS oval repaving project is expected to be completed. The project started Aug. 9, the day after the 11th Brickyard 400, and is expected to be finished Nov. 5.
1995: The last year the IMS oval was repaved.
18,500: Tons of asphalt that will be laid in two layers during this project.
80,000: Weight of milling machine, in pounds, that's removing asphalt from IMS oval surface.
1,159,362: Number of square feet per layer of paving in this project.
3,200,000: Approximate number of bricks laid down on the track in late 1909, giving the track its venerable nickname, "The Brickyard." This project will not touch the existing bricks remaining under the asphalt surface except for the exposed "Yard of Bricks" at the start-finish line, which will be replaced.

08/18/04
nascar
Earnhardt's Luxury Boat auction Earnhardt's Luxury Boat auctionThe wheels are turning and the big wheels are bidding in the race to win stock car superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s luxury boat. The racing icon will personally hand over the keys to the highest bidder for Earnhardt Jr.’s 2001 Larson Cabrio 330 luxury cruiser, which he has used to entertain business associates, sponsors, friends, and family members.

Fans who do not want to “miss the boat” can bid in the online charity auction through eBay, The World’s Online Marketplace®, at www.ebay.com/dalejrwishboat. Additional information about the event is featured on the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s national Web site at www.wish.org. The charity auction launched at 5 p.m. PST on August 16, 2004, and the checkered flag will drop at 5 p.m. PST on August 26, 2004. Roundtrip airfare for two and two nights’ hotel accommodations will be provided by the Make-A-Wish Foundation to the winner. Bidding starts at $50,000, but the boat has been appraised at more than $118,000.

The winning bidder will meet Dale Earnhardt Jr. at the Celebrity Sports Auction to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Charlotte, N.C., on September 21, 2004, where the superstar will present the keys to the 33-foot cruiser. Tickets to the Celebrity Sports Auction are available at www.celebritysportsauction.comMore....

08/18/04
f1
Latest F1 news in brief Latest F1 news in brief
Liuzzi close to F1 'dream'
'I want to move teams' - Nick Heidfeld
Drivers 'not motivating Williams' - Sam Michael

'Senna' returns to race track
Nose job is 'more efficient' - Theissen
Sato's Honda nearly blew-up again
'Fax Max' with idea to jazz-up F1

'Mini races' make drivers go 'flat out'
'Mini races' not magic solution - teams

McLaren is not a winner - Coulthard
Don't 'panic' about BAR win - Davidson
08/17/04
champcar
Maginot, there’s a better line Maginot, there’s a better lineA reader writes, Dear Autoracing1, I enjoyed Cassio Cortes's article Champ Car and IRL's final Showdown.   However, I hope there is a better historical comparison for OWRS than the Maginot Line, it's from the same era. The Mannerheim Line in Finland and the Winter War. In November 1939, before the German attack on France in 1940, the Soviets, then allied with Germany, attacked Finland. The Finns stood alone, led by Marshal Mannerheim, a former general of the Tsar, unaided except for brave foreign volunteers, especially from neighbouring Sweden. They had no tanks, unlike the Soviets. They adopted cunning booby-traps and devices like the Molotov Cocktail (a Finnish invention) to stop enemy tanks. In the frozen wastes of Finland they fought a war of attrition against massive numerical and material superiority, against an enemy who cared not how much he wasted in his battles, until the scale of the losses led to a truce. Finland survives today, the Soviet Union does not. The land of future Rally Champions (real drivers) triumphed over the land of the Lada. OWRS has no tanks, unlike the IRL and NASCAR.  In this battle, those who will decide will be the fans, and Champ Car has loads of fans, especially in neighbouring Canada and Mexico, and a product that will prevail over the hulking tanks of the oval cartel. We should remember that sheer size alone will not win battles, skill also counts.   If OWRS manages it right, Champ Car can survive. The IRL has declared "war" on Champ Car, but no one is turning up to fight it. Ed McFarlane, Goadby, England
08/17/04
irl
IRL Weekly Teleconference IRL Weekly TeleconferenceThis afternoon's teleconference will feature three guests, P.J. Chesson, a two-time winner in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series; Adrian Fernandez, owner/driver in the IRL IndyCar Series; and Robert Clarke, vice president and general manager of Honda Performance Development. We'll start the call with P.J. Welcome, good afternoon, P.J. Transcript
08/17/04
grandam
Fittipaldi back behind wheel Fittipaldi back behind wheelRoad Racer Christian Fittipaldi of Sao Paulo, Brazil will be teaming up with Bell Motorsports for the last 4 races of the 2004 season. The open-wheel veteran will be teaming up with Terry Borcheller and Bell Motorsport/Feeds The Need Racing - Kodak Easy Share Pontiac/Doran Daytona Prototype in the Rolex Grand American Sportscar Series.  "I'm happy to be racing again with the team that we won the 24hrs of Daytona with this year. I hope that Bell Motorsports, Terry and myself can put a string of 4 strong races together, so that the team is in a good position for 2005." said Fittipaldi.  Bell Motorsports won the Rolex Grand-Am Championship last year and had a very strong start to the 2004 season by winning the 24 hour Daytona in February.  Fittipaldi has enjoyed success in open-wheel racing, winning the F3000 Championship in 1991 then moving to a three season stint in Formula One. Two victories and over 20 podiums in the CART Championship Series and a second place finish in the 1995 Indy 500. Winner of two famous 24 hour endurance races, Spa-Francorchamps and Daytona. He switched to stock cars in 2003, driving the legendary #43 and the #44 Dodge Intrepid for Petty Enterprises in selected Winston Cup events.  The next race will be held on Homestead-Miami Speedway, Sept. 10-12, for the Miami 250.
08/17/04
NASCAR
Gordon could clinch a spot in The Chase at Michigan Gordon could clinch a spot in The Chase at MichiganIf Jeff Gordon wins the GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, it would mark his 70th career NASCAR Cup victory and the seventh time he has won six or more races in a season during his 12-year career. It could also guarantee him a spot in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup "Chase for the Championship." Gordon, driver of the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet, sits second in the point standings and trails teammate Jimmie Johnson by only 40 points. More importantly, Gordon holds a 471-point advantage over 11th place. If Gordon pads his lead on 11th by 99 and exits Michigan with at least a 570-point cushion over the position, he will be one of the 10 drivers battling for the championship during the final 10 races. If he leaves Michigan with at least a 468-point lead over 11th – which he is guaranteed to do if he wins the event – he would only need to start the next three races to assure himself a spot in the "Chase."

"That's good to know, but not something we'll concentrate on," Gordon said. "Keeping track of other teams and how they're doing is a distraction. We need to stay focused on what we can control, and that is our team and getting the best possible finish that we can. Right now, we're only 40 points out of the lead. If we make the ‘Chase,' we'll be one of 10 teams within 45 points of the lead."
08/17/04
f1
Theissen hails FW26 modifications Theissen hails FW26 modificationsThe BMW WilliamsF1 Team debuted a new aero package at the Hungarian Grand Prix. According to BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen, it was a success. With Juan Pablo Montoya finishing fourth and Antonio Pizzonia seventh, Mario Theissen hailed the modifications a success. "I'm very satisfied with the new parts," he says. "One has to consider we haven't been able to test them on the track due to the August testing ban, but only in the windtunnel.  We are confident that the measures taken are a step in the right direction," Theissen says. "The old front design didn't offer enough room for development, which is why we decided to go for a change. Now we are hoping to have a solid basis for the final five races of the season."
08/17/04
nascar
Two more years for Rusty, no Jamie replacement Two more years for Rusty, no Jamie replacementMiller Lite driver Rusty Wallace told Claire B. Lang from XM Satellite NASCAR Radio today: "There is no source. I'll make it real clear today I'm glad I'm doing this. Felix Sabates and Chip Ganassi are one of my personal friends. Those guys are great people. I would never do anything like that even if anybody on my team would want me to do that. I'm honored enough that Chip was able to let Jamie drive for me and no way would I go back down the road and be trying to steal Jamie from Chip or Felix. And that's just the way it is so all the internet reports everybody can go ahead and update your stuff from what I just said. Jamie's got a contract with Felix for the next two to three years at least. Now once his contract runs out yea maybe we'd be interested then but no way in the world I'm gonna get in no bidding match to try to steal Jamie away from those guys I just wouldn't do that. Felix and Chip are just too doggone good of friends of mine." Rusty also confirmed today on a Dodge News Conference Call that right now his plans are to drive the #2 car for a couple of years and says their stable of drivers are safe right now. XM Satellite Radio Channel 144
08/17/04
NASCAR
Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL CupAs of right now Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings, only 40 points ahead of teammate Jeff Gordon. Only the top 10 drivers, and drivers within 400 points of the leader, will qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. Following Watkins Glen, a shakeup of the standings included Jeremy Mayfield moving into the all-important 10th place in the point standings, while Ryan Newman, who was 10th coming into Watkins Glen, fell to 12th. Mayfield's teammate, Kasey Kahne, is only 24 points back of 10th place, while Newman is now 29 back of 10th. Mark Martin, who posted a strong third-place finish at Watkins Glen, moved up to 13th, 72 points behind Mayfield. Only four races remain before the top 10 will be decided by the close of the September 11 race at Richmond International Raceway.
08/17/04
Legends Cars
Legends race cancelled Legends race cancelledThe OCTOBER 9 Legends Car race at the California Speedway has been cancelled. The Legend Cars Nationals in Las Vegas are on that date, and many Irwindale competitors wanted to attend that event.
08/17/04
nascar
Henderson named Crew Chief for No. 45 Dodge Henderson named Crew Chief for No. 45 DodgeVeteran mechanic Bill Henderson has been named crew chief of the #45 Georgia-Pacific/Brawny Dodge of NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Kyle Petty.  Petty made the announcement today.  Henderson, 37, a native of Brookfield, Mass., now living in Mooresville, N.C., has been involved in NASCAR’s highest levels of competition since 1999.  Henderson joins Petty Enterprises from MBV Motorsports where he served as car chief for the #10 car of driver Scott Riggs.   “We believe that Bill’s talents and capabilities will immediately help us on the track.  He brings years of experience and new ideas to our teams.  We believe that Bill has the knowledge and tools to take full advantage of our resources,” said Petty, CEO of Petty Enterprises.  Henderson is familiar with the crew chief role.  Henderson served as crew chief for the #12 FitzBradshaw NASCAR Busch Series team in 2003 for drivers Kerry Earnhardt and Tim Fedewa.  Henderson also has past experience working at Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, serving as the car chief for Jason Leffler.   “In the short time that I’ve been here I have been very impressed,” said Henderson. “Petty Enterprises is very organized and one of the most professional organizations in Nextel Cup racing.  I am excited to work for this Georgia-Pacific/Brawny team, not only for the rest of this season, but in the future as well.”
08/17/04
irl
Mo Nunn goes Chesson squared Mo Nunn goes Chesson squaredJames Chesson will join his brother P.J. in the IRL Menards Infiniti Pro SeriesT, as Mo Nunn Racing will enter a second car in the series beginning with the Chicagoland 100 on Sept. 11, Nunn Motorsports Inc. announced Aug. 17.

Chesson, who will drive the No. 67 Mo Nunn Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, turned his first laps in a Menards Infiniti Pro Series car Aug. 16 at Kentucky Speedway.

"We're so excited to be in a position to expand our young program," said team owner/manager Kathryn Nunn. "As we looked to the future, this was the next logical step. We've had the pleasure of getting to know James quite well over the last few months and are thrilled to have him join the team. Both brothers have uniquely different personalities, but are equally colorful both on and off the track."

Chesson, 23, became involved in racing at an early age and raced in the USAC Sprint and Midget Series, before following his brother's footsteps into the World of Outlaws. The New Jersey native most recently earned podium finishes at Phoenix International Raceway and Indianapolis Raceway Park, on the way to be being voted the 2002 National Midget Rookie of the Year.

After taking some time off from racing, Chesson did not have any immediate plans to return to the track this season.

"To be honest, I never had any intention of racing this year, but after watching P.J. over the last five races and seeing the success that the team has enjoyed, I got the itch to get back on track," said Chesson. "I've truly enjoyed the chance to get to know both Kathryn and Morris (Nunn) and jumped at the opportunity to be a part of such a professional team and organization. I'm pumped to go racing again with my brother. If it wasn't for him, I would not be back out there this year."

After earning two victories in only five starts in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series, P.J. Chesson is excited at the opportunity to make this a family affair.

"It's awesome to be back racing with my little brother," said Chesson, driver of the No. 76 Mo Nunn Racing entry. "James has been so supportive this year as I embarked on this new adventure with Kathryn and Mo Nunn Racing. Beyond the thrill of competing again together, it will be great to have a teammate that I can work together with out there on the track."

08/17/04
champcar
Bridgestone renews as race sponsor Bridgestone renews as race sponsorThe Bridgestone Potenza brand will once again be emblazoned on the tire bridge and other prominent locations around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, as Bridgestone will serve as the title sponsor and official tire of the Bridgestone Grand Prix of Monterey Sept. 10-12.  The Bridgestone Grand Prix of Monterey is headlined by Round 11 of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford, marking the 22nd successive year of Champ Car racing on the Monterey Peninsula.  “We love the combination of the world’s leading tire manufacturer with one of the world’s most challenging racing venues,” said Gill Campbell, general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “Bridgestone has always been an active sponsor, providing the Grand Prix with a strong retail promotion via their network of Bridgestone dealers.  But this year they’ve become even more involved with the Bridgestone Champ Car Night street party on Friday night of race week.”  Bridgestone Champ Car Night is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 10, from 5 to 9 p.m., and will take place on Alvarado Street in downtown Monterey, adjacent to Fisherman’s Wharf.  The fan-friendly event features driver appearances and autograph sessions, live music, race car displays and interactive elements, and other Bridgestone Grand Prix of Monterey-related entertainment. 

Area Bridgestone retailers also plan a popular promotion leading up to Grand Prix weekend that will offer fans a voucher book that includes a coupon redeemable at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for free admission on Friday, Sept. 10 and another coupon redeemable at the track for a free Bridgestone Motorsport cap.  The book, free at participating Bridgestone retailers beginning Sept. 1 while supplies last, also includes coupons good for discounts on products and services at Bridgestone outlets.  “The Bridgestone Grand Prix of Monterey is a marquee event for our company,” said Al Speyer, executive director of Motorsports for Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC. “Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is known for being one of the most unique circuits anywhere and Bridgestone is proud to be associated with the event once again. The Monterey Peninsula market is important to us as well, and the Bridgestone store and dealer network in the area is showing its support for the event with its ‘free Friday’ coupon book promotion. Best of all, everyone at the track on race weekend will only need look at the famous Laguna Seca tire bridge to know who the Grand Prix of Monterey title sponsor and official tire is.”

08/17/04
champcar
Guy Smith still optimistic Guy Smith still optimisticGuy Smith remains upbeat despite suffering his first Champ Car retirement at Denver.  The former Le Mans winner, in his second race for Rocketsports Racing after starting the season with Audi in sportscars, was forced out of the Denver race when he was unable to restart his car after an accident.  Smith said: "Despite the finish, it was a fair weekend. It was my second outing with the Rocketsports crew and a first for me on a Champ Car street course.  "I was pushing to keep up and locked the front wheels in turn five.  I overshot the corner and couldn't get the car started again once it stalled.  I was disappointed not to finish but gained a lot from the experience, which I'll build on and put to use in Montreal."  Justin Wilson lost ground on AJ Allmendinger in the race for rookie of the year honors, the pair finishing seventh and fifth respectively as Sebastien Bourdais won the race. Sporting Life
08/17/04
renault2000
Renault to double-up at Homestead Renault to double-up at HomesteadThe next race meeting for the North American Formula Renault 2000 Championship, at Homestead Miami Speedway on September 10-12, will feature a two-race format. The extra race, with the series’ exciting standing starts, will serve as round eight of the 2004 championship as the series visits the Miami market for the first time since the Formula Renault Winter Invitational.
 
"We think that adding a second race to the weekend will help the drivers gain that much more experience in race conditions, which is vital as a developmental level series,” said Team and Driver relations Manager Allen Berg. “The added race will give our drivers time in those high-pressure situations, as well as improving their racecraft, so we are pretty excited about the Homestead weekend. We’d also like to thank our partners at Grand American for working with us to make this possible.”
 
The first race of the weekend is scheduled to get started at 5pm on Saturday, with the second race making its standing start at 3pm on Sunday. Championship points leader Juan Martin Ponte will be looking to extend his lead, but with only thirty points separating the next five drivers in the championship, the races should both prove very exciting once again. Miami resident Ricardo Imery of Venezuela, who was second in the points standings after the Toronto round, will also be looking forward to racing in front of his home crowd as he works to regain spots in the championship.
08/17/04
nascar
28th straight sellout at MIS 28th straight sellout at MISMichigan International Speedway President Brett Shelton announced today that all reserved seats for Sunday’s GFS Marketplace 400 have been sold. The only tickets remaining are for infield General Admission. With the sellout, MIS extends its streak of sold out NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races to 28 consecutive races dating back to June 1991.   “We are certainly blessed with great fans and we would like to thank them yet again for our 28th consecutive NASCAR NEXTEL Cup sellout,” said MIS President Brett Shelton. “It speaks volumes about the passion of MIS race fans.”  Great seats are still available for Saturday’s NASCAR Busch Series Cabela’s 250, featuring the AOL for Broadband post-race concert featuring Cledus T. Judd, as well as Friday’s AAA Pole Day. Eleven NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers are expected to compete, including Rusty Wallace’s first Busch Series race since 1997, Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, Michael Waltrip, Greg Biffle, Robby Gordon, Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray.   The AOL for Broadband post-race concert featuring Cledus T. Judd, Driving Sideways and The Hype will follow approximately one-hour after the completion of the Cabela’s 250 in the Water Tower Lot across from the Speedway’s Administration building outside turn 1 of the track.   To purchase tickets for the Cabela’s 250, log on to www.MISpeedway.com, or call the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010. The MIS ticket hotline is open from 9:00A.M. – 9 P.M., seven days a week throughout the upcoming race weekend.
08/17/04
cartatlantic
champcar
Toyota Atlantic champ needs some assurances Toyota Atlantic champ needs some assurancesA reader writes, Dear AutoRacing1.com, I really enjoyed Cassio Cortes's article on the Class of 2004  top Toyota Atlantic drivers.  There is an easy solution to making the top support series in Champ Car popular again, and flush with sponsorship.  One of the OWRS owners should field a third car each year for the Toyota Atlantic Series (or whatever replaces it)  champion from the previous year.  It would be a guaranteed full-season ride.  After that the driver is on their own.  With the spot guaranteed, young drivers from around the world will be clamoring to get into the series and shoot for that guaranteed Champ Car seat.  Collectively these drivers will bring more sponsorship money into the paddock than it costs an OWRS owner to field the one extra car. None of the support series in Europe guarantee the champion a one year ride in F1 (simply too expensive), so drivers in Europe will stand up and take notice. Bruce Burns, Phoenix, AZ  Dear Bruce,  We were discussing that very topic this past weekend.  Could not agree more.  However, recall our recent article on the need for consolidation in open wheel racing because there simply are too many series.  Hence, if Toyota is not going to step up to save the Toyota Atlantic Series, then Ford (which owns Mazda) should move the Star Mazda Series under Champ Car, or, if rumors can be believed, the Renault V6 series should be moved in.  The Star Mazda Series is flush with cars, but they are not the size and HP we think the top support series should be.  That is where the Renault V6 car makes more sense....assuming the Renault factory gets behind the series in a proper effort.  Regardless of what the Toyota Atlantic Series becomes, it's time OWRS make the effort to bolster their top support series and stop paying it lip service by providing a Champ Car ride to the series champion - fully funded because as we have said, The Major Leagues of Racing is No Place for Ride-Buyers - talent must be No.1.
08/17/04
champcar
f1
F1 car fails to beat Champ Car F1 car fails to beat Champ CarThe fastest cars around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca remain those from the Champ Car World Series.  Though nothing was official, Ferrari factory test driver Andrea Bertolini chased after the Laguna Seca track record Sunday in a Formula One exhibition on the final day of the 31st Monterey Historic Automobile Races, but he came up about 1.4 seconds short.  Bertolini was piloting a Michael Schumacher world championship Ferrari as the nation's premier vintage event celebrated the Italian automaker this year. In his final laps on the 2.238-mile, 11-turn Laguna Seca circuit, Bertolini's fastest lap was a one minute, 9.1 seconds and change, a bit above 116 mph.  In 1999, Helio Castroneves, driving for Marlboro Team Penske, established the Laguna Seca record at 1:07.722 or 118.969 mph. For now, that record is safe. However, the Champ Cars are coming Sept. 10-12 featuring a red-hot Sebastien Bourdais, who shattered the track record this weekend in Denver.  "The weekend for me was very fun," Bertolini said. "The race track is very wonderful; it is different from tracks in Europe. I enjoyed it very much." Monterey Herald
08/17/04
irl
Honda celebrates IRL championship Honda celebrates IRL championshipIt is Honda's first title in the IRL series in only its second year in the championship and Robert Clarke, vice president and general manager for Honda Performance Development said   “It has been a fantastic year for Honda in the IRL,” Clarke said. “Although the results might make it seem otherwise, this has been a highly challenging year for HPD with programmes for the ‘old' 3.5-litre engine at the start of the season, the utilisation of the new 3.0-litre engine starting at Indianapolis, and the construction of HPD's new facility in California all taking place in the same time frame.  This achievement is a tribute to the tremendous hard work and dedication of all our associates at HPD, our teams and drivers, and our technical partners.”

Yasuhiro Wada, president of Honda Performance Development, added: “To prevail in such a competitive series, and against such strong opposition from both Toyota and Chevrolet, makes this championship all the more special. The IRL IndyCar Series has proven to be a challenging and hard-fought championship, which makes us especially proud of this achievement.”

08/17/04
f1
Latest F1 news in brief Latest F1 news in brief
Ralf ready for Monza return - Williams
Todt bemused at Ferrari 'rumor'
Ferrari throw raucous 'garden party'
BMW, Williams, clash over Button?
'I had laryngitis' - Jarno Trulli

Alonso in 'hot water' - report
Fisichella will not test Ferrari
Ferrari 'forced Rubens' onto soft tyre?
Schu didn't know about fuel-rig drama
Schu backs call for F1 'Working Group'
Ford set to ditch Jaguar - report

Coulthard backtracks on 'wrong tyre' claim
Montagny 'ready' for Minardi seat
Rivals 'push us like hell' - Ferrari's Todt
08/17/04
Industry News
Toyota catching Chrysler for No. 3 in world Toyota catching Chrysler for No. 3 in worldThe Toyota powerhouse is catching up to the Chrysler group as the nation's third-largest seller of cars and trucks.  In July, the Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands outsold the Chrysler group's trio of brands - Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep - by 10,587 units: 200,206 to 189,619. The only other time Toyota Motor Sales beat Chrysler was in August 2003.  The Chrysler group remains ahead of Toyota for the year to date. The Chrysler group sold 1,325,517 cars and trucks through July, outpacing Toyota by 120,675 units.  But the trend seems to favor Toyota. For the year through July, Chrysler group sales rose 3.2 percent, while sales of the Toyota brands rose 12.3 percent. And Toyota is building assembly plants in Texas and Mexico to boost truck sales.  Despite Chrysler's shrinking lead, both companies studiously avoid any suggestions of a race. Robert Carter, Toyota division's vice president of sales, says the company is not trying to boost U.S. sales by targeting DaimlerChrysler. AutoWeek
08/17/04
f1
The value of synchronized swimming The value of synchronized swimmingThis biting Grandprix.com article says that there are people who will tell you that synchronized swimming is not a proper sport and that a bunch of women prancing around in a swimming pool has no sporting value. But at least you have half-naked women to watch. No, that is not a sexist remark. It is a reality. It means that slightly more than half the population of the world will be interested.

One would love to write an exciting race report from the 2004 Hungarian Grand Prix but it was simply not possible. At the end of the first lap the running order was Michael Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello, Fernando Alonso, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jenson Button, Jarno Trulli, Kimi Raikkonen, Takuma Sato, Giancarlo Fisichella and Antonio Pizzonia. One hour and thirty-four minutes later the order was Schumacher, Barrichello, Alonso, Montoya, Button, Sato, Pizzonia and Fisichella. Trulli and Raikkonen retired when their cars broke down. Pizzonia overtook Fisichella during a pit stop sequence and nobody noticed. For the rest of the afternoon the cars went round and round and the crowd struggled to get excited. TV and radio reporters heaved huge sighs of relief when the networks sent messages saying: "We are going to cross to the Olympics!"

And when we sat down at the end of the event to write the story of the race there was nothing to say. The race started, the race ended. The Ferrari mechanics fiddled with a refueling machine; Ross Brawn ate a banana and Ferrari scored its seventh 1-2 in 13 races. Michael Schumacher scored his 12th win but the numbers mean nothing nowadays. Not many people noticed but Michael's victory was his 82nd. Ayrton Senna died 10 years ago with 41 wins. The sport is wiping out its own heritage, making it meaningless. The top teams have what it takes to win the races but most of them are not using their resources competently. No-one is willing to compromise. They say "Why should we?"

Why should you? Because the sport will die if this goes on much longer. The team bosses must understand that selling the sport is not about selling just their little bit of it. It is not about squeezing every stinking little shekel from the sport by whatever means possible (legal or otherwise). It is about having the intelligence to see beyond the end of their own noses. More....

08/17/04
champcar
15 of 18 cars to test in Vegas 15 of 18 cars to test in VegasJust three days after winding through the streets of Denver, the stars of the Champ Car World Series will run their fastest speeds of the year during a one-day test session at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Fifteen of the 18 Champ Car teams are set to test Wednesday in preparation for the Champ Car event scheduled as part of the Double Down in the Desert on Sept. 25. The 400-kilometer Champ Car event will follow the Las Vegas 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck event.  The test will run from 2-10 p.m., and the speedway’s grandstands will be open to the public free of charge.  Among the drivers scheduled to test are four Las Vegas residents. Defending series champion Paul Tracy, Tracy’s teammate Patrick Carpentier, veteran racer Jimmy Vasser and Alex Tagliani will all take part in the test at their “home” track.  “This is going to be an important test for all the teams,” Vasser said. “Once this race was added to the schedule, we have an aerodynamic package that we are all a little unsure of. Plus, most of these drivers have never even seen the track.”  In addition, series point leader Sebastien Bourdais, who has five wins including Sunday’s victory in the Grand Prix of Denver, also will take part in the one-day test. The only drivers not expected for the test are Dale Coyne drivers Oriol Servia and Gaston Mazzacane as well as RuSPORT driver A.J. Allmendinger.
08/16/04
nascar
Testing at Bristol Testing at BristolTesting for the upcoming August race weekend will take place at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 16 and 17. The following list of drivers testing is tentative and subject to change:  Monday, Aug. 16 & 17: #12-Ryan Newman, JJ Yeley for Joe Gibbs Racing [Busch?] and in Busch #99-Michael Waltrip, #36-Travis Geisler, #75-Jay Sauter Aug. 16 Only: #37-David Green, #16-John Hadden and Mike Potter Aug. 17 Only: #43-Jeff Green, #45-Kyle Petty, #4-Jimmy Spencer, Eric McClure - Morgan McClure Racing. Open to the public and free of charge. Fans may enter through Gate 15. BMS PR
08/16/04
champcar
Denver fans lap up Champ Car experience Denver fans lap up Champ Car experienceQuestion: What do you do when Paul Newman drives up to you on a motor scooter on the grounds of the Grand Prix of Denver? Answer: Politely step aside. Newman was scooting around the paddock area Sunday, a piece of paper clutched in his teeth, on his way to a ceremonial charity check presentation.

The actor turned race car driver turned race team co-owner was among the thousands of people who gathered around the Pepsi Center Sunday for the final day of racing. Some came to see cars. Some came to see stars. Some just came to let the thundering race car engine noise wash over them. And some come to play in the rain-fed puddles in the shade under the grandstands. That's where Tatyana Larimer and her 2-year-old son Robby were moments before the race began. "I like the race. I like high speeds. It's a little dangerous. You wouldn't do it on the highway," Larimer said while Robby tried to splash the water.Sunday was Robby's first Grand Prix. Larimer was curious to see how he'd react to the noise. Earlier in the morning Robby covered his eyes while they watched dare-devil dirt bikers do stunts while flying high above the crowd. "I think he's going to be scared, but he likes cars. He plays only with cars," Larimer added.

That same kind of enthusiasm was evident among the grown men clustered in front of the grandstand, holding video cameras above their heads to catch the action. "I think it's great. I love it," said Shelly "Chev" Cooper, who stood with his wife as the green flag signaled the start of Sunday's race. Their two children were pressed against the fence, waiting for the cars to whiz by. There were plenty of attractions besides race cars. Some people lined up to buy souvenirs such as a T-shirt that read, "I love the smell of methanol in the morning." Others like Ken Smith, of Utica, N.Y., took a spin on an "Impaired Driving Awareness Simulator" sponsored by the Colorado State Patrol. The three flat screens in front of the driver simulate how hard it is to drive with a drunken driver's slowed reactions. Smith was doing fine until it began to snow and his vehicle slammed into the back of a truck. "I wasn't too bad," said Smith, who said he learned a lesson that seemed ironic given the location. "Don't speed," he said. Rocky Mountain News
08/16/04
nascar
alms
Fellows last to second in Cup race Fellows last to second in Cup raceAmerican Le Mans Series GTS champion Ron Fellows overcame starting last in the field and finished a close and competitive second in Sunday’s Sirius at the Glen NASCAR Nextel Cup race at the Watkins Glen International circuit. Fellows, driving a Chevrolet Monte Carlo fielded by the Dale Earnhardt, Inc., team, matched his best previous finish in NASCAR’s top series with the runner-up effort. He finished 1.5 seconds behind race winner Tony Stewart.  "I’m disappointed," said Fellows, who finished second to Jeff Gordon at WGI in 1999. "Second again. I’ve finished second before; I wanted to win. I just didn’t have anything left for Tony at the end. All I could do was match his lap times.  This is one of the best teams in NASCAR and it's a privilege to be able to drive for them," said Fellows, who has five career NASCAR wins in the Busch and Truck Series and is in high demand among NASCAR teams for the two annual road racing events on the Nextel Cup schedule because of his prowess. "I hope I can do this again next year. I really want to win one of these Nextel Cup races before I get too old and too slow."
08/16/04
champcar
112,000 best ever for Denver race 112,000 best ever for Denver raceFrew said estimated Denver GP race-day attendance was 40,000, bringing the unofficial weekend total to a record 112,000. Race organizers estimated more than 72,000 fans attended qualifying Friday and Saturday.Official total attendance will be announced today for the first time in the event’s three-year history.Dover Motorsports, which owned the race during its first two years, did not disclose attendance figures. But Frew, who also served as GM for Dover, said the 112,000 figure represents the event’s best crowd.  Champ Car veteran and the usually pessimistic Paul Tracy said the Grand Prix of Denver is becoming one of the circuit’s best events. "They have basically set the standard for promotion for our series," Tracy said, referring to title sponsor Centrix Financial and general manager John Frew’s Denver-based staff. "This race rivals any track that we go to, whether it’s Australia - everybody talks (about) how great the Australian race is as an event - and the Molson Indys in Canada."This is, by far, (an event that) rivals or is better than any of the races we put on. They have just gotten better every year, and the fans love it." Denver Post
08/16/04
champcar
Teammates’ fued carries over to Denver Teammates’ fued carries over to DenverThis Denver Post article says, It’s as if Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were feuding, maybe fighting over Etta Place. Except this is real life, so maybe it’s as if Robert Redford and Paul Newman were glaring and carping at each other, while lobbying with director George Roy Hill for more screen time.

Sebastien Bourdais and Bruno Junqueira are teammates, for heaven’s sake. They drive million-dollar cars for (Paul) Newman-Haas Racing in a profession in which an anger-driven mistake can be fatal.

Yet in consecutive races on the Champ Car World Series, at Wisconsin’s Road America and at the Grand Prix of Denver on Sunday, they bumped and affected each other’s fates. That isn’t supposed to happen with teammates. More....

08/16/04
Industry News
Cody Unser to speak Cody Unser to speakThe name Unser is usually associated with the racetrack. Al Unser, Bobby Unser and Al Unser Jr. combined to win nine Indianapolis 500s along with numerous other awards and accolades. Most recently, "Just Al" Unser began racing in the Indy Racing League Menards Infiniti Pro SeriesT with dreams of his own Indianapolis 500 success.  But the Unser name will come to the forefront in a completely different vein on Aug. 19 when 17-year-old Cody Unser serves as the keynote speaker at the 2004 Rare Neuroimmunological Disorders symposium in Baltimore.  Unser, the daughter of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr., was a sixth-grader finishing up basketball practice on a February afternoon in 1999 when she started feeling tired, and her legs began feeling heavy and numb. After being evaluated in the emergency room, Unser was sent home.  When she awoke the next morning, Unser was unable to walk - paralyzed from the chest down. She was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis, a neurological syndrome caused by inflammation of the spinal cord. Coming on suddenly, TM may be caused by viral infections, spinal cord injuries, immune reactions or insufficient blood flow through the blood vessels in the spinal cord.
08/16/04
alms
Miracle Motorsports add Courage to lineup Miracle Motorsports add Courage to lineupBased at the heart of racing in Le Mans, France, Courage Competition will supply Miracle Motorsports with their C65 prototype, the company's newest creation built especially for LMP2 competition. More importantly, the Courage factory team raced the specific car obtained by Miracle this past weekend winning the Le Mans Endurance Series race at Silverstone, England.  Miracle Motorsports will debut the car on American soil in this weekend's Road America 500 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.   John Macaluso, owner/driver of Miracle Motorsports, realizes the incredible benefits of the C65 in the American Le Mans Series and also hopes to have the chance to race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans next year.  "I think the ultimate goal is to win the American Le Mans Series championship this year and get a coveted invite to the 24 Hours of Le Mans next year," said Macaluso. "Thus far, we have had to rely on strategy, not speed to get us where we are in the ALMS points right now. We decided it was time to level the playing field and beat Intersport with speed and strategy, so we added the Courage C65 for outright competition purposes.  "Courage Competition shares my passion for racing in the American Le Mans Series and going to the 24 Hours," he said. "Courage will be sending their race engineer and chief mechanic to make sure that we get off on the right foot. If we do have the opportunity to race in France next year, we will be able to use their shop as well which is right there at the circuit in Le Mans. They have given us unbelievable support and we are all very excited about this relationship and the addition of the C65 to the race team."
08/16/04
irl
Matsuura Comes Of Age At Kentucky Matsuura Comes Of Age At KentuckyAdrian Fernandez had many things to celebrate after winning the Belterra Casino Indy 300 on Aug. 15 at Kentucky Speedway.

The win was Fernandez' first in the IRL IndyCar® Series and clinched the manufacturer's title for Honda. But the highlight of the weekend for Fernandez and Fernandez Racing co-owner Tom Anderson may have been the performance of rookie teammate Kosuke Matsuura, driver of the No. 55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone entry that Fernandez Racing fields with former Japanese racer Aguri Suzuki.

Matsuura, who claimed the Bank One Rookie of the Year Award at the Indianapolis 500 and leads the race for the season-long Bombardier Rookie of the Year Award, finished fourth at Kentucky, his best finish in the IndyCar Series.

"I am very happy with our fourth-place finish, and very happy for Adrian with his win today," Matsuura said. "Adrian helped me a lot for the race. We were talking at the (IRL) autograph session (Aug. 14), and he gave me some good advice and also some things to think about with the car. We decided to change the setup on my car to match his. The first 150 laps were only OK, but we were able to charge to the front at the end."

Matsuura started 10th in the race but found himself in a fight for 12th place following his first pit stop. By Lap 140, the 24-year-old from Aichi, Japan was running seventh, and even though his final pit stop dropped him out of the top 10, Matsuura fought his way back to eighth for the final 35-lap green flag run.

"Today is the day that I believe Kosuke Matsuura grew up," said Anderson, who serves as managing director of Super Aguri Fernandez Racing. "He had an opportunity to throw it all away a couple of times and he didn't. He waited. He was patient.

 "In the middle of the race, we were quite a ways back and needed to be patient. We had a great stop on his last pit stop, and he drove a very, very mature and professional race. To me, this is probably the turning point for Kosuke. It was a tremendous job that he did today. I am really pleased on that front."

Matsuura's late charge to the front included several three-wide moves for second place with Dan Wheldon and Buddy Rice. The performance helped seal the win for Fernandez, who was keeping tabs on his teammate's charge up to fourth in his mirrors.

"Kosuke is one of the best drivers we have had, and he's a great character, great guy to work with," Fernandez said. "He just obviously lacks experience, but he's catching up very quickly and he is starting to understand why we do things sometimes the way we do and why you need to use your head sometimes and why you need to be patient sometimes and things like that. He's starting to understand. For him to finish fourth today and push the way he was pushing, he was making me very happy."

08/16/04
Formula Ford
Young Americans Making Waves in Europe Young Americans Making Waves in EuropeMore than a decade has passed since an American driver last competed in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, but current signs seem to indicate that the pinnacle of open-wheel racing might not be devoid of Stars & Stripes representation for too much longer.

Two winners of the high-profile Red Bull Driver Search initiative -- Scott Speed, 21, from Manteca, Calif., and Colin Fleming, 20, from North Hills, Calif. -- have emerged as regular pacesetters in the Formula Renault Eurocup, while two more American youngsters – Charlie Kimball, 19, from Camarillo, Calif., and Joe D’Agostino, also 19, from Plantation,. Fla. – recently have earned their first victories in the equally prestigious UK Formula Ford Championship.

Kimball and D’Agostino both carried the patriotic Team USA Scholarship colors in the New Zealand International Formula Ford Challenge this past January, with Kimball scoring a dominant sweep of the final three races at Ruapuna Park, Christchurch, and narrowly edging out local rising stars Tim Edgell and Chris Pither to the series crown.

The American duo have chosen to continue their auto racing "education" in British Formula Ford competition – a series which in the past has provided a foundation for many of the sport’s greatest stars, including Emerson Fittipaldi, Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell, Gil de Ferran, David Coulthard and Jenson Button.

Kimball began his title bid by claiming pole position in the opening two races of the season at Donington Park in April, and finally scored a long overdue maiden victory at the challenging Oulton Park International circuit last month.

"This is just an amazing feeling," said Kimball. "The team and I have had the pace all year but we just haven’t put the results together. I’m glad that I could repay the team’s hard work with this super win."

Kimball followed up that success by winning again the following day.

Yesterday at the famed Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit, home of the British Grand Prix, Kimball’s teammate D’Agostino continued Team JLR’s winning ways by claiming his first victory – with Kimball following home in second place. It was the first time two Americans have taken the first two places in a British Formula Ford Championship race since the series’ inception in 1967.

"It was great; I’m just over the moon," said D’Agostino, who began the season with minimal testing following his recuperation from an arm-breaking crash in the New Zealand Grand Prix in January. "The team has supported me all along and I’ve been trying so hard, so long, so it’s great to have the opportunity to really show what I can do."

The Team USA Scholarship was founded in 1990. Jimmy Vasser was the first Scholarship recipient, and went on to win the 1996 Champ Car World Series title for Target/Chip Ganassi Racing. Bryan Herta, Jerry Nadeau, Memo Gidley, this year’s Indianapolis 500 Champion Buddy Rice, and budding Champ Car star A.J. Allmendinger are among an illustrious list of more recent Team USA Scholarship award winners.

08/16/04
champcar
transam
Puerto Rico 101 Puerto Rico 101Dear AutoRacing1, With regard to the rumored Puerto Rico Champ Car race.  Just a quick correction about Puerto Rico (and one that will probably get me in a lot of hot water with my fellow Puerto Ricans), but Puerto Rico is not a country, it's a U.S. protectorate.  It's official name is the "Free Associated Commonwealth of Puerto Rico". Even though for the most part, Puerto Rico is fairly autonomous (islanders elects their own government etc), it's bound by the laws and statutes of the United States. Puerto Ricans ARE American citizens with all the rights and priviliges therefore, however those living on the island cannot vote in national elections.  It's a complicated situation, but the main point is that Puerto Rico is not an independent nation.  With that said, I'm extremely excited about the prospect of Champ Car holding an event in PR. Now all Champ Car needs to do is to get a ride for Jorge Diaz (Trans-Am's very popular there because of him). Plus that would have the added benefit of bringing the HUGE Puerto Rican market on the mainland into the Champ Car fold (more Puerto Ricans live on the mainland than on the island, most in New York hint hint). Joe Angers, Boston, MA
08/16/04
champcar
Putting the Grand Prix in Champ Car Putting the Grand Prix in Champ CarDear AutoRacing1,com, We all know that Champ Car is fighting for TV time and name recognition. This problem leads to a catch 22 situation: You need the name recognition to get to the larger TV channels to show the races, but you need the large TV audiences to get the name out there. We also know that the IRL is doing all it can to confuse the general public between the differences between their IRL cars and Champ Cars. Furthermore, we know there is a name recognition problem in the general public with the name "Champ Car." That being said, it seems that there are only two ways to deal with this dilemma: scratch the name and start over or use every avenue and strength within the series currently available to get the word out.

As TV time is extremely expensive and valuable, why not make the most of it? Champ Car's strength is its attendance at is events. Why not use that too? Every fan, casual or staunch supporter, should know, WITHOUT A DOUBT, that when they attend a Champ Car event they are watching CHAMP CARS, not Indy Cars. When they leave the venue they should have no confusion in any form that they just saw Champ Cars as opposed to Indy Cars. This should also be true to anyone casually flipping through the TV channels and see the race at any moment, even if they only watch one lap of it. I’m talking about any NASCAR fan, causal race fan, or any young kid at his first race from the general public. Now, how is this to be accomplished with minimal cost?

I noticed that there is very little advertising of the name around the race track. At the street circuits, there are miles of blank walls around the circuit. I’m not sure of the regulations regarding putting up signs on these walls in terms of affecting the driver’s perspectives, but why not use them? Spend, say, $100,000 or so (if that is enough) on as many banners as possible (hundreds!!!), saying nothing more than "CHAMP CAR," and put them up all around the circuit? Every set of bleachers should have the name plastered all across the opposite side of the walls in front of the people in the stands. Every TV camera angle should have these signs posted to be seen when it is following a car, especially the low speed corners. If they can’t be put on the walls, then they should be plastered all over the fences on top of the walls, barring they don’t obstruct the view of the fans (duh). The start/finish line, which is generally a straight-away with grandstands on one side of it, should have signs saying "CHAMP CAR" all across it. (Ideally, one huge banner, with letters spanning the entire height of the fence on the opposite side of the start/finish straightaway, would solidify to people who they are watching and create a psychological impact that this IS a huge and special event via the size of the sign.) The rest of the track should be covered with hundreds of smaller "Champ Car" signs. Every camera angle would show any casual viewer who they are watching. Every fan would have no doubt they are watching Champ Cars and not Indy Cars. All this accomplished at a minimal cost compared to buying TV time, advertising, and/or other more expensive avenues.

F1 has sponsorship signs plastered all over the circuit. While I know sponsorship is much harder to come by in Champ Car at this stage, who says that same space can’t be used by Champ Car to promote itself and further solidify the difference between a Champ Car and a crapwagon, errr, IRL car. With the IRL now going road racing (and continuing to turn into CART 2, as was the plan all along), it is almost certain they will try to further exploit this general misperception in the general public.

I finish this comment with a personal experience I recently had. A coworker of mine, knowing I was a big Champ Car fan and staunch anti-IRL fan, made the comment to me the other day: "I’m not an IRL fan or anything, but I have to say, that one event they have in Australia is pretty awesome." To say the least, my head almost popped off from the blood boiling into it! After forcefully correcting him so he would never make that mistake again, I realized that it, along with all the Canadian events have the word "Indy" in their title. He had no idea of the difference. I can only imagine how many fans that attend those races, or have casually seen the race on TV, that don’t know the difference either. Lets make use of all our resources and make it happen!!! Derek Hughes, Jacksonville, FL  Dear Derek, OWRS doesn’t have enough money to make the term "Champ Car" a branded name like the term "Indy Car" is.   The name of the cars must be changed to "XYZ Grand Prix" cars where XYZ is whatever one might want to use.  It could be a long-term sponsors name like Nextel Cup or Winston Cup cars.  It could be something generic.  The key is that the majority of the people on the planet know what "Grand Prix" car and Grand Prix racing are, and it certainly is not Indy Car racing.  The sooner Champ Car and Indy Car are removed from the OWRS/Champ Car vocabulary the sooner the series can get on with becoming a household name. Mark C.

08/16/04
champcar
Denver race gets accolades Denver race gets accoladesDear AutoRacing1.com, Great race from all in Denver, especially Bourdais. Before the race, they were saying that Bourdais could only lead from the front, like "Where's the Beef?" We were given a triumph reminiscent of Zanardi at his best. On British ITV, the commentator on F1 said the race highlight was Ross Brawn eating a banana!  With races like that, Champ Car can only triumph. Keep the faith! Ed McFarlane, Goadby, England.
08/16/04
f1
Latest F1 news in brief Latest F1 news in brief
Rivals 'admire' Ferrari - BAR's Richards
Brawn's 'five-at-a-time' qualifying
'We need better tyres' - Renault's Alonso
Dominance isn't 'control' - Schumacher
Trulli's future 'getting close'
Winning team will break up - Ross Brawn

Trulli row has not dipped form - Renault's Alonso
F1 bosses meeting was 'failure' - report
Boring race was 'supreme' - Frank Williams
Toyota link 'just rumour' - Jordan
Wurz to Jaguar?

Hungarian GP - news shorts
08/16/04
f1
Schumacher closes on Senna’s record Schumacher closes on Senna’s recordThe seventh Ferrari 1-2 finish of the year Sunday in Hungary ensured their sixth consecutive Constructors’ Championship - their 14th - and guaranteed that a Ferrari driver will win that title too.  Schumacher’s 12th win of the season is a new record and takes his tally to 82, while his 62nd pole means he is also within three of the late Ayrton Senna’s all-time record.   Michael really is the man for all seasons now.  With 82 career wins, 62 poles and 65 fastest laps, the German stands head and shoulders above his generation.  And there's no end in sight.  "I plan to continue enjoying winning as long as it lasts," said Schumacher on Sunday, and with the same ingredients in the Maranello mix for at least another two seasons there seems only one limit - time - to what he can achieve in the sport.
08/15/04
f1
Schu can't lose '04 title Schu can't lose '04 titleMichael Schumacher cannot now lose the world championship to a non-Ferrari driver after cruising to routine victory at Budapest's twisty Hungaroring.  ''The way we did it is outstanding,'' said the German who thinks six constructors' titles in a row is worth more than his twelfth victory of '04.  'We have been so dominant, so perfect.''  Schumacher, not really pushed by team-mate Rubens Barrichello on Sunday, can wrap-up his seventh championship - the fifth in a row - at Spa-Francorchamps.  ''If not there,'' he admitted, ''then at Monza.  "Spa is obviously special to me and it's also close to my home.  I'll try to win it where I can.''  As for Barrichello, he has vowed to keep pushing until it is a mathematical certainty he can no longer beat Schumacher to the drivers' F1 crown.  ''It seems like I'm happy with second,'' said the Brazilian, ''but I'm not.  It's not very likely I'll win but when there's still a chance, I'll push.''
08/15/04
champcar
Champ Car tidbits Champ Car tidbits
  • Sebastien Bourdais earned the sixth win from pole in his Champ Car career, making him just the seventh driver in the Champ Car Modern Era to win as many as six races from pole. Rick Mears leads that list with 14 wins. He also becomes the 28th driver in all of Champ Car history to win at least 10 poles, tying such legends as Dan Gurney, Nigel Mansell and Alex Zanardi for 23rd on the all-time list with 10 poles.
  • Oriol Servia has given Dale Coyne Racing three top-six finishes this year. This is the first time in the 19-year history of the team that a Dale Coyne car has earned three top-six runs in the same season. 
  • Paul Tracy led 40 laps today in Denver, pushing him over the 3,600 mark for his career. Tracy is second on the Modern Era laps led list with 3,614, trailing only Michael Andretti. 
  • Bruno Junqueira led 39 laps on the Sunday, marking the third consecutive year that he has led in Denver. Of the 296 total laps run in the last three Denver races, Junqueira has led 215 of them.
08/15/04
champcar
Colorado Governor tickled pink over Denver race Colorado Governor tickled pink over Denver raceIt appears Colorado Governor Bill Owens liked the Denver Champ Car race. Not only did he enjoy the 2-seater Champ Car ride on Friday, he came back on Saturday evening and competed in the Champ Car team owners go-kart race where he finished third after some aggressive driving (Paul Newman drove the wheels off his kart and was really fast). He ended up attending all 3-days of the Champ Car weekend, so it appears Champ Car has a new fan.
08/15/04
Formula BMW
Hinchcliffe makes it 2-for-2 Hinchcliffe makes it 2-for-2James Hinchcliffe (AIM Autosport) made another major step towards a possible Formula BMW USA Championship with the first flag- to-flag victory of the season. He led all 20 laps on the 1.657-mile Denver street circuit in the 30-minute Round 12 race, finishing 1.611 seconds ahead of Matt Jaskol. The win was his second of the weekend and third consecutive victory of the season. He moved to within seven points of Championship points leader and today’s fourth place finisher Andreas Wirth, and took a commanding 35 point lead in the Rookie points. Matt Jaskol scored his second runner-up finish of the weekend and Graham Rahal finished third, his best finish of the season to-date. With no one able to catch Hinchcliffe, the best racing was back in the field. Rahal took advantage of a great start and moved from his fifth starting spot to fourth on the first lap and third on the next lap. Team PTG Motorsport teammates Lawson Aschenbach, Tom Milner and Billy Johnson raced among themselves for the fifth, sixth and seventh positions with Aschenbach finishing a season best fifth. Johnson moved up from his ninth starting position to finish just behind Milner in seventh. Wirth continues to lead the Championship with 169 points. Hinchcliffe stands second (162). Summerton holds onto third (133), only two points ahead of Jaskol (131). Johnson still stands fifth (77).
08/15/04
champcar
A great road race A great road raceA reader writes, Look what happens when the "gimmick" rules are cut back to almost nothing.  Thank goodness racers like Gentilozzi have taken control and the rules are now structured to run a race rather than a pre-ordained show.  Give us that every week and Tony’s world will be really taking on water.  That and add Cristiano and Dario next year just to show some reverse momentum.  Better broadcast though likely not seen by anyone opposite both the Crap Wagons (IRL) and a pretty good NASCAR road race.  A little later Denver start time would help get these races all off one another on TV next year.  Great race. John Costello
08/15/04
LMES
Audi triumphs at Silverstone Audi triumphs at SilverstonePierre Kaffer and Allan McNish emerge as consecutive winners in the new Le Mans Endurance Series (LMES). After their victory at the Nürburgring, the German-Scottish duo, driving for Audi Sport UK Team Veloqx, also won the third of the season’s four races at Silverstone. At the finish of the 1000-kilometre race, they had a one-lap lead over their brand colleagues Seiji Ara and Rinaldo Capello in another Audi R8. Jamie Davies and Johnny Herbert made the podium lockout perfect for Audi with their third position. With their victory, Kaffer and McNish also took the lead in the LM P1 drivers’ championship.
1 Kaffer/McNish (Audi R8) 195 laps in 5hrs 33m 37.992s
2 Ara/Capello (Audi R8) - 1 lap
3 Davies/Herbert (Audi R8) - 2 laps
4 Dyson/Kerr (Zytek) - 3 laps
5 Lupberger/Stirling/Dumas (Nasamax-Judd) - 13 laps
Positions after 3 of 4 rounds: 1 Kaffer and McNish, 28 points; 3 Davies and Herbert, 24; 5 Ara and Capello, 19.
Next race: Spa-Francorchamps (B), 12 September
08/15/04
cartatlantic
Denmark's Ronnie Bremer captures his first-ever victory Denmark's Ronnie Bremer captures his first-ever victoryDenmark's Ronnie Bremer captured his first-ever victory in the Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama, winning by 1.283 seconds Sunday over Ryan Dalziel of Scotland on the streets of Denver.  Bremer, who started fifth in the 37-lap race, earned his fourth podium finish of the season with today's victory.

Series point leader Jon Fogarty started on the pole position and led the majority of the race on the 1.657-mile street circuit. On Lap 32, however, Bremer and Dalziel both caught up to Fogarty and the three battled for position. Fogarty made a defensive move in Turn 9 that race officials determined to be a block and Fogarty was penalized with a drive-through penalty on pit lane. The 29-year-old American wound up finishing sixth after serving the penalty.

Bremer assumed the lead after Fogarty's infraction, held off Dalziel for the final few laps of the event and took the checkered flag for his first career Atlantic win.  Dalziel gained the most in the season-long series championship chase with today's result. Entering the weekend, Dalziel trailed his rival Fogarty by six points. While Fogarty maintains the lead in the series standings following today's event, the gap is now just one point as Dalziel closed to within 261-260 with two races remaining.

American Bryan Sellers brought home a third-place finish for his third podium result of the 2004 season. The race was run caution free, marking the second time this season that an Atlantic event has been completed without a yellow flag.  The Toyota Atlantic cars will next be in action August 27-29 at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve with Round 11 of the championship at the Molson Indy Montreal. AP Story/Champ Car

08/15/04
F3000
F3000: Friesacher over Liuzzi in Hungary F3000: Friesacher over Liuzzi in HungaryPatrick Friesacher became only the third driver to win in this seasons FIA International Formula 3000 Championship after taking his Coloni Motorsport Lola B2/50 to a spectacular win at a rain affected Hungaroring on Saturday afternoon.  Repeating his 2003 win at the same venue Friesacher beat title protagonists Vitantonio Liuzzi and Enrico Toccacelo after a ferocious early race fight. The race started under a Safety Car due to the treacherous conditions and both Toccacelo (BCN Lola) and Friesacher harried pole sitter and championship leader Liuzzi in the early laps. However, the Arden International driver handled the pressure well and it was not until lap 13 when Toccacelo and Friesacher were able to capitalize on a rare error from the Red Bull backed racer.  The penultimate round of this year's series takes place at Spa on August 28.
RACE RESULTS
Pos. Driver Nation. Team Time Lap
1. P. Friesacher AUT Coloni Motorsport 1h 08.38 35
2. V. Liuzzi ITA Arden International 1h 08.41 35
3. E. Toccacelo ITA BCN Competition 1h 08.58 35
4. T. Enge CZE Ma-con Engineering 1h 09.00 35
5. E.Guerrieri ARG BCN Competition 1h 09.20  35
6. E. Viso VEN Durango 1h 09.27 35
7. R. Doornbos NEL Arden International 1h 09.40 35
8. J. Lopez ARG CMS Performance 1h 09.56 35
9. J. Van Hooydonk BEL Super Nova Racing 1h 10.11 35
10. R.Gianmaria ITA AEZ I.E Engineering 1h 10.14 35
11. T. Schmidt GER Ma-con Engineering 1h 10.17 35
12. N. Verdonck BEL Team Astromega 1h 08.42 34
13. F. Monfardini ITA AEZ I.E Engineering 1h 08.50 34
14. C. Artam TUR Super Nova Racing   1h 09.56 34
15. O. Teilmans NEL Team Astromega 1h 10.17 34
Not Classified
   M.Lauda AUT CMS Performance Spun
  C. Nissany ISR Coloni Motorsport Spun
  Y.Schroeder FRA Durango Accident
 Fastest Lap
   T.Enge CZE Ma-Con Engineering 1.37.92
08/15/04
f1
F1 teams have "worst ever" meeting F1 teams have "worst ever" meetingThis Grandprix.com article says, The Formula 1 team principals met on Saturday in Budapest but were unable to agree on anything, a situation which led one of the number to describe the meeting as "the worst ever". It is now generally accepted that the rules will be changed to what FIA President Max Mosley wants to see although many of the team bosses have serious reservations about the rules being put forward by Mosley, arguing that they will make the racing less interesting than ever. There remains a danger that some of the teams will take the FIA to arbitration over the change for the engine formula because of clauses in the Concorde Agreement and assurances which have been given in the past by Max Mosley that the 3-litre V10 formula would continue until the end of the current Concorde Agreement at the end of 2007.

We hear that McLaren is adopting a new attitude to deals in the future and will agree to whatever rules are voted through but in order to compete will no longer be willing to stick to any deals other than those agreed in the Concorde Agreement. That could mean no restriction on testing.

More and more of the F1 team bosses are now despairing of ever getting anything achieved to improve the sport before the end of the Concorde Agreement in December 2007. What happens after that is also a big problem because there remains a very serious possibility that unless there is a sensible commercial settlement there will be a manufacturer-backed series, if only because there seems to be no valid alternative.

08/15/04
champcar
Big Champ Car meeting Sunday morning Big Champ Car meeting Sunday morningUPDATE We spoke to Gerald Forsythe after the owners meeting on Sunday morning.  He said, "it was a good meeting. We will announce the schedule by the end of September.  We had to push it back slightly so we could finalize all the exciting new events and the TV package.  It may be out sooner, but not later than the end of September.  We will have at least 16 races."  He did confirm that some races will be on network TV in 2005. Mark C. 08/14/04 The three owners of OWRS will hold an all-morning meeting on Sunday in Denver with Champ Car President Dick Eidswick and a couple of other key series individuals. The main topic of discussion will be the 2005 schedule. It is at this meeting that the future of the marginal venues on the schedule will probably be decided. While the schedule will not be finalized on Sunday morning, the goal will be to decide which venues will definitely be dropped, which will definitely stay or be added (new), and which are on the fence. -Mark C.--
08/15/04
champcar
Governor of Colorado gets thrill of life in Denver Governor of Colorado gets thrill of life in DenverUPDATE We have added photos of Colorado Governor Bill Owens in the 2-seat Champ Car with Michel Jourdain Jr. the driver. Photos courtesy of Champ Car. 08/14/04 Colorado governor William Owens, instead of the Denver mayor John W. Hickenlooper, took a ride in the 2-seat Champ Car Friday in Denver.  As with everyone who takes the ride, he came away thoroughly impressed.  Blown away might be a better description.

 

08/15/04
f1
Ferrari wrap-up fourteenth title Ferrari wrap-up fourteenth titleFerrari put the finishing touches on its inevitable constructors' world championship -- a record sixth-in-a-row that dates back to last Millennium. '04 is the Maranello-based team's fourteenth carmaker title since 1958. And Michael Schumacher's Hungarian win makes the grand prix tally twelve, putting him past his own previous achievement of most victories in a season. The German lapped all but four competitors in warm Budapest. ''Throughout the race,'' said technical director Ross Brawn, spotted relaxingly biting on a banana on the red pitwall, ''I kept thinking about last year here.'' In '03, Schumacher was lapped by the Michelin-clad Fernando Alonso. Ross said: ''The only little problem today was the fuel rig, which we'll investigate, but it was otherwise perfect. The Bridgestones were fantastic. ''The turnaround has been a real pleasure.''
08/15/04
champcar
irl
SpikeTV helps IRL SpikeTV helps IRLWatching Dangerous Curves. What comes up a spot for Honda IRL. Latest IRL stats etc at SPIKETV.Com This commercial has yellow (gold) arrow graphic elements throughout, very similar to what Champ Car has used for the past three years. Anything to confuse the audience. Maybe Champ Car needs to buy time in IRL events and promote Real Racing. And this was followed by another commercial for Honda of course featuring IRL cars.
08/15/04
Formula BMW
Hinchcliffe wins race 11 in Denver Hinchcliffe wins race 11 in DenverSaving his best effort for the last lap of the race and taking advantage of a missed turn by Andreas Wirth on lap 12, James Hinchcliffe (AIM Autosport) won his second Formula BMW USA race in a row in today’s Round 11 contest.  Hinchcliffe completed 20 laps of the 1.657-mile Denver temporary street circuit in the 30-minute race, finishing 1.163 seconds ahead of the No. 5 of Matt Jaskol.  Championship points leader Andreas Wirth recovered from his off-course to finish third. Wirth was credited with the fastest lap of the race (1:15.758, lap 12). Wirth took control of the race on the opening lap and as the 13-car field crossed the start-finish line to complete lap 12 he held a 1.6 second lead on Hinchcliffe. He spun into the tires entering turn 1, but was able to extricate his FB2 and continue in third.   Jaskol closed up behind Hinchcliffe and the two raced nose-to-tail for the remainder of the race. Jaskol tried a last lap move, but was unsuccessful. Further back in the field Graham Rahal and Jonathan Summerton had a race-long battle for the fourth and fifth spots with Rahal ultimately finishing fourth, equalling his previous best finish of the season in Round 9. Wirth continues to lead the Championship points. The win moves Hinchcliffe into second. Summerton stands third, Jaskol fourth and Billy Johnson fifth. Formula BMW USA The top-finishing Rookies were Hinchcliffe (P1), Rahal (P4) and Summerton (P5). Hinchcliffe still leads the Rookie Points. Summerton is second, Milner third, Rahal fourth and Sutherland fifth. “I had a very good car at the beginning of the race,” said Hinchcliffe. “But I knew that it would be tough to catch Andreas. Luckily, he made a mistake so I focused on driving as hard as was needed to stay ahead of Matt. I have the pole and two new tires for tomorrow’s race so I am looking forward to Round 12. “Sunday has been my victory day this season”, said Round 4 and 6 winner Jaskol. “We need a little luck tomorrow and maybe I can get another Sunday win. There are only three rounds left and I am still in the race for the Championship.” Preserving his string of 11 consecutive top-five finishes, including three wins,  Wirth said, “My start was good and I made a gap between myself and James. I made a mistake and hit the tires. I got the car back out and held third position so I am very happy.” The Round 12 race is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow.
Race 11 – Results 20 laps:
1.   James Hinchcliffe (R) (AIM Autosport) 25:33.281 (77.810 mph)
2.   Matt Jaskol (Team Autotecnica) 25:34.444
3.   Andreas Wirth (HBR Motorsport) 25:44.190
4.   Graham Rahal (R) (Vitesse Farm Racing) 25:44.695
5.   Jonathan Summerton (R) (HBR Motorsport) 25:46.843
6.   Tom Milner (R) (Team PTG Motorsport) 25:50.047
7.   Lawson Aschenbach (Team PTG Motorsport) 25:51.083
8.   Billy Johnson (Team PTG Motorsport) 25:56.610
9.   Kyle Herder (Atlantic Racing Team) 25:59.151
10. Brian Frisselle (PoleVision Racing) 26:02.305
08/15/04
champcar
nascar
Tracy loses NASCAR spot Tracy loses NASCAR spotThis Toronto Sun article says, Paul Tracy's NASCAR Nextel Cup options took a big hit yesterday at Watkins Glen International when Richard Childress Racing said Jeff Burton would drive the No. 30 Chevrolet starting next week at Michigan. Childress had dangled the No. 30 car in front of Tracy for the past two seasons as the team went through a number of drivers trying to find the right fit for the team.   As recently as June, RCR asked Tracy to race the car at the Nextel Cup race at Infineon Raceway's road course in Sonoma, Calif. Tracy told friends he wanted to race in the RCR Chevrolet but was denied permission by Champ Car World Series team owner Gerry Forsythe.   Forsythe apparently felt that a Tracy appearance in a NASCAR race would send a signal that the driver might be abandoning Champ Car at a time the series was trying to maintain credibility among its fans. While Tracy always had expressed interest in trying NASCAR stock car racing, he said that it would be after he was finished with Champ Car racing.   Tracy was qualifying his No. 1 Lola Ford yesterday at the Champ Car World Series race in Denver -- where he finished third -- and could not be reached for comment on the RCR situation.   But in an interview after his win at the Molson Indy Vancouver, Tracy told The Toronto Sun he planned to be back next season in Champ Car. "This is where I have had the most success and this is where I want to be next year," Tracy said.
08/15/04
nascar
NASCAR and Goodyear place no blame for Brickyard NASCAR and Goodyear place no blame for BrickyardThis Indy Star article says, With little commonality linking the tire problems that deflated the hopes of so many teams in last week’s Brickyard 400, NASCAR and Goodyear have deemed it a one-race anomaly that won’t carry over to the Sirius at the Glen today or be repeated anywhere this season.  "It was a series of rare instances," NASCAR president Mike Helton concluded after Nextel Cup series director John Darby spent much of the week conferring with Goodyear officials. The plethora of incidents affected nearly one-third of the field in a record-setting day for cautions at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Darby said his investigation found no pattern to the punctures. Some were caused by contact that resulted in cut tires. Some were caused by debris. Some were caused by teams using aggressive front-end setups that put excess stress on the tires and others were the result of crew chiefs ignoring Goodyear’s air pressure recommendations.  "If we had a second race at Indianapolis this weekend, I’d be very comfortable that we could go back with the same tire and not see it happen again," Darby said. [Editor’s Note: When Goodyear has to compete head-to-head in a racing series against another brand they get beaten handily.  Their tires are junk.  This once great American company has lost its way.]
08/15/04
irl
nascar
IRL not enough for Kentucky track IRL not enough for Kentucky trackOwners of the 5-year-old track point to high turnout, but can’t get NASCAR to commit. Nestled in the quiet hollows of northern Kentucky, a couple of hours’ drive from Indianapolis, sits one of the gems of American motorsports. But Kentucky Speedway, a 1.5-mile oval track which hosts its fifth Indy Racing League race today, remains largely undiscovered. And track officials are fed up with it. The lack of a NASCAR Nextel Cup race is at the heart of the issue."For five years we’ve minded our business, said all the right things and played (NASCAR’s) little game," said Mark Cassis, the track’s executive vice president and general manager. "We’ve understood we were late to the party, but we’re tired of bringing the chips and the beer and not getting to play.  "We have done everything we can for those people. It’s an insult that we can’t get a Cup race to a product that’s working." Indy Star
08/15/04
F3
Piquet Jr. wins 1st of two F3 races at Silverstone Piquet Jr. wins 1st of two F3 races at Silverstone
1 Nelson Angelo Piquet (Dallara-Mugen) 26m14.820s
2 James Rossiter (Dallara-Opel) +0.715s
3 Danny Watts (Lola-Dome-Mugen) +8.310s
4 Will Power (Dallara-Mugen) +11.045s
5 Adam Carroll (Dallara-Mugen) +14.050s
6 Marko Asmer (Dallara-Renault) +18.515s
08/15/04
Industry News
Colorado State University Motorsports program Colorado State University Motorsports programGoober doesn't work in this garage. And there aren't any nudie calendars on the wall. There is talk of nanofluids and coolant capabilities and plenty of excitement over a new shock damper dynamometer.The bosses at Colorado State University's Performance Engineering Research Complex also discuss how the new facility may one day produce some of the finest race-car engineers in the world. Six are already working in this weekend's Grand Prix of Denver around the Pepsi Center."You talk to nearly every major motorsports engineer, and they have either a British, French or Italian accent," said Patrick Fitzhorn, professor of mechanical engineering at CSU.But, Fitzhorn said, the school's 4-year-old Motorsport Engineering Program is already producing engineers and laboratory results that make the fastest cars in the world even faster and the family minivan safer. More at Denver Post
08/15/04
f1
Latest F1 News in Brief Latest F1 News in Brief
Schu is Hungary to ’destroy’ - Button
Ferrari credit Bridgestone
’We’d have a look’ at Newey - Williams
’Jacques and I had a chat’ - BAR’s Richards

Atmosphere is ’not the same’ - BAR
Tire gaffe is ’my fault’ - Coulthard
’Let’s still be friends’ - BAR’s Button
Bump is not a ’good bump’ - Barrichello

F1’s TV figures are ’interesting’
Sato to nibble a Ferrari
’Let’s pray Schu retires’ - Eddie Jordan
08/15/04
champcar
PKV's overheating shocks PKV's overheating shocksPKV Racing had a frustrating Saturday qualifying as both of their cars got progressively slower as the session went on.  As they discovered later, their problem was overheating shock absorbers.  Seems they were running smaller, lighter shocks that had a smaller oil resevoir.  In the high Denver altitude the oil overheated and cavitated causing the shocks to malfunction.
08/15/04
cartatlantic
Dalziel penalty points reinstated Dalziel penalty points reinstatedChamp Car World Series judges today upheld a protest submitted by the Sierra Sierra Enterprises Toyota Atlantic team, following a penalty announced earlier this week by Atlantic officials.

On Thursday, series representatives penalized the Sierra Sierra team and driver Ryan Dalziel (#28 ProWorks) after an internal shock absorber component was measured and found to be out of tolerance from series specifications during post-race technical inspection following Dalziel's win last weekend at Road America. Dalziel was penalized five championship points and the team was fined $15,000 for the infraction.

The Sierra Sierra squad formally protested the infraction and, after hearing all arguments on the matter, the trio of Champ Car judges today upheld the protest and overturned the official's ruling. Champ Car sanctions Toyota Atlantic competition and therefore the judges hear all series' protests.

While the judges agreed that the shock part in question was outside of the manufacturer's specifications, mitigating circumstances - including the history of the part and the availability of specific dimensions - led them to the conclusion that Sierra Sierra had no way of knowing for certain that the part was not in compliance.

With today's ruling, the points will be reinstated to Dalziel's season total, now giving him 233 points following this afternoon's qualifying session. The 22-year-old Scottish driver now trails series point leader Jon Fogarty (#96 Pacific Coast Motorsports/Umbrella Entertainment) by eight points in the race for the series championship. The fine to the team has also been rescinded.

The determination of the legality of series-mandated spec components, such as the shock absorbers in question, will be addressed in future Toyota Atlantic technical bulletins.

08/15/04
champcar
Ticket sales in Denver through the roof Ticket sales in Denver through the roofThe weekend ticket sales at Denver last year were 105,000. Fueled by the shrewd marketing ploy of offering free Friday and Saturday admission to all Colorado Springs IRL Marlboro free ticket holders, today alone they sold 50,000 tickets for Sunday's race (the Marlboro ticket holders came, liked what they saw in Champ Car and decided to purchase a boat load of Sunday race tickets). We also learned that the promoter had to build a lot of additional suites for the race because of the demand. --Mark C.--
08/14/04
transam
Gentilozzi wins Denver Trans-Am race Gentilozzi wins Denver Trans-Am raceLegends were re-written Saturday in Denver as Paul Gentilozzi notched his 29th career Trans-Am victory in the Cytomax Sport Drink 100, tying the legendary Mark Donohue’s career Trans-Am win record; a record which had stood since 1971. Gentilozzi led 60 of 61 laps to earn the victory, driving the No. 3 Jaguar R Performance XKR, in his 196th start. The win clinched the manufacturers’ title for Jaguar, its second consecutive and fourth overall.

Johnny Miller finished second in the No. 64 Eaton Chevrolet Corvette in just his second start this season for veteran team Derhaag Motorsports. Tommy Kendall (No. 11 Jaguar R Performance XKR) bounced back from an early drive-through penalty to finish third, ahead of Greg Pickett’s No. 6 Cytomax Jaguar XKR. Randy Ruhlman completed the top five in the No. 49 Preformed Line Products Chevrolet Corvette.

Though obviously emotional in victory lane for tying the record, Gentilozzi was still reverent to Donohue. With the victory, Gentilozzi extends his lead in the points chase to 11 markers going into the next race, Sept. 10-11 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

“Mark Donohue was a great race driver,” said Gentilozzi. “He won more races in more different cars than anyone. He won 29 Trans-Am races in 55 starts. This is an amazing record, but it’s almost 30 years later and things have changed in Trans-Am. I have a lot of respect for what Mark accomplished and I’m honored with the record.

“I don’t plan to drive next year and Tommy Kendall will certainly surpass this record,” added Gentilozzi. “So this is really a record for the moment.

“I needed to do what I had to, to ensure Jaguar wins its fourth championship. I plan to have Jaguar’s AJ-V8 engine in my car from the next race at Laguna on,” concluded Gentilozzi, referring to Jaguar’s new production-based, fuel-injected engine which Kendall has spent this season developing. “The next goal is to ensure that the AJ-V8 wins a championship.”

08/14/04
cartladder
Fogarty on Denver pole Fogarty on Denver polePoints leader Jon Fogarty led a Pacific Coast Motorsports 1-2 at qualifying for the Denver GP, round 10 of the 2004 Toyota Atlantic championship. Fogarty’s teammate Alex Figge will share the front row, with Ryan Dalziel starting 3rd.
Pos Driver Car# Team Lap Time Mph Kph Leader Previous
1 Jon Fogarty 96 Pacific Coast Motorsports 1:07.576 88.274 142.059 0.000
2 Alex Figge 69 Pacific Coast Motorsports 1:07.946 87.793 141.285 0.370
3 Ryan Dalziel 28 Sierra Sierra Enterprises 1:07.958 87.778 141.261 0.382 0.012
4 Bryan Sellers 19 Lynx Racing 1:08.074 87.628 141.020 0.498 0.116
5 Ronnie Bremer 4 Polestar Racing Group LLC 1:08.099 87.596 140.968 .523 0.025
6 Danica Patrick 24 Rahal Letterman Racing 1:08.102 87.592 140.962 0.526 0.003
7 Andrew Ranger 27 Sierra Sierra Enterprises 1:08.194 87.474 140.772 0.618 0.02
8 Aaron Justus 10 Brooks Associates Racing 1:08.466 87.126 140.212 0.890 0.272
9 Chris Festa 25 Rahal Letterman Racing 1:08.692 86.840 139.752 1.116 0.226
10 Eric Jensen 2 Jensen Motorsport 1:10.033 85.177 137.075 2.457 1.341
11 Josh Hunt 15 Lynx Racing 1:10.599 84.494 135.976 3.023 0.566
12 Cameron Binder 65 Binder Racing 1:14.548 80.018 128.773 6.972 3.949
08/14/04
cartladder
irl
Dalziel and Ranger pan IRL Dalziel and Ranger pan IRL2004 Toyota Atlantic title hopeful Ryan Dalziel has stated before his desire to pursue a career in Champ Cars. But with all the open-wheel mess of the recent years, Dalziel, who hails from Scotland, admits the IRL is an option."But I would much rather be a backmarker in Champ Car than a front-runner in the IRL," he says.  Ryan’s teammate, Canadian rookie Andrew Ranger, also doesn’t think much of Tony George’s league: "It’s an engineer’s series. The driver’s flat on the throttle all the time, learning nothing, and the best engineer wins." Cassio Cortes
08/14/04
LMES
Triple victory for Audi at Silverstone Triple victory for Audi at SilverstoneAudi celebrated a triple victory in the third race of the Le Mans Endurance Series (LMES) at Silverstone/England. As in the previous race at the Nürburgring/Germany Allan McNish and Pierre Kaffer passed the finish line after 1000 kilometres at first positon in their Audi R8 of the Audi Sport UK Team Veloqx. They managed to do so one lap ahead of their Audi colleagues Seiji Ara and Rinaldo Capello in the 2004 "Le Mans 24-hour race" winning car of the Audi Sport Japan Team Goh. Total triumph for Audi was completed by Jamie Davies and Johnny Herbert finishing third.
08/14/04
irl
Chesson wins 2nd straight IPS race Chesson wins 2nd straight IPS raceResults Saturday of the Kentucky 100 IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series event Aug. 14 at the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, laps completed, reason out (if any):
1. (7) P.J. Chesson, Dallara-Infiniti, 67
2. (4) Paul Dana, Dallara-Infiniti, 67
3. (6) Leonardo Maia, Dallara-Infiniti, 67
4. (3) Arie Luyendyk Jr., Dallara-Infiniti, 67
5. (1) Travis Gregg, Dallara-Infiniti, 67
6. (2) Thiago Medeiros, Dallara-Infiniti, 67
7. (11) Rolando Quintanilla, Dallara-Infiniti, 67
8. (10) Jesse Mason, Dallara-Infiniti, 67
9. (9) Billy Roe, Dallara-Infiniti, 67
10. (8) Phil Giebler, Dallara-Infiniti,  63, Engine
11. (5) Al Unser, Dallara-Infiniti, 23, Accident
      Race Statistics
      Winner's average speed: 163.694 mph
      Time of race: 36:20.7570
      Margin of victory: 0.0514  of a second.
      Cautions: 2 for 9 laps.
      Lead changes: 4 among 4 drivers.
Lap leaders: Gregg 1-40, Medeiros 41, Gregg 42-58, Maia 59-60, Chesson 61-67.
Point standings: Medeiros 350, Dana 276, Mason 229, Luyendyk Jr. 220, Chesson 192, Maia 190, Quintanilla 171, Roe 164, Giebler 156, Unser 154.
08/14/04
Formula BMW
Hinchcliffe wins pole for round No. 12 Hinchcliffe wins pole for round No. 12James Hinchcliffe (AIM Autosport) continued to make his run at the 2004 Formula BMW USA Championship as he scored his fourth pole of the season today. On lap 15 of the Round 12 qualifying session he set a new qualifying record time of 1:15.069 minutes around the 1.657-mile temporary street circuit. Hinchcliffe leads the Rookie points and stands third in the Championship points. Championship points leader and Round 11 polesitter Andreas Wirth will start second (1:15.304). Matt Jaskol will start third (1:15.368). Seven drivers set times in the 1:15 minute bracket this morning as the young Formula BMW USA drivers gained confidence on the tight street course. The quickest Rookies in the field were Hinchcliffe (P1), Graham Rahal (P4) and Tom Milner (P6).
Qualifying: Round 12
1.   James Hinchcliffe (R)      (AIM Autosport)               1:15.069 (79.463 mph)
2.   Andreas Wirth              (HBR Motorsport)              1:15.304
3.   Matt Jaskol                (Team Autotecnica)            1:15.368
4.   Graham Rahal (R)           (Vitesse Farm Racing)         1:15.420
5.   Lawson Aschenbach          (Team PTG Motorsport)         1:15.657
6.   Tom Milner (R)                 (Team PTG Motorsport)     1:15.728
7.   Brian Frisselle            (PoleVision Racing)           1:15.858
8.   Kyle Herder                (Atlantic Racing Team)        1:16.020
9.   Billy Johnson                (Team PTG Motorsport)       1:16.023
10. Jonathan Summerton (R)      (HBR Motorsport)              1:16.084
11. Tom Sutherland (R)         (Team PTG Motorsport)          1:17.377
12. Alexis Fenton               (Team Autotecnica)            1:17.419
13. Derek Burseth (R)            (PoleVision Racing)          1:19.439
08/14/04
champcar
Champ Car Denver Fan Forum Highlights Champ Car Denver Fan Forum HighlightsGuests at today's Champ Car fan forum in Denver John Lopes, Carl Russo, AJ Allmendinger, Al Speyer, Andreas Wirth and James Hinchcliffe.

John Lopes promised the 2005 schedule by the end of summer, which would be “pretty early for Champ Car’s standards based on recent few years.” Of course, the 2004 schedule remains with two TBA dates. Although the former Seoul, South Korea race is believed to be a doubleheader with Trans-Am in Puerto Rico, the season finale date remains wide open. Lopes would only go as far as saying that “we are very excited about the remaining races on the 2004 schedule, and we’re really looking forward to race all of them.”

AJ Allmendinger clinched the 2003 Atlantic title in Denver. Now in Champ Car, he says the track is a totally different ballgame: “It’s a lot harder to keep 750hp between these walls than an Atlantic’s 250hp.”

When a fan asked about whether he liked the track (drivers like Paul Tracy always complained about Denver’s lack of grip, especially in 2002), AJ’s reaction showcased his content with being where he is: “I’m in a Champ Car, so I’m not going to complain. If it’s slippery or not, it’s the same for everybody.”

Carl Russo’s relationship with AJ is father-and-son-like, to say the least. Russo admitted he looked at “two series” during the winter time. After the choice for a single-car CCWS operation was made, Rahal’s departure to the IRL meant Michel Jourdain needed a new team. “We went from barely a one-car to a full two-car effort in less than three weeks,” Russo said. “Plus, since we had AJ coming up, we knew we were going to need someone experienced to help him out.”

A fan from Monterey complained about the lack of promotion at Laguna Seca for the past few years. John Lopes stated that Laguna, much like Road America, needs to step up its marketing efforts. Though the race seems sketchy for 05, this year’s Laguna Seca event will see Bridgestone stepping up as a major promoter, with marketing actions similar to the ones the company presented at Denver.

John Lopes also mentioned that they are working on a USA network TV package for 2005 and a better TV package for Mexico, which currently only has abbreviated TV coverage. Cassio Cortes

08/14/04
f1
F1 news in brief - II F1 news in brief - II
Massa suffers engine penalty
First rain in eighteen years
Too cool for F1's 'iceman'
Button eats humble pie
Ferrari honour 'Commendatore'
Montoya takes beating on chin
08/14/04
champcar
irl
Marlboro helping Denver GP Marlboro helping Denver GPIn a marketing move that can only be described as smart, the Denver GP promoters have decided to give free general admission for Sunday’s race to anybody holding a ticket for the IRL’s Pikes Peak event next weekend - both purchased and given away tickets. Turns out companies like Marlboro, which have distributed thousands of free Pikes Peak tickets in the Colorado market, are helping to promote Champ Car’s Denver event. --Cassio Cortes--
08/14/04
f1
Hungary: Barrichello dominates pre-quals Hungary: Barrichello dominates pre-quals
P. No  Driver       Team - Engine   Tires    Times      Ave/Gaps  Laps
 1.  2  BARRICHELLO  Ferrari           B   1'18"436  201.076 Km/h   3 
 2.  1  M.SCHUMACHER Ferrari           B   1'19"107    + 0'00"671   3 
 3. 12  MASSA        Sauber Petronas   B   1'19"658    + 0'01"222   3 
 4. 11  FISICHELLA   Sauber Petronas   B   1'19"668    + 0'01"232   3 
 5. 10  SATO         BAR Honda         M   1'19"695    + 0'01"259   3 
 6.  3  MONTOYA      Williams BMW      M   1'19"821    + 0'01"385   3 
 7.  9  BUTTON       BAR Honda         M   1'19"878    + 0'01"442   3 
 8.  7  TRULLI       Renault           M   1'19"879    + 0'01"443   3 
 9. 04  PIZZONIA     Williams BMW      M   1'20"019    + 0'01"583   3 
10.  6  RAIKKONEN    McLaren Mercedes  M   1'20"066    + 0'01"630   3 
11.  8  ALONSO       Renault           M   1'20"135    + 0'01"699   3 
12. 16  ZONTA        Toyota            M   1'20"199    + 0'01"763   3 
13. 18  HEIDFELD     Jordan Ford       B   1'20"439    + 0'02"003   3 
14. 17  PANIS        Toyota            M   1'20"491    + 0'02"055   3 
15. 19  PANTANO      Jordan Ford       B   1'21"187    + 0'02"751   3 
16.  5  COULTHARD    McLaren Mercedes  M   1'21"192    + 0'02"756   3 
17. 14  WEBBER       Jaguar Cosworth   M   1'21"452    + 0'03"016   3 
18. 15  KLIEN        Jaguar Cosworth   M   1'21"510    + 0'03"074   3 
19. 20  BRUNI        Minardi Cosworth  B   1'23"362    + 0'04"926   3 
20. 21  BAUMGARTNER  Minardi Cosworth  B   1'24"656    + 0'06"220   3 
08/14/04
champcar
Eidswick and team turning Champ Car around Eidswick and team turning Champ Car aroundThis Rocky Mountain News article says,  Paying attention to "what is going on" is just what the Bridgestone presents Champ Car World Series needed from its new president Dick Eidswick.  Especially when Eidswick had to deal with a series that became involved in a bankruptcy battle and the exodus of several well-known teams and drivers to the Indy Racing League.  At the end of last season, there were those in the racing world who did not believe Champ Car could recover. But Champ Car team owners Kevin Kalkhoven, Paul Gentilozzi and Jerry Forsythe were not about to let that happen. They formed the Open Wheel Racing Series to buy Championship Auto Racing Team's assets.

Kalkhoven, a longtime friend of Eidswick, asked if Eidswick would come on board to replace past president Chris Pook. It has proved to be a move in the right direction.  There are those who had to have had a feeling they had seen this before - it is reminiscent of in 1996, when Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony George broke with CART to form the IRL.

Jimmy Vasser has been one of those very loyal to Champ Cars since the split. He is more than pleased with what has transpired since Eidswick joined the organization.  "In a way, it does feel like 1996," said Vasser, who won the CART championship that season. "I think this is a pivotal year. It has been kind of ironic with some of the older teams going over to the IRL. Now, there are a lot of our teams over there waving IRL flags.  The series is heading in the right direction, finally. Kevin, Paul and Jerry are doing a fine job to recover and save it. And with Dick, they all have a focus for the future. I would like to see us get back together; that would be my wish."

Said second-year driver Mario Haberfeld: "I think for sure the series is growing back up very strongly. There is a lot of momentum behind it and a lot of people trusting in the series. No one is really talking about the bankruptcy and all those things we went through last year. I think in another two or three years it is going to be huge like it used to be, and that is good news for everyone." 

"We want to bring them out in the spotlight, to bring them out as stars," Eidswick said. "I think we've been able to bring in some exciting young talent, and we have to take advantage."  And, to take advantage, Eidswick also believes television exposure has to improve.  "We need to improve that side of the business," Eidswick said. "We feel the TV ratings should be higher than they are, and we are working on it."

Before this season, there were several events, including the Grand Prix in Denver this week, that were in doubt. But Eidswick has been able to turn heads back to the series, gaining the confidence of race team owners, drivers and crews, as well as those who sponsor Champ Car events.  "I try to listen to the drivers and see what they want," said Eidswick, who has considerable marketing experience with a variety of companies. "They are very important to our sport. Sometimes they might not be that happy with what we want to do, but that is the nature of sports.  We are coming to Denver with a lot of enthusiasm," said Eidswick, whose first duty with Champ Cars was sorting out the bankruptcy issues. "We knew there was some doubt in Denver; all we had to do was figure it out. I compliment Bob Sutton on what he has been able to do."

Sutton, the chief executive officer and owner of Centrix Financial, was worried last year that the event would be canceled. But his excitement has been renewed because of the efforts of Eidswick and his staff.  "It did not seem as if the race was going forward," Sutton said. "But we have been impressed with the new people and Dick Eidswick. They are very good and committed, make that unblinkingly committed to the effort.  With that assurance, I said we would sponsor the race again," Sutton said. "I think it will be better this year by a factor of 10. We also have a professional team lined up who have been with this for a while. This is an event, not just a race, that fans from 5 to old age."

There still are many open wheel fans who believe for either the Indy Racing League or for Champ Cars to survive, unification of the two, as it was before 1996, is paramount. But how to achieve that unification is up in the air.  "I don't know what (George) did to build his series, because I was not here," Eidswick said. "But we have to get back to building ours brick by brick giving fans the quality product they deserve. We haven't lost our fans, and we are pleased they still come out in good numbers."

08/14/04
champcar
F1
Cosworth renews Champ Car deal Cosworth renews Champ Car dealOur sources in the United States are reporting that the stability of Cosworth Racing has been bolstered in recent days by a new agreement to supply engines to the Champ Cars series in 2005. The Ford-badged engines will remain much as they have been for the last two seasons. The company will also be continuing its involvement with the Chevrolet-badged engines which are used in the Indy Racing League. The company is expected to continue to supply F1 engines to Jaguar Racing, Jordan and Minardi and could even supply a fourth team if one emerged. This is not likely to happen although one or two of the Formula 3000 teams are looking at a switch to F1 as they do not consider the new GP2 series to be economically viable. GrandPrix.com
08/14/04
F3000
F3000: Liuzzi on pole, van der Merwe fired F3000: Liuzzi on pole, van der Merwe firedVitantonio Liuzzi continues to break records in Formula 3000 having secured another pole position in his Arden International entry at the Hungaroring. Liuzzi was dominant from taking pole with assurance, despite the fact that his car shed its front wing at one point in qualifying. Enrico Toccacelo as usual had to be satisfied with second on the grid while Patrick Friesacher and Tomas Enge qualified third and fourth. The 18-car field was missing British F3 champion Alan van der Merwe who has been replaced at Super Nova Racing by the rather less rapid Turkish driver Can Artam, who had been replaced at Coloni by the even slower Chanoch Nissany, a sign that many of the F3000 teams are currently struggling with budgets to get to the end of the year. Grandprix.com
08/14/04
f1
Interview with Guy Smith Interview with Guy SmithFormer Le Mans winner enjoys his return to single-seaters.  Smith gets set for his first race in single-seaters since 1999   A top 10 finish wasn't a bad start.  Britain's Guy Smith finished an encouraging 10th on his Champ Car debut at Road America last weekend. The sportscar star, who won the Le Mans 24 Hours last year with Bentley, is enjoying his return to single-seaters, as he told Alex Sabine. More.....
08/14/04
f1
Hungary Friday Press Conference (4 parts) Hungary Friday Press Conference (4 parts)
First part
of this Friday's FIA press conference with Eddie Jordan (Jordan), Paul Stoddart (Minardi), Tony Purnell (Jaguar), Ross Brawn (Ferrari), Willy Rampf (Sauber) and Pat Symonds (Renault).

Second part of this Friday's FIA press conference with Eddie Jordan (Jordan), Paul Stoddart (Minardi), Tony Purnell (Jaguar), Ross Brawn (Ferrari), Willy Rampf (Sauber) and Pat Symonds (Renault).

Third part of this Friday's FIA press conference with Eddie Jordan (Jordan), Paul Stoddart (Minardi), Tony Purnell (Jaguar), Ross Brawn (Ferrari), Willy Rampf (Sauber) and Pat Symonds (Renault).

Fourth and final part of this Friday's FIA press conference with Eddie Jordan (Jordan), Paul Stoddart (Minardi), Tony Purnell (Jaguar), Ross Brawn (Ferrari), Willy Rampf (Sauber) and Pat Symonds (Renault).

08/14/04
f1
Hungary: Button tops final practice Hungary: Button tops final practice
 P. No  Driver       Team - Engine   Tires    Times      Ave/Gaps  Laps
 1.  9  BUTTON       BAR Honda         M   1'19"556  198.245 Km/h  15 
 2.  1  M.SCHUMACHER Ferrari           B   1'19"747    + 0'00"191  18 
 3.  2  BARRICHELLO  Ferrari           B   1'19"768    + 0'00"212  10 
 4. 04  PIZZONIA     Williams BMW      M   1'19"913    + 0'00"357  11 
 5.  7  TRULLI       Renault           M   1'20"130    + 0'00"574  10 
 6. 10  SATO         BAR Honda         M   1'20"363    + 0'00"807  20 
 7.  8  ALONSO       Renault           M   1'20"363    + 0'00"807  12 
 8.  3  MONTOYA      Williams BMW      M   1'20"480    + 0'00"924  15 
 9. 16  ZONTA        Toyota            M   1'20"606    + 0'01"050  18 
10.  6  RAIKKONEN    McLaren Mercedes  M   1'20"614    + 0'01"058  13 
11. 17  PANIS        Toyota            M   1'20"689    + 0'01"133  12 
12.  5  COULTHARD    McLaren Mercedes  M   1'20"914    + 0'01"358  13 
13. 14  WEBBER       Jaguar Cosworth   M   1'21"112    + 0'01"556  24 
14. 11  FISICHELLA   Sauber Petronas   B   1'21"165    + 0'01"609  12 
15. 15  KLIEN        Jaguar Cosworth   M   1'21"390    + 0'01"834  22 
16. 18  HEIDFELD     Jordan Ford       B   1'21"712    + 0'02"156  14 
17. 12  MASSA        Sauber Petronas   B   1'21"989    + 0'02"433   4 
18. 19  PANTANO      Jordan Ford       B   1'23"083    + 0'03"527  12 
19. 20  BRUNI        Minardi Cosworth  B   1'23"979    + 0'04"423  14 
20. 21  BAUMGARTNER  Minardi Cosworth  B   1'24"522    + 0'04"966  13 
08/14/04
f1
Hungary: Schmacher leads Free Practice #3 Hungary: Schmacher leads Free Practice #3
 P. No  Driver       Team - Engine   Tires    Times      Ave/Gaps  Laps
 1.  1  M.SCHUMACHER Ferrari           B   1'20"216  196.614 Km/h  10 
 2. 04  PIZZONIA     Williams BMW      M   1'20"482    + 0'00"266  14 
 3.  3  MONTOYA      Williams BMW      M   1'20"696    + 0'00"480  15 
 4.  9  BUTTON       BAR Honda         M   1'20"731    + 0'00"515  11 
 5.  2  BARRICHELLO  Ferrari           B   1'20"830    + 0'00"614  12 
 6.  7  TRULLI       Renault           M   1'21"257    + 0'01"041  10 
 7.  8  ALONSO       Renault           M   1'21"392    + 0'01"176   8 
 8.  5  COULTHARD    McLaren Mercedes  M   1'21"555    + 0'01"339   8 
 9. 12  MASSA        Sauber Petronas   B   1'21"593    + 0'01"377   6 
10.  6  RAIKKONEN    McLaren Mercedes  M   1'21"825    + 0'01"609   8 
11. 17  PANIS        Toyota            M   1'21"838    + 0'01"622  15 
12. 16  ZONTA        Toyota            M   1'21"927    + 0'01"711  17 
13. 11  FISICHELLA   Sauber Petronas   B   1'22"013    + 0'01"797   9 
14. 14  WEBBER       Jaguar Cosworth   M   1'22"068    + 0'01"852   9 
15. 15  KLIEN        Jaguar Cosworth   M   1'22"421    + 0'02"205   6 
16. 19  PANTANO      Jordan Ford       B   1'22"709    + 0'02"493  11 
17. 20  BRUNI        Minardi Cosworth  B   1'23"112    + 0'02"896  14 
18. 18  HEIDFELD     Jordan Ford       B   1'23"242    + 0'03"026  13 
19. 21  BAUMGARTNER  Minardi Cosworth  B   1'24"233    + 0'04"017  14 
08/14/04
champcar
Hunter-Reay wrongly penalized Hunter-Reay wrongly penalizedRyan Hunter-Reay:  “It was a mediocre day for us. We struggled to find front grip all day long. We were sixth in qualifying but the Champ Car officials wrongly penalized us with the red flag and as a result we lost our fastest lap, which sent us to ninth. I spun and kept going but I guess they thought I had stalled it so they threw the red. Unfortunately their mistake cost us three positions. Mario did a great job today and we will look to his car to improve our results tomorrow.
08/14/04
Industry News
Kansas looks to add more seats Kansas looks to add more seatsKansas Speedway wants to expand in time for its fifth season in 2005, track president Jeff Boerger said Wednesday.  Boerger said officials were looking at adding 1,500 to 3,000 seats and would send a formal proposal later this month to the track's parent company, International Speedway Corp. of Daytona, Fla.  ISC is controlled by the family of NASCAR owner Bill France. Its board of directors includes former Kansas Gov. Bill Graves, who was in office when the track was built and supported its construction.  If Kansas Speedway's request receives preliminary approval, Boerger said, the company's board would likely vote on the proposal in September.  "I'm sure we can accommodate the amount of seats we're going to be requesting, with our waiting list and with the demand we have," he said. "Obviously, we're going to be very conservative in seat expansion. We want to make sure supply doesn't outrun demand."  If approved, it would be the second expansion at the speedway in Kansas City, Kan., since it opened in 2001. A 1,500-seat expansion in 2003 brought the track's listed capacity to 80,187.  "We're very optimistic," Boerger said. "We're comfortable with our demand, and I think ISC will. AP Story
08/14/04
grandam
Goodyear out, Hoosier in Goodyear out, Hoosier inGrand American Road Racing Association and Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. announced a three-year agreement today that will make Hoosier the Official Tire of Grand American Road Racing for the 2005 through 2007 seasons. All classes in the Rolex Sports Car Series and Grand-Am Cup Series will compete exclusively on Hoosier tires, making Hoosier the only tire company to supply two major American road racing championships during the same period.
Rolex Series teams will have several opportunities to try out the new rubber, as organized tests are planned later this year leading up to the prestigious Rolex 24 At Daytona in 2005. Grand-Am Cup Series teams have competed exclusively on Hoosier Tires since the series was founded in 2001.  "Hoosier is the largest racing tire manufacturer in the world, and I am convinced that they are fully equipped to supply tires for the Rolex Sports Car Series and the Grand-Am Cup Series," said Grand American President Roger Edmondson. "After visiting the Hoosier plant in Indiana, I am thoroughly pleased with Hoosier's quality and procedures. And with the success we've had developing tires for the Grand-Am Cup Series over the past few years, I know that Mike Kraemer and the rest of the Hoosier engineering crew will be great partners as we bring the Hoosier brand into the Rolex Series."  "We are very pleased to be a part of the evolution of American road racing," said Bob Newton, CEO and President of Hoosier Racing Tire Corporation. "Hoosier is excited about the opportunity to demonstrate our potential in a world class program. Our philosophy and Grand American's are the same. We are single-minded when it comes to racing."
08/14/04
grandam
Theys and Magnussen Win Sahlen's 200 at The Glen Theys and Magnussen Win Sahlen's 200 at The GlenIn ever-changing weather conditions, the No. 27 Doran-Lista Racing team and Lexus Doran driver Jan Magnussen—who was running just outside the top five—rolled the dice and took on slick tires in a pit stop under caution on Lap 59 and the gamble paid off as the Dane passed the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley of Max Angelelli on Lap 67 of a 72-lap race for the lead and the victory in the Sahlen’s 200 at The Glen.  With the triumph, Magnussen and co-driver Didier Theys became the fifth different team to earn an overall victory in 2004, setting a new Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series record for different winners in a single season. It was the ninth Rolex Series win for Doran-Lista Racing and was the team’s first win since Mont-Tremblant in 2002. Doran-Lista Racing has also won at least one race in four of five seasons in Rolex Sports Car Series competition.
08/14/04
f1
Latest F1 news in Brief Latest F1 news in Brief
New nose is a 'risk' - Williams' Michael
Button affair is 'bad' for F1
Button's chasing the cash - Montoya
F1 democracy is 'doomed to failure'
Villeneuve 'has phoned' BAR's Richards - report 
What's da Matta? - qualifying, says Mike
Ford should give Jaguar more - Webber
McLaren's gone 'conservative' - Coulthard
BAR gets no support in Button saga
Button, BAR, agree to 'damp down' saga

Williams freeze 'doesn't hurt me' - Montoya 
BAR gets no support in Button saga
Button, BAR, agree to 'damp down' saga
Williams freeze 'doesn't hurt me' - Montoya 
Team, carmaker, threaten to quit F1 - Stoddart
Ten-lap 'mini races' to jazz-up F1?
Schu lapping was 'incentive' - Brawn
08/14/04
Formula BMW
Wirth wins first BMW pole Wirth wins first BMW poleIn the closest qualifying session of the season, Championship Points leader Andreas Wirth (HBR Motorsport) scored his first pole of the 2004 Formula BMW USA Championship with a lap of 1:15.693 minutes around Denver’s 1.657-mile temporary street circuit. The 30-minute session was incident- free and included some very serious attempts to win the pole as Graham Rahal, James Hinchcliffe and Matt Jaskol all made runs at the top spot in the closing minutes. After leading the session early and losing the top spot to Hinchcliffe on lap 13, Wirth set his pole time on lap 15. On lap 19, both Jaskol and Hinchcliffe set their quickest times. Jaskol will start second (1:15.785) and Hinchcliffe will start third (1:15.819). The top-three in the field are separated by only .126 seconds and the top-six are within one second ensuring a great Round 11 race. The top-five in points are Andreas Wirth (147), Jonathan Summerton (123), James Hinchcliffe (122), Matt Jaskol (101) and Billy Johnson (70).”
Qualifying: Round 11
1.   Andreas Wirth              (HBR Motorsport)              1:15.693 (78.808 mph)
2.   Matt Jaskol                (Team Autotecnica)            1:15.785
3.   James Hinchcliffe (R)      (AIM Autosport)               1:15.819
4.   Graham Rahal (R)           (Vitesse Farm Racing)         1:16.153
5.   Jonathan Summerton (R) (HBR Motorsport)                  1:16.354
6.   Tom Milner (R)             (Team PTG Motorsport)         1:16.440
7.   Brian Frisselle            (PoleVision Racing)           1:16.794
8.   Kyle Herder                (Atlantic Racing Team)        1:16.973
9.   Billy Johnson              (Team PTG Motorsport)         1:17.025
10. Lawson Ashenbach            (Team PTG Motorsport)         1:17.200
11. Tom Sutherland (R)          (Team PTG Motorsport)         1:17.883
12. Derek Burseth (R)           (PoleVision Racing)           1:21.345
08/13/04
champcar
Champ Car serious about Calgary Champ Car serious about CalgaryThis Calgary Sun article says, Calgary likely will know by mid-September if a Champ Car race will be held here in 2005, the general manager of Molson Indy said yesterday. Bob Singleton, talking to the media for the first time since scouting locations here last month, said while a race could be added to the docket at a later date, he'd prefer to have a decision made by next month to coincide with Champ Car's release of its 2005 schedule.

"You could make an argument you could make it (in time) for the '05 schedule," said Singleton, who stressed the process of adding a Molson Indy in Calgary to join the races they sanction in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal is still in the preliminary stages.  "As I've said and I maintain, there's nothing firmed up in Calgary. We look at any opportunity we can, whether it be Calgary or Edmonton or Thunder Bay, or whatever the case may be.   "But, certainly, Calgary is a city we've had a good look at."

A Champ Car spokesman said yesterday the racing series would welcome an additional Molson Indy in Calgary in 2005.   "Absolutely," said Wendy Gabers.   "There's still a chance if both sides involved could get everything worked out in time."   The Calgary Stampede Board and Race City Motorsport Park have expressed interest in hosting the race, the former submitting an official proposal.  "We took a serious look at the city of Calgary," said Singleton, before adding the Stampede Grounds and Race City "certainly make the most sense."   "The Stampede does hold a big event now and the infrastructure is there. Same with Race City.   "They were the two that jump off the page for you."

Singleton wouldn't get any more specific at this juncture about his visit to Calgary or what the next step in the process will be.   "Anytime you do a temporary street circuit you have to come and take a look," said Singleton of his tire-kicking visit. "We did the same thing in Toronto and Vancouver. That was the reason for the trip. Do our due diligence and gather our information, which we've done, and we'll see where we go from there."

08/13/04
transam
Kendall puts Jag on provisional pole Kendall puts Jag on provisional poleTommy Kendall led a Rocketsports Racing Jaguar sweep of the top-three qualifying positions Friday for Saturday’s Cytomax Sport Drink 100 Trans-Am Series race, part of the Centrix Grand Prix of Denver weekend. Kendall (No. 11 Jaguar R Performance XKR) earned his fifth pole this season with a record lap time of 1:13.072 minutes (81.072 miles per hour). Currently second in the championship, Kendall earns one bonus point for the pole.
P #  Driver Sponsor (Make/Model) Best Time Lap Mph Lag
1 11  Tommy Kendall Jaguar R Performance (Jaguar/XKR) 1:13.072 5 81.635 0.000
2 5  Tomy Drissi AVP -- Only in Theaters (Jaguar/XKR) 1:13.273 7 81.411 0.201
3 3  Paul Gentilozzi Jaguar R Performance (Jaguar/XKR) 1:13.468 7 81.195 0.396
4 64  Johnny Miller Eaton Electrical (Chevrolet/Corvette) 1:13.505 7 81.154 0.433
5 49  Randy Ruhlman Performed Line Products (Chevrolet/Corvette) 1:13.792 9 80.838 0.720
6 8  Jorge Diaz, Jr. Puerto Rico Grand Prix (Jaguar/XKR) 1:13.847 7 80.778 0.775
7 1  Ross Murray (R) GT-1 Greenberg Cheese Company (Dodge/Viper) 1:14.405 8 80.172 1.333
8 99  Brandon Davis (R) SPY OPTIC (Ford/Mustang) 1:14.693 8 79.863 1.621
9 6  Greg Pickett Cytosport Energy and Recovery Drink (Jaguar/XKR) 1:14.721 7 79.833 1.649
10 10  Mike Davis Applied Computer Solutions (Ford/Mustang) 1:15.066 6 79.466 1.994
11 86  John Baucom Map Quality Engineering/Bullydog (Ford/Mustang) 1:15.315 8 79.203 2.243
12 77  Paul Fix II GT-1 STOPFLEX.com/Monaco/Buca di Beppo (Ford/Mustang) 1:15.960 6 78.531 2.888
13 6  Joey Scarallo Toyo Tires/ROH Wheels (Chevrolet/Corvette) 1:16.071 9 78.416 2.999
14 24  Philip Simms (R) Simms Motorsports (Chevrolet/Corvette) 1:17.081 6 77.389 4.009
15 87  Wayne Hartzler (R) GT-1 (Chevrolet/Camaro) 1:20.975 5 73.667 7.903
16 78  Moneca Kolvyn (R) GT-1 West Coast Hot Rods (Chevrolet/Monte Carlo) 1:26.614 7 68.871 13.542
08/13/04
cartatlantic
Fogarty takes provisional pole in Denver Fogarty takes provisional pole in DenverPos  Driver  Car#  Team  Lap Time  Mph  Kph  Leader  Previous
1  Jon Fogarty  96  Pacific Coast Motorsports  1:08.234  87.423  140.690  0.000   
2  Andrew Ranger  27  Sierra Sierra Enterprises  1:08.859  86.629  139.412  0.625   
3  Danica Patrick  24  Rahal Letterman Racing  1:09.035  86.408  139.056  0.801  0.176
4  Alex Figge  69  Pacific Coast Motorsports  1:09.088  86.342  138.950  0.854  0.053
5  Ronnie Bremer  4  Polestar Racing Group LLC  1:09.498  85.833  138.131  1.264  0.410
6  Bryan Sellers  19  Lynx Racing   1:09.535  85.787  138.057  1.301  0.037
7  Chris Festa  25  Rahal Letterman Racing  1:09.609  85.696  137.911  1.375  0.074
8  Eric Jensen  2  Jensen Motorsport  1:10.559  84.542  136.053  2.325  0.950
9  Josh Hunt  15  Lynx Racing   1:10.862  84.181  135.472  2.628  0.303
10  Cameron Binder  65  Binder Racing  1:15.011  79.524  127.978  6.777  4.149
08/13/04
champcar
Bourdais: Philippe was in the way Bourdais: Philippe was in the waySebastien Bourdais only managed his fast lap at the very end of the session partly because of Nelson Philippe’s car “being in the way”, Bourdais stated. “He (Philippe) was trying as hard as he could, but I couldn’t go fast without hitting the back of his car”, the points leader said.
08/13/04
champcar
Mario enjoys Denver Mario enjoys DenverCursed by many Mickey Mouse street courses in the past few seasons (think Miami and St. Pete), Champ Car and the Denver promoters have managed to design a track that’s actually “fun to drive,” according to Mario Dominguez. “Muscling 750 horsepower through these narrow streets is hard, and fun,” he thinks.
08/13/04
champcar
Tracy dissatisfied with new turn 9 layout Tracy dissatisfied with new turn 9 layoutPaul Tracy said the modifications to make turn 9 safer “made it even more dangerous.”  "Now you brake with the wall coming right in your direction”, Tracy complained. “If you lock your brakes there, you’ll hit the wall in a 45-degree angle.”
08/13/04
champcar
Champ Cars biggest mystery: pit window rules Champ Cars biggest mystery: pit window rulesThe top-three qualifiers today, Sebastien Bourdais, Mario Dominguez and Paul Tracy, all agreed that, while the new pitstop rules for the Denver GP and on (which reduce the number of mandatory green flag stops from three to one) are “a step in the right direction”, in Tracy’s words, the 2003 pit window rules were “the most fair to the ones running hard”, according to Bourdais.  Until last season, the mandatory pit windows were determined by lap number, killing fuel-saving runs. “The way it is right now, there’ll still be a lot of fuel-saving”, Dominguez thinks about the new rules....So why doesn't Champ Car return to the 2003 rules, which allowed for flat-out flag-to-flag racing?  “You’re gonna get me fined. You better ask Paul Gentilozzi about it”, Tracy quipped. [Editor's Note:  "On pit road we heard another driver say "the Champ Car officials keep mucking with the rules.  They have no clue.  If they try enough different things maybe they will stumble on something that the rest of us already know."
08/13/04
nascar
 champcar
LVMS prepares for big crowd for Champ Car/NASCAR weekend LVMS prepares for big crowd for Champ Car/NASCAR weekendThe Champ Car World Series-NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series doubleheader in September at Las Vegas Motor Speedway has the potential to be the third-largest single-day sporting event in the state.   Or the second largest.

David Stetzer, vice president of operation for LVMS, said the speedway is approaching this year's doubleheader as if it were a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race, which attracted a capacity crowd of more than 140,000.  "We're preparing for every seat to be full," Stetzer said. "We were expecting 10,000 -- based on the history of that event -- (for last year's truck race) and many, many more than that showed up. We all learned a valuable lesson last year.

"We've already enacted a traffic plan similar to what you would see for the NASCAR weekend. The Highway Patrol has approved it and it's in the hands of (the Nevada Department of Transportation) right now. Once it's approved (by NDOT), it will go to Clark County and then Metro."

LVMS general manager Chris Powell confirmed that the speedway again has offered blocks of 5,000 tickets to local businesses for $5,000 and said that sales for such ticket packages have been "going well," but would not say how many have been sold.  With the addition of the Champ Car open-wheel series to the Sept. 25 race card, it is conceivable that crowd for the event could equal or surpass the 95,000 that attended the NASCAR Busch Series race at LVMS in March.

"I think we'll be able to gauge that by how the phones ring in the ticket office over the next few days, when word gets out that this event is now on the schedule," Powell said.

Stetzer said that regardless of the size of the crowd, the speedway would be ready. But he also cautioned race fans that it will be important to leave early for the speedway to avoid being stuck out on the interstate or Las Vegas Boulevard when the green flag drops on the Truck Series race at 7 p.m.

"I feel pretty good about the traffic plan this year," Stetzer said. "The key is going to be to arrive early. If you're coming to the Champ Car race, don't wait until 7 -- come out earlier in the day. Give yourself two or three hours to get here.  "That's one of the things that helps us so much with the NASCAR event: People come so early in the day that the last two years, they've been in well over an hour before the race has begun."  Tickets are on sale at the LVMS box office. They range in price from $30 for general admission to $61.50, which includes a reserved seat and a paddock pass. Las Vegas Sun

08/13/04
champcar
Australia Champ Car race news Australia Champ Car race newsPORSCHES TO RACE ON FRIDAY NIGHT OF LEXMARK INDY 300
Friday night racing will feature at the Lexmark Indy 300 for the first time in its 14-year history in 2004, with one of the most prestigious makes in motor racing history turning on its lights for a 50-minute illuminated showcase.
 
ACER ANNOUNCES MAJOR SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENT TO 'UNWIRE INDY'
Acer Computer Australia, the number three PC vendor in Australia, with the support of Intel, is proud to announce for the second consecutive year its role as the major sponsor and presenting partner for this years Lexmark Indy 300.

BARTERCARD REVS UP LEXMARK INDY 300 SPONSORSHIP
Bartercard has strengthened its association with Queensland’s premier Event, the Lexmark Indy 300, with the announcement that the largest and fastest growing barter network in the world will be a Major Sponsor for a further three years.

08/13/04
irl
Rookie wins pole in first IPS race Rookie wins pole in first IPS race[Editor's Note: In a 100% throttle series it does not matter if you are a rookie and it's your first race.  You press the pedal to the floor and the car wins the pole for you.]  Travis Gregg, making his debut not only in the No. 5 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone but in the IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series, won the pole position for the Aug. 14 Kentucky 100 with a fast lap of 190.398 mph on the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway tri-oval.  The pole position was exchanged between six of the first eight drivers to qualify.  Gregg, eighth in the qualifying line, knocked Arie Luyendyk Jr. off the pole. Luyendyk, who moved from the No. 5 entry to the No. 27 Automatic Fire Sprinklers Inc. car this week, had a fast lap of 189.024 mph.   Gregg's teammate, Menards Infiniti Pro Series points leader Thiago Medeiros, then bumped Luyendyk off the front row with a fast lap of 189.221 mph. It will be the second front-row start for Sam Schmidt Motorsports cars this season.  The field is separated by 0.8301 of a second - the second-closest in Series history (0.7878 here last year was the closest). Medeiros, who has five pole starting positions driving the No. 11 Sam Schmidt Motorsports entry, will start second for the first time this season.
1. (5) Travis Gregg, Dallara-Infiniti, 190.398 mph
2. (11) Thiago Medeiros, Dallara-Infiniti, 189.221 mph
3. (27) Arie Luyendyk Jr., Dallara-Infiniti, 189.024 mph
4. (91) Paul Dana, Dallara-Infiniti, 188.974 mph
5. (2) Al Unser, Dallara-Infiniti, 188.902 mph
6. (33) Leonardo Maia, Dallara-Infiniti, 188.546 mph
7. (76) P.J. Chesson, Dallara-Infiniti, 187.502 mph
8. (22) Phil Giebler, Dallara-Infiniti, 187.426 mph
9. (24) Billy Roe, Dallara-Infiniti, 186.955 mph
10. (3) Jesse Mason, Dallara-Infiniti, 186.036 mph
11. (10) Rolando Quintanilla, Dallara-Infiniti, 184.913 mph
08/13/04
champcar
Bourdais grabs provisional pole Bourdais grabs provisional poleFrenchman Sebastien Bourdais nipped Mexican Mario Dominguez on his last lap to win the provisional pole for the Centric GP of Denver. Paul Tracy was third. More to follow...
08/13/04
champcar
Why Street Races work Why Street Races workIt is a work day here in Denver but the grandstands are all almost nearly full as the Champ Cars take to the track for first round qualifying. Contrast this to last weekend in Road America. The level of promotion in Denver is nothing short of phenominal. A sellout on Sunday looks better by the minute. --Mark C.--
08/13/04
champcar
Time Warner teams with Walker Racing Time Warner teams with Walker RacingTime Warner Telecom, a leading provider of managed voice and data networking solutions for businesses in Indianapolis and 43 other metropolitan areas, today announced the successful installation of VersiPak voice and data services to Walker Racing in Indianapolis. 2004 marks the 15th consecutive ChampCar season for Walker Racing, with Brazilian Mario Haberfeld driving the #5 Cummins/Time Warner Telecom-Ford. The fast-paced company cited the need for reliable, high-speed, economical data transport services to support its mission-critical racing car development activities as reasons for this marketing partnership.. "We collect and use significant amounts of data to aid our engineers in the development of faster cars," said Derrick Walker, president of Walker Racing. "For example, our cars have onboard data systems that record 15 channels of information. Because the racing industry moves forward so quickly, we need to incorporate enhancements to stay competitive. The Time Warner Telecom services give us the bandwidth and reliability we need to accelerate our business and be more competitive." Walker Racing is using Time Warner Telecom's bundled technology VersiPak service to deliver 1.54 Mbps of bandwidth. The lines are pre-designated for both voice and data applications on a fifty/fifty basis. When voice channels are not in use, the service can dynamically reallocate bandwidth to support data transmission rates burstable up to 1.54 Mbps from the configured base of 768 Kbps. "Our VersiPak service utilizes T1 access capabilities to optimize the communications of small- and medium-sized enterprises," said Steve Jacob, vice president and general manager for Time Warner Telecom in Indianapolis. "Combined with competitive pricing and high reliability, customers like Walker Racing are using our services to achieve higher levels of operational efficiency."
08/13/04
champcar
Denver race booming Denver race boomingBased on the extensive track signage we see here in Denver (even more than Long Beach) this weekend's Champ Car race looks like it is going to be a huge financial success. --Mark C.--
08/13/04
nascar
alms
Fellows lucky as rain cancels Glen Nextel Cup quals Fellows lucky as rain cancels Glen Nextel Cup qualsFellows, making his only scheduled NASCAR Nextel Cup start of the season, will have to fight his way from the rear of the field in Sunday’s 90-lap race on the 2.45-mile circuit. Not so fortunate were Boris Said and Scott Pruett, two other “road racing ringers” who were trying to get into the field for Sunday’s race, as well as former ALMS driver Klaus Graf. They, along with Stanton Barrett, were the four drivers who did not make the field under the formula. All NASCAR track activities were canceled Friday at Watkins Glen. Practice sessions will be held on Saturday to give teams time to prepare for Sunday’s race. Fellows normally pilots the Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C5-R in the ALMS with co-driver Johnny O’Connell. The next ALMS event is the Road America 500 in Elkhart Lake, Wis., Aug. 20-22.
08/13/04
champcar
Monteiro almost drove in Denver Monteiro almost drove in DenverWe ran into Portuguese driver Tiago Monteiro here in Denver. He is having a good time in the Nissan World Series but told us he would like to get back in Champ Car next year. “I almost drove for the Mi-Jack team this weekend,” said Monteiro. “As of 6 PM yesterday I was. I had a seat fitting and brought all my stuff. Unfortunately Nelson Philippe came up with some big money last night for the rest of the season and he is in and I am out.” Monteiro, who drove a Champ Car for Fittiipaldi-Dingman in 2003 was often the fastest Reynard driver and he turned in a front row performance at one race. Unfortunately Monteiro does not bring much money and unfortunately for Champ Car, who can use as many talented drivers as possible, he is still looking. Besides driving this year, he is the promoter of the Nissan World Series race at Estoril later this year. --Mark C.--
08/13/04
champcar
Mario Dominguez tops opening practice in Denver Mario Dominguez tops opening practice in DenverMario Dominguez was fastest in the opening practice session for the Champ Car Denver Grand Prix.   Sebastien Bourdais and AJ Allmendinger were 2nd and 3rd.  Allmendinger's RuSPORT team is based out of Loveland, a suburb of Denver, so this is their home race.   Mario Dominuez topped the session with a lap quicker than Bruno Junqueira's 2003 Pole time! Qualifying gets underway at 2pm local/MT (4pm ET, 20:00 UTC).  This 1.657-mile street circuit has been revised since last year, with the track widened in places and some corner sightlines improved for the drivers.
Pos  Driver  #  Engine/Chassis/Tire  Lap Time  Mph  km/h  Leader  Previous
1  M. Dominguez  55  Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone  1:01.272  97.356  156.679      
2  S. Bourdais  2  Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone  1:01.498  96.998  156.103  0.226   
3  A. Allmendinger  10  Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone  1:01.555  96.908  155.958  0.283  0.057
4  P. Tracy  1  Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone  1:01.599  96.839  155.847  0.327  0.044
5  B. Junqueira  6  Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone  1:01.644  96.769  155.734  0.372  0.045
6  O. Servia  11  Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone  1:01.674  96.721  155.657  0.402  0.030
7  R. Hunter-Reay  4  Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone  1:02.179  95.936  154.394  0.907  0.505
8  R. Gonzalez  21  Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone  1:02.184  95.928  154.381  0.912  0.005
9  J. Vasser  12  Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone  1:02.324  95.713  154.035  1.052  0.140
10  M. Jourdain Jr.  9  Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone  1:02.438  95.538  153.753  1.166  0.114 
11  M. Haberfeld  5  Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone  1:02.678  95.172  153.164  1.406  0.240
12  A. Tagliani  8  Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone  1:02.877  94.871  152.680  1.605  0.199
13  G. Mazzacane  19  Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone  1:02.995  94.693  152.393  1.723  0.118
14  N. Philippe  14  Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone  1:03.189  94.403  151.927  1.917  0.194
15  R. Lavin  3  Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone  1:03.477  93.974  151.236  2.205  0.288
16  J. Wilson  34  Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone  1:03.695  93.653  150.720  2.423  0.218
17  G. Smith  17  Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone  1:03.798  93.501  150.475  2.526  0.103
18  P. Carpentier  7  Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone  1:04.264  92.823  149.384  2.992  0.466
08/13/04
nascar
Final Brickyard 400 TV Rating Final Brickyard 400 TV RatingUPDATE #2 The Nextel Cup Brickyard 400 on NBC was up 2% from last year’s 6.0/15 and marked the fourth consecutive Nextel Cup race on NBC/TNT to post a year-over-year ratings gain. NBC/TNT is averaging a 4.9/12 for its four-race coverage, up 7% over last year’s 4.6/12 for the same four races.  08/10/04 While NBC earned a 5.5/12 overnight for Sunday's NASCAR Nextel Cup Brickyard 400, even with last year, it was down 4% from a 5.7/13 in '02 08/09/04 NBC's broadcast of Sunday's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway drew a 5.5 overnight rating and 12 share from Nielsen Media Research to match last year's figures.  Last year's final rating was 6.0/15 Share.
08/13/04
champcar
Western Union back on Allmendinger's car Western Union back on Allmendinger's carWestern Union is back on the sidepods of AJ Allmendinger's RuSPORT car for this weekend's Centrix Grand Prix of Denver.  Might they be full-time in 2005?
08/13/04
f1
Montoya makes most of new Williams nose Montoya makes most of new Williams noseWe have made good use of today's practice and my lap time was okay by the end of the session," said Montoya. "But there's still quite a lot of work ahead of us, because we know there's more in the car. The track was very dirty at the beginning of Free Practice and there was no grip at all, but conditions improved throughout the session and they were acceptable towards the end. However the balance of the FW26 wasn't ideal under cornering and on the bumpy sections. We need now to address this and get the car in good shape for tomorrow."  Technical Director Sam Michael added, "We have gone through our normal programme with evaluation of tyres and brakes. The track was lot cleaner than in previous years due to the new vacuum cleaner used, but still low grip to start with. We also concentrated on the start procedure with both drivers. In conclusion, we have had a good first day here and all the new parts we have brought to the car are working well. Although it is always a bit risky to bring new parts straight to a race, we have had a lot of confidence in the wind tunnel correlation to the track which enables us to do this."
08/13/04
champcar
Philippe is back Philippe is back17-year old Nelson Philippe is back in Champ Cars, replacing Alex Sperafico in the #14 Mi-Jack car.  Recall we rumored this a couple of weeks ago.  He will now have to learn the Reynard after being in a Lola at Rocketsports. Mark C.
08/13/04
champcar
 irl
IRL on road courses fulfills promise? IRL on road courses fulfills promise?With the release of its 2005 schedule last week, the Indy Racing League fulfilled the promise made by founder Tony George a decade ago and included two road racing events in its 16-race calendar.  The expansion to road courses remained a part of the overall IRL plan to give the series a broader appeal since its inception 10 years ago, but chief executive officer George insisted he wasn't going to rush into anything and waited for the right moment to make the move.  "All along we had contemplated running road courses and street circuits possibly at some point in time, with a real focus on preserving and protecting the open-wheel oval racing aspect of major league open-wheel racing," he said."We've always said if and when the right opportunity presented itself, we would add road racing. And we're happy . . . that Watkins Glen, [N.Y.] and Infineon Raceway [in Sonoma, Calif.] will be part of that in 2005."  Many racing insiders feel that the IRL racers would be hard-pressed to keep up with the Champ Car feeder series' Formula Atlantic cars.Luckily for the IRL, Champ Cars haven't raced at either track in years, so comparisons will be difficult for the casual viewer. But, with the oval-focused series talking about races at former and current Champ Car venues, dangerous roads loom on the horizon for the IRL.Even the most vitriolic Champ Car critics couldn't argue with the difference in resources between the two series.And there's where the IRL has the most to lose.While Champ Car teams have moved to reduce costs further and standardize many parts in an effort to keep budgets in check, the IRL has gone the other way in recent years, especially after engine-makers Honda and Toyota joined the circuit last year. Globe and Mail
08/13/04
nascar
Edwards gets call to replace Jeff Burton Edwards gets call to replace Jeff BurtonRoush Racing has revealed that Carl Edwards will replace the RCR-bound Jeff Burton at the wheel of the #99 Roush Racing Ford for the remainder of the 2004 season, starting from next weekend's Michigan GFS Marketplace 400.This is the opportunity of a lifetime," Edwards said, "I'm really excited about the opportunity that Jack Roush has given me, and I'm really looking forward to working with [crew chief] Bob Osborne and the entire #99 team.  "I've been watching the team and it's obvious that they have turned a corner and I'm excited to have the chance to help continue that momentum. They've had great race cars this year - and awesome pit-stops - and I'm really looking forward to working together as a team to try and take the #99 Ford to victory lane."  Edwards received his chance after regular #99 pilot Jeff Burton accepted an offer to switch to RCR's #30 AOL Chevrolet from Michigan onwards.
08/13/04
grandam
Quals rained out, Papis on The Glen pole Quals rained out, Papis on The Glen poleFor the second time in six days, Max Papis will start from the pole position in the No. 01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley as he claimed the inside of the front row for Friday’s Sahlen’s 200 at The Glen (SPEED Channel, 10 p.m. ET) based on Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series team points when Thursday’s qualifying session was rained out.  Papis and co-driver Scott Pruett will be going for their second consecutive win following last weekend’s triumph in the EMCO Gears Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic, and will be looking for their fourth overall victory of 2004. They also won the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen earlier this year on the 3.4-mile long course at Watkins Glen International. This weekend’s races at The Glen will use the 2.45-mile short course.  “We had a drive shaft problem (during qualifying) last time here,” Papis said. “We could only do one lap. Overall, we made a lot of improvements. We have to because all the competition is getting very, very close. I think in practice, the top one, two, three and four were only a couple of seconds different. It was a good decision from the Grand American personnel not to qualify. It's difficult to control a track like that when it's wet. We'll race tomorrow and keep fighting for the championship.”
08/13/04
cartatlantic
Dalziel penalized over shocks Dalziel penalized over shocksSeries officials from the Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama announced today that driver Ryan Dalziel (#28 ProWorks) and his Sierra Sierra Enterprises team have been penalized for failing to comply with series-mandated specifications on shock absorbers.  During a post-race technical inspection on the #28 car following last weekend’s victory by Dalziel at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, officials discovered that an internal part of the car’s shocks was measured and found to be outside of the specified tolerance. A decision on the penalty was delayed until today while series representatives consulted with the manufacturer on the part in question.  Pursuant to Chapter 10.8 and 10.9 of the 2004 Toyota Atlantic rule book, Dalziel has been penalized five points from his season total for the violation. The Scottish driver now has 228 points for the season, leaving him 11 points behind series point leader Jon Fogarty (#96 Pacific Coast Motorsports/Umbrella Entertainment) in the championship chase entering this weekend’s Argent Mortgage Toyota Atlantic Championship of Denver Presented by Yokohama. The Sierra Sierra team has also been fined $15,000 for the infraction.
08/13/04
f1
Raikkonen tops Schumacher in Free Practice 2 Raikkonen tops Schumacher in Free Practice 2Kimi Raikkonen, driving the imposing 'B spec' McLaren, was man of the moment when the clocks stopped on Friday practice at the always-dusty Hungaroring.  Strong winds negated much of the organisers' work in clearing away notorious dust - some four tonnes - before the F1 action kicked off near Budapest.  ''Track conditions were really poor,'' rued Renault's Fernando Alonso.

Rain that was predicted never came, but Michael Schumacher - perhaps on the lesser tyre product this weekend - is ever-present with a time good for second.  Alonso (10th), last year's winner who lapped Schumacher to boot, struggled for grip in the '04 Renault. ''The car was so under-steery,'' said the Spaniard.  ''Hopefully we'll sort this out, and a graining problem, tomorrow.''
 P. No  Driver       Team - Engine   Tyres    Times      Ave/Gaps  Laps
 1.  6  RAIKKONEN    McLaren Mercedes  M   1'20"884  194.990 Km/h  20 
 2.  1  M.SCHUMACHER Ferrari           B   1'21"009    + 0'00"125  30 
 3.  3  MONTOYA      Williams BMW      M   1'21"185    + 0'00"301  24 
 4.  5  COULTHARD    McLaren Mercedes  M   1'21"203    + 0'00"319  19 
 5. 17  PANIS        Toyota            M   1'21"352    + 0'00"468  23 
 6. 10  SATO         BAR Honda         M   1'21"364    + 0'00"480  22 
 7. 04  PIZZONIA     Williams BMW      M   1'21"574    + 0'00"690  26 
 8.  9  BUTTON       BAR Honda         M   1'21"685    + 0'00"801  19 
 9.  2  BARRICHELLO  Ferrari           B   1'21"712    + 0'00"828  19 
10.  8  ALONSO       Renault           M   1'21"948    + 0'01"064  22 
11. 14  WEBBER       Jaguar Cosworth   M   1'21"999    + 0'01"115  33 
12. 35  DAVIDSON     BAR Honda         M   1'22"356    + 0'01"472  34 
13. 37  WIRDHEIM     Jaguar Cosworth   M   1'22"559    + 0'01"675  23 
14. 18  HEIDFELD     Jordan Ford       B   1'22"651    + 0'01"767  19 
15. 39  GLOCK        Jordan Ford       B   1'22"697    + 0'01"813  21 
16. 11  FISICHELLA   Sauber Petronas   B   1'22"743    + 0'01"859  23 
17.  7  TRULLI       Renault           M   1'22"788    + 0'01"904  28 
18. 16  ZONTA        Toyota            M   1'22"808    + 0'01"924  28 
19. 19  PANTANO      Jordan Ford       B   1'22"937    + 0'02"053  22 
20. 15  KLIEN        Jaguar Cosworth   M   1'23"003    + 0'02"119  30 
21. 38  BRISCOE      Toyota            M   1'23"170    + 0'02"286  22 
22. 12  MASSA        Sauber Petronas   B   1'23"188    + 0'02"304  20 
23. 40  LEINDERS     Minardi Cosworth  B   1'25"339    + 0'04"455  17 
24. 21  BAUMGARTNER  Minardi Cosworth  B   1'25"450    + 0'04"566  16 
25. 20  BRUNI        Minardi Cosworth  B   1'26"365    + 0'05"481   4 

08/13/04
f1
No hostility at BAR says Button No hostility at BAR says ButtonJenson Button and Mark Webber faced the press in Hungary on the eve of this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix. But Button, who is still in the middle of contractual wranglings with BAR-Honda was unable to add any new comment to that situation, answering most questions with a resounding "no comment." Button added that there was no hostility from within the BAR team garage following his shock announcement that he intends to drive for Williams in 2005. "The atmosphere is OK, it's fine," he added. "We are all here to do a job. We are here to race, and we are here to hopefully get our best result this year.“It won’t be the easiest weekend of my life,” he continued,“but I’ve got a job to do here in Hungary and I’m very much looking forward to this weekend. --ITV-F1--
08/13/04
champcar
Vasser to drive at least one more year Vasser to drive at least one more yearJimmy Vasser knows well that certain records are broken because of longevity. And this weekend, he will tie one of his sport's most revered. Vasser will be starting in his 192nd consecutive Champ Car event, the Grand Prix of Denver. The start will tie Al Unser Jr.'s mark - he established it from 1983-1995.

Vasser's string started in 1993 at Laguna Seca in California, the final event of that season. The winner of that race was Paul Tracy, who is the defending champion in the Champ Car Series. And Vasser will be racing Tracy this weekend around the temporary street course surrounding the Pepsi Center.

Vasser, who is co-owner of PKV Racing with Kevin Kalkhoven and Dan Pettit, said he has a contract to drive through next season. His best finishes this season were in Toronto (second) and Milwaukee (fourth).

"We will evaluate my driving status after next year," Vasser said. "I could continue behind the wheel, but we will just have to see what happens after next season. Right now, I'm very excited about building our team."  More at Rocky Mountain News

08/13/04
champcar
Eidswick believes in Champ Car's future Eidswick believes in Champ Car's futureDick Eidswick is the first to admit he was not a motor sports type of guy before becoming president of Champ Car."But it is rapidly becoming my cup of tea," said Eidswick, who took the reigns of the struggling organization before the 2004 season despite having no experience in the motor sports industry. "You can't smell this much methane or listen to the engines and not pay attention to what is going on."And paying attention to "what is going on" is just what the Bridgestone presents Champ Car World Series needed from its new president.

At the end of last season, there were those in the racing world who did not believe Champ Car could recover. But Champ Car team owners Kevin Kalkhoven, Paul Gentilozzi and Jerry Forsythe were not about to let that happen. They formed the Open Wheel Racing Series to buy Championship Auto Racing Team's assets.Kalkhoven, a longtime friend of Eidswick, asked if Eidswick would come on board to replace past president Chris Pook. It has proved to be a move in the right direction.I try to listen to the drivers and see what they want," said Eidswick, who has considerable marketing experience with a variety of companies. "They are very important to our sport. Sometimes they might not be that happy with what we want to do, but that is the nature of sports.

"We are coming to Denver with a lot of enthusiasm," said Eidswick, whose first duty with Champ Cars was sorting out the bankruptcy issues. "We knew there was some doubt in Denver; all we had to do was figure it out. I compliment Bob Sutton on what he has been able to do."

Sutton, the chief executive officer and owner of Centrix Financial, was worried last year that the event would be canceled. But his excitement has been renewed because of the efforts of Eidswick and his staff. More at Rocky Mountain News

08/13/04
champcar
Junqueira predicts better Denver race Junqueira predicts better Denver raceBruno Junqueira went wire-to-wire to win the inaugural Grand Prix of Denver, then won last year despite trailing 30 laps and brushing the wall late in the race.  With the course altered to allow for more passing and Sebastien Bourdais building on his points lead just about every week, Junqueira might have a tough time making it 3-for-3. "Denver has been very nice to me," Junqueira said Thursday. "It's a very difficult race track, very easy to get lost in the setup or to make mistakes in the race. I've been fortunate enough to have two great weekends and I hope I can put the (team) back on top at the end of the race."   The course is already difficult to navigate because of a few narrow spots and plenty of bumps. The altitude in the Mile High City also limits the amount of downdraft on the cars, forcing the teams to be creative when making modifications to keep the cars from sliding around the track. And now they have some new wrinkles to get used to.   Race officials added about 50 feet to last year's circuit, widened turn 5 and moved the start/finish line so it comes after the backstretch. It should make for far more excitement from the race's first two years, which were fairly pedestrian - at least for cars that go upwards of 200 miles per hour - with not much passing and few lead changes.   "Definitely, with the change in the track setup there is going to be a lot of excitement and passing," Bourdais said.   More at AP article
08/13/04
champcar
Hunter-Reay a fan of fans and race Hunter-Reay a fan of fans and raceWhen not directly involved with his racing duties, Ryan Hunter-Reay likes nothing better than to hobnob with the fans.And like all drivers on the Champ Car World Series circuit, he wants fans to know how the series is progressing and what it is trying to do to offer a better product."I just want fans to know that anyone can come up and talk to me and for me to let them know what is going on about myself and our sport," said Hunter-Reay, one of three American drivers on the circuit this season. "We are working on making this a better and better show."  There is little doubt Hunter-Reay, 23, has become a determined ambassador of the sport.  "Denver is a great place to have a grand prix, one of the higher-profile places we race," said Hunter-Reay, who last week looked at the 1.647- mile course around the Pepsi Center. "I know there has been a lot of complaints that we didn't have enough passing here. But this year, we have the push- to-pass button. So I think that helps that we look to the fans and the media. I know the show will be a lot better, and Denver is a great place to do it."  The push-to-pass function increases engine boost to provide an extra 50 horsepower at the press of a button, helping a driver make a pass while in a tight situation.Hunter-Reay said qualifying upfront is paramount in Denver. But then, he also said that in Champ Car, it usually is paramount wherever drivers go.  More at Rocky Mountain News
08/13/04
f1
Hungary Thursday Press Conference Hungary Thursday Press ConferenceHere is a transcript of Thursday's Hungary GP press conference with :
Jenson Button (BAR)
Mark Webber (Jaguar)
David Coulthard (McLaren)
Giancarlo Fisichella (Sauber) 
08/13/04
f1
Schumacher meets the press Schumacher meets the pressAfter causing a mini-riot this afternoon, when he signed autographs for the public in the pit lane, Michael Schumacher moved to the quieter surroundings of the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro media motorhome for his first meeting with the press since Sunday in Hockenheim, over two weeks ago.

Had the world champion missed Formula 1? "Yes and no," was his mixed response. "In a way, if you love racing, then you miss it, but I know I will be doing this job for a long time still, so it was nice to be able to relax and do fun things with my family."

Mathematically, the Constructors' title can stay at Maranello after this Sunday's race. In its simplest terms, the Renault team would have to score more than nine points more than Ferrari this weekend. Any other scenario and the Scuderia takes the Championship again. "It is delightful to be in this situation," admitted Michael. "But it does not make this weekend any more important than the others."

The big talking point of the summer break has been the news that Jenson Button is planning to leave BAR-Honda for the BMW-Williams team next year. "I was surprised to hear this, because I thought that Jenson seemed happy at BAR," said Michael. "However, I don't know the story behind this move, so I feel it would incorrect for me to comment."

According to one journalist in the audience, Renault's Fernando Alonso has said he can beat Schumacher if they had the same F1 car, and the German was asked if he would like to go head to head with the Spaniard on the track in road cars. "Yes why not, but maybe a better idea would be to race on skateboards," he joked.  Ferrari

08/13/04
champcar
Champ Car succeeds by staying on track Champ Car succeeds by staying on trackThe Champ Car World Series earns passing marks at the midpoint of its inaugural season if for no other reason than it is still very much alive heading into the second half.   Silencing critics who said a reorganized Champ Car would never fly, or would soon crash if it did, new owners Gerald Forsythe, Paul Gentilozzi and Kevin Kalkhoven have made good on their pledge to keep the former Championship Auto Racing Teams series in business.  Through eight races heading into the Grand Prix of Denver on Sunday, Champ Car has kept intact the same lineup of nine teams and 18 cars that began the season in April at Long Beach, Calif. Sixteen of those 18 cars still have the same driver.  But major obstacles remain.

• Attendance has been up and down.

• No new teams have surfaced and there have been few new sponsors.

• TV ratings on Spike are miniscule.

• The schedule remains in flux, with an open date still remaining this year (Puerto Rico has emerged as the top contender to fill it) and several question marks for 2005.

To address those issues, at least in part, Champ Car last week announced the hiring of Joe Chrnelich, CEO of the Wisconsin State Fair Park and The Milwaukee Mile, as director of development and planning.  On the track, despite four wins by runaway points leader Sebastien Bourdais, at least two-thirds of the field has proven to be competitive, with different teams rising up each race to challenge.  "As much as I look forward to the rest of the year," talented rookie A.J. Allmendinger said, "I really look forward to next season because I think that's when Champ Car is going to be back in the flow of things and really be taking off to where it used to be."

Meanwhile, the dismantling of a bankrupt CART is entering the final stages.  A plan for liquidating remaining assets was presented to creditors this week and a hearing is scheduled Sept. 13 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Indianapolis.  Still to be determined is what Champ Car will need to do to retain membership in ACCUS, the U.S. arm of the sport's international governing body (FIA). That spot continues to be held by CART. Indy Star

08/13/04
f1
Hungary: Schumacher tops Free Practice 1 Hungary: Schumacher tops Free Practice 1We thought Hungary was going to favor the Michelin shod cars.  Not according to these results as Michael Schumacher and his teammate Rubens Barrichello topped the charts Friday morning.  Free Practice 2 to follow
 P. No  Driver       Team - Engine   Tires    Times      Ave/Gaps  Laps
 1.  1  M.SCHUMACHER Ferrari           B   1'21"552  193.393 Km/h  10   
 2.  2  BARRICHELLO  Ferrari           B   1'21"938    + 0'00"386  11 
 3. 35  DAVIDSON     BAR Honda         M   1'21"951    + 0'00"399  24 
 4.  6  RAIKKONEN    McLaren Mercedes  M   1'23"024    + 0'01"472   5 
 5.  5  COULTHARD    McLaren Mercedes  M   1'23"100    + 0'01"548   8 
 6.  3  MONTOYA      Williams BMW      M   1'23"753    + 0'02"201   8 
 7. 17  PANIS        Toyota            M   1'23"827    + 0'02"275   8 
 8. 38  BRISCOE      Toyota            M   1'24"108    + 0'02"556  20 
 9.  7  TRULLI       Renault           M   1'24"124    + 0'02"572  13 
10.  9  BUTTON       BAR Honda         M   1'24"140    + 0'02"588  14 
11.  8  ALONSO       Renault           M   1'24"191    + 0'02"639  13 
12. 11  FISICHELLA   Sauber Petronas   B   1'24"198    + 0'02"646  13 
13. 16  ZONTA        Toyota            M   1'24"236    + 0'02"684  13 
14. 37  WIRDHEIM     Jaguar Cosworth   M   1'24"265    + 0'02"713  23 
15. 19  PANTANO      Jordan Ford       B   1'24"353    + 0'02"801  15 
16. 04  PIZZONIA     Williams BMW      M   1'24"381    + 0'02"829  13 
17. 18  HEIDFELD     Jordan Ford       B   1'24"462    + 0'02"910  13 
18. 39  GLOCK        Jordan Ford       B   1'24"843    + 0'03"291  22 
19. 10  SATO         BAR Honda         M   1'25"071    + 0'03"519  13 
20. 12  MASSA        Sauber Petronas   B   1'25"218    + 0'03"666  17 
21. 15  KLIEN        Jaguar Cosworth   M   1'25"834    + 0'04"282  10 
22. 40  LEINDERS     Minardi Cosworth  B   1'26"074    + 0'04"522  18 
23. 21  BAUMGARTNER  Minardi Cosworth  B   1'28"296    + 0'06"744  11 
24. 20  BRUNI        Minardi Cosworth  B   1'28"893    + 0'07"341  12
08/13/04
nascar
Fellows get cup ride for The Glen with Earnhardt Fellows get cup ride for The Glen with EarnhardtToronto native Ron Fellows will drive for the Dale Earnhardt Inc. racing team in this weekend's NASCAR Nextel Cup race.   ``We're excited to have Ron Fellows behind the wheel of one of our Chevy NASCAR Nextel Cup cars,'' said Doug Duchardt, director of General Motors' racing division.  ``Fellows is one of the finest racing drivers of the modern era yet he has a quality that is increasingly becoming extinct in motorsports today: the ability to compete successfully in a wide variety of equipment, regardless of the environment.''
08/13/04
champcar
Patriot Motorcycles Corp. Announces Partnership with Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Patriot Motorcycles Corp. Announces Partnership with Mi-Jack Conquest RacingMichel Attias, CEO of Patriot Motorcycles Corp. is proud to announce that Patriot is now the official supplier of Motorcycles and all terrain vehicles (ATVs) for the Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Team. Mi-Jack Conquest Racing currently participates in the 2004 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford being represented by the #34 Ford/Lola/Bridgestone driven by rookie sensation Justin Wilson.

Patriot Motorcycles, a publicly held corporation (Pink Sheets: PMCY), is the exclusive United States distributor of off/on road motorcycles and all terrain vehicles (ATVs) manufactured in China by Yamoto Motors Corporation, to Patriot's stringent specifications. The company and its management are firmly committed to distributing the finest manufactured motorized products, starting with their off/on road motorcycles and ATVs at a substantially lower cost of their competitors. Patriot's goal is to bring affordable family fun to the world.

Team co-owner Eric Bachelart is excited about the addition of Patriot Motorcycles to the Mi-Jack Conquest Racing family. "We are proud to associate ourselves with such a fine company. Patriot and Mi-Jack Racing share the same traits of striving for excellence in our respective organizations. We look forward to a profound relationship now and into the future."

Patriot's Vice President of sales, racing legend Dick Simon echoed Bachelart's sentiments regarding the association with Mi-Jack Conquest Racing. "I have been involved in racing for over forty years and to come back to racing, bringing Yamoto by Patriot Motorcycles together with Champ Car and a team of this caliber is fantastic. I couldn't be happier!"

Mr. Attias stated, Patriot is very excited to be associated with the Mi-Jack Conquest racing Team, "This is just one of many steps throughout the motorsports industry the company will take to build the Yamoto brand."

Mi-Jack Racing will begin using Patriot Motorcycles' products starting with the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver on August 13-15, 2004. "Our Drivers and the team's crew cover a lot of ground at the various tracks we visit throughout the season. We all are looking forward to using Patriot's Motorcycles as our mode of transportation on and off the tracks," added Bachelart.

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