NBC Sports Network has full slate of racing this weekend NBC Sports Group has scheduled 21.5 hours of motorsports coverage this weekend, highlighted by live Formula One coverage from Belgium and the IndyCar race from the road course at Sonoma on NBCSN on Sunday. NBCSN's Sunday doubleheader of live-race coverage begins at 7:30 a.m. ET with the Shell Belgian Grand Prix, and continues with the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at 4 p.m. ET.
Coverage of the Shell Belgian Grand Prix begins on Friday with live practice on NBCSN at 8 a.m. ET. Live streaming coverage of qualifying can be seen on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group's live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets, on Saturday at 8 a.m. ET, and on NBCSN at 12:30 p.m. ET. Sunday's live coverage of the Shell Belgian Grand Prix on NBCSN begins at 7:30 a.m. ET.
Throughout the weekend at Michigan International Speedway, several Sprint Cup drivers who had made the move to the top NASCAR level at a young age were asked about the adjustment. Those questions pertained to the possibility that Earnhardt Ganassi Racing could move 21-year-old Kyle Larson into the No. 42 car starting next season. Juan Pablo Montoya won't return to the seat, and Larson is considered one of the top young talents in the sport, but many fear moving him to Cup could curb his development and ruin a bright future.
U.S. Director Ron Howard Discusses 'Rush,' His New Film About Famous F1 Rivalry U.S. film director RON HOWARD "visited Madrid for a few hours on Wednesday," to talk about his soon-to-be-released film about the '76 F1 season, according to Hector Martínez of AS. Howard, who directed "Rush," a movie to be released in September about the '76 F1 season and the competition that season between drivers JAMES HUNT and NIKI LAUDA, played by CHRIS HEMSWORTH and DANIEL BRUHL, respectively, discussed his connection to F1 and his thoughts on the sport's current stars. The following is an excerpt from the Q&A:
Q: Were you already a fan of F1 or did you become a fan of it while making this movie? Ron Howard: I was not much a fan of motorsports, I was more into baseball and basketball. But I like the drama and you tend to have many doses of drama in sports. Especially in F1, I believe it makes for something that is very attractive in terms of cinematography. The sound of the races, for example, the speed. This is one of the reasons that F1 is so fascinating on TV, because there are many good camera angles.
Ganassi drivers top Sonoma IndyCar test Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon topped the timesheet as all 25 cars entered in the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma participated in five hours of an IZOD IndyCar Series Open Test on the 2.385-mile, 12-turn Sonoma Raceway on Aug. 21.
Franchitti, who has five podium finishes (including the 2009 victory) in seven starts at Sonoma, posted the fastest lap of the day of 1 minute, 18.2945 seconds in the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car.
Ty Dillon to move to #3 NNS ride in 2014, Austin to move to Cup in 2014? From a Roush Fenway Racing press release about AdvoCare sponsoring Trevor Bayne the #6 NNS ride in 2014: "AdvoCare served as the sponsor on the #3 car of Austin Dillon the past two seasons. With Dillon making the move to full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing in 2014, the organization began the process of diligently seeking out its best option moving forward."
Stewart Plans to Keep Racing Sprint Cars Tony Stewart says he will return to sprint car racing next season, according to Kendra Jacobs, co-host of Motor Racing Network's 'Winged Nation. Jacobs visited Stewart on Monday night. She said on Tuesday's show that Stewart gave her explicit instructions to tell 'Winged Nation' listeners he will continue to race sprint cars despite breaking his right tibia and fibula in a sprint car crash Aug. 5 at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Jacobs said on 'Winged Nation' that Stewart's sprint car crew is preparing for his return.
"His race team, (crew chief) Jimmy Carr and those guys are already building his sprint cars for next year," Jacobs said on the weekly show that details winged sprint car racing throughout the country and can be heard at MotorRacingNetwork.com.
Infiniti offers exclusive work placements in Formula One Infiniti is offering performance-driven engineering graduates an exclusive opportunity to work in Formula One via a new global talent search initiative.
The ‘Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy’ will see two winning candidates complete a 12-month assignment with Triple World Championship-winning Formula One team Infiniti Red Bull Racing, based in Milton Keynes, UK.
IndyCar news bits GoPro founder and CEO Nick Woodman will be the grand marshal of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma...Also, GoPro will offer special ticket discounts and has created a GoPro Zone for fans to capture the high-speed action in Turns 1 and 2...Save $20 off a race day ticket by visiting www.racesonoma.com/indycar (provide the serial number from your camera) or show your GoPro at the gate when you arrive at the raceway...Hildebrand and the Barracuda Racing team visited the Second Harvest Food Bank's Cypress Center on Aug. 20 to raise awareness about the critical local issue of food assistance. Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties provides assistance to more than 250,000 people each month (about one in 10 residents)...Charlie Kimball was the first California native to win an Indy car race since Los Gatos' A.J. Allmendinger won five races in 1996.
Vasser presents former teammate Zanardi for Hall induction KV Racing Technology co-owner and former CART champion Jimmy Vasser wasn't at Sonoma Raceway for the Open Test.
Vasser was in Detroit where he was slated to introduce former Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Alex Zanardi for induction into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
Zanardi will join motorsports industry legends Harvey Firestone, Jack Chrisman, Masten Gregory, Brad Lackey, Bud Moore and Robert E. Petersen in the Silver Anniversary class. Also, chassis constructor and technology innovator Bob Riley will receive the Bob Russo Motorsports Heritage Award for his numerous contributions to racing.
Hildebrand builds chemistry with Barracuda Racing JR Hildebrand admitted he had to shake off some rust after nearly three months out of an IZOD IndyCar Series car.
"I'm pumped to be back," the 25-year old from Sausalito, Calif., said after turning his first laps in the No. 98 Barracuda Racing Honda at an Open Test at Sonoma Raceway on Aug. 21. "As much as anything, it's just getting back out and getting a feel for things."
NASCAR Michigan and Mid-Ohio TV Ratings (2nd Update)UPDATE #2 Greensboro, N.C., led all markets with a 9.8 rating, followed by Greenville, S.C., at 8.8, Knoxville, Tenn., at 8.0, Indianapolis at 7.5 and Birmingham at 7.4. Rounding out the top 10 markets were Norfolk, Va., 7.0; Richmond, Va., 6.6; Charlotte, N.C., 6.4; Nashville, Tenn., 6.3 and Jacksonville, Fla., 5.9. Clearly, based on these numbers, NASCAR is still predominantly a southern redneck sport.
08/20/13 ESPN’s live telecast of the Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, Aug. 18, earned a 3.0 U.S. household rating, averaging 4,584,741 viewers, according to the Nielsen Company.
The rating and viewership were down from last year’s race, which earned a 3.2 U.S. rating and averaged 5,199,791 viewers.
ESPN’s live telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Saturday, Aug. 17, earned a 0.9 U.S. rating, averaging 1,287,466 viewers. The race was an inaugural event.
08/19/13 ESPN earned a 3.0 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from Michigan Int'l Speedway yesterday afternoon, down slightly from a 3.2 overnight for the same race last year. The network also earned a 1.0 overnight for the first-ever NASCAR Nationwide Series race from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Saturday, down from a 1.3 overnight for the race from Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve last year.
F1 Teams braced for tire supplier switch 'curveball' (GMM) Formula one teams are braced for the "curveball" of an all-new tire supplier for 2014.
That was the admission on Wednesday of McLaren's managing director Jonathan Neale, even though he said the British team is "assuming" Pirelli will get an eleventh-hour extension to its contract.
But he admitted that assumption actually has little "foundation".
"If we were to get a late change from somebody else coming into the sport at short notice," Neale told a Vodafone teleconference, "of course we would work around that and work with whoever the FIA chose that to be."
The Tesla Model S Is So Safe It Broke the Crash-Testing Gear The Tesla Model S may be the safest vehicle ever tested by the feds. So safe, in fact, that according to the automaker, the all-electric sedan broke the testing equipment at an independent commercial facility.
Most cars get five stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s frontal crash protection test and four stars for side impact protection. But the Model S aced them all: front, side, pole, and rollover. And Tesla adds in its announcement that during a previous roof crush test used during validation, the machine failed while applying more than 4 G’s of pressure — the same as stacking four of the electric sedans on top of the car without the roof breaking.
Two DRS zones for Spa The FIA has confirmed that two DRS zones will be in place for the forthcoming Belgian Grand Prix, continuing a pattern that has been set for much of the 2013 campaign.
The first zone, retained from previous visits to the venue, is situated on the run down to Eau Rouge, with the activation point coming at the start of the Kemmel Straight.
Unlike last year, drivers will have already had the chance to close in on their rivals prior to this, with the second zone located along the start/finish straight, following a detection point just before the Bus Stop chicane.
Renault Sport F1 Preview to the Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps Circuit: three corners in detail
La Source to Eau Rouge The first corner, the La Source hairpin, is the slowest part of the track: car speeds drop to just 70kph and engine revs to around 8,700rpm. As cars exit the hairpin, the track dips very sharply and continues to fall for several seconds. The compression at the bottom of the descent exerts huge pressure on the engine. The vertical load will be close to +5g, squashing everything downwards into the base of the car – fuel, lubricants, the driver – every part will be positively loaded. At the end of the old pits the track starts to climb very sharply, with a gradient close to 1 in 4, equivalent to one of the steepest climbs in the Tour de France. This is particularly tough for the engine as loads suddenly change. Going over the crest of the hill, they will change even more dramatically, with the vertical force suddenly lifted – imagine how your stomach feels when you come over the top of a dip in a rollercoaster. The parts are suddenly unloaded, with the vertical forces switching to -3g. This can affect fluid flow through the lubricant and fuel systems as they too ‘rise’ within the system and away from their respective pumps – the systems therefore need to be ultra-effective to avoid starvation.
Shell Saver Cardholders Can Save When #22 Ford Fusion Wins Joey Logano took the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion to victory lane at Michigan, and now it's time for Shell customers who have a Shell Saver Card to save! Shell is offering Shell Saver Cardholders the opportunity to save 22 cents per gallon on Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines and Shell Diesel, up to 25 gallons per vehicle, on Wednesday, or WINsday, August 21. The season-long promotion, called WINsday, will be applicable after every points race in which Joey Logano takes the checkered flag. And new this year, Shell Saver Cardholders who are also registered Members of the Fuel Rewards Network" program have the opportunity to save an additional 22 cents per gallon for each No. 22 team victory that can be redeemed on a future purchase of high quality fuels at any participating Shell branded station if you use your Shell Saver Card to purchase fuel at Shell on WINsday.*. This is in addition to their Shell Saver Card savings. For additional information, visit www.shell.us/winsday. Shell PR
Schumacher first to signup for 2013 ROC Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher is the first driver in the line-up for the 2013 Race Of Champions at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium on the weekend of December 14-15.
The end-of-season contest, held every year since 1988, brings together the world’s greatest drivers from motor sport’s main disciplines – including Formula 1, world rally, touring cars, Le Mans, MotoGP, IndyCar and the X-Games – and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical machinery.
Indian WRC training video The video was taken during the 2013 Rally of Coimbatore, part of the Indian National Rally Championship, on-board the Mitsubishi Evo 10 driven by Samir Thapar and co-driven by Vivek Ponnusamy. The full length version is spread over 3 separate videos and 40 odd minutes and it has been edited into this 3:50 laughter filled-clip.
Roger Lawrence Miller passed away unexpectedly from unknown causes on August 18, 2013, at the age of 44. Born August 21, 1968 in Salt Lake City, Roger was the second child of Larry H. and Gail Miller. He resided in Draper, Utah.
Roger was a gentle giant with a kind smile who cared about everyone he met. His humility was matched only by his generosity. A graduate of Alta High School, he was also the proud recipient of an Eagle Scout award.
Roger began his career with the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies (LHM Group) at the age of 15 doing data entry. He advanced to positions in parts and sales departments at various company automotive dealerships and eventually worked in almost every operation in the LHM Group on a project basis. The majority of Roger’s career was in systems development.
Davison back with Coyne at Sonoma IndyCar Series rookie James Davison exceeded expectations on his debut run with Dale Coyne Racing to 15th place at Mid-Ohio on Aug. 4, but was unsure if he'd get a second chance to pilot the team's No. 18 Sonny's BBQ entry this season.
A late call from Coyne to test the car at Sonoma Raceway tomorrow and to make his second start for the team was received by the Aussie on Tuesday, which is everything the promising 26-year-old was hoping for.
"I'm excited to be back in the Sonny's car at Sonoma,” he told RACER. “Mid-Ohio was a solid debut that I came out of pleased and having learned quite a lot. With some experience now under my belt and the added confidence that goes with it, I must aim to go another step forward this weekend. Finishing the race again will be most important."
MotoGP returns to Brazil in '14 The MotoGP World Championship will return to Brazil in 2014 at the Autodromo Internacional Nelson Piquet Brasilia, subject to FIM Homologation.
On Monday, the Brasilia circuit was visited by Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta and local authorities before the plans for a new Grand Prix were revealed to the gathered press.
Alongside local officials including Agnelo dos Santos Queiroz Filho - Governor of the Federal District, who was presented with signed helmets of MotoGP championship leader Marc Marquez and his brother Alex (competing in the Moto3 category) - Mr. Ezpeleta announced that the World Championship could return to the country during the second half of the 2014 season.
Q and A with Zipadelli and Martin Greg Zipadelli, Competition Director Of Stewart-Haas Racing And Mark Martin, Interim Driver For The No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet Ss, Were Guests On This Week’s Nascar Teleconference
JAYME AVRIT: Good afternoon, everyone. Welcome to today's NASCAR teleconference. Our guests are Greg Zipadelli, competition director for Stewart Haas Racing and Mark Martin, interim driver of the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS for Stewart Haas Racing
Chip Ganassi's father dies (2nd Update)UPDATE #2 We at AJ Foyt Racing are so sorry to hear of Floyd Ganassi’s passing. Throughout his years in motorsports, he showed his kindness in so many ways. Our deepest sympathy to Chip and his entire family, including everyone at Chip Ganassi Racing.
A.J. Foyt: “I’ve known Floyd for quite a few years--he was a real gentleman. I always looked forward to seeing him at the track. I know it’s going to hit Chip like it did me when my father died because Chip and Floyd were very close too. He was a great person and I thought the world of him.”
08/19/13 Statement from Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, on the passing of Floyd Ganassi:
Motorsports This Week on ESPN and ABC NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series in Prime Time at Bristol The NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will race under the lights at the half-mile Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway this weekend with both races airing in prime time. ABC will have a live telecast of the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Saturday night, Aug. 24. NASCAR Countdown airs at 7 p.m. ET with the race’s green flag at 7:43 p.m. The NASCAR Nationwide Series races on ESPN on Friday night, Aug. 23, with Countdown at 7 p.m. and the green at 7:44 p.m. Also from Bristol, ESPN2 will air Sprint Cup qualifying on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Announcers: Booth: Lap-by-Lap announcer Allen Bestwick (Sprint Cup); Marty Reid (Nationwide); analysts Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree.
Pit reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch. NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe (host); Rusty Wallace; Brad Daugherty, Ray Evernham (analysts).
New Logo for 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Grand Prix Association of Long Beach officials unveiled a new-look logo for the 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 11-13, 2014, in conjunction with the start of its ticket renewal period.
From Monday, Aug. 19 through Friday, Oct. 4, fans can renew their same seats, IZOD IndyCar Paddock Access tickets and parking by visiting gplb.com or by calling the Grand Prix ticket office at (888) 82-SPEED.
Ty Dillon Moving To Nationwide In 2014 Richard Childress Racing has partnered with D.G Yuengling & Son to be a primary sponsor on the No. 3 Yuengling Light Lager Chevrolet with driver Ty Dillon during the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season.
As part of their 185th anniversary of brewing great lager, America’s oldest operating brewery will be the primary sponsor on the RCR Chevrolet Camaro for eight races of the 2014 schedule. Yuengling Light Lager will be a key partner as Dillon moves full time to the Nationwide Series next season.
Roger Miller dies Dempsey Racing team owner Patrick Dempsey, motorsports business partner Joe Foster and Dempsey Racing No. 158 Miller Racing Ford Mustang Boss 302R co-driver Ian James join their teammates in extending their thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies to Roger Miller and his family after Miller’s unexpected passing overnight Saturday in Kansas City.
Miller and James were second-year teammates in 2013 in the GRAND-AM Continental Sports Car Challenge, Miller’s third season racing Mustangs prepared by Dempsey Racing in the GS division of the series.
Kellett, Pabst to move up for Baltimore Pabst Racing will add a Firestone Indy Lights entry and will make its series debut with Dalton Kellett at the Grand Prix of Baltimore, team officials announced Aug. 19.
"As a team, you always dream of moving up the ladder to bigger and better things," said team owner Augie Pabst, who has been a USF2000 entrant since 1996. "Competing in the Firestone Indy Lights has always been on our radar, and now that it's finally going to happen, we couldn't be more excited to get rolling."
With its focus on the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship, Pabst Racing and Kellett opted to enter their first Firestone Indy Lights race at Baltimore, the only non-conflicting road course event left in 2013. Team owner Pabst said that the team's goal is to lay a strong foundation and focus on experience for Kellett as they prepare to field a two-car team in 2014.
Briscoe given medical clearance to return National Guard Panther Racing driver Ryan Briscoe has been cleared to drive after surgery to his right wrist following an accident in Toronto and is scheduled to make his return to the No. 4 National Guard Chevrolet during this weekend’s GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. Briscoe is the defending race winner at Sonoma Raceway and has collected five-straight Top Five finishes at the 11-turn, 2.385-mile permanent road course, including four podium finishes. He wore a carbon fiber wrist brace during a full-day test in the No. 4 car last week to ensure he was ready to compete in this weekend’s 85-lap event.
Martin Out, Vickers In MWR No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing announced Monday that Brian Vickers will drive the team’s No. 55 Toyota in 12 of the 13 races remaining in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.
The announcement follows the mutual decision by MWR and Aaron’s Inc. to grant Mark Martin an early release, enabling him to replace the injured Tony Stewart. (Click Here For That Story)
Vickers was originally scheduled to drive three of the remaining races in 2013. The announcement increases that schedule to 12. Michael Waltrip, MWR founder and co-owner, will race the No. 55 at Talladega on Oct. 20 as originally scheduled.
MotoGP Back At Indy In 2014 (Update)UPDATE Yesterday's MotoGP Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix drew a crowd of 50,000 to Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the track and MotoGP rights holder Dorna "think the ground is fertile enough for the event to grow." IMS President Doug Boles said, "It's a good community event, and the financial model isn't based on tickets sold. There's manufacturer activation, vendor participation, hospitality." Dorna and the track have "agreed to work toward a long-term contract." Indy Star
08/18/13 The Red Bull Indianapolis GP will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a seventh consecutive year in 2014, with an expected race date in mid-August to be announced in the future.
Next year is the final year of the agreement between IMS and sanctioning organization and commercial rights holder Dorna to bring all three classes of the MotoGP World Championship – MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 – to the Brickyard. But IMS and Dorna have started discussions about a long-term relationship past the terms of the current contract.
The latest casualty in Anton's 'vision' (Update)UPDATE It may have more to do with good old greed then Tony G. The Malibu Grand Prix sits on some prime property that will probably become condos and townhouses. One marina nearby has been filled in and covered with condos and townhouses. A second is in the process of being closed and converted to housing.
If the closing was nostalgic, its reasons were more bottom-line. Malibu Grand Prix opted to close because it could no long afford the rent set by the property owner, Granite Rock Construction, said park general manager Craig Stieglitz. Ralph, Mt. View, CA
08/15/13 AR1.com wrote about "America's dying love for the automobile" Part 1 and Part 2 . We have also written numerous articles about how Anton George's 'Vision" (remember Vision racing) has destroyed open wheel racing in the USA. There is no denying that any longer.
Martin a possibility to drive Tony Stewart’s car (2nd Update)UPDATE #2 Mark Martin will be named Tony Stewart's substitute in the #14 Stewart-Haas Racing car. An announcement is set for Monday afternoon. FoxSports
Old man Martin may replace Stewart
A deal is in the works that would offer Brian Vickers more seat time in the #55 Aaron's Toyota - and allow Mark Martin to pursue the opportunity to drive the #14 for the injured Tony Stewart. On Saturday, multiple sources told Fox Sports that Toyota offered Martin its blessing in order to enable Vickers - who was named the full-time driver of the #55 Michael Waltrip Racing Camry on Tuesday - additional races to gel with the team. Vickers is currently racing for the Nationwide Series championship with Joe Gibbs Racing. He is fifth in the NNS point standings.
Cliff Ebben takes home first Trans Am win of the season
The start Saturday
At the 3Dimensional.com Trans Am Race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, in a race full of what seemed to be just about everything, Cliff Ebben was rewarded with his first Trans Am victory of the 2013 season, the result of a strong technical performance. Meanwhile in TA2, Trans Am rookie Adam Andretti put forth a performance worthy of his storied family name—making up 15 positions.
The day began with former Trans Am Champion Tommy Drissi on pole in the #4 The Counselor-Oct 25 Chevrolet Corvette, followed by then and current TA points leader Doug Peterson, driver of the #87 3Dimensional.com Chevrolet Corvette, and defending TA Champion Simon Gregg, in the #1 Gregg Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette, in third.
At the Nurburgring, Robert Wickens has scored the maiden victory of his DTM career. In typical Eifel weather with heavy rain showers at the start of the race, the Mercedes-Benz driver moved up from seventh place on the grid to the front with skilful overtaking maneuvers and was the first to take the checkered flag after the maximum duration of the race of 75 minutes, having completed 47 of the scheduled 49 laps. “It was an incredible and crazy race. Our pit stops and the tire choice were perfect, my team has done a great job. I am overjoyed with my maiden victory in the DTM,” Wickens said after his triumph.
Ecclestone again denies 'bribe’ to jailed German banker
I'm telling you Gribkowsky blackmailed me
New details of bribery allegations against Bernie Ecclestone over the sale of Formula One to the private equity firm CVC have been given by prosecutors in Germany.
He allegedly paid money to a banker involved in the deal so that the sale would go through and he would be retained as F1's chief executive, according to a 256-page indictment.
Mr. Ecclestone and his offshore Bambino family trust are accused of paying a $44m bribe in 2006 to Gerhard Gribkowsky, the former chief risk officer of German bank BayernLB, which owned a 47.2pc stake in F1.
NASCAR Nationwide crowd dwarfs IndyCar at Mid-Ohio (Update)UPDATE
There were thousands of people all around the Mid-Ohio track Saturday
[Editor's Note: Stick a fork in IndyCar at Mid-Ohio] Once a NASCAR race comes to a track, except for Indy, eventually the IndyCar race dies and goes away.] Fred Mengerink has been coming to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for about 15 years.
He’s never experienced a day like Saturday for the inaugural running of the NASCAR Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200.
“This is the most people I’ve ever seen here,” Mengerink said. “I hope they continue to do it.”
Fans flocked to the NASCAR race from all over. A cursory search of the parking lot showed vehicles from Alabama, Nevada, Connecticut and Ontario, Canada.
AJ Allmendinger hangs on, wins Nationwide at Mid-Ohio-77mph winning speed
At 77 mph it was like watching paint dry, but Allmendinger hung on to win
AJ Allmendinger led 73 of the 94 laps and survived a late challenge after a restart to win the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Allmendinger improved his record to two-for-two this year in the Nationwide Series, adding a victory to the one he picked up for Penske Racing in his only previous start at Road America. Allmendinger, 31, rebounding after being suspended a year ago for failing a random drug test, took the lead for good on the 64th lap, then had to weather a late sprint when a car spun out just before his final lap on the twisting road course.
Ex-BMW man Kalbfell killed in crash Former BMW motorsport chief Karl-Heinz Kalbfell was killed in a motorcycle accident at Brands Hatch. He was 63.
Kalbfell was competing in a practice session for historic machinery when he ran wide exiting Druids and fell on the run down to Graham Hill Bend, before being struck by a fellow competitor who was following closely behind.
He was taken by ambulance to Darneth Valley hospital, where he died as a result of his injuries.
Marquez thunders to Indy pole with record breaking lap
Marquez shatters record
After leading every session of the weekend so far, Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez has taken his 4th pole position of the season for tomorrow's Red Bull Indianapolis GP. His sensational lap of 1'37.958 is almost a second faster than the previous record set by teammate Dani Pedrosa last year (1'38.813). Marc will be hoping to repeat his 2011 Moto2 performance where he emerged victorious after starting from Pole Position here at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo scored a front row position with second place in this afternoon’s qualifying for tomorrow’s Indianapolis Grand Prix.
Buescher wins Michigan National Guard 200 Defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion James Buescher executed a perfect pass of Kyle Busch in the closing laps to win the Michigan National Guard 200.
Overcoming a problem in the pits, Buescher sat third with four laps to go. With a perfectly timed pass, Buescher wheeled by both second place Brendan Gaughan and leader Kyle Busch in turn four. The defending champion then was able to pull away and take his first victory of the 2013 campaign.
Busch did not go quietly as stayed on Buescher’s back tailgate for the last three laps. But Buescher countered every Busch move.
IN REGARDS TO THE ACCIDENT: “That was definitely part of it. I’m a little puzzled as to why I spun out going in because I’ve had great entry stability even on that run I had great entry stability. I got a little close to the No. 27 but then again it’s not like I was right on him. To me it felt like I lost downforce just from the traffic scenario. I’m not really sure either way we have a torn up car and we will have to work hard to get this one ready to go. Hopefully make a couple of laps here before this session is up and take it from there.”
After been on the run for hours from the Dutch police, former Atlantics and Indy Lights driver Junior Strous (27) was found by the police due to the track-and-trace system of his expensive BMW. The race fanatic, who was wanted for a stabbing in The Hague, could be picked up by posting agents in Rotterdam.
The day before Strous had attacked, in broad daylight on a crowded terrace, a 22-year-old friend from The Hague, and stroke him with a broken glass in his neck. Witnesses on the terrace of the famous Dendy restaurant in the Denneweg in The Hague, said Strous was claiming back three thousand euros borrowed by the victim from him. Both appeared to have been quite drunk.
Voices of Speed: The Enthusiasts' TV Channel Goes Dark Started with a $100 million investment, Speedvision originally broadcast to 3.2 million homes. On its first day, founder Roger Werner sat with his small team in the control room overlooking the harbor in Stamford, Connecticut. “We were all extremely excited about it. Personally, I felt that we had realized a dream, a dream rattling in the back of my head for a decade or so. We could create a channel for guys like me, an electronic campfire for gearheads and speed freaks.” The key to the success of all incarnations of Speed was the passion of the people both behind and in front of the camera. That fervor fed the spirit that defined “our” channel.
But on August 17, that channel went dark. Owner Fox will replace the red Speed logo with the blue branding of Fox Sports 1 (FS1), a 24-hour multisport network that will go head-to-head with ESPN. FS1 will operate under the mantra of “bringing the fun back.”
Alex Tagliani Gives Ferrari 458 Italia Kansas Speedway Pole
Debuting team driver Alex Tagliani wasted no time getting up to speed Friday in his debut race in the No. 61 R.Ferri/AIM Motorsport Racing with Ferrari 458 Italia at Kansas Speedway where the popular French-Canadian driver won the pole for tomorrow night’s inaugural SFP Grand Prix.
Round 10 of 12 races on the 2013 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series schedule, the timed 2-3/4-hour SFP Grand Prix can be seen live tomorrow, Saturday, August 17, on the all-new FOX Sports 2 network at 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT. An encore telecast will air this Sunday, August 18, on FOX Sports 1 at 4 p.m. EDT/1 p.m. PDT.
Speed TV slows to a stop, and I'm not happy I have Dave Despain's phone number somewhere. I thought about calling him but he would only piss me off.
Not by what he would say, but what he wouldn't. I'd want him to join me in railing against Fox's corporate bean counters who spayed, neutered, starved, and as of 6 a.m. Saturday, finally put the SPEED TV cable network to sleep. I want Despain to be as upset as I am that his “Wind Tunnel” show was, over its 11-year history, marginalized, and as of last Sunday, eliminated. Ditto the “Speed Center” hour before it, which has been astoundingly schizophrenic this last season as they juggled hosts and formats, but there was always one constant: They showed us pictures and stories from racing all over the world, for which there is simply no acceptable alternative source.
If IndyCar Races Indy Twice, It Should Be on the Oval! What if INDYCAR’s raced at Indianapolis twice? Is it sacrilege? Genius? Utilization of available resources? A desperate gamble? Following finance guys off a cliff? The idea of having IndyCar race twice at the famed Indianapolis Speedway has been suggest for years, but it was never considered a serious solution. However the overthrowing of Randy Bernard and the installation of Mark Miles to CEO has led this possibility to become very probable. The most likely situation that has come up in rumors is that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course would be used by IndyCar as the MotoGP series seems poised to leave. Which, I might add, I am also quite upset about.
Andretti Name Returning To Springfield The name Andretti is magic when it comes to American oval dirt racing. This Saturday the name returns to the Illinois State Fairgrounds mile in Springfield when Jarett Andretti makes his Traxxas USAC Silver Crown dirt debut in the “Tony Bettenhausen 100.”
Jarett will be the third Andretti to test the Springfield mile. His great uncle Mario won the “Tony Bettenhausen 100” three times (1969, 1973 and 1974 and was USAC’s 1974 Silver Crown Champion. His father John competed in the 1985 race and finished seventh.
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