In a dramatic Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix qualifying session that was marred with heavy crashes, it was Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa who grabbed pole position in front of Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso. Pedrosa put in a new fastest ever lap in the high 1.38s, relegating Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo into second on the grid, after he had struggled with his bike in the preceding sessions. Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso completes the front row, having improved steadily all weekend on his satellite machine. Heading up the second row in fourth is Lorenzo’s teammate Ben Spies, who did incredibly well to walk away from a big crash whilst pushing hard on a hot lap. LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl will be very pleased with his day’s work, after the German rookie managed to put his bike fifth on the grid.
Allgaier outlasts chaos to make his winning move Justin Allgaier might come from a family whose roots are deeply planted in oval track stock-car racing, but Saturday Lil' Gator proved he can turn left and right with the best of the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Allgaier captured his first win of the season at the NAPA Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, emerging in front after a frenzied green-white-checkered finish.
"Today was just an awesome day," said Allgaier. "Winning in Montreal means so much because all the people in the series enjoy coming here. The atmosphere is great, the fans never disappoint here but the race played out perfectly for us."
Mike Hewland dies It is with great sadness that we report the death of Mike Hewland, founder of Hewland Engineering Ltd. He passed away peacefully at home today. He was 89. He is survived by his wife Janet, son William and daughters Wendy and Sarah.
Michael Philip Hewland left school at 14, shunning a grammar school place to instead begin work in engineering. His explanation being `because I was hungry`.
After years in engineering, including at Sykes and ML Aviation, he set up Hewland Engineering in 1957 originally with a metal plating idea. This was not as successful as hoped and he soon became drawn back to the gear making skills he knew so well. His base was in `a leaky shed near Maidenhead station with 4 staff`.
What looked like a disaster early on for Nelson Piquet Jr. -- a spin on Lap 56 -- turned fortuitous as green flags clicked by to close the VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway.
Piquet and crew chief Chris Carrier employed a brilliant -- and race-winning -- strategy to capture the Brazilian's first victory in the Camping World Truck Series. The duo chose to stay out while the front-runners pitted under green, then milked a huge lead that ballooned to more than 15 seconds with seven laps remaining.
Filipe Albuquerque sets fastest time in first free practice Fan weather at the Nurburgring: the Eifel, normally rather changeable, presented itself in its best way on Friday: bright sunshine and temperatures beyond 25 degrees. For Saturday and Sunday, temperatures of over 30 degrees have been forecast. For the DTM, first free practice was scheduled. Filipe Albuquerque set the fastest time in the 90 minutes’ session with his Audi A5 DTM.
With his fastest lap time of 1:25.007 minutes, the Portuguese topped an Audi trio in the first three positions. Mattias Ekström and Mike Rockenfeller ended up second and third respectively. Norisring winner Jamie Green drove the fastest AMG Mercedes C-Coupé in fourth place, Dirk Werner was classified ninth as the fastest driver with a BMW M3 DTM. Rahel Frey was the best-placed lady racer in eleventh place with her Audi A5 DTM.
Even though the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is feverishly busy celebrating Shelby Cobra’s 50th Anniversary, it is simultaneously revealing the rich heritage of historic automobile racing as a whole with 17 different period-specific race groups running the road course at Monterey, California’s Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The event, in its second day of well-attended qualifying rounds, will swell with even more spectators come tomorrow, when weekend competition begins and the natural rhythm of Monterey Peninsula’s Classic Car Week swings attention from today’s champagne receptions at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering to the only driving-at-speed event in Car Week’s richly-stocked smorgasbord of offerings for vintage automobile lovers.
Changes made to the raceway at Sonoma's layout for the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma drew positive reviews from IZOD IndyCar Series drivers testing at the 2.310-mile road circuit on Aug. 17.
Officials at the raceway in Sonoma worked with INDYCAR drivers, teams and officials to modify the layout with major changes made to Turns 7, 9 and 11. Most felt the changes were positive with some suggestions at making the track even better.
"I think the track is definitely going to promote more passing in Turn 7," said Team Penske's Will Power, who leads the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings entering the Sonoma race. "The passing zone in (Turn) 7 is the best one, but if they changed Turn 11 to modify the exit curbs a bit it could be good, as well, but good changes, for sure."
Tagliani on Montreal pole IndyCar driver Alex Tagliani bested the likes of Sam Hornish Jr., Jacques Villeneuve, Danica Patrick and Kyle Busch fill-in Owen Kelly to win the pole for the Nationwide Series race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Pedrosa laps under circuit record at Indy The MotoGP teams kicked off the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix in fine form today, with Dani Pedrosa topping the time sheets on the first day of free practice at the World famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
With heavy rainfall from the night before, track conditions were poor in the morning session. However, by the afternoon the grip level had improved considerably. Pedrosa took the biggest advantage of the better conditions, lapping 2.4 seconds quicker than the morning session with a 1'39.783 - faster than the circuit record of 1'39.807 set by Casey Stoner here in 2011.
Kids seating now available in Turn One at MIS Due to the overwhelming response to the family grandstand in turn three, Michigan International Speedway has extended its free seating for kids 12 and under to the turn one grandstand.
Kids 12 and under can now sit for free in sections 59-111 in the turn one grandstands. All rows, 1-40 will be available for this special opportunity. A free kids ticket is required for this area. From this vantage point, fans will be treated to a great view as the cars fan out to two and three wide at 200 mph as they approach at nearly top speed.
Wind Tunnel Sunday Dave Despain is on vacation this week. Adam Alexander and Robin Miller will host the show this Sunday night. 2003 Champ Car World Series Champion, Paul Tracy, will join our panel from Las Vegas. Paul will be racing in Saturday’s Rolex Series event in Montreal.
In addition, we’ll talk to Nationwide Series title contender, Austin Dillon. As a rookie in the series, Austin has been no lower than 4th in the standings all year. He collected his first and only win thus far at Kentucky in June. In 2011, he became the youngest champion in Camping World Truck Series history.
National Guard Inks Earnhardt Jr. Sponsorship For '13 Sprint Cup Races Hendrick Motorsports on Friday announced that the Army National Guard in '13 will sponsor Dale Earnhardt Jr. for 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup races. The National Guard budgeted $26.5M "for its sponsorship this year," but next year's budget "was not announced." The Guard "has been a co-primary sponsor of Earnhardt" since '08, and is sponsoring his car for 18 races in '12. National Guard Marketing Branch Chief Lt. Col. Michael Wegner in a statement said, “What NASCAR gives us is a national marketing platform that also can be leveraged at that local level" Sportingnews.com
More Muscle: Luhr Quickest in Opening Road America Practice Lucas Luhr continued Muscle Milk Pickett Racing’s strong showing in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n. The P1 championship co-leader set a lap of 1:51.604 (130.604 mph) during the opening practice for this weekend's Road America Road Race Showcase in the No. 6 Honda Performance Development ARX-03a prototype that he shares with Klaus Graf.
Luhr and Graf have won the last five ALMS races, and the Muscle Milk car also was quickest in Thursday’s test session. Friday, Luhr went 2.604 seconds faster than Guy Smith in the No. 16 Dyson Racing Lola-Mazda coupe. Eric Lux was third in P1 in another Dyson prototype at 1:57.560 (123.961 mph).
Magnus Racing Issues Pre-Race Press Release mocking them Headed in to this weekend’s Montreal 200, the 11th round of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the only round outside of the United States, Magnus Racing has decided to once again issue a pre-race press release.
“We like to issue pre-race press releases before every event,” stated Magnus Racing Team Owner John Potter. “It challenges our PR team to find different ways to basically write the same thing every time. I’m personally ‘excited,’ ‘anxious,’ or simply ‘looking forward’ to racing in Canada this weekend. Since my quotes have been so dull, I think I’ll use the rest of the year to make things more exciting, maybe I’ll promote a winery, or take stabs at failed renters, heck I can do any number of things! ”
Gibbs suing sponsor for non-payment Joe Gibbs Racing was supposed to have Trans-Lux on the Sprint Cup car of #11-Denny Hamlin later this year but the company allegedly hasn't paid for its sponsorship of JGR, according to a lawsuit filed earlier this month. Trans-Lux, which manufactures video display boards, including scoreboards for everything from high school fields to arenas, sponsored Joey Logano in his Nationwide Series win at California earlier this season. According to a news release at the time, the sponsorship would move to Hamlin's Cup car for one race this fall 2012 and also included access to NFL Hall of Fame coach and team owner Joe Gibbs. The two-page lawsuit, filed by JGR on Aug. 3 in North Carolina Superior Court in Charlotte, does not list the amount of the sponsorship deal, which was signed in 2011. It alleges that Trans-Lux "breached the contract by failing to make various payments, when due." Sporting News
Luhr, Graf Continue Flexing Muscle at Road America
With hardly anyone to compete with in P1, Muscle Milk is always fastest
Muscle Milk Pickett Racing is showing no sign of slowing down in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron. Riding a five-race winning streak, the No. 6 Honda Performance Development ARX-03a prototype of Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr turned the best time in testing Thursday at Road America – a 1:51.397 (130.819 mph).
Graf and Luhr haven’t lost an ALMS race since the season-opening round at Sebring in March. A victory Saturday in the four-hour Road America Road Race Showcase would extend Graf and Luhr’s championship lead in the P1 driver standings and Muscle Milk’s advantage in the team title chase.
Brad Keselowski Featured in New ESPN NASCAR Ad Driver Brad Keselowski is featured in the newest “Nothing Beats First Place” ad to promote ESPN’s coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the third of four ads in the humorous campaign. In the new spot, Keselowski fights to stay awake after a gigantic turkey feast, gets (fake) pepper-sprayed while trying to decipher an autostereogram image and answers odd questions at a news conference, none of which are harder than winning. Wieden + Kennedy New York is the creative agency for the campaign. The spot debuts in ESPN’s telecast of Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
Tagliani Turns In Late Flyer To Lead Montreal 200 Thursday Practice Alex Tagliani, making his first drive in a Daytona Prototype, looked right at home in more ways than one Thursday afternoon at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, setting the fastest speed in the opening day of practice for the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series' Montreal 200.
Tagliani, a Montreal native racing on his home track, drove the No. 2 Soloson Ford/Riley to a best lap of 104.284 mph (1 minute, 33.518 seconds) on the 2.709-mile, 15-turn road course late in the second of two Thursday practice sessions.
Mouser Electronics Gears Up for IndyCar Grand Prix of Sonoma Mouser Electronics shifts into high gear with champion driver Tony Kanaan for the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway on August 26, where the tenacious driver will campaign the No. 11 Mouser Electronics/GEICO/KV Racing Technology Chevrolet/Firestone IndyCar on the famous California purpose-built road course.
The track is a 2.52-mile road course nestled in the beautiful Sonoma Wine Country. In 2005, Kanaan claimed the inaugural victory when IndyCar returned to Sonoma Valley after a 35-year hiatus. With a previous win at Sonoma on his record, Kanaan is sure to keep fans on the edge of their seats this year as he races for another win.
Felipe Massa 'knows what he has to do' to stand a chance of salvaging his Ferrari drive for 2013, according to team boss Stefano Domenicali.
AUTOSPORT understands that the Brazilian still has an opportunity to stay on in the second Ferrari race seat for an eighth season, despite the disappointing form that has seen him fail to finish on the podium since the 2010 German Grand Prix.
Massa is currently 139 points behind his championship-leading team-mate Fernando Alonso in the 2012 standings.
Red Bull F1 Running Showcar Plays The Star-Spangled Banner For PR purposes the Red Bull Racing-livered Running Showcar was in in the US in New York's Liberty Park; and, just for the fun of it, played our host's national anthem. All together now: "O say can you see by the dawn's early light..."
Filming the latest "INDYCAR 36" during the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio event earlier this month was a collaborative effort between the featured driver, Simon Pagenaud, and the IMS Productions crew.
"I allowed them to see everything apart from the shower, but they did ask," joked Pagenaud, who put an exclamation point on the race weekend with a third-place finish.
"INDYCAR 36" airs at 7 p.m. (ET) Aug. 25 following NBC Sports Network's coverage of the Brasil IT+ Pole Day qualifying for the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. The network will broadcast the 85-lap race on the 2.31-mile, 12-turn road course at 4:30 p.m. (ET) Aug. 26.
Button not expecting team orders Jenson Button feels it would be too early to apply team orders when Formula 1 action resumes in Belgium at the start of next month. With eleven races down and nine to go in 2011, the former World Champion sits seventh in the Drivers’ Championship and 88 points in arrears of leader Fernando Alonso. Lewis Hamilton is fourth, 47 points behind.
Button started the campaign in fine fashion, winning in Melbourne and picking up second place in China. He failed to score another podium until Germany last month.
“I don't think the team will actually ask me to do that,” Button told Sky Sports when asked if McLaren should now back Hamilton for the title. “I personally feel that, until I can't win the championship, there is a chance - you really do never know.
NASCAR Watkins Glen TV RatingUPDATE #2 On the final weekend of the Olympics, ABC’s live telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International on Saturday, Aug. 11, earned a 1.2 U.S. final household rating, averaging 1,723,146 viewers, according to the Nielsen Company. The rating was down from a 1.3 U.S. rating when the race aired on ESPN last year.
08/14/12 On the finalweekend of the Olympics, ESPN’s live telecast the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International on Sunday, Aug. 12, earned a 3.3 final household coverage rating (2.8 U.S. rating), averaging 4,472,687 viewers, according to the Nielsen Company.
Last year’s race was rained out and run on a Monday. The 2010 race was run and telecast as scheduled and earned a 3.6 household coverage rating while not airing on an Olympics weekend.
Ratings for ABC’s telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Watkins Glen on Saturday, Aug. 11, will be available later this week.
08/13/12 ESPN earned a 2.7 overnight for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Finger Lakes 355 Sunday. ABC earned a 1.2 overnight for the NASCAR Nationwide Series: Zippo 200 at The Glen Saturday.
Coulthard drives Red Bull on New Jersey circuit David Coulthard has become the first man to drive a Formula 1 car around the streets of New Jersey. The same roads will play host to the Grand Prix of America next season, with the event promising to be the highlight of the calendar in June.
In a full-length video which will soon be released by Red Bull, the championship runner-up of 2001 drove an F1 car though the Lincoln Tunnel (top) at speeds of up to 190 miles per hour. He also navigated the Port Imperial street circuit, complete with a New York City skyline backdrop. On Monday came a tour of Liberty State Park which included the car playing The Star-Spangled Banner, the US national anthem, on its engine.
Dodge's departure leaves big void in NASCAR Richard Petty hoped Marcos Ambrose’s victory last Sunday at Watkins Glen International would put Ford Racing in a good mood – good enough to re-sign his race team for 2013.
While the victory certainly couldn’t have come at a better time, Ford apparently was a little disappointed Petty considered a move to Dodge next year and no deal was struck.
“I had my contract in my pocket and I was going to let them sign it right there,” Petty said. “I don’t think it went over too good.”
Austin F1 race concert cancelled The concert that was scheduled to accompany the inaugural United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas has been cancelled, at least at the original planned location. According to the Austin American Statesman, the event was planned for a public park called Auditorium Shores but the concert would have required an exception to city rules, which limit the number of large events that can be held there.
Grand Prix of Baltimore Unveils SRT as Presenting Sponsor Andretti Sports Marketing and Race On, LLC announced today that the Chrysler Group's Street and Racing Technology (SRT) brand will be the presenting sponsor of the upcoming Labor Day weekend event now known as the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT. In unveiling a new logo incorporating its new presenting sponsor, the Baltimore promoter also announced that SRT will serve as the Official Car and the Official Truck of the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT.
The 2013 SRT Viper and 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 will lead the field at the start of each of the major races during the three-day event, August 31 through September 2, including Sunday's IZOD IndyCar Series race. Saturday's American Le Mans Series race will now be known as the "Baltimore Sports Car Challenge presented by SRT."
SPEED Live from Indy MotoGP SPEED is live from this weekend’s Red Bull Indianapolis GP, the 11th race of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship season, with race coverage beginning at noon ET on Sunday.
Reporting from the 16-turn, 2.621-mile road circuit at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that incorporates part of the Speedway’s famous oval, Ralph Sheheen hosts SPEED coverage with Leigh Diffey and Hall of Fame racer Scott Russell calling the Moto3, Moto2 and World Championship races and Greg White reporting from the pits.
Organizers Ready To Wave Green Flag On Baltimore Grand Prix Despite initial uncertainty following the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix, the streets of downtown Baltimore again will transform into a race track during Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, as the IZOD IndyCar Series and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron return to the city.
In its second year, the event is now under the direction of a third organizing group. But Baltimoreans are counting on a legendary racing name -- Andretti -- to ensure the Grand Prix of Baltimore becomes an annual staple of Labor Day weekend.
After city officials terminated contracts with two other groups during a four-month span, the board of estimates approved a five-year agreement in mid-May to award the event to Race On LLC and Andretti Sports Marketing. The new team wasted little time putting its stamp on the race.
Sam Schmidt Weighs In On New Formula For Indy Lights As owner of the most successful team in Indy Lights history, Sam Schmidt is very interested in the process of creating a new chassis and engine formula for INDYCAR’S Firestone Indy Lights Championship.
Series officials have confirmed they are accepting proposals by manufacturers who want to provide the next evolution Indy Lights racing chassis beginning in 2014. It’s anticipated that a new engine will also be introduced at the same time.
In a story published at SpeedTV.com last week, it was confirmed that the Delta Wing chassis has been submitted to League officials for consideration as the new Indy Lights spec chassis.
Marco Andretti, driver of the No. 26 Chevrolet for Andretti Autosport, finished 11th in June’s IZOD Indy Car Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, but he still holds the course dear to his heart. “That place is definitely a standout for us schedule-wise as far as IndyCar is concerned,” Andretti said of the Belle Isle course. “I was sad to see it go for a while, but very pleased that Chevrolet and Roger Penske stepped up to put it back on the schedule. It’s those types of circuits that are very rewarding if you’re able to get it right.”
Even the track surface problem that shortened the race couldn’t spoil Andretti’s passion for the circuit. “We’re racing on the streets, so obviously, there’s those aspects that can happen,” Andretti said. “For me, it didn’t really affect my race too badly other than obviously cutting it short, strategy-wise. I have all the faith in the world that next year, the Grand Prix and Penske are going to give us what we need – state of the art.”
Earnhardt Jr. now co-owner of Florida auto dealerships Dale Earnhardt Jr. has his hand in several businesses. He owns Hammerhead Entertainment, a video production company. He operates JR Motorsports, which owns two cars in the Nationwide Series. He owns country-themed bars named Whisky River in Charlotte, N.C., and Jacksonville, Fla.
And now he co-owns a couple of automobile dealerships. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Buick GMC Cadillac opened Monday in Tallahassee, Fla., after the Hendrick Automotive Group bought the dealerships from Larry Strom.
Dallara factory in Speedway offers behind-the-scenes look Before Gian Paolo Dallara designed cars for the Indianapolis 500, he was a highly valued employee of both Enzo Ferrari and Ferruccio Lamborghini.
Dallara's history in the hallowed "Motor Valley" of Italy and his future in the "Racing Capital of the World" are on display at the Dallara IndyCar Factory, a Speedway attraction that opened to the public last month.
Tours are given at 11 a.m., and 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, when visitors experience behind-the-scenes aspects of racing not accessible even with garage and pit passes at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
"We have kids who are crazy IndyCar fans, and we have men in their 70s who raced at IMS," said Kinsey Collins, the factory's event manager. "It's great to interact with all of them."
West Coast Customs and Geek Squad sponsor Edwards The world famous West Coast Customs (WCC), renown vehicle customizers and producers of the hit vehicle-build reality TV show Inside West Coast Customs, has partnered with Best Buy's Geek Squad to develop Carl Edwards' #99 race car design for the NASCAR Pure Michigan 400 race. Ryan Friedlinghaus, a NASCAR fan, was excited when long-time partner Geek Squad approached the WCC team on designing a car for this race.
"This was a very unique and exciting opportunity for West Coast Customs," said Ryan Friedlinghaus, CEO and founder of West Coast Customs. "As a devoted NASCAR fan, seeing the WCC design and logo on Carl Edwards' race car will be an amazing experience. We are filming the unveiling and all the activities throughout the weekend for our TV show Inside West Coast Customs." West Coast Customs will feature a display in the NASCAR fan zone area at Michigan International Speedway August 17th - 19th. The Inside West Coast Customs Geek Squad/Carl Edwards episode will be airing this fall. Owner Ryan Friedlinghaus and his shop have been doing exclusive custom builds for the MTV show Pimp my Ride, TLC's Street Customs, Street Customs Berlin and now on his new show Inside West Coast Customs. Ryan and his crew are world-renowned for their extreme vehicles, outrageous features, and next level designs. Roush Fenway Racing PR
Drunk Iowa Driver's Blood Alcohol Level Was Nearly Eight times legal limit An Iowa man arrested for drunk driving registered a blood alcohol level nearly eight times the legal limit, according to court records.
Justin Clark, 24, was collared on July 29 after witnesses called 911 after spotting him driving erratically. When police arrived, the incoherent Clark was at the wheel of his Toyota Yaris revving the vehicle’s engine.
Clark is pictured at right in a mug shot taken yesterday morning, long after he sobered up.
Clark was transported to a local hospital where a blood draw revealed his BAC was a whopping .627 (the legal limit is .08), according to a criminal complaint filed yesterday in Johnson County District Court.
Pete Bovenberg’s MBO Motorsports team to use unfair advantage at Thunderhill
Bovenberg in the red Civic battles his way through the field at Sonoma
Napa, CA -- The MBO Motorsports Honda team has decided to use an unfair advantage in order to gain some valuable points at the August Thunderhill race in the Nitto Tires United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC). The team’s regular driver Pete Bovenberg will not drive at the fourth race of the season in August, instead filling the seat of the Honda Civic will be Brandon Kraus, the current USTCC Driving Champion.
The MBO Motorsports Honda Civic has not had a great season with the two time Driving Champion behind the wheel.So far this season, Bovenberg managed to finish eighth in race two and did not even get to finish in the first race. At round three at Sonoma Raceway, Bovenberg finally had a good qualifying performance and looked to win but a stall at the start put him at the back of the field and he had to work his way through the field and eventually finished in third, setting the quickest lap of the race in the process.
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